President Barack Obama has approved U.S military surveillance flights over Syria to track the Islamic militant group ISIS, a group that American warplanes have been attacking in neighboring Iraq. The U.S. has not made any decision on expanding its air offensive against ISIS. "Our military action in Iraq has to be part of a broader strategy to protect our people and support our partners to take the fight to ISIL," the president said. read more
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - A U.S. Coast Guard vessel fired in self-defense on an Iranian boat in the Persian Gulf, the Navy said Wednesday, an encounter that could exacerbate tensions between the two countries as they work to hammer out a lasting deal over Iran's nuclear program.
Cmdr. Kevin Stephens, a spokesman for the U.S. Navy's Bahrain-based 5th Fleet, said personnel on a small boat dispatched from the U.S. Coast Guard patrol boat Monomoy fired a single shot when it saw crew on a nearby Iranian dhow training one of its two .50-caliber machine guns on them and preparing to fire. read more
French authorities placed the chief of the International Monetary Fund under official investigation on Wednesday.
Christine Lagarde, 58, is being questioned over her role in a 400-million-euro ($531 million) payment to business tycoon Bernard Tapie in 2008.
At the time, Lagarde was the finance minister under former French President Nicolas Sarkozy, whom Tapie supported in the 2007 election. read more
Food stamp enrollments have soared due to President Barack Obama's categorical eligibility provisions, aggressive enrollment marketing, a bleak economy, and intense lobbying by large corporations who bag millions of taxpayer dollars as food stamp enrollments climb. Indeed, a report by the Government Accountability Institute (GAI) found that JP Morgan bagged well over half a billion dollars ($560,492,596) since 2004 processing the Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cards of 18 of the 24 states it holds contracts with. read more
A federal judge on Wednesday ordered the Justice Department to provide Congress with documents related to the "Fast and Furious" gunwalking scandal. U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson gave the department until Oct. 1 to hand the documents over to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which has been probing the issue for almost four years. The practice of gunwalking -- in which federal agents allow illegally purchased weapons to flow to high-volume arms dealers in an attempt to identify and track their whereabouts -- is prohibited by the Justice Department. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives made use of it at the end of George W. Bush's administration and the beginning of Barack Obama's as part of an operation known as "Fast and Furious." read more