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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Daily Kos: Osama Bin Laden said he intentionally goaded America in to a war in the middle east to "bleed America to the point of bankruptcy." Well, as it turns out, ISIS and Saudi Arabia are trying to goad America into another war in the middle east and they've enlisted John McCain and Lindsey Graham to sell us that war. An August 2013 the Wall Street Journal reports that Saudi Arabia's Foreign Policy includes overthrowing Syrian government, which is Shiite, to put in place their own Sunni government so they, Saudis, can ultimately control Damascus. read more


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Dempsey, who has long been reluctant to re-introduce US forces into Middle Eastern wars, signaled that some of the 1,600 US military "advisers" Obama deployed to Iraq since June may directly fight Isis, despite Obama's frequent public assurances that US ground troops will not engage in combat. read more


Tuesday, September 09, 2014

ThinkProgress: Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Michigan), the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, dismissed a conspiracy about the attacks on U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya during an appearance on Fox News on Tuesday, undermining a storyline actively promoted by the conservative news network. On Friday, Fox aired a special about a new book from five commandos who were guarding the CIA annex in Benghazi on the night of Sep. 11, 2012. They claim that the chief of the CIA annex in Benghazi gave a stand down order that prevented forces from rescuing U.S. ambassador Chris Stevens and other Americans. Rogers, whose committee found that no such "stand down" order was given, defended the station chief's momentary hesitation and accused lawyers connected with the men and their book of lodging sensationalistic claims in order to sell more books. "I think you have lawyers who have a financial interest in this certainly making allegations that are far from true," he said. read more


Friday, September 05, 2014

In July, two Republican judges on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit handed down a decision defunding much of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This effort was withdrawn on Thursday by the DC Circuit and the case will be reheard by the full court -- a panel that will most likely include 13 judges. In practical terms, this means that July's judgment cutting off subsidies to consumers who buy insurance plans in federally-operated health exchanges is no more and this case no longer meets the usual criteria for Supreme Court review. read more


Thursday, September 04, 2014

The claim widely spread on conservative media outlets and blogs that Michael Brown had a criminal juvenile record was shown to be false in court. During a hearing on a suit filed by the St. Louis Post Dispatch, a Missouri court official said Brown was never convicted of a serious A-level or B-level felony as a juvenile and was not facing any charges at the time of his death. Right-wing blogger Charles C. Johnson had claimed on Twitter to have confirmed that Brown "was charged with 2nd degree murder as a juvenile," but this has been shown to be completely false. read more


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Gowdy on Wednesday called on other Republicans to refrain from fundraising off Benghazi because he said the issue "transcends politics." Yet just minutes prior to his comments, the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) sent out a fundraising email using Gowdy and his committee as the hook. "You're now a Benghazi Watchdog. Let's go after Obama and Hillary Clinton," it says, offering readers an opportunity to donate.

Gowdy later said the NRCC should stop the campaign. "I cannot and will not raise money on Benghazi," he told CNN's Jake Tapper.

But that hasn't always been the case. Last September, Gowdy attended a "barbecue fundraiser" for Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-SC) in Indian Land, SC and according to local newspaper the Lancaster News, Gowdy talked Benghazi with attendees:

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