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Chicago A Top Terror Target; Ominous Tweet Connects ISIS Threat In City

Friday, August 22, 2014
CHICAGO (CBS) — Over the past six years, Chicago has become a top potential target for international terrorists, a top security expert said Friday, making the posting of a veiled threat by Islamic radicals on Twitter a higher cause for concern. ... chicago.cbslocal.com

Joint Chiefs Chair: ‘Open Borders and Immigration Issues’ Make ISIL ‘Immediate Threat’

Friday, August 22, 2014
Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said at a Pentagon press briefing yesterday that “because of open borders and immigration issues,” the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) is an “immediate threat.” ... CNSNews.com

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Conservative Thought

Barbarism Endures

Friday, August 22, 2014
Progressives can’t wish away human nature. ... NationalReview.com

Losing a Sense of Community

Friday, August 22, 2014
There is a lot of anger in Ferguson, Missouri, and much of it understandable. But there is also a lot of spectacle and drama. "Ferguson" has become a rallying cry for hucksters, a ratings point for the media, and a point of argument for friends on social media. ... TownHall.com

The Jihadi Serial Killer no One's Talking About

Friday, August 22, 2014
For two bloody months, an armed jihadist serial killer ran loose across the country. At least four innocent men died this spring and summer as acts of "vengeance" on behalf of aggrieved Muslims, the self-confessed murderer has now proclaimed. Have you heard about this horror? Probably not. ... TownHall.com

Friday, August 22, 2014
The Pentagon said Friday that a Chinese fighter jet made “several passes” by a U.S. Navy aircraft earlier this week off the coast of China in international airspace, baring its weapons and coming within mere feet of the U.S. plane. ... FoxNews.com

Iraq

Kurdish gun bazaars, where an AK-47 costs $700 unless you’re Arab

Friday, August 22, 2014
Northern Iraq might be the most expensive place on the globe to buy a gun, and if you’re Arab, it could prove impossible. ... FoxNews.com

Dozens Die in Attack on Sunni Mosque in Iraq

Friday, August 22, 2014
Dozens of people were killed in an attack on a Sunni mosque in Iraq's Diyala Province during Friday prayers. Sunni religious authorities are blaming Shi'ite militiamen for the attack, while government military commanders are blaming Islamic State militants. The attack threatens to undercut Iraqi government attempts to forge a unified front against the extremist group. ... VOANews.com

Scores dead in attack on Sunni mosque in Iraq

Friday, August 22, 2014
Shia armed group kills at least 73 people inside place of worship near the city of Baquba in eastern Diyala province. ... AlJazeera.com

Friday, August 22, 2014
Hamas carried out a deadly purge of suspected informants in Gaza, killing as many as 18 people suspected of providing information to the Israel Defense Forces as fighting flared anew following the collapse of Egyptian-brokered cease-fire talks. ... FoxNews.com

Friday, August 22, 2014
Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip have executed 18 Palestinians accused of collaborating with Israel. ... VOANews.com

Putin

A White Shining Lie

Friday, August 22, 2014
Putin's 'humanitarian' convoy is simply a pretext for the war the Kremlin's been planning for months. ... www.ForeignPolicy.com

Friday, August 22, 2014
Is it an act of compassion or one of belligerence? ... CNN.com

Friday, August 22, 2014
The United States demanded Moscow remove an aid convoy it sent into rebel-held eastern Ukraine without permission on Friday, accusing Russia of a flagrant violation of the sovereignty of its former Soviet neighbor and threatening more sanctions. ... Reuters.com

Ukraine

US Army veteran, West Point grad killed fighting for Ukraine

Friday, August 22, 2014
A West Point graduate and former Army Ranger who honored his Ukrainian ancestry by defending the nation against Russian-backed separatists was killed in fighting near the border, according to reports. ... FoxNews.com

Despite Protests, Russian Convoy Crosses Border Into E. Ukraine

Friday, August 22, 2014
The first trucks in a Russian convoy reportedly carrying humanitarian aid crossed into Ukraine and arrived in the besieged city of Luhansk Friday, officials said, in a dangerously provocative move that Kyiv had warned would be tantamount to invasion. ... VOANews.com

In East, Ukrainians Await Much-Needed Aid

Friday, August 22, 2014
On a park bench steps from Lenin Square in downtown Kramatorsk, Tatiana, a refugee who escaped the conflict in nearby separatist-held Horlovka, sits quietly in the shade. ... VOANews.com

Friday, August 22, 2014
The Family Research Council (FRC), after reading the fact sheet on the new proposed HHS mandate rule pertaining to non-profit organizations and closely held for-profit entities, like Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties, again confirms that the HHS mandate violates the conscience rights of non-profit organizations and family businesses across the country. ... CNSNews.com

Veterans Affairs

VA Undecided on Legal Action Against POGO

Friday, August 22, 2014
The Department of Veterans Affairs Inspector General's Office has yet to respond to a whistleblower group's failure to turn over information it collected about alleged fraud and abuse at VA medical facilities. ... Military.com

Friday, August 22, 2014
WASHINGTON – A Washington state-based gun rights group is steadily persuading cities and towns across the country to repeal local firearms regulations and give that power back to the states. ... FoxNews.com

Suicides

'Suicide tourism' in Switzerland doubles over 4-year period

Friday, August 22, 2014
The number of foreigners traveling to Switzerland to commit assisted suicide doubled over a four-year period, a study published in the Journal of Medical Ethics said on Thursday. ... FoxNews.com

Friday, August 22, 2014
The Obama administration on Friday announced new measures meant to accommodate religious nonprofits and some private employers who don't want to pay for birth control under ObamaCare, on the heels of Supreme Court rulings that weakened the law's so-called contraceptive mandate. ... FoxNews.com

President Obama

Obama's Small-Screen Worldview

Friday, August 22, 2014
Does the president think the world is a TV show? ... TownHall.com

Monuments to Obama raise some hackles

Friday, August 22, 2014
Schools, streets worldwide named after president who ‘hasn’t finished job yet’ ... WashingtonTimes.com

Friday, August 22, 2014
The law violated by the Obama administration when it secretly exchanged five Guantanamo terrorists for an Army solider captured by the Taliban after deserting his post is punishable by jail, suspension and removal of office, according to written White House rules. ... JudicialWatch.org

Harry Reid

Harry Reid apologizes for dropping some non-politically correct Asian-themed jokes

Friday, August 22, 2014
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., has apologized for making "politically incorrect" jokes earlier this week at an event hosted by the Las Vegas Asian Chamber of Commerce. ... FoxNews.com

Friday, August 22, 2014
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The small, northwestern New Mexico city of Bloomfield is choosing orders handed down to Moses over one issued by a judge, but they say it is a matter of history, and not religion. ... FoxNews.com

War on Christians

War on Christianity Still Alive and Well in America

Friday, August 22, 2014
Many reject the notion that a good segment of our popular culture and of our political class is at war with Christianity. But this is a real war — not a phony one, such as the left's manufactured "war on women." ... CNSNews.com

Friday, August 22, 2014
RUSH: Speaking of the golf course, this business of making a really halfhearted statement about the beheading of James Foley and then immediately dashing back to the golf course is causing a great sense of panic among the Drive-By Media. So many of them had such lofty goals. So many of them invested totally in Obama. So many of them thought that they were going to reach utopia! ... RushLimbaugh.com

Friday, August 22, 2014
RUSH: The AP has a story that immigration is a nonfactor in the November elections, congressional House races, it's a nonfactor. And in the Senate races, it's just amazing. It's dropped off with all this stuff going on, Ferguson and ISIS and Al-Qaeda and all the rest of it, the voters don't care about immigration anymore. That's the point of the story. Immigration's dropped off the radar. You people don't care about it. It isn't going to be a factor in congressional races in November. ... RushLimbaugh.com

Friday, August 22, 2014
RUSH: I mentioned yesterday that the doctor who was part of the missionary engagement over in Africa, Kent Brantly, who contracted Ebola, was brought back to the US with a coworker, Nancy Writebol. They were given this super-secret special serum to combat Ebola that is grown exclusively in a tobacco plant in Kentucky. I mean, that's the primary source material for the serum. ... RushLimbaugh.com

Friday, August 22, 2014
RUSH: CNN is noticeably down today, and you can see it, see the reason why in their own headlines. It's starting to return to normal in Ferguson. And you can see, I mean, the credibility of key witnesses in question. It's beginning to dawn on them that the myth might not prevail here. ... RushLimbaugh.com

Friday, August 22, 2014
RUSH: Ladies and gentlemen, in yet another example of how the human race is despicable and is a blot on the planet -- and if you doubt me, this is what the animal rights movement believes. The animal rights movement is leftist. All of these movements are. This is the thing. Liberalism has been so good at disguising itself and trying to make itself look like it's apolitical. I mean, what little kid would think an animal rights group has anything to do with politics? ... RushLimbaugh.com

ISIS

British Fighters On Frontline of ISIS Information War

Friday, August 22, 2014
Security services are racing to identify the Islamic State militant who beheaded U.S. journalist James Foley in Syria. The murderer spoke on camera in English with a British accent. It’s estimated that several hundred British citizens are fighting for the Islamic State, also called ISIL or ISIS, alongside thousands of other foreign jihadists. ... VOANews.com

Inhofe: ISIS Developing Bomb to Blow Up US City

Friday, August 22, 2014
Oklahoma Republican Sen. Jim Inhofe has warned that Islamic State extremists are attempting to develop a weapon to blow up a major city in the United States. ... NewsMax.com

Friday, August 22, 2014
Britain will not work with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the battle against Islamic State (IS) extremists, the foreign secretary has told the BBC. ... BBC.co.uk

Friday, August 22, 2014
WASHINGTON — At the heart of President Barack Obama's quandary over the Islamic State militants is their haven in Syria. ... Military.com

Education

The New, Shameful, Liberal High School History Curriculum

Friday, August 22, 2014
Imagine if the only thing you were taught by Advanced Placement curriculum about Thomas Jefferson, the author of the single most important document in our country’s history, was that he was a wealthy landowner. ... TownHall.com

Friday, August 22, 2014
For years, even decades, the federal government has been urging motorists to drive fuel-efficient vehicles. In President Obama's first term, there was even a "Cash for Clunkers" program, offering drivers a financial reward if they traded in an old car for a more fuel-efficient new vehicle. And apparently Americans have done too good a job of following that government policy. Greater fuel efficiency means minimal or less frequent purchases at the gas pump. Some motorists have switched to hybrid or electric cars, which enables them to avoid the gas pumps altogether. All of which results in lower revenue from federal and state gas taxes, which means less money to build and repair roads and bridges and fund myriad mass transit programs. So policymakers are looking at taxing not the gas you buy, but the miles you travel. ... TheNewAmerican.com

Other Headlines

Venezuela Will Begin Fingerprinting Grocery Shoppers To Control How Much Food They Buy

Friday, August 22, 2014
CARACAS, Venezuela – Venezuela's food shortage is so bad the country is mandating that people scan their fingerprints at grocery stores in order to keep people from buying too much of a single item. ... latino.foxnews.com

Quotes of the day

Thursday, August 21, 2014
The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria cannot be defeated unless the United States or its allies take on the Sunni militancy in Syria, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said Thursday afternoon. ... HotAir.com

SWAT Lobby Defends Military Weapons Transfer Program

Friday, August 22, 2014
The National Tactical Officers Association, the lobbying group for 1,600 SWAT teams across the country, e-mailed all legislative staffers in the U.S. House and Senate this week, the Daily Beast reported, and assured the legislative aides that its members share "our nation's grief" over the rioting in Ferguson, Missouri. But the main message from the NTOA was a plea to protect the federal program that gives surplus military weapons and equipment to state and local police. The program has become subject of national debate, given the highly visible "warrior cop" image of police during the uprising in Ferguson. ... TheNewAmerican.com

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