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1. Security tightened for U.S.-bound flights over bomb fears
The hermit nation of North Korea has recently proclaimed its newest round of threats towards the United States. This time however, the nation is not concerned about military issues or demonstrations, but a Hollywood movie. The always radical and unpredictable country threatens a “resolute and merciless response against the United States” and calls the release of a single film “reckless U.S. provocative insanity”, labeling it an act of war.
1. World leaders commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day
1. Obama unveils plans to leave 9,800 soldiers in Afghanistan
Whoever says patriotism is dead hasn’t met the 40 students who make up Ironwood Ridge High School’s Veterans Heritage Project (VHP), nor the veterans who shared their stories for the organization’s recently published “Since You Asked,” – a 185-page book in which veterans detail their experiences from some of the world’s largest military conflicts.
1. Putin allies hit with sanctions over Russia's support of Ukrainian separatists
1. Russia agrees to deal on easing tensions in Ukraine
1. Search fails to explain disappearance of Malaysian airliner
1. The House votes to raise the debt ceiling
1. Mizzou linebacker Michael Sam comes out
1. U.N. withdraws Iran's invitation to Syria peace negotiations
1. Judge calls NSA surveillance unconstitutional
1. Coalition of rival tech giants calls for surveillance limits
1. Washington and Kabul reach a security pact The U.S. and Afghanistan agreed on a security deal to allow thousands of U.S. training and counterterrorism troops to stay behind after NATO forces withdraw at the end of 2014. Afghan President Hamid Karzai, however, told tribal leaders meeting on Thursday to consider the pact that he wouldn't sign it. He said that it should be left for his successor after elections next year. U.S. officials fear an extended delay could derail the plan. [Reuters, Wall Street Journal] ………………………………………………………………………………
1. Government shutdown furloughs 800,000 and closes national attractions
1. Summers drops out of contention to lead the Federal Reserve
1. Syrian rebels start receiving U.S. guns
I was flabbergasted by Tony Greco’s opinion piece stating that Democrats were responsible for every war in the 20th century. Not only is it factually inaccurate, in that Eisenhower began our involvement in Korea, albeit sans troops, and Gulf War I was started by George H. W. Bush, he lays blame for World War I and II at the feet of Democratic presidents. While American involvement for the two world wars certainly began under Democratic presidents, is Mr. Greco honestly proposing that the blame for those wars lies with Wilson and FDR? Would he have not fought them? Never mind that other military adventures occurred under Republican presidents in the 20th century, such as Grenada (Reagan), the invasion of Panama (George H.W. Bush) and other South American hostilities, it is also not lost that Mr. Greco very conveniently limited his erroneous analysis to the 20th century, eliminating our most recent conflicts, the second Gulf War and Afghanistan, both started by George W. Bush. I will give Mr. Greco his own opinion, but I will not give him license to distort the truth. By ignoring inconvenient facts and through careful distortion, he tries to justify ridiculous claims. He is apparently so blinded by ideology that either he cannot see the facts or he feels justified in lies and distortion to make a point. In either case, he is a menace to society and the public discourse.
1. McCain backs Obama's call for attacking Syria
1. OBAMA ARRIVES AT G8 SUMMIT
1. ACLU SUES TO STOP THE NSA FROM COLLECTING PHONE LOGS
1. NSA LEAKER COMES FORWARD
1. POLICE NAME SUSPECT IN SANTA MONICA SHOOTINGS