According to U.S. senior defense officials, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton delivered some slightly falsified information in order to put pressure Russia to abandon its relationship with Syria, seemingly as part of a larger agenda to intervene in Syria.
Twenty-six members of Congress — 24 Democrats and 2 Republicans (including Ron Paul) — sent a letter to President Obama demanding information on the authorization and use of drone strikes by the CIA and Joint Special Operations Command. It reads in part, “The implications of the use of drones for our national security are profound. They are faceless ambassadors that cause civilian deaths, and are frequently the only direct contact with Americans that the targeted communities have. They can generate powerful and enduring anti-American sentiment.”
The letter asks about the “nature of the follow-up that is conducted when civilians are killed or injured ... and the mechanisms that ensure civilian casualty members are collected, tracked and analyzed.”
Just in time for Father's Day, Be a Better Dad Today, written by Gregory W. Slayton, is a must-read for all fathers who are interesting in reaching their full potential as dads and husbands.
Republican lawmakers have accused Attorney General Eric Holder of obstructing their investigation into Operation Fast and Furious and have scheduled a vote for Contempt of Congress. The scheduled vote has now prompted Holder to ask for a compromise and offer to release documents he has previously withheld.
A New York City principal caused quite a stir when she banned a patriotic song from being performed at a kindergarten graduation ceremony, and opted instead for a pop-culture hit, asserting she did not want to offend other cultures. Though her decision angered local residents and parents, the New York City Board of Education has now come to her defense, prompting a great deal of debate over political correctness in the school system.
Greta Hawkins, principal at P.S. 90 Edna Cohen School in the Coney Island section of Brooklyn, found herself in some hot water with parents after she asked teachers to remove the song “God Bless the USA” by Lee Greenwood from the program for the kindergarten graduation ceremony. According to school staff, Hawkins said she was afraid that such a song might “offend other cultures.” Instead, she opted to have Justin Bieber’s hit song “Baby” played during the ceremony.
Representative Peter King (R-N.Y.) and other Republicans in Congress have accused President Obama of using security leaks that detail the counter-terror programs of his administration to “build his reputation” before the November elections.
"He's trying to be like George Patton or John Wayne," contended King, Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, adding,
This is the most shameful cascade of leaks I've ever heard [of] or seen in government. It's clear from those stories this came right from the White House, came right from the National Security Council, came right from the Situation Room. ...
It has to lead to people very high up in the administration in his White House.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is being sued by environmental groups for withdrawing New Jersey from the 10-state cap and trade compact. Over the last two years, Christie has been forced to veto legislation that would reinstate New Jersey's position in the cap and trade scheme. The latest push is now coming from environmental groups National Resources Defense Council and Environment New Jersey and will give Christie an opportunity to solidify his position in court.
The United States continues its slow morphing into Big Brotherdom, this time through the use of cameras in the San Francisco transporation system that predict crimes before they take place based on “suspicious” behavior.
As Spain prepares for a major market test as it tries to access capital on Thursday, its Treasury Minister has announced that Spain has been blocked out of the market.
U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) officials have filed a brief in federal district court in opposition to a historian’s bid to unseal records pertaining to the Watergate political scandal in the 1970s, which led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon. While the DOJ agrees that some of the Watergate papers should be released, it remains steadfastly opposed to making public the documents related to wiretap information, claiming that it is safeguarding the privacy rights of innocent people.
The Watergate scandal dates back to an incident on June 17, 1972, when five men affiliated with the Nixon reelection campaign and the CIA were caught breaking into the offices of the Democratic National Committee in the Watergate office complex in Washington, D.C. and arrested. The arrests led to a major cover-up in an attempt to prevent the burglars from being tied to President Nixon.