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Focus: Hillary Clinton - Jan 2, 2016


Speaking fees meet politics for Clintons, Former president spoke to groups with issues before State Department - WSJ


House Oversight Probes Hillary Speech Fees To Clinton Foundation - Forbes


Letter of House Oversight Committee Chair about the speech fees Mrs. Clinton failed to disclose while she was Secretary of State - house.gov


Watergate Prosecutor op-ed: 'Clinton cannot avoid having to respond to questions about foundation activities and speaking fees’ - CNN


RICO suit against Clinton Foundation trial Jan 20 - Media Circus


Clinton raised $37 million in last 3 months, she also raised $18 million for the Democratic National Committee and state parties - New York Times


Clinton Tops List of Arms Company Donations - teleSUR English


ARCHIVE: Clinton Foundation amends its tax return forms from four separate years due to errors in the reporting, admits to millions in foreign cash - Fox Nation


ARCHIVE: Clinton Foundation refiles ‘fraudulent financials’ with IRS - WND


ARCHIVE: Report of Wall Street Analyst: The Clinton Foundation Refiled, but the Errors Remain - Charles Ortel


ARCHIVE: Watchdog group FACT calls for probe of Clinton relationship with firm tied to son-in-law - Fox News


ARCHIVE: 41 years. $3 billion. Inside the Clinton donor network - Washington Post


ARCHIVE: Clinton close relationship with businessman who used offshore tax havens and paid IRS $250 million to avoid charges of tax evasion - Breibart


ARCHIVE: Judicial Watch Sues Treasury for Records on Hillary Clinton-Russian Uranium Scandal - marketwired.com


ARCHIVE: Long line of felons worked with nonprofit American India Foundation co-founded by Bill Clinton - Daily Mail Online


ARCHIVE: Clinton Foundation Running Private Equity Fund in Colombia - Washington Free Beacon

 

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State Dept releases more Clinton emails: Hundreds are classified - AP


Email shows Soros regrets supporting Obama, complains he has never met with the President but can ‘always' get meeting with Hillary - Daily Caller


Hillary emails show ties to Rahm, Blumenthal, Clinton Foundation - Washington Examiner


That time Hillary Clinton's pollster told her to resign calling remarks by Obama 'the stupidest thing ever said by a president in foreign policy' - Washington Examiner


In email Sid Blumenthal floated rumor that Gaddafi supplied his troops with Viagra in order to rape rebel women, it was then voiced by Susan Rice during a UN’s Security Council meeting - Daily Caller


Hillary Clinton: I never told Benghazi victims' families the terror attack began over an anti-Islam video, Four of them say she is lying - Daily Mail Online


ARCHIVE: Journalist Friedman details Clinton's crucial mistake over Libya: Ignoring Pentagon and NSC advice and supporting Sarkozy in bombing Gaddafi and seeking regime change - PRNewswire


VIDEO ARCHIVE: Architects of disaster: The destruction of Libya, Former House Intelligence Committee Chairman Hoekstra offers an analysis of a disastrous foreign policy decision - heritage.org


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Iraq/Syria News - Dec 29, 2015


Iraq Claims a Key Victory Over ISIS in Ramadi, Seizes Government Complex - NBC News


VIDEO: Iraqi troops raise national flag on governement complex in recaptured Ramadi - YouTube


VIDEO: Iraqi soldiers celebrate declaring Ramadi liberated from Islamic State - YouTube


Expelling ISIS from Ramadi: Why It Matters - CNN.com


Strategists say it's too early to cheer Iraq's Ramadi victory over ISIS - cnbc.com


MAPs: ISIS control in Iraq, and Ramadi, Nov. 11 to Dec. 28 2015 - CTV News


PHOTOS: Ramadi photos reveal how ISIS and Iraqi Army fighting destroyed the city - Daily Mail Online


Iraq's PM hails key victory in Ramadi, vows to free Mosul from IS - Xinhua


An intensifying campaign of U.S. air strikes on the Islamic State has nearly shut down its oil operations in Iraq and has hampered its more lucrative business in Syria - Iraq Oil Report

 

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Hundreds from Syria towns evacuated in U.N.-backed agreement to achieve local cease-fires in Syria - THE DAILY STAR


Russian General Staff: Syrian army goes ahead with successful offensive, greatest success achieved in Aleppo, Latakia and Damascus - TASS


Russian General Staff: More than 150 units of Syrian opposition are fighting against Islamic State apart from government forces - TASS


Taking the October Dam: Syria’s Kurds Keep Hitting the Islamic State - Carnegie Endowment for International Peace


Pentagon mutiny on Syria dismissed by ‘liberal' media, the US military concluded that ousting Assad would pave the way for jihadists to fill the power vacuum in Damascus - huffingtonpost.com


Exclusive: Seized documents reveal Islamic State's Department of 'War Spoils', including slaves and the exploitation of natural resources such as oil - Reuters


U.S. officials: Russian mission in Syria has been mostly successful so far and is facing relatively low costs - Reuters


Russia's Cost-Effective Military Campaign in Syria - ibtimes.com


The Cost Of Fighting Terrorism: Russia's Anti-ISIS War Is $8M Per Day, Doubling After Downing Of Su-24 Jet By Turkey - ibtimes.com


Russian Warplanes Hit 556 Terrorist Targets in Syria Over Past 3 Days - Sputnik International


Russia's S-400 to Be Equipped With High-Tech Communication System - Sputnik International


U.S. Fears Grow of a ‘Newly Awakened’ Russian Navy, A new report from the U.S. Navy’s intelligence branch - The Daily Beast


REPORT: The Russian Navy, A Historic Transition - Office of Naval Intelligence

 

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Syrian Journalist Who Documented ISIS Atrocities Is Killed in Turkey - The New York Times


Ankara urged to conduct full, impartial investigation of Syrian journo’s murder (VIDEO) - RT News


Syrian activists find no safety from ISIS in southern Turkey - The National


Migrants fleeing Syria encounter a life of detention in Turkey - The Washington Post


Turkish journalist Dundar op-ed: I revealed the truth about Erdogan sending weapons to Syria. For that, he had me jailed - The Guardian


Turkey’s dangerous game in Syria: It wages war on the Syrian Kurds, Islamic State’s most effective opponents, and plays host to an elaborate network of jihadists including ISIS - WSJ


The cost of Turkey's self-interest, Turkey's assistance to the Islamic State goes beyond providing open borders for ISIS militants - huffingtonpost.com


Captured ISIS fighter says Turkey is training Islamic State terrorists in a camp disguised as a training ground for the Free Syrian Army (VIDEO) - RT News


Turkey rejected joining anti-ISIL quartet in Baghdad due to Assad, says Erdoğan - hurriyetdailynews.com


Erdoğan: Iranian sectarianism, Russia’s Mediterranean ambitions source of chaos - Daily Sabah


REPORT: Russia’s Shifting Strategy in Syria: Implications for Turkish Foreign Policy - Oximity


Anonymous declares war on Turkey - news.com.au


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Syria/Russia News - Dec 26, 2015

 

Islamic State and Nusra Front 'to quit Damascus suburbs' under truce deal with Syrian government - France 24


Islamic State, Nusra Fighters Begin Turning in Heavy Arms Outside Syrian Capital Damascus - sputniknews.com


Syrian army narrows ring around militants in Damascus suburbs: Russia’s General Staff - TASS


Supply Cut Off: Syrian Army Cuts Damascus Smuggling Route - sputniknews.com


Top Syrian rebel Zahran Alloush killed in Damascus suburb, conflicting reports whether it was a Russian or Syrian airstrike - CBC News


VIDEO: Footage of the airstrikes that targeted Zahran Aloush and other rebel commanders - facebook.com


VIDEO: First Video of Zahran Alloush's Corpse - LiveLeak.com


PHOTO: Photo of Zahran Alloush Dead - twitter.com/sfean_alhmwi


ARCHIVE: Analysis of videos claiming Zahran Alloush's Liwa Al-Islam was responsible for the August 21, 2013 sarin attack - Who Attacked Ghouta?


VIDEO ARCHIVE: Videos allegedly showing Zahran Alloush’s Liwa Al Islam firing sarin from Jobar onto East Ghouta - Who Attacked Ghouta?


Turkish ‘traitor’ MP’s revelations on sarin transfers to Syrian rebels must be probed, reported to UNSC: Moscow - RT News


Syrian minister says world powers must stop fighters entering from Turkey and Jordan - Yahoo News


Syria ready to take part in Geneva peace talks: minister - Reuters


Beijing and Damascus agree on 3 principles for peace process in Syria - TASS


Pope Francis pushes for UN-backed end to Syrian conflict - DW.COM


Hezbollah holds recruiting push for war in Syria - AP


US-Backed Fighters in Syria Capture Areas in North From IS - ABC News


ISIL lost 5,000 square miles of territory largely in Northern Syria and Iraq, a net loss this year of 14% of what it had conquered - usatoday.com

 

Special Forces reportedly recover ISIS fatwa supporting organ harvesting - Fox News

 

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Russia says its strikes reduce oil smuggling to Turkey - Yahoo News


Militants in Syria change illegal oil trade routes: Russian Defense Ministry - TASS


Russian intel spots 12,000 oil tankers & trucks on Turkey-Iraq border: General Staff (VIDEOS) - RT News


VIDEO: Russian jets bomb ISIS oil tankers in Syria - RT News


Obama adviser: US develops plan to close oil trafficking corridor at Turkish-Syrian border - TASS


Russia Won't Stop Bombing in Syria after Cease-fire between Government and Opposition, “War on IS and Other Terrorist Groups” Will Continue - AP


Russian Aviation in Syria Completed 5,240 Sorties Since Operation Beginning - sputniknews.com


Russia killed hundreds of civilians in Syria, Amnesty says - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


REPORT (Full): Syria: Russia’s shameful failure to acknowledge civilian killings - Amnesty International


Russia rejects Amnesty charges over Syria raids - BBC News


Pentagon Rejects Russian Proposal to Share Intelligence on Daesh Positions until Moscow Changes its Position with Regard to Syrian President Bashar Assad - sputniknews.com


Russia, Qatar agree to encourage Syrian opposition to talk to govt - Yahoo News


No plans for establishing Islamic armed forces of anti-IS coalition: Qatari FM - TASS


Russia and India support Syria’s sovereignty and territorial integrity: joint statement - TASS


Pakistan Joins Russia, Condemns Any Attempts to Topple Assad in Syria - sputniknews.com


Russian FM hosts Turkey pro-Kurdish party leader for Syria talks and Moscow's potential support for Kurdish groups fighting Islamic State jihadists - Yahoo News


Russia, Taliban share intelligence in ISIS fight - CNN.com


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Focus: Clinton and Sanders and the Quinnipiac Poll - Dec 23, 2015

I am going to compare the attitudes of the Independents, Democrats and Republicans towards Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders in the Quinnipiac poll released today. Clinton has a very solid lead among Democrats while Sanders is the choice of Independents who instead dislike Clinton by a large margin. Republican swing voters may lean to vote for Sanders, not for Clinton.

If the primary for President were being held today, 61% of Democrats would vote for Clinton and 30% for Sanders. Among Democrats, Clinton gets 82% favorable opinion and 13% unfavorable; Sanders gets 69% favorable and 8% unfavorable. Only 3% of Democrats have not heard enough about Clinton while 21% have not heard enough about Sanders. Democrats overwhelming think that Clinton has the ‘right experience' compared to Sanders, 82% by 12%. Also they regard Clinton as a 'strong leader' compared to Sanders, 69% to 21%. Moreover 57% of Democrats say that Clinton ‘cares' about their problems, only 34% say the same about Sanders. Being honest and trustworthy is a characteristic won by Sanders over Clinton, but it is not a priority for the Democrats.

Focus: Democratic Presidential Debate - Dec 20, 2015

 

I urge Sen. Sanders to be friendly and accommodating with Hillary Clinton during the presidential debate regarding the data breach. He should admit that a serious mistake was done by his campaign staff and say that he will do everything to remedy the damage done to the Clinton campaign including an investigation and disclosure of the incident. This way he will avoid arguing with Clinton and spending debate time on this issue. Clearly the wrong is on the Sanders camp who should have not search and retrieve the Clinton campaign data. At stake is not only Sanders reputation as honest and trustworthy but also as a leader who can manage a crisis situation in a balanced and objective manner.


During the debate, Hillary Clinton hawkish foreign policy should be denounced as posing a great danger for US and the world as demonstrated on Iraq, Libya, Syria, Russia and Ukraine. On the other hand her domestic policy of limited reforms is weak and inadequate. Sen. Sanders should emphatically call for adding more Democratic debates and on TV prime time to give the voters essential information on the candidates’ reactions to the fast breaking pace of evolving US and world events. Today's debate, running against Christmas shopping, an NFL game and the opening weekend of the new "Star Wars” movie, will limit the number of potential viewers. The Hill reports that with current averages the 12 Republican debates will reach about 200 million viewers  compared to about 75 million for the 6 Democratic events. The current DNC debate schedule clearly favors frontrunner Hillary Clinton shielding her from more challenging questions and answers. In general limiting debates is a detriment to the national discussion and hampers Democrats’ ability to build excitement for their issues. 

 

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Focus: Sanders and the Clinton Data Breach - Dec 19, 2015


According to news reports listed below, Sanders campaign staff conducted searches of data stored by Hillary Clinton's campaign and saved some of the files related to 10 early primary states, including Iowa and New Hampshire. "The staffers who secured access to the Clinton data included national data director Josh Uretsky, who was fired on Thursday, and his deputy, Russell Drapkin. The two other usernames that viewed Clinton information were “talani" and "csmith_bernie," created by Uretsky's account after the breach began. Though the Sanders campaign initially claimed that it had not saved Clinton data, the logs show that the Vermont senator’s team created at least 24 lists during the 40-minute breach, which started at 10:40 a.m., and saved those lists to their personal folders. The Sanders searches included New Hampshire lists related to likely voters, "HFA Turnout 60-100" and "HFA Support 50-100," that were conducted and saved by Uretsky. Drapkin's account searched for and saved lists including less likely Clinton voters, "HFA Support <30" in Iowa, and "HFA Turnout 30-70"' in New Hampshire.”


If this is true, Sen. Sanders owns an apology to the Democratic National Committee and to Hillary Clinton. Sen. Sanders should order a full investigation. All the staff involved should be removed from their jobs, fired or disciplined. It is possible that Sanders was unaware of the Clinton data breach and the staff members involved acted on their own without orders or knowledge from above. Sanders should abide by the DNC recommendations that, in order to regain access to the his voter file, he should provide "a full accounting of whether or not this information was used and the way in which it was disposed.”


Reports: 4 Sanders Staffers Searched Clinton Data And Saved Files - talkingpointsmemo.com


More on the Clinton Data Breach and Theft by the Sanders campaign staff - Democratic Underground


DNC's full statement on the voter data breach by the Sanders Camp - talkingpointsmemo.com


VIDEO: Debbie Wasserman Schultz Defends Suspending Sanders Access To DNC Data System - RealClearPolitics


Statement by IT company NGP VAN on DNC data security and privacy - blog.ngpvan.com


Sanders campaign manager Weaver threatens to sue DNC - TheHill


Statement by Jeff Weaver, Bernie Sanders 2016 Campaign Manager - Bernie Sanders


VIDEO: Bernie Sanders campaign manager Weaver threatens to DNC to court if data access not restored - YouTube

 

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Syria News - Dec 16, 2015


In major policy shift Kerry says US not seeking ‘regime change' in Syria, U.S. and Russia see the conflict 'fundamentally very similarly' - ABC


VIDEO: Secretary Kerry and Foreign Minister Lavrov Hold a Press Conference in Moscow (Kerry speech starts at 4:10 min) - YouTube


TRANSCRIPT: Secretary Kerry and Foreign Minister Lavrov Hold a Press Conference in Moscow - state.gov


Syria conflict: US and Russia signal new push at UN, to pass a resolution endorsing the Syria peace process - BBC News


Russia, US military chiefs discuss Syria air space cooperation: agencies - THE DAILY STAR


US defense chief urges Turkey to do more in anti-ISIL fight, says most significant contribution would be sealing its border with Syria - Hurriyet


EXCLUSIVE: Sarin materials brought via Turkey & mixed in Syrian camps of ISIS which was known as Iraqi Al Qaeda during that time: Turkish MP to RT - RT News


Obama: ISIS Has Lost 40 Percent of Iraq Territory, and More in Syria - WTXF


U.S. Bombing of ISIS Oil Facilities Showing Progress - TIME


US-backed Free Syrian Army groups on verge of collapse - Stripes


Russia Names Four Free Syrian Army Groups It Supports with Air Cover in Fight Against ISIS - Haaretz


Syrian opposition provides Russian Air Force with coordinates to target terrorists: MoD - RT News


Russia supplies weapons only to Syrian government army, not to Free Syrian Army: Kremlin - TASS


Russia is bringing its big guns to Syria. Literally. - theweek.com


VIDEO (English Subtitles): Putin: Any forces that threaten Russian militaries in Syria should be exterminated - YouTube


Russian warplanes destroy 6 terrorists’ oil production facilities in Syria - TASS


Syrian troops liberate 9 settlements in Aleppo province: Russian General Staff - TASS

 

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Saudi Arabia creates 34 State Islamic military bloc to fight terror groups - Yahoo News


Saudi Arabia says sending special forces to Syria under discussion by Gulf States - Yahoo News


VIDEO (English Subtitles): Saudi Arabia’s crown prince announces military alliance to fight terrorism - YouTube


VIDEO (Longer version in Arabic): Saudi Arabia’s crown prince announces military alliance to fight terrorism - YouTube


VIDEO (English): Saudi Arabia FM announces new military coalition to fight terrorism - YouTube


Pentagon chief Carter wants more details on new Saudi alliance, senior defense official says the U.S. did not know in advance about it - News-Sentinel.com


No comment from Kremlin on newly-created Islamic coalition: 'It will take some time to analyze this decision. We don’t have detailed information at this point' - TASS

 

Saudi-led Islamic coalition role leaves Lebanon govt in shreds, PM hails move while FM oppose it  - THE DAILY STAR


Interview with the rebel commander of Damascus Zahran Alloush, head of the Army of Islam - The Daily Beast


VIDEO (full version in Arabic): Jabhat a-Nusra leader al-Jolani criticizes the Riyadh conference of the Syrian opposition in an interview, denounces participating rebel factions as ‘treasonous’ - YouTube


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Focus: Terrorism and the U.S. Presidential Campaign - Dec 13, 2015

 

NYT/CBS poll shows that terrorism is voters' top pick for the biggest issue facing America. It may be a temporary trend due to the shocks of the San Bernardino and Paris tragedies. "Last month only 4% of Americans said terrorism was the most important problem.... Now nearly one in five -- 19% -- believe it is. Previous recent NYT/CBS polls found the economy was the top challenge." Terrorism is taking center stage in the presidential campaigns. Hillary Clinton vows to defeat Islamic State if elected and will outline her strategy for homeland security next week. The Independent reports today that Islamic State has released a new video; digitally altered footage shows IS tanks advancing towards the Colosseum in Rome and St Peter's Basilica in Vatican City is also filmed.

 

To be successful against terrorism, U.S. and Europe must forge a new partnership with Russia on equal terms to address the world conflicts and security threats. Russia should not be treated as an adversary or worse as an enemy. Putin should be respected as world leader, not disparaged. The new partnership could involve also China which usually teams up with Russia on foreign affairs. The Bernie Sanders proposal to create a new international organization like NATO, that will include Russia and Arab nations, may be the way forward securing world stability and peace. Sanders says: "We must create an organization like NATO to confront the security threats of the 21st century, an organization that emphasizes cooperation and collaboration to defeat the rise of violent extremism and importantly to address the root causes underlying these brutal acts. We must work with our NATO partners, and expand our coalition to include Russia and members of the Arab League.”

 

Next January talks between the Assad government and the Syrian opposition may take place if the parties agree. A Nov 13 statement from the International Syria Support Group, which includes among others U.S., Russia, Saudi Arabia and Iran, calls for a Syria constitutional reform process leading to presidential elections under U.N. supervision within 18 months. Opposition groups, meeting this week in Saudi Arabia, insist as a precondition for talks that Assad and his aides quit power "with the start of the transition period." This is a non-starter because Russia and Iran do not accept the removal of Assad from power before the new presidential elections. The balance of power in Syria favors Russia and Iran. Russian massive military intervention in Syria is a game changer. Its top priority is to defend its historical ally, to preserve the Syrian state institutions from collapsing and avoid an Iraq and Libya scenarios. It sends a message to those who want regime change by military means that they will not succeed.

 

According to some reports State institutions and private donors in Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and other Gulf nations provide weapons supplies and cash flows to the jihadi terrorists in Syria, allow oil trade with them and influx of foreign fighters. They may also provide training, transport, logistical support and medical assistance. This is in the contest of the rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran which fuels the conflict between the Sunni and the Shia. It is also a struggle for the control and distribution of oil and gas. In addition Turkey opposes the formation an autonomous Kurdish region in Syria which could be replicated within its own land. Until these nations aid and abet jihadi terrorism, there will always be security risks in the Middle East and beyond. References:

State Sponsors Of The Islamic State: The Turkey, Saudi, Qatar Connection

America's Allies Are Funding ISIS

Report: Turkey collaborating with the Islamic State

ISIS gets men and $800 million from Turkey

 

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Focus: Bernie Sanders, gun control and hunting - Dec 11, 2015

 

I urge Bernie Sanders to stop talking about hunting in the framework of his gun control plan. He comes from rural Vermont where hunting is common. He says, "In Vermont, New Hampshire and all over this country we have a lot of people who hunt. I support people's rights to hunt, it's part of our cultural heritage. But people do not go hunting with assault weapons.” He adds, "I can understand if some Democrats or Republicans represent an urban area where people don't hunt, don't do target practice, they're not into guns. But in my state, people go hunting and do target practice.” He could just avoid this reference to hunting altogether while talking about gun control. Video of Sanders speech which calls for gun safety legislation after the San Bernardino massacre and does not mention hunting. 


Hunting hurts of the feelings animal rights supporters and in general of pet owners who amount to great numbers. Besides the ethical question of killing animals for recreation, it is also politically convenient not to alienate these voters. According to a poll, more than three in five Americans (62%) have at least one pet in their household, with ownership highest among the two youngest generations tested (65% among Millennials, 71% among Gen X). What's more, 95% of pet owners consider their pets to be members of the family. In addition growing percentages of pet owners frequently or occasionally buy birthday presents for their pets (45%) and cook for them (31%), let their pets sleep in bed with them (71%) and buy them holiday presents (64%).


Animal rights is now a mainstream movement like civil and human rights, environmentalism, feminism, etc. This is an article by Peta (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals): Why Sport Hunting Is Cruel and Unnecessary.


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Syria News - Dec 10, 2015


Defense Sec. Ash Carter tells Senate Committee ISIS is not contained, but cites advances to take away control of territory from it - CBS News


VIDEO: Defense Secretary Ash Carter: We have not contained ISIS, but we are building momentum - YouTube


Defeating ISIS globally and at home requires leveraging it in its “parent tumor” of Syria and Iraq: Defense Secretary Ash Carter - defense.gov


Defense Sec: US combat troops would ‘Americanize’ conflict in Iraq and Syria, we could well turn people into fighting us instead - Freebeacon.com


VIDEO: Carter Cautions US Ground Troops Would 'Americanize' ISIS Fight - defensenews.com


In Testimony Before the Senate Armed Services Committee, General Admits Syrian and Russian Opposition Scuttles No-Fly Zone - US News


VIDEO: US-Enforced No-Fly Zone over Syria Risks Conflict with Russia: General - YouTube


VIDEO: Full hearing of Defense Secretary Ashton Carter testimony before the Senate Armed Service Committee - YouTube


Reckless onslaught could aid ISIL, U.S. military warns that killing civilians could bolster terrorist ranks - POLITICO


U.S. Intel Report to Obama: ISIS will spread worldwide unless it suffers a significant loss of territory on the battlefield in Iraq and Syria - The Daily Beast


IS Opens New Supply Route Between Raqqa in Syria and Mosul in Iraq - VOA


Syria′s fractious opposition meets in Saudi capital to unify stance ahead of peace talks - DW.COM


Major differences surface among the Syrian opposition in Riyadh - GulfNews.com


Assad must face justice, Ahrar Al Sham tells Syrian opposition in Riyadh - The National


Kurds, opposition summit in Syrian Kurdistan - ekurd.net


Riyadh, Rumeilan, and Damascus: All You Need to Know About Syria’s Opposition Conferences - Carnegie Endowment for International Peace


Demand for setting date of Assad’s resignation contradicts international law: Lavrov - TASS

 

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Russian submarine launches cruise missiles in Syria, targeting two major IS positions in the territory of Raqqa - defensenews.com


VIDEO: Watch Russian Sub Firing Cruise Missiles Against ISIS in Syria - NBC News


Kalibr sea-launched missiles prove their efficiency, accuracy: Russian Defense Ministry - TASS


Russian Submarine Notches Milestone With Syria Missile Strike - Fortune


US: Russia Gave Warning of Syria Cruise Missile Strikes - defensenews.com


Comprehensive Infographic about the Russian Intervention in Syria, December 2015 Update - Offiziere.ch


Turkish PM accuses Russia of 'ethnic cleansing' in Syria - Reuters


Russia asks: Why is Turkey bombing Kurds in Syria who are US allies - Rudaw


Putin invites UK to investigate black box recovered from Russian jet downed by Turkey in Syria - ibtimes.co.in


Syrian rebels leave Homs as under truce deal with Assad (PHOTOS) - Daily Mail Online


VIDEO: Syria rebels start leaving Homs district under truce deal - YouTube


Evacuation of Homs district a boost for Syrian government - irishtimes.com


Pro-regime demonstration to demand release of kidnapped relatives in Homs deal - Syria Direct


Nusra fighters surrender to regime in south Syria province of Daraa - NOW


9 Nusra militants killed in Lebanon-Syria border clash with Hezbollah - THE DAILY STAR


Heavy clashes erupt between Kurdish and Nusra forces in Aleppo - Kurdpress News Aganecy


Syria's Assad admits sending weapons to PYD - aa.com


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Focus: Bernie Sanders - Dec 8, 2015


Sen. Sanders should consider the option of running as independent candidate in the presidential elections if Hillary Clinton is nominated by the Democratic party. The nomination of Clinton is not yet a fait accompli. Something may happen to turn the tide against Clinton and in favour of Sanders. But she may lock up the nomination with the help of the Democratic party machine, superdelegates, the endorsements of top Democratic politicians and major unions, super PACs, the Democratic National Committee, a favorable coverage by some big media outlets, etc. It may well be that Sanders will not win the Democratic nomination by virtue of  his superior political platform and his activism; there are powerful interests that are opposing and trying to torpedo his candidacy. This is an aspect of the corrupt and rigged electoral system Sanders is talking about. There is also the possibility of a political cover up of Clinton misconducts regarding the private email server, the dealings of the Clinton Foundation and the Benghazi attack.

 

I believe that Sanders can win the November elections unlike past independent and third party candidates. First of all he has the backing of a progressive mass movement which will largely stick with him until the end. There is no other candidate that can represent it. Sanders is very popular; one more proof is that he has won the online readers’ poll for TIME Person of the Year, 'topping some of the world’s best-known politicians, activists and cultural figures as the most influential person of 2015 among those who voted.’ Sanders has the funding that will allow him to endure a protracted campaign. Democrats who will vote for Clinton in the November elections are a minority. A Gallup poll shows independents are the largest sector of the electorate, they are a key factor to win the Presidency. By running as independent Sanders will have more time to present his case to the American people, to make himself known to those that have not ‘heard enough’ of him, to gain political legitimacy and reputation as national and world leader.

Focus: Hillary Clinton and Wall Street - Dec 8, 2015


Clinton pens NYT op-ed 'to rein in Wall Street', does not go as far as Sanders who calls for breaking up the biggest banks - Guardian


Clinton offers new 'exit tax' on US-foreign company mergers - AP


Hillary Clinton Op-Ed: How I’d Rein In Wall Street - The New York Times


The NYT readers aren't buying Hillary Clinton's "How I’d Rein In Wall Street” - Althouse


Clinton's Commitment to Wall Street Crackdown Questioned - Fox Business


The US financial industry should listen to leftwing reformers, and reinstate the Glass-Steagall act - FT.com


Why this financial industry insider is rooting for Bernie to take the whole thing apart (AUDIO) - Public Radio International


VIDEO ARCHIVE: FDIC’s Hoenig talks about his proposal to reinstate the Glass-Steagall Act and regulation of the financial industry - Bloomberg Business


ARCHIVE: Shoot Bank Of America Now—-The Case For Super Glass-Steagall Is Overwhelming - David Stockman's Contra Corner


Clinton opened State Department to fundraisers, campaign staff and corporate donors - AP


Hillary Clinton defends her meetings with corporate executives and Wall Street donors while Secretary of State, says she can't be bought (VIDEO) - Newsmax


Opinion: let's have a look at how hard it is to buy Hillary - Frontpage Mag


ARCHIVE: Wall Street has made Hillary Clinton a millionaire (VIDEO) - CNN


Clinton Super PAC Donor Is Former Goldman Exec and Foreclosure Crisis Profiteer - theintercept.com

 

A Revolving Door Helps Big Banks’ Quiet Campaign to Muscle Out Fannie and Freddie - The New York Times


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Focus: Hillary Clinton - Dec 6, 2015

 

According to this article, "Ninety-one percent of Democratic respondents to Quinnipiac’s poll said they thought Hillary had “strong leadership qualities,” and 96 percent said they thought she had the right experience. About 30 percent less of those respondents thought the same about Bernie.” Clearly the Democratic voters did not get the message that Hillary Clinton record and experience as leader is abysmal. I am talking about foreign policy which is my field, not domestic issues. From Iraq to Libya to Syria she has been pro-war and pro-regime change through violent means. 


Unfortunately Obama followed her advice on Libya when she urged the President to wage a war against Gaddafi. To date she defends her position and characterizes it as “smart power at its best.” The spectacle of what is Libya today is in front of our eyes: oil field shutdowns, economic decline, disintegration of central authority, soaring number of refugees some of them dead on the sea before arrival to the countries of destination, rising power of armed militias including the Islamic State and Qaeda which pose a security risk to Africa, Europe and also United States. Her "leadership qualities" were again tested on Benghazi when the State Department denied repeated requests by Ambassador Stevens and others to improve security of the American compounds in Libya, when Clinton failed to send any assistance to protect Stevens and his aides while they were under attack, never speaking at all to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta or Joint Chiefs Chairman Dempsey to request such military assistance.


On Syria she promoted the hardline strategy of massively arming the Syrian rebels in their struggle against Assad, establishing a Libyan-style no-fly zone and coordinating the action with Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar which are fomenting the war and supporting the Islamic estremists . This time Obama said no to Hillary, leaving open the door to a diplomatic political solution of the Syrian crisis. Given her past “experience", is she going to pursue regime change also in Venezuela and other Latin American countries?


Clinton takes a tough line on Russia, refusing to recognize its legitimate interests in Ukraine and Syria. Her animosity towards Putin is well known likening the moves of the Russian President to the actions of Adolf Hitler and faulting European leaders for being “too wimpy” about challenging him. Regarding the Russian military intervention in Syria she said: "I think it's important too that the United States make it very clear to Putin that it's not acceptable for him to be in Syria.” According to the Washintgton Times, Hillary Clinton’s hawkish position on Russia troubles even the GOP. With this foreign policy record what kind of world are we going to live under President Clinton?


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Focus: Sanders's chief strategist Tad Devine - Dec 3, 2015


I checked the Twitter account of Tad Devine, the chief strategist of Bernie Sanders. I was surprised by some of his tweets. 


On Dec 2 he tweets a Washington Post article which talks about the future of the Democratic Party without delving into the substance of the crucial issues affecting society. No distinction between the the Clinton and Sanders plans. Just a reference to the "progressive economic agenda that Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders have begun to talk about in their campaigns.” Why Sanders’s chief political strategist called attention to this article?


He Tweets"Iowa (IA) Poll - November 25, 2015 - Clinton Leads Iowa Dem Caucus, | Quinnipiac University Connecticut https://t.co/jed8huwkRK”. In his tweet, Devine does not mention 42 percent for Sen. Bernie Sanders in the same poll, compared with 51 percent for Clinton. Furthermore the poll shows that 47 percent of Democrats say Sanders can best handle the economy, while 42 percent say Clinton is best on this issue. 


On Nov 7 he retweeted: "Clinton proposes changing marijuana from a Schedule 1 to Schedule 2 drug so researchers can study impact of medical marijuana.” Why he did not reply that changing marijuana from a Schedule 1 to Schedule 2 is weak proposal compared to Bernie Sanders' support for repealing federal prohibition. Quoting Sanders, marijuana must be legalized “if we are serious about criminal justice reform and preventing many thousands of lives from being impacted because of criminal convictions for marijuana possession."


On Nov 15 he tweeted a New York Time articleAs Mayor, Bernie Sanders Was More Pragmatist Than Socialist. I am not going to comment on this because I have no knowledge of Sanders mayorship. Maybe Sanders should take a look at it to see if it is truthful.


I checked the political work of Tad Devine on Wikipedia. He worked for Jimmy Carter, Walter Mondale and Michael Dukakis in the field of delegate tracking and selection in their nomination campaigns. Later he served as a senior strategist to the campaigns of Al Gore in 2000 and John Kerry in 2004. Without entering into the merits of each presidential candidate, it is a long string of failed campaigns. Regarding the 2008 Democratic presidential primary he was noncommittal about Obama and Clinton supporting neither candidate.


Devine also advised foreign leaders which I will not mention except Bolivian President Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada in 2002. Protesters, angry for his gas policy, sparked a rebellion which forced him to flee to the U.S. Reportedly more than 60 people died and hundreds were injured as the military cracked down on opposition protests. De Lozada was the architect of the energy sector privatization and an unpopular income tax recommended by the IMF. To date Devine defends the former Bolivian President.


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Focus: Syria News - Dec 2, 2015


Defense chief Carter before the House Armed Services Committee: US sending more special forces to fight Islamic State in Iraq and Syria - AP


VIDEO: Ash Carter before the House Armed Services Committee: More U.S. special operators headed to Syria - CNN


Joint Chiefs chairman Dunford: We have not contained ISIL, it has spread beyond Iraq and Syria to other countries - TheHill


VIDEO: Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Dunford: 'We have not contained ISIL' - YouTube


VIDEO: Ashton Carter, Joseph Dunford full testimony before the House Armed Services Committee - C-SPAN.org


Sen. Murphy critical of plan to send additional special ops forces to Syria, Iraq - Hartford Courant


Obama touts progress against ISIS, sets low expectations for Russian cooperation saying Putin unlikely to do '180 turn' - Fox News


VIDEO: Obama sets low expectations for Russian cooperation on Syria - Yahoo News


Obama: We need Turkey to secure its border with Syria, to prevent ISIS to transport fuel and foreign fighters - Breitbart


U.S. air campaign cripples ISIL oil industry in Syria - usatoday.com


Clinton on Russians:  "I want them at the table. They don't have to participate in it, but I want them to understand that there has to be safe areas [i.e. no-fly zones] on the ground” (VIDEO) - TheHill


Did Hillary Clinton think a military victory against Assad was possible in Syria (VIDEO) ? - CBS News


US-backed alliance of Kurds and Arabs fight deadly clashes in Aleppo province with Islamist including Nusra - Yahoo News


U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces recapture new Hasakah areas from ISIS - ARA News


As US-backed Kurdish-Arab alliance prepares to storm Shaddadi, tribal leaders ask ISIS to withdraw to avoid civilian casualties - ARA News

 

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Russia adding 2nd airbase in Syria, pursuing 'expansion' in military campaign - Fox News


With the new airbase, the Russian air force in Syria is expected to double in the number of aircraft, additional 1,000 soldiers deployed - Daily Sabah


More information on the new Russian military base in Syria - InformNapalm.org


Russian Su-34 fighters carrying air-to-air missiles in Syria for the first time (VIDEO) - UPI.com


Pentagon warns Russia’s against arming its warplanes in Syria with air-to-air missiles - TASS


Russia S-400 missile system sends robust signal: 248 mi. range, 3 mi. per second speed, tracking hundreds of targets simultaneously up to 19 mi. height - BBC


Israel’s defence minister Ya'alon: Russian air defence missile system in Syria is not a threat - middleeastmonitor.com


Netanyahu, Putin Meet to Discuss Coordination of Air Forces in Syria - Washington Free Beacon


Vladimir Putin claims Turkey shot down Russian jet to protect oil trade with Isil (VIDEO) - Telegraph


Exclusive: Russia may freeze Turkish Stream gas project: Gazprom sources - Reuters


Russian Su-24M Jet Attack: Moscow Accuses NATO Of ‘Politically’ Covering Turkey - ibtimes.com


NATO allies seek to strengthen Turkey's defences - Reuters


Xi, Putin to enhance anti-terrorism cooperation - Business Standard News


Syria's government and opposition forces reach a deal for rebels to leave the last part of Homs city under their control - Yahoo News


Starving residents leave Qudsiya as rebels mull deal to end blockade - Syria Direct


Syria's Assad says Russia's support changes balance on the ground - Jerusalem Post


TRANSCRIPT: President al-Assad Interview to Czech TV - Syrian Arab News Agency


In unexpected twist, Assad ally may be Lebanon's next president - Jerusalem Post


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Focus: Clinton and Sanders on climate change - Nov 30, 2015


According to BBC, today hundreds of thousands of people have marched worldwide to demand action to stop climate change. On the eve of the Paris international conference on climate change it is necessary to point out the differences between Clinton and Sanders on this issue. 

 

Hillary Clinton has recently stated her opposition to the Keystone pipeline and Arctic offshore oil and gas drilling. Also she released a plan promoting renewable energy resorces, especially solar energy. But this is not enough. Climate expert John H. Cushman Jr says: "To be transformational, Clinton's policy would have to: aim to end the uncontrolled emission of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere, crack down on methane (another greenhouse gas) whether it comes from fracking natural gas or from agriculture, leave most existing reserves of fossil fuels in the ground, and put a price on carbon, either through a tax or a cap-and-trade system.” Climatologist James Hansen says that a president committed to halting climate change would implement a gradually rising fee for fossil fuel extraction, collected from the fossil fuel companies at the domestic mine or port of entry. To incentivize other countries to do the same the US would have to impose equivalent tariffs on imports from countries without a carbon fee. “You have to recognize that as long as fossil fuels appear to be the cheapest energy, we’ll just keep burning them,” Hansen says. So far Clinton has failed to endorse a tax on carbon emissions, which Sanders supports and many experts believe is essential if the world is to avoid a climate calamity. 


Sanders has introduced a bill which would block new leases and end non-producing leases for fossil fuels -- such as coal, oil, gas, oil shale and oil sands -- on federal land and for offshore drilling in the Pacific and Gulf of Mexico. It would also completely prohibit offshore drilling in the Arctic and Atlantic oceans. Recently Clinton said she wouldn’t stop federal energy development if elected president. Her campaign manager Podesta added the government should expect to receive more royalties and tax revenue from those operations rather than stopping them altogether.


Is Clinton Still a Carbon Candidate? I think the answer to the above question, in all fairness, has to be “Yes” until she proves otherwise. I’m open to being shown otherwise — as are we all who care about our children’s and grandchildren’s future. But the weight of evidence so far is this — under a President Clinton, no halt to carbon emissions, and no commitment to one, will be forthcoming. Does that mean she doesn’t care about climate change. No, but it does mean she won’t act effectively to prevent it." Gaius Publius: Is Clinton Still a Carbon Candidate? The Data to Date

Russia News - Nov 28, 2015


Russia deploys cutting-edge S-400 air defense system on combat duty to Syrian base after Su-24 downing (VIDEOS) - RT News


VIDEO: See the moment the Russian S-400s arrived in Latakia, Syria - YouTube


Experts opinions: S-400 antiaircraft missile system to defend Russia’s air group, will keep most of Syrian airspace under control - TASS


Reports: Russia launches electronic warfare in Syria as tensions rise - Fox News


Ankara Suspends Air Force Flights Over Syria After Attack on Su-24: Media - sputniknews.com


Erdogan warns against use of S-400 against Turkish fighter jets over Syria - News.Az


VIDEO: Erdogan interview: We won't apologize for downing Russian plane - CNN


U.S. officials say Russia didn't give downed jet's flight plan to them, Putin hinted that U.S. might have given detailed Russian operational plans to Turkey ahead of time - Yahoo News


US Hopes Russia Respects Safety Memorandum After S-400s Deployed in Syria - armscom.net


US special forces begin training Kurdish and Arab fighters to take on Isis - ibtimes.co.uk


Israeli Air Force says direct line to Moscow prevents possible air incidents - RT News


Chinese media: Russian S-400 undermines Turkey's plan to impose safe zone in Syria - Xinhua


Russia retaliates with air strikes near Turkey border - World Tribune


Russia ready to coordinate steps to block Turkish-Syrian border: FM Lavrov - TASS


U.S. urges Turkey to seal Syria border, says a bigger Turkish border deployment would close off key transit routes for ISIS fighters in Syria - WSJ


Turkey Masses Tanks on Syria Border Amid Rising Russia Tensions - Antiwar.com


Putin: 'Commercial scale’ oil smuggling into Turkey by ISIS becomes priority target of air strikes - RT News


Erdogan denies Turkey buys oil from ISIL - Al Jazeera English


Protests erupt in Turkey after journalists arrested for a report suggesting Ankara shipped arms to Islamist rebels in Syria - AFP


VIDEO: Turkish police pepper spray supporters of 2 prominent journalists arrested for ‘treason’ over publishing photos of weapons allegedly brought to Syrian rebels by Turkish intelligence - RT News


Russian PM Pushes For Economic Sanctions Against Turkey - huffingtonpost.com


Russia scraps visa-free regime for Turks amid bitter dispute - France 24 


France, Russia agree to exchange intelligence in Syria campaigns, but difference remain on the fate of Assad - AP

 

Russia plays down idea of grand coalition with West to strike Islamic State in Syria, it seeks cooperation on its terms - Washington Post

 

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Coal cutoff escalates Russia-Ukraine tensions, Yatsenyuk says not enough coal for winter - POLITICO


Ukraine seeks imports of anthracite coal from South Africa as shortages loom - Platts News


Ukraine Energy Minister Backs Compromise on Energy Supplies With Russia - sputniknews.com


Crimea starts receiving electricity from Russia: RIA - Reuters


Russia cuts gas flow, Ukraine closes airspace as trade war expands - The Washington Post


Moscow will impose a food embargo on Ukraine starting from 1 January 2016, when the economic part of Kiev’s European Association Agreement comes into force - RT


Yatsenyuk: Ukraine to Respond Likewise to Russia's Upcoming Food Embargo - sputniknews.com


Ukraine's agricultural exports to Russia down 72.9 pct in first 10 months of 2015 - GlobalPost


Ukraine’s export to decrease 30.8% in 2015: ministry - TASS


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Syria News - Nov 24, 2015

 

A new ABC/Washington Post poll shows that Hillary Clinton is the most trusted 2016 candidate on terrorism. Quoting the Washington Post: "Clinton’s position of strength in the new Post-ABC poll is perhaps more striking given it also found... 57 percent disapproved of his [Obama] handling of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.”

 

I think is urgent to respond to the recent Clinton national security and Islamic State speech and clarify to the public the dangerous implications of her foreign policy which will furtherly destabilize the Middle East and fuel more war. 


On top I would put her anti-Russia and anti-Iran stance: by condemning continuously their actions and by refusing to recognize their legitimate interests and concerns, she makes the prospect of a political and diplomatic solution of the crisis difficult if not impossible to pursue. 


Second, I would mention her plan to train and arm the so called “moderate” Syrian rebels who are fighting Assad. This policy has been a total failure with the result that US weapons ended up in the hand of Qaeda-affiliated Nusra Front and Islamic state; also many CIA-trainees were fought and defeated or recruited by those terrorist groups. Right now remaining “moderate” Syrian rebels are allied with Nusra Front and other hardline Islamist groups in a coalition known as Army of Conquest.


Third, Clinton no-fly zone in northern Syria may cause a direct military confrontation with Russia, Iran and the Syrian army. The Pentagon assessed the no-fly zone as risky, costly and difficult to implement. Also the local populations, like the Syrian Kurds, oppose it.


Forth, Clinton says: "There is not going to be a successful military effort at this point to overturn Assad. That can only happen through the political process.” By setting the goal of overturning Assad, even if by a political process, she imperils the future peace talks between the Syrian government and opposition. Russia and Iran have repeatedly said that they will not accept Assad ouster as a precondition for the negotiations ending the war.


Fifth, Clinton plans a deployment in Syria of more U.S Special Operations troops "who can contribute to the fight on the ground” and military personnel advising the Iraqis "including embedding in local units.” This will put at risk more lives of American soldiers. The U.S. military shows sign of fatigue after so many wars; soldiers suffer from exhaustion, sleep disorders and mental health problems. No surprise that few Americans in the military have a good impression of Hillary Clinton: in a poll she is seen unfavorably by 81% by active and retired military personnel, including 69% who share a very unfavorable impression of her. 


Below is my today’s news research on Syria.

 

Putin, Khamenei pledge to oppose 'external attempts' to overthrow Assad regime - UPI


VIDEO: Russia’s complex anti-ISIS campaign in Syria would be impossible without Iran: Putin - RT News


Jordan's King Abdullah to discuss war on Syria militants with Putin - Reuters


Сhina considers Russia’s actions important part of international fight against terrorism - TASS


UN Chief Says Russia and U.S. Must Unite to Destroy Islamic State - Breitbart


Former defense chief Hagel: Russia, Iran must join fight against ISIS - Washington Examiner


Russian TV: Russian airstrikes destroy 472 terrorist targets in Syria in 48 hours, 1,000 oil tankers in 5 days (VIDEO) - RT News


Pentagon skeptical of claims Russia hit 1,000 ISIS tankers - Fox News


Backed by Russian airstrikes Syria troops advance in Homs province and Latakia - Daily Mail Online


Syrian army making advances since Russian airstrikes began: Assad - RT News


TRANSCRIPT: Assad interview to Chinese PHOENIX TV Channel - Syrian Arab News Agency


U.S. Congresswoman introduces bill to stop "illegal" war on Assad; says CIA ops must stop (VIDEO) - Intellihub


Inside Russia's war room where Vladimir Putin masterminds Syria airstrikes (PHOTOS, VIDEO) - Daily Mail Online


Russia said to deploy advanced missile system in Syria - The Times of Israel


Report: Russia Sends Ground Forces into Syria - Washington Free Beacon


VIDEO: Syrians take to the streets to praise Russian military support - BBC News

 

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Presidential envoy McGurk: US Special Forces going Into Syria very soon, 'to organize those forces on the ground to push down on Raqqa' - VOA


VIDEO: Presidential Envoy Brett McGurk discusses the U.S. strategy in Syria against ISIS - CBS


France, Russia poised to pummel Islamic State ‘capital' Raqqa - THE DAILY STAR


Exclusive: Kurdish forces with new alliance called the Syrian Democratic Forces dig in just outside ISIS headquarters in Raqqa (VIDEO) - CNN


Isis fortifies Raqqa as it braces for an international assault on its Syrian stronghold - The Independent


With air support from a US-led coalition Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic forces have captured nearly 200 villages from Islamic State - ekurd.net


15 opposition brigades in Idlib, Aleppo join the Syrian Democratic Forces - Syria Direct


Assyrian Christian Militia Joins Kurds against ISIS in Syria - National Review Online


Officials say US warplanes destroy 283 IS fuel trucks in Syria - Yahoo News


President Obama Returns to DC Amid ISIS Intelligence Report Investigation - ABC News


Syria oil map: the journey of a barrel of Isis oil - FT


Turkey buying oil from Isis? Syrian army releases photos of captured tanker - IBTimes


Financing Terror: Where Does the Islamic State Group Get Its Money? - US News


How the Islamic State makes its money - The Washington Post


US Envoy: Chemical Attacks 'Becoming Routine' in Syria - ABC News


Syria opposition chief urges Al-Nusra to break with Al-Qaeda - Yahoo News


Al-Qaeda's affiliate Nusra Front releases a grateful video where they openly thank the Free Syrian Army for supplying them with US-made anti-tank TOW missiles - Sputnik

 

VIDEO: Revealing Interviews of ISIS fighters captured by the Kurds - LiveLeak.com

Focus: Hillary Clinton Plan to Combat Islamic State - Nov 20, 2015

 

Here is a summary of the Hillary Clinton plan to combat Islamic State and my suggestions for a Sanders counterproposal. This is the full transcript and video of Clinton National Security Address.


Hillary Clinton proposes:


Deployment in Syria of more U.S Special Operations troops "who can contribute to the fight on the ground” and military personnel advising and training the Iraqis "including embedding in local units and helping target airstrikes.” 


Establishing no-fly zones together with the coalition and the neighbors to "stop Assad from slaughtering civilians and the opposition from the air.”


Support and arming Syrian opposition units hand in hand with Arab and European partners.


A political transition to end Assad’s rule which has "killed many more Syrians than the terrorists have…There is not going to be a successful military effort at this point to overturn Assad. That can only happen through the political process.”


"Counter Iranian influence across the region and its support for terrorist proxies such as Hezbollah….Raising the confidence of our Arab partners and raising the costs to Iran for bad behavior will contribute to a more effective fight against ISIS.”


Following are my suggested points for Sanders counterproposal:


No to U.S. troops on the ground in Syria and Iraq. Let’s spare the lives and limbs of the American soldiers! According to a Reuters poll, Americans want more action against ISIS, but oppose ground troops.


Oppose no-fly zone. This is a dangerous idea. A no-fly zone will fuel the civil war, antagonize Russia and Iran and may cause a direct military confrontation with them. The Pentagon opposes the no-fly zone as risky, costly and difficult to implement. Also the local populations, like the Syrian Kurds, oppose it.


No arming of the Syrian so called “moderate” rebels who are allied with Nusra Front and other hardline Islamist groups in a coalition known as Army of Conquest. As it has happened in the past they have been a conduit, either willing or unwilling, of U.S. weapons to terrorist groups.


Support the call of France President Hollande for a global coalition to defeat Islamic State, a truly international cooperation with the participation of Russia and all the Muslim nations including Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Iran. Hollande will meet separately with Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin next week to "unite the forces”.


Support the Vienna Statement of the International Syria Support Group which set a plan for Syrian government and opposition talks, new constitution and UN supervised elections within 18 months. "The ISSG expressed willingness to take immediate steps... to pave the way for the nationwide ceasefire."  


No mentioning of Assad which remains a sticking point in the diplomatic negotiations to reach a political solution to the Syrian crisis. The Syrian government/opposition talks and the constitutional reform process can begin without addressing the fate and political future of Assad which can be discussed at a later stage when both the Syrian government and opposition have been given political and security guarantees.


It  is important that Sen. Sanders address in a comprehensive manner the anti-terrorism campaign. The audience of the Iowa Democratic debate thought that Clinton was stronger than Sanders in national security, and the media noticed that he was too short addressing this issue.

Focus: Wall Street Reform - Nov 13, 2015


Glass-Steagall takes center stage in the 2016 presidential field, as Wall Street critics push hard for its return - TheHill


Democratic candidates take aim at Wall Street, Sanders is pushing a 0.5% tax on the sale of stock while Clinton’s tax is limited and smaller - WSJ


Clinton to target ‘risky' financial institutions but not reinstate Glass-Steagall - The Daily Caller


VIDEO : Hillary Clinton On Glass-Steagall And Big Banks - YouTube


Who is Wall Street backing for president? Clinton raised $5.5 million from the financial sector, Bush comes in second with $4.2 million - bizjournals


GOP Says Big Banks Are Bad (But Don't Touch Them) - Bloomberg View


Republicans Are Obsessed With Deregulating Wall Street - huffingtonpost.com


Republican Nominee to Oversee Wall Street Works at Think Tank Dedicated to Blocking Regulation - theintercept.com


Elizabeth Warren: Congressional Favor Let Wall Street Keep $10 Trillion In Risky Swaps On Its Books - ibtimes.com


Democrats may clash with Warren on financial rules, she's warned them not to use an upcoming spending bill to soften banking regulations - POLITICO


Former Citigroup CEO John Reed says it was mistake to repeal Glass-Steagall - CNN


Former Citigroup CEO John Reed op-ed: We were wrong about universal banking - FT.com


Opinion: One of the Most Important Differences Between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton: It All Comes Down to Wall Street - Alternet


Opinion: If Glass-Steagall hadn't been repealed, there's little doubt it would have lessened the depth and breadth of the 2008 financial crisis - huffingtonpost.com


Report Says bonus pay on Wall Street is likely to fall, average securities industry bonus last year was $172,860 - The New York Times


VIDEO: The Wall Street Bonus Squeeze Is On - Yahoo Finance


Goldman Sachs names 425 managing directors in new class, the highest base salary for the new directors is $400,000 - Reuters


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Syria News - Nov 12, 2015


Russia outlines plan for steering Syria out of conflict, a constitutional reform lasting up to 18 months followed by presidential elections - CBC


Text of Russia's draft proposals on Syrian crisis - Daily Mail Online


Syrian opposition rejects Russian proposal to end conflict - The National


Syria talks to focus on which opposition groups should negotiate with Assad's regime and which should be designated as terrorists - Daily Mail


UN Syria envoy:'momentum' of Vienna talks must not be squandered - Yahoo News


VIDEO: Staffan de Mistura (UN Special Envoy on Syria) on a political solution to the Syrian crisis - United Nations Web TV

 

Erdoğan once again floats the idea of a safe zone in Syria amid talk of Turkish involvement in a ground operation in its southern neighbor - todayszaman.com


The Reckless Proposal to Impose a No-Fly Zone in Syria - Cato @ Liberty


Syria solution should not only be about Assad: Rouhani - Yahoo News


Syria Christian archbishop calls on West to back President Bashar al-Assad in war against Islamist rebels - Telegraph


Syria: Pro-Assad Christian Militia to the Rescue as 1000s of Christians flee ISIL approach - Informed Comment


U.S. fighter jets sent to Turkey to protect slow-flying attack planes hitting Islamic State targets in Syria and to deter Russian aggression in the region: Defense official - usatoday.com


U.S. to continue its support to Kurdish YPG forces in Syria: spokesman - ekurd.net


VIDEO: Watch Live Secretary of State John Kerry Delivering Remarks on U.S. Strategy in Syria at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday - state.gov

 

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In a major breakthrough, Syrian army frees Aleppo's Kweires air base from ISIL siege - The National


Assad’s men claim control over 'tens of villages and strategic hills' in the Aleppo countryside surrounding the Kweires air base - Long War Journal


Strategic Implications of Assad’s Victory at Kweires - Carnegie Endowment for International Peace


VIDEO: Syrian opposition provided intel to target terrorists around besieged Kweires airbase: Russia - YouTube


VIDEO: Fighting erupts as Syrian govt. forces break siege of Kweires airbase - YouTube


VIDEO: Pro-Assad TV channel reports on Syrian forces recapturing Kweires key airbase - YouTube


VIDEO: Drone Footage of Kweires Airbase Taken After Lifting The Siege - LiveLeak.com


Palmyra will be flattened by ISIS within six months, warns antiquities director - The Independent


Hope for Palmyra? Syrian Army Comes Closer to Strategically Important City - sputniknews.com

 

Russian aviation group in Syria has made 85 sorties against 277 terrorist facilities over the past 2 days, bomber destroys IS tanks and infantry vehicles in Homs: Defense Ministry - TASS


Russia in Syria: 50 journalists from 12 countries visit Russian base in Latakia - ibtimes.co.in


VIDEO: BBC inside airbase where Russia carries out Syria airstrikes - BBC News


Russia's Syria force grows to 4,000, U.S. officials say - Reuters


Free Syrian Army decimated by desertions - Al Jazeera English


VIDEO: Inside the Battle: Al Nusra-Al Qaeda in Syria - VICE News


The riddle of Haji Bakr: a former colonel in an elite intelligence unit of the Saddam Hussein regime as an “architect” of I.S.’s expansion into Syria - The Syrian Intifada


Hezbollah Expands Military Presence in Syrian War - VOA


Syria says Israeli airstrikes hit near Damascus airport, According to unconfirmed reports by opposition groups target was a weapons shipment intended for Hezbollah - The Times of Israel


Netanyahu ‘not sure’ how to intervene in Syria - The Times of Israel


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Syria News - Nov 4, 2015


Syrian Democratic Forces, a U.S.-backed alliance of Arabs, Kurds and Christian Assyrians, make gains against Islamic State in al-Hasakah - UPI


Last Week Joint Kurd-Arab force announced U.S.-backed offensive in al-Hasakah- UPI.com


VIDEO ARCHIVE (English): Kurds, Arabs, Syriacs and Turkmens announce the formation of the 'The Syrian Democratic Forces' - YouTube


Syrian Democratic Forces - Wikipedia


Syrian Kurdish forces fight to halt IS advance near Raqqa, fighters are supported by the US-led coalition airstrikes - VOA


Obama says Syria deployment doesn't break no 'boots on ground' pledge - Reuters


How 50 US troops in Syria could actually make a difference, their goal is to support the anti-ISIS Kurdish-Arab alliance that has demonstrated concrete success (VIDEO) - CSMonitor.com


New MacDill Commander of the Special Operations ForcesTakes Over on Eve of Syria Mission - Military.com


US 'Advisors' to Fight Islamic State in Syria Frustrates Anti-Assad Rebels - VOA


U.S. and Turkey on a Collision Course over the alliance with Syrian Kurdish Forces - huffingtonpost.com


As Kurds advance against ISIS, Turkey intensifies 'provocative attacks' on Kurdish headquarters north Syria - ARA News


Opinion: The Kurds Could Bring Russia and the US Together in Syria - kurdishquestion.com


Details revealed in chilling plot to kill anti-ISIS activists in Turkey, they were members of a citizen-journalist group called 'Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently' (VIDEO) - NBC News


Inside Tal Abyad: A block of wood for beheadings and a torture chamber — what ISIS left behind in a town it used to control - Business Insider

 

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Russia says keeping Assad in power not crucial, but the preservation of the government in the Syrian state is central to ending civil war - VOA


Russia plans to restore Assad regime's economy - aa.com


Russia warplanes bomb IS positions in Palmyra - BBC News


DoD: Russia has opened a new base near Palmyra, bringing the number of Russian bases in Syria to four - NBC News


Russia: Coordinates of 24 terrorist targets in Syria provided by opposition and field commanders of a number of armed rebel groups - TASS


Russia supports Free Syrian Army participating in political settlement in Syria: diplomat - TASS


Transported by the Russian aircraft Christian Assyrians Mobilize More Fighters to Confront ISIS in East Homs - AINA


Men and women locked by Syrian rebels in cages to act as human shields against Assad’s air-strikes (VIDEO) - Daily Mail Online


Pentagon: US, Russian fighters communicate over Syria in test, but no military cooperation - Yahoo News


US is moving jets intended for air-to-air combat to Syria — and Russia might be why - Business Insider


Iran is threatening to pull out of peace talks on Syria, citing the 'negative role' of its main regional adversary Saudi Arabia, - Business Insider


Iranian commander killed in Syria: state media - Yahoo News UK


Israel is no longer taking a public position on Syrian President Assad's prospects of staying in power: defense minister - Yahoo News


Al Qaeda Chief Hints Joining Hands With ISIS In War Against Russia, US - ibtimes.com

 

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Syria News - Oct 28, 2015


Pentagon chief unveils new plan for ISIS fight before the Senate Armed Services Committee - TheHill


VIDEO: Secretary of Defense Carter Statement on the U.S. Counter-ISIL Campaign before the Senate Armed Services Committee - defense.gov


TRANSCRIPT: Secretary of Defense Carter Statement on the U.S. Counter-ISIL Campaign before the Senate Armed Services Committee - defense.gov


VIDEO: Senate Committee on Armed Services Hearing with Secretary of Defense Carter and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Dunford - defense.gov


VIDEO: Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joseph Dunford Opening Statement before the Senate Armed Services Committee - defense.gov


The new “three R's” of America’s ISIS strategy, explained - Vox


No no-fly zone at this time: Pentagon chief Carter - freebeacon.com


Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joseph Dunford: US Faces Legal, Political Challenges to Implement No-Fly Zone in Syria - sputniknews.com


U.S. weighs special forces in Syria, helicopters in Iraq - Reuters


Centcom: 145 Syrian rebels from training program still active - TheHill


Carter: US-Trained Syrian Rebels Not Targeted by Russian Airstrikes - sputniknews.com


US-led coalition air strikes slow in Syria, the coalition launched 359 air strikes in July, 206 in August and 115 in September - i24news


Hostages freed in Iraq raid recount time in ISIS captivity (VIDEO) - CNN.com


VIDEO: Video shows the raid on an ISIS prison in northern Iraq last week which freed about 70 captives - YouTube


VIDEO (Graphic): ISIS executes Syrian soldier, running him over by tank - LiveLeak.com



IS Militants Tie Captives to Palmyra Roman-era Columns, Blow Them Up - US News


Syrians living tragedy and despair barely imaginable five years ago, 13.5 million need aid and protection: UN - United Nations News Centre

 

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US Officials: Iran Invited to Next Round of Syria Talks - TheHill


VIDEO: Daily Press Briefing at Department of State (Syria questions start at 5:00 Minute) - YouTube


Iran's invitation to Syria talks marks significant shift for US and allies - The Guardian


Iran’s Syria Aid Deepens as It Jockeys for Role in Talks - Bloomberg Business


Amid Mounting Losses, Iranian Commander Admits Growing IRGC Presence In Syria - The Tower


Mounting death toll for Iranian soldiers in Aleppo - rudaw.net


US concedes Syrian President Assad is here to stay for foreseeable future, says has a priority of defeating Islamic State not the regime - ibtimes.com


In an op-ed in the New York Times Jimmy Carter says the U.S. made the wrong decision in demanding Syrian President Assad step down - Business Insider


Russia Spending $4 Million a Day in Syria to Back Assad Regime - Military.com


Russia’s military is proving Western punditry wrong - Brookings Institution


Russia confirms death of service member in Syria - CBS News


Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov: FSA visited Moscow last week - sputniknews.com

 

Free Syrian Army groups say did not visit Moscow - Reuters


Syria: FSA rebels behead Syrian soldier, post image online - ibtimes.co.in


Iraq's ruling alliance, militias urge PM to seek Russian strikes - Reuters


Turkey Confirms Strikes Against Kurdish Militias in Syria - The New York Times


Syrian Kurds to open mission in Berlin, Paris and Moscow: PYD - Kurdpress News Aganecy

 

China Looks at Syria, Sees $$$ - The Daily Beast


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Syria/Russia News - Oct 24, 2015


Russia, US, Turkey and Saudi fail to agree on Syria, no consensus on fate of Assad during meeting held in Vienna - Al Jazeera English


Kerry: Nations to meet next week to discuss ways to bring Syrian war to an end - The Washington Post


Syria talks should be more ‘representative,’ include Iran, Egypt: Moscow - RT News


Qatar Considers Military Intervention With Turkey, Saudi Arabia Against Assad In Syria As An Option - Breibart


Saudi foreign minister says Russian actions in Syria "very dangerous" - Yahoo News


Syrian Coalition: Assad must not be permitted to have a role in any stage of political settlement - etilaf.org


US Debates ‘No-Fly Zone’ in Syria, Pentagon Warns Against it - Antiwar.com


US and Russia sign memorandum to avoid clashes in Syria's crowded airspace - ibtimes.co.uk


Use of US airdrop in Syria disputed, contrary to U.S. Defense Department comments the American-supplied weapons and ammunition are being divvied up with the Kurds - VOA


PYD names Tal Abyad part of its ‘canton’ - hurriyetdailynews.com


Syrian Coalition VP denounces the PYD declaring of the town of Tal Abyad in northern Syria a canton subjected to its administration - etilaf.org


Russian viral drone video from Syria shows bombed-out wasteland that was once a Damascus suburb - Fox News


VIDEO: Drone footage reveals the true scale of destruction in Syria from above - Independent.ie


US-led forces strike ISIS-controlled oil field in Syria - Fox News


Despite US-led campaign, Islamic State group rakes in oil earnings - AP


ISIS and Jabhat Al-Nusra Attempt to Cutoff the Syrian Army's Only Supply Route to Aleppo - almasdarnews.com


The Islamic State isn’t the only group looting Syrian archaeological sites - The Washington Post


VIDEO (and selected transcript): New video from the Islamic State: 'Breaking of the Borders and Slaughtering the Jews' - liveleak.com


Army Identifies U.S. Soldier Killed in Anti-ISIS Raid in Iraq - The New York Times


Baghdad was not informed of U.S. – Peshmerga raid: spokesman - Kurdpress News Aganecy

 

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Putin, Citing Key Moment, Prods West to Cooperate on Syria - The New York Times


VIDEO: Putin on U.S.-Russia Cooperation in Syria - NYTimes.com


VIDEO (and transcript): Putin’s Full Speech at the Valdai International Discussion Club (starts at 3:00 minute) - President of Russia


Putin says Syria's Assad is open to working with armed opposition groups if they are committed to combating Islamic State - Reuters


VIDEO: Putin and Assad press conference - NYTimes.com


Russia's Putin says no plans to extend air strikes to Iraq - Yahoo News


POLL: Putin Gains Record Support Among Russians Over Syria - Bloomberg Business


Russia Said to Redeploy Special-Ops Forces from Ukraine to Syria - WSJ


Exclusive: Shipping traffic to Syria surges as Russia steps up offensive - Reuters


Calculating the Cost of Russia's War in Syria - The Moscow Times


'Hotline' with Israel set up to avoid Syria clashes: Russia - Business Standard News


Russia, Jordan agree on military coordination on Syria - Channel NewsAsia


Iraq, Russia Agree to Hit ISIL Militants Heading from Syria to Iraq - almanar.com


Former bodyguard of Iran's ex-president killed in Syria: Fars - Reuters


Syrian Kurdish party to open office in Russia - todayszaman.com


Syria war: Lavrov seeks talks with 'full spectrum' of opposition - BBC News


Russian lawmakers visit Syria - todayszaman.com

 

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Focus: Hillary Clinton and Benghazi - Oct 22, 2015


Gowdy: Many significant Benghazi questions are still unanswered - The Washington Post


Benghazi committee was first ever to ask for Stevens' emails, ambassador joked about U.S. unwilling to pay for his security - Washington Examiner


Benghazi memos recovered from compound detail staff security worries - Washington Times


Mother of Benghazi victim: My son told me the night before that he was really worried...he didn't expect to live till morning’ (VIDEO) - Breitbart


The “Stand Up” Order That Never Happened in Benghazi, Clinton Failed to Send Any Assistance to Protect Americans in Harm’s Way - townhall.com


VIDEO: Bolton on Benghazi: Mrs. Clinton went home for the evening, never spoke at all to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta or Joint Chiefs Chairman Dempsey - WSJ


VIDEO ARCHIVE: Panetta, Dempsey testify: No Word from Hillary During Benghazi Attack - The Weekly Standard


ARCHIVE: Benghazi testimony: Dempsey says that a contingent was not sent because the State Department didn't request one - CNN.com


ARCHIVE: Gen. Dempsey agrees that the four special ops members were indeed told not to go to Benghazi - newsmax.com


VIDEO ARCHIVE (Compilation): Benghazi Testimony by Panetta and Dempsey - YouTube


The fundamental question: Was Benghazi a gun running operation to take Qaddafi’s abandoned weapons and turn them over to Syrian rebels? - Fox News


How US Ambassador Chris Stevens May Have Been Linked To Jihadist Rebels In Syria - Business Insider


Judicial Watch: New State Documents Show Quick White House Effort to Link Benghazi to Internet Video, Detail Delays and Lack of Support During the Attack - Judicial Watch


Hillary’s Libya Post-War Plan Was ‘Play It by Ear,’ Gates Says - The Daily Beast


Hillary Clinton State Department approved U.S. weapons shipment to Libya despite ban - Washington Times


POLL (NBC/WSJ): More Americans Unsatisfied With Clinton's Response to Benghazi Attack - NBC News


Pro-Clinton Super PAC Releases First Ad On Benghazi, Touting Her Record As Secretary Of State (VIDEO) - NBC News


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Focus: Hillary Clinton - Oct 20, 2015


Cable shows ambassador sought security staffing before Benghazi attack, State Department turned down the request - Fox News


Gowdy: New Benghazi emails show "total disconnect" between the U.S. security needs in Libya and the priorities of Clinton's State Dept - AP


Trey Gowdy: How did 7 Congressional Committees miss Amb. Stevens’ emails showing his request for additional security? - The Daily Caller


Benghazi assessment by Green Beret stands test of time, as probes conclude the security was woefully inadequate - Washington Times


Officials worked to steer the narrative away from terrorist nature of the Benghazi attacks, security shortfalls, and lack of a military rescue - WPBN


Former White House counsel Lanny Davis: 'There was no stand-down order, there was no immediate ability to rescue those four individuals given the distance and the logistics' - WND


ARCHIVE: Top CIA officer in Benghazi delayed response to terrorist attack, US security team members claim (VIDEO) - Fox News


Timing of Movie About Benghazi Attack Could Test Clinton Campaign, '13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi' Set for Release by Paramount Pictures on Jan. 15  - The New York Times


VIDEO: '13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi' Official Trailer - YouTube


Benghazi Democrats publish report defending Clinton on Benghazi - Washington Examiner


REPORT: No Evidence to Support Top Republican Allegations About Secretary Hillary Clinton on Benghazi - democrats.benghazi


'Super PAC' Backing Hillary Clinton to Air Ad on Benghazi Testimony - The New York Times


New battle over claim that Clinton mishandled CIA secrets - TheHill


VIDEO (and transcripts): Face the Nation: Interviews with Gowdy, Cummings - CBS News


Gowdy appears to accidentally release CIA source's name, citing 'human error' State Department acknowledges it failed to delete name when clearing email for disclosure - POLITICO


POLL (Rasmussen): Most Don't Believe Hillary Honest on Benghazi - newsmax.com


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Clinton Foundation Donors Lobbied State Department for Haiti Hotels - Washington Free Beacon


ARCHIVE: Schweizer: Clinton Donors, Relatives Got Rich Off Haiti Contracts, US Taxpayers - Breitbart


State Department under Hillary Clinton redirected $27 million for Bill Clinton’s pet project in Rwanda - The Boston Globe


The Clintons and the Emirates, Secretary Clinton’s top aid Cheryl MIlls was paid to negotiate a private deal - WSJ


ARCHIVE: Hillary Suggests Clinton Foundation $$$ To Chief of Staff Cheryl Mills’ Domestic Partner For Haiti Project — thehillarydaily.com


Under Clinton, State’s cybersecurity suffered according to independent audits and interviews - AP


Teen says he hacked CIA director’s personal AOL account - New York Post


Hundreds of Obama bundlers missing from Clinton's elite fundraising ranks - usatoday.com


Democratic National Committeewoman says her party is 'clearing a path' for Hillary Clinton - Daily Mail Online


Clinton emails reveal Tony Blair's deal with George Bush over Iraq war was forged one year before invasion started - Daily Mail Online


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Focus: Hillary Clinton - Oct 17, 2015


POLL (HuffPost/YouGov): Democrats name Clinton the debate winner, 55 % said Clinton won, Sanders was second with 22 % - huffingtonpost.com


POLL: (NBC): Clinton wins debate re-energizing core backers, Clinton gets 56% as best debater while Sanders 30% - NBC News


POLL: Bernie won online polls and social media, not the debate. Hillary won the debate - slate.com


POLL (Suffolk University/Boston Globe): For the first time in three months Hillary Clinton leads Bernie Sanders in New Hampshire - Business Insider


POLL (NBC-SurveyMonkey): Bernie Sanders leads Hillary Clinton among millennials, Sanders' only age-demographic lead can be found among those ages 19 to 29. - UPI.com


Hillary Clinton $33M 'Cash on Hand' eclipses all candidates in the POTUS race - Examiner.com


Hillary Clinton 2016: Campaign cash flow issues - POLITICO


Clinton and Bush still tops with Wall Street, lawyers - POLITICO


Hillary Clinton Still Leads Showbiz Fundraising in Latest Quarter - Variety


Hillary Clinton takes in big money from drug industry - The Boston Globe


Bill Clinton stepping up fundraising for Hillary - POLITICO


Hillary moneyman highlights new Saudi connection - yahoo.com


Hillary Clinton to appear on 'Late Show' with Stephen Colbert - POLITICO


Insurrection erupts at the Democratic National Committee, insiders say chairwoman Wasserman Schultz's autocratic ways in limiting the number of primary debates alienated many - bloomberg.com


VIDEO: Wolf Blitzer’s questions Debbie Wasserman-Schultz on the limited number of debates - CNN


VIDEO: Rep. Tulsi Gabbard: I was unwelcomed from the first Democratic debate after calling for more debates - CNN

 

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Source: FBI probe of Clinton email focused on ‘gross negligence’ provision, whether there were violations of the Espionage Act Section 793 (f) - Fox


Text of Section 793 (f) of Espionage Act - law.cornell.edu


Obama’s comments about Clinton’s emails rankle some in the F.B.I., White House says he was not trying to influence the investigation - nytimes.com


Homeland-security expert: Sanders is wrong, Clinton’s cybersecurity blunder is a real issue - TheHill


Clinton server’s software had hacking risk - AP

 

VIDEO: Herridge: Whistleblowers Call Out Double Standard in Hillary's Email Scandal - Fox News Insider


Edward Snowden: Clinton made 'false claim' about whistleblower protection - The Guardian


Mike Huckabee Calls For Special Prosecutor For Hillary Email Scandal - Breitbart


Watchdog probes Clinton Foundation payments to Hillary's campaign - Washington Examiner


Judicial Watch: New State Department Emails Reveal Clinton Aide Huma Abedin Failed to Provide Financial and Employment Information As Required By Law - Judicial Watch


New Huma Abedin Email Address Discovered Before Benghazi Committee Appearance - National Review Online


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Syria/Russia News - Oct 12, 2015


Syria conflict: Assad forces make 'significant gains' with help of intensified Russian air strikes - BBC News


Putin Says Russia's Campaign in Syria More Effective Than U.S. - Bloomberg Business


Russia will not conduct ground operation in Syria: Putin - Yahoo News


US Intelligence Is Good, But Does Not Know Everything: Putin - sputniknews.com


VIDEO (Russian language): President Putin discusses Russian anti-terror operation in Syria - YouTube


Moment Russian jet drops a 'high-precision' bomb which destroyed ISIS's HQ in its de-facto capital Raqqa (VIDEO) - DailyMail


Expert: IS air defense missiles and guns posing no threat to Russian aircraft in Syria - TASS

 

Syria: New Russian-Made Cluster Munition Reported - Human Rights Watch


Syrian Kurdish Leader: Moscow Wants to Work With Us - US News


PYD leader meets Russian official in Paris - Kurdpress News Aganecy


Syria crisis: Russia seeks UK's assistance in establishing contact with FSA forces - Yahoo News UK


Kremlin: Military strikes in Syria not big financial burden - The Washington Post


The cost of Russian military involvement in Syria still uncertain - Russia Direct


POLL: Russian public opinion shifting in favour of Syria strikes - BBC News


Putin’s New American Fan Club? The American Committee for East-West Accord is having its formal launch with a Capitol Hill event scheduled for November - The Daily Beast


Russian Intervention in Syria Excites Iraq’s Disillusioned Shiites - The New York Times


Iran says ISIS killed its top general in Syria - Business Insider

 

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Obama defends Syria strategy, criticizes Putin's leadership role - Fox News


VIDEO (and transcript): Interview of President Obama on 60 minutes - CBS News


Obama Administration Ends Pentagon Program to Train Syrian Rebels - The New York Times


White House Is Weighing a Syria Retreat - Bloomberg View


CIA covert operation begun in 2013 trained and armed an estimated 10,000 fighters - Joshua Landis on Twitter


Defense Spending Bill: $600 Million More to Train "Moderates" in Syria - The Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity


British RAF given green light to shoot down hostile Russian jets in Syria - ibtimes.co.uk


Gulf Arabs 'stepping up' arms supplies to Syrian rebels - BBC News


Syria opposition to boycott UN talks, cites Russia strikes - Yahoo News


Islamic State Figures Killed in Air Strike; Baghdadi Not Believed Among Them - The New York Times


ISIS Suicide Bombers Suspected in the Horrific Ankara Attack - The Daily Beast


ISIS switches propaganda activities to new app: Telegram - rudaw.net


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Focus: Hillary Clinton - Oct 9, 2015


In a letter Trey Gowdy says Democrats thwarting Benghazi investigation, plans new release of Clinton emails - Washington Times


Emails suggest Clinton pushed Libyan business interests of off-the-books adviser, shared classified identity of CIA source - Washington Free Beacon


Emails show Qaddafi son offered talks – but Clinton ordered top general to 'not take the call,' source says - Fox News


VIDEO: Emails show Clinton rejected peace talks with Libya in 2011 - Fox News


New Hillary Clinton Emails: Anne-Marie Slaughter, Sidney Blumenthal Urged Libya Military Action - In These Times


Statement by the Benghazi Committee Informing State Department of Intent to Add to Public Record with Release of New Clinton Emails - Benghazi Committee


Text of the Gowdy's letter to Ranking Member Cummings - benghazi.house.gov


VIDEO: Trey Gowdy Schools the Media on Benghazi - The American Spectator


Gowdy: Benghazi panel to interview Blumenthal again - Washington Examiner


Gowdy says McCarthy ‘screwed up’ with Clinton, Benghazi committee remarks - McClatchy DC


House blocks attempt to disband Benghazi committee - CNNPolitics.com


The White House did not join Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi in calling for the House Select Committee on Benghazi to be shut down - Breibart


NY Times helped turn Clinton's call to disband the Benghazi Committee into action - Washington Examiner


NBC furious at Hillary Clinton editing news clip for attack ad addressing Benghazi (VIDEO) - Daily Mail Online


Benghazi Committee Democrats Launch "Asked & Answered" Website as well as Cost Tracker - dailykos.com

 

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Clinton server hack attempts came from China, Korea, Germany - AP


Clinton e-mails were vulnerable to hackers, Datto tech firm warned - The Washington Post


Datto revealed: Nerf gun fights, costume parties and exotic dancers, The data security firm was hacked with a basic password - Daily Mail Online


Employees at Platte River working with Clinton email server expressed concerns, ‘Really is covering up some shady shit’ - CNNPolitics.com


Unbeknownst to Clinton, IT firm Datto had emails stored on cloud; now in FBI’s hands - McClatchy DC


Clinton tech company Platte River: Cloud backup was 'enormous surprise' - Washington Examiner


Court refuses to combine Clinton email cases - Washington Times


Judicial Watch: New State Department Documents Raise More Questions on Clinton Conflict of Interest Reviews - Judicial Watch


Conservative opposition PAC American Rising drops report on top Clinton aide Huma Abedin - Washington Examiner


The Complete Huma Abedin Report - America Rising PAC


Hillary Clinton aide, Huma Abedin, paid by firm to stage event with Bill Clinton while at State - Washington Times


Lobbying Firm Discloses Communications with Top Clinton Aide Cheryl Mills After Email Surfaces - Washington Free Beacon


Hillary Clinton's chief of staff gave advice to Clinton Foundation - POLITICO


State Department Clarifies Clinton Aide’s Position, Cheryl Mills unpaid ‘advisor’ during first four months at the agency - Washington Free Beacon


How Hillary Clinton kept her wealthy friends close while at State Department - The Washington Post


Clinton e-mails: Did donors get special State Department access? - CSMonitor.com


The Mystery Of Hillary's Missing Millions - Forbes


Drip, drip, drip: New Clinton Foundation scandal involves millions of dollars! - WND


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