Obama Is Threatening To Turn On Israel At The UN

From a joyous Associated Press:

Netanyahu win dashes prospect for a thaw with Obama

By JULIE PACE | March 18, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration signaled on Wednesday it could take a tougher stance toward Benjamin Netanyahu following his decisive Israeli election victory and campaign tack to the right, saying there will be consequences for his sudden reversal on the idea of an independent Palestinian state.

While senior American officials said the administration was still evaluating options, they suggested the U.S. could ease its staunch opposition to Palestinians turning to the UN Security Council to create a state…

We realize that ‘hell hath no fury like a narcissist scorned.’ But isn’t this going too far, even for Obama? Is he really planning to stab another American ally in the back?

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WH: Netanyahu Win Undermines Democratic Ideals

From the Weekly Standard:

White House: Bibi’s Election Undermines ‘Democratic Ideals’

By DANIEL HALPER | Mar 18, 2015

In a comment unprompted by any question from the media [sic], White House press secretary lashed into some of the rhetoric Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu used in his reelection campaign. The White House even suggested it had hurt Israel’s democracy and America’s relationship with its greatest ally in the Middle East.

"There’s one other thing that I anticipated might come up that I just did want to mention as it relates to the Israeli elections.  Specifically, there has been a lot of coverage in the media about some of the rhetoric that emerged yesterday that was propagated by the Likud Party to encourage turnout of their supporters that sought to, frankly, marginalize Arab-Israeli citizens.

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Tunisia’s Prez Vows Merciless War Against Terrorism

From the Agence France Presse:

Tunisia vows ‘merciless war against terrorism’ after museum attack

By Antoine Lambroschini | March 19, 2015

Tunis (AFP) – Tunisia’s president promised to wage a "merciless war against terrorism" after gunmen killed 17 foreign tourists and two Tunisians in a daylight attack in the birthplace of the Arab Spring.

And, lest we forget, Tunisia was supposed to be the biggest success story from the ‘Arab Spring.’ And never mind that Tunisia has been overrun with Al Qaeda and other terrorists ever since. (See below.) In fact, Tunisia is now sending more recruits to ISIS than any other country. (Which is also noted below.)

As the international community denounced Wednesday’s assault on the National Bardo Museum in Tunis, which also left more than 40 people wounded, President Beij Caid Essebsi vowed Tunisia would fight "to our last breath".

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IG To Probe Obama Aides Meddling In Net Neutrality

From Associated Press, of all places:

GOP says Obama aides meddled in ‘net neutrality’

By ANNE FLAHERTY | March 17, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional Republicans on Tuesday accused the Federal Communications Commission of bowing to White House pressure on its "net neutrality" decision, which has angered the nation’s cable and wireless giants. They said the agency’s inspector general has opened an investigation into whether the FCC had violated any rules.

Samples of 1,600 pages of emails and other documents released by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee — while falling short of any blatant impropriety — raise questions about whether senior Obama aides went to unusual lengths to engage independent regulators on a popular issue, and if the FCC gave these aides too much access to internal deliberations while shutting out Congress.

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Starbucks Wants Baristas To Discuss Race Relations

From Fortune:

Starbucks to encourage baristas to discuss race relations with customers

By Phil Wahba | March 16, 2015

CEO Howard Schultz is encouraging his employees to bring up the hot-button issue — his latest foray into controversial topics. Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz has never shied away from involving his company in controversial debates, whether those debates are about same-sex marriage, or gun control, or U.S. government gridlock.

But the executive, who oversees a coffee empire with 4,700 U.S. stores, has now taken on arguably the most polarizing political debate in the United States: race relations.

Starbucks published a full page ad in the New York Times on Sunday — a stark, black, page with a tiny caption “Shall We Overcome?” in the middle, and the words “RaceTogether” with the company logo, on the bottom right.

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NYT Cut Ferguson Shooter Was Protester – For Space

From Breitbart:

NYT Scrubs Quote Describing Cop Shooting Suspect as Ferguson Protester… Then Re-Inserts When Questioned

By John Nolte | March 17, 2015

In a story published Monday, The New York Times reported online that family members of Jeffrey Williams, the 20 year-old man suspected of shooting and wounding two Ferguson police officers, confirmed that Williams had been one of the Ferguson protesters.

This morning, at the same url, that crucial piece of news disappeared from the story. No update or editor’s note explained the removal (that has now been returned).

The original New York Times report informed readers of Williams’ role in the Ferguson protests:

“After Michael Brown, he was out there protesting,” an uncle, Mark Mooney, 35, said, referring to the black teenager who was shot and killed by a white Ferguson officer in August.

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Ferguson Shooter Gave False Confession Due To Pain

From Yahoo News:

Ferguson shooting suspect gave false confession, lawyer says

Attorney: Client was in a ‘tremendous amount of pain’ when interrogated

By Jason Sickles | March 17, 2015

The suspect charged with shooting two police officers during a demonstration in Ferguson, Mo., last week is now recanting a confession that he was the gunman, his lawyer told Yahoo News on Tuesday.

“He told me that he never fired a weapon,” said Jerryl T. Christmas, attorney for Jeffrey Williams. Christmas said Williams, 20, was scared and in a “tremendous amount of pain,” having allegedly been pistol-whipped before being questioned by detectives.

Of course he was pistol-whipped by the racist Ferguson police. That goes without saying.

“I think under those circumstances he would have said anything,” Christmas said.

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Schock Hounded From House For Décor He Paid For

From a beaming Reuters:

Republican congressman with ‘Downton Abbey’ office resigns

By Susan Cornwell and Emily Stephenson | March 17, 2015

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Representative Aaron Schock, a Republican from Illinois whose Downton Abbey-styled office launched a series of media reports questioning his use of taxpayer dollars, announced on Tuesday that he is resigning from Congress. The 33-year-old congressman from Peoria, Illinois had been a rising star in House Republican circles since he was elected in 2008.

Which is his real crime. And on top of that, he is a conservative — and attractive. (Cf. Sarah Palin.)

But he said in a statement that he was stepping down "with a heavy heart." "The constant questions over the last six weeks have proven a great distraction that has made it too difficult for me to serve the people of the 18th District with the high standards that they deserve and which I have set for myself," Schock said in a statement.

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DOD Has Lost $500M In Weapons Given To Yemen

From an unfazed Washington Post:

Pentagon loses track of $500 million in weapons, equipment given to Yemen

By Craig Whitlock March 17, 2015

The Pentagon is unable to account for more than $500 million in U.S. military aid given to Yemen, amid fears that the weaponry, aircraft and equipment is at risk of being seized by Iranian-backed rebels or al-Qaeda, according to U.S. officials.

With Yemen in turmoil and its government splintering, the Defense Department has lost its ability to monitor the whereabouts of small arms, ammunition, night-vision goggles, patrol boats, vehicles and other supplies donated by the United States. The situation has grown worse since the United States closed its embassy in Sanaa, the capital, last month and withdrew many of its military advisers.

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DOD Opposes GOP Move To Bypass Spending Caps

From Reuters:

Beefing up war spending not right solution to budget woes: Pentagon

By Andrea Shalal | March 17, 2015    

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A move by Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives to skirt spending caps in fiscal 2016 by adding money to an off-budget war funding account is not a sustainable solution to the U.S. military’s budget woes, Pentagon Comptroller Mike McCord said on Tuesday.

McCord said he welcomed any effort to provide additional funding for the U.S. military, but said taking money out of the Pentagon’s base budget proposal and putting it in a fund for "overseas contingency operations" was not the right answer. 

"That is not the solution we’re looking for," McCord told a conference hosted by Credit Suisse and McAleese & Associates.

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Muslim Convert Air Force Veteran Tried To Join ISIS

From the New York Times:

Air Force Veteran From New Jersey Tried to Aid ISIS, U.S. Charges

By STEPHANIE CLIFFORD | March 17, 2015

An Air Force veteran from New Jersey, recently fired from his job as an airplane mechanic, has been charged with trying to support the Islamic State by seeking to join the group. The veteran, Tairod Nathan Webster Pugh, a 47-year-old American citizen, tried to travel into Syria in January after being fired from his job in the Middle East, prosecutors said…

The charging documents in Mr. Pugh’s case include some of the biographical details investigators have gathered about him. He was in the Air Force for four years, from 1986 to 1990, where he installed and maintained airplanes’ engines and navigation and weapons systems.

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Atty For Doc Who Helped US Find Bin Laden Killed

From Reuters:

Samiullah Afridi, Lawyer For Doctor Who Helped CIA Find Bin Laden, Shot Dead In Pakistan

By SAMIULLAH AFRIDI | March 17, 2015

PESHAWAR (Reuters) – A Pakistani lawyer under death threats for defending a doctor who helped CIA agents hunt al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was shot dead on Tuesday, police said, and a Taliban splinter group claimed responsibility.

Given that this lawyer worked for the man who helped Obama personally find and kill Bin Laden, you would think it would be bigger news. But Obama does not seem to care about the fate of his allies on any level.

Samiullah Afridi represented Dr Shakil Afridi, who was jailed in 2012 for 33 years for running a fake vaccination campaign believed to have helped the U.S.

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Disappointed CNN Downplays Netanyahu’s Victory

From Breitbart:

Bitterly Disappointed CNN Downplays Netanyahu’s Likely Upset

By John Nolte | March 17, 2015

All day long CNN has been relentlessly beating the drum and practically celebrating the forgone conclusion that sitting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was about to lose today’s elections. Every move Netanyahu made over the past few weeks that outraged Obama and his media allies was framed by CNN today as a blunder — from the speech he made before Congress to  sounding the alarm today about Israeli Leftists busing Arabs to the polls. CNN was quite obviously setting up a Narrative to explain and gloat over what polls said was almost certain to be a Netanyahu defeat.

[But] a funny thing happened at 4 pm ET when the exit polls from Israel came in.

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CBS And NBC Bashed Netanyahu on Election Night

From NewsBusters:

CBS, NBC Bash Netanyahu on Election Night; ‘Could Destroy’ Chances for Peace with Obama, Palestinians

By Curtis Houck | March 17, 2015

In their coverage of the election in Israel, the CBS Evening News and NBC Nightly News took aim at incumbent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday night by, among other things, framing him as the candidate with a campaign pledge that “could destroy any chance” of forging peace with the Obama administration and the Palestinians, respectively.

NBC Nightly News interim anchor Lester Holt declared in the show’s first tease by fretting that “[t]he dramatic finish to a fight for power” has ended with “the last-minute threat that could destroy any chance of a peace plan.”

Leading into a report by correspondent Andrea Mitchell from Tel Aviv, Holt ruled that the “high-stakes showdown” between Netanyahu and his rivals “has left years of American peace efforts in the Middle East teetering on the brink” after Netanyahu “shut the door on a two-state peace solution, rejecting an idea of a Palestinian state, long a key pillar of American diplomacy in the region.”

Mitchell began her report by scolding the Prime Minister and Likud Party leader for ending the campaign with a “desperate appeal to his hard-line base” and “swerv[ing] farther right” by making the statement about rejecting a Palestinian state.

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AP: ‘Netanyahu Surges To Stunning Election Win’

From a suddenly tune changing Associated Press:

Netanyahu’s Likud surges to stunning Israeli election win

By ARON HELLER | March 18, 2015

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s ruling Likud Party scored a resounding victory in the country’s election, final results showed Wednesday, a stunning turnaround after a tight race that had put his lengthy rule in jeopardy.

Is it really ‘stunning’ and a ‘turnabout’? Or did the news media in Israel and the US lie and skew the polls in order to suppress the Netanyahu vote and please the so-called ‘international community’?

With nearly all votes counted, Likud appeared to have earned 30 out of parliament’s 120 seats and was in a position to build with relative ease a coalition government with its nationalist, religious and ultra-Orthodox Jewish allies.

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