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White House Signals Weakening of Hostage Ransom Stance

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest Thursday signaled a change in U.S. policy toward ransoming hostages of terrorist organizations, suggesting the United States government may soon tolerate people attempting to ransom their kidnapped family members and even help with the process, though government funds would not be used. A review underway of U.S. hostage policy, ordered by President Obama, is expected to recommend that families be free to try

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U.S. Drone Strike Kills American al Qaeda Hostage

Two Western al Qaeda hostages, one an American, were accidentally killed in an operation – reportedly a drone strike – that was launched with the goal of killing terrorists along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border. The American hostage, Warren Weinstein, had been held since 2011 after being kidnapped in Lahore, Pakistan. The other hostage was Italian aid worker Giovanni Lo Porto, who had been in al-Qaeda captivity since 2012.

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Obama Says Some Seeds of Radicalism Exist in Muslim World

Amidst criticism of his refusal to use a term like “Islamist extremism” to describe the terrorist threat, President Obama today made an important step in that direction as he described an attitude within Muslim communities that is abetting the radicalism that breeds terrorists. Speaking Wednesday to a White House conference on “violent extremism,” Obama suggested that a failure by some Muslim leaders to clearly reject the terrorists’ ideology and a “sometimes

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Marie Harf’s Nuanced Approach

We already knew we were dumber than State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf. On Tuesday, she, assuming the information was no longer stored within the limited amount grey matter we have available for use, reminded us: We cannot kill every terrorist around the world, nor should we try. How do you get at the root causes of this? It might be too nuanced an argument for

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Even Bob Schieffer Can’t Believe Obama’s ISIS Response

CBS’ Face the Nation host Bob Schieffer has seen a lot. And he’s no war hawk or cheerleader for the Republicans. But he seems pretty flummoxed at the casual attitude of President Obama toward ISIS: We have another American hostage killed, and the president goes off to California to do a fundraiser and some other stuff, and the Congress goes on vacation, and they say, “yeah, we’ll debate

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State Department Spokeswoman Wants to Fight ISIS with Jobs

Ahh, Marie Harf. Such a brilliant young thing. If you doubt it, I’m sure she’ll tell you herself. Seems like the type. She wants to get at the root of the problem. The Labor participation rate in the United States is at the lowest level in forty years. But somehow, the Obama people are going to solve Yemen’s unemployment problem. See, this is the issue. The Obama

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Were These People Not Christians?

The White House Sunday issued a statement condemning the barbaric beheadings of more than a dozen Egyptian Coptic Christians, but somehow the statement failed to note that that they were killed because they were Christian – or even that they were Christian at all. The United States condemns the despicable and cowardly murder of twenty-one Egyptian citizens in Libya by ISIL-affiliated terrorists. We offer our

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Thanks, but No Thanks, for the AUMF

Updated February 12, at 10:25 am ET Republicans must immediately reject President Obama’s proposed authorization for the use of military force against ISIS,  because that’s not even really what it is. Obama already believes he has the power under current law to wage war against ISIS. What he wants is for Congress to sign onto his strategy of highly circumscribed use of force to defeat

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State Department Won’t Acknowledge Jews Targeted in Paris Attack

Updated February 11 at 11:00 am State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki today refused to say that terrorists who attacked a Jewish deli in Paris, killing four people, were targeting Jews, saying it was a matter for the French government to decide. “There were not all victims of one background or one nationality,” Psaki said. Actually, they were all Jewish. Asked if, aside from the individuals, the deli

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White House: Global Warming a Greater Threat than Terrorism

Even as America’s Islamist enemies multiply in the Middle East, the White House today left little doubt that President Obama views global warming as a greater threat than terrorism, refusing to say this wasn’t the case and asserting that more people are affected by changes in the weather than by terror. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest would not deny that Obama’s comment to Vox that the media

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Obama: Media Overstate Alarm About Terror

Well this is alarming. The man who supposedly is standing between us and another massive terror attack says this whole terrorism thing is not as big a deal as everyone thinks. Obama spoke to Matthew Yglesias of Vox, who asked him whether “the media sometimes overstates the level of alarm people should have about terrorism and this kind of chaos, as opposed to a longer-term problem of

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One of the Taliban Released for Bergdahl Goes Right Back to the Battlefield

One of the five Taliban released in exchange for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl appears to have returned to militant activity, according to CNN. I thought the honorable Qataris were supposed to be watching these slime balls like hawks surveying a summer camp for rodents? Oh well, so much for iron-clad deals the Obama White House makes with repressive Middle Eastern regimes. Are you watching Iran? The

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