Momentum to bar Syrian refugees slows By Nahal Toosi and Patrick Temple-West 12/2/15 Republican party elders and some lawmakers push to reconsider House legislation passed in haste. Speaker Paul Ryan led his fellow House Republicans in a lightning-fast sprint to pass legislation halting the flow of Syrian and Iraqi refugees just days after suspected Islamic State operatives unleashed a night of terror in Paris. But as Congress’ attention slowly turns to other pressing end-of-year business, a movement is emerging to stop the refugee crackdown, and it’s not just Democrats leading the charge. Some Republican lawmakers … Continue reading

The refugee debate has become an embarrassment By Charles Krauthammer 11/29/15 The Syrian refugee debate has become a national embarrassment. It begins with a president, desperate to deflect attention from the collapse of his foreign policy, retreating to his one safe zone — ad hominem attacks on critics, this time for lack of compassion toward Syrian widows and orphans. This, without a glimmer of acknowledgment of his own responsibility for these unfortunate souls becoming widowed and orphaned, displaced and homeless, in the first place. A quarter-million deaths ago, when Bashar Assad began making war on his … Continue reading

Jeb Bush: Listening to Trump is “kind of scary”

CBS News By Rebecca Kaplan 11/29/15 Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush said “anybody is better than Hillary Clinton” to be president – but that sentiment apparently just barely applies to his fellow candidate, businessman Donald Trump. “I have great doubts about Donald Trump’s ability to be commander in chief. I really do. I wanted to give him the benefit of the doubt to see how the campaign unfolded. But if you listen to him talk, it’s kind of scary to be honest with you, because he’s not a serious candidate,” Bush … Continue reading

The 21 craziest quotes from the campaign trail By Nick Gass 11/25/15 And they’re not all from Donald Trump. 1. ‘I would bomb the sh– out of them’ Trump has made no effort to tone down his fiery rhetoric when it comes to fighting the Islamic State, remarking a day before deadly terrorist attacks in France just how far he would go to defeat the group. “ISIS is making a tremendous amount of money because of the oil that they took away, they have some in Syria, they have some in Iraq, I would bomb the sh– … Continue reading

Everything you want to know about Indiana and the Syrian refugee controversy

(A 4 min. animated video below, narrated by Jeh Johnson, Secretary of Homeland Security, explains the process of screening Syrian refugees. Additional comments will be found here. – Admin.) By Maureen Groppe, Star Washington Bureau 11/21/15 WASHINGTON — Indiana drew national attention this week after Gov. Mike Pence asked that a Syrian refugee family be sent to another state, the first redirection of a refugee family since more than half the nation’s governors raised security concerns about Syrians. Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy welcomed the family Wednesday, saying that giving them … Continue reading

Getting the Politics of Fear Right

(A copy of the U.S. Constitution with explanatory comments is available at: NATIONAL>RESOURCES/LINKS. – Admin.) (The 4 min. animated video below, narrated by Jeh Johnson, Secretary of Homeland Security, explains the process of screening Syrian refugees. Additional comments will be found here. – Admin.) By Jeff Greenfield 11/24/15 Trump exploits our fears, while Obama underestimates them. Why can’t someone just deal with them? This is the season of fear—for experiencing it, exploiting it and pooh-poohing it. Exhibit A, of course, is Donald Trump, who had already risen to the … Continue reading

John Kasich: “…new agency…to promote the core Judeo-Christian western values…”

By Russ Phillips NBC “Meet the Press” 11/22/15 Yesterday on “Meet the Press” presidential candidate and Ohio Governor John Kasich was interviewed by moderator Chuck Todd. Several days before, Kasich spoke to the National Press Club on his proposal for national security strategy. He referred to creating a “…new agency…to promote the core Judeo-Christian western values…” The video of his entire remarks are here. Chuck Todd questions Kasich about these remarks and other topics as printed below. The transcript of the entire program is here. CHUCK TODD: Welcome back. One … Continue reading


By Russ Phillips This morning on ABC’s “This Week” moderated by George Stephanopoulos presidential candidates Donald Trump, Ben Carson and Martin O’Malley were interviewed on topics including the Syrian refugees and responding to the ISIS threat. Next the Roundtable took place with participation including U.S. Representative Keith Ellison (MN), the first Muslim elected to Congress and U.S. Representative Martha McSally (AZ), the first woman fighter pilot to fly in combat who is now a member of the House Homeland Security Committee. McSally served on the bipartisan Foreign Fighter Task Force that … Continue reading

Marco Rubio on troops in Syria, vision of presidency, missing Senate votes…

(Last Sunday John Dickerson, moderator of CBS “Face the Nation,” interviewed presidential contender Marco Rubio and the exchange follows. The transcript of the entire program is here. – Admin.) Turning now to the race for the Republican nomination, yesterday, we sat down with Florida Senator Marco Rubio out on the campaign trail in Des Moines. (BEGIN VIDEOTAPE) DICKERSON: Senator, I want to start with the news that the United States is sending 50 special operations forces into Syria. Is that enough? RUBIO: Well, it’s an important start to what I … Continue reading

These 5 Facts Explain Bashar Assad’s Hold in Syria

(4 more candidates for Indiana’s 3rd congressional district will be found here. – Admin.) By Ian Bremmer 9/22/15 The Syrian dictator remains in power—and he’s not likely to go anywhere More than 4 million Syrians have been displaced by civil war—but Bashar al-Assad isn’t one of them. These five facts explain why Syria’s embattled president will remain in power. 1. Good Friends Assad currently controls 25 percent of Syrian territory, and he’ll hold on to it as if his life depends on it—because it probably does. The territory he … Continue reading