Hillary Email On Day Of #Benghazi Attack Calls Ambassador Chris Stevens By Wrong Name

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She didn’t even know his name. How much attention do you think that indicates she paid to his requests for security?

Via Daily Caller:

Emails released Friday by the State Department show that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton mixed up the names of the Americans murdered at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi on Sept. 11, 2012.

Clinton sent an email with the subject line “Chris Smith” shortly before midnight to three top aides, Cheryl Mills, Jake Sullivan and Victoria Nuland.

“Cheryl told me the Libyans confirmed his death. Should we announce tonight or wait until morning?” Clinton wrote.

Four Americans were killed that night after a terrorist group affiliated with al Qaeda stormed the consulate. But none were named Chris Smith. Clinton likely jumbled the names of ambassador Chris Stevens and diplomat Sean Smith. Two former Navy SEALs, Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods, were also killed.

As the email exchange shows, none of Clinton’s aides corrected her flub.

Ahmed Ali: Calm Down. ISIS Isn’t Winning…

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Via NY Times:

WASHINGTON — THE fall of the Iraqi city of Ramadi on Sunday, and of the Syrian city of Palmyra on Wednesday, is a big gain for the Islamic State, but not an utter disaster, as many observers fear.

Rather than inducing panic in Western capitals, it should lead to a realistic assessment of the Islamic State’s strengths and weaknesses. One setback in a long war must not trigger hasty strategic shifts that lead to foreign countries’ becoming mired in Iraq once more.

Palmyra has economic and cultural significance, as it sits among gas fields and is home to renowned ruins. But Ramadi, in western Iraq, is of far greater military and strategic consequence.

The attack on Ramadi was a sign of desperation, not strength. It took 16 months of continual clashes with tenacious Iraqi security forces and loyal Sunni tribes before the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, could take Ramadi. Before it fell, the Islamic State already controlled half of the city. Its battlefield rivals were exhausted, and it wanted to give its adherents a psychological boost. Ramadi was a ripe target.

But the Islamic State is not on an unstoppable march. In Iraq, and to some extent Syria, it remains on the defensive. In April, the Islamic State’s defenses in large swaths of Salahuddin Province and the provincial capital, Tikrit, collapsed. In the north, Iraqi Kurds have contained the Islamic State. In Syria, Kurds supported by Iraqi pesh merga forces and by American airstrikes decisively defeated the group in the town of Kobani. Unlike the disastrous fall of Mosul in June 2014, the conquest of Ramadi hasn’t led to a collapse of Iraqi military units.

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ISIS Puts A Price Tag On Michelle Obama’s Worth In “Slave Market” They Promise To Bring To West: $40…

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Oh, well…

Via Daily Beast:

The newest issue of English-language ISIS propaganda mag Dabiq promises to bring slave markets to the West—and claims the first lady won’t fetch a large price.

“I swear by Allah, O you who feign to be knowledgeable and shout with falsehood in every gathering, surely the slave markets will be established against the will of the politically ‘correct’!” decries Umm Sumayyah al Muhajirah, an allegedly female columnist for Dabiq who penned a defense of the terror group’s slave trade. “And who knows, maybe Michelle Obama’s price won’t even exceed a third of a dīnār, and a third of a dīnār is too much for her!”

(A January estimate puts a single golden dinar at $139 USD.)

Umm Sumayyah has written for previous issues of the magazine, telling women that immigration to the caliphate is as obligatory for them as it is for men. (Her own name, al Muhajirah, suggests that she is an immigrant herself.)

In the six-page piece titled “Slave Girls or Prostitutes,” she defends the practice of taking slaves through war—saby—as inherently Islamic, a “great prophetic Sunnah [teachings of the prophet] containing many divine wisdoms and religious benefits.” She even decries ISIS supporters who initially denied reports of slave-taking “as if the soldiers of the Khilāfah had committed a mistake or evil.”

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Islamic State Sets Woman On Fire For Refusing To Engage In An “Extreme” Sex Act…

Absolutely insane.

Via WaPo:

Amid all the Islamic State’s atrocities — its massacres of civilians, its beheading of hostages, its pillaging of antiquities — the systematic violence the jihadists have carried out against countless enslaved women and girls never fails to shock. For months now, we’ve heard appalling testimony from women who escaped the Islamic State’s clutches, many of whom endured rape and other hideous acts of violence.

Zainab Bangura, the U.N.’s special representative on sexual violence in conflict, recently conducted a tour of refugee camps in the shadow of the conflicts in Syria and Iraq, war-ravaged countries where the Islamic State commands swaths of territory. She heard a host of horror stories from victims and their families and recounted them in an interview earlier this week with the Middle East Eye, an independent regional news site.

“They are institutionalizing sexual violence,” Bangura said of the Islamic State. “The brutalization of women and girls is central to their ideology.”

Bangura detailed the processes by which “pretty virgins” captured by the jihadists were bought and sold at auctions. Here’s a chilling excerpt:

After attacking a village, [the Islamic State] splits women from men and executes boys and men aged 14 and over. The women and mothers are separated; girls are stripped naked, tested for virginity and examined for breast size and prettiness. The youngest, and those considered the prettiest virgins fetch higher prices and are sent to Raqqa, the IS stronghold.

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So Sad: CIA Shuts Down Climate Research Program…

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This is the worlds smallest violin playing the saddest of songs –>  -/-

Via National Journal:

May 21, 2015 The Central Intelligence Agency is shutting down a research program that offered classified data to scientists to examine the link between climate change and global security threats.

A CIA spokesman confirmed that the agency had ended its MEDEA program, a 1990s-era intelligence program restarted in 2010 under President Obama. The collaboration gave scientists access to intelligence assets like satellite data to study climate change and inform on how its impacts could inflame conflicts.

CIA spokesman Ryan Whaylen said “these projects have been completed and CIA will employ these research results and engage external experts as it continues to evaluate the national security implications of climate change.”

The news was first reported by Mother Jones.

The announcement comes just days after President Obama said climate change was a “serious threat to global security” in a commencement address to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. Climate change, Obama said, “will impact how our military defends our country. So we need to act, and we need to act now.”

Under MEDEA, which stands for Measurements of Earth Data for Environmental Analysis, gave a group of scientists security clearance and access to previously collected data for study. The program itself was kept largely under wraps and was not largely cited, but scientists quoted in reports about the program say the data was often more high quality than what they could get through other sources.

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WATCH: Do People Really Think “Thug” Is The New “N-Word”?

Via Truth Revolt:

From Steven Crowder: Time to put your learning hats on, because we’re going to take you through the modern Social Justice Warrior (#SJW for short) dictionary. Thug is the new “N” word, “riot” is inherently racist and “terrorism” doesn’t actually mean… terrorism.

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Special Ops To Obama: How About You Let Us Fight ISIS, Already?

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Good question.

Via Daily Beast:

TAMPA, Florida — Fighting simmering frustration in their ranks over ISIS advances in Iraq and Syria, top U.S. special operations commanders say they are building forces for a multi-generational fight—not a war that will be won in the next few years.

“We recognize this is a longterm prospect,” said Gen. Joseph Votel, the overall leader of U.S. Special Operations Command, in remarks to The Daily Beast during a special operations forum in Tampa. “We’re patient.”

“We talk about it being a 15-year struggle,” added Lt. Gen. Bradley Heithold, who heads the Air Force Special Operations Command, said describing the fight.

But many special operations officers and troops both in Tampa and Washington don’t want to wait that long to take the fight to ISIS. They were eager to talk about their aggravation over fighting by remote in Iraq and Syria: having to advise Iraqis, Kurdish Peshmerga, and rebel Syrian fighters from afar instead of joining them in battle.

“We are doing everything through cellphones… It’s hard to do much when you can’t go outside the wire,” said one special operator, using the military jargon for the perimeter of a base.

They blame the hands-off approach on an Obama administration unwilling to risk even small numbers of American lives in battle, burned by the fallout of the loss of four Americans in Benghazi, Libya, and intent on preserving the legacy of President Barack Obama’s troop drawdowns in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Reassuring: Number Of Foreign Workers In U.S. Job Market Hits 25.7 Million…

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With a drop in their unemployment rate.

Via WSJ:

The unemployment rate for foreign-born workers in the U.S. fell to 5.6% in 2014 from 6.9% in 2013, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Thursday, reflecting the overall firming up of the labor market last year.

The unemployment rate for the native-born fell to 6.3% last year from 7.5% in 2013.

Since 2009, when the national unemployment rate peaked, joblessness among foreign-born workers has fallen by 4.1 percentage points. The drop was 2.9 percentage points for the native born.

The report is compiled annually from the Current Population Survey. Foreign-born workers are those living in the U.S. who were not U.S. citizens at birth and who were born outside the country to parents who were not themselves U.S. citizens, according to the BLS.

The number of foreign-born workers kept rising. Last year, there were 25.7 million in the U.S., up from 25.3 million in 2013. They accounted for 16.5% of the labor force in 2014, up from 16.3% the year before and 15.5% in 2009, the year the recovery began.

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FRIDAY OPEN THREAD…

Despite my fondness for spelling and gramatical errors, I really did attend school as a young chimp, they even wrote a book about it.

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Late afternoon bump.

Looks like Hillary Clinton has something in common with her campaign HQ’s hipster neighbors in Brooklyn.

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HT: Colin Campbell

ISIS Claims It Could Buy Nuke Within A Year From Pakistan…

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Via Independent UK:

Isis has used the latest issue of its propaganda magazine Dabiq to suggest the group is expanding so rapidly it could buy its first nuclear weapon within a year.

The hyperbolic article, which the group attributes to the British hostage John Cantlie, claims Isis has transcended its roots as “the most explosive Islamic ‘group’ in the modern world” to evolve into “the most explosive Islamic movement the modern world has ever seen” in less than twelve months.

Photojournalist Cantlie is regularly used in the terror group’s propaganda and has appeared in a number of videos, including a YouTube series called “Lend Me Your Ears”. He has been held a hostage by Isis for more than two years.

The piece, entitled “The Perfect Storm”, describes militant Islamist groups such as Boko Haram, which recently pledged allegiance to Isis, uniting across the Middle East, Africa and Asia to create one global movement.

The article claims this alignment of groups has happened at the sane time as Isis militants have seized “tanks, rocket launchers, missile systems, anti-aircraft systems,” from the US and Iran before turning to the subject of more extreme weapons the group is not in possession of – such as nuclear weapons.

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Islamic State Raises Its Black Flag Over Palmyra’s Ancient Ruins In Syria…

Still losing.

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CBS Hack O’Donnell To Loretta Lynch: Do Police Shootings Show “Individual Racism” or “Institutional Racism”?

This act is beyond tiresome.

Via Newsbusters:

In the first network interview with new Attorney General Loretta Lynch for Friday’s CBS This Morning, co-host Norah O’Donnell used recent police shootings to push accusations of racism: “Your first day on the job, you were dealing with what was going on in Baltimore….I mean, we’ve had Ferguson, we’ve had Cleveland, we’ve had North Charleston. What’s going on in this country?…is it individual racism or do you think it’s institutional racism?”

Lynch replied: “You know, I think that when you look at America and for all of its glory and all of the wonderful things that it achieves, it’s clear that we still have issues involving race in this country.”

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Hillary Discussed Speculation About Her Health With Aides In Emails…

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Think she’s worried?

Via Daily Caller:

Then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton discussed with aides the chatter on cable news about whether she actually suffered a concussion in 2012, according to emails released by the State Department on Friday.

A week before she was to testify before Congress in December 2012 about the attacks in Benghazi, Clinton postponed her appearance with aides explaining she had fainted and suffered a concussion.

On Dec. 20, chief of staff Cheryl Mills forwarded Clinton by email a transcript of Fox News host Greta Van Susteren discussing Clinton’s health with Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain.

“Senator,” Van Susteren said during that segment, “there is a report from the State Department that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will testify on Benghazi before the middle of January. There has been some criticism of whether or not she has a concussion. I believe she has a concussion. What do you think?”

McCain replied: “I have never seen her back down. And I believe that she is now not physically well enough to testify and she will testify the middle of January.”

Mills sent a transcript of that interview to Clinton’s personal email — [email protected] — and to close aide Huma Abdein.

Speaking of McCain, Clinton replied: “Huma called him and [South Carolina Sen. Lindsey] Graham.”

“Also,” Clinton added, “someone should call Greta VS to thank her for ‘knowing the truth.’”

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Probably completely irrelevant but Greta Van Susteren was a past member of the Clinton Global Initiative…

Canadian Jeweler Who Provided Services For Gay Weddings Threatened For Opposing Gay Marriage…

Yeah, this makes complete sense…

Via Hot Air:

Via Rod Dreher, who gleans this from the incident: “You must not only bake the cake, or arrange the flowers, or make the ring, you must hold the correct opinion when you do it.”

A lesbian couple came into the jeweler’s shop looking for custom-made rings for their wedding. No problem, he told them. Later the couple recommended him to some friends, who dropped by — and noticed a sign on the wall that read, “The sanctity of marriage is under attack. Let’s keep marriage between a man and a woman.” The lesbian couple then decided they wanted a refund on their rings, the media picked up the story, and now the jeweler’s being threatened for his thoughtcrime. Of such things are the mileposts on the road to perfect tolerance made.

“It seems to be a Canadian right to post what you believe,” said the jeweler in his own defense. It does?

“I have been posting different aspects of my religious beliefs the last 11 years, and I’ve never had one single problem with any of my customers,” he said…

“One of the reasons my family chose to come to Canada was the freedom of rights,” he said, noting the freedom of religion and freedom of speech…

“I feel really bad that [White] feels that we would in any way try to hurt or discriminate against her, but we will not retract from what we believe. I cannot say, ‘Well because you feel bad, I will stop believing what I believe,’” he said.

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Unbelievable: Hillary Called Americans Killed In Benghazi Attack The Wrong Names In Emails To Aides…

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Not surprising in the least…

Via Daily Caller:

Emails released Friday by the State Department show that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton mixed up the names of the Americans murdered at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi on Sept. 11, 2012.

Clinton sent an email with the subject line “Chris Smith” shortly before midnight to three top aides, Cheryl Mills, Jake Sullivan and Victoria Nuland.

“Cheryl told me the Libyans confirmed his death. Should we announce tonight or wait until morning?” Clinton wrote.

Four Americans were killed that night after a terrorist group affiliated with al Qaeda stormed the consulate. But none were named Chris Smith. Clinton likely jumbled the names of ambassador Chris Stevens and diplomat Sean Smith. Two former Navy SEALs, Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods, were also killed.

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Poll: Republicans Pissed With GOP Leaders; Only 23 Percent Say They’re Keeping Promises And Challenging Obama…

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Via Pew Research Center:

The new Republican-led Congress is drawing harsh reviews from the public – including most Republicans. Just 23% of Americans say congressional Republicans are keeping the promises they made during last fall’s campaign, while 65% say they are not.

Nearly four-in-ten (37%) say the new Congress has accomplished less than they expected, while 4% say it has accomplished more than expected. About half (53%) say its accomplishments are in line with what they expected.

On both measures, the public’s views are far more negative than they were of the Democratic-led Congress in March 2007, after the Democrats regained control of both chambers following several years of Republican control. Views are also much more negative than they were in April 1995, shortly after the GOP had gained control of the House and Senate for the first time in four decades.

The new national survey by the Pew Research Center, conducted May 12-18 among 2,002 adults, finds that just 22% approve of the job performance of Republican congressional leaders, little changed since the summer of 2011. Ratings for Democratic congressional leaders are somewhat better (33% approve).

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Texas College Student Sues School After Needing “Special Permission” For Gun Rights Sign…

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Good for her.

Via Free Beacon:

A student at a Texas college filed a lawsuit Wednesday claiming administrators shut down her free speech event that included a gun rights sign, telling her she needed “special permission” and that it was unclear if she could advocate for gun rights on campus.

Nicole Sanders filed the federal lawsuit against Blinn College in Brenham, Texas, after her event was shut down earlier this year. The lawsuit challenges the school’s restrictions on free expression, including the policy that requires college officials approve all material distributed on campus.

Sanders and another student were trying to get students to sign up for the group Young Americans for Liberty, and they held two signs outside the Student Center. The first sign read, “Defend Gun Rights on Campus.” The other sign read, “LOL” with the Obama presidential logo replacing the “O.”

Campus police officers and the coordinator of the Student Center and Campus Events approached the students when they entered the Student Center. The administrator told them they needed special permission to collect sign-ups for their YAL club and to display their signs.

According to Sanders, the official added, “I don’t know that you can get special permission” to advocate for gun rights, and said she was not against guns, but “on campus, I’m not so sure.” A video of the exchange was obtained at the time by Campus Reform.

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Obama Deal Seeks To “Eliminate” Trade Barriers With Communist Regime Now Running $24.9 Billion Trade Deficit With U.S…

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Seems legit…

Via CNS News:

(CNSNews.com) – The Trans-Pacific Partnership that President Barack Obama is negotiating with 11 other nations seeks to eliminate both tariff and nontariff trade barriers with these countries, according to the Congressional Research Service. One of those countries is Vietnam, which the State Department says maintains a Communist regime.

In 2014, the U.S. ran a $24,858,700,000 trade deficit with Vietnam, according to U.S. government trade data published by the Census Bureau. U.S. producers sold $5,724,900,000 in goods to purchasers in Vietnam. At the same time, producers in Vietnam sold $30,583,600,000 in goods to purchasers in the United States.

Documents related to the TPP are currently classified. Members of Congress can only review them in a secured room. But a report published in March by the Congressional Research Service—“The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Negotiations and Issues for Congress”–describes the basic purpose of the deal the administration is seeking.

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What Was Hillary Doing On Day Of #Benghazi Attack? Looking For Copy Of Movie She Was In About Libya

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Ego trumps providing safety for those in her charge.

Via Daily Caller:

Early in the morning on the day the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya was attacked, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had a movie on her mind.

But she wasn’t thinking about “The Innocence of Muslims,” the short YouTube film that the Obama administration erroneously blamed for the Benghazi attack. Instead, Clinton sought a copy of “The Oath of Tobruk,” a documentary about the Libyan civil war directed by French philosopher Bernard-Henri Lévy and brought to America by her friend, movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.

Clinton made an appearance in the movie, which Weinstein touted earlier in 2012 as an ode to Clinton’s and the Obama administration’s successful Libyan intervention.

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ISIS Suicide Bomber Attacks Mosque In Saudi Arabia Used By Shia Muslims, 10 Killed…

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An earlier report on the attack via the BBC:

At least 10 people have been killed in a suicide bombing at a Shia mosque in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province, a doctor has told the BBC.

The emergency doctor at Qatif Central Hospital said at least 70 had been injured, “some very critically”.

Witnesses reported a huge blast at the Imam Ali mosque in the village of al-Qadeeh, in Qatif governorate.

It is the first such incident in Saudi Arabia amid rising tension in the wider region between Sunni and Shia Muslims.

The Islamic State (IS) group said it was behind a similar attack on a Shia mosque in neighbouring Yemen on Friday, which injured about a dozen people.

But it said nothing about the bombing in eastern Saudi Arabia and no other group has said it was behind the attack.