Obama Administration More Vocal About Netenyahu Speech to Congress

Admin­is­tra­tion offi­cials are get­ting blunter in their crit­i­cism of Israeli Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Netenyahu’s accep­tance of an invi­ta­tion from House Speaker John Boehner to address a joint ses­sion of the U.S. Con­gress. National Secu­rity Adviser Susan Rice on Char­lie Rose This Week.…

Three Arrested in Big Apple in Plan to Join ISIL in Syria

Three Brook­lyn, New York men were arrested today, charged with plan­ning to leave the U.S. and going to Syria for fight for the Islamic State. New York City Police Com­mis­sioner William Bratton.….

Brat­ton says if they were unsuc­cess­ful in leav­ing for the Mid­dle East, the trio had a back up plan, which he says included obtain­ing weapons here and going after police offi­cers and FBI agents. The FBI started watch­ing one of the trio last August after he posted an ISIL affil­i­ated web­site that he’d kill Pres. Obama if ordered to do so.

Zimmerman won’t face federal charges

The Jus­tice Depart­ment announced today, fed­eral charges will not be filed against George Zim­mer­man, who fatally shot 17 year old Trayvon Mar­tin in 2012 dur­ing a con­fronta­tion. Fed­eral pros­e­cu­tors con­cluded there was not suf­fi­cient evi­dence to prove Zim­mer­man, a neigh­bor­hood watch­man in San­ford, Florida, inten­tion­ally vio­lated Martin’s civil rights. Florida pros­e­cu­tors tried to con­vict Zim­mer­man of state-level mur­der and manslaugh­ter charges, but in July 2013, a jury acquit­ted him.

ISIS abducts Assyrian Christians

Islamic State mil­i­tants have abducted as many as 90 Assyr­ian Chris­tians, includ­ing women and chil­dren, after over­run­ning sev­eral small vil­lages in north­east Syria. Sky News reported that the abduc­tions fol­lowed heavy fight­ing in the area, which is near the bor­ders with Turkey and Iraq. The area also has been the tar­get of sev­eral recent airstrikes by the U.S.-led coalition.

Obama vetoes pipeline

Pres­i­dent Obama today has offi­cially vetoed a bill to approve the Key­stone XL pipeline, mark­ing his third rejec­tion of con­gres­sion­ally approved leg­is­la­tion dur­ing his six years in office. The veto, which was long expected, came the same day that the GOP-dominated Con­gress for­mally sub­mit­ted the bill to Obama, although it was passed by both cham­bers of Con­gress before the week-long Pres­i­dents Day recess. The White House has said that the pres­i­dent opposes the bill because it would cut short an ongo­ing review process of the project by the State Depart­ment. Obama has also expressed some skep­ti­cism about how many jobs the pipeline would create.

Obama Vetoes Keystone XL Pipeline Bill

As promised, Pres. Obama today vetoed the bill pushed by Con­gres­sional Repub­li­cans to approve the Key­stone KL pipeline from Canada. Sen­ate GOP leader Mitch McConnell promised a vote to over­ride the Pres­i­dent by March 3rd. Reuters reports the bill got solid GOP back­ing based on its poten­tial for cre­at­ing jobs. Mr. Obama took issue with the impact the new pipeline would have on cli­mate change. The pipeline would carry Cana­dian oil sands to Nebraska, link­ing there with other lines to move it to refiner­ies and ports on the U.S. Gulf Coast.

VA Secretary Addresses Lie About Military Service

VA Sec­re­tary Robert McDon­ald faced reporters today, admit­ting that he claimed to have served in U.S. spe­cial forces dur­ing his time in the mil­i­tary. McDon­ald says it was in a con­ver­sa­tion with a home­less vet­eran in L.A.…

McDon­ald says he was try­ing to build a con­nec­tion with the man in hopes of get­ting him needed VA ser­vices. McDon­ald did serve in the armed forces, for 5-years, most of it in the 82nd Air­borne Divi­sion in the 70’s.

Veterans Affairs Secretary Apologizes For False Claim

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The Sec­re­tary of Vet­er­ans Affairs, Robert McDon­ald, is apol­o­giz­ing for wrongly say­ing he served in the Army Spe­cial Forces. McDon­ald made the claim while speak­ing to a home­less vet­eran last month…

[TAG] The V-A says McDon­ald served with the U.S. Army 82nd Air­borne Divi­sion. He was brought in to reform the V-A. Before becom­ing the agency’s sec­re­tary, McDon­ald was C-E-O of Proc­ter and Gamble.

New Jersey Pension Tension

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New Jer­sey Gov­er­nor Chris Christie, a pos­si­ble Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial can­di­date, is expected to intro­duce a new round of pen­sion cuts in his bud­get address today, just a day after a judge ordered the state to restore 1.5 bil­lion dol­lars in delayed pay­ments to its pen­sion sys­tem. State Demo­c­ra­tic law­maker John Wies­niewski (WIS-nev-skee) seems ready to pounce over what he calls a complication…

[TAG] The Christie admin­is­tra­tion plans to appeal.

New Zealand Sending Troops To Iraq

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New Zealand is send­ing about 150 troops to Iraq to fight against ISIS. New Zealand Prime Min­is­ter John Key says the sol­diers will train Iraqi troops, rather than fight on the front lines. Key announced the deploy­ment at a meet­ing of parliament…

[TAG] New Zealand is part of a 62-nation coali­tion bat­tling the group.