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Secretary of State John Kerry: End to Syria war must be political not military

US Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday that the solution to the Syrian conflict must be political not military but that air strikes were essential to stop the Assad regime from killing its own people with chemical weapons. “Let me be clear, the United States, President Obama, myself, others…

Bush neocon Dan Senor worries that Syria vote means that Congress won’t back Iran strike

Neoconservative Dan Senor, who worked to spin the Iraq war for the Bush administration, said on Sunday that he was worried that if Congress votes against military action in Syria then lawmakers may refuse to use military force against countries like Iran for the rest of President Barack Obama’s term.…

Obama says he learns what NSA is doing from the press, then goes to NSA for details

Ewan MacAskill calls out a rather astounding statement by President Obama during his most recent press conference in St. Petersburg at the G20 summit. The very last question, which I believe is asked by AFP reporter Tangi Quemener, asks President Obama…  …

Big coal takes on Obama’s new pollution limits

In June, President Obama announced his Climate Change Action Plan, which calls for cutting total U.S. carbon pollution by 17 percent from 2005 levels by 2020. A key part of that effort is placing limits on the amount of CO2 emitted by power plants,…  …

Colbert: ‘If America was concerned with shooting people, we’d be invading Chicago’

Stephen Colbert returned from his two-week hiatus last night and opened with a cutting critique of John Oliver and his English accent, before moving on to criticize the Obama administration for its clumsy handling of the escalation of the war with Syria. “I don’t ‘sprechen sie Italiano,” he said, “but…

Chelsea Manning files bid for Obama pardon: lawyer

Lawyers for Chelsea Manning filed a request for a pardon from President Barack Obama on Tuesday following the soldier’s 35-year jail sentence for the biggest intelligence leak in US history. “Private Manning’s pardon request was filed today by our office,” attorney David Coombs said on Twitter. The lawyer had indicated…

Pro-Assad hackers target Marine Corps recruiting website

Pro-Syrian regime hackers posted messages on a US Marine Corps recruiting website on Monday, urging troops to defy orders from President Barack Obama. The hackers showed photos of people in American uniforms holding hand-written signs saying they would not fight for Al-Qaeda in Syria. “Obama is a traitor who wants…

Syrian foreign minister accuses Obama of being ‘confused’

Syria on Sunday said US President Barack Obama has grown “hesitant… and confused”, after he postponed a threatened military strike on Damascus pending a vote in Congress. “President Obama was clearly hesitant, disappointed and confused when he spoke yesterday,” Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Muqdad told reporters, in the Syrian regime’s…

WATCH LIVE: President Obama addresses the nation about the crisis in Syria

President Obama says that there is no potential for “boots on the ground” or a “long-term campaign” in response to Syria’s use of chemical weapons. Watch the video, courtesy of NBC News below:…

NSA inspector general admits to ‘willful violations’ of agency’s authority

Inspector general’s admission undermines fresh insistences from president that breaches of privacy rules were inadvertent US intelligence analysts have deliberately broken rules designed to prevent them from spying on Americans, according to an admission by the National Security Agency that undermines fresh insistences from Barack Obama on Friday that all…

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