As the Obama administration scrambles for options in Syria, officials lament that the United States has no leverage over the Assad regime, Russia or Iran to persuade them to halt their ongoing atrocities, especially in Aleppo. But behind the scenes, the White House is actually working to weaken a sanctions bill lawmakers in both parties see as providing leverage against all three….more: https://www.washingtonpost.com
ed Cruz, Donald Trump’s closest rival in the Republican race for the White House, named his national security advisers on Thursday, including former staffers of President Ronald Reagan and members of a think tank that has been called an anti-Muslim…
“At a time when others are trying to divide us along lines of religion or sect, we have to reaffirm that most fundamental of truths—we are all God’s children, all born equal with inherent dignity. So often we focus on outward differences, we forget how much we share.” (President Obama)…more:whitehouse.gov
WASHINGTON, Dec. 27 (UPI) — Pulitzer-prize-winning journalist Seymour Hershreports that the administration of President Barack Obama, in particular the CIA, has knowingly armed militant Islamists in Syria, including the Islamic State.
“Barack Obama’s repeated insistence that Bashar al-Assad must leave office — and that there are ‘moderate’ rebel groups in Syria capable of defeating him — has in recent years provoked quiet dissent,…more: http://www.upi.com/ – democracynow.org/
Tunisia — perhaps the first Iftar at the White House, more than 200 years ago. And some of you, as you arrived tonight, may have seen our special display, courtesy of our friends at the Library of Congress — the Koran that belonged to Thomas Jefferson. And that’s a reminder, along with the generations of patriotic Muslims in America, that Islam — like so many faiths — is part of our national story….more: whitehouse.gov
Senator John McCain responded in kind on Sunday to President Barack Obama’s joke at the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner that his 2008 presidential rival that could be the White House’s best line of defense against recent security breaches.
“I’m reporting for duty on Monday morning in my usual laid back, casual style,” McCain, a former Navy pilot, said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” ‘”I’m telling you: I’ll get that Secret Service squared away.”..more: CNN.COM|BY THEODORE SCHLEIFER
OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma Muslims marked the end of the yearly pilgrimage to mecca with communal prayer and celebration called Eid Ul-Adha on Saturday.
Leaders of the Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City say it’s been a tough month for Muslims here in Oklahoma after being associated with the beheading at Vaughan foods in Moore. more http://kfor.com/