WASHINGTON: ‘ US BREAKS ARMS DEAL OVER HANDOVER OF TWO FRIGATES TO TURKEY ‘

#AceWorldNews – TURKEY:Jan.07: US. has shelved the handover of two leftover frigates to Turkey as Congress excluded Turkey from a bill seeking permission to transfer vessels to foreign countries citing Turkey’s sour relations with Israel and the latest gas row with Greek Cyprus.

' USS Frigate McClusky '

‘ USS Frigate McClusky ‘

The move is interpreted by foreign policy experts as an action that will lead Turkey to think twice before getting into new arms purchases.

Signed into law by U.S. President Barack Obama, the Naval Vessel Transfer Act of 2013 authorizes the transfer of the frigates Curtis and McClusky to Mexico on a grant basis.

It took the better part of two years, but Congress has finally approved the potential transfer to Taiwan and Mexico of six frigates being decommissioned by the US Navy. The move means negotiators have permission to make a deal for transfer of the ships, four of which are still in service.

Signed into law Thursday by President Barack Obama, the Naval Vessel Transfer Act of 2013 authorizes the transfer of the frigates Curts and McClusky to Mexico on a grant basis.

The act also authorizes the sale of the frigates Taylor, Gary, Carr and Elrod to Taiwan, Defense News reported.

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#arms-deal, #congress, #turkey

WASHINGTON: ‘ DAY ONE OF REPUBLICANS CONTROL OF CONGRESS KEY WORD VETO ‘

#AceWorldNews – WASHINGTON: Jan.06: Republicans are assuming full control of Congress for the first time in eight years in a day of pomp, circumstance and raw politics beneath the Capitol Dome AP reported.

They planned to move swiftly Tuesday toward a veto showdown with President Barack Obama over the Keystone XL pipeline, summoning unity despite a tea party-backed effort to unseat House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio.

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#barack-obama, #congress, #republicans, #veto

WASHINGTON: ‘ HOUSE RESOLUTION 758 COULD THIS BEGIN A NEW COLD WAR WITH RUSSIA ‘

#AceNewsServices – WASHINGTON – Dec.04 – Former US congressman Dennis Kucinich has revealed that the House of Representatives is about to give a green light to another Cold War against Russia.

' Former US congressman Dennis Kucinich has revealed that the House of Representatives is about to give a green light to another Cold War against Russia.- Screenshot from 2014-12-04 15:48:18 '

‘ Former US congressman Dennis Kucinich has revealed that the House of Representatives is about to give a green light to another Cold War against Russia.- Screenshot from 2014-12-04 15:48:18 ‘

Kucinich, former US Representative from Ohio, wrote in an article on portal globalresearch.ca that Washington has plans for restarting the Cold War against Moscow.

House Resolution 758, which cited a list of “grievances, old and new, against Russia” is “tantamount to a ‘Declaration of Cold War’,” Kucinich wrote.

He believes that if the resolution gets approved, it will effectively open the gates of global catastrophe.

House Resolution 758 is up for debate last Wednesday.

“NATO encirclement, the US-backed coup in Ukraine, an attempt to use an agreement with the European Union to bring NATO into Ukraine at the Russian border and a US nuclear first-strike policy are all policies which attempt to substitute force for diplomacy,” he added.

' Dennis Kucinich: Let’s get ready for US-Russia war-Screenshot from 2014-12-04 16:10:36 '

‘ Dennis Kucinich: Let’s get ready for US-Russia war-Screenshot from 2014-12-04 16:10:36 ‘

Kucinich also warned US Congress that the country’s treasury is being drained for Washington’s “military adventures.”

He noted that the resolution demanded Russia to be isolated and in other words, “let’s get ready for war with Russia.”

In an interview last week, hawkish Republican Senator John McCain rejected a possible conflict between the United States and Russia.

Additional Sources:  

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#congress, #dennis-kucinich

WASHINGTON: ‘ GOP PLANS ASSAULT ON OBAMA’S REGULATORY AGENDA ‘

#AceWorldNews – WASHINGTON – Dec.01 – The GOP is preparing to mount a full-scale assault on President Obama’s regulatory agenda, using the party’s strengthened hand in Congress to delay, soften or block contentious administration rules at every turn.

As long as Obama sits atop the executive branch, Republicans’ power to derail scores of rule making efforts now under way is limited.

But control of both the House and Senate in the next Congress will enable GOP lawmakers to ratchet up their attacks on what they view as overzealous regulation. 

By Tim Devaney and Lydia Wheeler @ The Hill 

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#congress, #gop, #house, #regulatory-agenda, #senate

WASHINGTON WRAP: ‘ SNIPPETS OF HOUSE NEWS YOU MAY HAVE MISSED ‘

#AceNewsServices – WASHINGTON – Nov.30 – Week three of our wrap and this week has been all about Ferguson, riots and protests. 

FERGUSON: 

Lawyer: Brown’s family may sue Wilson  Daryl Parks suggested Brown’s family would pursue a settlement. http://ow.ly/F6dSK

Brown family wonders if Darren Wilson ‘ever had a conscience,’ lawyer says  Benjamin Crump said his clients view Darren Wilson as a cold-blooded killer. http://ow.ly/F6fQ6

Police chiefs: Law enforcement must learn from Ferguson  Top cops say officials failed to anticipate a volatile situation. http://ow.ly/F6ahk

Mass. governor: ‘I wanted to see an indictment’ in Ferguson  Gov. Deval Patrick (D) said a trial would have been “good for the community.” http://ow.ly/F6fd5

St. Louis alderman: More resignations needed for ‘healing’ in Ferguson  Antonio French said it would have been “impossible” for Darren Wilson to return to the force. http://ow.ly/F66rJ 

RUDOLPH GIULIANI: 

Giuliani stands by comments on black-on-black violence  The former New York mayor did say police departments must train their officers better.  http://ow.ly/F6ajU 

US ELECTION 2016:

Mass. governor warns of ‘inevitable’ Clinton run in 2016  Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick (D) said he would not run in 2016.  http://ow.ly/F6gY4 

DOD NOMINEE:

GOP senator-elect: Obama should avoid confirmation showdown  Thom Tillis said Obama should pick a non-controversial candidate for Pentagon chief. http://ow.ly/F6jup 

ISLAMIC STATE: 

Incoming senators call for debate on fighting ISIS   “Congress needs to be intimately involved in these decisions,” Gary Peters said.  http://ow.ly/F6mYX

GOP lawmaker defends remarks on ISIS, immigration  Tom Cotton linked ISIS to drug cartels to attack Democrats on national security. http://ow.ly/F6lM1 

DRONES:

FAA chief: Threat of drone, airplane collisions a ‘serious concern’  Michael Huerta said drones have “great potential.”  http://ow.ly/F64Lf

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#congress, #police, #racism

PENTAGON: ‘ DOD TRANSFERS FIVE DETAINEES FROM GITMO TO SLOVAKIA & GEORGIA ‘

#AceNewsServices – PENTAGON – Nov.23 – According to a recent Press Statement from the Pentagon the Department of Defence (DOD) is transferring five detainees from the Guantánamo Bay detention centre to Slovakia and the Democratic Republic of Georgia.

The five are among the 55 cleared for release by President Obama’s Guantánamo Review Task Force in 2010, and includes the first Yemeni detainee released in years. 

In a statement  Thursday, the Pentagon thanked both countries for their “willingness to support ongoing U.S. efforts to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility.”

Obama has tried to close the detention centre since he took office, but has been blocked by Congress. Both the House and the Senate have voted to keep it open.

The Centre for Constitutional Rights, a group that represents Yemini Abdel Ghaib Ahmad Hakim, praised his release.

“We are grateful to the Republic of Georgia for offering our client a new home where he can begin to rebuild his life after more than a decade in Guantánamo without charge or trial,” the group said in a statement.

The centre noted that Hakim is the first Yemeni to be transferred out of the detention center since 2010 and that 84 of the 143 detainees still at Guantánamo are Yemeni.

The government has balked at sending Yemenis back to their country because of instability there.

Wells Dixon, an attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights, though, said the turmoil in Yemen should not force detainees to be kept in Guantánamo any longer than necessary. 

“As we welcome Mr. Alhag’s resettlement, we are reminded that the remaining Yemeni men should be sent home or resettled without further delay,” he said, using an alternate name for Hakim.

#ANS2014

#congress, #detaineees, #detention-2, #yemeni

WASHINGTON: ‘ THE PEOPLE DECIDE ON REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS BLAME OBAMA ‘

#AceNewsServices – WASHINGTON – November 05 – In the early hours of Wednesday morning the Republicans won control of the Senate and among the arguments one major point of this election stood out clearly:

President Obama Delivers State Of The Union Address At U.S. Capitol

‘THE PEOPLE DECIDE ON REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS BLAME OBAMA ‘

A number of Democrats blame one person President Obama for this defeat.  

The Hill’s Jessica Taylor reported that Republicans have clinched Senate control in an election night rout that saw Democrats around the country crushed by the growing unpopularity of President Obama.

The GOP gained the six seats they needed to win the majority with after defeating Democratic incumbents in North Carolina, Arkansas and Colorado along with picking up open-seat Democratic seats in West Virginia, Montana and South Dakota.

This mid-term election told the people of America one thing and that was they do not want this President, and above all they do not like his policies.

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#congress, #senate

ELECTION 2016: ‘ PUBLIC CAMPAIGNING GIVES WAY TO PRIVACY OF THE VOTING BOOTH ‘

#AceNewsServices – WASHINGTON – November 04 – Public campaigning gave way to the privacy of the voting booth Tuesday with control of the Senate, the make-up of the House and three dozen governorships at stake AP reported. 

' VOTING GETS UNDERWAY IN MID-TERM ELECTIONS 2014 '

‘ VOTING GETS UNDERWAY IN MID-TERM ELECTIONS 2014 ‘

President Barack Obama, his approval ratings low, was not on the ballot midway through his second term.

But even he said his policies were, and Republicans rushed to agree.

Above all else, what’s at stake in Tuesday’s midterm elections is control of the U.S. Senate. That, in turn, will shape the fate of President Barack Obama’s agenda for the rest of his term.

And everything else that Congress wants to do, or stop from getting done Associated press said. 

This year’s Senate races have featured astronomical spending, ceaseless attack ads and innumerable slaps at a president who’s not on the ballot.

Largely missing, however, are ideas on how best to govern the nation.

Even with control of the Senate at stake, serious discussions about deficit spending, climate change, immigration, Social Security’s long-term future and other knotty issues rarely emerged.

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#congress, #senate, #voting

ELECTION 2016: ‘ OBAMA NEEDS TO CLEAN-UP OR SHIP OUT BUT HE IS RESISTING ‘

#AceNewsServices – WASHINGTON – November 03 – A reshuffling of President Barack Obama’s staff looks all but certain after Tuesday’s congressional elections, which are likely to bring humbling losses to his Democratic party and could add to pressure on him to reboot his presidency.

Forecasters say that Republicans, who have made Obama’s unpopularity a top issue in the elections, are in a strong position to capture the six seats they need to take over the Senate from Democrats. They are also expected to expand their majority in the House of Representatives.

But current and former White House aides say that even if those predictions prove correct, Obama will likely resist calls to clean house for the final two years of his administration, a departure from the dramatic makeovers quickly ordered by many of his predecessors after similar setbacks at the ballot box.

Even slow-motion staff turnover could add some new talent to an inner circle that has been criticized as too insular. But it remains to be seen whether new blood would be enough to help a diminished president overcome Washington gridlock and push through new initiatives to burnish his legacy.

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#congress, #losses, #presidency, #senate

WASHINGTON: ‘ SENATORS INTRODUCE LEGISLATION TO STOP NAZI’S GETTING US SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS ‘

#AceWorldNews – WASHINGTON – October 23 – Two Democratic senators announced Thursday they will introduce legislation that would stop suspected Nazi war criminals from collecting U.S. Social Security benefits.

The bill by Sens. Chuck Schumer of New York and Bob Casey of Pennsylvania will be offered in mid-November, when Congress returns to session after the midterm elections.

Source: 

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#congress, #democratic, #nazi, #washington

NEW YORK: ‘ HIGH SCHOOL LIFTS BAN ON STUDENT CHRISTIAN CLUB AMID THREAT OF LEGAL ACTION ‘

#AceNewsServices – UNITED STATES (New York) – October 16 – A New York high school has lifted its ban on a Christian student organization after first rejecting the students’ request for renewal.

Students at Ward Melville High School of Three Village Central School District in East Setauket, New York.Screenshot from 2014-10-16 14:54:15

Ward Melville High School of East Setauket decided late last week to renew the group Students United in Faith after receiving a letter from the Liberty Institute, a conservative law firm.

Last year, administrators at the school denied SUIF recognition under the charge that the student organization lacked sufficient numbers of interested persons to garner recognition.

“We are hoping that the school doesn’t make this an annual tradition of violating the Equal Access Act,” said Hiram Sasser, Liberty Institute’s director of strategic litigation, in a statement to The Christian Post.

“Congress can pass laws and the courts can issue opinions, but if great Americans like John Raney and Jeremy Johnson don’t take a bold stand for freedom, we will all lose our liberty.”

Students wanted to start a SUIF chapter at the Long Island-area high school last year, but their request was denied.

Source:

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#christian, #congress, #new-york, #united-states

INDIA: ‘ Narendra Modi Lashes Congress Saying it is not time for empty talk but for bullets by our soldiers ‘

#AceNewsServices – INDIA (Kashmir) – October 12 – Civilians on both sides of the Kashmir Line of Control got a brief respite today from a solid week of cross-border fighting between Indian and Pakistan forces, but leaders on both sides indicate it is likely to remain brief indeed.

In a statement at Maharashtra, Indian Premier Narendra Modi lashed Congress for meaningless statements on the border clashes, saying it is “not the time for empty talk by them, but for bullets by our soldiers.

Modi bragged that the week of fighting had given Pakistan a “befitting lesson,” and that Indian soldiers had successfully “shut their mouth” so that they dare not repeat their violations.

The assessment on the Pakistani side was just a belligerent, for while the National Security Committee ruled out war with India, Premier Nawaz Sharif ordered the army to engage in a “tit for tat” strategy of retaliation against India.

The two nations have warred in the past over the Line of Control, and as usual both sides are insisting that the other is wholly to blame for the violations, which have killed dozens of civilians.

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#congress, #india, #kashmir, #maharashtra, #pakistan, #premier-narendra-modi, #premier-nawaz-sharif

WASHINGTON: ‘ Lawmakers Propose Secret Service Changes in Light of Recent Events ‘

#AceNewsServices – WASHINGTON – October 09 – Key members of Congress are weighing dramatic changes to the embattled Secret Service, including moving it out of the Homeland Security Department and breaking up its mission.

' Changing Shape of the Secret Service '

‘ Changing Shape of the Secret Service ‘

The proposals come as lawmakers assess how to improve the agency after a series of scandals, including a White House break-in by a man with a knife last month.

The agency’s director, Julia Pierson, resigned amid the controversy, but lawmakers are promising they’ll continue their focus once Congress reconvenes after the Nov. 4 midterm elections.

Source:

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#congress, #homeland-security-department, #washington, #white-house

‘ Democrats Unveil Change to First Amendment Freedom’s ‘

#AceNewsServices – WASHINGTON – September 29 – Senate Democrats at a press conference on September 09 unveiled a constitutional amendment designed to alter First Amendment freedoms argued that their effort is both non-partisan and absolutely essential to advance the agenda of the Democratic Party.

“We are here today to overturn Citizens United,” said Sen. Tom Udall (D., N.M.), the amendment’s author.

' US Citizens United '

‘ US Citizens United ‘

However, the language of the amendment does not specifically address Citizens United, and would not require Congress to address the issues raised in the case.

Rather, legislators would be given free rein to enact restrictions on political speech as they see fit. Given efforts by Reid and others to demonize Republican donors, conservatives voiced concerns about the consequences of campaign finance regulators uninhibited by any constitutional limitations.

Speakers claimed that even a majority of Republican voters support their proposal. However, they also stressed that campaign finance reform, and Udall’s amendment specifically, is a prerequisite for the advancement of key Democratic policy priorities, including a minimum wage hike, stringent environmental regulations, and income redistribution.

“If people think this is some kind of esoteric issue, not related to jobs and the economy and wages and women’s rights and income and wealth inequality and healthcare and global warming, you are deadly wrong,” said Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.), one of the amendment’s cosponsors.

Sanders and others at the event billed the measure as an attempt to roll back the 2010 Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. FEC, which removed limits on electioneering and express advocacy communications. However, the constitutional amendment’s language is far more sweeping, leading some to suggest that the ruling is being used as a way to rally support for far stricter regulations on political speech.

Merely rolling back Citizens United would not affect many of the groups frequently demonized by Democratic campaign finance reformers.

' Americans for Prosperity '

‘ Americans for Prosperity ‘

Americans for Prosperity, for example, has engaged this cycle almost exclusively in issue ads, not electioneering communications or express advocacy.

Such groups were permitted to do the same even prior to the Citizens United ruling, explained campaign finance attorney Jason Torchinsky.

“What non-PAC groups have done with issue ads outside the 30/60 day windows this cycle weren’t impacted by Citizens United,” Torchinsky said in an email. “Non-PAC groups were airing issue ads before [Citizens United] was decided, and if it were repealed or reversed groups would continue to do issue ads and speak out about matters of public policy.”

The language of the amendment would empower Congress to “regulate and set reasonable limits on the raising and spending of money by candidates and others to influence elections.”

If enacted, the amendment would allow Congress to regulate any expenditure—even those made by individual voters—aimed at convincing others to vote a certain way. Because in-kind spending is considered an expenditure under federal law, any activity by any person designed to “influence elections” could fall under Congress’ purview.

Opponents of the constitutional amendment say that amounts to nothing short of the de facto repeal of the First Amendment.

#ANS2014

#congress, #democrats, #first-amendment, #republicans, #washington

‘ Obama Bans Use of Land-Mines Against Top-Brass Advice ‘

#AceNewsServices – WASHINGTON – September 29 – The Obama administration has banned the U.S. military from using anti-personnel land-mines in a unilateral decision that goes against warnings from top military leaders and many in Congress.

The administration stated in a series of announcements this week that landmines will no longer be used and that the Defence Department would begin destroying stockpiles of the devices, which have historically been used to protect U.S. forces from enemies in war-zones.

The controversial executive decision, which comes as America steps up strikes against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS), has been in the works for some time despite protests from top U.S. military leaders, including the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

“The United States will not use anti-personnel landmines,” President Obama announced this week in New York City.

“So we will begin destroying our stockpiles not required for the defense of South Korea,” a military zone that the administration says poses unique challenges, according to Obama. “And we’re going to continue to work to find ways that would allow us to ultimately comply fully and accede to the Ottawa Convention,” a treaty banning landmines that the United States has not actually signed.

Obama’s announcement was criticized by leading lawmakers, who warned that the decision is not backed by U.S. military commanders who view the use of landmines as a key tool in the protection of American forces.

“It’s disappointing to see that, once again, the White House has overruled the advice of our military commanders,” Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon (R., Calif.), chair of the House Armed Services Committee (HASC), said in a statement.

#ANS2014 

#aceworldnews, #anti-personal-land-mines, #barack-obama, #congress, #isil, #lawmakers, #war-zones, #washington

‘ Congress Woman Kill Terror Groups Like Cockroaches ‘

#AceNewsServices – WASHINGTON – September 29 – Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R., Fla.) told MSNBC’s Jose Diaz-Balart that Congress should vote for a new authorization to defeat all terrorist groups that pose a threat to Americans.

“We are shirking our responsibility by not voting on this,” Ros-Lehtinen said.

“The president says he’s using this certain section of the Constitution and also Bush’s authorization from many years ago. He can get a new authorization.”

Ros-Lehtinen said the new authorization should include “the terror group of the day,” be it ISIL, al-Nusra Front, or others.

“We’ve got to kill them like cockroaches,” Ros-Lehtinen said. “And like the saying goes, and then there goes two.”

BY:
September 25, 2014 1:39 pm

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#al-nursa, #americans, #congress, #isil, #msnbc, #washington

‘ Toxic Practise FDA Allows Despite Health Risks ‘

#AceNewsServices – September 21 – This toxic practice makes seriously decayed meat look fresh for weeks and is banned in many countries including the European Union and Japan.

' Toxic Meat Being Sold As Fresh '

‘ Toxic Meat Being Sold As Fresh ‘

Many consumers are unaware that over 70% of beef and chicken in the United States and Canada is treated with poisonous carbon monoxide gas and the FDA allows it, despite the known public health risks.

A bill was introduced in Congress that would require the labelling of meat that has been treated with carbon monoxide but it was never enacted and the topic was swept under the rug entirely. [Bill: H.R. 3115 (110th) introduced on July 19, 2007; never enacted.]

This practice makes meat appear and smell fresh even when contaminated with harmful bacteria such as Clostridium botulinum, Salmonella, Campylobacter, and E-coli 0157:H7.

Carbon monoxide makes meat appear fresher than it really is by reacting with the meat pigment myoglobin to create carboxymyoglobin.

This bright red pigment masks the natural tell tale signs of spoiled meat such as rank odours and slime.

Meats containing carboxymyoglobin will appear red and fresh for days or even weeks beyond the point of spoiling.

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#congress, #fda, #united-nations, #united-states

‘ FDA New Rules for Prevention of Food Contamination ‘

#AceNewsServices – WASHINGTON – September 21 – Seemingly regular cycle of food contamination scares about various food processing facilities prompted Congress to require revisions to Food and Drug Administration food safety regulations.

On September 19 the FDA offered an early look at proposed rules on produce safety and preventive controls in human food production, plus preventive controls in animal food production and on foreign supplier verification programs.

A comment period on the rule proposals will begin after they are officially published in the Federal Register on Sept. 29.

CQ Roll Call’s Georgina Gustin reports that the new rules are designed to make the inspection process less burdensome, especially for small and organic food growers, as the agency is dropping a nine-month delay on developing risk analysis on manure and eases restrictions on the agricultural water quality standards.

The proposed rule for produce products also clarifies what constitutes a covered farm, saying that those with produce sales – not food sales – under $25,000 annually will not be subject to the rules.

Additionally, the revised regulations on preventive controls for animal food addresses concerns raised by brewers and livestock farmers, that unprocessed spent grains – a by-product of the brewing process – would be not be subject to new regulations when sold as animal feed.

The proposed rules on foreign supplier verification requires annual on site auditing of foreign suppliers, but companies with well-documented supply chains could opt out.

#ANS2014 

#animal-food, #congress, #fda, #washington

WASHINGTON: ‘ Congress Backs Obama Training, Arming and Equipping Syrian Rebels ‘

#AceBreakingNews – UNITED STATES (Washington) – September 19 – Legislation requested by President Barack Obama authorizing the military to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels fighting Islamic State militants in the Middle East is headed for his signature after a sweeping Senate vote.

The bipartisan 78-22 tally Thursday blended support from Obama’s close Democratic allies and some of his fiercest GOP critics, including top Senate Republican Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.

It put leading contenders for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination on opposite sides. Some of Obama’s liberal allies defected.

#ANS2014

#aceworldnews, #syrian, #barack-obama, #congress, #senate, #united-states, #washington

WASHINGTON: ‘ House Republicans Split Over Authority to Arm and Train Syrian Rebels ‘

#AceBreakingNews – UNITED STATES (Washington) – September 11 – House Republicans emerged from a closed-door meeting Thursday split over whether to give President Obama authority to arm and train Syrian rebels fighting against Islamic terrorists.

Both Intelligence Chairman Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) and Foreign Affairs Chairman Ed Royce (R-Calif.) made forceful cases for aiding the fighters. But others in the conference had grave reservations about who exactly these fighters are and whether arms could get into enemy hands.

By Scott Wong,Cristina Marcos & Rebecca Shabad @ The Hill

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#syrian, #congress, #rebels, #republicans, #united-states, #washington