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U.S. orders diplomats out of Lebanon - National. Joe Biden, lawmakers meet in White House Situation Room - Jonathan Allen. Vice President Joe Biden hosted a late-afternoon briefing on Syria with a small set of House and Senate members in the White House Situation Room Thursday, according to a White House official. Deputy National Security Adviser Tony Blinken, who has taken an increasingly high profile during the Syria debate, joined Biden in briefing lawmakers. Continue Reading Republican Sen. Collins wary State Dept.: Confident in Congress Attendees included Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.), Sen. (VIDEO: VandeHei, Allen analysis on Syria situation) With Congress threatening to vote down President Barack Obama’s request for formal authorization to launch reprisal strikes in Syria, the administration has vowed to “flood the zone” to overcome objections on Capitol Hill.

But the White House still has a lot of work to do, and the possibility of defeat — or a long delay — remains very real. (Also on POLITICO: President Obama could lose big on Syria in House) President Obama could lose big on Syria in House - John Bresnahan and Jake Sherman. If the House voted today on a resolution to attack Syria, President Barack Obama would lose — and lose big. That’s the private assessment of House Republican and Democratic lawmakers and aides who are closely involved in the process. Continue Reading State Dept: Confident in Congress Paul: Defeat would be 'historic' Wary of 'becoming entangled' If the Senate passes a use-of-force resolution next week — which is no sure thing — the current dynamics suggest that the House would defeat it.

(VIDEO: VandeHei, Allen analysis on Syria situation) Several Republican leadership aides, who are counting votes but not encouraging a position, say that there are roughly one to two dozen “yes” votes in favor of military action at this time. But senior aides say they expect, at most, between 50 and 60 Republicans to vote with Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), who support the president’s plan to bomb Syria to stop Bashar Assad from using chemical weapons on his people. Republican congressman withdraws support for Syria strike | Post Politics. Rep. Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.), who on Saturday said he supported President Obama's decision to launch military action in Syria, has changed his mind.

In a statement Thursday, Grimm says the window for action has now passed and that the feedback from his constituents has made him re-think his previous position. "Thus, after much thought, deliberation and prayer, I am no longer convinced that a U.S. strike on Syria will yield a benefit to the United States that will not be greatly outweighed by the extreme cost of war," Grimm said. Grimm added: "Now that the Assad regime has seen our playbook and has been given enough time to prepare and safeguard potential targets, I do not feel that we have enough to gain as a nation by moving forward with this attack on our own. " The remarks stand in stark contrast to what Grimm said less than a week ago. The Staten Island Advance quoted Grimm as saying he was "supporting the president on this. " Rep. Alan Grayson: Syria Intelligence Manipulated - Washington Whispers. President Barack Obama walks after the first day of the G20 Summit on September 5, 2013 in St.

Petersburg, Russia. Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Fla., who is aggressively lobbying against a military strike on Syria, says the Obama administration has manipulated intelligence to push its case for U.S. involvement in the country's two-year civil war. Grayson made the accusation in an interview published Wednesday by The Atlantic and offered more detail in a Thursday discussion with U.S. News. Grayson said he cannot discuss the classified briefings, but noted details in the administration's public, non-classified report are being contested. [PHOTOS: Alleged Gas Attack Kills Hundreds Near Damascus] The White House released its four-page public report Aug. 30, arguing that Assad's government killed 1,429 people on Aug. 21 with a planned chemical weapon attack. Grayson, however, says "the claim has been made that that information was completely mischaracterized. " [READ: U.S. Watch: Grayson grills Hagel: Calls to Congress 499 to 1 against Syria war.

By Garth Kant and Chelsea Schilling, WND: Americans are slamming at least 22 members of Congress with thousands of phone calls and emails, urging lawmakers not to approve a military strike on Syria – by a margin of as much as 499 to 1. A national debate is raging on Twitter. Tweets and statements from members of Congress – both Democrat and Republican – show tremendously strong opposition to President Obama’s call for an air strike on Syria:Rep. Jim McDermott, D-Wash., tweeted, “Calls and emails from my constituents is 100 to 1 AGAINST getting involved in Syria. The American people are speaking.”Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., said 99 percent of the calls his office oppose an attack. Rep. Rep. Read More @ Like this: Like Loading... Categories: Politics, World at WAR Tags: politics, World at War. Timeline of America's Decline and Final Destruction Part 2.

Timeline of America's Decline and Final Destruction. American People Making It Clear To THEIR REPRESENTATIVES They Do NOT Want War With Syria! Obama administration considers military training of Syrian rebel groups - National. By Lolita C. Baldor The Associated Press WASHINGTON – U.S. officials say the Obama administration is considering deploying U.S. military trainers to help increase the capabilities of the Syrian rebels. Officials say no decision has been made, but the plan would answer some lawmakers’ demands to increase aid to the Syrian opposition. Any training would take place outside of Syria, possibly in Jordan. The CIA has been training select groups of rebels in Jordan, including on the use of communications equipment and some weapons provided by Gulf states.

E-mail alerts to keep up-to-date on the latest developments in Syria, sign-up for our alerts © The Associated Press, 2013. Obama, Putin Chat – For 15 Seconds. Russia’s President Vladimir Putin (L) welcomes US President Barack Obama at the start of the G20 summit on September 5, 2013 in Saint Petersburg. Excerpted from The Hill: President Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin shared a brief, 15-second greeting Thursday at the G-20 summit in St. Petersburg, Russia. It was the first face-to-face interaction between the leaders after a summer of high-profile spats over Syria, Edward Snowden and gay rights. According to the White House pool report, the pair shook hands and chatted briefly, with President Obama at one point flashing a big grin.

Earlier Thursday, deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes said there was no expectation of a formal bilateral meeting with Putin during the economic summit. “However, it’s always the case at these summits that leaders end up sitting next to each other; they end up having side conversations,” Rhodes said. Obama had originally planned to meet with Putin in Moscow before arriving in St. Like this: U.S. Military Doesn’t Want To Fight For Christian-Killing Jihadists In Syria.

Freedom House Why is the Obama administration so determined to have the U.S. military help al-Qaeda win the civil war in Syria? Why are we being told that the U.S. has “no choice” but to help rabid jihadist terrorists that are slaughtering entire Christian villages, brutally raping Christian women and joyfully beheading Christian prisoners? If you are a Christian, you should not want anything to do with these genocidal lunatics.

Jabhat al-Nusra is a radical Sunni terror organization affiliated with al-Qaeda that is leading the fight against the Assad regime. Like this: Like Loading... Numbers in Congress Show Obama Far From Approval on Syria. Republican U.S. House Speaker John Boehner and Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi voted the same way just five times in the past three years. Every time, the House has followed their lead. That may change when it comes to Syria. Boehner and Pelosi are among about 20 members -- or about 5 percent of the House -- publicly supporting a military strike so far. On the other side is an unusual alliance of Tea Party Republicans and antiwar Democrats who make up the bulk of at least 68 lawmakers opposed to military action -- 54 Republicans and 14 Democrats, according to a Bloomberg News tally.

It would take 217 votes to kill the measure in the House, or to pass it. In the balance are about 350 House lawmakers who are undecided, leaning one way or the other or haven’t yet made their views known -- illustrating the difficult task ahead for President Barack Obama in securing congressional support for a strike. President Barack Obama delivers a statement on Syria during a meeting with members of... Close. Pictures From Our Troops: Life Of A Helicopter Pilot | American Military News. Gen Martin Dempsey Warns Not To Strike Syria: US Not Ready, A Fools Errand … Sen. David Vitter says he'll vote no on Syria military resolution. WASHINGTON - Add another no vote from the Louisiana delegation for a resolution that would authorize the Obama administration to take military action against Syria.

Sen. David Vitter, R-La., announced Thursday that he will oppose a resolution offering up to 60 days of military attacks on Syria, with the possibility of a 30-day extension. "After a lot of careful thought and prayer, I have decided that I will vote NO on the Syria war resolution," Vitter said in a statement. "As horrible as events in Syria are, they do not pose a direct threat to the United States or our allies," Vitter continued. "U.S. military action could spark a broader war and/or entangle us in Syria's protracted civil war in which elements of the opposition are even worse than the Assad regime, all while our troops are underfunded. "There is a very serious and direct threat to us in the region - Iran's development of nuclear weapons. Earlier, Rep. "The international community's credibility is on the line," Obama said. California county votes for secession from state, cites overregulation.

FILE: Feb. 20, 2008: Pedestrians cross Miner Street in Yreka, Calif., Feb. 20, 2008.AP YREKA, Calif. – Supervisors in a far Northern California county where residents are fed up with what they see as a lack of representation at the state capitol and overregulation have voted in favor of separating from the state. The Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 on Tuesday for a declaration of secession, the Record Searchlight of Redding reported. The vote appears mostly symbolic since secession would require approval from the state Legislature and the U.S. Congress, but supporters say it would restore local control over decision making. They want other rural counties in Northern California and Southern Oregon to join them in the creation of a new state called the State of Jefferson.

"Many proposed laws are unconstitutional and deny us our God-given rights," Gabe Garrison of Happy Camp said at the meeting. "We need our own state so we can make laws that fit our way of life. " Civil liberties may not survive the 'Gorgon Stare' Meet the new BOSS, short for Biometric Optical Surveillance System, a crowd-scanning technology under development for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Last week saw the release of documents describing DHS's latest efforts in "facial profiling. " The agency has awarded a $5.2 million federal contract to the defense firm Electronic Warfare Associates to develop facial recognition technology allowing video cameras to pick "watch-listed" suspects out of crowds at distances of up to 100 meters.

Meanwhile, the New York Times reports on the expansion of a DHS initiative that's bringing roving squads of armed Transportation Security Administration agents to trains, buses, and stadiums near you. Random stops, bag searches, and interrogations are among the services TSA provides with its "Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response" program. Clearly, somebody in the TSA brass thought it would be really cool to call these units "VIPR" squads. Big winners of ObamaCare so Far? Investors, lawyers, consultants, tech experts. Kerry smacked down at hearing over Benghzai by Jeff Duncan | BUNKERVILLE | God, Guns and Guts Comrades! In what has to be one of the high points of the Congressional hearing, Jeff Duncan takes it to Kerry. For those who think Benghazi and Fast and Furious were in the dust bin of history, Duncan gave it light in reminding Kerry of our reliance on the administration’s truthfulness in these events to why we should trust this administration now.

There are several shorter versions of the clip, but for those of us who need a lift, here is the full Monty. Published on Sep 4, 2013 During a fiery exchange with Representative Jeff Duncan, Secretary of State John Kerry scolded the Republican South Carolina Congressman about bringing up Benghazi during the hearing about military strikes in Syria. Duncan began his questioning by challenging whether the Obama administration can be trusted after Benghazi. He held up a picture of Tyrone Woods, one of the Americans killed in the attack, and said that Americans are demanding options. The full transcript can be found at the video location under “about.” Brilliant NRA Move: Joins spy lawsuit, says NSA creating gun registry. OBAMA SYRIA: GIVING THE DECISION TO CONGRESS OR TAKING IT AWAY FROM HIMSELF? North Carolina Poised To Abolish Income Tax. ACLU and NRA Join Forces to Investigate Possible NSA Gun Registry | Whiskey Tango Foxtrot.

Surprise! NSA creating gun registry. The National Rifle Association has joined a lawsuit against the federal government’s sweeping surveillance program, claiming the collection of phone records and other data violates First Amendment rights and amounts to an illegal gun registry.In supporting the American Civil Liberties Union’s lawsuit, the NRA on Wednesday filed a supporting brief arguing the National Security Agency’s datamining “could allow identification of NRA members, supporters, potential members, and other persons with whom the NRA communicates, potentially chilling their willingness to communicate with the NRA.”The NSA’s phone database would let the government track whether gun owners called the NRA, gun stores, shooting ranges or others. via NRA joins spy lawsuit, says NSA creating gun registry.

Like this: Like Loading... End Game: DOJ Plans National Gun Confiscation In "News" Gun Owners of Vermont "more militant" than NRA In "Human Rights" Al-Qaeda Vows to Slaughter Christians After U.S. ‘Liberates’ Syria From Assad. Excerpted from Raymond Ibrahim: While U.S. leaders continue pushing for war against the Syrian government, today “Al-Qaeda-linked rebels,” reports AP, “launched an assault on a regime-held Christian mountain village in the densely populated west of Syria and new clashes erupted near the capital, Damascus, on Wednesday… In the attack on the village of Maaloula, rebels commandeered a mountaintop hotel and nearby caves and shelled the community below, said a nun, speaking by phone from a convent in the village.

She spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals.” Arabic news agency Al Hadath gives more information concerning this latest terror attack on Syria’s Christians, specifically how the al-Qaeda linked rebels “terrorized the Christians, threatening to be avenged on them after the triumph of the revolution.” Like this: Like Loading... The Obama Scandal List: Two Dozen and Counting. States Marketing ‘ObamaCare’ With Other Names To Bolster Enrollment. ‘Offer is on the table’ for Arab countries to pay for full-scale U.S. invasion of Syria, says Secretary of State John Kerry | Mail Online.

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