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Israel Launches Counteroffensive Against Hezbollah, Hamas

Israel waged counterstrikes on Tuesday in southern Syria and the Gaza Strip following aggression from Hamas, Hezbollah, and Syrian military forces, the Wall Street Journal reported. Israel Defense Forces deployed a contingent of helicopters, fighter jets, and drones against Syrian military installations purposed for observation, intelligence gathering, and communication. This attack came a day following a thwarted Hezbollah attack in a contested area in the Golan Heights, in which four terrorists were killed by IDF responders. Recent Stories in National Security Four in Five Black Americans Want Same or More Cop Presence in Neighborhood Massive Explosion of Unclear Origin Wracks Beirut Democrats Gutted Anti-Hezbollah Legislation Days Before Attack on Israel Former Israeli military intelligence chief Amos Yadlin said Hezbollah planned the attack as revenge for previous skirmishes. “It seems [Hezbollah leader Hassan] Nasrallah tried his luck from the Syrian front,” Yadlin wrote on Twitter. Iranian-backed Hezbollah has a storied relationship with Syria and the Assad regime, along with a documented history of cooperation during the Syrian Civil War. Both Syria and Hezbollah harbor resentment towards Israel and have had few qualms about the use of violence. “Hezbollah needs to know that it’s playing with fire,” Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu said last week. “Any attack against us will be answered with great force.” Meanwhile, Israel acted with dispatch on its southern border against terror group Hamas on Monday. IDF forces...

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Iran Abducts American Resident in Dubai

California resident Jamshid Sharmahd was abducted by Iran while visiting Dubai, the Associated Press reported Tuesday. A member of the California-based Kingdom Assembly of Iran’s Tondar militant wing, Sharmahd is a vocal member of the armed opposition to the Ayatollah regime. Though Iran has not released details about how it took Sharmahd into custody, the country has accused him of orchestrating a 2008 mosque bombing that killed 14 people and wounded more than 200. Recent Stories in National Security Massive Explosion of Unclear Origin Wracks Beirut Democrats Gutted Anti-Hezbollah Legislation Days Before Attack on Israel Israel Launches Counteroffensive Against Hezbollah, Hamas Sharmahd’s family maintains that he was only a spokesman for the opposition group and was not an active and violent member. Mobile phone data shared with reporters by Sharmahd’s family indicate that he was taken to Oman and ultimately Iran, likely against his will. The Iranian Intelligence Ministry released a picture of Sharmahd blindfolded on Saturday.  “We’re seeking support from any democratic country, any free country,” Sharmahd’s son, Shayan, told reporters. “It is a violation of human rights. You can’t just pick someone up in a third country and drag them into your country.” A resident of California for years, Sharmahd was on the path to obtaining U.S. citizenship. He is also a citizen of Germany. The German embassy in Tehran has made an inquiry for more information on Sharmahd’s...

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Obama Keeps ‘Squad’ Off List of Endorsements

Former president Barack Obama announced on Monday his first list of endorsements for the November election, but excluded the four members of the far-left group of House Democrats known as “the Squad.” Obama endorsed six Democratic candidates for the House in New York, but Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the progressive “Squad” member representing the Bronx, did not make the list. He also failed to include Rep. Rashida Tlaib (Mich.), who faces a contentious primary battle in her Detroit district. Ilhan Omar (Minn.) and Ayanna Pressley (Mass.) were also excluded from the list. Recent Stories in 2020 Election Obama Keeps ‘Squad’ Off List of Endorsements Republican Manny Sethi Scrambles to Explain Contribution to Liberal Tom Perriello Biden Won’t Say If He’ll Execute Boston Bomber Since they took office in 2018, the leftist group has at times been a hassle for more moderate Democrats. After Omar was accused of anti-Semitism for alleging that her colleagues had loyalty to Israel, her allies prevented House Democrats from backing a resolution condemning anti-Semitism in favor of a broader condemnation of bigotry. Tlaib recently refused to endorse Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, instead saying her focus is on turning out Democratic votes in her district. After all four women voted against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D., Calif.) border-funding bill last year, the speaker dismissed the group and said they had “no following.” A number of progressive candidates did make Obama’s...

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BEASTMODE: Elliott Abrams Informs Rand Paul That Venezuela’s Maduro Is a Murderous Dictator

Sen. Rand Paul (R., Ky.) argued there is no difference between Venezuelan dictator Nicolas Maduro and pro-democracy opposition leader Juan Guaido, who is recognized by the United States as the legitimate head of the country, but Trump Special Representative for Venezuela Elliott Abrams was there to set the record straight. The post BEASTMODE: Elliott Abrams Informs Rand Paul That Venezuela’s Maduro Is a Murderous Dictator appeared first on Washington Free...

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Republican Manny Sethi Scrambles to Explain Contribution to Liberal Tom Perriello

A Republican Senate candidate blamed his wife and sleepwalking for a past donation to a far-left Democrat as he woos conservative voters in Tennessee. Orthopedic surgeon Manny Sethi, who is running to replace retiring senator Lamar Alexander (R., Tenn.), faced criticism in July for a campaign contribution he made to former Democratic congressman Tom Perriello. Sethi gave $50 to Perriello’s campaign in April 2008, prompting an advertisement from primary opponent and former ambassador to Japan Bill Hagerty. While Sethi has dismissed the attack as “baseless,” his campaign has offered contradictory explanations behind the donation, going so far as to scapegoat his wife and a lack of sleep. In an advertisement released July 25, Sethi’s wife took responsibility for the contribution, saying she sent the money after “some friends called me for political donations.” But in a July 1 email obtained by the Washington Free Beacon, Sethi claimed he made the donation himself, attributing the decision to sleep deprivation. Recent Stories in 2020 Election Obama Keeps ‘Squad’ Off List of Endorsements Republican Manny Sethi Scrambles to Explain Contribution to Liberal Tom Perriello Biden Won’t Say If He’ll Execute Boston Bomber “When I was a sleep-deprived resident, I had a friend pestering me to make a donation to one of his friends who was running for office,” Sethi wrote in the email. “It was dumb, and I shouldn’t have done it.” Sethi...

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Top Soros Official Embraces Anti-Semitic Black Nationalist and Slams Bill Clinton

Patrick Gaspard, a former Obama administration official and president of George Soros’s Open Society Foundations, blasted former president Bill Clinton on Friday for condemning Stokely Carmichael, a racial separatist who called Hitler the only white man he could respect.  Gaspard slammed Clinton for referring to Carmichael unfavorably in a eulogy for the late civil-rights leader John Lewis. Clinton said civil-rights activists for a brief period “went a little too far towards Stokely.” Recent Stories in Latest News Top Soros Official Embraces Anti-Semitic Black Nationalist and Slams Bill Clinton Seattle City Council Resolution Would Replace Police With ‘Civilian-Led Department’ Trump Admin Recovers $200 Million From Obama-Era Solar Boondoggle “I didn’t want to tweet this during the funeral for John Lewis, but who is Bill Clinton to show up at a black funeral to attack Stokely Carmichael? Stokely was ours,” Gaspard said in a tweet on Friday. “He was targeted for destruction by the FBI and forced into exile. He gave all for us. Bill Clinton ain’t no hero.” As Lewis’s successor leading the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in the 1960s, Carmichael pressed blacks to embrace direct confrontation rather than peaceful demonstration. He opposed most forms of coalition-building with white liberals and pressed blacks to “close ranks” and exclude whites from the organization.  “Stokely had become a fierce anti-white black nationalist, and eventually … expelled whites from the organization—even though many...

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U.S. Plans to Build New Arctic Icebreaker Fleet

A recent White House memo directs the Pentagon and other executive departments to provide a roadmap by early August for creating a security fleet of icebreaker ships, Fox News reported Monday. The move to acquire icebreaker ships signals Washington’s recognition of the Arctic and Antarctic regions’ increasing geopolitical significance, as well as a willingness to stand up to China and Russia. Recent Stories in National Security Massive Explosion of Unclear Origin Wracks Beirut Democrats Gutted Anti-Hezbollah Legislation Days Before Attack on Israel Israel Launches Counteroffensive Against Hezbollah, Hamas The memo comes at a time when the United States has minimal strategic capabilities in the polar regions—there is not a single U.S. port in the Arctic capable of housing icebreaking ships. This shortcoming is addressed by the memo, which orders a search for at least two “optimal” U.S.-based port locations and two international port locations. Military authorities say the need to bolster U.S. operations in the polar regions is immediate. “We really don’t have the ability to project the presence we need to project in both the Arctic and the Antarctic,” Vice Admiral Scott Buschman, the Coast Guard’s deputy commandant for operations, told Fox News. “We do need additional polar icebreakers to do what we need to do both in the Antarctic and the Arctic at the high latitudes,” he added. “In the past they used the term, ‘six, three, one.’...

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Biden Won’t Say If He’ll Execute Boston Bomber

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has been silent on the news that Boston Marathon bombing perpetrator Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will need a new trial in order to be executed—a trial Biden’s Justice Department would prosecute, if the Democrat is elected. The overturning of Tsarnaev’s capital sentence has gone unmentioned by Biden’s campaign in press releases and on social media since Friday’s ruling. The campaign also did not respond to inquiries from the Washington Free Beacon as to whether Biden would pursue the death penalty for Tsarnaev if elected. Recent Stories in 2020 Election Obama Keeps ‘Squad’ Off List of Endorsements Republican Manny Sethi Scrambles to Explain Contribution to Liberal Tom Perriello Biden Won’t Say If He’ll Execute Boston Bomber The ruling and Tsarnaev’s crime also went unmentioned in Biden’s Sunday remarks on the anniversary of the El Paso Walmart shooting. During that event, according to text of his comments released by the campaign, Biden emphasized the need to fight white supremacy and push for gun control, but did not discuss specific penalties for shooting perpetrator Patrick Crusius, who is currently facing multiple capital charges. Biden’s silence on the issue is a stark contrast with President Donald Trump, who has condemned the ruling and called for a “do-over” trial for Tsarnaev. It is also a marker of how Biden—who supported the death penalty throughout his time in the Senate—has shifted left on...

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Biden’s VP Finalists

As Joe Biden gets closer to announcing his 2020 running mate, the Washington Free Beacon looks back on the career highlights of some of the likely candidates: Kamala Harris, Susan Rice, Karen Bass, and Elizabeth Warren. The post Biden’s VP Finalists appeared first on Washington Free...

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Patriarchy Exposed: CNN ‘Analysis’ Finds Women Who Want to Be President Are Facing ‘Scrutiny’

Maeve Reston is a national political reporter at CNN, where she published glowing coverage of the Democratic presidential candidates during the primary. Maeve raved about Kamala Harris’s facial expressions, Beto O’Rourke’s incessant apologizing, and Joe Biden’s walking speed. Those were simpler times. After Biden wrapped up the party’s nomination, Reston dropped the pretense of being a reporter and started publishing critical “analysis” of President Donald Trump—because CNN doesn’t do enough of that already. Her analysis of the president’s speech on July 4, for example, was particularly insightful, and nothing if not unique: Recent Stories in Satire Patriarchy Exposed: CNN ‘Analysis’ Finds Women Who Want to Be President Are Facing ‘Scrutiny’ Biden Veepstakes: The Compelling Case for Chris Dodd SHOTS FIRED: Joe Biden Threatens to Destroy CNN if Elected On a very different Fourth of July holiday, when many Americans are wrestling with the racist misdeeds of the country’s heroes and confronting an unrelenting pandemic with surging cases, their commander-in-chief is attempting to drag America backward—stirring fear of cultural change while flouting the most basic scientific evidence about disease transmission. Reston’s most recent analysis is about Biden’s search for a running mate, and poses a compelling question: The (female) politicians under consideration for the VP nomination are facing “scrutiny” of an “intense” degree. Is sexism to blame? Probably: Joe Biden’s decision on his running mate is drawing closer by the day, and the tensions over...

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