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Report: Obama Admin Wants Syria Action 'Just Muscular Enough Not to Get Mocked'

On Wednesday, the Los Angeles Times reported that a US official briefed on the Obama administration’s prospective response to Syria would be “just muscular enough not to get mocked” but not strong enough to provoke action from Iran or Russia. “They are looking at what is just enough to mean something, just enough to be more than symbolic,” the official said. Aug 28, 2013 8:39 AM PT

NYT Column: 'Bomb Syria, Even if It Is Illegal'

On Wednesday, The New York Times ran an op-ed that surely would have brought scorn and rage from the left had it been written during the Bush years. Its title: “Bomb Syria, Even if It Is Illegal.” Written by Professor Ian Hurd of Northwestern, the op-ed suggests, “Since Russia and China won’t help, Mr. Obama and allied leaders should declare that international law has evolved and that they don’t need Security Council approval to intervene in Syria.” Aug 28, 2013 5:49 AM PT

McConnell Campaign Manager: Madison Group 'Fringe,' Tea Party Not

Responding to accusations on Tuesday by Kentucky Tea Partiers that a campaign spokeswoman for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) labeled tea partiers in general “fringe,” campaign manager Jesse Benton told Breitbart News, “In a statement yesterday, our spokeswoman called a Washington, DC based group that makes a living attacking conservatives fringe. That statement was confined to that group only and does not extend any further." Aug 27, 2013 2:59 PM PT

DOJ Sues Louisiana to Stop School Voucher Program Helping Black Students

Last week, Eric Holder’s Department of Justice, fresh off its controversial decision to sue the state of Texas of its voter identification law, sued the state of Louisiana to block its school voucher program largely designed to help minority children. The DOJ sued to stop 34 school district from giving out private-school vouchers, claiming that such vouchers slowed the “desegregation progress.” Aug 27, 2013 6:00 AM PT

Weiner Celebrates Women's Equality Day

On Monday, fading New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner tried to reinvigorate his polling by issuing a proclamation celebrating Women’s Equality Day. “When women have equal rights, our society is better off,” Weiner wrote while not texting pictures of his genitals. “This is one of my long-held beliefs and it’s why I have been such a staunch supporter of women’s rights my entire career.” Aug 27, 2013 5:47 AM PT

WaPo Assails Non-Profit Status for Churches, Rips Americans for Giving

The assault on America’s churches has begun, with commentators like Dylan Matthews of the Washington Post and Matthew Yglesias of Slate calling on the government to tax churches. “Whichever faith you think is the one true faith, it’s undeniable that the majority of this church-spending is going to support false doctrines,” Yglesias wrote on Thursday. He added, “upgrading a church’s physical plant doesn’t enhance the soul-saving capacity of its clergy.” Aug 23, 2013 4:50 PM PT

'There Is No Voter Fraud': Powell Calls NC Voter ID Law Racist

Former Secretary of State and ardent supporter of President Obama Colin Powell has now suggested that voter identification laws in North Carolina are racist. Doubling down on his suggestions that Republicans “still look down on minorities” and carry a “dark vein of intolerance” back in January, Powell said that North Carolina’s requirement that voters show a photo identification in order to vote “punishes” minorities: “What it really says to the minority voters is…’We really are sort of punishing you.” Aug 23, 2013 10:21 AM PT

89-Year-Old Wounded WWII Vet Beaten to Death by Two Black Teens

In Spokane, Washington, on Wednesday night, World War II veteran and Battle of Okinawa survivor Delbert Belton was beaten by two African American teenagers described as between the ages of 16 and 19. Belton passed away Thursday morning of head injuries. Aug 22, 2013 4:46 PM PT

NM Supreme Court: 'Tolerance' Means Forcing Religious Photographers to Serve Same-Sex Weddings

On Thursday, the New Mexico Supreme Court ruled that religious wedding photographers could be forced to photograph same-sex weddings. “When Elane Photography refused to photograph a same-sex commitment ceremony, it violated the [New Mexico Human Rights Act, or NMHRA] in the same way as if it had refused to photograph a wedding between people of different races,” the court ruled unanimously. Aug 22, 2013 2:26 PM PT

Fox News Former VP Lewis Blasts 'Ludicrous' Sherman Reporting

Brian Lewis, the public relations vice president at Fox News who was recently fired and tossed from the building, told TVNewser on Wednesday that the media had gotten the details of his separation from the company completely wrong. In particular, Lewis singled out Roger Ailes’ chief critic, New York magazine’s Gabe Sherman, for criticism. Aug 22, 2013 1:41 PM PT

Holder Sues Texas Over Voter ID Law, Claiming Racism

On Thursday, Eric Holder’s Department of Justice announced a lawsuit against Texas over the state’s voter identification law, claiming that the law violated the Voting Rights Act, the 14th Amendment to the Constitution, and the 15th Amendment to the Constitution. The Justice Department is joining another lawsuit challenging redistricting in the state. Aug 22, 2013 11:21 AM PT

EXCLUSIVE - Source: Brian Lewis Not Top Ailes Lieutenant, May Have Leaked to Gabe Sherman

The media have heavily covered the departure of Fox News public relations vice president Brian Lewis – far more than the exit of similarly placed executives throughout the news and entertainment industry. The news that he had been fired on July 25 leaked to The Hollywood Reporter on Tuesday, and reports quickly spread that Lewis was considered “the right-hand man to Roger Ailes.” Aug 21, 2013 1:30 PM PT

HHS Sponsors Video Contest: Make an 'Awesome Superhero' About Obamacare!

The Obama Department of Health and Human Services has begun a $30,000 prize pool for videos promoting Obamacare. The taxpayer cash comes from the money slotted for the Obamacare “education and outreach budget.” The contest website, YoungInvincibles.org, recommends a few possible videos they’d like to see from contestants, including “An awesome superhero or action-movie style video showing how young people feel like invincible movie heroes. Cut back to reality to show us how, in fact, anyone can be hurt.” Aug 21, 2013 10:14 AM PT

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