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Sen. Alexander: 'I Will Vote No' on Syria

Monday afternoon, Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander announced his opposition to President Obama's proposed military strike on Syria. Alexander's opposition is important, as his Senate colleague, Sen. Bob Corker, helped author the resolution approving military action. Alexander had also recently come under criticism from his primary opponent for not taking a tougher stance against action. Sep 9, 2013 10:49 AM PT

Lamar Alexander Slammed For Silence on Syria

America is on the cusp of engaging in yet another military action in the Middle East and many senior elected officials are silent on the issue. On Monday, Tennessee senior Senator Lamar Alexander drew strong criticism from his primary opponent, state Rep. Joe Carr, for not publicly stating his position on military action in Syria. Sep 9, 2013 9:16 AM PT

Poll: 71% of Americans Oppose Syria Strike

A new CNN poll finds that 71% of Americans oppose military action in Syria. Even if Congress were to authorize a strike, a clear majority, 55%, would still oppose military action in Syria. Even though an overwhelming majority think it is likely Bashar Assad used chemical weapons, 69% don't think its a matter of US national security. Sep 9, 2013 8:43 AM PT

Jim Hoft: An American Warrior for Liberty

First, this is not a remembrance. Although Jim Hoft remains in critical condition in a St. Louis hospital, he, fortunately, is still planted firmly on this mortal coil. I write with the full confidence that he will make a full recovery. Right now, however, the man is enduring his own private hell. You may not immediately know the name Jim Hoft, but some part of our present world has been shaped by his work as an activist and through his blog, Gateway Pundit. Sep 8, 2013 12:05 PM PT

Syria a Pawn in America's Budget, Debt Battle

Whatever the outcome of the vote in Congress for action in Syria, historians forever will be perplexed that President Obama didn't immediately call lawmakers back from recess to consider the matter. The decision to commit troops in a foreign conflict is the most serious one made by elected officials. The delay in action risks now intertwining the issue with other matters Congress must address over the next month. Sep 8, 2013 8:14 AM PT

Report: VA Gov Race Looks Like a Toss-Up

National Journal's Charlie Cook is one of the nation's best-known political handicappers. On Thursday, he offered his latest take on the Virginia Governors race. While Cook notes that six of the seven most recent polls show Democrat Terry McAuliffe holding a steady lead over Republican Ken Cuccinelli, he says its "close to 50-50 race." Sep 7, 2013 11:17 AM PT

Gun Applications Soar in Maryland Ahead of Gun Ban

This year, Maryland passed strict gun-control legislation. In response, residents have flooded the state police with applications to purchase weapons, before the new law takes effect. Through August, more than 85,000 residents have made new requests to purchase firearms. This is almost double the amount who sought buy guns in all of 2011. Sep 6, 2013 7:50 AM PT

Miss: Economy Gains Just 169k Jobs

On Friday, the Labor Department reported that the economy gained just 169k jobs. in August. Economists had expected the economy to gain 180k jobs for the month. Even this optimist number is below the amount needed each month to keep pace with population growth. The weaker than expected number shows the economy has not generated meaningful growth. The unemployment rate dropped down to 7.3% as more Americans left the labor force. Sep 6, 2013 5:35 AM PT

Senate May Vote to Fight With Al-Qaeda on 9/11

On Friday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid returns to Washington to begin the procedural motions to bring to a vote an authorization of military strikes against Syria. Given the extended time-frame for debate in the Senate, it is likely then that the vote to end debate and pass a resolution for military action would occur on Wednesday, September 11. Just twelve years after Al-Qaeda attacked New York City and Washington, the United States will vote to fight alongside it. Sep 6, 2013 4:53 AM PT

Planned Layoffs Surge in August

According to a new report released Thursday, the number of layoffs announced by employers surged in August to the highest level in more than six months. Firms announced plans to layoff 50k workers, up 57% from last year. The announced job cuts were also 33% higher than July. Sep 5, 2013 7:17 AM PT

Boehner, Cantor Endorse 'Blank Check' on Syria Strike

On Tuesday morning, House Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor announced their support for President Obama's proposed military action in Syria. Their support came hours before Secretary of State John Kerry and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel first testified before Congress on the Administration's plans. The specific details of military action are unknown at this time. Which begs the question, what are Boehner and Cantor supporting? Sep 4, 2013 9:26 AM PT

Ted Cruz: US Is Not 'Al-Qaeda's Air Force'

On Tuesday, Sen. Ted Cruz distilled the current debate over possible military action in Syria to its essential dilemma. While Syrian President Bashar Assad is certainly a ruthless dictator, the forces aligned against him are dominated by jihadis and elements of terrorist organizations. Cruz noted that Americans didn't enlist in the military to "serve as Al-Qaeda's Air Force." Sep 4, 2013 7:30 AM PT

70% of Americans Don't Want US to Arm Syrian Rebels

A new poll from Washington Post/NBC shows broad public opposition to any US military intervention in Syria. Support for an attack on Syria if it used chemical weapons has fallen precipitously since early Summer. As Congress debates whether to authorize military action, a more relevant finding is the 70% of Americans oppose any efforts by the US to arm Syrian rebels. Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham have made arming the rebels a condition for their support of military action. Sep 3, 2013 1:04 PM PT

Boehner: 'I'm Going to Support' Action in Syria

Emerging Tuesday from a meeting at the White House, Speaker John Boehner said he would support Obama's request for Congressional approval of military action in Syria. Sep 3, 2013 9:41 AM PT

McCain, Graham Push Obama for Regime Change in Syria

On Monday, Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham met privately with President Obama at the White House over his call for Congressional approval of a military strike on Syria. Obama called for the vote on Saturday, saying that the Syrian government had recently used chemical weapons on its citizens and must be punished as a result. While saying that a vote against authorization of a strike would be "catastrophic," McCain and Graham also said the goal of military action shouldn't be to punish Bashar al-Assad, but to remove him from power. Sep 2, 2013 1:40 PM PT

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