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NYPD Stands Down on Anniversary of Boston Marathon Bombing

The New York Police Department announced Tuesday, the first anniversary of the Boston Marathon jihad attack, that it was disbanding a special unit that had been dedicated to watching for jihad terror threats in Muslim communities. That’s good; after all, who ever heard of a Muslim staging a terror attack? And what better day to announce such news than the first anniversary of what New York officials evidently think is the last Islamic jihad attack ever on American soil? 15 Apr 2014, 8:52 PM PDT

Putin Warns Merkel: Ukraine 'On Verge of Civil War'

Russian President Vladimir Putin warned German Chancellor Angela Merkel that Ukraine was now on the verge of civil war after the Kiev government sent in the army against separatists in the east of the country, the Kremlin said Wednesday. 15 Apr 2014, 5:07 PM PDT

Two Weeks in Cuba: Billboards and Ironies

In March of 2014, I did what my left-wing foes always challenged me to do--I traveled to a Communist country to see "real existing socialism" for myself. My two weeks in Cuba, traveling the countryside and staying in working-class Cuban neighborhoods, confirmed that everything I believed about the oppression and poverty of Communism was correct. 15 Apr 2014, 9:01 AM PDT

Five Stabbed to Death at Canada House Party

Five people died overnight in a stabbing rampage at a house party held to mark the end of university classes in the Canadian city of Calgary, local media said Tuesday. 15 Apr 2014, 7:30 AM PDT

Insurgents Dig In, Ukraine Tanks Seen in the East

Pro-Russian insurgents dug in Tuesday across eastern Ukraine, fortifying positions around seized buildings and erecting new barricades even as Ukrainian troops and tanks set up outside one eastern city now controlled by armed men. 15 Apr 2014, 5:57 AM PDT

Blast at Bus Station in Nigerian Capital Kills 72

Suspected Islamic militants struck in the heart of Nigeria on Monday with a massive rush-hour bomb blast at a bus station that killed at least 72 people and wounded 164 in the deadliest attack ever on the nation's capital. 14 Apr 2014

Fatal MERS Virus Outbreak Surges Throughout Middle East

The deadly virus known as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), has seen a surge of cases reported throughout Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and the entire Middle East. The Wall Street Journal reported that the UAE announced six confirmed cases among paramedics alone over the weekend, one of whom has died from the illness. 14 Apr 2014

Russian Military Outmatches NATO in Eastern Europe

Russia is probing NATO defenses in Eastern Europe as part of its strategy to recover the satellite countries it lost in the break-up of the Soviet Union. Although NATO was designed around European members shouldering most of their own security, the 26 European members of NATO have been spending only about 1.4% of GDP on defense, and most of their aircraft and military equipment is seriously outdated. 14 Apr 2014

Both Sides Allege New Chemical Weapon Attack in Syria

A deadly gas not on the list of chemical weapons Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was made to relinquish to the international community last year was used twice in a northern Syrian village this weekend, prompting accusations that both the government and the Syrian opposition used the gas on civilians. 14 Apr 2014

Russian Jet Buzzes US Warship

A U.S. military official says a Russian fighter jet made multiple, close-range passes near an American warship in the Black Sea for more than 90 minutes Saturday amid escalating tensions in the region. 14 Apr 2014

To Stop Russia, Cancel Obama's 'New Start'

Among the many dubious legacies of "moderate" Republicans is the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, also known as "New START," which the Senate ratified in December 2010, just after the electorate had delivered a resounding condemnation of the Obama administration's left-wing agenda. New START was the centerpiece of President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's ill-conceived and ill-fated "reset" with Russia. 14 Apr 2014

Russia Provokes Ukrainian Retaliation

Russia's military annexation of the Crimea and buildup of land and air forces on its borders with Eastern Europe is raising anxiety that Russia will militarily intervene in other former “republics” to rebuild the Soviet Union. 14 Apr 2014

Kiev Government to Deploy Troops in Ukraine's East

Turning to force to try to restore its authority in the vital industrial east, Ukraine's government announced Sunday it was sending in troops to try to quash an increasingly brazen pro-Russian insurgency, despite repeated warnings from the Kremlin. 13 Apr 2014

This Week in History: The Birth of Thomas Jefferson--and Freedom

Crafter of the Statute of Virginia for Religious Freedom, father of the University of Virginia, and author of the Declaration of Independence: these three acts are how Thomas Jefferson wanted to be remembered. He had them etched on his gravestone in front of his Monticello home in Charlottesville, Virginia, noticeably leaving off the fact that he also served as president of the United States. Thomas Jefferson was born on April 13, 1743 and would have turned 271 this week. 13 Apr 2014

Grandfather, Grandson Killed at KC Jewish Center: Neither Was Jewish

A grandfather and grandson were among the victims in a shooting at the Jewish Community Center of Kansas City in Overland Park, Kansas, according to the Kansas City Star. The alleged shooter, a man in his 70s, opened fire at the center and at a nearby Jewish retirement home, shouting "Heil Hitler!" as he was arrested. Ironically, neither the grandfather, William Lewis Corporon, nor his grandson, Reat Griffin Underwood, was Jewish. 13 Apr 2014

Does a Scrap of Egyptian Papyrus Prove Jesus Was Married?

A paper published on Thursday, April 10, in the Harvard Theological Review cited scientific studies that dated a business-card-sized scrap of papyrus, written in the Egyptian Coptic language, to at least the sixth-to-ninth century and possibly the fourth century. 13 Apr 2014

3 Dead in Shooting at Kansas Jewish Center: Gunman Yelled 'Heil Hitler'

Two people are dead and one is reportedly in critical condition, according to ABC News, after a shooting spree at a Jewish community center and retirement facility in Overland Park, Kansas. The Kansas City Star reports that police arrested one male suspect at 2:45 p.m. Central Daylight Time. Hundreds of students were reportedly at the community center for local "KC SuperStar" auditions and for the rehearsal of To Kill a Mockingbird. 13 Apr 2014

Chile: 16 Dead, Toll Rising in Valparaiso Fire

A raging fire leaped from hilltop to hilltop in this colorful port city, killing at least 16 people and destroying more than 500 homes. More than 10,000 people were evacuated, including more than 200 female inmates at a prison. 13 Apr 2014

NATO, EU Condemn Attacks in East Ukraine While US Announces Biden Visit to Kiev, Warns Russia of More Sanctions

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen and European High Representative Catherine Ashton condemned the attacks on government buildings in east Ukraine by pro-Russian forces. Secretary of State John Kerry warned Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov of more consequences and the White House announced Vice President Joe Biden will visit Ukraine on April 22. 13 Apr 2014

Interim Libyan Prime Minister to Step Down

Libya's government said Sunday that the interim prime minister had declined a parliamentary mandate to form a new government and will instead step down, in a move likely to compound the difficulties facing a government already internally divided and facing widespread unrest and militia violence. 13 Apr 2014

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