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Dana Perino Dodges Iraq/Afghanistan Questions on David Webb Show

On host David Webb’s eponymous radio show Friday, former White House Press Secretary Dana Perino weighed in on the developing face of the War on Terror, blaming President Obama’s failure to enforce a red line on chemical weapons in Syria for growing chaos in Afghanistan and Iraq, and saying of the possibility that the Bush administration could have emphasized Afghanistan more as a warfront, “I don’t know if anything could have been done differently at that particular time.

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Graphic Novel Legends Neil Gaiman, Art Spiegelman Step Up to Honor Charlie Hebdo at PEN Gala

Last week, six writers serving as table hosts for the PEN American Center gala withdrew to protest the Freedom of Expression Courage Award given to Charlie Hebdo magazine. Now six new writers, including graphic novel legends Neil Gaiman and Art Spiegelman, have stepped forward to take their places. Their gesture is more important and appreciated than ever, in light of the anti-free speech attack in Texas on Sunday night.

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ISIS Opens Luxury Hotel for Commanders in Mosul

The Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS) has opened the first five-star hotel in its self-declared Caliphate. The Ninawa Hotel in Mosul, a favorite among visitors on TripAdvisor, is now open to all commanders who visit the region.

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Boko Haram Terrorists Stoned Girls to Death Upon Realizing Rescue was Near

The good news that up to 700 girls and women have been rescued from captivity under the Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haram has been tempered this week by their stories, including those who lived to tell that the terrorists began stoning women and girls to death when they realized their captives were close to being rescued.

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