Graph Comparing Number Of Congressional Investigations

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The publication ThinkProgress did a graph comparing the number of Benghazi investigations to the number of investigations on other high-profile acts of terror.

http://thinkprogress.org/world/2015/10/22/3715046/trey-gowdy-benghazi-slams-gop/

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Boy Drowns While Mom Does Facebook

In 2014, a British woman named Claire Barnett was using her cell phone while hanging out by a pond on her property. She wasn’t aware that her 2-year-old son, Joshua, was drowning in the water.  Her attention was on Facebook and the photos she was uploading and she didn’t notice her son’s distress.

According to the BBC, by the time the British mother pulled him out, Joshua was already unconscious and later died at the hospital. But Barnett’s lawyer argued that his client isn’t to blame – she was distracted by someone commenting on her Facebook page, not actively doing anything on Facebook herself.

“Any mother going about the house can be distracted by a telephone or a washing machine,” defense barrister Timothy Roberts said.

According to the website “Popsugar,” Barnett plead guilty to four counts of child cruelty and has been sentenced to five years in jail.

(Updated post)

http://www.popsugar.com/moms/Mom-Sentenced-Jail-Being-Facebook-While-Son-Drowns-38755002?utm_source=com_newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=com_newsletter_v0_10182015&em_recid=24298846&utm_content=placement_1_title

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/11923930/Mother-chatted-on-Facebook-while-toddler-son-drowned-in-the-garden.html

http://www.cosmopolitan.com/lifestyle/news/a47575/claire-barnett-on-facebook-while-child-drowned/

Leak Shows Former British Prime Minister Blair Knew About Iraq Invasion A Year In Advance

All sewn up: President George Bush and UK prime minister Tony Blair at the infamous 2002 summit at Bush's ranch house in Crawford, Texas, where the two men spoke about invading IraqA White House leak shows that former British Prime Minister Tony Blair had given George W. Bush an unqualified pledge to join the Iraq War a year before the invasion started.

The document – a memo – was written by then-Secretary of State Colin Powell to then-President George W. Bush.

The memo goes against Blair’s public claims that he was seeking a diplomatic solution to the crisis at that time.

Blair said to Parliament: “We’re not proposing military action” – in contrast to what the secret email now reveals.

The classified document also discloses that Blair agreed to act as a type of spin doctor for the President by presenting “public affairs lines” to convince a skeptical public that Saddam had Weapons of Mass Destruction when none existed.

However, Bush would flatter Blair’s ego and give the impression that Britain was not America’s dog but an equal partner in a special relationship.

The memo was written on March 28, 2002, a week before Bush’s famous summit with Blair at his Crawford ranch in Texas.

In it, Powell tells Bush that Blair “will be with us” on military action. Powell assures the President that “The UK will follow our lead.”

The disclosure is certain to lead for calls for the Brits to reopen his inquiry into the Iraq War.

A second explosive memo from the same cache also reveals how Bush used “spies” in the British Labour Party to help him to manipulate British public opinion in favor of the war.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3277402/Smoking-gun-emails-reveal-Blair-s-deal-blood-George-Bush-Iraq-war-forged-YEAR-invasion-started.html

http://qz.com/527088/this-is-the-memo-that-suggests-blair-backed-the-iraq-war-a-year-before-invading/

Classic Video: Ben Stein Argues For Higher Taxes For The Wealthy On Fox News


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A few years ago, Ben Stein played the voice of reason on the show Fox and Friends, explaining that to lower the deficit, taxes must be raised on the rich. For the most part, his ideas were met by blank stares on the faces of the Fox News hosts.

(Sam Seder video)

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Benghazi Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy To Retire?

On September 29th, Representative Trey Gowdy, the Chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi, declined his colleagues’ calls for him to run for House majority leader.

The next day, one of them claimed he would retire, according to U.S. News and World Report.

“Trey wants to go back to South Carolina, and God bless him for that,” Rep. John Fleming, R-La., said on C-SPAN Wednesday morning.

Fleming was interpreting something the South Carolina Republican reportedly said during a GOP caucus meeting.  He said Gowdy would leave Congress at the end of his term.

“He plans to go back home, and he wants to finish his work on the Benghazi special committee, but he loves South Carolina and he loves his family, and he wants to go back and spend the rest of his life there,” Fleming explained.

“He’ll be sorely missed,” he added.

Gowdy’s office, however, immediately denied Fleming’s interpretation.

“No, he is not announcing his retirement,” Gowdy’s spokeswoman Amanda Duvall said to the Washington Examiner.” He has not made any announcement on 2016, anything else is incorrect,” Duvall said according to U.S. News.

Gowdy was first elected in the tea party wave of 2010 and represents South Carolina’s conservative 4th District. And while he has indicated in the past his intentions to return to South Carolina at some point, he apparently is not going yet.

(Updated report)

http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2015/09/30/trey-gowdy-benghazi-committee-chairman-denies-retirement-report

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/lawmaker-trey-gowdy-to-leave-the-house-after-2016/article/2573082

What Is The Situation With The Bombs In Turkey?

On Saturday, there were two bomb explosions at a “peace rally” in Ankara, the Turkish capital.

The number of killed varies in the news, but most outlets are reporting that “more than 100 people” died as a result of the blasts. Some news organizations call it the deadliest terror attack in Turkey’s history, others state it is the deadliest terror attack in recent history in Turkey.

Who organized the peace rally?

The BBC states that the pro-Kurdish HDP party organized Saturday’s rally. The Guardian writes that in addition to the HDP, pro-union and left-wing groups also took part.

Who is responsible for the bombing?

According to The Guardian, no group immediately claimed responsibility for the bombing, and the Turkish government has denied any part in it.

To make things worse, as thousands later gathered near the scene to mourn, brief scuffles broke out as police used teargas to prevent people from laying flowers at the site of the attack.

The pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic party (HDP) said some members of its delegation sustained injuries from the police.

Witnesses and victims’ families felt that the government should have done more to protect the peace rally and that security should have been better. Mourners shouted anti-government slogans, and denounced Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan as a “murderer” and a “thief”. Many blame his Justice and Development (AK) party for security failures at Saturday’s peace march.

According to the HDP, the number of people killed in the bombing stands at 128, all but eight of whom have been identified and their names published by the HDP’s crisis desk.

Security analysts have pointed out the similarities to a suicide bomb attack in the Turkish border town of Suruç that killed 33 Kurdish and Turkish activists in July, which the Turkish government blamed on ISIS.

According to The Guardian, the peace march was organized to call for an end to the escalating violence between the Turkish government and the outlawed Kurdistan Worker’s party (PKK).

Saturday’s bomb attack in Ankara came three months after the breakdown of a mutual ceasefire between the Turkish government and the PKK. Hundreds of people have been killed in the escalating violence since then.

According to The Guardian, hours after the Ankara bombing, the PKK announced an expected unilateral ceasefire, in order to avoid acts that could obstruct a “fair and just election” on November 1st in Turkey.

On Saturday night, Turkish fighter jets launched airstrikes against PKK positions in Turkey and northern Iraq. The Kurds and the Kurdish PKK have been known for fighting against ISIS and other Islamic jihadists.

A statement by the general chief of staff said 49 militants were killed and shelters and gun positions were destroyed. Security operations were also reported from the predominantly Kurdish province of Diyarbakir.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/oct/11/turkey-bomb-blasts-ankara-mourning-scores-killed

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/turkey/11923935/Turkey-Ankara-bomb-kills-30-at-pro-Kurdish-rally.html