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California Capitol Update – April 3, 2014

In This Issue Legislative Update Bill of the Week Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments in Contraceptive Mandate Cases Did You Know? News Clips and Articles City on the Hill Legislative Update Last week several bills were considered in the Assembly to address truancy in public schools including AB 1643, AB 1672, and AB 2141. These […]

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Bipartisan Alarm: Another 9/11 May Be Imminent

As the world watches the Islamic State (ISIS) army carry out atrocities in Iraq, many lawmakers are concerned Americans could soon wake up to another 9/11. At least 100 Americans are believed to be fighting with ISIS, some of whom will eventually return to U.S. soil.     The news comes amid new concerns about the Department […]

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‘We Must Support Them’: Iraq Refugees Get Food, Meds

ERBIL, Iraq — Backed by American air support, Iraqi government and Kurdish Peshmerga forces opened a corridor to the besieged city of Amerli. Islamic State fighters had surrounded the city for nearly two months, cutting off electricity and preventing supplies from getting in. But now the ethnic Turkmen, mostly Shia Muslims, are free from ISIS. […]

Video Purports to Show Beheading of 2nd US Journalist

BEIRUT – An Internet video posted online Tuesday purported to show the beheading of U.S. journalist Steven Sotloff by the Islamic State group, which called it retribution for continued U.S. airstrikes in Iraq. Sotloff, 31, who freelanced for Time and Foreign Policy magazines, had last been seen in Syrian in August 2013 until he appeared in […]

Judge Temporarily Blocks Louisiana Abortion Law

A federal judge has temporarily blocked a new abortion law in Louisiana. The law would require abortion clinics to have hospital admitting privileges within 30 miles of their facilities. Lawyers and advocates disagree on whether the judge’s order affects all five abortion clinics in the state or just the three clinics involved in the lawsuit. […]

Cruz, Perry: Change Is Coming in 2016

Senator Ted Cruz, R-Texas, was among the keynote speakers at a Texas-Americans for Prosperity Summit over the holiday weekend. The senator took the opportunity to energize his grassroots Tea Party base at the event. Cruz talked about hot topics, such as the president’s Affordable Care Act and how Republicans will target it in 2016. “In […]

War Still Fresh, Israeli Children Return to School

JERUSALEM, Israel — More than 2 million Israeli children started the new school year on Monday, many having spent large chunks of the summer running for shelter from Palestinian rockets fired from the Gaza Strip. To meet the growing population, Israel constructed 2,100 new classrooms and built an additional 495 preschools. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin […]

Pro-Russian Rebels Attack Ukrainian Patrol Boat

Within hours after Russian President Vladimir Putin urged Ukraine to participate in talks on a political solution to the fighting in eastern Ukraine, land-based pro-Russian rebels attacked a Ukrainian border guard vessel patrolling in the Azov Sea. The attack took place amid heightened concern that the pro-Russian separatists are trying to take control of the […]

Lawmakers Warn Obama US is Next on ISIS’s List

U.S. airstrikes in Iraq are helping to weaken the jihadist army known as Islamic State, or ISIS.          This weekend, the U.S. military assisted in a humanitarian operation to free the town of Amirli from a six-week siege.      American, British, French and Australian aircraft also dropped food and water to help the thousands of people […]

UK Sounds ISIS Alarm as US Admits to ‘No Strategy’

WARNING: Video contains graphic images. CBN News’s expert team discusses the contrast between the UK’s response to the ISIS threat vs. that of the United States. Authorities in London raised the terror level in the United Kingdom on Friday from “substantial” to “severe.” The move comes after Islamic State (ISIS) released video of some 150 Syrian soldiers, […]

CBN to Yazidi Refugees: You’ve Not Been Abandoned

ZAKHO, Iraq — Northern Iraq is facing a refugee crisis, with an estimated 182,000 Yazidis fleeing to Kurdistan to escape the brutal Islamic State (ISIS) army. Many have sought refuge in Kurdish cities, dwelling in abandoned office buildings. Just behind the northern Iraqi city of Zakho are the mountains that lead to Turkey, which is […]

Ukraine Accuses Russia of ‘Full-Scale Invasion’

Ukraine and its Western allies say Russia has started a “full-scale invasion” of the Eastern European nation. Russian forces, backed by pro-Russian separatists, have captured the key Ukrainian port town of Novoazovsk.      “It is an absolutely clear-cut case of a larger country bullying a smaller country,” Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said. Samantha Power, […]