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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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Benghazi Committee Probes Lax Diplomatic Security

The House Select Committee on Benghazi held its first hearing Wednesday to learn more about the lax security conditions in Libya that led to four Americans being killed. The level of security was described by an investigating board as “grossly” inadequate prior to the September 11, 2012 attack at the American consulate. U.S. Ambassador to […]

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Risky Business: The Danger of Arming Syrian Rebels

JERUSALEM, Israel — U.S. President Barack Obama reversed his decision not to support or arm Syrian rebels fighting President Bashar al-Assad. Now he wants them in the fight against the Islamic State (ISIS). But even some Democrats are skeptical of whether the U.S. can safely take a side in the Syrian civil war. “We’re going […]

Prelude to a Ground War? House OK’s Arming Rebels

President Barack Obama’s request for congressional backing to train and arm rebels battling the Islamic State in Syria was approved easily by the Republican-controlled House and was expected to pass in the Senate Thursday. “This vote the yeas are 273; the nays are 156. The amendment is adopted,” Rep. Randy Hultgren, R-Ill., said. Meanwhile, before […]

Australia Foils ISIS ‘Demonstration’ Beheading Plot

Australia says it has thwarted a so-called “demonstration killing” plot by the Islamic State. Earlier Thursday Australian authorities detained 15 people who allegedly planned to publicly behead a random person in Sydney before draping them in the ISIS flag.   “That’s the intelligence we received,” Prime Minister Tony Abbott told reporters. “The exhortations – quite direct […]

Tortured in Ukraine: Christians Living a Nightmare

EASTERN UKRAINE — Ukraine’s evangelical Christians are bearing the brunt of the country’s conflict, often with deadly consequences. It’s a scene that has played in Elena Velichko’s head over and over. Pro-Russian rebels took over her hometown in early April. Her husband Vladimir told her to take the kids and leave the city. “He took […]

Benghazi Select Panel Makes Its First Public Debut

A special congressional investigation into the September 11, 2012 attack on the U.S Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, begins Wednesday. The House Select Committee on Benghazi debuts two years after the attack that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stephens. Wednesday’s hearing will reportedly focus on what’s been done to shore up security at U.S embassies, […]

Israeli DM: Don’t Expect a Quiet Year

JERUSALEM, Israel — Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon warned Israelis not to expect a quiet year in light of the regional situation. Ya’alon’s remarks followed an official report issued Monday on the costs of Operation Protective Edge, Israel’s 50-day military response to Hamas rocket fire. Speaking with journalists from the Defense Ministry’s Tel Aviv headquarters, Ya’alon said […]

US Ebola Survivor: Virus a ‘Fire from Pit of Hell’

The United States is taking aggressive new action against the deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa. “People are literally dying in the streets in West Africa. Ebola is now an epidemic the likes of which we haven’t seen before,” President Barack Obama warned. Speaking at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention headquarters in Atlanta on […]

Islamic State to Obama: ‘Fighting Has Just Begun’

The ISIS terror threat has President Barack Obama paying a visit to Tampa, Florida, for a meeting with military leaders at U.S. Central Command. His visit comes just one day after America’s top general suggested there could be a need for ground troops in Iraq. “To be clear, if we reach the point where I […]

Flawed Models Casting Doubt on Climate Alarmism

It’s still summer, yet it’s already snowed in the western U.S. and one of America’s premier weather forecasters, Joe Bastardi at Weatherbell Analytics, is warning that for parts of the country, another bad winter is on the way. “It’s going to be a major winter for much of the eastern and southern United States,” he […]

Gov. Report: Obamacare Funds Abortions

A new government report confirms what pro-life advocates have long feared: President Obama’s health care reform law allows for taxpayer-funded abortions. In a report to Congress, the Government Accountability Office found 28 states with no laws restricting qualified health plans that limit abortion coverage. In Massachusetts, only two of the 111 state-approved plans comply with […]