Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes said that while U.S. law enforcement is vigilant, there is no "specific, credible threat" of a terror attack from the Islamic State on American soil.
Rhodes received tough questions from CNN's Jake Tapper in a Sunday interview where the deputy national security advisor admitted there would be "tragic setbacks" in the conflict against IS.
"There are going to be setbacks, including tragic setbacks, like what we saw in Paris, that, obviously, it was an outrageous attack against one of our closest allies, and, as the president said, against all of humanity," said Rhodes. more >>
At a recent Congressional hearing, Dr. Mandy Cohen of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services explained that almost 700,000 Americans have lost their health coverage because the insurance co-ops formed under ObamaCare to foster competition couldn't compete with "big, experienced players" in the insurance marketplace.
Dr. Cohen was talking about the five major insurance companies that cover the vast majority of Americans: Aetna, Anthem, Cigna, UnitedHealthcare, and Humana. If the ObamaCare co-ops continue to fold (a virtual certainty) and the Aetna / Humana and Anthem / Cigna mergers take place (both probabilities), almost all Americans — and indeed America's entire healthcare system — will rely on just three insurance companies.
"My guiding principle is, and always has been that consumers do better when there is choice and competition," said President Barack Obama in 2009. "That's how the market works. In Alabama, almost 90 percent of the market is controlled by just one company. And without competition, the price of insurance goes up and quality goes down." more >>
The Islamic State continues its march into Syria with its sights set on the town of Sadad, which consists of a large population of Syriac Christians who speak Aramaic, the language of Jesus.
According to Newsweek,500 Christian fighters, with the help of some Muslims, have so far prevented IS radicals from overrunning the majority Christian town. IS has already captured the town of Mahin, only 5 miles away from Sadad, which has provided the terror group a base of operations for renewed attacks against Sadad.
The head of the Syriac Orthodox Christian Church, Mor Ignatius Aphrem Karim II, who is headquartered in Damascus, visited the region to boost the morale of Christian fighters who are trying to stave-off the further advancement of IS. According to Karim, the Christian population has dwindled from 15,000 to 2,000 due to families fleeing ahead of the advancement of the extremist group. more >>
Democratic presidential debates are generally a time for voters to see who they will nominate for the general election.
However, in recent weeks, many have spotted sightings of a mysterious — and in the opinions of some — creepy middle-aged guy amongst the candidates.
Various photos have emerged showing this unknown person alongside Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, adding to the intrique. more >>
A number of sheriffs have said that they are concerned for the safety of American citizens after close to 6,000 inmates were released from federal prison earlier in November.
A Fox News report featured several of the sheriffs speaking out against the decision by the U.S. Sentencing Commission, which decided to reduce sentences for most drug trafficking offenses. As many as 46,000 inmates incarcerated on various drug offenses are hoping to have their cases reviewed.
"There's no transition here, there's no safety net. This is the biggest sham they are trying to sell the American people," said Sheriff Paul Babeu of Arizona's Pinal County. more >>
Jim Wallis has denounced a recent federal court decision that prevents, for now, the implementation of President Barack Obama's immigration reform agenda.
A three judge panel of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 on Monday against a federal program that would have granted an estimated 5 million undocumented immigrants legal status.
Wallis, who is the founder and president of the Evangelical social justice group Sojourners, said in a statement Tuesday that the panel majority "put politics over people." more >>