Former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani refused to apologize for questioning President Barack Obama's love of America.
Giuliani defended his remarks while appearing on "The Kelly File" Thursday night. Host Megyn Kelly asked the former mayor if he wanted to apologize for questioning Obama's loyalty and love of country.
"Not at all," Giuliani responded. "I want to repeat it. The reality is, from all that I can see of this president, all that I've heard of him, he apologizes for America, he criticizes America. This is an American president I've never seen before." more >>
President Barack Obama has responded to conservative criticism centered on his refusal to identify ISIS as "Islamic" by stating that that would be precisely what the terror group wants, and he does not want to legitimize the jihadists.
"These terrorists are desperate for legitimacy. And all of us have a responsibility to refute the notion that groups like ISIL somehow represent Islam, because that is a falsehood that embraces the terrorists' narrative," Obama said at the State Department on Thursday, using another name for ISIS.
The president insisted that tying ISIS to a specific religion is a "lie" that would encourage the terror group and hurt America's interests. more >>
A CBS News poll has found that for the first time since the U.S. began military operations against ISIS, the majority of Americans want ground troops to be sent to fight the terror group.
"With concern about ISIS growing, support for the use of U.S. ground troops in the fight against ISIS has risen. For the first time, a majority of Americans (57 percent) favor the U.S. sending ground troops into Iraq and Syria to fight ISIS," the report states.
"In October, Americans were divided (47 percent favored and 46 percent opposed), and in September these numbers were reversed (39 percent favored and 55 percent opposed)." more >>
President Barack Obama has finally identified the 21 Egyptians beheaded by ISIS as Christians, after initially facing criticism for failing to point out that fact in his response to the massacre. Dr. Richard Land, president of the Southern Evangelical Seminary, congratulated Obama for taking this "first step," but also urged him to admit that the ISIS militants are "radical Islamic jihadists."
"The President acknowledges the martyrdom of Egyptians 'Christians' in Libya. This is an important and significant first step. It is well past time for the president and America's political leaders of both parties to realistically assess the world as it is, not as they might wish it to be," said Land, who also serves as the executive editor of The Christian Post.
A ceasefire between the Ukrainian government and pro-Russian rebels is reportedly falling apart in the eastern town of Debaltseve, where government forces have been forced to flee and abandon the rail hub. Russian President Vladimir Putin has called on rebels to allow the Ukrainian troops to leave, for which he said the only choice is to surrender.
"The actions by the Russia-backed separatists in Debaltseve are a clear violation of the ceasefire," said European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini.
"The EU stands ready to take appropriate action in case the fighting and other negative developments in violation of the Minsk agreements continue." more >>
Evangelical preacher Rev. Franklin Graham has responded to the beheading of 21 Coptic Christians at the hands of terror group ISIS by criticizing President Barack Obama's response, which he says "continues to protect Islam." Graham also asked people to "imagine the outcry" if it was Christians beheading Muslims.
"Can you imagine the outcry if 21 Muslims had been beheaded by Christians? Where is the universal condemnation by Muslim leaders around the world? As we mourn with the families of those 21 martyrs, we'd better take this warning seriously as these acts of terror will only spread throughout Europe and the United States," Graham said in response to a video of the beheadings titled "Message to Nation of the Cross," released earlier this week.
In another Facebook post, Graham said that Obama refuses to "acknowledge the truth" and "call Islamic extremism what it is." more >>