Nearly half of IS-controlled territory in Iraq and Syria has been recaptured by allied forces, according to a Pentagon spokesman.
"The number right now in Iraq is about 45 percent of the territory they once held has been recovered. … The number in Syria is anywhere between 16 to 20 percent," said Peter Cook, press secretary for the Department of Defense, during a press briefing on Monday.
The percentages of territory lost is based off the amount of territory IS held in 2014, according to USA Today. more >>
Applicants to jobs in any branch of the U.S. federal government will soon be subject to a review of their social media posts as part of the government's security clearance process.
According to Digital Trends, this new policy will allow federal agencies to take a look at any prospective employee's posts on various social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and the like. The policy will be up for adoption soon, said the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, according to the report.
Anyone who is seeking work in any federal government agency, at whatever level, will go through this review. Only posts that are considered public will be covered by the review and the agency will not look into anything private posts by asking applicants to divulge their account passwords. Any information that is gathered during said process will not be "retained" unless it is "relevant" to the person's security status. more >>
The Transportation Security Administration, the federal agency in charge of airport security in the different airports in the United Stated, went under fire these past few weeks after lines at security checkpoints became increasingly long, causing longer wait for passengers and even missed flights.
A report from CNN compiled on-the-ground reports from different airports on social media, where passengers who experienced extraordinarily long lines posted tweets and Instagram photos showing their ordeal. One passenger at La Guardia airport tweeted that she "has never seen a security line this long" at the airport.
Another passenger at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport described the security line that she saw: "This line starts at the sliding departure doors by check in, zigzags through the baggage claim belts, though the lobby and finally to TSA." She only made her flight when she transferred to the international terminal where the security lines were shorter. more >>
"Armor Of Light" will broadcast nationally on PBS Tuesday, May 10. It's a movie that shows the heart-wrenching fight of Lucy McBath after the murder of teenager Jordan Davis, and one pastor's journey to explore the pro-gun and pro-life arguments.
The compelling documentary follows Reverend Rob Schenck, founder of the Christian outreach program Faith and Action, on his quest to start a dialogue with his Christian brothers and sisters on gun laws and how they align with what the Bible teaches.
McBath, who is actively fighting for stricter gun laws after her unarmed teenage son was shot and killed on November 2012, is a big part of "Armor of Light." The grieving mother, also a devout Christian, vowed to fight for stricter screenings for those who want to acquire fire arms. She believes it's what God has instructed her to do after losing her own son to unwarranted gun violence. more >>
The annual National Day of Prayer is expected to be larger than ever, with an estimated 47,000 local events taking place across the United States.
For the 65th year in a row Americans will observe the National Day of Prayer, which is held on the first Thursday of May and is centered on praying for the wellbeing of the country.
Dion Elmore, chief communications officer for the National Day of Prayer Task Force, told The Christian Post that the theme this year is "Wake Up America." more >>
South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham has warned of grave consequences if Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump succeeds in becoming president, from opening the door to another 9/11 terror attack, to "destroying conservatism."
"There's a civil war going on in the Republican Party, obviously. John [Boehner] and I are very close friends, but he's embracing Donald Trump, and I am not," Graham, who dropped out of the GOP race in the early running, told CBS' "Face the Nation" in an interview.
His comments referred to former House Speaker John Boehner's backing of Trump, where Boehner attacked Texas senator and Trump rival Ted Cruz, calling him "Lucifer in the flesh." more >>