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Benghazi victims' families file suit against Clinton - Chicago Tribune

The parents of two men killed in Benghazi, Libya nearly four years ago are suing former Secretary of State and current presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, saying the attack resulted from her “reckless” handling of classified information.

The federal lawsuit, filed Monday, comes from Patricia Smith of San Diego, whose son Sean Smith was a U.S. State Department technology officer, and Charles Woods of Portland, Ore., whose son Tyrone Woods was CIA security contractor.

Four people, including Smith and Woods, died after an anti-American militia group attacked the U.S. diplomatic compound on Sept. 11, 2012.

Since then, Clinton and the question of what responsibility she may have had for those deaths prompted a two-year inquiry that revealed she had used a private email server for government business.


Ernst Statement on U.S. Payment of $400 Million to Iran

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA), a combat veteran and member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, issued a statement following news that the Obama administration reportedly gave $400 million to Iran as four Americans detained in Tehran were freed:

“It is incredibly concerning that at the same time the Iranian government was releasing four Americans that were detained in Tehran, this administration reportedly proceeded to give $400 million to Iran and kept it secret from the American people. The timing of this cash transfer is too coincidental and is another sign that this administration is willing to accommodate people who wish us harm. Not only have they taken the sanctions off of Iran’s radical revolutionary Islamic regime which funds terrorists all around the world and calls for the destruction of both the United States and our closest ally Israel, the Administration now reportedly provides a cash incentive to hold American citizens hostage.

“The bottom line is that Iran cannot be trusted, which is why we should not have made the misguided deal that sets them on a path toward acquiring nuclear weapons and puts Americans and our allies at risk.”

DHS Gives 8,000 Syrian Refugees Temporary Amnesty - Matt Vespa

The Department of Homeland Security is granting some 8,000 Syrian refugees temporary amnesty, according to The Washington Times. DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson said that if these refugees are in the country as of Monday—they’re eligible to permanent resident status, work permits, and other documents that would allow these migrants to remain without fear of deportation This amnesty also applies to Syrian refugees that may have entered the country illegally:


Caucus threat roils Iowa delegation

CLEVELAND — Iowa’s delegation was one of three that on Monday withdrew initial support of a procedural measure that would have forced a roll-call vote on several proposed Republican National Committee rules as a result of threats made to the state’s first-in-the-nation caucuses.

“Supporting a roll call would be seen as divisive, and I think some feared it would reflect badly on the first-in-the-nation,” said Ben Barringer, an Iowa district-level delegate who served on the platform committee last week.


Baton Rouge police shooting: 3 officers killed -

(CNN) Officers Montrell Jackson, Matthew Gerald and Brad Garafola were killed Sunday after being ambushed and shot by a lone gunman in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Their deaths have kept the spotlight on a region where the shooting death of Alton Sterling at the hands of police began what has been two weeks of national turmoil.
"We as a nation have to be loud and clear that nothing justifies violence against law enforcement," President Barack Obama said after Sunday's attack. "Attacks on police are an attack on all of us, and the rule of law that makes society possible."


Man Dead After Firing at Plainclothes Baltimore Officers - ABC News

Baltimore police officers responding to the sound of gunshots near an apartment building fatally shot a man who fired at them with an AR-15-style rifle, authorities said early Friday.

No officers or anyone else was wounded in the shooting Thursday night in a neighborhood on the city's west side, police spokesman T.J. Smith said. He added that it wasn't immediately clear why the man had started shooting.

Four plainclothes officers riding in an unmarked Nissan Altima with the windows rolled down heard gunfire coming from the building about 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Smith said at a news briefing. The officers drove toward the sound and when they arrived, they saw a man shooting an AR-15-style weapon, according to Smith.

Smith said the man started firing toward the officers, and two returned fire.


Calls for calm as hundreds arrested in protests nationwide -

(CNN) Authorities, protest leaders and the mother of one of the victims have appealed for calm as over 300 demonstrators, angry at the latest killings of black men by police officers, were arrested in a weekend of intense, sometimes violent nationwide protests.

Late Sunday and into Monday morning, almost fifty protesters were bundled into the back of police vans in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, while a handful in Atlanta, Georgia were also arrested.
The mayor of Memphis, TN, another city where demonstrators took to the streets over the weekend, said he remained "hopeful" that his city's peaceful protests Sunday would signal a willingness of Black Lives Matter activists and police to hold a "respectful" dialog.


Pentagon ends transgender military ban -

CORALVILLE COURIER EDITOR'S NOTE: This paves the way for taxpayer funded sex change operations.... NOT a proper role of government, doling out other people's money for elective surgeries.

Washington (CNN) The Pentagon said Thursday it was ending the ban on transgender people being able to serve openly in the U.S. military.

The announcement -- which removes one of the last barriers to military service by any individual -- was made by Defense Secretary Ash Carter, who had been studying the issue for almost a year.
The decision comes as the military has witnessed major changes in the role of women and the inclusion of gays, lesbians and bisexual service members in recent years.
It drew some criticism from Republicans and conservatives, including Rep. Mac Thornberry, Republican chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, who charged the White House was "prioritizing politics over policy."