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ISIL Reminds Us Who Joins Terrorist Organizations and Why

Joe Navarro | Posted 02.11.2015 | Crime
Joe Navarro

The purpose of terrorism is, of course, to terrorize, and they are succeeding at that. Hundreds of thousands have now fled Iraq and Syria as a result of ISIL's unparalleled violence and mastery of social media. One has to ask: who would be susceptible to their recruitment?

ISIL and the World's Policeman

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 11.15.2014 | Politics
Hoyt Hilsman

So goes the political dance in America between reality and rhetoric. However, most Americans see past the rhetoric. They understand the reality that the Middle East is a mess and that American military action is not going to do much.

Family Held Hostage For A Week, Suspect Chugs Beer

Posted 01.23.2014 | Crime

As Benito Lopez plowed through several cases of beer over the course of the week, his girlfriend and their two children were held against their will i...

Mojave Desert Shooting Spree Ends With Dead Suspect

AP | Posted 10.25.2013 | Crime

RIDGECREST, Calif. -- RIDGECREST, Calif. (AP) — A homicide suspect was killed by police on a Mojave Desert highway early Friday after a lengthy purs...

Don't Believe the Talking Points, Republicans Don't Want to Bargain

Sean McElwee | Posted 12.08.2013 | Politics
Sean McElwee

Obama is happy to negotiate. If Republicans want to prove that they are, it will take more than a photo-op -- it will take concessions.

Tea Party: They Don't Believe in Science, They Don't Know History, They Don't Do Math -- But They Are Obsessed With Extremism

Leslie K. Stein | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Leslie K. Stein

This conservative, austere budget has been rejected for months. Their goal is not really about defunding ObamaCare. Their goal was to force their extreme agenda onto the American people.

Mali -- With Every Threat There's an Opportunity

Michael Kay | Posted 03.27.2013 | World
Michael Kay

Mali offers a perfect convergence of conditions that enables al Qaeda to fund, train and prosecute terrorist operations -- but it also offers the West an opportunity to apply a more efficient and less divisive approach in tackling the global war on terror.

Negotiating With an Emotional Terrorist

Judith Acosta | Posted 08.21.2012 | Healthy Living
Judith Acosta

I've known an inordinate number of people who have learned to seek refuge in being careful, who see being nice to people who are incapable of returning the kindness as a way of protecting themselves.

Hostage Situation Ends In Fatal Shooting At New Jersey Mall

The Huffington Post | Andy Campbell | Posted 03.08.2012 | Crime

A shoplifter was shot and killed by cops after he took a hostage at a New Jersey mall late Thursday afternoon. Officers told NBC New York that a ma...

Zach Carter

Debt Ceiling Showdown 2: Coming This Fall, In Time For The Election, Only Worse | Zach Carter | Posted 02.13.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Last year's torturous congressional debate over raising the federal debt ceiling eventually resulted in a deal that President Barack Oba...

Obama Praises Navy SEAL Hostage Rescue

AP | By LOU KESTEN and KIMBERLY DOZIER | Posted 01.25.2012 | World

WASHINGTON -- "Good job tonight," President Barack Obama told his Defense chief as he arrived for his annual State of the Union message. Unknown to a...

Hostages of Iranian Foreign Policy: My Students Shaun and Sarah

Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 11.21.2011 | World
Majid Rafizadeh

Having taught Sarah Emily Shroud and her fiancé Shane Michael Bauer in Damascus, Syria, I was able to learn about their goals and aspirations, one of...

The Hostage-Taking Metaphor Paints Democrats As Weak

Jonathan Weiler | Posted 10.04.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Weiler

Democrats need to stop saying, in effect, "the other guys are strong and we're weak." It's lame and whiny and no way for a party to brand itself.

Gunman Holding At Least One Hostage In Brooklyn Liquor Store

Posted 08.29.2011 | New York

According to a report by the New York Post, police have surrounded a liquor store in Brooklyn where authorities say a gunman is holding at least one...

Michael McAuliff

A Debt Ceiling 'Blazing Saddles' Strategy? | Michael McAuliff | Posted 06.12.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Are Republicans following a “Blazing Saddles” strategy in the looming standoff over the nation’s debt limit? Imagine the scene ...

The Weakest Majority in History?

Jim Worth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Worth

As an unrepresented Independent voter, I feel betrayed by the Democratic Majority.

Cuba Needs Friends This Holiday Season

Matt Brady | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Matt Brady

Today's Cuba lacks long-standing allies that can help it develop in the post-Fidel era. The release of American political prisoners such as Alan Gross could lead to increased dialogue and trade with potential friends.

Democrats (and Bloggers): Stop Arguing, Unite Behind "Hostage" Banner, and Win

Paul Abrams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Abrams

Oft-times, the cleverest strategies are recognized only in retrospect, emerging from a situation that was never intended. We have one, now.

Obama Is Treating Friends Like Enemies and Enemies Like Friends

Michael Fauntroy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Fauntroy

Bush never treated his base as contemptuously as Obama deals with liberals. He responded to tax cut criticism by dismissing his critics as sanctimonious and fixated on purist policymaking. This unproductive response is part of a trend.

Friday Talking Points [138] -- "Candidate" Obama Returns

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

America (as, likely, everywhere else) always has a seamy underside, crawling with metaphoric maggots, to anything that is mostly seen as good by the m...

Daniel Quinn's 'My Ishmael' And Suspected Discovery Channel Gunman James Jay Lee

AOL | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

"The Discovery Channel and it's [sic] affiliate channels MUST have daily television programs at prime time slots based on Daniel Quinn's "My Ishmael" ...

Mental Illness Policy Forces Police to Shoot Mentally Ill James Jay Lee at Discovery Channel

DJ Jaffe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
DJ Jaffe

If you are mentally ill in Maryland, you are over 2 ½ times more likely to be arrested for it than treated for it.

France Is 'At War' Against Al Qaeda Following Hostage Execution Of Hostage, Says PM

AP | ELAINE GANLEY | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

PARIS — France has declared war on al-Qaida, and matched its fighting words with a first attack on a base camp of the terror network's North Afr...

Class Warfare: John Kerry & Other Senators Hold Unemployed Hostage to a Tax Break for the Rich!

Iris Mack | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Iris Mack

The first news I read this morning was a very depressing New York Times editorial. Here's what I learned from the sobering statistics in this ...

NYT Journalist David Rohde Recounts 7 Months In Taliban Captivity | David Rohde | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

The car's engine roared as the gunman punched the accelerator and we crossed into the open Afghan desert. I was seated in the back between two Afghan ...