Senator John Kerry's impeccable credentials as a "climate hawk," membership in Yale's secret society Skull and Bones, and a voting record that almost completely ignores the Constitution, qualify him to replace Hillary Clinton as secretary of state.

A 32-year-old Iranian who is a U.S. citizen and a Christian pastor is being held in prison in Iran, and is expected to face charges for rejecting Islam and preaching the gospel in his native country.

As analysts widely suspected prior to its release, the official report about the attack on a U.S. government compound in the Libyan city of Benghazi ignored the most explosive “BeghaziGate” scandals: the Obama administration’s lawless arming of jihadists in Libya and Syria, as well as the blatant falsehoods parroted by White House officials for days after the killing of U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens. Instead, the “investigation” focused on the obvious fact that security was inadequate, and predictably, demanded more taxpayer money for the Department of State.

JBS CEO Art Thompson's weekly news video update for December 17 - 23, 2012.

In a move that analysts said put the U.S. government even closer to overt military intervention in Syria and potentially a broader regional war, the Obama administration and the German government announced the deployment of missiles and more American troops along the Syrian border — this time in Turkey. While lawmakers in Germany voted in favor of the effort, Obama, as has become typical, did not bother to obtain approval from Congress as required by the Constitution.

The United States will send two batteries of Patriot missiles and 400 troops to undisclosed locations in Turkey to defend against potential Syrian missile attacks, a Department of Defense spokesman announced Friday.

The battle over the non-nomination of Susan Rice is over, but battles over the September 11 attack in Benghazi will continue, following the U.N. ambassador's announcement that she was withdrawing from consideration for the nomination to succeed Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State.

Despite decades of Nelson Mandela denying that he was an official member of the South African Communist Party (SACP) during his Soviet-backed war on the Apartheid government, evidence uncovered recently by British historian Stephen Ellis shows otherwise. The new research confirmed that not only was the African National Congress (ANC) leader a member of the SACP, he may have actually been a senior official working with the party’s Central Committee.

Only one of the Afghan National Army's 23 brigades is capable of operating without U.S. or NATO military assistance, the New York Times reported, following the release Monday of a Pentagon report to Congress.

The Obama administration is expected to announce Wednesday the recognition of the new Syrian opposition group Syrian National Coalition in the hope that it will expedite the fall of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The announcement is expected to come when American, European, and Arab diplomats meet in Morocco.

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