Weekend Round-Up

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1.  State Department Knew Benghazi Was Terrorism Within Hours

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Judicial Watch today released new State Department documents showing the Benghazi attack was called a “terrorism event” almost immediately after the attack took place. Another document suggests that Hillary Clinton tasked an official to contact the FBI, evidently not knowing that the FBI was already on the Benghazi matter under longstanding State Department counterterrorism response protocols. The new documents were forced from the U.S. State Department under court order in a Judicial Watch Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit. … Less than eight hours after the attacks, around 6 a.m. on September 12, 2012, the State Department Diplomatic Security “Command Center Team Site” sent out a “Benghazi Event Notification” to “ALCON:” The DS Command Center is sharing the following terrorism event information for your situational awareness…Read More

2. Taliban 5 Could be Free to Travel

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The five Taliban leaders traded a year ago for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl could be free to travel as early as Monday as the terms of their supervised release are set to expire, raising alarm on Capitol Hill about the possibility they could return to the battlefield…Read More

3. Appeals Court Refuses to Lift Hold on Obama Immigration Action

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 A federal appeals court refused Tuesday to allow the implementation, for now, of President Obama’s executive action that could shield from deportation as many as 5 million illegal immigrants. Read More

4. Democrats Turning to Bernie Sanders

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As negatives pile up on Hillary Clinton’s doorstep, the Democratic left is flocking to Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. According to Quinnipiac, Sanders has gone from 4 percent of the Democratic primary vote in April to 8 percent in April to 15 percent in its May 28 survey. Read More…

5. Rand Paul Prepares to Shut Down Anti-Terrorist Surveillance Programs

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When the senators convene at 4:00 p.m. Sunday, they will have three options to keep sections of the Patriot Act from expiring: Pass a temporary extension of the Patriot Act, pass the USA Freedom Act (which would end the NSA’s practice of bulk collection of phone records–the date, time, and length, but not the content, of phone calls–while reauthorizing the rest of the Patriot Act), or pass a revised version of the USA Freedom Act.

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