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VIDEO & MEMO TEXT: Speaker John Boehner suing Obama over executive actions and failure to faithfully execute laws

U.S. Capitol

U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) has confirmed his intention to sue President Barack Hussein Obama over Obama’s misuse of executive power and failure to faithfully execute the laws of the United States. Video of Boehner’s June 25 news conference and the text of his memo to Members of Congress are below.  Boehner also discussed other issues, such as Iraq, terrorism, problems at the Department of

NEWSLINK: 19 Habits That Wreck Your Teeth

Closeup of Teeth of Smiling Woman, with Toothbrush in Foreground

[“19 Habits That Wreck Your Teeth” – WebMD – 6.25.14] WebMD sets out nineteen bad habits to avoid, if you want to keep your teeth healthy and intact, complete with slideshow. One interesting point to remember is that acid is also a problem with teeth, not just sugar.  So food or drinks that are high in acid can cause issues, as well as starchy food, because

NEWSLINK: U.S. economy collapses in first quarter, but growing again

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[“U.S. economy collapses in first quarter, but growing again” – Reuters 6.25.14] Reuters reports on a drastic downturn in the U.S. economy in the first quarter of 2014. The news also represents a downward correction of previously-reported data from the Commerce Department. The U.S. economy contracted at a much steeper pace in the first quarter than previously estimated, turning in one of its worst-ever non-recession

NEWSLINK: Israeli air strikes target Syria after Golan death

Map of Golan Heights and Environs

[“Israeli air strikes target Syria after Golan death” – BBC 6.22.14] BBC covers Israeli claims to have launched new attacks on targets in Syria, this time in response to the death of an Israeli youth in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. The [Israeli] military said it had attacked nine targets in response to the killing of a 15-year-old boy in a strike in the occupied Golan

NEWSLINK: Hillary energized, but voters show signs of Clinton fatigue

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[“Hillary energized, but voters show signs of Clinton fatigue” – Washington Times 6.22.14]  The Washington Times covers signs of “Clinton fatigue.”  Poll numbers have been declining for former Secretary of State, U.S. Senator from New York, First Lady and Arkansas lawyer Hillary Rodham Clinton. Significant questions arise about where the trend will lead by 2016. As Hillary Rodham Clinton prepares for an expected presidential run,

STRATFOR: Jordan Could Be the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant’s Next Target

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(Stratfor.com - 6.19.14) Summary The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, buoyed by its recent successes in Iraq, wants to expand its regional reach. Reports that Iraq has withdrawn forces from western towns close to its 180-kilometer (110-mile) border with Jordan have left Amman feeling vulnerable, and the Hashemite kingdom, certainly a target of interest for the jihadist movement, has deployed additional security personnel along the

VIDEO: Defense Department Briefing on Capture of Benghazi Terrorist Suspect Khattala and other subjects

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Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby, on Tuesday, June 17, 2014, briefed reporters about the capture of alleged terrorist Ahmed Abu Khatallah for civilian prosecution over the Sept. 11, 2012, attacks on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. Khattalah is now being held at a secure location outside of Libya and will be prosecuted in Washington, D.C.  Kirby avoided providing details about the capture, or how

NEWSLINK: Benghazi attack suspect to face 3 criminal counts, could carry death penalty

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[“Benghazi attack suspect to face 3 criminal counts, could carry death penalty” – Fox News 6.17.14] Fox News covers announcements by the Department of Justice and the Department of Defense regarding the capture and planned civilian prosecution of alleged terrorist Ahmed Abu Khattala.  Khattala will be prosecuted in Washington, D.C., in connection with the Sept. 11, 2012, attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that killed