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Benghazi and a faith outreach from the State Department, Elysium and Anne Frank
Today’s news and a roundup of Benghazi news, including Justice Department charges against suspects and media interest in questions about possible administration wrongdoing, plus: a new faith-based office of community initiatives at the State Department, film critic Megan Basham reports the new sci-fi thriller is little more than a “liberal propaganda movie,” Cal Thomas remembers the life and writing of Anne Frank, and more.
Thursday morning news
President Obama came into office saying he’d press the reset button on relations with Russia. Yesterday, he hit the cancel button, scotching top-level talks with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin. Topping the list of reasons why: Russia’s grant of temporary asylum to NSA leaker Edward Snowden. But our Jim Henry reports it’s not the only reason.
The military judge in the Nidal Hasan trial temporarily shut down the proceedings yesterday. The alleged Fort Hood shooter is defending himself but has a court-appointed backup legal team, who told the judge Hasan seems intent on wrecking his case, drawing the death penalty, and promoting his brand of radical Islam.
We’re getting a new view at the extent of the carnage of the Syrian civil war. Says Donatella Rovera of Amnesty International: “The areas that come under bombardment are the areas that are under the control of the opposition forces. That has been a pattern not just in Aleppo, but throughout Syria.”
Memories of what happened in the Cleveland, Ohio home of Ariel Castro will outlive the structure itself. With several swipes from the arm of an excavator and applause from spectators, a house where three women were held captive and raped for a decade was demolished yesterday, reduced to rubble in less than an hour and a half.
Markets: U.S. stocks fell on Wednesday for a third straight session. The declines on both Tuesday and Wednesday are mostly due to comments made Tuesday by Fed Bank of Chicago President Charles Evans, who said the Fed could start tapering its bond buying scheme later this year.
A Benghazi update
Nearly one year after the deadly attack on a U.S. diplomatic compound in Libya, the Justice Department reportedly has filed charges against a Libyan militia leader. Meanwhile, some members of Congress continue to call for a special committee to investigate the Benghazi attack and the Obama administration’s response to it.
State Department launches new office focused on religion
The State Department Office of Faith-Based Community Initiatives will seek greater interaction between U.S. diplomatic personnel and religious leaders worldwide.
Elysium: A politically correct end to the summer movie season
WORLD News Group film and television critic Megan Basham says the sci-fi flick Elysium is little more than a “liberal propaganda movie,” extolling open borders and socialized health care. She calls it a fitting end to a disappointing season at the box office.
Commentary: Remembering Anne Frank and the hiding place
Commentator Cal Thomas says: “Anne Frank’s story and that of her family and some friends who eluded the Nazis for two years before they were betrayed by someone whose identity has never been determined, is a living narrative that must be re-told to this and future generations.”