Syria Air Force Strikes 200 Times in 36 Hours

Turkish Kurds look towards the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani from the top of a hill close to the border line between Turkey and Syria near Mursitpinar

BEIRUT (Reuters) – The Syrian air force carried out more than 200 air strikes around the country in the past 36 hours, a group monitoring the war said on Tuesday, a rapid increase in government raids as U.S.-led forces bomb Islamist insurgents elsewhere.

Tom Harkin Suggests Bruce Braley Will Lose Senate Race

Bruce Braley

Sen. Tom Harkin (D., Iowa) told the New York Times in a recent interview that he is not sure what the big deal is about his aspiring Democratic successor’s comments about Iowa farmers earlier this year—and appeared to predict that he will lose.

Tax Dollars at Work: Mountain Lions on Treadmills

Photo credit of Nancy Howard, Colorado Parks & Wildlife via UCSC.edu

Sen. Tom Coburn (R., Okla.) released his final Wastebook on Wednesday, and it did not disappoint.

Dr. Coburn, who is retiring after this term, chronicled $25 billion spent on 100 “silly, unnecessary, and low priority projects,” this year. The report touches nearly every agency, finding that the federal government is still spending taxpayer dollars to put animals on treadmills and subsidize wine.

Arkansas Democrat Mark Pryor: Desegregation an ‘Unwilling Invasion’

Mark Pryor

Arkansas Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor argued that the federal government’s desegregation of Arkansas’s largest public school in 1957 was an “unwilling invasion” that took “a local problem out of the local authorities’ hands” and led to deep suspicions of democracy in the state, according to a copy of his college thesis obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.

Afghan Poppy Cultivation at ‘All-Time High’

An Afghan farmer works on a poppy field in the Khogyani district of Jalalabad, east of Kabul, Afghanistan

Cultivation of the illegal poppy plant in Afghanistan has reached an “all time high” following a $7.6 billion counternarcotics campaign paid for by the United States, according to government oversight investigators.

Despite the spending to combat growth of the poppy plant, which is used to make drugs such as opium and heroin, cultivation has reached an “all time high,” especially in places once declared “poppy free,” according to new report by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR).

Pro-Israel Protesters Disrupt Anti-Semitic Met Opera

Protest outside the Metropolitan Opera / Adam Kredo

Pro-Israel protesters disrupted the opening performance of the New York City Metropolitan Opera’s production of “The Death of Klinghoffer,” a controversial opera that critics say condones anti-Semitism and terrorism against Jews.

The Met’s production of the opera, which begun its run on Monday evening, has been engulfed in controversy for months, with pro-Israel leaders and members of the Jewish community accusing the prominent theater company of staging an offensive and anti-Semitic production.