Chinese Dissident ‘Utterly Destroyed’ in Detention

Human rights lawyer still being watched, denied medical care after release
Gao Zhisheng

A Chinese dissident lawyer who says he was repeatedly tortured by authorities remains under strict surveillance after his release earlier this month, according to human rights groups.

State Dept: We Had ‘No Intention’ Of Revealing U.S. Failed Foley Rescue, ‘No Idea’ Who Leaked

State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf told reporters Thursday her department would never have willingly revealed the failed U.S. attempt to rescue American journalist James Foley from Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS), and that she has “no idea” who leaked the information to the press. The report, citing U.S. officials, came …

Montana Dems Replace Plagiarist With Socialist in Senate Race

Senate candidate tied to labor group seeking to ‘do away with capitalism’

Montana Democrats are banking on a long-shot liberal Senate candidate to replace the disgraced John Walsh, but their choice might be too radical even for the increasingly extreme party.

Oversight Report: Obama Admin Violated Law by Freeing Taliban Members

GAO: Congress not legally notified before Obama freed Gitmo inmates
Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, right, stands with a Taliban fighter in eastern Afghanistan / AP

The Obama administration violated federal law when it released five senior Taliban leaders from prison without notifying Congress, as is legally mandated, according to an investigation by the Government Accountability Office (GAO).

J Street Endorsees in Congress Refuse to Support Iron Dome Funding for Israel

J Street funnels $92,387 to members who wouldn’t support Iron Dome
An Iron Dome missile interceptor overlooking Haifa, Israel / AP

Eleven lawmakers backed by liberal advocacy group J Street either voted against or refused to vote in favor of increased funding for Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system, which has been a critical life-saver during Hamas’s latest assault on the Jewish state.