Quinn Campaign Wonders: Black Republicans Like Jewish Nazis?

Covers Twitter tracks after backing controversial piece
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn (D.) / AP

Illinois Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn is in some hot water with the Jewish community after his campaign tweeted—and then quietly deleted—several messages urging backers to read an article comparing black Republican voters to Jews who collaborated with the Nazis.

New Palestinian Government Refuses to Renounce Violence

‘Resistance’ remains in charter
Mahmoud Abbas

A top Hamas official said that the newly announced Palestinian unity government “will not recognize ‘Israel’ and will not give up the resistance,” throwing into jeopardy the new ruling government’s access to U.S. assistance and other measures.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has threatened to dissolve the long ruling Palestinian Authority and form a government with the terror group Hamas, which rules over the Gaza Strip.

Report: Intel Agencies Failing to Track Security Contractors

Misconduct among those with top-secret clearance not investigated
AP

The nation’s top national security agencies are failing to properly report instances of misconduct by independent contractors, many of whom hold top-secret security clearances, according to a new report by the Defense Department’s Inspector General.

Iran Refuses to Pull Terrorist
U.N. Pick

Forced issue at closed-door U.N. meeting
Hamid Aboutalebi

Iran is insisting that the United States accept its decision to appoint a former terrorist as it representative to the United Nations, which held a closed-door meeting on Tuesday to address Tehran’s concerns over the matter.

U.S. Releases Another $1 Billion to Iran

Iran has received $2.55 billion since February
A missile on display at an Iranian Army parade / AP

The United States has released $1 billion in cash assets to Iran in April alone under the interim nuclear deal aimed at ratcheting back Iran’s nuclear program, according to the White House.

KSM Lawyer Sacrifices Military Career to Stay on Case

9/11 defense wants access to CIA black sites, personnel identities
A courtroom sketch of a 2010 hearing for Kahlid Sheik Mohammed / AP

GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE—Army Maj. Jason Wright, a member of accused 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed’s defense team, informed the court Thursday morning that he will be retiring from the military in order to continue defending his client, who stands accused of orchestrating the terror attacks that killed nearly 3,000 Americans.

9/11 Victim Families:
Obama Administration Sabotaging Trials

FBI seeking to derail hearings, families claim
AP

GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE—Victims of the 9/11 terror attacks expressed shock that the FBI may be meddling in the hearings here, and some speculated that it is part of an effort by the Obama administration to completely derail the hearings and force them into federal court stateside.

Iran Unveils New Anti-Ship Cruise Missile

U.S. to significantly cut back stock of missiles
Iranian naval exercises / AP

Iran announced that it has armed its warships with a new generation of cruise missiles and warned the West that its response to “any threat” will be “more deadly and heavier,” according to regional media reports.

Gitmo Guards Attacked on ‘Daily Basis’ by Detainees

Physical, verbal assaults, body fluids aimed at guards
Guantanamo's Camp 6 detention facility / AP

GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE—Prison guards here at the Guantanamo Bay prison are attacked on a “daily basis” by detainees, according to Commander John Filostat, a prison spokesman for the Joint Task Force (JTF) Guantanamo.