Religious Communities Displaced at High Levels in 2013

More displaced last year than at any time in recent memory
Syrian refugees gather in the Fayda Camp

More religious communities worldwide were displaced last year than at any time in recent memory, the State Department said on Monday.

The department’s annual report on international religious freedom also noted that several U.S. adversaries continue to repress the rights of religious groups.

Virginians May See Rise in Premiums Despite Warner’s Promises

Major Virginia insurance provider proposes 8.5 percent increase on individual plans
US Senator Mark Warner, (D., Va.) / AP

Republicans continue to slam Sen. Mark Warner (D., Va.) for what they call his misleading advocacy of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to Virginia voters, including that it would lower health care costs for consumers.

Video Evidence Puts Braley Campaign’s Claims in Question

Braley’s congressional attendance record catching up to him
Rep. Bruce Braley's (D., Iowa) empty chair during hearing he claims to have attended

Rep. Bruce Braley’s (D., Iowa) Senate campaign is claiming that the reason he missed a key hearing about the troubles at the Veterans’ Affairs (VA) department is that he attended another hearing. However, evidence shows he was not there, Republicans say.

Iraqi Ambassador to the U.S. Calls for More American Support

Experts question Iraqi cooperation with U.S. adversaries
damaged homes due to clashes between fighters of ISIL and Iraqi security forces

The Iraqi ambassador to the United States on Monday called for more robust support from American officials to counter the growing terrorist threat in his country as experts questioned the apparent cooperation of the Iraqi government with U.S. adversaries.

Experts: American Adversaries Work Together Despite Differences

Middle East watchers say U.S. must craft new strategy
Fighters from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) try to calm civilians demonstrating against the rebel infighting in Aleppo

American adversaries in the Middle East continue to work together across sectarian and religious divides to harm U.S. interests and security, requiring a more nuanced response from U.S. officials to address the turmoil in the region, experts say.

NatSecWonk Declines to Comment on Ben Rhodes White House Leaks

Was fired last year after anonymous Twitter account discovered
AP

The former White House national security official who was fired last year after being unveiled as the snarky anonymous tweeter behind the NatSecWonk account declined to comment on Thursday about his exploits and previous accusations that another senior official leaked classified U.S. intelligence information.