Stalled Bill to Combat Middle East Violence Sparks Intra-Party Fight

Republicans hold bill that would protect religious minorities
Syrian and Iraqi Christians

The battle over a long-stalled, yet widely supported congressional effort to combat the persecution of religious minorities in the Middle East has pitted leading Republicans against one another and stirred outrage from advocacy groups who are frustrated that lawmakers are foiling efforts that could help stem the bloodshed.

Wolf ‘Deeply Concerned’ with ‘Nixonian’ Obama DOJ

GOP representative criticizes DOJ’s efforts to pressure law enforcement officials on marijuana
Eric Holder / AP

Rep. Frank Wolf (R., Va.) said Tuesday he is “deeply concerned” that DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart is being pressured to fall in line with the Obama administration’s political positions, despite conflicts with federal law.

Congress Seeks to Restrict U.S. Travel to Syria

New bill would level harsh penalties for unauthorized travel
Members of Ahrar al-Sham brigade, one of the Syrian rebels groups, exercise in a training camp / AP

A new bill would severely restrict Americans from traveling to Syria and would imprison violators for up to 20 years for breaching the restrictions.

The bill, authored by Rep. Frank Wolf (R., Va.), was authored in response to a large influx of foreign fighters in Syria, including at least 50 Americans who are suspected of training and colluding with terror groups in the region.