Experts: Limited Strikes in Syria Will Fail

Panel says Obama should support moderate forces while they still exist
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Experts said Thursday that the Obama administration’s latest plan to order limited strikes in Syria would fail to influence a bloody conflict that has only worsened since the president’s call two years ago for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down.

The Renegade

Feature: Scott Winship’s trek from ACORN to the Manhattan Institute
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According to President Obama and the Democratic Party, the middle class is in trouble. Income is stagnating and opportunity for the average American is declining. Inequality is skyrocketing as the top one percent accumulates the nation’s wealth, dragging down the economy. Middle class families are at a much higher risk of financial ruin than 50 years ago. It is getting harder to retire comfortably.

IRS Crosses Green Line

Pro-Israel groups felt wrath of Obama IRS, WFB investigation reveals
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Washington Free Beacon investigation has identified at least five pro-Israel organizations that have been audited by the IRS in the wake of a coordinated campaign by White House-allied activist groups in 2009 and 2010.

Chuck Hagel’s Shadow Campaign

Pro-Iran group has donated $2.1M to pro-Hagel nonprofits, media outlets
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Secretary of defense nominee Chuck Hagel sits on the board of a pro-Iran organization that has given millions of dollars to leftwing nonprofits and mainstream media outlets, organizations that are now leading the charge to support his nomination.

A Question of Coordination

Obama campaign official: ‘We do work with some of the (c)(3)s’
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The apparent admission of a top lawyer for the Obama campaign during a recent conference call that the campaign has “work[ed] with some” nonprofit organizations raises questions about the campaign’s coordination with liberal nonprofit groups and could put the nonprofit status of those groups at risk.

Martin and the Monkey

NM protest focuses on Senate candidate Martin Heinrich’s big-spending ways
Monkey at Albuquerque Protest Screenshot

Supporters of New Mexico’s Republican U.S. Senate candidate Heather Wilson marched on her opponent Rep. Martin Heinrich’s campaign headquarters in Albuquerque on Thursday armed with complaints about Heinrich’s big-government fiscal record—and with a monkey.

A New Front for Religious Liberty

First non-Catholic business sues HHS over contraceptive mandate
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An arts and crafts business with more than 500 stores across the country launched a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) implementation of Obamacare’s contraceptive mandate Wednesday, the Becket Fund announced.

Sins of Omission

ProPublica ‘exposé’ failed to disclose own donors’ lack of disclosure
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A recent ProPublica investigation into political nonprofits failed to disclose that one of the organization’s donors is a significant player in the world of “dark money” advocacy, while other contributors maintain deep ties to 501(c)4 groups supporting President Obama’s reelection campaign.

Tabernacle Tummel

Fallout over postponed DNC chair speech to South Florida synagogue continues

The pro-Obama president of an embattled Miami synagogue that has come under fire for liberal bias disregarded warnings that a scheduled talk by Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D., Fla.) could constitute a violation of a federal law prohibiting non-profits from engaging in political advocacy.