Russia Responds to State Department #Saberrattling

Russian deputy prime minister Dmitry Rogozin visits Crimea.

Following the Russian invasion and annexation of Crimea, the U.S. State Department issued a swift and forceful response:

The White House #saber-rattling has clearly touched a nerve in Moscow. In Crimea yesterday, Russian deputy prime minister Dmitry Rogozin tweeted the following “selfie.” Translation: “Crimea is ours, and that’s that.”

Failure to Report

House leaders seek GAO probe of State Department failure to report Russian nuclear missile treaty violations
Vladimir Putin / AP

Two senior House leaders on Friday requested an investigation by Congress’ General Accountability Office (GAO) into the State Department’s failure to report Russian violations of a 1987 nuclear missile accord.

Hillary Award Stirs Internal Rift at American Jewish Congress

Clinton fails to address anti-Israel boycott movement BDS, ignores loopholes in Iranian sanctions
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton giving a speech to the American Jewish Congress / AP

The American Jewish Congress’ (AJC) vice president panned Hillary Clinton’s speech to his organization on Thursday, saying she gave a distorted and incomplete picture of her State Department record and failed to address criticism of the Obama administration’s policies on Israel and Iran.

Obama: Abbas Has ‘Consistently Renounced Violence’

Abbas celebrated terrorists as ‘heroes’
President Barack Obama shakes hands with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at the White House / AP

President Barack Obama welcomed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to the White House on Monday in a bid to rekindle a fledgling peace process that has all but collapsed under Palestinian rejection and a massive influx of terrorist rocket attacks on Israeli civilians.

El Salvador Validates Election Results

Former Marxist guerilla leader to be El Salvador’s next president
FMNL candidate Salvador Sanchez Ceren celebrates election results / AP

A former Marxist guerrilla leader is poised to be El Salvador’s next president after the country’s electoral tribunal validated election results on Thursday.