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DC Navy Yard on lockdown after report of shots fired

Published by: American Security Council Foundation ASCF

DEVELOPING: The Washington Navy Yard where a gunman killed 12 people in 2013 is on lockdown Thursday after reports of an active shooter.

The National Military Command Center confirmed reports that shots were fired on the installation. U.S. Park Police told FoxNews.com that officers are at the scene.

A heavy police and fire department presence begins blocks away from the Navy Yard, with roads blocked off and a helicopter hovering overhead. The scene is unfolding about a half mile from the U.S. Capitol.

There have been reports about the FBI establishing command centers around the country to monitor any potential terrorist threats around the July 4 weekend.

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State of Superstition: IS Beheads 2 Women for Sorcery

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Islamic extremists in Syria have executed more than 3,000 people in the past year, and this week they added to the death toll by beheading two women after accusing them of witchcraft and sorcery, a rights watch group says.

The women’s husbands also were executed — the latest in a long line of barbaric killings carried out by the terror group that has drawn international condemnation.

This marks the first time women have been executed for witchcraft by the group. But in February militants beheaded an elderly man for allegedly “invoking magic” in a village west of Raqqa, IS headquarters. That killing was witnessed by a large crowd of onlookers, and photographs of the execution were posted on social media accounts associated with IS supporters.

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Presidential Candidates Weigh In on US Cuba Policy

Published by: American Security Council Foundation ASCF

Most of the candidates currently seeking the Republican Party's nomination for president have been long been opposed to the Obama administration's moves toward re-establishing diplomatic relations with Cuba.

"The beneficiaries of President [Barack] Obama’s ill-advised move will be the heinous Castro brothers who have oppressed the Cuban people for decades," former Florida Governor Jeb Bush wrote on Facebook after Obama announced in December he wanted to end the long-standing U.S. trade embargo against Cuba with an eye on reestablishing diplomatic ties.

Senator Ted Cruz of Texas said Cuban President Raul Castro and his brother, former leader Fidel, “have just received both international legitimacy and a badly needed economic lifeline from President Obama."

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US Export-Import Bank Expires as Political Fight Continues

Published by: American Security Council Foundation ASCF

A controversial government agency that helps U.S. companies export goods will officially go out of business at 0400 UTC Wednesday (midnight Tuesday EDT), but supporters think they can rescue the U.S. Export-Import Bank in a week or so.

Without a charter from Congress, the Ex-Im Bank cannot make new loans or sell the insurance that protects American companies if a foreign customer does not pay for an order. The bank will continue to service existing contracts.  

Lawmakers left Washington for a July 4 Independence Day holiday break without voting on continuing Ex-Im, something Representative Maxine Waters called “unconscionable.”

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Department of Defense Attorneys

Published by: Alan W. Dowd, ASCF Senior Fellow

 

The Pentagon has just released its newest edition of the U.S. Law of War Manual. At 1,176 pages, the new rulebook for America’s warriors is longer than Gerhard Weinberg’s magisterial history of World War II, longer than Paul Johnson’s weighty summary of the 20th century, longer than Webster’s dictionary, longer than most English translations of the Bible. It’s a ready and apt metaphor for the smothering layers of rules being piled onto the backs of those who defend us—and the JAG officers who advise them.

 

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Talks Collapse; Ukraine Halts Purchases of Russian Gas

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Ukraine suspended its purchases of Russian natural gas after European Union-mediated price talks collapsed Tuesday.

Russian Energy Minister Aleksandr Novak said he was "surprised" that Ukraine was demanding a much deeper discount than what he was offering. He said the price the Ukrainians wanted was out of line with current market conditions, and that the decision to stop buying Russian gas was political.

Ukraine said the price cut Russia was offering was not low enough. But it said it would fulfill its contract to send Russian gas to the EU through pipelines running across Ukrainian territory.

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China Passes Controversial National Security Law

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China's parliament has adopted a sweeping new national security law that critics say will further enshrine and expand the country's suppression of political dissent.

The largely ceremonial National People's Congress passed the bill Wednesday with 144 yes votes and one abstention, according to the official Xinhua news agency.

The law allows authorities to "take all necessary" measures to safeguard territorial sovereignty and ensure full control over the country's already tightly censored Internet.

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