Biden: ‘There’s Homophobes Still Left — Most of Them Are Running for President’

Vice President Joe Biden speaks at a White House Champions of Change Law Enforcement and Youth meeting, Monday, Sept. 21, 2015, in the South Court Auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building (EEOB), on the White House complex in Washington.
Saturday in an address to the Human Rights Campaign National Dinner, Vice President Joe Biden took a jab at the Republican Party’s presidential field for the stance on LGBT issues, describing them as “homophobes.” “We become more of what America was meant to be,” Biden said. “All men created equal, all have a right to liberty, pursuit of happiness. We say it so often that it loses its meaning. The very fact that we finally recognize that love is not a political matter, it’s a basic human right — the fact that we’ve recognized that is because of you.” “There’s homophobes still left,” he added. “Most of them are running for president, I think.” (h/t The Hill) Follow Jeff Poor on Twitter @jeff_poor
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Trump on Syria: ‘I Want to Sit Back and See What Happens’

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Sunday on ABC’s “This Week,” Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump discussed his policy on the Syrian civil war into which Russia has now inserted itself and suggested he would take a wait-and-see approach on how handle the situation. Trump said, “I want to sit back––and this does not sound like me very much––but I want to sit back and I want to see what happens. You know Russia got bogged down when it was Soviet Union in Afghanistan. thought it would be quick and easy. I think it’s not going to be great for them if you want to know the truth. They got bogged down. It destroyed the Soviet Union, Afghanistan. now they’re going into Syria, there are so many traps, there are so many problems. When I heard they were going in to fight ISIS, great, let them.” He continued, “Look at Assad, he’s a big guy. We’re supporting rebels the Syria free rebels. We’re supporting rebels. I spoke to a general who’s very, you know, much on it, he said, Mr. Trump, we have no idea whose these people are, they may be worse than Assad. We’ll probably have to go against Iran. Now, we’re making Iran rich and powerful. Iran
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Jason Chaffetz Officially Announces House Speaker Bid

On this week’s broadcast of “Fox News Sunday,” Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) announced he is running for Speaker of the House. Chaffetz said, “Today, here, I am announcing my intention to run for Speaker of the House of Representatives. We were entrusted by the american people with the largest majority the republicans have ever had since Babe Ruth was swinging the baseball bat, but they didn’t send us here to perpetuate the status quo. They want us to tackle the issues. They want you to take that fight for the Senate, to the President and they want us to take that fight for the American people.” He added, “I will support the nominee, but I just don’t believe that the nominee, if it’s Kevin McCarthy can actually get to 218. That’s why I’ve offer myself as a candidate to try to bridge that divide. I think the 50-plus people find I’m a fair, even-balanced person that I can bridge that divide between some of our more sent tryst and more right-wing members.” Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN
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McCain: Trump Doesn’t Understand the Middle East

Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union With Jake Tapper,” Sen. John McCain (R-AZ)  discussed his recommendations for ending the Syrian civil war and said Republican front-runner Donald Trump’s plan to let Russia fight ISIS means he doesn’t understand the situation. Host Jake Tapper asked McCain about Trump saying, “Let Syria and ISIS fight. Why do we care? Let ISIS and Syria fight, and let Russia, they’re in Syria already, let them fight ISIS. Let Russia take care of ISIS. how many places can we be?” McCain said, “Well, I guess the question is, is do we want to keep slaughtering people in Syria and that are fighting for freedom? Do we want to continue the barrel bombing, which is one of the reasons why 240,000 Syrians have been murdered? Do we want the flood of refugees to continue? He continued, “I just don’t think — one, I don’t think he understands very well the situation and he’s entitled to his opinion. As far as other members of my party are concerned, that all I can say is that I know the realities. I’ve been there for years. we have said what needed to be done and predicted what was going to happen.
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Archbishop of Canterbury Urges More Interfaith Dialogue To Ease Fears Of Muslim Community

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby has spoken out against the forces of secularism, on the one hand, seeking to force religion out of the public sphere, and extremism, on the other, seeking to replace mainstream religion with a radicalised version twisted to fit their own agenda. In a hard hitting speech, he also urged Muslim leaders to do more than simply condemn terrorism; they should also promote an alternative, peaceful version of their religion. On Friday Welby joined the Anglican Archbishops of Wales, Scotland and Ireland, and members of the Welsh Muslim community at a meeting to mark the 10th anniversary of the Centre for the Study of Islam in the UK, based at Cardiff University, where he made his remarks. Addressing the gathering, Saleem Kidwai, Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Wales described terrorism as a “cancer” which must be addressed, the Telegraph has reported. But he added that Muslims in Britain feel they are effectively living under siege. “The Muslims I meet in mosques and across Wales generally are concerned about the environment where they are raising their children,” he said. “[It is] an environment in which to be a Muslim is to be treated with suspicion;
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Not Such A Lone Wolf: Sydney Teen Gunman Links To Islamic Extremists

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A teen gunman who shot and killed a NSW Police Service employee in western Sydney on Friday acted after he heard a lecture by the extremist group Hizb ut-Tahrir, a local news network has reported. However, the group has downplayed the claim as “speculation”. Seven News said Farhad Khalil Mohammad Jabar was at a talk given by Hizb ut-Tahrir at nearby Parramatta Mosque just hours before he donned a black robe and killed finance worker Curtis Cheng outside NSW Police headquarters in Parramatta. It has also emerged that the shooter’s sister flew out of Australia on a flight bound for the Middle East 24-hours before the terror attack. The gunman has been linked to an Islamist group already under investigation. #7News — 7 News Sydney (@7NewsSydney) October 4, 2015 According to The Sydney Morning Herald, a spokesman for Hizb ut-Tahrir in Australia, Uthman Badar would not comment on the existence of any links between Farhad and his organisation. “Any links are speculation and we could caution against making speculation,” Mr Badar said. Hizb ut-Tahrir rejects democracy, secularism and all Western models of state. On Sunday it held a rally in outer Sydney protesting against military action by Russia and the US in Syria. Parramatta Mosque is believed to have been searched overnight. It sits a few blocks
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