- The U.S. Senate defeated a cloture vote 54-42 on a bill prohibiting abortions beyond 20 weeks. Three Democrats voted for cloture: Joe Manchin, Bob Casey, and Joe Donnelly. Two Republicans voted against: Mark Kirk and Susan Collins.
- Nina Shea provides a long list of evidence that ISIS is engaged in a genocide against Christians, Yazidis, and other religious minorities, and argues that the Obama administration is doing nothing about it:
The Obama administration has offered no assurance that it will look outside the U.N. system to ensure that any Christians and Yazidis who fled ISIS will be included under the U.S. quota program. Whether out of indifference or by intent, the administration is abandoning the members of these religious minorities. In so doing, it is impeding their chances of survival, along with dooming the imperative of “never again.”
- A Chinese military jet nearly collided with an American RC-135 reconnaissance plane over the East China Sea.
- A federal district court judge ordered the FBI to provide the State Department with information about Hillary Clinton’s email server – such as whether it’s possible to recover any of her deleted emails, or even that they have the correct server in their possession – but the FBI is flat out refusing to cooperate.
- New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has managed to run his state’s National Guard into the ground, which is quite an accomplishment since it has 8,400 members:
More recently, several high-ranking officers have filed whistleblower complaints, alleging that the Guard’s leadership is plagued by cronyism, racism and a “toxic” command climate, among other problems. State and federal officials have opened independent investigations. Legislators have pledged to hold hearings.
“It’s like the mob,” said Brian K. Scully, a retired Army lieutenant colonel who says he lost his job because he refused to help cover up the general’s affair. “One minute you’re the made man. The next, you get a bullet in the back of your head. Only here it’s career assassination.”
- The new batch of American-trained rebels who just crossed into Syria reportedly turned over all of their new weapons to Jabhat al-Nusra, the local al Qaeda branch.
- The U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals rejected Iraqi Kurdistan’s effort to overturn a district court ruling that prohibited them from selling oil to U.S. customers.
- Two members of the pro-Kurdish HDP party resigned from Turkey’s interim government.
- National Front leader Marine Le Pen will go on trial over a 2010 statement she made comparing Muslims praying in the streets to wartime Nazi occupation.
- Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi returned to the city of Aden after being chased out of the country by the Houthis back in March.