Trump’s Bombing Campaign In Middle East Has Already Killed At Least 2,200 Civilians

U.S. President Donald Trump is creating dozens of innocent casualties a day as he takes on the Islamic State in a bombing campaign in the Middle East risking to double the numbers his predecessor Barack Obama had according to Airwars a watchdog organization who did an investigation for The Daily Beast.

“Airwars researchers estimated that at least 2,300 civilians died from Coalition strikes overseen by the Obama White House—roughly 80 each month in Iraq and Syria,” The Daily Beast wrote.

As of July 13, the Beast estimated that more than 2,200 civilians have been killed under Trump’s coalition raids since he was inaugurated to be the 45th President of the United States. In under a year, Trump’s administration has killed an estimated upwards of 360 per month, or 12 or more civilians killed every single day.

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Big Military Spending Boost Threatens Our Economy and Security

On Friday the House overwhelmingly approved a massive increase in military spending, passing a $696 billion National Defense Authorization bill for 2018. President Trump’s request already included a huge fifty or so billion dollar spending increase, but the Republican-led House found even that to be far too small. They added another $30 billion to the bill for good measure. Even President Trump, in his official statement, expressed some concern over spending in the House-passed bill.

According to the already weak limitations on military spending increases in the 2011 “sequestration” law, the base military budget for 2018 would be $72 billion more than allowed.

Don’t worry, they’ll find a way to get around that!

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The Attack On Hobby Lobby Is Incoherent And Unjust

The mainstream press has accused Hobby Lobby, a great and beloved American company, of hypocrisy, unchristian behavior, smuggling, stealing, and even funding terrorism. As punishment, and concluding an investigation that has been going on for six years, the US government has extracted from the company a fine of $3 million, and the company is sending to the government property it bought fair and square.

What horrible things did the company do? It purchased from sketchy sources in the Middle East thousands of ancient artifacts, including extremely rare cuneiform tablets. The purpose of such purchases – the Green family that owns Hobby Lobby spent its own money – is to complete an exciting project in the nation’s capital, the building of a new museum called the Museum of the Bible that will be open to the public in November.

For its efforts to save ancient historical artifacts and put them on display for educational purposes, the company has been declared guilty of trafficking war loot. And the property it bought? It is presumably going to be owned now by the US government – and maybe put in a warehouse and forgotten, like the disgraceful scenefrom the Raiders of the Lost Ark.

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The Fracking Industry Deserves Our Gratitude

It has given America virtual energy independence, freeing it from the leverage of often hostile Middle East regimes.

Less than ten years ago, America’s energy future looked bleak.

World oil prices in 2008 had spiked to more than $100 per barrel of crude.

“Peak oil” — the theory that the world had already extracted more crude oil than was still left in the ground — was America’s supposed bleak fate. Ten years ago, rising gas prices, spiraling trade deficits, and ongoing war in the oil-rich Middle East only underscored America’s precarious dependence on foreign sources of oil.

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Five Questions Hanging Over Trump’s Travel Ban

Parts of President Trump’s travel ban finally went into effect Thursday after being bogged down by legal challenges for months.

The Supreme Court decided to allow the executive order to take effect for all refugees and travelers from six majority-Muslim countries who do not have a close connection to a person or entity in the United States.

The move was instantly hailed as a victory by the administration. But it’s still unclear what this means for the fate of the policy, how it will be implemented on the ground and whether there will be significant blowback.

Here are five questions hanging over Trump’s travel ban.

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President Trump’s Travel Ban Is A Screening Process That Protects Us. It Is Not A “Muslim Ban.”

As a former refugee from Iraq and a proud American citizen, I’ve followed closely the public debate and legal battle right through Monday’s Supreme Court decision about President Trump’s travel ban. But I haven’t talked to many people who have actually read it.

If they did, and knew their recent history, they would find that this travel ban is essentially no different — and no more aggressive — than other policies handed down by Democratic and Republican administrations.

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I Am A Muslim, And I Support Trump’s Travel Restrictions

The mainstream media and many others have been grilling President Trump since he signed the executive order temporally halting the population of seven predominantly Muslim states from entering the USA.  As a result, he has been called everything from “racist” to “Islamophobic.”

As a Jordanian Muslim who also holds a British citizenship, I am not offended by the president’s actions, nor am I convinced that the executive orders in question were specifically written to target Muslims, for the following reasons:

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