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Obama warns ISIL: The reach of America is long

08/26/2014 4:48 PM

08/26/2014 4:48 PM

They keep talking. We keep quoting them.

“America does not forget. Our reach is long. We are patient. Justice will be done.” — President Barack Obama on Tuesday in a message to ISIL militants who beheaded journalist James Foley last week.

In a speech to the American Legion, the president vowed to root out the “cancer” that is ISIL, though he cautioned it will take time. He also pledged not to inject troops back into Iraq.

“We owe the 497,091 people who voted `no’ on Aug. 5.” — former Missouri state Sen. Wes Shoemyer who is seeking a recount of the statewide vote this month on the “right to farm” constitutional amendment. (link courtesy of

The amendment wound up winning by just 2,490 votes out of nearly 1 million cast.

“Troubling.” — Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, chairman of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, on an inspector general’s report for the Veterans Administration that found problems with slow treatment, but no proof that the delays at the Phoenix VA center caused any deaths.

Sanders said he was relieved that the IG found no deaths linked to slow care. Still, he said it was “our job to eliminate long waiting periods so that veterans can access VA health care when they need to.”

“The definition of fixing this is very different depending on if you’re a Republican or a Democrat.” — Ken Kies, former chief of staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation, speaking about the prospect of fixing a tax loophole that allows companies to move their headquarters overseas to avoid paying U.S. taxes.

This is the maneuver that Burger King employed in its $11 billion takeover of Tim Hortons, the Canadian doughnut chain. Kies also said the prospect that this loophole would be fixed was near zero.


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