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A fascinating figure on the Fourth

History | Musings on Declaration of Independence author Thomas Jefferson
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 6/30/18, 07:57 am

We will celebrate this coming Wednesday the work of a brilliant writer, Declaration of Independence author Thomas Jefferson. Here’s what’s less known: Jefferson worked hard at writing because he was a lousy speaker. I’ll discuss that, then note his way of neutralizing Christian opponents, then look at his small government principles and his pacifism in regard to Britain—and how that worked out. He’s a fascinating figure.

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Watchdog confirms sarin, chlorine used in Syria

by Leigh Jones
Posted 6/13/18, 12:34 pm

Syrians “very likely” suffered from attacks using the nerve agent sarin and the toxic chemical chlorine in early 2017, according to findings released by the global chemical weapons watchdog on Wednesday. The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons did not investigate who launched the attack in Hama province, but intelligence analysts have blamed Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces for all attacks involving chemical agents.

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Saudi-led forces launch assault in Yemen

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 6/13/18, 11:05 am

The Saudi-led coalition supporting Yemen’s exiled government launched an assault on Wednesday on the port city of Hodeida. Videos showed convoys of vehicles entering the town early Wednesday as gunfire echoed in the background. Aid agencies have warned of the implications of a battle in the Red Sea port city, the main entry point for food and medicine in the war-ravaged country teetering on the brink of famine. Shiite Houthi rebels have maintained control of Hodeida since 2015.

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