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(note: Tonight we got another cosponsor which brings the total to 187. Announcement will be made tomorrow.)

We are happy to announce yet another co-sponsor for Congressman Frank Wolf's bill, H.Res. 36, which would establish a select committee to investigate the attack on the consulate in Benghazi.

Congressman Vicky Hartzler, representing Missouri’s fourth district, brings the total number of cosponsors to 186. This comes on the heels of our announcement last week of another cosponsor, Congressman Candice Miller of Michigan’s 10th district. In February alone, there were six new cosponsors added to the list.

It’s been over a year since the Benghazi attack that killed four Americans, including a U.S. Ambassador, yet we still do not know the details of what transpired that day and no one has been held accountable. There are those in the administration and the U.S. Congress that want this issue to go away. We pledge to do all we can to make sure that doesn’t happen -- but we need your help. It’s time for ANSWERS. It’s time for ACCOUNTABILITY. The U.S. Congress must form a special, short-term committee with subpoena power to focus solely on the Benghazi attack. Right now, over 2/3rd of the House Republican Conference agree and have cosponsored H. Res. 36.

Join us in demanding answers on Benghazi and make your voice heard by looking up and contacting your representative through our new system: Engage. It’s fast, easy, and effective.

The Summary of the bill is below:

Establishes in the House of Representatives a select Committee to investigate and report to the House on:
  • •    any intelligence known to the United States relating to the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, on September 11, 2012;
  • •    any requests for additional security, or actions taken by federal agencies to improve security at the consulate before the attack;
  • •    a definitive timeline of it;
  • •    how the relevant agencies and the executive branch responded to it and whether appropriate congressional notifications were made;
  • •    any improper conduct by officials relating to the attack;
  • •    recommendations on what steps Congress and the President should take to prevent future attacks; and
  • •    any other relevant issues relating to the attack or the response to it.

By Jillian Kay Melchior for National Review

terrorist from Jordan briefly worked as an Obamacare navigator in Illinois while authorities remained unaware of her conviction for involvement in a deadly grocery store bombing and two other attacks.

Rasmieh Yousef Odeh was convicted in Israel for her role in several bombings, including the 1969 attack on an upscale Shufersol grocery store, which killed two Hebrew University students who had stopped in to buy groceries for a hiking trip in the Jerusalem hills. Leon Kanner and Eddie Joffe were killed by a bomb hidden in a candy box tucked on a shelf, which also injured nine or 10 others, according to a website maintained by the Israeli government to commemorate terror victims.

The Illinois Department of Insurance quietly revoked Odeh’s certification as a Navigator In-Person Counselor on November 24, explaining in a disciplinary report that the decision was “based on an investigation which revealed that she had been convicted in Israel for her role in the bombings of a supermarket and the British Consulate in Jerusalem and failed to reveal the conviction on her application.”

The Illinois DOI conducts background checks on navigators. National Review Online obtained the comprehensive Federal Bureau of Investigation background report for Odeh, which does not note any past criminal offenses.

According to the director of insurance’s Oct. 25, 2013, revocation letter, the Department of Insurance found out about Odeh’s history after the U.S. Attorney’s office for the Eastern District of Michigan, notified the public about her prior convictions.

Odeh, who has as many as nine aliases, was indicted in October for allegedly lying on her U.S. immigration and naturalization application papers. On Dec. 9, 2004, she had been sworn in as a U.S. citizen in a district court in Michigan, the same state where bombing victim Kanner had spent six months studying English. If Odeh is convicted, she could lose her U.S. citizenship and serve up to 10 years in prison. Separately, the Illinois Insurance Code permits civil penalties to be levied after a hearing on any Obamacare navigator whose certificate has been denied, suspended or revoked. 

Odeh declined NRO’s interview request.

When Odeh was 21 years old, she was a member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), a Marxist-Leninist group and original member of the Palestine Liberation Organization, which the U.S. has designated as a foreign terrorist organization, according to the indictment.

On Feb. 21, 1969, PFLP members planted bombs at the Shufersol supermarket, as well as the British Consulate in Jerusalem.

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by Richard Noone, Phil Jacob, Leigh van den Broeke and Ashlee Mullany for The Telegraph (Australia)

Centrelink sources say the girl was removed from the home she shared with her 26-year-old “husband” hours after enquiring about what support would be available to a spousal visa holder on Wednesday morning.

Concerns also emerged after the man attempted to enrol the girl in a Western Sydney high school.

Newcastle Muslim Association president Bikash “Shahriar” Paul said the accused man was an “occasional” worshipper at a mosque in the Hunter Valley region north of Sydney, where he met the girl.

Mr Paul said he believed the man was originally from Lebanon but had moved to the Hunter Region to study computers at a nearby university about nine months ago.

It’s understood police will allege the marriage took place in a backyard in Sydney’s west on January 11.

After hearing reports about the charges yesterday morning on radio Mr Paul said he called the girl’s father who confirmed “it’s my girl”.

He said the girl’s father “was aware” of the marriage and that police had contacted him on Thursday but did not elaborate further.

The man was arrested by detectives from the Child Abuse Squad and charged with 25 counts of sexual intercourse with a child.

He was denied bail at Burwood court yesterday and will reappear next Wednesday.

Shocked residents in the western Sydney suburb where the couple lived expressed anger about the alleged offences.

One neighbour said before they moved in they had mistakenly gone to the wrong house for an inspection. She said she saw the girl wearing a pink hijab and her partner apologised for the intrusion.

A leading health services counsellor has warned that hundreds of children as young as eleven are being sent overseas to be married after being “shopped” on Facebook.

Ms Sharobeem, the Director of the Immigrant Women’s Health Services, said children were involved in illegal marriages both in Australia and overseas: “It’s far more prevalent and well-known than people think.”

Minister for Family and Community Services, Pru Goward conceded the problem was more widespread than the case identified yesterday, saying her department had heard of “significant numbers of unlawful, unregistered marriages in NSW, particularly in south west Sydney, western Sydney and the Blue Mountains.”

“In this country, little girls have rights and in particular they have the right to a childhood free from this kind of abuse,” she said.

The legal marrying age in Australia is 18 unless a court has approved a marriage where one party is aged between 16 and 18.


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