Fox News has confirmed the U.S. has authorized arming the Kurds of Iraq in their defense of the Kurdish areas of Iraq from ISIS.. the terrorists who've taken over much of the country. The U.S. had previously only been willing to allow the Iraqi government to get U.S. weapons and equipment, but the rapid advances of ISIS and weakness of Iraq's Prime Minister has led to a change of heart. Kurdish forces have retaken two cities that ISIS had taken over in Kurdish areas of Iraq. That's thanks to U.S. airstrikes which have given Kurdish peshmerga forces air cover. There was a fourth day of airstrikes Sunday, and President Obama says they will continue for a long time to come.
President Obama facing some criticism from a friend. Hillary Clinton reportedly suggesting President Obama is overly cautious. She told The Atlantic magazine "Great nations need organizing principles, and ‘Don't do stupid stuff' is not an organizing principle."
President Obama is on vacation in Martha's Vineyard today.
Meantime, Iraq's terrible PM Nouri al-Maliki took to Iraqi airwaves last night, and said he is filing a complaint against the country's newly elected President Fouad Massoum has not named a new PM. There are growing calls for al-Maliki to resign.
An Egyptian brokered cease-fire is holding in the Gaza Strip. Israel and the Palestinians agreed to stop fighting temporarily. A longer-term agreement is reportedly in the works.
Pro-Russian separatists in Eastern Ukraine are reportedly offering a cease fire, but that may be because the Ukrainians have stepped up efforts to stamp out the rebellion on the Russian border. The rebel-held town of Donestk is surrounded. A strike on a prison has led 100 convicted criminals to escape. We are waiting on the Russians next move.
A riot in Ferguson, Missouri yesterday after a vigil for a teenager killed by police turned violent. The teen was killed by police on Saturday after allegedly trying to take a weapon from the officer. Some in the community are upset, but a candlelight vigil ended in rioting and violence. Several homes were looted and cars were vandalized. Rocks were thrown at police.
NASCAR champion Tony Stewart has been questioned twice after a fatal accident at a race in Canandaigua, New York. We'll have a live report.
New fires burning today in far Northern California.
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