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Top 3 International Stories I’m Watching Today

1) Moves are being made after President Obama addressed the American public about a plan to deal with the Islamic State on the eve of Sept. 11th. This included plans to use airstrikes in Syria, which the UK is also considering. Germany said they will not participate in airstrikes, but they have “banned” the organization. The CIA estimates there are 31,000 militants fighting for the Islamic State, triple their original estimate. Top Republicans have shown support for the new anti-ISIS initiative.

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Top 3 International Stories I’m Watching Today

1) Chile’s government is calling a bomb blast in a subway station an act of terrorism. The bomb wounded 10 people at a station in the capital of Santiago.

2) Rogue Libyan General Khalifa Haftar, in charge of the Libyan National Army, has released a statement demanding that the rebel militias in Benghazi surrender and respect the state. Renewed violence began there last week.

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Top 3 International Stories I’m Watching Today

1) The Islamic State has published images of a Lebanese soldier they beheaded on social media. (This is not a new trend, previous reports say many civilians in Iraq and Syria have been beheaded in the past.) NATO has put together a new anti-ISIS mission to deal with the militants. The Arab League has also promised to cooperate with international efforts to contain ISIS.

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Top 10 People You Missed at Right Online 2012

This piece was originally written for the former conservative youth blogging and news site, Resist44 on June 26, 2012.

The annual Right Online conference brings together activists and the internet. The point of the conference is to make sure grassroots level conservatives become equipped for the online political showdown. But it also is a chance for those with a little more tech-expertise to mingle with some of the “greats”. For that reason, young bloggers and Gen Y activists probably got more out of fraternizing with Big Names who came out. And I don’t mean the big names speakers, I mean the people in the trenches (Sarah Palin didn’t exactly hang out at the after party). So, if you didn’t make it to Right Online, let me tell you, more important than WHAT you missed, it’s WHO you missed:

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