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President Obama Comments on ISIL Strikes Within Syria: VIDEO

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On Tuesday morning before flying to the United Nations to meet with world leaders including prime minister Abadi of Iraq, President Obama delivered a statement on the strikes begun last night against Islamic State (ISIL) targets within Syria, taken out by the U.S. and an Arab coalition including Bahrain, Jordan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

Said Obama:

"America is proud to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with these nations on behalf of our common security. The strength of this coalition makes it clear to the world that this is not America’s fight alone. Above all, the people and governments of the Middle East are rejecting Isil, and standing up for the peace and security that the people of the region and the world deserve."

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Obama Mentions LGBT Victims of Sexual Violence at 'It's On Us' Campaign Rollout: WATCH

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On Friday President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden announced the White House’sIt’s On Us” campaign designed to heighten the public’s awareness of sexual assault. Working in collaboration with Generation Progress, a progressive political non-profit focused on college campuses, It’s On Us is the latest addition to the White House Task Force on Sexual Assault’s broader initiative to standardize the processes through which rape and sexual assault are reported and addressed in college settings.

In April the Task Force published a 20-page reportd detailing steps that university leadership should take to more effectively engage with their students, faculty, and security personnel in the on-going conversation about rape-culture.

“An estimated one in five women has been sexually assaulted during her college years -- one in five.” Obama said during Friday’s press conference. “Of those assaults, only 12 percent are reported, and of those reported assaults, only a fraction of the offenders are punished.”

Obama made a point of highlighting the prevalence of sexual assault across multiple demographics, adding that while discussion of rape-culture tends to focus on women, men and members of the LGBT community also deserve the same kinds of protections.

“[W]hile these assaults overwhelmingly happen to women, we know that men are assaulted, too. Men get raped. They’re even less likely to talk about it. We know that sexual assault can happen to anyone, no matter their race, their economic status, sexual orientation, gender identity -– and LGBT victims can feel even more isolated, feel even more alone.”

It’s On Us’s emphasis on bystander prevention and encouraging men to talk about their own experiences marks the White House’s future plans to further expand the Task Force’s focus to K-12 schools, representatives asserted.

“Obviously, many of these habits do not begin as young people arrive on college campus – it begins earlier than that,” explained a senior White House representative. “Today’s announcement is a critical part of the administration’s work to prevent sexual assault, but it is not the final step.”

Watch It's On Us's firist video PSA featuring actors Jon Hamm, Kerry Washington, Rose Byrne and others AFTER THE JUMP...

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Melissa Rivers Pays Tribute to Her Mother In First TV Appearance Since Joan Rivers' Death: VIDEO

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In her first television appearance since Joan Rivers' passing September 4, Melissa Rivers joined the cast of Fashion Police to reflect on her mother's legacy. While there, Melissa also revealed that President Obama himself wrote a letter of condolence, despite being a frequent target of Joan's jabs over the years. 

Back in July, Joan joked that Obama was gay and that Michelle was "a tranny"

Watch Melissa's return to tv, AFTER THE JUMP...(warning: autoplay)

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ISIL Compares Gays to Pedophiles, Says They Are The 'Worst of Creatures' - VIDEO

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The Islamic State of Iraq and The Levant, the unrecognized jihadist terrorist group operating Iraq and Syria, has made effective use of social media to disseminate its propagandistic messages. Since August the extremist group has released videos depicting the beheadings of James Foley and Steven Sotloff, two American journalists as well as David C. Haines, a British aid worker.

The organization has consistently released videos encouraging its members to remain steadfast to the ISIL cause and remain wary of danger “kafir,” Western infidel, influences like drug dealers, pedophiles, and gay people. The West and non-Muslim countries, an ISIL fundamentalist claims in one of the group’s more recent videos, is targeting Muslim children.

“If you have family in these kafir countries, what is gonna happen most probably? You don’t have control of your children. Maybe in some of the countries it is a must for you to put your children in the kafir schools, and who’s gonna teach your children? It’s gonna be maybe a gay, maybe a drug dealer, maybe a pedophile, you know? So it’s very important for you to protect your children from these animals, from these dirty people, Allah says that they are the worst of creatures.”

Initial reports claimed that the masked ISIL fighter speaking in the video was a disaffected Arsenal soccer player who had left his life in Portugal to pursue ISIL’s cause. British intelligence subsequently identified the man as Celso Rodrigues da Costa, a 29 year old man from Portugal who had moved to England to pursue his studies.

“[ISIL] is recognized by no government, nor the people it subjugates,” President Obama said during a speech explaining the US’s plan to combat the terrorist group. “ISIL is a terrorist organization, pure and simple. And it has no vision other than the slaughter of all who stand in its way.”

Watch footage of ISIL-supporter Celso Rodrigues da Costa's call to beware of gay people AFTER THE JUMP...

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Sarah Palin: 'I Owe America A Global Apology' For Costing John McCain the 2008 Election: VIDEO

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In a Thursday night segment on Sean Hannity's show criticizing President Obama's response to the ISIS threat, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin dropped the following truth bomb - candidly saying she owed America a "global apology" for screwing up John McCain's chances back in 2008. Because, you know, had McCain become President everything presumably would be sunshine and rainbows and peace and love...or something like that.

I think the correct phrase she was looking for when she settled on "global apology" was "global you're welcome"

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

And if you haven't yet watched Palin's Ice Bucket Challenge a few weeks back, you really owe it to yourself to check it out HERE

[via joe.my.god]

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Openly Gay Google Exec Megan Smith Named U.S. Chief Technology Officer: VIDEO

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Megan Smith, a Google executive and former CEO of the online LGBT community site PlanetOut, has been selected by President Obama as the new Chief Technology Officer of the U.S. 

As CTO, Smith will "lead Administration-wide efforts to unleash the power of technology, data, and innovation to help meet our nation’s goals and the needs of our citizens."

Said Obama of Smith's selection:

Megan has spent her career leading talented teams and taking cutting-edge technology and innovation initiatives from concept to design to deployment. I am confident that in her new role as America’s Chief Technology Officer, she will put her long record of leadership and exceptional skills to work on behalf of the American people. I am grateful for her commitment to serve, and I look forward to working with her and with our new Deputy U.S. CTO, Alexander Macgillivray, in the weeks and months ahead.

The Washington Post adds:

Smith, the new U.S. CTO, is an MIT-trained mechanical engineer and entrepreneur with deep roots in the California tech world. She currently serves as a vice president at Google[x], the company's lab for ambitious next-generation projects, like its delivery-by-drone Project Wing and its balloon-borne Internet connectivity program Project Loon. For nine years, Smith led Google's team responsible for developing new business, where she led the acquisitions that would become Google Earth and Google Maps. And she's familiar to Washington's burgeoning "civic tech" community through her work with the Google Crisis Response project.

Check out a Bloomberg report on how Smith might shape the tech policy landscape in her new position, AFTER THE JUMP...

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