1. James Hirsen: Obamacare Debacle Spawns Late-night Hand-wringing
2. Ryan Mauro: Senior Homeland Security Advisor: America is an "Islamic Country"
3. Joseph Klein: Israel and the UN Human Rights Council Circus
Obamacare Debacle Spawns Late-night Hand-wringing
By James Hirsen
The meltdown of the Affordable Care Act Web site, HealthCare.gov, has been eliciting some interesting responses on the late-night comedy shows. Hosts of the late-night fare have made the White House's infamous Web site a virtual punching bag. At the same time, though, comedy writers and joke deliverers, with the exception of Jay Leno, seem to be taking great pains to avoid making the president himself the target of any zingers. Jon Stewart, who in the past took aim at the president's healthcare rollout, used his Comedy Central platform to take cable news outlets to task for having used his comedic material to knock President Obama. The "Daily Show" host apparently felt it necessary to explain to his audience and peers that his humor was not pointed at Obama. [more...]
Senior Homeland Security Advisor: America is an "Islamic Country"
By Ryan Mauro
A senior advisor to the Department of Homeland Security, Mohamed Elibiary, says that America is "an Islamic country" and continues to argue that the Muslim Brotherhood is comparable to Christian evangelicals. Elibiary is a member of the Homeland Security Advisory Council and was promoted in September. He also served on the Department of Homeland Security's Countering Violent Extremism Working Group and the Faith-based Security and Communications Advisory Committee. He is also a long-time Texas Republican Party official and was a delegate for Senator John McCain in 2008. On October 31, Elibiary tweeted that he believes the U.S. “is an Islamic country." [Go here to see the screen shot...] Watch Ryan on The Kelly File
Israel and the UN Human Rights Council Circus
By Joseph Klein
Israel decided to end its year and a half boycott of the three-ring circus known as the United Nations Human Rights Council. Responding to significant diplomatic pressure from the United States and Germany, Israel sent representatives to a Council session on October 29th to participate in a review of Israel's human rights record. The review was conducted in accordance with a process known as the Universal Periodic Review, in which each of the 193 member states of the United Nations has its human rights record assessed by the Council approximately every four years. Israel submitted a detailed 78-page report as part of this process, describing specific actions Israel has taken to fulfill its human rights obligations and responding to a number of recommendations by other member states. [more...]