Trending In Our News Feeds – U.S. accuses Syria of crossing “red line.” The U.S. joined Britain, France, and Israel yesterday in accusing the Syrian government of using chemical weapons against its people. In a letter to Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.), the White House Director for Legislative Affairs Miguel Rodriguez said members of the U.S. intelligence community possessed “varying degrees of confidence” regarding Syria’s use of chemical weapons. The accusation will likely cause President Obama to ramp up U.S. involvement in the conflict in Syria. The President has repeatedly called the use of chemical weapons a “red line” that, if crossed, would provoke American intervention. The Washington Post analyzes the situation and tells you how Obama will most likely respond. The Daily Beast reports that Syria may have just launched another chemical strike against its people.
More than half of Guantánamo prisoners on hunger strike. 93 of the 166 prisoners at Gauntánamo Bay are taking part in a massive hunger strike to draw attention to their plight. Lawyers for the prisoners say the strike began on February 6, when guards mishandled detainees’ Korans during a search. The number of prisoners taking part in the hunger strike more than doubled after a recent raid on inmates. A Muslim advisor to the military says of the situation, “They are not done yet, and they will not be done until there is more than one death.” The Washington Post tells you why the U.S. won’t release 86 Guantánamo prisoners who didn’t commit a crime. One of the inmates on strike published a powerful op-ed in The New York Times describing how guards are painfully force-feeding prisoners on strike. According to Reuters, there is legal justification for the force-feeding.
Boston bombers planned to strike Times Square. Dhzokhar Tsarnaev told intelligence experts from his hospital bed that he and his brother planned to attack New York using their remaining weapons. The suspects planned to detonate a pressure-cooker bomb and five pipe bombs in Times Square. Meanwhile, at a news conference in Dagestan, the suspects’ parents maintained their sons’ innocence. Overnight, Dhzokhar Tsarnaev was transported to a medical facility for prisoners. Boston.com published the thrilling story of the man who was carjacked by the Boston suspects.
House to introduce immigration bills. The House Judiciary Committee has announced it will introduce several immigration reform bills in the coming weeks. Committee Chairman Representative Robert Goodlatte (R-Va.) said the Committee hopes the measures will pressure a bipartisan group of Representatives who have been working on immigration reform into action. The Committee’s first immigration bill looks to create a guest worker program for immigrants and would require employers to electronically verify their workers’ immigration status. U.S. News reports that members of the Senate’s influential Gang of Eight disagree about how to approach immigration reform.
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