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could be a target, too. He tells Josh Rogin what the world needs to do to stop them. The Somali-based terrorist organization al-Shabab, which claimed credit for the devastating attack in Nairobi this week, is an international organization that could attack anywhere, including the United States, according to the president of Somalia. Civilians flee the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya during the terrorist attack on September 21, 2013. (Jonathan Kalan/AP ) Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud was in Washington this past weekend when a group of attackers stormed the Westgate shopping center in the Kenyan capital and took hostages in a siege that ultimately left at least 72 dead and 170 injured. Mohamud, who has been leading the fight to push al-Shabab from its territory inside Somalia since he became president last year, gave his take on the organization, its structure, its funding, and what the world needs to do to stop it in an interview this week with The Daily Beast. His main message was that al-Shabab is foreign-financed, filled with foreign fighters, and has wide international reach. Al-Shabab is not a Somali agenda, its an international agenda. Al-Shabab is working with an international capacity in terms of trading and financial resources, he said. Al-Shabab is more of an international problem than a Somali problem. It can happen here in the United States as it is now happening in Nairobi. U.S. intelligence officials disputed this assessment in interviews with The Daily Beast.

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Assad agreed to destroy Syria’s chemical weapons amid an international outcry over a sarin gas strike in the suburbs of Damascus last month – the world’s deadliest chemical attack in 25 years. Washington has blamed Assad’s forces for the attack, which it said killed more than 1400 people, and President Barack Obama threatened a US military strike in response. Russia and Assad have blamed the attack on rebels battling to overthrow him in a civil war that, according to the United Nations, has left more than 100,000 people dead. TOUGH NEGOTIATIONS In a speech to the UN General Assembly on Tuesday, Obama sought to persuade world leaders to apply pressure on Damascus with a resolution that included tough consequences should Assad not surrender his chemical weapons stockpiles in a verifiable way. But by putting the Syria crisis back in the hands of the UN Security Council where Russia has the ability to block punitive action, the chances of US military action appeared to recede even further. Obama faces tough opposition from a sceptical Congress and a war-wary public on the wisdom of intervening military in Syria. With rebel forces plagued by divisions, the Friends of Syria – a bloc of mainly Western and Gulf Arab countries plus Turkey -followed up Thursday’s announcement of the draft resolution with a pledge to boost aid to the opposition. Weapons shipments to the rebels have been inadequate to shift the military balance in their favour. US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Thursday that Syria “will implode before any side would claim a military victory” and that all sides needed to move rapidly to put a political solution in place to end the conflict. A senior US official said earlier that the United States and China – another permanent Security Council member – strongly agreed on the need to quickly adopt a binding resolution on eradicating Syria’s chemical arsenal, a remark that appeared aimed at putting pressure on Russia to accept the measure. Russia at first appeared unswayed. Kerry met Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi for about an hour on the sidelines of the annual gathering of world leaders at the United Nations. After the draft resolution was announced, the Chinese foreign minister said, “The major concerns of all the parties, including China’s concerns, have basically been resolved.” China has backed Russia to veto three council resolutions since October 2011 that would have condemned Assad’s government and threatened it with sanctions.

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Conservative Republicans in the House of Representatives have passed a bill linking the continued funding of the government to the unrelated defunding of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) is the posterboy for the conservative opposition to the ACA. He has called the ACAa glitch-riddled healthcare takeover that is killing jobs, wages, and health-care benefits all across the nation.Its not a takeover of health-care; its a change to health insurance which provides greater access to care for the previously uninsured.Why are Republicans opposed toexpanding healthcare to more Americansand willing to shut down the government in order to prevent it? According to fact checking by USA Today , Cruzs diatribe on the Senate floor was filled with outright lies.For example,Cruz falsely claimed that the spouses of 15,000 UPS employees will be left without health insurance and forced into an exchange with no employer subsidy. UPS is dropping coverage for spouses only if they can get insurance with their own employer.Cruz also cited an outdated quote from Mark Zandi, chief economist of Moodys Analytics, to back up his claim that Obamacare is slowing job growth. Zandi told us the slowdown in job growth at small businesses is no longer the case. Even Senator John McCain (R-AZ) took issue with Cruz. He called it extended oratory and took issue withCruzsreference to Nazi Germany. House speaker Boehner has stated, The American people dont want a government shutdown and they dont want ObamacareThe House has listened to the American peopleNow is the time for the US Senate to listen to them as well.The problem with Boehnersstatementis that it is just not supported by the facts.For example,CNBC releaseda poll earlier this week showing Americans oppose defunding the new health care by a 44 percent to 38 percent margin and strongly opposeddefunding59percent to 19 percent,ifit means shutting down the government.Not to mention the fact that health care reform was a significant plank inPresidentObamas platform inboth the2008 and 2012campaigns. He won convincingly both times. SenatorMcCain addressed the previous point by saying,the people spokeand stillreelected President Barack Obama in 2012.Lawmakers shouldnt give up our efforts to repair ObamacareMcCain said,but said it wasnt worth shutting down the government.We fought as hard as we could in a fair and honest manner and we lost These are the same people who two weeks ago under the direction of the House majority leader, Eric Cantor (R-VA),pushed through a bill that slashes$40 billion from the food stamp program over the next 10 yearsandlimits the time recipients can get benefits to three months.Cutting food stamps at a time when according to Bread for the World 14.5 percent of Americanhouseholds struggle to put food on the table?More than one in four American children are at risk of hunger?Senate Democrats have pledged to not pass this bill and President Obama has promised to veto the bill if it comesacrosshis desk. Cantors bill would also require adults between 18 and 50 without minor children to find a job or to enroll in a work-training program in order to receive benefits. This,at a time when according to Census Bureau statisticsthere are11.3 millionunemployed personsand the unemployment rateat 7.3 percent, changed little in August?Lest we forget, Cantor and his cronies are also leading the charge to cut funding for job training programs. The Ted Cruzs and Eric Cantors of the world are the modern day Daniel Shay. The difference is Shay led a populist movement of citizens whos way of life was being threatened by the government. Cruz, Cantor, and their band of Tea Party political terrorists areholding Americans hostage andusing the American government against the American people; making the United States of America, un-united and ungovernable. Dr.

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The state’s insurance commissioner, Tom Hirsig, echoed the comments of his colleague in Mississippi, citing Wyoming’s small and mostly rural population as behind the state’s pricey plans. Wyoming’s plan is more of a mess, however: Officials have yet to even announce the firms that will compete for the state’s uninsured even as federal regulators plan to bring the exchange online by Oct. 1. Hirsig expects Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Wyoming and WINHealth, an insurer in the mountain region, to compete for the share. For Wyoming residents, however, Obamacare’s still very much a situation in flux. Big costs on the way One theme in common among the five most expensive states for Obamacare: All have small populations that have promoted a lack of competition in insurance exchanges. For sizable health insurers, such as UnitedHealth and Aetna, states like Mississippi and Alaska aren’t strong markets to compete in for the previously uninsured, particularly as many questions remain over Obamacare so close to its rollout. The top insurance companies and their investors are relying on their already sizable membership bases to carry them through the possible upheaval of health care reform’s launch. For average Americans, however, one thing’s going to change: Health care reform’s going to cost them one way or another, either through the individual penalty for lacking insurance or the price of premiums hitting the nationwide exchanges. What you need to prepare for Obamacare Obamacare won’t just hit your pocketbook if you’re currently uninsured — it could hit your portfolio in a big way. With state exchanges opening on Oct.