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No Sarin In Syria; Obama Polls Plummet; Germans Scour Consulate For U.S. ‘Eyes’; Hillary’s Benghazi-Eve Honor; America The 17th-Happiest Place On Earth – Tuesday Morning News Roundup 9-10-2013

September 10, 2013 by  

Here is a collection of some of the stories making the Internet rounds this morning. Click the links for the full stories.

Syrian President Bashar Assad has repeatedly rejected requests from his field commanders for approval to use chemical weapons, according to a report this weekend in German newspaper Bild am Sonntag. The widely-read and influential national Sunday paper reported the head of the German Foreign Intelligence agency, Gerhard Schindler, last week told a select group of German lawmakers that intercepted communications had convinced German intelligence officials that Assad did not order or approve what is believed to be a sarin gas attack on Aug. 21 that killed hundreds of people in Damascus’ eastern suburbs. Source: McClatchy… 

 

A new Fox News poll reveals President Barack Obama’s approval rating has hit the lowest point of his entire Presidency. Against a backdrop of plummeting public approval, and surging Congressional opposition, it is hard to see how the President is going to turn his Syria debacle around. The American people increasingly see him as a weak leader, one that has actually lowered America’s standing in the world instead of raising it. Frankly, President Bush’s record is looking better by the day, as a flailing Barack Obama struggles to stand tall on the world stage while tripping over his own shoelaces at home. Source: The Telegraph…

 

Under orders from Germany’s domestic intelligence agency, a federal police helicopter conducted a flyover of the US Consulate in Frankfurt, the government in Berlin has confirmed. Officials were apparently searching for surveillance equipment. The German government on Monday confirmed that a previously reported operation targeting potential American eavesdropping facilities located on German soil took place at the end of August. Source: Der Spiegel…

 

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) will honor former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton with this year’s Liberty Medal from the National Constitution Center. The award will be presented to Clinton today (September 10th), the eve of the first anniversary of the terrorist attack on the United States mission in Benghazi that killed four Americans. Source: Breitbart… 

 

Researchers analyzed data on happiness collected from people living in more than 150 countries to discover which have the happiest – and unhappiest – citizens and to see how happiness has shifted around the world over a five-year period. The five happiest countries on Earth are Denmark, Norway, Switzerland, the Netherlands and Sweden. The United States ranked as 17th-happiest country – slightly happier than the citizens of Ireland (No. 18) and a little less happy than Mexico (No. 16). Americans saw their overall happiness drop by about 3 percent over the five-year period between surveys. Source: McClatchy…

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