Adam in the News

09.25.14

Park Labrea News Beverly Press: FAA to create noise complaint system

Aaron Blevins of Park Labrea News Beverly Press reports on helicopter noise: In response to pressure from homeowners and lawmakers, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is funding and implementing a comprehensive complaint system for residents upset by helicopter noise. While it may not alleviate the issue, it will enable homeowners and renters to assist the FAA in gathering data to quantify the extent of the annoyance and identify "problem" helicopter operators, U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff (D-… Continue Reading


09.25.14

Crescenta Valley Weekly Op-Ed: Department of Justice Should Play a Role in Funding Body Cameras for Local Police Departments

The sights and sounds we witnessed in Ferguson, Missouri during the protests following the death of Michael Brown are hard to forget -- violent out-of-town agitators disrupting peaceful protests, tear gas, rocks and gunshots, police on the streets in full riot and military gear, and vehicles that look more suited to Iraq than a suburb of St. Louis. The shooting of an unarmed African-American youth exposed deep racial divides and the endemic mistrust between many minority communities and the pol… Continue Reading


09.24.14

The Hill: House Dem: Justification for Syria strikes 'increasingly untenable'

Cristina Marcos of The Hill reports on airstrikes in Syria: Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) said that the Obama administration's justification for this week's air strikes on Syria by using the post-9/11 military authorization is "increasingly untenable." Schiff, who introduced an 18-month authorization of military force (AUMF) against extremist group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS or ISIL), said that the U.S. should not be relying on a previous vote from over a decade ago. "The rationale g… Continue Reading


09.23.14

New York Times: In Airstrikes, U.S. Targets Militant Cell Said to Plot an Attack Against the West

Peter Baker reports on U.S. airstrikes against ISIL and Khorasan. American forces took advantage of the airstrikes against the Islamic State extremist group in Syria to try to simultaneously wipe out the leadership of an unrelated cell of veterans of Al Qaeda that the White House said Tuesday was plotting an "imminent" attack against the United States or Europe. The barrage of bombs and missiles launched into Syria early Tuesday was aimed primarily at crippling the Islamic State, the formidabl… Continue Reading


09.23.14

Los Angeles Times: Airstrikes in Syria also target little-known Khorasan Group

Brian Bennett reports on U.S. airstrikes targeting Khorasan. With motivated fighters from the United States and Europe streaming into Syria to join militant groups, Al Qaeda's battered leadership in Pakistan recently saw an opportunity to pluck Western passport holders and train them to launch attacks in their home countries. A "group of brothers" was dispatched to join Islamist rebels. Soon, U.S. officials say, the shadowy network known as the Khorasan Group was making plans to attack the U.S… Continue Reading


09.23.14

Asbarez: Members of Congress Express Outrage Over Der Zor Destruction

Asbarez reports on Congressional outrage over the destruction of an Armenian Genocide memorial church in Der Zor. Members of Congress have begun a string of condemnation and expressions of outrage over the destruction of the Armenian Genocide memorial church in Der Zor over the weekend by Islamic State forces. Representatives Frank Pallone (D-NJ), Jim Costa (D-Calif.), Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) and Sandy Levin (D-Mich.) issued statements or took to social media to express their outrage over the b… Continue Reading


09.23.14

Washington Post: In Syria, Obama stretches legal and policy constraints he created for counterterrorism

Greg Miller and Karen DeYoung of the Washington Post report on military authorization: After spending nearly six years of his presidency installing a series of constraints on U.S. counterterrorism operations, President Obama has launched a broad military offensive against Islamist groups in Syria that stretches the limits of those legal and policy enclosures. The barrage of airstrikes was aimed mainly at a militant group, the Islamic State, that is no longer among the al-Qaeda "associates" env… Continue Reading


09.22.14

My Burbank: Schiff Hails FAA Decision to Institute Complaint System for Helicopter Noise

Craig Sherwood reports on Congressman Schiff's involvement with the FAA's decision to implement a complaint system for helicopter noise. Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) applauded the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) announcement that they would take an important role in helping to stem disruptive helicopter noise plaguing residents across Los Angeles County. The FAA indicated over the weekend that they would establish a comprehensive complaint system for helicopter noise operations - the fi… Continue Reading


09.19.14

Newsweek: What Will U.S. Forces Do With ISIS Prisoners?

Jeff Stein reports on the question of United States treatment and actions involving possible ISIL prisoners. Washington's ramped up war on the Islamic State looks like an airliner lifting off the runway with mechanics still working on the wings. Among the many unresolved issues in the campaign to "degrade and destroy" ISIS, as it's generally known, is what to do with prisoners in Iraq or Syria, should American special operators or U.S.-backed forces be lucky enough to capture any. How deeply w… Continue Reading


09.18.14

New York Times: Congress's Inaction Could Be Legal Basis for Stronger Executive War Powers

Charlie Savage reports on Congress's inaction on military authorization against ISIL. As lawmakers grapple with President Obama's claim that he already has congressional authorization for airstrikes against the Islamic State, legal specialists are saying that even legislative inaction could create a precedent leaving the executive branch with greater war-making powers. Last week, the Obama administration asserted that a military campaign in Syria and Iraq against the Islamic State, also known … Continue Reading


09.18.14

Huffington Post Op-Ed: Neither Rain, Nor Flood, Nor Drought Can Stop the Climate Change Deniers

Democrat or Republican, farmer or urban dweller -- no one can deny that California is facing one of its worst droughts in recorded history. Yet, like most issues today in our dysfunctional Congress, addressing the drought and the larger issue of climate change has become a political battle rather than a collective effort. Earlier this year, the House took up what could have been a rare bipartisan calling -- how can we respond to a drought that is impacting millions? But instead of crafting a me… Continue Reading


09.17.14

New York Times: Will Congress Bother to Debate War Against ISIS?

David Firestone argues that Congress needs to debate a war against ISIL. As the American war against the Islamic State escalates, Congress is about to shut its doors for the election season and head home. The most it will do is authorize some limited assistance to Syrian rebels, but the Senate will probably not even take a vote on that, instead burying the aid inside an emergency spending bill so that its members won't have to be held accountable. Ducking a decision on the larger military conf… Continue Reading


09.16.14

Time Op-Ed: Congress Must Vote on War

In his address to the nation last week, President Obama made a compelling case for a concerted effort to destroy the Islamic State in the Levant (ISIL), a terrorist group that has spread chaos and bloodshed across Syria and Iraq. But even as the Administration has acknowledged that taking the offensive against ISIL amounts to war, it has paradoxically taken the position that Congressional approval-while desirable-is not required. The Constitution says otherwise. The President has broad authori… Continue Reading


09.15.14

Buzzfeed News: Democratic Congressman Will Introduce Bill Authorizing Use Of Force Against ISIS

Jacob Fischler reports on Congressman Schiff's Authorization for Use Military Force bill against ISIL. Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff will introduce a bill Tuesday that provides direct authorization to fight ISIS while also sunsetting the two laws the administration has used to justify current efforts against the militants. Schiff's authorization for use of military force bill allows the president to use "all necessary and appropriate" force against ISIS in Iraq and Syria. It also immediately sun… Continue Reading


09.15.14

Frontiers LA: Rep. Adam Schiff Questions NOM's Patriotism

Karen Ocamb reports on Congressman Schiff and the National Organization for Marriage Rep. Adam Schiff has been urging the Obama administration and the State Department to develop a global strategy to advance LGBT rights for a long time. But on Sunday, he went so far as to question the patriotism of anti-gay religious leaders such as Brian Brown, the President of the National Organization for Marriage, who seem to place their own ideology over the best interests of America. Told that Brown had… Continue Reading


09.15.14

Los Angeles Times: Obama's request to arm Syrians faces skepticism before Congress votes

Lisa Mascaro reports on Congressional opinions towards arming rebels in Syria. President Obama's request for Congress to authorize the training and equipping of Syrian rebels seemed a modest piece of the administration's new offensive against Islamic State militants. But it has proved to be anything but easy as skeptical lawmakers appear to have more questions than resolve to approve it. A hoped-for Tuesday vote in the House has been pushed to later in the week as leaders struggled over the w… Continue Reading


09.15.14

Huffington Post: Bill Targets ISIS And The Endless War On Terror

Michael McAuliff reports on Congressman Schiffs Authorization for Use of Military Force bill. Even as it declares war on the so-called Islamic State, a bill proposed in Congress would also try to extricate the United States from the endless war on terror. The nation declared war on al Qaeda and its backers in 2001 after the 9/11 attacks, enacting a 61-word description of the enemy in an authorization to use military force so broad it has been used to justify such things as the indefinite deten… Continue Reading


09.11.14

New York Times: U.S. Pins Hope on Syrian Rebels With Loyalties All Over the Map

Ben Hubbard, Eric Schmitt, and Mark Mazzetti report on U.S. plans to train Syrian rebels. President Obama's determination to train Syrian rebels to serve as ground troops against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria leaves the United States dependent on a diverse group riven by infighting, with no shared leadership and with hard-line Islamists as its most effective fighters. After more than three years of civil war, there are hundreds of militias fighting President Bashar al-Assad - and one ano… Continue Reading


09.09.14

Wall Street Journal: Obama Tells Top Lawmakers He Has Authority to Fight Islamic State

Michael Crittenden reports on President Obama's justification for use of military force. President Barack Obama told top congressional leaders at a meeting Tuesday that he has the authority he needs to conduct operations against Islamic State militants as he gave them a preview of the strategy he will lay out in a prime-time address to the nation on Wednesday evening. Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle have expressed increasing concern about the rise of the terrorist group, which has taken… Continue Reading


09.09.14

The Hill: Democrat: Get Congress's permission

Kristina Wong reports on Congressman Schiff's desire for President Obama to come to Congress for military authorization. A senior Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee says President Obama should seek congressional authorization to extend airstrikes against Islamic terrorists to locations in Syria. Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) also says Obama should seek authorization to prolong airstrikes in Iraq against fighters with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Schiff said the presiden… Continue Reading

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