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The Islamic State One Year Later: Who's Winning the War?

Islamic State's Projection of Territory Under Its Control by 2020<p>June 29 marks the first anniversary of the proclamation of Islamic State (IS). It has been a busy year. After conquering an area covering over 80,000 square miles and including a population of approximately 10 million people, IS has …

He Stood Up to Question His Christian College’s Homosexuality Stance. What Happened Next Has Everyone Talking.

A student who publicly questioned a Christian college’s stance on homosexuality was in for a big surprise on Monday when a peer thew an apple at him — an act that the offender purportedly later defended in an open letter posted on a wall at the school.<p>The incident unfolded during a town hall event …

Is America Becoming Exactly What President Eisenhower Warned Against?

President Dwight D. Eisenhower warned the nation about the risks of the “acquisition of unwarranted influence” by the “military industrial complex,” and Glenn Beck said Thursday that America is becoming exactly what Eisenhower warned against.<p>“Military gear and military interrogation tactics are …

One of the World’s Most Famous Porn Stars Opened Up a Bible and Started Reading Revelation. What She Saw Made Her Change Her Life Entirely.

Brittni Ruiz was one of the world’s most famous porn stars before she abruptly left the adult entertainment industry in 2012 and devoted her life to Jesus Christ.<p>Ruiz, 27, who was known by her stage name, Jenna Presley, recently shared her journey with TheBlaze, describing the seven years she spent …

Texting this phone number will get you 'anything you want as long as it's not illegal'

What if you could text a number and get anything you want?<p>That's the ambitious goal of a new startup called Magic, a text-messaging-based concierge service that promises to pull strings, place orders, and schedule deliveries all so you don't have to.<p>Magic doesn't have a dedicated app. It instead …

Cheney defends CIA interrogation techniques, calls Senate report 'deeply flawed'

Former Vice President Dick Cheney slammed the recently released Senate report on CIA interrogation techniques Wednesday, calling it “full of crap,” and a “terrible piece of work” that was “deeply flawed.”<p>Cheney, speaking on Fox News' “Special Report with Bret Baier,” said some of the controversial …

Parents angry after school tells 13-year-olds they can have sex, choose gender

Students at one northern California high school are learning more than just the birds and the bees.<p>Along with local area groups, some parents are irate that their children’s sex ed class at Acalanes High School in Lafayette is being taught by employees of Planned Parenthood without their prior …

‘Just Tell Them Your Hard Drive Crashed’: Blaze Readers React to Texas City Demanding Five Pastors Turn Over Their Sermons on Homosexuality

TheBlaze posted a story earlier this week about Houston’s city government subpoenaing church sermons, among other documentation, from five local faith leaders. Officials requested that preachers turn in communications that have focused on homosexuality or the city’s contentious equal rights …

Christian Chapel Owners Were Reportedly Threatened With Jail Time and Fines For Refusing to Marry Gays — and Now They’re Fighting Back

Two ordained ministers have filed a federal lawsuit and are seeking a restraining order to prevent local officials from forcing them to marry same-sex couples, saying they have been threatened with fines and possible jail time over their refusal.<p>Donald and Evelyn Knapp, owners of Hitching Post …

Famed Pastor Clarifies Homosexuality Stance After Saying He Wouldn’t Reduce the Issue to a ‘Yes or No’ Answer

After facing criticism over recent comments about gay marriage, pastor Brian Houston of Hillsong Church, a famed megachurch with locations across the globe, released a statement noting that his theological worldview on the subject aligns “with most traditionally held Christian views.”<p>The …

Surveillance Video Apparently Catches Guy Doing Something at the Ballot Box That Left Republican Monitor Stunned

An Arizona county party official said he saw a man stuffing “hundreds” of ballots into the ballot box and later told a local news outlet the entire incident was caught on surveillance video.<p>“A person wearing a Citizens for a Better Arizona T-shirt dropped a large box of hundreds of early ballots on …

Investigation Into Death of 19-Year-Old Woman Leads Police to Unthinkable Discovery

HAMMOND, Ind. (TheBlaze/AP) — A man suspected in the deaths of seven women in northwestern Indiana has been charged in one of the slayings. The suspect is now being considered a potential serial killer and could have victims going as far back as 20 years, officials said.<p>The Lake County prosecutor’s …

Sadie Robertson Sticks to Her Christian Values While Performing the Rumba on ‘DWTS’ — and the Judges’ Reactions Bring Her to Tears

“Duck Dynasty” star Sadie Robertson stuck to her Christian values while performing the rumba — a dance style known for its sometimes sexual nature — during week six of “Dancing With the Stars” Monday night, with the judges’ reactions and scores bringing her to tears.<p>Mark Ballas and Sadie Robertson …

Liberals Will Unfriend You for Disagreeing With Them, and Six Other Things Revealed in Huge Study About How Americans See the News

If you have friends whose politics are on the other side of the political spectrum from your own, they probably don’t get their news from the same places you do.<p>They might not even think what you watch or read counts as “news” at all.<p>The Pew Research Center released a massive study on media and …

Christian Bakers Who Lost Their Shop After Refusing to Make a Wedding Cake for a Lesbian Couple Are in for a Major Surprise

Aaron and Melissa Klein, the Christian bakers who gained national attention after they refused to make a wedding cake for a lesbian couple, are in for a big surprise: a gay man who fervently disagrees with their stance on homosexuality is planning to willingly give them a large sum of money.<p>The …

Syrian Woman Accused of Adultery Pleads for Forgiveness From Her Father. He Finally Caves, Then Helps Militants Stone Her to Death.

An extremely disturbing video out of Syria appears to show a woman accused of adultery pleading for her father’s forgiveness, before Islamic State fighters stone her to death, a punishment in which the father actively participated.<p>According to a translation by the Middle East Media Research …

University of Pennsylvania Economist: The Rich Are Best Off Paying Tax Rate of…

A pair of economists are making the case that the top federal income tax rate has been far too low for far too long.<p>The current top tax rate is nearly 40 percent, a figure that University of Bonn professor Fabian Kindermann and Dirk Krueger, of the University of Pennsylvania, are claiming should be …

How a ‘Ragtag Group of Volunteers’ — Including ‘Walking Dead’ Star — Brought Down Major Sex-Trafficking Ring & Helped Rescue 55 Victims

“It’s going to be about $200 to $300 for the evening, for a child,” Ballard reportedly told Bronschidle in a conversation captured on video.<p>In order to catch the alleged sex traffickers, a “ragtag group of volunteers,” including filmmakers and even CrossFit instructors, hatched a plan to throw a …

This Is Michelle Obama Dancing With a Turnip

It started with a question from a Barack Obama impersonator and ended with the first lady grooving with a vegetable.<p>Taking questions during an #AskTheFirstLady chat Tuesday, Michelle Obama received the query: “How many calories do you burn every time you ‘turn up’?”<p>This was her answer:<p>As the youths …

This High School Allegedly Banned a Christian Club From Campus — but When These Students Fought Back Something Unexpected Happened

A conservative legal firm is claiming victory after a public high school in New York reversed an apparent ban on a student-led religious club — a change-of-heart that has reportedly had some unintended consequences for the campus group.<p>The Liberty Institute announced last week that officials at …

The Stock Market Is Tanking, and Experts Say It Will Only Get Worse

Global stock markets are getting hammered, and the worst may be ahead of us.<p>Even the “Mad Money” guy is saying not to buy.<p>After a slight uptick Tuesday, the NASDAQ and the S&P 500 were both slumping again Wednesday morning, continuing a decline that, over three days of trading starting last …

Google Warns of Latest Online Security ‘Vulnerability’

Google researchers warned of yet another online security “vulnerability” Tuesday.<p>The vulnerability is to an attack called POODLE, which stands for Padding Oracle On Downloaded Legacy Encryption. POODLE, Google said in a blog post, is a “widespread” threat because it enables prowling hackers to …

White House Has Trouble Answering ‘Who’s in Charge’ of Federal Response to Ebola Crisis

The Obama administration has rejected calls for an “Ebola czar” to oversee the federal response to the spread of the disease, but cannot identify who is in charge of that response.<p>White House press secretary Josh Earnest speaks during the daily briefing in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White …

Hilarious and Horrifying: Beck Uses Spaghetti to Demonstrate Just How Quickly Ebola Can Spread

Glenn Beck on Wednesday used spaghetti and chocolate sauce to indicate just how quickly Ebola can spread. The segment was both hilarious (imagine Beck’s radio co-host, Stu Burguiere, pelting Beck with handfuls of spaghetti to simulate projectile vomiting), and horrifying when you saw just how …

The ‘Brazen’ and Alarming Declaration a Man Made in Front of Houston Police Officers

An unidentified mosque in Houston called police after a man wearing a shirt with the symbol of the Islamic State refused to leave, according to the Clarion Project, a nonprofit that tracks Islamic extremism. Before the man was escorted out, he openly pledged his devotion to the Islamic State, …

Ted Cruz Excoriates Houston Officials Over Pastoral Subpoena: ‘Caesar Has No Jurisdiction Over the Pulpit’

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) teamed up with Liberty Institute president Kelly Shackelford and the Houston pastors who were targeted by a recent subpoena that asked them to turn over sermons and other communications about homosexuality on Thursday to deliver a tough message to city officials.<p>During the …

Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Releases First Video of Nurse Being Treated for Ebola

Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas released the first video showing nurse Nina Pham speak in her room before being transported to the National Institutes of Health in Maryland Thursday evening.<p>The 56-second clip, recorded by attending physician Dr. Gary Weinstein, appears to show Pham in …

Take a Tour of an $80 Million New York City Penthouse Resting 1,396 Feet Above the City

432 Park Avenue.<p>That’s the address of Manhattan’s tallest residential building, which will welcome its first residents next year.<p>Standing at 1,396 feet, the 104-room skyscraper offers jaw-dropping views of the city. Rooms feature 12.5 foot ceilings, 30,000 square feet of real estate and massive …

This Is Where We Used to Quarantine People Infected With Deadly Diseases Like Ebola

It’s the site of an abandoned hospital.<p>The eerie North Brother Island, described by some as the last unknown place in New York City, is located in the East River and was developed in 1885 when Riverside Hospital moved to the island.<p>A building on North Brother Island sits in the East River and has …

‘Criminal’ and ‘Insane’: Beck Says Americans Should Be ‘Marching in Front of the White House’ to Stop Flights From West Africa

Glenn Beck said Friday that Americans from all political parties should be “marching in front of the White House” to demand the United States stop accepting travelers from West Africa until the threat of Ebola passes.<p>“I’m telling you, we should be marching in front of the White House and the …