President Obama has invited homosexual activists, dissenting Catholic groups, an openly gay Episcopalian bishop and a pro-abortion Catholic sister to the White House for a ceremony welcoming Pope Francis to the United States, prompting backlash from the Vatican.

One of the Islamic State's top military commanders was actually trained by U.S. Special Forces in the nation of Georgia before taking up arms for ISIS in Syria, according to a variety of sources quoted in an explosive new report by the McClatchy news agency. Another member of the Obama administration’s supposed “anti-ISIS” coalition, the Wahhabi-Islamic dictatorship in Saudi Arabia, played a key role radicalizing the jihadist leader through a hard-core Islamist mosque it funded near his village. In other words, without the direct assistance of key “anti-ISIS” governments — including Washington, D.C. — the man said to be ISIS' most fearsome and skilled military leader would almost certainly never have arrived in Syria to wage ruthless war on infidels in the first place. But ISIS commander Tarkhan Batirashvili, who now calls himself Abu Omar al Shishani, is hardly the only one.

As with gun control a generation ago, Australia is now setting a dubious example among developed countries by passing new legislation cracking down on parents who refuse to have their children vaccinated.

As the European Union accelerates its largely-under-the-radar usurpation of power, including an ongoing plot to impose a regional finance ministry in charge of taxation and spending without public consent, at least one prominent architect of the integration plot is sounding the alarm. German Professor Otmar Issing, a staunch internationalist widely regarded as the “founding father” of the regional euro currency, issued a strong warning this month about the dangers of trying to create an EU superstate by the back door. In fact, such plotting might even produce an uprising and bring the whole EU down with it, he suggested.

Germany, which has so far taken in the lion’s share of refugees fleeing to Europe from the turmoil in Syria, Iraq, Libya, and Afghanistan, has made a sudden change in policy and decided to restrict the flow of migrants across its borders.