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The teaching in the military course was counter to repeated assertions by U.S. officials over the past decade that the U.S. is at war against Islamic extremists — not the religion.

“They hate everything you stand for and will never co-exist with you, unless you submit,” the instructor, Army Lt. Col. Matthew Dooley, said in a presentation last July for the course at Joint Forces Staff College in Norfolk, Va.

Lt. Col. Dooley also presumed, for the purposes of his theoretical war plan, that the Geneva Conventions that set standards of armed conflict, are “no longer relevant.”


Democrats attack NYPD over Muslim intelligence program

House Democrats on Thursday urged the New York Police Department to purge its intelligence databases of information gleaned from its clandestine spying on Muslim neighborhoods.

They also criticized the Obama administration for offering tepid responses to questions about whether it endorses such tactics.

Lawmakers introduced a resolution Thursday calling for an end to NYPD programs that infiltrated mosques and monitored even innocent conversations in cafes and bookstores. Muslim business owners were included in police files, even with no allegations of wrongdoing.

The resolution has little chance of passing but it followed a heated debate Wednesday night over a House amendment that would have banned racial profiling by any department that receives federal money.


Biden apologizes to Obama for gay-marriage remark

Shortly before President Obama voiced his support for gay marriage, Vice President Joseph R. Biden apologized to the president for comments that led him to speed up his public pronouncement.

The two men spoke in the Oval Office on Wednesday, a person familiar with the exchange said, speaking to the Associated Press on the condition of anonymity to discuss the private talk. Mr. Obama accepted his vice president’s apology, saying he knew Mr. Biden was speaking from his heart when he declared in a television interview that he was “absolutely comfortable” with gay couples marrying.

Mr. Biden’s comments pushed gay marriage to the forefront of the presidential race and focused a fresh spotlight on Mr. Obama’s vague position on the matter. The president had been saying he opposed gay marriage but that his personal views were “evolving.”

The vice president spoke out on gay marriage without White House consent, leaving Obama aides deeply frustrated.

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