The Grimes campaign said it was spending “six figures” to air the ad statewide. It is the first in a series that will feature Kentuckians asking critical questions of McConnell, the campaign said in a news release. “Unlike Mitch McConnell, Alison Lundergan Grimes is running to protect and strengthen key programs for our seniors,” the campaign said. “Alison believes in keeping our promises to our nation’s seniors while preserving these programs for our children and grandchildren.” Republicans responded by saying that Grimes has voiced support for the federal health care law pushed by President Barack Obama, which cuts about $700 billion from Medicare over 10 years by tweaking payment formulas for health care providers. “It says a lot about the candidacy of Alison Lundergan Grimes that she’s a full four months away from the election and she already hit the panic button by resorting to the oldest, most cynical attack in the Obama playbook to scare Kentucky seniors,” said Allison Moore, McConnell’s spokeswoman. “The simple reality is that Sen. McConnell has fought to protect Medicare, while Alison Lundergan Grimes and her political benefactors have raided it by $700 billion to pay for Obamacare.” Sam Youngman: (502) 875-3793. Twitter: @samyoungman.
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Israeli military masses troops along Gaza border – Yahoo News
“Therefore I have ordered the military to significantly broaden its operation against Hamas terrorists and against the other terrorist groups inside Gaza,” he said. “I call on you to display patience because this operation could take time.” Israel and Hamas are bitter enemies that have engaged in numerous rounds of fighting over the years. But until recently, they had been observing a truce that ended the previous hostilities in 2012. Raw: Israeli Airstrike Kills 10 in Gaza Strip Play Video Tensions have been rising since Palestinian militants kidnapped three Israeli teenagers in the West Bank on June 12. Accusing Hamas of being behind the abductions, Israel launched a crackdown on the group’s members in the West Bank and arrested hundreds of people. Hamas, which controls Gaza, responded by stepping up rocket fire. The situation deteriorated last week after the bodies of the Israeli youths were found, and a Palestinian teenager in Jerusalem was abducted and burned to death in what Palestinians believe was a revenge attack.
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“So only about 10-15% takes place in the northern part of the country, which is where the current Sunni insurgency is being fought out.” A Sunni militant group the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), which now calls itself the Islamic State is battling the Shiite-dominated central government. The rebels claimed late last month to have seized control of the Baiji oil refinery, but the government said it had retaken control of it. Benchmark West Texas crude oil closed at a 10-month high of $107 on June 20. By Thursday, it had dipped to $104 a barrel, a sixth-straight daily drop. Still, global markets remain jittery about what the future could hold should Iraq’s sectarian and regional tensions worsen. The insurgency is not expected to reach Iraq’s main oil producing fields in the south and in Kurdish-controlled areas in the north any time soon, but in the long term “infrastructure, as well as producing assets, will be a tempting target if the ISIS offensive moves into higher gear,” wrote Raad Alkadiri, managing director at IHS Energy, a London-based consulting firm, in an analysis emailed to USA TODAY. Any new supply outages could push global oil prices higher perhaps towards $120 a barrel, wrote Alkadiri. The situation in Iraq has global leaders worried because the country along with the USA was expected to be one of the major growth areas for oil production, as global demand increases in an already tight market with little spare capacity, say analysts.
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