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Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

ISIS terrorists have made it quite clear, in word and in deed, that they are bent on exterminating Iraq's Shiite population. And the United Nations, ever more the irrelevant world body, responds with a wet noodle by urging the terrorist murderers to “respect international law.” What's next, naming ISIS to the U.N.'s Human Rights Council? ... A New York state senator has introduced legislation that would give illegal aliens the right to vote in state and local elections. Illegals would have to prove that they had lived in The Empire State and paid state taxes for three years. The bill also would allow illegals to apply for tuition assistance, health insurance and drivers's and professional licenses, reports The Daily Caller. So, why aspire to U.S. citizenship when you can be effectively handed what legal immigrants had to earn? ... Not to be outdone, the Obama administration, whose nod-nod, wink-wink immigration policies only encouraged the current flood of child illegals crossing our southern border, this week honored 10 youngsters who entered the United States illegally as “success stories.” Which, of course, only will encourage more illegals to come here. ... A new Department of Health and Human Services report documents just how large the taxpayer subsidies are for insurance secured in the “Affordable” Care Act's “marketplace.” On average, those subsides lowered premiums by 76 percent. The same report also shows premium costs for policies secured through ObamaCare health exchanges typically are higher than truly private-market plans. Ah, “progressivism.”

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