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Democrats in peril afteroverplaying ‘war on women’strategy in key swing state Washington Times, by Valerie Richardson Dreadnought- 7/31/2014 10:53:36 PM DENVER — The Democrats’ “war on women” strategy may resonate with liberals, but it’s losing ground with crucial female swing voters in Colorado, said a poll released this week. A whopping 77 percent of women voters surveyed agree that they “clearly see through the so-called Democrat ‘War on Women’ messaging strategy,” according to Magellan Strategies in Louisville, Colo. The poll also found that 67 percent of those surveyed “do not fear a government bureaucrat taking birth control away from them, but what they fear are politicians using the issue of ‘access to birth control’ as a political tactic to scare Judge: DOJ Must ProvideInformation on ´Fast and Furious´Docs Withheld from Congress Breitbart Big Government, by Awr Hawkins mitzi- 7/31/2014 10:52:14 PM On July 18 the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruled that the Department of Justice must "provide a detailed listing of all [Fast and Furious] documents that it has withheld from Congress." The ruling was handed down by U.S. District Court Judge John D. Bates and was the result of a September 2012 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit brought by Judicial Watch. The ruling was announced by Judicial Watch on July 31. According to the announcement, Bates went against the DOJ´s claims that releasing information to Judicial Watch "would interfere with the [DOJ´s] continuing litigation with Echoes of Vietnam:Israel surprised by Hamas’advanced tunnel network Washington Times, by Bill Gertz Dreadnought- 7/31/2014 10:50:56 PM Israeli military intelligence is facing criticism for failing to comprehend the network of tunnels and other underground facilities built by Hamas terrorists in the Gaza Strip. Dan Pollak, co-director of government relations for the Zionist Organization of America, said early estimates of Israel’s operation to root out Hamas rockets has diminished the terrorist group’s arsenal. Hamas‘ 10,000-rocket arsenal is now believed to be half that number. “We’ll see when the war was over,” Mr. Pollak said in an interview, “but it is clear that the underground tunnel complex was far more extensive than Israeli military intelligence understood.” Information that Israel
Second suspect in BrianTerry killing extradited Tucson Sentinel (AZ), by Paul Ingram Scottyboy- 7/31/2014 10:50:27 PM Late in the afternoon, officials with the U.S. Department of Justice announced that a second man suspected in the killing of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was extradited to the United States from Mexico on Thursday. Friday, Ivan Soto-Barraza is scheduled for an arraignment Friday at the U.S. District Court in Tucson. He is one of five defendants authorities say were involved in Terry´s death during a firefight near Peck Canyon west of Rio Rico in December 2010. “This marks another step forward in our aggressive pursuit of those responsible for the murder of Agent Brian Terry, who made the ultimate Clueless in Gaza Washington Post, by Charles Krauthammer Dreadnought- 7/31/2014 10:45:47 PM John Kerry is upset by heavy criticism from Israelis — left, right and center — of his recent cease-fire diplomacy. But that’s only half the story. More significant is the consternation of America’s Arab partners, starting with the president of the Palestinian Authority. Mahmoud Abbas was stunned that Kerry would fly off to Paris to negotiate with Hamas allies Qatar and Turkey in talks that excluded the PA and Egypt. The talks also undermined Egypt’s cease-fire proposal, which Israel had accepted and Hamas rejected (and would have prevented the vast majority of the casualties on both sides). “Kerry tried through Republicans deliver another self-inflicted wound Washington Post, by Dan Balz Dreadnought- 7/31/2014 10:42:13 PM Republicans may yet win the elections in November. They may end up in control of both houses of Congress come January. But in the final week before a lengthy August recess, they have shown a remarkable capacity to complicate their path to victory. The latest blow came Thursday in what has become predictable fashion: chaos in the House. Amid fractious infighting, House leaders abruptly pulled their alternative to President Obama’s bill to deal with the influx of Central American children crossing the border. What was said to be a national crisis turned into one more problem facing deferral. But there This is what an Israeliairstrike on a buildingin Gaza looks like Washington Post, by Sudarsan Raghavan Dreadnought- 7/31/2014 10:37:33 PM GAZA CITY – It was around 2:30 p.m., and the word had spread on al-Jalla Street. An Israeli airstrike was about to unfold. The target: a gray, concrete building of moderate height in the heart of Gaza City. Children gathered on balconies. Young men congregated at an intersection. Others placed bricks and tires blocking off a section of the street that ran past the building. A man in a tank top and shorts served as a traffic policeman, directing vehicles to take a detour. Cars stopped. More people stepped out, their eyes glued to the ill-fated building. And they all
Lifted by Economic Growth, ObamaSpeaks Optimistically of Policies New York Times, by Emmarie Huetteman NorthernDog- 7/31/2014 10:08:49 PM KANSAS CITY, Mo. — President Obama on Wednesday delivered an optimistic report about the effects of the administration’s policies in spite of congressional inaction, buoyed by the announcement that the economy grew more than anticipated in the spring. The president told a crowd of about 1,500 at the Uptown Theater here that the economic strides were starting to reap rewards, including putting the United States back on top with investors. “The decisions that we made to rescue our economy, to rescue the auto industry, to rebuild the economy on a new foundation, to invest in research and infrastructure, education — 112 arrested at protest againstUS deportations Associated Press, by Staff - 7/31/2014 9:39:49 PM WASHINGTON — Immigrant activists and religious leaders massed outside the White House on Thursday to protest against U.S. policies on deporting migrants in the country illegally, and police arrested 112 demonstrators they say blocked traffic. The protesters urged President Barack Obama to immediately halt all deportations. They also called on him to extend relief for migrants by decree and to protect Central American children crossing into the U.S. unaccompanied by adults. Minerva Carcano, a bishop for the United Methodist Church in Los Angeles, said such protests are needed to “raise a moral voice, because you do not hear from Jeff Sessions Holds The Line, BlocksDemocrat Immigration Travesty PowerLine, by John Hinderaker - 7/31/2014 9:26:45 PM There was high drama on the Senate floor this evening. Harry Reid brought on for a vote President Obama’s $2.7 billion proposal to support illegals from Central America who are flooding across the border, in the form of a supplemental budget request. An extremely knowledgeable Senate insider offers this blow-by-blow account of what happened: Harry Reid filled the amendment tree on the supplemental, meaning no amendments can get votes. Sessions offered a motion to table the filled tree with stated purpose of making room to get a vote on the Cruz amendment. “Filling the tree” has been Reid’s preferred strategy ‘Blame Cruz’ Is the New ‘BlameBush’ for Whiny Democrats PJ Media, by Stephen Kruiser - 7/31/2014 9:23:33 PM Aw, is someone sad? Rep. Chris Van Hollen slammed House Republicans on Thursday, saying members now have to check with “Speaker Cruz” to get any legislation passed. “It was Senator Cruz calling the shots, and that’s why people around here are calling him ‘Speaker Cruz’ today,” the Maryland Democrat said to MSNBC’s Alex Wagner. “It means when Speaker Boehner says he’s going to get something done from now on, he’d better be checking with Senator Cruz to see if he’s gonna get the votes because clearly the new leadership team isn’t up to the task.” It is perfectly understandable that
Gaza conflict: 72-hour ceasefire´agreed by both sides´ Telegraph [UK], by Josie Ensor - 7/31/2014 9:09:46 PM Israel and Hamas have agreed to a three-day ceasefire, the UN and US have jointly announced. John Kerry, the US Secretary of State, said he had assurance from both sides that they would honour a 72-hour unconditional ceasefire, during which time negotiations on a more durable truce would be discussed in Cairo. [Snip] "During this period, civilians in Gaza will receive urgently needed humanitarian relief, and the opportunity to carry out vital functions, including burying the dead, taking care of the injured, and restocking food supplies," he said, adding the ceasefire was jointly announced with Ban Ki-moon, the UN Secretary-General. IRS Strikes Deal With AtheistsTo Monitor Churches Investors Business Daily, by Staff anselm33- 7/31/2014 9:05:30 PM First Amendment: Government´s assault on religious liberty has hit a new low as the IRS settles with atheists by promising to monitor sermons for mentions of the right to life and traditional marriage. A lawsuit filed by the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) asserted that the Internal Revenue Service ignored complaints about churches´ violating their tax-exempt status by routinely promoting political issues, legislation and candidates from the pulpit. Confirmed: Illegal Alien KidsWill Be Going to PubliclyFunded Charter School in Texas PJ Media, by Bryan Preston - 7/31/2014 9:02:03 PM KRGV reports that a refurbished detention center in Karnes City, TX, will be used to house hundreds of women and children who crossed into Texas illegally. The center’s rooms, called “suites,” have only been used to house adult illegal aliens in the past, but with the recent surge of unaccompanied minors from Central America, it will now be used to house kids too. KRGV’s story says that the illegal aliens will only be housed at the center for an average of 23 days, or that’s the federal government’s claim. The facility includes flatscreen TVs in each suite, plus ping pong Exclusive: Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee’sStaff Threatens Taxpayer For Asking.About Her Impeachment Claims PJ Media, by Dwayne Horner - 7/31/2014 8:54:31 PM Congressional approval ratings are at a historic low, and after what has happened over the course of the last twenty four hours – I can see why. On the House floor Wednesday, longtime Democrat Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee made the startling claim that “We did not seek an impeachment of President Bush, because as an executive, he had the authority.” These are the moments when you say “Really?” The problem here is that Rep. Lee lied to the American People inside the People’s House. Good thing for her that when you make speeches on the floor of the House of
New Gaza humanitarian truceagreed by Israel and Hamas BBC News [UK], by Staff Attercliffe- 7/31/2014 8:52:44 PM A joint US and UN statement urged all parties to "act with restraint" until the ceasefire begins. Talks on a more permanent truce are to start in Cairo. [Snip] Israel says its operation in Gaza is designed to defend its population from attacks by Palestinian militants. ´Much needed reprieve´ Officials from both Israel and Hamas confirmed that they had agreed to the ceasefire proposal brokered by the US and UN. "During this time the forces on the ground will remain in place," US Secretary of State John Kerry and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in the joint statement. Candidate goes homeless toshow economic gap Associated Press, by Staff - 7/31/2014 8:49:34 PM SACRAMENTO, Calif.— The Republican candidate for California governor said Thursday he spent a week living as a homeless person in Fresno to highlight the disparity between the governor´s claim that the state is making an economic comeback and the reality faced by the working poor. Neel Kashkari, a millionaire and former Goldman Sachs banker who is far behind Gov. Jerry Brown in pre-election polls, released a short documentary about the six nights he spent sleeping in parking lots and on park benches, and wrote about his experience in an opinion piece published in the Wall Street Journal. Kashkari, 41, said Defense Panel:Obama Administration DefenseStrategy ‘Dangerously’ Underfunded Washington Free Beacon, by Bill Gertz - 7/31/2014 8:40:34 PM The Obama administration’s four-year defense strategy lacks funding needed for fulfilling global military missions and the U.S. military faces “high risk” in the world unless changes are made, according to a bipartisan report by a congressionally backed panel of defense experts. The report by the National Defense Panel, led by former Defense Secretary William Perry and retired Marine Corps Gen. John Abizaid, criticized the Pentagon’s Quadrennial Defense Review for outlining military responsibilities that cannot be met because of sharp defense funding cuts. The report concluded that the capabilities called for in the QDR Gag Baby Gag: The ClintonPolice State Cometh Washington Free Beacon, by Andrew Stiles - 7/31/2014 8:36:39 PM Political journalists are going to love the Hillary Clinton presidency. Judging by the way Team Clinton has responded to a series of books that are critical of the elderly homeowner and her philandering husband, it will be a real treat to cover them in the White House (again). According to Politico, for example, public relations representatives for the Clinton family have issued a joint statement condemning the recent publication of “trashy” books by Ed Klein, Daniel Halper, and Ronald Kessler, all of which reflect less than favorably on the Clintons. The spokesmen condemned the “despicable” authors, arguing that “their behavior should IRS commissioner: Evenif we find those lost emails,Congress ´won´t concede error´and will find something else to attack Washington Examiner, by T. Becket Adams - 7/31/2014 8:28:32 PM Even if the IRS recovers thousands of missing emails belonging to key officials involved in the targeting of conservative groups, congressional investigators will likely "go on to something else" and continue to hound the agency, according to IRS commissioner John Koskinen. Investigators “won´t concede error. They´ll say it was worth pursuing, which it is. Whether it was worth making a federal case out of it or not is another issue," he said in an interview this week with Tax Analysts, a nonprofit group. Certain lawmakers, he added, are determined to go after the IRS for any reason they can find. He claimed the emails, many of which belong to
Pelosi to Reporters on MidtermElection: ‘We Need You toBe Messengers...’ Cybercast News Service, by Terence P. Jeffrey - 7/31/2014 8:26:12 PM When asked at a press briefing on Thursday why her party´s message is "not resonating with the electorate," House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi told a room full of reporters “we need you to be messengers.” A reporter asked Pelosi: “So, you make this case about the skepticism that people have of this anti-government premise here. You talk about, you know, they’re riding this impeachment horse, and lawsuit horse, and all these things they are doing in the election. Why, for every political analysis that we see, and including top people in your party, don’t believe that the Democrats have a message New EMP fear: Missile attackover defenseless U.S. southernborder, killing 90% Washington Examiner, by Paul Bedard - 7/31/2014 8:23:50 PM A former Clinton-era CIA director is raising new concerns that Iran or North Korea will send U.S. civilization “to a cold, dark halt” by firing a nuke over America’s southern border, which is largely absent of missile defenses. R. James Woolsey said that the two rogue nations would copy the Russians, which launches satellites in an unusual trajectory that doesn’t send their gear over the northern border — the direction the Air Force anticipates a missile attack from. Woolsey is one of the nation’s leaders pushing Congress to defend against so-called electromagnetic pulse attacks. He and other government advisors fear Iran or Immigration Aide At Center OfBoehner-Gohmert Altercation Breitbart Big Government, by Matthew Boyle & Jonathan Strong - 7/31/2014 8:10:08 PM Speaker John Boehner´s top immigration aide was at the center of a heated dispute between the speaker and Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) at a closed-door conference meeting Tuesday, according to several people who witnessed the altercation. Gohmert, speaking to the audience of Republican lawmakers during an open mic portion of the meeting, asked Boehner whether Becky Tallent, the speaker´s immigration aide who has drawn fire from immigration hawks, had authored the House GOP bill to address the border crisis scheduled to be voted on Thursday. Boehner rose from his chair and told Gohmert to knock it off, that he was Source: Flight leaves for Liberia to
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CNN News, by Chelsea J. Carter* Attercliffe- 7/31/2014 7:54:39 PM A U.S.-contracted medical charter flight left Cartersville, Georgia, Thursday to evacuate two American charity workers in Liberia infected with Ebola hemorrhagic fever, a source told CNN. A CNN crew saw the airplane, a long-range business jet, depart shortly after 5 p.m. ET. The plane matched the description provided by the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity. [Snip] At least one of the two will be taken to a hospital at Emory University, near the headquarters of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, hospital officials told CNN´s Dr. Sanjay Gupta. White House´s ´Totally
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Breitbart InstaBlog, by Joel B. Pollak - 7/31/2014 7:54:01 PM White House spokesman Josh Earnest called Israel´s attack earlier this week on a UN school that was sheltering Palestinian children "totally unacceptable and totally indefensible." He did not mention that the Israeli military has said that it was being attacked by Hamas terrorists in the vicinity, nor did he note that Hamas has used the UN to store weapons, to launch rockets at Israeli civilians, or to attack Israeli troops--as even the UN has noted. The attack on the UN facility is certainly regrettable, and might--perhaps--even be unacceptable. But the attack is certainly defensible, and a defense was offered by Canadian
Defending an ally anddefending the Constitution Washington Times, by Tom Delay - 7/31/2014 7:14:20 PM Two outrages — one overseas and one right here in Washington — to deal with today, with our president on the wrong side of the issue in both cases. SEE ALSO: U.S. condemns shelling of U.N. school in Gaza First up, I think any friend of our embattled ally Israel has to be outraged by how President Obama and his top aides are treating the clashes now underway with Hamas in Gaza. From their very first responses to the crisis, you would almost think the administration was supporting the terrorists of Hamas over Israel. Tactically, the U.S. response has been bad enough, Family of Bronx Man Killed in Sucker-Punch Attack Stunned by Suspect Charge WNBC-TV [New York, NY], by Ida Siegal - 7/31/2014 7:02:59 PM A grieving Bronx family is stunned that the teen accused of sucker-punching their father and husband is being charged with a misdemeanor that could result in the suspect doing less than a year in jail. Ildefonso Romero Jr. died days after a teenage boy allegedly sucker-punched him outside his home on Thieriot Avenue in Soundview on June 21. Witnesses said Romero had been protecting a girl from local teens who were apparently causing trouble in the street, and one of the teens punched Romero. Romero fell and hit his head on the curb, and his son found him unconscious Ex-NASA ´hackers´ use ingenuity,technology to rescue first-evermoon photos Houston Chronicle, by Carol Christian - 7/31/2014 6:55:55 PM When a handful of former NASA employees decided to get serious about retrieving moon photos from 50-year-old analog tapes, they got a lot of negative feedback. "We were told by professionals it would cost millions, but we did it anyway," said Keith Cowing, co-lead on the Lunar Orbiter Image Recovery Project. At the end of March, the project celebrated processing the last of about 1,500 photos made by NASA´s lunar orbiters in the 1960s. The next phase involves preparing them for submission to the Planetary Data System, a public archive. Now housed in a converted McDonald´s restaurant on NASA property
Emory University expects Ebolapatient; Americans with disease worsen Los Angeles Times, by Christine Mai-Duc, James Queally - 7/31/2014 6:50:21 PM Emory University Hospital in Atlanta said Thursday afternoon it planned to accept a patient who has Ebola "within the next several days," but did not say in a statement who the patient was or whether it was one of the American volunteers who has the disease. Two American volunteers stricken with the Ebola virus that is spreading in West Africa were said to have worsened overnight, as U.S. officials considered options to evacuate them out of West Africa.Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol were in “stable but grave” condition in Liberia on Thursday morning, according to a press release from Language school blogger fired after bossconfuses homophones with homophobes andaccuses him of ´promoting gay agenda´ Daily Mail [UK], by David McCormack - 7/31/2014 6:46:00 PM A blogger for a school in Utah has lost his job after he wrote a post explaining what a homophone is and his boss accused him of promoting a gay agenda. Until his recent dismissal, Tim Torkildson worked as a social media strategist for the Nomen Global Language Center in Provo, a private language school which aims to help students with their English. One of Torkildon’s tasks was writing about the English language and his last post had focused on explaining what homophones are. Homophones are words that sound the same but have different meanings and often different spellings such Monica Lewinsky Lands NewContributor Gig Mediaite, by Eddie Scarry - 7/31/2014 6:39:27 PM Monica Lewinsky, famous for her late-1990s affair with then-married and sitting U.S. president Bill Clinton, has a new job. She’ll be writing for Vanity Fair. A Vanity Fair spokesperson told Politico that as of now, there’s no set schedule or subject matter Lewinsky is tied to, “but she and her editor are on the lookout for relevant topics of interest.” Vanity Fair published a first-person account by Lewinsky in June, wherein she revisited the sex scandal she’ll be forever associated with. On Thursday, she wrote a piece for the magazine about the internet’s power to tell her side Pit bull mauls Athens10-year-old, attacks cop Atlanta-Journal Constitution [GA], by Daniel Wilco snakeoil- 7/31/2014 6:20:20 PM An Athens-Clarke County police officer shot and killed a dog Tuesday after it mauled a 10-year-old boy and then attacked the officer, the Athens Banner-Herald reports. Police responded to a home at 9:46 p.m. after the attack was reported. A 14-year-old boy told the officer his brother had been bitten in the face by the family’s pit bull, the Banner-Herald reports. “(He) was visibly upset about what just happened and expressed his desire for the dog to die,” according to a police incident report, the Banner-Herald reports. The victim was nearby, holding a towel to his jaw. “I observed a large laceration
Two African Leaders Skip ObamaSummit to Deal With Ebola Bloomberg News, by Nicole Gaouette and Silas Gbandia SoCalGal- 7/31/2014 5:54:56 PM The presidents of Liberia and Sierra Leone plan to skip President Barack Obama’s U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit next week to deal with the deadly Ebola virus in their countries, as a White House spokesman said the outbreak won’t affect the conference. “At this point, there are no plans in place to alter the schedule in any way,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest said today of the three days of meetings planned in Washington.(Snip)The president of Guinea is still debating whether to attend the Washington conference, according to a State Department official who wasn’t authorized to comment publicly. The three countries will Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Male JusticesDidn’t Really Understand Hobby Lobby Mediaite, by Matt Wilstein - 7/31/2014 5:54:48 PM Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg became an even bigger hero on the left last month when she delivered a scathing dissent to the 5-4 decision in favor of Hobby Lobby, which is now exempt from providing certain types of birth control to its employees based on its founder’s religious beliefs. This week, she sat down for an extended interview with Yahoo News’ Katie Couric to explain why she found the decision so damaging. “Contraceptive protection is something that every woman must have access to in order to control her own destiny,” Ginsburg told Couric. While she said she “respects the Texas Governor Rick Perry: AmericaMust End ‘Ambivalence’ On Israel Associated Press*, by Staff - 7/31/2014 5:54:32 PM Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Wednesday criticized an American “policy of calculated ambivalence” toward Israel, a nod toward conservative voters as he considers a second run for president. The retiring Republican governor spoke at a pro-Israel rally outside Dallas’ city hall. Perry mostly refrained from attacking American policy in a five-minute speech, but said America must continue to wholeheartedly support Israel and that Israel was justified in defending itself. Several hundred people at the rally waved white-and-blue flags and cheered as he spoke. “America must be clear: Israel has the right to exist as a Jewish state,” Perry said, his Cold War II? World War III? American Spectator, by Micah Meadowcroft StormCnter- 7/31/2014 5:47:47 PM A reporter asked President Obama on Tuesday if ratcheted sanctions placed on Russia by America and the EU marked “a new Cold War.” The United Kingdom’s Common Defense Committee said Thursday that NATO is unprepared for further aggression from Russia. Roger Cohen of the New York Times has explained in the Atlantic why World War III is not so unimaginable after all. It has become apparent that Eastern Europe is unstable, and in a world knit tightly together by technology and treaties, that instability may prove for everyone inescapable. It is sobering to think about the repercussions and lessons of the
I Pushed the Lance Armstrong Lie:An Open Letter to Greg LeMond Daily Beast, by Mark McKinnon StormCnter- 7/31/2014 5:42:50 PM Dear Greg. Lance won’t say it but I will. I apologize. I believed in Lance’s lie. My wife had a very deadly form of cancer, and his story was a powerful elixir that helped us get through it. We called Annie “Lance Armstrong in a skirt.” And then for 10 years I served on the board of the Lance Armstrong Foundation, later the Livestrong Foundation, which did—and still does—truly great and innovative work for those living with and through cancer. But through all of those years, I was complicit in pushing the myth. And all I really knew about you was what I heard Census to give cheaterssummer (tough) lovin’ New York Post, by John Crudele StormCnter- 7/31/2014 5:39:56 PM The Labor Department is putting the screws to the folks who are cheating on the unemployment and inflation surveys. Sources tell me the Bureau of Labor Statistics is forcing the Census Bureau to change the way it fact-checks the surveys that produce some of the most important economic statistics compiled by the government. And that tells me the Labor Department must believe there are substantial irregularities in the numbers. I think it’s well past the time the Labor Department owns up to the fact that its surveys have been corrupted by manipulation. Now it needs to determine how far back this problem goes. Census produces Clintons on unauthorized bios:“Should neither be allowed nor enabled” Hot Air, by Ed Morrissey StormCnter- 7/31/2014 5:36:11 PM Thus do the Clintons move from thin-skinned to authoritarian. No one expected them to be happy with new biographies written by political opponents such as Ed Klein (Blood Feud) or Daniel Halper (Clinton Inc), given that the purpose of both was to rebut the anodyne, campaign-trail preparation of Hillary Clinton’s widely panned Hard Choices and the earlier memoirs from both herself and Bill Clinton. The genre of pre-election biographical critique/polemic has its controversies, but also a long history on both sides of the political divide. Candidates running for high political office, and presumed candidates who release books to get an White House Looking Into Medevac OptionsTo Bring 2 American Aid Workers DiagnosedWith Ebola Back To US CBS DC & Associated Press, by Staff - 7/31/2014 5:12:12 PM NEW YORK — U.S. health officials on Thursday warned Americans not to travel to the three African countries hit by an outbreak of Ebola. The travel advisory applies to non-essential travel to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. The outbreak in those West Africa countries has killed more than 700 people this year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say the risk of the deadly disease coming to the United States remains small. The last time the federal agency issued such a travel warning was in 2003 because of a SARS outbreak in Asia. At the White House, press
The 12 Worst Showson Cable News Mediaite, by Staff - 7/31/2014 4:55:04 PM Last week we made a few cable news PR flacks happy and listed what we consider the 12 best shows on cable news. And now comes the time to dispose of that good will. Without further ado, here are the 12 worst shows on cable news: – 12. MediaBuzz (Fox News) If there were an award for “Least Improved,” Howard Kurtz would win it. The former Reliable Sources host landed at Fox after leaving CNN and being fired from the Daily Beast for, as Tina Brown put it, “serial inaccuracy.” Whereas RS was (and remains) a smart, probing show, Kurtz’s new MediaBuzz is yet Dow plunges 317 points,Dow down for year CNN Money, by Melvin Backman - 7/31/2014 4:50:09 PM NEW YORK The best thing we can say about Thursday´s stock market trading is that it is now over. The Dow fell 317 points, erasing all of its gains for the year. The S&P 500 and Nasdaq fell sharply as well, each down about 2%. They gave back the all the gains they had made in July. Heavy selling overseas, driven by worries about Argentina´s latest debt default and more problems with a big Portuguese bank, combined with a slew of negative earnings and a disappointing outlook on manufacturing from the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago to drop stocks. The Senator: Obama’s ‘Hating’ Jab AtGOP Sounds Like Junior High Taunt Daily Caller, by Chuck Ross - 7/31/2014 4:40:38 PM President Obama’s remarks Wednesday that Republicans are “hating all the time,” sound like a junior high school-level taunt, according to Missouri Republican Sen. Roy Blunt. At the Kansas City, Mo., speech Obama complained that Republicans refuse to work with with him to address the nation’s issues. “We could do so much more if Congress would just come on and help out a little bit,” Obama said. “Stop being mad all the time. Stop just hating all the time. Let’s get some work done together.” In response to the dig, Blunt, a Republican, told reporters that Obama’s remarks were “the kinds of things that These New Revelations Prove Rick Perry IsNOT Backing Down From Obama On The Border Western Journalism Review, by Dr. Kevin ´Coach´ Collins Toledo- 7/31/2014 4:37:31 PM Remember the laughter and snarky comments from the Left and its Ministry of Information when Texas governor Rick Perry activated one thousand Texas National Guard soldiers for duty at the southern border? “Ha ha, they’ll just stand around like wooden Indians and watch ‘undocumented immigrants’ walk by,” we heard from people Beltway liberals who hate conservatives, especially conservatives with a drawl. The Left is about to get another lesson about underestimating those who live in “fly over country.” There is a local website (callthecops.net) that is reporting what Perry’s plan actually involves. Contrary to what has been postulated – even Exclusive - Polling Data Shows GOP VotersThink Republicans Standing Tough OnImmigration Most Important Issue Breitbart´s Big Government, by Matthew Boyle KarenJ1- 7/31/2014 4:36:32 PM Polling data compiled by Tea Party Patriots and provided exclusively to Breitbart News shows that a majority of Republican voters think Republicans standing strong on immigration is more important than repealing Obamacare, getting to the bottom of the Benghazi or IRS scandals—or anything else for that matter. When asked by TPP’s pollster which issue they think is the important for Republicans in Congress to deal with, 34.6 percent of GOP voters said stopping the flow of illegal immigrants across our southern border. Stopping Obama’s “illegal overreach” with executive power came in a distant second with 24 percent of GOP voters saying
Tucker Carlson, Kirsten Powers ClashOver America’s ‘Moral Obligation’To Illegal Refugees [Video] Daily Caller, by Brendan Bordelon KarenJ1- 7/31/2014 4:24:51 PM Fox News host Tucker Carlson and contributor Kirsten Powers bitterly clashed over the United States’ supposed “moral obligation” to illegal immigrant refugees around the world, with Powers invoking Christian principles and Carlson countering that “this is not a theocracy” and no one has “a moral right to American tax dollars and physical asylum in the United States.” Carlson — who is also editor-in-chief of The Daily Caller — and Powers appeared on Fox’s “Outnumbered” on Thursday to discuss growing opposition to President Obama’s handling of illegal immigration. As tens of thousands of illegal immigrant children cross the border claiming refugee status, Zombie GOP Bill Tried To SneakImmigration Boost [Updated] Daily Caller, by Neil Munro KarenJ1- 7/31/2014 4:19:56 PM The border bill that was apparently defeated by conservative GOP legislators would have greatly expanded the “unaccompanied alien child” loophole that is now being used by at least 80,000 Central American youths to win legal residency in the United States. “This takes a problem that is bad, and makes it worse,” a Hill staffer that wished to remain anonymous told The Daily Caller. In a dramatic confrontation, the bill was pulled from consideration once the GOP leadership could not find enough votes. However, GOP leaders are preparing to bring a revised version to the floor for a vote late this Not over yet? Border crisis billin limbo as Republicans huddle - 7/31/2014 4:19:24 PM A dramatic scene was unfolding on Capitol Hill on Thursday as House Republican leaders left open the possibility that the chamber could still vote on a border crisis bill -- just moments after punting on the legislation and sending lawmakers home. Earlier in the afternoon, House leaders abandoned the bill after failing to round up enough votes for it. Lawmakers then began heading out for the five-week summer recess. But incoming House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., then unexpectedly took to the floor to say "additional votes are possible," indicating lawmakers should stay. Boos could be heard in the House Obama remains confident in CIA headJohn Brennan despite Senate spying Washington Examiner, by Susan Crabtree JoElla Bee- 7/31/2014 4:08:52 PM President Obama remains confident in CIA Director John Brennan’s leadership despite an independent investigation that concluded that the agency had overreached its authority by spying on Senate staffers. White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the findings had not diminished Brennan’s standing in the administration. When asked whether it damaged his authority or credibility in any way, Earnest said: “Absolutely not.” Brennan first appointed an outside watchdog to conduct an investigation into the allegations, has “been candid” about the “inconsistencies” that the inspector found, apologized and took the step of appointing a panel to review the need for disciplinary action, he Sen. Tim Scott to be featured
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Post & Courier [Charleston, SC], by Staff - 7/31/2014 4:05:23 PM U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, (R-S.C.) will be among the speakers next weekend at a conservative, pro-family summit in Iowa, according to a story posted today on The Iowa Republican website. The story previews the Aug. 9 FAMiLY Leader´s Leadership Summit in Ames, Iowa. Among other speakers, the summit features five potential 2016 presidential candidates, including the past two winners of the Iowa Caucuses, Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum. [Snip] "Attendees might be coming to see some presidential candidates, but I wouldn´t be surprised if people walk away from the event talking about Senator Scott." Bears Storm the Street:
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Fox Business, by Adam Samson Original Article Posted By: - 7/31/2014 4:02:29 PM Post Reply Wall Street tumbled deep into the red as traders digested a slew of corporate news and took money off the table with stocks not far from record highs. As of 1:30 p.m. ET, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 221 points, or 1.3%, to 16660, the S&P 500 tumbled 28.6 points, or 1.5%, to 1942 and the Nasdaq Composite dropped 73.4 points, or 1.6%, to 4390. In a sign of the breadth of the selloff, every major sector was recently down by at least 1%. The biggest losers could be found in telecommunications, technology, energy and health care. Volume on
Israelis wish Kerry would just go away Tampa Tribune, by Douglas MacKinnon Hazymac- 7/31/2014 2:43:32 PM In his never-ending quest to win the far-left Nobel Peace Prize, John Kerry has deliberately put the security of the state of Israel at greater risk. Sadly, and quite dangerously, this is nothing new for Kerry. In January of this year, Israeli Minister of Defense Moshe Yaalon, recognizing Mr. Kerry’s self-serving endgame, said: “American Secretary of State John Kerry, who turned up here determined and acting out of misplaced obsession and messianic fervor, cannot teach me anything about the conflict with the Palestinians … the only thing that can ‘save us’ is for John Kerry to win a Noble Prize Christie trails Clinton by 9 pointsamong Ohio voters, new 2016 poll shows Star-Ledger [Newark, NJ], by Brent Johnson Ribicon- 7/31/2014 2:24:13 PM Trenton — A new poll on the 2016 presidential race shows Gov. Chris Christie´s popularity among voters in the swing state of Ohio is still lagging. The Quinnipiac University survey, released this morning, shows a larger percentage of Ohio voters see New Jersey´s Republican governor in a negative light than those who view him positively — 36 to 34 percent. At the same time, Christie trails Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton by 9 percentage points — 46 to 37 percent — in a mock-head-to-head matchup for the White House. That´s a 1-point drop from the group´s last survey, in May. Pentagon: Civilian casualtiesin Gaza ´too high´ Reuters, by Staff - 7/31/2014 2:13:31 PM WASHINGTON - The Pentagon called on Israel on Thursday to do more to protect civilian life during its military operations in Gaza, saying the conflict was taking too high a toll on civilians. "The civilian casualties in Gaza have been too high. And it´s become clear that the Israelis need to do more to live up to their very high standards - their very high and very public standards - for protecting civilian life," Pentagon spokesman Colonel Steve Warren said at a news briefing. Gaza officials say more than 1,370 Palestinians, most of them civilians, have been killed in the
House GOP pulls border billrather than see it defeated Washington Post, by Robert Costa & Paul Kane JoniTx- 7/31/2014 2:11:31 PM House Republicans pulled Speaker John A. Boehner’s slimmed-down legislation to address the brewing immigration crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border rather than see it defeated, amid a conservative revolt that the $659 million proposal did not address the core issues. Faced with certain defeat, Boehner (R-Ohio) pulled the legislation from consideration Thursday afternoon, according to guidance from leadership advisers. With more than 20 House conservatives opposed, Boehner did not have enough votes from his own Republican ranks because virtually all Democrats opposed the legislation. The resulting lack of action would end the congressional summer session in a familiar legislative failure, as House GOP kills vote on border bill Associated Press, by Erica Werner JoniTx- 7/31/2014 2:09:40 PM UPDATE: House Republicans have abandoned vote on border security bill in face of tea party opposition, the Associated Press reports. WASHINGTON — House Republicans moved toward a vote Thursday to address the immigration crisis on the border, after GOP leaders agreed to conservative demands for a separate vote aimed at blocking President Barack Obama from expanding deportation relief to millions. The surprise maneuver late Wednesday night appeared to be having the desired effect of locking down conservative lawmakers´ support for the $659 million bill to deal with the crisis involving tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors streaming into the U.S. A day before 9/11, Bill Clintonsaid he could have killedOsama bin Laden The Week, by Ryu Spaeth - 7/31/2014 2:04:20 PM It turns out that Bill Clinton had Osama bin Laden on his mind mere hours before al Qaeda attacked the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Speaking to a group of Australian businessmen on Sept. 10, 2001, Clinton said he once had the opportunity to kill bin Laden, but decided not to because it would have led to the deaths of innocent civilians. An audio recording of the remarks was released for the first time today by Australian media.Source corrected* Crumbling ghost ship, SS UnitedStates, fights to return from thebrink of the grave Washington Post, by Michael E. Ruane JoniTx- 7/31/2014 2:04:10 PM Susan L. Gibbs, wearing a sleeveless blue dress and sandals, holds a small flashlight as she descends into the interior of the crumbling transatlantic ocean liner. “Watch your step,” says the maintenance worker leading the way. Past the abandoned crew quarters they walk, their voices echoing, and into the cavernous room with the empty swimming pool, unused for 40 years. “Here we go,” she says. “Who wants to dive in?” A resident of Northwest Washington, she once got lost wandering this ship. “It was so strange,” she says. “You can get disoriented.” Farther into the gloom they descend, from C Deck
Why Mitt Romney is perfectlypoised for a comeback in 2016 The Week, by Matt K. Lewis tisHimself- 7/31/2014 1:59:36 PM Perhaps it says something about us that our most interesting presidential candidates swear they won´t run for president. This is true of Sen. Elizabeth Warren, and it´s increasingly true of Mitt Romney. As regular readers of this column know, I´ve never been much of a Romney booster. I´ve also expressed skepticism about the notion he would run again. But let´s not let "a foolish consistency" cloud our judgment. There is reason to believe that a third try wouldn´t be an absurd venture. First, in the intervening years since 2012 — and on a range of issues, not the least of which is Activists Launch Choco Pie-FilledBalloons Into North Korea Wall Street Journal, by Taylor Umlauf JoniTx- 7/31/2014 1:49:06 PM North Korean defectors and South Korean activists launched snack-filled balloons across the border into North Korea Wednesday. The balloons—containing cookies and Choco Pies, a popular chocolate snack–were launched from the border town of Paju in South Korea. The Choco Pies, distributed to workers at factories at the Kaesong Industrial Complex, a demilitarized zone, where both South and North Koreans work, were sold on the black market in North Korea and authorities in Pyongyang ordered the factory owners to stop handing them out. CIA confesses: Yeah, we hackedthe Senate’s computers Hot Air, by Noah Rothman JoniTx- 7/31/2014 1:44:22 PM In March, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) revealed that CIA Director John Brennan told her that the intelligence agency he leads had improperly accessed Senate computers and secretly removed classified documents while the agency’s War on Terror interrogation tactics were under investigation. Feinstein alleged that Brennan told her the CIA took that action because the agency believed the Senate might have accessed documents that they were not authorized to see. In a statement, Brennan said the Senate Intelligence Committee chairwoman had leveled “spurious allegations about CIA actions that were wholly unsupported by the facts.” While he confessed that the agency had Obama, Clinton could collide on Vineyard The Hill (Washington DC), by Rebecca Shabad JoniTx- 7/31/2014 1:40:03 PM President Obama and Hillary Clinton will both be on Martha’s Vineyard next month at the same time, The Boston Globe reports. Clinton is scheduled to sign copies of her memoir Hard Choices at the Bunch of Grapes Bookstore in Vineyard Haven on Aug. 13. She’s considered the 2016 Democratic front-runner for president if she decides to enter the race. The trip by Clinton overlaps with Obama´s Aug. 9-23 vacation at Martha´s Vineyard. The bookstore appears to only be a 25-minute drive away from Chilmark, Mass., which is where the Obamas will be staying, according to Martha´s Vineyard Times. It’s unclear,
Police: Loop executive killsself after wounding firm´s CEO Chicago Tribune, by Jeremy Gorner, Marwa Eltagouri* JoniTx- 7/31/2014 1:36:03 PM An executive of a Loop company shot and killed himself after critically wounding the CEO of the firm in a dispute over a demotion, police said. The shooting happened shortly before 10 a.m. in the offices of the ArrowStream company on the 17th floor of a building at 231 S. LaSalle St., police sources said. One of the victims, a 59-year-old executive of the company, was dead on the scene with a gunshot wound to the head, the sources said, citing preliminary information. The other man, the 54-year-old CEO of ArrowStream, was shot in the head and stomach and was It´s Time for Real Reform ofVeterans´ Health American Magazine, by Joseph Antos EagleBlurst- 7/31/2014 1:32:06 PM Congress is expected to adopt a bipartisan deal to improve veterans´ health care before it adjourns for a five-week summer recess. Representative Jeff Miller (R-Florida) and Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont), chairmen of the House and Senate Veterans Affairs committees, announced a $17 billion initiative that would help reduce the backlog of veterans who have had to endure long waits before receiving the care they need. The legislation addresses the immediate crisis, but it will not cure a system plagued by inefficiency, ineptitude, and worse. The Veterans Health Administration, part of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), made headlines 1000 Children Fleeing Violent HondurasHeading to Violent Chicago Cybercast News Service, by Susan Jones JoniTx- 7/31/2014 1:23:04 PM A thousand children said to be fleeing the violence in Central America will be welcomed to Chicago, where local children are routinely in the cross-fire of gang-related grudges. Mayor Rahm Emanuel, at the request of the Obama administration in which he formerly served, says he is working with local organizations to make room for up to one thousand additional unaccompanied children "traveling" from Central America to the U.S.-Mexico border in the coming year. “The influx of unaccompanied child migrants is a growing humanitarian crisis that we can no longer ignore,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel. “While we have our own challenges Humanitarian group arranging tobring American Ebola patientsto US for treatment Fox News, by Staff - 7/31/2014 1:22:57 PM The two Americans infected with Ebola in Nigeria are in stable, but grave condition as humanitarian organization Samaritan’s Purse works to bring them back to the U.S. for treatment. Yesterday, Dr. Kent Brantly, the second American stricken by the disease, was offered an experimental serum but only one dose was provided. “Dr. Brantly asked that it be given to Nancy Writebol,” Franklin Graham, president of Samaritan’s Purse said in a press release. “However, Dr. Brantly received a unit of blood from a 14-year-old boy who had survived Ebola because of Dr. Brantly’s care. The young boy and his family wanted to be
Illegal Immigration IsNow Obama’s Worst Issue PJ Media, by Bryan Preston - 7/31/2014 1:16:42 PM So says those radical right-wingers at the Washington Post. Immigration has emerged as perhaps President Obama’s worst issue — definitely for today, and maybe of his entire presidency — when it comes to public perception. A new poll from AP-GfK shows more than two-thirds of Americans (68 percent) disapprove of Obama’s handling of the immigration issue in general. Just 31 percent approve — down from 38 percent two months ago. Big surprise here. When you encourage and allow chaos on the border, Americans find you in disfavor. Obama has the unique ability to irritate everyone. The middle and right are Obama Mocks Republicans,Then Asks for Their Help Cybercast News Service, by Susan Jones JoniTx- 7/31/2014 1:11:56 PM As President Barack Obama accuses Republicans of wasting taxpayer money on a lawsuit against him, Obama himself is traveling all over the country at taxpayer expense, eating barbecue, raising money, and indulging his inner celebrity before adoring crowds. "We love you! We love you!" the people shouted in Kansas City on Wednesday. "Thank you," Obama replied, as he launched into a partisan speech, criticizing Republicans for blocking his liberal "opportunity agenda" and listing all the things he´s done on his own: "So some of the things we´re doing without Congress are making a difference, but we could do so much Afghan Teen Murders 3 U.S.Marines, Gets 7.5-Year Sentence Fox News, by Staff - 7/31/2014 12:53:40 PM Amid the continuing imprisonment in Mexico of a U.S. Marine, another apparent miscarriage of justice is being called out by the families of three Marines who were killed in an insider attack in Afghanistan. The attacker has been sentenced to just 7.5 years in prison by an Afghan court. Staff Sgt. Scott E. Dickinson, 29, Cpl. Richard A. Rivera, 20, and Lance Cpl. Gregory T. Buckley Jr., 21, were fatally shot, while a fourth Marine was wounded, when the Afghan teen opened fire at their base in Aug. 2012. The teen was being trained by the Marines to join the Progressive Leader Outlines Plan to ‘TakeDown’ Free-Market State Policy Groups Daily Signal, by Bruce Parker Judy W.- 7/31/2014 12:44:59 PM The recent Netroots Nation gathering, billed as a “giant family reunion for the left,” included a directive from one leader of a progressive state policy network to “take down” conservative state policy organizations nationwide. Arshad Hasan, who moderated a breakout session called “Stink Tanks in Your State: Inside the State Policy Network,” called on attendees to attack state policy groups from Michigan’s Mackinac Center to Vermont’s Ethan Allen Institute. “The next step for us is to take down this network of institutions that are state-based in each and every one of our states,” Hasan said. Your Heartland Institute, your Mackinac Institute and my McConnell to Obama: Quitfundraising, start leading on border Washington Times, by Stephen Dinan - 7/31/2014 12:30:07 PM Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell complained Thursday that President Obama has gone AWOL on the border surge crisis by refusing to try to work with Republicans on a bill to solve the problem. After initially laying out a series of reforms that could help speed up deportations, Mr. Obama has since retreated, Mr. McConnell said, after “he listened once again to his most partisan instincts instead of uniting Congress around a common solution.” “It’s exasperating for those of us who want to work toward bipartisan solutions. It’s confusing, I’m sure, to Democrats who share our desire to get something done.
Profs Blame Pro-IsraelBias for Stereotyping Muslims FrontPage Magazine, by Andrew Harrod - 7/31/2014 12:29:49 PM Arabs and Muslims have an image problem in media and entertainment as a result of a pro-Israel political agenda. So claimed Edmund Ghareeb and Jack Shaheen, professors at American and New York Universities, respectively, on June 11, 2014, before an audience of forty middle-aged individuals at Washington, D.C. Jerusalem Fund think tank. Ghareeb and Shaheen’s presentation, “Portraying Arabs: 30 Years Later,” commemorated their respective 1984 publications, Split Vision: The Portrayal of Arabs in the American Media and The TV Arab. Drawing upon personal experiences, Ghareeb decried a “lack of balance” in Middle East news coverage in Israel’s favor, although groups Sen. Blumenthal: Obama ‘Can GivePeople Who Are Undocumented Herethe Ability to Stay’ Cybercast News Service, by Tatiana Lozano & Abigail Wilkinson KarenJ1- 7/31/2014 12:20:08 PM Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) said Tuesday that although President Barack Obama “can’t make new laws himself” under the U.S. Constitution’s separation of powers, the president “can give people who are undocumented here the ability to stay.” “Article One of the Constitution says that ‘Congress shall have power…to establish [a] uniform Rule of Naturalization.’ Given that, does President Obama have any unilateral power to legalize illegal aliens?” CNSNews asked Blumenthal. “The President’s powers are limited to what the statute permits him to do,” he replied. “There are various ways that he can give people who are undocumented here the ability to The Loophole Is Obama FrontPage Magazine, by Ann Coulter SpeedMaster- 7/31/2014 12:15:03 PM It’s been reported everywhere — The New York Times, The Washington Post, Fox News — that the William Wilberforce Sex Trafficking Act requires that any non-Mexican children who show up on our border be admitted and given a hearing. (New York Times, July 7, 2014: “Immigrant Surge Rooted in Law to Curb Child Trafficking.”) The problem, we’ve been told, is that a loophole in the sex trafficking law mandates these hearings — or “removal proceedings.” But there is no such loophole. Harry Reid: Amid GOP´Sue-and-Impeach Show,´ Senate´Will Stay Right Here Working´ Cybercast News Service, by Susan Jones KarenJ1- 7/31/2014 12:14:15 PM As soon as they return from their five-week recess, the Senate will get to work, even on weekends, Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) announced Thursday morning. Reid said September could be a productive month, unless Republicans "keep up their sue-and-impeach show." The Senate, meanwhile, "will stay right here working until they (Republicans) finally get serious about giving the American people a fair shot." Reid announced that "every day between Sept. 8 and Sept. 30 is fair game. Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays -- we need to be here. I repeat for the third time here this morning, there is so much to Rick Perry´s four-day Iowa itinerary Des Moines Register, by Jennifer Jacobs StormCnter- 7/31/2014 12:11:49 PM Texas Gov. Rick Perry will be politicking at the state fairgrounds, a backyard barbecue, an ice cream social, a winery, a grocery store, a business association office and other classic Iowa summer political venues during a four-day swing here. Perry is one of six Republicans pondering a 2016 White House bid who will be in the presidential stomping grounds of Iowa next week. He´s here Aug. 9 through Tuesday, Aug. 12. "This trip continues the governor´s focus on the critical 2014 midterm elections," said Robert Haus, a GOP strategist in Iowa and a Perry adviser, "and the conservative leadership we need to
When Obama voters apologizeJust plain silence would work as well.
Study: Hundreds of rules passed by Obama administration are technically illegalSadly no rule on proper tailoring of orange jump suits.
The real Lois Lerner exposed in newly released emailThe word "smidgen" joins corruption history. Is a huge civil rights violation case coming up?
Hillary Clinton and the Decision to Intervene in LibyaA new whistle begins to blow.
Report today. More trouble on the way.
Blaming the flirtatious wife? Ex-Gov. Bob McDonnell’s trial turns tabloidFinally, things were getting so dull. Time for a touch of seedy.
House GOP Leadership BillSofter on Illegals than Cruz-Blackburn Border Crisis Legislation Breitbart´s Big Government, by Matthew Boyle KarenJ1- 7/31/2014 10:50:49 AM The language of the legislation that House GOP leadership will offer a vote on to win over conservatives on a border crisis bill contains significant differences from language Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) introduced a couple weeks ago. The original Cruz-Blackburn legislation prohibited the government from spending funds on issuing any new applications under the Deferred Action for Childhood Releases (DACA) program, as well as issuing any work permits to individuals in the country illegally. The new legislation prohibits the government from issuing “guidance, memorandums, regulations, policies, or other similar instruments” that would expand the scope Chuck Todd Ignores IsraeliAmbassador’s Request To Correct False Story Washington Free Beacon, by Staff mitzi- 7/31/2014 10:47:08 AM Part of the way through a live interview, Israeli Ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer asked NBC’s Chuck Todd if the network would correct a false accusation made by Gaza-based reporter and Hamas sympathizer, Ayman Mohyeldin. Mohyeldin claimed on Twitter and in a report for NBC News that an Israeli drone had attacked a UN facility, killing over a dozen civilians. The claim led to widespread condemnation of Israel. Yet an investigation proved that the cause of the explosion was a rocket from Islamic Jihad that fell short of its target in Israel, landing in Gaza. After Dermer asked Todd White House: Obama WouldVeto House Border Bill Breitbart Big Government, by Caroline May KarenJ1- 7/31/2014 10:43:48 AM If the House’s supplemental border bill were to make it to President Obama’s desk, Obama senior advisors would urge him to veto it. In a statement of administration policy, the Office of Management and Budget said it “strongly opposes House passage of H.R. 5230,” charging that the legislation would make the border crisis worse. “Republicans have had more than a year to comprehensively fix the nation´s broken immigration system, but instead of working toward a real, lasting solution, Republicans released patchwork legislation that will only put more arbitrary and unrealistic demands on an already broken system,” the statement read. The administration argues that
U.S. jobless claims turn higher oneweek after touching 14-year low MarketWatch, by Jeffry Bartash Emerson- 7/31/2014 10:37:17 AM WASHINGTON — One week after falling to a 14-year low, the number of people who applied for U.S. unemployment benefits rose sharply last week but remained near a postrecession bottom. Initial jobless claims climbed by 23,000 to 302,000 in the seven days ended July 26, retracing the entire decline in prior week, according to Labor Department data . The level of claims was in line with Wall Street expectations.Claims had fallen in the previous reporting week to a revised 279,000 — the number was initially reported as 284,000 — to reach the lowest point since May 2000. The economy 14 years Inflatable Frog Censored AfterComparisons to China´s Ex-Leader ABC News, by Staff NorthernDog- 7/31/2014 10:34:24 AM BEIJING - China’s newest celebrity is a large inflatable toad floating in the middle of a Beijing pond, but mentions of the giant frog have disappeared from some of China´s news and social media sites after some netizens pointed out similarities to Jiang Zemin, China´s retired leader. The 72-foot-tall inflatable golden toad has been the center of attention at Beijing’s Yuyuantan Park this summer. Children clustered around the lake, waiting to take photos with it. A toad is a good luck sign in China, with tales of them being able to spit out gold coins. “Wealth-beckoning toad” statues have long Manila to evacuatecitizens from Libya Agence France-Presse, by Staff SoCalGal- 7/31/2014 10:31:39 AM The Philippines was preparing Thursday to evacuate 13,000 citizens from Libya as violence raged and after a Filipino worker was beheaded and a nurse was gang-raped there.Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario was heading to neighbouring Tunisia to organise an evacuation as fighting resumed between militias seeking to control the Libyan capital´s crippled international airport. Mr Del Rosario said he was repeating a 2011 mission that evacuated thousands of Filipino workers during the uprising that toppled Libyan dictator Moamer Kadhafi. "Our major challenge, as in 2011, is to convince our folks that they must leave Libya at the soonest time to Booby-Traped Explosives Builtinto Walls of UNRWA Clinic Arutz Sheva [Israel], by Uzi Baruch, Elad Benari mitzi- 7/31/2014 10:31:11 AM Over 80 kilogram of explosive material built into rigged UN-funded clinic; no response from UNRWA. New details have emerged about the booby-trapped clinic explosion that killed three IDF Maglan unit soldiers in Gaza earlier this week - Sergeant First Class Matan Gottlieb, 21, from Rishon LeZion; Sergeant First Class Omar Chai, 21, from Savion; and Sergeant First Class Guy Algranati, 20, of Tel Aviv, hy"d. Over eighty kilograms of explosives were built into the UN-funded hospital´s walls themselves, it was cleared for publication Thursday - revealing that the clinic itself was built to mask, and perform, potential acts of terror
Not backing down: Obama toissue another executive action Washington Examiner, by Susan Crabtree KarenJ1- 7/31/2014 10:29:12 AM President Obama is following through with a threat to issue more executive actions, not fewer, one day after House Republicans moved forward with their lawsuit challenging the president’s unilateral policy-making. White House senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer said on Thursday Obama would issue an executive order aimed at “cracking down on federal contractors who put workers’ safety and heard-earned pay at risk.” Pfeiffer made the statement in an email sent to supporters blasting the GOP-led House for wasting valuable legislative time this week by holding the vote on the lawsuit, which passed the House 225-201, with only Republicans voting in favor. “This is Wisconsin Supreme Courtupholds 2011 union law USA Today, by John Bacon SoCalGal- 7/31/2014 10:26:04 AM Wisconsin´s controversial 2011 law that severely limited collective bargaining for public workers, sparked massive protests and drove the failed effort to recall Republican Gov. Scott Walker was upheld Thursday by the state´s highest court. The Wisconsin Supreme Court closed the book on the last of the major legal disputes over Act 10, ending a three-year legal struggle with its 5-2 decision. The decision could energize the political career of Walker, who is seeking re-election this year and has not ruled out a 2016 run for president. The ruling came in a lawsuit filed by the Madison teachers union and a union representing Milwaukee Wisconsin Supreme Court upholdsregistry for same-sex couples Reuters, by Jon Herskovitz and Brendan O´Brien SoCalGal- 7/31/2014 10:23:15 AM MILWAUKEE-The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a 2009 law that establishes a registry for same-sex couples, saying it does not violate an amendment to the state´s constitution banning gay marriage. The registry gives registered same-sex couples the right to hospital visits, family medical leave to care for a stricken partner, health benefits under a partner´s insurance and the right to inherit assets when a partner dies. The court said the ban on same-sex marriage did not include a ban on certain rights for same-sex couples. The same-sex marriage ban was approved by Wisconsin voters in 2006. Three years later, the registry was Who´s watching the kidswhen parents get arrested? USA Today, by Kevin Johnson KarenJ1- 7/31/2014 10:22:39 AM WASHINGTON — The Justice Department and police officials across the nation are directing their agencies to deal with thousands of children who are left behind following the arrests of parents, from surprise raids at family homes to roadside traffic stops. Few law enforcement agencies have policies that specifically address the continuing care of children after such arrests, despite an estimated 1.7 million children who have at least one parent in prison, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics. The number of children jumps to about 2.7 million when parents detained in local jails are included. "This is one of those situations whose
Lois Lerner: A PartisanHack, Not A Public Servant Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial PageTurner- 7/31/2014 10:21:18 AM Scandal: A congressional panel has released new emails from top IRS official Lois Lerner, revealing a boiling hatred for the conservatives she illegally targeted. So much for claims that she was just a disinterested bureaucrat. The latest batch of emails released Wednesday by the House Ways and Means Committee contained more than a "smidgeon" of hatred and intolerance from the IRS chief of tax-exempt organizations already famous for singling out conservative Tea Party groups for enforcement scrutiny. "Great," Lerner wrote to an IRS colleague who complained about conservative radio at work. "Maybe we are through if there are that many UPDATE 2-Sierra Leone declaresstate of emergency over Ebola Reuters, by Umaru Fofana and Kwasi Kpodo earlybird- 7/31/2014 10:20:31 AM FREETOWN/ACCRA - Sierra Leone declared a state of emergency and called in troops to quarantine epicentres of Ebola on Thursday, joining Liberia in imposing tough controls to curb the worst ever outbreak of the virus amid fears it could spread beyond West Africa. Ebola has been blamed for 672 deaths in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, according to the World Health Organization. It has also reached Nigeria´s biggest city Lagos, where authorities said on Friday a man had died of the virus. (Snip) But international airlines association IATA said the WHO was not recommending any travel restrictions or border closures due Israel presses ahead withGaza offensive; calls up16,000 more reservists Washington Post, by Sudarsan Raghavan* earlybird- 7/31/2014 10:15:16 AM GAZA CITY — Israel pressed ahead with its Gaza offensive Thursday despite international pressure, calling up another 16,000 reservists, after some of the fiercest days of fighting in the 23-day old war that has killed more than 1,300 Palestinians and more than 50 Israelis. Witnesses reported continued airstrikes and shelling overnight from Israeli forces on the tiny Palestinian seaside enclave, which is run by the militant Islamist group Hamas. And rockets from Gaza continued to be fired into Israel through the night Wednesday and early Thursday morning. Israel’s new call-up, which brings the number of reserves summoned to 86,000, came Former Clinton Press SecretaryEnsures Blackout of Book Toledo- 7/31/2014 9:57:40 AM Former Clinton administration press secretary Mike McCurry is quietly waging a campaign to quash coverage on a new tell-all book that exposes Bill and Hillary Clinton’s massive political empire. McCurry has successfully blocked Politico media reporter Dylan Byers from writing about the bestselling Clinton, Inc., written by Weekly Standard editor Daniel Halper, according to emails obtained by the Washington Free Beacon. McCurry, who spoke to Halper, now claims that he “only vaguely remembers” the interview. In the emails, McCurry tells Byers to abandon an article about the book. McCurry is just one of several Clinton loyalists who have urged the mainstream media to
Secretive far left network uncovered American Thinker, by Rick Moran magnante- 7/31/2014 9:32:38 AM Mediatracker, a website that tracks media stories and works for transparency in government, has uncovered a heretofore unknowm group made up of some of the most powerful and influential leftists in the country. The private Google group known as "Gamechanger Salon" features a veritable who´s who of far left heavy hitting political activists (snip)Like Journolist, the advantage of a group like this is that talking points and political attacks can be highly coordinated. Most of the biggies on this list are frequent media guests, and being able to closely coordinate responses to news of the days amplifies the message. It wouldn´t surprise Another report nails Obama for poorplanning, mismanagement, incompetence Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm SurferLad- 7/31/2014 9:32:14 AM Are you too picking up on the widening Obama administration pattern here of mismanagement, incompetence, no accountability and completely wasted taxpayer money? Yet another government audit out Wednesday, this one dissecting last fall´s ObamaCare roll-out debacle. [Snip] The new report from the nonpartisan General Accounting Office blames systemic problems such as poor planning, lack of follow-up, ineffective oversight and chaotic coordination. Expenses for the website alone stand at $840 million -- and that was last March! Magic Johnson’s son sips Champagne,shops Chanel in ‘#RichKids’ New York Post, by Dana Schuster Toledo- 7/31/2014 9:31:30 AM Magic Johnson’s son, 22-year-old EJ, is on a boat. Make that a 143-foot yacht. “Yachting is my favorite pastime,” says the 6-foot-3 NYU student who looks like a young André Leon Talley in his Gucci chiffon caftan, gold Chanel pendant and glamazon shades. . “Whether it is Friday, Saturday, Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday, honey, yachting is always cute,” opines Johnson as he pours glasses of Dom for his fabulous friends. It’s the premiere episode of “#RichKids of Beverly Hills” — and Johnson is making a splash. The Birkin-loving diva, who had a handful of cameos on Season 1, is now a regular on the E! series Jeb Bush quietly ramping uppotential presidential bid New York Post, by Ian Mohr tisHimself- 7/31/2014 9:29:45 AM Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has been traveling to New York in the past month to quietly meet with high-flying business leaders to ramp up interest in a potential presidential bid, sources tell Page Six. “He’s been meeting with groups of up to 15 people at private homes to tell them about some of his moderate points of view,” a source said. “He’s been meeting with Republicans, Democrats and independents.” Our source added, “They’re not fund-raisers. It’s for people here to get to know more about him. He’s said he has not decided whether he’ll run.” We hear that Bush was in town Confronting evil in Gaza -If not now, when? Aspen Times (CO), by Melanie Sturm AVFD15- 7/31/2014 9:15:57 AM Asked by a convert to distill the Torah’s essence, Rabbi Hillel — Judaism’s great sage — taught, “What is hateful unto you, do not do unto your neighbor.” Like the Golden Rule that roots most ethical traditions, Hillel’s first-century precept was aimed at inspiring a better society, one that brought order, dignity and peace to an otherwise cruel and warring world. That too much of the world still inhabits a darker moral universe — refusing to Think Again about its preference for violence, hate and death — is perhaps humanity’s greatest challenge. As Nazi-era refugee Albert Einstein understood, defending our
Obama’s friendly fire New York Post, by Editorial - 7/31/2014 9:05:32 AM How much better if the White House had said nothing, instead of issuing a fuzzy statement Wednesday condemning the shelling of a UN school for Palestinians in Gaza. It matters little that the National Security Council’s spokeswoman, Bernadette Meehan, did not explicitly accuse Israel of the bombing. Or that she went on to condemn those “hiding weapons in UN facilities.” The world understands the game. On the same day the White House issued its condemnation, the UN secretary general was blaming Israel for a “shameful” attack on “sleeping children.” Now, anything suggesting Israel and Hamas operate on the same moral plane is a victory Argentina blames USmediator for debt default BBC News [UK], by Staff - 7/31/2014 9:04:23 AM Argentina has blamed the US for its debt default, calling the mediator in failed talks "incompetent". Cabinet Chief Jorge Capitanich said his country was considering opening proceedings at international tribunals in The Hague after it was declared to be in technical default. [Snip] The bond-holders are demanding a full pay-out of $1.3bn (£766m). Argentina says the bond-holders are "vultures" using the South American country´s debt problems to make a big profit. The investors are US hedge funds that bought debt cheaply after Argentina´s economic crisis in 2001-2002. They are also known as "hold-outs" because they did not sign up to a restructuring of debt President, Business Groups Defend
Money-Losing Export-Import Bank
American Thinker, by Steve Stanek SpeedMaster- 7/31/2014 9:01:40 AM Rarely do some of the nation’s most powerful politicians and businesspeople laud banks that report big profits when in fact they have lost billions of dollars. But we’re witnessing this spectacle on behalf of the Export-Import Bank of the United States, which for many decades, and for good reason, has been called by its critics “The Bank of Boeing.” Its charter expires September 30, and a battle over its possible extension is brewing between the political establishment and reformers. The Export-Import Bank got its start in 1934. It’s a Great Depression-era relic that has always favored the largest and most politically powerful Dorkfish – Brazen Braggart
Whines as Victim
Conservative Treehouse, by Sundance earlybird- 7/31/2014 8:56:26 AM In an appearance on CBS News’ This Morning on Wednesday, Ventura engaged in an amateurish attempt to manipulate your emotions by simply insisting rather forcefully that you should not feel sorry for the woman who lost her husband to an assassin’s bullet who now has to pay millions to a professional self-promoter with a tenuous grasp on reality. Instead, Ventura insisted that he is the victim here. (Snip for video)“I’m already damaged,” Ventura said when asked if he had hurt his reputation by seeking restitution even after Kyle’s death. “I can’t go to a SEAL reunion anymore. That was the Pope Francis: Turn Off
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NBC News, by Staff PageTurner- 7/31/2014 8:54:29 AM Pope Francis has come up with 10 tips for a happier life, and one of them is to turn off the TV during dinner. In the interview with Argentine weekly Viva, the pontiff says staying plugged-in during meals stops families from communicating with each other. The pope also says that parents have to make time to play with their children and enjoy art and culture, according to a Catholic News Service translation of the interview. The Roman Catholic leader also says people should treat Sundays like family holidays, avoid criticizing others, steer clear of religious proselytizing, and work for peace. His HIV-AIDS Continues to Spread in
Region Among White Gay Men
KMOX (St. Louis, MO), by Kevin Kileen Scottyboy- 7/31/2014 8:49:22 AM ST. LOUIS - Gay white men taking chances is what St. Louis Health Department director Pamela Walker says is largely to blame for the some 250 new HIV-AIDS cases each year in the region. “HIV-AIDS is still primarily a disease of men who have sex with men,” Walker says. “It’s still primarily white, but there is a disparity of course in the city, with more African Americans.” Walker says the disease is spreading because people wrongly think AIDS has been cured, or it’s no big deal anymore. And they’re having unprotected sex. “They think it’s curable. They think it’s over,” she says.
Late Breaking News!Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said today that Israel would complete its goal of destroying Hamas' network of tunnels with or without a cease-fire. He said before a Cabinet meeting that this was just the first phase of the demilitarization of Gaza.(CNN)
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Gowdy Prepares for First Benghazi Hearing WLTX (Columbia SC), by Mary Troyan - 7/31/2014 6:37:16 AM WASHINGTON -The special House committee investigating the 2012 terrorist attacks in Benghazi will hold its first public hearing in September about changes the State Department has made to better protect diplomats, Rep. Trey Gowdy said Wednesday. Gowdy, the committee´s Republican chairman, also said the panel is gaining access to witnesses that didn´t participate in previous congressional investigations into the attacks. "I know I´m biased, but one of the good parts about running an investigation in a way that appears to be serious-minded is that witnesses who were previously unavailable or not interested in cooperating are now interested in cooperating," Gowdy Israel Vows to Destroy Hamas Tunnels Associated Press, by Peter Enav & Ibrahim Barzak StormCnter- 7/31/2014 6:30:28 AM JERUSALEM -- Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday that Israel will destroy the Hamas tunnel network in the Gaza Strip "with or without a cease-fire," as the military called up another 16,000 reservists to pursue its campaign in the densely-populated territory. Netanyahu´s vow came as international efforts to end the 23-day-old conflict seemed to sputter despite concern over the mounting death toll, with more than 1,300 Palestinians, mostly civilians, and more than 50 Israelis, almost all of them soldiers, killed since July 8. "We have neutralized dozens of terror tunnels and we are committed to complete this mission, with or without a Hillary Clinton and theDecision to Intervene in Libya Power Line, by Paul Mirengoff StormCnter- 7/31/2014 5:42:00 AM Hillary Clinton has been working full-time to control the story of her time as Secretary of State. That was the point of her clunky, largely unread book, and the point of her awkward, gaffe-laden book tour. Clinton argues (plausibly) that she wanted a more activist approach to Syria than that served up by her boss. She argues (implausibly) that she wasn’t really sold on the “reset” with Russia. As to Libya, Clinton’s priority must be to duck, to the extent possible, the political fallout from the killing of our ambassador and three other Americans by terrorists in Benghazi. But what about the larger
Israel’s fight today willbe yours tomorrow New York Post, by Ron Prosor StormCnter- 7/31/2014 5:37:15 AM In 1968, three members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine hijacked an Israel-bound El Al flight, diverting it to Algiers. It was one of the first terrorist hijackings in modern history. In response, Israel implemented a wave of unprecedented airport security reforms — including luggage checks and individual passenger screenings. For its efforts to protect passengers, Israel was scorned by the liberal elite for putting innocent travelers through an invasive and burdensome ordeal. Thirty-three years later, al Qaeda terrorists hijacked four US planes, crashing two into the World Trade Center. Today, Israel’s once “insensitive” policies have become Thank God John Kerry Wasn’tPresident Of The United States Daily Caller, by W. James Antle, III Pluperfect- 7/31/2014 5:27:43 AM Addressing the cool kids at Rolling Stone during his ill-fated presidential campaign, John Kerry attempted to explain his vote for the Iraq War. “I mean, when I voted for the war, I voted for what I thought was best for the country,” Kerry said. Then after taking a swipe at a Democratic presidential candidate who disrupted his coronation by actually opposing the war, he added, “Did I expect George Bush to f–k it up as badly as he did? I don’t think anybody did.” Fast forward more than a decade. John Kerry is now secretary of state. And things are certainly f–ked Half of air traffic controller job offersgo to people with no aviation experience Chicago Tribune, by Jon Hilkevitch Pluperfect- 7/31/2014 5:24:21 AM More than half of the latest batch of air-traffic controller job offers nationwide went to people with no aviation experience as part of a program designed to expand hiring among the general public, the Federal Aviation Administration said Wednesday. About 22,500 people without an aviation background initially applied. Of those, 837 were offered jobs. The remainder of the roughly 1,600 new controller slots went to more traditional applicants, including military veterans with aviation experience and accredited aviation school graduates. The hiring breakdown marks a major shift in FAA recruitment strategy, which is now geared toward trying to keep ahead of What the Nunn Campaign MemosConfirm About Money in Politics Wall Street Journal, by Linda Killian StormCnter- 7/31/2014 5:17:32 AM The internal memos and 144-page campaign plan prepared for Democratic Senate candidate Michelle Nunn are a fascinating if somewhat horrifying glimpse of the political industrial complex. The document–available here–was first made public by National Review. Much of the reporting so far has focused on internal opposition research in the memo exploring the potential weaknesses of Ms. Nunn’s candidacy. But I’d argue that the real revelations involve fundraising’s central role in every aspect of political campaigns. That’s not really news, but it is described in the memo in incredible detail. Ms. Nunn is advised to focus on fundraising “with relentless intensity” and to
Why Exposés of the Clintons Fail American Spectator, by R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr. StormCnter- 7/31/2014 5:14:21 AM In dipping into Daniel Halper’s interesting new book about the Clintons’ return from the grave that they had dug for themselves during their White House years (from an approval rating of 66 percent after his impeachment he plummeted to 39 percent upon leaving the White House to a chorus of pardon-induced Bronx cheers), a thought occurs: We have been reading these exposés about the malfeasance of the most corrupt presidential family in American history for over two decades! For some reason the scandals that these books reveal never sinks into the American mind. Today, despite Bill Clinton’s public record of Why the Pajamahadeen Shouldn’tWorry About the Rathergate Movie National Review Online, by Jim Geraghty MissMolly- 7/31/2014 5:08:12 AM From the midweek edition of the Morning Jolt: (Snip) Megan McArdle spits hot fury over the news that Mythology Entertainment is making a movie about the Rathergate memo scandal . . . based upon the book of CBS producer Mary Mapes, who contended that the story was true and that those bloggers in pajamas who kept proving it wrong — including, ahem, me — are all mean and liars and right-wing maniacs and so on. Mapes will be played by Cate Blanchett. Robert Redford is playing the man who reported the story on air, CBS News anchor Dan Rather. I’ll give House readies bill to stop Obama´simmigration order -- in advance Washington Examiner [DC], by Byron York StormCnter- 7/31/2014 5:00:10 AM On what could be the last lawmaking session before the summer recess, both House and Senate are preparing bills to one-up each other on immigration. First, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said that if the House passes a border crisis bill, he and Senate Democrats might attach the Gang of Eight comprehensive immigration reform bill to it -- a move that would clearly doom the whole border emergency spending effort. Now, House Republican leaders have written a bill that would stop President Obama from using executive power to legalize millions of currently illegal immigrants -- something Obama is widely thought Rushed HHS Let Contractors FumbleObamacare Website, GAO Says NBC News, by Maggie Fox & Joel Seidman StormCnter- 7/31/2014 4:56:44 AM A rushed team at the Department of Health and Human Services failed to plan properly or watch over contractors hired to set up and run the online health insurance exchange, setting it up for its spectacular blowout when it rolled out last October, according to a report to be released Thursday. And unless HHS acts, more problems could happen this year, the report warns. Federal officials had just three and a half years to design, build and launch the online marketplace from the time the Affordable Care Act was signed in March 2010 to the time it had to be ready
The World Wakes Up to the God Wars American Interest, by Walter Russell Mead & Staff StormCnter- 7/31/2014 4:51:32 AM France is opening her doors to Christians fleeing ISIS’s reign of persecution in Iraq. Al Jazeera has the story: “France is outraged by these abuses that it condemns with the utmost firmness,” Laurent Fabius, France’s foreign minister, and Bernard Cazeneuve, the interior minister, said in a joint statement on Monday. “The ultimatum given to these communities in Mosul by ISIL is the latest tragic example of the terrible threat that jihadist groups in Iraq, but also in Syria and elsewhere, pose to these populations that are historically an integral part of this region,” they added, referring to the Islamic State’s former name The real Lois Lerner exposedin newly released emails Washington Times, by Editorial StormCnter- 7/31/2014 4:48:35 AM Conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status had their applications denied by IRS bureaucrats who called them names like “crazies,” “rabid” and other words that can’t be printed in a family newspaper. The tax agency is supposed to be run by nonpartisan, career professionals, but the latest set of emails released by the House Ways and Means Committee suggest the agency is anything but. Until the scandal erupted last year, Lois G. Lerner was in charge of the IRS division overseeing tax-exempt organizations. Congressional investigators have spent months sifting through her emails — the ones that didn’t “go missing” — to find out Does prostitution ‘make moresense’ than working at Walmart? New York Daily News, by Victoria Taylor MissMolly- 7/31/2014 4:45:30 AM Turning tricks makes more financial sense than stocking shelves at Walmart. At least, that´s what some current and former members of the sex industry are arguing. In an article for Nerve.com titled “Why Prostitution Can Make More Sense Than Working at Walmart,” author and ex-escort David Henry Sterry says that he was drawn into the world´s oldest profession when he was a broke 17-year-old in Hollywood. Sterry says he was unable to support himself working at a fried chicken restaurant and was told he could make "real money" — $100 an hour — as a rent boy. "Economically, the only reason a person would The West Has Cornered Putin—andThat´s When He´s Most Dangerous New Republic, by Julia Ioffe Pluperfect- 7/31/2014 4:36:01 AM Today is not a good day to be Vladimir Putin. A game that the Russian president was winning so deftly in the spring has turned on him in summer: The Ukrainian military is bearing down on the pro-Russian separatists in east Ukraine, and there’s word that it’s on the verge of splitting the rebel-held territory in two and that two major rebel leaders have fled. Putin´s supporting these guys because of a position he staked out months ago, even though they’ve just gotten him into a whole lot of trouble by mistakenly shooting down a plane full of Dutch people.
Yes, It Could Happen Again Atlantic, by Richard Cohen StormCnter- 7/31/2014 4:29:42 AM Pessimism is a useful prism through which to view the affairs of states. Their ambition to gain, retain, and project power is never sated. Optimism, toward which Americans are generally inclined, leads to rash predictions of history’s ending in global consensus and the banishment of war. Such rosy views accompanied the end of the Cold War. They were also much in evidence a century ago, on the eve of World War I. Then, as now, Europe had lived through a long period of relative peace, after the end of the Napoleonic Wars. Then, too, rapid progress in science, technology, and communications Alison Lundergan Grimes ThinksIron Dome Goes Underground Washington Free Beacon, by Adam Kredo StormCnter- 7/31/2014 4:20:28 AM Democratic Kentucky Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes says Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system prevents Hamas terrorists from tunneling into Israel. Grimes was asked about foreign policy and the conflict between the Israelis and Hamas during a recent interview with the Lexington Herald Leader. Grimes’ response casts doubt on her grasp of the basic facts in the Middle East. “The Iron Dome has been a big reason why Israel has been able to withstand the terrorists that have tried to tunnel their way in,” Grimes was quoted as saying. That is not the case. Family members of Benghazi victimsconfident House probe will produce truth Fox News, by Catherine Herridge Pluperfect- 7/31/2014 4:11:39 AM Family members of the four Americans who died in the 2012 Benghazi attack told Fox News Wednesday that after meeting with members of the House committee probing the attack, they have never been more confident that investigators will get to the truth. They also said there was a surprising amount of common ground between Republicans and Democrats on the highly charged Benghazi Select Committee chaired by Rep. Trey Gowdy,R-S.C. Members of the Select Committee met for the first time this week with the family members, wrapping up Wednesday with a session with the ranking Democratic member, Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland. Charles Woods, Could the Ebola outbreak come tothe United States? Yes and no. CNN, by Ben Brumfield Pluperfect- 7/31/2014 4:07:01 AM A man boards a plane in Liberia with a slight fever. As the jet nears an airport in New York, his temperature rises; his throat grows sore. It´s the flu, he thinks after he lands, but he´s wrong. He´s caught the deadly Ebola virus. He soon dies of hemorrhagic fever while surrounded by family. Some of them catch it, and it´s like a flame hitting a fuse. The United States erupts in its first ever Ebola pandemic, as healthcare workers fight an uphill battle to contain it.Could what sounds like the plot of a Hollywood pestilence thriller really happen here? Well, yes and Israel Calls Up Another 16,000 Reserves Associated Press, by Peter Enav & Ibrahim Barzak Original Article Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/31/2014 4:01:26 AM Post Reply JERUSALEM -- Israel said Thursday it has called up another 16,000 reservists, allowing it to potentially widen its Gaza offensive against the territory´s Hamas rulers in a war that has killed more than 1,300 Palestinians and more than 50 Israelis. The new call-up follows another day of intensive fighting, in which tank shells struck a U.N. school where Palestinians were sheltering and air strikes tore through a crowded Gaza shopping area. At least 116 Palestinians and three Israeli soldiers were killed Wednesday alone. The move also coincides with stalled diplomatic efforts to end the war, which has claimed more than 1,360 Palestinian
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50,000 meals a day among outpouringof support for IDF Times of Israel, by Melanie Lidman Up2Here- 7/31/2014 12:51:51 AM MOSHAV MASLUL, southern Israel — It all started with a lemonade stand. “I took my kids, and I said, let’s go buy some lemons and make lemonade for the soldiers driving by,” said Doron Elbaz, the owner of a farm next to Moshav Maslul, a small town near the Gaza border.During previous conflicts, Elbaz had organized convoys bearing food for soldiers going into Gaza. But when the current operation started on July 8, it was still unclear what kind of troops would be on the ground and how many soldiers would be serving in the area. So he decided to Three IDF soldiers killed when explosivesdetonated within a booby-trapped UNbuilding in Gaza. UNRWA yet to comment. Arutz Sheva [Israel], by Elad Benari - 7/30/2014 11:38:24 PM The three IDF soldiers who were killed on Wednesday in Gaza, were killed when explosives detonated within a booby-trapped UN building in Khan Younis, Breitbart reports. An elite IDF tunnel unit was in the process of uncovering an opening to a Hamas tunnel located at an UNRWA (United Nations Relief and Works Agency) health clinic when all of a sudden the explosives detonated, causing the entirety of the building to fall on top of the soldiers. [Snip] The IDF has previously provided video evidence that Hamas fires rockets from inside schools and it is also known that Hamas has also Will the US Really Defend Japan? - Thread Closed The Diplomat, by Paul Sracic Thrasymachus- 7/30/2014 10:58:18 PM If the unthinkable happens, and the dispute in the East China Sea between Japan and China over the Senkaku islands (called the Diaoyu islands by the Chinese) escalates into a military conflict, will the U.S. military really come to the aid of Japan? This is certainly the implied position of the Obama administration, but would it be able to follow through on this commitment? If not, what impact will this have on future relations with Japan and in Asia? These are very important questions, yet no one is asking them; this is because no one thinks they need to be
US resupplies Israel withmunitions as Gaza conflict rages Jerusalem Post [Israel], by Staff Attercliffe- 7/30/2014 10:52:07 PM WASHINGTON--The United States has allowed Israel, waging an campaign in the Gaza Strip, to tap a local US arms stockpile in the past week to resupply it with grenades and mortar rounds, a US defense official said on Thursday. [Snip] Israel, however, did not cite an emergency when it made its latest request about 10 days ago, the defense official said, speaking on condition of anonymity. The United States allowed Israel to access the strategic stockpile anyway to resupply itself with 40mm grenades and 120mm mortar rounds to deplete older stocks that would eventually need to be refreshed. Bouncing Back, EconomyGrew 4% for Quarter New York Times, by DIONNE SEARCEY addicted_to_coffee- 7/30/2014 10:50:34 PM The United States economy rebounded strongly in the second quarter of the year, shaking off the negative effects of an unusually harsh winter and stirring hopes that it might finally be establishing a solid enough footing to put the lingering effects of the recession squarely in the past. The Commerce Department, in its initial estimate for April, May and June, reported on Wednesday that the economy grew at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4 percent, surpassing expectations. House Republicans voted Wednesday evening to authorize an unprecedented lawsuit against President Obama, escalating a separation of powers battle between Congress and the White House that is heavily tinged with election-year politics. Mr. Obama mocked Republicans, telling them to “stop just hatin’ all the time,” but GOP lawmakers said they felt boxed in, being unable to get their legislation through the Democrat-controlled Senate and having to watch as the president tweaks, waives or ignores laws Congress has written but which he dislikes. “This isn’t about Republicans and Democrats; it’s about defending the Constitution
Three years after Western powers helped Libyan rebels overthrow dictator Moammar Gaddafi, they have at least temporarily abandoned efforts on the ground to bolster Libya’s foundering democracy. On Wednesday, France evacuated its embassy in Tripoli, where warring militias have traded rocket and artillery fire over the past two weeks in the worst violence in the capital since Gaddafi’s ouster. French ships moved diplomats and French and other European citizens across the Mediterranean to Toulon, just days after U.S. diplomats left by road for Tunisia and then traveled to Malta, where they have set up an embassy-in-absentia.
Though Hamas started the latest round of conflict with Israel, it seems to have calculated--wrongly--that Israel would not launch a ground invasion. Members of the Hamas terrorist organization are reportedly so desperate for food after three-and-a-half weeks of war with Israel that they are seizing United Nations food coupons to keep their members fed--and to prevent them from surrendering to Israeli soldiers out of sheer hunger. The Jerusalem Post reports that senior Israeli military planners have concluded that Hamas is operating from a position of weakness, having lost much of its secretive tunnel network--and at least some of
When it comes to judging someone’s political ideology, many people and pundits end up arguing about labels and characterizations rather than the facts and the objective record. For example, I recall recently reading about someone who attended a Ready for Hillary meeting in Iowa who declared his concern about Hillary Clinton being a “corporatist.” A few recent articles refer to Clinton as a “centrist” or not a genuine “populist,” words meaning different things to different people. Fortunately, polling data show that most people make their judgments based on facts, not labels. When it comes to judging someone’s political ideology,
‘Big Bang’ star Mayim Bialikhelps send bulletproof vests to IDF Dreadnought- 7/30/2014 10:13:49 PM “The Big Bang Theory” star Mayim Bialik explained Wednesday why she is helping send bulletproof vests to the Israel Defense Forces. The Jewish actress and outspoken supporter of Israel wrote a brief blog post Wednesday afternoon, titled “Why I Donated Money to Send Bulletproof Vests to the IDF.” “1. I need to feel like I’m doing something,” she writes. “2. No matter what your politics are, soldiers sent into war zones deserve to be protected from enemy fire.” “3. Every soldier is someone’s son or daughter. Every single one,” she concludes, linking to a post she wrote on July 7. House Republicans authorizelawsuit against Obamafor presidential overreach Washington Times, by Ben Wolfgang and Stephen Dinan Dreadnought- 7/30/2014 10:10:48 PM House Republicans voted Wednesday evening to authorize an unprecedented lawsuit against President Obama, escalating a separation of powers battle between Congress and the White House that is heavily tinged with election-year politics. Mr. Obama mocked Republicans, telling them to “stop just hatin’ all the time,” but GOP lawmakers said they felt boxed in, being unable to get their legislation through the Democrat-controlled Senate and having to watch as the president tweaks, waives or ignores laws Congress has written but which he dislikes. “This isn’t about Republicans and Democrats; it’s about defending the Constitution that we swore an oath to uphold $5 million, $50 million or evenmore – just how rich is HillaryClinton? Here’s why we don’t know. Washington Post, by Alexander Becker Dreadnought- 7/30/2014 10:07:36 PM Ever since Hillary Clinton drew attention to her finances by claiming her family was "dead broke" when they left the White House, speculation has focused on a seemingly simple question: Exactly how rich are the Clintons? The answer, at least for the time being, is that there´s no way for the public to know. The couple´s wealth since Bill Clinton´s presidency ended in early 2001 has been generated largely from paid speeches, lucrative book deals and successful investments. Some of that wealth has been detailed over the years in the financial disclosure forms Hillary Clinton was required to file as
Western powers temporarily abandondemocracy-building efforts in Libya Washington Post, by Karen DeYoung Dreadnought- 7/30/2014 10:04:05 PM Three years after Western powers helped Libyan rebels overthrow dictator Moammar Gaddafi, they have at least temporarily abandoned efforts on the ground to bolster Libya’s foundering democracy. On Wednesday, France evacuated its embassy in Tripoli, where warring militias have traded rocket and artillery fire over the past two weeks in the worst violence in the capital since Gaddafi’s ouster. French ships moved diplomats and French and other European citizens across the Mediterranean to Toulon, just days after U.S. diplomats left by road for Tunisia and then traveled to Malta, where they have set up an embassy-in-absentia. Although Britain has not Report: Feds Release Far More IllegalAliens in Texas Than Any Other US State Breitbart Texas, by Kristin Tate - 7/30/2014 10:01:08 PM HOUSTON, Texas--Amid the border crisis, President Obama´s Health and Human Services (HHS) has been quietly releasing illegal immigrant minors onto U.S. soil. According to HHS´ Office of Refugee and Resettlement, a total of 30,340 unaccompanied minors have already been released from federal custody after being placed in a foster home. Although foreign minors have been set free in all 50 states, Texas has received far more than any other U.S. state. As of July 7, 4,280 illegal immigrant minors were released in Texas. (Snip) Several other states received a large number of the minors: New York: 3,347; Florida: 3,181; California: Website could provide easy accessto duplicating strangers’ keys WISH-TV [Indianapolis, IN], by Karen Hensel - 7/30/2014 9:59:42 PM INDIANAPOLIS — With $6 and a smartphone, you can quickly and easily get a copy of your house key. Unfortunately, so can people with more nefarious motives. An I-Team 8 investigation discovered that leaving keys unattended for just a moment can put you at risk. Hand your keys over for an oil change? Check your car with a valet? Leave your keys on your desk at work? I-Team 8 found easy access to keys in all parts of everyday life. Scanning the WISH-TV newsroom, I-Team 8 quickly found opportunities to use a camera phone to go online and get a copy of Report: Desperate HamasStealing UN Food Stamps to Survive Breitbart Big Peace, by Joel B. Pollack - 7/30/2014 9:52:54 PM Though Hamas started the latest round of conflict with Israel, it seems to have calculated--wrongly--that Israel would not launch a ground invasion. Members of the Hamas terrorist organization are reportedly so desperate for food after three-and-a-half weeks of war with Israel that they are seizing United Nations food coupons to keep their members fed--and to prevent them from surrendering to Israeli soldiers out of sheer hunger. The Jerusalem Post reports that senior Israeli military planners have concluded that Hamas is operating from a position of weakness, having lost much of its secretive tunnel network--and at least some of its popular
Exclusive: Illegal Alien CrimeVictims Invite Boehner, His FamilyTo Border, Plead for Enforcement Breitbart´s Big Government, by Matthew Boyle - 7/30/2014 9:51:02 PM Several family members of victims of horrific crimes committed by illegal aliens have invited House Speaker John Boehner to visit the U.S. Border with Mexico with them in a fiery letter provided exclusively to Breitbart News. “As you leave Washington, D.C. to vacation with your families, our families invite you and your entire family to spend the weekend in McAllen, Texas,” the victims´ family members wrote to Boehner and other lawmakers Wednesday. “We invite you to see firsthand the invasion and lawlessness that is destroying our beloved country, and how you (and others) have given de facto permission and unfettered access First lady asks leaders tochange gender attitudes Associated Press, by Staff - 7/30/2014 9:46:42 PM WASHINGTON — Michelle Obama called on young African leaders to change traditional attitudes and beliefs that harm girls and women, adding that educating and making women financially literate is not enough. "No country can ever truly flourish if it stifles the potential of its women and deprives itself of the contributions of half of its citizens," Mrs. Obama said. The first lady spoke Wednesday to the inaugural class of young African fellows who are getting six weeks of leadership training in the United States as part of the Mandela Washington Fellowship. "Leadership is about creating new traditions that honor the Obama Administration Suing Pa. StatePolice Over Physical Fitness Tests Daily Caller, by Chuck Ross - 7/30/2014 9:44:58 PM Saying that the physical fitness tests that the Pennsylvania state police uses to identify entry-level candidates are not job-related, the Department of Justice is suing the agency for sex discrimination since more men pass the tests than women. “Through the use of these physical fitness tests, Defendants have engaged in a pattern or practice of employment discrimination against women in [Pennsylvania State Police´s] selection process for entry-level trooper positions in violation of Title VII [of the Civil Rights Act of 1964],” reads the DOJ’s lawsuit. At issue are the state agency’s 2003 and 2009 physical fitness tests that are one Brown: California Willingto Shelter More Migrants Associated Press, by Olga R. Rodriguez - 7/30/2014 9:27:05 PM California Gov. Jerry Brown said Tuesday his state is willing to shelter more migrant children from Central America if needed but reiterated that the United States needs to find a long-term solution to the immigration crisis. "I would do everything I could to make sure California will do its part to shelter any young children that are in need of protection," Brown said after meeting with more than a dozen Central American religious leaders and Los Angeles Catholic Archbishop Jose Horacio Gomez in Mexico to discuss the surge of unaccompanied Central American youth and families illegally crossing into the United
White House Believes‘All Air Travel’ Here SafeDuring Ebola Outbreak PJ Media, by Bridget Johnson Dreadnought- 7/30/2014 9:24:07 PM The White House maintained today that the Ebola outbreak in West Africa “is not a risk to the United States at this time.” Two American aid workers in Liberia have tested positive for the virus, and a Minnesota man who had been working for the Liberian government died after taking a flight to Nigeria 10 days ago. The wife of 40-year-old Patrick Sawyer said he had planned to come visit Minnesota next month to see their three young children. “We are aware of the reports that U.S. citizens have been diagnosed with the virus. We have no higher priority than the protection of U.S. citizens overseas. But again, as the CDC has stated, Liberal interventionists silenton ISIS’s medieval brutality Hot Air, by Noah Rothman - 7/30/2014 9:14:45 PM The coldblooded atrocities being committed by the fundamentalist militants fighting under the Islamic State’s banners in Iraq and Syria continue unabated. ISIS militants in the north and west of Iraq are destroying ancient Christian and Shiite religious shrines unchecked, have robbed Christian Iraqis and purged them from the areas they control, and are now carrying out a virtually genocidal massacre of Shia Muslim men. In a video that was deemed too graphic even for YouTube, ISIS militants revealed their brutality for the world when they posted footage featuring hundreds of Muslim men being summarily executed. Exclusive: Report reveals ‘disturbing trend’of brazen attacks against border securityby gangs, drug and human traffickers Fox News, by Jana Winter - 7/30/2014 9:04:45 PM Exclusive: A game warden hit in the head with a rock while trying to seize a raft. Police officers wounded in an hours-long standoff with a gang member wanted for murder. Criminals spewing obscenities and death threats at local cops before asking for – and receiving – medical treatment. And that was just last week. A weekly report distributed by a Texas state agency to senior law enforcement officials paints a grim picture of the Mexican border, where authorities regularly confront illegal immigrant gang members and draw automatic gunfire from across the Rio Grande, and where local, state and federal authorities fight EPA to Republicans: You´re makingit ´very difficult´ to do our job The Hill [Washington, DC], by Tim Devaney KarenJ1- 7/30/2014 8:58:42 PM A top official at the Environmental Protection Agency said Wednesday he is troubled by a lack of trust from Republicans concerning the EPA’s new climate rule and plan to regulate smaller bodies of water. EPA Deputy Administrator Bob Perciasepe said he is trying to “build a bridge” with Republicans. “I can tell you my boss [EPA Administrator] Gina McCarthy would want nothing more than to build credibility with Congress,” Perciasepe said during a hearing at the House Small Business Committee. Perciasepe plans to leave the EPA next month, but before he takes off he has been making the rounds in Congress, offering to
Americans want adealmaker, not an ideologue The Hill [Washington, DC], by Lanny Davis KarenJ1- 7/30/2014 8:51:00 PM When it comes to judging someone’s political ideology, many people and pundits end up arguing about labels and characterizations rather than the facts and the objective record. For example, I recall recently reading about someone who attended a Ready for Hillary meeting in Iowa who declared his concern about Hillary Clinton being a “corporatist.” A few recent articles refer to Clinton as a “centrist” or not a genuine “populist,” words meaning different things to different people. Fortunately, polling data show that most people make their judgments based on facts, not labels. When it comes to judging someone’s political ideology, many Mother of Mexican teen suesBorder Patrol for her son´s death KGUN9-TV [Tucson, AZ], by Valerie Cavazos KarenJ1- 7/30/2014 8:40:59 PM TUCSON -- After nearly two years of no answers from Border Patrol, the mother of a Mexican teen killed 2- years ago has slapped the US Border Patrol with a lawsuit. Aricela Rodriguez is calling her son´s death a "brazen and lawless killing." The civil rights case is testing a recent federal ruling on law enforcement´s use of deadly force along the border. Family members and attorneys spoke Tuesday at a news conference outside U.S. District court in Tucson after attorneys filed a 10 page civil lawsuit against 20 Border Patrol and U.S. Customs and Protection agents -- identified only Dem Rep Accuses Border Patrolof Deliberately TorturingUnaccompanied Children KarenJ1- 7/30/2014 8:20:35 PM On Tuesday, members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus held a hearing on the humanitarian crisis on the ten of thousands of unaccompanied minors flooding across the U.S.-Mexico border. During that hearing, Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) likened the cold temperatures maintained inside the holding facilities to "torture." Despite temperatures having reached over 100 degrees in El Paso, TX, the location of a Border Patrol holding facility, the Illinois Democrat insisted that the children were "deliberately held in really uncomfortable situations." Jessica Jones, with the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service agreed with Thoughts on ‘Political Suicide’ andother tales from ‘Cloud-Cuckoo-Land’ PJ Media, by Roger Kimball KarenJ1- 7/30/2014 7:45:02 PM Having just returned from a stimulating colloquy at a semi-secure, undisclosed location among the California redwoods — a location, moreover, cut off from the always exigent importunities of the Internet — I find that our masters in and about Washington, D.C., have continued that long-running road show “Wrecking the United States of America.” The latest act, taking its place right alongside the three-ring circus of Appeasing Russia, Enabling Hamas, and Turning a Blind Eye Towards Iran, is the Great Disappearing Border Trick now showing in the southern most reaches of what we used to be able to call our country Senate Report Ties SorosGroup to ´Billionaire´s Club´Dictating EPA Actions Cybercast News Service, by Mike Ciandella KarenJ1- 7/30/2014 7:30:23 PM An "elite group of left wing millionaires and billionaires" fund "the far-left environmental movement, which in turn controls major policy decisions," according to a U.S. Senate report released on July 30. The report singled out, among other groups, the secretive Democracy Alliance, a group founded in part by liberal billionaire George Soros. The report stated that "DA flouts transparency and public participation as the group emphasizes secrecy in all its operations." It also said that the influence of the DA and groups like it could be traced through other liberal groups to environmental regulations mandated by the EPA. The Democracy Alliance is
Average Price of ElectricityClimbs to All-Time Record Cybercast News Service, by Terence P. Jeffrey KarenJ1- 7/30/2014 7:25:53 PM For the first time ever, the average price for a kilowatthour (KWH) of electricity in the United States has broken through the 14-cent mark, climbing to a record 14.3 cents in June, according to data released last week by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Before this June, the highest the average price for a KWH had ever gone was 13.7 cents, the level it hit in June, July, August and September of last year. The 14.3-cents average price for a KWH recorded this June is about 4.4 percent higher than that previous record. Typically, the cost of electricity peaks in summer, declines Obama to headline fundraisers Politico, by John Bresnahan & Anna Palmer - 7/30/2014 7:24:23 PM President Barack Obama will headline upcoming fundraisers for House and Senate Democrats, with more big dollar events starring the president being planned before Election Day, according to Democratic insiders. Obama will get top billing for an Aug. 29 fundraiser on behalf of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in Newport, Rhode Island, said Democratic sources. The president will also take part in a Sept. 12 fundraiser for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee in Baltimore, the sources added. House and Senate Democrats - who already have a huge fundraising advantage over their GOP counterparts - want Obama to appear at additional fundraisers Michelle Obama says the ´blood of Africa´runs through her veins as she addresses500 of her African ´brothers and sisters´ Reuters, by Staff Attercliffe- 7/30/2014 7:19:54 PM First lady Michelle Obama embraced her family’s African roots in a speech today, telling a young audience that the ´blood of Africa´ runs through her veins as she urged changing traditional beliefs on the worth of educating women. Her husband had shied away from discussing his African heritage in his own remarks to the 500 Africans finishing a six-week Washington leadership fellowship on Monday, referencing his Kenyan father only once in the question-and-answer session. But Michelle Obama said as an African American woman, her discussion with the African youth was ´deeply personal´. ´The roots of my family tree are in Lost in Translation PJ Media, by Richard Fernandez - 7/30/2014 7:18:02 PM It may come as a shock well-educated Westerners that Communists can be corrupt. (Snip) Despite the recent boom which produced goodies to go around, the competition between factions is so great that last week China was openly wracked by the biggest purge since the bad old days of Mao and the Gang of Four. To appreciate the scale of the purge, imagine a man with the police power of Eric Holder, the wealth of Bill Gates and the prominence of Al Gore arrested — together with US senators, former cabinet secretaries and hundreds of merely prominent people and headed for George W. Bush Writes Book About Father Associated Press, by Staff - 7/30/2014 7:17:22 PM New York - His paintings made news worldwide, but it turns out that former President George W. Bush has been working on another, highly personal project since leaving the White House: He has quietly completed a biography of his father, former President George H.W. Bush. Crown Publishers told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the book, currently untitled, will be released November 11. In 2010, Crown published the younger Bush´s million-selling memoir, "Decision Points." "George H.W. Bush is a great servant, statesman, and father," George W. Bush said in a statement issued by Crown. "I loved writing the story of
Mark Levin Rips ImpeachmentCritics: "Obama Should BeImpeached, But He Won´t Be" Real Clear Politics, by Ian Schwartz - 7/30/2014 6:10:57 PM MARK LEVIN: Have you noticed something in the last 48 or 72 hours about this word impeachment? Have you noticed that the Democrats and the RINO Republicans are playing games with our constitution? For the last six or seven minutes all over our favorite cable channel we´ve had via the news and the commentators going on and on about how the kooks have proposed impeachment but the Republicans have never really wanted impeachment. How the Democrats are proposing impeachment as a way to raise money. I sit here ladies and gentlemen and I say this: our country is being destroyed. And ´Kill switch´ tech cut iPhone theftsby 40 percent in San Francisco Christian Science Monitor, by Karis Hustad - 7/30/2014 6:10:45 PM Ever have your phone stolen? If so, it’s likely you wished for a “kill switch,” a button that would immediately disable your phone, rendering it useless to a thief and protecting your valuable data. Good thing Google and Microsoft will now join Apple and others in including a kill switch function to their operating systems and phones, following a New York State report that indicated a kill switch cuts smart phone robberies by up to 40 percent in some cases. This follows legislation in Minnesota that mandates all smart phones must have a kill switch. Smart phone robberies were at Paul Ryan: Obama´s ExecAmnesty Not ´High Crimes´ Breitbart´s Big Government, by Tony Lee - 7/30/2014 6:07:13 PM At a Christian Science Monitor breakfast Wednesday, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) said President Barack Obama´s lawless executive actions are not high crimes and misdemeanors worthy of impeachment. "I see this as sort of a ridiculous gambit by the president and his political team to try and change the narrative, raise money, and turn out their base for an upcoming election that they feel is not going to go their way," Ryan said, according to the Wall Street Journal. "[Obama´s executive actions do] not rise to the high crime and misdemeanor level." However, as Andrew McCarthy, the former federal prosecutor and author of
Land for gas: secret Germandeal could end Ukraine crisis Independent [UK], by Margareta Pagano - 7/30/2014 6:04:07 PM Germany and Russia have been working on a secret plan to broker a peaceful solution to end international tensions over the Ukraine. The Independent can reveal that the peace plan, being worked on by both Angela Merkel and Vladimir Putin, hinges on two main ambitions: stabilising the borders of Ukraine and providing the financially troubled country with a strong economic boost, particularly a new energy agreement ensuring security of gas supplies. More controversially, if Ms Merkel’s deal were to be acceptable to the Russians, the international community would need to recognise Crimea’s independence and its annexation by Russia, Pro-ISIS Demonstrators Call for“Death to Jews” in the Netherlands Newsweek, by Damien Sharkov NorthernDog- 7/30/2014 5:58:51 PM Jewish human rights group the Simon Wiesenthal Center has expressed its shock that protests in support of Islamic terrorist group ISIS have gone undeterred by Dutch authorities in the Hague. Two public rallies, expressing support for ISIS have been held this month, with chants advocating the murder of “dirty Jews from the sewers” heard at both. The first protest inciting violence towards Jews was held on July 4, while a second went ahead last week, on July 24, Dutch newspaper NL Times reports. Doctor Shimon Samuels of the Simon Wiesenthal Center addressed a passionate letter to the Dutch prime minister Harper blames Hamas afterIsraeli shells hit UN shelter in Gaza Canadian Press, by Staff - 7/30/2014 5:55:47 PM OTTAWA -- An unflinching Prime Minister Stephen Harper reiterated his government´s hard line on Wednesday on Hamas, Russia and Chinese cyberattacks. Harper said Hamas is solely responsible for the death and destruction in Gaza following almost a month of fighting between Israel and Hamas militants. His remarks, made following a job training announcement in northern Saskatchewan, came as the United States and the United Nations condemned the shelling of a UN school that was sheltering displaced Palestinians on the Gaza Strip. At least 17 people were killed. "Obviously no one likes to see the suffering and loss of Obamacare Website Has Cost $840 Million National Journal, by Sam Baker - 7/30/2014 5:41:19 PM The Obama administration has spent roughly $840 million on HealthCare.gov, including more than $150 million just in cost overruns for the version that failed so badly when it launched last year. The Government Accountability Office says cost overruns went hand-in-hand with the management failures that led to the disastrous launch of HealthCare.gov and the 36 state insurance exchanges it serves. GAO´s report, prepared for a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing Thursday, details a long series of management, oversight, and contracting problems that plagued the entire process, from risky contracting practices in 2011 through the
Drug-resistant malaria reachesSoutheast Asia borders, couldspread to Africa Reuters, by Kate Kelland mitzi- 7/30/2014 5:39:59 PM LONDON - Drug-resistant malaria parasites have spread to border regions of Southeast Asia, seriously threatening global efforts to control and eliminate the mosquito-borne disease, researchers said on Wednesday. The scientists, who analyzed blood samples from 1,241 malaria patients in 10 countries across Asia and Africa, found resistance to the world´s most effective antimalarial drug, artemisinin, is now widespread in Southeast Asia. However, the study found no signs yet of resistance in the three African sites it covered in Kenya, Nigeria and Democratic Republic of the Congo. "It may still be possible to prevent the spread of artemisinin-resistant malaria parasites across Cruz whipping tonight againstBoehner border bill Washington Post, by Robert Costa SpeedMaster- 7/30/2014 4:49:40 PM Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), an influential tea party leader, will meet with a group of House Republicans Wednesday to urge them to oppose House Speaker John A. Boehner’s plan to stem the flow of migrant children at the U.S.-Mexico border, according to several House members who plan to attend the 7 p.m. gathering at Cruz’s office. Cruz’s huddle is the latest example of the combative freshman senator wading into House affairs and serving as an informal whip against the leadership’s immigration position. It is also a direct shot at Boehner’s effort to pass his legislative package, hours before the bill The Conservative Case AgainstBoehner´s Border Bill Canada Free Press, by Conn Carroll SpeedMaster- 7/30/2014 4:38:19 PM Capitol Hill conservatives are not happy with Speaker John Boehner´s (R-OH) $659 million response to the unfolding humanitarian crisis at the Texas-Mexico border. They are circulating a series of memos, including the one pasted below, detailing why the Boehner bill will fail to solve the problem. From the memo: The bill does not address the cause of the problem – the president’s unlawful policies, particularly DACA. The bill does not actually require the president to do anything – the only thing it guarantees is that the president will get the money he requested. The bill appropriates money through 2015, creating a built-in budget cliff Shock: 80% of U.S. populationgrowth is from immigrants,resources being sucked dry - 7/30/2014 4:31:14 PM A group dedicated to saving the planet by cutting runaway population increases is raising a new and shocking issue in Washington’s bitter fight over immigration reform: Most of the nation’s population growth is from immigrants, and they are consuming resources dangerously fast. According to Negative Population Growth Inc., 80 percent of the growth in U.S. population comes from immigration, legal, illegal and among American-born children of immigrants. “With increased population, we see a direct increase in the problems our nation faces on a daily basis: pollution, over-consumption, traffic gridlock, crowded schools and hospitals, overburdened social services, unemployment, crumbling infrastructure, urban
Count Down to Impeachment Canada Free Press, by Tom Barak SpeedMaster- 7/30/2014 4:27:44 PM I am starting to understand how the people of France must have felt when they took to the streets under the shadow of the Champs Elysees in late August of 1944 to greet their allied liberators. It was a joyous occasion; young women tossing flowers, kissing the boys who fought for their liberation, signs proclaiming Vive De Gaulle as uncontrollable joy and exuberance washed over the euphoric crowd. But just beneath the celebratory cheer must have been a sense of dread and foreboding as memories of the dark tyranny of fascism that ground French freedom under the jackboot of their Dem Rep to Illegal Minors:´I Felt Ashamed´ of America Breitbart TV, by Pam Key - 7/30/2014 4:22:55 PM Tuesday at the Congressional Progressive Caucus´ Ad-Hoc Hearing on the humanitarian crisis of unaccompanied minors flooding across the U.S.-Mexico border, Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) said she "felt ashamed" her country has handled the influx of illegal immigrant children After hearing the stories of several children who made the journey alone across several countries and the chaos they were greeted with at the border holding facilities Lee said, "In listening to your testimony I felt ashamed and I ask my colleagues are you talking about America? Is this America, where you have fled and were treated as you were. So I want Victim of St. Roch attack: ´Theyjust wanted to stomp somebody´ Times-Picayune [New Orleans, LA], by Jonathan Bullington Ribicon- 7/30/2014 4:11:40 PM William Murphy set out Sunday night to pick up a few groceries at the New Orleans Food Co-op in the St. Roch neighborhood. The roughly three-block walk is one the 54-year-old home renovator said he´s made countless times since moving to the neighborhood in 2006. But what should have been a routine errand quickly turned into a harrowing encounter with a group of teenagers who left him bloody and battered. He remembers only flashes, he said, including the teens taking his laptop from his backpack but never attempting -- despite ample opportunity -- to take the $90 he had GOP Rep Calls on Kerry toResign Over Alienating Israel Breitbart TV, by Pam Key mitzi- 7/30/2014 3:59:32 PM Tuesday on Newsmax TV´s "America´s Forum," Rep. Jeff Miller (R-FL) said Secretary of State John Kerry has "alienated" the state of Israel and needs to go. The Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs said, "There is no question this administration has done more to alienate that very important ally of ours" adding "I think he just has a cloud over his head everywhere he goes ... It´s time from him to go."
MSNBC’s Ronan Farrow questions lackof racial diversity in emoji characters Washington Times, by Jessica Chasmar Fiesta del sol- 7/30/2014 3:51:56 PM MSNBC host Ronan Farrow took to his panel Tuesday to discuss what he perceives as a lack of racial diversity among emoji characters. Emoji, originating in Japan, describes the ideograms or smiley faces used in electronic messages, such as texting and social media.“Do you think there’s a limitation we’re suffering from in terms of the racial diversity of these emojis? Mr. Farrow asked linguist John McWhorter, who is black, Newsbusters reported. “No, I think that actually what we’re going to see more is a gender skew,” Mr. McWhorter argued. “Apparently women are more likely to use them and more richly.” West African Newspapers Warn:Don´t Eat Bats, Take Ebola-StrickenVictims ´to the Bush´ Breitbart Big Peace, by Frances Martel - 7/30/2014 3:38:23 PM The West´s coverage of the African Ebola outbreak-- now claiming more than 600 lives-- has focused extensively on the facts: the symptoms, victims, and the potential of it spreading past the continent. In the four affected countries, however, the media has written everything from warnings to avoid witch doctors to urgent calls for prayer. In Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Nigeria-- the four countries to have registered individuals contaminated with Ebola since the outbreak began in March, the media has focused on various localized aspects of the disease. Some have focused on warning readers how to avoid the Ebola virus Guatemala’s president: $2 billionought to help border crisis Human Events, by Marianela Toldeo - 7/30/2014 3:36:59 PM MIAMI — Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina says $2 billion in federal aid and other U.S. investment in Central America could help end the flood of migrants across the U.S. southern border. But it’s a fool’s game, says the leader of a charity serving immigrants from Honduras. “I think giving money to these governments is a serious mistake,” said Francisco Portillo, president of the Honduran Francisco Morazan Integrated Organization in Miami “Corruption in our country (Honduras) is huge, no limits. And the money they are talking about is coming from our taxes,” he said. Giving money to Central American governments in Guatemala, Honduras ´Stop Hatin´ All the Time´ :Obama Slams GOP Lawsuit Vote NBC News, by Staff Avanti1- 7/30/2014 3:35:04 PM President Barack Obama on Wednesday continued to slam Republicans for moving to sue him over his use of executive actions, calling the move a “political stunt” and urging Congress to “stop hatin´ all the time.” “They have announced that they are going to sue me for taking executive actions to help people,” he said during an event in Kansas City. “They’re mad because I’m doing my job.” Calling the vote a waste of valuable taxpayer dollars, Obama said Republicans are also taking time away from important legislation they should be addressing. Sen. John Thune aims at union corruption - 7/30/2014 3:22:47 PM A top Senate Republican is introducing legislation Wednesday that would restore financial transparency rules for labor unions that President Obama nixed shortly after taking office in 2009, The Washington Times has learned. The bill by Sen. John Thune, chairman of the Senate Republican Conference, would bring back three sets of Labor Department rules that were designed to crack down on union corruptions by required unions and their leaders to disclose more details of their finances. The rules were proposed under President George W. Bush but rescinded after Mr. Obama took office, one of several moves he made to benefit unions
´Sharknado´ sequel has bite anda storm of laughs as sharks sinktheir teeth into Manhattan Associated Press, by Frazier Moore - 7/30/2014 3:17:51 PM NEW YORK – Don´t worry about me. The Sharknado Evacuation map supplied by Syfy network places me, as a resident of Lower Manhattan, smack in the zone most in peril this sharknado season. But I´ll be ready. You might as well batten down the hatches, too. "Sharknado 2: The Second One" (which, if you hadn´t guessed, is an encore follow-up sequel to last summer´s campy classic) premieres Wednesday. The original "Sharknado" depicted a weather aberration on the Southern California coast that caused bloodthirsty sharks to rain on hapless Angelenos. But hunky beach-bar owner Fin Shepard (get it: fin shepherd?!) saved Gov. Patrick Signs Mass.Abortion Buffer Zone Bill Boston Globe [MA], by Denali Tietjen LittleHoodedMonk- 7/30/2014 3:12:07 PM Governor Deval Patrick today signed a bill that tightens security regulations regarding protests and demonstrations at abortion clinics in Massachusetts. (Snip) Under the new law, peaceful demonstrations are allowed within any range of reproductive health care facilities so long as they are non-threatening and do not block facility entrances. Protests that fail to comply with these rules are subject to dispersal or punishment by law enforcement. Demonstrations that impede clinic entrances will be immediately dispersed, an authority granted to police under the law. Once a written dispersal order is issued, dispersed protestors will be banned from coming Aide: Use of Ferrari, yacht were partof lavish gifts made to the McDonnells Washington Post, by Laura Vozzella, Rosalind S. Helderman* - 7/30/2014 3:04:42 PM RICHMOND — Arrangements were made for Robert F. McDonnell to drive a Ferrari. His daughter was given passes to the Ritz Carlton in Tampa. A boat was made available for a McDonnell family vacation. The third day of the corruption trial of the former Virginia governor and his wife, Maureen, opened with an assistant to a dietary supplement executive testifying to a laundry list of lavish gifts she helped arrange for the first family on behalf of Jonnie R. Williams Sr. Federal prosecutors are contending at the trial that the McDonnells used the prestige of the governor’s mansion to push Iraqi Christians´ nightmare USA Today, by Kirsten Powers Drive- 7/30/2014 2:58:24 PM Iraq´s Christians are begging the world for help. Is anybody listening? Since capturing the country´s second largest city of Mosul in early June, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has ordered Christians to convert to Islam, pay jizya taxes levied on non-Muslims, or die. The extremist Sunni group is also persecuting and murdering Turkmen and Shabaks, both Muslim religious minorities. Human rights lawyer Nina Shea described the horror in Mosul to me: "(ISIS) took the Christians´ houses, took the cars they were driving to leave. They took all their money. One old woman had her life savings of UCLA water-main break: Hundredsof cars remain marooned on campus Los Angeles Times, by Matt Stevens, Joseph Serna JoniTx- 7/30/2014 2:56:49 PM At least 700 cars remained trapped Wednesday inside two parking structures at UCLA after a 93-year-old water main ruptured, spewing up to 10 million gallons of water onto the campus and nearby streets. Using an online registration system to track vehicles in the university´s lots, campus officials have determined that nearly 400 of the marooned cars belong to students, almost 300 to campus staff, more than a dozen to faculty and about 40 to visitors. Officials on Wednesday said up to 300 of the vehicles were partially submerged in water and several hundred more were damaged. On Tuesday, firefighters helped Two new mysterious craters emergein Siberia, deepening giant hole saga Washington Post, by Terrence McCoy Original Article Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/30/2014 2:55:47 PM Post Reply In a chaotic world of downed planes, ethnic unrest and missile strikes, international observers settled their attention elsewhere earlier this month. They looked north to Siberia, a land covered in snow and layered in permafrost, where a strange and giant crater had just ripped open the earth. At the time, no one knew where exactly the crater had come from, what was at its bottom, or how it had come to be. There are sure to be even more questions now. Two new craters have emerged in Siberia, deepening the giant hole saga. Though not as big as the first crater, which extended hundreds of feet in diameter, these new craters are just as strange.
State Department approved 215 Bill Clinton speeches, controversial consulting deal, worth $48m; Hillary Clinton's COS copied on all decisionsWhat a con Bonnie and Clod had going. Think what she can do as president.
Catholic League slams Obama:‘Do Christian lives mean solittle to you?’ Washington Times, by Cheryl K. Chumley - 7/30/2014 2:00:29 PM The head of the Catholic League issued a scathing criticism at President Obama, posting on his group’s website an essay that pointed to all the Christians being beheaded by Muslim terrorists and asking: Doesn’t that matter to you? “Christians are being beheaded all over the Middle East because they are Christians, and those carrying out this mass murder are doing so in the name of Islam,” Bill Donohue wrote on his group’s website, Newsmax reported. “Yet you continue to say and do absolutely nothing about these unspeakable crimes. Do Christians mean so little to you?” White House condemnsIsraeli shelling of UN school LittleHoodedMonk- 7/30/2014 1:59:43 PM Washington - The United States is condemning Israel’s shelling of a U.N. school in the Gaza Strip that was sheltering displaced Palestinians. It’s the sharpest criticism the U.S. has leveled at Israel over the more than three weeks of fighting between Israel and Hamas militants in Gaza. White House spokeswoman Bernadette Meehan says the U.S. is also “extremely concerned” that thousands of Palestinians aren’t safe in U.N.-designated shelters in Gaza even though Israel’s military has told them to evacuate their homes. Gaza health officials say 15 people were killed Wednesday when Israeli tank shells slammed into the school. Democrats push making labororganizing a ´civil right´ Washington Examiner, by Sean Higgins - 7/30/2014 1:52:14 PM Reps. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., and John Lewis, D-Ga., plan to introduce legislation Wednesday to amend the National Labor Relations Act to make labor organizing a civil right. The change will make opposing unionization bids legally perilous for businesses. The NLRA already protects the right to form and join a union. Ellison and Lewis´ legislation would dramatically expand the powers individual workers have under the act by allowing them to sue their employer in federal court under the Civil Rights Act. The bill would also entitle workers filing lawsuits "to remedies like punitive and compensatory damages," according to a Tuesday press release. Currently most
Michelle Obama´s mom said she didn´twant to ´raise any kid of yours!´ Washington Examiner, by Paul Bedard KarenJ1- 7/30/2014 1:48:38 PM She is now considered the Grandma-in-Chief, but first lady Michelle Obama’s mother, Marian Shields Robinson, once told her daughter that after raising two kids herself, “don’t expect me to raise any kid of yours!” according to a rare analysis of her White House role. (Snip) “The whole time I raised [son] Craig and Michelle, I was telling them, ‘I raised my own kids, so don’t expect me to raise any kid of yours!’ ” Gibson wrote of Robinson, quoting from Bond’s book. Then, Robinson added, “just look at what I’m doing now.” Robinson was recruited to duty during the Obama’s presidential Rebel chief in east Ukraine bans swearing Agence France-Presse, by Staff LittleHoodedMonk- 7/30/2014 1:47:46 PM Donetsk, Ukraine - A top rebel chief in east Ukraine has banned fighters from swearing, saying it "spiritually demeans us and will lead our army to defeat", according to a document published on a Twitter account used by insurgents. Igor Strelkov, the self-declared defence minister of the unrecognised Donetsk People´s Republic said swearing in public places by rebel gunmen would be considered "a serious disciplinary infraction". "Swearwords of non-Russian origin were used by enemies of Rus to defile what we hold sacred," read an official order dated from Monday -- the 1,026th anniversary of the adoption of Christianity by Probe exposes flawsbehind HealthCare.gov rollout LittleHoodedMonk- 7/30/2014 1:38:59 PM A nonpartisan congressional investigation has concluded that management failures by the Obama administration set the stage for the computer woes that paralyzed President Barack Obama´s health care program website last fall, officials told The Associated Press. (Snip) Investigators found that the administration kept changing the contractors´ marching orders for the HealthCare.gov website, creating widespread confusion and leading to tens of millions of dollars in additional costs. Republican and Democratic congressional aides briefed on the report told the AP that it faults the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services -- MSNBC Primetime RatingsCrash, Worst in Eight Years Breitbart´s Big Journalism, by Warner Todd Huston KarenJ1- 7/30/2014 1:34:37 PM As July closes out, MSNBC has posted some of its worst ratings in eight years. The network came in third in total viewers and fourth in the key 25 to 54 age bracket for the month. In prime time, the network came in second in total viewers and third in the key demographic. This was MSNBC´s worst showing in prime time in the key demo since 2006. MSNBC was down 16 percent in total viewers over July of 2013 and was down a whopping 33 percent in the 25 to 54 demographic. It lost 16 percent and 25 percent in prime time
Democrats Warn Obama OverExecutive Overreach on Immigration Breitbart InstaBlog, by Dan Riehl KarenJ1- 7/30/2014 1:27:33 PM Democrat Senators Kay Hagan of North Carolina and Mark Pryor of Arkansas have both now warned Obama to not "take any steps without the approval of Congress" when it comes to dealing with the current illegal immigration crisis. “I’m not for government by executive order. He needs to have statutory authority before he acts,” said Pryor. Meanwhile, via Politico, a spokeswoman for Hagan said, “this is a problem that needs to be solved legislatively and not through executive action.” Additionally, Democrat Senators Landrieu of Louisiana and Begich of Alaska are also urging Obama to act with restraint. “We want him Hamas trained for anaerial attack in Malaysia YNet News [Israel], by Yoav Zitun LittleHoodedMonk- 7/30/2014 1:24:32 PM Hamas sent its elite forces to train in Malaysia in preparation for an attack from the air, a Nukba (the chosen ones in Arabic) cell commander admitted under interrogation. The plan was to execute an attack on one of the towns near the Gaza border; according to the suspect, who was arrested during Operation Protective Edge, the preparations for the mission were in their advances stages. (Snip) The suspect, who served as the commander of a cell in Hamas´ elite forces, was recruited into the Gaza-based organization in 2010. He trained together with 10 other terrorists who he had not previously known – a compartmentalization method Fire rips through Eastbourne Pier BBC News [UK], by Staff SoCalGal- 7/30/2014 1:14:31 PM A huge fire is ripping through Eastbourne Pier. It is believed the blaze broke out behind some wood panelling in the arcade building. Sian Ellis, a hotel manager in the town, said the pier was an "absolute red, molten, mess of flame and smoke". "We´ve just had another explosion there and it´s very, very frightening and hugely saddening for the whole of the town," she said. About 60 firefighters are tackling the blaze.The pier has been evacuated and there are no reports of any injuries. Mark Sawyer, who is the coxwain of Eastbourne Lifeboat, said: "The main structure is gone DOJ Sued for Records of Obama´s Effortto Grant Mass Clemency to Criminals Breitbart´s Big Government, by Tom Fitton KarenJ1- 7/30/2014 12:59:35 PM With little more than two years left in the Obama administration, President Obama seems to have given up on any pretense of abiding by his oath of his office as he seeks to accomplish his leftist goals. Perhaps the most obvious example is illegal alien amnesty. At first, the administration tried negotiating with Congress. When that failed, Obama simply nullified the law and implemented “deferred action” (amnesty) for young illegal aliens and virtually anyone else who had made it across the border and hadn’t gotten caught for doing something else terribly criminal. Congress, including a complicit Republican leadership, watched, complained
Obama to Republicans: ´StopJust Hatin´ All The Time´ Breitbart Big Government, by Charlie Spiering KarenJ1- 7/30/2014 12:56:06 PM In Kansas City today, President Obama complained that Republicans continued to oppose his agenda in Congress. “C’mon and help out a bit,” he said, addressing the GOP. “Stop bein’ mad all the time. Stop just hatin’ all the time. C’mon, let’s get some work done together.” Obama said that he still had a lot of work to do, including spending on roads and bridges, resources for fighting wildfires, and addressing the border crisis. “I know they’re not that happy that I’m president, but that’s ok,” he added. “I’ve only got a couple years left, let’s get some work done. Then you can get Jesse Ventura on Lawsuit Victory:“I’m Already Damaged. I Can’t Go toa SEAL Reunion Anymore” (Video) Gateway Pundit, by Jim Hoft KarenJ1- 7/30/2014 12:51:16 PM Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura joined the “CBS This Morning” co-hosts Wednesday to discuss the details of his legal battle with a former U.S. sniper. On Tuesday a federal jury awarded Jesse Ventura $1.8 million in his case against Kyle’s widow. The former governor told CBS: “I’m already damaged. I can’t go to a SEAL reunion anymore. That was the one place I felt safe. I can’t go there anymore. I’ll be looking over my shoulder now wondering who’s going to come after me next. And, so don’t think I come out of this unscathed. All I wanted to do was clear my name and it has nothing to do with a widow or anything like that. Actress Drew Barrymore´s half-sister found dead in National City KGTV [San Diego], by Staff JoniTx- 7/30/2014 12:46:30 PM NATIONAL CITY, Calif. - Sources tell 10News that a woman who was found dead in a car in National City early Tuesday is the half-sister of actress Drew Barrymore and daughter of actor John Barrymore. The woman was found inside the car in the 900 block of Hoover Avenue at about 6 a.m. Tuesday. The San Diego Medical Examiner´s Office confirmed late Tuesday night that firefighters responded and found her dead. Marta Lopez told 10News she was trying to leave for work, but a car was blocking her driveway on Hoover and 9th Street. She got out and walked over Why John Kerry´s Great ExpectationsWon´t Be Met By India NDTV [New Delhi, India], by Siddharth Varadarajan earlybird- 7/30/2014 12:43:10 PM The catechism of an "indispensable partnership" with India that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry repeated during the course of a rambling 5000-word speech on Tuesday cannot cover up the loss of faith that has crept into the relationship between the two countries. Kerry was speaking at the Center for American Progress in Washington, D.C. hours before his departure for New Delhi as the head of the U.S. delegation in its fifth annual Strategic Dialogue with India. Even without the added obstacle of having to reach out to an Indian leader that it had visibly snubbed for nearly a decade,
The Five Strangest Rules in Baseball Wall Street Journal, by Brian Costa Hazymac- 7/30/2014 12:42:26 PM At 240 pages, Major League Baseball´s rule book is dense, and it is only growing denser. Last winter alone, the league added three new rules and amended six others—and that doesn´t even count the two rules it has amended since this season began. But for all its love of new legislation, MLB has shown little inclination to delete rules that have long ceased being relevant. As a result, the rule book has become baseball´s version of the tax code, dotted with obscurities and oddities whose existence are unknown even to many players and managers. On the off chance that "Official Ex-IRS official Lois Lerner hatedconservatives, new emails show PageTurner- 7/30/2014 12:42:16 PM Newly released emails by Lois Lerner, the former IRS official at the center of the tea party targeting scandal, show “deep animus towards conservatives, which she refers to as ‘—holes,’” according to a House committee. The emails were among a batch of new evidence the House Ways and Means Committee turned over Wednesday to the Department of Justice (DOJ) in support of an investigation of criminal wrongdoing at the IRS. “Despite the serious investigation and evidence this Committee has undertaken into the IRS’s targeting of individuals for their beliefs, there is no indication that DOJ is taking this matter seriously,” Rep. Dave As Sanctions Pile Up, Russians’Alarm Grows Over Putin’s Tactics New York Times, by Neil MacFarquhar - 7/30/2014 12:37:11 PM MOSCOW — Russia, facing the toughest round of Western sanctions imposed since the Ukraine crisis erupted, has adopted a nonchalant public stance, with President Vladimir V. Putin emphasizing the importance of self-reliance and a new poll released Tuesday indicating a “What, me worry?” attitude among the bulk of the population. But beneath that calm facade, there is growing alarm in Russia that the festering turmoil in Ukraine and the new round of far more punitive sanctions — announced Tuesday by both European nations and the United States — will have an impact on Russia’s relations with the West for years to Rove: ‘Shame on Conservatives andRepublicans’ Fueling Impeachment Talk Mediaite, by Eddie Scarry KarenJ1- 7/30/2014 12:30:37 PM Karl Rove, former adviser to president George W. Bush, unleashed on Republicans and conservatives Tuesday who he says “helped” Democrats and the White House by calling for the impeachment of President Barack Obama. Referring to Obama as the “cynic in chief,” Rove said on Fox News’s On the Record that Obama is “suggesting a constitutional crisis” in an effort to “fatten the accounts of Democratic fundraising groups.” White House senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer said last week that Congressional Republicans may take the path to impeach Obama. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) has denied that he would seek impeachment. GOP House Majority Leader And So It Begins: ISIS Makes Inroadsin Terror Plagued Kashmir, India Gateway Pundit, by Jim Hoft KarenJ1- 7/30/2014 12:24:01 PM Islamic terrorists gain supporters in India. Youngisthan reported: While UN is mulling over including the fighters from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) to a list of war crimes suspects in Syria, security forces fighting militancy in India have a new worry at hand. The flags and banners of ISIS and Al Qaeda have made their debut in the terror plagued Kashmir. Yesterday, after offering Eid prayers at Eidgah, people started shouting anti-Israel and Pro-Palestine slogans to protest the Israeli aggression on Gaza. The call for 30 minute post-namaz protests was given by Hurriyat chief Syed Ali Shah Geelani. Reportedly, masked men
Whip Hoyer predicts few Demswill back GOP $659M border bill The Hill (Washington DC), by Mike Lillis JoniTx- 7/30/2014 12:19:12 PM An insignificant number of Democrats will side with Republicans in favor of the GOP´s proposal addressing the southern border crisis, House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) predicted Wednesday. Democratic leaders are already whipping against the $659 million package, largely because of a provision making it easier for authorities to deport the thousands of Central American migrants who have crossed the border in recent months. That change has been endorsed by at least three House Democrats — Reps. Henry Cuellar (Texas), Ron Barber (Ariz.) and Collin Peterson (Minn.) — but Hoyer is anticipating that few others in his caucus will back Army War College turns overplagiarism investigation toDepartment of Defense Associated Press, by Matt Volz Rama41- 7/30/2014 12:18:42 PM HELENA, Mont. — The Department of Defense has taken the unusual step of overseeing a plagiarism investigation being conducted by the U.S. Army War College against Sen. John Walsh of Montana, the college´s provost said Tuesday. The department will decide whether any discipline is warranted based on the recommendations of the school´s academic review board, Provost Lance Betros said. Normally, that decision is reserved for the school´s deputy commandant. Wendy Davis Needsto Be a Hero Again Texas Observer, by Forrest Wilder - 7/30/2014 12:17:02 PM In July, Wendy Davis went on a seven-city campaign tour to call attention to Greg Abbott’s “decision to keep explosive chemical locations secret from parents.” In case you weren’t following along, Abbott decided in May to block public access to information about hazardous chemicals stored at certain facilities, including fertilizer plants like the one that exploded in West last year. Quizzed by reporters later, Abbott said citizens need only “drive around” their neighborhoods and ask companies for the information. It was a hilarious and stupid thing to say. One imagines weary moms and dads packing the kids into the car Amid war, endgames in Gaza emerge Associated Press, by Dan Perry mitzi- 7/30/2014 12:14:09 PM TEL AVIV, Israel — The savage fighting between Israel and Hamas is escalating in Gaza, cease-fire efforts take on elements of farce, and bravado rules the public discourse. But even through the fog of war, a few endgame scenarios can nonetheless be glimpsed. For the moment, the deadlock is well-entrenched: As long as the crippling blockade of Gaza remains in place, Hamas says it will continue firing rockets at Israel — terrifying but mostly ineffectual, thanks to the "Iron Dome" defense system. (snip) While it is too early to say how all this will end, quiet diplomacy continues. There also Geraldo Unloads on Matt DrudgeOver Border Coverage: ‘Doing HisBest to Stir Up a Civil War’ Mediaite, by Eddie Scarry Original Article Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/30/2014 12:11:37 PM Post Reply Fox News’s Geraldo Rivera sniped at conservative blogger Matt Drudge over his website The Drudge Report’s emphasis on news regarding the U.S.-Mexico border. “Shame on Drudge,” Geraldo tweeted Wednesday. “His authoritative website has gone hysterical on issue of immigrant children. 14 stories like ‘Could Ebola sneak across?’” Drudge has admittedly placed an emphasis on linking to stories concerning the border. “I’m more obsessed with what’s going on with the border these days,” he said in a recent interview. The “Could Ebola sneak across” link Rivera specifically referred to in his tweet directs Drudge readers to an article at the right-wing World Net Daily.
Late Breaking News!Israel has called for a four hour humanitarian cease-fire. From 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. their time.
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Impending White House Amnesty Order ‘Would Be An Impeachable Offense’A little red meat from Dr. K.
Head of Benghazi probe says no witnesses off limits, including ClintonTrey Gowdy says everyone into the pool.
As fighting in Gaza rages on, John Kerry battlesFaint praise from the White House doesn't really help.
perception he’s a hapless bumbler
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House Panel Condemns Obama ForReassuring to see this has not gone unnoticed.
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More bad luck for Hillary magnante- 7/30/2014 9:32:09 AM If she weren’t such a ruthless and pathological power-hungry phony, I would almost feel sorry for Hillary Rodham Clinton. It’s starting to look as though 2016 may be another election like 2008, in which the presumptive nominee runs into sheer bad luck that ends up derailing her plans. She never anticipated in 2008 that a young, untested, almost unknown freshman senator would trump her “historic first” woman president candidacy with the “historic first” black president strategy. This time around, the problem is slightly different, although a freshman senator who can meet (but not trump) the “historic first” appeal exists in the The weird U.S. politics of 2014: Democrats
dream of Obama´s impeachment
Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm SurferLad- 7/30/2014 9:29:58 AM Here´s how twisted, even sadly comical, our politics have become under the once-promising, new-age Democrat president who was going to unite Americans in hope and change: Obama and his party now suggest Republicans impeach the man who has so often violates the law by rewriting the law to suit himself. And -- wait for it -- Republicans, who lead the successful impeachment drive against the last Democrat to serve two White House terms, are wisely resisting the useless idea. Ebola virus outbreak: live Telegraph [UK], by Staff - 7/30/2014 9:29:03 AM 14.20 An unnamed EU source has briefed AFP on measures being taken to control the Ebola outbreak in west Africa and further afield: We cannot rule out the possibility that an infected person arrives in Europe but the EU has the means to track and contain any outbreak rapidly. [Snip] There are an increasing number of cases now in the capital cities. The disease has an incubation period of 21 days and people do travel a lot. And it´s becoming harder and harder to find local personnel to look after the sick in the countries affected.
Why Criminals Are Afraid
of Classical Music
American Thinker, by Enza Ferreri ScarletPimpernel- 7/30/2014 9:26:20 AM Many young people, especially the anti-social, dislike classical music so much that it can be played to discourage them from intimidating, harassing and robbing. This experiment has been successful over many years in countless locations. The earliest occurrence was in the mid-1980s, when Canadian outlets of 7-Eleven played easy listening and classical music to disperse teenagers loitering outside. After that, companies from McDonald's to Co-op, transport authorities, housing estates and shopping malls around the world have employed this method. In the UK, the first to do so was the Tyne-and-Wear Metro system in 1997, following Montreal’s underground system in Canada. CA Union Wants Convicted Cop
Killer Compared to MLK Jr. in
Fox News, by Staff KarenJ1- 7/30/2014 9:21:56 AM Megyn Kelly tonight took on Johanna Fernandez, coordinator for Campaign to Bring Mumia Home, over a union-backed plan to teach students about convicted cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal. A California labor union wants a school district to teach children that Abu-Jamal is a civil rights hero, comparing him to Martin Luther King, Jr. Kelly asked Fernandez: Why would you want students being taught that Abu-Jamal is like King? Fernandez said that just because Abu-Jamal was convicted doesn’t mean he’s guilty. Watch their fiery debate above. Patent workers paid to exercise, shop
and do chores, investigation reveals
Washington Times, by Jim McElhatton KarenJ1- 7/30/2014 9:13:37 AM Dozens of employees working for an obscure federal agency went years with little work to do, allowing them to collect salaries and bonuses while they shopped online, caught up on chores, watched television or walked the dog, an investigation revealed Tuesday. The probe by the Commerce Department’s inspector general found that paralegals at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s appeals board were paid more than $5 million for their time even though there was so little work for them to do that supervisors didn’t care how they used it. “I almost don’t blame [paralegals] for watching TV because, I mean, you’re sitting Mitt Romney was right about everything
in 2012. So why not Romney 2016?
Telegraph [UK], by Tim Stanley Attercliffe- 7/30/2014 9:00:33 AM Will Mitt Romney please adopt me? The Romster has been blogging about a fantastic vacation he’s taken his grandchildren on across the southwest (go there before the barbarians cover it in cable cars) and it sounds much nicer than the holidays I took as a kid. “All totaled, we hiked over 50 miles,” he writes. [Snip] But is he right to throw away a third bid so easily? Critics may laugh at the thought of “Romney 2016: the Last Stand” and journalists may cringe at the potential boredom. Yet it’s not such a dumb idea. After all, the polls show
Hamas Intensifies Barrage as Israel
Agrees to 4-Hour Ceasefire
Arutz Sheva [Israel], by Staff Attercliffe- 7/30/2014 8:56:19 AM The Israeli government has agreed to a temporary humanitarian ceasefire starting at 15:00 today (Wednesday). "The IDF (army) has authorized a temporary window in the Gaza Strip. The window will commence today between 15:00-19:00 (1200 - 1600 GMT)," it said. But the lull would not apply in areas where ground troops were "currently operating", it said. The four-hour ceasefire was declared as the Security Cabinet meets at IDF headquarters in Tel Aviv to discuss whether to expand or end Operation Protective Edge, after 23 days of fighting in Gaza. It comes as the IDF has stepped up its operations against House Panel Condemns Obama
For Bergdahl Swap With Taliban
Scottyboy- 7/30/2014 8:54:42 AM WASHINGTON — A bitterly divided House panel on Tuesday voted to condemn President Barack Obama for the swap of five Taliban leaders for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was held prisoner in Afghanistan for five years.(snip) The vote was 34-25 with two Democrats — Reps. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii and Mike McIntyre of North Carolina — joining Republicans in support of the measure. The bipartisan resolution raises national security concerns about the transfer of the five Taliban, who had been held at the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for more than a decade, and the “repercussions of negotiating with terrorists.” The Poll: Americans cool to
Associated Press, by Jennifer Agiesta and Elliot Spagat M2- 7/30/2014 8:43:13 AM Americans are wary of granting refugee status to children crossing the U.S. border to flee strife-torn countries in Central America, and most in an Associated Press-GfK poll say the U.S. does not have a moral obligation to accept asylum seekers generally. The new poll found 53 percent of Americans believe the United States has no moral obligation to offer asylum to people who escape violence or political persecution, while 44 percent believe it has that responsibility. Hillary Clinton on Redskins
Name: ‘It’s Insensitive’
WNEW-FM (MD), by Staff Scottyboy- 7/30/2014 8:42:57 AM LANHAM, Md. - Potential 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton says the Washington Redskins name is “insensitive,” becoming the latest politician to publicly call for the team to change its name. “I think it’s insensitive and I think there’s no reason for it to continue as the name of a team in our nation’s capital,” the former Secretary of State said in an interview with Fusion TV. “I would love to see the owners think hard about what they could substitute.” Asked if she had any suggestions for a new team name should Redskins owner Daniel Snyder ever decide to change
Appeals Court Allows Display
of World Trade Center Cross
Associated Press, by Staff M2- 7/30/2014 8:37:01 AM A federal appeals court has rejected a lawsuit by an atheist group seeking to stop the display of a cross-shaped steel beam found among the World Trade Center´s wreckage. The 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday sided with a federal judge´s ruling last year that the decision to include the beam in the National September 11 Memorial & Museum did not advance religion impermissibly. Fury in poverty-stricken Argentina as
Cristina Kirchner is accused of spending
£20,000 a day having newspapers
delivered to her by Presidential jet
Daily Mail [UK], by Jill Reilly Attercliffe- 7/30/2014 8:29:33 AM Argentinian president Cristina Kirchner has been accused of spending close to £20,000 a day to have the presidential plane bring her the daily newspapers while she was on holiday. An Argentinian television claims she had the papers flown to the town of Rio Gallegos, in the south Argentinian province of Santa Cruz. Footage aired on the programme shows a paper boy leaving the plane in Santa Cruz airport with the newspapers that were then delivered to the president at her house. The presenter said: ´We want someone to explain why the president spends so much to get the daily paper Christian Mother Sentenced
to Death in Sudan Expected in
New Hampshire This Week
Breitbart, by Awr Hawkins M2- 7/30/2014 8:18:18 AM Some time this week, 27-year-old Meriam Ibrahim is expected to arrive among relatives in Manchester, New Hampshire. She made international news for being sentenced to death in Sudan for her Christian faith, but she was able to get to Rome on July 24 and will be in Manchester soon. According to the Washington Examiner, "she and her family fled Sudan following the overturning of her conviction in late June." However, she was arrested again for allegedly "falsifying travel documents" as she and her family tried to get to the United States. Gaza Continued: What Do
We Do About the UN?
PJ Media, by Roger L. Simon - 7/30/2014 8:17:31 AM Word came Tuesday that now a third UNRWA school in Gaza was housing rockets for Hamas. (How the missiles were never noticed before was unclear — maybe they were stacked beneath the erasers and paper clips or hidden under student spitballs.) From the Jerusalem Post: Christopher Gunness, spokesman for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, did not name who was responsible for putting weapons in the school, but quickly criticized whoever was at fault. “We condemn the group or groups who endangered civilians by placing these munitions in our school. This is yet another flagrant violation of the neutrality of our
California Gov. Jerry Brown, in Mexico,
Pledges to Help Young Immigrants
Wall Street Journal, by Alejandro Lazo - 7/30/2014 8:13:11 AM MEXICO CITY–Jerry Brown, California’s Democratic governor, waded into the highly partisan immigration debate, telling reporters in Mexico’s capital Tuesday evening that “whatever can be done by a mere governor” to shelter unaccompanied child immigrants, “will be done.” Mr. Brown’s pledge came after convening a meeting on the issue in Mexico City with Catholic bishops from Los Angeles, Mexico and Guatemala. Diplomats from Mexico and Guatemala also joined Mr. Brown, as did a religious leader from El Salvador. “Certainly I’d do everything I could to make sure California will do its part to shelter any young children that are in need of protection,” Fox News Hits 50-Quarter Ratings
Streak With Megyn Kelly on the Rise,
Benghazi Still a Hot Topic
Hollywood Reporter, by Michael O´Connell Drive- 7/30/2014 8:10:17 AM The network´s executive vp programming Bill Shine speaks with THR about keeping ahead of the competition for so long, the first year of the revamped primetime lineup and why he stands by the editorial choice to keep covering the 2012 attack in Libya. RECOMMENDED: Fox News´ Megyn Kelly Slams Dick Cheney: ´You Got It Wrong´ on Iraq (Video) Fox News´ Megyn Kelly Slams Dick Cheney: ´You Got It Wrong´ on Iraq (Video) » Fox News Wins Hillary Clinton Ratings Race Against CNN´s Town Hall Fox News Wins Hillary Clinton Ratings Race Against CNN´s Town Hall » ´Clueless´ Actress Stacey Dash Joins Fox News ´Clueless´ Actress Stacey Dash How deadly Ebola has spread across the
globe: Fears virus has now reached Asia
after Hong Kong woman returning from
Kenya shows symptoms of killer disease
Daily Mail [UK], by Lizzie Parry Attercliffe- 7/30/2014 8:08:42 AM A woman has been quarantined at a hospital in Hong Kong after falling ill with Ebola-like symptoms when she returned from a trip to Africa. The patient, who is said to be exhibiting symptoms similar to the deadly virus, is undergoing tests to verify the cause of her illness, local media reported. It comes as Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond today declared the disease a ´very serious threat´ to Britain as he prepares to chair an emergency meeting on how to bolster the country´s defences against the vicious virus. British airlines are on alert for cases of the deadly virus, after tests revealed a Dems fear a debacle on turnout The Hill, by Alexandra Jaffe Drive- 7/30/2014 8:07:54 AM Record-low primary election turnout is threatening to magnify Democratic midterm worries. Both parties have made their “get out the vote” programs a top priority for November, investing millions in building bigger ground operations earlier than ever before. The challenge is most dire for Democrats, who are defending a fragile six-seat Senate majority that relies on a handful of races in hostile, GOP-leaning territory — and trying to pick up House seats in a difficult year, politically. Their push this week to raise the alarm — and campaign cash — over the GOP lawsuit against President Obama and to stoke fears of impeachment Vulnerables balk at Obama action The Hill, by Alexander Bolton Drive- 7/30/2014 8:04:45 AM Democratic senators facing tough reelections want to put the brakes on President Obama’s plan to reform the nation’s immigration enforcement system through executive action. Two of the Senate’s most vulnerable incumbents, Sens. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) and Kay Hagan (D-N.C.), say Obama should not act unilaterally to reduce deportations, arguing it’s Congress’s job to change the law. While the Democratic-led Senate has passed a bipartisan bill, the Republican-controlled House will not. That poses a dilemma for Obama. Slowing or halting deportations of otherwise law-abiding residents who came to the country illegally could produce a backlash in red states where Obama has low approval
Obama mum on where illegal
immigrant children are sheltered
Washington Times, by S.A. Miller Drive- 7/30/2014 8:02:32 AM The Obama administration is concealing key details about its response to the surge of unaccompanied children illegally crossing the southern border, including where the unaccompanied minors are being sheltered and the circumstances under which some are set free inside the U.S. Lawmakers on Capitol Hill say the lack of information has handicapped their push to pass legislation to gain a handle on the surge — a debate taking place this week in both chambers. SEE ALSO: House Republicans unveil bill to speed deportations of border children “We’re getting almost no information, and there is all kinds of conflicting information,” said Sen. John McCain, IDF strikes 80 Hamas and
Islamic Jihad targets across
Gaza, steps up offensive
Jerusalem Post [Israel], by Yaakov Lappin Attercliffe- 7/30/2014 7:54:27 AM The IDF killed over 20 terrorists and struck more than 200 targets from the air in the past 24 hours in Gaza. The targets included mosques which were being used by Hamas for military activities. One such mosque was used as a command center while another had been in use as an observation post to monitor IDF troop movements. That mosque was in close proximity to a children´s playground. Troops destroyed three terror tunnels and discovered another containing large quantities of AK-47 assault rifles and grenades. A tank force operating in Gaza discovered a weapons cache inside a mosque, also Obamacare´s Prognosis Worsens American Spectator, by David Catron garnet- 7/30/2014 7:36:02 AM A while back, I suggested in this space that Obamacare might go the way of McCain-Feingold. That campaign finance “reform” law was not, you will recall, killed by a single lawsuit or act of Congress. Indeed, the general consensus at the end of 2003 was that McCain-Feingold was in perfect health. Less than seven years later it was, for all intents and purposes, dead. It had succumbed to a long series of attacks by determined opponents who were convinced that it was unconstitutional. Much the same thing is obviously happening to PPACA. Son Of Hamas Founder: My
Father´s Movement ´Doesn’t Care
About The Lives Of Palestinians´
Townhall, by Matt Vespa Judy W.- 7/30/2014 7:29:51 AM Meet Mosab Hassan Yousef. He’s the son of Sheikh Hassan Yousef, one of the founders of Hamas. He’s now an evangelical Christian, living in the U.S. after being granted political asylum, and a former operative with Shin Bet, a branch of Israeli intelligence, which led to his father disowning him back in 2010: (Snip) Lemon asked if peaceful co-existence was possible with someone who wishes to see you destroyed. Yousef was blunt: Well, Hamas is not seeking co-existence and compromise. Hamas is seeking conquest and taking over. And, by the way, Israel – the destruction of the state of Israel is not