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How White House ReportersCan Reclaim Their Beat National Journal, by Ron Fournier Toledo- 7/24/2014 11:19:14 AM Paul Farhi of The Washington Post writes today about a trend at the White House—and throughout journalism—that threatens the quality and credibility of news-gathering: Public-relations "minders" are injecting themselves into our interviews with politicians, CEOs, and other policymakers. Minder madness joins the surge of "background briefings" and the decline of access to decision-makers as evidence that the White House—and other big instititutions—are manipulating the press. It´s that, but it´s also something worse: It´s evidence that journalists are ceding control when they should be seizing it, accepting canned news rather than breaking it. Farhi writes, "Almost every officially sanctioned exchange between reporters and Ukrainian Prime MinisterYatsenyuk resigning Fox News*, by Staff - 7/24/2014 11:16:30 AM Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has announced his resignation, Fox News confirms. Yatsenyuk made the announcement from the dais of the parliament after two parties said they would pull out of the governing coalition. "I am announcing my resignation in connect with the collapse of the coalition," Yatsenyuk said. He said the parliament could no longer do its work and pass necessary laws. The nationalist Svoboda party and the UDAR movement led by former boxer Vladimir Klitscho pulled out of the group of legislators that took over after former President Viktor Yanukovich was ousted by protesters seeking closer ties with Embedding Illegals In Your Neighborhood –Social Justice Immigration Constructs InThe Works – H.U.D “AffirmativelyFurthering Fair Housing Rule”… Conservative Treehouse, by Sundance SoCalGal- 7/24/2014 11:04:34 AM Taken in the abstract the illegal alien influx appears singular. However, if you allow yourself to elevate above the current crisis you find a parallel issue which aligns with the Obama goals for illegal alien absorption. You just have to get high enough and look beyond the current crisis horizon to see where they connect. We have already outlined how HHS UAC (Unaccompanied Alien Minor) Grants are essentially a ruse similar to ACORN.(Snip)Around the same timeframe the DACA Executive Order was implemented there was another “fundamental change” program initiated. The second program is from the Department of Housing and Urban
Feds Spending $10 Million to BuildRobot Companions for Children Washington Free Beacon, by Elizabeth Harrington - 7/24/2014 10:52:25 AM The National Science Foundation has committed $10 million to build robots that will act as “personal trainers” for children, in an effort to influence their behavior and eating habits. The government has spent $2.15 million so far for the five-year project, which is being led by Yale University. The project, “Robots Helping Kids,” will ultimately “deploy” robots into homes and schools to teach English as a second language, and encourage kids to exercise. The project will develop a “new breed of sophisticated ‘socially assistive’ robots,” designed to help children “learn to read, appreciate physical fitness, overcome cognitive disabilities, and perform Democratic senator cites PTSDin apparent thesis plagiarism Fox News*, by Kara Rowland - 7/24/2014 10:49:45 AM A Montana senator who is running for re-election suggested Wednesday that medication he took for post-traumatic stress disorder after service in Iraq may have been responsible for apparently plagiarized passages in his thesis. Montana Sen. John Walsh´s thesis, which was written to earn a master´s degree from the U.S. Army War College, contains unattributed passages taken word-for-word from previously published papers. The Democrat also said he was dealing with the stress of a fellow veteran´s recent suicide. Walsh said he made an unintentional mistake and did not intend to plagiarize. "I don´t want to blame my mistake on PTSD, but I do want to Braley under fire for missingVA oversight meetings Des Moines Register [IA], by Jennifer Jacobs - 7/24/2014 10:47:59 AM Over a two-year period, Democratic U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley missed 75 percent of meetings for a committee that provides oversight over the Veterans Administration, including one meeting on a day he attended three fundraisers for his 2012 campaign. A few months later, news reports exposed systemic problems in patient care that have since resulted in the resignation head of the federal department of veterans affairs. Republicans argue that Braley, who missed 15 of the 20 Veterans´ Affairs Committee meetings in 2011 and 2012, has shown a lack of commitment to conditions within the health care system for veterans. Democrats who back Braley, a How to Invent a Person Online Atlantic, by Curtis Wallen - 7/24/2014 10:46:30 AM On April 8, 2013, I received an envelope in the mail from a nonexistent return address in Toledo, Ohio. Inside was a blank thank-you note and an Ohio state driver’s license. The ID belonged to a 28-year-old man called Aaron Brown—6 feet tall and 160 pounds with a round face, scruffy brown hair, a thin beard, and green eyes. His most defining feature, however, was that he didn’t exist. I know that because I created him. As an artist, I’ve long been interested in identity and the ways it is represented. My first serious body of work, Springfield, used the concept of
Signs of donor fatigue atObama´s Bay Area fundraisers San Francisco Chronicle, by Carla Marinucci NorthernDog- 7/24/2014 10:36:10 AM President Obama hit the Bay Area for a fast cash-and-grab fundraising drive Wednesday, but there were signs that even in one of the nation´s most reliable Democratic ATMs, donor fatigue is setting in. There was no listed price for tickets for Obama´s morning appearance at a roundtable in San Francisco for the House Majority PAC - the type of intimate gathering for which admission is usually $32,400 per person, the legal maximum. Some donors said tickets had been offered for a deep discount. And in Los Altos Hills, the heart of Silicon Valley big money, the president´s appearance at the Air Algerie flight that disppeared fromradar crashed in Mali, French official says SoCalGal- 7/24/2014 10:33:16 AM A French Ministry of Defense official tells Fox News that the Air Algerie jet carrying 116 people that vanished from radar shortly after takeoff late Wednesday night has crashed in Mali, and that two French fighter jets have located the wreckage. Air navigation services lost track of the Swiftair MD-83 roughly 50 minutes after takeoff from Ougadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, at 9:55 p.m. ET Wednesday, the official Algerian news agency said. That means that Flight 5017 had been missing for hours before the news was made public. The wreckage was found near the Malian city of Gao, the official told Australia Offers 50 Police Officersto Secure Jet Crash Site in Ukraine New York Times, by Michelle Innis and Nicola Clark NorthernDog- 7/24/2014 10:26:25 AM SYDNEY, Australia — Prime Minister Tony Abbott of Australia said Thursday that his country, which lost dozens of citizens when Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was brought down last week, has sent 50 police officers to Europe in hopes that they would be allowed to help secure the crash site in eastern Ukraine. “It is vital that the search and the investigation not be contaminated by people who have a vested interest in the outcome,” Mr. Abbott said at a news conference in Canberra, the Australian capital. Australia says 28 citizens and nine permanent residents were aboard the plane when it European court says CIAran secret jail in a Polish forest Reuters, by Christian Lowe LittleHoodedMonk- 7/24/2014 10:12:46 AM Warsaw - The CIA ran a secret jail on Polish soil, the European Court of Human Rights ruled on Thursday, piling pressure on Poland, one of Washington´s closest allies, to break its long silence about the global programme for detaining al Qaeda suspects. The court said it had been established that the CIA used a facility in a northern Polish forest, code named "Quartz", as a hub in its network for interrogating suspected al Qaeda operatives rounded up after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. Poland has always denied that the CIA had a jail on its territory, even as leaks from former U.S. intelligence officials, and a Senate investigation, brought more and more
‘I Smoke a Lot of Weed Every DayBecause My Best Friend Was the Bomber’ ABC News, by Michelle McPhee MissMolly- 7/24/2014 10:08:46 AM The accused heroin dealer who officials say provided a handgun to the alleged Boston Marathon bombers told police last year that he did drugs himself to cope with his close link to the deadly twin explosions, a police report and law enforcement sources said. “I smoke a lot of weed every day because my best friend was the bomber,” Stephen Silva said, based on a police report written after he was busted in November 2013 for allegedly dealing marijuana. Law enforcement officials told ABC News that by “best friend,” Silva was referring to Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, a former classmate of Silva’s and Maine residents to work forfood stamps, governor says Aljazeera.com, by Massoud Hayoun gartrell bibberts- 7/24/2014 10:07:04 AM Maine´s Republican governor on Wednesday launched a push to make more “able-bodied” people work for their food stamps. “People who are in need deserve a hand up, but we should not be giving able-bodied individuals a handout,’’ said Gov. Paul R. LePage. LePage will reportedly stop seeking a federal waiver — issued at the height of the Great Recession — llowing some food stamp recipients to bypass requirements that they work or volunteer, according to local news channel WCSH. About 12,000 of the state’s residents receiving $15 million annually in food stamps are considered to be able-bodied by Maine’s Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), which administers the aid. ´Thank you for your faith andcourage´: Sudanese mother puton death row for marrying aChristian is praised by PopeFrancis as she has ´very affectionate´meeting after travelling to Rome Daily Mail [UK], by Leon Watson and Daniel Bates ScarletPimpernel- 7/24/2014 10:04:48 AM Pope Francis has met privately with a Sudanese mother in Rome who was put on death row for refusing to become a Muslim. The Vatican said Pope Francis had ´a very affectionate´ meeting with Meriam Ibrahim, 27, her husband and their two small children. Vatican spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi said the pope ´thanked her for her faith and courage, and she thanked him for his prayer and solidarity´ during the half-hour meeting. UN Human Rights Council´sunbridled hypocrisy toward Israel Jerusalem Post [Israel], by Editorial LittleHoodedMonk- 7/24/2014 9:59:17 AM The UN Human Rights Council’s ludicrous decision on Wednesday to open an international inquiry into Israeli violations that may have been committed during Operation Protective Edge in Gaza is outrageously hypocritical. This travesty of justice should be rejected outright by decent people and nations everywhere, as the Prime Minister’s Office in Jerusalem beseeched. Instead of backing Israel’s justifiable right as a democratic state to respond forcefully to clear human rights violations by Gaza’s Hamas rulers both before and during the current military campaign, the international forum in Geneva chose to side with the terrorists.
The Queen Photobombs Australian AthletesSelfie at Commonwealth Games Inernational Business Times, by David Gilbert happywarrior- 7/24/2014 9:55:38 AM The Queen has photobombed a selfie taken by two players from the Australian women´s hockey team on the first day of the Commonwealth Games. Australian hockey player Jayde Taylor who had been among a group introduced to the Queen at the Glasgow National Hockey Centre on Thursday, took the photo with a team mate to celebrate only to discover afterwards that the Queen appears in the background smiling and looking directly at the camera. Photobombing is a phenomenon which has taken off in the age of social media. It sees people (and animals) accidentally or purposely putting themselves into the Democrats still haven´t learnedObamacare lesson Politico, by David Nather and Jennifer Haberkorn garnet- 7/24/2014 9:52:47 AM Memo to Democrats: This is what happens when you pass a law where you can’t fix simple drafting errors. Within hours of each other, two federal courts reached exactly opposite conclusions Tuesday about whether the vague wording of Obamacare allows people to get subsidies through the federal health insurance exchange. One said, sorry, that’s not what the law says. The other said, sure, they can get the subsidies — the Obama administration has the power to do that. The conflicting rulings were another wake-up call for Democrats about the fragility of the health care law — and a reminder that whenever they Isis orders all women and girlsin Mosul to undergo FGM, says UN Reuters, by Staff PageTurner- 7/24/2014 9:50:19 AM The militant group Islamic State (Isis) has ordered all girls and women in and around Iraq´s northern city of Mosul to undergo female genital mutilation, the United Nations says. The "fatwa" issued by the Sunni Muslim fighters would potentially affect 4 million women and girls, the UN resident and humanitarian coordinator in Iraq, Jacqueline Badcock, told reporters in Geneva by videolink from Irbil. "This is something very new for Iraq, particularly in this area, and is of grave concern and does need to be addressed," she said. "This is not the will of Iraqi people, or the women of Iraq in these vulnerable Iraqi Leaders Elect FormerFoe of Hussein as President New York Times, by Tim Arango & Suadad al-Salhy LittleHoodedMonk- 7/24/2014 9:43:51 AM Baghdad - Iraq’s leaders selected Fouad Massoum, a longtime Kurdish politician and former guerrilla fighter who took up arms against Saddam Hussein’s regime, on Thursday as the country’s new president, an important step in forming a new government that the international community and Iraq’s religious authorities have called for and described as crucial to confronting a growing Sunni insurgency. Mr. Massoum, 76, replaces Jalal Talabani, who has been president since 2005 and was seen as a rare unifying figure among Iraq’s many factions but has been largely absent from the political scene since suffering a stroke in late 2012. The Daily Caller Presents The AlphabetOf Racism: THE LETTER ‘E’ Daily Caller, by Rachel Stoltzfoos - 7/24/2014 9:43:25 AM Learning the alphabet of racism is no small task, and frankly writing it isn’t either. But here at The Daily Caller we’re dedicated to spreading the news that racism is everywhere, everyday. The letter ‘A,’ the letter ‘B,’ the letter ‘C,’ and the letter ‘D’ are behind us — only 21 more letters to go! Here are seven things that start with the letter ‘E’ that somebody, somewhere has deemed racist. Ending racism is racist, declared Justice Sonia Sotomayor in a dissenting opinion after the Supreme Court ruled the feds can’t force the state of Michigan to engage in racial
David Gregory: Dead Head Talking? Daily Beast, by Lloyd Grove garnet- 7/24/2014 9:32:45 AM Whenever he got around to reading the unpleasant item in the Page Six column on Wednesday, Meet the Press moderator David Gregory could not have been happy with NBC’s tepid denial that his job is on the line. “We heard the same false rumors and suggest you take them with a grain of salt, as we did,” the New York Post’s premier gossip column quoted a so-called NBC spokesperson. “Just a grain of salt?” Gregory might have thought to himself. “Not even a teaspoon?” The spokesperson’s quote—which seemed to some observers an act of premeditated murder—was in stark contrast to NBC News President First Lady Michelle Obama inChicago to raise money for Dems Chicago Tribune, by Rick Pearson - 7/24/2014 9:32:15 AM The week winds down with two national political figures attending fundraising events in Chicago: this afternoon First Lady Michelle Obama returns to her hometown, and Friday New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie comes to town. The first lady will attend a Democratic National Committee fundraiser at the Waldorf Astoria Chicago in the Gold Coast neighborhood. Tickets start at $500 per person and scale upward to special donations of $10,000 and $20,000 per couple. Earlier this month, the First Lady traveled to political fundraising events in Southern California. Her visit to Chicago comes as President Barack Obama is scheduled to wind up Obama rewarding terror American Thinker, by Ed Lasky - 7/24/2014 9:28:17 AM Hamas builds tunnels and rockets to kidnap and kill Jews, has a charter that calls for the killing of all Jews wherever they live, launches missile attacks against Israelis, uses UNWRA facilities to hide rockets, spreads anti-Semitism and claims of war crimes against Israel, has become unpopular in Gaza, and is losing support in Egypt and the Arab world. And now the US wants to reward and rescue them with a vast influx of money? They will use that time and money to develop more accurate and deadly missiles, etc. Rewarding murder is what this amounts to. The Wall Street At the border, whose sideis the president really on? Washington Post, by Ed Rogers garnet- 7/24/2014 9:25:36 AM As you might expect, President Obama wants to have it both ways. He says he supports helping those Americans who are working to stem the tide of illegal immigration and are defending our borders while also declaring that we must show compassion for those who have appeared at our borders from other countries. However, some of what the president has said and done — and, in some cases, has not done — raises the question of whose side the president is really on.First, The Post reported that “top officials at the White House and the State Department had been warned IRS backup tapes discovered! American Thinker, by Thomas Lifson magnante- 7/24/2014 9:23:37 AM You can tell that this is a huge story because the Mainstream Media are completely ignoring it, leaving Fox News the privilege of continuing to break the story that could well be bigger than Watergate. It requires a bit of reading between the lines (though not a lot) to grasp what is going on. Yesterday, IRS head John Koskinen revealed in testimony before Darrell Issa’s House Oversight Committee (via Fox): ...that investigators looking into missing emails from ex-agency official Lois Lerner have found and are reviewing "backup tapes" -- despite earlier IRS claims that the tapes had been recycled.
Late Breaking News!The Federal Aviation Administration on Wednesday lifted a ban on U.S. airlines flying to Israel's Ben Gurion International AirportAt least 58 people were killed in Iraq after armed men believed to be ISIS fighters ambushed a convoy moving prisoners outside of Baghdad Thursday police officials told CNN.
Shock Report: RICK PERRY: Illegals Behind 3,000 homicides & 8,000 Sexual Assaults in Texas since '08Gov. Perry and the good people of Texas have....had it. Syrian Islamist group planning terror attack on Norway in days, warns country's intelligence serviceNorway!!!!!???? Top U.S. official discloses threat from ISILISIL claims to have 52 US-made howitzers. The trickwould be getting them to Rodeo Drive. Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s Twisted Anti-Vaxx HistoryAnother Kennedy walking the halls of Congresswith useless (dangerous) information. Obama says public not familiar enough with issuesMore Zing for Their Bling: O tells his H'wood fat catsthey don't know nuttin' and they take it. If this could have saved the trees killed for Hillary's snoozer maybe it's not a bad idea.
Even in liberal Mass., plan to house illegals riles voters Boston Herald, by Joe Battenfield dwillyc- 7/24/2014 7:29:45 AM Massachusetts’ candidates for governor will find out soon what Democrat Steve Grossman learned firsthand yesterday — voters even in liberal Massachusetts are angry. On our Boston Herald Radio show live at South Station, Grossman was in the middle of a passionate defense of Gov. Deval Patrick’s move to house 1,000 illegal immigrants in the state, when a couple of voters decided to intervene. Air Algerie Plane Disappears From Radar Pluperfect- 7/24/2014 7:10:39 AM ALGIERS, Algeria -- An Air Algerie flight from Burkina Faso to Algiers disappeared from radar early Thursday, the official Algerian news agency said. Air navigation services lost track of the plane after 0155 GMT, or 50 minutes after takeoff, the agency said. That means that Flight AH5017 had been missing for hours before the news was made public. "In keeping with procedures, Air Algerie has launched its emergency plan," the agency quoted the airline as saying. The flight path of the plane from Ouagadougou, the capital of the west African nation of Burkina Faso, to Algiers was not immediately clear. Ougadougou is in a Air Algerie plane, with 116on board, falls off radar CNN, by Claudia Rebaza Flyright- 7/24/2014 7:09:57 AM London -- An Air Algerie flight, with 116 people on board, has dropped off radar, prompting a search for the missing plane, the airline´s operator said Thursday.Flight 5017 lost radar contact 50 minutes after takeoff from Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, early Thursday. It was supposed to have arrived at Algiers´ Houari Boumediene Airport about four hours later. The plane, an MD-83, is carrying 110 passengers, two pilots and four crew members. The MD-83 is part of the McDonnell Douglas MD-80 family of twin-engine, single-aisle jets. A private Spanish company, Swiftair, operates the plane for Air Algerie. "We have lost contact with
Drug and Human Traffickers ProsperingUnder EU Free Movement Laws Breitbart London [UK], by M. E. Synon Attercliffe- 7/24/2014 6:34:45 AM The free movement of people within the European Union is "extensively exploited by organised criminals to bring illicit commodities including drugs, human trafficking victims, illegal immigrants and counterfeit goods to Britain," according to a government report. Spain, Italy, Belgium and the Netherlands are key entry and distribution hubs for drugs and other illicit goods before they reach the UK. Europol, the EU´s law enforcement agency, admits that "the free movement of people and goods across the EU’s internal borders reduces the chance of detection," according the report which is part of a series of government reviews on the impact of Greenpeace in Chaos as StaffRevolt Against Management Breitbart London [UK], by Nick Hallett Attercliffe- 7/24/2014 6:29:42 AM Greenpeace is in turmoil after more than 40 staff signed a letter calling two of the group’s most senior officials to resign. The group faced ridicule last month after it emerged that Husting chose to regularly fly between his home in Luxembourg and work in Amsterdam, leaving a massive carbon footprint. [Snip] The letter has spread among the group’s employees and has now been signed by almost all important campaign leaders and senior staff. Only Dutch director Sylvia Borren is missing, as she believes that dismissal is unnecessary. Staff are also angry at Husting’s salary, believing it to be far Paracetamol* ´fails toease low back pain’ Telegraph [UK], by Agencies Attercliffe- 7/24/2014 6:12:26 AM Paracetamol has little impact on lower back pain and does not help sufferers recover more quickly, or improve pain levels, sleep or quality of life, research suggests. The painkiller is commonly prescribed for the most common form of back pain which usually feels like an ache, tension or stiffness. The Australian study, published in The Lancet, was the first large randomised trial to compare the effectiveness of paracetamol with a placebo for lower back pain. The study randomly assigned 1,652 individuals with an average age of 45 and with acute lower back pain from 235 primary care centres in Sydney Syrian Islamist group planning terrorattack on Norway in days, warnscountry´s intelligence service Daily Mail [UK], by Simon Tomlinson Attercliffe- 7/24/2014 5:59:26 AM Norway´s intelligence service today said it has received information about an imminent ´concrete threat´ against Norway from people with links to Islamic fighters in Syria. Benedicte Bjoernland, the head of Norwegian security service PST, said the agency had received ´reliable information´ from a foreign partner about some kind of attack ´within days´. ´It was unspecific about what the target might be,´ Bjoernland said, adding PST has no information about how or when such an attack would take place. The information involves people who have ties with foreign fighters in Syria, she added. According to PST´s assessment last month, about 50 people have travelled
Sudanese Christian woman spared deathsentence for apostasy flown to Italy Fox News, by Staff StormCnter- 7/24/2014 5:57:41 AM Meriam Ibrahim, the Sudanese Christian woman who faced a death sentence for refusing to renounce her faith, has been flown to Italy on an Italian government jet, accompanied by that country´s vice-minister for foreign affairs. Reuters reported that Italian television broadcast images of Ibrahim, 27, arriving at Rome´s Ciampino airport accompanied by her family and Italian politician Lapo Pistelli. Earlier, Pistelli had posted a picture on his Facebook page depicting himself with Ibrahim and her two children. The caption, translated from Italian, read "With Meriam, Maya, Martin and [Ibrahim´s husband] Daniel, a few minutes from Rome. Mission accomplished." Pistelli told The Daily We Sent Back Elian American Thinker, by Bernie Reeves DW626- 7/24/2014 5:55:32 AM The US government, which has refused to act decisively to control the horde of children entering the US via Mexico from Central America (estimated to be nearly 60,000 from October 2013 to June 2014) certainly had no compunctions about expelling a helpless child back to terrible conditions in the case of Elian Gonzalez back in 1999 during the Clinton regime. In that case, the Feds were wrong to send a child back to a communist dictatorship, where he lives today, a member of the Union of Young Communists, propagandist for the regime, and personal “friend” of Fidel Castro. ‘We shot down MH17 thinking it wasUkrainian cargo plane’: Sensationaladmission by pro-Russian who says heonly realised the mistake when he came* Daily Mail [UK], by John Hall Attercliffe- 7/24/2014 5:51:41 AM A pro-Russian separatist fighting in eastern Ukraine has admitted rebel forces shot down Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, it has been claimed. [Snip[ He said the rebels only realised their mistake when they began searching the crash site for the parachutes of military crew who may have bailed out the aircraft, only to find the bodies of children. The rebel--who worked locally as a miner before joining pro-Russian separatist--told a reporter for Italian newspaper Corriere Della Sera that officers initially told him MH17 was a government plane. ´We shot down a Kiev plane, our superiors told us. We thought we were EXCLUSIVE: Chelsea Clinton fetedat intimate baby shower in Chappaquawith friends, mom Hillary Clinton: source New York Daily News, by Marianne Garvey, Brian Niemietz* - 7/24/2014 5:35:49 AM Chelsea Clinton’s pals, and mom Hillary Clinton, threw the former first daughter an intimate baby shower at a popular upscale Westchester eatery, a source tells Confidenti@l. The group celebrated on Sunday, July 13, at Crabtree’s Kittle House Inn in Chappaqua, near Bill and Hillary Clinton’s sprawling estate. The former POTUS and son-in-law Marc Mezvinsky even stopped by toward the end of the party, popping into the Carriage Room Atrium downstairs on the garden level to share in Chelsea’s special day. “He showed up when it was about to end and worked the room. He was upstairs talking to everyone too,”
Shock Report-- Rick Perry: IllegalsBehind 3,000 Homicides & 8,000Sexual Assaults in TX Since ’08 Gateway Pundit, by Jim Hoft StormCnter- 7/24/2014 5:23:38 AM Texas Governor Rick Perry went on Hannity tonight to discuss the illegal immigrant crisis at the US southern border. Perry shared these shocking numbers on the current crisis. “Sean, there have been over the course of the last five years, since the fall of ’08, over 203,000 individuals who have come into Texas illegally who have been booked into our county jails. Those individuals have accounted for over 3,000 homicides and over 8,000 sexual assaults. We can’t afford to wait for Washington to secure this border. We’ve had enough.” Senate Undergoes Emergency CleaningAfter Woman Drags In Bedbugs Daily Caller, by Betsy Rothstein MissMolly- 7/24/2014 5:19:03 AM The Architect of the Capitol took emergency measures Wednesday to handle a bed bug problem in a Senate Office Building, including closing off a restroom for a couple of days with yellow police tape. So watch out Senate aides and tourists approaching the sixth floor of the Dirksen Senate Office Building. Bedbugs are not easy to shake. The trouble began prior to a Senate Indian Affairs Committee hearing held Wednesday in which some attendees—lobbyists, presumably—employed people to wait in line for them. This is a common practice and sources tell us it falls under the jurisdiction of the Rules Committee chaired by Chris McDaniel should either show evidenceor concede in Mississippi’s GOP primary MissMolly- 7/24/2014 5:16:10 AM IT TOOK just a few words for state Sen. Chris McDaniel to stoke tea party fervor after his runoff loss in the Mississippi Republican primary to incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran. “We’re not done fighting,” he said defiantly to the June 24 election-night crowd. A messy primary was about to get worse. Mr. McDaniel, who lost by about 7,600 votes, claimed that there were voting “irregularities,” insisting that those who voted in the June 3 Democratic primary illegally cast ballots three weeks later in the Republican runoff. He also argued that many voters broke an obscure and unenforceable Mississippi law that Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’sTwisted Anti-Vaxx History Daily Beast, by Russell Saunders StormCnter- 7/24/2014 5:13:54 AM Despite multiple studies showing no link between vaccines and autism, RFK Jr. continues to use his position to spread that lie. What will it take to make him stop? If you’re headed to Capitol Hill with a cause, it helps to be a Kennedy. For Robert Kennedy Jr., scion of America’s most storied political family, all it takes is his name to arrange face-to-face meetings with two powerful Senators. As a physician who has traveled to Washington, D.C., with health-care advocacy groups on a number of occasions, I envy the access he displays in a recent profile in The Washington
An Ex-Navigator’s Story National Review Online, by Jillian Kay Melchior StormCnter- 7/24/2014 5:09:41 AM Since the beginning of Obamacare enrollment, critics have expressed concerns that some of the nearly 50,000 navigators, who are supposed to provide a nonpartisan service by helping people sign up for health coverage, would actually use their position to advance political agendas or to organize voters. As John Fund wrote last year, many of the organizations that received navigator grants have close ties to the Democratic party. Recently, the Connecticut health exchange decertified one of its Obamacare navigators on the grounds that she had done just that. She had been repeatedly warned about “using [her] position . . . to promote Why the U.S. Is Building aFantastical Aquarium in Brazil Atlantic, by Kriston Capps StormCnter- 7/24/2014 5:07:22 AM Soon enough, Brazil will be able to boast the largest aquarium in South America. When it is completed in 2015, Acquario Ceará, a new public aquarium planned for the northeastern Brazilian city of Fortaleza, will easily be the world´s most recognizable aquarium—an architectural statement piece if there ever was one. It may also be the most truly American project in the Western Hemisphere. While the backers of Acquario Ceará are aiming to create a new design symbol for South America, it will be almost entirely a product of North America. The U.S. is designing, engineering, constructing, and even financing Acquario Ceará—a The Most Dangerous Man in UkraineIs an Obsessive War ReenactorPlaying Now with Real Weapons New Republic, by Oleg Kashin StormCnter- 7/24/2014 5:04:52 AM The face now of the pro-Russian separtists in Eastern Ukraine is 43-year-old Igor Strelkov. The Russian media fell in love with Strelkov this April, when his armed group took control of the town of Slavyansk, escalating the conflict from a war of nerves into an actual full-fledged war. And Strelkov has become a fixture in the Western media too ever since pro-Russian separatists shot down Malaysian Flight 17. Western journalists and commentators, from the New York Times to the State Department, glean facts from Strelkov’s page on the Russian social-media network “VKontakte.” That’s where the message about the downed Ukrainian Poor Hillary, rock-star wannabe Washington Times, by Editorial StormCnter- 7/24/2014 4:59:37 AM Many of the Democrats who tell the world from the bumpers of their hybrids that they’re “Ready for Hillary 2016,” regard Hillary Clinton as something of a rock star. She does, too. The former secretary of state expects to get $275,000 for a speech to a school, a charity or even a capitalist enterprise with more money than it needs. Her fee sometimes exceeds that of the likes of Paris Hilton, the heiress who’s famous for being famous and who got a cool quarter of a million not long ago for thrilling the guests with her presence at an A-list Israel: FAA Travel Ban Set to Expireas Negotiations, Fighting Continue Breitbart Big Peace, by Jordan Schachtel - 7/24/2014 4:57:15 AM The US Federal Aviation Agency’s 24-hour ban on travel into Israel’s Ben Gurion International Airport is set to expire. It remains unclear why the Obama Administration decided to suddenly pull the plug on travel into Ben Gurion, as it is widely considered a sophisticated and secure airport. In 2009, the New York Times declared Ben Gurion the world’s safest airport and Israel’s El Al airlines the world’s safest airline. Israeli officials said US Airways and United Airlines are set to restart flights to Israel Wednesday. One-hundred sixty flights at Ben Gurion were canceled Wednesday. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and
The Vindication of Barry Goldwater American Spectator, by Jeffrey Lord StormCnter- 7/24/2014 4:55:55 AM How did our national government grow from a servant with sharply limited powers into a master with virtually unlimited power?— Senator Barry Goldwater writing in The Conscience of a Conservative (1960) July, 1964. Fifty years ago this month. The Republican Party nominates Arizona Senator Barry Goldwater for president. The resulting uproar was somewhere north of hysteria. And that was just from the GOP establishment of the day. Followed famously by a November landslide Goldwater “defeat” in which the Arizonan carried a mere five states in his race against Democratic President Lyndon Johnson. Goldwater was the first conservative Republican to On Multi-Million Dollar FundraisingTrip, Obama Proves He’s a Comedic Genius Independent Journal Review, by Michael Hausam - 7/24/2014 4:52:17 AM The President is in the middle of a three-day fundraising trip to the West Coast, costing us taxpayers millions of dollars. This practice is not new with him, to be sure, as it’s become standard practice over the last 30 years for presidents to sprinkle official events amongst their money-seeking events. (Photo) Note the solar panels on the rooftops, making this one-percenter homeowner exempt from the usual rich-folk castigations. Two comments he made at the event last night in Seattle were particularly funny: I will say, for the all the Democrats around here, I’m not overtly partisan. Dutch furious after Putin’sdaughter is found living in Holland New York Post, by Danika Fears & Bruce Golding MissMolly- 7/24/2014 4:51:57 AM Vladimir Putin’s daughter lives, in all places, the Netherlands — and disgusted locals now want her deported because it was her dad who provided the missile that shot 193 of their countrymen out of the sky over Ukraine. Maria Putin’s presence in the grieving nation sparked outrage during a national day of mourning, with the arrival of the first wave of coffins carrying victims from Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. Ukrainians living in the Netherlands were planning to protest outside Maria’s swanky apartment, and Dutch Twitter users targeted the pretty blonde, with one fuming, “Its time you leave B*TCH” over her Barack Obama locks outthe press — again Politico, by Edward-Isaac Dovere and Josh Gersten pineledger- 7/24/2014 4:50:08 AM San Francisco--President Barack Obama went to the West Coast to meet donors from two top Democratic super PACs, but the press wasn’t invited. Tuesday, the reporters and photographers traveling with the president on Air Force One and in his motorcade were left on the gravel path not even within sight of former Costco CEO Jim Sinegal’s house in the Seattle suburbs where Obama sat for a Senate Majority PAC fundraiser with a $25,000 entrance fee.(Snip)“We think these fundraisers ought to be open to at least some scrutiny, because the president’s participation in them is fundamentally public in nature,” said Christi Parsons, What progressives fundamentallydon´t get about traditional Christians The Week, by Kyle Cupp StormCnter- 7/24/2014 4:47:11 AM From Christian colleges challenging ObamaCare´s contraception mandate to the Catholic bishops protesting gay marriage, Christians are among the most unyielding opponents of sexual liberation. Progressives working towards greater public acceptance and support of LGBT rights would no doubt like to see Christians with traditionalist views abandon their old-fashioned doctrines on these matters. Or just go away. Neither will happen. These Christians are bound to their idea of human sexuality because it is fundamentally inseparable from their understanding of God. Put another way: if they´re wrong about sex and gender, then they´re wrong at a very basic level about God, the bible, and Obama Admin Trying to Find a NewWay to Impose Contraception Mandateon Little Sisters of the Poor Weekly Standard, by John McCormack Original Article Posted By: StormCnter- 7/24/2014 4:41:49 AM Post Reply The Obama administration announced Tuesday in a court filing that it would change the way it imposes its contraception and abortifacient mandate on religious non-profits, such as Christian schools like Wheaton College and charities like the Little Sisters of the Poor. The administration claims it has already accommodated these non-profits, but religious leaders and scholars have argued the "accommodation" is nothing more than an accounting gimmick that still requires conscientious objectors to violate their religious and moral beliefs. The Supreme Court´s Hobby Lobby decision did not resolve whether or not the so-called accommodation was legal, and most observers expect that question to
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FEC chair warns of chilling regulations,book ban on conservative publishers Washington Examiner, by Paul Bedard Flyball dogs- 7/24/2014 1:04:46 AM The chairman of the Federal Election Commission today blasted Democratic colleagues opposed to his effort to protect conservative media after they imposed rules on the publisher of Rep. Paul Ryan´s new book, opening the door to future book regulations -- or even a ban. "By failing to affirm this publisher’s constitutional right, statutory right, to disseminate a political book free from FEC conditions and regulations, we have effectively asserted regulatory jurisdiction over a book publisher,” warned Chairman Lee E. Goodman, one of three Republicans on the six-person FEC. Breaking: FAA LiftsBan on Flights to Israel Arutz Sheva [Israel] *, by Staff - 7/24/2014 12:42:55 AM The US national aviation authority has lifted a ban on American flights to Israel, but warned of a "very fluid situation" amid intense fighting with Palestinians in nearby Gaza, AFP reports Thursday. "The FAA has lifted its restrictions on US airline flights into and out of Israel´s Ben Gurion Airport by canceling a Notice to Airmen it renewed earlier today," (Snip) The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued its ban on Tuesday after a rocket fell on a neighborhood to the north of Ben Gurion, raising fears that a commercial flight could be struck. But US Secretary State John Kerry did land in Israel, and the State Department said that his team FAA lifts flight ban on US flights to Israel Jerusalem Post [Israel], by Staff Flyball dogs- 7/24/2014 12:38:50 AM The FAA lifted its ban on US airline flights to and from Israel Thursday morning just hours after extending its initial 24-hour ban that went into effect on Tuesday evening. The decision to cancel the flight restrictions came after "working with its US government counterparts to assess the security situation in Israel and carefully reviewing both significant new information and measures the Government of Israel is taking to mitigate potential risks to civil aviation," the FAA said in a statement released Thursday morning. With the exception of British Airways, which continued flying to and from Israel, most major European carriers,
White flags baffle NYPD:‘We’re lucky it wasn’t a bomb’ Washington Times, by Jessica Chasmar - 7/24/2014 12:30:47 AM The New York Police Department still can’t explain how a group of five individuals were able to hoist two white flags atop the Brooklyn Bridge, which is supposed to be heavily monitored. Police haven’t identified any of the suspects responsible or any motive behind the mysterious white flags — which would typically signal a surrender or truce — flying high atop the New York City landmark. “We’re lucky they just put a flag up there — and not a bomb,” a law enforcement source told the New York Post. “It’s an embarrassment.” Surveillance footage showed five individuals crossing the bridge about 3 a.m. Tuesday. They climbed a locked gate GOP outraged Obamacare investigatorsable to get coverage with fake IDs Washington Times, by Tom Howell Jr. - 7/24/2014 12:24:20 AM Republican lawmakers said Wednesday their suspicions about Obamacare’s anti-fraud measures have been validated and it is “egregious” that 11 out of 12 government investigators were able to get subsidized Obamacare over the phone. Seth J. Bagdoyan, an acting director for forensic audits at the Government Accountability Office, told the House Ways and Means Committee the government is shelling out $2,500 a month, or $30,000 per year, for the false applicants. (Snip) Mr. Bagdoyan said the 12th applicant could not get covered because the investigator declined to provide a Social Security number. He said the investigation is ongoing ‘We’re coming for you, Barack Obama’:Top U.S. official disclosesthreat from ISIL Washington Times, by Douglas Ernst LittleHoodedMonk- 7/24/2014 12:11:56 AM High-ranking U.S. officials said Wednesday that not only are Sunni radicals with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant “worse than al Qaeda,” but that the group has a message for the president: “We’re coming for you, Barack Obama.” Brett McGurk, the deputy assistant secretary of state, told lawmakers at a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing that ISIL may have “changed its name,” but that it’s still al Qaeda. (Snip) Elissa Slotkin, the acting principal deputy undersecretary of Defense for policy, added that ISIL also has its eye on the president, threatening “We’re coming for you, Barack Obama,” The Hill reported. Obama: Americans don’t have timeto think about Benghazi, Obamacare LittleHoodedMonk- 7/24/2014 12:03:43 AM President Obama told Democratic donors Wednesday night that most Americans don’t have time to think about the details of the Benghazi terrorist attack or the problems with Obamacare. Speaking at a fundraiser at the Los Angeles home of “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Scandal” creator Shonda Rhimes, the president took his usual shots at the Republican Party, suggesting its members are focused on the wrong issues and frequently “obfuscate and they bamboozle and sometimes don’t say what’s true." Furthermore, the president said, Americans cannot be bothered with the GOP’s focus on the Benghazi attack and the administration’s
Europe Sleeps as Putin Waits Bloomberg News, by Editorial - 7/23/2014 11:31:10 PM In the aftermath of the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over Ukraine, there has been no shortage of shameful behavior: the appalling disrespect shown to the remains of victims; the games played to delay an independent inspection of the crash; the crude mendacity of the Kremlin’s efforts to divert responsibility. And then there has been the response -- more accurately, the lack thereof -- of European leaders. After meeting this week to discuss further sanctions on Russia for President Vladimir Putin´s aggression in Ukraine, European Union foreign ministers returned to one of their favorite pastimes: squabbling over which country Another California City Says ‘No’to Housing Illegal Immigrants Breitbart California, by Robert Wilde - 7/23/2014 11:16:40 PM The Planning Commission for Escondido, a city just outside of San Diego, voted unanimously, by a 6-0 vote, to reject sheltering Central Americans caught illegally crossing the U.S. southern border. A proposal to convert a vacant retirement home and create a 96-bed shelter for the illegal border crossers was opposed by many of the neighborhood residents, according to Reuters. Escondido now falls in lock step with Murrieta, California, about 30 miles north of Escondido, where protesters forced busses to make a U-turn and reroute back to the San Ysidro, California Border Patrol station, near the U.S.-Mexico border. Breitbart News has Washington Times, by Ben Wolfgang
Obama says public notfamiliar enough with issues Washington Times, by Ben Wolfgang - 7/23/2014 10:59:23 PM President Obama told Democratic donors Wednesday night that most Americans don’t have time to think about the details of the Benghazi terrorist attack or the problems with Obamacare. Speaking at a fundraiser at the Los Angeles home of “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Scandal” creator Shonda Rhimes, the president took his usual shots at the Republican Party, suggesting its members are focused on the wrong issues and frequently “obfuscate and they bamboozle and sometimes don’t say what’s true.” And because people are not familiar with the intricacies of many public-policy issues, Republicans can get away with such obfuscation, he said. “The Republican The left´s dark money New York Post, by Michelle Malkin - 7/23/2014 10:43:16 PM Philip Gara LaMarche is a secretive political operative who funnels billions of dollars from undisclosed donors to nonprofits and astroturf groups. But you won’t hear unhinged Harry Reid railing Queegishly about him on the Senate floor. Why? Here’s why: LaMarche is a militant leftist philanthropist. He’s a protected elite — Columbia University grad, former ACLU leader and Human Rights Watch official — with ready access to the White House. He and the left’s other dark money managers preach transparency and openness, while plotting behind closed doors to secure power at every level of government. LaMarche currently heads the shadowy Democracy Texas Police Look for CartelConnection in MassiveLa Joya Shootout Breitbart Texas, by Ildefonso Ortiz Dreadnought- 7/23/2014 10:43:16 PM LA JOYA, Texas—Yellow police tape still hung from fences as Texas rangers walked through the scene where just a day earlier a gang member had gone down in a hail of gunfire in an hours-long shootout with authorities that left two cops wounded. Some police officers spent more than three hours pinned down by the close to 500 shots that were exchanged between authorities and 29-year-old Joaquin Cibrian, a member of the Texas Syndicate gang. Edinburg police had been looking for Cibrian for his alleged role in the execution of a 19-year-old man from Mexico. On Wednesday, a black police
The Democrats Try to ShutTheir Opponents Up (Cont.) Power Line, by John Hinderaker Dreadnought- 7/23/2014 10:37:59 PM We wrote here about the Democrats’ effort to clamp down on 501(c)(4) organizations–the only entities where Republicans raise more money than Democrats–by requiring such groups to disclose their donors. They have proposed the DISCLOSE Act, which would require such disclosure of 501(c)(4)s, but not of 501(c)(3)s–where the Left is strong–or unions. In the linked post, I wrote about the fact that a hearing on the DISCLOSE Act was scheduled today before the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration. The scheduled witnesses included Heather Gerken and Dan Tokaji, both of whom are members of 501(c)(3) organizations that do not disclose their Senators Blast Dem Mega-DonorOver IRS Investigation intoTax Avoidance Scheme Washington Free Beacon [DC], by Lachlan Markay - 7/23/2014 10:30:42 PM A major Democratic donor who is funding some of the left’s most politically active electioneering groups was subject to bipartisan condemnation this week in the midst of a federal investigation into his hedge fund’s tax avoidance schemes. Senators from both parties blasted efforts by Renaissance Technologies, a hedge fund owned by Democratic mega-donor Jim Simons, to shield itself from federal income taxes during a Tuesday hearing. “Two banks and a handful of hedge funds developed a complex financial structure to engage in highly profitable trades while claiming an unjustified lower tax rate and avoiding limits on trading with borrowed money,” Clinton launches baby-talkingcampaign in Oakland - 7/23/2014 10:28:48 PM OAKLAND, Calif. — Hillary Rodham Clinton launched a new campaign Wednesday — to encourage parents to talk, read and sing to their babies. The former secretary of state joined community leaders in Oakland to kick-start the "Talking is Teaching: Talk Read Sing" campaign, which is sponsored by the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation and several nonprofit organizations. The initiative is aimed at raising awareness, especially among low-income families, about the importance of talking, reading and singing to babies starting from birth. Research shows that such activity can boost children´s brain development, vocabulary and school readiness. "The brain research is not only telling Obama: Let´s not live out ´Scandal´ The Hill (Washington DC), by Amie Parnes JoniTx- 7/23/2014 10:25:07 PM President Obama appeared at a fundraiser Wednesday at the home of "Scandal" creator Shonda Rimes and used the popular political thriller to speak about Washington. "No offense, Scandal is a great show," Obama said at the fundraiser before a crowd that included the show´s actress Kerry Washington."But it´s not necessarily something we want to be living out." Speaking at the fundraiser, Obama tore into the Republican party saying that it "has been taken over by people who just don´t believe in government." Republicans he said "obfuscate and they bamboozle and sometimes don´t say what´s true -- that was a euphemism," he
Arizona inmate dies 2 hoursafter execution began Scottyboy- 7/23/2014 10:17:37 PM PHOENIX - A condemned Arizona inmate gasped and snorted for more than an hour and a half during his execution Wednesday before he died in an episode sure to add to the scrutiny surrounding the death penalty in the U.S. Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne´s office said Joseph Rudolph Wood was pronounced dead at 3:49 p.m., one hour and 57 minutes after the execution started. Wood´s lawyers had filed an emergency appeal with the U.S. Supreme Court while the execution was underway, demanding that it be stopped. The appeal said Wood was "gasping and snorting for more than an hour." Gov. Jan Brewer Executions should be by firing squad,federal appeals court judge says Los Angeles Times, (CA), by Maura Dolan Scottyboy- 7/23/2014 10:13:54 PM Days before an Arizona murderer gasped and snorted for more than 90 minutes and died nearly two hours after his execution began, a conservative federal appeals judge called for replacing lethal injection with firing squads, saying the public must acknowledge that executions are "brutal, savage events." "Using drugs meant for individuals with medical needs to carry out executions is a misguided effort to mask the brutality of executions by making them look serene and beautiful — like something any one of us might experience in our final moments," U.S. 9th Circuit Court Chief Judge Alex Kozinski wrote in a dissent in The U.S. should push for the disarmingof Hamas in Gaza-Israel cease-fire Washington Post, by Editorial Dreadnought- 7/23/2014 10:13:00 PM THE DISTINGUISHING feature of the latest war between Israel and Hamas is “offensive tunnels,” as the Israeli army calls them. As of early Wednesday, 28 had been uncovered in Gaza, and nearly half extend into Israel, according to Israeli officials. The tunnels are the reason that the government of Benjamin Netanyahu decided last weekend to launch a ground invasion of Gaza, and they explain why that operation has strong support from Israelis in spite of the relatively heavy casualties it has inflicted. Most significantly, the tunnels show why it has been difficult to reach a cease-fire and why any accord U.S.-Israel ties help and hinder Americanefforts to secure a cease-fire Washington Post, by Sudarsan Raghavan and William Booth Dreadnought- 7/23/2014 10:08:48 PM JERUSALEM – In life, Max Steinberg was known for his courage, athletic prowess and love of Bob Marley songs, his family and friends told an estimated 30,000 people who attended his military funeral on Wednesday. In death, Sgt. Steinberg represented more. As a Jewish American who left the comfort and security of his Los Angeles home to fight — and, last weekend, to die — on Israel’s front lines, the 24-year-old was remembered as a bridge between Israel and the United States, an example of their uniquely close relationship. One dignitary told the crowd that Americans such as Steinberg “deepen
Kerry meets with Netanyahu amidIsraeli anger over ban on U.S. flights Washington Post, by Anne Gearan* Dreadnought- 7/23/2014 10:03:45 PM JERUSALEM — The United States on Wednesday put the most direct pressure yet on its ally Israel to cut short its military campaign against Hamas in Gaza, but Secretary of State John F. Kerry did not get a deal from Israel or the Palestinians to stop the bloodshed. Despite a swirl of shuttle diplomacy, the war looked far from over Wednesday. Israeli leaders told their soldiers to prepare for an escalation inside the Gaza Strip, while the leader of Hamas vowed that his Islamist militant movement would not sign a permanent cease-fire until Israel ends its blockade of the coastal Despite rhetoric, gun prosecutionsplummet under Obama Washington Times, by Kelly Riddell Dreadnought- 7/23/2014 9:57:48 PM While President Obama decries gun violence and presses for more laws to restrict ownership, his Justice Department has prosecuted 25 percent fewer cases referred by the main law enforcement agency charged with reducing firearms violence across the country, a computer analysis of U.S. prosecution data shows. Federal prosecutors brought a total of 5,082 gun violation cases in 2013 recommended by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, compared with 6,791 during the last year of George W. Bush’s presidency in 2008, according to data obtained from the Executive Office of U.S. Attorneys. The 2013 totals represent a 42 percent General Motors recalls717,949 more vehicles BBC News, by Staff LittleHoodedMonk- 7/23/2014 9:44:25 PM General Motors (GM) is recalling an additional 717,949 vehicles due to a range of issues, including loose bolts and potentially incomplete welding on some seat hooks. The carmaker has recalled nearly 29 million vehicles this year, most due to faulty ignition switches. The recall-related repairs are expected to cost GM $1.2bn (£700m). GM was criticised for reacting too late to the switch issue, but said it was "enhancing" its approach to safety. "We are bringing greater rigor and discipline to our analysis and decision making," Jeff Boyer, vice president global vehicle safety at GM, said in a statement. State Dept. Calls Ted Cruz’s IsraelComments ‘Ridiculous and Offensive’ Mediaite, by Matt Wilstein JoniTx- 7/23/2014 9:38:22 PM After the Federal Aviation Administration extended its ban on U.S. flights to Israel for another 24 hours Wednesday following reports of Hamas rockets falling close to the Tel Aviv airport, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) released a statement suggesting the decision had motives outside of just protecting the safety of American travelers. Asked about his statement at a briefing this afternoon, State Department spokesperson Marie Harf called his comments “ridiculous and offensive.” “Did President Obama Just Launch an Economic Boycott of Israel?” Cruz asked on his website, before answering his own question affirmatively. “The facts suggest that
Conservative groups decryDemocrats’ ‘war on women’ tactic Washington Times, by Valerie Richardson LittleHoodedMonk- 7/23/2014 9:35:04 PM Denver - Some women are getting sick of the Democrats’ “war on women.” Take Laura Carno, who became so fed up with the nonstop “war on women” political advertising campaign in Colorado that she put together a radio ad of her own. It’s aimed at Sen. Mark Udall, a Democrat who’s pushing the theme in his re-election bid against Republican Rep. Cory Gardner. “I have to ask, Sen. Udall, why do you get your underwear all in a bundle about women and birth control?” Ms. Carno, who heads the conservative group I Am Created Equal, says in the spot. “Do you honestly think we need the government to make these choices for US Alone Votes No as UN HumanRights Council Adopts Israel-Bashing Resolution Cybercast News Service, by Patrick Goodenough JoniTx- 7/23/2014 9:35:01 PM (Update: The Human Rights Council on Wednesday passed the resolution establising an inquiry into Israel’s Gaza offensive by 29-1, with the United States the sole “no” vote. Seventeen members, including European nations, abstained.)– The U.N. Human Rights Council will hold an emergency session on Wednesday to consider a draft resolution that condemns Israel repeatedly for its military offensive against Hamas, but does not mention the terrorist group once. The resolution calls for the establishment of an international commission of inquiry to probe allegations that Israel has committed war crimes and violated international Obama refused ‘repeated requests’ sinceAugust 2013 for drone strikes against ISIS American Enterprise Institute, by Marc Thiessen KarenJ1- 7/23/2014 9:34:38 PM Breaking on Capitol Hill is the news that Iraqi officials began requesting almost a year ago for the US to carry out drone strikes against ISIS – but the requests were shot down by the White House. That stunning revelation came during a hearing on the situation in Iraq this morning. The Hill reports: During a hearing on the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, House Foreign Affairs Chairman Ed Royce (R-Calif.) said the administration knew six months ago that the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS or ISIL) had established armed camps, staging areas and training grounds in Iraq’s western M&M´s, Snickers maker to raisechocolate prices 7 percent Reuters, by Staff JoniTx- 7/23/2014 9:30:35 PM Mars Chocolate North America, the maker of M&M´s and Snickers, said on Wednesday that it will raise its prices by an average of 7 percent "to offset rising costs," its first increase in three years. The price hike by Mars, which did not provide an effective date, follows Hershey Co, the No. 1 candy maker in the United States, which on July 15 raised its chocolate prices about 8 percent due to soaring commodity costs. "In the three years since our last price increase, in March 2011, we have invested significantly in the category and have experienced a dramatic increase in Woman finds men sitting on her car, getspunched in jaw: Hopatcong police say Star-Ledger [Newark, NJ], by Joe Moszczynski Ribicon- 7/23/2014 9:27:29 PM Hopatcong — Two brothers were arrested after one of the men punched a woman in the jaw when she found them sitting on her car in the parking lot of a pharmacy in Hopatcong, police said. Francisco Torres, 22, of Camden was initially arrested Thursday for assaulting the woman after she left Rite Aid and saw Torres and his brother, Nathan Torres, 18, sitting on her car, talking to other people parked in a nearby car, police said. When she approached the two men, “She said, ‘Excuse me, that is my car,’” according to a police news release. Francisco Torres then punched
Glitch crashes globalUS passport, visa operations Associated Press, by Matthew Lee LittleHoodedMonk- 7/23/2014 9:23:50 PM Washington - The State Department´s global database for issuing travel documents has crashed, resulting in major delays for potentially millions of people around the world waiting for U.S. passports and visas, officials said Wednesday. Unspecified glitches in the department´s Consular Consolidated Database have resulted in "significant performance issues, including outages" in the processing of applications for passports, visas and reports of Americans born abroad since Saturday, spokeswoman Marie Harf said. She said the problem is worldwide and not specific to any particular country, citizenship document, or visa category. White House Sending Team to StudyNational Guard Deployment Helpfulness Breitbart Texas, by Bob Price Dreadnought- 7/23/2014 9:11:07 PM HOUSTON, Texas—The White House sent a team to Texas to determine if the deployment of the National Guard to the border will be helpful in dealing with the on-going border crisis in South Texas. The move comes at the end of President Obama’s western fund raising tour and two days after Texas Governor Rick Perry announced plans to deploy the Texas National Guard and Texas Air National Guard on a “Deter and Refer” mission to a small segment of the Texas/Mexico border. The White House team is made up of members of the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security according to a Reuters article written by People Keep Trying to SneakGuns Into the US Capitol ABC News, by John Parkinson LittleHoodedMonk- 7/23/2014 9:09:17 PM A man was arrested this morning attempting to enter the Cannon House Office Building with a loaded firearm concealed inside a bag, U.S. Capitol Police said. (Snip) Today’s action follows a similar incident Friday when a congressional staffer attempted to enter the same building and was charged with carrying a pistol without a license. Last week’s event occurred at the South East Door of the Cannon House Office Building at about the same time in the morning. The defendant arrested today, identified as Ronald William Prestage, allegedly possessed a 9 mm Ruger and also was charged with a felony count of carrying a pistol without a license, L.A. gets snarky about Obamatraffic delays: #ThanksObama Los Angeles Times, by Joseph Serna - 7/23/2014 8:55:03 PM President Obama may rake in the money from fawning donors during his two-day fundraising sweep through Los Angeles this week, but he´s not winning any fans among commuters who, as they do, take to social media to vent. “Obama is visiting Los Angeles today which means I won’t be home till around 7:30pm due to traffic delays. #SMH” tweeted Twitter user West Coastin´. Obama´s L.A. visit, scheduled to start Wednesday afternoon, means traffic headaches for commuters in West Hollywood, downtown, Mid-Wilshire, Exposition Park, Pacific Palisades and Brentwood, among other areas. “If you´re on the Westside today ... Cruz suggests flight ban is boycott of Israel Seattle Times [WA], by Staff Original Article Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/23/2014 8:47:07 PM Post Reply Washington - Republican Sen. Ted Cruz on Wednesday questioned whether President Barack Obama used a federal agency to impose an economic boycott on Israel after the Federal Aviation Administration banned U.S. airline flights to Tel Aviv because of safety concerns amid fighting between Israel and Hamas. The State Department rejected Cruz´s comments as "ridiculous and offensive." "The facts suggest that President Obama has just used a federal regulatory agency to launch an economic boycott on Israel, in order to try to force our ally to comply with his foreign-policy demands," Cruz said in a statement in which he posed five Sarah Palin Endorses Joe Carrfor Senate Against Lamar Alexander Breitbart Big Government, by Tony Lee Original Article Posted By: dman- 7/23/2014 8:40:44 PM Post Reply On Wednesday, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin endorsed conservative Tennessee state representative Joe Carr in his primary bid to oust incumbent Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN). Carr has been hammering Alexander before the August 7th primary for voting for the Senate´s Gang of Eight comprehensive amnesty bill even after he was warned by law enforcement officials that it would exacerbate the border crisis. Even Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) voted against the final bill. Palin thanked Alexander for his service and then promptly said it is time for new leaders who will have the guts to tell the Obama administration, "no mas."
FEC chairman warns book publishersat risk of regulation at heated meeting Fox News, by Judson Berger john56- 7/23/2014 6:40:02 PM The Republican chairman of the Federal Election Commission warned Wednesday that his agency colleagues could try to regulate book publishers, during a heated session over a forthcoming book by GOP Rep. Paul Ryan. During the meeting, the FEC declined to definitively spare book publishers from the reach of campaign finance rules. This triggered a clash between Republican and Democratic members, with Chairman Lee Goodman warning that the deadlock could represent a "chill" for constitutional free-press rights. Hillary Clinton: How badlydoes she want to be President? Telegraph [UK], by Peter Foster Attercliffe- 7/23/2014 6:39:11 PM No public office comes with more trappings, or could be more calculated to give its holder airs and graces, than the presidency of the United States. Yet it is an unpalatable truth for all its aspirants that attaining the Holy Grail of American politics requires a very unholy scramble. [Snip] Why on earth would she do it? That was the question posed openly this week by Barack Obama, the man who elbowed her into an undignified second place in the Democrat primaries of 2008 and now, after six frustrating years in the coveted office, just looks impatient some days for Michelle Obama Said to Knock HillaryClinton’s Presidential Aspirations Fox Business News, by Charlie Gasparino NorthernDog- 7/23/2014 6:19:25 PM Michelle Obama may not be having a blood feud with Hillary Clinton, but that doesn’t mean she’s crazy about another Clinton in the White House. The first lady reportedly told people who attended a Manhattan fundraiser earlier in the month that she isn’t at war with either Hillary Clinton or her husband, the former president; however, people who were present say she took a swipe at Hillary Clinton’s presidential aspirations. Obama’s comments came during a question-and-answer session at a fundraiser at the home of financier Charles Myers, according to people who were present.
Loon population rebounding in Vermont NorthernDog- 7/23/2014 6:13:21 PM Colchester – Experts estimate there are nearly 300 adult loons living on Vermont´s lakes and ponds, up from just a couple dozen 30 years ago. On Saturday, more than 200 volunteers spread out across Vermont for the annual loon survey. The results of the survey are trickling in, but Eric Hanson of the Vermont Center for Ecostudies and the coordinator of the Vermont Loon Conservation Project, said there are many more birds now than just a few years ago. He said 15 years ago there were around 100 loons. In 1983, biologists counted only 29. "It is a decent, stable population. I'm hoping that actually things do start to level out. Montana Senator JohnWalsh Plagiarized Thesis Weekly Standard, by John McCormack - 7/23/2014 6:12:22 PM Jonathan Martin reports for the New York Times that John Walsh, who is now running to keep the Montana Senate seat to which he was recently appointed, plagiarized a master´s thesis in 2007: [O]ne of the highest-profile credentials of Mr. Walsh’s 33-year military career appears to have been improperly attained. An examination of the final paper required for Mr. Walsh’s master’s degree from the United States Army War College indicates the senator appropriated at least a quarter of his thesis on American Middle East policy from other authors’ works, with no attribution. Mr. Walsh completed the paper, what the War College calls a “strategy research State Dept. Official:ISIS No Longer a TerroristGroup But ‘A Full-Blown Army’ Cybercast News Service, by Penny Starr - 7/23/2014 6:02:21 PM A State Department official who just returned from a seven-week trip to Iraq, said the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) - or the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) – is no longer just a terrorist group. “ISIL is no longer simply a terrorist organization,” Brett McGurk, deputy assistant secretary for Iraq and Iran at the U.S. Department of State, said at a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on Wednesday. “It is now a full-blown army seeking to establish a self-governing state through the Tigress and Euphrates Valley in what is now Syria and Iraq.” ISIS continues to expand its hold on territory in Iraq, including overtaking the city of Mosul Indiana teen pilot dies in crash whiletrying set record, spokeswoman says - 7/23/2014 5:58:38 PM INDIANAPOLIS- A family spokeswoman says an Indiana teenager was killed when his plane crashed while trying to set a record for an around-the-world flight. Annie Hayat said Wednesday that the plane flown by 17-year-old Haris Suleman went down shortly after leaving Pago Pago in American Samoa. Suleman and his father, Babar Suleman, were on board. Hayat says the body of Haris Suleman has been recovered. Crews were still looking for his father. Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor in Los Angeles said the Hawker Beechcraft plane crashed into the ocean Tuesday night under unknown circumstances.
Ukraine rebel commanderacknowledges fighters had BUK missile Reuters, by Anton Zverev NorthernDog- 7/23/2014 5:57:36 PM Donetsk, Ukraine - A powerful Ukrainian rebel leader has confirmed that pro-Russian separatists had an anti-aircraft missile of the type Washington says was used to shoot down Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 and it could have originated in Russia. In an interview with Reuters, Alexander Khodakovsky, commander of the Vostok Battalion, acknowledged for the first time since the airliner was brought down in eastern Ukraine on Thursday that the rebels did possess the BUK missile system and said it could have been sent back subsequently to remove proof of its presence. Before the Malaysian plane was shot down, rebels had boasted Trey Gowdy Eviscerates IRS Commissioner Breitbart TV, by Staff mitzi- 7/23/2014 4:32:42 PM Wednesday at a House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee hearing on the Internal Revenue Service´s (IRS) Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) would not let IRS Commissioner John Koskinen off the hook over his failure to bring acceptable answers to Congress about the supposed loss of former IRS official Lois Lerner’s emails. The South Carolina Republican warned the IRS commissioners, "Words have consequences," as he hammered Koskinen for trying to claim he did not pursue what happened to the emails because he did not want to interfere with the Inspector General investigation saying "people site ongoing IG investigations Protesters In Baghdad: “I amChristian, Sunni, Shiite, Kurd,Mandean,Yazidi, and I am Iraqi” Al Arabya News [Dubai, UAE], by Dina al-Shibeeb, mitzi- 7/23/2014 4:17:36 PM More than 200 people – many of them Muslims – gathered on Sunday in front of a Catholic church in Baghdad carrying “I am Iraqi, I am Christian” slogans to show solidarity after a radical Islamist group evacuated Christians from their homes in the northern city of Mosul. “What gives us hope is a group of citizens - I do not want to say Muslims but they were Muslims - from Baghdad carrying slogans saying “I am Iraqi, I am Christian,” Father Maysar Bahnam of Mar Korkis Catholic Church told Al Arabiya News. “They prayed in solidarity with us, saying that we are people from this land,” Bahnam said, emphasizing that the rally Biden decries voting restrictionsin NAACP address Associated Press, by Nicholas Riccardi - 7/23/2014 3:56:49 PM LAS VEGAS -- Vice President Joe Biden Wednesday called on members of the NAACP to spread the word about what he called "a hailstorm" of measures to restrict citizens´ ability to vote, trying to rally the Democratic Party´s base before the midterm elections. In a 31-minute speech to the civil rights group´s annual convention in Las Vegas, Biden said that there have been 83 attempts this year alone in 29 states to restrict voting rights. The measures stiffen requirements on identification needed to vote, or limit or end early voting. "These moves to limit the right to vote are nothing more than
Chinese City ´Sealed Off´ Dueto Bubonic Plague Breitbart Big Peace, by Awr Hawkins mitzi- 7/23/2014 3:48:12 PM Yumen, China has been "sealed off and 151 people have been place on quarantine" since a bubonic plague death last week. According to The Guardian, police set up "roadblocks on the parameter of the city" and motorists who normally drive through Yumen to reach their destinations are being told to find another route. The city´s 30,000 residents are not allowed to leave. The Guardian quotes China Central Television (CCTV) as reporting "the city has enough rice, flour and oil supply [for the] residents for up to one month." CCTV also reported that "local residents and those in quarantine are all J´accuse: Western Academics CondemningIsrael Aid Hamas Terrorists Breitbart Big Peace, by Dr. Phyllis Chesler Judy W.- 7/23/2014 3:37:37 PM J´accuse every single Western academic, each intellectual and journalist who has ever circulated and signed a Resolution against Israel and in favor of Hamas is a supporter of Islamist barbarism against Western civilization. They are the West’s equivalent of suicide (or really, homicide) bombers. These are the professors and activists who are, essentially, anti-American in their point of view and who, like President Obama (who studied with them), want a de-militarized and diminished America. The 21st century manifestation of this sentiment in academia is the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement, whose aim is to starve the Israeli government by bullying even Nathan Lane says giving gay rolesto only gay actors is ‘madness’ Associated Press, by Staff - 7/23/2014 3:19:46 PM Gay actors shouldn’t have a monopoly on gay roles, award-winning stage and screen actor Nathan Lane said. Lane, who is gay and has played both straight and gay characters, was asked the question at a TV critics’ meeting Tuesday. He was there to discuss PBS’ presentation of the Broadway play The Nance, in which he stars. “We just had The Normal Heart (with) Mark Ruffalo, fantastic job. I think who’s right for the part and most talented” should be hired, Lane said. Ruffalo, who is straight, starred as a gay man in the AIDS drama for HBO. “That way only madness lies. … Congressional SubcommitteeHears Case of ´Apostate´Sudanese Christian Mother Breitbart Big Peace, by Dr. Phyllis Chesler mitzi- 7/23/2014 3:07:48 PM She has faced a death sentence, one hundred lashes, a medieval jail cell, a series of lawsuits, an unexpected and terrifying arrest at the airport, a subsequent detention, and a non-stop series of lawsuits which have yet to quit. I am talking about the very young, the very beautiful, the very accomplished Christian woman, Dr. Meriam Yahya Ishag, of Sudan. Will the United States be able to get Dr. Meriam out of this God-forsaken country or not? When will my country be able to free her and her American family from the shackles of the most savage Shariah law? Can
Israel to be investigated for possible´war crimes´ over Gaza raids Daily Express [UK], by Cyril Dixon Attercliffe- 7/23/2014 3:02:41 PM Israel was warned by the UN´s human rights chief today that it may have committed "war crimes" with its bombing raids on Gaza. Navi Pillay said Tel Aviv´s two-week onslaught on Gaza--which has cost more than 650 Palestinians lives--would be thoroughly investigated. Ms Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, said the attacks have destroyed houses and hospitals and killed civilians. [Snip] "Every one of these incidents must be properly and independently investigated." According to Gaza officials, 475 houses have been destroyed and 2,644 damaged, while 46 schools, 56 mosques and seven hospitals have been struck. Broncos owner Pat Bowlen steps downto deal with Alzheimer´s disease USA Today, by Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz - 7/23/2014 3:01:33 PM Pat Bowlen, the Denver Broncos owner who won two Super Bowls and oversaw one of the NFL´s most consistently competitive franchises, has given up control of the team to continue his battle of Alzheimer´s disease. The Denver Post first reported the story early Wednesday morning. "As many in the Denver community and around the National Football League have speculated, my husband, Pat, has very bravely and quietly battled Alzheimer´s disease for the last few years," Annabel Bowlen said in a statement released through the Broncos. "He has elected to keep his condition private because he has strongly believed, and often said, ´It´s Casey Anthony: HerStrange Life 3 Years Later People Magazine, by Staff - 7/23/2014 2:57:32 PM Three years ago this week, hundreds of protestors jeered outside the Orange County jail in Florida as Casey Anthony walked out the front door as a free woman. They, like many across America, were outraged at Anthony´s acquittal of murder charges in the death of her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee. Over the past three years, there have been many questions about the now 28-year-old´s life. Here, PEOPLE answers some of them: Is She Broke? Her lawyer says so. Cheney Mason tells CNN that Anthony stays at home and works as a "housekeeper, clerk, secretary and stuff like that." LIVE UPDATES: Hamas saysready for humanitarian truce;3 IDF soldiers killed in Gaza Haaretz [Israel], by Staff SoCalGal- 7/23/2014 2:55:04 PM Israel´s Operation Protective Edge entered its 16th day on Wednesday, marking the 6th day of the IDF´s ground incursion into the Gaza Strip. Three IDF soldiers were killed on Wednesday, raising the number of Israeli military fatalities since the operation commenced to 32. At least 350 Palestinians have been killed since Israel began its ground operation, raising the recent escalation´s death toll in Gaza to 655, with some 4,220 wounded. International efforts to stop the fighting between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip have resumed Tuesday, following Monday’s arrival in the region of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the Neighbor allegedly said body ofMarine´s missing wife won´t be found Los Angeles Times, by Veronica Rocha SoCalGal- 7/23/2014 2:51:06 PM The wife of a man who is suspected of having an affair with the missing pregnant wife of a U.S. Marine allegedly told a witness "detectives would never find her body," according to a search warrant made public this week. The wife of Christopher Lee told the witness, Isabella Megli of Yucca Valley, who was subsequently interviewed by detectives, that without 19-year-old Erin Corwin´s body, investigators "did not have a case against them," according to a search warrant issued July 8 in San Bernardino County Superior Court.Corwin, who was last seen June 28, was allegedly having an affair with Lee before
Boehner Border Group Offers Plan Breitbart Big Government, by Jonathan Strong SpeedMaster- 7/23/2014 2:45:16 PM A working group of lawmakers appointed by Speaker John Boehner released a set of recommendations to the House GOP conference Wednesday, including $1.5 in new spending and proposals to send the National Guard to the border and require the Obama administration to form a border security plan as tens of thousands of illegal alien children stream across the border. The proposal faces an uncertain future, with congressional Democrats digging in with opposition to amending a 2008 human trafficking law that has been cited as an obstacle to deporting the children while the recommendations produced pockets of opposition on the right.
Barney Frank Challenges GOP’s‘Too Big to Fail’ Arguments Wall Street Journal, by Victoria McGrane - 7/23/2014 2:38:31 PM On Wednesday, Barney Frank came back to the committee he used to lead to defend the financial overhaul law he helped create. (snip) A report put out Monday by the panel’s chairman, Rep. Jeb Hensarling of Texas, encapsulated their belief that the law has been a failure. Among other criticisms, the panel’s Republicans say the law has exacerbated the belief that the government will rush to bail out big, complex financial firms the next time crisis strikes, rather than ending the ills plaguing the financial system. Mr. Frank kicked off his testimony by challenging the GOP’s “too big to fail” A pause in global warming? Studiestry to better explain what´s happened Christian Science Monitor, by Pete Spotts - 7/23/2014 2:37:59 PM Any pause in global warming, such as it may have been during the first decade of the 21st century, might seem to be on its way out. Global average temperatures for May and June 2014 reached record levels of warmth. Last year ranked as somewhere between the second and sixth warmest on record globally, depending on the temperature records you pick. But if history is any guide, expect more pauses in the thermometer´s climb toward a warmer world, thanks to the climate´s natural variability. That´s one implication of two recent studies exploring the pause with an eye toward testing the U.S. officials: We still don’t knowwho shot down Malaysian airliner McClatchy News, by Jonathan S. Landay NorthernDog- 7/23/2014 2:32:33 PM WASHINGTON — The United States is confident that the Malaysian Airlines plane that crashed in eastern Ukraine was downed by an SA-11 missile likely fired by pro-Russian separatists _ most plausibly by mistake _ but there still is no hard evidence tying the rebels or Russia to the disaster, senior U.S. intelligence officials said Tuesday. “Two things we don’t know is who exactly pulled the trigger: we don’t know a name, we don’t know a rank and we’re not even 100 percent sure of a nationality,” said one senior U.S. intelligence official. “We don’t even know why. The most plausible
Arizona high court delays planned execution - 7/23/2014 2:08:33 PM FLORENCE, Ariz.- Arizona´s highest court on Wednesday temporarily halted the execution of a condemned inmate so it could consider a last-minute appeal. Joseph Rudolph Wood, 55, was scheduled to be put to death Wednesday morning at the state prison in Florence, but that was delayed when the Arizona Supreme Court said it would consider whether he received inadequate legal representation at his sentencing. The appeal also challenges the secrecy of the lethal injection process and the drugs that are used. The state Supreme Court could still allow the execution to move forward later Wednesday once it considers the arguments. The How Obama is saving the DNC moneyon his fundraising trips --- at your expense Washington Examiner (DC), by Susan Crabtree - 7/23/2014 2:02:56 PM During President Obama´s West Coast fundraising swing this week, he´ll squeeze in an official speech about job training at a community college between multimillion-dollar fundraisers in Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles to benefit House and Senate Democrats´ re-elections this fall. But that´s not just because he´s a multi-tasker. It will also cut down the cost of the trip. Over the last few weeks Obama has made a practice of sprinkling in a few public-policy speeches on trips devoted mostly to fundraising, even as he´s faced new foreign policy crises in Ukraine and Gaza. His top spokesman says he’s not A Gentleman’s Guide To Picking OutSocks, As Told By George H.W. Bush BuzzFeed, by Benny Johnson - 7/23/2014 1:58:35 PM BuzzFeed asked George H.W. Bush what rules he uses in picking out his socks for the day. His response is printed in full below, with our own added illustrations. 1.(Photographs) "The first rule of sock club..."is there is no sock club". 2. “Assess the prevailing mood.”“Sometimes a good sock can give those around you a lift…” “…like a catchy tune or a post-convention bounce in the polls.” 3. “When the thermometer dips, thread count matters.” “It is a little known scientific fact that freezing your tail off actually starts in the toes.” The terrible cost of thwarting Hamas Times of Israel, by David Horovitz - 7/23/2014 1:16:00 PM Israel’s mood at the start of this war with Hamas was one of confident assurance. We wouldn’t be deterred by the rocket threat, and Hamas would be contained. That’s utterly changed. The rockets turned out to be the least of our concerns. And the national mood now is a mixture of anguish at the growing toll of IDF dead, anger at the feckless response of parts of the international community — notably the US — and confidence in the troops and (atypically) the political leadership. To lose the lives of 30 Israelis to terrorism is, appallingly, nothing new in a country
Paul Ryan, 2016? Hot Air, by Noah Rothman - 7/23/2014 1:12:58 PM Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), the Republican Party’s bookish former vice presidential nominee, is starting to look like a candidate for the presidency in 2016. In August, Ryan will publish a book with a distinctly campaign-themed title, The Way Forward. On Tuesday, the Federal Election Commission approved of a nationwide book tour sponsored by Ryan’s publisher and the Political Action Committee the Wisconsin congressman founded, Prosperity Action PAC. “The book will address “the state of the conservative movement in America today, discuss how it contrasts with liberal progressivism, and explain what must be done to save what Representative Ryan refers to as the The Odds of a GOPWave Are Increasing National Journal, by Josh Kraushaar StormCnter- 7/23/2014 1:10:30 PM When writing about politics, it´s all too frequent to use terminology that often obscures more than elucidates. That´s especially true when it comes to the word "wave"—shorthand for a landslide victory for the winning party. I´ve argued before that the likelihood of 2014 being a wave election has been rising, given the president´s consistently low approval ratings and the fact that Republicans are running evenly on the generic ballot (which usually translates into a clear GOP edge) and that the right-track/wrong-track numbers are near historic lows. All these big-picture signs are ominous for the party in power. But this week, The Rep. Wolf Accuses ISIS ofGenocide, Targeting Christiansin Iraq ‘For Extinction’ Cybercast News Service, by Barbara Hollingsworth mitzi- 7/23/2014 12:59:04 PM Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.) accused the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) of genocide for “systematically targeting Christians and other religious minorities in Iraq for extinction” during an impassioned speech on the House floor Tuesday. Wolf – who earned an international reputation as a champion of human rights for his humanitarian efforts in China, Tibet, Sudan, Afghanistan and other countries during his 34 years in Congress - told his House colleagues that “I believe that what is happening to the Christian community in Iraq is genocide. I also believe it is ‘a crime against humanity’.” "Last Thursday, the Islamic Why America is duty bound tohelp Iraqi Christians The Week, by Michael Brendan Dougherty mitzi- 7/23/2014 12:48:52 PM Just 11 years ago, there were 1.5 million Christians living in Iraq. Since the U.S. war there, that number has plummeted to approximately 400,000 — and it is still falling fast. The chaos created by the U.S. invasion, occupation, and withdrawal, as well as the ongoing Syrian civil war and insurgent-fueled unrest in much of Iraq, has dramatically increased the persecution and pressure on Iraq´s Christians and other religious minorities. ISIS, the emergent Islamist terrorist group that spans from Syria into Iraq, has already taken over Mosul, Iraq´s second-largest city. They painted signs on the walls of Christian homes, meant
‘Operation Normandy’ setto send 3,500 volunteers toborder to ‘stop an invasion’ Washington Times, by Cheryl K. Chumley - 7/23/2014 12:04:38 PM Jim Gilchrist — one of the founders of the Minutemen Project — said he’s reaching out across America to recruit at least 3,500 volunteers who will go to the border to patrol and cover the “porous areas” between San Diego and Brownsville, Texas. The campaign is called “Operation Normandy,” and it’s set for May 1, 2015, Raw Story reported. “If you are familiar with the Normandy invasion of France in 1944, then you have an idea how large and logistically complicated this event will be,” Mr. Gilchrist said, Raw Story reported. “However, there is one difference. We are not going to the border to invade anyone. We are going there to stop an New Obamacare contraception rulefor religious groups in the works CBS News & Associated Press, by Staff - 7/23/2014 11:56:35 AM Washington - The Obama administration is developing a new way for religious nonprofits that object to paying for contraceptives in their health plans to opt out, without submitting a form they say violates their religious beliefs. The government has been searching for solutions since the Supreme Court decided an evangelical college in Illinois can avoid filling out the form while the case is being appealed. That move undercut the accommodation the Obama administration had devised in hopes of resolving religious group´s objections without shifting the cost for birth control to employees. The document, known as Form 700, lets faith-affiliated Border crisis creates discomfort for state,local politicians over housing children Washington Post, by Manuel Roig-Franzia, Wesley Lowery* - 7/23/2014 11:53:29 AM TUCSON — A governor was moved to tears. A mayor fretted about disease and crime. A city councilman accused the federal government of keeping secrets. Around the country, in statehouses and mayor’s suites, in city council chambers and local police agencies, the challenge of housing tens of thousands of unaccompanied Central American migrant children is forcing an emotional, uncomfortable and politically treacherous conversation on policymakers at every level. In the weeks and months since large numbers of migrant children began showing up in the Rio Grande Valley, federal officials have turned to states as far north as New England and many Border agents: ‘This is the dreamof every terrorist in the world’ Washington Times, by Jessica Chasmar - 7/23/2014 11:44:23 AM The vice president of the National Border Patrol Council says the current border crisis is “the dream of every terrorist in the world,” with illegal immigrants being able to board American jetliners without proper identification. The union, which represents thousands of Border Patrol agents, has accused the Transportation Security Administration of letting illegals board American jetliners with only a “Notice to Appear” document — a claim the federal agency strongly denies, Fox News reported. “This is a document that could easily be forged,” union vice president Shawn Moran told Fox News. “It is simply a computer printout with a name on
Ukraine: Two military jetsshot down over Donetsk CNN, by Victoria Butenko & Laura Smith-Spark - 7/23/2014 11:34:10 AM Donetsk, Ukraine - Two Ukrainian military jets were shot down Wednesday in the eastern part of the country, where pro-Russian rebels have fought against government forces, a Ukrainian military office said. (Snip) An air defense system shot down the jets after the pilots completed a task in Dmytrivka, a village in Ukraine´s Donetsk region near the border with Russia, the military press office said. Sergei Kavtaradze, an aide to rebel leader Alexander Borodai, Prime Minister of the self-declared Donetsk People´s Republic, told CNN that the two jets had been shot down by rebel fighters using a shoulder-fired missile system. Rep. Steve King: Obama ‘not raisedwith an American experience´ The Hill (Washington, D.C.), by Mario Trujillo - 7/23/2014 11:31:40 AM Rep. Steve King over the weekend told a crowd in his home state of Iowa that President Obama was not raised with an "American experience." (snip)"I can tell you, his vision of American is not like our vision of America — that we know," King said. "Now I don´t assert where he was born. But I will just tell you that we are all certain that he was not raised with an American experience. So these things that beat in our hearts when we hear the national anthem and when we say the pledge of allegiance, doesn´t beat the same Report: Land Baron Stephen King Hasn´tOffered Refuge to Border Kids Breitbart Big Hollywood, by John Nolte happywarrior- 7/23/2014 11:31:31 AM Using his verified Twitter account, horror novelist Stephen King singled out the Tea Party for a lecture about Christianity as it pertains to the ongoing crisis at the Mexican border. "Revised Tea Party Gospel," King wrote in one tweet, "´Suffer the little children come unto me. Unless they´re undocumented kids from Central America.´" As of now, though, despite his vast wealth and land holdings, there are no reports of King offering to personally care for or allow any Central American border kids to take refuge in or on his property. Senator Manchin: What My DaughterDid Should Be Illegal National Journal, by Ron Fournier - 7/23/2014 11:26:33 AM You´re a United States senator from a state struggling to compete in the world economy. Your daughter runs a giant drug company with roots in your state, and the firm makes a fortune from taxpayers via Medicare and Medicaid. Everything´s cozy and connected and perfectly Washington – until your daughter renounces the firm´s U.S. citizenship to reduce its U.S. taxes. What do you do? If you´re Joe Manchin, you duck a reporter´s telephone call for six days, then emerge for an interview in which you vow to make your daughter´s actions, from this day forward, illegal. Sort of. The West Virginia Democrat told Islamists gun down Somali protestsinger-turned-lawmaker Reuters, by Abdi Sheikh and Feisal Omar - 7/23/2014 11:20:16 AM A veteran Somali protest singer who had become a member of parliament was shot dead in central Mogadishu on Wednesday by Islamist gunmen who blocked her car and sprayed it with bullets. Saado Ali Warsame was one of fewer than 30 women lawmakers in the 275-seat parliament, MPs said. Believed to be in her 70s, she was renowned for songs that landed her in jail when she challenged the former dictator Siad Barre before he was toppled in 1991 and Somalia plunged into conflict. Attackers from al Shabaab Islamist group, which has staged a series of assaults during the Muslim fasting month of
One in every 25 New Yorkersis a millionaire, study says Los Angeles Times, by Walter Hamilton - 7/23/2014 11:18:04 AM Walk down the street in New York and you´re virtually guaranteed to see several millionaires. That´s because more than 1 in every 25 New Yorkers is a millionaire, according to a study released Tuesday. The Big Apple ranks fourth in a listing of the top 20 global cities based on the portion of their populations whose net worth, excluding primary residence, tops $1 million. Altogether, 4.63% of New Yorkers, or 389,100 people, are millionaires, according to the analysis by Spear´s magazine and consulting firm WealthInsight. “New York has long been the bastion of wealth not only in America, but the world," said Oliver Williams, an analyst at LA Street Artist Blasts Obamafor ´Scandalous´ Fundraiser Truth Revolt, by Staff - 7/23/2014 10:58:13 AM As President Obama arrives in Los Angeles for his $32,000 per plate fundraiser at the home of Shonda Rhimes this week, a local street artist is pointing out the irony of the producer of the hit TV show Scandal, a show about a Washington public relations firm that specializes in managing political scandals, hosting the producer of such actual scandals as the cover-up surrounding the Benghazi attack, the lost hard-drives of IRS officials targeting conservatives, and the Fast and Furious gun running scheme. Posters went up Monday night all over Hollywood around Rhimes´s Hancock Park home and the Sunset Gower Studios Rapfogel Sentenced to Three and aHalf Years for Stealing From Charity New York Times, by Russ Buettner - 7/23/2014 10:51:42 AM The longtime executive director of a prominent and politically connected Jewish charity in New York was sentenced on Wednesday to three and a half years in prison for stealing more than $1 million from the organization. The director, William E. Rapfogel, who led the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty for two decades, faced a sentence of four to 12 years when he appeared at State Supreme Court in Manhattan before Justice Larry Stephen. But under the terms of a plea agreement he accepted in April, Mr. Rapfogel paid the remaining balance of $3 million in restitution in exchange for a shorter sentence of 3 ⅓ to 10 years. Man sues pizzeria for thwarting robbery News-Journal [Wilmington, DE], by Sean O´Sullivan - 7/23/2014 10:45:46 AM The first time Nigel Sykes tried to get money from the Seasons Pizza in Newport, he did it with a gun, forcing his way into the business through the back door. This time, Sykes is trying to get money from the pizzeria by suing the employees who tackled him and wrestled his gun away during the robbery. Sykes alleges assault in a federal civil complaint claiming the rough treatment was "unnecessary" and that as a result of the injuries he suffered during his attempted hold-up, he is due over $260,000. Sykes also claims in his suit, filed without an attorney, that after employees Cuomo’s Office HobbledState Ethics Inquiries New York Times, by Susanne Craig, William K . Rashbaum* Toledo- 7/23/2014 10:44:11 AM With Albany rocked by a seemingly endless barrage of scandals and arrests, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo set up a high-powered commission last summer to root out corruption in state politics. It was barely two months old when its investigators, hunting for violations of campaign-finance laws, issued a subpoena to a media-buying firm that had placed millions of dollars’ worth of advertisements for the New York State Democratic Party. The investigators did not realize that the firm, Buying Time, also counted Mr. Cuomo among its clients, having bought the airtime for his campaign when he ran for governor in 2010. Word that the
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‘NSA in da House’:State Dept. Doesn’t Object ABC News, by Chris Good SoCalGal- 7/23/2014 10:36:17 AM German artist Oliver Bienkowski probably wasn’t seeking the U.S. government’s approval when he projected onto the U.S. embassy in Berlin, early last Saturday, the words “NSA in da House” beside a peace sign and an image of President Obama wearing a backwards baseball cap. But the U.S. State Department, while it disagrees with the message, says it’s okay with the act. “Well, I strongly disagree with the message in it, but support the ability of people to freely express that message,” State Dept. spokeswoman Marie Harf told reporters at Tuesday’s daily press briefing. They were the first substantive comments the Where are the Jewish Organizations? PJ Media, by Spengler (David P. Goldman) lvmatt- 7/23/2014 10:33:16 AM Writing on Commentary’s website yesterday, Prof. Eugene Kontorovich denounces the Obama administration’s double standard in cutting off flights to Israel: Ben Gurion remains an extremely safe airport. The FAA had many various measures short of a flight ban, like warnings, that it could have imposed. The FAA only warns airlines about flying to Afghanistan; it does not ban them. And the FAA move comes the day after a general State Department warning about Israel–though far more people were killed in Chicago on Fourth of July weekend than in the Jewish state since the start of the Gaza campaign. Chinese town sealed off afterdeath from pneumonic plague CNN, by Zoe Li LittleHoodedMonk- 7/23/2014 10:32:10 AM A Chinese town has been on lockdown since last week after a man died of the plague. Parts of the city of Yumen was sealed off by police after a 38-year-old man died in a hospital on July 16, according to state news agency Xinhua. He had contracted pneumonic plague. On the same day of the patient´s death, a quarantine zone was set up, affecting at least 30,000 people living in Yumen city in China´s northwestern Gansu province. The original quarantine period is set for nine days. The deceased had been in contact with a dead marmot, a small furry animal in the squirrel family, according to Xinhua. He had chopped up the dead animal to feed to his
DOJ Files Motion To Stop DocumentsIn Breitbart V Sherrod Case FromGaining Sunlight… Conservative Treehouse, by Sundance earlybird- 7/23/2014 10:31:38 AM The motion is embedded below but essentially says: ‘If we knew you were going to put these in the public record we would not have given them to you’. Obviously the Eric Holder led DOJ was more than happy to assist the Sherrod BGI enterprise in their efforts against Breitbart Inc., but they appear to have anticipated the documents being sealed and now are twitchy about the potential sunlight.BACKSTORY VIA POLITICO - The Obama administration is fighting to keep secret hundreds of pages of emails detailing White House involvement in the 2010 firing and attempted rehiring of Agriculture Department employee Soup to Nuts: 12-year-old Mainechef dines with Michelle Obamaat White House Press Herald (Portland ME), by Meredith Goad - 7/23/2014 10:28:42 AM Sienna Mazone’s love affair with food began long before an aunt in Colorado sent her information about Michelle Obama’s Healthy Lunchtime Challenge and encouraged her to enter the nationwide recipe contest. Mazone, a 12-year-old from Dresden, prepares one or two meals a day for her family, and does most of the household grocery shopping. Her family has a big vegetable garden (which Sienna says has turned her into “a professional weeder”), so she has learned to make bean-lentil loaf topped with tomato sauce and, as her mother Kimberly put it, “a mean pot pie.” She has her own herb garden, Two Weeks of Shallow, Facile MoralEquivalency in The New York Times New York Observer, by Jerold S.Auerbach Toledo- 7/23/2014 10:20:34 AM When Adolph S. Ochs purchased The New York Times in 1896 he pledged “intelligent discussion from all shades of opinion.” He bolstered his commitment with a new motto for the newspaper, promising: “All the News That’s Fit to Print.” But Ochs was also determined that the Times would never appear to be a “Jewish newspaper.” His pledges have competed for ascendancy ever since. Arthur Hays Sulzberger, who succeeded his father-in-law as publisher in 1935, feared that Zionism would “exacerbate doubts about every Jew’s ultimate loyalty.” Editors were instructed not to refer to “the Jewish people” but to “the Jewish faith.” There 30,000 Israelis Attend Funeral forL.A.´s Steinberg, Killed in Action Breitbart California, by Joel B. Pollak - 7/23/2014 10:20:15 AM Los Angeles native Max Steinberg, 24, showed his love for Israel by joining the Golani brigade, one of the most elite units of the Israel Defense Force. Now Israel has returned that love, with 30,000 Israelis turning out for the Steinberg´s funeral Wednesday at Israel´s military cemetery on Mount Herzl in Jerusalem. Another fallen U.S. volunteer, Sean Carmeli of Texas, received a send-off from 20,000 Israelis at his funeral earlier this week. Both Steinberg and Carmeli, were "lone soldiers," foreign volunteers with no family in Israel. The Israeli public has long embraced lone soldiers, offering their homes for weekend leave,
10 states join Indiana’s appeal offederal judge’s same-sex marriage ruling Indianapolis Star* (IN), by Tim Evans Scottyboy- 7/23/2014 10:14:12 AM The attorneys general of 10 states have joined in Indiana’s appeal of a federal judge’s ruling that found the state law banning same-sex marriage unconstitutional. In a filing this week, the attorneys general of Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Louisiana, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota and Utah filed a friend of the court brief alleging it is not the judicial branch’s role to determine whether same-sex marriage should be permitted. “The moral, political, and social issues surrounding this case are profound and profoundly important,” says the brief filed by Colorado Solicitor General Michael Francisco. “However, they are distinct from the purely legal Fed hearing set for runoff;McDaniel wants new ruling Clarion Ledger [Jackson, MS], by Jimmie E. Gates - 7/23/2014 10:12:54 AM A federal judge has scheduled a Thursday hearing for arguments in Texas-based True The Vote´s lawsuit over voter records from the June 24 GOP primary runoff. Meanwhile Chris McDaniel continues to gather information for a challenge of his loss to incumbent U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran in the runoff. McDaniel has asked the state Supreme Court to reconsider its rejection of his request for access to poll books without voters´ birthdates blacked out, in part to avoid the expense of paying to have the records redacted. True the Vote claims it was denied access to voting records in Copiah, Hinds, Jefferson Davis, Michael Bloomberg flyingto Israel to protest FAA ban Washington Post, by Sean Sullivan NorthernDog- 7/23/2014 10:12:52 AM Former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg (I) is flying to Israel tonight on the Israeli airline El Al to protest a Federal Aviation Administration ban on U.S. carriers flying to or from Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv. Bloomberg made the announcement on his Web site. He urged the FAA to change its decision. "This evening I will be flying on El Al to Tel Aviv to show solidarity with the Israeli people and to demonstrate that it is safe to fly in and out of Israel," Bloomberg said in a statement. "Ben Gurion is the best protected Chinese president visits Cubanrevolutionary leader Fidel Castro Xinhua News Agency [China], by Staff LittleHoodedMonk- 7/23/2014 10:11:11 AM Havana - Chinese President Xi Jinping visited Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro here Tuesday and the two exchanged views on bilateral ties, the international situation and other issues of common concern. Xi said that his state visit to Cuba is aimed at inheriting and carrying forward the traditional friendship between the two countries jointly built by Castro and the older generations of Chinese leaders, so as to inject new impetus into bilateral cooperation. He recalled the meeting with Castro in 2011 when he visited Cuba, saying he is very pleased to see the Cuban leader in good health now. "You are the founder of the causes of
Michelle Obama’s Pro-Water (Soda Silent)Campaign Makes Waves Time Magazine, by Maya Rhodan Scottyboy- 7/23/2014 10:01:38 AM First Lady Michelle Obama devoted Tuesday afternoon to telling Americans to drink less sugary soda, without actually saying anything bad about sugary soda. MORE Obama to Sign Bill Improving Worker Training President Obama Plans to Act as Mentor in ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ Initiative Moving Moment as Wrecked Concordia Makes Final Voyage NBC News Wednesday´s Top 6 News Stories NBC News Second American ´Lone Soldier´ Gets Hero´s Burial NBC News It’s been nearly a year since the First Lady launched the “Drink Up” campaign, a subset of the signature effort to promote healthy choices for kids that focuses on water. But instead of attacking the sugary, carbonated drinks Snoop Dogg says he smoked marijuanain the White House — without Obama Washington Post, by Justin Moyer LittleHoodedMonk- 7/23/2014 9:59:27 AM Weed isn’t this legal in D.C. yet. In an episode of his online show “GGN: The Double G News Network” that just went live, Snoop Dogg claimed he smoked Mary Jane in a White House bathroom. Though Mr. Dogg did not explicitly say so, the implication was that President Obama was not there when the rapper toked up. For the record: Obama recently turned down pot at a bar in Denver – though, if it’s relevant, he has been known to dodge questions about whether he smokes cigarettes of the non-marijuana variety in the White House. Dogg’s revelation came in an exchange with guest Jimmy Kimmel. Try to follow along: How Risky Is It to Be Uninsured? American Magazine, by Christopher J. Conover EagleBlurst- 7/23/2014 9:54:52 AM In a recent survey, 48 percent of uninsured respondents did not plan on looking for information on the health insurance exchanges set up under the Affordable Care Act, or had not heard about them. Are uninsured people ignorant? Or might the poll reflect a well-reasoned choice? What are the actual risks associated with being uninsured? Lack of coverage may increase the odds of early death and slightly reduce everyday health status. Yet, at most, one year of being uninsured yields a loss of life expectancy of 16 healthy days of life (roughly equivalent to experiencing the foot problems Will John Roberts Decide a´State´ Is Not a ´State´? Cybercast News Service, by Terence P. Jeffrey - 7/23/2014 9:46:51 AM The Supreme Court may soon need to decide whether the federal government can be considered a "state" in our federal republic in the same sense that Iowa, Wyoming and Wisconsin are states. On the face of it, this question may seem absurd. In fact, given any level of reflection, it is absurd. The federal government is not one of the states. But this absurd question was at the heart of Halbig v. Burwell, decided this week by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, and it could soon become a defining issue in American life. Section 1311
Hero: 20,000 Israelis MournFallen Texan in Haifa, Israel Breitbart Texas, by Adelle Nazarian - 7/23/2014 9:41:54 AM 20,000 "people from all walks of life" attended the funeral of "Lone Soldier" and First Sergeant Nissim Sean Carmeli on Sunday evening in Haifa, Israel. Sean, 21, was a Texas native who was serving in the front lines of Israel´s Defense Forces (IDF) when he was struck and killed by enemy fire from Hamas on Sunday. Sean, who split his time between South Padre Island, Texas (where his parents live) and Ra´anana, Israel was a huge fan of the Maccabi Haifa soccer team, according to the Times of Israel. The team, which found out about their fan´s loyalty, posted an image Cheney calls Obama worst presidentof a lifetime; Carter sends thanks Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm LittleHoodedMonk- 7/23/2014 9:38:42 AM Meyers: Secretary of State John Kerry traveled to Egypt this week and had to pass through a metal detector before he could meet with officials. Which is ridiculous. Everyone knows Kerry’s made of wood. Conan: Amazon has introduced its own smartphone. You can tell it’s from Amazon because after you hang up with someone, the Amazon phone suggests other people you may want to call. Conan: Boxing Champ Floyd Mayweather posted on his Instagram that a half-dressed woman is “asking to be disrespected.” This from a guy who only wears shorts to work. Meyers: In the Wall Street Journal, Tyra Banks predicts that future Report: Plane Crashes inTaiwan, Killing 51 People Scottyboy- 7/23/2014 9:34:41 AM TAIPEI, TAIWAN — Taiwan´s Central News Agency says a plane has crashed in a failed emergency landing, killing 51 people. The news agency cited the head of the fire department in the Taiwanese county of Penghu as saying that seven people were also injured in the crash. The report cites the Civil Aviation Administration as saying the flight crashed Wednesday with 54 passengers and four flight crew and was operated by a Taiwanese airline, TransAsia Airways. The report says the plane likely crashed when an attempt to make an emergency landing in the city of Magong. Why California bannedfull-contact football practices Associated Press, by Fenit Nirappil LittleHoodedMonk- 7/23/2014 9:34:34 AM Sacramento, CA - Gov. Jerry Brown announced Monday that he has signed a bill limiting full-contact football practices at middle and high schools in response to concerns about concussions, even as many teams already comply with the rules. Brown approved the bill, AB 2127, with the support of medical groups and the California Interscholastic Federation, which oversees California high school athletics. Assemblyman Ken Cooley, D-Rancho Cordova, said his bill is motivated by parents worried about the risks associated with concussions, which include long-term brain damage and early onset dementia. Comic Relief: Security Adviser PraisesPresident Obama´s ´ExtraordinaryLeadership´ on Ukraine Newsbusters, by Mark Finkelstein JoniTx- 7/23/2014 9:28:46 AM Churchill: Never give in. Never, never, never. FDR: The only thing we have to fear, is fear itself. Obama: Fore left! Sometimes public service demands too much of a man. Take poor Tony Blinken. Appearing on Morning Joe today, President Obama´s Deputy National Security Adviser actually claimed that the president was exhibiting "extraordinary leadership" in putting pressure on Russia over Ukraine. Yes, so "extraordinary" that even as Blinken was being introduced, news was breaking that the Putin-backed Ukrainian rebels had resumed their terrorist ways, shooting down two Ukrainian military planes. View the video after the jump. Wouldn´t it be refreshing
Madeleine Albright to CNN:Israel Is ‘Overdoing’ It in Gaza Mediaite, by Matt Wilstein LittleHoodedMonk- 7/23/2014 9:03:23 AM While our current secretary of state John Kerry is under fire for sarcastically joking about Israel’s “pinpoint operation” in Gaza, one former secretary of state echoed those sentiments during an appearance on CNN Tuesday afternoon. Speaking to Wolf Blitzer, Madeleine Albright said she thinks Israel is “overdoing” it with its offensive into the Gaza Strip and losing some of its “moral authority” in the process. “I do think the point has to be made, if rockets are being shot at Israel, that Israel does have a right to defend itself,” Albright said. “But the bottom line is the question of proportionality.” Blitzer singled out her use of the word Big Business: Lapdog of the Left Tribune Content Agency, LLC, by Jonah Goldberg johngalt1- 7/23/2014 8:57:15 AM It was a really nice try. Heritage Action (the activist arm of the conservative Heritage Foundation) invited Senator Elizabeth Warren to speak at an event dedicated to phasing out the Export-Import Bank. (Snip) The Ex-Im gives U.S. taxpayer-backed loan guarantees to the foreign customers of giant U.S. corporations that don’t need the help. It socializes the risk while privatizing the profits. Basically, it’s free money for big businesses like GE, Caterpillar, and particularly Boeing (hence the outfit’s nickname, “the Bank of Boeing”). Even Barack Obama, shortly before he became president, derided Ex-Im as “little more than a fund for Paterno´s son and other ex-coachsue Penn State for lost careers Reuters, by David DeKok - 7/23/2014 8:56:42 AM Two former assistant football coaches at Penn State University, including the son of disgraced former head coach Joe Paterno, are suing the school for actions they say wrecked their careers in the wake of the child sex-abuse scandal. Jay Paterno, who was quarterbacks coach for 12 seasons under his father, and Bill Kenney, the former offensive coach, were both fired in January 2012 by Bill O´Brien, the coach who replaced the elder Paterno. "The terminations ... had the effect of branding and stigmatizing plaintiffs as participants in the (Jerry) Sandusky scandal, and, by so doing, maligned plaintiff´s heretofore stellar reputations," lawyers for “Solidarity With Israel” Slate, by Allison Benedikt - 7/23/2014 8:23:23 AM In 2012, Los Angeles native Max Steinberg traveled to Israel for the first time, on a 10-day trip sponsored by Birthright Israel. A few months later, he joined the Israel Defense Forces. On Sunday, he died fighting in Gaza, leaving behind his parents, who will now take their first trip to Israel to bury their 24-year-old son. There are many people to blame for Steinberg’s death. There is the Hamas fighter behind the weapon that actually killed him. There are the leaders, on both sides, who put him in Gaza, and the leaders behind all of the wars between Israel and Ukraine Asked U.S. for Tech toCounter Russia´s Jet-Killers Daily Beast, by Eli Lake - 7/23/2014 8:20:47 AM Last month, Ukraine quietly asked the United States and NATO for sensitive equipment to jam the radars that Russian anti-aircraft systems use to lock their missiles on planes. As the United States and NATO last month began to publicly acknowledge the sophisticated Russian anti-aircraft systems moving into rebel held areas of eastern Ukraine, the government in Kiev asked for gear that might be used to counter those weapons. According to a former senior U.S. defense official who has worked closely with Ukraine’s military and a former head of state who has consulted with the government there, Kiev last month requested the radar Unions Ending Forced-Dues Collectionof Home Healthcare Workers Washington Free Beacon, by Bill McMorris Drive- 7/23/2014 8:13:25 AM The Supreme Court ruling that freed home healthcare workers from coercive unionization in Illinois has led to unions ceasing automatic deduction of union dues from non-members in other states. A Washington state chapter of the politically powerful SEIU announced that it would no longer force caretakers—many of whom are caring for disabled family members—to pay union dues, according to communications obtained by the Freedom Foundation, a free market think tank. Adam Glickman, secretary treasurer of SEIU Local 775, wrote a letter to an unnamed home healthcare worker saying the court’s decision in Harris v. Quinn called into question Washington’s policy toward automatic
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Coyote windfall: How ruthless humansmugglers cash in on wave of illegal immigrants Boston Herald, by Erin Smith - 7/23/2014 6:26:58 AM Sophisticated, international “coyotes” — often working in concert with drug cartels as they smuggle illegal immigrants into the U.S. — are the main traffickers behind the wave of 57,000 unaccompanied Central American children flooding the southern border, according to a Mexican-based human rights expert. And the coyotes are raking in hundreds of thousands of dollars sneaking the kids past the Texas and Arizona borders, according to Victor Clark-Alfaro, a San Diego State University professor and director of the Binational Center for Human Rights in Tijuana, Mexico. “The international coyotes have contact with Mexican authorities to bribe them, they have safety John Kerry flies to Tel Avivdespite FAA ban Attercliffe- 7/23/2014 6:04:54 AM TEL AVIV, Israel--The top U.S. diplomat flew into Israel´s main airport Wednesday despite a Federal Aviation Administration ban in an apparent sign of his determination to achieve a cease-fire agreement in the warring Gaza Strip despite little evidence of progress in ongoing negotiations. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry planned to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon during what appeared to be a crucial day in the flailing talks. U.S. officials have downplayed expectations for an immediate, lasting truce between Israel and the Hamas militant group that controls Gaza. Is Anything Obama´s Fault? American Thinker, by Randall Hoven - 7/23/2014 5:50:36 AM President Obama blamed the recent influx of unaccompanied children crossing our southern border on violence in Central America. I expected the usual media suspects to support Obama’s narrative, as well as the ever-popular Blame-Bush excuse. I did not expect the usually more rational Wall Street Journal, and specifically Mary Anastasia O’Grady (whom I had admired), to support them. “Well, I think, Paul, what you have is a combination of factors, both push-and-pull factors. So from Central America, you have lots of crime and violence… the effect of the war on drugs in Central America has created chaos and a breakdown
How Obama cuts down on thecampaign costs of his fundraising trips Washington Examiner (DC), by Susan Crabtree - 7/23/2014 5:47:40 AM During President Obama´s West Coast fundraising swing this week, he´ll squeeze in an official speech about job training at a community college between multimillion-dollar fundraisers in Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles to benefit House and Senate Democrats´ re-elections this fall. But that´s not just because he´s a multi-tasker. It will also cut down the cost of the trip. Over the last few weeks Obama has made a practice of sprinkling in a few public-policy speeches on trips devoted mostly to fundraising, even as he´s faced new foreign policy crises in Ukraine and Gaza. His top spokesman says he’s not Three ´black swans´ who have upendedpolitical calculations for 2014 and beyond Washington Examiner [DC], by Noemie Emery StormCnter- 7/23/2014 5:40:45 AM Remember the presidential race between Rudy Giuliani and Hillary Clinton, the front runners eight years ago, each tough as nails, each combat-tested and raring to go? It was one for the ages, except it was not: Rudy dropped out before the gates opened, Hillary met a community organizer, and we all know the rest. But the race that took place was almost as thrilling: a true neck and neck between John McCain and Barack Obama, who entered September in a virtual tie. McCain was leading on Sept. 15 when the fiscal system went bust, taking with it the entire economy: a nail-biter No Rest for the Wicked National Review Online, by Jim Geraghty StormCnter- 7/23/2014 5:39:09 AM Tuesday, President Obama visited the Dutch Embassy in Washington, D.C., and wrote in a condolence book for the victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, “We will not rest until we are certain that justice is done.” He then departed for a three-day fundraising trip to the West Coast. Obama’s pledge that “we will not rest until . . . ” may sound familiar to you. In fact, the pledge is so chronically overused, and issued so casually, that it no longer carries much meaning. Here’s a brief history: April 9, 2009: “We will not rest until we reach a day when not one Ron Paul raises eyebrowswith Russia sympathy McClatchy Newspapers, by Kevin G. Hall Pluperfect- 7/23/2014 5:36:51 AM WASHINGTON — Former Texas Rep. Ron Paul suggests in a column that the United States, through its support of the Ukrainian government, shares the blame in last week’s downing of a Malaysian Airlines jet over the eastern Ukraine. The column, carried Sunday on the website of the Ron Paul Institute, was provocative from the outset. Its title was “What the Media Won’t Report About Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17.” The column accused the media and the Western politicians of seeking “maximum propaganda value” from the disaster, in blaming Russia and its strong-armed leader Vladimir Putin. The media is not reporting, he insisted, that
Reports: Hamas Gave Code PinkRed Carpet Treatment During GazaVisit; Code Pink Wore Hamas Gear Gateway Pundit, by Jim Hoft StormCnter- 7/23/2014 5:34:26 AM The news media, especially the Washington Post, is giving the so-called antiwar group Code Pink prominent coverage for the protests against Israel during its current defensive war with Hamas in Gaza. What the Post and the rest of the media don’t report is that Code Pink is allied with the Hamas and has “diplomatic” relations with the terrorist group. In June 2009 Code Pink made a trip to Hamas-controlled Gaza. According to reports by two participants, Code Pink had such a close relationship with Hamas that the terrorists literally rolled out the red carpet for Code Pink and that a Code Pink League City migrant resolution opposed Houston Chronicle, by Cindy George - 7/23/2014 5:33:04 AM League City´s recent resolution rejecting refuge for Central American migrant children violates two landmark civil rights acts, a complaint to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development alleged this week. Other Houston-area jurisdictions may face similar opposition as their elected officials fight potential federal efforts to house undocumented minors in their communities. On Tuesday, Brazoria County commissioners unanimously passed a resolution urging the federal government to solve the Texas-Mexico border crisis and "cease relocation" of unaccompanied immigrant youngsters in the state. British Airways continues to fly to Israeldespite European and US airlines includingeasyJet cancelling flights after rocket landsnear Ben Gurion International Airport Daily Mail [UK], by Harriet Arkell Attercliffe- 7/23/2014 5:32:31 AM British budget airline easyJet has joined European and American operators in scrapping flights to Israel after a Hamas rocket landed close to its Ben Gurion airport. Air France, KLM and Germany´s Lufthansa have also suspended flights to the war-torn country, as have US airlines Delta, United Airlines, and US Airways under orders from the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The operators cancelled all their flights to Tel Aviv for 24 hours after a rocket fired from Gaza damaged a house just a mile from Ben Gurion airport. But a spokesman for British Airways said it was still continuing its twice-daily Has Obama Trapped Himself? Daily Caller, by Mickey Kaus StormCnter- 7/23/2014 5:32:05 AM The ‘Down Payment’ Ploy, Coming Right Up: Immigration “comprehensivists” claim Obama’s promised executive actions to protect illegal immigrants constitute a kind of doomsday weapon directed at the Republican party. If Obama acts boldly to offer de facto legalization to, say, “up to half of the undocumented population” of 11 million illegals living here, it will cement an unshakeable bond between Latino voters and their political champion — or so the argument goes. The more Republicans complain and stamp their feet the more they’ll “lastingly” alienate this growing ethnic bloc, predicts Ron Brownstein. ** But hasn’t Obama more obviously put himself in
John Travolta Can´t Stop FormerPilot´s Lawsuit Over Secrets Hollywood Reporter, by Eriq Gardner MissMolly- 7/23/2014 5:28:43 AM Douglas Gotterba, who worked for John Travolta´s aircraft company Alto in the 1980s, will get the opportunity to argue in a lawsuit that he holds no confidentiality duties to the actor. On Tuesday, the airline pilot was given the go-ahead sign by a California appeals court. Gotterba worked for Travolta for six years. According to press interviews he´s given, he claims that his relationship with Travolta was more than professional. He stopped working for the actor in 1987, at which point he entered into a written termination agreement with Alto. Nearly 25 years later, Gotterba came forward to "tell the story Has Texas Gov. Rick Perry thrown downthe gauntlet to Obama on immigration? Washington Examiner, by Mark Tapscott StormCnter- 7/23/2014 5:22:56 AM Texas Gov. Rick Perry is sending up to 1,000 National Guard troops to the Lone Star State´s border with Mexico in an attempt to contain the flood of illegal immigrants entering the U.S. Perry can do this because under the Constitution, state governors are the commanders in chief of the guard, which is the modern equivalent of colonial militias. Perry´s action has the potential to change the political dynamics of the immigration reform debate but it depends upon whether it makes a discernible difference in the situation on the border. As the New York Times predictably described it, Perry´s move Coyotes cashing in onsmuggling illegal kids Boston Herald, by Erin Smith StormCnter- 7/23/2014 5:17:48 AM Sophisticated, international “coyotes” — often working in concert with drug cartels as they smuggle illegal immigrants into the U.S. — are the main traffickers behind the wave of 57,000 unaccompanied Central American children flooding the southern border, according to a Mexican-based human rights expert. And the coyotes are raking in hundreds of thousands of dollars sneaking the kids past the Texas and Arizona borders, according to Victor Clark-Alfaro, a San Diego State University professor and director of the Binational Center for Human Rights in Tijuana, Mexico. “The international coyotes have contact with Mexican authorities to bribe them, they have safety houses, they Why do all government
IT projects seem to fail?
Telegraph [UK], by Willar Foxton Attercliffe- 7/23/2014 5:11:14 AM While I was phoning around this morning for an explanation to why the Government’s latest big IT project has ended with £350 million being flushed down the lavatory, one respected contractor told me: “I just don’t think the UK government should be allowed to buy IT at all. Maybe give them abacuses, but they could still get those wrong.” It’s not just a problem for the UK either. Most nations--but especially the USA--have a woeful record when it comes to IT procurement. [Snip] Too often ministers think they can wave a wand and the geeks will sort it out.
Kerry Shows His True
Colors on Israel -- Again
American Spectator, by Aaron Goldstein StormCnter- 7/23/2014 5:09:46 AM It should come as no surprise to anyone that our secretary of state, John Kerry, was caught on a hot mic bashing Israel during a commercial break while in an interview with Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday. Kerry sarcastically characterized the IDF’s Operation Protective Edge in Gaza as a “hell of a pinpoint operation” while on speaker-phone with an adviser. After all, it was less than three months ago that Kerry said Israel could become an Apartheid state if a Palestinian state were not established. This comment, made behind closed doors during a sitting of the Trilateral Commission, put Kerry Chasing Hillary Washington Free Beacon, by Daniel Halper MissMolly- 7/23/2014 5:07:04 AM Among Democrats who hope Hillary Clinton doesn’t run—and their number is larger than one might think—the complaints are familiar. Age and stamina are the obvious considerations. “Look at Obama’s hair color, just like George Bush’s,” says a prominent Washington insider. “Somebody who’s seventy shouldn’t be president. And I think that’s going to be an interesting issue against her, but who in the Democratic Party is going to have the guts to take on that machine?” A former Clinton campaign adviser is equally blunt. “This is gonna sound superficial”—which is an understatement—“but men do age better than women,” he says. “At ‘Meet the Press’ host David Gregory
to be replaced after elections
New York Post, by Emily Smith MissMolly- 7/23/2014 5:01:25 AM David Gregory’s time is nearly up at “Meet the Press,” sources told Page Six, and he could be replaced as moderator of the nation’s longest-running TV show soon after the November midterm elections. While NBC News President Deborah Turness has publicly supported the embattled Gregory, there are serious concerns about the losing battle to turn around the show’s sinking ratings. Viewership is down a whopping 43 percent compared to when Gregory ascended to the moderator’s chair in December 2008, after the death of Tim Russert. The show finished in third place behind CBS’s “Face the Nation” and ABC’s “This Week” in the A new witch hunt in Salem Washington Times, by Editorial Pluperfect- 7/23/2014 4:56:20 AM Salem, Mass., is infamous for its witchcraft trials of 322 years ago, which is just how the town likes it. Celebration of its unsavory past attracts tourists and their dollars. Without that unsavory history, Salem would be just another town in the Boston neighborhood. The spirit of Salem and its celebration of intolerance survives in the person of Kimberly Driscoll, the mayor. She was “stunned” to learn that Gordon College, 16 miles away in Wenham, practices what its evangelical Christian faith preaches. Everyone who works or studies at Gordon College is expected to remain sexually abstinent, unless married. No hanky-panky is 5 reasons David Perdue shocked Georgia’s
political world to win GOP Senate nod
Journal-Constitution [Atlanta, GA], by Greg Bluestein & Daniel Malloy Pluperfect- 7/23/2014 4:41:27 AM David Perdue’s stunning victory over Rep. Jack Kingston was both a rebuke to Georgia’s political establishment and a reminder that November will be a very unconventional race. Here are five factors that played into Perdue’s upset victory: Metro Atlanta’s Perdue support offset south Georgia’s Kingston backing. While Kingston held onto his big margins in south Georgia, Perdue more than wiped him out with big showings in populous metro Atlanta and other urban areas across the state. Perdue’s camp was ecstatic that Kingston’s net margin over Perdue in Savannah’s Chatham County was 12,000 – close to what they expected. If Kingston landed
GAO “Secret Shopper” Investigation
Finds Fraud in Obamacare Exchanges
PJ Media, by Paula Bolyard Pluperfect- 7/23/2014 4:38:06 AM On Tuesday, Republicans released preliminary results of a Government Accountability Office (GAO) undercover examination of enrollment in the Obamacare exchanges. Using fake information during an undercover “secret shopper” investigation, the GAO created 18 fictitious identities through the federal exchange by telephone, online, and in-person. In 17 of 18 attempts the GAO was able to obtain premium subsidies and health insurance with fake information through telephone and online applications. According to the report, 11 out of 12 fake applications for the federal exchanges were approved, with credits totaling $2500 per month ($30,000 per year). During the investigation, fake shoppers provided fake documents, such Most transparent administration ever
closes Apollo 11 anniversary event to press
Hot Air, by Mary Katharine Ham StormCnter- 7/23/2014 4:33:14 AM President Obama met with the surviving members of the moon landing mission Tuesday morning at the White House, but no press was allowed. The White House release on the event lists Michael Collins and Buzz Aldrin as attendees, but I think we can all assume Stanley Kubrick was there, too. Otherwise, why would it be closed, mannnnn? Just when we’d gotten the number of moon landing conspiracy theorists in this country down to single digits, the president has to go and do this. President Obama met with surviving members of the Apollo 11 crew at the White House Tuesday morning to commemorate Elizabeth Warren Is Overrated The Federalist, by David Harsanyi StormCnter- 7/23/2014 4:31:04 AM The notion that Elizabeth Warren should challenge Hillary Clinton for the Democratic Party presidential nomination has been optimistically tossed around in left-wing circles for a while now. Activists at Netroots Nation recently chanted ”Run, Liz, run.” And no doubt, the excitement generated by Warren is a function of her ideological sincerity—a sincerity that’s most obvious when contrasted with Hillary Clinton’s lack of earnestness and pandering. Still, it seems to me that a lot of people are overestimating the appeal, uniqueness, and popularity of Warren. What’s most enticing about Warren right now is the perception of her, not the reality. For starters, once ObamaCare in death spiral
after federal appeals court
strikes down some subsidies
Fox News, by Betsy McCaughey StormCnter- 7/23/2014 4:28:17 AM Tuesday, a federal appeals court slapped down the Obama administration in a 2-1 ruling that could kill the president’s signature health care law. If upheld by the Supreme Court, the ruling would force Congress back to the drawing boards to design a health law that is actually affordable, rather than bearing the false title “Affordable Care Act.” The ruling in Halbig v. Burwell bars the federal government from handing out taxpayer-funded subsidies to people who buy ObamaCare plans in nearly two-thirds of the states. Those subsidies took the sting out of being forced to buy pricey ObamaCare plans. If the ruling Costa Concordia sets sail on final voyage CNN, by Barbie Latza Nadeau Pluperfect- 7/23/2014 4:26:02 AM Giglio, Italy -- The wrecked Costa Concordia cruise ship has begun its final voyage. Salvage crews refloated the ship last week so they can move it from its resting place off Giglio Island to the Italian port of Genoa to be dismantled. On Wednesday morning, it sets sail. It´s been more than 2½ years since the ship ran aground off Giglio Island with more than 4,200 passengers aboard, killing 32 people in a disaster that drew global attention. The vessel will be towed -- slowly and carefully -- approximately 240 kilometers (150 miles) to Genoa, where it will be broken up. A convoy Judges in Healthcare
Rulings Vote Party Line
Pluperfect- 7/23/2014 4:21:12 AM WASHINGTON -- In rapid succession, six federal judges on two appeals courts weighed in on a key component of President Barack Obama´s health care law. Their votes lined up precisely with the party of the president who appointed them. It was the latest illustration that presidents help shape their legacies by stocking the federal bench with judges whose views are more likely to align with their own. The legal drama played out Tuesday in Washington, D.C., and Richmond, Virginia, on two appeals courts that Obama has transformed through 10 appointments in 5 1/2 years. In the first ruling, a divided three-judge panel of
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Where is the Obama administrationhousing the immigrant kids? Washington Post, by Josh Hicks - 7/23/2014 1:52:25 AM Federal agencies ranging from the the Department of Health and Human Services to the Pentagon are working to address a surge of unaccompanied immigrant children at the U.S-Mexico border, a problem that President Obama last month described as an “urgent humanitarian situation.” The Obama administration has estimated that the U.S. will pick up 60,000 unaccompanied children at the Southwest border by the end of September, although revised Border Patrol estimates now put the figure closer to 90,000. (Snip) Already, the administration plans to spend nearly $870 million to provide for the children, according to an Hillary Clinton responds to Rubio:‘Every election is about the future’ Washington Post, by Sean Sullivan - 7/23/2014 12:39:15 AM Former secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton responded Tuesday to Sen. Marco Rubio´s charge that she is a "20th century candidate," suggesting that all elections are about what´s next. (Snip) Clinton said that voters need to evaluate a candidate´s record to determine how the candidate will behave in the future. "Every election is about the future. And certainly anyone who wishes to run for president has to make it clear how the experience that you´ve had in the past and what you believe and how you have acted on those beliefs will translate into positive results for the American people," Clinton said. "And I will be standing up Bucking EU pressure, Francecommits to Russian warship delivery Christian Science Monitor, by Sara Miller Llana - 7/23/2014 12:24:01 AM Paris - Undeterred by criticism from his European allies, French President François Hollande said today he would proceed with the controversial sale of a warship to Russia, but may reconsider the sale of a second ship. European Union foreign ministers met today in Brussels to discuss greater sanctions on Russia over the ongoing crisis in Ukraine. It’s the first gathering of the 28-member bloc since the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17, allegedly by pro-Russia rebels in Ukraine. Almost 300 people, including more than 200 EU nationals, died. EU leaders have been divided since day one over how to force Russian President
Eating More Fruits andVegetables Doesn’t HelpYou Lose Weight, Study Says Time Magazine, by Alexandra Sifferlin - 7/23/2014 12:15:02 AM Fruits and vegetables are good for your health, but there´s not enough evidence to prove that on their own they can help with weight loss. The research, published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, reviewed studies that looked at fruit and vegetable consumption and weight gain, and concluded that simply eating more doesn’t doesn’t slim waistlines. Loading up on more fruits and vegetables, without taking out more high-calorie foods like junk food, or making other lifestyle changes such as exercising, won’t have a significant affect on weight. And that’s especially true if the veggies are fried or coated in butter or cheese. Beretta leaves Maryland overgun laws, heads for Tennessee Washington Times, by David Sherfinski LittleHoodedMonk- 7/22/2014 11:58:56 PM Citing Maryland’s recently enacted firearm laws and the prospect of more restrictions, the U.S. arm of legendary Italian gunmaker Beretta announced Tuesday that it would move its manufacturing operations to Tennessee next year. The move makes Beretta the latest maker of guns or ammunition to move all or part of its operations to another state because of tightened gun control laws. General Manager Jeff Cooper said an early version of a statute passed last year by the Maryland state Senate would have prohibited the company from manufacturing or storing products in the state. “While we were able in the Maryland House of Delegates to David Perdue winsRepublican Senate nomination Atlanta Journal-Constitution [GA], by Daniel Malloy LittleHoodedMonk- 7/22/2014 11:46:27 PM Businessman David Perdue stunned Georgia’s Republican political establishment Tuesday by capturing the party’s U.S. Senate nomination in his first run for office. The former CEO of Reebok and Dollar General toppled 11-term Rep. Jack Kingston by a narrow margin, setting up a battle of political newcomers with famous kin in the fall. Perdue’s cousin, Sonny, was a two-term governor and Nunn’s father, Sam, was a four-term U.S. Senator. In addition to his famous last name and lingering political network from his cousin, Perdue deployed $3 million of his own money to back his bid. Still, he was outspent by Kingston and allied Super PACs – Man shot after stabbing his boyfriendoutside Detroit police station Detroit Free Press, by Katrease Stafford Ribicon- 7/22/2014 11:43:04 PM A man was shot by a Detroit police officer after he stabbed his boyfriend outside the department’s 2nd Precinct Tuesday afternoon on the city’s west side. Sgt. Michael Woody said the shooting occurred about 2:45 p.m. at 13530 Lesure. “They got into a domestic violence situation in front of our second precinct,” Woody said. “Our victim began to scream for help as the suspect began to physically assault him with a blade of some type, cutting him.” Woody said officers came out of the precinct and ordered the man to drop the knife. “The suspect refused and an officer fired
BBC Scotland staff inrow over window blinds Scotsman [Edinburgh], by Alistair Grant Ribicon- 7/22/2014 11:37:44 PM THE BBC has been condemned as “ludicrous” after it emerged that staff in Scotland have to call an office in England - for permission to open the blinds. The corporation has outsourced facilities management to a West Midlands-based firm which has to approve the movement of blinds 307 miles away at BBC Scotland’s HQ in Glasgow. (Snip) The building has electronically-controlled blinds to manage the amount of sunlight getting in. An insider said: “There is a number you have to phone to open or shut the blinds. “You have to phone this number in England. “If you want to take Michelle Obama expands push toget Americans to drink more water Reuters, by Annika McGinnis Scottyboy- 7/22/2014 11:22:48 PM WASHINGTON - First lady Michelle Obama took to the White House lawn on Tuesday along with children from a local YMCA and summer camp to expand the country´s "Drink Up" campaign aimed at getting Americans to drink more water. In the face of criticism that the 2013 campaign encouraged children to drink more bottled water rather than cheaper tap water, Obama announced new partnerships on Tuesday with water filtration, drinking fountain and water bottle companies to emphasize increased access to water rather than bottled water consumption. The companies, including Brita, Nalgene and S’well Bottle, will give schools grants to purchase more water Six Top Democrats WhoAren’t So Ready for Hillary ABC News Radio, by Staff Scottyboy- 7/22/2014 11:17:31 PM (WASHINGTON) -- Hillary Clinton has remained coy on her potential presidential candidacy in 2016, but that hasn’t stopped Democrats from endorsing her. The Ready For Hillary Super PAC has been in full swing organizing Clinton supporters, and in January, 60 congressmen said they would endorse her if she were to run. Some major Democrats, however, have spoken out against endorsing Clinton too early, including some who have indicated they may challenge her for the nomination. Here are six prominent Dems who aren’t ready for Hillary: 1. Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick He may share a hometown with Clinton (Chicago), but any Windy City solidarity hasn’t Violations at McDonald´s, YumChina supplier company-led: regulator Reuters, by Adam Jourdan - 7/22/2014 11:16:09 PM SHANGHAI- Food safety violations at Shanghai Husi Food Co Ltd, a supplier to global brands including McDonald´s Corp and Yum Brands Inc, were company-led and not the acts of individuals, the official Xinhua news agency said, citing the Shanghai food and drug watchdog. McDonald´s and KFC´s parent Yum, along with a number of other global brands, have been pulled into a food safety scandal in China after it emerged that Shanghai Husi Food, a unit of U.S.-based OSI Group LLC, had supplied expired meat to clients."We discovered that some of the company´s illegal behavior was not the behavior of individuals, but
US to address Hamas demands onlyafter cease-fire, Kerry says Boston Globe (MA), by Michael R. Gordon Scottyboy- 7/22/2014 11:10:51 PM CAIRO — Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday said that the United States was prepared to address the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip and the political demands of the Palestinians living there, but that a cease-fire first needed to be carried out. After a two-hour meeting with President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi of Egypt, Kerry said Egypt’s cease-fire proposal had provided the framework for discussions on how to arrange one. Kerry said his meetings here had been constructive. But there was no indication of an imminent breakthrough in cementing a cease-fire deal, and Kerry indicated that he expected his deliberations to continue for Obama Family Vacation Prompts Two-WeekLong Flight Restriction For Martha’s Vineyard Daily Caller, by Scott Greer NorthernDog- 7/22/2014 10:43:12 PM The Obama family’s annual August trip to Martha’s Vineyard is putting a draconian damper on the ritzy Massachusetts island’s jet-setting residents’ summer travel plans. For over two weeks — from Aug. 9 to Aug. 24 — the airspace surrounding the island will be off limits to certain aircraft. (Snip) According to the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA), a temporary flight restriction due to a presidential visit usually requires airspace to be restricted up to 30 nautical miles, with the inner rings of the protected airspace (usually 10 nautical miles around the area) not allowing general aviation aircraft below 18,000 feet. Neck-and-neck race inGeorgia Senate runoff Politico, by James Hohmann - 7/22/2014 10:40:34 PM The race for the GOP Senate nomination in Georgia — and the right to take on Democrat Michelle Nunn in one of the most closely-watched races on the map this fall — is neck-and-neck. Polls closed at 7 p.m. Eastern Time, and 11-term Rep. Jack Kingston and former Dollar General CEO David Perdue are see-sawing in and out of the lead as the votes are tabulated. With 80 percent of precincts reporting, Perdue had inched ahead of Kingston, 50.3 percent to 49.7 percent, according to The Associated Press.Kingston entered as the slight frontrunner, even though he finished second in the Murder suspect ´presumed dead´after 2 Edinburg officers wounded inLa Joya shootout, standoff, sheriff says Monitor [McAllen, TX], by Jacob Fischler* - 7/22/2014 10:31:34 PM LA JOYA — A capitol murder suspect who shot at least two Edinburg police officers is "presumed dead" after several exchanges of gunfire Tuesday evening, Hidalgo County Sheriff Eddie Guerra said. "The threat has been taken care of and he´s presumed dead at this time," Guerra said about 9 p.m. Tuesday. The capitol murder suspect, Joaquin Cibrian, 29, shot two Edinburg police officers Tuesday afternoon after barricading himself in a home in south La Joya, the sheriff said said from the scene. "We´ve got two Edinburg police officers that have been shot," he said. Guerra said the shooter, Cibrian, 29, continued
D.C. appeals panel deals bigblow to Obamacare subsidies Washington Times, by Tom Howell Jr. - 7/22/2014 10:21:08 PM Millions of Americans are not entitled to government health insurance subsidies under Obamacare because of the way the law is written, a divided three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday. But the force of the legal victory was undercut just hours later when another appeals court in Richmond sided with the Obama administration on the subsidy question, setting up an almost certain extended legal battle that could soon reach the Supreme Court. In a decision that could blow a massive hole in President Obama’s signature domestic achievement, the court held that people living in states that Latest Obama claim: I don’tlearn anything from the news Washington Times, by Dave Boyer Dreadnought- 7/22/2014 10:16:44 PM In scandal after scandal in the Obama administration, President Obama has said he didn’t know about the problems until he heard it on the news. But the president changed his tune about his supposed ignorance at a Democratic fundraiser near Seattle on Tuesday night. Mr. Obama told supporters that he doesn’t watch the news because, “Whatever they’re reporting about, usually I know.” That contrasts with the explanations that the president and his aides have given from scandals in the past few years ranging from long wait times and deaths at the VA, to the IRS targeting tea party groups, to the No laughing matter: Perry’s Texas jails203,000 ‘criminal aliens’ for 640K crimes Washington Times, by Jennifer Harper Dreadnought- 7/22/2014 10:11:02 PM Numbers are always interesting in the Lone Star State, now on the front lines of its own border crisis. And it’s cost the state plenty in money, time and manpower. Texas Gov. Rick Perry has already spent $500 million trying to maintain order and security in the Rio Grand Valley. He’s ordered Texas Adjutant General John Nichols to deploy up to 1,000 National Guard troops on the borderlands. Now Mr. Perry reveals a few more numbers. The governor himself reports that in the past six years, Texas county jails have incarcerated 203,000 “criminal aliens” who have committed 640,000 crimes, including Syrian death toll and extremist threatincreases, but the U.S. does little Washington Post, by Editorial Dreadnought- 7/22/2014 10:07:58 PM THE FIGHTING in Gaza has served to obscure developments in another Middle East war that is far bloodier and more important to U.S. interests. In the last week, more than 700 fatalities have been reported in a single battle in Syria, as government troops have tried to retake a gas field seized by the Islamic State, the al-Qaeda entity that now controls much of eastern Syria and western Iraq. Fighting is also raging between regime and moderate rebel forces in the city of Aleppo and between the rebels and the Islamists in the suburbs of Damascus. Among the stakes for Seeking redemption in 2016, Rick Perryfinds power in immigration standoff Washington Post, by Philip Rucker Dreadnought- 7/22/2014 10:05:56 PM CLEAR LAKE, Iowa — He came here for redemption. At the Clear Lake Evangelical Free Church, Rick Perry held his arms across his torso and swayed as the choir sang during the Sunday morning service. He bowed his head while the pastor preached about “God’s perfect plan of salvation.” Three years ago, the Texas governor blazed a trail across Iowa to become the instant Republican presidential front-runner. Perry had a solid record and signature bravado. (At the Iowa State Fair, he blew a kiss to the cameras and mockingly said of rival Mitt Romney, “Give him my love.”) But after
US: No direct link toRussia found in MH17 attack
US: No direct link to Russia found in MH17 attack Associated Press, by Staff - 7/22/2014 9:47:14 PM Senior U.S. intelligence officials said Tuesday that Russia was responsible for “creating the conditions” that led to the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, but they offered no evidence of direct Russian government involvement. The intelligence officials were cautious in their assessment, noting that while the Russians have been arming separatists in eastern Ukraine, the U.S. had no direct evidence that the missile used to shoot down the passenger jet came from Russia. The officials briefed reporters Tuesday under ground rules that their names not be used in discussing intelligence related to last week’s air disaster, which killed 298 Fruit recall over Listeria scare widensto include Ralphs, Food 4 Less Los Angeles Times, by Jenn Harris SoCalGal- 7/22/2014 8:59:07 PM California packing company has voluntarily recalled fruit sold at Trader Joe´s, Costco, Food 4 Less, Foods Co. and Ralphs stores due to the possible contamination of Listeria monocytogenes, CBS News reported. The fruit has not been linked to any illnesses at this time.Wawona Packing Co. in Cutler, Calif., has recalled specific lots of whole white and yellow peaches, white and yellow nectarines, plums and pluots. The products were packaged between June 1 and July 12. A full list of the products can be found online.The company has listed specific packages as being affected, but does not know exactly where in Undercover investigators findbackdoors into Obamacare Associated Press, by Staff - 7/22/2014 8:35:58 PM WASHINGTON — Congressional investigators using fake identities were able to obtain taxpayer-subsidized health insurance under President Barack Obama’s law, according to testimony to be delivered Wednesday. The nonpartisan Government Accountability Office says its undercover investigators were able to get subsidized health care under fake names in 11 out of 18 attempts. The GAO is still paying premiums for the policies, even as the Obama administration attempts to verify phony documentation. The agency’s findings are contained in testimony to be delivered at a House Ways and Means Committee hearing Wednesday. An advance copy was provided to The Associated Press. Seto Bagdoyan,
MH17 crash: Did Russia pullthe trigger? Ukraine says yes CNN, by Catherine E. Shoichet, Josh Levs* - 7/22/2014 8:20:23 PM (Video) Kiev, Ukraine- Did a Russian fire the missile that downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17? That depends on who you ask. A top Ukrainian official says he has no doubt. Vitaly Nayda, Ukraine´s director of informational security, told CNN the person who shot down the flight was "absolutely" a Russian. "A Russian-trained, well-equipped, well-educated officer ... pushed that button deliberately," he said. "We taped conversations" between a Russian officer and his office in Moscow, Nayda said. "We know for sure that several minutes before the missile was launched, there was a report" to a Russian officer that the plane was Sen. Durbin derides Walgreen forpossible tax-driven overseas move Chicago Tribune, by Ameet Sachdev - 7/22/2014 8:16:09 PM Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin on Tuesday urged Walgreen Co. to reconsider a possible move of its headquarters to Switzerland to lower its U.S. tax bill. In a letter to Walgreen Chief Executive Gregory Wasson, Durbin said the company could face a backlash from its customers. “I believe you will find that your customers are deeply patriotic and will not support Walgreen’s decision to turn its back on the United States,” Durbin wrote. “Nearly all of your $2.5 billion in profits earned last year were from sales to U.S. taxpaying customers.” The senator ended his letter with a twist on Walgreen’s Missing the Big Brass Ring Pj Media, by Richard Fernandez Hazymac- 7/22/2014 8:15:05 PM The Birnbaum-Tibon megapiece in the New Republic on why the Palestinian peace process failed is as interesting for what it does not contain as much as what it does. (Snip) The only thing the Palestinians can actually do is fight. The only thing the West demands of them is to forswear the only thing they can do. The best alternative to a negotiated settlement for both Israel and Palestine may now be to fight to the finish, because that is the only thing each can do. To understand why we must mentally go back nearly 70 years, to Okinawa. Okinawa, MS-13 Gang Member Illegal AlienBusted in Texas Border Town Breitbart Texas, by Ildefonso Ortiz - 7/22/2014 8:09:18 PM RIO GRANDE CITY, Texas—Police officers arrested a member of the Salvadoran street gang Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13, early Tuesday morning in Rio Grande City. A police officer patrolling the streets of Rio Grande City shortly after 1 a.m. heard loud music coming from a house. He went to the house to warn the residents about a city ordinance against excessively loud music, said Lieutenant Jose Solis. As the officer approached a house on the 100 block of Pine Street he saw two women outside who ran inside when they saw him, Solis said. Noticing the strange behavior, the officer went
Dr. Ben Carson: ´Starting to ThinkAbout´ 2016 WH Run Breitbart Big Government, by Tony Lee JoniTx- 7/22/2014 8:02:23 PM On Tuesday, Dr. Ben Carson said he is starting to think about running for the White House in 2016. Carson, the retired brain surgeon, won a Western Conservative Summit straw poll this weekend in Colorado, and the Draft Ben Carson for President Committee has raised more than similar groups for Hillary Clinton and Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) have. "I certainly didn´t give it much thought early on," he said on Fox News before noting that "there´s just hundreds of people" who are "so enthusiastic" every place he goes. Carson mentioned that hundreds turned out for a book signing on Monday White House To Ignore Court Ruling,Keep Handing Out Obamacare Subsidies Daily Caller, by Sarah Hurtubise JoniTx- 7/22/2014 7:59:49 PM The Obama administration will continue handing out Obamacare subsidies to federal exchange customers despite a federal court’s ruling Tuesday that the subsidies are illegal. A D.C. Court of Appeals panel ruled Tuesday morning that customers in the 36 states that didn’t establish their own exchange and use HealthCare.gov instead cannot be given premium tax credits, according to the text of the Affordable Care Act itself. But the White House said in response that it will continue handing out the billions of taxpayer dollars in subsidies. White House press secretary Josh Earnest said that while the case continues to be battled Did President Barack Obamabuy a Rancho Mirage home? Desert Sun [Palm Springs], by Dominique Fong - 7/22/2014 7:46:17 PM President Barack Obama may, or may not be, buying a $4.2 million house in Rancho Mirage. (Snip) The home, a hilltop estate in Thunderbird Heights, has been on the market for about a year. Several real estate agents, speaking anonymously, said they heard secondhand that the president was looking to buy the 1993 remodeled home with seven bedrooms and eight bathrooms. The contemporary house sits down the slope from the highest property on Thunderbird Mesa Drive, the home of Michael Smith, a personal friend of first lady Michelle Obama and the interior designer of the Sunnylands Center and Oval Office Three Lessons We Need to Heedfrom the Soviet Downing of KAL 007 History News Network, by Walter G. Moss lmruth- 7/22/2014 7:44:59 PM This past Saturday (19 July) Fox News ran the following essay by K.T. McFarland, “White House leadership: Reagan on KAL 007 vs. Obama on MH17.” It begins thus: “There is a saying that great men make history and history makes great men. Ronald Reagan was the living example of this when, on September 1, 1983, the Soviet Union, without warning, shot down a civilian Korean airliner flying from New York to Seoul, killing all 269 men, women and children on board.”
A guest list fit for a prince!The Queen joins Harry, Zara andKate at Kensington Palace(and Granny Middleton is there too) Daily Mail [UK], by Rebecca English ScarletPimpernel- 7/22/2014 7:01:53 PM The cake was iced, the sandwiches made and the balloons blown up and hanging from the ceiling. All that was needed was the guests and with Prince George the birthday boy, they were never going to be ordinary. The most important guest was his great-grandmother, the Queen, who could be seen perched in the back seat of her car as she was driven through the gates of Kensington Palace in London, and spent 50 minutes with her great-grandson. Looking summery in a floral patterned dress and her trademark pearls with bright red lipsick, the Queen looked delighted to be attending White House denies the Obamashave bought a $4.25 millionmountain home in California Daily Mail [UK], by Daily Mail Reporter - 7/22/2014 6:59:35 PM Are the Obamas heading for the Golden State when they hand back the keys to 1600 Pennslvania Avenue? According to gossiping realtors in California´s Coachella Valley, the President and wife Michelle are buying a $4.25million modern home in a gated community in Rancho Mirage which once counted Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby as residents. The Obamas are believed to be in escrow for the four-bedroom, 4.5-bathroom home which has sweeping hilltop views, a gym, pool, 20ft waterfall and putting green. The hot property news, revealed by the LA Times, has been denied by the White House. [Snip] The 8,000-square-foot home, which is nestled China’s terrifying debt ratiospoised to breeze past US levels Telegraph [UK], by Ambrose Evans-Pritchard - 7/22/2014 6:45:39 PM The China-US sorpasso is looming. I do not mean the much-exaggerated moment when China’s GDP will overtake America´s GDP--which may not happen in the lifetime of anybody reading this blog post--as China slows to more pedestrian growth rates (an objective of premier Li Keqiang.) The sorpasso may instead be the ominous moment when China’s debt ratios overtake the arch-debtor itself. I had presumed that this inflection point was still a very long way off, but a new report from Stephen Green at Standard Chartered argues that China’s aggregate debt level has reached 251 per cent of GDP, as of June. Obamacare in chaos as federal courtstrikes down tax credits for low-incomeAmericans who buy insurance in 36 states –* Daily Mail [UK] & Associated Press, by Francesca Chambers Attercliffe- 7/22/2014 6:37:25 PM The future of Obamacare was uncertain today after a federal court in Washington, D.C. struck down tax subsidies for Americans who bought insurance through federally-funded exchanges. Within hours the same policy was held up by another court, setting up a Supreme Court showdown. The cases revolve around four words in the Affordable Care Act, which says the tax credits are available to people who enroll through an exchange ´established by the state.´ The rulings affect consumers who purchased their coverage through the federal insurance marketplace--or exchange--that serves 36 states. If the first ruling is upheld by the nation´s
Obama´s Islamist Spring Leads toChristian Winter in the Middle East Breitbart National Security, by Ben Shapiro Dreadnought- 7/22/2014 6:24:51 PM While the world’s attention is focused on Hamas’ targeting of Jewish civilians in Israel, Jews are not the only religious minority in the Middle East under fire. The Obama administration’s decisions to pull troops out of Iraq, support Islamists in Syria, back the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, protect the Iranian regime, and back terrorist opposition in Libya have led to the destruction of Christian communities throughout the region. Christians have come under the heaviest hand in the Middle East in generations thanks to the weakness of the United States. And it is worthwhile remembering that the presence of Christians in FAA Empowers Hamas, Sets Stagefor Israel’s Long Term Win PJ Media, by Susan L.M. Goldberg Dreadnought- 7/22/2014 6:14:48 PM A loser in the PR battle, Hamas decided to move their international offense to a new front today. Taking advantage of the Malaysian airliner downed by pro-Russian rebels, Hamas is now targeting air traffic entering Israel. Israel National News reports: A rocket hit a home in the city of Yehud, near the airport, on Tuesday morning. Having failed to cause significant casualties due to Israel’s extensive defense systems, Gaza terrorists have focused rocket fire on the area in hopes of disrupting Israeli air travel. Delta Air Lines was the first to suspend service, rerouting an Israel-bound flight with 273 passengers Isis militants ´seize Iraqmonastery and expel monks´ BBC News, by Staff - 7/22/2014 6:13:01 PM Islamist militants in Iraq are reported to have seized an ancient monastery near Mosul and expelled the monks. Local residents said monks at the Mar Behnam monastery were allowed to take only the clothes they were wearing. The monastery, which dates from the 4th Century, is a major Christian landmark and a place of pilgrimage. Christians have fled Mosul after the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isis) told them to convert to Islam, pay a tax or face death. Isis has seized large parts of Syria and Iraq and said last month it was creating an Islamic caliphate. For second time, rocketsfound at UN school in Gaza Times of Israel, by Raphael Ahren Pluperfect- 7/22/2014 6:07:40 PM For the second time in less than a week, rockets have been found in a school in Gaza operated by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, the body said. “Today, in the course of the regular inspection of its premises, UNRWA discovered rockets hidden in a vacant school in the Gaza Strip,” the organization said in a statement issued Tuesday. “As soon as the rockets were discovered, UNRWA staff were withdrawn from the premises, and so we are unable to confirm the precise number of rockets. The school is situated between two other UNRWA schools that currently each accommodate 1,500 Sources: Militia blamed forBenghazi attack moved next doorto US Consulate before strike Fox News, by Adam Housley Pluperfect- 7/22/2014 6:04:33 PM Members of the Islamist extremist militia blamed for the Benghazi terror attack had moved in next door to the U.S. Consulate months before the strike but “nothing was done” despite concerns about the dangerous neighbors, sources tell Fox News. Sources say members of Ansar al-Sharia moved to the house just outside the east wall of the compound within three weeks of American personnel renting the facility, and later used the location to help plan and take part in the attack on the American Consulate on Sept. 11, 2012. The neighbors prompted multiple security requests -- including repeated requests up until the day
Police, community seek answers inrenowned FSU law professor´s slaying CNN, by Javier de Diego & Alina Machado, Pluperfect- 7/22/2014 6:03:03 PM Days after a nationally renowned criminal law professor was found with a gunshot wound to his head, his death is being investigated as a homicide. Florida State University professor Dan Markel was found in his Tallahassee, Florida, home on Friday. Police say there were no signs of robbery or burglary and have yet to disclose any motive. According to Tallahassee police, officers found Markel after a neighbor called 911 at about 11 a.m. with reports of a "loud bang." Markel, 41, was rushed to a local hospital, where he died the following day. "While we cannot release specific information or details regarding this case, Turns Out It’s Pretty Easy toShoot Down a Passenger Jet Wired, by Alex Davies Pluperfect- 7/22/2014 5:59:15 PM American officials believe the missile that destroyed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was fired by pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine, using a Russian-made system designed for bringing down fighter jets. That brings up the question: How easy is it to bring down a passenger jet with a weapon that’s meant to used by trained soldiers? Turns out, it’s pretty easy. As in, take a three-day course and go for it easy. The weapon in question is the SA-11, a radar-guided surface to air missile (SAM) system. It’s been around since the Soviets deployed the first-generation model in 1979. The mobile system (it sits on Ted Cruz bites back at ‘True Blood’ Washington Post, by Colby Itkowitz Original Article Posted By: - 7/22/2014 5:59:12 PM Post Reply There were only a few ways Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) could react to HBO’s “True Blood” portrayal of Texas Republicans being murdered at a fictitious Cruz fundraiser. He could have ignored it, or laughed it off. But he went political. A scene in Sunday’s episode took place at the George W. Bush Presidential Library, where a Cruz function was being held. The vampires who went made disparaging comments about the Republicans in attendance (What do you expect? It’s Hollywood.) and then there was a vicious bloodbath. (We admittedly do not watch “True Blood,” so we can’t offer further context, but we know it’s a show about It was just a matter of time. Given the heavy travel patterns to Caribbean countries where the new mosquito-born virus is spreading widely, it was inevitable that someone would bring it back to Dallas County. Dallas County Health and Human Services confirmed Tuesday the first case of imported Chikungunya virus in Dallas County this year. (Snip) Chikungunya does not often result in death, but the symptoms can be disabling, and some people suffer severe complications. There is no specific medication available to treat the virus and there is not a vaccine. Avoiding mosquito bites is the key to avoid getting infected.