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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

 





  

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House Cats of
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State Department approved 215 Bill Clinton speeches,
controversial consulting deal, worth $48m; Hillary Clinton's
COS copied on all decisions

What a con Bonnie and Clod had going. Think what she can do as president.
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Obama demands that Netanyahu
agree to cease-fire: Israeli TV

Israeli TV says it's so. Obama and Netanyahu say
it's a lie. Something interesting to follow.
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Impending White House Amnesty Order
‘Would Be An Impeachable Offense’

A little red meat from Dr. K.
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Head of Benghazi probe says no witnesses
off limits, including Clinton

Trey Gowdy says everyone into the pool.
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As fighting in Gaza rages on, John Kerry battles
perception he’s a hapless bumbler

Faint praise from the White House doesn't really help.
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Media cover-up of Hamas crimes starting to unravel
The best way to report is away from the scene.
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House Panel Condemns Obama For
Bergdahl Swap With Taliban

Reassuring to see this has not gone unnoticed.
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´Sharknado´ sequel has bite and
a storm of laughs as sharks sink
their teeth into Manhattan
Associated Press, by Frazier Moore    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 7/30/2014 3:17:51 PM     Post Reply
NEW YORK – Don´t worry about me. The Sharknado Evacuation map supplied by Syfy network places me, as a resident of Lower Manhattan, smack in the zone most in peril this sharknado season. But I´ll be ready. You might as well batten down the hatches, too. "Sharknado 2: The Second One" (which, if you hadn´t guessed, is an encore follow-up sequel to last summer´s campy classic) premieres Wednesday. The original "Sharknado" depicted a weather aberration on the Southern California coast that caused bloodthirsty sharks to rain on hapless Angelenos. But hunky beach-bar owner Fin Shepard (get it: fin shepherd?!) saved

Gov. Patrick Signs Mass.
Abortion Buffer Zone Bill
Boston Globe [MA], by Denali Tietjen    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/30/2014 3:12:07 PM     Post Reply
Governor Deval Patrick today signed a bill that tightens security regulations regarding protests and demonstrations at abortion clinics in Massachusetts. (Snip) Under the new law, peaceful demonstrations are allowed within any range of reproductive health care facilities so long as they are non-threatening and do not block facility entrances. Protests that fail to comply with these rules are subject to dispersal or punishment by law enforcement. Demonstrations that impede clinic entrances will be immediately dispersed, an authority granted to police under the law. Once a written dispersal order is issued, dispersed protestors will be banned from coming

Aide: Use of Ferrari, yacht were part
of lavish gifts made to the McDonnells
Washington Post, by Laura Vozzella, Rosalind S. Helderman*    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/30/2014 3:04:42 PM     Post Reply
RICHMOND — Arrangements were made for Robert F. McDonnell to drive a Ferrari. His daughter was given passes to the Ritz Carlton in Tampa. A boat was made available for a McDonnell family vacation. The third day of the corruption trial of the former Virginia governor and his wife, Maureen, opened with an assistant to a dietary supplement executive testifying to a laundry list of lavish gifts she helped arrange for the first family on behalf of Jonnie R. Williams Sr. Federal prosecutors are contending at the trial that the McDonnells used the prestige of the governor’s mansion to push

  


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Kirsten Powers: Iraqi
Christians´ nightmare
USA Today, by Kirsten Powers    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 7/30/2014 2:58:24 PM     Post Reply
Iraq´s Christians are begging the world for help. Is anybody listening? Since capturing the country´s second largest city of Mosul in early June, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has ordered Christians to convert to Islam, pay jizya taxes levied on non-Muslims, or die. The extremist Sunni group is also persecuting and murdering Turkmen and Shabaks, both Muslim religious minorities. Human rights lawyer Nina Shea described the horror in Mosul to me: "(ISIS) took the Christians´ houses, took the cars they were driving to leave. They took all their money. One old woman had her life savings of

UCLA water-main break: Hundreds
of cars remain marooned on campus
Los Angeles Times, by Matt Stevens, Joseph Serna    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/30/2014 2:56:49 PM     Post Reply
At least 700 cars remained trapped Wednesday inside two parking structures at UCLA after a 93-year-old water main ruptured, spewing up to 10 million gallons of water onto the campus and nearby streets. Using an online registration system to track vehicles in the university´s lots, campus officials have determined that nearly 400 of the marooned cars belong to students, almost 300 to campus staff, more than a dozen to faculty and about 40 to visitors. Officials on Wednesday said up to 300 of the vehicles were partially submerged in water and several hundred more were damaged. On Tuesday, firefighters helped

Two new mysterious craters emerge
in Siberia, deepening giant hole saga
Washington Post, by Terrence McCoy    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/30/2014 2:55:47 PM     Post Reply
In a chaotic world of downed planes, ethnic unrest and missile strikes, international observers settled their attention elsewhere earlier this month. They looked north to Siberia, a land covered in snow and layered in permafrost, where a strange and giant crater had just ripped open the earth. At the time, no one knew where exactly the crater had come from, what was at its bottom, or how it had come to be. There are sure to be even more questions now. Two new craters have emerged in Siberia, deepening the giant hole saga. Though not as big as the first crater, which extended hundreds of feet in diameter, these new craters are just as strange.

Sessions: ´We Cannot Allow Executive
Orders to...Eradicate Plain Law´
Cybercast News Service, by Melanie Hunter    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/30/2014 2:48:55 PM     Post Reply
Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) took to the Senate floor Wednesday to blast the president’s reported plan to use his executive authority to provide amnesty to illegal immigrants by scaling back deportations and granting them work permits, saying Congress must not allow the president use executive actions that eradicate “plain law.” “This Congress needs to speak. We cannot allow executive orders to be issued by a president that eradicates plain law. To do so is wrong. The American people are watching this. They are not going to be happy that this Congress didn’t take action, and expressions of concerns among senators

  


  

First US rate rise draws closer after
blistering second quarter GDP
Telegraph [UK], by Jeremy Warner    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/30/2014 2:47:53 PM     Post Reply
Janet Yellen, chairwoman of the US Federal Reserve, has always said that normalisation of US interest rates will be data dependent. Well, she´s got little excuse for holding back after today´s blistering second quarter GDP figures, showing annualised growth of 4 percent. This finally lays to rest lingering suspicions that the economic contraction of the first quarter was more than just a weather induced aberration. Many feared that it was indicative of more deep rooted, underlying weaknesses. Yet the second quarter snap back more than makes up for the arctic freeze of the early part of the year, with the

´I love my drone´: Martha Stewart shares
incredible aerial images of her estate
as she reveals her latest must-have
accessory for the summer
Daily Mail [UK], by David McCormack    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/30/2014 2:45:27 PM     Post Reply
Lifestyle guru Martha Stewart has revealed that her latest must-have accessory is a drone and now she simply can’t stop extolling the virtues of flying robots. The millionaire businesswoman received a drone fitted with a high-definition camera for her 72nd birthday last August and says she was hooked instantly. After downloading the appropriate app onto her iPad, she took her $300 Parrot AR Drone 2.0 to the beach in Maine to try it out. ‘In just a few minutes I was hooked,’ she writes in an opinion piece featured in Time magazine on Tuesday. ‘In near silence, the drone rose, hovered, and dove, silently

Security cabinet directs IDF to
continue operation, complete
destruction of terror tunnels
Jerusalem Post [Israel], by Herb Keinon    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/30/2014 2:33:01 PM     Post Reply
The security cabinet directed the IDF on Wednesday to continue to forcefully hit Hamas in the Gaza Strip, and to complete the job of neutralizing the terror tunnels, a senior diplomatic official said Wednesday. According to the official, speaking after a four-hour security cabinet meeting, the IDF operation has led to “significant achievements on the ground” and is hitting at the “strategic apparatus” that Hamas has invested in for years. The official said that the IDF also has had “significant achievements” in degrading the infrastructure of Hamas and other terrorist organizations in Gaza, and will “continue to expand” those operations.

Hillary Clinton: Malaysia Airlines
Flight 17 shoot-down was "terrorism"
CBS News, by Jake Miller    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/30/2014 2:32:12 PM     Post Reply
Hillary Clinton labeled the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over Eastern Ukraine a "form of terrorism" in an interview that aired Tuesday, condemning Russia for aiding the separatists who are accused of taking down the plane. "They were equipped by the Russians. They were trained by the Russians. There may have even been Russians on the ground with them and the result was this horrible attack," Clinton told Fusion during a wide-ranging interview. "And yes, it is a form of terrorism...When you have armed militants, aided and abetted by a major country like Russia, able to use surface-to-air missiles to bring down

  


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Ratings-Challenged Al Jazeera
America Considering More Layoffs
Accuracy in Media, by Don Irvine    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/30/2014 2:32:07 PM     Post Reply
Al Jazeera America, which will be celebrating its first anniversary next week, is considering another round of layoffs, as the network’s ratings continue to sag. According to TV Newser, Al Jazeera America CEO Ehab Al Shihabi told the staff during a meeting last week that there may be further layoffs. A network spokesman told TV Newser that “Like any television network we make decisions based on our programming schedule,” and that they were always looking at staffing levels. This is the second round of cuts this year. In April, the network laid off dozens of people in their sports and

Italian Reporter Reveals Hamas
Cover-Up Over Misfired Rockets
Arutz Sheva [Israel], by Ari Soffer    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/30/2014 2:24:33 PM     Post Reply
An Italian journalist who until Tuesday was embedded in Gaza has backed the IDF´s account of a rocket strike on a school playground in central Gaza´s Shati refugee camp on Monday. At least 10 people were killed in the attack--most of them children--and some sources claimed the death toll was as high as 30. [Snip] Verifying facts on the ground in Gaza is notoriously difficult for foreign reporters, and even for Palestinian journalists seen as aligned with the Fatah-led Palestinian Authority, as journalists are closely watched by Hamas security forces and can face interrogation and a permanent ban from Gaza for

Murder verdict tossed because
his mom couldn’t find a seat
New York Post, by Josh Saul    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/30/2014 2:20:29 PM     Post Reply
Meet Daniel Floyd — the luckiest “killer” in New York. The 23-year-old Brooklyn man was tried, convicted and — after the jury found he shot a rival dead at a dice game — sent to prison for 15 years to life. But the state’s highest court overturned the guilty verdict — all because Floyd’s mother couldn’t find a seat in the courtroom during jury selection. A juror who voted to convict Floyd was shocked to learn of the stunning reversal. “On a technicality like there was no room in the courtroom! That’s something new for me. I don’t think that’s right,” said the woman, who didn’t want her name used. “Oh my gosh!

Paul Ryan: Broader immigration
reform dead under Obama
Washington Examiner, by Paul Bedard    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/30/2014 2:19:32 PM     Post Reply
Influential Rep. Paul Ryan, in the latest demonstration of distrust between the GOP and President Obama, said that broad immigration reform is dead because Republicans have “no confidence or faith” that the president will do as Congress orders on the U.S.-Mexico border. “There is just no confidence or faith that the president will faithfully discharge his duties in executing and implementing the laws as written by Congress at this time,” said Ryan, the 2012 Republican vice presidential nominee and current budget committee chairman. As the GOP debates limited reform this week, Ryan said that all the party will consider now is narrowly

  


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Colbert Launches His Own ‘Angry
Echo Chamber’ to Compete with
Sarah Palin Channel
Mediaite, by Matt Wilstein    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/30/2014 2:18:01 PM     Post Reply
Stephen Colbert might be a little jealous of Sarah Palin. On Tuesday night, the Comedy Central host reported on Palin’s new web-based subscription video channel before announcing his own competing operation, Stephen Colbert’s “Angry Echo Chamber.” “It’s 24/7 Palin-tainment streamed right to your phone!” Colbert said. Sure, at $9.95 per month, it costs more than Netflix, he explained, “but it’s just as good as House of Cards, with just as many threatening monologues into camera.” Echoing the FAQ section of Palin’s new site, Colbert said, “It’s a safe space where like-m

Obama Responds to Jesus
Heckler: ‘I Believe in God’
Mediaite, by Matt Wilstein    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/30/2014 2:11:09 PM     Post Reply
During his speech in Kansas City, Missouri Wednesday, President Barack Obama was once again confronted by some good, old-fashioned heckling. In the video of the event that streamed on the White House website, it was a bit hard to hear what the woman was screaming, but it appeared to be something along the lines of “Jesus is the Lord of Israel.” “I’m sorry, what are you hollering about?” the president said casually, letting the heckler repeat their message for the crowd. “I believe in God,” he said in response. “Thanks for the prayer. Amen. Thank you.” The Washington Post’s David

Illegal aliens in the
shadows? What shadows?
Washington Times, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/30/2014 2:06:55 PM     Post Reply
We’ve been told that Congress must enact amnesty to bring millions of illegal aliens “out of the shadows.” But they’re no longer in the shadows, nor even in the shade, but openly rallying in Lafayette Park across from the White House, demanding that President Obama use his pen and his telephone to give them what they want. At the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue, Congress is scrambling to get out of town Thursday for a five-week summer holiday. Congress is grappling with an emergency funding bill to address the surge of aliens swarming the border. A bill by House Republicans would

Catholic League slams Obama:
‘Do Christian lives mean so
little to you?’
Washington Times, by Cheryl K. Chumley    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/30/2014 2:00:29 PM     Post Reply
The head of the Catholic League issued a scathing criticism at President Obama, posting on his group’s website an essay that pointed to all the Christians being beheaded by Muslim terrorists and asking: Doesn’t that matter to you? “Christians are being beheaded all over the Middle East because they are Christians, and those carrying out this mass murder are doing so in the name of Islam,” Bill Donohue wrote on his group’s website, Newsmax reported. “Yet you continue to say and do absolutely nothing about these unspeakable crimes. Do Christians mean so little to you?”

White House condemns
Israeli shelling of UN school
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/30/2014 1:59:43 PM     Post Reply
Washington - The United States is condemning Israel’s shelling of a U.N. school in the Gaza Strip that was sheltering displaced Palestinians. It’s the sharpest criticism the U.S. has leveled at Israel over the more than three weeks of fighting between Israel and Hamas militants in Gaza. White House spokeswoman Bernadette Meehan says the U.S. is also “extremely concerned” that thousands of Palestinians aren’t safe in U.N.-designated shelters in Gaza even though Israel’s military has told them to evacuate their homes. Gaza health officials say 15 people were killed Wednesday when Israeli tank shells slammed into the school.

  



Democrats push making labor
organizing a ´civil right´
Washington Examiner, by Sean Higgins    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/30/2014 1:52:14 PM     Post Reply
Reps. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., and John Lewis, D-Ga., plan to introduce legislation Wednesday to amend the National Labor Relations Act to make labor organizing a civil right. The change will make opposing unionization bids legally perilous for businesses. The NLRA already protects the right to form and join a union. Ellison and Lewis´ legislation would dramatically expand the powers individual workers have under the act by allowing them to sue their employer in federal court under the Civil Rights Act. The bill would also entitle workers filing lawsuits "to remedies like punitive and compensatory damages," according to a Tuesday press release. Currently most

Michelle Obama´s mom said she didn´t
want to ´raise any kid of yours!´
Washington Examiner, by Paul Bedard    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/30/2014 1:48:38 PM     Post Reply
She is now considered the Grandma-in-Chief, but first lady Michelle Obama’s mother, Marian Shields Robinson, once told her daughter that after raising two kids herself, “don’t expect me to raise any kid of yours!” according to a rare analysis of her White House role. (Snip) “The whole time I raised [son] Craig and Michelle, I was telling them, ‘I raised my own kids, so don’t expect me to raise any kid of yours!’ ” Gibson wrote of Robinson, quoting from Bond’s book. Then, Robinson added, “just look at what I’m doing now.” Robinson was recruited to duty during the Obama’s presidential

Rebel chief in east Ukraine bans swearing
Agence France-Presse, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/30/2014 1:47:46 PM     Post Reply
Donetsk, Ukraine - A top rebel chief in east Ukraine has banned fighters from swearing, saying it "spiritually demeans us and will lead our army to defeat", according to a document published on a Twitter account used by insurgents. Igor Strelkov, the self-declared defence minister of the unrecognised Donetsk People´s Republic said swearing in public places by rebel gunmen would be considered "a serious disciplinary infraction". "Swearwords of non-Russian origin were used by enemies of Rus to defile what we hold sacred," read an official order dated from Monday -- the 1,026th anniversary of the adoption of Christianity by

Probe exposes flaws
behind HealthCare.gov rollout
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/30/2014 1:38:59 PM     Post Reply
A nonpartisan congressional investigation has concluded that management failures by the Obama administration set the stage for the computer woes that paralyzed President Barack Obama´s health care program website last fall, officials told The Associated Press. (Snip) Investigators found that the administration kept changing the contractors´ marching orders for the HealthCare.gov website, creating widespread confusion and leading to tens of millions of dollars in additional costs. Republican and Democratic congressional aides briefed on the report told the AP that it faults the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services --

MSNBC Primetime Ratings
Crash, Worst in Eight Years
Breitbart´s Big Journalism, by Warner Todd Huston    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/30/2014 1:34:37 PM     Post Reply
As July closes out, MSNBC has posted some of its worst ratings in eight years. The network came in third in total viewers and fourth in the key 25 to 54 age bracket for the month. In prime time, the network came in second in total viewers and third in the key demographic. This was MSNBC´s worst showing in prime time in the key demo since 2006. MSNBC was down 16 percent in total viewers over July of 2013 and was down a whopping 33 percent in the 25 to 54 demographic. It lost 16 percent and 25 percent in prime time

Democrats Warn Obama Over
Executive Overreach on Immigration
Breitbart InstaBlog, by Dan Riehl    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/30/2014 1:27:33 PM     Post Reply
Democrat Senators Kay Hagan of North Carolina and Mark Pryor of Arkansas have both now warned Obama to not "take any steps without the approval of Congress" when it comes to dealing with the current illegal immigration crisis. “I’m not for government by executive order. He needs to have statutory authority before he acts,” said Pryor. Meanwhile, via Politico, a spokeswoman for Hagan said, “this is a problem that needs to be solved legislatively and not through executive action.” Additionally, Democrat Senators Landrieu of Louisiana and Begich of Alaska are also urging Obama to act with restraint. “We want him

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