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Iran promoting terrorism,
taking over Iraq: KSA
Arab News, by Ghazanfar Ali Khan    Original Article
Posted By: GO3- 3/6/2015 12:57:49 AM     Post Reply
Iran’s belligerent policies, which are hampering all plans for restoring peace and security in the Middle East, came under fire during talks between US Secretary of State John Kerry and the foreign ministers of the GCC states on Thursday. Kerry also called on Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman and discussed key regional issues, including the Iranian nuclear negotiations. Prince Saud, in clear terms, said that “Iran was taking over Iraq.”

Coburn: Convention of States Needed
Because Washington Will Never Fix Itself
Cybercast News Service, by Barbara Hollingsworth    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 3/5/2015 11:37:05 PM     Post Reply
“Washington is never going to fix itself,” said former Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK), explaining why he intends to spend the next few years trying to “cheat history” by helping to organize the nation’s first-ever Convention of the States. The purpose of the convention will be to rein-in a federal “leviathan” that he says has overstepped its constitutional bounds. Under Article V of the U.S. Constitution, two-thirds of the state legislatures can call a convention to propose amendments to the Constitution that limit the scope and jurisdiction of the federal government. Alaska, Florida and Georgia passed Article V resolutions last year.

Chelsea Manning: court
order bans US military from
referring to soldier as ´he´
Guardian [UK], by Ed Pilkington    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 3/5/2015 11:26:36 PM     Post Reply
New York — Chelsea Manning, the US army soldier serving 35 years in prison for leaking a huge stash of state secrets, has won a small but significant victory in her bid to transition to living as a woman. Manning has taken on the might of the US military, challenging its ongoing refusal to refer to her as a woman, and won. A court order from the US army court of criminal appeals instructs the military to refer to the soldier in all future official correspondence either using the gender neutral “Private First Class Manning” or employing the feminine pronoun.

  


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Hundreds of stranded drivers
forced to FORAGE for food after
being stuck in thick snow on
Kentucky highway for more than
12 HOURS in 2,000 mile wide winter storm
Reuters, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 3/5/2015 11:21:21 PM     Post Reply
A treacherous winter storm reaching from Texas to New England closed schools, canceled more than 4,000 flights and stranded hundreds of drivers overnight in Kentucky, where as much as 23 inches of snow fell. The snow has caused traffic to come to a standstill and a huge section of the freeway between Elizabethtown and Louisville has become a virtual parking lot - leaving cars and trucks littered across the roads since 10pm last night. Desperate for food, some of those stuck in the 50 mile jam have taken to foraging on the side of the road for food and Kentucky

Ace pilot Harrison Ford escapes
plane crash with only a few
´moderate´ injuries thanks to
his calm reaction to engine failure
Daily Mail (UK), by Chelsea White & Ashley Collman    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 3/5/2015 11:12:03 PM     Post Reply
True to the heroes he plays on the big screen, a calm and collected Harrison Ford glided his airplane into a crash landing on a Venice, California golf course Thursday afternoon. Moments before the crash, a unemotional Ford can be heard speaking with air traffic controllers, asking for an emergency landing because the engine had failed. The 72-year-old actor who has been a licesed pilot for two decades, wasn´t going to be able to make the runaway at Santa MOnica Airport so he picked a long green at the nearby Penmar golf course to land out of the way of

Review of Hillary Clinton emails
to take months: official
Reuters, by Steve Holland & Lesley Wroughton    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 3/5/2015 10:39:01 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON- A growing controversy over Democrat Hillary Clinton´s use of personal email for work while she was U.S. secretary of state could drag on for months, threatening to cloud the expected launch of her 2016 presidential campaign. Clinton tried to cool the brewing firestorm late on Wednesday, saying she wanted the State Department to release the emails quickly. But a senior State Department official told Reuters on Thursday the task would take time. "The review is likely to take several months given the sheer volume of the document set," the official said. At the same time, the department is investigating whether

Obama administration asks judge
to speed up immigration decision
Reuters, by Julia Edwards    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 3/5/2015 10:35:42 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON- The Obama administration asked a federal judge in Texas to decide by Monday whether he will put on hold his prior decision to block the White House´s executive orders on immigration, or at least limit the impact to Texas. U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen in Brownsville, a city along the border with Mexico, issued a temporary court order last month halting President Barack Obama´s orders that would have shielded millions of illegal immigrants from deportation. The administration asked Hanen for a stay on his order last month and late on Wednesday requested a decision by Monday. Hanen on Thursday

  


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Obama White House trying to
reverse GOP takeover of
state-level government
Hot Air, by Noah Rothman    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 3/5/2015 10:29:44 PM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama will leave behind many legacies when he steps aboard Marine One for the last time in January of 2017. Maybe the Obama legacy that was the most unforeseen when he took office in 2009 will be the fact that his administration oversaw the resurgence of the Republican Party. Beyond facilitating the conditions that allowed Republicans to retake control of the House in 2010 and the Senate in 2014, the most devastating blow to the Democratic Party’s future political prospects has been its collapse farther down the ballot. I wrote about this phenomenon for Townhall shortly after the

House Republicans weigh coup
against Boehner after series
of political defeats
Washington Times, by S. A. Miller    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 3/5/2015 9:56:54 PM     Post Reply
Rank-and-file Republicans are openly contemplating a coup against House Speaker John A. Boehner and his top lieutenants after a series of self-inflicted legislative fumbles and political defeats in the first weeks of the congressional session. This week’s retreat from the standoff over Homeland Security Department funding and President Obama’s deportation amnesty was only the latest embarrassment for Republican leaders, who also have had to yank bills on abortion, border security and education after rebellions within their own party. Rep. Andy Harris, Maryland Republican, conceded that running the conference was like “herding cats” but said that is not an excuse for

Coke, Delta tell Supreme
Court to back gay marriage
Atlanta Journal-Constitution, by Leon Stafford    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 3/5/2015 9:55:49 PM     Post Reply
A handful of Georgia businesses signed on Thursday a friend-of-the-court brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in support of gay marriage. Coca-Cola, Delta Air Lines and Cox Enterprises were among 379 companies and organizations around the country urging the court to strike down bans restricting same-sex unions. AT&T, whose mobility unit is based in Atlanta, also signed the brief. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is owned by Cox Enterprises. The brief argues that companies would benefit from uniform marriage laws across the nation. Brief supporters include family-owned businesses, sports franchises and Fortune 100 giants.

Netanyahu’s Churchillian warning
Washington Post, by Charles Krauthammer    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 3/5/2015 9:52:44 PM     Post Reply
Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to Congress was notable in two respects. Queen Esther got her first standing O in 2,500 years. And President Obama came up empty in his campaign to preemptively undermine Netanyahu before the Israeli prime minister could present his case on the Iran negotiations. On the contrary. The steady stream of slights and insults turned an irritant into an international event and vastly increased the speech’s audience and reach. Instead of dramatically unveiling an Iranian nuclear deal as a fait accompli, Obama must now first defend his Iranian diplomacy. In particular, argues The Post, he must defend its

  


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Hillary’s penchant for secrecy rattles Dems
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Niall Stanage    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 3/5/2015 9:51:33 PM     Post Reply
Democrats are rattled by the deepening furor around Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email account while she served as secretary of State. They worry that the flap is just the latest example of the former first lady’s “bunker mentality” — a decades-long tendency toward secrecy that, more often than not, has blown up in her face. Some within the party also contend that the controversy has been poorly handled by Clinton’s team, intensifying fears that she has not learned the right lessons from her famously fractious 2008 White House bid. One Democratic strategist, who asked not to be identified, complained that the email

State Department reviewing
whether Clinton e-mails
violated security rules
Washington Post, by Carol D. Leonnig*    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 3/5/2015 9:49:08 PM     Post Reply
The State Department is reviewing whether Hillary Rodham Clinton’s use of private e-mail during her four years leading the agency violated policies designed to protect sensitive information, a senior department official said Thursday night. The official said that Clinton’s use of personal e-mail did not automatically break the rules but that the agency is looking into whether work e-mails sent from her personal account included sensitive information that must be handled on a system that meets specific security protocols. The official did not elaborate on the security requirements. The official, requesting anonymity to discuss

Netanyahu in 1993: Iran will
have bomb by 1999
Ynet News [Israel], by Yaron Druckman    Original Article
Posted By: mark34- 3/5/2015 9:21:41 PM     Post Reply
"The most dangerous threat to Israel´s existence does not lie in the Arab countries – but in Iran," then-MK Benjamin Netanyahu wrote in a Yedioth Ahronoth column in February 1993. "The rulers of Iran have said repeatedly that they will have an Islamic bomb and that its first target is Israel," he argued in a piece titled "The greatest danger," claiming that Iran will develop its first nuclear bomb by 1999 – 16 years ago. Netanyahu cited then-Iranian president Hashemi Rafsanjani as saying in October 1991 that "the Muslims must cooperate in the production of atomic bombs". He also quoted

Democrats recruit big names in bid
to unseat freshman Republican senators
Washington Times, by David Sherfinski    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 3/5/2015 9:14:32 PM     Post Reply
Democrats have recruited big names to run in some of the most competitive Senate races next year, helping the party put early pieces into place as they make a major push to recapture the upper chamber. Former Rep. Joe Sestak said he will make another bid for Senate in Pennsylvania, setting up a repeat of the 2010 race he lost to Republican Patrick J. Toomey. Democrats have recruited Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander to challenge Sen. Roy Blunt and former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland to run against Sen. Rob Portman. Each of those Republicans is a first-termer, elected in the 2010 midterm tea party wave.

  


  

Blast in Syria kills top
al Qaeda commander, three others
Reuters, by Mariam Karouny    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 3/5/2015 9:01:37 PM     Post Reply
Al Qaeda´s official Syrian wing, the Nusra Front, announced on Thursday the death of its top military commander, who insurgent sources said fell victim to a blast targeting a high-level militant meeting. General Military Commander Abu Humam al-Shami, a veteran of Islamist militant fighting in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria, was the senior-most member of the group to die in the Syria war, an insurgent source said. (Snip) The sources said at least three other Nusra Front commanders were also killed in the blast, which they said hit the town of Salqin, near the border with Turkey. Syrian insurgents have in the past killed member of rival

MH370: Search team ´cautiously optimistic´
BBC News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 3/5/2015 8:54:43 PM     Post Reply
This weekend will mark a year since the Malaysian Airliner MH370 disappeared soon after take off on route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. There were 239 people on board. Twelve months on, the plane´s fate remains one of the world´s great mysteries. The underwater search is focused in an area of the southern Indian Ocean around 1,800km (1,120 miles) off the coast of western Australia. Martin Dolan is chief commissioner of the Australian Transport Safety Bureau which is leading the search.

White House ‘determined to conceal its
workings’: Columbia Journalism Review
Washington Times, by Douglas Ernst    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 3/5/2015 8:40:02 PM     Post Reply
A new study from the Columbia Journalism Review concludes that the Obama administration isn’t living up to its vow to be the most transparent White House in history. The study’s author, Susan Milligan, said the relationship between the president and the press is “more distant than it has been in a half-century” and that the White House makes reporters’ job “nearly impossible.” “An exhaustive study of every official exchange Obama had with the press corps in 2014, supplemented by a review of daily press briefings and interviews with more than a dozen current and former correspondents and White House press secretaries,

Libyan FUBAR – John McCain’s Libyan
“Moderate” Abdelhakim Belhadj Has
Joined ISIS – Now Heads ISIS Through
Libyan Dawn Construct…
Conservative Treehouse, by Sundance    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 3/5/2015 8:32:19 PM     Post Reply
Few media outlets understand the scope of the Islamic alignment forces currently battling for control in Libya; even fewer try to report on them. A recent alarming report is now confirmed. A man named Abdelhakim Belhadj has taken the position as head of ISIS in Libya. Abdelhakim Belhadj was critical in forming “Libya Dawn”, essentially a group of Islamic militia forces (LIFG or Libyan Islamic Fighting Groups) who fought under various banners such as Ansar al-Sharia (al-Qaeda in Libya) and the Muslim Brotherhood.

More Than 300 Republicans Call
on Supreme Court to Recognize
Gay Marriage Nationally
Time Magazine, by Zeke J Miller    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 3/5/2015 8:22:49 PM     Post Reply
More than 300 veteran Republican lawmakers, operatives and consultants have filed a friend of the court brief at the Supreme Court in support of same-sex marriage late Thursday. The amicus brief, organized by former Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman, was filed for the four same-sex marriage cases the Court will hear on April 28 that could legalize the unions nationwide. (Snip) Sens. Susan Collins and Mark Kirk have signed onto the brief, as has Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman. Other notables include former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, retired Gen. Stanley

  



Top Dem Congressman Praises
Hillary For Email Transparency
Daily Caller, by Derek Hunter    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 3/5/2015 8:06:33 PM     Post Reply
Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) is the ranking member on the House Select Committee on Benghazi. So when it was discovered that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had every email she ever sent during her tenure on a previously unknown private server in her home — and that it was not accessible or searchable by anyone in government — you’d think he’d be upset that his committee had not received all the information they need to conduct their investigation. You would be wrong. Cummings praised the former secretary for her transparency. “As far as I am aware,” Cummings said in

Police officer shot multiple
times North Philadelphia dies
WPVI-TV [Philadelphia, PA], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 3/5/2015 8:04:24 PM     Post Reply
North Philadelphia - A police officer shot multiple times in North Philadelphia has died and two people have reportedly been taken into custody. The shooting occurred around 4:45 p.m. Thursday in a shopping center at the intersection of West Lehigh Avenue and North 21st Street. Officer Robert Wilson III, a 22nd district officer, was shot three times, once in the head, once in the chest and once in the eye. He was taken to Temple University Hospital in critical condition and underwent surgery but he later died. Sources say the slain officer is a 30-year-old father. Philadelphia police officers responded to Temple University Hospital

John Kerry: US Will Not Ignore Iran’s
‘Destabilizing Actions’ in Middle East
Breitbart National Security, by Edwin Mora    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 3/5/2015 7:55:30 PM     Post Reply
In an effort to ease Gulf state officials’ concerns about an Iran nuclear deal, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry affirmed that America would not “take our eye off Iran’s destabilizing actions” in the Middle East. On Thursday, Kerry met with officials from the Gulf nations in Saudi Arabia after meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif over a three-day period in Switzerland. “Even as we engage in these discussions with Iran around this program, we will not take our eye off Iran’s destabilizing actions in places like Syria, Lebanon, Iraq and the Arabian Peninsula, Yemen particularly,” the secretary of state

Exclusive: Internal cable from Clinton State
Department office barred use of personal email
Fox News, by Catherine Herridge    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 3/5/2015 7:35:06 PM     Post Reply
An internal 2011 State Department cable, obtained by Fox News, shows that then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton´s office told employees not to use personal email for security reasons -- while at the same time, Clinton conducted all government business on a private account. Sent to diplomatic and consular staff in June 2011, the unclassified cable, bearing Clinton´s electronic signature, made clear to employees they were expected to "avoid conducting official Department business from your personal e-mail accounts." The message also said employees should not "auto-forward Department email to personal email accounts which is

Could Jim Webb pose a threat
to Hillary Clinton in 2016?
CBS News, by Jake Miller    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 3/5/2015 7:27:15 PM     Post Reply
If former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb runs for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016, he´ll do so as a man with very little to lose. And for Hillary Clinton, the party´s undeclared frontrunner, that could potentially be a big problem. (Snip) Webb is not exactly the ideal champion of the left, though. He´s staked out more conservative positions on gun control, affirmative action, immigration, and environmental issues that could be problematic if he hopes to become a progressive favorite. It is, in all, an unusual but intriguing record. And it has some wondering whether Webb could emerge as a real player in 2016.

Harrison Ford seriously
injured in plane crash
MSNBC, by Andrew Blankstein & Hasani Gittens    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 3/5/2015 7:02:16 PM     Post Reply
Actor Harrison Ford was seriously injured Thursday when a vintage World War II training plane he was piloting crash landed on a Mar Vista, California, golf course. The actor was stabilized and taken to a local hospital. Sources said he sustained cuts to head. There was no word on other injuries or what caused the plane to crash. It appeared he was flying solo. Howard Tabe, an employee at the Penmar Golf Course, said “There was blood all over his face … Two very fine doctors were treating him, taking good care of him. I helped put a blanket under his hip.” The plane crashed on the golf course just west of the airport shortly

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