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Thursday, July 31, 2014

 







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50,000 meals a day among outpouring
of support for IDF
Times of Israel, by Melanie Lidman    Original Article
Posted By: Up2Here- 7/31/2014 12:51:51 AM     Post Reply
MOSHAV MASLUL, southern Israel — It all started with a lemonade stand. “I took my kids, and I said, let’s go buy some lemons and make lemonade for the soldiers driving by,” said Doron Elbaz, the owner of a farm next to Moshav Maslul, a small town near the Gaza border.During previous conflicts, Elbaz had organized convoys bearing food for soldiers going into Gaza. But when the current operation started on July 8, it was still unclear what kind of troops would be on the ground and how many soldiers would be serving in the area. So he decided to

Three IDF soldiers killed when explosives
detonated within a booby-trapped UN
building in Gaza. UNRWA yet to comment.
Arutz Sheva [Israel], by Elad Benari    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/30/2014 11:38:24 PM     Post Reply
The three IDF soldiers who were killed on Wednesday in Gaza, were killed when explosives detonated within a booby-trapped UN building in Khan Younis, Breitbart reports. An elite IDF tunnel unit was in the process of uncovering an opening to a Hamas tunnel located at an UNRWA (United Nations Relief and Works Agency) health clinic when all of a sudden the explosives detonated, causing the entirety of the building to fall on top of the soldiers. [Snip] The IDF has previously provided video evidence that Hamas fires rockets from inside schools and it is also known that Hamas has also

Will the US Really Defend Japan? - Thread Closed
The Diplomat, by Paul Sracic    Original Article
Posted By: Thrasymachus- 7/30/2014 10:58:18 PM     Post Reply
If the unthinkable happens, and the dispute in the East China Sea between Japan and China over the Senkaku islands (called the Diaoyu islands by the Chinese) escalates into a military conflict, will the U.S. military really come to the aid of Japan? This is certainly the implied position of the Obama administration, but would it be able to follow through on this commitment? If not, what impact will this have on future relations with Japan and in Asia? These are very important questions, yet no one is asking them; this is because no one thinks they need to be

  


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US resupplies Israel with
munitions as Gaza conflict rages
Jerusalem Post [Israel], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/30/2014 10:52:07 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON--The United States has allowed Israel, waging an campaign in the Gaza Strip, to tap a local US arms stockpile in the past week to resupply it with grenades and mortar rounds, a US defense official said on Thursday. [Snip] Israel, however, did not cite an emergency when it made its latest request about 10 days ago, the defense official said, speaking on condition of anonymity. The United States allowed Israel to access the strategic stockpile anyway to resupply itself with 40mm grenades and 120mm mortar rounds to deplete older stocks that would eventually need to be refreshed.

Bouncing Back, Economy
Grew 4% for Quarter
New York Times, by DIONNE SEARCEY    Original Article
Posted By: addicted_to_coffee- 7/30/2014 10:50:34 PM     Post Reply
The United States economy rebounded strongly in the second quarter of the year, shaking off the negative effects of an unusually harsh winter and stirring hopes that it might finally be establishing a solid enough footing to put the lingering effects of the recession squarely in the past. The Commerce Department, in its initial estimate for April, May and June, reported on Wednesday that the economy grew at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4 percent, surpassing expectations.

‘Big Bang’ star Mayim Bialik
helps send bulletproof vests to IDF
Washington Times, by Jessica Chasmar    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 7/30/2014 10:13:49 PM     Post Reply
“The Big Bang Theory” star Mayim Bialik explained Wednesday why she is helping send bulletproof vests to the Israel Defense Forces. The Jewish actress and outspoken supporter of Israel wrote a brief blog post Wednesday afternoon, titled “Why I Donated Money to Send Bulletproof Vests to the IDF.” “1. I need to feel like I’m doing something,” she writes. “2. No matter what your politics are, soldiers sent into war zones deserve to be protected from enemy fire.” “3. Every soldier is someone’s son or daughter. Every single one,” she concludes, linking to a post she wrote on July 7.

House Republicans authorize
lawsuit against Obama
for presidential overreach
Washington Times, by Ben Wolfgang and Stephen Dinan    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 7/30/2014 10:10:48 PM     Post Reply
House Republicans voted Wednesday evening to authorize an unprecedented lawsuit against President Obama, escalating a separation of powers battle between Congress and the White House that is heavily tinged with election-year politics. Mr. Obama mocked Republicans, telling them to “stop just hatin’ all the time,” but GOP lawmakers said they felt boxed in, being unable to get their legislation through the Democrat-controlled Senate and having to watch as the president tweaks, waives or ignores laws Congress has written but which he dislikes. “This isn’t about Republicans and Democrats; it’s about defending the Constitution

  


  

$5 million, $50 million or even
more – just how rich is Hillary
Clinton? Here’s why we don’t know.
Washington Post, by Alexander Becker    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 7/30/2014 10:07:36 PM     Post Reply
Ever since Hillary Clinton drew attention to her finances by claiming her family was "dead broke" when they left the White House, speculation has focused on a seemingly simple question: Exactly how rich are the Clintons? The answer, at least for the time being, is that there´s no way for the public to know. The couple´s wealth since Bill Clinton´s presidency ended in early 2001 has been generated largely from paid speeches, lucrative book deals and successful investments. Some of that wealth has been detailed over the years in the financial disclosure forms Hillary Clinton was required to file as

Western powers temporarily abandon
democracy-building efforts in Libya
Washington Post, by Karen DeYoung    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 7/30/2014 10:04:05 PM     Post Reply
Three years after Western powers helped Libyan rebels overthrow dictator Moammar Gaddafi, they have at least temporarily abandoned efforts on the ground to bolster Libya’s foundering democracy. On Wednesday, France evacuated its embassy in Tripoli, where warring militias have traded rocket and artillery fire over the past two weeks in the worst violence in the capital since Gaddafi’s ouster. French ships moved diplomats and French and other European citizens across the Mediterranean to Toulon, just days after U.S. diplomats left by road for Tunisia and then traveled to Malta, where they have set up an embassy-in-absentia.

Report: Feds Release Far More Illegal
Aliens in Texas Than Any Other US State
Breitbart Texas, by Kristin Tate    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/30/2014 10:01:08 PM     Post Reply
HOUSTON, Texas--Amid the border crisis, President Obama´s Health and Human Services (HHS) has been quietly releasing illegal immigrant minors onto U.S. soil. According to HHS´ Office of Refugee and Resettlement, a total of 30,340 unaccompanied minors have already been released from federal custody after being placed in a foster home. Although foreign minors have been set free in all 50 states, Texas has received far more than any other U.S. state. As of July 7, 4,280 illegal immigrant minors were released in Texas. (Snip) Several other states received a large number of the minors: New York: 3,347; Florida: 3,181; California:

Website could provide easy access
to duplicating strangers’ keys
WISH-TV [Indianapolis, IN], by Karen Hensel    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/30/2014 9:59:42 PM     Post Reply
INDIANAPOLIS — With $6 and a smartphone, you can quickly and easily get a copy of your house key. Unfortunately, so can people with more nefarious motives. An I-Team 8 investigation discovered that leaving keys unattended for just a moment can put you at risk. Hand your keys over for an oil change? Check your car with a valet? Leave your keys on your desk at work? I-Team 8 found easy access to keys in all parts of everyday life. Scanning the WISH-TV newsroom, I-Team 8 quickly found opportunities to use a camera phone to go online and get a copy of

  


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Report: Desperate Hamas
Stealing UN Food Stamps to Survive
Breitbart Big Peace, by Joel B. Pollack    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 7/30/2014 9:52:54 PM     Post Reply
Though Hamas started the latest round of conflict with Israel, it seems to have calculated--wrongly--that Israel would not launch a ground invasion. Members of the Hamas terrorist organization are reportedly so desperate for food after three-and-a-half weeks of war with Israel that they are seizing United Nations food coupons to keep their members fed--and to prevent them from surrendering to Israeli soldiers out of sheer hunger. The Jerusalem Post reports that senior Israeli military planners have concluded that Hamas is operating from a position of weakness, having lost much of its secretive tunnel network--and at least some of

Exclusive: Illegal Alien Crime
Victims Invite Boehner, His Family
To Border, Plead for Enforcement
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Matthew Boyle    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/30/2014 9:51:02 PM     Post Reply
Several family members of victims of horrific crimes committed by illegal aliens have invited House Speaker John Boehner to visit the U.S. Border with Mexico with them in a fiery letter provided exclusively to Breitbart News. “As you leave Washington, D.C. to vacation with your families, our families invite you and your entire family to spend the weekend in McAllen, Texas,” the victims´ family members wrote to Boehner and other lawmakers Wednesday. “We invite you to see firsthand the invasion and lawlessness that is destroying our beloved country, and how you (and others) have given de facto permission and unfettered access

First lady asks leaders to
change gender attitudes
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/30/2014 9:46:42 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — Michelle Obama called on young African leaders to change traditional attitudes and beliefs that harm girls and women, adding that educating and making women financially literate is not enough. "No country can ever truly flourish if it stifles the potential of its women and deprives itself of the contributions of half of its citizens," Mrs. Obama said. The first lady spoke Wednesday to the inaugural class of young African fellows who are getting six weeks of leadership training in the United States as part of the Mandela Washington Fellowship. "Leadership is about creating new traditions that honor the

Obama Administration Suing Pa. State
Police Over Physical Fitness Tests
Daily Caller, by Chuck Ross    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/30/2014 9:44:58 PM     Post Reply
Saying that the physical fitness tests that the Pennsylvania state police uses to identify entry-level candidates are not job-related, the Department of Justice is suing the agency for sex discrimination since more men pass the tests than women. “Through the use of these physical fitness tests, Defendants have engaged in a pattern or practice of employment discrimination against women in [Pennsylvania State Police´s] selection process for entry-level trooper positions in violation of Title VII [of the Civil Rights Act of 1964],” reads the DOJ’s lawsuit. At issue are the state agency’s 2003 and 2009 physical fitness tests that are one

  


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Brown: California Willing
to Shelter More Migrants
Associated Press, by Olga R. Rodriguez    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/30/2014 9:27:05 PM     Post Reply
California Gov. Jerry Brown said Tuesday his state is willing to shelter more migrant children from Central America if needed but reiterated that the United States needs to find a long-term solution to the immigration crisis. "I would do everything I could to make sure California will do its part to shelter any young children that are in need of protection," Brown said after meeting with more than a dozen Central American religious leaders and Los Angeles Catholic Archbishop Jose Horacio Gomez in Mexico to discuss the surge of unaccompanied Central American youth and families illegally crossing into the United

White House Believes
‘All Air Travel’ Here Safe
During Ebola Outbreak
PJ Media, by Bridget Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 7/30/2014 9:24:07 PM     Post Reply
The White House maintained today that the Ebola outbreak in West Africa “is not a risk to the United States at this time.” Two American aid workers in Liberia have tested positive for the virus, and a Minnesota man who had been working for the Liberian government died after taking a flight to Nigeria 10 days ago. The wife of 40-year-old Patrick Sawyer said he had planned to come visit Minnesota next month to see their three young children. “We are aware of the reports that U.S. citizens have been diagnosed with the virus. We have no higher priority than the protection of U.S. citizens overseas. But again, as the CDC has stated,

Liberal interventionists silent
on ISIS’s medieval brutality
Hot Air, by Noah Rothman    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 7/30/2014 9:14:45 PM     Post Reply
The coldblooded atrocities being committed by the fundamentalist militants fighting under the Islamic State’s banners in Iraq and Syria continue unabated. ISIS militants in the north and west of Iraq are destroying ancient Christian and Shiite religious shrines unchecked, have robbed Christian Iraqis and purged them from the areas they control, and are now carrying out a virtually genocidal massacre of Shia Muslim men. In a video that was deemed too graphic even for YouTube, ISIS militants revealed their brutality for the world when they posted footage featuring hundreds of Muslim men being summarily executed.

Exclusive: Report reveals ‘disturbing trend’
of brazen attacks against border security
by gangs, drug and human traffickers
Fox News, by Jana Winter    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/30/2014 9:04:45 PM     Post Reply
Exclusive: A game warden hit in the head with a rock while trying to seize a raft. Police officers wounded in an hours-long standoff with a gang member wanted for murder. Criminals spewing obscenities and death threats at local cops before asking for – and receiving – medical treatment. And that was just last week. A weekly report distributed by a Texas state agency to senior law enforcement officials paints a grim picture of the Mexican border, where authorities regularly confront illegal immigrant gang members and draw automatic gunfire from across the Rio Grande, and where local, state and federal authorities fight

EPA to Republicans: You´re making
it ´very difficult´ to do our job
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Tim Devaney    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/30/2014 8:58:42 PM     Post Reply
A top official at the Environmental Protection Agency said Wednesday he is troubled by a lack of trust from Republicans concerning the EPA’s new climate rule and plan to regulate smaller bodies of water. EPA Deputy Administrator Bob Perciasepe said he is trying to “build a bridge” with Republicans. “I can tell you my boss [EPA Administrator] Gina McCarthy would want nothing more than to build credibility with Congress,” Perciasepe said during a hearing at the House Small Business Committee. Perciasepe plans to leave the EPA next month, but before he takes off he has been making the rounds in Congress, offering to

  



Americans want a
dealmaker, not an ideologue
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Lanny Davis    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/30/2014 8:51:00 PM     Post Reply
When it comes to judging someone’s political ideology, many people and pundits end up arguing about labels and characterizations rather than the facts and the objective record. For example, I recall recently reading about someone who attended a Ready for Hillary meeting in Iowa who declared his concern about Hillary Clinton being a “corporatist.” A few recent articles refer to Clinton as a “centrist” or not a genuine “populist,” words meaning different things to different people. Fortunately, polling data show that most people make their judgments based on facts, not labels. When it comes to judging someone’s political ideology,

Mother of Mexican teen sues
Border Patrol for her son´s death
KGUN9-TV [Tucson, AZ], by Valerie Cavazos    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/30/2014 8:40:59 PM     Post Reply
TUCSON -- After nearly two years of no answers from Border Patrol, the mother of a Mexican teen killed 2- years ago has slapped the US Border Patrol with a lawsuit. Aricela Rodriguez is calling her son´s death a "brazen and lawless killing." The civil rights case is testing a recent federal ruling on law enforcement´s use of deadly force along the border. Family members and attorneys spoke Tuesday at a news conference outside U.S. District court in Tucson after attorneys filed a 10 page civil lawsuit against 20 Border Patrol and U.S. Customs and Protection agents -- identified only

Dem Rep Accuses Border Patrol
of Deliberately Torturing
Unaccompanied Children
Breitbart TV, by Pam Key    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/30/2014 8:20:35 PM     Post Reply
On Tuesday, members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus held a hearing on the humanitarian crisis on the ten of thousands of unaccompanied minors flooding across the U.S.-Mexico border. During that hearing, Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) likened the cold temperatures maintained inside the holding facilities to "torture." Despite temperatures having reached over 100 degrees in El Paso, TX, the location of a Border Patrol holding facility, the Illinois Democrat insisted that the children were "deliberately held in really uncomfortable situations." Jessica Jones, with the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service agreed with

Thoughts on ‘Political Suicide’ and
other tales from ‘Cloud-Cuckoo-Land’
PJ Media, by Roger Kimball    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/30/2014 7:45:02 PM     Post Reply
Having just returned from a stimulating colloquy at a semi-secure, undisclosed location among the California redwoods — a location, moreover, cut off from the always exigent importunities of the Internet — I find that our masters in and about Washington, D.C., have continued that long-running road show “Wrecking the United States of America.” The latest act, taking its place right alongside the three-ring circus of Appeasing Russia, Enabling Hamas, and Turning a Blind Eye Towards Iran, is the Great Disappearing Border Trick now showing in the southern most reaches of what we used to be able to call our country

Senate Report Ties Soros
Group to ´Billionaire´s Club´
Dictating EPA Actions
Cybercast News Service, by Mike Ciandella    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/30/2014 7:30:23 PM     Post Reply
An "elite group of left wing millionaires and billionaires" fund "the far-left environmental movement, which in turn controls major policy decisions," according to a U.S. Senate report released on July 30. The report singled out, among other groups, the secretive Democracy Alliance, a group founded in part by liberal billionaire George Soros. The report stated that "DA flouts transparency and public participation as the group emphasizes secrecy in all its operations." It also said that the influence of the DA and groups like it could be traced through other liberal groups to environmental regulations mandated by the EPA. The Democracy Alliance is

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