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3 semi-trucks stolen from
Auburn warehouse lot
Seattle Times, by Christine Clarridge    Original Article
Posted By: Maggie2u- 9/23/2014 1:34:35 AM     Post Reply
Auburn police say the theft of three semi-trucks on Saturday was an “orchestrated” crime. The semi-trucks were stolen from a warehouse parking lot in the 3900 block of I Street Northwest. According to police Cmdr. Mike Hirman, video surveillance captured an image of a white van pulling into the lot where the semi-trucks were parked on Saturday. Later that evening, surveillance again showed the white van pulling into the lot. A short time later, the three semis — which did not have trailers attached

Ed Miliband expected to announce
taxes on rich to ´save the NHS´
Telegraph [UK], by Steven Swinford    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 9/22/2014 11:55:12 PM     Post Reply
Ed Miliband is expected to announce that he will use up to £5billion a year raised from taxes on the rich to help "save the NHS". The labour leader is likely to say that he will use money raised from a "mansion tax" and bringing back the 50p rate to help reduce the "huge pressures" on the NHS. Mr Miliband is expected to use his keynote speech at the Labour Party conference to announce an new policies aimed at reducing hospital waiting times and improving access to GPs. He will say: "A hospital is only as good as the services

Poll: Fewer Than One Third of Americans
View Obama as Friendly to Religion
Breitbart Big Government, by Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D.    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 9/22/2014 11:45:59 PM     Post Reply
Some 70% of Americans do not designate the Obama administration as friendly toward religion, according to a Pew poll released Monday. The share of Americans that sees the Obama administration as friendly toward religion took a dramatic drop to 30% from 37% in 2009. The percentage that rates the administration hostile to religion increased from 17% in 2009 to 29% in the latest poll. These findings come from a new survey by the Pew Research Center, conducted Sept. 2-9 among 2,002 U.S. adults. Some of this suspicion of Obama seems related to the administration’s perceived hostility toward religious liberty, manifested

  


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Netanyahu and Obama to
Meet at the White House
Arutz Sheva [Israel], by Ben Ariel    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 9/22/2014 11:33:52 PM     Post Reply
U.S. President Barack Obama will welcome Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to the White House on October 1, AFP reported on Monday. The meeting will come as a U.S. drive for a nuclear deal with Iran reaches a crucial point. [Snip] Obama was at odds with Israel over the defensive operation in Gaza, making various attempts to press Israel into accepting a truce with Hamas. Netanyahu reportedly responded to the pressure by telling the administration "not to ever second guess me again," after Hamas committed one of its many ceasefire violations. In a leaked transcript of a phone conversation between the

U.S. airstrikes hit ISIS
inside Syria for first time
CNN, by Jim Sciutto*    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 9/22/2014 11:13:12 PM     Post Reply
U.S. jets began airstrikes in the ISIS stronghold of Raqqa, Syria, early Tuesday, a U.S. official told CNN. It´s the first strikes against the terror group inside the country since President Barack Obama´s announcement this month that he was prepared to expand the American efforts beyond targets in Iraq. All foreign partners participating in the strikes with the United States are Arab countries, a senior U.S. military official told CNN. Those nations are Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Jordan. The U.S. and "partner nation forces" began striking ISIS targets using fighters, bombers and Tomahawk missiles, Pentagon spokesman

To keep peace in Ferguson, DOJ
bars media from town hall meetings
MSNBC, by Trymaine Lee    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 9/22/2014 11:06:58 PM     Post Reply
City leaders in Ferguson, Missouri, have billed a series of upcoming town hall meetings beginning Monday night as a way to continue dialogue with members of the beleaguered community and an opportunity to clear up misconceptions still swirling a month after Ferguson police shot and killed unarmed black teenager Michael Brown. (Snip) But at some point between then and now, the Community Relations Service, a little-known agency within the Department of Justice that is working behind the scenes to cool racial tensions in the city, stepped in and closed off the meetings to the media and non-residents.

A land war against ISIS?
CNN, by Julian Zelizer    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 9/22/2014 11:05:30 PM     Post Reply
Should we worry about mission creep? Only one week after President Obama said that he would not send combat troops to fight ISIS, Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told the Senate that U.S. forces could "accompany Iraqi forces in attacks" if the situation deteriorated. As President Obama prepares to address the United Nations General Assembly this Wednesday, Americans are naturally wondering where this will all end. Some have raised the specter of Vietnam. After all, President John F. Kennedy sent fewer advisors to Vietnam during his presidency than President Obama is sending to Syria right

  


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Biden Promises Obama Will
Strike GOP with ´Lightning´
via Executive Amnesty
Breitbart Big Government, by Tony Lee    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 9/22/2014 11:00:15 PM     Post Reply
On Monday, Vice President Joe Biden promised that President Barack Obama would "do an awful lot" for illegal immigrants with executive actions toward amnesty. He said if Republicans don´t "see the lord" on immigration after the midterm elections, then they will feel some "lightning." According to pool reports, Biden spoke at a Hispanic Heritage Month reception at his residence and reportedly called up a student who had received temporary amnesty due to Obama´s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Biden then said that Obama is going to enact executive amnesty before the end of the year if Congress does

New York and New Jersey Getting U.S. Aid
to Protect Transit Networks Against Storms
New York Times, by Patrick McGeehan    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 9/22/2014 10:57:57 PM     Post Reply
With the two-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy approaching, federal officials announced on Monday that New York and New Jersey will receive about $3.3 billion to prepare their transportation networks against future storms. The biggest pieces of the funding package will go to the New York City subway system and commuter rail systems in the surrounding region. More than one-third of all the new money will go to the subway system for projects to make rail yards, stations and equipment less susceptible to flooding. In all, the two states will receive about 90 percent of the latest round of storm aid from the federal

U.S. and Allies
Hit ISIS Targets in Syria
New York Times, by Helene Cooper*    Original Article
Posted By: MDMuskrat- 9/22/2014 10:37:40 PM     Post Reply
The United States and allies launched airstrikes against Sunni militants in Syria early Tuesday, unleashing a torrent of cruise missiles and precision-guided bombs from the air and sea on the militants’ de facto capital of Raqqa and along the porous Iraq border. American fighter jets and armed Predator and Reaper drones, flying alongside warplanes from several Arab allies, struck a broad array of targets in territory controlled by the militants, known as the Islamic State. American defense officials said the targets included weapons supplies, depots, barracks and buildings the militants use for command and control. Tomahawk cruise missiles were fired

Islamic State attack on Iraqi base leaves
hundreds missing, shows army weaknesses
Washington Post, by Loveday Morris    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 9/22/2014 10:36:06 PM     Post Reply
Baghdad - The army base in Iraq’s western Anbar province had been under siege by Islamic State militants for a week, so when a convoy of armored Humvees rolled up at the gate, the Iraqi soldiers at Camp Saqlawiyah believed saviors had arrived. But this was no rescue attempt. The vehicles were driven by militants on suicide missions, and within seconds on Sunday the base had become a bloody scene of multiple bombings. On Monday, a day after the attack, five survivors — including three officers — said that between 300 and 500 soldiers were missing and believed to be dead, kidnapped or in hiding.

  


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Liberals Want to Throw
Us All In Jail. Or Worse.
Power Line, by John Hinderaker    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 9/22/2014 10:27:20 PM     Post Reply
The totalitarian impulse is all too familiar: since I represent Progress (and, of course, everyone who acts in the political realm fervently believes that he represents Progress) those who stand in my way are retrograde–evil, really–forces, that belong in the dustbin of history. Therefore, I might have to lock them up or kill them to ensure that Progress prevails. Until recently, the totalitarian impulse has been blessedly absent from American politics. Now, however, the American left has caught the totalitarian bug that infected Lenin, Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin, Mao, Ho Chi Minh, Castro, and so many others. A case in point:

10 Weird Things You Didn´t
Know About Hillary
Breitbart Big Government, by Ben Shapiro    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 9/22/2014 10:13:18 PM     Post Reply
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been through the political battles more than any major politician since Richard Nixon – and she has a lot in common with her former foe. But despite the blanket coverage of the former First Lady and her ubiquitous husband, there are still a good number of interesting facts about her that have been buried over the years. She likes to get her drink on. Hanging out in Cartagena in 2012 with her staff at the Summit of the Americas, then-Secretary of State Clinton was photographed with her hair down and a drink in

The Islamic State exploits
Obama’s weaknesses
Washington Post, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 9/22/2014 10:08:33 PM     Post Reply
It didn't take long for the Islamic State to exploit the weaknesses in President Obama’s campaign against it. Last week the militants launched an offensive against a Kurdish-populated area of northern Syria — where Mr. Obama has yet to approve U.S. airstrikes or supply aid to local forces. By Monday, more than 130,000 people had fled across the border to Turkey, and local commanders said they desperately needed help to defend the strategic town of Kobane. Mr. Obama has been slow-walking the approval of a Pentagon campaign plan including airstrikes in Syria while seeking commitments from nations in the region.

Secret Service study from
1990s found White House
vulnerable to fence-jumpers
Washington Post, by Carol D. Leonnig and Spencer S. Hsu    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 9/22/2014 10:06:03 PM     Post Reply
The Secret Service commissioned a classified mock attack two decades ago that found an easy way to pierce the White House security zone: Overwhelm Secret Service officers on the compound with six to eight attackers climbing over the fence at the same time. That vulnerability remains, despite the creation of specially trained counterassault and surveillance teams recommended at the time, according to government officials who were briefed on the findings and requested anonymity to discuss sensitive information. Securing the White House grounds has been further complicated over the past two years by severe staffing shortages and high turnover rates in

  


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U.S. begins airstrikes
against Islamic State in Syria
Washington Post, by Craig Whitlock    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 9/22/2014 10:02:16 PM     Post Reply
The U.S. military expanded its war against the Islamic State late Monday by sending waves of warplanes and launching Tomahawk missiles into Syria to attack an array of targets in an aggressive and risk-laden operation that marks a new phase in the conflict. Rear Adm. John Kirby, the Pentagon press secretary, said late Monday that U.S. commanders had deployed a mix of fighter jets and bombers and had also launched ship-based Tomahawk missiles against Islamic State targets in Syria. He said the operations were ongoing and that more details would not be released until after the strikes were finished. Kirby

White House: Some Islamic State
fighters have returned to U.S.
Washington Times, by Dave Boyer and Phillip Swarts    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 9/22/2014 9:58:11 PM     Post Reply
White House officials on Monday acknowledged for the first time that Americans who’ve fought alongside the Islamic State terrorist group in Syria and Iraq have returned to the U.S., raising concerns about an attack on the homeland as President Obama prepares to urge the United Nations to confront the threat overseas. Counterterrorism experts believe at least 100 Americans have traveled to the Middle East to join the terrorist group, and a senior administration official said the total includes “those who’ve gone, those who’ve tried to go, some who’ve come back and are under active [investigation] — the FBI is looking at

U.S. Launches Airstrikes
in Syria Against ISIS Targets
NBC News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 9/22/2014 9:37:01 PM     Post Reply
The United States launched airstrikes in Syria against ISIS targets, sources tell NBC News. The U.S. military plans to strike up to 20 targets — logistics, fuel and weapons depots; training sites; troop encampments; command and control sites; and headquarters for the Sunni fighters. The U.S. military will deploy manned and unmanned air assets, including F-22s, B-1 bombers, F-16s, F-15s and F/A-18s. The aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush is at the ready in the Persian Gulf, and the USS Arleigh Burke, a guided missile destroyer that fires Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles (TLAMs), is in the Red Sea.

The Attractions of Paradise
PJ Media, by Richard Fernandez    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 9/22/2014 9:33:09 PM     Post Reply
Back in the 1930s intellectuals sometimes advised each other: don’t give to beggars, you’ll delay the revolution. Socialism has been described as a method of loving humanity so that you can be indifferent to your actual neighbor. (Snip) One of the most interesting aspects of the now-famous confrontation between Robert F Kennedy Jr and PJTV’s Michelle Fields is his argument that you can be a conservationist without being one. RFK Jr said we should lobby for government to economize on energy so we as individuals don’t have to. Asked whether he would give up his car and gadgets, Kennedy retorted

Ferguson residents
begin using body cameras
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 9/22/2014 9:31:01 PM     Post Reply
Ferguson, Mo. - A California-based group has distributed and trained some Ferguson residents on how to use body cameras to record police. We Copwatch raised more than $6,000 to purchase 110 of the small devices to give to residents over the weekend, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. The organization joined Ferguson-based activists the Canfield Watchmen to meet with about two dozen residents near the site where Michael Brown was fatally shot last month by a Ferguson police officer. David Whitt, a spokesman for the Canfield Watchmen, said that the body cameras offer people the ability to “challenge the

  



Biden to Hispanics:
Obama will act on immigration
Associated Press, by Stacy A. Anderson    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 9/22/2014 9:24:50 PM     Post Reply
Washington - Vice President Joe Biden told frustrated Hispanic leaders Monday President Barack Obama is "absolutely committed to moving forward" on comprehensive immigration reforms "and he´s going to do an awful lot." Biden said Obama was determined to move ahead "with or without" Congress and "if they don´t get something done by the end of this year, the president´s going to do it." Biden´s remarks came as he and his wife, Jill, hosted a Hispanic Heritage Month reception Monday at their Naval Observatory residence. He honored Hispanic education administrators and counselors, calling them "heroes in the

Group Backing Islamic State
Vows to Kill French Citizen
New York Times, by Rukmini Callimachi    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 9/22/2014 9:13:05 PM     Post Reply
A jihadist group in North Africa aligned with the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the kidnapping of a Frenchman in a mountainous region of Algeria, hours after the Islamic State called for attacks on Westerners. In the video released Monday, the little-known group Jund al-Khilafah said France had 24 hours to halt attacks on the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, or see its citizen executed. The kidnapping — confirmed by the French government — was the first of a Westerner by an Islamic State-aligned group outside Syria. If copied, the tactic of kidnapping Westerners to pressure their their governments could expand the conflict

US State Department announces
tens of millions in aid to UNRWA
Jerusalem Post [Israel], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 9/22/2014 9:01:16 PM     Post Reply
The US State Department announced late Monday that it plans to provide over $71 million in humanitarian assistance to the Gaza Strip, a large portion of which is earmarked for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA). "More than 58,000 people are still sheltering in United Nations facilities and basic necessities like food, clean water, and fuel remain in short supply throughout the territory," the State Department said in a statement. UNRWA has been a subject of controversy in Israel over its perceived sympathy toward Hamas and its actions during Operation Protective Edge.

Lois Lerner Compares
Herself To Jeffrey Dahmer
Daily Caller, by Alex Pappas    Original Article
Posted By: Hybernicus- 9/22/2014 8:00:26 PM     Post Reply
Lois Lerner says she is no Jeffrey Dahmer. The former Internal Revenue Service official referenced the infamous cannibalistic serial killer as she broke her silence for the first time about last year’s IRS scandal. Lerner told the website Politico that she has been the recipient of threats and hate mail, describing how one person called her “the worst person ever in the United States.” “I just thought, ‘Boy, worse than Jeffrey Dahmer?’” Lerner quipped. Lerner, who led the tax-exempt division of the IRS, was forced out of the agency after she found herself at the center of the scandal over the agency’s targeting of conservative groups

New archbishop draws line in
sand against church hardliners
WBBM [Chicago,IL], by Jay Levine    Original Article
Posted By: Fiesta del sol- 9/22/2014 7:40:02 PM     Post Reply
The Spokane, Wash. bishop who will become head of the Roman Catholic Church in Chicago spent his weekend returning to his roots, in Omaha, Neb. CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine was there as Blase Cupich, who will be installed in Chicago in November, shared the good news with his hometown.Levine reports the veteran clergyman, 65, is comfortable in his own skin and has a dry sense of humor. Cupich led CBS 2 on a tour of the small parish in South Omaha where he was raised“I want to make sure if they interview you, you say only nice things

SpaceX founder expects flights from
Texas spaceport to begin in 2016
Houston Chronicle, by Aaron Nelsen    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 9/22/2014 7:25:48 PM     Post Reply
BROWNSVILLE — At the groundbreaking ceremony Monday for SpaceX´s commercial spaceport on the Texas Gulf coast, the founder of the aerospace company said the survival of mankind may hang on colonization of other planets. The company´s future commercial orbital spaceport in Boca Chica, near Brownsville, could be a key player in the race to Mars, said Elon Musk, who is the CEO. “I´m an optimist,” Musk said. “I wouldn´t have gotten into the rocket business otherwise.” Musk said SpaceX expects to begin construction on the site by mid-2015 and launch at least one commercial flight per month by late 2016.

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