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Big Labor Is Going to Mess With Texas
U.S. News & World Report, by Robert Schlesinger    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/29/2013 8:37:16 PM     Post Reply
Count the AFL-CIO among the progressives trying to turn Texas from a solid red state to a purple or even blue one. Speaking to reporters this morning at a breakfast organized by the Christian Science Monitor, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka cited Texas as a state where he plans to step up organizing activities. "We´ll be in Texas in a bigger way than we have been," Trumka said. After the 2012 elections, Texas emerged as the top item on Democrats´ demographics-driven wish list. The Lone Star State became majority minority some time during the last decade, according to Census Bureau figures.

The humbling of David Cameron:
On a momentous night, Tory rebellion
forces Prime Minister to rule out
military strike against Syria and
plunges him into a deep political crisis
Daily Mail [UK], by James Chapman    Original Article
Posted By: BuckeyeRon- 8/29/2013 8:34:26 PM     Post Reply
David Cameron’s authority in Parliament and on the world stage was dealt an unprecedented blow last night as he faced a breathtaking Commons defeat over plans for missile strikes on Syria. In an extraordinary assault on the Prime Minister’s authority, 50 coalition MPs joined Labour in voting against a watered-down Government motion supporting the ‘principle’ of military action. There were shouts of ‘resign’ from the Labour benches as the result – 285 votes to 272 – was announced to a shocked House of Commons. The last time a Prime Minister was defeated over an issue of war and peace was

David Cameron has restored
the authority of Parliament
Telegraph [UK], by Daniel Hannan    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/29/2013 8:10:44 PM     Post Reply
We´ve just seen Parliament at its best and our media at their worst. Lumberingly, inexorably, journalists have been trotting out their clichés: ´David Cameron badly weakened´, ´mistake to recall Parliament´, ´calls his judgment into question´, blah blah. [Snip] In fact, we have just witnessed a rather beautiful moment. The House of Commons has recovered a prerogative that it wielded for a few brief years in the 1640s, namely control over the deployment of armed power. This shift has come about because David Cameron chose to stick to the letter and spirit of a promise he made in opposition.



PJ Media, by Richard Fernandez    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 8/29/2013 7:56:37 PM     Post Reply
It’s over for President Obama’s plan to launch a ‘limited but decisive’ strike on Syria. (Snip) Now, with Britain out of the operation, Obama faces the prospect of going into Syria almost literally alone, without UN, NATO, Congress or even the UK to back him up. Two courses are now open to him. He can climbdown as best he can and pretend he’s changed his mind or he can go forward risking a wider war for nothing. (Snip) Yet a climbdown would represent a public and devastating humiliation of the man who once believed he bestrode the world.

Fast-Food Strike: Dumb Strike,
or the Dumbest Strike Ever?
PJ Media, by Bryan Preston    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 8/29/2013 7:55:29 PM     Post Reply
Unskilled entry-level workers demand double pay without offering more to their employers or customers. NEW YORK — Beginning a day of protests that organizers say will spread to 50 cities and 1,000 stores across the country, a crowd of chanting workers gathered Thursday morning at a McDonald’s in midtown Manhattan to call for higher wages and the chance to join a union. (Snip) Fast-food customer service is hard work, but it’s entry level. I know, because I’ve done a version of it in my storied career. It’s a skill-developing stepping stone from which an ambitious person should seek a better gig.

A Test of GOP
Resolve on ObamaCare
Wall Street Journal, by Kimberley A. Strassel    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 8/29/2013 7:39:07 PM     Post Reply
Republicans are busy debating what gives them the most "leverage" in their fight to get rid of ObamaCare. One powerful tool, it happens, is an issue that few of them so far have wanted to talk about. The issue is the White House´s recent ObamaCare bailout for members of Congress and their staffs. The GOP has been largely mute on this blatant self-dealing. The party might use what´s left of its summer recess to consider just how politically potent this handout is, and what—were they to show a bit of principle—might be earned from opposing it. The Affordable Care Act states clearly

U.K. Parliament Rejects Syria Action
Wall Street Journal, by Cassell Bryan-Low    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 8/29/2013 7:33:04 PM     Post Reply
LONDON—British Prime Minister David Cameron lost a preliminary vote on Syria, an early sign of the pushback Western governments may face as they prepare to launch an attack. Thursday evening´s vote was nonbinding, but in practice the rejection of military strikes means Mr. Cameron´s hands are tied. In a terse statement to Parliament, Mr. Cameron said it was clear to him that the British people did not want to see military action. Facing vocal opposition from politicians and the public, Mr. Cameron had told parliament earlier that military action was justified on humanitarian grounds and the need to prevent the use of



Congress Finds It Tough
to Block Military Action
Wall Street Journal, by Jess Bryan    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 8/29/2013 7:29:51 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON—Lawmakers of both parties have been voicing reservations over using force in Syria, but if President Barack Obama directs the U.S. military to punish Bashar al-Assad´s regime for its alleged use of chemical weapons, Congress has little chance of stopping him. The Constitution assigns most of the nation´s war powers to Congress, including authority to "raise and support armies," "maintain a navy," punish "offenses against the law of nations" and "declare war" itself. In contrast, the president´s sole military function is that of "commander in chief" of the armed forces. But historically, the president has exercised wide latitude over military

Our Pointless ´Sham Across
The Bow´ Of Syria´s Assad
Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 8/29/2013 7:28:36 PM     Post Reply
Syria: President Obama may talk big, but he carries a Styrofoam stick. Our commander in chief has told Syria not to worry: His "shot across the bow" will be a prelude to nothing. This administration already has had a habit of spilling the classified beans for political gain, on drone "kill lists" and cyberwarfare against Iran for instance. But in previewing his all-for-show mini-attack on Syria, Obama might as well be telegramming Hitler that there are these five beaches in Normandy where something interesting might happen at 6:30 a.m. on June 6. Just think of the contempt and amusement on Bashar Assad´s face

U.S. Is Prepared to Act in
Syria Without Coalition
Wall Street Journal, by Carol E. Lee*    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 8/29/2013 7:27:15 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON—The Obama administration laid the groundwork for unilateral military action in Syria, a shift officials said reflected the U.K.´s abrupt decision not to participate and concerns that President Bashar al-Assad was using the delayed Western response to disperse his military assets around the country. The push for a quick international strike to punish Syria appeared in disarray on Thursday, after British lawmakers defeated a government motion in support of military action rejected. The vote in the House of Commons was 285-272. Officials said Mr. Obama is prepared to act in coming days without Britain, noting that unlike U.S. involvement in the 2011

Is Obama Being Shamed Into A
Demonstration War With Syria?
Investor´s Business Daily, by Charles Krauthammer    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 8/29/2013 7:24:35 PM     Post Reply
Having leaked to the world, and thus to Syrian President Bashar Assad, a detailed briefing of the coming U.S. air attack on Syria — (1) the source (offshore warships and perhaps a bomber or two), (2) the weapon (cruise missiles), (3) the duration (two or three days), (4) the purpose (punishment, not "regime change") — perhaps we should be publishing the exact time the bombs will fall, lest we disrupt dinner in Damascus. So much for the element of surprise. Into his third year of dithering, two years after declaring Assad had to go, one year after drawing — then erasing



Benghazi´s Ansar al-Sharia
Trains Syrian Rebel Jihadists
Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 8/29/2013 7:22:10 PM     Post Reply
Mideast: The same al-Qaida-linked Ansar al-Sharia that killed four Americans in Benghazi is now training foreign jihadists to fight with Syria´s Islamist rebels. Are we about to provide them air support? On Sept. 11, 2012, U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens was crouched in a safe room waiting for help as the al-Qaida terrorist group Ansar al-Sharia was taking credit for the attack, according to emails reaching the White House and the State Department. Ambassador Stevens did not survive, nor did Glen Doherty, Sean Smith and Ty Woods, all killed by the terrorists of Ansar al-Sharia and other groups whose training camps

To hunt Osama bin Laden,
satellites watched over Abbottabad,
Pakistan, and Navy SEALs
Washington Post, by Craig Whitlock and Barton Gellman    Original Article
Posted By: drive- 8/29/2013 7:13:21 PM     Post Reply
The U.S. commando raid that killed Osama bin Laden was guided from space by a fleet of satellites, which aimed dozens of separate receivers over Pakistan to collect a torrent of electronic and signals intelligence as the mission unfolded, according to a top-secret U.S. intelligence document. The National Security Agency was also able to penetrate guarded communications among al-Qaeda operatives by tracking calls from mobile phones identified by specific calling patterns, the document shows. Analysts from the Central Intelligence Agency pinpointed the geographic location of one of the phones and tied it to the compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, where an accumulation

What ‘The Butler’ gets wrong
about Ronald Reagan and race
Washington Post, by Steven F. Hayward, and Paul Kengor,    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 8/29/2013 6:58:45 PM     Post Reply
One cold evening in Dixon, Ill., in the early 1930s, a young man known as Dutch Reagan brought home two African American teammates from his Eureka College football team. The team was on the road, and the local hotels had refused the two black players. So Reagan invited them to spend the night and have breakfast with his family. In November 1952, in one of his final meetings as president of Hollywood’s Screen Actors Guild, Ronald Reagan called upon the entertainment industry to provide greater employment for black actors. His stand went against the times and received national media attention.

Obama is talking America into a war
Washington Post, by George F. Will    Original Article
Posted By: BuckeyeRon- 8/29/2013 6:34:36 PM     Post Reply
Barack Obama’s foreign policy dream — cordial relations with a Middle East tranquilized by “smart diplomacy” — is in a death grapple with reality. His rhetorical writhings illustrate the perils of loquacity. He has a glutton’s, rather than a gourmet’s, appetite for his own rhetorical cuisine, and he has talked America to the precipice of a fourth military intervention in the crescent that extends from Libya to Afghanistan. Characterizing the 2011 Libyan project with weirdly passive syntax (“It is our military that is being volunteered by others to carry out missions”), he explained his sashay into Libya’s civil war as



Netanyahu, Gantz pound home Syria
message: Israel not involved, but will
respond severely if drawn in
Jerusalem Post, by Herb Keinon & Yaakov Lappin    Original Article
Posted By: BuckeyeRon- 8/29/2013 6:28:25 PM     Post Reply
Refusing to be drawn into a public screaming match with Syria and Iran, Israel´s leaders on Thursday ignored apocalyptic threats and repeated the mantra voiced continually since Sunday: Israel is not involved in the Syrian crisis but will respond fiercely if attacked. Prior to holding another round of security consultations in Tel Aviv about the situation in Syria, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said on camera and in his own voice what his office has been saying in his name throughout the week. "At present there is no need to change daily routines," he said. "Despite the low assessment regarding Israel´s

Obama Won´t Give Legal Reasoning
for Syria Attack, Yet
Roll Call [Washington, DC], by Steven T. Dennis    Original Article
Posted By: BuckeyeRon- 8/29/2013 6:22:32 PM     Post Reply
The speaker of the House wants to know what the legal justification for war with Syria is. And more than a quarter of the House says President Barack Obama can’t launch an attack on Syria alone. But the president has yet to give them, or the public, a response. White House spokesman Josh Earnest repeatedly declined Thursday to give a legal justification for an attack on Syria, something that the United Kingdom has already detailed, or give an explanation on how the president can act on his own without Congressional authorization. That will come if and when the president decides

Senators Scold Obama on
Keystone Pipeline
Roll Call [Washington,DC], by Meredith Shiner    Original Article
Posted By: BuckeyeRon- 8/29/2013 6:15:18 PM     Post Reply
A bipartisan group of senators said Thursday that President Barack Obama and the State Department should not again delay a decision on the Keystone XL oil pipeline. Reports earlier this week noted that construction might not be authorized until an inspector general’s report is completed in 2014. Sens. John Hoeven, R-N.D., John Thune, R-S.D., Max Baucus, D-Mont., and Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., said in a joint statement that further delay would be unjustified and would prevent jobs from being created in their states. “This marks the fourth delay of the Keystone XL project since 2011, when the State Department issued

140 House members say Obama needs
approval from Congress on Syria
Hill [Washington,DC], by Rebecca Shabad    Original Article
Posted By: BuckeyeRon- 8/29/2013 6:06:19 PM     Post Reply
More than 100 lawmakers, including 21 Democrats, have signed a letter that says President Obama would violate the Constitution by striking Syria without first getting authorization from Congress. A total of 140 lawmakers had signed the letter as of Thursday, highlighting bipartisan interest and growing momentum in ensuring a role for Congress in any decision to use force in Syria. The letter has yet to be sent to the White House. “Engaging our military in Syria when no direct threat to the United States exists and without prior congressional authorization would violate the separation of powers

Leaked documents reveal US sees
Israel as a major spying threat
Hill [Washington,DC], by Julian Pecquet    Original Article
Posted By: BuckeyeRon- 8/29/2013 5:56:50 PM     Post Reply
The Obama administration views Israel as one of the top spying threats facing its intelligence services, leaked documents reveal. A secret budget request obtained by The Washington Post from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden lumps Israel alongside U.S. foes Iran and Cuba as “key targets” for U.S. counterintelligence efforts. The document suggests Israel does not believe U.S. assurances that its interests are aligned with Israel´s on crucial issues such as Iran and peace talks with the Palestinians. (Snip)“In addition, we are investing in target surveillance and offensive CI [counterintelligence] against key targets, such as China, Russia, Iran, Israel, Pakistan and


Bloody nose for Cameron:
PM humiliated after losing
Commons vote on supporting
possible military action in Syria
Daily Mail [UK], by Matt Chorley, Mark Duell    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/29/2013 5:53:51 PM     Post Reply
MPs tonight dramatically voted against David Cameron’s plea to take military action against Syria. The Prime Minister faced calls to ’resign’ in the Commons as MPs voted by 272 votes to 285 to reject his motion backing British intervention in principle. A chastened Mr Cameron was forced by Labour leader Ed Miliband to pledge not to deploy any UK military forces without first staging another Commons vote. Mr Cameron said it was clear Parliament ´does not want to see British military action´ in Syria after the Government was defeated on the issue, adding: ´I get that, and the Government will

British lawmakers reject measure on
military action in Syria, in setback
for Obama administration
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: BuckeyeRon- 8/29/2013 5:49:53 PM     Post Reply
DEVELOPING ... British lawmakers on Thursday rejected a measure that would have given preliminary approval to military intervention in Syria, in a major setback for both British Prime Minister David Cameron and the Obama administration. ORIGINAL STORY ... President Obama and his top advisers were taking their case for intervention in Syria to Congress Thursday afternoon, holding a series of briefings as lawmakers increasingly voiced skepticism toward any military strike. The president on Thursday afternoon personally briefed House Speaker John Boehner, who a day earlier wrote to the president urging him to provide a "clear, unambiguous explanation"

U.S. spy network’s successes,
failures and objectives detailed
in ‘black budget’ summary
Washington Post, by Barton Gellman & Greg Miller    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/29/2013 5:43:55 PM     Post Reply
U.S. spy agencies have built an intelligence-gathering colossus since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, but remain unable to provide critical information to the president on a range of national security threats, according to the government’s top secret budget. The $52.6 billion “black budget” for fiscal 2013, obtained by The Washington Post from former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, maps a bureaucratic and operational landscape that has never been subject to public scrutiny. Although the government has annually released its overall level of intelligence spending since 2007, it has not divulged how it uses those funds or how it performs against

David Cameron loses
Syria vote in Commons
BBC News [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/29/2013 5:41:28 PM     Post Reply
British MPs have voted against possible military action against Syria to deter the use of chemical weapons. David Cameron said it was clear the British Parliament does not want action and "I will act accordingly". The government motion was defeated 285 to 272, a majority of 13 votes.

Barack Obama’s new Ambassador to
London has no place lecturing
Britain on staying in the EU
Telegraph [UK], by Nile Gardiner    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/29/2013 5:21:11 PM     Post Reply
President Obama’s new man in London, Matthew Barzun, has barely been in the country a week, and he’s already lecturing Britain on staying in the EU. [Snip] “We would benefit by a really strong UK voice in a strong EU,” he says. Citing Obama’s stated aim to make the world “more peaceful, more prosperous, more just”, he adds: “Europe is the first place we turn for that. We like a cohesive, strong Europe that is working with us around the world.” Barzun is sending an early signal that a key function of his Ambassadorship will be to press Britain not

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