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Descendants of slaves hold
out against coal mining
Associated Press, by Ramit Plushnick-Masti    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 9/2/2013 10:38:44 AM     Post Reply
DIRGIN, Texas— Ida Finley smiles wistfully, recalling how she used to cook for an entire East Texas community — nearly all descendants of slaves. The children would grab cornbread, greens and cookies from her kitchen while their parents grew vegetables in a tiny creekside village hidden among pine forests. "It´s been so long," she muses, gazing at old photos that dot the walls of her nursing home room some 30 miles from Dirgin. Now, just weeks from her 102nd birthday, Finley faces the prospect of losing the land worked by her husband and his parents, slaves who toiled for a

ObamaCare marketplaces to open
for business in a month (video)
The Hill (Washington DC), by Sam Baker    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 9/2/2013 10:25:38 AM     Post Reply
ObamaCare’s grand opening is just a month away. The law’s new insurance marketplaces are scheduled to open for enrollment on Oct. 1, and supporters are ramping up a major education and outreach campaign as the date draws nearer. The success or failure of the healthcare law doesn’t hinge entirely on Oct. 1, which falls on a Tuesday when Congress will be in session. But it’s nevertheless a critical date in the implementation effort, and will mark the public´s first real look at the centerpiece of a law that has dominated domestic politics for years. The White House has two big

White House confident on
winning Hill support on Syria
but scrambling to get votes
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 9/2/2013 10:08:39 AM     Post Reply
The Obama administration, bolstered by evidence the Syrian government used lethal sarin gas on its own people, expressed confidence Sunday that Congress would back President Obama’s decision for a military strike on the Middle East country. However, the president and his inner circle worked furiously over the weekend to win congressional support, appearing on Sunday shows, holding classified briefings and making calls to Capitol Hill leaders. A senior administration officials told Fox News that the president, Vice President Joe Biden and Chief of Staff Denis McDonough made phone calls on Sunday to senators and House members urging them to vote in favor



UN: 5 Million Displaced Inside Syria
Associated Press, by Albert Aji    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 9/2/2013 10:04:22 AM     Post Reply
DAMASCUS, Syria -- International aid to Syrians uprooted by civil war is a "drop in the sea" of what is needed, a top U.N. official said Monday, estimating that five million Syrians have been displaced inside the country. In addition, 2 million Syrians have fled to neighboring countries, according to U.N. figures. The total, of about 7 million, amounts to nearly one-third of Syria´s population. The funding gaps for the displaced remain wide, with donor countries sending less than one-third the money needed to help those displaced, Tarik Kurdi, the representative of the U.N. refugee agency in Syria, told The Associated Press.

Kerry´s Syria Campaign
Likely to Define His Legacy
Wall Street Journal, by Jay Solomon    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 9/2/2013 10:01:30 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON—U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has been on the international stage for nearly four decades. But his campaign against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad likely will define his diplomatic legacy. In a little over two years, the former senator from Massachusetts who took the helm at the State Department in February, has morphed from Washington´s leading advocate for engaging Syria´s 47-year-old dictator to taking much more aggressive steps to unseat him, U.S. and Arab officials say. This aggressive stance has placed Mr. Kerry at the center of Syria policy in successive U.S. administrations, despite President Barack Obama´s tendency to dominate the

How not to run a foreign policy
Politico, by Elliott Abrams    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 9/2/2013 9:52:38 AM     Post Reply
In March 2011, President Obama committed the United States to action in Libya that involved roughly 100 cruise missile firings, 12 U.S. Navy ships in the Mediterranean, and 75 U.S. Air Force and Navy aircraft including B-2 bombers. And the Libyan case involved no use of chemical warfare by Muammar Qadhafi. Still, the president saw no reason to seek a congressional vote. This context makes his claim that he must seek a vote now, in the Syrian case, unintelligible. It cannot be a matter of principle, or the principle would have applied to intervention in Libya as well. From all

Hamas terror attack
thwarted in Jerusalem
Times of Israel (Jerusalem, Israel), by Gavriel Fiske    Original Article
Posted By: NYC RAL- 9/2/2013 9:19:39 AM     Post Reply
Two residents of East Jerusalem admit to planning bombing at Mamilla Mall, slated to take place over the holidays. Two men, aged 22 and 25, have confessed to planning a terror attack in Jerusalem at the Mamilla Mall, near the Old City, police sources revealed on Sunday. The men, who worked as cleaning staff at the mall, planned to use their access to plant a bomb in a trash can at the popular shopping center during the imminent Rosh Hashana (Jewish New Year) holiday season.



The Israeli Spring
National Review Online, by Victor Davis Hanson    Original Article
Posted By: Hermoine- 9/2/2013 9:13:31 AM     Post Reply
Israel could be forgiven for having a siege mentality — given that at any moment, old frontline enemies Syria and Egypt might spill their violence over common borders. The Arab Spring has thrown Israel’s once-predictable adversaries into the chaotic state of a Sudan or Somalia. The old understandings between Jerusalem and the Assad and Mubarak kleptocracies seem in limbo. Yet these tragic Arab revolutions swirling around Israel are paradoxically aiding it, both strategically and politically — well beyond just the erosion of conventional Arab military strength.

Syria: A Mystifying Lack
of US Preparedness
Atlantic Council, by Fred Hof    Original Article
Posted By: drive- 9/2/2013 9:11:44 AM     Post Reply
The decision of President Barack Obama to seek congressional approval for US military strikes in Syria is constitutionally sound, but strategically appalling. By not making it clear from the outset of the crisis that he would seek the approval of the Senate and House for a military response to the Assad regime’s chemical atrocity, the president’s jarring change of direction now runs the risk of thoroughly undermining whatever remains of allied confidence in his leadership. By not calling on Congress to return to Washington immediately the president conveys a sense of nonchalance that his newly discovered soaring rhetoric cannot disguise.

Labour´s line on Syria can
now be summed up in six words:
´Oh God. What have we done?´
Telegraph [UK], by Dan Hodges    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 9/2/2013 9:08:09 AM     Post Reply
The mood at Westminster is shifting. In the hours before Thursday’s dramatic Syria vote, the prevailing concern was over a precipitous rush towards war. This morning there is a feeling that Parliament has been guilty of a precipitous rush to peace. As this paper reports, pressure is now mounting for a new vote. Yesterday Lord Howard, Sir Malcolm Rifkind and Lord Ashdown all took to the airwaves to make a concerted plea for their parliamentary colleagues to think again. The evidence of the Assad regime´s culpability was mounting, they pointed out. Britain should not stand impotently by. As they did

Arrests of 3 Mayors Reinforce Florida’s
Notoriety as a Hothouse for Corruption
New York Times, by Nick Madigan    Original Article
Posted By: drive- 9/2/2013 9:07:22 AM     Post Reply
HOMESTEAD, Fla. — Even by Florida standards, the arrests of three suburban Miami mayors on corruption charges within a month were a source of dismay, if not exactly a surprise. On Wednesday, Steven C. Bateman, 58, the mayor of Homestead, was arrested. He is accused of accepting under-the-table payments from a health care company that sought to build a clinic in town, the state attorney’s office for Miami-Dade County said. Mr. Bateman was turned in by City Council members and staff, said employees interviewed Friday at City Hall.



ATV victim died in
booby trap near pot plants
Times Union (Albany, NY), by Steve Barnes    Original Article
Posted By: NYC RAL- 9/2/2013 9:03:22 AM     Post Reply
Daniel Ricketts struck hidden wire near pot plants. (Berne, NY) — A 50-year-old town man died Saturday after he apparently became the victim of booby traps he had set to protect marijuana plants on his property, Albany County Sheriff Craig D. Apple said. Sheriff´s officials on Sunday identified the victim as Daniel R. Ricketts, who owns property and a residence on Saw Mill Road, near Thacher Park, where the accident took place. Ricketts was driving an ATV in the backyard of his property around 2:30 p.m. Saturday when was nearly decapitated after running into a fine, nearly invisible wire that

Obama blinks
Chicago Tribune, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 9/2/2013 9:02:53 AM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama bought himself some time Saturday to drum up support, at home and internationally, for a strike against Syria. He did what he needed to do, at considerable risk to his credibility. The president, in his brief speech to the nation Saturday, said he will seek authorization from Congress to launch an attack on Syrian forces, which used chemical weapons to kill more than 1,400 people. But he also asserted that he is "prepared to give that order" and that he has the authority to act without Congress´ approval. So what if Congress says ... no? What if lawmakers join their

Thoughts on Watching John
Kerry on Fox News Sunday
PJ Media, by Charlie Martin    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 9/2/2013 9:00:57 AM     Post Reply
It took some real talent for Obama to make me feel bad for Kerry. Kerry is a generally reprehensible person, but in this episode he had to: explain why Obama was right to delay the action he clearly called for yesterday lie straight-faced (“a horse walked into a bar…”) to claim that the Cabinet had been consulted before Obama changed tacks, when Chris Wallace was quoting the White House that the Cabinet hadn’t been consulted as well as generally supporting the Presidential power that he and Obama ran against in their campaigns. Just remember, at these prices, we call them escorts.

Syria intervention:
Downing Street rules out new vote
Guardian(UK), by Patrick Wintour    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 9/2/2013 8:48:40 AM     Post Reply
A return to parliament for a fresh vote on possible military action in Syria has been ruled out by the prime minister´s spokesman as Downing Street officials played down the prospect of a diplomatic initiative on the two-year civil war being launched at the G20 summit in Saint Petersburg at the end of the week. Numerous voices have been insisting that last week´s Commons vote need not be the last word in the event of a further chemical weapons attack by President Bashar al-Assad´s troops. But the prime minister´s spokesman said: "Parliament has spoken. The government has absolutely no plans



Obama´s regulatory tsunami is
eroding America´s competitive edge
Washington Examiner, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 9/2/2013 8:30:05 AM     Post Reply
President Obama´s unprecedented regulatory agenda is driving both foreign and domestic capital out of the United States. For now, the U.S. fortunately is still the top destination for investment in the world. Foreigners have invested more than $3.5 trillion in the U.S. economy, more than triple the share of the next-closest economy. But that edge is slipping. In 2011, foreigners invested $227 billion in the United States. That dropped to just $147 billion in 2012, a drop of more than 35 percent. And the decline occurred during what was supposedly an economic recovery. There are many reasons why investors are

Syria asks the United
Nations to stop U.S. strike
Reuters, by Oliver Holmes    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 9/2/2013 8:00:16 AM     Post Reply
Syria has asked the United Nations to prevent "any aggression" against Syria following a call over the weekend by U.S. President Barack Obama for punitive strikes against the Syrian military for last month´s chemical weapons attack. Washington says more than 1,400 people, many of them children, were killed in the world´s worst use of chemical arms since Iraq´s Saddam Hussein gassed thousands of Kurds in 1988. U.S. military action will be put to a vote in Congress, which ends its summer recess on September 9, giving President Bashar al-Assad time to prepare the ground for any assault and try to rally international

Mexican call centers provide jobs,
network for deported teens
McClatchy Newspapers´ Washington Bureau, by Franco Ordonez    Original Article
Posted By: NYC RAL- 9/2/2013 7:51:30 AM     Post Reply
MEXICO CITY — Years of record-breaking deportations in the United States are helping to fuel a developing industry in Mexico: call centers to serve American customers. Major U.S. companies are moving pieces of their multi-billion-dollar customer service industry south of the border to take advantage of a burgeoning workforce of returning migrants. Many are recent deportees who are better able to relate to their U.S. customers and who speak English with American accents. The call centers contract with major U.S. companies such as Time Warner, Dish Satellite and Best Buy. They pay lower Mexican wages, as little as $4 an hour,

Syrian refugee: ´Obama lied to us´
The Guardian, by Peter Beaumont    Original Article
Posted By: ladychatalie- 9/2/2013 7:49:46 AM     Post Reply
Inside the Zaatari camp the mood is bleak among those who have fled the war and now feel the US has deserted them. Across the camp, five miles inside Jordan, Syrian refugees gathered in small groups to listen to Barack Obama. Some watched on al-Jazeera TV, others tuned in to the radio, many followed on Twitter or online news sites. (snip) "We thought, when he began to speak, the strikes on Bashar al-Assad´s regime were going to start immediately," said one refugee, Abu Assam. "Then he said ´but´."

Labor Day blues
New York Daily News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 9/2/2013 7:46:50 AM     Post Reply
Union leaders cancelled this year’s Labor Day Parade on Fifth Ave. in favor of a get-out-the-vote campaign for impending city elections. There was precious little to celebrate anyhow. Across America the ranks of unionized workers continue to fall. The struggling — and very worthy — effort to organize fast-food workers stands as the only broad-scale push to halt the long slide. Meanwhile, the U.S. economy has been brutal on the working- and middle-classes. In the four years since the end of the Great Recession in 2009, America has created jobs so glacially that unemployment still stands at 7.4% nationally, and


Is America Still the Land of Labor?
Heritage, by David Azerrad    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 9/2/2013 7:37:54 AM     Post Reply
For all the talk these days of how to revive our supposedly moribund American Dream, it took a college dropout-turned-actor to state the obvious. “I believe that opportunity looks a lot like work,” Ashton Kutcher recently said at the Teen Choice Awards. “I never had a job in my life that I was better than. I was always just lucky to have a job. And every job I had was a stepping stone to my next job, and I never quit my job until I had my next job. And so opportunities look a lot like work.” That such remarks

US intelligence on Syria gas attack
´unconvincing´, says Russia
Telegraph [UK], by Roland Oliphant    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 9/2/2013 7:28:41 AM     Post Reply
Western intelligence reports about Syrian use of chemical weapons that have been seen by the Russian government are “completely unconvincing,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said. Mr Lavrov said that evidence recently provided by the United States, Britain, and France showing regime culpability for chemical weapons attacks was too vague to stand up to scrutiny. “What we were shown before and what our American, British and French colleagues sent us more recently absolutely does not convince us,” he said. His remarks came a day after John Kerry, the US Secretary of State, insisted America had evidence that Bashar al-Assad

Obama´s Syria dilemma:
Becoming the president he didn´t like
CNN, by Julian Zelizer    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 9/2/2013 7:27:48 AM     Post Reply
President Obama looked uncomfortable as he stood before the nation on Saturday, announcing that he would ask for a congressional resolution of support to use limited force in Syria. Obama, who won the hearts and souls of many Americans in the 2008 election with his trenchant criticism of President George W. Bush´s war in Iraq, now finds himself leading a controversial and ambiguous military operation that has little support, in Congress or abroad. Asking Congress for a resolution of support is an important step in making this decision, but what will matter much more is how the operation unfolds.

US intelligence agencies ´targeted
for infiltration by Al-Qaeda´
Agence France-Presse, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 9/2/2013 7:19:04 AM     Post Reply
The discovery, reported by The Washington Post, has heightened fears that America´s intelligence community is being targeted by terrorist and other extremist organisations for infiltration, as well as by foreign governments´ own spies. All such US agencies are investigating thousands of their own employees to counter the threat. The classified budget document which revealed the extent of the CIA´s efforts was itself passed to the newspaper by the former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, now a fugitive in Russia under temporary asylum after leaking thousands of secret documents. Although the file did not describe the nature of the jobseekers´

Report: NSA spied on Mexico, Brazil
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 9/2/2013 7:15:01 AM     Post Reply
RIO DE JANEIRO — The National Security Agency´s spy program targeted the communications of the Brazilian and Mexican presidents, and in the case of Mexico´s leader accessed the content of emails before he was elected, the U.S. journalist who obtained secret documents from NSA leaker Edward Snowden said Sunday. Journalist Glenn Greenwald, who lives in Rio de Janeiro, told Globo´s news program "Fantastico" that a document dated June 2012 shows that Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto´s emails were being read. The document´s date is a month before Pena Nieto was elected.

Russia sending spy ship
to Mediterranean: Interfax
Reuters, by Steve Gutterman    Original Article
Posted By: NYC RAL- 9/2/2013 7:01:46 AM     Post Reply
MOSCOW - Russia is sending a reconnaissance ship to the eastern Mediterranean, Interfax news agency reported on Monday, as the United States prepares for a possible military strike in Syria. U.S. President Barack Obama has said he will seek congressional authorization for punitive action against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad after what Washington said was a sarin gas attack that killed over 1,400 people. Russia is a staunch backer of Assad in his war with rebels trying to topple him.

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