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U.S. releases illegal immigrants
who are sex offenders
Washington Times, by Stephen Dinan    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 9/16/2013 5:22:08 AM     Post Reply
The news last week that federal authorities had to release 2,837 convicted sex offenders back onto the streets has renewed focus on a Supreme Court case that requires the government to release immigrants whose home countries won’t take them back. A report released last week by the Government Accountability Office said the nearly 3,000 sex offenders are part of the 59,347 immigrants who the courts have ruled cannot be held, whom the U.S. has been unable to send home, and who instead were released under some sort of supervision as of September 2012. The GAO took a sample of the sex offender

Colorado fifth-graders feared
lost to deadly flood waters
reunited with parents as hundreds
of residents remain unaccounted for
New York Daily News, by Nina Golgowski    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 9/16/2013 5:19:40 AM     Post Reply
Scores of fifth-graders once feared lost to Colorado´s deadly flood waters were reunited with their parents Saturday after a field trip to the mountains turned into a harrowing three-day rescue involving the National Guard. The parents of 85 students from Fireside Elementary School in Louisville couldn´t get their arms around their children fast enough after heavy rains trapped the group Wednesday in the mountains of Jamestown. "Every time you watch the news it´s really hard not to burst into tears," one overjoyed mother told NBC outside the line of school buses. The children and 14 adult chaperones got stranded when pouring rain washed

Fraud and the City: Russia’s
Manhattan Money Laundering
Daily Beast, by Michael Daly    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 9/16/2013 5:07:05 AM     Post Reply
Even as the United States and Russia were nearing an agreement over Syria’s chemical weapons, a federal prosecutor was filing papers that effectively accuse the Putin regime of tolerating, if not abetting, an organized gang of government officials and criminals who looted $250 million from the Russian treasury. The immediate intent of the official complaint filed by U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara on September 10 was to seize several high-end Manhattan properties. The two multimillion dollar commercial spaces as well as four luxury apartments—these across from where George Washington was inaugurated as our first president—were allegedly purchased to launder proceeds from the

  


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Why Larry Summers
threw in the towel
The Week, by Marc Ambinder    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 9/16/2013 5:00:36 AM     Post Reply
It´s too early to say for sure why Larry Summers decided to take himself off President Obama´s list of possible contenders for Fed chair. He seems to have cut some sort of implicit deal with Obama years ago: He´d take a position that was beneath him, and when Ben Bernanke´s term was up, Summers would easily be nominated. And not without warrant: Summers has all the right credentials. It turns out that history has saddled with him several of the wrong credentials, too. Over time, and not too fairly, he´s blamed by a lot of powerful people for tilting Obama

Obama Then and Now:
the Rashomon Effect
PJ Media, by Roger Kimball    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 9/16/2013 4:52:06 AM     Post Reply
Sometimes it is worth stepping back from the fray to gain a little perspective. A shipped tossed about in a mighty gale looks one way to the passengers aboard, quite another way (as Lucretius pointed out in his great poem) to the lucky person watching from the comfortable safety of the hilltop overlooking the bay. I suspect that, for many observers, a material change has lately stolen over the metabolism of political life in America. A shift in the existential light illuminating events makes what is happening and, retrospectively, what has happened appear differently. The shadows are longer now, a

Kerry-Lavrov Bottom Line: Assad
Has Gassed But He Will Not Go
American Interest, by Walter Russell Mead    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 9/16/2013 4:45:46 AM     Post Reply
Americans awoke to the possibility this morning that the US has found a ‘solution’ to the Syria situation. The Times is reporting that the US and Russia have reached an agreement to remove or destroy Syria’s chemical weapons by mid-2014 (the official state department framework document on this agreement is here). If this deal goes through, two things are clear. First, for now at least, using chemical weapons worked for Assad. The Russia-US deal that the WH wants to spin as a win contains no mention of Assad leaving power, much less facing international justice for a massacre involving chemical weapons.

Bob Newhart Finally
Gets His Emmy Award
Associated Press, by Michael Cidoni Lennox    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 9/16/2013 4:38:39 AM     Post Reply
LOS ANGELES -- Bob Newhart, among TV´s most enduring stars with shows stretching back more than five decades, wept as he finally captured his first Emmy Award. Newhart, 84, was honored at Sunday´s creative arts Emmy ceremony for his guest role last season on "The Big Bang Theory" as Professor Proton, a down-on-his-luck former host of a children´s science show. "This is my seventh shot at this. ... I just love this very much," he said, gazing tearfully at the trophy in his hand as the audience gave him a standing ovation. Newhart´s long TV history includes the 1970s "The Bob Newhart Show,"

  


  

Operation to Raise
Capsized Ship Underway
Associated Press, by Frances D´Emilio    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 9/16/2013 4:36:29 AM     Post Reply
GIGLIO ISLAND, Italy -- A complex system of pulleys and counterweights on Monday began pulling upright the Costa Concordia cruise ship from its side on a Tuscan reef where it capsized in 2012, an anxiously awaited operation of a kind that has never been attempted on such a huge liner. Engineer Sergio Girotto said the operation began at about 9 a.m. (0700GMT) Monday, three hours late. The delay was due to an early morning storm that pushed back a floating command room center from its position close to the wreckage. There, engineers using remote controls were guiding a synchronized leverage

Biden scheduled to visit
Charleston port Monday
Post & Courier [Charleston, SC], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 9/16/2013 3:42:50 AM     Post Reply
Vice President Joe Biden will be in Charleston late Monday morning, likely snarling traffic in the wake of his motorcade. Biden is scheduled to visit the Columbus Street terminal at 11:30 a.m. to talk about the importance of infrastructure investment to exports, economic competitiveness and job creation, according to a spokesman. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx and S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley and are scheduled to joint Biden at the port. Biden will head out afterward to the port of Savannah, according to the spokesman. Biden was at the port of Baltimore last Monday, highlighting a $10 million Transportation Investment Generating

Syria could still blow
up in Putin’s face
Telegraph [UK], by Shashank Joshi    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 9/16/2013 3:12:10 AM     Post Reply
Whichever analogy one chooses, the conventional wisdom is hardening: Vladimir Putin has judo-flipped, checkmated and floored Barack Obama this week with a plan to inspect and destroy Syria’s chemical weapons. [Snip] Assad will cheat, inspectors won’t be able to operate in war zones, and the Americans will look unreasonable if they call foul. Just as Saddam toyed with UN inspectors throughout the Nineties, so will Assad hand over some chickenfeed while dispersing the crown jewels. The second criticism is that the plan might be too successful: Assad will trade off his chemical weapons for regime survival, by making himself indispensible

McAuliffe camp erupts over business PAC’s
choice of Cuccinelli for Virginia governor
Washington Post, by Laura Vozzella    Original Article
Posted By: Quaestio- 9/16/2013 12:40:09 AM     Post Reply
High-powered Terry McAuliffe supporters made a furious attempt over the weekend to reverse a Washington area business group’s endorsement of Republican Ken Cuccinelli II for governor, with state legislators warning that “doors will be closed” to the group if it sticks by its choice. The pressure exerted on the Northern Virginia Technology Council’s political arm, Tech PAC, by a U.S. senator, a Republican lieutenant governor at odds with Cuccinelli and several others suggests that McAuliffe’s campaign is worried that a Cuccinelli endorsement could undermine the central premise of the Democrat’s campaign — that he, an entrepreneur who started his first

  


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Empire State Building to Be
Lit in Mexican Flag’s Colors
Latin American Herald Tribune [Miami FL], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 9/16/2013 12:26:15 AM     Post Reply
NEW YORK – The Empire State Building will be lit up in the colors of the Mexican flag on Sunday night to mark the “Grito de Dolores,” the rallying cry that launched Mexico’s war of independence on Sept. 16, 1810. The iconic skyscraper will be dressed in red, white and green to celebrate Mexico’s independence day in a city that some 350,000 Mexicans and Mexican-Americans call home. New York also hosted the “Celebrate Mexico Now” cultural festival, which was graced by the presence of Mexican writer Elena Poniatowska.

Miss America crowns 2014 winner
USA Today, by Ann Oldenburg    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 9/15/2013 11:21:21 PM     Post Reply
Miss America returned to Atlantic City for the first time in nine years to crown a new 2014 winner. "Atlantic City has survived Hurricane Sandy!" said Good Morning America´s Lara Spencer, who co-hosted the ABC show with Chris Harrison. After a night of big numbers, endless crowd cheering, swimsuit strutting, dancing, singing and, yes, answering those tough judges´ questions (including ones about Miley Cyrus and Syria!), the 53 Miss America contestants (50 states, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands) were narrowed down to one winner. Miss New York Nina Davuluri, 24, from Syracuse, sashayed off with

As Syria cools, White House
again looks to pivot to economy
Washington Times, by Ben Wolfgang    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 9/15/2013 11:09:17 PM     Post Reply
Amid problems in Syria, a stalled immigration reform bill and other challenges, President Obama is once again pivoting to the economy in an effort to convince Americans that, without his policies, the nation would not have emerged from the 2008 financial meltdown. “Let’s think about where we were five years ago. The economy was on the verge of a great depression … And we came in and stabilized the situation,” Mr. Obama said during an interview Sunday on ABC’s “This Week.” On Monday, the administration will continue making its case. The president is scheduled to speak from the Rose Garden,

You did it, Seattle! 12th Man sets
world record for crowd roar
Seattle Post Intelligencer, by Nick Eaton    Original Article
Posted By: Vastrightwingconspirator- 9/15/2013 11:07:48 PM     Post Reply
Now we can say it without a doubt: Seattle has the loudest fans in the world. During the Seahawks-49ers game Sunday, the 12th Man broke the Guinness World Record for loudest crowd roar, the record attempt’s organizer said. We have yet to officially confirm the report from former Seahawks player Joe Tafoya, but he tweeted from the field that the record had been broken. Seahawks fans hit 131.9 decibels, according to The Seattle Times, after the Seahawks and 49ers returned to the field from a weather delay. The previous record was 131.76 decibels, set during a 2011 soccer match at

  


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Larry Summers withdraws from
consideration as Bernanke’s
successor at Fed
Washington Times, by Dave Boyer    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 9/15/2013 11:05:24 PM     Post Reply
Facing opposition from women’s groups and key Democratic senators, former Treasury Secretary Lawrence H. Summers withdrew Sunday from consideration as the next chairman of the Federal Reserve. Mr. Summers, a key architect of the Obama administration’s economic stimulus plan in 2009, informed President Obama of his decision in a phone call Sunday morning. Mr. Obama said in a statement that he accepted the decision. Mr. Obama said said he “will always be grateful to Larry for his tireless work and service on behalf of his country, and I look forward to continuing to seek his guidance and counsel in the

During talks on Syria’s
chemical weapons, fighting
on the ground escalated
Washington Post, by Liz Sly    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 9/15/2013 11:03:14 PM     Post Reply
BEIRUT — As negotiations to avert a U.S. strike against Syria ramped up last week, so, too, did the action on the ground. Warplanes dropped bombs over far-flung Syrian towns that hadn’t seen airstrikes in weeks, government forces went on the attack in the hotly contested suburbs of Damascus, rebels launched an offensive in the south, and a historic Christian town changed hands at least four times. At the close of a week hailed in Moscow and Washington as a triumph of diplomacy over war, more than 1,000 people died in the fighting in Syria, the latest casualties in a

Obama and Boehner both enter
upcoming domestic debates
with a weakened hand
Washington Post, by Zachary A. Goldfarb and Paul Kane    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 9/15/2013 11:00:56 PM     Post Reply
The aborted Capitol Hill debate on military action against Syria put President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner in a rare place — on the same side. But each found himself sharply at odds with lawmakers of his own party. As Washington turns its attention to critical domestic issues this week, the turbulent political environment facing the nation’s leaders was put in sharp relief Sunday when opposition by Democratic lawmakers cost Obama his preferred candidate for chairman of the Federal Reserve, former economic adviser Lawrence H. Summers. Summers’s forced withdrawal — an unprecedented insult to the president by members of

Russian TV Host Invites
McCain on Talk Show
Agence France Presse, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 9/15/2013 10:58:33 PM     Post Reply
A Russian state television presenter said Sunday he had invited US Senator John McCain to appear on his chat show to discuss his views on Syria. Vladimir Solovyov, known for his pro-Kremlin stance, said he had invited the Republican senator, who opposes Russia´s strategy on Syria, to appear on his live talk show, "Sunday Night." "On behalf of VTRK (broadcaster) and myself, I invite Senator John McCain to appear live on Sunday Night," Solovyov wrote on Twitter. "I decided to give Senator McCain the opportunity to say all he thinks about relations between Russia and the US and the chances

Teachers of Third-Largest
Wisconsin School District Vote
to Decertify Union
Breitbart Big Government, by Warner Todd Huston    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 9/15/2013 10:52:17 PM     Post Reply
Teachers in Kenosha, Wisconsin have voted to decertify their union, putting a halt to the organization´s ability to bargain with the state on behalf of educators. Kenosha teachers took advantage of the opportunity to jettison the union after Governor Scott Walker´s successful implementation of Act 10, a law that limits what unions can bargain for on behalf of members. In accordance with Act 10, unions must re-certify with members each year, and the deadline for recertification was August 30. Teachers in two of the state´s other large districts, Milwaukee and Janesville, successfully re-certified, but members shot down the Kenosha union

  



Wrong: Al Gore Predicted Arctic
Summer Ice Could Disappear in 2013
Cybercast News Service, by Barbara Hollingsworth    Original Article
Posted By: Harlowe- 9/15/2013 10:45:41 PM     Post Reply
A 2007 prediction that summer in the North Pole could be “ice-free by 2013” that was cited by former Vice President Al Gore in his Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech has proven to be off… by 920,000 square miles. In his Dec. 10, 2007 “Earth has a fever” speech, Gore referred to a prediction by U.S. climate scientist Wieslaw Maslowski that the Arctic’s summer ice could “completely disappear” by 2013 due to global warming caused by carbon emissions. Maslowski told members of the American Geophysical Union in 2007 that the Arctic’s summer ice could completely disappear within the

Congress: Hillary’s Benghazi
Investigation Let Top Officials
Escape Blame
Daily Beast, by Josh Rogin    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 9/15/2013 9:15:35 PM     Post Reply
The State Department’s investigation into the Sept. 12, 2012 attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi was not independent and failed to hold senior State Department officials accountable for the failures that led to the death of four Americans, according to a new investigative report compiled by the House Oversight Committee. The Administrative Review Board, chosen by then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, unfairly placed the blame for the terrorist attack on four mid-level officials while ignoring the role of very senior officials in Clinton’s State Department for decisions about security in Benghazi,

Is Assad hiding his chemical weapons
outside Syria? Rebel leader claims
stockpiles have been moved to
Lebanon and Iraq to prevent detection
Daily Mail [UK], by Mark Duell    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 9/15/2013 8:23:52 PM     Post Reply
Syrian president Bashar Assad is hiding his chemical weapons outside the country to prevent the deadly arsenal being destroyed, a rebel leader has claimed. [Snip] His forces were said to have acted after the US and Russia agreed to secure and eliminate the weapons – a deal hailed by Assad’s regime as a ‘victory’. General Salim Idris, head of the Syrian opposition’s supreme military council, said: ‘We have told our friends that the regime has begun moving a part of its chemical weapons arsenal to Lebanon and Iraq. We told them do not be fooled.’

Gary Sinise and the Lt.
Dan Band rock Charleston
Post & Courier [Charleston, SC], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 9/15/2013 8:15:42 PM     Post Reply
Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band rocked the crowd at The Citadel’s Johnson Hagood Stadium Saturday night. The concert was a benefit for The Independence Fund, which helps provide injured troops with the tools, therapies and guidance that they otherwise are not receiving. Since playing the role of disabled Vietnam War veteran Lt. Dan in the 1994 film “Forrest Gump,” Sinise has spent a lot of his free time performing and raising money for injured troops.

Kerry: ‘I Want to Thank
President Putin’
Cybercast News Service, by Terence P. Jeffrey    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 9/15/2013 8:11:33 PM     Post Reply
Secretary of State John Kerry said today that he wanted thank Russian President Vladimir Putin for pursuing a diplomatic solution for dealing with the problem caused by the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad controlling and using chemical weapons. When Kerry first floated that diplomatic solution while talking to reporters in London on Monday, it was immediately described by his own State Department as a "rhetorical" statement and by the White House as a "hypothetical"--and dismissed in an initial New York Times headline as an "offhand proposal." Yet, within five days, in a remarkable turn of events, Kerry was thanking Russia´s

Footage claims to
show Iranians in Syria
BBC News [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 9/15/2013 8:10:34 PM     Post Reply
Footage has surfaced on the internet that gives the first tangible indication of Iran´s involvement in the fighting in Syria on the side of the government forces, reports BBC Persian´s Kasra Naji. Information that can be gleaned from the footage indicates that the Iranian fighters are part of the Revolutionary Guard - most probably part of the extraterritorial wing of the Revolutionary Guard, the Quds Force. It also suggest that Tehran is training Syrian fighters back in Iran. The footage was uploaded by a group of Syrian opposition fighters who say they have captured the tapes after overrunning a government

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