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Mexico warns US not to execute
Mexican national held in Texas
Al Jazeera America, by Staff*    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 1/20/2014 2:02:22 AM     Post Reply
Mexico has strongly objected to the scheduled execution in Texas of a Mexican convicted of killing a U.S. police officer, arguing that by executing him, the United States would be in "clear violation" of international treaties. Edgar Tamayo, who is scheduled to be executed on Wednesday, was convicted of shooting dead a Houston police officer in 1994 when he was in the United States illegally. But Tamayo was not informed of his right, enshrined in an international treaty known as the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, to diplomatic assistance. Tamayo´s lawyers say assistance from the Mexican consulate could have helped him obtain

US ambassador Caroline Kennedy
´deeply concerned´ about
Japanese dolphin hunt
Reuters, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 1/20/2014 1:42:31 AM     Post Reply
In an unusual move, U.S. ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy has expressed deep concern over the traditional dolphin hunt in western Japan, where local fisherman corral dolphins in a secluded bay before killing many for meat. The annual dolphin hunt currently under way in Taiji in western Japan has long been a source of controversy and was the topic of "The Cove," an Oscar-winning documentary. "(I am) deeply concerned by inhumanness of drive hunt dolphin killing," Kennedy tweeted at the weekend, adding that the U.S. government opposes drive hunt fishing. Every year the fishermen of Taiji – a small fishing

Let’s nationalize Fox News:
Imagining a very different media
Salon, by Fred Jerome    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 1/20/2014 1:15:18 AM     Post Reply
Imagine a world without the New York Times, Fox News, CNN, the Wall Street Journal, and countless other tools used by the 1 percent to rule and fool. In a socialist society run by and for the working people it represents, the mega-monopolies like Walmart, Halliburton, Exxon-Mobil, and the corporations that run the tightly controlled “mainstream media” will be a thing of the past. It’s not news that the major US media are run by and for big business, or that the major media companies are themselves big businesses. Twenty years ago, thirty corporations controlled 90 percent of US media. Today, it

  


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Single Teen Mom? Texas´s
Wendy Davis Lied About Life Story
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Joel B. Pollak    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/20/2014 12:15:40 AM     Post Reply
Wendy Davis, the Texas state senator whose filibuster for abortion rights made her a Democratic superstar and launched her campaign for governor, has admitted to the Dallas Morning News that she lied about key events in her life, including her first divorce. Davis may even have lied under oath, testifying in a federal lawsuit over redistricting that "I got divorced by the time I was 19 years old," when in fact she was divorced at age 21. Other missing details have included: her second husband paid her way through law school and she divorced him the day after the last

Obama Plays Race Card
on Falling Poll Numbers
While New Yorker´s Remnick
Tries to Rewrite History
Newsbusters, by Tom Blumer    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/20/2014 12:07:34 AM     Post Reply
Much will be written, and should be, about President Barack Obama´s whining that racism partially explains the year-long plunge in his popularity since his reelection in 2012. What´s also worth noting about the ponderous and painfully long (18 web pages) January 27 writeup in The New Yorker ("Going the Distance; On and off the road with Barack Obama") is David Remnick´s apparent obsessions with rewriting history and recasting reality. But first, here´s the paragraph where Obama, apparently feeling that the "it´s Bush´s fault I inherited all these messes" card may finally have worn itself out, goes for the race card

Jihadists from at least four Al Qaeda
groups in on Benghazi attack
Washington Times, by Rowan Scarborough    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/19/2014 11:56:29 PM     Post Reply
The militants who gathered on the night of Sept. 11, 2012, to torch and kill inside the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, were a who’s who of the modern al Qaeda movement, newly declassified documents show. Since its attacks on the U.S. in 2001, al Qaeda has worked to establish partners outside its base in Pakistan, especially in North Africa and the new fertile territory of eastern Libya and the port city of Benghazi. All of al Qaeda’s work converged that night in Benghazi, according to a bipartisan report last week by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. Global

Iraqi forces face resistance in
trying to push last of al-Qaeda
affiliates out of Ramadi
Washington Post, by Loveday Morris    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/19/2014 11:43:09 PM     Post Reply
BAGHDAD — Iraqi forces faced fierce resistance as they launched an offensive Sunday to vanquish pockets of al-Qaeda-linked militants in the city of Ramadi, underscoring the resilience of insurgents, who have also dug in further east in Fallujah. With the Iraqi armed forces lacking expertise and equipment, the government’s struggle to secure the key cities has stoked concerns that the unrest will spread. In an unnerving sign, Baghdad was put on lockdown Saturday night amid a prison break, car bombings and mortar fire. Security officials said the violence appeared to involve the al-Qaeda-linked Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or

  


  

President Obama says marijuana is ´less
dangerous´ than alcohol - but the drug
is still off limits for Sasha and Malia
Daily Mail [UK], by Ashley Collman    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/19/2014 11:32:06 PM     Post Reply
President Obama believes that marijuana is not as dangerous as alcohol and that the ban in most states unfairly targets the poor and minorities. In an interview with the New Yorker, the president stated that marijuana use is not something that he would suggest for his daughters or anyone else, but prohibition has become a problem for the U.S. ´As has been well documented, I smoked pot as a kid, and I view it as a bad habit and a vice, not very different from the cigarettes that I smoked as a young person up through a big chunk of

As Clinton finishes new memoir,
the battle to define her State
Department legacy heats up
Washington Post, by Philip Rucker    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/19/2014 11:30:53 PM     Post Reply
Hillary Rodham Clinton is rushing to finish a memoir of her time as secretary of state, something friends see as an urgent mission to frame a key part of her legacy as she readies for a possible presidential campaign. But her Republican critics are racing to define Clinton’s record first — preparing a massive opposition-research effort designed to challenge her recounting of events and undermine the book’s credibility. The war over Clinton’s tenure as the nation’s top diplomat will play out in coming months as a proxy skirmish for a potential 2016 campaign. For Clinton, the political imperative is clear:

Gun battle in Agua Prieta,
Sonora at least 8 reported dead
KVOA-TV [Tucson, AZ], by Rebecca Taylor    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 1/19/2014 11:29:31 PM     Post Reply
AGUA PRIETA - New details being released on a shoot-out in Agua Prieta, Sonora south the US/Mexico border where several fatalities occurred in two separate incidents. According to the Cochise County Sheriff´s Office all information received indicates that this is probably cartel related with massive amounts of munitions used to include automatic weapons, 50 caliber weapons, and hand grenades. The Cochise County Sheriff´s Office is reporting the death toll between 8-13 people, none of whom are listed as US Citizens. As a proactive and precautionary measure, the Cochise County Sheriff´s Office has placed personnel on a

Exclusive -- SC Tea Party Convention
to Show America a Better Way Forward
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Matthew Boyle    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 1/19/2014 10:57:53 PM     Post Reply
Joe Dugan, the executive producer of the South Carolina Tea Party Convention, told Breitbart News minutes before the convention was to officially begin that his goal with this program is to shape the narrative for the Tea Party movement moving forward in its battle against the political establishment in Washington, D.C. “We are disgusted with Republican leadership,” Dugan said outside the convention center at the Springmaid Beach Resort in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Dugan added that the policies of President Barack Obama’s administration, particularly the push for amnesty and the political targeting of Tea Party groups by the IRS,

  


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Report: Persecution of Christians
reveals most abuse in Muslim countries
Jerusalem Post, by Ariel Ben Solomon    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 1/19/2014 10:36:12 PM     Post Reply
The majority of anti-Christian persecution in the world in 2013 took place at the hands of Muslims, according to a list by Open Doors USA. The nondenominational group supporting persecuted Christians worldwide recently released its 2014 World Watch List, that describes and ranks anti-Christian persecution in a list of the 50 worst countries for the past year. It reported increasing violence against Christians in Africa, and said radical Muslims were the main source of persecution in 36 countries on its list – both in Islamic countries and in non-Muslim countries such as Kenya (ranked 40th), Ethiopia (17th) and Tanzania (49th).

Threat surfaces as US lawmakers
fret over Olympics security
Agence France-Presse, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: BaseballFan- 1/19/2014 9:39:49 PM     Post Reply
Washington - A new threat to the upcoming Winter Olympics surfaced Sunday as US lawmakers worried about attacks at the Games to be hosted by Russia. In a video posted on a well-known jihadi forum, two men believed to have been suicide bombers in last month´s deadly bombings in Volgograd speak of them -- and warned of more. "We´ve prepared a present for you and all tourists who´ll come over," the video says in part. "If you hold the Olympics, you´ll get a present from us for the Muslim blood that´s been spilled." The US-based SITE Monitoring Service identified the men as "purported Volgograd bombers

Obama Says Racial Animus
Blunts Approval, New Yorker Reports
Bloomberg News, by Brian Wingfield    Original Article
Posted By: happywarrior- 1/19/2014 9:32:34 PM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama said that racial tensions may have softened his popularity among white voters within the last two years, according to a story posted on the New Yorker magazine’s website today. “There’s no doubt that there’s some folks who just really dislike me because they don’t like the idea of a black president,” Obama said in the article by David Remnick, appearing in the magazine’s Jan. 27 edition. “Now, the flip side of it is there are some black folks and maybe some white folks who really like me and give me the benefit of the doubt precisely because I’m a black president,” Obama said in his most direct comments

UNESCO Cancels Israel Exhibit
Power Line, by John Hinderaker    Original Article
Posted By: MDMuskrat- 1/19/2014 9:15:47 PM     Post Reply
The Simon Wiesenthal Center has been working with UNESCO since 2011 on an exhibit titled “The People, the Book, the Land — 3,500 years of ties between the Jewish people and the Land of Israel.” The exhibit was scheduled to open in Paris on Tuesday, but it was canceled last week by UNESCO’s Director General Irina Bokova. Why? Arab members of UNESCO wrote a letter claiming that the exhibit would impair the “peace process.” [T]he President of the Arab group within UNESCO expressed “deep worry and great disapproval” over the program showing the age old connection between Israel and the Jewish people.

  


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SC Tea Party Convention: Louie
Gohmert Calls Tea Party to
Fight GOP Establishment
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Matthew Boyle    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 1/19/2014 9:03:44 PM     Post Reply
Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) called on grassroots conservatives and Tea Partiers across the country to organize and fight back against the GOP establishment’s efforts to stamp out the movement during his speech to the South Carolina Tea Party Convention here on Sunday morning. Gohmert argued that conservatives need a ground game and an organized strategy to stop House Speaker John Boehner, Karl Rove, and the Chamber of Commerce from destroying the Tea Party movement. He rendered a lengthy quote from the infamous scene in the classic movie Animal House, where Bluto riles up the fraternity to fight back against the

Collectors work crowds at gun
buyback events for rare finds
Fox News, by Perry Chiaramonte    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 1/19/2014 8:05:12 PM     Post Reply
When Schuyler Taylor attended a gun buyback program in Seattle last year, he wasn´t hoping to turn in an unwanted firearm for a $50 gift card. He was looking to pay cold cash for a rare weapon. (Snip) Gun blogger Dean Weingarten, who hosts a website called Gunwatch, said a collector who attended a recent buyback event in College Park, Ga., bought several valuable guns that would have otherwise been destroyed, including what is believed to be an antique flintlock pistol. Weingarten says competition from collectors should be encouraged. "It stretches the turn-in budget so that more guns can be

Ukrainians rally against new protest law
CNN, by Victoria Butenko*    Original Article
Posted By: hoosier observer- 1/19/2014 7:57:38 PM     Post Reply
Kiev, Ukraine - Demonstrators packed Kiev´s Independence Square in freezing temperatures on Sunday, rallying in defiance of new laws that set limitations on the right to protest.Protesters and police accused each other of attacks during the large demonstration, which stretched into the early morning hours. Ukraine´s Interior Ministry said protesters, wearing masks and helmets, used flares, tear gas, baseball bats and stones in clashes with police, breaking doors and windows on police buses and trying to take over government buildings. Video from the scene showed protesters and police squaring off,

A Reunion That Was a Long Time Coming
New York Times, by Devan Sipher    Original Article
Posted By: Piercentire- 1/19/2014 6:34:48 PM     Post Reply
Sundays were the hardest day of the week for Peter Tiboris. Weekdays were focused on his business as a wealth management adviser in New York. Saturdays were often spent on the town with a group of close friends or an eligible bachelorette. But on Sundays, the world slowed down, and Mr. Tiboris’s thoughts turned inward. “Sundays are pretty lonely for a single person,” said Mr. Tiboris, 34, who yearned for someone with whom he could effortlessly share life’s quiet moments, someone who could make him smile just by being in the same room.

He’s Hard as Nails,
Hard to Nail Down, Too
New York Times Book Review, by Janet Maslin    Original Article
Posted By: Write2Right- 1/19/2014 6:06:52 PM     Post Reply
Tucked away at the end of Gabriel Sherman’s disingenuous Roger Ailes biography, there is a note on sources that should have opened the book. Mr. Sherman has done a lot of interviewing, but there are so many citations of “author interview with a person familiar with the matter” that “The Loudest Voice in the Room” may set a record for blind items and the untrustworthiness they engender. It would have helped to know right from the get-go why Mr. Sherman found this kind of journalism necessary. What he finally provides, by way of explanation, is a Kafkaesque account of how bizarre

  



Wasserman Schultz Ducks
Iran Sanctions Questions
Washington Free Beacon, by Adam Kredo    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 1/19/2014 4:52:35 PM     Post Reply
ORLANDO/FT. LAUDERDALE—Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D., Fla.) continued to evade questions about her efforts to block new Iran sanctions legislation in Congress when asked today about the issue during multiple public appearances on Saturday in Florida. Wasserman Schultz fled from a Washington Free Beacon reporter on two separate occasions when asked to explain her stance on new Iran sanction, which the lawmaker is reported to be lobbying against behind closed doors on Capitol Hill. The Florida lawmakers and Democratic National Committee chair made stops in Orlando and Ft. Lauderdale to publicly criticize and mock New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who is in

The Democratic Party’s uphill
path to 270 electoral votes in 2016
Washington Post, by John Sides    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 1/19/2014 4:48:23 PM     Post Reply
My Post colleague Dan Balz has some very interesting reporting from Democratic and Republican strategists. Both groups seem somewhat pessimistic about the GOP’s chances in 2016:(Snip) If economic and political conditions in 2016 were the same as they are today, what would happen? So assume that Obama’s approval rating is about 41 percent. Assume that GDP has grown 1.6 percent in the first two quarters of 2016. And, of course, no incumbent will be running. Based on those assumptions, the model predicts that the Republican Party has a 64 percent chance of winning the presidency.

The scandal is MSNBC
Washington Post, by Jennifer Rubin    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 1/19/2014 4:43:01 PM     Post Reply
The bridge scandal started out as a test for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R). Now it has become a test for the media. MSNBC, which long ago stopped being a news outlet in the sense of going out to find facts and is largely indistinguishable from Democratic Party talking points, has been going 24/7 since the bridge story broke. No surprise. But then Saturday MSNBC decided to throw even the pretense of journalism overboard. It ran with a claim from Mayor Dawn Zimmer of Hoboken claiming Christie withheld Sandy relief funds to gain approval for a business development. Christie’s

Michelle Obama´s 50th:
´Such a fun, fun party´
Chicago Tribune, by Katherine Skiba    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/19/2014 4:39:24 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — Beyonce and Stevie Wonder rocked the White House at a star-studded, late-night dance party celebrating first lady Michelle Obama´s 50th birthday, two guests told the Tribune on Sunday. President Barack Obama and daughters Malia and Sasha joined family friends, elected officials, entertainers, athletes, business executives and big donors at the gala, which kicked off Saturday and lasted until the wee hours Sunday morning, the sources said. The event was closed to the press, and the White House did not release a guest list or any other details. But two guests spoke to the Tribune on condition of anonymity,

Beyonce, John Legend fete Michelle
Obama at birthday bash
Agence France Presse, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/19/2014 4:36:40 PM     Post Reply
Washington- Michelle Obama´s 50th birthday bash featured performances by pop stars Beyonce and John Legend, and appearances by a host of A-list celebrities, one prominent guest said Sunday. "Amazing. Incredible party," political analyst Donna Brazile told CNN the morning after the festivities, about which few details were revealed by the White House. "Childhood friends there. People from the administration," she gushed about Saturday´s exclusive celebration. (Snip) "The most moving tribute came (from) (President) Barack Obama, who talked about the woman he met and fell in love with."

Obama Is Cool with States
Legalizing Marijuana, But…
Mediaite, by Evan McMurry    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/19/2014 4:09:01 PM     Post Reply
Get out your stash and your Choom Gang jokes. Buried way deep down in David Remnick’s New Yorker profile of President Barack Obama, published Sunday morning, is this nugget: Accordingly, he said of the legalization of marijuana in Colorado and Washington that “it’s important for it to go forward because it’s important for society not to have a situation in which a large portion of people have at one time or another broken the law and only a select few get punished.” There’s some buts and on the other hands, as you knew there would be. For starters, he doesn’t

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