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And now, the Holy Grail for Python fans -
the reunion stage show: Thousands -
some dressed as their favourite acts -
descend on O2 for opening night
Daily Mail [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/1/2014 8:42:18 PM     Post Reply
It has been 40 years since they were on our television screens--but those decades have done nothing to diminish our love of Monty Python. Last night thousands of fans--some dressed as their favourite Python characters--descended on London´s O2 Arena for the comedy act´s stage reunion. [Snip] Last night it opened with a trademark animation featuring the face of the late Python Graham Chapman and Doctor Who’s ship--dubbed the ‘retardis’--flying through space before the Pythons came on stage. One of the first classic sketches they performed was the four Yorkshiremen comparing their tough upbringing. The audience were also treated to clips from the

Second Employee Alleges Chase
Bank Surveyed Staff´s LGBT Loyalty
Breitbart Big Government, by Austin Ruse    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 7/1/2014 8:34:24 PM     Post Reply
A second source has confirmed that JP Morgan Chase has asked each of its employees whether they are “an ally of the LGBT community,” which employees have taken as a veiled threat. Each year JP Morgan Chase sends its employees a survey asking questions related to management and other non-controversial issues. A longtime Chase employee told Professor Robert George of Princeton that the survey this year included the following questions for the first time: Are you: 1) A person with disabilities; 2) A person with children with disabilities; 3) A person with a spouse/domestic partner with disabilities; 4) A member

Clinton: Hobby Lobby Ruling a
Step Toward What You See in
‘Undemocratic,’ Extremist Countries
National Review Online, by Molly Wharton    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 7/1/2014 8:26:08 PM     Post Reply
Hillary Clinton thinks the Supreme Court’s ruling in the Hobby Lobby case on Monday is a step toward the kind of anti-women policies seen in extremist, “undemocratic” nations. The Supreme Court found that employers with religious objections can opt out of the HHS mandate to provide coverage for contraception. “It is a disturbing trend that you see in a lot of societies that are very unstable, antidemocratic, and frankly prone to extremism,” she said at the Aspen Institute on Monday. In such societies, the former secretary of state explained, “women and women’s bodies are used as the defining and unifying

  


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Chris Christie’s Opinion on SCOTUS’
Hobby Lobby Ruling: ‘Who Knows?’
Mediaite, by Evan McMurry    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/1/2014 8:21:44 PM     Post Reply
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie appeared on CNBC’s Sqwuak Box Tuesday morning and warned against GOP candidates getting “bogged down” by social issues. To demonstrate how one does not get bogged down, he answered a question as to whether the Supreme Court had correctly ruled in the so-called Hobby Lobby case yesterday by saying, “Who knows?” “When you’re an executive, your Supreme Court makes a ruling and you gotta live with it unless you can get the legislative body to change the law or change the constitution,” Christie said. “Why should I give an opinion on whether they’re right or wrong?

Michelle Burdo of CBS46 apologizes
for saying ‘colored woman’
Atlanta Journal-Constitution [GA], by Rodney Ho    Original Article
Posted By: snakeoil- 7/1/2014 8:12:41 PM     Post Reply
CBS46 morning show host Michelle Burdo used the dated term “colored woman” during a segment about summer hair tips Monday morning during the 9 a.m. CBS Better Mornings Atlanta program. “Let me tell you something,” Burdo said during a live segment to an African-American woman who appears to be the hair expert. “I’m not a colored woman but I have kinky hair just like her and when you straighten it every day, it’s…” She pauses. The woman filled the empty air by saying, “healthier.”

Making Pluralism More than a Hobby
National Review, by Kathryn Jean Lopez    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 7/1/2014 7:49:10 PM     Post Reply
After the initial celebration of Monday’s majority decision in the Hobby Lobby religious-liberty case before the Supreme Court, the loudest cheers of joy and gratitude came when the women of the Becket Fund – the legal team that argued Hobby Lobby’s case — appeared on the Court steps. One of those women, Hannah Smith, senior counsel at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, talks about the case and the future of the Department of Health and Human Services Obamacare abortion-drug, contraception, sterilization mandate and religious freedom. (snip) Q: What’s most striking to you about the ruling? A: The majority opinion’s

State Dept Claims Palestinian Govt
‘Making Every Effort’ to Abide by
U.S. Requirements
Washington Free Beacon, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/1/2014 7:45:19 PM     Post Reply
While AP reporter Matt Lee pressed State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki on the United States’ relationship with Palestine, Psaki maintained that President Abbas and his technocratic government “are making every effort” to abide by U.S. requirements, including the rejection of violence. Lee questioned Psaki about the recently confirmed deaths of three kidnapped Israeli teenagers, but Psaki declined to predict how the matter might weigh into the United States’ relationship with Palestine. Lee continued, “There also, I think — for — more than a dozen rockets that were fired into Southern Israel from Gaza today. Is that something that would make

  


  

Fox News Hits 50-Quarter Ratings
Streak With Megyn Kelly on the
Rise, Benghazi Still a Hot Topic
Hollywood Reporter, by Michael O´Connell    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/1/2014 7:20:17 PM     Post Reply
Perennial ratings victor Fox News Channel celebrates a new milestone this week: It just wrapped its 50th consecutive quarter (and 150th consecutive month) as the most watched cable news network in both total day and primetime. It´s a record only matched by ESPN, which has enjoyed a similar dominance in the sports category. Though FNC, like all cable news networks, saw year-to-year losses in the second quarter, its average 1.6 million viewers and 267,000 adults 25-54 still gives it large margins of victory in primetime — where its biggest competition might be itself. In recent weeks, 9 p.m. anchor Megyn Kelly

Protesters Block Bus Carrying Immigrants
KNBC-TV [Los Angeles], by Toni Guinyard and Kelly Goff    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 7/1/2014 6:43:10 PM     Post Reply
A Riverside County town greeted a group of undocumented immigrants transferred into the city Tuesday by blocking the road to prevent the federal bus carrying them from entering a U.S. Customs and Border Protection facility. The first group out of an estimated 140 total was flown from detention facilities in Texas to San Diego, then taken by bus to Murrieta, where some local residents camped out to protest beginning early in the morning. When the buses arrived just after 2 p.m., a vocal group of protesters carrying signs and draped in American flags blocked the buses filled with families who
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Obama ridicules John Boehner´s lawsuit
over executive powers: ´so sue me´
Guardian [UK], by Paul Lewis    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/1/2014 6:41:20 PM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama on Tuesday defiantly mocked a lawsuit being brought against him by one of his chief Republican opponents, summarising his reaction to claims of presidential overreach as: "so sue me". (Snip) During a brief speech on the banks of the Potomac River in Washington, Obama dismissed his critics, saying Republican obstructionism left him no alternative, and singling out the House GOP conference as a block to any legislative action. "They criticise me for this?" he said. "So sue me. As long as they´re doing nothing, I´m not going to apologise for doing something." Obama made the remarks in

I Was a Washington Post Reporter.
And a Crack Addict.
Politico Magazine, by Ruben Castaneda    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/1/2014 6:31:53 PM     Post Reply
As was the case every Halloween, on October 31, 1989, a couple of Washington Post reporters were sent to cover the festivities in Georgetown, where thousands of mostly white and affluent revelers partied through the night. I was dispatched to the other side of town—Potomac Gardens, a rundown public housing project a mile east of the Capitol, where Mayor Marion Barry was scheduled to make nice with the residents. My job was to take notes and contribute a few paragraphs to an innocuous story about how Washingtonians celebrated the holiday. I had already been to Potomac Gardens a handful of
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True The Vote Sues MS Secretary
of State, GOP over Cochran´s
Alleged Voter Fraud
Bretbart´s Big Government, by Matthew Boyle    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 7/1/2014 6:18:35 PM     Post Reply
Conservative election integrity organization True The Vote filed suit in federal court Tuesday against Mississippi’s Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann and the Mississippi Republican Party, asking a judge for an immediate injunction against them so that the election material from the state’s June 24 GOP primary runoff can be inspected. The lawsuit comes as allegations that Sen. Thad Cochran’s (R-MS) campaign and his allies engaged in voter fraud to win last Tuesday’s runoff against conservative state Sen. Chris McDaniel. Cochran bested McDaniel by fewer than 7,000 votes but did so with an overwhelming turnout from liberal Democrats in the black

Cochran campaign denies
vote-buying reports
Clarion-Ledger [Jackson, MS], by Geoff Pender    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/1/2014 6:11:57 PM     Post Reply
The U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran campaign is denying reports from a conservative blogger that it was trying to buy votes in Lauderdale County. Blogger Charles C. Johnson of GotNews.com is reporting that Stevie Fielder says the Cochran campaign told him to offer black voters in the Meridian area $15 each to vote for Cochran in the June 24 GOP primary runoff against Chris McDaniel. Cochran campaign spokesman Jordan Russell called the accusations of illegal vote buying "baseless and false." "It comes from a blogger who in the last 24 hours has accused a Mississippi public official of being responsible for an individual´s death

I Was Right About the ACA
Manhattan Instutite, by Charles Blahous    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/1/2014 5:49:22 PM     Post Reply
Around and after the time that the Affordable Care Act was enacted, many analysts identified problems with claims being made about the law, and we offered explanations of its likely actual effects. Too often these were brushed aside amid efforts to promote the ACA in the face of growing public opposition. But four years into the ACA, it is remarkable how well our predictions have been borne out. Below I will resurrect but five of my own specific predictions about the ACA, contrast them with what many advocates had said, and review what subsequent events have shown. #1: States will make a variety of decisions with respect

In Bourbon Street shooting,
6 out-of-state visitors injured
Times-Picayune [New Orleans, LA], by Helen Freund    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 7/1/2014 5:46:49 PM     Post Reply
As the investigation into the Bourbon Street shooting continued Tuesday, police confirmed that six of the victims were visitors from out of state, including a woman from Australia. NOPD spokeswoman Hilal Williams sent out a press release shortly before 2:30 p.m., which included a change in what authorities had previously said - that six of the victims were women and four were men. But victim nr. 7, who police previously identified as a woman, is in fact a 22-year-old New Orleans man, who was treated and has since been released from the hospital. The wounded included a 21-year-old woman

  


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The Dick and Liz Cheney recovery tour
Politico, by Manu Raju    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/1/2014 5:46:10 PM     Post Reply
Dick and Liz Cheney have been impossible to miss in recent weeks, sparring with Democrats and Rand Paul over the latest mess in Iraq, making the rounds on Fox News and launching a group to reassert the case for their hawkish brand of foreign policy. But the frenzy of activity reflects only the public side of the father-daughter duo’s PR blitz of late. In a series of private meetings and back-channel discussions, the Cheneys have quietly been working to repair their relationship with a Republican establishment of which they’d been card-carrying members for decades — but that was strained by Liz

New Orleans among riskiest real estate
markets in country, Bloomberg reports
Times-Picayune [New Orleans, LA], by Katherine Sayre    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 7/1/2014 5:43:27 PM     Post Reply
New Orleans is among the most risky real estate markets in the country when looking at the biggest gains and losses homeowners have experienced over the past three decades, Bloomberg reported recently. Bloomberg and real estate website Zillow.com analyzed data from 1979 through last year to find the biggest swings in home values. In the New Orleans market, which ranked the 15th most risky, a homeowner carries a 22 percent risk holding on to a house for five years, according to the report. The city´s worst year was 1987-1988 when values fell 7.2 percent; the city´s biggest gains were 2012-2013

America´s Birthday
Creators Syndicate, by Thomas Sowell    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/1/2014 5:42:22 PM     Post Reply
Birthdays are supposed to be times for celebration and gift-giving. But America’s upcoming birthday on the Fourth of July is a time when the gift most needed is an urgent warning about the dangers of losing the things that have made this country America — and have long made “America” a ringing word of freedom, not only in this country but to people around the world. All is not lost. But all could be lost — especially if too many of us take freedom for granted and focus our attention on other things, like electronic gadgets and the antics of celebrities,

Obama´s Illegal Immigration Invitation
Human Events, by John Hayward     Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/1/2014 5:17:15 PM     Post Reply
You can tell the tidal wave of illegal aliens, many of them unaccompanied minors, surging across the southern border is causing a bit of political discomfort for President Obama, because he briefly felt obliged to pretend he’s not happy about it. ”Briefly” means last Friday, when the President gave us the hilarious vaudeville pantomime act of asking the people of Central America to stop throwing their kids across the hemisphere. From a Washington Times report: (Snip) “They’ll get sent back?” How stupid does this man think we are? Tell you what, Mr. President: how about you personally travel aboard the

VA investigates Atlanta enrollment office
Atlanta Journal-Constitution, by Brad Schrade    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/1/2014 5:11:01 PM     Post Reply
Federal investigators are examining allegations that thousands of veterans who applied for health care benefits had their applications purged improperly by the national Veterans Affairs enrollment eligibility office based in Atlanta, according to VA employees interviewed by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. (Snip) A whistleblower employee who has been interviewed by auditors and criminal investigators from VA Office of the Inspector General told the AJC that IG officials’ questions about the eligibility center include suspicions that more than 10,000 veterans health applications may have been purged from a data system overseen by the center. Based in a nondescript Dekalb County office building just north

  



Illegal Immigration Bio-Warfare
Canada Free Press, by Douglas V. Gibbs    Original Article
Posted By: snowcloud- 7/1/2014 5:08:48 PM     Post Reply
Over the weekend I spent time at two protest rallies over the illegal immigration issue, but my reasoning as an opponent against the influx of illegal aliens into our country is not just because I believe that it is dangerous to our sovereignty as a nation to allow our border to be wide open. I am also concerned because of the health of our communities, and the safety of those that believe they are coming to the promised land (or to the United States as an invader). A month ago my granddaughter was diagnosed with hand and foot disease. There is

89 Percent of Network Stories
Omit Obama´s Role in Causing
Border Crisis
Newsbusters, by Geoffrey Dickens    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/1/2014 5:08:23 PM     Post Reply
While all three networks played clips of Barack Obama on Monday blaming the GOP for the border crisis, they have been reluctant to cite the President’s own failure to enforce immigration laws as a cause for thousands of immigrants illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexican border. From June 8 through the morning of July 1 ABC, CBS and NBC have offered a total of 45 stories on the border crisis, on their evening and morning shows, and in only 5 (11 percent) have they brought up Obama immigration policies as a possible cause for the most recent surge of illegal immigrants, including

House no longer requiring lawmakers
to report some free trips
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 7/1/2014 4:59:00 PM     Post Reply
The House is no longer requiring lawmakers to report some free trips they take on the annual forms they file about their personal finances. The change was not publicly announced but was described in an instruction book available to lawmakers on how to fill out the forms. Legislators will still have to report details about their travel on the House clerk´s website, which is less commonly monitored by reporters, watchdog groups and others than the financial disclosure reports. That information is publicly available and is far more specific than the one line that -- until now -- they have provided on their

Chamber of Commerce: ´We Will
Not Let Up´ on Amnesty Bill
Bretbart´s Big Government, by Tony Lee    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 7/1/2014 4:46:49 PM     Post Reply
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce will not take no for an answer on amnesty legislation. After President Barack Obama said he would try to unilaterally change as many of the nation´s immigration laws as possible on Monday because House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) informed him there would not be a vote on an immigration bill in the House this year, U.S. Chamber of Commerce CEO Tim Donohue vowed to keep pushing for a bill. "We will not let up," Donohue said in a statement on Monday. Donohue said the "U.S. Chamber is deeply disappointed by our elected leaders´ inability to achieve meaningful immigration

World Cup Live
Chicago Tribune, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/1/2014 4:44:07 PM     Post Reply
Just for kicks, we´re covering the World Cup on social media. Photos, videos, tweets, comments, updates and more before, during and after the match. (Photos, Tweets) Inside Soldier Field before the game, fans tossed soccer balls or jumped up and down cheering. More fans were on the side of the stadium covered by shade. "It´s a childhood dream to be on this field," said Justin Laud, 26, of Orland Park, holding a beer . He and his brother, Michael Laud, 29, have been to all three public viewings in Chicago so far. Soldier Field, he said, is more wide open with

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