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Texas oil production set to
top No. 2 OPEC country
Houston Chronicle, by Simone Sebastian    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 7/1/2014 10:22:51 PM     Post Reply
HOUSTON — Texas now is pumping 36 percent of the nation’s oil, more than doubling its production in three years, according to new federal data. The Energy Information Administration reports that Texas oil production topped 3 million barrels per day in April, for the first time since the late 1970s. Nearly as much crude flowed from Texas as from Iraq, which was the second largest OPEC producer in April at about 3.2 million barrels per day, according to Bloomberg. The news agency estimates that Iraq’s production fell to 2.9 million barrels in June amid insurgent violence. That would drop it

Indictment of suspect in Benghazi
attack debunks the Obama tale
Washington Times, by Rowan Scarborough    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 7/1/2014 10:14:19 PM     Post Reply
The Obama administration’s just-released criminal complaint against the alleged mastermind of the Benghazi terrorist attacks provides a final contradiction to its own evolving explanations for what happened that day. The Justice Department’s indictment spells out a calculated conspiracy by Ahmed Abu Khatallah and associates to attack the U.S. diplomatic mission and CIA annex, which killed four Americans. The indictment might be viewed as a death knell for a theory that the attack resulted from a spontaneous protest against a U.S.-produced video.Now in custody, Khatallah was a commander of Ansar al-Sharia in Benghazi, a U.S.-designated terrorist group, and is himself deemed

Redskins name drew no public
complaints, patent offices reveals
Washington Times, by Jim McElhatton    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 7/1/2014 10:12:22 PM     Post Reply
The recent decision by an obscure administrative law board to cancel the Washington Redskins‘ trademark registrations came despite the fact the agency hadn’t received a single letter from a member of the public complaining about the team’s name, records show. The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, which is part of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, ruled last month that the name was disparaging to American Indians. The team is appealing that decision. Politicians, including President Obama, have waded into the team name controversy, with many saying the team should change its name. But despite widespread media attention and a

  


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Hammer or scalpel: Fewer
restraints seen as teen
deaths stoke Israeli fury
toward Palestinians
Washington Times, by Guy Taylor    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 7/1/2014 10:09:36 PM     Post Reply
With the Israeli Air Force pounding dozens of targets inside Gaza Tuesday in retaliation for the death of three Israeli teens believed to have been murdered at the hands of Palestinian militants, the stars appear to be aligned for an especially fierce spasm of new violence between the two sides. “We are in a very combustible situation,” Uzi Rabi, a historian at Tel Aviv University, said Tuesday, adding that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is facing mounting pressure not only from hawkish government ministers in Jerusalem but an increasingly unified Israeli public to expand the military incursion into Gaza. Factors

Hacktivist Group ´Anonymous´
Plans Cyber Warfare Against
Countries that Support ISIS
Breitbart Big Peace, by Jordan Schachtel    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 7/1/2014 10:08:30 PM     Post Reply
Hacktivist group Anonymous is said to be planning a series of cyber attacks against countries it accuses of arming and abetting the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) militant jihadist group. According to Forbes, the Anonymous campaign will be called Operation NO2ISIS. The hackers will attempt to subdue three countries they suspect have been financing and arming ISIS. A source told Forbes that they plan a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack aimed at rendering government websites inoperable. The source said Anonymous had plans to “unleash” its “entire legion” upon the three targeted states. The Sunni Muslim Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Bill Clinton’s strained comparison
of diplomatic deaths in
different administrations
Washington Post, by Glenn Kessler    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 7/1/2014 10:03:56 PM     Post Reply
“When ten different instances occurred when President Bush was in office where American diplomatic personnel were killed around the world, how many outraged Republican members of Congress were there? Zero.” –Former president Bill Clinton, interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” June 29, 2014 Republicans have held numerous hearings over the 2012 attacks on a U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, which left four Americans dead, including the U.S. ambassador. Former secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton has been a frequent target of those hearings, and her husband clearly is irritated by the attention. What’s he talking about when he refers

The White House gave out $1.3
million in raises in the last year
Washington Post, by Philip Bump    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 7/1/2014 10:00:23 PM     Post Reply
The White House released its 2014 salary list Tuesday, allowing those Americans interested in such things a window into the lives of people in the Obama administration. We are such people! So we crunched a bunch of the numbers. The toplines: The White House employs 456 people, either as employees or detailees. That´s down four from 2013. The combined payroll for those employees is just over $37.78 million. That´s down about $83,000 from 2013. Between 2013 and 2014, the White House added 161 employees but lost even more. Those new employees earn a combined $12.7 million annually, or, on average,

  


  

Obama Destabilizes Mideast,
Then Warns Israel Not To
Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/1/2014 9:57:37 PM     Post Reply
Middle East: Was it a tasteless self-parody when President Obama urged Israel not to "destabilize the situation" after three kidnapped teens were found murdered by Hamas? He is the destabilizer. One can imagine the average Israeli snapping, "Spare us," upon hearing Barack Obama talk about how "as a father, I cannot imagine the indescribable pain that the parents of these teenage boys are experiencing." For more than five years, Obama´s radical Mideast policies have threatened the future of every teenager within what is now, with Iraq crumbling under the same policies, again the region´s only free country. The president´s 2009 Cairo University overture

For these Supreme Court justices,
unanimous doesn’t mean unity
Washington Post, by Robert Barnes    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 7/1/2014 9:57:19 PM     Post Reply
Supreme Court experts have been looking for the right word to describe the term’s record number of agree-not-to-disagree unanimous decisions: Faux-nimity? Un-unanimous? The number of rulings without dissent skyrocketed to rates not seen since the 1940s, and the court’s percentage of closely divided decisions dropped to a modern low. Such cases can mask deeper conflicts, and those were on display in the term’s finale this week. The decisions announced Monday showed that stark divisions — conservative opposed to liberal; Republican appointees on one side, Democratic ones on the other; even women vs. men — exist on the court beneath a frequent

Another Deserter Surfaces:
Will Obama Prosecute?
Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/1/2014 9:49:57 PM     Post Reply
Defense: Seeing his commander in chief turn a Muslim convert deserter into a national hero, another Muslim soldier — a double deserter — has finally turned himself in. He deserves no leniency. Following in the footsteps of Army deserter Bowe Bergdahl, Marine deserter Wassef Ali Hassoun has resurfaced in Virginia after years of faking his own kidnapping in Iraq. Like Bergdahl, Hassoun appears to have collaborated with the enemy. An Arabic translator, he refused to translate questions about Islam and showed jihadist clerics undue respect during interrogations. Later he abandoned his guard post at his base in Fallujah during the critical offensive

Kelly to Bill Ayers: ‘What
Would It Take to Make You
Bomb This Country Again?’
Mediaite, by Josh Feldman    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/1/2014 9:39:00 PM     Post Reply
Megyn Kelly aired part two of her big Bill Ayers interview tonight, and in it she asked more about his involvement in bombings, his relationship with President Obama, and what it would take to get him to bomb the U.S. again. Ayers said that he moderated the Weather Underground after a time, but Kelly repeatedly pressed him on whether a more moderate message actually stuck with its younger members. And Ayers even admitted that “we should have destroyed more property” back then in their attempts to protest and fight back against the “genocidal war” in Vietnam. Ayers repeatedly disputed quotes and claims

  


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Mitch McConnell Promises More Abortion
Restrictions If GOP Wins Back Senate
Mediaite, by Matt Wilstein    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/1/2014 9:35:07 PM     Post Reply
If Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) wins reelection this fall and Republicans take back the Senate from Democrats, he will likely become Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. The senator reminded potential voters of this fact over the weekend when he spoke at the National Right to Life Convention in Louisville, Kentucky. “I’m proud of my record and defense of life. If I was majority leader, we’d already have had a vote on it in the Senate,” McConnell said, referring to legislation on abortion rights. “It’s long past time for us to join the ranks of most other civilized nations to

Dinesh D´Souza´s ´America´
Offers Fresh Look At Saul
Alinsky, Far-Left Bromides
Breitbart´s Big Hollywood, by Kate O´Hare    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/1/2014 9:15:56 PM     Post Reply
America: Imagine the World Without Her, conservative author Dinesh D´Souza´s follow up to his smash 2012 documentary, 2016: Obama´s America, doesn´t really live up to its title--not after the first few minutes anyway. The Lionsgate docudrama begins with a musing on what might have happened if George Washington had been killed during the Revolutionary War, leading to the erasure of Mount Rushmore, the Statue of Liberty and other icons of Americana. Viewers expecting an alternate history will be disappointed, since the film moves beyond that to instead look at alternate perspectives on the America that was and is. Again narrating and appearing

The Constitutional Lawyer in the
White House Has Lost Unanimously
at the Supreme Court 20 Times
PJ Media, by Bryan Preston    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/1/2014 9:11:06 PM     Post Reply
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) has argued cases before the United States Supreme Court, successfully. President Barack Obama has not. He has never argued a case at the Supreme Court at all. That didn’t stop his spokesmen from playing the constitutional lawyer credential card when reacting to the Hobby Lobby defeat on Monday. Sen. Cruz is also an excellent troll, very much a match for Obama on that score. Obama treats matters of law as opportunities to troll — see both his handling of the border and his Obamacare abortifacient mandate. Obama is trolling everyone on one thing or another. Cruz is trolling

Coal company uses glitch to swing
for the fences against EPA rule
Washington Examiner, by Zack Colman    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/1/2014 9:02:50 PM     Post Reply
A large coal company´s petition against the Environmental Protection Agency´s proposed emissions rule for power plants is a legal swing for the fences, but a decades-old discrepancy in a technical amendment to the Clean Air Act might give it a chance, according to experts. Separate House and Senate versions of the act, which was last amended in 1990, were never reconciled and therefore lead to different interpretations. Murray Energy Corp., which filed the petition June 18 in the D.C. Circuit Court, is hewing to the House version in claiming the EPA has overstepped its authority. At issue is a "conforming amendment" used

  


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Protesters Block Buses Carrying
Undocumented Children in CA
Mediaite, by Josh Feldman    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/1/2014 8:57:33 PM     Post Reply
Buses of undocumented immigrants were being sent today to a U.S. Customs and Border facility in Murrieta, California, but the buses had to turn away after protestors in the town physically blocked the buses from entering. The buses’ occupants, according to the L.A. Times, are “primarily children accompanied by mothers or fathers.” Alan Long, the mayor of Murietta, spoke out on the transfer Monday. Long voiced opposition to the transfer and encouraged residents to speak out on it too, but assured that local authorities have prepared to deal with any potential security issues. But that became irrelevant today when protestors

Jamie Dimon says he has
´curable´ throat cancer
CNBC, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 7/1/2014 8:47:14 PM     Post Reply
JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon told his employees that he has ´curable´ throat cancer. In a note to staff, Dimon said, "The good news is that the prognosis from my doctors is excellent, the cancer was caught quickly, and my condition is curable." In after-hours trading, the bank´s shares slid 0.7% after the news. JPMorgan´s board of directors has been briefed on his condition, which will likely call for about eight weeks of radiation and chemotherapy at Memorial Sloan Kettering in New York City, according to the note. The cancer is believed to be contained in Dimon´s throat and lymph nodes

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

  



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

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