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What unites Isis and al-Qaeda?
Blowing up American planes
Telegraph [UK], by Con Coughlin    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/3/2014 2:46:58 PM     Post Reply
Ever since Islamist militants emerged as the dominant force in the conflicts in Iraq and Syria, much has been written about how groups such Isis, which is currently in the process of establishing an Islamic Caliphate in northern Iraq, should be distinguished from the mainstream al-Qaeda movement. Isis fighters are so extreme, or so the argument goes, that even al-Qaeda is appalled at their barbarous treatment of their fellow Muslims, to the extent that Ayman al-Zawahiri, al-Qaeda´s somewhat isolated leader, has attempted to disown them. But as transportation chiefs on both sides of the Atlantic are now giving active consideration

Playing Nice
American Thinker, by Thomas A. Oakes    Original Article
Posted By: johngalt1- 7/3/2014 2:35:10 PM     Post Reply
The battle today between the Salafist al-Qaeda hydra and Shia Twelvers in Iraq became inevitable late November 2013 in Geneva, when America agreed to suspend some sanctions against Iran and allow billions of dollars to flow into the coffers of the clerics who rule Persia and pull the strings of Bashar al-Assad. (Snip) Despite appearances, the real significance of Geneva may not be the opening of P5+1 nuclear negotiations with Hassan Rouhanni, but as a marker in history of the moment when Washington ceded Iraq to Tehran.

Ebola ´out of control´ in West
Africa as health workers rush
to trace 1,500 possible victims
Telegraph [UK], by Mike Pflanz    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/3/2014 2:33:48 PM     Post Reply
Hundreds of West Africans could be carrying the deadly Ebola virus and not know it, potentially infecting hundreds more, as cash-strapped governments and overwhelmed aid agencies struggle to contain the virus´s spread. At least 1,500 people have not yet been traced who are known to have come into contact with others confirmed or suspected to be infected with the haemorrhagic fever, Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) told The Telegraph. [Snip] Health authorities in Glasgow and organisers of the Commonwealth Games, which start in the city on July 23, said they were "monitoring the situation on a daily basis" because a team

  


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Perry to feds: Send child
immigrants back home
USA Today*, by Rick Jervis    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/3/2014 2:27:25 PM     Post Reply
McALLEN, Texas – Gov. Rick Perry told a U.S. House field hearing Thursday that President Obama should deploy the National Guard to secure the Texas border and should send thousands of undocumented child immigrants back to their home country. He also called on the federal government to reimburse Texas the $500 million that he said the state has spent on securing the border since 2005. "We have been fulfilling a federal responsibility," Perry told the House panel. "The hardworking people of state of Texas shouldn´t be shouldering that cost." More than 50,000 of the youth, mostly from the Central American countries of Guatemala,

Fears terrorists will target planes
with computer and human bombs
Telegraph [UK], by Tom Whitehead, Nick Collins    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/3/2014 2:26:20 PM     Post Reply
Terrorists are plotting to use new stealth bombs in laptops and even humans to bring down a US-bound passenger plane, it is feared. Airport security was increased across the UK, US and other countries amid fears al-Qaeda bomb experts have successfully designed a new explosive that can bypass current checks. They are believed to be targeting the thousands of Western jihadists fighting in Syria and Iraq as would-be suicide bombers. The threat, which originated from US intelligence, had an immediate impact at British airports where passengers were subjected to more stringent and rigorous security checks. It raises the prospect of

Center Field: Obama’s callousness toward
the ‘kidnapped’ kids... and Israel
Jerusalem Post [Israel], by Gil Troy    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/3/2014 2:22:10 PM     Post Reply
The sickening news started filling my inbox during a family dinner. The three boys had become three bodies. “Not for publication yet,” my first source warned; I chose not to announce the news because I still wasn’t ready to bury my hopes for those kids. Half an hour later, my teenage son glanced at his ever-pinging cellphone and shared the bad news. My slightly prolonged denial didn’t ease the pain. I still had that constricted feeling in the chest so many of us have felt for 18 days, the recurring pit in the stomach that members of the three families

How the South is becoming a solid
band of poverty: One in three
live in poor neighborhoods
Daily Mail [UK], by Michael Zennie    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/3/2014 2:21:50 PM     Post Reply
The number of Americans living in poor neighborhoods has skyrocketed in the last decade--and nowhere is the trend more prominent than in the South, where nearly 60percent of the population is concentrated in an area with high poverty. A grim new report from the U.S. Census Bureau shows a solid band of high poverty neighborhoods--running from Arizona east to North Carolina. Only Florida and Virginia are spared from the trend. (Snip) The Census report points out that the number of people living under the federal poverty line--less than $24,000 a year for a family of four--has increased between 2000 and 2010.

  


  

DNC sets site visits for 2016 convention
Politico, by James Hohmann    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/3/2014 2:16:04 PM     Post Reply
Democratic officials who will choose the location for the party’s 2016 convention have set dates for visits to the six potential host cities to evaluate their bids. Democratic National Committee CEO Amy Dacey will lead a delegation, including technical experts, to each of the sites. They will start in Birmingham, Alabama, on July 21-22. Then the group heads to Ohio for a four day swing, spending August 4-5 in Cleveland and August 6-7 in Columbus. They’ll travel to Brooklyn on August 11-12, Philadelphia on August 13-14 and finish in Phoenix on September 10-11. Republicans have already finished their site visits,

Tyranny of the Majority Leader
National Review Online, by Dave Hoppe    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 7/3/2014 2:06:29 PM     Post Reply
Patience and reliability are the defining characteristics of successful leadership in the Senate. Good Senate majority leaders work through the rules of the Senate, which protect minority rights, to find a way to please a majority (or possibly a supermajority) of senators and move legislation and nominations to passage. They keep their commitments to open debate, even when their partisan colleagues would prefer to use simple majority power to crush the minority and avoid tough votes or compromises. The Senate once prided itself on being “the world’s greatest deliberative body.” That it no longer is. According to the Congressional Research Service,

18 Things Happening Outside of
the U.S. That Give Insight Into
How Good We Have It as Americans
Independent Journal Review, by Justen Charters    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 7/3/2014 2:04:39 PM     Post Reply
Thanks to the freedoms guaranteed in our founding documents, we enjoy the one of the highest standards of living in the world, we boast the number one economy, and few of us ever have to worry about where our next meal is coming from. Clearly, we have it great as Americans. To further illustrate how good we really have it, here is a list of 20 things happening in the world that will give you perspective on why we should be especially grateful to live in the land of opportunity and freedom. 1. In Ethiopia: Many women have to walk four to five miles per day to get something as simple as water for their families.

Elimination of NC voter preregistration
program creates confusion for DMV
and elections officials
Charlotte Observer (NC), by Anne Blythe    Original Article
Posted By: muncssister- 7/3/2014 2:03:44 PM     Post Reply
RALEIGH- The General Assembly’s decision to do away with voter preregistration in 2013 has created confusion in state driver’s license offices, where 50,000 teenagers a year had been signed up in a program that automatically added their names to voter rolls when they turned 18. Since September, when part of the sweeping elections overhaul bill took effect, state Division of Motor Vehicles officials have had difficulty figuring out at what age newly licensed drivers should be allowed to register to vote. This issue is one of many expected to be raised next week in federal court by lawyers representing the

  


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CNN Contributor: ´I Was Wrong´
to Dismiss Fears of Illegals
Carrying Contagious Diseases
Breitbart Big Government, by Tony Lee    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 7/3/2014 2:02:58 PM     Post Reply
CNN contributor Ruben Navarrette admitted that he was wrong to have dismissed fears that illegal immigrants from Central America could bring over dangerous and deadly diseases. "Here’s something you don’t hear a journalist say very often: I blew it. I was wrong," he wrote in the Daily Beast. "I dismissed out of hand the suggestion by anti-immigration activists and right-wing pundits that among the worries associated with the ´border kids´—the estimated 52,000 children and teenagers who have crossed the U.S.-Mexico border in the last year or so—was that they carried communicable diseases." He acknowledged that at least two children have

America on alert over ´plot to bring down
jet´: White House considers complete security
overhaul at US airports and asks for more*
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/3/2014 1:46:37 PM     Post Reply
Terrorist groups are working on a bomb that can make it through airport security undetected, it is feared. The Department of Homeland Security is demanding increased security at overseas airports linking to America after indications of a joint plot between groups in Yemen and Syria. U.S. officials were reported to be concerned about the al-Qa’ida-affiliate group the Al Nusrah Front in Syria, which they said has teamed up with Yemen-based Al Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula That latter group was behind the ´underwear bomb´ which failed to detonate in a plane over Detroit in 2009. Now it is feared they

Colorado Teen Arrested After
Falling in Love With Jihadist Over
the Internet, Trying to Join ISIS
New York Magazine, by Adam K. Raymond    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 7/3/2014 1:33:44 PM     Post Reply
A 19-year-old nurse aide in Colorado, who learned everything she knows about Islam from the internet, was arrested last April in the Denver airport as she attempted to fly to the Middle East and join ISIS, according to documents unsealed yesterday. Shannon Maureen Conley, described by one NBC source as "a lonesome troubled teenager," was on her way to Turkey, where she planned to meet with a purported jihadist she fell in love with online. Identified as "Y.M" in documents, the man told Conley he was associated with ISIS and encouraged her to follow her dream of waging jihad. Conley´s

Biden: Don’t forget about me
The Hill, by Amie Parnes    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 7/3/2014 1:27:39 PM     Post Reply
Vice President Biden is doing everything he can to make sure people don’t forget that it’s not just Hillary Clinton who has an interest in the White House in 2016. He does, too. After Clinton struggled to contain criticism of her lofty personal finances, there was Biden last week, highlighting his every-man status. I don’t own a single stock or bond,” Biden said at a White House summit on working families last week. “I have no savings account.” While numerous news reports later sought to disprove that fact — 2013 filings show Biden has a joint savings account with holdings

  


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Hillary Gaffes in London: Gets
UK Political Parties Wrong
Weekly Standard, by Daniel Halper    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/3/2014 1:04:44 PM     Post Reply
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has taken her book tour abroad. But in an interview with the BBC, when answering a question about how specialness of the special relationship between the U.S. and UK, the nation´s former top diplomat gets the names of the political parties in the UK wrong. The BBC host asked, "So how special is the special relationship?" "It is so special to me, personally, and I think it is very special between our countries," Clinton said. "There´s just a -- not just a common language -- but a common set of values that we can fall

Jay Carney Takes Shot at the Media’s
‘Shallow’ and ‘Theatrical’ White
House Coverage
Mediaite, by Josh Feldman    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/3/2014 12:59:03 PM     Post Reply
The incredible burden has been lifted from Jay Carney‘s shoulders now that he is no longer the White House Press Secretary, and in an exit interview with The New York Times Magazine, he opens up about what he thinks of the media’s “shallow” (and in the briefing room, “theatrical”) approach to covering the White House. He reflected on his time as a journalist and how he viewed the profession on the other side of the dais, saying, “I’m proud of a lot of my work. But if I had known then what I know now, I would have succumbed less often

Mark Halperin Makes BOLD Prediction
About Who Could Challenge Hillary
In 2016 [Video]
Daily Caller, by Hayley Hoefer    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/3/2014 12:51:08 PM     Post Reply
Mark Halperin, the senior political analyst for “Time” magazine, appeared on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Thursday and boldly reiterated his Wednesday Twitter assertion that Al Gore — the same Al Gore who served as Bill Clinton’s vice president — poses the greatest threat to Hillary Clinton’s White House aspirations. Still, he stopped short of saying Gore would run in the Democratic primary. “I don’t know that Al Gore will run against her, but I do know that of all the other people who’ve talked about running against her, I don’t think anybody has his strengths. And I think Al Gore would

Pentagon Official: Situation
in Iraq Is ‘So F**ked’
Daily Caller, by Tristyn Bloom    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/3/2014 12:45:31 PM     Post Reply
With the crisis in Iraq worsening by the day, a ranking Pentagon official with knowledge of the situation has shed some light on the Obama administration’s inaction in an exclusive statement to The Daily Caller. “The Pentagon is split and the administration is paralyzed,” he said, calling the gridlock “horrendous.” “Joint Chiefs Chairman [Martin] Dempsey is an asshat yes man,” he continued. “We have congressional authority to use force for the Iraq War, as it never expired, but people are putting targeting packets through unnecessary bureaucracy to slow events to the point that — they hope — the situation is overcome by

Berkeley Dispensaries to Provide Free
Marijuana to Low-Income Members
KNTV-TV [San Francisco, CA], by Chris Roberts & Cheryl Hurd    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/3/2014 12:18:57 PM     Post Reply
Medical marijuana dispensaries in Berkeley will likely soon be required to provide free pot to low-income members and homeless people, according to an ordinance approved by the city council on Tuesday. The city is also looking to approve a fourth dispensary, raising the current limit of three locations, as reported by the East Bay Express. The proposed ordinance requires that Berkeley dispensaries give away two percent of the amount of cannabis they sell each year low-income people. And the pot can´t be poor quality either. The proposed city ordinance reads (PDF) that the "medical cannabis provided under this section shall

  



Strong jobs report helps 2014 Dems
The Hill (Washington DC), by Brent Budowsky    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/3/2014 12:15:51 PM     Post Reply
The Bureau of Labor Statistics has announced the good news from the June jobs report. The American economy created 288,000 jobs and the jobless rate fell to 6.1 percent. It is important to note that the labor participation rate remained steady, which means the fall in the jobless rate was caused by new jobs and fewer layoffs, not workers dropping out of the labor force. Note: The latest Gallup poll on jobs this week showed improvement, and the ADP jobs report released this week also showed improvement on jobs. Coupled with today´s good news, there have now been three positive

Throwback Thursday: Ronald Reagan on
the Cold War and the Fourth of July
Washington Examiner (DC), by T. Becket Adams    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/3/2014 12:08:42 PM     Post Reply
(Video) As you prepare for this Fourth of July weekend, and as you make your plans to grill all the meat and/or blow up all the fireworks, take a moment to reflect on why we’re celebrating and what makes the holiday so perfect. Here to help you reflect on the greatness that is a Cold War Fourth of July radio address from America´s favorite recent president, Ronald Reagan. The above video is from July 4, 1986. Enjoy. Long live the republic

The peevish president
Chicago Tribune, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/3/2014 11:58:10 AM     Post Reply
"So sue me." —President Barack Obama on Tuesday, complaining about Republican leaders ~We´re not sure who would be spurred into action by the hectoring lectures this week from the president of the United States along the lines of, "I´m right, you should know better." Maybe his kids. Certainly not the Republican members of Congress. Americans who aren´t fierce Republican or Democratic partisans probably rolled their eyes at this display — if they haven´t completely tuned out Washington´s bimodal distrust and contempt. Problem is, right now, that mutual distrust and contempt hampers a national response to an urgent humanitarian crisis involving

Obama paying the price
for insisting he’s right
New York Post, by Michael Goodwin    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 7/3/2014 11:53:10 AM     Post Reply
The joke about the obsessively doting mother comes to mind. Watching her son parade with rows of fellow troops, she notices he is on his left foot when they are all on the right. “Why are they out of step?” she asks. So it is with Barack Obama. The nation is turning against him, yet he shouts to the heavens that he is right and the country is wrong. Mothers can get away with that sort of thing. Presidents and their parties get shellacked. (snip) Let me be clear: Obama is flirting with disaster. This and other polls show he

AB Stoddard: Obama
´Seems Like He´s Giving Up´
Breitbart TV, by Ian Hanchett    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/3/2014 11:48:07 AM     Post Reply
The Hill Associate Editor, A.B. Stoddard. stated that it “seems like [President Obama] is giving up on the job [of president].” In a panel discussion on Fox’s “Special Report,” Stoddard reported “the president is giving Americans the sense that as he gives up on Congress, he´s kind of giving up his job.” She added that the president is “getting bored in the cocoon,” “bolting from the building to go to Starbucks and Chipotle,” and “planning his post-presidency.” Stoddard also reported that the president has at times preferred to talk about the NBA playoffs instead of “policies or politics” because he’d

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