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The Princess Effect
Politico Magazine, by Sarah Kendzior    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/3/2014 5:54:33 PM     Post Reply
On June 18, the Hearst Corporation announced that Alyssa Mastromonaco, the former White House deputy chief of staff for President Barack Obama, would shortly join the publishing juggernaut as “an ambassador for the Marie Claire brand.” Mastromonaco, whose tasks will include “providing insight on trends and women to watch,” says she is excited about the move. Marie Claire, she notes in the press release, “not only produces gorgeous fashion editorial and provides cultural insights but also helps its readers navigate world news and get smart on global women’s issues.” Providing “fashion editorial” and “getting smart on global women’s issues” might seem

Sheila Jackson Lee: Illegal Immigrants
Need Lollipops Not Deportation
Gateway Pundit, by Jim Hoft    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/3/2014 5:50:00 PM     Post Reply
Rep Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) believes the illegal alien children flooding across the border need candy not deportation. Breitbart.com reported: Thursday at a field hearing in Texas pertaining to the surge of unaccompanied minors at the U.S.-Mexico border, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) balked at the suggestion of Homeland Security Chairman Rep. Mike McCaul (R-TX) that the children filling the border facilities need to be detained and deported by holding up a bag of lollipops to demonstrate her view that compassion not deportation is in order. Referring to the illegal immigrant minors as “homeless children,” Jackson Lee said, “I took lollipops along with

IRS Lawyers Ready
for Busy Week Ahead
Weekly Standard, by Stephen F. Hayes    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/3/2014 5:47:59 PM     Post Reply
IRS lawyers ought to enjoy themselves this holiday weekend because, as the Washington Examiner´s Mark Tapscott reports, "they´ll be busier than normal next week." IRS counsel will make two separate appearances next week in court to explain and defend the agency´s handling of Lois Lerner´s now-missing emails. The Obama administration has managed to keep the IRS story just below full-blown-scandal level for months now. The Washington-based establishment media, long friendly to Barack Obama and his White House, have been willing to accept at face value the increasingly implausible nothing-to-see-here claims of top IRS and Obama administration officials. Many reporters are

  


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Detective: Dad traded nude photos
with several women while toddler
sat in hot SUV for hours
Associated Press, by Kate Brumback    Original Article
Posted By: SoCalGal- 7/3/2014 5:15:27 PM     Post Reply
MARIETTA, Georgia — A Georgia man who police say intentionally killed his toddler son by leaving the boy inside a hot SUV was exchanging nude photos with women the day his son died and had looked at websites that advocated against having children, a detective testified Thursday. Cobb County Police Detective Phil Stoddard testified at a hearing that evidence showed Justin Ross Harris was practically leading a double life and should not be granted bond. Stoddard described the evidence police have suggesting Harris, who is charged with murder, killed his 22-month-old son Cooper intentionally. Harris and his wife had two

Father whose son died in hot
car to face Georgia grand jury
CNN, by Elliott C. McLaughlin    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 7/3/2014 4:45:39 PM     Post Reply
Murder and child cruelty charges against a father whose son died after being left in a car will go to a grand jury after a Cobb County judge found probable cause for the charges Thursday. Justin Ross Harris was denied bail. He messaged six women, sending and receiving explicit texts -- some including nude images -- from work while his 22-month-old was dying in a hot car, a detective testified in the hearing. Harris´ attorney repeatedly objected to Cobb County, Georgia, police Detective Phil Stoddard´s testimony regarding Harris sexting the women -- one of whom was 17 -- but the judge allowed it

4:15 p.m. update - Arthur to make
closest pass between 5 and 8 p.m.
Star News (Wilmington, NC), by Caitlin Dineen & Jason Gonzales    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/3/2014 4:34:22 PM     Post Reply
The eye of Hurricane Arthur is expected to pass the Cape Fear region within the next four hours. Steve Pfaff, warning coordination meteorologist with the Wilmington National Weather Service office, said Arthur is going to be just off the southeastern North Carolina coast between 5 and 8 p.m. The next update on Arthur from the National Hurricane Center is expected at 5 p.m. At 4:15 p.m. the NWS in Wilmington was reporting winds out of the east at 21 mph, with gusts up to 31 mph. Thunderstorms and light rain were reported in the region. Farther north along the coast,

Millennials Unemployment Report:
15.2% of Workers 18-29 Out of
Work – ‘More Jobs’ Needed
Cybercast News Service, by Penny Starr    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/3/2014 3:57:13 PM     Post Reply
In an unemployment report issued by Generation Opportunity, a Millinneal think tank, data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) show that 15.2 percent of adults age 18-29 were unemployed in June. This percentage includes those people who are no longer looking for work. “15.2 percent of young people are out of work,” Patrice Lee, director of outreach at Generation Opportunity, said in a statement on Thursday. “On top of not having jobs and struggling with student loan debt, young people are paying for crony government policies like the Export-Import Bank.” “My generation needs more jobs,” Lee said, “not more

  


  

BMW´s $1 billion plant surfs
Mexican investment wave
Reuters, by Alexandra Alper    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/3/2014 3:34:47 PM     Post Reply
Mexico City - Luxury car maker BMW revealed a $1 billion Mexican plant investment on Thursday, becoming the latest in a line of major automakers to take advantage of the country´s growing industrial base and tariff-free access to the U.S. market. BMW outlined plans to build a factory near San Luis Potosi, central Mexico, in a move that will reduce the German company´s dependence on higher-cost plants at home. The plant will begin assembling unspecified models in 2019 with an initial workforce of 1,500 and annual production capacity of 150,000 vehicles, the company said. "Mexico is an ideal location for

VA medical inspector retires
amid criticism of response
to whistleblower complaints
Legal Insurrection, by Mandy Nagy    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 7/3/2014 3:10:25 PM     Post Reply
The head of the Office of the Medical Inspector for Veterans Affairs has retired, just over a week after a scathing letter and report criticized that office for failing to adequately respond to complaints from whistleblowers and downplaying the severity of problems at some VA facilities. (Snip)Pierce had come to the VA as Deputy Medical Inspector in January 2002 and served as Medical Inspector since November of 2004, according to his VA bio. He served on active duty for thirty years in the U.S. Army Medical Corps. A letter and report sent to the White House last Monday by Carolyn

Foreign backpacker arrested for
staying in US half hour too long
KBOI TV (Boise, ID), by Keith Eldridge    Original Article
Posted By: rubberneck- 7/3/2014 3:09:23 PM     Post Reply
TACOMA, Wash. -- A backpacker visiting from South America is locked in federal detention after reportedly over-extending his stay by 30 minutes. A Seattle immigration attorney has taken on the case for free, saying it´s "absurd." For six months Diego Simonassi said he roamed freely about the United States, backpacking all over the country. But, when his time was up on June 14 and he tried to enter Canada to continue his trip, he didn´t know he needed a visa to get through the border. Canadian authorities at the Peace Arch crossing turned him back to the US side.

Study: Plants Can ‘Hear’
Their Attackers’ Approach
Time Magazine, by Noah Rayman    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/3/2014 2:58:32 PM     Post Reply
Some plants can hear and react to enemy caterpillars Some plants can hear caterpillars eating leaves and respond by emitting caterpillar-repelling chemicals, according to a new study published in the journal Oecologia. Scientists have known that certain plants respond to sound vibrations—corn roots, for example, lean toward vibrations of a specific frequency—but until now it hasn’t been clear why they’re able to do so. In this experiment, researchers from University of Missouri exposed one set of plants to a recording of caterpillars eating plants and found they emitted more of the anti-caterpillar chemical and did it more quickly than the plants that

  


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Obama Talks Up Rosy Jobs Numbers
and ‘Economic Patriotism’
ABC News, by Jon Garcia    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/3/2014 2:51:23 PM     Post Reply
President Obama made an unscheduled trip to a D.C.-based tech start-up to cheer about the rosy jobs numbers released this morning and promote his economic strategy. “We have made enormous strides, thanks to the incredible hard work of the American people and American businesses that have been out there competing, getting smarter, getting more effective. And it’s making a difference all across the country,” Obama told workers at “1776,” which the White House describes as a “global hub” to help start-up companies. The government reported today that 288,000 jobs were created last month and that the unemployment rate dropped to 6.1%

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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