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Sheila Jackson Lee: The Border
Children Need Lollipops, Not
Deportation
Breitbart TV, by Pam Key    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/3/2014 9:05:53 PM     Post Reply
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 my colleagues into the detention center where children were. I wasn´t armed. I wasn´t fearful for my life.

Republicans Turn to Lazard
Banker to Topple Al Franken
Bloomberg News, by Craig Giammona & Kathleen Hunter    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/3/2014 8:56:05 PM     Post Reply
Investment banker Mike McFadden wants to trade a career at Lazard Ltd. for one in politics and is making his finance background a chief argument for unseating U.S. Senator Al Franken in Minnesota. (Snip) “Senator Franken and the Democrats have no idea what I do,” McFadden said in an interview when asked whether his 20-year career in investment banking could be turned into a political liability. “They don’t have a clue, just like they don’t have any idea how to run this economy.” Republicans need a net gain of six seats in November’s election to take control of the Senate. Franken’s seat has been viewed as safe for Democrats --

GOP, Dem Reps Visit Netanyahu,
But No Call from Obama
PJ Media, by Bridget Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/3/2014 8:50:20 PM     Post Reply
Two members of Congress met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu today to convey their condolences for the killings of three teens and to express their support for Israel. Eyal Yifrach, 19, Gilad Shaar, 16, and Naftali Frenkel, 16, were kidnapped from the kibbutz Kfar Etzion in the West Bank on June 12. Naftali was a dual citizen with an American passport. Their bodies were discovered this week. The visit from Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee, and Rep. Ted Deutch (D-Fla.), ranking member of the Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee,

  


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Pentagon draws red line on Iraqi attack
Washington Times, by Maggie Ybarra & Guy Taylor    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/3/2014 8:41:22 PM     Post Reply
The Pentagon came as close as it has to date on Thursday to identifying a red line that would need to be crossed for the Obama administration to justify an aggressive U.S. military attack on the al Qaeda-inspired extremists who have declared a new Islamic state spanning the border between Syria and Iraq. The Defense Department’s top uniformed official said the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, which has seized vast territory over the past month, would have to become a serious threat to the U.S. homeland before the administration alters its existing strategy of collecting intelligence and advising the Iraqi military.

Iraqi forces need help to regain territory,
says US military chief Martin Dempsey
Agence France-Presse, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/3/2014 8:31:54 PM     Post Reply
The US military’s top officer says Iraqi forces have shored up their defences against Sunni militants but would be hard-pressed to regain territory without outside help. General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, said American advisers were still evaluating the state of the Iraqi army, and he suggested US military action was not imminent. General Dempsey told a news conference that Iraqi forces were not yet in a position to stage a major counteroffensive after being driven back by Sunni extremists in recent weeks. US military advisers in the capital found that Iraqi security forces are “stiffening,

Blast in Egypt train as
police crush pro-Morsi protests
Agence France-Presse, by Jay Deshmukh    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/3/2014 8:21:57 PM     Post Reply
Cairo - Two people were killed in clashes, and a bomb blast in a train wounded nine, security officials said, as police quashed protests marking the anniversary Thursday of Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi´s ouster. The violence came as the pro-Morsi Muslim Brotherhood-led Anti-Coup Alliance issued an aggressive rallying cry demanding a "day of anger" to mark the occasion. Nine people were wounded when a bomb hidden in a briefcase near a passenger seat exploded inside a train compartment in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria late Thursday, security officials and state media said.

Fed up students file lawsuit to
overthrow NY tenure laws
New York Post, by Carl Campanile    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 7/3/2014 8:09:31 PM     Post Reply
The fireworks have started early in New York City. Claiming they’re victims of an inferior education without representation, fed up students and parents have filed their declaration of independence from state and city officials who perpetuate a school system that keeps incompetent teachers in the classroom. Eleven city public students filed a class action lawsuit in Staten Island state Supreme Court seeking to throw out New York’s tenure and seniority laws that they allege protects bad teachers. “This lawsuit has to do with students’ rights and parents’ rights. We have to do away with the ‘students’ last’ policies.

  


  

Lawsuit Contests New York’s
Teacher Tenure Laws
New York Times, by Al Baker    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/3/2014 8:08:48 PM     Post Reply
An education advocacy group on Thursday threw down the first challenge to New York’s teacher tenure laws in the wake of a landmark court decision in California last month finding such laws there unconstitutional. A lawsuit filed in State Supreme Court on Staten Island argues that the tenure laws violate the State Constitution’s guarantee of a “sound basic education” by making it difficult to fire bad teachers and by protecting the most veteran teachers in the event of layoffs, regardless of their quality. The suit, filed against city and state education officials, names as plaintiffs 11 public school students whose parents belong to a

What Louis Zamperini
knew about life
Fox News, by Cal Thomas    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 7/3/2014 8:03:02 PM     Post Reply
Prior to Memorial Day, 2011, Louis Zamperini visited Washington, D.C., where I had the pleasure of meeting and interviewing him. The man was as sharp as the proverbial tack. He inscribed Laura Hillenbrand’s bestselling biography, “Unbroken” to me with “Be Hardy.” And he was. This is the column I wrote about him and what he stood for. The film of the book, directed by Angelina Jolie, will be released in December. Perhaps you’ve heard of him, perhaps not. Louis Zamperini has had fame, lost it and seen it restored more than once. That happens when you are 94 years old

ICE Removes ´Alien´ from Term
for Illegal Immigrant Children
Breitbart Big Government, by Caroline May    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/3/2014 7:55:05 PM     Post Reply
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) personnel have been directed to no longer refer to illegal immigrant children crossing the border alone as “UACs” (unaccompanied alien children). Instead these individuals are to be referred to as “unaccompanied children” in official correspondence, according to an internal ICE email obtained by the Center for Immigration Studies and shared with Breitbart News. “This was briefed earlier today during he (sic) command and staff meeting,” an email sent to ICE personnel reads. “It has been requested that in correspondence regarding unaccompanied children, They (sic) not be

Louis Zamperini, war hero chosen
to lead 2015 Rose Parade, dies at 97
Los Angeles Times, by Jason Wells    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 7/3/2014 7:51:33 PM     Post Reply
Louis Zamperini -- the Olympic athlete turned World War II hero who was named grand marshal for the 2015 Rose Parade -- has died. He was 97. Zamperini, whose harrowing life story inspired the bestselling novel "Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption," grew up in Torrance and was set to lead the iconic parade down Pasadena´s Colorado Boulevard Jan. 1. He died Wednesday. (Snip)"Confronting challenges that would cause most of us to surrender, Louie always persevered and always prevailed, and he spent the better part of his lifetime sharing the message that you could do

  


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US declines to meet Iran ‘half way’ in
final diplomatic push over nuclear crisis
Jerusalem Post [Israel], by Michael Wilner    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/3/2014 7:44:37 PM     Post Reply
Washington - Fewer than three weeks remain for the world’s most weathered diplomats to forge a comprehensive deal with Tehran over its nuclear program, a fact on the minds of all present in Vienna on Thursday, as high-level negotiations resumed. Delegations from the United States, United Kingdom, France, Russia, China and Germany – formally known as the P5+1 powers – arrived in Vienna at the beginning of July and will effectively set up camp in the Austrian capital until July 20, a self-imposed deadline for the parties to reach a deal, extend the talks, or go home. (Snip) And the congressional midterm elections in the US, with control

College wins U.S. top court temporary
exemption on Obamacare birth control
Reuters, by Lawrence Hurley    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/3/2014 7:28:53 PM     Post Reply
Washington - The U.S. Supreme Court gave a Christian college in Illinois a temporary exemption from birth control coverage required by President Barack Obama´s health reform law, days after ruling that for-profit employers can opt out for religious reasons. The court said on Thursday in a split 6-3 decision by the justices that Wheaton College, which has objected on religious grounds, did not have to comply with the government compromise process for nonprofit groups with religious affiliations while litigation continues, an unsigned order showed. On Monday, the court said on a 5-4 vote that closely held for-profit corporations

Stars and Stripes Jeeps color
Independence Day
Chicago Tribune, by Robert Duffer    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/3/2014 7:24:08 PM     Post Reply
No vehicle elicits greater feelings of freedom, adventure and patriotism like the Jeep. Two Jeeps in particular, a 1976 CJ-5 and a 2002 Jeep Liberty, wear their patriotic hearts on their galvanized sleeves. Painted in American flags, the Stars and Stripes Jeeps are the only two remaining Jeeps of four that were commissioned in the month following 9/11. “From a modern American history standpoint, they bookend United We Stand [and World War II],” says Nick Priola, a partner at the family-owned Truck and Auto Center in Highland Park, Ill. The “jeep” was solicited by the U.S. Army at the onset

Duck Dynasty’s Robertson: Lord,
I Pray Hollywood Repents ‘Before
You Burn ‘Em All in the End’
Cybercast News Service, by Michael W. Chapman    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 7/3/2014 7:20:59 PM     Post Reply
The prayer of thanks to God offered at the end of each episode of Duck Dynasty is what helped make patriarch Phil Robertson into an influential Christian speaker, even “a prophet,” said his son Alan Robertson, who added that in one of the early prayers for the show his father had called upon the Hollywood backers of the program to “repent” before God burned them all “in the end.” “And so everybody bowed their head around the time for the prayer and they said, ‘Okay, Mr. Phil, if you would start the prayer,’” recounted Alan Robertson at the Family Research

  


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Overpass in World Cup host city collapses
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/3/2014 7:20:03 PM     Post Reply
RIO DE JANEIRO - An overpass under construction collapsed Thursday in a Brazilian World Cup host city, killing at least two people, injuring 19 others and trapping a commuter bus, two construction trucks and one car, authorities said. The incident took place on a main avenue, the expansion of which was part of the World Cup infrastructure plan but, like most urban mobility projects related to the Cup, was not finished on time for the event. A woman who was driving a commuter bus trapped by the overpass died, said Capt. Federico Pascual of the Belo Horizonte fire department. The overpass

UK had plan to train and
equip 100,000 Syrian rebels - BBC
Reuters, by Karen Rebelo & Esha Vaish    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/3/2014 7:17:13 PM     Post Reply
Bangalore - Britain had planned to train and equip a 100,000-strong rebel army to defeat Syrian President Bashar al-Assad before it was deemed to be too risky, BBC Newsnight reported on Thursday. The BBC said the secret "extract, equip, train" proposal, put forward two years ago, was the idea of General David Richards, then chief of Britain´s defence. A spokesman for the UK Ministry of Defence declined to comment on the article. The secret initiative was considered by Prime Minister David Cameron and the National Security Council, as well as U.S. officials, the news agency said, citing Whitehall sources.

Two Cases of Swine Flu Detected
in Immigrant Children
Latin American Herald Tribune [Miami FL], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 7/3/2014 6:49:37 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON – U.S. health authorities detected two cases of the H1N1 swine flu virus in Central American immigrant children who are being held in detention facilities in Texas´ Rio Grande Valley, an executive of the Border Patrol union said. Chris Cabrera, vice president of National Border Patrol Council Local 3307, confirmed the cases to KGBT television´s Action 4 News. Cabrera said that one of the cases was detected at the Border Patrol station in Brownsville and the other at Fort Brown. Both cases were verified last Friday by medical personnel providing health care at those facilities, where some 120 people have been quarantined

Archbishop Condemns Satanic
´Black Mass´ at Okla. City Civic
Center as ‘Sacrilegious’
Cybercast News Service, by Lauretta Brown    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 7/3/2014 6:03:36 PM     Post Reply
Catholic Archbishop Paul Coakley, head of the archdiocese of Oklahoma City, condemned a scheduled Black Mass by a satanic group, for which tickets are being sold at the Oklahoma City Civic Center, as “sacrilegious,” a “blasphemous mockery of the Mass.” The archbishop also called upon community leaders and board members of the Oklahoma City Civic Center to “remedy this situation,” stressing that he hoped they did not want to “enable or encourage such a flagrantly inflammatory event.” The Black Mass of Oklahoma, being offered by the group Dakhma of Angra Mainyu, is scheduled to take place in the Civic Center Music

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

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,

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