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Here’s Video of Obama Calling
Up America’s Goalie Tim Howard
Mediaite, by Josh Feldman    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/3/2014 10:19:32 PM     Post Reply
Tim Howard, who I’ve just decided we should all call America’s Goalie™, managed a rare feat: soaring to instant viral popularity in spite of his team actually losing at the World Cup. But his blocking was so inspiring and pride-inducing for all the Americans watching, yesterday Howard received a phone call directly from President Obama. Obama called Howard and Team USA captain Clint Dempsey to applaud them on a job well done. He told Howard, “I don’t know how you’re gonna survive the mobs when you come back home, man,” and suggested he shave his beard if he doesn’t want anyone

Dispute over religious faith sparks
spat in Arkansas Senate race
Washington Examiner (DC), by Rebecca Berg    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/3/2014 10:19:23 PM     Post Reply
Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor´s campaign demanded an apology Wednesday from Republican Rep. Tom Cotton after he questioned the depth of Pryor´s religious faith. In an interview Tuesday with a Fayetteville, Ark., radio station, Cotton was asked about the Supreme´s Court decision to allow some businesses to opt out of health coverage for contraceptives, citing religious freedoms. "Barack Obama and Mark Pryor think that faith is only something that happens at 11 o´clock on Sunday mornings," Cotton said. "That´s when we worship, but faith is what we live every single day."

Clinton Book Sells 26,000
Copies in Its 3rd Week
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/3/2014 10:15:53 PM     Post Reply
NEW YORK — Hillary Rodham Clinton´s book "Hard Choices" is on track to be one of the year´s top nonfiction books despite another slip in sales. Nielsen BookScan says "Hard Choices" sold 26,000 copies during its third week of publication. Clinton´s memoir about her years as secretary of state was published June 10 and sold more than 80,000 copies the first week and nearly 50,000 the second week.(Snip) "Hard Choices" has been the No. 1-selling nonfiction hardcover on The New York Times´ list for three straight weeks but has slipped on Amazon.com, ranking No. 57 as of Thursday night.

  


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Apollo Astronaut: Climate Alarmism
Is the ‘Biggest Fraud in the Field
of Science
Cybercast News Service, by Craig Bannister    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/3/2014 10:15:03 PM     Post Reply
Climate alarmism is "the biggest fraud in the field of science" and the 97% consensus claim is nonsensical, Apollo 7 astronaut Walter Cunningham tells MRCTV in a preview of his presentation at the upcoming Heartland Institute climate conference, July 7-9. "Since about 2000, I looked farther and farther into it," Col. Cunningham (USMC, Ret.) tells MRCTV in an exclusive interview. "I found that not one of the claims that the alarmists were making out there had any bearings, whatsoever. And, so, it was kind of a no-brainer to come to the conclusion." Cunningham rejects the notion of man-made climate, not

Obama Celebrates Independence
Day by Murdering Bald Eagles
Washington Free Beacon, by Andrew Stiles    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/3/2014 9:53:49 PM     Post Reply
President Obama will celebrate the 4th of July weekend in part by ritually sacrificing majestic bald eagles on the altar of “green energy.” Liberals might call that progress. Real Americans would rightly call it what it is: bird murder. Last week, the Obama administration gave a California wind farm permission to kill bald eagles with impunity for up to 30 years. The birds are supposed to be protected under federal law; without a waiver from the president, killing them would result in six-figure fines and up to 18 months in prison per eagle. The move is just the latest escalation

U.S. confronts difficulties in
arming Iraqi air forces with
missiles and F-16s
Washington Post, by Dana Priest and Aaron Gregg    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 7/3/2014 9:50:53 PM     Post Reply
Despite complaints by Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki that the United States has been slow in its delivery of F-16 fighter jets, no Iraqi pilot team has qualified to fly the aircraft in combat and none will be ready before mid-August, according to an official at the U.S.-based program where the pilots are being trained. That problem is one of many the Obama administration is confronting as it tries to speed more equipment to the Iraqi air force to help it defeat the Islamic insurgency engulfing the country. There are also challenges in providing or quickly deploying laser-guided Hellfire missiles and

Supreme Court sides with Christian
college in birth control case
Washington Post, by Robert Barnes    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 7/3/2014 9:47:20 PM     Post Reply
The three female justices of the Supreme Court sharply rebuked their colleagues Thursday for siding with a Christian college in the latest battle over providing women with contraceptive coverage under the Affordable Care Act, saying the court was retreating from assurances offered only days ago. In a short, unsigned opinion, the court said that Wheaton College in Illinois, at least temporarily, does not have to comply even with compromise provisions in the law that the college says still violate its religious beliefs. Justice Sonia Sotomayor said the action cast doubt on the very accommodation the court’s majority seemed to endorse

  


  

Can jobs uptick
help Dems in ´14?
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Vicki Needham    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/3/2014 9:43:37 PM     Post Reply
The strong June jobs report released Thursday is giving Democrats a needed boost of confidence ahead of the midterm elections. Accustomed to the president and his party being blamed for a sluggish economy, Democrats found themselves in an unfamiliar offensive spot with the news that employers added 288,000 jobs and the unemployment rate fell near a six-year low last month. President Obama was all too happy to tout the good news, even making a surprise stop at a Washington, D.C., textile factory on Thursday to discuss the strides made since the financial crisis struck in September 2008 while urging Republicans

Why we stuck with
Maliki — and lost Iraq
Washington Post, by Ali Khedery    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 7/3/2014 9:43:03 PM     Post Reply
To understand why Iraq is imploding, you must understand Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki — and why the United States has supported him since 2006. I have known Maliki, or Abu Isra, as he is known to people close to him, for more than a decade. I have traveled across three continents with him. I know his family and his inner circle. When Maliki was an obscure member of parliament, I was among the very few Americans in Baghdad who took his phone calls. In 2006, I helped introduce him to the U.S. ambassador, recommending him as a promising option for

Supreme Court cracks down
on the trial lawyer gold mine
Washington Examiner, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/3/2014 9:36:48 PM     Post Reply
Of all the Supreme Court opinions you´ve read and argued about this term, Halliburton v. Erica P. John Fund probably isn´t one. But it could be vitally important to your retirement security. The decision, handed down in late June, places modest limits on lawsuits in which large numbers of investors sue a company after losing money on its stock. In practice, such suits -- known as securities class-actions -- are not limited to occasional, genuine fraud cases where investors get clobbered because of a company´s management manipulating share prices. Since 1995, when Congress passed the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act,

What did $7 billion spent
on opium eradication in
Afghanistan buy? More opium.
Christian Science Monitor, by Dan Murphy    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/3/2014 9:29:21 PM     Post Reply
With the outcome of Afghanistan´s controversial presidential election still in doubt, and uncertainty over Afghan forces´ ability to stand against the Taliban after most US forces withdraw, it´s hard to say with certainty what the US-led war there has accomplished, or failed to accomplish. But one thing is clear, as shown by latest quarterly report from the US Special Inspector General on Afghanistan Reconstruction: The $7 billion US program to eradicate poppy cultivation there over the past decade has been a flop. The country is today the world´s largest supplier of opium, the purified latex sap from the Papaver somniferum poppy species

  


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HHS releases 1,296 pages
of regulations ahead of
holiday weekend
Washington Examiner, by Philip Klein    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/3/2014 9:26:19 PM     Post Reply
As Americans scrambled ahead of the July Fourth holiday weekend on Thursday afternoon, the Department of Health and Human Services released 1,296 pages of new regulations dealing with payment rates to doctors and hospitals. The timing of the news release is part of a long pattern for President Obama´s administration, which has often used holidays as an opportunity to dump dense regulatory changes when most reporters and Americans are focused on their holiday plans. The release came at 4:15 p.m. Last year, the Obama administration used the days surrounding the July 4th holiday as an opening to announce a delay

Bush Center Immigration Reform
Panel Ignores Border Security
Breitbart Texas, by Bob Price    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/3/2014 9:19:11 PM     Post Reply
HOUSTON, Texas—The George W. Bush Institute held an immigration reform panel this week that completely ignored any meaningful discussion of border security. The panelists called for a "bipartisan approach" on fixing the immigration system. The panelists claimed immediate immigration reform would somehow reduce the burden on taxpayers, improve the economy, and ensure long-term health for the Republican Party. The panel’s message was being addressed, not just to the audience, but to the wider conservative voters of Texas, according to an article by David Flick in the Dallas Morning News. “The only way we will get absolute security at our borders is

´Viva La Raza!´ Pro-Illegal Alien
Activists at Murrieta Town Hall
Breitbart California, by Michelle Moons    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/3/2014 9:15:28 PM     Post Reply
Outside a community town hall meeting Wednesday in Murrieta, California, left-wing activists supporting the illegal alien transfers that had been thwarted earlier in the week chanted and intimidated community residents as they left the local high school. The town meeting had been held to address community concerns over the impact of hundreds of illegal aliens destined for processing at the Murrieta Border Patrol station. An activist with a bullhorn spoke to direct the crowd. Shouts of, “Viva La Raza!” were raised from the crowd.

VA fix could cost billions
Washington Times, by Jacqueline Klimas    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/3/2014 9:12:36 PM     Post Reply
The VA’s data on patient wait times is so bad that Congress’s official scorekeeper can’t even calculate the costs for fixing the agency, and that has become a major hurdle as lawmakers push for a quick fix on Capitol Hill. The House and Senate each have passed bills to try to get a handle on the wait times and other problems afflicting care at VA clinics, but when negotiators from each chamber met last month to try to hammer out a compromise, they ran into problems over the cost. Sen. Richard Burr, North Carolina Republican, said they couldn’t even begin to debate what’s in the bill because the cost estimate produced by the

  


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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,

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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