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Red Cross: 18 dead in attacks
in Kenyan coast
Associated Press, by Tom Odula    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 7/6/2014 5:46:58 AM     Post Reply
NAIROBI, Kenya — Eighteen people were killed in overnight attacks by gunmen in two counties on the Kenyan coast, where last month al-Qaida-linked militants claimed responsibility for killing 65 people, the Kenya Red Cross said Sunday. The Sunday attacks took place in the towns of Hindi in Lamu county and Gamba in Tana River, the Kenya Red Cross chief Abbas Gulet said. Al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab militants from Somalia claimed responsibility for the attacks. According to the Lamu county commissioner Njenga Miiri, a group of about 15 gunmen raided the Malamandi village of Hindi and started shooting at residents.

Texas governor renews calls for
National Guard at U.S.-Mexico border
Reuters, by Jon Herskovitz    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/6/2014 5:42:50 AM     Post Reply
Texas Governor Rick Perry and a key U.S. lawmaker renewed Republican calls on Thursday for National Guard troops to be sent to the U.S.-Mexico border to help stem a surge of Central American nationals entering the United States illegally. Perry addressed members of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security at a field hearing at McAllen, Texas, in the Rio Grande Valley, the region hardest hit by the thousands of children and families who have streamed to the border in recent months. He said Texas expects to spend an extra $1.3 million a week through the end of the year

The Ally America Needs
Politico, by Dennis Blair    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/6/2014 5:37:25 AM     Post Reply
Japan’s historic move to reinterpret the country’s postwar “peace constitution” this week and adopt a more active role in Asia-Pacific security comes none too soon for the United States. Right now, more than ever, Washington needs robust allies. In East Asia, the broader Middle East, the Sahel and Eastern Europe, extremists, sub-national groups and even hostile countries seek to take over territory and change borders and governments through coercion, intimidation and terrorism. Although these events might seem disparate and limited in scope, their number and frequency amount to a global challenge to the international order the United States has led since World

  


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Japanese Knotweed: The Invasive
Plant That Eats the Value of Your Home
Newsweek, by Christopher Middleton    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/6/2014 5:34:34 AM     Post Reply
When the German botanist Philipp von Siebold sent a variety of plant specimens to the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew in August 1850, he had no idea what he was unleashing on the world. Among the various floral and tuberous growths he dispatched was a plant which, 164 years later, is leaving a trail of mayhem all across the planet. It goes by the name of Japanese knotweed, or Fallopia japonica. It presents a pleasing appearance to the eye: heart-shaped leaves, bamboo stems and pretty, little white-flower tassels. What is less obvious is this plant’s relentless killer instinct. Look through the

In NSA-intercepted data, those not targeted
far outnumber the foreigners who are
Washington Post, by Barton Gellman*    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/6/2014 5:30:08 AM     Post Reply
Ordinary Internet users, American and non-American alike, far outnumber legally targeted foreigners in the communications intercepted by the National Security Agency from U.S. digital networks, according to a four-month investigation by The Washington Post. Nine of 10 account holders found in a large cache of intercepted conversations, which former NSA contractor Edward Snowden provided in full to The Post, were not the intended surveillance targets but were caught in a net the agency had cast for somebody else. Many of them were Americans. Nearly half of the surveillance files, a strikingly high proportion, contained names, e-mail addresses or other details that the

Politics and the Christian Church
AmericanThinker, by Patrician L., Dickson    Original Article
Posted By: tisHimself- 7/6/2014 5:24:04 AM     Post Reply
Whenever the subject of politics and religion comes up, some individuals wish to believe that the two are not connected. Yet, many people are concerned with the speed of America’s moral collapse. Throughout both the bible and world history, the two have collided (wars were fought over religion). When the Kings and Judges in the bible were godly, the people and the land flourished. On the other hand, the evil kings and judges brought famine and destruction upon the people and the land (does any of this sound familiar?) Our founding fathers were men of deep religious convictions based in

Forget Farm Owners, The EPA Is Drafting
A Rule To Claim Control Over Local
Waterways Like Ditches And Streams
Independent Journal Review, by Kevin Boyd    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/6/2014 5:20:56 AM     Post Reply
The Environmental Protection Agency is planning to expand its jurisdiction over the nation’s waterways under the Clean Water Act to include ditches, small streams, ponds, and other purely local waterways. Nearly 204,000 comments have been received since the rule was proposed on April 21, 2014, mostly from Americans opposed to it. Ten U.S. senators also sent a letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy expressing their concerns about the proposed rule changes. Among the examples of potential overreach the senators cite are attempts by environmentalists to ban fireworks at Lake Tahoe along the border of California and Nevada. The senators fear the expanded

  


  

Coal poised for rare win over Obama
The Hill [DC], by Kevin Cirilli    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/6/2014 5:17:25 AM     Post Reply
The coal industry is poised to score a rare victory over the Obama administration in the fight over the Export-Import Bank. Both of the working proposals in the House and Senate to renew the bank’s charter would reverse Ex-Im guidelines that prevent financing for overseas power plants that decline to adopt greener technology. Bank officials adopted the policies, which included exemptions for the world´s poorest nations, in December amid the Obama administration´s broader push to address climate change. Up until now, coal-state Democrats such as Sen. Manchin (D-W.Va.) have lacked political leverage to fight back. But that’s changing thanks to the looming Sept. 30

Israel police seek to extend
detention of American teen
Fox News*, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/6/2014 5:14:20 AM     Post Reply
Israeli police say that an American teenager who was detained and allegedly beaten during violent protests over the death of his Palestinian cousin has been brought before a court in an attempt to extent his period in custody. The parents of 15-year-old Tariq Abu Khdeir, who goes to school in Florida, say their son was beaten by Israeli police during clashes over the killing of 16-year-old Mohammed Abu Khdeir, whom Palestinians say was killed by Israeli extremists in a revenge attack. Police say Tariq Abu Khdeir resisted arrest, attacked officers and was carrying a slingshot for lobbing stones when he was arrested. The

U.S. Seen as Biggest Oil Producer
After Overtaking Saudi Arabia
Bloomberg, by Grant Smith    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/6/2014 5:09:47 AM     Post Reply
The U.S. will remain the world’s biggest oil producer this year after overtaking Saudi Arabia and Russia as extraction of energy from shale rock spurs the nation’s economic recovery, Bank of America Corp. said. U.S. production of crude oil, along with liquids separated from natural gas, surpassed all other countries this year with daily output exceeding 11 million barrels in the first quarter, the bank said in a report today. The country became the world’s largest natural gas producer in 2010. The International Energy Agency said in June that the U.S. was the biggest producer of oil and natural gas liquids. “The

Why The White House Ignored
All Those Warnings About ISIS
Daily Beast, by Eli Lake    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/6/2014 5:04:36 AM     Post Reply
Team Obama was told, over and over, that the Iraqi army couldn’t stop a terror group that was ready to pounce. But Washington was a prisoner to its paradox of an Iraq policy. On November 1, 2013, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki visited the White House, and made a rather stunning request. Maliki, who celebrated when the last U.S. troops left his country in 2011, asked Obama for American drone strikes on his country again; that’s how serious the threat from Sunni insurgents led by the extremist group ISIS had become. Twelve days later, Brett McGurk, a deputy assistant secretary of state

  


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Freedom requires risk to endure
Washington Examiner [DC], by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/6/2014 5:01:40 AM     Post Reply
By the time the Continental Congress declared independence in 1776, the British government had done quite a bit to provoke it. Colonists had been resisting Parliament´s authority for almost a decade. But many American patriots wanted to remain loyal to King George III right up until the American Prohibitory Act of December 1775. The king not only brushed aside the colonists´ legitimate grievances but declared them to be in rebellion and cast them outside royal protection. The act authorized a war against them — a naval blockade of their ports and the hiring of foreign mercenaries to suppress their rebellion.

This means Warren: Obama
backs challenger to Hillary
New York Post, by Edward Klein    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 7/6/2014 4:55:33 AM     Post Reply
President Obama has quietly promised Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren complete support if she runs for president — a stinging rebuke to his nemesis Hillary Clinton, sources tell me. Publicly, Obama has remained noncommittal on the 2016 race, but privately he worries that Clinton would undo and undermine many of his policies. There’s also a personal animosity, especially with Bill Clinton, that dates from their tough race six years ago. A former Harvard law professor and administration aide, Warren would energize the left wing of the Democrat Party just as Obama did against Clinton in 2008. Thanks to her outspoken stand against big banks

Immigrant who wrongly
voted wins right to stay
Chicago Tribune, by Marwa Eltagouri    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/6/2014 4:54:03 AM     Post Reply
A Filipino immigrant who faced deportation for nearly a decade after she registered to vote while getting a driver´s license — and then went ahead and cast a ballot — has been cleared of wrongdoing by a federal appellate court. Elizabeth Keathley, of Bloomington, Ill., will be able to stay in the U.S. under a ruling from the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and has been approved for permanent residence by a Department of Justice immigration judge. "I feel like I am now part of the United States," said Keathley, 35. "I am so happy it´s all over." Keathley´s plight, chronicled in

A ‘Band-Aid’ for 800 children
Washington Post, by Eli Saslow    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/6/2014 4:46:19 AM     Post Reply
KENDALL, Fla. The first emergency phone call of the morning is the one that wakes her up, and Nora Sandigo, 48, answers one of the three phones she keeps within reach of her bed. “Hello. How can I help?” she says, because someone is always asking for her help. She gets up, pours herself coffee and takes down notes as she listens. “Sebastian. 12. U.S. citizen,” she writes. “Father deported. Mother detained. Drs appointment today, 2:45.” “Okay, yes. I can do this,” she says, and soon she is in her minivan, sorting through a notebook that contains her to-do list for

  


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Eric Holder’s long losing record
before the Supreme Court
New York Post, by John Fund & Hans von Spakovsky    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/6/2014 4:40:03 AM     Post Reply
If Eric Holder were a baseball player, he’d have been benched long ago — if not kicked off the team. His batting average before the Supreme Court is abysmal, losing again and again in his efforts to undermine the Constitution. This term featured four big strike downs. First was Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, in which the Supremes tossed out ObamaCare’s contraceptive abortion mandate and upheld the First Amendment rights of several family-owned businesses to make their living in conformance with their religious beliefs. Although the government was not party to another case, Harris v. Quinn, the Justice Department filed an amicus brief on

Border Meltdown: Obama Delivering
290,000 Illegals To U.S. Homes
Daily Caller, by Neil Munro    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/6/2014 4:34:56 AM     Post Reply
The vast majority of 50,000 unaccompanied youths and children who have illegally crossed the Texas border during the last few months have been successfully delivered by federal agencies to their relatives living in the United States, according to a New York Times article. A second New York Times article report revealed that officials have caught an additional 240,000 Central American migrants since April, and are transporting many of them to their destinations throughout the United States. The 290,000 illegals — so far — are exploiting legal loopholes that allow them to get temporary permits to stay in the United States. Experts say that

Jimmy Carter in Russia
PJ Media, by Kim Zigfeld    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 7/6/2014 4:29:56 AM     Post Reply
You’ll have a hard time finding any mention of it in the left-wing mainstream media, but last Saturday former U.S. President James Earl Carter flew into the northern Russian city of Murmansk on a Gulfstream private jet for a little luxury fishing expedition (Russian-language link). It seems Mr. Carter would like to do all he can to legitimize Russian aggression in Ukraine, and if he can combine doing so with a gold-plated vacay, so much the better. At almost the same moment, Ukrainian government troops were triumphantly raising the national flag over City Hall in the Eastern Ukraine city of Slaviansk,

The Town Where Immigrants
Hit a Human Wall
New York Times, by Jennifer Medina    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 7/6/2014 4:24:44 AM     Post Reply
MURRIETA, Calif. — Suddenly, this city in the desert has become the place that turned away the immigrants. When the three busloads of immigrant mothers and children rolled into town for processing at a Border Patrol station this week, they were met by protesters carrying American flags and signs proclaiming “return to sender” as they screamed “go home” and chanted “U.S.A.” Fearing for the safety of the migrants and federal officers, immigration officials decided to reroute the buses to San Diego, an hour south. And a day after many here celebrated what they saw as a temporary victory, more than a thousand

Why This Bird Could Decide
the Senate Balance of Power
Associated Press, by Nicholas Riccardi    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/6/2014 4:16:02 AM     Post Reply
An obscure, chicken-sized bird best known for its mating dance could help determine whether Democrats or Republicans control the U.S. Senate in November. The federal government is considering listing the greater sage grouse as an endangered species next year. Doing so could limit development, energy exploration, hunting and ranching on the 165 million acres of the bird´s habitat across 11 Western states. Apart from the potential economic disruption, which some officials in Western states discuss in tones usually reserved for natural disasters, the specter of the bird´s listing is reviving the centuries-old debates about local vs. federal control and whether

  



Unleashed Upon America:
Obama Unchained!
American Thinker, by Lloyd Marcus    Original Article
Posted By: geo11- 7/6/2014 4:04:46 AM     Post Reply
My fellow Americans, we are all bit players in the making of a metaphoric slasher movie: Obama Unchained, starring Barack Hussein Obama. Here is a summary of the movie. It is a heartwarming tale about how the mainstream media and Democratic Party suckered America into electing their extreme far-left dream president – a Trojan Horse in the form of a black man.

The Western Wall
The Aspen Times, by Glenn K. Beaton    Original Article
Posted By: mytoocents- 7/6/2014 2:52:24 AM     Post Reply
Muslims have the Taj Mahal and Mecca. Catholics have St. Peter’s Cathedral and the Vatican. Jews have a wall. The Western Wall is a stack of massive stone blocks a few dozen feet high and a couple of hundred feet long. It’s all that’s left of Jerusalem’s second Jewish temple, a structure that astonished even the Romans. The Romans destroyed it to punish the Jews for their Great Revolt in 70 A.D. That wasn’t the first time. It’s called the “second” temple because it replaced Solomon’s temple, which had been destroyed by the Babylonians six centuries earlier. For millennia, this

´Obama Presidential Library´ float
at Norfolk parade draws criticism
World-Herald [Omaha,NE], by Hunter Woodall    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 7/6/2014 12:18:22 AM     Post Reply
A Fourth of July parade float that depicted a figure standing outside an outhouse labeled the “Obama Presidential Library” has created a stir on social media and is also receiving criticism in Norfolk, Nebraska. (Snip) Neither the float nor the pickup identified a sponsor; a sign in the windshield said it was entry No. 29. Liz Guthrie of Pierce, Nebraska, took a photo of the float that has been widely circulated on social media and shared about 1,000 times on Facebook. From where she watched the parade, Guthrie said she could hear the crowd laughing and clapping as the float

Ravenel announces Senate bid
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/5/2014 11:37:55 PM     Post Reply
GREENVILLE--Former state treasurer Thomas Ravenel, who resigned from office after his arrest on drug charges, said he is running as an independent for the U.S. Senate currently held by Lindsey Graham in South Carolina. Ravenel announced his intention Friday at an Independence Day rally in Greenville. He still must deliver 10,000 signatures from registered voters to state election officials by July 15 to get on the ballot. Ravenel wants to reduce the size of government and give people more personal freedom. He says the U.S. needs a better foreign policy. Ravenel said he knows the 10 months he served in

Iraq veterans in Afghanistan
stung by Iraq’s turmoil
Washington Post, by Ernesto Londoño    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 7/5/2014 11:36:22 PM     Post Reply
Kabul — Col. Samuel Whitehurst had been consumed with work in the last days of his brigade’s nine-month deployment in eastern Afghanistan when alarming news about his former battleground in northern Iraq began to reach him. Whitehurst fired off an e-mail to the mayor of the Iraqi city of Samarra, who had become a close friend, saying he was thinking of him. Days after a band of Islamic militants took over Mosul and several towns in the north in early June, he got terrible news: Col. Gayath Sami, the Iraqi officer Whitehurst had groomed to run Samarra’s security command center,

The bloody betrayal: Intelligence emails
reveal Taliban have taken back Afghan
strongholds that 150 of our boys died for
Daily Mail [UK], by Mark Nicol    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/5/2014 11:19:38 PM     Post Reply
Huge swathes of Helmand Province, the area of Afghanistan where hundreds of British soldiers were killed in eight years of bloody fighting, are once again in the hands of the Taliban, The Mail on Sunday can reveal. The districts of Now Zad, Musa Qala and Sangin have been overrun by insurgents after British troops withdrew to the security of Camp Bastion--the last remaining UK base in the province. The return of the Taliban to hundreds of square miles of territory which was previously liberated by British soldiers makes a mockery of Prime Minister David Cameron’s declaration of ‘mission accomplished’ in

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