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ASU Gives Female Students Extra
Credit for Not Shaving Armpits
National Review Online, by Molly Wharton    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/7/2014 3:21:14 PM     Post Reply
At Arizona State University, female students can earn extra credit by agreeing to not shave their armpits and legs for ten weeks. Breanne Fahs, a professor of women and gender studies, has made the special offer to her students as a way to encourage them to challenge social norms. “There’s no better way to learn about societal norms than to violate them and see how people react,” she told ASU News. “There’s really no reason why the choice to shave, or not, should be a big deal. But it is, as the students tend to find out quickly.” Female students looking to earn

Strong 6.9 magnitude earthquake hits
Mexico, Guatemala, one person killed
News Corp [Australia] & Agence France-Presse, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 7/7/2014 3:20:26 PM     Post Reply
A STRONG 6.9 magnitude earthquake has rocked parts of Mexico and Guatemala, killing one person and injuring another as shock waves toppled walls and caused landslides. The US Geological Survey said the quake occurred in the Mexican state of Chiapas around 11.24am GMT on (21.24am AEDT) on Monday and was located about 8km from the coast near the Guatemalan border at a depth of 92km. One man was reported dead in Huixtla, Mexico, after a wall fell on him, Chiapas Civil Protection reported on its Twitter account. Meanwhile in Guatemala, one person was injured when a wall fell inside a home in the

Exclusive: CIA had
role in Germany spy affair
Reuters, by Mark Hosenball & Steve Holland    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/7/2014 3:20:01 PM     Post Reply
Washington - The Central Intelligence Agency was involved in a spying operation against Germany that led to the alleged recruitment of a German intelligence official and has prompted renewed outrage in Berlin, two U.S. officials familiar with the matter said on Monday. CIA Director John Brennan has asked to brief key members of the U.S. Congress on the matter, which threatens a new rupture between Washington and a close European ally, one of the officials said. It was unclear if and when Brennan´s briefing to U.S. lawmakers would take place. The CIA declined any comment on the matter.

  


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Hamas fires dozens of rockets at Israel
Agence France-Presse, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/7/2014 3:08:04 PM     Post Reply
Hamas militants in Gaza fired "dozens" of rockets into southern Israel late Monday, the Islamist movement said after six of its men were killed in air strikes. The bombardment was confirmed by the Israeli army which said militants had launched "a few dozen rockets" within a short period of time. At least four were intercepted over Netivot by the Iron Dome anti-missile system, while another 16 struck the area around the southern city of Beersheva, some 40 kilometres (25 miles) from Gaza, and which is home to 200,000 people, (Snip) The rocket fire was claimed by Hamas's armed wing, the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades,

Clinton-McRaven in 2016?
The Hill (Washington DC), by Bernie Quigley    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/7/2014 3:00:05 PM     Post Reply
I am one of the people who always disliked Hillary Clinton. It has seemed a conundrum these past two decades as so many other people appear to have felt the same. I´ve given it a good deal of thought and have come to the conclusion that it comes down to one specific item: Bill. Why I dislike Bill is still crystal clear. From my review of Carol Felsanthal´s masterful Clinton in Exile: " ... an odyssey of gold watches and billionaire friends; bimbos, bling and a private airplane bigger than a doublewide; and cash-raising speeches, end on end — three

Uber Slashes New York Fares,
Now Cheaper Than Taxi
Boston Globe [MA], by Laura Reston    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/7/2014 3:00:01 PM     Post Reply
Uber’s war against entrenched taxi companies saw its most recent move Monday when the company announced that it would slash prices 20 percent in New York City. An UberX, the cheapest ride offered by the company, is now several dollars cheaper than a traditional taxi in New York City, where yellow cabs are still a staple, Uber says. Uber slashed its prices in Boston last month, knocking rates down a full 25 percent. The change would make an UberX trip from Copley Square to Harvard Square only $10. A taxi, the company says, would cost $17. San Francisco, where Uber was incubated, boasts an even more drastic disparity between

Fourth of July weekend toll: 82 shot,
14 of them fatally, in Chicago
Chicago Tribune, by Peter Nickeas    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/7/2014 2:56:43 PM     Post Reply
For 10 minutes, it seemed like the shooting was everywhere in the South Chicago neighborhood. It started when someone shot and wounded a couple, then two people fired at the shooter, then there was a chase and shots exchanged and a man sitting on a porch was hit. Responding officers kept cutting each other off on their radios as they reported other gunfire in the area late Sunday night and early Monday morning. Then the heavy equipment rolled in: A helicopter and SUVs packed with lockers of rifles. SWAT teams in green coveralls patrolled the streets with uniformed officers. It

  


  

IRS Official Whose Computer
Crashed Was Responsible For
Spinning Congress On Targeting
Daily Caller, by Patrick Howley    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/7/2014 2:16:47 PM     Post Reply
One of the IRS officials whose emails were lost in a “computer crash” was responsible for spinning Congress about the agency’s targeting of nonprofit groups, according to 2012 emails obtained by Congress. Nikole Flax served as ex-IRS official Lois Lerner’s point person on delaying and reviewing all IRS responses to questions about what Lerner called “c4 stuff” and was tasked with ensuring that every IRS response on the matter contained an “affirmative message.” Flax, a frequent White House visitor, is one of seven IRS employees whose emails were allegedly destroyed in a wave of computer crashes that afflicted the IRS’

One man gets prison sentence, another gets
probation for Detroit motorist beating
Detroit News, by Oralandar Brand-Williams    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 7/7/2014 2:05:03 PM     Post Reply
Detroit — One of two men who pleaded guilty last month in a mob attack on suburban motorist Steve Utash received a sentence of six years and four months to 10 years in prison for his part on the assault. (Snip) Safford, 30, and Bruce Wimbush, 18, were in the courtroom of Wayne County Circuit Court Judge James Callahan Monday morning to learn their punishment for the beating that put Utash into a 10 day coma and has left him with brain damage. Dressed in a conservative dark suit and white shirt, a subdued Wimbush received three years probation. Utash’s

Float targeting Obama, library
draws criticism
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 7/7/2014 1:48:02 PM     Post Reply
NORFOLK, Neb. — A float comparing President Barack Obama´s future presidential library to an outhouse has drawn criticism from some after it appeared in the Fourth of July parade in Norfolk. It featured a wooden outhouse labeled "Obama Presidential Library" and a figure in overalls standing outside the structure. "I´m angry and I´m scared," Norfolk resident Glory Kathurima told the Lincoln Journal Star. "The float was not just political; this was absolutely a racial statement." Kathurima, an immigrant from Kenya, is raising her 9-year-old daughter in the northeast Nebraska community of roughly 24,000. Parade organizers with the local Odd Fellows lodge

Obama’s media allies getting nervous over
his casual approach to border crisis
Hot Air, by Noah Rothman    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 7/7/2014 1:47:13 PM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama will head to Texas later this week for Democratic fundraising events in Austin and Dallas, but he will not visit the southern border where unaccompanied minors are streaming across that frontier in record numbers. “Schedules sometimes change and if they do we’ll let you know, but right now there is no plan to visit the border while he’s in Texas,” said White House Press Sec. Josh Earnest last week, bristling over the impertinence of the suggestion that Obama should take time out of his fundraising schedule to see the scale of this emerging refugee crisis for himself.

  


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Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, and the
new era of conservative policy ideas
The Week, by W. James Antle, III    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 7/7/2014 1:44:54 PM     Post Reply
The Rand Paul–Mike Lee policy partnership has been the most important Republican collaboration in Washington in recent memory. They have tried subtly — and sometimes not so subtly — to change the Republican brand by applying conservative and libertarian principles differently than the party has in the past. The two Tea Party senators have worked together on civil liberties, opposing the Patriot Act, attempting to rein in the National Security Agency, speaking out against extrajudicial killings of American citizens, protesting warrantless searches, and trying to strip indefinite detention from the National Defense Authorization Act. Paul and Lee have also taken the lead

Obama Could End the Border
Crisis Tomorrow if He Wanted
Townhall, by Conn Carroll    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 7/7/2014 1:42:31 PM     Post Reply
President Obama may have described the waves of tens of thousands of migrant families flooding the southern border as a "humanitarian crisis," but it is a humanitarian crisis entirely of his own creation and one which he could end tomorrow if he wanted to. The Los Angeles Times reports: President Obama and his aides have repeatedly sought to dispel the rumors driving thousands of children and teens from Central America to cross the U.S. border each month with the expectation they will be given a permiso and allowed to stay. But under the Obama administration, those reports have proved increasingly true. The number

EXCLUSIVE - ´She can do better´: Amal
Alamuddin´s mother is unimpressed with
George Clooney and wants daughter to marry
within their strict Lebanese religious sect
Daily Mail [UK], by Hannah Roberts & Sara Nathan    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/7/2014 1:41:54 PM     Post Reply
Most mothers would be shouting from the rooftops if their daughter snagged George Clooney. But the mom of Clooney´s fiancée, Amal Alamuddin, is not so impressed with her daughter’s choice - and instead wanted her to marry within their strict Lebanese religious sect, according to close family friends. High-profile human-rights lawyer Amal, 37, was born in Beirut to a prominent and highly respected family within the Druze sect, a medieval offshoot of Islam, who are forbidden to marry outsiders. For traditional Druze families intermarriage results in excommunication and social boycott.

Intel Community Unified on Threat
of ‘Largest and Richest Enclave
of Radical Terrorism in History’
PJ Media, by Bridget Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/7/2014 1:37:56 PM     Post Reply
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who just returned from Afghanistan with Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), says the intelligence community is unified in its assessment that the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS or ISIL) is a direct threat to the United States. “According to director of national intelligence, the FBI director and most of our intelligence community, ISIS presents a direct threat to the homeland in Syria, now Iraq,” Graham told CBS on Sunday. “Americans and Western Europeans are going to help their cause. And they can flow back here. So, yes, they are a direct threat to the

  


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California’s Hydromania
PJ Media, by Victor Davis Hanson    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/7/2014 1:32:17 PM     Post Reply
Two events now characterize the California agrarian heartland, the richest and most productive farm belt in the world. One, of course, is the third year of drought. I refer here to nature’s lack of rain and snow. But also factor in the state’s additional man-made drought, through diversions of precious stored reservoir water from agriculture and community use to environmental causes that demand more river water must flow out to the sea. The state’s environmental fanatics over thirty years ago cancelled the critical tertiary phases of the California Water Project and the federal Central Valley Project. I guess those in the Bay

Ultra Facepalm: Watch Americans
Struggle to Answer Even One Question
On the U.S. Citizenship Test
Independent Journal Review, by Emily Hulsey    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/7/2014 1:29:27 PM     Post Reply
(Video) What hopeful Americans are asked on a U.S. citizenship test are pretty run-of-the-mill questions that most of us learned in school: How many Supreme Court justices are there? Who was president during World War I? Who is the current vice president? Seems easy enough, right? But when native-born Americans were asked those questions and others, they had a lot of trouble. From Mic.com: Sad as they may be, the video’s results have been replicated before. A USA Today survey in 2012 found that only 65% of native-born Americans could correctly answer 6 out of 10 immigration test questions correctly.

McCain: Cut Aid to Countries
Fueling Immigration Crisis
Roll Call, by Niels Lesniewski & Steven T. Dennis    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/7/2014 1:26:58 PM     Post Reply
A GOP architect of the Senate’s immigration plan is calling for at least threatening to cut aid to Central American countries that don’t take steps to stop the flow of unaccompanied migrant children to the United States. “We should tell these countries in Central America that no more aid, no more assistance, no nothing until they stop this from happening,” Arizona Sen. John McCain told KFYI radio in Phoenix. It’s been widely reported that most of the children come from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala. “And tell our friends in Mexico to secure their border, their Southern border as well as their Northern

Man Beaten to Death
at Texas Amtrak Station
Breitbart Texas, by Bob Price    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 7/7/2014 1:08:37 PM     Post Reply
An unidentified man was killed Thursday night in San Antonio while waiting to board an Amtrak train to Houston. He was allegedly beaten to death by a large man who witnesses observed stating, “I just like killing someone.” The victim was a white male in his mid-fifties who weighed about 150 pounds, according to an Amtrack employee who spoke with Breitbart Texas on condition of anonymity. The alleged assailant was described as a black male weighing approximately 350 pounds. The conductor of the eastbound train told the source he witnessed the victim sitting on a bench by himself waiting to

Lib Language Police:
‘Illegal’ Is The New ‘N-Word’
Washington Free Beacon, by Larry O´Connor    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/7/2014 1:05:14 PM     Post Reply
CNN’s Sally Kohn says using the term “illegal” to describe anyone who enters or stays in America illegally is tantamount to employing a racial slur such as the “n-word” or the “f-word” as a disparaging term for a homosexual man. You could see this one coming a mile away. As the border crisis grows and politicians, pundits, and media personalities debate and discuss the problem of the 50,000+ unaccompanied alien children who’ve illegally entered our country over the past several months, leave it to liberal commentators to focus their arguments on the appropriate politically correct euphemisms used to identify the

  



Appeals Court says to give
´dreamers´ licenses
Arizona Daily Star (Tucson AZ), by Howard Fischer    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/7/2014 1:02:56 PM     Post Reply
PHOENIX — Calling the state policy motivated by animosity, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals this morning ordered that "dreamers´´ be allowed to get Arizona driver´s licenses, at least for the time being. In a unanimous decision, the court rejected arguments by Gov. Jan Brewer that she was entitled to issue an executive order two years ago denying licenses to those in the federal government´s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. The court ordered U.S. District Court Judge David Campbell, who had initially denied an injunction on behalf of the dreamers, to direct the state Department of Transportation to

More Fuel Efficient Cars Causing
Highway Trust Fund to Go Broke
Weekly Standard, by Geoffrey Norman    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/7/2014 1:01:20 PM     Post Reply
Washington needs more money and if it doesn’t get it, your morning commute will become: a) more expensive b) more unpleasant c) both The problem, you see, is that the Highway Trust Fund is "going broke,” by the Beltway’s curious definition of the phrase. It is sort of the way that after a round of painful “cuts,” spending somehow still goes up. The Highway Trust Fund takes in more than 18 cents on every gallon of gasoline sold in this country, so there is plenty of revenue. Just not enough to meet Washington’s needs and desires. People are driving more

Good news, everyone! The New
York Times has identified the
´real´ IRS scandal
Washington Examiner, by T. Becket Adams    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/7/2014 12:54:21 PM     Post Reply
When disgraced former IRS official Lois Lerner first admitted in 2013 during a staged apology that her agency had targeted conservative groups, a few news organizations scrambled immediately to help the White House manage its damage control efforts. And as the scandal continues to plod along, Congress holding one hearing after another, these same news groups haven´t let up in their defense of the White House or the IRS. Take, for example, the New York Times´ latest (and familiar) defense of the IRS.

David Axelrod: Gosh, Obama is
just too complex for you plebes
Washington Examiner, by T. Becket Adams    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/7/2014 12:40:15 PM     Post Reply
President Obama´s approval ratings continue to sink to fresh lows as a growing number of Americans turn away from the harbinger of the tired and worn-out message of “hope and change.” But it´s not because of the White House´s ham-fisted handling of a myriad of scandals, including the Internal Revenue Service´s targeting of conservative groups, the 2012 terrorist attacks on U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya, the National Security Agency´s ever-growing surveillance program, the White House´s decision to circumvent Congress and release five Taliban officers in exchange Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl or the still-brewing scandal involving the Department of Veterans Affairs. No,

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