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How ´Hope´ Became Obama´s
Fight Against Cynicism
Associated Press, by Joseph Lederman    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/8/2014 3:54:11 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON -- To hear President Barack Obama describe it, there´s a creeping case of cynicism setting in across the country, leading Americans to suspect that not only is Washington broken, it´s beyond fixing. Gone unchecked, Obama says, that line of thinking could become a self-fulfilling prophecy with dire long-term ramifications. If compromise-minded Americans get so frustrated they just tune out, lawmakers will feel even less pressure to work together for the good of the country. With a mix of alarm and dismay, Obama has started musing about the dangers of cynicism in nearly every major public appearance. The cautionary note

UN Pushes For Migrants
to be Called Refugees
Associated Press, by Alberto Arce & Marcos Aleman    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/8/2014 3:51:09 AM     Post Reply
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica -- United Nations officials are pushing for many of the Central Americans fleeing to the U.S. to be treated as refugees displaced by armed conflict, a designation meant to increase pressure on the United States to accept tens of thousands of people currently ineligible for asylum. Officials with the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees say they hope to see a regional agreement on that status Thursday when migration and interior department representatives from the U.S., Mexico, and Central America meet in Nicaragua. The group will discuss updating a 30-year-old declaration regarding the obligations nations have to aid

For Taylor Swift, the Future
of Music Is a Love Story
The Wall Street Journal, by Taylor Swift    Original Article
Posted By: steveW- 7/8/2014 3:13:07 AM     Post Reply
Before I tell you my thoughts on the matter, you should know that you´re reading the opinion of an enthusiastic optimist: one of the few living souls in the music industry who still believes that the music industry is not dying…it´s just coming alive. There are many (many) people who predict the downfall of music sales and the irrelevancy of the album as an economic entity. I am not one of them. In my opinion, the value of an album is, and will continue to be, based on the amount of heart and soul an artist has bled into a

  


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Tinseltown wilting under historic
box office lows
New York Post, by Claire Atkinson    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 7/8/2014 12:38:17 AM     Post Reply
Welcome to the summer doldrums. Moviegoers have put Tinseltown on the grill this summer. After two spectacular record-breaking years, the July Fourth weekend’s box office just heaped on more summer misery at the multiplex. The holiday weekend saw a gigantic drop of 46 percent in box-office receipts for the top 12 movies, with little beyond “Transformers” drawing a crowd. Some of the publicly traded cinema companies fell Monday on the news. Boxofficemojo.com reports that total box-office take was $120.6 million; the last time it was that low was in 1999, when “South Park” was released and the July Fourth box-office

Hillary Changes Story on Rapist Defense,
Claims She Had No Choice
Breitbart´s Conversation, by John Sexton    Original Article
Posted By: ketchuplover- 7/8/2014 12:34:24 AM     Post Reply
In a video interview with a UK website, Hillary Clinton contradicts her earlier story about how she came to represent a child rapist. Hillary now claims she had no choice in representing the 41-year-old who raped a 6th grader, a story which is at odds with the one she told an interviewer three decades ago. (snip) Whether or not Hillary was assigned the case, part of the problem is her callous treatment of the victim both during the case and years later during the interview. Hillary reportedly went out of her way to question the victim´s reliability. In fact, the

Protesters block a THIRD bus load of
illegal immigrants from being transferred
further inland in confrontational scenes at
detention center, amid reports riot police
could be brought in to deal with showdown
Daily Mail [UK], by DailyMail Reporter and Associated Press    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/8/2014 12:20:07 AM     Post Reply
Confrontational scenes played out again today in a southern California town where demonstrators claim they´ve diverted a third bus full of illegal immigrants who were brought in to ease an overcrowded Texas facility. Furious residents of Murrieta, California, greeted the bus as it pulled into town, holding signs that read ´Send Them Back with Birth Control´ and ´No Vacancy: Try the White House.´ The protestors are complaining that they are being saddled with more than their share of would-be immigrants, most of whom are women and children. According to Conservative website Breitbart, the American flag-waving group believe they have been

Ukrainian Employer of Joe Biden’s Son
Hires a D.C. Lobbyist
Time, by Michael Scherer    Original Article
Posted By: ketchuplover- 7/8/2014 12:14:39 AM     Post Reply
When Vice President Joe Biden’s son, R. Hunter Biden, joined the board of a private Ukrainian oil and natural gas company this spring, he explained his new job as a legal one, disconnected from any effort to influence the Obama Administration. (snip) But the company, Burisma Holdings, did not disclose at the time the scope of their plans for influencing the U.S. government. Recently released documents show that Biden’s hiring coincided with the launch of a new effort to lobby members of Congress about the role of the company in Ukraine and the country’s quest for energy independence.

  


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Ooops! Data from government
agency shows US cooling trend
American Thinker, by Rick Moran    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 7/7/2014 11:34:26 PM     Post Reply
That well-known bastion of right wing nuttery - the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration - has released data showing that US temps have not risen in the last decade and have, in fact, dropped. Forbes: "Forbes: Responding to widespread criticism that its temperature station readings were corrupted by poor siting issues and suspect adjustments, NOAA established a network of 114 pristinely sited temperature stations spread out fairly uniformly throughout the United States. Because the network, known as the U.S. Climate Reference Network (USCRN), is so uniformly and pristinely situated, the temperature data require no adjustments to provide an accurate nationwide temperature

Obama’s legacy of failure
Washington Post, by Marc A. Thiessen    Original Article
Posted By: ketchuplover- 7/7/2014 11:06:21 PM     Post Reply
In his 2008 convention speech, Barack Obama declared that as president he would clean up the mess created by “the failed presidency of George W. Bush.” Now many Americans say he has done a worse job in office than the man he replaced. (snip) Right now, he’s looking like another Carter in the making. Obama has presided over a recent string of disasters that make even Carter look competent. From his failure to enforce his own red line in Syria to the release of five senior Taliban leaders from Guantanamo Bay to the Russian invasion and annexation of Crimea to

Rhode Island Shows Blue-State
Model Of Activist Government
Is Built To Fail
Investor´s Business Daily, by Aaron Renn    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/7/2014 10:58:30 PM     Post Reply
Progressives say the blue-state model works. After all, states like California, Massachusetts and New York have some of the nation´s wealthiest and best-educated populations. But many are also basket cases, reeling from problems ranging from high costs of living and widening income inequality to chronic fiscal crises. And leading blue states often possess unique assets that protect them, at least for a time, from the full economic consequences of their public policies. What happens when the blue-state model is tried in a place without the advantages of a favorable climate, educational hubs and fortress industries? What happens when you go

Millennials get cut off at the polls
Washington Post, by Catherine Rampell    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 7/7/2014 10:48:01 PM     Post Reply
First they came for blacks, and we said nothing. Then they came for Latinos, poor people and married women, and we again ignored the warning signs. Now, after our years of apathy, they’re coming for us: the nation’s millennials. Across the country, Republican state policymakers have hoisted barriers to voting by passing voter-ID laws and curtailing electoral accommodations such as same-day registration and early voting. These policy changes are allegedly intended to eradicate the imagined scourge of voter fraud, but the real point seems to be voter suppression. For a time, the targeted populations were primarily racial,

  


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The divided states of Obama
Washington Post, by Michael Gerson    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 7/7/2014 10:45:34 PM     Post Reply
The headline — “Poll: Obama worst president since World War II” — was both provocative and misleading. The Quinnipiac University survey did, indeed, place President Obama at the top of the worst since FDR. But this was largely a measure of partisan concentration. Republicans were united in their unfavorable historical judgment of Obama. Democrats divided their votes (and would insist, I’d imagine, that they have more options to choose from). We already know that Obama is a highly polarizing figure. But beneath the headline, the poll identified serious problems for the president. Fifty-four percent of respondents said the Obama administration

Obama’s ‘imperial presidency’
doesn’t rule much of anything
Washington Post, by Dana Milbank    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 7/7/2014 10:42:22 PM     Post Reply
On either end of Lafayette Square on Monday, you could observe the receding power of the Obama presidency. On the north side, across from the White House, stands St. John’s Episcopal Church, “the Church of the Presidents,” where every president since James Madison has worshiped. But there was no sanctuary for President Obama at St. John’s on Monday; it was hosting a protest against him. More than 100 Latinos — a constituency that has been a reliable part of Obama’s political base — stood on the church steps as speakers denounced Obama’s pledge to hasten deportations of children illegally crossing

Miss. GOP certifies Cochran
victory over McDaniel
Associated Press, by Emily Wagster Pettus & Jeff Amy    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/7/2014 10:35:53 PM     Post Reply
JACKSON, Miss. — U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran won the state´s Republican primary runoff over challenger Chris McDaniel by 7,667 votes, according to a certification made by the state Republican Party and submitted to the Secretary of State on Monday, the legal deadline. The result was wider than the 6,800-vote win counted by The Associated Press after the June election. Tallies usually change as county parties examine provisional ballots and finalize results. McDaniel, a state senator from Ellisville, has said he intends to challenge his loss. He said he believes that possibly thousands of voters cast ballots in both the Democratic

Family Of Cop-Killer: If Officer
Had Stayed In His Car, He
Wouldn’t Have Been Shot
Independent Journal Review, by Mike Miller    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/7/2014 10:22:17 PM     Post Reply
(Video) The family of a man who used a semi-automatic rifle to kill an Indianapolis police officer Saturday night says it isn’t fair that the alleged shooter – Major Davis, Jr. – should “keep being dragged through the mud.” They also blamed the officer for not staying in his police car. As reported by WISH-TV, Davis was seen brandishing a semi-automatic rifle Saturday night in Indianapolis, which led to a 911 call that dispatched police to look for him: When IMPD Officer Perry Renn found Davis at 34th Street and Forest Manor Avenue, Davis opened fire on Officer Renn. Davis

  


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Rick Perry Wants Meeting With
Obama, Not Handshake
Wall Street Journal, by Colleen McCain Nelson    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/7/2014 10:18:04 PM     Post Reply
When President Barack Obama arrives in Austin, Texas, on Wednesday, Gov. Rick Perry won’t be there to greet the commander in chief. The Texas governor’s office said the White House had invited Mr. Perry to meet the president on the tarmac in Austin. But in a letter Mr. Perry sent Monday, he told the president: Thanks, but no thanks. Instead, Mr. Perry suggested the two meet privately to discuss the surge in children and other migrants from Central America illegally crossing the U.S. border. “I appreciate the offer to greet you at Austin-Bergstrom Airport, but a quick handshake on the

Boehner to Obama: Good Chance
for Amnesty Bill in Next Congress
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Tony Lee    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/7/2014 10:09:16 PM     Post Reply
House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) reportedly told President Barack Obama that there would be a good chance of passing a comprehensive amnesty bill in the next Congress, which the GOP may control. On June 24, when Boehner told Obama there would not be a vote on amnesty legislation this year, he reportedly told him "that he believed there was a good chance a comprehensive bill could pass in the next Congress." According to a National Journal report, Obama, when meeting with pro-amnesty advocates last week to inform them that he would be pressing ahead with executive actions to ease deportations,

Leaked Internal DHS Report Admits
Lack of Deportation Significant
Factor in Border Crisis
Breitbart Texas, by Brandon Darby    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/7/2014 10:02:12 PM     Post Reply
HOUSTON, Texas— A leaked internal Department of Homeland Security (DHS) report from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) indicates that recent public assertions made by the Administration were at best half-truths regarding the deportations and motivations of the waves of minors illegally entering the United States. The leaked report´s release date is identified as June 3, 2014. The internal report was leaked to Breitbart Texas by a trusted law enforcement source in DHS who wishes to remain unidentified. The report, identified as “De-Classified” and “Law Enforcement Sensitive,” reveals the fact that only 0.1 percent of the Central American minors illegally entering

Los Angeles to Stop Honoring Federal
Immigration Detainer Requests
Breitbart California, by Daniel Nussbaum    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/7/2014 9:57:06 PM     Post Reply
The city of Los Angeles has joined Orange County, Riverside County, and other cities nationwide in ending the practice of holding illegal immigrant inmates past their scheduled release dates, characterizing the practice as "unconstitutional" under a recent federal court ruling. L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti and police Chief Charlie Beck announced the decision in a joint statement released Monday, according to NBC News. "Until this area of the law is further clarified by the courts, effective immediately the Los Angeles Police Department will no longer honor immigration detainer requests submitted by Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE)," the statement read. In addition

Muslim Brotherhood Org that Met
with Obama WH Calls for Islamic
War Against Israel
Breitbart´s Big Peace, by Jordan Schachtel    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/7/2014 9:50:47 PM     Post Reply
The head of the International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS), a Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated group, called upon fellow Islamists and Arabs to declare holy war against Israel “for the sake of Palestine.” According to a translation provided by the Center for Security Policy: Dr. Ali Al-Qaradaghi – the Secretary General of the International Union of Muslim Scholars – called on the Islamic and Arab peoples to rise up in all parts of the world for the sake of Palestine and Jerusalem since it is the central issue of the nation, and therefore pressure must be placed on the governments and institutions to carry

  



Jason Chaffetz: Mitt
Romney will run —and win
Politico, by Nick Gass    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/7/2014 9:43:49 PM     Post Reply
At least one House Republican thinks Mitt Romney will make another run for the White House in 2016 — and this time, he says the 2012 runner-up will emerge victorious. “I think he actually is gonna run for president. He probably doesn’t want me to say that,” Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) told host Chris Matthews on MSNBC’s “Hardball” on Monday. Chaffetz also backed the former Massachusetts governor early in the GOP nomination process for 2012. “A hundred times he says he’s not, but Mitt Romney has always accomplished what he’s set out to do. I think he’s proven right on

Obama: migrant children must go
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Justin Sink    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/7/2014 9:35:53 PM     Post Reply
The White House on Monday insisted most of the thousands of unaccompanied minors flooding across the border will be deported. The firm position came as President Obama was set to travel to Texas, the center of a growing firestorm over the nation’s inability to prevent illegal immigrants from entering the country. Obama is set to hold fundraisers in Dallas and Austin during the two-day trip, but he has no plans to visit the border, where officials have struggled for months to contain a wave of minors seeking refuge in the United States. The president has come under criticism from members of both

US “Vetted Moderate” Free Syrian
Army Brigades Surrender Weapons,
Pledge Allegiance to Islamic State
PJ Media, by Patrick Poole    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/7/2014 9:32:40 PM     Post Reply
The heart of the Obama Administration’s policy to overthrow Assad in Syria has been the Free Syrian Army (FSA), which has been provided by U.S. taxpayer-financed weapons training, small arms, and most recently, TOW anti-tank missiles. This has been done under the pretense that the State Department has carefully selected the FSA as “vetted moderates”, ensuring that those weapons wouldn’t end up in the hands of Al-Qaeda-affiliated groups or the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS). Many, including myself, have scoffed at this policy since the State Department has a poor track record in recent decades of identifying “vetted moderates”, expressing

Obama Skips Border Visit to
Fundraise with Violent Revenge
Fantasy Film Director
PJ Media, by Bryan Preston    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/7/2014 9:24:53 PM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama visits Texas later this week. As will also be the case when he visits Colorado this week, local Democrats will run from being photographed with him. Wendy Davis avoided being seen with the president the last time he visited the state. The president is taking some heat for his decision not to visit the Texas-Mexico border while he is in Texas. That border is in chaos, thanks in no small part to Obama’s lax policies. A leaked DHS memo makes it clear that the Obama administration has slowed down deportations, and that policy is driving much of the

Barack Obama doesn´t know
what @BarackObama says
Washington Examiner, by Spencer Brown    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/7/2014 9:19:15 PM     Post Reply
Children from Central America are crossing our southern border by the hundreds, Iraq is a smoldering mess, and it´s hard to say how long it might be until Israel and Palestine declare all out war, but first, some important news on presidential Twitter protocol. When asked about who composes or approves tweets sent from the President´s @BarackObama account, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest pointed out that "The @BarackObama twitter handle is maintained by OFA," which is Organizing for Action, the political organization that is the "offshoot" of Obama´s campaign machinery, Obama for America. "That is a Twitter handle that is

Obama to immigration groups: I’ll
press my executive power to the limit
spare millions from deportation
Hot Air, by Allahpundit    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/7/2014 9:10:25 PM     Post Reply
Just making sure that this Major Garrett scoop from late last week doesn’t get lost in the holiday shuffle. Takeaway: Obama’s going big on executive amnesty. Obama told the groups what they had been dying to hear—that he was going to condemn House Republicans for inaction and set the most expansive legal course permissible to beef up border security, slow deportations of noncriminal aliens, and provide legal status to millions of undocumented workers—all by himself… Obama made it clear he would press his executive powers to the limit. He gave quiet credence to recommendations from La Raza and other immigration

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