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Cameras coming to monitor
St. Petersburg trail
St. Petersburg Tribune, by Christopher O´Donnell    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 7/8/2014 10:22:11 AM     Post Reply
ST. PETERSBURG — Police will soon have a new tool to protect cyclists and joggers on a crime-ridden stretch of the Pinellas Trail: camera surveillance. Up to 25 cameras are planned to be installed on the trail in the Child’s Park area by this fall in a pilot program that could be extended to other stretches of the trail. The move was prompted by a spate of robberies in February including one attack where a woman was pistol-whipped in the face causing her to lose several teeth. The infra-red cameras will be dotted along a half-mile section of the former

Attorney General Eric Holder
Warns of Syria Terror Threat
NBC News, by Pete Willams    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 7/8/2014 10:20:47 AM     Post Reply
Attorney General Eric Holder urged European countries Tuesday to become more aggressive in countering the threat of Westerners who receive training from terrorists in Syria. "This is a global crisis in need of a global solution," Holder said. "The Syrian conflict has turned that region into a cradle of violent extremism. But the world cannot simply sit back and let it become a training ground from which our nationals can return and launch attacks." He warned that Western democracies cannot be passive. "If we wait for our nations´ citizens to travel to Syria, to become radicalized, and to return home,

Chris McDaniel Confirms the
Worst GOP Stereotypes
Daily Beast, by Stuart Stevens    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/8/2014 10:11:04 AM     Post Reply
How an obscure Mississippi state senator became the poster boy for all that’s wrong with the right. There is an odd sort of political bubble emanating from my home state of Mississippi. And like most bubbles, it has more to do with wish fulfillment than reality. As Carmen Reinhart and Kenneth Rogoff observed in their classic This Time Is Different, “there are usually remarkable similarities of past experience” linking manias that, in retrospect, seem so obviously unhinged. Believing that tulips are the most valuable commodities in international commerce or betting that house prices can only go up requires a suspension of critical

  


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Tea Party 2.0: TheTeaParty.net
plans movement´s revival
Washington Examiner, by Paul Bedard    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 7/8/2014 10:08:15 AM     Post Reply
After a disappointing primary season, the Tea Party is getting set for a revival going into the fall general elections with one of the nation´s leading movement representatives, the 2.5 million member TheTeaParty.net, bringing back its top strategist to run the organization. On Tuesday, the Washington-based group announced the appointment of Niger Innis as executive director. The prominent black conservative and civil rights activist ran an insurgent House campaign in Las Vegas, Nev., but came in second. Innis, who challenged the election results, was the TheTeaParty.net chief strategist before taking leave to campaign. “After a raucous congressional run, I’m pleased to rejoin my

Inside the President´s ´secret´ schedule:
The celebrity dinners, golf outings and
even public appearances that Obama
keeps hidden from Americans
Daily Mail [UK], by Francesca Chambers    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/8/2014 9:55:57 AM     Post Reply
The White House officially said Thursday what Twitter and MailOnline knew days beforehand: that President Barack Obama would travel to Colorado and Texas this week for a series of fundraisers. The events weren´t part of the president´s public schedule, but they became common knowledge after enterprising reporters obtained copies of exclusive invites for events with the president and shared them online. The omission from Obama’s public schedule wasn’t an anomaly. The president and his administration have made a habit out of telling reporters at the last minute about previously scheduled out-of-town trips, fundraisers and speaking engagements. Every president has a

Nurse: VA Medical Staff Stole
Morphine From Dying Patients
Daily Caller, by Patrick Howley    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 7/8/2014 9:42:51 AM     Post Reply
Vials of morphine were systemically stolen from a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center and replaced with water and saline so that dying veterans got the wrong treatments, a longtime VA nurse told The Daily Caller. “A nurse taking care of hospice patients over the past year had been diverting vials of morphine,” said Valerie Riviello, a 28-year veteran nurse at the Albany Stratton VA Medical Center in Albany, New York. “Those patients that were dying in hospice were not getting their intended pain medication.” Management became aware of the recurring theft without reporting it to higher levels of

Obama goes fundraising as ISIS head
emerges to preach jihad, killings continue
Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: SurferLad- 7/8/2014 9:37:30 AM     Post Reply
Shootings, beheadings, hangings and crucifixions continued in ISIS-controlled Iraq over the holiday weekend. The Obama team also took a break from its grueling daily photo-ops designed to change the topic of discussion from all the ongoing Obama predicaments. [Snip] After a brief appearance at a party for military, Obama played golf. This afternoon he’s off for three days of Colorado and Texas fundraisers. Analysts, meanwhile, pored over an unusual videotape released by the terrorists currently conquering Iraq. It purports to show Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the shadowy head of ISIS, speaking in a Mosul mosque at Friday prayers.

  


  

Bled dry by the New Class
USA Today, by Glenn Harlan Reynolds    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 7/8/2014 9:34:40 AM     Post Reply
Life is hard. It´s harder still when an entire class of people with their hands out stands between you and success. Unfortunately, that´s increasingly the problem, all around the world. A recent New York Times piece tells the story of a Greek woman´s efforts to survive that country´s financial collapse. After losing her job, she tried to start a pastry business, only to find the regulatory environment impossible. Among other things, they wanted her to pay the business´s first two years of taxes up front, before it had taken in a cent. When the business failed, her lesson was this: "I,

AP sources: Obama backs
off border policy changes
Associated Press, by Erica Werner and Jim Kuhnhenn    Original Article
Posted By: SoCalGal- 7/8/2014 9:13:06 AM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama is holding off for now on seeking new legal authority to send unaccompanied migrant kids back home faster from the Southern border, following criticism that the administration´s planned changes were too harsh. Instead when Obama formally asks Congress for more than $2 billion in emergency spending Tuesday to deal with the border crisis, the request will not be accompanied by the policy changes that the White House had indicated it planned to seek, according to two congressional aides. The aides spoke Monday on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak about the matter by name

Rick Perry to meet with
Obama about immigration crisis
CBS News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/8/2014 9:03:08 AM     Post Reply
After turning down "a quick handshake on the tarmac" with President Obama, Gov. Rick Perry, R-Texas, will sit down with the president for a "substantive meeting" on Wednesday. Mr. Obama is traveling to Austin Wednesday and Thursday for fundraisers and an event on the economy - but not to visit the U.S.-Mexico line seeing a surge of unaccompanied minors crossing the border - and had asked Perry to meet him at the airport. In a letter to the White House on Monday, Perry turned down what he called "a quick handshake on the tarmac." But Perry said he´d be willing to rearrange

Feds limit reporters on
border kids visits
Atlanta Journal-Constitution, by Jamie Dupree    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 7/8/2014 8:58:54 AM     Post Reply
As members of Congress and reporters ask to visit federal facilities housing children who have been apprehended by the U.S. in recent months, federal officials are slapping limits on members of the news media who want a glimpse inside. For example, an email sent to news organizations by Jesus Garcia, a public affairs officer for the Administration for Children and Families, a division of the Department of Health and Human Services, sets out a number of restrictions on reporters if they want to visit "Unaccompanied Alien Children" being held at Fort Sill in Oklahoma. "The purpose of this 40-minute tour

  


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US diplomat Tom Malinowski
expelled from Bahrain
BBC News [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/8/2014 8:58:23 AM     Post Reply
A US diplomat has been ordered to leave Bahrain after meeting members of a leading Shia opposition group, say Bahrain officials. Tom Malinowski, US Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, went to Bahrain on Sunday. While there, he met members of al-Wefaq, a move which the foreign ministry of Bahrain says intervened in the country´s domestic affairs.[Snip] In meeting al-Wefaq, Mr Malinowski´s actions ran "counter to conventional diplomatic norms", the foreign ministry argued. The small island nation near the Arabian Peninsula has experienced frequent protests by Shias, who seek enhanced political rights.

Afghan poll crisis:
Defiant Abdullah claims victory
BBC News [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/8/2014 8:46:13 AM     Post Reply
Afghan presidential contender Abdullah Abdullah has claimed victory in last month´s poll, despite results giving a lead to his rival, Ashraf Ghani. Addressing supporters in Kabul, Mr Abdullah repeated claims that the election process was marred by fraud. US Secretary of State John Kerry had earlier warned against a power grab, amid reports that Mr Abdullah was planning a "parallel government". Meanwhile, a bomb near Kabul has killed 16 people, including four Nato troops. Ten civilians and two police officers were also reportedly killed in the attack on a clinic near Bagram, home to the largest US base in the

Israel must avoid being drawn
into a war with Islamist fanatics
Telegraph [UK], by Con Coughlin    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/8/2014 8:40:10 AM     Post Reply
As Israel intensifies its air strikes against Hamas´ positions in Gaza, it is important to remember that no one should blame the Israelis for this sudden resumption of violence. Whenever the Jewish state takes action to defend itself against the volleys of Hamas missiles being fired indiscriminately--and without provocation--against Israeli residential neighbourhoods, Israel usually gets all the blame. If only the Israelis would make peace with the Palestinians and stop occupying their land then none of this would be happening, or so the argument goes. If only it were that simple. For the reality of the situation is that Israel today increasingly

Missile shrapnel hits cruse
ship off Israeli coast
Telegraph [UK], by Teresa Machan    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/8/2014 8:34:28 AM     Post Reply
Shrapnel from rockets landed on the deck of a German cruise ship as it left the Israeli port of Ashdod. German news sources said the 2,000-plus passenger ship AIDAdiva (a German arm of the Costa Cruises brand owned by Carnival Corporation) was leaving the Israeli Mediterranean port at around 8.30pm yesterday when sirens began to sound, warning Israeli cities of attacks. Explosions in Ashdod, Israel’s fifth largest city, could be seen from the ship, AIDAdiva. Guests on board were immediately informed by the ship’s officers, according to a press statement released by AIDA Cruises last night.

  


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Israel orders preparations
for invasion of Gaza
Telegraph [UK], by Robert Tait, Colin Freeman    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/8/2014 8:27:32 AM     Post Reply
Israel is laying preparations for an invasion of Gaza as its latest conflict with Hamas intensifies, it was reported on Tuesday. Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, isued the orders to the Israeli army for a possible ground offensive in a three-hour meeting with defence chiefs, according to Israel´s Haaretz newspaper. "The prime minister´s instruction by the end of the meeting was to prepare for a thorough, long, continuous and strong campaign in Gaza," a senior Israeli official told Haaretz. "The prime minister instructed the army to be ready to go all in. A ground offensive is on the table."

Millions of tax dollars in
´sordid´ bonuses paid to top
Veterans´ Affairs administrators
despite phony wait lists, patient deaths
Washington Examiner (DC), by Mark Flatten    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/8/2014 8:20:32 AM     Post Reply
Hefty performance bonuses were paid last year to 64 Department of Veterans Affairs medical directors who oversaw hospitals, including some where patient wait lists were falsified and preventable patient deaths occurred, according to data obtained by the Washington Examiner. Also collecting a merit bonus of $12,579 last year was John Pierce, the head of the agency´s medical inspection unit, who retired this month after being slammed by the independent Office of Special Counsel for downplaying whistleblower complaints about inadequate patient care. Almost 300 top managers, members of the Senior Executive Service, collected merit bonuses totaling more than $2.7 million last

´All parties must act with reasonableness and
restraint, not vengeance and retribution´:
Obama pens emotional Op-Ed in Israeli
newspaper Haaretz calling for
two-state Mideast solution
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/8/2014 8:18:38 AM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama called for Israelis and Palestinians alike to restrain themselves and put an end to acts of retribution, in some of his first public comments on the matter since the murder of three Israeli teenagers touched off a new round of violence and deepening mistrust. [Snip] Writing in emotional terms, he said he couldn´t imagine the pain suffered by the parents of the three Israeli teens, but was also heartbroken by the senseless murder of a Palestinian teenager who many suspect was killed as payback. "All parties must protect the innocent and act with reasonableness and restraint, not vengeance

White House ´Not Worried´ About ´Optics´
of Obama Bypassing Texas Border
Cybercast News Service, by Susan Jones    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/8/2014 8:12:16 AM     Post Reply
As of Tuesday morning, one day before he flies to Texas for political fundraisers, President Obama had no plans to visit any of the overwhelmed Border Patrol stations in Texas, nor did he plan to visit the facilities where thousands of Central American children are being housed on the taxpayers´ dime. "We´re not worried about those optics," White House spokesman Josh Earnest told a reporter who asked him if the Obama administration should be worried about how it will look for the president to be in Texas and ignore the border crisis. "Well, I hope this doesn´t become President Obama´s

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