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Press Groups Call on Obama Admin
to End ‘Pervasive’ Secrecy Practices
Washington Free Beacon [DC], by CJ Ciaramella    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/8/2014 10:35:10 PM     Post Reply
Dozens of leading U.S. press organizations are urging the Obama administration to live up to its transparency promises and reverse a trend of increased secrecy at federal agencies. Thirty-eight national press organizations and transparency groups—including the Society for Professional Journalists, Investigative Reporters and Editors, and the Poynter Institute—called on the Obama administration to end “politically driven suppression of news and information about federal agencies,” in a letter to the White House released Tuesday. “Over the past two decades, public agencies have increasingly prohibited staff from communicating with journalists unless they go through public affairs offices or through political appointees,” the

Hillary Clinton´s Inner Circle Calls
This Best-Selling Author The Most
´Despicable´ Person In The World
Business Insider, by Hunter Walker    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/8/2014 10:29:34 PM     Post Reply
Author Ed Klein has published hundreds of pages of attacks on President Bill Clinton and his wife, Hillary Clinton. On Monday, as Klein´s latest "exposé" of the former first family topped Hillary´s memoir on the best-seller list, a source close to the Clintons fired back with a scathing, lengthy email to Business Insider blasting Klein as a pathological liar. "This might sound hyperbolic, but there is no bigger liar in the entire world," the source said of Klein. "Lying isn´t even the word for it. It´s some kind of sickness where every single thing you write is fabricated. Every. Single.

Obama gets ditched
by Colorado Democrats
Washington Times, by Valerie Richardson    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 7/8/2014 10:09:22 PM     Post Reply
DENVER | Colorado Democrats ducking President Obama’s speech here Wednesday morning are drawing hoots for their less-than-convincing excuses. Sen. Mark Udall wasn’t able to catch a flight back in time to join Mr. Obama at Cheesman Park. Gov. John Hickenlooper let it be known he was already slated to speak in Colorado Springs, while congressional candidate Andrew Romanoff reportedly had a scheduling conflict. Not surprisingly, in a state where the president is not exactly a political asset, nobody is buying it. “Embattled Colorado Democrats flee from Obama,” said a Tuesday press release from the Colorado Republican Party. All three Democrats

  


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White House requests $3.7 billion in
emergency funds for border crisis
Washington Post, by David Nakamura and Wesley Lowery    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 7/8/2014 10:05:21 PM     Post Reply
The White House on Tuesday formally requested $3.7 billion in emergency funding from Congress to deal with an influx of Central American minors along the southern border. But the proposal was quickly met with broad skepticism among Republican lawmakers, who were doubtful that the package would be approved quickly — if at all. Administration officials said the request is part of a comprehensive strategy aimed at building more detention centers, adding immigration judges, and beefing up border patrols and air surveillance. President Obama has said he hopes such steps will both speed deportations and discourage adults from sending children on

Top Dem: U.S. ´Cannot Be Expected
to Give Sanctuary to Every Single
Child in the World´
Breitbart Big Government, by Caroline May    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/8/2014 9:50:23 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The unaccompanied children from Central American crossing the U.S.-Mexico border illegally should be deported except in extreme circumstances, according to House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer. “We have an immediate humanitarian crisis that confronts this country, we also have a crisis in terms of this country cannot continue to absorb, nor should it, a limitless number of people who — particularly children who want to cross our border,” Hoyer told reporters Tuesday. According to the Democratic whip the influx is unsustainable in the U.S. “We cannot give these children sanctuary except in extraordinary circumstances. Obviously we have refugee

North Korea fires missiles into the sea
CNN, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/8/2014 8:23:02 PM     Post Reply
North Korea fired two short-range missiles off the east coast of the Korean Peninsula early Wednesday, a South Korean Defense Ministry official said. No damage or injures were reported. The projectiles flew more than 310 miles (almost 500 kilometers), the official said. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has ordered his Cabinet to look into the apparent launch. The Japanese government intends to lodge an official protest with the North Korean government. North Korea has carried out a series of missile and rocket launches into the sea in recent months, drawing criticism from South Korea, the United States and the United Nations.

A leaked document shows just
how much the EU wants a piece
of America’s fracking boom
Washington Post, by Lydia DePillis    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/8/2014 8:17:45 PM     Post Reply
The European Union is pressing the United States to lift its longstanding ban on crude oil exports through a sweeping trade and investment deal, according to a secret document from the negotiations obtained by The Washington Post. It´s not entirely surprising. The EU has made its desire for the right to import U.S. oil known since the U.S. started producing large amounts of it in the mid-2000s. It signaled again at the outset of trade negotiations, and its intentions have become even more clear since. This time, though, the EU is adding another argument: Instability on its Eastern flank threatens to cut off the supply of oil and natural gas

  


  

Violent MS-13 Gang Members
Leave Graffiti on Bathroom
Walls of Nogales Border Patrol
Processing Center
Townhall, by Katie Pavlich    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 7/8/2014 8:12:26 PM     Post Reply
An internal Border Patrol executive summary obtained by Townhall confirms that at least 16 unaccompanied illegal minors (those under the age of 18, according to U.S. government policy), are members of the brutal El Salvadorian street gang Mara Salvatrucha—or MS-13. Gang members left graffiti on the walls of the Nogales Border Patrol processing center, which suggested they had ties to the organization. "Border Patrol Agents (BPAs) and Customs and Border Protection Officers (CBPOs), assigned to The Nogales Placement Center (NPC), discovered that 16 unaccompanied alien children (13 El Salvadoran males, two Guatelmalan males and one Honduran male) currently being held

Border Doctor: Previously-Deported
Illegal Alien with Tuberculosis
Ignored by Feds
Breitbart Texas, by Kristin Tate    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/8/2014 8:02:36 PM     Post Reply
Houston, TX - A source told Breitbart Texas that an illegal immigrant from Guatemala is currently being treated for active tuberculosis (TB) at the University Medical Center (UMC) of El Paso. Dr. Elizabeth Lee Vliet--a preventive medicine physician and former Director of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS)--has practices in Arizona and Texas. Vliet claimed that one of her patients, whose name can not be disclosed for confidentiality reasons, called her with fears that the TB-positive immigrant was putting other lives at risk. Vliet said her patient informed her that ICE and DHS would not take the illegal

Chemical weapons now in
ISIL’s hands: Iraqi ambassador
Washington Times, by Douglas Ernst    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/8/2014 7:52:26 PM     Post Reply
A letter sent to the United Nations by Iraqi Ambassador Mohamed Ali Alhakim pertaining to the takeover of a chemical weapons facility has been made public. On June 12, the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) took over the depot, but weapons of mass destruction held in two bunkers still had not yet been destroyed. “The project management spotted at dawn on Thursday, 12 June 2014, through the camera surveillance system, the looting of some of the project equipment and appliances, before the terrorists disabled the surveillance system,” Ambassador Mohamed Ali Alhakim wrote in the letter dated June 30 to U.N.

Israel kills top Gaza militant, five
others in air strike - Gaza officials
Reuters, by Ori Lewis    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/8/2014 7:46:21 PM     Post Reply
Gaza - Israel assassinated a top local leader of the Islamic Jihad militant group in the northern Gaza Strip early on Wednesday, neighbours and hospital officials said, and five others including family members were also killed. An Israeli military spokeswoman said she had no initial details on the strike. The militant, Hafez Hamad, two brothers and his parents were killed when his house was bombed in an air strike in the town of Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip, Hamas media and Gaza interior ministry said. An unidentified woman in the house was also killed. That brought the death toll in Gaza to at least 22 since Israel launched its offensive

  


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Buyer´s Remorse
PJ Media, by Richard Fernandez    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 7/8/2014 7:44:44 PM     Post Reply
The sad thing about many high school English literature readings is they are assigned too early in life for many students to fully appreciate. Works like Crime and Punishment, Lord Jim and especially The Rime of the Ancient Mariner are all about sin and expiation, themes perhaps imperfectly grasped by teenagers whose consciences are still developing. (Snip) That’s what it looks like from inside the White House. Nikolas K. Gvosdev, a professor at the Naval War College, describes what it resembles from outside the Oval Office. He calls it “The Stumbles Doctrine”: the process of getting into trouble, “hold my

Sen. Menendez suggests Cuban
smear, says U.S. should investigate
CNN, by Dana Bash & Evan Perez    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/8/2014 7:38:01 PM     Post Reply
Washington - Sen. Robert Menendez, who has been dogged by a federal corruption probe, suggests he was the target of a Cuban intelligence smear plot over allegations -- which the FBI has discounted -- that he had sex with underage prostitutes in the Dominican Republic. The New Jersey Democrat told CNN in an exclusive interview on Tuesday that the Justice Department should look at any evidence it may have that he was the subject of a conspiracy by the regime to spread false allegations. Menendez said he has for years had a "firm position in opposition to the Cuban regime" on grounds that it violates human rights.

Couple calls the cops
on their crazed cat
New York Post, by David K. Li    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/8/2014 7:29:30 PM     Post Reply
A Florida couple called the cops after their crazed cat attacked them and trapped them in their home. Kush, a 4-year-old Russian Blue, lashed out at his owners, Teresa and James Gregory, in a fur-flying rampage that prompted calls to DeLand police. The cat was removed from the home by animal control and has been quarantined for 10 days following the Saturday night attack that left its owners with several bloody scratches on their legs and hands, according to Bay 9 News. They declined medical attention. Kush’s assault sounded a lot like the case of 22-pound Lux, whose feline tantrum drove his owners to hide in a locked room and call

‘Hot mugshot guy’ Jeremy Meeks
got some bad news in court today.
(But there are photos!)
Washington Post, by J. Freedom du Lac    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 7/8/2014 7:24:27 PM     Post Reply
Making his first appearance in front of the cameras since his mugshot went viral, convicted felon Jeremy Meeks wore a bright orange jumpsuit, handcuffs and a stone-serious expression. Meeks, who was arrested last month during a gang sweep in Stockton, Calif., faced multiple felony weapons charges. But during a brief court appearance in Stockton on Tuesday, the state agreed to turn the case — and Meeks — over to federal prosecutors, according to Sacramento’s KXTV. He is now in federal custody, the station reported, facing a single charge: “Felon in possession of a firearm.” That one charge could lead to

  


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Quinn: If Chicago needs
help battling violence, just ask
Sun-Times [Chicago, IL], by Natasha Korecki *    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/8/2014 7:21:54 PM     Post Reply
Gov. Pat Quinn on Tuesday said he is prepared to deploy Illinois State Troopers to boost Chicago´s efforts to combat violence -- but Mayor Rahm Emanuel hasn´t asked. "If they have a need for additional help, they should let us know," Quinn told reporters in an unrelated news conference on Tuesday. "I think it´s always based on their request. I´m not going to impose anything on any local municipality in the state or a big city like Chicago." Quinn´s comments came after a violent holiday weekend in Chicago that left 13 dead at least 58 wounded despite hundreds of additional officers assigned to city streets in that time period.

Forgotten Vials of Smallpox
Found in Storage Room near D.C.
Associated Press, by Mike Stobbe    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/8/2014 7:16:53 PM     Post Reply
Atlanta - A government scientist cleaning out an old storage room at a research center near Washington made a startling discovery last week — decades-old vials of smallpox packed away and forgotten in a cardboard box. The six glass vials were intact and sealed, and scientists have yet to establish whether the virus is dead or alive, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday. (Snip) Officials said this is the first time in the U.S. that unaccounted-for smallpox has been discovered. At least one leading scientist raised the possibility that there are more such vials out there around the world.

Abused elephant rescued
by Wildlife S.O.S.
GrindTv.com, by David Strege    Original Article
Posted By: ketchuplover- 7/8/2014 7:12:30 PM     Post Reply
Under the cover of darkness, a team from London-based Wildlife S.O.S rescued an elephant that had been abused for 50 years in India and transported it 350 miles to an elephant sanctuary where it walked free for the first time on July 4th. Raju, believed to have been poached from his mother as a baby, was beaten and left bleeding from painful spiked leg shackles by an abusive owner who had the elephant beg for handouts and survive by eating plastic and paper for food. (Snip) “The team [was] astounded to see tears roll down his face during the rescue,”

Brooklyn DA announces
new policy on pot prosecutions
New York Daily News, by Oren Yaniv    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/8/2014 7:03:44 PM     Post Reply
It is now easier to get high in Brooklyn. The borough’s district attorney Kenneth Thompson announced Tuesday he will no longer prosecute people with little or no criminal record who get caught with small amounts of weed. While the majority of such cases already end up with an eventual dismissal, those arrested from now on - with some exceptions - will be released before seeing a judge, according to a DA memo. Yet the revised approach will not be shared by cops and might even cause tension between the DA and the NYPD. “This new policy is a reasonable response to the thousands of low-level marijuana arrests that weigh down the

Brazilians waxed by Germany
in World Cup semifinal
Lafayette Journal & Courier [IN], by Chris Lehourites    Original Article
Posted By: tisHimself- 7/8/2014 7:03:43 PM     Post Reply
Germany poured in the goals Tuesday to hand Brazil its heaviest World Cup loss ever, an astounding 7-1 rout in the semifinals that stunned the host nation. Miroslav Klose scored a record-setting 16th career World Cup goal in a five-goal spurt in the first half as Brazil’s defense was torn apart. The Germans reached their eighth final and will face either Argentina or the Netherlands on Sunday at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro.
Source corrected to site style by Staff

  



Britain follows US in banning
powerless electronic devices from flights
Guardian [UK], by Ben Quinn    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/8/2014 6:56:53 PM     Post Reply
Airline passengers entering and leaving the UK on potentially any routes, including transatlantic ones and those connecting with mainland Europe, will be expected to be show that electronic devices in their hand luggage can be powered up, British authorities announced Tuesday in a tightening of aviation security. In response to warnings of a "credible threat", the US Transportation Security Administration announced on Sunday that passengers using airports with direct flights to the US could be made to switch on their mobile phones and other electronic devices to prove to security officials that the devices do not contain explosives.

Some have ‘predisposition’ to
become president: Hillary Clinton
New York Post, by Marisa Schultz    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 7/8/2014 5:20:15 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — Hillary Clinton defended American political dynasties — including her own — arguing some families may just have a “predisposition” to become presidents. In an interview published Tuesday with Der Spiegel, Clinton batted down the notion that a succession of Bushes and Clintons in the White House would turn American politics into a monarchy. “We had two Roosevelts,” the former secretary of state told the German publication. “We had two Adams. It may be that certain families just have a sense of commitment or even a predisposition to want to be in politics.”

Obama agrees to meet with Texas Governor
Rick Perry about illegal immigration after
Perry declined to join him for a ´quick
handshake on the tarmac´
Daily Mail [UK], by Francesca Chambers    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/8/2014 5:09:28 PM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama has accepted an invitation from Texas Governor Rick Perry yesterday to meet for a ´substantive´ discussion about illegal immigration when the president comes to Texas tomorrow. [Snip] ´In addition, he asked me to invite you to join him for a meeting to discuss the situation on the border with faith leaders and local elected officials in Dallas on Wednesday,´ Jarrett said. Perry’s Press Secretary, Lucy Nashed, told NBC News on Tuesday afternoon that ´Gov. Perry is pleased that President Obama has accepted his invitation to discuss the humanitarian and national security crises along our southern border, and

Sarah Palin just joined the ‘impeach Obama’
crowd. That’s bad news for the GOP.
Washington Post, by Aaron Blake    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/8/2014 5:02:32 PM     Post Reply
Sarah Palin on Tuesday joined a growing chorus of Republicans calling for the impeachment of President Obama, writing in a Breitbart op-ed that the influx of young illegal immigrants over the southern border "is the last straw that makes the battered wife say, ´no mas.´ " Mixed/careless metaphors aside, this is nothing but bad news for Republicans — especially four months until the 2014 election. Palin is hardly the first GOP politician to raise the issue of impeachment over the past couple years. Others include Sens. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) and Tim Scott (R-S.C.), Reps. Blake Farenthold (R-Tex.),

This is what happened when I
drove my Mercedes to pick
up food stamps
Washington Post, by Darlena Cunha    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/8/2014 4:55:41 PM     Post Reply
Sara Bareilles played softly through the surround-sound speakers of my husband’s 2003 Mercedes Kompressor as I sat idling at a light. I’d never been to this church before, but I could see it from where I was, across from an old park, abandoned in the chilly September air. The clouds hung low as I pulled the sleek, pewter machine into the lot. But I wasn’t going to pray or attend services. I was picking up food stamps. Even then, I couldn’t quite believe it. This wasn’t supposed to happen to people like me. I grew up in a white, affluent

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