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German Police Conduct Searches
in 2nd Possible Spy Case
New York Times, by Alison Smale    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 7/9/2014 8:43:37 AM     Post Reply
BERLIN — The police searched the Berlin-area office and apartment of a man suspected of being a spy on Wednesday, the federal prosecutor’s office said, deepening the espionage scandal that has taken relations between Washington and Berlin to a new low. No one has been arrested yet and the investigation is ongoing, the prosecutor’s office said in a terse statement that concluded, “no further information can be given right now.” The statement did not specify that the suspect had been spying for the United States. But the German daily Süddeutsche Zeitung and two public broadcasters, which together form an investigative reporting unit,

Israel claims to have foiled
amphibious Palestinian assault
Guardian (U.K.), by Orlando Crowcroft    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 7/9/2014 8:41:39 AM     Post Reply
Israel claims to have foiled an audacious amphibious assault when Palestinian militants emerged from the sea north of Gaza. In footage of the incident released by the Israeli military, two figures are seen walking out of the surf on an Israeli beach north of Gaza near Zikim. At least four militants are then seen running over sand dunes apparently carrying weapons before being targeted and "neutralised" by Israeli missiles. The incident is being seen as evidence of the new capabilities of Islamic militants in Gaza, whose rockets in the past 24 hours have gone further than ever before – in one case

Sarah Palin seizes the media spotlight
by playing the impeachment card
Fox News, by Howard Kurtz    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 7/9/2014 8:39:46 AM     Post Reply
There is simply no downside for Sarah Palin in calling for Barack Obama’s impeachment. She grabs a nice bit of media attention. She rallies her conservative base. She gets to talk about it on Fox. And since she holds no elective office, she doesn’t have to worry about whether her rhetorical broadside has the slightest chance of succeeding. In fact, the chances that the House will impeach a second straight Democratic president are extremely remote. But so what? Palin gets the issue and positions herself on the leading edge of anti-Obamaism. The former Alaska governor and Fox News contributor launched her attack yesterday

  


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US spying row:
Germany investigates new case
BBC News [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/9/2014 8:33:08 AM     Post Reply
Prosecutors in Germany have searched the home of a defence ministry employee suspected of spying, in the second such case in a week. Residential and office areas were searched in Berlin on Wednesday morning, the federal prosecutor in Karlsruhe said. An intelligence agency employee was arrested this month for passing secret documents to US intelligence. The US promised on Monday to work to resolve the problem. There were no reports of a new arrest on Wednesday. The US has not denied allegations that the intelligence agency employee arrested earlier this month was passing secret documents to the US National Security

New Orleans mayor during Katrina
to be sentenced for corruption
Reuters, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 7/9/2014 8:32:07 AM     Post Reply
Disgraced former New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin was set to be sentenced by a federal judge on Wednesday on 20 corruption charges that could land him in prison for two decades. A jury in February found Nagin guilty of charges that include bribery, wire fraud, conspiracy, money laundering and tax evasion, all in the wake of hurricane Katrina. Nagin stirred national controversy with his erratic behavior after Katrina in 2005 breached floodwalls and inundated New Orleans, killing at least 1,500 people and leaving tens of thousands homeless. Prosecutors have asked for a stiff sentence of about 20 years, while Nagin´s attorney, citing his

White House: Texas
border is no ‘Katrina’
Politico, by Jonathan Topaz    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 7/9/2014 8:29:13 AM     Post Reply
A top White House official on Wednesday defended President Barack Obama’s response to the Texas border crisis and rejected the notion that it could become the president’s “Katrina.” “It doesn’t make sense to compare this to a natural disaster,” White House Domestic Policy Council Director Cecilia Muñoz said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” when asked about the Hurricane Katrina comparison. “This is a humanitarian situation that we have been on top of from the very beginning.” Earlier this week, Democratic Rep. Henry Cuellar, whose Texas district is situated along the U.S.-Mexico border, said he hoped Obama’s decision not to visit the

Shocking moment ISIS militants take
sledgehammers to Mosul tomb of
Prophet Jonah as more than 50
blindfolded bodies are found
massacred south of Baghdad
Daily Mail [UK], by Sophie Jane Evans    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/9/2014 8:25:44 AM     Post Reply
This is the shocking moment ISIS militants took sledgehammers to Iraqi tombs - smashing them to pieces. The rebels, who are members of the Islamic State terror group, were filmed attacking centuries-old graves in the north-west city of Mosul in Ninevah province. Donning balaclavas and black coats, they swung sledgehammers into the tombs, causing pieces of dust and stone to fly through the air. One of the devastated tombstones belonged to the Prophet Jonah (Younis in Arabic) and was revered by Muslims and Christians alike, according to Iraqi authorities. The Prophet, whom the Hebrew Bible´s Book of Jonah is written on, is best

  


  

‘Astonishing’ new twist
in Alps murder inquiry
Daily Express [UK], by Mark Reynolds, Peter Allen    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/9/2014 8:08:07 AM     Post Reply
The slaughter of a British family in the Alps took an extraordinary twist yesterday when police revealed that one of the victims had a secret former husband who died in the US on the very same day--possibly killed by a poisoned dart. [Snip] But police yesterday revealed that Iqbal had a “secret ex-husband” who died in mysterious circumstances in Natchez, Mississippi, on the day the family were gunned down in their car while on holiday in the Alps in September 2012. Benoit Vinnemann, a senior police commander working on the case, said the “family secret” may have provided a motive for

Our Conservative Popular Culture
Tribune Content Agency LLC, by Jonah Goldberg    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 7/9/2014 7:55:52 AM     Post Reply
In the film Obvious Child, Jenny Slate plays Donna Stern, a stand-up comedian who specializes in making jokes about her private parts, with the occasional foray into fart humor. She is about to go onstage. Her friend offers her some encouragement: “You are going to kill it out there!” Donna replies: “I actually have an appointment to do that tomorrow.” Donna’s talking about her abortion appointment. Get it? It’s funny because it’s true. Or if you’re like me, you think it’s not funny because it’s true. Many critics think it’s funny. One dubbed it “far and away the most winning abortion-themed

Texas Rep. Lamar Smith: Not "a Single
Penny" To Obama Until He Secures Border
Breitbart Big Government, by Caroline May    Original Article
Posted By: SpeedMaster- 7/9/2014 7:50:05 AM     Post Reply
Congress should not provide the Obama administration with any additional funding until it uses current resources to secure the border and confront illegal immigration, according to Texas Republican Rep. Lamar Smith. “This isn’t a funding problem, it’s an enforcement problem. Rather than enforce our nation’s immigration laws, the President has chosen to ignore them. Instead, he continues to call for massive amnesty for millions of illegal immigrants,” Smith said. Tuesday, President Obama submitted his emergency funding request to Congress – seeking $3.7 billion to deal with the ongoing influx of unaccompanied children and family units illegally entering the United States.

BBC Investigation:
#GazaUnderAttack Images Are Not Reliable
Breitbart London [UK], by Abe Katsman    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/9/2014 7:47:26 AM     Post Reply
The BBC has investigated, and found inaccurate, numerous graphic images which are being shared on social media to show how people in Gaza have been affected by the renewed tensions with Israel. [Snip] Over the past week the hashtag #GazaUnderAttack has been used hundreds of thousands of times to distribute pictures claiming to show the effects of the Israeli airstrikes on Gaza’s population. Some of the images are of the current situation in Gaza, but a #BBCtrending analysis has found that many images date as far back as 2009 and others are from conflicts in Syria and Iraq.

  


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Ventura suit off to heated start
as author’s widow takes stand
Star-Tribune [Minneapolis, MN], by Randy Furst    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 7/9/2014 7:45:35 AM     Post Reply
The widow of a former Navy SEAL engaged in some testy exchanges with an attorney for Jesse Ventura during the opening day of a trial of a defamation lawsuit filed by the former governor. Taya Kyle suggested several times that attorney David B. Olson was misstating the testimony she gave during sworn depositions before the trial. Ventura’s lawsuit claims that he was defamed in “American Sniper” by Kyle’s late husband, Chris, a former Navy SEAL, and that he slandered Ventura by repeating the false account of a bar fight in Coronado, Calif., in radio and TV interviews, undermining Ventura’s reputation. A 10-member jury

Gaza wakes up to the devastation
caused by 160 overnight airstrikes
as Israel launches its biggest
offensive in two years
Daily Mail [UK], by Leon Watson*    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/9/2014 7:41:45 AM     Post Reply
The Israeli army has launched its biggest offensive in nearly two years on the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, killing more than 20 Palestinians in airstrikes on 160 sites. Army spokesman Lt. Col. Peter Lerner says warplanes early Wednesday attacked sites including Hamas command centers and rocket launchers. The offensive has set off the heaviest fighting between Israel and the Islamic militant group Hamas since an eight-day battle in November 2012. Militants unleashed rocket salvos deep into Israeli territory, and Israel mobilized thousands of forces along the Gaza border for a possible ground invasion into the Palestinian territory. According to reports, at

Obama heads to Texas with
no plans to visit border
Associated Press, by Julie Pace    Original Article
Posted By: Flyright- 7/9/2014 7:28:37 AM     Post Reply
For President Barack Obama, the humanitarian crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border is increasingly becoming a political liability, giving Republicans a fresh opportunity to question his administration´s competence and complicating the debate over the nation´s fractured Still, Obama is resisting calls to visit the border during his two-day fundraising trip to Texas, where he arrives late Wednesday afternoon. Instead, Obama will hold a meeting hundreds of miles away in Dallas to discuss the crisis with faith leaders and Texas officials, including Republican Gov. Rick Perry. Obama´s trip comes one day after he asked Congress for $3.7 billion in emergency spending to

ObamaCare Enrollment
Numbers Unreliable, Audit Finds
Investor´s Business Daily, by John Merline    Original Article
Posted By: RustMB- 7/9/2014 6:59:59 AM     Post Reply
Buried in a largely overlooked government audit of the Obama-Care exchanges is a finding that casts still more doubt on the reliability of the 8 million enrollment number commonly cited by the administration and the press. In a section titled "Other Issues," an inspector general report released last week found that the HealthCare.gov marketplace couldn´t show it had been reconciling its monthly enrollment numbers with insurance companies. That´s despite the fact that the law specifically calls for this reconciliation, and the fact that, as the IG report notes, "the federal marketplace obtained the services of a contractor to reconcile enrollment

  


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A Window Opens Onto
the Left-Wing Conspiracy
Powerline, by John Hinderaker    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 7/9/2014 6:13:18 AM     Post Reply
The Democracy Alliance is not a famous organization, but it deserves to be. The Alliance consists of approximately 100 rich liberals who have taken upon themselves the task of coordinating America’s many left-wing organizations to promote a single radical agenda. The Alliance does not publicize the names of its members, but it held a conference for its “partners” and membership prospects in April, at the Ritz Carlton Hotel (naturally) in Chicago. Someone who attended the conference unfortunately (heh) left his or her copy of the documents passed out by the Democracy Alliance behind, and they eventually fell into the wrong

White House Strong-Arms Photo
Agency to Quash Malia Photos
TMZ, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 7/9/2014 5:36:45 AM     Post Reply
Malia Obama went to a famous L.A. restaurant Monday night -- a restaurant regularly frequented by celebs and paparazzi -- and when the White House found out a photog took her pic, they went into DEFCON 1 to KILL the photos. The 16-year-old went to Gjelina in Venice, CA with some friends. The photog got the pic as Malia walked out and then sent it to the AKM-GSI agency to sell. The agency posted the pic on its website for media outlets to purchase, but several hours later The First Lady´s Office called AKM-GSI and asked them to please take the

Rick Perry grabs the
mic on border crisis
Politico, by Katie Glueck    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/9/2014 5:27:47 AM     Post Reply
Rick Perry two-stepped his way back into the national spotlight this week, using the crisis at the border to skewer President Barack Obama while pumping up his own conservative bona fides. The Republican Texas governor, who’s mulling over a 2016 presidential bid, has appeared on national TV to trash the White House’s response to the unusual influx of children at the border. He also seized headlines when he declined to simply greet Obama at the airport during a presidential visit this week, and instead pushed for a face-to-face meeting.

After 101 days in Mexican prison, Marine
Sgt. Tahmooressi to get day in court
Fox News, by Joseph J. Kolb    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 7/9/2014 5:17:39 AM     Post Reply
On his 101st day in captivity in Mexico, Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi will finally get his day in court Wednesday before a federal judge in Tijuana. Because of delays prompted by both Mexico´s unpredictable legal system and Tahmooressi´s trouble settling on a lawyer, the hearing will be the first time a judge gets to hear directly from the 26-year-old veteran of two tours in Afghanistan. Although his new lawyer is urging caution, Tahmooressi´s mother said the family hopes federal Judge Victor Octavio Luna Escobedo will free him. "Andrew expressed his hope to be released on Wednesday as the judge will

Harry Reid Apparently Thinks
Clarence Thomas Is White
Daily Caller, by Chuck Ross    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 7/9/2014 5:12:48 AM     Post Reply
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is so angry over the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision in the Hobby Lobby contraception case last week that he apparently forgot Justice Clarence Thomas is black. The Nevada Democrat lamented the court’s ruling which allows Hobby Lobby and other for-profit companies with religious objections to certain forms of contraception to avoid providing them to employees in health insurance plans mandated under Obamacare. Hobby Lobby approves of 16 out of 20 forms of contraception that have been approved by the FDA. “People are going to have to walk down here and vote, and if they vote with the five

  



Spying Case Left Obama
in Dark, U.S. Officials Say
New York Times, by Mark Mazzetti and Mark Landler    Original Article
Posted By: pineledger- 7/9/2014 5:10:48 AM     Post Reply
Washington--When President Obama placed a call to Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany last Thursday, he had a busy agenda: to consult with a close ally and to mobilize wavering Europeans to put more pressure on Russia to end its covert incursions in Ukraine.What Mr. Obama did not know was that a day earlier, a young German intelligence operative had been arrested and had admitted that he had been passing secrets to the Central Intelligence Agency.While Ms. Merkel chose not to raise the issue during the call, the fact that the president was kept in the dark about the blown spying

Hillary Clinton is past her time
Washington Examiner [DC], by Noemie Emery    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/9/2014 5:07:13 AM     Post Reply
Fate hasn´t been kind to Hillary Clinton, at least not in its most recent phase. In 2008, when the plate was set for the national Democrats, she lost the nomination to Barack Obama, of scant years and no gravitas, who soared out of nowhere to wrench destiny from her on the unspecified promise of "change." Now, "change" has come, and people don´t like it. Iraq changed from a safe, stable ally (just ask Obama) to a terrorist haven, one of the reasons why, though no fellow Democrats seem likely to edge her, her chances of winning the White House seem dim. Between

A Dreadful Inexorability
National Review Online, by Askold Krushelnycky    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/9/2014 5:00:22 AM     Post Reply
Serious sources are predicting that Russian president Vladimir Putin will send his forces into Ukraine — possibly under the guise of peacekeeping forces, as he did in Georgia in 2008. The chief of Ukraine’s national-security council has stated that the risk of Russian incursions is very high. And a Moscow source of mine with links to the Russian foreign ministry — who has previously provided accurate information — has said that Putin is considering sending in his forces within the next few days. A member of the German Bundestag, Marieluise Beck, has said that senior Russian diplomats have warned Berlin that Moscow’s

Chart and economic fact of the day:
Texas has added one million jobs since
2007 vs. only 24,900 jobs in California
American Enterprise, by Mark J. Perry    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/9/2014 4:58:13 AM     Post Reply
The chart above displays the changes in payroll employment since December 2007 (the start of the Great Recession and when employment levels nationally and in most states peaked) through May of this year in the states of Texas and California. Here are some observations: 1. By May of 2011, Texas had regained all of the jobs lost during the Great Recession. In contrast, it took California three years longer, until April of this year, to regain the state jobs lost due to the effects of the recession. Since the Lone Star State regained all of the lost recession-related payroll jobs

Chicago Democrats a protected
species on the national stage
Chicago Tribune, by John Kass    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 7/9/2014 4:51:37 AM     Post Reply
Prominent Chicago Democrats have had an easy time with the national media for decades — as easy as shaking a ring of keys to distract an anxious child in church. Former Mayor Richard M. Daley rode a bicycle in photo ops and put a few plants on the roof of City Hall, leading the national news networks to cast him as the "green" mayor, not as the absolute boss of a broken and corrupt political system that piled debt on the city and drained its future for the benefit of the insiders. President Barack Obama appeared on the late-night talk shows as

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