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Greenwald Takes The Bait On
Pointless Snowden ´Scoop´
Breitbart´s Big Peace, by Steven Emerson    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/9/2014 7:16:31 PM     Post Reply
From The Investigative Project on Terrorism: In a story he touted for weeks as "the most important in the archive" of NSA documents given to him by NSA leaker Edward Snowden, Glenn Greenwald reported Wednesday that five Muslim American political activists have been subject to surveillance by the FBI or NSA. The story casts the five as victims of unjust persecution solely because they are Muslims (with one exception), or because of their political activity. "The five Americans whose email accounts were monitored by the NSA and FBI have all led highly public, outwardly exemplary lives," Greenwald and co-author Murtaza

Obama skitters, scampers and
scuttles away from failure
Washington Examiner, by Michael Barone    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/9/2014 7:11:15 PM     Post Reply
Skitter, scamper, scuttle. That seems to be the mode of the Obama administration of late. Skitter away from your red line in Syria. Scamper off to a meeting you´d previously nixed with Texas Gov. Rick Perry. Scuttle as much as the Constitution as you can, at least until you get called on it by 9-0 majorities in the Supreme Court, as the justices did on recess appointments, warrantless cellphone searches and $75,000 a day fines for disturbing supposed wetlands. It’s not a very effective way to make public policy and it tends to put you in an embarrassing public posture.

Why Mitt Romney should not be
the 2016 GOP Nominee
American Thinker, by S. John Massoud    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 7/9/2014 6:51:37 PM     Post Reply
Lately there has been a lot of buzz about having Mitt Romney as the GOP nominee in 2016. And there can be little doubt that many things Mitt talked about from 2007 to 2012 have come true (crumbling of Iraq, Putin being our number one geo-political foe, Obamacare not being workable). And while there was no bigger supporter of Mitt Romney than I was (for the record I was a member of a group called Evangelical Christians for Mitt Romney and I also managed several precincts in Shenandoah County Virginia for the Romney campaign during the 2012 primary) the fact

  


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Americans to Sarah Palin:
Please stop talking
Washington Examiner, by T. Becket Adams    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/9/2014 6:49:41 PM     Post Reply
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is the politician Americans most want to stop talking, according to a Wall Street Journal/NBC News survey that polled voters on their opinion of six public figures. The survey, which was conducted June 30-July 7, excluding July 4, found that a majority of voters — 52 percent — believe Palin should just “be quiet.” The mother of five children,* Palin actually scored lower marks than Jesse Jackson, whom 45 percent of respondents say should keep quiet, as well as former Vice President Dick Cheney, who polled at around 42 percent, and Newt Gingrich, who came in at

Sally Kohn: ‘This is
not a border crisis’
Hot Air, by Noah Rothman    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/9/2014 6:41:51 PM     Post Reply
This is odd. In an appearance on CNN addressing the crisis at the southern border, CNN contributor and The Daily Beast columnist was asked about the “optics” of the president failing to go to the border to see the situation with his own eyes. While Kohn said that she would go to the border in between Democratic fundraisers if she were the president, but simultaneously suggested that to demand he do so – an increasingly frequent phenomenon on the left – represents a double standard. That was not, however, the oddest of odd moments which occurred in this short segment. Seconds later,

Open thread: Obama to deliver
statement at 6:45 ET feigning
interest in border crisis
Hot Air, by Allahpundit    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/9/2014 6:38:23 PM     Post Reply
He’s busy with fundraisers today and probably bowling or miniature golf or something, but he’s going to squeeze in a few brief remarks on why he’s not much interested in summarily deporting the hundreds of thousands of illegals who are on their way from Central America. You ready? The long-awaited tarmac handshake with Perry is already on the books: He made a gesture of bipartisan comity today too ahead of his visit to the deep red state of Texas, saying of Republicans, “I don’t think they’re all terrible people. I think they love their families.” So we’ve got that going

Former IRS Director: IRS Scandal
Due to Budget Restrictions
Cybercast News Service, by Ali Meyer    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/9/2014 6:25:40 PM     Post Reply
A former IRS director said Tuesday that IRS mismanagement was due to budget restrictions and a backlog of applications, claiming it had nothing to do with tax-exempt organizations. “This issue with the IRS performance has been building for a long time, and critical decisions were made actually back in 2003. Training was cut back dramatically in 2003 because of budget restrictions,” said Marcus Owens, former director for the Exempt Organizations Division of the IRS for 10 years, during a panel discussion hosted by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) at the Capitol. “The backlog of applications was growing enormous –

  


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Lois Lerner Did Print Out
‘Some’ Emails, After All
Daily Caller, by Patrick Howley    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/9/2014 6:19:09 PM     Post Reply
Disgraced ex-IRS official Lois Lerner actually printed out some of her missing emails, according to a statement by her attorney. Lerner’s lawyer Bill Taylor initially claimed that Lerner did not print out and file her emails, as the Federal Records Act required her to do, before they allegedly went missing in a 2011 computer crash and her hard drive was “recycled” by the IRS. Taylor also claimed that Lerner “did not think it was required,” despite clear instructions for employees on the IRS website. But now the story is changing. Taylor told a Virginia-based publication Wednesday that Lerner printed out

Breitbart Texas Involved in Car
Chase and Capture of 20 Smuggled
Illegal Immigrants
Breitbart Texas, by Bob Price    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/9/2014 5:53:11 PM     Post Reply
FALFURRIAS, Texas—Solid police teamwork led to the capture and rescue of over 20 illegal aliens who were being smuggled into the U.S. The smuggling cargo was about to be dropped a few miles south of the U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint south of Falfurrias, Texas in Brooks County. During a ride-along with the volunteer police officers who are serving as reserve deputies for the Brooks County Sheriff’s Office, Reserve Deputy Daniel Walden (Donna Independent School District Acting Police Chief) observed a cargo van driving at a high speed in an area known as a drop off zone for illegal aliens. He

Violent crime in L.A. is up at
midyear point for first time since 2003
Los Angeles Times, by Kate Mather and Ben Poston    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 7/9/2014 5:31:47 PM     Post Reply
For first time in more than a decade, violent crime in Los Angeles rose during the first six months of the year, according to Los Angeles Police Department statistics. LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said the department was "very concerned" about the increase but also noted that overall crime, which includes property offenses such as burglaries, remains down. Violent crime was up 2.9%, with 8,610 crimes reported in the first six months of the year, compared with 8,371 reported during the first six months of 2013. The increase was driven by a jump in aggravated assaults, which were up 12% compared with

White House warns Dem rep to shut up
American Thinker, by Jeannie DeAngelis    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/9/2014 5:29:58 PM     Post Reply
U.S Representative Henry Roberto Cuellar a Democrat from Texas told Brian Kilmeade on Fox and Friends this morning that he´s already gotten a phone call from the White House, he wouldn´t say from whom, warning him to stop criticizing Obama on his handling of the border. Kilmeade mentioned to Cuellar that the WH doesn´t take kindly to Democrats criticizing the president and cited Corey Booker catching flak and then backtracking. Kilmeade pressed Cuellar about who called but the Congressman declined to say.

  


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UPDATE: White House plans for bowling
alley upgrades abruptly cancelled
Washington Times (D.C), by Dave Boyer    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/9/2014 5:23:34 PM     Post Reply
The Obama administration posted a notice Wednesday of its intention to rebuild the White House bowling alley with “green” materials, but cancelled the notice later in the day. The General Services Administration said in a notice posted online at 11:04 a.m. that it was looking to rebuild the two lanes located in the Eisenhower office building adjacent to the West Wing. But the notice was abruptly canceled at 4:05 p.m., after the proposed renovations were the subject of several news articles. In its original post, GSA said the objective “is to replace the current, damaged and out dated lanes, approaches,

City wants church to move little library
Lincoln Journal-Star, by Chris Heady    Original Article
Posted By: rosefenn- 7/9/2014 5:23:03 PM     Post Reply
A Little Free Library could end up costing Southminster United Methodist Church up to $500 in city fines. Neighbors installed the "take one, leave one" little library on the southwest corner of 16th and Otoe streets two weeks ago, and the city wants it moved. While the library itself doesn´t violate any code, Public Works Director Miki Esposito said its location — between the sidewalk and Otoe Street — violates a rule requiring property owners to keep the public right of way cleared.

Gov. Perry’s chat with Obama
will be aloft, on Marine One
Dallas Morning News, by Todd J. Gillman    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/9/2014 5:17:13 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — Gov. Rick Perry’s border summit with the president will take place in the most exclusive chopper in all the land, as Marine One whisks them across Dallas. Perry, one of Barack Obama’s loudest antagonists, requested a meeting on Monday during the president’s two-day Texas visit and pointedly pre-rejected any “quick handshake on the tarmac.” White House spokesman Josh Earnest revealed moments ago that this would indeed be no pedestrian encounter. “The president and Gov. Perry will board Marine One and it will fly to Dallas Love Field” from D/FW International Airport, where Air Force One will land shortly, Earnest

Rick Perry to greet
Obama on Dallas tarmac
Politico, by Katie Glueck    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/9/2014 5:04:06 PM     Post Reply
Texas Gov. Rick Perry is slated to greet President Barack Obama on the tarmac in Dallas on Wednesday ahead of a likely private meeting with him in the Lone Star State, a spokesman for the governor said. Perry, a Republican and potential 2016 presidential contender, has been pushing Obama to come to the Texas border with Mexico to see the influx of illegal immigrants, many of them minors, gathering there in what’s been described as a mounting humanitarian crisis. The governor had previously declined to greet the president at the Austin airport and, in a letter to the White House, asked

  


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5 Reasons Why New York Times Editorial
Today Is An Embarrassment To Journalism
Buzzfeed, by Israelinusa    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/9/2014 5:01:23 PM     Post Reply
1. The New York Times writes that “after days of near silence,” Prime Minister Netanyahu condemned the murder of a Palestinian teenager on Sunday. But Netanyahu called the murder “reprehensible” on Wednesday, the day it occurred, and the next day, in his first public appearance since the murder, again forcefully condemned the killing on prime-time national television. Early July 4th weekend for the entire New York Times editorial board? 2. The New York Times omits that Prime Minister Netanyahu called the father of the murdered boy yesterday to personally express his outrage and condemnation. Maybe the New York Times didn’t get that press

Top Obama official blasts Israel
for denying Palestinians
sovereignty, security, dignity
Times of Israel, by Raphael Ahren    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/9/2014 4:58:55 PM     Post Reply
Israel’s ongoing occupation of the West Bank is wrong and leads to regional instability and dehumanization of Palestinians, a top American government official said Tuesday in Tel Aviv, hinting that the current Israeli government is not committed to peace n an unusually harsh major foreign policy address, Philip Gordon, a special assistant to US President Barack Obama and the White House coordinator for the Middle East, appealed to Israeli and Palestinian leaders to make the compromises needed to reach a permanent peace agreement. Jerusalem “should not take for granted the opportunity to negotiate” such a treaty with Palestinian Authority President

Lawyer: Lerner may have
printed some emails
Politico, by Rachel Bade    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/9/2014 4:54:48 PM     Post Reply
The lawyer for ex-IRS official Lois Lerner on Wednesday walked back comments about whether she followed record-keeping laws and printed out official emails, saying she did make “some” such back-ups. William Taylor III of Zuckerman Spaeder late last month told POLITICO that Lerner, the former head of the tax exempt division that singled out tea party groups, did not print off and file her official emails because she didn’t know she had to. He later followed up with an email, writing: “Did she print out official records and file them[?] Answer. No, and she did not think it was required.”

Obama to set off bomb
in middle of midterms
Washington Post, by Greg Sargent    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/9/2014 4:52:39 PM     Post Reply
Now that Republicans have made it clear that they will not participate on any level in basic problem solving when it comes to our immigration crisis, it is now on Obama to determine just how far he can go unilaterally, particularly when it comes to easing the pace of deportations. This is going to be one of the most consequential decisions of his presidency in substantive, moral, and legal terms, and politically, it could set off a bomb this fall, in the middle of the midterm elections. I’m told there are currently internal discussions underway among Democrats over whether ambitious

Lois Lerner email: “we need to
be cautious about what we say in emails”
Legal Insurrection, by William A. Jacobson    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 7/9/2014 4:39:55 PM     Post Reply
Email incriminates Lerner in scheme to evade Congressional oversight. Darrell Issa has tweeted out an email exchange involving Lois Lerner in April 2013, in which she attempts to scope out what email records get retained, and cautions that because Congress may seek emails, “we need to be cautious about what we say in emails”. (snip) This evidences a consciousness of guilt, even if somewhat after the fact of the harassment of conservative groups. She’s also not the brightest bulb in the theater — if you are worried about saying incriminating things in emails because Congress may discover the emails, don’t

  



Obama, on Texas Trip, Will
Face Immigration Critics
New York Times, by Jackie Calmes    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/9/2014 4:19:03 PM     Post Reply
DENVER — President Obama is traveling to Texas on Wednesday and will come face-to-face with liberal and conservative critics of his government’s handling of a humanitarian crisis on the southern border, including Gov. Rick Perry. Just a day after Mr. Obama asked Congress for nearly $4 billion to address the influx of unaccompanied children, aides continue to say the president will not travel the extra distance to the Texas-Mexico border to see the detention centers where thousands of Central American immigrants have been held. He will, however, attend a previously planned immigration meeting in Dallas, as well as Democratic fund-raisers

Poll: Americans Want Sarah
Palin to Shut Up the Most
Mediaite, by Tina Daunt    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/9/2014 4:15:22 PM     Post Reply
A poll conducted by the Wall Street Journal, NBC News, and Annenberg finally gave a numerical answer to a question we at Mediaite often ask ourselves: Out of all political figures that should pipe down just a bit, which one should do it immediately? Answer: Sarah Palin. Overwhelmingly Sarah Palin, says America. 52% of surveyed American adults want Sarah Palin to “be quiet,” according to the poll taken between June 30 and July 7 (Snip) 45% of respondents added that they wanted Jesse Jackson to be quiet, too; followed by Dick Cheney (42%), Newt Gingrich (39%), Al Gore (37%), and

Obama’s immigration implosion
White House Dossier, by Keith Koffler    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/9/2014 4:08:56 PM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama is self-righteously grumbling that, having been stymied by Republicans in Congress, he’ll enact immigration reform on his own by voice vote in the West Wing. That is, via executive decree — his go-to method of governing given his crushing lack of success on Capitol Hill. But Obama’s promised executive actions will likely entomb immigration reform, which is already dead for the year, in the great sarcophagus of permanently missed opportunities that houses much of whatever it is Obama wanted to do or should have achieved. The demise of his immigration agenda was predictable because it was killed

Indiana agencies told to
ignore gay marriages
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: hoosier observer- 7/9/2014 3:53:55 PM     Post Reply
Indianapolis - Indiana Gov. Mike Pence´s office is telling state agencies act as if no gay marriages had been performed during three days following a federal court order.The memo from the governor´s chief counsel tells executive branch agencies to execute their functions as though the June 25 court order had not been issued. A federal judge in Indianapolis struck down the state´s gay marriage ban as unconstitutional that day, leading to hundreds of same-sex marriages around the state. But an appeals court stayed that ruling three days later after an appeal from the state attorney general´s office.

Utah to Appeal Gay Marriage
Ruling to High Court
Associated Press, by Brady McCombs    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 7/9/2014 3:44:51 PM     Post Reply
Utah is going straight to the U.S. Supreme Court to appeal a federal appeals court´s ruling that gay couples have a constitutional right to marry, the state attorney general´s office announced Wednesday. The state opted to challenge the decision with the nation´s highest court rather than request a review from the entire 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver. That option is now off the table, no matter what the high court decides. Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes´ office said in a statement the appeal will be filed in the coming weeks. "Attorney General Reyes has a sworn duty to

Sweeney says bus commuters
are treated like ´third-class
citizens,´ demands new terminal
Star-Ledger [Newark, NJ], by Steve Strunsky    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 7/9/2014 3:39:41 PM     Post Reply
Newark — State Senate President Steven Sweeney and Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg told the NJ Transit Board of Directors that more than 100,000 New Jersey commuters who use the Port Authority Bus Terminal are treated like "third class citizens," forced to endure frequent delays, crowded, hot waiting areas, a lack of Wi-Fi and other inconveniences at the end of every work day. (Snip) "If we were a private-sector entity, we would be out of business right now," Sweeney told board members at the agency´s monthly meeting this morning in Newark. "I would love it if it were the other

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