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Mother of police officer killed by drunk
illegal immigrant driver pens furious
letter to Obama after authorities failed
to deport him following earlier arrests
Daily Mail [UK], by Lydia Warren    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/11/2014 10:10:34 PM     Post Reply
The mother of an off-duty police officer who was killed by a wrong-way illegal immigrant driver has written a furious letter to President Obama demanding to know why the man was not deported after being convicted of a crime. Mary Ann Mendoza, who lost her son Sgt. Brandon Mendoza in the horror crash in Mesa, Arizona in May, expressed her anger that the driver, Raul Silva-Corona, was not sent back to Mexico two decades ago after he carried out crimes in Colorado. ´The prosecutors were "lenient" on him and several charges were dismissed,´ she wrote in the letter. ´When he was convicted of

House spending chairman shoot
down Obama´s $3.7B border crisis
request as Democrats object
Associated Press, by Erica Werner    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/11/2014 10:09:27 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON— A key Republican said Friday that President Barack Obama´s multibillion-dollar emergency request for the border is too big to get through the House, as a growing number of Democrats rejected policy changes Republicans are demanding as their price for approving any money. The developments indicated that Obama faces an uphill climb as he pushes Congress to approve $3.7 billion to deal with tens of thousands of unaccompanied kids who´ve been arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border from poor and increasingly violent Central American nations. And they suggested that even as the children keep coming, any final resolution is likely weeks

Issa accuses State Department
of dodging Benghazi questions
in 37-page letter
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/11/2014 9:45:57 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON – Top Republican Rep. Darrell Issa Friday accused the State Department of trying to repeatedly dodge congressional efforts to look into the 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya. The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee chairman sent a 37-page letter to the newly-created House Select Committee on Benghazi detailing attempts he claimed were made to sidestep providing documents and answering questions about the attack from September 2012 until May 2014. Issa said the State Department promised to cooperate with Congress but failed to actually provide information requested and missed many

  


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´Give Me a Break´: Megyn Reacts to
Pelosi´s Office Saying She "Misspoke"
About Hobby Lobby Ruling
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/11/2014 9:43:08 PM     Post Reply
Thursday night on The Kelly File, Megyn took on House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s comments that the Supreme Court’s ruling on Hobby Lobby is “frightening” because it was decided by five men. Megyn said in reaction, “If Speaker John Boehner made a similar comment about the female Supreme Court justices, Nancy Pelosi would be crying sexism – and that’s what she is guilty of here.” Today, PolitiFact looked into Pelosi’s comments and rated it false. When the fact-checking site called her office, they said Pelosi “misspoke.” “She misspoke? What part? When she said five guys were determining what forms of

He´s baaaack!: Romney destroys all other
potential Republicans in N.H. presidential
primary poll (but Chris Christie leads
the field if Mitt doesn´t run)
Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/11/2014 9:06:26 PM     Post Reply
Chris Christie narrowly leads the pack of potential Republican presidential candidates in a poll of New Hampshire residents released Friday, but Mitt Romney crushes the competition when his name is added to the field. Christie, the cantankerous and controversial New Jersey governor, emerged as the most polarizing name on a list of 13 politicians presented during a phone poll between June 19 and July 1. While 46 per cent of New Hampshire Republicans like him, another 36 per cent don´t. And he topped the list when GOP respondents were asked who they definitely would not vote for. But with 19 per cent support

Democrat Congressman: Tax Drivers
for Every Mile They Drive
Cybercast News Service, by Penny Starr    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/11/2014 9:02:22 PM     Post Reply
While the House and the Senate this week issued measures intended to temporarily replenish the Highway Trust Fund before it runs out of money next month, Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) ended the week by proposing to hike - then abolish - the federal fuel tax and replace it with a per-mile “fee.” “The policy development that I’m most excited about and that will reinforce the right practices for the future: After we raise the gas tax, we should abolish it,” Blumenauer said on Friday at the liberal Center for American Progress in Washington, D.C. “The time is right to replace the gas tax, because it’s no longer an accurate reflection of road

Border Patrol Agent Hospitalized with
Pneumonia Caught from an Illegal Immigrant,
Expected to Have Lifelong Complications
National Review Online, by Ryan Lovelace    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 7/11/2014 9:02:08 PM     Post Reply
A Border Patrol agent from the Laredo, Texas, Sector has been hospitalized for seven days with bacterial pneumonia, which the agent contracted while processing illegal immigrants, officials from National Border Patrol Council 2455 tell National Review Online. Agent Jarrad Seely, vice president of NBPC 2455, says the agent is expected to have chronic asthmatic symptoms for life, according to information relayed by the agent. The illness has so swollen the agent’s throat that it’s difficult for the agent to speak, Seely says. “It’s a very traumatic experience for [the agent] and [the agent’s] family,” he says. “[The agent’s] got small

  


  

The Government Agency that Supposedly
Deports Illegal Aliens Is About to
Run Out Of Money
PJ Media, by Bryan Preston    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/11/2014 8:58:15 PM     Post Reply
Who even knows what’s true anymore? The same administration that is watching 57,000 kids just stroll across the border, while claiming that the same border is more secure than ever before, now says that funds to deport are getting low. Even though actual deportations — not the phony ones that the administration claimed for years — are down overall. The Homeland Security agency responsible for removing immigrants who are in the country illegally will run out of money by mid-August unless Congress approves President Barack Obama’s emergency request for $3.7 billion to help deal with a flood of child immigrants crossing the

Jesse Jackson: Good to Help
Immigrants, But Obama Can’t
‘Abandon Urban America’
Mediaite, by Josh Feldman    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/11/2014 8:44:38 PM     Post Reply
Reverend Jesse Jackson sat down with Greta Van Susteren on Fox tonight and basically took on President Obama for pushing for billions of dollars to help young illegal immigrants at the border, but not making that kind of commitment to places like Chicago. Jackson said helping these poor children is obviously a good, moral thing to do, but Obama can’t just “abandon urban America” in the process. Jackson said that there is a crisis going on in Chicago right now, with guns and drugs coming into the city while more jobs are heading out. He said things have gotten so bloody and tragic, it’s time for federal intervention.

Rubio: I can beat Hillary
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Rachel Huggins    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/11/2014 8:39:38 PM     Post Reply
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) believes he can beat Hillary Clinton in the race for the 2016 presidency. "Multiple people can beat her. Hillary Clinton is not unbeatable," the GOP presidential hopeful told radio host Hugh Hewitt in an interview Friday. When asked whether he´s concerned about Clinton´s extensive foreign policy background if he or another Republican candidate ran against her, Rubio quickly slammed the potential Democratic frontrunner. "I´d ask her: You were the secretary of State during the first four years of the Obama administration, name one significant foreign policy achievement, now or after you

Babe Ruth made his major
league debut 100 years ago
Fox News, by Edmund DeMarche    Original Article
Posted By: cjjeepercreeper- 7/11/2014 8:38:34 PM     Post Reply
George Herman “Babe” Ruth played his first Major League Baseball game 100 years ago Friday, marking the beginning of a legendary career and legacy that lasted decades. One hundred years after Ruth took to the Fenway Park mound and tossed seven innings against the Cleveland Naps, he is still known to any Pee Wee league player trying to break in a glove today as simply, "The Babe." Ruth, who was 19 and, according to one teammate, looked like a "big overgrown pea" at the start of the game, went on to play for 22 years, 15 of those with the

  


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Rick Perry´s Moment
Power Line, by Paul Mirengoff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/11/2014 8:33:12 PM     Post Reply
The crisis at our southern border, coupled with President Obama’s visit to Texas, has propelled Rick Perry back into the limelight. And Perry has made the most of this unexpected opportunity. Perry would like to be known nationally for more than his embarrassing run for president during the last cycle. In the words of this article from Buzz Feed, the border crisis has enabled him “to be out in front on an issue he knows well: the border.” According to the same article, Perry’s expertise “was on display when [he] took his spot in front of the dais” at a Homeland Security field hearing on border crisis last week.

This Washington Post puff piece on
President Obama´s recent fundraising
tour is really something else
Washington Examiner, by T. Becket Adams    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/11/2014 8:29:33 PM     Post Reply
Juliet Eilperin at the Washington Post gained some amount of notoriety earlier this year after she penned an embarrassing and now-debunked attack on Charles and David Koch, the libertarian-leaning bogeymen of the left. And now she has authored what may be this year´s silliest puff piece for the Obama administration. His second term halfway over, President Obama is “trying to free himself from the constraints of office,” Eilperin wrote in an article on the front page of Friday´s paper. And despite Obama´s many critics who have questioned the wisdom of him crisscrossing the country to attend Democratic fundraisers rather than sort out

Accusing Obama Of Overreach,
Prominent Republicans Look To
Attorney General Candidates
Daily Caller, by Alex Pappas    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/11/2014 8:24:30 PM     Post Reply
Dick Cheney threw his support behind a candidate in Nevada. Rudy Giuliani and Donald Trump hosted a fundraiser for one in Florida. As President Obama finds himself accused by Republicans of executive overreach, prominent conservatives are emphasizing the importance of getting Republicans elected to attorney general in states across the country. “President Obama has proven he’s willing to violate all laws and the Constitution to enact his radical agenda,” Jessica Medeiros Garrison, the executive director of the group the Republican Attorneys General Association, told The Daily Caller. “That puts the attorneys general on the

Sheila Jackson Lee Says Border’s ‘Under
Control.’ Her Website Disagrees [Video]
Daily Caller, by Chuck Ross    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/11/2014 8:20:04 PM     Post Reply
A prominent Democrat on the U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security seems to have two different interpretations of the situation at the southern U.S. border where tens of thousands of illegal immigrants from Central America have been apprehended. “I disagree it is in devastating condition,” Texas Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee said of what some are calling a “border crisis” in an interview Thursday with MSNBC. “I think with now 21,000 border patrol agents is under control.” But her statement seems to contradict the one currently on Jackson Lee’s congressional website. “She believes that our country currently has deficient border

  


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CDC discovers botched shipment
with bird flu, closes down labs
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Ferdous Al-Faruque    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/11/2014 8:09:49 PM     Post Reply
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Friday said it has closed two laboratories and halted some shipments of dangerous disease samples after discovering new safety breaches, including one that involved the dangerous avian flu. The CDC, which is already under fire for safety mishaps involving live anthrax, said samples that were sent in March to the Department of Agriculture for research were contaminated with the highly infections virus H5N1. The flu samples from the Roybal Campus in Atlanta were destroyed as soon as the CDC realized the mistake. CDC Director Thomas Frieden said he didn’t learn about the incident

White House says ´14 budget
deficit to be $583 billion
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Rebecca Shabad    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/11/2014 8:06:32 PM     Post Reply
The White House budget office on Friday projected the 2014 budget deficit would be $583 billion, about $66 billion less than projected earlier this year. In the mid-session review by the Office of Management and Budget, the administration found the deficit would be 3.4 percent of GDP and nearly $1 billion less than last year’s deficit. Acting OMB Director Brian Deese touted the recent decline in unemployment as a factor in the lower deficit projection. “Businesses have added nearly 10 million new jobs over the past 52 months,” he wrote in a blog post. Deese also cited rising home prices as lifting more

Chimpanzees´ intelligence depends
on their genes, study says
Agencia EFE [Madrid, Spain], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 7/11/2014 7:46:45 PM     Post Reply
Almost half the differences in chimpanzees´ intelligence is due to their genetic heritage, according to a study published in Current Biology magazine and which contributes to understanding the cognitive abilities of primates, including humans. The research was headed by Jennifer Shaeffer and William Hopkins of the Neuroscience Institute of Georgia State University and Jami Russell of the Yerkes National Primate Research Center in Atlanta. The authors recalled that the role played by genes in human IQ has been a matter of debate for ages. "As is the case in humans, genes matter when it comes to cognitive abilities in chimpanzees. It doesn´t mean

Egyptian Cleric: Muslim Brotherhood
Authorizes ´Anal Jihad´ for Lonely Terrorists
- Thread Closed
Breitbart Big Peace, by Frances Martel    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 7/11/2014 7:43:09 PM     Post Reply
An Egyptian cleric formerly known as the "preacher of the revolution" during the revolt against President Hosni Mubarak warned Egyptian television viewers this week that Muslim Brotherhood sheiks have issued a fatwa permitting "anal jihad" for terrorists far from their wives, which is exactly what it sounds like. (snip) In another example of homosexuality surfacing as an alleged element of jihad, a parody of the jihadist group The Islamic State (formerly the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham) on Palestinian television implied that its members were gay, calling them "ISISsy"s.

U.S. Medicaid enrollment nears
7 million since Obamacare rollout
Reuters, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 7/11/2014 7:28:14 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON - New enrollments in Obamacare´s Medicaid expansion and other healthcare programs for the poor have reached 6.7 million people since the launch of President Barack Obama´s healthcare reforms last year, the administration said on Friday. The figures, which include state Medicaid plans that existed before Obamacare and the Children´s Health Insurance Program, show enrollment climbing by 920,000 people during May, the latest month for which data is available. All told, new enrollments are up 11.4 percent since last October´s Obamacare rollout. Eight million Americans have also signed up for private health insurance through new state-based Obamacare insurance marketplaces. But while private

  



Harry Potter actor Dave Legeno
dead in Death Valley
BBC News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: SoCalGal- 7/11/2014 7:23:41 PM     Post Reply
A British actor who appeared in the Harry Potter film series has been found dead in a remote part of California´s Death Valley, authorities say. Mixed martial arts fighter Dave Legeno, 50, was found by hikers on Sunday and his body was recovered by helicopter. There were no signs of foul play and it is believed he died from the heat, an initial coroner´s examination found. He appeared as werewolf Fenrir Greyback in three Harry Potter movies, including both Deathly Hallows films. "It appears that Legeno died of heat-related issues, but the Inyo County coroner will determine the final cause of death," the Inyo

Florida’s political landscape
upended with ruling
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: SoCalGal- 7/11/2014 7:18:32 PM     Post Reply
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida’s political landscape is being upended by a landmark legal ruling that one legal expert says could influence the way other states draw their congressional districts. A circuit judge ruled late Thursday that the state Legislature illegally drew Florida’s congressional districts to primarily benefit the Republican Party. Judge Terry Lewis ruled that two of the state’s 27 congressional districts were invalid and that the map must be redrawn. Justin Levitt, a law professor at Loyola Law School who tracks redistricting cases, called the decision a “big victory” for Florida’s voters that could be a model for other states to

UPDATE 3-U.S. anthrax probe
reveals new bird flu mishap,
widespread safety lapses
Reuters, by Julie Steenhuysen and Sharon Begley    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 7/11/2014 7:14:56 PM     Post Reply
Federal health officials on Friday disclosed a new safety breach at a high-security U.S. government laboratory involving dangerous avian flu, a lapse that came to light as they investigated the potential exposure of researchers to live anthrax bacteria. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said an internal probe found multiple failures by individual scientists and a lack of agency-wide safety policies led to the potential exposure of more than 80 lab workers to live anthrax at its Atlanta campus last month. Researchers in a high-security bioterror lab sent samples of what they thought were inactivated bacteria to colleagues in

Center for American Progress
wants mileage-based highway fee
The Hill (Washington, D.C.), by Keith Laing    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 7/11/2014 7:06:22 PM     Post Reply
The Center for American Progress is calling for Congress to ditch the federal gas tax in lieu of a system where drivers pay fees for road construction based on how many miles they travel. The proposed mileage-based system has been controversial in previous transportation funding debates because critics question how government would monitor the traveling habits of drivers without infringing upon their privacy. But the Center for American Progress said Friday that taxing drivers based on how far they drive is a much more sustainable system than the current 18.4 cents per gallon federal gas tax. With people driving more

Man who tried to get wife
deported in frame-up faces same fate
Sun-Times [Chicago, IL], by Stefano Esposito    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/11/2014 6:55:15 PM     Post Reply
Dressed in a somber suit, Bogdan Mazur stood before the Illinois Prisoner Review Board this week and begged the panel not to tear his family apart. Portraying himself as an adoring father, the 53-year-old Oswego man was mostly met with befuddled looks from the four-member panel. In 2007, Mazur arranged for cocaine, marijuana and a .22 caliber handgun to be planted in the trunk of his estranged wife’s car — in a failed attempt to get her deported to her native Poland. (Snip) Now, Mazur faces deportation. He’s a citizen of both Australia and Poland, a felon living in the United States on a long-expired visa.

Hagel: US Aware of Russian,
Iranian Roles in Iraq
Associated Press, by Robert Burns    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/11/2014 6:41:37 PM     Post Reply
The U.S. knows Russia and Iran are providing fighter aircraft to help Iraq combat Islamic extremists, but Washington is not coordinating assistance with either Russia or Iran, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Friday. Hagel was asked at a Pentagon news conference about reports that Iranian and Russian planes are flying combat missions over northern Iraq and why Washington is not seeking to coordinate with them. "We are aware of the Iranian and Russian efforts to help the Iraqis, but we are not involved in coordinating any missions," (Snip) A defense official said later that Hagel did not mean to suggest

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