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Whistleblowers Tell Congress about
Culture of Retaliation at the VA
PJ Media, by Rodrigo Sermeño    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/12/2014 4:08:12 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON – Four whistleblowers at the Department of Veterans Affairs told a congressional panel about the forms of retaliation suffered after their attempts to report wrongdoing in the agency. Their testimony came as a federal investigative agency said it was examining 67 claims of retaliation by supervisors at the VA against employees who filed whistleblower complaints. Carolyn Lerner, who heads the U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC), said the complaints have come from 28 states and 45 separate facilities, including 25 complaints filed since June 1 – after a growing healthcare scandal involving falsified records

How liberalism became
an intolerant dogma
The Week, by Damon Linker    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/12/2014 4:02:04 AM     Post Reply
At the risk of sounding like Paul Krugman — who returns to a handful of cherished topics over and over again in his New York Times column — I want to revisit one of my hobby horses, which I most recently raised in my discussion of Hobby Lobby. My own cherished topic is this: Liberalism´s decline from a political philosophy of pluralism into a rigidly intolerant dogma. The decline is especially pronounced on a range of issues wrapped up with religion and sex. For a time, electoral self-interest kept these intolerant tendencies in check, since the strongly liberal position on

Memo to GOP: Let Obama own
immigration mess on our border
Fox News, by Liz Peek    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/12/2014 3:59:52 AM     Post Reply
Give him the money! Republicans in Congress need to stifle their hostility towards President Obama, and approve his emergency request for funds to alleviate our border disaster. Only by signing on for the $3.7 billion “fix” will the GOP place this “urgent humanitarian crisis” squarely in Mr. Obama’s lap, where it belongs. As House Speaker John Boehner recently said, Obama has been president for five and a half years; it’s time he took responsibility for something, and this border mess is a good place to start. The flood of young unaccompanied minors across our border is a catastrophe – for the children

  


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Afghan interpreters feeling
abandoned by U.S.
CBS News, by Jim Axelrod    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/12/2014 3:56:10 AM     Post Reply
SILVER SPRINGS, Md. -- After seven years translating for the highest levels of the U.S. and Afghan military, Hameed Afzali was a marked man. Afghans would see him interpreting on Afghanistan National Television, which instantly made him a target. A note from the Taliban left on the door of a family business threatened his family. "Don´t think that this is just a paper. I will get you there," the note read. He knew it was time to come to the U.S. "That was the only choice that we had. We had to move here." He secured one of 3,000 visas

Former Live-in Nanny Who Wouldn’t Leave
Says She Feels ´Taken Advantage of´
ABC News, by Lynn Redmond, Sabina Ghebredmedhin*    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 7/12/2014 3:50:55 AM     Post Reply
The former live-in nanny to a family that says she wouldn´t leave after they fired her over a month ago says she feels exploited and taken advantage of by them. “I think they´re people that try to get something for nothing,” Diane Stretton, who’s been living in her car, told ABC News’ “20/20” about Marcella and Ralph Bracamonte. “I think they´re very cheap, and I think that they try to use people.” The Bracamontes’ lawyer, Marc Cohen, says they now have to right to change the locks after Stretton vacated the property. Stretton has 18 days to collect her things, he claims.

Obama Relishes Roadshow,
But Agenda Still Stuck
Associated Press, by Julie Pace    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/12/2014 3:48:04 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON -- Welcome to Barack Obama´s split-screen presidency. On one side: a confident Obama making campaign-style stops around the country and ridiculing his political opponents to the delight of cheering supporters. On the other side: an increasingly unpopular president hobbled by gridlock on Capitol Hill and a steady stream of vexing foreign policy crises. Obama has long sought refuge outside of Washington when his frustrations with the nation´s capital reach a boiling point. But his ability to rally public support in a way that results in progress for his legislative agenda has perhaps never been weaker than it is as he nears

James´ return to Cleveland could
complicate GOP
Associated Press, by Philip Elliott    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/12/2014 2:29:30 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON— Celebrations aside, LeBron James´ decision to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers of the NBA could complicate the Republican Party´s plan to nominate its presidential contender on Lake Erie´s shores in 2016. If James leads his team into post-season play then, the GOP could find its preferred June 28 start date for the convention impossible because of the site conflict. Convention planners typically take weeks to customize the space with lights, seats and the traditional balloon drop from the rafters — impossible tasks if the Cavaliers go into post-season play. That leaves Republicans looking at their backup date of

  


  

Heard the News on George Clooney?
This Much Is True: He’s Livid
New York Times, by Ravi Somaiya & Christine Haughney    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/12/2014 2:23:27 AM     Post Reply
The tabloid headline might read something like this: Sexiest Man Alive Becomes Angriest Man Alive. This week, George Clooney condemned The Daily Mail, the British newspaper, after it reported that the Lebanese mother of his fiancée objected to their wedding on religious grounds. Relatives had joked about the death of the bride if she defied her mother’s wishes, the article said. “We have family members all over the world, and the idea that someone would inflame any part of that world for the sole reason of selling papers should be criminal,” Mr. Clooney wrote in a response published in USA

Israeli leader Netanyahu vows to
ignore international pressure to
cease military campaign in Gaza as
Palestinian death toll rises above 100
Daily Mail [UK], by John Hall, Stephanie Linning    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/12/2014 1:15:06 AM     Post Reply
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Friday that he would press forward with his country´s military offensive In the Gaza Strip, telling reporters that there was ´still more to go´ in the conflict that has already claimed more than 100 lives. He defended the attacks by Israeli forces in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip, saying that they are part of a determined effort to halt rocket fire by Palestinian militants. His comments come amid growing pressure from a number of international leaders to cease the military campaign - which has seen Israel attack more than 1,000 targets since Tuesday.

Matthews: Tea Party Treats Ayn
Rand´s ´Atlas Shrugged´ ´Like It´s
the Little Red Book of Mao´
Newsbusters, by Matthew Balan    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 7/12/2014 12:22:58 AM     Post Reply
On Friday´s Hardball, Chris Matthews and Howard Dean slammed the supposedly "lunatic" Republican Party for opposing President Obama´s $3.7 billion request to deal with the ongoing crisis at the U.S-Mexico border. Dean likened the political stalemate over this issue and in general in Washington to McCarthyism in the 1950s: "It reminds me of the ´who lost China´ debate...where one side is frothing at the mouth and finding communists under every bed; and the other side – including some reasonable Republicans...actually trying to run the country." Matthews endorsed the former Vermont governor´s take, and targeted fiscal conservatives/the Tea Party as somehow

Despite roadblocks, UAW finds
a new path in the South
Tennessean [Nashville, TN], by G. Chambers Williams III    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 7/12/2014 12:10:05 AM     Post Reply
CHATTANOOGA — In a move that is unusual but not unprecedented, the United Auto Workers union has sidestepped its loss in a worker vote in February and created a local union to represent workers at the Volkswagen plant in Tennessee. And what´s surprising, considering decades of fierce anti-union efforts from the other foreign-transplant automakers in the South, this time the union has the tacit approval of Volkswagen itself. "We have a consensus agreement with Volkswagen management to form the local and be recognized when we get a majority of the workers to join," said UAW International Secretary-Treasurer Gary Casteel of

  


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Sniper heaven: Pentagon’s self-
guided bullets leave enemies
nowhere to hide
Washington Times, by Douglas Ernst    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 7/11/2014 11:40:29 PM     Post Reply
The research arm dedicated to creating breakthrough technology for the Pentagon has shared video of a successful test of self-guided bullets. The Pentagon´s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency conducted a test April 21 with Teledyne Scientific & Imaging. Video posted to YouTube earlier this month shows a round with a ballistic path far from its intended target. As the round makes its way along the errant trajectory it suddenly curves, corrects itself and hits the intended target. DARPA had a promising prototype for its Extreme Accuracy Tasked Ordinance (EXACTO) .50-caliber bullets in 2012, but the new video confirms that the

Gutter politics: Bush already fixed
bowling lanes Obama wants to
renovate with ‘green’ materials
Washington Times, by Dave Boyer    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 7/11/2014 11:37:18 PM     Post Reply
When Obama administration officials revealed plans this week to rebuild the White House’s bowling lanes, they failed to mention that the George W. Bush administration paid for a renovation of the facility just before President Obama took office. A former official in the Bush White House, John Dorff, said the bowling lanes in the basement of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building were rebuilt in 2007-08 in a project that took several months to complete. The renovations were needed to repair water damage caused by an unrelated construction project in the building. “Our office worked with Brunswick to replace and repair

U.S. does pointless damage to
its relationship with Germany
Washington Post, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 7/11/2014 11:29:14 PM     Post Reply
THE LATEST blow-up between the United States and Germany over spying suggests that the Obama administration has not been observing the president’s pithiest foreign policy maxim, “Don’t do stupid [stuff].” For a year relations with Berlin have been strained by disclosures of National Security Agency surveillance of German communications and the subsequent refusal of the Obama administration to accept Chancellor Angela Merkel’s demand for a no-spying agreement. When it was revealed last fall that Ms. Merkel’s cellphone had been monitored, President Obama rightly stopped the operation; he had previously ordered a review of foreign

Isolationist policies make the
threat of terrorism even greater
Washington Post, by Rick Perry    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 7/11/2014 11:26:48 PM     Post Reply
As a veteran, and as a governor who has supported Texas National Guard deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, I can understand the emotions behind isolationism. Many people are tired of war, and the urge to pull back is a natural, human reaction. Unfortunately, we live in a world where isolationist policies would only endanger our national security even further. That’s why it’s disheartening to hear fellow Republicans, such as Sen. Rand Paul (Ky.), suggest that our nation should ignore what’s happening in Iraq. The main problem with this argument is that it means ignoring the profound threat that the group

  


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Man who killed wife
over dinner prefers
death to prison food
New York Post [NY], by Josh Saul    Original Article
Posted By: snakeoil- 7/11/2014 11:16:47 PM     Post Reply
It always comes back to the dinner table with this guy. The 75-year-old Pakistani immigrant convicted in Brooklyn of beating his wife to death because she served him lentils instead of goat should get the minimum sentence, his lawyer argued Wednesday — because the lack of Pakistani food behind bars will be a hardship. “His inability to speak English and his inability to have Pakistani food will make his incarceration even more difficult than the average inmate,” defense attorney Julie Clark wrote in court papers seeking the minimum 15 years to life sentence for Noor Hussain. But prosecutor Sabeeha Madni

Union leader derides
Obama education chief
Associated Press, by Michael R. Blood    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 7/11/2014 11:15:27 PM     Post Reply
LOS ANGELES — The president of the nation´s second-largest teachers union said Friday that President Barack Obama´s education chief has turned his back on the concerns of educators and parents, but she stopped short of calling for his ouster. Teachers unions have been clashing with the Obama administration over its support for charter schools and its push to use student test scores as part of teacher evaluations, a relationship that further frayed after Education Secretary Arne Duncan spoke in support of a California judge´s ruling last month that struck down tenure and other job protections for the state´s public school

Obama barely stays awake
chatting to student
New York Post, by David K. Li    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/11/2014 11:14:00 PM     Post Reply
Already under attack by critics who say he’s lost interest in his job, President Obama added fuel to the fire on Thursday with a drowsy appearance in Texas. A heavy-lidded Obama struggled to keep his head up during a one-on-one talk in an Austin cafe with a college student whose parents lost their jobs last year. Kinsey Button, a junior at the University of Texas at Austin, huddled with the president in a booth at the Magnolia Cafe, where he ordered hot tea and she sipped coffee while discussing her parents’ plight. The meeting was a break for Obama, who

Hispanic Caucus disavows border
statements by Rep. Cuellar
The Hill (Washington DC), by Mike Lillis    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/11/2014 11:04:10 PM     Post Reply
Leaders of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus pushed back hard against one of their own on Friday, saying Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas) doesn´t speak for the group in calling to make it easier to deport Central American children amassing at the southern border. "Henry Cuellar does not represent the Congressional Hispanic Caucus," CHC Chairman Ruben Hinojosa (D-Texas) said during a press briefing. "He´s a Blue Dog; he comes to the meetings once in a long time." Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) emphasized that Cuellar is "a friend and a colleague of ours." But, he added, "we disagree with him on this issue."

Stop buying big fridges,
middle class families told
Telegraph [UK], by Matthew Holehouse    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 7/11/2014 10:57:37 PM     Post Reply
Middle-class families should stop buying large fridges in order to save energy and tackle climate change, a government-commissioned report has suggested. Families could save up to £36 a year on their electricity bills by replacing large fridge-freezers or televisions with smaller appliances, according to a study published by the Department for Energy and Climate Change. The report found that the average family fridge had grown in volume by two fifths since 1985, amid a fashion for large American-style appliances, while the average television had grown by more than seven inches since 2004. It warned that the trend undermined

  



Ethnicity: Poor
PJ Media, by Richard Fernandez    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 7/11/2014 10:52:01 PM     Post Reply
David Goldman writing from Tel Aviv, explains that Hamas is broke, has lost its patrons in Egypt and weaker than ever. It is bombarding Israel to attract more terror funding. By contrast, Israel has thrived under fire and is poised to become more prosperous than ever. (Snip) Eugene Volkh famously described how Asians in America became white. The process was simple: they became rich. This implicit correlation between wealth and race distorts nearly every media story. Proof that Israel is racist is shown by the fact that they inflict disproportionate casualties in every fight with the Palestinians, something you might

‘I,’ ‘Me,’ ‘My’—Obama Uses First
Person Singular 199 Times in Speech
Vowing Unilateral Action
Cybercast News Service, by Terence P. Jeffrey    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/11/2014 10:45:06 PM     Post Reply
Not counting instances when he quoted a letter from a citizen or cited dialogue from a movie, President Barack Obama used the first person singular--including the pronouns "I" and "me" and the adjective "my"--199 times in a speech he delivered Thursday vowing to use unilateral executive action to achieve his policy goals that Congress would not enact through the normal, constitutional legislative process. “It is lonely, me just doing stuff,” Obama said at the speech in Austin, Texas, according to the official transcript and video posted on the White House website. “I’m just telling the truth now,” Obama told the

President Obama meets with automakers,
other firms who pledge to aid suppliers
Detroit News [MI], by David Shepardson    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/11/2014 10:37:36 PM     Post Reply
Washington — President Barack Obama met with two dozen companies Friday, including several major foreign automakers, that have agreed to help suppliers with access to financing — in a bid to help many small companies grow. Obama met with executives from Toyota Motor Corp., Honda Motor Co., Nissan Motor Co., and Rolls-Royce North America, along with executives at Johnson & Johnson, Pacific Gas & Electric Co, Kelly Services Inc., Walgreens Co., Coca-Cola, Apple Inc., Lockeed-Martin Corp. and AT&T Inc. who have pledged to help their suppliers with financing. The companies are agreeing to pay suppliers

Bibi says ´no thanks´ to Obama offer
to broker cease fire with Hamas
American Thinker, by Rick Moran    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/11/2014 10:31:10 PM     Post Reply
Some surprisingly strong support from the Obama administration for Israel´s right to respond to Hamas missile attacks. But Prime Minister Netanyahu declined President Obama´s offer to mediate between the warring parties, saying a cease fire "wasn´t even on the agenda." Jerusalem Post: The United States is prepared to facilitate a cessation of hostilities between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip, US President Barack Obama told Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu by phone today. In the call, Obama "reiterated the United States’ strong condemnation of continuing rocket fire into Israel by Hamas and other terrorist organizations

White House says photo ops
have some value, after all
Washington Examiner (DC), by Susan Crabtree    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/11/2014 10:26:19 PM     Post Reply
The top White House spokesman on Friday tried to staunch a torrent of snarky commentary this week poking fun at President Obama´s assertion that he wasn´t interested in a border “photo op." Veteran CBS News White House Correspondent Mark Knoller peppered White House press secretary Josh Earnest with questions about whether Obama really intended to eschew photo ops in general. “His view is that solving problems is most important, and solving problems is what somebody who´s exhibiting leadership is focused on,” Earnest said. “And that´s what the president was doing when he was in Dallas on Wednesday. It´s also what

Harry Potter Actor Dave Legeno
Dead of Heatstroke in Death Valley
Associated Press, by Brian Shields    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/11/2014 10:14:44 PM     Post Reply
LOS ANGELES— Authorities say “Harry Potter” actor Dave Legeno has died from heatstroke in California’s Death Valley. He was 50. Legeno played the werewolf Fenrir Greyback in three “Harry Potter” films. The brawny British actor also appeared in “Snow White and the Huntsman” and “Batman Begins.” The Inyo County Sheriff’s Department says hikers found Legeno’s body Sunday morning in a remote area of the desert park. Legeno’s manager, Rick Bassman, confirmed his death on Friday. County Deputy Coroner Jason Molinar says Legeno’s body was partially decomposed and may have been lying for days in

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