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Next On The Federal Agenda:
Redistributing Teachers
The Federalist, by Joy Pullmann    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/12/2014 5:12:07 AM     Post Reply
Just this week, while teachers, schoolchildren, and families frolic in the summer sun, blessedly free of government supervision at least for these few months, the Obama administration resurfaced an old rule from President Bush’s tenure that may have states redistributing teachers like so many cattle. It attempted the same last September, far more directly, but in the meantime has had its hands busy juggling its many new interpretations of education law to suit the shifting fancies of National Superintendent, er, Education Secretary Arne Duncan. But a big lawsuit win in California last month, in the Vergara case where a judge ruled that

Hillary’s Biggest 2016 Competitor:
A Native American Millionaire Who
Also Pretends Not to Be Wealthy
Independent Journal Review, by Michael Hausam    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 7/12/2014 5:07:00 AM     Post Reply
A huge question in Democratic politics - other than “When is Hillary going to announce?” - concerns whether or not Senator Elizabeth Warren (D – Cherokee Nation) will run for president. If Hillary does not run, it is almost certain that Warren will. Well-known for her populist and Occupy-esque perspectives on healthcare, taxes, income redistribution and everything in-between, she is one of the rising stars of the Democratic party. Anticipating that it could happen, we’re getting out in front and establish her as a storyteller, to put it nicely, about her wealth.

Sarah Palin´s impeachment nonsense
could keep Democrats in power
Washington Examiner [DC], by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 7/12/2014 5:02:52 AM     Post Reply
“Without borders, there is no nation,” former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin wrote in a Breitbart op-ed this week. “Obama knows this. Opening our borders to a flood of illegal immigrants is deliberate. This is his fundamental transformation of America ... President Obama´s rewarding of lawlessness, including his own, is the foundational problem here ... It´s time to impeach; and on behalf of American workers and legal immigrants of all backgrounds, we should vehemently oppose any politician on the Left or Right who would hesitate in voting for articles of impeachment.” That this desperate cry for attention (dangling participle and all)

  


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John Boehner’s Legal Lesson
National Review Online, by Charles C. W. Cooke    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/12/2014 5:00:49 AM     Post Reply
‘Speaker John A. Boehner’s lawsuit against President Obama,” the New York Times confirmed yesterday evening, “will focus on changes to the health care law that Mr. Boehner says should have been left to Congress.” Thus was answered a question that has been percolating for a good month now: On what grounds will the president be taken to task? That Obamacare and not immigration is the proximate target should surprise nobody who is attuned to contemporary politics. Health reform remains a rich source of opportunity for the GOP; immigration an electric fence. But to obsess about the specifics of the assumpsit would

For These Vets, Amateur
Radio Remains Alive
Wall Street Journal, by Julian E. Barnes    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/12/2014 4:55:12 AM     Post Reply
Satellites killed the military radio star operator long ago, but military veterans keep the art alive in competitions testing their ability to bounce signals off the ionosphere and contact amateur radio stations a half world away. In their minds, the contestants know technology has gone too far and the days of radio are past. Still, the intimate knowledge of the electromagnetic spectrum learned during a career in military and intelligence agencies offers some advantages. And the military’s love for antiquated communications is well established—from their use of signal flags to messages sent, teletype-style, in all capital letters. Ham radio competitions

REPORT: Only 1 in 45 Illegal Immigrant
Children Are Returned Home
Gateway Pundit, by Jim Hoft    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 7/12/2014 4:52:19 AM     Post Reply
The Obama administration estimates it will catch 90,000 illegal immigrant children by the end of the current budget year in September. Last year, fewer than 2,000 children were returned home to their native countries. Only 1 in 45 illegal alien children will be returned home. Clogged courts mean young immigrants face low odds of being sent back to their home countries. The Wall Street Journal reported: Thousands of children from Central America are undertaking a perilous journey to the U.S. border despite warnings from the U.S. that they will be sent back. In fact, many will get to stay. Data from immigration courts, along

The Political Left Is
Deconstructing The Middle Class
American Thinker, by Jack Curtis    Original Article
Posted By: geo11- 7/12/2014 4:45:50 AM     Post Reply
A lasting legend from Russia’s Communist Revolution illustrates the attitude of the Progressive Left toward the middle class: the examination of rounded up citizens by the revolutionaries. If a captive’s hands weren’t calloused, he was executed. That doesn’t fit America; better to enlist the citizens in the deconstruction. Though slower than the Russian approach, that hasn’t proven difficult; the left´s programs are popular with voters. America’s middle class is a historical anomaly, a result of combining British government and jurisprudence; classical liberalism; a disparate stream of immigrants and an entire new,

  


  

Veterans Affairs officials claim agency
cannot revoke bonuses, contradicting earlier
statements to congressional committee
Washington Examiner [DC], by Mark Flatten    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/12/2014 4:44:38 AM     Post Reply
Bonuses paid to top executives at the Department of Veterans Affairs who committed misconduct cannot be rescinded, an agency official testified Friday, in direct contradiction to what he told a different panel less than a month ago. Samuel Retherford, principal deputy assistant secretary for human resources at the veterans´ agency, was asked directly whether bonuses paid to senior executives who created phony medical appointment lists could be rescinded. “Currently we do not have the authority to go back and rescind an award,” Retherford told a House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee Friday.

Playing the death card
New York Daily News, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/12/2014 4:33:20 AM     Post Reply
This much we know: Israel lives under constant threat from terrorists who would like nothing better than to exterminate the Jewish state that they consider an outright abomination. This much we have also come to understand: In polite society, it is increasingly fashionable to roll one’s eyes or outright indict Israel for daring to defend itself against those who aim to indiscriminately kill its people and undermine its right to exist. The cycle continues as Hamas fires hundreds of rockets at Israeli cities, and Israel responds with far more precise and effective salvos at terrorists. All too predictably, international condemnation is starting

America the Lone Bright Spot
in International Oil Outlook
American Interest, by Walter Russell Mead & Staff    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 7/12/2014 4:27:39 AM     Post Reply
One side effect from the chaos in Libya following the armed conflict in 2011 has been constant disruptions of the country’s considerable supplies to the global oil market. But while its output remains just a fraction of what it was under Qaddafi, it does seem to be rebounding recently, as Bloomberg reports: Libya pumped 300,000 barrels a day in June, down 73 percent from a year earlier, according to a Bloomberg survey of oil companies, producers and analysts. Output has risen to 350,000 barrels a day, National Oil Corp. spokesman Mohamed Elharari said by phone yesterday. This recent rebound notwithstanding, risks abound

Y2K bug triggers army conscription
notices sent to 14,000 dead men
Guardian [UK], by Samuel Gibbs    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/12/2014 4:22:24 AM     Post Reply
A year 2000-related bug has caused the US military to send more than 14,000 letters of conscription to men who were all born in the 1800s and died decades ago. Shocked residents of Pennsylvania began receiving letters ordering their great grandparents to register for the US military draft by pain of “fine and imprisonment.” [Snip] Y2K-like bug. The US Selective Service System, which sent the letters in error, automatically handles the drafting of US citizens and other US residents that are applicable for conscription. The cause of the error was narrowed down to a Y2K-like bug in the Pennsylvania department

  


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The New York Young Republicans
Are Worried The Country Is Becoming
The ´United States Of Gaymeria´
Business Insider, by Hunter Walker    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 7/12/2014 4:21:12 AM     Post Reply
William Palumbo, the head of "Blog" at the New York Young Republican Club, was dismayed when a friend sent him a photo of rainbow gay pride flags hanging from the U.S. Embassy in London last month. He responded by writing a post on the club´s website where he wondered, among other things, whether someone should be impeached for flying the rainbow flag and whether the nation is becoming "The United States Of Gaymeria." "Can I pose a serious question? At what point does replacing the American flag with the rainbow flag, a symbol of gay/LGBTQ(RSTUVWXYZ) pride from embassies abroad become

Israeli Leader Calls for ‘Full Force’ in
Effort to Quell Hamas Rocket Attacks
New York Times, by Isabel Kershner & Fares Akram    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/12/2014 4:15:09 AM     Post Reply
JERUSALEM — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel said Friday that his forces were fighting Hamas with “increasing intensity” to quell its rocket barrages from Gaza, ignoring outside criticism and calls for restraint in the increasingly deadly Israeli aerial assaults. Even as he spoke, Palestinian militants fired salvos into central and southern Israel and said their arsenal had barely been dented. Palestinian deaths from four days of Israeli aerial assaults surpassed 100, with hundreds wounded. As of Friday, no Israelis had been killed by Gaza rockets, although one caused the first serious instance of multiple injuries on the Israeli side

Return of the Guv
National Journal, by Eric Benson    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/12/2014 4:11:03 AM     Post Reply
Thirteen green-and-yellow Harley-Davidsons and a single black Cadillac Escalade roared down the old Airline Highway between New Orleans and Baton Rouge, passing the ruins of an abandoned sugar factory and the plumes of still-operating oil refineries. The bikers—scruffy middle-aged guys representing the Shriners Masonic charity organization—paid traffic rules no mind; they took up both lanes, weaved in and out of each other´s paths, and ushered the Escalade through red lights at 60 mph, sirens blaring. Whenever the motorcade blew through a light, an elderly man in the Escalade´s front passenger seat—dressed in a

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

  


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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

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

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

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