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NHS crackdown to claw back
migrants’ £500m in welfare tourism
Telegraph [UK], by Martyn Brown    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/14/2014 4:29:32 AM     Post Reply
Migrants who travel to Britain from outside Europe for NHS treatment will be charged 150 percent of the cost in a new crackdown on welfare tourism to be unveiled by ministers today. [Snip] Mr Hunt will announce that NHS trusts must take the personal details of foreign patients so they can be traced and made to pay. The hospital will get 75 percent of the cost of the treatment up-front and the same amount again when the patient pays the bill. Hospital trusts that fail to identify and bill chargeable patients will be fined. There are an estimated 260,000 non-European

U.S. Sees Risks in Assisting a
Compromised Iraqi Force
New York Times, by Eric Schmitt & Michael R. Gordon    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 7/14/2014 4:29:03 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — A classified military assessment of Iraq’s security forces concludes that many units are so deeply infiltrated by either Sunni extremist informants or Shiite personnel backed by Iran that any Americans assigned to advise Baghdad’s forces could face risks to their safety, according to United States officials. The report concludes that only about half of Iraq’s operational units are capable enough for American commandos to advise them if the White House decides to help roll back the advances made by Sunni militants in northern and western Iraq over the past month. Adding to the administration’s dilemma is the assessment’s conclusion that

A fresh GOP voice from the
San Joaquin Valley
Los Angeles Times, by George Skelton    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/14/2014 4:26:30 AM     Post Reply
Sacramento -Yhe San Joaquin Valley may be struggling to grow food because of the dust-bowling drought. But it´s having no trouble producing Republican leaders. OK, that´s a non sequitur. But maybe not so much. The latest Republican leader to emerge from the San Joaquin is Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen of Modesto, a conservative with an appealing moderate tone, who nevertheless has strong views about water development. She isn´t easily pigeonholed. Unlike some valley Republicans, Olsen is adamantly opposed — as are many environmentalists — to Gov. Jerry Brown´s obsessive effort to dig two massive water tunnels under the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. The

  


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Got a Rash? iPad, Other
Devices Might be the Cause
Associated Press, by Lindsey Tanner    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 7/14/2014 4:20:35 AM     Post Reply
CHICAGO -- Unexplained rash? Check your iPad. It turns out the popular tablet computer may contain nickel, one of the most common allergy-inducing metals. Recent reports in medical journals detail nickel allergies from a variety of personal electronic devices, including laptops and cellphones. But it was an Apple iPad that caused an itchy body rash in an 11-year-old boy recently treated at a San Diego hospital, according to a report in Monday´s Pediatrics. Nickel rashes aren´t life-threatening but they can be very uncomfortable, and they may require treatment with steroids and antibiotics if the skin eruptions become infected, said Dr.

White House Press Secretary Claims
Transparency Criticism Unfounded
Washington Free Beacon [DC], by CJ Ciaramella    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/14/2014 4:20:06 AM     Post Reply
White House press secretary Josh Earnest said the Obama administration is “absolutely” the most transparent presidency in history, contrary to recent complaints from press groups. “There are a number of steps that we’ve taken to give people greater insight into what’s happening at the White House,” Earnest said in a Sunday interview with CNN’s “Reliable Sources.” Thirty-eight national press groups and transparency organizations, including the Society of Professional Journalists and the Poynter Institute, sent a letter to the White House last week criticizing the Obama administration’s “politically driven suppression of news and information about federal agencies.” “Over the past two

New home, new job ... before
a bullet ended it all
Chicago Tribune, by Rosemary Regina Sobol    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/14/2014 4:13:21 AM     Post Reply
Wil Lewis and his wife had lived in Chicago for about a year and had moved about two weeks ago to a home on Greenview Avenue in Rogers Park, a neighborhood they considered "safe enough," his family said. The 28-year-old from Wisconsin, a photographer by trade, was scheduled to start a new job Monday, a prospect he was "very excited" about, family said. But, about 3:20 p.m. Saturday afternoon, that all changed. Lewis was on a North Side street when a man walked up to him and started firing shots, police said. Lewis was hit in the back and died

Illegal immigrants flown to Bay State
Boston Herald, by Owen Boss and Joe Dwinell    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 7/14/2014 4:08:44 AM     Post Reply
Illegal immigrants are being secretly flown to Massachusetts and kept in local lockups in an under-the-radar operation that has alarmed lawmen who are raising health and security concerns amid recent spikes in detainees coming up from Texas during the latest border crisis. “We’re all becoming border sheriffs now with these people being carted all over the country,” said Bristol County Sheriff Thomas M. Hodgson. “The blame goes all the way up. It’s a travesty and people ought to be upset,” Hodgson said. “This is un-American and has raised the stakes to the public health and public safety threat.” Hodgson said buses from his

  


  

Brazil celebrates rival
Argentina´s World Cup defeat
Agence France-Presse, by Chris Wright and Claire de Oliveira Neto    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 7/14/2014 3:49:47 AM     Post Reply
Rio de Janeiro - Brazilians bitter about their team´s disastrous World Cup celebrated Argentina´s defeat to Germany in the final Sunday by dancing and launching fireworks, relieved that their arch-rivals failed to triumph on their soil. In Brasilia and Sao Paulo, fireworks exploded after Mario Goetze scored in extra-time to give the Germans a last-gasp victory at Rio de Janeiro´s Maracana Stadium. At a bar near the stadium, Brazilians chanted "Cry! Cry! Argentina!" in a nod to the song "Don´t cry for me Argentina." Tens of thousands of Argentine fans who had swarmed Rio´s Copacabana beach to watch the game on a jumbo

Riot Rocks Buenos Aires
After Argentine World Cup Loss
Associated Press, by Luis Andres Henao    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 7/14/2014 3:42:33 AM     Post Reply
Riot police used tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse a group of rock-throwing vandals who disturbed a rally by Argentines celebrating their team´s gutsy performance in a 1-0 loss to Germany in the World Cup finals. Thousands of Argentines, saddened but proud, had gathered peacefully at the iconic Obelisk in downtown Buenos Aires to applaud their team´s best World Cup performance in 24 years. Police initially remained on the sidelines as fans poured into downtown Buenos Aires. But late Sunday night they began chasing down vandals. The youths, many of them with their faces covered and drinking heavily, responded by hurling

Chile Rejects U.N. Court In
Old Bolivian Desert Border Dispute
Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 7/14/2014 3:33:55 AM     Post Reply
Globaloney: The United Nations´ International Court of Justice got a reality check this week when Chile rejected its jurisdiction over Bolivia´s claim to its northern coastline. It should be a precedent, given how irresponsible regimes are wrongly using the court to seek redress. ´I have made the decision to lodge an appeal against the ICJ´s authority to start with, by presenting preliminary objections on that court´s jurisdiction," Chile´s President Michelle Bachelet announced in a televised address Monday. "This decision is based on ... an unyielding defense of our territorial integrity and national interests. These interests are fully in line with the essential

North Korean Ship Tests the
Waters Near America´s Shores
Forbes, by Claudia Rosett    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 7/14/2014 3:29:54 AM     Post Reply
It’s not often that North Korean-flagged freighters turn up near America’s shores, but when they do, they deserve attention. North Korea has a prolific record of arms smuggling, narcotics dealing, counterfeiting, terrorist ties and missile and nuclear proliferation. So, let’s hope U.S. authorities are keeping a close eye on a North Korean cargo ship called the Mu Du Bong, which late last month called at Cuba, then vanished from the commercial shipping grid for more than a week. This past Thursday, July 10, the Mu Du Bong reappeared at Havana, then began steaming north of Cuba, and as of this

  


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Governors wary of White House plan
to place immigrant children with states
Fox News & Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/14/2014 1:32:10 AM     Post Reply
State governors from both parties have reacted cooly to efforts by the Obama administration to gain their support for placing thousands of unaccompanied Central American children with friends or family members. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Matthews Burwell met privately with dozens of governors Sunday at the National Governors Association summer meeting in Nashville. According to those who attended the meeting, the governors expressed particular concerns about the costs to states, including that of providing public education for the children. Burwell left the meeting through a side door without talking to

What Real Support
for Israel Looks Like
Power LIne, by Paul Mirengoff    Original Article
Posted By: trapper- 7/14/2014 12:25:41 AM     Post Reply
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper today issued the following statement about the situation in Israel: The indiscriminate rocket attacks from Gaza on Israel are terrorist acts, for which there is no justification. It is evident that Hamas is deliberately using human shields to further terror in the region. Failure by the international community to condemn these reprehensible actions would encourage these terrorists to continue their appalling actions. Canada calls on its allies and partners to recognize that these terrorist acts are unacceptable and that solidarity with Israel is the best way of stopping the conflict. Canada is unequivocally

Congresswoman: Cut Foreign
Aid To Pay For Children
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 7/13/2014 11:57:19 PM     Post Reply
Fort Sill, Okla. - A Republican congresswoman from Tennessee said the U.S. should cut aid to countries that are home to thousands of children who have crossed the border illegally to pay for the cost of caring for them. Rep. Marsha Blackburn made the comments Saturday after touring a temporary shelter at the Fort Sill Army Post near Lawton where more than 1,100 of the children are housed. Republican Rep. Jim Bridenstine of Oklahoma also toured the facility. Blackburn said Central American countries that the child immigrants are fleeing should be forced to bear the cost of paying for them

The 4 NYC teachers banned
from classrooms who rake in millions
New York Post, by Susan Edelman    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 7/13/2014 11:18:14 PM     Post Reply
Three of the city’s longest-running “rubber room” teachers have raked in more than $1 million each for a decade of not working in classrooms, and a fourth is paid a top salary — $100,049 a year — not to teach. The Foul Four — who beat sexual-misconduct charges — can’t be fired by the Department of Education because they are entitled to job protections under state tenure laws, which require “due process.” Educators are entitled to a trial with an independent hearing officer who decides whether any misconduct warrants termination. A group of New York City parents filed a lawsuit

  


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A Bit Scary
National Review Online, by Jay Nordlinger    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 7/13/2014 10:38:52 PM     Post Reply
Ponder for a minute what AFSCME has done. The union has severed ties with the United Negro College Fund because the Koch brothers contributed $25 million to the fund. Or rather, because the fund accepted the contribution. The money will pay for 3,000 scholarships and other needs. To read about this episode, go here. The hatred whipped up against the Koch brothers has become nearly frightening, I think. It is undemocratic, unsettling, intolerant. I’ve never liked it when left-leaning types say, “So-and-so scares me,” or, “This scares me.” There was a bumper sticker in the 2000s that said Bush Scares

World Health Organisation recommends that
all gay men should take antiretroviral
medicine to halt ´exploding´ HIV epidemic
Independent [UK], by Jack Simpson    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 7/13/2014 10:29:31 PM     Post Reply
The World Health Organisation has announced for the first time that all men who have sex with men should take antiretroviral drugs, in a bid to try and contain the growing rates of HIV in gay communities around the world. In a report published on Friday, the WHO made “strong recommendations” that all men who have sex with men should seriously consider taking antiretroviral medicine “as an additional method of preventing the HIV infection from spreading”, even if they haven’t got the virus themselves. (Snip) In the report, it says that homosexual men are 19 times more likely to have

Needed: A new team of rivals
Washington Post, by Fred Hiatt    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 7/13/2014 10:27:01 PM     Post Reply
Maybe it is time for a shake-up. President Obama’s second-term staffing was always going to be a risk. He abandoned his first term’s team of rivals for a closer-knit team of loyalists. The bet was that he was assured enough in the job to no longer need the in-house challenge — and that smooth-running consensus would compensate for the loss. The bet isn’t paying off. Overseas and at home, the administration seems besieged and befuddled. Obama is in danger of cementing an image of haplessness that would be hard to undo. The administration was surprised when Russian President Vladimir Putin

What’s the American political
landscape looking like?
Washington Post, by Chris Cillizza    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 7/13/2014 10:24:47 PM     Post Reply
The dog days of summer are upon us, and with them, an extended slowdown in politics — as Americans spend their time working on their tans rather than studying up on the latest fights in the nation’s capital. Things won’t pick up in earnest again until after Labor Day, when the political campaigning reemerges in full force. As we head into this break, it’s worth pausing to review and figure out exactly what we’ve learned about the American political landscape — as it relates to the 2014 midterm and 2016 presidential elections, the hopes (or lack thereof) for legislative accomplishments,

Thousands of Gazans flee homes
as Israel promises to press the fight
Washington Post, by William Booth and Griff Witte    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 7/13/2014 10:22:13 PM     Post Reply
GAZA CITY — Tens of thousands of panicked residents fled their homes in the northern Gaza Strip on Sunday after the Israeli military dropped leaflets from the sky warning those who stayed behind that they were risking their lives because a large, intense operation was imminent. Residents in Gaza were whipsawed by growing anxiety and frustration. More than 17,000 people poured into makeshift shelters as Israeli commandos entered the coastal enclave early Sunday to knock out a Hamas rocket-launch site. A brief gun battle with Hamas militants ensued and left four Israeli soldiers lightly wounded. The brief incursion by commandos

  



US Commonwealth of Puerto Rico
Prepares to Default (in Spanish)
Breitbart National Security, by Chriss W. Street    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 7/13/2014 10:18:45 PM     Post Reply
Municipal bond mutual fund investors are panicking this weekend after the U.S. Commonwealth of Puerto Rico’s Legislature passed a new law allowing public agencies to default on their debt. Although part of the United States, Puerto Rico in the 1990s made Spanish the official language and now about 86% of the island does not speak English in the home. Democrat Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla, who has difficulty speaking English, told Bloomberg News last year that Puerto Rico had a constitutional and moral obligation to not default on the island’s $73 billion of debt. But he just passed a law giving

NYT Pentagon Correspondent: Government-Media
‘Dysfunctional Marriage’ Is Necessary ‘For the Kids’
Newsbusters, by Tom Blumer    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 7/13/2014 10:16:11 PM     Post Reply
Well, this explains a lot. A Justin Lynch column ("Wartime Press") originally posted at the Weekly Wonk and republished at Time.com with a more foreboding title ("Bloggers, Surveillance and Obama’s Orwellian State") really ends up being an attempted justification by those Lynch quoted for having a close alliance between the government and "journalists" with "professional standards." Thom Shanker, the Pentagon correspondent for the New York Times, gets the award for the most Orwellian quote in the litter, which will come after the jump. Its prelude is his belief that "The government really needs to get its message out to the

The world as we find it
PJ Media, by Richard Fernandez    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 7/13/2014 9:55:15 PM     Post Reply
The initial reports from the Los Angeles Times described the massacre of almost 30 women in the Zayouna neighborhood of Baghdad as an unsolved mystery: “gunmen in Iraq reportedly kill at least 30 in upscale Baghdad area”. (Snip) It was not long before a more sinister motive made itself plain. The murder site was a brothel. The gunmen came in order to kill every one in it and teach the world an Islamic lesson. “Police believe men using silenced

Obama’s ‘blank check’
rejected as border solution
Washington Times, by Ben Wolfgang    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/13/2014 9:36:19 PM     Post Reply
Not even a week after it was offered, President Obama’s $3.7 billion plan to deal with the growing crisis along the U.S.-Mexico border appears all but dead, with Republican lawmakers Sunday decrying the administration’s “blank check” proposal and instead calling for a more targeted response centered on greater border security. Even Texas Gov. Rick Perry, personally recruited by the president to persuade Republicans to support the measure, threw cold water on the idea. He said the president doesn’t need that much money and instead should send National Guard troops to secure the border. The apparent defeat caps a whirlwind several days

IRS to Rubber Stamp Tax-Exempt Status
for Most Charities After Scandal
Time Magazine, by Massimo Calabresi    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/13/2014 9:25:11 PM     Post Reply
Amid ongoing controversy over its scrutiny of non-profits, the Internal Revenue Service has decided it will no longer screen approximately 80% of the organizations seeking tax-exempt charitable status each year, a change that will ease the creation of small charities while doing away with a review intended to counter fraud and prevent political and other non-charitable groups from misusing the tax code. As of July 1, any group that pays a $400 fee and declares on a three-page online form that it has annual income of less than $50,000, total assets of less than $250,000 and is in compliance with the tax code requirements of a charity

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