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Exclusive poll: Karen Lewis could
give Rahm run for his money
Chicago Sun-Times [IL], by Natasha Korecki    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/14/2014 3:32:40 PM     Post Reply
For the past couple of weeks, Karen Lewis has been saying she is “seriously” considering running for mayor. It turns out voters are taking the fiery Chicago Teachers Union president’s potential candidacy seriously as well. And Mayor Rahm Emanuel probably should, too. At least that’s what a surprising new Early & Often Poll suggests. If the mayoral election were held today, the lightning rod union leader who was the architect behind a 2012 teachers’ strike would beat Emanuel by 9 percentage points in a head-to-head contest, the survey found. Lewis was leading Emanuel 45 percent to 36 percent with 18

White House asks
Darrell Issa to drop subpoena
Politico, by Lauren French    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/14/2014 3:29:44 PM     Post Reply
The White House is asking Rep. Darrell Issa to withdraw a subpoena of a senior adviser to President Barack Obama and is offering instead to a hold a private briefing on activities in the administration’s political affairs office. In a letter sent Monday, White House Counsel W. Neil Eggleston offered to brief Issa, a California Republican who chairs the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, on the role of the the Office of Political Strategy and Outreach on Tuesday. That’s one day before the office’s director, David Simas, is under subpoena to testify on potential violations of the Hatch Act.

US father takes unclaimed African kingdom
so his daughter can be a princess
Telegraph [UK], by Josie Ensor, and agencies    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/14/2014 3:24:21 PM     Post Reply
A father from Virginia has gone to extreme lengths for his daughter, flying to Africa and claiming a “kingdom” between Egypt and Sudan so that she can be an actual princess. Jeremiah Heaton began his unusual quest for the unclaimed piece of land sandwiched between the two countries after making a promise to seven-year-old daughter Emily that she would one day be royalty. [Snip] On his return Mr Heaton and wife made a crown for their daughter and asked friends and family to refer to her as Princess Emily. Her kingdom covers about 800 square miles of desert that has

  


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Bergdahl could get $350G
tax-free, if cleared by Army
Fox News, by Dominic Di-Natale    Original Article
Posted By: BaseballFan- 7/14/2014 3:17:40 PM     Post Reply
Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl could have a tax-free $350,000 dropped into his bank account if the current investigation into his disappearance from his base in Afghanistan was not desertion, and if he is deemed to have been a prisoner of war for the five years he was held by Islamic militants, Fox News has learned. The 28-year-old soldier, for whom the U.S. traded five senior Taliban operatives held at Guantanamo Bay, was set to return to active duty Monday after spending six weeks in medical rehab at Fort Sam Houston, in San Antonio. “Essentially he’ll be working a desk job,”

New York Times: Border Crisis ´a Myth´
Breitbart Big Journalism, by Tony Lee    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 7/14/2014 3:07:13 PM     Post Reply
The New York Times editorial board believes the border crisis is merely "a myth." In a weekend editorial, the Times said the "White House is getting it mostly right" on immigration and blasted Republicans, who are "throwing up roadblocks" with "dangerous overreaction." The Times praised the Obama administration´s request for $3.7 billion in aid to deal with a crisis they think is a "myth." "The besieged border is a myth, and the arrival of a few thousand weary refugee children on buses does not make the myth true," the Times wrote. "Republicans are feeding the cycle, stoking panic about a

Haslam, Volkswagen announce $600 million
Chattanooga expansion, 2,000 new jobs
Daily Times (Maryville, TN), by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Heil Liberals- 7/14/2014 3:02:52 PM     Post Reply
NASHVILLE -- Volkswagen Group of America will expand its Chattanooga facility to build a midsize SUV for the U.S. market, investing $600 million and creating 2,000 new jobs in Hamilton county, according to a release from Gov. Bill Haslam. "Today is an exciting day not just for Chattanooga and Hamilton County but for all of Tennessee, and I want to thank Volkswagen for its significant long-term investment in our state,” Haslam said in the release. “The impact of this announcement goes far beyond the 2,000 new jobs because of the large multiplier effect of the automotive industry, and adding an additional manufacturing line

Headline of the Day
Power Line, by Steven Hayward    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/14/2014 2:56:14 PM     Post Reply
Can the killer rabbit be very long in coming? Because this is the headline of the day, if not the year, from the Wall Street Journal: Obama Contends With Arc of Instability Not Seen Since ‘70s And we all remember who was president when the 1970s spun fully out of control? Anyway, in case you don’t have a WSJ subscription, here’s the lede: WASHINGTON—A convergence of security crises is playing out around the globe, from the Palestinian territories and Iraq to Ukraine and the South China Sea, posing a serious challenge to President Barack Obama‘s foreign policy and reflecting a

  


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Arab-American group to boycott
Obama’s Ramadan dinner
Washington Times (D.C.), by Ben Wolfgang    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/14/2014 2:44:18 PM     Post Reply
Citing America’s support for Israel and its alleged spying on Muslims, a powerful Arab-American group has called for a boycott of Monday night’s annual Iftar dinner at the White House. The event, celebrating Ramadan and scheduled to be held in the State Dining Room, is inappropriate in light of current violence in the Middle East, according to the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC). “In the government’s silence, Israel is committing a massacre in Palestine with the possibility of an all-out ground assault,” the organization said in a statement. “This deplorable situation, brought on by Israel’s U.S.-sanctioned illegal occupation of Palestine, has

Um, no, the military did not ‘support’ the
Bergdahl exchange – it wasn’t asked
American Enterprise Institute, by Marc Thiessen    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/14/2014 2:40:27 PM     Post Reply
In a piece titled “Top US Military Leaders Supported Bergdahl Exchange,” The Wall Street Journal reports: Top US military leaders fully supported the decision to exchange five Taliban prisoners to secure the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who had been held captive in Afghanistan for five years, according to letters released Thursday. The Joint Chiefs of Staff and its chairman unanimously supported the decision to swap the detainees to win the freedom of Sgt. Bergdahl, said the letters, released by Sen. Carl Levin (D., Mich), who heads the Senate Armed Services Committee. Um, no they didn’t. The story continues: The operation to free Sgt. Bergdahl

The Clintons v. Halper, Round One
Weekly Standard, by William Kristol    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/14/2014 2:37:18 PM     Post Reply
In a new report on a bizarre email sent to dozens of reporters over the weekend, the Daily Beast´s Lloyd Grove explores "The Strange Leak of the New Expose ´Clinton, Inc.´" Grove reports that "a prolific but mysterious rogue distributor...somehow got a copy of Halper’s book and blasted out a series of mass-media emails containing PDFs—or portable document formats—of the entire 317-page, 12-chapter volume that was officially under wraps until the designated publication date, July 22." (The book is available on Amazon here.) Grove continues: On Saturday night, emails from someone who identified himself, unusually, as Robert Josef Wright—a name not immediately accessible

Obama-Nominated Justice Kagan
Officiates at Wedding of CBS News
Reporter to Ex-Obama Staffer
Newsbusters, by Brent Baker    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/14/2014 2:36:28 PM     Post Reply
Julianna Goldman, who endured a marriage to former FNC, MSNBC, Current and Al-Jazeera America host/reporter David Shuster, got married on Saturday, in Aspen, Colorado, to Michael Gottlieb, a former associate White House counsel for Obama. The New York Times reported on Sunday that Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan, a former colleague of Gottlieb’s at the White House, “officiated.” Goldman was Bloomberg’s White House correspondent until a few weeks ago. “Next month,” the NY Times item noted, “she is to join CBS News as a television correspondent in its Washington bureau.” TVNewser today picked up on the July 13 Times item,

  


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Dirty Tricks, Tea Party Suicide
and Rising Mississippi Anger
New York Times, by Campbell Robertson    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 7/14/2014 2:34:38 PM     Post Reply
JACKSON, Miss. — Mark Mayfield, one of the founders of the Mississippi Tea Party, had lost his political appetite. He stayed away from Facebook and stopped writing letters to the editor. He went to his law office, but often had little to do, since his major clients had all but cut him off. When the runoff for the Republican primary came around, pitting longtime Senator Thad Cochran against State Senator Chris McDaniel, the Tea Party challenger whom Mr. Mayfield deeply believed in, friends said Mr. Mayfield could not even bring himself to vote. Then on the morning of June 27, three days

Disarray, data manipulation
at Phila. VA, report finds
Philadelphia Inquirer [PA], by Tricia L. Nadolny    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 7/14/2014 2:26:16 PM     Post Reply
Inspectors surveying Philadelphia´s Veterans Affairs benefits center in June found two stunning signs of disarray: mail bins brimming with claims dating to 2011 and other benefits that had been paid twice. More alarming, the team from the VA Office of Inspector General found evidence that staff tasked with managing pensions for the eastern United States were manipulating dates to make old claims appear new, according to a report obtained by The Inquirer. The findings are the first clear evidence that the city´s VA system is not immune from controversies that have plagued other centers and sparked a growing scandal over delayed care

Obama´s day: Roads, bridges
and ambassadors
USA Today, by David Jackson    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/14/2014 2:20:17 PM     Post Reply
President Obama and his team will spend Monday promoting road and bridge projects, and welcoming new foreign ambassadors to the United States. The president and first lady Michelle Obama will end the day by hosting an Iftar dinner to celebrate Ramadan. Earlier in the day, the Obama administration will release a new report from the Council of Economic Advisers and National Economic Council on the general economic benefits of road and bridge projects. Infrastructure will be a theme for Obama throughout the week, as he seeks to pressure Congress into extending the Highway Trust Fund before it expires at the

That´ll teach him! Passers-by drag a
carjacker out of the vehicle he tried
to steal from a terrified family - and
subdue him until the police arrive
Daily Mail [UK], by Daniel Miller    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/14/2014 2:14:13 PM     Post Reply
A would-be carjacker got a taste of street justice when he tried to steal a vehicle with a woman and child inside, after a group of passers-by rushed to her aid, dragging him away and holding him down until the police arrived. Ismael Hernandez, 21, is accused of getting into the car in a San Diego shoppers car park and attempting to drive off with the owner and her child still inside before crashing into a pole. Video of the incident shows a group of men standing around the car hauling Hernandez out of the driver´s seat and grabbing hold

  


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Alzheimer’s risk cut in half by
exercising for an hour a week, one-third
of cases avoidable, U.K. study suggests
National Post [Canada], by Laura Donnelly    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 7/14/2014 2:11:40 PM     Post Reply
Just one hour of exercise a week can halve the chance of getting Alzheimer’s disease, claims a study that ranks the seven lifestyle threats driving the rising levels of dementia. The research by Cambridge University says one in three cases of the condition could be prevented by increased activity levels, a cut in smoking and tackling health problems such as obesity and diabetes. The study, published in the Lancet Neurology Monday, is the first to quantify the combined impact of lifestyle factors influencing dementia. It identifies exercise as the most significant protection against the condition. Those who failed to do three 20-minute bursts

New alert system gives president
special code for emergency messages
The Hill (Washington, DC), by Tim Devaney    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/14/2014 2:11:40 PM     Post Reply
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is looking to overhaul the Emergency Alert System so the president can speak to the country at the flip of a switch in the event of a nationwide emergency. The national Emergency Alert System broadcasts television alert messages to warn people about immediate dangers. The system is often used at the local level to warn people about weather conditions such as tornadoes or flash floods. But the Emergency Alert System is not capable of reaching the entire country all at once should the president need to warn the public of something like a terrorist attack

USDA Pushing ´Free´ Food: Call
´1-877-8-HAMBRE (for Spanish Speakers)´
Cybercast News Service, by Susan Jones    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/14/2014 1:58:19 PM     Post Reply
The U.S. Agriculture Department has set a goal of serving 178 million free meals to children now that school is out. That´s 10 million more meals than were served last summer. "Admittedly, this is an aggressive goal, and we can´t do it alone," Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said in a column posted on the USDA website. "With strong support from individuals, communities, local governments and advocates, we can reach more kids with nutritious meals during their time out of school." USDA is urging Americans to "help spread awareness of summer meals in your community" by using the National Hunger Hotline

Israel-Gaza conflict:
Netanyahu´s strategy
Telegraph [UK], by Tom Rogam    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/14/2014 1:55:43 PM     Post Reply
Israeli military operations against Hamas are expanding. The IDF has now attacked hundreds of rocket launch platforms and many Hamas command facilities. [Snip] Benjamin Netanyahu´s rhetoric is unyielding. Last week, the Prime Minister´s spokesman told the BBC that Israel would seek to "dismantle Hamas´s military machine. We don´t want to have some sort of band-aid solution whereby we have a quick fix, a ceasefire and then we only have rockets on Israeli citizens next week." That´s a major change from the opening days of the conflict when Netanyahu called for de-escalation. Today, President Obama´s call for a ceasefire is going

Theresa May´s judgement questioned over
botched appointment of Baroness
Butler-Sloss to lead child abuse probe
Telegraph [UK], by Christopher Hope and Georgia Graham    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 7/14/2014 1:51:47 PM     Post Reply
Theresa May’s judgment has been called into question by MPs after a former judge who was appointed to lead an inquiry into allegations of historical child sex abuse by establishment figures resigned just days after she was appointed. Baroness Butler-Sloss stepped down as the head of a major inquiry into child abuse claims following criticism of her links to the establishment. Mrs May, the Home Secretary, appointed Lady Butler-Sloss last week to lead a sweeping inquiry into how the state, church, BBC and other public bodies handled allegations of child sexual abuse.

  



Church of England
approves women bishops
Agence France-Presse, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/14/2014 1:50:39 PM     Post Reply
York, UK: The Church of England overcame bitter divisions on Monday to vote in favour of allowing female bishops for the first time in its nearly 500-year history. The decision reverses a previous shock rejection in 2012 and comes after intensive diplomacy by Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby. Cheers erupted in the hall at the Church of England General Synod in York, northern England, as the measure passed. The first women bishops could now be appointed before the end of the year. The Church of England is the mother church of the global Anglican Communion, followed by some 80 million people in over 165 countries.

Democrats continue to pile on
Obama for skipping the border
CNN, by Mary Grace Lucas    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 7/14/2014 1:48:24 PM     Post Reply
Washington – Yet more Democrats are piling on President Barack Obama for skipping a visit to the U.S.-Mexico border during his recent trip to Texas. "I wish he would have come to the border,´ said U.S. Rep. Beto O´Rourke, a Texas Democrat on CNN´s State of the Union with Candy Crowley. "It would have sent an important message to the rest of the country about how seriously he takes this issue beyond the spending request he sent to Congress last week." Obama´s decision to skip the border comes as more and more unaccompanied immigrant minors are making their way in

Qatar to buy Patriot missiles
in $11 bln deal: US officials
Agence France-Presse, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/14/2014 1:41:23 PM     Post Reply
Qatar plans to buy US Patriot missile batteries and Apache attack helicopters in an arms deal worth about $11 billion, senior Pentagon officials said Monday. The sale would provide Qatar with roughly ten radars and 34 launchers for Patriot systems designed to knock out incoming missiles, as well as 24 Apache helicopters and Javelin anti-tank missiles. Qatar was investing in missile defense systems to counter the threat across the Gulf from Iran, which has built up its missile arsenal, officials said. Qatar's minister of state for defense, Major General Hamad bin Ali al-Attiyah, committed to the sale in a signing ceremony Monday in Washington after talks

Hamas lays out truce terms with Israel
Daily Times [Pakistan], by Agencies    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 7/14/2014 1:40:18 PM     Post Reply
GAZA CITY - The Palestinian Hamas movement said on Monday it would not end hostilities with Israel without concessions by the Jewish state and that no serious efforts towards a truce had been made. "Talk of a ceasefire requires real and serious efforts, which we haven´t seen so far," Hamas MP Mushir al-Masri told AFP in Gaza City. Masri said Hamas would only negotiate on the basis of a set of concessions it wants to see Israel agree to. Those include the lifting of Israel´s eight-year blockade on the Gaza Strip, the opening of the Rafah border crossing with Egypt and the

Bastille Day! A time to remember
the ´magazine of wisdom´ that
was Edmund Burke
Telegraph [UK], by Jesse Norman    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/14/2014 1:40:03 PM     Post Reply
Bastille Day! A day to remind ourselves yet again of the age-old formula that Revolution equals Political Inexperience times Zeal times Stupid Theory times Testosterone. Or R = PIZST2, if you prefer. The French Revolution — in which virtually all the revolutionary leaders were men under 40 — makes the point perfectly. But you can try the same game with revolutions of your own choice, and in the privacy of your home. At such a time, one’s thoughts turn inevitably — or at least mine do — to Burke, scourge of the Jacobins. You will doubtless know his magnificent lines on Marie

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl Returned
To Regular Army Duty
Associated Press, by Robert Burns    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 7/14/2014 1:35:44 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — Bowe Bergdahl, the Army sergeant who spent nearly five years as a Taliban captive in Afghanistan, was returned to regular duty Monday with a desk job that makes him available to Army investigators for questioning about his disappearance in 2009. In a brief statement, the Army said Bergdahl is now assigned to U.S. Army North at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston in Texas, the same base where he has been decompressing and recuperating from the effects of his lengthy captivity. His exact administrative duties were not immediately disclosed, but a Pentagon spokesman, Army Col. Steve Warren, said

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