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The Cheney Bunch - minus one
Politico, by David Nather    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/14/2014 6:05:55 PM     Post Reply
Sing it with us: “Here’s the story of a man named Cheney …” Dick, Lynne and Liz Cheney had a message they wanted to send with their appearance at POLITICO’s Playbook lunch on Monday: We’re a family, we’re happy together, we joke together, and we’re beating the drum for an aggressive foreign policy together. It’s almost as if the Cheneys were the Brady Bunch — if the Brady Bunch had started a hawkish think tank and were warning the country about the failures of President Barack Obama’s leadership around the world.) There’s just one problem: this Brady Bunch wasn’t all

GOP’s House Judiciary Chairman
Clueless on Impeachment
PJ Media, by Andrew C. McCarthy    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/14/2014 6:01:49 PM     Post Reply
The Beltway fixture that Republicans have placed in charge of the House judiciary committee—i.e., the committee that, by its own description, functions as “the lawyer for the House of Representatives,” and claims an “infrequent but important role in impeachment proceedings”—is ignorant when it comes to the Constitution’s impeachment standard. Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R., Va.) took to one of the Sunday shows to demonstrate his cluelessness. After explaining that “the Constitution is very clear as to what constitutes grounds for impeachment of the president of the United States,” he proceeded to mangle that very clear standard, opining that President Obama “has not

The Important Questions: MSNBC
Reporter Asks Josh Earnest About
Obama’s Pool Game [Video]
Daily Caller, by Kaitlan Collins    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/14/2014 5:57:42 PM     Post Reply
MSNBC reporter Chris Jansing asked White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest Monday if Democratic Colorado governor John Hickenlooper let President Obama win one of the two pool games during his trip to Denver last week. Hickenlooper said Sunday at the National Governors Association meeting that President Obama beat him at not just one game, but two games of pool. “There’s been some back and forth about that and the $20 that was exchanged,” Jansing said. Earnest laughed, and said he would “be surprised if Governor Hickenlooper would say that he threw a pool game to the President of the United States.” Follow Kaitlan on

  


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Jeb Bush gives nod to
Brown´s Senate bid
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Rebecca Shabad    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/14/2014 5:52:22 PM     Post Reply
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) expressed support Monday for Scott Brown’s (R) Senate bid in New Hampshire.Bush, a potential presidential contender in 2016, posted a photo on Twitter with Brown and members of Brown’s family. Earlier this month, Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee, also endorsed Brown. Romney has endorsed several other GOP primary candidates during this election cycle.Brown announced his Senate campaign in April, challenging Democratic incumbent Sen. Jeanne Shaheen. Brown previously served in the Senate for Massachusetts, but was defeated by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) in 2012.Brown will face former Sen. Bob Smith (R-N.H.) and former

House GOP group to recommend
changes to immigration law
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Cristina Marcos & Peter Schroeder    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/14/2014 5:44:23 PM     Post Reply
Fresh off a trip to Guatemala and Honduras, a House GOP working group on immigration will recommend Tuesday that the conference change a 2008 trafficking law to stop the thousands of immigrant children flooding across the border. Granger will offer the presentation at a pivotal conference meeting expected to signal the party´s direction on the issue. The 2008 law has emerged as the biggest sticking point between Republicans and Democrats battling over President Obama’s $3.7 billion request for supplemental border funding. Under the statute, unaccompanied immigrant children from Mexico or Canada must be screened within 48 hours

White House: Immigrant children
facing danger will ´likely´ stay in US
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Justin Sink    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/14/2014 5:29:39 PM     Post Reply
The White House said Monday it was “likely” that immigrant children facing mortal danger in their home countries would be allowed to stay in the United States. The comments come amid a growing debate over a 2008 law that allows many of the children flooding across the southern border an automatic asylum hearing. “These children will — and other immigrants who are attempting to enter the country without documentation — will go through the immigration process and that means their claims of asylum will be considered by an immigration judge and by asylum officials,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest

Some Afghans Wish John Kerry
Would Be Their President
Daily Caller, by Ariel Cohen    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/14/2014 5:13:25 PM     Post Reply
If U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry ever needs a new job, he could find himself at home in Afghanistan. After a recent diplomatic visit to the country, Kerry was hailed as a hero and a great politician, so much so, that some Afghans wished he would run for president. “John Kerry is the greatest American and the best friend of Afghanistan. He helped prevent this country from going to civil war two times,” 29-year-old Kabul shopkeeper Maqsood Parwani told NBC news. “I wish if we could elect him as our president, but we cannot so hope the American people elect him

  


  

Leaked Data Shows 10-Fold Increase
In Obama’s Asylum Approvals
Daily Caller, by Neil Munro    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/14/2014 5:10:44 PM     Post Reply
The number of foreigners who successfully filed asylum claims in the United States almost tripled from 2012 to 2013, up to 30,393. That’s 10 times the number from 2008, when President Barack Obama was elected, and it is evidence his immigration officials are agreeing that many people in the growing wave of Central American migrants face a “credible fear” of harm if they are returned. Official approval allows the migrants to file for asylum in immigration court, where judges will approve or reject the asylum request. If you came illegally to the U.S. seeking asylum in 2013, you had better than a

How Palin’s Call for Impeachment
Is at Odds With Conservative Politics
Wall Street Journal, by Peter Wehner    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/14/2014 5:07:46 PM     Post Reply
Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin first made her case for the impeachment of President Barack Obama here. She next explained her argument at FoxNews.com. Last week I explained in a Think Tank post why I thought Ms. Palin’s idea is a very bad one. I want to return to Ms. Palin’s recommendation in order to make a broader point about conservatism. Ms. Palin is not only championing the impeachment of President Obama; she also was a cheerleader for the tactic that led to the government shutdown last October. That turned out to be a disaster for the GOP and conservatism, and it achieved nothing useful.

Democrats’ Woes Make Al
Franken a Little Less Safe
Wall Street Journal, by Patrick O´Connor    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/14/2014 5:06:19 PM     Post Reply
It’s not you Al, it’s your party. Stuart Rothenberg, editor and publisher of the nonpartisan Rothenberg Political Report, changed his rating on Sen. Al Franken’s race for re-election in Minnesota to reflect a slightly more competitive environment for the Democrat. But Mr. Rothenberg, an experienced handicapper, was quick to note that his ratings change – from “safe Democrat” to “Democrat favored” – has everything to do with headwinds confronting the party and very little to do with Mr. Franken’s Republican opponent, businessman Mike McFadden.

Why Hasn’t Bowe Bergdahl Seen or
Spoken to His Parents Since Release?
Mediaite, by Matt Wilstein    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/14/2014 5:02:36 PM     Post Reply
Earlier today came news that Bowe Bergdahl, who was released by the Taliban after five years in captivity, will be returning to active duty with the U.S. Army this week. Now, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal, we learn that Bergdahl has refused to see or speak to his parents since his release six weeks ago. An army official reportedly told the Journal that Bergdahl has refused to see his parents in person or even speak to them on the phone, suggesting “a deeper estrangement between the soldier and his parents than the military understood when he was

  


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Toddler mauled trying to hug pit bull dog
KUSA-TV [Denver, CO], by Janet Oravetz    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 7/14/2014 4:56:20 PM     Post Reply
A 19-month-old boy was attacked by a pit bull in a parking lot in Commerce City, Colo., police said. Investigators said the 90-pound dog was tethered to a pole when the attack happened around 7:30 p.m. Sunday. They said the boy was trying to give the dog a hug when it mauled his neck and face. "The child went to give the dog a hug, and it latched onto his face," Commerce City police spokesman Chris Dickey told the Denver Post. The child suffered severe facial injuries, but was expected to survive. Police said the dog's owner is a transient who was present at the time of the attack.

´I never quit!´ One year on from her public
humiliation during George Zimmerman´s trial,
how Trayvon witness Rachel Jeantel has turned
her life around by graduating from high school
Daily Mail [UK], by David McCormack    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/14/2014 4:49:38 PM     Post Reply
Rachel Jeantel was thrust in the national spotlight last June when she took the stand in the George Zimmerman trial as the prosecution’s supposed ‘star witness’. Instead, Jentel quickly became a target for public ridicule due to her demeanor in court and the fact she was outed as illiterate on national TV. In the months since then Jeantel has worked hard to turn her life around and in doing so keep a promise she had made to Martin to graduate high school. At the time of last June’s trial, Jeantel had a fourth-grade reading level. The child of immigrant parents,

Wake County looks at future of
magnet school program
News & Observer (Raleigh NC), by T. Keung Hui    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/14/2014 4:46:47 PM     Post Reply
Wake County’s magnet schools have earned national recognition during the past 32 years, but have reached a crossroads as they face tougher competition for students from inside and outside of the school district. Magnet applications have dropped 42 percent since 2007 even as enrollment in North Carolina’s largest school district has increased by 14 percent. But with nearly 2,600 applicants a year still being turned down, some Wake County school leaders say more magnet schools are needed to keep up with growth, give additional options to families and promote diverse school enrollments. “The capacity in our magnet system has not

After An Injured Vet Waits 2 Years
For A Wheelchair, These Lowe’s
Employees Do What The VA Won’t
Independent Journal Review, by Caroline Schaeffer    Original Article
Posted By: ladydawgfan- 7/14/2014 4:36:55 PM     Post Reply
Veteran Michael Sulsona had been waiting on a new wheelchair from the VA for years. After receiving no help, his broke down inside a Lowe’s. That’s when three strangers stepped in to help. Sulsona wrote this letter to the Staten Island Advance to share the story and express his gratitude. "In 1971, I stepped on a land mine in Vietnam and lost both legs above the knee. For the past two years, I have been waiting to receive a new wheelchair from the Veterans Administration. In addition, I have been told that I am not entitled to a spare wheelchair. On the evening of July 7, my wheelchair fell apart again, while shopping at Lowe’s Home

  


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Obama a "shark" at the pool table,
Gov. Hickenlooper says
CBS News, by Stephanie Condon    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/14/2014 4:33:37 PM     Post Reply
President Obama is known for being competitive on the basketball court, but he´s also apparently a cutthroat pool player. Gov. John Hickenlooper, D-Colo., told reporters at the National Governors Association meeting on Sunday that the president surprised him by beat him in two consecutive games. To add insult to injury, the two were playing at the Wynkoop Brewing Company, a bar that Hickenlooper co-founded. "You know I´ll tell ya -- the man is a shark," Hickenlooper told reporters, Time reports. "I was up a few balls. I felt pretty good. I was actually wondering whether how hard should I --

Crossroads Ad: Ernst is ´True Iowa´
Weekly Standard, by Michael Warren    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/14/2014 4:28:02 PM     Post Reply
Joni Ernst, the Republican Senate candidate from Iowa, is getting a boost from GOP super PAC American Crossroads. A new TV ad from the group contrasts Ernst´s background as "a mother and a soldier" with that of her opponent, Democratic congressman Bruce Braley. "Bruce Braley, trial lawyer and Washington politician, supports Obamacare and caught putting down Chuck Grassley to an out-of-state crowd," says the voiceover. Included in a clip of Braley criticizing Grassley, the Iowa Republican, as a "farmer who never went to law school." "She´ll never look down on farmers, because Ernst is true Iowa," the voiceover concludes.

Is A Digital Bible Less Holy?
U.S. Officials Increasingly
Sworn In On Tablets
Fox News Latino, by Hillary Vaughn    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/14/2014 3:54:01 PM     Post Reply
It was called the wave of the future – the recently tapped U.S. ambassador to Switzerland was sworn in last month with her hand not on a paper Bible but on top of a Kindle. Techies called it revolutionary and applauded Suzi Levine for making history. But she wasn’t the only one who went high-tech when she took the oath of office. A county executive from Long Island, N.Y., used the Bible app on an iPad to be sworn in last year and a few months ago a group of firefighters from New Jersey huddled around a Kindle Bible when they took their oath. But the movement has drawn concern from some in the religious community who are reluctant

Paul to Perry: New glasses not working
Houston Chronicle, by Mike Ward    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/14/2014 3:49:10 PM     Post Reply
Days after Texas Gov. Rick Perry blasted U.S. Sen. Rand Paul´s foreign policy approach as "curiously blind" and "wrong," Paul is shooting back. And Perry´s distinctive new glasses are caught in the crossfire. Responding to an op-ed column by Perry that was published Friday in The Washington Post, Paul responded on Monday with a column of his own published on Politico -- escallating a dispute between the two likely contenders for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016. "There are many things I like about Texas Gov. Rick Perry, including his stance on the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution. But apparently his

First State Sues Over Student Loan Fraud
Time Magazine, by Jacob Davidson    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/14/2014 3:43:16 PM     Post Reply
On Monday, Illinois became the first state to sue so-called debt settlement companies for fraudulent student loan practices. The New York Times reports that two companies, Broadsword Student Advantage and First American Tax Defense, were sued for charging customers for debt assistance they never received. Debt settlement companies, which consumers pay for help consolidating their loans and decreasing their monthly payments, have long had a reputation for taking advantage of desperate borrowers eager for a quick fix. With Americans now holding $1.2 trillion in outstanding student loans, college grads appear to be

  



The border crisis —
Rick Perry’s fight-or-flight moment
Washington Times, by Steve Deace    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/14/2014 3:35:53 PM     Post Reply
What’s transpiring on the Texas-Mexico border could turn out to be an even bigger story than many of us realize. What could be bigger than a humanitarian crisis, with thousands of children caught in the cross-fire between lawless Latin American regimes and the lawless regime in our White House? What could be bigger than potentially allowing scores of criminals and other ne’er-do-wells to use these children as human shields that allow them to enter our country illegally? How about the opening salvo in America’s next major political realignment? Conventional wisdom says the story here is President Obama’s dereliction of

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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