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On Capitol Hill, a brief simulation of
what poor Americans go through each day
Washington Post, by Robert Samuels    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 7/15/2014 9:49:46 PM     Post Reply
U.S. Rep. Daniel Kildee (D-Mich.) had just finished voting on highway construction funding before he was rushed to a meeting room and thrust into the anxiety-ridden world of Ann and Albert.(snip)The role play was a part of an hour-long exercise to help those working on Capitol Hill understand the day-to-day life of low-income families. About 60 staffers and interns, in pinstripe suits and pencil skirts, were pretending to be poor. Surrounding them were meeting tables that represented pit stops: The homeless shelter. The bank. The pawn shop. The grocery store. Working in family units, each group had to figure out how

The Seven Gambit
PJ Media, by Richard Fernandez    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 7/15/2014 9:48:06 PM     Post Reply
Just as soon as Israel accepted an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire Hamas fired 47 rockets killing one Israeli citizen. Anyone who has followed the conflict could have predicted this with certainty; the point of a ceasefire — for a terrorist organization — is to break it for exactly the same reason it purposely attacks women and children. Dr. Anna Geifman tried to explain that the reason why innocents are selected as terror targets is because “children are the last consecrated absolute”. That is just why they must be killed in the cruelest way possible. For “militant nihilism strives to ruin first and

Obama executive actions seen
as threat to Constitution
Washington Times, by Stephen Dinan    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/15/2014 9:44:52 PM     Post Reply
A prominent law professor and avowed supporter of the Obama White House will tell the House on Wednesday that the president has created one of the biggest constitutional crises in the country’s history and will endorse House Republicans’ effort to sue to rein him in. Jonathan Turley, a professor at George Washington University, will say President Obama is trampling the founders’ vision for the country in his push to circumvent Congress, and he will demand Republicans and Democrats alike forget their party labels to unify against this White House’s power grab. “What we are witnessing today is one of the

  


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Here are some of the lobbyists and
business PACs trying to drive Justin
Amash out of Congress
Washington Examiner, by Timothy P. Carney    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/15/2014 9:36:44 PM     Post Reply
Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich., is probably the most libertarian member of the U.S. House, which means he´s made some enemies on K Street. They are funding his primary opponent, Brian Ellis. The latest campaign filing from Ellis´s campaign shows some of the business interests that want Amash gone. Some highlights: PACs: Blue Cross / Blue Shield of Michigan, $2,500 Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America, $2,000 Association For Advanced Life Underwriting, $5,000 The Dow Chemical Company, $5,000 National Association of Home Builders, $5,000 Business Industry Political Action Committee, $2,000 Michigan Beer & Wine Wholesalers Assoc., $1,000 Michigan Chamber of Commerce, $2,000 Food Marketing Institute, $2,500 Lobbyists: Former John Boehner aide, current American Express

Elizabeth Warren: The government
shutdown was over birth control
Washington Examiner, by Ashe Schow    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/15/2014 9:33:15 PM     Post Reply
Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., on Tuesday blamed last October´s government shutdown on Republicans wanting to deny women access to birth control. No really. Warren said this on the Senate floor while defending the Democrats´ deceptively titled “Women´s Health Protection Act.” “Remember last year´s government shutdown that nearly tanked our economy?” Warren asked. “That fight started with a GOP effort to hold the whole operation of the federal government hostage in order to try to force Democrats and the president to let employers deny workers access to birth control.” Um, no, sorry. The government shutdown occurred over a continuing resolution to fund the government

TV Reporter Suspended for On-Air
Comment About ‘Young Black Men’
Mediaite, by Andrew Kirell    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/15/2014 9:20:58 PM     Post Reply
News 12 New Jersey reporter Sean Bergin has reportedly been suspended for comments he made on-the-air Sunday evening about the black community. After reporting on a suspect in the fatal shooting of Jersey City police officer Melvin Santiago, Bergin told his viewers that News 12 was “besieged” with phone calls from police officials “furious that we would give media coverage to the life of a cop killer.” Those complaints were “understandable,” Bergin said. “We decided to air it because it’s important to shine a light on the anti-cop mentality that has so contaminated America’s inner cities.” He then made the

Muslims Turn away from Islamism
National Review Online, by Daniel Pipes    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 7/15/2014 9:18:18 PM     Post Reply
The Pew Research Center, a subsidiary of The Pew Charitable Trusts, has the means to sample opinion with unique frequency and on a major scale. It has used its funds to track Muslim attitudes toward Islamism in general, toward specific terrorist groups in particular, and also toward suicide bombing over the past decade. The most recent study, “Concerns about Islamic Extremism on the Rise in Middle East,” released on July 1, conducted among 14,244 respondents in 14 countries between April 10 and May 25, 2014, holds much interest. Pew summarized the overall results: As well-publicized bouts of violence, from civil

  


  

The gay joke that had US President
Barack Obama chuckling
and giving a fist bump
News.com.au (Australia), by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 7/15/2014 9:13:48 PM     Post Reply
WHEN he stopped by a Texas barbecue restaurant for a photo opportunity, US President Barack Obama was probably just after some lunch. Instead a gay joke by the cashier turned into a viral hit. (snip) As the most powerful man in the world approached him, Webb reportedly yelled “Equal rights for gay people”. As the Austin Chronicle reports, Obama — a staunch supporter of equality himself — asked the man if he was gay himself. “Only when I have sex,” Webb replied. After laughing, the president reached out for a fist bump and the moment was snapped on camera. “It

Krauthammer: Harry Reid ‘Detached
From Reality,’ Wonders If He’s On
His Medication [Video]
Daily Caller, by Katie Frates    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/15/2014 9:02:35 PM     Post Reply
Conservative commentator Charles Krauthammer isn’t so sure Democratic Sen. Harry Reid is on his medication. Krauthammer speculated on Reid’s mental health on “Special Report with Bret Baier” Tuesday night. The panel, including Baier and Fox News contributor Mara Liasson, was discussing the influx of illegal immigrants — mostly women and children — flooding over the southern border. Liasson explained that President Obama has always said he “wanted the flexibility to treat kids from Central America the same as Mexico” but never explicitly asked Congress to change the Bush-era 2008 sex trafficking law. “He wanted Congress to go first,” she said.

Kerry: ‘Very Real Gaps’ Remain
with Iran, Coming Back to D.C. to
‘Consult’ with Obama, Congress
PJ Media, by Bridget Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/15/2014 8:54:16 PM     Post Reply
Just five days away from the deadline for a final nuclear agreement with Iran, Secretary of State John Kerry said “very real gaps” remain between P5+1 and Iranian negotiators in Vienna. “Despite the difficulties of these negotiations, I am confident that the United States and our partners in the P5+1 remain as squarely focused as ever on testing whether or not we can find a negotiated solution to this most pressing international security imperative,” Kerry told reporters today. He said he’d had “lengthy conversations” with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif over the past few days “about what Iran is willing

No hints from Hillary
Clinton on ´The Daily Show´
Associated Press, by Verena Dobnik    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 7/15/2014 8:50:07 PM     Post Reply
NEW YORK Hillary Rodham Clinton didn´t give Jon Stewart any hints about whether she will run for president, but acknowledged during Tuesday´s taping of "The Daily Show" that the speculation surrounding her possible candidacy has become "a cottage industry." Stewart introduced Clinton by saying, "She´s here solely for one reason: to publicly and definitively declare her candidacy for president of the United States." That proved not to be true. The two moved on to just about every issue in national and international politics that Clinton faced as secretary of state, including the violence and tension between Israel and the Palestinians. "We´re really in a

  


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USDA Suggests Changes to
Grocery Stores to ‘Nudge’
Consumers to Eat Healthy
Washington Free Beacon, The, by Elizabeth Harrington    Original Article
Posted By: obviousity- 7/15/2014 8:49:50 PM     Post Reply
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is suggesting major changes to grocery stores to “nudge” Americans to purchase healthier foods when they shop. The agency commissioned an “expert panel” to make recommendations on how to guide the more than 47 million Americans on food stamps into spending their benefits on fruits and vegetables. The group released an 80-page report this month presenting their ideas, which include talking shopping carts and a marketing strategy for grocery chains that would feature better store lighting for healthier items. “Most Americans, including Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants, do not purchase enough whole grains,

GOP moderates revolt in Kansas
Politico, by Manu Raju    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/15/2014 8:44:06 PM     Post Reply
WICHITA, Kan. — Moderate Republicans have been kicked around by the tea party for years in Congress and the states. Here in Kansas, they’re fighting back. A moderate GOP uprising is in full swing against Gov. Sam Brownback, the fierce fiscal and social conservative whose policies led to a purge of middle-of-the-road Republicans from the legislature early in his tenure. In a rare and surprising act of political defiance on Tuesday, more than 100 Republicans, including current and former officeholders, endorsed Brownback’s opponent, statehouse Democratic leader Paul Davis. Polls show the challenger with a surprisingly strong shot at taking out

White House defying
aide´s congressional subpoena
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/15/2014 8:44:03 PM     Post Reply
Washington - The White House is defying a congressional subpoena by keeping a top political aide to President Barack Obama from testifying at a hearing Wednesday. The White House is arguing that Obama adviser David Simas is immune from subpoena by the House Oversight Committee in its investigation into the political office that he directs. White House counsel Neil Eggleston says in a letter to Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa that the Simas subpoena threatens the constitutional separation of powers. White House lawyers spent an hour and 15 minutes Tuesday briefing the committee´s staff behind closed doors on the political office´s

Hundreds gather in Baton Rouge
to protest Israeli war crimes in Gaza
WAFB (Baton Rouge, LA), by Amber Stegall and Tanita Gaither    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 7/15/2014 8:43:16 PM     Post Reply
BATON ROUGE, LA - Hundreds of people gathered in Baton Rouge on Tuesday afternoon to protest Israeli war crimes in Gaza. This is just one group of protesters who gathered worldwide for the cause. The protest comes on a day when tensions and violence are high in the Israeli-Gaza conflict. More than 200 people were standing outside of the Baton Rouge Federal Courthouse with signs, megaphones, flags and determination to be heard. Those that gathered in Baton Rouge are from Louisiana, and organizers say they just want to be heard. Groups sounded off nationally and worldwide on Tuesday. "It´s a human cause," said one protester

  


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The District of where?
Geography-challenged Orlando
TSA agent rejects D.C. drivers license
Washington Times, by Jennifer Pompi    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/15/2014 8:29:18 PM     Post Reply
A Transportation Safety Administration agent at the Orlando International Airport rejected a man’s use of his D.C. driver’s license as identification — because he had no idea where the District of Columbia was located, according to a report by WFTV. According to the news agency, Justin Gray — a D.C. resident — was flying out of the airport and attempted to use his driver’s license as his form of identification when passing through a security checkpoint. The TSA agent attending to Mr. Gray rejected the license and demanded his passport. Mr. Gray, who did not have his passport on his person, asked the agent why it was necessary,

Hershey boosts candy prices
as food costs rise
Los Angeles Times, by Brianna Sacks    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/15/2014 8:24:24 PM     Post Reply
Bad news for chocolate lovers -- your favorite indulgence is about to get more expensive. Hershey Co., the nation´s leading candy producer, said Tuesday it is raising prices of chocolates such as Kisses, Reese´s, Mounds bars and other candies by 8% to combat increasing food, utility and transportation costs. The costs for cocoa, dairy and nuts have "increased meaningfully since the beginning of the year," said Michele Buck, president of Hershey´s North America, explaining that prices of these commodities "have been volatile and remain at levels that are above historical averages." Cocoa futures jumped to almost a three-year high this

Harry Reid buries White House
talking point with opposition
to bipartisan border crisis bill
Hot Air, by Noah Rothman    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/15/2014 8:18:31 PM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama sent thrills up the collective legs of his supporters (and a few journalists) last week when he quoted Martin Scorsese’s The Departed during a campaign-style event. “I’m the guy doing my job. You must be the other guy,” Obama said, referring to congressional Republicans. “It is lonely me just doing stuff,” the president continued. “I’d love it if the Republican did stuff, too.” It is worth noting that the president resorted to this bravado while he was ignoring calls from members of his party to see the border with his own eyes. The president’s answer to that

Global ‘tranquility,’ Obama-style
Washington Times, by Donald Lambro    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 7/15/2014 8:14:18 PM     Post Reply
The pablum from the White House is beginning to sour stomachs If anyone needs further evidence the White House is out touch with reality, it came in an official statement this week that President Obama has made the world a more tranquil place. This was the White House’s exaggerated response to a well-documented, front-page Wall Street Journal story that concluded, “the breadth of global instability now unfolding hasn’t been seen since the late 1970s.” The article also charged that under this administration, “U.S. global power seems increasingly tenuous.” This should be obvious to anyone who’s been following foreign events — make that crises —

Road melts at Yellowstone National Park
CNN, by Katia Hetter    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/15/2014 8:10:46 PM     Post Reply
The road was melting. Extreme heat from thermal features at Yellowstone National Park, created by the active volcano below the park, caused oil to bubble on a road surface Wednesday and damage it. Park crews had to close and repair the 3.3-mile loop road that takes visitors past White Dome Geyser, Great Fountain Geyser and Firehole Lake. Blame it on the Yellowstone Volcano. Yellowstone National Park -- a UNESCO World Heritage Site -- sits atop one of the world´s largest volcanoes, and some of the thermal spots have damaged the popular Firehole Lake Drive. The park features over 10,000 thermal

  



Dozens of Disney World workers
arrested in child sex stings
New York Post, by David K. Li    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/15/2014 8:09:51 PM     Post Reply
Almost three dozen Disney theme park workers have been arrested for alleged kiddie-sex crimes since 2006, according to a broadcast report. The 35 busts have been for possession of child porn or trying to meet a minor for sex, CNN found after combing through law enforcement and court records. So far, 32 of those busted have been convicted and the other cases are pending. Two cases of child porn allegedly happened on Disney property. Disney spokeswoman Jacquee Wahler said these scary arrests represent only a tiny fraction of the company’s workforce. “Providing a safe environment for children and families is a

Politifact: Pelosi misspeaks
in attack on Supreme Court
Tampa Bay Times (FL), by Louis Jacobsen    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 7/15/2014 8:07:30 PM     Post Reply
The U.S. Supreme Court is "five guys who start determining what contraceptions are legal." Nancy Pelosi, House minority leader, at a July 10 press conference The ruling Fox News Channel host Megyn Kelly took the media to task for not immediately shooting down Pelosi´s assertion. "I´ve seen the media rush to clarify Ms. Pelosi´s misleading remarks … Oh, no, I have seen none of that, except on Fox News," Kelly said sarcastically. "When you´ve got somebody in such a powerful a position as Nancy Pelosi, in a position to influence so many people on such a platform, come out and tell blatant falsehoods, there

Brazilian who turned 126 years old last week
could be oldest living person
Telegraph [UK], by Matt Roper    Original Article
Posted By: JoElla Bee- 7/15/2014 7:53:00 PM     Post Reply
A Brazilian man whose parents were African slaves could be the oldest living person ever documented after receiving a birth cerficate showing he turned 126 last week, it was reported on Tuesday. Jose Aguinelo dos Santos was born on July 7 1888, just two months after slavery was abolished in Brazil - the last country in the world to outlaw the trade. Yet the batchelor, who never married or had children, still walks without a stick, eats four meals a day and has no health problems - despite smoking a packet of cigarettes a day for the last 50 years.

Paul Ryan: Immigration Bills Dead,
At Least for This Year
National Review Online, by Joel Gehrke    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/15/2014 7:49:16 PM     Post Reply
Representative Paul Ryan (R., Wis.,) has given up on passing legislation to overhaul the current immigration system because the border crisis has poisoned the political atmosphere for such an effort, at least for this year. (Snip) Ryan also summarized his view of how to resolve the border crisis. “The ultimate goal ought to be to secure the border, get the resources at the border that you need (and that’s where I think there’s a case for a supplemental; they’re burning through funds). But you’ve got to change the human trafficking law so that we’re not resettling people within the interior of the country, because all that does is create the incentive

House Passes $11 Billion
Highway Bill in Bipartisan Vote
ABC News, by John Parkinson & Jeff Zeleny    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/15/2014 7:40:06 PM     Post Reply
Washington - Behind a slight majority of Democratic votes, the GOP-controlled House of Representatives voted late this afternoon to approve a $10.8 billion short-term extension of the Highway Trust Fund. The temporary lifeline for the nation’s construction workers passed 367-55, with 186 Democrats joining 181 Republicans on the vote. The legislation, known formally as the Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2014, was opposed by many conservatives, with both the Club For Growth and Heritage Action pressing lawmakers to oppose the vote. Forty-five of the House Republican Conference’s most conservative

Lawmakers move to block
EPA wage-garnishing rule
Washington Times, by S.A. Miller    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/15/2014 7:31:53 PM     Post Reply
Lawmakers pushed back Tuesday against the Environmental Protection Agency’s move to garnish the paychecks of accused polluters, advancing a bill that would block the new authority. The House Committee on Appropriations approved the countermeasure as a policy rider on a $30.2 billion spending bill for natural resources agencies, including the EPA, the Interior Department and U.S. Forest Service. The amendment by Rep. Tom Graves, Georgia Republican, passed the committee in a voice vote, signaling an absence of strong opposition, if not support for prohibiting the EPA from claiming authority to garnish wages to collect fines

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