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Bush’s substitute
speaker: Hillary Clinton
Politico, by Maggie Haberman    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 7/16/2014 11:52:31 PM     Post Reply
Former President George W. Bush was supposed to give a speech to Ameriprise Financial conference in Boston next week but had to bow out because he’s recovering from surgery on a bum knee. But the finance services firm was able to secure a prominent substitute speaker: Hillary Clinton. Clinton’s speech, confirmed by two sources familiar with the event, is the latest in a series of paid speaking-circuit gigs for the former secretary of State and likely 2016 contender, who charges upwards of $200,000 to deliver remarks or take part in question-and-answer sessions. Bush, who has also been on the paid speaking circuit,

Hillary´s $2,777 PER MINUTE speaking
contracts demand a ´presidential´
teleprompter, let her cancel ´for any reason
whatsoever´ and she´s the only one allowed
on stage
Daily Mail (U.K.), by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 7/16/2014 11:47:00 PM     Post Reply
Hillary Clinton, the former secretary of state who is preparing to run for president on a populist platform of fighting income inequality, demanded $2,777 per minute for two university speaking engagements and insisted on contracts that cut off reporters´ access to her and limited the number of photos she would take with well-wishers. The Harry Walker Agency drew up legal agreements for Clinton´s speeches at the State University of New York at Buffalo in August 2013 and at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas next month. Combined, the two gigs netted the Clintons´ family foundation $500,000 for three hours´ work, and allowed

Jersey City Public Safety Director
questions Bloods´ ability to
coordinate attacks on cops
Jersey Journal [Jersey City, NJ], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 7/16/2014 11:28:34 PM     Post Reply
Jersey City Public Safety Director James Shea dismissed a recent threat that gang members throughout the state will travel to Jersey City to kill police officers, calling it "ridiculous." Police across the state are on high alert following an internal New Jersey State Police advisory warning that Bloods gang members might be traveling to Jersey City to target police officers.(Snip) “The idea that they [the Bloods] are an organized group that could send people from city to city is ridiculous,” he told The Jersey Journal today. “Anybody I’ve ever met who self identifies himself as a Blood is lucky he

  


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North Texas city rejects partial fracking ban
Associated Press, by Emily Schmall    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 7/16/2014 11:24:21 PM     Post Reply
DENTON, Texas — The council governing a North Texas city that sits atop a large natural gas reserve rejected a bid early Wednesday that would have made it the first city in the state to ban further permitting of hydraulic fracturing in the community. Denton City Council members voted down the petition 5-2 after eight hours of public testimony, sending the proposal to a public ballot in November. Fracking involves blasting a mix of water, sand and chemicals deep into underground rock formations to release trapped oil and gas. While the method has long stirred concerns about its effects on

EPA pulls back from plan
to garnish paychecks
Washington Times, by S. A. Miller    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 7/16/2014 11:17:18 PM     Post Reply
The Environmental Protection Agency bowed to fierce criticism Wednesday and announced that it had hit the breaks on a fast-tracked plan to collect fines by garnishing paychecks of accused polluters. The agency, which has come under withering attacks from Republican lawmakers for attempting a “power grab,” said it still intended to pursue the new authority to garnish wages without a court order. But now it will follow a more typical and longer review process. Opponents of the wage-garnish rule applauded EPA’s decision. “It’s about time this abuse-prone agency listened to Congress and backtrack on a rule that was clearly an

Overwhelmed feds putting illegal
immigrant children at risk
Washington Times, by Stephen Dinan    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 7/16/2014 11:12:55 PM     Post Reply
While much of the focus in the illegal immigrant surge has been on border security, the federal government does a poor job of ensuring relatives who claim children who enter the U.S. illegally are giving them the care they need, according to internal audits that suggest problems remain despite years of warnings. The Obama administration says its priority is to make sure the children get a fair hearing and protections to which they are entitled — but the recent surge has so overwhelmed officials that they are cutting corners in background checks, meaning some children are turned over to parents

Israeli official expects ‘very high
possibility’ of invasion of
Gaza; airstrikes escalate
Washington Post, by Sudarsan Raghavan*    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 7/16/2014 11:03:01 PM     Post Reply
JERUSALEM — On a day rattled by a fury of air attacks, Israel and Hamas found themselves Wednesday searching for a way forward, with a senior Israeli military official declaring that a ground invasion of Gaza was a “very high possibility.” Israel announced that it will observe a unilateral “humanitarian truce” for five hours Thursday to allow Gaza residents to stock up on food and other supplies and let aid reach civilians. The pause in fighting was requested by the United Nations, said another military official, army spokesman Lt. Col. Peter Lerner. It was unclear whether Hamas would also hold

  


  

White House spokesman says
investigation in Solis matter is ongoing
Los Angeles Times, by Abby Sewell    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/16/2014 10:40:58 PM     Post Reply
A White House spokesman said Wednesday that there is an "ongoing law enforcement investigation" related to a recording released earlier in the day by a Republican congressman who alleged it showed improper fundraising activity by former U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis -- now a Los Angeles County supervisor-elect. The comment by White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest at a press briefing was the first public confirmation by the administration of the existence of such an investigation. Earnest noted that the investigation had been reported on in January. The Times first reported the federal investigation into Solis´ activities at that time,

0: Total Refugees Admitted from
Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala
and Mexico in FY13
Cybercast News Service, by Brittany M. Hughes    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/16/2014 10:29:34 PM     Post Reply
According to refugee data from the U.S. Department of State, the federal government did not grant refugee protection to a single person from Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador or Mexico in fiscal year 2013. Now, almost all of the unaccompanied children illegally crossing into the U.S. from Mexico are coming from those nations, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and other congressional Democrats have described these illegal aliens as “refugees.” In the seven fiscal years from 2007 through 2013, a mere five Guatemalans and 25 Hondurans were granted refugee status in the United States. During that time, zero citizens of El Salvador

CNN testing new show with
Camerota, Cuomo and Lemon
Politico, by Hadas Gold    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/16/2014 10:25:53 PM     Post Reply
CNN is testing out a new show with Alisyn Camerota, Chris Cuomo and Don Lemon, POLITICO has learned. On Wednesday, the three anchors taped a pilot dubbed "The 10 o’clock Show,” based out of New York, network sources said. It´s not clear whether it would be a potential primetime 10 p.m. show. Segments included one on the border crisis with "Crossfire" host S.E. Cupp and Democratic consultant Fernando Amandi and one called “Mean Tweets,” where the three anchors read mean tweets about themselves. On Monday, CNN announced it had hired Camerota, who had previously been with Fox News for more

Furious Over Scandals, House Guts
IRS Budget, Blocks Performance Bonuses
Daily Caller, by Tristyn Bloom    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/16/2014 10:25:52 PM     Post Reply
The House voted to block performance bonuses for senior Internal Revenue Service executives Wednesday, The Hill reported. “Giving out bonuses is ludicrous and amounts to a slap in the face to the American public,” said Rep. Paul Gosar, who introduced the amendment. “They should not be given performance awards in the wake of one of the largest scandals in recent history.” The amendment passed by a vote of 282-138-1, with only Democrats voting against it. “To suggest and paint with a broad brush the whole IRS and say that everyone there at the senior level is not worthy of a

  


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Australia kills off carbon tax
Guardian [UK], by Lenore Taylor    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 7/16/2014 10:20:19 PM     Post Reply
Australia’s carbon price has been repealed, leaving the nation with no legislated policy to achieve even the minimum 5% greenhouse emissions reduction target it has inscribed in international agreements. After eight years of bitter political debate, during which climate policy dominated three election campaigns and contributed to the demise of two prime ministers, after last week’s Senate drama in which the repeal was again defeated and this week’s lengthy last gasp debate, the Senate has now finally voted to make good Tony Abbott’s “pledge in blood” to “axe the tax”. The government was backed by seven of the new crossbench senators,

TV Reporter Speaks Out to Fox
About Why He Quit After ‘Young
Black Men’ Comment
Mediaite, by Josh Feldman    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/16/2014 10:13:38 PM     Post Reply
Sean Bergin, the New Jersey reporter who was suspended and got his pay docked (then quit) for a brief commentary he made about young black men, spoke out for the first time on Fox News tonight, telling Megyn Kelly why he quit and why he felt the need to speak out in that way. Bergin was bringing attention to an “anti-cop mentality” in the black community and said, “The underlying cause of all of this, of course: Young black men growing up without fathers. Unfortunately, no one in the news media has the courage to touch that subject.” Bergin explained that

President asks Massachusetts to
shelter illegal immigrant kids
Boston Herald, by Matt Stout, Joe Dwinell    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/16/2014 9:48:56 PM     Post Reply
The Bay State is being asked by President Obama to shelter some of the tens of thousands of unaccompanied illegal immigrant children spilling over the nation’s southern borders, Gov. Deval Patrick revealed today. “We have been asked by the administration ... to consider whether we can shelter some number of unaccompanied minors and we’re trying to sort out what that number is,” Patrick told reporters. “We’re trying to sort out about what our capacities are, what the circumstances would be in the case of unaccompanied minors at the border it would be in some sort of secure facility,” Patrick added. “It’s

Jonathan Turley to Congress:
You face self-destruction if
you don’t rein in Obama
Hot Air, by AllahPundit    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/16/2014 9:43:48 PM     Post Reply
Via the Daily Caller, an elegant opening statement from today’s House Rules Committee hearing on Boehner’s separation-of-powers lawsuit. You’ve heard him make this argument before but he’s getting more apocalyptic with each appearance before Congress — and who can blame him? The last time he testified, Obama wasn’t babbling to activists about amnestizing five million illegals with a stroke of his pen. Today Turley calls O’s rhetoric about unilateral action “extreme” and warns the committee that Congress will effectively self-destruct if the executive is allowed to do what he wants whenever there’s gridlock. After all, in a system of limited

  


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Former Labor Secretary Hilda Solis Solicited
Subordinate´s Help for OFA Fundraiser
Breitbart Instablog, by John Sexton    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/16/2014 9:20:59 PM     Post Reply
Former Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, who is now running for Los Angeles County supervisor, left a voicemail message in 2012 asking a subordinate to help with a fundraiser to support President Obama´s reelection. Rep. Darrell Issa released an audio recording of the voicemail today. (Video) Hi—this is Hilda Solis calling, um, just calling you off-the-record here—Wanted to ask you if you could, um, help us get folks organized to come to a fundraiser that we’re doing for Organizing for America for Obama campaign on Friday at La Fonda at 6 p.m. Steven Smith, an attorney, and his staff are helping

No-Op
PJ Media, by Richard Fernandez    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 7/16/2014 9:19:46 PM     Post Reply
The decision of a court to hold the Dutch state liable for the death of 300 Muslim Bosnians in the Srebrenica massacre marks the first time a UN mission has been blamed for doing nothing. It threatens to unravel the whole system of UN peacekeeping. (Snip) The UN is the planet’s leading supplier of no-ops, whose function is to mimic action while doing nothing at all. Assigning problems to the UN permits the international community to put an international crisis on ice until it falls of the front pages and is forgotten. The no-op is widely known in American political

Ardagh Glass to close 150-year-old
Salem City plant, 290 will lose jobs
South Jersey Times [Woodbury, NJ], by Bill Gallo Jr.    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 7/16/2014 9:00:29 PM     Post Reply
Salem — Ardagh Glass, the manufacturer of a wide variety of bottles and employer for thousands over its 150-year history, will close this fall, company officials confirmed Wednesday night. The closure would mean the loss of around 290 jobs and the end of glass making in Salem City. (Snip) The closure would be a severe blow to the economy of both the city and Salem County. "It´s unfortunate and it is going to have to be a high priority (to work to keep the plant open)," said Salem County Freeholder Deputy Director Dale Cross about word of the closure. "We are going

DHS Secretary: ICE to Run Out
of Money Next Month Without
Supplemental Funding
PJ Media, by Bill Straub    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/16/2014 8:40:23 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON – Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson expressed confidence that the federal government can successfully deal with the surge of unaccompanied children crossing the southern border but it likely will cost billions of dollars to deal with the ongoing crisis. In testifying before the Senate Appropriations Committee, Johnson urged lawmakers to adopt the $3.7 billion plan proposed by President Obama, warning that revenues are running low in the Department of Homeland Security because of outlays already used to address the situation. Without the supplemental funding, Johnson told lawmakers, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement will run out of money sometime in

Abramson Opens Up to Greta, Defends
Charge Obama WH the ‘Most Secretive’
Mediaite, by Josh Feldman    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/16/2014 8:30:09 PM     Post Reply
Ex-New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson joined Greta Van Susteren tonight to open up about her firing and her experience at the Times. Abramson also defended a claim she has made previously that the Obama White House is the “most secretive” she’s ever dealt with. Abramson said she’s “never dealt with an administration where more officials… demand that everything be off the record.” She cited criminal investigations against journalists’ sources, including the current case involving Times reporter James Risen, to make the case of just how secretive the White House is. In fact, she told Van Susteren, “I spoke

  



Eric Holder, Media-Spoiled Brat
NewsBusters, by L. Brent Bozell III & Tim Graham    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/16/2014 8:22:26 PM     Post Reply
Attorney General Eric Holder granted an exclusive interview to ABC´s "This Week With George Stephanopoulos" from London, where he was portrayed by ABC as deeply concerned about the global terrorist threat. What stands out from this very rare session — Holder hasn´t been on Sunday network television in four years — is that Holder pulled out the oldest, lamest card in the Obama political deck: President Barack Obama and he are opposed by people who should be suspected of racism. And darned if he didn´t get away with it again. Pierre Thomas, ABC´s Justice Department correspondent, interviewed Holder and asked him why he

White House: Migrants’ Privacy Trump
Americans’ Right To Know [Video]
Daily Caller, by Neil Munro    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/16/2014 8:16:00 PM     Post Reply
The White House won’t reveal where it is housing thousands of Central American juvenile migrants because their privacy rights trump Americans’ right to know what‘s happening in their neighborhoods, press secretary Josh Earnest declared July 16. “The public does have a right to know what’s happening… [but] at the same time, there are privacy rights that are included in the law that this administration is committed to enforcing and following,” Earnest told Ed Henry, Fox News’ White House correspondent. “We are not surprised in the least to see the Obama administration imitate the smugglers,” William Gheen, founder of Americans for Legal Immigration

Obama hits Russia with more
sanctions, hints at extending
Iran´s nuclear deadline
Fox News & Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/16/2014 8:09:43 PM     Post Reply
President Obama on Wednesday announced new sanctions against Russia for its involvement in Ukraine and other foreign policy moves in response to several international concerns across the Middle East. "We live in a complex world and at a challenging time," Obama said from the White House. "And none of these challenges lend themselves to quick or easy solutions, but all of them require American leadership. And as commander in chief, I’m confident that if we stay patient and determined, that we will, in fact, meet these challenges." The president said the new sanctions against Russia -- which hit major Russian banks and

Michelle Obama Says Soldier Was
Caught In A ‘Fire Fart’ [Video]
Daily Caller, by Patrick Howley    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/16/2014 7:53:10 PM     Post Reply
First Lady Michelle Obama told a harrowing story Wednesday of a soldier caught in a “fire fart” during his wartime experience. “There’s this soldier that we met just a month ago,” Obama told the crowd at a Los Angeles event addressing the plight of homeless veterans, “who was caught in a fire fart–fight in Afghanistan.” The soldier returned home to find a bleak environment for veterans of war, according to Michelle’s prepared remarks at the event, which also featured a presentation from Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti. “Just try putting yourselves in their shoes for just a moment,” Michelle said

Biden: The Change We Promised
In 2008 Never Happened
BuzzFeed, by Andrew Kaczynski    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 7/16/2014 7:44:04 PM     Post Reply
Vice President Joe Biden said Wednesday the “hope and change” promised by President Obama and himself in 2008 never happened. Biden was speaking at the Generation Progress, a segment of the Center for American Progress dedicated to student and youth advocacy. “Look folks, this is within our power to change,” Biden said to the crowd. “Everybody says because we tried in ‘08 and it didn’t happen, it’s not possible. Wrong. We’ve gone through these periods before.” Biden later said change was still possible if youth were the force behind it. “But folks, this is totally within our power. Change. Change for the better

Newly released testimony latest evidence
Benghazi attacks premeditated
Fox News, by Catherine Herridge    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/16/2014 7:44:02 PM     Post Reply
Transcripts of congressional testimony released by the House Armed Services committee are the latest in a growing body of evidence that the 2012 Benghazi attacks were premeditated. Gen. Carter Ham, who at the time led the military´s Africa command, known as Africom, told Congress in April the terrorists who attacked the CIA annex, during the third wave of the terrorist assault, had professional training. "Given the precision of the attack, it was a well-trained mortar crew," Ham said, adding the mortar strike showed "a degree of sophistication and military training that is relatively unusual and certainly, I think, indicates that

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