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West considers early sanctions
moves in troubled Iran nuclear talks
Reuters, by Justyna Pawlak and Louis Charbonneau    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/17/2014 10:41:22 AM     Post Reply
Brussels & Vienna - With talks between world powers and Iran over a broad nuclear accord at an impasse, Western governments are considering offering a significant easing of sanctions early on in the process to try to wring concessions from Tehran, diplomats say. To be effective, such a plan would have to involve clear guidance to companies made wary by U.S. fines for sanctions-busting, be reversible and not go too far, or skeptical U.S. lawmakers would simply reimpose restrictions. The OPEC oil producer has seen its economy devastated by years of sanctions imposed over its contested nuclear program, which Western states say appears to be

Hezbollah and al Qaeda clash
on Syria-Lebanon frontier
Reuters, by Mariam Karouny    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/17/2014 10:31:26 AM     Post Reply
Beirut - Hezbollah and the Syrian branch of al Qaeda have fought a deadly five-day battle in Syria near the border with Lebanon, a Hezbollah source and a fighter for the Nusra Front said on Thursday. Hezbollah is a Shi´ite Muslim militant group that has fought alongside troops loyal to President Bashar al-Assad in Syria´s civil war, now in its fourth year. Al Qaeda´s Nusra Front is a Sunni militia that considers all Shi´ites heretics deserving death. A Nusra Front member said Hezbollah had lost many fighters over the past few days during the clashes in Syria´s Qalamoun mountains. On Wednesday, Hezbollah tried to enter Syria from two Shi'ite

Dinesh D’Souza Tells the
True Story of America
Canada Free Press, by Arnold Ahlert    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 7/17/2014 10:30:48 AM     Post Reply
Dinesh D’Souza’s latest film, “America, Imagine a World Without Her,” which earned a rare A+ rating from CinemaScore, is apparently such a threat to progressive ideology that Costco initially ordered the book on which the movie is based removed from its shelves. One can understand why: the film is a devastating takedown of those who see America as the primary source of evil in the world. The picture opens with a what-if scenario that includes the assassination of George Washington by a British sniper, and the subsequent disintegration of Mount Rushmore, the Lincoln Memorial, the Iwo Jima Memorial, and the

  


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CBS Touts Archie Taking Bullet
For Gay Friend; Inadvertently
Reveals Publisher´s Flip-Flop
NewsBusters, by Matthew Balan    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 7/17/2014 10:22:51 AM     Post Reply
Anthony Mason spotlighted the death of comic book character Archie Andrews on Wednesday´s CBS Evening News, and pointed out that "it all ends...when an adult Archie takes a bullet aimed by a stalker at a gay friend." Mason turned to the comics´ publisher, Jon Goldwater, and wondered if he was "trying to make a political statement with this comic book" Goldwater denied that he was doing so, even though he underlined that "gun violence is too prevalent in this country, and we should do everything we can to prevent it." However, just hours earlier on NPR´s Morning Edition, he hinted

AR-15-toting Michigan residents
rally to halt plans for immigrant depot
Washington Times, by Cheryl K. Chumley    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/17/2014 10:14:17 AM     Post Reply
At least 50 people carting weapons, flags and posters expressing anger with the porous border took to Vassar, Mich., streets to rally against a plan to ship some of the illegal minor-aged immigrants to their community. Many in the crowd carried AR-15 rifles and handguns — the latest sign of the growing unrest around the nation that’s marking the federal government’s response to tens of thousands of illegals crossing into U.S. territories in recent months. They also carted “Don’t Tread on Me” flags and a “Second Amendment Revolution” flag, a design that includes the basic Betsy Ross pattern with the Roman number II and a circle of 13 stars,

Justina Pelletier Pushes Law in
Washington D.C.
Fox News CT, by Beau Berman    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 7/17/2014 10:05:40 AM     Post Reply
West Hartford teenager Justina Pelletier met with Congresswoman Michele Bachmann Wednesday in Washington to push a new law in her name. Bachmann has introduced a bipartisan bill nicknamed “Justina’s Law” that would ban federal funding for medical experimentation on children who are wards of the state. “She’s now free and the purpose of Justina’s law will be to make sure this never, ever, ever, happens again and Justina hit it out of the park when she spoke to numerous members of Congress today to ask them to support Justina’s law,” said Bachmann. Pelletier says she was mistreated and the subject

DIA Rental Car Agencies Now
Dumping Grounds For Pot
CBS4 Denver, by Brian Maas    Original Article
Posted By: BaseballFan- 7/17/2014 9:55:59 AM     Post Reply
Rental car workers at Denver International Airport say pot tourists are regularly leaving them with marijuana that travelers don’t want to try to carry through DIA. “It happens quite often,” a rental car employee at a national chain told a CBS4 employee. “Every couple of days. I just throw it in the trash.” (Snip) The rental car agencies have become something of a dumping ground for marijuana as Colorado’s pot tourists apparently know that they could be cited if they attempt to bring marijuana into the airport itself. While small amounts of marijuana are legal in Colorado, prominent signs warn

  


  

Former Border Patrol Deputy Chief: ´All of
the Good That Was Done after 9/11 Up to
Now Has Been Reversed Singlehandedly´
National Review, by Ryan Lovelace    Original Article
Posted By: EnsignOToole- 7/17/2014 9:49:08 AM     Post Reply
Former national deputy chief of the U.S. Border Patrol Ronald Colburn tells National Review Online that the Obama administration has undone all of the progress made at America’s southern border since 9/11. “We’re back to a pre-9/11 situation basically, and this administration did that in the past five years,” he says. “All of the good that was done after 9/11 up to now has been reversed singlehandedly.”

3 Dead in California
Bank Robbery, Gun Battle
Associated Press, by Scott Smith    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 7/17/2014 9:45:54 AM     Post Reply
STOCKTON, Calif. -- Robbers fleeing a California bank took three women hostage and threw two of them from their getaway vehicle, as they fired repeatedly at police during a high-speed chase. Police shot out their tires but the shooting continued, fatally wounding two suspects and the last hostage. The violence in this central California city erupted Wednesday afternoon when officers responded to a report of a robbery at a Bank of the West branch and spotted three men taking three female hostages from the bank at gunpoint, Stockton police officer Joe Silva said. The suspects with their hostages in tow fled in

Richardson: Opposition To Illegals
´Nativist´ TEA Party Trying To Keep
´America Pure
Breitbart TV, by Pam Key    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 7/17/2014 9:44:46 AM     Post Reply
Wednesday on MSNBC´s "Now with Alex Wagner," the former Gov. Bill Richardson (D-NM) said as a governor from a border state, he had to deal with "all this right-wing fear mongering" about "everything from diseases to terrorism" on illegal immigration. Richardson accused "the Tea Party and some of the strongest elements out there that don´t want to see comprehensive immigration reform, period" of being "nativists" that want to keep "America pure." He went on to blame Republicans for the ten of thousands of children suffering in overcrowded holding facilities and said, "They exploited a situation that today is exacerbated by the 50,000

The unhappiest workers of all
American Thinker, by Thomas Lifson    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 7/17/2014 9:40:32 AM     Post Reply
How’s that feminism workin’ out for ya? According to a survey reported in a Psychology Today article, the unhappiest workers are:Female 42 years old Unmarried Have a household income under $100,000 Work in a professional position (i.e., as a doctor or a lawyer). Sounds exactly like the feminist ideal: a woman who needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle. On her own, independent, unburdened, I It’s almost as if there is something like human nature and sex differences. The biological fact that females carry the next generation within them, and then nurture them with mother’s milk couldn’t possibly

  


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Obama Said to Assure
Hispanic Caucus on Deportations
Real Clear Politics, by Alexis Simendinger    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 7/17/2014 9:39:21 AM     Post Reply
President Obama reassured members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Wednesday that he will flex his executive muscle later this year to be "as great and big and bold as he can be" to reduce deportations of undocumented immigrant families who have lived and worked in the United States for years, one Democratic lawmaker said at the conclusion of the meeting. Obama tasked White House Counsel W. Neil Eggleston and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson to meet this week with caucus members to continue examining powers the president can use to keep undocumented families together, Rep. Luis Gutierrez of Illinois

Blues legend Johnny Winter
dies at 70 in Zurich
Associated Press, by John Heilprin    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 7/17/2014 9:25:54 AM     Post Reply
Geneva — Texas blues icon Johnny Winter, who rose to fame in the late 1960s and ´70s for his energetic performances and musical collaborations including with childhood hero Muddy Waters, has died. He was 70. His representative, Carla Parisi, confirmed Thursday that Winter died in a hotel room in Zurich a day earlier. The statement said his wife, family and bandmates were all saddened by the loss of one of the world´s finest guitarists. He had been on an extensive tour this year that brought him to Europe. His last performance came Saturday at the Lovely Days Festival in Wiesen, Austria.

Liberman denies Israel, Hamas
reach deal on Gaza cease-fire
Jerusalem Post [Israel], by Reuters & Jerusalem Post    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/17/2014 9:22:49 AM     Post Reply
Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman on Thursday denied earlier reports that Israel and Hamas had reached an agreement on a cease-fire that would put an end to the fighting as of Friday morning. Liberman´s denial came minutes after Reuters quoted an Israeli official as saying that Israeli senior representatives at talks in Cairo had accepted an Egyptian proposal for a comprehensive Gaza cease-fire starting on Friday, but Israel´s leaders still had to approve the deal. The official, who earlier said that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu´s decision-making security cabinet had agreed to the truce, later told Reuters the forum had not yet

Phony numbers still haunt
Obamacare, just like immigration
Washington Times, by Ernest Istook    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/17/2014 9:10:56 AM     Post Reply
Honest figures about Obamacare are as hard to find as honest figures about the illegal aliens streaming across the Rio Grande. (Snip) But he may be deterred by the lawsuit being launched by House Republicans. They’re about to sue him for exceeding his authority when he directed a delay in implementing the mandate for employers to provide health insurance coverage. That delay and the high costs of Obamacare coverage are part of the reason why the law is only reducing the number of uninsured by half as much as promised, even though costs of the law are now doubling. In short, it’s twice the cost for half the benefit.

  


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All aboard the ´death train´: Extraordinary
images of hundreds of Central Americans
climbing on top of ´La Bestia´ cargo train
in attempt to reach Mexico-U.S. border
Daily Mail [UK], by Leon Watson    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/17/2014 9:02:03 AM     Post Reply
This is ´La Bestia´ - or ´The Beast´ - which is perhaps the most treacherous train in the world. It is not built to carry passengers, but that doesn´t stop around 1,500 migrants piling on board the freight train´s roof. They are trying to reach the Mexico-U.S. border to start a new life in America. Most are refugees fleeing endemic violence in Central America. But they face a terrifying journey ahead of them. For years Mexico´s notorious drug gangs have been in control of the route, charging $100 (£64) or more for permission to mount the train. Threats, attacks and extortion continue en route

Exclusive: Feds Struggling to Cope With
Medical ‘Breakdown’ at the Border
ABC News, by Jim Avila    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 7/17/2014 8:58:31 AM     Post Reply
The federal government is so overwhelmed by the current tide of migrants crossing the border it can’t provide basic medical screening to all of the children before transporting them – often by air – to longer-term holding facilities across the country, ABC News has learned. The director of refugee health in the federal Health and Human Services Department “has identified a breakdown of the medical screening processes at the Nogales, Arizona, facility,” according to an internal Department of Defense memo reviewed by ABC News. The “breakdown” a systemic failure of the handoff of these children between CBP and HHS. Inside the government,

The era of intended
adverse consequences
Aspen Times (CO), by Melanie Sturm    Original Article
Posted By: AVFD15- 7/17/2014 8:57:16 AM     Post Reply
“Too often … we enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought,” President Kennedy famously asserted before Yale’s class of 1962. Denouncing political debates that “bear little or no relation to the actual problems the United States faces,” Kennedy urged policymakers to Think Again before engaging in “false dialogues” that “distract our attention and divide our efforts.” He believed “the very future of freedom depends upon the sensible and clearheaded management of the domestic affairs of the United States” and a “vigorous economy” — quaint concerns 52 years hence. Because today’s political discourse is so dishonest and domestic affairs so muddled

Microsoft set to axe 18,000 jobs
BBC News [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/17/2014 8:40:38 AM     Post Reply
Microsoft is to cut up to 18,000 jobs marking the deepest cuts in the technology firm´s 39-year history. The bulk of the cuts, around 12,500, will be in its phone unit Nokia, which Microsoft bought in April, the firm said. Microsoft pledged to cut $600m (£350.8m) per year in costs within 18 months of closing the acquisition. The cuts are much more severe than the 6,000 initially expected. Chief executive officer Satya Nadella, who took the helm in February, wants the firm to shift its focus away from software to online services, apps and devices.

Rumors swirl of undocumented
immigrants arriving in South Carolina
Post & Courier [Charleston, SC], by Cynthia Roldan    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/17/2014 8:13:39 AM     Post Reply
COLUMBIA--Rumors of undocumented immigrants secretly being transported to South Carolina have triggered a series of protests that will take place this weekend statewide. Federal and state officials say there is no indication that undocumented immigrants are being flown or transported by bus to the Palmetto State, in the wake of the immigration crisis on the nation´s southern border. But one of the protests being assembled in Greenville for Saturday will take place at the location where it is believed undocumented men are being dropped off, said William Gheen, president of Americans for Legal Immigration PAC, a national organization based in North Carolina.

  



Israel reaches moment of
decision over ground offensive
Telegraph U.K., by David Blair    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 7/17/2014 8:12:49 AM     Post Reply
Outside the Israeli city of Ashkelon, dozens of Merkava tanks stand in a broad field lined with olive trees, their guns pointing towards the Gaza Strip less than five miles away. In the coming days or even hours, Israel’s leaders will have to decide whether to order these mighty machines of war to advance into Gaza and transform Operation Protective Edge from an air to a ground offensive. If so, the casualties and risks of the campaign against Hamas would inevitably rise. Benjamin Netanyahu is a cautious prime minister, deeply reluctant to send troops and tanks to fight in Gaza. But he

In Ocean City, ‘the claw’ and other arcade
games are facing new state regulations
Washington Post, by Annys Shin    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 7/17/2014 8:04:47 AM     Post Reply
If ever there seemed a place immune to bureaucratic meddling, it would be inside “the claw,” a glass box piled high with plush “Despicable Me” dolls, waiting to be plucked by a claw crane. And yet, state lawmakers have managed to wriggle inside, not to play but to regulate. Yes, beachgoers, a staple of summer could be at risk — at least that’s what arcade owners are warning. For the first time, amusement-game operators are facing some of the same requirements as the state’s casinos, and they fear additional fees and paperwork will make it impossible to make a profit

Fake screener probes passengers at SFO
San Franciso Chronicle, by Phil Matier    Original Article
Posted By: poster- 7/17/2014 7:55:49 AM     Post Reply
A man suspected of being drunk posed as a security screener at San Francisco International Airport long enough to direct a couple of women into a private booth for pat downs before real security staffers caught on to him, authorities said Wednesday. The 53-year-old San Francisco man was arrested on suspicion of public drunkenness after creating a stir at the A-side security checkpoint of the International Terminal about 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, said Sgt. Wesley Matsuura of the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office. Authorities are investigating whether the man should be booked on other counts, such as false imprisonment.

The new-look Imperial War Museum:
affecting and poignant
Telegraph [UK], by Alastair Sooke    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/17/2014 7:50:58 AM     Post Reply
If you had to pick one colour to symbolise war, what would you choose? Blood red, to reflect the human cost of conflict? Or perhaps khaki, as a nod to military dress? Visitors to the Imperial War Museum in London, which reopens on Saturday following a £40 million transformation including a suite of permanent new galleries devoted to the First World War, would be forgiven for concluding that the most appropriate hue for combat is actually grey – since this is the colour that greets people like a thundercloud when they arrive in the vast central atrium after passing through the

‘CIA Employee’ Jerry Seinfeld Exposes
Big Secrets on The Daily Show
Mediaite, by Josh Feldman    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 7/17/2014 7:49:23 AM     Post Reply
Jon Stewart scored a BIG, exclusive interview on tonight’s Daily Show with a CIA whistleblower reading some complaints about the cafeteria food at the agency (and real ones at that). But keeping his identity secret turned out to be a bit of a problem… Stewart was first amazed that the CIA gets to do whatever it wants in secret while all we find out is that “they’re sending bitchy emails about their lunch.” He then spoke to this anonymous CIA whistleblower in silhouette who joked like he was some kind of professional comedian and said things like “What’s the deal with that?”

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