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Obama to AFSCME: GOP ‘absurd’
Politico, by Sarah Smith    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/17/2014 8:56:12 PM     Post Reply
(Video) President Barack Obama used his Wednesday video message to the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees convention to call GOP attacks “absurd.” “That’s why it’s so absurd that Republicans in Washington are trying to blame unions for economic challenges facing working Americans,” Obama said in a pretaped video message, after praising unions. “Unions aren’t the ones blocking workers from getting a raise. Unions aren’t the ones blocking fair pay. Unions aren’t the ones blocking common sense jobs to grow the economy for everyone. And unions sure aren’t the ones cheering this week’s Supreme Court ruling that made

Black box from downed Malaysian Airlines
jet is sent to MOSCOW by pro-Russian
separatists amid fears of a cover-up
Daily Mail (U.K.), by Sam Webb    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 7/17/2014 8:50:52 PM     Post Reply
Pro-Russian separatists claimed to have found the ´black box´ - which records vital flight information - of the downed passenger airliner MH17. According to Russian news agency Interfax, First Deputy Prime Minister Andriy Purgin of the breakaway Donestsk Republic said the box will be transferred to Moscow for examination. ´Of course, we most likely will give them to the Interstate Aviation Committee (IAC), to Moscow. They are highly qualified experts who will be able to accurately determine the cause of the disaster, even though it is so clear,´ he said. Whoever has the black box will be able to control what information is

´Hell to pay´: Vladimir Putin warned he will
face the consequences as rebels boast that
they slaughtered 295 innocent victims of
Flight MH17 by firing Russian missile at jet
Daily Mail (U.K.), by Micahel Seamark*    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 7/17/2014 8:46:55 PM     Post Reply
A Malaysian Airlines passenger plane has been shot down on the Russian-Ukraine border in an ´act of terrorism´, killing all 295 people on board including around 100 children. The Boeing 777 aircraft exploded into flames at 33,000ft as it was hit by a sophisticated surface-to-air missile over territory near Donetsk held by pro-Russian rebels who the Ukrainian government says are backed by the Kremlin. Dutch authorities have said that at least six Britons, 154 Dutch and 27 Australians were on board the doomed plane, and it is feared that up to 23 Americans and four French passengers had been killed. American officials confirmed

  


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Krauthammer: The Least Obama Could
Do is ‘Make a Damned Decision
for Once in His Life’
Washington Free Beacon [DC], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/17/2014 8:45:38 PM     Post Reply
Columnist Charles Krauthammer tore into President Obama Thursday on Special Report over his passivity on supporting the Ukrainian government in its fight against pro-Russian rebels, challenging him to “make a damned decision for once in his life.” In the context of the Malaysian airliner shot down Thursday, allegedly by pro-Russian separatists, Obama refusing to visit the site of the southern border crisis and appearing behind on such scandals as those in the Department of Veterans Affairs and IRS, Krauthammer said Obama has “had no reaction to anything that I can tell in the last six months.” “It isn’t as if

Washington state says marijuana
brownies OK, but no lollipops
Reuters, by Victoria Cavaliere    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/17/2014 8:42:33 PM     Post Reply
SEATTLE- Marijuana stores in Washington state can sell marijuana in cookies, brownies and other approved baked goods but cannot put the drug in candies, lollipops or food items that might appeal to children, according to newly released rules. Washington became the second U.S. state to allow recreational sales of marijuana to adults on July 8 when its first retail stores opened under a heavily regulated and taxed system approved by voters in 2012. The state´s Liquor Control Board, which regulates the fledgling sector, published the guidelines on Wednesday for the packaging and labeling of marijuana edibles. It prohibited any products,

´That was a blast - look at the smoke’:
Sick boast of the laughing rebels as they
´saw MH17 hit by missile´ - hours after leader
boasted: ´We warned you - do not fly in our sky´
Daily Mail (U.K.), by Sam Greenhill    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 7/17/2014 8:37:00 PM     Post Reply
Laughing rebels filmed the plane as it crashed, gleefully bragging ‘That was a blast – look at the smoke!’ while a fireball rose from the debris. One of the voices is believed to be militia commander Igor Strelkov, who then penned a triumphant war cry on Twitter, saying: ‘We warned you – do not fly in “our sky”.’ A sickening mobile phone video posted online shows a pall of black smoke billowing over the crash site as three rebels provide an excited commentary. The extraordinary footage – apparently filmed by the shooters themselves – charts the terrible final moments of the doomed airliner. Their

Wendy Davis staffer previously
pleaded guilty to illegally obtaining
an opponent´s credit report
Washington Examiner (DC), by Ashe Schow    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/17/2014 8:35:55 PM     Post Reply
A Wendy Davis staffer once pleaded guilty to posing as former Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele online in order to illegally obtain his credit report. Lauren Weiner, who was a researcher for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee in 2005, pleaded guilty in 2006 to obtaining Steele´s credit report by fraud. At the time, Steele was lieutenant governor of Maryland, and was making an unsuccessful run for U.S. Senate from that state. Under a plea agreement reported on at the time by the Washington Post, Weiner could have the charge dropped after a year if she completed 150 hours of

  


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Obamacare Navigators, ´Assisters´
Helped Fewer Than Two People Per Day
Weekly Standard, by Whitney Blake    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 7/17/2014 8:30:59 PM     Post Reply
During the open enrollment period for the state and federal health care exchanges, each staff member and volunteer worked with an average of 1.8 people per day, according to a survey of assister programs released by the Kaiser Family Foundation. Kaiser calculated the number of people receiving aid between October 1, 2013 and the end of April, 2014: More than 4,400 Assister Programs, employing more than 28,000 full-time-equivalent staff and volunteers, helped an estimated 10.6 million people during the first Open Enrollment period. If you do the math, 28,000 individuals assisting 10.6 million people over 210 days breaks down to

Was MH17 flying through warzone to save
fuel? Other planes shown steering well clear
of disupted area
Daily Mail (U.K.), by Darren Boyle    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 7/17/2014 8:27:32 PM     Post Reply
The airspace Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 was flying in when it was shot down was not restricted, but airlines had been warned about the potential dangers, it has emerged. The International Transport Association said that an initial assessment revealed that the airspace the aircraft was travelling through was ´not subject to restrictions´. The Malaysian Airlines flight lost contact with aircraft control when it was flying over eastern Ukraine. Nine Britons and 27 Australians, according to Dutch authorities, and fears of up to 23 Americans are among the 295 that have lost their lives. The Geneva-based group said in a statement: ´Based on the information

The Weirdest Conspiracy Theories Surrounding the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17
Boston Globe, by Chris Caesar    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 7/17/2014 8:25:26 PM     Post Reply
Ever since 9/11, it seems no tragedy or act of mass violence can go without a litany of Internet tin foil-types flapping their yaps about it on the Internet. It didn’t take long after Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 crashed in the Ukraine for the conspiracy theories to begin surfacing. No, it didn’t take long at all. A roundup of the early theories: 1. Whatever brought down the plane was actually intended to bring down Putin: Russia Today cites a report from the Interfax News Agency quoting unnamed sources who claim the doomed flight had a similar path as a plane carrying Russian President Vladimir

Investigation leads to 6 people
arrested, charged
Herald (Brownsville TX), by Ty Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/17/2014 8:22:43 PM     Post Reply
Half a dozen women charged with various voter fraud crimes were processed into the Cameron County jail Wednesday. Their arrests were the culmination of a multi-agency investigation into illicit voting activity surrounding the Democratic primary runoff held in July 2012. Cameron County Elections Administrator Chris Davis said his office provided information to federal, state and local law enforcement agencies requested as part of the investigation. Tomasa Ramirez Chavez, 84; Bernice Garcia, 29; Margarita Rangel Ozuna, 63; Sara Virginia Perales, 51; and Vicenta Guajardo Verino, 53, were all accused of multiple charges, while Facunda Banda Garcia, 54, was charged only with

  


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Chamber of Commerce: We´ve
´Never´ Supported Amnesty
Breitbart Big Government, by Tony Lee    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/17/2014 8:16:39 PM     Post Reply
On Wednesday, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce claimed that it has never supported amnesty, despite vowing to spend at least $50 million to ram through amnesty legislation and oppose anti-amnesty and Tea Party candidates. "The U.S. Chamber does not support amnesty and never has," Sean Hackbarth wrote on behalf of the Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday. The Chamber of Commerce took issue with Rush Limbaugh´s statement that the Chamber would not finance candidates in 2016 who do not support comprehensive amnesty legislation because Limbaugh, though capturing the gist of the Chamber´s stated intentions, did not accurately quote Chamber of Commerce

Putin´s Pirates Of
The Caribbean Tour
Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 7/17/2014 8:12:47 PM     Post Reply
Geopolitics: Vladimir Putin blew through Latin America last week, handing out goodies to anti-U.S. regimes. But he insists he doesn´t want to reopen an old spy base in Cuba, which we find disingenuous. The scope of the Russian president´s visit took the U.S. by surprise. Instead of just attending the World Cup final and a summit of BRICS countries, Putin made an unexpected visit to Nicaragua, with talk of a military land base there. He then flew to Argentina, reportedly with promises for two nuclear plants, and on to Venezuela to offer a credit lifeline. Last but not least, Putin stopped in

Students Shun Constitution,
Declaration; Left Happy
Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 7/17/2014 8:09:22 PM     Post Reply
Higher Education: A university student newspaper has editorialized against a required class teaching America´s founding documents. That should make the left happy. It wants to erase those records from our minds. A July 8 editorial in the University of South Carolina´s Daily Gamecock is critical of the "state law which requires students to learn about the U.S. founding documents, including the Constitution." "Most students don´t need" the class, the Gamecock argues, adding that "it´s almost insulting to require students to pay for a class" they took for free in high school. American leftists, who have taken nearly full control of education in America,

Gaza Would Be Better Off
Under The Israelis They Hate
Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 7/17/2014 8:06:08 PM     Post Reply
Middle East: Out of pure self-preservation, Israel may end up taking back Gaza. Its large, almost entirely Arab population should celebrate, because life under their supposed enemies is preferable to terrorist Hamas rule. After a torrent of rocket attacks on Israeli population centers in recent weeks, Israel responded by bombing numerous targets in northern Gaza. And now an Israeli ground invasion of the coastal Gaza Strip has begun — possibly to be followed by a long-term re-occupation. Gaza has been ruled by Syria, by Egypt, and now, thanks to the ballot box, by the terrorist group Hamas. Not for nothing did Melville

  


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Passenger posted joke about plane
disappearing as he boarded jet
Agence France Presse, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 7/17/2014 7:59:54 PM     Post Reply
The Hague - A young Dutchman apparently posted a picture of the downed Malaysian airliner on Facebook minutes before he boarded it, writing: "If it should disappear, this is what it looks like." Cor Pan, who appeared to be going on a beach holiday to Malaysia, posted the photo as a joking reference to another Malaysia Airlines flight that mysteriously disappeared over the Indian Ocean in March. A few hours later his flight too would disappear from radar screens, taking him and the other 297 people on board the Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur flight to their deaths in eastern Ukraine. Although there has

Passenger Of Crashed Plane
Posted Photo Before Take-Off
Moscow Times, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 7/17/2014 7:58:13 PM     Post Reply
A passenger on the Malaysian Airlines flight that crashed in eastern Ukraine appears to have posted an ominous message before the plane took off from Amsterdam´s Schiphol airport. The man, identifying himself on Facebook only as "Cor Pan", posted a photo showing the aircraft parked at its gate. Alluding to missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370, whose fate has been unclear for months, he added a comment to the picture: "In case it disappears, this is what it looks like." While it is theoretically possible to manipulate both the time and location shown alongside a photo, the reactions underneath the photo speak for

US Warns Israel to be ´More
Careful´ About Civilian Casualties
Aruzt Sheva (Israel), by Agence France Presse*    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 7/17/2014 7:55:38 PM     Post Reply
The United States on Thursday urged Israel to do more to protect civilians caught in the crossfire between the Israel and Hamas, after Palestinian Arabs claimed to international media that four children were killed during an IAF air strike. "We ask (Israel) to redouble their efforts to prevent civilian casualties. We believe there is more that can be done," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters. "We believe that certainly there is more that can be done." "The tragic event makes clear that Israel must take every possible step to meet its standards for protecting civilians from being killed," Psaki added. It is

Amnesty Didn´t Fizzle! It Was Never
a Winning Issue in the First Place!
Rushlimbaugh.com, by Rush Limbaugh    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 7/17/2014 7:36:15 PM     Post Reply
RUSH: National Journal. Now, it was earlier this week, and it was TheHill.com, and I know you´ll remember because I spent an inordinate amount of time on this. It was a story that had a headline which essentially said that amnesty, "comprehensive immigration reform," has "fizzled" as an issue, as a winning electoral issue for the Democrats. I spent a lot of time asking: How in the world can that be? We have been told for how many years now, consecutive years, that it´s the only hope for the Republican Party? If they ever want to win the White House again, they´re

The President´s Profound Statement
on the Downed Plane in Ukraine
Rushlimbaugh.com, by Rush Limbaugh    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 7/17/2014 7:31:47 PM     Post Reply
RUSH: Here´s President Obama, by the way, Wilmington, Delaware, port of Wilmington, he spoke about the downed Malaysian Airlines passenger jet in Ukraine. Listen to the profundity here of the opening line. Are you ready? Just listen. It´s about 27 seconds, but just listen. I mean, this is raw intelligence. This is the kind of intelligence, folks, that we expected back in 2008. This is what they all meant when they said, "He´s a man unlike any who has ever walked among us! This is a man who is so much above us that we can just barely strive to

  



Christie: GOP Can Run
Big Government Best
Rushlimbaugh.com, by Rush Limbaugh    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 7/17/2014 7:20:33 PM     Post Reply
RUSH: What number is the Chris Christie bite? Grab sound bite number 17. This is from yesterday afternoon. It´s on CNBC Power Lunch. John Harwood, chief correspondent -- he´s been the New York Times, Wall Street Journal. Now he´s at CNBC, and he may still be at the New York Times, for all I know. He did a quick little interview with Governor Christie at the CNBC Delivering Alpha Conference, and Harwood says, "Governor, do you think we need less government?" CHRISTIE: What I think is we need less government being intrusive in our lives in every way that it is.

4 Gaza children killed
as Israel-Hamas fighting resumes
Agence France-Presse, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Chas in Jax- 7/17/2014 6:33:36 PM     Post Reply
Gaza City, Palestinian Territories: Israeli air strikes in Gaza killed four children on Thursday, medics said, after a humanitarian lull in a 10-day conflict that has killed 237 Palestinians. One strike hit the Sabra neighborhood of central Gaza, killing three children — Jihad, Waseem and Fulla — from the Shuheiber family, emergency services spokesman Ashraf Al-Qudra told AFP. Their deaths were the first to follow the end of a five-hour humanitarian cease-fire, which brought some respite for residents of the besieged Palestinian territory. Another strike shortly afterwards in the southern city of Khan Yunis killed four-year-old girl

Two Huge Int’l Crises Can’t Alter
Busy Schedule of Fundraiser-in-Chief
Mediaite, by Joe Concha    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/17/2014 6:12:30 PM     Post Reply
Jon Stewart was exactly right during the open of his Monday show this week: The world really has gone mad. (Snip) President Obama has faced the same kind of criticism in regards to his reaction to big events as well. But in Mr. Obama’s case, there’s an unsettling and dumbfounding pattern that has clearly emerged: The need to attend fundraisers as important events–the kind of events that call for the President to return to the White House Situation Room for monitoring and assessment of said events while being debriefed by military brass and talking with our allies, including Israel–unfold in real time. But as we’re seeing here in

Israel Launches Ground Invasion of Gaza
Newsweek Magazine, by Zoë Schlanger    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/17/2014 5:51:28 PM     Post Reply
Israel initiated a ground invasion of Gaza on Thursday night, aimed at destroying tunnels used by Palestinians to infiltrate its territory, the New York Times reports. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered the Israeli Defense Forces to “prepare for further expanding the ground operation in Gaza if needed,” according to Haaretz correspondent Barak Ravid. As of 12:17 a.m. local time, Israel will call up an additional 18,000 reservists, bringing the total number of Israeli troops at the Gaza border to 60,000, according to the Guardian. Israel´s Channel 10 reports "dozens" of Palestinian have been killed in the ground invasion so

White House Placed on Lockdown
National Journal, by Emma Roller    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/17/2014 5:31:14 PM     Post Reply
Update: The lockdown has been called off, according to the Associated Press. At least one story from Thursday appears to have been easily resolved. Just when you thought enough political news had broken in one day. ABC News is reporting that the White House has been placed on lockdown, with reporters being told to remain in the press area. According to Jon Karl, a White House reporter for ABC, the lockdown was caused by an "unattended package" that was found along the North Lawn fence. Both President Obama and Vice President Biden are away from Washington for the day—Obama spoke about infrastructure in Delaware

The End of Animal House
PJ Media, by Richard Fernandez    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 7/17/2014 5:22:08 PM     Post Reply
The possible shootdown of a Malaysian Airlines 777 over Ukraine with the loss all aboard may represent a new and disturbing trend in that conflict. For Ukraine represents the flashpoint between east and west at its most immediate. (Snip) If Leading from Behind is working it’s not obvious. The president has spent the last few weeks laughing at everything. But now he is faced with something possibly new and disturbing; something which a speech or an executive order won’t handle. He must tread very carefully. Above all he must remember that foreign policy is not something he conducts out of

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