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McCain to GOP: If You Want to Beat
Hillary, Pass Immigration Reform
Time Magazine, by Zeke J. Miller    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 7/17/2014 10:32:16 PM     Post Reply
Arizona Sen. John McCain said Thursday that he believes Republicans can defeat former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in 2016, but only if they pass immigration reform. “She’s the odds-on favorite right now,” McCain said of Clinton at the “Politics on Tap” event hosted by CNN and National Journal. “But I think we have a long list of people who could defeat Hillary Clinton.” McCain suggested New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, and Ohio Gov. John Kasich by name as potential Clinton vanquishers. “We’ve got some very successful governors that have done very well in their states

Jeff Sessions Challenges Dems:
Prove There´s a Shortage of
American High-Tech Workers
Breitbart Big Government, by Tony Lee    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 7/17/2014 10:29:12 PM     Post Reply
Hours after Microsoft announced that it would be slashing 18,000 jobs on Thursday, Sen. Jeff Sessions (A-AL) issued a challenge to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and other Democrats who voted for the Senate´s comprehensive immigration bill: Prove that there is a shortage of American high-tech workers. Speaking on the Senate floor, Sessions mentioned that just a week before Microsoft´s announcement, Microsoft´s former CEO Bill Gates joined with two other "masters of the universe" to urge Congress to remove limits on the number of guest-worker visas that can be awarded. "So today I´m going to issue a challenge to

Video: Pretty much everyone expressing
dismay over White House response
to world falling apart
Hot Air, by Mary Katharine Ham    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 7/17/2014 10:23:39 PM     Post Reply
Was the Bear loose today? If Valerie Jarrett wanted to get a hashtag going for the president, #smh might have worked. Shep wasn’t the only one baffled by the White House’s insistence on pretending today was a day for the normal shake run and spin. Via the Free Beacon, first ABC notes that the president seemed blindsided by Israel’s starting ground operations in Gaza today. Jonathan Karl cites the President’s and State Department’s optimism just hours earlier that a ceasefire would happen. Second, Gen. Barry McCaffrey wonders aloud to Brian Williams on NBC why State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki seems

  


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Obama library raises at least $850,000
McClatchy News (Wash.DC), by Anita Kumar    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/17/2014 10:20:21 PM     Post Reply
The foundation planning Barack Obama’s presidential library has raised between $850,000 and $1.75 million, the organization said Tuesday. The Barack Obama Foundation has pledged to release the names of donors that contributed more than $200 on its website on a quaterly basis. Tim Collins, Cari and Michael J. Sacks, and Marilyn and Jim Simons each contributed between $250,001 and $500,000. Lise Strickler and Mark Gallogly contributed between $100,001 and $250,000. All of them raised money for Obama during his campaigns or have served on various baords. The foundation will operate as a section 501(c)(3) organization, making it eligible to accept

Rory McIlroy leads The Open
Championship after first round
66 as Tiger Woods and Adam
Scott remain in the hunt at Hoylake
Daily Mail (UK), by Derek Lawrenson    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/17/2014 10:03:51 PM     Post Reply
Nothing more could be asked from an opening day at The Open Championship than the two biggest names setting out their stall alongside the world number one before a raucous audience of lucky sunbathers at Royal Liverpool. Rory McIlroy’s sumptuous 66 to set the pace was nothing less than expected, of course, since he’s become Thursday’s child. This was the fifth time in 14 starts this season he has led following the opening day. Neither would anyone be too surprised that Adam Scott made light of the fact he was playing in the more difficult afternoon conditions to demonstrate why

GOP Senate candidate inches ahead
in Colorado as Obama approval tumbles
McClatchy News, by David Lightman    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 7/17/2014 9:33:25 PM     Post Reply
Add another Senate race to the tossup list: Colorado. A new Quinnipiac University poll shows Sen. Mark Udall, a Democrat, trailing Rep. Cory Gardner, a Republican, by 2 percentage points, 44-42 percent. By a 49-40 margin, voters say Udall does not deserve to be re-elected. Colorado has come into play only recently. President Barack Obama carried the state in 2012 by 5 percentage points, but the new survey showed state voters today disapprove of of the job he’s doing by a 58-39 percent margin. And voters give Gardner better marks on the economy, saying by a 46-35 percent margin the

Chick-fil-A Is Like Gay Sex:
Don’t Knock It Till You Try It
Daily Beast, by Sally Kohn    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/17/2014 9:30:50 PM     Post Reply
Hats off, Chick-fil-A! You’ve overtaken KFC, and you’re aiming to sell healthier fare. But pssst! Don’t you know ‘skinny’=‘gay’? Chick-fil-A is like gay sex: Don’t knock it till you try it. Not that I’ve actually tried Chick-fil-A, but I’m open-minded enough to not flat-out hate it, especially now that the American people have voted with their mouths and helped Chick-fil-A overtake Kentucky Fried Chicken to become “America’s largest chicken chain.” Wow. Congratulations. Did you know that “chicken” is also the nickname for a young man seeking the sexual attention of an older man? But I digress… In 2012, when Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy publicly

  


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Congress: MH17 Crash Is ‘Act of
Terror,’ and Putin May Be to Blame
Daily Beast, by Josh Rogin    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/17/2014 9:26:45 PM     Post Reply
The reported downing of a Malaysian airliner over eastern Ukraine that resulted in the deaths of 295 passengers was an “act of terror” and an “act of war,” according to the top Democrats on the House Foreign Affairs and Senate Armed Services Committee. “The shooting down, if it’s true, of a passenger airliner is an act of terror,” New York Rep. Eliot Engel, the top Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, told The Daily Beast. “It’s no different from the acts of terror Iran has been perpetrating for many years… The world community should get together and decide on

Conservatives ready final salvo
in war with GOP establishment
The Hill (Washington, D.C.), by Alexandra Jaffe    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 7/17/2014 9:19:33 PM     Post Reply
Bloodied but unbowed after a largely unsuccessful primary season, the Senate Conservatives Fund (SCF) isn’t backing down in the final months of the midterms. The group on Thursday launched radio and television ads in Kansas highlighting questions over where Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) lives, making a final play in the group´s last remaining incumbent primary. It endorsed Roberts´s challenger, radiologist Milton Wolf, but he has thus far failed to pick up much traction against the senator. Both spots hit Roberts on the national debt and ObamaCare, and they feature a clip of Roberts commenting in a recent interview that, "Every time I

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

  


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´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

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

  


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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

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

  



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

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

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