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Democrats´ Plan to
Create the Next Todd Akin
National Journal, by Stephanie Novack    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/18/2014 4:36:21 AM     Post Reply
Democrats are not just hoping for another Todd Akin, they´re trying to create one—and they think the Supreme Court´s Hobby Lobby decision just helped them do it. Senate Democrats failed Wednesday in their bid to advance legislation that would negate the Court´s contraception-coverage decision. But while canceling out the Court was the goal, it was never the whole point. Instead, Democrats are trying to keep the national conversation focused on reproductive rights, hoping to goad Republicans into talking about the issue. The more they talk about abortion and contraception, the thinking goes, the more time will be spent on an issue where

Why the "Mitt Romney for
President" Talk Won´t Die
The National Interest, by W. James Antle III    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 7/18/2014 4:32:11 AM     Post Reply
Will Mitt Romney run again for president? The question seems absurd. Aside from a single commanding debate performance against President Barack Obama, he was not a very good candidate in 2012. After failing in his first attempt at gaining the Republican nomination four years earlier, Romney struggled across the finish line against weak, underfunded primary opponents whose best days were mostly behind them. He then promptly lost to Obama in November. In fact, Romney has only won one general election in twenty years of running for office. He will be fourteen years removed from that lone victory in November 2016. His overall

Vance McAllister refunds campaign
contributions from former staffer
he was caught kissing in leaked video
Times-Picayune [New Orleans, LA], by Bruce Alpert    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 7/18/2014 4:32:09 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON -- Rep. Vance McAllister´s re-election campaign has refunded contributions from the former staffer he was caught kissing on a leaked surveillance tape and the woman´s husband. His latest campaign filing with the Federal Election Commission shows two refunds of $2,600 each to Melissa Peacock, the former staffer. Also refunded were two $2,600 contributions from Heath Peacock, the woman´s husband. The donations were made in October, 2013, a month before McAllister, a married businessman, won a run-off election to replace Rep. Rodney Alexander, R-Quitman in the 5th Congressional District. McAllister, a Republican from Swartz, apologized after the video release. It was apparently recorded

  


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What Would Cause President
Obama to Cancel a Fundraiser?
PJ Media, by Myra Adams    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 7/18/2014 4:29:07 AM     Post Reply
What “tragedy” would be horrific enough for President Obama to cancel his usual schedule of speeches, lunches and fundraisers? A commercial airliner shot down over Ukraine with Americans aboard? No. How about a terrorist attack on the American consulate in Benghazi on the anniversary of 9/11, killing our ambassador and three others? No. Perhaps news that Israel has begun a ground offensive in the Gaza Strip? No way. Obviously our president believes that any change to his schedule is a sign of weakness (and God forbid our commander in chief appear weak). So today, despite the breaking news of possible Russian involvement with the missile

Davis Money Haul Less Than Advertised
Texas Tribune, by Jay Root    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/18/2014 4:27:19 AM     Post Reply
A day before fundraising reports were made public in the Texas governor’s race, the campaign of Democrat Wendy Davis boasted that the Fort Worth senator had outraised Republican Greg Abbott over the last few months and hauled in $13.1 million for their fall battle. The actual reports, published online Wednesday morning, told a different story. Instead of $13.1 million in cash on hand as claimed, the reports Davis and her allies filed show there was actually $12.8 million in the bank at the end of June, a difference of about $300,000. Meanwhile, the $11.2 million Davis claims she raised over the latest period

´I´m Nearby The Place Where The Bodies Started
Falling´: Chilling Transcript Of Militants Realizing They
Shot Down An Airliner With Nearly 300 People Aboard
Business Insider, by Paul Colgan    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 7/18/2014 4:23:34 AM     Post Reply
Transcripts of audio intercepted by Ukranian security services in which pro-Russian separatists discuss how they had shot down an airliner paint a chilling picture of what happened on the ground after Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 crashed near the Russian border, killing all 298 people on board, including 27 Australians. The audio points to the involvement of the rebels, who are believed to have Russian backing, in the crash. US intelligence has confirmed a surface-to-air missile was fired at the plane. The rebels have shot down two Ukranian military aircraft in the past week. One section of the audio includes a conversation between two

Is This a Game Changer?
American Interest, by Walter Russell Mead & Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/18/2014 4:23:00 AM     Post Reply
Though facts on the downing of the Malaysian Airlines flight over eastern Ukraine remain hard to pin down, the event could easily end up being a game-changer. While it’s impossible to rule out that the Ukrainian or Russian militaries are responsible for the tragedy, the rebels have been the ones bringing down Ukrainian military aircraft throughout the course of the conflict—with a marked uptick in attacks just this week. Radio chatter leaked by Kiev, purportedly between rebel commanders and their Russian intelligence handlers, seems to indicate that rebels brought down the plane thinking it belonged to the Ukrainian military:

  


  

Mommy Police With Real Handcuffs
Bloomberg View, by Megan McArdle    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/18/2014 4:19:13 AM     Post Reply
A week ago, a woman was charged with leaving her child in the car while she went into a store. Her 11-year-old child. This week, a woman was arrested for allowing her 9-year-old daughter to go to the park alone. Which raises just one question: America, what the heck is wrong with you? I’m not interested in defending mothers who are under stress or are low-wage workers without a lot of great child-care options. I mean, fine, but these defenses should be unnecessary because what the heck are we doing arresting parents for things that were perfectly normal 30 years ago? At

Chris Christie Would Consider Requests
to Help Immigrant Children in NJ
Breitbart´s The Conversation, by Dan Riehl    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 7/18/2014 4:19:05 AM     Post Reply
When asked his opinion of the ongoing crisis involving illegal immigrant children, NJ Governor and potential 2016 GOP presidential contender Chris Christie said, "I have great empathy for that situation. We´ll take every request that comes based on its merits and make those decisions." He also called Americans "an empathetic people." Christie remarks came while he was in Iowa for a Republican Governor´s Association event. But he said "encouraging this would be the wrong step to take," alluding to families sending their children to New Jersey, which has among the nation´s 10 largest Hispanic populations. Christie blamed the Obama administration for the failure

After Gaza invasion: Obama White
House needs to get its head in the game
Fox News, by James Jay Carafano    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/18/2014 4:16:09 AM     Post Reply
Thursday was a head-swiveling day for all of Washington. When not transfixed by the horror of a commercial airliner spread all over the Ukrainian countryside, their eyes are glued to the sight of watching Israeli tanks roll into Gaza. Unfortunately, that´s typical inside-the-Beltway behavior: flitting from one crisis to another, intent on what’s just happened. It would do better to start thinking about what’s going to happen next, and what the U.S. can do to assure the best outcome. What’s next? In Gaza, Hamas will be worse off for picking a fight with the Israeli military. The Arab world isn´t rushing

What would cause Hillary
Clinton not to run for president?
CNN, by Dan Merica    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/18/2014 4:14:16 AM     Post Reply
Washington – Hillary Clinton told Charlie Rose on Thursday that if she does run for president in 2016, she would have "a very specific agenda" about the future of America. But with polls showing her as the favorite for the Democratic nomination and a cadre of groups already organizing for a prospective campaign, what would cause the former secretary of state to not run for office? "It would be wholly personal," Clinton said, according to a transcript of the PBS show. "Because I know so much about the job and how hard it is, I am very struck by the

  


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Why Airlines Didn´t Avoid
Risky Ukraine Airspace
Associated Press, by David Koenig & Scott Mayerowitz    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/18/2014 4:09:06 AM     Post Reply
The possibility that the civilian jetliner downed over war-torn eastern Ukraine with nearly 300 people onboard was hit by a missile could have profound consequences for the world´s airlines. Airlines might have to be more vigilant about avoiding trouble spots, making flights longer and causing them to burn more costly fuel. They may even be forced to reconsider many international routes. In the hours after Thursday´s disaster involving a Malaysia Airlines jet, carriers around the globe began rerouting flights to avoid Ukraine. Some had been circumventing the country for weeks. Experts questioned the airline´s decision to fly near the fighting, even as

AIDs Conference Attendees
on Downed Malaysian Jet
Associated Press, by Kristen Gelineau    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/18/2014 4:05:17 AM     Post Reply
SYDNEY -- A large number of world-renowned AIDS researchers and activists heading to an international AIDS conference in Australia were on board a Malaysian jetliner that was shot down over Ukraine, officials said Friday, as news of their deaths sparked an outpouring of grief across the global scientific community. There have been unconfirmed reports that up to 100 people on board the Boeing 777 were en route to the Victoria state capital of Melbourne to attend the 20th International AIDS conference, which starts Sunday, Victoria Premier Denis Napthine said, though he hastened to add that reports were conflicting and it

McCain: Iraq War Might Not
Have Happened Had I Won In 2000
Time Magazine, by Zeke J Miller    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/18/2014 3:11:35 AM     Post Reply
Arizona Sen. John McCain, once one of the most ardent defenders of American involvement in Iraq, said Thursday that had he been President in 2003 the U.S. might never have invaded. “You’ll find this surprising,” McCain said at an event hosted by CNN and National Journal Thursday in Washington, “but I think I would have been more reluctant to commit American troops.” The 2008 Republican presidential nominee and one of the chief proponents of the Iraq surge argued that his background in the military and his experience in Washington would have led him to see through “flimsy” evidence, had he defeated former President George

Bowe Bergdahl thanks Obama for ´saving
his life´; still won´t speak to parents
Syracuse Media Group, by Ben Axelson    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 7/18/2014 3:08:29 AM     Post Reply
Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has finally broken his silence, using his first statement since being released from the Taliban to thank President Barack Obama for his support. "Sergeant Bergdahl is deeply grateful to President Obama for saving his life," said Bergdahl´s new attorney Eugene Fidell. In an interview with The Daily Beast, Fidell said the former prisoner of war had authorized him to make that statement on his behalf. Fidell met with Bergdahl at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston in Texas, where Bergdahl returned to active duty earlier in the week. Bergdahl was given a desk job after six weeks of transitional

  


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Israel: Damned if they
do, damned if they don´t
American Thinker, by Dan Calic    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 7/18/2014 3:02:13 AM     Post Reply
Have you heard the saying “working twice as hard to be half as good?” This is precisely the dilemma Israel finds itself in all too often. Currently Israel is again embroiled in an unwanted battle of self-defense against Hamas, an enemy obsessed with its destruction. It seems a distant memory that in an effort to appease the demands being made upon it by world leaders, Israel made a gut-wrenching decision in 2005 to unilaterally withdraw from the Gaza Strip, after a 38-year presence. Communities were left intact, which included useful structures such as greenhouses. Yet as if to drill their hatred into the

Cleveland 2016:
The GOP’s Waterloo
The Hill (Washington, D.C.), by Eric Ham    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 7/18/2014 3:00:55 AM     Post Reply
The Republican National Committee has chosen to host its 2016 GOP convention in the all-important battleground state of Ohio. The GOP has been waging an all-out battle with itself since the 2012 presidential election that saw Mitt Romney’s campaign go down in flames. Since then, the party has rolled out “autopsy” strategies and seen the rise and fall of some of its most promising 2016 candidates, most notably, scandal-plagued New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. By choosing the city of Cleveland to host its nomination event the party sends the message that Ohio will be its last stand. What’s further interesting is

Truth Telling and
the Abuse of Language
American Thinker, by Deana Chadwell    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 7/18/2014 2:56:53 AM     Post Reply
I suspect that there’s a certain amount of thought that can rattle around in a human head without the assistance of language -- a certain amount of spatial reasoning, perhaps, a baby’s silent attempt to stack his blocks -- something is going on in there. But mostly we think with language -- and here I define think as the function of reason, the analysis and assessment of available facts, the kind of clear mental function that should take place before a person votes. If you were a member of an elitist group trying to get complete control of a logical and stiff-necked people, what would you have to accomplish first?

The U.S. Constitution:
Beautifully Conceived
American Thinker, by E. Jeffrey Ludwig    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 7/18/2014 2:52:56 AM     Post Reply
Teaching in high schools in New York City for twenty-one years, it was disturbing to see that U.S. history textbooks often distance themselves from open praise and delight at the system of government our country enjoys. No sense of resounding gratitude is expressed for our Constitution. Federalism and checks and balances are dryly presented in a detached manner as mere mechanisms. There is no sense of honor accorded to the incredible vision of a government “conceived in liberty,” with the centers of power placed under wonderful constraints against tyranny. Further, students will typically find politically correct statements in

Boehner doubtful Congress will
approve border funding request
before August break
Washington Post, by Ed O´Keefe    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/18/2014 2:52:39 AM     Post Reply
House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) raised doubts Thursday that Congress will be able to fulfill President Obama’s funding request to address the influx of illegal migrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border before lawmakers leave Washington for their summer recess in two weeks. (Snip) Asked about the prospect of approving Obama’s $3.7 billion request before a five-week break begins Aug. 1, Boehner said, “I would certainly hope so, but I don’t have as much optimism as I would like to have.” Boehner said he is less optimistic because “there’s just been some comments made by our colleagues across the aisle that are going to make this

  



Problems loom for investigators as
Flight MH17 black box may be in Moscow
Telegraph [UK], by Nick Allen    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/18/2014 2:31:35 AM     Post Reply
A tug of war is under way for possession of doomed flight MH17´s "black box" recorder amid reports the device, which could provide the key to the crash investigation, has already been sent to Moscow. Aviation experts said the black box, comprising cockpit voice and data recordings, would establish for certain whether the plane was shot down and where the deadly missile may have been fired from. The data and voice recorders on Boeing 777s like the Malaysia Airlines one that crashed are among the most sophisticated in civilian use. But as politicians including US President Barack Obama called for international investigators to be

IDF suffers first casualty
in Gaza ground offensive
Jerusalem Post [Israel], by Yaarkov Lappin    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/18/2014 1:31:56 AM     Post Reply
The IDF suffered its first casualty in Operation Protective Edge at 4 a.m. on Friday as the army commenced its ground offensive into Gaza. Two more soldiers were lightly wounded. IDF units seized positions in northern, central and southern Gaza, and traded fire with terror organizations overnight, (Snip) The source described the resistance encountered by the IDF as "low," adding that the massive wave of fire launched by artillery and air strikes before the entrance of ground units help ensure that Hamas "kept its head down." "Hamas was surprised by the patience of the Israeli public, and by the performance of Iron Dome," the source said.

The liberal bully of the week is …
President Barack Hussein Obama
Washington Times, by Rusty Humphries    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/18/2014 12:25:30 AM     Post Reply
This week’s bully has been working overtime to claim the prize and has won it overwhelmingly though his actions and inactions. Every day, there seems to be another crisis another scandal or another story in the news that was unimaginable just a few years ago. This bully’s name is almost always associated with the story in some way. Thanks to the use of his “Bully Pulpit” our southern border is now a sieve, with holes big enough to allow 60,000 illegal children to flow through. oughout the country unleashed upon local communities with no concern for the consequences. And since when do we call 20 four-year-old drug dealers

Putin denies reports that Russia
plans to reopen spy base in Cuba
Washington Post, by Juan O. Tamayo    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/18/2014 12:16:39 AM     Post Reply
Russian President Vladimir Putin is denying reports that his government had reached an agreement to reopen the Lourdes electronic eavesdropping base in Cuba, which once monitored a broad range of U.S. communications. “We closed this center in agreement with our Cuban friends. We do not intend to renew its activities,” Putin declared in a statement published on a Kremlin Web page. The Moscow newspaper Kommersant on Tuesday quoted unidentified sources as saying that Russia had agreed to reopen the Lourdes base near Havana, unleashing concerns about U.S. relations with both Havana and Moscow.

Jackson Lee: We Need to Re-Think
US International Flights
News 92 FM ( Houston, TX), by Bonnie Petrie    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 7/18/2014 12:06:16 AM     Post Reply
(HOUSTON) – The loss of Malaysia Airlines flight 17 may lead to changes on how American airliners get to their international destinations. Houston Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee says this incident makes clear that all air space isn’t safe, and we might want to think carefully about where we fly. “Airlines that are under our flag, we must assess how they travel internationally,” Jackson Lee said. “We owe that to the American people.” But Jackson Lee says American planes will inevitably fly over some conflicted countries. “As you well know, Israel is in conflict and we have a strong tie with Israel, and our flights

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