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MH17 crash: Second black
box recovered from crash site
Malaysia Star, by Tan Yi Liang    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 7/18/2014 5:29:42 AM     Post Reply
PETALING JAYA: The second of two black boxes has been recovered from the debris field where Malaysia Airlines (MAS) flight MH17 is believed to have gone down in eastern Ukraine. According to Reuters, a cameraman from the news agency reported that the second of two flight recorders was found at 5.55am GMT. This follows a report from Russian news agency Interfax that pro-Russia separatists who claim to have recovered the black box of MH17 have announced that they are planning to have it moved to Moscow for examination. A black box, which is actually orange, is made up of a

Why Israel Launched a
Ground War in Gaza
Politico Magazine, by Aaron David Miller    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/18/2014 5:12:51 AM     Post Reply
After days of ominous buildup, it’s finally happening: Israel has launched a ground incursion into Gaza. But why, you say? War, what’s it good for? Israel’s Iron Dome has kept the home front safe; Hamas’ rejection of the Egyptian cease-fire offer has given Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu the political high ground; and there’s a big risk of losing it if Israel charges into Gaza and ends up killing many more Palestinian civilians. Which it inevitably will. And what’s more, why do the Israelis believe that a ground war will lead to a better outcome than the last one in 2008/9?

Is Obama in big trouble when liberal
and conservative constitutional law
experts agree he´s out of bounds?
Washington Examiner [DC], by Mark Tapscott    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/18/2014 5:10:19 AM     Post Reply
Political pundits are divided about the merits of House Speaker John Boehner´s lawsuit against President Obama´s employer mandate. But should the chief executive be worried that two constitutional law experts — one a conservative, the other a liberal who voted for Obama — not only think the suit has merit but will likely succeed? The two backing Boehner and two constitutional law experts who oppose the suit testified Wednesday before the House Rules Committee. The uber presidency George Washington University Law Prof. Jonathan Turley voted for Obama but in recent months has become perhaps the most visible critic of what he views as a

  


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The Obama Albatross
National Review Online, by John Fund    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/18/2014 5:06:45 AM     Post Reply
With less than four months to go until Election Day, Democrats increasingly have no confidence in the Obama White House’s political instincts. As a result, more and more Democratic candidates are avoiding the president when he comes to their neighborhood. Senator Mark Udall famously avoided showing up with Obama at a fundraiser in the senator’s honor in Colorado last week. John Foust, the Democratic congressional candidate in a suburban Virginia district just outside Washington, D.C., snubbed the president this week by failing to show up for a presidential event in his area. Representative Henry Cuellar of Texas was flabbergasted by Obama’s

State Dept. Backtracks After Kerry
Suggests New Iran Sanctions Needed
Washington Free Beacon, by Adam Kredo    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/18/2014 5:00:23 AM     Post Reply
Lawmakers came out swinging on Thursday afternoon after the State Department issued a blanket denial regarding statements that Secretary of State John Kerry made to members of Congress earlier that morning about the potential need for new sanctions on Iran. Kerry was widely reported to have told a group of Jewish lawmakers Thursday morning that the administration is open to a new sanctions bill, as news emerged from Vienna that U.S. negotiators would likely be unable to force concessions from Tehran before the July 20 deadline for nuclear talks. The administration’s narrative—which has long held that new pressure on Iran is not

How The Bridgegate Investigation
Ground to a Halt—And Let
Chris Christie Zoom Off to Iowa
Daily Beast, by Olivia Nuzzi    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/18/2014 4:57:20 AM     Post Reply
It was supposed to be the end of the line for the governor. But the investigators haven’t quite finished the job. And now their inquiry is going nowhere. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie arrived in Iowa Thursday, surrounded by a media gaggle befitting a presidential frontrunner, just as new poll was released showing him trailing Hillary Clinton by a single point. It was Christie´s first visit to the caucus state in over two and a half years, and he unleashed his charms at GOP fundraisers and on Hawkeye locals, assuring them, “I will be back a lot.” In Marion, at

The president finds his
legacy in border invasion
Washington Times, by Wesley Pruden    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/18/2014 4:49:06 AM     Post Reply
That noisy flutter above the rooftops is the sound of chickens coming home, trying to find a place on the crowded Democratic roost. Chaos on the border grows noisier, with a backlash in unexpected places: The governor of Connecticut, a Democrat and a fully credentialed liberal, tells President Obama to keep his children’s crusade out of liberal, nice, compassionate Connecticut. The ambitious governor of Maryland tells the president, his great friend, that enough is enough, he agrees it’s sad what’s happening with the children, but the solution is not in his backyard. Hundreds of rallies are scheduled across the nation this weekend.

  


  

Get Ready for the New
England Power Shortage
American Spectator, by William Tucker    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/18/2014 4:47:00 AM     Post Reply
In 1980, under the first administration of Governor Jerry Brown, California decided it wasn’t going to build any more power plants but would follow Amory Lovins’ “soft path,” opting instead for conservation and renewable energy. By 2000, with the new digital economy sucking up electricity, a drought in the Pacific Northwest cut hydropower output and the state found itself facing the Great California Electrical Shortage. You know what happened next. For weeks the Golden State struggled to find enough electricity to power its traffic lights. Brownouts and blackouts cascaded across the state while businesses fired up smoke-belching diesel generators to keep

Mogul shells out $500K for
lunch with Bill and Hillary
New York Post, by Ian Mohr    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/18/2014 4:43:57 AM     Post Reply
A mogul spent six figures to win lunch for two with Bill and Hillary Clinton at a charity auction benefiting the Clinton Foundation — but when the winner asked to bring his two kids along, he was told he’d have to double his bid to $1 million. Spies said Charitybuzz CEO Coppy Holzman was talking about the recent Clinton auction hosted by his Web site at a swanky Hamptons Magazine party for ArtHamptons last Friday. One witness said Holzman regaled guests with a tale that “lunch for two with Bill and Hillary went for $500,000 to benefit the Clinton Foundation.”

The VA Debacle
Weekly Standard, by Mark Hemingway    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/18/2014 4:39:19 AM     Post Reply
The twilight of the scandal-plagued Obama administration is upon us, and voters are faced with a real conundrum. Which of the failures of progressive governance should be confronted first? The Mideast is an even more blood-drenched goat rodeo than pessimists predicted. There are 50,000 illegal immigrant children warehoused at the border. The IRS is starting to bear a resemblance to the Stasi. Then there’s the roiling Obamacare disaster, and the related politically driven crusade against religious liberty. The Bergdahl swap. Benghazi. Fast and Furious. One could go on. But amidst this smorgasbord of fiascos, addressing the body count at the

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

  


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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

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

  


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´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

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

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