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Some of Israel’s Top Defenders
Say It’s Time to End U.S. Aid
Daily Beast, by Eli Lake    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 7/18/2014 8:02:10 AM     Post Reply
Israel’s economy is booming. So why is the United States still giving it $3.1 billion a year? That’s the question on the minds of some of Israel’s biggest supporters in Washington. U.S. taxpayers have provided the Israeli military that invaded Gaza on Thursday night with more than $121 billion since the state’s founding, subsidizing about 25 percent of the tiny country’s annual defense budget in recent years. That subsidy has increased even as Israel’s economy has experienced a growth spurt and the country has discovered stores of natural gas. Indeed, President Obama last year pledged to begin early negotiations to extend the

NatSecWonk Declines to Comment on
Ben Rhodes White House Leaks
Washington Free Beacon, by Daniel Wiser    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 7/18/2014 8:00:05 AM     Post Reply
The former White House national security official who was fired last year after being unveiled as the snarky anonymous tweeter behind the NatSecWonk account declined to comment on Thursday about his exploits and previous accusations that another senior official leaked classified U.S. intelligence information. The Daily Beast first reported last October that Jofi Joseph was behind the NatSecWonk Twitter account known for anonymously mocking dozens of Obama administration officials, lawmakers, and journalists, most notably Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes. Joseph issued multiple tweets during the summer of 2012 suggesting that Rhodes leaked classified information to the press about the Stuxnet

It costs $500K to let your kids
have dinner with the Clintons
Page Six, by Ian Mohr    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 7/18/2014 7:58:24 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.” And the

  


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Malaysia Airlines plane crash: How
do we deal with a pathological
liar like Vladimir Putin?
Telegraph [UK], by Con Coughlin    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/18/2014 7:43:42 AM     Post Reply
We should not be surprised that Moscow is categorically rejecting the accusation that it was responsible for the Malaysian airline disaster. For the default position of Russian President Vladimir Putin when confronted with some unpalatable truth is to tell a bare-faced lie. Remember how, when Russian Spetsnaz special forces were rampaging through Crimea earlier this year, Mr Putin told a Russian press conference that there were no Russian forces in Ukraine? Well, now we are dealing with a similar situation following the airline disaster, with the Russian leader trying to shift the blame for the crash on to anyone but

First cases of potentially deadly
mosquito-borne virus confirmed
to have been contracted in Florida
Daily Mail [UK], by Ryan Gorman    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/18/2014 7:29:15 AM     Post Reply
Florida authorities have confirmed the first two cases of a painful mosquito-borne disease contracted in the United States. State health officials confirmed a Miami-Dade County female and a male in Palm Beach County have become the first two people to contract chikungya in the United States. Dozens of infections have previously been reported in Florida alone, according to the Tampa Bay Times, but these are the first two to have been contracted in the States. [Snip] Symptoms include fever, severe joint pain, swelling, rashes, and a feeling similar to arthritis for years, according to the Herald.

You Can´t Corral Some Folks´
Taste for Ranch Dressing
Wall Street Journal, by Lindsay Gellman    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 7/18/2014 7:21:21 AM     Post Reply
Mike De Jesus tries to maintain a healthy diet. But to make his food choices more palatable, he often turns to a certain oyster-colored glop. The 29-year-old online advertising sales manager dips broccoli, carrots and celery sticks into ranch dressing, something he says he eats "pretty much on a daily basis." The zingy, buttermilk-and-herb accompaniment is so addictive that "I would be miserable eating a salad otherwise," says Mr. De Jesus, who works for a large Silicon Valley technology company. Americans´ eating habits have changed dramatically in recent decades, as shoppers dump frozen food for fresh and abandon the canned-food aisles. Yet even

Malaysia jet´s recorders in rebel hands
CBS News*, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 7/18/2014 7:16:49 AM     Post Reply
KIEV, Ukraine -- Emergency workers, police officers and even off-duty coal miners -- dressed in overalls and covered in soot -- searched Friday through wreckage and bodies scattered over a vast stretch of farmland after a Malaysian Airlines jet flying over eastern Ukraine was shot from the sky, killing 298 people. Separatist rebels who control the area where the plane went down said Friday they had recovered "most" of the plane´s black boxes and were considering what to do with them.

  


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Department of Justice: We Heard About
IRS Missing Emails On The News
Daily Caller, by Patrick Howley    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 7/18/2014 7:13:58 AM     Post Reply
James Cole, deputy attorney general in the Department of Justice, testified Thursday that the DOJ heard about the destruction of IRS officials’ emails in the news, even though DOJ has formally been investigating the IRS for more than a year. “I think we learned about it after that, from press accounts,” Cole told House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee chairman Rep. Jim Jordan at a hearing Thursday on the DOJ’s response to the wave of computer crashes at the IRS that wiped out seven different employees’ hard drives. (RELATED: Meet The Seven IRS Employees Whose Computer Crashed). DOJ has allegedly been

Has the Right Lost Its Will to Fight?
Townhall, by David Limbaugh    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 7/18/2014 7:11:43 AM     Post Reply
I don´t think Congress should begin impeachment proceedings against President Obama right now, but I also don´t think that considering the idea is "crazy talk." The man has, in my view and that of many others, committed multitudinous impeachable offenses, and we need to strenuously object and bring it to the public´s attention every chance we get. The idea of turning our heads and looking the other way is repugnant. Yes, the elections are too close for Republicans to risk impeachment proceedings at this point, unless it became clear that the majority of Americans have the political will for that

Deadly California street gang behind robbery
and AK-47 street battle that killed mother
used as human shield: Three robbers
were from notorious Nortenos gang
Daily Mail [UK], by Ryan Gorman*    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/18/2014 7:04:00 AM     Post Reply
The three suspects in a bank robbery gone wrong who used a married mother as a human shield during a high-speed chase and gun battle with police are believed to be part of a notorious street gang, authorities said. Misty Holt-Singh was one of three women--another customer and a bank employee--taken hostage and used as human shields during shootout that saw 20 officers fire shots and three of the getaway SUV´s six occupants including her die. A 19-year-old gang-banger was taken alive by police and two of the hostages pushed from the moving vehicle after being shot are miraculously expected

Republican lobbyist warns conservatives:
´Big Business´ might ´change sides´
Washington Examiner, by Timothy P. Carney    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 7/18/2014 6:53:08 AM     Post Reply
Some Republicans are beginning to extend their free-market, limited-government beliefs to include opposition to corporate welfare, like the Export-Import Bank. Many conservatives hate the idea of centralized education standards driven by a coalition of unaccountable bureaucrats and big business. K Street lobbyist and former GOP congressional aide John Feehery warns that this is a dangerous for the Right to walk, asking: What would happen if Big Business decided to change sides? What would happen if the Chamber of Commerce suddenly stopped being a huge fundraising machine for the Republican Party and started financing pro-business Democrats?

  


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´Bring those b******* to justice´: Ukrainian
PM launches furious attack on Russia -
but Moscow claims Kiev shot down MH17
´because they thought it was Putin´s jet´
Daily Mail [UK], by Simon Tomlinson*    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/18/2014 6:39:54 AM     Post Reply
Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk today called on world powers to support his government in bringing to justice ´those b****** who committed this international crime´ after a passenger plane was shot down over his country. Rescue workers, police and even coal miners are combing the site where a Malaysian Airlines jet crashed after being shot from the sky by a surface-to-air missile, scattering wreckage and bodies across the Ukrainian countryside. Ukraine accused pro-Russian separatists of shooting down the plane which was flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur with 298 people on board, while the Russian media today blamed everyone but pro-Moscow rebels

Rep: Boehner Border Bill Includes
McCaul Security Language,
National Guard Deployment
Bretbart´s Big Government, by Jonathan Strong    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 7/18/2014 6:37:57 AM     Post Reply
A border security proposal from Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX) that has already prompted fierce criticism on the right is included in the forthcoming proposal from a working group of lawmakers appointed by Speaker John Boehner, according to Rep. John Carter (R-TX), a member of the group. “On the issue of border security, their bill has the McCaul´s border security bill in it,” Carter told Breitbart News in an interview, adding that it would also deploy the National Guard to the border. The inclusion of the McCaul bill is likely to prompt conflict between Boehner and immigration hard-liners. The main criticism of the McCaul

Malaysia Airlines plane crashes
on Ukraine-Russia border - live
Telegraph [UK], by Harriet Alexander    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/18/2014 6:35:24 AM     Post Reply
Latest 11.23 Time Magazine yesterday managed to interview a separatist leader from Donetsk, who denied that they had shot down the plane. It´s a really interesting read. [Snip] “We don’t have weapons that can take down a plane from that altitude,” he told TIME, minutes after news of the crash broke. But only three weeks ago they had plenty of those weapons. At the end of June, the Russian state media had congratulated the rebels on their latest military acquisition--a set of Russian-made BUK missile launchers seized from a Ukrainian air force base. “The Donetsk resistance fighters have captured an

Far From Scandal at Home, Christie
Basks in Limelight on Iowa Trip
New York Times, by Michael Barbaro    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/18/2014 5:50:48 AM     Post Reply
MARION, Iowa — The unspoken rules of prepresidential politics, not to mention the diplomacy of navigating a scandal, required Chris Christie to avoid any suggestion that his swing through Iowa on Thursday involved his own White House ambitions. Inside a diner here, a different reality played out. Mr. Christie, the Republican governor of New Jersey, reveled in repeated pleas to run for president, nodding as a middle-aged man here told him that he alone possessed the “rough-and-tumble style” necessary to tame Washington. “You know how to play that game,” the man said. “I do,” Mr. Christie replied. He autographed framed

  


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Still No Word on Number of Americans
Reportedly Aboard Downed Plane
Cybercast News Service, by Patrick Goodenough    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/18/2014 5:44:43 AM     Post Reply
Were Americans among the almost 300 people killed when a Malaysian Airlines Boeing 777 was shot down over eastern Ukraine on Thursday? Some media reports say there were 23 Americans on MH17, a scheduled flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, and President Obama said earlier that efforts were underway to determine if any Americans were aboard. As of 11:30 p.m. U.S. Eastern Daylight Time, an airline spokesman in the Malaysian capital said by phone he still could not confirm whether Americans were among the dead. Efforts were continuing to verify the nationalities of the last 41 of the 283 passengers,

The Obama Creed?
American Thinker, by Michael Nadler    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/18/2014 5:40:58 AM     Post Reply
Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds. This inscription on the James Farley Post Office in New York City is often referred to as The United States Postal Service Creed. Neither scandal nor crisis nor disaster, foreign or domestic, stays this president from taking his recreation and vacations. The juxtaposition of the two articles below might make us think of this as The Obama Creed. Stanford University´s Hoover Institution Senior Fellow in Classics and Military History, Victor Davis Hanson, begins his article in the National Review

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

  



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

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