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Amidst Plane Attack Chaos, State Dept.
Spox Tweets Out Fashion Column
Breitbart InstaBlog, by Alexander Marlow    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/18/2014 12:21:19 PM     Post Reply
While the world attempted to figure out why a Malaysian Airlines passenger plane carrying 295 human beings went down over a war zone in Ukraine, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki took to Twitter to discuss lighter matters. In the midst of the chaos, Psaki tweeted praise for an article from the Washington Post entitled "Being informed and fashionable is natural for women": Jen Psaki ? @statedeptspox Follow Great piece by former colleague Alyssa Mastromonaco who defines smart, savvy and fashionable http://wapo.st/Wlx9sE via @washingtonpost 9:26 PM - 17 Jul 2014

´Scum´ Tweeting CNN Reporter
Reassigned to Moscow
Breitbart Big Journalism, by Charlie Spiering    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 7/18/2014 12:18:37 PM     Post Reply
CNN reporter Diana Magnay has been reassigned to Moscow after tweeting that Israelis were “scum.” The spokeswoman confirmed to the Huffington Post Friday morning that Magnay has been assigned to Moscow, after the incident. “Israelis on hill above Sderot cheer as bombs land on #gaza; threaten to ‘destroy our car if I say a word wrong’. Scum,” Magnay tweeted before deleting it a short time afterwards. A CNN representative apologized for the incident, and tried to clarify the nature of her tweet. “After being threatened and harassed before and during a liveshot, Diana reacted angrily on Twitter,” a spokeswoman said

Like chief’s anti-gay comments,
Barilla eatery leaves bad taste
New York Post, by Steve Cuozzo    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 7/18/2014 11:59:48 AM     Post Reply
Pasta maker Barilla apologized four times for its chairman’s goofy, gay-dissing remarks last fall. But the company’s culinary orientation is beyond forgiving, judging by its recently opened, quick-serve Manhattan cafe. Since Academia Barilla launched a few months ago, reviewers have ignored it, even though the press couldn’t get enough of Barilla during last year’s uproar. Maybe it’s a boycott as demanded by gay-rights organizations after Barilla chairman Guido Barilla said he’d never use gays in commercials because he prefers “traditional” families.

  


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Obama´s Meeting with Democrat
PAC Closed to Press
Breitbart Big Government, by Charlie Spiering    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/18/2014 11:44:35 AM     Post Reply
President Obama visited New York City for two campaign events on Thursday evening, but one of them was not an official fundraiser. The event was hosted by the Democratic House Majority PAC, but the group notified the White House Press pool it was not an official fundraiser. "The president is appearing at the event only as a featured speaker and special guest, and is not asking for funds or donations," the official wrote. "We have invited a select group of HMP (House Majority PAC) supporters to attend." The event was held at an apartment building at Fifth Avenue and E

Most border invaders are
not children; they’re working age
Washington Times, by Ernest Istook    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/18/2014 11:43:49 AM     Post Reply
Most of those invading America’s southern border are not what we normally call “children.” They evidently are 16 years old and older — working age. They are labeled children to promote political agendas, even though most are teens and adults, according to those willing to break down a White House-imposed wall of secrecy. If we had such a formidable wall at the border, we wouldn’t have this mess. These are not toddlers or grade-schoolers who miraculously traveled more than 1,600 miles. These are persons of working age who are ready to displace Americans who want jobs. Being in their late teens and early 20s, they’re a direct

Operation Choke Point Hearing
Reveals DOJ Threats And Strong-Arming
Daily Caller, by Jonah Bennett    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/18/2014 11:39:28 AM     Post Reply
A Justice Department fraud prevention program came under fire Thursday for allegedly morphing into actively pressuring banks to deny financial services to businesses for political reasons. Operation Choke Point functions as a partnership between the Department of Justice (DOJ) and various other federal agencies which deal with bank regulations, specifically the Treasury and the SEC. The objective of the project is to choke-off fraudulent businesses from accessing financial services, in an effort to protect consumers. The controversy, however, is over allegations that the DOJ is pressuring financial institutions to decline doing business with so-called “high risk” industries which line up

Our era of manufactured social strife
Washington Examiner, by Melanie Sturm    Original Article
Posted By: Aspenhuskerette- 7/18/2014 10:51:51 AM     Post Reply
“Too often … we enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought,” President John Kennedy famously asserted before Yale´s class of 1962. Denouncing political debates that “bear little or no relation to the actual problems the United States faces,” Kennedy urged policymakers to think again before engaging in “false dialogues” that “distract our attention and divide our efforts.” “The very future of freedom depends,” he believed, “upon the sensible and clearheaded management of the domestic affairs of the United States” and a “vigorous economy” -- quaint concerns 52-years hence. Because today´s political discourse is so dishonest and domestic affairs so muddled,

  


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Indiana Doctoral Student Among
Malaysian Plane Crash Victims
CBS 2 Chicago IL, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/18/2014 10:46:54 AM     Post Reply
CHICAGO– A doctoral student and decorated former rower at Indiana University was among the 298 people killed when Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot down over Ukraine on Thursday. Karlijn Keijzer, 25, was a doctoral student in the chemistry department at IU, and had received her masters degree from the university, according to a statement from IU President Michael McRobbie. “On behalf of the entire Indiana University community, I want to express my deepest sympathies to Karlijn’s family and friends over her tragic death,” McRobbie said. “Karlijn was an outstanding student and a talented athlete, and her passing is a

Uber Upstarts: Technological
Progress and Its Discontents
American Magazine, by Michael M. Rosen    Original Article
Posted By: EagleBlurst- 7/18/2014 10:37:16 AM     Post Reply
“You working the whole day?” I asked my UberX driver en route to San Francisco International Airport, trying to make small talk. “Well, I’m driving for a few hours,” he responded, “but then I’m meeting my direct reports to polish off some time-sensitive projects.” In my experience riding in the cars-for-hire of transportation network companies (TNCs) like Uber, Lyft, and Sidecar, my driver’s moonlighting — in this case, daylighting — has been typical. My drivers over the past six months have included men and women pursuing their own careers as consultants, software engineers, students, and used-car salesmen, yet

Obama tries to connect with ordinary
Americans – through junk food
Washington Post, by Katie Zezima    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/18/2014 10:36:32 AM     Post Reply
Has food - especially junk food - played as large a role in the messaging of any other presidential administration as it has in that of President Obama? Obama has long complained about feeling hemmed in by the presidency, and has made a habit lately of escaping the White House by walking down the street, skipping town and meeting with regular Americans who have written him letters or have some connection to an issue he plans to discuss. The common thread in almost all of these excursions? Food or drink. And nothing fancy. The latest adventure came Thursday, when Obama

25 best Texas movies of all time
Star-Telegram [Ft. Worth, TX], by Cary Darling, Robert Philpot*    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/18/2014 10:34:53 AM     Post Reply
We round up our 25 favorite films set in Texas. If you’ve seen them, maybe it’s time to see them again. If you haven’t seen them, what are you waiting for?(Snip)The films in our list walk the cinematic waterfront, from Westerns to dramas and comedies. Now, all of them weren’t necessarily filmed here but as long as their stories take place (mostly) within our borders, we counted them as one of our own. Still, it has been a great time for Texas-set films in the last 12 months, with Boyhood joining a long line that also includes films such as

  


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Stirewalt Compares Responses of
Obama & Reagan to Downed Planes
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/18/2014 10:32:00 AM     Post Reply
Tonight on “The Kelly File,” Fox News digital politics editor Chris Stirewalt discussed President Barack Obama’s reaction to the Flight MH17 crash, compared to former President Ronald Reagan’s response back in 1983 when Korean Airlines Flight 007 was shot down by Soviet Union fighters. The Korean Airlines flight was shot down en route to South Korea by Soviet Union fighter pilots when it drifted into Soviet airspace, killing 60 Americans, including a congressman. Reagan ended his California vacation and flew back to Washington, D.C. In a speech four days later, Reagan said, “This was the Soviet Union against the world

Gov. Patrick offers up Cape, Chicopee
bases to shelter immigrant kids
Boston Herald, by Matt Stout    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/18/2014 10:24:20 AM     Post Reply
The state has submitted two locations -- a Cape Cod military base and Chicopee air base -- for federal approval to house up to 1,000 children who´ve crossed the country´s southern borders illegally, Gov. Deval Patrick will announce today. The feds will determine whether Joint Base Cape Cod in Bourne or Westover Air Base in Chicopee are suitable to shelter the unaccompanied minors for four months, according to a briefing the Patrick administration released to legislators this morning. The average stay of a child would be 35 days, and the federal government would cover the costs of the facility and

BREAKING: IU student aboard Malaysia
Airlines flight that was shot down
Fox 59 (Indianapolis IN), by Amanda Rakes    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/18/2014 10:17:32 AM     Post Reply
TOREZ— An Indiana University student was one of the passengers aboard a Malaysia Airlines flight that was shot down Thursday in eastern Ukraine, leaving no survivors. IU confirmed that Karlijn Keijzer, 25, was on the Boeing 777 carrying 295 people. Keijzer, who was from Amsterdam, was a doctoral student in the chemistry department in the IU College of Arts and Sciences and had already earned her master’s degree from the university. “On behalf of the entire Indiana University community, I want to express my deepest sympathies to Karlijn’s family and friends over her tragic death,” Indiana University President Michael A.

Brooks County, Texas: Ranchers Round
Up Illegals Who Skirt Checkpoint
Daily Signal, by Josh Siegel     Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/18/2014 9:43:47 AM     Post Reply
FALFURRIAS, Texas – Far from the crisis along the border with Mexico in the Rio Grande Valley, the checkpoint here exists to deter those who made it this far but want to get away. To an American — let’s say a young white man– the three-lane checkpoint some 70 miles from the border seems far from threatening. A Border Patrol agent asks if you’re a U.S. citizen. Answer correctly, and he lets you through. But for illegal immigrants who want to elude capture, the Falfurrias checkpoint, with drug-sniffing dogs looming, is the likely end of the journey. So the migrants

  


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New record high poll popularity for
the president--Putin, that is
Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: SurferLad- 7/18/2014 9:15:21 AM     Post Reply
After another grueling week of photo-ops, speeches and political fundraisers, President Obama is taking a getaway weekend today, up to Camp David. There, he won´t have to learn from the media the news that his arch-rival in the global presidential power sweepstakes, Russia´s Vladimir Putin, has tied a record high approval among his countrymen in a new Gallup Poll out this morning. As Obama wallows in the low 40´s in overall job approval among Americans, with even lower ratings in specific areas, Putin has just scored nearly twice that -- 83% approval.

U.S. Chamber Backs Justin
Amash Primary Opponent
Roll Call, by Abby Livingston    Original Article
Posted By: WhamDBambam- 7/18/2014 9:08:49 AM     Post Reply
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce endorsed GOP Rep. Justin Amash’s primary challenger in Michigan’s 3rd District. The group’s support could translate into television airtime for Brian Ellis, a former East Grand Rapids School Trustee, before the Aug. 5 primary. The primary has become one of this cycle’s top battles inside the GOP, with the party’s libertarian wing backing Amash and national business interests boosting Ellis.

John McCain: It´ll Take An Open
Borders GOP to Defeat Hillary
Breitbart InstaBlog, by Dan Riehl    Original Article
Posted By: SpeedMaster- 7/18/2014 8:59:26 AM     Post Reply
Along with citing a list of moderate GOP governors with last names like Bush and Christie as potential 2016 GOP presidential candidates, "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." Calling Hillary Clinton the "odds-on favorite right now“ to win the White House in 2016, McCain added, "I expect it to be very competitive, except if we don’t enact some kind of comprehensive immigration reform, I do not see a way for us to really win a general election.”

Being informed and fashionable
is natural for women
Washington Post, by Alyssa Mastromonaco    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 7/18/2014 8:56:22 AM     Post Reply
Two months ago, I left the White House after six years of working for President Obama. As anyone who’s had the privilege of serving a sitting president can tell you, the job is both tremendously rewarding and incalculably demanding. No advanced degree or job experience truly prepares you for the tidal wave of responsibility and the sheer gravity of history that beckons each day. The Arab Spring. Newtown. Hurricane Sandy. The Affordable Care Act. It is one of those jobs that never really leaves you. Until it’s time to leave. Working at the White House naturally invites interest from the media, and

More Miserable Anti-Israel
Bias from the New York Times
Newsbusters, by Clay Waters    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 7/18/2014 8:19:22 AM     Post Reply
The New York Times´ coverage of the ongoing situation in Israel, which began with the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teenagers, continued this past week to be marked by intense anti-Israel bias in tone and labeling, and overwhelming emotionalism over the deaths of Palestinian civilians in the crossfire (Israeli deaths from terrorism rarely if ever merited such heart-felt treatment). After the tragic deaths of four young Gazan boys on a beach, the Times let its photographer hint at something sinister: "Children, maybe four feet tall, dressed in summer clothes, running from an explosion, don’t fit the description of Hamas

  



The investigation into the crashed Malaysian
airliner is already compromised
Washington Post, by Terrence McCoy    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 7/18/2014 8:04:06 AM     Post Reply
Under normal circumstances, among the first to swarm a plane crash are trained professionals. Even under the best of conditions, they’re painstakingly methodical: They seal off the site to prevent tampering, videotape, examine, preserve parts of the wreckage and send bits off for analysis. They never know which part of a wing or fuselage might tell the tale, so every small find is crucial. But the circumstances of Thursday’s Malaysia Airlines plane crash were anything but normal. It was obvious from the moment a giant explosion sounded in eastern Ukraine, spawning smoke that billowed black across the horizon. Among the first

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

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.

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