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Russia Has Become Dangerous Again
Atlantic, by David Frum    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/19/2014 5:10:01 AM     Post Reply
It was not even a month ago that Vladimir Putin stood shoulder-to-shoulder with the elected leaders of the Western world to commemorate the D-Day invasion. I hope whoever issued that invitation has the decency to feel some embarrassment today. Through the past eight months of escalating Russian violence against Ukraine, too many European governments have treated the Ukraine issue as remote and marginal: regrettable, yes, but not a threat to the peace of the continent. It was more important, they felt, to sustain a normal relationship with Russia. That illusion died yesterday along with the murdered passengers of Malaysia Airlines

The 2014 Midterms Matter
More Than You Think
New Republic, by Brian Beutler    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/19/2014 5:06:35 AM     Post Reply
I´m pretty confident that if President Barack Obama could reverse one thing about his presidency it would be the Republican wave in 2010. It stalled his agenda, it empowered the right, it prefigured damaging budget fights, it turned a bunch of states into right wing laboratories and allowed Republicans to gerrymander themselves into control of the House for many cycles in a row. The stakes were very large and he and Democrats were not well prepared. Relative to a political disaster of that scale, I agree with Hoover Institution fellow Tod Lindberg, who argued on The New Republic website Wednesday

Hilarious lawlessness
New York Post, by Rich Lowry    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/19/2014 5:00:11 AM     Post Reply
President Obama styles himself a wit, and some of his best material lately has to do with his abuse of his powers. “As long as they’re doing nothing, I’m not going to apologize for doing something,” Obama riffed to a crowd at the Georgetown Waterfront Park in Washington, DC, on July 1, referring to Republicans. “So sue me.” Hilarity ensued. He cracked them up in Austin, Texas, last week. “You hear some of them,” he said, “?‘Sue him.’ ‘Impeach him.’ Really? Really? For what? You’re going to sue me for doing my job?” One can only imagine the comedic possibilities in his 9-0

  


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Act now, or face war in Ukraine
CNN, by Andrew C. Kuchins    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/19/2014 4:52:37 AM     Post Reply
The shooting down of a Malaysian airliner over Ukraine may finally force Washington and Europe to wake up to the danger of the conflict there escalating into full-blown war between Russia and Ukraine. This potential cataclysm has been inching closer to reality in the last week. The Ukrainian security council has said Russian weapons and troops have been crossing into Ukraine, and military aircraft from both sides have engaged each other. Documented videos purport to show artillery fire into Ukraine from the Russian side. On Sunday the Russian media went berserk with reports of the first casualty of a Russian civilian

What the Heck Is Chikungunya?
ABC News, by Sydney Lupkin    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/19/2014 4:49:01 AM     Post Reply
First of all, it’s pronounced chick-en-gun-yuh. Now that the first locally-acquired cases of the mosquito-borne virus have been reported in Florida, you’re probably wondering what is and why you should care. So we broke it down. The chikungunya virus is new to the Americas, though it’s long been found in Asia, Africa and Europe. It was discovered in the Caribbean islands late last year, and has since made its way to the continental United States by way of mosquito-bitten travelers returning from vacation. Before July 15, there were 357 reported cases of chikungunya in the United States, including 121 in Puerto Rico,

Airlines Symbolize Nations´
Hopes or Reflect Shame
Associated Press, by Scott Mayerowitz    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/19/2014 4:44:15 AM     Post Reply
NEW YORK -- The jetliner is much more than a machine used to get from one spot to another. It often carries deep symbolism, especially when flying for a national airline. It can represent hope, modernity and a country´s power. And when things go wrong it, that once mighty plane can bring about deep national disgrace. Malaysia now finds itself grappling with the horrific - and extremely unusual - loss of two of its airplanes, just four months apart. It´s a sad coincidence that also stings. "It is unbelievable misfortune that struck (Malaysia Airlines) in such a short span of time. It will

Dangerous Escalation in Ukraine: Separatists
May Have Captured More than 100 Missiles
Breitbart London [UK], by James Delingpole    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/19/2014 2:15:31 AM     Post Reply
The situation in Ukraine may be even more dangerous and unstable than we feared. According to this report from the Russian media, the separatists widely blamed for shooting down Malaysia Airlines MH17 are in control not just of one Buk missile launcher but a whole regiment of them. The self-defense forces of Donetsk People’s Republic seized control of a Ukrainian anti-air military installation, RIA Novosti reports. [Snip] This report, from the end of last month, has had little play in the Western media, which has preferred to focus on reports from security sources that the rocket launchers (and tanks and

  


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2 gang members, 1 hostage die
in Stockton bank holdup,
shootout
Los Angeles Times, by Patrick McGreevy*    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 7/19/2014 1:08:52 AM     Post Reply
Even in a city long plagued by violent crime, the bank robbery Wednesday left veteran police officers stunned. The robbers led police on a wild hourlong chase, holding hostages from the bank as human shields. Periodically, police say, the robbers would slow down, waiting for pursuing officers to come into view before opening fire with an AK-47-style assault rifle and other weapons. The pursuit ended in a minute-long gun battle that left two suspects and one hostage dead. Police said a third suspect survived uninjured because he used the hostage, Misty Holt-Singh, to shield himself from officers´ bullets. Singh had gone into

Man who allegedly hoped
to join ISIS arrested at John
Wayne Airport
Los Angeles Times, by Adolfo Flores    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 7/19/2014 12:52:00 AM     Post Reply
An Orange County man who allegedly told federal agents that he was going overseas to help the Al Qaeda breakaway group ISIS is set to be arraigned Monday on charges of lying on a U.S. passport application. Adam Dandach, also known as Fadi Fadi Dandach, was about to board a flight at John Wayne aiport when he was stopped by the FBI’s Orange County Joint Terrorism Task Force on July 2, according to a federal indictment. The flight was headed to Istanbul, Turkey, from where Dandach reportedly intended to travel to Syria, authorities said.

Family of Misty Holt-Singh
Speaks Out after Stockton Tragedy
KXTL-TV [Sacramento, CA], by Rowena Shaddox    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 7/19/2014 12:44:57 AM     Post Reply
STOCKTON- Paul Singh describes what his family has been through in the last three days as a nightmare. His wife, Misty Holt-Singh, was killed Wednesday after she was taken hostage by three alleged gang members and was caught in the crossfire of a massive gun battle between those men and Stockton Police. “I wake up, I’m hoping that it’s a dream, that my mom’s gonna be there, but she’s not, and it sucks. It’s hard,” their son, Paul Jr., said Friday. Misty’s family chose to focus on the kind of person she was when they spoke to reporters. She was

Joy Behar Slams Sarah Palin: You Should
Be ‘Turning Letters on a Game Show’
Extra, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 7/19/2014 12:16:49 AM     Post Reply
“Extra” was with Joy Behar at a special preview of “Lipshtick” at the Venetian Las Vegas on Thursday, where the comic commented on rumors that Sarah Palin might be joining “The View.” Behar quipped, “Shouldn’t Sarah Palin be turning letters over on some game show at this point? Why is she even relevant? She and Dick Cheney need to just sort of say bye-bye and disappear, so I don’t really see her on any show, frankly… I wouldn’t watch.” Joy also doesn’t think having a male presence on the panel is a good idea. “We tried that in the past and it

  


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Robbers Wielding Toy
Guns Killed in El Salvador
Latin American Herald Tribune [Miami FL], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 7/19/2014 12:12:00 AM     Post Reply
SAN SALVADOR – Two gang members carrying what turned out to be toy guns were fatally shot Friday while trying to rob passengers on a bus, Salvadoran authorities. A third gang member was wounded when one of the passengers produced a real firearm and opened fire on the assailants, the Attorney General’s Office said on Twitter. The incident occurred on the Panamericana highway near Santa Cruz Michapa in the central province of Cuscatlan. Between three and five gang members boarded the bus, brandished guns and began robbing the passengers until one of the riders pulled out a pistol and started shooting, police told

What Liberals Really Want: 5
Goals for End of Obama’s Presidency
ABC News, by Caleb Jackson    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 7/18/2014 11:54:41 PM     Post Reply
From reducing student loan debt to expanding voter rights to dealing with the scourge of violent crime, liberals have laid out an ambitious agenda for the waning years of the Obama presidency. At a day-long summit Wednesday organized by Generation Progress, the youth division of the influential Washington-based think tank Center for American Progress, speakers such as Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi articulated their goals to a Washington audience of more than 1,000. Here are five issues that came up again and again at the Make Progress National Summit, and the ones most

Two-thirds of illegal immigrant
children approved for asylum: report
Washington Times, by Stephen Dinan    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 7/18/2014 11:52:26 PM     Post Reply
Nearly two-thirds of unaccompanied illegal immigrant children requesting asylum this year have had their initial applications approved, the House Judiciary Committee reported Friday in data that suggests those kids surging across the border who ask to stay will likely be able to gain admission to the U.S. The numbers show both that the U.S. government generally believes the children are fleeing dangerous conditions that they cannot return to, and signals that it will be far tougher to deport most of the children. According to the Judiciary Committee’s numbers, 65 percent of unaccompanied children’s asylum applications are approved by the initial asylum officer

Obama Is Crushing the Reagan
Link, and Putin Knows It
National Review Online, by Lawrence Kudlow    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 7/18/2014 11:41:40 PM     Post Reply
Across his remarkably successful presidency, Ronald Reagan repeatedly made the link between the U.S. economy and U.S. international security and defense. He consistently argued that weakness at home leads to weakness abroad. Reagan was aiming at the dismal Carter years. But he understood for all times that economic strength at home sends a powerful signal for international security overseas. When Reagan went to Reykjavik to meet with Gorbachev, he believed the resurgent American economy would hammer the nails on the coffin of Soviet communism. And he explained to Gorbachev that if the Soviets didn’t come to the negotiating table with

  


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Christians lie and wives must have sex
or go to hell, Trojan Horse pupils told
Telegraph [UK], by Steven Swinford    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 7/18/2014 11:41:38 PM     Post Reply
Children were taught that all Christians are liars and attempts were made to introduce Sharia law in classrooms as part of an alleged ´Trojan Horse´ takeover plot of Birmingham schools, an inquiry has found. The inquiry commissioned by Birmingham City Council found evidence of religious extremism in 13 schools as school governors and teachers tried to promote and enforce radical Islamic values. Schools put up posters warning children that if they didn´t pray they would "go to hell", Christmas was cancelled and girls were taught that women who refused to have sex with their husbands would be "punished" by angels

Putin and the West´s insipid statesman
Daily Mail (U.K.), by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 7/18/2014 11:35:35 PM     Post Reply
This is a conflict of polar opposites. On one side of the terrifying crisis blowing up on the borders of Russia and Ukraine stands Vladimir Putin, the ruthless former KGB officer, focused with deadly intent on rebuilding the Soviet empire. On the other are the frivolous, dithering politicians of the West, high-fiving each other at summits and conveying their condolences, after a monstrous atrocity, on the teenagers’ medium of Twitter. As Flight MH17 is shot down over our continent, almost certainly with weaponry supplied by the Kremlin, where are the statesmen of stature to lead us through these deeply worrying times? Don’t count

Owner of Elvis museum,
´Graceland Too,´ found dead
WMC-TV [Memphis, TN], by Michael Clark    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 7/18/2014 11:32:39 PM     Post Reply
Holly Springs, MS - Paul McLeod, owner of popular home-based Elvis Presley museum Graceland Too in Holly Springs, Miss., was found dead Thursday morning. (Snip) Celebrities have come to Graceland Too for a look at the shrine inside, and nearby college students often make the trip to see the memorabilia. On Tuesday, investigators say Dwight Taylor Jr. kicked in the door looking for money. McLeod shot and killed him. Moffitt said he´s been stressed ever since. She tried to get him to see a doctor yesterday, but he wouldn´t go. "He said, ‘I just need some sleep, I´ve been up all night

Elizabeth Warren´s 11
Commandments of Progressivism
National Journal, by Emma Roller    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 7/18/2014 11:28:59 PM     Post Reply
Watch Elizabeth Warren give a speech to her fold, and you realize she´s one of the rare Democrats who can excite her base in the same way Ted Cruz or Dr. Ben Carson can excite their own. As Politico´s Katie Glueck wrote on Friday, liberals´ minds may be with Hillary Clinton, but their hearts lie with Warren. Speaking on Friday at Netroots Nation, a convention for liberal bloggers and activists, Warren got the crowd more fired up than Vice President Joe Biden was able to do the day before. (To be fair, the crowd was in a solemn mood at the

Mayor Sarno: Strain on services
due to housing immigrants
falls on taxpayers
WSHM (Springfield, Ma.), by Chris Rueli    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 7/18/2014 11:26:52 PM     Post Reply
SPRINGFIELD, MA Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno said that the burden and the strain on services that would occur due to having illegal migrant children housed in Western Mass. would fall upon taxpayers. Gov. Deval Patrick announced Friday morning that Westover Air Reserve Base in Chicopee is one of two proposed locations that could shelter immigrant children. Sarno said he does care about the issue, but admits there are plenty of struggles areas like Springfield currently have to address. Those struggles are related to children and families that are near or below the poverty level. "If you cannot properly provide services for these illegal migrants that

  



Ukrainian separatists limit investigators’
access to jet crash site
Washington Post, by Michael Birnbaum and Anthony Faiola    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 7/18/2014 11:20:26 PM     Post Reply
KIEV, Ukraine — The quest for clues in the downing of a Malaysia Airlines jet faced major obstacles Friday as the rebel militias that Ukraine blames for the disaster limited access to the mammoth crash site strewn with airplane parts and bodies. Ukrainian officials were trying to negotiate safe passage for teams of investigators and international observers deep in territory held by the pro-Russian separatists in the east of the country. The fate of the airplane’s black-box data recorders, which could give crucial information about the plane’s final moments, was unclear, with neither side acknowledging possession. And rebels argued among

With liberals pining for a
Clinton challenger, ambitious
Democrats get in position
Washington Post, by Philip Rucker and Robert Costa    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 7/18/2014 11:16:31 PM     Post Reply
DETROIT — On the night before her Friday keynote address to a gathering of progressive activists here, Sen. Elizabeth Warren tried to slip into a hotel restaurant for a quiet dinner. But the former law professor has become a liberal superstar, and when a few admirers spotted her walking to the corner of the dining room, they cheered loudly. A moment later, more joined in the applause. Then one urged her, “Run for president!” The next morning at Netroots Nation, where Warren (D-Mass.) gave a fiery sermon for economic populism — “The game is rigged, and it isn’t right!” —

Convert, pay tax, or die,
Islamic State warns Christians
Reuters, by Dominic Evans and Isra´ al-Rube´i    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 7/18/2014 11:14:44 PM     Post Reply
BAGHDAD - Islamist insurgents have issued an ultimatum to northern Iraq´s dwindling Christian population to either convert to Islam, pay a religious levy or face death, according to a statement distributed in the militant-controlled city of Mosul. The statement issued by the Islamic State, the al Qaeda offshoot which led last month´s lightning assault to capture swathes of north Iraq, and seen by Reuters, said the ruling would come into effect on Saturday. It said Christians who wanted to remain in the "caliphate" that the Islamic State declared this month in parts of Iraq and Syria must agree to abide by terms

Why Rich Are Getting Richer,
And How Poor Can Catch Up
Investor´s Business Daily, by Kathryn Shelton & Richard B. McKenzie    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 7/18/2014 11:12:36 PM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama has tagged the growing inequality of income over the past three or four decades as "the defining challenge of our time," an often-repeated claim recently echoed by economist Thomas Piketty in "Capital in the Twenty-First Century." Numerous social and economic factors explain why the income and wealth gaps have grown, from the rise in family breakdown, to the incentives embedded in government welfare programs, to growth in executive control over their own compensation. However, there are reasons for the gaps that have gone largely, if not completely, unrecognized. These explanations make the relative growth in the income (and wealth)

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