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Lois Lerner emails reveal
gaping open-records loophole
Washington Times, by S.A. Miller & Stephen Dinan    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/20/2014 10:32:53 PM     Post Reply
The Lois G. Lerner emails released this month revealed a potentially huge loophole in federal open-records practices when an IRS tech staffer acknowledged that the agency doesn’t regularly store — and never checks — instant message chats as official government records. Analysts say there is no question that the Internal Revenue Service and all other federal agencies should be storing chats and even cellphone text messages that may constitute official government documents, but a check by The Washington Times suggests that hardly any agency is doing so. Of 17 agencies surveyed by The Times, just two said they had policies

Russia could lose sovereign immunity
if implicated in Flight 17 downing
Washington Times, by Jeffrey Scott Shapiro    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/20/2014 10:26:06 PM     Post Reply
The Russian Federation and its agents may face civil and criminal liability if it is proved that the Kremlin or its operatives supplied the missile that Ukrainian separatists are suspected to have used to shoot down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. (Snip) If those responsible for the crash are confirmed, civil lawsuits and criminal prosecutions may arise. Because the crash implicates foreign states, their agents and victims’ families, issues such as jurisdiction, extraterritoriality and extradition could be complicated. James Feinerman, associate dean for International and Transnational Programs at the Georgetown University, told The Washington Times that if it is

‘Carson for president’ troops converge
on Western Conservative Summit
Washington Times, by Valerie Richardson    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/20/2014 10:13:04 PM     Post Reply
Denver - Wherever Dr. Ben Carson goes, so does the grassroots army that’s trying to recruit him to run for president. Dr. Carson was a featured speaker Friday at the Western Conservative Summit, which prompted a platoon of local volunteers from the National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee to shift into mobilization mode. There was a double booth in the vendor area of the Denver Hyatt Regency festooned with “Run, Ben, Run” posters. There were “Ben Carson for President” hats, buttons, T-shirts and bumper stickers. There were petitions urging Dr. Carson to seek the presidency in 2016. “We’re getting a lot of

  


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Issa questions involvement of
trial lawyers in FDA rule change
Washington Times, by Tom Howell Jr.    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/20/2014 10:07:44 PM     Post Reply
House investigators suspect the Obama administration catered to trial lawyers in the run-up to a proposal that would allow generic drug makers at times to change their labels without FDA approval. Digging into the matter, skeptical Republicans asked the agency in writing last week how they settled on the plan, because the shift would expose the generic drug makers to lawsuits from which they currently are immune. “It seems to us that the proposed rule is not designed to address a health or safety related concern; instead, it is designed to placate special interest groups and increase lawsuits,” Rep. Darrell Issa, California Republican and chairman

Welcome to a government
we’ll-tell-you-what-to-eat world
Canada Free Press, by Judi McLeod    Original Article
Posted By: snowcloud- 7/20/2014 9:43:34 PM     Post Reply
The supermarket ‘talking’ shopping cart Michelle Obama will use to push her over-the-top approved food list is a power push over unsuspecting masses, but would serve as the perfect replacement for her husband’s omnipresent rising sun logo. Six years ago, Barack Hussein Obama arrogantly made himself the rising sun in a logo by putting the sun under his stylized ‘O’, but his wife may have inadvertently come up with a better logo symbol to represent the empty life Barack Obama is bequeathing Americans: Michelle’s government-controlled supermarket shopping cart. Across a post-2008 broken America, the abandoned shopping cart

Hamas Violates Another Ceasefire,
Bans Journalists From Leaving Gaza
Breitbart Big Peace, by Jordan Schachtel    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 7/20/2014 9:32:15 PM     Post Reply
Tel Aviv, Israel-- On Sunday, A two-hour humanitarian ceasefire signed onto by both parties and facilitated by the Red Cross, one that was supposed to take place from 1:30-3:30 p.m. local time, was violated by Hamas less than 40 minutes into the agreement. The IDF said that gunmen opened fire on Israeli soldiers, disregarding the truce that was designed to allow aid workers to treat injured Gazans. Five IDF soldiers were killed Saturday, and dozens wounded, in the ongoing operation in the Gaza Strip, totaling seven Israeli fatalities since the start of the undertaking into Hamas-controlled territory. At least 130

In violent weekend, at least
40 people shot in Chicago
Reuters, by Letitia Stein    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 7/20/2014 9:22:26 PM     Post Reply
An 11-year-girl was shot and killed during a slumber party as violence struck Chicago over the weekend, local media outlets reported on Sunday. At least 40 people were shot, and four killed, in weekend violence in the third-largest U.S. city, the NBC affiliate in Chicago reported. The deaths included an 11-year-old girl, shot in the head inside a first-floor bedroom on Friday night after someone fired a gun from outside the house, said Chicago Police Officer Jose Estrada. Shamiya Adams, who died the next day, had been sitting on the floor during a sleep-over at her best friend´s home, the Chicago

  


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My Neighbor the Terrorist:
A Bizarro Cinderella Story
American Thinker, by Anne Evans    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/20/2014 8:12:19 PM     Post Reply
It’s a Bizarro Cinderella story. Nineteen-year-old Colorado girl, Shannon Conley, meets thirty-two year old Tunisian terrorist online. He asks her to marry him. She enthusiastically accepts and allegedly pledges to devote her life, (between most likely having innumerable babies), to using her nursing skills to bring wounded terrorists back to health. There’s only one little hitch. This April, the U.S. Marshals showed up at Denver International Airport and arrested Miss Conley before she could hop aboard a jet bound for the Middle East. Miss Conley lived only a few miles down the road from me. She attended our local high schools,

US Jewish community mourns
Texas-born Sgt. Sean Carmeli
Jerusalem Post [Israel], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/20/2014 7:55:32 PM     Post Reply
Sgt. Sean Carmeli, from South Padre Island, Texas – one of thirteen soldiers from the Golani brigade who died on Sunday in Gaza – had dual US, Israeli citizenship and was a lone soldier serving in Israel. Born to Israeli parents who live in the US, he was a returning citizen who stayed in Israel when his parents moved to Texas for work; he has two sisters, Or and Gal. According to The Michael Levin Lone Soldier Center´s Facebook page, Carmeli was a returning citizen who came to Israel to "strengthen, unite, and define what it means to be a Jew today." "Everything may be bigger in Texas, but the beaches and parties could not distract

Elusive target: U.S. believed Iraq terror
mastermind al-Baghdadi killed 3 times
Washington Times, by Rowan Scarborough    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/20/2014 7:43:52 PM     Post Reply
A special intelligence adviser to Army Gen. David H. Petraeus during the 2007 troop surge says the terrorist leader now ruling over large swaths of Iraq and forcing Christians to convert to Islam has long been the most elusive big game for the U.S. “We had at least three times when we thought we killed [Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi],” said retired Army Col. Derek Harvey. “At least three times.” As an intelligence officer, Mr. Harvey acquired near-mythical status: He spent two decades studying Iraq, Saddam Hussein’s regime and the complex tribal networks that form the country’s political fabric. He had the ear of the top brass.

Given Life Term, Drug Offender
Hopes for Clemency
Associated Press, by Sharon Cohen    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 7/20/2014 7:38:45 PM     Post Reply
GREENVILLE, Ill. -- From the very start, Scott Walker refused to believe he would die in prison. Arrested and jailed at 25, then sent to prison more than two years later, Walker couldn´t imagine spending his life behind bars for dealing drugs. He told himself this wasn´t the end, that someday he´d be released. But the years passed, his appeals failed and nothing changed. Now, after 17 1/2 years as an inmate, Walker may have his best shot at freedom. The Obama administration - responding to mounting concerns about decades of harsh penalties and overcrowded prisons - recently announced it

  


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Here Is Everything We Know —
And Don’t — About The Israeli
Soldier Hamas Says It Captured
BuzzFeed, by Sheera Frenkel    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/20/2014 7:28:48 PM     Post Reply
A hooded figure identifying himself only as Abu Obaida appeared on Palestinian television Sunday night to announce that the group had kidnapped an Israeli soldier. Israeli military experts immediately disputed the report. The Al Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Hamas, claimed Sunday night that they had captured an Israeli soldier named Shaul Aron. The group released his ID number and photos as evidence of his capture. The soldier was named as 21-year-old Shaul Aron, a Golani brigade infantryman. The Israeli military spokesperson refused to confirm or deny rumors that a soldier had been captured, and told BuzzFeed,

Scammers target families of
illegal child immigrants to U.S.: FBI
Reuters, by Jim Forsyth    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/20/2014 7:08:43 PM     Post Reply
San Antonio - U.S. officials warned on Sunday that scammers are attempting to prey on the families of some of the tens of thousands of unaccompanied child immigrants crossing the border from Latin America, seeking money for phony travel costs. A Federal Bureau of Investigation official in San Antonio said investigators have uncovered two similar fraud schemes targeting family members of the children who are living illegally in the United States. "One fraud scheme involved individuals who claimed to be representing a charitable or non profit organization, which they claimed assists in processing and reuniting the children with

Sky News apologises after reporter
rifles through luggage of
MH17 victims live on air
Daily Mail [UK], by Mia De Graaf    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/20/2014 7:00:11 PM     Post Reply
Sky News has apologised after going through the luggage of passengers killed aboard MH17 live on air. Colin Brazier pulled the camera into one of the many suitcases that remain strewn across the scene of the crash in eastern Ukraine as the 298 dead bodies are moved into morgues. He then picked up and surveyed items one by one - before censoring himself, saying: ´We shouldn´t really be doing this I suppose.´ The broadcast sparked outrage on Twitter, with viewers sharing a clip of it hundreds of times. Media professor Joe Watson branded the broadcast a ´horrible moment for journalism´.

Armed rebels take bodies
by force in Flight MH17 crash
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/20/2014 6:47:44 PM     Post Reply
Torez, Ukraine — Rebels in eastern Ukraine took control Sunday of the bodies recovered from downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, and U.S. and European leaders demanded that Russian President Vladimir Putin make sure rebels give international investigators full access to the crash site. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Ukraine’s separatists were to blame for the downing of the aircraft, (Snip) “The bodies will go nowhere until experts arrive,” Borodai said, speaking in the rebel-held city of Donetsk. He also said the plane’s black boxes have been recovered and will be handed over to the International Civil Aviation Organization.

  


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‘My bad’: State Dept. official
apologizes for #UnitedForGaza tweet
Washington Times, by Jessica Chasmar    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/20/2014 6:30:25 PM     Post Reply
Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy Richard Stengel gave a peculiar apology to outraged Twitter users on Sunday after he tweeted #UnitedForGaza to his 15,000 followers. In a tweet directed to the State Department, Mr. Stengel said, “Critical for a full, credible and unimpeded intl investigation of crash. Urge Russia to honor it’s [sic] commitment,” Twitchy first reported. After receiving swift backlash, the tweet was deleted, and Mr. Stengel sent out a terse explanation. “Earlier tweet with wrong hashtag was a mistake. My bad,” he said. (Snip) Twitter users weren’t buying Mr. Stengel’s apology.

World dangers test US
resolve, including Obama’s
Christian Science Monitor, by Brad Knickerbocker    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/20/2014 6:21:01 PM     Post Reply
Politically speaking, the low point in how President Obama’s approach to foreign policy is perceived may have been in 2011 when an advisor described his actions in Libya, where a coalition was trying to oust dictator Muammar Qaddafi, as “leading from behind.” Most Americans aren’t used to hearing that. Even though they’re weary of war, either they want a more assertive United States, it seems, or the kind of non-interventionist approach favored by Sen. Rand Paul. “Leading from behind” sounds so … unexceptional. Today, Obama faces two immediate and potentially very dangerous situations abroad: the downing of a

Hamas claims it´s
captured an Israeli soldier
CNN, by Josh Levs, Ben Brumfield,*    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/20/2014 6:02:29 PM     Post Reply
Gaza City- Hamas claimed it captured an Israeli soldier Sunday on the deadliest day yet in the battle between Israel and Hamas militants in Gaza. The solider was taken during an early morning operation, according to Abu Obeida, a spokesman for Hamas´ military wing, al-Qassam Brigades. He provided the supposed soldier´s name and ID. "He is a prisoner, and if Zionists lie about the dead and wounded, then the fate of this soldier is their responsibility," the spokesman said. Gunfire and cheers erupted in Gaza in apparent celebration of the soldier´s capture, according to CNN reporters on the ground.

Chinese spy ship
arrives at giant U.S.-led naval
exercise off the coast of Hawaii
Washington Times, by Douglas Ernst    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/20/2014 6:00:34 PM     Post Reply
A giant U.S.-led naval exercise with 22 nations from around the world got an unexpected visitor on Sunday — a Chinese spy ship perched in international waters. The 24th Rim of the Pacific exercises (RIMPAC) in and around the Hawaiian Islands features more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel. China is part of a host of nations taking part, which also includes Australia, Canada, France, Japan, the Republic of Korea, the Republic of the Philippines, the United Kingdom and others. “We’ve taken all necessary precautions to protect our critical information,” said Captain Darryn James, chief spokesman of the U.S. Pacific Fleet,

Luis Gutierrez to La Raza:
Obama Assured Steps to ´Stop
the Deportation of Our People´
Breitbart Big Government, by Tony Lee    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/20/2014 5:59:07 PM     Post Reply
On Saturday, Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) said President Barack Obama´s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was a "down payment" to the Hispanic community before more grants of amnesty for illegal immigrants. Speaking at the National Council of La Raza conference in Los Angeles, Gutierrez said that Obama assured him during a White House meeting with Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus last week that he would be as "generous and broad" as he can to "stop the deportation of our people each and every day." "You gave us a down payment when you freed 600,000 DREAMers from deportation,"

  



Israeli soldier from
Los Angeles is killed in Gaza
Los Angeles Times, by Lauren Raab    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/20/2014 5:51:00 PM     Post Reply
A Los Angeles man was one of the Israeli soldiers killed in Gaza this weekend as fighting intensified. Max Steinberg was a Woodland Hills native and voluntarily joined the Israel Defense Forces, according to the Jewish Journal. According to voter records, he was 24 years old. Steinberg graduated from El Camino Real high school in 2008, studied at Pierce College, joined the Israeli army in 2012 and was a sharpshooter in the Golani Brigade, his Facebook page says. It was unclear exactly how Steinberg died, but the Israeli military announced Sunday that 13 members of the Golani Brigade were killed by militants this weekend in the

James Garner: Tribute to
a Marvelous Maverick
TIME, by Richard Corliss    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 7/20/2014 5:15:54 PM     Post Reply
As a TV and movie star for nearly six decades, the Oklahoma kid made the hard art of acting seem like a game — as deft and persuasive as a gambler´s con He was a man’s man who relied on his wits instead of his fists; a ladies’ man who wouldn’t steal a fella’s girl. Famous for his Maverick Western series in the 1950s and The Rockford Files in the ’70s, and in movies like The Great Escape and Grand Prix in between, James Garner played amiable, independent characters for more than a half-century, and never lost his comforting, enduring appeal.

Malaysia Airlines releases
names of 298 victims
New York Post, by Sophia Rosenbaum    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/20/2014 5:10:30 PM     Post Reply
Malaysia Airlines on Sunday made public the names of all 298 innocent victims aboard the ill-fated ?MH17 flight that was blown out of the sky over Ukraine. The nine-page flight manifest?, released Saturday,? bear s all 283 passengers and 15 crew members. “In the past 45 hours, the airline together with various foreign embassies have made every effort to establish contact with the next-of-kin but is still unable to identify many more family member,” the airline wrote on its website. The Netherlands suffered the biggest loss with 193 Dutch citizens on the flight. Passengers hailed from around the world including Malaysia, Australia,

Los Angeles awaits earthquake
that could be the ´Big One´
Telegraph (UK), by Nick Allen    Original Article
Posted By: toledo- 7/20/2014 5:06:32 PM     Post Reply
Next year residents of Los Angeles will flock to cinemas to see a blockbuster called San Andreas in which their city will be wiped out by an apocalyptic earthquake. Kylie Minogue and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, one of Hollywood´s current most bankable stars, will be seen roaming the wreckage after the City of Angels is mercilessly flattened by the "Big One". As skyscrapers collapse, thousands die and chaos ensues, most of those in the audience will be wondering how long before it happens for real. The southern section of the San Andreas fault that runs near the city has not had a "mega-quake"

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