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Clinton Earns $12 Million
Speaking, Writing After Service
Bloomberg News, by Lisa Lerer & Lauren Streib    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/21/2014 10:39:00 AM     Post Reply
Hillary Clinton has earned at least $12 million in 16 months since leaving the State Department, a windfall at odds with her party’s call to shrink the gap between the rich and the poor. Clinton’s income since her resignation as secretary of state in February 2013 is derived mostly from her latest memoir, speeches and paid appearances at corporate retreats, according to an analysis of data compiled by Bloomberg. At least 12 organizations that previously booked President Bill Clinton -- who has been paid almost $106 million in speaking fees alone since he left the White House -- also hired his wife.

Perry to send 1,000 Texas Guard
troops to South Texas border
San Antonio Express-News [TX], by Peggy Firac    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/21/2014 10:35:49 AM     Post Reply
SAN ANTONIO — Gov. Rick Perry is expected to announce Monday that he will activate up to 1,000 Texas National Guard troops to the Rio Grande Valley, state Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, D-McAllen, confirmed Sunday night. Perry wants these troops to bolster the work already being done with a surge of Texas Department of Public Safety troopers, said Hinojosa´s spokeswoman, Jennifer Saenz, who added that the governor gave the Valley legislative delegation notice before the planned 2 p.m. announcement on border security. “The senator understands that Perry wants this troop buildup, but is not sure what kind of federal approval he needs

Is the White House Lying or Just
Bad at Crisis Communications?
National Journal, by Ron Fournier    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 7/21/2014 9:56:18 AM     Post Reply
President Obama´s decision to stick with his schedule of fundraisers and photo opportunities amid twin foreign policy crises elicited one of the strangest statements you´ll ever see from a White House. "It is rarely a good idea to return to the White House just for show, when the situation can be handled responsibly from the road," said Jennifer Palmieri, the White House communications director. "Abrupt changes to his schedule can have the unintended consequence of unduly alarming the American people or creating a false sense of crisis." Where do I start? First, the phrase "just for show" is indicative of

  


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Sharia Law in Philly Leads
Imam to Try and Chop Off
Thief’s Hand w/Machete
FrontPage, by Daniel Greenfield    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 7/21/2014 9:44:21 AM     Post Reply
Islamic law is nowhere you want to be. Unfortunately it’s made it to the United States. A Muslim leader showed a considerable lack of brotherly love in Philadelphia last week, when he tried to cut off the hand of a man accused of stealing from the local mosque. Philly.com reported that Mitchell and the mosque’s imam invoked Sharia Law which states, “As to the thief, male or female, cut off his or her hands; a punishment by way of example from Allah for their crime.” Although the 46-year-old victim denied stealing from the mosque, the two mosque officials carried him

Melodrama at the Met
American Magazine, by Rebecca Burgess    Original Article
Posted By: EagleBlurst- 7/21/2014 9:40:59 AM     Post Reply
With emotions reaching Wagnerian proportions, the storied Metropolitan Opera has arrived at the penultimate act of its latest melodramatic production: contract negotiations with the 16 unions currently holding sway over the 2,000-plus employees who bring each opera to life. The current labor contract expires on July 31, but as early as this past February, American Guild of Musical Artists Executive Director Alan Gordon was advising members to prepare for a lockout and a cancelled, or partially cancelled, 2014-2015 season. The leitmotif running through the labor discussions has been the possible death of the 130-year-old Metropolitan Opera.

How Hobby Lobby Split the
Left and Set Back Gay Rights
Atlantic, by Molly Ball    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 7/21/2014 9:40:32 AM     Post Reply
In the Hobby Lobby decision handed down last month, the Supreme Court was asked to strike a balance between women’s rights and religious freedom. But the major conflict that has erupted in the wake of that decision has been between religious freedom and gay rights. The resulting controversy has split gay-rights and faith groups on the left, with wide-ranging political fallout that some now fear could hurt both causes. One chapter of the controversy is set to close on Monday, when President Obama plans to sign a long-awaited executive order banning federal contractors from discriminating against gays and lesbians, according to

How Obama Questions Your Patriotism
Creators Syndicate, by David Harsanyi    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 7/21/2014 9:36:33 AM     Post Reply
So Barack Obama is again using one of the most contemptible phrases in American politics — "economic patriotism." There are many credible reasons to despise this rhetorical construct. Patriotism, after all, is the attachment to one´s homeland, a nationalistic devotion to one´s country and the values that make it great. If a person not only resists things that are "patriotic" but opposes them, then logic dictates that the person is being unpatriotic. So the president is really asking one question: Why do you hate America? Instead of protecting tax loopholes that let corporations keep their profits overseas, let´s put some of that

  


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The final indignity: Bodies of MH17 crash
victims tossed into rubbish trucks and
carted off to morgue train after three days
laying in 85f heat
Daily Mail (U.K.), by Kieran Corcoran    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 7/21/2014 9:19:12 AM     Post Reply
As if the heartache couldn’t get any worse, families of MH17 victims were today greeted with the most undignified scene imaginable – their loved ones in black body bags being lined up on the side of a road and thrown into the back of rubbish trucks. Almost 200 victims were piled high in the sweltering heat on eastern Ukraine before being carted off to a refrigerated train after their passenger jet was shot down by a surface-to-air missile. For three days the 298 victims of the attack were left where they fell, in a field near the village of Grabovo in eastern

Take a trip inside the mysterious Siberian
hole: New footage emerges from deep
within the strange structure
Daily Mail (U.K.), by Will Stewart*    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 7/21/2014 9:06:32 AM     Post Reply
Footage has emerged from deep inside the mysterious crater that has suddenly appeared in Siberia. The crater on the Yamal Peninsula - known as the ´end of the world´ to locals - was caused by aliens, a meteorite, a stray missile, or an explosive gas cocktail released due to global warming, according to theories last week. Russian scientists recently returned from the first expedition to look inside the giant hole which was previously spotted by helicopter. Their footage highlights a darkening around the rim which was earlier seen as evidence of heat possibly from an explosion during the crater´s creation. ´They found the crater

Sebastian Gorka: Christian Holocaust
Underway in Iraq, USA and World Look On
Breitbart, by Robert Wilde    Original Article
Posted By: M2- 7/21/2014 9:04:13 AM     Post Reply
When U.S. troops invaded Iraq in 2003, there were at least 1.5 million Christians in Iraq. Over the last ten years, significantly in the last few months with the emergence of ISIS, that figure has dropped to about 400,000. In a region where Christians predate Muslims by centuries, over one million Christians have been killed or have had to flee because of jihadi persecution, while America is basically standing by and watching. (snip) ISIS has basically given an ultimatum to all the Christians left: You can either flee or convert to Islam, or we will kill you.”

Defiant Putin warns the West not to
use MH17 tragedy for ´selfish political
ends´, as Ukraine accuses Russia of
spiriting away shrapnel-hit bodies to
avoid implicating rebels
Daily Mail (U.K.), by John Hall    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 7/21/2014 8:37:59 AM     Post Reply
Vladimir Putin has issued a defiant warning that the MH17 crash must not be used for ´selfish political ends´ and urged separatists to allow international experts access to the crash site. Wearing a dark suit and looking tired and drawn during a rare television address, the Russian president insisted ´all people´ in Ukraine had a responsibility to the families of the 298 passengers and crew who died last week. But he added: ´No-one has the right to use this tragedy for any kind of vested interest in the political sense. Such incidents should unite people rather than separate them.´ His comments came just

  


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Gut Check: The Sleeping Policeman
Breitbart´s Big Peace, by Greg Gutfeld    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 7/21/2014 8:13:26 AM     Post Reply
It´s Sunday morning, and I´m reading the reports on the Malaysia Airline mass murder, and it´s beyond depressing. Imagine if it were a son or a daughter, a sister or a brother, a mom or a dad—rotting in that field. And surrounding that field are a band of mystery men, preventing recovery. And think to yourself, that these fellows are picking through your loved ones´ things—not only destroying a crime scene but possibly helping themselves to whatever’s around them. It’s revolting. How does this world let this happen? Because we let it happen. Amidst the clamoring for action and demands for investigations, a sense

The Biden Agenda
The New Yorker, by Evan Osnos    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 7/21/2014 8:07:31 AM     Post Reply
At noon on Thursday, July 17th, Vice-President Joe Biden was on his way to Detroit for a day of light political fare: a fund-raiser, a community-college visit, a speech to progressive groups. Shortly before he landed, an aide told him that Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, had crashed in eastern Ukraine, an area controlled by pro-Russian separatists. Details were sketchy, but intelligence suggested that the Boeing 777-200, carrying two hundred and ninety-eight people, had been hit by a surface-to-air missile. There were no

Riding the Juggernaut
That Left Print Behind
New York Times, by David Carr    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 7/21/2014 8:05:52 AM     Post Reply
Even if you aren’t one of those people worried about media consolidation — there are many in that number — the big bolt of lightning last week that pierced a summer of ennui in entertainment and publishing news was hard to resist. The unrequited bid that Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox made for Time Warner Inc. had it all: defensive consolidations taking shape in both distribution and content production; two like-size media behemoths in an awkward, high-stakes dance; secret meetings; board intrigue; and a naked grab for size and power. Plus, there was the gift that keeps on giving: Mr. Murdoch

Jorge Ramos Swims Across
Rio Grande River
Breitbart Big Journalism, by Tony Lee    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 7/21/2014 8:04:25 AM     Post Reply
Jorge Ramos, the amnesty advocate and fierce questioner, took a swim across the Rio Grande river on Friday to follow the journey of Central American children. Ramos, who is also a Univision anchor and has been praised by Matt Drudge for asking politicians tougher questions than his fellow liberals in the mainstream press, said his stories will air on the Fusion network "soon." Spanish-language television has influenced many illegal immigrants who are trekking to America on harrowing journeys. According to a leaked "elite, law-enforcement sensitive El Paso Intelligence Center (EPIC) intel report from July 7, 2014" that Breitbart Texas obtained this week, migrants

  


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King Barack Rewrites
Obamacare ... Again
American Spectator, by David Catron    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 7/21/2014 7:44:21 AM     Post Reply
Obamacare’s supporters have long insisted that it is the “law of the land,” implicitly suggesting that it is immutable and permanent. Evidently, it hasn’t occurred to these people to mention that to their dear leader. His Majesty, Barack I, obviously thinks of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act as a collection of royal decrees, any one of which may be altered at his pleasure. Thus, in a proclamation issued last week through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, His Highness declared that all U.S. territories are now exempt from most of PPACA’s morass of rules and regulations.

Illegal Immigration Is
Not the Only Problem
American Thinker, by John Bennett    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 7/21/2014 7:32:38 AM     Post Reply
For all the belated talk of illegal immigration turning America into a “third world nation,” legal immigration has its harmful consequences as well. Imagine that your boss told you that an H1-B visa holder from Country X was going to take your job, and that you have to train your own replacement. This is exactly what is happening to some American IT workers, whose tragic and infuriating story was told by Patrick Thibodeau of Computerworld. Thibodeau tells the story of “A.B.,” the fictitious initials of an American IT worker who was put through an ordeal that can be described only as

Israel Denies Abduction Claims
but Arabs Celebrate
Agence France-Presse, by Gil Ronen    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/21/2014 6:51:13 AM     Post Reply
Israel´s UN ambassador denied on Sunday that an Israeli soldier had been abducted by Hamas terrorists in the course of the fighting at the Shejaiya neighborhood. "There is no kidnapped Israeli soldier and those rumors are untrue," said Ambassador Ron Prosor when asked about the kidnapping. The armed wing of the Palestinian Hamas group claimed late Sunday that it had kidnapped an Israeli soldier, prompting celebrations in the streets of Gaza City. "The Israeli soldier Shaul Aaron is in the hands of the Qassam Brigades," a spokesman using the nom-de-guerre Abu Obeida said in a televised address. He provided the supposed soldier´s name

Iron Dome intercepts rockets over
Tel Aviv region; sirens sound
in Beit Shemesh area
Jerusalem Post [Israel], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/21/2014 6:41:53 AM     Post Reply
A heavy barrage of rocket fire from the Gaza Strip set off sirens throughout Israel on Monday morning, including in the Tel Aviv and Beit Shemesh areas. A number of audible explosions were heard in the Tel Aviv area, which was targeted for the first time in several days. Rocket attacks on the city have been reduced since the beginning of the IDF ground invasion into Gaza last week. Sirens were also heard in Ashkelon, Ashdod, Rishon Lezion, Yavne and Kiryat Malachi in Monday morning´s attack. The Iron Dome intercepted a total of five rockets over Ashdod and the greater Tel

Britain will leave the EU unless Brussels
gives us major concessions, warns new
Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond
Daily Mail [UK], by Jason Groves    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/21/2014 6:34:28 AM     Post Reply
Britain will vote to leave Europe unless Brussels hands David Cameron major concessions, the Foreign Secretary warned yesterday. Philip Hammond said it was ‘pretty clear’ that voters will reject EU membership in a planned referendum in 2017 without changes being made. [Snip] Mr Hammond, arguably the most anti-EU Foreign Secretary the UK has had, added: ‘What I can tell, and have told my European colleagues, is that if the offer by European partners is nothing, no change, no negotiation, I am pretty clear what the answer of the British people in that referendum is going to be.’

  



Over 700 Syrians Were Killed
Last Week. But Jews Didn´t Do
it, So the Media Doesn´t Care
Breitbart London [UK], by Raheem Kassam    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/21/2014 5:24:05 AM     Post Reply
From reading the international and national news you would probably never have known that last Thursday and Friday alone, over 700 people were killed in Syria at the hands of jihadists and pro-Assad forces. Muslim on Muslim, Arab on Arab, human on human, whatever you like to think of it as--Western media is doing an awful job of reporting these abhorrent incidences--and I think I know why. My colleague Jonathan Spyer from the Global Research in International Affairs (GLORIA) Center, and fellow at the Middle East Forum (full disclosure: a position I also hold) noted it best today when he

Illegal Immigration a Winning
Issue for Republicans
Power Line, by John Hinderaker    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/21/2014 5:23:19 AM     Post Reply
Long gone, evidently, are the days when the late, great Sonny Bono, asked for his position on illegal immigration, answered: “My position? What do you mean, my position? It’s illegal!” Still, I have never understood the claim that open borders is a winning political issue for the Democrats. That is borne out in the most recent Rasmussen Reports survey: Most voters don’t want any of the young illegal immigrants who’ve recently arrived here housed in their state and say any legislation passed by Congress to deal with the problem should focus on sending them home as soon as possible. The latest Rasmussen

Politico Poll: Dim views of
Hillary Clinton’s time at State
Politico, by Maggie Haberman    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/21/2014 5:21:17 AM     Post Reply
A majority of voters are unimpressed with Hillary Clinton’s performance as secretary of state, according to a new POLITICO poll. Just 14 percent described her time at State — she served four years ending in February 2013 — as “excellent,” while 28 percent defined it as “good.” Twenty-one percent called it “fair,” and 32 percent rated her performance “poor.” Six percent weren’t sure or declined to answer. The survey of likely voters in states and districts with the most competitive House and Senate races was conducted this month as Clinton traveled around the country to promote her new memoir, “Hard Choices,”

The Pageant King of Alabama
New York Times Magazine, by Jeff Chu    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 7/21/2014 5:18:59 AM     Post Reply
Bill Alverson has advice for everyone. But if you ask for it, be forewarned that you might not like it. “Clean up your Facebook — it’s too narcissistic.” (To an aspiring Miss Alabama who posted pictures of herself in crown and gown.) “You have got to lose the ebonics!” (To a woman vying to be Miss Mississippi.) “That’s fine, because you’re not a chunker. If you had a weight problem, I’d say you have to lay off all the croissants.” (To a 10-year-old dreaming of a baking career.) For this, he charges $125 an hour. And hundreds of aspiring beauty queens pay up. They

Russia must end
this heartless spectacle
Telegraph [UK], by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/21/2014 5:16:08 AM     Post Reply
In the four days since Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 came down on the Ukrainian border, the basic facts of the situation have remained unchanged. The overwhelmingly likely scenario is that the plane was shot down by a missile, fired by pro-Russian separatists, who had received their armaments from the Kremlin (along, it transpired, with inadequate training in their use). [Snip] Mr Putin’s separatist lackeys have asserted their control of the crash site, harassing and intimidating the experts sent to inspect the wreckage. Victims’ bodies have been treated with shameful disregard, the property of the deceased picked through at will, the

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