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TSA fee hike takes effect today
Star-Ledger [Newark, NJ], by Steve Strunsky    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 7/21/2014 2:53:27 PM     Post Reply
Newark — The Transportation Security Administration fee that gets added to the cost of an airline ticket more than doubles today, with passengers now paying $5.60 each way to finance X-rays, pat-downs and other forms of airport screening. The increase in the fee, from $2.50 each way, will generate an estimated $4 billion in additional funds over the next 10 years to pay for airport security. Connecting flights of four hours or more will be treated as separate flights, at a cost of $5 each. Congress approved the fee hike in December.

Perry to send 1,000 National
Guard troops to border
CNN, by Leigh Ann Caldwell    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 7/21/2014 2:16:06 PM     Post Reply
Texas Gov. Rick Perry will send 1,000 National Guard troops to help secure the southern border, where tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors from Central America have crossed into the United States this year in a surge that is deemed a humanitarian crisis. Perry will also call on President Barack Obama and Congress to hire an additional 3,000 border patrol agents for the Texas border, which would eventually replace the temporary guard forces, according to a person in his office with knowledge of his plans. He will make the announcement later Monday in Austin. Perry´s state has received the majority of migrant children,

Obama: No ‘authentic’ way to be black
The Hill (Washington, D.C.), by Justin Sink    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 7/21/2014 2:14:43 PM     Post Reply
The notion that black men need to act, dress or speak in a certain way to be “authentic” is something that "has to go," President Obama said Monday at an event promoting his initiative to aid young men of color. "The notion that there’s some authentic way of being black, that if you’re going to be black you have to act a certain way and wear a certain kind of clothes, … that has to go, because there are a whole bunch of different ways for African-American men to be authentic," Obama said. "You don’t have to act a certain

  


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Boston Marathon suspect´s
friend guilty of conspiracy
USA Today, by John Bacon    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 7/21/2014 2:12:57 PM     Post Reply
Azamat Tazhayakov, a friend of the Boston Marathon bombing suspect, was convicted Monday of helping cover up the crime, according to multiple media reports. A federal jury found Tazhayakov guilty of obstruction of justice and conspiracy by hindering the investigation into Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, a friend and fellow student at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth. Prosecutors said that after Tazhayakov and another friend, Dias Kadyrbayev, determined that Tsarnaev was a suspect in the bombing, they threw out a backpack and removed a laptop from Tsarnaev´s dorm room. Lawyers for Tazhayakov argued that Kadyrbayev had removed the items; prosecutors said Tazhayakov went along

Amid Global Chaos, Al Roker Asks
Michelle Obama: ´Who´s the Best Cook´
in the First Family?
Newsbusters, by Kyle Drennen    Original Article
Posted By: jackson- 7/21/2014 2:03:27 PM     Post Reply
Despite the continuing fallout from the shoot down of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 and Israel´s incursion into Gaza, Monday´s NBC Today devoted over four minutes of air time to weatherman Al Roker conducting a fawning interview with First Lady Michelle Obama. In what Roker teased as a "revealing conversation," he asked Obama: "Who´s the best cook in the family?" [Listen to the audio or watch the video after the jump] Roker had the friendly chat with the First Lady while attending the Kids State Dinner at the White House on Friday, something he promoted during the segment: "The tiniest top

6 questions about the IRS’s
missing emails, from IT experts
Washington Post, by Josh Hicks    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 7/21/2014 1:31:41 PM     Post Reply
Did the IRS intentionally lose e-mails to cover up potentially incriminating communications relating to the agency’s targeting controversy, or did the records go missing because of bad technology management? As for the latter question, few organizations are in a better position to make an assessment of the situation than the International Association of Information Technology Asset Managers, which deals with these types of issues on a regular basis. The group, which runs the only worldwide certification program for IT asset managers, released six questions on Monday that it thinks lawmakers and federal investigators should ask about the missing e-mails of

Warner dodges question about how
much he´ll campaign with Obama
Richmond Times-Dispatch [VA], by Markus Schmidt    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 7/21/2014 1:22:24 PM     Post Reply
Sen. Mark R. Warner’s biggest challenge in his re-election bid may not be his Republican opponent Ed Gillespie, but President Barack Obama’s plummeting approval ratings. Consequently, the Democrat has not made any joint appearances with the president of late. For example, when Obama made a trip across the Potomac River into Virginia on Tuesday, pushing his plan to fix the Federal Highway Trust Fund in McLean, Warner was a no-show. His spokesman said he was tending to Senate business. And in a recent interview in Richmond, Warner dodged a question about whether he would welcome Obama to join him on

  


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Revealed: Hamas Wore IDF Uniforms
in Latest Infiltration Attempt
Arutz Sheva (Israel), by Koby Finkler and Tova Dvorin    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 7/21/2014 1:09:13 PM     Post Reply
The IDF´s initial investigation regarding Hamas´s latest infiltration attempt from Gaza proved shocking Monday, after it revealed that Hamas has been blending into the Israeli side of the border - by replacing their clothing with replicas of IDF uniforms. The terrorists who attempted to infiltrate an Israeli kibbutz earlier Monday changed their headgear for IDF helmets, according to the report, as well as other similar-looking gear. As a result, it said, forces on the ground did not recognize for several minutes that the "unit" within sight was actually a terror cell. The revelation was only uncovered after a commanding officer

Iraqi Christians are raped, murdered
and driven from their homes –
and the West is silent
Telegraph [UK], by Tim Stanley    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/21/2014 12:55:37 PM     Post Reply
For the first time in 1,600 years, Mass is not being said in Mosul: an ancient culture has been wiped out in a matter of weeks. It´s a war crime that, strangely, no one seems to want to talk about. Mosul is the second-largest city in Iraq and the place where many Christians believe Jonah was buried. Since the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (Isis) rode into town, their faith has been forced underground. Bells have been silenced, the hijab enforced with bullets. Tens of thousands fled after being offered an unattractive choice: convert, pay a religious tax, or be

This is Putin’s war, and this
disaster is his responsibility
Telegraph [UK], by Boris Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/21/2014 12:50:44 PM     Post Reply
On the morning of July 3 1988, a passenger jet was taking off from the Iranian port of Bandar Abbas. It was an Airbus A300 operated by Iran Air, and on board were 290 people including 66 children.[Snip] They turned on their transponder--in accordance with normal practice--so that it emitted a “squawk code” identifying the aircraft as civilian. The crew was experienced, and at all times maintained communication, in English, with air traffic control. It was a tragedy for all concerned that on that same morning, a state-of-the-art US warship, the USS Vincennes, was lying more or less beneath them

What´s the Price of Happiness
in Your State?
Philadelphia Inquirer [PA], by Eric Reed    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/21/2014 12:43:16 PM     Post Reply
NEW YORK— The price of happiness depends a lot on where you live, according to a new report by the investment group Advisor Perspectives. The analysis is based on the now-famous work by Princeton researchers Daniel Kahneman and Angus Deaton, who found that higher incomes only make people happier to a point. Up to about $75,000 per year, the more a household earns, the happier people are. After that benchmark, however, additional income "buys life satisfaction but not happiness." The team separated these two issues by distinguishing fun from happiness. More money still leads people to have more life experiences

  


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Terrorist supporters behind the ‘Israel
must die, long live Palestine’ mobs
Canada Free Press, by Judi McLeod    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 7/21/2014 12:31:32 PM     Post Reply
While frightened little school children in Israel hide under their desks during Palestinian rocket attacks, street mobs in the rest of the world are chanting “Israel must die, long live Palestine” over and over again in raucous voices growing louder. With Israel under attack, Palestinian protesters in Paris, London and in North American cities like Chicago and Calgary took to the streets in clockwork fashion. The protesters never have to duck from physical harm. They count on total impunity in the democratic settings where they conduct their activism. In Canada they rely on the support of the anti-Israel propaganda-spewing Canadian Broadcasting Corporation,

Bill Clinton: Hillary
needs time to decide
The Hill (Washington, D.C.), by Rebecca Shabad    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 7/21/2014 12:29:53 PM     Post Reply
Former President Bill Clinton said his wife Hillary Clinton needs time to think about what her message to voters would be if she runs for president in 2016. She "really does need some time to think through this,” now that her memoir Hard Choices has been published, he said in an interview with CNN. "We´ve reached a point in our life when we think you really shouldn´t run for office if you don´t have a clear idea of what you can do and a unique contribution you can make and you can outline that," Clinton added. "Now that the book is done,

Halbig v. Burwell Would Free More
Than 57 Million Americans From The
ACA´s Individual & Employer Mandates
Forbes Magazine, by Michael F. Cannon    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 7/21/2014 12:29:13 PM     Post Reply
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, often described as the second-highest court in the land, could rule on Halbig v. Burwell as early as tomorrow. Halbig is one of four lawsuits challenging the legality of the health-insurance subsidies the IRS is dispensing in the 36 states that did not establish a health-insurance Exchange under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or “ObamaCare,” and thus have Exchanges established by the federal government. Though the PPACA repeatedly states those subsidies are available only “through an Exchange established by the State,” and there are indications IRS officials knew they

Rep. Joe Garcia: “We’ve Proved
that Communism Works”
Canada Free Press, by Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 7/21/2014 12:21:42 PM     Post Reply
It is no surprise that young people are enamored of communism. Their teachers have been indoctrinating them for years into the utopia of “social justice,” “environmental justice,” the “evil” middle class, and the spectacular equality for all as envisioned by Marx, Engels, and Lenin. Communism is “cool” in the land where wearing a Che Guevara t-shirt is a hypocritical political statement made while enjoying capitalist amenities. But we expect them to mature eventually and give up the absurdity that communism has not succeeded because the wrong people were in charge. Furthermore, we don’t expect them to elect representatives that mirror their youthful

  


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Relatives’ pit bulls fatally
maul Riverview boy, 4
Tampa Tribune, by Geoff Fox    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 7/21/2014 12:16:10 PM     Post Reply
RIVERVIEW — The family of 4-year-old Logan Shepard called his mauling death by two pit bulls on Saturday night “a tragic loss.” Logan was found in the front yard of his aunt and uncle’s home by Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office deputies around 10:30 p.m. Saturday night, sheriff’s records said. Logan had walked to the home of Dolores and Billy Frederick Sr., 12509 Rhodine Road, with his mother, Stephanie Groulx, who lives on nearby Tocci Lane in the Tropical Acres community. Logan was given ice cream Saturday night, while the adults and a 15-year-old cousin went into a bedroom to talk,

Biden to Putin: I don´t think
´you have a soul´
The Hill (Washington DC), by Justin Sink    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/21/2014 12:12:26 PM     Post Reply
Vice President Biden told Vladimir Putin that he did not believe the Russian leader had “a soul” during a visit to the Kremlin in 2011, the vice president said in a New Yorker magazine interview published Monday. Biden said the incident occurred while he was touring Putin’s office in the Kremlin. “I had an interpreter, and when he was showing me his office I said, ‘It’s amazing what capitalism will do, won’t it? A magnificent office!’ And he laughed. As I turned, I was this close to him,” Biden said, signaling that the two leaders were standing just inches apart. “I

Iraq Crisis: ISIS Torches 1,800-Year-Old
Church after Banishing Mosul Christians
International Business Times, by Johnlee Varghese    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 7/21/2014 12:11:24 PM     Post Reply
The ISIS deadline for Christians to leave Mosul ended at the weekend, and thousands of people who follow the religion have left the city. And as the last group of Christians made their way out, the militants torched the 1,800-year-old Assyrian Christian church. According to Al Arabiya, the church was burned down on Saturday, after the remaining Christians fled. It noted that the burning of the church was the latest event in the destruction of Christian property in Mosul.

Bergdahl’s complicated story
no simpler in Texas
Dallas Morning News (TX), by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/21/2014 12:01:37 PM     Post Reply
Has there been a presidential photo op this year that raised as much of a stir as Barack Obama in the Rose Garden with Robert and Jani Bergdahl? They are the parents of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the last American held prisoner in Afghanistan, released over the Memorial Day weekend to some fanfare. Yet his story didn’t turn out to be the feel-good page turner that some in the Obama administration might have imagined. From the announcement that the administration had traded five Taliban commanders for Bergdahl’s release, his story has been anything but simple. Several members of his unit stepped

MH17 plane crash: Dutch
experts examine bodies
BBC News [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/21/2014 11:58:33 AM     Post Reply
Pro-Russian rebels have allowed Dutch investigators to examine bodies from the crashed Malaysia Airlines plane at a railway station in eastern Ukraine. The three Dutch experts said the train might leave the town of Torez later. All 298 people on board flight MH17 died when it crashed over the rebel-held area on 17 July. The US and other nations say there is growing evidence of Russian complicity in the crash. Meanwhile, heavy fighting is reported in the main rebel-held city of Donetsk. The clashes--involving heavy weapons--are continuing near the city´s airport and the railway station, eyewitnesses say.

  



Reports from the
“Immigration Surge” Protests
Legal Insurrection, by Leslie Eastman    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 7/21/2014 11:55:54 AM     Post Reply
Reports are beginning to surface from the 300-plus citizen-organized protests on July 18-19 focused on deep concerns about the immigration surge of supposed “refugees” swamping our border control resources, under the banner of the “National Days of Protest against Immigration Reform Amnesty & the Illegal Immigration Surge”. "With a coalition of more than 50 groups and organizations of various sizes, protests against illegal immigration and the Obama inspired surge of illegals at America’s borders took place in more than 300 locations. The protests were highly visible and some were small with a handful of people on overpasses with others being

Obama Calls for Immediate
Access to Crash Site
Associated Press, by Julie Pace    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 7/21/2014 11:50:34 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is calling for international investigators to have "immediate and full access" to the site in eastern Ukraine where a passenger jet was shot down last week. Obama accused pro-Russian separatists in the area of removing evidence and bodies from the crash site. He says that raising the question of "what exactly are they trying to hide?" The president says the burden is on Russia and President Vladimir Putin to compel the separatists to cooperate with the investigation. Obama says that if Russia continues to violate Ukraine´s sovereignty, Moscow "will only further isolate itself" and the economic costs will

Russian billionaires ‘in horror’
as Putin risks global isolation
Bloomberg News, by Henry Meyer and Irina Reznik    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 7/21/2014 11:38:16 AM     Post Reply
MOSCOW — Russia’s richest businessmen are increasingly frantic that President Vladimir Putin’s policies in Ukraine will lead to crippling sanctions and are too scared of reprisal to say so publicly, billionaires and analysts said. If Putin doesn’t move to end the war in Ukraine in the wake of last week’s downing of a Malaysia Air jet in rebel-held territory, he risks becoming an international outcast like Belarus’s Aleksandr Lukashenko, whom the U.S. famously labeled Europe’s last dictator, one Russian billionaire said on condition of anonymity. What’s happening is bad for business and bad for Russia, he said.

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