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IRS official: Lost Lois Lerner
emails may still exist
Washington Examiner, by Susan Ferrechio    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 7/22/2014 3:18:18 AM     Post Reply
Could the IRS have those missing Lois Lerner emails after all? New testimony from a key Internal Revenue Service official indicates the IRS may not have lost two years of emails sent by former top IRS official Lois Lerner after all. That is what the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee suggested Monday morning in a newly released transcript of a recent closed-door interview with IRS Deputy Associate Chief Counsel Thomas Kane. Kane is responsible for producing documents requested by Congress that are related to a a probe into the IRS past practice of targeting conservative groups. Kane met with House investigators after Oversight

Hillary Clinton answers
questions on Facebook today
San Francisco Chronicle, by Wendy Lee    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 7/22/2014 3:16:11 AM     Post Reply
Hillary Rodham Clinton will participate in a live Q&A today on Facebook. Clinton, the former secretary of state and first lady who ran for president in 2008, will tour Facebook’s headquarters in Menlo Park. She said in a Facebook post that she’ll be talking about her new book, “Hard Choices“ and answer questions on her book’s Facebook page beginning at 2:30 p.m. The book delves into her years as secretary of state. A Facebook spokesperson said Clinton’s tour of Facebook headquarters was closed to the press. There’s been some speculation over whether Clinton would run for president in 2016. She has yet to

Obama shares support for DC statehood
The Hill (Washington, D.C.), by Justin Sink    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 7/22/2014 2:56:50 AM     Post Reply
President Obama said Monday that as a Washington, D.C., resident he supported statehood for the District of Columbia’s 650,000 inhabitants. "I´m in D.C., so I´m for it," Obama said Monday at a town-hall event to promote his "My Brother´s Keeper" program. "I´ve long believed that folks in D.C. pay taxes like everybody else. They contribute to the overall well-being of the country like everybody else. They should be represented like everybody else," Obama added. The president said there was no reason based on population size to deny the district´s residents statehood. But he acknowledged that the politics in Congress on D.C. statehood would

  


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Hobby Lobby Makes
Atheists Knit Bricks
National Review Online, by Celina Durgin    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 7/22/2014 2:52:51 AM     Post Reply
In response to the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby ruling, atheists are sitting around knitting. And in this time of national crisis, they are knitting bricks. Worried about the supposedly crumbling wall of separation between church and state, the Secular Coalition for America (SCA) launched a “Knit a Brick” campaign to “harness outrage” at the ruling. The group will send yarn bricks to the Supreme Court, Congress, or White House staffers. Targets will be selected based on the number of bricks the Coalition’s high command receives by August 5, according to Religionnews.com. If organizers collect 400 bricks, they will send them to

Un-amused! Hilarious video of the North
Korea´s leader arm-wrestling Obama,
dancing with Bin Laden and even dropping
his trousers that´s made Pyongyang furious
Daily Mail (U.K.), by Mia De Graaf    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 7/22/2014 12:42:56 AM     Post Reply
He is revered by his people as seemingly all-powerful. But it seems North Korea is not au fait with Kim Jong Un´s break dancing, arm-wrestling and skipping - on show in a spoof video that has gone viral. In a series of clearly photoshopped scenes compiled by a Chinese student, the dictator is shown cavorting in a field with Osama bin Laden, riding a pig through a snowy field, and being fly-kicked into a swimming pool by President Barack Obama. And Pyongyang is not happy. ´It seriously compromises Kim’s dignity and authority,´ a top-ranking official from the Hermit Kingdom said, according to Asia News. North

Don´t sell your warships to Putin: David
Cameron urges France to axe arms deal
as he calls for economic cold war
Daily Mail (U.K.), by David Chapman    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 7/22/2014 12:33:02 AM     Post Reply
David Cameron yesterday urged France to abandon a contract to sell warships to Vladimir Putin. Calling for an economic cold war, the Prime Minister urged other EU leaders to agree tough sanctions against Moscow. He insisted there should be an embargo on commercial dealings with Russian defence, banking, energy and aviation firms. Ahead of emergency talks in Brussels today, he insisted the EU should also freeze the assets of the Russian president’s allies, whom he referred to as cronies and oligarchs. Mr Cameron told MPs it had been shown beyond doubt that Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 was shot down by an SA11 missile fired

Russian Air Massacre:
What Would Reagan Do?
Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 7/22/2014 12:24:36 AM     Post Reply
Leadership: President Obama´s response to Russia´s downing of an unarmed passenger jet is tepid compared with President Reagan´s response to a similar horror in 1983. Obama called Russian-backed rebels´ downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 a "terrible tragedy." Reagan called the Soviets´ downing of Korean Airlines Flight 007 a "crime against humanity." Despite overwhelming evidence Moscow had a hand in the civilian massacre over Ukrainian airspace, Obama refuses to rebuke Russia. Instead, he´s called for an "international investigation into the incident." A defiant Vladimir Putin, meanwhile, has warned the West against using the tragedy for "selfish political ends," and is spreading propaganda the

  


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Payback: Republicans Paint ‘Millionaire’
Democrats as Out of Touch
Wall Street Journal, by Reid J. Epstein    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 7/22/2014 12:23:21 AM     Post Reply
When Democrats in 2012 tarred Mitt Romney as so wealthy he was out of touch, the Republican pushback was to assert that there’s no shame in being rich. “Republicans come here and say everyone should live like this,” Mr. Romney said at one fundraiser held at a supporter’s mansion. Back then it worked, as President Barack Obama and his allied Democrats launched a full-scale campaign to tag Mr. Romney as the candidate of the rich, by the rich and for the rich. By and large, that worked, with a handful of assists from Mr. Romney himself. Two years later, it’s Republicans who

Detroit: No Water Shutoffs
For Next 15 Days
Associated Press, by Ed White    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 7/22/2014 12:21:48 AM     Post Reply
DETROIT -- Detroit suspended its aggressive policy of cutting off water to customers with unpaid bills on Monday, the latest response to a controversy that has prompted large protests and caught the attention of the judge overseeing the city´s bankruptcy. The city said there will be no shutoffs for the next 15 days. The disclosure was made in bankruptcy court where Judge Steven Rhodes is overseeing the nation´s largest ever municipal bankruptcy. He has been encouraging Detroit to come up with alternatives to shutting off water for thousands of homes and businesses. The issue gained national attention last month after activists appealed

Detroit residents fight back over water
shutoff: ´It´s a life-or-death situation´
Guardian (U.K.), by Jon Swaine    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 7/22/2014 12:18:42 AM     Post Reply
When the coast is clear, and the trucks from the contractor shutting off water for the city of Detroit have rolled away, the men with water keys come. They offer residents whose supply has just been shut off a tempting deal. For $20, they will use their tools to turn the water main back on immediately, and illegally, sparing the household the agonising days spent without showering, cooking or flushing that have already been endured by at least 16,000 of their neighbours so far this year. It is only the most desperate action being taken in response to the beleaguered city´s aggressive

French online forums overflow
with hate over Israel offensive
Agence France Presse, by Laurence Benhamou    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 7/22/2014 12:14:17 AM     Post Reply
Paris - The deadly Israeli offensive in Gaza has let loose an unprecedented wave of hate on media websites and social networks in France that moderators say they are struggling to contain. The bombardment by land, sea and air that has killed at least 425 Palestinians has enflamed tensions far afield from the Middle East, especially in France with its large Muslim and Jewish communities. Paris protests in support of Gaza residents have degenerated into violence on several occasions. "As soon as you talk about Israel, it crystallises all passions, with up to 20,000 or 30,000 comments sometimes after an article, of which

  


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Are the Obamas buying a
home in Rancho Mirage?
Los Angeles Times, by Lauren Beale    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 7/22/2014 12:09:39 AM     Post Reply
President Obama and his wife, Michelle, could be the owners of a home in Rancho Mirage listed at $4.25 million before the month is out. The First Family is believed to be in escrow on a contemporary home in a gated community where entertainers Frank Sinatra, Bob Hope and Bing Crosby once maintained estates. The White House said rumors regarding a home in Rancho Mirage are not true. But area real estate agents, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the Obamas are the buyers of the Rancho Mirage home. Listing agents Marc Lange and Carl Blea of HOM Sotheby’s International declined to

MH17 crash: FT photo shows signs
of damage from missile strike
Financial Times, by Mark Odell    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 7/22/2014 12:07:36 AM     Post Reply
The first apparent hard evidence that Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 was brought down by a surface-to-air missile is emerging from the crash site in eastern Ukraine, after experts confirmed on Monday there were signs of shrapnel damage to the aircraft. The photograph above, first published by the Financial Times over the weekend, shows a piece of the downed Boeing 777 about a metre

NAACP Legal Defense Fund: Detroit Water
Service Shutoffs Were Racially Motivated
WWJ TV 62 Detroit, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 7/22/2014 12:06:10 AM     Post Reply
DETROIT – After a class action lawsuit filed against the city of Detroit, the NAACP Legal Defense Fund says that recent water shutoffs to Detroit residents were racially motivated. Veronica Joice with the NAACP Legal Defense Fund says, “That (the shutoffs are) being done in a discriminatory fashion; and they should at least take a look at whether there’s a better way to do this that doesn’t affect the most vulnerable citizens — the majority of whom are African American here in Detroit.” Attorney Alice Jennings, who filed the lawsuit on behalf of Detroit residents, said it’s a known fact that there

IRS seeks help destroying
another 3,200 hard drives
Washington Times, by Jim McElhatton    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 7/22/2014 12:03:41 AM     Post Reply
Days after IRS officials said in a sworn statement that former top agency employee Lois G. Lerner’s computer memory had been wiped clean, the agency put out word to contractors Monday that it needs help to destroy at least another 3,200 hard drives. The Internal Revenue Service solicitation for “media destruction” services reflects an otherwise routine job to protect sensitive taxpayer information, but it was made while the agency’s record destruction practices remain under a sharp congressional spotlight. Congressional investigators of the IRS targeting of conservative groups have been hampered by the unexplained destruction of emails and other records of Ms. Lerner,

  


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West Fails To Answer
Threats To Its Very Existence
Investor´s Business Daily, by Peter Morici    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 7/22/2014 12:00:09 AM     Post Reply
The downing of Malaysia Flight 17 casts new light on just how inept and decadent the United States and Europe have become. Faced with Russia´s annexation of Crimea and attempts to repeat in eastern Ukraine, the best Western Europe and the U.S. have mustered are strong words and token sanctions on top Russian officials and several companies. That´s hardly enough to deter Vladimir Putin´s ambitions to make Russia the dominant power in Eurasia. Now, public outrage at the downing of the Malaysian airliner will force Western governments to offer Russia restraint from imposing truly effective sanctions on its subversive activities in Ukraine in

Strange Bedfellows: Silicon Valley Techies
‘Like’ Conservative Senator Rand Paul
KPIX TV5 San Francisco, by Mark Kelly    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 7/21/2014 11:58:05 PM     Post Reply
SAN JOSE — There’s a new app in Silicon Valley — conservatarianism. It’s the app that conservative Senator Rand Paul is pushing. He wants to join forces with local techies. But how can technology and liberty flourish side by side? Paul’s answer, “shrink government.” “Is government inherently stupid?” the Kentucky Republican the audience at the Lincoln Labs Reboot 2014. “I say no, but it’s a debatable question.” Since Paul’s visit a new political term is being coded — the conservatarian… part conservative, part libertarian. Silicon Valley entrepreneur Garrett Johnson organized Senator Paul’s visit. “It’s not that I agree with him 100% of the time,” said Johnson.

Obama Dragged Down By Chaos
All Around, Not By Economy
- Thread Closed
Investor´s Business Daily, by Michael Barone    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 7/21/2014 11:54:47 PM     Post Reply
´Why do you think President Obama´s job rating is falling, even though the economy is recovering?" the interviewer asked. It´s a fair question, even though the economy declined 2.9% in the first quarter, even though most jobs created in June were part-time and even though labor force participation remains low. The fact is that the economy is growing, however slowly; jobs are being created, and the unemployment rate is heading down toward what economists consider full employment. And still the president´s job rating languishes. What´s wrong with the question is an assumption embedded within it, that what voters seek most from government and

The Obama Promise Of
Amnesty Drives The Border Surge
Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 7/21/2014 11:51:05 PM     Post Reply
Immigration: As the great wave of illegals continues to wash over our border, Sen. Ted Cruz puts his finger on the magnet: President Obama´s promise of amnesty — an incentive unlike any other. ´The cause of this crisis is the promise of amnesty," the Texas Republican said over the weekend. "In 2011, there were roughly 6,000 children apprehended coming in illegally. Then in 2012, President Obama unilaterally granted amnesty to some 800,000 people who were here illegally, who entered as children. The direct foreseeable consequence of that was the number of unaccompanied children skyrocketed." His summary of the problem is indisputable. Obama not only

MSNBC Flatlines On Big Big News
Day While Fox News Dominates
& CNN Ratings Surge
Deadline.com, by Dominic Patten    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 7/21/2014 11:42:39 PM     Post Reply
The rule of thumb is that when news is breaking and a crisis is unfolding, cable news networks see a big jump in viewership. Turns out that’s not the case if you are MSNBC. On the first full day of coverage of the Malaysia Airlines disaster and Israeli troop movement into Gaza the day before, the Comcast-owned news channel actually was down double digits among adults 25-54 both in total day and in primetime on July 18. While rivals CNN and Fox News Channel were up 16% and 13% in total day over the comparable day last year, when the

  



Obama Dismisses ´Haters´
Breitbart Big Government, by Charlie Spiering    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 7/21/2014 11:33:00 PM     Post Reply
During a town hall with young people, President Obama explained how he deals with people who criticize him. “I just don’t watch TV,” Obama joked, after he was asked about his critics during a town hall promoting the White House "My Brother´s Keeper" initiative. Obama advised young people to listen to critics who actually had their interests at heart. “Who gives you constructive criticism because they’re invested in the same things you are but maybe can see the things you can’t, versus folks who are just -- what’d someone say -- hatin’? Somebody just hatin’, just haters?” Obama said. Obama said that people should
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Obama’s LGBT Executive Order
Threatens Religious Liberty,
Say Advocates
Daily Caller, by Kate Patrick    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 7/21/2014 11:27:28 PM     Post Reply
Unwilling to wait for Congress to pass the Employee Non-Discrimination Act, Obama signed an executive order Monday prohibiting organizations with federal contracts from discriminating against employees who identify themselves as gay, lesbian, or transgender. For religious freedom advocates, that could pose a major problem. Obama’s order does not provide an exemption for religious organizations, whereas the ENDA bill before Congress does. Carmen Fowler LaBerge — president of the Presbyterian Layman Committee – set aside her ordination in the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. after the General Assembly opened the door for gays and lesbians to be ordained as ministers in 2010.

What Happened To the IRS IT
Asset Management Team?
Weekly Standard, by Jim Swift    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 7/21/2014 10:54:11 PM     Post Reply
An Ohio-based trade association, the International Association of Information Technology Asset Managers (IAITAM), wants to know why the IRS’s IT Asset Managers have apparently “disappeared at a key juncture.” IAITAM administers internationally accepted certifications for information technology professionals, and according to their records “at least three IT Asset Managers…were working at the IRS prior to the 13 May 2013 Inspector General Report [that detailed the IRS abuse of conservative political groups].” However, IAITAM claims in a press release Monday that those workers “were shuffled out from those positions around the time of the report.” The group’s president, Dr. Barbara Rembiesa, urged

Wonderland
PJ Media, by Richard Fernandez    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 7/21/2014 10:53:08 PM     Post Reply
According to a Reuters story Egypt is in the crosshairs of Islamic militants based in Libya. “Chaos in Libya has allowed militants to set up makeshift training camps only a few kilometers from Egypt’s border, according to Egyptian security officials.” (Snip) Everyone goes to War For Oil, even Europe and China, except they use American troops to do it. Perhaps the saddest thing about all the last seventy years of idealistic political rhetoric is that it was ultimately founded on crass money and power. At the end of the day it wasn’t “show me your heart”. It was show me

It’s virtually impossible to be
a successful modern president
Washington Post, by Chris Cillizza    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 7/21/2014 10:50:38 PM     Post Reply
Being president is the most powerful job in the world. At which you will almost certainly fail. Why? For lots of reasons up to and including: * The decline of the bully pulpit as a persuasion mechanism * The deep partisanship present not only in Congress but also in the electorate more broadly * The splintering of the mainstream media/the rise of social media. Consider the last three presidents -- two Democrats, one Republican -- who have had to deal with those three factors in varying degrees. (Can you imagine what Bill Clinton´s presidency would have been like if Twitter

White House Criticizes Anonymous
Sources, Reporters Note The
White House Has An Anonymous
Source Call Today
BuzzFeed, by Andrew Kaczynski    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/21/2014 10:38:33 PM     Post Reply
(Video) A press briefing between reporters and White House press secretary Josh Earnest got testy Monday as reporters pushed back against the White House’s criticism of a Washington Post story for relying on anonymous administration sources. “The lead of that story is hooked entirely to anonymous sources,” Earnest said of the Post report that Obama aides were warned of coming influx Central American minors into the United States. “That’s just a fact.” “You criticize anonymous sources, but we have anonymous sources from you all every day. In fact, I think we have a call today. How can you criticize that

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