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The 5 Happiest Cities In America
Are In One State & The Unhappiest
Places Have One Thing in Common
Independent Journal Review, by Caroline Schaeffer    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/22/2014 3:49:18 PM     Post Reply
A working paper from professors from Harvard and the Vancouver School examined the happiness of cities based on data from a CDC study and weighted based on demographics and income, PolicyMic reports. (Map) Some might suspect that they’re just putting something in the water, but the five happiest cities in America are all in the same state: Louisiana. Those cities are Lafayette, Houma, Shreveport-Bossier City, Baton Rouge, and Alexandria. The Northeast and one city in the Midwest did not fare too well: Scranton, Erie, and Pittsburgh, PA, Gary, IN, and New York City were found to be the top five

MH17 plane crash: EU to
widen Russia sanctions
BBC News [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/22/2014 3:48:44 PM     Post Reply
The EU will widen its sanctions against Russia to include more individuals and consider targeting the defence sector, the Dutch foreign minister says. Frans Timmermans said "unanimous" and "forceful" decisions had been taken on enhanced sanctions against Russia over the Ukraine conflict. The UK has pushed for the Russian arms sector to be targeted. [Snip] The sanctions are aimed at forcing Russia to help defuse the Ukraine conflict and put pressure on the rebels to disarm. A new sanctions list naming individuals and organisations will be drawn up by EU ambassadors by Thursday, Mr Timmermans told reporters after meeting his

World´s largest aquatic insect
specimen found in China
CNN, by Zoe Li    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/22/2014 3:45:02 PM     Post Reply
The world´s largest flying aquatic insect, with huge, nightmarish pincers, has been discovered in China´s Sichuan province, experts say. According to the Insect Museum of West China, local villagers in the outskirts of Chengdu handed over "weird insects that resemble giant dragonflies with long teeth" earlier this month. Several of these odd critters were examined by the museum and found to be unusually large specimens of the giant dobsonfly, which is native to China and Vietnam. The largest one measured 21 centimeters (8.27 inches) when its wings were open, according to the museum, busting the original record for largest aquatic insect

  


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´The President´s very proud of his
chili´: Michelle Obama discusses
the First Family´s food – and
insists she’s the better cook
Daily Mail (UK), by Erin Clements    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/22/2014 3:40:49 PM     Post Reply
When Al Roker visited Michelle Obama at the Kids´ State Dinner Friday at the White House, he had a very important question for the First Lady: ´Who´s the best cook in the family?´ ´I would say that I am because I´ve done it more. The President´s not a bad cook,´ she told the Today show personality in a segment that aired Monday. She also revealed that President Barack Obama´s go-to dishes are ´Chili and a stir fry,´ adding, ´I mean, he´s very proud of his chili.´ Scroll for video- The President himself spoke at the event, which was honoring 54

Choosing Life over Convenience
Breitbart Big Government, by Col. Rob Maness    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/22/2014 3:34:10 PM     Post Reply
As the debate examining prohibiting late term abortions has unfolded, I can´t help but think of my youngest grandson who was born a few years ago, weighing only 2 lbs 5 oz at 28 weeks. After his birth, I spent a lot of time with him in the neonatal intensive care unit, watching him grow stronger every day until he was able to finally go home with his family. Witnessing the miracle of his birth and the struggle he had in those early weeks, it breaks my heart that anyone would have a problem with limiting late term abortions and

Rubio: U.S. Cannot Admit
All Children Seeking Asylum
National Public Radio, by Alan Greenblatt    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/22/2014 3:33:19 PM     Post Reply
Sen. Marco Rubio argued that the nation´s immigration laws need to be overhauled and said that Hillary Clinton would be a flawed candidate for president. "I just think she´s a 20th century candidate," he said. "I think she does not offer an agenda for moving America forward in the 21st century, at least not up till now." The Florida Republican made his comments in the second half of a two-part interview with Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep on Tuesday. Rubio also said he will make a decision about whether to run for president himself sometime within the next few months.

Obamacare Aid for Plan Buyers
on U.S. Exchange Overturned
Bloomberg News, by Andrew Zajac    Original Article
Posted By: Maryland_Patriot- 7/22/2014 3:31:44 PM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama’s health-care overhaul suffered a potentially crippling blow as a U.S. appeals court ruled the government can’t give financial assistance to anyone buying coverage on the insurance marketplace run by federal authorities. The decision, if it withstands appeals, may deprive more than half the people who signed up for Obamacare the tax credits they need to buy a health plan. The government will immediately seek review of the court’s decision and in the meantime nothing has changed for people getting premium tax credits, Justice Department spokeswoman Emily Pierce said. A White House official said the U.S. will seek a review

  


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If Halbig Stands, What
Happens to Obamacare?
National Review Online, by Callie Gable    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/22/2014 3:30:34 PM     Post Reply
With the D.C. Circuit Court’s decision today that Obamacare, as written, doesn’t authorize the provision of subsidies on federal health-care exchanges — it just does so for those established by states — residents of 36 states may stop receiving insurance subsidies under the law. President Obama could well ignore the decision, which he asserts is perfectly legal, but he’ll also certainly appeal it — either to an en banc hearing of the D.C. Circuit Court (more judges than the three that just heard it) or to the Supreme Court. If the president chooses to ignore the ruling, we can bet

Obama scraps Jimmy Kimmel
visit amid "more serious matters"
CBS News, by Rebecca Kaplan    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/22/2014 3:29:33 PM     Post Reply
As crises continue erupting all over the world, presidential fundraising trips still make the cut. Late-night television appearances, on the other hand, do not. White House spokesman Josh Earnest confirmed Tuesday that tentative plans to appear on Jimmy Kimmel´s late night show during President Obama´s three-day trip to the West Coast were scrapped, at least in part because of how it would look. The decision "is at least in part related to the challenges of doing a comedy show in the midst of some of these other, more serious matters that the president´s dealing with in the international scene," Earnest told reporters. The president has taken

Beef pollutes more than
pork, poultry, study says
Associated Press, by Seth Borenstein    Original Article
Posted By: addicted_to_coffee- 7/22/2014 3:21:48 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — Raising beef for the American dinner table does far more damage to the environment than producing pork, poultry, eggs or dairy, a new study says. Compared with the other animal proteins, beef produces five times more heat-trapping gases per calorie, puts out six times as much water-polluting nitrogen, takes 11 times more water for irrigation and uses 28 times the land, according to the study, published Monday in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

On North Carolina and the
State of the Midterm Battle
Weekly Standard, by Jay Cost    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/22/2014 3:21:32 PM     Post Reply
Democratic polling firm Public Policy Polling (PPP) has released a new poll of the North Carolina Senate race, featuring Democratic incumbent Kay Hagan squaring off against Republican state house speaker Thom Tillis, with ostensibly good news for the Democrat: She’s up seven points and expanded on her lead. Their headline: “Hagan continues to grow lead.” But dig a little deeper and the story is mixed for the Democrat. Hagan’s seven-point lead is due largely to the libertarian candidate, who is polling 8 percent. In no cycle since 1986 has the libertarian pulled more than 3.4 percent in North Carolina; on

  


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Ben Carson on 2nd Amendment: People
Can ´Protect Themselves From an
Overly Aggressive Gov´t’
Cybercast News Service, by Michael W. Chapman    Original Article
Posted By: Maryland_Patriot- 7/22/2014 3:19:16 PM     Post Reply
Dr. Ben Carson, a retired neurosurgeon and the author of six best-selling books, said the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution was put there so Americans could support the military, if needed, during a domestic invasion but “more importantly, so that people could protect themselves from an overly aggressive government, if that ever happened.” Carson added that gun rights under the 2nd Amendment are “vitally important,” that he “would never compromise the 2nd Amendment in any way,” and that one of the first things dictators do is confiscate people’s weapons, which “we don’t ever want to allow” in America. Carson, awarded the Presidential

Adventures in Warrenland
Slate, by David Wiegel    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/22/2014 3:16:07 PM     Post Reply
DETROIT—Every time she’s asked, Sen. Elizabeth Warren gives the same frustrated answer. No. Nope. She is not running for president. She has literally rolled her eyes at the question. She’s offered to “add an exclamation point.” She’s even signed a letter calling on Hillary Clinton, who leads polls of Democrats by up to 50 points, to run for president. And yet there they were on Friday morning, the people who wanted Warren to reconsider. Days before this year’s Netroots Nation conference, the annual gathering of the online left, an Obama campaign veteran launched a draft campaign called Ready for Warren.

Federal Court Strikes Down
Obamacare Subsidies in 36 States
Cybercast News Service, by Susan Jones    Original Article
Posted By: Maryland_Patriot- 7/22/2014 3:16:07 PM     Post Reply
A federal court on Tuesday struck down health insurance subsidies for people in the 36 states that did not set up their own Obamacare exchanges. The ruling "is a repudiation of Obamacare and all the lawlessness that has come with it," Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) tweeted shortly after a three-judge panel in Washington, D.C. issued its ruling in Halbig v. Burwell. While the ruling is a "significant victory for the American people & rule of law...we must not rest," Cruz added. The case, filed in May 2013, challenged the legality of the Obamacare subsidies for people enrolled in exchanges set up by the

Open Borders or Open Society?
Cybercast News Service, by Jen Kuznicki    Original Article
Posted By: Maryland_Patriot- 7/22/2014 3:12:45 PM     Post Reply
Anyone concerned about the survival of the greatest nation on earth knows that our national sovereignty depends in part on knowing who is coming in to the country, having defined borders and laws pertaining to immigration enforced. Anyone interested in open borders and challenging immigration law that sets definitions and restrictions therefore, either doesn´t understand the consequences, or knows damn well that the nation will not survive-and that ideologically-driven person is our nation´s enemy. In a report out of Michigan, a protest was organized over the prospect now seemingly beyond the people´s control, that the federal government under the leadership of Barack

  


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McAuliffe in 2007: ‘We Have Got
To Shut These Borders Down’
Cybercast News Service, by Brittany M. Hughes    Original Article
Posted By: Maryland_Patriot- 7/22/2014 3:08:38 PM     Post Reply
Despite repeated requests for comment, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, a Democrat, has so far remained silent on the federal government’s quiet transfer of an unknown number of illegal immigrant children from the Texas border to Prince William County in Virginia last week, a move that was highly criticized by local government officials and Virginia residents, CNSNews.com reported. But McAuliffe has not always been quiet on the issues of illegal immigration and border security. In a 2007 radio interview, the former chairman of the Democratic National Committee demanded the federal government “shut the borders down.” “I don’t care if you’re a Democrat or

Working-Class Whites Lose
Voting Dominance in Ohio
Associated Press, by Staff*    Original Article
Posted By: Maryland_Patriot- 7/22/2014 3:06:33 PM     Post Reply
Columbus, Ohio — For the first time, working-class whites make up less than half of Ohio´s eligible voters, part of a demographic shift in a key Midwestern swing state that is pushing political parties to widen their appeal beyond the once-dominant bloc. Nationwide, working-class whites — defined as those ages 18 to 64, with less than a bachelor´s degree — are more likely to be socially conservative, less optimistic about their futures and skeptical of big government. But in Ohio, the group has been much more politically divided: encompassing deeply religious, GOP-leaning conservatives in rural areas as well as unionized blue-collar

A Cut Above
Cybercast News Service, by Charlie Daniels    Original Article
Posted By: Maryland_Patriot- 7/22/2014 3:04:11 PM     Post Reply
Some time ago I got a tweet from a young lady who informed me that she was sure that I was not paying my "fair share" and although she could neither tell me what my fair share would consist of or knew anything about the amount of tax and other state and federal assessments I pay, she was sure it was not enough and I should be forced to pay more. She said she had a hard time getting ahead and she seemed to think that part of the reason for that was because people like me did not pay their fair share of taxes so that people like her could get the government aid they were entitled to, to level the playing field, she also informed me not to tell her to "try harder" because she had done that and it simply didn't work.

Obama Sends Top Aide to
Smooth Relations With Germany
New York Times, by Peter Baker & Melissa Eddy    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/22/2014 3:02:55 PM     Post Reply
Washington - In a sign of just how much German-American relations have frayed, President Obama sent his chief of staff to Berlin to try to smooth over the rupture caused by recent revelations of American spying on its ally, the White House said Tuesday. Denis R. McDonough, the president’s chief of staff, met with his German counterpart in Berlin on Tuesday for what the White House called “intensive talks on the state of bilateral relations and future cooperation.” (Snip) Mr. McDonough, a longtime adviser to Mr. Obama, sometimes undertook overseas missions of this sort when he was deputy national security adviser,

A double scorcher:
June joins May with heat record
USA Today, by Doyle Rice    Original Article
Posted By: addicted_to_coffee- 7/22/2014 3:01:19 PM     Post Reply
Last month was the Earth´s warmest June since records began in 1880, according to data released Monday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). It marked the second-straight month the world set a warm-temperature record. (Snip) The developing El Niño — a warming of tropical Pacific Ocean water — was a main contributor to the heat in June, she said. Most of the world's land areas saw warmer-than-average monthly temperatures, with record warmth measured across part of southeastern Greenland, parts of northern South America, areas in eastern and central Africa, and sections of southern and southeastern Asia.

  



Moral Equivalence Is Usually
Moral Negligence
Cybercast News Service, by David Limbaugh    Original Article
Posted By: Maryland_Patriot- 7/22/2014 3:00:51 PM     Post Reply
Efforts to proclaim moral equivalence are not always misguided; sometimes each side is equally at fault or close enough. But these efforts are often misguided and unhelpful — and sometimes harmful. Throughout my life, there has been an increasing trend to attach moral equivalence to all kinds of disputes and conflicts, such as Israel vs. Hamas, which is the subject of a future column. I assume this is mostly an outgrowth of our culture´s descent into moral relativism, but it´s also a product of our intellectual laziness. We see it everywhere. It is a common practice in describing marriages gone wrong. "It

The Day of the Hawk
Cybercast News Service, by Patrick J. Buchanan    Original Article
Posted By: Maryland_Patriot- 7/22/2014 2:57:40 PM     Post Reply
The bombing of Pan Am 103 over Lockerbie was premeditated mass murder. Gadhafi was taking revenge for Reagan´s raid on Tripoli in 1986. The downing of KAL 007, flying from Anchorage to Seoul, was mass murder in the second degree. Seeing an aircraft intrude into Russian air space, Soviet officers brutally ordered it shot down. The downing of the Malaysian airliner that took the lives of 298 men, women and children was not deliberate terrorism. No one wanted to massacre those women and children. It was a horrendous military blunder, like the U.S. shoot-down of the Iranian Airbus by the Vincennes in 1988. That

IRS: Lerner emails may exist after all
The Hill, by Bernie Becker    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 7/22/2014 2:55:03 PM     Post Reply
The IRS might not have lost the backups of former agency administrator Lois Lerner’s emails after all, according to a top IRS official. In testimony released Monday, Thomas Kane, the IRS’s deputy associate chief counsel, told House Oversight investigators last week that the agency was examining whether all the backup tapes which held the emails have been recycled. The IRS told lawmakers in June that the tapes had been recycled, one of the reasons that an untold number of Lerner’s emails were missing. Since then, the IRS commissioner, John Koskinen, has repeatedly stood by those statements in congressional testimony. But Kane, the top

In brief: Coeur d’Alene Casino
drops Ted Nugent show over
complaints of racism
Spokesman-Review (Spokane, WA), by Scott Maben    Original Article
Posted By: rubberneck- 7/22/2014 2:48:12 PM     Post Reply
The Coeur d’Alene Casino dumped rock musician Ted Nugent from its summer schedule Monday, saying his “racist attitudes and views” have no place there. “We know what it’s like to be the target of hateful messages and we would never want to perpetuate hate in any way,” said Chief Allan, chairman of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe. Nugent, 65, was scheduled to perform Aug. 4 at the tribe’s casino-hotel in Worley, south of Coeur d’Alene. Complaints about the booking grew Monday after the Southern Poverty Law Center called attention to the appearance, labeling it a “PR disaster.”

Price of Beef and Bacon
Reach All-Time High
Cybercast News Service, by Ali Meyer    Original Article
Posted By: BaseballFan- 7/22/2014 2:40:01 PM     Post Reply
The price of beef and bacon hit its all-time high in the United States in June, according to data released Tuesday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). In January 1980, when BLS started tracking the price of these commodities, ground chuck cost $1.82 per pound and bacon cost $1.45 per pound. By this June 2014, ground chuck cost $3.91 per pound and bacon cost $6.11 per pound. A decade ago, in June 2004, a pound of ground chuck cost $2.49, which means that the commodity has increased by 57 percent since then. Bacon has increased by 78.7 percent from

Venezuela accuses the US, NATO
of Malaysia Airlines jet crash
El Universal [Caracas, Venezuela], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 7/22/2014 1:38:44 PM     Post Reply
In a communiqué, the Venezuelan Ministry of Foreign Affairs regretted the events reported in Ukraine, and voiced its support to the relatives and friends of the 298 people killed in the Malaysia Airlines plane crashing in Ukraine. The ministry also called for an inquiry to identify the ones responsible for the jet crash. Furthermore, the Venezuelan authorities expressed their concerns over the "occurrence of similar events, which destabilize the region, and, indeed, are the result of chaos generated by interfering policies pushed forward by the United States and its NETO allies..."

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