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Soup to Nuts: 12-year-old Maine
chef dines with Michelle Obama
at White House
Press Herald (Portland ME), by Meredith Goad    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/23/2014 10:28:42 AM     Post Reply
Sienna Mazone’s love affair with food began long before an aunt in Colorado sent her information about Michelle Obama’s Healthy Lunchtime Challenge and encouraged her to enter the nationwide recipe contest. Mazone, a 12-year-old from Dresden, prepares one or two meals a day for her family, and does most of the household grocery shopping. Her family has a big vegetable garden (which Sienna says has turned her into “a professional weeder”), so she has learned to make bean-lentil loaf topped with tomato sauce and, as her mother Kimberly put it, “a mean pot pie.” She has her own herb garden,

Two Weeks of Shallow, Facile Moral
Equivalency in The New York Times
New York Observer, by Jerold S.Auerbach    Original Article
Posted By: Toledo- 7/23/2014 10:20:34 AM     Post Reply
When Adolph S. Ochs purchased The New York Times in 1896 he pledged “intelligent discussion from all shades of opinion.” He bolstered his commitment with a new motto for the newspaper, promising: “All the News That’s Fit to Print.” But Ochs was also determined that the Times would never appear to be a “Jewish newspaper.” His pledges have competed for ascendancy ever since. Arthur Hays Sulzberger, who succeeded his father-in-law as publisher in 1935, feared that Zionism would “exacerbate doubts about every Jew’s ultimate loyalty.” Editors were instructed not to refer to “the Jewish people” but to “the Jewish faith.” There

30,000 Israelis Attend Funeral for
L.A.´s Steinberg, Killed in Action
Breitbart California, by Joel B. Pollak    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/23/2014 10:20:15 AM     Post Reply
Los Angeles native Max Steinberg, 24, showed his love for Israel by joining the Golani brigade, one of the most elite units of the Israel Defense Force. Now Israel has returned that love, with 30,000 Israelis turning out for the Steinberg´s funeral Wednesday at Israel´s military cemetery on Mount Herzl in Jerusalem. Another fallen U.S. volunteer, Sean Carmeli of Texas, received a send-off from 20,000 Israelis at his funeral earlier this week. Both Steinberg and Carmeli, were "lone soldiers," foreign volunteers with no family in Israel. The Israeli public has long embraced lone soldiers, offering their homes for weekend leave,

  


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10 states join Indiana’s appeal of
federal judge’s same-sex marriage ruling
Indianapolis Star* (IN), by Tim Evans    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 7/23/2014 10:14:12 AM     Post Reply
The attorneys general of 10 states have joined in Indiana’s appeal of a federal judge’s ruling that found the state law banning same-sex marriage unconstitutional. In a filing this week, the attorneys general of Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Louisiana, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota and Utah filed a friend of the court brief alleging it is not the judicial branch’s role to determine whether same-sex marriage should be permitted. “The moral, political, and social issues surrounding this case are profound and profoundly important,” says the brief filed by Colorado Solicitor General Michael Francisco. “However, they are distinct from the purely legal

Fed hearing set for runoff;
McDaniel wants new ruling
Clarion Ledger [Jackson, MS], by Jimmie E. Gates    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 7/23/2014 10:12:54 AM     Post Reply
A federal judge has scheduled a Thursday hearing for arguments in Texas-based True The Vote´s lawsuit over voter records from the June 24 GOP primary runoff. Meanwhile Chris McDaniel continues to gather information for a challenge of his loss to incumbent U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran in the runoff. McDaniel has asked the state Supreme Court to reconsider its rejection of his request for access to poll books without voters´ birthdates blacked out, in part to avoid the expense of paying to have the records redacted. True the Vote claims it was denied access to voting records in Copiah, Hinds, Jefferson Davis,

Michael Bloomberg flying
to Israel to protest FAA ban
Washington Post, by Sean Sullivan    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 7/23/2014 10:12:52 AM     Post Reply
Former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg (I) is flying to Israel tonight on the Israeli airline El Al to protest a Federal Aviation Administration ban on U.S. carriers flying to or from Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv. Bloomberg made the announcement on his Web site. He urged the FAA to change its decision. "This evening I will be flying on El Al to Tel Aviv to show solidarity with the Israeli people and to demonstrate that it is safe to fly in and out of Israel," Bloomberg said in a statement. "Ben Gurion is the best protected

Chinese president visits Cuban
revolutionary leader Fidel Castro
Xinhua News Agency [China], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/23/2014 10:11:11 AM     Post Reply
Havana - Chinese President Xi Jinping visited Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro here Tuesday and the two exchanged views on bilateral ties, the international situation and other issues of common concern. Xi said that his state visit to Cuba is aimed at inheriting and carrying forward the traditional friendship between the two countries jointly built by Castro and the older generations of Chinese leaders, so as to inject new impetus into bilateral cooperation. He recalled the meeting with Castro in 2011 when he visited Cuba, saying he is very pleased to see the Cuban leader in good health now. "You are the founder of the causes of

  


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Michelle Obama’s Pro-Water (Soda Silent)
Campaign Makes Waves
Time Magazine, by Maya Rhodan    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 7/23/2014 10:01:38 AM     Post Reply
First Lady Michelle Obama devoted Tuesday afternoon to telling Americans to drink less sugary soda, without actually saying anything bad about sugary soda. MORE Obama to Sign Bill Improving Worker Training President Obama Plans to Act as Mentor in ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ Initiative Moving Moment as Wrecked Concordia Makes Final Voyage NBC News Wednesday´s Top 6 News Stories NBC News Second American ´Lone Soldier´ Gets Hero´s Burial NBC News It’s been nearly a year since the First Lady launched the “Drink Up” campaign, a subset of the signature effort to promote healthy choices for kids that focuses on water. But instead of attacking the sugary, carbonated drinks

Snoop Dogg says he smoked marijuana
in the White House — without Obama
Washington Post, by Justin Moyer    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/23/2014 9:59:27 AM     Post Reply
Weed isn’t this legal in D.C. yet. In an episode of his online show “GGN: The Double G News Network” that just went live, Snoop Dogg claimed he smoked Mary Jane in a White House bathroom. Though Mr. Dogg did not explicitly say so, the implication was that President Obama was not there when the rapper toked up. For the record: Obama recently turned down pot at a bar in Denver – though, if it’s relevant, he has been known to dodge questions about whether he smokes cigarettes of the non-marijuana variety in the White House. Dogg’s revelation came in an exchange with guest Jimmy Kimmel. Try to follow along:

How Risky Is It to Be Uninsured?
American Magazine, by Christopher J. Conover    Original Article
Posted By: EagleBlurst- 7/23/2014 9:54:52 AM     Post Reply
In a recent survey, 48 percent of uninsured respondents did not plan on looking for information on the health insurance exchanges set up under the Affordable Care Act, or had not heard about them. Are uninsured people ignorant? Or might the poll reflect a well-reasoned choice? What are the actual risks associated with being uninsured? Lack of coverage may increase the odds of early death and slightly reduce everyday health status. Yet, at most, one year of being uninsured yields a loss of life expectancy of 16 healthy days of life (roughly equivalent to experiencing the foot problems

Will John Roberts Decide a
´State´ Is Not a ´State´?
Cybercast News Service, by Terence P. Jeffrey    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/23/2014 9:46:51 AM     Post Reply
The Supreme Court may soon need to decide whether the federal government can be considered a "state" in our federal republic in the same sense that Iowa, Wyoming and Wisconsin are states. On the face of it, this question may seem absurd. In fact, given any level of reflection, it is absurd. The federal government is not one of the states. But this absurd question was at the heart of Halbig v. Burwell, decided this week by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, and it could soon become a defining issue in American life. Section 1311

  


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Hero: 20,000 Israelis Mourn
Fallen Texan in Haifa, Israel
Breitbart Texas, by Adelle Nazarian    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/23/2014 9:41:54 AM     Post Reply
20,000 "people from all walks of life" attended the funeral of "Lone Soldier" and First Sergeant Nissim Sean Carmeli on Sunday evening in Haifa, Israel. Sean, 21, was a Texas native who was serving in the front lines of Israel´s Defense Forces (IDF) when he was struck and killed by enemy fire from Hamas on Sunday. Sean, who split his time between South Padre Island, Texas (where his parents live) and Ra´anana, Israel was a huge fan of the Maccabi Haifa soccer team, according to the Times of Israel. The team, which found out about their fan´s loyalty, posted an image

Cheney calls Obama worst president
of a lifetime; Carter sends thanks
Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/23/2014 9:38:42 AM     Post Reply
Meyers: Secretary of State John Kerry traveled to Egypt this week and had to pass through a metal detector before he could meet with officials. Which is ridiculous. Everyone knows Kerry’s made of wood. Conan: Amazon has introduced its own smartphone. You can tell it’s from Amazon because after you hang up with someone, the Amazon phone suggests other people you may want to call. Conan: Boxing Champ Floyd Mayweather posted on his Instagram that a half-dressed woman is “asking to be disrespected.” This from a guy who only wears shorts to work. Meyers: In the Wall Street Journal, Tyra Banks predicts that future

Report: Plane Crashes in
Taiwan, Killing 51 People
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 7/23/2014 9:34:41 AM     Post Reply
TAIPEI, TAIWAN — Taiwan´s Central News Agency says a plane has crashed in a failed emergency landing, killing 51 people. The news agency cited the head of the fire department in the Taiwanese county of Penghu as saying that seven people were also injured in the crash. The report cites the Civil Aviation Administration as saying the flight crashed Wednesday with 54 passengers and four flight crew and was operated by a Taiwanese airline, TransAsia Airways. The report says the plane likely crashed when an attempt to make an emergency landing in the city of Magong.

Why California banned
full-contact football practices
Associated Press, by Fenit Nirappil    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/23/2014 9:34:34 AM     Post Reply
Sacramento, CA - Gov. Jerry Brown announced Monday that he has signed a bill limiting full-contact football practices at middle and high schools in response to concerns about concussions, even as many teams already comply with the rules. Brown approved the bill, AB 2127, with the support of medical groups and the California Interscholastic Federation, which oversees California high school athletics. Assemblyman Ken Cooley, D-Rancho Cordova, said his bill is motivated by parents worried about the risks associated with concussions, which include long-term brain damage and early onset dementia.

  


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Comic Relief: Security Adviser Praises
President Obama´s ´Extraordinary
Leadership´ on Ukraine
Newsbusters, by Mark Finkelstein    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/23/2014 9:28:46 AM     Post Reply
Churchill: Never give in. Never, never, never. FDR: The only thing we have to fear, is fear itself. Obama: Fore left! Sometimes public service demands too much of a man. Take poor Tony Blinken. Appearing on Morning Joe today, President Obama´s Deputy National Security Adviser actually claimed that the president was exhibiting "extraordinary leadership" in putting pressure on Russia over Ukraine. Yes, so "extraordinary" that even as Blinken was being introduced, news was breaking that the Putin-backed Ukrainian rebels had resumed their terrorist ways, shooting down two Ukrainian military planes. View the video after the jump. Wouldn´t it be refreshing

Madeleine Albright to CNN:
Israel Is ‘Overdoing’ It in Gaza
Mediaite, by Matt Wilstein    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/23/2014 9:03:23 AM     Post Reply
While our current secretary of state John Kerry is under fire for sarcastically joking about Israel’s “pinpoint operation” in Gaza, one former secretary of state echoed those sentiments during an appearance on CNN Tuesday afternoon. Speaking to Wolf Blitzer, Madeleine Albright said she thinks Israel is “overdoing” it with its offensive into the Gaza Strip and losing some of its “moral authority” in the process. “I do think the point has to be made, if rockets are being shot at Israel, that Israel does have a right to defend itself,” Albright said. “But the bottom line is the question of proportionality.” Blitzer singled out her use of the word

Big Business: Lapdog of the Left
Tribune Content Agency, LLC, by Jonah Goldberg    Original Article
Posted By: johngalt1- 7/23/2014 8:57:15 AM     Post Reply
It was a really nice try. Heritage Action (the activist arm of the conservative Heritage Foundation) invited Senator Elizabeth Warren to speak at an event dedicated to phasing out the Export-Import Bank. (Snip) The Ex-Im gives U.S. taxpayer-backed loan guarantees to the foreign customers of giant U.S. corporations that don’t need the help. It socializes the risk while privatizing the profits. Basically, it’s free money for big businesses like GE, Caterpillar, and particularly Boeing (hence the outfit’s nickname, “the Bank of Boeing”). Even Barack Obama, shortly before he became president, derided Ex-Im as “little more than a fund for

Paterno´s son and other ex-coach
sue Penn State for lost careers
Reuters, by David DeKok    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/23/2014 8:56:42 AM     Post Reply
Two former assistant football coaches at Penn State University, including the son of disgraced former head coach Joe Paterno, are suing the school for actions they say wrecked their careers in the wake of the child sex-abuse scandal. Jay Paterno, who was quarterbacks coach for 12 seasons under his father, and Bill Kenney, the former offensive coach, were both fired in January 2012 by Bill O´Brien, the coach who replaced the elder Paterno. "The terminations ... had the effect of branding and stigmatizing plaintiffs as participants in the (Jerry) Sandusky scandal, and, by so doing, maligned plaintiff´s heretofore stellar reputations," lawyers for

“Solidarity With Israel”
Slate, by Allison Benedikt    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/23/2014 8:23:23 AM     Post Reply
In 2012, Los Angeles native Max Steinberg traveled to Israel for the first time, on a 10-day trip sponsored by Birthright Israel. A few months later, he joined the Israel Defense Forces. On Sunday, he died fighting in Gaza, leaving behind his parents, who will now take their first trip to Israel to bury their 24-year-old son. There are many people to blame for Steinberg’s death. There is the Hamas fighter behind the weapon that actually killed him. There are the leaders, on both sides, who put him in Gaza, and the leaders behind all of the wars between Israel and

  



Ukraine Asked U.S. for Tech to
Counter Russia´s Jet-Killers
Daily Beast, by Eli Lake    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/23/2014 8:20:47 AM     Post Reply
Last month, Ukraine quietly asked the United States and NATO for sensitive equipment to jam the radars that Russian anti-aircraft systems use to lock their missiles on planes. As the United States and NATO last month began to publicly acknowledge the sophisticated Russian anti-aircraft systems moving into rebel held areas of eastern Ukraine, the government in Kiev asked for gear that might be used to counter those weapons. According to a former senior U.S. defense official who has worked closely with Ukraine’s military and a former head of state who has consulted with the government there, Kiev last month requested the radar

Unions Ending Forced-Dues Collection
of Home Healthcare Workers
Washington Free Beacon, by Bill McMorris    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 7/23/2014 8:13:25 AM     Post Reply
The Supreme Court ruling that freed home healthcare workers from coercive unionization in Illinois has led to unions ceasing automatic deduction of union dues from non-members in other states. A Washington state chapter of the politically powerful SEIU announced that it would no longer force caretakers—many of whom are caring for disabled family members—to pay union dues, according to communications obtained by the Freedom Foundation, a free market think tank. Adam Glickman, secretary treasurer of SEIU Local 775, wrote a letter to an unnamed home healthcare worker saying the court’s decision in Harris v. Quinn called into question Washington’s policy toward automatic

In a hospital. At the beach. Hamas, Israel tells us,
is hiding among civilians
Guardian (U.K.), by Richard Seymour    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 7/23/2014 8:11:46 AM     Post Reply
They hid at the El-Wafa hospital. They hid at the Al-Aqsa hospital. They hid at the beach, where children played football. They hid at the yard of 75-year-old Muhammad Hamad. They hid among the residential quarters of Shujaya. They hid in the neighbourhoods of Zaytoun and Toffah. They hid in Rafah and Khan Younis. They hid in the home of the Qassan family. They hid in the home of the poet, Othman Hussein. They hid in the village of Khuzaa. They hid in the thousands of houses damaged or destroyed. They hid in 84 schools and 23 medical facilities. They hid in a cafe, where Gazans were watching the World Cup.

IRS experts: Lois Lerner hard drive was
just ´scratched´ --- not damaged beyond recovery
Washington Examiner, by Byron York    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 7/23/2014 8:09:07 AM     Post Reply
Top IRS officials told congressional investigators that Lois Lerner´s hard drive -- the one containing emails that could shed light on the IRS targeting scandal -- was irreparably damaged before it was destroyed completely in 2011. But now, investigators have had a chance to talk to the technical experts inside the IRS who actually examined Lerner´s computer, and the experts say the hard drive in question was actually just "scratched," and that most of the data on it was recoverable. The IRS computer experts also told the committee that they had recommended seeking outside help in recovering the data from Lerner´s

President Obama needs to take the lead
and ´man up´ against Russia and
Putin over MH17 tragedy
New York Daily News, by Mike Lupica    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 7/23/2014 8:07:20 AM     Post Reply
Here was Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) on CNN Sunday morning, talking about the missile that took down a Malaysia Airlines 777, a single act that was the same as 298 homicides. Feinstein was talking about Vladimir Putin, the Russian president who set this all in motion with his disestablishment of Ukraine, a nation that no longer belongs to Russia even though Putin seems to believe it should. “I would say, Putin, you have to man up,” Feinstein said. “You should talk to the world. You should say this was a mistake, if it was a mistake.” Feinstein’s sentiment was right.

WHCA lodges press access
complaint over Apollo 11 meeting
Politico, by Hadas Gold    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 7/23/2014 8:04:10 AM     Post Reply
The ongoing battle for press access at the White House continued on Tuesday as the White House Correspondents´ Association lodged a formal complaint with press secretary Josh Earnest for limiting coverage of President Barack Obama’s meeting with Apollo 11 astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins. CBS News’ Major Garrett lodged the complaint during the press briefing on Tuesday. Only still photographers were allowed into the meeting for a pool spray. “The astronauts were among the most visible, televised national heroes this country has ever known, that entire program was financed by the American taxpayer. Stills presentation of that limits television coverage of

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