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Glitch crashes global
US passport, visa operations
Associated Press, by Matthew Lee    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/23/2014 9:23:50 PM     Post Reply
Washington - The State Department´s global database for issuing travel documents has crashed, resulting in major delays for potentially millions of people around the world waiting for U.S. passports and visas, officials said Wednesday. Unspecified glitches in the department´s Consular Consolidated Database have resulted in "significant performance issues, including outages" in the processing of applications for passports, visas and reports of Americans born abroad since Saturday, spokeswoman Marie Harf said. She said the problem is worldwide and not specific to any particular country, citizenship document, or visa category.

White House Sending Team to Study
National Guard Deployment Helpfulness
Breitbart Texas, by Bob Price    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 7/23/2014 9:11:07 PM     Post Reply
HOUSTON, Texas—The White House sent a team to Texas to determine if the deployment of the National Guard to the border will be helpful in dealing with the on-going border crisis in South Texas. The move comes at the end of President Obama’s western fund raising tour and two days after Texas Governor Rick Perry announced plans to deploy the Texas National Guard and Texas Air National Guard on a “Deter and Refer” mission to a small segment of the Texas/Mexico border. The White House team is made up of members of the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security according to a Reuters article written by

People Keep Trying to Sneak
Guns Into the US Capitol
ABC News, by John Parkinson    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/23/2014 9:09:17 PM     Post Reply
A man was arrested this morning attempting to enter the Cannon House Office Building with a loaded firearm concealed inside a bag, U.S. Capitol Police said. (Snip) Today’s action follows a similar incident Friday when a congressional staffer attempted to enter the same building and was charged with carrying a pistol without a license. Last week’s event occurred at the South East Door of the Cannon House Office Building at about the same time in the morning. The defendant arrested today, identified as Ronald William Prestage, allegedly possessed a 9 mm Ruger and also was charged with a felony count of carrying a pistol without a license,

  


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L.A. gets snarky about Obama
traffic delays: #ThanksObama
Los Angeles Times, by Joseph Serna    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 7/23/2014 8:55:03 PM     Post Reply
President Obama may rake in the money from fawning donors during his two-day fundraising sweep through Los Angeles this week, but he´s not winning any fans among commuters who, as they do, take to social media to vent. “Obama is visiting Los Angeles today which means I won’t be home till around 7:30pm due to traffic delays. #SMH” tweeted Twitter user West Coastin´. Obama´s L.A. visit, scheduled to start Wednesday afternoon, means traffic headaches for commuters in West Hollywood, downtown, Mid-Wilshire, Exposition Park, Pacific Palisades and Brentwood, among other areas. “If you´re on the Westside today ...

Cruz suggests flight ban is boycott of Israel
Seattle Times [WA], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/23/2014 8:47:07 PM     Post Reply
Washington - Republican Sen. Ted Cruz on Wednesday questioned whether President Barack Obama used a federal agency to impose an economic boycott on Israel after the Federal Aviation Administration banned U.S. airline flights to Tel Aviv because of safety concerns amid fighting between Israel and Hamas. The State Department rejected Cruz´s comments as "ridiculous and offensive." "The facts suggest that President Obama has just used a federal regulatory agency to launch an economic boycott on Israel, in order to try to force our ally to comply with his foreign-policy demands," Cruz said in a statement in which he posed five

Sarah Palin Endorses Joe Carr
for Senate Against Lamar Alexander
Breitbart Big Government, by Tony Lee    Original Article
Posted By: dman- 7/23/2014 8:40:44 PM     Post Reply
On Wednesday, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin endorsed conservative Tennessee state representative Joe Carr in his primary bid to oust incumbent Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN). Carr has been hammering Alexander before the August 7th primary for voting for the Senate´s Gang of Eight comprehensive amnesty bill even after he was warned by law enforcement officials that it would exacerbate the border crisis. Even Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) voted against the final bill. Palin thanked Alexander for his service and then promptly said it is time for new leaders who will have the guts to tell the Obama administration, "no mas."

Politics of gay marriage
snare Marco Rubio, David Jolly
Tampa Bay Times [St. Petersburg, FL], by Alex Leary *    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/23/2014 8:39:00 PM     Post Reply
Washington - The increasingly delicate politics of gay marriage emerged Wednesday as Florida Sen. Marco Rubio defended "traditional" marriage while accommodating other views during a speech and U.S. Rep. David Jolly came under withering attack in Pinellas County for coming out in support of same-sex couples´ right to wed. Jolly, a Republican like Rubio, said this week that while he personally believes marriage should be between a man and woman, he thinks Florida should allow same-sex marriage. "Please know that we consider your reversal on this critical issue to be an act of cowardice and a betrayal to the very persons that worked

  


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China warns against "blind"
rush to build coal-to-gas plants
Reuters, by Chen Aizhu    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/23/2014 8:27:27 PM     Post Reply
Beijing - China has warned operators against "blindly" developing projects to turn coal into synthetic fuel, underlining the requirements needed for regulatory approval as companies rush into investments that are costly and might harm the environment. The warning, published by the National Energy Administration (NEA) on its website (www.nea.gov.cn) on Tuesday, came days after plans to produce billions of cubic metres of gas from coal were described by a top government researcher as "irrational". The government bans coal-to-gas plants that would produce less than 2 billion cubic metres a year and coal-to-oil projects smaller than one million

Thesis by Montana Democrat
Presented Others’ Work as Own
New York Times, by Jonathan Martin    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/23/2014 7:52:58 PM     Post Reply
Washington - Democrats were thrilled when John Walsh of Montana was appointed to the United States Senate in February. A decorated veteran of the Iraq war and former adjutant general of his state’s National Guard, Mr. Walsh offered the Democratic Party something it frequently lacks: a seasoned military man. (Snip) In an interview outside his Capitol Hill office on Tuesday, after he was presented with multiple examples of identical passages from his paper and the Carnegie and Harvard essays, Mr. Walsh said he did not believe he had done anything wrong. “I didn’t do anything intentional here,” he said, adding that he did not recall

Is this the end of Crocs? Foam
footwear company announces
plans to close 75 to 100 stores
and lay off 183 employees
Daily Mail [UK], by Margot Peppers    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 7/23/2014 7:39:49 PM     Post Reply
Twelve years after Crocs - the company that makes those brightly colored foam clogs everyone loves to hate - was founded, the footwear is finally falling out of fashion. According to the Wall Street Journal, the shoemaker plans to close between 75 and 100 stores and lay off 183 employees in the coming years. It´s also set to cut back on the number of shoe styles it sells and focus on casual shoes in a bid to boost sales. The company expects the cutbacks to result in savings of $14 million by 2015, reports the website. In October 2007, the company was at its peak with a $6billion market value. But on Monday, shares closed at $14.84,

Ted Cruz to block State Dept.
nominees until IG nominated
Politico, by Burgess Everett    Original Article
Posted By: ScarletPimpernel- 7/23/2014 7:27:50 PM     Post Reply
Sen. Ted Cruz said Wednesday he will hold up all presidential nominees for the State Department until President Barack Obama nominates an inspector general for the department. The Texas Republican said that the attacks on Americans in Benghazi as well as overspending in overseas conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq underscore the need for Obama to select a watchdog to the State Department, which has been missing a permanent IG since Obama assumed the presidency in 2009. “The position has been vacant for almost 2,000 days. This is a crucial oversight position and should be a priority for an agency facing

  


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Attack of the Chicago
climate change maggots
Washington Post, by Danielle Paquette    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 7/23/2014 7:20:23 PM     Post Reply
Chicago - Sewage gushed up Lori Burns’s toilet. It swept the floor. It wrecked the water heater, the deep freezer, her mother’s wedding veil. This basement invasion was the third in five years. Burns, 40, could no longer afford to pay a cleanup crew. So she slipped on polka dotted rain boots, waded into the muck, wrenched out the stand-pipe and watched the brown water drain. The South Side native, a marketing specialist, estimated damages at $17,000. And that did not include what she could not replace: the family heirlooms, the oriental rugs, her cashmere sweaters. The bungalow had flooded four times from 1985 to 2006, when her parents owned it.

Governor spends taxpayer money
on illegal aliens, gets cheered
Boston Herald [MA], by Howie Carr    Original Article
Posted By: ccprops- 7/23/2014 7:03:32 PM     Post Reply
Gov. Deval Patrick believes in the old saw that charity begins at home. Your home -- not his. You know by now about his tear-filled decision last week to allow 1,000 more illegal aliens to squat here in the Bay State, on our dime, in your neighborhood -- not his. On Monday, he was in Maine with U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, who is running for governor of Maine, in the Beautiful People enclave of Saco, accepting the kudos of the smug and the trust-funded. Deval was introduced by a "community organizer" named Nancy Stolberg. "I'm so proud of you, Gov. Patrick," she gushed, "for the announcement that you made the other day from Massachusetts

Smoke Detector
PJ Media, by Richard Fernandez    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 7/23/2014 6:48:33 PM     Post Reply
The New York Times notices the smoke collecting on the ceiling of the auditorium of the world and wonders whether there might be something to worry about. (Snip) Like Sherlock on the trail, he suggests a common cause links them all. But we are advised not to worry, because the president is hot on the trail of the mystery; trying to identify the factor that connects all these catastrophes. Patience is advised, it is not elementary, my dear Watsons. The world is a complex place which only the the very smartest can understand. Little wonder then that in recent days the president seems almost to be suffering geopolitical whiplash.

FEC chairman warns book publishers
at risk of regulation at heated meeting
Fox News, by Judson Berger    Original Article
Posted By: john56- 7/23/2014 6:40:02 PM     Post Reply
The Republican chairman of the Federal Election Commission warned Wednesday that his agency colleagues could try to regulate book publishers, during a heated session over a forthcoming book by GOP Rep. Paul Ryan. During the meeting, the FEC declined to definitively spare book publishers from the reach of campaign finance rules. This triggered a clash between Republican and Democratic members, with Chairman Lee Goodman warning that the deadlock could represent a "chill" for constitutional free-press rights. "That is a shame. ... We have wounded the free-press clause of the First Amendment," Goodman told

  


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Hillary Clinton: How badly
does she want to be President?
Telegraph [UK], by Peter Foster    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/23/2014 6:39:11 PM     Post Reply
No public office comes with more trappings, or could be more calculated to give its holder airs and graces, than the presidency of the United States. Yet it is an unpalatable truth for all its aspirants that attaining the Holy Grail of American politics requires a very unholy scramble. [Snip] Why on earth would she do it? That was the question posed openly this week by Barack Obama, the man who elbowed her into an undignified second place in the Democrat primaries of 2008 and now, after six frustrating years in the coveted office, just looks impatient some days for it all to be over. Could it really be worth the candle for those

Michelle Obama Said to Knock Hillary
Clinton’s Presidential Aspirations
Fox Business News, by Charlie Gasparino    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 7/23/2014 6:19:25 PM     Post Reply
Michelle Obama may not be having a blood feud with Hillary Clinton, but that doesn’t mean she’s crazy about another Clinton in the White House. The first lady reportedly told people who attended a Manhattan fundraiser earlier in the month that she isn’t at war with either Hillary Clinton or her husband, the former president; however, people who were present say she took a swipe at Hillary Clinton’s presidential aspirations. Obama’s comments came during a question-and-answer session at a fundraiser at the home of financier Charles Myers, according to people who were present.

Loon population rebounding in Vermont
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 7/23/2014 6:13:21 PM     Post Reply
Colchester – Experts estimate there are nearly 300 adult loons living on Vermont´s lakes and ponds, up from just a couple dozen 30 years ago. On Saturday, more than 200 volunteers spread out across Vermont for the annual loon survey. The results of the survey are trickling in, but Eric Hanson of the Vermont Center for Ecostudies and the coordinator of the Vermont Loon Conservation Project, said there are many more birds now than just a few years ago. He said 15 years ago there were around 100 loons. In 1983, biologists counted only 29. "It is a decent, stable population. I'm hoping that actually things do start to level out.

Montana Senator John
Walsh Plagiarized Thesis
Weekly Standard, by John McCormack    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 7/23/2014 6:12:22 PM     Post Reply
Jonathan Martin reports for the New York Times that John Walsh, who is now running to keep the Montana Senate seat to which he was recently appointed, plagiarized a master´s thesis in 2007: [O]ne of the highest-profile credentials of Mr. Walsh’s 33-year military career appears to have been improperly attained. An examination of the final paper required for Mr. Walsh’s master’s degree from the United States Army War College indicates the senator appropriated at least a quarter of his thesis on American Middle East policy from other authors’ works, with no attribution. Mr. Walsh completed the paper, what the War College calls a “strategy research

State Dept. Official:
ISIS No Longer a Terrorist
Group But ‘A Full-Blown Army’
Cybercast News Service, by Penny Starr    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 7/23/2014 6:02:21 PM     Post Reply
A State Department official who just returned from a seven-week trip to Iraq, said the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) - or the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) – is no longer just a terrorist group. “ISIL is no longer simply a terrorist organization,” Brett McGurk, deputy assistant secretary for Iraq and Iran at the U.S. Department of State, said at a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on Wednesday. “It is now a full-blown army seeking to establish a self-governing state through the Tigress and Euphrates Valley in what is now Syria and Iraq.” ISIS continues to expand its hold on territory in Iraq, including overtaking the city of Mosul

  



Indiana teen pilot dies in crash while
trying set record, spokeswoman says
CBS News & Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/23/2014 5:58:38 PM     Post Reply
INDIANAPOLIS- A family spokeswoman says an Indiana teenager was killed when his plane crashed while trying to set a record for an around-the-world flight. Annie Hayat said Wednesday that the plane flown by 17-year-old Haris Suleman went down shortly after leaving Pago Pago in American Samoa. Suleman and his father, Babar Suleman, were on board. Hayat says the body of Haris Suleman has been recovered. Crews were still looking for his father. Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor in Los Angeles said the Hawker Beechcraft plane crashed into the ocean Tuesday night under unknown circumstances.

Ukraine rebel commander
acknowledges fighters had BUK missile
Reuters, by Anton Zverev    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 7/23/2014 5:57:36 PM     Post Reply
Donetsk, Ukraine - A powerful Ukrainian rebel leader has confirmed that pro-Russian separatists had an anti-aircraft missile of the type Washington says was used to shoot down Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 and it could have originated in Russia. In an interview with Reuters, Alexander Khodakovsky, commander of the Vostok Battalion, acknowledged for the first time since the airliner was brought down in eastern Ukraine on Thursday that the rebels did possess the BUK missile system and said it could have been sent back subsequently to remove proof of its presence. Before the Malaysian plane was shot down, rebels had boasted

Trey Gowdy Eviscerates IRS Commissioner
Breitbart TV, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 7/23/2014 4:32:42 PM     Post Reply
Wednesday at a House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee hearing on the Internal Revenue Service´s (IRS) Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) would not let IRS Commissioner John Koskinen off the hook over his failure to bring acceptable answers to Congress about the supposed loss of former IRS official Lois Lerner’s emails. The South Carolina Republican warned the IRS commissioners, "Words have consequences," as he hammered Koskinen for trying to claim he did not pursue what happened to the emails because he did not want to interfere with the Inspector General investigation saying "people site ongoing IG investigations

Protesters In Baghdad: “I am
Christian, Sunni, Shiite, Kurd,
Mandean,Yazidi, and I am Iraqi”
Al Arabya News [Dubai, UAE], by Dina al-Shibeeb,    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 7/23/2014 4:17:36 PM     Post Reply
More than 200 people – many of them Muslims – gathered on Sunday in front of a Catholic church in Baghdad carrying “I am Iraqi, I am Christian” slogans to show solidarity after a radical Islamist group evacuated Christians from their homes in the northern city of Mosul. “What gives us hope is a group of citizens - I do not want to say Muslims but they were Muslims - from Baghdad carrying slogans saying “I am Iraqi, I am Christian,” Father Maysar Bahnam of Mar Korkis Catholic Church told Al Arabiya News. “They prayed in solidarity with us, saying that we are people from this land,” Bahnam said, emphasizing that the rally

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