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State Department technical glitch
creating major passport, visa delays
Washington Post, by Colby Itkowitz    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/24/2014 3:12:08 PM     Post Reply
Waiting for a passport or visa? Sorry, the State Department is having some computer troubles. A global database that houses all the information related to issuing travel documents crashed over the weekend, and by all accounts the glitch is not fixed and no one knows when it will be. We hear it’s causing quite a headache for consulates around the world. The State Department did not respond to the Loop’s query about who exactly is affected and how many. Department spokeswoman Marie Harf acknowledged the problem, according to an Associated Press report, saying, “We apologize to applicants and recognize this

´I´d rather pay a fine than apologize´:
Hot-headed Alec Baldwin told to
´be a good boy and stay out of
trouble´ by judge as his wrong-way
bike case is adjourned
Daily Mail [UK], by James Nye, Colette Fahy    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/24/2014 3:11:15 PM     Post Reply
Notoriously angry actor Alec Baldwin is not apologizing over an incident that led to a disorderly conduct arrest in May. Baldwin told a Manhattan judge Thursday he´d rather pay a fine than say sorry over the encounter that started when police stopped him for riding a bicycle the wrong way down a one-way street. To a packed courtroom, a clearly amused Judge John Delury asked the actor, ´Can you stay out of trouble, Alexander?´ A rather sheepish Baldwin replied, ´Sure, sure.´ The judge then gave him an adjournment in contemplation of dismissal. ´Be a good boy from now on,´ Delury bantered. ´Have a

Pregnant woman in labor was prevented
from getting to hospital across the street
for 30 minutes by President Obama´s
motorcade on way to fundraiser
Daily Mail [UK], by Francesca Chambers    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/24/2014 2:59:28 PM     Post Reply
Police prevented a pregnant woman in labor from crossing the street to get to a nearby hospital yesterday in L.A. because President Barack Obama´s motorcade was on the way. A Twitter user documented the unidentified woman sitting on a bus bench for roughly half an hour, waiting for the president and his entourage to pass through, as she was attended to by another woman in scrubs. ´This woman is in labor but can´t get to Cedars[Sinai Medical Center] cuz of Obama!!!,´ Carrie Clifford tweeted, along with a photo of the very pregnant-looking woman. After Clifford tweeted photos of the woman, KNBC reporter

  


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Duke Gives Muslim ‘Holocaust
Inversion’ Professor $3M Gig
Washington Free Beacon, by Adam Kredo    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/24/2014 2:48:27 PM     Post Reply
Duke University has hired as the new director of its $3 million Islamic Studies Center a controversial Iranian-American professor whose scholarship has come under fire for anti-Israel bias and who once used a picture of dead Jews in Nazi death camps to illustrate his writing on the Palestinians. Omid Safi, a former professor at the University of North Carolina, was installed this week by Duke as the new director of the school’s Islamic Studies Center (DISC), which was handed $3 million specifically for the directorship position. Safi, whose writings on Islam have been criticized as faulty and “utopic” by other scholars, celebrated

ISIS issues genital mutilation decree
Agence France- Presse/Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 7/24/2014 2:45:23 PM     Post Reply
JIHADISTS in Iraq have ordered that all women between the ages of 11 and 46 must undergo female genital mutilation, which could affect up to four million women and girls in the war-ravaged country, a UN official said last night. The UN’s second most senior official in Iraq, Jacqueline Badcock, said, “It is a fatwa (or religious edict) from ISIS, we learnt about it this morning. We have no precise numbers.” The Islamic State, formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), took over large swathes of the country last month and has begun imposing its extreme Salafist

Moderate Kurdish politican
elected president of Iraq
Associated Press, by Qassim Abdul-Zahra and Sinan Salaheddin    Original Article
Posted By: SoCalGal- 7/24/2014 2:40:41 PM     Post Reply
BAGHDAD -- Iraqi lawmakers elected a veteran Kurdish politician as the nation´s new president on Thursday, hours after an attack on a prison convoy killed dozens of people, brutally underscoring the challenges faced by the country´s leaders as they struggle to form a new government. The 76-year-old Fouad Massoum, one of the founders of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan party led by Iraq´s previous President Jalal Talabani, accepted the mostly ceremonial position after winning two-thirds of the votes in parliament, noting the "huge security, political and economic tasks" facing the next government. Massoum´s election comes as Iraq is facing its worst crisis

Hillary Clinton Blames Bill’s
Mom for His Sex Addiction
Boston Globe, by Lara Salahi    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 7/24/2014 2:19:51 PM     Post Reply
A year after news of the Monica Lewinsky scandal broke, former First Lady Hillary Clinton allegedly told a Pulitzer-prize winning journalist that it was former President Bill Clinton’s abusive mother that caused his unfaithfulness and sex addiction, a new book claims. That journalist was Lucinda Franks and while her latest book, “Timeless: Love, Morgenthau, and Me,” doesn’t have much to do about the Clintons, the part that does offers never before reported information from a 1999 interview with the former First Lady. The New York Daily News obtained parts of the book a month before its scheduled August 2014 release.

  


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Perry: No Word From Obama
Since July 9 Meeting
Cybercast News Service, by Susan Jones    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/24/2014 2:10:16 PM     Post Reply
"No," Gov. Rick Perry said he has not heard from President Obama, since Obama met with him two weeks ago during a fundraising trip to Texas. At that meeting, Perry urged the president to deploy National Guard troops to the border; he asked for border patrol agents stationed inland to be moved closer to the border; and he asked for approval to use drone surveillance. Perry on Wednesday described the influx of illegal aliens into the Rio Grande Valley as a "full-blown" crisis that puts Texas citizens "in jeopardy." Since the fall of 2008, more than 203,000 illegal aliens have

Obama presses to close corporate
tax loophole ´inversions´
Reuters, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/24/2014 2:03:26 PM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama will call Thursday for an end to a corporate loophole that allows companies to avoid federal taxes by shifting their tax domiciles overseas in deals known as "inversions," White House officials said. So-called inversion deals occur when a U.S. company acquires or sets up a foreign company, then moves its U.S. tax domicile to the foreign company and its lower-tax home country. Nine inversion deals have been agreed to this year by companies ranging from banana distributor Chiquita Brands International Inc to drugmaker AbbVie Inc and more are under consideration. The transactions are setting a record pace

If Putin isn’t punished,
Europe risks a wider war
Globe and Mail [Toronto, Canada], by Stephen Blank    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 7/24/2014 2:01:44 PM     Post Reply
The tragic downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 on July 17 by Russian-armed troops provides another occasion for the West to use its superior power to bring Russia’s war in Ukraine to an end. This assertion may sound surprising but nobody denies that the West, if it acts in unison, possesses more than enough power to force Russia to stop its war in Ukraine, withdraw its soldiers who shot down this plane, and move out all of its weapons. Yet the West has only employed a fraction of its power to date, driven as it is by commercial considerations and

Hillary Book Rank Dips Below
Two Anti-Clinton Books
Breitbart Big Government, by William Bigelow    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/24/2014 1:56:41 PM     Post Reply
(Video) If book sales of the last three weeks are any indication, Hillary Clinton’s life is nowhere near as interesting for those who want to know than the internecine warfare between the Clintons and the Obamas. The last three weeks, Clinton’s book Hard Choices has been outsold by Ed Klein’s Blood Feud: The Clintons v. the Obamas. Meanwhile, Daniel Halper’s new book, Clinton Inc.: The Audacious Rebuilding Rebuilding of a Political Machine, is outselling both books on Amazon; Halper stands at No. 23 on the Amazon list; Klein’s book is No. 39; Clinton’s is at No. 124. Klein’s book is

  


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President To Dem Donors: ‘You’re
Chronicling The Slow Deterioration
Of Barack Obama’
Daily Caller, by Tristyn Bloom    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/24/2014 1:45:08 PM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama told a group of Democratic fundraisers that they’re “chronicling the slow deterioration of Barack Obama” at a Wednesday event in California. The luncheon, sponsored by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, was hosted by real estate mogul George Marcus at his home in California’s Los Altos Hills. Tickets started at $10,000, with a VIP option available for just $32,400 — the maximum amount an individual can contribute to the DCCC in one year.“I’ve got so many friends,” he began, “so many people who have supported me for so long. As I look back, I realize how many of

Why would Hamas negotiate with John
Kerry after getting $47 million from him?
Canada Free Press, by Judi McLeod    Original Article
Posted By: snowcloud- 7/24/2014 1:39:38 PM     Post Reply
Viet Nam Swift Boater, Secretary of State, big brave John Kerry defied a Federal Aviation Administration ban by flying into into Israel’s main airport Wednesday. TEL AVIV, Israel (CBS News/CBSDC/AP) Some called it a sign of “sheer” will to achieve a cease-fire agreement in the warring Gaza Strip. Others, who called it so much hooey, remembered that the previous Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at least underwent “sniper fire” when landing in Bosnia. Who would fire on John Kerry in Israel? Not likely Hamas to whom he had showered on Monday with $47 million to help address the “humanitarian” situation in

Has President Obama bottomed out yet?
Washington Post, by Scott Clement    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 7/24/2014 1:39:30 PM     Post Reply
Barack Obama has skated from crisis to crisis this summer, from insurgents invading Iraq, an avalanche of unaccompanied minors crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, the re-ignition of Israel-Palestinian violence and another contentious standoff with Russia. But new polling finds that, despite a wave of bad news, Obama´s job approval ratings have not budged. At all. Here´s what the data show: A CNN/Opinion Research poll concluding Sunday found 42 percent approving of Obama, one point below June, May and March; 55 percent have disapproved in each of the last three polls. Gallup´s daily tracking poll released Wednesday found 42 percent approved and

State agencies launch LGBT data-collection effort - Thread Closed
Capital New York, by Laura Nahmias    Original Article
Posted By: DEnforcer- 7/24/2014 1:38:15 PM     Post Reply
New York State is launching a campaign to collect coordinated data on residents’ sexual orientation as part of a comprehensive effort to improve health and human services for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender New Yorkers, the state’s health department announced Wednesday.

  


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Howard Stern: ´If You´re Anti-
Israel You´re Anti-America´
Breitbart´s Big Hollywood, by Christian Toto    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/24/2014 1:31:00 PM     Post Reply
Howard Stern says things other entertainers dare not discuss. That typically involves breast size, lesbian encounters and other titillating topics. This week, Stern said something almost unheard of in celebrity circles. If you´re anti-Israel you´re also anti-America. Stern took a caller who wondered if Stern might change his tune on Israel given the current fighting in the Middle East. Stern wasn´t having it. "Israel´s at no fault," he says. "Jews get enough s**t all over the world ... Jews are the indigenous people of that area," he says. "The Arabs don´t even want those Palestinians .. nobody wants them." The

Hey, Did I See You
Petting Another Dog?
Time, by Michael D. Lemonick    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/24/2014 1:29:37 PM     Post Reply
Man´s best friend takes that BFF thing seriously. Pay too much attention to a dog other than your own and you´d better be prepared to explain yourself when you get home. If the science of animal behavior had an official curse word, it would be “anthropomorphism.” That’s just a fancy term for the sin of assigning human qualities to animals. Your dog might look happy and your cat might seem disdainful, but since you most likely think of your pet as a little person already, your judgements are automatically suspect. You see what you want to see, and that is

La Raza CEO: ´USA! USA!´
Chants ´Made Me Angry´
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Tony Lee    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/24/2014 1:25:41 PM     Post Reply
La Raza President and CEO Janet Murguia said it sickened her to hear Americans against illegal immigration chanting "USA! USA!" at protests around the country. Singling out the Murrieta demonstrators during her keynote address at La Raza´s annual conference in Los Angeles on Monday, Murguia accused them of having "cloaked their hatred in patriotism" by shouting "´USA! USA!´ again and again." "It made me angry," she said. "In fact, I was outraged." Murguia demanded that the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants who are currently here receive amnesty and said the road to the White House for Republicans goes through the Latino community and

Exclusive: Israel sends message
through Hamas leader´s mouth
as psychological battle deepens
Jerusalem Post, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 7/24/2014 1:20:23 PM     Post Reply
Gazans hear Khaled Mashaal speak of his luxury hotel that cost more than "a hospital and three tunnels," as Hamas news channel hacked. Tens of thousands of Gaza residents on Thursday saw Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal on their screens, but with a surprising message. The visuals were of Mashaal, but it was Israel who was speaking through his mouth. This happened during the broadcasts of Al Aqsa TV and Al Quds TV - two of the biggest television broadcasters in Gaza. In a video obtained by The Jerusalem Post, a speech by Mashaal is distorted to bring Gazans a message

Speaker Boehner: President
Obama ´AWOL´ on Border Crisis
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Charlie Spiering    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/24/2014 1:18:03 PM     Post Reply
House Speaker John Boehner accused President Obama of flip-flopping on the border crisis and of being AWOL on the issue. Boehner explained that he continues to discuss the issue with House members, but that it wasn’t helping that the White House was sending uncertain messages on changing the 2008 law. “The administration started earlier this month by signaling some openness to changes in the 2008 law to accelerate the process of returning these children to their home countries,” Boehner said. “Now the president and his team have apparently flip-flopped.” President Obama has been gone for most of the week on a series of

  



Fusion’s Ramos: Deporting
Minors Not American or Christian
Breitbart TV, by Ian Hanchett    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/24/2014 1:14:06 PM     Post Reply
Fusion anchor Jorge Ramos bashed proposals to deport the minors illegally crossing the border and Texas Governor Rick Perry’s plan to send National Guard troops to the southern border. In an appearance on Tuesday’s The O’Reilly Factor on the Fox News Channel, Ramos said “I don´t think any government should be in the business of deporting endangered children. That´s not the American way, that´s not the Christian way.” He agreed that the US cannot take in every child who comes from a dangerous region of the world, but also argued that “These children are not a concern for the United

Crowding Out the Memories
Wall Street Journal, by Mark Yost    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/24/2014 1:10:33 PM     Post Reply
Ypres, Belgium - I first started coming to the Last Post ceremony in this tiny town on the French border in the mid-1990s. There were maybe 200 people who would gather each night beneath the Menin Gate, the Reginald Blomfield-designed monument reminiscent of the Arc de Triomphe, that was dedicated in July 1927 to forever remember the almost 55,000 British and Commonwealth soldiers who died near here between 1914 to 1918 but have no known grave. "A soldier of the Great War, known unto God" is how the gravestones read in a dozen cemeteries nearby still maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves

Feds Pay Tuition, Child Support for
Foreign Minors Sent to Massachusetts
Breitbart Texas, by Kristin Tate    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/24/2014 1:08:23 PM     Post Reply
MCALLEN, Texas--Teenagers caught illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border are being transported via plane to states around the nation. One such state is Massachusetts, where a foster care agency is currently seeking foster parents to take the minors in. Lutheran Social Services, located in Worcester, Massachusetts, is "the only program in the New England states that assists refugee and migrating youth exclusively." The organization seeks out individuals, couples, and families willing to foster illegal immigrant minors from Latin America. A spokeswoman from Lutheran told Breitbart Texas that foster parents receive financial

Jeb Bush weighs in on immigration
influx and urges House Republicans
to push comprehensive reform
CNN, by Kevin Bohn    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/24/2014 1:03:02 PM     Post Reply
Washington – After several weeks in which the influx of tens of thousands of undocumented children illegally crossing the border into the United States has dominated the headlines, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush wrote an op-ed about the issue, calling for a change in how the children are handled after they are arrested - and also urging his fellow Republicans not to use this as an "excuse" to abandon comprehensive immigration reform. His Wall Street Journal opinion piece that published Wednesday evening is similar to the statement he released to CNN last week and is just the second time he´s

Pot growers worry wildfires will
slow deliveries to retailers
Seattle Times, by Colleen Wright    Original Article
Posted By: Maggie2u- 7/24/2014 12:47:35 PM     Post Reply
Columbia River Cannabis in Douglas County was finally close to getting a marijuana-producer license after nine months. That is, until a 15,000-acre wildfire encroached on its farm July 10 and burned its 5-week-old medical-marijuana plants that were eventually to be used to start growing in the recreational market. The farm planned to make its first shipments to retailers by September. “We got singed real bad,” said Harold Jarboe, Columbia River Cannabis’ marketing director. Throughout Central Washington this month, marijuana producers have struggled to keep their budding businesses afloat. Amid record-setting wildfires they worked to grow and water crops, or deliver products at a

SiliConMan: Anti-Obama Street
Artists Strike Silicon Valley
Truth Revolt, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 7/24/2014 12:28:09 PM     Post Reply
Anti-Obama street art appeared Monday night in Silicon Valley, where President Obama and Nancy Pelosi are scheduled to speak at yet another $32,000 per-couple fundraiser with California´s rich and powerful on Wednesday. In one series, titled SiliConMan, the president is pictured in a fedora, smoking a cigarette and winking. The text reads, "Leading from behind, fundraising in your face." Another series plays on the classic iPod advertisements from Silicon Valley juggernaut Apple Computers and features President Obama´s silhouette holding an NSA listening device under the mock brand name "iSnoop."Other posters see the president holding a map of Silicon Valley alongside

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