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Joining fundraising spree, first
lady asks for ´biggest, fattest´ checks
CNN, by Kevin Liptak    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/25/2014 4:52:29 AM     Post Reply
First lady Michelle Obama jumped into the White House fundraising spree on Thursday, prodding supporters in Chicago to hand over the maximum campaign contribution in an attempt to shore up Democrats´ chances in upcoming midterm elections. Her entreaty came as her husband, President Barack Obama, capped a three-day fundraising swing on the West Coast, bringing in millions of dollars for the committees charged with electing Democrats to office. "We need you to write the biggest, fattest check that you can possibly write," Mrs. Obama told a crowd of donors in Chicago, her hometown. "Writing those checks is the single-most impactful thing that

Watch Obamacare Architect Jonathan
Gruber Admit in 2012 That Subsidies
Were Limited to State-Run Exchanges
Reason Magazine, by Peter Suderman    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/25/2014 4:50:43 AM     Post Reply
Earlier this week, a three-judge panel in the D.C. Circuit Court ruled that, contrary to the Obama administration’s implementation and an Internal Revenue Service rule, Obamacare’s subsidies for private health insurance were limited to state-run health exchanges. The reasoning for this ruling was simple: That’s what the law says. The section dealing with the creation of state exchanges and the provision of subsidies states, quite clearly, that subsidies are only available in exchanges "established by a State," which the law expressly defines as the 50 states plus the District of Columbia. Obamacare’s defenders have responded by saying that this is obviously ridiculous.

Army War College to investigate
plagiarism claims against Walsh
KTVM [Butte-Bozeman, MT], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/25/2014 4:46:36 AM     Post Reply
BOZEMAN, Mont. -In a written statement to NBC Montana Thursday afternoon, the U.S. Army War College said it will convene an Academic Review Board to look into allegations of plagiarism against democratic U.S. Senator John Walsh. Walsh is accused plagiarizing portions of his 2007 Master´s Thesis. According to the statement, if Walsh is found to have intentionally plagiarized another work the college could revoke his graduation status. The following is the full statement from the U.S. Army War College: When we were alerted last night to the questions about Sen. Walsh´s Army War College research paper, we accomplished our own analysis to determine

  


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BIZARRE: Boeing 777s, After 18 Spotless
Years, Crash Three Times Since July 2013
PJ Media, by David Steinberg    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/25/2014 4:40:29 AM     Post Reply
Despite stunning achievements in air travel safety, terrible things happen. You are safe in the air, yes, but you are never guaranteed your safety in a world of men, or in a nature that plays dice. Aaron Karp, senior editor of trade publication Air Transport World, points out the confounding events of the past year: not only has the grand Boeing 777 — which did not have a single fatality in its 18 years of operation — crashed three times in 377 days, those three crashes were just about the strangest ever seen by the industry: In June 1995, United

Questions for Obamacare Now
Bloomberg View, by Megan McArdle    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/25/2014 4:36:58 AM     Post Reply
Yesterday, I outlined what we knew about Halbig v. Burwell, the case in which a federal appellate court ruled that subsidies for purchasing insurance under Obamacare can only be made available on marketplaces established by states. Now I propose to outline what we don’t know: namely, what will happen after the case winds its way through the court system. If the U.S. Supreme Court ultimately rules for the government, the answer is, “not much; things go on as they are.” But what if the justices take the case and rule for the plaintiff? Don’t point me to your favorite article punditsplaining to

Obsessing About Gaza, Ignoring
Syria (and Most Everything Else)
Atlantic, by Jeffrey Goldberg    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/25/2014 4:32:52 AM     Post Reply
The responses to what I write about the Hamas war fall into several categories. My least favorite sort of response is the kind that invokes Hitler in some way. Here is an e-mail that is representative: “I hope Hitler kills you and your family.” (Yes, it was written in the present tense.) Then there are the messages from those who seek the elimination of Israel. These run along the lines of, “Jeffrey wants blood, give him more Palestinian blood!” (I’m not sure if this tweet was riffing off the blood libel or not.) Like many people, I am legitimately shocked

Fight heats up over EPA
sabotage of Alaska gold mine
Fox News, by Dan Springer    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/25/2014 4:27:48 AM     Post Reply
The Environmental Protection Agency is under fire for a preemptive strike against a massive copper and gold mine in Alaska, where hundreds of billions of dollars and thousands of jobs are at stake. The controversy centers on Pebble Mine, located 200 miles southeast of Anchorage. It is the largest deposit of copper and gold in North America. But environmental groups and fishermen, worried about the impact to the world’s most abundant salmon run in Bristol Bay, fought the mine from the beginning. “It was people from Alaska that requested the EPA come in and take action,” said Tim Bristol, of Trout Unlimited in

  


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´Fast Money´ Panel Blasts President
Obama´s ´Duplicitous´ Rhetoric
in CNBC Interview
Newsbusters, by Ken Shepherd    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/25/2014 4:27:13 AM     Post Reply
At the beginning of the July 24 edition of Fast Money, CNBC aired an exclusive interview of President Obama by the network´s Steve Liesman focused primarily on taxes and tax reform, particularly the president´s call to prevent large corporations from capitalizing on an "inversion" to lessen their federal tax bite. But after the interview was aired, CNBC panelists excoriated the president as "duplicitous" and "disingenuous" for pretending like he has no share in the blame for a lack of movement on tax reform during his tenure in office and for offering an inaccurate, misleading description of what exactly happens to

Hamas Tunnel Threat at
Center of War With Israel
Associated Press, by Tia Goldenberg    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/25/2014 4:23:17 AM     Post Reply
JERUSALEM -- A network of tunnels Palestinian militants have dug from Gaza to Israel - dubbed "lower Gaza" by the Israeli military - is taking center stage in the latest war between Hamas and Israel. Gaza´s Hamas rulers view them as a military game changer in its conflict with Israel. The Israeli military says the tunnels pose a serious threat and that destroying the sophisticated underground network is a key objective of its invasion of Gaza. Israel has known about the tunnels for several years, but has been hard-pressed to find an effective way to block them. Now it is counting on

World Cup Over, But Some
Argentines Won´t Go Home
Associated Press, by Jenny Barchfield    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/25/2014 4:20:44 AM     Post Reply
RIO DE JANEIRO -- Lucas Bazan Pontoni rifled through his pockets for the 45-cent lunch fee as he stood in line at a downtown soup kitchen. When he came up short, an acquaintance sprang for the government-subsidized meal. One of about 160,000 Argentines who flooded into Brazil for the World Cup, Pontoni hardly fits the image of deep-pocketed foreigners who dropped around $3 billion in Brazil during the monthlong tournament. The 23-year-old actor is broke, and he has no immediate plans to return home almost two weeks after Germany beat Argentina in the July 13 final. "Brazil is amazing, and I want

Gun law based on flawed estimate
Associated Press, by Ivan Moreno    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/25/2014 3:56:53 AM     Post Reply
DENVER- A law expanding background check requirements on Colorado gun sales has been in effect for about a year, and an Associated Press analysis of state data compiled during that span shows the projected impact was vastly overstated in a key budget report. The discovery has prompted a prominent Democratic lawmaker to question whether the Legislature misallocated millions of taxpayer dollars based on the flawed estimate, which has provided an opportunity for Republicans to resume attacks over regulation that already has come at great political cost to Colorado liberals. Democrats pushed the proposal into law last year as part of

  


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U.S. Considering Refugee
Status for Hondurans
New York Times, by Frances Robles & Michael D. Shear    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/25/2014 3:52:46 AM     Post Reply
Hoping to stem the recent surge of migrants at the Southwest border, the Obama administration is considering whether to allow hundreds of minors and young adults from Honduras into the United States without making the dangerous trek through Mexico, according to a draft of the proposal. If approved, the plan would direct the government to screen thousands of children and youths in Honduras to see if they can enter the United States as refugees or on emergency humanitarian grounds. It would be the first American refugee effort in a nation reachable by land to the United States, the White House

A Government Feared and Distrusted
American Thinker, by Kevin Wade and Fay Voshell    Original Article
Posted By: geo11- 7/25/2014 3:24:23 AM     Post Reply
Deep in the desert of Utah is a government data center. The center, comprised of long, low buildings spanning 1.5 million square feet, is filled with super-powered computers storing unbelievably massive amounts of information gathered secretly. What information is being collected? Information about you, Joe Average citizen. Your phone calls and emails are being stored, all in the name of protecting our country from potential terrorists -- terrorists like you, even though your call or email is as banal as, “Honey I’ll be home in 30 minutes.” You probably have never said or typed, “I’m planning to bomb the Freedom Tower.”

How Hillary and Bill Clinton
Raised $1.4 Billion
Time Magazine, by Alexander Ho & Pratheek Rebala *    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/25/2014 1:20:01 AM     Post Reply
There are great American political fundraisers. And then there are Hillary and Bill Clinton, the first couple of American political fundraising. Few in American history have collected and benefited from so much money in so many ways over such a long period of time. Since they arrived on the national political scene 32 years ago, the Clintons have attracted at least $1.4 billion in contributions, according to a review of public records by TIME (Snip) Much of the money, raised through two Senate and three Presidential campaigns, was gathered together in small checks by an extensive network of donors and fundraisers.

Solar flare nearly destroyed
Earth 2 years ago: NASA
News Limited [Australia], by James Billington    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/25/2014 12:50:40 AM     Post Reply
Two years ago we were all going about our daily business blissfully unaware that our planet almost plunged into global catastrophe. A recent revelation by NASA explains how on July 23, 2012 Earth had a near miss with a solar flare, or Coronal Mass Ejection (CME), from the most powerful solar storm on the sun in over 150 years, but nobody decided to mention it. Err, what? Well that’s a sobering bit of news. “If it had hit, we would still be picking up the pieces,” says Daniel Baker of the University of Colorado. We managed to just avoid the event through lucky timing as the sun’s aim narrowly turned away from Earth.

  


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Feds announce maximum penalties
or not buying health insurance
- Thread Closed
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/25/2014 12:45:53 AM     Post Reply
Miami - Federal officials have capped the amount of money scofflaws will be forced to pay if they don't buy insurance this year at $2,448 per person and $12,240 for a family of five. The amount is equal to the national average annual premium for a bronze level health plan. But only those with an income above about a quarter of a million dollars would benefit from the cap. Those making less would still have to pay as much as 1 percent of their annual income. The penalty for the first year starts at $95 per adult or $47.50 per child under 18.

Skateboarder, friends sought by cops
in Brooklyn Bridge flag switch: source
New York Daily News, by Erik Badia & Rocco Parascandola *    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/25/2014 12:38:55 AM     Post Reply
A skateboarder and four young pals emerged Wednesday as the unlikely suspects who eluded around-the-clock NYPD security to scale the venerable Brooklyn Bridge and raise two white flags. While cops had no real leads in the second day of their probe, the five youths wanted for questioning were described as in their late teens or early 20s, a source told the Daily News. There’s still no explanation for the removal of two U.S. flags or the bizarre substitution of two bleached-white American flags left flying above the bridge’s two towers Tuesday. New Yorkers on the bridge amid ramped-up security Wednesday were still wondering

Obama Eyes Major Immigration Move
Time Magazine, by Alex Altman    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/25/2014 12:30:22 AM     Post Reply
When President Obama issues executive orders on immigration in coming weeks, pro-reform activists are expecting something dramatic: temporary relief from deportation and work authorization for perhaps several million undocumented immigrants. If the activists are right, the sweeping move would upend a contentious policy fight and carry broad political consequences. The activists met privately with the President and his aides June 30 at the White House, and say in that meeting Obama suggested he will act before the November midterm elections. hey hope his decision will offer relief to a significant percentage of the estimated

Blindfolds of the West
PJ Media, by Richard Fernandez    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 7/25/2014 12:20:52 AM     Post Reply
Debate is raging in the expert community over what ISIS is: a state, transnational ideology, or just a way of life? (Snip) Who wants a movement? Suppose names like “caliphate” and “country” and “movement” are merely terms meant to befuddle pedantic Westerners; they are fancy words thrown in for the left wing liberals because they can understand nothing except in terms of their own provincial tropes. What if all these high flown appellations are all the same to the boys, who are really out for some six-shootin’, virgin-bustin’, kaffir-killin’ fun. Like it was in Mohammed’s time and always shall be.

Alamo Drafthouse to Abbott:
‘We’ll kick your ass out’
Houston Chronicle, by Patrick Svitek    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 7/24/2014 10:47:30 PM     Post Reply
Alamo Drafthouse is notorious for enforcing movie-going etiquette. Attorney General Greg Abbott is apparently no exception. The Austin theater is threatening to boot the Republican nominee for governor if he ever tries to repeat on its premises what he did in a recent ad: Talk during a movie. In the ad, Abbott is shown in a crowded theater, telling the viewer he may not know what it takes to make a movie, but he does know how much effort it takes to run for governor in Texas. He then urges the viewer to text his campaign to get involved. In

  



Former LGBT liaison officer sues
Atlanta police for discrimination
Atlanta Journal-Constitution [GA], by Rhonda Cook    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 7/24/2014 10:44:54 PM     Post Reply
Atlanta Police Department’s former LGBT community liaison has filed a federal lawsuit claiming APD used her grand mal seizures as a pretext for offering to demote or fire her after her formal complaint against a co-worker who made derogatory comments about her sexual orientation. Darlene Harris, who was assigned to the chief’s office as APD’s liaison with the city’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, claims in the lawsuit the department discriminated against her, created a hostile work environment and violated the American with Disabilities Act by not making reasonable accommodations for her medical condition. APD declined to comment because

Michelle Obama says money
in politics is bad, asks donors
for ‘big, fat check’
Washington Times, by Ben Wolfgang    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 7/24/2014 10:42:27 PM     Post Reply
First lady Michelle Obama on Thursday night urged Democrats to “dig deep” into their pockets and “write a big fat check” before the midterm elections, but minutes later complained of too much money in politics. Speaking at a party fundraiser in Chicago, Mrs. Obama said Democrats must triumph in the November contests if President Obama is to make progress on his agenda during the final two years of his term. She also blasted special interest groups that funnel money to Republicans. “So, yeah, there’s too much money in politics. There’s special interests that have too much influence. But they had

The vacant presidency
Washington Post, by Charles Krauthammer    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 7/24/2014 10:37:38 PM     Post Reply
The president’s demeanor is worrying a lot of people. From the immigration crisis on the Mexican border to the Islamic State rising in Mesopotamia, Barack Obama seems totally detached from the world’s convulsions. When he does interrupt his endless rounds of golf, fundraising and photo ops, it’s for some affectless, mechanical, almost forced public statement. Regarding Ukraine, his detachment — the rote, impassive voice — borders on dissociation. His U.N. ambassador, Samantha Power, delivers an impassioned denunciation of Russia. Obama cautions that we not “get out ahead of the facts,” as if the facts of this case — Vladimir Putin’s

´Without a doubt he saved lives´:
Doctor hailed a hero after he guns
down psychiatric patient who opened
fire in hospital ward killing caseworker
Daily Mail [UK], by Joshua Gardner and Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 7/24/2014 10:36:05 PM     Post Reply
A Pennsylvania doctor is being hailed a hero today after he seriously injured a patient who went on a shooting spree in his office. The shooter, identified as Richard Plotts, entered the unnamed psychiatrist´s office, located in a suburban hospital in Darby, with a caseworker at around 2p.m. and immediately opened fire, District Attorney Jack Whelan said. The doctor was grazed by gunfire from the patient but helped stop him by apparently returning fire with his own weapon. However, sadly not before a female hospital worker was killed, authorities said. Yeadon Police Chief Donald Molineux said that, ´without a doubt, I believe

Supreme Court may not
protect Obamacare this time
Washington Post, by Ruth Marcus    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 7/24/2014 10:35:53 PM     Post Reply
Don’t be so sure that the Supreme Court is going to save Obamacare. Again. The question is enormously important: Are health-care consumers entitled to subsidies if they buy coverage on insurance exchanges established by the federal government, as they are with insurance from state exchanges? Two federal appeals courts have reached contradictory conclusions, at least so far. (The Obama administration plans to ask the full federal appeals court in Washington to review the three-judge panel ruling against the subsidies, and that court is newly stocked with liberals.) Cases are headed to two other appeals courts. Which adds up to:

Dick’s Sporting Goods lays
off 478 PGA golf pros
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/24/2014 10:34:45 PM     Post Reply
Imperial, Pa. - The Dick´s Sporting Goods chain has laid off 478 Professional Golfers´ Association teaching pros months after the company reported that sales of golf gear are dwindling. Based in the Pittsburgh suburb of Findlay Township, Dick´s operates more than 500 stores nationwide, most under the Dick´s name. Those stores sell golf equipment as do 79 stores the chain operates under the Golf Galaxy name. Dick´s still employs PGA pros at its Golf Galaxy stores, but not at Dick´s locations. “We had some internal restructuring that affected the Dick´s stores,” Matt Trimbur, the PGA pro at the Golf Galaxy

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