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Jeff Sessions, Ted Cruz: Don´t Let
´Scandalous´ Obama Run ´Roughshod´
with Immigration Exec. Actions
Breitbart Big Government, by Tony Lee    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/25/2014 10:04:50 AM     Post Reply
On Thursday, Sens. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) and Ted Cruz (R-TX), who have arguably been the two most influential conservatives in stopping amnesty legislation, urged their colleagues to put more pressure on President Barack Obama, so he does not unilaterally grant temporary amnesty to millions more illegal immigrants. In a colloquy with Cruz on the Senate floor, Sessions said Obama´s potential executive actions represent an "exceedingly grave threat that go[es] beyond anything we´ve ever seen in this country" and "threatens the very constitutional framework of our republic and the very ability of this nation to even have borders." He vowed that

Newt Gingrich: ‘Turn the
Pentagon Into a Triangle’
Daily Signal, by Natalie Johnson     Original Article
Posted By: MDMuskrat- 7/25/2014 9:58:07 AM     Post Reply
Former speaker of the House Newt Gingrich said Wednesday that he would like to “turn the Pentagon into a triangle.” (snip) Gingrich honored the 20th anniversary of his “Contract with America” by pointing conservatives back to a key point in his Republican blueprint, arguing that federal bureaucracy cannot simply be “fixed” but must be overhauled and replaced. The Pentagon, Gingrich stressed, must be included in this overhaul.“You have 23,000 people working in a building built in the middle of World War II using paper-based bureaucratic models,” he said.

No Free Lunch for the ECB
American Magazine, by Desmond Lachman    Original Article
Posted By: EagleBlurst- 7/25/2014 9:45:48 AM     Post Reply
Milton Friedman was fond of saying of economic policy choices that there was no such thing as a free lunch, meaning that an economic policy option that appears to offer an attractive choice in the short run usually has negative longer-run consequences that outweigh any advantages. Friedman’s observation certainly applies to the unprecedented expansion in the Federal Reserve and the Bank of Japan’s balance sheets over the past few years. While those expansions might have provided much-needed short-term support to the U.S. and Japanese economies, they have done so at the cost of creating bubble-like conditions

  


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CNN/ORC Poll: Majority say no
to impeachment and lawsuit
CNN, by Paul Steinhauser    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/25/2014 9:36:32 AM     Post Reply
Washington– There’s not a lot of public appetite for a Republican push to sue President Barack Obama, or for calls by some conservatives to impeach him, according to a new national survey. A CNN/ORC International poll released Friday morning also indicates that a small majority of Americans do not believe that Obama has gone too far in expanding the powers of the presidency. Earlier this month, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the GOP´s 2008 vice presidential nominee, called for Obama´s impeachment, becoming the latest voice on the right to make the suggestion.

The three options for ´Meet The Press´
Politico, by Dylan Byers    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/25/2014 9:33:37 AM     Post Reply
David Gregory is toast, probably. Both Emily Smith and Lloyd Grove report that the "Meet The Press" host will likely be pushed out following the November midterms. It that true? It almost doesn´t matter. It feels right. No one at NBC News is contesting it, not even the network spokesperson, who only cautioned that the "false rumors" be taken "with a grain of salt." The cat is out of the bag, and at a certain point talk of Gregory´s impending removal gains so much steam that it becomes a reality. Unless, of course, the ratings go up. But the ratings

Stolen words, stolen honor
New York Daily News, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 7/25/2014 9:31:15 AM     Post Reply
Running to win the Senate seat he now occupies as an appointee, military veteran John Walsh hit a rock-bottom low. Not by plagiarizing huge chunks of a 14-page final paper he “wrote” in 2007 to earn a master’s degree in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College. Nor by previously using his National Guard position for what the Army’s inspector general found to be “private gain.” Rather, Walsh plunged to the depths by suggesting that the trauma of combat experience provoked his plagiarism. After The New York Times proved that Walsh had lifted extensive passages virtually verbatim from published works, an aide

Paul Ryan and the Party of Ideas
New York Times, by Ross Douthat    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 7/25/2014 9:27:22 AM     Post Reply
I will probably have more to say about Congressman Paul Ryan’s latest policy proposals on poverty and mobility — both their substance and their possible implications — very soon; either tomorrow or in Sunday’s column, mostly likely. You can read a good summary of the highlights here; for now, I’ll just make two quick and one slightly longer points: 1) Taken as a whole, this document basically eliminates the daylight that existed between “Ryanism” and reform conservatism on safety net reform. As I discussed two weeks ago, the reformocon quasi-movement has tended to view some of the projected discretionary cuts in

  


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Israel must be permitted
to crush Hamas
Washington Post, by Michael Oren    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 7/25/2014 9:22:35 AM     Post Reply
U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary of State John Kerry and the foreign ministers of Great Britain and France all are rushing to achieve a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas. Their motive — to end civilian suffering and restore stability to the area — is noble. The images of the wounded and dead resulting from the conflict are indeed agonizing. However, these senior statesmen can be most helpful now by doing nothing. To preserve the values they cherish and to send an unequivocal message to terrorist organizations and their state sponsors everywhere, Israel must be permitted to crush Hamas in

The Climate Maggot Problem
American Thinker, by Sierra Rayne    Original Article
Posted By: SpeedMaster- 7/25/2014 9:12:21 AM     Post Reply
The war on rigorous science is now coming from all directions. Over at National Review, Reihan Salam has a piece regarding Australia´s purported repeal of its carbon tax where he argues that “the key to reducing carbon emissions is encouraging fundamental breakthroughs in low- and zero-carbon energy that will give rise to attractive business models that don’t require artificial subsidies, and that thus can spread rapidly across borders, and in particular to the developing world.” The only reason you would want to reduce carbon emissions in such a manner is because you´ve bought into climate alarmism. Apparently NRO is throwing in

CNN Poll: Border crisis impacting
public opinion on immigration
CNN, by Paul Steinhauser    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 7/25/2014 9:08:13 AM     Post Reply
Washington - The current crisis on the nation´s southern border appears to be fueling a notable shift in American attitudes toward immigration policy with border security growing in importance, according to a new national survey. A CNN/ORC International poll released on Thursday also indicates that a majority of those surveyed support making it easier for the United States to return migrant youth from Central America who have surged across the U.S. border with Mexico this year. But according to the survey, a bare majority views the children as refugees rather than illegal immigrants, and most say they´d be willing to

UNC professor killed in
Chapel Hill; 2 men charged
Charlotte Observer, by Anne Blythe and Tammy Grubb    Original Article
Posted By: Muncsdad- 7/25/2014 9:07:29 AM     Post Reply
Feng Liu had a lunchtime routine that his colleagues and lab partners at the UNC-Chapel Hill school of pharmacy knew well. The 59-year-old Durham resident usually had a bite to eat and left his lab for a brisk 30-minute walk on campus or through nearby Chapel Hill neighborhoods. Typically, he returned cheerful and invigorated by the midday exercise. On Wednesday, the research professor at UNC’s Eshelman School of Pharmacy never came back. (snip) Davis has multiple convictions for felony breaking and entering and larceny, dating to 2007, in Durham County, according to state Department of Public Safety records. He was

  


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Five Fatal Flaws of Solar Energy
American Thinker, by Viv Forbes    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 7/25/2014 8:58:27 AM     Post Reply
The sun is the most important energy source on Earth. Solar energy powers the growth of all trees, grasses, herbs, crops and algae; it creates the clouds and powers the storms; it is the source of all hydro, photo-voltaic (PV), solar-thermal, bio-mass, and wind energy. Over geological time, it also creates coal. PV solar panels are useful in remote locations and for some portable applications. With enough panels and batteries, standalone solar can even power homes. But solar energy has five fatal flaws for supplying 24/7 grid power. Firstly, sunshine at any spot is always intermittent and often unreliable. Solar panels can deliver

We´re Both From The Same Village
American Thinker, by Dan Gordon    Original Article
Posted By: ScarletPimpernel- 7/25/2014 8:53:09 AM     Post Reply
I spend the night last night with the family I met the day before. The ones I wrote about in an article called Why Israel Fights: Life on the Gaza Border. I met them yesterday and when I see them today I’m greeted not like the stranger who knocked on the wrong door and found the right people, which is what happened yesterday. Today I’m family. Not just family, beloved family. And I’m not alone either. All the soldiers for whom they’ve set up cots in their front yard are family too.

Egypt’s “cold war” with the U.S.
Canada Free Press, by Dr. Ashraf Ramelah    Original Article
Posted By: SpeedMaster- 7/25/2014 8:46:11 AM     Post Reply
An unusual security search at the entrance of the Egyptian presidential palace in Cairo took place two days ago as reported by Egyptian newspapers and the Italian RAI 24 news. John Kerry and his staff were asked to go through a metal detector, and one staff member was asked to show the contents of his pockets before visiting President Al-Sisi. This humiliating reversal of protocol was a sign of mistrust towards the U.S. by an Egypt never shy about expressing hostility for America’s support of the Morsi regime. Kerry’s visit to Egypt was for the purpose of brokering peace between

30,340 First Six Months – List of Sponsor
Placements of Unaccompanied Children
by State – How does your state rank ?
Conservative Treehouse, by Sundance    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 7/25/2014 8:44:03 AM     Post Reply
The application window for HHS grants under the Unaccompanied Alien Children program just closed yesterday. According to the data included in the application the average length of stay for a UAC is 30-35 days prior to unification with a sponsor. Most (95%+) of the sponsors are relatives of the child. Most sponsors reunited are the mothers of the children (85%+) who actually brought them along and there is never a disconnect. All sponsors are subsidized by taxpayers at an average cost of around $4,000 to $6,000 per child/per month. A custodial ‘sponsor’ (mother) with three UAC’s will net about $12,000 per

  


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If the West doesn’t do more for
Ukraine now, it might soon be too late
Washington Post, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 7/25/2014 8:38:57 AM     Post Reply
Vladimir Putin has responded to the international outrage over the destruction of a Malaysian airliner by his proxies in eastern Ukraine by escalating his aggression. According to U.S. officials, tanks, artillery and other heavy weapons have continued to cross from Russia to Ukraine since the passenger jet was shot down. On Wednesday, two more Ukrainian military jets were hit by anti-aircraft missiles, which Ukrainian officials said had been fired from Russia. The State Department also said Thursday that Russian artillery was firing at Ukrainian positions from across the border. The Russian president is clearly not impressed by Western responses to

Central American leaders to meet with
Barack Obama over immigration crisis
Agence France-Presse, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/25/2014 8:04:52 AM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama is summoning Central American leaders to the White House to discuss the influx of young immigrants from their countries to the US, hoping to show presidential action even as Congress remains deeply split over proposals to stem the crisis on the border. The meeting comes as the administration is considering creating a pilot programme giving refugee status to young people from Honduras, White House officials said Thursday. The plan would involve screening youths in their home country to determine whether they qualify for refugee status. The programme would be limited in scope and would start in Honduras

Russia planning major missile
shipment to Ukraine rebels
New York Post, by Bruce Golding    Original Article
Posted By: Flyright- 7/25/2014 8:01:54 AM     Post Reply
Russia has been lobbing artillery shells into Ukraine and is planning to give the rebels missiles that are even deadlier than the one that downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, the US State Department said Thursday.“We have new evidence that the Russians intend to deliver heavier and more powerful, multiple rocket launchers to the separatist forces in Ukraine, and have evidence that Russia is firing artillery from within Russia to attack Ukrainian military positions,” said State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf.

A New Disorder
Weekly Standard, by Stephen F. Hayes    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 7/25/2014 7:59:44 AM     Post Reply
Moments of clarity often come when you least expect them. In a speech to contributors last week in Seattle, Barack Obama made the case that his presidency has made America better. In most respects, it was precisely the kind of political pablum you’d expect from a president who seems more concerned with legacy-polishing than governing. He ticked off his accomplishments, a list that was equal parts premature celebration (deficit reduction), hyperbole (Obamacare), and borrowed glory (rising college attendance, a strong stock market, increased energy production). Even if few in this fawning crowd were going to question him, circumstances required the president

CNN’s Diana Magnay is latest reminder that
Twitter can be a journalist’s worst enemy
Washington Post, by Paul Farhi    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 7/25/2014 7:50:40 AM     Post Reply
Among its many virtues and drawbacks, social media may be one of the most effective tools ever invented to assist journalists in harming their careers. Since the advent of Twitter, Facebook and other instantaneous digital platforms, reporters have lost their jobs, been suspended or been reassigned after posting things deemed inappropriate by readers, viewers and — most important — their bosses. The objectionable posts have usually called into question the journalists’ ability to remain neutral and fair to both sides of any story. The latest casualty: CNN correspondent Diana Magnay, who last week stirred criticism for a tweet about a group of

  



Poll: One-third say impeach Obama
Politico, by Jonathan Topaz    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 7/25/2014 7:37:43 AM     Post Reply
One third of Americans think President Barack Obama should be impeached, a new poll says. According to a CNN/ORC International poll released Friday, 33 percent of Americans think the president should be impeached and removed from office, compared with 65 percent who say they don’t support impeachment. Fifty-seven percent of Republicans say they support impeaching Obama, compared with just 35 percent of independent voters and 13 percent of Democrats. When asked about when Congress should attempt to impeach a president, 79 percent of Americans said it should only be used if there is evidence of a serious crime — such as

Obama´s immigration flip flop
Politico, by Carrie Budoff Brown    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 7/25/2014 7:35:45 AM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama insisted for years that he had absolutely no legal authority — none whatsoever, zero, zilch — to slow deportations on a broad scale. Forget everything he’s said. Obama’s pledge to use his executive powers by the end of the summer marked both a dramatic reversal in rhetoric and a major strategic shift on immigration. The president is no longer emphasizing his own powerlessness but rather his determination “to fix as much of our immigration system as I can on my own, without Congress.”

Between high end fund raisers,
Obama talks middle class issues
Los Angeles Times, by Seema Mehta and Kathleen Hennessy    Original Article
Posted By: Fiesta del sol- 7/25/2014 7:18:26 AM     Post Reply
After zipping through the backyards and wallets of rich Democratic donors, President Obama concluded a West Coast fundraising swing on Thursday by trying to shift his focus back to the middle class. In a speech at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College, Obama revived his push to crack down on "corporate deserters," his description of U.S. companies that avoid paying taxes by reorganizing overseas. In a damning assessment, he accused the companies of "renouncing their U.S. citizenship" and "fleeing the country" while sticking U.S. taxpayers "with the tab." "You shouldn´t get to call yourself an American company only when you want a handout

Still Fighting: The Delphi
Workers Obama Robbed
Creators Syndicate, by Michelle Malkin    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 7/25/2014 7:02:55 AM     Post Reply
The White House pretended to champion American workers this week with gimmicky initiatives on federal job training and "workplace innovation." But far from the Beltway dog-and-pony show, a group of American workers ruthlessly shafted by the Obama administration was finally getting some real support -- and inching toward justice. It was five years ago this summer that 20,000 white-collar nonunion workers from Delphi (a leading auto parts company spun off from GM in 1999) had their pensions sabotaged as part of a rotten White House deal with Big Labor. Two court rulings this summer have given the victims hope. Their plight

Gout´s a crippling illness on the
rise but still a joke to many
Daily Mail [UK], by Harry Hodges    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/25/2014 6:43:58 AM     Post Reply
Gout is almost unique in being a serious and debilitating condition still capable of raising sniggers of laughter and sneering derision towards those who suffer from it. It is commonly thought of as a historical anomaly, a disease rarely seen since the last portly Victorian gentleman died out, long ago banished from these shores by advances in diet and medicine. [Snip] Gout is a type of arthritis in which crystals form inside and around a joint, typically in the big toe. These crystals begin to form when there is too much uric acid--a waste product naturally produced by the body--in

Israel-Gaza conflict: Hamas calls for
´third intifada´ after violent riots
in Jerusalem and West Bank
Telegraph [UK], by Inna Lazareva    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/25/2014 6:32:57 AM     Post Reply
Hamas leaders, both in Gaza and abroad, have called for the start of the third intifada - or Palestinian uprising - after violent riots with live fire erupted throughout Jerusalem and the West Bank last night. Violence flared up as thousands of Palestinians took to the streets, rioting and protesting Israel’s actions in Gaza. Approximately 10,000 people marched from Ramallah to Jerusalem, where they clashed with Israeli police. Two Palestinians were killed and approximately 200 were injured when protests turned violent near the Qalandiya checkpoint, just north of Jerusalem. In East Jerusalem and the Old City, 40 rioters were arrested.

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