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The government wants to wiretap
online communications — or
in some cases hack them
Washington Post, by Ellen Nakashima    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/25/2014 3:37:23 PM     Post Reply
Law enforcement and intelligence agencies want to be able to wiretap social media, instant message and chat services. But building in ways to wiretap these kinds of communication can lead to less secure systems, say technical experts, including former National Security Agency officials. Some security experts suggest hacking as an alternative, but other experts – including FBI officials -- say that method poses serious risks. Right now, only phone companies, broadband providers and some Internet phone services are required by law to build in intercept capabilities, but the government wants to extend that requirement to online

Russia massing 15,000 troops on
Ukraine border, NATO envoy says
Reuters and Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 7/25/2014 3:29:45 PM     Post Reply
Russia has now amassed around 15,000 troops along the border with Ukraine, the U.S. ambassador to NATO said on Friday, offering a higher figure than one previously cited by the Pentagon. U.S. ambassador to NATO Douglas Lute offered the estimate during a security forum in Colorado, saying there were “now up again over about 15,000 Russian troops amassed along the border with Ukraine.” Meanwhile, the Pentagon said Friday that movement of Russian heavy-calibre artillery systems across the border into Ukraine is “imminent,” adding that Russia is escalating the military action there. A Pentagon spokesman, Colonel Steve Warren, said the U.S.

Hillary Clinton: Putin ´bears
responsibility´ in downing of MH17
CNN, by Jason Miks    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/25/2014 3:25:15 PM     Post Reply
Russian President Vladimir Putin bears at least some responsibility for the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Friday. "I think if there were any doubt it should be gone by now, that Vladimir Putin, certainly indirectly -- through his support of the insurgents in eastern Ukraine and the supply of advanced weapons and, frankly, the presence of Russian Special Forces and intelligence agents -- bears responsibility for what happened," she told CNN´s Fareed Zakaria in an exclusive interview that will air Sunday.

  


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Meriam Ibrahim leaves Sudan for Rome:
'It was top secret until the plane took off'
Telegraph (UK), by Harriet Alexander, Nick Squires    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 7/25/2014 3:05:07 PM     Post Reply
Meriam Ibrahim had come to expect the unexpected. First she was thrown into prison on charges of apostasy - renouncing your faith - which many saw as an attempt by distant family to get hold of her business interests. (snip) The Italians, as current holders of the rotating EU presidency, and with the moral authority of the Pope, then stepped in to try and secure her release. “It was a political deal, which we started discussing a long time ago,” explained Mr Elshareef. “The Sudanese government thought that they have a good relationship with Italy, so they would let her

Israel-Gaza conflict:
What is an intifada?
Telegraph [UK], by Damien McElroy    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/25/2014 2:23:45 PM     Post Reply
Why are there fears that a Palestinian uprising is about to break out? An overnight attempt to march on Jerusalem from the heart of the West Bank came up against Israel´s security measures. There have been an increasing number of calls for action in Palestinian territories outside Gaza, as well as Jerusalem. [Snip] The term intifada properly translates as shaking off and in this literal sense the first two uprisings in 1987-1993 and 2000-2003 failed to achieve the goal of Palestinian autonomy or eventual independence. The first outbreak was known as the war of the stones for the constant scenes of

Gen. Dempsey: Pentagon studying
Russian readiness plans not
viewed ‘for 20 years’
Washington Times (D.C.), by Douglas Ernst    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/25/2014 2:21:06 PM     Post Reply
Call it a Cold War reset: The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told participants Thursday at the Aspen Security Forum that Russia is forcing the Pentagon to re-examine readiness plans that have been collecting dust for decades. “We’re looking inside our own readiness models to look at things that we haven’t had to look at for 20 years, frankly, about basing and lines of communication and sea lanes,” Gen. Martin Dempsey said, ABC News reported Friday. Russia’s annexation of Crimea and its ongoing military involvement along Ukraine’s eastern border have also forced “conversations with our NATO allies about

Obama hauls Central American leaders
to White House to order them to stop
immigration flood – but they blame
HIM for ‘ambiguous’ policies
Daily Mail [UK], by Francesca Chambers    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/25/2014 2:11:32 PM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama will meet with the leaders of the three Central American countries at the forefront of the illegal immigration debate this afternoon. Obama will have a joint meeting with Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina, Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez and El Salvadoran President Salvador Sanchez Ceren to discuss their ´shared responsibility´ to promote ´safe, legal, and orderly migration´ to the America, according to the White House. Vice President Joe Biden, who met with Molina and Ceren last month in Guatemala, will also attend today´s meeting at the White House. White House officials said Thursday that president would impress

  


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Michelle Obama -- Can´t Stop
Malia and Sasha Pics at Beyonce
and Jay Z Concert
TMZ, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/25/2014 2:08:08 PM     Post Reply
Michelle Obama was powerless to prevent this photo of her daughters from going public -- she and the girls were captured in at least one selfie at Beyonce and Jay Z´s concert last night. The First Lady chaperoned Malia and Sasha to packed Soldier Field in Chicago -- and a concertgoer lined up the whole fam in the background of her selfie ... and then pushed it out to the world on Instagram. As we first told you ... Michelle called a photo agency earlier this month, and got it to take down shots of Malia walking into a restaurant

For The Left, ´Children´ Are
The Battering Ram To
Force Amnesty
Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 7/25/2014 2:05:59 PM     Post Reply
Immigration: The White House and open-borders lobby have stepped up pressure for amnesty by painting the migrant tsunami as a flood of toddlers. But a Pew study, citing Border Patrol data, shows that more than half the entrants are teenage males. Nobody pours it on about "the children" as an argument for negating border laws like House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who wears her Catholicism on her sleeve. "I reference the (U.S. Catholic) conference of bishops´ statement in which they say baby Jesus was a refugee from violence," Pelosi told MSNBC Wednesday. "Let us not turn away these children and send them

Israel ‘unanimously rejects
Kerry ceasefire proposal’;
IDF death toll rises to 35
Times of Israel [Jerusalem], by Ricky Ben-David & Lazar Berman *    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/25/2014 2:03:29 PM     Post Reply
The Times of Israel is liveblogging events as they unfold through Friday, the 18th day of Operation Protective Edge. Israel’s government and Hamas officials were considering a ceasefire offer advanced by US Secretary of State John Kerry. West Bank violence continued to escalate, with five Palestinians reported killed in riots. With the Gaza death toll said to pass 700, Israeli military sources said several hundred Hamas gunmen had been killed. The IDF death toll is 35. IDF-Hamas fighting in Gaza remains intensive, and rockets are still being fired into Israel, but foreign airlines are returning to Ben-Gurion airport.

Hillary Team Calls for Media
Blackout of Anti-Clinton Books
Breitbart InstaBlog, by Alexander Marlow    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/25/2014 2:02:00 PM     Post Reply
Soon there will be three anti-Clinton books on the market, which is apparently enough to have gotten under the skin of Team Hillary. The First Family Detail by Ronald Kessler, set for release next month, will join Clinton, Inc. by the Weekly Standard’s Daniel Halper and Blood Feud by Ed Klein on bookshelves. Yesterday we reported that Clinton, Inc. has shot up the charts and now both Halper and Klein’s books are outselling Hillary Clinton’s recent memoir Hard Choices. “With Klein, Halper and Kessler, we now have a Hat Trick of despicable actors concocting trashy nonsense,” Clinton spokesman Nick Merrill

  


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House Republicans fear backlash
from punting border bill to the fall
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Peter Schroeder & Cristina Marcos    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/25/2014 1:53:03 PM     Post Reply
House Republicans are growing anxious about leaving town for the August recess without passing a border bill. Ahead of a pivotal conference meeting Friday morning, rank-and-file lawmakers are openly fretting about the questions they would face from constituents if they break from legislative work without taking action to address the surge of child migrants into the United States. Many argue that if they fail to pass a bill, even one that is a total nonstarter with Democrats, they’ll give President Obama five weeks of open airtime to pound them as do-nothing obstructionists. “It needs to be passed before we go

Russia accuses US of
´smear campaign´ over Ukraine
Agence France-Presse, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/25/2014 1:53:03 PM     Post Reply
Moscow - Russia on Friday called the latest US accusations of Moscow´s involvement in the Ukrainian conflict a baseless "smear campaign" and said Washington bears responsibility for the bloodshed. "Due to the smear campaign against us that the US Administration has begun... we reject the unfounded public insinuations that US deputy State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf is spreading on a daily basis," a statement by the Russian foreign ministry said. Harf on Thursday said that latest evidence suggests that Russian troops are firing artillery from within Russia on Ukrainian military across the border, while defence officials suggested that

Democrats have no problem with people
cutting them the ´biggest, fattest checks,´
they just hate not being able to attack
GOP donors by name
The Hill [Washington, DC], by T. Becket Adams    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/25/2014 1:48:14 PM     Post Reply
First lady Michelle Obama called on donors Thursday evening to cut the “biggest, fattest” checks to the Democratic Party, warning that a failure to assist financially in the upcoming midterm elections could result in the death of “Hope and Change.” “[Y]es, there´s too much money in politics. There´s special interests that have too much influence. But they had all that money and all of that influence back in 2008 and 2012 - and we still won those elections,” the first lady said. “Nothing has changed.” However, she warned, Democratic turnout for midterm elections has historically been low. This cannot happen

Report: Israel likely to reject Kerry
cease-fire proposal in Gaza
Jerusalem Post, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/25/2014 1:47:57 PM     Post Reply
Israel is leaning toward rejecting US Secretary of State John Kerry´s proposal for a cease-fire in the Gaza Strip, Channel 10 reported on Friday. Citing sources in the diplomatic-security cabinet that convened in Tel Aviv on Friday, Channel 10 said that Israel viewed Kerry´s bridging proposals as "a Qatari proposal with ornaments." Qatar has been accused by Israel of providing financing and political support to Hamas. According to Channel 10, senior Israeli ministers have ruled as "out of the question" a cease-fire in which the IDF would be prevented from fully rooting out the threat of underground tunnels built by

  


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Extremists destroy Jonah´s
tomb, officials say
CNN, by Dana Ford & Mohammed Tawfeeq    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/25/2014 1:42:56 PM     Post Reply
(Video) If you blink during the video, you might miss the moment an explosion destroys what is said to have been the tomb of Jonah, a key figure in Christianity, Judaism and Islam. The first few frames show the revered shrine towering over its landscape. Then comes a sudden burst of dust, fire and smoke. Then, nothing. Militants with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, planted explosives around the tomb and detonated them remotely Thursday, civil defense officials there told CNN. The holy site is said to be the burial place of the prophet Jonah, who was

The NFL’s Mindless Misogyny:
Why Was Ray Rice Given A Slap on
the Wrist For Beating His Fiancée?
Daily Beast, by Robert Silverman    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/25/2014 1:40:29 PM     Post Reply
Professional football players can be suspended up to a year for marijuana, yet the Baltimore Ravens’ star running back was given a measly two-game suspension for brutally assaulting his bride-to-be in a video that’s gone viral. This is a thing that happened. A man in peak physical condition, possessing strength that would put the average person to shame, was caught on video dragging his unconscious, much smaller fiancée (now wife) by the hair out of an elevator at a casino in Atlantic City. You can watch it here. (Snip for video)What occurred prior has not been made public, but according

Is Greta Van Susteren right? Should
House Republicans cancel the August
recess? ´We´re here. Where´s Harry?´
Washington Examiner, by Mark Tapscott    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/25/2014 1:37:35 PM     Post Reply
Congress is about to leave the nation´s capital for its traditional August recess. Since it´s an election year, the month back home is especially important to members of the House of Representatives. Re-election campaigns — and thus congressional careers — can be won or lost in August, so canceling the 30-day respite from doing the nation´s public business is the last thing congressmen in either party want to do. But, with thousands of illegal immigrants, including many unaccompanied minors, flooding the border in Texas, millions of Americans still unable to find jobs, the Middle East erupting, Iraq falling apart, Russia firing artillery

D’Souza Nation, Part III
National Review, by Jay Nordlinger    Original Article
Posted By: MDMuskrat- 7/25/2014 1:35:49 PM     Post Reply
In our rolling conversation — rolling in more than one sense,because we’re aboard the rock-star bus — Dinesh makes a familiar point, but one that bears repeating: Capitalists are terrible at defending capitalism. They will defend it on grounds of efficiency, but not on grounds of morality or justice. We will lose capitalism, says Dinesh, unless we learn to defend it, rhetorically, against its enemies. You recall what the Marxists used to say, and probably still do (I haven’t listened to them in a while): “‘Freedom!’ say the capitalists. Yeah: the freedom to sleep under bridges.” For my money, Dinesh’s most compelling

ISIL terrorists blow up burial
site of Jonah, vow more of same
Washington Times, by Cheryl K. Chumley    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/25/2014 1:32:36 PM     Post Reply
Terrorists with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant have blown up the burial place of Jonah, the reluctant prophet from Galilee whose story of being swallowed by a massive sea creature is told in the Bible. Islam recognizes the existence of Jonah, also. ISIL radicals ringed the tomb with explosives and detonated it at a remote location, civil defense officials who witnessed the incident told CNN. A video of the explosion was posted to YouTube, but CNN said it couldn’t yet verify its authenticity. Jonah’s tomb had been inside the Mosque of the Prophet Younis, a Sunni-held facility. ISIL, which is engaged in a war to reestablish a caliphate

  



How the House GOP lawsuit could
lead to more executive actions
Washington Examiner, by Susan Crabtree    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/25/2014 1:32:31 PM     Post Reply
A House lawsuit against President Obama over executive actions could have the ironic effect of causing him to take even more. Obama is responding to the House Republicans´ lawsuit challenging his executive-action end-runs around Congress by looking for more areas where he can take action unilaterally, said a White House official. “We certainly aren’t going to trim our sails,” White House senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer told reporters gathered for a breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor, adding that White House staff are currently on the hunt for more areas for Obama to issue executive actions. “If you’re looking for

Buzzfeed to review Benny Johnson’s
work after new plagiarism charges
Capital New York, by Jeremy Barr    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/25/2014 1:31:53 PM     Post Reply
Buzzfeed will review viral politics writer Benny Johnson´s work for the site after two Internet sleuths laid out more instances in which Johnson borrowed language from other sources without proper attribution. Of the new examples, Buzzfeed editor-in-chief Ben Smith told Capital: "There are three serious instances of plagiarism in this post. We´re reviewing Benny´s work." On Thursday, Buzzfeed slapped corrections on three pieces written by Johnson after the pair of pseudonymous media watchers published an item detailing similarities between content written by Johnson and the work of others. The majority of the instances described by Twitter personalities @blippoblappo and @crushingbort

ESPN’s Stephen Smith to Women:
‘Don’t Do Anything to Provoke’
Men Into Beating You
Mediaite, by Tina Nguyen    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/25/2014 1:27:24 PM     Post Reply
Fresh off his controversial defense of Tony Dungy‘s gay comments, Stephen A. Smith has a message to all the women outraged by NFL player Ray Rice‘s paltry suspension for domestic abuse: Don’t say anything that could make your man beat you. “It’s not about him, then. It’s about you, and here’s what I mean by that,” Smith said in a long monologue addressing the women-watching contingent of First Take today. “I think that just talking about what guys shouldn’t do, we got to also make sure that you can do your part to do whatever you can do to make, to

Texas gun nuts’ scary ritual:
How hatred of a president turned profane
Salon, by Heather Digby Parton    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/25/2014 1:26:26 PM     Post Reply
Three weeks before the assassination of John F. Kennedy, a concerned citizen from Dallas named Mrs. Nelle M. Doyle wrote a letter to White House press secretary Pierre Salinger. She was worried about the president’s visit. This is what she wrote: Although I do not consider myself an ‘alarmist’, I do fervently hope that President kennedy can be dissuaded from appearing in the city of Dallas, Texas as much as I would enjoy hearing and seeing him. This ‘hoodlum mob’ in Dallas is frenzied and infuriated that their attack on Ambassador Adlai Stephenson on the 24th, backfired on them. I have heard

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