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Chamber of Commerce Hires Top
Marco Rubio Aide to Push Amnesty
Breitbart Big Government, by Tony Lee    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 7/26/2014 8:11:00 AM     Post Reply
A year after Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) was the face of the Senate´s Gang of Eight´s immigration reform bill, one of his top immigration aides will help the Chamber of Commerce push amnesty legislation. According to LegiStorm, "Jon Baselice, who covered immigration issues as Rubio´s legislative assistant for the past four years, filed lobbying forms as the Chamber´s new director for immigration policy." Baselice reportedly joined Rubio´s office in January of 2011 and helped Rubio draft the Senate´s immigration bill. The Chamber of Commerce has been one of the most vocal proponents of comprehensive amnesty legislation,

What Hamas Planned To
Do With The Terror Tunnels
Baltimore Jewish Life, by Jonathan Dahoah HeLevi    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 7/26/2014 7:46:59 AM     Post Reply
The IDF has not yet located and destroyed all of Hamas´ terror tunnels, but the consensus about the intent behind them is quite clear. This is Jonathan Dahoah HeLevi of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs. Ismail Haniyeh, the Hamas prime minister, delivered a revealing speech on March 23, 2014, in which he stressed the strategic importance of the Hamas attack tunnels, which, he argued, have changed the balance of power with Israel, when taken together with his organization’s military build-up. In the meantime, the IDF’s war against the tunnels continues. On Monday IDF forces thwarted another terror attack after two groups of Hamas

Rick Perry Too Timid
with the National Guard?
American Thinker, by Jonathon Moseley    Original Article
Posted By: ScarletPimpernel- 7/26/2014 7:42:12 AM     Post Reply
The American people cheered – starved for any crumb of leadership and faithfulness to constitutional duties – at the news of Governor Rick Perry calling out the Texas National Guard to patrol the Texas-Mexican border. Then, within the hour, Texas officials conceded that the inadequate contingent of 1,000 guardsmen will not actually do anything but stand around. Texas officials now admit that the 1,000 guardsmen will simply be a “visual deterrent” – for appearances only. The Texas government argues that the Texas National Guard will not have authority to arrest anyone under the Posse Comitatus law. But that is absurd.

  


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Progressive Jews, Wake Up
National Review Online, by Abraham H. Miller    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 7/26/2014 7:34:25 AM     Post Reply
In the largely Orthodox Jewish neighborhood of Chicago’s Petersen Park, residents last Saturday morning found anti-Semitic leaflets on their way to synagogue to observe the Sabbath. The leaflets threatened violence against the community unless Israel stopped the war with Gaza. For those progressive Jews who have found solace in the myth that anti-Zionism has nothing to do with anti-Semitism, the events across the globe of the last few weeks have been a rude and discomforting awakening. And so they turned to their final recourse, the belief that America was different. Sure, there was a pogrom at a synagogue in Paris, but, well,

How To Blow $9 Billion:
The Fallen Stroh Family
Forbes Magazine, by Kerry A. Dolan    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/26/2014 6:47:13 AM     Post Reply
As with many of America's great fortunes, the Stroh family’s story starts with an immigrant: Bernhard Stroh, who arrived in Detroit from Germany in 1850 with $150 and a coveted family recipe for beer. He sold his brews door-to-door in a wheelbarrow. By 1890 his sons, Julius and Bernhard Jr., were shipping beer around the Great Lakes. Julius got the family through Prohibition by switching the brewery to ice cream and malt syrup production. And in the 1980s Stroh’s surged, emerging as one of America’s fastest-growing companies and the country’s third-largest brewing empire, behind only public behemoths Anheuser-Busch and

Hundreds of Vets Died or Injured
Under VA Care, Data Shows
KNBC-TV [Los Angeles}, by Patrick Healy & Kelly Goff    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/26/2014 5:36:37 AM     Post Reply
Hundreds of veterans suffered harm or died from medical mistakes termed "adverse events" while receiving care from the Department of Veterans Affairs last year, according to new data obtained by NBC. Through a Freedom of Information Act request, NBC found 575 of the estimated 6 million patients annually treated by the department were affected by adverse events, up 74 percent from 330 in 2010. The VA did not disclose details or individual outcomes. Thirty-four of those cases happened in Los Angeles – the second-highest of any VA facility in the country. Now, the system, already under fire for long wait times and
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To Save Gaza, Destroy Hamas
New York Times, by Amos Yadlin    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/26/2014 5:31:34 AM     Post Reply
Tel Aviv - After nearly three weeks of fighting — notwithstanding the 12-hour pause announced early this morning by Israel — it is time to revisit some basic assumptions about Hamas. Until now, Israel assumed Hamas was the “devil we know,” capable of attacks that were mostly a nuisance; accepting its rule over the Gaza Strip was preferable to risking a vacuum of governance like what we see in Somalia and Libya. But Hamas’s reckless violence in the current round of fighting severely undermined this thinking. First, Hamas has proved a bad ruler. By placing many of its military assets — tunnels to infiltrate Israel, bunkers for its

  


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House Republicans Prepare Vote
for Next Week on Border Package
National Journal, by Billy House & Rachel Roubein    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/26/2014 5:27:16 AM     Post Reply
Fearing a potential backlash if the House starts its August recess Thursday without first addressing the border crisis, GOP leaders plan to unveil their own legislation no later than Monday for a vote next week. A closed-door GOP Conference meeting Friday did not feature precise details about what would be in the bill—or package of bills—to respond to President Obama´s call for $3.7 billion to deal with the influx of unaccompanied minors at the U.S.-Mexico border. "There will be a package given to us this afternoon [Friday]—or no later than Monday," said Dennis Ross, R-Fla., a member of Majority Whip-elect Steve Scalise´s

White House pursuing plan
to expand immigrant rights
Los Angeles Times, by Christi Parsons*    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/26/2014 5:23:56 AM     Post Reply
Even as President Obama grapples with the crisis of immigrant children arriving at the Southwest border, White House officials are laying the groundwork for a large-scale expansion of immigrant rights that would come by executive action within weeks. Officials signaled strongly Friday that Obama´s move would shield from deportation large numbers of immigrants living in the country illegally, as advocacy groups have demanded. Roughly 5 million of the estimated 11 million people who entered the country without legal authorization or overstayed their visas could be protected under a leading option the White House is considering, according to officials who discussed

Average Gazan Makes
$2,900 Per Year – While Hamas
Leader Is Billionaire… In Qatar
Gateway Pundit, by Jim Hoft    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/26/2014 5:18:02 AM     Post Reply
The average per capita income for the people in Gaza and the West Bank is $2,900 per year according to the CIA Factbook. That means that Gaza-West Bank is listed way down on the list at 172 in the list of nations per capita income. On the other hand, Israel is ranked number 41 on the list with an average per capita income of $31,400 per year. But, not everyone is suffering in Gaza. Many top Hamas leaders are billionaires and millionaires. The Globes reported: Together with the donations from various countries, fundraisers began operating in

The Biggest Election of 2014
National Review Online, by Stephen Moore    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/26/2014 5:09:59 AM     Post Reply
If you want to know which individual political race has the biggest stakes in 2014, look no further than the Land of Lincoln. The Illinois governor’s race pits incumbent Pat Quinn, a Democrat, against upstart non-politician Bruce Rauner. Why are the stakes so huge? Because Illinois is arguably the worst-run state in America. It’s a blue state that has been run for many years by corrupt and bungling politicians, including Rod Blagojevich, who went to jail for trying to sell a U.S. Senate seat, and Mr. Quinn, who has run the state’s finances into the gutter. This year shows no improvement. Even as the national employment picture has

  


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Buck McKeon calls White House request
to repeal Iraq use of force ´a joke´
Washington Examiner, by Charles Hoskinson    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/26/2014 5:04:38 AM     Post Reply
House Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon didn´t pull any punches Friday in his response to the Obama administration´s request that Congress repeal the 2002 law authorizing the use of military force in Iraq. In a statement, McKeon, R-Calif., who´s retiring at the end of this year, said he thought the letter sent earlier in the day to House Speaker John Boehner from national security adviser Susan Rice was a joke. He said: Obama Administration officials are warning us daily that the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria is ?worse than al-Qaeda´ and an extreme threat to the American people. The American people aren't worried that the

Saving Two American Astronauts
From Russian Blackmail
Daily Caller, by Andrew Follett    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/26/2014 4:57:30 AM     Post Reply
Recently, relations between Russia and the United States have worsened dramatically due to the annexation of Crimea, the quasi-conflict between Russia and Ukraine, and the probable destruction of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 by Russian-funded separatists. The United States is threatening serious sanctions, including banning high-tech exports to Russia. The United States paid Russia 60 million dollars per American astronaut to get access to the Space Station. Russia pledged t*t-for-tat measures in revenge for U.S. sanctions, by refusing to allow Americans access to our 150 billion-dollar International Space Station, of which the United States paid 84 percent of the cost. Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin even

Stephen A. Smith Is Sorry You Thought
He Said Women Provoke Domestic Abuse
Atlantic Magazine, by David Sims    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 7/26/2014 4:50:24 AM     Post Reply
Tensions have been running high in the sports journalism world in the wake of the NFL´s toothless two-game ban of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice following his arrest for domestic violence in the off-season. In a debate on ESPN´s First Take with Skip Bayless this morning, Stephen A. Smith took his thoughts on the matter in a curious direction. (Emphasis ours) But what I´ve tried to employ the female members of my family, some of who you all met and talked to and what have you, is that again, and this what, I´ve done this all my life, let's make sure we don't do anything to provoke wrong actions, because if I come,

Ted Nugent loses second
casino gig for ‘racist remarks’
Washington Times, by Cheryl K. Chumley    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 7/26/2014 4:43:20 AM     Post Reply
Conservative rock star Ted Nugent has lost his second scheduled casino performance in the past few days over perceived “racist remarks” he’s made against various American figures. Seattle’s NBC affiliate reported that Mr. Nugent’s Aug. 2 and 3 shows at the Emerald Queen Casino were canceled due to the rocker’s history of “racist remarks,” according to the Puyallup Native American Tribe, which runs the casino. “The First Amendment gives people the right to free speech, but I think racism is intolerable and not acceptable here,” Puyallup Tribal Council Vice President Lawrence LaPointe told the affiliate. “We’ve been getting lots of

  


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Michael Moore’s class act
New York Post, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/26/2014 4:40:10 AM     Post Reply
Divorce is always tragic, especially when a couple was married as long as Michael Moore and his now-ex-wife, Kath­leen Glynn. Glynn was a partner in film too, producing many of Moore’s best-known works, from “Sicko” to “Capitalism: A Love Story.” The marriage was officially ended this week. But in the process of securing their divorce, Moore and Glynn’s filings have again confirmed that the filmmaker who styles himself a champion of the working class has wealth that would be the envy of many a Wall Street banker. For all his proletarian pretenses, Moore is worth nearly $50 million, and doesn’t seem to mind owning all this

Israel Can Win
Washington Free Beacon, by Matthew Continetti    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/26/2014 4:33:32 AM     Post Reply
Slandered, despised, insulted, degraded, Israel is nonetheless winning its war against Hamas. The number of rocket attacks launched by the terror group each day has been halved. The IDF is uprooting the underground tunnels Hamas uses to smuggle weapons, contraband, and terrorists in and out of the Gaza Strip. On Wednesday evening, Israel’s Channel Two newscast carried footage of Hamas terrorists surrendering to the IDF. The jihadists carried white flags. They stripped to their shorts, proving they were not wearing suicide belts. These are facts Hamas does not want you to know, images Hamas does not want you to see.

McDaniel lawyer: legal
challenge ´slightly delayed´
Clarion Ledger [Jackson, MS], by Geoff Pender    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/26/2014 4:28:30 AM     Post Reply
Mitch Tyner, attorney for Chris McDaniel, says an expected legal challenge by McDaniel of the June 24 GOP primary runoff won´t be filed today. Tyner last week had said he expected to file a challenge of McDaniel´s loss to incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran within 10 days, which would have ended today (Friday). Tyner said in an email this morning: "We´ve been slightly delayed in getting some of the data that we want to include in the challenge and expect to file it next week."

Guatemalan president: Central
America needs at least $2 billion
‘to attack the root of the problem’
Washington Post, by Ed O´Keefe & Marlon Correa    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/26/2014 4:25:09 AM     Post Reply
The president of Guatemala believes the United States should provide at least $2 billion in aid to Central American countries in order "to attack the root of the problem" causing recent waves of illegal immigration. During an interview with The Washington Post Thursday -- his only sitdown with an American newspaper during the trip -- Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina acknowledged that it will be up to President Obama and Congress to determine how the U.S. should respond to the influx of Central American migrants. But "If they want to attack the root of the problem, I think that they need to think about making investments in

Why Is a 9/11 Plotter Being Severed
From the Military Commission Trial?
PJ Media, by Andrew C. McCarthy    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/26/2014 4:22:02 AM     Post Reply
The Washington Post reports that the presiding judge in the military commission prosecution of the 9/11 plotters has severed from the still unscheduled trial one of the five defendants, Ramzi Binalshibh. That means that, if ultimately tried at all, Binalshibh would be tried separately, who knows when. As related in the report, the ruling seems very strange. The judge, Army Col. James L. Pohl, is said to have explained, as the Post puts it, that “the court needs to resolve whether Binalshibh has the mental capacity to participate in the trial.” This is difficult to square with the report’s simultaneous assertion that “neither the government

  



Obama administration knew Islamic State
was growing but did little to counter it
McClatchyDC, by Jonathan S. Landay    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/26/2014 4:18:27 AM     Post Reply
Washington - Like the rest of the world, the U.S. government appeared to have been taken aback last month when Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, fell to an offensive by jihadis of the Islamic State that triggered the collapse of five Iraqi army divisions and carried the extremists to the threshold of Baghdad. A review of the record shows, however, that the Obama administration wasn’t surprised at all. In congressional testimony as far back as November, U.S. diplomats and intelligence officials made clear that the United States had been closely tracking the al Qaida spinoff since 2012, when it enlarged its operations from Iraq to

Entitled to What?
Weekly Standard, by Noemie Emery    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/26/2014 4:11:37 AM     Post Reply
Contrary no doubt to what she expected, Hillary Clinton has hit some serious snags in the rollout of her unannounced campaign for president. She has made Romneyesque comments about the size of her fortune, such as that she was “dead broke” when she bought her two mansions. When queried about events on her watch as secretary of state that proved embarrassing, she took responsibility without being accountable, projecting the impression that anyone who pressed further was crude. Most damning of all, what has emerged in plain sight from the first month of the publicity tour for her memoir Hard Choices is the extent of

UN studies formal Palestinian
plea for a protectorate
Fox News, by George Russell    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/26/2014 4:04:57 AM     Post Reply
While Secretary of State John Kerry continues to pursue a cease-fire in Gaza—and Hamas rockets continue to rain down on Israel--the United Nations is looking over a proposal from Palestinian Authority chief Mahmoud Abbas—now known formally at the U.N. as President of the State of Palestine—to draw the world organization in as its full protector. A letter laying out the Abbas request to put not only Gaza but also the West Bank “under an international protection system by the United Nations” was sent to Secretary General Ban Ki-moon two weeks ago, and formally presented by Ban to the Security Council on Monday.

Some in ´Torture´ Report
Denied Chance to Read It
Associated Press, by Ken Delanian    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/26/2014 3:57:33 AM     Post Reply
Aspen, CO - About a dozen former CIA officials named in a classified Senate report on decade-old agency interrogation practices were notified in recent days that they would be able to review parts of the document in a secure room in suburban Washington after signing a secrecy agreement. Then, on Friday, many were told they would not be able to see it, after all. Some of them were furious, while Democratic Senate aides were angry that they were given the chance in the first place. It's the latest chapter in the drama and recriminations that have been playing out behind the scenes in connection with what some call the Senate torture

Bursting With Pride (and Ignorance)
American Thinker, by Richard Butrick    Original Article
Posted By: geo11- 7/26/2014 3:55:24 AM     Post Reply
In a recent speech (7/17) in Wilmington Delaware President Obama was "bursting with pride" regarding the success that his administration´s policies have had in reviving the U.S. economy since he took office. Our businesses have now added nearly 10 million new jobs over the past 52 months …Construction and housing are rebounding. The auto industry is booming.... Manufacturing is adding jobs for the first time since the 1990s. The unemployment rate is at its lowest point since September of 2008. Not bad. Ten million new jobs. Construction and housing rebounding. Auto industry booming. Unemployment at its lowest since 2008.

John Wiley Price Arrested, Accused
of Taking $950,000 in Bribes
Associated Press/NBC5DFW [Texas], by Frank Heinz    Original Article
Posted By: john56- 7/26/2014 1:20:39 AM     Post Reply
Longtime Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price was arrested Friday and charged with taking $950,000 in bribes in what prosecutors say was a scheme to use his position on the commissioner´s court to enrich himself. A 13-count indictment unsealed Friday names Price, his longtime chief of staff Dapheny Elaine Fain and two political consultants, Kathy Louise Nealy and Christian Lloyd Campbell. Price and Nealy are accused of conspiracy to commit bribery, mail fraud and tax evasion. Campbell is accused of participating in the conspiracy. Price and Fain are accused of running a business that provided Price with another $133,000 that was never reported on income taxes.
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