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Sarah Palin begins her own online channel
USA Today, by Catalina Camia    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/28/2014 12:58:45 AM     Post Reply
Sarah Palin has gone rogue again, this time launching her own Internet channel. “Tired of media filters? Well, so am I,” the former Alaska governor proclaimed Sunday on her Facebook page. “So let’s go rogue and launch our own member-supported channel. “ In a video on sarahpalinchannel.com, Palin calls the new subscription-based network a “community” where she and viewers can share ideas. “I want to talk to directly to you on our channel on my terms and no need to please the powers that be,” she says, promising to go beyond soundbites and to “cut through the media’s politically correct filter.”

Obama could curb corporate
´inversions´ on his own: ex-U.S. official
Reuters, by Kevin Drawbaugh    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/28/2014 12:48:08 AM     Post Reply
Washington - President Barack Obama could act without congressional approval to limit a key incentive for U.S. corporations to move their tax domiciles abroad in so-called "inversion" deals, a former senior U.S. Treasury Department official said on Monday. By invoking a 1969 tax law, Obama could bypass congressional gridlock and restrict foreign tax-domiciled U.S companies from using inter-company loans and interest deductions to cut their U.S. tax bills, (Snip) A recent sharp upswing in inversion deals is causing alarm in Washington, with Obama last week urging lawmakers to act soon on anti-inversion proposals from him and other

Police in China remove church´s
cross amid crackdown in region
with thousands of believers
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: ketchuplover- 7/28/2014 12:42:17 AM     Post Reply
Beijing – Hundreds of police took down a church´s cross in eastern China early Monday amid a crackdown on church buildings in a coastal region where thousands of people are embracing Christianity. Evangelist Qu Linuo, who belongs to another church, said hundreds of police showed up Monday at the Longgang Huai En Church in the city of Wenzhou and used a crane to remove the cross from its steeple. Qu said he and about 200 others had flocked to the church a few hours earlier to protect the church but peacefully made way for the police. (Snip) Officials have said they're only enforcing building codes although often they won't specify

  


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Obama Democrats Lose Their Big
Bet on Health Exchanges
Washington Examiner, by Michael Barone    Original Article
Posted By: ketchuplover- 7/28/2014 12:01:49 AM     Post Reply
Words mean what they say. That´s the basis for the decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in Halbig v. Burwell invalidating the Internal Revenue Service regulation approving subsidies for Obamacare consumers in states with federal health insurance exchanges. (Snip) Congressional Democrats and the Obama administration bet that they could force the states to do their will. When they lost their bet, the administration ignored the Constitution and ordered the spending of monies that Congress never authorized. This was lawless behavior, and reckless as well. It promised to individuals acting in reliance on government regulations money that

Why liberals will try to outlaw spanking
New York Post, by Kyle Smith    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/27/2014 11:56:27 PM     Post Reply
Prediction: In 10 years, it’ll be illegal to spank your kids. Progressivism’s never-ending zeal to intrude into our lives, bust up families and force us all to march to its grim beat means that yesterday’s absurdity turns into today’s hot topic in lefty opinion magazines turns into tomorrow’s law. If the people resist such a change — if an actual statute can’t be passed — that matters little. Judges will simply impose their vision on us, chiding us all for not having the imagination to recognize that what looks like a radical new policy was there all along, lacking only

Haitian Illegal Immigration Through
Puerto Rico Is Skyrocketing Too
Daily Caller, by Chuck Ross    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 7/27/2014 11:17:34 PM     Post Reply
While U.S. immigration agencies grapple with a recent surge of tens of thousands of illegal immigrants at the Mexican border, the number of Haitians trying to enter the U.S. illegally through Puerto Rico has skyrocketed as well. In 2011, only 12 Haitians made the trek through the Dominican Republic to Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory in the Caribbean Sea. That number had ballooned to 1,760 as of last year, according to U.S. Coast Guard statistics, CBS News reports. “That’s new, and that’s something we’re trying to target,” Capt. Mark Fedor, the Coast Guard’s chief of response for the Southeast and Caribbean, told
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Libya now nation at risk
with weak U.S. influence
Washington Times, by Ben Wolfgang and Jacqueline Klimas    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 7/27/2014 10:58:36 PM     Post Reply
With violence spreading across Libya and the U.S. Embassy closing in Tripoli, Republican lawmakers over the weekend blasted the Obama administration for failing to stop yet another troubled Middle Eastern nation from descending into complete chaos, and even some Democrats conceded that America’s influence in the world has waned considerably. Two warring factions have turned Libya again into one of the most dangerous spots on Earth, and the country — in flux since the U.S.-backed overthrow and subsequent death of dictator Moammar Gadhafi in 2011 — is not safe for Western diplomats. The State Department announced Saturday that it was

  


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The ravages of BuzzFeed’s Benny Johnson
Washington Post, by Erik Wemple    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 7/27/2014 10:54:45 PM     Post Reply
Perhaps former BuzzFeed “viral politics” staffer Benny Johnson should have asked himself the question he posted to the site’s readers in May: “How Well Do You Know Basic U.S. Politics?” That post, which leads readers through a quiz, carries this editor’s note at the top: This post has been corrected to remove phrasing that was copied from Wikipedia. BuzzFeed takes its responsibility to readers very seriously, and plagiarism is a major breach of that responsibility. Please read our apology to readers here. JULY 26, 2014, 1:30 a.m. Which is to say, Johnson didn’t know enough about basic U.S. politics to

New U.S. help arrives for Syrian
rebels as government, extremists gain
Washington Post, by Liz Sly    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 7/27/2014 10:50:36 PM     Post Reply
GAZIANTEP, Turkey — A U.S.-backed effort to arm the moderate Syrian opposition is finally ramping up along the Turkey-Syria border, but it may come too late to save the rebels from defeats on two fronts, by President Bashar al-Assad’s government and by the extremists seeking to carve out an Islamic state. Spurred by concerns that the al-Qaeda-inspired radicals will continue their relentless march across Iraq and Syria, the United States and its allies have begun accelerating the supply of arms and ammunition to a small number of vetted rebel groups in northern Syria, according to diplomats and rebels who have

New fighting breaks out in Gaza
despite Obama’s appeal for a cease-fire
Washington Post, by Sudarsan Raghavan and Ruth Eglash    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 7/27/2014 10:48:21 PM     Post Reply
GAZA CITY — The conflict in Gaza raged on Sunday, even as both Israel and Hamas offered brief truces and President Obama pressed Israel for an “immediate, unconditional humanitarian ceasefire,” reflecting growing concern over the rising death toll. Israel denied Sunday that it was responsible for one of the most shocking attacks in the 20-day conflict, saying its soldiers were not behind the deaths of 16 Palestinians killed by shelling three days earlier as they sought refuge in a U.N. school near an area of intense fighting. Israel’s military, however, offered no details about what it called a “comprehensive inquiry”

The World Gets Bigger
PJ Media, by Richard Fernandez    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 7/27/2014 10:46:44 PM     Post Reply
We are accustomed to thinking of progress as continuous. But there have been other periods of globalization before ours — and somehow the world broke apart again. (Snip) But it isn’t just missiles. It isn’t just underwear bombs and implanted explosives. The other challenge of globalization is the spread of infectious disease. Millions of people are now moving by air or road. They bring whatever health problems they have with them. The ultimate carry-on bomb may be a virus. One of the unappreciated aspects challenges of the breakdown on the US southern border is that “ICE isn’t screening for infectious

  


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Nato WARNED planes not
to fly over Ukraine warzone
Daily Express [UK], by Marco Giannangeli    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/27/2014 10:32:03 PM     Post Reply
International air safety agencies have been accused of ignoring a warning from Nato that Ukrainian rebels possessed missiles capable of hitting aircraft flying as high as MH17. Nato’s Supreme Allied Commander in Europe, General Philip M Breedlove, made the announcement in Washington on June 30. That was more than two weeks before the Malaysia Airlines flight was shot out of the sky at 33,000ft. [Snip] Last night a Nato spokesman confirmed that military leaders had “made public statements” about the presence of missile systems in rebel hands. The spokesman said: “Nato does not have a role or mandate to issue safety or

Sinking feeling: Ground in California
is sinking by a FOOT each year
as the deep-water layer is
siphoned up for farmers
Daily Mail [UK], by Associated Press & Alex Greig    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/27/2014 10:19:46 PM     Post Reply
A third year of drought in California has meant farmers have become increasingly dependent on ground water for their crops - and now the land is sinking beneath their feet. A USGS study found that land sinking had been measured at nearly one-foot per year in one area in the San Joaqin Valley, and that it is reducing the flow capacity of the Delta-Mendota Canal and the California Aqueduct, two key sources of water. Increased pumping of groundwater is damaging vital water infrastructure, the U.S. Geological Survey says. ´We were surprised at the amount of land being affected,´ Michelle Sneed, a

Could Barack Obama have
prevented the MH17 disaster?
Telegraph [UK], by Christopher Booker    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/27/2014 10:03:45 PM     Post Reply
The most alarming unanswered question over the shooting-down of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 is so fearful to contemplate that it has scarcely even been asked. [Snip] When, in his statement 24 hours after the plane was downed, the President stoked speculation about the involvement of President Putin, did he deliberately obscure the fact that, days earlier, he had already learnt enough from his many intelligence sources to know that the 55 international airliners travelling every day along that flight path over eastern Ukraine faced the threat of precisely such a disaster? If so, why did the US authorities not make

´John Kerry is an alien, an ongoing
embarrassment´: what Israel
thinks of US secretary of state
Telegraph [UK], by Robert Tait    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/27/2014 9:47:57 PM     Post Reply
John Kerry has almost certainly been called worse things than a space alien--particularly by Israel´s Right-wing camp, where contempt for the US secretary of state and his failed peacemaking efforts is unabashed. But when the insult is levelled by the previously supportive Haaretz newspaper, standard-bearer of the country´s liberal-Left, it may be time for him--and by extension, President Barack Obama--to take notice. The withering description was coined by Barack Ravid, the paper´s well-informed and normally restrained diplomatic editor, to describe Mr Kerry´s attempts at brokering a truce to the bloody conflict in Gaza--rejected by Israel amid widespread mockery.

  


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Second American aid worker is infected
with Ebola in Africa amid fears biggest
ever outbreak of incurable virus
will spread around the world
Daily Mail [UK], by Joshua Gardner    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/27/2014 9:39:31 PM     Post Reply
A second American citizen has now become infected with the deadly Ebola virus as the worst outbreak ever of the terrifying and grisly disease rages through four West African nations. Nancy Writebol, an American working for a charity organization in Liberia has tested positive for the virus officials announced Sunday. While her condition was not released. Writebol is undoubtedly fighting for her life against the virus, which kills 90 percent of those infected. So too is American doctor Kent Brantly, the 33-year-old medical director for charity group Samaritan´s Purse whose been working in Liberia since October. Writebol had been working with Ebola victims

Rep. Scalise Calls Out Obama:
‘First White House In History Trying
To Start Narrative Of Impeachment’
Daily Caller, by Brendan Bordelon    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/27/2014 7:46:13 PM     Post Reply
New House GOP Whip Steve Scalise called President Obama’s extended discourse on his own impeachment nothing but a political game, noting this “might be the first White House in history trying to start the narrative of impeaching their own president.” Scalise spoke with Fox New’s Chris Wallace on Sunday about the president’s impending plan for executive action on immigration — which many suspect will include amnesty for millions of illegal immigrants. “You’re already suing the president for overreach,” Wallace noted, asking if House Republicans will consider impeachment should the White House move around Congress on yet another major issue. “You

Count on Tsarnaevs’ EBT card collection
Boston Herald, by Howie Carr    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/27/2014 7:38:17 PM     Post Reply
What’s the over-under on how many EBT cards the Tsarnaev gang had in their heyday? Very conservatively, I’m going to say 15. It’s difficult to nail down exact numbers, because these are, after all, undocumented Democrats, and God forbid that their privacy rights should ever be violated. As Rep. Shaunna O’Connell (R-Taunton) put it this week, “Deval Patrick can’t run the state, but he sure is good at stonewalling.” The latest questions concern Khairullozhon Matanov, better known as “The Quincy Cabbie.” Did he or did he not have an EBT card? Calls were placed to his lawyer (who we’re paying

David Gregory Suggests Paul
Ryan Doesn’t Have ‘A Lot of
Sympathy’ For Poor People
Newsbusters, by Jeffrey Meyer    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/27/2014 7:29:16 PM     Post Reply
Meet the Press moderator David Gregory did his best to condemn Congressman Paul Ryan’s new anti-poverty proposal during an interview on Sunday, July 27. The NBC host played a clip of Ryan from 2013 in which he criticized a “dependency culture” in America which Gregory interpreted as not sounding “like there’s a lot of sympathy for people you think need the government´s help. What you seem to be saying is that people have a problem with their own dependency here the government is only furthering.” [See video below.] Gregory began his questioning of Ryan by pushing liberal talking points that

First lady: 2014 election key
Politico, by Edward-Isaac Dovere    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/27/2014 7:21:48 PM     Post Reply
In a new video recorded for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, first lady Michelle Obama says Democrats need to take this year’s midterms more seriously than they did either of her husband’s presidential elections. The video, her first effort on behalf of Democrats beyond a few scattered fundraisers so far, launches the DCCC’s new 1millionvotesfor2014.com website, timed to coincide with the 100-day countdown until the election. “When it comes to the midterm elections this November, we need you to be as passionate and as hungry as you were in 2008 and 2012 – in fact, you need to be even

  



Veterans´ Affairs committee
chairmen reach deal on legislation
CBS News, by Rebecca Kaplan    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/27/2014 6:56:52 PM     Post Reply
The House and Senate Veterans´ Affairs committee chairmen have reached a deal on legislation that will address problems at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), aides to both sides confirmed to CBS News. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., are expected to outline the deal at a news conference Monday. The two lawmakers released a statement Sunday saying they "made significant progress on legislation to make the VA more accountable and recruit more doctors, nurses and other health care professionals." (Snip) The impasse in negotiations revolved around the price and scope of the bill.

Will House pass ´skinnied down
bill to tackle child immigration crisis?
Christian Science Monitor, by David Clark Scott    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/27/2014 5:49:26 PM     Post Reply
If Congress is going to address the child immigration crisis on the US-Mexico border before its five-week summer recess, this would be the last week to act. On Sunday, Texas Democratic Congressman Henry Cuellar and Texas Sen. John Cornyn were both on ABC´s "This Week," pitching their solution to the child migrant crisis. Senator Cronyn said he expects the House of Representatives to offer a "skinnied-down" emergency funding bill in response to President Obama's $3.7 billion request (Snip) The Cornyn-Cuellar proposal would change the law so that Central American minors are treated the same as Mexican and Canadian minors are now

North Carolina mayor walks to
Washington to bring focus to
ObamaCare´s effect on rural hospitals
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/27/2014 4:39:34 PM     Post Reply
A North Carolina mayor on Sunday was just a few miles away from finishing his 273-mile walk to Washington to draw attention to the closing of his small town’s local hospital and the plights of other rural facilities caught in financial bind created largely by ObamaCare, a changing economy and less federal funding. “We’re almost there,” Belhaven Mayor Adam O’Neal, a Republican, said as he reached northern Virginia ahead of an approaching thunderstorm. “We’re going to make it.” The mayor and others argue that an increasing number of small, rural hospitals have been shuttered since ObamaCare was signed into law in

Well Being: Melting that
old advice about ice
Philadelphia Inquirer, by Art Carey    Original Article
Posted By: Calvinesq- 7/27/2014 4:34:46 PM     Post Reply
For decades, the standard method for treating injuries was RICE - Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation. Everyone from Little League coaches to pro sports trainers knows icing is a sure way to reduce swelling, inflammation and pain, and speed healing. That has been the conventional wisdom. Now comes Gary Reinl, with 40 years of experience in sports, fitness, and rehab, with an iconoclastic message. In his self-published book ICED!, Reinl argues that icing is not only wrong - "an illusionary treatment" - but also counterproductive and harmful. "There´s not a shred of evidence that icing is helpful," Reinl said.

NSA losing interest in deal for Snowden
The Hill [DC], by Julian Hatten    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/27/2014 4:34:06 PM     Post Reply
The Obama administration is increasingly less inclined to make a deal to allow Edward Snowden to come back to the United States, according to a top National Security Agency official. "As time goes on, the utility for us of having that conversation becomes less," NSA No. 2 Rick Ledgett said this weekend at Aspen Security Forum in Colorado, according to Politico. "It´s been over a year since he had access to our networks and our information so the need for us to understand that greater level of detail is lesser and lesser." The comment could point to increasing difficulty for Snowden and

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