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Poor families use ´supervouchers´
to rent in city´s priciest buildings
Crain´s Chicago Business, by Alby Gallun    Original Article
Posted By: brianod1- 7/28/2014 9:37:34 AM     Post Reply
The high-rise at 500 N. Lake Shore Drive is the second-most expensive in the city, with rents for a one-bedroom apartment approaching $3,000 a month, well beyond the reach of most Chicago residents. But that´s not too much for the Chicago Housing Authority, which has used federal tax dollars to pick up most of the tab for four lucky residents in the year-old building, with its sweeping views of Lake Michigan, a concierge and a dog-grooming center. The tenants moved in over the past two years as part of a push by the CHA to expand its housing voucher program

Dollar Tree buying Family
Dollar for $8.5 billion
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 7/28/2014 9:37:27 AM     Post Reply
New York - Dollar Tree is buying rival discount store Family Dollar in a cash-and-stock deal valued at about $8.5 billion. Stockholders of Family Dollar Stores will receive $59.60 in cash and the equivalent of $14.90 in shares of Dollar Tree for each share they own. The companies put the value of the transaction at $74.50 per share, which is an approximately 23 percent premium to Family Dollar´s Friday closing price of $60.66. (Snip) Core customers for bargain stores and major retailers like Wal-Mart have been among the hardest hit by the recession and its aftermath because of job instability.

Stop Fem-Splaining: What
‘Women Against Feminism’ Gets Right
Time, by Cathy Young    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 7/28/2014 9:34:30 AM     Post Reply
The latest skirmish on the gender battlefield is “Women Against Feminism”: women and girls taking to the social media to declare that they don’t need or want feminism, usually via photos of themselves with handwritten placards. The feminist reaction has ranged from mockery to dismay to somewhat patronizing (or should that be “matronizing”?) lectures on why these dissidents are wrong. But, while the anti-feminist rebellion has its eye-rolling moments, it raises valid questions about the state of Western feminism in the 21st Century — questions that must be addressed if we are to continue making progress toward real gender equality.

  


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ObamaCare´s Insider Testimony - Thread Closed
Wall Street Journal, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 7/28/2014 9:14:01 AM     Post Reply
As Jonathan Gruber will tell you, the MIT economist helped to write ObamaCare and remains one of its fiercest defenders. So it´s no surprise that on Friday the Web was full of chatter that Mr. Gruber had at least twice made public assertions that support the latest legal challenge to the health law. The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last week in Halbig v. Burwell that the plain language of ObamaCare says that subsidies for health insurance can only be delivered through state, not federal, exchanges. The Administration claims this ignores the clear intent of the law, but someone didn´t

Glen Beck´s Kinder, Gentler
Exploitation of the Border Crisis
American Thinker, by John T. Bennett    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 7/28/2014 9:07:26 AM     Post Reply
Glen Beck’s “charity” charade is neither conservative nor, in my opinion, Christian. This nation’s charitable impulses have already been exploited beyond belief through decades’ worth of lax immigration enforcement. The most likely outcome of Beck’s “charity” act is that it will diminish the rule of law and undermine conservative goals. With his flippant gift-giving, Beck (and his colleagues like Dana Loesch) will make it harder for America to reduce illegal immigration, maintain our sovereignty, and restrain the welfare state. How could teddy bears and soccer balls have such an impact? The short answer is that giving door prizes to illegal aliens

Obama´s 2nd term travails:
A lame duck before his time?
USA Today, by Susan Page    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 7/28/2014 8:58:12 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — The woes of a second term are nothing new, but for President Obama they seem to have started sooner and struck harder than for his predecessors. In his State of the Union address, delivered precisely six months ago Monday, Obama outlined a scaled-down agenda for his sixth year in office, acknowledging the difficulty of passing legislation in a gridlocked Congress and vowing to use "the pen and the phone" to get things done. Now even those circumscribed ambitions have been overshadowed by crises overseas that are demanding his attention and buffeting his presidency. "He´s a lame duck and it´s not

Nancy Pelosi on International Crises: "The
President´s Leadership Has Been Strong"
Real Clear Politics, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 7/28/2014 8:52:34 AM     Post Reply
REP. NANCY PELOSI: First of all let me disagree with the -- when we were growing up, you after me, but we were in a bipolar word, the Soviet Union and the United States. It´s a much more complicated situation now and the president´s leadership has been strong. And the issues you are dealing with this morning, the president was in the lead on supporting Iron Dome and asking for more resources now to help Israel defend itself, which it has as right to do. In the lead for asking for humanitarian assistance for the Palestinian people, $47 million to go

  


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Fighting parasitic bureaucracies
and crony capitalism
Washington Examiner, by Michael Barone    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 7/28/2014 8:51:47 AM     Post Reply
“Pare down the parasitic fringe” of government. “Favor a gospel of work” instead of aristocratic entitlement. “Rationalize finance” and “reverse the Parkinson’s law of bureaucracy.” All that sounds like rhetoric from the Tea Party or reform conservatives who assail what they call crony capitalism. But it´s not a contemporary criticism. Those are phrases from a long essay, written more than half a century ago, by the British historian H. R. Trevor-Roper, entitled “The General Crisis of the Seventeenth Century.” In his plummy prose, Trevor-Roper sought to explain why revolutions or revolts of varying sorts broke out in the British Isles, France, Spain, Italy

North Korea threatens nuclear
strike on White House
Agence Press France, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 7/28/2014 8:29:56 AM     Post Reply
SEOUL: A top-ranking North Korean military official has threatened a nuclear strike on the White House and Pentagon after accusing Washington of raising military tensions on the Korean peninsula.(snip) "If the US imperialists threaten our sovereignty and survival... our troops will fire our nuclear-armed rockets at the White House and the Pentagon - the sources of all evil," Hwang said in his speech broadcast Monday on state television. It is not the first time that North Korea´s rhetoric has included threats of nuclear strikes on the continental United States and US bases in the Pacific. But most experts believe it is still a

Michelle Obama to Dems: Get
‘hungry’ for the midterm campaign
The Hill (Washington, D.C.), by Julian Hattem    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 7/28/2014 8:17:37 AM     Post Reply
First lady Michelle Obama is making a new push to increase voter turnout in November with a video that targets Democratic voters. In her most public pitch so far this political season, she tells Democrats to be “even more passionate and more hungry” than they were during races in 2012. “These elections will be even harder and even closer than those presidential elections,” she said in the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee video, which debuted 100 days before the election. “We’re talking about races that are won and lost by just a few thousand votes or even a few hundred votes.” To spur the

US President Barack Obama
wishes Muslims on Eid
CNN - IBN (India), by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 7/28/2014 8:12:42 AM     Post Reply
Washington: US President Barack Obama greeted the Muslim community across the world on the occasion of Eid-al-Fitr stating that the festival celebrates the common values that unite humanity and reinforces the obligations that people of all faiths have to each other. (snip) In the US, he said, Eid also reminds them of the many achievements and contributions of Muslim Americans to building the very fabric of the nation and strengthening the core of democracy. "That is why we stand with people of all faiths, here at home and around the world, to protect and advance their rights to prosper, and we welcome their

  


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A Tunnel Too Far
American Thinker, by Joel Levine    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 7/28/2014 8:11:16 AM     Post Reply
War is either the arm of political strategy or an existential moment. (snip)The IDF is sent into battle with a reminder that it is sword of Israel. It is an agent less of the State than of the people. At some point, the harsh reality of its history is finally accepted. “Death to the Jews” fills the air in many capitals, East and West. Until this moment, this was taken as the background noise. But “Death to the Jews” is now its own reality. Israel is perilously close to the IDF code: Israel cannot afford to lose one war and

Gaza and America´s complicated
relationship with Israel
Telegraph [UK], by Tom Rogan    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/28/2014 8:05:36 AM     Post Reply
John Kerry didn’t have a good weekend. After days of hectic shuttle diplomacy, Hamas and Israel remain locked in conflict. Moreover, Israeli politicians have spent the weekend slamming Kerry for his ceasefire proposals. Israel’s anger at the American Secretary of State is significant. Cabinet officials have thrown scorn upon his very character: Kerry is “incapable of handling the most basic matters, was one remark.[Snip] Divided by ideology (liberal v conservative), personality (academic v Special Forces officer) and philosophy, Obama and Netanyahu are very different men. Combined with their disagreements on the issues, these two leaders neither like, nor trust each

The 7 Most Ridiculous Things Said on Meet
the Press’ Panel on Pot Legalization
Mediaite, by Evan McMurry    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 7/28/2014 7:41:54 AM     Post Reply
Meet the Press convened a panel this morning to consider the New York Times’ notable editorial calling for the national legalization of marijuana. For reasons far passing understanding, MTP did not invite to that panel a single expert on the subject at hand. Instead the show gathered a gaggle of columnists whose previous ignorance about the subject has been well documented. All this thing needed was Maureen Dowd fear-and-loathering her recent Denver adventure to be perfect. Anyhoo, these are the people who influence drug policy in this country, and here are the seven most ridiculous things that came out of their

Channel 4´s Jon Snow on Gaza:
Fair and Balanced, Anyone?
Breitbart London [UK], by James Delingpole    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/28/2014 7:41:37 AM     Post Reply
Channel 4 News anchorman Jon Snow is back from Gaza. In an obviously unscripted, from-the-heart piece to camera he had this to say to British TV audiences about his experiences: [Snip] And you know if you know any ten-year olds, seven-year olds, five-year olds, four-year olds, the idea in the looseness of a war zone that you can control your children, that they won´t be somewhere where they can be hit is beyond the imagination. You can´t hope to control that. So, in a very densely packed urban area if you decide to throw missiles, shells and the rest then

  


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Washington, D.C., ban on carrying guns in
public is shot down by federal judge
New York Daily News, by Bill Hutchinson    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 7/28/2014 7:39:32 AM     Post Reply
It´s OK to pack heat in the nation’s capital. In a stunning blow to gun laws in Washington, D.C., a federal judge has tossed a city ban on bearing arms in public. Frederick Scullin, normally a senior judge in Syracuse, ruled that the law prohibiting people from carrying guns outside the home for self-defense violated the Second Amendment. “There is no longer any basis on which this court can conclude that the District of Columbia’s total ban on the public carrying of ready-to-use handguns outside the home is constitutional under any level of scrutiny,” reads the judge’s 19-page opinion.

Aflame
The New Yorker, by David Remnick    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 7/28/2014 7:37:50 AM     Post Reply
Because memory, particularly historical memory, fails unfailingly, this summer feels like a uniquely horrific season of dissolution and blood. “You name it, the world is aflame,” Gary Samore, a former national-security aide in the Obama Administration, told Peter Baker, of the Times, the other day. “We always have a mix of complicated interests. That’s not unusual. What’s unusual is there’s this outbreak of violence and instability everywhere.” The supposed tranquillity of earlier seasons is almost always an artifact of distance. And yet Samore’s “everywhere” is forgivable hyperbole. In eastern Ukraine, where hundreds of corpses, and a dozen or so planes, lay

Watch live: Gaza city as
calls for ceasefire intensify
Telegraph [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/28/2014 7:11:50 AM     Post Reply
The UN Security Council agreed on a statement on Sunday urging Israel, Palestinians and Islamist Hamas militants to implement a humanitarian truce beyond the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr and engage in efforts to achieve a durable ceasefire. The council met as Muslims started celebrating the Eid al-Fitr holiday marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan. The pressure for a cease-fire followed new attacks launched by Israel and Hamas on Sunday despite going back and forth over proposals for another temporary halt to nearly three weeks of fighting. A 12-hour lull Saturday, agreed to by both sides following

Liberal media panel blames Ted Cruz,
American people, for Harry Reid´s
do-nothing leadership
National Review Online, by Tim Cavanaugh    Original Article
Posted By: Fiesta del sol- 7/28/2014 6:12:05 AM     Post Reply
Why has the Senate been unable to pass anything? According to an extraordinary panel of mainstream-media personalities, it’s the fault of Republicans, or of the American people. On a Sunday discussion on NBC’s Meet the Press, host David Gregory railed against the “Do-Nothing Congress” and played a brief clip of Texas Republican senator Ted Cruz pointing out that Senate majority leader Harry Reid, who controls the Senate agenda, is the logical person to hold accountable for stalled activities in the World’s Greatest Deliberative Body. Though the Cruz clip (which Meet the Press had been advertising for several days) came to

Jerry Jones destroyed
the Cowboys. Period
Star-Telegram [Ft. Worth, TX], by Randy Galloway    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/28/2014 6:08:04 AM     Post Reply
It appeared last week to be a case of reality hitting Jerry Jones right in the mouth. Forty-five minutes of Q&A with the media at the opening of Cowboys training camp in Oxnard, and not once did that mouth utter such words as “Super Bowl” or “Lombardi Trophy.” Some local longtime Jerry-watchers termed this as “progress,” meaning an admission his 2014 edition of the Cowboys is a tainted product, not worthy of even Jones’ normal opening of training camp ridiculous BS. As one of those longtime Jerry-watchers, I disagree about progress. Football reality has been sucker-punching Jerry for nearly two

  



At Malaysia Airlines Crash
Site, Parents Seek Answers
Wall Street Journal, by Margaret Coker & Paul Sonne    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/28/2014 5:54:50 AM     Post Reply
HRABOVE, Ukraine—Angela Rudhart-Dyczynski slipped off her shoes, covered her feet in white socks and crunched through a field tinged with the sick-sweet smell of death to reach a wing of downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. She and her husband arrived Saturday from Australia after an exhausting three-day journey that left her feet too swollen for shoes. They braved this war zone in search of a lost passenger: Fatima, their only child. "We´re standing here at the wing in the field," Jerzy Dyczynski, a cardiologist, said into his phone, as the wind blew. "This is where we thought she was sitting.

Bismarck on the Potomac
National Review Online, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 7/28/2014 5:49:55 AM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama, who in his political dotage is enthusiastically getting in touch with his inner Otto von Bismarck to such an extent that we half expect him to start sporting a walrus mustache and a pickelhaube, on Saturday treated the ailing republic to another lecture on the theme of “economic patriotism,” by which he means an arrangement under which companies adopt tax strategies that maximize the amount of money they send to President Obama and his colleagues to dispose of as they see fit. He demanded that companies “embrace an economic patriotism,” presumably one defined by Barack Obama, rather

House GOP Leaders Prepare to
Swap Titles—and Office Space
National Journal, by Billy House    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 7/28/2014 5:47:58 AM     Post Reply
With no fanfare—well, maybe a little fanfare—House Republicans by the end of this week will officially have a brand new majority leader, a new majority whip, and just 12 scheduled legislative days remaining before it´s time to pick yet another new slate of leaders. This all happens, technically, after the stroke of midnight Thursday, commemorated in a notification by Republicans to the House clerk declaring that as of Aug. 1, Kevin McCarthy is the majority leader and Steve Scalise is the new majority whip. No parade. No ticker tape. Meanwhile, the current majority leader, Eric Cantor, doesn´t completely turn into a pumpkin. But

Times Report Casts Shame on
Obama´s Handling of Ukraine Crisis
Forbes, by Paul Roderick Gregory    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/28/2014 5:41:27 AM     Post Reply
To the surprise of many, but not to those who understand him, Vladimir Putin has upped his aggression against Ukraine in the wake of the shooting down of MH17 by his separatist allies. (For a definitive account of separatist guilt, see AP What Happened: The Day Flight 17 Was Downed.) The Russian military is now routinely shelling Ukrainian positions from across the border, hoping to elicit a response so they can claim a Ukrainian attack. Russia’s drones are targeting troop positions. Even more sophisticated missiles are flooding across the border, ignoring the lesson of the Malaysian jet tragedy. Russian MIGs

Seriously? Obama asks Congress
to repeal 2002 War in Iraq
Washington Examiner [DC], by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/28/2014 5:25:36 AM     Post Reply
It took Jimmy Carter the first six months of his tenure in the Oval Office to learn that a president´s time is precious and must be focused on the most urgent priorities facing the nation at any given moment. It was at that point that Carter stopped doing absurd tasks like reviewing scheduling requests from his staff to use the White House tennis court. Carter never completely overcame his obsession with paying attention to details better left to aides, however, and this flaw was a major factor in producing his monumentally failed presidency. Thirty-seven years and five presidents later, Americans

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