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US Fuming Over Israeli
Criticism Of Kerry
Associated Press, by Matthew Lee and Julie Pace    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 7/29/2014 11:28:56 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration pushed back strongly Monday at a torrent of Israeli criticism over Secretary of State John Kerry´s latest bid to secure a cease-fire with Hamas, accusing some in Israel of launching a "misinformation campaign" against the top American diplomat. "It´s simply not the way partners and allies treat each other," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said. Her comments were echoed by the White House, where National Security Adviser Susan Rice said the U.S. was "dismayed" by mischaracterizations of Kerry´s efforts. Israeli media reports have cast Kerry as seeking a cease-fire that is more favorable to Hamas

Congress to U.N.: Hamas’
Arsenal Must Be Removed
Washington Free Beacon [DC], by Adam Kredo    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/29/2014 11:27:10 AM     Post Reply
Nearly 100 House lawmakers will petition the United Nations this week to formally designate Hamas’ rocket arsenal as “an impenetrable barrier to regional peace” and to make their removal from the Gaza Strip a “top priority,” according to a copy of the unsent letter obtained by the Washington Free Beacon. A bipartisan coalition of House lawmakers have already signed on to the letter, which will be sent later this week to U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. The letter comes as Hamas ignores all recent ceasefire agreements and continues to fire rockets at Israeli civilians, who have been seeking shelter from

Israel bombards Gaza with 70
airstrikes, levels home of top
Hamas leader
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/29/2014 11:23:47 AM     Post Reply
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Israeli bombs leveled the home of the top Hamas leader in Gaza, Ismail Haniyeh, and damaged the offices of the movement´s Al-Aqsa satellite TV station, a central mosque in Gaza City and government offices Tuesday, escalating its military campaign. Flares turned the sky over Gaza City orange overnight and by daybreak, as the conflict entered its fourth week, heavy clouds of dust hovered over the territory. At least 100 Palestinians were killed by Israeli airstrikes and shellings Tuesday morning, adding to a death toll that now tops 1,000. The pounding came after Israeli Prime Minister

  


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Walden Warns GOP: Impeachment
A Dem Money Maker
Breitbart Big Government, by Jonathan Strong    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/29/2014 11:18:55 AM     Post Reply
Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR), the chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, warned GOP colleagues in a closed-door meeting Tuesday against fanning the flames of impeachment for President Barack Obama, saying Democrats had successfully used the issue to raise $2 million online last weekend alone. "Greg Walden got up and said that Democrats raised over $2 million this weekend by putting that out in the Internet. The White House is using it as a fund-raising tool. There´s no discussion among us. The only thing we said, and the Speaker reiterated this, is we´re not going there, we´re not interested in that,

Ryan: ´Only Focus Should
be´ Securing the Border
Breitbart TV, by Ian Hanchett    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/29/2014 11:17:53 AM     Post Reply
Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) said there should be “no dealing with the Senate on anything beyond securing the border” in an interview on Monday’s “Sean Hannity Show.” Ryan also advocated for amending the 2008 anti-human trafficking law that illegal immigrants use to avoid deportation, and expressed support for sending the National Guard to the border. “Right now the only focus should be, no dealing with the Senate on anything beyond securing the border, the border should be the focus” he declared. Ryan also announced that he would make a decision on a 2016 presidential run next year, and said that

Five Terrorists Killed After
Emerging from ´Terror Tunnel
Arutz Sheva [Israel], by Talia Blatman    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 7/29/2014 11:15:38 AM     Post Reply
Terror attack thwarted as IDF Givati Brigade soldiers identify and kill five terrorists exiting Gaza tunnel; weapons and explosives seized. Givati Brigade soldiers identified five terrorists on Tuesday afternoon as they exited a terror tunnel. The IDF forces opened fire and killed the terrorists, with no Israeli casualties reported. The Givati soldiers discovered hordes of weapons on site, including Kalashnikov rifles, machine guns, and explosive devices. The thwarted attacked occurred as Hamas denied reports it had accepted a "unilateral ceasefire". Earlier on Tuesday morning, artillery forces identified the firing of an anti-tank missile in their direction. The forces returned fire

Michelle Obama to L.A mayor:
´You weren´t supposed to´ know
about Malia´s internship
New York Daily News, by Leslie Larson    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/29/2014 11:13:45 AM     Post Reply
Malia Obama’s “Operation: Internship” was a success, according to the First Lady. Even the mayor of Los Angeles was kept in the dark about plans for the President’s 16-year-old daughter to work in his town as a production assistant on the set of CBS’ “Extant” this summer. And that was just fine with Malia’s mom. "Good, you weren´t supposed to (know),” Michelle Obama told Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti on July 16, when the First Lady visited California, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The magazine says the crew on the Los Angeles set was “sworn to secrecy” about their famous intern.

  


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When the hangman botches the job
Washington Times, by Wesley Pruden    Original Article
Posted By: Maryland_Patriot- 7/29/2014 11:11:30 AM     Post Reply
The taking of a life to punish taking a life is an idea whose time is not yet gone, but its years may be numbered. A low-key campaign against capital punishment is flourishing, led this time by lonely conservatives. Many of them are concerned about the inefficiency of state killing, if not the morality of it. Capital punishment has been consistently upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court, despite the constitutional prohibition of “cruel and unusual punishment.” It’s difficult to see how the killing could be any more cruel or unusual than in a succession of botched executions this year among the

Until We Stop the Flood, We Will
Never Overcome This Border Crisis
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Rep. Louie Gohmert    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/29/2014 11:11:29 AM     Post Reply
This month I have been down to the Texas-Mexico border three different weekends. My nights patrolling the border, talking in depth with Border Patrol, DPS, Texas Rangers, ICE agents, and people in the area have helped bring a few things into focus for me. Namely – we must secure the border and enforce the law of the land. Unlike the editorial board at the Longview News-Journal, the majority of Americans understand compassion is not encouraging a president to continue luring children to this country through horrific dangers, transported by drug cartel employees from countries where crime has not spiked. It actually

Former Roanoke congressman
Caldwell Butler dies
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/29/2014 11:07:41 AM     Post Reply
ROANOKE, Va. -Caldwell Butler, a five-term Republican congressman from Virginia who voted for President Richard Nixon´s impeachment, has died. Former Virginia attorney general Richard Cullen and officials with Oakey´s Funeral Service in Roanoke say Butler died Tuesday. The Roanoke resident was 89. An attorney, Butler represented Virginia´s 6th congressional district in the U.S. House from 1972 to 1982. Watergate unfolded during his first term. He helped the House Judiciary Committee draft the Nixon impeachment articles and later voted for them, admitting it took a toll on his political career. Nixon resigned in August 1974 before the full House debated his

Obama to meet with
Kansas City letter writers
McClatchy DC, by Lesley Clark    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/29/2014 10:49:50 AM     Post Reply
President Obama will continue his meetings with people who have written him letters as he travels to Kansas City, Missouri on Tuesday -- and this time the attendees got their invites via a Kansas City native: new Press Secretary Josh Earnest. Earnest placed the calls on Monday to four letter writers to invite them to dinner with Obama on Tuesday when he arrives in town. "Hello is this Becky? This is Josh Earnest calling from the White House," Earnest says on a video of the calls made from his office -- a Kansas City Royals banner adorning one wall. The four include Victor,

  


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Ebola victim who sparked fears of a
worldwide outbreak was American:
Father who died of incurable virus*
Daily Mail [UK] & Associated Press, by James Nye    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/29/2014 10:30:18 AM     Post Reply
The Ebola victim who sparked fears that a historic outbreak of the disease could spread globally was an American citizen, it was revealed last night. Patrick Sawyer died this week after becoming noticeably ill on a flight from Liberia in West Africa, where the worst ever outbreak of Ebola is gathering pace, to the city of Lagos in Nigeria. His case sparked alarm across the globe because he was able to board an international flight while carrying the incurable disease – potentially infecting other passengers who could fly across the world in a nightmare scenario for health experts. Patrick Sawyer, 40, was

Physician groups slam
"Docs vs. Glocks´´ ruling
Tampa Bay Times [St. Petersburg, FL], by Charlotte Sutton    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/29/2014 10:24:57 AM     Post Reply
Friday´s decision by a three-judge panel of the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals to uphold Florida´s law against physicians asking patients about guns prompted sharply worded statements Monday from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Medical Association. An earlier injunction blocking enforcement of the "physician gag law,´´ also known as "docs vs. Glocks´´ remains in effect while the full court considers an appeal by the plaintiffs to rehear the case. The pediatrician´s group said Monday it is urging its members to keep asking parents whether they have guns at home, and if so whether they are stored safely. "We

Rush Limbaugh: ‘There
is no journalism anymore’
Washington Times, by Cheryl K. Chumley    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/29/2014 10:01:50 AM     Post Reply
Conservative talk show giant Rush Limbaugh unleashed some harsh criticism against the mainstream media — sparked by a CNN headline — during his recent radio show, outright jabbing that the world of news is pretty much dead. The context of his statement came from a CNN headline that flashed on his television screen that read: “GOP Wants to Impeach Obama,” The Blaze reported. “I was watching CNN this morning — well, I don’t watch CNN; it’s on, and I happened to glance up a moment, and I saw a headline, ‘GOP Wants to Impeach Obama.’ I looked at that, and

De Blasio voted for
luxury building ‘poor door’
New York Post, by Yoav Gonen    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 7/29/2014 9:59:53 AM     Post Reply
Mayor Bill de Blasio and other officials denouncing “poor door” entrances for subsidized tenants in luxury buildings actually voted in favor of a measure that made such separation possible, a Post review found. When the lengthy text of a zoning resolution was amended by the City Council in July 2009, then-Councilman de Blasio — who arrived late to the meeting — was among the majority who voted “Aye.” One provision said developers of market-rate condos could include affordable units on site, instead of off site, while allowing for the separation of a number of services that included the entrances.

  


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White House: No choice but
to act now on climate change
Washington Times, by Ben Wolfgang    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/29/2014 9:54:57 AM     Post Reply
The Obama administration released a comprehensive new report Tuesday in an attempt to justify its controversial actions on climate change, and also will roll out new executive moves to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions. The study shows the potential damages to the planet by delaying steps — such as harsh new limits on carbon emissions from power plants — to tackle global warming. “First of all, we know way more than enough to justify acting today. Second, delaying action will increase the costs,” said Jason Furman, chairman of the White House’s Council of Economic Advisers, which produced the report. “And third … the large-scale

Hamas, Islamic Jihad
Agree to 24-Hour Ceasefire
Arutz Sheva [Israel], by Gil Ronen*    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/29/2014 9:49:53 AM     Post Reply
Yasser Abed Rabbo, a member of the PLO Executive Committee, announced Tuesday a 72-hour unilateral ceasefire by the Palestinians. The ceasefire will supposedly to go into force immediately and has received the approval of Hamas. "After extensive calls and consultations with the brothers in Hamas and Islamic Jihad, the Palestinian leadership announces on behalf of everyone the willingness for a ceasefire and humanitarian truce for 24 hours," said Yasser Abed Rabbo, Secretary General of the Palestine Liberation Organisation. [Snip] He added that "there is also a suggestion from the United Nations to extend this truce for 72 hours and we are dealing positively

Career Politicians on the Rise:
How to Stem the Tide
Bretbart´s Big Government, by Mark Meckler    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 7/29/2014 9:44:39 AM     Post Reply
The trend creating “career politicians” has been growing for decades, and it has surely contributed to the entrenchment of power in D.C. and its separation from the will of the American people. Chris Cillizza of The Washington Post states, "There are many more people populating our state legislatures and U.S. Congress who have never done anything outside of being a professional politician than there were even a few decades ago. David Mendoza has created a revealing chart to show just how large a shift has occurred. He compiled data on politicians’ job background, including representatives and senators from the 89th Congress in

Amid Border Crisis, DHS Secretary
To Participate in ´Let´s Read!
Let´s Move!´ Event
Weekly Standard, by Michael Warren    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/29/2014 9:41:50 AM     Post Reply
Thousands of illegal immigrants are streaming across America´s southern border, but on Wednesday the chief of the Department of Homeland Security will be attending an educational event with schoolchildren in Washington, D.C. In an email to reporters with the subject line reading, "SECRETARY JOHNSON TO PARTICIPATE IN A LET’S READ! LET’S MOVE! EVENT," the department announced that Jeh Johnson will be attending an event Wednesday morning at the library of Congress, along with other government officials, a chef, and a retired NFL player. Here´s an excerpt from the email: On July 30, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson will participate

Ebola only a plane
ride away from USA
USA Today, by Liz Szabo & Karen Weintraub    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/29/2014 9:33:39 AM     Post Reply
The growing Ebola outbreak in West Africa serves as a grim reminder that deadly viruses are only a plane ride away from the USA, health experts say. The outbreak is the largest and deadliest on record, with more than 670 deaths and more than 1,200 infections in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Fatality rates for Ebola have been as high as 90% in past outbreaks, according to the World Health Organization. The virus — which has an incubation period of a few days to three weeks — could easily travel to the USA

  



Moms winning the Common Core war
Politico, by Stephanie Simon    Original Article
Posted By: Fiesta del sol- 7/29/2014 9:29:28 AM     Post Reply
The millions have proved no match for the moms. Supporters of the Common Core academic standards have spent big this past year to persuade wavering state legislators to stick with the new guidelines for math and language arts instruction. Given the firestorm of opposition that took them by surprise, they consider it a victory that just five states, so far, have taken steps to back out.they’re losing the broader public debate — and need to devise better PR. Consider: Conservative commentators Glenn Beck and Michelle Malkin held a crackling town hall meeting last week describing the Common Core as a

Key GOP Rep: the Fix Is in, Boehner
Quiet on Obama Amnesty Threat
for Campaign Ca$h
Bretbart´s Big Government, by Matthew Boyle    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 7/29/2014 9:24:59 AM     Post Reply
With President Obama vowing to ignore Congress and move on his own on immigration, potentially providing unilateral amnesty to as many as six million illegal aliens, criticism is mounting from the right over Speaker John Boehner´s failure to engage more directly on Obama´s threat. Now Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL), an ardent anti-amnesty voice in the House of Representatives, is accusing the speaker of his own party of throwing the game in exchange for campaign funds from the pro-amnesty business lobby. Brooks told Breitbart News in an interview: As far as the House goes, I’m unaware of anything the House leadership is doing

Jury in Jesse Ventura
case to return Tuesday
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 7/29/2014 9:21:27 AM     Post Reply
ST. PAUL, Minn. — Jurors in former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura´s defamation lawsuit against American Sniper author Chris Kyle went home for the day Monday after hours of deliberations during which they told the judge at one point they didn´t think they could reach a unanimous verdict. U.S. District Judge Richard Kyle told them to keep trying, and they continued their fifth day of discussions for roughly four more hours before breaking. Late in the afternoon, attorneys for both sides conferred privately with the judge. They would not say afterward what they discussed but said that the jury would be back

Israel intensifies Gaza attacks
after Netanyahu warning
BBC News [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/29/2014 9:19:02 AM     Post Reply
More than 100 Palestinians are said to have been killed after Israel intensified its bombardment of Gaza and warned of a long conflict ahead. Gaza´s only power plant caught fire as Israel carried out 60 air strikes, targeting sites associated with Hamas, the Islamist group which controls Gaza. UN staff members are said to be among those killed. An Israeli military spokesman said the strikes signalled a "gradual increase in the pressure" on Hamas. In a televised address on Monday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stressed the need to destroy tunnels dug under the Gaza-Israel border, to prevent militants infiltrating Israel.

Australian government warn against West
Africa travel as fears grow that deadly
Ebola virus ´could spread globally´
Daily Mail [UK], by Sarah Dean    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/29/2014 9:12:57 AM     Post Reply
Australian´s have been warned against travelling to areas affected by Ebola in West Africa after an infected plane passenger introduced the deadly virus to Nigeria. There are fears an outbreak could spread worldwide and scientists in Geelong, Victoria, are currently working with live samples of the disease to find a cure. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade urged travellers on Tuesday that the disease is of ´significant concern´. ´Australians in West Africa are advised to maintain strict standards of hygiene and avoid direct contact with patients with Ebola or unknown illnesses,´ a statement said.

Can Democrats Flip Texas,
Arizona and Georgia?
Real Clear Politics, by Sean Trende    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 7/29/2014 9:08:41 AM     Post Reply
Democratic political strategist David Plouffe made waves a few weeks back when he suggested that Texas, Arizona and Georgia would soon become blue-ish states. His analysis is here and also reflected below: “All three have large minority populations that, in the case of Georgia and Texas, have been getting larger at a rapid clip and that vote primarily Democratic. . . . Each of these states has postindustrial areas where the Democrats are doing well. . . . The Democrats have a chance in all three of these states if the minority vote continues to grow, if white voters eventually experience

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