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Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz Denounce
Israeli ‘Genocide’ In Open Letter
Fox News & Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/29/2014 1:52:44 PM     Post Reply
Javier Bardem did not hold back on his feelings of disgust regarding the escalating violence in the Israeli-Palestine conflict. In an open letter sent out to the Spanish media over the weekend, he called Israel’s actions against Gaza a “genocide” and said he was outraged and ashamed by the "brutality" of the attacks. “In the horror happening right now in Gaza there is NO place for distance or neutrality,” Bardem wrote in the letter. “It’s a way of occupation and extermination waged against a people with no means, confined in a minimum territory, with no water, and where hospitals, ambulances and children

France offers asylum to Mosul´s Christians
Reuters, by John Mark    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 7/29/2014 1:38:30 PM     Post Reply
France said on Monday it was ready to welcome Christians from northern Iraq who have been told by the al Qaeda offshoot group now ruling the region to either convert to Islam, pay a religious levy or face death. Islamic State insurgents seized large swathes of northern Iraq last month, prompting hundreds of Christian families in Mosul to flee a city which has hosted the faith since its earliest years. "We are providing aid to displaced people fleeing from the threats of Islamic Sate and who have sought refuge in Kurdistan. We are ready, if they wish, to facilitate their

Despite Circulation Gains, Profit
Falls 21% at New York Times Co.
New York Times, by Ravi Somaiya    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/29/2014 1:37:58 PM     Post Reply
Increased investments in digital products and a decline in print advertising weighed on The New York Times Company’s second-quarter earnings, as profit slipped 21 percent. The company on Tuesday reported $55.7 million in adjusted operating profit for the quarter, which excludes some one-time costs. That amounts to 7 cents a share, falling short of the average analyst estimate of 8.5 cents, as compiled by Thomson Reuters. The Times reported $70.7 million in adjusted profit in the second quarter of 2013. The number of digital subscribers, a growth area for the company, increased by 32,000 in the quarter. New products that

  


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Washington is desperate for
Republicans to impeach Obama
Hot Air, by Noah Rothman    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/29/2014 1:35:19 PM     Post Reply
Quite unlike six years ago, President Barack Obama has become a liability for his fellow Democrats running for federal office. Surveys have consistently shown that the GOP is well positioned to take back at least three of the six seats they need to regain control over the Senate and reduce Obama’s final two years in office to a series of vetoes. In another five seats, Republican candidates remain competitive. The president is no longer energizing his unique coalition of voters. This year, they are staying home. Democrats are desperate to reawaken those young, single, women, and minority voters and get them back

Inside the Kerry-Israel Meltdown
Daily Beast, by Josh Rogin & Eli Lake    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/29/2014 1:33:08 PM     Post Reply
The Secretary of State has been furiously working on a Mideast ceasefire, but his ad hoc efforts were dealt another blow Monday when Israel rejected his latest peacemaking plan. On Monday, Secretary of State Kerry took to the podium at the State Department to say that he was working with Israel and Hamas to negotiate an extension of their temporary ceasefire. “Today, we are continuing to work toward establishing an unconditional humanitarian ceasefire, one that…will stop the fighting, allow desperately needed food and medicine and other supplies into Gaza, and enable Israel to address…the threat posed by tunnel attacks—and to be able

Legalization by Edict
National Review Online, by Yuval Levin    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/29/2014 1:31:44 PM     Post Reply
Many people in Washington seem to be talking about the prospect of the president unilaterally legalizing the status of several million people who entered the country illegally as though it were just another political question. But if reports about the nature of the executive action he is contemplating are right, it would be by far the most blatant and explosive provocation in the administration’s assault on the separation of powers, and could well be the most extreme act of executive overreach ever attempted by an American president in peacetime. I am more open to some form of amnesty than most people

Temple University scraps SAT
requirement for new students
Reuters, by Jonathan Allen    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 7/29/2014 1:23:35 PM     Post Reply
Philadelphia´s Temple University said on Tuesday it will no longer require prospective students to submit a standardized test score when they apply, joining a small but growing group of schools that believe there are other ways to gauge talent. Temple said it is the first public research university in the United States´ Northeast to broaden its admissions policy in this way. Most U.S. schools still rely on students´ SAT or ACT test scores when choosing whom to admit. A prospective student´s high-school grade point average, class rank or even his or her "grit, self-determination and self-confidence" may all be better

  


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President Obama´s golf ball
found at Congressional
Golf Channel, by Bailey Mosier    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 7/29/2014 1:21:15 PM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama played at Congressional Country Club on Saturday in Bethesda, Md., with the hosts of ESPN´s "Pardon the Interruption," Michael Wilbon and Tony Kornheiser. It appears the Commander in Chief doesn´t fully have command of his golf ball. Pace Doherty posted this photo to Instagram on Sunday with the caption "Obama played at Congressional yesterday, and I just found this in the woods off one. Looks like he´s off line again. 44th." (Snip for photo)Looks like the President of the United States may want to take the Champion Golfer of the Year up on that offer to sort out his

Doctor who contracted
Ebola is in grave condition
New York Post, by Chris Perez    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 7/29/2014 1:09:46 PM     Post Reply
A doctor from Texas is in grave condition and terrified for his life after he contracted the incurable Ebola virus he was treating in West Africa, colleagues said Monday. Dr. Kent Brantley, 33, is one of two Americans in the region who have contracted the deadly disease, which has now killed nearly 700 people in West Africa, according to the World Health Organization. The father of two had been treating Ebola victims in Monrovia, Liberia, when he began to notice symptoms related to the virus, CBS reports. “I’m praying fervently that God will help me survive this disease,” he said

Executive actions on climate change
include partnerships, gas fixes
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Laura Barron-Lopez    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/29/2014 1:05:22 PM     Post Reply
Keeping with his year of action, President Obama on Tuesday will announce more initiatives his administration will implement to tackle climate change. As the Environmental Protection Agency launches the second-phase of its extensive outreach on Obama´s signature climate rule Tuesday, the White House will unveil new partnerships with companies like Microsoft and IBM, which have committed to help build tools for agricultural communities to respond to climate changes, according to White House adviser John Podesta. The administration will also announce a series of executive actions, partnerships, and stakeholder commitments to modernize the nation´s natural gas transmissions, and distributions systems that will

New York Times Reporter Lifted
Text From Wikipedia, Too
Gawker, by J.K. Trotter    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 7/29/2014 1:01:24 PM     Post Reply
Last week, BuzzFeed fired Viral Politics editor Benny Johnson for lifting phrases and sentences from other sources, chiefly Wikipedia—a phenomenon some attributed to Johnson’s lack of training and the Internet’s lack of rules. But at least one well-trained journalist at the rule-bound New York Times couldn’t resist copying from the online encyclopedia, either. Last night, Mediabistro’s Richard Morgan highlighted several similarities in wording and structure between a July 24 article by veteran Times reporter Carol Vogel and Wikipedia’s entry for Piero di Cosimo, the Italian Renaissance painter. “Vogel’s lede is far too close to Wikipedia for unattributed comfort,” Morgan writes. Here’s Wikipedia:

  


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Texas Congressman Thinks Rick Perry
Could Create A ´Police State´ At Border
Business Insider, by Colin Campbell    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/29/2014 12:47:25 PM     Post Reply
The ongoing war-of-words between Congressman Joaquín Castro (D-Texas) and Republican Gov. Rick Perry escalated on Monday when Castro fired off a letter warning Perry against creating a "police state" along the border. In July, Perry announced he was sending 1,000 National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexican border to help combat the flow of trafficking amid a surge of unaccompanied minors from Central America. Perry said the troops are needed because of federal inaction, but Castro expressed significant concerns about their presence. "Rio Grande Valley leaders agree that the $12 million per month of taxpayer money you plan

Jerry Brown urges ‘religious call ... to
welcome the stranger’ in border crisis
Sacramento Bee [CA], by David Siders    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/29/2014 12:41:26 PM     Post Reply
MEXICO CITY – Gov. Jerry Brown suggested Monday that Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s ordering of National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border to address the surge in border crossings is misguided, urging politicians instead to heed the “religious call … to welcome the stranger” in addressing the crisis. “This is a human problem, and it has been the religious call of all religions to welcome the stranger, and it’s in that spirit that I believe the clergy can call the United States, Mexico and all the players to perhaps a higher response than might otherwise happen,” Brown said on the first

Kerry v. Israel:
Why It Gets Personal
Commentary, by Jonathan S. Tobin    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 7/29/2014 12:32:20 PM     Post Reply
The Obama administration is fuming about the anger in Israel about Secretary of State John Kerry’s bumbling efforts to negotiate a cease-fire in Gaza. But while senior U.S. officials are claiming the attacks on Kerry from Israelis across the political spectrum puts the relationship between the two countries in jeopardy, the change in tune today from Kerry in his statements about the goals of negotiations illustrated just how deep is the hole that he has dug for himself and the United States in the current crisis.

What Is the White House Doing
to Guard U.S. from Ebola Virus?
PJ Media, by Bridget Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/29/2014 12:32:07 PM     Post Reply
A leading member of the House Appropriations Committee said the Obama administration needs to get cracking on an Ebola strategy in the event the deadly virus hops a plane to the U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.) on the House floor yesterday referenced the growing outbreak in West Africa, which has made two American healthcare workers in Liberia ill. “This horrible disease knows no borders and has already claimed the lives of 660 people in four countries since it was first detected in March,” Wolf said. “The White House needs to pull together the CDC, NIH, State Department and USAID with the World Health

  


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Supreme Court poised to
revisit gay marriage issue
Washington Examiner, by Sean Lengell    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/29/2014 12:20:30 PM     Post Reply
A slew of recent court victories for gay marriage proponents across the country, including two from federal appeals courts, have amped up speculation the Supreme Court soon will revisit the issue. Since the Supreme Court last year struck down a key part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, all of the more than 20 federal and state courts that have addressed the issue have ruled against state bans. Those rulings remain in various stages of appeal. More than 70 cases have been filed in all 31 states that prohibit same-sex marriage. Nineteen states and the District of Columbia allow

Big Labor hits Republicans for treating
immigrant children like ´criminals´
Washington Examiner, by Sean Higgins    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/29/2014 12:15:09 PM     Post Reply
Four Republican lawmakers will be hit with Spanish-language ads during the Congress´s August recess attacking them over their immigration stances, the Service Employees International Union said Tuesday. The targets are Reps. Cory Gardner and Mike Coffman of Colorado, David Valadao of California, and Joe Heck of Nevada. The ads will hit them for blocking immigration reform, opposing the DREAM Act and "attack[ing] our children at the border as if they were criminals." "While these Republicans are back home, they will not only have to hear about their failures on the radio, but we will be in every town hall, making sure

GOP Impeachment Chatter Hands
Democrats $1 Million Fundraising Day
Mediaite, by Evan McMurry    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/29/2014 11:58:15 AM     Post Reply
Talk of impeaching President Barack Obama, which gained steam when Sarah Palin gave voice to it three weeks ago, has started reaping dividends for the Democrats. Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee chair Steve Israel (D-NY) said Tuesday that Republican musing about impeachment and House Speaker John Boehner’s (R-OH) planned lawsuit against Obama over the delaying of the ACA individual mandate had compelled Democratic voters to donate. According to Israel, the DCCC raised $1 million on Monday alone:

Boehner: Impeachment Talk
Is Democratic ‘Scam’
Mediaite, by Evan McMurry    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/29/2014 11:53:14 AM     Post Reply
House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) dismissed any plans to impeach President Barack Obama Tuesday, calling it a “scam” perpetrated by the White House and congressional Democrats to fundraise. “This whole talk about impeachment is coming from the president’s own staff, and coming from Democrats on Capitol Hill,” Boehner said. “Why? Because they’re trying to rally their people to give money and to show up in this year’s election.” “We have no plans to impeach the president,” he continued. “We have no future plans. It’s all a scam started by Democrats at the White House.” Three weeks ago Boehner, who is

IRS Strikes Deal with Militant
Atheists to Monitor What Your
Pastor Says In Your Church
PJ Media, by Bryan Preston    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/29/2014 11:46:43 AM     Post Reply
Within the Internal Revenue Service, away from the eyes of the majority of American citizens and the media, agency officials have struck a deal with the Freedom From Religion Foundation. That’s according a press release put out by the foundation on July 17. The Freedom From Religion Foundation is a militant atheist group, truly an enemy of religious believers and everyone else who values the freedom of religion. The Freedom From Religion Foundation and the Internal Revenue Service reached an agreement today (July 17) that resolves for the time being an ongoing federal lawsuit over non-enforcement of restrictions on political

  



Feds Force Rural Texas County to
Pay Thousands to Hold Illegals
Breitbart Texas, by Kristin Tate    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/29/2014 11:41:36 AM     Post Reply
HOUSTON, Texas--Bell County, Texas, has spent almost $200,000 so far this year on detainers, or "immigration holds," for illegal immigrants. Detainer requests from federal immigration officials require local law enforcement to hold illegal immigrants, detained for local charges, past the length of their jail times. Typically, the holding time is 48 hours. During this time, federal agents decide whether or not to deport the individuals. The federal government does not reimburse Bell County Jail and other local detainment facilities for immigration holds, according to KDH News. The local media outlet reported that each inmate costs the Bell County jail $67.35 per day;

Collect More Than $7,000 Per Month
for ´Fostering´ Adult Illegal Aliens
Breitbart Texas, by Kristin Tate    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/29/2014 11:39:20 AM     Post Reply
HOUSTON, Texas--The federal government is in dire need of U.S. citizens willing to house the thousands of illegal immigrants who enter the country each week, and they are willing to pay them to do so. The Texas-based nonprofit Catholic Charities is currently seeking out foster families for the migrants, most of whom come from Central America. Ruth Braiser, a spokeswoman for the organization, told Breitbart Texas that foster families can receive monthly payments for housing adult immigrants who are under 23-years-old. "Most of our children are 15 to 17-years-old," she said. "But some stay in our program until they are

Obama´s phone calls show
urgency of world crises
USA Today, by Gregory Korte    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 7/29/2014 11:34:04 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — Mounting crises in Ukraine and the Middle East have driven a surge in President Obama´s telephone diplomacy, as the president has made more calls in July to world leaders than in all but one month of his presidency, according to White House records analyzed by USA TODAY. The calls, analyzed from almost 1,100 publicly disclosed records since 2009, show how Obama has relied heavily on European leaders, particularly British Prime Minister David Cameron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, to help navigate trouble spots. And they provide a glimpse into how the president conducts diplomacy and who his most

Criticism arises after children are
rushed to see immigration judges
Los Angeles Times, by Kate Linthicum    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/29/2014 11:31:52 AM     Post Reply
Unaccompanied immigrant children apprehended at the border are being placed first in line to go before U.S. immigration judges under a new federal policy, prompting criticism from attorneys who say some immigrants have been given less than 48 hours to appear in court in states far from where they live.Faced with a surge of immigrants arriving illegally from Central America, immigration courts have begun realigning overloaded dockets to ensure unaccompanied minors get their first hearing before a judge within 21 days after Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials file a deportation case against them. Previously, immigrants waited months or more than

Hamas Denies Signing Up to
´Unilateral Ceasefire´
Arutz Sheva [Israel], by Gil Ronen, Ari Soffer, Agence Press Fran    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 7/29/2014 11:31:25 AM     Post Reply
Hamas spokesperson says claims by senior PLO official of 24-hour ceasefire are false. Hamas has rejected claims by Secretary General of the Palestine Liberation Organisation, Yasser Abed Rabbo, who claimed that both Hamas and Islamic Jihad had agreed to a unilateral ceasefire for at least 24 hours. Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri retorted that the PLO and Palestinian Authority had nothing to do with facts on the ground, and said Hamas would examine any proposal for a relaxation of hostilities only once the international community had obligated Israel to do so first. "We will not declare a unilateral ceasefire, during

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