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Rockets found at UNRWA
school for third time
Jerusalem Post [Israel], by Tovah Lazarov    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/30/2014 12:44:34 AM     Post Reply
For the third time in two weeks, UNRWA found that weapons had been stored in one of its Gaza schools, it reported on Tuesday. It called a United Nations munition exporter to dispose of the rockets and make the school safe, according to its spokesman Chris Gunness. Fighting in Gaza made it impossible or the munition experts to access the site, Gunness said. He condemned those who put civilian lives at risk by placing the rockets in a school run by the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian refugees whose facilities are neutral places that are not involved in

Mike Pence Learned HHS Was
Dumping Migrant Children in His
State from the Press, Not HHS
National Review Online, by Ryan Lovelace    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/30/2014 12:06:36 AM     Post Reply
Indiana governor Mike Pence said he first learned the federal government had placed 245 unaccompanied alien children in Indiana through media reports. In a letter to President Obama, Pence wrote that the Department of Health and Human Services informed him that the federal government had housed hundreds of unaccompanied alien children in Indiana from January 1, 2014, to July 7, 2014, but only after reports surfaced in the media. “While we feel deep compassion for these children, our country must secure its borders and provide for a legal and orderly immigration process,” Pence wrote. “Failure to expedite the return of

Democrats ask: Where’s FLOTUS?
Politico, by Edward-Isaac Dovere    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/29/2014 11:51:12 PM     Post Reply
First lady Michelle Obama is the most popular member of the Obama administration, and Democrats say she’s the one they want to see more of in the midterms. She’s a woman and an African-American, with a direct appeal to two groups that the Democrats need to turn out in major numbers in November. She can bring the Obama brand without the baggage of President Barack Obama himself. She can go to states where he can’t. She’s a fresh draw for donors and voters. So where is she? Democrats want an answer — they desperately need the help, and especially the

  


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Immigrant Mothers Released From
Holding Centers, but With Ankle Monitors
New York Times, by Julie Turkewitz    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/29/2014 11:27:04 PM     Post Reply
Carmen Garcia recently recounted the events of her family’s journey from El Salvador to the United States: assaults, robberies, abandonment by smugglers. And then she and her 12-year-old son were taken into custody by federal officers in South Texas. After Ms. Garcia and her son spent a night on the floor of a holding facility, the authorities released them and allowed them to reunite with another son in New York as long as they showed up at a local immigration office. The two reported as instructed this month to a building in Manhattan where a tracking device was affixed to Ms.

Health premiums soared, Insurance
Commissioner Dave Jones says
Los Angeles Times, by Stuart Pfeifer    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/29/2014 11:09:27 PM     Post Reply
The cost of health insurance for individuals skyrocketed this year in California, with some paying almost twice what they did last year, the state´s insurance commissioner said. (Snip) At a news conference Tuesday, Jones said individuals this year paid between 22% and 88% more for individual health insurance policies than they did last year, depending on age, gender, type of policy and where they lived. The increases did not affect poor people, whose policies are heavily subsidized, Jones said. The study results released Tuesday did not include group policies such as those offered by employers.

What is the Ebola virus, and
how worried should we be?
Telegraph [UK], by Harriet Alexander    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/29/2014 10:59:07 PM     Post Reply
What is Ebola? Ebola virus disease (EVD), formerly known as Ebola haemorrhagic fever, is described by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as "a severe, often fatal illness in humans." [Snip] It is mainly found in tropical Central and West Africa, and can have a 90 percent mortality rate--although it is now at about 60 percent. How is it transmitted? The virus is known to live in fruit bats, and normally affects people living in or near tropical rainforests. It is introduced into the human population through close contact with the sweat, blood, secretions, organs or other bodily fluids of infected

Former sex slave: I was
chained in basement and sold
WSMV-TV [Nashville, TN], by Jeremy Finley    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 7/29/2014 10:50:12 PM     Post Reply
Nashville, TN — Law enforcement and rescuers of sex slaves report that because of a saturation of human trafficking in the deep South, more human traffickers are bringing young girls to Middle Tennessee. "The trafficker said to them (slaves) on the way here, I´m taking you to Nashville because I can make more money off you there," said Derri Smith, executive director of End Slavery. Sex crimes detectives said that Nashville is part of a four-city human trafficking "loop" that also includes Birmingham, Memphis and Atlanta. "It´s almost like a circuit," said an undercover Metro sex crimes detective. Investigators said

  


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Ebola: Germany accepts
infected patient for treatment
Telegraph [UK], by Justin Huggler    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/29/2014 10:49:23 PM     Post Reply
With medical services across Europe on high alert to prevent any risk of the Ebola virus spreading here, a hospital in Germany has agreed to accept an infected patient for treatment. [Snip] But, amid speculation their patient may be one of the world’s leading Ebola experts, doctors in Germany insist there is no risk of the infection spreading from him. He will be kept in a special isolation ward behind three separate air locks. The air inside the ward will be kept at lower pressure than outside, so none can escape--even though it is not believed Ebola can be transmitted

NCAA takes $70M first steps to
helping players with head injuries
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/29/2014 10:36:21 PM     Post Reply
The NCAA agreed on Tuesday to help athletes with head injuries in a proposed settlement of a class-action lawsuit that college sports’ governing body touted as a major step forward but that critics say doesn’t go nearly far enough. The deal, filed in US District Court in Chicago, calls for the NCAA to toughen return-to-play rules for players who receive head blows and create a $70 million fund to pay for thousands of current and former athletes to undergo testing to determine whether they suffered brain trauma while playing football and other contact sports. A lead attorney for the plaintiffs

´Millionaire tax´ question to
appear on fall ballot
Chicago Tribune, by Rick Pearson    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/29/2014 10:31:55 PM     Post Reply
Gov. Pat Quinn today signed into law a measure to put a non-binding referendum on the fall ballot asking voters whether millionaires should be taxed at a higher rate — a move aimed at helping drive up Democratic turnout. The measure represents a Plan B for Quinn, who had supported efforts initiated by Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan to have a binding constitutional amendment placed on the ballot to require millionaire incomes to pay an additional 3 percentage points above the current individual income tax rate. That plan went nowhere in the General Assembly. The ballot proposal signed by Quinn

Middle Eastern firm’s deal to
manage U.S. cargo port
raises security concerns
Washington Times, by Kelly Riddell    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 7/29/2014 10:28:39 PM     Post Reply
For the first time in U.S. history, a Middle Eastern-based firm is poised to manage a strategic U.S. port on Florida’s Atlantic coast, rekindling national security concerns inside Congress. Rep. Duncan Hunter, the California Republican who oversees port security as chairman of the House Transportation’s maritime transportation subcommittee, demanded Tuesday that the Obama administration conduct a full national security review of the decision last month by Gulftainer to sign a 35-year contract with Florida’s Port Canaveral. The firm is a privately owned cargo terminal operator based in the United Arab Emirates,

  


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Body of Child Found in
Wheelwell of US Military
Aircraft That Landed in Germany
ABC News, by Luis Martinez    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 7/29/2014 10:26:54 PM     Post Reply
The body of a male adolescent was found Sunday night in the wheel-well of a U.S. Air Force C-130 at Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany after the plane had arrived from a flight that originated in Africa, a U.S. official confirmed today. The body was found trapped in a compartment above the aircraft’s rear landing gear, Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby said. The C-130 aircraft was on an eight-day journey, originating in Senegal and then stopping in Mali, Chad, Tunisia and Italy before arriving at Ramstein, according to Chief Master Sgt. Ellen Schirmer, a spokeswoman at Ramstein for the 86th

Obama eats ribs with 4 Kansas
City letter writers
Associated Press, by Nedra Pickler    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/29/2014 10:25:59 PM     Post Reply
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — President Barack Obama feasted on barbecue Tuesday with four people who wrote him letters in a trip to highlight the struggles of working families in American’s heartland, as the clock ticked on pressing issues before Congress goes on summer break. Obama’s dinner at Arthur Bryant’s, an unpretentious Kansas City self-serve barbecue joint, comes roughly 48 hours before Congress is set to go on a five-week break. He planned to criticize Congress for its inaction in a speech Wednesday at the historic Uptown Theater, the latest in a series of trips to spread the message in the

As fighting in Gaza rages on,
John Kerry battles perception
he’s a hapless bumbler
Washington Times, by Dave Boyer    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 7/29/2014 10:25:42 PM     Post Reply
Israel unleashed its heaviest bombardment in its three-week-old campaign against Hamas in Gaza on Tuesday as the Obama administration battled the growing perception among Israelis that Secretary of State John F. Kerry is a hapless bumbler in search of a cosmetic truce. Diplomatic efforts remained stalled despite a death toll that Palestinian officials said rose above 1,200 on Tuesday. The shadowy leader of the Hamas military wing said his group will not cease fire until an economic embargo is ended and other demands are met. After his latest round of mediation failed to achieve a cease-fire, Mr. Kerry has been

The U.S. push for a Gaza cease-fire
should empower moderate Palestinians
Washington Post, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 7/29/2014 10:21:44 PM     Post Reply
AS EFFORTS to forge even a temporary truce in Gaza founder, the Obama administration is indignantly protesting that its diplomacy has been unfairly maligned by critics, especially in Israel. Secretary of State John F. Kerry, officials say, has merely been trying to stop the bloodshed on the basis of previous cease-fire agreements, including an Egyptian plan that Israel accepted just two weeks ago. The U.S. account is mostly correct, and even some Israeli officials have acknowledged that the bitter and sometimes personal criticism of Mr. Kerry in Jerusalem went too far. Yet there is a good reason why Israelis across

  


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Broken Water Main Floods
UCLA; People Rescued
Associated Press, by Matt Hamilton    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 7/29/2014 10:21:30 PM     Post Reply
LOS ANGELES — A broken water main near the UCLA campus Tuesday sent a geyser of water some 30 feet into the air, forced the rescue of people trapped in underground parking garages and covered some of the best-known parts of campus in water, including the school´s famed basketball arena. The 30-inch, 93-year-old pipe that broke under nearby Sunset Boulevard made a raging river of the street and sent millions of gallons of water across the school´s athletic facilities, including the famed floor of Pauley Pavilion, the neighboring Wooden Center and the Los Angeles Tennis Center, and a pair of parking

John Kerry learns humility
Washington Post, by Dana Milbank    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 7/29/2014 10:19:11 PM     Post Reply
John Kerry put his right hand on his heart. “This is not about me,” he said. The secretary of state was reacting to the torrent of criticism at home and abroad of his failed attempt at a Middle East cease-fire; senior Israeli officials had called Kerry’s proposal a “strategic terrorist attack.” Contrary to his protest, Kerry was taking it personally. “You know, I — I’ve spent 29 years in the United States Senate and had a 100?percent voting record pro-Israel, and I will not take a second seat to anybody in my friendship or my devotion to the protection of

Israelis support Netanyahu
and Gaza war, despite
rising deaths on both sides
Washington Post, by William Booth and Ruth Eglash    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 7/29/2014 10:16:01 PM     Post Reply
JERUSALEM — The airwaves are filled with images of death and destruction in the Gaza Strip. President Obama is pressing for an immediate cease-fire. More than 50 Israeli soldiers have been killed. But at home, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is riding a massive wave of popularity. Domestic support for the Israeli leader’s prosecution of the war in Gaza has only grown over the past three weeks, as the Israeli public and political class rally behind an aggressive, definitive campaign against Hamas and its rockets and tunnels. The deep support among Israelis, from left to right, for the military’s Gaza offensive

Hoyer: Obama ´Can’t Legalize´
Illegals--But He Can Decide
How to ´Implement the Laws´
Cybercast News Service, by Brittany M. Hughes    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/29/2014 9:52:14 PM     Post Reply
House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) said that President Obama “can’t legalize” the illegal aliens in the United States, but then added that the president “can implement the laws as he believes they should be implemented." "Article 1 of the U.S. Constitution states that Congress has the power to make laws governing naturalization. Given this, does President Obama have the unilateral power to legalize illegal aliens?" CNSNews.com asked Hoyer. “I don’t think he does,” Hoyer responded, “and I don’t think that’s what he’s going to do. You’re right. He can’t legalize them.” “What the president can in fact do, however, is implement the

Indiana Gov. Calls for Timely
Information on Unaccompanied Minors
Cybercast News Service, by Melanie Hunter    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/29/2014 9:39:30 PM     Post Reply
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence on Tuesday urged President Barack Obama to provide “timely and necessary information” to states about the placement of unaccompanied illegal minors after it was discovered that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) sent 245 unaccompanied minors to Indiana in January, but did not notify the state until seven months later. “In Indiana last week, we learned from media reports that more than two hundred unaccompanied children had been placed by the federal government with sponsors in our state,” said Pence in a letter to the president. “Only after these media reports were published did the state

  



Head of Benghazi probe
says no witnesses off
limits, including Clinton
Fox News, by Catherine Herridge    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/29/2014 9:34:29 PM     Post Reply
The Republican head of the Benghazi Select Committee warned Tuesday that no witnesses would be off limits in its upcoming probe and that he would consider going to court, if necessary, to compel testimony. "I can´t skip over a witness that I think we ought to talk to simply because there is an assertion of either privilege or immunity,"Chairman Trey Gowdy of South Carolina told Fox News in an exclusive interview. He said that while he has received good cooperation to date, and the issue had not yet arisen, "if you mean to say that ´not only can they not talk, they

Troops told to refrain from eating,
drinking in front of Muslims
Fox News, by Todd Starnes    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/29/2014 9:24:11 PM     Post Reply
Do not eat or drink in front of Muslims, and learn more about their religion. That’s the directive that has gone out to active duty military personnel at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, a Department of Defense medical and graduate school in Bethesda, Md. The brigade commander sent an email to military personnel at the facility last month – just before the start of Ramadan – advising them to show respect to Muslim colleagues. “This is a period of great personal restraint and commitment in addition to renewed focus on worship,” Brigade Commander Col. Kevin Glasz wrote. “I’d like to

Krauthammer: Impending White
House Amnesty Order ‘Would Be
An Impeachable Offense’
Daily Caller, by Brendan Bordelon    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/29/2014 9:07:58 PM     Post Reply
Like many on the right, Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer is politically opposed to impeaching President Barack Obama. But on Tuesday, he declared that legally, the rumored White House order granting amnesty to as many as 6 million illegal immigrants “would be an impeachable offense” — and Obama’s talk of impeachment may be a way to preempt that pushback. Krauthammer spoke with Fox News’s Bret Baier on a panel with The Hill’s A.B. Stoddard and Fox News contributor Juan Williams. The group discussed the impeachment buzz swirling around Washington, which most observers agree is being ginned up by Democrats eager for

GOP Leaders Revive
Democrats’ Amnesty Hopes
Daily Caller, by Neil Munro    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/29/2014 9:03:37 PM     Post Reply
Democratic leaders are welcoming efforts by the House GOP leadership to amend a minor 2008 immigration bill, because it could revive the now-dormant, business-backed comprehensive immigration reform push. The House’s proposed change to the 2008 bill is “an opening for us to have a conference on our comprehensive immigration reform,” said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. GOP leaders announced Tuesday they’re scheduling a Thursday vote on changes to the existing 2008 immigration law. For more than a month, President Barack Obama has blamed the law for his decision to allow more than 100,000 Central American migrants into the United States. The GOP’s base,

Nancy Pelosi: ´We Cannot Have
Deportation without Representation´
Breitbart Big Government, by Charlie Spiering    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/29/2014 8:59:21 PM     Post Reply
During a hearing with House Democrats on Tuesday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi argued that the bill proposed by Republicans did not have the adequate resources to help unattended minors crossing the border with the immigration court process. The bill, announced by Republicans on Tuesday, would spend $659 million in new spending in response to the crisis on the border. Citing a friend, Pelosi said that “we cannot have deportation without representation,” and she praised the groups that were working to help the detained children. The hearing featured unattended minors, now living in the United States, who complained about how

Jesse Ventura May or May Not
Have Lost Barfight, But What He
Won from a Sniper’s Widow is Staggering
Independent Journal Review, by Kevin Boyd    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/29/2014 8:54:32 PM     Post Reply
Former Minnesota Governor and Navy SEAL veteran Jesse Ventura won his defamation lawsuit against the widow of former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle. He was awarded a whopping $1.8 million in damages by a Federal jury. Ventura alleges that details of a bar fight that Kyle wrote about in his book American Sniper, in which Kyle says he punched Ventura after he made the comment that the Navy SEALs “deserved to lose a few,” were fabricated. From Politico: A jury awarded former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura $1.8 million Tuesday in his lawsuit against the estate of “American Sniper” author Chris Kyle. On

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