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Drug-resistant malaria reaches
Southeast Asia borders, could
spread to Africa
Reuters, by Kate Kelland    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 7/30/2014 5:39:59 PM     Post Reply
LONDON - Drug-resistant malaria parasites have spread to border regions of Southeast Asia, seriously threatening global efforts to control and eliminate the mosquito-borne disease, researchers said on Wednesday. The scientists, who analyzed blood samples from 1,241 malaria patients in 10 countries across Asia and Africa, found resistance to the world´s most effective antimalarial drug, artemisinin, is now widespread in Southeast Asia. However, the study found no signs yet of resistance in the three African sites it covered in Kenya, Nigeria and Democratic Republic of the Congo. "It may still be possible to prevent the spread of artemisinin-resistant malaria parasites across

Cruz whipping tonight against
Boehner border bill
Washington Post, by Robert Costa    Original Article
Posted By: SpeedMaster- 7/30/2014 4:49:40 PM     Post Reply
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), an influential tea party leader, will meet with a group of House Republicans Wednesday to urge them to oppose House Speaker John A. Boehner’s plan to stem the flow of migrant children at the U.S.-Mexico border, according to several House members who plan to attend the 7 p.m. gathering at Cruz’s office. Cruz’s huddle is the latest example of the combative freshman senator wading into House affairs and serving as an informal whip against the leadership’s immigration position. It is also a direct shot at Boehner’s effort to pass his legislative package, hours before the bill

The Conservative Case Against
Boehner´s Border Bill
Canada Free Press, by Conn Carroll    Original Article
Posted By: SpeedMaster- 7/30/2014 4:38:19 PM     Post Reply
Capitol Hill conservatives are not happy with Speaker John Boehner´s (R-OH) $659 million response to the unfolding humanitarian crisis at the Texas-Mexico border. They are circulating a series of memos, including the one pasted below, detailing why the Boehner bill will fail to solve the problem. From the memo: The bill does not address the cause of the problem – the president’s unlawful policies, particularly DACA. The bill does not actually require the president to do anything – the only thing it guarantees is that the president will get the money he requested. The bill appropriates money through 2015, creating a built-in budget cliff

  


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Shock: 80% of U.S. population
growth is from immigrants,
resources being sucked dry
Washington Examiner, by Paul Bedard    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/30/2014 4:31:14 PM     Post Reply
A group dedicated to saving the planet by cutting runaway population increases is raising a new and shocking issue in Washington’s bitter fight over immigration reform: Most of the nation’s population growth is from immigrants, and they are consuming resources dangerously fast. According to Negative Population Growth Inc., 80 percent of the growth in U.S. population comes from immigration, legal, illegal and among American-born children of immigrants. “With increased population, we see a direct increase in the problems our nation faces on a daily basis: pollution, over-consumption, traffic gridlock, crowded schools and hospitals, overburdened social services, unemployment, crumbling infrastructure, urban

Count Down to Impeachment
Canada Free Press, by Tom Barak    Original Article
Posted By: SpeedMaster- 7/30/2014 4:27:44 PM     Post Reply
I am starting to understand how the people of France must have felt when they took to the streets under the shadow of the Champs Elysees in late August of 1944 to greet their allied liberators. It was a joyous occasion; young women tossing flowers, kissing the boys who fought for their liberation, signs proclaiming Vive De Gaulle as uncontrollable joy and exuberance washed over the euphoric crowd. But just beneath the celebratory cheer must have been a sense of dread and foreboding as memories of the dark tyranny of fascism that ground French freedom under the jackboot of their

Dem Rep to Illegal Minors:
´I Felt Ashamed´ of America
Breitbart TV, by Pam Key    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/30/2014 4:22:55 PM     Post Reply
Tuesday at the Congressional Progressive Caucus´ Ad-Hoc Hearing on the humanitarian crisis of unaccompanied minors flooding across the U.S.-Mexico border, Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) said she "felt ashamed" her country has handled the influx of illegal immigrant children After hearing the stories of several children who made the journey alone across several countries and the chaos they were greeted with at the border holding facilities Lee said, "In listening to your testimony I felt ashamed and I ask my colleagues are you talking about America? Is this America, where you have fled and were treated as you were. So I want

Victim of St. Roch attack: ´They
just wanted to stomp somebody´
Times-Picayune [New Orleans, LA], by Jonathan Bullington    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 7/30/2014 4:11:40 PM     Post Reply
William Murphy set out Sunday night to pick up a few groceries at the New Orleans Food Co-op in the St. Roch neighborhood. The roughly three-block walk is one the 54-year-old home renovator said he´s made countless times since moving to the neighborhood in 2006. But what should have been a routine errand quickly turned into a harrowing encounter with a group of teenagers who left him bloody and battered. He remembers only flashes, he said, including the teens taking his laptop from his backpack but never attempting -- despite ample opportunity -- to take the $90 he had

  


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GOP Rep Calls on Kerry to
Resign Over Alienating Israel
Breitbart TV, by Pam Key    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 7/30/2014 3:59:32 PM     Post Reply
Tuesday on Newsmax TV´s "America´s Forum," Rep. Jeff Miller (R-FL) said Secretary of State John Kerry has "alienated" the state of Israel and needs to go. The Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs said, "There is no question this administration has done more to alienate that very important ally of ours" adding "I think he just has a cloud over his head everywhere he goes ... It´s time from him to go."

MSNBC’s Ronan Farrow questions lack
of racial diversity in emoji characters
Washington Times, by Jessica Chasmar    Original Article
Posted By: Fiesta del sol- 7/30/2014 3:51:56 PM     Post Reply
MSNBC host Ronan Farrow took to his panel Tuesday to discuss what he perceives as a lack of racial diversity among emoji characters. Emoji, originating in Japan, describes the ideograms or smiley faces used in electronic messages, such as texting and social media.“Do you think there’s a limitation we’re suffering from in terms of the racial diversity of these emojis? Mr. Farrow asked linguist John McWhorter, who is black, Newsbusters reported. “No, I think that actually what we’re going to see more is a gender skew,” Mr. McWhorter argued. “Apparently women are more likely to use them and more richly.”

West African Newspapers Warn:
Don´t Eat Bats, Take Ebola-Stricken
Victims ´to the Bush´
Breitbart Big Peace, by Frances Martel    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/30/2014 3:38:23 PM     Post Reply
The West´s coverage of the African Ebola outbreak-- now claiming more than 600 lives-- has focused extensively on the facts: the symptoms, victims, and the potential of it spreading past the continent. In the four affected countries, however, the media has written everything from warnings to avoid witch doctors to urgent calls for prayer. In Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Nigeria-- the four countries to have registered individuals contaminated with Ebola since the outbreak began in March, the media has focused on various localized aspects of the disease. Some have focused on warning readers how to avoid the Ebola virus

Guatemala’s president: $2 billion
ought to help border crisis
Human Events, by Marianela Toldeo    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/30/2014 3:36:59 PM     Post Reply
MIAMI — Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina says $2 billion in federal aid and other U.S. investment in Central America could help end the flood of migrants across the U.S. southern border. But it’s a fool’s game, says the leader of a charity serving immigrants from Honduras. “I think giving money to these governments is a serious mistake,” said Francisco Portillo, president of the Honduran Francisco Morazan Integrated Organization in Miami “Corruption in our country (Honduras) is huge, no limits. And the money they are talking about is coming from our taxes,” he said. Giving money to Central American governments in Guatemala, Honduras

  


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´Stop Hatin´ All the Time´ :
Obama Slams GOP Lawsuit Vote
NBC News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Avanti1- 7/30/2014 3:35:04 PM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama on Wednesday continued to slam Republicans for moving to sue him over his use of executive actions, calling the move a “political stunt” and urging Congress to “stop hatin´ all the time.” “They have announced that they are going to sue me for taking executive actions to help people,” he said during an event in Kansas City. “They’re mad because I’m doing my job.” Calling the vote a waste of valuable taxpayer dollars, Obama said Republicans are also taking time away from important legislation they should be addressing.

Sen. John Thune aims at union corruption
Washington Times, by S.A. Miller    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/30/2014 3:22:47 PM     Post Reply
A top Senate Republican is introducing legislation Wednesday that would restore financial transparency rules for labor unions that President Obama nixed shortly after taking office in 2009, The Washington Times has learned. The bill by Sen. John Thune, chairman of the Senate Republican Conference, would bring back three sets of Labor Department rules that were designed to crack down on union corruptions by required unions and their leaders to disclose more details of their finances. The rules were proposed under President George W. Bush but rescinded after Mr. Obama took office, one of several moves he made to benefit unions

´Sharknado´ sequel has bite and
a storm of laughs as sharks sink
their teeth into Manhattan
Associated Press, by Frazier Moore    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 7/30/2014 3:17:51 PM     Post Reply
NEW YORK – Don´t worry about me. The Sharknado Evacuation map supplied by Syfy network places me, as a resident of Lower Manhattan, smack in the zone most in peril this sharknado season. But I´ll be ready. You might as well batten down the hatches, too. "Sharknado 2: The Second One" (which, if you hadn´t guessed, is an encore follow-up sequel to last summer´s campy classic) premieres Wednesday. The original "Sharknado" depicted a weather aberration on the Southern California coast that caused bloodthirsty sharks to rain on hapless Angelenos. But hunky beach-bar owner Fin Shepard (get it: fin shepherd?!) saved

Gov. Patrick Signs Mass.
Abortion Buffer Zone Bill
Boston Globe [MA], by Denali Tietjen    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/30/2014 3:12:07 PM     Post Reply
Governor Deval Patrick today signed a bill that tightens security regulations regarding protests and demonstrations at abortion clinics in Massachusetts. (Snip) Under the new law, peaceful demonstrations are allowed within any range of reproductive health care facilities so long as they are non-threatening and do not block facility entrances. Protests that fail to comply with these rules are subject to dispersal or punishment by law enforcement. Demonstrations that impede clinic entrances will be immediately dispersed, an authority granted to police under the law. Once a written dispersal order is issued, dispersed protestors will be banned from coming

  


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Aide: Use of Ferrari, yacht were part
of lavish gifts made to the McDonnells
Washington Post, by Laura Vozzella, Rosalind S. Helderman*    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/30/2014 3:04:42 PM     Post Reply
RICHMOND — Arrangements were made for Robert F. McDonnell to drive a Ferrari. His daughter was given passes to the Ritz Carlton in Tampa. A boat was made available for a McDonnell family vacation. The third day of the corruption trial of the former Virginia governor and his wife, Maureen, opened with an assistant to a dietary supplement executive testifying to a laundry list of lavish gifts she helped arrange for the first family on behalf of Jonnie R. Williams Sr. Federal prosecutors are contending at the trial that the McDonnells used the prestige of the governor’s mansion to push

Iraqi Christians´ nightmare
USA Today, by Kirsten Powers    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 7/30/2014 2:58:24 PM     Post Reply
Iraq´s Christians are begging the world for help. Is anybody listening? Since capturing the country´s second largest city of Mosul in early June, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has ordered Christians to convert to Islam, pay jizya taxes levied on non-Muslims, or die. The extremist Sunni group is also persecuting and murdering Turkmen and Shabaks, both Muslim religious minorities. Human rights lawyer Nina Shea described the horror in Mosul to me: "(ISIS) took the Christians´ houses, took the cars they were driving to leave. They took all their money. One old woman had her life savings of

UCLA water-main break: Hundreds
of cars remain marooned on campus
Los Angeles Times, by Matt Stevens, Joseph Serna    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/30/2014 2:56:49 PM     Post Reply
At least 700 cars remained trapped Wednesday inside two parking structures at UCLA after a 93-year-old water main ruptured, spewing up to 10 million gallons of water onto the campus and nearby streets. Using an online registration system to track vehicles in the university´s lots, campus officials have determined that nearly 400 of the marooned cars belong to students, almost 300 to campus staff, more than a dozen to faculty and about 40 to visitors. Officials on Wednesday said up to 300 of the vehicles were partially submerged in water and several hundred more were damaged. On Tuesday, firefighters helped

Two new mysterious craters emerge
in Siberia, deepening giant hole saga
Washington Post, by Terrence McCoy    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/30/2014 2:55:47 PM     Post Reply
In a chaotic world of downed planes, ethnic unrest and missile strikes, international observers settled their attention elsewhere earlier this month. They looked north to Siberia, a land covered in snow and layered in permafrost, where a strange and giant crater had just ripped open the earth. At the time, no one knew where exactly the crater had come from, what was at its bottom, or how it had come to be. There are sure to be even more questions now. Two new craters have emerged in Siberia, deepening the giant hole saga. Though not as big as the first crater, which extended hundreds of feet in diameter, these new craters are just as strange.

Sessions: ´We Cannot Allow Executive
Orders to...Eradicate Plain Law´
Cybercast News Service, by Melanie Hunter    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/30/2014 2:48:55 PM     Post Reply
Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) took to the Senate floor Wednesday to blast the president’s reported plan to use his executive authority to provide amnesty to illegal immigrants by scaling back deportations and granting them work permits, saying Congress must not allow the president use executive actions that eradicate “plain law.” “This Congress needs to speak. We cannot allow executive orders to be issued by a president that eradicates plain law. To do so is wrong. The American people are watching this. They are not going to be happy that this Congress didn’t take action, and expressions of concerns among senators

  



First US rate rise draws closer after
blistering second quarter GDP
Telegraph [UK], by Jeremy Warner    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/30/2014 2:47:53 PM     Post Reply
Janet Yellen, chairwoman of the US Federal Reserve, has always said that normalisation of US interest rates will be data dependent. Well, she´s got little excuse for holding back after today´s blistering second quarter GDP figures, showing annualised growth of 4 percent. This finally lays to rest lingering suspicions that the economic contraction of the first quarter was more than just a weather induced aberration. Many feared that it was indicative of more deep rooted, underlying weaknesses. Yet the second quarter snap back more than makes up for the arctic freeze of the early part of the year, with the

´I love my drone´: Martha Stewart shares
incredible aerial images of her estate
as she reveals her latest must-have
accessory for the summer
Daily Mail [UK], by David McCormack    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/30/2014 2:45:27 PM     Post Reply
Lifestyle guru Martha Stewart has revealed that her latest must-have accessory is a drone and now she simply can’t stop extolling the virtues of flying robots. The millionaire businesswoman received a drone fitted with a high-definition camera for her 72nd birthday last August and says she was hooked instantly. After downloading the appropriate app onto her iPad, she took her $300 Parrot AR Drone 2.0 to the beach in Maine to try it out. ‘In just a few minutes I was hooked,’ she writes in an opinion piece featured in Time magazine on Tuesday. ‘In near silence, the drone rose, hovered, and dove, silently

Security cabinet directs IDF to
continue operation, complete
destruction of terror tunnels
Jerusalem Post [Israel], by Herb Keinon    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/30/2014 2:33:01 PM     Post Reply
The security cabinet directed the IDF on Wednesday to continue to forcefully hit Hamas in the Gaza Strip, and to complete the job of neutralizing the terror tunnels, a senior diplomatic official said Wednesday. According to the official, speaking after a four-hour security cabinet meeting, the IDF operation has led to “significant achievements on the ground” and is hitting at the “strategic apparatus” that Hamas has invested in for years. The official said that the IDF also has had “significant achievements” in degrading the infrastructure of Hamas and other terrorist organizations in Gaza, and will “continue to expand” those operations.

Hillary Clinton: Malaysia Airlines
Flight 17 shoot-down was "terrorism"
CBS News, by Jake Miller    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/30/2014 2:32:12 PM     Post Reply
Hillary Clinton labeled the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over Eastern Ukraine a "form of terrorism" in an interview that aired Tuesday, condemning Russia for aiding the separatists who are accused of taking down the plane. "They were equipped by the Russians. They were trained by the Russians. There may have even been Russians on the ground with them and the result was this horrible attack," Clinton told Fusion during a wide-ranging interview. "And yes, it is a form of terrorism...When you have armed militants, aided and abetted by a major country like Russia, able to use surface-to-air missiles to bring down

Ratings-Challenged Al Jazeera
America Considering More Layoffs
Accuracy in Media, by Don Irvine    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/30/2014 2:32:07 PM     Post Reply
Al Jazeera America, which will be celebrating its first anniversary next week, is considering another round of layoffs, as the network’s ratings continue to sag. According to TV Newser, Al Jazeera America CEO Ehab Al Shihabi told the staff during a meeting last week that there may be further layoffs. A network spokesman told TV Newser that “Like any television network we make decisions based on our programming schedule,” and that they were always looking at staffing levels. This is the second round of cuts this year. In April, the network laid off dozens of people in their sports and

Italian Reporter Reveals Hamas
Cover-Up Over Misfired Rockets
Arutz Sheva [Israel], by Ari Soffer    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/30/2014 2:24:33 PM     Post Reply
An Italian journalist who until Tuesday was embedded in Gaza has backed the IDF´s account of a rocket strike on a school playground in central Gaza´s Shati refugee camp on Monday. At least 10 people were killed in the attack--most of them children--and some sources claimed the death toll was as high as 30. [Snip] Verifying facts on the ground in Gaza is notoriously difficult for foreign reporters, and even for Palestinian journalists seen as aligned with the Fatah-led Palestinian Authority, as journalists are closely watched by Hamas security forces and can face interrogation and a permanent ban from Gaza for

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