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Obama to headline fundraisers
Politico, by John Bresnahan & Anna Palmer    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/30/2014 7:24:23 PM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama will headline upcoming fundraisers for House and Senate Democrats, with more big dollar events starring the president being planned before Election Day, according to Democratic insiders. Obama will get top billing for an Aug. 29 fundraiser on behalf of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in Newport, Rhode Island, said Democratic sources. The president will also take part in a Sept. 12 fundraiser for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee in Baltimore, the sources added. House and Senate Democrats - who already have a huge fundraising advantage over their GOP counterparts - want Obama to appear at additional fundraisers

Michelle Obama says the ´blood of Africa´
runs through her veins as she addresses
500 of her African ´brothers and sisters´
Reuters, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/30/2014 7:19:54 PM     Post Reply
First lady Michelle Obama embraced her family’s African roots in a speech today, telling a young audience that the ´blood of Africa´ runs through her veins as she urged changing traditional beliefs on the worth of educating women. Her husband had shied away from discussing his African heritage in his own remarks to the 500 Africans finishing a six-week Washington leadership fellowship on Monday, referencing his Kenyan father only once in the question-and-answer session. But Michelle Obama said as an African American woman, her discussion with the African youth was ´deeply personal´. ´The roots of my family tree are in

Lost in Translation
PJ Media, by Richard Fernandez    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 7/30/2014 7:18:02 PM     Post Reply
It may come as a shock well-educated Westerners that Communists can be corrupt. (Snip) Despite the recent boom which produced goodies to go around, the competition between factions is so great that last week China was openly wracked by the biggest purge since the bad old days of Mao and the Gang of Four. To appreciate the scale of the purge, imagine a man with the police power of Eric Holder, the wealth of Bill Gates and the prominence of Al Gore arrested — together with US senators, former cabinet secretaries and hundreds of merely prominent people and headed for

  


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George W. Bush Writes Book About Father
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/30/2014 7:17:22 PM     Post Reply
New York - His paintings made news worldwide, but it turns out that former President George W. Bush has been working on another, highly personal project since leaving the White House: He has quietly completed a biography of his father, former President George H.W. Bush. Crown Publishers told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the book, currently untitled, will be released November 11. In 2010, Crown published the younger Bush´s million-selling memoir, "Decision Points." "George H.W. Bush is a great servant, statesman, and father," George W. Bush said in a statement issued by Crown. "I loved writing the story of

George W. Bush To Release
Biography Of His Father
Daily Caller, by Rachel Stoltzfoos    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/30/2014 7:16:35 PM     Post Reply
President George W. Bush will soon release a biography of his father, President George H. W. Bush, The Daily Caller has learned. The book, set to be announced Wednesday evening, will be published by Crown Publishers and released Nov. 11, according to an email distributed Wednesday to Bush family and friends. Bush will cover how his father impacted him as a child and in his own political career, as well as his father’s political career, his role as CIA director, his work in the Texas oil industry, and his service in the Navy during World War II. George H. W. Bush is a great servant, statesman, and father,” said President George W. Bush,

Peace Corps pulls volunteers
over Ebola outbreak
USA Today, by Kim Hjelmgaard & Doug Stanglin    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/30/2014 7:11:25 PM     Post Reply
The Peace Corps announced Wednesday that it was temporarily withdrawing its 340 volunteers in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone after two workers were exposed to the Ebola virus. A spokeswoman told CNN and CBS News that the pair were being isolated after coming in contact with an infected patient who later died. The two have not exhibited symptoms, however, and will be sent back the United States after doctors clear them. The Peace Corps did not indicate when the volunteers might return to West Africa, where the growing outbreak is centered. "The agency has been and will continue to closely

Rand Paul to MSNBC Host: ‘When
Your Network Does 24-Hour News
Telling the Truth,’ Then We Can Talk
Mediaite, by Andrew Kirell    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/30/2014 7:03:32 PM     Post Reply
Sens. Rand Paul (R-KY) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) brought their bipartisan push for criminal justice reform (a noble cause, if you ask us) to MSNBC’s The Cycle on Wednesday afternoon. While the conversation was mostly cordial and illuminating, it took a brief turn for the tense when Ari Melber found a way to bring up Sen. Paul’s controversial 2010 comments to Rachel Maddow about the Civil Rights Act. Directly after the libertarian-leaning senator made the case that prison reform is a civil rights issue, Melber transitioned: “As we’re talking about restoring civil rights here, you stirred up a lot of

  


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Suing Obama: GOP-Led
House Gives the Go-Ahead
Associated Press, by Alan Fram    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/30/2014 7:02:10 PM     Post Reply
A sharply divided House approved a Republican plan Wednesday to launch a campaign-season lawsuit against President Barack Obama, accusing him of exceeding the bounds of his constitutional authority. Obama and other Democrats derided the effort as a stunt aimed at tossing political red meat to conservative voters. Just a day before lawmakers were to begin a five-week summer recess, debate over the proposed lawsuit underscored the harshly partisan tone that has dominated the current Congress almost from its start in January 2013. The vote to sue Obama was 225 to 201. Five conservative Republicans voted with Democrats in opposing the lawsuit:

Dem Who Co-Sponsored Bush
Impeachment Bill Claims Dems
Didn’t Want to Impeach Him
Mediaite, by Josh Feldman    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/30/2014 7:01:50 PM     Post Reply
Since we’re all talking about impeachment now, recall, if you will, when there were efforts underway to try getting George W. Bush impeached. Yes, there were some Democrats who pushed to impeach Bush back when he was in office, just as there are currently some Republicans who’d like to impeach President Obama. In fact, back in 2008, there was a bill sponsored by Dennis Kucinich with this title: “Impeaching George W. Bush, President of the United States, of high crimes and misdemeanors.” The bill was co-sponsored by eleven Democrats, among them Texas Democrat Sheila Jackson-Lee. Well, guess what Jackson-Lee

Thousands of jellyfish-like creatures
wash up near San Francisco Bay
Los Angeles Times, by Veronica Rocha    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/30/2014 6:56:33 PM     Post Reply
Thousands, possibly millions, of hockey puck-sized creatures washed up along the shoreline near San Francisco Bay this week, but an expert says don´t be alarmed. Strong winds probably drew the colony of creatures, known as Velella velella, to Ocean Beach in San Francisco, where they dried out and died, said Rich Mooi, curator of invertebrate zoology and geology at the California Academy of Sciences. The creatures, he said, are not dying off. They are known to bloom and float to shores along the northern continents around April, May and early June. The latest bloom, however, is unusual because it happened later than expected.

Ms. Hillary´s pinpoint strikes
Power Line, by Scott Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 7/30/2014 6:55:47 PM     Post Reply
In an interview with Jorge Ramos Fusion TV, Ms. Hillary was asked about civilian deaths in Gaza. Hamas treats civilian death statistics as propaganda and carefully nurtures them. They are treated as gospel and routinely recited by the media without reservation. Bret Stephens took up the issue in an important Wall Street Journal column yesterday, addressing the officials and policymakers who use the statistics to criticize Israel or promote a ceasefire or the like. Stephens’s column is “Palestine makes you dumb” (behind the Journal’s annoying subscription paywall but accessible via Google). In the video below, Ms. Hillary touches all the

  


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House Republicans forge ahead
with lawsuit against Obama
CBS News, by Rebecca Kaplan    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/30/2014 6:50:03 PM     Post Reply
Amid several outstanding domestic and foreign policy crises Congress must tackle by the end of the week, House Republicans are finalizing their plans to sue President Obama. The House voted 225 to 201 Wednesday afternoon to authorize House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, to go forward with the lawsuit. It alleges that the president has overreached on his executive authority by unilaterally changing the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. The vote was almost split along party lines, with all Democrats voting "no." Five Republicans also voted against the measure. Four Republicans and three Democrats did not vote.

Arab Leaders Silent, Viewing
Hamas as Worse Than Israel
New York Times, by David D. Kirkpatrick    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/30/2014 6:43:50 PM     Post Reply
Cairo - Battling Palestinian militants in Gaza two years ago, Israel found itself pressed from all sides by unfriendly Arab neighbors to end the fighting. Not this time. After the military ouster of the Islamist government in Cairo last year, Egypt has led a new coalition of Arab states — including Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Jordan — that has effectively lined up with Israel in its fight against Hamas, the Islamist movement that controls the Gaza Strip. (Snip) “The Arab states’ loathing and fear of political Islam is so strong that it outweighs their allergy to Benjamin Netanyahu,” the prime minister of Israel, said Aaron David Miller,

House approves VA reform bill
Politico, by Lauren French    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/30/2014 6:33:38 PM     Post Reply
The House on Wednesday approved legislation 420-5 to drastically reform the Department of Veterans Affairs. In a strong bipartisan vote, lawmakers backed the $17 billion compromise bill crafted by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Rep. Jeff Miller (R-Fla.). The Senate is expected to sign off on the legislation later this week. The bill gives the VA secretary new authority to fire senior employees accused of mismanagement and gives veterans the ability to leave the VA to seek medical care of they have waited longer than 14 days for treatment. The agency has been widely criticized in the wake of reports that it manipulated data on its wait times,

Exclusive: Some ambassadors who
knew of brutal CIA interrogations
told not to discuss them
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/30/2014 6:33:27 PM     Post Reply
Washington – A Senate report on the CIA´s interrogation and detention practices after the 9/11 attacks concludes that the agency initially kept the secretary of state and some U.S. ambassadors in the dark about harsh techniques and secret prisons, according to a document circulating among White House staff. The still-classified report also says some ambassadors who were informed about interrogations of al-Qaida detainees at so-called black sites in their countries were instructed not to tell their superiors at the State Department, the document says. The 6,300-page Senate report on the CIA´s interrogation program has been years in the

  


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Army’s 3-D printed bombs will
create ‘a whole new universe’
of deadly capabilities
Washington Times, by Douglas Ernst    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/30/2014 6:22:02 PM     Post Reply
Three-dimensional printing is taking the evolution of the bomb to a new level. The U.S. Army believes that the new technology will present security experts and policy makers with capabilities previously unimaginable. “Once you get into detonation physics, you open up a whole new universe,” U.S. Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center materials engineer James Zunino, told Army Technology magazine for its July issue. (Snip) The engineer told the magazine that 3-D printing would allow warhead designers to create customizable bombs, which would send tailored blast fragments in the direction mostly likely

Mark Levin Rips Impeachment
Critics: "Obama Should Be
Impeached, But He Won´t Be"
Real Clear Politics, by Ian Schwartz    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/30/2014 6:10:57 PM     Post Reply
Mark Levin: Have you noticed something in the last 48 or 72 hours about this word impeachment? Have you noticed that the Democrats and the RINO Republicans are playing games with our constitution? For the last six or seven minutes all over our favorite cable channel we´ve had via the news and the commentators going on and on about how the kooks have proposed impeachment but the Republicans have never really wanted impeachment. How the Democrats are proposing impeachment as a way to raise money. I sit here ladies and gentlemen and I say this: our country is being destroyed.

´Kill switch´ tech cut iPhone thefts
by 40 percent in San Francisco
Christian Science Monitor, by Karis Hustad    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/30/2014 6:10:45 PM     Post Reply
Ever have your phone stolen? If so, it’s likely you wished for a “kill switch,” a button that would immediately disable your phone, rendering it useless to a thief and protecting your valuable data. Good thing Google and Microsoft will now join Apple and others in including a kill switch function to their operating systems and phones, following a New York State report that indicated a kill switch cuts smart phone robberies by up to 40 percent in some cases. This follows legislation in Minnesota that mandates all smart phones must have a kill switch. Smart phone robberies were at an all time high in 2013, according to data by the report,

Paul Ryan: Obama´s Exec
Amnesty Not ´High Crimes´
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Tony Lee    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/30/2014 6:07:13 PM     Post Reply
At a Christian Science Monitor breakfast Wednesday, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) said President Barack Obama´s lawless executive actions are not high crimes and misdemeanors worthy of impeachment. "I see this as sort of a ridiculous gambit by the president and his political team to try and change the narrative, raise money, and turn out their base for an upcoming election that they feel is not going to go their way," Ryan said, according to the Wall Street Journal. "[Obama´s executive actions do] not rise to the high crime and misdemeanor level." However, as Andrew McCarthy, the former federal prosecutor and author of

Land for gas: secret German
deal could end Ukraine crisis
Independent [UK], by Margareta Pagano    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/30/2014 6:04:07 PM     Post Reply
Germany and Russia have been working on a secret plan to broker a peaceful solution to end international tensions over the Ukraine. The Independent can reveal that the peace plan, being worked on by both Angela Merkel and Vladimir Putin, hinges on two main ambitions: stabilising the borders of Ukraine and providing the financially troubled country with a strong economic boost, particularly a new energy agreement ensuring security of gas supplies. More controversially, if Ms Merkel’s deal were to be acceptable to the Russians, the international community would need to recognise Crimea’s independence and its annexation by Russia,

  



Pro-ISIS Demonstrators Call for
“Death to Jews” in the Netherlands
Newsweek, by Damien Sharkov    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 7/30/2014 5:58:51 PM     Post Reply
Jewish human rights group the Simon Wiesenthal Center has expressed its shock that protests in support of Islamic terrorist group ISIS have gone undeterred by Dutch authorities in the Hague. Two public rallies, expressing support for ISIS have been held this month, with chants advocating the murder of “dirty Jews from the sewers” heard at both. The first protest inciting violence towards Jews was held on July 4, while a second went ahead last week, on July 24, Dutch newspaper NL Times reports. Doctor Shimon Samuels of the Simon Wiesenthal Center addressed a passionate letter to the Dutch prime minister

Harper blames Hamas after
Israeli shells hit UN shelter in Gaza
Canadian Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 7/30/2014 5:55:47 PM     Post Reply
OTTAWA -- An unflinching Prime Minister Stephen Harper reiterated his government´s hard line on Wednesday on Hamas, Russia and Chinese cyberattacks. Harper said Hamas is solely responsible for the death and destruction in Gaza following almost a month of fighting between Israel and Hamas militants. His remarks, made following a job training announcement in northern Saskatchewan, came as the United States and the United Nations condemned the shelling of a UN school that was sheltering displaced Palestinians on the Gaza Strip. At least 17 people were killed. "Obviously no one likes to see the suffering and loss of

Obamacare Website Has Cost $840 Million
National Journal, by Sam Baker    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/30/2014 5:41:19 PM     Post Reply
The Obama administration has spent roughly $840 million on HealthCare.gov, including more than $150 million just in cost overruns for the version that failed so badly when it launched last year. The Government Accountability Office says cost overruns went hand-in-hand with the management failures that led to the disastrous launch of HealthCare.gov and the 36 state insurance exchanges it serves. GAO´s report, prepared for a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing Thursday, details a long series of management, oversight, and contracting problems that plagued the entire process, from risky contracting practices in 2011 through the

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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