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Rushed HHS Let Contractors Fumble
Obamacare Website, GAO Says
NBC News, by Maggie Fox & Joel Seidman    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/31/2014 4:56:44 AM     Post Reply
A rushed team at the Department of Health and Human Services failed to plan properly or watch over contractors hired to set up and run the online health insurance exchange, setting it up for its spectacular blowout when it rolled out last October, according to a report to be released Thursday. And unless HHS acts, more problems could happen this year, the report warns. Federal officials had just three and a half years to design, build and launch the online marketplace from the time the Affordable Care Act was signed in March 2010 to the time it had to be ready

The World Wakes Up to the God Wars
American Interest, by Walter Russell Mead & Staff    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/31/2014 4:51:32 AM     Post Reply
France is opening her doors to Christians fleeing ISIS’s reign of persecution in Iraq. Al Jazeera has the story: “France is outraged by these abuses that it condemns with the utmost firmness,” Laurent Fabius, France’s foreign minister, and Bernard Cazeneuve, the interior minister, said in a joint statement on Monday. “The ultimatum given to these communities in Mosul by ISIL is the latest tragic example of the terrible threat that jihadist groups in Iraq, but also in Syria and elsewhere, pose to these populations that are historically an integral part of this region,” they added, referring to the Islamic State’s former name

The real Lois Lerner exposed
in newly released emails
Washington Times, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/31/2014 4:48:35 AM     Post Reply
Conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status had their applications denied by IRS bureaucrats who called them names like “crazies,” “rabid” and other words that can’t be printed in a family newspaper. The tax agency is supposed to be run by nonpartisan, career professionals, but the latest set of emails released by the House Ways and Means Committee suggest the agency is anything but. Until the scandal erupted last year, Lois G. Lerner was in charge of the IRS division overseeing tax-exempt organizations. Congressional investigators have spent months sifting through her emails — the ones that didn’t “go missing” — to find out

  


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Does prostitution ‘make more
sense’ than working at Walmart?
New York Daily News, by Victoria Taylor    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 7/31/2014 4:45:30 AM     Post Reply
Turning tricks makes more financial sense than stocking shelves at Walmart. At least, that´s what some current and former members of the sex industry are arguing. In an article for Nerve.com titled “Why Prostitution Can Make More Sense Than Working at Walmart,” author and ex-escort David Henry Sterry says that he was drawn into the world´s oldest profession when he was a broke 17-year-old in Hollywood. Sterry says he was unable to support himself working at a fried chicken restaurant and was told he could make "real money" — $100 an hour — as a rent boy. "Economically, the only reason a person would

The West Has Cornered Putin—and
That´s When He´s Most Dangerous
New Republic, by Julia Ioffe    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/31/2014 4:36:01 AM     Post Reply
Today is not a good day to be Vladimir Putin. A game that the Russian president was winning so deftly in the spring has turned on him in summer: The Ukrainian military is bearing down on the pro-Russian separatists in east Ukraine, and there’s word that it’s on the verge of splitting the rebel-held territory in two and that two major rebel leaders have fled. Putin´s supporting these guys because of a position he staked out months ago, even though they’ve just gotten him into a whole lot of trouble by mistakenly shooting down a plane full of Dutch people.

Yes, It Could Happen Again
Atlantic, by Richard Cohen    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/31/2014 4:29:42 AM     Post Reply
Pessimism is a useful prism through which to view the affairs of states. Their ambition to gain, retain, and project power is never sated. Optimism, toward which Americans are generally inclined, leads to rash predictions of history’s ending in global consensus and the banishment of war. Such rosy views accompanied the end of the Cold War. They were also much in evidence a century ago, on the eve of World War I. Then, as now, Europe had lived through a long period of relative peace, after the end of the Napoleonic Wars. Then, too, rapid progress in science, technology, and communications

Alison Lundergan Grimes Thinks
Iron Dome Goes Underground
Washington Free Beacon, by Adam Kredo    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/31/2014 4:20:28 AM     Post Reply
Democratic Kentucky Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes says Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system prevents Hamas terrorists from tunneling into Israel. Grimes was asked about foreign policy and the conflict between the Israelis and Hamas during a recent interview with the Lexington Herald Leader. Grimes’ response casts doubt on her grasp of the basic facts in the Middle East. “The Iron Dome has been a big reason why Israel has been able to withstand the terrorists that have tried to tunnel their way in,” Grimes was quoted as saying. That is not the case.

  


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Family members of Benghazi victims
confident House probe will produce truth
Fox News, by Catherine Herridge    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/31/2014 4:11:39 AM     Post Reply
Family members of the four Americans who died in the 2012 Benghazi attack told Fox News Wednesday that after meeting with members of the House committee probing the attack, they have never been more confident that investigators will get to the truth. They also said there was a surprising amount of common ground between Republicans and Democrats on the highly charged Benghazi Select Committee chaired by Rep. Trey Gowdy,R-S.C. Members of the Select Committee met for the first time this week with the family members, wrapping up Wednesday with a session with the ranking Democratic member, Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland. Charles Woods,

Could the Ebola outbreak come to
the United States? Yes and no.
CNN, by Ben Brumfield    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/31/2014 4:07:01 AM     Post Reply
A man boards a plane in Liberia with a slight fever. As the jet nears an airport in New York, his temperature rises; his throat grows sore. It´s the flu, he thinks after he lands, but he´s wrong. He´s caught the deadly Ebola virus. He soon dies of hemorrhagic fever while surrounded by family. Some of them catch it, and it´s like a flame hitting a fuse. The United States erupts in its first ever Ebola pandemic, as healthcare workers fight an uphill battle to contain it.Could what sounds like the plot of a Hollywood pestilence thriller really happen here? Well, yes and

Israel Calls Up Another 16,000 Reserves
Associated Press, by Peter Enav & Ibrahim Barzak    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/31/2014 4:01:26 AM     Post Reply
JERUSALEM -- Israel said Thursday it has called up another 16,000 reservists, allowing it to potentially widen its Gaza offensive against the territory´s Hamas rulers in a war that has killed more than 1,300 Palestinians and more than 50 Israelis. The new call-up follows another day of intensive fighting, in which tank shells struck a U.N. school where Palestinians were sheltering and air strikes tore through a crowded Gaza shopping area. At least 116 Palestinians and three Israeli soldiers were killed Wednesday alone. The move also coincides with stalled diplomatic efforts to end the war, which has claimed more than 1,360 Palestinian

50,000 meals a day among outpouring
of support for IDF
Times of Israel, by Melanie Lidman    Original Article
Posted By: Up2Here- 7/31/2014 12:51:51 AM     Post Reply
MOSHAV MASLUL, southern Israel — It all started with a lemonade stand. “I took my kids, and I said, let’s go buy some lemons and make lemonade for the soldiers driving by,” said Doron Elbaz, the owner of a farm next to Moshav Maslul, a small town near the Gaza border.During previous conflicts, Elbaz had organized convoys bearing food for soldiers going into Gaza. But when the current operation started on July 8, it was still unclear what kind of troops would be on the ground and how many soldiers would be serving in the area. So he decided to

  


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Three IDF soldiers killed when explosives
detonated within a booby-trapped UN
building in Gaza. UNRWA yet to comment.
Arutz Sheva [Israel], by Elad Benari    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/30/2014 11:38:24 PM     Post Reply
The three IDF soldiers who were killed on Wednesday in Gaza, were killed when explosives detonated within a booby-trapped UN building in Khan Younis, Breitbart reports. An elite IDF tunnel unit was in the process of uncovering an opening to a Hamas tunnel located at an UNRWA (United Nations Relief and Works Agency) health clinic when all of a sudden the explosives detonated, causing the entirety of the building to fall on top of the soldiers. [Snip] The IDF has previously provided video evidence that Hamas fires rockets from inside schools and it is also known that Hamas has also

US resupplies Israel with
munitions as Gaza conflict rages
Jerusalem Post [Israel], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/30/2014 10:52:07 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON--The United States has allowed Israel, waging an campaign in the Gaza Strip, to tap a local US arms stockpile in the past week to resupply it with grenades and mortar rounds, a US defense official said on Thursday. [Snip] Israel, however, did not cite an emergency when it made its latest request about 10 days ago, the defense official said, speaking on condition of anonymity. The United States allowed Israel to access the strategic stockpile anyway to resupply itself with 40mm grenades and 120mm mortar rounds to deplete older stocks that would eventually need to be refreshed.

Bouncing Back, Economy
Grew 4% for Quarter
New York Times, by DIONNE SEARCEY    Original Article
Posted By: addicted_to_coffee- 7/30/2014 10:50:34 PM     Post Reply
The United States economy rebounded strongly in the second quarter of the year, shaking off the negative effects of an unusually harsh winter and stirring hopes that it might finally be establishing a solid enough footing to put the lingering effects of the recession squarely in the past. The Commerce Department, in its initial estimate for April, May and June, reported on Wednesday that the economy grew at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4 percent, surpassing expectations.

‘Big Bang’ star Mayim Bialik
helps send bulletproof vests to IDF
Washington Times, by Jessica Chasmar    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 7/30/2014 10:13:49 PM     Post Reply
“The Big Bang Theory” star Mayim Bialik explained Wednesday why she is helping send bulletproof vests to the Israel Defense Forces. The Jewish actress and outspoken supporter of Israel wrote a brief blog post Wednesday afternoon, titled “Why I Donated Money to Send Bulletproof Vests to the IDF.” “1. I need to feel like I’m doing something,” she writes. “2. No matter what your politics are, soldiers sent into war zones deserve to be protected from enemy fire.” “3. Every soldier is someone’s son or daughter. Every single one,” she concludes, linking to a post she wrote on July 7.

  


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House Republicans authorize
lawsuit against Obama
for presidential overreach
Washington Times, by Ben Wolfgang and Stephen Dinan    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 7/30/2014 10:10:48 PM     Post Reply
House Republicans voted Wednesday evening to authorize an unprecedented lawsuit against President Obama, escalating a separation of powers battle between Congress and the White House that is heavily tinged with election-year politics. Mr. Obama mocked Republicans, telling them to “stop just hatin’ all the time,” but GOP lawmakers said they felt boxed in, being unable to get their legislation through the Democrat-controlled Senate and having to watch as the president tweaks, waives or ignores laws Congress has written but which he dislikes. “This isn’t about Republicans and Democrats; it’s about defending the Constitution

$5 million, $50 million or even
more – just how rich is Hillary
Clinton? Here’s why we don’t know.
Washington Post, by Alexander Becker    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 7/30/2014 10:07:36 PM     Post Reply
Ever since Hillary Clinton drew attention to her finances by claiming her family was "dead broke" when they left the White House, speculation has focused on a seemingly simple question: Exactly how rich are the Clintons? The answer, at least for the time being, is that there´s no way for the public to know. The couple´s wealth since Bill Clinton´s presidency ended in early 2001 has been generated largely from paid speeches, lucrative book deals and successful investments. Some of that wealth has been detailed over the years in the financial disclosure forms Hillary Clinton was required to file as

Western powers temporarily abandon
democracy-building efforts in Libya
Washington Post, by Karen DeYoung    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 7/30/2014 10:04:05 PM     Post Reply
Three years after Western powers helped Libyan rebels overthrow dictator Moammar Gaddafi, they have at least temporarily abandoned efforts on the ground to bolster Libya’s foundering democracy. On Wednesday, France evacuated its embassy in Tripoli, where warring militias have traded rocket and artillery fire over the past two weeks in the worst violence in the capital since Gaddafi’s ouster. French ships moved diplomats and French and other European citizens across the Mediterranean to Toulon, just days after U.S. diplomats left by road for Tunisia and then traveled to Malta, where they have set up an embassy-in-absentia.

Report: Feds Release Far More Illegal
Aliens in Texas Than Any Other US State
Breitbart Texas, by Kristin Tate    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/30/2014 10:01:08 PM     Post Reply
HOUSTON, Texas--Amid the border crisis, President Obama´s Health and Human Services (HHS) has been quietly releasing illegal immigrant minors onto U.S. soil. According to HHS´ Office of Refugee and Resettlement, a total of 30,340 unaccompanied minors have already been released from federal custody after being placed in a foster home. Although foreign minors have been set free in all 50 states, Texas has received far more than any other U.S. state. As of July 7, 4,280 illegal immigrant minors were released in Texas. (Snip) Several other states received a large number of the minors: New York: 3,347; Florida: 3,181; California:

Website could provide easy access
to duplicating strangers’ keys
WISH-TV [Indianapolis, IN], by Karen Hensel    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/30/2014 9:59:42 PM     Post Reply
INDIANAPOLIS — With $6 and a smartphone, you can quickly and easily get a copy of your house key. Unfortunately, so can people with more nefarious motives. An I-Team 8 investigation discovered that leaving keys unattended for just a moment can put you at risk. Hand your keys over for an oil change? Check your car with a valet? Leave your keys on your desk at work? I-Team 8 found easy access to keys in all parts of everyday life. Scanning the WISH-TV newsroom, I-Team 8 quickly found opportunities to use a camera phone to go online and get a copy of

  



Report: Desperate Hamas
Stealing UN Food Stamps to Survive
Breitbart Big Peace, by Joel B. Pollack    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 7/30/2014 9:52:54 PM     Post Reply
Though Hamas started the latest round of conflict with Israel, it seems to have calculated--wrongly--that Israel would not launch a ground invasion. Members of the Hamas terrorist organization are reportedly so desperate for food after three-and-a-half weeks of war with Israel that they are seizing United Nations food coupons to keep their members fed--and to prevent them from surrendering to Israeli soldiers out of sheer hunger. The Jerusalem Post reports that senior Israeli military planners have concluded that Hamas is operating from a position of weakness, having lost much of its secretive tunnel network--and at least some of

Exclusive: Illegal Alien Crime
Victims Invite Boehner, His Family
To Border, Plead for Enforcement
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Matthew Boyle    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/30/2014 9:51:02 PM     Post Reply
Several family members of victims of horrific crimes committed by illegal aliens have invited House Speaker John Boehner to visit the U.S. Border with Mexico with them in a fiery letter provided exclusively to Breitbart News. “As you leave Washington, D.C. to vacation with your families, our families invite you and your entire family to spend the weekend in McAllen, Texas,” the victims´ family members wrote to Boehner and other lawmakers Wednesday. “We invite you to see firsthand the invasion and lawlessness that is destroying our beloved country, and how you (and others) have given de facto permission and unfettered access

First lady asks leaders to
change gender attitudes
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/30/2014 9:46:42 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — Michelle Obama called on young African leaders to change traditional attitudes and beliefs that harm girls and women, adding that educating and making women financially literate is not enough. "No country can ever truly flourish if it stifles the potential of its women and deprives itself of the contributions of half of its citizens," Mrs. Obama said. The first lady spoke Wednesday to the inaugural class of young African fellows who are getting six weeks of leadership training in the United States as part of the Mandela Washington Fellowship. "Leadership is about creating new traditions that honor the

Obama Administration Suing Pa. State
Police Over Physical Fitness Tests
Daily Caller, by Chuck Ross    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/30/2014 9:44:58 PM     Post Reply
Saying that the physical fitness tests that the Pennsylvania state police uses to identify entry-level candidates are not job-related, the Department of Justice is suing the agency for sex discrimination since more men pass the tests than women. “Through the use of these physical fitness tests, Defendants have engaged in a pattern or practice of employment discrimination against women in [Pennsylvania State Police´s] selection process for entry-level trooper positions in violation of Title VII [of the Civil Rights Act of 1964],” reads the DOJ’s lawsuit. At issue are the state agency’s 2003 and 2009 physical fitness tests that are one

Brown: California Willing
to Shelter More Migrants
Associated Press, by Olga R. Rodriguez    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/30/2014 9:27:05 PM     Post Reply
California Gov. Jerry Brown said Tuesday his state is willing to shelter more migrant children from Central America if needed but reiterated that the United States needs to find a long-term solution to the immigration crisis. "I would do everything I could to make sure California will do its part to shelter any young children that are in need of protection," Brown said after meeting with more than a dozen Central American religious leaders and Los Angeles Catholic Archbishop Jose Horacio Gomez in Mexico to discuss the surge of unaccompanied Central American youth and families illegally crossing into the United

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