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Secretive far left network uncovered
American Thinker, by Rick Moran    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 7/31/2014 9:32:38 AM     Post Reply
Mediatracker, a website that tracks media stories and works for transparency in government, has uncovered a heretofore unknowm group made up of some of the most powerful and influential leftists in the country. The private Google group known as "Gamechanger Salon" features a veritable who´s who of far left heavy hitting political activists (snip)Like Journolist, the advantage of a group like this is that talking points and political attacks can be highly coordinated. Most of the biggies on this list are frequent media guests, and being able to closely coordinate responses to news of the days amplifies the message. It wouldn´t surprise

Another report nails Obama for poor
planning, mismanagement, incompetence
Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: SurferLad- 7/31/2014 9:32:14 AM     Post Reply
Are you too picking up on the widening Obama administration pattern here of mismanagement, incompetence, no accountability and completely wasted taxpayer money? Yet another government audit out Wednesday, this one dissecting last fall´s ObamaCare roll-out debacle. [Snip] The new report from the nonpartisan General Accounting Office blames systemic problems such as poor planning, lack of follow-up, ineffective oversight and chaotic coordination. Expenses for the website alone stand at $840 million -- and that was last March!

Magic Johnson’s son sips Champagne,
shops Chanel in ‘#RichKids’
New York Post, by Dana Schuster    Original Article
Posted By: Toledo- 7/31/2014 9:31:30 AM     Post Reply
Magic Johnson’s son, 22-year-old EJ, is on a boat. Make that a 143-foot yacht. “Yachting is my favorite pastime,” says the 6-foot-3 NYU student who looks like a young André Leon Talley in his Gucci chiffon caftan, gold Chanel pendant and glamazon shades. . “Whether it is Friday, Saturday, Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday, honey, yachting is always cute,” opines Johnson as he pours glasses of Dom for his fabulous friends. It’s the premiere episode of “#RichKids of Beverly Hills” — and Johnson is making a splash. The Birkin-loving diva, who had a handful of cameos on Season 1, is now a regular on the E! series

  


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Jeb Bush quietly ramping up
potential presidential bid
New York Post, by Ian Mohr    Original Article
Posted By: tisHimself- 7/31/2014 9:29:45 AM     Post Reply
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has been traveling to New York in the past month to quietly meet with high-flying business leaders to ramp up interest in a potential presidential bid, sources tell Page Six. “He’s been meeting with groups of up to 15 people at private homes to tell them about some of his moderate points of view,” a source said. “He’s been meeting with Republicans, Democrats and independents.” Our source added, “They’re not fund-raisers. It’s for people here to get to know more about him. He’s said he has not decided whether he’ll run.” We hear that Bush was in town

Confronting evil in Gaza -
If not now, when?
Aspen Times (CO), by Melanie Sturm    Original Article
Posted By: AVFD15- 7/31/2014 9:15:57 AM     Post Reply
Asked by a convert to distill the Torah’s essence, Rabbi Hillel — Judaism’s great sage — taught, “What is hateful unto you, do not do unto your neighbor.” Like the Golden Rule that roots most ethical traditions, Hillel’s first-century precept was aimed at inspiring a better society, one that brought order, dignity and peace to an otherwise cruel and warring world. That too much of the world still inhabits a darker moral universe — refusing to Think Again about its preference for violence, hate and death — is perhaps humanity’s greatest challenge. As Nazi-era refugee Albert Einstein understood, defending our

Obama’s friendly fire
New York Post, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 7/31/2014 9:05:32 AM     Post Reply
How much better if the White House had said nothing, instead of issuing a fuzzy statement Wednesday condemning the shelling of a UN school for Palestinians in Gaza. It matters little that the National Security Council’s spokeswoman, Bernadette Meehan, did not explicitly accuse Israel of the bombing. Or that she went on to condemn those “hiding weapons in UN facilities.” The world understands the game. On the same day the White House issued its condemnation, the UN secretary general was blaming Israel for a “shameful” attack on “sleeping children.” Now, anything suggesting Israel and Hamas operate on the same moral plane is a victory

Argentina blames US
mediator for debt default
BBC News [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/31/2014 9:04:23 AM     Post Reply
Argentina has blamed the US for its debt default, calling the mediator in failed talks "incompetent". Cabinet Chief Jorge Capitanich said his country was considering opening proceedings at international tribunals in The Hague after it was declared to be in technical default. [Snip] The bond-holders are demanding a full pay-out of $1.3bn (£766m). Argentina says the bond-holders are "vultures" using the South American country´s debt problems to make a big profit. The investors are US hedge funds that bought debt cheaply after Argentina´s economic crisis in 2001-2002. They are also known as "hold-outs" because they did not sign up to a restructuring of debt

  


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President, Business Groups Defend
Money-Losing Export-Import Bank
American Thinker, by Steve Stanek    Original Article
Posted By: SpeedMaster- 7/31/2014 9:01:40 AM     Post Reply
Rarely do some of the nation’s most powerful politicians and businesspeople laud banks that report big profits when in fact they have lost billions of dollars. But we’re witnessing this spectacle on behalf of the Export-Import Bank of the United States, which for many decades, and for good reason, has been called by its critics “The Bank of Boeing.” Its charter expires September 30, and a battle over its possible extension is brewing between the political establishment and reformers. The Export-Import Bank got its start in 1934. It’s a Great Depression-era relic that has always favored the largest and most politically powerful

Dorkfish – Brazen Braggart
Whines as Victim
Conservative Treehouse, by Sundance    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 7/31/2014 8:56:26 AM     Post Reply
In an appearance on CBS News’ This Morning on Wednesday, Ventura engaged in an amateurish attempt to manipulate your emotions by simply insisting rather forcefully that you should not feel sorry for the woman who lost her husband to an assassin’s bullet who now has to pay millions to a professional self-promoter with a tenuous grasp on reality. Instead, Ventura insisted that he is the victim here. (Snip for video)“I’m already damaged,” Ventura said when asked if he had hurt his reputation by seeking restitution even after Kyle’s death. “I can’t go to a SEAL reunion anymore. That was the

Pope Francis: Turn Off
the TV During Dinner
NBC News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 7/31/2014 8:54:29 AM     Post Reply
Pope Francis has come up with 10 tips for a happier life, and one of them is to turn off the TV during dinner. In the interview with Argentine weekly Viva, the pontiff says staying plugged-in during meals stops families from communicating with each other. The pope also says that parents have to make time to play with their children and enjoy art and culture, according to a Catholic News Service translation of the interview. The Roman Catholic leader also says people should treat Sundays like family holidays, avoid criticizing others, steer clear of religious proselytizing, and work for peace. His

HIV-AIDS Continues to Spread in
Region Among White Gay Men
KMOX (St. Louis, MO), by Kevin Kileen    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 7/31/2014 8:49:22 AM     Post Reply
ST. LOUIS - Gay white men taking chances is what St. Louis Health Department director Pamela Walker says is largely to blame for the some 250 new HIV-AIDS cases each year in the region. “HIV-AIDS is still primarily a disease of men who have sex with men,” Walker says. “It’s still primarily white, but there is a disparity of course in the city, with more African Americans.” Walker says the disease is spreading because people wrongly think AIDS has been cured, or it’s no big deal anymore. And they’re having unprotected sex. “They think it’s curable. They think it’s over,” she says.

  


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Migrant children and unanswered questions
Post & Courier [Charleston, SC], by Jeremy Borden    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/31/2014 8:47:33 AM     Post Reply
When protests began across South Carolina in response to the thousands of migrants that have flooded the U.S.-Mexico border, state officials said there was nothing to worry about. [Snip] "We are troubled that this data is just coming to light and was not provided to Congress or our delegation in a timely and regular fashion," read the letter, which was signed by Sens. Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott, and Reps. Joe Wilson, Mark Sanford, Jeff Duncan, Trey Gowdy, Mick Mulvaney and Tom Rice. "What´s frustrating is how little we still know," Mulvaney said Tuesday. "We don´t know where these kids
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Ebola: Liberia shuts
schools to tackle outbreak
CNN, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 7/31/2014 8:45:14 AM     Post Reply
Liberia´s government has announced that it is closing down all schools across the country to stop the spread of the deadly Ebola virus. Some communities would be placed under quarantine as well, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said. Non-essential government workers will be sent home for 30 days and the army deployed to enforce the measures. The number of people killed by the virus in West Africa has now reached 672, according to new UN figures. The BBC´s West Africa correspondent Thomas Fessy says treatment facilities have reportedly been overwhelmed in the Liberian capital Monrovia.

Egypt demands unified Palestinian
position on ceasefire: official
Asharq Al Awsat [London, UK], by Kifah Ziboun    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 7/31/2014 8:38:47 AM     Post Reply
Ramallah—The Egyptian government has called on the Palestinian Authority and Hamas to unify their stance on the Egyptian-sponsored ceasefire initiative to end the fighting in Gaza ahead of a forthcoming meeting in Cairo. A senior Palestinian official, speaking to Asharq Al-Awsat on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media, said that Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi had informed his Palestinian counterpart Mahmoud Abbas that the joint Palestinian delegation set to visit Cairo to discuss the Egyptian initiative should include representatives of both Hamas and Fatah and “adopt a unified stance.” Palestinian Authority President Abbas is expected

When Obama voters apologize
American Thinker, by Richard Kline    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 7/31/2014 8:37:15 AM     Post Reply
A good friend of mine apologized to me today. You see, he voted for Barack Hussein Obama in the 2008 election and he lives in a so-called “swing state.” He told me that he had not voted for Obama in the 2012 election, but that he realized that by supporting him in 2008, he had help unleash a deadly virus onto the American scene. He simply said he was sorry. I think a good many Americans feel much the same as my good friend. They know that they were seduced by the very slick presentation that Barack Obama made in the

  


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Smart Politics – Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah
El-Sisi Tells The Palestinian Authority They
Must Unify Hamas In Any Agreement…
Conservative Treehouse, by Sundance    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 7/31/2014 8:32:15 AM     Post Reply
John Kerry should take a lesson from Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi. El-Sisi is not messing around with the construct of a peace deal until the Palestinian Authority and Hamas define their own association. In essence El-Sisi cuts to the heart of the matter and tells Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas that conversations about any cease fire are ridiculous when Abbas cannot control Hamas.Common sense would tell you it’s impossible to negotiate a temporary peace agreement without the actual people fighting agreeing to a cease-fire. Therefore El-Sisi tells Abbas until he gets control of Hamas, and actually gets Hamas to agree to

Tears, and Anger, as Militants
Destroy Iraq City’s Relics
New York Times, by Tim Arango    Original Article
Posted By: Toledo- 7/31/2014 8:30:55 AM     Post Reply
BAGHDAD — When the Sunni extremists ruling Mosul destroyed the shrine of a prophet whose story features in the traditions of Islam, Christianity and Judaism — the most important of nearly two dozen marked for destruction by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria in the first seven weeks of its reign — small groups of residents gathered to mourn. “We were crying when they detonated it,” said Abdulmalik Mustafa, a 32-year-old unemployed man who lives near the site, believed to be the tomb of the biblical prophet Jonah, which was razed last week. “We couldn’t believe that the history of

Al Gore’s climate-changers at EPA
hearings foiled by cool temperatures
Washington Times, by Valerie Richardson    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 7/31/2014 8:27:15 AM     Post Reply
DENVER — The Climate Reality Project brought its “I’m Too Hot” trucks and offers of free ice cream to this week’s Environmental Protection Agency hearings on power-plant emissions, but the climate wasn’t cooperating. The plan was to tout the EPA’s emissions proposal as a solution for hot weather brought on by global warming, but when the hearings began at 9 a.m. Wednesday in Denver, the temperature was a chilly 58 degrees. Plus, it was raining. The other cities hosting the hearings Wednesday were also hit by cooler-than-usual temperatures. The high in Atlanta was forecast at 82 degrees, while it was

Why You Don´t See Hamas
Firing Rockets on TV
Breitbart London [UK], by James Delingpole    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/31/2014 8:26:34 AM     Post Reply
From the Facebook page of Israeli filmmaker Michael Grynszpan: I met today with a Spanish journalist who just came back from Gaza. [Snip] He answered me frankly : "it´s very simple, we did see Hamas people there launching rockets, they were close to our hotel, but if ever we dare pointing our camera on them they would simply shoot at us and kill us." Wooh, impressive. Then I asked him "would you mind saying that on camera? I can film you explaining this..." For some reason I cannot really understand he refused and almost ran away. I guess my camera

Chicken pox outbreak puts illegal
immigrant facility on lockdown
Washington Times, by Stephen Dinan    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 7/31/2014 8:22:41 AM     Post Reply
The federal government’s new facility to house illegal immigrant families surging across the border has been put on lockdown because of chicken pox, with no immigrants allowed to be transferred in or out, a congressman said this week. Hundreds of illegal immigrants being kept at the campus of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Artesia, New Mexico, are being treated for and vaccinated against chicken pox after an outbreak (Snip) While most of the attention has been on the children traveling without their parents, the border has been flooded by an almost equal number of families from Central America —

  



Israeli Frustration With Obama
Reaching Boiling Point
Israel Today Magazine, by Ryan Jones    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 7/31/2014 8:17:26 AM     Post Reply
“Obama is a fool, and Kerry is an idiot.” “The Americans’ behavior has angered not only Israel, but all moderate forces in the region.” “There is no other way to describe [American dealings] than as a perversion of morality and diplomacy.” Those were some of the nicer things one could hear Israelis muttering about the American leadership this week. At first, Israelis were frustrated by inequitable American ceasefire demands and proposals that they at first believed were designed to protect Washington’s interests in the region and the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. But then senior Democratic officials began commenting to the media, and the

Border Crisis Poll: Public Turns
Against Obama, Democrats & Media
Breitbart Big Government, by John Nolte    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 7/31/2014 8:16:19 AM     Post Reply
A new AP-GfK polls is all around bad news for President Obama, Democrats, and a mainstream media determined to push his amnesty agenda. Not only is public approval souring towards Obama´s handling of the issue and the idea of a path to citizenship for illegals and the policy of offering asylum for this wave of Central American children, a plurality now see the Republican Party as better able to handle the issue of immigration.When asked about the President´s handling of the immigration issue, only 31% said they approve while a whopping 68% disapprove. That´s a 14 point shift against the

Lois Lerner´s Vendetta
Canada Free Press, by Arnold Ahlert    Original Article
Posted By: SpeedMaster- 7/31/2014 8:14:32 AM     Post Reply
House Republicans have released a Lois Lerner email exchange from November 2012 that “clearly demonstrates why Ms. Lerner not only targeted conservatives, but denied such groups their rights to due process and equal protection under the law,” wrote House Ways and Means Committee Chair Dave Camp (R-MI) in a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. The emails were part of additional evidence the Committee turned over to the Justice Department (DOJ) to support a thorough investigation of the IRS’s criminal behavior. “While the Committee has not seen an evidence of a serious investigation by your Department, it is my

Thousands Rally in Rome:
´Israeli Flag is the Pledge of Freedom´
Arutz Sheva [Israel], by Giulio Miotti    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/31/2014 8:11:43 AM     Post Reply
Last night, it was a great night in Rome. My newspaper, Il Foglio, rallied for Israel, its right to exist and to defend itself. More than 1,000 people came to the demonstration. We met along the Tiber river. In a Europe where barbarians are burning the flags with the star of David again and are calling to “kill the Jews”, some of the river´s lights were for us. [Snip] We invited the heads of many Jewish organizations and Israel’s ambassador in Rome, Naor Gilon, to speak. Ordinary citizens came to pay homage to Israel. We chose the Hatikva anthem as our soundtrack.

Study: Hundreds of rules passed by Obama
administration are technically illegal
Washington Post, by Juliet Eilperin    Original Article
Posted By: Honeybadger- 7/31/2014 8:08:55 AM     Post Reply
Over the past two years, the Obama administration has published hundreds and hundreds of rules — on how wheelchairs should be stowed aboard U.S. aircraft, how foreign trade zones should be regulated, how voting assistance should be provided for U.S. citizens overseas, and so on.There’s a problem, however: Technically speaking, these and some 1,800 other regulations shouldn’t be in effect because they weren’t reported to Congress as required. Yet there is little that lawmakers or the courts can do about it. The situation illustrates the obscure, Byzantine process used to create federal regulations — and how easily it can go awry. “It’s

Netanyahu Vows: We Won´t
Stop Until the Job is Done
Arutz Sheva [Israel], by Yaakov Lappin    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/31/2014 8:04:17 AM     Post Reply
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu opened a special security cabinet session Thursday morning to address the IDF´s ongoing Operation Protective Edge. "The IDF will continue to operate in the Gaza Strip with full strength" until the job is done, the Prime Minister said - and not before. In particular, Netanyahu said that IDF forces had succeeded in destroying dozens of "terror tunnels" dug by Hamas into Israel, noting that the terrorist group was likely planning to kidnap Israeli soldiers and civilians. He said that he was confident that the IDF could shut down Hamas´s tunnel network and emphasized that even were a ceasefire to be reached

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