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Stocks Tumble, Dow Down 220
Points,Company Earnings Disappoint
Reuters, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 7/31/2014 3:09:23 PM     Post Reply
U.S. stocks slumped in a broad decline Thursday, with the Dow and S&P 500 turning negative for July on concerns over the strength of overseas economies and continuing tensions with Russia. Weak U.S. data contributed to the bearish tone as jobless claims rose more than expected in the latest week, and the Chicago Purchasing Managers Index unexpectedly fell in July to its lowest since June 2013. All 10 primary S&P 500 sectors were down on the day, with energy the biggest decliner with a drop of 0.9 percent. About 82 percent of stocks traded on the New York Stock Exchange

Israelis wish Kerry would just go away
Tampa Tribune, by Douglas MacKinnon    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 7/31/2014 2:43:32 PM     Post Reply
In his never-ending quest to win the far-left Nobel Peace Prize, John Kerry has deliberately put the security of the state of Israel at greater risk. Sadly, and quite dangerously, this is nothing new for Kerry. In January of this year, Israeli Minister of Defense Moshe Yaalon, recognizing Mr. Kerry’s self-serving endgame, said: “American Secretary of State John Kerry, who turned up here determined and acting out of misplaced obsession and messianic fervor, cannot teach me anything about the conflict with the Palestinians … the only thing that can ‘save us’ is for John Kerry to win a Noble Prize

Christie trails Clinton by 9 points
among Ohio voters, new 2016 poll shows
Star-Ledger [Newark, NJ], by Brent Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 7/31/2014 2:24:13 PM     Post Reply
Trenton — A new poll on the 2016 presidential race shows Gov. Chris Christie´s popularity among voters in the swing state of Ohio is still lagging. The Quinnipiac University survey, released this morning, shows a larger percentage of Ohio voters see New Jersey´s Republican governor in a negative light than those who view him positively — 36 to 34 percent. At the same time, Christie trails Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton by 9 percentage points — 46 to 37 percent — in a mock-head-to-head matchup for the White House. That´s a 1-point drop from the group´s last survey, in May.

  


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Pentagon: Civilian casualties
in Gaza ´too high´
Reuters, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/31/2014 2:13:31 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON - The Pentagon called on Israel on Thursday to do more to protect civilian life during its military operations in Gaza, saying the conflict was taking too high a toll on civilians. "The civilian casualties in Gaza have been too high. And it´s become clear that the Israelis need to do more to live up to their very high standards - their very high and very public standards - for protecting civilian life," Pentagon spokesman Colonel Steve Warren said at a news briefing. Gaza officials say more than 1,370 Palestinians, most of them civilians, have been killed in the

House GOP pulls border bill
rather than see it defeated
Washington Post, by Robert Costa & Paul Kane    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/31/2014 2:11:31 PM     Post Reply
House Republicans pulled Speaker John A. Boehner’s slimmed-down legislation to address the brewing immigration crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border rather than see it defeated, amid a conservative revolt that the $659 million proposal did not address the core issues. Faced with certain defeat, Boehner (R-Ohio) pulled the legislation from consideration Thursday afternoon, according to guidance from leadership advisers. With more than 20 House conservatives opposed, Boehner did not have enough votes from his own Republican ranks because virtually all Democrats opposed the legislation. The resulting lack of action would end the congressional summer session in a familiar legislative failure, as

House GOP kills vote on border bill
Associated Press, by Erica Werner    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/31/2014 2:09:40 PM     Post Reply
UPDATE: House Republicans have abandoned vote on border security bill in face of tea party opposition, the Associated Press reports. WASHINGTON — House Republicans moved toward a vote Thursday to address the immigration crisis on the border, after GOP leaders agreed to conservative demands for a separate vote aimed at blocking President Barack Obama from expanding deportation relief to millions. The surprise maneuver late Wednesday night appeared to be having the desired effect of locking down conservative lawmakers´ support for the $659 million bill to deal with the crisis involving tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors streaming into the U.S.

A day before 9/11, Bill Clinton
said he could have killed
Osama bin Laden
The Week, by Ryu Spaeth    Original Article
Posted By: tisHimself- 7/31/2014 2:04:20 PM     Post Reply
It turns out that Bill Clinton had Osama bin Laden on his mind mere hours before al Qaeda attacked the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Speaking to a group of Australian businessmen on Sept. 10, 2001, Clinton said he once had the opportunity to kill bin Laden, but decided not to because it would have led to the deaths of innocent civilians. An audio recording of the remarks was released for the first time today by Australian media.
Source corrected*

  


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Crumbling ghost ship, SS United
States, fights to return from the
brink of the grave
Washington Post, by Michael E. Ruane    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/31/2014 2:04:10 PM     Post Reply
Susan L. Gibbs, wearing a sleeveless blue dress and sandals, holds a small flashlight as she descends into the interior of the crumbling transatlantic ocean liner. “Watch your step,” says the maintenance worker leading the way. Past the abandoned crew quarters they walk, their voices echoing, and into the cavernous room with the empty swimming pool, unused for 40 years. “Here we go,” she says. “Who wants to dive in?” A resident of Northwest Washington, she once got lost wandering this ship. “It was so strange,” she says. “You can get disoriented.” Farther into the gloom they descend, from C Deck

Why Mitt Romney is perfectly
poised for a comeback in 2016
The Week, by Matt K. Lewis    Original Article
Posted By: tisHimself- 7/31/2014 1:59:36 PM     Post Reply
Perhaps it says something about us that our most interesting presidential candidates swear they won´t run for president. This is true of Sen. Elizabeth Warren, and it´s increasingly true of Mitt Romney. As regular readers of this column know, I´ve never been much of a Romney booster. I´ve also expressed skepticism about the notion he would run again. But let´s not let "a foolish consistency" cloud our judgment. There is reason to believe that a third try wouldn´t be an absurd venture. First, in the intervening years since 2012 — and on a range of issues, not the least of which is

Activists Launch Choco Pie-Filled
Balloons Into North Korea
Wall Street Journal, by Taylor Umlauf    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/31/2014 1:49:06 PM     Post Reply
North Korean defectors and South Korean activists launched snack-filled balloons across the border into North Korea Wednesday. The balloons—containing cookies and Choco Pies, a popular chocolate snack–were launched from the border town of Paju in South Korea. The Choco Pies, distributed to workers at factories at the Kaesong Industrial Complex, a demilitarized zone, where both South and North Koreans work, were sold on the black market in North Korea and authorities in Pyongyang ordered the factory owners to stop handing them out.

CIA confesses: Yeah, we hacked
the Senate’s computers
Hot Air, by Noah Rothman    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/31/2014 1:44:22 PM     Post Reply
In March, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) revealed that CIA Director John Brennan told her that the intelligence agency he leads had improperly accessed Senate computers and secretly removed classified documents while the agency’s War on Terror interrogation tactics were under investigation. Feinstein alleged that Brennan told her the CIA took that action because the agency believed the Senate might have accessed documents that they were not authorized to see. In a statement, Brennan said the Senate Intelligence Committee chairwoman had leveled “spurious allegations about CIA actions that were wholly unsupported by the facts.” While he confessed that the agency had

  


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Obama, Clinton could collide on Vineyard
The Hill (Washington DC), by Rebecca Shabad    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/31/2014 1:40:03 PM     Post Reply
President Obama and Hillary Clinton will both be on Martha’s Vineyard next month at the same time, The Boston Globe reports. Clinton is scheduled to sign copies of her memoir Hard Choices at the Bunch of Grapes Bookstore in Vineyard Haven on Aug. 13. She’s considered the 2016 Democratic front-runner for president if she decides to enter the race. The trip by Clinton overlaps with Obama´s Aug. 9-23 vacation at Martha´s Vineyard. The bookstore appears to only be a 25-minute drive away from Chilmark, Mass., which is where the Obamas will be staying, according to Martha´s Vineyard Times. It’s unclear,

Police: Loop executive kills
self after wounding firm´s CEO
Chicago Tribune, by Jeremy Gorner, Marwa Eltagouri*    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/31/2014 1:36:03 PM     Post Reply
An executive of a Loop company shot and killed himself after critically wounding the CEO of the firm in a dispute over a demotion, police said. The shooting happened shortly before 10 a.m. in the offices of the ArrowStream company on the 17th floor of a building at 231 S. LaSalle St., police sources said. One of the victims, a 59-year-old executive of the company, was dead on the scene with a gunshot wound to the head, the sources said, citing preliminary information. The other man, the 54-year-old CEO of ArrowStream, was shot in the head and stomach and was

It´s Time for Real Reform of
Veterans´ Health
American Magazine, by Joseph Antos    Original Article
Posted By: EagleBlurst- 7/31/2014 1:32:06 PM     Post Reply
Congress is expected to adopt a bipartisan deal to improve veterans´ health care before it adjourns for a five-week summer recess. Representative Jeff Miller (R-Florida) and Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont), chairmen of the House and Senate Veterans Affairs committees, announced a $17 billion initiative that would help reduce the backlog of veterans who have had to endure long waits before receiving the care they need. The legislation addresses the immediate crisis, but it will not cure a system plagued by inefficiency, ineptitude, and worse. The Veterans Health Administration, part of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), made headlines

1000 Children Fleeing Violent Honduras
Heading to Violent Chicago
Cybercast News Service, by Susan Jones    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/31/2014 1:23:04 PM     Post Reply
A thousand children said to be fleeing the violence in Central America will be welcomed to Chicago, where local children are routinely in the cross-fire of gang-related grudges. Mayor Rahm Emanuel, at the request of the Obama administration in which he formerly served, says he is working with local organizations to make room for up to one thousand additional unaccompanied children "traveling" from Central America to the U.S.-Mexico border in the coming year. “The influx of unaccompanied child migrants is a growing humanitarian crisis that we can no longer ignore,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel. “While we have our own challenges

  


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Humanitarian group arranging to
bring American Ebola patients
to US for treatment
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/31/2014 1:22:57 PM     Post Reply
The two Americans infected with Ebola in Nigeria are in stable, but grave condition as humanitarian organization Samaritan’s Purse works to bring them back to the U.S. for treatment. Yesterday, Dr. Kent Brantly, the second American stricken by the disease, was offered an experimental serum but only one dose was provided. “Dr. Brantly asked that it be given to Nancy Writebol,” Franklin Graham, president of Samaritan’s Purse said in a press release. “However, Dr. Brantly received a unit of blood from a 14-year-old boy who had survived Ebola because of Dr. Brantly’s care. The young boy and his family wanted to be

Illegal Immigration Is
Now Obama’s Worst Issue
PJ Media, by Bryan Preston    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/31/2014 1:16:42 PM     Post Reply
So says those radical right-wingers at the Washington Post. Immigration has emerged as perhaps President Obama’s worst issue — definitely for today, and maybe of his entire presidency — when it comes to public perception. A new poll from AP-GfK shows more than two-thirds of Americans (68 percent) disapprove of Obama’s handling of the immigration issue in general. Just 31 percent approve — down from 38 percent two months ago. Big surprise here. When you encourage and allow chaos on the border, Americans find you in disfavor. Obama has the unique ability to irritate everyone. The middle and right are

Obama Mocks Republicans,
Then Asks for Their Help
Cybercast News Service, by Susan Jones    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/31/2014 1:11:56 PM     Post Reply
As President Barack Obama accuses Republicans of wasting taxpayer money on a lawsuit against him, Obama himself is traveling all over the country at taxpayer expense, eating barbecue, raising money, and indulging his inner celebrity before adoring crowds. "We love you! We love you!" the people shouted in Kansas City on Wednesday. "Thank you," Obama replied, as he launched into a partisan speech, criticizing Republicans for blocking his liberal "opportunity agenda" and listing all the things he´s done on his own: "So some of the things we´re doing without Congress are making a difference, but we could do so much

Afghan Teen Murders 3 U.S.
Marines, Gets 7.5-Year Sentence
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/31/2014 12:53:40 PM     Post Reply
Amid the continuing imprisonment in Mexico of a U.S. Marine, another apparent miscarriage of justice is being called out by the families of three Marines who were killed in an insider attack in Afghanistan. The attacker has been sentenced to just 7.5 years in prison by an Afghan court. Staff Sgt. Scott E. Dickinson, 29, Cpl. Richard A. Rivera, 20, and Lance Cpl. Gregory T. Buckley Jr., 21, were fatally shot, while a fourth Marine was wounded, when the Afghan teen opened fire at their base in Aug. 2012. The teen was being trained by the Marines to join the

Progressive Leader Outlines Plan to ‘Take
Down’ Free-Market State Policy Groups
Daily Signal, by Bruce Parker    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 7/31/2014 12:44:59 PM     Post Reply
The recent Netroots Nation gathering, billed as a “giant family reunion for the left,” included a directive from one leader of a progressive state policy network to “take down” conservative state policy organizations nationwide. Arshad Hasan, who moderated a breakout session called “Stink Tanks in Your State: Inside the State Policy Network,” called on attendees to attack state policy groups from Michigan’s Mackinac Center to Vermont’s Ethan Allen Institute. “The next step for us is to take down this network of institutions that are state-based in each and every one of our states,” Hasan said. Your Heartland Institute, your Mackinac Institute and my

  



McConnell to Obama: Quit
fundraising, start leading on border
Washington Times, by Stephen Dinan    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/31/2014 12:30:07 PM     Post Reply
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell complained Thursday that President Obama has gone AWOL on the border surge crisis by refusing to try to work with Republicans on a bill to solve the problem. After initially laying out a series of reforms that could help speed up deportations, Mr. Obama has since retreated, Mr. McConnell said, after “he listened once again to his most partisan instincts instead of uniting Congress around a common solution.” “It’s exasperating for those of us who want to work toward bipartisan solutions. It’s confusing, I’m sure, to Democrats who share our desire to get something done.

Profs Blame Pro-Israel
Bias for Stereotyping Muslims
FrontPage Magazine, by Andrew Harrod    Original Article
Posted By: SpeedMaster- 7/31/2014 12:29:49 PM     Post Reply
Arabs and Muslims have an image problem in media and entertainment as a result of a pro-Israel political agenda. So claimed Edmund Ghareeb and Jack Shaheen, professors at American and New York Universities, respectively, on June 11, 2014, before an audience of forty middle-aged individuals at Washington, D.C. Jerusalem Fund think tank. Ghareeb and Shaheen’s presentation, “Portraying Arabs: 30 Years Later,” commemorated their respective 1984 publications, Split Vision: The Portrayal of Arabs in the American Media and The TV Arab. Drawing upon personal experiences, Ghareeb decried a “lack of balance” in Middle East news coverage in Israel’s favor, although groups

Sen. Blumenthal: Obama ‘Can Give
People Who Are Undocumented Here
the Ability to Stay’
Cybercast News Service, by Tatiana Lozano & Abigail Wilkinson    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/31/2014 12:20:08 PM     Post Reply
Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) said Tuesday that although President Barack Obama “can’t make new laws himself” under the U.S. Constitution’s separation of powers, the president “can give people who are undocumented here the ability to stay.” “Article One of the Constitution says that ‘Congress shall have power…to establish [a] uniform Rule of Naturalization.’ Given that, does President Obama have any unilateral power to legalize illegal aliens?” CNSNews asked Blumenthal. “The President’s powers are limited to what the statute permits him to do,” he replied. “There are various ways that he can give people who are undocumented here the ability to

The Loophole Is Obama
FrontPage Magazine, by Ann Coulter    Original Article
Posted By: SpeedMaster- 7/31/2014 12:15:03 PM     Post Reply
It’s been reported everywhere — The New York Times, The Washington Post, Fox News — that the William Wilberforce Sex Trafficking Act requires that any non-Mexican children who show up on our border be admitted and given a hearing. (New York Times, July 7, 2014: “Immigrant Surge Rooted in Law to Curb Child Trafficking.”) The problem, we’ve been told, is that a loophole in the sex trafficking law mandates these hearings — or “removal proceedings.” But there is no such loophole.

Harry Reid: Amid GOP
´Sue-and-Impeach Show,´ Senate
´Will Stay Right Here Working´
Cybercast News Service, by Susan Jones    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/31/2014 12:14:15 PM     Post Reply
As soon as they return from their five-week recess, the Senate will get to work, even on weekends, Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) announced Thursday morning. Reid said September could be a productive month, unless Republicans "keep up their sue-and-impeach show." The Senate, meanwhile, "will stay right here working until they (Republicans) finally get serious about giving the American people a fair shot." Reid announced that "every day between Sept. 8 and Sept. 30 is fair game. Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays -- we need to be here. I repeat for the third time here this morning, there is so much to

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