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New Gaza humanitarian truce
agreed by Israel and Hamas
BBC News [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/31/2014 8:52:44 PM     Post Reply
A joint US and UN statement urged all parties to "act with restraint" until the ceasefire begins. Talks on a more permanent truce are to start in Cairo. [Snip] Israel says its operation in Gaza is designed to defend its population from attacks by Palestinian militants. ´Much needed reprieve´ Officials from both Israel and Hamas confirmed that they had agreed to the ceasefire proposal brokered by the US and UN. "During this time the forces on the ground will remain in place," US Secretary of State John Kerry and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in the joint statement.

Candidate goes homeless to
show economic gap
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/31/2014 8:49:34 PM     Post Reply
SACRAMENTO, Calif.— The Republican candidate for California governor said Thursday he spent a week living as a homeless person in Fresno to highlight the disparity between the governor´s claim that the state is making an economic comeback and the reality faced by the working poor. Neel Kashkari, a millionaire and former Goldman Sachs banker who is far behind Gov. Jerry Brown in pre-election polls, released a short documentary about the six nights he spent sleeping in parking lots and on park benches, and wrote about his experience in an opinion piece published in the Wall Street Journal. Kashkari, 41, said

Defense Panel:
Obama Administration Defense
Strategy ‘Dangerously’ Underfunded
Washington Free Beacon, by Bill Gertz    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/31/2014 8:40:34 PM     Post Reply
The Obama administration’s four-year defense strategy lacks funding needed for fulfilling global military missions and the U.S. military faces “high risk” in the world unless changes are made, according to a bipartisan report by a congressionally backed panel of defense experts. The report by the National Defense Panel, led by former Defense Secretary William Perry and retired Marine Corps Gen. John Abizaid, criticized the Pentagon’s Quadrennial Defense Review for outlining military responsibilities that cannot be met because of sharp defense funding cuts. The report concluded that the capabilities called for in the QDR

  


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Gag Baby Gag: The Clinton
Police State Cometh
Washington Free Beacon, by Andrew Stiles    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/31/2014 8:36:39 PM     Post Reply
Political journalists are going to love the Hillary Clinton presidency. Judging by the way Team Clinton has responded to a series of books that are critical of the elderly homeowner and her philandering husband, it will be a real treat to cover them in the White House (again). According to Politico, for example, public relations representatives for the Clinton family have issued a joint statement condemning the recent publication of “trashy” books by Ed Klein, Daniel Halper, and Ronald Kessler, all of which reflect less than favorably on the Clintons. The spokesmen condemned the “despicable” authors, arguing that “their behavior should

IRS commissioner: Even
if we find those lost emails,
Congress ´won´t concede error´
and will find something else to attack
Washington Examiner, by T. Becket Adams    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/31/2014 8:28:32 PM     Post Reply
Even if the IRS recovers thousands of missing emails belonging to key officials involved in the targeting of conservative groups, congressional investigators will likely "go on to something else" and continue to hound the agency, according to IRS commissioner John Koskinen. Investigators “won´t concede error. They´ll say it was worth pursuing, which it is. Whether it was worth making a federal case out of it or not is another issue," he said in an interview this week with Tax Analysts, a nonprofit group. Certain lawmakers, he added, are determined to go after the IRS for any reason they can find. He claimed the emails, many of which belong to

Pelosi to Reporters on Midterm
Election: ‘We Need You to
Be Messengers...’
Cybercast News Service, by Terence P. Jeffrey    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/31/2014 8:26:12 PM     Post Reply
When asked at a press briefing on Thursday why her party´s message is "not resonating with the electorate," House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi told a room full of reporters “we need you to be messengers.” A reporter asked Pelosi: “So, you make this case about the skepticism that people have of this anti-government premise here. You talk about, you know, they’re riding this impeachment horse, and lawsuit horse, and all these things they are doing in the election. Why, for every political analysis that we see, and including top people in your party, don’t believe that the Democrats have a message

New EMP fear: Missile attack
over defenseless U.S. southern
border, killing 90%
Washington Examiner, by Paul Bedard    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/31/2014 8:23:50 PM     Post Reply
A former Clinton-era CIA director is raising new concerns that Iran or North Korea will send U.S. civilization “to a cold, dark halt” by firing a nuke over America’s southern border, which is largely absent of missile defenses. R. James Woolsey said that the two rogue nations would copy the Russians, which launches satellites in an unusual trajectory that doesn’t send their gear over the northern border — the direction the Air Force anticipates a missile attack from. Woolsey is one of the nation’s leaders pushing Congress to defend against so-called electromagnetic pulse attacks. He and other government advisors fear Iran or

  


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Immigration Aide At Center Of
Boehner-Gohmert Altercation
Breitbart Big Government, by Matthew Boyle & Jonathan Strong    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/31/2014 8:10:08 PM     Post Reply
Speaker John Boehner´s top immigration aide was at the center of a heated dispute between the speaker and Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) at a closed-door conference meeting Tuesday, according to several people who witnessed the altercation. Gohmert, speaking to the audience of Republican lawmakers during an open mic portion of the meeting, asked Boehner whether Becky Tallent, the speaker´s immigration aide who has drawn fire from immigration hawks, had authored the House GOP bill to address the border crisis scheduled to be voted on Thursday. Boehner rose from his chair and told Gohmert to knock it off, that he was

Source: Flight leaves for Liberia to
evacuate Americans infected with Ebola
CNN News, by Chelsea J. Carter*    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/31/2014 7:54:39 PM     Post Reply
A U.S.-contracted medical charter flight left Cartersville, Georgia, Thursday to evacuate two American charity workers in Liberia infected with Ebola hemorrhagic fever, a source told CNN. A CNN crew saw the airplane, a long-range business jet, depart shortly after 5 p.m. ET. The plane matched the description provided by the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity. [Snip] At least one of the two will be taken to a hospital at Emory University, near the headquarters of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, hospital officials told CNN´s Dr. Sanjay Gupta.

White House´s ´Totally
Indefensible´ Attack on Israel
Breitbart InstaBlog, by Joel B. Pollak    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/31/2014 7:54:01 PM     Post Reply
White House spokesman Josh Earnest called Israel´s attack earlier this week on a UN school that was sheltering Palestinian children "totally unacceptable and totally indefensible." He did not mention that the Israeli military has said that it was being attacked by Hamas terrorists in the vicinity, nor did he note that Hamas has used the UN to store weapons, to launch rockets at Israeli civilians, or to attack Israeli troops--as even the UN has noted. The attack on the UN facility is certainly regrettable, and might--perhaps--even be unacceptable. But the attack is certainly defensible, and a defense was offered by Canadian

Bob Woodward reviews
‘The Nixon Defense,’ by John W. Dean
Washington Post, by Bob Woodward    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/31/2014 7:51:42 PM     Post Reply
President Richard Nixon’s decision to install a secret recording system — and then to retain the tapes — perhaps ranks as the most consequential self-inflicted political wound of 20th-century America. The criminality, abuse of power, obsession with real and perceived enemies, rage, self-focus, and small-mindedness revealed on those tapes left him abandoned by his own party and forced him to resign 40 years ago. To date, the dissemination of some 250 White House conversations has defined his presidency and its corruption. Now comes John W. Dean, Nixon’s White House counsel and later his chief accuser, to transcribe and

  


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´I feel ashamed´ of
Congresswoman Barbara Lee
Fox News, by Neil Cavuto    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/31/2014 7:46:07 PM     Post Reply
It´s the quote of the week that for me, still sounds so weak. California Democratic congresswoman Barbara Lee bemoaning our treatment of these tens of thousands of illegals, largely kids, just dumped on our border. (Snip) 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. (END VIDEO CLIP) Wow. Congresswoman, I feel ashamed too. I feel ashamed of you. I feel ashamed you would feel more compassion for folks who shouldn´t be here, than the folks paying the

Krauthammer: Obama Amnesty Action
´a Serious Trespass on the Constitution´
Breitbart´s TV, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: CarrotFarmer87- 7/31/2014 7:34:04 PM     Post Reply
On Thursday’s “Special Report” on the Fox News Channel, Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer reiterated his argument that should President Barack Obama pursue unilateral amnesty for illegal immigration, it would be unconstitutional and would therefore be an impeachable act. “It should [spur on more calls for impeachment],” Krauthammer said. “Because the president himself has said often and publicly and on camera that he isn´t allowed to do precisely what he´s said he´s ready to do in September. He said it´s against -- look, he said it is unconstitutional.

Special Hospital Unit
Readies for Ebola Patient
NBC News, by Maggie Fox    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 7/31/2014 7:24:27 PM     Post Reply
Emory University Hospital in Atlanta said Thursday it was preparing a special isolation unit to receive a patient with Ebola disease “within the next several days”. (Snip) “Emory University Hospital has a specially built isolation unit set up in collaboration with the CDC to treat patients who are exposed to certain serious infectious diseases,” the hospital said. “It is physically separate from other patient areas and has unique equipment and infrastructure that provide an extraordinarily high level of clinical isolation. It is one of only four such facilities in the country." Experts say isolating patients with Ebola is important. The

White House Ignores Texas While
Studying Texas Border Problem
Breitbart Texas, by Bob Price    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/31/2014 7:21:17 PM     Post Reply
HOUSTON, Texas—The team of fact finders from the Department of Defense has come and gone from Texas and will now make their recommendations without having spoken with either Texas Governor Rick Perry or Texas Military Forces Commander, Major General John Nichols. The team was dispatched by the White House to study whether deploying the Texas National Guard to the border would be “helpful”. The Pentagon confirmed to Breitbart Texas in a phone interview today that the members of the Department of Defense fact finding team arrived in Texas on Tuesday and returned to the Pentagon on Thursday according to

  


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Wisconsin anti-union law: state Supreme
Court ruling probably the final say
Christian Science Monitor, by Mark Guarino    Original Article
Posted By: SoCalGal- 7/31/2014 7:18:22 PM     Post Reply
Ever since it became law in 2011, Act 10 in Wisconsin – which essentially ended collective bargaining for most public workers – has sparked countless court challenges, generated angry protests at the State Capitol, and fueled a recall campaign of the governor. A ruling Thursday by the state Supreme Court indicates the law will stand, leaving opponents with little choice but to move on. “This is the end of the pending challenges and is unlikely to be replaced by some persuasive new challenge that hasn’t already been attempted,” says Charles Franklin, a law professor and polling director at Marquette University in Milwaukee.

Border agents, family members
infected with diseases through
illegal immigrant contact
KFOX14 [El Paso, TX], by Bill Melugin    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/31/2014 7:16:10 PM     Post Reply
EL PASO, Texas – A newly released Department of Homeland Security report detailing oversight of unaccompanied alien children reveals federal employees have been exposed to multiple communicable diseases as a result of interaction with illegal immigrants. KFOX14 obtained the July 30 report from the Office of the Inspector General, which states that Border Patrol personnel at the Clint Station in El Paso County and Santa Teresa Station in Dona Ana County reported they were potentially exposed to tuberculosis. The report also states : “DHS employees reported exposure to communicable diseases and becoming sick on duty. For example, during a recent site visit

Defending an ally and
defending the Constitution
Washington Times, by Tom Delay    Original Article
Posted By: SpeedMaster- 7/31/2014 7:14:20 PM     Post Reply
Two outrages — one overseas and one right here in Washington — to deal with today, with our president on the wrong side of the issue in both cases. First up, I think any friend of our embattled ally Israel has to be outraged by how President Obama and his top aides are treating the clashes now underway with Hamas in Gaza. From their very first responses to the crisis, you would almost think the administration was supporting the terrorists of Hamas over Israel. Tactically, the U.S. response has been bad enough,

Family of Bronx Man Killed in Sucker-
Punch Attack Stunned by Suspect Charge
WNBC-TV [New York, NY], by Ida Siegal    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 7/31/2014 7:02:59 PM     Post Reply
A grieving Bronx family is stunned that the teen accused of sucker-punching their father and husband is being charged with a misdemeanor that could result in the suspect doing less than a year in jail. Ildefonso Romero Jr. died days after a teenage boy allegedly sucker-punched him outside his home on Thieriot Avenue in Soundview on June 21. Witnesses said Romero had been protecting a girl from local teens who were apparently causing trouble in the street, and one of the teens punched Romero. Romero fell and hit his head on the curb, and his son found him unconscious

Ex-NASA ´hackers´ use ingenuity,
technology to rescue first-ever
moon photos
Houston Chronicle, by Carol Christian    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/31/2014 6:55:55 PM     Post Reply
When a handful of former NASA employees decided to get serious about retrieving moon photos from 50-year-old analog tapes, they got a lot of negative feedback. "We were told by professionals it would cost millions, but we did it anyway," said Keith Cowing, co-lead on the Lunar Orbiter Image Recovery Project. At the end of March, the project celebrated processing the last of about 1,500 photos made by NASA´s lunar orbiters in the 1960s. The next phase involves preparing them for submission to the Planetary Data System, a public archive. Now housed in a converted McDonald´s restaurant on NASA property

  



Emory University expects Ebola
patient; Americans with disease worsen
Los Angeles Times, by Christine Mai-Duc, James Queally    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/31/2014 6:50:21 PM     Post Reply
Emory University Hospital in Atlanta said Thursday afternoon it planned to accept a patient who has Ebola "within the next several days," but did not say in a statement who the patient was or whether it was one of the American volunteers who has the disease. Two American volunteers stricken with the Ebola virus that is spreading in West Africa were said to have worsened overnight, as U.S. officials considered options to evacuate them out of West Africa.Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol were in “stable but grave” condition in Liberia on Thursday morning, according to a press release from

Language school blogger fired after boss
confuses homophones with homophobes
and accuses him of ´promoting gay agenda´
Daily Mail [UK], by David McCormack    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/31/2014 6:46:00 PM     Post Reply
A blogger for a school in Utah has lost his job after he wrote a post explaining what a homophone is and his boss accused him of promoting a gay agenda. Until his recent dismissal, Tim Torkildson worked as a social media strategist for the Nomen Global Language Center in Provo, a private language school which aims to help students with their English. One of Torkildon’s tasks was writing about the English language and his last post had focused on explaining what homophones are. Homophones are words that sound the same but have different meanings and often different spellings such

Monica Lewinsky Lands New
Contributor Gig
Mediaite, by Eddie Scarry    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/31/2014 6:39:27 PM     Post Reply
Monica Lewinsky, famous for her late-1990s affair with then-married and sitting U.S. president Bill Clinton, has a new job. She’ll be writing for Vanity Fair. A Vanity Fair spokesperson told Politico that as of now, there’s no set schedule or subject matter Lewinsky is tied to, “but she and her editor are on the lookout for relevant topics of interest.” Vanity Fair published a first-person account by Lewinsky in June, wherein she revisited the sex scandal she’ll be forever associated with. On Thursday, she wrote a piece for the magazine about the internet’s power to tell her side

Pit bull mauls Athens
10-year-old, attacks cop
Atlanta-Journal Constitution [GA], by Daniel Wilco    Original Article
Posted By: snakeoil- 7/31/2014 6:20:20 PM     Post Reply
An Athens-Clarke County police officer shot and killed a dog Tuesday after it mauled a 10-year-old boy and then attacked the officer, the Athens Banner-Herald reports. Police responded to a home at 9:46 p.m. after the attack was reported. A 14-year-old boy told the officer his brother had been bitten in the face by the family’s pit bull, the Banner-Herald reports. “(He) was visibly upset about what just happened and expressed his desire for the dog to die,” according to a police incident report, the Banner-Herald reports. The victim was nearby, holding a towel to his jaw. “I observed a large laceration

Two African Leaders Skip Obama
Summit to Deal With Ebola
Bloomberg News, by Nicole Gaouette and Silas Gbandia    Original Article
Posted By: SoCalGal- 7/31/2014 5:54:56 PM     Post Reply
The presidents of Liberia and Sierra Leone plan to skip President Barack Obama’s U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit next week to deal with the deadly Ebola virus in their countries, as a White House spokesman said the outbreak won’t affect the conference. “At this point, there are no plans in place to alter the schedule in any way,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest said today of the three days of meetings planned in Washington.(Snip)The president of Guinea is still debating whether to attend the Washington conference, according to a State Department official who wasn’t authorized to comment publicly. The three countries will

Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Male Justices
Didn’t Really Understand Hobby Lobby
Mediaite, by Matt Wilstein    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/31/2014 5:54:48 PM     Post Reply
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg became an even bigger hero on the left last month when she delivered a scathing dissent to the 5-4 decision in favor of Hobby Lobby, which is now exempt from providing certain types of birth control to its employees based on its founder’s religious beliefs. This week, she sat down for an extended interview with Yahoo News’ Katie Couric to explain why she found the decision so damaging. “Contraceptive protection is something that every woman must have access to in order to control her own destiny,” Ginsburg told Couric. While she said she “respects the

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