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Immigrant groups sue
Holder over deportations
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Benjamin Goad    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/1/2014 4:08:48 PM     Post Reply
Half a dozen children are listed as plaintiffs in the federal lawsuit naming Attorney General Eric Holder, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, and Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell as defendants. The lawsuit seeks to block deportation of just those children, unless the government can ensure adequate legal representation. However, the American Civil Liberties Union, American Immigration Council and other groups involved have also filed a lawsuit on behalf of thousands of children alleging the government has neglected to provide them with lawyers for their deportation hearings.

Obama Calls on Hamas to
Release Kidnapped Soldier
Arutz Sheva [Israel], by Elad Benari    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/1/2014 3:47:28 PM     Post Reply
U.S. President Barack Obama on Friday called on Hamas to unconditionally release Second Lieutenant (Platoon Leader) Hadar Goldin, who is feared kidnapped in Gaza. [Snip] “I think it’s important to note that we have and I have unequivocally condemned Hamas and the Palestinian factions that were responsible for killing two Israeli soldiers and abducting a third minutes after a ceasefire was announced,” he said, according to the Guardian. “I want to make sure they are listening... That soldier needs to be unconditionally released as soon as possible,” he added. "I think it´s going to be very hard to put a ceasefire back together

Obama blasts GOP on immigration
Politico, by Josh Gerstein    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/1/2014 3:45:01 PM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama blasted congressional Republicans Friday for failing to craft a workable response to the border crisis before leaving Washington for their summer recess, setting the stage for executive actions to address the surge in child migrants from central America. “House Republicans as we speak are trying to pass the most extreme and unworkable version of a bill that they already know is going nowhere, that can’t pass the Senate,” Obama said in a hastily-announced afternoon appearance in the White House press briefing room. “They´re not even trying to to solve the problem,” the president complained.

  


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The RNC´s Birthday Present to
Obama: A Constitution
Townhall, by Kevin Glass    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/1/2014 3:38:26 PM     Post Reply
President Obama´s birthday is on August 4th, and the Republican National Committee is sending him a copy of the Constitution. You know, for review purposes. President Obama was, in a previous life, a professor of constitutional law. That´s what makes his blatant disregard for the Constitution so much more unfortunate. Not that ivory tower academics would be the best judges for the interpretation of the Constitution, but one would hope he´d have some base-level awareness of how it limits government powers. Unfortunately, he´s shown that not to be the case. As the RNC will write to its members: Unfortunately, President

Eric Holder Says Mandatory Minimums
Are Unnecessary As Well As Unjust
Reason, by Jacob Sullum    Original Article
Posted By: zoidberg- 8/1/2014 3:37:47 PM     Post Reply
In a speech to the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers today, Attorney General Eric Holder reiterated his criticism of mandatory minimum sentences, calling them "outdated and overly stringent." He also questioned the argument that mandatory minimums are necessary to encourage "cooperation": “Like anyone who served as a prosecutor in the days before sentencing guidelines existed and mandatory minimums took effect, I know from experience that defendant cooperation depends on the certainty of swift and fair punishment, not on the disproportionate length of a mandatory minimum sentence.”

Obama: ‘I’m Going To Have To
Act Alone’ On Border Crisis
CBS (DC) & Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/1/2014 3:31:51 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON— President Barack Obama says House Republicans are trying to pass the most extreme and unworkable version of an immigration bill even though they know the bill isn’t going anywhere. Republicans are pushing legislation that could clear the way for eventual deportation of more than 500,000 immigrants brought here illegally as kids and address the surge of immigrants at the U.S.-Mexico border. Obama says Republicans know that legislation won’t succeed in the Senate. He says Republicans aren’t even trying to solve the problem. He says they’re just trying check a box leaving town for their annual August recess. House Republicans

Salon: Fox, Drudge, Breitbart´s
´Seamless Web of White Rage´
Breitbart Big Journalism, by John Nolte    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 8/1/2014 3:10:53 PM     Post Reply
The polls show the American people turning against Obama and left, especially with respect to the chaos on our border. Salon being Salon dropped a quarter in Kim Messick so he could shriek about his paranoid visions of racism for something like 2,000 rambling words: The rise of right-wing “news” platforms (Drudge, Fox, Breitbart) has created an almost seamless web of white rage, a wall of (conservative) sound even Phil Spector would envy. It allows entertainers like Limbaugh to discuss something as “fact” because it was mentioned by “journalists” on, say, Fox News, while the latter can report (and thereby

  


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Medevac jet can carry one
Ebola patient at a time
Star-Telegram [Fort Worth TX], by Staff, Wire Services    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/1/2014 2:23:06 PM     Post Reply
A small private jet based in Atlanta has been dispatched to Liberia to pick up two Americans who have been infected with the Ebola virus. Officials say the jet can only carry one patient at a time and is outfitted with a special, portable tent designed for transporting patients with highly infectious diseases. The two Americans who contracted the virus are Dr. Kent Brantly, a former JPS Hospital resident in Fort Worth, and Nancy Writebol of Charlotte, N.C., a hospital hygenist. Both work for North Carolina-based Samaritan’s Purse, a Christian relief organization. It is not known which patient will be

´She´s a wonderful person!´:
American President Barack
Obama hails Katy Perry
as she performs at The White House
Daily Mail, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Desperata- 8/1/2014 1:39:07 PM     Post Reply
In what might be the ultimate seal of approval, Barack Obama hailed Katy Perry as a ´wonderful person´ last night. The U.S. President hosted the ´Dark Horse´ hit-maker at a White House dinner to honour the 46th anniversary of the Special Olympics and admitted he felt ´grateful´ she´d taken time out of her busy schedule to be there. Introducing her on stage, Obama said: ´We have just one of my favorite people performing tonight -- Katy Perry. We are so grateful to her."

U.N. condemns Israel, U.S. for
not sharing Iron Dome with Hamas
Washington Times, by Cheryl K. Chumley    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 8/1/2014 1:25:21 PM     Post Reply
The United Nations slammed Israel for possibly committing war crimes in its fight against Hamas — and then backed that accusation by suggesting the Jewish nation ought to be sharing its Iron Dome defensive technology with the very terror group it’s fighting. U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said to members of the media at an “emergency” meeting of the U.N. Human Rights Council that Israel was falling short in its duty to protect citizens in the Gaza Strip from getting killed by its rockets. “There is a strong possibility that international law has been violated, in a

Changeling Charlie’s vow
to go Total Obama
Tampa Tribune, by Tom Jackson    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 8/1/2014 12:54:29 PM     Post Reply
Now that everyone’s favorite Republican-turned-independent-turned-Democrat has announced he is prepared to go Total Obama from Day 1 if he’s restored to the governor’s mansion, voters can’t be blamed for wondering whether Charlie Crist really wants the job. Maybe he’s already moved on to the Next Big Thing. After all, the most recent polls indicate thorough dissatisfaction with President Obama. Not only is he upside-down on virtually every measurable facet of his job performance, CNN recently and famously found if we took an election mulligan, the golfer-in-chief would lose to Republican Mitt Romney in a landslide. Nonetheless, here comes Crist, within

  


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Jeb Bush’s Fundraising Push
in 2014 Could Help in 2016
Wall Street Journal, by Beth Reinard    Original Article
Posted By: tisHimself- 8/1/2014 12:31:39 PM     Post Reply
The fundraiser for Republican Senate candidates to be headlined by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush will be coordinated through a joint fundraising committee called Floridians for a Senate Majority, according to a filing Wednesday with the Federal Elections Commission. The event, scheduled for Sept. 23 in Tampa, will benefit candidates who will help determine whether the Senate swings under GOP control: Cory Gardner in Colorado, Joni Ernst in Iowa, Monica Wehby in Oregon, Tom Cotton in Arkansas; and the winner of the Aug. 26 Republican primary in Alaska. Mr. Bush is doing a series of fundraisers across the country for Republican candidates

Chamber of Commerce to
Endorse Al Franken´s Challenger
National Journal, by Josh Kraushaar    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 8/1/2014 12:29:43 PM     Post Reply
The U.S Chamber of Commerce will be endorsing GOP businessman Mike McFadden in the Minnesota Senate race, the latest sign Republicans view Democratic Sen. Al Franken as increasingly vulnerable. "I´m honored to have their endorsement. They know Minnesota is a state we can win," McFadden said in an interview about the pending endorsement. The endorsement will be formally announced by the chamber Monday at an event in Burnsville, Minn. McFadden has been in Washington meeting with officials at the National Republican Senatorial Committee this week to discuss the state of the campaign. This year, the Chamber of Commerce has been aggressive in backing

Senators spent $1 million
on charter flights last year
USA Today, by Donovan Slack & Paul Singer    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 8/1/2014 12:26:29 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — Last summer, Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., embarked on what his office trumpeted as a four-day, 1,000-mile trip across his state, with press releases noting he "woke up early to hit the road," making stops at a minor league ballpark, a craft brewery and a Roanoke rail yard, among others. But for several hundred of those miles, Warner was not hitting the road — he was flying a chartered plane at a cost to taxpayers of $8,500. Warner was one of two dozen U.S. senators who flew taxpayer-funded charter airplanes to, from or around their home state last year

ObamaCare may be headed
to Supreme Court -- again
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 8/1/2014 12:21:20 PM     Post Reply
President Obama’s federal health care law may be headed to the Supreme Court – again.
The high court has been asked to review a July 22 ruling by the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals that declared constitutional all federal subsidies granted to enrollees of the health care system. The losing plaintiff in the case officially appealed the ruling in a petition Thursday to the Supreme Court.The Fourth Circuit ruling contradicted another announced hours earlier by a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia that ruled the IRS went too far in extending subsidies to those who buy insurance through the federally-run exchange, known as HealthCare.gov. It is likely to take weeks, if not months, to learn if the Justices will even take up the petition. It also is not yet clear how -- or if -- the Obama administration will appeal the first ruling.

  


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House Republicans draft new
border bill after vote
collapse, Senate unlikely to act
Fox News, by Chad Pergram    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 8/1/2014 12:17:56 PM     Post Reply
House Republican leaders, a day after failing to get a vote on their border crisis bill, are scrambling to piece together a new version before lawmakers break for the August recess -- even though there´s little chance of any bill getting to President Obama´s desk in the near-term. Sources say the Republicans´ new version of the bill adds additional funding for the National Guard and includes additional restrictions aimed at preventing Obama from passing executive orders giving a reprieve to new groups of illegal immigrants. The new measure´s price tag is said to be $694 million, up from $659 million -- but

Drone carrying contraband
crashes at S.C. prison
Associated Press, by Meg Kinnard    Original Article
Posted By: snakeoil- 8/1/2014 12:12:20 PM     Post Reply
COLUMBIA – A drone carrying cellphones, marijuana and other contraband into a South Carolina maximum-security prison never made it inside the 12-foot-high razor wire fence, and authorities said Wednesday they are looking for one of two people accused in connection with trying to sneak it in. The search has been ongoing since April 21, when officials found a small, crashed drone in bushes outside the walls of Lee Correctional Institution in Bishopville, according to Corrections Department spokeswoman Stephanie Givens. At the site, Givens said that officers also found materials that inmates aren’t supposed to have, including the phones, tobacco products, marijuana

Trump selected to advance
in Bills’ sale process
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/1/2014 12:05:33 PM     Post Reply
BUFFALO, NY — Donald Trump remains in the running to purchase the Buffalo Bills. Trump’s attorney, Michael Cohen, confirmed in an email to The Associated Press on Thursday that the real estate mogul has been chosen to advance to the next round of bidding to purchase the team. Cohen said he was informed of the decision by Morgan Stanley, the banking firm overseeing the sale of the team for late owner Ralph Wilson’s estate. “Mr. Trump’s significant wealth, name recognition and real estate knowledge makes him a viable option,” Cohen said. Trump is bidding on his own after electing against being

´If we don´t get our soldier back,
we should start levelling Gaza´:
Palestinians face new wave of bloodshed
as ceasefire breaks down after Israeli soldier*
Daily Mail [UK], by Mark Duell**    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/1/2014 12:00:13 PM     Post Reply
The Foreign Office is urgently investigating reports that a soldier thought to have been captured by Hamas fighters in Gaza is a British Israeli. Lieutenant Hadar Goldin, 23, is believed to be from a family of Jewish immigrants and the third cousin of Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon. He disappeared when a humanitarian ceasefire brokered by the United States and the United Nations collapsed into more bloodshed just hours after it was supposed to take effect. Reports of the kidnapping provoked a furious backlash from Israel, with former deputy defence minister, Danny Danon saying: ´If we don´t get the soldier

Tearful mother of slain USC student:
´My son, my son, my son´
Los Angeles Times, by Rosanna Xia, Kate Mather    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/1/2014 11:52:34 AM     Post Reply
The mother of the USC graduate student killed near campus last week could barely stand as relatives addressed reporters for the first time Thursday outside an Alhambra funeral home. Jinhui Du, dressed in black and shaded by large sunglasses, kept crying as a cousin spoke about Du´s 24-year-old son, Xinran Ji. "My son, my son, my son," Du cried in Chinese. "How can I live when you are gone?" Ji´s father, Songbo Ji, kept his eyes clenched shut, shaking his head in grief as he held onto his wife.Delayed by visa issues, the couple arrived in the U.S. from China

  



Angry Dems Say Republicans Want
to ´Return Children to Their Deaths´
Cybercast News Service, by Susan Jones    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/1/2014 11:50:05 AM     Post Reply
"Republicans want to indiscriminately return children to their deaths!" Rep. Tony Cardenas (D-Calif.) said in remarks on the House floor on Friday, as members of the House of Representatives were forced to delay their August recess to deal with a border appropriations bill. Cardenas was one of many Democrats who blasted Republicans for wanting to stop the flow of illegal immigrants into the United States. And in a bit of political theater, the Friday morning debate was interrupted by dozens of Democrats stepping forward in futile attempts to bring up the "comprehensive immigration reform bill" passed by the Senate. Each request to

GOP tsunami coming as even
Dem-leaning voters bolt: poll
Washington Times, by Tom Howell Jr.    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/1/2014 11:45:10 AM     Post Reply
Slightly more Americans identify as Democrat than Republican, but recently history indicates that edge isn’t enough to make up for the energy GOP voters will hold this November, according to Gallup. “That Republican Party turnout advantage leaves the Democratic Party politically vulnerable in midterm election years when they do not have a significant cushion in partisanship,” the pollsters said. A narrow, 2-percent lead for Democrats is similar to what Gallup measured in 1994, 2002 and 2010 — strong years for Republicans. “In years when Democrats enjoyed a wide lead in partisanship, even as Democrats turned out at lower rates than Republicans, the electorate

Cooling the manufactured
impeachment panic
Washington Times, by Wesley Pruden    Original Article
Posted By: Maryland_Patriot- 8/1/2014 11:42:57 AM     Post Reply
Manufacturing a crisis is what pundits and politicians do best, and the media mills are running three shifts daily now to manufacture panic over what the Democrats want the public to think is the impending impeachment of President Obama. This might frighten the horses and scare the women in flyover country, but it’s all fun and games in Washington, with the game recognized by Democrat and Republican for the scam it is. But the purveyors of the scam are determined to turn a profit with it. Sometimes scams succeed. This could be the opportunity to learn a little about impeachment. John A.

House Dems raise record
$4.8M off impeachment
The Hill (Washington DC), by Cameron Joseph    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/1/2014 11:40:42 AM     Post Reply
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) hauled in $4.8 million in the past week as it warned of Republican efforts to impeach Preisdent Obama. DCCC chairman Steve Israel (D-N.Y.) tweeted out the news Friday morning, saying that more than 240,000 people had given to the committee in the past week. The $4.8 million in weekly fundraising is a new record for the committee. The weekly haul is also larger than some monthly fundraising totals for the DCCC in recent years. The Democratic campaign arm for House Republicans has led the National Republican Congressional Committee in fundraising this election cycle. The

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