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Harry Reid just made sure the Senate
will deal with amending the Constitution
first thing when it gets back from recess
Washington Examiner, by T. Becket Adams    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/1/2014 8:57:16 PM     Post Reply
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., on Friday scheduled a Sept. 8 procedural vote on a constitutional amendment to limit the amount of money that can be donated to campaigns, a measure that´s likely more about curbing donations to conservative candidates than it is about about cleaning up politics. Meanwhile, the U.S.-Mexico border is being overrun by thousands of unaccompanied illegal minors and lawmakers have yet to come up with a solution to the growing humanitarian crisis. Think about it: Just before Senate business ended Friday, with roughly 100 lawmakers skipping town to return to their home districts for the five-week

House revives, approves border crisis
bill – as Obama vows to ‘act alone’
Fox News & Associated Press, by Chad Pergram    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/1/2014 8:53:30 PM     Post Reply
The House late Friday revived and approved a Republican-authored border crisis bill after GOP leaders hurriedly resolved an internal battle that scuttled the vote a day earlier – but with the Senate on recess and the House soon to follow, there’s little chance of any bill reaching President Obama’s desk until the fall. The president now is vowing to act unilaterally to address the illegal immigration issue. The House legislation was approved on a 223-189 vote. The new version of the bill adds additional funding for the National Guard and includes policy changes meant to speed deportations of illegal immigrant children surging

Ed Schultz: Republicans Want
Americans to Believe Nothing
Works Under the Black Guy
Breitbart TV, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 8/1/2014 8:52:07 PM     Post Reply
Friday on MSNBC´s "The Ed Show," host Ed Schultz opening monologue attacked Republicans who "would rather have school buses of kids go over bridges that are insufficient" than let the "black guy" in the White House have a victory. "Michele Bachmann says the number one problem is immigration," Schultz said. "No, it´s not. The number one problem in the country is jobs and the republicans have done nothing to help this president or the democrats do anything to make sure our treasury is solvent, and that there is fair taxation, and jobs are being created. So instead, they would rather

  


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Rep. DeLauro Wants
SWEET New Soda Tax
Cybercast News Service, by Eric Scheiner    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/1/2014 8:48:57 PM     Post Reply
Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) introduced the Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Tax (SWEET Act) this week. A measure that aims to institute a tax of one cent per teaspoon – 4.2 grams - of sugar, high fructose corn syrup or caloric sweetener. The measure (HB 5279), introduced Wednesday says, “A 20-ounce bottle of soda contains about 16 teaspoons of sugars. Yet, the American Heart Association recommends that Americans consume no 6 more than six to nine teaspoons of sugar per day." Even though the manufacturers’ of the sweet drinks are targeted to pay the tax, the text of the bill itself notes that the goal

Gutiérrez? in Spanish Remarks:
GOP ‘Want to Punish Our Community’
National Review Online, by Andrew Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/1/2014 8:41:22 PM     Post Reply
Representative Luis Gutiérrez? (D., Ill.), one of the most prominent proponents of comprehensive immigration reform, offered a noticeably harsher message about Republicans when he switched to Spanish during a recent press conference. Joining the Congressional Hispanic Caucus as the House awaits a vote on a border bill, Gutiérrez? first spoke in English, criticizing Republicans’ approach to addressing the border crisis and accusing them of putting political gain over helping the unaccompanied children crossing the border. The remarks were critical, as one would expect; the furthest he went was to claim that Republicans speak about Hispanics “almost as though we are a

Massachusetts lawmakers pass
bill tightening state gun laws
Reuters, by Elizabeth Barber    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/1/2014 8:29:48 PM     Post Reply
BOSTON - Massachusetts lawmakers on Friday tightened the state´s already strict gun laws by passing a measure that gives police chiefs authority to turn down a resident´s requests to buy a rifle or shotgun if they believe the person may be a danger. House lawmakers overrode objections from gun-rights advocates in the state Senate who had opposed the measure, worrying that police chiefs could abuse the authority to deny firearms to law-abiding citizens. "We seek not to be the safest state in the nation but strive to make our communities the safest in the world," said House Speaker Robert DeLeo, a Democrat. The

Obama defends his relevance
Washington Examiner, by Brian Hughes    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/1/2014 8:12:25 PM     Post Reply
President Obama in a press conference Friday afternoon ripped into congressional Republicans for not passing big-ticket items before their summer recess but was left to defend his own relevance amid a series of mushrooming international crises. The president slammed House Republicans for not passing a bill to address the surge in unaccompanied minors crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, dismissing their last-second efforts to reach an accord Friday as a stunt. "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" and that he

  


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Ready to rumble: Activists to
raid congressional town hall
meetings to fight immigration
Washington Examiner, by Paul Bedard    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/1/2014 8:04:09 PM     Post Reply
Even if lightning strikes Friday and Congress OK´s an immigration bill, activists angered with unaccompanied minors swarming over the U.S.-Mexico border plan to invade town hall meetings House members are planning during the five-week congressional recess. The immigration reduction group NumbersUSA is one of those already drawing up protest plans. They distributed details to their two million members on the lawmakers already planning to host public meetings in their district. According to the group, 99 Republicans have scheduled town halls. Just 41 Democrats have done the same. No immigration bill is expected to pass both houses and be signed by

Karnes immigrant detention
center softens its image
KXAN-TV [Austin, TX], by Chris Sadeghi    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/1/2014 7:58:01 PM     Post Reply
KARNES CITY, Texas — A 29-acre facility which previously housed male illegal immigrants detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has a makeover and a new purpose. The building nearly 100 miles south of Austin in Karnes City, Texas will now be the temporary home for immigrant women and children detained at the border. It will also be a much more family friendly environment. “I am pretty sure you will agree this is nothing like we have seen before,” said ICE field office director Enrique Lucero during Thursday’s media tour of the facility. Previously, the people being held at the

Border Security Bill Clears
Procedural Vote in U.S. House
Reuters, by Richard Cowan & David Lawder    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/1/2014 7:34:31 PM     Post Reply
Washington - A $694 million bill to further secure the U.S. border with Mexico, amid a flood of Central American migrants, cleared a procedural vote in the House of Representatives on Friday. By a vote of 218-191, the Republican-controlled House paved the way for debate and a final vote on passage of the bill later on Friday. No Democrats voted in favor of advancing the controversial legislation.

Senate Now Mad at CIA Director?
How About When He Was A Leaker
on National Security?
Breitbart Big Government, by Hans von Spakovsky & John Fund    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/1/2014 7:32:45 PM     Post Reply
Two Democratic senators, Mark Udall (D-CO) and Martin Heinrich (D-NM), have called on CIA Director John Brennan to resign after he admitted that the CIA had spied on Senate computers used by Senate staffers to research a report on the agency’s interrogation and detention practices during the Bush administration. Brennan apparently called Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-CA), Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, to apologize. Despite this admission, however, neither President Obama nor Feinstein has called for Brennan’s resignation and the likelihood is the president won’t. Why? Because Brennan wasn’t asked to resign for a major intelligence breach that was far

  


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Israeli Soldier May Have Been Killed
in Ambush: Hamas Armed Wing
Reuters, by Nidal al-Mughrabi    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/1/2014 7:28:45 PM     Post Reply
Gaza - The Hamas Islamist group´s armed wing in the Gaza Strip said on Saturday it had no clear indication on the whereabouts of an Israeli soldier that Israel has accused them of abducting, adding he may have been killed during an ambush. A statement by the group said it had no contact with militants who were operating in the area in the southern Gaza Strip where Israel said Second-Lieutenant Hadar Goldin, 23, went missing on Friday, and it feared all had been killed. "We have lost contact with the group of fighters that took part in the ambush and we believe they were all killed in the (Israeli) bombardment.

Russian official burns Obama
with Putin-leopard pic
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/1/2014 7:20:03 PM     Post Reply
It´s come to this. Russia is turning to Twitter to drop a sissy bomb on President Obama, using photos to challenge the manliness of America´s commander in chief, while pumping up their main man, President Vladimir Putin. The post by Russia´s deputy prime minister Dmitry Rogozin included side-by-side images of the two presidents. In one, Putin is confidently holding a majestic leopard. In the other, a notably younger Obama is holding a small, fluffy dog. The caption: "We have different values and allies." Burn. (Snip) The tweet follows a long-running Kremlin tactic of playing up Putin´s macho image -- and,

Arizona Used 15 Doses Of
Lethal Drugs To Execute Inmate
BuzzFeed, by Jim Dalrymple II    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/1/2014 7:13:47 PM     Post Reply
Last week, Arizona executed Joseph Wood. The procedure took nearly two hours and Friday, a Fox 10 reporter revealed that executioners had to give Wood 15 doses of lethal drugs. The Arizona Department of Corrections told reporter Troy Hayden Friday that it gave Wood the drugs over the course of his execution. The revelation that it took 15 doses of the drugs revises earlier reports that Wood was only given two doses. In light of Wood’s death, Arizona plans to review its execution process, the department said. Wood’s execution drew widespread attention for both its long duration, and for conflicting reports that he gasped for air

Parents of USC Student Slain
by Illegal Alien Were Delayed
Entry by U.S. State Department
Truth Revolt, by Bradford Thomas    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 8/1/2014 7:07:32 PM     Post Reply
One of the four teens charged Tuesday with murder in the beating of University of Southern California grad student Xinran Ji was an illegal immigrant, a fact that has only increased the frustration for many—including the L.A. County Supervisor—with the U.S. State Department’s delaying of visas for the slain student’s parents. “It is unconscionable that suspect Jonathan Del-Carmen-Refugio, arrested for the murder of USC graduate student Xinran Ji, entered the country illegally -- yet the victim’s parents were delayed in entering the country legally to claim their son’s body due to failures in the State Department’s visa

  


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Army to Force Out 550 Majors;
Some in Afghanistan
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/1/2014 7:04:43 PM     Post Reply
Washington - About 550 Army majors, including some serving in Afghanistan, will soon be told they have to leave the service by next spring as part of a budget-driven downsizing of the service. Gen. John Campbell, the vice chief of the Army, acknowledged Friday that telling troops in a war zone that they´re out of a job is a difficult task. But he said some of the soldiers could join the National Guard or the Army Reserve. (Snip) The Army declined to say how many majors will be notified while they are at the battlefront. "The ones that are deployed are certainly the hardest," Campbell told reporters. "What we try to do there is,

Amid current fights, a reminder
the economy still matters most
Washington Examiner, by Byron York    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 8/1/2014 6:43:07 PM     Post Reply
As a news story, the economy has been overshadowed lately by war abroad, a border crisis at home, and the escalating fight between President Obama and congressional Republicans on a variety of fronts. But in the long run of presidential politics, the economy is still pretty much the only story that really matters, and, while there´s been some good news in recent days, there are plenty of troubling indications that today´s economic unhappiness will dominate our politics for years to come. Yes, it´s a good thing that the economy grew at an estimated rate of 4.0 percent in the second quarter of

News Justice Ginsburg: Buying
Contraceptives for Others is One
of the ‘Obligations That Citizens Have’
Cybercast News Service, by Tatiana Lozano    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 8/1/2014 6:42:17 PM     Post Reply
Providing women with cost-free health-insurance coverage for contraceptives is one of the “obligations” of citizenship, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said Wednesday in an interview with Yahoo’s Katie Couric.(snip) “The decision that an employer could refuse to cover contraceptives meant that women would have to take care of that for themselves or the men who cared,” Ginsburg replied. “Contraceptive protection is something that every woman must have access to to control her own destiny,” she added. “I certainly respect the belief of the Hobby Lobby owners. On the other hand, they have no constitutional

Polls: Obama, Obamacare Hit New Lows
Townhall, by Guy Benson    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/1/2014 6:18:59 PM     Post Reply
Happy Friday, Mr. President. Overall disapproval: (Tweet) We ran through the immigration numbers yesterday. And now, foreign policy: Foreign policy used to be a bright spot in Americans’ dimming opinion of President Barack Obama. Not anymore. Associated Press-GfK polling found a spring and summer of discontent with the president’s handling of world events. Obama’s consistently low marks across crises such as the fighting in Ukraine and the conflict between Israel and Hamas could benefit Republicans aiming to win control Congress in the fall…Asked about world trouble spots: —42 percent say the conflict between

Compassionate Conservatism
Is Still A Thing
The Federalist, by Ben Domenech    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/1/2014 6:18:46 PM     Post Reply
There was a bit of debate over the past few days about the level to which reform movements on the right resemble a mere reworking of “compassionate conservatism”, sparked by this Peter Beinart piece. Ross Douthat responded here. Reihan Salam here. Ramesh Ponnuru, with the most definitive “no”, here. I think Beinart’s piece may not be an accurate assessment of what’s motivating those on the right. But compassionate conservatism such as it is – a marketing gimmick which deploys altruism in defense of big government solutions – is very much alive, even if it has ditched the terminology along the

  



The Most Dangerous Moment in Gaza
Atlantic Magazine, by Jeffrey Goldberg    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/1/2014 6:06:35 PM     Post Reply
It is too early to say anything definitive about the Hamas decision to apparently break the ceasefire and attack an Israeli position, except that if it is true, as reports indicate, that Hamas militants came through a tunnel and carried underground and back into Gaza a live Israeli captive, then this moment could represent not another terrible, dispiriting incident in a terrible, dispiriting mini-war, but a fairly decisive turning point in which all swords are unsheathed. (Snip) a) The compact between the Israeli army and Israeli parents is simple: You give us your sons, and we will do whatever we can to keep them alive. This includes conducting operations

Konocti Unified School District
launches new mobile app
Lake County News [CA], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: konocti95- 8/1/2014 6:00:31 PM     Post Reply
Lower Lake, CA - Konocti Unified School District announced that its new mobile app is available for use at the county´s largest school district. Parents will have instant access to their child’s academic information from the palm of their hand. Any time, anywhere, KUSD parents can stay updated on their students’ progress. Community members can download the app to stay informed of school district events and activities. KUSD's app is uniquely customized to meet the needs of each parent. Not only can parents view their student’s grades, assignments, attendance history, and account balances, they can set triggers to receive an instant notification

Alabama leaders blast
Obama administration over
Alabama Power´s coal closures
Alabama Media Group, by Brendan Kirby    Original Article
Posted By: BamaMan- 8/1/2014 5:50:14 PM     Post Reply
Alabama Power´s announcement that it would shutter several coal units in the state is tangible evidence that President Barack Obama´s "war on coal" is having negative consequences, critics said Friday. The company announced Friday that it would reduce the amount of coal it burns to comply with new Environmental Protection Agency regulations governing emissions. The changes, which the company said it would phase in the changes by 2016, will affect seven small power plants. Alabama Power said the changes will eliminate 60 jobs in Greene County, although officials said it would reduce the workforce through attrition and transfers,

Obama: Stop ´Nitpicking´ John Kerry
Breitbart Big Government, by Charlie Spiering    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 8/1/2014 5:41:37 PM     Post Reply
President Obama defended Secretary of State John Kerry’s widely criticized failures to work out a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas. “When I see John Kerry going out there, trying to broker a cease-fire, we should all be supportin’ him,” Obama said. “It should not be a bunch of complaints and second-guessing… nitpicking before he´s had a chance to complete his efforts.” Obama explained that the United States was going to be among the few countries that were actually going to try to negotiate. Even though the efforts appeared to fail, Obama argued, things tended to get better. “More often than

How Will We Avoid Disaster If
Politicians Won’t Listen to Experts?
Cries Galaxy Guardian Krugman
PJ Media, by Scott Ott    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 8/1/2014 5:26:37 PM     Post Reply
The science is settled in yet another field — economics — but no one’s listening. Citizens of the galaxy, be afraid. New York Times pundit and economist Paul Krugman says the “overwhelming” consensus among his colleagues proclaims the Obama stimulus reduced unemployment and was “worth it.” But most Americans have no idea that these academics speak with virtually one voice on Obamanomics. More important, over the past several years policy makers across the Western world have pretty much ignored the professional consensus on government spending and everything else, placing their faith instead in doctrines most economists firmly reject. One rejected

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