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GOP´s Walden: Obama is ´disengaged
when he should be leading´
Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: SurferLad- 8/2/2014 9:33:39 AM     Post Reply
Rep. Greg Walden gives the Weekly Republican Party Remarks: No matter where you stand on the issues, this much is clear: Something has gone terribly wrong in Washington. And Americans have good reason to be fed up. For nearly six years now, we’ve had an administration that trusts government more than you, that spends rather than saves, that believes change comes from desks in Washington and not kitchen counters like this one. Republicans have sought to do things differently. We’ve focused on solutions to rein in big government, and help grow our economy. The House has passed more than 40 jobs bills,

Obama promises: ´I´ll never stop
trying to work with both parties´
Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: SurferLad- 8/2/2014 9:27:55 AM     Post Reply
President Obama's weekly remarks: Hi, everybody. My top priority as President is doing everything I can to create more jobs and more opportunities for hardworking families to get ahead. On Friday, we learned that our economy created over 200,000 new jobs in July. That’s on top of about 300,000 new jobs in June. We’re now in a six-month streak with at least 200,000 new jobs each month. That hasn’t happened since 1997. All told, our businesses have created 9.9 million jobs over the past 53 months. That’s the longest streak of private-sector job creation in our history. Because of you — because of your hard work and determination —

Israel will not attend Gaza truce
talks in Cairo, official says
Reuters, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/2/2014 9:25:42 AM     Post Reply
Israel will not send envoys to Gaza truce negotiations in Egypt on Saturday as planned, an Israeli official said, accusing Hamas of misleading international mediators. "Hamas is not interested in an accommodation," the official said on condition of anonymity. An Egyptian-brokered ceasefire on Friday broke down within hours on Friday. [Snip] Gazan militants emerged on Friday morning from a tunnel into Israeli territory, under deconstruction by the IDF, less than ninety minutes deep into a planned 72-hour cease-fire. One terrorist detonated a suicide vest, killing two Israeli soldiers; another abducted a third Israeli soldier, Hadar Goldin,

  


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Five myths about impeachment
Washington Post, by Jonathan Turley    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/2/2014 9:11:58 AM     Post Reply
1. An impeachable offense is anything Congress says it is. (Snip) But Congress’s exclusive power to impeach does not license it to abuse that power, any more than the Supreme Court’s final say on laws gives it license to deliver arbitrary rulings. The framers carefully defined the grounds for impeachment as “treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors” — language with British legal precedent. They clearly did not want removal of the president subject to congressional whim. Indeed, they rejected the addition of “maladministration” after James Madison cautioned that “so vague a term will be equivalent to a tenure during pleasure

When Hamas succeeds, innocent
people die in Israel and Gaza
Washington Examiner, by Melanie Sturm    Original Article
Posted By: Aspenhuskerette- 8/2/2014 8:37:48 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 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 — preferring violence, hate and death — is perhaps humanity’s greatest challenge. As Nazi refugee Albert Einstein understood, defending our collective values is the humane response. “The world is a dangerous

Hundreds Reported Missing
After Landslide in Nepal
New York Times, by Bhadra sharma & Gardiner Harris    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/2/2014 8:34:36 AM     Post Reply
Katmandu, Nepal - A major landslide early Saturday morning near Nepal’s border with China killed at least eight people and left hundreds missing, officials in Nepal said. It also washed out a crucial highway and blocked a river, leading to a dangerous buildup of water. “Hundreds of people are missing and at least 40 houses are buried in the landslide,” said Ganesh Khatri Chhetri, a Nepal police spokesman. At least 16 people had been rescued, he said. A section of the Araniko highway connecting Nepal with China was swept away, and rising water around the blockage led thousands to seek higher ground. Police and military personnel in helicopters

A Mound of Forgotten Money,
and Even You May Have a Claim
New York Times, by Sam Roberts    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/2/2014 8:01:25 AM     Post Reply
For years, Jerry Seinfeld and Joan Rivers, and as many as 6,914 other customers, have never claimed refunds due them from Bergdorf’s. (Snip) These are just a few names culled from as many as 31 million owners of accounts held by New York State as unclaimed property — accounts surrendered by banks, insurers, utility companies and others that said they had tried but failed to find the rightful owners of deposits, dividend checks, back wages, rebates and other forgotten funds, which have grown to a record $13.3 billion. More than $700 million from abandoned and dormant accounts flooded into the state in the last year alone.

  


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Anti-Semitism Rises in Europe
Amid Israel-Gaza Conflict
New York Times, by Melissa Eddy    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/2/2014 7:47:43 AM     Post Reply
Berlin - Across Europe, the conflict in Gaza is generating a broader backlash against Jews, as threats, hate speech and even violent attacks proliferate in several countries. Most surprising perhaps, a wave of incidents has washed over Germany, where atonement for the Holocaust and other Nazi crimes is a bedrock of the modern society. A commitment to the right of Israel to exist is ironclad. Plaques and memorials across the country exhort, “Never Again.” Children are taught starting in elementary school that their country’s Nazi history must never be repeated. Even so, academics say the recent episodes may reflect a rising climate of

Netanyahu to U.S.:
Don´t second guess me on Hamas
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/2/2014 7:37:50 AM     Post Reply
Washington - Following the quick collapse of the cease-fire in Gaza, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the White House not to force a truce with Palestinian militants on Israel. Sources familiar with conversations between Netanyahu and senior U.S. officials, including Secretary of State John Kerry, say the Israeli leader advised the Obama administration "not to ever second guess me again" on the matter. The officials also said Netanyahu said he should be "trusted" on the issue and about the unwillingness of Hamas to enter into and follow through on cease-fire talks. The Obama administration on Friday

The Do-Little Congress heads home
Politico, by Seung Min Kim & John Bresnahan    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/2/2014 7:28:46 AM     Post Reply
Congress is leaving town for a five-week recess after failing to address one of the most serious issues facing the nation: the crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border. Republican leaders in the House were able to recover from an embarrassing setback by passing border legislation late Friday full of political red meat for their conservative base, including revisions to a 2008 anti-trafficking law and more money for the National Guard. Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and his GOP colleagues also passed — over bitter Democratic objections — a bill to rein in President Barack Obama’s program to shield undocumented immigrants from deportations.

´Do not drink´ water advisory
issued for thousands across Toledo area
Blade (Toledo OH), by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/2/2014 7:21:30 AM     Post Reply
Residents of Lucas County, Perrysburg and all communities that receive water from the city of Toledo were warned early today not to drink or boil the city’s water after the Collins Park water-treatment plant in East Toledo produced two microcystin sample readings. Chemists testing water at Collins Park plant found two sample readings for microcystin that exceeded the recommended “do not drink” standard of one microgram per liter standard. The city‘s plant provides treatment services to an area of approximately 400,000 people across 100 square miles.(Snip) The notice — posted on the city’s Facebook page shortly before 2 a.m. —

  


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Obama´s Inexplicable Love
for the Dark Side
American Thinker, by James Lewis    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/2/2014 7:07:16 AM     Post Reply
Even the American left is finally realizing that this is the strangest administration in living memory. Obama simply has no real precedents, which is why he seems so utterly foreign. American presidents tend to be pragmatists, but Obama is locked into a simpleminded ideology of Good vs. Evil. Obama is Good, and anybody who disagrees with him is Evil. Much of this oddity stems from the president’s personality, which many people have described as a mix of major narcissism, borderline personality disorder, and oppositional defiant disorder. Personality disordered people can be very functional in their jobs.

Feds Fly Unaccompanied Minors to Alaska
Breitbart Texas, by Kristin Tate    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/2/2014 6:57:15 AM     Post Reply
HOUSTON, Texas--As unaccompanied minors continue to illegally cross the Texas-Mexico border, President Obama´s Health and Human Services (HHS) has been quietly releasing them onto U.S. soil. A total of 30,340 unaccompanied minors have already been released from federal custody and placed into foster homes, according to HHS´ Office of Refugee and Resettlement (ORR). While many migrants have been released in border states like Texas and California, others have been set free in Alaska. A spokesman from HHS confirmed to Breitbart Texas that as of July 7, five unaccompanied minors were released in Alaska.

Pelosi Chases Republican Tom Marino
Across House Chamber
ABC News, by John Parkinson    Original Article
Posted By: Honeybadger- 8/2/2014 6:51:02 AM     Post Reply
In an unusual breach of decorum, even for the divided Congress, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi chased Rep. Tom Marino across the House floor, taking offense at comments by the Pennsylvania Republican during debate on the border funding bill Friday night."We don´t have law and order," Marino began as he wrapped up his comments on the border supplemental. "My colleagues on the other side don´t want to do anything about it." "You know something that I find quite interesting about the other side? Under the leadership of the former Speaker [Pelosi], and under the leadership of their former leader

Exposure of health workers
weakens Africa´s Ebola fight
Reuters, by Umaru Fofana*    Original Article
Posted By: harleynyc- 8/2/2014 6:49:52 AM     Post Reply
Jenneh became a nurse in Sierra Leone 15 years ago with the hope of saving lives in one of the world's poorest countries. Now she fears for her own after three of her colleagues died of Ebola.(snip)More than 100 health workers have been infected by the viral disease, which has no known cure, including two American medics working for charity Samaritan´s Purse. More than half of those have died, among them Sierra Leone´s leading doctor in the fight against Ebola, Sheik Umar Khan, a national hero. 15 years ago with the hope of saving lives in one of the world´s poorest countries. Now she fears for her own after three of her colleagues died of Ebola.

  


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GM help site as defective
as the switches, feds say
USA Today, by James R. Healey    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/2/2014 6:39:30 AM     Post Reply
Federal safety regulators say that not only are General Motors ignition switches defective, so is GM´s website for determining if you are driving one of the defective cars. People who use the GM "VIN look-up" site are told their cars aren´t part of an active recall if the repair parts aren´t yet available, even when the cars are, in fact, being recalled. VIN is the vehicle identification number. GM and other automakers maintain websites that allow owners to check for recalls by plugging in their vehicle´s VIN. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said late Friday that it "determined that owners of some recalled GM vehicles are receiving incorrect

Latin America comes
out in force against Israel
Agence France-Presse, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/2/2014 6:28:32 AM     Post Reply
Montevideo - Latin America´s leaders are among the most vehement in condemning Israel´s Gaza offensive -- labelling the Jewish state "terrorist", recalling ambassadors, and offering near-unanimous, unwavering support to Palestinians. "I can´t remember another similar situation where (all the countries in the region) have reacted practically as a bloc," said political scientist Reginaldo Nasser, a professor at the Pontifical University in Sao Paulo, Brazil. One of the most symbolic recent developments came from Bolivian President Evo Morales -- one of the leaders of Latin America´s far left -- who put Israel on its list of "Terrorist States" and

Kidnapped IDF soldier´s
unit unearthed tunnel that
stretched 2 kilometers into Israel
Jerusalem Post [Israel], by Yaakov Lappin    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/2/2014 6:09:36 AM     Post Reply
A Hamas terror cell attacked a Givati unit on Friday in Rafah and kidnapped an officer after the Israeli soldiers discovered a large cross-border terrorism tunnel, stretching from Rafah deep into Israel, a senior army source said Saturday. The tunnel surfaced some two kilometers into Israeli territory, the source added. A tunnel shaft on the Gazan side surfaced in an open area surrounded by homes. Terrorists emerged from the shaft, and a suicide bomber detonated himself near the soldiers, before the officer was kidnapped, the source said. In the hours following the kidnapping, the IDF launched an intensive search in Rafah, accompanied by

Emotions run high as accused
killers of USC student appear in court
Los Angeles Times, by Richard Winton and Kate Mather    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 8/1/2014 11:52:14 PM     Post Reply
Two minors fought back tears during an emotional court hearing in downtown Los Angeles as they and two adults faced capital murder charges in the beating death of a USC graduate student. Emotions ran high at Tuesday´s hearing as relatives of the group of four, age 19 to 16, sat in the audience a row way from the friends of deceased student Xinran Ji. The family of one of the defendants, 18-year-old Andrew Garcia, repeatedly told reporters that he is innocent and had left home that day to go to the beach Garcia -- along with Jonathan DelCarmen, 19; Alberto

President Obama to Press Corps:
Where’s My Birthday Question?
Mediaite, by Tina Nguyen    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/1/2014 11:48:08 PM     Post Reply
In the middle of a tough press conference covering a wide range of difficult topics — the situation in Ukraine, the Israeli-Hamas conflict, the CIA’s admission that it had spied on the Senate, ISIS, Ebola, etc. — Barack Obama lost his legendary cool and asked the White House pool why they weren’t grilling him about the recent news about the rebounding economy, which he began the presser with. “I think it’s useful for me to end by just reminding folks that in my first term, if I had a press conference like this, typically, everybody would want to ask about

  



Flesh-eating bacteria in Florida
saltwater kills 10, hospitalizes 32,
TV-station reports
Times-Picayune [New Orleans], by Adriane Quinlan    Original Article
Posted By: SoCalGal- 8/1/2014 11:42:35 PM     Post Reply
A flesh-eating bacteria that lives in warm salt water and infects swimmers through their open wounds has killed 10 and hospitalized 32 in Florida this year, according to an ABC station in Tampa Bay. The bacteria – Vibrio vulnificus – has also caused infections in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Texas, according to WFTS. (Snip) Florida Department of Health experts told WFTS that "anyone with a compromised immune system or anyone with an open cut should not go into the water. Those who do jump into the ocean should wash off before heading home."

Feds Force Oyster Factory to Close
Breitbart California, by William Bigelow    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/1/2014 11:37:05 PM     Post Reply
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the closing of the century-old Drakes Bay Oyster Company, once called Johnson’s Oyster Farm, prompted quite an emotional reaction from its fans, with hundreds of them mourning its demise Thursday afternoon. The plaintive melody of “Auld Lang Syne” wafted from a bagpiper´s pipes as fans brought coolers, lemons, hot sauce, and cold beer to join the wake. Drakes Bay’s lease expired Thursday after the National Park Service previously decided it would transform the area into a marine sanctuary. The wholesale operation will stay in business through August, but the retail shop is permanently closed.

Cease-fire collapses between Israel,
Hamas; Israeli soldier captured
Washington Post, by Sudarsan Raghavan*    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 8/1/2014 11:36:06 PM     Post Reply
GAZA CITY — It was the start of a three-day truce, the best hope yet to end a 25-day-old war that has taken an enormous toll on both Palestinians and Israelis. On Friday morning, Israeli troops were in the southern Gaza Strip preparing to destroy a Hamas tunnel, said Israeli military officials. Suddenly, Palestinian militants emerged from a shaft. They included a suicide bomber, who detonated his explosive device. In the chaos, two Israeli soldiers were killed. The militants grabbed 2nd Lt. Hadar Goldin, 23, and pushed him back through the tunnel, according to the Israeli account. Within minutes, the

House revives, approves
border crisis bill – as
Obama vows to ‘act alone’
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: SoCalGal- 8/1/2014 11:33:17 PM     Post Reply
(Video)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

Obama readies executive
action on immigration
Washington Post, by David Nakamura    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 8/1/2014 11:33:11 PM     Post Reply
President Obama is preparing to announce new measures that would potentially allow millions of illegal immigrants to remain in the United States without fear of deportation, a politically explosive decision that could jolt Washington just weeks before the midterm elections, according to people who have been in touch with the White House. Administration officials have told allies in private meetings that both the current surge of Central American children crossing the border and Congress’s failure this year to pass a broader immigration overhaul have propelled the president toward taking action on his own by summer’s end. Obama aides have discussed

House Passes Bill to Block Obama´s
Planned Executive Amnesty
Breitbart Big Government, by Matthew Boyle    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/1/2014 11:31:57 PM     Post Reply
The House of Representatives voted Friday evening to pass a bill that blocks President Barack Obama from continuing or expanding executive amnesty via the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program or programs like it.The bill passed 216 to 192, with 11 Republicans voting against it and 4 Democrats voting for it. The Republicans who voted against are Reps. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL), Jeff Denham (R-CA), Cory Gardner (R-CO), Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), David Reichert (R-WA), David Valadao (R-CA), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Joe Heck (R-NV), Fred Upton (R-MI), Mark Amodei (R-NV), and Mike Coffman (R-CO). The Democrats who voted for it are Reps.

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