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Obama’s Impeachment Game
New York Times, by Ross Douthat    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/3/2014 11:39:40 AM     Post Reply
Something rather dangerous is happening in American politics right now, all the more so for being taken for granted by many of the people watching it unfold. I do not mean the confusion of House Republicans, or the general gridlock in Congress, which are impeding legislative action on the child migrant crisis (among other matters). Incompetence and gridlock are significant problems, indeed severe ones, but they’re happening within the context of a constitutional system that allows for — and can survive — congressional inaction. What is different — more cynical and more destructive — is the course President Obama is

Ted Cruz hits Iowa right after
a big conservative win - again
Des Moines Register [IA], by Jennifer Jacobs    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/3/2014 11:22:00 AM     Post Reply
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz bagged three pheasants on a hunt with U.S. Rep. Steve King in northwest Iowa back in October. "I was laughing," the Texas senator said in a sit-down interview with The Des Moines Register, "because every time anyone shot a bird, everyone would call out, ´Good shot, senator.´ I told Steve, ´This is the only hunt I´ve ever been on where I got credited for more birds than I had shells.´" As Cruz touched down in the presidential testing grounds of Iowa again today, he was yet again a hot topic on the national stage. Just like

Wallace Battles Dem Rep.: Didn’t
Democrats Want to Impeach Bush?
Mediaite, by Evan McMurry    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/3/2014 11:15:22 AM     Post Reply
Following statements from Representative Steve King (R-IA) that President Barack Obama was creating a “constitutional crisis” with his executive actions on immigration that would ultimately leave the House with no choice but impeachment, Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace asked Representative Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) how the GOP’s impeachment chatter was different than bills filed by the Democrats to impeach George W Bush. “It’s completely different,” Jeffries said. “Then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) clearly said impeachment is off the table.” “Basically that’s what [House Speaker] John Boehner (R-OH) said this week, too,” Wallace said.

  


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Destroying the Senate -
and our liberties
Washington Times, by Orrin G. Hatch    Original Article
Posted By: SpeedMaster- 8/3/2014 11:12:10 AM     Post Reply
Procedural changes impede the chamber’s traditional deliberative function Americans hold the Senate in low esteem, but the situation is even worse than most understand. The Senate is dysfunctional today because its current leadership has acted to destroy the institution itself. Job-approval ratings for Congress have been in the teens or single digits for more than three years. A poll last year found that Congress is less popular than head lice, root canals and traffic jams. The “good” news is that Congress is slightly more popular than playground bullies, telemarketers and North Korea.

One dead, 20 hospitalized in apparent
drug overdoses at Maryland festival
Los Angeles Times, by James Queally    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 8/3/2014 11:08:49 AM     Post Reply
A 20-year-old North Carolina man died and 20 others were hospitalized after a rash of apparent drug overdoses at an electronic music concert in Maryland on Friday night, police said. Tyler Fox Viscardi, of Raleigh was rushed from the Mad Decent Block Party at Meriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia around 9 p.m., according to a statement released by the Howard County Police Department. He was pronounced dead at Howard County General Hospital a short time later, police said. A 17-year-old from Virginia remained in critical condition at the same hospital on Saturday, according to the release. Police do not believe

Our border invasion has
solution – in Constitution
Daily Inter Lake [Kalispell MT], by Frank Miele    Original Article
Posted By: davesenior- 8/3/2014 10:44:47 AM     Post Reply
Gov. Rick Perry of Texas recently ordered 1,000 Texas National Guard troops to the state’s border with Mexico to assist the Border Patrol in responding to the growing crisis of illegal entry.[SNIP]The only problem is that Perry’s deployment order is symbolic, not serious, and it won’t do any good until it becomes serious. It is unlikely that Perry is any more likely than any other politician to put his own personal interest second, and the needs of the nation first, but the fact of the matter is we don’t need 1,000 troops on the border, we need 10,000, maybe more.

Stopped at the border,
nephew joins uncle in N.J.
The Record [Hackensack, NJ], by Monsy Alvarado    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 8/3/2014 10:33:25 AM     Post Reply
When he left Guatemala, 16-year-old Jonas Cua thought the professional smugglers his family had hired would get him across the border and on a van to his uncle in Hudson County. But he soon learned otherwise. The smugglers, known as coyotes, told him and the other teens and children traveling with him that when they reached the United States they would be left for U.S. immigration officials to find. And sure enough, his trip was cut short in Texas, where he was detained by Border Patrol agents. (Snip) On Friday, Cua reached his uncle, who lives in Hudson County,

  


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As I See It: President Barack Obama
on the economy and Congress
Kansas City Star (MO), by Barack 0bama    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 8/3/2014 10:24:25 AM     Post Reply
A few days ago, I visited Kansas City to say a few words about our economy and meet with folks who wrote me letters -- and I snuck in some good barbeque, too. On Friday, we learned that our economy added about 200,000 jobs in July. Our private sector has added 9.9 million jobs over the last 53 months, the longest streak of private-sector job creation in our country’s history. Companies are investing. Consumers are spending. And for the first time in more than a decade, business leaders around the world have declared that the world’s number one place to invest

Islamic State grabs Iraqi dam,
oilfield after defeating Kurds
Reuters, by Ahmed Rasheed and Raheem Salman    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 8/3/2014 10:23:55 AM     Post Reply
BAGHDAD - Islamic State fighters seized control of Iraq´s biggest dam, an oilfield and three more towns on Sunday after inflicting their first major defeat on Kurdish forces since sweeping through the region in June. Capture of the Mosul Dam after an offensive of barely 24 hours could give the Sunni militants the ability to flood major Iraqi cities, sharply raising the stakes in their bid to topple Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki´s Shi´ite-led government. Islamic State, which sees Iraq´s majority Shi´ites as apostates who deserve to be killed, also seized the Ain Zalah oil field, adding to four others already under

Islamic extremists impose
reign of terror in Iraq
USA Today, by Ammar Al Shamary and Gilgamesh Nabeel    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 8/3/2014 10:12:46 AM     Post Reply
BAGHDAD — Police cars have been repainted to say "Islamic police." Women are forbidden from wearing bright colors and prints. The homes of Shiites and others have signs stating they are property of the Islamic State. And everyone walks in fear amid a new reign of terror. That´s what life is like in Mosul, Tikrit and other cities in northern and western Iraq under the control of Islamic extremists after their lightning-fast military campaign that overwhelmed the Iraqi army in June. The new normal for these residents means daily decrees about attire and raids to root out religious minorities in

BBC ´angers Muslim staff´ by hosting hog
roast to celebrate Commonwealth Games
under the windows of Arabic TV service
Daily Mail [UK], by Mia de Graff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/3/2014 9:52:45 AM     Post Reply
The BBC has enraged Muslim staff after holding a hog roast to celebrate the Commonwealth Games - under the windows of the Arabic TV service. An entire pig was spit-roasted in the courtyard of New Broadcasting House, central London, with wafts of meat drifting up to the predominantly Muslim office. Staff in the department whose religion bans them from eating pork blasted the ´horror´ at spotting the carcass on their lunch break. The event on Friday, celebrating the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, was held just days after the close of Ramadan, a month of fasting for Muslims for spiritual reflection.

  


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Despite reduction of boots on the
ground, clashes continue in Gaza
Jerusalem Post [Israel], by Yaakov Lappin, Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/3/2014 9:25:46 AM     Post Reply
The IDF continued operations in the Gaza Strip on Sunday despite its decision to redeploy some forces to staging areas within Israel. Paratroopers in the Gaza Strip detected four terrorists preparing to fire an anti-tank missile on Sunday. Acting on the information, the Armored Corps fired shells at a home in which the terrorists were stationed at. The building collapsed and the terrorists were killed. Meanwhile, Givati infantry soldiers uncovered150 mortars, as well as a new tunnel shaft. Earlier in the day, Givati soldiers also detected terrorists who had surfaced from a tunnel. The IDF fired shells at the cell, which escaped to

Wiretapped: Israel Eavesdropped on
John Kerry in Mideast Talks
SPIEGEL INTERNATIONAL, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Flyright- 8/3/2014 8:51:47 AM     Post Reply
SPIEGEL has learned from reliable sources that Israeli intelligence eavesdropped on US Secretary of State John Kerry during Middle East peace negotiations. In addition to the Israelis, at least one other intelligence service also listened in as Kerry mediated last year between Israel, the Palestinians and the Arab states, several intelligence service sources told SPIEGEL. Revelations of the eavesdropping could further damage already tense relations between the US government and Israel. During the peak stage of peace talks last year, Kerry spoke regularly with high-ranking negotiating partners in the Middle East. At the time, some of these calls were not made

Put Down the Cupcake: New
Ban Hits School Bake Sales
Wall Street Journal, by Stephanie Armour    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/3/2014 8:42:20 AM     Post Reply
At Chapman School in Nebraska, resourceful students hawk pizza and cookie dough to raise money for school supplies, field trips and an eighth-grade excursion to Washington. They peddle chocolate bars to help fund the yearbook. But the sales won´t be so sweet starting this fall. Campus bake sales—a mainstay of school fundraisers—are going on a diet. A federal law that aims to curb childhood obesity means that, in dozens of states, bake sales must adhere to nutrition requirements that could replace cupcakes and brownies with fruit cups and granola bars. Jeff Ellsworth, principal of the kindergarten through eighth-grade school in

Andre Reed: Jim Kelly ´inspiration´
ESPN/Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/3/2014 8:35:32 AM     Post Reply
(Video) CANTON, Ohio -- After delivering an emotionally charged speech that brought both laughter and tears, receiver Andre Reed had one more thing to do to make his Pro Football Hall of Fame induction complete. Turning his back to the crowd at the podium, Reed caught a pass from former Buffalo Bills teammate and fellow Hall of Famer Jim Kelly on the stage at Fawcett Stadium on Saturday night. The two then shared a long, emotional hug. It was a fitting finish for a tandem that set a then-NFL record by hooking up 663 times in Buffalo. And it was

  


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Showering declared potential
hazard in Toledo, Ohio
CBS News & Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/3/2014 8:25:21 AM     Post Reply
TOLEDO, Ohio - Residents of Ohio´s fourth largest city are now being warned about potential hazards from taking a shower. The Toledo-Lucas County Health Department said late Saturday that, at the urging of the Centers for Disease Control, it is advising that those with liver disease should avoid showering. This applies only to those who get their water service from the city of Toledo´s water treatment plant. The department now also says that those with sensitive skin may want to avoid showering because the water could cause irritation, reports CBS affiliate WTOL in Toledo. The health department had originally advised

HHS: Teen Males Majority of
Illegal Aliens For Years
Breitbart California, by Michelle Moons    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/3/2014 8:16:02 AM     Post Reply
A great deal of attention has been focused in recent months on the surge of illegal aliens, particularly unaccompanied alien children (UAC), through the southwest border of the United States. However, a federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) fact sheet points to the fact that a large number of male teens have been arriving in exponentially increasing numbers for several years. According to an HHS Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) fact sheet, “Most [illegal aliens] are over 14 and approximately three quarters of them are boys.” In addition, there has been a steady upward trend in the number

An Open Letter to the Political Right
Townhall, by Derek Hunter    Original Article
Posted By: SpeedMaster- 8/3/2014 8:08:02 AM     Post Reply
Dear “Conservatives” and “Establishment Republicans,” I write today in the hope you all can get over whatever anger, distrust or bruised egos this primary season and political year has caused you. We on the right need to unite and send a message to progressives by unambiguously retaking the U.S. Senate in November. We all have some problem with what’s happened so far. Someone we liked lost a primary. Someone we didn’t won. Some piece of legislation we hate passed; some other piece we liked did not. No one is completely happy, but we all know things can get much worse – and

"What Does Hamas Want?"
American Thinker, by Connor Headrick    Original Article
Posted By: SpeedMaster- 8/3/2014 7:57:13 AM     Post Reply
The charter of Hamas, the controlling faction in the Gaza Strip, states, “[Peace] initiatives, the so-called peaceful solutions, and the international conferences to resolve the Palestinian problem, are all contrary to the beliefs of the Islamic Resistance Movement. For renouncing any part of Palestine means renouncing part of the religion[.]” Suddenly, the current conflict between Israel and the Hamas faction in the Gaza Strip comes into striking clarity. In evaluating the violence currently going on in Gaza, it is informative to understand not only how both sides operate, but how both sides define themselves and their purposes.

Obama concocts impeachment threat
because he has nothng else
New York Post, by Kyle Smith    Original Article
Posted By: Flyright- 8/3/2014 7:27:02 AM     Post Reply
It’s as if our president has read all of the disappointed head-shaking opinion pieces by Very Serious Liberals and is responding, “Hey, I’m not sad. I’m ridiculous!”Because in the last couple of weeks Barack Obama has reached his Basil Fawlty stage. Instead of John Cleese’s Fawlty rushing around a dismal English hotel trying to avoid insulting his German guests by squawking, “Don’t mention the war,” we have Obama stumbling around the country crying, “Don’t mention impeachment!”The president is, of course, the only American of any standing whatsoever talking about impeachment. At least Basil Fawlty had an excuse for his dizzy behavior:

  



Slain Soldier Lt. Hadar Goldin
Was Ya´alon´s Close Relative
Arutz Sheva [Israel], by Tova Dvorin    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/3/2014 7:11:55 AM     Post Reply
Second Lieutenant Hadar Goldin, hy"d, who was killed by Hamas terrorists on Friday, was a close relative of Defense Minister Moshe Ya´alon, it was cleared for publication Sunday morning. Hebrew media has yet to officially indicate how the two were related, but the Hebrew phrase--karov mishpaha--indicates an immediate or otherwise very close family relationship between the two. The gag order was implemented on the family´s request, so as to not escalate the situation with Hamas in the event Goldin was alive and being held captive. Ya´alon related to his relative´s death for the first time publicly on Sunday afternoon.

Watch live:
Gaza City skyline
Telegraph [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/3/2014 7:05:53 AM     Post Reply
Israel´s military has begun redeploying along its border with Gaza after the government signaled it would reassess its operations. A number of tanks and other vehicles were seen leaving Gaza on Sunday. In a televised address late on Saturday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu suggested troops would reassess the operation after completing the demolition of Hamas military tunnels under the border. Security officials said the tunnel mission was winding down. At the same time, Mr Netanyahu warned Hamas would pay an "intolerable price" if it continued to fire rockets at Israel and that all options remain on the table.

Britain ´attempts to censor´
US report on torture sites
Observer (UK), by Jamie Doward and Ian Cobain    Original Article
Posted By: Flyright- 8/3/2014 6:55:09 AM     Post Reply
The government stands accused of seeking to conceal Britain´s role in extraordinary rendition, ahead of the release of a declassified intelligence report that exposes the use of torture at US secret prisons around the world.The Senate report on the CIA´s interrogation programme, due to be released in days, will confirm that the US tortured terrorist suspects after 9/11. In advance of the release, Barack Obama admitted on Friday: "We tortured some folks. We did some things that were contrary to our values."Now, in a letter to the human rights group Reprieve, former foreign secretary William Hague has confirmed that the

Kennedys pushing Warren to
run against Hillary in 2016
New York Post, by Edward Klein    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/3/2014 5:54:26 AM     Post Reply
In an echo of 2008 — when Ted and Caroline Kennedy backed upstart Barack Obama over Hillary Rodham Clinton — members of the Kennedy clan have been quietly wooing Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and encouraging her to throw her hat in the ring, sources tell me. The question of whom to back in the 2016 presidential race has split the Kennedys down the middle. Robert Kennedy’s widow, Ethel, and their eldest son, former US Rep. Joe Kennedy II, favor Warren — the darling of the party’s left-wing base who now sits in Ted Kennedy’s old seat — while Bobby Jr.

Princeton Professor Makes
Dubious Declaration
American Thinker, by Bruce Deitrick Price    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/3/2014 5:35:29 AM     Post Reply
Professor Danielle Allen, at the Princeton Institute for Advanced Studies, has proposed a closer reading of the Declaration of Independence in order to prove that the country was intended to be socialist all along. Yes, that’s her thesis, and this woman is on the Board of Trustees and has a MacArthur ´Genius´ Award. On the other hand, she’s a professor of sociology, a field with a penchant for ideology. The Declaration of Independence is a dramatic statement to the world explaining why we broke away from England. But it’s the Constitution – not the Declaration – that defines how the

Three Ninnies and a Jackass:
This Week in Gaza
American Thinker, by Clarice Feldman    Original Article
Posted By: DW626- 8/3/2014 5:15:15 AM     Post Reply
This week we learned that former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, the elected choice of the wealthy denizens of San Francisco, believes that Hamas is a humanitarian organization. Qatar, Hamas’ principle supporter, told her so. From former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton we learned that the reason Hamas’ weapons are found stored in civilian sites -- schools, mosques, hospitals, and UNWRA buildings -- is because the area is so small there’s nowhere else to hide them. And from the UN’s High Commissioner for Human Rights, the viciously anti-Israeli Navi Pillay, we learned that the Israel may have committed war

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