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Billions of dollars in deals, funding
to be announced at Africa summit
Reuters, by Lesley Wroughton    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/4/2014 3:30:35 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON -- The United States will announce nearly $1 billion in business deals, increase funding for peacekeeping and commit billions of dollars to expanding food and power programs in Africa during a summit this week, U.S. and development officials say. U.S. officials said the Aug. 4-6 summit in Washington of nearly 50 African leaders hopes to showcase U.S. interest in the fast-growing region through a series of government-private partnership deals to boost trade and investment. The spread of the deadly Ebola virus in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone is also a reminder of the vast development needs that persist in

GOP sees signs of Jewish voters
drifting away from Democrats
The Hill, by Niall Stanage    Original Article
Posted By: abuela10- 8/3/2014 11:33:39 PM     Post Reply
Republicans believe that the deepening crisis in Gaza could ultimately loosen the grip that the Democratic Party has traditionally held upon American Jewish voters. While declarations of a rift between Democrats and the Jewish community have proven premature in the past, things could be different this time, they assert. Just in the last week, the Obama administration used unusually strong language to condemn the shelling of a United Nations-run school in Gaza, apparently by the Israeli military, and drafted a document for a cease-fire that Israeli officials denounced as favoring Hamas. Conservatives say the overall stance of the administration has created an

Obama only the most recent president
to face impeachment calls
Washington Times, by Ben Wolfgang    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 8/3/2014 10:52:18 PM     Post Reply
The real six-year itch in American politics appears to be talk of removing the commander in chief, with President Obama becoming the latest in a long line of leaders to face calls for impeachment during his later years in office. Then-President Clinton was impeached in his sixth year, and the calls to oust President George W. Bush, while they never reached that far, also ramped up in his sixth year in office. Impeachment calls stretch deep into the 1800s, and everyone from Franklin D. Roosevelt and Harry Truman to Ronald Reagan and Richard Nixon faced them. But presidential historians and

  


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Islamic State builds forces, targets
for Baghdad bomb attacks
Washington Times, by Rowan Scarborough    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 8/3/2014 10:50:11 PM     Post Reply
The al Qaeda offshoot terrorizing Iraq is in the process of consolidating territorial gains and increasing the target list in Baghdad, a U.S. official and defense analysts say. But at this point, the Islamic State army of Sunni extremists does not have the capacity to take Baghdad, where a huge Shiite population and stiffer Iraqi forces defend the capital. “[The Islamic State] is solidifying its control in Sunni areas of Iraq and Syria,” said a U.S. intelligence official. “They attack or entrench themselves in towns and military bases near key facilitation routes that connect population hubs they now control such

Republicans’ increasing reliance
on white voters may not spell
electoral doom just yet
Washington Post, by Chris Cillizza    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 8/3/2014 10:45:18 PM     Post Reply
It’s a widely accepted idea that Republicans are sitting on a demographic time bomb: The GOP is getting whiter and whiter in terms of the voters it attracts even as the country is growing increasingly diverse. Marisa Abrajano, an associate professor of political science at the University of California at San Diego, doesn’t dispute that basic notion in a new study of the electorate. But she does suggest that the time bomb may well have a very long fuse — and that in the time before it explodes, Republicans could actually benefit electorally from a consolidation of the white vote.

Attack near U.N. shelter leaves
10 dead as Israel pulls most
ground troops from Gaza
Washington Post, by Sudarsan Raghavan and Griff Witte    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 8/3/2014 10:42:19 PM     Post Reply
RAFAH, Gaza Strip — As Israel showed signs of scaling back its ground offensive in Gaza, its war from the skies continued Sunday, as an airstrike outside a U.N. school in southern Gaza killed at least 10 people. The bloodshed sparked some of the harshest U.S. criticism of Israel since the war began. Capt. Eytan Buchman, a spokesman for the Israel Defense Forces, said the targets of the attack in the border city of Rafah were three Palestinian militants riding past the school on a motorcycle. “We identified a successful hit on the target,” Buchman said. “We definitely don’t target

Down´s Syndrome baby Gammy - who
was abandoned by Australian parents -
transferred to advanced medical facility
as he fights for his life
Daily Mail [UK], by Sarah Dean*    Original Article
Posted By: SoCalGal- 8/3/2014 9:21:01 PM     Post Reply
A baby boy, who was abandoned by his Australian adoptive parents, has been relocated to one of Thailand´s advanced hospitals which provides advanced medical treatment for Down´s Syndrome patients. Gammy will be treated by several specialists at Samitivej Sriracha Hospital in Bangkok, Nine News reported on Sunday. This comes after Pattharamon Janbua - the surrogate mother of the six-month-old boy - carried twins for an Australian couple, but they only took the healthy baby girl home with them. The 21-year-old Thai woman has also vowed to care for the critically-ill baby she gave birth to, and had her hopes of

  


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Ebola scare at Gatwick: 39 hours
of panic after passenger collapses
and dies getting off Sierra Leone flight
Daily Mirror (UK), by Rebecca Younger & Andy Lines    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/3/2014 9:13:25 PM     Post Reply
The passenger was ´sweating and vomiting´ before her death but tests late last night ruled out the deadly tropical disease as the cause of her death. Airport staff tonight told of their fears of an Ebola outbreak after a passenger from Sierra Leone collapsed and died as she got off a plane at Gatwick. Workers said they were terrified the virus could spread globally through the busy international hub from the West African country which is in the grip of the deadly epidemic. The woman, said to be 72, became ill on the gangway after she left a Gambia Bird

Leaked CBP Report Shows Entire
World Exploiting Open US Border
Breitbart Texas, by Brandon Darby    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/3/2014 8:46:33 PM     Post Reply
LUBBOCK, Texas — A leaked intelligence analysis from the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) reveals the exact numbers of illegal immigrants entering and attempting to enter the U.S. from nearly every nation on Earth. The report was obtained by a trusted source within the CBP agency who leaked the document and spoke with Breitbart Texas on the condition of anonymity. The report is labeled as "Unclassified//For Official Use Only." The report indicates that the data should be handled as "Sensitive But Unclassified (SBU)." The numbers provided are in graphics and are broken down into “OFO” and “OBP.” The Customs and

Army to force out 550
majors; some in Afghanistan
- Thread Closed
Associated Press, by Lolita C. Baldor    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 8/3/2014 8:43:32 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. The decision to cut Army majors comes on the heels of a move to slash nearly 1,200 captains from the ranks. Army leaders

Rick Perry: Record Number of Illegals
from Syria, Pakistan, Afghanistan
Being Caught at Border
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Tony Lee    Original Article
Posted By: ketchuplover- 8/3/2014 8:41:23 PM     Post Reply
Texas Governor Rick Perry said a record number of illegal immigrants from Syria, Pakistan and Afghanistan have been apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border. On Sunday´s State of the Union on CNN, Perry said the "historic record highs" of individuals from "countries that have substantial terrorist ties" threaten America´s national security. Later on the program, Rep. Mike McCaul (R-TX), the House Homeland Security Committee Chair, said Iranian terrorists have had plans to sneak across the border. He also said that others who want to do harm are seeking to exploit America´s porous border. Perry also said that since 2008, 203,000 illegal immigrants have

  


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World View: Congress Reacts to
Photos of Assad´s Torture Victims in Syria
Breitbart Big Peace, by John J. Xenakis    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 8/3/2014 8:39:11 PM     Post Reply
This morning´s key headlines from GenerationalDynamics.com. Congress reacts to photos of Assad´s torture victims in Syria. Israel confirms the death of the abducted soldier. Congress reacts to photos of Assad´s torture victims in Syria. The House Foreign Affairs Committee on Thursday viewed a presentation by a defecting forensic photographer from the regime of Syria´s president Bashar al-Assad. This was the same forensic photographer, nicknamed "Caesar," that we wrote about in January. Wearing dark glasses and a hood to hide his identity, he told Congress what he had seen in Damascus. He described maimed bodies, people with eyes gouged out, and

The Democrats’ New Talking Point:
Ted Cruz Runs the House!
Power Line, by John Hinderaker    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/3/2014 8:35:58 PM     Post Reply
The Democrats are desperately trying to keep their impeachment fantasy alive. Why, I am not sure; constantly associating the word “impeachment” with the leader of your party seems like a bad idea. Nevertheless, that is what they are doing. On ABC this morning, White House political adviser Dan Pfeiffer introduced a new theme: impeachment is a threat, because Ted Cruz controls the House of Representatives! (Video) At about the same time, Democratic Congressman Hakeem Jeffries was on Fox News Sunday, promoting the idea that Obama will be impeached. (I still don’t get it.) It would be fun to read the

Woman dies after flying to Gatwick
from Ebola hit Sierra Leone
Telegraph [UK], by Claire Carter    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/3/2014 8:28:34 PM     Post Reply
A woman has died after landing at Gatwick airport on a flight from Sierra Leone, one of the countries at the centre of the deadly Ebola outbreak. The 72-year-old was understood to have been “vomiting and sweating” before she collapsed and was taken by ambulance to hospital. She had been travelling on a Gambia Bird flight with 128 passengers on board from Sierra Leone, which has declared a state of emergency after more than 200 people have died in the country from the disease. The plane, which landed at 8.15am on Saturday from Freetown in Sierra Leone after stopping in

´It´s a Small World´ after all;
iconic ride celebrates 50 years
Los Angeles Times, by Hugo Martin    Original Article
Posted By: Fiesta del sol- 8/3/2014 8:16:50 PM     Post Reply
When her phone rang that day in 1963, Alice Davis was working as a seamstress, stitching bras and girdles in the downtown Los Angeles garment district.Walt Disney, the caller said, wanted to see her. When she arrived at Disney´s office, the theme park pioneer made her an offer: Design costumes for a new ride he was planning for the 1964 New York World´s Fair. That ride would be, he promised her, an attraction that would bring joy "to every child from 1 to 100." "I could hardly wait to get there for the first day," recalled Davis, now 85. Fifty

  


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The Last Days of Nixon--
and the American Republic
PowerLine, by Steven Hayward    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 8/3/2014 8:14:23 PM     Post Reply
We’re coming up shortly on the 40th anniversary of Richard Nixon’s resignation, which coincides with the publication of Rick Perlstein’s new doorstop, The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan, about which more—much more—in due course. (Snip) You can read my entire chapter about this, or you can take in this 22-minute segment of The American Mind with Professor John Marini of the University of Nevada at Reno, which nails it. Nixon had a serious plan in his second term to tame Congress and the bureaucracy. So he had to be stopped by any means necessary.

Israel declares 7-hour
humanitarian cease-fire to
take effect Monday in Gaza
Jerusalem Post [Israel], by Herb Keinon & Khaled Abu Toameh    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/3/2014 7:04:25 PM     Post Reply
Israel said its military would hold fire in most of the Gaza Strip for seven hours on Monday to facilitate the entry of humanitarian aid and for displaced Palestinians to return to their homes, but would fight back if attacked. The humanitarian truce, beginning at 10 a.m. local time, would not apply in areas of the southern Gaza town of Rafah where Israeli forces are still operating, a Defense Ministry official said in a statement. Israeli officials refused Sunday either to say whether an Israeli delegation would eventually be sent to Cairo to discuss a cease-fire agreement, or what Jerusalem thinks about the conditions being presented in Egypt by the

Public servants acting
as public masters: Column
USA Today, by Glenn Harlan Reynolds    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 8/3/2014 6:39:29 PM     Post Reply
CIA responded to Obama´s acquiescence when it spied on the Senate Intelligence Committee. "Nothing could be further from the truth. I mean, we wouldn´t do that." That was CIA Director John Brennan´s answer in March when Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., charged the CIA with breaking into computers used by Senate investigators looking into CIA misconduct. (snip) The sad truth is that when you elect irresponsible people into positions of power, you get irresponsible government. President Obama oozes contempt for Congress, and for longstanding unwritten political accommodations among the branches, at every opportunity.

Obama: ´Russia doesn´t make
anything,´ West must be firm with China
Reuters, by Roberta Rampton    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 8/3/2014 6:33:13 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama dismissed Russia as a nation that "doesn´t make anything" and said in an interview with the Economist magazine that the West needs to be "pretty firm" with China as Beijing pushes to expand its role in the world economy. (Snip) Russia is the world´s third-largest oil producer and second-largest natural gas producer. Europe relies heavily on Russian energy exports, complicating the West´s response to the Ukraine crisis. Obama downplayed Moscow´s role in the world, dismissing President Vladimir Putin as a leader causing short-term trouble for political gain that will hurt Russia in the long term.

Saxby defends enhanced
interrogation techniques post-9/11
Washington Times, by Valerie Richardson    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/3/2014 4:54:35 PM     Post Reply
The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence’s vice chairman defended the CIA’s use of enhanced interrogation techniques after 9/11, saying the program led directly to the discovery of al Qaeda mastermind Osama bin Laden. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, Georgia Republican, said on CBS-TV’s “Face the Nation” that he strongly disagreed with Democrats who are framing the CIA’s actions as fruitless. The committee is expected to release this week a declassified version of its 6,000-page report on detention and interrogation in the aftermath of 9/11, which includes sections on the torture of detainees.

  



Valerie Jarrett: Israeli
strikes on civilians wrong
Politico, by Jon Prior    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 8/3/2014 4:41:11 PM     Post Reply
White House Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett says Israeli strikes near civilian havens in Gaza were indefensible. "This is why the cease-fire is so important," Jarrett said in an interview aired Sunday on CBS´ "Face the Nation." "It´s a devastating situation. Israel absolutely has the right to defend itself, and we are Israel´s staunchest ally. But you also can´t condone the killing of all of these innocent children." President Barack Obama, she said, was concerned and frustrated by the ongoing violence despite efforts by Secretary of State John Kerry to broker a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas. "I think everyone involved is frustrated," Jarrett

Biological parents are ´morally
responsible´ for abandoned baby,
say Australian officials
Telegraph [UK], by Jonathan Pearlman    Original Article
Posted By: SoCalGal- 8/3/2014 3:47:47 PM     Post Reply
Australian officials said yesterday that the couple who refused to take a baby born with Down´s syndrome from the surrogate mother they had paid to give birth to him had "moral responsibility" for his welfare. Pattharamon Janbua, 21, has received donations from around the world after she was left struggling to care for her six-month-old son Gammy, who has a life-threatening lung condition and is said to need surgery for a heart condition.(Snip)The Australian couple, who have not been identified, took Gammy´s healthy twin sister but refused to take the boy after learning of his condition.

Hamas: Israel ´Made Up Story´
on Soldier´s Kidnapping
Arutz Sheva [Israel], by Yaakov Levi    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/3/2014 3:26:24 PM     Post Reply
Hamas tried on Sunday to deny that it was behind the kidnapping and murder of IDF officer Hadar Goldin. [Snip] With the statement. Abu-Zuhri contradicted comments Friday by another Hamas spokesperson, Mousa Abu-Marzouk, who said that Hamas had indeed captured the soldier and was holding him hostage. Speaking to Hamas TV, Abu-Marzouk named the soldier as Goldin hours before Israel officially acknowledged he was missing, and announced his name. The claim that Israel violated the cease-fire was also contradicted by international reporters on the scene in Gaza. Reporters on international news channels, including Fox and CNN, said that Gaza had

Photos and Video:
Motorcycles Found Inside Attack Tunnel
Arutz Sheva [Israel], by Gil Ronen    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/3/2014 3:15:37 PM     Post Reply
Last Monday evening, the IDF Squad Commanders´ School Regiment--the 828th Regiment--encountered terrorists who emerged from a tunnel near the Karni crossing. The force eliminated one terrorist and lost five of its men. In the course of the subsequent neutralization of the tunnel, many weapons were found inside it, including RPGs, mortar shells, explosives, and Kalachnikov rifles. In addition, three motorcycles were found. They were facing Israel and were meant for carrying out a sophisticated attack on Israeli communities. [Snip] The tunnel was a particularly large one, walled with cement, and is believed to have taken four years to

Russian official mocks Obama’s
masculinity with dog photo
Washington Times, by Jessica Chasmar    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/3/2014 3:11:27 PM     Post Reply
Russia’s deputy prime minister took a swipe at President Obama’s masculinity on Thursday after the U.S. leader announced long-threatened sanctions meant to cripple the Russian economy. Russia’s Dmitry Rogozin tweeted side-by-side images of Mr. Obama and President Vladimir Putin — the U.S. president holding a tiny, white, fluffy dog, and Mr. Putin posing with a Persian leopard. “We have different values and allies,” read Mr. Rogozin’s caption, which was retweeted more than 3,000 times. Not everyone bought the comparison, however. “Yes, that dog didn’t have to be tranquilized for a posed shot. Our values are different,

Dark shadow of the Great War:
Tomorrow marks 100 years since
Europe plunged into the war to
end all wars. But as this brilliant
analysis argues, we are still living
with its appalling legacy in Ukraine and Gaza
Daily Mail (UK), by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/3/2014 3:00:08 PM     Post Reply
Exactly 100 years ago tomorrow, Britain stumbled into a war that would change the face not just of this country but of the whole of Europe, for ever. Its consequences would spread far beyond the continent where it was fought, initiating almost a century of upheaval, revolution, bloodshed and conflict unimaginable to the Britons who cheered when we decided to fight the Kaiser on August 4, 1914. It is no exaggeration to say that the effects of the Great War are still being felt. It isn’t just that so many families remember great uncles or grandparents or great-grandparents who lie

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