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The Ben Rhodes Story: How A
Hack Writer Crafted the Benghazi
Talking Points of a Lifetime
Daily Caller, by Patrick Howley    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/4/2014 5:42:01 AM     Post Reply
Republican South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy, chairman of the Benghazi Select Committee, said this week that no witnesses are off limits in his committee’s investigation into the Benghazi cover-up. So who will he subpoena? Here’s a suggestion: How about Ben Rhodes. Ben Rhodes, the 37-year old little brother of CBS News president David Rhodes, is a national security adviser to President Obama. He also happens to be an Upper East Side literary type who took a Master’s in Fiction from NYU. Real serious artist. Rhodes was the one who edited the White House’s Benghazi talking points to focus the blame on

Don’t Impeach Obama, Censure Him
National Review Online, by John Fund    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/4/2014 5:39:06 AM     Post Reply
Forty years ago this coming week, Richard Nixon resigned the presidency. Not long before his resignation, the House Judiciary Committee’ had approved articles of impeachment against him. The consensus is that Nixon had committed wrongs that amounted to the “high crimes and misdemeanors” specified in the Constitution for removal from office. There is general agreement among current White House critics that President Obama has not done so, with 2012 vice-presidential nominee Paul Ryan being the latest GOP leader to express that view. However, President Obama may soon change people’s minds if this fall he unilaterally suspends deportations of illegal aliens or

No, the IRS cannot be fixed --- it must be
abolished and replaced with the Fair Tax
Washington Examiner, by Steven L. Hayes    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/4/2014 5:35:40 AM     Post Reply
A Washington Examiner article asks “Can the IRS be fixed, or should it just be abolished?” The answer is clear to anybody who has followed the IRS scandal or filed a federal tax return. Washington’s individual income tax and its enforcement agency, the IRS, cannot be fixed, repaired, reformed or rehabilitated. They are a cancer eating away at this nation, her taxpayers and our economic engine. Congress created the income tax in 1913, and for 100 years the IRS has operated exactly as intended, as an agent of control with total impunity, even down to the political targeting of individuals and groups.

  


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Hee Haw’ Meets ‘Gong
Show’ at Fancy Farm
Daily Beast, by Sam Youngman    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/4/2014 5:27:38 AM     Post Reply
It’s the biggest political gathering in Kentucky politics, and with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s job on the line, it’s now one of the most important in the country. U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell rolled up his sleeves and walked to the podium on stage at the brand new pavilion at Kentucky´s annual Fancy Farm picnic. As McConnell geared up to rail against President Barack Obama and his "Kentucky candidate" Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes, he began by noting that, "Fancy Farm is fun, but there are serious problems facing our country." "YOU!" someone in the crowd shouted for all to hear. And so

Did a Marion Barry staffer use the
public’s time to work on her boss’s book?
Washington Post, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 8/4/2014 5:17:31 AM     Post Reply
AMONG THE PEOPLE D.C. Council member Marion Barry (D-Ward 8) thanks in his recently released autobiography is one of his council aides, LaToya Foster. The acknowledgments chapter of “Mayor for Life” notes the “nights, weekends, and many long hours of assistance” she spent on the book. That much of that time apparently came courtesy of D.C. taxpayers shouldn’t come as a surprise, considering the way Mr. Barry has conducted his long career. We hope, though, that there will be appropriate scrutiny of his latest excesses by city ethics officials. Ms. Foster’s contributions to the former mayor’s book project were detailed

Does John Brennan Know Too
Much for Obama to Fire Him?
Atlantic, by Conor Friedersdorf    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/4/2014 5:14:03 AM     Post Reply
When John Brennan assured the country that the CIA hadn´t improperly monitored the Senate team that compiled a report on Bush-era torture, he fed us false information. That much is clear from Thursday´s news that "the C.I.A. secretly monitored a congressional committee charged with supervising its activities." Either the CIA director was lying or he was unaware of grave missteps at the agency he leads. There are already calls for his resignation or firing from Senator Mark Udall, Trevor Timm, Dan Froomkin, and Andrew Sullivan, plus a New York Times editorial airing his ouster as a possibility. President Obama could surprise

Did Ben Nelson Doom Obamacare?
American Spectator, by David Catron    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/4/2014 5:08:48 AM     Post Reply
During the oral arguments that preceded the recent appeals court ruling against the Obama administration in Halbig v. Burwell, an under-reported yet crucial discussion took place between two of the judges and counsel for the plaintiffs. Judge Harry T. Edwards pronounced himself confused as to why Congress would have concerned itself with what entity ultimately set up Obamacare’s insurance exchanges. Judge A. Raymond Randolph and attorney Michael A. Carvin did their best to enlighten the befuddled jurist: JUDGE EDWARDS: I’m trying to understand … who cares who sets up the exchange? JUDGE RANDOLPH: Ben Nelson … MR. CARVIN: The enactors of the law

  


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Obama making fools of the media
Washington Times, by Joseph Curl    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/4/2014 5:05:48 AM     Post Reply
Back on July 10, Germany expelled the CIA station chief in Berlin, charging espionage. The move was extraordinary: Germany, one of America’s closest allies, went public with a private gripe. More, the move was the kind expected by a rival country like Russia, signaling a complete breakdown of diplomacy between the U.S. president and the German chancellor. Asked about the stunning move, White House press secretary Josh Earnest said this: “I’m not in a position to comment.” Has he called Chancellor Angela Merkel, a reporter asked. “I don’t know of any calls “ “Q: So since then there haven’t been any “Mr. Earnest: I’m saying

Prince Charles furious at former
aide revealing secrets of Diana
marriage in explosive book
Daily Mirror [UK], by Ben Glaze & Matthew Drake    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 8/4/2014 5:03:11 AM     Post Reply
Prince Charles has blasted a former close aide for “betraying” him in an explosive new book. The Queen’s ex-Press Secretary Dickie Arbiter is set to reveal secrets about Charles’ relationship with Diana and the breakdown of two other royal marriages. A palace source said: “Charles is furious. This man was a trusted friend.” For 12 years, Buckingham Palace Press Secretary Arbiter was regarded by Prince Charles as a man he could trust with his deepest secrets. Every inch the tight-lipped loyal aide, Arbiter stood by him during the bitter breakdown of his marriage to Diana and his affair with Camilla

Serial Plaintiff Alfredo
Garcia Deported to Mexico
KABC-TV [Los Angeles, CA], by Lisa Bartley    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/4/2014 5:00:05 AM     Post Reply
LOS ANGELES -- Alfredo Garcia, a notorious serial plaintiff, convicted felon and undocumented immigrant, has been deported to Mexico. Garcia made it his business to sue small businesses, filing more than 800 lawsuits against businesses in the Los Angeles area for alleged violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Garcia hasn´t held a job since he fell out of an avocado tree while he was drinking and high on cocaine about 18 years ago. Garcia´s back was broken, his spinal cord severed. Since then, he´s made a living off these lawsuits. It´s incredibly profitable, for Garcia and his longtime attorney

Liberman Calls to
Hand Gaza Over to UN
Arutz Sheva [Israel], by Tova Dvorin    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/4/2014 4:48:56 AM     Post Reply
Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman (Yisrael Beytenu) made headlines Monday, after he suggested Israel is considering turning Gaza over to the UN. "The operation is not over," he said, referring to a seven-hour unilateral humanitarian ceasefire and reports the IDF is slowly withdrawing from Gaza. "We are continuing to destroy terror tunnels and to regroup in the IDF." "We need to make decisions regarding the continued operation," he continued. "We stand at the moment with several clear options: an agreement, defeating Hamas, or limbo - something unclear where we only respond to fire. The third option simply isn’t relevant."

  


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Want peace? Start accepting reality
New York Post, by Karol Markowicz    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/4/2014 4:48:39 AM     Post Reply
There’s never an easy time to be a supporter of Israel, but in the last few weeks it has been harder than ever. But one thing never changes: The other side always comes down to challenging Israel’s right to exist. Yes, these days you have to deal with the lopsided casualty totals. With no hint of irony, the media keeps reporting that Israel is losing the media war. How could it win? Most accounts give a number of Israeli military dead, while treating all the losses in Gaza as civilian. When one side’s “warriors” don’t wear uniforms and hide in

100 years on: The sun rises over
the poppy fields of Flanders a
century to the day since Britain
entered the First World War
Daily Mail [UK], by Eleanor Harding*    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/4/2014 4:43:42 AM     Post Reply
Today, on a national day of commemoration, events marking the anniversary of the start of the Great War will be held in London, Glasgow and Belgium, will begin a four-year Government-led programme of remembrance. Tonight, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry will be among 500 guests who will attend a twilight ceremony at St Symphorien military cemetery near Mons. Prime Minister David Cameron, Irish president Michael D Higgins, the King and Queen of Belgium and German president Joachim Gauck will also attend. Mr Cameron, who lost a relative in September 1914, said: ´A hundred years ago today

Terror study group finds “sovereign
citizens” and “militia/patriot
groups” among greatest threat to US
Hot Air, by Jazz Shaw    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/4/2014 4:39:45 AM     Post Reply
The nation’s law enforcement agencies, from local cops all the way to the Department of Homeland Security, are always on the lookout for terrorist threats, and that includes at home as well as in far flung deserts and mountains. And they’re collecting data on all sorts of groups. What may come as a surprise is that, if you’re a regular reader of Hot Air or many other similar outlets, you might be one of the people they are watching! A new report this summer from a group of university analysts has identified the chief concerns of law enforcement agents at

Experts: Obama can do a
lot to change immigration
Associated Press, by Alicia A. Caldwell    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/4/2014 4:34:59 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON - What can President Barack Obama actually do without Congress to change U.S. immigration policies? A lot, it turns out. There are some limits under federal law, and anything the White House ultimately decides to do may be challenged in court as unconstitutional. But leading legal experts say the White House almost certainly could delay indefinitely efforts to deport millions of immigrants already in the U.S. illegally, and it could give them official work permits that would allow them to legally find jobs, obtain driver’s licenses and pay income taxes. Here is what Obama could not do without approval

  


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Either way, Perry prepared for 2016
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review [PA], by Salena Zito    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/4/2014 4:31:45 AM     Post Reply
Rick Perry won´t decide before early next year if he will run for president again in 2016, but he does not “shy away from telling people that I am actively considering it.” “The lessons I learned in 2011 were frustrating and humbling,” the Texas Republican says. “I may have been a little arrogant in my thinking that I had been the governor of Texas for 12 years and what could be harder than that?” He found out quickly that some things are harder. And running for president of the United States is one of them. He admits that engaging “in an intellectual discussion

Israeli airstrike kills
militant leader in Gaza
CBS News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 8/4/2014 4:26:32 AM     Post Reply
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip -- An Israeli airstrike killed a militant leader in the Gaza Strip on Monday, just hours ahead of an expected seven-hour truce announced by Israel that was meant to open a "humanitarian window" for aid. However, the Israeli military said the cease-fire, which was to start at 10 a.m. local time (3 a.m. EDT) would not apply to areas where troops were still operating and where they would respond to any attacks. The Islamic Jihad group - a close ally of Gaza´s militant Palestinian Hamas rulers - said its commander in the northern part of the strip, Daniel

Obama and Kerry behind one of most
strategic mistakes in military history
Fox News, by Steven Emerson    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 8/4/2014 4:21:36 AM     Post Reply
The obsession by the Obama-Kerry administration with imposing a cease-fire on the warring parties in the Hamas-Israel war will go down in history as one of the most strategic mistakes in military history. Here is a fact the administration deliberately and maliciously ignored: In the history of modern warfare, no terrorist group has ever honored a cease-fire. Hamas has broken every cease-fire it ever said it would honor. Every single one. Even the Israel-Hamas 2012 cease fire, brokered by then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, was simply agreed to by Hamas to give it an opportunity to restock its military arsenal, pressure Israel

Mudslides shut down Southern California
town; 500 children may be cut off
CNN, by Dave Alsup & Holly Yan    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 8/4/2014 4:17:32 AM     Post Reply
Torrential rain and mudslides shut down a Southern California town Sunday, leaving 500 children and adults trapped at a church camp. "Most roads are impassible due to mudflows" in Forest Falls, said San Bernardino Fire Capt. Kyle Hauducoeur. Even a local fire station had to be evacuated. Authorities have made contact with the Forest Home camp, where the 500 visitors were staying, and said everyone is safe -- but the camp was still trapped behind mudflow late Sunday night. Crews used bulldozers and other heavy equipment to try to reach the campers, Hauducoeur said. "There is no other way out

US Sent Latin Youth Undercover
In Anti-Cuba Ploy
Associated Press, by Desmond Butler*    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/4/2014 4:15:08 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON -- An Obama administration program secretly dispatched young Latin Americans to Cuba using the cover of health and civic programs to provoke political change, a clandestine operation that put those foreigners in danger even after a U.S. contractor was hauled away to a Cuban jail. Beginning as early as October 2009, a project overseen by the U.S. Agency for International Development sent Venezuelan, Costa Rican and Peruvian young people to Cuba in hopes of ginning up rebellion. The travelers worked undercover, often posing as tourists, and traveled around the island scouting for people they could turn into political activists. In one

  



Watch live: Israeli troops pull back
amid new Gaza ceasefire attempt
Telegraph [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/4/2014 4:08:11 AM     Post Reply
Israel says it will unilaterally hold fire in most of the Gaza Strip on Monday to facilitate the entry of humanitarian aid and allow some of the hundreds of thousands of Palestinians displaced by an almost four-week-old war to go home. An Israeli defence official said the ceasefire, from 10am to 5pm (8am to 3pm BST), would apply everywhere but areas of the southern town of Rafah, where ground forces have intensified assaults after three soldiers died in a Hamas ambush there on Friday. The announcement follows unusually strong criticism from Washington at the apparent shelling of a UN-run shelter

Fifty years later: The tale of
the KFC business deal
Herald-Leader (Lexington KY), by Beverly Fortune    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/4/2014 3:57:31 AM     Post Reply
In 1964, former Gov. John Y. Brown Jr., and a group of investors paid $2 million to Kentucky Fried Chicken´s Col. Harland Sanders for his legendary chicken business and his secret recipe of 11 herbs and spices. Today, KFC, owned by Louisville-based Yum! Brands, serves more than 12 million customers each day in more than 115 countries and territories around the world. KFC operates more than 17,000 restaurants in the United States and internationally. Recently, Brown and others reminisced about how Brown and the Colonel got to know each other 50 years ago — "The Colonel was the real deal,

Welcome to the 1930s
PJ Media, by Roger L. Simon    Original Article
Posted By: steveW- 8/4/2014 3:44:43 AM     Post Reply
When I was a kid, I mean a little kid, my favorite nurse in my father’s office — he was a doctor — was Mrs. Mindus. I’m not sure how old she was or even how she spelled her name — I was about six and the year was 1950 — but she was a sweet woman and very welcoming to me when I visited the radiology office. She used to bring me crayons and a coloring book and sometimes candy as if I were her own child. The only other things I remember about her were that she spoke

The Eyes of Texas Are Upon a
Man Who Kept to the Shadows
New York Times, by Richard Perez-Pena    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/4/2014 3:35:55 AM     Post Reply
Adm. William H. McRaven has a 37-year record of things he cannot talk about, in a realm where orders are orders. Rising from Navy SEALs member to commander of all United States Special Operations forces, the admiral — who directed the raid that killed Osama bin Laden — has worked almost exclusively on secret operations. He is about to move into a field where openness is prized, every issue is publicly argued into the ground, but as for following orders, that is emphatically not its hallmark. The regents of the University of Texas system said last week that Admiral McRaven

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

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