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Rifts open between de Blasio
and some progressives
Newsweek Magazine, by Matthew Chayes and Emily Ngo    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 8/4/2014 8:47:51 AM     Post Reply
Bill de Blasio became mayor with a vow to enact New York City´s most liberal agenda in a generation, and he´s delivered on several signature campaign pledges. But periodic shifts toward the political center have angered and disappointed some of his core supporters. The rift came into sharp relief Thursday at City Hall as the mayor hosted the Rev. Al Sharpton and black clergy leaders in a summit prompted by the death of Eric Garner after a police officer put him in a banned chokehold. Outside in the plaza, protesters chanting "N-Y-P-D, keep your hands off of me!" ripped into the "broken

Hamas Issues ‘Terrorism 101 Handbook’
Washington Free Beacon, by Adam Kredo    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 8/4/2014 8:24:29 AM     Post Reply
Hamas has been disseminating to its followers in the Gaza Strip a detailed terrorism training manual that teaches would-be bombers how to make explosives and conceal them in household items such as televisions, according to documents seized by the Israeli military during recent raids. Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) soldiers discovered the handbook on the ground in the Gaza Strip as they conducted raids of homes and other facilities used by Hamas to plan its terror activities. Hamas’ terrorism manuals instruct readers on how to build homemade explosive devices and how to set them to explode in unlikely places. Hamas has even strapped explosives

Obama says CEOs should
quit complaining: Economist
Reuters, by ROBERTA RAMPTON    Original Article
Posted By: voxpopuli- 8/4/2014 8:15:46 AM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama said corporate America has done well under his economic policies, telling the Economist magazine that chief executive officers should stop complaining about regulations and show greater social responsibility. "If you look at what´s happened over the last four or five years, the folks who don´t have a right to complain are the folks at the top," Obama said in an interview conducted last week and posted on the magazine´s website late on Saturday.



Thousands Stranded After
California Storms; 1 Dead
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 8/4/2014 8:07:32 AM     Post Reply
MOUNT BALDY, Calif. — About 2,500 people were stranded after thunderstorms caused mountain mudslides in Southern California, while one person was found dead in a flooded creek, authorities said. A body was found Sunday in a car that was swept into the rain-swollen water course in Mount Baldy and overturned, San Bernardino County Fire spokesman Chris Prater said. No other details were provided. Further east, flash floods Sunday brought thick debris flows that cut off access to two towns. About 1,500 residents of Oak Glen, and another 1,000 residents of Forest Falls in the San Bernardino Mountains were unable to get out

Prof on MSNBC: There is No
Anti-Semitism in Middle East Well,
not without the United States anyway
Truth Revolt, by Trey Sanchez    Original Article
Posted By: chicodon- 8/4/2014 7:52:06 AM     Post Reply
American University Professor Hillary Mann Leverett told MSNBC´s Melissa Harris-Perry that there is no history of anti-Semitism in the Middle East, no "deep-seated animosity," at least when compared to 1940s Europe. In the segment, Harris-Perry seemed troubled over the idea that the conflict between Israel and Palestine is "ancient" and "visceral." If only she could grasp that this conflict is "relatively recent," then she would be more "optimistic" about the future. Luckily for Harris-Perry, Professor Leverett was there to guide her with this "well informed" commentary: If you look at Jewish communities in other places around the Middle East, there

Dart: Up to 9,000 inmates signed
up for Obamacare to help with
mental health treatment
Chicago Tribune, by Rick Pearson    Original Article
Posted By: AltaD- 8/4/2014 7:28:31 AM     Post Reply
Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart, attempting to cope with what he says is a growing mental health crisis among inmates at the county jail, said up to 9,000 people who have been incarcerated have signed up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act in an attempt to get the care they need. “Systemically, over the course of decades, we’ve sort of carved back all the mental health services to the point where there is this question, we’ve carved it back to next to nothing,” (Snip) Dart said the Cook County Jail is now the largest mental health provider in

Federal contractors vow to
fight Obama executive order
The Hill, by Benjamin Goad    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 8/4/2014 7:26:47 AM     Post Reply
Business interests are vowing to fight President Obama’s executive order imposing new restrictions on companies who want to do business with the federal government. Obama announced the action this week, ordering up new regulations that would require firms seeking federal contracts to disclose labor law violations and create new compliance advisors at agencies to oversee decisions about which firms get the work. But contractors, already facing executive orders requiring them to pay a higher minimum wage and subjecting them to additional anti-discrimination rules, say the president went too far. “We are concerned these sweeping changes threaten the due process rights of federal contractors



Analysis: Military eradicates
Hamas’s crown jewel
Jerusalem Post, by YAAKOV LAPPIN    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 8/4/2014 7:24:49 AM     Post Reply
The IDF has destroyed Hamas’s flagship terrorism project: its network of tunnels that snuck into Israel. Hamas spent five years preparing this strategic threat; the IDF wrecked 31 tunnels in two weeks. By Sunday, all of the tunnels that the IDF discovered during the offensive, or knew about before the war, will be destroyed.It is assumed that there are a few tunnels that the army has yet to identify. Many of the underground passages were designed to send heavily armed murder squads into Israeli communities and to attack army positions from the rear. They were filled with weapons, explosives and

Obama’s FBI to hire firm to rate ‘positive
and ‘negative’ stories about the agency
Washington Times, by Jim McElhatton    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 8/4/2014 7:22:10 AM     Post Reply
The FBI is hiring a contractor to grade news stories about the agency as “positive” “neutral” or “negative,” but the agency won’t say why officials need the information or what they plan to do with it. FBI officials wouldn’t even reveal how they will go about assigning the grades, which were laid out in a recent contract solicitation. The contract tells potential bidders to “use their judgment” in scoring news coverage as part of a new “daily news briefing” service the agency is seeking as part of a contract that could last up to five years.

How to Solve the Putin Problem
American Thinker, by Herbert E, Meyer    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 8/4/2014 7:15:42 AM     Post Reply
Especially when dealing with Russians, subtlety gets you nowhere; you must tell them, bluntly, what you want to happen. For example, when someone asked President Reagan to explain the objective of his Cold War strategy he replied: We win, they lose. As President Reagan might have put it: Well, here we go again.... Last month’s shoot down of Malaysia Air Flight 17 over Ukraine has made clear to just about everyone -- certainly to President Obama and even to some of Western Europe’s most feckless leaders -- what should have been obvious a long time ago: Russian President Vladimir Putin is a

Obama to Force Out 550 Army
Majors – After Forcing Out 1,100
Army Captains in July
Gateway Pundit, by Jim Hoft    Original Article
Posted By: chicodon- 8/4/2014 7:14:44 AM     Post Reply
The Obama administration will force out 550 Army majors in the coming weeks. Stars and Stripes reported: 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



Juan Williams: ´older,´ ´whites´
want to impeach obama
Breitbart TV, by Pam Key    Original Article
Posted By: chicodon- 8/4/2014 7:01:00 AM     Post Reply
On this weekend´s broadcast of "Fox News Sunday," Fox News political analyst Juan Williams suggested the political opposition to President Barack Obama could be rooted in racism because demographics representing the opposition indicate as much. Williams said, "There´s lots of Republicans who think this man is a demon. This guy is awful. We got to get this guy out of here any way we can. He´s breaking the law." He continued, "You hear from Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann we use the impeachment word. No, we´re not talking impeachment that´s Democrats. Democrats are taking advantage of the fact that you demonized
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Phoenix man finds way to
build new hand, new life
Arizona Republic [Phoenix,AZ], by Michael Clancy    Original Article
Posted By: Fiesta del sol- 8/4/2014 6:56:22 AM     Post Reply
Howard Kamarata was a pipe fitter by trade, a home handyman by desire. It was the handyman work that got him in trouble. Kamarata was at home one day last October, working on an outdoor project. He had solar lights, the kind that sit atop 4-by-4 posts, and he needed extra height. He set up his miter saw — a type of saw that moves on a hinge, up and down through wood. The piece he had was short, and he wanted to cut it into 2-inch sections. Being right-handed, he guided the electric saw with that hand and held

Rockets Strike 2 Hours After
Unilateral Ceasefire Begins
Arutz Sheva [Israel], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/4/2014 6:25:58 AM     Post Reply
Rockets fell in open areas near Ashkelon at roughly 12:05 pm Monday, just two hours after Israel began observing a unilateral cease-fire. No injuries or damage were reported. [Snip] The seven-hour truce will last until 5:00 pm Monday, and excludes the Rafah area, where ongoing clashes have raged since Friday. The Coordinator of Government Activities in Judea, Samaria and Gaza (COGAT), General Yoav Mordechai, announced earlier that Israel will hold its fire in most of Gaza for a seven-hour "humanitarian window" on Monday. Mordehai also warned that "if the truce will be violated, the army will respond with fire toward

´MH17 jet was shot down by missile
launcher put on the back of my Volvo´:
Ukrainian says footage proves pro-Russian*
Daily Mail [UK], by Will Stewart    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/4/2014 5:58:59 AM     Post Reply
A key clue has linked pro-Moscow rebels to the truck seen carrying the BUK missile system towards Russia hours after MH17 was downed, it is claimed. The owner of what is said to be the only such white Volvo truck in the Donetsk region of Ukraine has identified his lorry and said it was commandeered by separatists who took over his premises nine days before the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 was shot of of the sky, killing all 298 people on board. Footage shot by a clandestine Ukrainian police team showed an image of a BUK weapons system on a Volvo



Is Barack Obama Plotting a Coup?
Power Line, by John Hinderaker    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/4/2014 5:48:42 AM     Post Reply
That seems like an awfully strong word, but it is the term that distinguished law professor Glenn Reynolds, no hysteric, uses to describe the Obama administration’s oft-reported plan to issue executive amnesty to five or six million illegal immigrants in violation of federal law. Glenn’s characterization is a fair one. When a tyrant asserts the right to rule by decree in a state that has formerly been subject to the rule of law, he is commonly described as carrying out a coup d’etat. That is just what the Obama administration has done, and reportedly will continue to do. When Obama changed

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.

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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