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Doctors Begin To Refuse
Obamacare Patients
Daily Caller, by Sarah Hurtubise    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/5/2014 5:27:11 AM     Post Reply
Obamacare plans have shrunk payments to physicians so much that some doctors say they won’t be able to afford to accept Obamacare coverage, NPR reports. Many of the eight million sign-ups in Obamacare exchanges nationwide already face more limited choices for physicians and hospitals than those in the private insurance market. But with low physician reimbursement rates, the problem could get even worse. For a typical quick patient visit, Dr. Doug Gerard, a Connecticut internist, told NPR a private insurer would pay $100 while Medicare would pay around $80. But Obamacare plans are more likely to pay closer to $80, which Gerard

Aide: First lady tried to pitch
supplement to Mitt Romney
Washington Post, by Matt Zapotosky*    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 8/5/2014 5:15:55 AM     Post Reply
RICHMOND —After Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (R) endorsed Mitt Romney for president in 2012, McDonnell’s wife sought out the candidate to promote the dietary supplement now at the heart of the former first couple’s corruption trial, a onetime aide testified Monday. Maureen McDonnell and then-Star Scientific chief executive Jonnie R. Williams Sr. showed up together at a news media session in South Carolina hoping to pitch Anatabloc to the prominent Republican, said Phil Cox, Robert McDonnell’s chief political adviser at the time. Cox, also executive director of the Republican Governors Association, said that he put a stop to that plan but

Death Threats From Anti-GMO Nuts
American Spectator, by Mischa Popoff    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 8/5/2014 5:12:54 AM     Post Reply
When all else fails, revolutionaries, being revolutionaries, turn to violence. A new “Monsanto Collaborators” website created by millionaire organic activist Mike “the Health Ranger” Adams charges that hundreds of thousands of deaths have been caused by GMO crops, and that people who support genetically-modified organisms, like myself, Fox News’s John Stossel and the former ABC Newsman Jon Entine, are guilty of mass genocide, and hence deserving of a punishment that befits our crime. “Every 30 minutes, a farmer commits suicide due to GMO crop failures,” Adams claims, blissfully unaware, apparently, that stories of mass suicide by farmers in India, perpetuated by

  


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´Pay £200 to see the doctor so you
value the NHS´: Labour peer Lord
Robert Winston claims patients should
be charged for treatment to stop taking*
Daily Mail [UK], by Amanda Williams    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/5/2014 5:06:22 AM     Post Reply
Patients should be charged £200 to see their GP so they ´learn to appreciate the NHS´, fertility expert Robert Winston has said. It comes after calls for patients to pay a £10-a-month fee to use health services, and also be charged £20 for every night they stay in hospital. But Labour peer Lord Winston said the actual value of a hospital was much greater--and the charge would have to be much higher to make it more ´realistic´ for those who do not appreciate the cost. He told the Sun: ´The actual value of a hospital appointment is about £200.

A confident and clueless president
Washington Times, by David Keene    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/5/2014 5:06:15 AM     Post Reply
President Obama returned from his full-time job as the Democratic Party’s fundraiser-in-chief to host today’s U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit. As he winged his way back to Washington from Kansas City aboard Air Force One, the president sat for an interview with editors of The Economist. The interview was pure Barack Obama, and it revealed him for what he is — an intellectually agile partisan fantasist. According to Mr. Obama, there really haven’t been that many problems, but those we may be experiencing are the fault not of his policies or leadership, but of the fact that he continues to have to contend

Scenes from the feminist implosion
New York Post, by Naomi Schaefer Riley    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/5/2014 5:01:28 AM     Post Reply
If you want to see why modern feminism is in crisis, look no further than Michelle Goldberg’s piece in the latest New Yorker. She describes how transgender activists are protesting the gatherings of the group “RadFem Responds” with “acts of vandalism — stealing electrical cables, cutting water pipes, keying cars in the parking lot, and spray-painting a six-foot penis, and the words ‘Real Women Have D–ks,’ on the side of the main kitchen tent.” Wait. What? The radical feminists are under attack because they don’t accept in their ranks people born as biological men but now convinced they’re women. The RadFemmers argue that

Jailed Marine Andrew Tahmooressi
back in Mexican court
Fox News, by Joseph J. Kolb    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/5/2014 4:56:39 AM     Post Reply
On Day No. 127 of imprisonment, Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi entered a federal court in Tijuana and faced four border officials who were involved in his March 31 arrest on weapons charges. Following the approximately five-hour hearing, Defense Attorney Fernando Benitez told Greta Van Susteren on Fox News´ "On the Record" that he felt his client was "a little more upbeat" and that he was "growing more optimistic as evidence is entered into his case." Four witnesses -- two Mexican soldiers and two Mexican border agents involved in Tahmooressi´s arrest -- testified Monday Benitez asserts Tahmooressi´s civil rights were violated because he was

  


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World´s top PR companies rule
out working with climate deniers
Guardian [UK], by Suzanne Goldenberg & Nishad Karim    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/5/2014 4:55:11 AM     Post Reply
Some of the world’s top PR companies have for the first time publicly ruled out working with climate change deniers, marking a fundamental shift in the multi-billion dollar industry that has grown up around the issue of global warming. Public relations firms have played a critical role over the years in framing the debate on climate change and its solutions – as well as the extensive disinformation campaigns launched to block those initiatives. Now a number of the top 25 global PR firms have told the Guardian they will not represent clients who deny man-made climate change, or take campaigns seeking to

Report: Violence Against
Hamas in Gaza
Arutz Sheva [Israel], by Dalit Haleavy    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/5/2014 4:52:24 AM     Post Reply
Palestinian Arab sources said Tuesday that Gaza residents attacked Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri Saturday evening, near the Shifa Hospital. Abu Zuhri had arrived at the hospital for an interview with a news outlet. The residents blamed Hamas for the death of family members and for destruction of their homes. Armed Hamas terrorists from the Izzedine al-Kassam Brigades extricated Abu Zuri and arrested the angry residents. Arabic website vetogate.com said that reporters in Gaza are well aware of the incident but are afraid to report it, because Hamas´s security agency could go after them if they do. A week ago, Palestinian sources

The New Rick Perry
National Journal, by Michelle Cottle    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/5/2014 4:48:54 AM     Post Reply
Let´s start with the glasses. You know what I´m talking about: the dark-rimmed, nerd-chic eyewear that, since last summer, has emerged as the symbol of the new Rick Perry—serious, thoughtful, vaguely hipsterish. Perry critics mock them as a desperate ploy to make the governor look smarter, to erase the unflattering conventional wisdom, cemented during his 2012 presidential flameout, that he isn´t all that bright. Republicans and Democrats alike joke about whether the lenses are simply clear glass. Recently, when Perry and Sen. Rand Paul got into an op-ed spat over foreign policy, Paul snarked that the governor´s "new glasses haven´t

Inside a Deposition in Shirley Sherrod’s
Speech-Chilling Lawsuit v. Breitbart
PJ Media, by J. Christian Adams    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/5/2014 4:42:05 AM     Post Reply
Imagine if the conservative media had to include every fact that makes liberals look good in every story that makes liberals look bad. What if attorney-client privilege didn’t exist for lawyers providing advice to conservative publications? Imagine if those contacted by a conservative journalist were dragged into depositions by a liberal plaintiff. Imagine if the liberal plaintiff subpoenaed writers for conservative publications who covered her case. These actions would be a way to silence and chill the increasingly powerful conservative media, and it’s exactly what is happening in former Obama political appointee Shirley Sherrod’s lawsuit against Andrew Brietbart’s widow and radio

  


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Americans support Israel
and the press hates it
Hot Air, by Noah Rothman    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/5/2014 4:38:20 AM     Post Reply
One gets the impression that America’s broad support for Israel’s mission in Gaza over that of Hamas militants, support reflected in policy in Washington, is evolving into an obsession for members of the press. In fact, it seems that the more stubbornly Americans cling to their support for their country’s democratic ally in the Middle East, the more frenetic and scolding the media’s tone has become while covering the conflict. Over a month into the current crisis, a NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist poll found that a significant plurality continue to sympathize with Israel over Palestinians. 43 percent of Americans said

Why Americans See
Israel the Way They Do
New York Times, by Roger Cohen    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/5/2014 4:33:14 AM     Post Reply
TO cross the Atlantic to America, as I did recently from London, is to move from one moral universe to its opposite in relation to Israel’s war with Hamas in Gaza. Fury over Palestinian civilian casualties has risen to a fever pitch in Europe, moving beyond anti-Zionism into anti-Semitism (often a flimsy distinction). Attacks on Jews and synagogues are the work of a rabid fringe, but anger toward an Israel portrayed as indiscriminate in its brutality is widespread. For a growing number of Europeans, not having a negative opinion of Israel is tantamount to not having a conscience. The deaths

Nanny-State Mindset
Leads to Police Brutality
Creators Syndicate, by Scott Rasmussen    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/5/2014 4:28:13 AM     Post Reply
In Florida recently, police pulled up to a young boy playing in the park and asked where his mother lived. According to a report on WPTV, the mom was then arrested for "allowing her son to go to the park alone." Her son had a cellphone, and she would check in with him along the way. The mom believes "he´s old enough, but Port St. Lucie Police disagree." There is a tendency to dismiss stories such as this as a silly mistake by an overzealous police officer, but sadly it´s part of a larger problem. In fact, a similar story of

U.S. closing emergency
child immigrant shelters
CBS News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/5/2014 4:23:17 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON - The government said Monday it will soon close three emergency shelters it established at U.S. military bases to temporarily house children caught crossing the Mexican border alone. It said fewer children were being caught and other shelters will be adequate. A shelter in Oklahoma at Fort Sill is expected to close as early as Friday, the Health and Human Services Department (HHS) said. Shelters in Texas at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland and in California at Naval Base Ventura County-Port Hueneme will wrap up operations in the next two to eight weeks, agency spokesman Kenneth Wolfe said. About 7,700 children

  


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Meet the Tiny Company Behind the
Experimental Antibodies for Ebola
ABC News, by Susanna Kim    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/5/2014 4:20:34 AM     Post Reply
The companies manufacturing an experimental drug treating two American Ebola patients aren´t among the largest multinational pharmaceuticals in the world. In fact, leading the effort is a small nine-employee firm in San Diego. Mapp Biopharmaceutical Inc., founded in 2003, says on its website that it develops "novel pharmaceuticals for the prevention and treatment of infectious diseases, focusing on unmet needs in global health and biodefense." Mapp´s commercialization arm is LeafBio Inc., which has no employees and just two owners, Mapp President Larry Zeitlin tells ABC News. Mapp, along with LeafBio and Defyrus Inc. in Toronto, Canada, collaborated to create the trademarked ZMapp. The three

Scrabblers Rejoice: 5,000 New
Words Are On The Way
Associated Press, by Leanne Itali    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/5/2014 4:18:01 AM     Post Reply
NEW YORK -- To Scrabble fanatics, big gifts sometimes come in small packages. The word "te" as a variant of "ti," the seventh tone on the musical scale, is a hardworking little gem among 5,000 words added to "The Official Scrabble Players Dictionary," out Aug. 11 from Merriam-Webster. The dictionary´s last freshening up was a decade ago. Entries in the forthcoming book that include texter, vlog, bromance, hashtag, dubstep and selfie were mere twinkles on the racks of recreational players. But it´s the addition of te and three other two-letter words - da, gi and po - that has Robin Pollock Daniel excited.

5 Pieces Of Evidence
That The "War On Women"
Is Over And Women Won
Townhall, by John Hawkins    Original Article
Posted By: geo11- 8/5/2014 2:55:46 AM     Post Reply
As the late, great Eric Hoffer once said, "Every great cause begins as a movement, becomes a business, and eventually degenerates into a racket." So it is with feminism. There was a time in America when women couldn´t vote, when they weren´t allowed to work in the same professions as men and when they weren´t really considered the equal of a man. Feminism grew in response to that and even many men embraced it because they saw the inherent unfairness of society.

Ebola panic more
lethal than the virus
The Washington Times, by Wesley Pruden    Original Article
Posted By: Lalo- 8/5/2014 1:29:03 AM     Post Reply
Here we go again, and this time the panic is on steroids. The Ebola sickness is a horrific disease, and the virus that causes it is lethal and fast-moving. But the way much of the media, which is also lethal and fast-moving, covers the outbreak is even more horrific, spreading misinformation, fear and panic faster than a speeding bullet. You might think we’ll all be dead by Thursday next. Ebola joins AIDS, SARS, MERS and avian flu that were supposed to have accomplished wipeout by now. Ebola is a dark word, redolent of sorcery and reeking of mystery,

Israeli army announces total retreat
from Gaza ahead of ceasefire
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/5/2014 1:01:07 AM     Post Reply
The Israeli military says all its ground troops will have pulled out of the Gaza Strip by the start of the ceasefire agreed to by both sides in the bloody conflict. Lt. Col. Peter Lerner says the withdrawal will be completed by 8am local time (0500 GMT) on Tuesday. Lerner says the withdrawal is going forward after Israel completed the destruction of 32 cross-border tunnels meant to allow Islamic militants to carry out attacks against Israel. The ceasefire is meant to end nearly four weeks of fighting between Israel and Hamas, which has claimed 1,900 Palestinian lives – most of them civilians. The
Staff has corrected headline.

  



LIVE BLOG:
Israel´s Operation Protective Edge in Gaza
Jerusalem Post [Israel], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/5/2014 12:54:13 AM     Post Reply
Tuesday, August 5 7:28 a.m. All Israeli, ground forces to leave Gaza ahead of truce, says IDF. 7:26 a.m. At least 32 of the underground infiltration passages, and dozens of access shafts, were located and blown up ahead of an Egyptian-mediated truce. 7:14 a.m. Rocket alert sirens heard in Ashkelon and Gaza frontier communities. 6:03 a.m. Overnight just two rockets were fired from Gaza into Israel. Both were intercepted by Iron Dome. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon issued a statement calling for Israel and Hamas to respect the terms of a 72-hour truce set to begin today at 8 a.m. He

IDF Soldier Selflessly Pursued
Terrorists in Gaza Tunnel
Arutz Sheva [Israel], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/5/2014 12:43:39 AM     Post Reply
The findings that enabled the IDF’s Chief Rabbinate to declare the death of Lt. Hadar Goldin were provided by an IDF commander who fearlessly and selflessly pursued the terrorists who abducted Goldin´s body. First Lieutenant Eitan, the son of olim (immigrants) from New York, realized following Friday morning’s incident that the Hamas terrorists who attacked Goldin and two other soldiers had taken off with Goldin’s body. Eitan then proceeded to pursue the terrorists through one of Hamas’s terror tunnels, doing so despite the fact that it was against orders and despite the huge risk involved in running through a tunnel

Democratic operative blasts Sen.
McConnell’s wife for being Asian
Washington Times (D.C), by Jessica Chasmar    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/5/2014 12:13:34 AM     Post Reply
(Video) The Kentucky Democratic Party has rebuked comments by an operative who tweeted several racially charged comments about Sen. Mitch McConnell’s wife, Elaine Chao. Democratic operative Kathy Groob, described herself on her now-deleted Twitter account as a “business & political consultant, activist for women’s rights and equality, founder of ElectWomen.com,” The Blaze reported. On Saturday, she sent out a series of tweets insulting Mrs. Chao, a former labor secretary to President George W. Bush and wife to Mr. McConnell. “Hey Mitch, nothing against you wife and spouses should be off limits; since you mentioned, she isn’t from KY, she is

Clinton to Obama: The job ages you
USA Today, by David Jackson    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/5/2014 12:09:23 AM     Post Reply
Many social media users took time Monday to wish President Obama a happy birthday, from first lady Michelle Obama to Vice President Biden to talk show host Jimmy Fallon. But predecessor Bill Clinton probably wins the prize for his tweet to the increasingly gray-haired president, now age 53. Said Clinton: "Happy birthday @BarackObama! They say the job of president ages you. But ...well, that´s it." (Tweet)

Advocates in New York Scramble as
Child Deportation Cases Are Accelerated
New York Times, by Kirk Semple    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/5/2014 12:04:29 AM     Post Reply
Immigrant advocacy groups were rushing on Monday to prepare for special new court procedures in New York City next week that will accelerate deportation hearings for newly arrived unaccompanied children from Central America. The advocates, who learned about the new procedures in the last several days, were trying to develop a strategy to respond to the shift, including recruiting and preparing pro bono lawyers and searching for additional financing to support their efforts. “This has hit us like a hurricane or a tsunami or whatever you can call it, because we’re already overwhelmed with cases,” said Jojo Annobil, who leads

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