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Murdoch’s Fox Withdraws Time
Warner Takeover Offer
Bloomberg News, by Jeffrey McCracken & Anousha Sakoui    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/5/2014 9:51:07 PM     Post Reply
Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox Inc. withdrew its unsolicited takeover offer of $75 billion for Time Warner Inc. (TWX), giving up after the attempt to reshape the media industry sent Fox shares tumbling. Murdoch, the billionaire chairman of Fox, said he’s backing down after Time Warner’s board refused to engage in talks and Fox’s stock price declined 11 percent since the offer became public. Fox instead authorized a $6 billion repurchase of its Class A shares. “Time Warner management and its board refused to engage with us to explore an offer which was highly compelling,” Murdoch, 83, said in a statement

Paging Al Gore: NASA says that
global warming could be ‘on hiatus’
Washington Times, by Jennifer Harper    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 8/5/2014 9:20:25 PM     Post Reply
NASA truly has the 100,000 feet viewpoint on this one, The nation’s space agency his noticed an inconvenient cooling on the planet lately. On Tuesday, NASA’s Langley Research Center atmospheric scientist Norman Loeb presented a talk titled “The recent pause in global warming: A temporary blip or something more permanent?” The lecture explores how “global warming may be on vacation,” NASA helpfully explains. Uh-oh. Paging Al Gore. There’s even a new term for the phenomenon. Mr. Loeb’s presentation offered the most recent research related to a slowdown in surface warming referred to as the “global warming hiatus,”

Wade Robson: Michael Jackson
raped and molested me
New York Post, by Derrick Bryson Taylor    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/5/2014 9:10:05 PM     Post Reply
Australian choreographer Wade Robson dropped a bomb in court. In a stunning reversal, the famous dancer, 31, revealed a graphic list of molestation allegations against Michael Jackson, reports Radar Online. Robson wants Jackson’s estate to admit that between 1990 and 1997, when Robson was between 7 and 14 years old, the King of Pop committed the listed crimes against him. (Snip) When Robson first filed his complaint with the legal system, Jackson’s estate demanded more time, and said they couldn’t properly answer the allegations because the defendant is deceased. Robson’s attorney responded by saying, “Just because

  


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Hurricane Iselle ‘Intensifies’ To
Category 4, Closes In On Hawaii
International Business Times, by Philip Ross    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 8/5/2014 9:08:13 PM     Post Reply
Hurricane Iselle suddenly gained strength over the Pacific Ocean Monday, becoming a Category 4 hurricane with wind gusts reaching 140 mph, U.S. National Hurricane Center said. Meteorologists say the hurricane is headed straight for Hawaii, but is expected to weaken by the time it reaches the islands later this week. “Iselle continues to intensify and has reached Category 4 strength,” NHC forecasters reported. “Since Iselle has some characteristics of an annular hurricane, it is likely to change little in intensity during the next day or so, and even when it begins to weaken, the trend should be gradual.” Iselle is

Boko Haram crisis:
Nigeria´s female bombers strike
BBC News, by Farouk Chothia    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/5/2014 9:00:03 PM     Post Reply
Nigeria´s militant Islamist group Boko Haram is accused of unleashing a new weapon of war - the female suicide bomber, fuelling concern that its insurgency has entered a more ruthless phase. Four of them - all teenage girls - carried out attacks in the biggest northern city, Kano, last week, leading to social media sites going viral with speculation - dismissed as unfounded by the government - that Boko Haram had turned some of the more than 200 schoolgirls abducted in April into human bombs. At the same time, government spokesman Mike Omeri said the security forces had arrested three people in neighbouring Katsina state -

Biden, Nigerian president discuss
efforts to defeat Boko Haram
Washington Times, by Dave Boyer    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/5/2014 8:52:48 PM     Post Reply
Vice President Joseph R. Biden and the president of Nigeria discussed efforts Tuesday to defeat the Islamist terrorist group Boko Haram, which has kidnapped more than 200 schoolgirls. A White House statement about the meeting made no mention of the girls, who were kidnapped in April. Mr. Biden’s office said that he “reiterated U.S. partnership in defeating the terrorist threat and the need to pursue holistic approaches that respect and protect human rights.” In an exclusive interview with The Washington Times on Monday, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan criticized the U.S. and other nations providing

Conservatives man up
and go on the offense
Washington Times, by Jennifer Harper    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/5/2014 8:43:22 PM     Post Reply
“The culture in Washington must change. And if we do the right things in the coming months, conservatives have a real opportunity to start calling the shots. It’s time to go on offense. That is why we created a road map called the Conservative Policy Agenda,” declares Michael Needham, CEO of Heritage Action for America, the feisty grass-roots offshoot of the Heritage Foundation. The strategically minded Mr. Needham made sure that all 535 members of Congress received a “boarding pass” for the new agenda — a terse summation of workable policy boiled down to a “cheat sheet.” Nine major points emphasize backbone: “a strong

  


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Jimmy Carter calls for
recognizing terror group Hamas
USA Today, by Jim Michaels    Original Article
Posted By: harleynyc- 8/5/2014 8:41:34 PM     Post Reply
Former president Jimmy Carter called on the West to recognize the U.S.-designated terrorist group Hamas as a legitimate "political actor" that represents the bulk of the Palestinian population. Carter made the comments in an article he co-wrote with former Irish president Mary Robinson in a new issue of Foreign Policy magazine. It was published as a cease-fire took hold Tuesday after four weeks of fighting between Israel and Hamas, which governs Gaza. In a sharply worded rebuke to Israel, Carter and Robinson said, "There is no humane or legal justification for the way the Israeli Defense Forces are conducting this war."

Ebola-fighting compound
created using tobacco
USA Today, by Laura Ungar    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 8/5/2014 8:38:53 PM     Post Reply
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A Kentucky company used local tobacco to help produce an experimental serum to fight Ebola, which may help save two American aid workers stricken with the deadly disease. David Howard, a spokesman for Reynolds American Services, said Owensboro-based Kentucky BioProcessing complied with a request from Emory University Hospital in Atlanta and Samaritan´s Purse this week "to provide a limited amount" of the compound, called ZMapp. Kentucky BioProcessing, which was acquired by North Carolina-based Reynolds American Inc. in January, does contract work for many clients,

Marianne Faithfull: ´I know
who killed Jim Morrison´
USA Today, by Alison Maxwell    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/5/2014 8:37:39 PM     Post Reply
Marianne Faithfull says she knows who killed The Doors frontman Jim Morrison. In an interview with British music mag Mojo, Faithfull, 67, says her drug-dealer boyfriend at the time did Morrison in. It was the summer of 1971, she says, and she had traveled to France with heroin-dealer-to-the-stars Jean de Breiteuil. De Breiteuil said he was going to visit Morrison, but Faithfull says she felt a strange sense of foreboding, so she stayed at the hotel. “I could intuitively feel trouble. I thought, I’ll take a few Tuinal and I won’t be there. And he went to see Jim Morrison and killed him. I mean I’m sure it was an accident.

Ebola health worker: ´Sierra Leone
is not able to deal with this outbreak´
CNN, by Ashley Fantz & Holly Yan    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/5/2014 8:27:14 PM     Post Reply
Atlanta - One of the countries hard hit by the Ebola outbreak in West Africa is not able to cope, a health worker said, calling on the international community to step up support. Anja Wolz, emergency coordinator for Doctors Without Borders, spoke to CNN on Tuesday from an Ebola facility in Kailahun, Sierra Leone. "I think that the government and the ministry of health here in Sierra Leone is not able to deal with this outbreak. We need much more help from international organizations -- as WHO, as CDC, as other organizations -- to come to support the government," Wolz said. (Snip) Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia are at the center

  


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All 274 gifts given to Barack Obama
between 2009 and 2012, ranked
Washington Post, by Philip Bump    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/5/2014 8:22:59 PM     Post Reply
One of the nice things about being the most powerful person in the world is that people give you presents. It´s unlikely that gifts from foreign countries do much to sway American diplomacy, but foreign visitors bestowing cumbersome or weird gifts is almost certainly one of the more entertaining parts of President Obama´s job. He doesn´t get to keep the gifts, mind you; they´re usually spirited away by the National Archives and Records Administration. But imagine someone showing up and handing you a four-by-five-foot rug with your own face on it, as Russia did in 2009. That´s good stuff. On

New Post-Snowden Leaks Reveal Secret
Details of U.S. Terrorist Watchlist
Time Magazine, by Zeke J Miller    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/5/2014 8:13:42 PM     Post Reply
The U.S. government believes that someone other than former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden has recently leaked secret national security documents to the media, an official confirmed Tuesday. The documents, published by The Intercept on Tuesday, detail the growth of federal terror watchlists. They were drafted after Snowden fled prosecution in United States for Russia, when he no longer had access to classified intelligence networks. CNN first reported that the government has assessed a second source of the documents. Classified as ‘secret’ with instructions not to reveal them to foreign nationals,

Trump sues to get name off casinos
Associated Press, by Wayne Parry    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/5/2014 8:04:17 PM     Post Reply
Atlantic City, NJ - Donald Trump has a message for the two Atlantic City casinos that still bear his name, five years after he gave up anything to do with running them: You’re fired. The real estate mogul and reality TV star, who presided over a casino empire in the glory days of Atlantic City, filed a lawsuit on Tuesday demanding that his name be stripped from the remaining two. He told The Associated Press he sued Trump Entertainment Resorts, a descendant of a corporate entity he once controlled, because it has allowed its two Atlantic City casinos, the Trump Plaza and the Trump Taj Mahal, to fall into disrepair, tarnishing his

Netanyahu and Kerry´s Phone
Call ´Mysteriously´ Cut Off
Jerusalem Post [Israel], by Elad Bernari    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/5/2014 6:43:55 PM     Post Reply
A phone call between Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was mysteriously disconnected on Sunday, Channel 2 News reports. According to the report, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki admitted to reporters on Tuesday that the call was disconnected, though she said it was due to a “communications issue”. Psaki did, however, say that the two have not spoken since the phone call was cut off. “Their phone call was cut off,” she said, adding when asked whether she thinks Netanyahu hung up on Kerry, “Sometimes calls get cut off...it was a brief call, is what

  


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5 Reasons Not to Trust the ´What
Me Worry´ Media About Ebola
Breitbart Big Journalism, by John Nolte    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/5/2014 6:32:17 PM     Post Reply
The outbreak of Ebola in West Africa is serious and spreading. Almost 1000 people are dead. Two Ebola patients, American missionaries, have come home for treatment. A patient in New York who just returned from West Africa is currently being tested for the deadly disease. The response by some in the American mainstream media can be summed up in two words: "Stop panicking." I´m not panicked over Ebola; nor am I alarmed or freaked out. I also believe it was the right decision to bring those two Americans suffering from this dreadful virus back to America. We´re Americans. That´s who

Undocumented Immigrants
Confront GOP Congressman
NBC News [Iowa], by Alex Moe    Original Article
Posted By: BaseballFan- 8/5/2014 6:08:28 PM     Post Reply
OKOBOJI, IA - Republican Rep. Steve King was confronted Monday by two undocumented immigrants just days after the House GOP voted to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Erika Andiola, a co-director of the DREAM Action Coalition, approached King at a fundraiser here and handed the congressman her DACA card for him to rip in half. (Snip) Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul, a potential presidential candidate in 2016, was seated next to King and quickly left after the activists introduced themselves.

Suspects in murder of Border Patrol agent
arrested and deported numerous times
Fox News, by Jana Winter    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/5/2014 6:04:15 PM     Post Reply
RAYMONDVILLE, Texas -- Two illegal immigrants from Mexico who were charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of an off-duty U.S. Border Patrol agent in front of his family in Texas have been arrested and deported numerous times, police sources told FoxNews.com. One suspect has been arrested no fewer than four times for entering the U.S. illegally, according to federal court records. The other has been deported twice after entering the U.S. illegally, sources said. Gustavo Tijerina, 30, and Ismael Hernandez, 40, were arraigned Tuesday afternoon inside the Willacy County jail library. They were ordered held without bail after being charged

Ben Carson: We Call ´Ancient
Civilizations Heathen Because
of Human Sacrifice, But...´
Cybercast News Service, by Michael W. Chapman    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/5/2014 5:44:15 PM     Post Reply
Dr. Ben Carson, a neurosurgeon and the author of six best-selling books, said that people criticize some ancient civilizations for practicing human sacrifice but when it comes to abortion in the United States, “aren’t we actually guilty of the same thing?” “Well, it’s interesting that we sit around and call other ancient civilizations heathen because of human sacrifice but aren’t we actually guilty of the same thing?” said Dr. Carson in reference to a question about abortion. “The good thing is the American populace is moving closer and closer to understanding that abortion is murder. Every year we’re getting better

Who really made the Michael Dukakis
‘tank’ ad? It’s really complicated.
Washington Post, by Chris Cillizza    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/5/2014 5:42:25 PM     Post Reply
One of the most famous ads in political history is back at the center of a controversy -- more than 25 years after it first hit the airwaves. Known as "the tank ad," the commercial, which was run by Vice President George H.W. Bush´s 1988 campaign, featured then-Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis riding around in a tank -- with a helmet on. It needs to be seen to be believed. (Snip for video)The ad has become the stuff of legend in campaign circles, effectively portraying Dukakis as feckless on national defense thanks to that lasting image of the governor looking just plain

  



Pair of double-decker buses
collide in Times Square
New York Daily News, by Joe Stepansky , Tina Moore    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/5/2014 5:37:41 PM     Post Reply
Two double-decker tour buses crashed in Midtown Manhattan on Tuesday afternoon, leaving multiple people injured, authorities said. The crash happened at the bustling intersection of 47th St. and Seventh Ave. about 4 p.m. An FDNY spokeswoman said that multiple ambulances were sent to the scene. An FDNY spokeswoman said that multiple ambulances were sent to the scene. Eleven people were injured, three seriously, and all were expected to survive,

Young immigrants confront Rep.
King at GOP event; Sen. Paul
slips away
Los Angeles Times, by Lisa Mascaro    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/5/2014 5:27:49 PM     Post Reply
The video — showing young immigrants confronting Republican Rep. Steve King while GOP Sen. Rand Paul slips away — offers a rare glimpse into the deep personal divisions and political sensitivities that have paralyzed the nation´s immigration debate. The so-called Dreamers — immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children — have become masters of the art of peaceful confrontation, staking out Republican leaders on their home turfs to push for immigration reform. They once surprised House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) at his favorite breakfast spot on Capitol Hill, suggesting that as a dad of two he might understand

Q&A: Ten Things You Need to
Know About Boehner Suing Obama
Daily Signal, by Elizabeth Slattery    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 8/5/2014 5:01:52 PM     Post Reply
Last week, the House of Representatives voted to authorize Speaker John Boehner to file a lawsuit challenging President Obama’s failure to fully implement Obamacare. Specifically, the lawsuit will challenge the administration’s delay of the employer mandate—requiring many employers to provide health insurance or pay a fine—that was supposed to go into effect Jan. 1. It’s clear President Obama repeatedly has abused executive power to circumvent Congress and essentially rewrite the law, but this lawsuit still raises a host of questions. Q: Can you sue the president? Yes. Presidents enjoy immunity from lawsuits for civil damages resulting from their official acts, but they

One of Obama´s big ideas for reforming
health care failed a test in California
Washington Examiner, by Philip Klein    Original Article
Posted By: grace52- 8/5/2014 4:12:59 PM     Post Reply
In President Obama’s June 2009 speech to the American Medical Association (now infamous for containing the most emphatic articulation of his promise that people who liked their health care plan could keep it), he described how his legislation would reform the way medical providers are paid. “We need to bundle payments so you aren´t paid for every single treatment you offer a patient with a chronic condition like diabetes, but instead paid well for how you treat the overall disease,” Obama told the crowd of physicians.

‘Pro-Troop’ Charity Pays Off
Tea Party Cronies Instead
Daily Beast, by Kim Barker    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/5/2014 3:36:32 PM     Post Reply
In February 2013, Move America Forward announced an ambitious fundraising goal. The charity, launched in part by one of the most prominent figures in the Tea Party movement, had adopted the 800 Marines in a battalion fighting in Afghanistan and wanted to send them all care packages. “For some troops, these care packages are the only mail they will receive all year,” the group said in one email solicitation. The charity later described the fundraising drive as a rousing success: In less than five weeks, all 800 Marines in a 1st Marine Division battalion nicknamed Geronimo were sent care packages and notes

Video: Hamas sets up and fires rockets
near hotel, in Gaza residential district
Hot Air, by Ed Morrissey    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/5/2014 3:25:40 PM     Post Reply
NDTV shot this video over the last two days, but didn’t publish it until after their reporters left for … well, the obvious reasons. Note the time of the rocket fire, too — 7:50 am, just ten minutes before the cease-fire began today. Could these have been the missiles that hit the West Bank? (Snip for video) It began with a mysterious tent with a blue canopy that bobbed up yesterday (August 4) at 6:30 am in an open patch of land next to our window. We saw three men making a multitude of journeys in and out of the

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