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Michigan Tea Party Congressman
Amash Defeats Challenger
Bloomberg News, by Anne Linskey    Original Article
Posted By: SoCalGal- 8/5/2014 11:16:58 PM     Post Reply
U.S. Representative Justin Amash of Michigan, supported by the small-government Tea Party, defeated a Republican primary challenger backed by the nation’s largest business lobby. Amash, 34, beat Brian Ellis, 54, who was aided by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which is working to send Republicans to Congress who support an agenda that includes reauthorizing the U.S. Export-Import Bank and avoiding government shutdowns. With 56 percent of the precincts reporting in today’s vote, Amash had 56 percent of the vote compared with 45 percent for Ellis, according to the Associated Press tally. The race is part of a contentious primary season in which Republican

Russia gang hacks 1.2 billion
usernames and passwords
BBC News [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: SoCalGal- 8/5/2014 11:14:53 PM     Post Reply
A Russian group has hacked 1.2 billion usernames and passwords belonging to more than 500 million email addresses, according to Hold Security - a US firm specialising in discovering breaches. Hold Security described the hack as the "largest data breach known to date". It claimed the stolen information came from more than 420,000 websites, including "many leaders in virtually all industries across the world". Hold Security did not give details of the companies affected by the hack. "They didn´t just target large companies; instead, they targeted every site that their victims visited," Hold Security said in its report. "With hundreds of thousands of sites affected,

Report: Feds Created 400 New
Crimes Since 2008
Washington Free Beacon [DC], by CJ Ciaramella    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/5/2014 11:13:26 PM     Post Reply
The federal government has created more than 400 new crimes since 2008, according to a report by the Congressional Research Service (CRS). In a June report to the House Over-Criminalization Task Force, the CRS identified 439 new criminal offenses to the U.S. Code between 2008 and 2013. A 2008 analysis by the law scholar John S. Baker for the Heritage Foundation found that, between 2000 and 2007, the government added 452 crimes to the books, indicating the government has increased the rate at which it created new crimes. The 2008 report identified “at least 4,450 federal crimes.” Adding in the



Will Tea Partiers Sink Mitch
McConnell’s Kentucky Senate
Reelection Bid?
Daily Beast, by Ben Jacobs    Original Article
Posted By: tisHimself- 8/5/2014 11:12:30 PM     Post Reply
The Senate minority leader, long reviled among many on the right for what they see as kowtowing to Democrats, is in a tough race for his seat—and in trouble with the Tea Party. If Alison Lundergan Grimes pulls off an upset victory over Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in November, she may have Tea Partiers to thank. But don’t expect conservative voters to rally to Grimes—they simply aren´t getting behind McConnell. Although the five-term Republican ended up winning a a tough primary challenge from businessman Matt Bevin handily, the race was one of the most vicious and ugly this cycle

As Israel and Hamas claim victory,
Gaza residents ask what was gained
Los Angeles Times, by Laura King    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 8/5/2014 11:10:35 PM     Post Reply
In the wake of any ugly conflict, the question of who won can seem beside the point. Still, as fighting in the Gaza Strip gave way to a truce on Tuesday, Israel and Hamas both were quick to claim victory. And it was left to those who took the pounding during the four-week war, particularly residents of this luckless sliver of seaside territory, to question whether anything of worth could be found.(Snip)For Gaza residents, the picture was sadder and more complicated. To Mustafa Taha, shepherding his family of nine back to their half-ruined house in Beit Hanoun, in Gaza´s battered

Iraqi Yazidis stranded
on isolated mountaintop
begin to die of thirst
Washington Post, by Loveday Morris    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 8/5/2014 10:49:33 PM     Post Reply
BAGHDAD — Stranded on a barren mountaintop, thousands of minority Iraqis are faced with a bleak choice: descend and risk slaughter at the hands of the encircled Sunni extremists or sit tight and risk dying of thirst. Humanitarian agencies said Tuesday that between 10,000 and 40,000 civilians remain trapped on Mount Sinjar since being driven out of surrounding villages and the town of Sinjar two days earlier. But the mountain that had looked like a refuge is becoming a graveyard for their children. Unable to dig deep into the rocky mountainside, displaced families said they have buried young and elderly

Mastermind Behind Kidnapping
of Three Israeli Teens Arrested
Arutz Sheva (Israel), by Ari Soffer    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 8/5/2014 10:46:41 PM     Post Reply
Israeli security forces have arrested the leader of the Hamas terror cell which kidnapped and murdered Israeli teenagers Naftali Frenkel, Eyal Yifrah and Gilad Sha´ar. Hussam Kawasmeh, a resident of Hevron, was arrested in the Arab neighborhood of Shuafat in Jerusalem in a joint operation involving IDF forces and the Shabak (Israel Security Agency), and has admitted under interrogation to having orchestrated the kidnapping and said he received funding from Hamas officials in Gaza. It is not clear precisely when he was detained, but news of the arrest was only released for publication on Tuesday evening. Kawasmeh was caught in an apartment



House Republicans adding
to debt as balanced budget
commitment wavers
Washington Times, by S. A. Miller    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 8/5/2014 10:45:02 PM     Post Reply
After initial success in cutting federal spending and reducing deficits, House Republicans have drifted into the red with a series of tax measures and spending bills that are not offset — either adding to the pile of debt or hiding the costs with accounting gimmicks. More than a dozen bills with costs that are not fully offset elsewhere in the budget have passed the Republican-controlled House and threaten to add nearly $1 trillion to federal debt over the next decade. The measures include a slew of tax breaks known as tax extenders. Among them are a $155 billion research and

NBC’s Jansing on Obama Meeting
African Leaders: Helps That
‘He’s from Kenya’
Mediaite, by Josh Feldman    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/5/2014 10:40:01 PM     Post Reply
NBC White House Correspondent Chris Jansing appeared on MSNBC’s The Reid Report today with a report on President Obama at the U.S.-African Leaders Summit. Unfortunately, there was just one tiny little problem with what she said: she accidentally said that the president’s from Kenya. Oops. In talking about the White House hopes for Africa becoming part of Obama’s legacy, Jansing said, “Yeah, the fact that he’s from Kenya, and that fact that when he was elected there were expectations from the African continent that he would do great things for them.” Ten minutes later, when Jansing was back on-air, she

Krauthammer’s Take: Remember,
It’s Obama Who Campaigned on
More Involvement in Afghanistan
National Review Online, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 8/5/2014 10:34:26 PM     Post Reply
In response to the death of a U.S. major general in Afghanistan today, Charles Krauthammer notes that it was Obama who escalated U.S. involvement there. “The irony is when Obama came into office, there was a plausible way for us to get out,” he said on Tuesday’s Special Report, without a heavy involvement. Krauthammer noted that out of every four American causalities in Afghanistan, three occurred under Obama, and that the Bush administration had kept involvement there “at a low boil.” “[Obama]’s the one who escalated,” Krauthammer said. “He’s the one who said we have to make a stake here.

Guest list for the African Summit
dinner at the White House
Washington Post, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 8/5/2014 10:31:58 PM     Post Reply
The complete guest list for the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit dinner provided by the White House on Tuesday night. The President and Mrs. Obama His Excellency Mohamed Abdulaziz, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, State of Libya His Excellency Jean-Paul Adam, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Seychelles His Excellency Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia Ms. Uzo Aduba, Actress, New York, NY Ms. Nonyem Aduba Ms. Mimi Alemayehou, Washington, DC Mr. Papa Ndiaye Her Excellency Amina Ali, Ambassador of the African Union Mission His Excellency Abdalla Alteni, Prime Minister of the State of Libya His Excellency Martin Andjaba, Ambassador of the Republic of



Wall Street Journal Poll:
Majority Want Illegals
´Returned Immediately´
Breitbart Big Government, by Tony Lee    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 8/5/2014 10:14:44 PM     Post Reply
Another poll has found that a majority of Americans want illegal immigrants to be "returned immediately" to their home countries. A new Wall Street Journal-NBC poll found that 51% of respondents wanted illegal immigrant juveniles, nearly 90% of whom are teenagers, to be deported, while only 43% of Americans want them to stay if they meet certain conditions. In the poll, which was conducted July 30-August 3, a majority believed that allowing illegal immigrants "to stay will be a signal that will encourage thousands more to try and come here, placing an even greater burden on limited public services such

America´s Fed Up: Obama
Approval Rating Hits All-
Time Low, Poll Shows
NBC News, by Mark Murray    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 8/5/2014 10:11:08 PM     Post Reply
Two words sum up the mood of the nation: Fed up. Six in 10 Americans are dissatisfied with the state of the U.S. economy, more than 70 percent believe the country is headed in the wrong direction, and nearly 80 percent are down on the country’s political system, according to the latest NBC News / Wall Street Journal poll. The frustration carries over to the nation’s political leaders, with President Barack Obama’s overall approval rating hitting a new low at 40 percent, and a mere 14 percent of the public giving Congress a thumbs up. “We’re in the summer of

Poll: Obama approval rating
sinks to new low
The Hill (Washington DC), by Peter Sullivan    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/5/2014 9:56:05 PM     Post Reply
President Obama´s job approval hit a new low of 40 percent in an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released Tuesday, as the public expressed widespread disappointment in the state of the country. Fifty-four percent disapprove of his performance, with 6 percent unsure. Obama received poor marks for both foreign policy and on the economy, a troubling sign for the president and Democrats with only three months before the midterm elections. Respondents rated Obama´s handling of foreign policy even lower, with 36 percent approving, also an all-time low for the president. The figure is 2 points lower than his previous low

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

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

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

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

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