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A bipartisan consensus
on how to fight poverty?
American Magazine, by Arnold Kling    Original Article
Posted By: EagleBlurst- 8/6/2014 10:38:15 AM     Post Reply
Two recent comprehensive policy proposals for reforming the government´s approach to fighting poverty — one from a center-left think tank, the other from Republican Congressman Paul Ryan — seem to share some core ideas. Does this represent an opening for some rare bipartisanship? In June, the Hamilton Project released a free e-book, Policies to Address Poverty in America, edited by Melissa S. Kearney and Benjamin H. Harris. In July, Ryan´s House Budget Committee put out a “discussion draft,” Expanding Opportunity in America. Each represents a serious, broad attempt to improve anti-poverty policy. Ryan´s approach centers on consolidating many existing programs

European Spacecraft Pulls Alongside Comet
New York Times, by Kenneth Chang    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/6/2014 10:30:20 AM     Post Reply
After 10 years and a journey of four billion miles, the European Space Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft arrived at its destination on Wednesday for the first extended, close examination of a comet. A six-minute thruster firing at 5 a.m. Eastern time, the last in a series of 10 over the past few months, slowed Rosetta to the pace of a person walking, about two miles per hour relative to the speed of its target, Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. “It is like driving a car or a bus on a motorway for 10 years,” said Andrea Accomazzo, the flight director, at a post-rendezvous news conference. “Now we’ve entered downtown.

Obama announces $33B in
commitments for Africa
McClatchyDC, by Lesley Clark    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/6/2014 10:27:10 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Tuesday promised more than $33 billion in public and private investments in Africa, pledging that the United States wants to deliver business and development to the rapidly booming continent, where China already has a massive presence. Obama made the remarks as he addressed the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, the first of its kind and the largest event any American president has held with African heads of state and government. Countries including China have held similar events for years as they’ve sought access to African markets for oil and other natural resources. But the U.S., Obama insisted, wants



Heat, hair and hankies: the
best red-carpet moments from the
White House’s Africa summit dinner
Washington Post, by Helena Andrews    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/6/2014 10:25:09 AM     Post Reply
Peter Selfridge deserves a standing ovation — or, at the least, a glass of water. On a near 90-degree night Tuesday, Selfridge and his trusty hankie worked overtime as the chief of protocol shook dozens of very important hands, trekking up and down the red carpet as the White House welcomed 51 African leaders and their plus-ones. Beginning not long after 6 p.m. with the arrival of Mauritius Prime Minister Navinchandra Ramgoolam, and ending more than an hour later with King Mswati III of Swaziland (and one of his wives, who looked unhappy to be there), Selfridge and an honor

MSNBC Guest: ‘Total Disconnect’
Between Obama’s Rhetoric and Economy
Mediaite, by Evan McMurry    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/6/2014 10:20:50 AM     Post Reply
Wall Street Journal White House correspondent Carol Lee told Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough Wednesday morning that there was a “total disconnect” between President Barack Obama’s statements about the improving economy and the feeling amongst the American populace. The comments were in response to an NBC News/WSJ poll showing the public felt dissatisfied with the economy by 2-1 margin, despite a strong second quarter GDP growth and months of steady employment gains. “If you look at what the president is saying, what his message is publicly, there’s a total disconnect between clearly what the American public feels and what he

We have a moral obligation
to support Africa’s progress
McClatchyDC, by Barack Obama    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/6/2014 10:17:23 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — Here’s a quick quiz. Which statement describes Africa today? _ Home to some of the fastest-growing economies in the world, it boasts a growing middle class that is expected to expand to more than a billion consumers in the coming decades. _ With the continent a growing destination for foreign investment, more governments across the region are embracing reforms and competing to attract trade and investment. _ With one of the world’s fastest-growing telecommunications markets – and hundreds of millions of people with mobile phones – technology is transforming how farmers plant, students learn and entrepreneurs do business. _ As the continent

Washington Post: Obama Doesn´t Have
´License to Tear up the Constitution´
Cybercast News Service, by Susan Jones    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/6/2014 10:14:00 AM     Post Reply
The Washington Post editorial board says President Obama "should think twice" about deferring deportation for millions more illegal immigrants, as he reportedly may do later this summer. "Obstinate, hopelessly partisan and incapable of problem-solving, Congress is a mess. But that doesn’t grant the president license to tear up the Constitution," said the editorial printed in Wednesday´s edition. The editorial board pointed to Obama´s remarks last fall, when he said acting on his own would violate U.S. law. "Mr. Obama now seems to be jettisoning that stance in the name of rallying his political base. He is considering extending temporary protection



What you need to know:
Judge Lance Mason´s arrest on
felony domestic violence charge
Cleveland.com, by Andrew J. Tobias    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 8/6/2014 10:13:05 AM     Post Reply
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Lance Mason faces prison time and possible removal from the bench, following a weekend arrest on a felony domestic violence charge. Mason, 46, is accused of attacking his wife, punching her in the face several times, biting and choking her while driving on Van Aken Boulevard in Shaker Heights with their children in the backseat. Mason, a former state senator, has sat on the bench since his appointment by then-Gov. Ted Strickland in 2008.Here is how the events unfolded in chronological order (scroll down to the bottom of the post for supporting

A crying child on ‘Game of Thrones’
reminded Kansas man that he
left a baby in a hot car
Washington Post, by Abby Phillip    Original Article
Posted By: Toledo- 8/6/2014 10:12:37 AM     Post Reply
Seth Jackson walked into his Wichita, Kan., home with pizza in hand and his 5-year-old foster child in tow around 4 in the afternoon on July 24, according to police. He and his husband sat down with the pizza, smoked marijuana and watched a few episodes of the HBO series “Game of Thrones” when a crying baby on the screen jolted Jackson back to reality. Their 10-month-old foster daughter was still in the Dodge Charger parked outside of the home. Wichita police have charged Jackson, 29, with first-degree murder in the baby girl’s death. Sedgwick County District Attorney Marc Bennett

Congressman responds to flap
over his Ebola comments
USA Today, by Maureen Groppe    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/6/2014 10:07:56 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — Responding to a flap over comments he made on a radio talk show, Indiana Rep. Todd Rokita said Tuesday that he was not linking the Ebola virus with the unaccompanied minors crossing the U.S. border when discussing Monday the potential public health threats posed by the children from Central America. Rokita said in a statement that he mentioned the virus as an example of a public health threat, not one that has been directly linked to the minors. "The sudden spread of Ebola in Africa is merely one example of how we must take deliberate care to prevent an outbreak

Battle cry of the white man
Washington Post, by Dana Milbank    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/6/2014 9:59:19 AM     Post Reply
The unfriendly airwaves of talk radio this week gave us an inadvertently revealing moment. Rep. Mo Brooks of Alabama, a Republican immigration hard-liner and part of what the Wall Street Journal just branded “the GOP’s Deportation Caucus,” was giving his retort to the paper’s pro-business editorialists on Laura Ingraham’s radio show Monday: “They need to be patriots, and they need to think about America first,” Brooks said. America First? How 1940! The congressman went on to condemn those who say the Republican position on immigration is dooming the party by alienating Latinos. “This is a part of the war on



Iraq crisis:
Mosul air strike ´kills dozens´
BBC News [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/6/2014 9:52:43 AM     Post Reply
At least 30 people have been killed in an air strike in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, reports say. Sources told the BBC the target was a prison used as a base by fighters from the Islamic State (IS), a jihadist group that seized Mosul in June. Some of those killed were being held by the militants, they said, adding that a drone might have been used. Iraqi state TV reported that at least 60 militants were killed and about 300 detainees were able to escape. Kurdish Peshmerga forces were also reportedly shelling eastern districts of Mosul and an

I Aim To Misbehave
PJ Media, by Richard Fernandez    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 8/6/2014 9:45:06 AM     Post Reply
The UK’s top public doctor says the failure to find a cure for Ebola represents underscores “the moral bankruptcy of capitalism”. Does that mean we can expect an Ebola vaccine from a socialist country any day now? Or one developed by the public doctor’s public system? That’s not what he means. What he might be referring to is the dramatic recovery of two missionary healthworkers in Liberia following the administration of the experimental Zmapp serum. This will be cited as proof that the cure for Ebola was only “50 white people away”. Professor John Ashton, president of the UK Faculty of

Reader Discretion Advised:
Joe Biden likes skinny-dipping
Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: SurferLad- 8/6/2014 9:37:19 AM     Post Reply
Fallon: Some Ikea stores are letting customers adopt a dog while shopping. Though it seems weird that you also have to assemble it. Fallon: Target announced that Pepsi executive Brian Cornell will become the company´s new CEO. Target actually wanted a Coke executive, but its board of directors said, “Is Pepsi okay?” Conan: Monday was President Obama’s 53rd birthday. His age is now higher than his approval rating.

Gaffe-tastic Joe Biden thinks
´Africa´ is a country, not a continent
Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/6/2014 9:32:53 AM     Post Reply
Vice President Joe Biden wants everyone to know that he has high hopes for the ´nation´ of Africa. Biden isn´t just a walking gaffe machine--he´s a walking gaffe top-ten list. [Snip] But gaffe he did, in front of 50 world leaders and their entourages at the event held on the sidelines of President Barack Obama´s U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit. Africa is a continent made up of 54 separate countries, including island nations off its coastlines. ´If Africa´s governance and institutions can put its people in a position commensurate with their possibilities, the sky is the limit,´ the veep said Tuesday. ´I mean, it



Do you favor the BLEED Act,
or are you a racist?
Washington Times, by Charles Hurt    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 8/6/2014 9:30:00 AM     Post Reply
The world is down on America these days. Allies like Israel are sick and tired of our whirlybird foreign policies. There are even haters inside America who have lost the faith. America’s best days are behind her, they say. The American dream has become a living nightmare. She is no longer a force for good in this world of evil. The world burns as Uncle Sam runs away and hides under the bed in his hospice facility. But there is a way to bring back that shining city on a hill. Reawaken the American dream. Rejuvenate that American spirit of

Intellectual hubris hampers
presidential geniuses
Washington Examiner, by Noemie Emery    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 8/6/2014 9:18:30 AM     Post Reply
It’s now two and a half years to the can’t-come-too-soon end of President Obama’s adventure, but his legacy seems to be settled already; he is the smartest man in all of U.S. history to screw up so many big things. That he is brilliant is something we already knew. "This is a guy whose IQ is off the charts," Michael Beschloss said of Obama, who was the "smartest guy" to be president. Christopher Buckley said he was first class in temperament and intellectual prowess, boosting him two slots above Franklin D. Roosevelt in the gray matter arena. "You could see him as a New Republic writer," said David Brooks,

A Governor’s Dilemma: Illegal Immigrants
Divert Resources From State’s Own Citizens
Daily Signal [Washington DC], by Governor Mary Fallin    Original Article
Posted By: JoElla Bee- 8/6/2014 9:13:14 AM     Post Reply
On June 13, the first bus of illegal immigrant minors, aged 12-17, arrived at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. The state of Oklahoma was given no formal notice, and no chance to object. After weeks of bad publicity, public outrage and political pressure, the Obama administration announced this week that the facility will close by Friday, Aug. 8. That’s good news for the people of Oklahoma and the men and women of Fort Sill, who will once again have the full use of their military base for the purpose it was designed for: housing and training soldiers. What the facility’s closure does not mean is an end to the ongoing border crisis,

Sierra Leone Deploys
Troops in Ebola Crisis
New York Times, by Adam Nossiter    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/6/2014 9:08:45 AM     Post Reply
Freetown, Sierra Leone - Faced with a widening crisis over the spread of the deadly Ebola virus, Sierra Leone’s government said Tuesday that it would deploy hundreds of troops and police officers to ensure that patients and family members who may be infected remain isolated. (Snip) Faced with a widening crisis over the spread of the deadly Ebola virus, Sierra Leone’s government said Tuesday that it would deploy hundreds of troops and police officers to ensure that patients and family members who may be infected remain isolated. The mortality rate is so high — up to 90 percent — that many across the region simply refuse to

Big Government Worked
Better in the Industrial Age;
Not So Much in Digital Era
Creators Syndicate, by Michael Barone    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 8/6/2014 9:08:26 AM     Post Reply
Earlier this week, I was thinking of writing a column about the lying and duplicity of Obamacare backers who argued that the difference between provisions providing subsidies in states with state-run health exchanges and providing no subsidies in states with federal exchanges resulted from inadvertence or a typographical error. Typical among them was MIT health care expert Jonathan Gruber. The folks at the Competitive Enterprise Institute found video of him in 2012 arguing that all or most states would create their own exchanges because they wouldn´t get subsidies if they let the federal government run their exchanges. That was just a


U.S. policymakers gird for rash
of corporate expatriations
Washington Post, by Lori Montgomery    Original Article
Posted By: Toledo- 8/6/2014 9:07:50 AM     Post Reply
Washington policymakers are bracing for a wave of corporations to renounce their U.S. citizenship over the next few months, depriving the federal government of billions of dollars in tax revenue and stoking public outrage ahead of the Nov. 4 congressional elections. So far this year, about a dozen U.S. companies — including such well-known brands as Medtronic medical devices and Chiquita bananas — have merged with foreign firms and shifted their headquarters offshore to avoid U.S. taxes, analysts say. Dozens of additional deals are in the works, according to administration and congressional officials, and other companies are quietly contemplating the move. Last

´I stand before you as the president of
the USA and as the son of a man from Africa´:
Obama (and Lionel Richie) welcome 50 African*
Daily Mail [UK], by Ted Thornhill    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/6/2014 9:03:30 AM     Post Reply
Take a White House state dinner and multiply it by 50. The result is the most elaborate and unusual dinner of President Barack Obama´s administration, a one-of-a-kind affair put on Tuesday night for a one-of-a-kind gathering of several dozen leaders from countries across Africa. The leaders are attending a three-day conference organized by the White House and aimed at boosting U.S. ties to the continent. Obama wasted little time highlighting his own personal connection to Africa during a brief toast. Guests were shuttled down to a massive tent erected on the South Lawn because the White House, as big as

Egging Hamas on
New York Post, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 8/6/2014 9:01:40 AM     Post Reply
Note to John Kerry: If America is serious about protecting innocent Palestinians, get your State Department to stop encouraging Hamas to use them as human shields. This was the inadvertent effect of spokeswoman Jan Psaki’s remarks Sunday. Psaki condemned as “disgraceful” the shelling near a UN school — and declared that the “suspicion that militants are operating nearby does not justify strikes that put at risk the lives of so many innocent civilians.” True, she also admonished Hamas that schools “should not be used as bases from which to launch attacks.” But by categorically ruling out any justification for returning fire from enemies using

National Defense Panel’s Bombshell Report
Commentary, by Max Boot    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 8/6/2014 9:01:23 AM     Post Reply
It has gotten pretty much zero press attention, but last week the congressionally mandated National Defense Panel issued what should have been seen as a bombshell review of American military readiness, or lack thereof. The bipartisan credentials of the board members cannot be doubted. (Snip) The only thing uniting the members of the panel was deep knowledge of, and interest in, defense policy. Such a group might be expected to endorse the status quo as the lowest-common-denominator option. But that’s not what they did. Instead they issued a blistering denunciation of the impact that budget cuts–amounting to a trillion dollars over

Watch: Mapping Hamas´s
Deadly Rocket Arsenal
Arutz Sheva [Israel], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/6/2014 8:43:01 AM     Post Reply
Is the Gaza War another skirmish between Israel and the Arabs of Gaza, or are there regional factors at play here? In the video below, Arutz Sheva contributor Mark Langfan explains in the detail the rocket threat from Gaza, and claims that the conflict is a proxy war between two opposing de facto alliances of nations.

Analysis: The diplomatic war begins
Jerusalem Post, by Herb Keinon    Original Article
Posted By: Toledo- 8/6/2014 8:37:41 AM     Post Reply
The latest round in Israel’s ongoing military battle is seemingly over. Now the diplomatic war begins. And this is a war that will be grueling, extend for a longer period than just four weeks, and be fought on various fronts. Israel has, historically, done far better on the battlefield than in the diplomatic arena that follows its wars. This was true in 1949, when Israel won the War of Independence but could not convert that into any form of acceptance in the region. It was true in 1967,

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