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Post-Nixon, GOP Has Become
Party Of Bigots And Fools
Investor´s Business Daily, by Richard Cohen    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/6/2014 11:26:05 AM     Post Reply
Richard Nixon is not having an easy time of late. The Washington Post alone has run at least three opinion pieces reminding us all that Nixon was a skunk who 40 years ago this month resigned the presidency and flew off to a short-lived exile in California. There the story of Nixon´s nefariousness supposedly ends. But it does not. He remains to this day a major political figure. It was Nixon who devised and pursued what came to be called the Southern strategy. This was, in the admirably concise wording of Wikipedia, an appeal "to racism against African-Americans." Nixon was hardly the first

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl to be formally
questioned on Wednesday in
´desertion´ probe
Daily Mail (UK) & Associated Press, by Helen Pow & Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/6/2014 11:25:18 AM     Post Reply
Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl will be formally questioned by an Army investigator on Wednesday about his 2009 disappearance in Afghanistan. Bergdahl will be interviewed by Major General Kenneth Dahl, who was appointed to head up the AR 15-6 investigation into the circumstances leading up to his captivity. The pair have already met informally, though Wednesday will be their first formal interaction and the interview will take place at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas. Bergdahl´s attorney Eugene Fidell told the New York Daily News that he will meet with Bergdahl today to prepare for Dahl´s questions, and will also attend

What Happens When You Enter
the Witness Protection Program?
Priceonomics, by Alex Mayyasi    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/6/2014 11:20:44 AM     Post Reply
Gerald Shur was struggling to convince his witness to testify. The year was 1961, and Shur, an attorney focused on organized crime at the Department of Justice, was talking to the owner of a New York trucking company who claimed that Johnny “Sonny” Franzese demanded half the profits of his business. Franzese’s men had vandalized his trucks and beaten him unconscious with baseball bats until he complied, and now the owner hoped that Shur could offer him a way out. But when Shur suggested testifying against Franzese, the witness responded, “Testify?” He had good reason to be incredulous. For Franzese, a

  


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Feds Will Spend $450K to Help Native
Americans Adapt to ´Climate Change’
Cybercast News Service, by Lauretta Brown    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/6/2014 11:16:18 AM     Post Reply
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) plans to spend up to $450,000 in taxpayer dollars to teach Native American tribes in the Great Basin region ”climate adaptation plans” for their hunting, fishing and gathering activities. “Due to climate change, the natural landscapes are becoming impacted,” and the “traditional practices for hunting, fishing, and gathering for ceremonial purposes” can potentially create further impacts,” according to BLM’s Cooperative Agreement announcement. “It is important to educate those who are engaging in these gathering activities to reduce impacts on public lands. If tribes are able to develop adaptation plans for their gathering activities, they would have

Ebola Panic: Medical Workers
Told They Would Be ´Cut into
Pieces´ if They Did Not Leave
African Villages
Breitbart Big Peace, by Mary Chastain    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 8/6/2014 11:15:01 AM     Post Reply
The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is causing mass panic in Guinea and Sierra Leone. Over 887 people are dead with three new cases reported in Nigeria. People are scared to shake hands or share dinners with others, but a doctor on the front lines in Guinea says that calm is one of the most powerful weapons against Ebola. (snip) As Breitbart News has previously reported, some villagers believe Ebola is not actually a disease, but rather a curse; thus, they seek the assistance of witch doctors. But the panic is not necessarily due to the disease. The disease broke

High Taxes, Abusive Enforcement Causing
Businesses, Citizens to Flee America
Breitbart Big Government, by Peter Morici    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/6/2014 11:07:49 AM     Post Reply
President Obama, as promised, is changing America. High taxes and abusive enforcement are compelling businesses and ordinary citizens to leave the country altogether. The United States has much higher corporate tax rates than other industrialized countries, and increasingly, the IRS pursues more aggressive enforcement tactics than foreign tax authorities. The United States stands alone among industrialized countries by requiring U.S. businesses to pay taxes on profits from overseas operations and investments—in addition to taxes paid to foreign governments. Of course, what American corporations actually pay varies a lot, thanks to many exemptions, deductions, and provisions to delay taxes; however, the

Romney, Ryan to fundraise
for Virginia Republican
The Hill [DC], by Cameron Joseph    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/6/2014 11:05:45 AM     Post Reply
Both members of the Republican Party´s 2012 White House ticket will headline separate fundraisers in September for Virginia House candidate Barbara Comstock (R), who was a staffer on their campaign. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), the vice presidential candidate, will host a reunion event for staffers on Sept. 9, while Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney will headline a Sept. 30 fundraiser for Comstock, who´s running for retiring Rep. Frank Wolf´s (R-Va.) seat. The Romney event will be hosted at the home of GOP super-donors Bill and Bobbie Kilberg, Comstock´s campaign tells The Hill. Comstock, a well-connected former staffer for both Wolf

  


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Why Grief Can Exist Alongside Hope
Commentary Magazine, by Peter Wehnerc    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/6/2014 11:05:10 AM     Post Reply
Throughout my life I’ve mostly been shielded from dealing with the death of people whom I love. But since the end of last year some very important people in my life have passed away, or now look to be near death. (Snip) When I was still sorting through my belief system, there was something about Christianity that drew me to it. It was (among other things) that Christianity made sense of pain, loss, and sorrow in ways that nothing else quite did, at least to me, and in ways that seemed to me most true. That is, it didn’t deny

Saudi Arabian man being
tested for Ebola virus dies
Reuters, by Angus McDowall    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 8/6/2014 10:56:37 AM     Post Reply
RIYADH - A Saudi Arabian man suspected of having contracted the Ebola virus during a recent business trip to Sierra Leone died early on Wednesday in Jeddah, the Health Ministry said. Saudi authorities and international laboratories certified by the World Health Organization are testing samples from the man for Ebola and other diseases after he showed symptoms of viral hemorrhagic fever, the ministry said in a statement. The ministry said it was working to trace the man´s route of travel and identify people he was in contact with. Ebola is one of the deadliest diseases known in humans with a

Death of US General in Insider Attack
Followed Fresh Encouragement
from Mullah Omar
Cybercast News Service, by Patrick Goodenough    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/6/2014 10:55:27 AM     Post Reply
An “insider attack” in Afghanistan Tuesday that cost the life of the most senior American military officer to be killed in either the Afghanistan or Iraq wars came shortly after Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar gave fresh encouragement to Afghan military personnel members “who launch attacks on the enemy and then join the ranks of jihad.” The number of insider attacks has dropped significantly since 2012, but the death of the senior officer has cast a spotlight again onto the danger, just five months before most coalition forces withdraw – leaving behind a residual force whose main training role will

Sen. Walsh cancels events, campaign mum
Associated Press, by Matt Voltz    Original Article
Posted By: Pete Stone- 8/6/2014 10:55:05 AM     Post Reply
HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Sen. John Walsh of Montana on Tuesday postponed at least two upcoming events in Bozeman, as his campaign declined to answer questions about whether he planned to remain in the U.S. Senate race amid allegations that he plagiarized a research paper. The Walsh campaign notified Gallatin County Democratic party members that he would not attend a backyard meet-and-greet hosted by Women for Walsh that was scheduled for Wednesday or a Friday talk on public lands at the county party´s new headquarters. The campaign did not give a reason why, said Billy McWilliams, a member of the Gallatin County

  


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Tom Sietsema breaks down the
Africa summit dinner menu
Washington Post, by Tom Sietsema    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/6/2014 10:54:03 AM     Post Reply
(Video) Heads of state should feel right at home dining on the four-course menu created for tonight’s VIP dinner on the South Lawn at the White House. Every dish is laced with at least one ingredient — coffee, cinnamon and saffron, among others — that can be traced to some of the 50 participating African countries. Half of the diplomatic menu also takes into account today’s warm and muggy forecast. Chilled spiced tomato soup leads the meal, which White House executive chef Cristeta Comerford described to CNN as “like a state dinner times fifty.” The refreshing-sounding first course, finished with

Getting with the Times
National Review, by Jonah Goldberg    Original Article
Posted By: zoidberg- 8/6/2014 10:50:48 AM     Post Reply
With the usual fanfare and self-regard we have come to expect from the New York Times editorial board, the prestigious paper has changed its mind about pot. It now believes that the federal ban on the substance should be lifted and that the whole issue should be sent back to the states to handle. Not only did it issue a big Sunday editorial (the equivalent of a secular fatwa in my native Upper West Side of Manhattan), but it has since been flooding the zone on the issue with essays from members of the editorial board.

Walsh cancels public appearances,
fueling talk of withdrawal from race
Daily Chronicle [Bozeman, MT], by Troy Carter    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/6/2014 10:50:18 AM     Post Reply
Montana Democratic Sen. John Walsh’s campaign canceled a string of events this week starting with a fundraiser Tuesday evening in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, fueling speculation that the senator, plagued by allegations of academic plagiarism, would quit the U.S. Senate race. Bozeman’s “Women for Walsh” event that Walsh was scheduled to attend Wednesday was postponed last minute, organizer Linda Phillips wrote on the event’s Facebook page. A discussion of public lands with local activists scheduled for Aug. 8 at Walsh’s new campaign office in Bozeman was also dropped from the schedule, said Billy McWilliams of the Gallatin Democrats. Walsh is running against Republican

Compromising photographs claiming to show
married Billionaire Dallas Cowboys owner
Jerry Jones, 71, with two young women are
posted online in apparent blackmail plot
Daily Mail [UK], by Ashley Collman    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/6/2014 10:49:58 AM     Post Reply
The married 71-year-old owner of the Dallas Cowboys is the subject of an alleged extortion plot, it has emerged, after photographs of a man who appears to be Jerry Jones in compromising positions with young women were published online. The photos published over the weekend in a strange 20-page manifesto attributed to a Dallas ´entrepreneur´, claim to show Jones grabbing one blonde woman´s breasts. In another shot, a brunette woman on her knees grins as she leans her head against the man´s pelvic area. The man who published the photos, that have appeared in several publications including the Huffington Post, claims they

  


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Michelle Obama, Laura Bush
Reunite Again on Africa
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/6/2014 10:46:45 AM     Post Reply
Washington - Michelle Obama and Laura Bush, first ladies of different generations and opposing political parties, are uniting for the second time in just over a year to promote U.S. relations with Africa. They are taking the stage at the Kennedy Center for a program Wednesday with spouses of the dozens of African heads of state and government who are participating in the third and final day of President Barack Obama´s U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit. (Snip) "It´s a really nice prison," Mrs. Obama quipped about her home since 2009. "But with a chef," added Mrs. Bush, who lived there for eight years.

The first lady of Cameroon and her
hair have touched down in D.C.
Washington Post, by Helena Andrews    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 8/6/2014 10:39:28 AM     Post Reply
The Africa summit is officially underway, which means one very important thing for the District: The first lady of Cameroon’s hair is here. Chantal Biya has single-handedly made mullet the new magnificent. Biya’s bouffant is a beauty school master’s thesis in contradictions. Somehow her hair manages to be short and long, rebellious yet elegant, unruly but controlled. And whether she’s visiting the pope or hanging out with Paris Hilton, the 43-year-old’s signature style remains unfazed. Here we humbly submit just a small sampling of the many coifs of Chantal. Washingtonians should expect to see each and every one around town this week.

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

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