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Islamic State on the March;
West Apparently Indifferent
PJ Media, by Jonathan Spyer    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/6/2014 11:59:28 AM     Post Reply
The Islamic State organization is continuing to make gains on both the Syrian and Iraqi fronts. The advance and consolidation of the jihadi entity which today stretches from Mosul in Iraq to the outskirts of Aleppo city in Syria is a development of profound importance for the future of the Middle East. Global media attention has been focused elsewhere in recent weeks, of course. The Gaza war — which has changed precisely nothing — has been hitting the headlines. The real Middle East action, however, is taking place far from Gaza. The Islamic State is on the march. After its capture of

Andrew McCarthy: State Dept.
Negotiating With the Taliban
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/6/2014 11:55:06 AM     Post Reply
The Taliban is not claiming responsibility for the murder of American Army Maj. Gen. Harold Greene in Afghanistan, but it is praising the attack. National Review contributing editor Andrew McCarthy said the State Department hasn’t designated the Taliban a terrorist organization “because they’re negotiating with the Taliban.” “Personally I believe they’re setting the groundwork for an ultimate Taliban retaking of Afghanistan and make it look like a negotiated solution rather than a coup which is what it would be like,” he said. He continued, “This is a global jihadist

To fight the Islamic State,
Kurdish and Iraqi forces need
expedited aid
Washington Post, by Zalmay Khalilzad    Original Article
Posted By: tisHimself- 8/6/2014 11:47:12 AM     Post Reply
During the past few days, the extremist group known as the Islamic State has made significant advances. After consolidating its gains since the fall of Mosul and other Sunni areas, the group sought to move toward Baghdad. For now, that advance has been blocked by Shiite militias, what remains of the Iraqi forces and assistance from Iran and the United States. It is evident, however, that the Islamic State has amassed enough manpower and resources to move against the Kurdish region. Its recent attempt to take over the Mosul dam as well as its seizure of the city of Sinjar

  


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Robert Reich Sticks It To Poor
People With $242,613 Salary For
Teaching ONE CLASS This Semester
Daily Caller, by Eric Owens    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/6/2014 11:40:43 AM     Post Reply
Robert Reich, who served as U.S. secretary of labor for four years under Bill Clinton, is currently a public policy professor at the University of California, Berkeley. The ultra-progressive economist — inasmuch as a mere law school graduate can be an economist — raked in an impressive income of $242,613 from the taxpayer-funded school in 2013, according to EAGnews.org. For that sweet salary of $20,217 per month, Reich is slated to teach exactly one course this fall. He will teach a more normal course load of four courses during the spring 2014 semester, notes EAGnews. Reich, who served on the economic advisory board of

Now Ebola victims are left
to rot in the streets: Terrified
relatives dump them outside for
fear of catching deadly virus
Daily Mail (UK), by Sophie Jane Evans    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/6/2014 11:36:04 AM     Post Reply
A young man lies dead in the streets of Liberia, left to rot in view of passers-by and local children. He is just one of many Ebola victims to have been dragged out of their homes and dumped on the country´s roads by terrified relatives in a desperate bid to avoid being quarantined. The deadly virus, which can cause victims to suffer from severe bruising and bleeding from the eyes and mouth, has claimed the lives of nearly 900 people across West Africa so far. WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT -SCROLL DOWN FOR VIDEOS -Last week, the Liberian government announced a raft

Researchers: Centuries-old ship at NYC
ground zero likely from Philadelphia
CNN, by Laura Ly    Original Article
Posted By: Toledo- 8/6/2014 11:35:38 AM     Post Reply
New York -- For more than 200 years, it lay hidden beneath the ground upon which New York City´s World Trade Center once stood. Now, four years after its discovery, scientists say they´ve solved the mystery of the ship hull found in the wreckage of the former World Trade Center site in lower Manhattan. The hull, originally found by archeologists monitoring the site´s excavation, has been traced back to colonial-era Philadelphia, according to researchers at the Tree Ring Research Laboratory at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University. "An old growth forest in the Philadelphia area supplied the white oak used in the

After Pushback, Murdoch Abandons
Fox’s Pursuit of Time Warner
New York Times, by Michael J. De La Merced and*    Original Article
Posted By: Toledo- 8/6/2014 11:33:50 AM     Post Reply
At 4:07 p.m. Tuesday, the chief executive of Time Warner Inc., Jeffrey L. Bewkes, received an unexpected email. “On behalf of our board and senior management team, I am writing to inform you that we are withdrawing our offer to acquire Time Warner, effective immediately. Sincerely, Rupert Murdoch.” A hand-delivered letter bearing the same message arrived soon after. Thus ended — for the time being, anyway — what was shaping up as the biggest media merger in a decade, a $150 billion union of two giant conglomerates. Together, Mr. Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox and Time Warner would have created a

  


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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

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

  


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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

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

  


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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

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

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

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