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Va. GOP official resigns after
controversial Facebook post
Washington Post, by Jenna Portnoy    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/7/2014 11:19:34 AM     Post Reply
A Virginia GOP official who posted a message on his Facebook page that questioned whether Muslim Americans have made positive contributions to U.S. society has resigned. Bob FitzSimmonds, treasurer of the state Republican Party, distributed his resignation letter to party officials Wednesday night. “It seems that no matter how careful I might be, I will periodically give occasion for others to portray the party in a bad light, so long as I am a party official. After discussion with several party leaders it seems clear that I will either need to stop posting on social media or step down from my party

Body of American general killed
in Afghanistan flown to U.S., will
be buried at Arlington National Cemetery
New York Daily News, by Meg Wagner    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/7/2014 11:10:46 AM     Post Reply
An American two-star general killed in Afghanistan is finally home. Maj. Gen. Harold Greene´s body landed at Delaware´s Dover Air Force Base Thursday morning. The 55-year-old New York native became the highest-ranking American officer killed in combat since the Vietnam War when an Afghan soldier opened fire on a military training facility near Kabul Tuesday. The turncoat soldier, named Rafiqullah, wounded 15 other soldiers — including a half-dozen U.S. soldiers, a German brigadier general, and two Afghan generals — before he was shot and killed. Greene will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery, Albany´s TWC News reported. On Thursday, U.S.

If the government doesn´t know how much
it spends or how much it owes,
how can it know anything?
Washington Examiner, by Mark Tapscott    Original Article
Posted By: grace52- 8/7/2014 10:55:39 AM     Post Reply
When an accountant prepares a balance sheet for a company, the purpose is to measure the firm´s actual financial health, as opposed to the fantasies pushed by the public relations department gnomes. Sales may be up 10 percent, but that doesn´t mean much if the company is swimming in debt, operational expenses are out of control and the bank says forget about getting more credit.

  


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One-Sided Campus-Rape Bill
National Review Online, by Caroline Kitchens    Original Article
Posted By: emilyj- 8/7/2014 10:54:20 AM     Post Reply
Eight well-intentioned senators, four Republicans and four Democrats, have come up with complicated and expensive legislation to address an alleged epidemic of sexual predation on campus. What could go wrong? Citing widely used but shaky statistics on campus sexual assault, the coalition of senators explained that the Campus Accountability and Safety Act (CASA) will “better protect and empower students, and hold both perpetrators and institutions accountable.”

While Border Agents’ Morale Is At
An ‘All Time Low,’ DHS Spends $450K
For Luxurious DC Gym Memberships
Independent Review Journal, by Caroline Schaeffer    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/7/2014 10:46:02 AM     Post Reply
In an interview with Fox News, border agent Chris Cabrera said that the lawlessness and influx of illegal immigrants has left border agents wiped out and demoralized. As National Review Online reports, Cabrera says he’s never seen it this bad among the border force. “Even if he is a confirmed gang member, a confirmed criminal, even by self-admission, we for some reason don’t send them back to their home country – we release them into our country,” Cabrera said. As a result, Cabrera said “morale is at an all-time low right now” because agents are “not allowed to do the job that they

12 States Sue Obama Administration
for Regulatory ‘Overreach’
Daily Signal, by Natalie Johnson     Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/7/2014 10:39:58 AM     Post Reply
Coal country is striking back at the federal government in the latest “war on coal” battle. Twelve states are suing the Environmental Protection Agency to deter impending restrictions on greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired power plants. The states filed the lawsuit in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday, accusing the EPA of “overstepping its legal boundaries” under the Clean Air Act. West Virginia is leading the lawsuit along with Alabama, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, South Carolina and Wyoming.

´I will chop you with this huge sword´:
How a 23-year-old Mark Zuckerberg used
to ´motivate´ his staff by walking around
Facebook office with a SAMURAI SWORD,
claims new book
Daily Mail [UK], by Corey Charlton    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/7/2014 10:35:24 AM     Post Reply
A 23-year-old Mark Zuckerberg used to walk around the Facebook offices with a samurai sword pretending to threaten employees if they produced bad work, it has been claimed. The revelation, along with the claim an angry Zuckerberg threw water all over an engineer´s computer, is made in former Facebook employee Noah Kagan´s new ebook. Kagan was the employee famously fired eight months into his stint at Facebook just as it became a global sensation. It occurred before his stock options had vested and is estimated to have cost him $100million. In his book, according to Business Insider, Kagan claims a

  


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Kerry in Afghanistan to meet feuding
candidates, after general´s murder
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/7/2014 10:27:41 AM     Post Reply
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry flew to Afghanistan late Thursday on an unannounced visit to press the country´s two feuding presidential candidates on the urgency of ending a bitter dispute over June elections and forming a new government by early September. Kerry´s visit comes as the election results are being audited in a process that he brokered last month. Senior officials traveling with Kerry said the U.S. wants to see the ultimate winner inaugurated -- and a new "chief executive officer" chosen by the loser under the terms of a national unity government compromise -- before the upcoming NATO summit

GOP´s nasty border bill
USA Today, by Kirsten Powers    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/7/2014 10:10:55 AM     Post Reply
The GOP has shown time and again that it is incapable of passing any meaningful immigration reform. But give them tens of thousands of Central American children fleeing violence, and they fly into action. Turns out, what animates today´s Republicans is deporting kids. So inspired were they, the GOP-controlled House of Representatives stayed late Friday to distort and demagogue a humanitarian crisis, passing a reprehensible bill that the Republicans claim addresses the border crisis. Kevin Appleby, director of the Office of Migration Policy at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, told me, "This bill guts any real due process for

Will that be Qatar or Israel?
Canada Free Press, by Diane Weber Bederman    Original Article
Posted By: snowcloud- 8/7/2014 10:09:30 AM     Post Reply
Imagine a world where the West is under water and the only places to live are in the Middle East and North Africa. The countries are opening their doors for you. I know that’s a big stretch of one’s imagination but go with me. You will be accorded all the rights and freedoms the citizens of those countries receive. You will be as one with them. So, your child is gay. Will that be Qatar or Israel? Your child has challenges-physical and/or mental. Will that be Iraq or Israel? A member of your family has cancer or heart disease. Will that be Lebanon

Spanish priest with Ebola stable
in Madrid hospital
Associated Press, by Ciaran Giles    Original Article
Posted By: Maggie2u- 8/7/2014 10:01:16 AM     Post Reply
A Spanish missionary priest who tested positive for the Ebola virus was in stable condition at a Madrid hospital on Thursday after being evacuated from Liberia, health officials said. The priest, Miguel Pajares, 75, was helping to treat people infected with Ebola and was one of three who tested positive at the San Jose de Monrovia Hospital in Liberia earlier this week. He was flown to Spain on Thursday. Juliana Bohi, an Equatorial Guinean nun with Spanish nationality who worked with him in Liberia, was also brought back but she is not infected. Both worked for the San Juan de Dios hospital

  


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Homeland Security spends $450K on
‘state of the art’ gym memberships
Washington Times, by Elizabeth Harrington    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/7/2014 10:00:54 AM     Post Reply
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is spending more than $450,000 on gym memberships for TSA agents and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) employees who work desk jobs at a procurement office in Washington, D.C. Last month, DHS bought gym memberships for ICE workers in its Office of Acquisition to boost their morale and “improve working conditions.” “As part of the agency-wide Health and Wellness program, sponsored by Department of Homeland Security/Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), has a requirement to provide ICE employees in Tech World Office at 801 I Street,

Walsh on the Edge:
How Did Democrats Get There?
KXLH TV (Helena,MT), by Sanjay Talwani    Original Article
Posted By: Pete Stone- 8/7/2014 10:00:28 AM     Post Reply
HELENA -- U.S. Senator John Walsh (D-MT) has canceled campaign appearances, his political life on the verge of collapse in the wake of plagiarism revelations and his responses to them. So how did Montana Democrats get to a point where, three months before an election, the top of their ticket is the subject of newspaper editorials calling for him to drop out of the race to keep his Senate seat? Here´s a quick review. Former Montana governor Brian Schweitzer was widely expected to run for the seat that had been held since 1978 by Max Baucus - and which Democrats have held since

Russia grants Edward Snowden
residency for 3 more years
Washington Post, by Michael Birnbaum    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/7/2014 9:55:03 AM     Post Reply
Moscow - Russia has granted fugitive National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden permission to remain in the country for three more years, Snowden´s lawyer said Thursday, a measure that promised to further strain U.S.-Russian relations. The decision gives the former NSA contractor the option to remain in Russia through August 2017 and, potentially, to take up Russian citizenship should he extend his stay for one year beyond that, lawyer Anatoly Kucherena told reporters Thursday. The decision last year to grant asylum to Snowden was a major factor in the souring of U.S.-Russian relations, which have deteriorated to Cold War

The Callow President
Politico, by Rich Lowry    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 8/7/2014 9:49:11 AM     Post Reply
"Stop just hatin’ all the time.” If you haven’t been following the news, you might not know whether this bon mot was uttered by a character on the ABC Family show “Pretty Little Liars” or by the president of the United States. Of course, it was the leader of the free world at a Kansas City rally last week, imploring congressional Republicans to start cooperating with him. The line struck a characteristically — and tellingly — juvenile and plaintive note. How many books and articles have been written by conservatives seeking to divine the philosophical beliefs and psychological motivations lurking beneath the

  


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Obamacare exemptions to
grow to 25M by 2016: report
Washington Times, by Cheryl K. Chumley    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/7/2014 9:47:05 AM     Post Reply
A new report from the Congressional Budget Office finds that the number of those who don’t have to pay fines to opt out of Obamacare — the exempted class — is going to hit 25 million by 2016. The Wall Street Journal said now, only 4 million are going to pay the opt-out fine — down from 6 million. (Snip) That fine is going to rise to $685 per adult, or 2.5 percent of family income, by 2016, capping out per household at $2,085. Some were exempted from these fines, including illegal immigrants. But the White House has been steadily adding exemptions since Obamacare’s passage, and now even those who profess hardships like domestic violence

With immigration reform, President
Obama takes cue from Lincoln
Washington Post, by Charles Lane    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 8/7/2014 9:44:21 AM     Post Reply
Not since Abraham Lincoln pondered his Emancipation Proclamation in 1862 has a president considered ordering a more sweeping adjustment to membership in the American community than the mass relief for illegal immigrants that President Obama is said to be contemplating. There is obviously no analogy between slavery and the disadvantages the undocumented face today. Among many other differences, the undocumented arrived voluntarily, searching, often successfully, for a better life. Also, they established residence unlawfully, for which there must be some reckoning.

40 state troopers headed to
Chicago to help combat violence
CNN, by Melodi Smith & Katherine Grise    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/7/2014 9:35:55 AM     Post Reply
In yet another sign of the gravity of Chicago´s violent crime problem, 40 Illinois State Police officers will soon hit the streets in beleaguered neighborhoods. The officers represent an expansion of a partnership between Chicago Police and the Illinois State Police. "Earlier this year I told (Chicago) Mayor (Rahm) Emanuel we would help in any way we could to combat violence in the city. When he requested assistance, I immediately agreed to help," Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn said in a press release announcing the move. The 40 officers will join the Chicago Police Department's Fugitive Unit and help search for wanted criminals.

Bergdahl read his rights
The Hill, by Kristina Wong    Original Article
Posted By: Emerson- 8/7/2014 9:33:36 AM     Post Reply
The Army read former Afghanistan prisoner of war Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl his rights during his first interview with an investigator on Wednesday. (Snip) Army spokeswoman Lt. Col. Alayne Conway said the reading of Miranda rights was typical during a military administrative "15-6" investigation, and that Bergdahl was "not charged with anything" and "not under arrest." Conway said the reading of rights "protects the the person being questioned," and can allow them to refuse to be questioned by the investigating officer.

Islamic State militants´ offensive
sparks mass Christian exodus
Agence France-Presse, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/7/2014 9:29:44 AM     Post Reply
Kirkuk - Jihadists seized Iraq´s largest Christian town and surrounding areas Aug. 7, sending tens of thousands of panicked residents fleeing in what is being called a humanitarian disaster, officials and witnesses said. The onslaught saw the Sunni extremist Islamic State (IS) extend its writ over northern Iraq and move within striking distance of autonomous Kurdistan, in one of the most dramatic developments of the two month-old conflict. IS militants moved into Qaraqosh and other towns overnight after the withdrawal of Kurdish peshmerga troops, who are stretched thin across several fronts, residents said.

  



The First Horseman
PJ Media, by Richard Fernandez    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 8/7/2014 9:22:55 AM     Post Reply
News that 8 persons in Lagos, a city of 20 million people, were infected by the dying Patrick Sawyer with Ebola and one — a nurse — had died sent a shudder of fear through Nigeria. Close on its heels reports that a businessman had died with Ebola-like symptoms in Saudi Arabia following a trip from a West African trip have prompted assurances from authorities that steps have been taken to keep the Haj from becoming a distributor of the disease to Muslim world. Ebola is proving the proposition that when dealing with nature, if you lie you die. Nowhere

Obama on first combat death of an
American general in decades: (Silence)
Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: SurferLad- 8/7/2014 9:15:00 AM     Post Reply
President Obama has a habit of issuing formal statements of sadness upon deaths in the news. Usually they begin "Michelle and I were saddened..." And they include the words "our hearts and prayers go out to the families." Obama does it somewhat more than most modern presidents, especially if the dead person is an African leader. [Snip] This week, Maj. Gen. Harold Greene became the highest-ranking U.S. military officer to die in the Afghan war. He was assassinated and a dozen others wounded at a training camp near Kabul by a man in an Afghan army uniform, the first American general to die in a combat zone since the Vietnam

Jeff Sessions: New Media Leading Way
to Defeat Establishment´s Amnesty
Breitbart Big Government, by Matthew Boyle    Original Article
Posted By: SpeedMaster- 8/7/2014 8:43:09 AM     Post Reply
Senate Budget Committee ranking member Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) told Breitbart News in a lengthy phone interview on Tuesday that the new media are the backbone of the conservative anti-amnesty movement, and that last week’s unification of the GOP against amnesty wouldn’t have happened without the alternative viewpoint being presented to the public by new media. And while a lengthy profile from the National Review named Sen. Sessions “The Amnesty Killer”—and detailed how he squandered the amnesty lobby’s hopes this Congress—Sessions isn’t done yet: He’s taking this newly unified Republican Party to march on the gates of the Democratic Senate Majority.

Israel Demands Hamas Be
Disarmed as Peace Talks Start
Washington Free Beacon, by Adam Kredo    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 8/7/2014 8:16:53 AM     Post Reply
ERUSALEM—Israel is seeking a “robust” and complete disarmament of Hamas in the Gaza Strip in order to ensure that there is no resumption in hostilities, according to a senior Israeli Foreign Ministry official who briefed the Washington Free Beacon on upcoming Egyptian-brokered ceasefire talks between the terror group and Israeli government. However, Hamas is already making untenable demands on the Jewish state that will not be met under any circumstances, according to the senior Israeli official, who agreed to discuss the nascent talks on condition of anonymity. The official spoke to a group of pastors in Israel on a trip organized by

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