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Putin retaliates: Russia bans food
from West, extends Snowden asylum
Washington Times, by Dave Boyer    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/7/2014 2:05:19 PM     Post Reply
President Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin raised the stakes Thursday in their increasingly frosty relations, with Russia banning Western food imports and extending the political asylum for fugitive spy contractor Edward Snowden, while the White House said Western sanctions are ruining Russia’s economy. (Snip) Russia meanwhile banned most food imports from the West on Thursday in retaliation for sanctions over Ukraine, an unexpectedly sweeping move that will cost farmers in North America, Europe and Australia billions of dollars but will also likely lead to empty shelves in Russian cities.

Al-Qaeda’s Heirs
Bloomberg News, by Tarek El-Tablawy    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/7/2014 1:51:59 PM     Post Reply
Osama bin Laden is dead. So is much of the influence his organization built with the attack on the World Trade Center in 2001. Al-Qaeda, however, lives on through a collection of like-minded Islamist militias holding territory and threatening to redraw the map in the Middle East and North Africa. Inspired by bin Laden’s jihad and hardened by battle, they have capitalized on the security and political vacuum left by the toppling of autocrats in the 2011 Arab Spring. They feed off the area’s sectarian and tribal conflicts, and are united by an ambition to bring new states with strict interpretations of Islamic law to the Arab world.

The ISIS media machine is
sophisticated and growing rapidly
Communities Digital News, by Bob Taylor    Original Article
Posted By: lmruth- 8/7/2014 1:49:00 PM     Post Reply
Controversy rages every year when Sports Illustrated puts out its swimsuit issue. Why is it then when Islamists publish English language propaganda magazines nobody even notices? Following in the footsteps of al-Qaeda, the Islamic State, previously known as ISIS or ISIL, has demonstrated just how sophisticated and dedicated they are to their cause with the publication of a new magazine called “Dabiq.”

  


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Europe´s comet-chasing spaceship:
Five amazing facts
Space.com, by Miriam Kramer    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/7/2014 1:41:15 PM     Post Reply
Europe´s Rosetta probe made its historic arrival at Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko yesterday (Aug. 6), making Rosetta the first human-built craft ever to rendezvous with a comet with the intention to enter orbit. Now flying about 62 miles (100 kilometers) from the comet, the Rosetta spacecraft is expected to gather data that will help scientists learn more about comets. Specifically, the findings will shed light on how the ancient, icy wanderers that roam through the solar system formed thousands of years ago. The European Space Agency-operated spacecraft may also help scientists find answers to some of the most pressing

Hurricane Iselle set to
slam into Big Island
Star-Advertiser (Honolulu HI), by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/7/2014 1:29:57 PM     Post Reply
Iselle weakened slightly but is still on track to slam into Hawaii island Thursday with damaging winds, torrential rain and coastal flooding. Hawaii island is under a hurricane warning; Maui County, Oahu and Kauai County are under tropical storm warnings and the entire state is covered by a flash flood watch as two hurricanes head toward the islands. Hurricane Iselle was about 305 miles east-southeast of Hilo and 510 mph east-southeast of Honolulu at 5 a.m. Thursday, moving west-northwest at 17 mph, with maximum sustained winds of 80 mph and stronger gusts. Hurricane force winds extend up to 35 miles

Vizio recalls 245,000 flat screen TVs
WAVY-TV [Hampton Roads, VA], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/7/2014 1:23:27 PM     Post Reply
More than 200,000 televisions are being recalled because they could fall off the stand. The Vizio televisions were sold at Walmart, Target and Best Buy between December 2013 and June 2014. The retailer has gotten more than 50 reports of TVs falling off the stands. There have been no reports of injuries. The recall affects the 39 and 42 inch models of E390-B0, E390i-B0, or E420i-B0 televisions.

Watch President Barack Obama
Rap Iggy Azalea´s "Fancy" in
Epic Mash-Up Video!
E! OnLine, by Brett Malec    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/7/2014 1:20:33 PM     Post Reply
First things first, he can rap! An amazing YouTube account called "barackdubs" has made a hilarious mash-up video of President Barack Obama rapping Iggy Azalea´s hit song "Fancy" (watch your back, Iggy!). The rapping video is a compilation of Obama speaking at different public engagements, White House press conferences and appearances. There´s even a snippet of the 53-year-old commander in chief speaking to graduates during a college commencement speech and another from a Human Rights Campaign event on LGBT rights. (Video) "First things first, I´m the realest," Obama raps in the clip. "Drop this and let the whole world feel

  


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Dems talk about impeachment
20 times as much as Republicans
The Hill [DC], by Molly K. Hooper    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/7/2014 1:16:11 PM     Post Reply
Congressional Democrats have talked about the impeachment of President Obama 20 times more than Republicans have on the House and Senate floors. Since the start of the 113th Congress last year, Democrats have used the word “impeach” or “impeachment” regarding Obama 86 times, according to a review of the Congressional Record by The Hill. Utterances on the floor from Republicans about impeaching Obama, in contrast, have been relatively rare. Only three Republicans in this Congress have raised the subject on the House floor, and the words have been used a total of four times by GOP members. Most of the talk has

Obama Weighs Airstrikes or Aid to
Help Trapped Iraqis, Officials Say
New York Times, by Helene Cooper    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/7/2014 1:13:38 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — President Obama is considering airstrikes or airdrops of food and medicine to address a humanitarian crisis among as many as 40,000 religious minorities in Iraq who have been dying of heat and thirst on a mountaintop after death threats from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, administration officials said on Thursday. The president, in meetings with his national security team at the White House on Thursday morning, has been weighing a series of options ranging from dropping humanitarian supplies on Mount Sinjar to military strikes on the fighters from ISIS now at the base of the mountain, a

Bill would cap income eligibility
for state´s clean-vehicle rebates
Los Angeles Times, by Jerry Hirsch    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/7/2014 1:13:24 PM     Post Reply
California wants 1.5 million zero-emission vehicles on the road by 2025 — more than 15 times the number now. So the state pays buyers $2,500 per car, on top of a $7,500 federal tax credit, to help speed development and promote widespread adoption. The effort has had mixed results. Sales of electric cars are up but remain well off the pace needed to meet state goals. And the generous subsidies are going largely to some of the state´s wealthiest residents. Nearly four-fifths of the state rebates went to households earning $100,000 or more, according to a state survey of buyers. Nearly

Why Abortion Groups
Ignored the Man They Hate
National Journal, by Alex Roarty    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/7/2014 12:52:57 PM     Post Reply
Scott DesJarlais slept with his former patients, encouraged one to have an abortion, and twice urged his ex-wife to have an abortion. But oddly enough, when it came time for the Tennessee representative to run for reelection, the "pro-life" movement that had the most reason to despise him has instead given him close to a free pass. The vast network of influential anti-abortion-rights groups, many of which are rarely shy about making their voices heard, have been remarkably absent from DesJarlais´s primary, a review of the 4th District contest shows. In some cases, the groups haven´t provided even so much as

  


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Pizza, telephone calls as
Joe Carr makes final pitch
Tennessean [Nashville, TN], by Chas Sink    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/7/2014 12:50:40 PM     Post Reply
MURFREESBORO – The pizzas arrived at state Rep. Joe Carr’s campaign headquarters as hoped Wednesday night. Eight boxes of Little Caesars stacked neatly on a table. Sustenance for the dozen or so volunteers as they made one final pitch to the voters. “Our volunteers are hungry for victory on Election Day,” the campaign had written in a fundraising appeal last week, “and they’re working so hard we want to feed them with a slice or two of pizza to help keep them energized and thank them for their help.” Carr’s bid for the Senate has been an uphill battle from the start.

German gun designer’s quest
for a smarter weapon infuriates
U.S. gun rights advocates
Washington Post, by Michael S. Rosenwald    Original Article
Posted By: Hermoine- 8/7/2014 12:34:21 PM     Post Reply
UNTERFÖHRING, Germany — In nearly 30 years at Heckler & Koch, a legendary German gunmaker, Ernst Mauch designed some of the world’s most lethal weapons, including the one that reportedly killed Osama bin Laden. A state regulator once called him a “rock star” in the industry. Now the gun world sees him a different way: as a traitor. The target of their fury is the smart gun Mauch designed at Armatix, a start-up near Munich. The very concept of the weapon has been attacked by U.S. gun rights advocates even as it has helped Mauch resolve a sense of guilt that

Ed FitzGerald drove
his chances into ground
Cincinnati Enquirer, by Cindi Andrews    Original Article
Posted By: DaddyO- 8/7/2014 12:27:53 PM     Post Reply
Ed FitzGerald´s campaign for Ohio governor has taken a sharp turn from boring and uninspired into a late-night talk show joke. How bad is it? Republican Gov. John Kasich´s campaign isn´t even talking about the Democrat´s problems. They speak for themselves. FitzGerald´s string of laughably bad news started with new numbers a week ago. A Quinnipiac Poll found that fewer Ohio voters knew enough about him to have an opinion in July than in May. Oops. Then a police report surfaced that showed FitzGerald was found alone in a car with a woman who wasn´t his wife at 4:30 one morning

Building in N.J. town
named after John F. Kennedy
will now be named after Obama
Star-Ledger [Newark, NJ], by Jeff Goldman    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 8/7/2014 12:21:10 PM     Post Reply
Willingboro — A recreation and senior citizens center in Willingboro known as the "Kennedy Center" will soon be named after the sitting president and not a former one. The change became official Tuesday when the township council voted to change the name of the building to honor President Barack Obama, according to a report on BurlingtonCountyTimes.com. The change is not meant as a slight to former President John F. Kennedy, councilman Chris Walker told the website. Walker said it was "time to be about change," in explaining the new name for the building. (Snip) Councilman Darvis Holley, said, "I happen

  


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Americans´ views of Obama,
Congress, political parties: Gloomy
CBS News, by Sarah Dutton*    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/7/2014 12:12:42 PM     Post Reply
Americans´ views of both political parties are negative and nearly match historic lows, a new CBS News poll reveals. Just 29 percent of Americans have a favorable view of the Republican Party, down four points from May and just one point above the lowest favorability rating for that party recorded in this poll (in June, 2009). While more - 41 percent - have a positive impression of the Democratic Party, this percentage is also just one point above the all-time low for the Democratic Party, reached in November 1994. National security is a particular strength for the Republican Party; 46 percent

More Bad News for
the Middle Class
and Their Health Care
- Thread Closed
American Thinker, by Keith R. Jackson    Original Article
Posted By: MysteryLover- 8/7/2014 12:12:36 PM     Post Reply
The biggest “unforeseen” issue arising with the poorly named Affordable Care Act is its effect on affordability of care. The typical middle-class family, in order to afford the broader coverage necessitated by ObamaCare, is having to choose a higher and higher deductible insurance plan. This is having a huge impact on a patient’s decision even to go to the doctor, much less survive the increased cost if he does find himself needing care.

Americans worry that illegal migrants
threaten way of life, economy
Reuters, by Alstair Bell*    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/7/2014 12:08:46 PM     Post Reply
As President Barack Obama considers sidestepping Congress to loosen U.S. immigration policy, a Reuters/Ipsos poll shows Americans are deeply worried that illegal immigration is threatening the nation´s culture and economy. Seventy percent of Americans - including 86 percent of Republicans - believe undocumented immigrants threaten traditional U.S. beliefs and customs, according to the poll. The findings suggest immigration could join Obamacare - the healthcare insurance overhaul - and the economy as hot button issues that encourage more Republicans to vote in November´s congressional election. With Congress failing to agree on broad immigration reforms, Obama could act alone in the next few weeks to

Does Steve Scalise
hate his caucus?
Daily Caller, by Mickey Kaus    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/7/2014 11:50:40 AM     Post Reply
… or is it just his adviser who does? A day ago, Politico reported that incoming House GOP whip Rep. Steve Scalise uses the services of a Washington lobbyist, John Feehery, to help vet potential staffers. Ethical concerns were raised! (E.g., would Feehery, a former leadership aide, help hire people who would then owe him [duh] and maybe help him gain access for his clients?) A “non-story,” tweeted a New York Times reporter. But the real story was buried on Feehery’s blog. Scalise, it seems, has sought out the counsel of someone filled with a sophomoric rage against the Tea

Media Ignores Dems’ 86-4 Lead
over GOP in Mentioning Impeachment
Mediaite, by Joe Concha    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/7/2014 11:38:00 AM     Post Reply
As Gaza remains calm and DC remains on vacation for the foreseeable future, many in the media are finding filling the hours a bit more challenging than usual. Yes, the border crisis is still very much that, but the heat around that story cooled a bit when the Gaza escalation sent producers, reporters and even anchors/hosts overseas to cover the conflict. And polls are easy fillers, particularly ones with results as startling as this for the president (NBC/WSJ has now has him at 40 approve/54 disapprove). But overall, as any cable news exec will tell you, August—outside of hurricanes…and a major

  



More Bad News for the Middle Class
and Their Health Care
AmericanThinker, by Keith R. Jackson    Original Article
Posted By: cinwasp- 8/7/2014 11:32:24 AM     Post Reply
The biggest “unforeseen” issue arising with the poorly named Affordable Care Act is its effect on affordability of care. The typical middle-class family, in order to afford the broader coverage necessitated by ObamaCare, is having to choose a higher and higher deductible insurance plan. This is having a huge impact on a patient’s decision even to go to the doctor, much less survive the increased cost if he does find himself needing care.

Peter Beinart and Ben Shapiro’s Fight
over Israel Gets Nasty, Personal
Mediaite, by Josh Feldman    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/7/2014 11:30:35 AM     Post Reply
Peter Beinart and Ben Shapiro squared off on CNN tonight over Gaza. Jake Tapper asked who’s to blame for the deaths in Gaza, and the ensuing argument got really heated and personal when Beinart took a shot at Shapiro and said he and Hamas “have a tremendous amount in common.” Shapiro dismissed Beinart’s “idiotic” and “nonsensical idea” that Hamas is upset about Israeli imprisonments. He accused Beinart of always blaming Israeli policy first. Beinart shot back by claiming Shapiro once argued for the expulsion of all Palestinians from Israel and the West Bank, and so, “the true moral and ideological partners,

When Nixon Met the Press
Politico Magazine, by John Aloysius Farrell    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/7/2014 11:25:03 AM     Post Reply
Phil Potter was one of the finest journalists of his generation. He served as a war correspondent during World War II, got wounded covering the Korean War, and was one of the few reporters who tried to hold Sen. Joseph McCarthy to basic standards of fairness and accuracy during the Red scare of the 1950s. In 1947, Potter was in Greece, covering the civil war between communist and government forces for the Baltimore Sun, when a delegation of U.S. congressmen arrived. He was particularly impressed by young Richard Nixon—a California freshman who had insisted on traveling to the combat zone

Crack-Smoking Democrat Refuses
to Pay Parking Tickets
Washington Free Beacon, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 8/7/2014 11:21:24 AM     Post Reply
After D.C. Councilman and former crack-smoking Mayor Marion Barry was involved in a car crash, reporters began delving into Barry’s parking tickets on the DMV website and discovered $2,824 in unpaid parking and speeding tickets. When FOX reporter Emily Miller cornered Barry to ask him about some of these tickets, Barry did not respond well to questioning, berating the young reporter and telling her she should find something else to do. Barry asked Miller how long she had been reporting, and, upon hearing that she had started at FOX in April, began to lecture her: “In this town we decide what’s important

The Clintons are ‘slumming it’!
Power couple downsize their summer
home to pay $100,000 on $18m Hamptons
property after ‘dead broke’ gaffe
Daily Mail (UK), by Sara Nathan & Annette Witheridge    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/7/2014 11:21:23 AM     Post Reply
The Clintons are ´downsizing´ their summer home to a simple, $18million house in the pretty Hamptons hamlet of Amagansett. Former President Bill Clinton, 67, and ex-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, 66, are expected this week at the sprawling five-bedroom property, owned by Andre and Lois Nasser, which they have rented for the remainder of the month. Their summer jaunt comes just weeks after Mrs Clinton controversially declared the power couple were ´dead broke´ after leaving the White House in 2000. Mr Nasser, 67, a collector of primitive art, owned a gallery in New York, and is believed to have made

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

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