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President Obama signs veterans´
health-care overhaul bill
Associated Press, by Matthew Daly & Darlene Superville    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/7/2014 6:35:45 PM     Post Reply
Fort Belvoir, Va. — Veterans may soon have easier access to government-paid health care under a bill President Barack Obama signed into law Thursday, the government´s most sweeping response to date to a public uproar over systemwide problems that have rocked the Veterans Affairs Department. (Snip) The $16.3 billion measure allows the Veterans Affairs Department to hire thousands of doctors, nurses and other health professionals at the VA´s nearly 1,000 hospitals and outpatient clinics nationwide. Under the new law, employment rules will be revised to make it easier to fire senior VA executives judged to be negligent or

Russia bans food imports from U.S., E.U.
Washington Post, by Michael Birnbaum    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/7/2014 6:14:36 PM     Post Reply
Russia on Thursday banned most imports of Western food products, a sweeping escalation in an economic war that will deal a multibillion-dollar hit to affected nations but will also unreel wide-ranging consequences at home. The measures were a signal that Russia is not backing down from a confrontation that has sent Western-Russian tensions to heights not seen since the Cold War — and that it is willing to risk barer shelves and higher food prices at home in the name of striking a blow against countries that have tried to punish it over its role in the Ukraine conflict. Russia has suspended imports of meat, fish, fruit, vegetables and milk

Militants in Iraq Hit by Strikes,
Kurds Say
New York Times, by Alissa J. Rubin    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/7/2014 6:05:15 PM     Post Reply
DOHUK, Iraq — American military forces bombed at least two targets in northern Iraq on Thursday night to rout Islamist insurgents who have trapped tens of thousands of religious minorities in Kurdish areas, Kurdish officials said. Word of the bombings, reported on Kurdish television from the city of Erbil, came as President Obama was preparing to make a statement in Washington. Kurdish officials said the bombings targeted fighters from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria who had seized two towns, Gwer and Mahmour. Residents who had fled those areas by car were heard honking their horns in approval. But

  


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A Constitutional Abyss
National Review Online, by Fred Bauer    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/7/2014 6:03:03 PM     Post Reply
La Rochefoucauld said that hypocrisy is the tribute that vice pays to virtue. To which we might add that hypocrisy is the perpetual bedfellow of partisan politics. However, at a certain point in politics, hypocrisy can degenerate into self-righteous sophistry, in which the hypocrite declaims multiple, contradictory slogans in the same tired register of moral dudgeon. Though hypocrisies and bouts of calculated amnesia permeate the current political moment, few theoretical contortions have been as twisted as the Obama administration’s assertions about presidential power. Despite all his rhetoric on the campaign trail in 2008, President Obama has again and again aimed

Kurdish TV: U.S. bombs ISIS
targets in Iraq; Update: Airdrops
to stranded Yazidis begin
Hot Air, by Allahpundit    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/7/2014 5:58:48 PM     Post Reply
True or false? The Times thinks it’s solid enough to relay the news: American military forces bombed at least two targets in northern Iraq on Thursday night to rout Islamist insurgents who have trapped tens of thousands of religious minorities in Kurdish areas, Kurdish officials said. Word of the bombings, reported on Kurdish television from the city of Erbil, came as President Obama was preparing to make a statement in Washington. Kurdish officials said the bombings targeted fighters from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria who had seized two towns, Gwer and Mahmour. The Pentagon says it’s nonsense:

John Walsh dropping out
of Senate race
Great Falls Tribune [MT], by John Adams    Original Article
Posted By: Pete Stone- 8/7/2014 5:39:09 PM     Post Reply
HELENA – Democratic Sen. John Walsh officially bowed out of the Montana U.S. Senate race Thursday in the wake of a plagiarism scandal that has bogged down his campaign over the past three weeks. In a statement issued Thursday afternoon Walsh said the 2007 research paper from his time at the U.S. Army War College "has become a distraction" from his campaign. Walsh was trailing Republican Congressman Steve Daines in the polls even before the New York Times revealed Walsh plagiarized significant portions of a 14-page paper required for his master´s degree. The college is conducting a review that could strip him
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Obama Weighs Airstrikes or Aid
to Help Trapped Iraqis, Officials Say
New York Times, by Helene Cooper    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/7/2014 5:35:00 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 members of religious minorities in Iraq, who have been dying of heat and thirst on a mountaintop where they took shelter after death threats from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, administration officials said on Thursday. In meetings with his national security team at the White House on Thursday morning, Mr. Obama weighed a series of options, ranging from dropping humanitarian supplies on Mount Sinjar to mounting military strikes on the fighters from ISIS who are

  


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7 of top 10 super PAC donors
favor liberal groups
Washington Examiner (DC), by Sean Higgins    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/7/2014 5:28:36 PM     Post Reply
Of the 10 organizations donating the most to political super PACs for the 2014 election, seven favor liberal groups. They have spent a combined $58 million in the current election cycle. By contrast, only two of the top 10 favor conservative groups, sending them about $8 million. The remaining top 10 donor, the National Association of Realtors, favors neither. That´s according to new figures compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics. The list isn´t comprehensive because groups organized as 501(c)4 nonprofits are not required to disclose their donors. Still, it refutes the widely held assumption that conservative sources are the

Pentagon Denies Report US Is
Bombing ISIS Targets In Iraq
Business Insider, by Brett LoGiurato    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/7/2014 5:24:19 PM     Post Reply
The Pentagon moved swiftly to shoot down a New York Times report Thursday afternoon that American military forces had bombed at least two places in northern Iraq targeting fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS). "Press reports that US has conducted airstrikes in Iraq completely false. No such action taken," Rear Adm. John Kirby, the Pentagon press secretary, wrote on Twitter. President Barack Obama is preparing to make a statement Thursday evening, the Times reported. The White House didn´t immediately respond to a request for comment.

How the Tea Party became
as corrupt as the beltway it loathes
The Week, by Michael Brandon Dougherty    Original Article
Posted By: tisHimself- 8/7/2014 4:46:29 PM     Post Reply
This week, ProPublica released a report on the financial (and moral) corruption of a Tea Party group operating under the name Move America Forward, which was founded by one Sal Russo. Russo also helped start the Our Country Deserves Better PAC, aka the Tea Party Express. Move America Forward has run fake drives to give care packages to troops, stolen images of other charitable campaigns and passed them off as its own, and trumpeted a nonexistent partnership with Walter Reed Hospital — all while funneling very real millions to itself. The group is an industry leader at taking your Tea

Networks Refuse to Cover
Christian Cities in Iraq Falling to
ISIS; CNN’s Cuomo Calls Story
“Largely Underreported”
Media Research Center, by Curtis Houck    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 8/7/2014 4:30:06 PM     Post Reply
On Thursday, the al Qaeda spinoff group the Islamic State seized numerous towns in northern Iraq that are home to much of the country’s minority Christian population, sending tens of thousands of them fleeing further into the Kurdish-dominated region to avoid the unforgiving and deadly extremist group. When it came to the major broadcast networks covering this story on their Thursday morning news shows, neither ABC, CBS, or NBC provided their viewers with information on this story. Meanwhile, CNN and its morning show, New Day, did cover the story with not one but two stories during its three-hour show. First,

  


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Throwback Thursdays: 23 Political
Figures Before They Were Famous
Independent Journal Review, by Reid    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/7/2014 3:56:49 PM     Post Reply
Prominent political figures in the United States are constantly appearing on TV or having their photos taken. However, we rarely get to see what these people looked like before they started their political careers. This is the Throwback Thursday (#tbt) of political figures before they became leaders of this country: Former Secretary of State: Condoleezza Rice - (Photo) Now this is a woman who knew what she wanted early on. Current Secretary of State: John Kerry - (Photo) His hair hasn’t changed. Former Presidents: George W. Bush (on left, holding his sister) and George H. W. Bush

China to build lighthouses on
five isles in defiance of U.S. call
Reuters, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 8/7/2014 3:55:14 PM     Post Reply
China plans to build lighthouses on five islands in the South China Sea, state media reported on Thursday, in defiance of calls from the United States and the Philippines for a freeze on such activity to ease tension over rival claims. At least two of the islands upon which China said it will put up lighthouses appear to be in waters also claimed by Vietnam. (snip) Southeast Asian foreign ministers are holding a conference in Myanmar this weekend which U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi will join. Kerry will press for a voluntary freeze

U.S. Gov’t Loans $64.5M for
Wind Farm--in Uruguay
Cybercast News Service, by Ali Meyer    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/7/2014 3:48:29 PM     Post Reply
The Export-Import Bank of the United States is giving a $64.5 million direct loan to a company in Uruguay for the purchase of wind turbines made by a Spanish company at one of its plants in Pennsylvania, according to the bank. The $64.5 million direct loan to Astidey S.A. , in Montevideo, Uruguay” is for “the purchase of U.S.-manufactured wind-turbine generators being exported by Gamesa Technology Corporation Inc., headquartered in Feasterville-Trevose, Penn.,” reads the July 10 press release from the Ex-Im Bank. Gamesa, a Spain-based company, has offices around the world, including three in the United States: two in Pennsylvania

Hawaii rattled by an earthquake hours
before TWO hurricanes are due to hit
Daily Mail [UK], by Ryan Gorman & Associated Press Reporter    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/7/2014 3:46:53 PM     Post Reply
Hawaiians already on edge at the prospect of two hurricanes heading their way were rattled awake Thursday morning by a minor earthquake. A magnitude-4.5 earthquake jolted Hawaii´s Big Island only hours before two hurricanes were forecast to sweep over the islands, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. (Snip) Hawaii County Civil Defense Director Darryl Oliveira says there haven´t been any reports of damage. He said a moderate quake is ´not uncommon´ for Hawaii. [Snip] ´We have a hurricane. Now we have this on top of it. What else?´ said Walker, second assistant manager at Foodland Waimea.

  


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Rand Paul = Democrats’ Enemy #1
Daily Beast, by Olivia Nuzzi    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/7/2014 3:42:25 PM     Post Reply
The senator’s broad appeal threatens to weaken Democrats for 2016, and they are going on offense—sending out no less than 10 press releases on his latest trip to Iowa. Democrats fundraise and campaign by exploiting concerns about right-wing extremism. But at least at the moment, what they apparently fear most is the rise of a candidate who could potentially poach enough of their supporters to beat them in 2016. Rand Paul has not yet formally announced he is running for the Republican nomination. But with a lead in GOP polls and already laying the foundation for the infrastructure of a

Republican official resigns after
questioning the contributions
of Muslims to the ‘fabric’ of
America in Facebook post
Daily Mail [UK], by Francesca Chambers    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/7/2014 3:40:15 PM     Post Reply
A Virginia Republican Party official resigned Wednesday night over a post he made on Facebook questioning Muslims´ contributions to the ´fabric´ of America. The post was a critique of President Barack Obama´s statement that the Muslim holiday Eid-al-Fitr ´reminds us of the many achievements and contributions of Muslim Americans to building the very fabric of our nation and strengthening the core of our democracy. ´ ´It is one thing to be gracious on religous holidays, but this is pure nonsense,´ Bob FitzSimmonds, the unelected Treasurer of the Republican Party of Virginia, said in a comment accompanying Obama´s quote. ´Exactly what part of our

AP Poll: Country Moves Towards
GOP On Every Significant Issue
Breitbart Big Government, by John Nolte    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/7/2014 3:31:02 PM     Post Reply
Although you wouldn’t know it from the lack of media coverage, or even the AP´s own write-up of the poll (which gives new meaning to the phrase "buried lead"), a new Associated Press-GfK poll offers nothing but harrowing news for Democrats and the media who love them. Buried in the "pox on both houses" rhetoric we´re hearing from the media, what you will find in a little place I like to call Reality are the actual numbers, which show consequential movement towards the GOP on almost every issue voters are most concerned with. On the question of who voters would

Gaza conflict ´causing PTSD in
children´ after seeing dead bodies
and witnessing heavy shelling
Telegraph [UK], by Nick Allen, Inna Lazareva    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/7/2014 3:28:19 PM     Post Reply
More than half of 15 to 18 year olds in Gaza show signs of full or partial post-traumatic stress disorder after seeing dead bodies and witnessing heavy shelling, according to a new study. The study by a team of British and Palestinian academics demonstrates the long-lasting and harmful effects that exposure to war has on the psychological wellbeing of teenagers in the coastal enclave. The study, entitled ‘Trauma, PTSD, Anxiety and Coping Strategies among Palestinians Adolescents Exposed to War in Gaza’, examined the effects that the 2008-2009 ‘Cast Lead’ war between Gaza and Israel had on teenagers´ well-being.

´Today´ Hosts Object to
Restaurant Charging Extra Fee
After Minimum Wage Hike
Media Research Center, by Kyle Drennen    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 8/7/2014 3:27:28 PM     Post Reply
On Thursday´s NBC Today, co-host Savannah Guthrie noted a restaurant in Minnesota that found "a unique way to offset the added expense" of the state hiking its minimum wage: "The Oasis Café is now including a ´minimum wage fee´ on bills. You see it right there on the bill. Totals 35 cents....the cafe´s owners say this wage hike is going to cost them $10,000 a year, this is their way of protesting it..." [Listen to the audio] Guthrie touted: "Now complaints are piling up on the cafe´s Facebook page. One man says, ´Look, if you can´t afford to pay your

  



Proprietary Primate: Wikipedia Says
Monkey Owns Copyright to ‘Selfie’
National Review Online, by Ian Tuttle    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 8/7/2014 3:12:43 PM     Post Reply
Monkey business — or legitimate copyright claim? In Indonesia in 2011 a female crested black macaque hijacked the camera of British nature photographer David Slater and proceeded to snap hundreds of photos — among them several selfies, photos of himself, one of which made worldwide headlines and the animal’s Wikipedia page. Slater, citing royalty losses, has tried to have the photograph removed from the site. The Telegraph reports: The Gloucestershire-based photographer now claims that the decision is jeopardising his income as anyone can take the image and publish it for free, without having to pay him a royalty. He complained

The dangers of Obama unbound
Washington Post, by Ed Rogers    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 8/7/2014 3:10:09 PM     Post Reply
Maybe there is a method to President Obama’s madness. Perhaps the reason he is encouraging all the silly talk about impeachment is to preemptively discredit his critics before he commits a clearly impeachable act. (Snip)I think Obama’s words and actions in recent years encouraged the race to the border. If he grants immunity to the massive influx of recent illegal immigrants, the race will become a stampede. If he does, in fact, toss away the Constitution to bless chaos at the border and send a signal to all comers that now is the time to break the law, then what

Tiger Woods is pain-free but struggles
to 74 at PGA Championship
USA Today, by Steve DiMeglio    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 8/7/2014 3:09:44 PM     Post Reply
LOUISVILLE – From the outset Tiger Woods wasn´t right. While his troublesome back was a bit stiff, his game, on the other hand, was far from being in good health in Thursday´s first round of the PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club. Just four days removed from being forced to withdraw in the final round of the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational when he dislodged something in his back after landing on his right leg with a thud in a bunker, Woods never found a comfort level on the massive ballpark here despite optimal scoring conditions featuring cloud cover, moderate temperatures and little

Will the West stand by and watch
the slaughter of Yazidis, and
cleansing of Christians, in Iraq?
Hot Air, by Ed Morrissey    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 8/7/2014 3:02:46 PM     Post Reply
Remember the R2P Doctrine? The Obama administration, led by Samantha Power, justified Western intervention in Libya against Moammar Qaddafi in 2011 because of the global “responsibility to protect” civilians threatened by Qaddafi’s forces in Benghazi. As J. E. Dyer wrote in 2011, “by the R2P formulation, endangered civilian populations … trump sovereignty. … According to this text, it is indeed possible to bomb another country for three months without being in “hostilities.”” We deliberately decapitated the Qaddafi regime and turned Libya into the Somalia of the Mediterranean based on the supposed threat to civilians in eastern Libya, which in retrospect

Being A Little Boy’s Mama –
The Real Life Version
Conservative Treehouse, by Menagerie    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 8/7/2014 2:59:10 PM     Post Reply
Lately on Facebook, several versions of what it means to be a little boy’s mama have been circulating. They are touching, and bring a smile to your face, a touch of nostalgia, and perhaps even a tear to your eye. You are exhorted to have lots of energy, be ready to put up with bloody noses and reptiles in the house, see movies you don’t like, and various other true things. (Snip)However, we also need some harder truths, and now is a good time to take a look at that. So, here’s my version, for what it’s worth.

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