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Issa: More Than 20 Obama Officials
‘Lost or Destroyed’ E-mails After
House Launched Probes
National Review Online, by Joel Gehrke    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/7/2014 9:36:00 PM     Post Reply
The revelation that Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services administrator Marilynn Tavenner did not retain her e-mails means that more than 20 witness in the Obama administration to lose or delete e-mails without notifying Congress, according to the top House investigator. “The Obama administration has lost or destroyed e-mails for more than 20 witnesses, and in each case, the loss wasn’t disclosed to the National Archives or Congress for months or years, in violation of federal law,” House Oversight and Government Reform Committee chairman Darrell Issa (R., Calif.) said of Tavenner’s lost e-mails. “It defies logic that so many senior

Anthony Weiner to open
Rockaway restaurant
New York Post, by Natalie O´Neill    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 8/7/2014 9:32:57 PM     Post Reply
What’s on the menu, wiener schnitzel and humble pie? Crotch-tweeting ex-congressman Anthony Weiner plans to open a restaurant in the Rockaways, featuring what is described as “locally sourced food,” according to a report. The Rockaway Restoration Kitchen, which is in its early development phases, will serve up healthy grub and provide jobs to unemployed New Yorkers, according to the paper. The eatery will sell “locally sourced food that satisfies the hunger of Rockaway residents,” according to a description of the restaurant posted on Idealist.org. No word on whether the eatery will feature the ex-pols apparent specialty — hot dogs.

Ted Lieu Refuses to Return
Award from Anti-Israel Group
Breitbart California, by Adelle Nazarian    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 8/7/2014 9:19:14 PM     Post Reply
Democratic congressional candidate Ted Lieu, who has a history of working with known anti-Israel groups, won´t return an award he received from the Council on Islamic-American Relations (CAIR), a group which is alleged to be tied to Hamas. Lieu has long-standing ties with CAIR and the Muslim Political Affairs Council (MPAC); both groups are under speculation for allegedly endorsing Hamas, which has been designated as a terrorist organization by the United States, Israel, Canada, Egypt, the United Kingdom, the European Union, Jordan, and Japan. In 2012, Lieu was presented with and accepted an award for "Excellence in Leadership" at CAIR



Driver in deadly Lawrence lake crash
had 4 accidents that day, prosecutor says
Times of Trenton [NJ], by Brendan McGrath    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 8/7/2014 9:17:29 PM     Post Reply
Lawrence – The dump truck driver who pushed another car off the road, submerging it in a lake and killing its driver, was involved in three other incidents that day as he drove his 80,000-pound truck around Mercer and Burlington counties, prosecutors said today. (Snip) “We have an individual who was involved in a number of accidents,” Weissman said. “But for the grace of god these other individuals could’ve been killed as well.” Weissman outlined three vehicular incidents that Everett was involved in on July 17 before he rammed into the back of a Nissan Altima driven by 59-year-old Trenton

Key ObamaCare official likely deleted
emails now sought in House probe
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 8/7/2014 9:03:46 PM     Post Reply
A key ObamaCare official involved in the rocky rollout of Healthcare.gov likely deleted some of her emails that are now being sought as part of an investigation into the problems by a House committee, Fox News confirmed Thursday. The Department of Health and Human Services informed House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa in a letter Thursday that some of the emails belonging to Marilyn Tavenner, who leads the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, may not be “retrievable.” The missing emails belonging to Tavenner, whose agency runs the ObamaCare exchanges, were first reported by msnbc.com.

Obama to headline
fundraiser on Martha´s Vineyard
USA Today, by David Jackson    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 8/7/2014 9:01:13 PM     Post Reply
The White House confirmed Thursday that President Obama´s vacation on Martha´s Vineyard, Mass., will include a campaign fundraiser and a brief return to Washington, D.C., for business meetings. Obama, who flies up to the Vineyard with wife Michelle on Saturday, headlines a fundraiser Monday for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. On Sunday, Aug. 17, Obama will return to the White House for an unspecified string of meetings, said a scheduling update. The president is set to return to Martha´s Vineyard on Tuesday, Aug. 19. Obama´s vacation is scheduled to end Sunday, Aug. 24.

Samaritan´s Purse Chief Admits
Ebola ´Out of Control,´ Slams
Drudge for Reporting It
Breitbart TV, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 8/7/2014 8:47:02 PM     Post Reply
Thursday at the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health hearing titled, “Combating the Ebola Threat,” Samaritan´s Purse´s vice president of programs and government relations Ken Isaacs said, "Ebola is out of control in West Africa," and then criticized the reporting on the crisis by saying, "I look of the Drudge Report, it can drive a lot of panic." Isaacs said, "I will say Ebola is out of control in West Africa, and we are starting to see panic now. Around the world, people want to know. I don´t know about you folks. I look of the Drudge Report.



40,000 of Iraq´s Yazidi Muslims
in danger of dying of thirst
American Thinker, by Rick Moran    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/7/2014 8:40:45 PM     Post Reply
Is the Islamic State the most effective terrorist group in history? Hundreds of thousands of Iraqis are on the move, fleeing from their brutal and barbaric practices. If they´re not the most effective terrorists in history, they may be the best since Genghis Khan and his Mongol hordes terrorized the world in the 13th century. Their practice of murdering people of minority religious sects is now well established, which has Shiites and others fleeing for their lives in northern Iraq. One such group is a small sect known as the Yazidi. Their stronghold in the north was overrun by ISIS

Records show Obama met just once
with Shinseki during VA scandal
Fox News, by Mike Emanuel    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 8/7/2014 7:32:22 PM     Post Reply
President Obama touted the newly passed Veterans Affairs reform bill Thursday as he signed the measure into law and lamented the scandal that triggered it. But a review of records by Fox News shows the president – despite the urgency he placed publicly on the crisis – only met one-on-one with then-VA Secretary Eric Shinseki once during the scandal. The records, provided through a Freedom of Information Act request, showed they met on May 30, the day Shinseki resigned. VA records show Shinseki also attended Cabinet meetings on Jan. 14 and Jan. 22. The revelation comes as lawmakers, on the heels of passing the

Coming together is a primary
challenge for Republicans this fall
Washington Times, by Tom DeLay    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/7/2014 7:11:07 PM     Post Reply
A pair of primaries this week offered an instructive lesson in what Republicans must do — and must not do — as they gear up for battle with President Obama and the Democrats this fall. (Snip) Clearly, politics can be a tough business, and campaigns will get ugly at times. But candidates caught up in the process of winning an election should never lose sight of the larger picture, especially in a primary race, and especially in a year like this one, where the stakes are so high. You’re fighting not just for a nomination but for the soul of your party. You’re trying to energize your supporters, bring more volunteers and energy to the party — developing a

Who are the Yazidis and
why is Isis hunting them?
Guardian [UK], by Raya Jalabi    Original Article
Posted By: Lalo- 8/7/2014 7:10:37 PM     Post Reply
Reports that Islamic militants have trapped up to 40,000 members of Iraq’s minority communities have spurred the US into considering a military-led humanitarian action. Most of the trapped people are members of the Yazidi religion, one of Iraq’s oldest minorities. They were forced to flee to Mount Sinjar in the Iraqi north-west region, or face slaughter by an encircling group of Islamic State (Isis) jihadists. The UN has said that roughly 40,000 people – many women and children – have taken refuge in nine locations on the mountain, “a craggy, mile-high ridge identified in local legend as the final resting place of Noah’s ark”.



Ebola patients in west Africa to be
denied experimental drugs used in US
Guardian [UK], by Sarah Boseley    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/7/2014 7:03:15 PM     Post Reply
West African patients infected with the Ebola virus will not have access to experimental drugs being used to treat American cases of the disease for several months, if at all, Nigerian health authorities said on Thursday. Health minister Onyebuchi Chukwu told a press conference he had asked the US health authorities about the unproven medicines used on two American doctors, but was told such small quantities existed that west Africa would have to wait for months for supplies, even if they were proved safe and effective. (Snip) A spokesman for the US Centres for Disease Control said "there are virtually no doses available" and they would

White House preps congressional
Dems on economy
The Hill (Washington, D.C.), by Justin Sink    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 8/7/2014 7:02:40 PM     Post Reply
Congressional Democrats returning home to their districts ahead of this fall´s midterm elections have been equipped with a 22-page economic report from top White House officials highlighting promising signs of rebound. The memo, obtained by The Hill, is another sign the White House is increasingly eager to draw voters´ attention to the president´s economic record as Democrats scramble to keep control of the Senate and fight to gain seats in the House. (snip) It highlights a string of recent positive economic indicators, including six consecutive months of more than 200,000 jobs added, last quarter´s 4 percent growth in gross domestic product,

The Weight of War
New York Sun, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 8/7/2014 6:54:37 PM     Post Reply
If the way this administration wages — or fails to wage — war just isn’t the damnedest thing our aging eyeballs have ever seen we don’t know what is. We’re put in this dudgeon by the news reports that the White House is “weighing” air strikes in respect of Iraq. The Congress has long since given the president the right to go to war in Iraq. There have been all sorts of editorials and opinions in the public press advising the repeal of the authorizations, but the Congress has decided not to repeal them. The commander-in-chief doesn’t have to ask

Hillary Clinton´s five rules
for successful women
Daily Life Magazine, by Effie Mann    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 8/7/2014 6:51:41 PM     Post Reply
It’s a sad reality that Clinton, despite her great success, must address the issues of sexism and physical appearance in every interview – imagine if a male politician was quoted encouraging men to throw down their grooming kits and just ‘go for it’, it’s laughable, right? But until women are judge only on their achievements and conduct, until the media’s obsession with women´s physical appearance wanes, it’s a conversation we still need to have. And it is the Hillarys, the Sheryls, Malalas and Julias who keep this conversation alive publicly on our behalf. Having read the former US Secretary of State’s



RNC Refuses to Censure Henry Barbour
American Spectator, by Jeffrey Lord    Original Article
Posted By: JoElla Bee- 8/7/2014 6:51:28 PM     Post Reply
Yesterday the Republican National Committee, meeting in Chicago for its summer gathering, refused even to hear two resolutions dealing with the censure of Mississippi Republican National Committeeman Henry Barbour. Barbour has admitted to playing a role (as reported here by NRO’s Eliana Johnson) in funding a controversial ad that has been widely criticized for its racial content. Johnson reported that Barbour was “not distancing himself from the inflammatory ads.” The resolutions were being pushed by Missouri Republican State Chairman Ed Martin. Today the RNC is having a members-only breakfast in which a discussion of the issue is supposed to be

The Islamic State’s bloody campaign
to exterminate minorities: ‘Even
Genghis Khan didn’t do this’
Washington Post, by Terrence McCoy    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 8/7/2014 6:49:04 PM     Post Reply
In the back of a cavernous hall, standing behind rows of solemn-looking men, an Iraqi politician known for her passion began to shriek. Her name was Vian Dakhil: the lone representative of the Yazidi people in Iraq’s parliament. And she was asking for someone, anyone, to listen. The Islamic State had just expelled thousands of her people from the northern town of Sinjar. Stranded on a barren mountain without food or water, they faced extermination. Women, she said, were being sold as sexual slaves. Children, she said, were dying. Someone, she said, must take notice. “We are being slaughtered!” she

Sen. Walsh drops out of
race amid plagiarism probe
Associated Press, by Lisa Baumann    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/7/2014 6:46:53 PM     Post Reply
Helena, MT - U.S. Sen. John Walsh of Montana is dropping his campaign for office amid allegations that he plagiarized large portions of a 2007 research project he wrote for a master’s degree, a Democrat close to the former National Guard commander’s campaign said Thursday. The source spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss Walsh’s plans. In a statement to supporters obtained by Lee Newspapers of Montana, Walsh said he is leaving the race but will keep the seat he was appointed to until his term ends in January 2015, when the winner of November’s election is sworn in.

US begins airdrop of aid in
Iraq as ISIS threatens massacre
Jerusalem Post [Israel], by Michael Wilner    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/7/2014 6:40:01 PM     Post Reply
Washington - The United States is flying planes full of humanitarian aid into Iraq, preparing to airdrop the packages onto a mountaintop hosting tens of thousands of religious minorities seeking refuge from the threat of imminent slaughter by an army of Islamist extremists. Without adequate supplies of food or water, Yazidis have attempted to flee militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, into northern Iraq´s Sinjar mountain range. ISIS, a Sunni fundamentalist militia controlling territory through eastern Syria and northern Iraq, has threatened all religious groups unlike themselves with extermination, should they refuse to

State Department’s Harf: The Iraqis
Need to ‘Pull Themselves Together’
PJ Media, by Bryan Preston    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 8/7/2014 6:35:58 PM     Post Reply
Another classic from the “promise of hashtag” crowd. During today’s State Department press briefing, deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf addressed the unfolding crisis in Iraq. That crisis has many sources, but its chief source is ISIL. ISIL has taken hold of a large swath of northern Iraq and is killing anyone and everyone who gets in their way, or who refuses to bow to their take on Islam. Currently ISIL has about 40,000 men, women and children holed up on top of a mountain, starving them to death. A reporter asks if there is a “confrontation to stop” ISIL’s spread. Harf:


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

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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