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Amnesty as impeachment bait
Washington Post, by Charles Krauthammer    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/8/2014 6:31:45 AM     Post Reply
President Obama is impatient. Congress won’t act on immigration, he says, and therefore he will. The White House is coy as to exactly what the president will do. But the leaks point to an executive order essentially legalizing an enormous new class of illegal immigrants, perhaps up to 5 million people. One doesn’t usually respond to rumors. But this is an idea so bad and so persistently peddled by the White House that it has already been preemptively criticized by such unusual suspects as (liberal) constitutional law professor Jonathan Turley, concerned about yet another usurpation of legislative power by the

UKIP Wins Worthing By-Election
Breitbart London [UK], by Nick Hallett    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/8/2014 6:28:07 AM     Post Reply
The UK Independence Party has won a local council by-election in the southern English town of Worthing, defeating the incumbent Liberal Democrats. [Snip] Last night, the party finished a poor third in the Castle ward, with just 15.7 percent of the vote, behind the Conservatives, who won 31.5 percent and UKIP on 36.9. The victory gives UKIP their second councillor in Worthing after Susan Jellis won the seat of Durrington in May´s local elections. A former Liberal Democrat in mayor also defected to the party in December last year before standing down.

N.J. cop in Obama rant resigns
after video goes viral
Home News Tribune (E.Brunswick NJ), by Sergio Bichao    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/8/2014 6:21:34 AM     Post Reply
HELMETTA, N.J. — A New Jersey police officer´s 36-year career in law enforcement came crashing down this week after he was caught on camera saying police do not have to follow the Constitution because President Obama doesn´t either. On Thursday, Richard Recine — who had retired from the Franklin, N.J., police force in 2006 and was working part time in the Borough of Helmetta´s police department as a special police officer — submitted his resignation. "I don´t want to give a black eye to law enforcement," Recine, 59, said Thursday in an exclusive interview with MyCentralJersey.com. "People are saying some

  


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The One Promise Obama Kept
American Thinker, by M. Catherine Evans    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/8/2014 6:16:03 AM     Post Reply
Under Obama, the False Claims Act has run riot. There´s nothing like taking an existing law, pumping it up on steroids, and turning it into a weapon against the very people it was intended to protect. But Obama’s early threat to crack down on fraud in industries doing business with the federal government has been one of the few promises he has kept. And the results are taking their toll on private-sector businesses, especially in the health care industry. The Department of Justice just announced another multimillion-dollar settlement, this time against Community Health Services (CHS) involving alleged “medically unnecessary” inpatient

10 pence a day drug could
help millions live longer
Telegraph [UK], by Laura Donnelly    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/8/2014 6:06:00 AM     Post Reply
A 10 pence a day “wonderdrug” likened to aspirin could extend millions of lives by up to three years, new research suggests. A study of more than 180,000 people indicates that the medicine which is widely prescribed for type 2 diabetes could increase life expectancy in those without the disease. Diabetes has been shown to reduce the average lifespan by about eight years. But the UK study, led by Cardiff University, found that when patients with diabetes were given the drug metformin they in fact lived longer than others without the condition. The trials found that when other factors were taken into account, those

13 years after 9/11, terror
threat undiminished
USA Today, by James S. Robbins    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/8/2014 5:58:13 AM     Post Reply
Last January, President Obama dismissed the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) as a mere junior varsity terrorist outfit compared to al Qaeda. "The analogy we use around here sometimes, and I think is accurate," he told TheNew Yorker, "is if a JV team puts on Lakers uniforms that doesn´t make them Kobe Bryant." Flash forward to this summer. Islamist radicals control vast swaths of land across Iraq and Syria, and this week crossed the border into Lebanon. Their victims´ heads festoon telephone wires in Raqqa, Syria, and they have posted videos online showing mass executions of prostrate Iraqis.

Barack Obama´s decision to act on Iraq
sees a return to hard American power
Telegraph [UK], by Peter Foster    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/8/2014 5:54:33 AM     Post Reply
Barack Obama has been a reluctant warrior during his time as US president, but has taken a bold step, underwriting efforts to find a political solution in Iraq with hard American power. [Snip] Ostensibly the authorisation to use force covers two narrow objectives: to break the siege of the Yazidi minority in the mountains south of Sinjar and to protect American personnel operating in the Kurdish stronghold of Erbil. But listen carefully to senior administration officials, and it is clear that the mandate extends far beyond these two goals to encompass the broader strategic objective of preventing Islamic State from

  


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What´s wrong with sending
Washington lawmakers free Bibles?
Los Angeles Times, by Michael McGough    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/8/2014 5:47:54 AM     Post Reply
Barry Lynn, executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, does good work — I won’t call it the Lord’s work — in calling out violations of the 1st Amendment’s religion clauses. But his latest shot is a misfire. Lynn has criticized Rep. Steven Palazzo (R-Miss.), an assistant majority whip, for mailing a Bible to every representative and senator. The Good Books had been donated by one of his constituents. “Our staffs provide us with policy memos, statistics and recommendations that help us make informed decisions,” Palazzo wrote. “However, I find that the best advice comes through

Obama´s Iraq Plan Has a Killer Flaw -
And Airstrikes Alone May Not Save It
Daily Beast, by Jacob Siegel    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/8/2014 5:39:07 AM     Post Reply
The U.S. gambled on local militias to keep ISIS in check. The President’s authorization of air strikes is an admission that bet didn’t pay off. Thursday night, with a humanitarian mission already underway, President Obama authorized airstrikes in Iraq. What had been the U.S. policy -- to rely on local forces to contain ISIS while waiting for a new Iraqi government to reach a political solution -- is finished. The new policy is still taking shape. It will begin with American aircraft dropping bombs from the sky. But it may eventually lead to more involvement from the special operations troops who

President Humpty Dumpty
City Journal [NY City, NY], by Myron Magnet    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/8/2014 5:36:32 AM     Post Reply
Anyone who believes the talk about how Barack Obama is already a lame-duck president, detached and irrelevant, is deluding himself. President Obama has accomplished more or less what he set out to accomplish. He has made himself the most consequential and transformative president since Lyndon Johnson. His foreign policy has been more systematically destructive of the world order and American power than LBJ’s Vietnam War. His wrong-headed domestic policy has proved more catastrophic and intentionally hard to correct than Johnson’s madcap War on Poverty, whose consequences still bedevil our society. On the domestic front, Obama has overturned American health care,

Watch live: Gaza-Israel
ceasefire ends
Associated Press TV News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/8/2014 5:34:31 AM     Post Reply
Israel says it has resumed strikes on Gaza in response to rocket fire, after end of 3-day truce. [Snip] On Thursday, Hamas held its first public rally since a cease-fire with Israel, with an official vowing the militant group would never give up its arms and will continue to fight until the Gaza Strip blockade is lifted. The uncompromising rhetoric of the official, Mushir al-Masri, came as Hamas and other Palestinian factions were in Cairo indirectly negotiating with Israel for a permanent ceasefire and steps to lift the seven-year-old blockade of the coastal strip by Israel and Egypt.

  


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Bums of August
American Spectator, by Enemy Central    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/8/2014 5:32:16 AM     Post Reply
Did you forget his birthday too? So uneventfully it passed last Monday. It made nobody’s headlines. No one sang him Happy Birthday or played him a swinging song like the Beatles’ “Birthday” or the classic sad one from the Tune Weavers, “Happy, Happy Birthday, Baby.” Not that he didn’t attempt some birthday reachout. At his press conference a week ago he scolded reporters for not wishing him a happy birthday ahead of time, and his operatives and goons launched a major offensive of tweets and warnings to those who’d not yet signed the people’s birthday card to el presidente. As he

Nine ´coyotes´ arrested in joint
U.S.-Guatemala operation
Washington Examiner [DC], by Richard Pollock    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 8/8/2014 5:29:06 AM     Post Reply
GUATEMALA CITY — Guatemalan law enforcement officials, supported by U.S. agencies, arrested nine top members of an alleged "coyote" human smuggling organization and seized $600,000 held in U.S. banks. The arrests Wednesday were the first here of coyote leaders since Guatemala President Otto Perez Molina visited President Obama during a July 25 summit with Central American leaders that focused on the immigration crisis on the U.S. border with Mexico. The arrests provoked an outcry among some Guatemalans who see the coyotes — people paid to smuggle others into the United States — as trusted members of their community who provide a needed

Our Political Elites’ Deadly Lack
of Interest in a Secure Border
National Review Online, by Jim Geraghty    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 8/8/2014 5:23:05 AM     Post Reply
Awful, predictable, and awfully predictable: Two illegal immigrants from Mexico who were charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of an off-duty U.S. Border Patrol agent in front of his family in Texas have been arrested and deported numerous times, police sources told FoxNews.com. One suspect has been arrested no fewer than four times for entering the U.S. illegally, according to federal court records. The other has been deported twice after entering the U.S. illegally, sources said. Gustavo Tijerina, 30, and Ismael Hernandez, 40, were arraigned Tuesday afternoon inside the Willacy County jail library. They were ordered held without

Thanks to a ‘Very Small’ Group
of Offended People, the University
of Mississippi May Lose Its Nickname
Independent Journal Review, by Caroline Schaeffer    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 8/8/2014 5:15:18 AM     Post Reply
Alumni from colleges around the country have their own little ways of remembering their university in a way that’s unique from other schools. From ‘Cuse (Syracuse University) to Mizzou (University of Missouri), university students and graduates can refer to their alma mater in a way which connotes affection. And that’s just what University of Mississippi students and alumni thought they were doing when they referred to their school as “Ole Miss.” But not so, according to a “very small percentage” of those with ties to the school – because they say the nickname associates the school with “negative race issues.” UM Chancellor Dan

  


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The U.N. Handmaiden of Hamas
Wall Street Journal, by Claudia Rosett    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/8/2014 5:09:05 AM     Post Reply
On Wednesday, as a truce held between Israel and the Hamas terrorist group that rules the Gaza Strip, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon briefed the U.N. General Assembly. “The senseless cycle of suffering” must end, he said, asking: “Do we have to continue like this: build, destroy, and build, and destroy?” For answers, the secretary-general would do well to look at the U.N.’s own main agency in Gaza, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East, better known as Unrwa. Bankrolled chiefly by the United States and the European Commission, with headquarters split among Gaza,

Nixon. Now more than ever
Washington Times, by Monica Crowley    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/8/2014 5:06:25 AM     Post Reply
Forty years ago this week, President Richard Nixon resigned from office. I was a very young child as I watched him announce his decision to resign on Aug. 8, 1974, but I remember seeing Nixon’s face fill the television screen, full of emotion. I could not have grasped that that brief speech was the culmination of a tragic series of events that had brought down his presidency, nor could I know that I would work for him years later. In July 1990, I became former President Nixon’s foreign-policy assistant. I served in that capacity until his death on April 22, 1994.

Getting to the truth of Bowe Bergdahl
New York Post, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/8/2014 5:03:14 AM     Post Reply
More than two months after Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was freed from Afghan captivity — in exchange for five high-value Taliban militants at Gitmo — he was at last questioned by the Army about the details of his capture. The so-called AR 15-6 hearing will determine if, prior to that capture, Bergdahl deserted his post and might therefore face a court martial. Count on The New York Times to present Bergdahl’s side in as flattering a way as possible, including assurances from Bergdahl’s lawyer that his client answered all questions and didn’t invoke his Fifth Amendment right to remain silent. Now we recognize the

IAF Retaliates to Hamas,
Islamic Jihad Rocket Fire
Arutz Sheva [Israel], by Tova Dvorin    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/8/2014 5:00:47 AM     Post Reply
Senior government officials stated to Arutz Sheva Friday that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Moshe Ya´alon had authorized the IDF to retaliate with force to a barrage of over 18 rockets on Israeli civilians Friday morning. [Snip] IDF Spokesman Lt. Col. Peter Lerner confirmed both reports close to 11:00 am Friday. “The renewed rocket attacks by terrorists at Israel are unacceptable, intolerable and shortsighted," Lerner added. "Hamas’ bad decision to breach the ceasefire will be pursued by the IDF, we will continue to strike Hamas, its infrastructure, its operatives and restore security for the State of Israel.”

USPS ‘prostituting’ its stamp program
with commercial images, prominent
former postmaster general says
Washington Post, by Lisa Rein    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/8/2014 4:57:07 AM     Post Reply
A former postmaster general and prominent stamp collector is accusing the U.S. Postal Service of “prostituting” its stamp program, sacrificing cultural icons for pop culture in a wrongheaded search for “illusory profits.” Benjamin F. Bailar made these comments to Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe in a recent letter of resignation from the secretive committee of eminent Americans that decides the faces and images that should go on postage stamps. Bailar’s resignation has re-exposed a rift within the stamp community over whether the cash-poor Postal Service should pursue commercial subjects to chase new collectors and revenue at the expense of traditional cultural images. The friction

  



IRS notches legal win
over lost tea party emails
Politico, by Rachel Bade    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/8/2014 4:54:06 AM     Post Reply
The IRS won what might be Round One in a series of contests pitting tea party groups against the agency, with a federal judge rejecting a conservative group’s bid for a court-appointed forensics expert to hunt for ex-official Lois Lerner’s lost emails. Judge Reggie Walton of the U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia said True the Vote’s lawsuit against the IRS failed to show “irreparable harm” in its injunction relief request and that “the public interest weighs strongly against the type of injunctive relief the plaintiff seeks.” “Despite the general distrust of the defendants expressed by the plaintiff, the

Jihadists Rout Kurds in North
and Seize Strategic Iraqi Dam
New York Times, by Tim Arango    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/8/2014 4:50:27 AM     Post Reply
BAGHDAD — The crisis gripping Iraq escalated rapidly on Thursday with a re-energized Islamic State in Iraq and Syria storming new towns in the north and seizing a strategic dam as Iraq’s most formidable military force, the Kurdish pesh merga, was routed in the face of the onslaught. The loss of the Mosul Dam, the largest in Iraq, to the insurgents was the most dramatic consequence of a militant offensive in the north, which has sent tens of thousands of refugees, many from the Yazidi minority, fleeing into a vast mountainous landscape. In one captured town, Sinjar, ISIS executed dozens of Yazidi

Vladimir Putin Might Fall. We Should
Consider What Happens Next.
New Republic, by Julia Ioffe    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/8/2014 4:41:13 AM     Post Reply
In July, the United States and the European Union finally bridged their differences and slammed Russia with severe sanctions in the wake of the shootdown of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. The pincers and scalpels of the previous rounds were discarded; this time, it was whole industries—defense, finance, and energy—that were targeted, including Sberbank, Russia’s largest commercial bank. If the first round of U.S. sanctions was met with ridicule among the Kremlin elite—Vladimir Putin’s gray cardinal Vladislav Surkov, sanctioned back in March, joked that what he likes in the United States is Tupac Shakur, dead since 1996—there’s not much bluster this

One-fourth of U.S.
families "just getting by"
CBS News, by Alain Sherter    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/8/2014 4:38:05 AM     Post Reply
New data from the Federal Reserve highlight how many Americans continue to struggle financially more than five years after the end of the Great Recession. As of September 2013, when the central bank conducted the poll, a quarter of families said they were "just getting by," while an additional 13 percent were struggling to make ends meet. Asked to compare their current financial situation with how they were faring five years ago, as the housing crash was wreaking havoc on the economy, 34 percent of respondents said they were doing "somewhat or much worse" than in 2008. The same percentage

WHO: Ebola outbreak in West Africa
an international health emergency
CNN, by Faith Karimi    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/8/2014 4:35:35 AM     Post Reply
Global health experts Friday declared the Ebola epidemic ravaging West Africa an international health emergency that requires a coordinated global approach. Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone are battling the Ebola virus, which has killed 932 people in those countries. The epidemic has also spread to Nigeria. "The possible consequences of further international spread are particularly serious in view of the virulence of the virus, the intensive community and health facility transmission patterns, and the weak health systems in the currently affected and most at-risk countries," the World health Organization said Friday, after two days of emergency meetings. The United Nations

US Airdrops Supplies to
Thousands Besieged in Iraq
Associated Press, by Sameer N. Yacoub & Vivian Salama    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/8/2014 4:32:17 AM     Post Reply
BAGHDAD -- The U.S. military dropped humanitarian aid to tens of thousands of Iraqi religious minorities besieged by militants and desperately in need of food and water, President Barack Obama said late Thursday, defending the action as helping to prevent a possible genocide. Obama said the humanitarian airdrops were made at the request of the Iraqi government as the Islamic State militant group tightened its grip on northern Iraq. Its fighters seized the country´s largest hydroelectric dam on Thursday, taking control of enormous power and water resources and leverage over the Tigris River that runs through the heart of Baghdad. The Sunni

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