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Has the ‘Libertarian Moment’
Finally Arrived?
New York Times, by Robert Draper    Original Article
Posted By: Maryland_Patriot- 8/8/2014 7:43:01 PM     Post Reply
“Let’s say Ron Paul is Nirvana,” said Kennedy, the television personality and former MTV host, by way of explaining the sort of politician who excites libertarians like herself. “Like, the coolest, most amazing thing to come along in years, and the songs are nebulous but somehow meaningful, and the lead singer kills himself to preserve the band’s legacy. “Then Rand Paul — he’s Pearl Jam. Comes from the same place, the songs are really catchy, can really pack the stadiums, though it’s not quite Nirvana. “Ted Cruz? He’s Stone Temple Pilots. Tries really hard to sound like Pearl Jam, never gonna sound

McConnell´s wife sits on
board that opposes coal
Louisville Courier Journal, by James R. Carroll    Original Article
Posted By: periwinkel- 8/8/2014 7:26:40 PM     Post Reply
Sen. Mitch McConnell´s wife, former Labor Secretary Elaine Chao, sits on the board of an organization that has been part of a campaign against the coal industry and against tobacco use. The anti-coal news, first reported by Yahoo News, comes as McConnell campaigns for re-election, in part by trying to tie his opponent, Alison Lundergan Grimes, to President Barack Obama and his so-called "war on coal." The Senate minority leader is the top recipient of coal industry campaign contributions, which total more than $179,000, according to Federal Election Commission data compiled by the non-partisan Center for Responsive Politics. The senator also has

Tea party losses cheer some Republicans,
but chill Democrats´ Senate hopes
Christian Science Monitor, by Francine Kiefer    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/8/2014 6:45:41 PM     Post Reply
Washington - When it comes to the fierce competition for control of the US Senate, one party’s whoops and cheers are the other party’s sighs and slumped shoulders. (Snip) Not so long ago, Democrats had seen the tea party as an opportunity to gain or buttress seats in an election year that favors Republicans, a year in which the GOP needs only six seats to retake the Senate. That hasn´t happened. As a result, Democrats are now in a weaker position to retain their majority in the Senate in November. More bad news for Democrats arrived Thursday, when Sen. John Walsh (D) of Montana announced he is pulling out of the race over

  


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FTC warns: Change passwords
after Russian hackers strike
Washington Times, by Kevin Rogers    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/8/2014 6:34:33 PM     Post Reply
After a ring of Russian hackers obtained 1.2 billion user names and passwords this week, the Federal Trade Commission warned consumers to be vigilant with their online accounts, The Hill reported. In a blog post, Maneesha Mithal, leader of the agency’s privacy and identity protection division, urged users to update passwords for bank accounts, email addresses and other online accounts containing private information. “By taking theses steps, you can lessen the odds scammers will get a hold of your information, and also minimize the consequences if they do,” Ms. Mithal said.

Krauthammer: Obama
´Strategically Clueless´
Breitbart´s TV, by Ian Hanchett    Original Article
Posted By: sparky86- 8/8/2014 6:26:04 PM     Post Reply
On Friday’s “Hugh Hewitt Show,” Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer said the White House is not “near to a correct analysis” on the threat of ISIS. He argued that the idea that ISIS is not a threat because they only operate in the Middle East was “insane,” and could easily pose “a huge threat” to the West. Krauthammer concluded, “The president is the problem ... we have a president who is strategically clueless and who has deliberately, or by accident, or by incompetence, weakened the United States ... and we are in a very weak position.”

Valerie Jarrett in secret meetings
with Elizabeth Warren, author
Ed Klein says
Washington Times, by Cheryl K. Chumley    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/8/2014 6:25:26 PM     Post Reply
New York Times best-selling author and long-time journalist Ed Klein said that Valerie Jarrett has been engaging in secret meetings with Sen. Elizabeth Warren in recent months, giving rise to speculations that the Massachusetts political newcomer is actually the administration’s choice to head the White House in 2016. “President Obama has authorized Valerie Jarrett, his most important political adviser, to hold secret meetings with Elizabeth Warren to encourage her to challenge Hillary Clinton because the Obamas do not want to see the Clintons succeed them in the White House,” Mr. Klein said during a broadcast interview on “America’s Forum”

NATO chief warns
Russia to keep out of Ukraine
Agence France-Presse, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/8/2014 6:12:33 PM     Post Reply
NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen urged Russia to “step back from the brink” during a visit to Kiev yesterday and vowed support for Ukraine as fears mounted that Moscow was preparing to send troops into the conflict-torn east of the country. His visit came as the centre of the main rebel bastion, Donetsk, was hit by sustained bombardment for the first time in four months of fighting, and 12 civilians were killed around the region. A Ukrainian fighter jet was reportedly shot down as it flew low over rebel-held territory. The plane crashed after a midair explosion and the pilot was seen parachuting out. Amid heavy fighting and political

  


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Iraq Strikes Seen as Giving
Putin Pretext in Ukraine
New York Times, by Peter Baker    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/8/2014 6:03:54 PM     Post Reply
Washington - The president orders his military into action in a war-torn country to protect a vulnerable population, authorizing strikes in service of a humanitarian mission. That was President Obama on Thursday. But it could be President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia in the not-too-distant future. Never mind the deep differences between the wars consuming Iraq and Ukraine. If Mr. Putin ultimately decides to send Russian armed forces across the border, analysts say he now has one more pretext. Just as Mr. Obama says he is trying to protect Yazidis and Kurds threatened by Sunni Muslim extremists, Mr. Putin may argue he wants to

Another Costly Draw
American Thinker, by Jonathan F. Keiler    Original Article
Posted By: trapper- 8/8/2014 6:00:20 PM     Post Reply
Israel Defense Force (IDF) ground units completed their withdrawal from Gaza on Tuesday, August 5. At first, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that this was part of a strategic Israeli decision to deal unilaterally with Hamas. Then Israel agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire, supposedly without committing to talks. Now Israel will enter Egyptian-mediated talks with Hamas, in contradiction to Netanyahu’s earlier pledge that there would be “no accommodation, only deterrence.” One thing is very clear at this point: Israel did not seek or win a military victory over Hamas, no matter what Netanyahu says, nor are most Israelis

James Brady´s Death Was a
Homicide, Medical Examiner Rules
NBC Washington, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: SoCalGal- 8/8/2014 5:52:46 PM     Post Reply
The death of James Brady -- President Ronald Reagan´s press secretary who was wounded in the attempt on Reagan´s life in March 1981 -- was a homicide, the medical examiner for the Northern District of Virginia ruled Friday. The medical examiner said Brady died as a result of the grievous injuries he suffered 33 years ago, which means that gunman John Hinckley Jr. could be charged with Brady´s murder. (Snip)"There is no statute of limitations on murder in either the federal or state system," Williams said.

Government Has No
Receipts for Thousands of
Unaccompanied Alien Children
National Review Online, by Ryan Lovelace    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/8/2014 5:46:27 PM     Post Reply
The Department of Justice does not have receipts for more than half of the unaccompanied alien children apprehended at the southwest border by Border Patrol since the start of Fiscal Year 2013, government records show. (Snip) Kathryn Mattingly, spokesperson for EOIR, tells NRO the receipts refer to new Notices to Appear (NTA)—the document the Department of Homeland Security uses to charge an illegal immigrant with being removable from the United States. EOIR has recorded 20,814 receipts marked as juvenile in fiscal year 2014 as of June 30, but Border Patrol recorded 57,525 apprehensions of unaccompanied alien children during the

  


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D.C. coroner rules
James Brady death a homicide
Sun-Times [Chicago, IL], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/8/2014 5:22:14 PM     Post Reply
Washington - James Brady, the press secretary to President Ronald Reagan shot in an assasination attempt in 1981, is the victim of a homicide. That´s the ruling of the Washington, D.C. medical examiner, according to NBC News. Brady, who became partially paralyzed in the attempt on Reagan´s life and later became a staunch gun control advocate, died this week at 73. John Hinckley Jr. has been in jail for the shooting, though he was found not guilty by reason of insanity. The medical examiner, accoring to the report, says Brady died as a direct result of Hinckley's bullet, which would open him to the posibility of federal murder charges.

Even Hawaii Hates Obama Now
Daily Beast, by David Freedlander    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/8/2014 5:02:45 PM     Post Reply
Getting the president’s backing isn’t what it used to be—he looks set to go 0-2 on Saturday, with the two candidates he endorsed in his home state apparently headed for defeat. When Barack Obama vaulted onto the national stage a decade ago, part of his appeal was that he seemed to be from so many places at once. All corners of the country could lay claim to him: He was Hawaiian by birth, Illinoisan by choice, and Kansan by heritage, and he spent his formative years in New York City. He marched through the 2008 primaries by winning in both the

Wendy Davis Says She May
Withdraw Texas National Guard
From Border If Elected Governor
Fox News Latino, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/8/2014 5:00:48 PM     Post Reply
Democratic Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis on Thursday questioned the deployment of 1,000 National Guard troops on the border with Mexico to curtail illegal immigration and she promised, if elected, that she will study withdrawing them. The troop contingent was promised a month ago by current Republican Gov. Rick Perry, and it is expected that in the coming days they will begin to be deployed along the Texas-Mexico border, which stretches some 2,000 kilometers (about 1,240 miles). "The action I am ordering today will tackle this crisis head-on by multiplying our efforts to combat the cartel activity, human traffickers and individual criminals

Rick Perry: ‘There Can Be No Homeland
Security Without Border Security”
National Review Online, by Joel Gehrke    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/8/2014 4:58:50 PM     Post Reply
Governor Rick Perry (R., Texas) told conservative activists that “there can be no homeland security without border security” as he denounced President Obama’s border policies. “For years, we have had a serious security problem along our border with Mexico,” Perry said at the 2014 RedState Gathering in Fort Worth. “As a direct result of this administration’s naive policies, poor enforcement, failed leadership, we’re now faced with an unnecessary humanitarian crisis,” he added. “my heart goes out to those young children who are making these perilous journeys, who are often abused and misused and placed into recruitment by these drug cartels

  


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Libya crumbles as the United
States looks the other way
Washington Post, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/8/2014 4:56:56 PM     Post Reply
THREE YEARS after U.S. and NATO forces helped liberate Libya from the dictatorship of Moammar Gaddafi, the country is beginning to look a lot like another nation where an abrupt U.S. disengagement following a civil war led to chaos: Afghanistan in the 1990s. In Libya, heavily armed militias are battling for control of Tripoli and Benghazi as well as the international airport. The United States, France and other Western governments involved in the 2011 military intervention have evacuated their diplomats and abandoned their embassies. A U.N. mission that was supposed to help broker political accords also left. Last month in

The Political Risks of an Obama
Executive Action on Immigration
New York Times, by Brendan Nyhan    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/8/2014 4:50:18 PM     Post Reply
With hopes fading of passing an immigration reform bill, President Obama is reportedly contemplating bypassing Congress and making sweeping changes to immigration policy before the midterm elections. Many analysts think the executive action under consideration and its political fallout could, as Ronald Brownstein put it in The National Journal, “define both the Democratic and Republican parties for the burgeoning Hispanic population.” But what isn’t clear is why Mr. Obama would engage in such a move before the election. Of course, Mr. Obama faces short-term pressures to address the surge in migrant children being detained at the border, but news media reports suggest

Former NFL Pro Explains Why
He’s a Republican: Democrats
Are Destroying Black Communities
Independent Journal Review, by Michael Hausam    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/8/2014 4:32:52 PM     Post Reply
Garry Cobb played football for USC and then for 11 years with the Philadelphia Eagles. He is now running for New Jersey’s 1st District seat as a Republican, and his explanation of why he is no longer a Democrat is very compelling. Explaining that he kind of discovered that he was Republican due to his upbringing, he said that the massively negative effects of Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty had the most impact: This was an incentive for the man to leave the home and it’s destroyed African-American families throughout the country. I didn’t realize it but as I started thinking about it and growing up, because as a kid going to college,

US officials: US launches second
round of airstrikes near Irbil
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/8/2014 4:11:43 PM     Post Reply
NEW DELHI – American officials say the U.S. launched a second round of airstrikes against Islamic State targets near Irbil on Friday, using drones and fighter jets. The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because they weren´t authorized to discuss the strikes by name, say unmanned aircraft struck a mortar near Irbil and four Navy F/A-18 fighter jets struck a seven-vehicle convoy outside Irbil. The jets flew off the USS George HW Bush aircraft carrier. The Friday afternoon strikes followed a morning strike on an Islamic State artillery gun that was firing on Kurdish troops near U.S. personnel. President Barack Obama said

Flashback: In October 2001,
Liberal Media Bashed Bush for
Air-dropping Food, Medicine in Afghanistan
Newsbusters, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/8/2014 3:56:26 PM     Post Reply
As President Obama authorizes both limited airstrikes on ISIS targets and the air-dropping of relief supplies to beleaguered religious minorities in northern Iraq, we thought it good to rewind to the early days of the war in Afghanistan when the liberal media criticized President Bush for both bombing al Qaeda and Taliban targets while simultaneously air-dropping food and medicine for civilians. From the October 10, 2001 Media Research Center CyberAlert digest by Brent Baker (emphasis mine) "Are the U.S. food drops on Afghanistan making matters worse? Some relief agencies say yes." So declared Peter Jennings at the top of Tuesday´s

  



Islamic militants hold hundreds of
women captive in Iraq, official says
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/8/2014 3:42:39 PM     Post Reply
BAGHDAD – The spokesman for Iraq´s human rights ministry says hundreds of women from the Yazidi religious minority have been taken captive by militants from the Islamic State group. Kamil Amin says the women are below the age of 35 and some are being held in schools in Iraq´s second largest city, Mosul. He said the ministry learned of the captives from their families. Tens of thousands of Yazidis fled when the Islamic State group earlier this month captured the northern Iraqi town of Sinjar, near the Syrian border. Amin´s comments were the first Iraqi government confirmation that some women were being

Doctor’s link to Justina Pelletier casts
doubts on her claim in shaken baby Case
Boston Herald, by Peter Gelzinis    Original Article
Posted By: John c- 8/8/2014 3:23:23 PM     Post Reply
Gerry Leone’s last act as Middlesex district attorney was to charge Aisling Brady McCarthy, better known as “The Irish Nanny,” with the murder of Rehma Sabir, the 1-year-old girl in her care. Leone’s high-profile finale was based entirely on the word of Dr. Alice Newton, who, back in January of 2013, ran Children’s Hospital Child Protection Program. Dr. Newton wasted no time in determining Rehma’s death was the result of shaken baby syndrome — which could only have been caused by her caregiver, McCarthy. In the last 20 months two things have happened: McCarthy has languished in jail.

The moment Obama began bombing Iraq:
First picture emerges of US air strike on
ISIS artillery as President carries out his
threat to use force to save thousands
of non-Muslims trapped by fanatics
Daily Mail [UK], by Matthew Blake*    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/8/2014 3:13:03 PM     Post Reply
America waded into the unfolding crisis in Iraq today as it dispatched two warplanes to bombard an ISIS artillery battery in a bid to halt the extremist horde that is sweeping the country and save hundreds of thousands of innocent lives. The F/A-18C Hornets took off from the USS George H. W. Bush in the Persian Gulf this morning before unleashing 500lb laser-guided bombs on a unit of Islamic State fighters marching on Kurdish capital Erbil, where U.S. troops are stationed as well as the American consulate. In an unusual move, news of America´s first military offensive in Iraq since it

17 Unbelievable Advertisements
From The Past That Definitely
Wouldn’t Cut It These Days
Independent Journal Review, by Ryan    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/8/2014 2:53:11 PM     Post Reply
Recently, a Florida woman won her court case against the RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company over the company’s failure to properly warn smokers of the dangerous and addictive nature of smoking, after her husband died of lung cancer. She ended up walking out of the courthouse with a potential $23.6 billion in punitive damages. Clearly, companies in the past treated advertisements differently than they do today. Here are 17 that you’ll never see the likes of again: 1. Can you say “safety hazard”? 2. A product to help women gain weight? (Photos)

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