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In 2014, Obama has been
late by more than 35 hours
Washington Post, by Philip Bump    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/8/2014 8:40:11 PM     Post Reply
President Obama has a problem with being late. This is pretty well-documented. A Google search for "obama always late" offers a multitude of articles. When he is late to an event, as he often is -- and was by more than an hour on Wednesday -- the hashtag #whyobamaislate often pops up on Twitter offering various "funny" explanations for the delay. We decided to try to figure out just how late Obama actually is. The way we did that was pretty simple: Every time the president gives prepared public remarks, they are posted on the White House Web site. And, importantly, they're time-stamped.

El Salvador robbery suspect
arrested in California
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/8/2014 8:17:44 PM     Post Reply
Redwood City, CA - Authorities in California say they´ve arrested a man who´s wanted in El Salvador for his alleged involvement with a gang that hijacked military and police arms shipments and used them to rob banks. The U.S. Marshals Service says Gerardo Francisco Mejia Coto was taken into custody this week. He´s being held by immigration authorities and faces deportation. Deputy U.S. Marshal Joseph Palmer said Friday that Coto is wanted in El Salvador on suspicion of murder and other crimes after bank robberies and armored car hijackings in which two people were killed. He is believed to be a founding member of the

Now We Know: Gaza Edition
Commentary, by Seth Mandel    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 8/8/2014 8:17:07 PM     Post Reply
The fog of war often means the first draft of history makes the greatest impact but needs to be corrected by later drafts. After the Cold War was over, historian John Lewis Gaddis called his updated book on the conflict “We Now Know: Rethinking Cold War History.” More famous is Kinglsey Amis’s suggestion that Robert Conquest call his new edition of The Great Terror “I Told You So, You F—ing Fools.” Yet now we have a rare opportunity in Gaza to apply what we now know to additional fighting in a war thought to be over. With no deal reached for

  


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Concern over Ontario patient
from Nigeria with flu symptoms
CKWX-AM [Vancouver, BC], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/8/2014 8:10:49 PM     Post Reply
Toronto - A public health official says a patient at a hospital near Toronto has been isolated as a precautionary measure after showing flu-like symptoms similar to those characteristic of the Ebola virus. Dr. Eileen de Villa with Peel Public Health says the steps are being taken because the patient at Brampton Civic Hospital recently travelled to Nigeria, which has been hit with an outbreak of the disease. She says the patient is showing a fever and other flu-like symptoms but cautioned there has been no diagnosis yet. She says the hospital has put heightened infection-control measures in place in addition to isolating the patient.

Boehner: Lack of Obama
strategy ‘emboldens’ ISIL
Washington Times, by Stephen Dinan    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/8/2014 8:01:27 PM     Post Reply
President Obama was right to strike at ISIS targets in Iraq, but he still needs to come up with a broader strategy for halting the insurgents’ advance, House Speaker John A. Boehner said Friday morning. In a statement issued soon after the first strikes were confirmed by the Pentagon, Mr. Boehner said the White House “emboldens the enemy and squanders the sacrifices Americans have made” by failing to develop a better Iraq policy. “Vital national interests are at stake, yet the White House has remained disengaged despite warnings from Iraqi leaders, Congress, and even members of its own administration,” Mr. Boehner said

US Doc Hit With Ebola Held
Hands With His Dying Patients
ABC News, by Sydney Lupkin    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 8/8/2014 7:57:43 PM     Post Reply
Dr. Kent Brantly, one of two American Ebola patients flown from Liberia to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, says he’s “growing stronger every day.” In a letter penned from the Emory isolation room, Brantly offered a glimpse of what it was like to treat Ebola patients at ELWA hospital in Monrovia, Liberia. “I held the hands of countless individuals as this terrible disease took their lives away from them,” he wrote. “I witnessed the horror first-hand, and I can still remember every face and name.” The ongoing Ebola outbreak in West Africa has killed 961 people out of the 1,779

Yahoo Is Making It Harder for
the NSA to Read Your Emails
Time Magazine, by Sam Frizell    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/8/2014 7:54:54 PM     Post Reply
Yahoo announced Thursday it will encrypt its email service by early next year, joining Google and Microsoft in an effort to create an email system that prevents government officials and hackers from reading users’ messages. (Snip) With Yahoo’s announcement, first reported by the Wall Street Journal, email encryption will protect nearly one billion email users. There are 110 million Yahoo email users and over 425 million unique users of Google’s Gmail service. Microsoft says there are over 400 million active Outlook.com and Hotmail accounts. Widespread email encryption of the kind Yahoo is announcing is a huge blow to government

  


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Something heroic for Obama’s legacy
Washington Times, by Wesley Pruden    Original Article
Posted By: Maryland_Patriot- 8/8/2014 7:47:36 PM     Post Reply
Unless he can find something and find it quickly, Barack Obama isn’t going to like his legacy. Everything he touches is turning to mud, and the man who once walked on water may soon find himself at the bottom of the lake. He needs something heroic, with swagger and bluff, something to make hearts in the mainstream press go pitty-pat again. Once upon a time, heads of state hemmed in by a faltering economy and outside events they couldn’t control would march their armies off to war. That’s frowned on in polite company today, unless you’re the head caliph of an Islamic

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

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

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

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