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Joni Ernst, From Obscure Iowa
Legislator to Potential Role Model
for Future GOP Candidates
Yahoo! News, by Jeff Zeleny    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/9/2014 10:32:40 AM     Post Reply
DES MOINES-Joni Ernst is not striving to be the next Ted Cruz. But if she reaches the Senate, she hopes aspiring senators want to be the next Joni Ernst. "I hope that after a couple of years, people are going to say, ´I want to model myself after Joni Ernst,´" she told ABC News today. Ernst, a state senator who has become one of the Republican Party´s most promising recruits of the midterm election season, acknowledged that she feels pressure as one of the key pieces in the GOP effort to try and pick up six seats to win control

Obama to make statement
on situation in Iraq
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/9/2014 10:26:48 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON— The White House says President Barack Obama will deliver a statement Saturday on the situation in Iraq. Obama is scheduled to make remarks at the White House at 10:25 a.m. (1425 GMT) before he leaves for vacation in Massachusetts. Obama announced late Thursday that he had ordered military airstrikes in northern Iraq to hold off Islamic State forces advancing on the Kurdish capital of Irbil. Obama also ordered airdrops of food and water to members of a religious minority group who fled into the mountains to escape the militants. U.S. military jets launched several airstrikes Friday on isolated targets,

The Obama Doctrine: Pretend to
Give a Damn–Until You Don´t Have To
Breitbart Big Peace, by Ben Shapiro    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/9/2014 10:21:36 AM     Post Reply
For years, commentators have attempted to peg down just what the Obama Doctrine is. His allies have labeled the Obama Doctrine a form of realism about the limits of American power. His critics have labeled the Obama Doctrine “leading from behind.” In 2009, President Obama came up with his own definition of an Obama Doctrine: “we´re only one nation... the problems that we confront, whether it´s drug cartels, climate change, terrorism, you name it, can´t be solved just by one country.” But Obama has also, at certain points, claimed to champion unilateralism in the service of human rights and internationalism

  


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Jon Karl to WH: Why Airstrikes
in Iraq and Not Syria?
Washington Free Beacon [DC], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/9/2014 10:19:10 AM     Post Reply
ABC News reporter Jon Karl questioned White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest about the discrepancy between White House policies in Iraq and Syria, given President Obama’s recent authorization of airstrikes in Iraq. Obama has repeatedly resisted any direct military intervention in Syria, even after the Syrian government crossed the “red line” of chemical weapons he set in Syria. Obama eventually insisted he had never set a red line at all, saying: “I didn’t set a red line–The world set a red line.” “Given that 200,000 or so have been killed in Syria, more than 2 million forced from their homes,

Hammerhead hunt puts
Tampa Bay on Shark Week
Tampa Tribune, by Walt Belcher    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 8/9/2014 10:05:01 AM     Post Reply
TAMPA — Massive hammerhead sharks have been spotted and caught in the Gulf waters between Naples and Tampa Bay for over a century, but one ornery, impossible-to-catch creature has become a legend. Fish tales have been passed down for decades about an elusive, 25-foot-long great hammerhead that is bigger than a pickup truck and covered with battle scars from encounters with boat bottoms, propellers, harpoons, countless fish hooks and even a machete. Nicknamed “Old Hitler,” this hammerhead would be more than 70 years old if all the stories were true and all were about the same shark. “He is Florida’s

May the government try John
Hinckley for James Brady’s murder?
Washington Post, by Eugene Volokh    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/9/2014 10:01:39 AM     Post Reply
The death of James Brady, President Ronald Reagan’s press secretary, at age 73 earlier this week has been ruled a homicide by a medical examiner. Brady was injured during an attempt on Reagan’s life in 1981. Let’s assume that the government can prove beyond a reasonable doubt that, but for the shooting, Brady would have lived longer (pretty much the legal test for causation in this sort of situation). Could the shooter, John Hinckley Jr., be tried for murdering Brady, even though he has already been tried for attempting to kill Brady, and found not guilty by reason of insanity? The

´We´re getting overrun and the danger
is increasing... we need to open our
eyes´: Sheriff leading probe into murder
of Border Patrol agent claims armed
illegal immigrants in military fatigues
have been spotted on Texas ranches
Daily Mail [UK], by Will Payne    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/9/2014 9:59:28 AM     Post Reply
The Sheriff leading the investigation into the brutal slaying of a Border Control Agent by two illegal immigrants has revealed local farmers in his county have reported spotting gangs of armed Mexicans ´in military fatigues´ marching through their fields. Sheriff Larry Spence’s department played a key role in catching Ismael Hernandez and Gustavo Tijerina after they allegedly gunned down hero officer Javier Vega Jr. in front of his mother, father, wife and three sons while they were on a family fishing trip. Since their capture,Fox News reported that the suspects are both Mexican nationals who were in the U.S. illegally and have

  


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Obama: We won´t be dragged
into another war
USA Today, by David Jackson    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/9/2014 9:56:18 AM     Post Reply
President Obama stressed the limited nature of renewed military action in Iraq on Saturday, saying it is designed strictly to protect U.S. personnel and prevent a possible genocide of religious minorities. "As Commander-in-Chief, I will not allow the United States to be dragged into fighting another war in Iraq," Obama said during his weekly radio address. The president said that "combat troops will not be returning to fight in Iraq, because there´s no American military solution to the larger crisis there." The radio address came two days after Obama authorized air strikes against the militant group known as ISIS that is

A Very Brief History of the Yazidi
and What They´re Up Against in Iraq
Atlantic Wire, by Shirley Li    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/9/2014 9:52:37 AM     Post Reply
As the Islamic State militant group continues to seize more parts of Iraq, they also continue to drive out the members of the Yazidi community. An ethnic minority concentrated in northern part of the country, the Yazidis were little known in tehe West before this week, but they have been among the hardest hit by ISIL violent offensive, as they have been driven away from their homes with little resources. In response, the Obama administration has authorized airstrikes in Iraq, in an effort to not just repel the Islamic State militants, but to address the humanitarian crisis involving the Yazidis. "In recent

Bundy: God Told Me Federal
Government Needs To Be Disarmed
KXNT [Las Vegas, NV], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/9/2014 9:50:41 AM     Post Reply
ST. GEORGE, Utah – During a radio interview Wednesday Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy shared that God has told him that the federal government needs to be disarmed. Bundy made his comments during a recent meeting at the Independent American Party in St. George, Utah, and elaborated on them while appearing on KUER, a Salt Lake City radio station. “I have no idea what God wants done, but he did inspire me to have the sheriffs across the United States take away these weapons, disarm these bureaucracies, and he also gave me a little inspiration on what would happen if they didn’t do

After Underestimating ISIS, Obama
Scrambles for Plan to Defeat Them
Daily Beast, by Josh Rogin    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/9/2014 9:47:13 AM     Post Reply
The President didn´t want to strike ISIS in Iraq this week, but he had no choice. But there is still no plan to defeat the group, which gets more powerful by the day. The Obama administration moved quickly this week to try to defend U.S. personnel from an impending advance from the terrorist group ISIS – an offensive that caught the President and his advisers off-guard, and forced him to reconsider his long-standing opposition to new military action in Iraq. But Obama still has not decided on, much less put into motion, any plan to stem ISIS’s expansion, despite having

  


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GOP´s Mike McFadden: Obama, Dems´had
their chance to turn our economy around´
Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: SurferLad- 8/9/2014 9:46:21 AM     Post Reply
Minnesota Senate Candidate Mike McFadden gives the Republican Party´s Weekly Remarks. Hi. My name is Mike McFadden and I’m running for the United States Senate from the great state of Minnesota. To get there, I’m in the midst of an 87-county tour. Today, I hit county number 80 and I’m speaking to you from the MinnWest Technology Campus in Willmar.We have a wonderful state, and Minnesotans work hard, but no matter where I go, from Winona to Warroad, people tell me the same thing: "We are heading in the wrong direction.” America is experiencing one of the slowest economic recoveries

Obama: ´Today, America is helping´
Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: SurferLad- 8/9/2014 9:24:51 AM     Post Reply
President Obama’s weekly remarks. This week, I authorized two operations in Iraq. First, I directed our military to take action to protect our American diplomats and military advisors serving in the city of Erbil. In recent days, terrorist forces neared the city. [Snip] We have Americans serving across Iraq, including our embassy in Baghdad, and we’ll do whatever is needed to protect our people. Second, we’ve begun a humanitarian effort to help those Iraqi civilians trapped on that mountain. The terrorists that have taken over parts of Iraq have been especially brutal to religious minorities.

Netanyahu too strong, Abbas too
weak for lasting peace, says Obama
Jerusalem Post, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/9/2014 9:06:59 AM     Post Reply
Peace has to start with Israeli and Palestinians leaders, namely Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, US President Barack Obama told the New York Times´ Foreign Affairs columnist Thomas Friedman. [Snip] Obama worried that Netanyahu´s high approval ratings--which have jumped in recent weeks in the wake of Israel´s month-long operation in Gaza--could prevent him from making the difficult concessions needed to reach a long-term deal: "If he doesn’t feel some internal pressure, then it’s hard to see him being able to make some very difficult compromises," like the issue of settlements, the president said.

Hamas backers spend fortunes on rockets
and tunnels while Gazans live in misery
Fox News, by Paul Alster    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 8/9/2014 8:49:55 AM     Post Reply
HAIFA, Israel – The latest ceasefire between Israel and Hamas ended Friday morning when Hamas resumed its costly campaign of rocket attacks on Israel even as its 2 million constituents suffer from wrenching poverty. Although the millions of Palestinians packed into the small strip suffer from chronic unemployment, and lack of electricity and running water, Hamas and its backers such as Qatar have spent hundreds of millions of dollars on tunnels and rockets with one goal in mind: killing Israelis. “When you look at what Hamas did with all the cement and the materials that went into Gaza for ‘building’,

  


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The West is ignoring the practitioners
of ´disproportionate’ violence
Telegraph [UK], by Charles Moore    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/9/2014 8:35:43 AM     Post Reply
´Disproportionate” is the key word deployed against Israel over Gaza. Israel is criticised because so few Israelis have died compared with the number of Palestinians. Israel is held more morally culpable because its Iron Dome anti-rocket defence system actually works. Would it be better if hundreds of Israelis had died? [Snip] You might think that if a militarily inferior force (Hamas) fires rockets at its powerful neighbour (Israel), and digs tunnels so that its fighters can pop out and murder or kidnap that neighbour’s citizens, it is asking for trouble. Being a democracy, Israel won’t stand idly by when its

While Offering Support, Obama Warns
That U.S. Won’t Be ‘Iraqi Air Force’
New York Times, by Michael D. Shear & Julie Hirschfeld Davis    Original Article
Posted By: Flyright- 8/9/2014 8:30:37 AM     Post Reply
Washington - President Obama said Friday that he was open to supporting a sustained effort to drive Sunni militants out of Iraq if Iraqi leaders form a more inclusive government, even as he vowed that the United States had no intention of “being the Iraqi air force.” Mr. Obama spoke as he ordered American fighter pilots back into the skies over Iraq, a decision that he said he reached after concluding that the United States needed to protect the Kurdish regions in the north and “bolster” an Iraqi leadership that was panicked in the face of advances by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. The president said he was confident that the Iraqi leaders

Yes, we do sometimes
give Israel the benefit of the
doubt – and for good reasons
Telegraph [UK], by Daniel Hannan    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/9/2014 8:26:21 AM     Post Reply
When the current Israeli ambassador, the able and amiable Daniel Taub, presented his credentials to the Queen, she asked him how it felt to be serving as an ambassador to the land of his birth. Taub, who comes across as very British--he’s an old boy of Haberdasher’s Aske’s and an Oxford graduate--replied that, in the 2,000 years in which his ancestors had wandered, nowhere had they found such opportunity as here. [Snip] In his monumental History of the Jews, Paul Johnson explains why this might be. England, he argues, was, prior to the establishment of the United States, the best

ISIS Beating Iraqis and Kurds As One
Lacks ´Heart´ and the Other Ammo
ABC News, by Lee Ferran*    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 8/9/2014 8:20:32 AM     Post Reply
The Islamic militia ISIS has been able to roll back both the Iraqi army and the Kurdish peshmerga force because one lacks the "heart" for a fight while the other lacks the firepower, according to Americans familiar with both forces. ISIS has easily swept the Iraqi army from Anbar province in the southwest of Iraq as well as much of northern Iraq and then blunted attempts by the Iraqi government to retake cities. The Kurdish peshmerga was expected to be a more formidable force, but they have also lost ground to ISIS, including the vital Mosul dam, in recent days.

Right media trumpeted Iraq plight
Politico, by Jonathan Topaz    Original Article
Posted By: Fiesta del sol- 8/9/2014 8:02:48 AM     Post Reply
White House press secretary Josh Earnest on Friday said the U.S. is prepared to “stand with the Yazidis and the Christians in Iraq that are being persecuted by ISIL.”Meanwhile, conservative media outlets quickly pointed out they’ve been standing with the Christians in Iraq the whole time. While much of the mainstream media was focused on violence in Gaza, conservative media outlets and commentators have been shining their spotlight on violence against Iraqi Christians and Yazidis since last month — well before President Barack Obama spoke of Yazidis and Christians on Thursday night.“I believe what is happening to the Christian community

  



Britain considers bombing Iraq to avert
genocide as hundreds of Yazidi women
are taken captive and American carries out
SECOND round of airstrikes against ISIS
Daily Mail [UK], by Daniel Martin*    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/9/2014 8:00:15 AM     Post Reply
British forces could join the Americans in bombarding militants in Iraq if the situation becomes significantly worse, it emerged last night. Officials did not rule out RAF air strikes if there is a real threat of genocide. It came as American warplanes pounded Islamic State artillery positions near Irbil, where US troops are stationed. Two F/A18 fighter jets were dispatched from the USS George H. W. Bush to unleash 500lb laser-guided bombs on a group of militants outside the northern city, which also houses an American consulate. The Pentagon said its warplanes hit Islamic State artillery positions which had been firing on Kurdish

A straw visor and muumuu for
Hillary and SoulCycle shorts for
Bill: Relaxed Clintons enjoy some
downtime on the beach with their dogs
Daily Mail (UK), by Margot Peppers & Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/9/2014 6:31:28 AM     Post Reply
Bill and Hillary Clinton are making the most of their downtime in the Hamptons. The former U.S. President and his ex-Secretary of State wife were pictured this morning enjoying a stroll on the beach in Amagansett, where they are paying $100,000 to rent an $18million five-bedroom property for three weeks. The couple, who were accompanied by their dogs as well as a Secret Service agent, were dressed in very casual clothes, with President Clinton decked out in black SoulCycle shorts and green sneakers and his wife in a bright blue muumuu and slippers. Mrs Clinton, 66, kept her eyes shaded

You Want Nazis?
SteynOnline, by Mark Steyn    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/9/2014 6:28:36 AM     Post Reply
There have been Christians in Mosul for just shy of two millennia, since the first century. There are none today. The Yazidi are practitioners of Kurdistan´s oldest religion, fire-worshippers whose presence in the region predates Islam. They´re either being executed or starved to death on a mountain: We are being slaughtered. Our entire religion is being wiped off the face of the earth. ISIS are fast-track Nazis. No messing about with a few property restrictions and intermarriage laws as a little light warm-up: They´re only in the business of "final solutions", and they start on Day One and don´t quit until the last

Obama to jet off on two-week Martha´s
Vineyard vacation despite launching
airstrikes in Iraq and fresh battles in Gaza
Daily Mail (UK), by Francesca Chambers    Original Article
Posted By: pineledger- 8/9/2014 5:25:10 AM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama will embark on a previously planned two-week vacation to Martha´s Vineyard tomorrow regardless of the violence in Iraq and Gaza. Even as the first military airstrikes he authorized in northern Iraq were carried out Friday, Obama did not cancel the trip. (Snip)In 2009, Obama remained on vacation in his native of Hawaii after a man aboard a Detroit-bound flight tried to detonate a bomb on Christmas. Obama also continued on with Martha´s Vineyard vacations in 2010 as rebels in Libya were on the verge of ousting their government, and last year when Egypt´s military overthrew the country´s

Out of the Abundance of Michelle´s Heart
American Thinker, by Jeannie DeAngelis    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/9/2014 5:18:35 AM     Post Reply
On the last day of the US-Africa Leaders Summit, Michelle Obama, together with journalist Cokie Roberts and former first lady Laura Bush, attended a White House event to promote empowering women. It was during the conversation about girls and education that the first lady switched from the seriousness of racism to the levity of sexist jokes. Discussing with Mrs. Bush that countries that typically oppress women oftentimes struggle economically, Michelle shared that she felt that when it comes to speaking up for girls, first ladies “can’t waste [the] spotlight.” On behalf of both herself and Laura, Michelle pointed out that

A Desperate Hamas
Renews Its Rocket Attacks
Power Line, by Paul Mirengoff    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/9/2014 5:16:35 AM     Post Reply
True to its word for once, Hamas today resumed rocket attacks on Israel as soon as the cease fire was scheduled to expire. It was a smart play by the terrorist outfit. One senses that Hamas’ stranglehold on Gaza depends on securing Israel’s agreement to remove its blockade. Without this, Hamas has nothing to show for the devastation brought on by its latest war. In this sense, Hamas has little choice but to keep attacking Israel until Netanyahu shows a willingness to lift the blockade. But precisely because Hamas’ viability may depend on ending the blockade (and for other reasons as well),

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