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Vigil for unarmed black teen shot
dead in police scuffle turns to chaos
as angry looters smash parked cars
and empty stores of their goods
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/11/2014 2:23:54 AM     Post Reply
People smashed car windows and carried away armloads of looted goods from stores Sunday night after thousands of people packed a suburban St. Louis area at a vigil for an unarmed black man who was shot and killed by a police officer. The candlelight gathering was for 18-year-old Michael Brown, who police said was shot multiple times Saturday after a scuffle involving the officer, Brown and another person in Ferguson, a predominantly black suburb of the city. Afterward, some people looted a convenience store. Several other stores along a main road near the shooting scene were broken into and looted, including a

IS Actively Joining Gaza
Terror War on Israel
Arutz Sheva [Israel], by Dalit Halevy, Ari Yashar    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/11/2014 1:53:09 AM     Post Reply
As Operation Protective Edge holds in a temporary ceasefire, evidence has come out revealing the extent of the extremist Sunni group Islamic State´s (IS, formerly ISIS) involvement in the terror war against Israel from the Hamas stronghold of Gaza. Terror organizations associated with IS and Al Qaeda have been proven to be joining the fight against Israel in Gaza, firing rockets on Israeli civilian population centers and attacking IDF troops. On Sunday the Abdullah Azzam Brigades declared it had fired a Grad missile towards the Israeli town of Mivtahim located near southern Gaza. The announcement comes after similar ones last

A New Life for Refugees, and
the City They Adopted
New York Times, by Susan Hartman    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/11/2014 1:08:03 AM     Post Reply
UTICA, N.Y. — Sadia Ambure is relieved that it is summer. “I hate the snow,” Sadia, who is 16, said. “It hurts my skin. I’m like a snake — my face turns red, then ashy.” Harsh winters have been one of the challenges of living in this old manufacturing city in upstate New York for Sadia and her family, members of the Somali Bantu tribe. They arrived here from a Kenyan refugee camp almost a decade ago after a stint in St. Louis. “My body is trying to get used to America,” she said. Her mother, Zahara Hassan, 38, who

  


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Don´t miss Sunday´s
supermoon -- with meteors!
USA Today, by Elizabeth Weise    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/11/2014 12:36:27 AM     Post Reply
San Francisco - This weekend may prove eye-popping for sky watchers. Sunday night brings a supermoon, when the full moon coincides with the moon´s closest approach to the Earth during its elliptical orbit around us. The full moon will appear 14% bigger and 30% brighter than when it is at its farthest, says Ben Burress, an astronomer with the Chabot Space and Science Center in Oakland. The moon will be 190,000 miles from the Earth, 20% closer than its farthest point, when it is 240,000 miles away. "Supermoon" isn't an astronomical term. It became popular only in the past few years, according to the website EarthSky.com.

Taxpayer funds spared as judge tosses
lawsuit from Iraq war contractor KBR
Washington Times, by Jim McElhatton    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/11/2014 12:21:25 AM     Post Reply
A federal judge last week tossed out a complaint from wartime contractor KBR, in a case the Justice Department said could have ended up leaving taxpayers on the hook for ever-increasing costs from the war in Iraq. The more than yearlong dispute centered around how KBR should be paid as the contractor winds down the nearly $38 billion logistics contract used to support troops in Iraq. KBR wanted to continue billing the government on a cost-reimbursable basis, meaning the company gets paid costs plus a fee as the expenses are incurred. But Army officials want KBR to provide a fixed fee, meaning the company would

Rick Perry Is Open To
U.S. Ground Troops In Iraq
Time Magazine, by Zeke J Miller    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/11/2014 12:06:22 AM     Post Reply
Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Sunday he would keep all options open for the U.S. military to “stamp out” the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Speaking to reporters after a campaign stop for GOP House candidate Mariannette Miller-Meeks, Perry said the U.S. must do “whatever’s required to keep ISIS from continuing to be a clear and present danger” to America and its allies, including sending in American ground troops if needed. “The president historically has been late to action on a lot of these issues that have occurred in the Middle East in particular,” Perry said. “Our allies need to know that we’re going to be there for them.

As Scott Walker Falls, His Democratic
Challenger Continues to Rise
Time Magazine, by Jay Newton-Small    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/11/2014 12:00:35 AM     Post Reply
There are few Republicans that Democrats hate more than Scott Walker. Two years ago, Democratic groups spent $20 million trying to recall the Wisconsin governor, unsuccessfully. He has since raised a staggering $19 million and seems untouchable. So how is Walker is in the race of his life against Democrat Mary Burke? (Snip) Enter Mary Burke. “She’s running a very disciplined campaign essentially saying: I’m not Scott Walker,” says Mordecai Lee, a University of Wisconsin Milwaukee political science professor. “She has really positioned herself as a no name moderate Democrat—fiscally conserve but socially liberal.”

  


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Long Beach resident fatally
shoots alleged burglar
Los Angeles Times, by Adolfo Flores    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/10/2014 11:45:16 PM     Post Reply
Authorities said a Long Beach resident fatally shot a man early Sunday who was allegedly trying to burglarize his home. Police responded to a 911 call of a burglary in progress about 3 a.m. in the 2800 block of East 3rd Street. The caller said the suspected burglar was shot inside the house, said Sgt. Megan Zabel, a spokeswoman with the Long Beach Police Department. Paramedics declared the man dead at the scene, Zabel said. (Snip) In July, a Long Beach resident shot a woman, Andrea Miller, who broke into his home with a man. Miller’s accomplice, Gus Adams, was charged with murder in connection with her death.

Ken Cuccinelli: Put your
money where your mouth is
Washington Times, by Judson Phillips    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/10/2014 11:29:04 PM     Post Reply
Ken Cuccinelli, the former Virginia Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate is now the head of the Senate Conservatives Fund. On Breitbart News Saturday, Mr. Cuccinelli lamented about the primary debacle in Mississippi and how that set conservatives back, citing losses in Kansas and Tennessee. The Senate Conservatives Fund was one of the Washington groups that decided it was going to make a splash in the conservative movement this year. These groups anointed some really bad candidates and made some really questionable calls. In Kentucky, the Senate Conservatives Fund endorsed Matt Bevin against Mitch McConnell.

Two men sought in fatal shooting of
Orthodox rabbi in Northeast Miami-Dade
Miami Herald [FL], by Ann Choi    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 8/10/2014 10:14:03 PM     Post Reply
A 60-year-old Orthodox rabbi from Brooklyn on his way to a Northeast Miami-Dade synagogue was gunned down Saturday morning during a likely random robbery attempt, according to Miami-Dade police and local Jewish community leaders. The shooting victim, Joseph Raksin, was walking eastbound on Northeast 175th Street and Eighth Court at about 9 a.m. when he was confronted by two young men. Following an altercation, Raksin was shot by one of the men, police said. (Snip) “At this time there is no indication of this being a hate crime,” said Miami-Dade police spokeswoman Elena Hernandez in a statement.

Republican takeover of
Senate appears more
and more assured
Washington Post, by Chris Cillizza    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 8/10/2014 10:13:14 PM     Post Reply
The decision by Sen. John Walsh (D-Mont.) not to seek election in November in the wake of a plagiarism scandal is the latest piece of good news for Republicans as they strive to take control of the Senate in less than three months. Walsh’s departure from the race came in the same week that two Republican senators — Pat Roberts in Kansas and Lamar Alexander in Tennessee — defeated tea party challengers in primary fights, ensuring that every GOP senator seeking reelection would be the party’s nominee. These past seven days typified the fates of the two parties this election

  


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Patent office filters out
worst telework abuses in
report to its watchdog
Washington Post, by Lisa Rein    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 8/10/2014 10:11:40 PM     Post Reply
Prompted by multiple whistleblower complaints, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office began an internal investigation two years ago of an award-winning program that’s been praised in and outside government: Employees are allowed to work from home. What the inquiry uncovered was alarming. Some of the 8,300 patent examiners, about half of whom work from home full time, repeatedly lied about the hours they were putting in, and many were receiving bonuses for work they didn’t do. And when supervisors had evidence of fraud and asked to have the employee’s computer records pulled, they were rebuffed by top agency officials, ensuring

Obama´s 2012 Debate Boast: I Didn´t
Want to Leave Any Troops in Iraq
Weekly Standard, by John McCormack    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 8/10/2014 10:10:23 PM     Post Reply
Before leaving for vacation on Saturday, President Obama spoke briefly about the genocidal Islamist terrorists who are taking over large swaths of Iraq. When one reporter asked the president if he regretted not leaving any U.S. troops in Iraq, Obama replied that that wasn´t even an option: (snip) When President Obama announced in October of 2011 that no U.S. troops would be left in Iraq, he said he was fulfilling a campaign promise. That´s certainly at odds with how he now portrays the decision to withdraw all U.S. forces from Iraq.

Admitting-privileges laws
have created high hurdle
for abortion providers to clear
Washington Post, by Sandhya Somashekhar    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 8/10/2014 10:09:39 PM     Post Reply
Among the raft of abortion restrictions passed by states in the past few years, one did not initially gain much notice — a requirement that doctors performing abortions obtain admitting privileges at a local hospital. But the measure, which 11 states have passed in some form, has proved an especially high hurdle for abortion providers to clear and a potent tool for antiabortion activists seeking to shut down abortion clinics. Already, more than a dozen clinics have been shuttered in Texas as a result of that state’s admitting-privileges law, and at least one closed in Tennessee. Groups say clinics in

Iraq’s political situation
appears dire as prime
minister fiercely digs in
Washington Post, by Loveday Morris    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 8/10/2014 10:06:03 PM     Post Reply
BAGHDAD — Special forces teams and army tanks surrounded the Green Zone housing Iraq’s government as Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki fiercely clung to power Sunday, taking the stability of the country to the brink at a moment when it is already facing a lethal challenge from radical Islamist fighters. In actions that had all the markings of a political coup, Maliki gave a defiant late-night speech in Baghdad saying he would lodge a legal case against the country’s president, who has resisted naming him as the candidate for another term as prime minister. Tanks rumbled onto major bridges and roads

  


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David Miliband: the Iraq war and its
aftermath contributed to current crisis
Guardian [UK], by Jon Swaine    Original Article
Posted By: mark34- 8/10/2014 9:30:10 PM     Post Reply
The 2003 invasion of Iraq contributed to the country´s current disintegration and mounting crisis at the hands of Islamist militants, David Miliband has conceded, as he expressed fresh regret over Britain´s involvement in the war. (Snip) Asked whether the chaos that it had unleashed made him regret supporting the war as a minister in Blair´s government, Miliband said: "I regret it because I made a decision on the basis of upholding the norms of respect to weapons of mass destruction, and there were none."

McIlroy Slips Before
Winning Another Major
New York Times, by Bill Pennington    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 8/10/2014 9:26:34 PM     Post Reply
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — First the rain came, flooding an already soft and vulnerable Valhalla Golf Club on Sunday afternoon until the greens were ponds and the fairways were streaked by flowing rivulets. The leader board heading into the final round was stocked with golf’s elite, and the combination of talent and a vulnerable, receptive course foreshadowed a showdown of aggressive, attacking shot-making. (Snip) Rory McIlroy, Phil Mickelson, Rickie Fowler and Henrik Stenson took turns holding at least a piece of the tournament lead across four hours of major championship anxiety. Racing to be done before sunset because the rain had

Whatever Happened to Cynthia McKinney?
Power Line, by John Hinderaker    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 8/10/2014 9:14:45 PM     Post Reply
Cynthia McKinney was one of the looniest Democrats of her generation. A 9/11 Truther, she lost not one but two Democratic primaries because she was considered too far out. Her father’s explanation that she was in trouble because “the Jews have bought everybody. J-E-W-S” added to her legend. After her second primary rebuff, McKinney left the Democratic Party. She was the Green Party candidate for president in 2008–which tells you all you need to know about the Greens–and got 0.12% of the vote, mostly, one assumes, from nearsighted voters who checked the wrong box. McKinney is now set to re-emerge

Experts Warn of Terror
Blowback from Iraq Airstrikes
Time Magazine, by Michael Crowley    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 8/10/2014 8:40:51 PM     Post Reply
The American airstrikes against a militant group in Iraq could motivate the fighters to retaliate with terror attacks against U.S. civilians, experts warn. (Snip) ISIS has long threatened America openly. In June the group’s leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, warned Americans that “soon enough, you will be in direct confrontation [with us].” Last week a spokesman for the group vowed that “we will raise the flag of Allah in the White House.” Despite that bombastic rhetoric, ISIS has thus far been consumed with its fights in Iraq and Syria, and with capturing territory to form an Islamic caliphate. But counterterrorism officials

A ringside seat to our own destruction
PJ Media, by Richard Fernandez    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 8/10/2014 7:29:21 PM     Post Reply
Headlines have focused on the atrocities committed by ISIS on the northern Iraqi front. (Snip) The story adds, almost superfluously, that ISIS is attempting to shoot down aid deliveries. They would do that, wouldn’t they? Yet all this time the world was assured there was nothing to worry about in the hundreds of radical mosques, the thousands of militants eagerly received into the West and creeping sharia law in its institutions. The dangers, they were told, all lay in the Tea Party and elusive militia groups holed up in a cabin in the Ozarks. But if the calamities in Iraq

  



Troops surround Baghdad “Green Zone”
as embattled Prime Minister
Maliki appears to cling to power
News.com au (Australia), by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 8/10/2014 7:22:53 PM     Post Reply
UNCONFIRMED reports suggest troops loyal to controversial Iraqi PM Nuri al-Maliki have sealed off Baghdad’s “Green Zone” in an apparent coup. “There is a huge security presence, police and army, especially around the Green Zone,” the highly-protected district that houses Iraq’s key institutions, a high-ranking police officer has confirmed to AFP. He said the deployment started at around 10:30 pm Iraq time, just 90 minutes before Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki announced on state television he would file a complaint against the president for violating the constitution. “There is security everywhere in Baghdad, these are very unusual measures that look like

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: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/10/2014 7:02:03 PM     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 from the sun

Riders stuck hours atop Six
Flags America roller coaster
in Maryland
CBS 13 (Baltimore Md), by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/10/2014 5:45:53 PM     Post Reply
UPPER MARLBORO, Md. - Prince George´s County fire officials are working to rescue at least 24 riders stuck on a Six Flags roller coaster. Firefighters were first called to the Joker´s Jinx roller coaster at the park around 2:30 p.m., reports CBS Baltimore. According to fire officials, the riders are sitting upright about 45 feet off the ground near the top of the ride. Because of the height of the coaster, the rescue could take some time. It´s not known what caused the ride to malfunction. No injuries have been reported. Rescuers handed out umbrellas to the stuck riders to

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