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Midterms Give Parties Chance
for Sweeping Control of States
New York Times, by Adam Nagourney    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/11/2014 4:44:10 AM     Post Reply
LAS VEGAS — It was over 100 degrees here the other evening, but inside a buzzing office tucked away on a stretch of gun stores and pornography shops, Democrats were staring into computer screens and talking urgently into cellphones. The stakes were high: The Nevada Senate, which Democrats control by a single seat, could very well shift into Republican hands after November. “Hi, this is Justin Jones; I’m your state senator,” said Mr. Jones, a Democrat who won by only 301 votes two years ago. “We have a really important election campaign coming up this fall. I wanted to see if

Trouble may not be over for Walsh
The Hill [DC], by Martin Matishak    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/11/2014 4:39:51 AM     Post Reply
Sen. John Walsh’s (D-Mont.) political career appears to be over, but plagiarism allegations could have far-reaching implications for his military career, too. Walsh, who was the upper chamber’s lone Iraq War veteran, withdrew from the Senate race this week after reports he allegedly plagiarized roughly a quarter of his 14-page Army War College thesis. The appointed senator already had an uphill battle against Rep. Steve Daines (D-Mont.) for a full term, and now Republicans are all but guaranteed to pick up the seat. "The 2007 research paper from my time at the U.S. Army War College has become a distraction from the debate

The Un-Midas Touch
PJ Media, by Victor Davis Hanson    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/11/2014 4:37:52 AM     Post Reply
Everything that Barack Obama touches seems to turn to dross. Think of it for a minute. He inherited a quiet Iraq (no American combat deaths at all in December 2009). Joe Biden bragged of the calm that it would be the administration’s “greatest achievement.” But by pulling out all U.S. peacekeepers — mostly for a 2012 reelection talking point — Obama ensured an ISIS wasteland. He put his promised eye on Afghanistan at last, and we have lost more soldiers there than during the Bush administration and a Taliban victory seems likely after more than a decade of lost American

  


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U.S. Relocates Some Staff
From Embassy, Consulate in Iraq
NBC News, by Elisha Fieldstadt    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/11/2014 4:32:25 AM     Post Reply
The U.S. has removed some staff from its embassy in Baghdad and its consulate in Erbil, the capital of Iraq´s Kurdish region threatened by militants, the State Department said Sunday. A travel warning posted Friday cautioning U.S. citizens from travelling to Iraq due to the "high risk for kidnapping and terrorist violence" was updated to say that "a limited number" of U.S. Consulate and U.S. Embassy staff members were relocated to Amman, the capital of Jordan, and Basrah, a southern Iraqi city. "We´re not moving our embassy anytime soon, were not moving our consulate anytime soon," President Barack Obama said Saturday

Coup underway in Iraq
Confirmed. Video added
Hot Air, by Jazz Shaw    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/11/2014 4:22:08 AM     Post Reply
This was popped up in the headlines, and details are still sketchy, but something potentially big is afoot in Iraq. (And for once, we’re not talking about their being under attack by ISIS.) We were first tipped off on Twitter as well as a quick draw compilation of tweets from inside Iraq provided at Pundit Press. Here are a few, along with Pundit Press’s summary, keeping in mind that this isn’t confirmed yet: Iraq’s parliament just chose a new President who refused to rename Prime Minister Nouri Kamal al-Maliki to a third term. Maliki declared the move unconstitutional and his own

US Sending Arms to Kurds in Iraq
Associated Press, by Lolita C. Baldor & Matthew Lee    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/11/2014 4:17:22 AM     Post Reply
SYDNEY -- Senior U.S. officials say the Obama administration has begun directly providing weapons to Kurdish forces who have started to make gains against Islamic militants in Iraq. The U.S. previously had insisted on only selling arms to the Iraqi government. The officials wouldn´t say which U.S. agency is providing the arms or what weapons are being sent, but one official said it isn´t the Pentagon. The CIA has historically done similar arming operations. Officials say the administration is close to approving plans for the Pentagon to arm the Kurds. Recently the U.S. military has been helping facilitate weapons deliveries

Obama: ´Extremist Ideology´ That´s
Taken Over GOP, ´Balkanization
of Media´ Has ´Blocked´ My Agenda
Breitbart Big Government, by Matthew Boyle    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/11/2014 3:49:11 AM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama said the power of conservative opposition, including in the media, is blocking his agenda in an interview with New York Times columnist Tom Friedman late last week. “What you’ve seen with our politics, partly because of gerrymandering, partly because of the Balkanization of media so people just watch what reinforces their deepest biases, partly because of big money in politics, is increasingly politicians are rewarded for taking the most extreme, maximalist positions,” Obama told the liberal Times columnist. “Sooner or later, that catches up with you. You end up not being able to move forward on things

  


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Violence breaks out near site
of vigil for teen killed by police
St. Louis Post Dispatch (MO), by Steve Giegerich & Jesse Bogan    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/11/2014 3:39:59 AM     Post Reply
FERGUSON - A day of protests and vigils Sunday for an unarmed black teenager who was shot to death by a Ferguson police officer erupted Sunday night with confrontations, looting and gunshots. Authorities said Sunday that a police officer shot an unarmed black teenager after the teen attacked the Ferguson officer. But pressure for a deeper explanation grew locally and nationally through the day. Hundreds of people gathered at the shooting site Sunday night for a vigil for Michael Brown, 18, who was to begin technical school classes today. While some people prayed, others spilled onto West Florissant Avenue, choking

An ill wind blows as the surge of
turbines stirs fears of silent
danger to our health
Daily Express [UK], by Paula Murray    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/11/2014 3:27:16 AM     Post Reply
Tens of thousands of Scots may be suffering from a hidden sickness epidemic caused by wind farms, campaigners have warned. The Sunday Express can reveal that the Scottish Government has recently commissioned a study into the potential ill effects of turbines at 10 sites across the country. More than 33,500 families live within two miles of these 10 wind farms--which represent just a fraction of the 2,300 turbines--already built north of the Border. [Snip] Campaigners fear that many people do not realise they are suffering from ailments brought

Ebola Threat To Illegal
Immigrant Calais Camps
Breitbart London [UK], by Andre Walker    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/11/2014 3:21:21 AM     Post Reply
Medical experts have predicted that the illegal immigrant camps of Calais will soon be hit by Ebola, according to the Sunday Express. The camps, which are filled with African immigrants desperate to make it over the English Channel, are already rife with diseases like scabies. Now they could become the frontline in Britain’s fight against Ebola as immigrants from countries like Liberia and Sierra Leone arrive daily. The camps are particularly dangerous because people live in such close proximity, ideal for the spread of Ebola. Around 1,200 men, women and children live in the largest camp: ´Jungle 2´.

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

  


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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

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

  


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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.”

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

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

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