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Foreign policy crises intrude
on Obama vacations
Associated Press, by Julie Pace    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/11/2014 5:30:28 PM     Post Reply
CHILMARK, Mass.— Foreign policy crises have a way of intruding on President Barack Obama´s Martha´s Vineyard vacations. Obama´s last three summer sojourns to this Massachusetts island have coincided with tumult primarily in the Middle East and North Africa, as well as elsewhere around the world. In 2011, the president´s golf outings and beach time were interrupted by briefings and calls to foreign leaders as opposition fighters in Libya gained against the government of Moammar Gadhafi. After skipping vacation while running for re-election in 2012, Obama returned to Martha´s Vineyard in 2013 for a trip that coincided with the Egyptian military´s

Colgate Total Ingredient Linked
to Hormones, Cancer Spotlights
FDA Process
Bloomberg News, by Tiffany Kary    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 8/11/2014 5:30:26 PM     Post Reply
The chemical triclosan has been linked to cancer-cell growth and disrupted development in animals. Regulators are reviewing whether it’s safe to put in soap, cutting boards and toys. Consumer companies are phasing it out. Minnesota voted in May to ban it in many products. At the same time, millions of Americans are putting it in their mouths every day, by way of a top-selling toothpaste that uses the antibacterial chemical to head off gum disease -- Colgate-Palmolive Co.’s Total. Total is safe, Colgate says, citing the rigorous Food and Drug Administration process that led to the toothpaste’s 1997 approval as

Schumer: Fitness apps are a
threat to your privacy
New York Post, by Sophia Rosenbaum    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 8/11/2014 5:19:32 PM     Post Reply
Fitness bracelets that track a lot more than just their users’ daily steps could lead to a “privacy nightmare,” Sen. Charles Schumer said Sunday. Popular fitness tracker FitBit, and other similar devices, keep a tally of where its users workout, how many calories they burn and even their sleeping patterns, Schumer said at a press conference. That information can be worth money if the companies sell it to third parties like insurance providers and employers without customers’ consent. “This is personal information. It ought to stay personal. Plain and simple,” Schumer said. The New York senator is calling on the

  


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Lamar Alexander Embraces Amnesty
Again After Primary Win
Breitbart Big Government, by Tony Lee    Original Article
Posted By: SpeedMaster- 8/11/2014 5:14:49 PM     Post Reply
It didn´t take long for Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) to embrace amnesty again. As soon as he won his Senate primary election against conservative Joe Carr, Alexander said it was "embarrassing" that Republicans have not yet passed a bill. Never mind that Alexander spent nearly his entire primary campaign trying to convince voters that he was against "amnesty" and would never dare to embrace it before the primary election. “I don’t know how it will affect our politics in the near term," Alexander told Politico of a comprehensive immigration bill. “I think it’s embarrassing for us not to deal with the problem, and

Russian convoy to bring aid
to eastern Ukraine, Putin says
Los Angeles Times, by Carol J. Williams    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 8/11/2014 5:01:42 PM     Post Reply
Russian President Vladimir Putin announced Monday that he was sending an aid convoy to eastern Ukraine on a humanitarian mission in which the International Committee of the Red Cross and Western governments were cooperating. (Snip) As the Kremlin pressed its insistence on coming to the aid of the Russian-speaking eastern Ukraine communities, NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen repeated warnings that Russian troop movements around Ukraine´s eastern border suggested a "high probability" that Moscow was preparing to invade. Borroso´s initial statement on his conversation with Poroshenko said only that the two had "discussed a proposal for humanitarian relief for eastern Ukraine."

Former CIA Chief: Underestimating ISIS
a Policy Failure, Not Intelligence Failure
Breitbart TV, by Pam Key    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/11/2014 4:38:08 PM     Post Reply
Monday on "CBS This Morning," former director of the Central Intelligence Agency Michael Morell contradicted President Barack Obama´s claim Saturday that bad "intelligence estimates" were the reason the administration did not anticipate the speed in which ISIS would capture large portions of Iraq. CBS´s Norah O´Donnell asked, "The president himself admitted over the weekend that this Islamist State militants advance is more rapid than intelligence estimates. Was this an intelligence failure or a policy failure?" Morell replied, "So I don´t think this was an intelligence failure. This is a classic problem in the intelligence world. There´s a difference

Sebastian Gorka: Ignoring ISIS Threat
Is ´National Security Malpractice´
Breitbart Big Government, by Robert Wilde    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/11/2014 4:27:35 PM     Post Reply
Dr. Sebastian Gorka reacted to President Obama’s do-nothing approach to the ongoing genocide of Christians and Yazidis in Iraq at the hands of Islamic State (formerly ISIS) by quoting Leon Trotsky: "You may not be interested in war, but war is definitely interested in you.” Gorka, who heads up Breitbart’s National Security team, made the remark while appearing on Breitbart News Sunday when Breitbart Executive Chairman and host Stephen K. Bannon asked him, “What do you say to those who think ISIS is a problem, but it’s not our fight?” The counterinsurgency expert likened this kind of thinking to how Neville Chamberlain

  


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Blackouts, trees and posts
knocked down by gales in
Ushuaia and Punta Arenas
MercoPress [Montevideo, Uruguay], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 8/11/2014 4:26:17 PM     Post Reply
Hurricane strong winds on Saturday blew roofs, knocked down lamp posts and trees and left big areas of Ushuaia, Argentina and Puntas Arenas, Chile without power according to reports from both cities in the extreme south of the continent. In Ushuaia the winds blew at over 120 kilometers per hour and sucked glass windows from schools and gymnasiums and even turned on its side the famous tourist train ´end of the world´. "It was an extraordinary climate phenomenon, which according to forecasts will be followed by heavy snow fall and dramatic drop in temperature" said Ushuaia mayor Federido Sciurano. "We suffered gales

Sharyl Attkinson: We’ve ‘Gone Backwards’
Since Days of Woodward and Bernstein
Mediaite, by Evan McMurry    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/11/2014 4:24:23 PM     Post Reply
On This Week Not with George Stephanopoulos, former CBS investigative reporter Sharyl Attkinson said that journalists today were more hindered, and politicians more emboldened, than they were in the days of Woodward and Bernstein. “I think that we’ve gone backwards since that time when we really felt empowered as journalists,” Attkinson said. “I’d like to think of what would happen today during a Nixon-type scandal. Nixon would basically refuse to turn over tapes to Congress, his aides would refuse to testify to Congress or would take the fifth or lie to Congress today. Woodward and Bernstein would be controversialized on

GOP Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen:
Paul Ryan Works ´Every Day´
Toward Amnesty Bill
Breitbart Big Government, by Tony Lee    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/11/2014 4:20:03 PM     Post Reply
One of the 11 House Republicans La Raza praised for not voting to end President Barack Obama´s temporary amnesty program for illegal immigrants revealed that Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) has been working "every day" behind the scenes on an amnesty bill. In a Friday appearance on MSNBC´s Jose Diaz-Balart, Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) predicted that Congress is "going to be passing an immigration bill" in the future, "thanks to your brother, Mario Diaz-Balart." "Mario and Paul Ryan and good leaders are working every day toward that, and we hope that it will happen," she said. Ros-Lehtinen and other members of

Maureen Dowd to Join
NYT Magazine as Staff Writer
Mediaite, by Evan McMurry    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/11/2014 4:14:43 PM     Post Reply
The New York Times announced Monday that longtime columnist Maureen Dowd will join the New York Times Magazine as a staff writer, part of an overhaul of the glossy Sunday feature spearheaded by former Texas Monthly editor Jake Silverstein. She will still write her weekly op-ed column, which is largely about how the presidency fails to be like in the movies. “Maureen is one of The Times’s signature writers. Period,” Silverstein said in a statement. “And as we work toward a redesign that will put new emphasis on stylish, long-form narratives, she’ll be a brilliant addition to our team. While I can’t disclose any specific

  


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Exclusive: Suspected American militant who
pledged allegiance to ISIS held without bail
after being arrested at JFK
New York Daily News, by John Marzulli    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/11/2014 4:13:46 PM     Post Reply
A Brooklyn judge ordered a suspected American militant who pledged allegiance to the terrorist leader of ISIS held without bail after he was arrested at Kennedy Airport, the Daily News has learned. FBI agents nabbed Donald Ray Morgan, a 44-year-old ex-convict from North Carolina, on Aug. 2 when he returned to the United States after an eight-month stay in Lebanon, where his wife lives. Morgan, who has a previous conviction for firing a gun, had allegedly been brokering deals for military-grade weapons and ammo in his home state and was indicted for being a felon in possession of a firearm. But what caught

Huffington Post Lies About
Border Poll Results
Breitbart Big Journalism, by John Nolte    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/11/2014 4:08:21 PM     Post Reply
For a story about a poll that shows only 13% of Americans want the children in this recent flood of illegals to be allowed to stay in America, The Huffington Post wrote this headline: "Most Americans Believe Migrant Children Should Be Allowed To Remain In U.S., Poll Shows." Obviously, HuffPo didn´t like the results of the poll, but rather than simply ignore it, the left-wing outlet chose instead to lie about it: [emphasis added] The poll, conducted on July 31-Aug. 5, found that 51 percent of Americans believe the unaccompanied children being detained at the U.S.-Mexico border should be allowed to remain

More lost emails — When will
Democrats have enough?
The Hill (Washington DC), by Rick Manning    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/11/2014 4:04:36 PM     Post Reply
Twenty different Obama administration officials have lost or destroyed a portion of their email traffic. Email traffic that was, in some cases, under subpoena or in others requested as part of a larger inquiry into the conduct of the executive branch. House Committee on Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) expressed his frustration at the revelation that another Obama official, Marilyn Tavenner, the director of the Center for Medicare Services, deleted emails in the wake of the botched Healthcare.gov website roll out, stating, "It defies logic that so many senior Administration officials were found to have ignored federal recordkeeping requirements only

Press Shunned from Obama’s 400th
Fundraiser Charged to Taxpayers
Mediaite, by Joe Concha    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/11/2014 3:59:45 PM     Post Reply
As we celebrate President Barack Obama’s 400th fundraiser since taking office five-and-a-half years ago, it should be noted that of all the thousands of people who have attended, one group has been barred from ever entering the events: The press. Now, fundraisers can be a dicey place for the media to be. You (almost) never know what kinds of things are said in what is supposed to be behind closed doors — just ask Mitt Romney. To that end, our current president — who greatly benefited from that infamous Romney recording — has barred the press from all fundraising events.

  


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Jerry Brown: Affluent Families
Not Producing´ Children
Cybercast News Service, by Penny Starr    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/11/2014 3:49:05 PM     Post Reply
Giving what was dubbed the “California Welcome,” Gov. Jerry Brown told attendees at the 31st Annual National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials Conference in June that affluent families seemed to not be “producing” children in the state. “I don´t know what the affluent families are doing,” Brown said. “They´re not producing or something, because half the kids in schools are from low-income families.” At the conference, held in San Diego, Calif., in late June, Brown said California had addressed the fact that millions of children in the state’s school do not speak English.

Hidden Cameras Capture Smugglers
Crossing Border ´No-Man´s Land´
NBC News, by Mark Potter    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/11/2014 3:46:49 PM     Post Reply
TUCSON, Arizona – A cattle-ranching couple in southern Arizona hopes that dramatic hidden-camera video showing suspected drug or immigrant smugglers crossing their property will help persuade federal officials to shift resources southward to eliminate what they call a dangerous "no-man’s land” along the border. “It just confirmed what we already knew,” Jim Chilton, who runs the 50,000-acre ranch with his wife, Sue, said of the video, which was filmed this spring by a border-security advocacy group. …“We have ceded to the cartels 20 miles, 30 miles inside the United States.” For years, the Chiltons have publicly complained — even testified before Congress

It’s Not Present Obama’s Fault
That Past Obama Pulled The
U.S. Out Of Iraq
Daily Caller, by Jim Treacher    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/11/2014 3:44:04 PM     Post Reply
Past Obama is Present Obama’s greatest enemy. Over and over again, Past Obama’s words and actions keep tripping up his future self. (Video) Obama says what he means, and he means what he says. And what he means, what he always means, is that he needs to get through the next five minutes. Anything he says at any particular moment is in service of that one and only goal. If it directly contradicts anything he’s said before, or anything he says after, that’s your problem. Terence P. Jeffrey, CNS News: On the South Lawn of the White House today, after

Report: Hamas Executed Tunnel Diggers
PowerLine, by Paul Mirengoff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/11/2014 3:36:47 PM     Post Reply
Digging tunnels for Hamas and living to tell about it is no sure thing. At least 160 Palestinian children reportedly died while performing the hazardous duty that the tunnel digging for Hamas entails. This number was reported in a pro-Palestinian journalist based on statements by Hamas officials in Gaza. But surviving the digging was only half the battle. Hamas reportedly executed dozens more diggers in the past few weeks out of fear that they would provide information to Israel about where the tunnels are located. The executions were reported on an Israeli military blog, based on statements by Palestinians involved

U.S. Postal Service faces
$2B third quarter loss
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 8/11/2014 3:28:21 PM     Post Reply
Washington — The U.S. Postal Service lost $2 billion this spring despite increasing its volume and charging consumers more money to send mail, officials said Monday. The loss for the spring quarter, which ended June 30, was significantly higher than the $740 million loss for the same three-month period last year. The agency blamed increases in compensation and benefit costs for the red ink and said it would be unable to make a congressionally mandated payment of $5.7 billion this September for health benefits for future retirees. The loss came despite a 2 percent increase in operating revenue compared to last

  



Hillary is a hypocrite because she has to be
Washington Times, by Noelle Nikpour    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/11/2014 3:27:41 PM     Post Reply
The writer, ambassador and congresswoman Clare Booth Luce once told President John F. Kennedy, “A great man is one sentence.” The same would apply to a woman who aspires to be great, and Hillary Clinton knows what she wants her sentence to be: “She was the first female president.” Unfortunately, her sentence, written truthfully, would end like this: ” … And she was elected with money donated by rich men.” Women vote in greater numbers than men. They make most of the household financial decisions (and many of the most important other ones). But when it comes to voting with their pocketbooks, or their purses, the rich ones

Study: ´Cash for Clunkers´ an
even bigger lemon than thought
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/11/2014 3:27:18 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON – The government’s "Cash for Clunkers" program – pitched as a plan to jump-start U.S. auto sales and clean up the environment by getting gas-guzzling vehicles off the road -- may have been a clunker itself, according to a new economic study. Researchers at Texas A&M, in a recently released report, measured the impact of Cash for Clunkers on sales and found the program actually decreased industry revenue by $3 billion over a nine-to-11-month period. Meanwhile, the "stimulus" also cost taxpayers $3 billion. The Car Allowance Rebate System, commonly called Cash for Clunkers, was part of a 2009 economic

Tribune Broadcasting announces new home
for CBS TV network in Indianapolis
Fox 59 [Indianapolis, IN], by Amanda Rakes    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/11/2014 3:19:42 PM     Post Reply
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Tribune Broadcasting and CBS Corporation announced Monday a comprehensive, long-term agreement that renews their existing affiliation agreements and gives the nation’s no. 1 network a new home in the Indianapolis market on Tribune Broadcasting’s WTTV. Under terms of the agreement, the CBS affiliate in the Indianapolis area will move from LIN Media’s WISH-TV and begin broadcasting on WTTV (Channel 4) on Jan. 1, 2015. “There’s nothing more valuable to a local station than programming from the no. 1 television network, and Tribune Broadcasting has been a great partner in reaching this agreement,” said Ray Hopkins, president of

DEA paid Amtrak $854,460 for passenger
lists it could have gotten for free
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 8/11/2014 3:03:01 PM     Post Reply
The Drug Enforcement Administration paid an Amtrak secretary $854,460 over nearly 20 years to obtain confidential information about train passengers, which the DEA could have lawfully obtained for free through a law enforcement network, The Associated Press has learned. The employee was not publicly identified except as a "secretary to a train and engine crew" in a report on the incident by Amtrak´s inspector general. The secretary was allowed to retire, rather than face administrative discipline, after the discovery that the employee had effectively been acting as an informant who "regularly" sold private passenger information since 1995 without Amtrak´s approval, according

America to the Rescue, Again
National Review Online, by Tom Rogan    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/11/2014 2:56:48 PM     Post Reply
A few days ago, tens of thousands of civilians were stranded on a mountain dying of thirst and starvation. Today, supported by their carrier air wing, American naval aviators from the U.S.S. George H. W. Bush are putting ordnance on target. This action should have been taken months ago. Far too many have already perished at the hands of ISIS. Yet now, via American food, water, and bombs, civilians in Iraq’s north have found new hope. Finally, we are confronting the threat that ISIS poses to the world. Unfortunately, the task is falling squarely on America. Our closest ally, Britain, has provided

Family of dead racer rips
into ‘d**k’ Tony Stewart
New York Post, by Chris Perez    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/11/2014 2:55:07 PM     Post Reply
The aunt of the sprint car driver who was struck and killed by auto racer Tony Stewart on Saturday has blamed the NASCAR hothead’s temper for her nephew’s death. “Thanks for thinking of our family tony Stewart when you decided to be a d***!,” said Wendi Ward, aunt of driver Kevin Ward Jr., who was fatally struck when he exited his vehicle to confront Stewart during the caution flag of a dirt track sprint car race in upstate New York on Saturday. In the emotionally heated message posted Sunday on Facebook, Wendi Ward opened up about the initial shock of losing Kevin

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