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Iraqi president names Haider
al-Abadi new prime
minister, defying Maliki
Washington Post, by Loveday Morris    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 8/11/2014 10:18:23 PM     Post Reply
BAGHDAD — Iraq’s president on Monday asked a veteran Shiite politician, Haider al-Abadi, to form a new government, setting the stage for a vicious political showdown in a country already struggling to contain an Islamist extremist insurgency. As his already limited political support crumbled, the incumbent prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki, dug in for a fight. He argued that the appointment of the 62-year-old Abadi as prime minister-designate was legally invalid. The clash has raised deep concerns at home and abroad about Iraq’s teetering stability. Ominously, Maliki reminded the country in a televised address Monday of his position as head of

Mugged by reality in the Middle East
Washington Post, by Michael Gerson    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 8/11/2014 10:14:57 PM     Post Reply
So ends a foreign policy experiment that began with two choices in 2011. In that hinge year, President Obama decided to stay out of the Syrian conflict and to passively accept the withdrawal of all U.S. ground forces from Iraq (which he later claimed as a personal achievement during his reelection campaign). I’m not sure the motivation behind these acts can be termed a strategy. They seemed rooted in a perception of the public’s war-weariness (which Obama fed through his own rhetoric), a firm determination to be the anti-Bush and a vague belief that a U.S. presence in the Middle

Obama vacations as the world burns
Washington Post, by Dana Milbank    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 8/11/2014 10:12:40 PM     Post Reply
President Obama must really be teed off. Hillary Rodham Clinton, his once-loyal secretary of state and his likeliest successor, has gone rogue, criticizing his foreign policy as too timid. Obama responded with not one but two rounds of golf. Clinton, in an interview with Jeffrey Goldberg published by the Atlantic over the weekend, offered a withering comment on the Obama doctrine, described in shorthand by White House officials as “don’t do stupid [expletive].” Said Clinton: “Great nations need organizing principles, and ‘Don’t do stupid stuff’ is not an organizing principle.” As the criticism became public, Obama was doggedly sticking with

  


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St. Louis, Missouri, Shopping
Mall Closed Down
After Massive Brawl
Breitbart Big Government, by Warner Todd Huston    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 8/11/2014 10:06:43 PM     Post Reply
A shopping mall in downtown St. Louis was abruptly shut down by police late Monday night after a brawl started among a crowd of youths. The Galleria in St. Louis set a new curfew due to the recent troubles and to try and cut down on theft and violence. However, on Monday the mall was closed even earlier due to a fight that broke out. It isn´t clear if the massive brawl had anything to do with the shooting in nearby Ferguson. Local reports noted that the brawl began on the second floor of the mall. Another report held that

Democrats swimming in
a sea turning red
Washington Times, by Wesley Pruden    Original Article
Posted By: Maryland_Patriot- 8/11/2014 9:55:58 PM     Post Reply
Nobody reckons that election returns from Hawaii, the land of the lotus-eaters stuck thousands of miles off the California coast in the vast reaches of the Pacific, have much to say about national political trends. You might as well ask the cat. Nevertheless, disappointment and disgust with the established order has reached across the waves. Andrew Romanoff, the Democratic speaker of the Colorado House of Representatives, is running for Congress in a true-blue district Mr. Obama carried not once, but twice. This year Mr. Romanoff is not the usual free-spending Democrat who walks two inches off the ground to keep his

Minute-and-Half Car Chase Leaves 6
People Dead After Wreck in League City
KTRK-TV [Houston, TX], by Steve Campion    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 8/11/2014 9:52:16 PM     Post Reply
League City, TX — Police say a car chase in League City Sunday night lasted only a minute and a half, but in that short time, six lives were taken and families were changed forever. The collision happened around 8:30pm at the intersection of FM 646 and Ohio Street. Dickinson police say an officer tried to pull over a Dodge Durango for a traffic violation. When the officer turned on his emergency lights, the driver took off at a high rate of speed. About 1.3 miles later, the suspect disregarded a stop sign and struck a Honda Accord that was headed

Why Ferguson burned: Explaining
St. Louis area riot to kids, outsiders
St Louis Post-Dispatch, by Aisha Sultan    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 8/11/2014 9:45:30 PM     Post Reply
There was an eerie flashback to 1965 in parts of the St. Louis region Sunday. Riot gear. Tear gas. German shepherds. Looting. Stores on fire. Dozens arrested. It was the violent aftermath of a violent encounter the day before between a police officer and teenager Mike Brown, who was killed. On this very same night that Ferguson boiled over, the Watts riots had burned in Los Angeles nearly 50 years prior. It´s hard to explain race relations within the St. Louis metro area to those who have never lived here. It´s even harder to make sense of it for children

  


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Fed Official Warns ‘Disappointing’
Growth Could Foretell Future
New York Times, by Nelson D. Schwartz    Original Article
Posted By: ruready?- 8/11/2014 9:42:28 PM     Post Reply
Sounding a somber note even as the economic outlook in the United States brightens, the Federal Reserve’s No. 2 official acknowledged on Monday that global growth had been “disappointing” and warned of fundamental headwinds that might temper future gains. The official, Stanley Fischer, who took over as vice chairman of the Fed in June, noted that although the weak recovery might simply be fallout from the financial crisis and the recession, “it is also possible that the underperformance reflects a more structural, longer-term shift in the global economy.” In a speech delivered on Monday in Stockholm at a conference organized

What Is Hillary Clinton Really Saying?
PJ Media, by Bryan Preston    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 8/11/2014 9:30:59 PM     Post Reply
Over the past day or so, the Trajectory of Blame for Iraq has gone like this: Hillary Clinton is blaming Barack Obama, who is blaming George W. Bush. (Snip) For its part, the Obama administration including Hillary Clinton was awfully quick to side with the Muslim Brotherhood, the ideological fountainhead of Islamic terrorism. There were concerns early on in the Syrian civil war that the United States would intervene, perhaps decisively — on the wrong side. Not that there’s really a “right” side in that war. Assad is a brutal dictator who sides with Iran and has waged proxy wars

Democrats Pay Black
Staffers 30% Less
Daily Beast, by Tim Mak    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/11/2014 9:30:42 PM     Post Reply
If you’re a person of color hoping to get hired by a political campaign, here’s the ugly truth: You’ll probably get paid less than your white counterparts, if you’re even hired at all. On both sides of the aisle, there is a racial pay gap in campaign politics. Asian, Black and Latino staffers are paid less than their white counterparts, according to an analysis by the New Organizing Institute. For example, African-American staffers on Democratic campaigns were paid 70 cents for each dollar their white counterparts made. For Hispanic staffers in Democratic campaigns, the figure was 68 cents on the

Bioethicist: Ebola Treatment to
West Is Troubling, Bad Science
NBC News, by Arthur Caplan    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 8/11/2014 9:26:14 PM     Post Reply
Spanish officials say a 75-year-old Roman Catholic priest who was infected with Ebola and flown back to Spain has received the same therapy as two American aid workers: an experimental treatment called ZMapp never before tested in humans. (Snip) That said, it is very troubling that the only people known to have gotten the drug to date are two Americans and a Spaniard. The drug´s maker, Mapp Biopharmaceutical Inc., said Monday that it also responded to a request for ZMapp from a West African nation and that its supply “is exhausted.” It did not name the nation or say whether

  


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Holder opens federal
probe of slain teen
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Benjamin Goad    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/11/2014 9:24:51 PM     Post Reply
The Justice Department has launched a federal investigation into the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black teenager in a St. Louis suburb over the weekend, Attorney General Eric Holder announced Monday. The DOJ’s Civil Rights Division will participate in the probe, along with FBI agents from the St. Louis field office and the U.S. Attorney´s Office, Holder said. “The shooting incident in Ferguson, Missouri, this weekend deserves a fulsome review,” Holder said. “At every step, we will work with the local investigators, who should be prepared to complete a thorough, fair investigation in their own right. I will continue to receive

Navy removes Bibles from guest rooms
Fox News, by Todd Starnes    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/11/2014 9:19:02 PM     Post Reply
There is growing outrage among sailors and religious liberty advocates over a directive that calls for the removal of Bibles from lodges and hotels run on U.S. Navy bases. The directive comes after an atheist group filed a formal complaint earlier this year over the placement of Bibles in the rooms. "The current direction is to remove all religious material from Navy Lodge guest rooms," read an email to a Navy chaplain from The Navy Exchange Service Command (NEXCOM). "For those Navy Lodges with religious materials currently in guest rooms, the Navy Lodge General Manager will contact the Installation Chaplain´s office

´He made us laugh, he made us cry´: President
Obama leads tributes to Robin Williams after
the Oscar winning comic is found dead in apparent
suicide at his California home following long
battle against depression
Daily Mail [UK], by Mark Duell & James Nye    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/11/2014 9:12:17 PM     Post Reply
President Obama has led the tributes to Robin Williams after the comic was found dead aged 63 from an apparent suicide, police in California said on Monday night. His wife Susan Schneider confirmed the tragic news and spoke of her ‘profound grief’. ´This morning, I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings. I am utterly heartbroken. ´As he is remembered, it is our hope the focus will not be on Robin´s death, but on the countless moments of joy and laughter he gave to millions.´ A

Obama’s standing among voters
is hurting Democrats, poll finds
Telegraph (Macon, GA), by Anita Kumar    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 8/11/2014 9:05:30 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is dragging down his party and hurting the prospects of fellow Democrats as they head into midterm elections that will determine who controls Congress, according to a new McClatchy-Marist poll. Obama is beset by problems at home and abroad. Just 40 percent of voters approve of the way he’s doing his job, tying his worst mark in three years and the second worst of his presidency. Just 39 percent approve of the way he’s dealing with the economy and only 33 percent approve of how he’s dealing with foreign policy, the worst of his years in office. By

  


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The President suggests for the first time a Supreme
Court vacancy in his final two years of office
Time Magazine, by Zeke J. Miller    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 8/11/2014 8:57:22 PM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama hinted at the possibility of an upcoming vacancy on the Supreme Court Monday during a fundraiser for Senate Democrats. Speaking to a group of donors to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee on a break from his vacation in Martha’s Vineyard, Obama said he needs Democrats to hold a majority this year to fill vacancies to the high court. “What’s preventing us from getting things done right now is you’ve got a faction within the Republican Party that thinks solely in terms of their own ideological purposes and solely in terms of how do they hang on to

At Martha´s Vineyard, Obama
Complains About Cold Ocean
Breitbart Big Government, by Charlie Spiering    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 8/11/2014 8:43:40 PM     Post Reply
During a fundraiser on Martha´s Vineyard on Monday, President Obama told the guests all about his afternoon on a nearby beach -- which included playing with some seals. "I found, as somebody from Hawaii, the water is still a little cold," he said as the crowd laughed, although he acknowledged that the weather was nice. "It’s really wonderful to be at Martha’s Vineyard, especially when the weather is this good," he said. Obama also told the guests that the first family spent time with some seals on the beach. "We were hanging out with some seals this afternoon who came

Intel Chief Blasts Obama
Weekly Standard, by Stephen F. Hayes    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/11/2014 8:09:33 PM     Post Reply
As the world watches the strengthening of global jihadist movements – from ISIS to al Qaeda to dozens of affiliated and like-minded groups – one of those inside the U.S. government who was most vocal about the growing threats is leaving his position. General Michael Flynn served as head of the Defense Intelligence Agency from July 2012 until last week. Throughout his tenure he challenged the Obama administration’s hopeful and inaccurate narrative about the war against al Qaeda and jihadists – pushback that doubtless contributed to his early departure from the agency. Flynn isn’t leaving quietly. In a fascinating interview

Fore, Three, Two, One …
PJ Media, by Richard Fernandez    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 8/11/2014 7:29:18 PM     Post Reply
As a Russian “humanitarian” convoy readies to launch itself at the Ukraine under Moscow’s version of the “responsibility to protect”, the Washington Post describes how Obama decided to help the Kurds after he was assured ISIS was meeting the legal requirements for genocide. (Snip) I used to think that either of two events might trigger a serious effort to impeach the president: an invasion of Ukraine or an invasion of Taiwan. But now I doubt that even both together would pull him off the golf links. What might coax him from his pastoral settings is a legal document. The president

Robin Williams dead at 63
Entertainment Weekly Magazine, by Nicole Sperling    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 8/11/2014 7:00:04 PM     Post Reply
Oscar winner and comedian Robin Williams died this morning at 63. While his publicist wouldn’t confirm that it was a suicide, they did issue this statement. “Robin Williams passed away this morning. He has been battling severe depression of late. This is a tragic and sudden loss. The family respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time.” Williams, who won an Oscar for his supporting role in Good Will Hunting, will reprise his role as Theodore Roosevelt in the third installment of Night at the Museum this December. He had recently signed on to reprise his

  



Grocery Store Employee Caught
Doing Humble Act for an Elderly
Shopper Gets the Gratitude He Deserves
Independent Journal Review, by Nicole    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/11/2014 6:16:02 PM     Post Reply
Customer service these days is outright subpar in many places. Gage, a Publix employee, is one of the good ones. When he saw an elderly man who couldn’t bend over to tie his shoe, he jumped to action. Only one shoelace was untied, but Gage redid both to make sure the laces were secure. Keith Kiel, who was shopping when he came across Gage helping out, knew he was witnessing a wonderful moment so he snapped a picture and posted it to Facebook as featured below. (Photo) His description reads: I shopped at Publix tonight and saw this random act

Obamacare Architect Met with Obamacare
Author the Afternoon Before His ´Typo´
Breitbart Big Government, by Scott Vorse    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 8/11/2014 5:55:34 PM     Post Reply
On July 24th, footage surfaced of Jonathan Gruber, MIT economist and the chief architect of Obamacare, discussing the issue at the heart of the latest ACA court cases: whether subsidies are only available for state-run insurance exchanges or can also be paid as part of a federal exchange. During a January 18, 2012 video-taped lecture Gruber said, "I think what’s important to remember politically about this, is if you’re a state and you don’t set up an exchange, that means your citizens don’t get their tax credits." The next day, Gruber spoke with Jonathan Cohn, a senior editor at The

Department of Education:
Unaccompanied Illegal Immigrant
Minors ´Entitled to´ Public Education
Breitbart Big Government, by Caroline May    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/11/2014 5:36:30 PM     Post Reply
The Department of Education released a fact sheet Monday about the availability of public school education for undocumented immigrant children — specifically the tens of thousands unaccompanied minors who have recently entered the U.S. illegally. “We have begun to receive inquiries regarding educational services for a specific group of immigrant children who have been in the news – children from Central America who have recently crossed the U.S. - Mexico border,” the Department of Education explains. “This new fact sheet provides information to help education leaders better understand the responsibilities of States and local educational agencies (LEAs) in connection with

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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