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National Review Online, by L. Brent Bozell, III    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/12/2014 5:10:25 AM     Post Reply
It is such common sense as to be undeniable that basic journalism requires a party label to be affixed to a story about an elected public official, the president excepted. It is the DNA of the “who” in a news report. “Senator Robert Byrd, the Democratic senator from West Virginia, died today.” Take out “Democratic” and try that sentence. It doesn’t work. “Mike Lee, GOP senator from Utah and God’s gift to mankind, coasted to reelection last night.” Ditto. It follows that the rule applies to stories about political scandal, precisely because it’s just that — politics. But what happens when

Nancy Pelosi’s Husband
Stiffs NFL Legends
Washington Free Beacon, by Bill McMorris    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/12/2014 5:06:35 AM     Post Reply
Mr. Nancy Pelosi is ignoring a California arbitrator’s order to pay former NFL coach Dennis Green nearly $1 million for coaching his defunct football team. In February, an arbitrator ordered multi-millionaire Paul Pelosi, husband of the House Democratic leader, and his business partner, William Hambrecht, to pay former NFL coach Dennis Green $990,000 for his work in the United Football League (UFL). Neither Pelosi, nor Hambrecht have paid Green, though it has now been six months since the decision. “Pelosi is in a defiant position now. He has lost the arbitration but now still thinks he cannot be made to

Charlie Exposed
American Spectator, by Larry Thornberry    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/12/2014 4:58:50 AM     Post Reply
In a fine piece of long journalism, Tampa Bay Times reporters Adam Smith and Michael Kruse provide Floridians with everything they need to know about Charlie Crist in a bit more than 10,000 well-chosen words. It’s not a pretty picture. But then regular TAS readers already know this, as do Floridians paying the slightest attention. “Knowing Charlie,” which begins on page one of last Sunday’s Times is a lot more than the usual journalistic he-said, she-said, and re-write from the files. It is the result of months of work by the two reporters, interviewing Crist’s supporters and detractors, as well as

  


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Hamas official: This is second
and final cease-fire with Israel
Jerusalem Post [Israel], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/12/2014 4:55:23 AM     Post Reply
A senior Hamas official said on Tuesday that his group was locked in "difficult" talks in Egyptian-mediated efforts in Cairo to forge a lasting cease-fire in Gaza with Israel. [Snip] The radio station reported that the delegation was expected to agree to ease some restrictions in Gaza, including extending fishing rights, increasing the number of materials that enter Gaza, along with Israel allowing funds to enter the Strip to be used to pay the salaries of Hamas officials. The Israeli delegation reiterated that it was not going to give any concessions regarding Hamas´ demands to open a seaport and airport

Obama’s Immigration Plan
Should Scare Liberals, Too
New York Magazine, by Jonathan Chait    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/12/2014 4:52:16 AM     Post Reply
The Obama years have taught us the sometimes frightening lesson that our Constitution and legal structure alone don’t secure the Republic. We also depend on norms — or an implied understanding of what sort of behavior is acceptable. Liberals have given this problem special attention, as Republicans have carried out most of the norm-violating. It turns out to be perfectly legal for a party that controls just one wing of Congress to announce that, unless the president offers up ideological concessions, they will unleash a potential worldwide economic calamity. There is likewise nothing in the Constitution stopping the opposition party

Obama Told Lawmakers Criticism
of His Syria Policy is ´Horsesh*t´
Daily Beast, by Josh Rogin    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/12/2014 4:47:39 AM     Post Reply
Hillary Clinton and congressmen alike have called on Obama to arm Syria’s rebels. But the president fumed at lawmakers in a private meeting for suggesting he should’ve done more. President Obama got angry at lawmakers who suggested in a private meeting that he should have armed the Syrian rebels, calling the criticism “horseshit.” The argument that America should have done more in Syria, made for years by foreign policy leaders in both parties and several members of Obama’s senior national security team, was brought back to the fore this past weekend. Obama and Hillary Clinton gave dueling interviews in which they publicly

NYPD ordered to ‘drive around
flashing lights’ to deter crime
New York Post, by Kenneth Garger and Dana Sauchelli    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 8/12/2014 4:45:45 AM     Post Reply
Members of the NYPD’s elite Emergency Services Unit — many ex-military members who scale bridges to rescue jumpers and turn into rooftop snipers to nail hostage-takers — have been ordered to drive around the city’s worst neighborhoods with their lights flashing to deter crime, The Post has learned. (Snip) The detail has some of the most highly trained cops driving around the most crime plagued precincts — like the 75th Precinct in East New York and 42nd in the South Bronx — to prevent violent crime and make arrests when necessary. “It’s really a joke,” a disgusted ESU source said. “We sit

  


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The war Obama didn’t end
New York Post, by Rich Lowry    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/12/2014 4:43:02 AM     Post Reply
There was a time not so long ago when President Obama boasted of how he had “ended” the Iraq War. It was, in his telling, a sign of his stalwart fidelity to his word. A video produced by his 2012 presidential campaign was titled “Ending the War in Iraq: A Promise Kept.” His Web site said in December 2011: “This month, President Obama is making good on his promise to bring the last American troops home from Iraq in time for the holidays.” The president portrayed the complete withdrawal of US troops as testimony to his exemplary political character. “You know I say what

Racer says crash that killed
Kevin Ward Jr. was avoidable
New York Post, by Lia Eustachewich    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/12/2014 4:40:41 AM     Post Reply
Upstate cops intensified their probe into whether NASCAR driver Tony Stewart intentionally mowed down and killed a rival — while another racer said he thought the tragedy could have been avoided. Paul Kinney — who was also competing when Stewart’s car struck driver Kevin Ward Jr. on a dirt track in Canandaigua Saturday — said he clearly saw Ward on the track and managed to dodge him himself. “I seen Kevin clear as day. Nobody else ran into him, either,” he told NBC News, noting he was close enough to see Ward’s face after the 20-year-old stepped out of his

Why Do Most Jews
Stay with Obama?
PJ Media, by Arnold Steinberg    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/12/2014 4:37:32 AM     Post Reply
It was implausible to me that Barack Obama never knew Rev. Jeremiah Wright hated Jews. At best, Obama made a deal with this anti-Semitic racist, who helped Obama launch his political career. Still, back in 2008, Jews — displaying the cognitive dissonance of a captive Democratic voter bloc — gave Obama the benefit of the doubt for the same reason most Jews continue to support him: he’s (half) black. Jews favor underdogs and victims (though really, Obama is neither). As many Jews assimilated into America over the last century, some downplayed their Jewish identity — changing names, intermarrying and, most of all,

ABC: Semi-retired president “entirely
unconcerned” by optics of playing
golf while Iraq melts down
Hot Air, by Allahpundit    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/12/2014 4:34:39 AM     Post Reply
On the one hand, by his own admission, what’s happening in northern Iraq is genocidal in intent. On the other hand, Farm Neck sure is a sweet course. Dilemmas, dilemmas. He did authorize military action before hitting the links, but then so did Bush and that didn’t spare him from lefty mockery for years afterward — and Bush quit the game in 2003 because he felt it sent “the wrong signal” when bombs were falling. But maybe that explains it. Maybe it’s okay for O to play because this is still “Bush’s war.” Or is it? In a post over the weekend, Joel

  


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I spent a day watching AtheistTV —
and it was horrifying
Salon, by Daniel D´Addario    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/12/2014 4:28:11 AM     Post Reply
The Christian right has some things figured out. These days, Christian entertainment isn’t just the didactic “700 Club” — it includes spectacles as high-flying as History’s miniseries “The Bible” or as wacky as GSN’s “American Bible Challenge.” If these entertainments, relying as they do on knowledge of the source material, do any converting, that’s a fringe benefit; they exist to further galvanize the faithful in their beliefs. American atheists haven’t learned from these projects, it seems. The recently-launched AtheistTV, which is available over the Internet and through the Roku streaming device, frames itself as an outreach project of sorts. It consists

Russia sends purported aid trucks
to Ukraine as NATO secretary-general
issues new attack warning
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/12/2014 4:24:58 AM     Post Reply
Russia said Tuesday that it had dispatched 280 trucks full of humanitarian aid to eastern Ukraine, after NATO´s secretary-general warned that there was a "high probability" that Moscow would order troops to the war-torn region to aid separatist rebels. Russian television reported early Tuesday that trucks carrying 2,000 tons of humanitarian aid were headed to Ukraine. Reporters said the convoy of trucks, painted white and bearing a red cross, is part of an internationally agreed-upon mission under the auspices of the International Committee of the Red Cross. NTV television showed hundreds of white trucks gathered at a depot outside Moscow, and said

Bringing home the
fallen Marines of Tarawa
CBS News, by Chip Reid    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/12/2014 4:21:04 AM     Post Reply
TARAWA -- The Republic of Keera-Bass is a nation of 33 islands straddling the equator in the central Pacific Ocean. One of the islands was the scene of a World War II battle. Now there is a mission to recover the fallen. In November 1943, 18,000 U.S. Marines stormed the Pacific island of Tarawa. It was so heavily fortified that a Japanese commander boasted it would take a million men a hundred years to take the island. It took the Marines three days. Jim Morrow was one of those Marines. "My first emotional moment came when I got over the long pier and I

And now for the good news
CNN, by Fareed Zakaria    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/12/2014 4:18:20 AM     Post Reply
Wherever you look these days, the world seems like it’s on fire. New hot spots like Russia and Ukraine are competing with the old ones like Gaza and festering conflicts like those in Syria and Iraq – especially Iraq – are getting much worse. Even Afghanistan, which seemed in better shape than the other places, had a setback this past week. So, is there any good news out there? In fact, there is. Some of the most important countries in the world are making remarkable progress, affecting at least 1.5 billion people. Let´s start with Indonesia, the largest Muslim country in the world

  


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Police, Protesters Again
Clash Outside St. Louis
Associated Press, by Alan Scherzagier    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/12/2014 4:13:10 AM     Post Reply
FERGUSON, Mo. -- Police in riot gear fired tear gas into a crowd of protesters in a St. Louis suburb where an unarmed black teenager had been fatally shot by police over the weekend, as tension rose even amid calls for collective calm. Between two nights of unrest, a community forum hosted by the local NAACP chapter Monday night drew hundreds to a sweltering church in Ferguson, the St. Louis County suburb of 21,000 that´s nearly 70 percent black and the place where 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot multiple times after being confronted by an officer. Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson said

´The border fence is a joke´: Filmmaker
crosses from US to Mexico dressed as
Osama bin Laden as Border Patrol says ´we
can´t be everywhere at once´
Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: ketchuplover- 8/12/2014 2:14:31 AM     Post Reply
A flamethrowing American conservative activist raised eyebrows in the U.S. on Monday by releasing a video of himself crossing the Rio Grande River from Mexico into Texas, dressed as the late al-Qaeda terror mastermind Osama bin Laden. Guerrilla documentarian James O´Keefe´s footage comes at a time when Americans are engaged in a national debate about border security. Tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors from Central America have entered the U.S. illegally in recent months, drawn by a confusing White House policy that appears to offer amnesty for those who make it safely. In Monday´s video release, O´Keefe focuses on the implications for

Obama is responsible for
the deaths in Iraq
American Thinker, by Jim Yardley    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 8/12/2014 12:07:28 AM     Post Reply
ISIS, ISIL, the Islamic State, or whatever it’s called today is a group of homicidal thugs, drunk on their own sense of power and bolstered by their military successes in Syria, Lebanon, and Iraq. Thousands have been murdered – and not just by a bullet to the head, but decapitated while they are alive. Thousands of women and children have been slaughtered. For those who think that the only “war on women” is perpetrated by Republicans who think that if women want abortifacients, they should pay for such drugs themselves, let me repeat that. Thousands of women and children have

Obama: Democrats aren’t
ideological, just pragmatic
Washington Times, by Dave Boyer    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 8/11/2014 10:23:18 PM     Post Reply
Presumably with a straight face, President Obama said Monday night that Democratic leaders in Congress are “not ideological.” Speaking at a fundraiser for Senate Democrats while vacationing on Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, Mr. Obama said people such as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, are not to blame for partisan gridlock. “If you look at the leadership of Democrats in both the House and the Senate, they’re not ideological, they’re not proposing radical solutions,” Mr. Obama said. “They are common sense. They are pragmatic. That’s how we got health care passed. That’s why we’ve been able to make progress on

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

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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