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IRS and Barack´s Half-Brother
American Thinker, by Eileen F. Toplansky    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/12/2014 9:04:09 PM     Post Reply
In April 2012, Indiana´s news station WTHR conducted a "Tax Loophole" investigation that attracted the attention of millions of Americans. They discovered "a massive tax loophole that provides billions of dollars in tax credits to undocumented workers." Although a program known as the Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) was supposed to be "primarily used by undocumented workers to follow the law and file income taxes in the United States" the ongoing IRS scandal linked "ITIN fraud to billions in lost taxpayer dollars" and the IRS was "forced to reform the ITIN program at the start of 2013." Didn´t quite happen.

Lauren Bacall, legendary actress, dies at 89
Los Angeles Times, by Ryan Parker & Dennis McLellan    Original Article
Posted By: Mike PHX- 8/12/2014 8:49:33 PM     Post Reply
Lauren Bacall, the smoky-voiced movie legend who taught Humphrey Bogart how to whistle in "To Have and Have Not," has died at the age of 89, according to her family. Details of the location and the cause of her death were not immediately available. Her death was confirmed by Robbert de Klerk, the co-managing partner of the Humphrey Bogart Estate with her son Stephen Bogart. Reached by telephone at her Santa Monica home, her daughter, Leslie Bogart, said the family was not sharing any additional information at thi time. Bacall launched her career with the 1944 film that turned "Bogie and Bacall" into one of Hollywood's legendary

Go big: Immigration activists
beg Obama to legalize eight
million illegals or more
Hot Air, by Allahpundit    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/12/2014 7:11:26 PM     Post Reply
The number kicked around for the past few months was five or six million. That’s not good enough for immigration groups, who want to see something closer to eight figures. And once you’re creeping up towards 10 million, there’s really no point in having eligibility criteria at all. Just legalize everyone, no questions asked. Honestly, if we’re going to have the president dictate national policy, what’s the sense in demanding that he do it by half-measures? Instead of dipping a toe into our new antidemocratic age, let’s swan dive. Marielena Hincapié, the executive director of the National Immigration Law Center, said that’s

  


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Cheney: Obama Probably Not
Reading His Intelligence Reports
Breitbart TV, by Ian Hanchett    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 8/12/2014 7:07:43 PM     Post Reply
Former Vice President Dick Cheney criticized President Barack Obama’s handling of the crisis in Iraq and said that the president probably isn’t reading his intelligence briefings. In an interview set to air on Tuesday’s “Hugh Hewitt Show,” Cheney agreed with Charles Krauthammer’s claim that the president is “strategically clueless,” adding that President Obama doesn’t think that US power is beneficial, but rather “part of the problem.” And maintaining that President Obama does not “have the same fundamental set of beliefs that most of our presidents have held over the years.” Cheney added that President Obama’s past statements that ISIS was “JV”
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Protests Force Roman Polanski
to Bow Out of Film Festival Honor
Breitbart California, by Chistian Toto    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 8/12/2014 6:31:55 PM     Post Reply
Roman Polanski´s sordid past continue to haunt him. The famed director of Rosemary´s Baby and Chinatown will not personally collect a lifetime achievement award from the Locarno Film Festival as originally planned. The Hollywood Reporter says media critics as well as local Swiss politicians blasted the decision to fete Polanski given his abuse of a pre-teen back in 1977. Court records showed Polanski gave a 13-year-old girl a Quaalude and Champagne before anally raping her. He spent 42 days in prison before fleeing the country rather than face the full force of the U.S. legal system. The director said he

Rush Limbaugh: Robin Williams killed
himself due to ‘leftist world view’
Washington Times, by Jessica Chasmar    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 8/12/2014 6:30:38 PM     Post Reply
Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh argued Tuesday that Robin Williams committed suicide because of his “leftist world view.” “What is the left’s world view in general?” Mr. Limbaugh asked listeners. “If you had to attach, not a philosophy, but an attitude to a leftist world view. It’s one of pessimism, and darkness, sadness. They’re never happy, are they?” (snip) “[Liberals] are animated in large part by the false promises of America, because the promises of America are not for everyone,” he said. “He had it all, but he had nothing. Made everybody else laugh, but was miserable inside. It fits a certain

Immigrant youth to confront
Sen. Ted Cruz about bullying
immigrant community
McKinney Courier-Gazette [Plano, TX], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/12/2014 6:25:37 PM     Post Reply
Dreamers from Texas, a chapter of an immigrant-youth led organization, on Thursday will descend on Sen. Ted Cruz’s Houston offices, present him a huge blowout of his Canadian birth certificate and remind him of his own immigrant roots, according to a release. Maria Fernanda Cabello, an organizer for the organization, United We Dream (UWD), issued the following statement: “Since taking office, Sen. Cruz has bullied the undocumented community, blocking attempts at immigration reform that would lift my parents out of the shadows, and now he’s using his power among right-wing representatives in the House to allow a vote to get rid of

  


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Vast tomb unearthed in northern Greece
Telegraph (UK), by Nick Squires    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 8/12/2014 6:19:57 PM     Post Reply
Archaeologists in Greece have discovered a vast tomb that they believe is connected with the reign of the warrior-king Alexander the Great, who conquered vast swathes of the ancient world between Greece and India. The tomb, dating to around 300 BC, may have held the body of one of Alexander´s generals or a member of his family. It was found beneath a huge burial mound near the ancient site of Amphipolis in northern Greece. Antonis Samaras, Greece´s prime minister, visited the dig on Tuesday and described the discovery as "clearly extremely significant". A broad, five-yard wide road led up to

President Obama urges protesters to
act, “not in a way that wounds
KTVI (St. Louis, MO), by Joe Millitzer    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 8/12/2014 6:18:03 PM     Post Reply
FERGUSON, MO - The police shooting of Michael Brown has made international headlines. Rev. Al Sharpton was in St. Louis on Tuesday to give a speech from the old courthouse. Protesters demands are even being heard in the Oval office. The White House released this statement by the President on the Passing of Michael Brown, “The death of Michael Brown is heartbreaking, and Michelle and I send our deepest condolences to his family and his community at this very difficult time. As Attorney General Holder has indicated, the Department of Justice is investigating the situation along with local officials, and

FAA Issues Flight Restriction After Rioters
Fired ‘Multiple Times’ At Police Helicopter
Daily Caller, by Chuck Ross    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/12/2014 6:16:34 PM     Post Reply
The Federal Aviation Administration issued a temporary flight restriction on Tuesday for an area surrounding Ferguson, M0., the town where a police officer fatally shot an unarmed 18-year-old black man, after a St. Louis County police helicopter was fired upon Sunday night. The flight restriction was issued Tuesday at 1:15 p.m. local time. The reason for the notice is “TO PROVIDE A SAFE ENVIRONMENT FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT ACTIVITIES.” A Ferguson police officer shot Michael Brown on Saturday. The incident sparked outrage in the community as Brown was reportedly unarmed and surrendering to the officer when he was shot multiple times.

CA Supreme Court Rejects
Dems´ Anti-´Citizens United´
Ballot Measure
Breitbart California, by William Bigelow    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 8/12/2014 5:57:20 PM     Post Reply
On Monday, the California Supreme Court blocked an "advisory" ballot measure that Democrats had hoped to include on the November ballot, with a view to increasing turnout among apathetic voters. The non-binding measure, Proposition 49, asked voters if they felt the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United ruling should be reversed. The Sacramento Bee notes that at the time the state legislature approved the measure, Governor Jerry Brown had released a statement condemning the measure while tacitly allowing it to proceed by not vetoing it. Brown’s statement read, “We should not make it a habit to clutter our ballots with nonbinding

  


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Iran endorses Haider al-Abadi as Iraq’s
new prime minister, spurning Nouri al-Maliki
Washington Post, by Loveday Morris    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/12/2014 4:55:23 PM     Post Reply
BAGHDAD — Iran endorsed Iraq’s new prime minister-designate on Tuesday, dealing a devastating blow to Nouri al-Maliki as even the incumbent’s most loyal militia turned its back on him. After eight years in office, Maliki has refused to step aside as Iraq’s prime minister, vowing to fight the nomination Monday of Haider al-Abadi to form a new government. But he was left with nowhere to turn for support Tuesday as he lost the backing of Tehran, which wields significant influence over Iraqi politics. Asaib Ahl al-Haq, a militia that has supported Maliki in the past, also said it supported the

4 Minnesota primary elections to watch
KMSP Fox 9 [Minneapolis/St.Paul MN], by Stephanie Gailhard    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/12/2014 4:26:01 PM     Post Reply
ST. PAUL, Minn. -Tuesday´s primary elections will set the stage for some major races across Minnesota, but turnout is expected to be very low. The Secretary of State´s office is only predicting between 10 to 15 percent turnout – between 200,000 and 300,000 Minnesotans. Governor (Republican challenger to Mark Dayton) -Candidates: Jeff Johnson, Merrill Anderson, Scott Honour, Marty Seifert and Kurt Zellers. What to watch: Analysts believe if Republican party-endorsed Johnson wins is a strong sign the party is back on its feet. Minnesota Republicans have not won a statewide race since 2006 and they lost control of the House

Fatal helicopter crash in Iraq
injures New York Times journalist
Los Angeles Times, by Lauren Raab    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/12/2014 4:21:45 PM     Post Reply
The fatal crash of a helicopter that was delivering aid to stranded Yazidis in Iraq and evacuating some of the refugees from the Sinjar mountains injured a New York Times correspondent, among others. Alissa J. Rubin “apparently suffered a concussion, at least one broken wrist and possibly some broken ribs but was conscious,” the New York Times said. Rubin serves as the New York Times´ Paris bureau chief and was covering the situation in Iraq. Rubin, 56, wrote for the Los Angeles Times for about a decade before being hired by the New York Times in late 2006. She spent

Hillary Clinton to Barack Obama:
No ´attack´ intended
Politico, by Maggie Haberman    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/12/2014 4:10:28 PM     Post Reply
Hillary Clinton called President Barack Obama on Tuesday to “make sure he knows that nothing she said was an attempt to attack him” when she recently discussed her views on foreign policy in an interview with The Atlantic, according to a statement from a Clinton spokesman. The statement comes amid tension between the Clinton and Obama camps in the wake of the interview. It also comes as Obama and Clinton, his former secretary of state, are due to cross paths at a social gathering Wednesday night in Martha’s Vineyard. (Snip) “Secretary Clinton was proud to serve with President Obama, she was proud to be his partner

  


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Obama administration considers
sending more advisers to Iraq
CBS News, by Rebecca Kaplan    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/12/2014 3:54:58 PM     Post Reply
The Obama administration is considering sending more advisers to the city of Erbil in the Kurdish region of Iraq to help manage the ongoing crisis, CBS News National Security Correspondent David Martin reports. President Obama ordered up to 300 military advisers to Iraq in mid-June to assist Iraqi security forces and assess intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance assets in the region, 250 of whom are now on the ground. But there are no advisers in Erbil, close to where much of the fighting is taking place between the Kurdish Peshmerga forces and ISIS. The advisers would, among other things, help manage

Fore! Obama Hits the Golf Course... Again
Breitbart Big Government, by Charlie Spiering    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/12/2014 3:42:02 PM     Post Reply
President Obama continues to enjoy his vacation by spending another afternoon at the golf course. The Presidential motorcade arrived at 12:56 pm on Tuesday at the Vineyard Golf Club in Edgartown, MA, according to the White House Press pool. His golfing partners today are longtime friend Eric Whitaker, Cy Walker and former Ambassador Ron Kirk. This is the third time President Obama has golfed since beginning his vacation, golfing both Saturday and Sunday at the Farm Neck Golf Club in Oak Bluffs, MA. His vacation golf partners have included retired football player Ahmad Rashad and basketball star Ray Allen. On Monday,

Prince Charles pays tribute to ´frenetic
humour´ of ´remarkable´ Robin Williams
Daily Express [UK], by Aaron Brown    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/12/2014 3:35:15 PM     Post Reply
Prince Charles today added his voice to the mournful chorus paying tribute to late actor Robin Williams. In an official statement published on his website, the Prince of Wales honoured the "wonderfully frenetic humour" of Williams´ that "brought a special kind of laughter into people´s lives". Charles, 65, met the Oscar-winning actor numerous times throughout his career, with 63-year-old Williams supporting a number of the Prince´s charity projects. [Snip] "I greatly enjoyed meeting him on several occasions and his irreplaceable contribution to life will be greatly missed by countless people, including myself." In November 2008, Williams performed at a show

WHO approves experimental Ebola drugs
Agence France-Presse, by Nina Larson & Zoom Dosso    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/12/2014 3:21:53 PM     Post Reply
Geneva - The World Health Organization authorised Tuesday the use of experimental drugs to fight Ebola as the death toll topped 1,000 and a Spanish priest became the first European to succumb to the latest outbreak. The declaration by the UN´s health agency came after a US company that makes an experimental serum called ZMapp said it had sent all its available supplies to hard-hit west Africa. "In the special circumstances of this Ebola outbreak it is ethical to offer unregistered interventions as potential treatments or prevention," WHO assistant director general Marie-Paule Kieny told reporters in Geneva, following a meeting

Gene Simmons on immigration:
´Learn to speak the g*****n language´
Independent [UK], by Ella Alexander    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/12/2014 3:14:20 PM     Post Reply
Gene Simmons says that immigrants should learn to speak English if they “want to unlock the keys to the kingdom”. The Kiss frontman was born in Israel and moved to New York with his mother when he was eight-years-old. (Snip) “In America, I could think what I wanted to think, do as I pleased and reach for the stars. In America, I’ve learned, you have an inferred judiciary duty to learn how to speak English. “Get rid of your accent,” he continued. “I did. Be a legal immigrant. I’m a legal immigrant. Come to the country, just buckle your knees a little bit, make an effort to learn about the culture, assimilate to the point that you can.”

  



L.A. to pay $26 million for ban
on naps by garbage-truck drivers
Los Angeles Times, by David Zahniser    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/12/2014 2:57:07 PM     Post Reply
The Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday finalized a $26-million legal settlement to end a lawsuit over a ban on lunchtime naps by trash-truck drivers. The expenditure, approved on a 9-2 vote, resolves a class-action lawsuit involving nearly 1,100 sanitation workers who said they were improperly barred from sleeping and engaging in other activities during their meal breaks. The Times reported in February that the council had endorsed the settlement. Councilman Paul Krekorian, who supported the payment, said the settlement was not publicly announced earlier this year because it was not final and needed the approval of a judge.

Obama presides over unraveling of his
predecessors’ foreign policy accomplishments
Hot Air, by Noah Rothman    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/12/2014 2:55:00 PM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama entered office in 2009 with an undeniable mandate to bring about a swift but favorable conclusion to the Iraq War. But by the time the president entered office, combat operations in Iraq were already winding down. By the middle of 2008, the “surge” strategy and a political offensive resulting in the “Anbar Awakening” had greatly reduced internecine violence. Iraq was on a path toward reconciliation and, it was hoped, stability and peace. “The surge had undoubtedly met its stated aim of buying the time and space necessary for the Iraqi government to advance national reconciliation and, at

Officials: Robin Williams apparently
hanged himself with a belt
CNN, by Josh Levs & Alan Duke    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/12/2014 2:43:55 PM     Post Reply
(Video) Robin Williams apparently died of asphyxia due to hanging, Marin County Sheriff´s Lt. Keith Boyd said Tuesday. The final cause will not be certified for several weeks, said Boyd, who also is the county´s Assistant Chief Deputy Coroner Williams´ body was found "slightly suspended in a seated position" with a belt around his neck, Boyd said. The other end of the belt was between a closed door and the door frame, said Boyd, who also is the county´s assistant chief deputy coroner. Williams´ left wrist had cuts when he was found dead in a bedroom at his home, Boyd

Maliki Seems to Back Away From
Using Military Force to Retain Power
New York Times, by Tim Arango    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/12/2014 2:43:55 PM     Post Reply
Baghdad - After two days of defiant speeches and special security units deployed in the Iraqi capital, raising the specter of a coup, Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki appeared to back away on Tuesday from his implied threat to use force to stay in power, issuing a statement saying that the army should stay out of politics. Mr. Maliki had reacted angrily on Monday to the Iraqi president’s decision to nominate a different Shiite political figure to be prime minister in his place. He had decried the step as unconstitutional, threatened court action and complained that the United States was scheming to oust him. But he appeared to soften his

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