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Medical Transportation Company
Owner Pleads Guilty to Billing
Medicaid for Dead People’s Rides
Boston Globe [MA], by Sara Morrison    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/14/2014 1:12:49 AM     Post Reply
Unfortunately for Cynthia Keegan, dead men do tell tales. Keegan, 51, owns a van company that provided nonemergency rides for wheelchair-bound MassHealth patients. Some of the patients she billed MassHealth for, it turned out, had not used the service. Because they were dead. In September, Keegan was indicted on seven counts of larceny and seven counts of making false claims to Medicaid for billing MassHealth for nearly 10,000 rides that never happened, using the names of a dozen nursing home patients and 47 people who had previously ceased to be. Those rides never actually happened because

Treating Cancer With
Bacteria Shows Real Promise
Time Magazine, by Alice Park    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/14/2014 1:00:30 AM     Post Reply
Bacteria are generally considered more foe than friend, but that may change, if results from a pioneering study are confirmed. Reporting in the journal Science Translational Medicine, scientists led by Dr. Saurabh Saha, a cancer researcher at biotech company BioMed Valley Discoveries, found that directly injecting Clostridium novyi, a common bacteria species that doesn’t need oxygen to survive, into tumors in both dogs and a single human patient shrunk or eliminated tumors and possibly bolstered the immune system to continue targeting tumor cells for up to two years. “We don’t use the word ‘cure’ often in cancer.

North Korea fires projectiles
as Pope Francis lands in Seoul
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/14/2014 12:52:48 AM     Post Reply
Seoul, South Korea - As Francis became the first pope in 25 years to visit South Korea on Thursday, Seoul´s never-timid rival, North Korea, made its presence felt by firing three short-range projectiles less than an hour before he arrived, officials said. Although North Korea declined an invitation to Seoul for the papal visit, Francis plans to reach out to North Korea during his five-day trip in a Mass for peace and reconciliation on the war-divided Korean Peninsula. But Pyongyang has a long history of making sure it is not forgotten during high-profile events in the South. The apparent test firing was conducted from Wonsan

  


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Sen. Mary Landrieu to reimburse
Senate for charter flight
CNN, by Chris Frates    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/14/2014 12:38:48 AM     Post Reply
Sen. Mary Landrieu will reimburse the Senate more than $5,700 for a charter flight she paid for with taxpayer money after CNN questioned the expense. The Louisiana Democrat chartered a private plane last September to travel from New Orleans to Shreveport, where she attended an official event. (Snip) "Out of an abundance of caution in case there was a cost allocation error connected to this flight, the Senate will be reimbursed for the (Shreveport to Dallas) flight." A Senate aide said that because Landrieu was already going to be in Dallas, the office considered the fundraiser incidental and not an expense that had to be partially covered by the campaign.

FBI to hit Chicago streets to combat gangs
Sun-Times [Chicago, IL], by Michael Sneed    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/14/2014 12:29:03 AM     Post Reply
Sneed has learned that the feds plan to dispatch 65 FBI agents to the streets in high-crime areas on the South and West Sides in an all-out battle against gang crime. The 65 feds are part of a group of 100 Chicago agents already assigned to curb gang and violent crimes. “This is a new tactic the FBI is using in fighting crime,” an FBI spokeswoman said, “by working in a concentrated area and a concentrated time on the street — although the FBI has been working hand in hand and day in and day out with the police department." A top police source tells Sneed the FBI agents, who will be working in tandem with the Chicago Police Department,

Experts in ’13: Rapist
ready to be released
Boston Herald, by Erin Smith    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 8/14/2014 12:24:09 AM     Post Reply
Serial rapist Essie L. Billingslea — now accused of brutally raping an Arlington woman in her home — convinced a Suffolk jury to free him last year thanks in part to three taxpayer-funded experts who testified, among other things, that the Level 3 sex offender was a changed man who was too old and sick to be a threat to public safety, according to court records. “I think he struggles in treatment, sometimes pushing the envelope, if you will. But, nonetheless, I think there’s been change in the man, and I think it’s been sufficient so that we don’t any longer

The Rise of 3-D Printed Guns
New York Times, by Nick Bilton    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/14/2014 12:20:53 AM     Post Reply
This week, instead of walking into a gun shop and handing over my credit card to buy firearms, bullets and grenades, I decided to try a different route: I downloaded highly detailed schematics — like blueprints for a house — of dozens of functional weapons and bullets. If I had the time, a little technical know-how or was willing to sit through tutorials online, I could buy a three-dimensional printer (which makes objects by spraying thin layers of plastic that become shapes) and print and assemble some of these guns. Among the files now sitting on my laptop are parts for an M16, AR-15, AK-47 and other semiautomatic guns.

  


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Planned Parenthood Suggests Minor
Should "Horse Whip" Herself
Townhall, by Cortney O´Brien    Original Article
Posted By: JoElla Bee- 8/13/2014 11:36:53 PM     Post Reply
"I would say anything within the sexual world is normal as long as it´s consensual." This is the advice of a Planned Parenthood employee. In the fourth shocking video from the pro-life group Live Action´s under cover investigation, "SexEd: Planned Parenthood´s Dangerous Sex Advice for Kids," another clinic is exposed promoting bondage and submission, sadism and masochism. Here´s just a taste of the advice an employee at the Minneapolis-St. Paul facility gave to an under cover minor regarding her sexual adventures with her boyfriend: "If he wants to try something that is physical, that is going to cause you harm

Bureaucracy versus the germs
PJ Media, by Richard Fernandez    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 8/13/2014 11:35:33 PM     Post Reply
In general we believe that really important things, like epidemics, are above politics. The reverse appears to be true. The more important a thing, the more it attracts political interference. (Snip) The problem MSF faced was simple. If they unsuccessfully administered ZMapp to Dr. Khan they might be accused of turning black Africans into lab rats. And they couldn’t risk that. One MSF clinic had already been attacked by crowds who believed they had brought the virus from outside in the first place. "“What they really didn’t want to do was kill Dr. Khan with their attempt at therapy,” said

Do You Know How Your Everyday
Purchases Affect Political Campaigns?
Because There’s an App for That.
- Thread Closed
Independent Journal Review, by Nicole    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/13/2014 11:17:35 PM     Post Reply
Matthew Colbert, a former campaign and Hill staffer, has launched a new app to help you put your money where your beliefs are. Before you buy a product, you can scan the bar code with the BuyPartisan app to “see the political donations of the CEO, Board of Directors and employees of the company you are buying from.” The app is free. Colbert told the Washington Post the main goal is to make “every day Election Day” through “spending choices.” Here is a sample screen shot of a barcode scan for Neutrogena face wash, which supports the GOP over Democrats

Hillary Clinton steals the Vineyard spotlight
Martha´s Vineyard Times (MA), by Janet Hefler    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/13/2014 11:11:42 PM     Post Reply
The former Secretary of State and rumored presidential candidate attracted a large crowd to a book signing event Wednesday at Bunch of Grapes. It was rainy and grey outside, but the mood was bright inside the Bunch of Grapes Bookstore in Vineyard Haven Wednesday where Hillary Clinton fans were positively beaming. Ms. Clinton was in town to sign copies of her new book, “Hard Choices.” “We love you,” “Please run, we need you,” “I’m such a fan of yours,” and variations of the same were heard again and again from people who had waited in line, some for four hours,

  


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Nancy Pelosi Spearheads $1B
Project Aiding Left-wing Mega Donor
Tom Steyer; Networks Ignore
Newsbusters, by Mike Ciandella    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/13/2014 10:59:56 PM     Post Reply
A new report suggested that liberal billionaire Tom Steyer’s hedge fund profited from a $1 billion San Francisco light rail project pushed by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. Steyer was also a big supporter of Pelosi. Despite being quick to criticize conservative political donors, the morning and evening news shows on ABC, CBS and NBC have all ignored the allegation since the Washington Free Beacon broke the story Aug. 12. According to Washington Free Beacon, Pelosi “steered more than a billion dollars in federal financing” to a transportation project to provide light rail access to the Mission Bay neighborhood

White House: No (combat) boots
on the ground in Iraq
Washington Examiner (DC), by Brian Hughes    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/13/2014 10:52:41 PM     Post Reply
To hear the White House tell it, not all “boots on the ground” are created equal. The White House on Wednesday acknowledged that ground troops could be used in a humanitarian mission in Iraq to help Yazidi refugees surrounded by militants. Considering that President Obama had repeatedly pledged to avoid an extended ground campaign in Iraq, some accused the president of flip-flopping on the issue. But Obama has made a critical distinction on ground troops, the White House said in defending the possible action Wednesday. “What he’s ruled out is reintroducing U.S. forces into combat on the ground in Iraq,”

Fellow Democrats keep their
distance from lonely
fundraiser in chief
Washington Times, by Ben Wolfgang    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 8/13/2014 10:50:21 PM     Post Reply
President Obama remains his party’s biggest moneymaker, bringing in tens of thousands of dollars per person at 79 Democratic fundraisers during his second term, but analysts say he has run into the embarrassing situation that also bedeviled his predecessor: vulnerable members of his own party keeping their distance. Republicans have pounced on the fact that high-profile Democrats up for re-election, such as Sen. Mark Udall of Colorado, have opted not to appear with the president even when he is in their own backyard. Other Democrats, such as Kentucky Senate hopeful Alison Lundergan Grimes, appear eager to enlist more popular figures

Rescue mission for Yazidis on
Iraq’s Mount Sinjar appears
unnecessary, Pentagon says
Washington Post, by Karen DeYoung and Craig Whitlock    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 8/13/2014 10:47:10 PM     Post Reply
A team of about 20 U.S. troops and aid workers who landed Wednesday on Iraq’s Mount Sinjar determined that a rescue operation of besieged minorities stranded there is probably unnecessary, the Pentagon said. “There are far fewer” refugees left at the northern Iraq location, where tens of thousands were said to have been surrounded by Sunni Muslim extremists, and they “are in better condition than previously believed,” a Pentagon statement said. It said that humanitarian airdrops and the nightly evacuation of Yazidis on land routes appeared to have lessened the emergency. U.S. officials credited U.S. airstrikes on militant positions surrounding

  


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Jaguar shows off new lightweight E-Type
Telegraph [UK], by Alex Robbins    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 8/13/2014 10:45:08 PM     Post Reply
Jaguar has revealed the images of the first of its new, hand-built lightweight E-Types. The new production run, limited to just six, which was announced back in May, will complement the 12 original cars that left the Browns Lane factory in 1963, bringing the total amount of genuine lightweight E-Types to 18, the number that was originally intended. (Snip) All of the new E-Types will be built by hand at Jaguar’s new Heritage customer workshop facility, which is located on the site of the now-defunct Browns Lane factory, and all will feature the aluminium body panels that

Obama administration shows
little urgency for stemming
Islamic State violence
Washington Post, by Greg Jaffe and Greg Miller    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 8/13/2014 10:43:35 PM     Post Reply
Senior U.S. officials describe the threat posed by the Islamic State in chilling terms, but have mounted a decidedly modest military campaign to check its advance through northern Iraq. The radical Islamist organization has attracted more fighters, controls more territory and has access to a larger stream of money than al-Qaeda did before the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, according to U.S. officials and terrorism experts. Its refusal to rein in its brand of rampant violence accounts in part for its break from the better-known terrorist group. “This is serious business,” Secretary of State John F. Kerry told reporters earlier

$2.46T: Tax Revenues for FY14 Hit Record
Through July--Gov´t Runs $460B Deficit
Cybercast News Service, by Ali Meyer    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/13/2014 10:17:26 PM     Post Reply
Inflation-adjusted federal tax revenues hit a record $2,469,178,000,000 for the first 10 months of fiscal year this July, but the federal government still ran a $460,450,000,000 deficit during that time, according to the Monthly Treasury Statement. Each month, the Treasury publishes the government’s “total receipts,” including all revenue from individual income taxes, corporate income taxes, social insurance and retirement taxes (including Social Security and Medicare taxes), unemployment insurance taxes, excise taxes, estate and gift taxes, customs duties, and “miscellaneous receipts.” In constant 2014 dollars, the $2,469,178,000,000 that the federal government collected from October through July in fiscal 2014 was $129,126,250,000

Rep. Black: Inability to Verify
Obamacare Applicants’ Immigration
Status Could Cost Billions
Washington Free Beacon, by Elizabeth Harrington    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/13/2014 10:12:26 PM     Post Reply
Rep. Diane Black (R., Tenn.) sent a letter to Health and Human Services (HHS) Wednesday warning that fraudulent Obamacare subsidies could cost taxpayers billions if the administration fails to remedy over 300,000 inconsistencies relating to applicants’ immigration status. Black, who sits on the House Ways and Means and Budget Committees, introduced legislation that would prohibit the payment of subsidies unless an applicant’s information is fully verified. The income verification system within Healthcare.gov, which is used to determine subsidies, has still not been completed. “The numerous delays by HHS and the inability to resolve inconsistencies within the 90-day window required in statute has

Stratcom: China Continuing
to Weaponize Space with Latest
Anti-Satellite Missile Shot
Washington Free Beacon, by Bill Gertz    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/13/2014 10:09:11 PM     Post Reply
OMAHA—China last month conducted another test of a satellite-killing missile that reflects Chinese efforts to weaponize space, the commander of the U.S. Strategic Command said Wednesday. “It’s very problematic to see China working to weaponize space in tests like this one they just had, and so [it’s] very concerning to me as the U.S. Strategic Command commander, and to our nation at large, given our dependency on that capability,” said Adm. Cecil D. Haney, Strategic Command chief. Haney, speaking to reporters after remarks to a Stratcom-sponsored conference on nuclear deterrence, also voiced worries about the recent increase in Russian strategic nuclear bomber

  



Fox News Poll: Majorities disapprove
of Obama on Iraq, Israel and Ukraine
Fox News, by Dana Blanton    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/13/2014 9:58:44 PM     Post Reply
Voters are generally dissatisfied with how President Obama is handling the world’s hot spots -- most give him a thumbs-down for the job he is doing on Iraq, Israel and Ukraine. At the same time, they approve of U.S. airstrikes he’s ordered against ISIS militants in Iraq. That’s according to a new Fox News national poll released Wednesday. Click here for the poll results. Amid new cold war anxieties, most voters say Obama hasn’t been tough enough on Russia, and that Vladimir Putin doesn’t take Obama seriously. A 74-percent majority thinks Obama hasn’t been tough enough on Russia, up from 66 percent in March.

ABC’s Karl: Will ‘Hypocritical’ Obama
Ask Dems To Return Donations From
‘Unpatriotic’ Companies Moving Overseas?
Daily Caller, by Brendan Bordelon    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/13/2014 9:55:36 PM     Post Reply
ABC reporter Jon Karl grilled deputy White House spokesman Eric Schultz about a new report showing how many executives who pursue corporate mergers overseas to avoid onerous U.S. tax laws — a move Obama has called “unpatriotic” — have donated millions to the Democratic Party and President Obama’s former campaigns. On Wednesday, Bloomberg reported that top Obama and Democratic donors — including an investment banker who hosted a fundraiser for the president, a co-chairman of the 2012 Democratic National Convention and a bundler who raised $200,000 for Obama’s reelection campaign — are all guilty of pursuing “corporate inversions,” which Obama

MSNBC Host: Obama, Holder
Would Be ‘Great Choices’ For
The Supreme Court [Video]
Daily Caller, by Brendan Bordelon    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/13/2014 9:46:29 PM     Post Reply
MSNBC host Michael Eric Dyson claimed President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder would be “great choices” as justices for The Supreme Court of the United States. Taking over for Ed Schultz on “The Ed Show” Wednesday, the Georgetown University professor broke down the two top officials’ chances of earning a lifetime chance on the bench after they leave office in 2016. Dyson said he doesn’t think Obama would be interested in a Supreme Court appointment. “I think that, look — the man is so busy now, and he’ll be even busier when he’s out of office,” he explained. “Doing all

State Dept: We’ve Been ‘Looking
At’ a Long-Term Strategy Against
ISIL For a Year
Washington Free Beacon, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/13/2014 9:41:29 PM     Post Reply
The State Department claimed Wednesday that they have been “looking at” developing a long-term strategy to fight ISIL in both Iraq and Syria for a year. The United States has stressed repeatedly that its current limited missions in Iraq against ISIL are not long-term solutions. “We are looking long-term at how we fight ISIL,” said State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf. Asked by a reporter to clarify, Harf said, “We’ve been looking at that for quite some time. That’s not new.” “We’ve been looking at that for months and months, even before the latest offenses that started in June against Mosul – for, you

´The Giver´ Review: Lois Lowry´s Original
Dystopian Vision Preserved on Big Screen
Breitbart Big Hollywood, by Lauren Veneziani    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/13/2014 9:32:39 PM     Post Reply
Films based on dystopian novels have become wildly popular in the last few years. Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games hit the big screen two years ago starring Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson, with the sequel The Hunger Games: Catching Fire following in 2013. Earlier this year, Veronica Roth’s Divergent found new life in a film featuring Shailene Woodley and Kate Winslet, and next month James Dashner’s The Maze Runner also will hit theaters. But well before any of these books were written, there was Lois Lowry’s The Giver, a short, but profound novel that many of us read in the

Obama Won´t Return Money
From Tax Deals He Dislikes
Bloomberg News, by Richard Rubin & Annie Linskey    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/13/2014 9:24:50 PM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama won’t return campaign donations to executives, advisers and directors who have profited from offshore mergers that reduce corporate taxes using a technique he has called “unpatriotic.” Responding to a Bloomberg News report that described connections between more than 20 Obama donors and the tax-cutting transactions, White House Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz said the president will keep the cash. “We are not privy to the details and have no role in any individual company’s plans,” Schultz said today at a briefing on Martha’s Vineyard where Obama is vacationing. “But what the president is

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