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Obama Weighs Strategy
Against Islamic State
Associated Press, by Ken Delanian & Lara Jakes    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/14/2014 4:35:53 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration is grappling with how to bridge the gap between its increasingly dire assessment of the threat posed by the Islamic State group and the limited, defensive air campaign it has so far undertaken, which military officials acknowledge will not blunt the group´s momentum. For months, administration officials have been divided about the threat posed by the Islamic State as it seized parts of Syria and advanced on towns in Iraq. Now, amid new intelligence about its growing strength, a consensus is forming that the group presents an unacceptable terrorism risk to the United States and its

Report: US halted weapons transfer
to Israel during Gaza offensive
Jerusalem Post [Israel], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/14/2014 3:54:52 AM     Post Reply
Amid diplomatic tensions between US President Barack Obama´s administration and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, the US halted a shipment of air to ground missiles to Israel last month during Israel´s offensive in the Gaza Strip, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. In July, Israel requested "through military-to-military channels a large number of Hellfire missiles", a first batch of which was about to be released to Israel, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing Israeli and American officials. But the Pentagon immediately put the shipment on hold, and top officials at the White House instructed US defense agencies to consult with

Ferguson in turmoil: Heavily armed SWAT
teams fire tear gas on demonstrators and
arrest two journalists in fourth night of*
Daily Mail [UK] & Associated Press, by James Nye    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/14/2014 2:44:48 AM     Post Reply
Heavily armed SWAT police trained their guns on the public and fired tear gas in Ferguson, Missouri, on Wednesday night as racial unrest over the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teen rocked the St. Louis suburb for the fourth night running. [Snip] After repeatedly asking them to disperse, the riot police then fired tear gas into the crowd to break it up, causing scenes that resembled a war zone as another night of clashes was sparked between authorities and furious protestors. The protestors that remained entered into pitched street battles with police with people lobbing Molotov cocktails at police who

  


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Canada Slams UNHRC
Gaza Committee ´Sham´
Arutz Sheva [Israel], by Dalilt Halevy, Ari Yashar    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/14/2014 2:19:24 AM     Post Reply
Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird sharply criticized the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) appointment of a committee to investigate accusations of "war crimes" in Operation Protective Edge--a committee headed by an outspoken opponent of the Jewish state. The "UN Human Rights Council continues to be a sham for advancing human rights. It´s an utter shame and will do nothing to promote peace and dignity in Gaza for the Palestinian people," wrote Baird on his Twitter account Monday. The Canadian minister has previously vocalized his criticism of the UNHRC probe, saying last month when it was announced that

Obama Stresses Importance of
´Sustainable´ Gaza Ceasefire
Arutz Sheva [Israel], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/14/2014 2:08:44 AM     Post Reply
U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday told Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu that it was important to reach an agreement on a permanent ceasefire in Gaza. The two spoke by telephone before the 72-hour ceasefire expired and before it was announced that it was extended for five more days. “The President reaffirmed the United States’ support for Egypt’s mediation efforts and underscored the importance of achieving a sustainable outcome that ensures Israel’s security and addresses Gaza’s humanitarian crisis,” said a White House statement following the phone call. Hamas violated the 72-hour ceasefire three hours before it

Witnesses to Michael Brown´s
shooting detail his last minutes
CNN, by Ben Brumfield & Yan Pomranze    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/14/2014 1:49:13 AM     Post Reply
Ferguson, Missouri - A new witness in the police shooting of unarmed teen Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, told CNN that Brown and the police officer tussled at the police car window, then the officer shot the teen multiple times, as Brown backed away. "What I saw was when Michael and the cop were wrestling through the window," Tiffany Mitchell told CNN´s Don Lemon. A shot was fired while Brown was out the window. He got free, and the officer got out of the vehicle, followed Brown and shot him, she said. He raised his hands, and the officer kept firing, she said. At night, Ferguson has taken on the appearance of a police state,

Militants’ Siege on Mountain
in Iraq Is Over, Pentagon Says
New York Times, by Helene Cooper & Michael D. Shear    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/14/2014 1:36:01 AM     Post Reply
Washington - Defense Department officials said late Wednesday that United States airstrikes and Kurdish fighters had broken the Islamic militants’ siege of Mount Sinjar, allowing thousands of the Yazidis trapped there to escape. An initial report from about a dozen Marines and Special Operations forces who arrived on Tuesday and spent 24 hours on the northern Iraqi mountain said that “the situation is much more manageable,” a senior Defense official said in an interview. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, speaking to reporters Wednesday night at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., said it was “far less likely now” that the United States

  


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Obama, Clinton party together:
No confirmation of a hug
Sun-Times [Chicago, IL], by Lynn Sweet    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/14/2014 1:27:03 AM     Post Reply
Washington - We know that President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton partied together on Wednesday night on Martha’s Vineyard to mark the birthday of former Chicagoan Ann Dibble Jordan. We don´t know if they hugged. The hug--a joking suggestion from a spokesman for Clinton--was needed in the wake of her distancing herself from the foreign policy of her former boss, a move that annoyed the White House. “The President and First Lady also were happy to have the chance to spend time with Secretary Clinton and former President Clinton,” was all Principal Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz

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,

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

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

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