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Rob Reiner Likens
Tea Party to Hamas
Cybercast News Service, by Michael W. Chapman    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/14/2014 7:30:12 PM     Post Reply
Hollywood director and liberal activist Rob Reiner told talk-show host Larry King that the Tea Party is like the terrorist group Hamas, because apparently both groups are extreme and cannot be negotiated with, and the only solution is to make them go away or “eliminate” them. “[Y]ou can’t negotiate with that, you have to say either Hamas goes away and the Palestinian authority takes over all that region and deal with some kind of honest broker here, and create the two-state solution,” said Reiner. Drawing a parallel with the Tea Party, he said, “anytime you’re dealing with an extreme group,

Top websites crash as web ´starts to
run out of space´: Fears major technical
problems could become regular occurrence
Daily Mail [UK], by Jim Norton    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/14/2014 7:24:49 PM     Post Reply
Major technical problems could become a regular occurrence for website users because the internet is running out of space, experts have warned. An online breakdown caused chaos on Tuesday, costing the economy millions of pounds in lost trade and effectively closing access to a number of huge websites. Online auctioneer eBay was out of action for most of the day, with buyers and sellers inundating the site with complaints about lost business after being unable to log onto their accounts. Hundreds of thousands of users were unable to log on and the auction site was flooded with traders demanding compensation. The problem is

Washington is divided because
it has abandoned federalism
Washington Examiner, by Philip Klein    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 8/14/2014 7:24:03 PM     Post Reply
It may sound pedestrian to point out, but it’s critical to restate why it’s so important that our nation is called the United States of America, and not simply America. The full name emphasizes that the Founders viewed the nation not as one monolithic entity but as a union of sovereign entities delegating limited powers to a central government.To preserve this balance, the Founders put a number of checks in the U.S. Constitution, most notably creating the Senate, which allows for equal membership from every state, thus preventing states with larger populations from running roughshod over the interests of smaller

  


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Poll: Hillary Clinton Loses
Ground Against GOP Rivals
Business Insider, by Colin Campbell    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 8/14/2014 7:17:38 PM     Post Reply
Hillary Clinton is slipping against her potential Republican rivals in the 2016 presidential race, according to a new McClatchy-Marist poll released Thursday afternoon. Clinton, the Democratic front-runner in the still far-away contest, leads her opponents by noticeably smaller margins than she held in April, when the poll was last conducted. Against New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), for example, the McClatchy-Marist poll found Clinton dropped 5% since April and 15% since February. She now leads Christie by just 47% to 41%. The story is the same for former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R). In April, Clinton led Bush by a

IRS Leaves Millions
Vulnerable to Identity Theft
Washington Free Beacon, by Bill McMorris    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/14/2014 7:10:47 PM     Post Reply
The IRS has put millions of taxpayers at risk of identity theft by failing to perform background checks on contractors, according to a new inspector general report. An IG audit performed by the Treasury Department, which oversees the IRS, found that several contractors who are responsible for handling sensitive taxpayer information do not perform any criminal or credit background checks on their employees. The agency provided millions of Social Security numbers to one contractor without any screening process in place, according to the report. “Taxpayer and other SBU information may be at risk due to a lack of background investigation requirements in

Krugman Upended by His Own Logic
American Spectator, by Andrew B. Wilson    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 8/14/2014 7:00:06 PM     Post Reply
In a recent New York Times column, Paul Krugman made the assertion that “self-proclaimed libertarians deal with the problem of market failure both by pretending that it doesn’t happen and by imagining government as much worse than it really is.” But suppose we flip that around — substituting “muddle-headed progressives” for “self-proclaimed libertarians” and “government failure” for “market failure.” Compliments to Per Bylund, a research professor at the Hankamer School of Business at Baylor University, for making the necessary adjustments in a blog post at Mises. org. This is what you get: Muddle-headed progressives deal with the problem of government

Limited U.S. Airstrikes in Iraq
Impede Fight Against ISIL
Washington Free Beacon, by Daniel Wiser    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/14/2014 6:59:38 PM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama has missed a key opportunity to deliver a blow to Islamic militants in Iraq by authorizing only limited airstrikes, making it more difficult to combat the security threat posed by the jihadist group, a leading military expert said on Thursday. Obama ordered airstrikes and airdrops of food and water in recent days to prevent the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS) from slaughtering Yazidi minorities trapped atop Mount Sinjar in northern Iraq. Defense officials said on Wednesday that U.S. aid had helped Kurdish pesh merga fighters break ISIL’s siege of the mountain and lead

  


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Chris McDaniel Files Legal Challenge
After GOP Refuses to Review Evidence
Bretbart´s Big Government, by Matthew Boyle    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 8/14/2014 6:45:15 PM     Post Reply
Mississippi State Sen. Chris McDaniel has filed his official challenge of the June 24 GOP primary runoff results against incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) in state court, he and his lead attorney Mitch Tyner announced Thursday. "Republicans did not elect the nominee on June 24," McDaniel said in a statement, adding that “we are excited for the opportunity for Republicans to reclaim their primary process.” "This challenge is not about the candidates,” McDaniel said. “It is about the integrity of Mississippi´s election process, and we are committed to ensuring that process is accurate and fair for future Republican candidates.”

Police chief rips Obama remarks
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Mario Trujillo    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/14/2014 6:40:06 PM     Post Reply
The executive director of the Fraternal Order of Police criticized President Obama Thursday for his remarks about law enforcement in Ferguson, Mo. "I would contend that discussing police tactics from Martha´s Vineyard is not helpful to ultimately calming the situation," director Jim Pasco said in an interview with The Hill. "I think what he has to do as president and as a constitutional lawyer is remember that there is a process in the United States and the process is being followed, for good or for ill, by the police and by the county and by the city and by the

Five Illegal Immigrants Detained
in Albania With Ebola Symptoms
Newsweek, by Damien Sharkov    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 8/14/2014 6:33:43 PM     Post Reply
Albanian police have detained 40 illegal immigrants from Africa today, five of whom are currently under quarantine after exhibiting symptoms of Ebola, Macedonian newspaper Vecer has reported. Police suspect the five are of Eritrean origin, having arrived illegally in Europe via Greece. They are currently being tested for carrying the Ebola virus in hospital in the Albanian city of of Vlore, less than 86 miles from Italy’s closest port. The news comes after one person was quarantined in Montenegro earlier today under suspicion they may be infected with Ebola. The possible victim entered Montenegro from a West African country with

Gilbert Arenas Blasts Sharpton In Race-
Laced Rant Over Ferguson Protests
CBS DC, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/14/2014 6:14:47 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON – Former Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas blasted civil rights leader Rev. Al Sharpton in a race-laced rant, claiming he made the incendiary Ferguson, Mo., situation even worse. Writing in a lengthy Instagram caption, Arenas attacked Sharpton’s reaction to the police shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown in the St. Louis suburb and the riots that are ongoing in the wake of the incident. Arenas’ rant pleaded with Brown’s family to leave Sharpton out of their planned protest, saying that “caesar the monkey” or a “Planet of the Apes” character could get the family better justice. Arenas’ words

  


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NJ man says ISIS flag flown
on porch a misunderstanding
Fox News, by Perry Chiaramonte    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/14/2014 5:59:52 PM     Post Reply
A 44-year-old Muslim convert says it was news to him that the flag he hung outside his house is the same banner waved by the murderous jihadist group known as Islamic State. Neighbors and passersby who took to Twitter were alarmed at the black flag emblazoned with the Arabic words “The only god is Allah” flying from above the porch of Mark Dunaway, in Garwood, N.J. The chilling banner flew next to a red flag of Islam, but Dunaway said he never intended to show support for the terrorist group infamous for beheading Christians. "I hang it every Friday and every Ramadan

Michelle Nunn ‘Partnered
With Lobbyists’ in Land Deal
Washington Free Beacon, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/14/2014 5:53:52 PM     Post Reply
Georgia Democratic Senate candidate Michelle Nunn partnered with D.C. lobbyists in a multi-million dollar land deal in 2004, according to America Rising. The deal was revealed by the Atlanta Journal Constitution, which reported on a leaked memo of vulnerabilities from Nunn’s campaign. Nunn has been decrying lobbyists and their influence on the campaign trail despite securing a multi-million dollar deal and taking $120,000 from lobbyists this cycle. According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution: In 2004, Nunn, her father, four-term Democratic U.S. Sen. Sam Nunn, local builder Michael Wilson and two Washington lobbyists who used to work for Sam Nunn -

David Gregory Confirms He’s Leaving NBC
Mediaite, by Josh Feldman    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/14/2014 5:50:03 PM     Post Reply
David Gregory took to Twitter this afternoon to tweet not only is he stepping down as moderator of Meet the Press, but he is leaving NBC altogether. Here are the two tweets Gregory sent out just minutes ago: David Gregory@davidgregory - I leave NBC as I came - humbled and grateful. I love journalism and serving as moderator of MTP was the highest honor there is . (1 of 2) 3:02 PM - 14 Aug 2014 - David Gregory@davidgregory - (2 of 2) I have great respect for my colleagues at NBC News and wish them all well. To the viewers, I say thank you. 3:03 PM - 14 Aug 2014 - Based on earlier reports, it’s expected NBC will

Obama Should Make
Europe Yearn For Bush
Daily Caller, by Robert J. Kaufman    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/14/2014 5:46:57 PM     Post Reply
Remember how Senator Obama used to blame George W. Bush for rising Anti-Americanism in Europe? Remember Obama hectoring Bush for lecturing rather than listening and for acting unilaterally without compunction? Remember Obama promising to heal the breach between the United States and our European allies by acting “in partnership” and showing “humility?” That promise has vanished into the same ether as the president’s assurances that Americans could keep their healthcare plans if they wanted it. Five years of the Obama administration should make European statesmen yearn for President George W. Bush. Liberal New York Times op-ed columnist Roger Cohen labels the current

  


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David Gregory ´fired´ as Meet the Press
moderator and replaced with Chuck Todd
as NBC tries to halt show´s ratings slump
Daily Mail [UK], by Michael Zennie    Original Article
Posted By: ocjim- 8/14/2014 5:45:52 PM     Post Reply
David Gregory has been fired as moderator of the venerable NBC interview show ´Meet the Press,´ it was widely reported today - after years of slumping ratings that saw the program falls behind rivals ABC and CBS. The network announced that chief White House correspondent Chuck Todd will take over as the show´s newest host on September 7. Shortly before NBC made the change public, Gregory took to Twitter to announce he was leaving the network. ´I leave NBC as I came - humbled and grateful. I love journalism and serving as moderator of MTP was the highest honor there is. ´I have great

John Lewis: What Obama should do now
in Ferguson is, uh … declare martial law
Hot Air, by Allahpundit    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/14/2014 5:42:51 PM     Post Reply
I understand the frame of reference. Eisenhower sent in the 101st Airborne to desegregate Central High; the Marines were sent in during the L.A. riots after the Rodney King verdict to keep the peace. This idea of using troops to maintain order when racial tensions blow sky high somewhere in America isn’t out of the blue, especially for someone who participated in the civil rights movement. But this is a singularly terrible idea on a day when elements of the left and right have coalesced to criticize — ta da — the militarization of the police. The solution to cops

U.S. Debt Has Increased
$7,619,753,991.33 Since
Obama Went on Vacation
Breitbart Big Government, by Wynton Hall    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/14/2014 5:18:00 PM     Post Reply
U.S. debt has increased over $7.6 billion since President Barack Obama departed last Saturday for his two-week luxury vacation at Martha´s Vineyard. According to the Treasury Department, U.S. debt total debt stood at $17,672,734,489,595.15 prior to his departure. As of August 12 (the most recent date for which data are available), U.S. debt was $17,680,354,243,586.48, an increase of $7,619,753,991.33. Obama is staying in the $12 million, 17-room Martha´s Vineyard mansion of Democratic Party donor Joanna Hubschman. Obama has declared income inequality "the defining challenge of our time."

UK prepares to supply arms directly
to Kurdish forces fighting Isis
Guardian [UK], by Nicholas Watt & Martin Chulov *    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/14/2014 4:54:04 PM     Post Reply
David Cameron is prepared to supply weapons directly to Kurdish forces fighting jihadists from the Islamic State (Isis) in northern Iraq, in a move that risks drawing Britain back indirectly into the country´s conflict. In a significant intensification of British involvement in the Iraq crisis, the foreign secretary, Philip Hammond, will tell his EU counterparts in Brussels on Friday that Britain is prepared to join France in arming the Kurds. David Cameron and Nick Clegg agreed the plan at an emergency Cobra meeting. The move was immediately welcomed by the chancellor of the Kurdish Region Security Council, who had pleaded with

Dear Jon Voight: A letter about Gaza
Al Jazeera [Doha, Qatar], by Gil Hochberg & Mark LeVine    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/14/2014 4:45:03 PM     Post Reply
As the carnage in Gaza reached a crescendo in the beginning of August, Jon Voight, one of Hollywood´s most vocal conservatives, penned a harsh attack on fellow actors Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz in response to a letter they signed condemning the latest Israeli bombing of Gaza in which he accused them of "inciting anti-Semitism all over the world". Many activists dismiss Voight´s letter as the rantings of an unthinking actor who long ago lost touch with political reality - a poor relation of conservative icon Charlton Heston. But Voight´s vitriol, and the narratives behind them, have for decades been quite effective in silencing criticism of Israel

  



Two female Italian aid workers
who ignored their parents’ pleas
and snuck into Syria have been
kidnapped by Islamist militants
Daily Mail [UK], by John Hall    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 8/14/2014 4:31:51 PM     Post Reply
Two female Italian aid workers have been kidnapped by Islamist militants in northern Syria. Greta Ramelli, 20, and Vanessa Marzullo, 21, were working on humanitarian projects in the embattled city of Aleppo the Italian foreign ministry said, admitting that contact with the women is ´impossible´. Today Salvatore Marzullo, the father of Vanessa, spoke of his ´sickening´ fear for his daughter´s safety, as Italy´s deputy foreign minister said the country is working ´belly to the ground´ to find them. The group that has kidnapped Miss Ramelli and Miss Marzullo have not yet been formally identified, but Jordanian newspaper Assabeel was quoted as saying

Lawsuit filed to remove Muslim-
Americans from ´terror watch´ list
Detroit News, by Oralandar Brand-Williams    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 8/14/2014 4:21:53 PM     Post Reply
Detroit— A local Muslim-American group Thursday announced it has filed a federal lawsuit based on complaints the government has unjustly put a disproportionate number of Muslim-Americans on the nation’s “terror watch” list. Dawud Walid, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations Michigan Chapter, says the lawsuit is not a reaction to a list uncovered last week that showed Dearborn has the second-highest concentration of people designated by the U.S. government as being “known or suspected terrorists.” Rather, his organization is seeking “remedies” to unjustly putting Muslim-Americans names on a list that don’t belong there.

New life is born amid Gaza destruction
Al Jazeera [Doha, Qatar], by Mohammed Omer    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/14/2014 4:14:44 PM     Post Reply
Khan Younis, Gaza Strip - Only a few hundred metres from Nasser Hospital´s morgue, Palestinians are breathing new life into the war-ravaged Gaza Strip. "I am telling the Israeli occupier, if you think killing Palestinians will make us cower… no way," Abeer Saqqa told Al Jazeera, only a few hours after delivering her newborn son, Anwar. The hospital´s neonatal unit is buzzing with activity. A 72-hour truce between Israel and Hamas has provided a reprieve to more than a month of Israeli shelling on the Palestinian territory. At least 1,965 Palestinians have been killed, and almost 10,000 others have been injured, since Israel´s

Despite U.S. Claims,
Yazidis Say Crisis Is Not Over
New York Times, by Rod Nordland    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/14/2014 4:03:07 PM     Post Reply
Istanbul - Yazidi leaders and emergency relief officials on Thursday strongly disputed American claims that the siege of Mount Sinjar in northern Iraq had been broken and that the crisis was effectively over, saying that tens of thousands of Yazidis remained on the mountain in desperate conditions. On Wednesday, the United States military said that a small team of 18 Marines and Special Operations soldiers had completed an assessment of conditions on Mount Sinjar and found that most of the Yazidis, a small Iraqi religious minority, had succeeded in escaping, and the numbers remaining were in the low thousands.

Embattled Iraqi prime minister
Nouri al-Maliki to step aside
Guardian [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/14/2014 3:57:06 PM     Post Reply
Nouri al-Malki, the embattled prime minister of Iraq, announced on Thursday that he was stepping down after support from his party and associates in parliament slipped away. In a speech, Maliki said that he accepted the candidacy of Hayder al-Abadi, nominated last week by the Iraqi president to form a government. Maliki has been accused of precipitating the crisis in Iraq by pursuing divisive, sectarian policies.

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