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White House meets with
big biz on immigration
Politico, by Carrie Budoff Brown and Ann Palmer    Original Article
Posted By: Fiesta del sol- 8/18/2014 6:23:47 AM     Post Reply
Senior White House officials are in talks with business leaders that could expand the executive actions President Barack Obama takes on immigration. Obama was initially expected to focus only on slowing deportations of potentially millions of undocumented immigrants and altering federal enforcement policies. Now top aides are talking with leaders in big companies like Cisco, Intel and Accenture, hoping to add more changes that would get them on board. Representatives for high-tech, agriculture and construction interests have put forward a range of fixes, from recapturing unused green cards to tweaking existing work authorization programs.

Keep Austin Corrupt?
National Review Online, by Editors    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/18/2014 6:03:59 AM     Post Reply
A “Public Integrity Unit” with no integrity — so that’s what they mean by “Keep Austin Weird.” Texas governor Rick Perry has been indicted on two felony charges and could, in theory, spend the rest of his life in prison — for the so-called crime of vetoing a piece of legislation. The story is a sordid one: Travis County district attorney Rosemary Lehmberg, who is in charge of the state’s Public Integrity Unit, a governmental ethics enforcer, was arrested for, and subsequently convicted of, drunken driving. Video documentation of her booking showed her abusing the jail staff, making threats, and engaging in

National Security Policy Adrift
Accuracy in Media, by Retired Adm. James A. Lyons    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/18/2014 6:02:23 AM     Post Reply
With the weakest national security team since World War II, it is no wonder that both our foreign and national security policies lack coherence and direction. The Administration’s faculty-lounge logic that, in the 21st century, “diplomacy” will substitute for military solutions to international crisis, overlooks or chooses to ignore a key factor: recognized military power that provides the essential underpinnings to successful diplomacy. It is called “Peace through Strength.” How did we get to the rudderless position we are in today? Clearly, a series of policy mistakes have been made. It should be remembered that it was President Carter’s misguided policies

  


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This 84-year-old woman
crawled on her knees to safety
to escape the Islamic State
Global Post, by Tracey Shelton    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 8/18/2014 5:47:57 AM     Post Reply
ZAKHO, Iraq — A little more than a week ago, 23-year-old Assad Haig’s life took a nightmarish turn. Islamic State (IS) militants captured 63 of his relatives, members of the persecuted Yazidi community, when the extremist fighters overran the northern Iraqi town of Sinjar. One of the militants notified Haig, who works in the Kurdish capital of Erbil, about the harrowing kidnapping spree by phone. Only two of Haig’s family members managed to evade capture — his father, who fled to Mount Sinjar, and his 84-year-old grandmother, who was left behind by the militants in the family home with the

The Value of Life
National Review Online, by Jay Nordlinger    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/18/2014 5:43:09 AM     Post Reply
Possibly the most sickening thing about America is its racial selectivity. White person kills white person. Zzzzz. Black person kills black person. Zzzzz. Black person kills white person. Zzzzz. White person kills black person — the world stops. Or explodes. (And if the person doing the shooting is not quite white, à la George Zimmerman, you can add a little bleach, dubbing him a “white Hispanic.”) It’s not just that some life is held to be more valuable than other life. It’s that the value of life is measured by the color of the person who takes it. Which is a little

Those Trucks Putin Sent To
Ukraine With ´Humanitarian
Supplies´ Were Mostly Empty
Forbes, by Paul Roderick Gregory    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/18/2014 5:31:43 AM     Post Reply
What was supposed to be a PR bonanza is ending up as another black eye for Vladimir Putin, the heralded chess master of world politics. Did he really expect the world community to force Ukraine to allow in Russia’s gift of humanitarian assistance, no questions asked? Did he really think that Ukraine would allow his convoy to proceed into a war zone as cameras recorded the celebratory reception by starving and suffering civilians? Did Putin really not understand that national leaders look askance at attempts to cross national borders without permission? That is the International Politics 101 lecture that Putin

An Obama amnesty isn´t fair and
won´t solve the immigration crisis
Washington Examiner [DC], by James Jay Carafano    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 8/18/2014 5:27:10 AM     Post Reply
It would be the biggest change to the enforcement of immigration law in 20 years. To bring lawmakers on board, the president worked the phone. He buttonholed senators. It was 2007. President George W. Bush’s proposal to grant amnesty to millions unlawfully present in the United States was up for a vote. It lost. One-third of Senate Democrats voted against the procedural motion to move the bill. Some of the president’s own party balked as well. Now President Obama has his staff looking for loopholes in the law that would let him give “administrative” amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants. If Congress won’t do

  


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GOP Shifts Amnesty Debate
To Jobs And Wages
Daily Caller, by Neil Munro    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/18/2014 5:19:03 AM     Post Reply
GOP politicians are shifting the immigration debate to economics, and away from culture and race, boosting their outreach to the many Hispanics who are worried about legal and illegal immigration. “It is not our job to get cheap [migrant] labor for big business, as much as labor might want that,” Rep. Tom Cotton told The Daily Caller Aug. 15. “By standing up against illegal immigration, and by standing against the [Senate’s 2013 immigration bill], I am in fact showing, as so many [other GOP legislators] are, that I care about Americans,” including American Hispanics, said Cotton, who is running for the Arkansas

The Lynching of Rick Perry
American Spectator, by William Murchison    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/18/2014 5:10:02 AM     Post Reply
All across America, it seems, we have been hearing about the militarization of law enforcement. To the growing list of 21st century social and cultural disorders it seems timely to add the criminalization of political disagreement. What else could the Rick Perry case be about? A governor, and sometime presidential candidate, indicted by a grand jury for a particular use of his constitutional veto power? Such are the dismaying dimensions of the matter. No such thing, replies the special prosecutor who procured the indictment of Texas’ longest-serving governor. Michael McCrum finds “absolutely no basis” for the accusation that politics motivated the indictment,

Obama, Democrats target GOP
foes with phony scandals
Washington Times, by Joseph Curl    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/18/2014 5:07:00 AM     Post Reply
Who are President Obama and the Democrats most afraid of? That’s easy to see: Just find the Republicans they target with phony scandals. Like Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell. Or New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. Or Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. Or, now, Texas Gov. Rick Perry. Let’s take them in order. Mr. McDonnell had been steadily rising on the radar, running Virginia with a steady hand and making a name in the GOP. He crushed his Democratic opponent by 17 points in the 2009 election, a year after Mr. Obama surprisingly took the state. Unemployment dropped from 7.4 percent to 5.2 percent

Obama deserts an ally in wartime
New York Post, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/18/2014 4:56:59 AM     Post Reply
What kind of ally refuses to send you desperately needed weapons when you’re smack in the middle of a war? Apparently, that’s what the Obama folks did with Israel, which is caught up fighting with Hamas. It’s unforgivable. The decision came, it seems, after White House officials learned that, unbeknownst to them, Israel had gotten mortar shells and grenade-illuminating rounds from the Pentagon to use against Hamas, as The Wall Street Journal reported last week. Officials say they were “blind-sided” by the transfer. But it turns out that it was done as a matter of routine: No OK by the president or secretary

  


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Our ‘Face in the Crowd’
PJ Media, by Victor Davis Hanson    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/18/2014 4:53:05 AM     Post Reply
Elia Kazan’s classic A Face in the Crowd is a good primer on Barack Obama’s rise and fall. Lonesome Rhodes arises out of nowhere in the 1957 film, romancing the nation as a phony populist who serially spins yarns in the most folksy ways — confident that he should never be held to account. Kazan’s point (in the film Rhodes is a patsy for conservative business interests) is that the “folks” are fickle and prefer to be charmed rather than informed and told the truth. Rhodes’s new first name, Lonesome, resonates in the film in a way that Barack does

Is the post-EPA regs power grid
ready for a truly hard winter?
Hot Air, by Jazz Shaw    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/18/2014 4:48:43 AM     Post Reply
During the dog days of summer (which haven’t been all that doggy in the Northeast this year) it’s not very popular to sit and speculate about the winter months ahead, but the people responsible for keeping the lights – and the heat – turned on have to do it. One of these folks is Joe Bastardi of WeatherBELL Analytics, and he’s looking ahead with some trepidation. Joe is reading the meteorological tea leaves and sees the potential for another round of heavy snowfall and crippling cold temperatures coming our way. And he also notes that our net energy production, in

Playing Soldier in the Suburbs
New York Times, by Ross Douthat    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/18/2014 4:46:03 AM     Post Reply
TO understand what’s been happening in Ferguson, Mo., where protests and violence following a cop’s shooting of an unarmed teenager summoned up a police response that looked more like a military invasion, it helps to flash back to the heyday of the Symbionese Liberation Army. The S.L.A., one of the loopiest and most dangerous of the homegrown terrorist groups that flourished in the madhouse of the early 1970s, was already famous for kidnapping and “converting” Patty Hearst when its members engaged in a nationally televised shootout in Los Angeles in the spring of 1974. The firefight, in which six terrorists died without

Obama takes break from vacation
for high-level White House meetings
on undisclosed topics
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/18/2014 4:41:51 AM     Post Reply
President Obama took a break from his summer vacation to return to Washington early Monday for series of high-level, but unspecified, White House meetings. Obama left his first family vacation on Martha’s Vineyard and will meet with Vice President Joe Biden and other top-ranking officials later Monday, according to White House staffers. But they have not disclosed what officials will discuss -- amid a list of international problems that include fighting in Iraq, Israel and Ukraine and the humanitarian-immigration crisis along the U.S.-Mexico border. Obama’s decision to return to Washington appears to be in part a response to criticism about him spending

  


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NAACP president: Special prosecutor
"critically important" in Ferguson
CBS News, by Rebecca Kaplan    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/18/2014 4:39:11 AM     Post Reply
NAACP President Cornell Brooks said it is "critically important" that a special prosecutor be appointed to investigate the death of Michael Brown, the unarmed black teenager who was shot by a white police officer last week. Browns´ death has resulted in a week of clashes between protesters and police in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Mo., even as Gov. Jay Nixon attempted to restore the peace by instituting a curfew over the weekend. Nixon said in a separate interview on "Face the Nation" Sunday that the local prosecutor assigned to the case "has a real opportunity to step up" in

Cameron Tringale Confesses
to PGA Championship Error,
Loses More Than $50K
CNN, by Tyler Conway    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/18/2014 4:34:30 AM     Post Reply
Golf is a game of sportsmanship and honor, and Cameron Tringale exemplified that after calling the PGA Tour office and requesting to be disqualified from the 2014 PGA Championship due to a previously undetected incorrect scorecard. Tringale, 26, claims to have missed a stroke when attempting to tap in on the 11th hole Sunday, per a Eurosport report (h/t Yahoo Sports). Despite uncertainty about the stroke—Tringale himself claims to be unsure about whether he actually addressed the ball, which would decide if it warranted the penalty—the Mission Viejo, California, native claims to have been guilt-ridden over the past week. "Realising

Missouri Governor Sends
National Guard To Ferguson
Associated Press, by Nigel Duara & Jim Suhr    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/18/2014 4:29:04 AM     Post Reply
FERGUSON, Mo. -- Missouri´s governor on Monday ordered the National Guard to a St. Louis suburb convulsed by protests over the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teen, after a night in which police used tear gas to clear protesters off the streets well ahead of a curfew. Gov. Jay Nixon said the National Guard would help "in restoring peace and order" to Ferguson, where protests over the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a white police officer entered their second week. Police said they acted in response to gunfire, looting, vandalism and protesters who hurled Molotov cocktails. "These violent acts are

Why Joni Ernst Isn’t ‘Iowa’s
Sarah Palin’
Time, by Jay Newton-Small    Original Article
Posted By: ketchuplover- 8/18/2014 2:33:34 AM     Post Reply
Standing before a crowd at the Iowa State Fair, perspiring slightly in sun that had finally emerged after two days of rain, Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz told the crowd what she really thought about Republican Iowa Senate hopeful Joni Ernst. “She’s like an onion of crazy; the more you peel back the layers, the more disturbing it is,” Wasserman Shultz said, followed by a cheer of audience approval. (Snip) Ernst, who served more than 20 years in the military, including a deployment to Iraq, is also enthusiastically pro-gun. And if elected, she would make it one of her

Dozens rally for ´Love Without Borders´
Quad City Times [Davenport, IA], by Linda Cook    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 8/18/2014 1:51:29 AM     Post Reply
More than 100 people gathered in downtown Davenport on Sunday for an interfaith rally to support children fleeing Central America to enter the United States. Davenport Mayor Bill Gluba urged the crowd at the “Love Without Borders” event to “work for social responsibility.” He and local social service leaders helped launch the initiative in July when he suggested that the Quad-Cities host some of the immigrant children, mostly from Central America, who are crossing the border from Mexico into the United States to escape violence and poverty. Several people who attended the hour-long rally carried signs, including “No human is illegal” and

  



US sees surge in Cuban rafters
aiming for Florida
Associated Press, by Christine Armario    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 8/18/2014 1:39:39 AM     Post Reply
MIAMI — One early morning this April, Dairon Morera climbed onto a raft of aluminum tanks with 22 other people, revved up a Volvo car motor and pushed off the Cuban shore, joining a never-ending stream of islanders desperate to reach the United States. “The biggest dream a Cuban has is to leave,” said Morera, who was frustrated by government limits on his pizza business. He had no money for airplane tickets or smugglers, so decided to risk his life at sea. Morera’s journey was so turbulent that many people vomited, but all made it alive in just 20 hours. They ran

Two churches in Missouri are
filled with faith, but common
ground remains elusive
Washington Post, by Emily Wax-Thibodeaux & DeNeen Brown    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/18/2014 1:20:13 AM     Post Reply
ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. — They came in numbers that surprised even the minister, arriving in a muggy drizzle to a church parking lot so full that some had to park in front of the empty home of the man they came to pray for: embattled white police officer Darren Wilson. They said they had empathy for the family of the teenager the officer killed. But they also said they feared that they might be attacked by rioters at their church, because Southminster Presbyterian sits right behind the suburban home of Wilson, the patrolman identified in the Aug. 9 shooting

NONE In The Back: Brown Autopsy
Shows He Was Shot In The
Front Of The Body
Daily Caller, by Chuck Ross    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/18/2014 12:36:50 AM     Post Reply
An autopsy conducted on Michael Brown, the unarmed 18-year-old fatally shot by Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson last Saturday, shows that Brown was shot at least six times, twice in the head and all in the front of the body. The New York Times reported the results of a private autopsy conducted by Dr. Michael Baden, who was hired by the Brown family. Baden conducted the autopsy on Sunday, according to the Times. One bullet entered the top of Brown’s skull. Four struck him in the right arm. All bullets hit Brown in the front of the body, according to

Clashes on second night of Ferguson
curfew as autopsy shows 6 shots
USA Today, by Yamiche Alcindor and Brandie Piper    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 8/18/2014 12:22:59 AM     Post Reply
FERGUSON, Mo. — Protests in the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown continued Sunday as police for the second night imposed a curfew on this St. Louis suburb. Meanwhile, a preliminary autopsy found that Brown was shot at least six times, but the circumstances of his death remained unclear. Late Sunday, The New York Times reported that a private autopsy requested by Brown´s family found that he was shot at least six times, including four times in the right arm and twice in the head. All of the shots, the Times reported, were fired from Brown´s front — a finding that

Critics of George W. Bush’s foreign
policy now taking heat themselves
Washington Times (D.C), by Rowan Scharborough    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/18/2014 12:00:51 AM     Post Reply
Dogged critics of President George W. Bush’s foreign policies suddenly have found that managing the world, and radical Islam, is not as easy as it looked from the outside six or more years ago. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, as a senator and ex-senator, was perhaps Mr. Bush’s most punishing reviewer. He said of the Bush administration in 2007: “It is my opinion that this is one of the most arrogant, incompetent administrations I’ve ever seen personally or ever read about — the most arrogant in history.” At the Council on Foreign Relations in a talk on national security, he said:

Now protests start IN FAVOR of
shooter cop: More than a hundred
turn out in rally supporting Darren
Wilson after he skips town to
avoid violent reprisals
Daily Mail (UK), by Daniel Bates    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/17/2014 11:45:50 PM     Post Reply
Supporters of the St Louis policeman who killed a black teenager have rallied in the city in the first public show of support for the officer. At the rally, attended by around 150 people, protesters walked around wearing specially printed T-shirts which were sold for $7 with a police shield on which was the words: ‘I stand by Darren Wilson’. Instead of a badge number it read 8.9.14 - the day he killed 18-year-old Michael Brown. Two Facebook pages in support of Wilson, 28, have also sprung up with a combined total of 35,000 likes.Supporters have also set up a

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