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Ebola Outbreak Worsens With
Missing Patients, US Scare
ABC News, by Sydney Lupkin & Gillian Mohney    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/18/2014 3:27:22 PM     Post Reply
The Ebola outbreak continues to spiral out of control amid reports of looting at a Liberian health center and the isolation of a traveler from Sierra Leone here in the U.S. The virus has killed at least 1,145 and sickened 982 more, according to numbers released Friday by the World Health Organization. An updated outbreak toll is expected soon. The outbreak is already the deadliest on record and has shown no signs of slowing. About 42.5 percent of all Ebola deaths since the virus was discovered in 1976 have occurred since March 2014, according to WHO data. Here are nine

81-year-old Rep. Don Young
is getting married
Washington Examiner (DC), by Sean Lengell    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/18/2014 3:00:31 PM     Post Reply
Rep. Don Young of Alaska, the longest-serving Republican in the House, is getting married. The 81-year-old lawmaker introduced Anne Garland Walton as his fiancee during a "Candidate Sunday" event at an Anchorage mega-church Sunday, the Associated Press reported. Walton, a flight nurse from Fairbanks, said later that no date had been set, the AP reported. She said the engagement has been unofficial for some time. Walton is in her 70s, according to Young spokesman Matt Shuckerow. The congressman was married to Lu Young for 46 years until her death in 2009. The couple had two children. Young, who has served

Hillary Clinton makes big political
move, heads to Iowa
CNN, by Dana Bash, Eric McPike*    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/18/2014 2:51:45 PM     Post Reply
Hillary Clinton will headline Sen. Tom Harkin´s Iowa Steak Fry, a Democratic source familiar with the event tells CNN, a move the steps up Clinton´s political activity ahead of the 2016 presidential race. Former President Bill Clinton will also speak at the September 14 event, according to the source. Hillary Clinton´s attendance at the 2014 steak fry, which brings together prominent Democratic leaders from the first-in-the-nation caucus state, is the most obvious political step for the former secretary of state and possible candidate for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination. Other than campaigning for candidates with whom she has a personal

  


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Lawsuit accuses Obama White
House of thwarting release of
public data under FOIA
Washington Times, by Jeffrey Scott Shapiro    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 8/18/2014 2:28:32 PM     Post Reply
A watchdog group on Monday sued the U.S. government, accusing the Obama White House of interfering in and thwarting the release of public documents under the Freedom of Information Act. The lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia by the group Cause of Action (CoA) names 12 federal agencies that delayed the release of documents so officials could consult with White House under a new process established in spring 2009. The process, which gave White House officials review authority over documents that federal agencies wanted to release that mentioned the White House or presidential aides,

The Rick Perry Indictment is
Textbook Malicious Prosecution
The Federalist, by Mark Pulliam    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/18/2014 2:22:23 PM     Post Reply
Outsiders were stunned by the August 15 indictment of Gov. Rick Perry by a Travis County Grand Jury, but they shouldn’t have been. The common perception that Texas is solidly or uniformly “red” is mistaken. Yes, for the past 16 years, Texas voters have elected only Republicans to statewide office, and since 2002 the GOP has controlled both houses of the state legislature, but the partisan divide in the Lone Star State is sharp and highly polarized. In 2012, Mitt Romney trounced President Obama by 16 points statewide, but over 40% of the Texas electorate is resolutely “Blue.”

´It is time to take up arms´:
Yazidi volunteers fight back
against Islamic State
Telegraph [UK], by Ruth Sherlock, Carol Malouf*    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/18/2014 1:56:13 PM     Post Reply
Hundreds of Yazidi volunteers are being trained to handle weapons and fight to drive the Islamic State from their homes. Refugees who fled to Syria to escape the jihadists´ onslaught in neighbouring Iraq are joining military training camps run by Kurdish armed factions and forming a volunteer army against the jihadists. "Until now the Yazidis have always relied on someone else to protect them," said Rostan, 33, the Kurdish commander at the training camp, who refused to give his full name. "Now they are learning to protect themselves." Tens of thousands of Yazidis were forced to flee their homes when

Michael Brown´s mother
calls for officer´s arrest
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Mario Trujillo    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/18/2014 1:52:34 PM     Post Reply
The mother of Michael Brown said Monday that justice would only be served when the Ferguson, Mo., police officer who killed her son is arrested. Lesley McSpadden told "Good Morning America" that "being fair" and arresting officer Darren Wilson for the shooting of her 18-year-old son would help calm the protests that have roiled the St. Louis suburb for the past week. "Arresting this man and making him accountable for his actions," she replied when asked what justice would look like to her. Her interview came hours after the family released an independent autopsy showing Brown was shot at least

  


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In Ferguson, Black Town, White Power
New York Times, by Jeff Smith    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 8/18/2014 1:50:59 PM     Post Reply
Politics, wrote the political scientist Harold Lasswell in 1936, is about “who gets what, when, and how.” If you want to understand the racial power disparities we’ve seen in Ferguson, Mo., understand that it’s not only about black and white. It’s about green. (Snip) Ferguson’s demographics have shifted rapidly: in 1990, it was 74 percent white and 25 percent black; in 2000, 52 percent black and 45 percent white; by 2010, 67 percent black and 29 percent white. The region’s fragmentation isn’t limited to the odd case of a city shedding its county. St. Louis County contains 90 municipalities, most

Obama back in D.C., dealing
with Iraq and Ferguson
USA Today, by David Jackson    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/18/2014 1:46:13 PM     Post Reply
President Obama began a brief, break in his vacation Monday with meetings devoted to Iraq and the unrest in a St. Louis suburb. Obama, who returned to the White House after midnight from his vacation on Martha´s Vineyard, Mass., began with a briefing on the Iraq situation with members of his National Security Council. The president made no statement during a 31-second photo opportunity. The National Security Council meeting took place in the Roosevelt Room rather than the Situation Room, which is undergoing maintenance and an upgrade. Later in the day, Attorney General Eric Holder and aides briefed Obama on the investigation into the

While the US ´Reviews,´ EU
Calls for Disarming Hamas
Arutz Sheva [Israel], by Hillel Fendel    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/18/2014 1:44:23 PM     Post Reply
Though the United States is still Israel´s "best friend," it is the European Union which called again today for ´´all terrorist groups in Gaza to disarm." The EU statement, issued in Brussels after a meeting of EU Foreign Ministers on Friday, declared that a "return to the status quo prior to the latest conflict is not an option." [Snip] On the other hand, the two top US Administration officials--President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry--have made it clear that disarming Gaza is not a priority. Asked if the Obama Administration endorses the Israeli demand to disarm Hamas, a

Who Are ‘Texans for Public
Justice,’ and Why Does Their
Role in the Perry Case Matter?
PJ Media, by Bryan Preston    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/18/2014 1:40:26 PM     Post Reply
As you’ve undoubtedly heard by now, a grand jury indicted Texas Gov. Rick Perry on two felony counts late Friday. Perry is the first Texas governor to be indicted in office since 1917. He was indicted for threatening to veto funds for the Public Integrity Unit of Travis County’s district attorney’s office, because the head of that office, District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg, had been caught drunk driving, and was later caught on tape abusing her power to try to get out of the DWI charge. Though that office runs out of Travis County, it has statewide jurisdiction over elected officials

  


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Politics as Combat
National Review Online, by Andrew C. McCarthy    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/18/2014 1:27:38 PM     Post Reply
It has come to this after six years of Barack Obama’s Chicago-style community-organizer governance: The hard Left no longer believes it necessary to pretend that the rule of law matters. It is politics as combat. The devolution can be measured from the trumped-up indictment of Tom DeLay to the trumped-up indictment of Rick Perry. Back in 2005, the idea of exploiting prosecutorial power to criminalize one’s political opposition was still sufficiently noxious that Democrat apparatchiks in Austin understood the need for camouflage. Tom DeLay of Texas was among the GOP’s most effective leaders and fundraisers, having risen to congressional leadership

County investigation: Michael
Brown was shot from the front,
had marijuana in his system
Washington Post, by Mark Berman, *    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/18/2014 1:11:58 PM     Post Reply
Michael Brown was shot in the head and chest multiple times, according to Mary Case, the St. Louis County medical examiner. While Case declined to comment further, citing the ongoing investigation into Brown’s death, another person familiar with the county’s investigation told The Washington Post that Brown had between six and eight gunshot wounds and was shot from the front. In addition, Brown had marijuana in his system when he was shot and killed by a police officer on Aug. 9 in Ferguson, according to this person, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the ongoing investigation. The

In failing to stop the Islamic State,
U.S. ignores the lessons of Auschwitz
Washington Post, by Marc A. Thiessen    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/18/2014 1:06:37 PM     Post Reply
OSWIECIM, Poland- Walking among the starvation cells and gas chambers where more than a million souls perished, it is hard to explain to my 12-year-old son how the free world allowed this happen. Why did the world’s democracies not stop the Nazi movement in its infancy — before it indoctrinated millions with its hateful ideology, took control of a great power, built its military might, invaded foreign lands and constructed death camps like the one here at Auschwitz? The depressing answer is: for the same reason that the world’s democracies have done almost nothing to stop the rise of the

Revolutionary Justice
National Review Online, by Victor Davis Hanson    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/18/2014 1:01:56 PM     Post Reply
Certainly any time in America that an unarmed suspect is fatally shot by a policeman of the opposite race, there is a need for concern and a quick and full inquiry of the circumstances leading to such a deadly use of force. That said, there is something disturbing about the demagogic efforts to rush to judgment in Ferguson, Mo. While it is understandable to deplore the militarization of the police that might accentuate rising tensions on the street, and to note that a mostly white police force might be less sensitive to a majority African-American populace, there is as yet

  


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Unemployment rises in most
US states in July
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/18/2014 1:00:00 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON— Unemployment rates rose in 30 U.S. states last month, even as employers in two-thirds of the states stepped up hiring. The trends reflect an increase in job-hunters nationwide as an improving economy has encouraged more people to seek work. The Labor Department said Monday that unemployment rates fell in eight states in July and were unchanged in 12. At the same time, hiring rose in 36 states, fell in 13, and was unchanged in Iowa. The national unemployment rate ticked up to 6.2 percent in July from 6.1 percent in June, the government said earlier this month, even as

What kind of prison might
the inmates design?
Los Angeles Times, by Lee Romney    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/18/2014 12:51:04 PM     Post Reply
The workshop leaders came laden with markers in colors other than red and blue (gang colors), drafting rulers crafted from museum board (too dull to double as weapons) and kiddie scissors (ditto). All the students wore orange. And on this final day, their paper models were taking shape. Architect Deanna VanBuren adjusted a piece of tracing paper over Anthony Pratt´s design, showing him how to mark the perimeter to show walls and windows, then urging him to use dots to indicate open spaces. A towering, broad-chested man with full tattoos adorning both arms, Pratt, 29, was among those sketching out

What WAS this bright circle of
lights over Houston? Bright, oval
UFO photographed hovering
above city´s stormy skies
Daily Mail (UK), by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/18/2014 12:44:17 PM     Post Reply
Could a UFO have visited Texas this week? Several people have taken it to Twitter to post pictures showing a strange object floating through the Houston clouds during a storm last Monday. Some of the pictures show a bright oval object hovering. An unrelated picture shows a similar object through clouds. There are others, some showing what appears to be lights underneath the ´thing.´ ´I think the trick in UFO´s is figuring out what else they could be,´ Dr. Carolyn Sumners, vice president for Astronomy at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, told KPRC. ´It´s easy to say that could

Lefty Law Professor: That Indictment
Against Rick Perry is "Un-American"
Townhall, by Daniel Doherty    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/18/2014 12:36:05 PM     Post Reply
Friday night there was some major breaking news: Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX) was slapped with a lawsuit for supposedly “abusing his power” when he unilaterally stripped funding to the Travis County Public Integrity Unit, an ethics office that investigates government employees for criminal wrongdoing. (Snip) Either way, Republicans in the state, and Perry’s backers, have stuck by him, arguing that his decision to veto the legislation, however one wants to interpret what he did, was legal. And Alan Dershowitz, of all people, a liberal scholar at Harvard Law School, wholeheartedly agrees (via Newsweek): The charges are politically motivated and an

´Don´t know´ if Missouri teen
shot with hands up
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/18/2014 12:34:39 PM     Post Reply
FERGUSON, Mo. — A Missouri teenager fatally shot by police suffered a bullet wound to his right arm that may have occurred when he put his hands up or while his back was turned to the shooter, "but we don´t know," a pathologist hired by the teen´s family said Monday. An independent autopsy conducted on 18-year-old Michael Brown determined that the teen was shot at least six times, including twice in the head, according to the hired pathologists and the family´s attorneys. Brown was shot by a police officer Aug. 9 in Ferguson, touching off a week of rancorous protests

  



Even MSNBC Acknowledges ‘The
Weak Case Against Rick Perry’
NewsBusters, by Jeffrey Meyer    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/18/2014 12:30:20 PM     Post Reply
You know something stinks when even the folks at MSNBC are rejecting what looks like a politically motivated lawsuit against Texas Republican Governor Rick Perry. On Friday, August 15, Governor Perry was indicted by a Texas grand jury for vetoing funding for the state’s public integrity unit, unless the lead prosecutor resigned following her drunk driving arrest. The indictment has received condemnation from public officials on both sides of the political spectrum, but now the ultra-liberal MSNBC has joined the ranks of those who see the partisan nature of the indictment. On August 17, Ari Melber, host of the MSNBC program

Gov. Perry indicted: Everything´s
big in Texas, even this B.S.
Fox News, by Sarah Palin    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/18/2014 12:28:51 PM     Post Reply
Remember Barack Obama telling his followers to always "bring a gun to a knife fight"? Like good subjects do, his supporters in Texas obeyed. Friday, Texas Gov. Rick Perry was indicted on two counts of abuse of power. This ridiculous politically motivated “indictment” of Governor Rick Perry stems from the ugly thug tactics of the "politics of personal destruction" that the left is known for. They draw blood and leave scars on conservatives who threaten their political power, hoping the threat retreats and hoping his or her base of support remains silent in fear of becoming collateral damage. Thankfully, what

Meet the Press Pays
Tribute to David Gregory
Mediaite, by Evan McMurry    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/18/2014 12:12:47 PM     Post Reply
Meet the Press ran a short tribute to David Gregory, who was removed as host of the iconic show this week after a protracted process that drew industry-wide and bipartisan condemnation of NBC News. Meet the Press has been plagued in recent years by declining ratings and fierce vitriol against Gregory, who took over the show after legendary host Tim Russert passed away in 2008. Gregory will be replaced by Chuck Todd. Watch the tribute, which recounts Gregory’s twenty years with the network from the OJ Simpson trial to guest hosting the Today show, below, via NBC News:

Texas official: No arrest warrant
to be issued for Perry
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/18/2014 12:05:52 PM     Post Reply
A warrant won´t be issued for the arrest of Gov. Rick Perry following his indictment on two felony charges of abuse of power. Linda Estrada, a grand Jury clerk in Travis County, said Monday that the judge overseeing the case decided against issuing an arrest warrant. Estrada said that Judge Bert Richardson decided instead that Perry will receive a summons to appear which has not been issued yet. It won´t be until Perry´s defense attorney and the state set a date for him to appear in court. It wasn´t clear if Perry was going to have to be booked or have a mug shot

HuffPo reporter mistakes foam
earplugs in Ferguson, MO, for
rubber bullets
Legal Insurrection, by Amy Miller     Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/18/2014 12:00:13 PM     Post Reply
In today’s edition of “He Can’t Possibly Be Serious,” we present Ryan J. Reilly, Justice Reporter for the Huffington Post, in a random act of serious journalism (h/t Instapundit): Stop it. Those, of course, are not rubber bullets. Those are (assault!) earplugs, which have both the consistency and lethality of a marshmallow. To be fair to Reilly, he’s done some decent reporting both for HuffPo and on Twitter on the race riots in Ferguson, Missouri. Reilly, along with several other reporters, was arrested after police officers made the call to close an area McDonald’s due to the rampant street violence.

Mitt Romney 2016? Advisers try to
squelch effort, but it´s gaining steam.
Christian Science Monitor, by Linda Feldman    Original Article
Posted By: tisHimself- 8/18/2014 11:50:19 AM     Post Reply
Talk to any of Mitt Romney’s closest political advisers, and the answer is the same: He won’t run for president in 2016. “I take Mitt at his absolute word. He’s not running,” says Ron Kaufman, Republican national committeeman for Massachusetts and a senior adviser to Mr. Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign. “He’s been very clear – he loved running, gave it his best, and lost,” Mr. Kaufman told this reporter at the RNC’s summer meeting in Chicago last week. “Now he’s helping the Republicans win the Senate.” Romney’s former finance chair, Spencer Zwick, has also put out

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