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Obama dines with chef
The Hill (Washington DC), by Amie Parnes    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/18/2014 9:21:56 PM     Post Reply
President Obama stopped by for an unscheduled dinner on Monday night at the home of Sam Kass, a White House chef and adviser to first lady Michelle Obama. A White House pool report said his deputy chief of staff Anita Decker Breckenridge also joined him for the dinner. No other details were provided. Obama flew back to Washington from Martha´s Vineyard, Mass. on Sunday night, breaking up his two-week vacation. But it is unclear if Monday night´s dinner is the reason Obama made the trip back to Washington before he returns to Martha´s Vineyard to resume his vacation on Tuesday.

Chris Christie joins Rick Perry´s
2016 rivals in backing governor
USA Today, by Catalina Camia    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/18/2014 9:17:19 PM     Post Reply
Texas Gov. Rick Perry picked up another statement of support from a potential 2016 presidential rival. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, in his capacity as chairman of the Republican Governors Association, issued a statement Monday in support of Perry, who was indicted in Austin last week on abuse of power charges by a Travis County grand jury. “I have complete faith and confidence in Governor Perry’s honesty and integrity,” Christie said in a statement released through the RGA. “And I’m sure that will be confirmed over time.” Christie joins Jeb Bush, Ted Cruz and Bobby Jindal — all attracting notice

Westerners fear monumental land
grab by Obama administration
Fox News, by Kelly David Burke    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/18/2014 9:13:19 PM     Post Reply
Utah officials are scrambling to prevent the Obama administration from locking down thousands of acres of land in their backyard, as federal officials consider up to a dozen possible national monument designations – all in western states. The Antiquities Act gives U.S. presidents the authority to unilaterally declare public lands as national monuments at the stroke of a pen, with no input from the public unless they choose to seek it. Many national monuments eventually go on to become national parks. National Parks Conservation Association spokeswoman Kristen Brengel said the practice has been used for over a century to preserve

  


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Obama on Ferguson: ‘I Have to Be
Careful About Not Pre-Judging Events’
Mediaite, by Tina Nguyen    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/18/2014 9:12:55 PM     Post Reply
While Barack Obama may have his own personal feelings towards the death of Michael Brown and the deterioration of order in Ferguson, Mo., he took pains during his press conference today to stress that he is, first and foremost, the President of the United States, and that the investigation in Brown’s death is still in progress. “I have to be very careful about not prejudging events before these investigations are completed, because these are issues of local jurisdiction,” he said during a Q&A during a press conference, in which he announced that he was sending Attorney General Eric Holder to

Second Base – Mike Brown’s Mom
Lesley McSpadden Announces:
“All We Want Is An Arrest”…
Conservative Treehouse, by Sundance    Original Article
Posted By: Emerson- 8/18/2014 9:12:23 PM     Post Reply
Right on cue Benjamin Crump and Daryl Parks drag Lesley McSpadden, the mother of Mike Brown, in front of GMA to outline the next request/step in the scheme. In 2012 Benjamin Crump described getting the arrest as “getting to second base”. Second base is the arrest. “All we want is an arrest”. (Snip) Once they get to Second Base (The Arrest) a financial hurdle will have been removed, as the arrest will suffice for probable cause of a wrongful death claim. Third Base is positioning the trial which puts pressure on the insurance companies to settle prior to a verdict. Home Plate

New marijuana drug ´Wax´
looks and feels like lip balm
WTTG FOX 5 [Washington, DC], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/18/2014 9:04:15 PM     Post Reply
It goes by the name Wax, Butter and Honeycomb on the streets, and it can pack a kick equal to 15 to 20 joints of marijuana. The new drug looks and feels like lip balm. It´s made from the oils of marijuana plants and has a high level of THC - the chemical that produces a high. Police say while it is easy to make, the ingredients needed to make it are flammable which could lead to burns or even cause a house to explode! Authorities are concerned about people trying to make the product at home especially teenagers. Wax

Simms, Dungy likely not
to use ´Redskins´ on TV
Associated Press, by Barry Wilner    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/18/2014 8:56:45 PM     Post Reply
NEW YORK — Two influential NFL voices — including CBS lead analyst Phil Simms, who will handle Washington´s Week 4 game — said Monday they likely won´t use the term "Redskins" when discussing the franchise. "My very first thought is it will be Washington the whole game," Simms told The Associated Press on Monday. Simms will work the Thursday night package the network acquired this season and will have Giants-Redskins on Sept. 25. He isn´t taking sides in the debate over whether Washington´s nickname is offensive or racist. But he says he is sensitive to the complaints about the name,

  


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Michael Brown Allegedly Attacked
Officer Before Fatal Shooting
Breitbart Big Government, by Tony Lee    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/18/2014 8:54:59 PM     Post Reply
Before he was shot and killed, Michael Brown allegedly bum rushed officer Darren Wilson multiple times, punched him in the face, grabbed his gun and caused it to discharge, and even taunted Wilson, saying, "You´re not going to shoot me," according to a woman who claims to know Wilson´s significant other. Last week, "Josie" called into KFTK NewsTalk 97.1 and said Wilson allegedly thought Brown was "on something" and felt Brown´s actions were "unbelievable." CNN has since reported that her recollection matches what Wilson told police after the incident. "Josie" told host Dana Loesch that Wilson´s "significant other told me"

Curfew dropped in Ferguson;
attorney general to visit
USA Today, by Yamiche Alcindor and John Bacon    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 8/18/2014 8:54:46 PM     Post Reply
FERGUSON, Mo. — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon on Monday dropped the curfew that had been in effect for two nights in an ill-fated effort to curb the violence and chaos that have ripped this city. Nixon announced that the National Guard would assume "limited responsibilities" to help keep order during nighttime protests over the shooting death of a teenager by a police officer.(Snip)President Obama announced that Attorney General Eric Holder will go to Ferguson on Wednesday to meet with local leaders as well as FBI and Justice officials who are conducting an independent federal civil rights investigation into the death of

John Boehner slams Obama as ‘not
prepared for job’ of being president
Washington Times, by Cheryl K. Chumley    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/18/2014 8:33:04 PM     Post Reply
Speaker John Boehner slammed President Obama during a radio broadcast to a North Dakota audience, calling him completely unprepared for the job of running the nation’s highest executive office. “When you look at this White House, you see incompetence at many levels,” Mr. Boehner said, during an interview with KTGO. “Democrats, Republicans, nobody has a relationship with the White House.” Mr. Boehner also blasted the president for seeming to think that “giving a speech is leadership, [when] it really isn’t,” he said, Newsmax reported. “It’s not about Democrats versus Republicans. It’s a White House that’s not very well organized and frankly, not

To Kill or Not to Kill
All the Lawyers?
That Is the Question
Wall Street Journal, by Jacob Gershman    Original Article
Posted By: MDMuskrat- 8/18/2014 8:26:31 PM     Post Reply
The inscription on a novelty mug for sale at the Shakespeare Theatre Company´s gift shop in Washington always gets a rise out of veteran trial lawyer David Epstein. It isn´t the line itself: "The first thing we do, let´s kill all the lawyers." (snip) "I´m a lawyer. I get the ´humor,´ " he says. "But I don´t like this target on my back." Now, Mr. Epstein is among an unhappy band of attorneys who are toiling to, as they view it, set the record straight.

  


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Shrinking government and seeing a shrink
PJ Media, by Richard Fernandez    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 8/18/2014 8:12:15 PM     Post Reply
The National Treasury Employees Union has a PDF document on its website which shows why any attempt to shrink the government is foredoomed. ”The National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU) is an independent labor union representing approximately 150,000 employees of 30 agencies of the United States government. (Snip) Clearly reformers can reduce the size of Washington to any degree they like provided that they don’t. This is what is called the “ratchet”. Spending goes only one way– up. And votes from the NTEU probably go only one way as well. It doesn’t matter how much the administration messes up the world

Tom DeLay says Texas Gov. Rick
Perry´s indictment a ‘conspiracy’
Fox News & Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/18/2014 7:57:33 PM     Post Reply
Former House majority leader Tom DeLay on Monday sharply criticized the local prosecutor´s office that indicted both him and more recently fellow Texas Republican Gov. Rick Perry, calling it a “vendetta” and another example of the “criminalization of politics.” In an interview with FoxNews.com, DeLay attacked nearly every aspect of the prosecution’s case against Perry -- suggesting it was political retribution for the governor´s attempt to remove a county district attorney with a criminal record and a “conspiracy” likely traceable to Washington Democrats. “There is no doubt [the case] is politically motivated,” the former House majority leader said. “Once again,

U.N. chief calls for protection
of rights in Missouri protests
Reuters, by Michelle Nichols & Chizu Nomiyama    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/18/2014 7:38:30 PM     Post Reply
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on U.S. authorities on Monday to ensure the protection of the rights of protesters in Ferguson, Missouri, where there have been demonstrations and rioting over the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black teen. "The Secretary-General calls on the authorities to ensure that the rights to peaceful assembly and freedom of expression are protected," U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters. "He calls on all to exercise restraint, for law enforcement officials to abide by U.S. and international standards in dealing with demonstrators," Dujarric said.

Venezuela´s poorest sectors
blame problems on the government
El Universal [Caracas, Venezuela], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 8/18/2014 7:37:27 PM     Post Reply
Venezuela´s poorest sectors believe President Nicolás Maduro has the main responsibility for the country´s problems. According to a survey conducted by research firm Delphos among Venezuelans belonging to the strata C, D, and E, six out of ten people blame the Head of State or his government for the two main types of problems in the country: Insecurity (73%) and economic aspects (64%), the latter including shortage, unemployment, and inflation. When asked about the main problems facing the communities, people´s main complaint refers to public utilities (78%), followed by insecurity (57%), shortage (27%), garbage disposal (18.5%), and roadways (17.6%). Although for most respondents

  


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Chris Christie and John McCain
Dance in the Hamptons With Stars
ABC News, by Scott Wilson    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/18/2014 7:31:12 PM     Post Reply
Arizona Sen. John McCain and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie broke it down in the Hamptons this weekend at an Apollo Theater benefit concert. Egged on by Jamie Foxx, McCain appeared to revive everyone’s favorite dance move–the robot–as Christie flailed and wiggled on stage for the star-studded crowd. Celebrity attendees at Saturday night’s event included Robert DeNiro, Jack Nicholson, Paul McCartney, Barbara Streisand and Roger Waters. Christie, who attended the event as a guest of fellow New Jersey native Jon Bon Jovi was summoned on stage when Jamie Foxx reportedly shouted to the audience “I know you’ve got a dance

Bag of cat heads found in
Manchester alley
United Kingdom Press Association [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 8/18/2014 7:29:24 PM     Post Reply
A bin bag of cats´ heads has been found on a street in "an extreme example of animal cruelty". A council cleaner in Manchester was called to the "sickening" incident in an alley just off Wilmslow Road, a spokesman for Manchester city council said. He added that the area was known as "Curry Mile" as there are lots of Indian restaurants, but said the council is not connecting the incident with any local business. The spokesman said the incident could have been "maliciously" or "racially motivated". There are believed to have been four or five heads in the bin bag. On its Facebook page,

Power plant regs spur new union
rebellion for Obama administration
Fox News & Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/18/2014 7:26:41 PM     Post Reply
The Obama administration is facing another union rebellion over its environmental policies, this time over the EPA’s proposed rules for limiting power plant emissions. Labor unions for years have hounded the Obama White House over allegations that officials are dragging their feet in making a final decision on the Canada-to-Texas Keystone XL oil pipeline. But labor organizations are now piping up regarding an Environmental Protection Agency proposal to cut carbon-dioxide emissions by 30 percent by 2030. The rules are intended to curb global warming. Last week, Edwin Hill, president of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), penned an op-ed

President Obama Wraps Presser With
Tribute to ABC’s Ann Compton
ABC News, by Erin Dooley    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/18/2014 7:16:49 PM     Post Reply
In a brief moment of levity during an otherwise somber news conference, President Obama congratulated ABC News’ Ann Compton, a veteran correspondent set to retire after 41 years at the network. “Ann Compton, everybody here knows, is not only the consummate professional but is also just a pleasure to get to know,” Obama said. “I was proud to be able to hug her grandbaby recently, and I suspect that may have something to do with her decision,” he added. “But I just want to say publicly, Ann, we’re going to miss you, and we’re very, very proud of the extraordinary career and

Harry Reid Predicts Democrats
Will Keep Senate Majority
KTVN (Reno, NV), by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 8/18/2014 7:02:03 PM     Post Reply
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says he expects Democrats to maintain control of Senate in the fall elections. Reid cautioned that things could change, and acknowledged he´s concerned about holding an open seat in South Dakota where longtime Democrat Tim Johnson is stepping down. But the Nevada Democrat told the Reno Gazette-Journal before a speech to the Washoe County Democratic Party on Sunday that if the election were held today, he is confident his party would retain the majority. In his speech, Reid praised President Obama´s handling of the crisis in Iraq. He says he opposes moving ground troops into

  



Missouri GOP: Michael Brown Voting
Registration Booths ´Disgusting´
Breitbart Big Government, by Charlie Spiering    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/18/2014 6:52:00 PM     Post Reply
Republicans are criticizing efforts by liberal organizers to set up voter registration booths at the site where Missouri teenager Michael Brown was shot and killed by a local police officer. Reports of the voter registration tables have been reported via liberal activists on social media. “In front of the makeshift memorial where Mike Brown was killed, they´ve set up a voter registration table,” tweeted Jessica Lee, a Human rights attorney at the Center For Constitutional Rights wrote on Twitter. Jessica Lee @BusquedaJess Follow in front of the makeshift memorial where Mike Brown was killed, they´ve set up a voter registration

Why does AP refer to Michael Brown
as ´teen´, despite style guide?
Mediaite, by Eddie Scarry    Original Article
Posted By: Fiesta del sol- 8/18/2014 6:30:09 PM     Post Reply
The Associated Press Stylebook states that in reports referring to a person’s age, the figure for the age number should be used. It also states that reports should “use man or woman for individuals 18 and older.”Why, then, are AP reports on the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown solely referring to him as a “teen” and “teenager”? “Don’t know’ if Missouri teen shot with hands up,” reads one AP headline from Monday. “County autopsy: Unarmed teen shot 6 to 8 times,” reads another. And an excerpt from yet another AP story, emphasis added: “Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon lifted a curfew

Whiskey is back! Bourbon production
reaches highest point since 1970s
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/18/2014 6:07:30 PM     Post Reply
Kentucky bourbon makers are making a big bet by stashing away their largest stockpiles in more than a generation. To put it in bartenders´ lingo: Distillers are putting up the tab for millions of rounds of bourbon years before they are even ordered. The production poses an inherent risk, but hitting the moment right - a big supply meshing with big demand - could mean a serious payday for companies big and small. Missing the target would leave bourbon makers awash with supply and leave future production in question, particularly for craft distilleries

Mexico City Airport Prepares
to Deal with Ebola
Latin American Herald Tribune [Miami FL], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 8/18/2014 5:54:42 PM     Post Reply
MEXICO CITY – The Mexico City International Airport is ready to deal with any possible cases of Ebola, a viral disease that is spreading through West Africa, aviation officials said. Posters informing travelers about the disease and the measures to take to avoid spreading it are being put up around the airport. The airport “is fully complying with the regulations established by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) regarding the outbreak affecting Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria, countries where people have been infected with the virus,” airport management said in a statement.

Dentists ditch patients for missing one
appointment: Investigation finds some
NHS practices have two year waiting lists
Daily Mail [UK], by Sophie Borland    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 8/18/2014 5:50:54 PM     Post Reply
Patients are being struck off by NHS dentists for failing to attend just one check-up, an investigation has found. Others are having to travel to surgeries 40 miles away because those nearby are refusing to take-on new patients. Some NHS dental practices have waiting lists of two years which is leading to many patients giving up and paying hundreds for private treatment. Research by Healthwatch England, which campaigns for patients’ rights, found that only 1 in 5 surgeries are taking on new patients. And in some cases dentists are striking patients off for failing to attend a check-up even

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