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White House meddling in records
requests? Suit claims agencies
locked down documents
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/19/2014 2:12:25 PM     Post Reply
A government watchdog group has sued 12 federal agencies for allegedly withholding emails and other documents, in the latest episode in which the Obama administration is being challenged over its transparency. The conservative-leaning Cause of Action wants the documents in order to see whether agencies are being forced to channel basic public-information requests through the White House, so that politically sensitive material can be screened. The group filed the suit Monday in a District of Columbia federal court. The lawsuit says the agencies "stonewalled" the organization -- and claims the White House is "influencing" their response to record requests. “Accountable

IRS seizes records of D.C. housing complex
and backer to Democratic mayoral nominee
Washington Post, by Aaron C. Davis    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 8/19/2014 2:11:31 PM     Post Reply
The Internal Revenue Service has launched a probe of the president of a subsidized apartment complex in Southeast Washington, carting off boxes of financial documents and inspecting computer records related to her business and political activities, according to a criminal summons and the building’s current property manager. In the summons, the IRS demanded a large quantity of records related to Park Southern Apartments, a sprawling set of towers along the District’s southern border. The complex became the subject of scrutiny after a Washington Post report detailing its dilapidated conditions and its owner’s default on a $3 million city-backed loan.

Texas Gov. Perry to turn himself in
Tuesday, on heels of indictment
Fox News, by Casey Stegall    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/19/2014 1:55:04 PM     Post Reply
Texas Gov. Rick Perry plans to turn himself into authorities Tuesday afternoon at a local Texas jail on the heels of his indictment for alleged abuse of power, a member of the governor´s legal team told Fox News. The governor is expected to be processed quickly and to leave. He is not subject to an arrest warrant. However, Fox News has learned Perry will have his mugshot and fingerprints taken. He plans to arrive at the Travis County Justice Complex in Austin at about 5 p.m. local time.

  


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´I can´t go out... the support is really
keeping me going during this stressful
time. Just stay safe´: Under 24-hour guard
in fear for his life, Darren Wilson breaks*
Daily Mail [UK], by Daniel Bates & Neil Blincow    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/19/2014 1:40:29 PM     Post Reply
The policeman who shot dead a black teenager in St Louis has revealed he is under 24-hour guard and ´can´t go out´ at this ´stressful time´ in his first comments since the killing. Darren Wilson text messaged a close friend to say that he can´t leave protective custody because he would be immediately recognized - making him and his young child a target. In his messages Wilson, 28, also thanked for the support of his friends which he said was ´really keeping me going´. He had texted Jake Shepard, his friend of 14 years, who said he shared the messages

Fox’s Outnumbered Hosts Explode
at Geraldo for ‘Irresponsible’
Ferguson Comments
Mediaite, by Eddie Scarry    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/19/2014 1:21:48 PM     Post Reply
Geraldo Rivera wasted no time Tuesday afternoon lighting dynamite under an Outnumbered panel and setting the thing off. The fuse: his conviction that the indictment of Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson would be racially tinged, much like the trial of George Zimmerman. “I’ll tell you what will happen: they’ll have a trial, white jurors will see it one way and the black jurors another,” Rivera said. “The white jurors will look at that convenience store surveillance tape. They will see Michael Brown menacing that clerk. The white jurors will put themselves in the shoes of that clerk. They’ll say, of

MSNBC Contributor Michelle
Bernard Sees ´War on Black Boys´
in America, Fears ´Genocide´
NewsBusters, by Ken Shepherd    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/19/2014 1:07:19 PM     Post Reply
Move over, War on Women, there´s a new war in town. On the August 18 edition of MSNBC´s Hardball, contributor Michelle Bernard warned there is a "war on black men" in the United States, as evidence both by the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., and persistent criticism of President Barack Obama from Republicans. What´s more, Bernard insisted, there would be a "genocide" of young black men unless the problem were seriously addressed to her satisfaction. Suffice it to say, Hardball host Chris Matthews at no point called out Ms. Bernard for her heated rhetoric. [see relevant transcript

More Than Incompetent, Obama Simply
Does Not Understand What
It Means To Be President
Daily Caller, by Keith Naughton    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 8/19/2014 1:05:07 PM     Post Reply
For his first term and re-election, ideological differences dominated the debate surrounding President Obama. (Snip) His recent interview with The Economist brings into stark relief Obama’s fundamental lack of understanding of the art of governing and how America’s federal system operates. In this interview, Obama expounds on his frustration that business keeps lobbying for special treatment. Is he serious? Can he really be that obtuse? It is a mind-boggling comment. Everyone lobbies for special favors in Washington — it’s the town’s main industry. Business, labor, environmentalists, cities, states — you name the interest and I can guarantee they have their hand out.

  


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MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski Brags About
Being Buddies With Eric Holder [Video]
Daily Caller, by Brendan Bordelon    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/19/2014 1:02:40 PM     Post Reply
MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski casually revealed her close rapport with Attorney General Eric Holder on Tuesday, earning a gentle ribbing from co-host Joe Scarborough after claiming she’s “in contact” with Holder and that their kids attend the same school. The “Morning Joe” co-hosts were discussing President Barack Obama’s decision to send Holder to Ferguson, the small Missouri town wracked by violent riots since the killing of an unarmed black man by police ten 10 ago. “Sending Eric Holder — I’ve been in contact with Eric Holder over the past few months on other issues,” Brezezinski said. “Our kids went to the

Brutal politics in a not-so-gay place
Washington Times (D.C), by Wesley Pruden    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/19/2014 12:46:45 PM     Post Reply
Somebody has finally indicted the famous ham sandwich that an infamous judge once said any prosecutor so inclined could do. No offense here to Gov. Rick Perry of Texas, but this particular ham sandwich has no taste, no calories and no protein. It’s all fat. Mr. Perry was indicted last week of doing his constitutional duty in Austin, the capital and a lively and spirited island of blue Democrats of the most partisan persuasion, marooned in a sea of red-state Republicans. The isolation often inspires something bizarre. The indictment by a Travis County grand jury, covering a scant two pages

Scotland´s last commercial shipyard
Ferguson Shipbuilders set to close
Guardian [UK], by Angela Monaghan    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 8/19/2014 12:46:45 PM     Post Reply
Scotland´s remaining shipbuilding industry was dealt a severe blow on Friday when the country´s last commercial shipyard went into administration with the loss of about 70 jobs on the river Clyde. After more than a century in business, staff at Ferguson Shipbuilders arrived for work at Port Glasgow, Inverclyde, in the morning to be told most of the 77-strong workforce were being made redundant with immediate effect. A handful of workers were retained to finish existing work and maintain the yard. The company has called in KPMG as administrators after it could no longer withstand cashflow problems and a failure

Random Thoughts
Creators Syndicate, by Thomas Sowell    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 8/19/2014 12:45:45 PM     Post Reply
Random thoughts on the passing scene: I don´t know why we are spending our hard-earned money paying taxes to support a criminal justice system, when issues of guilt and innocence are being determined on television -- and even punishment is being meted out by CNN´s showing the home and address of the policeman accused in the Ferguson, Missouri shooting.(Snip) It is amazing how many otherwise sane people want Israel to become the first nation in history to respond to military attacks by restricting what they do, so that it is "proportionate" to the damage inflicted by the attacks.

  


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Public schools will soon be ´majority-
minority´ --- and that´s without the
help of illegal immigrants
Washington Examiner, by T. Becket Adams    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/19/2014 12:41:42 PM     Post Reply
U.S. public schools are on track to become “majority-minority” this fall as the number of Hispanic and Asian school-age children born in the U.S. continues to grow at an astonishing rate, the Pew Research Center reported, citing U.S. Department of Education projections. This impressive milestone also comes at a time when U.S. schools are preparing to admit approximately 50,000 illegal immigrant children who are entitled under the law to the same public primary and secondary schools as U.S. citizens and permanent residents. However, what´s interesting is that the influx of thousands of illegal student-age children is not the reason why

After 60 years, C-130 still
a ´magnificent machine´
Fox News, by Jonathan Serrie    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/19/2014 12:41:04 PM     Post Reply
ATLANTA – Tim Nguyen regards the C-130 “Hercules” as a “good friend.” The 60-year-old military aircraft has been the focus of his professional career, and quite possibly saved his life. During the 1975 Fall of Saigon, Nguyen -- then serving in the South Vietnamese air force -- escaped on the last C-130 out of Vietnam. During a lull in enemy fire, he emerged from a bunker at Tan Son Nhut Air Base to see the last flyable C-130 stopping and going on the taxiway. The aircraft’s rear ramp was still open, apparently weighed down by the crowd of people standing

Caliphate of Fear:
The Curse of the Islamic State
Spiegel [Germany], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/19/2014 12:36:55 PM     Post Reply
In Raqqa, Syria, the Islamic State´s "caliphate" has already become a reality. All women in the city are required to wear the niqab veil and pants are banned. Thieves have their hands hacked off and opponents are publicly crucified or beheaded, with the images of these horrific acts then posted on social networks. (Snip) The jihadists with the Islamic State, or IS, are acting out their fantasies of omnipotence in the name of God. They´re murdering, torturing and forcing families to give their daughters away for marriage to Islamist fighters coming in from abroad. One girl whose family agreed to marry her off took her own life.

Privacy rights could trump transparency
as Congress debates Ferguson policing
Washington Examiner, by Susan Crabtree    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/19/2014 12:36:30 PM     Post Reply
Fear that body cameras would infringe privacy rights may thwart congressional efforts to reform policing in the wake of riots in Ferguson, Mo. A key Democratic author of legislation to reduce the militarization of police forces says dashboard cameras for police are OK, but worries that body cameras may go too far. After protests over a deadly arrest in Ferguson led to a military-style police response, Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Ga., began drafting a bill to limit a Defense Department program that provides military equipment, vehicles and arms to police around the country. But his spokesman, Andy Phelan, told the Washington

  


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´How is democracy treating you
guys?´ Islamic ISIS militants taunt
Ferguson protestors on social media
Daily Mail (UK), by John Hall    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/19/2014 12:34:56 PM     Post Reply
ISIS militants and their supporters are using social media to encourage protesters in Ferguson to embrace radical Islam and fight against the U.S. government. Jihadists in Syria and Iraq and their sympathisers in the West have taken to Twitter to send messages of support to hundreds of demonstrators taking part in a ninth night of angry protests in the U.S. city following the shooting by police of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown. The militants´ tweets denounce local officers for the way they have attempted to quell the violence, make reference to historic acts of police brutality, and even use the

6 more journalists arrested
in Ferguson protests
CNN, by Brian Stelter    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/19/2014 12:25:33 PM     Post Reply
Six journalists were taken into custody while covering the protests in Ferguson, Missouri, on Monday and early Tuesday, aggravating what one press freedom group has called a "concerted, top-down effort to restrict the fundamental First Amendment rights of the public and the press." The incidents bring the total number of journalists arrested during the mid-August protests to 11. Other journalists reported being threatened with arrest and affected by tear-gas on Monday night. Authorities tried to restrict members of the news media to a designated area away from the protests, sometimes nicknamed a "press pen."

Diddy to Obama on Ferguson:
´Get on a Plane -- It´s Serious´
Billboard Magazine, by Joe Lynch    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 8/19/2014 12:24:27 PM     Post Reply
Since the fatal shooting of Michael Brown on Aug. 9, the nation has watched the situation in Ferguson, Mo., continue to deteriorate as tensions boil between the police and protesters. While watching coverage of Ferguson on TV last night, Diddy took to Instagram to deliver a video message to President Obama. "This sh-t ain´t right," Diddy said. "Obama, get on a plane -- it´s serious. These are your people, baby. These are your people."

Eric Garner Death Case Will
Go to Grand Jury, Staten
Island District Attorney Says
WNBC-TV [New York, NY], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/19/2014 12:21:42 PM     Post Reply
The apparent chokehold death of 43-year-old Eric Garner will head to a grand jury, Staten Island´s chief prosecutor said Tuesday. District Attorney Daniel Donovan said in a statement that his office has reviewed the recent findings of the medical examiner, which determined Garner died of neck compression from a chokehold and labeled his death a homicide, and decided that "it is appropriate to present evidence regarding circumstances of his death to a Richmond County Grand Jury." Missing Runway Model Found at NYC Hospital: NYPD Donovan said the court granted his application to impanel a grand jury on Monday, and he plans to begin

Perry assembles high-powered
legal team to fight indictment
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/19/2014 12:19:24 PM     Post Reply
Austin, TX - Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry says he is fighting a criminal indictment with the law on his side — not to mention a team of high-powered attorneys with formidable records in big cases. His lead attorney took on BP after the Deepwater Horizon explosion in the Gulf of Mexico. Another argued before the U.S. Supreme Court and won changes to campaign finance laws. Joining them is George W. Bush’s former lawyer during the Florida recount that decided the 2000 presidential election. That doesn’t even include the Austin attorney who’s been paid at least $80,000 in taxpayer money since a grand jury

  



BREAKING REPORT: Officer Darren Wilson
Suffered “Orbital Blowout Fracture to Eye
Socket” During Mike Brown Attack
Gateway Pundit, by Jim Hoft    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 8/19/2014 12:15:31 PM     Post Reply
The Gateway Pundit can now confirm from two local St. Louis sources that police Officer Darren Wilson suffered facial fractures during his confrontation with deceased 18 year-old Michael Brown. Officer Wilson clearly feared for his life during the incident that led to the shooting death of Brown. This was after Michael Brown and his accomplice Dorian Johnson robbed a local Ferguson convenience store. Local St. Louis sources said Wilson suffered an “orbital blowout fracture to the eye socket.” This comes from a source within the District Attorney’s office and confirmed by the St. Louis County Police.

Democrats: Obama shouldn´t visit
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Mario Trujillo    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/19/2014 12:15:13 PM     Post Reply
Two Missouri Democrats on Tuesday said it would be a bad idea for President Obama to visit Ferguson, Mo. They said the last thing authorities in the St. Louis suburb need right now is to deal with the security surrounding a presidential visit, something they also said would also place unrealistic expectations on Obama. “So, I don´t think the president needs to come to Ferguson,” Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.) said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” program. “It adds another distortion. We don´t need that now. And we don´t need any more people coming into Ferguson to help the poor people out

Washington Redskins show support
for Michael Brown in preseason game
Yahoo Sports, by Jay Busbee    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/19/2014 12:12:13 PM     Post Reply
During Monday night´s pregame introductions, several Washington Redskins players ran onto the field with their hands raised, a gesture of support for the town of Ferguson, Missouri. Ferguson is currently engulfed in turmoil as the result of a police shooting on Aug. 9. On that date, Michael Brown was killed by police even after witnesses said he raised his arms and told police he was unarmed. As a result, arms raised in surrender have become a symbol of solidarity and protest in connection with the Ferguson story. Several players entered Monday´s game with the Cleveland Browns with arms raised, and according to

Mom of toddler who
shot himself had AK-47,
other guns, police say
Atlanta-Journal Constitution, by Tom Jones    Original Article
Posted By: Hermoine- 8/19/2014 12:10:00 PM     Post Reply
ATLANTA — Atlanta police now say a mother whose 3-year-old son shot himself in the face had three unsecured guns in the home, including an AK-47. The news that police said 22-year-old Angel Douglas had three guns in her home when her toddler found one and shot himself in the face caught some of Douglas´ northwest Atlanta neighbors by surprise. "Why so many guns? Why so many guns?" LaShandra Pope asked. Officers said Douglas had that AK-47, a 12-gauge shotgun and a handgun. "It´s not that serious to have that many guns around a child. Not that many to keep safe,"

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