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Another American Hostage
at Risk by Islamic State
Associated Press, by Lara Jakes    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/20/2014 4:04:17 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON -- In a horrifying act of revenge for U.S. airstrikes in northern Iraq, militants with the Islamic State extremist group have beheaded American journalist James Foley - and are threatening to kill another hostage, U.S. officials say. The White House must now weigh the risks of adopting an aggressive policy to destroy the Islamic State against resisting any action that could result in the death of another American. It will also confront the potentially necessary step of pursuing the Islamic State in Syria, where President Barack Obama has resisted launching airstrikes or deploying significant American firepower. Obama was expected to make a

The mugshot that launched
a presidential campaign?
Legal Insurrection, by Amy Miller    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 8/20/2014 3:15:11 AM     Post Reply
Texas Governor Rick Perry was booked today on charges of abuse of power, but before he went in to pose for the greatest mugshot in the history of mugshots, he took the time to speak at a pickup rally organized in support of the Governor and his fight against Texas democrats. The Washington Free Beacon has the video: I’m here today because I did the right thing. I’m going to enter this courthouse with my head held high, and not only were the actions that I took not only lawful and legal, but right. And if I had to do so,

Alone Again, Naturally
New York Times, by Maureen Dowd    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 8/19/2014 11:35:06 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — Affectations can be dangerous, as Gertrude Stein said. When Barack Obama first ran for president, he theatrically cast himself as the man alone on the stage. From his address in Berlin to his acceptance speech in Chicago, he eschewed ornaments and other politicians, conveying the sense that he was above the grubby political scene, unearthly and apart. He began “Dreams From My Father” with a description of his time living on the Upper East Side while he was a student at Columbia, savoring his lone-wolf existence. He was, he wrote, “prone to see other people as unnecessary distractions.”

  


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Shooting Accounts Differ as Holder
Schedules Visit to Ferguson
New York Times, by Frances Robles & Michael S. Schmidt    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/19/2014 11:14:10 PM     Post Reply
FERGUSON, Mo. — As a county grand jury prepared to hear evidence on Wednesday in the shooting death of a black teenager by a white police officer that touched off 10 days of unrest here, witnesses have given investigators sharply conflicting accounts of the killing. Some of the accounts seem to agree on how the fatal altercation initially unfolded: with a struggle between the officer, Darren Wilson, and the teenager, Michael Brown. Officer Wilson was inside his patrol car at the time, while Mr. Brown, who was unarmed, was leaning in through an open window. Many witnesses also agreed on

Who Will Stand Up for the Christians?
New York Times, by Ronald S. Lauder    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 8/19/2014 10:54:58 PM     Post Reply
WHY is the world silent while Christians are being slaughtered in the Middle East and Africa? In Europe and in the United States, we have witnessed demonstrations over the tragic deaths of Palestinians who have been used as human shields by Hamas, the terrorist organization that controls Gaza. The United Nations has held inquiries and focuses its anger on Israel for defending itself against that same terrorist organization. But the barbarous slaughter of thousands upon thousands of Christians is met with relative indifference. The Middle East and parts of central Africa are losing entire Christian communities that have lived in

President Obama returns to
Vineyard vacation
Cape Cod Times (MA), by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/19/2014 10:49:31 PM     Post Reply
President Obama has returned to the island for part two of his retreat after taking a rare break from vacation to tend to business in the nation´s capital over the last few days, The president´s Marine One helicopter touched down at Martha´s Vineyard Airport at 6:10 p.m. this evening, according to pool reports. That was about a half hour after President Obama and his daughter Malia disembarked from Air Force One at Joint Base Cape Cod to transfer to the helicopter. Earlier today, the White House said President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden met with at least a dozen

Smithsonian adds LGBT
history to museum
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/19/2014 10:44:09 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — Hundreds of photographs, papers and historical objects documenting the history of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people are being added to the Smithsonian Institution’s collection Tuesday, including items from the popular TV show “Will and Grace.” Show creators David Kohan and Max Mutchnick along with NBC are donating objects to the National Museum of American History. The collection includes original scripts, casting ideas, political memorabilia surrounding the show and the series finale. The network agreed to donate props, including a pill bottle and flask, a sign from “Grace Adler Interior Design” and Will Truman’s framed college diploma. Kohan

  


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3 held in suburban Chicago
hostage standoff; 2 cops wounded
CBS News & Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/19/2014 10:40:41 PM     Post Reply
HARVEY, Ill. - Authorities were negotiating Tuesday with two men barricaded in a home and holding a woman and two children hostage in the south suburbs of Chicago. At least one of the men was thought to be armed. Officers, including a SWAT team, surrounded the home about five hours after the initial report. Two police officers were wounded by gunfire after responding to the 12:43 p.m. burglary report, Howard said, Harvey city spokesman Sean Howard told The Associated Press. Officer Darnell Keel, an 18-year veteran of the police force, was in stable condition at a hospital with a broken

Al Sharpton to Headline
Annual CAIR Banquet
Breitbart Big Peace, by Jordan Schachtel    Original Article
Posted By: MDMuskrat- 8/19/2014 10:16:01 PM     Post Reply
MSNBC host Rev. Al Sharpton has been scheduled to keynote the 20th annual Council on American-Islamic Relations fundraising banquet, scheduled for September 27th in the Washington, D.C., area. (snip) Sharpton´s critics have described him as a “race-hustler,” while his supporters have profiled him as a civil rights leader. Rev. Sharpton is President Barack Obama’s “go-to black leader,” according to a 60 Minutes report. Their relationship is so close that “not only does Sharpton travel to see the president, the president travels to see him,” the report said.

Spike Lee on CNN: ‘There Is a War
on the Black Male’ in America
Mediaite, by Matt Wilstein    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/19/2014 10:10:58 PM     Post Reply
Filmmaker Spike Lee joined Anderson Cooper live on CNN Tuesday in order to express his outrage over the police action against protesters in Ferguson, Missouri in the 10 days following the fatal shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown by a police officer there. “We don’t need snipers on top of the tanks pointing at civilians,” Lee said, advocating for retired Lieutenant General Russel L. Honoré, the man who headed up the military response to Hurricane Katrina, to be brought in to help calm things down in Ferguson. “I do not think you should be killed in this country because allegedly you steal

Uber hired David Plouffe
when it realized “techies”
can’t do politics
Washington Post, by Emily Badger and Zachary A. Goldfarb    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 8/19/2014 10:04:52 PM     Post Reply
As one of Barack Obama’s chief political strategists, David Plouffe mixed grassroots organizing and Internet campaigning to help win two presidential elections. Now Uber, the controversial onlinetransportation company, has tapped Plouffe to deploy these same skills in what has rapidly become one of the most prominent political fights to emerge out of Silicon Valley. Uber announced Tuesday that Plouffe will join the company as a senior vice president of policy and strategy as it spars all over the world with powerful taxi interests — and their political allies — who argue that Uber puts the public at risk and operates

  


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Iraqi TV Host Weeps Over
Plight of Christians
Cybercast News Service, by Lauretta Brown    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/19/2014 10:02:17 PM     Post Reply
Nahi Mahdi, an Iraqi TV host, broke down in tears while discussing the desperate plight of Christian refugees in Iraq. “They are our own flesh and blood,” Mahdi said after regaining his composure. “Some of them have left for Sweden or Germany. Who does (the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) think it is to drive out our fellow countrymen?” The Asia TV program was aired in Iraq in late July, according to a video and translation provided by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI). “This is one genuine Iraqi we have here,” another panelist commented at the sight

As World Chaos Continues, Obama
Quietly Retreats To Martha´s Vineyard
Breitbart Big Government, by Charlie Spiering    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/19/2014 10:00:18 PM     Post Reply
President Obama returned to his vacation home at Martha’s Vineyard after briefly interrupting his vacation for two days of meetings in Washington, D.C. Obama met with his economic team Tuesday before leaving the White House at 4:22 pm to return to his vacation home. He did not react to the news that broke later that evening about an ISIS video that showed the beheading of American journalist James Wright Foley. The National Security Council reacted, however, in a statement provided by spokesperson Caitlin Hayden. “We have seen a video that purports to be the murder of U.S. citizen James Foley by ISIL,” Hayden said.

Rick Perry booked
by authorities, then
goes for ice cream
Washington Post, by Sean Sullivan    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 8/19/2014 9:55:03 PM     Post Reply
Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R), under indictment on two felony counts, was booked by authorities Tuesday afternoon, where he declared his innocence and vowed to fight the charges he faces. “I’m going to enter this courthouse with my head held high,” Perry told a crush of reporters and some cheering supporters before he entered a Travis County courthouse. Perry, who wore a dark suit and blue tie, had his fingerprints and a mug shot taken. The governor smiled slightly in his booking picture, which he took without his glasses on. Authorities did not issue an arrest warrant.

Hurricane forecasters tracking
two systems that may develop
in central Atlantic
Times-Picayune (New Orleans LA), by Mark Schleifstein    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/19/2014 9:55:03 PM     Post Reply
The National Hurricane Center is tracking two low pressure systems in the central Atlantic Ocean on Tuesday afternoon (Aug. 19) that show potential for forming a tropical depression during the next five days. "Disorganized shower and thunderstorm activity continues in association with an elongated area of low pressure that extends from the northeastern coast of South America into the central tropical Atlantic," said senior hurricane specialist Michael Brennan in a tropical weather outlook message issued by the center at 1 p.m. "Environmental conditions are forecast to be more conducive for gradual development of this system during the next few days

  


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Read: Gov. Nixon Calls For ´Vigorous
Prosecution´ in Michael Brown Shooting
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/19/2014 9:54:06 PM     Post Reply
In a message this evening, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon called for a "vigorous prosecution" in the shooting death of Michael Brown. Read the message below: Ten days ago, a police officer shot and killed Michael Brown, in broad daylight. Since then, the world has watched a community become engulfed in grief, anger, fear and at times violence. For a family mourning the loss of a son, it has been a profound personal tragedy. For Ferguson and our entire nation, it has ripped open old wounds that have festered for generations, and exposed difficult issues that communities across our country must

Eric Holder: Michael Brown Death
Cause for ´Robust Action´
to Increase Police Diversity
Breitbart Big Government, by Tony Lee    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/19/2014 9:45:08 PM     Post Reply
Attorney General Eric Holder vowed to use Michael Brown´s death and the riots in Ferguson, Missouri, to push for more police diversity and even combat unintentional "disparate treatment under the law" of minorities. In an op-ed in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch ahead of his arrival in Ferguson on Wednesday, Holder called for "an end to the acts of violence in the streets of Ferguson" because "they seriously undermine, rather than advance, the cause of justice" and "interrupt the deeper conversation that the legitimate demonstrators are trying to advance." After pledging that the Department of Justice´s "investigation into this matter will

Michael Brown funeral arrangements
set; Rev. Al Sharpton to give eulogy
KMOV-TV [St. Louis, MO], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/19/2014 9:33:21 PM     Post Reply
ST. LOUIS, Mo. -- Funeral arrangements have been set for Michael Brown, the 18-year-old man killed by police in Ferguson last weekend. According to his attorney, Benjamin Crump, the funeral has been set for Monday, August 25, 2014 at Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church at 10 a.m. Rev. Al Sharpton will deliver the eulogy and Rev. Michael Jones will officiate. Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church is located at 5515 Dr. Martin Luther Kind Drive, St. Louis, MO 63112

ISIS Beheads American
Journalist Foley, Calls Murder
Retaliation for U.S. Airstrikes
PJ Media, by Bridget Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 8/19/2014 9:28:34 PM     Post Reply
The Islamic State’s official media just released a graphic video showing the beheading of American journalist James Foley, who was taken in northwest Syria on Thanksgiving Day 2012. The ISIS terrorist in the video says that the beheading is revenge for President Obama’s recent airstrikes on ISIS targets in Iraq. The video, viewed in full by PJM, begins with a snippet of Obama speaking about the strikes, then shifts to images of the strikes with a title that reads, “American Aggression Against the Islamic State.” The title card then says a “A Message to America.” Foley, with a shaved head, was

Palestinian group designate
as foreign terrorist organization
Jerusalem Post [Israel], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/19/2014 9:06:44 PM     Post Reply
The US State Department announced on Tuesday that it was designating the Mujahidin Shura Council in the Environs of Jerusalem (MSC) – an umbrella organization made up of Gaza-based jihadist terrorist groups – as a foreign terrorist organization. The group has claimed responsibility for several attacks against Israel, including an August 2013 rocket attack targeting the port city of Eilat and another attack against Gaza frontier town Sderot on March 21, 2013. The group also backs the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

  



Fareed Zakaria Fights Back
Against New Plagiarism Accusations
Mediaite, by Matt Wilstein    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 8/19/2014 8:31:42 PM     Post Reply
CNN host and Washington Post columnist Fareed Zakaria has responded to renewed accusations of plagiarism in his articles that appeared in Time magazine and elsewhere. While two anonymous reporters claim Zakaria lifted numerous passages from Wikipedia, the writer told Politico in an email that he merely referenced facts that could be found in “hundreds” of other articles. “Two anonymous bloggers today have alleged that there are 11 cases in my writing where I have cited a statistic that also appeared somewhere else,” Zakaria wrote. “These are all facts, not someone else’s writing or opinions or expressions.” Referring to one example the bloggers

The Upper and Nether Millstones
PJ Media, by Richard Fernandez    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 8/19/2014 8:24:40 PM     Post Reply
Yesterday’s post about the inexorable expansion of government can be read in conjunction with Roger Simon’s current piece about how the Great Society laid the foundations for the riots in Ferguson. Ironically Michael Brown and the paramilitarized Ferguson police department are two sides of the same coin. They are the joint product of the politics of grievance and the growing expansion of government. The taxes that made the mobs dependent also armed the paramilitary police that contain them. You have one government department handing out Obamaphones and another handing out MRAPs to the cops. HHS gives out Obamacare and the

Rockets target Tel Aviv in wake
of truce breakdown
Jerusalem Post [Israel], by Staff, Yaakov Lappin    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/19/2014 8:07:01 PM     Post Reply
Hours after rockets shattered the cease-fire and hit Gaza frontier communities, three loud explosions were heard over Tel Aviv, shortly before 11 p.m., for the first time in over a week. In total, the IDF said that 50 rockets were fired at Israel since 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday until around midnight. Six rockets were intercepted by the Iron Dome rocket defense system. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday rejected Palestinian charges that Israel was to blame for a breakdown in ceasefire talks in Cairo, saying rocket fire from Gaza "made continuation of talks impossible."

Why Do Black Leaders Have
Preconceived Notions
of Guilt When the Races
Exchange Roles?
Canada Free Press, by Jerry McConnell    Original Article
Posted By: snowcloud- 8/19/2014 7:47:24 PM     Post Reply
If at first you don’t succeed, try - oops; not that one, but it’s very close. The one I’m thinking of when I heard that the cavalry, in the form of two black leaders, not Black Panthers, although that group are certainly present at this roasting; but these warriors heard that a young black boy got shot by a white policeman during the riots in Ferguson, suburb of St. Louis, Missouri, and they’re here to make sure some white cop gets not necessarily fair but equal treatment. But wait; fair and equal? How can that be? The cop was not

White House takes suggestions
from business on immigration changes
CBS News, by Rebecca Kaplan    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/19/2014 7:18:37 PM     Post Reply
In addition to reviewing the deportation system of immigrants in the U.S. illegally, the Obama administration is weighing executive actions to change the legal immigration system in ways that could benefit businesses, the Wall Street Journal reports. In more than 20 meetings this summer, White House and other administration officials have recruited suggestions from industries like technology, agriculture and construction. High-tech firms, in search of ways to increase the number of skilled foreign workers that can come to the U.S., have pitched the idea of excluding workers´ spouses from the 140,000-per-year visa cap. They would also like to see the

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