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Obamacare tax forms may pose
challenge for enrollees, exchanges
Washington Times, by Tom Howell Jr.    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/20/2014 8:39:14 PM     Post Reply
Obamacare customers won’t be able to file their tax returns next year until the government sends them a form detailing their coverage and tax credits, and if those forms are late some taxpayers could face a delay in seeking their refunds. Federal and state officials said they’re working on the forms, known as the 1095A, and vowed to meet the Jan. 31 deadline for issuing them. But some tax professionals are skeptical, citing the administration’s iffy track record on being able to meet other deadlines in the massive health overhaul law. “It really strains credulity to think 1095A is not going to be a big problem,” said George Brandes,

GOP Rep: ISIS, Mexican Drug
Cartels Are ´Talking To Each Other´
Breitbart TV, by Pam Key    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/20/2014 8:39:05 PM     Post Reply
Wednesday on Newsmax TV´s "America´s Forum," Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX) was asked if there is any current interaction between ISIS and Mexican drug cartels he said "yes" and added they are "talking to each other." The member of the House Judiciary Committee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security said, "In my opinion, yes there seems to be a talking to each other" He added, "The drug cartels use the same operational plan as terrorist groups do ... They kill their opponents, they behead their opponents, they brag about it and they have operational control of many portions of the southern

Race-based hate crimes spike in
D.C.; whites most common victims,
but underreporting feared
Washington Times, by Andrea Noble    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/20/2014 8:35:06 PM     Post Reply
Race-based hate crimes jumped in Washington, D.C., last year even as most other types of bias crimes decreased, with analysts saying such incidents could be vastly underreported among minority groups uncomfortable coming forward to authorities. D.C. police say that of the 18 race-based hate crimes in 2013, the majority of victims were white and the majority of suspects black. The number of incidents was up from the 13 race-based bias crimes reported in 2012 The disclosure comes as a wave of protests and unrest after the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teen by a white police officer in Ferguson,

  


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The Ferguson Feeding Frenzy
TownHall, by Michelle Malkin    Original Article
Posted By: Ken M.- 8/20/2014 8:32:40 PM     Post Reply
The most poisonous "-ism" now infecting Ferguson, Missouri, is not virulent racism. It´s viral narcissism. Over the past two weeks, the impoverished St. Louis County suburb has become a magnet for self-absorbed publicity seekers of all colors and agendas. Perhaps the most repulsive species on display in Ferguson is the Journalisto Vanitatis. This breed of egotistical East-Coast reporters can be easily identified by its ever-present appendages: a smartphone and smart glasses. For the J.V., the story is all about "me, me, me!" Huffington Post reporter Ryan Reilly and Washington Post reporter Wesley Lowery were among the first and most prominent

A Leading Hamas Commander Just Said
The Group Was Behind June´s
West Bank Kidnappings
Business Insider, by Armin Rosen    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/20/2014 8:31:40 PM     Post Reply
On Wednesday the exiled commander for Hamas´s West Bank operations confirmed his organization´s responsibility for the June murder of three Israeli teens. Speaking with a group of clerics in Turkey organized by Yusuf al-Qaradawi, Al Jazeera Arabic´s popular Doha-based mega-preacher, Turkey-based Saleh Arouri said Hamas´ Al Qassam Brigades were responsible for the murders, which set off a cycle of arrests, reprisals, and escalations that continues over two months later. In a way, Arouri´s admission doesn´t reveal anything that wasn´t already publicly known. In early August, Israeli court documents revealed a man named

Al Jazeera Tells Al Gore to Get Bent
Mediaite, by Evan McMurry    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/20/2014 8:14:14 PM     Post Reply
Al Jazeera America issued a forceful statement Wednesday, dismissing Al Gore’s fraud suit against the purchasers of his TV network and calling the characterization of the conflict overblown. “The lawsuit and statement simultaneously issued by Al Gore’s celebrity trial lawyer were designed to grab headlines with misleading accusations like ‘fraud’ and ‘price discount,’” the Qatari-owned network said. “The truth is that this is an ordinary commercial dispute, of the type that courts decide all the time.” The lawsuit concerns part of the $500 million sale price being held by Al Jazeera in escrow against potential Current creditors. Gore’s suit argues that the

The Media and the Mob
Townhall, by Thomas Sowell    Original Article
Posted By: JoElla Bee- 8/20/2014 7:52:57 PM     Post Reply
Those of us who admit that we were not there, and do not know what happened when Michael Brown was shot by a policeman in Ferguson, Missouri, seem to be in the minority. We all know what has happened since then -- and it has been a complete disgrace by politicians, the media and mobs of rioters and looters. Despite all the people who act as if they know exactly what happened, nevertheless when the full facts come out, that can change everything. This is why we have courts of law, instead of relying on the media or mobs. But

  


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Why trouble with the law marks the
end for some politicians, but not others
Washington Post, by Sean Sullivan    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/20/2014 7:08:01 PM     Post Reply
Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) has been going on August ice cream runs, speaking with reporters and getting ready to schmooze with conservative activists in New Hampshire this weekend. Oh, and he also got booked on two felony counts. Five days after a grand jury indicted him, Perry is going about business as usual -- and his stock in the Republican Party has seemingly risen. Early signs suggest that Perry´s political career won´t be sunk by simultaneous campaign and courtroom tracks as he weighs another presidential bid -- that, in fact, the dual process might actually give his primary season prospects a boost. Unless, of course, he was actually

More People Going to Switzerland
for Assisted Suicide, Study Finds
New York Times, by Pam Belluck    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/20/2014 7:00:43 PM     Post Reply
Switzerland has long had a permissive law on assisted suicide, and a new study has found an increase in the number of people from other countries traveling to Switzerland to end their lives under the auspices of right-to-die organizations. The study, published in The Journal of Medical Ethics, looked at assisted suicides in Zurich, where Dignitas, the most prominent right-to-die organization, is based. The researchers found that 611 people from 31 countries had committed assisted suicide from 2008 to 2012. Since 2009, the number of those arriving from other countries for help with suicide has increased steadily, to 172 in 2012.

Game Over. Play again?
PJ Media, by Richard Fernandez    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 8/20/2014 6:56:54 PM     Post Reply
Liz Peek at the Fiscal Times explains why the Republicans might fail to get voters interested in repealing Obamacare, despite its unpopularity. (Snip) Thus, anyone who tries to focus on a particular Obama administration issue will find that it won’t stay put. It’s like being blasted by a Clamore mine. Once you get past counting the 50th wound, you can’t remember where the first one was. Thus, the opponents of Obamacare would be best advised to forget focusing their fire on any individual problem and focus instead on Obama. He’s the common factor in all the dozens and hundreds of

AG Holder Meeting With
Michael Brown´s Parents
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/20/2014 6:49:52 PM     Post Reply
St. Louis - U.S. Attorney General is meeting with the parents of Michael Brown, the 18-year-old fatally shot by a police officer. Holder was meeting with them Wednesday evening in the U.S. attorney’s office in downtown St. Louis. He also planned to meet with Missouri’s congressional delegation. The attorney general flew to Missouri Wednesday morning and made several visits around the area, including to a community college and a restaurant in Ferguson near where Brown was shot on Aug. 9. Holder has pledged experience federal officials will independently investigate whether there were any civil rights violations connected to Brown’s death.

  


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Officials: US Rescue
Mission in Syria Failed
Associated Press, by Julie Pace    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/20/2014 6:43:10 PM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama sent U.S. troops to Syria earlier this summer to rescue a number of Americans held by a violent extremist group, including slain journalist James Foley, but did not find the hostages, senior Obama administration officials said Wednesday. The officials said the rescue mission was authorized after intelligence agencies believed they had identified the location inside Syria where the hostages were being held. But the several dozen special operations troops who were dropped by aircraft into Syria did not find them engaged in a firefight with Islamic State militants before departing. The officials said a number of militants but no

Jihadists sent Foley’s boss an email
‘full of rage’ a week before killing
New York Post, by Sophia Rosenbaum    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/20/2014 6:41:09 PM     Post Reply
The jihadists who savagely took the life of an American journalist sent his employer an e-mail a week earlier threatening the execution. “We received an email from the captors on Wednesday night of last week stating their intention to execute Jim,” Philip Balboni, the founder of the online news service site Global Post, told WCVB Boston. “The email was full of rage.” The White House knew about the threat against Foley’s life and did not engage in negotiations with the terrorists, Balbonio said. Balboni said he had been working behind the scenes since James Foley’s capture in 2012 to try to free him, spending millions of dollars in

Meet the Radical DOJ Unit
Investigating Ferguson Shooting
PJ Media, by J. Christian Adams    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/20/2014 6:37:10 PM     Post Reply
PJ Media has been covering the Criminal Section of the Civil Rights Division for years. This is the unit that will be investigating the shooting in Ferguson and deciding whether to charge the police officer with civil rights crimes. PJ Media had to sue Eric Holder to obtain the resumes of the lawyers he hired to populate this unit. No wonder. The “Every Single One” series at PJ Media revealed that all of Holder’s attorney hires were leftists, some even with a history of anti-police activities. Read the detailed biographies of the lawyers here. Why does it matter that the

James Foley´s former boss claims
the White House knew where the
journalist was being held but that
his captors showed him ´no mercy´
Daily Mail (UK), by James Nye    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/20/2014 6:35:01 PM     Post Reply
The White House was aware of James Foley´s location before his death claims the murdered journalist´s former boss, who says he hired an international security firm to locate the kidnapped reporter. GlobalPost CEO, Philip Balboni, said today that his organization knew of Foley´s whereabouts in Syria and said it was safe to assume the US government knew of it too. The media executive also said Secretary of State John Kerry had been personally involved at some level of the search or negotiations for Foley´s return, but refused to go into details. In a press conference, Balboni revealed he had personally

  


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Eric Holder Discusses Being
Stopped by Police in Georgetown,
on Jersey Turnpike
Wall Street Journal, by Reid J. Epstein    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 8/20/2014 6:33:41 PM     Post Reply
Attorney General Eric Holder, the first African American to serve as the country’s top law-enforcement official, commented on his personal experiences with police, in remarks at St. Louis Community College. Mr. Holder traveled to Ferguson, Mo., on Wednesday in an attempt to assure residents that the Justice Department was thoroughly investigating the shooting of Michael Brown, which set off more than a week of protests and confrontations with police. Below are excerpts from Mr. Holder’s remarks, as provided by the Justice Department. “We have seen a great deal of progress over the years. But we also see problems and these problems stem

Mitch McConnell promising more
showdowns and shutdowns if
GOP wins the Senate
Christian Science Monitor, by Doug Mataconis    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/20/2014 6:32:05 PM     Post Reply
If there’s one thing that has epitomized the relationship between the White House and the Republican-controlled House over the past three and a half years, it has been the extent to which showdown politics has become a regular part of governing in Washington. Less than six months after the GOP took control of the lower chamber of Congress, Washington was gripped by a showdown over the budget and the extension of the debt ceiling that lasted right up until the last minute and resulted in a deal that nobody really liked, but which supposedly would never really be implemented because of the “super committee” that would solve all our

Fallen Journalist James Foley
Wrote on the Power of Prayer
Newsbusters, by Tim Graham    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/20/2014 6:26:41 PM     Post Reply
MRC president Brent Bozell sent us an article today and insisted "If you haven´t read this piece, I recommend you do so." It’s a letter James Foley, the freelance American journalist abducted in Syria and beheaded by ISIS, to his alma mater Marquette University back in 2011 when he was captured in Tripoli, Libya. He was released after 45 days due in part to a campaign by his Marquette friends. It´s a testament to how his faith and his prayers (like the Rosary) helped Foley get through that trying time: One night, 18 days into our captivity, some guards brought

James Foley Punished for Suspected
Escape Plans, Fellow Hostage Says
ABC News, by Rym Momtaz & Brian Ross    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/20/2014 6:19:28 PM     Post Reply
Before the murder of American James Foley was captured on video and posted online recently, the journalist once suffered “brutal punishment” because his captors believed he was planning to escape, a former fellow hostage told ABC News. “James was a bit punished for a presumed attempt to escape, but it had no real chance,” French freelance reporter Nicolas Henin told ABC News, after saying he once attempted to escape himself but was caught after wandering in the Syrian countryside for a few hours. Henin said Foley was met with “brutal punishment” inspired both by his captor’s suspicions and, as Henin put it, “the American war

White House Knew of Recent ISIS
Threat to Kill US Journalist
ABC News, by Arlette Saenz & Jonathan Karl    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/20/2014 6:14:37 PM     Post Reply
ISIS had recently threatened to kill U.S. journalist James Foley to avenge airstrikes the United States has conducted in Iraq, a senior U.S. official told ABC News. The White House had been aware of the threat prior to the release of a video Tuesday night that appears to show the beheading of Foley and warns that militants will carry out a similar act against U.S. journalist Steven Sotloff, who went missing in August, the official said. At least one news organization said it notified the White House about threats it received regarding Foley. Phillip Balboni, CEO and founder of the online

  



Sacramento patient is
´low-risk´ for Ebola, officials say
Los Angeles Times, by Christine Mai-Duc    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/20/2014 6:03:16 PM     Post Reply
State public health officials are calling a Sacramento patient being tested for Ebola a “low-risk” case in an effort to ease fears that the disease may have landed in California for the first time. An unidentified patient who may have been exposed to the Ebola virus is currently being treated at Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento Medical Center, officials announced Tuesday. (Snip) Typically, the test can be completed within a few hours, said Dr. James Watt, head of the department’s communicable disease control division, but federal officials are prioritizing samples being sent from across the nation for testing. In the meantime, officials are trying to

Joe Biden: James Foley
Beheading Does Not Change
U.S. Approach to Islamic State
Breitbart Big Government, by Charlie Spiering    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 8/20/2014 5:54:30 PM     Post Reply
During a visit to Goodwin College in Connecticut on Wednesday, Vice President Joe Biden indicated that the beheading of American journalist James Foley would not change the United States approach to ISIS. Biden was asked by an AP reporter about the event. According to the White House pool report, Biden denied that it would change US policy but pointed out that it shined a spotlight on the horrors they were committing. “The sheer savagery and brutality... of ISIS... has just shocked the whole world,” he said. Biden also criticized ISIS for trying to “wipe out” Iraqi citizens including Muslims. “I’m

Ballmer’s Going Back to School
Teaching at Stanford, USC
Bloomberg News, by Michael McDonald    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/20/2014 5:52:40 PM     Post Reply
Steve Ballmer is going back to school. The former head of Microsoft Corp. (MSFT), who dropped out of Stanford University’s business school in 1980 to become the software maker’s 30th employee, will return to the graduate school this fall to teach a course in strategic management with economics professor Susan Athey. He will also teach a class at the University of Southern California next year. Ballmer, 58, stepped down from Microsoft’s board yesterday, eight months after his departure as chief executive officer. He graduated from Harvard University, where he met Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, and attended the Stanford

After Foley Beheading, Obama Making
Golf Getaways Difficult to Defend
Mediaite, by Joe Concha    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/20/2014 5:47:57 PM     Post Reply
Like Democrats and many Republicans alike, I’ve defended the president regarding the vacations or golf excursions he has chosen to take during his tenure. Obvious statement here, but it’s a stressful, intense, non-stop job. Just look at the way every president ages so quickly upon entering the office. Downtime and reflection is a must, and as a not-so-great southpaw golfer myself (4-5 times per year), it can be a cathartic, relaxing experience to recharge the batteries (when hitting it straight, anyway). As for playing too often, Mr. Obama has played 190 rounds as president, which sounds like a lot until considering Dwight
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Johns Hopkins Psychiatrist: Transgender
is a ‘Mental Disorder’ – Sex Change is
‘Biologically Impossible’
Cybercast News Service, by Michael W. Chapman    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/20/2014 5:38:34 PM     Post Reply
Dr. Paul R. McHugh, the former psychiatrist-in-chief for Johns Hopkins Hospital and its current Distinguished Service Professor of Psychiatry, said that transgenderism is a “mental disorder” that merits treatment, that sex change is “biologically impossible,” and that people who promote sexual reassignment surgery are collaborating with and promoting a mental disorder. Dr. McHugh, the author of six books and at least 125 peer-reviewed medical articles, made his remarks in a recent commentary in the Wall Street Journal, where he explained that transgender surgery is not the solution for people who suffer a “disorder of ‘assumption’” – the notion that their maleness

Two more arrested in Phipps Plaza
parking lot attack on woman
Atlanta-Journal Constitution, by Rhonda Cook    Original Article
Posted By: Hermoine- 8/20/2014 5:30:58 PM     Post Reply
Police have arrested two more suspects in a string of car thefts involving women in parking lots, bringing to three the number of teenagers now in custody on charges stemming from attacks that started July 5. Atlanta police said Wednesday members of the U.S. Marshal’s counter gang unit picked up 17-year-old Ethan Gathright on Tuesday in DeKalb County. Members of the Atlanta Police Department’s gang unit arrested Hoye Anderson, 18, also on Tuesday.

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