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Democratic Party approves 2016
presidential primary schedule
CBS News & Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/24/2014 6:51:46 PM     Post Reply
ATLANTA- Democratic Party leaders adopted their 2016 presidential nominating calendar on Saturday, setting the stage for a successor to President Barack Obama. The Democratic National Committee, or DNC, approved rules for its 2016 convention along with a primary schedule that will begin with the Iowa caucuses on Feb. 1, 2016, followed by voting later that month in New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina. The 2016 framework is in line with plans pushed by Republicans and gives states incentives to hold their primary contests between March and June, aiming to avoid a front-loaded calendar that encroaches on the Christmas holidays. Pointing

Washington Post finds Darren
Wilson guilty by association
Legal Insurrection, by William A. Jacobson    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 8/24/2014 6:51:09 PM     Post Reply
Attacks prior police force racial problems in a different town and his family’s legal problems, none of which involved Wilson. The Washington Post has convicted Police Officer Darren Wilson, who shot Michael Brown, of guilt by association with a former troubled police force in a different town in a prior job than the one he held in Ferguson, MO, and of having parents who were in trouble with the law. Seriously. There is nothing, zero, nada, in the WaPo story linked below that shows Darren Wilson ever did anything wrong himself. In fact, to the extent his own conduct is

California winemakers cleaning
up after earthquake
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/24/2014 6:42:00 PM     Post Reply
NAPA, Calif. – Winemakers in California´s storied Napa Valley woke up to thousands of broken bottles and barrels as a result of Sunday´s earthquake. The earthquake couldn´t have come at a worse time for the region, which has just started harvesting the 2014 crop. "It´s devastating. I´ve never seen anything like this," said Tom Montgomery, a winemaker for B.R. Cohn Winery in Glen Ellen, California. The epicenter of the 6.0-magnitude earthquake that struck Northern California, the strongest in the area in 25 years, was just six miles southwest of Napa, California, the center of California´s winemaking region. B.R. Cohn lost

  


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A Brash Style That Filled Pews,
Until Followers Had Their Fill
New York Times, by Michael Paulson    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 8/24/2014 5:54:56 PM     Post Reply
SEATTLE — Mark Driscoll has long been an evangelical bad boy, a gifted orator and charismatic leader who built one of the nation’s most influential megachurches despite, or perhaps fueled by, a foul mouth, a sharp temper and frank talk about sex. (Snip) But now Mr. Driscoll’s empire appears to be imploding. He has been accused of creating a culture of fear at the church, of plagiarizing, of inappropriately using church funds and of consolidating power to such a degree that it has become difficult for anyone to challenge or even question him. A flood of former Mars Hill staff

Congo declares Ebola outbreak
in northern Equateur province
Reuters, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 8/24/2014 5:50:37 PM     Post Reply
KINSHASA - Democratic Republic of Congo declared an Ebola outbreak in its northern Equateur province on Sunday after two out of eight cases tested came back positive for the deadly virus, Health Minister Felix Kabange Numbi said. A mysterious disease has killed dozens of people in Equateur in recent weeks but the World Health Organization had said on Thursday it was not Ebola. "I declare an Ebola epidemic in the region of Djera, in the territory of Boende in the province of Equateur," Kabange Numbi told a news conference. The region lies about 1,200 km (750 miles) north of the

Actor Richard Attenborough dies at 90
BBC News [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/24/2014 5:13:47 PM     Post Reply
British actor and film director Richard Attenborough has died at the age of 90. He died at lunchtime on Sunday, his son told BBC News. Lord Attenborough was one of Britain´s leading actors, before becoming a highly successful director. He appeared in films including Brighton Rock, World War Two thriller The Great Escape and later in dinosaur blockbuster Jurassic Park.

Dan Rather to Pundits Calling
for War: Send Your Own Kids
or ‘Don’t Even Talk to Me’
Mediaite, by Evan McMurry    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/24/2014 4:49:55 PM     Post Reply
Veteran journalist Dan Rather told Reliable Sources host Brian Stelter that the scores of pundits calling for action in Iraq, Syria, and elsewhere were reminiscent of the buildup to the 2003 Iraq War, which Rather called a blunder of “historic proportions,” and that hawks needed to be prepared to send their own kids to battle before they so cavalierly recommend it for others. Quoth Rather: “All of these people on television, some of whom I have enormous respect for, it unsettles me to hear them say, listen, we the United States have to ‘do something’ in Ukraine, we have to

  


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´We Are Darren Wilson´ Supporters
Urge Americans to Call Gov.
Nixon to Demand Fairness
Breitbart TV, by Pam Key    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/24/2014 4:45:34 PM     Post Reply
Saturday, supporters of Officer Darren Wilson, the officer who fatally shot Michael Brown, held a press conference demanding fairness for the officer, declaring "We are Darren Wilson." A woman who chose to remain unnamed said, "We are exclusively here to support Darren Wilson and we have no desire to engage in the negativity and hate which has paralyzed Officer Wilson´s ability to pursue justice. Many of us have received death threats against ourselves and our families. Contrary to media suggestions, we are not affiliated with any hate groups." "However, we respect each individual´s First Amendment rights in this country. We

Al Sharpton Suggests He’s The
Frederick Douglass Of Our Time
Daily Caller, by Brendan Bordelon    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/24/2014 4:32:31 PM     Post Reply
Civil rights activist and MSNBC host Al Sharpton compared his relationship with President Barack Obama to the relationship between President Abraham Lincoln and abolitionist and famed orator Frederick Douglass. On NBC’s “Meet The Press” on Sunday, Chris Jansing asked Sharpton about a recent article in Politico Magazine labeling him a “surrogate” for Obama’s White House regarding race relations. “First of all, I’m not a surrogate,” he contended. “I have access to the White House in every era going back to Lincoln with Frederick Douglass. Presidents talk to those that were leading at that time.” “Not comparing Marc Morial or Melanie Campbell and I

Search for James Foley
consumed family, colleagues
Boston Globe, by Bryan Bender and Noah Bierman    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/24/2014 4:27:21 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — It was the Saturday after Thanksgiving in 2012 when top executives at the Boston-based GlobalPost received an e-mail from one of the news service’s freelance correspondents near the Syrian border. “Hate to be writing this to you but Jim has gone missing in Syria,” she wrote. The prospect that James W. Foley had been taken hostage left GlobalPost co-founder Charles M. Sennott with “a terrible, sinking sense of deja vu” — a “here we go again” feeling. Foley, the New Hampshire-born war correspondent beheaded by militants from the terrorist group calling itself the Islamic State, had previously been kidnapped in

Inside the Democrats´ Plan to
Save Arkansas—and the Senate
Atlantic, by Molly Ball    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/24/2014 4:22:35 PM     Post Reply
PINE BLUFF, Arkansas—No sign announces the purpose of this little storefront, squeezed between a Bestway Rent to Own and a Rent-a-Center in a dilapidated shopping center. But the words hand-lettered in black and red marker on three pieces of paper taped to the window—"Register to Vote Here"—and a cluster of placards for candidates give it away: It is a Democratic Party field office. Democrats aren´t advertising this office and 39 others like it that are scattered around Arkansas—in fact, their locations are a closely guarded secret. When I visited last week, having tracked it down through creative public-records sleuthing, I took

  


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Will Iowa be Dems’ Waterloo?
The Hill [DC], by Cameron Joseph    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/24/2014 4:20:06 PM     Post Reply
Iowa was never supposed to be a Senate battleground for Democrats. Following two cycles where it was GOP missteps and subpar candidates who cost them winnable races, the tables have turned and it’s now Democrats who are scrambling to right Rep. Bruce Braley’s flagging campaign before it’s too late. Recent polls find a coin-flip race between Braley and Iowa state Sen. Joni Ernst(R), and but the national party increasingly worries it could be the tipping point for Senate control. “If the Democrats lose Iowa, of course it becomes much harder to keep the majority,” said one national Democratic strategist. “The race could very

Iran´s claims it has shot down
Israeli drone near nuclear site
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/24/2014 4:19:00 PM     Post Reply
Tehran, Iran - Iran´s elite Revolutionary Guards said Sunday its forces shot down an Israeli drone as it approached an Iranian nuclear site, recovering major parts of what it described as an advanced aircraft. Israeli officials could not be immediately reached for comment. The incident comes as Iran negotiates with world powers over its nuclear program and hard-liners press moderate President Hassan Rouhani to demand more concessions before limiting its atomic capabilities. Israel has not ruled out taking military action against Iran´s nuclear facilities if its capability to build an atomic weapon progresses.

Boko Haram leader declares
Islamic caliphate in Nigeria
Washington Times, by Jessica Chasmar    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/24/2014 3:48:05 PM     Post Reply
A northeast Nigerian town seized earlier this month by Boko Haram militants has been placed under an Islamic caliphate, the group’s leader said. “Thanks be to Allah, who gave victory to our brethren in (the town of) Gwoza and made it part of the Islamic caliphate,” Abubakar Shekau says in a 52-minute video obtained by the Agence France-Presse. “By the grace of Allah, we will not leave the town. We have come to stay.” In the video, Mr. Shekau lauds the leader of the Islamic State, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who in late June declared himself “the caliph” and “leader of Muslims everywhere,” AFP reported.

Voter citizenship issue
goes before federal court
Associated Press, by Roxana Hegeman    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/24/2014 3:25:38 PM     Post Reply
Wichita, Kan. - A lawsuit filed by Kansas and Arizona will be argued before a federal appeals court panel this week as the states seek to force federal election officials to impose proof-of-citizenship requirements on national voter registration forms. At the crux of the closely watched case in the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver is whether the federal government or states have ultimate authority to regulate voter registration. Each side contends the U.S. Constitution supports its position. Monday's arguments come after the U.S. Election Assistance Commission filed an appeal seeking to overturn a federal judge's order

  


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Iraq Calls for International War Against
Islamic State; Iran Vows Solidarity
Reuters, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/24/2014 3:11:06 PM     Post Reply
Baghdad - Iraq´s Prime Minister-designate Haider al-Abadi said on Sunday during talks with Iran´s foreign minister that international efforts would be necessary to destroy Islamic State Sunni militants who have seized swathes of his country and of Syria. Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif of Iran, a Shi´ite Muslim regional power likely to wield influence over the formation of Abadi´s new cabinet, reaffirmed Tehran´s support for Iraq´s territorial unity and its fight against militants. "Abadi pointed to the presence of many dangers posed in the region as a result of the existence of the terrorist gang Islamic State which requires regional

Jay Nixon: Ferguson cop who
killed Michael Brown could walk
CBS News, by Jake Miller    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/24/2014 2:56:26 PM     Post Reply
The police officer who shot and killed unarmed black teenager Michael Brown earlier this month may not ultimately face charges stemming from the incident, Gov. Jay Nixon, D-Mo., acknowledged Sunday. The shooting by Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson, who is white, sparked several weeks of heated protests and racially charged confrontations between law enforcement officers and protesters in the small town. Nixon told CNN he´s confident "justice will be served" in the case, but he said it´s a possibility that no charges will be filed. "All of those things could happen," he said when pressed on a range of possible conclusions.

Islamic State militants seize Syrian airbase
Guardian [UK], by Martin Chulov    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/24/2014 2:33:05 PM     Post Reply
Islamic radicals have seized most of an airbase in eastern Syria and are tightening a stranglehold on a minority Turkmen community north of Baghdad, as their pillage of the heartland of the Levant gains further momentum. Militants from Islamic State (Isis) had breached the borders of the Tabqa base, which was the last base east of Aleppo still held by the Syrian regime, and now appeared certain to seize full control within days in another blow to all sides trying to slow the group´s progress through Iraq and Syria. (Snip) In both locations, the bodies of fighters were reportedly defaced and displayed by Isis members,

Point of No Return: Democrats Want
Definitive Signal from Hillary Clinton
NBC News, by Mark Murray    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 8/24/2014 2:33:03 PM     Post Reply
Analysis: Hillary Clinton isn’t simply dipping her toes into the 2016 presidential waters; it looks more like she’s sizing up for a somersault – with a full twist – off a diving board. But if she ends up deciding not to jump in, Democrats want an answer sooner rather than later. In the past few months, Clinton has concluded a big book tour with dozens of news interviews; distanced herself (either in small or substantial ways) from her party’s currently unpopular president; and is now heading next month to Iowa, which traditionally holds the first presidential nominating contest.

U.S. Journalist Held by Qaeda
Affiliate in Syria Is Freed
After Nearly 2 Years
New York Times, by Rukmini Callimachi    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/24/2014 2:21:14 PM     Post Reply
An American journalist held captive for nearly two years by Al Qaeda’s official branch in Syria has been freed, according to a representative of the journalist’s family and a report on Sunday by the Al Jazeera network. The journalist, Peter Theo Curtis, was abducted near the Syria-Turkey border in October 2012. He was held by the Nusra Front, the Qaeda affiliate in Syria, which has broken with the more radical Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS. (Snip) A family friend confirmed on Sunday that Mr. Curtis, originally from Boston, had been handed over to a United Nations representative. The family friend spoke on the condition of

  



U.S. Airstrike Kills ISIS Press
Officer, and Former Syrian Host
of John McCain, Abu Mosa…
Conservative Treehouse, by Sundance    Original Article
Posted By: SoCalGal- 8/24/2014 2:02:41 PM     Post Reply
Lots of people discussing the elimination of ISIS Official Press Officer Abu Mosa. Few noticing that Mosa was the guy Senator John McCain was supporting in May 2013. Back in May 2013 Republican Senator John McCain made a secret trip to Syria to talk to the forces fighting against Assad.Senator McCain met with various factions of the “Free Syrian Army” Story HERE But we wouldn’t want to outline the way ISIS snookered us too much, would we?

Declare War on Shariah
Breitbart Big Peace, by Frank J. Gaffney, Jr.    Original Article
Posted By: SpeedMaster- 8/24/2014 1:56:04 PM     Post Reply
The National Journal called earlier this week for the United States to “declare war on ISIS.” The magazine is right to argue for a new authorization for the use of military force (AUMF), a legislative vehicle that passes these days for a congressional declaration of war. It is wrong, however, to urge that the existing AUMF, which targets al Qaeda and “associated forces,” be replaced by one that focuses just on the Islamic State (also known as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Sham/Syria, or ISIS, or the Islamic State in the Levant, or ISIL). Nearly thirteen years after

The Many Sides of Joni
Mitchell´s ´Both Sides Now´
Wall Street Journal, by Gail Sheehy    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 8/24/2014 1:47:55 PM     Post Reply
Back in 1968, when I was 30, my entire life blew up. I had a life plan and it collapsed for no rational reason. I had been a newspaper reporter in New York but left the job to help editor Clay Felker start New York magazine. My marriage was breaking up and I was falling in love with Clay. The song that carried me through those years and all stages of my life is "Both Sides Now" by Joni Mitchell. I first heard the song in 1968, when Judy Collins´s version was a huge radio hit. But when I heard

British jihadists: How Britain
became the Yemen of the West
Telegraph [UK], by Andrew Gilligan    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/24/2014 1:38:44 PM     Post Reply
The Japanese hostage lies pinned to the sandy ground, bleeding from two long, slashing cuts across his face – perhaps carried out with the same knife that one of his jihadist interrogators is now pointing at him. “Where are you from? Don’t lie to me!” shouts the man, in English. The alleged “regime soldier”, in civilian clothes, thrashes desperately against his captors as his throat is cut: an 18-minute snuff movie, complete with sound, of unwatchable horror, linked to a Twitter account apparently belonging to the British extremist Anjem Choudary. Dreadful as the murder video of the journalist James Foley was,

Under Obama, racial hope
but no change
Politico, by Edward-Isaac Dovere    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/24/2014 12:56:20 PM     Post Reply
Six years ago, Barack Obama’s election was going to usher in a new era of racial understanding. That hasn’t happened. Few, if any, anticipated that the man whose election itself was historic would be in a constant lose-lose situation as president when it came to race. The protests and violence in Ferguson, Missouri, following the police shooting of Michael Brown have crystallized a larger sense within the African-American community, and civil rights leaders say they feel they’re a long way from Grant Park and a lot closer to “here we go again” on the Trayvon Martin shooting. “Things got somewhat

Ben Carson Battles Jesse Jackson:
Ferguson ‘Has Nothing to Do with Race’
Mediaite, by Evan McMurry    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/24/2014 12:41:03 PM     Post Reply
Neurosurgeon and rising GOP star Ben Carson phoned in to Fox News Sunday (due to technical difficulties) this morning and debated Reverend Jesse Jackson over whether race was the predominant factor in the shooting death of Michael Brown and subsequent unrest in Ferguson, MO. Jackson had called Brown’s death a “state execution” and linked it to a pattern of law enforcement violence against African Americans, violence that almost always goes unpunished. Carson responded that the incarceration and violence in black communities was largely a matter of personal responsibility, not racial disparities. “If you take race out of the issue altogether

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