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Trayvon Martin parents to join
rally for slain Missouri teen
Reuters, by Nick Carey & Edward McAllister    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/24/2014 9:17:02 PM     Post Reply
Hundreds of people gathered in a St Louis park on Sunday for a rally against police violence that is expected to bring together the family of Michael Brown, killed by an officer in Missouri this month, and the parents of Trayvon Martin, a Florida teenager shot dead in 2012. The Peace Fest rally in Forest Park takes place one day before the funeral of Brown. The slaying of the 18-year-old black youth by a white police officer, Darren Wilson, in the St Louis suburb of Ferguson on Aug. 9 led to days of unrest and drew global attention to race relations in the United States. The shooting of Martin by a civilian vigilante reignited the debate

Michael Brown called "a little
kid in a big body" ahead of funeral
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 8/24/2014 7:51:33 PM     Post Reply
FERGUSON, Mo. - Michael Brown Jr. was on the verge of starting college, eager to launch himself into the adult world. Instead, on Monday he´ll be mourned at his funeral, more than two weeks after his fatal shooting by a white police officer- an act that ignited days of violent protests and reawakened racial tensions that still linger in the nation. Brown, who was unarmed when he was killed, became an instant symbol of racial injustice as protesters flooded into the streets after his death. Civil rights leaders said the shooting in this predominantly black St. Louis suburb revived long

Ryan: Not ‘legitimate’ to tell country
House could stop Obamacare last year
Washington Times, by David Sherfinski    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/24/2014 7:36:42 PM     Post Reply
Rep. Paul Ryan said the notion that the House could have unilaterally stopped Obamacare through a government shutdown last year was not a plausible idea to sell the country on. The Wisconsin Republican was addressing a passage from his new book on CBS’s “Face the Nation” in which he described last year’s push toward a government shutdown — in which House conservatives unsuccessfully tried to defund Obamacare — as a “suicide mission.” The purpose of the passage in the book is to try to unify the party, he said, noting that he held back a bit more at the time with party unity in mind. “I don’t think we can succeed if all we do is

  


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Petition calls for Islamic State destruction
Washington Times, by Jennifer Harper    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/24/2014 7:27:31 PM     Post Reply
An emphatic petition calls for the U.S. and the international community to stop the Islamic State now. The 11,000-plus signers hail from multiple disciplines and political persuasions; they include Dr. Ben Carson, Martin Peretz, editor in chief of the New Republic; Jim Daly, president of Focus on the Family; Kenneth R. Weinstein, CEO of the Hudson Institute; and many others. The American Enterprise Institute is represented, as is the Southern Baptist Convention, the Manhattan Institute, plus Harvard, Stanford and Catholic University, among many institutions. “It is imperative that the United States and the international community act

Pollster: ´Someone on the left´
will challenge Hillary Clinton
Washington Examiner (DC), by Paul Bedard    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/24/2014 6:54:43 PM     Post Reply
At a time when the nation is down on President Obama’s leadership, a new poll finds that they also see likely 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton as his mirror image, someone who wouldn’t do much better solving international problems or relations with Congress. “What would be different?” asked the latest Economist/YouGov Poll. “Not much. Many Americans don’t see any difference between a Clinton presidency and the Obama presidency when it comes to foreign policy or disputes with Congress,” said the poll analysis. Good for Clinton: The poll said Americans like the former first lady and former secretary of state

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

  


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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

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.

  


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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

´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

  


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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

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

  



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

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