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Democrats wait, and wait for Michelle
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Amie Parnes    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/25/2014 10:29:44 AM     Post Reply
Senate Democrats up for reelection in November are frustrated that First Lady Michelle Obama is not doing more to help them hold on to their seats. With the exception of her husband, there are few figures in the Democratic Party who boast the kind of magnetism Obama possesses. Democrats have been publicly complaining about Obama for weeks, but their criticism and the media´s spotlight on it hasn´t changed her schedule. The election is now only 71 days away. Her charisma — if she put it to use — could open a gusher of much-needed fundraising cash and produce an infusion of grassroots

As Obama returns, advocates
look for executive action
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Peter Sullivan    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/25/2014 10:26:17 AM     Post Reply
Expectations are high that President Obama can move ahead with controversial executive actions now that he has returned from his vacation. Obama’s two weeks on Martha’s Vineyard were plagued by dual crises, in Iraq and in Ferguson, Mo. But his break was also something of a blackout period for news about actions the White House is weighing on immigration reform and so-called corporate “inversions,” a business maneuver companies use to reduce their tax burdens. Obama will be in Washington for just one full week before departing on a trip to Estonia and Wales in early September to reassure NATO allies

Democrats: ´No President in U.S.
History Has Faced the Level of
Obstruction that Barack Obama Has´
Weekly Standard, by Daniel Halper    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/25/2014 10:21:33 AM     Post Reply
Forget Bill Clinton. And Richard Nixon. And, for that matter, George W. Bush. The president who has faced the greatest "level of obstruction" is, according to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the current president of the United States -- Barack Obama. The Democratic group made the sweeping pronouncement in a fundraising email to supporters over the weekend. "No President in U.S. history has faced the level of obstruction that Barack Obama has," the email reads. In parentheses, the group adds: "(It’s not even close at this point)." The proof? That there´s been talk of bringing a lawsuit against President Obama and that a

  


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Liberal billionaire Tom Steyer´s
campaign ads get weird
Fox News, by Kelley Beaucar Vlahos    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/25/2014 10:20:05 AM     Post Reply
Billionaire liberal activist Tom Steyer is dumping millions into campaign ads this year, attacking Republican lawmakers he deems unfriendly to the environment. But Steyer´s colorful and sometimes bizarre advertisements -- the latest of which shows Iowa Republican Senate candidate Joni Ernst in the pocket of creepy cigar-chomping business tycoons -- are drawing mixed reviews. "These ads are the political equivalent of Miley Cyrus´ ´twerking.´ Light on substance, heavy on camp and self-indulgence. Kind of what you´d expect from a ´look at me´ billionaire like Steyer," charges Pete Snyder, former head of New Media Strategies and current CEO of Northern Virginia-based

Special relationship endures
minor social media blip after
British Embassy appears to celebrate
the burning down of the White House
Independent [UK], by Rob Williams    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 8/25/2014 10:10:54 AM     Post Reply
The UK´s special relationship with the US endured a minor social media inspired blip yesterday when the British Embassy was forced to apologise for apparently celebrating the 200th anniversary of the burning of the White House. On the @UKinUSA Twitter account, the British Embassy posted a picture and caption that was clearly meant as a light-hearted trolling of Americans. Many of them, however, appeared not to get the joke. Posted below a picture of a cake shaped like the White House, which had been decked out with sparklers, the British Embassy wrote the comment: "Commemorating the 200th anniversary of burning

Nothing to Do with Islam, Part 2
FrontPage Magazine, by Bruce Thornton    Original Article
Posted By: SpeedMaster- 8/25/2014 10:04:06 AM     Post Reply
In his comments on the jihad being waged by the Islamic State in northern Iraq (ISIL), President Obama recycled yet again the shopworn false knowledge about Islam that continues to compromise our response to Muslim violence: “So ISIL speaks for no religion. Their victims are overwhelmingly Muslim, and no faith teaches people to massacre innocents. No just God would stand for what they did yesterday, and for what they do every single day.” Over at the New York Post, a columnist rightly took the president to task by saying, “You can’t divorce the Islamic State from religion.” Unfortunately, the column is

Shooting of Suge Knight on Sunset
Strip ´unacceptable,´ mayor says
Los Angeles Times, by Richard Winton, Hailey Branson-Potts    Original Article
Posted By: jackson- 8/25/2014 9:50:06 AM     Post Reply
A shooting on the Sunset Strip early Sunday that left former rap impresario Marion “Suge” Knight and two others wounded is "unacceptable," West Hollywood´s mayor said.. “This was just a regular night of fun on the Sunset Strip, and it was disrupted by criminals," said West Hollywood Mayor John D’Amico. "Hopefully the Sheriff’s Department will find out who the person or persons were and prosecute them to the full extent of the law.”

  


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Active shooter reported at Fort
Lee in Virginia
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 8/25/2014 9:45:41 AM     Post Reply
FORT LEE, Va. -- An active shooter has been reported at the Fort Lee Army base in central Virginia. According to Fort Lee´s verified Twitter account, the base has been put on lockdown and personnel there have been told to enact active shooter protocols. No other details were immediately available.

Militarizing local police
is a good thing
Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: SurferLad- 8/25/2014 9:35:17 AM     Post Reply
One of the more useless fall-outs of the Obama Era -- in addition to him fomenting the cancerous distrust of vital national institutions and offices -- is the trumped-up call for national debates and discussions about virtually anything controversial. [Snip] The latest national debate concerns the so-called militarization of local police forces, growing out of the intense media scrutiny of one local department in Ferguson, Missouri. Well, we´re here to make it a debate. It´s a great idea to have state and local police departments armed way beyond the firepower of any conceivable opponent.

Hundreds of Methane Plumes
Erupting Along East Coast
Live Science, by Becky Oskin    Original Article
Posted By: MDMuskrat- 8/25/2014 9:34:14 AM     Post Reply
In an unexpected discovery, hundreds of gas plumes bubbling up from the seafloor were spotted during a sweeping survey of the U.S. Atlantic Coast. Even though ocean explorers have yet to test the gas, the bubbles are almost certainly methane, researchers report today (Aug. 24) in the journal Nature Geoscience. "We don´t know of any explanation that fits as well as methane," said lead study author Adam Skarke, a geologist at Mississippi State University in Mississippi State.

Gaza: Two die in Israeli strikes
as ´new truce floated´
BBC News [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/25/2014 9:29:12 AM     Post Reply
The Israeli military has carried out a new round of air strikes in Gaza, as Palestinian militants continue to fire rockets and mortars into Israel. Two people were killed as two mosques and the Rafah border crossing were targeted, Palestinian officials said. Meanwhile, efforts have been stepped up to end the six weeks of fighting that have left more than 2,100 people dead. Egyptian mediators have reportedly proposed a new ceasefire deal that would see Gaza´s crossings opened. According to the initiative, aid and reconstruction materials would be allowed in while talks took place to resolve contentious issues that had prevented a long-term truce

  


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Judge rejects Obama administration
secrecy on Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac
Washington Times, by Jim McElhatton    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/25/2014 9:14:37 AM     Post Reply
A federal judge has issued a stinging rebuke to the Obama administration’s recent attempt to shield documents from disclosure in a case that could yield important clues about the Treasury Department’s relationship with mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Government lawyers had argued they could redact key information before releasing records to the public by saying the documents related to the “deliberative process.” But in a ruling last month, U.S. Federal Claims Court Judge Margaret M. Sweeney rejected that, saying the government was illegally cutting corners. “Defendant asserts that the court should merely take its word that the documents —

Ferguson logic: rebuild local businesses
´or it´s going to be be hell to pay´
American Thinker, by Thomas Lifson    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 8/25/2014 9:08:02 AM     Post Reply
Having burned down and looted many businesses that serve their community, some residents of Ferguson (or maybe it is just the outsiders who came in to join the outrage) are realizing that it is going to be inconvenient to have nowhere nearby to buy food, liquor, tobacco, and other merchandise. Burned out stores also hire very few people, in case anyone actually wants a job. (snip) “To be honest, if they don’t come and restore these neighborhoods for these people, like when you gotta go travel miles to Walmart and to get gas and stuff like that, it should be

This Town´s Favorite Cop
Is the Cold, Silent Type
Wall Street Journal, by Nathan Koppel    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/25/2014 8:39:52 AM     Post Reply
ADA, Okla.—This city´s police chief last year made what would become a very popular decision, assigning a rookie to traffic duty even though the new officer was known to be heartless. Since the greenhorn´s patrol car began appearing in neighborhoods where people had complained about speeding drivers, he has become so beloved that townspeople are buying him doughnuts, praising him on Facebook and working his name into sermons. The officer proved better suited to the task of deterring speeders than experienced cops, says Police Chief Mike Miller, because of a compelling attribute: He´s a dummy. "He didn´t cost us anything," Mr. Miller says

Islamic State militants
capture key Syrian air base*
Daily Mail (UK), by Dan Bloom    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 8/25/2014 8:38:18 AM     Post Reply
Islamic State militants have seized a major Syrian air base, wiping out the last government stronghold in a province dominated by jihadists. The extremists won a week-long battle today to capture the sprawling Tabqa base 25 miles from their stronghold in Raqqa, reportedly killing dozens of soldiers in the process. The base was reportedly one of the military´s largest facilities in the region, with several warplane squadrons, helicopters, tanks, artillery and ammunition.

  


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‘Stop benefits of IS fighter families’:
Potential new measures against jihadist threat
Daily Express [UK], by Marco Giannangeli    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/25/2014 8:36:55 AM     Post Reply
It is one of a series of measures being considered by the Government to stop would-be extremists travelling to the ­Middle East and threatening the security of Britons when they return home. Belgium and Australia have already introduced similar legislation and last month the idea was included by a think-tank as part of a series of recommendations on counter-terrorism measures in a report to US Homeland Security. Home Secretary Theresa May has vowed that the Government will give itself “all the legal powers” necessary to prevail against the threat of terrorism here and last night a senior Coalition source demanded benefits be

The New York Times Was Present
In The Mortuary When Brown Family
Autopsy Was Conducted…
Conservative Treehouse, by Sundance    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/25/2014 8:21:12 AM     Post Reply
When does media reporting become actual collusion with selling propaganda ? Perhaps the story of Mike Brown’s autopsy will provide food for thought. We suspected from the outset the Parks and Crump version of the Mike Brown autopsy was likely just a propaganda ploy to sell their narrative. We knew New York Times reporter Frances Robles was sympathetic to their scheme because she was similarly predisposed in 2012 with the Trayvon Martin narrative. In 2012 Robles worked for the Miami Herald. Indeed, based on history, we expected to see blurred lines of journalistic ethics. What we didn’t expect with the

White House aides to attend
Michael Brown funeral
Post-Dispatch [St. Louis, MO], by Chuck Raasch    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/25/2014 8:17:15 AM     Post Reply
EDGARTOWN, Mass. • President Barack Obama is sending three White House aides to the funeral of Michael Brown, the young black man whose fatal shooting by a white police officer sparked days of racial unrest in Ferguson, Missouri. The announcement came Sunday as Rep. Lacy Clay, the Democratic congressman representing Ferguson, credited a visit by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder for defusing some of the tension in the North St. Louis County suburb. Leading the White House group for Monday´s service will be the chairman of the My Brother´s Keeper Task Force, Broderick Johnson. My Brother´s Keeper is an Obama

Joint Chiefs chairman says ISIS not
a direct threat to US, won´t
recommend Syria strikes yet
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 8/25/2014 8:16:54 AM     Post Reply
The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has said that he would not recommend U.S. military airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Syria until he determines that they have become a direct threat to the U.S. Gen. Martin Dempsey, speaking to reporters on board a military plane traveling to Afghanistan, said Sunday that he believes the Sunni insurgent group formerly known as ISIS is more of a regional threat and is not currently plotting or planning attacks against the U.S. or Europe. ISIS has repeatedly made threats to attack the U.S. through social and conventional media. Earlier this month, in a

Secrets of the Clinton Library
Politico, by Josh Gerstein    Original Article
Posted By: Flyright- 8/25/2014 8:13:25 AM     Post Reply
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — It is a lingering mystery of Bill Clinton’s White House: the genesis of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy that gay groups came to revile. But soon, this and other secrets that remain hidden away here at the Clinton Presidential Library may be unlocked. What did the Justice Department say about all the random requests for pardons? What kind of advice came from Clinton staffers such as now-Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan? What strategic thoughts were offered to the president and first lady Hillary Clinton on terrorism, Whitewater and health care reform? And what’s the library been

  



Rahm Emanuel: Chicago not murder capital
Politico, by Jonathan Topaz    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 8/25/2014 8:10:57 AM     Post Reply
Rahm Emanuel is pushing back against suggestions that violence in his city is out of control, touting new statistics that show violent crime is down in Chicago “The narrative is: We’re the murder capital. Not close,” the Chicago mayor said during an interview with POLITICO. When asked about perception of crime in Chicago, Emanuel was quick to note that he is most concerned with the opinions of his city’s residents about the safety of their communities. But the mayor still seems frustrated with the media, which he feels is focusing on individual incidents of crime without telling the whole story. Read more:

Do nothing, and we invite the
tide of terror to our front door
Telegraph [UK], by Boris Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/25/2014 8:07:53 AM     Post Reply
Let’s assume he is indeed who he sounds like--another deluded British-born jihadi. [Snip] Young men such as this killer are famously told that if they die in “battle” they will be welcomed in heaven by the sexual ministrations of 72 virgins. Many of them believe it--even though scholars have suggested that the reference to “black-eyed virgins” is in fact a promise of 72 raisins. I suspect most of us don’t give a monkey’s what happens to this prat in heaven, whether he meets virgins or raisins--we just want someone to come along with a bunker-buster and effect an introduction as

4 Charts Every Mom With Kids
Going Back to School Should See
Daily Signal, by Kelsey Harkness    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 8/25/2014 8:01:18 AM     Post Reply
Many kids are heading back to public school this week, and so begins fall and spring semesters. (Snip) But what happens when the school staff is equipped with a big list of employees, but not necessarily a big crop of teachers focused on your child? Tax dollars in places you don’t know about. Even though the Obama Administration proposes spending $25 billion specifically to “provide support for hundreds of thousands of education jobs” in order to “keep teachers in the classroom,” research by both Heritage andThe Fordham Institute reveal alarming numbers: only half of education jobs belong to teachers.

Father of Jihadi John suspect ´was one of
Bin Laden’s closest lieutenants´: Dad of Brit
rapper accused of beheading James Foley
is locked up in the US accused of helping to*
Daily Mail [UK], by James Gould    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/25/2014 7:42:42 AM     Post Reply
The father of the man suspected of being ´Jihadi John´ is accused of being one of Osama bin Laden´s top lieutenants and is currently awaiting trial in the US for his part in the bombing of two US embassies in which 224 people died, MailOnline can reveal. Adel Abdel Bari, 54, is now locked up in New York awaiting trial for the bombing of the embassies in Kenya and Tanzania after being extradited from Britain along with hook-handed cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri. Bari was allowed entry into the UK when he was granted political asylum from his native Egypt in

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