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‘Rigorous’ meetings for CTA
pension officials — in Hawaii, Vegas
Chicago Sun-Times, by Katie Drews & Patrick Rehkamp    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/25/2014 11:35:32 AM     Post Reply
Pension officials with the Chicago Transit Authority need much more than a Ventra Card for some of the taxpayer-funded travel they’ve been doing in recent years. The CTA’s retirement plan and health care trust spent close to $60,000 since 2010 to travel to places such as Honolulu, New Orleans, San Diego and Las Vegas for pension-related conferences. That’s according to public documents the CTA plan turned over only after we sued the agency earlier this year for allegedly violating the Illinois Freedom of Information Act, the state law that guarantees public access to certain government records.

Michael Brown Spent Last Weeks
Grappling With Problems and Promise
New York Times, by John Eligon    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/25/2014 11:30:20 AM     Post Reply
FERGUSON, Mo. — It was 1 a.m. and Michael Brown Jr. called his father, his voice trembling. He had seen something overpowering. In the thick gray clouds that lingered from a passing storm this past June, he made out an angel. And he saw Satan chasing the angel and the angel running into the face of God. Mr. Brown was a prankster, so his father and stepmother chuckled at first. “No, no, Dad! No!” the elder Mr. Brown remembered his son protesting. “I’m serious.” And the black teenager from this suburb of St. Louis, who had just graduated from high

NYT Op-Ed: It´s a ´Moral Hazard´
to Call ISIS ´Evil´ or a ´Cancer´
NewsBusters, by Tom Blumer    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/25/2014 11:29:36 AM     Post Reply
In a Friday op-ed which appeared in the paper´s international print edition on Saturday and which can reasonably be seen as giving voice to an editorial board which wouldn´t dare put their name to it, La Salle University Political Science Professor Michael Boyle strenuously objected to recent characterizations of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). We can´t call ISIS "evil." We also shouldn´t call them a "cancer," or "savage," or "barbaric." Oh, and the fact that George W. Bush called Al Qaeda "evildoers" is why ISIS came to be, and why our problems with radical Islam are now

  


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Burger King wants to buy
Tim Hortons, save on taxes
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/25/2014 11:25:17 AM     Post Reply
Miami - Burger King is in talks to buy Tim Hortons in hopes of creating a new, publicly traded company with its headquarters in Canada. With a new base in Canada, Burger King, now based in Miami, could shave its U.S. tax bill. Tax inversions have become increasingly popular among U.S. companies trying to cut costs. (Snip) In an inversion, a U.S. company reorganizes in a country with a lower tax rate by acquiring or merging with a company there. Inversions allow companies to transfer money earned overseas to the parent company without paying additional U.S. taxes. That money can be used to reinvest in the business or to fund dividends

NBC: Is Criticism of Obama
Vacation ´Just Politics As Usual´?
NewsBusters, by Kyle Drennen    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/25/2014 11:24:11 AM     Post Reply
On Monday´s NBC Today, fill-in co-host Tamron Hall asked incoming Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd if all the criticism of President Obama´s vacation in Martha´s Vineyard amid numerous crises was "just politics as usual." Todd replied: "Yes, it´s politics as usual, but in this case, this is optics, this was stuff they should have seen coming. This is not new to them." [Listen to the audio or watch the video after the jump] Todd noted "backtracking" from former Obama adviser David Axelrod: "You know what? Maybe Democrats are too hard on President Bush when they used to beat him up

PBS’s Gwen Ifill: ‘There’s a
New Civil-Rights Movement’
Beginning in Ferguson
National Review Online, by Ryan Lovelace    Original Article
Posted By: SoCalGal- 8/25/2014 11:22:47 AM     Post Reply
On NBC’s Meet the Press, guest Gwen Ifill of PBS called the unrest and violence that erupted in Ferguson, Mo., the beginning of a “new civil-rights movement.” “There’s a new civil-rights movement which has sprung up,” Ifill said. “These young people in the streets, these young people who created a social-media movement around Michael Brown, they’re not saying pass a law, they’re saying enforce the current ones.” But some people have called for new laws, and later in the program, Reverend Al Sharpton said, “Our demonstrations must lead to legislation.” Sharpton went on to say that, “We must turn this moment into

D.C. Area Schools Braced For
Influx Of Unaccompanied Minors
WAMU-FM [Washington, DC], by Armando Trull    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/25/2014 11:17:46 AM     Post Reply
Since the beginning of the year, nearly 40,000 Central American minors detained after illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border have been reunited with their parents or relatives in the U.S. About 6,000 of them are in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia. Hundreds will be attending local schools while they wait for their immigration cases to conclude, and most area school systems are gearing up to address the educational and emotional needs of these often traumatized kids. (Snip) "They don’t speak any English, many of them have not completed a grade level equal to their age," she says.

  


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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*
Daily Mail [UK], by Martin Gould    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/25/2014 11:07:07 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 Bary who is to be extradited along with Abu Hamza +8 On trail: Adel Abdel Bari is accused of plotting the 1998 bombings of two US embassies in Tanzania and Kenya Adel Abdel Bari, 54, is now locked up in New York awaiting trial for the bombing of the embassies in

NY Times Under Fire for Calling
Michael Brown ‘No Angel’
Mediaite, by Evan McMurry    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 8/25/2014 11:04:08 AM     Post Reply
A New York Times piece on Michael Brown’s final weeks before he was shot and killed by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson is getting flack on Twitter for its characterization of Brown as “no angel” due to his recent “dabbling” in rap lyrics and at least one “scuffle”: Critics were quick to point out that past drug use and lyrics about the same were hardly enough to indict white figures, though we all hold our breath for David Allen Coe‘s obit:

´Hands up, don´t shoot´: Ferguson
comes to Los Angeles as Rapper
Common leads tributes to Michael
Brown at MTV Video Music Awards
Daily Mail [UK], by Wills Robinson & Alex Greg    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/25/2014 10:54:23 AM     Post Reply
Rapper Common led tributes to slain Missouri teen Michael Brown at the MTV Video Music Awards last night. The star-studded audience in Los Angeles fell silent for five seconds in tribute to the 18-year-old aspiring rapper, two weeks after he was shot and killed by white police officer Darren Wilson. A 15-second video clip set against a black-and-white image of Ferguson´s city sign was also played with a crowd in the background chanting ´hand´s up don´t shoot´ - the slogan used by protesters in the St Louis suburb. The footage included a quote from writer James Baldwin, which said: ´Not

The beatification of Michael Brown
American Thinker, by Thomas Lifson    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 8/25/2014 10:46:25 AM     Post Reply
It is essential to the Democrats’ hopes for a strong black turnout in November that the manufactured narrative of evil white cops assassinating an innocent black teenager be maintained. As Richard Baehr noted to me, “…after the video appeared of the robbery and theft, a new narrative was needed for Michael Brown. It is not only the robbery/ assault/in the store, but the reports of violence to the officer (damaged eye socket), and admission by Brown´s team that he was in an altercation with officer in the car, that has impacted pubic opinion that he was a choirboy.” The New York

  


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A Beheading Ends All
Illusions About Islam
FrontPage Magazine, by Daniel Greenfield    Original Article
Posted By: SpeedMaster- 8/25/2014 10:46:21 AM     Post Reply
In August 2012, James Foley retweeted a link to a CNN story asking “Right-wing extremist terrorism as deadly a threat as al Qaeda?” The article concluded that indeed it was. Three months later, Foley had been kidnapped. Two years later, on another August, a former branch of Al Qaeda chopped off his head. In a New Yorker interview this year, which seemed to focus on the Lakers more than anything else, Obama wrote off ISIS as what happens when a “jayvee team puts on Lakers uniforms”. He suggested that the answer lay in training the Iraqi police forces better.

Ryan says he´s weighing
possible White House run
Associated Press, by Kevin Freking    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/25/2014 10:42:16 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — Paul Ryan was No. 2 on the Republicans´ presidential ballot in 2012, and the Wisconsin congressman is thinking about whether he´ll try to move to the top of his party´s ticket in 2016. When asked on Sunday about the possibility of running, Ryan said he and his family will "take very seriously and weigh" the decision next year. Ryan has said he is not eager to spend even more time away from his small Wisconsin hometown where he and his wife, Janna, have raised their own family. Ryan tells CBS´ "Face the Nation" his new book is designed to unify

Obama’s evolution on ISIS threat
The Hill [DC], by Kristina Wong    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/25/2014 10:39:07 AM     Post Reply
The Obama administration says the nation is facing a threat from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) that, in the words of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, is “beyond anything we’ve seen.” Earlier this year, however, President Obama was dismissing ISIS as the junior varsity of al Qaeda. The White House on Friday suggested that assessment is now moot because the group has “gained capacity in the last several months.” A timeline of remarks this year from Obama and other administration officials show an evolution of thinking on ISIS — a change critics say has not come fast enough: Jan. 27: Obama

Mississippi man beaten after he´s warned
restaurant wasn´t safe for whites, witness says
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: yo-yo- 8/25/2014 10:36:31 AM     Post Reply
WEST POINT, Miss. -- West Point police said a man received life-threatening injuries in what they are investigating as an aggravated assault at a restaurant. Ralph Weems IV, who was injured early Saturday, was in fair condition Sunday at North Mississippi Medical Center, hospital spokeswoman Genie Causey said without elaborating. A relative, Bradley Barnes of Madison, told The Associated Press by telephone on Sunday that his brother-in-law was in a medically induced coma following brain surgery.

  


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Tax refunds may get hit
due to health law credits
Associated Press, by Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/25/2014 10:35:32 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON— Taxes? Who wants to think about taxes around Labor Day? But if you count on your tax refund and you´re one of the millions getting tax credits to help pay health insurance premiums under President Barack Obama´s law, it´s not too early. Here´s why: If your income for 2014 is going to be higher than you estimated when you applied for health insurance, then complex connections between the health law and taxes can reduce or even eliminate your tax refund next year. Maybe you´re collecting more commissions in an improving economy. Or your spouse got a better job. It

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

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.”

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.

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