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Mitch McConnell: No More
Government Shutdowns
Breitbart Big Government, by Charlie Spiering    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/28/2014 11:30:01 AM     Post Reply
CNN’s Dana Bash extracted a promise from Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell not to shut down the government ever again. “So just to make it perfectly clear, you absolutely will not allow the government to shut down either in the near future or if you become Majority leader,” Bash said during an interview with McConnell. “Of course not,” McConnell replied. “I mean, I’m the guy that gotten us out of the shutdowns that some of our members pushed us into the past. That’s a failed policy.” McConnell explained that Congress did have the responsibility to direct spending and warned that he would not

´Child Abuse´: Kids As Young As
12 Receiving Govt-Funded
Contraceptive Implants
Breitbart London, by Donna Rachel Edmunds    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 8/28/2014 11:25:57 AM     Post Reply
Children as young as 12 are being given contraceptive implants by government health boards in Scotland, many without their parents’ knowledge, raising concerns over their vulnerability to sexual exploitation. The drugs have not been tested on minors, and the long term health effects of using these drugs on children are not known. But still almost 3,500 minors have received the long term contraceptive implant since 2010, the Daily Mail today reported. The manufacturer, MSD, has confirmed that the “safety and efficacy in adolescents under the age of 18 has not been established”. A Freedom of Information Act request established that

Feds sue city of St. Anthon
over rejection of Islamic center
Star-Tribune [Minneapolis, MN], by Shannon Prather & Randy Furst    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/28/2014 11:24:37 AM     Post Reply
The federal government on Wednesday sued the small north-metro city of St. Anthony, contending that its City Council violated federal law in 2012 by rejecting a proposed Islamic center. The lawsuit sprang from a controversy that echoes those that have flared in many U.S. cities when Muslims have sought to establish worship centers. “An injustice has been done,” U.S. Attorney Andrew Luger said at a news conference in Minneapolis. “I will not stand by while any religious group is subject to unconstitutional treatment that violates federal civil rights laws.” The lawsuit alleges that the council’s decision to deny the Abu

  


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2016: Iowa Poll Shows Huge
Lead for... Mitt Romney
Breitbart Big Government, by Warner Todd Huston    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/28/2014 11:14:29 AM     Post Reply
A new poll shows that two-time losing GOP candidate for President Mitt Romney leads in Iowa among candidates for the 2016 nomination. According to the new USA Today poll, 35 percent of likely GOP voters in Iowa would pick Mitt Romney as the next GOP nominee. None of the other Republican candidates thought to be running for president in 2016 even got into double digits in the poll. This all comes only a day after Romney said in an interview that "circumstances" could change enough for him to consider running for the White House a third time. Appearing on the

Jimmy Carter to Headline
Fundraiser for Hamas Front Group
Breitbart Big Peace, by Thomas Rose    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/28/2014 11:05:09 AM     Post Reply
Former President Jimmy Carter is the featured keynote speaker at this weekend’s Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) convention at Detroit’s Cobo Hall. The Justice Department recently implicated ISNA, which claims to be America’s largest Muslim organization, as the lead conduit in a scheme to illegally pass on $12 million to Hamas, the Palestinian terror group established to annihilate the State of Israel. Hamas is officially designated a terrorist group by the US government. The Justice Department officially designated ISNA as an un-indicted co-conspirator as part of its successful 2007 trial of those accused of coordinating fundraising efforts for Hamas

The Game Assembles All-Star
Hip-Hop Crew for Michael
Brown Tribute, ´Don´t Shoot´
Billboard Magazine, by Colin Stutz    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/28/2014 11:00:17 AM     Post Reply
In the wake of the killing of the unarmed black teenager Mike Brown at the hand of a white police officer and the civil unrest that´s followed in the town of Ferguson, Mo. we´ve seen an outpouring of engagement from musicians voicing their opinions. Killer Mike penned an op-ed for Billboard, Lauren Hill dedicated the song "Black Rage" to the beleaguered city, Steely Dan and the Doobie Brothers member Michael McDonald released a long-form statement about the events unfolding in his hometown, St. Louis rapper Nelly also weighed in, as did T.I. and Diddy, while Common led a moment of

IRS scandal: Obama administration
strategy = delay, derail, deceive
Fox News, by Jay Sekulow    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/28/2014 10:43:06 AM     Post Reply
The only thing you can count on as we learn more about the unlawful IRS targeting scandal is the Obama administration’s dedication to misleading the American people and Congress. After being told repeatedly by a number of administration officials -- including the IRS Commissioner -- that former top IRS official Lois Lerner’s computer problems resulted in the destruction of thousands of her key emails, we have now been told that those emails actually exist - backed up by an emergency system in the event of a catastrophe. Justice Department officials have now told a federal court that the problem was not that

  


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How fracking insulates USA: Our view
USA Today, by The Editorial Board    Original Article
Posted By: JHSMom02- 8/28/2014 10:39:21 AM     Post Reply
There is much news these days from the world´s major energy producing regions. Almost none of it is good. Iraq, Libya and Syria are in turmoil. Russia, the world's largest exporter of natural gas and the second largest exporter of oil, is bullying Ukraine and by extension Western Europe. And Iran's nuclear program may yet provoke a market-roiling conflict.

No, our immigration
system is not broken
Washington Examiner, by Byron York    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/28/2014 10:36:38 AM     Post Reply
Of all the arguments made in the long and contentious debate over immigration reform, the one heard most often, from all sides, is that our immigration system is "broken." President Obama, John Boehner, Harry Reid, Mitch McConnell, Marco Rubio, Chuck Schumer, John McCain, Dick Durbin — just about every politician who has ever weighed in on the issue has said it. The only problem is, our immigration system is not broken. The part of the system that lets people into the United States is working — not without flaws, of course, but successfully managing the country´s immigration needs every day.

GOP: Obama only interested in
´playing pool, drinking beers´
Washington Examiner, by Paul Bedard    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/28/2014 10:32:26 AM     Post Reply
With President Obama planning a series of trips to bolster his party’s chances in the 2014 midterm elections, the GOP is charging that his photo ops at blue collar bars and pool halls have done little to help the unemployment and weak economy slamming Middle America. The new campaign revealed Thursday by the National Republican Congressional Committee plays off the popular Food Channel show, “Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives,” hosted by Guy Fieri. The GOP campaign is called: “Diners, Dives and Disappointment,” and even includes a logo similar to Fieri’s. “With President Obama returning from his vacation in Martha’s Vineyard, Americans

Budget crunchers now expect a
permanently weaker economy
Washington Examiner, by Joseph Lawler    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/28/2014 10:20:45 AM     Post Reply
The economy´s best days are behind it, according to Congress´ budget crunchers. The Congressional Budget Office is now creating its budget projections using the assumption that the economy will never grow as fast as it did in the years before the recession. The CBO updated its fiscal projections Wednesday, and they reflected its new gloomy view that the future of the U.S. economy is one of slower growth and lower productivity. “They think that we will get back up to potential growth,” said Loren Adler, an analyst at the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, “but they make it clear that they think

  


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Border Patrol to change practices
with illegal immigrants from Mexico
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/28/2014 10:16:56 AM     Post Reply
SAN DIEGO -- As part of a lawsuit settlement, U.S. immigration authorities must revamp their practices to ensure Mexicans accused of living in the country illegally are clearly informed of their right to a hearing before an immigration judge. The American Civil Liberties Union announced the details of the settlement on Wednesday to its lawsuit filed in Los Angeles in June 2013 on behalf of nine Mexican nationals and three organizations. The lawsuit alleges U.S. Customs and Border Protection and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers in Southern California routinely have told Mexican immigrants they could face months in jail

Politically Drowning on
Immigration, Democrats Seek
´Government Shutdown´ Lifesaver
Breitbart Big Government, by Matthew Boyle    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/28/2014 9:47:20 AM     Post Reply
Democratic National Committee chairwoman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) seized on remarks by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) in an interview with Breitbart News, citing his desire to address immigration in a government spending bill to argue he´s thirsting for a government shutdown.Wasserman Schultz´s remarks, made on a conference call with reporters convened with the purpose of bashing Rubio, come as White House press secretary Josh Earnest used similar rhetoric in a briefing with reporters Wednesday. In the interview, Rubio said Congress may seek to address a unilateral amnesty by Obama in an upcoming spending bill. “There will have to be

UN Climate Chief: ´Not Very Far´
from Considering ´Climate Change
as a Public Health Emergency´
Cybercast News Service, by Patrick Goodenough    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/28/2014 9:35:46 AM     Post Reply
Secretary of State John Kerry has called climate change “the biggest challenge of all that we face right now,” and his French counterpart has warned of climate “chaos” in 500 days, and now the U.N. climate change chief is implying that climate change can be viewed on a par with the deadly Ebola outbreak. Christiana Figueres told a World Health Organization (WHO)-hosted event in Geneva Wednesday that “we are not very far” from the point where climate change should be declared an international public health emergency, according to her prepared remarks. Addressing a three-day global conference on health and climate –

Don´t look now but ObamaCare´s
troubles are starting again
American Thinker, by Silvio Canto Jr.    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 8/28/2014 9:28:08 AM     Post Reply
We´ve been focusing a lot on President Obama´s foreign policy, from Ukraine to Libya to Syria to Iraq to Israel and Iran. However, get ready for ObamaCare to make a return engagement to our front pages, and politics as well. Sally Pipes posted some numbers yesterday that won´t make Democrats happy, especially those in tight elections: "Get readyto pay more for health insurance next year, compliments of Obamacare. A new analysis from PricewaterhouseCoopers projects that average premiums for policies sold through Obamacare’s exchanges will increase 7.5 percent in 2015.

  


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High-speed rail gaining
momentum in Texas
Star-Telegram [Fort Worth TX], by Gordon Dickson    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/28/2014 9:26:12 AM     Post Reply
DALLAS— The number of Texas cities that could be served by high-speed rail is growing quickly and now includes Bryan-College Station, an area best known as the home of Texas A&M University that was bypassed by the interstate highway system. High-speed-rail advocates stepped up their efforts Wednesday to bring bullet trains to Texas as early as 2021. A commission set up to oversee a proposed connection between Dallas and Fort Worth unanimously agreed to seek federal funding to also study a Fort Worth-Austin connection. One after another, public officials at the Commission for High-Speed Rail in Dallas/Fort Worth meeting at

Einhorn appeal denied by
Pennylvania Supreme Court
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 8/28/2014 9:24:13 AM     Post Reply
A man convicted of the brutal killing of his ex-girlfriend and hiding her body in a locked closet for years has been turned down in an effort to get the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to consider his case. The court today declined to take up a lower appeals court ruling earlier this year, leaving in place Ira Einhorn´s conviction for the 1977 murder of Holly Maddux in Philadelphia. Einhorn fled the country and spent nearly 17 years hiding in Europe before being returned to the United States and convicted in 2002. In February, a Superior Court judge said a "vast and

Is this the second American killed fighting
for ISIS in Syria? U.S. investigates claims
father-of-nine who became militant poster
boy died in same battle as rapper jihadi
Daily Mail [UK], by Simon Tomlinson    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/28/2014 9:16:34 AM     Post Reply
A second American reportedly killed while fighting for the Islamic State in Syria was today identified as a father-of-nine from Minneapolis who had vowed to ´give up this worldly life for Allah´. Abdirahmaan Muhumed, 29, is believed to have died last week in the same battle as U.S. rapper Douglas McArthur McCain, who grew up in the same city. Two sources have confirmed Muhumed´s identity and said a picture of his body had been sent to his family from Syria, according to Fox News. State Department spokesman Jen Psaki said the U.S. has no independent confirmation of the reports, but

American Jihadists Went to the
Same High School in Minnesota
American Thinker, by Victor Keith    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/28/2014 9:16:22 AM     Post Reply
An interesting development in the story of Douglas McAruhur McCain, the American jihadi who was killed this week in Syria, is that he was classmates with another young American who was killed while fighting with an Al Qaeda affiliate in Somalia in 2009. Tory Kastigar was a friend and classmate of McCain at Robinsdale Cooper High School in the Twin Cities in Minnesota. The principal at the high school at the time they attended doesn’t remember them but since they “had pretty normal kids” he could only think that they were subject to “influences” beyond the high school and the

2nd Minnesota man reportedly
killed fighting for ISIS in Syria
KMSP-TV [Minneapolis, MN], by Maury Glover    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/28/2014 9:11:21 AM     Post Reply
Sources tell Fox 9 News a second Minnesota family has received word that a man who left the Twin Cities has died fighting with the terror group ISIS in Syria. At about 9 p.m. on Wednesday, leaders in the Somali-American community heard that State Department officials notified a Minneapolis family that a second American was found among the dead militants. According to Fox 9 sources, Abdiraaman Muhumed -- who was the focus of an MPR story just two months ago -- died in the same battle as Douglas McCain, a former Robbinsdale-Cooper High School student. MORE: ´My cousin isn´t a

  



After Ferguson, critics lean on Holder
The Hill (Washington DC), by Peter Schroeder    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/28/2014 9:09:22 AM     Post Reply
Eric Holder´s Justice Department is coming under pressure to order sweeping changes to police operations in the United States. Civil rights and community groups, as well as some lawmakers, are pushing the attorney general to take action to address racial and social problems that they say were exposed by the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. “We’re at our zero moment as a nation,” said Maya Rockeymoore, president and CEO of the Center for Global Policy Solutions, a community-empowerment group. “If we continue to let this go unaddressed, we’re going to have Fergusons springing up all across the country.”

Academic Org Lets Members
Choose Any Of Six Genders
Daily Caller, by Blake Neff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/28/2014 8:47:36 AM     Post Reply
The American Sociological Association, the leading professional organization for American sociologists, is now granting its members much greater leeway in how to define their gender identities. Previously, the ASA’s membership surveys only allowed three choices of gender: “male,” “female” and “prefer not to answer.” Now, as reported at Inside Higher Ed, members will have no fewer than seven options for their gender choice, with the added ability to select “all that apply.” The added options include “transgender male/transgender man,” “transgender female/transgender woman,” “genderqueer/gender non-conforming,” or another “preferred identity” of their choice not explicitly named. “Genderqueer” is defined by the Gender

Reports: Syrian Rebels Capture
UN Personnel on Golan
Arutz Sheva [Israel], by Yaakov Levi    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/28/2014 8:30:08 AM     Post Reply
Syrian rebels have reportedly taken UN personnel prisoner after they took over the area near the Kuneitra border crossing on the Golan Heights. The UN personnel were stationed on the Syrian side of the border. No confirmation of the story has been issued, and the number of those taken prisoner is also unclear, with some reports saying that “dozens” of personnel have been captured. The reports identified the kidnappers as being members of a group close to Al Qaeda that is fighting soldiers of the regime of Bashar al-Assad. Syrian officials said that they had managed to wrest control of the village

Scotland´s Future Hangs in Balance
Townhall, by Cal Thomas    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 8/28/2014 8:21:08 AM     Post Reply
"The best laid schemes of mice and men often go awry." -- Scottish poet Robert Burns, "To a Mouse" (1786) CAIRNRYAN, Scotland -- For Americans whose knowledge of this beautiful land is limited to kilts, whiskey, bagpipes and the film "Braveheart," the forthcoming referendum on whether Scotland should remain part of the United Kingdom or become an independent nation will come as a curiosity at best. The primary objection of those favoring separation is the lack of self-determination granted to Scots by the British government. Though Westminster in recent months has devolved more powers to Edinburgh, those favoring separation say it is

Burger King’s Bonanza: The media
finally wake up to corporate chicanery
Fox News, by Howard Kurtz    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 8/28/2014 8:05:51 AM     Post Reply
I feel confident in saying that most Americans are disgusted by the perfectly legal practice of U.S. companies avoiding taxes by incorporating in another country. So why does it take a whopper of a story to get the media to pay attention? Burger King, as you know, is moving to buy the Canadian chain Tim Hortons, and this is more about dollars than doughnuts. The hamburger giant plans to move its headquarters to Canada, thereby slashing its Treasury tax bill. The White House doesn’t like it. Democrats don’t like it. The Republicans don’t like it. And, as usual, it doesn’t look like Washington

Unflattering Portrait of Virginia’s Former
First Lady Is Offered by Her Lawyers
New York Times, by Trip Gabriel    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 8/28/2014 8:03:42 AM     Post Reply
RICHMOND, Va. — Lawyers defending Maureen McDonnell at her and her husband’s corruption trial presented a portrait of the former first lady of Virginia that was embarrassing and at times even humiliating. Ms. McDonnell, whose defense began and rested on Wednesday, was described as hiding purchases from her husband, former Gov. Bob McDonnell, when the family was financially stressed early in his career; exploding in anger at her husband while he sought in vain to mollify her; and, ultimately, turning to a wealthy nutritional supplement executive to fill an emotional void in her life. The oldest of the McDonnells’ five children,

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