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Second Minnesota fighter
may have been killed in Syria
Star-Tribune [Minneapolis, MN], by Paul McEnroe *    Original Article
Posted By: SnowQueen- 8/29/2014 8:29:15 AM     Post Reply
A Minnesota Somali community leader said Thursday that he has multiple photos of a dead soldier believed to be a second man with Minnesota ties killed while fighting with terrorists in Syria. Omar Jamal, former head of the Somali Justice Advocacy Center and a longtime Somali activist in Minneapolis, said he showed the photos to a person acquainted with Abdirahmaan Muhumed, and that person felt sure it was Muhumed. Jamal cautioned however that he, himself, could not say for certain whether the dead soldier pictured was Muhumed. “People are saying it’s him, but I don’t know for sure,” Jamal said.

Krauthammer’s Take: ‘I Thought
the President Could No Longer
Surprise Me. I Was Wrong’
National Review Online, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/29/2014 8:23:18 AM     Post Reply
On Thursday’s Special Report, Charles Krauthammer reacted to President Obama’s statement, “I don’t want to put the cart before the horse—we don’t have a strategy yet,” about the United States’ effort against the Islamic State. Krauthammer said he was shocked by Obama’s statement, especially considering the context in which the comment was made. “Look I thought that the president could no longer surprise me,” Krauthammer said. “I was wrong. He shocked me today. The President of the United States, in the middle of a real crisis, a few days after the beheading of an American, deliberately sort of spitting in

Why Karl Rove and the GOP
Establishment Will Lose Again
American Thinker, by C. Edmund Wright    Original Article
Posted By: SpeedMaster- 8/29/2014 8:12:45 AM     Post Reply
Karl Rove is at it once again. The so-called “strategist” is again confusing strategy with tactics, and is about to blow easy Senate pickups in Arkansas and North Carolina. This is not merely snatching defeat from the jaws of victory -- this is snatching defeat from the bowels of victory -- in astonishing tone-deaf fashion. There is absolutely no excuse for not winning these two races. So how is the one-time “boy genius” doing this? By running ads attacking Senators Mark Pryor and Kay Hagan from the left. Yes, you heard that right. Rove’s Crossroads GPS PAC is insisting in their latest

  


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Joan Rivers´ hospitalization: Risk of
complications from endoscopic
procedures usually low
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 8/29/2014 8:00:25 AM     Post Reply
Comedian Joan Rivers was admitted to Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City Thursday in critical condition, after reportedly undergoing a minor endoscopic procedure at a medical clinic. The 81-year-old host of E!’s “Fashion Police” was rushed to the hospital after she “stopped breathing,” an unnamed source told E! News. The same source told the network doctors were “putting a scope down her throat to check her vocal chords.” While authorities would not identify Rivers as the patient transferred to Mount Sinai, the New York City Fire Department told FOX411 the person transported was in cardiac arrest. Rivers was sedated

GOP: ‘He´s not a king’
The Hill (Washington DC), by Jesse Byrnes    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/29/2014 7:46:05 AM     Post Reply
Whether lamenting the so-called vacationer-in-chief´s swing of a golf club or criticizing his handling of the healthcare rollout, Republicans are getting in the habit of comparing President Obama to a monarch. "It´s one thing after another. You know he says he has no choice but to act. He says he has a pen and a phone and he´s going to act," Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) stated on Fox New´s "On the Record" Wednesday, making scepter-like gestures. "That doesn´t sound like our Republic," he added. "He´s not a king. He has to really get approval from Congress." Paul has made the comparison

FBI National Domestic Threat
Assessment Omits Islamist Terrorism
Washington Free Beacon, by Bill Gertz    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 8/29/2014 7:39:28 AM     Post Reply
The FBI’s most recent national threat assessment for domestic terrorism makes no reference to Islamist terror threats, despite last year’s Boston Marathon bombing and the 2009 Fort Hood shooting—both carried out by radical Muslim Americans. Instead, the internal FBI intelligence report concluded in its 2013 assessment published this month that the threat to U.S. internal security from extremists is limited to attacks and activities by eight types of domestic extremist movements—none motivated by radical Islam. They include anti-government militia groups and white supremacy extremists, along with “sovereign citizen” nationalists, and anarchists. Other domestic threat groups outlined by the FBI assessment include violent

Longtime Leno Producer Says
America Would Embrace Conservative
Late Night Host
Daily Caller, by Jamie Weinstein    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/29/2014 7:39:16 AM     Post Reply
America may be ready for a conservative-leaning late night host, but the networks would never allow it, argues a longtime producer of “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno”. “I absolutely think America would welcome a conservative late night host with open arms,” Dave Berg, who worked on Leno’s “Tonight Show” for 18 of the 21 years it was on the air, told The Daily Caller in an interview about his new book, “Behind the Curtain: An Insider’s View of Jay Leno’s Tonight Show.” “The critics would despise it, which would give it even more credibility,” he continued. “However, you won’t see

  


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‘We Don’t Have a Strategy Yet’
Weekly Standard, by William Kristol    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 8/29/2014 7:37:46 AM     Post Reply
"Rooting out a cancer like ISIL won’t be easy and it won’t be quick,” President Obama told the American Legion’s annual convention in Charlotte on Tuesday, August 26. He repeated the thought in his pre-Labor Day weekend press conference on August 28. A week before, the day after the murder of James Foley, Obama had remarked, “From governments and peoples across the Middle East there has to be a common effort to extract this cancer, so that it does not spread.” These expressions of alarm at a malignant cancer in the Middle East are an improvement over Obama’s cavalier dismissal,

British Islamic State Terrorist
Threatens to ´Come Home´
Arutz Sheva [Israel], by Ari Yashar    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/29/2014 7:33:27 AM     Post Reply
The fears of homegrown Islamic extremism striking the streets of England were heightened recently by the gruesome video of the beheading of James Foley, a US journalist murdered by a British Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) terrorist in Syria. That British IS jihadist is far from alone in the ranks of the extremist group that has conquered large portions of Iraq and Syria, declaring itself early last month as a caliphate. According to the UK´s Home Office, 500 people associated with Britain have joined IS, and roughly half have returned to the UK. Khalid Mahmood, a British MP based in Birmingham, estimates

Katie Couric accused Diane Sawyer
of trading sex for interviews,
new book claims
New York Daily News, by Don Kaplan and Corky Siemaszko    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 8/29/2014 7:22:54 AM     Post Reply
Katie Couric cultivated an “American Girl identity” but she was also a bully with a “chip on her shoulder.” Diane Sawyer strived to be “America’s Aunt” but she rode her staff hard and used “staged humility” to disarm critics. Christiane Amanpour was fearless in the field and would remind her bosses, “Do you know that I’m the world’s best-known foreign correspondent?” And, when feeling threatened, these pioneering, primetime newswomen would sometimes bare their claws at each other, according to a tell-all book that goes on sale next month. When Couric found out Sawyer landed a much sought-after interview with a 57-year-old woman who had

North Korea: Kim Jong-un´s Banker
Disappears in Russia with $5m
International Business Times, by Jack Moore    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 8/29/2014 7:21:42 AM     Post Reply
A top North Korean banker in charge of Kim Jong-un´s slush funds is seeking asylum after fleeing Russia with approximately $5m (£3.01m), a South Korea newspaper has reported. According to the JoongAng Ilbo daily, Yun Tae-Hyong, a senior official at North Korea´s Korea Daesong Bank, disappeared in the Russian port city of Nakhodka. "Currently he is seeking asylum in an (unspecified) foreign country", an unnamed source, quoted by JoongAng, said. A "well-informed" source told the South Korean outlet that the lucrative sum taken by Yun was stolen from the Daesong Bank. The South Korean outlet said that North Korea had

  


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Wealthy New Yorkers moan
over Obama no-fly rule
CBS News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 8/29/2014 7:16:13 AM     Post Reply
President Obama flies to New York´s Westchester County Friday for a series of weekend fundraisers. The timing has upset some very wealthy and powerful New Yorkers, CBS News´ Michelle Miller reports. When Air Force One arrives, the FAA will put the skies over New York City on lockdown. Corporate planes and private charters, and their jet-setting passengers, will be the hardest hit, just in time for the start of Labor Day weekend. Mr. Obama´s no-fly zone will be from Friday afternoon and lasting all day Saturday. For the Wall Street titans who regularly depend on small planes like Whale Force One for their

Patriot Golf Day to raise funds
for veterans´ families
Tulsa World (OK), by Ken MacLeod    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/29/2014 7:13:11 AM     Post Reply
Golfers throughout the nation are encouraged to donate an extra dollar or more above their greens fees Friday through Monday as part of Patriot Golf Day, a major fundraiser for the families of military members who have been killed or disabled. A former F-16 pilot for the Oklahoma Air National Guard, Maj. Dan Rooney founded Patriot Golf Day seven years ago to raise funds for his Owasso-based Folds of Honor Foundation, which provides educational scholarships and assistance to the families of military members disabled or killed in service to the country. Folds of Honor has awarded a record-setting $10 million

Obama’s ‘Iraqization’ of America
FrontPage, by Daniel Greenfield    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 8/29/2014 7:02:48 AM     Post Reply
When it comes to Iraq, Obama lectures the Sunnis and the Shiites on getting along and forming a government that won’t exist for the sole benefit of a single group at the expense of the other. But in America he runs exactly that type of government. Iraqis are not stupid. They look at the news and they see Ferguson and Al Sharpton screaming at angry mobs and know that Obama is not practicing what he preaches to them. Obama may have forced out Maliki, but his own tribal politics are hard to distinguish from those of Maliki.

Lower corporate tax rates. Now.
Washington Post, by Charles Krauthammer    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/29/2014 7:00:03 AM     Post Reply
The Obama administration is highly exercised about “inversion,” the practice by which an American corporation acquires a foreign company and moves its headquarters out of the United States to benefit from lower tax rates abroad. Not fair, says Barack Obama. It’s taking advantage of an “unpatriotic tax loophole” that hardworking American families have to make up for by the sweat of their brow. His treasury secretary calls such behavior a violation of “economic patriotism.” Nice touch. Democrats used to wax indignant about having one’s patriotism questioned. Now they throw around the charge with abandon, tossing it at corporations that refuse

  


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Democrats Wary of Benghazi Inquiry
Stretching Into ’16 Election Season
New York Times, by Jonathan Weisman, Jennifer Steinhauer    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/29/2014 6:57:16 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — A House Republican-led investigation of the 2012 terrorist attack on an American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, will extend well into next year, and possibly beyond, raising concerns among Democrats that Republicans are trying to damage Hillary Rodham Clinton’s presidential prospects. Representative Trey Gowdy, Republican of South Carolina and the chairman of the House select committee on Benghazi, said his go-slow investigation was not motivated by politics. He said that he had gone out of his way to maintain good relations with Democrats on the committee, asking Representative Elijah Cummings of Maryland, the panel’s ranking Democrat, to join him

Obama Administration Avoids the
Term ‘Invasion’; ´A Continuation,´
Obama Says
Cybercast News Service, by Patrick Goodenough    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/29/2014 6:53:50 AM     Post Reply
Ukraine’s U.N. envoy Oleksandr Pavlichenko says Russia’s military action -- sending tanks and troops across the border -- amounted to an “invasion,” although the Obama administration has not used that term. “Do you consider today´s escalation in Ukraine an invasion?” President Obama was asked during a press conference on Thursday. “I consider the actions that we’ve seen in the last week a continuation of what´s been taking place for months now,” he replied. At the State Department, a reporter observed that spokeswoman Jen Psaki had referred to Russia’s “direct intervention” and “incursion,” and asked her, “Why haven’t you referred to

A Duck Dynasty Star Is Heading
to Dancing with the Stars
E! OnLine, by Lauren Piester    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/29/2014 6:48:21 AM     Post Reply
Does camouflage look good with sequins? We will soon find out because E! News can report Duck Dynasty´s Sadie Robertson is heading to Dancing With the Stars. Robertson, who is granddaughter of Duck patriarch Phil Robertson, is also a star in her own right with a YouTube channel and a dress line. ABC doesn´t comment on casting rumors, but the full cast for the new season will be revealed on Good Morning America on September 4. The cast of season 19 so far includes Olympian Lolo Jones, Pretty Little Liars´ Janel Parrish, and General Hospital Hunk Antonio Sabato Jr. Robertson, Parrish, Jones

Rick Perry: Flip Senate control
to GOP to solve problems
CBS News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/29/2014 6:43:37 AM     Post Reply
COLUMBIA, S.C. - The Republican Party must control Congress in order to solve national problems like immigration, Gov. Rick Perry, R-Texas, said Wednesday during a fundraiser for the South Carolina Republican Party. Despite recently being indicted on two felony counts of abuse of power, Perry visited the Palmetto State - the first Southern state to hold a primary during presidential elections - right after spending a few days in New Hampshire, which holds the second nominating contest in the country. In addition to the fundraiser, Perry had time to watch Texas A&M, his alma mater, take on the University of

Is the US committed to
the destruction of Isil?
Telegraph [UK], by Raf Sanchez    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/29/2014 6:37:33 AM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama came to the White House briefing room last night and conceded: "We don’t have a strategy yet" for confronting Isil. The remark is a gaffe in the classic sense: a clearly true statement that the politician who utters it immediately regrets. Republicans seized on the line as evidence of Mr Obama dithering in the face of the jihadist threat, and the President´s men raced to the airwaves to try to walk it back. But the fact is that despite more than 100 air strikes against Isil in Iraq since the beginning of August, the White House remains unable to field

  



Mohammed is most popular name in Oslo
The Local, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: wetenschapper- 8/29/2014 6:08:37 AM     Post Reply
Statistics Norway (Statistisk Sentralbyrå - SSB) has counted the population of Oslo and found that Mohammed is the most common male name in Oslo for the first time ever.Jørgen Ouren of SSB said to NRK: “It is very exciting.” Altogether 4,801 boys and men are named Mohammed or variations of Mohammed as their first name, and Mohammed has thereby passed both Jan (4,667) and Per (4,155).The name has spent four years in a row at the top of the list of baby names in Oslo, but this is the first time that Mohammed tops the men's name list for Oslo.

Sam Kass, the Obamas’ Foodmaster General
New York Times, by Jennifer Steinhauer    Original Article
Posted By: pineledger- 8/29/2014 5:42:20 AM     Post Reply
Washington--Back in 2005, when President Obama was a mere freshman senator, his wife, Michelle, found herself overwhelmed with the stress of being a full-time working mother, largely alone in her Chicago home, with two daughters who got sick a little too often.(snip)In a demonstration of Mr. Kass’s closeness to the Obamas, Mr. Obama spent five hours in Mr. Kass’s Logan Circle apartment last week — in the middle of crises in Iraq, Ukraine and Ferguson, Mo. — ostensibly celebrating the chef’s last week as a bachelor. This weekend, the first family will attend Mr. Kass’s wedding, to Alex Wagner of

Rising (Maxine) Waters
Politico, by MJ Lee and Zachary Warmbrodt    Original Article
Posted By: Fiesta del sol- 8/29/2014 5:37:19 AM     Post Reply
Maxine Waters — the fiery liberal from Los Angeles known for calling House Republican leadership “demons” and threatening to nationalize oil companies — has gone from the scourge of Big Business to a sympathetic ally for corporate America. It’s no accident.Waters is executing this transformation by seizing on the growing divide between conservative Republicans and Big Business and leveraging her position as the top Democrat on the House Financial Services Committee, where in the coming weeks she will play a role in the battles over extending a terrorism insurance program and the Export-Import Bank. A large part of her strategy

´No strategy´ a gift-wrapped gaffe
that could haunt Obama
Washington Examiner [DC], by Brian Hughes    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/29/2014 5:29:48 AM     Post Reply
There are gaffes — and then there are gaffes. President Obama´s admission in a press conference Thursday that “we don’t have a strategy yet” for a broader confrontation with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria is a real problem for the White House. Rather than the average inartful comment that disappears after a few news cycles, the no-strategy line could help cement charges that Obama lacks the competency to handle multiple crises at once. A central component of the GOP´s strategy for the midterms is to paint Obama as either overwhelmed by the challenges of his office or simply too detached to

Will Harry Reid Run?
Politico, by Jon Ralston    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/29/2014 5:25:17 AM     Post Reply
Forty years ago, a relatively unknown youngster had fought his way to a slight advantage over former Nevada Gov. Paul Laxalt. But the challenger felt he needed a coup de grâce, so he raised questions about Laxalt´s family finances, wondering about the provenance and propriety of certain funds. Laxalt responded by putting his sister out front to explain how she had lived her life with a vow of poverty: She was a nun. The outrage was palpable; Laxalt was elected by 624 votes. The loser in that 1974 race was 34-year-old Harry Reid, whose putative killer instinct had killed the messenger (i.e. himself),

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