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´Walking Dead´ Marine
battalion to be deactivated
Associated Press, by Jonathan Drew    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/29/2014 12:34:45 PM     Post Reply
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Decades before the television show, a Marine Corps battalion decorated for extensive combat in World War II and Vietnam earned the nickname the "Walking Dead." Now the 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, which also saw action in Iraq and Afghanistan, is being deactivated during a ceremony Friday at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. The step comes as top U.S. military and political leaders are moving to trim the size of America´s military after more than a decade of war in Iraq and Afghanistan. Marine Corps historians say the battalion appears to have gotten the

Benghazi chairman says
probe should end in ´15
The Hill [DC], by Peter Sullivan    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/29/2014 12:31:49 PM     Post Reply
Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), the chairman of the House select committee on the attacks in Benghazi, Libya, says the panel´s work should be done by the end of 2015, according to a report. "Assuming cooperation from agencies, witnesses and the administration," Gowdy told The New York Times, the committee should have concluded its investigation before 2016. The timeline is relevant because Democrats say the committee is looking to tarnish Hillary Clinton, who was secretary of State during the attacks, and the closer the investigation gets to the presidential election, the more damage it could do. The Benghazi committee made headlines in May,

Ted Cruz builds team for 2016
Washington Examiner [DC], by David M. Drucker    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/29/2014 12:29:08 PM     Post Reply
Sen. Ted Cruz is expanding his political operation, a move sure to stoke speculation that the Texas Republican plans to run for president in 2016. In recent weeks, the Cruz team signed contracts with three Republican consultants with national experience and ties to some of the early presidential primary states. Cruz has cultivated a national following and traveled to the early primary states often since winning his Senate seat in 2012. Yet his political team was relatively small and oriented almost exclusively toward Texas. To help the Tea Party-affiliated senator manage his role as a national leader and prepare for a possible White

  


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Grimes bus lacks permit
to carry passengers
Courier-Journal [Louisville, KY], by Joseph Gerth    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/29/2014 12:27:01 PM     Post Reply
The company owned by Jerry Lundergan that is leasing a tour bus to the U.S. Senate campaign of his daughter, Alison Lundergan Grimes, does not appear to have the proper permits required to operate the charter bus. Grimes´ campaign tour bus has come under scrutiny in the last two weeks since Politico ran a story suggesting that the campaign paid less than the market rate to charter the bus, which if true would violate federal campaign finance law. The revelation that the bus itself could be operating outside the law keeps alive a story that has some focused more on Grimes´ mode

Islamic State´s ´Laptop of Doom´
American Thinker, by Rick Moran    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/29/2014 12:26:06 PM     Post Reply
We don´t have a strategy yet to attack Islamic State. But they are developing a strategy to attack us. A laptop found by Syrian rebels last January in an ISIS hideout proved to be a goldmine of information. Foreign Policy´s Harald Doornbos and Jenan Moussa got their hands on the machine, downloaded 146 gigabytes of material, and were shocked at what they found: The laptop´s contents turn out to be a treasure trove of documents that provide ideological justifications for jihadi organizations -- and practical training on how to carry out the Islamic State´s deadly campaigns. They include videos of Osama bin

You Are Not the President of Sears
Esquire, by John Hendrickson    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/29/2014 12:24:53 PM     Post Reply
So... Yes, this has been an unusually grueling summer of death and despair and violence and doubt and an overall sick feeling in the air that things will continue to get drastically worse before they get better, and yes, President Obama, your well-deserved vacation was fraught with peril, and no, we would never wish that on anyone, and yes, it is sort of hot out right now and there are a few days before Labor Day and maybe your regular suits all vanished in a mysterious dry cleaning incident but STILL... You´re the President. What is this monstrosity? What is

As New Dangers Loom,
More Think the U.S. Does ‘Too
Little’ to Solve World Problems
Pew Research, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/29/2014 12:20:50 PM     Post Reply
A large majority of Americans think the world is a more dangerous place than it was several years ago. And a terrorist group that was not even on the public’s radar a year ago – the Islamic militants known as ISIS or ISIL – today ranks near the top of its list of U.S. security threats. As the public’s views of global threats have changed, so too have opinions about America’s role in solving world problems. On balance, more continue to think the United States does too much, rather than too little, to help solve world problems. But the share saying

  


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White House: We´re
Not At ´War´ With ISIS
Business Insider, by Colin Campbell    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/29/2014 12:19:34 PM     Post Reply
The White House is insisting the U.S. is not at war with the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, despite an aggressive air campaign and previously labeling the jihadist group an "imminent threat to every interest we have." "Before getting into the strategy, though, there seems [to be] a fundamental, existential question: Is the United States presently at war with ISIS — yes or no?" MSNBC host Chris Hayes asked President Barack Obama´s top spokesman, White House press secretary Josh Earnest, on Thursday. Earnest went with "no." "No, Chris. What we are doing is we are working very aggressively with international

He’s already a famous surgeon and
author, so why is Ben Carson toying
with a longshot presidential bid?
Washington Post, by Ben Terris    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/29/2014 12:15:50 PM     Post Reply
DES MOINES — Ben Carson sees bullies everywhere. Maybe that’s what happens after years of being walloped by stronger kids, and ridiculed by the smarter ones at his inner-city schools in Boston and Detroit. The bullying is central to the stories Carson tells about himself. Onstage here today in Iowa, where all presidential campaigns begin, he starts with a tale about studying hard enough to best his tormentors. “I went from the bottom of the class to the top of the class, much to the consternation of the students who called me ‘dummy,’ ” he says with a grin. “Now

Don´t mess with nuclear
Russia, Putin says
Reuters, by Alexei Anishchuk    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/29/2014 12:10:55 PM     Post Reply
President Vladimir Putin said on Friday Russia´s armed forces, backed by its nuclear arsenal, were ready to meet any aggression, declaring at a pro-Kremlin youth camp that foreign states should understand: "It´s best not to mess with us."Putin told the assembly, on the banks of a lake near Moscow, the Russian takeover of Crimea in March was essential to save a largely Russian-speaking population from Ukrainian government violence. He said continued fighting in eastern Ukraine, where pro-Russian separatists launched an uprising in April, was the result of a refusal by Kiev to negotiate. Ukraine, and Western governments, accuse Russia of

A New American Oil Bonanza
New York Times, by Clifford Krauss    Original Article
Posted By: MDMuskrat- 8/29/2014 12:10:21 PM     Post Reply
THREE RIVERS, Tex. — Whenever overseas turmoil has pushed energy prices higher in the past, John and Beth Hughes have curbed their driving by eating at home more and shopping locally. (snip) “We were able to take a day-cation because of the lower gas prices,” said Ms. Hughes. The reason for the improved economics of road travel can be found 10,000 feet below the ground here, where the South Texas Eagle Ford shale is providing more than a million new barrels of oil supplies to the world market every day. United States refinery production in recent weeks reached record highs and left supply depots flush, cushioning the impact of all the instability surrounding traditional global oil fields.

  


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Democrats More Afraid of
Global Warming Than ISIS
Breitbart Big Government, by Charlie Spiering    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/29/2014 12:07:42 PM     Post Reply
Democrats are more afraid of global warming than the threat posed by the Islamic State terrorists, according to a new Pew Research Center poll. The poll shows that 68 percent of Democrats believe that global climate change is a major threat to the United States, compared to just 25 percent of Republicans. In contrast, 65 percent of Democrats believe that ISIS is a major threat, three points less than climate change. Seventy-eight percent of Republicans cited ISIS as a major threat -+ a partisan difference of 13 points. Eighty percent of Republicans also cite “Islamic extremist groups like al Qaeda” as

Scarborough Defends ´No Strategy´
Obama: ´Straight Out of The Art of War´
Newsbusters, by Mark Finkelstein    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/29/2014 12:02:39 PM     Post Reply
Alexander the Great. Stonewall Jackson. George S. Patton. To this list of some of history´s greatest military strategists, a new name must be added: that of Barack Obama. That is, if you agree with Joe Scarborough´s take on President Obama´s statement at yesterday´s press conference that "we don´t have a strategy yet" regarding possible attacks on ISIS in Syria. According to Scarborough, speaking on today´s Morning Joe, President Obama´s "no strategy" statement was "straight out of The Art of War where when you were weak, you make your enemies think you were strong. When you were strong, you make your

Family of instructor killed by
9-year-old with Uzi speaks
CBS News & Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/29/2014 11:56:14 AM     Post Reply
NEW YORK- The family of an Arizona shooting range instructor accidentally killed by a 9-year-old girl while he was teaching her to use an Uzi said they feel sorry for the child. Instructor Charles Vacca was standing next to the girl on Monday at the Last Stop range in White Hills, Arizona, about 60 miles south of Las Vegas, when she squeezed the trigger. The recoil wrenched the Uzi upward, and the 39-year-old Vacca was fatally shot once in the head. His daughter, 19-year-old Ashley, told NBC´s "Today" show that the family knows it was a "tragic accident" and something

Man Waving ISIS Flag Arrested in
Chicago for Making Bomb Threat to Police
Mediaite, by Josh Feldman    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/29/2014 11:55:14 AM     Post Reply
There have been several reports of American citizens joining (and even dying for) ISIS, and now a man in Chicago was arrested this week after waving an ISIS flag out the window of his car and threatening to detonate a bomb when the police tried to inspect the vehicle. A resident called police upon seeing Emad Karakrah with the ISIS flag hanging out of his car. When police responded, Karakrah drove off, and made it through several red lights before being pulled over. And then, as he was being arrested, Karakrah reportedly made a serious threat. The man told police during his arrest

  


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Americans believe the Department of
Justice is motivated mostly by politics
Washington Examiner, by T. Becket Adams    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/29/2014 11:49:34 AM     Post Reply
A growing number of Americans say they believe the U.S. Department of Justice is motivated primarily by political interests and not by the pursuit of the truth, according to a survey from Rasmussen Reports. The poll, which was conducted on Aug. 26-27 and contains a sampling margin of error of plus or minus 2 percentage points, found that only 38 percent of U.S. voters hold a favorable opinion of the department headed by Attorney General Eric Holder, while a much larger 53 percent hold an unfavorable opinion. Further, of these respondents, only nine percent hold a “very favorable” opinion, while 26

Obama´s visit: What you need to know
Journal News (White Plains NY), by Greg Shillinglaw    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/29/2014 11:46:17 AM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama´s trip to Westchester will tie up traffic through Friday afternoon, but a change in his schedule now calls for him to return to Washington, D.C. Friday night. The updated schedule was announced this morning by the White House. It is not clear whether the president still plans to return Saturday for the wedding of Sam Kass, the president´s senior policy adviser for nutrition, at Blue Hill at Stone Barns in Pocantico Hills. Here´s the rundown on the presidential visit: Obama will head from the airport to New Rochelle, where he´ll spend about an hour at a 25-person

Obama Decides Not to Spend
Night in NY After Fundraisers
Associated Press, by Darlene Superville    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/29/2014 11:29:59 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is interrupting a weekend trip to return to the White House. The White House says Obama has changed his plans for Friday and will return to Washington late in the evening after fundraisers in Rhode Island and New York. He had planned to spend the night in New York. Presidential aides say the change in plans was not related to any current events and was the president´s personal choice. Obama will spend Saturday morning in Washington, then return to New York later in the day for the wedding of his personal chef Sam Kass and

´ISIS pose a greater threat to
Britain than we have known before´:
Cameron warns an attack on
the UK is now ´highly likely´
Daily Mail (UK), by Tom Mctague    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/29/2014 11:29:18 AM     Post Reply
A terror attack on the UK is now ´highly likely´, David Cameron said today. The Prime Minister´s remarks came after the official threat level was raised from substantial to severe - the second highest - amid growing fears over extremists returning from Iraq and Syria. Mr Cameron said ISIS now posed a ´greater and deeper threat to our security than we have known before´. The PM said terrorism was ´the most important issue facing this country today´. He also announced that new laws will be passed to make it easier to remove extremists´ passports if there are concerns they will travel

Mystery of the missing tanker:
Ship carrying $100million in
Kurdish oil vanishes from radar
screens 60 miles off the coast of Texas
Daily Mail & Reuters, by Jack Crone & Louise Boyle    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/29/2014 11:23:09 AM     Post Reply
A tanker loaded with $100 million of crude oil that has been at the center of a dispute over Iraq´s oil billions vanished off the coast of Texas on Thursday. The Kurdish tanker disappeared from Coast Guard radar screens following a month of legal wrangling over whether it can offload its cargo in the U.S. As the disintegration of Iraq amid mounting violence continues, the semi-autonomous regime in Kurdistan – in the north of Iraq – is trying to cash in on Iraq´s oil reserves and export its own crude. Iraqi Kurdistan has exported at least eight million barrels of oil

  



Chelsea Clinton Is Leaving NBC News
People, by Sharon Cotliar    Original Article
Posted By: jackson- 8/29/2014 11:01:16 AM     Post Reply
Chelsea Clinton says she´s stepping out of her correspondent job as she looks forward to taking on mom duties After not quite three years as a special correspondent for NBC News – and with just a little while until she and husband Marc Mezvinsky are expected to become parents – the former first daughter is now leaving that position, she tells PEOPLE in a statement, "to continue focusing on my work at the Clinton Foundation and as Marc and I look forward to welcoming our first child." Having specialized in feel-good stories of "remarkable people and organizations making a profound

"Poisonous Idealogy" Behind Terror Threat
SkyNews (UK), by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: MinnesotaWildman- 8/29/2014 10:57:42 AM     Post Reply
David Cameron has said the root cause of an increased terror threat to the UK is a "poisonous ideology of Islamist extremism". The UK terror threat level was raised to severe from substantial on Friday, meaning a terrorist attack on the UK is "highly likely". At a news conference in Downing Street, Mr Cameron said the Iraq war in 2004 was not to blame for the rise of Islamic State (IS), which has seized swathes of territory across Iraq and Syria to form an "Islamic caliphate" and carried out beheadings and mass killings.

Surprise coming in MA
gubernatorial race?
Hot Air, by Ed Morrissey    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/29/2014 10:41:16 AM     Post Reply
After this week’s dreary news out of Kansas, we owe Hot Air readers a pleasant surprise, and this may be it. Martha Coakley, who lost a special election to fill the Senate seat vacated by the death of Ted Kennedy four years ago despite the near-total grip Democrats have on Massachusetts, may be in the process of losing another election. Republican gubernatorial nominee Charlie Baker took his first lead in the Boston Globe poll series, edging Coakley barely, while neither candidate looks to be catching fire: Republican Charlie Baker has edged ahead of Democrat Martha Coakley in the race for governor,

Why Obama Backed Off More ISIS
Strikes: His Own Team Couldn’t
Agree on a Syria Strategy
Daily Beast, by Josh Rogin & Eli Lake    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/29/2014 10:39:41 AM     Post Reply
After lots of bluster about striking ISIS on Syria, President Obama threw cold water on the idea, disappointing those who wanted him to broaden the war. After a week of talk of eliminating the "cancer" of ISIS, President Obama said Thursday that he was not planning to significantly expand the war against the Islamic extremist movement anytime soon. His remarks came after days of heated debate inside the top levels of his own national security bureaucracy about how, where, and whether to strike ISIS in Syria. But those deliberations – which included a bleak intelligence assessment of America´s potential allies

The Star Wars George Lucas
Doesn´t Want You To See
Atlantic, by Rose Eveleth    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/29/2014 10:36:09 AM     Post Reply
In 1978, Star Wars won seven Academy Awards. But if you want to watch that original version, the first of George Lucas’s soon to be seven-part saga, you’ll find it difficult. In fact, it’s actually impossible to buy an official copy of Star Wars as it was first released. Lucas doesn’t want you to see that version. Instead, he wants you to watch the continuously updated special editions—movies with added CGI, changed sound effects, and whole new scenes. According to some fans, every element that prompted the Academy to recognize the original Star Wars has been changed in these new versions.

The deadly combination of Obama
and the UN will indenture civil society
Canada Free Press, by Judi McLeod    Original Article
Posted By: snowcloud- 8/29/2014 10:34:31 AM     Post Reply
With Barack Obama now firmly in place as their ex officio leader, the United Nations pooh-bahs have come up with a surefire way to stick it to the taxpayers of the world, while feathering their nests for all time. It’s called making global warming/climate change a health issue at their very next summit in November 2015. Christiana Figueres, the top UN climate official, said upcoming negotiations on an international global warming accord should be viewed as a health issue. “The logic behind the comment from Christiana Figueres, the U.N. climate chief, is that older, dirtier forms of energy are likely the first to

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