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Praising Rebels, Putin
Toughens Tone on Ukraine
New York Times, by Neil Macfarquhar and Andrew E. Kramer    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 8/29/2014 10:43:42 PM     Post Reply
MOSCOW — As Russian-backed rebels entrenched themselves in a newly captured, strategically located town in southeast Ukraine on Friday, President Vladimir V. Putin bluntly strengthened Moscow’s hard-line position that the government in Kiev must be compelled to negotiate regional autonomy. Abandoning his more frequent conciliatory stance, Mr. Putin issued a rare, open, congratulatory message to the insurgents. They had “achieved a major success in intercepting Kiev’s military operation,” he said on his website.Behind the message, and the wider military operation, analysts saw several Kremlin goals. Most important, they said, is that Mr. Putin wants to force terms, first laid down in

Emotional Tony Stewart speaks
for the first time since fatal accident
Fox 59 (Indianapolis IN), by Larry Hawley    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/29/2014 9:49:45 PM     Post Reply
ATLANTA– Dressed in a black shirt with the logo of his racing team, Tony Stewart stepped to the podium on Friday afternoon with the same emotion that he’s felt the past few weeks. During a four-minute statement Friday afternoon at the Atlanta Motor Speedway–his first public comment since he hit and killed driver Kevin Ward Jr. at the Canandaigua Motorsports Park on Aug. 9–Stewart expressed remorse over the death of the young driver and how difficult it has been for him to deal with it. “This is been one of the toughest tragedies I’ve ever had to deal with, both

Secret Service Investigates Possible
Threat Made Against President Obama
Mediaite, by Josh Feldman    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/29/2014 9:39:47 PM     Post Reply
The Secret Service is investigating a possible threat made against President Obama. Authorities tell NBC News that there was a “potentially suspicious person and vehicle” near where Obama made fundraising stops tonight. Connecticut police have been informed of the report by the Secret Service, as well as being advised to be on lookout for this suspicious person. State law enforcement is currently looking for the car this person was driving, which they believe to be a blue Jetta with Connecticut plates. Obama attended one fundraiser in Connecticut tonight before heading to another one in Rhode Island

  


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Advice on Strategy From Dilbert
Power Line, by John Hinderaker    Original Article
Posted By: MDMuskrat- 8/29/2014 9:37:44 PM     Post Reply
President Obama can’t come up with a strategy to deal with ISIS. It’s just so…complicated. Here’s an idea: how about if we kill them? I don’t suppose Obama will go with that one. But hey: even Dilbert has a better grasp of strategy than our clueless president: (Dilbert Cartoon) OK, it may not be optimal, but it’s better than anything the Obama administration has come up with!

A Crisis As Millions Of
Students Abused By Teachers
Investors Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 8/29/2014 9:16:24 PM     Post Reply
Education: For a parent, the headline couldn´t be more alarming: "Teacher of the Year accused of molesting student, charged with 5 felonies." It´s a story that, tragically, is all too common — and all too underreported. Why? We´ve all heard of the Catholic Church child abuse scandal that´s still regularly covered, 20 to 40 years after much of the abuse took place. It too was tragic, and acknowledged as such by the church, which has taken action to prevent its ever happening again. The same can´t be said of unionized public education — where child abuse appears to be rampant, often with

Kerry ´Respectfully Calls´ on
Iran to Release U.S. Hostages
Weekly Standard, by Jeryl Bier    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/29/2014 8:48:49 PM     Post Reply
John Kerry chose the third anniversary of U.S. citizen Amir Hekmati’s "detention on false espionage charges" during a visit with his family in Iran in 2011 to "respectfully" call on the government of Iran to release Hekmati and several other U.S. citizens held or missing in that country. Saeed Abedini and Jason Rezaian, the latter a Washington Post reporter, are also being held. Kerry also called on Iran to help facilitate the location and return of Robert Levinson, missing since 2007. Here is the full statement: U.S. Citizens Detained or Missing in Iran The Unites States respectfully calls on the Government of the

Obama: Everything Just Seems
Bad Because of Social Media
Breitbart Big Government, by Jonathan Strong    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/29/2014 8:45:35 PM     Post Reply
At a Democratic National Committee fundraiser in New York Friday, President Obama attributed people´s pervasive sense the world is falling apart to “social media.” “The world’s always been messy… we’re just noticing now in part because of social media,” Obama said. “I can see why a lot of folks are troubled,” he said. But American military superiority has never been greater, he added, according to a pool report. Obama has faced withering criticism for taking a lengthy vacation that included nine rounds of golf, while terrorist group Islamic State (ISIS) has been on the march in Iraq, an Ebola crisis

  


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Chelsea Clinton quits as NBC News reporter
Modesto Bee (CA), by David Bauder    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 8/29/2014 8:35:03 PM     Post Reply
NEW YORK — Chelsea Clinton said Friday she is quitting her job as a reporter at NBC News, citing increased work at the Clinton Foundation and the imminent birth of her first child. Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton´s daughter had been working at the network since 2011, sporadically doing feature stories on people or organizations doing public-spirited work. Politico magazine reported earlier this year that NBC was paying her $600,000 a year. "I loved watching the ´Making a Difference´ stories about remarkable people and organizations making a profound difference in our country and our world," Clinton said in a statement posted on

Obama: The world´s always been messy
But now social media is amplifying it
Hot Air, by Mary Katherine Ham    Original Article
Posted By: Fiesta del sol- 8/29/2014 8:18:35 PM     Post Reply
The No. 1 priority in electing someone after President Obama should be finding someone who does not believe the world conforms to his worldview simply because he says it does. It’s a very dangerous state of mind. Speaking at a $15K-a-plate DCCC fund raiser tonight, natch, CBS correspondent Mark Knoller quoted Obama: Pres Obama said “The world’s always been messy … we’re just noticing now in part because of social media."—if Knoller weren’t so serious, you could be forgiven for thinking it was satire. After a barrage of “WHATs” and “WOWs” and “LOLWUTs” on Twitter, in came the grim mockery:

Obama’s Immigration Policies Are So
Popular Democrats Are Begging Him to
Delay Them Until After the Election
Washington Free Beacon, by Andrew Stiles    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/29/2014 8:13:14 PM     Post Reply
The Los Angeles Times is reporting that President Obama may postpone his sweeping executive actions on immigration until after the midterm elections. Why? Because Democrats are begging him to: The two-step plan would bow to the concerns of Democratic lawmakers running in Republican-leaning states who have expressed opposition to Obama’s plans to act unilaterally on the hot-button issue. Some Democratic senators have said he should wait for Congress to pass legislation. Wait. Why would they want to do that? Aren’t the policies Obama is proposing on immigration wildly popular? That’s what they keep telling us, anyway. “I promise you, the American people

NFL: ‘OK, Maybe Knocking A Woman
Out Is Worse Than Smoking Pot’
PJ Media, by Stephen Kruiser    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/29/2014 8:09:07 PM     Post Reply
“Oops.” In the wake of criticism over a two-game suspension for Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, the NFL has established a six-game unpaid ban for personnel who violate the league’s policy on domestic violence, Commissioner Roger Goodell said Thursday. A second incident would be punished by a lifetime ban from the league, Goodell said in a letter and memo to the owners of the league’s 32 teams. Without referring to Rice by name, he acknowledged in his letter that he made the wrong decision in that case. “I didn’t get it right. Simply put, we have to do better. And we will,” he

  


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Washington Post Covers Voter Fraud
Inaccurately and Incompletely
PJ Media, by J. Christian Adams    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/29/2014 8:02:35 PM     Post Reply
Sometimes voter-fraud deniers are forced to discuss the truth of voter fraud. This happened today at the Washington Post (“Fairfax officials say some people may have crossed Va.-Md. line to vote twice in 2012“). While the Post deserves credit from emerging from its cocoon of voter-fraud denial, it deserves scorn for bungling the emergence. Reporter Susan Svrluga notes that “tens of thousands of voters” were registered to cast ballots in both Virginia and Maryland. That’s true, and it is a big problem nationwide. Hundreds of thousands of people are registered to vote in multiple states, and many of them have voted. It

Retired Republican Senator Leads
Effort To Smash Local Tea Party
Breitbart Big Government, by Charlie Spiering    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/29/2014 7:56:30 PM     Post Reply
Sen. Al Simpson (R-WY) retired from the Senate in 1997, but he is now celebrating another political victory in his state. The retired senator ran and won his election as a member of the Republican precinct committee in his hometown of Cody, Wyoming, together with his wife Ann. Both Simpsons earned a majority of the vote, effectively pushing out Tea Party Republicans in the precinct. (Snip) Together, the Simpsons now have the ability to influence the conversation, particularly the direction of the Republican party in Wyoming. “I’m not against anybody, I just want to be in the room,” he said.

Steubenville rape convict back on
football team: Has culture changed?
Christian Science Monitor, by Stacy Teicher Khadaroo    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/29/2014 7:47:25 PM     Post Reply
When Steubenville High School’s Big Red football team kicks off its season Thursday night in Ohio, wide receiver Ma’lik Richmond is expected to take to the field. One of two football players convicted of raping a teenage girl in a case that made headlines around the globe, Mr. Richmond served a year in a juvenile detention facility and must register as a sex offender. As he and his teammates suit up, questions loom: What’s the right balance between punishment and having the chance to get back on track in life? Given the images showing crass indifference toward the victim, and the failure by some adults to respond appropriately,

Mitch McConnell’s
Campaign Manager Resigns
Daily Caller, by Alex Pappas    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/29/2014 7:46:00 PM     Post Reply
Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell’s campaign manager, Jesse Benton, is resigning from the campaign. Benton, who previously held high-level roles in Ron Paul and Rand Paul’s campaigns, confirmed his resignation Friday evening, explaining that he is stepping down after his name surfaced in news reports about a scandal involving the 2012 presidential campaign. Earlier this week, a former Iowa state senator pleaded guilty to charges related to receiving money from the Ron Paul presidential campaign in return for his endorsement. Benton, who was Paul’s political director, denies any wrongdoing but admits it has become a distraction for

  


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Ben Carson Hints At 2016 Run But
Says: ‘I Won’t Become A Politician’
Daily Caller, by Alex Pappas    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/29/2014 7:34:57 PM     Post Reply
Neurosurgeon Ben Carson is continuing to hint that he will run for president in 2016, though pledges that if elected he won’t become a “politician” in the traditional sense. “I will tell you that I’m not a politician, and I don’t believe in political correctness,” Carson told the crowd Friday at a political summit in Texas. “So I may say something that will offend someone. And I frankly never plan on becoming a politician. It doesn’t mean that I won’t do something in public office, but I won’t be a politician in the process.” Carson made the comments Friday afternoon in Dallas at Americans for Prosperity’s Defending the American Dream Summit.

Palestinian leader says
Hamas caused prolonged war
Associated Press, by Mohammed Daraghmeh *    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/29/2014 7:31:54 PM     Post Reply
Ramallah, West Bank - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas blamed Hamas on Friday for extending fighting with Israel in the Gaza Strip, casting doubt on the future of the Palestinian unity government that the Islamic militant group backs, while Israel´s premier said the end of the war could mark resumption of peace talks with Abbas. Benjamin Netanyahu stressed that it is still early to tell "if the new reality" would allow a political process to resume but said he is examining the possibility. (Snip) Several Egyptian mediated cease-fire attempts during the conflict failed. Hamas eventually accepted almost the same truce offered at the beginning.

Couple Fined For Refusing To Host
Gay Wedding Shuts Down Venue
Daily Caller, by Rachel Stoltzfoos    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/29/2014 7:30:30 PM     Post Reply
A Christian couple fined $13,000 for refusing to host a lesbian wedding on their New York farm has decided to close the venue rather than violate their religious beliefs. Cynthia and Robert Gifford decided not to host ceremonies anymore, other than those already scheduled, Alliance Defending Freedom attorney James Trainor told The Blaze. ”Since the order essentially compelled them to do all ceremonies or none at all, they have chosen the latter in order to stay true to their religious convictions, even though it will likely hurt their business in the short run,” he said. New Jersey couple Jennifer McCarthy and Melisa

´Barney Fife is in charge´: Obama under
fire for ´we don´t have a strategy´ gaffe
on ISIS as he´s accused of having ´head
buried in hole on first green´
Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/29/2014 7:23:10 PM     Post Reply
Lawmakers are fuming over President Barack Obama´s admission on Thursday that his White House lacks a strategy for dealing with the rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) in Syria, with one congressman comparing his performance to the bumbling sheriff´s deputy Barney Fife from ´The Andy Griffith Show.´ And as House and Senate members piled on with sharp criticism, a former senior aide to a retired defense secretary told MailOnline that the Joint Chiefs of Staff are ´seeing red´ and ´spitting nails´ following Obama´s candid admission. ´They´re losing confidence in their mission,´ said the long-time Pentagon insider,

State Police Looking For Car
Connected To Threat Against President
Hartford Courant [CT], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/29/2014 7:09:18 PM     Post Reply
State Police from the Bridgeport and Bethany barracks were working with the U.S. Secret Service Friday to find a silver 2014 Volkswagen Jetta believed to be driven by a man who made a threat against President Obama. State Police Lt. J. Paul Vance confirmed that state police are working with the Secret Service. Vance said he could not provide additional information. The president was scheduled to be in Rhode Island on Friday night for a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee event at a private home, according to his schedule. He is scheduled to leave Rhode Island later in the evening.

  



Poll: Obama Receives More Than
Twice As Much Strong Disapproval
As Strong Approval
PowerLine, by Paul Mirengoff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/29/2014 7:09:09 PM     Post Reply
The latest Gallup poll on President Obama job performance is out. At the top line, things could be worse for the president and his party. 44 percent approve of his performance, while 53 percent disapprove. That’s considerably worse than in the run-up to the 2010 election, and certainly cause for concern among Democrats. But Dems won’t be surprised by this split which, as I said, could be worse. The intensity numbers, however, are terrible for Obama and the Dems. 39 percent of Americans (essentially 2 in 5) say they strongly disapprove of the president’s performance. Only 17 percent say they strongly approve.

Washington Post Publishes
Video Of Jon Stewart Trashing
Rick Perry As Racist - Twice!
Breitbart Big Journalism, by John Nolte    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/29/2014 7:03:33 PM     Post Reply
Man alive, Democrats got it good. Not only do leftwing outlets like the Washington Post protect Democrats, the Washington Post publishes video of comedian Jon Stewart attacking as racist potential GOP presidential candidate Rick Perry. On his show Thursday, Stewart, the left´s good dog, ran through all of Perry´s ´12 gaffes (you know, the ones he´s working so hard to put behind them) and then dredged up the phony racial controversy the Post dug up in ´12 about a rock that might have existed two generations ago on land Perry doesn’t even own. For a good two minutes, over a

Left Goes Ballistic over
ISIS Waterboarding of Foley
Breitbart Big Peace, by Ben Shapiro    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/29/2014 6:52:50 PM     Post Reply
On Thursday, the Washington Post reported that journalist James Wright Foley, whom ISIS beheaded last week, was also waterboarded by the terrorist groups “several times.” The Post wrote, “James Foley was among the four [hostages] who were waterboarded several times by Islamic State militants who appeared to model the technique on the CIA’s use of waterboarding to interrogate suspected terrorists after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.” (Snip) The rest of the media have fallen into line as well, suggesting that if America had not waterboarded terrorists, James Foley would have been spared waterboarding. This may be correct.

Gov. Nixon requests help from
SBA for businesses affected by Ferguson
St. Louis Post Dispatch (MO), by Alex Stuckey    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/29/2014 6:52:08 PM     Post Reply
JEFFERSON CITY • Gov. Jay Nixon is asking the U.S. Small Business Administration to provide low-interest loans to businesses affected by the recent events in Ferguson. “Businesses impacted by recent events in the Ferguson area are in need of assistance to help them recover,” Nixon said. "This is part of our ongoing and long-term commitment to help Ferguson and surrounding communities move forward.” Small businesses and some nonprofit organizations could be eligible to receive these economic injury disaster loans, which offer capital to businesses until normal operations resume. The governor requested that businesses in St. Louis County as well as

Uh Oh: Mary Landrieu Doesn´t
Own a Home in Louisiana
Townhall, by Guy Benson    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/29/2014 6:45:24 PM     Post Reply
This is…not what embattled "Louisiana" Democrat Sen. Mary Landrieu wanted to read in the Washington Post -- which, as it turns out, is her hometown paper: In Washington, Sen. Mary Landrieu lives in a stately, $2.5 million brick manse she and her husband built on Capitol Hill. Here in Louisiana, however, the Democrat does not have a home of her own. She is registered to vote at a large bungalow in New Orleans that her parents have lived in for many decades, according to a Washington Post review of Landrieu’s federal financial disclosures and local property and voting records. On

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