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Ohio elections chief urges
appeal of voting ruling
Associated Press, by Ann Sanner    Original Article
Posted By: Harlowe- 9/4/2014 5:09:18 PM     Post Reply
COLUMBUS: Ohio´s elections chief says an early voting decision from a federal judge must be appealed. Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted (HYOO´-sted) says the ruling could lead to different rules for voting across the swing state´s 88 counties. U.S. District Judge Peter Economus on Thursday blocked an Ohio law that trims early voting, ordering Husted to set an expanded voting schedule. The judge barred Husted from preventing boards from adopting additional early voting hours beyond his order. (Snip) The ruling from comes in a lawsuit filed by civil rights groups and others challenging two early-voting measures.

NATO Summit Venue Perfect
for Golfer-in-Chief
Washington Free Beacon [DC], by Brent Scher    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 9/4/2014 5:06:41 PM     Post Reply
It is fitting that the first sitting U.S. president to visit golf-obsessed Wales would be the golf-obsessed Barack Obama, who is staying at the venue that held the 2010 Ryder Cup for the NATO Summit that began on Thursday. Obama and other NATO leaders will be staying at the Celtic Manor resort in Newport, Wales, which is home to three separate championship-caliber golf courses, including the newly remodeled “Twenty Ten” course, which hosted the 2010 Ryder Cup. The Wales venue is perfect for Obama, who “has supposedly said that he finds” NATO meetings to be “dull,” according to the Washington

National G.O.P. Moves to Take
Over Campaign of Kansas Senator
New York Times, by Jonathan Martin    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 9/4/2014 5:04:18 PM     Post Reply
Washington - National Republicans on Thursday moved to take control of the campaign of Senator Pat Roberts of Kansas by sending a longtime party strategist to the state to advise him, a day after his hopes for re-election and those of his party for taking control of the Senate were threatened by the attempted withdrawal of the Democrat in the race. Also on Thursday, the Kansas secretary of state, Kris Kobach, ruled that the Democratic nominee, Chad Taylor, could not withdraw his name from the ballot, a move likely to set off further legal challenges in the race. The National Republican Senatorial Committee is dispatching

  


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Hacker breached
HealthCare.gov insurance site
Wall Street Journal, by Danny Yadron    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 9/4/2014 4:53:55 PM     Post Reply
A hacker broke into part of the HealthCare.gov insurance enrollment website in July and uploaded malicious software, according to federal officials. Investigators found no evidence that consumers’ personal data was taken in the breach, federal officials said. The hacker appears only to have accessed a server used to test code for HealthCare.gov. The Department of Health and Human Services discovered the attack last week. An HHS official said the attack appears to mark the first successful intrusion into the website, where millions of Americans bought insurance starting last year under the Affordable Care Act.

Judge orders expanded
Ohio early voting schedule
Associated Press, by Ann Sanner    Original Article
Posted By: Harlowe- 9/4/2014 4:53:45 PM     Post Reply
COLUMBUS: A federal judge on Thursday temporarily blocked an Ohio law that scales back early voting, ordering the state’s elections chief to set additional voting times just ahead of the fall election. The ruling from U.S. District Judge Peter Economus comes in a lawsuit filed by civil rights groups, several predominantly black churches and others challenging two early voting measures in the perennial presidential battleground state. One is a directive from Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted that established uniform early voting times and restricted weekend and evening hours. (Snip) Ohioans can vote absentee by mail or in

Russia Announces Large-Scale Nuclear
Exercises In Response To Ukraine
Daily Caller, by Giuseppe Macri    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 9/4/2014 4:45:04 PM     Post Reply
Russia’s defense ministry on Wednesday said it would mobilize more than 4,000 soldiers, 400 technical units and major air support for a large-scale nuclear exercise, just days after Russian President Vladimir Putin made a veiled threat about Russia’s nuclear arsenal amid the ongoing crisis in Ukraine. The exercise will be conducted in Altai in south-central Russia, according to The Moscow Times, and comes one day before the beginning of a NATO summit in Wales. It will specifically include Supersonic MiG-31 fighter-interceptors and Su-24MR reconnaissance planes, along with Spetsnaz special forces units role-playing as

Court rules gay marriage
bans in 2 states unconstitutional
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 9/4/2014 4:32:47 PM     Post Reply
Chicago - A U.S. appeals court in Chicago ruled Thursday that gay marriage bans in Wisconsin and Indiana violate the U.S. Constitution — thereby bumping the number of states where gay marriage will be legal from 19 to 21. The unanimous decision by the three-judge panel of the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals is yet another in a series of courtroom wins for gay-marriage advocates. Since last year, the vast majority of federal rulings have declared same-sex marriages bans unconstitutional. The Wisconsin and Indiana cases shifted to Chicago after attorneys general in the states appealed separate lower court rulings

  


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Holder Announces Civil Rights
Investigation Of Ferguson Police
Daily Caller, by Chuck Ross    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 9/4/2014 4:22:14 PM     Post Reply
The Justice Department will begin a civil rights investigation of the Ferguson, Missouri police department, Attorney General Eric Holder announced Thursday. The investigation, which will be led by the agency’s Office of Civil Rights, will look into whether the police departments’ policies have engaged in a pattern of civil rights violations. “Following an extensive review of documented allegations and other available data, we have determined that there is cause for the Justice Department to open an investigation to determine whether Ferguson police officials have engaged in a pattern or practice of violations of the United States Constitution or federal law,”

Viewers Prepare To Retch As
NBC Inflicts Luke Russert On
‘Meet the Press’
Daily Caller, by Betsy Rothstein    Original Article
Posted By: jackson- 9/4/2014 4:21:58 PM     Post Reply
Reaction to NBC’s Luke Russert being added as a regular face to “Meet the Press” is getting the reaction one might expect: People are "angry." “Morning Joe’s” Joe Scarborough will also have a regular role on the panel. The show is reportedly trying to add a conservative view. New York Post‘s Page Six popped the news late Wednesday night. Gawker‘s Hamilton Nolan wasted no time trashing him, calling him ”basically just a dim 29-year-old dude.” He predicted MTP will now be a “landfill full of the most useless NBC personalities.” A sampling from the Twitter masses: “I don’t think I’ve

Rosie Perez, Nicolle Wallace
complete new ´View´ panel
New York Daily News, by Don Kaplan    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 9/4/2014 4:16:42 PM     Post Reply
The new “View” has finally come into focus, and it is Rosie. Actress Rosie Perez and Nicolle Wallace — a communications director for former President George W. Bush — will join Whoopi Goldberg and Rosie O’Donnell as co-hosts on “The View,” ABC officials said Wednesday night. The pair succeeds Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy, who were dumped earlier this summer. The new season starts Monday, Sept. 15 (Video) Wallace was among more than a dozen potential co-hosts who tested for the job last month, chatting for producers with Goldberg and O’Donnell. Perez came as a surprise to many industry insiders.

A Halbig Deal: Appeals Court
Will Rehear an Obamacare Challenge
Atlantic Magazine, by Sophie Novack    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 9/4/2014 4:10:09 PM     Post Reply
The future of Obamacare subsidies in 36 states will be reconsidered in court—this time in a situation more favorable for the White House. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit announced Thursday that it will reconsider a three-judge panel´s July decision eliminating insurance subsidies for coverage bought on the federal exchange. The 2-1 ruling would make the subsidies illegal for more than half the country, rendering health coverage unaffordable for many and dealing a major blow to the foundation of the health care law if ultimately upheld. (Snip) Thursday´s court order means the July opinion is invalidated,

  


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The pathetic and predictable
end for Bob McDonnell
Washington Post, by Chris Cillizza    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 9/4/2014 4:02:15 PM     Post Reply
In March 2012, I ranked the 10 most likely Republican vice presidential picks for GOP nominee Mitt Romney. Bob McDonnell ranked second on that list. Today -- roughly two and a half years later -- the former Virginia governor was found guilty on 11 charges of public corruption tied to he and his wife´s relationship with a donor named Jonnie R. Williams Sr.. While it´s always dangerous to call anything in politics "the largest and most rapid collapse in modern memory", the fall from political grace for McDonnell is absolutely stunning -- and ensures his spot in the ignominious annals

Joan Rivers, a Comedic Stiletto, Dies at 81
New York Times, by Robert D. McFadden    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 9/4/2014 3:44:52 PM     Post Reply
Joan Rivers, the raspy loudmouth who pounced on America’s obsessions with flab, face-lifts, body hair and other blemishes of neurotic life, including her own, in five decades of caustic comedy that propelled her from nightclubs to television to international stardom, died on Thursday in Manhattan. She was 81. Her daughter, Melissa, confirmed her death. Ms. Rivers died at Mount Sinai Hospital, where she was taken last Thursday after reportedly losing consciousness while undergoing a procedure on her vocal cords at a doctor’s office on the Upper East Side. Doctors at the hospital placed her in a medically induced coma.

Robert McDonnell guilty
of 11 corruption counts
Washington Post, by Matt Zapotosky & Rosalind S. Helderman    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 9/4/2014 3:33:33 PM     Post Reply
RICHMOND — A federal jury Thursday found former Virginia governor Robert F. McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, guilty of public corruption — sending a message that they believed the couple sold the office once occupied by Patrick Henry and Thomas Jefferson to a free spending Richmond businessman for golf outings, lavish vacations and $120,000 in sweetheart loans. After three days of deliberations, the seven men and five women who heard weeks of gripping testimony about the McDonnells’ alleged misdeeds acquitted the couple of several charges pending against them--but nevertheless found that they lent the prestige of the governor’s office to

ICYMI: Joan Rivers 2010 on Death
Tax: ´Well I can´t wait until
[Obama] Decides to Tax Me
Some More on my Deathbed´
Breitbart InstaBlog, by Kerry Picket    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 9/4/2014 3:27:02 PM     Post Reply
Joan Rivers died on Thursday at Mt. Sinai Hospital, her daughter Melissa Rivers told media outlets. The 81-year old was rushed to the hospital after she stopped breathing and went into cardiac arrest during elective surgery for her vocal cords last week. Doctors at Mt. Sinai eventually removed Rivers from a medically induced coma and placed her on life support until Thursday afternoon. The Brooklyn born television personality and comedian shot to stardom after her first appearance on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson in 1965. Rivers spared no one from her wit and wisdom. An outspoken personality, she never apologized

  


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Joan Rivers dead at 81
New York Post, by Natasha Velez*    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 9/4/2014 3:03:35 PM     Post Reply
Legendary comedienne Joan Rivers died on Thursday — exactly a week after she was rushed to a Manhattan hospital when she stopped breathing during a routine throat procedure, sources told The Post. She was 81. Rivers’ daughter, Melissa, had been keeping vigil by her mother’s bedside at Mount Sinai Hospital as her condition failed to improve since she went into cardiac arrest on Aug. 28 at Yorkville Endoscopy. She was moved from the intensive care unit to a private room on Wednesday. The State Health Department has launched an investigation into the clinic. A funeral for Rivers has been planned for Sunday at

Washington Times staffers
contribute to special NRA pullout
Washington Post, by Erik Wemple    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 9/4/2014 2:58:48 PM     Post Reply
The Washington Times is a natural partner for the National Rifle Association. Its editorials run strongly in favor of gun rights, a tradition currently overseen by Opinion Editor David A. Keene, a former president of the NRA. The Times’s news coverage also pleases the mighty gun lobby, if a special pullout section dated Aug. 27 is any authority on the matter. The cover page of the section (pictured at right) announces that it’s sponsored by the NRA, and a tagline on each page notes that it’s “A Special Report Prepared by The Washington Times Advertising Department.” Yet there’s more than

The world needs a mighty U.S. military
Washington Post, by Mitt Romney    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 9/4/2014 2:42:13 PM     Post Reply
Russia invades, China bullies, Iran spins centrifuges, the Islamic State (a terrorist threat “beyond anything that we’ve seen,” according to the defense secretary ) threatens — and Washington slashes the military. Reason stares. Several arguments are advanced to justify the decimation of our defense. All of them are wrong. The president asserts that we must move to “a new order that’s based on a different set of principles, that’s based on a sense of common humanity.” The old order, he is saying, where America’s disproportionate strength holds tyrants in check and preserves the sovereignty of nations, is to be replaced.

Local News Airs ‘Homework Helper’
Videos for Parents Struggling With
Common Core Requirements
Daily Signal, by Kelsey Harris    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 9/4/2014 2:33:54 PM     Post Reply
“When you and I were in school, we used to just memorize 9 plus 6 equals 15. Not anymore. With the Common Core, students need to understand why that’s the case.” This is the introduction to the first of six “Homework Helper” segments Buffalo, N.Y., NBC affiliate WGRZ is broadcasting this week in honor of back-to-school week. The series is meant to be a helpful tool for parents confused by their children’s Common Core homework this year. Each morning, a local math teacher takes one simple homework question, and spends a few minutes explaining the methodology required to solve it.

OK Lawmaker Accused Of
Making Anti-Muslim Remarks
KWTV [Oklahoma City, OK], by Lacie Lowry    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 9/4/2014 2:28:25 PM     Post Reply
OKLAHOMA CITY - A controversial statement made on Facebook by a state lawmaker has outraged Muslims in Oklahoma. The Islamic community demanded an apology after a state representative posted on Facebook to be "wary of Muslim Americans" and then shared a link about the ISIS brutality in the Middle East. State Rep. John Bennett of Sequoyah wrote the comments on Monday night. Oklahoma´s Council on American-Islamic Relations called on Republican Party leaders to denounce the comments on Wednesday. "I was really disappointed that someone who is elected to represent the people would put something so negative out there,” said Adam Soltani, CAIR-Oklahoma Executive

  



Just How Confidential IS Mike Brown’s
Confidential Juvenile Record?
Legal Insurrection, by Andrew Branca     Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 9/4/2014 2:27:34 PM     Post Reply
A self-described “avid reader” of Legal Insurrection has asked us to address the issue of the confidentiality of Mike Brown’s juvenile criminal record (if any), and whether these are likely to be released to the press and public. Disclaimer: Neither I nor Legal Insurrection knows with certainty whether Mike Brown even has a juvenile criminal record, nor (if such exists) what offenses might have been charged or adjudicated in such a record. It appears that early internet claims that Brown’s juvenile record contained a serious felony were in error. The collected information released by various government actors (or refused to

Book Review: A Flowershop In Baghdad
Breitbart InstaBlog, by Debra Heine    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 9/4/2014 2:12:10 PM     Post Reply
“If we are joined by the international community, we can continue to shrink ISIL´s sphere of influence, its effectiveness, its financing, its military capabilities, to the point where it is a manageable problem...what we´ve got to do is make sure that we are organizing the Arab world, the Middle East, the Muslim world, along with the international community, to isolate this cancer.” - President Obama at a press conference in Estonia this morning. (Snip) In his book, A Flowershop in Baghdad, USAF Major Michael Banzet likes to disabuse the reader of the notion that Bush acted alone - reminding them

Why Must The Safety Of
Americans Depend on Others?
Breitbart Big Peace, by Joel B. Pollak    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 9/4/2014 2:04:40 PM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama has struggled to sound convincing in recent days as he addressed the challenge of ISIS--or "ISIL," his preferred acronym for the so-called Islamic State. Obama´s problem goes beyond gaffes about his lack of strategy. The fundamental issue is that he is ambivalent about his role in protecting Americans at home and abroad, and has made the safety of American citizens dependent on other nations´ cooperation. On Aug. 28, when Obama made his infamous "We don´t have a strategy" remark, he also said this: "...in order for us to degrade ISIL over the long term, we´re going to have

Report: Islamic State Forcing Captured
Pilots To Train Its Militants
Breitbart Big Peace, by Jordan Schachtel    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 9/4/2014 1:54:21 PM     Post Reply
The Islamic State has claimed on social media that it is utilizing captured Syrian pilots to learn how to fly stolen jets, according to a CNN Arabic report over the weekend. The Syrian pilots, which are part of the Syrian Armed Forces loyal to president Bashar al-Assad, had been captured after the Islamic State seized Tabqa airbase in Raqqa, Syria. The Islamic State took Tabqa airbase after a four-day battle with the Syrian military. Tabqa is home to a plethora of fighter jets, helicopters, artillery, and large caches of ammunition. It still remains unclear how much quantity of the munitions

Democrat Chad Taylor’s exit shakes
up U.S. Senate race in Kansas
Kansas City Star (KA), by Dave Helling & Brad Cooper    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 9/4/2014 1:29:53 PM     Post Reply
Kansas voters have lost a chance to vote for a Democratic senator this fall — and Republicans could pay the price. Chad Taylor’s stunning decision Wednesday to withdraw from the U.S. Senate race forced partisans and analysts to recalculate the potential outcome of the Kansas contest. The consensus: Longtime incumbent Sen. Pat Roberts is in serious trouble, and the GOP’s chances of controlling the Senate could suffer as a result. “It’s extraordinary. It’s stunning. It’s shocking,” said Stu Rothenberg, a nationally known political analyst. Roberts “is still going to be the favorite, but the fact that those of us in

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