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American Fugitive May Be
Behind ISIS Social Media Strategy
BuzzFeed, by Claudia Koerner    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 9/4/2014 10:40:38 PM     Post Reply
A man who grew up in the Boston area may have joined the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, bringing with him computer experience that could be aiding the terrorist group’s social media propaganda, a U.S. official told ABC News. Ahmad Abousamra, 33, has been wanted by the FBI on suspicion of terrorism charges since 2009. (Snip) Abousamra was born in France, but grew up in the Boston suburb of Stoughton. He attended schools in the area and has a degree in computer science, the FBI said. He also once worked for a telecommunications company and is fluent in Arabic and English.

Chuck Todd to interview President
Obama on first ´Meet The Press´ broadcast
Politico, by Dylan Byers    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 9/4/2014 10:38:54 PM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama will be Chuck Todd´s first guest on his inaugural broadcast of NBC´s "Meet The Press," a source with knowledge of the interview told POLITICO on Thursday. The exclusive interview, which will be announced during NBC´s broadcast of the National Football League season-opener, will take place this Saturday at the White House. It will air on Sunday and will cover both foreign and domestic policy, likely including U.S. efforts to combat the Islamic State terrorist organization, the Russian invasion of Ukraine, and the recent protests in Ferguson, Mo. The presidential booking, perhaps the most sought-after in political television,

Former Soviet Bloc nations
fear Putin assembling new USSR
Washington Times, by Marc Bennetts    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 9/4/2014 10:34:45 PM     Post Reply
Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin’s maneuvers in eastern Ukraine — and repeated statements about protecting Russian-speaking citizens wherever they live — are raising concerns that the former KGB officer is aiming to assemble a new Russian empire from the remnants of the old Soviet Union. “Putin’s real plan is the destruction of Ukraine and the re-establishment of the USSR,” Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said hours after Mr. Putin on Wednesday outlined a seven-point plan for a cease-fire in eastern Ukraine that called for Ukrainian troops to withdraw from disputed regions in the former Soviet republic

  


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NBC pays for Matt Lauer’s
helicopter rides to work: report
Washington Times, by Jessica Chasmar    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 9/4/2014 10:20:23 PM     Post Reply
In an effort to keep Matt Lauer happy, NBC is reportedly footing the bill for the “Today” host to take a helicopter to and from work so he can spend more time with his family. In June, Mr. Lauer extended his $20 million salary with NBC News through 2016, following speculation that he would leave the show over the brutal departure of Ann Curry in 2012, the New York Post reported. As part of the deal, the network reportedly agreed to pay for Mr. Lauer to take a helicopter to work in Manhattan from his home in the Hamptons. Mr. Lauer also has an apartment in Manhattan. “NBC News chiefs want to do everything to keep Matt happy,”

Democratic governor tweets
pic of girl in bondage gear
Washington Times, by Cheryl K. Chumley    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 9/4/2014 10:13:56 PM     Post Reply
Delaware Gov. Jack Markell was trying to tweet about his visit to an elementary school to announce a new program for disadvantaged children — but an attached photo said otherwise. The tweeted message from the Democrat’s account included an accompanying picture of a blond dressed in what appeared to be a black leather bondage collar and gear. One of Mr. Markell’s followers picked up quickly on the discrepancy between the tweet’s text and the photo. The text read: “At Warner E.S. in #WilmDE to announce new initiative to support many of #netDE’s most disadvantaged students PHOTO: ow.ly/i/6M3N.”

New IRS Documents Show Lerner Did Not
Need Conservative Group Donor Lists –
Emails Mention “Secret Research Project”
by Top IRS Official
Judicial Watch, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 9/4/2014 9:55:35 PM     Post Reply
(Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch today released a new batch of Internal Revenue Service (IRS) email documents revealing that under former IRS official Lois Lerner, the agency seems to acknowledge having needlessly solicited donor lists from non-profit political groups. According to a May 21, 2012, memo from the IRS Deputy Associate Chief Counsel: “such information was not needed across-the-board and not used in making the agency’s determination on exempt status.” Later, in her May 10, 2013, remarks in which Lerner first revealed in response to question she planted about the IRS targeting of conservative groups, she conceded that the requests

Revealed: Where 37,000 illegal immigrant
children have been released to ´guardians´
across America - and where the feds
are hiding tens of thousands more
Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 9/4/2014 9:29:27 PM     Post Reply
The federal government has sent more than 37,000 illegal immigrant children to adults in every part of the U.S. who claimed to be their guardians during the first seven months of 2014, data from the Department of Health and Human Services show. But tens of thousands more are languishing in 116 shelters operated with taxpayer dollars in at least 16 states. U.S. Customs and Border Protection says more than 66,000 unaccompanied children were apprehended after crossing the border illegally between October 1, 2013 and the end of this August – an 88 per cent increase over the last fiscal year

  


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Ex-Centcom leader blasts
Obama´s Iraq approach
Tampa Tribune, by Howard Altman    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 9/4/2014 9:15:44 PM     Post Reply
For years, Anthony Zinni, a retired Marine General who once ran U.S. Central Command, blistered the administration of George W. Bush for its handling of Iraq. Now Zinni is teeing up on President Barack Obama´s approach in Iraq, saying he is “worried” by Obama´s cautious approach to the current crisis and the Sunni insurgent group Islamic State. “My God, we are the most powerful nation in the world,” says Zinni, who was widely reported to have been passed over for the ambassadorship to Iraq in 2009 by Obama. “This is a moment we have to act. How many Americans getting

Activist groups hail expected
DOJ probe into Ferguson police
Washington Examiner, by Susan Crabtree    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 9/4/2014 9:00:44 PM     Post Reply
Activist groups are applauding an expected Justice Department decision to launch an expansive civil rights investigation into police activities in Ferguson, Mo. Ahead of an official announcement from Attorney General Eric Holder, which could take place as early as Thursday afternoon, civil rights groups are hailing the federal investigation as a major victory for those sharply questioning the circumstances surrounding the mid-August shooting and killing of teenager Michael Brown by a policeman in the St. Louis suburb. "Our Ferguson-area community stood united in the face of injustice and brutal repression by police who were supposed to protect and serve us,”

Military boss: ´We have´ ISIS
strategy, and Obama ordered it
Washington Examiner, by Paul Bedard    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 9/4/2014 8:55:46 PM     Post Reply
Awkward. Just a week after President Obama said that he didn’t have a strategy to fight the Islamic State, Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin E. Dempsey said that the military has one and it was ordered up by the commander-in-chief. During a Facebook town hall, he said, “At the president’s direction, we have developed a military strategy with a series of options on how we can initially contain, continue to disrupt, and ultimately defeat ISIL.” His comment came after Obama, traveling overseas, tried to explain his “no strategy” statement this week. But in that comment, he specifically said that his

The rich get richer:
Median incomes fell for all but the
richest Americans in 2010-2013, Fed says
Washington Times, by Jennifer Pompi    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 9/4/2014 8:50:10 PM     Post Reply
Under President Obama, the richest 10 percent were the only income group of Americans to see their median incomes rise, according to a survey released this week by the Federal Reserve. The Fed data covered the years 2010-2013, during which period Mr. Obama constantly campaigned against income inequality and won re-election by painting his Republican rival as a tool of Wall Street plutocrats. “Data from the 2013 [Survey of Consumer Finances] confirm that the shares of income and wealth held by affluent families are at modern historically high levels,” the report said in noting that the median income fell

  


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Keystone showdown: Battle over pipeline
lands before Nebraska high court
Fox News, by Lee Ross    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 9/4/2014 8:35:04 PM     Post Reply
The national debate on the controversial Keystone XL pipeline will concentrate on Lincoln, Nebraska Friday as that state’s Supreme Court hears arguments in a case examining whether lawmakers short-circuited the regular approval process in an attempt to expedite the pipeline’s construction. The court’s ruling – not expected for several months -- could force President Obama’s hand in making a final decision whether to green light the oft-stalled project. Protests and political outrage have accompanied the proposed pipeline for years, but quieted down in recent months because of the Nebraska litigation and the Obama

FDA OKs Merck drug,
1st in New Cancer Drug Class
Associated Press, by Linda A. Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 9/4/2014 8:20:08 PM     Post Reply
Trenton, NJ - Merck & Co. on Thursday won the first U.S. approval for a new kind of cancer drug with big advantages over chemotherapy and other older cancer treatments. The Food and Drug Administration said it has granted accelerated approval to Merck’s Keytruda, for treating melanoma that’s spread or can’t be surgically removed, in patients previously treated with another melanoma drug (Snip) Keytruda, a genetically engineered drug known chemically as pembrolizumab, is part of a hot, promising new class of antibody-based drugs. They work by taking a brake off the immune system so it can better recognize and attack

Islamic State using Snowden leaks
to evade U.S. intel: NSA official
Washington Times, by Rowan Scarborough    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 9/4/2014 8:13:49 PM     Post Reply
A former top official at the National Security Agency says the Islamic State terrorist group has “clearly” capitalized on the voluminous leaks from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden and is exploiting the top-secret disclosures to evade U.S. intelligence. Bottom line: Islamic State killers are harder to find because they know how to avoid detection. Chris Inglis was the NSA’s deputy director during Mr. Snowden’s flood of documents to the news media last year. Mr. Snowden disclosed how the agency eavesdrops, including spying on Internet communications such as emails and on the Web’s ubiquitous social media.

Top Latin Rocker Gustavo Cerati
Passes Away at 55
Agence France-Presse, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 9/4/2014 8:02:54 PM     Post Reply
Buenos Aires - Gustavo Cerati, who became a megastar in Latin America with his brand of showy, arena-friendly rock ´n´ roll, died on Thursday at 55 after four years in a coma. The Argentine singer and guitarist, who led the band Soda Stereo before a successful solo career, died of respiratory failure, said a doctor at his clinic near Buenos Aires, Gustavo Barbalace. Cerati suffered a stroke after a concert in Caracas in 2010 and fell into a coma. He never recovered, despite even the best wishes of fellow Argentine Pope Francis who sent his mother a card last year. Born in the Argentine capital in 1959, Cerati was influenced from an

  


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U.S. missionary with Ebola en route
to Nebraska for treatment
Reuters, by Staff*    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 9/4/2014 7:57:40 PM     Post Reply
MONROVIA-A third U.S. health missionary infected with the deadly Ebola virus in Liberia left the West African country´s capital on Thursday in a plane headed for the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, the Christian organization SIM USA said. Dr. Rick Sacra, a 51-year-old Boston physician, is the latest worker for SIM USA to be infected with the virus that has killed more than 1,900 people. A Reuters cameraman saw Sacra, wearing white protective clothing, step out of the car that brought him to the tarmac and walk onto the aircraft. The plane was expected to arrive in Omaha on Friday

Wasserman Schultz Backtracks,
Doesn’t Apologize
Daily Caller, by Patrick Howley    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 9/4/2014 7:45:36 PM     Post Reply
Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz admitted fault Thursday for saying that Republican Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has “given women the back of his hand” and is “grabbing us by the hair.” “I shouldn’t have used the words I used,” Wasserman Schultz said in a statement to CBS News. Wasserman Schultz did not apologize to Walker or other Republicans, but rather doubled down in her line of attack on Walker. “That shouldn’t detract from the broader point that I was making that Scott Walker’s policies have been bad for Wisconsin women,” Wasserman Schultz said. “Whether it’s mandating ultrasounds, repealing an equal

Australia PM Tony Abbott Arrives in
India, Nuclear Deal Likely on Agenda
NDTV [India], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: MDMuskrat- 9/4/2014 7:41:48 PM     Post Reply
Mumbai:  Amid indications that a nuclear deal could be in the offing, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott arrived in Mumbai this morning on a two-day India visit during which the two countries would look at ways to deepen strategic ties and strengthen two-way trade and commerce. Prime Minister Abbott landed in the financial capital, his first port of call, on a day-long visit during which he will interact with business leaders and select Indian CEOs. (Snip) "I am hoping to sign a nuclear co-operation agreement that will enable uranium sales by Australia to India," he told parliament on the eve of his

Biden Wore What Seems To Be A Shirt From
One Of Wall Street´s Favorite Golf Clubs While
Talking To Detroit Workers About Fair Wage
Business Insider, by Julia La Roche    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 9/4/2014 7:40:19 PM     Post Reply
Vice President Joe Biden sported a super fancy Hamptons golf club shirt while talking to workers in Detroit, Michigan about fair wage on Labor Day. Biden´s blue polo shirt had what appears to be The Sebonack Golf Club logo (You can check out some examples on eBay). The vice president´s office did not respond to a request for comment about the shirt from Business Insider. The private golf club has one of the priciest annual memberships and is quite popular with Wall Street-ers. It costs upwards of $500,000, according to a Bloomberg News report. The 300-acre Southampton golf course, which opened in 2006,

John Kerry: ´I´m Sort of Thinking 2016´
Weekly Standard, by Jeryl Bier    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 9/4/2014 7:32:21 PM     Post Reply
Secretary of State John Kerry´s speech at the groundbreaking ceremony for the U.S. Diplomacy Center in Washington, D.C. Wednesday included an intriguing aside that appeared to reference the upcoming 2016 presidential election. Kerry spoke after remarks by each of the five former secretaries of state in attendance: Henry Kissinger, James Baker, III, Madeleine Albright, Colin Powell, and Hillary Clinton (Condoleezza Rice and George Shultz were not present.) After extolling the accomplishments of each of the five former top diplomats, Kerry said, "Join me, all of you, in thanking five of our six living former

  



The Jihadi baby: Chilling picture posted
Online shows infant lying on ISIS flag
next to Kalashnikov rifle and grenades
Daily Mail [UK], by Richard Spillett    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 9/4/2014 7:29:22 PM     Post Reply
A sickening photograph has emerged of a tiny baby lying on an ISIS flag surrounded by guns and hand grenades. The chilling image is the latest photo believed to have been posted by militants fighting in Syria and Iraq as part of their online propaganda campaign. It shows the child - who appears to be less than six months old - lying on its back on the black flag now associated with the group terrorising the Middle East. Where other babies its age might have soft toys scattered around them, the child has been cynically positioned next a Kalashnikov rifle, a pistol and hand grenades.

He Has No Strategy
Arutz Sheva [Israel], by Isaac Kohn    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 9/4/2014 7:20:39 PM     Post Reply
The man does not have a strategy. [Snip] For over a year, practically on a daily basis, the man who occupies the Oval Office was briefed about the growing threat of a terrorist group which is so brutal that even Al Qaeda has disavowed any connection to it. The man who laid claim to the highest office in the world was told, warned, informed, cautioned, alerted and briefed with precise details about the rise of IS (formerly ISIS or ISIL). The man who has a definite strategy for employing thousands of agents to spy on innocent American citizens doesn’t have a strategy vis-à-vis the butchers of ISIS.

Top CIA officer in Benghazi delayed
response to terrorist attack, US security
team members claim
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 9/4/2014 7:13:04 PM     Post Reply
A U.S. security team in Benghazi was held back from immediately responding to the attack on the American diplomatic mission on orders of the top CIA officer there, three of those involved told Fox News’ Bret Baier. Their account gives a dramatic new turn to what the Obama administration and its allies would like to dismiss as an “old story” – the September 11, 2012 Benghazi attacks that killed U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans. Speaking out publicly for the first time, the three were security operators at the secret CIA annex in Benghazi – in effect, the

Top Egyptian Politician Says Egypt
And U.S. Relationship Strained Because
President Obama Demands Muslim
Brotherhood Be Supported…
Conservative Treehouse, by Sundance    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 9/4/2014 6:55:28 PM     Post Reply
Unfortunately such is the state of current affairs. A prominent Egyptian official is telling his constituency, and the world, the reason Egypt and U.S. relations are so poor is because President Obama and John Kerry demand the Severe Islamists be included in policy decisions. Egypt categorically rejects the considerations of radical Islamic extremism, and will not bow to pressure from the United States to be more accommodating toward the radicals within the Muslim Brotherhood. Fatah el-Sisi is going to be speaking to the U.N. General Assembly in New York on September 25th. I’m thinking that David Cameron and

DNC Head Walks Back Comments
About Scott Walker ‘Grabbing
Us by the Hair’
Mediaite, by Josh Feldman    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 9/4/2014 6:36:45 PM     Post Reply
Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz came under fire yesterday for comments she made about Republican Governor Scott Walker that evoked images of domestic violence. Well, today, Wasserman Schultz sent out a statement walking back her comments. Yesterday she said, “Scott Walker has given women the back of his hand. I know that is stark. I know that is direct. But that is reality… What Republican tea party extremists like Scott Walker are doing is they are grabbing us by the hair and pulling us back. It is not going to happen on our watch.” After condemnation by Republicans,

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