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Barbs fly on ‘fiscal cliff’
but still no agreement

Washington Times, by Sean Lengell

Original Article

Posted By:Dreadnought, 12/2/2012 10:33:17 PM

Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner pushed back Sunday at Republican attacks on the Obama administration’s proposal rolled out four days earlier to avoid falling off the “fiscal cliff,” saying if GOP leaders don’t like it, they should come up with a plan of their own. But while Mr. Geithner says he is still optimistic a deal will be worked out before critical year-end deadlines, House Speaker John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, said Sunday that talks with the administration are going nowhere and accused President Obama of trying to ram through the White House plan without negotiating in good faith.

      


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Intel community worried Obama
administration disclosed too much
about latest al Qaeda threat
Washington Times, by Lisa Ruth    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 8/3/2013 10:33:43 PM     Post Reply
In warning about possible al Qaeda attacks against Americans overseas, U.S. officials may have provided too much detail about intercepted chatter and the source of the information, and that may make it more difficult to get such tips next time, former and current intelligence officials say. On Friday, the U.S. State Department issued a worldwide travel alert for Americans, citing an unspecified al Qaeda threat. The bulletin said that the highest threat levels are the Middle East and North Africa, “and possibly occurring in or emanating from the Arab Peninsula.”

   

 

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So, What Is the Benghazi
Cover-Up All About?
Power Line, by John Hinderaker    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 8/3/2013 10:28:38 PM     Post Reply
Shortly after the Benghazi debacle in September 2012, it was rumored that the terrorist attack occurred in the context of a CIA operation whereby Libyan arms, which presumably were either purchased or scooped up by the Agency in the wake of Gaddafi’s overthrow, were being shipped to the rebels in Syria. According to rumor, this is why the CIA had an “annex” in Benghazi; it explains why there were CIA men on the scene, two of whom were killed, and perhaps also why Ambassador Chris Stevens traveled from Tripoli to Benghazi with essentially no security. Last week, ABC’s Jake Tapper

Rep. Peter King says Al Qaeda
threat is ´very specific´
as US issues travel alert
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 8/3/2013 10:49:03 AM     Post Reply
The Al Qaeda threat that prompted the State Department to issue a worldwide travel alert and close down 21 embassies and consulates for the weekend is serious and ´very specific,´ Rep. Peter King, chairman of the Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence, said Friday. “We’re not certain exactly where something might happen but it’s very specific as to when and it’s also very specific as to the fact that it is going to happen, so we have to be on alert everywhere,” the New York Republican told WINS-AM. The travel alert was the first of its kind since

Al Qaeda haunts August
as State Dept. issues worldwide
travel alert, closes embassies
Washington Times, by Ben Wolfgang    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 8/3/2013 12:56:43 AM     Post Reply
Citing a potential al Qaeda attack, the State Department on Friday issued a worldwide travel alert and warned American citizens that the terrorist group may be plotting a strike in the Middle East, North Africa or elsewhere. “Current information suggests that al Qaeda and affiliated organizations continue to plan terrorist attacks both in the region and beyond, and that they may focus efforts to conduct attacks in the period between now and the end of August,” reads a portion of the alert, which lasts until the end of the month.

Guess who likes the GOP’s
20-week abortion ban? Women.
Washington Post, by Aaron Blake    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 8/3/2013 12:49:15 AM     Post Reply
The war over the “war on women” rages on these days, as Republicans seek to tar Democrats with the scandals of Anthony Weiner, Bob Filner and Eliot Spitzer. And the next major front in this “war” — the GOP-led 20-week abortion ban — is likely to be even more contentious. But while Democrats are sure to use the new proposed restrictions to feed the narrative of Republicans’ “war on women,” polling on the issue actually tells quite a different story. n fact, of four major polls conducted in recent weeks on the 20-week abortion ban, each one shows women are

On the Embassy Closures
National Review Online, by Erick Stakelbeck    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 8/3/2013 12:04:38 AM     Post Reply
Some quick thoughts on the State Department announcement that American embassies throughout the Muslim world will be closed this Sunday, August 4, due to reported al-Qaeda terror threats: 1) The fact that this is reportedly an al-Qaeda plot shows once again that AQ is alive and well globally, contrary to President Obama’s ludicrous and willfully misleading statements over the past two years that it is “on the run” and “nearing defeat.” In fact, al-Qaeda, its affiliates, and its allies now cover more geographical ground across the Muslim world than they did on 9/11

   

 

  


 
Happy 25th to Rush Limbaugh,
Greatest Conservative Since Reagan
Breitbart´s Big Journalism, by Ben Shapiro    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 8/2/2013 9:27:20 PM     Post Reply
Thursday marked Rush Limbaugh’s 25th anniversary on the air. To label Limbaugh a radio talk show host dramatically underestimates his impact on the political debate, media, and American culture. Limbaugh is truly a transformative figure. When Limbaugh entered the world of talk radio, the AM dial was essentially moribund. He turned it into a weapon for conservatism, and in the process, led the revolution that has ended in the disintegration of the old media monopoly. Limbaugh can rightly be said to be the greatest populist expositor of conservatism in America since Reagan, and the link between the Reagan generation and

Capitol´s Obamacare crisis solved
Politico, by John Bresnahan and Jake Sherman    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 8/2/2013 7:49:53 AM     Post Reply
Lawmakers and staff can breathe easy — their health care tab is not going to soar next year. The Office of Personnel Management, under heavy pressure from Capitol Hill, will issue a ruling that says the government can continue to make a contribution to the health care premiums of members of Congress and their aides, according to several Hill sources. A White House official confirmed the deal and said the proposed regulations will be issued next week. Just Wednesday, POLITICO reported that President Barack Obama told Democratic senators that he was personally involved in finding a solution.

Administration readies income
checks for Obamacare
Washington Times, by Tom Howell Jr.    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 8/1/2013 10:54:53 PM     Post Reply
The Obama administration is set to unveil new procedures that will greatly expand the government’s ability to verify the income of Americans who seek government subsidies under the federal health care law. “We’re going to be sampling 100 percent. There’s new information,” Gary Cohen, deputy director of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, told the House Ways and Means Committee on Thursday. He made his assurances after Chairman Dave Camp, Michigan Republican, aired concerns that enrollees in state health exchanges will self-certify their income. The administration would have to cross-check

House issues subpoenas
to get Benghazi documents
from State Department
Washington Times, by Stephen Dinan    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 8/1/2013 10:51:41 PM     Post Reply
As they prepared to head home for summer vacation, House Republicans fired off three subpoenas Thursday seeking more information from the State Department on the terrorist attack last year in Benghazi, Libya, and on the science the Environmental Protection Agency used to impose new clean air regulations. The parting shots come amid a week of bitter partisanship that saw both the House and Senate fail to pass transportation spending bills, and saw each side point the finger at the other in arguing that Congress is broken.

Democratic divide over NSA
could pose problem for Obama
Washington Post, by Aaron Blake and Scott Wilson    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 8/1/2013 10:49:41 PM     Post Reply
Lost in all the rancor among Republicans over the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs has been this: A similar ideological divide has been exposed in the Democratic Party that could pose even more political difficulties for President Obama. Several Democrats from the party’s civil liberties wing — the mirror image of the Republicans’ rising libertarian strain — met with Obama and Republican lawmakers Thursday at the White House to discuss concerns about the NSA’s phone data collection program and elements of the administration’s broader surveillance effort.

   

 

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House GOP Strikes Food Stamps Pact
National Review Online, by Jonathan Strong    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 8/1/2013 10:45:39 PM     Post Reply
A group of House Republicans led by Majority Leader Eric Cantor has agreed on a revision to the food stamps portion of the farm bill that Cantor believes will broadly unite the GOP conference. A senior Republican aide tells National Review Online the group has found a relatively limited change to food-stamp work requirements that could net $20 billion in savings, doubling the spending reductions of the overall bill. As part of welfare reform in 1996, able-bodied adults without dependents (i.e., kids) are required to engage in work activities for at least



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Al Qaeda haunts August
as State Dept. issues worldwide
travel alert, closes embassies

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Washington Times, by Ben Wolfgang    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 8/3/2013 12:56:43 AM     Post Reply
Citing a potential al Qaeda attack, the State Department on Friday issued a worldwide travel alert and warned American citizens that the terrorist group may be plotting a strike in the Middle East, North Africa or elsewhere. “Current information suggests that al Qaeda and affiliated organizations continue to plan terrorist attacks both in the region and beyond, and that they may focus efforts to conduct attacks in the period between now and the end of August,” reads a portion of the alert, which lasts until the end of the month.

Director of Mayors Against
Illegal Guns Says ‘Don’t
Shoot’ If Someone Comes At
You With a Deadly Weapon

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Washington Free Beacon, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/3/2013 5:46:09 AM     Post Reply
Executive Director of Mayors Against Illegal Guns Mark Glaze gave some ambiguous and potentially dangerous self defense advice Friday on “Hardball.” Glaze, speaking in opposition to “Stand Your Ground” laws, said in a circumstance where someone “comes at you” with an axe handle one should attempt to either “talk,” “fight with your fists,” “run away,” or “deescalate the situation,” but not shoot the attacker: MARK GLAZE: Very often somebody will come at you. They might want to have a fistfight. They might come at you with an ax handle. CHRIS MATTHEWS: Would you consider the guy with the ax handle armed or not?

Global warming is happening
is ´10 times faster than at any
time in the Earth´s history´,
climate experts claim

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Daily Mail (UK), by Sarah Griffiths    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 8/2/2013 9:40:03 AM     Post Reply
American scientists claim the planet is undergoing one of the largest changes in climate in the past 65 million years. Climatologists at Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment have warned the likely rate of change over the next century will be at least 10 times quicker than any climate shift since the dinosaurs became extinct. If the trend continues at its current rapid pace, it will place significant stress on terrestrial ecosystems around the world, and many species will need to make behavioral, evolutionary or geographic adaptations to survive, they said.

Jay Z: Wealth Inequality
Will Bring Unrest ´No Amount
of Police Can Solve´

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Breitbart TV, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/3/2013 7:47:30 PM     Post Reply
[Video] Rapper Jay Z appearing on HBO´s "Real Time" with Bill Maher says that the black community wants upward economic mobility rather than a stronger police presence. In a conversation with former Congressman Barney Frank about police tactics such as stop-and-frisk, Jay Z suggests the stagnant economy and wealth inequality could cause widespread social unrest: "The real problem is there´s no middle class, right? So the gap between the have and have-nots is getting wider and wider... It´s gonna be a problem that no amount of police can solve, because once you have that sort of oppression

   

 

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400 area retail, fast-food
workers demand $15-an-hour
minimum wage

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Sun-Times [Chicago IL], by Meenakshi Dalal    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/2/2013 4:02:32 PM     Post Reply
About 400 area retail and fast-food workers, together with colleagues nationally, participated in a strike Thursday to demand raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour. “If not $15, then something. I mean give us something. I work 36 hours a week and barely make enough to pay my rent, gas bill, light bill. It gets to the point where I barely have enough for lunch sometimes,” said Angel Richardson, 21, who works at McDonald’s. “I’m five months pregnant, what am I going to do in four months? I hope something changes.” The minimum wage is $7.25 nationally and $8.25

Sorry: Businesses cannot
avoid Obamacare by
switching to part-time staff

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Washington Examiner [DC], by Paul Bedard    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/2/2013 6:13:55 AM     Post Reply
The administration has popped the bubble of hope some small business had that switching to part-time staff would let them escape the high costs of Obamacare. The Small Business Administration on Thursday created a website to explain to businesses that the government will simply tally up the number of part-time employees firms have to determine if enough hours have been worked to essentially create a "full-time equivalent." Some smaller businesses had thought that if they could get under the 50 full-time employee cap that activates Obamacare by cutting full-time workers and hiring more part-time workers they would escape

Seattle officials call for ban on
´potentially offensive´ language

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FoxNews.com, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: sliver of truth- 8/2/2013 8:45:35 AM     Post Reply
Government workers in the city of Seattle have been advised that the terms "citizen" and "brown bag" are potentially offensive and may no longer be used in official documents and discussions. KOMO-TV reports that the city´s Office of Civil Rights instructed city workers in a recent internal memo to avoid using the words because some may find them offensive. "Luckily, we´ve got options," Elliott Bronstein of the Office for Civil Rights wrote in the memo obtained by the station. "For ´citizens,´ how about ´residents?´"

Make Olympics in Russia the gayest ever
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CNN, by Frida Ghitis    Original Article
Posted By: mark34- 8/3/2013 12:41:25 PM     Post Reply
You don´t have to be gay or even Russian to feel the wrath of the Russian government´s homophobia. You could go to jail if you are "pro-gay," whatever that means. And that´s under just one of a growing number of hate-infused bills becoming law at a time when, as it happens, Russia is preparing to host the world in the next Winter Olympics. The perverse anti-gay legislation is inflaming an atmosphere of persistent intimidation and at times deadly violence against Russian gays and lesbians. The question now is: What should the rest of the world do?

Democratic Congressman:
Tea Party ‘Same Group’ Of
‘White Crackers’ Who Opposed
Civil Rights

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Mediaite, by Andrew Kirell    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/2/2013 1:02:38 PM     Post Reply
Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY) suggested on Friday morning that the tea party movement is comprised of the same types of people who fought against the civil rights movement during the 1960s. Speaking with the Daily Beast, Rangel said of the movement: “It is the same group we faced in the South with those white crackers and the dogs and the police. They didn’t care about how they looked. He added that the tea party movement can be defeated similar to how the civil rights movement eradicated Jim Crow mentality: “It was just fierce indifference to human life that caused

   

 



 
Texas prison system running
out of execution drug

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Associated Press, by Micheal Graczyk    Original Article
Posted By: Az Roadrunner- 8/2/2013 4:31:07 PM     Post Reply
The nation´s most active death penalty state is running out of its execution drug. The Texas Department of Criminal Justice said Thursday that its remaining supply of phenobarbital expires in September and that no alternatives have been found. It wasn´t immediately clear whether two executions scheduled for next month would be delayed. The state has already executed 11 death-row inmates this year, and at least seven more have execution dates in coming months. "We will be unable to use our current supply of phenobarbital after it expires," agency spokesman Jason Clark said. "We are exploring all options at this time."

The Hillary Fascination
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Tribune Media Services, Inc., by Jonah Goldberg    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/2/2013 11:00:48 AM     Post Reply
I think she’s one of the most fascinating women of our time and this world,” confessed Bob Greenblatt, the chairman of NBC, as part of his announcement that his network is making a miniseries about former secretary of state Hillary Clinton, with Diane Lane in the starring role. Words are funny things. For instance, G.K. Chesterton once remarked that that the word “good” has many uses: “For example, if a man were to shoot his grandmother at a range of 500 yards, I should call him a good shot but not necessarily a good man.” So it is,

Outrage as Obama´s face is
used for dart target practice
at New York county fair

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Daily Mail [UK], by Alex Greig    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/3/2013 5:52:12 PM     Post Reply
A dart game that used President Obama´s face for target practice at a county fair in New York state is being dismantled today. Fairgoer Abigail Czapsky submitted photos of the booth at Otsego County Fair to HuffPost yesterday, which show President Obama´s face lined up alongside yellow stars in a dart game. According to Czapsky´s Facebook page, following yesterday´s HuffPost story the booth has now taken down the offensive targets. Czapsky says the Otsego County Fair Board called her to apologize about the booth and explain that it was being taken down. Not one individual on the fair board

   

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