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After spending $51B, U.S. can´t
verify size of Afghan security force

Washington Examiner, by Paul Bedard

Original Article

Posted By:KarenJ1, 2/5/2013 9:55:19 AM

The United States has spent over $51 billion to help Afghanistan field, clothe, arm and house a national security force, but the special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction Monday said that Washington doesn´t even know the size of the Afghan force it´s paying for. And in a shocking statement, the IG, John Sopko, said that the numbers the U.S. is relying on from Afghan officials could be a sham, resulting in billions in waste. Sopko, whose office is in charge of auditing the near $100 billion taxpayers are funnelling to
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It is beyond frustrating to see the gross incompetence in Washington in how they easily waste billions of dollars. He fears that many of our programs will exposed to increased risk of theft and misuse?? Do ya think? That could apply to every agency in D.C.


      


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Egyptian Islamists Target Christian
Churches in Wave of Apparently
Coordinated Attacks
Cybercast News Service, by Patrick Goodenough    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/15/2013 2:40:00 PM     Post Reply
Some supporters of Egypt’s ousted Islamist president directed their wrath at the country’s Christian minority Wednesday, in what activists described as “the worst coordinated attacks on Egypt’s Coptic community in modern history.” Largely eclipsed by the military’s crackdown on Muslim Brotherhood protest camps in Cairo and resulting loss of life, more than 20 churches in a number of provinces were reported to have been targeted for arson and other attacks. Through the day news reports and social media posts drew attention to individual incidents and it soon became apparent that a concerted campaign of coordinated attacks was underway. Most of the targeted

   

 

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´Incoherent´ Obama policy on Egypt
under fire as violence spreads
Fox News, by Judson Berger    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/15/2013 2:29:17 PM     Post Reply
As Egypt descends into chaos, President Obama is facing increasing criticism that an "incoherent" policy toward the country -- much like U.S. policy toward Syria -- is putting U.S. money and influence on the line without a clear end-game. The Obama administration claims to be staying neutral in the violent confrontation between the military-backed government and Muslim Brotherhood supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi. More than 500 people have been killed so far across the country. "America cannot determine the future of Egypt," Obama said Thursday, in brief remarks from Martha´s Vineyard, where he´s vacationing, as he appealed for calm and condemned

Five charged in
attack on elderly man
Pensacola News Journal [FL], by Matt Foster    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/15/2013 2:15:41 PM     Post Reply
Four West Pensacola juveniles and a 19-year-old attacked a 77-year-old man Monday night, according to an Escambia County Sheriff’s Office news release. Demetrius Wilson, 12, Javontae Wilson, 13, and Keyon Black, 16, are each charged with aggravated assault and aggravated battery on a person older than 65 years of age. Alicia Wilson, 15, and Shaknee Golay, 19, are each being charged with aggravated assault on a person older than 65 years of age. The incident happened about 9 p.m. Monday when dispatchers received a report of several teenagers chasing a man with a stick, the news release said. The victim,

Forget the tears — the Jacksons
know they got off easy
Chicago Tribune Company, by John Kass    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/15/2013 1:52:03 PM     Post Reply
It´s obvious there was much drama in the courtroom as Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife, Sandi, waited to be sentenced in the theft of $750,000 from his campaign fund. He cried and she cried, and after the drama came the actual sentence. So let´s talk about what actually happened. Let´s put off the discussion of the wet tissues and the echo of sniffles, and that vague and unproven spin about Jackson´s reported, but unsupported, mental illness. First, consider what federal Judge Amy Berman Jackson (no relation) did to Chicago´s royal political couple from that courthouse

Syrian Hackers Use Outbrain
to Target The Washington Post,
Time, and CNN
Atlantic Wire, by Philip Bump    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/15/2013 1:39:16 PM     Post Reply
For a brief period on Thursday morning, the Washington Post´s website redirected some visitors to a webpage controlled by the Syrian Electronic Army. In a brief statement, the site didn´t indicate how the infiltration occurred, but subsequent reports suggest that the hackers were able to manipulate a content recommendation service The Post uses on its site. T.J. Ortenzi ? @tjortenzi Yes, The Washington Post was hacked. This is what certain readers were (are being?) directed. http://wapo.st/142cFpl pic.twitter.com/zteQx59cW3 11:27 AM - 15 Aug 2013 On Twitter, the SEA demonstrated that it had gained access to the administrative panel of Outbrain,

NBC’s David Gregory: Just
Like Iraq, Egyptians Want
Democracy Less Than U.S.
Mediaite, by Noah Rothman    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/15/2013 1:28:59 PM     Post Reply
NBC News anchor and host of Meet the Press, David Gregory, told MSNBC host Chris Jansing on Thursday that Egypt is again teaching Americans the lesson they learned in the wake of the invasion of Iraq. He said that, just as in that Middle Eastern nation, Americans cannot want democracy for Egypt more than the people of that country. Previewing President Barack Obama’s address on the growing unrest in Egypt, Gregory warned that there are limits to American influence. He said that there is not much that the president, or his administration,

   

 

  


 
Ridiculous: Dem Congressman Compares
Obamacare to the Constitution
Townhall, by Kate Andrews    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/15/2013 1:26:13 PM     Post Reply
On Tuesday, MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski asked Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY) if Obamacare was becoming difficult to defend. His response—to compare the implementation of Obamacare to the implementation of the United States Constitution! Take a look: Meeks has some imagination if he really believes the document that ensured our freedom from the government is comparable to a bill that is about to limit our choices and make us dependent on the government. And let’s not forget that President Obama has been breaking constitutional law on his path to implementing Obamacare. Perhaps if the president had modeled his healthcare reform to benefit “we the

After condemning Egyptian
violence, it’s back to golf
for vacationing Obama
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Blake Neff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/15/2013 1:20:05 PM     Post Reply
President Obama played his fourth round of golf in five days on Thursday after breaking from his vacation to condemn the violence in Egypt. After wrapping up his public address, in which he announced the cancellation of joint military exercises with Egypt next month, Obama departed for the Mink Meadows Golf Club in Vineyard Haven. While his previous outings included major policymakers, such as World Bank president Jim Yong Kim, Obama’s Thursday partners were more ordinary. Aides Marvin Nicholson and Mike Brush as well as White House chef Sam Kass were joining the president, according to a White House pool

Why Did a Tennessee
Grade School Ban Pork?
Fox News, by Todd Starnes    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/15/2013 1:09:32 PM     Post Reply
A Tennessee elementary school banned students from eating ham sandwiches, BLT’s and anything else made with pork, but eventually lifted the ban after parents complained. Third grade teachers at Sunset Elementary School in Brentwood, Tenn. sent home an “Approved Snack List” for the school year and it specifically banned anything that comes from a pig. “No meats containing pork,” read the memorandum. “Starting Monday, August 12, 2013 your child must provide their own snack from the above approved snack list.” Kids could nosh on raw vegetables without dips or sauces, fresh fruit, crackers, pretzels, and popcorn – but no ribs or

Airmen Punished for
Objecting to Gay Marriage
Fox News, by Todd Starnes    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/15/2013 1:04:32 PM     Post Reply
A 19-year veteran of the Air Force said he was relieved of his duties after he disagreed with his openly gay commander when she wanted to severely punish an instructor who had expressed religious objections to homosexuality. “I was relieved of my position because I don’t agree with my commander’s position on gay marriage,” Senior Master Sgt. Phillip Monk told Fox News. “We’ve been told that if you publicly say that homosexuality is wrong, you are in violation of Air Force policy.” The Liberty Institute is representing the Christian airman in case the Pentagon decides to retaliate. “Are we going to have

Great-grandmother accuses Mayor
Bob Filner of sexual harassment
KGTV-TV [San Diego, CA], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/15/2013 1:00:26 PM     Post Reply
SAN DIEGO - A great-grandmother will hold a news conference with attorney Gloria Allred early Thursday afternoon, alleging she is a sexual harassment victim of Mayor Bob Filner. A news release stated the senior citizen was the "victim of continuous inappropriate sexual advances by the Mayor while trying to do her job at City Hall." The release said both Allred and the great-grandmother would address the media at 1:00 p.m. at the Westin in downtown San Diego. The release also said Allred was the woman´s attorney, but it was not yet clear on if the woman would be filing a

   

 

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Olbermann Invites George W.
Bush on New ESPN Show
NewsBusters, by Noel Sheppard    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/15/2013 12:51:47 PM     Post Reply
For years, Keith Olbermann mercilessly attacked George W. Bush on his MSNBC program Countdown. Despite this, the producers of Olbermann´s upcoming program on ESPN2 told the Hollywood Reporter Wednesday that they´ve reached out to Bush to appear on the show: There is nothing in his ESPN contract that precludes him from talking about politics. His producers already have reached out to George W. Bush, a former owner of the Texas Rangers. They have yet to receive a yes -- or a no. (The radio silence might be attributed to the former president´s recent heart surgery.) Or the radio silence might have to do



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Problems With Authority
72 replie(s)
Wall Street Journal, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 8/13/2013 9:04:15 PM     Post Reply
President Obama asserted the unilateral power to "tweak" inconvenient laws in last Friday´s news conference, underscoring his Administration´s increasingly cavalier notions about law enforcement. So it´s good that the judiciary—a coequal branch of government, in case the Administration forgot—is starting to check the White House. In a major rebuke on Tuesday, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals issued an unusual writ of mandamus, which is a direct judicial order compelling the government to fulfill a legal obligation. This "extraordinary remedy" is nominally about nuclear waste, writes Judge Brett Kavanaugh for the 2-1 majority, yet the case "raises significant questions about the

Love: Obama wanted ´impromptu
press conference´ on
birth certificate

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The Hill (Washington DC), by Justin Sink    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/14/2013 11:09:25 PM     Post Reply
President Obama´s former personal aide said Wednesday that the president was so "irritated" by controversy over his birthplace that he wanted to hold an "impromptu press conference" when he discovered the long-form version of his birth certificate, only to be dissuaded by his advisers. Reggie Love, the former body man to the president, told UCLA´s Luskin School of Public Affairs that the delay in producing the president´s birth certificate was because when "your parents don´t live together (and) you travel all over the world, documents get lost." "He wanted to just have an impromptu press conference, just walk in to

Passive Aggressive Oprah
Gives BS Apology for
Switzerland Racist Flap

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TMZ.com, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/13/2013 10:03:29 PM     Post Reply
Oprah Winfrey says she´s kinda sorta "sorry" for the fallout that ensued after she told the media about a "racist" encounter at a purse store in Switzerland ... saying, "I´m really sorry that it got blown up." Yeah, right. Oprah addressed the media at the premiere of "The Butler" in L.A. last night -- backpedaling after the shop in question started to refute O´s allegations of racism during an incident last month. The shop owner says the whole thing was a "misunderstanding" and had "nothing to do with racism." Last night, Oprah said ... "I think that incident in Switzerland."

Will claims about her foundation´s financial
problems hurt Hillary´s presidential hopes?

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Daily Mail [UK], by Meghan Keneally    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/15/2013 6:45:28 AM     Post Reply
Questions have been raised over financial dealings within the Clinton family charity that may cause problems for Hillary Clinton´s possible 2016 presidential run. New reports have revealed that the Clinton Foundation has been ´in the red´ for years even though the charity has raised hundreds of millions of dollars each year, showing the high cost of running the worldwide charity. Former President Bill Clinton called in a team of lawyers to help examine the charity´s financial standing over a year ago and they drew some unsettling conclusions. A scathing article in The New York Times tells how the ´rotating board

   

 

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Unease at Clinton Foundation
Over Finances and Ambitions

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New York Times, by Nicholas Confessore and Amy Chozick    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 8/14/2013 1:06:51 PM     Post Reply
Soon after the 10th anniversary of the foundation bearing his name, Bill Clinton met with a small group of aides and two lawyers from Simpson Thacher & Bartlett. Two weeks of interviews with Clinton Foundation executives and former employees had led the lawyers to some unsettling conclusions. The review echoed criticism of Mr. Clinton’s early years in the White House: For all of its successes, the Clinton Foundation had become a sprawling concern, supervised by a rotating board of old Clinton hands, vulnerable to distraction and

NAACP calls on Justice Dept.,
Secret Service to investigate
rodeo clown flap

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Washington Times, by Cheryl K. Chumley    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/14/2013 9:50:15 AM     Post Reply
The Missouri chapter of the NAACP appealed for the U.S. Department of Justice and the Secret Service to launch an investigation and open a federal case against the rodeo clown who donned a mask of President Obama’s face and mocked with the crowd: Do you want to see a bull run down Mr. Obama? The NAACP says the clown was guilty of inciting violence against the president. In a statement reported by Breitbart, the NAACP’s state president, Mary Ratliff, wrote: “The activities at the Missouri State Fair targeting and inciting violence against our president are serious and warrant a full

Egypt’s Unraveling and
the Coming Chaos

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National Review Online, by Erick Stakelbeck    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 8/14/2013 9:46:17 PM     Post Reply
There is no way to sugarcoat it: Egypt stands on the brink of a bloody, nasty civil war, and, at the very least, sustained civil unrest and sectarian violence. The current confrontation between the Egyptian military and radical Islamists — led by the Muslim Brotherhood — will not end well and the MB and its allies will not go quietly. The Brothers — the original modern Islamic terror group and the ideological source of both al-Qaeda and Hamas — are in no mood to negotiate or compromise. Think about it: After decades of patience, stealth, and gradualism,

That’s a clown question,
bro: Rodeo clowns asked to
take ‘sensitivity training’

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Washington Times, by Stephen Dinan    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/13/2013 6:44:37 PM     Post Reply
In the wake of a rodeo clown’s anti-Obama skit this weekend, the Missouri State Fair is forcing all clowns to undergo sensitivity training. The state fair commission voted Monday to ratify the decision to ban the clown in question who wore an Obama mask as the rodeo announcer asked if the crowd wanted to see him get run down by a bull. The crowd enthusiastically approved, according to local media reports. But the state commission went further, saying it will require that before the Rodeo Cowboy Association can take part in any future state fair, “they must provide evidence to

Love: Obama Played Cards
During Osama Raid;
´I Can’t Watch This
Entire Thing,´ Obama Said

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Weekly Standard, by Daniel Halper    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/14/2013 2:34:06 PM     Post Reply
Reggie Love says he and President Obama played cards during the Osama bin Laden raid, and that the president told him, "I can´t watch this entire thing." (Snip for video)"“Most people were like down in the Situation Room and [President Obama] was like, ‘I’m not going to be down there, I can’t watch this entire thing,’ We must have played 15 games of spades,” said Love at a public event. Love was Obama´s "body man," and spent much time with his boss while he worked for Obama at the White House.

   

 



 
NBC News: Negative Obamacare
Effects ´From Maine to California´

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Townhall, by Guy Benson    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/14/2013 10:19:34 PM     Post Reply
The only surprise here is the source. The details are all too familiar: Employers around the country, from fast-food franchises to colleges, have told NBC News that they will be cutting workers’ hours below 30 a week because they can’t afford to offer the health insurance mandated by the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. “To tell somebody that you’ve got to decrease their hours because of a law passed in Washington is very frustrating to me,” said Loren Goodridge, who owns 21 Subway franchises, including a restaurant in Kennebunk. “I know the impact I’m having on some of

Why Chris Christie should
stand up to Sarah Palin

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Washington Post, by Chris Cillizza    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 8/13/2013 6:01:38 PM     Post Reply
Over the weekend, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin said New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is “for big government and trying to go along to get along.” She added that Christie has “got a schtick going there where he’s got a YouTube videographer following him around, kind of these set-up situations sometimes so he can be seen as perhaps a little bit avant-garde and going rogue on things.” Christie said nothing in return. He should. Here’s why.Taking on Palin is good politics for Christie or Jeb Bush or anyone else who is planning to run as a quasi-establishment candidate for president in

Obama rodeo stunt leads
to sensitivity training for
Missouri State Fair clowns

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New York Daily News, by Doyle Murphy    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 8/14/2013 4:16:52 PM     Post Reply
The Missouri State Fair will force rodeo clowns to complete sensitivity training after a clown mocked President Obama in a stunt one spectator likened to a Ku Klux Klan rally. The fair’s commission also approved a lifetime ban on the offending clown. The controversy began on Saturday at the fair in Sedalia. A clown in an Obama mask with a broom handle attached to his backside moved into the arena as another clown called out over the microphone, “This bull’s going to get’cha, Obama! He’s gonna get’cha!” The fair commission has called the stunt “unacceptable,” and approved a measure that would

   

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