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Obama and aides spend desperate
night trying to persuade Congress
to back Syria strike over
chemical weapons attack

Daily Mail (UK), by Staff

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Posted By:JoniTx, 9/2/2013 6:22:55 AM

President Obama and his top aides began a full-scale political offensive on Sunday to persuade a skeptical Congress to approve a military strike against Syria, but faced a struggle to win over lawmakers from both parties and a war-weary American public. The President made calls to members of the House of Representatives and Senate, with more scheduled for Monday, underscoring the task confronting the administration before it can go ahead with using force in response to a deadly chemical attack blamed on the Syrian government. Dozens of lawmakers, some in tennis shirts or shirtsleeves, cut short their vacations and streamed

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: John c, 9/2/2013 6:35:23 AM     (No. 9501827)

Follow his lead in battle, no way on earth would I do it. Would I believe him that it was important, never. o should be in jail.
Reap what you sow!

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Rinktum, 9/2/2013 6:40:06 AM     (No. 9501830)

I don´t have any confidence in the Congress to do the right thing. We need to stay out of Syria with no strategic national interest at stake. Let Obama choke on his folly. Don´t give him cover. He created this mess

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Reply 3 - Posted by: jhp, 9/2/2013 6:54:10 AM     (No. 9501840)

"Obama and aides spend desperate night trying to persuade Congress"

I suppose he´s got to do this but I can´t help thinking that he really believes it´s safer and there´s more and political ammunition for 2014 if they vote it down.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: bubby, 9/2/2013 7:03:32 AM     (No. 9501855)

I wrote both my Senators and my Congressman yesterday and this is what I sent them: I am asking that you vote against any air strike on Syria. There is no good reason to become al-queda´s air force as someone else said. The war in Syria is between Islamic terrorists and the current authoritarian regime. How do you pick a side? Let Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Egypt sort it out. We need to just stay out when Muslims are killing Muslims because both sides want to destroy us. I just don´t care about obama´s red line. He has no standing anywhere in the world any more. He has not made any case showing that what is going on in Syria is a threat to our national security.


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Reply 5 - Posted by: M2, 9/2/2013 7:18:50 AM     (No. 9501878)

Did all this "desperation" happen after his golf game or after shooting hoops or after Valerie Jarrett reamed him a new one for seeming to be a tad too casual about the Syria situation?

We should not be in Syria.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: lazyman, 9/2/2013 7:33:18 AM     (No. 9501896)

War for 0´s creditability is in the nature of having sex for the sake of virginity.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: nevernaught, 9/2/2013 7:36:45 AM     (No. 9501905)

I dare say, I would appreciate some information on what or who you are going to strike before you start WW3. Perhaps the 11 year old kid who sassed you, or Assad who irritates you, certainly not your brotherhood fans and cohorts. I don´t like surprises, and another thing will they strike back, and where. A little information for the possible recipient´s of incoming strikes.

I bet the Obamaphones are buzzing this week.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Janjan, 9/2/2013 7:37:37 AM     (No. 9501907)

These people are not stupid. Obama created this mess all by himself and now wants Congress to fall on their swords to provide him with political cover. We will gain nothing by lobbing a few missles into Syria - especially after Obama leaked, in much detail, what his plans were. Politically no one in Congress on either side of the aisle has anything to gain by helping him. I predict a No vote on this one.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: franq, 9/2/2013 7:41:46 AM     (No. 9501917)

It´s a quagmire. Oh, not yet. But "limited" military action is like a temporary tax. BTW, how is the blue-ribbon debt ceiling Super Committee doing these days?

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Reply 10 - Posted by: planetgeo, 9/2/2013 7:43:39 AM     (No. 9501922)

Regarding that 11-year-old kid who neener-neenered our Kid President, there´s nothing I enjoy more than a match of wits between equals.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Daylily, 9/2/2013 8:16:35 AM     (No. 9501976)

Read in the Sunday Atlanta paper that my rep. is opposed to military action in Syria but my two senators are not (Chambliss and Isakson). Of course the nerve gas attack was horrible, but the US cannot rule, manage or run the whole world. I think Sarah Palin came up with the best comment about this situation - ´so we´re bombing Syria because Syria is bombing Syria´?

Please, call your senators and representatives and give them your opinion; they usually forget that they work for us, and we need to keep reminding them of that fact.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Attila DiMedici, 9/2/2013 8:26:26 AM     (No. 9501983)

I believe that Obama has seriously miscalculated. He appears to believe that he can hold a "No" vote over the head of Republicans as a negative in the 2014 election. I just do not see any public support for an attack on Syria, and I do see significant opposition to one. I think if this was about Iran, the political calculus would be different.

Democrats truly believe that Republican voters are war mongers and will support U.S. military action anywhere in the world for any reason put forward (and will look negatively upon any politician who opposes such action).

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Reply 13 - Posted by: sorosisbehindit, 9/2/2013 8:38:32 AM     (No. 9501995)

Democrats, who have gotten elected by protesting every war we have been involved in, now are trying to get Republicans (and soon their liberal constituents) to agree that its a good idea to lob a string of fire crackers into a hornet´s nest. Are they still so enamored with "The One" that they will risk their seat of power?!

I wonder if anyone has checked with their supposed next in line for the presidency to see if they are excited about the ongoing conflict that they might inherit. Hillary? Joe? Any comment?

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Reply 14 - Posted by: jglas, 9/2/2013 9:17:45 AM     (No. 9502043)

I won´t approve of such a strike until the government proves beyond a doubt that Assad is the one who launched those attacks . . . something I don´t think will happen since as Vlad the Bad points out he is winning and has no motive to use chemicals and make more enemies. I suspect the whole thing is an effort to help the MusBros rebels and I´ll be damned if I´ll approve of the US spending one dime let alone one life helping any of the Islamists (who seem to be doing a good job of killing each other without any help from us).

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Illinois Resident, 9/2/2013 9:23:30 AM     (No. 9502056)

The pictures in this article should scare every US citizen who cares about this country. These are the idiots attempting to "lead" this country! Obama wants more power and he is asking congress to write him a "blank check". This is about giving the people in this picture "unadulterated Power". It is not about Syria.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: Holeymoses, 9/2/2013 9:29:56 AM     (No. 9502066)

This is all for show and for cover. He does not want a ´yes´ vote, he wants extrication and fodder to blame the Republican´s inhumanity.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: FlatCityGirl, 9/2/2013 9:32:11 AM     (No. 9502071)

It´s going to be interesting if the Pubs go with him and the Dems don´t.

I´m not sure he can twist himself into any more knots than he has, blaming everyone but himself, but he´ll find a way to pin it on the
Pubs --and of course, those spineless fools will roll over and play dead.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: Arby, 9/2/2013 9:36:17 AM     (No. 9502074)

On the Sunday shows, Lurch looked as if he had been punched by Mike Tyson and had a quart of vodka thrown in his eyes.

It isn´t easy working for Obama.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: Deedo, 9/2/2013 9:38:45 AM     (No. 9502078)

As usual, Obama wants air strikes in Syria for purely political goals and absent any serious longer-term calculation or beneficial, non-political purpose.

For one example, if Obama backs the Islamic fundamentalists in Syria, any aid in weaponry or funding to them will be used to bolster Al Qaeda´s future attacks on American interests.

For a second example, what will Obama´s policy be if the Islamic fundamentalists start to shoot Iranian missiles into Israel?

This could easily spill over into neighboring countries such as Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and more. Countries like Iran know that there is only a once every 30 or 40 years that the US elects a liberal, weak-kneed, incompetent boob like Obama or Carter, so they will be eager to take advantage.

Russia and China both have troops inside Syria and amassed on their borders for lightning fast deployment. It would take the US weeks and weeks to put boots on the ground there, and Russia in particular only hours.

Why risk all of these negative possible results for the dubious position of support the Islamic nuts in the first place? It´s a power keg set to explode, and Obama is lighting the fuse. What a lazy dolt.


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Reply 20 - Posted by: Wendybird, 9/2/2013 9:42:19 AM     (No. 9502083)

Good thing we have UK Mail Online to cover the news for us.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: rc1776, 9/2/2013 10:03:24 AM     (No. 9502112)

How the curtsying bath house blo queen Ø´Blamer the perpetually innocent finds time to deal with these trivial passes´ (Syria and Benghazi) amaze us mere overtaxed and ever spied on subjects.
One would think it( queen Ø´Blamer the perpetually innocent ) would be busy with it´s new closet babes j0n-j0n mc-cain and toy-boy c. christies.
Are they not cute in their new stylish
Blue Dresses, matching pumps and knee pads?

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Reply 22 - Posted by: zbogwan2, 9/2/2013 10:04:21 AM     (No. 9502113)

If Obama was smart he´d say we know Sarin was used in Syria, but we don´t know if Assad or the rebels actually used it. If he wanted,for face saving, he could still say his Red Line is in affect and would apply once we/he knows for sure who used Sarin.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: MirJoy, 9/2/2013 10:16:14 AM     (No. 9502130)

Congress shouldn´t make a decision based on the concept of saving someone´s face, and this is what this is all about.

There´s as much evidence that the chemical weapons came from the rebels as there is that it came from the government.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: RancherJack, 9/2/2013 10:24:06 AM     (No. 9502144)

Obama is obeying his Muslim masters to establish a Caliphate which will surround Israel.

To kill Israel.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: stryker714, 9/2/2013 10:32:05 AM     (No. 9502162)

Pssst-hey Obama. You are siding with Al Qaeda and Muslim Brotherhood. News flash: Al Qaeda killed way more Americans on 09/11/01 than the alleged Syria chemical attacks. It´s time to stop the charade and be for America for once, not muslim terrorists.

Message to GOP: Don´t take the bait. Stop playing politics, worrying what people will think. Vote against attacking Syria. Then when Obama attacks and the whole thing backfires, much like Libya and Egypt(hint hint), you can honestly say you weren´t in on it. Otherwise tell the UN or Saudi Arabia to fix the problem. An attack against Syria contradicts everything two-faced Obama did/said as a Senator when Bush was president.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: owl, 9/2/2013 10:51:12 AM     (No. 9502186)

Drudge linked to guy named Curl at the Wash. Times. It is a MUST READ. Explains just how shrewd and crafty O´Bummer really is, and why and how he hopes to win back the house 2014. Syria is part of a big plan.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: hoosiergirl71, 9/2/2013 11:05:13 AM     (No. 9502210)

As others have already stated, the desperation from the W.H. is about saving face, with no real concern for the lives taken, the huge expense we cannot afford, and the lack of a
good reason to do it. I understand that, knowing Obama as we do, but where are our military brains and experienced leaders? Why no opposition from them? No counter balance? All I´ve heard are from a few retired military

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Reply 28 - Posted by: sherlock1, 9/2/2013 11:15:48 AM     (No. 9502234)

Much talk about dogs chasing and catching cars, etc., but I wonder how many Dems in Congress fully realize that they are voting on a resolution of no-confidence in Obama´s leadership?

That is the way for Republicans to avoid a media-driven backlash when the next Syrian gas attack occurs, by the way. Make it clear that they have no confidence in Obama´s ability to lead.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: Tulunk, 9/2/2013 1:07:22 PM     (No. 9502399)

Write or email your senator or rep, but don´t waste time being eloquent. Just state the issue and your opinion, yes or no. A friend worked in the office of a senator. She would read just enough to ID the issue, and pile the letter in a yes or no stack. The stacks were weighed, and the heavier stack "outweighed" the other stack, and the politician voted accordingly. Wordy, rambling letters were tossed.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: BaseballFan, 9/2/2013 1:10:58 PM     (No. 9502402)

Progressive-style bumper sticker:

No war for O´s credibility!



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Reply 31 - Posted by: Butch59, 9/2/2013 1:58:10 PM     (No. 9502449)

I have yet to hear anyone spell out just what is to gained if we attack Syria. Just to say to Assad that we won´t tolerate the use of chemical weapons? That´s a laugh. And what are we going to do if or when someone else uses them? And what did we do to Saddam when he used them? So, put away you big mouth, live with you past statements, and quit waving the flag of war.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: congaree53, 9/2/2013 2:00:29 PM     (No. 9502452)

Of course it is a quagmire. But it is rich watching the neocons crawl all over themselves, as if their advice about Iraq in 2003 was somehow ´wisdom!´ I´m thinking about Bill Kristol, Bolton, Cheney. When I think of the foreign policy ´mastery´ which comes out of The Weekly Standard, which was an instrumental mouthpiece for the Bush administration, I see blunder piled upon blunder. They have never met a war that they didn´t like… Same goes for Charles Krauthammer and McCain.. Romney surrounded himself with neocons which is why the Americans said ´no thanks´ and kept zippy. Zippy would be wise to remember that.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: Italiano, 9/2/2013 2:06:21 PM     (No. 9502461)

Why do you need Republicans all of a sudden, Twiggy? After all, you "won," didn´t you?

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Reply 34 - Posted by: xcenturion, 9/2/2013 4:31:29 PM     (No. 9502604)

Here´s an Idea. All those that support this fool that we have for a president should volunteer to be the first waive into Syria. At least they´d be earning their welfare checks!

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Reply 35 - Posted by: owl, 9/2/2013 5:47:14 PM     (No. 9502646)

" Emerging from a private briefing with President Obama at the White House on Monday, Sen. John McCain warned it would be “catastrophic” if Congress rejected a resolution authorizing Mr. Obama to take military action against Syria over its suspected use of chemical weapons.". This loon should have been kept locked up ; he has done more damage to our fellow countrymen than the NVA could ever have dreamed of ( they didn´t ). What on God´s green Earth inspired Arizonan´s to re-elect him ?.

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Reply 36 - Posted by: badrad, 9/2/2013 10:55:55 PM     (No. 9502923)

obumbler and co and leftie media have spent years dividing the country and demeaning her and bringing her to her knees to bow before the world. The expects the GOP-the conservative flag wavers to follow his lead.

Let him write an executive order and hand it to the UN.

Since he has shown the killings caused by Libya and Egypt, destabilized Libya and Mali was taken over/the northern half and only saved by grace of the French who have a presence in Africa as does the Chicoms.

We therefore are asked to trust him and his when we know the rebels are infiltrated by al Qaeda or Hezbollah or Hamas or are those Assads murdering zealots.

IOW this is more complicated than Vietnam--their may be no good guys. The babies are of Arab blood like Assad. Out of the reach of the Taliban women torturers and child rapers.

This is sad for the world--take it to the UN and lay it on them squarely or disband them. Barry so loves them--send him and his teleprompter.

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Reply 37 - Posted by: Tulsa, 9/2/2013 11:20:19 PM     (No. 9502944)

Whose former desk is in use in the Oval Office of the White House? And why does this man have the bottom of his shoe on the top of that desk?

The picture was at Drudge for two days.

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Obama Generation Losing
Interest in Obama

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Wall Street Journal, by James Freeman    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/14/2014 4:23:09 PM     Post Reply
President Obama inspired a generation of young people to support his historic election in 2008. And in 2012, despite the struggles of his first term, Mr. Obama still managed to win the support of a full 60% of voters age 18-29. But the man who once dreamed of being a transformative leader in the Reagan mold is inspiring few of those young people to follow his lead. "For all the talk about the movement that elected Mr. Obama, the more notable movement of Obama supporters has been away from politics. It appears that few of the young people who voted

Chelsea Clinton no longer
ruling out politics

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The Hill (Washington DC), by Judy Katz    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/14/2014 11:57:36 AM     Post Reply
Chelsea Clinton says when people ask her these days whether she wants to go into politics, her answer isn’t an automatic “no.” The 34-year-old former first daughter told Fast Company in an interview published Monday, “for so long the answer was just a visceral no. Not because I had made any conscientious, deliberate decision, but since people had been asking for as long as literally I could remember, it was no." Now, the only child of former President Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton explains, "I live in a city and a state and a country where I

Glaring limits of the Civil Rights
Act: We need to redistribute wealth

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Salon Magazine, by Matt Bruenig    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/14/2014 7:20:41 PM     Post Reply
Although the Civil Rights Act, the landmark legislation which just reached its 50th anniversary, made great strides in desegregating the economy, economic discrimination is still widespread, and anti-discrimination legislation alone can never rectify the economic damage inflicted upon blacks by slavery and our Jim Crow apartheid regime. The Civil Rights Act was a mild reform, all things considered, but one conservatives fought with vigor and one many conservatives are still bitter about to this day. When the Civil Rights Act passed in 1964, the primary purpose was to root out discrimination in public accommodations (like hotels and movie theaters)

Atlanta Braves flooded with Hank
Aaron hate mail: He’s a ‘s*****g’

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Washington Times (D.C.), by Cheryl K. Chumley    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/15/2014 3:23:19 PM     Post Reply
Hank Aaron’s recent comments about the need for America to realize that racism is still very much alive and thriving — only now due to those who wear “neckties and starched shirts” rather than KKK hoods — has sparked an angry backlash and many fans are turning the tables, calling the baseball legend himself a racist. “Hank Aaron is a s*****g piece of [expletive] [racial slur],” one man said in an email to the Atlanta Braves’ front office, one of the teams Mr. Aaron used to play for, CBS News reported. “My old man instilled in my mind from a

If a nuclear bomb exploded in downtown
Washington, what should you do?

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The Week, by Marc Ambinder    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 4/15/2014 4:51:46 AM     Post Reply
Funny question in the headline, yes? But since President Obama worries more about the threat of terrorists´ improvised nuclear device going off in a major American city than anything Russia can throw at us, I was wondering if the government had deigned to share with us citizens any tips for, you know, surviving something their own intelligence points to as the likeliest unlikely Black Swan event. Well, no. And yes. No — very few people in Washington, D.C., who work for the government have any idea what they would do if a 10-kiloton nuclear device exploded at the intersection of 16th and K

Megyn Kelly and the
Sandberg Head Shaker

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American Thinker, by Richard F. Miniter    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 4/15/2014 9:16:05 AM     Post Reply
Megyn Kelly’s "Kelly File" is a great news show. She’s incisive, informed and customarily handles the toughest guest with aplomb. But her lengthy interview of Facebook C.O.O. Sheryl Sandberg about her second book in the Lean In series Lean In: For Graduates was a head shaker. Amazing that she of all people allowed Sandberg to restring the same old, same old, shamed, and shopworn feminist myths about women and girls and then jangle it in front of her viewing audience like something new out of the box. Indeed Kelly all but genuflected in front of this woman. Kept her on thru

Obama taps gay bishop to wrap Easter
Prayer Breakfast with invocation

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Washington Times, by Cheryl K. Chumley    Original Article
Posted By: jackson- 4/15/2014 9:25:28 AM     Post Reply
When President Obama needed a preacher to fulfill the closing prayer duties at the annual White House Easter Prayer Breakfast, he turned to none other than the Episcopal Church’s first openly gay bishop — who said he was as shocked as anyone at the appointment. The Right Rev. Gene Robinson said in a tweet, accompanied by a photo of Mr. Obama behind a podium at the event: “POTUS ‘preaches’ at the Easter prayer breakfast. Then, out of the blue, asks ME to close with prayer. OMG!” Newsmax said he also emphasized that the words he chose to close the breakfast

Obama Selects First Openly Gay
Episcopal Bishop to Lead Easter Prayer

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Mediaite, by Andrew Kirell    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/14/2014 12:46:05 PM     Post Reply
President Obama pulled a surprise move Monday at the White House’s Easter Prayer Breakfast when he selected Gene Robinson to lead the closing prayer. Robinson is famously known as the first openly gay Episcopal bishop. Talking Points Memo’s Tom Kludt spotted the following tweet from Robinson, who was in attendance: (Tweet) Robinson, 66, became diocesan bishop of New Hampshire in March 2004. He retired in January 2013 and is currently a senior fellow at the progressive

Developing: Russian fighter jet buzzes
U.S. Navy destroyer in Black Sea

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Associated Press, by Lolita C. Baldor    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/14/2014 12:49:12 PM     Post Reply
A Russian fighter jet made multiple, close-range passes near an American warship in the Black Sea for more than 90 minutes Saturday amid escalating tensions in the region, a U.S. military official said Monday. In the first public account of the incident, the official said the Russian Fencer flew within 1,000 yards of the USS Donald Cook, a Navy destroyer, at about 500 feet above sea level. Ship commanders considered the actions provocative and inconsistent with international agreements, prompting the ship to issue several radio queries and warnings. The fighter appeared to be unarmed and never was in danger of

You´re in denial if
you think Steve Israel is
wrong about GOP racism

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Daily Beast, by Michael Tomasky    Original Article
Posted By: Fiesta del sol- 4/14/2014 6:09:58 AM     Post Reply
Some time back, whenever a big racial controversy erupted, I trained myself into the habit of reading about it at FoxNews.com, just for the unbelievable comment threads. Let’s put it this way: If my friends and I went out to a bar and started playing a “let’s write the racist FoxNews.com comment thread” drinking game, our efforts couldn’t begin to approach what I read there.I wasn’t alone. Liberal websites started feasting on these threads. And so, a couple of years ago, Ailes & Co. got wise. Stories about race were, at least in my disheartened experience, closed to comments.


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