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The new jihadists make al-Qaeda
look like tired old has-beens

Telegraph [UK], by Con Coughlin

Original Article

Posted By:Attercliffe, 2/14/2014 6:03:27 AM

There is something rather laughable about the fugitive leader of al-Qaeda railing--as he has been recently--against the violent tactics employed by a new generation of Islamist militants. [Snip] But what really seems to be bugging Ayman al-Zawahiri, al-Qaeda’s ideological linchpin, is not so much the violent methods being employed by militants fighting in Syria and Iraq, but the fact that they are no longer prepared to take orders from him. He is the godfather of Islamist terrorism--but an increasingly isolated one. This is certainly the view of American intelligence officials, who closely monitor every aspect of Islamist activity around the

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Coughlin was allowed to interview a US counterterrorism official? I wonder if he was invited or if he requested the interview. Either way, it´s interesting.

      


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The new jihadists make al-Qaeda
look like tired old has-beens
Telegraph [UK], by Con Coughlin    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/14/2014 6:03:27 AM     Post Reply
There is something rather laughable about the fugitive leader of al-Qaeda railing--as he has been recently--against the violent tactics employed by a new generation of Islamist militants. [Snip] But what really seems to be bugging Ayman al-Zawahiri, al-Qaeda’s ideological linchpin, is not so much the violent methods being employed by militants fighting in Syria and Iraq, but the fact that they are no longer prepared to take orders from him. He is the godfather of Islamist terrorism--but an increasingly isolated one. This is certainly the view of American intelligence officials, who closely monitor every aspect of Islamist activity around the

   

 

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Colorado´s Obamacare insurance exchange
rocked by news an exec will stand trial for
EMBEZZLING from previous employer
Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/13/2014 7:48:04 PM     Post Reply
Connect for Health Colorado, the state´s Obamacare insurance exchange, is reeling after news surfaced that Christa Ann McClure, a top agency executive, will stand trial in Montana for embezzling from her previous nonprofit employer. McClure, 51, was hired as Director of Partner Engagement at Connect for Health Colorado in March 2013 after a thorough vetting. She hadn´t yet been indicted in the case, which stemmed from her tenure at the helm of Housing Montana of Billings, a federal contractor. [Snip] Charges were brought on January 16, and she pleaded not guilty in federal court on February 6, answering eight charges

Feeling left out, Mr President?
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Daily Express [UK], by Anil Dawar    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/13/2014 5:59:33 PM     Post Reply
What´s good for the goose is evidently good for the gander as Michelle Obama chats away with the womanising French president – right under her husband’s disapproving gaze. The US First Lady giggled as Francois Hollande turned his back on the leader of the free world to charm his wife at a state dinner in Washington. And while 52-year-old Barack Obama’s expression suggests he may be reconsidering his “special relationship” with France, he really is in no position to complain. Only a couple of months ago he was photographed lavishing attention on Danish premier Helle Thorning-Schmidt. The two even posed for

Revealed: Obama had talks with HHS
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Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/13/2014 5:25:49 PM     Post Reply
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius was in direct contact with President Barack Obama at least 18 times between October 2012 and October 2013, including seven occasions where her draft calendar showed Obamacare as the topic of conversation. The news appears to contradict her insistence that Obama was in the dark about problems plaguing the ill-fated healthcare.gov website in the months leading up to its October 1, 2013 launch. The Hill newspaper reported Thursday that documents released through a Freedom of Information Act request show meetings, events and phone calls where the two were together. They also show at

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Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/13/2014 5:22:19 PM     Post Reply
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Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/12/2014 9:19:39 PM     Post Reply
The South is descending into chaos again as the second major winter storm in three weeks walloped the region with snow, sleet and freezing rain--killing nine people, knocking out power to nearly half a million homes and canceling 3,500 flights. On major roads and highways Wednesday evening, it seemed like a bad bout of déjà vu as hundreds of stranded drivers were forced to abandon their cars and walk to shelter after they were caught in the brunt of the storm. This time the disaster scenes played out in North Carolina. Residents of Atlanta, which was battered just two weeks

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Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/12/2014 8:52:41 PM     Post Reply
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Farewell, Knights of Delingpole –
and thank you, trolls
Telegraph [UK], by James Delingpole    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/12/2014 8:43:01 PM     Post Reply
A few years ago a friend who wishes to remain nameless suggested that it was about time I started writing a blog. "Why would I want to do that?" I said. "Because it´s the future and you´d be good at it," he said. So I gave it a go and I´ve been here ever since. But not for any longer I´m afraid. Today is the sad day when I must bid you all farewell. [Snip] What am I going to miss most? Well, you lot, obviously. Especially the ones who call yourselves the Knights of Delingpole. But even also, up to a point,

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President Barack Obama tossed aside a long-standing ´special relationship´ between the U.S. and Great Britain on Tuesday, telling reporters that choosing a ´best ally´ between France and the UK would be like choosing his favorite daughter. ´I have two daughters,´ the president said, referring to Sasha and Malia. ´And they are both gorgeous and wonderful, and I would never choose between them.´ ´And that´s how I feel about my outstanding European partners. All of them are wonderful in their own ways.´ Obama was speaking during a joint press conference with French President Francois Hollande, on the occasion of the first

   

 

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´Rand Paul v. Barack Obama´ lawsuit hits
federal court with 350,000 plaintiffs, as
U.S. senator sues White House and
intelligence chiefs over NSA surveillance
Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/12/2014 6:00:10 AM     Post Reply
Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is making good on his promise to sue the Obama administration over what he calls ´precisely the kind of overreach we fought a revolution over.´ His targets are the National Security Agency, the FBI and other federal government offices that snoop on private communications at home and abroad. [Snip] The legal action, officially titled ´Rand Paul v. Barack Obama,´ will hit the court running with at least 350,000 plaintiffs, according to a source close to the process. Paul is aiming for 10 million, judging from a message on two websites run by his political staff.



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