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Obama Can Speak to His Base,
but Other Americans Want More

Daily Beast, by Lloyd Green

Original Article

Posted By:Pluperfect, 5/12/2014 8:48:26 AM

The president keeps playing to his base, but most Americans want to hear about growth—and he’s going to pay the price for it. Last week, Barack Obama told a Hollywood fundraiser that Washington’s politics had grown dysfunctional, and that the Republicans were to blame. As he put it, “We have a Washington that’s not working.” Conveniently, Obama ignored his own role in the national standoff. Memo to Obama, presidents aren’t supposed to be spectators. But a more glaring omission was the President’s refusal to acknowledge that America’s ongoing scrum reflects the social fissures and factures that now shape the national

      


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Obama Can Speak to His Base,
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Daily Beast, by Lloyd Green    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 5/12/2014 8:48:26 AM     Post Reply
The president keeps playing to his base, but most Americans want to hear about growth—and he’s going to pay the price for it. Last week, Barack Obama told a Hollywood fundraiser that Washington’s politics had grown dysfunctional, and that the Republicans were to blame. As he put it, “We have a Washington that’s not working.” Conveniently, Obama ignored his own role in the national standoff. Memo to Obama, presidents aren’t supposed to be spectators. But a more glaring omission was the President’s refusal to acknowledge that America’s ongoing scrum reflects the social fissures and factures that now shape the national

   

 

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Did This Arizona Gubernatorial Candidate
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Daily Caller, by Alex Pappas    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 5/12/2014 8:43:50 AM     Post Reply
If you listen to past statements made by Christine Jones, you might come away with the impression that the Republican candidate for governor of Arizona is a former Los Angeles prosecutor. You might also think she is an Air Force veteran. The problem: Neither of those things are 100 percent true. Jones, a political newcomer and former general counsel of web hosting company GoDaddy.com, is facing political attacks over statements about her work experience that don’t appear to line up completely with her past. Her campaign contests that she ever misled about her background. But spokeswoman Anna Haberlein acknowledged to

What if race is more
than a social construct?
Globe and Mail [Canada], by Margaret Wente    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 5/12/2014 4:24:25 AM     Post Reply
Nicholas Wade, a leading science writer whose specialty is human evolution, likes to ask interesting questions. Here are some examples: Why has the West been the most exploratory and innovative civilization in the world for the past 500 years? Why are Jews of European descent so massively overrepresented among the top achievers in the arts and sciences? Why is the Chinese diaspora successful all around the world? Why is it so difficult to modernize tribal societies? Why has economic development been so slow in Africa? Contemporary thinkers have offered lots of provocative answers for such questions. It’s all about geography.

Holocaust scammer now owes
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New York Post, by David K. Li    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 5/12/2014 4:18:33 AM     Post Reply
A shameless Holocaust fraudster must fork over the $22.5 million she made from penning a book on her completely fabricated tales of World War II survival, a court ruled. Massachusetts resident Misha Defonseca, 76, had previously admitted to completely inventing her 1997 best seller “Misha: A Mémoire of the Holocaust Years.” But before the scam was exposed, she and ghostwriter Vera Lee won a $32.4 million judgement against publisher Mt. Ivy Press and company founder Jane Daniel in 1998 for breach of contract for hiding profits from the author. That civil suit, however, triggered Daniel, journalists and forensic genealogists to check out Misha’s

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Posted By: Pluperfect- 5/12/2014 4:14:24 AM     Post Reply
Last month, a convoy of Islamist militants drove into a school in northeastern Nigeria, abducted nearly 300 girls and fled into the night. At least 276 girls remain missing since the Boko Haram terror group seized them on April 14. And as concern for their health and safety grows, so is the global movement of solidarity. Here are the latest developments to get you up to speed. Their exact location is unknown. Though some of the girls escaped shortly after the abduction, none of the others have been found. One of the escapees told CNN how she made a dash for freedom after militants

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Associated Press, by Eric Tucker    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 5/12/2014 4:07:11 AM     Post Reply
ARLINGTON, Va. -- The Ethiopian jail guard suspected of torturing and maiming political prisoners during that country´s "Red Terror" era came to the United States in 2004 under a false identity, seeking asylum and claiming he would be persecuted if he returned home. He lived comfortably in Denver until one day in 2011 when another Ethiopian who recognized him outside a cafe confronted him with the words, "I think I know you." And that´s how Kefelegne Alemu Worku, convicted last year of identity theft and immigration fraud, came to the attention of federal law enforcement authorities. The government would like to see that

   

 

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What once seemed impossible has come to pass: Kentucky Republicans are even more fractious than the state´s famously infighting Democrats. A state GOP that 30 years ago was almost irrelevant has grown big and powerful enough to spawn internal rivalries — and owes its rise in no small part to Sen. Mitch McConnell´s leadership. McConnell´s tactical prowess earned him his party´s top spot in the U.S. Senate. A Republican takeover in November could make him the majority leader. No Kentuckian has risen that high in Congress since the FDR era when Democrat Alben Barkley led the upper chamber. McConnell´s is not a record

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Posted By: Pluperfect- 5/11/2014 5:30:49 AM     Post Reply
We embrace heroes in America. Senior Airman Brian Kolfage defines hero: the triple-amputee veteran of the Iraqi War overcame insurmountable odds to survive his horrific injuries. Kolfage recently sent a powerful – and damning – letter to his commander-in-chief: I nearly died in a war that you and most of your colleagues supported overwhelmingly, including the two presidents who came before you. Many citizens may not agree with waging war in Iraq to free the oppressed Iraqi citizens, but it’s something that warriors like myself have zero control over. I joined to serve my country and to better my life. I’ve

Things Harry Reid Has Blamed
on the Koch Brothers
Wall Street Journal, by Michael R. Crittenden    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 5/11/2014 5:27:31 AM     Post Reply
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) hasn’t hidden the fact he has a bone to pick with industrial magnates Charles and David Koch. In an attempt to make them the centerpiece of Democrats’ efforts to retain the Senate in November’s midterms, Mr. Reid has regularly used the two billionaires as his go-to bogeymen, referring to Republicans’ “addiction to Koch” (yes, the surname is pronounced Coke) and regularly attacking political advertising that the Kochs have funded. But he’s also blamed them for broader issues and problems. The Kochs have responded that Mr. Reid attacks the brothers because he can’t defend Democrats’

Insurance CEO: Shut down
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Associated Press, by Cathy Bussewitz    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 5/11/2014 4:57:36 AM     Post Reply
HONOLULU -- The chief executive of Hawaii´s largest health insurance company is calling on Hawaii to shut down its beleaguered health insurance exchange, which was set up as part of President Barack Obama´s signature health care law. Michael Gold, president and CEO of Hawaii Medical Services Association, says the state shouldn´t keep spending money on the Hawaii Health Connector, a system that he says is financially unsustainable and does not work. "I think there´s an alternative that Hawaii needs to pursue immediately," Gold said in an interview with The Associated Press. Hawaii should ask the federal government for an exception to the part

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IF YOU hate the commercialism of Mother’s Day, you’re not alone — in fact, you have the ideal person in your corner. Anna Jarvis, the founder of Mother’s Day, hated it too. The American woman who single-handedly worked to make Mother’s Day a national holiday was reportedly so disgusted to hear that a department store was having a Mother’s Day sale that she threw her lunch on the floor. Following this, she dedicated her life to disbanding the day she spent six years campaigning Congress for. You see, Jarvis’ original intention was that Mother’s Day would be a day to honour the sacrifices

   

 

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Boko Haram’s Bin Laden Connection
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Posted By: Pluperfect- 5/11/2014 4:39:06 AM     Post Reply
Some intelligence analysts believe that Osama bin Laden provided everything from seed money to strategic direction to the now-infamous Nigerian terror group. In 2002, Osama bin Laden dispatched an aide to Nigeria to hand out $3 million in local currency to a wide array of Salafist political organizations there that shared al Qaeda’s goal of imposing Islamic rule. According to an overlooked report from a well-respected international watchdog, one of those organizations was Boko Haram, the terrorist outfit that’s become globally infamous for its threat to sell girls into slavery. In other words, bin Laden helped provide Boko Haram’s seed money, this



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