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Sen. Scott traveling SC to
hear veteran concerns

Associated Press, by Meg Kinnard

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Posted By:Attercliffe, 6/6/2014 9:45:06 AM

COLUMBIA, S.C.--U.S. Sen. Tim Scott is traveling around South Carolina and listening to veterans´ concerns about health care services. The Republican is making stops on Friday in North Charleston, Greenville and Lexington. The tour comes as the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs investigates claims of delayed care and unauthorized wait lists. The furor resulted last week in the resignation of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki. Scott called for Shinseki to step down. He told The Associated Press this week that he respected Shinseki´s service but felt a change in leadership was needed to better protect current and future veterans´ care. Scott says he plans

      


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Sen. Scott traveling SC to
hear veteran concerns
Associated Press, by Meg Kinnard    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 6/6/2014 9:45:06 AM     Post Reply
COLUMBIA, S.C.--U.S. Sen. Tim Scott is traveling around South Carolina and listening to veterans´ concerns about health care services. The Republican is making stops on Friday in North Charleston, Greenville and Lexington. The tour comes as the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs investigates claims of delayed care and unauthorized wait lists. The furor resulted last week in the resignation of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki. Scott called for Shinseki to step down. He told The Associated Press this week that he respected Shinseki´s service but felt a change in leadership was needed to better protect current and future veterans´ care. Scott says he plans

   

 

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Fracking - The Experts Strike
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Posted By: Attercliffe- 6/6/2014 8:26:45 AM     Post Reply
A group of over fifty lecturers and professors has written to the Guardian newspaper in support of fracking and shale gas exploitation in the abundant Bowland Shale in North-East England. [Snip] As geoscientists and petroleum engineers from Britain´s leading academic institutions, we call on all politicians and decision-makers at all levels to put aside their political differences and focus on the undeniable economic, environmental and national security benefits on offer to the UK from the responsible development of natural gas from Lancashire´s shale. It’s quite possible that, given their educational background and training, they know slightly more about the subject than

The spy who saved D-Day
Telegraph [UK], by Dominic Selwood    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 6/6/2014 8:18:27 AM     Post Reply
On 6 June 1944, President Franklin D Roosevelt solemnly declared, “You don’t just walk to Berlin”. He was speaking at a White House press conference, where he had just announced that Allied troops had landed in northern France. [Snip] What he could have said was that the largest naval invasion in the history of the world was finally under way. But as he gave the assembled journalists the anodyne update, what he had no way of knowing was quite how successful the operation would be. Within a year, the war with Germany would be over, and Hitler would have a

D-Day: Why America remembers
Telegraph [UK], by Tom Rogan    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 6/6/2014 8:04:23 AM     Post Reply
There are many immortal images of the D-Day landings. Still, the above photo – "Into the Jaws of Death" by Robert Sargent – is my favourite. It shows what US Army soldiers from E Company, 2nd Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment faced as they landed at the Easy-Red sector of Omaha beach. How they must have felt as they jumped into the cold water and gazed upwards to the steep cliffs ahead. How they must have felt as those cliffs, riddled with German machine gun and mortar teams, unleashed a hail of death upon them. A US Army historian captures the scene:

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Associated Press Television Network, by Staff    Original Article
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Daily Mail [UK], by James Nye**    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 6/6/2014 6:46:59 AM     Post Reply
Seventy years after Allied troops stormed the beaches at Normandy, President Barack Obama returned today to this hallowed battleground and said that on D-Day ´this tiny sliver of land changed the course of human history´. ´The tide was turned in that common struggle for freedom. America´s claim - our commitment to liberty, to equality, to freedom, to the inherent dignity of every human being - that claim is written in blood on these beaches, and it will endure for eternity,´ Obama said on a morning that dawned glorious and bright over the sacred site he called ´democracy´s beachhead´. [Snip] He described

   

 

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after so many years of war´
Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 6/6/2014 6:34:28 AM     Post Reply
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton´s memoirs have hit the public airwaves five days before publisher Simon & Schuster intended, creating openings for critics to assail her on everything tom the Bowe Bergdahl controversy to her decisions about Iraq and Syria. CBS News managed to buy a copy of ´Hard Choices´ at a bookstore and aired a report Thursday exposing some of the episodes Clinton addressed in the much-anticipated book. But the question on political junkies´ minds--will she or won´t she enter the White House contest in 2016--is still a mystery. ‘Will I run for president in 2016?´ she writes on page 595.

Senator furious that Obama claims lawmakers
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they were trusted for ´months and months´
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Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 6/5/2014 6:57:05 PM     Post Reply
Obama administration officials told a gathering of all 100 U.S. Senators on Wednesday that they were kept in the dark about Saturday´s prisoner swap because the Taliban warned that they would kill Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl if any information about the plan leaked to the public. But Georgia Sen. Saxby Chambliss, the senior Republican member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, says he and California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, his Democratic counterpart on the committee, were told ´months and months´ in advance when the Obama administration was planning to kill Osama bin Laden. ´It was like they didn´t trust Dianne and me,´ Chambliss said

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Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 6/5/2014 2:01:56 PM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama doubled down Thursday on his handling of the Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl prisoner swap, saying he makes ´no apologies´ for releasing five Taliban terrorists in exchange for the safe return of an accused U.S. Army deserter. ´I make absolutely no apologies for making sure we get back a young man to his parents,´ he said in Brussels during a joint press conference with British Prime Minister David Cameron, ´and that the American people understand that this is somebody’s child and that we don’t condition whether or not we make the effort to try to get them back.´

   

 



 
´America cannot do a damn thing´:
Iran´s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
taunts President Obama claiming he doesn´t
have the guts for a military attack
Daily Mail [UK], by Helen Pow    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 6/5/2014 10:42:34 AM     Post Reply
Iran´s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has taunted President Barack Obama, claiming that the U.S. no longer has the guts for battle. Speaking at an event commemorating the 25th anniversary of the death of his predecessor, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khamenei, the 74-year-old Shiite Muslim cleric proclaimed that ´military attack is not a priority for Americans now.´ He stood on a podium amid banners boasting ´America Cannot Do a Damn Thing´ as he reacted to a speech President Obama gave to West Point last week. ´Since World War II, some of our most costly mistakes came not from our restraint, but from our willingness



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