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Obama Thinks He Has It Rough Now?
PJ Media, by Richard Baehr

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Posted By:Pluperfect, 6/10/2014 4:56:13 AM

For the 12th time in 36 years, the winner of both the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness has failed to win the Belmont Stakes. But another opportunity also disappeared in the homestretch for California Chrome this year. That was the possibility that for the first time ever, a triple crown-winning horse and its jockey, owners, and trainer might have made a White House Rose Garden appearance. After the disastrous photo op the president held with the parents of deserter Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, for whom he had traded (without the required notification to Congress) five of the nastiest Guantanamo prisoners to the

      


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Obama Thinks He Has It Rough Now?
PJ Media, by Richard Baehr    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 6/10/2014 4:56:13 AM     Post Reply
For the 12th time in 36 years, the winner of both the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness has failed to win the Belmont Stakes. But another opportunity also disappeared in the homestretch for California Chrome this year. That was the possibility that for the first time ever, a triple crown-winning horse and its jockey, owners, and trainer might have made a White House Rose Garden appearance. After the disastrous photo op the president held with the parents of deserter Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, for whom he had traded (without the required notification to Congress) five of the nastiest Guantanamo prisoners to the

   

 

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VA reportedly stopped sending teams to
try to improve underperforming hospitals
Wall Street Journal, by Thomas M. Burton    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 6/10/2014 4:37:21 AM     Post Reply
The Department of Veterans Affairs suspended a program that sent teams of doctors and monitors to try to improve its worst-performing facilities for approximately two years, according to a published report. The Wall Street Journal, citing agency doctors and internal records, reported that the visits were "paused" beginning in early 2011. Dr. Carolyn Clancy, the head of the agency´s quality and safety program, said the VA had begun to revive the program about a year ago. The Journal report specifies seven VA hospitals that have consistently received a rating of one star out of a possible five from the VA

President’s carbon math
doesn’t add up
New York Post, by Rich Lowry    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 6/10/2014 4:32:41 AM     Post Reply
For people who trumpet their strict commitment to fact and reason, the Obama administration and its supporters are strangely incapable of rational analysis of new climate-change regulations. President Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency released draft rules last week to create a vast new regulatory apparatus with no input from Congress. The goal is to reduce carbon emissions from existing power plants, in particular coal-fired plants, to 30 percent below 2005 levels by 2030. The rhetoric around the rules has involved self-congratulation about how they’re the inexorable result of taking climate science and the reality of dangerous global warming seriously.

VA Official Concedes
´Integrity Issue´, Apologizes
Associated Press, by Alan Fram    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 6/10/2014 4:28:21 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON -- A top Veterans Affairs Department official is acknowledging "an integrity issue here among some of our leaders" as the embattled agency reels from mounting evidence that workers fabricated data on veterans´ waits for medical appointments in an effort to mask frequent, long delays. "It is irresponsible," Philip Matkovsky, a top VA official who helps oversee its administrative operations, told the House Veterans Affairs Committee at an unusual Monday evening hearing. "It is indefensible, and it is unacceptable. I apologize to our veterans, their families and their loved ones." Matkovsky´s apology, rendered hours after his agency released fresh revelations about slow-moving

Why This Week May Not Be So Bad
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National Review Online, by Jim Geraghty    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 6/9/2014 3:55:09 PM     Post Reply
Looking Ahead to Tuesday’s Primaries Tomorrow is primary day in Maine, Nevada, North Dakota, South Carolina, and Virginia. In South Carolina, incumbent Sen. Lindsey Graham faces his primary challengers — Nancy Mace, Lee Bright, and Richard Cash among them. Graham needs 50 percent to avoid a runoff, and a recent Clemson poll put him at 49 percent. Bright is the leading challenger . . . at 9 percent. Turnout is expected to be low. So it’s likely that Tuesday night, Graham either avoids a primary or enters a runoff with a gargantuan lead over his runoff opponent. The anti-Graham Republicans have pledged to

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and Hillary´s Marriage of Convenience
New Republic, by Noam Scheiber    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 6/9/2014 3:50:27 PM     Post Reply
So far, we know that Hillary Clinton’s new book, Hard Choices, catalogues the following disagreements with her former boss, Barack Obama: She favored arming and training moderate Syrian rebels, keeping Hosni Mubarak in power longer, taking a tougher line with Vladimir Putin, and easing the economic embargo on Cuba. And all this comes before the book is even officially out tomorrow. In the history of presidential politics, it’s taken far less to prompt feuding between torch-passer and presumed recipient. (See, for example, that other politician named Clinton and his heir apparent.) Surely the White House is flipping out over these politically-convenient

   

 

  


 
Hillary Rewrites Her History on Israel
Weekly Standard, by Noah Pollock    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 6/9/2014 7:11:04 AM     Post Reply
In her new book, Hillary Clinton picks out a few foreign policy topics that she thinks are now safe, even helpful, to express disagreement with the course taken by the Obama administration. She wanted to arm and train the Syria rebels, while Obama did not. She thought it unwise to call for Hosni Mubarak to step down immediately, while Obama wanted him gone. She acknowledges that the Obama administration´s demand for a settlement freeze from Israel as a precondition to talks with the Palestinians “didn’t work.” Yet she also seeks to exculpate herself from this failure by claiming that she

Every Month Under President
Obama, One Thing Has Always
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Independent Journal Review, by Kyle Becker    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 6/9/2014 5:24:46 AM     Post Reply
This is the labor force participation rate. If that sounds like a technical term that only economists would care about, that’s a mistake. It’s the percentage of the labor force that is actually working. As Doug Ross points out on his blog, adjust for seasonality and look down the columns for each month, while paying special attention to 2009. Look closely.(Snip for graphic)Did you catch that? Not a single time under President Obama have they ever gone up year-on-year for any given month. What does this mean? It means that as the unemployment rate has steadily dwindled to the still historically high

Political parties fight to
manipulate voting times
Associated Press, by David A. Lieb    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 6/9/2014 4:55:59 AM     Post Reply
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Election Day is approaching, and you´ve made up your mind. There´s no need to wait. In many states, you now can vote early. Yet what´s convenient to you is increasingly an opportunity for political gamesmanship to the candidates on the ballot. In key swing states, Democrats and Republicans are battling this year to gain even the slightest electoral advantages by tinkering with the times, dates and places where people can vote early. Their sights are set not only on this year´s gubernatorial and congressional campaigns, but on an even bigger prize: control of the White House after the

Edward Snowden was in Moscow´s
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Daily Mail [UK], by Darren Boyle    Original Article
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Russian spies ´tricked´ US whistleblower Edward Snowden into asking Moscow for asylum by posing as diplomats after spending six years targeting him, a former major in the KGB has claimed. Boris Karpichkov, who fled Russia after 15 years serving with the KGB said Snowden had been identified as a potential defector as far back as 2007. Snowden, 30, arrived in Moscow after he was revealed as responsible for leaking more than 1.7 million highly classified US documents. Karpichkov told the Sunday People that Russian security agents leaked information concerning Snowden´s arrival in Moscow to provoke the US into action. The US cancelled Snowden´s

The Disaster That Is
U.S. Foreign Policy
Reason Magazine, by Sheldon Richman    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 6/9/2014 4:21:12 AM     Post Reply
We live in angry times. For evidence, turn on any news program. An awful lot of people, led by right-wing politicians and radio and TV entertainers, are angry at President Obama for trading five Taliban officials, who have been held for years without charge in Guantánamo, for an American soldier, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who apparently walked away from his post after having a change of heart about the War in Afghanistan. The Right is apoplectic. To make matters worse for the right wing, Obama had the nerve to embrace the soldier’s parents—on the grounds of the White House no less—who

   

 

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Suspected Las Vegas gunmen
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who targeted police, report says
Fox News*, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 6/9/2014 4:16:55 AM     Post Reply
The pair who fatally shot two Las Vegas police officers and one civilian before taking their own lives Sunday are believed to be a married couple who possessed white supremacist paraphernalia and spoke of targeting police officers. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported late Sunday that officers were searching a small apartment complex about four miles from the Cici´s Pizza restaurant where the officers were killed. The identities of the suspects have not been released, but a law enforcement official close to the investigation told the Review-Journal that the suspects were married, in their 20s, and new to the area. The paper reported



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