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After the Crash
The New Yorker, by David Remnick

Original Article

Posted By:StormCnter, 7/18/2014 2:08:00 PM

Geography, motive, communications intercepts, and all manner of circumstantial evidence suggest that the likeliest suspect in the horrific deaths of two hundred and ninety-eight people aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was the curiously well-armed and well-coördinated military outfit loyal to Moscow in eastern Ukraine. Various government and intelligence officials in Kiev say that they have evidence, including a series of damning tapped conversations among pro-Russian forces, that the separatists shot down the plane, which crashed near Grabovo, a coal-mining town in the Donetsk region. Ukraine’s President, Petro Poroshenko, said, “We are calling this not an incident, not a catastrophe, but a

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After the Crash
The New Yorker, by David Remnick    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/18/2014 2:08:00 PM     Post Reply
Geography, motive, communications intercepts, and all manner of circumstantial evidence suggest that the likeliest suspect in the horrific deaths of two hundred and ninety-eight people aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was the curiously well-armed and well-coördinated military outfit loyal to Moscow in eastern Ukraine. Various government and intelligence officials in Kiev say that they have evidence, including a series of damning tapped conversations among pro-Russian forces, that the separatists shot down the plane, which crashed near Grabovo, a coal-mining town in the Donetsk region. Ukraine’s President, Petro Poroshenko, said, “We are calling this not an incident, not a catastrophe, but a

   

 

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Huckabee, Paul, Ryan, Perry
Best Known and Liked in GOP
Gallup Politics, by Frank Newport    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/18/2014 2:06:34 PM     Post Reply
PRINCETON, NJ -- Four potential GOP candidates for president in 2016 stand above seven others as the best known and best liked among Republicans at this early juncture in the nominating process. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, and Texas Gov. Rick Perry are all familiar to more than 60% of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents and have net favorable ratings of +40 or better. Huckabee has slightly higher familiarity and net favorability than the other 10 potential Republican candidates tested. These findings are based on Gallup interviewing conducted

25 best Texas movies of all time
Star-Telegram [Ft. Worth, TX], by Cary Darling, Robert Philpot*    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/18/2014 10:34:53 AM     Post Reply
We round up our 25 favorite films set in Texas. If you’ve seen them, maybe it’s time to see them again. If you haven’t seen them, what are you waiting for?(Snip)The films in our list walk the cinematic waterfront, from Westerns to dramas and comedies. Now, all of them weren’t necessarily filmed here but as long as their stories take place (mostly) within our borders, we counted them as one of our own. Still, it has been a great time for Texas-set films in the last 12 months, with Boyhood joining a long line that also includes films such as

Why Israel Launched a
Ground War in Gaza
Politico Magazine, by Aaron David Miller    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/18/2014 5:12:51 AM     Post Reply
After days of ominous buildup, it’s finally happening: Israel has launched a ground incursion into Gaza. But why, you say? War, what’s it good for? Israel’s Iron Dome has kept the home front safe; Hamas’ rejection of the Egyptian cease-fire offer has given Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu the political high ground; and there’s a big risk of losing it if Israel charges into Gaza and ends up killing many more Palestinian civilians. Which it inevitably will. And what’s more, why do the Israelis believe that a ground war will lead to a better outcome than the last one in 2008/9?

Is Obama in big trouble when liberal
and conservative constitutional law
experts agree he´s out of bounds?
Washington Examiner [DC], by Mark Tapscott    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/18/2014 5:10:19 AM     Post Reply
Political pundits are divided about the merits of House Speaker John Boehner´s lawsuit against President Obama´s employer mandate. But should the chief executive be worried that two constitutional law experts — one a conservative, the other a liberal who voted for Obama — not only think the suit has merit but will likely succeed? The two backing Boehner and two constitutional law experts who oppose the suit testified Wednesday before the House Rules Committee. The uber presidency George Washington University Law Prof. Jonathan Turley voted for Obama but in recent months has become perhaps the most visible critic of what he views as a

The Obama Albatross
National Review Online, by John Fund    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/18/2014 5:06:45 AM     Post Reply
With less than four months to go until Election Day, Democrats increasingly have no confidence in the Obama White House’s political instincts. As a result, more and more Democratic candidates are avoiding the president when he comes to their neighborhood. Senator Mark Udall famously avoided showing up with Obama at a fundraiser in the senator’s honor in Colorado last week. John Foust, the Democratic congressional candidate in a suburban Virginia district just outside Washington, D.C., snubbed the president this week by failing to show up for a presidential event in his area. Representative Henry Cuellar of Texas was flabbergasted by Obama’s

   

 

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Get Ready for the New
England Power Shortage
American Spectator, by William Tucker    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/18/2014 4:47:00 AM     Post Reply
In 1980, under the first administration of Governor Jerry Brown, California decided it wasn’t going to build any more power plants but would follow Amory Lovins’ “soft path,” opting instead for conservation and renewable energy. By 2000, with the new digital economy sucking up electricity, a drought in the Pacific Northwest cut hydropower output and the state found itself facing the Great California Electrical Shortage. You know what happened next. For weeks the Golden State struggled to find enough electricity to power its traffic lights. Brownouts and blackouts cascaded across the state while businesses fired up smoke-belching diesel generators to keep

Mogul shells out $500K for
lunch with Bill and Hillary
New York Post, by Ian Mohr    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/18/2014 4:43:57 AM     Post Reply
A mogul spent six figures to win lunch for two with Bill and Hillary Clinton at a charity auction benefiting the Clinton Foundation — but when the winner asked to bring his two kids along, he was told he’d have to double his bid to $1 million. Spies said Charitybuzz CEO Coppy Holzman was talking about the recent Clinton auction hosted by his Web site at a swanky Hamptons Magazine party for ArtHamptons last Friday. One witness said Holzman regaled guests with a tale that “lunch for two with Bill and Hillary went for $500,000 to benefit the Clinton Foundation.”

The VA Debacle
Weekly Standard, by Mark Hemingway    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/18/2014 4:39:19 AM     Post Reply
The twilight of the scandal-plagued Obama administration is upon us, and voters are faced with a real conundrum. Which of the failures of progressive governance should be confronted first? The Mideast is an even more blood-drenched goat rodeo than pessimists predicted. There are 50,000 illegal immigrant children warehoused at the border. The IRS is starting to bear a resemblance to the Stasi. Then there’s the roiling Obamacare disaster, and the related politically driven crusade against religious liberty. The Bergdahl swap. Benghazi. Fast and Furious. One could go on. But amidst this smorgasbord of fiascos, addressing the body count at the

Democrats´ Plan to
Create the Next Todd Akin
National Journal, by Stephanie Novack    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/18/2014 4:36:21 AM     Post Reply
Democrats are not just hoping for another Todd Akin, they´re trying to create one—and they think the Supreme Court´s Hobby Lobby decision just helped them do it. Senate Democrats failed Wednesday in their bid to advance legislation that would negate the Court´s contraception-coverage decision. But while canceling out the Court was the goal, it was never the whole point. Instead, Democrats are trying to keep the national conversation focused on reproductive rights, hoping to goad Republicans into talking about the issue. The more they talk about abortion and contraception, the thinking goes, the more time will be spent on an issue where

Davis Money Haul Less Than Advertised
Texas Tribune, by Jay Root    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/18/2014 4:27:19 AM     Post Reply
A day before fundraising reports were made public in the Texas governor’s race, the campaign of Democrat Wendy Davis boasted that the Fort Worth senator had outraised Republican Greg Abbott over the last few months and hauled in $13.1 million for their fall battle. The actual reports, published online Wednesday morning, told a different story. Instead of $13.1 million in cash on hand as claimed, the reports Davis and her allies filed show there was actually $12.8 million in the bank at the end of June, a difference of about $300,000. Meanwhile, the $11.2 million Davis claims she raised over the latest period

   

 



 
Mommy Police With Real Handcuffs
Bloomberg View, by Megan McArdle    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/18/2014 4:19:13 AM     Post Reply
A week ago, a woman was charged with leaving her child in the car while she went into a store. Her 11-year-old child. This week, a woman was arrested for allowing her 9-year-old daughter to go to the park alone. Which raises just one question: America, what the heck is wrong with you? I’m not interested in defending mothers who are under stress or are low-wage workers without a lot of great child-care options. I mean, fine, but these defenses should be unnecessary because what the heck are we doing arresting parents for things that were perfectly normal 30 years ago? At



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Posted By: Desert Fox- 7/17/2014 5:11:25 PM     Post Reply
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Posted By: StormCnter- 7/18/2014 5:10:19 AM     Post Reply
Political pundits are divided about the merits of House Speaker John Boehner´s lawsuit against President Obama´s employer mandate. But should the chief executive be worried that two constitutional law experts — one a conservative, the other a liberal who voted for Obama — not only think the suit has merit but will likely succeed? The two backing Boehner and two constitutional law experts who oppose the suit testified Wednesday before the House Rules Committee. The uber presidency George Washington University Law Prof. Jonathan Turley voted for Obama but in recent months has become perhaps the most visible critic of what he views as a

   

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