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Going cuckoo in Cuba
New York Daily News, by Editorial

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Posted By:Drive, 8/5/2014 7:59:08 AM

Ay, caramba. Turns out, the U.S. government’s tragicomic attempts to spark revolution in Cuba were even worse than first reported. Back in April, an Associated Press exposé revealed that fools at the U.S. Agency for International Development bumbled their way into starting a half-baked Twitter-style messaging service, the goal of which was to stir up dissent and ultimately overthrow the Castro regime. The objective was laudable. The execution was laughable, in part because USAID was at the helm of what was, essentially, a job fit for the CIA. Now comes word that the same global relief agency engaged in a second knuckleheaded bit

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Edgelady, 8/5/2014 12:03:19 PM     (No. 9954074)

What I´d like to know was whose cockamanie idea was this??

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Washington Post, by Abby Ohlheiser    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 9/26/2014 1:24:50 PM     Post Reply
A North Korean state media report has acknowledged that Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un is suffering from "discomfort," according to Reuters. Kim has not been seen in public for the past several weeks. Reuters said that an hour-long documentary broadcast on Thursday in North Korea showed footage of Kim, 31, walking with difficulty. The documentary´s voice-over, according to Reuters, said: "The wealth and prosperity of our socialism is thanks to the painstaking efforts of our marshal, who keeps lighting the path for the people, like the flicker of a flame, despite suffering discomfort." In July, North Korean state television showed a video of

Remains of 2 more boys identified
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CNN, by Ralph Ellis    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 9/26/2014 10:07:25 AM     Post Reply
A research team has identified two more sets of remains from unmarked graves at a former reformatory in Marianna, Florida, reported the University of South Florida. Thomas Varnadoe and Earl Wilson were the second and third students at the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys identified through a DNA match, USF said in a press release issued Thursday. Wilson was the first African-American student identified For years, stories circulated that boys were beaten, tortured and murdered at the school about 65 miles west of Tallahassee, Florida, but nobody was ever prosecuted. The school opened in 1900 and closed in 2011 for budgetary

Liberal base sours on Obama
The Hill, by Justin Sink    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 9/26/2014 9:22:23 AM     Post Reply
President Obama´s poll numbers are plummeting in deep-blue states such as New York and California, with core liberal supporters who have stuck with him through thick and thin beginning to sour on his leadership. Obama’s decisions to punt on immigration reform, defend government surveillance and attack fighters in the Middle East have all alienated parts of the coalition that elected him twice to the White House. The growing dissatisfaction on the left could limit Obama´s ability to help Democrats in the midterm elections, and could threaten his political legacy if — as happened with George W. Bush — his party begins to

Bill Clinton’s claim that 100,000 cops
sent the crime rate ‘way down’
Washington Post, by Glenn Kessler    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 9/26/2014 8:57:34 AM     Post Reply
During Clinton’s presidency, his 1994 proposal to have the federal government pay for 100,000 additional police officers was one of his signature talking points—and certainly helped neutralize GOP attacks about Democrats being weak on crime. Meanwhile, there’s no doubt that the crime rate went down dramatically during his presidency. But does one thing have much to do with the other? The Facts We will leave aside the debate about whether there were actually 100,000 additional police officers hired under the nearly $10 billion in grants provided by the Community Oriented Police Services program between 1994 and 2000. That question has never quite been

Russia to join coalition
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Hot Air, by Ed Morrissey    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 9/26/2014 8:18:16 AM     Post Reply
So they say… kind of. According to state-run TASS, Sergei Lavrov met with new Iraqi PM Haider al-Abadi during the UN General Assembly currently taking place in New York, and pledged to support them against ISIS: Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov confirmed Russia is ready to support Iraq in its efforts to fight the terrorist threat, first of all the one from the Islamic State (IS). Lavrov had a meeting with Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Friday. … “During the meeting, Lavrov confirmed Russia’s support for Iraq’s independence, territory integrity and sovereignty,” the ministry said. “Moscow

   

 

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Khorasan: Behind the Mysterious Name
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Time, by Michael Crowley    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 9/26/2014 7:50:22 AM     Post Reply
It was six days after the Sept. 11 attacks, and with dark smoke still rising from lower Manhattan, Ali Soufan was face-to-face with the most senior al-Qaeda leader in American custody. MORE This Time, U.S. Goes to War Against Oil, Not For It FBI Says It Knows Identity of ISIS Executioner U.K. PM Pushes Strikes Targeting ´Psychopathic´ ISIS NBC News Ferguson Top Cop´s Olive Branch Backfires, Triggers Violence NBC News This Is What Ocean Floor Looks Like in Missing Jet Zone NBC News Soufan, an FBI counterterrorism agent, was inside a Yemen prison, interrogating a captured al-Qaeda operative named Abu Jandal, a former bodyguard and confidante to

We Won’t Have Eric Holder
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Powerline, by John Hinderaker    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 9/25/2014 2:29:15 PM     Post Reply
Attorney General Eric Holder announced his resignation this morning. He will stay on until a successor is nominated and confirmed. Holder has been a poor Attorney General. He will be remembered for Fast and Furious, consistently stonewalling Congress, and “civil rights” activism–which, however, had little to do with civil rights. Holder promoted gay marriage, refused to defend the Defense of Marriage Act, and did his best to enable voter fraud. He was a loyal Democratic Party foot soldier–conservatives aptly called him the Obama administration’s scandal goalie–but it is hard to think of any positive accomplishment during his nearly six years in

Obama’s condemnation of Ferguson,
Missouri, during UN talk
was a mistake
Fox News, by Richard Grenell    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 9/25/2014 2:24:53 PM     Post Reply
President Obama spoke Wednesday to the United Nations General Assembly in his annual foreign policy address to the world body. Speaking after the Brazilian president but before Uganda’s leader, Obama spoke for 31 minutes on Russia, Asia, Ebola, Iran and climate change. Eighteen minutes into his speech, Obama mentioned ISIS. Then, he went on to talk about “violent extremism” (he never mentioned “Islamic extremism”). But after talking about terrorism and “taking action against immediate threats,” Obama transitioned to calling out America’s “failure” and “our own racial and ethnic tensions” in “the small American city of Ferguson, Missouri.” While humility and

Cheney rips Obama for ´Ferguson´
Politico, by Kendall Breitman    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 9/25/2014 2:20:03 PM     Post Reply
Dick Cheney says it’s “outrageous” that President Barack Obama mentioned the summer’s unrest in Ferguson, Mo., while speaking about ISIL during a speech at the United Nations. “I was stunned,” the former vice president said on Wednesday during an interview on Fox News’ “Hannity.” As Obama attempted to muster support from U.N. member nations to combat extremism earlier Wednesday, he referred to the police killing of unarmed teenager Michael Brown as a way to recognize critics who point out that the U.S. has “plenty of problems within its own borders.” “In a summer marked by instability in the Middle East

Holder v. Roberts
The New Yorker, by Jeffrey Toobin    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 9/25/2014 11:54:19 AM     Post Reply
Eric Holder’s office is a civil-rights shrine. At the Department of Justice building, in Washington, he conducts meetings in a vast conference room, where he sits beneath a portrait of Robert F. Kennedy, one of his predecessors as Attorney General, who used the sprawling space as his office. According to Justice Department lore, Kennedy placed his desk in this room because J. Edgar Hoover presided in a similarly sized chamber on the other side of the fifth floor. Holder put his desk in a modest room in the corner of the building, where the place of honor belongs to a

   

 



 
5 Big Challenges for Sylvia
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Fiscal Times, by Brianna Ehley    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 9/25/2014 11:32:55 AM     Post Reply
Sylvia Burwell, the new head of the Department of Health and Human Services, has managed to navigate her first 100 days in office without eliciting much attention from the media – or lawmakers. While that’s a victory of sorts for the top official of such a complex federal agency, Burwell still faces plenty of challenges. As Obamacare’s second open enrollment period approaches, millions of people have gained insurance through the health exchanges as well as through Medicaid expansion. Burwell needs to ensure this enrollment period goes far more smoothly than last year’s did when technical glitches and cancelled insurance policies were

Our Intelligence Director Dismissed ISIS:
Why Does He Still Have a Job?
Fiscal Times, by Andrew L. Peek    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 9/24/2014 2:58:31 PM     Post Reply
It is baffling how James Clapper still has a job. In an interview with The Washington Post’s David Ignatius on Wednesday, the Director of National Intelligence admitted that he had completely underestimated ISIS. He didn´t anticipate how fast the Iraqi Army would fall apart, nor the “will to fight” among Islamic State troops. “I didn’t,” he somewhat lamely added, “see that.” By now, most Americans realize ISIS caught the intelligence community by surprise. Clapper and his spies also thought that the Russians wouldn’t openly invade Ukraine, which maybe they actually got right, depending on how “openly” we would say the



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