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  • Rob Ford has tumour in abdomen; Doctors say more tests needed for prognosis

    09/10/2014 6:34:13 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 35 replies
    CP24 ^ | 9/10/14 | Sandie Benitah
    Mayor Ford has a tumour in his abdomen, doctors say, but it will be a few days before we know the true scope of his diagnosis. Dr. Rueben Devlin, president and CEO of Humber River Hospital, made the announcement Wednesday night with the mayor’s brother Coun. Doug Ford by his side. Doug Ford was visibly upset as he spoke to media asking for privacy for himself and his family. He would not answer any questions about what the mayor’s health setback would mean for the mayoral campaign. “It saddens me that I have to be here today,” Ford said. “Rob...
  • To get immigration reform, elect a Republican

    09/08/2014 7:06:53 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 12 replies
    CNN ^ | 9/8/14 | Ruben Navarrette
    Now that President Barack Obama has broken his promise to take executive action on immigration, and put off the thorny issue until after the midterm elections -- and I predict, for the remainder of his presidency -- many immigration reform advocates are angry, surprised and disappointed. -snip- Once you see through the political fog on the immigration debate, you realize that Republican presidents are a better bet for delivering reform. Three reasons: First, ignore what politicians say and watch what they do. Democrats campaign as soft on illegal immigrants, but they're tough on them once in office. Republicans campaign as...
  • Obama plays golf with staffers

    08/31/2014 3:57:21 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 52 replies
    The Hill ^ | 8/31/14 | Timothy Cama
    President Obama took advantage of the Washington area’s hot weather Sunday by playing an afternoon game of golf with three White House staffers. The presidential motorcade arrived at Fort Belvoir, just outside Washington in Fairfax County, Va., just after 1 p.m. for the game, according to a reporter travelling with the president. Playing golf with the Obama were Joe Paulsen, Luke Rosa and Mike Brush. All three work in the White House’s advance office, which coordinates sites before presidential visits. The pool reporter noted that Obama appeared to have a bandage on his left middle finger.
  • Iowa pol admits taking secret payments to switch '12 support from Bachmann to Paul

    08/29/2014 4:52:20 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 16 replies
    Fox News ^ | 8/29/14 | Fox News
    A former Iowa state senator who was a key official in Rep. Michele Bachmann's 2012 presidential campaign pleaded guilty Wednesday to illicitly concealing payments he received to switch his support from Bachmann to then-Texas Rep. Ron Paul. Former GOP state Sen. Kent Sorenson received thousands of dollars in "under the table payments," according to the Justice Department, to ditch Bachmann’s campaign, where he had served as Iowa chairman. He endorsed Paul instead.
  • Mitch McConnell's campaign manager, Jesse Benton, resigns

    08/29/2014 4:39:31 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 19 replies
    Politico ^ | 8/29/14 | ELIZABETH TITUS
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s campaign manager, Jesse Benton, announced his resignation late Friday, citing potential distractions over renewed attention to a controversy from the Iowa 2012 caucuses. Benton, a longtime associate of Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and his father, former Texas Rep. Ron Paul, was tapped to run the McConnell campaign early in the election cycle. But he’s been dogged by a scandal involving the elder Paul’s 2012 Iowa campaign. A former Iowa GOP state lawmaker pleaded guilty in recent days to charges of accepting money to change his endorsement in 2012 from Michele Bachmann to Ron Paul. Benton...
  • Burger King May Get Assist From Warren Buffett To Buy Tim Hortons

    08/26/2014 4:30:48 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 18 replies
    Forbes ^ | 8/25/14 | Jeremy Bogaisky
    Speaking to CNBC in May on the subject of tax inversion deals, Warren Buffett said, “it does get a little annoying when we see other people paying far lower tax rates while engaging in the same sorts of businesses that we engage in.” Now Buffett appears to have decided to get in on the game: The Oracle of Omaha is extending financing to Burger King for its planned takeover of Canadian coffee-and-donuts chain Tim Hortons , the Wall Street Journal reported Monday evening, citing sources familiar with the deal. Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway will provide roughly 25% of the financing, the...
  • Islamic State militants capture key Syrian air base - giving them open road to the sea

    08/24/2014 9:39:46 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 26 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 8/24/14 | Dan Bloom
    Islamic State militants capture key Syrian air base - giving them open road to the sea and massive store of weapons and ammunition. Islamic State militants have seized a major Syrian air base, wiping out the last government stronghold in a province dominated by jihadists. The extremists won a week-long battle today to capture the sprawling Tabqa base 25 miles from their stronghold in Raqqa, reportedly killing dozens of soldiers in the process. The base was reportedly one of the military's largest facilities in the region, with several warplane squadrons, helicopters, tanks, artillery and ammunition. Its capture is a huge...
  • Paul Ryan Seeks to Hone Image in New Memoir (that no one is buying...)

    08/24/2014 9:15:40 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 16 replies
    NBC News ^ | 8/24/14 | Andrew Rafferty
    Rep. Paul Ryan is seeking to distance himself from last year’s government shutdown and counter his image as an unsympathetic budget negotiator in a new memoir released as the Wisconsin Republican weighs a presidential run in 2016. In "The Way Forward: Renewing the American Idea," the 2012 Republican vice presidential nominee writes that he warned his fellow GOP that the shutdown “can't be the full measure of our party and our movement” and called it “a suicide mission.”
  • Paul Ryan airs frustrations with GOP in new book (that no one is buying!)

    08/22/2014 8:15:57 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 45 replies
    CBS News ^ | 8/19/14 | JOSHUA ROBERTS
    As Congress hurtled toward a government shutdown in the fall of 2013, Rep. Paul Ryan looked around at fellow Republicans who were agitating to shutter national parks, federal agencies and Head Start programs. "This can't be the full measure of our party and our movement," Ryan writes of that moment in his new book, released Tuesday. "If it is, we're dead and the country is lost." Such moments of raw frustration pepper Ryan's "The Way Forward: Renewing the American Idea," a book as much about his front-row seat as Republicans' favorite budget wonk as it is about his political future....
  • Lupica: Obama's return to the links shows lack of leadership in face of ISIS threat

    08/21/2014 8:46:28 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 21 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 8/21/14 | Mike Lupica
    For the second consecutive day, President Obama reappeared at a golf course on the island of Martha's Vineyard, seemingly counting the strokes toward being an ex-President following the release of video showing American journalist James Foley being executed by an ISIS jihadist. There are so many reasons, too many, why the American people now think Barack Obama is about as good at being President as he is at hitting a golf ball. His reaction to the execution of journalist James Foley in front of the world is just the latest. When the going gets tough, the tough really do go...
  • O’Reilly to Karl Rove: Only the ‘Loons’ Would Oppose Bombing Syria (ISIS Flashback)

    08/21/2014 2:18:51 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 14 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 8/27/14 | Andrew Kirell
    Who would possibly vote against a military strike on Syria in response to its government’s use of nerve gas against rebels? Only “the loons,” Bill O’Reilly said last night on his show. Joined by Karl Rove, the Fox host was confident in his belief that despite there not being a strong majority of Americans supporting military intervention in Syria, President Obama would have no trouble getting congressional approval to strike.
  • Sen. McCain on ISIS threat: Obama 'still doesn't get it'

    08/21/2014 1:53:40 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 34 replies
    Fox News ^ | 8/21/14 | Fox News
    Arizona Sen. John McCain on Thursday called President Obama's remarks on the execution of American journalist James Foley "moving" -- but also said his policy on the Islamic State terror group is failing. "He said we have to contain ISIS. We don't have to contain ISIS. We have to defeat ISIS, and we have to do whatever is necessary," the Republican lawmaker said on Fox News' "America's Newsroom." "Failures of policies have consequences, and we're paying [for] those consequences in enormous cost of human blood. It's a debacle, and he still doesn't get it."
  • GAO: Pentagon Violated Law With Bergdahl Swap

    08/21/2014 12:20:24 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 27 replies
    AP ABC News ^ | 8/21/14 | DONNA CASSATA
    Congressional investigators say the Pentagon violated the law when it swapped five Taliban leaders for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was held prisoner in Afghanistan for five years. The nonpartisan Government Accountability Office says the Defense Department's failure to notify the relevant congressional committees at least 30 days in advance of the exchange broke the law.
  • Playing golf AGAIN: Obama hits the links for the second time in two days after solemnly pledging

    08/21/2014 10:39:32 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 24 replies
    Mail Online ^ | 8/21/14 | DAVID MARTOSKO, FRANCESCA CHAMBERS
    Playing golf AGAIN: Obama hits the links for the second time in two days after solemnly pledging justice for journalist James Foley. President Barack Obama teed off again on Thursday, just 24 hours after pictures of his wide grin on the golf course drew condemnation in the wake of the beheading of American photojournalist James Foley. 'Admit it,' a White House pool reporter emailed the press corps. 'You all made small-dollar bets that POTUS would be playing golf today. And ... you would be right!' 'We are at the Farm Neck Golf Club at 1:13 pm. and POTUS is hitting...
  • Obama's 'Post Foley' Golf Game Less About The Optics Of Leadership And More About A Disturbing

    08/21/2014 9:21:31 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 36 replies
    Forbes ^ | 8/21/14 | Rick Ungar
    Obama's 'Post Foley' Golf Game Less About The Optics Of Leadership And More About A Disturbing Personal Coldness As readers of this column know, I tend to favor the political and policy positions put forth by President Barack Obama and his administration. That is not to say that, in the effort to provide an honest accounting of my opinions on the issues of the day, there have not been moments where I have found it necessary to criticize the White House when I disagree with their policies and strategies. But that’s my job and I try to do the very...
  • Billionaires silent after big splash (Amnesty)

    08/21/2014 7:25:20 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 8 replies
    Politico ^ | 8/21/14 | ANNA PALMER
    Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, billionaire Michael Bloomberg and Citigroup exec Carlos Gutierrez gave immigration reform firepower last year, when they lent their money or names to the cause. But roughly two months before Election Day, the three groups the business titans helped launch are all but silent on the campaign trail. None of the three have purchased airtime for ads on immigration reform this fall. Their virtual absence comes as Senate Republican candidates in battleground states are launching attack ads against Democrats accusing them of supporting “amnesty,” leaving pro-immigration reform candidates even more vulnerable and immigration reform even less likely...
  • Obama and Cameron: A tale of two vacations

    08/21/2014 4:55:41 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 3 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 8/20/14 | Sebastian Payne
    President Obama's second shot at an August vacation looks to be as star-crossed as the first — and his efforts to balance his presidential duties with a summer respite just as tricky. The shocking news of James Foley’s execution broke as Air Force One landed at Cape Cod on Tuesday night. The president offered his condolences to the American journalist's family and angrily denounced Islamic State militants the following day. Then he went off for a round of golf — his seventh in ten days at Martha's Vineyard so far. It wasn't the first time this month Obama has made...
  • House Intel chief: Obama should cut vacation short to deal with ISIS

    08/21/2014 4:53:11 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 8 replies
    The Hill ^ | 8/20/14 | Mario Trujillo
    House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) suggested President Obama should cut his vacation short in light of the apparent murder of a U.S. journalist by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. Rogers on Wednesday said Obama should follow the lead of British Prime Minister David Cameron who reportedly returned from vacation to lead a meeting on the threat posed by the group. "The optics of being on vacation and not coming away from that vacation, I just think are bad," Rogers said on Fox News. "That is why I think [Cameron] is going back. He is going to...
  • President Obama blasted for golfing after tough speech on ISIS following James Foley killing

    08/21/2014 4:50:15 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 12 replies
    The vacationing commander-in-chief, after promising a relentless hunt for the terrorist butchers of a U.S. journalist, teed off on a Martha’s Vineyard golf course just a short time later. “Obama is more dedicated to golfing than he is to defending the nation,” sniped Liz Cheney, daughter of the former GOP vice president, via Twitter. French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius also took a swing at Obama. “I know in Western countries, this is vacation period,” he said, according to The Wall Street Journal. “But when people are dying, you must return from vacation.”
  • Obama’s duty to act

    08/21/2014 4:41:37 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 9 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 8/21/14 | Editorial Board
    Americans can only pray that President Obama was as serious as a drone strike when he vowed the United States would “see that justice is done” for the beheading of American journalist James Foley. While his anger was palpable, Obama’s resolve to rain death on the savages of ISIS was far from clear. Worse, he signaled disdain for the gravity of the moment by going from the presidential podium straight to a vacation round of golf.
  • Obama returns to golf course after condemning ISIS

    08/20/2014 11:58:02 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 32 replies
    The Hill ^ | 8/20/14 | Justin Sink
    Shortly after delivering a statement denouncing the execution of American journalist James Foley by Islamist militants in Iraq, President Obama hit the golf course on Wednesday. Obama completed the statement at a school in Martha’s Vineyard where he is vacationing, before arriving minutes later at a local golf club. The president planned to play a round with former Miami Heat star Alonzo Mourning, private equity investor Glenn Hutchins, and longtime friend Cy Walker‎, according to the White House.
  • Obama Dismisses Al-Qaeda Resurgence: They’re JV (Flashback)

    08/20/2014 3:13:54 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 12 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 1/20/14 | Sharona Schwartz
    In a wide-ranging interview with the New Yorker, President Barack Obama compared Al-Qaeda-linked militants in Iraq and Syria to junior varsity basketball players, downplaying their threat as small-league. He also shared what he thought were the chances of reaching Middle East peace agreements. New Yorker editor David Remnick pointed out to the president that the Al Qaeda flag is now seen flying in Falluja in Iraq and in certain locations in Syria, and thus the terrorist group has not been “decimated” as Obama had said during his 2012 reelection campaign. “The analogy we use around here sometimes, and I think...
  • 15 Shot in Spate of Overnight Violence in New York City (Update)

    08/17/2014 3:06:20 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 38 replies
    NBC NY ^ | 8/17/14 | NBC NY
    Fifteen people were shot in a spate of overnight violence in New York City that left two people dead and 13 others injured, some critically, in a span of eight hours. Police reported the first shooting late Saturday, at an East Harlem Park. Three people were shot and injured in Jefferson Park on 113th Street and First Avenue; one of the victims was seriously injured, according to officials. Shortly before 3 a.m. Sunday two were shot dead in Hamilton Heights when a motorist got out of his car and opened fire. The driver fled after fatally wounding a 21-year-old man...
  • 2 dead in drive-by shooting in NYC, including rapper

    08/17/2014 2:26:51 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 39 replies
    NY Post ^ | 8/17/14 | Kathleen Culliton and Kirstan Conley
    Two men were shot and killed in a drive-by shooting in Manhattan on a bloody Sunday morning that saw five other people wounded in three unrelated shootings elsewhere in the city, authorities and witnesses said. Police believe that Kenny Jimenez, 21, and aspiring rapper Francisco Mercedez, 29, were targeted in the fatal shooting on Broadway, near West 151st Street in Harlem at around 3 a.m.
  • Vacationing Obama Plans Brief Return to Washington

    08/17/2014 11:04:38 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 23 replies
    Voice of America ^ | 8/17/14 | VOA
    President Barack Obama, who is on a two-week vacation to Massachusetts with his family, will return briefly to Washington for meetings, the White House said on Sunday. Obama is scheduled to be back at the White House Sunday around 11 p.m. EDT (0300 UTC), USA Today reported. While the White House did not say why Obama would need to attend unspecified meetings with Vice President Joe Biden and other advisers, The Associated Press reported that part of the decision appears aimed at countering criticism that Obama is spending two weeks on a resort island in the midst of so many...
  • David Gregory’s flight to nowhere

    08/17/2014 6:38:53 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 22 replies
    Politico ^ | 8/17/14 | DYLAN BYERS
    David Gregory wasn’t supposed to host “Meet the Press” on Sunday. He was on a planned vacation in Nantucket, where, the night before, he had hosted a special presentation of the Boston Pops, sponsored by Coastal Living and Real Simple. Midway through the week, however, Gregory changed his mind. His fate at “Meet the Press” had been the subject of numerous press reports. Page Six and others had declared him dead in the water come November. Several NBC personalities were already vying to replace him. Gregory was chartered back to Washington for Sunday’s program, having concluded, one NBC source said,...
  • David Gregory was paid $4M to leave NBC

    08/17/2014 6:08:14 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 43 replies
    NY Post ^ | 8/16/14 | Emily Smith and Stephanie Smith
    Ousted “Meet the Press” anchor David Gregory was paid $4 million to leave NBC and signed a contract not to speak out against the network, sources told Page Six. Gregory, 43, who moderated the show for six years, was unceremoniously dumped from the political program on Thursday after dismal ratings and months of speculation about his departure.
  • NBC News’ David Gregory Renews Contract As Host Of Meet The Press (Flashback 2013)

    08/14/2014 2:02:09 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 10 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 2/21/13 | Noah Rothman
    NBC News reporter David Gregory has been retained by his network and will continue to host the Sunday morning interview program Meet The Press. The details of Gregory’s new contract have not been released by NBC News, but a report in The Washington Times describes the arrangement as “a long-term commitment.”
  • "Meet the Press:" Gregory out, Todd in (Hopey-Changey alert)

    08/14/2014 12:15:35 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 58 replies
    CNN ^ | 8/14/14 | Brian Stelter
    NBC will name Chuck Todd the new host of "Meet the Press" as soon as Thursday afternoon, according to people with direct knowledge of the network's plans. The sources confirmed widespread speculation that David Gregory, who moderated the show for the past six years, will be replaced by Todd, and is expected to leave NBC. The people spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to comment on the record. One said that the transition will be swift -- so swift that Gregory will not even host "Meet the Press" this weekend.
  • David Axelrod hits back at Hillary for foreign policy jabs

    08/12/2014 4:14:21 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 16 replies
    NY Post ^ | 8/12/14 | Geoff Earle
    One of President Obama’s top political advisers is slapping back at Hillary Clinton for her harsh criticism of Obama’s foreign policy. David Axelrod — who was Obama’s top strategist during his epic primary against Clinton in 2008 — weighed in after Clinton ridiculed an Obama White House mantra: “Don’t do stupid s—.”
  • AP Analysis: Iraq upheaval threatens Obama legacy

    08/08/2014 8:33:50 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 34 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 8/8/14 | Julie Pace
    After years of resisting the pull of more Mideast conflicts, President Barack Obama has sent the military back into action in Iraq, where he once accused his predecessor of waging a "dumb war." U.S. planes on Friday bombed Islamic militants who were towing artillery outside Irbil near U.S. personnel, the Pentagon said. The aggressive insurgency threatens to undermine Obama's legacy as the commander in chief who ended a long and unpopular war in which nearly 4,500 American troops died. It also raises fresh questions about whether Obama's desire to end the war clouded his assessment of the risks of fully...
  • President Obama Arrives Saturday for Fifth Summer Vacation on the Vineyard

    08/08/2014 6:56:10 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 34 replies
    Vineyard Gazette ^ | 8/7/14 | Sara Brown
    Military helicopters flew over the Island this week as the Vineyard prepared for what is becoming a familiar August event: the arrival Saturday of President Barack Obama for a summer vacation on the Island. According to a White House official, the president will travel to Martha’s Vineyard on Saturday, August 9. In past years, the president has traveled via Air Force One to Otis Air Station One in Bourne before taking the Marine One helicopter to the Martha’s Vineyard Airport. -snip- The president usually does not have any public events during his trip, but the White House announced that the...
  • Obama: Don't stay in Iraq over genocide (Flashback 2007)

    08/08/2014 6:45:54 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 9 replies
    NBC News ^ | 7/20/2007 | Associated Press
    Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama said Thursday the United States cannot use its military to solve humanitarian problems and that preventing a potential genocide in Iraq isn’t a good enough reason to keep U.S. forces there.
  • Preventing a Slaughter in Iraq (from NYT editorial board!)

    08/08/2014 6:34:59 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 24 replies
    NY Times ^ | 8/8/14 | THE EDITORIAL BOARD
    The catastrophe of Iraq has been growing steadily worse for weeks, but by Thursday, it became impossible for the United States and other civilized nations to ignore it. Iraq’s bloodthirsty Sunni extremists were threatening the extermination of tens of thousands of members of religious minorities who have refused to join the fundamentalist Islamic state the terrorist forces want to create. The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, known as ISIS, drove Christians, Yazidis and other minorities from their homes by giving them a choice between religious conversion or slaughter. There have been reports of scores of civilians being killed. Many...
  • Obama to raise cash on Martha's Vineyard

    08/07/2014 6:48:47 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 4 replies
    Politico ^ | 7/24/14 | MAGGIE HABERMAN
    President Barack Obama will headline a fundraising dinner for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee while he’s vacationing on Martha’s Vineyard, according to an invitation obtained by POLITICO. The event will be hosted by Berklee College of Music President Roger Brown and his wife, Linda Mason, on Aug. 11, according to the invitation.
  • Martha's Vineyard prepares for Obamas' summer stay

    08/07/2014 6:43:11 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 16 replies
    AP Chron ^ | 8/7/14 | PHILIP MARCELO
    President Barack Obama and his family are heading to the wealthy island resort of Martha's Vineyard for vacation starting Saturday, a near-annual ritual that islanders say is a boon to local businesses even if it comes with added hassles for vacationers during what's typically the busiest tourist month of the year. At Big Al's, a sports memorabilia store in Oak Bluffs, owner Alex McClusky prominently displays "I vacationed with Obama" T-shirts he's sold since the family's first visit in 2008.
  • Cowboys owner Jerry Jones caught in racy pics

    08/06/2014 11:36:31 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 78 replies
    NY Post ^ | 8/6/14 | David K Li
    <p>Racy photographs allegedly of Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, in sexually suggestive poses with young women, hit cyberspace Tuesday in an apparent extortion plot.</p> <p>One image of the outspoken football executive showed him cupping the breasts of a blond woman in a restroom.</p>
  • Jeb Bush quietly ramping up potential presidential bid

    08/06/2014 7:13:21 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 67 replies
    NY Post ^ | 7/31/14 | Ian Mohr
    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has been traveling to New York in the past month to quietly meet with high-flying business leaders to ramp up interest in a potential presidential bid, sources tell Page Six. “He’s been meeting with groups of up to 15 people at private homes to tell them about some of his moderate points of view,” a source said.
  • US general killed in Afghan insider attack ID’d

    08/05/2014 4:29:26 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 46 replies
    NY Post ^ | 8/5/14 | Bob Fredericks and Post Wires
    A gunman wearing an Afghan army uniform opened fire at an officers’ school near Kabul Tuesday, killing a two-star US ​major general ​– the highest-ranking officer to be killed in the 13-year-old war in Afghanistan. Brandishing a light machine gun, the terrorist also wounded up to a dozen other Americans, three Afghan army officers and a German brigadier general who suffered a non-life threatening injury, authorities said Tuesday. The US general – the first to die in the line of duty since 9/11 and first in overseas combat since Vietnam – was identified as Maj. Gen. Harold Greene, the Associated...
  • U.S. general killed, 14 wounded in Afghan academy attack: officials (Update)

    08/05/2014 9:35:27 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 34 replies
    An Afghan soldier killed a U.S. general and wounded 14 coalition troops in a machinegun attack at a military training facility in Kabul, a top Western and senior Afghan official said on Tuesday. -snip- Seven other Americans and five British troops were among the wounded, according to the Afghan official. -snip- The gunman was using a light machinegun according to a U.S. official.
  • CBS may be eyeing an earnings miss (Thanks to Hillary's book flop?)

    08/05/2014 8:56:37 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 11 replies
    RBR ^ | 7/31/14 | Carl Marcucci
    Alpha Now/Seeking Alpha’s Sridharan Raman says CBS is battling several headwinds in the current quarter. The World Cup tournament, broadcast in the U.S. by ABC and ESPN, drew viewers and may have led to weak advertising results at CBS, while online content continues to draw ad dollars away from television. Finally, CBS’ hit television series, “How I Met Your Mother,” came to an end: “There will be plenty of revenue from syndication, but the show has been a major draw for TV viewers. The large negative StarMine Predicted Surprise of 5.3% indicates that CBS is likely to report an earnings...
  • U.S. Troops Shot During Deadly Attack in Afghanistan: Officials

    08/05/2014 6:37:43 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 28 replies
    As many as 12 Western soldiers -- including several Americans -- were shot in a deadly attack on high-level officials visiting a military academy Tuesday near Afghanistan's capital. U.S. officials told NBC News that most, if not all, of the victims were American. They said a lone gunman opened fire at a group that included American officials at the Camp Qargha training facility. Three Western soldiers died - including a high-ranking officer - and about a dozen were wounded, according to senior U.S. defense officials. The officials said the death toll is expected to rise. Earlier, a spokesman for the...
  • Cornyn takes ‘let’s make a deal’ stance on border crisis

    08/04/2014 12:28:11 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 26 replies
    My San Antonio ^ | 8/1/14 | NOLAN HICKS
    Unlike many of his fellow Republican lawmakers, U.S. Senator John Cornyn sounded a conciliatory note when talking about the border crisis in San Antonio on Friday afternoon. He complimented the federal government on its response along the border and treatment of the children who have immigrated from Central America, said that he would be open to compromise on his controversial — but bipartisan — proposal that would require the children have a hearing before an immigration judge within seven days of entering the country; and added that he would not touch President Barack Obama’s current policy that allows children of...
  • Is ‘broken windows’ broken? Yes. It subjects minority and poor New Yorkers to harassment

    08/03/2014 4:01:23 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 32 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 8/3/14 | STEVE ZEIDMAN
    Is ‘broken windows’ broken? Yes It subjects minority and poor New Yorkers to harassment for no good reason. While Eric Garner's tragic death in police custody, ruled a homicide Friday by the city's medical examiner, has prompted inquiries into police use of force and chokeholds, his passing should also compel a larger investigation into why the police felt compelled to arrest Garner, who they've said was selling loose cigarettes, in the first place. That inquiry must start by looking with fresh, long-overdue skepticism at the signature "broken windows" theory that's supposedly one of the hallmarks of the city's crime decline....
  • Obama, Reggie Love and pals take in round of birthday golf

    08/03/2014 9:15:32 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 28 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 8/2/14 | Dave Boyer
    President Obama launched a weekend of birthday celebrations Saturday with a round of golf with 11 other players at Andrews Air Force base in suburban Maryland. Among the president’s playing partners were Greg Orme, a friend who dates all the way back to Mr. Obama’s teenage years in Hawaii, and Reggie Love, the president’s former personal assistant.
  • David Gregory meets with CNN

    08/03/2014 5:58:08 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 25 replies
    NY Post ^ | 8/3/14 | Page Six Team
    As rumors swirl that David Gregory could be replaced as host of “Meet the Press,” the embattled anchor may already be lining up his next move: He was seen meeting at CNN Thursday. Sources have said that Gregory’s days at “Meet the Press” are numbered, with ratings down, but that NBC would likely wait until after the midterm elections to make any change. But multiple sources told us that the former NBC White House correspondent was seen in CNN’s building Thursday afternoon, signaling he could be prepping a move himself.
  • House moves toward vote on border deal (Senate Conference in Aug, Mass Amnesty in Sept?)

    08/01/2014 10:01:52 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 10 replies
    Politico ^ | 8/1/14 | JAKE SHERMAN, JOHN BRESNAHAN and SEUNG MIN KIM
    After a day of embarrassing failures, House Republican leadership inched toward bringing a new emergency funding bill for the border crisis to the floor Friday. The new legislation — described to GOP lawmakers in a closed-door meeting in the Capitol — uses revised language from Texas Rep. John Carter, Alabama Rep. Robert Aderholt and Georgia Rep. Jack Kingston to change a 2008 trafficking law that made it harder to deport children from countries other than Canada and Mexico. The bill is more costly than than the legislation that had to be yanked from the floor Thursday. The latest version sends...
  • Sen. John Cornyn and Customs and Border Patrol Commissioner Visiting Rio Grande Valley Border

    08/01/2014 9:01:59 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 8 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 8/1/14 | Sara Carter
    Two Department of Homeland Security officials confirmed with TheBlaze that Republican Texas Sen. John Cornyn and Customs and Border Patrol Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske are attending a briefing at the McAllen Border Patrol Station in the Rio Grande Valley Sector. -snip- Just minutes after TheBlaze posted the story, Cornyn tweeted that he was in fact, at the border facility for an update on the crisis.
  • Reid: House border bill dead in Senate

    08/01/2014 8:54:06 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 26 replies
    The Hill ^ | 8/1/14 | Ramsey Cox
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said even if House Republicans get the votes necessary to pass its emergency border spending bill, there isn’t enough support in the Senate for the “wrong-headed” measure. “The House appears to be getting from bad to worse as the House Republican Majority hunts for votes,” Reid said on the Senate floor Friday. “House Republicans will vote to deport children that have been living in the U.S. for their entire lives all in a pathetic attempt to appease the Tea Party.” -snip- “If the House does pass a bill, I can’t imagine it could be...
  • GOP Leaders Pitch Revised Border Package, Hope to Vote Today (Asylum fraud language removed)

    08/01/2014 8:47:27 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 14 replies
    Roll Call ^ | 8/1/14 | Emma Dumain and Tamar Hallerman
    Updated 11:09 a.m. | House Republicans emerged from a closed-door meeting Friday morning with a revised plan to address the child migrant border crisis — one leaders hope to pass later today. The latest plan will still require the House to vote on the border funding bill before being allowed to vote on language to stop the expansion of President Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, according to members exiting the conference meeting. -snip- There was at one point discussion about whether the new proposal would include language to crack down on asylum fraud and raise the threshold...