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  • Snowden Warned Norway He faced Death in US

    08/29/2015 12:31:09 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    The Local ^ | 28 Aug 2015
    NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden warned Norway that he faced a possible death sentence if returned to the United States in the extradition request he made in 2012. Snowden may get freedom prize at border (28 Aug 15) US asked Norway to arrest Edward Snowden (27 Aug 15) “I believe that…it is unlikely that I would receive a fair trial or proper treatment prior to the trial, and face the possibility of life imprisonment, and even death,” he wrote in the extradition letter, a copy of which has been obtained by Norway's NRK channel. The letter was sent by fax to...
  • Nearly $100K Raised for Syrian Father Seen in Viral Photo Cadling Daughter

    08/28/2015 10:46:01 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    UPI ^ | Aug. 28, 2015 | Doug G. Ware
    "When [Abdul] heard the amount, he just broke down and started crying," Simonarson said. "He was so thankful and he kept saying, 'thank you for all your generosity,'" Gissur Simonarson, the man who took the photo, said.Heartbroken readers around the world have made a definitive statement after seeing a viral photo circulated on the Internet this week -- showing a Syrian father selling pens in the streets of Beirut while cradling his sleeping daughter. And that statement so far has nearly six digits in it. A Norwegian activist named Gissur Simonarson came face-to-face with the refugee on Tuesday. With...
  • Former Guatemalan Dictator to Face Retrial Over Mayan Genocide

    08/28/2015 10:25:28 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    UPI ^ | Aug. 27, 2015
    Former Guatemalan dictator Gen. Efraín Ríos Montt will face a new genocide trial for his alleged role in persecuting Maya Ixil Indians, but will be tried behind closed doors as he suffers from dementia. Ríos Montt, 89, will not be required to attend the trial, where he will be represented by his lawyers. The start of the retrial is scheduled for January 11. The retired general was convicted and sentenced in 2013 to 80 years imprisonment in connection the the killing of 1,771 people in the Mayan Highlands during 1982 and 1983. Ríos Montt ruled Guatemala for nearly 17 months...
  • Education Minister Regrets Making 'Leggo Beast' Comment

    08/28/2015 10:17:20 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    Jamaica Observer ^ | Wednesday, August 26, 2015
    Education Minister Ronald Thwaites today expressed regret at his use of the term “leggo beast” to describe children, withdrawing the statement he made at the recently held Jamaica Teachers’ Association Conference. “On reflection and having listened to all the comments, I would like, even at this late stage, to withdraw my use of the term ‘leggo beast’ to describe uncontrollable children spoken at last week’s JTA Conference,” Thwaites said in a media release Wednesday. He also said that the serious issue facing the society of “weak parenting and inadequate community support to socialise so many schoolchildren”, is likely to be...
  • CITY: RIOT COULD ERUPT IF DEXTER LEWIS GETS DEATH PENALTY WHEN JAMES HOLMES DIDN'T

    08/28/2015 10:02:05 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    Westword ^ | WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 26, 2015 | MICHAEL ROBERTS
    This argument is sketched out by Judge William Martinez in an order of his own. It's on view below in its entirety, but here's a key excerpt. The Second Judicial District called Steven Steadman, who is the Colorado judicial branch’s security administrator. Steadman was closely involved in the discussions leading up to the Plaza Order. Steadman testified that, during those discussions, he was unaware of Brandt and Iannicelli or the distribution of jury nullification literature, and that the Plaza Order actually arose from very different concerns. According to Steadman, discussions began with Chief Judge Martinez in early July 2015 because...
  • Berkeley May Raise Age To Purchase Tobacco, E-Cigarettes To 21

    08/28/2015 9:48:35 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    Berkeley City Councilman Jesse Arreguin proposed Tuesday to ban the sale of tobacco to youths under 21, saying there’s been an alarming increase of underage tobacco use, including a large jump in the use of electronic cigarettes. Arreguin said if the City Council passes his plan next month, Berkeley would join Healdsburg, New York City and the state of Hawaii as the only government agencies to bar such sales. Currently, it’s legal in California to sell tobacco products to youths who are over the age of 18. Noting that Berkeley banned the use of e-cigarettes in public places earlier this...
  • Kurdish Forces Free 7 Villages in Iraq From ISI

    08/28/2015 9:41:47 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    Al Alarabiya ^ | Saturday, 29 August 2015
    Western-backed Kurdish fighters freed seven villages from the clasps of ISIS in northern Iraq in recent days, the U.S.-led coalition battling the militants said Friday. But the extremists still control broad swathes of land in the war-torn country, where ISIS has waged a terrifying offensive of forced religious conversions and beheadings. Bolstered by coalition airstrikes, the Peshmerga fighters wrestled back more than 200 square kilometers (80 square miles) near the town of Tuz since August 26, the Combined Joint Task Force said.
  • How Trump Makes Jeb Bush Seem Like a Wimp

    08/28/2015 9:26:11 PM PDT · by lbryce · 17 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | August 28 2015 | Peter Beinart
    Donald Trump has gotten a boost in his efforts to maul Jeb Bush in recent days from an unexpected source: Jeb Bush himself. Trump’s attack on Jeb isn’t mostly about issues. As with most things Trump, it’s mostly about persona. The Donald thinks Jeb is a dud. “He’s a man that doesn’t want to be doing what he’s doing,” Trump said in June. “I call him the reluctant warrior, and warrior’s probably not a good word. I think Bush is an unhappy person. I don’t think he has any energy.” The Limits of Jeb Bush's Compassionate Conservatism Over the last...
  • 'He's one of the great sleaze bags of our time':...

    08/28/2015 8:46:59 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 38 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 8/28/15 | CHRIS PLEASANCE
    ...Trump accuses Clinton aide of sharing secret emails with 'perv' husband Anthony Weiner Trump launched highly personal attack on Clinton aide Huma Abedin Accused her of sharing secret emails with husband Anthony Weiner He branded Weiner a 'perv' and 'one of the great sleaze bags of our time' Trump also called America the 'sucker' of the international community Said U.S. 'gets involved in everything' without asking for anything back In typically brash style Donald Trump has tonight taken a blistering aim at Hillary Clinton and her aide Huma Abedin during an event for supporters in Boston. Discussing the Clinton email...
  • Adm.James Lyons Center for Security Policy Defeat Jihad Summit4

    08/28/2015 8:42:46 PM PDT · by Baynative · 2 replies
    Youtube ^ | Feb 11, 2015 | Kenneth Sikorski
    ”Islam is Islam, there are no modifiers in it, it’s a political movement masquerading as a religion.” Filmed at the Center for Security Policy 11.2.2015
  • Gay Activists Fume Over de Blasio’s Role in rentboy.com raid

    08/28/2015 7:44:03 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 28 replies
    New York Post ^ | August 28, 2015 | Richard Johnson
    Gay activists fume over de Blasio’s role in rentboy.com raidGay activists are furious over the rentboy.com raid and arrests for prostitution — and they are wondering why Mayor de Blasio and Police Commissioner William Bratton worked with the federal prosecutors in Brooklyn. Both the mayor and Bratton march in the very same gay pride parade in which rentboy.com has a float. “Koch, Giuliani and Bloomberg didn’t go after rentboy.com. Why is de Blasio?” wondered one gay man who has used the service.
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Tunes For Our Troops ~ AUG 29 2015

    08/28/2015 6:09:22 PM PDT · by Kathy in Alaska · 162 replies
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  • Parker’s Father: I’m on a Mission Now

    08/28/2015 6:00:05 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 51 replies
    Martinsville Bulletin ^ | Thursday, August 27, 2015 | Alicia Petska
    Andy Parker’s morning started at 5:30 a.m. Thursday. The hours passed by in a blur of blinding TV lights — ABC, NBC, CNN. In interview after interview, he almost broke down when the reporter asked the inevitable question: Tell us about your daughter. What made Alison so special? But again and again, Parker fought back the tears. "It’s what I’ve got to do," he said. "This is my new mission in life, and I’m doing it for Alison." Alison Parker, a 24-year-old reporter for WDBJ-TV, and Adam Ward, a 27-year-old cameraman, were gunned down early Wednesday morning in an on-air...
  • Zimbabweans Will Miss my Bob, Says Grace Mugabe

    08/28/2015 5:25:13 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe’s wife, Grace, has warned Zimbabweans that they will miss the veteran leader when he is gone. “It will come a day that Mugabe will not be there and people will regret, missing his leadership,” Grace said Thursday while addressing supporters at Murombedzi, in the president’s Zvimba home district. Mugabe turned 91 this year and, according to opposition MDC-T spokesman Obert Gutu, is “clearly not in the best state of both physical and mental health”. But the ruling Zanu PF party appears unwilling to contemplate life without him and has already nominated the nanogenarian as its candidate for...
  • Confederate Flag-Vest-Wearing Ohio Police Chief Won’t Apologize

    08/28/2015 4:20:57 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    The Root ^ | Aug. 28 2015 | BREANNA EDWARDS
    Port Clinton, Ohio, Police Chief Robert Hickman was seen in photos wearing a Confederate flag vest while on vacation in South Dakota.An Ohio police chief isn’t really addressing the controversy that has unfolded since he was seen in photos wearing a Confederate flag vest while vacationing in South Dakota, WKYC reports. Port Clinton Police Chief Robert Hickman said that he doesn’t “look at the Confederate flag as a racist symbol,” with some residents defending him, saying he doesn’t have a “racist bone” in his body. “I think he was just wearing a shirt,” Port Clinton resident Bryan Meek told the...
  • What Makes Black Men Run From the Police?

    08/28/2015 4:15:02 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 69 replies
    The Root ^ | Aug. 27 2015 | WILL JAWANDO
    A good, hard look at the statistics will tell you why African Americans have reason to fear an encounter with police.It’s never much of a surprise when I hear it, but it stings all the same. Freddie Gray would be alive today if only he hadn’t inexplicably sprinted down his West Baltimore street. As would Walter Scott, the African-American man who was shot in the back in South Carolina fleeing a white police officer who then made an unsuccessful attempt to frame Scott for provoking his own destruction. If only Sandra Bland hadn’t been so rude and had put out...
  • New treatment takes aim at pancreatic cancer with a targeted assault on the tumor

    08/28/2015 12:52:57 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 15 replies
    Tampa Bay Times ^ | August 28, 2015 | By Kathleen McGrory
    TAMPA — David Allison knew better than most his chances of surviving pancreatic cancer. His brother and sister had died from the disease. "I figured it was the beginning of the end," said the 75-year-old retired milk truck driver, who spends his winters in Oldsmar. Allison tried fighting the cancer with conventional chemotherapy and radiation in April. But the treatment made him weak. His appetite disappeared. He lost nearly 30 pounds. He had resigned to let the disease run its notoriously deadly course — until a doctor told him about something that sounded promising: a novel approach to chemotherapy that...
  • Have US laws created an online haven for Islamic State propaganda?

    08/28/2015 12:17:16 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 2 replies
    CS Monitor ^ | August 25, 2015 | By Taylor Luck
    Amman, Jordan — Hacker-activists across the world have launched an online war against the so-called Islamic State, targeting the web-savvy jihadists’ vast Internet network of supporters and suspected sleeper cells. But bureaucracy at a wary FBI and stringent US laws against hacking are slowing these efforts to take down the IS web forums and social media accounts, experts and analysts say. As a result, they say, the jihadists are opting to base their web operations on US-hosted sites in order to take advantage of US legal protections. Various groups of anonymous citizen hackers are taking on the jihadists, including Ghost...
  • Donald Trump’s polling no longer looks like a bubble set to burst

    08/28/2015 11:25:52 AM PDT · by Red Steel · 59 replies
    WaPo ^ | August 28 at 1:50 PM | Philip Bump
    We noted early this month that Donald Trump's lead in the polling emerged quickly and ferociously — but that it was hardly unprecedented. In the 2012 cycle, both Rick Perry and Newt Gingrich saw similar surges into the lead, only to watch those leads recede just as rapidly a few weeks later. When we looked at this a few weeks ago, the comparison looked like this: Trump, like Perry and Gingrich, topped out at a bit above a 10-percentage-point lead. But then that lead held. Here's what that graph looks like now: We've increased the scale, because we wanted to...
  • The walls Europe is building to keep people out

    08/28/2015 10:19:20 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 5 replies
    Washington Post ^ | August 28, 2015 | By Adam Taylor
    After the Berlin Wall fell in 1989, for a while it seemed like border fences and barriers were a thing of the past in Europe. Many on the continent hoped for a new era of integration and receptivity. It didn't happen. Instead, a variety of pressures have led Europe to adopt wall-building projects that would make Donald Trump proud. Right now, in Hungary, for example, the government is rushing to complete a 109-mile-long barbed wire border fence along its southern frontier with Serbia – a project made bitterly ironic by Hungary's 1989 decision to cut its border fence with Austria...
  • Trump's teleprompter challenge trips up White House

    08/28/2015 10:02:32 AM PDT · by Trumpinator · 44 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | 8/26/15 3:53 PM | Susan Crabtree
    Trump's teleprompter challenge trips up White House By Susan Crabtree • 8/26/15 3:53 PM White House press secretary Josh Earnest got a little tongue-tied Wednesday after being asked what he thought of Donald Trump's suggestion that teleprompters ought to be outlawed. Veteran CBS White House correspondent Mark Knoller asked him if such a uniform ban would affect the president "adversely." Since the 2008 presidential campaign, Obama has been known for his reliance on tele-prompters to deliver speeches and often rambles without one. "I don't have any … well … that's a tough one to respond to," Earnest admitted amid some...
  • Study delivers bleak verdict on validity of psychology experiment results

    08/28/2015 9:40:14 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 18 replies
    The Guardian ^ | AUGUST 27, 2015 | By Ian Sample
    A major investigation into scores of claims made in psychology research journals has delivered a bleak verdict on the state of the science. An international team of experts repeated 100 experiments published in top psychology journals and found that they could reproduce only 36% of original findings. The study, which saw 270 scientists repeat experiments on five continents, was launched by psychologists in the US in response to rising concerns over the reliability of psychology research. “There is no doubt that I would have loved for the effects to be more reproducible,” said Brian Nosek, a professor of psychology who...
  • Liberal Hack JORGE RAMOS Talked About Stalking Trump 2-3 Weeks Before Iowa Confrontation

    08/28/2015 7:06:55 AM PDT · by McGruff · 43 replies
    GATEWAY PUNDIT ^ | Aug 28th, 2015 | Jim Hoft
    On Tuesday Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump held a press conference during a campaign stop in Dubuque, Iowa. During the press conference Trump was heckled and interrupted by Univision reporter, Jorge Ramos Jorge Ramos refused to wait his turn and refused to quit talking. Trump had Ramos escorted from the room for his outburst. Now we know that Ramos had been stalking Trump for weeks. He even spoke about “hunting” Trump in an earlier interview.
  • Buzz Aldrin developing 'master plan' to begin colonies on Mars by 2040... [title shortened]

    08/28/2015 5:36:05 AM PDT · by Textide · 43 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 08/27/2015 | Christopher Brennan
    Full Title: Buzz Aldrin developing 'master plan' to begin colonies on Mars by 2040 as he launches partnership with university Buzz Aldrin, 85, is partnering with Florida Institute of Technology. The Buzz Aldrin Space Institute will open in The Fall and focus on Mars Astronaut, the second man to walk on the Moon, has devised plan to get to the red planet using 'cycling pathways' and base on Mars's moon Phobos The second man to walk on the Moon is teaming up with Florida Institute of Technology to develop 'a master plan' for colonizing Mars within 25 years. Buzz Aldrin,...
  • How the Supreme Court Abolished Article V of the Constitution

    08/28/2015 4:44:27 AM PDT · by daniel1212 · 37 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | 8.14.15 | Robert A. J. Gagnon
    On July 31 at the American Bar Association’s International Human Rights Award Luncheon, former Justice John Paul Stevens declared that, while the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment establishes a right to “gay marriage,” it does not protect an individual’s right to keep and bear arms.... I marvel at Stevens’ ability to reject an application of the Fourteenth Amendment to a right clearly enumerated elsewhere in the Constitution (viz., “the right of the people to keep and bear arms” in the Second Amendment) while affirming its application to a supposed right not elsewhere even remotely alluded to in the...
  • FIRST TROOPS LAND IN JAPAN FROM 48 PLANES TO PREPARE WAY FOR VAST INVASION THURSDAY (8/28/45)

    08/28/2015 4:39:38 AM PDT · by Homer_J_Simpson · 44 replies
    Microfilm-New York Times archives, Monterey Public Library | 8/28/45 | Frank L. Kluckhohn, W.H. Lawrence, Julius Ochs Adler, George E. Jones, Tillman Durdin
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  • Judge rules Obama administration water rule should be halted

    08/28/2015 3:28:24 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 27, 2015 7:15 PM EDT
    A federal judge in North Dakota on Thursday blocked a new Obama administration rule that would give the federal government jurisdiction over some smaller waterways just hours before it was set to go into effect. U.S. District Judge Ralph Erickson in Fargo issued a temporary injunction requested by North Dakota and 12 other states halting the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers from regulating some small streams, tributaries and wetlands under the Clean Water Act. The rule, which has prompted fierce criticism from farmers among others, was scheduled to take effect Friday. North Dakota Attorney General Wayne...
  • Slain Reporter's Father: I Want More Gun Control

    08/28/2015 3:17:12 AM PDT · by markomalley · 117 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | 8/28/15 | Paul Bois
    Once again, the left has exploited the ruminations of a grieving father to push gun control. In an interview with CNN's Chris Cuomo Thursday, Andy Parker, the father of slain WDBJ journalist Alison Parker, demanded that his daughter's death at the hands of a murderer may be a cause to bolster politicians into passing more gun control laws. "If I have to be the John Walsh of gun control and -- look, I'm for the Second Amendment, but there has to be a way to force politicians that are cowards and in the pockets of the NRA to come to...
  • Dalai Lama's 'Middle Way Approach' Snubbed by Xi Jinping

    08/27/2015 11:22:57 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    After the conclusion of the CPC Central Committee and State Council's 6th Forum on Tibetan Work, Chinese president Xi Jinping stated that the focus of policy towards Tibet should be centered on maintaining national integrity and unity among Chinese people, as well as ensuring the long-term peaceful governance of the region and to crackdown on separatism and maintain an unshakeable stance against the campaign of the Dalai Lama and his followers, according to Duowei News, a media outlet run by overseas Chinese. Xi also came up with a catchy 20-character summary of his Tibet policy which roughly translates as, "Rule...
  • Election Group: 141 U.S. Counties Have More Registered Voters Than People

    08/27/2015 11:02:27 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 19 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | August 27, 2015 | Joe Schoffstall
    A public interest law firm is threatening to bring lawsuits against more than 100 counties across the United States that appear to have more registered voters than living residents. The Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF), a law firm dedicated to election integrity based in Indiana, recently sent statutory notice letters to election officials in 141 counties putting them on notice of their discoveries. The group says if action is not taken to correct the questionable voter rolls, they will bring lawsuits against every single county on the list. “Corrupted voter rolls provide the perfect environment for voter fraud,” said J....
  • Obama: Gun-Related Deaths ‘Dwarf’ Terrorist-Caused Deaths(Blame guns, but not gunman)

    08/26/2015 4:45:24 PM PDT · by bestintxas · 35 replies
    breitbart ^ | 8/26/15
    In a preview of an interview with President Barack Obama set to air tomorrow on Philadelphia ABC affiliate WPVI, the president reacted to the WDBJ shooting earlier in the day with commentary on what he described as “gun-related incidents.” “It breaks my heart every time you read about or hear about these kinds of incidents,” Obama said. “What we know, is that the number of people who die from gun-related incidents around this country dwarfs any deaths that happen through terrorism.”
  • Former Fed Official’s Sage Comments: Investors ‘hooked on the heroin of quantitative easing’

    08/27/2015 6:37:53 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 13 replies
    Economic Collapse News ^ | 26 Aug 15 | Andrew Moran
    Former Dallas Federal Reserve President Richard Fisher made sound remarks when discussing the current market meltdown with CNBC on Tuesday. Although he is incorrect in his assertion that the United States central bank will do what’s right for the national economy and avoid monitoring daily activity reports, he was right that investors are addicted to easy money from quantitative easing, otherwise known as QE. “I don’t think there is a single member of the FOMC that’s going to react to one day’s market activity,” Fisher told the business news outlet. “Nobody on that committee would like to see that continue,...
  • More than 80% of healthcare IT leaders say their systems have been compromised

    08/27/2015 6:31:37 PM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies
    Computerworld ^ | 8/27/15 | Lucas Merian
    Eighty-one percent of healthcare executives say their organizations have been compromised by at least one malware, botnet or other kind of cyberattack during the past two years, according to a survey by KPMG.The KPMG report also states that only half of those executives feel that they are adequately prepared to prevent future attacks. The attacks place sensitive patient data at risk of exposure, KPMG said.The 2015 KPMG Healthcare Cybersecurity Survey polled 223 CIOs, CTOs, chief security officers and chief compliance officers at healthcare providers and health plans.Sixty-six percent of the IT executives at healthcare plans who were surveyed said they...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Just Hangin' Cafe ~ 28 August 2015

    08/27/2015 5:58:45 PM PDT · by beachn4fun · 103 replies
    August 27, 2015 | Canteen Crew
    FR CANTEEN MISSION STATEMENT Showing support and boosting the morale of our military and our allied military and the family members of the above.Honoring those who have served before. FReeper Canteen Just Hangin' Cafe Come on in, we're open Need a place just to hang out? This is it. We serve coffee, tea, conversation and music. Our AWESOME military, our AWESOME allies, and their families are welcomed and honored here. No worries in the FReeper Canteen Just Hangin' Cafe. Grab a cup and start a conversation. You never know who you might meet in the Cafe. Glad you could...
  • Planned Parenthood Video Wars: Abortion Empire Strikes Back

    08/27/2015 5:57:36 PM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | 8/27/15 | Peter Jesserer Smith
    Planned Parenthood is launching a counterattack to defend itself in the wake of increased pressure on its public image and government funding sources due to a series of undercover videos exposing its abortion business. Since July 14, the Center for Medical Progress has released eight videos — edited versions accompanied by full footage and transcripts — centered on Planned Parenthood’s role in procuring fetal tissue and body parts from aborted children to companies that process them for scientific researchers. The videos feature frank discussions with Planned Parenthood officials about the abortion industry almost never seen in public discourse on abortion....
  • Dow up as China admits propping up currency

    08/27/2015 5:52:47 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 2 replies
    WND ^ | 27 Aug 15 | Jerome R. Corsi
    U.S. stocks rallied again Thursday, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average closing at 16,654.77, up 369.26 points, as the Chinese government admitted intervening in foreign currency markets to prop up the value of the yuan. The communist government also admitted simultaneously intervening in the Chinese stock market to halt further declines. The average investor got a second breather this week as the Dow gained back Wednesday and Thursday the 1,000 points lost in opening trading Monday in a roller-coaster market that shows no signs of stabilizing. Market Watch reported the Treasury market, a comfortable haven for many nervous investors,...
  • Iran may have built extension at disputed military site-UN nuclear watchdog

    08/27/2015 3:37:38 PM PDT · by Libloather · 4 replies
    Iran appears to have built an extension to part of its Parchin military site since May, the U.N. nuclear watchdog said in a report on Thursday delving into a major part of its inquiry into possible military dimensions to Tehran's past atomic activity. A resolution of the International Atomic Energy Agency's Parchin file, which includes a demand for fresh IAEA access to the site, is a symbolically important issue that could help make or break Tehran's July 14 nuclear deal with six world powers. The confidential IAEA report, obtained by Reuters, said: "Since (our) previous report (in May), at a...
  • On Women's Health, Clinton Compares Republicans to 'Terrorist Groups'

    08/27/2015 3:07:15 PM PDT · by lbryce · 17 replies
    CNN ^ | Au | Dan Merica
    During a riff where the candidate name checked Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Ohio Gov. John Kasich, Clinton said Republicans are "dead wrong 21st century America." "Now, extreme views about women, we expect that from some of the terrorist groups, we expect that from people who don't want to live in the modern world, but it's a little hard to take from Republicans who want to be the president of the United States," Clinton said. "Yet they espouse out of date, out of touch policies. They are dead wrong for 21st century America. We are...
  • Judge blocks Obama EPA rule as federal power grab over state waters

    08/27/2015 2:44:50 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 25 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 27, 2015 | James MacPherson - Associated Press
    BISMARCK, N.D. — A federal judge in North Dakota on Thursday blocked a new Obama administration rule that would give the federal government jurisdiction over some state waterways. U.S. District Judge Ralph Erickson of North Dakota issued a temporary injunction against a the rule, which gives the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers authority to protect some streams, tributaries and wetlands under the Clean Water Act. The rule was scheduled to take effect Friday. “The risk of irreparable harm to the states is both imminent and likely,” Judge Erickson said in blocking the rule from taking effect....
  • U.S. Oil Prices Post Biggest Rise on Percentage Basis Since 2009

    08/27/2015 12:54:40 PM PDT · by abb · 17 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | August 27, 2015 | Christian Berthelsen
    U.S. oil prices soared 10% on Thursday, as a rally in Chinese and U.S. stocks and better-than-expected U.S. economic data prompted a rush by traders to bail out of bearish bets that the market would fall. Traders and analysts at hedge funds, banks and brokerages said supply-and-demand conditions in the oil market remained weak and there appeared to be little fundamental justification for such a strong rally, or expectations of more price gains in the near future. Rather, they said, it appeared to be set off as investors with so-called short positions that profit from falling prices closed those bets...
  • Democratic Party lags in money before presidential year

    08/27/2015 9:29:26 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 27, 2015 11:52 AM EDT | Julie Bykowicz
    The Democratic National Committee barely has more cash than it does IOUs, and it is being outraised month after month by its Republican competitor. Its $24 million debt from the 2012 presidential election, only recently paid down, has squeezed investments in the next White House race. Underdeveloped party resources such as voter data files could become a serious disadvantage for the eventual nominee, particularly if that person is not front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton, who would enter a general election contest with her own outreach network. […] Federal Election Commission reports tell a disappointing story for the party: The DNC collected...
  • Austria Finds Up to 50 Bodies Thought to Be of Migrants in Truck

    08/27/2015 8:56:38 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 17 replies
    New York Times ^ | August 27, 2015 | By Alison Smale
    VIENNA — The partly decomposing bodies of as many as 50 people assumed to be migrants being smuggled across Europe were found in a truck abandoned on a highway east of Vienna on Thursday, the police said. The precise toll was yet to be determined, said Hans-Peter Doskozil, director of the police in the eastern state of Burgenland, during a live news conference on Austria’s public broadcaster. He said the bodies, some of which had started to decompose, had been discovered when the truck was opened after the police noticed it parked off the highway that links Budapest and Vienna....
  • Va. Gunman May Have Worked as a Male Escort and Other Strange Findings From the WDBJ Shooting

    08/27/2015 8:36:52 AM PDT · by MuttTheHoople · 26 replies
    The Root ^ | Aug. 27 2015 8:12 AM | STEPHEN A. CROCKETT JR.
    Early Wednesday morning, Vester Lee Flanagan II, reportedly upset over being fired from Virginia news station WDBJ7 in 2013 as well as the June church massacre in Charleston, S.C., targeted two of his former colleagues and fatally shot them during a live broadcast.
  • Obama targets lawyer helping persecuted Christians [Matthew 24]

    08/24/2015 5:50:17 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 14 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 8/23/2015 | Leo Hohmann
    Living as a Christian in many parts of Iraq or Syria has become impossible – a one-way ticket to martyrdom at the hands of ISIS – yet it remains a near-impossible feat for these persecuted religious minorities to find refuge in America. But if you can get to America and get your case in the hands of Robert DeKelaita, your chances are greatly improved. As it turns out, this high-powered Chicago attorney may have been a little too successful. He’s gained asylum for thousands of persecuted Christian from Iraq, Syria and Egypt, and that caught the attention of the Obama...
  • OK, This Trump Thing Isn’t Funny Anymore

    08/27/2015 7:26:09 AM PDT · by McGruff · 192 replies
    THE DAILY BEAST ^ | 08.27.15 | Barrett Holmes Pitner
    As his poll numbers steadily keep him in a comfortable first place in the crowded GOP field, and he packs stadiums—receiving raucous applause in Alabama and along the Mexican border—his fiery and divisive rhetoric has taken on a new meaning. His positions have now become the focal point of the GOP field and all candidates must respond to Trump before they can proceed. What he and his supporters say can no longer be considered a joke. During his rally in Mobile, Alabama screams of “white power” could be heard from the audience. And last week, two white ex-cons from Boston...
  • REPUBLICAN CANDIDATES NEED A BETTER MESSAGE THAN TRUMP'S AND THEY BETTER FIND IT OR ELSE.......

    08/27/2015 5:38:03 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 80 replies
    8/28/2015 | Self
    What is Donald Trump? Is he serious or is he some sort of show? Is he some asymmetrical weapon sent in by the Clinton's to disrupt the Republican Party? He is certainly doing a good deed by tearing down the Republican Establishment and its anointed candidate, Jeb Bush. His strong push on Amnesty has drawn fire from the GOPe and its affiliated media who have reacted to the backlash by sometimes backing off or in one case even joining him like Ann Coulter (a spy sent in by the GOPe???). Trump has sucked away the attention and opinion poll ratings...
  • ENVOYS BOARD U.S. SHIP OFF TOKYO AS 1,200 PLANES GUARD BIG FLEET (8/27/45)

    08/27/2015 4:56:35 AM PDT · by Homer_J_Simpson · 31 replies
    Microfilm-New York Times archives, Monterey Public Library | 8/27/45 | Frank L. Kluckhohn, Tillman Durdin, W.H. Lawrence
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  • “Love Letters,” “The Southerner” (Movie Reviews-8/27/45)

    08/27/2015 4:52:04 AM PDT · by Homer_J_Simpson · 3 replies
    Microfilm-New York Times archives, Monterey Public Library | 8/27/45 | Bosley Crowther, A.W.
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  • GOP Senate Candidates Steer Clear of Defund Planned Parenthood Funding Letter [Profiles in Courage]

    08/27/2015 3:40:47 AM PDT · by markomalley · 8 replies
    National Journal ^ | 8/27/15 | Andrea Drusch
    This time last summer, a letter pledging to oppose any government-funding bill that included money to implement Obamacare was surging through the House GOP. Eventually, more than one-third of the GOP conference signed the letter, including top Senate candidates like Bill Cassidy and Steve Daines. Two years later, a similar recess letter about Planned Parenthood has not gained the same momentum, with just 18 House Republicans signing on. And this time, Senate candidates like Indiana Rep. Marlin Stutzman and Florida Rep. Ron DeSantis are notable because they have declined to join the signers.Both face competitive, multi-way Republican primaries in their...
  • Yarmuth "unsure" if Joe Biden would be better for Democrats than Hillary Clinton in 2016

    08/26/2015 7:52:35 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 6 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 8/25/2015 | Nick Storm
    After his recent criticism of Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton, U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Louisville, says Vice President Joe Biden’s entry in the race “could cause a lot of problems for a lot of Democrats (with) split loyalties.” Speaking to Pure Politics on Tuesday, Yarmuth said he’s “not sure yet” if a run from Biden would be better for Democrats seeking to keep the White House. “Joe is very popular. He is a great public servant,” Yarmuth said. (3:53) “I’ve known him since he came to the Senate in 1972. He’s a wonderful man, and I think he’d be a...