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  • In Health Law, a Boon for Diet Clinics

    07/05/2015 1:17:04 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 5 replies
    New York Times ^ | July 4, 2015 | By RACHEL ABRAMS and KATIE THOMAS
    Dr. Michael Kaplan looked across his desk at a woman who had sought out his Long Island Weight Loss Institute and asked the question he often poses to new patients: “Where do you think you go wrong with food?” The 38-year-old patient was about 20 pounds overweight and, as she described it, desperate. Weight Watchers, nutritionists — she had tried them all in vain. A physician like Dr. Kaplan, she reasoned, might be the only one left who could help her. “I’m really tired of it,” the woman said one recent afternoon, declining to give her name to a reporter....
  • ‘The Worst Visual Metaphor': CNN Panel Blasts Hillary’s Reporter Rope Line [VIDEO]

    07/05/2015 11:49:14 AM PDT · by lbryce · 49 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | July 5, 2015 | Al Weaver
    CNN’s “State of the Union” panel ripped former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her campaign Sunday one day after staffers corralled the press behind a rope as Clinton walked in a Fourth of July parade in New Hampshire. The panel consisting of CNN contributors S.E. Cupp and Van Jones, The Wall Street Journal’s Carol Lee, and CNN political reporter Jeff Zeleny roasted Clinton’s rope line, with Jones calling it “the worst visual metaphor” for her campaign. “This is humiliating for reporters who have to abide by Hillary Clinton’s rules of journalism,” Cupp told host Jake Tapper. “And it’s not...
  • S.F. killing sparks national outrage, likely political fallout

    07/05/2015 10:45:45 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 21 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | Sunday, July 5, 2015 | Carla Marinucci
    The barrage of outraged tweets from GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump decrying the shocking San Francisco slaying of 32-year old Kathryn Steinle signals the start of what may be an intense immigration debate with potential fallout in California, home to the nation’s largest undocumented population.
  • Poll: Americans say Confederate flag symbol of pride, not racism

    07/05/2015 11:09:20 AM PDT · by yoe · 11 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | July 2, 2015 | KELLY COHEN
    A majority of Americans see the Confederate flag as a symbol of Southern pride, not as a symbol of racism. [snip] Public opinion about the flag now is about where it was 15 years ago. In May 2009, 59 percent of Americans viewed the Confederate flag as symbol of Southern pride. Sixty-nine percent said the same in December 1992 — both according to a CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll.
  • Secret White House Gay Wedding Revealed

    07/05/2015 10:54:59 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 32 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 5 Jul 2015 | Charlie Spiering
    Before the White House was bathed in rainbow light to celebrate the Supreme Court’s decision to legalize gay marriage nationwide, a secret gay wedding was conducted in the building by former Obama speechwriter Jon Lovett. Lovett, who worked for Obama during his first term, reveals that he used his White House privileges to sneak in a pair of gay men under the guise of giving them a tour, then performed a wedding ceremony in the Rose Garden without the knowledge of the president. “We were very nervous. They were nervous because they were getting married. I was nervous because I...
  • How Did We Go From "Independence" to "Interdependence"?

    07/05/2015 9:30:41 AM PDT · by No One Special · 5 replies
    Diana West's Website ^ | July 4, 2015 | Diana West
    If July 4, 1776, is our Independence Day, March 11, 1941, is our Interdependence Day. A revolutionary thing happened on the way to World War II. It was called "Lend Lease." This was the legislation, approved on March 11, 1941, by which the neutral USA began to supply aid to countries at war with Hitler. It was spun by President Roosevelt and Democrats in Congress as a means of keeping America out of World War II, although it was recognized by many Republicans at the time as a war bill. But that's not all. Lend Lease granted extraordinary powers to...
  • S.E. Cupp: Clinton’s ‘Humiliating’ Rope Line Was Media’s Fault

    07/05/2015 8:44:16 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 63 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 5 Jul 2015 | Evan McMurry
    A CNN panel roundly criticized the Hillary Clinton campaign for keeping press members behind a moving rope line during Clinton’s Independence Day march Saturday, which created some unfortunate visuals for both the campaign and the journalists who complied with its request. On that note, commentarian S.E. Cupp said the political press needed to grow some backbone. “This is humiliating for reporters who have to abide by Hillary Clinton’s rules of journalism,” she said on CNN’s State of the Union Sunday morning. “And it’s not just this. It’s the entire campaign. She has kept them at a distance, she barely answers...
  • PETER HITCHENS: The best way to tackle terror? Keep calm and carry on quietly

    07/05/2015 6:58:40 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 18 replies
    Daily Mail.com ^ | 7/4/2015 | Peter Hitchens
    Politicians react to terrorism much as parents might respond when their lisping tiny offspring come home from sex-ed classes and ask them to explain what lesbians do. They panic. They have no idea what to say and they are terrified of committing themselves, righly suspecting that their answers will be stored up and embarrassingly remembered... But they have to pretend to know..... I have watched this for years... But last week they outdid themselves, churning out gallons of swirling hogwash. The most ridiculous of all was (as usual) the comically unqualified Education Secretary Nicky Morgan......... . How could teachers spot...
  • U.S. FLIERS SMASH JAPANESE CONVOY, BAG 2 DESTROYERS; PHILIPPINES FREED, M’ARTHUR ASSERTS (7/5/45)

    07/05/2015 6:25:55 AM PDT · by Homer_J_Simpson · 15 replies
    Microfilm-New York Times archives, Monterey Public Library | 7/5/45 | Warren Moscow, Lindesay Parrott, Raymond Daniell, Dana Adams Schmidt, Clifton Daniel, more
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  • Chicago extends taxing power to online movies, music, more (only 9%)

    07/05/2015 5:02:31 AM PDT · by Libloather · 19 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 7/02/15 | John Byrne and Amina Elahi
    Chicagoans who pay to stream movies and music from services like Netflix and Spotify will now need to fork over an additional 9 percent for the privilege, as will Chicago businesses that pay to use everything from real estate to court databases online, under a decision the city quietly made recently to expand its taxing power.. The added costs are the result of a ruling by the city Finance Department that extends the reach of ordinances governing two types of taxes — the city amusement tax and the city personal property lease transaction tax — to cover many products streamed...
  • 7-year-old boy killed among 30 shot in 8 hours overnight (Chicago)

    07/05/2015 4:38:09 AM PDT · by Libloather · 33 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 7/05/14 | Peter Nickeas, Alexandra Chachkevitch, Jeremy Gorner
    A 7-year-old boy and two men were killed overnight and at least 27 other people were injured during an 8-hour stretch that started not long after dark.. About 11:55 p.m., a 7-year-old boy was killed and a 26-year-old woman was injured in a shooting in the Humboldt Park neighborhood, police said. The woman and the boy were standing on a sidewalk in the 1100 block of North Harding Avenue when gunfire erupted and bullets hit them, police said. The boy was hit in the right side of the chest and was taken to Stroger Hospital in critical condition. He was...
  • What was the question again? Greek voters confused by baffling 74-word referendum conundrum

    07/05/2015 4:03:51 AM PDT · by Libloather · 16 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 7/04/15 | Keiligh Baker
    What was the question again? Greek voters confused by baffling 74-word referendum conundrum that demands a simple 'yes' or 'no' to decide country's future Greek voters who are facing a momentous vote tomorrow which may determine the country's future in Europe are confused by the baffling wording on the ballot paper. Nearly 10 million Greek voters will take to the ballot booths on Sunday to vote 'Yes' or 'No' in a referendum asking if they accept more austerity measures in return for bailout funds. But many are baffled by the strange wording of the 74-word question, which asks: 'Should the...
  • Clinton uses two aides and a rope to lasso journalists away from her on Fourth of July parade

    07/05/2015 3:54:29 AM PDT · by Libloather · 43 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 7/04/15 | Wills Robinson
    Hillary's wrangling of the reporters: Clinton uses two aides and a rope to lasso journalists away from her on Fourth of July parade As Hillary Clinton walked freely down a New Hampshire road, she shook hands and greeted residents with a smile. But the members of the press accompanying her were a bit more restricted in their movements - as they were guided through the streets with a rope. The former Secretary of State's campaign staff kept reporters, cameramen and photographers at arm's length as she joined a July 4 parade in Gorham - fueling speculation she is trying to...
  • Troops overseas get pizza on the Fourth thanks to suburban initiative

    07/05/2015 12:22:05 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 6 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | July 4, 2015 | By Susan Berger
    Pizzas — 5,500 of them — were delivered this Fourth of July to servicemen and women in Afghanistan and Kuwait, thanks to an initiative that was born at a kitchen table in Elk Grove Village. "It's raining pizza in Afghanistan," said Pizza 4 Patriots founder Mark Evans. "We air-drop it." Eight years ago, Evans and his son Kent were eating pizza and watching coverage of the Iraq war on television. Kent asked his dad, a retired Air Force master sergeant, if the troops got to eat pizza. Evans answered that they got MREs — meals ready to eat in a...
  • As Long as We're Discussing Flags, What About Minnesota's? (It's Racist)

    07/04/2015 10:56:17 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 52 replies
    Minnesota Star Tribune ^ | JULY 2, 2015 | Judith Harrington
    It, too, may fail to reflect current sensibilities. The current interest in the removal of the Confederate battle flag from public displays and store shelves provides an excellent opportunity to examine what the Minnesota state flag represents. The images on the flag are interpreted by state documents as innocuous symbols of the state’s history. A critical examination of what the flag is saying, however, should make Minnesotans reconsider what their state flag projects about their state. The state flag of Minnesota is often something that is taken for granted. Thousands of people see the flag flying without giving it a...
  • I Own Guns. But I Hate the NRA.

    07/04/2015 10:49:38 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 52 replies
    Minnesota Star Tribune ^ | JULY 4, 2015 | David Fellerath
    Some time after I bought my first gun, I got a robocall from the National Rifle Association, asking me to join. After the customary “Please stay on the line …” from a pleasant but earnest voice, I recoiled from the barkings of an angry-sounding man: “Did I know that Barack Hussein Obama and European leaders are meeting on American soil right now, at this very moment, to plot the confiscation of my guns?” The caller continued with his insinuations of an imminent United Nations plot against America, but before I could be handed off to a live operator, I hung...
  • New Jersey Boy Stands on Street Corner for Days Asking Drivers to "Honk for USA"

    07/04/2015 10:13:01 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    NBC San Diego ^ | Saturday, Jul 4, 2015
    A 14-year-old New Jersey boy eager to express his patriotism has been standing on a street corner in front of his house with an American flag and a sign reading "Honk if you love the USA," and he says he'll continue to stand there until the fireworks go off on the Fourth of July. Shpejtim Zenelej has been standing on the corner of Harold Avenue and Franklin Street in Rahway all day every day since Sunday, inspired to show his love for America after he saw reports of flag burning last week. "It's the best country in the world," he...
  • Star Trek Icon Apologizes for Clarence Thomas 'Blackface' Slur

    07/04/2015 9:34:56 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 72 replies
    The Root ^ | July 4 2015 | LYNETTE HOLLOWAY
    George Takei called Thomas a "clown in blackface" following the justice's dissent in last week's landmark same-sex marriage ruling.Star Trek legend George Takei has apologized for calling Clarence Thomas a "clown in blackface" following the Supreme Court justice's dissent in last week's landmark same-sex marriage ruling, according to CNN. "I was still seething, and I referred to him as a 'clown in blackface' to suggest that he had abdicated and abandoned his heritage," Takei wrote Friday in a Facebook post. "This was not intended to be racist, but rather to evoke a history of racism in the theatrical arts. While...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Sunday Chapel ~ EXAMINING THE FOUNDATION ~ 05 July 2015

    07/04/2015 5:01:01 PM PDT · by Kathy in Alaska · 69 replies
    Serving The Best Troops and Veterans In The World !! | The Canteen Crew
          EXAMINING THE FOUNDATION It was back in 1962, I'm told, when cracks began to appear in the 42nd story of a very expensive high-rise in Hong Kong. It had already withstood numerous typhoons. And there was no ready explanation for the cracks' sudden appearance. Yet there they were. Obviously, there had to be a problem somewhere. So a team of architects and structural engineers was called in to ferret out the cause. Finally, one determined engineer stumbled upon the reason as he was prowling around the foundations deep in the basement. When he tapped the plaster,...
  • Expert: Arab Armies 'Falling Apart,' IDF Will Have to Fight ISIS

    07/04/2015 4:40:33 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 45 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 3/7/15 | Yaakov Levi
    Israel's former ambassador to Egypt, Zvi Mazel, currently a researcher at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (JCPA), believes that the Egyptian army is not going to be able to successfully fight ISIS. In the end, he believes, the IDF is going to have to do the job. “The Egyptian army has not collapsed, and it is very large, with 600,000 soldiers,” said Mazel. “But for two years they have been fighting guerrillas in Sinai, unsuccessfully. They are just not experienced enough in guerrilla warfare.” Eventually, it is very possible that ISIS will take over Sinai – placing them along...
  • ISIS Leader Killed in Airstrike in Syria

    07/04/2015 4:31:33 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 3/7/15
    A senior Islamic State (ISIS) leader who recruited funds and fighters and procured weapons for the jihadists has been killed in a coalition airstrike in Syria, the Pentagon said Thursday, according to the AFP news agency. The leader was identified as Tariq bin Tahar al-Awni al-Harzi. He was killed in the northern city of Shaddadi on June 16, Pentagon spokesman Navy Captain Jeff Davis said in a statement. His brother Ali, an ISIS recruiter and person of interest in the 2012 Benghazi attack, was killed by an airstrike in Iraq a day earlier. The Pentagon said Harzi was "responsible for...
  • Game On: Trump Responds to Jeb

    07/04/2015 4:05:35 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 57 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Juy 4, 2015 | Breitbart
    Billionaire GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump provided a statement to Breitbart News regarding Mitt Romney and Jeb Bush’s attacks on his immigration stance, reiterating his support for powerful border security and an immigration policy that serves American interests. “Mr. Trump is concerned about the 90 million Americans that are outside our workforce, a Trump adviser told Breitbart News. “Jeb Bush wants to import more low-skilled, unemployed foreigners who will further drive down wages for the middle class.” Read Trump’s statement below: I am very proud to be fighting for a strong and secure border. This is a very important issue,...
  • Clinton says she takes a 'backseat to no one' among liberals

    07/04/2015 1:37:29 PM PDT · by Libloather · 37 replies
    AP via MSN ^ | 7/04/15 | KEN THOMAS
    HANOVER, N.H. — Hillary Rodham Clinton said Friday she takes a "backseat to no one" on championing liberal causes, presenting herself as a standard-bearer for Democrats as primary challenger Bernie Sanders generates large, energetic crowds. Clinton addressed 850 people at an outdoor amphitheater at Dartmouth College, a last-minute venue change made to accommodate a larger audience. Days earlier, Sanders spoke before about 10,000 people in Madison, Wisconsin. The former secretary of state made no mention of Sanders but warned that Republicans would unravel President Barack Obama's policies if they recaptured the White House, including the repeal of his signature health...
  • Isil stands for Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant. Does David Cameron not realise this?

    07/04/2015 10:50:07 AM PDT · by Eurotwit · 9 replies
    The Spectator ^ | 2 July 2015 18:09Nick Cohen | Nick Cohen
    p It is very easy to make David Cameron and the Scottish National Party look ridiculous. But as every soldier and journalist knows, just because a target is easy doesn’t mean you shouldn’t hit it. The attempt by supposedly respectable politicians to use trickery and outright lies to rebrand Islamic State as a state that has nothing to with Islam is too good to miss. David Cameron kicked off this week when he shouted at the BBC for calling Islamic State ‘Islamic State’. Yesterday at Prime Minister’s Questions he was at it again. Islamic State should not be called ‘Islamic...
  • Donald Trump: Let Golf Be For the Rich Elite

    07/04/2015 10:06:15 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    Fortune ^ | JULY 1, 2015 | Daniel Roberts
    The presidential candidate has strong views on the future of the sport. Donald Trump is a 2016 presidential candidate, but he is also a real estate magnate and business tycoon whose portfolio includes hotels, a beauty pageant, a fashion line, a magazine, a cologne, and more. He also happens to own 15 different golf courses, though a recent report suggests that he has overstated the value of his golf empire by $1 billion. Trump’s golf interests may be about to come under the spotlight more than ever before. This week, Univision, NBC and Macy’s all cut ties with Trump because...
  • Donald Trump Will Have to Disclose His Net Worth and Earnings From Trump University, Judge Rules

    07/04/2015 10:02:46 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 72 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | Friday, July 3, 201 | DAREH GREGORIAN
    Donald Trump has to put his mouth where his money is. The Republican presidential candidate will have to answer questions under oath about his net worth - and about how much money he raked in from his now-defunct Trump University, a California federal court judge ruled this week. Lawyers for The Donald had contended he didn't have to answer questions in a civil racketeering lawsuit about how much money he made from the "school" because he'd already acknowledged under oath that he had "significant involvement with both the operations and overall business strategy of Trump University." In a ruling Tuesday,...
  • B-29’S SEAR JAPAN IN 4-WAY STRIKE ON FOURTH OF JULY (7/4/45)

    07/04/2015 4:39:45 AM PDT · by Homer_J_Simpson · 16 replies
    Microfilm-New York Times archives, Monterey Public Library | 7/4/45 | Warren Moscow, Lindesay Parrott, Pertinax, Raymond Daniell, David Anderson, Harold Callender, more
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  • The World’s Muslims: Religion, Politics and Society (Released April 30, 2013)

    07/03/2015 10:29:46 PM PDT · by beaversmom · 9 replies
    Pew ^ | April 30, 2013 | Pew
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  • 22 Years a Slave: Fisherman Survives Beating, Shackling, Years in Jungle

    07/03/2015 10:19:44 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    Global News ^ | 7/3 | Margie Mason
    All he did was ask to go home. The last time the Burmese slave made the same request, he was beaten almost to death. But after being gone eight years and forced to work on a boat in faraway Indonesia, Myint Naing was willing to risk everything to see his mother again. His nights were filled with dreams of her, and time was slowly stealing her face from his memory. So he threw himself on the ground and roped his arms around the captain’s legs to beg for freedom. The Thai skipper barked loud enough for all to hear that...
  • NASCAR Distances Itself From Donald Trump After Remarks

    07/03/2015 8:30:56 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 90 replies
    NASCAR is the latest corporation to distance itself from Donald Trump. On the same day one of its top sponsors called on NASCAR to take a stance against Trump, the motorsports series said it will not hold its season-ending awards ceremony at the Trump National Doral Miami. "We looked at everything we saw coming down and what we heard from our sponsors and our partners and what we feel we should be doing, and that's what led us to the decision today," NASCAR spokesman David Higdon said Friday at Daytona International Speedway. Trump's spokesman, Hope Hicks, declined to comment to...
  • JUDICIAL WATCH: OBAMA AND HILLARY CLINTON CONCOCTED BENGHAZI VIDEO LIE WITH JIHADIST HELP

    07/03/2015 8:18:40 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 73 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 7-3-2015 | Edwin Mora
    JUDICIAL WATCH: OBAMA AND HILLARY CLINTON CONCOCTED BENGHAZI VIDEO LIE WITH JIHADIST HELP White House photo/Pete Souza by EDWIN MORA3 Jul 2015Washington, D.C. President Obama and Hillary Clinton likely made the decision to falsely tie an inflammatory anti-Islam Internet video to the fatal Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attack that left four Americans dead in Benghazi, Libya, the chief of the conservative government watchdog group Judicial Watch (JW) told Breitbart News. The president and then-Secretary of State Clinton sought the assistance from domestic and foreign jihadists in spreading the online video lie, added JW President Tom Fitton. Breitbart News spoke to...
  • A whole island pretending to be blind...: New book reveals how Greeks cheated THEMSELVES into ruin

    07/03/2015 8:10:40 PM PDT · by Rockitz · 43 replies
    DailyMail.com ^ | 3 July 2015 | Flora Drury For Mailonline
    Greece in teetering on the brink of ruin - and it is hard not to feel sympathy for the pensioners crying in the street and the mothers facing empty supermarket shelves. Yet those reading a new book may find themselves feeling a little less compassionate towards the Greeks. It reveals an eye-popping catalogue of benefits scams and tax avoidance schemes that have robbed the public purse. James Angelos' The Full Catastrophe: Travels among the New Greek Ruins lays bare the corruption which filtered through all levels of society - from the islanders who pretended to be blind, to the families...
  • Sexually trafficked girl recounts litany of horrors under DCF’s watch

    07/03/2015 6:02:53 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 14 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | July 3, 2015 | By Carol Marbin Miller
    Neglect and abandonment landed the girl in foster care. But it’s what happened next, she said, that nearly destroyed her. In a hushed courtroom in Miami’s gleaming new downtown Children’s Courthouse, a teenage foster child inventoried the traumas she had endured at the hands of those who were assigned to protect her: She had been starved and beaten, molested and forced to fight during her two years in foster homes and group care. As a runaway, she was trafficked into prostitution. And, just as her life appeared to be mending, the girl was raped by a driver in whose care...
  • FReeper Canteen - Independence Day Weekend - 4 July 2015

    07/03/2015 5:59:16 PM PDT · by AZamericonnie · 268 replies
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  • Calls to Oust Ecuador’s President Flare Before Visit by the Pope

    07/03/2015 5:55:18 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 3 replies
    New York Times ^ | July 3, 2015 | By William Neuman
    QUITO, Ecuador — Protesters calling for the ouster of President Rafael Correa have filled the streets of Ecuador’s largest cities in recent weeks in some of the largest antigovernment demonstrations here in years, creating tensions on the eve of a visit by Pope Francis. Both the government and the opposition have been using the pope’s visit to get their messages across, giving rise to complaints that they are usurping the historic event for political ends. Some government opponents have used social media to urge people to shout a slogan at the end of the pope’s two giant Masses in the...
  • Greek banks prepare plan to raid deposits to avert collapse

    07/03/2015 5:53:34 PM PDT · by House Atreides · 85 replies
    FT.com ^ | July 3, 2015 | Kerin Hope
    Greek banks are preparing contingency plans for a possible “bail-in” of depositors amid fears the country is heading for financial collapse, bankers and businesspeople with knowledge of the measures said on Friday. The plans, which call for a “haircut” of at least 30 per cent on deposits above €8,000, sketch out an increasingly likely scenario for at least one bank, the sources said.
  • 2 arrested in human trafficking investigation

    07/03/2015 3:23:28 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 2 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | July 3, 2015 | By Post-Tribune staff
    A man and woman face state human trafficking and federal Mann Act charges after a raid on a Gary apartment. Vondell B. Henry, 45, and Ashley Ann Friske, 26, both of Gary, were arrested by Lake County Sheriff's Department officers around 8 a.m. Wednesday in an apartment in the 3500 block of Washington Street in the city's Glen Park section near Indiana University Northwest. In a news release Thursday, Lake County Sheriff's Department spokesman Officer Mark Back said the department conducted a search warrant at the apartment with the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security. . .
  • Bernie Sanders’s Revolutionary Roots Were Nurtured in ’60s Vermont

    07/03/2015 1:40:21 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 27 replies
    New York Times ^ | July 3, 2015 | By SARAH LYALL
    BURLINGTON, Vt. — When he came to Vermont in the late 1960s to help plan the upending of the old social order, the future presidential candidate Bernie Sanders brought with him the belief that the United States was starkly divided into two groups: the establishment and the revolutionaries. He was a revolutionary. “The Revolution Is Life Versus Death,” in fact, was the title of an article he wrote for The Vermont Freeman, an alternative, authority-challenging newspaper published for a few years back then. The piece began with an apocalyptically alarmist account of the unbearable horror of having an office job...
  • Nicholas Winton, Rescuer of 669 Children From Holocaust, Dies at 106

    07/03/2015 1:25:37 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 6 replies
    New York Times ^ | July 1, 2015 | By ROBERT D. McFADDEN
    Nicholas Winton, a Briton who said nothing for a half-century about his role in organizing the escape of 669 mostly Jewish children from Czechoslovakia on the eve of World War II, a righteous deed like those of Oskar Schindler and Raoul Wallenberg, died on Wednesday in Maidenhead, England. He was 106. The Rotary Club of Maidenhead, of which Mr. Winton was a former president, announced his death on its website. He lived in Maidenhead, west of London. It was only after Mr. Winton’s wife found a scrapbook in the attic of their home in 1988 — a dusty record of...
  • In letter to employees, Humana CEO promises some jobs to remain in Louisville

    07/03/2015 1:07:17 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 15 replies
    WDRB News ^ | 07/03/2015
    OUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- WDRB News has obtained an e-mail message that was distributed to Humana employees this morning, after news of a proposed sale of Humana to Aetna became public. The e-mail was from Bruce Broussard, the president and CEO of Humana. The text of that e-mail is reproduced below: (Click HERE to also view a FAQ that was distributed to stakeholders.) A Message from Bruce Broussard Today marks an important and exciting day in our company’s history. We have just announced that Aetna and Humana will merge to create a new healthcare organization. While there are many reasons...
  • MCCONNELL: Proposed sale of Humana the result of 'Obamacare'

    07/03/2015 12:57:00 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 40 replies
    WDRB News ^ | July 3, 2015
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell issued a statement Friday morning, saying he predicted the "type of consolidation" exhibited by the proposed sale of Humana to Aetna and pointed to the Affordable Care Act as the root cause. McConnell's statement reads as follows: "For more than 30 years, Humana has been a cornerstone of economic growth and a great philanthropic partner in our community. This morning’s announcement, as I predicted during the debate five years ago, is the inevitable result of Obamacare’s push toward consolidation as doctors, hospitals, and insurers merge in response to an ever-growing government."
  • 'Grassroots Movement Working': Bernie Sanders Gains On the Clinton Machine

    07/03/2015 12:40:16 PM PDT · by lbryce · 14 replies
    Guardian ^ | July 3, 2015 | Staff
    What began as a progressive pipe dream – that a rabble-rousing senator from the nation’s second least populous state could wrest the Democratic presidential nomination from one of the most well-known politicians in recent history – is starting to seem plausible. By way of massive rallies, grassroots politicking and a record-setting number small donations, Vermont senator Bernie Sanders is winning over progressive voters, convincing them that his underdog campaign has a fighting chance against Hillary Clinton’s well-oiled – and extraordinarily well-funded – political machine. On Thursday, the Sanders campaign announced it raised $15m since 30 April from 250,000 donors, many...
  • Hillary Clinton Signals to Jewish donors: I’ll Be Better for Israel

    07/03/2015 12:09:24 PM PDT · by lbryce · 35 replies
    Politico ^ | Juy 3, 2015 | KENNETH P. VOGEL and TARINI PARTI
    Hillary Clinton is privately signaling to wealthy Jewish donors that — no matter the result of the Iranian nuclear negotiations — she will be a better friend to Israel than President Barack Obama. But, even as donors increasingly push Clinton on the subject in private, they have emerged with sometimes widely varying interpretations about whether she would support a prospective deal, according to interviews with more than 10 influential donors and fundraising operatives. Clinton’s private responses in some ways resemble a foreign policy Rorschach test; donors who see a deal as important to world peace have come away thinking that...
  • 3 dead, 5 wounded in Chicago as July 4th weekend begins

    07/03/2015 10:13:29 AM PDT · by Libloather · 20 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 7/03/15 | Peter Nickeas, Alexandra Chachkevitch
    At least three men were killed and another five people were wounded across Chicago as the Fourth of July weekend got underway.. On one block in the Back of the Yards neighborhood, a man was killed and another man was wounded about nine hours apart in shootings at the corner of 49th and Justine streets. Police said both men belonged to the La Razas gang, which has been fighting with a gang to the north in a small pocket of the Back of the Yards called "Halo City.”
  • Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras learning EU’s No. 1 rule: Don’t mess with Angela Merkel

    07/03/2015 6:12:43 AM PDT · by canuck_conservative · 9 replies
    Financial Post [Canada] / Bloomberg ^ | Friday, July 3, 2015 | Matthew Campbell
    ... The German chancellor’s disapproval helped end the political careers of former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi and Greek leader George Papandreou. After burning through whatever goodwill he had with Merkel’s lawmakers and the German public, the current Greek premier could be next.... “We are watching the end of the political career of Alexis Tsipras,” Jacob Kirkegaard, a senior fellow at Peterson Institute in Washington, said in a Bloomberg Radio interview. “Mr. Tsipras can continue his career on T-shirts for students, replacing Che Guevara.”... Refusing to play ball with Germany didn’t turn out well for Berlusconi, whose premiership had survived...
  • [Macon, GA] Catholic School Teacher Fired for Same-Sex Marriage Files Federal Lawsuit

    07/03/2015 6:09:36 AM PDT · by markomalley · 26 replies
    A Catholic school in Macon, Ga., is facing a federal discrimination lawsuit from a former teacher whose employment was terminated in 2014 after the school found that he would be legally marrying his same-sex partner. “The argument being made in this suit—that a Catholic school’s commitment to upholding Catholic teaching on marriage is discriminatory toward homosexual employees—is a grave threat to Catholic education,” said Patrick Reilly, president of The Cardinal Newman Society. “A Catholic school exists for the very purpose of teaching the faith and forming young people for God,” he continued. “The implication is that our religion itself, rooted...
  • ACLU Of Kentucky Files Class Action Suit Against Rowan County And Its Clerk [sodomite marriage lic.]

    07/03/2015 5:58:28 AM PDT · by markomalley · 11 replies
    WLEX ^ | 7/2/15
    The American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky has filed a lawsuit on behalf of four Rowan County couples, two same-gender couples and two opposite-gender couples, denied marriage licenses by County Clerk Kim Davis, a press release from the ACLU confirms. Davis is standing firm on her decision to stop issuing marriage licenses, despite dozens of protesters who gathered outside the courthouse. "My conscience will not allow me to issue a license for a same sex couple," says Kim Davis, "because I know that God ordained marriage from the very foundation of this world to be between a man and a...
  • State Silences Bakers Who Refused to Make Cake for Lesbian Couple, Fines Them $135K

    07/03/2015 5:14:13 AM PDT · by Truth29 · 90 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | July 2, 2015 | Kelsey Harkness
    Oregon Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian finalized a preliminary ruling today ordering Aaron and Melissa Klein, the bakers who refused to make a cake for a same-sex wedding, to pay $135,000 in emotional damages to the couple they denied service. “This case is not about a wedding cake or a marriage,” Avakian wrote. “It is about a business’s refusal to serve someone because of their sexual orientation. Under Oregon law, that is illegal.” In the ruling, Avakian placed an effective gag order on the Kleins, ordering them to “cease and desist” from speaking publicly about not wanting to bake cakes for...
  • TRUMAN PRESENTS CHARTER TO SENATE FOR RATIFICATION AS WORLD’S HOPE FOR PEACE (7/3/45)

    07/03/2015 4:55:30 AM PDT · by Homer_J_Simpson · 19 replies
    Microfilm-New York Times archives, Monterey Public Library | 7/3/45 | James B. Reston, James A. Hagerty, Raymond Daniell, Dana Adams Schmidt, Lindesay Parrott, more
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  • Satanic Temple Looking for New Home for Baphomet Statue After Oklahoma Court’s Ruling

    07/03/2015 12:41:00 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    KFOR ^ | JULY 2, 2015
    After the decision by the Oklahoma Supreme Court to remove the Ten Commandments Monument outside the state Capitol, the Satanic Temple is now looking for another home for its Baphomet monument. In 2012, Rep. Mike Ritze paid for the installation of a Ten Commandments Monument at the Oklahoma State Capitol’s front lawn. Since he paid for the Commandments himself, it was classified as a donation and was allowed to be placed on government property. After the Ten Commandments Monument was placed at the Oklahoma Capitol, the Satanic Temple announced that it wanted to donate a public monument to “complement and...