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  • Hong Kong moves to clear unruly protest site

    11/25/2014 3:50:39 PM PST · by robowombat · 1 replies
    World Affairs Journal ^ | November 26, 2014, 12:03 am TWN | Kelvin Chan
    Hong Kong moves to clear unruly protest site By Kelvin Chan November 26, 2014, 12:03 am TWN HONG KONG -- Hong Kong authorities began clearing a 2-month-old pro-democracy protest site in Mong Kok district Tuesday, risking confrontation with demonstrators in the neighborhood, a flashpoint for previous violent clashes with police and angry mobs. A total of 80 people were arrested, police said. Twenty-three were detained for contempt of court after police warned them not to interfere with workers and bailiffs enforcing a court order to remove obstructions from part of the protest area, one of three sites in the city...
  • 69% of Americans oppose deal leaving Iran with nuclear capabilities

    11/25/2014 3:43:58 PM PST · by Dave346 · 5 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | November 25, 2014, 6:44 pm | David Horovitz
    Survey shows ‘Netanyahu closer to the American people than Obama’ on Iran, says pollster Frank Luntz More than two-thirds of Americans oppose a deal with Iran that would allow it to maintain nuclear weapons capabilities, according to a new survey by American political strategist Frank Luntz. Americans are also overwhelmingly mistrustful of Iran, and consider it to be the country that poses the greatest threat to the United States. The survey, shown to The Times of Israel on Tuesday, the day after US-led talks with Iran were extended till next July, also found an overwhelming majority of Americans believe the...
  • U.S. to leave more troops than first planned in Afghanistan: sources

    11/25/2014 3:11:19 PM PST · by huldah1776 · 1 replies
    Orlando Sentinal ^ | November 25, 2014 | Tribune wire report
    The United States is preparing to increase the number of troops it keeps in Afghanistan in 2015 to fill a gap left in the NATO mission by other contributing nations, according to three sources with direct knowledge of the situation. The final numbers are still being agreed, but there will be at least several hundred more than initially planned, one of the sources said. "If they hadn't done that, the mission would have lost bases," the source said. Under the U.S. commitment, described as a "bridging solution" until other nations fulfill their pledges later in the year or the troops...
  • Russian Official: Ferguson Highlights ‘Serious Challenges to American Society and its Stability’

    11/25/2014 3:09:24 PM PST · by ilovesarah2012 · 24 replies
    stlouis.cbslocal.com ^ | November 25, 2014
    MOSCOW (CBS St. Louis/AP) — The violent protests in Ferguson, Missouri, reflect simmering U.S. tensions over racial discrimination that could undermine the country’s stability, a senior Russian diplomat said Tuesday. The comments by the Russian Foreign Ministry’s human rights envoy, Konstantin Dolgov, were among the sharpest from a foreign official as images of violent protests in Ferguson topped newscasts around the world. The protests came after a grand jury’s decision not to indict a white police officer in the killing of an unarmed black man, 18-year-old Michael Brown. “The developments in Ferguson and other cities highlight serious challenges to the...
  • How many K-12 students are illegal immigrants?

    11/25/2014 3:05:22 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    Washington Post ^ | November 21, 2014 | By Valerie Strauss
    According to the Pew Research Center’s Hispanic Trends Project, 6.9 percent of K-12 students had parents of illegal immigrants in 2012, while far less — 1.4 percent — of all students were illegal immigrants themselves. Nevada had the biggest percentage of students with parents who were illegal immigrants, followed by California, at 13.2 percent; Texas, at 13.1 percent; and Arizona, at 11 percent. The figures come from a new report that says there were an estimated 11.2 million illegal immigrants in the United States in 2012 (the latest year for which there is data), the same as in 2009. (The...
  • Flournoy drops out of running for Pentagon job

    11/25/2014 2:25:01 PM PST · by jazusamo · 26 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 25, 2014 | Martin Matishak
    Michčle Flournoy, a former Pentagon official who was viewed as a front-runner to replace outgoing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, has taken herself out of contention for the Cabinet post. Flournoy on Tuesday sent a letter to the board of directors for the Center for a New American Security saying she plans to remain in her position as the think tank’s chief executive officer,Foreign Policy reported. Flournoy had previously served as undersecretary of Defense for policy from 2009 to 2012, working under both Robert Gates and Leon Panetta. She was viewed as a possible replacement for Panetta when he announced his...
  • Hagel Didn't Start the Fire

    11/25/2014 2:18:19 PM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 25, 2014 | Pat Buchanan
    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, a Vietnam war veteran and the lone Republican on Obama's national security team, has been fired. And John McCain's assessment is dead on. Hagel, he said, "was never really brought into that real tight circle inside the White House that makes all the decisions which has put us into the incredible debacle that we're in today throughout the world." Undeniably, U.S. foreign policy is in a shambles. But what were the "decisions" that produced the "incredible debacle"? Who made them? Who supported them? The first would be George W. Bush's decision to invade Iraq, a war...
  • The Clock is Ticking in Switzerland

    11/25/2014 2:01:24 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Townhall ^ | 11/25/2014 | Peter Schiff
    For most of my career in international investing, I had always placed a great deal of faith in Switzerland's financial markets. In recent years, however, as the Swiss government has sought to hitch its wagon to the flailing euro currency and kowtow increasingly to U.S.-based financial requirements, this faith has been shaken. But this week (November 30th) a referendum in Switzerland on whether its central bank will be required to hold at least 20% of its reserves in gold, will offer ordinary Swiss citizens a rare opportunity to reclaim their country's strong economic heritage. It's a vote that few outside...
  • U.S. authorities need to build trust on race issues: U.N. rights chief (Jordanian Prince)

    11/25/2014 1:57:07 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    Yahoo! News Canada / Reuters ^ | November 25, 2014 | Tom Miles
    GENEVA (Reuters) - U.S. authorities need to tackle a "deep and festering" mistrust in some sectors of the population and examine how race relations affect law enforcement, the U.N.'s human rights chief said on Tuesday. About a dozen buildings in surburban Ferguson, Missouri, burned overnight and police fired tear gas at protesters angry that a grand jury had cleared police officer Darren Wilson in the Aug. 9 shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown. Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein at the United Nations said he was "deeply concerned at the disproportionate number of young African Americans who die in encounters with police officers,...
  • What Scares China's Military: The 1991 Gulf War

    11/25/2014 1:31:53 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The National Interest ^ | November 24, 2014 | Robert Farley
    In 1991, Chinese military officers watched as the United States dismantled the Iraqi Army, a force with more battle experience and somewhat greater technical sophistication than the People’s Liberation Army (PLA). The Americans won with casualties that were trivial by historical standards. This led to some soul searching. The PLA hadn’t quite been on autopilot in the 1980s, but the pace of reform in the military sector had not matched that of social and economic life in China. Given the grim performance of the PLA in the 1979 Sino-Vietnamese War, as well as the collapse of the Soviet Union, something...
  • N. Korea: Kim Jong-un tours museum of US 'cannibal' atrocities

    11/25/2014 12:49:26 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 18 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 25 Nov 2014 | Leon Siciliano,
    Kim Jong-un tours museum of US 'cannibal' atrocities North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has described Americans as "cannibals" after visiting an anti-US museum in Pyongyang By Leon Siciliano, and AFP, video source ITN 2:36PM GMT 25 Nov 2014 North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, under pressure over Pyongyang's human rights record, has toured a museum dedicated to alleged atrocities by US forces during the Korean War, state media said Tuesday. The visit to the Sinchon Museum of United States War Atrocities was aimed at rousing the whole country "to an all-out anti-US struggle," the state-run KCNA news agency said. It comes...
  • LIVE THREAD- Fergidishu Burrning - DAY TWO

    11/25/2014 12:34:31 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 240 replies
    Various | 11-25-2014 | TCRLAF
    Protestors blocking I-70 bridge in downtown STL, right now. Ferguson Mayor's Presser just ended. No doubt that events will "Heat up" again tonight. STL County Police Scanner via UStream http://www.ustream.tv/channel/st-louis-county-police-scanner
  • Erdogan: Of course women aren’t equal to men ( Moslem Turkey )

    11/25/2014 11:13:41 AM PST · by george76 · 17 replies
    Hot Air ^ | November 25, 2014 | Jazz Shaw
    In case you were looking for an actual “war on women” as opposed to some fictional hysteria constructed for the entertainment of daytime cable news soap operas, you might want to take a look at Turkey. The new president of our “ally” in the region near Syria, Tayyip Erdogan, decided to opine on the subject of gender relations this week and he really wasn’t worried about mincing words. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said women cannot be treated as equal to men, and has accused feminists of rejecting motherhood. “You cannot put women and men on an equal footing,”...
  • ISIS, The Caliphate Of Madmen Starts To Crumble

    11/25/2014 10:51:17 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    World Crunch ^ | 11/25/2014 | Alfred Hackensberger
    The ISIS terror group believes that if it is Allah's will, the organization will take over much of the world. But at the moment, Allah doesn't seem to be on their side. -Analysis-BERLIN — According to the ISIS terror group's five-year plan, the entire northern half of Africa, and large parts of Europe and Asia, should be conquered by 2019. Then comes the rest of the world. It's a ludicrous plan, but it nevertheless remains a firm foundation of ISIS ideology. "Conquer, stay, expand" is the slogan of the Stone Age Islamists. It's time to restore Muslim honor, says ISIS...
  • The Economist Pulls 'Anti-Semitic' Cartoon on Barack Obama and Iran

    11/25/2014 10:42:47 AM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 6 replies
    The Jewish Daily Forward ^ | 01/21/2014 | JTA
    The Economist removed a cartoon from an article on its internet edition that has been characterized as anti-Semitic. The cartoon was removed Tuesday from the weekly publication, where it ran alongside an article published on Jan. 18. The cartoon appears in the print edition of the magazine. An editor’s note appended at the end of the article titled “Negotiating with Iran: A Big Gap to Close,” about the difficulties between the United States and Iran over negotiating changes to Iran’s nuclear program, read: “The print edition of this story had a cartoon which inadvertently caused offense to some readers, so...
  • EV-D68: The Mystery Illness That’s Not Actually A Mystery

    11/25/2014 9:16:57 AM PST · by george76 · 12 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 11/17/2014 | Brian Joondeph
    Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) is one of over 100 non-polio enteroviruses, according to the CDC. For most people infected, it causes flu-like symptoms, mild to severe. It spreads just like the common cold virus, through coughing, sneezing, handshakes, or touching a surface touched by someone with the infection. Over this past summer and fall, the United States, “has experienced a nationwide outbreak of enterovirus D68,” according to the CDC. For most infected persons, it’s just another cold. But “more severe infections can lead to hypoxia, meningitis, eye problems, heart involvement, and rarely paralysis.” This sudden surge in EV-D68 cases is perplexing...
  • Health News Headlines: EV-D68 In 46 States; TB Global Spread Continues

    11/25/2014 9:11:11 AM PST · by george76 · 6 replies
    Sound Medicine Radio ^ | October 24, 2014
    The CDC reported nearly 1000 cases of Enterovirus D 68 have now shown up in 46 states ... Meanwhile the global spread of TB is getting worse. The World Health Organization reported nine million cases of the infectious disease last year—mainly in underdeveloped countries. 1.5 million people died from it. The WHO says TB is now the second fastest growing infectious disease killer after AIDS, and that it’ll take a lot more money to get TB under control. Doctors in Poland took to the internet this week looking for volunteers: specifically, patients with spinal cord injuries caused by a knife...
  • CDC: Twelve Deaths Linked to Polio-Like EV-D68

    11/25/2014 9:03:15 AM PST · by george76 · 13 replies
    Sharyl Attkisson ^ | November 16, 2014 | Sharyl Attkisson
    The U.S. death toll from the mysterious Enterovirus D-68, which primarily strikes young children, has reached twelve. But as the number of livest lost increases, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that most states over the last five weeks have indicated “reduced EV-D68-like illness activity.” The latest CDC update on the current outbreak of the polio-like Enterovirus D-68 states that it has now been detected “in specimens from twelve patients who died and had samples submitted for testing.” That’s one more death than was disclosed in last week’s update. The CDC account does not provide information as to where...
  • John Kerry Advised Russian Foreign Minister ‘Just Ignore Obama’

    11/25/2014 8:58:19 AM PST · by PROCON · 26 replies
    observer.com ^ | Nov. 24, 2014 | Kevin B. Sanders
    US Secretary of State Adivses Russian Counterpart Not To Take US President's Words At Face Value Though it went entirely unnoticed in the Western press, all major Russian news outlets – RIA Novosti, Sputnik, RT, and others – were only too happy to report on what US Secretary of State John Kerry said last week to the Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in private: “Just ignore Obama’s statements.” According to Mr. Lavrov, John Kerry advised him not to pay too much attention to the US President’s harsh rhetoric directed toward his state. As recently as September, during his speech to...
  • Iran: ‘Americans Have Very Clearly Surrendered’

    11/25/2014 8:57:20 AM PST · by don-o · 17 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | November 25, 2014 | Adam Kredo
    VIENNA—Top Iranian leaders have been celebrating a recently inked extension in nuclear negotiations with the West, with leading military figures and politicians saying that the deal is a sign that the “Americans have very clearly surrendered to Iran’s might,” according to regional reports. As negotiations in Vienna break up so that leaders from all sides can return to their countries for further deliberations, the Iranians have already begun mocking the West and insisting that the country’s nuclear rights will soon be recognized. With a seven-month extension in talks—originally scheduled to expire on Monday—set to start in early December, nuclear experts...
  • Saudi National Detained At Fort Sam Houston, Explosives Found In Vehicle

    11/25/2014 8:42:29 AM PST · by LSUfan · 41 replies
    CBS Houston ^ | 24 Nov 14 | Unattributed
    <p>Officials at Fort Sam Houston say they’ve taken into custody the driver of a vehicle that military officials say contained explosive materials, and which sparked a lockdown at the San Antonio Army base.</p> <p>The Bexar County Sheriff’s Department said on Twitter that the lockdown was being handled by military police, and the sheriff’s department had no units assigned to the case.</p>
  • What Obama Plan Misses

    11/25/2014 7:47:08 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 8 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | November 24, 2014 | Malcolm A. Kline
    The Constitutional law professor in the White House missed a few key details in his pitch to halt the deportation of several million illegal aliens, according to another law professor. “I thought it was a pretty good speech, except for the facts,” Jay Ting, a law professor at Temple said last Friday in remarks at the Heritage Foundation. For one thing, “Qualified legal immigrants have waited 20 years” to become citizens, Ting observed. Ting served as an attorney in the U. S. Justice Department during the administration of George H. W. Bush. Moreover, “There are those on the other side...
  • France suspends delivery of warship to Russia over situation in Ukraine

    11/25/2014 6:26:44 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 13 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 25, 2014 | Associated Press (AP)
    PARIS – France suspended the planned delivery of a warship to Russia on Tuesday, after months of growing speculation about what would be the biggest arms sale ever by a NATO country to the Kremlin. ·
  • Immigration Agencies Not Actually Capable of Processing 5 Million Applications

    11/25/2014 6:00:42 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 11/25/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Obama’s illegal alien amnesty is just going to be an open door. It’s his DREAMER amnesty on a much bigger scale.The infrastructure isn’t there to process and check all these applications. Congress won’t be allocating money for an illegal unilateral amnesty (which sets them up to be blamed for the consequences of Obama’s illegal actions) so the whole thing will be an open door for just about anyone trying to get through. The political debate over Obama’s unilateral immigration actions is obscuring the more basic question of whether the federal government is actually up to the task of handling...
  • It Takes More Paperwork to Kill a Terrorist Than To Go To the Moon

    11/25/2014 5:52:50 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 11/25/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    If you’re wondering why we’re having so much trouble winning the War on Terror, here’s how much bureaucracy taking out a Taliban terrorist involves. I explained that for the more complex missions, such as a mission to search for a weapons cache or to kill or capture a Haqqani commander, my Special Forces teams had to assemble a forty-slide conop for briefing and approval by a dozen higher headquarters if the team wanted to use helicopters.“A dozen command approvals?” Vickers asked me incredulously. “Name them.” The lieutenant colonel who was accompanying him glared at me over Vickers’ shoulder.“Absolutely. Now,...
  • No 'Fun in Acapulco' these days: Elvis Presley wouldn't recognize the place

    11/25/2014 5:37:57 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/25/2014 | Silvio Canto Jr.
    Years ago, Elvis made a movie called "Fun in Acapulco". It captured the magic of a great coastal town, from a wonderful beach to pretty girls to very friendly people. Believe it or not, that was the Acapulco that most Mexicans and foreigners remember.  It's not fun anymore down in Acapulco as we check recent events from our southern neighbor. In fact, it must be very bad in Acapulco.   We just read this from the US Embassy in Mexico City: "The U.S. Embassy in Mexico issued a security message Friday warning U.S. citizens to avoid the Pacific resort of...
  • Netanyahu Wants to Discriminate Against Terrorists-doesn't “democracy” mean rights for everyone?

    11/25/2014 5:30:08 AM PST · by SJackson · 7 replies
    Jewish Press ^ | November 25th, 2014 | Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu
    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is backing a bill to be submitted by outgoing Communications Minister Gilad Erdan to cancel social security and other benefits for terrorists and “those who identify” with terrorism. The Prime Minister already is getting flak from the United States for the “Jewish State bill,” which the U.S. State Dept. did not directly oppose but about which he noted to reporters on Monday, “We expect Israel to stick to its democratic principles.” Indirectly reacting to the remark, Prime Minister Netanyahu said on Tuesday there is no contradiction between defining Israel as a Jewish state and a democratic...
  • Miklaszewski's 'Damning' Description of Obama Admin Micromanagement of Pentagon

    11/25/2014 4:57:53 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 18 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Jim Miklaszewski kept it relatively diplomatic, declaring "there's something amiss here." But Joe Scarborough was blunt: "boy, that's damning," said the Morning Joe host. They were characterizing Miklaszewski's description of the Obama administration's "micromanagement" of the Department of Defense in which communication flows only in one direction: from the White House to the Pentagon. On today's Morning Joe, NBC's Pentagon correspondent reported that former SecDefs Robert Gates and Leon Panetta had recently "lambaste[d]" that micromanagement. View the video here.
  • Guantánamo Bay fight awaits Pentagon pick

    11/25/2014 4:47:55 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 1 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 25, 2014 | Kristina Wong
    President Obama’s push to close the prison at Guantánamo Bay is likely to become a flashpoint as he seeks to confirm a replacement for outgoing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. Obama is seeking to close the detention center before leaving office, which would fulfil a promise he made during his first White House run in 2008. But with Republicans and some Democrats opposed to releasing the detainees or bringing them to U.S. prisons, the administration has considered closing the facility through executive action, according to The Wall Street Journal. The White House questioned the Journal report, but did not explicitly deny...
  • Can’t keep waiting for stealth fighter, India tells Russia

    11/25/2014 4:31:03 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    The Times of India ^ | Nov 25, 2014 | Rajat Pandit
    NEW DELHI: Ahead of President Vladimir Putin's visit here early next month, India has told Russia to come back with a plan to substantially reduce the delivery timeframe for the stealth fifth-generation fighter aircraft (FGFA) if it wants to seal the futuristic project by next year. The plan till now was that India would begin inducting the stealth fighters only 94 months — at the earliest — after the two countries inked the final design and R&D contract, which itself has already been delayed by over two years by now. "Russia has now been told that India cannot wait for...
  • Airfield puts Australia in reach of China’s strategic bombers: Reports

    11/25/2014 4:23:08 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies
    NEWS CORP AUSTRALIA NETWORK ^ | NOVEMBER 25, 2014
    AN air base being built on a disputed island chain is raising eyebrows as its puts Chinese strategic bombers in range of Australia for the first time. Defence Publication IHS Janes says analysis of satellite photographs shows China is turning Fiery Cross Reef in the contentious Spratly Islands into a land mass big enough to hold a military air base. The construction work shows China is enforcing its claim on the mineral and oil-rich chain of islands which are also claimed by Taiwan, Malaysia, Vietnam, Brunei and the Philippines. Beijing claims nearly all of the resource-rich South China Sea. The...
  • US Secretary of State Adivses Russian Counterpart Not To Take US President's Words At Face Value

    11/24/2014 11:17:49 PM PST · by wetphoenix · 21 replies
    NYObserver ^ | 11/24/14 10:03am | Kevin B. Sanders
    Though it went entirely unnoticed in the Western press, all major Russian news outlets – RIA Novosti, Sputnik, RT, and others – were only too happy to report on what US Secretary of State John Kerry said last week to the Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in private: “Just ignore Obama’s statements.” According to Mr. Lavrov, John Kerry advised him not to pay too much attention to the US President’s harsh rhetoric directed toward his state. As recently as September, during his speech to the 69th UN General Assembly in New York, Mr. Obama puzzled and shocked Mr. Lavrov by...
  • 20 Ways Media Completely Misread Congress’ Weak-Sauce Benghazi Report

    11/24/2014 10:48:32 PM PST · by iowamark · 8 replies
    TheFederalist.com ^ | November 24, 2014 | Mollie Hemingway
    On September 11, 2012, Islamist militants attacked U.S. complexes in Benghazi, Libya. Ambassador Chris Stevens was killed, the first U.S. Ambassador killed in the line of duty since 1979. Three other men were killed and 10 were injured. The media immediately turned it into a political story, focusing more anger on Mitt Romney’s comments about the administration’s blaming of a YouTube video critical of Islam than determining the facts of the attack itself. Many in the media thought it fine that President Obama jetted off to a high-dollar fundraiser before the bodies cooled. When various high-level government officials blamed either...
  • Rouhani Hails Extension of Talks as 'Victory'

    11/24/2014 5:53:11 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 9 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 25/11/14 | Ben Ariel
    Iran’s President, Hassan Rouhani, on Monday welcomed the extension of talks between his country and six world powers, and hailed it as “victorious” for Iranians. “We have neither compromised over Iran’s nuclear rights, nor will ever do so, and there is no doubt that the Iranian nuclear technology will remain functioning,” he said, according to the IRNA news agency. Rouhani once again repeated the slogan he used during his presidential campaign that the centrifuges will never cease rotating, while the wheels of the people’s lives, too, will rotate more smoothly. "Our nation has emerged victorious and will be victorious," emphasized...
  • What's Wrong With This Picture? For U.S. Fight Against ISIS, Everything

    11/24/2014 5:51:58 PM PST · by beaversmom · 14 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | 11/23/14 | Akbar Shahid Ahmed and Ryan Grim
    WASHINGTON -- The Islamic Republic of Iran would like to make one thing clear: We've got this. Up until June 10, Iranian officials had been content to shape events in Iraq quietly through their hold on local Shiite militias and the prime minister at the time, Nouri al-Maliki. Then the Iraqi government lost Mosul, the nation's second-largest city, to the growing Sunni extremist force now known as the Islamic State, or ISIS. The U.S. eventually responded: It forced a new government to take power, sent in airpower and military advisers, and launched an international effort against ISIS in both Iraq...
  • UN Chief: More Countries Will Recognize 'Palestine'

    11/24/2014 5:18:04 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 18 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 25/11/14 | Ben Ariel
    United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon predicted on Monday that the “momentum” of countries recognizing the “state of Palestine” will grow. Ban, who spoke before a UN committee on Palestinian rights, urged Israel and the Palestinian Authority to "step back from the brink" and return to peace talks. "The Israeli and Palestinian people face a shared fate on shared land. There is no erasing the other," Ban said, according to the AFP news agency. "Governments and parliaments are taking action. That momentum will grow," said Ban, referring to recent moves by governments in Europe to recognize “Palestine”. British lawmakers voted overwhelmingly...
  • Ted Cruz: Joe Lieberman for Defense secretary

    11/24/2014 4:02:56 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 68 replies
    The Politico ^ | November 24, 2014 | Seung Min Kim
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has a person in mind to replace outgoing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel: Joe Lieberman. Cruz floated the former Connecticut independent senator as a “strong” option to succeed Hagel, who announced his resignation earlier Monday. President Barack Obama has not yet named a proposed replacement. “One strong option would be former Sen. Joe Lieberman, a member of the president’s own party with deep experience and unshakable commitment to the security of the United States,” Cruz said. “I urge the president to give him full and fair consideration for this critical position.”(continued)
  • Report: Immigration Amnesty Will Cost American Taxpayers $2 TRILLION ($40B/year over 50 yrs)

    11/24/2014 3:32:46 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Fox News Insider ^ | Nov. 24, 2014 12:58 pm
    The president’s immigration amnesty will cost $2 trillion—about $40 billion a year—over the next 50 years, the Heritage Foundation projects. The total equates to a $22,000 tax on every American who has a four-year college degree, 30˘ extra for every gallon of gas, or $10 a month tacked onto every cell phone bill. …
  • Peńa Nieto and other Central America Leaders hail Obama’s Immigration Actions

    11/24/2014 2:59:46 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 11 replies
    The Yucatan Times ^ | November 24, 2014
    US President Barack Obama’s immigration plan, unveiled on Thursday November 20th, eases the threat of deportation for some 4.7 million immigrants, many of them Mexican, who are in the United States without legal documents. “I want to publicly recognize the President of the United States for yesterday’s announcement,” Peńa Nieto told a conference in Mexico. “These measures bring relief to principally Mexican immigrants.” Peńa Nieto said he had instructed Mexico’s consular service to help those Mexicans who wish to take advantage of the reform. “This temporary relief is a great step in the right direction from the United States to...
  • With immigration action, Obama calls his opponents’ bluff

    11/24/2014 2:27:52 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 23 replies
    Washington Post ^ | November 24, 2014 | By E.J. Dionne Jr.
    Stay wide awake in the coming weeks. This is a historic moment when all of the divisions, misunderstandings and hatreds of President Obama’s time in office have come to a head. We are in a different place than we were. We are also in a place we were bound to get to eventually. Obama’s decision to back away from our government’s policy of ripping apart the families of undocumented immigrants has called forth utterly contradictory responses from Republicans and Democrats, conservatives and progressives. It should now be clear that the two sides don’t see the facts, the law or history...
  • Who Will Replace Chuck Hagel?

    11/24/2014 1:54:29 PM PST · by Zakeet · 49 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | November 24, 2014 | Russell Berman
    President Obama will be naming his fourth secretary of defense in six years. Will he choose the first woman to run the Pentagon? Even before Chuck Hagel's resignation from the Defense Department became official, the names of a pair of longtime Pentagon veterans had already surfaced as top contenders to replace him as secretary: Michele Flournoy and Ashton Carter. Flournoy and Carter have been through this wringer before: Both were floated as possible Pentagon chiefs earlier in Obama's presidency, and both have served at the highest levels of the department. A third candidate, Senator Jack Reed of Rhode Island, said...
  • Reports: Top Iranian Negotiator ‘Frequently Shouts’ at Kerry, Western Officials

    11/24/2014 1:29:03 PM PST · by Dave346 · 49 replies
    Washingotn Free Beacon ^ | November 23, 2014 12:30 pm | Adam Kredo
    Reports: Top Iranian Negotiator ‘Frequently Shouts’ at Kerry, Western Officials VIENNA—Iran’s foreign minister and lead negotiator in nuclear talks is known to frequently scream and shout at Western diplomats, including Secretary of State John Kerry, a practice that has caused alarm among bodyguards stationed outside the negotiating room, according to a member of the Iranian diplomatic team who spoke to the Farsi-language press. Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif—who is scheduled to hold one-on-one talks with Kerry this evening in Vienna—”frequently shouts at Western diplomats” in such a forceful manner that bodyguards have hurriedly entered the negotiation room on occasion worried...
  • Further sanctions on Iran could be counterproductive, White House says (next phase of appeasement)

    11/24/2014 1:13:39 PM PST · by Dave346 · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mon Nov 24, 2014 2:08pm EST
    WASHINGTON - The White House said on Monday Iran should be given more time to answer concerns about its nuclear program and that imposing fresh sanctions on the Iranians could be counterproductive. White House spokesman Josh Earnest made the comments after Iran and six powers including the United States gave themselves seven more months to overcome a deadlock over the Iranian program.
  • Defense Secretary Hagel Is Out – Too Stupid For Even Obama

    11/24/2014 12:11:43 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | November 24, 2014 | Jim Hoft
    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel was fired by the Obama administration today. The former senator is even too stupid for Obama. Obama said Hagel had “been in the dirt” of combat like no other defense chief. The New York Times reported: Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel handed in his resignation on Monday, the first cabinet-level casualty of the collapse of President Obama’s Democratic majority in the Senate and the struggles of his national security team to respond to an onslaught of global crises. In announcing Mr. Hagel’s resignation from the State Dining Room on Monday, the president, flanked by Mr. Hagel and...
  • Connecticut life insurance executive stabbed to death running near her home: cops (VIDEO)

    11/24/2014 11:08:41 AM PST · by george76 · 56 replies
    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS ^ | November 24, 2014 | JASON MOLINET
    A popular bike path became the scene of a gruesome murder late Thursday when a life insurance executive was killed while running near her Connecticut home. Melissa Millan, 54, a triathlete and mother of two, was found stabbed at about 8 p.m. in the Hartford suburb of Simsbury, Conn. Police have stepped up patrols of the bike path and scoured the area on Saturday, but no suspect has been named and the murder weapon has not been recovered, WFSB reported. Millan, a senior vice president who had been with MassMutual Financial Group since 2001, was transported to an area hospital,...
  • Lawless DOJ Targeted Attkisson Over Fast And Furious

    11/24/2014 11:12:43 AM PST · by raptor22 · 24 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | November 24, 2014 | IBD editorials
    Corruption: Smoking-gun emails show how the administration sought to derail a CBS reporter's investigation of its "gun-waking" operation — a reporter whose computers were mysteriously and mercilessly hacked. Fast and Furious, along with Benghazi, is one of the two "phony" administration scandals that produced body bags, and former CBS reporter Sharyl Attkisson is responsible for much of the truth-telling about both. That fact is enough to put her high atop the administration's enemies list. Attkisson, a casualty of liberal media bias, resigned from CBS in March after a series of clashes between her and her bosses over her exposes of...
  • 'Dramatic improvement' in Ebola outlook in Liberia: U.S. general

    11/24/2014 10:59:13 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | 11/24/2014 | EMMA FARGE
    A U.S. general in the force helping Liberia fight the Ebola epidemic reported on Monday a dramatic improvement in the situation there and confirmed the cancellation of two planned treatment facilities. Brigadier General Frank Tate, deputy commanding general of U.S. Operation United Assistance, said the drop in the number of cases in the country was all the more encouraging given recent improvements in reporting capacity. He said new daily cases have fallen to around 20 from close to 80 when the operation was announced in September. Ebola is still spreading in other parts of West Africa. "It's a dramatic improvement,"...
  • Saudi National Reportedly Crashes Car Containing Explosives Into US Army Post Fort Sam Houston

    11/24/2014 10:32:05 AM PST · by Zakeet · 85 replies
    Latin Post ^ | November 24, 2014 | Rodrigo Ugarte
    Complete Headline: Saudi National Reportedly Crashes Car Containing Explosives Into US Army Post Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas A driver who rammed his car into the gates of U.S. Army post Fort Sam Houston in Texas is in custody after the ordeal on Sunday. Police have not provided much information about the situation or the suspect, but the military base, which had been placed under lockdown, has returned to normal operations. The suspect has been identified as a male Saudi national, according to KCEN TV. Authorities have not identified the man, but he is in custody. His car...
  • Rand Paul Declares War on ISIS—and Allows Boots on the Ground

    11/24/2014 10:26:57 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 11/24/2014 | Olivia Nuzzi
    The Kentucky senator, seeking to define himself as a foreign-policy heavyweight ahead of 2016, will introduce a measure in the Senate next month declaring war on the terror group. “The most important” part of Rand Paul’s assessment of “questions of war,” the Kentucky senator told The Daily Beast this fall, is “how you go to war.” Now he’s putting that assessment into action with a plan to introduce a declaration of war against ISIS in the Senate next month. The move is part of Paul’s ongoing campaign to position himself as a foreign-policy heavyweight ahead of the Republican presidential primaries,...
  • Is Hagel’s resignation a first sign of the administration’s implosion?

    11/24/2014 10:24:01 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 49 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/24/2014 | Noah Rothman
    The White House’s defenders will attempt to knock down claims that Defense Sec. Chuck Hagel’s resignation is loaded with implications for the future of this administration. Cabinet officials come and go, they’ll note, but this White House has made a point of standing by its embattled figures. Former Health and Human Services Sec. Kathleen Sebelius resigned in Aril of this year, well after the controversy surrounding the botched debut of Healthcare.gov. Some speculated that the delay was an intentional effort to disassociate her resignation from the controversy that likely hastened it. Similarly, the political press was shocked when Obama...