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  • Barnicle: You Would 'Have to Believe Iran is Suicidal' To Oppose Deal

    07/29/2015 5:17:31 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 1 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Questions for Mike Barnicle: does the phrase "suicide bomber" ring a bell? How about "martyrdom" in the name of Allah? On today's Morning Joe, Barnicle's argument in favor of the Iran deal was that to oppose it, one would "have to believe Iran is suicidal." The former Boston Globe columnist reasoned that if Iran dropped an atomic bomb on Tel Aviv, "Tehran would be a combination of glass and sand and cement within 15 minutes." View the video here.
  • (LEAD) Scud missiles fired into Saudi Arabia from Yemen traced to N. Korea: official

    07/29/2015 3:43:41 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 17 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2015/07/29
    (LEAD) Scud missiles fired into Saudi Arabia from Yemen traced to N. Korea: official 2015/07/29 18:16 (ATTN: UPDATES with comment by South Korean official; ADDS background) SEOUL, July 29 (Yonhap) -- Scud missiles fired into Saudi Arabia by Yemeni rebels in recent months came from North Korea, a South Korean intelligence official said Wednesday, in the latest case that illustrated North Korea's support for the weapons programs of some countries in the Middle East. Saudi Arabia has shot down about 40 percent of some 20 Scud missiles fired by Yemen's Houthi rebels, said the official, who is familiar with the...
  • Taliban leader Mullah Omar ‘is dead’ (per Afghan gov’t sources)

    07/29/2015 3:42:45 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    BBC News ^ | 29/07/2015
    The leader of the Afghan Taliban, Mullah Mohammed Omar, has died, Afghan officials say, but the militant group has not commented on the claim. The reclusive leader died two to three years ago, Afghan government and intelligence sources said. No further details were released. A Taliban spokesman contacted by the BBC said the group would issue a statement shortly. There have been several reports of Mullah Omar’s death in the past. However, this is the first to be confirmed by top sources in the Afghan government. …
  • (LEAD) N. Korea completes upgrade of rocket site, shows no signs of launch preparations yet

    07/29/2015 3:26:29 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 1 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2015/07/29 | Chang Jae-soon
    (LEAD) N. Korea completes upgrade of rocket site, shows no signs of launch preparations yet (ATTN: RECASTS dateline, lead; ADDS more info in paras 10-11) By Chang Jae-soon WASHINGTON/SEOUL, July 29 (Yonhap) -- North Korea has completed construction to upgrade its main rocket launch facility, but is still showing no signs of preparations to launch a long-range rocket or missile from the facility, a U.S. research institute said Wednesday. The website 38 North made the assessment citing recent satellite imagery of the North's Sohae Satellite Launching Station. South Korean officials said last week the North completed upgrading the facility to...
  • Spanish Town Gives Pets Equal Rights as Citizens

    07/28/2015 11:51:07 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    The Local ^ | 21 Jul 2015
    A town in Spain has become the first to recognise dogs and cats as "non-human residents" awarding them equal rights to co-exist alongside their human counterparts. Trigueros del Valle, with a population of just 300, has become the first municipality in Spain to enshrine the rights of pets alongside those of human townsfolk. Pedro J Pérez Espinosa, the socialist mayor of the town in the Castilla y León province of Valladolid, introduced the so-called Renedo Declaration to guarantee the rights of dogs and cats as citizens of the town. "Dogs and cats have been living among us for over a...
  • Daily Kickoff: Rising Star Israeli diplomat George Deek | Ted Cruz to host Iran strategy meeting

    07/28/2015 11:19:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    SCENE LAST NIGHT: Less than a mile or so from Chabad Lubavitch's HQ at 770 Eastern Parkway, around 80 Hillary for America supporters gathered at the home of former White House Jewish Liaison Jarrod Bernstein and Hildy Kuryk, currently communications director at Vogue, to hear from the Clinton campaign's senior advisors including manager Robby Mook, vice chairwoman Huma Abedin and finance director Dennis Chang. SPOTTED: Recent Chairman of the Conference of Presidents Bob Sugarman, Obama mega-bundler Sarah Kovner, Tusk Ventures' Seth London, Anya Hoerburger of Intermedia Partners, Samantha Maltzman, Jill Strauss, Samantha Vinograd of Goldman Sachs and formerly at office...
  • Is it time for Hillary Clinton to panic?

    07/28/2015 10:47:36 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 35 replies
    BBC News ^ | July 28, 2015 | by Anthony Zurcher
    Benghazi! Falling approval ratings! Email-gate! Lately the headlines have been full of gloom for Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton, prompting a spate of columns and commentary about whether her campaign is Officially in Trouble. "Both her and her campaign are in trouble," pollster John Zogby said in a recent television interview. "She is frankly sinking like a rock." But is it really so? Here are some reasons why - and why not - the former secretary of state should be concerned about her presidential prospects.
  • Jeb Bush Insists on ‘Path to Citizenship,’ Says Deportation Is Not an ‘American Value’

    07/28/2015 9:37:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 64 replies
    Breitbart ^ | July 28, 2015 | Katie McHugh
    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush told a Hispanic audience on Monday that illegal aliens must be given U.S. citizenship, and encouraging them to “self-deport” is not an American value. Bush made his remarks at church in Orlando, where he discussed his Christian faith and support for amnesty for illegal aliens, the same day a CNN poll showed that 64 percent of Republican voter support deporting illegals. Self-deportation is another matter: Since the vast majority of illegal aliens commit felonies in order to forge their documents, something like E-Verify could halt fraud in its tracks. No fake Social Security Card, no...
  • 13 Hours The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi Official Trailer

    07/28/2015 8:37:01 PM PDT · by GilGil · 36 replies
    Thirteenhoursmovie ^ | 7/28/2015 | Michael Bay
    13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi is an upcoming American action thriller film produced and directed by Michael Bay and written by Chuck Hogan, based on the 2013 book 13 Hours by Mitchell Zuckoff. It is the true story of the six members of a security team who fought to defend the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, after the attack of Islamist militants on September 11, 2012, the 11th anniversary of September 11, 2001 attacks. The film stars James Badge Dale, John Krasinski, Max Martini, Toby Stephens, Pablo Schreiber, David Denman, Dominic Fumusa, and Freddie Stroma. Filming began on...
  • Ahmadinejad Translator/NBC Contributor: US Not Giving Anything, Iran Giving Everything

    07/28/2015 6:33:30 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 5 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Hey, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has retired as president of Iran. Why didn't NBC hire him and cut out the middle-man? But seriously, what did NBC think it was getting when it hired as a "contributor" someone who served as Ahmadinejad's translator and who in that role mouthed his vicious anti-Semitic rants? On Chris Hayes' MSNBC show this evening, Hooman Majd claimed the Iran deal is "a good deal for Iran, probably a better deal for the US," and that the US is not giving up anything, that there is no "signing bonus" since "it is Iran's money." In an illogical leap...
  • China Pushes to Rewrite Rules of Global Internet

    07/28/2015 6:24:08 PM PDT · by Crazieman · 14 replies
    Wallstreet Journal ^ | 7/28/2015 | James T Areddy
    SHANGHAI—As social media helped topple regimes in the Middle East and northern Africa, a senior colonel in the People’s Liberation Army publicly warned that an Internet dominated by the U.S. threatened to overthrow China’s Communist Party. Ye Zheng and a Chinese researcher, writing in the state-run China Youth Daily, said the Internet represented a new form of global control, and the U.S. was a “shadow” present during some of those popular uprisings. Beijing had better pay attention. Four years after they sounded that alarm, China is paying a lot of attention. Its government is pushing to rewrite the rules of...
  • Missing Santa Cruz 8 year old girl was raped and strangled (by illegal alien?)

    07/28/2015 6:09:22 PM PDT · by MrShoop · 67 replies
    KRON ^ | 07/28/2015 | Mario Sevilla
    Missing Santa Cruz girl was raped and strangled, sources say SANTA CRUZ (KRON) — Sources say that the 8-year-old girl who vanished from her Santa Cruz apartment complex Sunday night was raped and strangled before her body was found inside a dumpster. Madyson Middleton’s body was discovered inside of a dumpster at the Tannery Arts Center by one of the department’s detectives Monday night. Police are not sure how long the body was inside the dumpster. [...] Initial reports of Middleton’s disappearance were received at 6:08 p.m. Sunday night, police said. Surveillance video captured footage of the girl riding her...
  • WATCH: Kerry Won’t Commit to Following Law If Congress Tosses Iran Deal

    07/28/2015 5:21:00 PM PDT · by markomalley · 27 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 7/28/15 | Bridget Johnson
    Pressed by a senior House Democrat at today’s Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on the Iran deal, Secretary of State John Kerry would not commit the Obama administration to following the law if Congress shoots down the deal by a veto-proof majority. Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.) noted that the deal “might be, at most, morally binding on this administration.” “The IRGC may publicly oppose this deal because that’s the best thing the Iranian government can do to pursue us to support — here in Congress to support the deal or maybe they genuinely oppose it,” he noted. Sherman asked Kerry point-blank...
  • This new nuclear-armed US bomb may be the most dangerous weapon in America's arsenal

    07/28/2015 3:37:04 PM PDT · by Mariner · 38 replies
    Business Insider ^ | July 28th, 2015 | By Jeremy Bender
    he US just introduced a new type of bomb into its already extensive arsenal, and it may just be the most alarming US weapon yet, Zachary Keck writes for The National Interest. The new bomb is the B61-12. On its surface, the bomb does not appear to be as dangerous as other weapons in the US arsenal. Although the B61-12 is nuclear-armed, it has a yield of 50 kilotons — tiny compared to the largest nuclear bomb that the US possesses, which has a yield of 1,200 kilotons. But as Keck notes, that difference in explosive power doesn't tell the...
  • EXPOSED: Iran Can Cancel Nuke Deal At Any Time With Just 35 Days Notice

    07/28/2015 2:43:52 PM PDT · by blueyon · 28 replies
    PatDollard.com ^ | 7/27/15 | Pat Dollard/Infidel Alie?
    Excerpted from The Hill: Last Tuesday, a 159-page PDF of the Iran nuclear agreement dropped into my inbox. Scrolling down to page 19, I checked out Paragraph 36. I suggest you do the same. Plenty of provisions in the Vienna agreement will get attention in the coming weeks, but Paragraph 36 may be the most important of all. Paragraph 36 tells us when and how the agreement might end. Both friend and foe have touted this deal as “historic” and promised (or moaned) that its provisions will stay in place for the long term. But in practice, this is not...
  • Kuwaiti Officials in U.S. to Help Free Gitmo Captive Denied Release by Obama’s Parole Board

    07/28/2015 2:03:01 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 2 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | July 28, 2015
    Will the U.S. cave into an Arab nation’s pressure—witnessed firsthand by Judicial Watch—to release a senior Al Qaeda operative and Osama bin Laden advisor who has already been refused discharge by President Obama’s special Guantanamo parole board? The terrorist is a Kuwaiti national named Faez Mohammed Ahmed al-Kandari and he’s been a prisoner at the U.S. military compound in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba since 2002. His Department of Defense (DOD) file says he has a history of participating in violent militant Islamic activities, poses a high-risk threat to the United States, has numerous connections to senior Al Qaeda members and was...
  • ABC'S "The View" To Huckabee: Iran Deal Statements "Dangerous","You Don't Have To Be Trump"

    07/28/2015 1:05:26 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 41 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | July 28, 2015 | Pam Key
    Tuesday on ABC’s “The View” co-host Rosie Perez reacted to Republican presidential candidate former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee saying the Iran nuclear deal was Obama leading Israelis to the “door of the oven” and said it was “dangerous,” to comparing the Obama administration and other world leaders to “Nazis and Hitler.”
  • Carly's speech at The Reagan Library (July 27, 2015)

    07/28/2015 12:51:56 PM PDT · by newfreep · 21 replies
    YouTube ^ | July 27, 2015 | Carly Fiorina
    Another GREAT speech by Carly at Reagan Library...and received a long standing ovation at end. The Q&A was just as impressive!
  • Ted Cruz invites Obama to debate Iran deal ‘at any time and place of his choosing’

    07/28/2015 12:05:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 28, 2015 | David Sherfinski
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas has invited President Obama to a debate on the merits of the Iran nuclear deal, also saying Mr. Obama could send Secretary of State John Kerry as a proxy if the president is unwilling to show up. “Since he’s not willing to discuss the substance, I’ll make an invitation right here tonight, which is I will invite President Obama, at any time and place of his choosing, to debate the substance of the Iran deal,” Mr. Cruz said on Monday’s”Hannity” program on Fox News. “Let’s do it in front of the American people anytime in...
  • Obama Says ‘I Could Win’ 3rd Term as President

    07/28/2015 10:56:13 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 94 replies
    The New York Times ^ | July 28, 2015 | Peter Baker
    ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — President Obama asserted on Tuesday that he could win a third term if allowed by the Constitution, but said he was looking forward to life after the presidency, when he will be able to take a walk and spend more time with his family. As he wrapped up what may be his final trip to Africa while in office, Mr. Obama took aim at some of the continent’s gerontocracy and called on long-entrenched leaders to step down, declaring that “nobody should be president for life.” But it led to an off-the-cuff riff about his own improved...
  • Swedish military says divers' wreck find likely Russian submarine that sank in 1916 collision

    07/28/2015 10:24:23 AM PDT · by McGruff · 31 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 28, 2015
    Sweden says a submarine wreck found last week in its territorial waters was most likely Russian World War I submarine the Som, which sank after colliding with a Swedish ship in 1916. Swedish Armed Forces spokesman Jesper Tengroth says investigators on Tuesday analyzed video footage provided by the diving company that found the wreck.
  • Nepal's Draft Constitution Would Ban Religious Conversion

    07/28/2015 10:16:23 AM PDT · by Jyotishi · 5 replies
    Hindu Press International, Hinduism Today Magazine ^ | July 22, 2015 | Julia A. Seymour
    Nepal: HPI Note: This report is from a Christian website. Christians and Muslims in Nepal are criticizing the draft version of a new constitution that bans religious conversion. Spurred to action by the recent earthquake, Nepal's government introduced the draft for public comment on June 30, Reuters reported. The draft states that "any act which may be contrary to public health, public decency or morality or incitement to breach public peace or act to convert another person from one religion to another or any act or behavior to undermine or jeopardize the religion of each other is not allowed and...
  • Criminal Referral As Hillary's Web Of Lies Keeps Unraveling

    07/28/2015 10:02:33 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 15 replies
    American Thinker ^ | Juky 28, 2015 | Daniel John Sobieski
    Such is the self-absorbed arrogance of the Clintons that Hillary actually thought she could get away with the criminal activity of conducting her government business on a personal server and keeping and transmitting classified data in violation of federal law. It was a server as vulnerable to foreign hacking as any in the private sector that has been hacked, or the servers at the foreign-hacked Office of Personnel Management. She put her country at risk, and now her personal political ambitions as well. Only the disinterested Justice Department of the administration she served and a sycophantic press will save her...
  • JIHAD ALL NIGHT (Hilarious parody of Islamic Jihad! LOL!)

    07/28/2015 9:16:57 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 7 replies
    YouTube ^ | July 23, 2015 | Dan Joseph
    Saw this on Pamela Geller. Enjoy!
  • Donald Trump Lays Out Immigration plan On Hannity

    07/28/2015 8:58:58 AM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 75 replies
    Jul 27, 2015
    ABOUT https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=28&v=R43-aXfassY Donald Trump lays out his immigration (WITH DEPORTATION) plan to hannity. trump calls for good illegals to be sent back and let back in while keeping out the bad dudes.
  • Why Israel is treated so poorly by other nations and the media

    07/28/2015 8:54:24 AM PDT · by Zenjitsuman · 8 replies
    Jpost | 7/28 | Justin Amler
    Article written by: Justin Amler is a South African born, Melbourne based writer who has lived in South Africa, New Zealand and Australia. Such is the truth about the way Israel is looked upon by the nations of the world - Read below: Israel does not have a right to defend itself. It has no right to protect its people. It has no right to freedom and it has no right to peace. It has no right to build houses. It has no right to use its water resources, and it has no right to grow crops. It also has...
  • Ted Cruz challenges Obama to debate Iran Deal

    07/28/2015 8:04:01 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 16 replies
    The Hill ^ | 07/28/15 | Wes Jones
    Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on Monday challenged President Obama to debate the "substance" of the Iran deal. "Since [Obama's] not willing to discuss the substance, I'll make an invitation right here tonight, which is I will invite President Obama at any time and place of his choosing to debate the substance of the Iran deal," he said on Fox News's "Hannity." "Let's do it in front of the American people." "If he's unwilling to show up, he can send as a proxy John Kerry," he added. The 2016 presidential candidate starkly opposes Obama's Iran deal, and said that if it...
  • Iran says will hold ‘high-level talks’ with EU

    07/28/2015 7:54:02 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul. 28, 2015 9:45 AM EDT
    Iran’s foreign minister says “high-level” talks will soon be launched with the European Union following a nuclear agreement reached with world powers earlier this month. Mohammad Javad Zarif said Tuesday that the talks “in the near future” will focus on energy, environmental and human rights issues, as well as “extremism, terrorism and sectarianism” in the Middle East. …
  • Lawmakers to Kerry: Yank Visas for Diplomats’ Spouses from Countries that Don’t Allow Gay Spouses

    07/28/2015 7:04:47 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 07/28/2015 | Bridget Johnson
    One hundred and twenty-five members of Congress asked Secretary of State John Kerry in a letter Monday to deny visas to diplomats’ spouses if the envoys come from a country that doesn’t recognize same-sex spouses of State Department personnel. House Foreign Affairs Committee Ranking Member Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) and House Appropriations Committee Ranking Member Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.) led the letter, which got one GOP signature — Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa Chairwoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), who has a transgender son. The lawmakers argued that countries not granting accreditation to same-sex spouses of American foreign service...
  • A Chinese state newspaper ran this racist cartoon of Obama in Africa

    07/28/2015 6:50:28 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 25 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 7/28/15 | Ishaan Tharoor
    Under the title "Homecoming," it shows Obama in ostensibly "native"or tribal garb, clutching a spear as he surveys zebra in an open expanse. It ran in last Friday's English-language newspaper without any other textual explanation or accompanying article.
  • Cilantro from Mexico suspected in intestinal parasite outbreak

    07/28/2015 6:39:42 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 21 replies
    www.kcbd.com ^ | Updated: Jul 27, 2015 6:03 PM CST | By KCBD Staff
    LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - An intestinal parasite outbreak that has been causing illness all across the state of Texas may have been caused by cilantro from the Puebla area of Mexico. The Texas Department of State Health Services has received reports of 205 cases caused by the parasite Cyclospora, including one here in Lubbock. An import alert from the FDA says, "The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state public health officials have identified annually recurring outbreaks (in 2012, 2013, and 2014) of cyclosporiasis in the United States which have been associated with fresh cilantro from the state...
  • U.S. drops Cuba and Malaysia from human trafficking blacklist

    07/28/2015 6:33:35 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 4 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 7/28/15 | Carol Morello
    Human rights advocates on Monday accused the State Department of making political calculations when it upgraded Malaysia and Cuba in the annual ranking of where countries stand in combating human trafficking. Both countries were removed from the list of the worst offenders in the Trafficking in Persons Report issued Monday. Last year, they were Tier 3 countries, a category reserved for nations that don’t meet minimum standards to fight modern-day slavery, and aren’t doing anything to improve.
  • Deep Designs (India has ground on submarine front)

    07/28/2015 6:28:06 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    The Week, India ^ | August 02, 2015 | Ajit Kumar Dubey
    The Dragon is breathing fire under water. And, Pakistan is close on India’s heels. Over the years, India has lost ground on the submarine front. Hence, the need for more subs, and fast They do it every time. Before the Chinese send their president or prime minister to visit a neighbouring country, they send a few troops across the border—just to test the neighbour’s military and political will. Thus, ahead of Prime Minister Li Keqiang’s May 2013 visit, a few People’s Liberation Army (PLA) troops forayed into western Ladakh and stayed there for close to a month. They moved back...
  • N. Korea: SLBM play crucial role in Kim Jong Un era

    07/28/2015 5:58:35 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies
    Daily NK ^ | 2015-07-27 | Jeong Hye Young
    SLBM play crucial role in Kim Jong Un era Jeong Hye Young | 2015-07-27 15:27 The development of submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBM) starting five years is key fixture of Kim Jong Un’s plans to build up asymmetric power and sustain the regime, a scholar at the forefront of these issues asserted at a recent seminar held in Tokyo. Seo Jae Pyeong, the general secretary of Committee for the Democratization of North Korea, spoke at a seminar titled “North Korea’s outlook after the execution of Hyon Yong Chol,” hosted by Unification Media Group on July 24th, opined that North Korea has...
  • Russian ruble drops to past 60 per dollar

    07/28/2015 5:45:35 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 15 replies
    AFP ^ | 2015/07/28
    Russian ruble drops to past 60 per dollar Moscow (AFP) - The Russian ruble on Tuesday plummeted past 60 against the dollar for the first time since March on falling oil prices, complicating the central bank's efforts to jump-start the battered economy. The ruble reached 60.30 per dollar in early afternoon trading in Moscow after having lost two percent of its value on Monday. The new weakening of the ruble, which comes after the embattled currency bounced back somewhat in recent months, is expected to further erode consumption and fuel inflation, which stood at 15.3 percent last month. "Inflation is...
  • Obama becomes first US leader to address African Union

    07/28/2015 5:29:08 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 5 replies
    BBC ^ | 7/28/15
    ....Obama is addressing the African Union (AU) in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa, on the last day of his trip to East Africa. He is the first US leader to deliver a speech at the 54-member body, with security and action against terrorism likely to dominate the agenda.
  • Eugene Robinson: 'Nobody Is Going to be Marched Toward Any Ovens'

    07/28/2015 5:24:27 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 50 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Israelis wouldn't have to be marched to ovens. The ovens would come to them in the form of an atomic bomb, which burns hotter than an oven. On today's Morning Joe, Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson said that he was "offended" by Mike Huckabee's remark that President Obama's Iran deal would "take the Israelis and march them to the door of the oven." Robinson said the comment runs counter to the purpose of Israel, which is that "nobody is going to be marched toward any ovens."
  • Walker's relationship to Kevin Hermening gaining attention

    07/28/2015 4:43:14 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 16 replies
    Milwaukee Sun Sentinel ^ | July 27, 2015 | Kerry Cardoza
    Gov. Scott Walker’s presidential campaign is drawing attention due to the growing presence of Kevin Hermening in his inner circle. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports on Walker’s relationship with Hermening: “At his presidential campaign launch this month, Walker introduced Hermening — a former Iranian hostage — by name, offering the former U.S. Marine a nod and a salute.The second-term Republican governor cited Hermening when opposing the nuclear deal with Iran. Walker said Hermening had taught him that Iran “is not a place we should be doing business with.”‘Walker has also mentioned the former Marine on Twitter. The Sentinel reports Hermening...
  • Message Of China's Meltdown: The Growth Miracle Is Over

    07/28/2015 4:06:14 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 38 replies
    Investors Busniness Daily ^ | 07/27/2015 | IBD Editorial
    Markets: China's stock market retreat has turned into a panic and, despite massive intervention, its government is helpless. Fact is, after a long period of super economic growth, China is downshifting to a much lower speed. China's benchmark Shanghai Composite plunged 8.5%, the biggest daily loss since 2007. Of course, the market is largely retracing its extraordinary 150% surge over the last year or so. Still, since their June peak, Chinese stocks have plunged 28%, or roughly $1.9 trillion. Reuters calculates that the government of Xi Jinping has spent close to $800 billion — or nearly 10% of China's total...
  • Syria's embattled president vows to win bloody civil war

    07/27/2015 10:05:14 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 6 replies
    AP | July 26, 2015 | Bassem Mroue
    Link only.
  • State Dept. Inspector General Contradicts Clinton: Emails ‘Contained Classified Information When…’

    07/28/2015 12:23:23 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | July 27, 2015 | 11:04 AM EDT | Brittany M. Hughes
    The inspectors general for the U.S. State Department and the U.S. Intelligence Community issued a joint written statement late Friday afternoon asserting that emails that Hillary Clinton had on her personal email account while she was Secretary of State, and that she kept on a personal server after she left the government, “contained classified information when they were generated,” “remain classified today” and “should never have been transmitted via an unclassified personal system.” This joint statement the two inspectors general issued late Friday contradicts what former Secretary Clinton said about the emails on Saturday. So far, the inspector general for...
  • Greece rocked by reports of secret plan to raid banks for drachma return

    07/27/2015 9:38:49 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 26 July 2015
    Greece rocked by reports of secret plan to raid banks for drachma return Opposition demands answers after covert proposals attributed to Yanis Varoufakis and fellow ex-minister highlight deep split in Syriza party Staff and agencies Sunday 26 July 2015 19.39 BST Some members of Greece’s leftist-led government wanted to raid central bank reserves and hack taxpayer accounts to prepare a return to the drachma, according to reports that highlighted the chaos in the ruling Syriza party. It is not clear how seriously the government considered the plans, attributed to former energy minister Panagiotis Lafazanis and ex-finance minister Yanis Varoufakis. Lafazanis...
  • Former George W. Bush administration official to sell Dems on Iran deal

    07/27/2015 9:18:06 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 23 replies
    Politico ^ | July 27 2015 | Lauren French
    A former top diplomatic appointee in the administration of President George W. Bush will help sell the Iranian nuclear deal to House Democrats this week. Nicholas Burns, who served as undersecretary of state for political affairs from 2005 to 2008, will brief the caucus on Wednesday at the invitation of Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). Burns, who helped Bush design the current detente with Iran, is a strong proponent of the nonproliferation deal.
  • Obama calls GOP criticism of Iran deal ‘ridiculous,’ ‘sad’

    07/27/2015 8:57:49 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 38 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 27, 2015 10:53 PM EDT | Julie Pace
    President Barack Obama unleashed a blistering and belittling rebuke of Republican White House hopefuls Monday, calling their attack on his landmark nuclear deal with Iran “ridiculous if it weren’t so sad.” Standing before television cameras during a trip to Africa, Obama suggested the bellicose rhetoric from some GOP candidates was an attempt to divert attention from Donald Trump, the wealthy businessman-turned presidential contender whose popularity is confounding the Republican field. […] “In 18 months, I’m turning over the keys,” Obama said. “I want to make sure I’m turning over the keys to somebody who is serious about the serious problems...
  • China: Shanghai shares open down more than 4% after plunge

    07/27/2015 7:49:37 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 20 replies
    AFP ^ | 2015/7/27
    Shanghai shares open down more than 4% after plunge AFP – 29 minutes ago China's benchmark Shanghai stock index slumped 4.09 percent at the open on Tuesday, despite a renewed government vow to support the market following the biggest fall in eight years a day earlier. The Shanghai Composite Index plunged 8.48 percent on Monday, the biggest fall since February 27, 2007, despite a broad-based government effort to shore up prices following a weeks-long rout. The benchmark narrowed some of the losses in morning trade Tuesday and was down 2.12 percent, or 78.88 points, to 3,646.68 later. The Shenzhen Composite...
  • Bush lays out his immigration plan in Spanish (Pay a small fine...)

    07/27/2015 6:04:40 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 18 replies
    CNN KCCI ^ | 7/27/15 | Daniella Diaz
    Jeb Bush told Telemundo he wants a pathway to legal status for all 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States. The former Florida governor granted his first Spanish-language interview as a presidential candidate to Telemundo Monday evening. In the interview, he talked about his immigration policies, his thoughts on Donald Trump and Cuba, and his home life and family. "First, coming here legally has to be easier than coming here illegally," he said. "So there needs to be an agreement with the border ... for the 11 million people (who are here illegally), they must come out of the...
  • Tax cuts to encourage emigrants to return says Prime Minister (of Ireland)

    07/27/2015 6:11:27 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Irish Central ^ | July 25, 2015 04:02 AM | (Irish Central Staff Writers)
    Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny said he aims to reduce taxes to encourage the return of emigrants. Speaking at the MacGill Summer school on Friday, where several dozen anti-water charge protesters gathered ahead of his address, the Taoiseach said the tax rate was “too high a rate and kicks in too early.” Kenny said he plans to cut the 7 percent rate of Universal Social Charge in the forthcoming budget, the Irish Times reports. “In doing so, we will bring down the marginal rate of tax paid by people earning less than €70,000 to less than 50 percent.” …
  • FACT CHECK: IS OBAMA A STATE SPONSOR OF TERRORISM?

    07/27/2015 5:51:13 PM PDT · by george76 · 21 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | July 27, 2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    "If this deal goes through the Obama administration becomes the leading financier of terrorism against Americans in the world." Obama made headlines by complaining that Republicans are being mean to him over the Iran deal. “We’ve had a sitting senator call John Kerry ‘Pontius Pilate.’ We’ve had a sitting senator who also happens to be running for president suggest that I’m the leading state sponsor of terrorism,” Obama said, referring to Sens. Tom Cotton of Arkansas and Ted Cruz of Texas, respectively. ... Let's look at the facts. Here's what Ted Cruz said. "If this deal goes through the Obama...
  • Gay marriage endorsement mars Obama’s Africa tour

    07/27/2015 4:31:03 PM PDT · by madprof98 · 12 replies
    CAJNews ^ | 27 July 2015 | Haile Edris
    ADDIS ABABA, (CAJ News) – UNITED States President Barack Obama’s visit has been met with contempt by the majority in the continent owing to his country’s recent endorsement of same-sex marriages. The leader of the most powerful nation in the globe will only make a low-key appearance at the African Union (AU) Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in a continent where such marriages are taboo. He will meet mostly Western diplomats and representatives. “How can we celebrate a man who advocates a man to marry another man? If it was the president of China, maybe, we would attend because they...
  • Ex-President APJ Abdul Kalam Passes Away, Nation Pays Homage

    07/27/2015 3:50:48 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 1 replies
    Hindustan Times ^ | Jul 28, 2015 | Rahul Karmakar and Rezaul H Laskar
    Former President APJ Abdul Kalam passed away in Shillong on Monday evening. He was 83. Kalam, who reached Shillong via Guwahati in the morning, collapsed during a lecture at the Indian Institute of Management-Shillong (IIM-S) at around 6:30 pm and was rushed to the Bethany Hospital there. Doctors at the hospital said he was brought dead around 7pm. “He had no pulse when he was admitted to the hospital. We can attribute his death to cardiac arrest,” a doctor said. The hospital authorities, however, refrained from confirming the death until Meghalaya governor V Shanmughanathan and chief secretary PBO Warjri visited...