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  • ‘Is This How The Benghazi Talking Points Were Developed?’...Kerry Aide’s Use Of Gmail Account

    07/23/2014 7:56:00 AM PDT · by maggief · 2 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | July 23, 2014 | Brendan Bordelon
    Two top government watchdogs in Washington D.C. slammed a key aide to Secretary of State John Kerry for using a private Gmail account to conduct official government business, calling it “the worst possible practice in trying to maintain transparency” and speculating whether this was “how the Benghazi talking points were developed.” The Daily Caller reported on Monday that Glen Johnson, a strategic communications advisor to Kerry, fabricated a claim about the number of times Kerry appeared on “Fox News Sunday” while attempting to force TheDC to change a report which said that the secretary had “shut out” Fox News reporter...
  • Obama orders Pentagon advisers to Ukraine to fend off Putin-backed rebels

    07/23/2014 7:24:41 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 19 replies
    Washington Times ^ | July 23, 2014 | Maggie Ybarra
    A team of Pentagon officials is heading to Ukraine to help the country rebuild its fractured military, a mission that lawmakers and analysts expect will result in recommendations for greater military assistance in the country’s fight against pro-Russia separatists amid international outrage over the downing of a commercial airplane. Within the next few weeks, a group of Defense Department representatives who specialize in strategy and policy will head to Kiev to evaluate specific programs that the United States may want to help bolster, said Army Col. Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman. Their objective is to work with Ukrainians to “shape...
  • North Korea Furious Over Kim Jong Un Parody Dance Video

    07/23/2014 7:23:29 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies
    NBC News ^ | 2014/07/23 | Lakshmi Gandhi
    North Korea Furious Over Kim Jong Un Parody Dance Video By Lakshmi Gandhi North Korean officials are learning that nothing can stop the spread of a viral video - especially one that features a fake Kim Jong Un dancing and fighting his way through a series of absurd situations. The latest parody video starring North Korea's leader features him being kicked to the ground by President Obama after pirouetting through a ballet studio, dancing with Russian President Vladimir Putin, and acting as a member of the grounds crew at a baseball game, all to the tune of a Chinese pop...
  • Two Ukrainian fighter jets shot down as Kiev accuses Moscow of sending more arms to separatists

    07/23/2014 7:19:19 AM PDT · by GT Vander · 4 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 23, 2014 | Iana Zagaruiko
    DONETSK, Ukraine – Two Ukrainian military fighter jets were reportedly shot down over the nation’s contested eastern region on Wednesday, even as U.S. and Ukrainian sources said Russian weaponry has been pouring in to separatists following the downing of a Malaysian passenger plane last week. The Ukrainian Defense Ministry said two Sukhoi-25 fighters were shot down Wednesday afternoon over an area called Savur Mogila. The planes may have been carrying up to two crew members each, according to Defense Ministry spokesman Oleksiy Dmitrashkovsky.
  • Democrats to Unveil $2.7B Bill on Alien Children

    07/23/2014 6:48:58 AM PDT · by lbryce · 20 replies
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | July 23, 2014 | Staff
    Senate Democrats on Tuesday circulated legislation to significantly cut President Barack Obama's request for emergency funding to deal with an influx of Central American children streaming across the U.S. border with Mexico.
  • Report: Plane Crashes in Taiwan, Killing 51 People

    07/23/2014 6:36:08 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 14 replies
    ABC News ^ | Jul 23, 2014
    Taiwan's Central News Agency says a plane has crashed in a failed emergency landing, killing 51 people. The news agency cited the head of the fire department in the Taiwanese county of Penghu as saying that seven people were also injured in the crash.
  • Israel, Hamas battle over public opinion online

    07/23/2014 6:33:27 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 23, 2014 7:09 AM EDT | Tia Goldenberg
    Beyond the boom of Israeli airstrikes and the stream of rockets fired from Gaza, Israel and Hamas are also battling to control the message emanating from this latest Israeli-Palestinian conflagration. Using videos, Twitter, text messages, leaflets and phone calls, both sides have attempted to direct the tone of the fighting—for their own public, their opponent’s population and for a global audience. Propaganda and psychological warfare are nothing new in battle, but technology and social media have exponentially increased the ability of each side to penetrate their intended audiences. Each side has sought to tip the moral scale in its favor...
  • Female reservists called up in unprecedented numbers [Israel and Hamas]

    07/23/2014 6:32:47 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 2 replies
    The Times of a Israel ^ | Wednesday, July 23, 2014 | Renee Ghert-Zand
    Some 60,000 IDF reservists have been called up to serve in Operation Protective Edge so far. Many are parents leaving families behind at home – but not all are fathers. According to the IDF Spokesman who would not release exact figures, the thousands of women currently serving in reserves are a higher percentage than in any previous IDF operation. They serve in a variety of capacities, but especially in combat support in the Home Front Command, Intelligence, the Air Force and field operations. While it is never easy for anyone to drop everything and leave home, receiving a “tzav 8,”...
  • The terrible cost of thwarting Hamas [Israel]

    07/23/2014 6:25:39 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 64 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | Wednesday, July 23, 2014 | David Horovitz
    Israel’s mood at the start of this war with Hamas was one of confident assurance. We wouldn’t be deterred by the rocket threat, and Hamas would be contained. That’s utterly changed. The rockets turned out to be the least of our concerns. And the national mood now is a mixture of anguish at the growing toll of IDF dead, anger at the feckless response of parts of the international community — notably the US — and confidence in the troops and (atypically) the political leadership. To lose the lives of 30 Israelis to terrorism is, appallingly, nothing new in a...
  • President’s Secret to Handling Criticism? Focus, and No TV

    07/23/2014 6:24:22 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    New York Times ^ | July 21, 2014 | By PETER BAKER
    WASHINGTON — President Obama had to laugh. He had just been asked how he deals with criticism, and something about the question just struck him as funny. Maybe it is because criticism is one thing he sees no shortage of these days. Addressing an audience largely made up of African-American boys and young men, Mr. Obama turned serious and gave a long, thoughtful answer about how, over the years, he has learned to focus on what is important to him and keep fixed on “the north star that steers you” no matter what others may say. “And then I just...
  • Now ISIS Cracks Down on MANNEQUINS!

    07/23/2014 6:24:06 AM PDT · by sevinufnine · 17 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | July 23, 2014 | Wills Robinson
    ISIS have told shopkeepers in Iraq to put veils over the faces of their mannequins. Extremists handed out ultimatum after seizing city of Mosul last month. Faces of both male and female mannequins are being covered. Interpretation of Shariah Law forbids artwork or statues of human form. (Militants have already imposed strict rules on Christians in the city.)
  • Crises Cascade and Converge, Testing Obama

    07/23/2014 6:10:17 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 19 replies
    New York Times ^ | July 22, 2014 | By PETER BAKER
    Rarely has a president been confronted with so many seemingly disparate foreign policy crises all at once — in Ukraine, Israel, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere — but making the current upheaval more complicated for Mr. Obama is the seemingly interlocking nature of them all. Developments in one area, like Ukraine, shape his views and choices in a crisis in another area, like the Middle East. “It’s a very tangled mess,” said Gary Samore, a former national security aide to Mr. Obama and now president of United Against Nuclear Iran, an advocacy group. “You name it, the world is aflame....
  • Comic Relief: Security Adviser Praises President Obama's 'Extraordinary Leadership' on Ukraine

    07/23/2014 6:07:22 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 6 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Churchill: Never give in. Never, never, never. FDR: The only thing we have to fear, is fear itself. Obama: Fore left! Sometimes public service demands too much of a man. Take poor Tony Blinken. Appearing on Morning Joe today, President Obama's Deputy National Security Adviser actually claimed that the president was exhibiting "extraordinary leadership" in putting pressure on Russia over Ukraine. Yes, so "extraordinary" that even as Blinken was being introduced, news was breaking that the Putin-backed Ukrainian rebels had resumed their terrorist ways, shooting down two Ukrainian military planes. View the video here.
  • Penalize Putin and His Culpable Kremlin

    07/23/2014 6:04:35 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 23, 2014 | Austin Bay
    Ultimate responsibility for the massacre of the 298 people aboard Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 begins and ends in the Kremlin office of Russian president Vladimir Putin. Even if the triggermen who fired the missile turn out to be Donetsk locals, the so-called pro-Russian separatist militia fighters are armed and advised by Russian intelligence officers. Until this latest outrage, Putin's KGB-type agitation-propaganda campaign had provided timorous Europeans and Americans with enough anecdotal deceit to give his militia proxies media cover. MH17's fatal interception has opened eyes. For several good reasons, to include photos of SA-11 mobile launchers departing Ukraine for Russia,...
  • U.S. discloses intelligence on downing of Malaysian jet

    07/23/2014 5:56:39 AM PDT · by Uncle Chip · 13 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | July 222, 2014 | Greg Miller
    The Obama administration, detailing what it called evidence of Russian complicity in the downing of a Malaysian airliner, on Tuesday released satellite images and other sensitive intelligence that officials say show Moscow had trained and equipped rebels in Ukraine responsible for the attack. Senior U.S. intelligence officials cited sensors that traced the path of the missile, shrapnel markings on the downed aircraft, voiceprint analysis of separatists claiming credit for the strike, and a flood of photos and other data from social-media sites. The officials also for the first time identified a sprawling Russian military installation near the city of Rostov...
  • Why Vladimir Putin Is Kicking Barack Obama's Behind

    07/23/2014 5:48:02 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 23, 2014 | Ben Shapiro
    On Monday, four days after Vladimir Putin's minions in Ukraine shot down a passenger airliner carrying 298 people, including an American citizen, President Barack Obama emerged from the White House to issue a statement. Scowling at the camera, Obama stated: "Russia has extraordinary influence over these separatists. No one denies that. Russia has urged them on. Russia has trained them." Finally, after fulminating for several minutes about the nastiness of the Russian government, Obama approached the predictable climax: threats of action. Except that there were none. Instead, Obama explained that if Russia were to ignore his warnings, it would "only...
  • Beau Bergdahl’s Duty—And Ours

    07/23/2014 5:29:36 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 23, 2013 | Ken Blackwell
    Beau Bergdahl has been returned to “active duty.” Apparently, that means a desk job while the Army considers what should be done with this young enlisted soldier. Bergdahl was held for five years by the Taliban since walking away from his post one night in 2009. President Obama greeted Bergdahl’s relieved parents in Rose Garden at the White House in a move widely criticized. And that was even before Americans learned that the Obama administration had traded young Bergdahl for five of the most murderous Taliban detainees from our facility at Guantanamo Bay. Duty. There seems to be much confusion...
  • Palestinians Chose Hamas and the Mass-Murder of Civilians — Including Their Own

    07/23/2014 5:10:44 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 11 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 7-22-2014 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    I argued in Spring Fever: The Illusion of Islamic Democracy that the illusionÂ’s signature feature is a fantasy: By holding free elections, a people is choosing freedom: joining modernity, adopting pluralism and tolerance, rejecting revolutionary violence and totalitarianism.Today, we are yet again being inundated with tales of Palestinian woe after HamasÂ’s familiar barbarism has provoked an Israeli military response. It thus bears remembering that the Palestinian people chose Hamas. What ever happened to all those Democracy Project paeans to self-determination? Hamas is Palestinian self-determination. Hamas was not forced on Palestinians. Hamas did not militarily conquer Gaza. No, Hamas swept parliamentary...
  • 2 Ukrainian military fighter jets shot down in eastern Ukraine

    07/23/2014 5:01:03 AM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 43 replies
    Fox News ^ | 7/23/14 | FoxNews
    KIEV, Ukraine – Two Ukrainian military fighter jets have been shot down in the east, according to the country's Defense Ministry.
  • Oil smuggling finances Islamic State's new 'caliphate'

    07/23/2014 4:57:04 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 3 replies
    Hürriyet ^ | July/23/2014
    Islamic State militants seized four small oilfields when they swept through north Iraq last month and are now selling crude oil and gasoline from them to finance their newly declared "caliphate". Near the northern city of Mosul, the Islamic State has taken over the Najma and Qayara fields, while further south near Tikrit it overran the Himreen and Ajil fields during its two-day sweep through northern Iraq in mid-June. The oilfields in Islamic State hands are modest compared to Iraq's giant fields near Kirkuk and Basra, which are under Kurdish and central government control. Most of the Islamic State-held oil...
  • Top General John Kelly (Marines) Says Mexico Border Security Now ‘Existential’ Threat to U.S.

    07/23/2014 4:32:59 AM PDT · by dennisw · 46 replies
    defenseone ^ | July 5, 2014 | Molly O'Toole
    A top United States general in charge of protecting the southern border says he’s been unable to combat the steady flow of illegal drugs, weapons and people from Central America, and is looking to Congress for urgent help. Marine Corps Gen. John Kelly, commander of U.S. Southern Command, has asked Congress this year for more money, drones and ships for his mission – a request unlikely to be met. Since October, an influx of nearly 100,000 migrants has made the dangerous journey north from Latin America to the United States border. Most are children, and three-quarters of the unaccompanied minors...
  • America Invites Calamity Through Weakness - Putin learns who he can push around

    07/23/2014 4:02:57 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | July 22, 2014 | Jeffrey Lord
    Witness the latest fruits of modern leftist foreign policy, as embodied in this instance by the much ballyhooed Obama/Hillary Clinton “Russian Reset”: 298 people who booked a flight on Malaysian Air’s Flight 17, now dead. Brutally slaughtered by those thugs supplied and inspired by Vladimir Putin — the ex-KGB agent who has come to view the president of the United States and his secretary of state (make that secretaries of state, in the plural) as, in the vernacular, wimps. Leaving him free to do anything and everything from invading Crimea to supplying anti-aircraft missiles to his favored thugs prowling the...
  • Mark Levin reacts to Jon Stewart's response on Israel

    07/23/2014 3:25:44 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 10 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | July 23, 2014 | FoxNews.Com
    Jul. 22, 2014 - 6:56 - Conservative radio host discusses the comedian's remarks.
  • Baath in Iraq declares war on ISIS

    07/23/2014 3:23:01 AM PDT · by Trapper6012 · 19 replies
    Shafaq News ^ | 23 July 2014
    Outlawed Baath party in Iraq announced, the war against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria “ISIS” organization because of the last displacement of Christians from Mosul city, the second largest city in Iraq, which is controlled by ISIS since 10th of last June. Observers had expected the occurrence of differences between groups allied to ISIS organization in cities and areas they control after the 10th of last June due to the views of ISIS which adopts the "Islamic Caliphate", and refuses anyone who don’t pay allegiance as well as what is known of the organization of fighting groups and...
  • Obama Offers 'Deepest Condolences' at Dutch Embassy

    07/23/2014 2:28:32 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 11 replies
    NBC ^ | 7/22/14
    In an unscheduled stop at the Embassy of the Netherlands in Washington D.C. Tuesday, President Barack Obama offered his "deepest condolences" on behalf of the American people...
  • Kerry Makes Yet Another Dangerous Rush to Judgment (Malaysian flight MH17)

    07/23/2014 2:24:19 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Townhall ^ | July 23, 2014 | Rachel Marsden
    Here we go again with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry leveraging a tragedy to make another "strong case" based on limited evidence. We have already seen this in the case of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and chemical weapons. Now it's Russian President Vladimir Putin's turn for the global smear treatment. Presumably we're supposed to rush to adopt the notion that Russia's fingerprints are all over last week's downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 over Ukraine -- just as we were supposed to buy into Kerry's story last year about the Assad regime's use of chemical weapons against his own...
  • [PCUSA] Presbyterian Church Slams Israel —- Ignores Christian Persecution

    07/23/2014 2:21:54 AM PDT · by markomalley · 13 replies
    Frontpage ^ | 7/23/2014 | Raymond Ibrahim
    Days before the recent Israel/Hamas conflict erupted, the Presbyterian Church in America withdrew $21 million worth in investments from Israel because, as spokesman Heath Rada put it, the Israeli government’s actions “harm the Palestinian people.”Soon after, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appeared on NBC’s “Meet the Press” and was asked if he was “troubled” by the Presbyterian Church’s move.Netanyahu responded: It should trouble all people of conscience and morality because it’s so disgraceful. You know, you look at what’s happening in the Middle East and I think most Americans understand this, they see this enormous area riveted by religious hatred,...
  • Chief POLITICO Columnist: Perry Sending National Guard to Border So They Can Shoot Small Children

    07/23/2014 12:33:45 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Townhall ^ | July 22, 2014 | Katie Pavlich
    POLITICO Chief Political Columnist Roger Simon is accusing Texas Governor Rick Perry of sending National Guard troops to the border so they can "shoot small children." Roger Simon âś” @politicoroger Rick Perry sending 1,000 National Guard troops to border to shoot small children. Could make good headlines -- in Russia. 8:45 PM - 21 Jul 2014 First off, lets just mark this under most asinine statement of the day. Second, funny how Simon conveniently ignores why Perry is sending the troops: to stop cartels and gang members who actually shoot and murder small children from entering the United States. Here's...
  • American flags replaced with white flags on Brooklyn Bridge

    07/22/2014 10:51:36 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 28 replies
    ABC ^ | 7/22/2014 | ABC
    BROOKLYN BRIDGE -- Someone has replaced two American flags on the Brooklyn Bridge with mysterious white flags. The white flags - international symbols of surrender - fluttered Tuesday from poles on the stone supports that hold cables above the bridge connecting Brooklyn and Manhattan. One of the flags, viewed via video, appeared to have faint traces of stars and stripes on it. Police say it isn't clear what time they were placed there - or by whom.
  • This Administration Thinks It’s Handling Putin Well

    07/22/2014 10:08:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The National Review's The Campaign Spot ^ | July 21, 2014 | Jim Geraghty
    Another piece of evidence to support the theory that this administration thinks it’s doing a terrific job, on every front, all the time: David Axelrod ✔ @davidaxelrod Remember not long ago when some folks in DC were almost in awe of Putin's moxy and cunning? He's not looking so slick now. 9:05 AM - 21 Jul 2014 Washington, DC, United States 265 Retweets 147 favoritesFirst, it’s spelled ”moxie.”Second, Obama and his fans love to blur the lines between acknowledging Putin’s ruthlessness and willingness to act, with little fear of consequence, with some sort of admiration for him. Remember when this...
  • Bulgaria calls for more NATO troops in southeastern Europe

    07/22/2014 9:21:21 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 6 replies
    reuters.com ^ | July 22, 2014
    WARSAW (Reuters) - Bulgaria called for more NATO troops in southeastern Europe and the Black Sea, as well as more joint military exercises, to improve security in the region after Russia's annexation of Ukraine's Crimea. An ex-communist state on the Black Sea, Bulgaria was a close Cold War ally of Moscow but joined NATO in 2004 and the European Union three years later. "The events in Ukraine proved that we cannot take peace and security in Europe for granted," President Rosen Plevneliev said at a meeting in Warsaw of heads of state of NATO countries in central and eastern Europe,...
  • Beretta: Gun Law Forcing Move Out Of Maryland

    07/22/2014 8:55:22 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 16 replies
    AP ^ | July 22, 2014 | N/A
    Beretta U.S.A. announced Tuesday that company concerns over a strict gun-control law enacted in Maryland last year have made it necessary to move its weapons making out of the state to Tennessee. The well-known gun maker said it will move to a new production facility it is building in the Nashville suburb of Gallatin that is set to open in mid-2015. Beretta general manager Jeff Cooper said that a sweeping gun-control measure that was passed last year initially contained provisions that would have prohibited the Italian gun maker from being able to produce, store or even import into Maryland the...
  • Mexican foreign minister says Central American children no threat to Texas security

    07/22/2014 8:41:19 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 29 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | July 22, 2014 | By Carla Marinucci
    Mexico Foreign Minister José Antonio Meade Kuribreńa on Tuesday challenged Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s characterization of the flow of Central American children into the U.S. as an “assault” on Americans and their security. “There’s a need to respond to the upsurge in minors, but I don’t see how the upsurge of minors threatens the security of the U.S. — and I certainly don’t see how it threatens the security of Texas,” Meade said in an appearance at The Chronicle’s editorial board. “There’s a need for a response. … That response should have a high level of humanitarian concerns within it....
  • Former NY mayor flying to Israel in protest of FAA flight ban

    07/22/2014 8:24:34 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 20 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | July 23, 2014 | Staff
    Former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg flew to Israel on Tuesday in protest of the Federation Aviation Administration's decision to halt American flights to and from the country. On his twitter account, Bloomberg wrote "This evening I will be flying on El Al to Tel Aviv to demonstrate that it is safe to fly in and out of Israel." In a statement on his website, Bloomberg also said that " The flight restrictions are a mistake that hands Hamas an undeserved victory and should be lifted immediately." It is unknown when Bloomberg is expected to land in Israel and...
  • Russian Totalitarian Impulse Is A Feature, Not A Bug

    07/22/2014 8:07:38 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 11 replies
    investors.com ^ | July 22, 2014 | DENNIS PRAGER
    First, Vladimir Putin suppresses — sometimes violently — virtually all dissent in Russia. And most Russians are apparently entirely comfortable with it. Not just comfortable — supportive. Second, there is widespread nostalgia among Russian citizens for Stalin. One has to wonder if there is any other example of a large body of people pining for a leader who murdered tens of millions of their own people. Third, there is increasingly little difference between the Russian media and the Soviet media. Both were/are saturated with lies. Anne Applebaum, foreign affairs columnist for the Washington Post, reports that "Russia's state-controlled mass media...
  • China cracks down on online rumors, porn

    07/22/2014 8:11:13 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 22, 2014 9:46 PM EDT
    Chinese authorities have tightened already rigorous Internet controls by cracking down on online pornography and what state media called “rumormongers” and “slanderous content.” […] Xinhua said the government would also increase punishments for spreading rumors online, although it didn’t specify how it would do that. Already, Chinese courts can sentence people for up to three years in prison for writing online comments deemed defamatory. As part of the new campaign, the government has shut down websites and punished nearly 40 people it called rumormongers. …
  • Breaking down ‘illegal immigration’ terminology

    07/22/2014 7:51:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    KXAN-TV ^ | July 21, 2014 | Jay Wiles
    The issue of illegal immigration continues to cover national headlines. After reading articles and talking with friends and coworkers, it’s easy to hear a lot of terms trying to personify an international issue. You have probably heard the words “immigrant,” “migrant,” “alien” or maybe even “refugee” to describe people who come into the U.S. illegally. We wanted to look at what these terms specifically mean. Merriam-Webster dictionary describes the word ‘immigrant‘ as “a person who comes to a country to take up permanent residence.” The word ‘migrant‘ means “a person who goes from one place to another especially to find...
  • Pentagon team dispatched to Ukraine amid crisis with Russia

    07/22/2014 7:48:37 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 12 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | July 22, 2014 | Maggie Ybarra
    A team of Pentagon officials is heading to Ukraine to help the country rebuild its fractured military, a mission that lawmakers and analysts expect will result in recommendations for greater military assistance in the country’s fight against pro-Russia separatists amid international outrage over the downing of a commercial airplane. Within the next few weeks, a group of Defense Department representatives who specialize in strategy and policy will head to Kiev to evaluate specific programs that the United States may want to help bolster, said Army Col. Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman. Their objective is to work with Ukrainians to “shape...
  • The Middle East Disease is Anti-Semitism

    07/22/2014 6:53:38 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | July 22, 2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Now, this is typical, sadly typical. I had a staff member, my trusted and loyal chief of staff, H.R., just said to me during the break, "My God, there's no law! Nothing means anything! Oh, my God, I'm depressed!" I said, "H.R., I've been where you are for five years." Ever since this guy was immaculated. Everything that's happening here I had a total -- I was like Nostradamus. I knew, not specifically, but I knew this kind of thing was going to happen. Remember the discussion yesterday, talking about Middle East peace and the Ukrainian situation,...
  • `Rebels return 80 fewer bodies than promised from MH17'

    07/22/2014 6:42:43 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 7 replies
    AFP ^ | July 23, 2014
    DONETSK: International monitors on Tuesday said body parts still lay scattered at eastern Ukraine's unsecured crash site of downed flight MH17, as Dutch experts said they were given 80 fewer corpses than promised by the rebels. "There were human remains that had not been picked up," said Michael Bociurkiw, a spokesman for the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) observer mission after visiting the scene, amid reports of the wreckage being rearranged. "What struck us is that we did not monitor any recovery activity in place," he said, pointing out that OSCE observers saw human remains in at...
  • European Union: Hamas, other Gaza terror groups must disarm [Israel]

    07/22/2014 6:24:00 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 20 replies
    Haaretz ^ | Tuesday, July 22, 2014 | Barack Ravid
    <p>In a dramatic statement issued Tuesday evening, the 28 foreign ministers of EU member states called for the disarmament of Hamas and other militant groups in the Gaza Strip.</p> <p>The statement, which was issued at the end of the monthly meeting of the Council of the European Union, included a ...</p>
  • KFI - reporter Sarah Carter on admitted murderers being allowed in from S. border

    07/22/2014 5:33:22 PM PDT · by doug from upland · 12 replies
    kfi ^ | 7-22-14
    COMING UP ON KFI IN LOS ANGELES JOHN AND KEN SHOW ON KFI -- reporter Sarah Carter on illegal alien admitted murderers being allowed into the U.S.
  • El Al says there is 'no chance' it will cancel flights to, from Israel

    07/22/2014 3:51:48 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 45 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | Tuesday, July 22, 2014 | Niv Elis and Lahav Harkov
    European and US airlines suspend flights to and from Israel after rocket falls 5km from Ben Gurion; El Al has historically continued flight service during times of war. Israeli airline El Al said it would not cancel any flights as air travel to Israel from all American carriers and several European ones came to a halt on Tuesday after the Federal Aviation Authority banned US airlines from traveling to and from Ben Gurion Airport for 24 hours. "There is no chance we will stop operations," an El Al spokesman told the Post. In labor disputes with the government, El Al...
  • Worse may yet lie ahead [Israel and Hamas]

    07/22/2014 3:34:46 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 32 replies
    The times of a Israel ^ | Tuesday, July 22, 2014 | Avi Issacharoff
    As of Tuesday night, despite the efforts of international intermediaries here in the region, there was no sign of an Israel-Hamas ceasefire. Visiting UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon had failed to achieve the long-term humanitarian truce he planned. This despite signs Monday that Hamas might want to halt the fighting. The Al-Mayadeen satellite station, which has good contacts in the office of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, claimed late Monday that Abbas and Hamas political bureau chief Khaled Mashaal had reached a ceasefire deal, based on Egypt’s proposal for an immediate cessation of hostilities. Abbas’s intelligence chief Majid Faraj set...
  • Dems to chop Obama’s border request

    07/22/2014 3:23:42 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 19 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 22, 2014 | Alexander Bolton & Peter Schroeder
    Senate Democrats will chop $1 billion from President Obama’s emergency spending request to secure the Texas border but have rejected Republican demands to change legal protections for child immigrants from Central America. Senate Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) told colleagues Tuesday that she will move a bill with $2.7 billion in emergency spending for the border, substantially less than the $3.7 billion requested by Obama, according to Democratic sources. The legislation will not include language demanded by Republicans and some centrist Democrats giving the administration more flexibility to swiftly deport children from Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador and other noncontiguous...
  • Israel Transportation Minister: Cancellation of Flights to Israel Gives a ‘Prize to Terror’

    07/22/2014 3:10:00 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 43 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | Tuesday, July 22, 2014 | Shiryn Ghermezian
    Israel’s Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz said on Tuesday that the just announced cancellation of European and U.S. flights to Israel handed a victory to terrorism. “There is no reason for the American companies to stop their flight and give a prize to terror,” Katz said, according to Jerusalem Post correspondent Niv Elis. On Tuesday, four major U.S. airline carriers announced their decision to cancel flights heading to Israel indefinitely, one specifically citing the danger of Gaza rocket attacks near Israel’s Ben Gurion airport. Shortly after the airlines announced their decision, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said it told all U.S....
  • Cockpit of MH17 found 'sawn in half at spot cordoned off by pro-Russian separatists ...

    07/22/2014 2:52:40 PM PDT · by Uncle Chip · 74 replies
    The Daily Mail Online ^ | July 22, 2014 | Tara Brady
    International monitors, who only recently gained access to the site, discovered the cockpit of the plane apparently cut in half with diesel-powered saws. Michael Bociurkiw, spokesman for the group of international monitors from the Organize for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), told USA Today: 'The rear part of the aircraft, one of the biggest intact pieces, has definitely been hacked into'. The cockpit was found on land which was immediately cordoned off by Russian-backed separatists during the two days after the plane was blown out of the sky. However, both the separatists and Russia have denied any involvement in...
  • FAA tells U.S. airlines not to fly to Tel Aviv [Israel and Hamas]

    07/22/2014 2:52:30 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 14 replies
    CBS NEWS ^ | Staff
    The Federal Aviation Administration told U.S. airlines they are prohibited from flying to the Tel Aviv airport in Israel for 24 hours starting Tuesday afternoon due to the potentially hazardous situation created by the armed conflict in Israel and Gaza. The notice came after a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip landed near Israel's main airport Tuesday, wounding one Israeli and prompting all U.S. and some European and Canadian airlines to cancel flights to Tel Aviv - a reflection of high anxiety over air travel after the downing of a Malaysian jet over Ukraine. It was the latest blow to...
  • Carter calls for end to fighting in Gaza

    07/22/2014 2:43:55 PM PDT · by NCjim · 59 replies
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | July 22, 2014 | Shelia Poole
    Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter has called for an end to the fighting and bombing in Gaza. “Both sides must distinguish between combatants and noncombatants, and Israel must ensure that its use of force is proportionate in accordance with international humanitarian law. More immediately, all combat operations must stop, and Israeli troops should withdraw from Gaza,” Carter said in a statement released Tuesday. So far, more than 600 Palestinians, mostly civilians, have been killed in the fighting, according to reports. The Israeli death toll is estimated at 29, including two civilians. Humantarian groups have also called for an end to...
  • Cockpit of MH17 found sawed in half at crash site

    07/22/2014 2:41:24 PM PDT · by 1rudeboy · 12 replies
    USA Today | July 22, 2014 | Filip Warwick and Doug Stanglin
    usatoday.com cannot be posted due to copyright complaint http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2014/07/22/ukraine-mh17-bodies-russia/12981325/