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  • Obama's brother wears Hamas Scarf

    08/01/2014 4:11:51 PM PDT · by mgist · 10 replies
    A photo of President Obama’s half-brother, Malik, who served as the best man at his brother’s wedding, has surfaced showing him wearing a special scarf emblazoned with anti-Israel slogans used by the terror group Hamas. One saying on the scarf: “WE ARE COMING,” the Daily Mail reported. And the other: “From the river to the sea.” That reference is to Palestinians’ beliefs that land currently occupied by Israel — from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea — actually belongs to them. The photo was taken in 2010 at an event in Yemen and posted on the website of...
  • House of representatives of the 113th Congress Contact Information

    08/01/2014 12:33:59 PM PDT · by RedMDer · 2 replies
    House of representatives of the 113th Congress Alabama District Name Party Room Phone Committee Assignment 1 Bonner, Jo R 2236 RHOB 202-225-4931 Appropriations 2 Roby, Martha R 428 CHOB 202-225-2901 AgricultureArmed ServicesEducation and the Workforce 3 Rogers (AL), Mike R 324 CHOB 202-225-3261 AgricultureArmed ServicesHomeland Security 4 Aderholt, Robert R 2369 RHOB 202-225-4876 Appropriations 5 Brooks, Mo R 1230 LHOB 202-225-4801 Armed ServicesForeign AffairsScience, Space, and Technology 6 Bachus, Spencer R 2246 RHOB 202-225-4921 Financial ServicesJudiciary 7 Sewell, Terri A. D 1133 LHOB 202-225-2665 Financial ServicesPermanent Select Committee on Intelligence Alaska District Name Party Room Phone Committee Assignment At Large...
  • Defense Panel: Obama Administration Defense Strategy ‘Dangerously’ Underfunded

    08/01/2014 10:10:09 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | July 31, 2014 5:30 pm | Bill Gertz
    The Obama administration’s four-year defense strategy lacks funding needed for fulfilling global military missions and the U.S. military faces “high risk” in the world unless changes are made, according to a bipartisan report by a congressionally backed panel of defense experts. The report by the National Defense Panel, led by former Defense Secretary William Perry and retired United States Army Gen. John Abizaid, criticized the Pentagon’s Quadrennial Defense Review for outlining military responsibilities that cannot be met because of sharp defense funding cuts. The report concluded that the capabilities called for in the QDR “clearly exceed the budget resources made...
  • Social-Media Posts Belie Russian Denials About Ukraine Involvement

    08/01/2014 9:43:18 AM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 9 replies
    Radio Free Europe ^ | July 31, 2014 | Glenn Kates
    Social-Media Posts Belie Russian Denials About Ukraine Involvement By Glenn Kates July 31, 2014 Russia has sought to maintain plausible deniability about its involvement in the conflict in Ukraine's east. Granted, separatist leaders like Igor Girkin and Igor Bezler are Russian citizens with alleged pasts in Russia's security services, but Moscow says they came to Ukraine on their own accord. And although some high-powered weapons have been traced back to Russia, the Kremlin has argued -- albeit not particularly convincingly -- that any weapons in separatist hands were taken from the Ukrainian side. But some Russian military personnel may not...
  • Donald Trump Says Ebola Patients Should Be Barred from U.S.

    08/01/2014 9:37:51 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 43 replies
    NBC News ^ | 1 Aug 14
    Donald Trump expressed panic over news that an Ebola patient will be flown to a specialized isolation unit at an Atlanta hospital. The billionaire took to Twitter on Wednesday to suggest that American borders should be closed to anyone with the virus that has killed 729 people in West Africa. That would apparently include two U.S. citizens — a doctor and a missionary — who are fighting for their lives in Liberia. "Stop the EBOLA patients from entering the U.S. Treat them, at the highest level, over there. THE UNITED STATES HAS ENOUGH PROBLEMS!" Trump tweeted. Some of the replies...
  • Israel-Gaza cease-fire collapses within hours

    08/01/2014 5:49:04 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 08/01/2014 | LAURA KING, BATSHEVA SOBELMAN
    A hard-won internationally brokered truce between Israel and Palestinian militants collapsed within hours Friday after the Israeli military said one of its soldiers was missing amid heavy fighting in the southern Gaza Strip and may have been captured by Hamas fighters. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stopped short of declaring the cease-fire dead, but accused Hamas of “flagrantly violating” what was to have been a three-day truce. Hamas in turn insisted it was Israel that had broken the cease-fire terms agreed to only hours earlier. Although Netanyahu distanced himself from personally announcing the breakdown of the truce – as he...
  • Resident near Oregon Gulch fire: 'They're trying to save lives more than anything'

    07/31/2014 11:21:19 PM PDT · by forester · 4 replies
    Ashland Daily Tidings ^ | 7/31/2014 | Ryan Pfeil
    Updated 6:45 p.m. Tracie Gibson, a resident at Fall Creek Ranch, said, "Everybody is evacuating. They're asking everybody to leave at this point. They're trying to save lives more than anything right now. They're dumping water trying to save what they can, but it's moving pretty fast." She said residents were initially told to evacuate to Fall Creek Ranch, but at this point, residents are being told to evacuate into California. Fire has grown to 3,000 acres, Oregon Department of Forestry officials say. - See more at: http://www.dailytidings.com/article/20140731/NEWS/407310317/101081/NEWS#sthash.QTt8J14b.dpuf
  • 20 minutes after launch, hobbyist’s drone finds man missing for 3 days

    07/31/2014 8:29:07 PM PDT · by null and void · 39 replies
    Electronic Products ^ | 07/25/2014 | Jeffrey Bausch
    Model aircraft able to do what dogs, volunteers, and helicopters could not After authorities spent three days searching for a missing, elderly man in Wisconsin, a hobbyist launched his personal drone in a volunteer search effort and was able to locate the lost individual 20 minutes post launch. During the initial search phase, authorities used dogs, helicopters, and employed local volunteers to comb the Fitchburg countryside in search of Guillermo DeVenecia, an 82-year-old man suffering from Alzheimer’s. David Lesh, a drone enthusiast who uses his personal model aircraft to make videos for his skiing and snowboarding business, was in town...
  • OOPS: Debbie Wasserman-Schultz Makes Big Gaffe, Reveals the Truth About Obama

    07/31/2014 7:40:22 PM PDT · by montag813 · 98 replies
    Top Right News ^ | 07-31-2014 | Jason DeWitt
    by Jason DeWitt | Top Right NewsA gaffe? Or Freudian slip? Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-FL and DNC Chairwoman) made a stunning comment on Obama's pet network, MSNBC, accidentally revealing the truth about her boss: (House Republicans) will be voting for the first time in American history to sue the President of the United States for doing his job.And doing his job actually less often, and a rate that is lower than any President since Grover Cleveland. Um...sure. Who are we to disagree? WATCH:
  • CIA director apologizes to Senate leaders

    07/31/2014 7:14:07 PM PDT · by Mariner · 33 replies
    Associated Press ^ | July 31st, 2014 | KEN DILANIAN
    WASHINGTON (AP) — An internal CIA investigation has found that agency officers improperly accessed Senate computers earlier this year in a dispute over interrogation documents, prompting CIA Director John Brennan to abandon his defiant posture in the matter and apologize to Senate intelligence committee leaders. Brennan has convened an internal accountability board chaired by former Sen. Evan Bayh, D-Indiana, that will examine whether the CIA officers should be disciplined, said his spokesman, Dean Boyd. The agency officers searched the computers without permission for information gathered in the course of a Senate investigation into the CIA's interrogation techniques. The summary of...
  • Taiwanese city of Kaohsiung hit by massive gas explosion

    07/31/2014 6:46:58 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 16 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 31 July 2014 | Chris Johnston
    Taiwanese city of Kaohsiung hit by massive gas explosion Deaths reported after leak in sewerage system causes 'white fog' which exploded Chris Johnston theguardian.com, Thursday 31 July 2014 21.14 BST At least 15 people have been killed and more than 230 injured by explosions in a southern Taiwanese city thought to have been caused by a gas leak in the sewerage system. Witnesses said that gas leaks began at about 9pm local time in Kaohsiung. The leaking gas formed a white fog, which then ignited and sparked massive explosions on several streets, China's Central News Agency reported.
  • GOP Tells Obama to Ignore Congress One Day After Suing Him for Ignoring Congress

    07/31/2014 6:42:43 PM PDT · by Mariner · 16 replies
    The Wire ^ | July 31st, 2014 | Russell Berman
    On Wednesday, House Republicans sued President Obama for acting on his own without approval from Congress. On Thursday, House Republicans told President Obama he should act on his own to fix the border crisis. The messaging whiplash resulted from Speaker John Boehner's failure – so far – to pass a Republican spending bill that would provide $659 million to help stem the child migrant crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border. In a statement following the decision to abruptly scrap a vote on the measure, Boehner and his fellow GOP leaders tried to put the onus back on Obama, saying the president...
  • Supreme Court upholds Scott Walker Act 10 union law

    07/31/2014 5:57:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel ^ | July 31, 2014 | Jason Stein, Jason Silverstein and Patrick Marley
    Madison — The Wisconsin Supreme Court upheld Gov. Scott Walker's signature labor legislation Thursday,delivering an election-year affirmation to the governor in one of the three major rulings issued by the justices on union bargaining, election law and same-sex couples. In addition to ruling Walker's labor law constitutional, the state's highest court also upheld the state's voter ID law and a 2009 law providing limited benefits to gay and lesbian couples, leaving liberals with one consolation to soften the sting of the two larger conservative victories. "Our courts have continued to give deference to our Legislature and in all three of...
  • BREAKING: Judge Orders DOJ to Release Fast and Furious Documents Withheld From Congress

    07/31/2014 2:53:37 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 80 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 31, 2014 | Katie Pavlich
    Thanks to a Freedom of Information Act Lawsuit pursued against the Department of Justice by government watchdog Judicial Watch, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia has ruled documents being withheld from Congress under President Obama's claim of executive privilege must be turned over. Obama made the claim on the same day Attorney General Eric Holder was voted in criminal and civil contempt of Congress in June 2012. "This order forces the Obama DOJ, for the first time, to provide a detailed listing of all documents that it has withheld from Congress and the American people for...
  • German officer will serve as US Army Chief of Staff in Europe. First non-American Officer.

    07/31/2014 3:19:28 PM PDT · by machogirl · 180 replies
    army times can't post | July 31, 2014 | Me
    A German Army General has been appointed to Chief of Staff of U.S. Army Europe. This is the first time a non-U.S. officer has held this position.
  • Gaza crisis: Israel, Hamas agree to 72-hour humanitarian cease-fire

    07/31/2014 3:08:20 PM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 54 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 31 , 2014 | Foxs News
    Israel and Hamas agreed Thursday to an unconditional, 72-hour humanitarian cease-fire in the Gaza conflict, set to begin Friday, the United States and United Nations said. The cease-fire was scheduled to commence at 8 am local time on Friday, and is expected to last for a period of 72 hours unless it's extended, the State Department said in a statement. Military forces will be expected to stay in place during the cease-fire. In a joint statement, the U.S. and U.N. said they had gotten assurances that all parties to the conflict had agreed to the halt in hostilities.
  • Emory Healthcare to treat Ebola patient

    07/31/2014 2:25:13 PM PDT · by Wage Slave · 147 replies
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 31 July 2014 | Misty Williams
    Emory University Hospital is expected to receive a patient infected with the deadly Ebola virus within the next several days, the university announced Thursday.
  • After Delay, House GOP Plans Second Try on Border Bills (Blames Sen. Jeff Sessions, not Cruz)

    07/31/2014 2:06:59 PM PDT · by kristinn · 19 replies
    The National Journal ^ | Thursday, July 31, 2014 | Billy House, Tim Alberta and Michael Catalini
    House Republican leaders are hoping to take a second whack at passing an emergency border-funding package, after they suddenly backed off a planned vote Thursday afternoon amid discontent within their own ranks. The legislation had been unlikely to advance in the Senate, and already had been ticketed for a presidential veto. But the decision to pull the $659 million measure represented a major embarrassment for Speaker John Boehner and his leadership team—especially for Rep. Steve Scalise. He does not officially become majority whip until Friday, but he and his new whip team had made this the first bill in which...
  • Wisconsin Court Upholds Law Curbing Unions' Collective-Bargaining Rights

    07/31/2014 11:07:45 AM PDT · by adingdangdoo · 4 replies
    The Wall Street Journal online ^ | 7/31/2014 | Mark Peters and Caroline Porter
    MADISON, Wis.—Wisconsin's highest court upheld a law ending most collective-bargaining rights for government employees in the state, a blow for public-sector unions that have been stymied in their efforts to reverse the controversial measure championed by Republican Gov. Scott Walker.
  • Why the House of Representatives just voted to sue President Obama (Great Q & A)

    07/31/2014 10:32:00 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 17 replies
    Vox ^ | 07/30/2014 | Andrew Prokop
    On Wednesday evening, the US House of Representatives voted to sue President Obama over the delay of Obamacare's employer mandate. The resolution, which you can read here, passed on a vote of 225 to 201, with every Democrat voting against it. 5 Republicans also voted no, including some of the chamber's most conservative members, Reps. Paul Broun (R-GA) and Steve Stockman (R-TX) — likely because the measure doesn't go far enough. Here's our explainer as to whether there's any precedent for this, whether the suit has a chance, and how it will proceed. Has the House of Representatives ever sued...
  • CIA Admits to Hacking Senate Computers

    07/31/2014 10:29:38 AM PDT · by mojito · 57 replies
    National Journal ^ | 7/31/2014 | Dustin Volz
    The Central Intelligence Agency improperly and covertly hacked into computers used by Senate staffers to investigate the spy agency's Bush-era interrogation practices, according to an internal investigation. CIA Director John Brennan has determined that employees "acted in a manner inconsistent with the common understanding" brokered between the CIA and its Senate overseers, according to agency spokesman Dean Boyd. The stunning admission follows a scathing, 40-minute speech by Senate Intelligence Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein on the Senate floor back in March, in which she accused the CIA of secretly accessing her panel's computers.... At the time, Brennan denied Feinstein's accusations, telling NBC...
  • U.S. Attorney presses Cuomo on witness tampering

    07/31/2014 10:15:35 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 7 replies
    Gannett News Service | 11:12 a.m. EDT July 31, 2014 | Joseph Spector, Albany Bureau Chief
    Gannett news is reporting that U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara is investigating Gov. Andrew Cuomo's decision to shutter a corruption-busting panel, threatening to investigate potential obstruction of justice and witness tampering. Link here: http://www.stargazette.com/story/news/politics/2014/07/31/cuomo-pressed-witness-tampering/13405579/
  • Booby-Trapped Explosives Built into Walls of UNRWA Clinic

    07/31/2014 10:11:52 AM PDT · by Piranha · 43 replies
    Arutz Sheva (Israel National News) ^ | July 31, 2014 | Uzi Baruch and Elad Benari
    New details have emerged about the booby-trapped clinic explosion that killed three IDF Maglan unit soldiers in Gaza earlier this week - Sergeant First Class Matan Gottlieb, 21, from Rishon LeZion; Sergeant First Class Omar Chai, 21, from Savion; and Sergeant First Class Guy Algranati, 20, of Tel Aviv, hy"d. Over eighty kilograms of explosives were built into the UN-funded hospital's walls themselves, it was cleared for publication Thursday - revealing that the clinic itself was built to mask, and perform, potential acts of terror on the IDF. Moreover, the clinic was built over tens of terror tunnels, according to...
  • Report: Hamas Used Child Labor to Build Terror Tunnels; Hundreds Killed

    07/31/2014 9:38:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | 07/31/2014 | By Joel B. Pollak
    Hamas killed hundreds of children in the construction of its extensive tunnel network, built partly to carry out attacks on children across the Gaza border in Israel. That report--confirmed by Hamas itself--emerged in 2012, not from the Israeli government, but the sympathetic Journal of Palestine Studies, in an article that otherwise celebrated the secret tunnel system as a symbol of Palestinian resistance to the Israeli "siege" of the Gaza Strip. The article, "Gaza's Tunnel Phenomenon: The Unintended Dynamics of Israel's Siege," was published in the Summer 2012 edition of the Journal by Nicholas Pelham, who writes for the Economist and...
  • It's End of the Month Payday. Quit Putting Freep-a-Thon Off and Give. You Know You Will, Anyway

    07/30/2014 5:43:40 PM PDT · by xzins · 42 replies
    Vanity | 30 July 2014 | Xzins
    Let's not beat around the bush. You give to Free Republic. But you wait....and wait....and in the 2nd month you pull the trigger. Then you feel better, because when it comes down to it you understand the value of Free Republic. It is the lone conservative voice out there that gives average Joes like us a voice to combat the BS of the media, the politicians, and the robots. The election is upon us...3 short months away, give or take a few days. The early days of the campaigns are important days. We all know it. Obama has gone into...
  • Lobbyists quietly advise GOP on gay marriage shift

    07/30/2014 8:30:49 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 147 replies
    The Hill ^ | 7/30/2104 | Megan R. Wilson
    Republicans on K street are helping members of their party shift their stance on gay rights issues. Kathryn Lehman, a top GOP lobbyist and partner at Holland and Knight carries a list of 40 to 50 Republican offices in the House and Senate she visits on behalf of Freedom to Marry, a group that backs same-sex marriage. "The issue is losing its toxicity from a Republican perspective," she said, mentioning that the list was a fraction of that size when she first took on Freedom to Marry as a client in 2011. Lehman... helped to write the Defense of Marriage...
  • U.S. Economy Rebounds In Spring With GDP Expanding At 4 Percent Rate

    07/30/2014 6:58:07 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 56 replies
    NPR ^ | 07/30/2014 | EYDER PERALTA
    The Commerce Department had some good news about the U.S. economy today: Rebounding from a quarter of negative growth, Commerce said the country's gross domestic product expanded at a 4 percent annual rate during the second quarter."The increase in real GDP in the second quarter primarily reflected positive contributions from personal consumption expenditures (PCE), private inventory investment, exports, nonresidential fixed investment, state and local government spending, and residential fixed investment," Commerce said in a statement.As The Wall Street Journal sees it, the positive news is fueling hopes "for sustained growth in the second half of 2014." The paper adds: "The...
  • Shock and terror: Islamic State boasts mass executions in Iraq (GRAPHIC)

    07/30/2014 5:55:24 AM PDT · by FR_addict · 46 replies
    Russia Today ^ | July 30 2014 | RT.com
    As part of their psychological war to create a medieval-style caliphate, the Islamic State has released a new shocking video showing scenes of mass executions, warning Iraqi soldiers and others who dare to resist that they will be rounded up and killed. The Islamic State, formerly known as ISIS/ISIL, stormed through areas of northern Iraq last month, building on territory they had already seized in western Iraq and Syria. The 36-minute video clip was released for the Eid holiday marking the end of Ramadan, sheds a disturbing light on the mentality of the Islamic State extremists and the methods they...
  • Nancy Pelosi: 'We Cannot Have Deportation without Representation'

    07/29/2014 4:16:33 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 97 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 29 Jul 2014 | Charlie Spiering
    During a hearing with House Democrats on Tuesday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi argued that the bill proposed by Republicans did not have the adequate resources to help unattended minors crossing the border with the immigration court process. The bill, announced by Republicans on Tuesday, would spend $659 million in new spending in response to the crisis on the border. Citing a friend, Pelosi said that “we cannot have deportation without representation,” and she praised the groups that were working to help the detained children. The hearing featured unattended minors, now living in the United States, who complained about how...
  • Jeff Sessions: House Border Bill Is a ‘Surrender To a Lawless President’

    07/29/2014 3:28:09 PM PDT · by Mariner · 45 replies
    NRO ^ | 7/29/2014 | By Joel Gehrke
    Senator Jeff Sessions (R., Ala.) denounced the House Republican border bill as a “surrender to a lawless president” because the legislation does not include any language to prevent President Obama from expanding his unilateral legalization of illegal immigrants. Here’s the statement: The Obama Administration has openly declared its plan to implement a unilateral executive amnesty for 5–6 million more illegal immigrants. This unlawful amnesty—urged on by congressional Democrats—would include work permits, taking jobs directly from millions of struggling American citizens. Any action Congress might consider to address the current border crisis would be futile should the President go forward with...
  • Report: Obama Was Rude and Hostile During Phone Call With Netanyahu (transcript leaked)

    07/29/2014 12:03:27 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 268 replies
    JP Updates ^ | 7/29/14 1:48pm | Jacob Kombluh
    The conversation between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Barack Obama was tense and tough, according to a report on Channel 1 Tuesday evening. Based on a transcript of the conversation, obtained by Israel’s channel 1, Obama “behaved in a rude, condescending and hostile manner,” the network’s foreign correspondent concluded. During the 35-minute conversation on Sunday, the president reportedly demanded that Israel should immediately and unconditionally end the operation. When Netanyahu asked what Israel would get in return for unilaterally ending the strikes, Obama replied: “I believe Hamas will stop firing rockets – quiet in return for quiet.” To which...
  • Ventura wins $1.8 million in defamation suit

    07/29/2014 11:48:23 AM PDT · by Solson · 80 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | July 29, 2014
    <p>Former Gov. Jesse Ventura won his defamation case against the author of “American Sniper.”</p> <p>The jury awarded a total of $1.845 million: $500,000 in defamation damages and $1.345 million for “unjust enrichment.”</p> <p>Jurors could not reach a unanimous verdict, as instructed. Instead, with the consent of both sides, they voted 8 to 2 in Ventura’s favor.</p>
  • Double blow for Putin as Ukraine rebels suffer setbacks, West prepares to levy more sanctions

    07/29/2014 10:02:54 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 28 replies
    FOX NEWS ^ | 29 Jul 14 | FOX NEWS
    Pro-Russia rebels in eastern Ukraine reportedly have suffered their biggest battlefield setbacks in months as the U.S. and European countries prepare to ramp up pressure on Russian leader Vladimir Putin by imposing more sanctions against Moscow later this week. The Wall Street Journal reported that Ukraine army forces had made rapid gains near the site where Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crashed July 17 and were apparently trying to split the territory held by the rebels into two parts between the major cities of Donetsk and Luhansk. Officials on both sides of the fighting also told the Journal that the Ukraine...
  • Emirates to stop flying over Iraq after MH17 disaster

    07/29/2014 9:53:24 AM PDT · by jalisco555 · 9 replies
    BBC ^ | July 28, 2014
    Emirates Airline will stop flying over Iraq to protect against the threat of Islamic militants on the ground. The airline told the BBC it was taking "precautionary measures" and "working on alternative routing plans for flights using Iraqi airspace". The move follows the Malaysian Airlines' Flight MH17 disaster. MH17 was shot down while flying over Ukraine. Emirates said it is already re-routing some flights. It will take a few days for the re-routing to be completed, the airline added. "We are closely monitoring the situation along with international agencies, and will never compromise the safety of our customers and crew,"...
  • Appeals court upholds Obamacare tax as constitutional

    07/29/2014 9:32:29 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 97 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 29, 2014 | Stephen Dinan
    A key appeals court on Tuesday ruled that despite including a tax, Obamacare doesn’t violate the Constitution’s requirement that all tax bills originate in the House of Representatives, giving the Obama administration another health care win. The three-judge panel of the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia said that the Obamacare tax was “incidental” to the primary purpose of the Affordable Care Act, so it isn’t a revenue-raising measure as envisioned by the Constitution. “Some exercises of the taxing power are not subject to the Origination Clause,” the unanimous panel concluded. The issue had been in...
  • White House, MSNBC Can't Stop Talking About Impeachment

    07/29/2014 8:40:14 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 74 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 29, 2014 | Guy Benson
    Republicans are not planning to impeach President Obama. Yes, Sarah Palin has called for it. The South Dakota GOP passed an impeachment resolution. Andy McCarthy is out with a book arguing that the legal foundation for ousting Obama exists, but the political will does not. And the occasional House back-bencher floats the 'I-word' from time to time. But there is no groundswell of support, or any semblance of a serious campaign, to remove the President of the United States from office. That's not a thing. When asked about Palin's impeachment advocacy House Speaker John Boehner -- who's suing Obama...
  • Crumbling Freedom: (Colorado) Cake Artist Sent to 'Reeducation'

    07/29/2014 8:14:09 AM PDT · by xzins · 159 replies
    CBN ^ | July 29, 2014 | Mark Martin
    LAKEWOOD, Colo. -- Imagine being ordered to go against your religious beliefs, and if you refuse, you could be arrested, fined, or sued. That happened to the Christian owner of a Colorado bakery who now must make wedding cakes for gay couples. However, the owner is standing his ground and his action is inspiring people around the world. Discriminating Accusation The sign on the door reads "Celebrating 20 Years of Great Cakes!" For two decades, Masterpiece Cakeshop has created art in the form of baked goods that keeps customers coming back. From cookies and cupcakes to signature cakes, Jack Phillips...
  • Battle for Poor Shoppers Fuels Dollar-Store Deal

    07/28/2014 6:19:46 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 105 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | July 28, 2014 | By Paul Ziobro and Shelly Banjo
    The battle for America's poorest consumers intensified Monday with Dollar Tree Inc. agreement to buy rival Family Dollar Stores Inc. for about $8.5 billion. The chains thrived during the recession as the number of working Americans living in poverty increased by nearly 40%, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The stores appealed to cash-strapped shoppers with bargain-basement prices and locations that were closer to their homes than many Wal-Mart supercenters. The smaller package sizes of everyday items like laundry detergent and cereal fit into the budgets of consumers living paycheck to paycheck.
  • 'We are looking at the beginnings of a Holocaust'

    07/28/2014 3:32:00 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 63 replies
    Jpost.com ^ | 28 July 14 | By SAM SOKOL
    The situation facing European Jewry is “simply intolerable, unacceptable and inexcusable,” Israeli Jewish Congress president Vladimir Sloutsker told MKs and foreign diplomats at a special session of the Knesset Immigration, Absorption and Diaspora Committee on Monday. Calling the rise in anti-Semitic incidents accompanying Israel’s invasion of Gaza an “SOS situation,” Sloutsker warned that if left unchecked, such behavior could lead to another European genocide. “Never before since the Holocaust, have we seen such a situation as today,” he said, referring to the continent-wide demonstrations by pro-Palestinian activists, a number of which have generated into violence and many of which have...
  • Iraqi Christians rally at White House: ‘Obama, Obama, where are you?’

    07/28/2014 1:56:46 PM PDT · by markomalley · 33 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 7/28/2014 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    Hundreds of outraged Iraqi Christians staged a rally outside the White House, demanding to know why President Obama wasn’t providing any aid to the scores of faithful being persecuted by radical Muslims around the world. The rallies were replicated at cities around the world, including in Paris, The Hague, Cologne and London, Breitbart reported. Among their chants, Breitbart reported: “Obama, Obama, where are you? Iraqi Christians call for you.” It was just a week ago that terrorists with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant ordered Christians out of Mosul and demanded they convert to Islam or die. “Iraq’s...
  • Hillary: Gaza´s Small Size Justification for Hamas Housing Rockets in Schools

    07/28/2014 1:05:23 PM PDT · by Nachum · 126 replies
    Breitbart TV ^ | 7/28/14 | Breitbart TV, by Pam Key
    Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told Fusion TV´s Jorge Ramos that part of the reason Hamas hides rockets in schools and civilian areas is "Gaza is small." "I´m not a military planner but Hamas puts it´s missiles, it´s rockets in civilian areas, part of it is Gaza is pretty small and its densely populated," she said as neglecting the question of whether or not Hamas should have rockets in area to begin with.
  • Eleanor Holmes Norton says 'you don't have a right to know' what's going on in government

    07/25/2014 5:20:11 PM PDT · by BAW · 62 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | July 25, 2014 | Sean Higgins
    Eleanor Holmes Norton, the non-voting congressional delegate for the District of Columbia, angrily sputtered during a congressional hearing Friday that the White House should not be held up to scrutiny, saying that there was no right to know what it was doing behind closed doors. "You don't have a right to know everything in a separation-of-powers government, my friend. That is the difference between a parliamentary government and a separation-of-powers government," Norton said during a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing. It was, to put mildly, a significant departure from the more traditional liberal stance that openness and transparency...
  • Turkey Is Organizing Freedom Flotilla II To Get Additional Aid Into The Gaza Strip

    07/28/2014 10:42:41 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    International Business Times ^ | 07/28/2014 | By Alessandria Masi
    The IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation, a Turkish NGO, is organizing “Freedom Flotilla II” to go to the Gaza Strip, loaded with humanitarian aid. Bulent Yildrim, the organization’s president, said Sunday the organization was trying to get the legal procedures and paperwork done to send the vessel into Gaza, according to the Middle East Monitor. No sail date has been set. He added the ship would be flanked by Turkish military to avoid the bloodshed that took place the last time Turkey tried to send a flotilla.Haaretz reported Sunday a shipment of medicine had arrived at Ben-Gurion Airport intended for Gaza....
  • Israel army warns Palestinians around Gaza City to flee ( 4 Israeli killed)

    07/28/2014 9:45:32 AM PDT · by winoneforthegipper · 19 replies
    Yahoo news ^ | 07/26/14 | STAFF
    Jerusalem (AFP) - The Israeli army on Monday sent messages to thousands of Palestinians living near Gaza City to flee shortly after a mortar shell killed at least four people in Israel. "A short while ago, phonecalls were made and text messages were sent out to the civilian population of Shejaiya, Zeitun and eastern Jabaliya calling them to evacuate immediately towards central Gaza City," a statement from the army said, referring to three areas to the north, south and east of Gaza City.
  • Not in my backyard: US sending dirty coal abroad

    07/28/2014 8:04:43 AM PDT · by AT7Saluki · 16 replies
    WRAL ^ | 7/28/14 | Dina Cappiello
    As the Obama administration weans the U.S. off dirty fuels blamed for global warming, energy companies have been sending more of America's unwanted energy leftovers to other parts of the world where they could create even more pollution. This fossil fuel trade threatens to undermine President Barack Obama's strategy for reducing the gases blamed for climate change and reveals a little-discussed side effect of countries acting alone on a global problem. The contribution of this exported pollution to global warming is not something the administration wants to measure, or even talk about.
  • Pelosi: Qataris Have Told Me ‘Hamas Is a Humanitarian Organization’

    07/28/2014 9:35:36 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 70 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | July 28, 2014 - 10:16 AM | Susan Jones
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) says the United States must look to Qatar, an ally of the terrorist group Hamas, for advice in resolving the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. “And we have to confer with the Qataris, who have told me over and over again that Hamas is a humanitarian organization,” she told CNN’s “State of the Union” with Candy Crowley. […] In that same interview with CNN, Pelosi defended President Barack Obama’s “strong” leadership, dismissing a suggestion that Russian President Vladimir Putin considers him to be weak. …
  • Israel rejects UN Sec Council call for Gaza ceasefire

    07/28/2014 6:43:15 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 15 replies
    DEBKAfile ^ | July 28, 2014, 4:39 PM (IDT)
    Israel Monday rebuffed the UN Security Council’s call for an immediate and humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza. In a call to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Binyamin Netanyahu said that the text relates only to the needs of “a murderous terrorist organization which attacks Israeli civilians.” It fails to address the harm inflicted on Israeli citizens and Hamas’ misuse of UN facilities for launching attacks on those citizens. Netanyahu delivered his reply as Hamas renewed rocket attacks at noon Monday, with Israeli resuming air strikes on rocket targets towards evening.
  • Hamas resumes shelling after agreeing to new 24-hour ceasefire

    07/27/2014 4:33:25 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 25 replies
    Russia Today ^ | 7-27-2014 | RT
    Fighting briefly subsided in Gaza on Sunday after Hamas agreed to a 24-hour humanitarian truce in the Strip. Israel's PM Benjamin Netanyahu, however, slammed the group for failing to accept its own ceasefire and continuing to fire. "In response to UN intervention and considering the situation of our people and the occasion of Eid, it has been agreed among resistance factions to endorse a 24-hour humanitarian calm, starting from 2 pm on Sunday," Sami Abu Zuhri, Hamas spokesman said in a statement. Eid al-Fitr, also called Feast of Breaking the Fast, is an important religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide...
  • Putin facing multi-million pound legal action over alleged role in MH17 crash

    07/27/2014 7:41:57 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 53 replies
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | 27 Jul 14 | Robert Mendick, Ben Farmer and Tim Ross
    Vladimir Putin is facing a multi-million-pound legal action for his alleged role in the shooting down of a Malaysia Airlines passenger jet over eastern Ukraine, The Sunday Telegraph can disclose. British lawyers are preparing a class action against the Russian president through the American courts. Senior Russian military commanders and politicians close to Mr Putin are also likely to become embroiled in the legal claim. The case would further damage relations between Mr Putin and the West, but politicians would be powerless to prevent it. Last week, lawyers from McCue & Partners, the London law firm, flew to Ukraine for...
  • Ceasefire ends as Gaza militants resume firing rockets into Israel

    07/26/2014 2:03:53 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    Reuters ^ | 07/26/2014 | BY NIDAL AL-MUGHRABI AND ORI LEWIS
    Militants resumed firings rockets into Israel from Gaza on Saturday, rejecting an extension to a ceasefire in a conflict in which more than 1,000 Palestinians, mostly civilians, have died. Israel had agreed to extend an initial 12-hour pause in the fighting by a further four hours but this was rejected by Islamist group Hamas, which dominates Gaza. Warning sirens sounded across the country as rockets were fired as far as the Tel Aviv area, police said. Israeli tank fire killed a man in the southern Gaza Strip, a local official said, announcing the first fatality after the breakdown of the...