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  • Pakistan crisis: Parliament to hold emergency meeting

    09/01/2014 6:29:44 PM PDT · by Nextrush · 17 replies
    BBC News ^ | 9/1/2014 | BBC
    A joint session of parliament is to be held in Pakistan as PM Nawaz Sharif seeks to rally support against protestors calling for his resignation. Clashes between security forces and demonstrators continued for a third day on Monday in the capital Islamabad. The army has denied suggestions it is backing anti-government groups, insisting it is "apolitical". Mr. Sharif-who was elected last year-has said he is determined to protect democracy and will not resign. Opposition cleric Tahir ul-Qadri has insisted that Mr. Sharif should step down to face murder charges and a terrorism probe. Mr. Quadri is supported by another opposition...
  • FEDS ENCOURAGING DEPORTED ILLEGAL ALIENS TO COME BACK TO US

    09/01/2014 9:19:19 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 33 replies
    Breitbart ^ | September 1, 2014 | by KRISTIN TATE
    HOUSTON, Texas -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is expected to allow thousands of illegal immigrant deportees to return to the U.S., so long as they have ties to Southern California. Taxpayers will additionally fund a media campaign in Mexico, alerting deportees that they may be eligible to come back to the United States. An agreement outlining the new settlement was announced in late August, according to the Los Angeles Times. The plan, which only applies to Southern California, was reportedly drawn up in response to a lawsuit that was filed last year by the American Civil Liberties...
  • Texas Judge Strikes Down Pro-Life Law That Closed Abortion Clinics

    09/01/2014 9:28:57 AM PDT · by Morgana · 11 replies
    life news ^ | Steven Ertelt, Sarah Zagorski
    A Texas judge has blocked a pro-life law credited with closing multiple abortion clinics and cutting abortions 13 percent, saving an estimated 9,900 babies from abortion. The legislation, House Bill 2 (HB2), requires abortion facilities to meet the same safety standards of other Ambulatory Surgical Centers in the state, ensures that abortionists have admitting privileges at a local hospital, and bans painful late abortions on fully formed babies. texas17Planned Parenthood did not challenge the law’s prohibition on abortions that take place at 20 weeks or later, a provision based on evidence that demonstrates the baby can feel pain at that...
  • karl rove's pac trying to win arkansas, north carolina by running left of pryor, hagan

    09/01/2014 9:14:04 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 21 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 30 Aug 2014 | C. EDMUND WRIGHT
    Karl Rove and his Crossroads GPS PAC are about to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory in the senate -- by campaigning to the left of incumbents Mark Pryor and Kay Hagan on behalf of Republican challengers Tom Cotton and Thom Tills. So blatant is this attempt in the latest round of TV ads that the Washington Post teased Rove with a headline that taunted him as a "bleeding heart liberal." Reporter/blogger Greg Sargent said in the story that the two ad campaigns "show Republicans once again hitting Dems from the left on entitlements." Salon ridiculed the North Carolina...
  • Putin 'urges talks on statehood for east Ukraine' (Putin Toughens Position)

    08/31/2014 4:31:13 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 202 replies
    BBC News ^ | 08/31/2014 | BBC News
    President Putin has called for talks to discuss "statehood" for eastern Ukraine, Russian media report. He said the issue needed to be discussed to ensure the interests of local people "are definitely upheld". His comments came after the EU gave Russian a one-week ultimatum to reverse course in Ukraine or face sanctions.
  • Iraq breaks Islamic State siege of Amerli

    08/31/2014 4:00:55 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 11 replies
    Al Jazeera ^ | 31 Aug 2014 10:48 | Al Jazeera
    The Iraqi army backed by volunteer fighters have broken through the Islamic State group siege on the town of Amerli located between the capital, Baghdad, and northern city of Kirkuk, sources have told Al Jazeera. Iraqi forces and the militia entered the city on Sunday, where thousands of people have been trapped for over two months with dwindling food and water. "Our forces entered Amerli and broke the siege," security spokesman Lieutenant General Qassem Atta told AFP news agency. Sources on the ground told Al Jazeera's Jane Arraf that the Iraqi soldiers were backed by "Shia militia". On Saturday, the...
  • Ted Cruz Invites Obama to Border, Calls for Bombing ISIS ‘Back to the Stone Age’

    08/30/2014 6:50:54 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 68 replies
    ABC News ^ | 08/30/2014 | Chris Good
    Sen. Ted Cruz today invited President Obama to accompany him to a golf course on the Texas-Mexico border, telling conservatives at an Americans for Prosperity summit in Dallas he thought that was “the only way there is a chance in heaven that he might come” to the region. The Texas Republican and potential 2016 presidential contender also heavily criticized the president’s foreign policies and suggested that the U.S. should bomb ISIS “back to the stone age.” “Tonight I am officially extending an invitation for Barack Obama to come join me at the border in Texas,” Cruz said. “I figured the...
  • Thousand Dollar Challenge!! [FReepathon]

    08/30/2014 4:34:08 PM PDT · by RedMDer · 48 replies
    08-30-2014 | RedMDer
    An anonymous and very generous FReeper will donate an extra $1,000 as soon as 10(ten) $100 new donations come in. We currently have three donations since the challenge was made. Can you help to meet the challenge?
  • President Obama needs to focus on how the United States can meet global challenges

    08/30/2014 8:33:26 AM PDT · by Mariner · 38 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | Aug 30, 2014 | Editorial Board
    RESIDENT OBAMA’S acknowledgment that “we don’t have a strategy yet” in Syria understandably attracted the most attention after his perplexing meeting with reporters Thursday. But his restatement of the obvious was not the most dismaying aspect of his remarks. The president’s goal, to the extent he had one, seemed to be to tamp down all the assessments of gathering dangers that his own team had been issuing over the previous days. This argument with his own administration is alarming on three levels. The first has to do with simple competence. One can only imagine the whiplash that foreign leaders must...
  • BORDER PATROL AGENT FIRES AT ARMED MILITIA MEMBER

    08/29/2014 7:00:47 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 88 replies
    AP ^ | August 29, 2014 | BY CHRISTOPHER SHERMAN
    McALLEN, Texas (AP) -- A Border Patrol agent pursuing a group of immigrants in a wooded area near the Texas-Mexico border on Friday fired several shots at an armed man who later identified himself as a militia member. Border Patrol spokesman Omar Zamora said agents had been chasing a group of immigrants east of Brownsville Friday afternoon when an agent saw a man holding a gun near the Rio Grande. The agent fired four shots, but did not hit the man. The man then dropped his gun and identified himself as a member of a militia. Zamora said no other...
  • Ukraine to seek Nato membership, says PM Yatsenyuk

    08/29/2014 2:18:05 PM PDT · by FreeReign · 65 replies
    BBC ^ | 29 August 2014 | -
    Ukraine's prime minister has said he will ask parliament to put the country on a path towards Nato membership. Arseny Yatsenyuk said the government was sending a bill to MPs urging that Ukraine's non-bloc status be cancelled. The remarks come as Nato holds an emergency meeting to discuss the crisis in eastern Ukraine. The West has stepped up its accusations of direct Russian involvement in the conflict, following advances by pro-Russian rebels. On Thursday Nato released satellite images it said showed Russian forces inside Ukraine. and said more than 1,000 troops were operating there.
  • Surprise coming in MA gubernatorial race?

    08/29/2014 7:53:52 AM PDT · by sunmars · 61 replies
    After this week’s dreary news out of Kansas, we owe Hot Air readers a pleasant surprise, and this may be it. Martha Coakley, who lost a special election to fill the Senate seat vacated by the death of Ted Kennedy four years ago despite the near-total grip Democrats have on Massachusetts, may be in the process of losing another election. Republican gubernatorial nominee Charlie Baker took his first lead in the Boston Globe poll series, edging Coakley barely, while neither candidate looks to be catching fire: Republican Charlie Baker has edged ahead of Democrat Martha Coakley in the race for...
  • UK terrorist threat level raised to 'severe', Theresa May says

    08/29/2014 7:19:29 AM PDT · by McGruff · 34 replies
    BBC News ^ | 29 August 2014
    The UK's terror threat level is being raised from "substantial" to "severe" in response to conflicts in Iraq and Syria, Home Secretary Theresa May says. The new alert level means an attack on the UK is "highly likely", although Mrs May said there was no intelligence to suggest an attack was "imminent". It is the second highest of five possible UK threat levels.
  • 2 california counties ask to form separate state

    08/29/2014 3:07:12 AM PDT · by lbryce · 71 replies
    AP The Big Story ^ | August 28, 2014 | Juliet Williams
    Representatives of two counties in far Northern California petitioned state officials Thursday for the right to form a 51st state called Jefferson, formally asking state lawmakers to vote on their proposal. Modoc and Siskiyou counties, which share a border with Oregon and have a combined population of about 53,000, submitted petitions from their county governments to the secretaries of the state Assembly and Senate after filing a petition complaining about a lack of representation to the secretary of state. "
  • U.S. Identifies Citizens Joining Rebels in Syria

    08/28/2014 7:29:17 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    New York Times ^ | 08/28/2014 | By MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT and ERIC SCHMITT
    WASHINGTON — American intelligence and law enforcement agencies have identified nearly a dozen Americans who have traveled to Syria to fight for the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, the militant group that the Obama administration says poses the greatest threat to the United States since Al Qaeda before the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. As ISIS has seized large expanses of territory in recent months, it has drawn more foreign men to Syria, requiring more American and European law enforcement resources in the attempt to stop the flow of fighters, senior American officials said. And as a result of the...
  • Fort Hood shooter says he wants to become ‘citizen’ of Islamic State caliphate

    08/28/2014 6:44:43 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 58 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 28, 2014 | Catherine Herridge
    The convicted shooter in the Fort Hood massacre has written a letter to the leader of the Islamic State saying he wants to become a “citizen” of the caliphate, in the latest example of the terror group’s reach inside the U.S. The letter from Nidal Hasan, obtained by Fox News, comes after two Americans reportedly died fighting for ISIS in Syria. Sources late Wednesday identified the second as Abdirahmaan Muhumed, of Minneapolis. Fox affiliate KMSP-TV in Minneapolis reported that Muhumed was killed in the same battle as Douglas McAuthur McCain, who grew up outside Minneapolis in the town of New...
  • Portman urged to move step closer to presidential run

    08/28/2014 6:29:33 PM PDT · by xzins · 64 replies
    WHIO ^ | 28 Aug 14 | Jessica Wehrman and Jack Torry
    Ohio Sen. Rob Portman is being urged to form a presidential exploratory committee as the first step in running for the White House in 2016, but the Ohio Republican will not make any decisions until after the November elections. An exploratory committee would allow Portman to raise money to pay for travel and other expenses to states such as New Hampshire and Iowa which will be holding the first presidential contests of 2016. Although Portman and his aides say he is currently focused on running for re-election in 2016, the first-term senator has long had ambitions for national office. Portman...
  • Captives held by Islamic State were waterboarded

    08/28/2014 12:50:09 PM PDT · by Alter Kaker · 30 replies
    WashPost ^ | 8/28/2014 | Adam Goldman and Julia Tate
    At least four hostages held in Syria by the Islamic State, including an American journalist who was recently executed by the group, were waterboarded in the early part of their captivity, according to people familiar with the treatment of the kidnapped Westerners. James Foley was among the four who were waterboarded several times by Islamic State militants who appeared to model the technique on the CIA’s use of waterboarding to interrogate suspected terrorists after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. The victims of waterboarding are often strapped down on gurneys or benches while cold water is poured over a cloth covering...
  • Donbas Insurgent Leader Confirms: Thousands of Russian Army Soldiers Fighting in Ukraine (video)

    08/28/2014 7:42:34 AM PDT · by GeronL · 145 replies
    Ukraine Today ^ | Aug 28, 2014 | Ukraine Today
    Ukraine Today: A militant leader in Ukraine's eastern city of Donetsk has admitted that Russian soldiers are fighting among his forces in the insurgency. Alexander Zakharchenko, the prime minister of the so-called Donetsk People's Republic, told Russian media that between 3,000 and 4,000 Russian soldiers on leave from their posts have been fighting in the insurgency.
  • Russian armored columns said to capture key Ukrainian town

    08/28/2014 7:36:36 AM PDT · by 1rudeboy · 68 replies
    WP ^ | August 28, 2014 | By Annie Gowen and Karoun Demirjian
    KIEV, Ukraine — Russian forces in two armored columns captured a key southeastern coastal town near the Russian border Thursday after Ukrainian forces retreated in the face of superior firepower, a Ukrainian military spokesman said. The two Russian columns, including tanks and armored fighting vehicles, entered the town of Novoazovsk on the Sea of Azov after a battle in which Ukrainian army positions came under fire from Grad rockets launched from Russian territory, according to the spokesman, Col. Andriy Lysenko. “Our border servicemen and guardsmen retreated as they did not have heavy equipment,” Lysenko said in a statement. Ukrainian authorities...
  • U.S. to ease some deportations to Mexico under settlement

    08/28/2014 5:06:53 AM PDT · by stevie_d_64 · 20 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wednesday, August 27, 2014 | Alex Dobuzinskis
    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - U.S. authorities have agreed to stop pressuring undocumented immigrants in Southern California to sign off on their own deportations under a legal settlement that may later allow some deportees to return from Mexico to seek U.S. legal residency, advocacy groups said on Wednesday. The deal reached between the American Civil Liberties Union and federal officials stems from a lawsuit brought last year on behalf of other immigration rights groups and about 10 immigrants who accepted so-called "voluntary returns" to Mexico. All of the immigrants had strong grounds for being allowed to remain in the United States...
  • Intel believes 300 Americans fighting with Islamic State, posing threat to U.S.

    08/27/2014 8:16:24 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 40 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Tuesday, August 26, 2014 | Maggie Ybarra
    The U.S. government is tracking and gathering intelligence on as many as 300 Americans who are fighting side by side with the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria and are poised to become a major threat to the homeland, according to senior U.S. officials. Officials say concern is widespread in Washington that radicalized foreign fighters could return to the homeland and commit terrorist attacks with skills acquired overseas, according to officials who spoke on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the information. Those concerns were heightened by the disclosure Tuesday that a California man was killed fighting...
  • Two experts warn correction could total 60%

    08/27/2014 5:07:06 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 93 replies
    CNBC ^ | 27 Aug 14 | Matthew J. Belvedere and Everett Rosenfeld
    <p>Markets could soon face a fall of up to 60 percent, two experts told CNBC on Wednesday.</p> <p>A jolt to international confidence in central banks will lead to a 30 to 60 percent market decline, David Tice, president of Tice Capital and founder of the Prudent Bear Fund, told CNBC's "Power Lunch." When this happens, he said, markets will face a "period of extreme turmoil."</p>
  • 2nd American ISIS Fighter Killed In Syria, CNN Reports

    08/27/2014 1:48:36 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 08/27/2014 | Tyler Durden
    <p>The anti-ISIS operation, Naharawan al-Sham, who distributed images of the first American to be killed fighting for ISIS yesterday, has according to CNN announced a second American was killed in battle representing ISIS. So far, neither ISIS (which often comments on death of its "martyrs") or Naharawan al-Sham has released any images or evidence of the second death.</p>
  • IDF officer injured as Islamist rebels seize Syria-Israel crossing

    08/27/2014 9:37:30 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 26 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | August 27, 2014 | Spencer Ho and Times of Israel staff
    An Israeli officer in the Golan Heights was moderately injured by apparent stray fire from fighting in Syria Wednesday morning, as an al-Qaeda linked rebel group took control of the only crossing between Israel and Syria. At least six mortars fired from Syria landed in the Golan Heights over the course of the day as rebels and forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad fought for control of the Quneitra crossing, near Israel’s northeastern border. The IDF said it had not completely determined whether the mortars were fired into Israel intentionally or were a spillover from fighting between rival factions...
  • Lois Lerner's Blackberry deliberately destroyed after start of congressional probe: IRS lawyer

    08/26/2014 3:57:39 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 99 replies
    Fox News ^ | 8-26-14 | Doug McKelway
    Lois Lerner’s Blackberry was intentionally destroyed after Congress had begun its probe into IRS targeting of conservative groups, a senior IRS lawyer acknowledged in a sworn declaration. Thomas Kane, Deputy Assistant Chief Counsel for the IRS, wrote in the declaration, part of a lawsuit filed by Judicial Watch against the IRS, that the Blackberry was "removed or wiped clean of any sensitive or proprietary information and removed as scrap for disposal in June 2012." That date - June 2012 - is significant because by that time, ex-IRS official Lerner had already been summoned before congressional staffers who interviewed her about...
  • Video Shows Column of Russian Vehicles, Manned By Chechen Fighters, On Ukraine's Border

    08/26/2014 2:01:36 PM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 20 replies
    Video Shows Column of Russian Vehicles, Manned By Chechen Fighters, On Ukraine's Border 19:21 (GMT) In the video below, an enormous column of Russian military vehicles is seen in an unidentified location. The dialogue suggests that they are waiting to enter Ukraine. We have not yet been able to geolocate the video, but we note that there is a column of smoke visible at around 24 seconds in. The men speaking in the video identify themselves as Chechens. Amongst the vast quantities of military hardware seen are T-90 tanks, MT-LB armoured personnel carriers and 2S19 Msta self-propelled artillery. The men...
  • American Douglas McAuthur McCain Killed Fighting for ISIS in Syria

    08/26/2014 11:45:52 AM PDT · by Fali_G · 94 replies
    Mid East Faces ^ | 08/26/2014 | Mideast Faces
    Douglas McAuthur McCain, 33, of San Diego California was killed over the weekend in fighting between the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) and a Syrian opposition group, according to the Free Syrian Army. After the battle, McCain, along with his American passport and the bodies of three other foreign jihadis were found. McCain, who referred to himself as “Duale ThaslaveofAllah” on Facebook made his allegiance to Islam apparent on his social media pages. His Twitter bio read: “It’s Islam over everything.”
  • This Obama Administration Proposal Would Effectively Authorize Some Americans Seceding

    08/26/2014 11:22:16 AM PDT · by NYer · 45 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | August 26, 2014 | Hans von Spakovsky
    In its latest assault on the U.S. Constitution, the Obama administration is proposing to recognize so-called “Native” Hawaiians as an Indian tribe entitled to separate and become an independent sovereign and to “reestablish” a “government-to-government relationship between the United State and the Native Hawaiian community.”Such an unconstitutional action would amount to authorizing secession for certain residents of Hawaii.It would also implicitly authorize government-sanctioned, discriminatory conduct against any other residents who don’t meet the explicit ancestry and blood-quantum requirements to be considered a “Native.” This would balkanize Hawaii, dividing the islands into separate racial and ethnic enclaves, and undo “the...
  • Obama to speak at Legion national convention

    08/26/2014 9:57:24 AM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 46 replies
    American Legion website ^ | Aug 26 , 2014 | American Legion
    President Barack Obama will(did)address The American Legion on Aug. 26 at the organization's 96th National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. His speech, along with the rest of the general session, will be streamed live start at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at www.legiontv.org. Obama is expected to address the convention at approximately 11:40 a.m. "The American Legion is honored that the nation's commander-in-chief will address those of us who have served in uniform," National Commander Daniel M. Dellinger said. "With so many important issues ranging from the state of VA health care to the Global War on Terrorism, it is...
  • US Surprised by Egypt, UAE Airstrikes on Libyan Militants

    08/26/2014 9:26:07 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 48 replies
    Voice of America ^ | 08/27/2014
    Senior U.S. officials said Egypt and the United Arab Emirates have launched airstrikes against Islamic militants in the Libyan capital twice in the past week. U.S. officials told reporters that the move caught the United States by surprise, potentially dealing a blow to relations between Washington, Cairo and the Emirates. U.S. officials said Egypt provided the base for the launch of the airstrikes, and the U.A.E. provided the aircraft and pilots. Egypt has not publicly acknowledged any role in the air strikes. The UAE had no immediate comment. The first strike took place in Tripoli a week ago and targeted...
  • ISIS Demands $6.6M Ransom for 26-Year-Old American Woman

    08/26/2014 9:06:11 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 39 replies
    KTIC Radio ^ | 2014-08-26 09:22:06 | ABC News Radio via ktic Radio
    (WASHINGTON) -- A third American hostage held by ISIS has been identified as a 26-year-old American woman who was kidnapped a year ago while doing humanitarian relief work in Syria. The terror group is demanding $6.6 million and the release of U.S. prisoners for the life of the young woman, who the family requested not be identified. She is the third of at least four Americans who were known to be held by ISIS, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. American journalist James Foley was executed by the group in a video that appeared online last week. Another writer,...
  • Syria warns against U.S. strikes on Islamic State on its soil

    08/26/2014 7:19:07 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 08/27/2014 | Liz Sly
    BEIRUT — Syria warned the Obama administration Monday not to extend its air war against the Islamic State into Syria, as the militants celebrated another key victory over government forces in the north of the country. The warning came a day after the group overran a major air base in north-central Syria, putting the Islamic State in full control of Raqqah province, where American photojournalist James Foley was held for much of his captivity and where his beheading last week is thought to have occurred. Raqqah also was the site of a failed rescue attempt this summer in which Delta...
  • Captured Russian troops 'in Ukraine by accident'

    08/26/2014 2:02:32 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 17 replies
    BBC ^ | 26 Aug 14 | Unknown
    Ukraine said 10 paratroopers had been captured and has released video interviews of some of the men. One is quoted as saying "this is not our war". The incident comes ahead of a key meeting between the Ukrainian and Russian presidents. Petro Poroshenko and Vladimir Putin are at a summit in Minsk in Belarus.
  • Before Peace Talks, Ukraine Says It Holds Russian Troops

    08/26/2014 5:14:55 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 1 replies
    NYT ^ | 26 Aug 14 | Andrew Higgins
    MINSK, Belarus — Ukraine released video footage Tuesday of what it said were 10 captured Russian soldiers, raising tensions as President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia arrived in Minsk, the capital of Belarus, for talks later in the day with his Ukrainian counterpart, President Petro O. Poroshenko of Ukraine. Russia has consistently denied supporting pro-Moscow separatists in eastern Ukraine, and the video will step up pressure on the Kremlin to clarify its role in the fighting there. In earlier peace talks between lower-ranking officials, Moscow’s position has prevented discussion of what Ukraine regards as the key to stopping the conflict...
  • CBC members push police czar idea (Congressional Black Caucus wants DoJ to run local departments)

    08/25/2014 10:21:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 91 replies
    The Politico ^ | August 25, 2014 | Lucy McCalmont
    Rep. Elijah Cummings, along with other members of the Congressional Black Caucus, sent a letter Monday to President Barack Obama, urging the administration to pursue changes to local law enforcement structure to “prevent more Fergusons,” including a federal czar to oversee local law enforcement. “The administration must quickly establish a national commission to review existing police policies and practices,” the letter reads. “And identify the best policies and practices that can prevent more Fergusons and vastly improve policing in communities across the nation.” In addition to the commission, the letter calls for the appointment of a federal czar within the...
  • Quiet night shattered with rocket fire on Tel Aviv, Ashkelon

    08/25/2014 9:30:17 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 27 replies
    JPost ^ | 8-26-2014 | Jpost
    A series of rocket sirens shattered the quiet night in Israel, as rocket attacks from Gaza resumed early on Tuesday morning. Sirens were heard across the Gush Dan region, the Shfela region and in coastal cities Ashkelon and Ashdod. Residents in communities bordering Gaza also awoke to Code Red alerts. A rocket was intercepted by the Iron Dome system over Gush Dan, while another slammed into an apartment building in Ashkelon, causing damage to several homes. No injuries were reported however
  • Mexico Has Deported 93 Percent Of The Unaccompanied Minors Detained At Its Border

    08/25/2014 8:52:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 52 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | 08/25/2014 | John Stanton
    exican officials have deported more than 13,000 of the 14,000 undocumented, unaccompanied minors who have been caught at Mexico’s southern border, a rate significantly higher than in the United States, according to government sources familiar with the situation. Additionally, Mexican authorities have deported more than 64,000 of the estimated 69,000 adults that have been detained along their southern border this year. Those numbers stand in stark contrast to the deportation of minor immigrants from the United States: None of the more than 60,000 Central American minors detained this year have been deported. According to a Department of Homeland Security spokesman,...
  • Calif. Lawmaker To Protest Mexican President's Visit Because Of U.S. Marine Jailed In Mexico

    08/25/2014 9:14:29 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Fox News ^ | 08/22/2014 | Fox News Latino
    A California state assemblyman plans to stage a protest outside the governor’s mansion next week to demand that Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, who is to be honored at luncheon there Aug. 26, ensure the release of a U.S. Marine held captive in Mexico. Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, who recently lost in a bid to become the Republican nominee in the gubernatorial election in November, declined an invitation to the luncheon and assailed Gov. Jerry Brown for hosting the luncheon in honor of the Mexican president. "I am writing to decline your luncheon invitation,” read the letter Donnelly sent Brown, which...
  • Fresno federal judge: state's gun wait is unconstitutional for some

    08/25/2014 6:02:51 PM PDT · by markomalley · 10 replies
    Fresno Bee ^ | 8/25/2014 | JOHN ELLIS
    A federal judge in Fresno on Monday ruled the state's 10-day waiting period for buying firearms is unconstitutional for those who've previously purchased weapons and cleared background checks. U.S. District Court Judge Anthony W. Ishii issued the ruling after a March bench trial, as well as deposition testimony and numerous briefings that concluded at the end of June. Last December, he had denied a request by state Attorney General Kamala Harris to throw out the lawsuit. Harris, along with the California Department of Justice, were defendants in the suit. "As an individual plaintiff I was ecstatic," said Madera County resident...
  • Ukrainian President dissolves parliament, schedules elections

    08/25/2014 1:50:46 PM PDT · by McGruff · 55 replies
    CNN ^ | August 25, 2014 | Steve Almasy and Victoria Butenko
    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko announced Monday on Twitter that he has dissolved the nation's parliament. Elections are scheduled for October 26, the President wrote. "Dear compatriots, Today I have taken a decision to early dissolve the Parliament," he said in a post written in English.
  • Obama to go it alone vs. ISIL in Syria; won’t seek congressional approval

    08/25/2014 1:46:45 PM PDT · by sunmars · 55 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Dave Boyer
    The White House said Monday that President Obama won’t necessarily seek congressional approval if he decides to order airstrikes in Syria against militants of the Islamic State. White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Mr. Obama, who is meeting with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel Monday afternoon, “has not made a decision to pursue any military action in Syria.” But he said the president doesn’t see the need to seek congressional approval as he did a year ago, when he was considering an attack on the regime of Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad for its use of chemical weapons. “That was a...
  • Burger King in Talks to Buy Tim Hortons (tax inversion cited as reason)

    08/24/2014 4:59:02 PM PDT · by tellw · 55 replies
    WSJ ^ | 8/24/14 | Liz Hoffman and Dana Mattoli
    <p>Burger King Worldwide Inc. BKW +1.01% is in talks to buy Canadian coffee-and-doughnut chain Tim Hortons Inc., THI.T +2.79% a deal that would be structured as a so-called tax inversion and move the hamburger seller's domicile abroad, according to people familiar with the matter.</p>
  • French government dissolved amid turmoil

    08/25/2014 3:03:19 AM PDT · by NautiNurse · 70 replies
    CNN ^ | August 25,2014 | Jethro Mullen
    <p>The French government was dissolved Monday amid turmoil among top ministers.</p> <p>President Francois Hollande asked Prime Minister Manuel Valls to form a new government, which will be announced Tuesday...</p> <p>"The crisis in the heart of the government is clear, and it promises to be bloody," reported Le Figaro, a right-leaning national newspaper.</p>
  • Joint Chiefs chairman says ISIS not a direct threat to US, won't recommend Syria strikes yet

    08/25/2014 5:43:48 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 41 replies
    Fox News ^ | 8/25/14
    The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has said that he would not recommend U.S. military airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Syria until he determines that they have become a direct threat to the U.S. Gen. Martin Dempsey, speaking to reporters on board a military plane traveling to Afghanistan, said Sunday that he believes the Sunni insurgent group formerly known as ISIS is more of a regional threat and is not currently plotting or planning attacks against the U.S. or Europe.
  • Ukraine forces clash with armoured convoy crossing Russia border: Kiev

    08/25/2014 2:47:31 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 61 replies
    AFP ^ | 2014/08/25
    Ukraine forces clash with armoured convoy crossing Russia border: Kiev "The Ukrainian border has been breached by a convoy of several dozen tanks and armoured vehicles" … Kiev (AFP) - Ukraine said a battle erupted on Monday between border guards and a convoy of "dozens" of armoured vehicles and tanks that entered its territory from Russia near the Azov Sea. "The Ukrainian border has been breached by a convoy of several dozen tanks and armoured vehicles" which crossed in the area close to Ukraine's industrial city Mariupol, security spokesman Leonid Matyukhin told AFP.
  • Buchanan: Obama Will 'Set the Country Completely on Fire' with Executive Amnesty by Labor Day

    08/24/2014 4:25:41 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 162 replies
    brietbart ^ | 24 Aug 14 | IanHanchett
    On the Friday broadcast of “The McLaughlin Group,” columnist Pat Buchanan predicted that President Obama would grant amnesty to illegal immigrants via executive order by Labor Day and that such an action would “set the country completely on fire.” After Washington Examiner Chief Congressional Correspondent Susan Ferrechio argued that “Democrats could gain from Hispanic voters turning out, especially if the president decides to take key executive actions in this summer that would help Hispanics who are here in the country, perhaps living here illegally. That could boost popularity for the party,” Buchanan responded “executive amnesty will set the country completely...
  • Russian-Backed Separatists Parade Ukrainian POWs

    08/24/2014 8:58:11 PM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 37 replies
    Russian-Backed Separatists Parade Ukrainian POWs 02:06 (GMT) Russian-backed separatists took the occasion of Ukrainian Independence Day with military parades in Kiev to organize their own grisly parade in Donetsk of Ukrainian POWs they have captured. The parading of POWs is a violation of the Geneva Convention. Russia's state TV LifeNews and Rossiya 24 broadcast the parade; RT.com showed only "captured Ukrainian military hardware." (More photos and details at link)
  • Libya’s Islamist militias claim control of capital

    08/24/2014 3:59:26 PM PDT · by BlackVeil · 30 replies
    Daily Star ^ | 25 August 2014 | anon
    CAIRO: Libya’s Islamist militias said Sunday they have consolidated their hold on Tripoli and its international airport, driving out rival militias to the outskirts of the capital following a weekslong battle for control of the strategic hub. ...
  • TEXAS BORDER BUST: CASH, WEAPONS AND GRENADES SEIZED

    08/24/2014 1:24:33 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 46 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Aug 24, 2014 | by ILDEFONSO ORTIZ
    MCALLEN, Texas — Border Patrol agents seized more than $650,000 in cash that had been left behind near the Rio Grande River that separates Texas from Mexico. The seizure was made Thursday night when U.S. Border Patrol Agents following a set of footprints near Sullivan City ended up coming across four backpacks filled with bulk cash and a little more than a kilo of cocaine, an agency news release shows. Inside the four backpacks the agents ended up finding a mixture of dollars and pesos that added up to $650,000 as well as the cocaine which had a value of...