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Elderly woman has nightmares due to fraudulent phone calls, police say

Capital Times Features - Mon, 01/18/2038 - 22:14
An 86-year-old Madison woman is fearing for her safety and has developed nightmares, because of a persistent scammer who regularly calls her day and night.

The End of Vladimir Putin

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Politico, by Ben Judah Posted By: StormCnter- Fri, 01 25 2014 10:25:21 GMT When rebel crosshairs fixed on Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 30,000 feet above the sunflowers of Eastern Ukraine, they had no idea what they were about to blow up. No clue they were about to incinerate hundreds of Dutch holidaymakers. None whatsoever they were about to wreck a decade of the Kremlin’s finest diplomacy—years of cleverly preventing the Americans from building a united Western front by playing divide and rule amongst the Europeans. The rebels blew up more than a plane. They blew up Russia’s winning position in Brussels against sanctions. Europeans like to think they play games with others, but the

Two Thumbs Down

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American Spectator, by Larry Thornberry Posted By: mikkins2- Fri, 01 24 2014 10:24:56 GMT Harry Enten, an analyst with FiveThirtyEight, a political website owned by ESPN, claims he can prove with charts and graphs that Republican Florida Governor Rick Scott and his Democratic challenger Charlie Crist are the most unpopular pair to face each other in a governor’s race for at least the last decade. Without even consulting the charts and graphs, few Floridians outside of Scott’s or Crist’s camp would argue with Enten. Both candidates’ favorable/unfavorable ratings are below water. Scott’s ratings have been in the unfavorable range for almost the entire three'years'plus he has been governor. He has mostly done what he ran

The Locavore’s Lament

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National Review Online, by James Lileks Posted By: StormCnter- Fri, 01 17 2014 10:17:44 GMT It’s a fine summer day, kind and blue. What shall I feel guilty about today? I know! Breakfast. I had raisin bran. Wonderful, nutritious, unsustainable raisin bran. It was an old box, so most of the plump, unsustainable raisins had moved to the bottom. I also had sliced bananas, to indicate my complicity in global despoliation; juice from oranges whose existence should make me grey with shame; and milk saturated with the moral turpitude of immoral farm practices. And yet I ate it all, washed down with coffee that should have had UNFAIR TRADE stamped on the package, with a picture

Unaccompanied illegal immigrant kids exposed federal agents to lice, scabies, tuberculosis and chicken pox, report says

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Fox News, by Jana Winter Posted By: StormCnter- Fri, 01 13 2014 10:13:59 GMT Unaccompanied illegal immigrant children with communicable diseases have given or exposed federal agents to lice, scabies, tuberculosis and chicken pox, according to a report issued Thursday by the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General. In two cases, the children of a border patrol agent got chicken pox contracted from their parents’ exposure to unaccompanied children with chicken pox, according to the report on conditions of detention centers and border facilities. The report, the first in a series, is based on 87 unannounced visits to 63 detention centers being used to house unaccompanied alien children (UAC) in Texas, Arizona and California

NRSC Chairman Says Republicans Could Flip Up To 14 Senate Seats

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Daily Caller, by Alex Pappas Posted By: StormCnter- Fri, 01 10 2014 10:10:48 GMT WASHINGTON — The chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee said Thursday that the likelihood Republicans win back the Senate is better today than when he assumed leadership in 2012. During a luncheon with reporters, Kansas Sen. Jerry Moran, the chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, said: “Back in the very beginning, I would’ve told you we had six good candidates in six states.” Now, Moran said, the number of races where Republicans could pick up seats from Democrats has expanded to somewhere in the range of 12 to 14 states. Republicans need to flip six states to win back control of

The Three Faces of Cronyism

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American Thinker, by C. Edmund Wright Posted By: mikkins2- Fri, 01 09 2014 10:09:17 GMT There has been a lot said in recent years by Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh, and other conservatives about crony capitalism – or if you prefer, crony socialism, crony government, corporatism – or just plain cronyism. Whatever you call it, this conversation is increasingly vital as government grows and continues to pervert markets by picking winners and losers as a way to obtain wealth for powerful lawmakers and their fund'raisers and friends. This rampant cronyism is one of the most insidious outgrowths of a government gone wild, and has become a swirling vortex of self sustaining and systemic corruption. Thus, the focus

The GOP senator who helped spike the border bill is not who you think

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Washington Examiner, by Betsy Woodruff & David M. Drucker Posted By: Judy W.- Fri, 01 06 2014 10:06:50 GMT Some Republicans frustrated over the last'minute collapse of support for a border bill have been blaming Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. But it turns out they may have the wrong Republican senator in their sights. A number of sources on Capitol Hill say lobbying by Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions helped sway that state´s House delegation against the bill, leading to the collapse. After a frantic Thursday afternoon, House leaders said the chamber will meet Friday morning, when they hope to hold a vote and shepherd through a bill dealing with the influx of unaccompanied minors coming across the southern border. Even if the bill passes

Vice President Biden loves to skinny dip says tell'all book

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New York Daily News, by Celeste Katz Posted By: StormCnter- Fri, 01 55 2014 09:55:21 GMT It´s the Joe Biden you didn’t know — and might not want to see. Secret Service agents dread being assigned to protect the vice president, in part because Biden’s a big fan of skinny dipping, according to a new tell'all book. In “The First Family Detail,” author Robert Kessler quotes unnamed Secret Service agents dishing about the supposedly “hidden lives” of Presidents and the other important people they protect. Biden is portrayed as being more interested in coming off as a “regular Joe” than being potentially responsible for the nation’s nuclear codes. Not to mention he’s a guy who apparently doesn’t have a problem

The Evil Mind of John Kerry

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American Spectator, by Jeffrey Lord Posted By: StormCnter- Fri, 01 52 2014 09:52:45 GMT John Kerry sees no evil. The Israeli media is catching on. Last night, the news arrived that Secretary of State Kerry and UN General Secretary Ban Ki'Moon had issued a joint statement announcing a 72'hour truce between Israel and Hamas. Reported the Washington Post: GAZA CITY — Israel and Hamas have agreed to an unconditional, 72'hour humanitarian truce to begin Friday morning, diplomats from the United States and the United Nations announced Thursday, potentially paving the way for an end to the 24'day'old conflict. Got that? John Kerry has brokered a truce that will be “paving the way for an

Obama military downsizing leaves U.S. too weak to counter global threats, panel finds

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Washington Times, by Rowan Scarborough Posted By: Pluperfect- Fri, 01 49 2014 09:49:15 GMT An independent panel appointed by the Pentagon and Congress said Thursday that President Obama’s strategy for sizing the armed services is too weak for today’s global threats. The National Defense Panel called on the president to dump a major section of his 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) and write a broader strategy that requires the military to fight on multiple fronts at once. It also said the shrinking U.S. armed forces, which are being downsized to fit that strategy and budget cuts, is a “serious strategic misstep on the part of the United States.” The forces’ numbers spelled out in Mr. Obama’s

Former Senators Take Revolving Door Lobbying International

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Bretbart´s Big Government, by Wynton Hall Posted By: mikkins2- Fri, 01 44 2014 09:44:05 GMT Former U.S. Sens. John Breaux (D-LA) and Trent Lott (R-MS), who recently merged with international law giant Squire Patton Boggs, say they are excited to leverage their crony lobbying contacts globally on behalf of the world´s highest corporate bidders. "Now we have the opportunity to be able to tell these clients that we’ve had that not only can we do lobbying work on the Hill, but now we can do transactional work anywhere in the world for them,” Breaux told The Hill. To help facilitate such "transactional work," Breaux and Lott say they must convince foreign clients that lobbying is not the Please split wide headlines.

Obama Administration Spent Thousands On Strippers, Boxing Tickets In Failed Sting On Border Patrol Agent

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Buzzfeed, by John Stanton Posted By: StormCnter- Fri, 01 37 2014 09:37:06 GMT WASHINGTON — The Obama administration abandoned a corruption case against an Arizona border patrol agent after his attorney accused federal agents of entrapping his client, and spending federal dollars on strippers, plane tickets, and tickets to a Manny Pacquiao fight as part of their investigation. A federal judge dismissed money'laundering and corruption charges against Customs and Border Protection agent Lauro Tobias Tuesday in response to dismissal motions from both the Department of Justice and Tobias’ attorney, which were filed within hours of each other July 25. Tobias, a 10'year veteran of the CBP who also served in the Air Force for two

Andrew Cuomo’s Watergate?

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The Nation, by Stephen Gillers Posted By: StormCnter- Fri, 01 34 2014 09:34:21 GMT The New York Times reports today that US Attorney Preet Bharara has warned Cuomo about obstruction of justice. This warning came after Cuomo on Monday defended his decision to disband the state Moreland Commission formed to investigate corruption in Albany. Cuomo’s defense responded to a detailed Times story about interference with the commission’s work by the governor and his people. Concurrent with Cuomo’s Monday defense, some commission members publicly said there was no interference. Cuomo repeatedly cited some of these statements. One of the commissioners whose statements Cuomo cited several times had previously said or implied the opposite. Although the possible

Immigrants to be Housed in ´Suites´ Near San Antonio

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KRGV [Rio Grande Valley, TX], by Staff Posted By: StormCnter- Fri, 01 27 2014 09:27:44 GMT KARNES CITY ' Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Friday will open a remodeled detention center three hours north of the Rio Grande Valley. The Karnes City center will house women and children who entered the country illegally through the Valley. The 532'bed facility underwent a massive renovation to house women and children. The center housed only adult immigrants in the past. Immigrants will be at the facility for an average of 23 days. The feds said the rooms will be referred to as "suites." The suites are furnished with bunk beds, play tables for children, flat'screen television sets and landline telephones. "I will refer to

Democratic phonies are on the run

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Washington Post, by Ed Rogers Posted By: StormCnter- Fri, 01 22 2014 09:22:58 GMT What’s with all the Democratic Senate candidates being caught displaying a condescending, insulting contempt for voters? The latest embarrassing incident involves Georgia Senate candidate Michelle Nunn, who suffered the indignity of having her 144'page campaign plan leaked. By the way, whatever happened to political professionals applying the “Washington Post rule”? That rule is simple: If it wouldn’t be flattering if it was published in The Post, don’t put it in writing. Anyway, her entire blueprint for faux authenticity has been published, and it contains all of the usual and contrived political maneuvering that voters find so disgusting. The plan involves

Quentin Tarantino, J.J. Abrams, and other directors are trying to save Kodak

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CNN, by Jackson McHenry Posted By: Pluperfect- Fri, 01 15 2014 09:15:51 GMT In just a few years, digital video has overtaken film'based shooting by an overwhelming margin. But in the interest of staving off premature extinction, a group of directors have banded together to keep the Eastman Kodak Co. making movie film. The Wall Street Journal reports that a group of directors, led by the likes of Quentin Tarantino, Christopher Nolan, Judd Apatow, and J.J. Abrams (who is filming Star Wars VII on film) pushed studio heads into negotiations with the film company. These discussions, which the WSJ broke the lid on, revolve around promises to buy a set quantity of film

Why We Don’t Have an Ebola Vaccine Yet

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ABC News, by Sidney Lupkin Posted By: Pluperfect- Fri, 01 12 2014 09:12:29 GMT Though Ebola was first discovered nearly four decades ago, there’s still no vaccine that’s regularly administered to humans to prevent it. But why? “There’s always the layperson’s query of ‘Why don’t they rush this?’ ‘Why don’t these guys work a little later at night?’” said Dr. Willian Schaffner, chair of preventive medicine at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. “It’s a little more complicated than that.” Because Ebola cases are so rare, drug manufacturers hadn’t been interested in investing in finding its vaccine, Schaffner said. In addition, Ebola’s rarity makes it impossible for scientists to do field studies, which they were

Cantor to resign from Congress on Aug. 18

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Times'Dispatch [Richmond, VA], by Markus Schmidt Posted By: Pluperfect- Fri, 01 09 2014 09:09:17 GMT Less than two months after his stunning primary upset and just hours after stepping down as House majority leader, Rep. Eric Cantor said Thursday that he will resign his seat in the House of Representatives effective Aug. 18. “I want to make sure that the constituents in the 7th District will have a voice in what will be a very consequential lame'duck session,” Cantor said in an exclusive interview with the Richmond Times'Dispatch on Thursday afternoon. Cantor said he has asked Gov. Terry McAuliffe to call a special election for his district that coincides with the general election on Nov. 4. By having

Poll: Foreign Policy no Longer Obama Strong Point

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Associated Press, by Connie Cass & Jennifer Agiesta Posted By: Pluperfect- Fri, 01 06 2014 09:06:49 GMT WASHINGTON '' Foreign policy used to be a bright spot in Americans´ dimming opinion of President Barack Obama. Not anymore. Associated Press'GfK polling found a spring and summer of discontent with the president´s handling of world events. Obama´s consistently low marks across crises such as the fighting in Ukraine and the conflict between Israel and Hamas could benefit Republicans aiming to win control Congress in the fall. "The problem is saying something and not doing anything ' making grandiose threats and never following any of them up," said Dwight Miller, 71, a retiree and volunteer firefighter in Robertson County, Texas. Miller, who
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