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Now It´s Official

16 hours 43 min ago
American Spectator, by Larry Thornberry Posted By: MissMolly- Wed, 27 57 2014 09:57:23 GMT To the surprise of no one not on controlled substances, Rick Scott and Charlie Crist overcame weak primary opponents in a low turn'out election Tuesday to become the Republican and Democratic nominees for Florida governor. So it’s officially Mr. Sunshine against Mr. Clean (anyone who has seen Crist campaign and seen a picture of Scott will not question these sobriquets). Incumbent Scott was the choice of 88 percent of Republicans over two unknown vanity candidates. Florida Democrats demonstrated that they want the Florida governorship so badly — an office their party hasn’t held since 1994 — that they’re willing to run

Holder’s police'shooting hypocrisy

16 hours 43 min ago
Washington Times, by James Bovard Posted By: StormCnter- Wed, 27 53 2014 09:53:26 GMT Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. is enjoying a tidal wave of laudatory press coverage for his activism on the Ferguson, Mo., shooting and subsequent protests. In the 1990s, though, Mr. Holder ignored plenty of cases of District of Columbia black cops killing unarmed black civilians — even when policemen lied about the shootings. Mr. Holder was appointed in 1993 by President Clinton as U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia. At that time, D.C. police were killing more civilians than any other large city police force, based on population. The number of killings by D.C. police quadrupled between 1989 and

Obama amnesty plan could hurt Democrats

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Boston Herald, by Kimberly Atkins Posted By: StormCnter- Wed, 27 50 2014 09:50:18 GMT WASHINGTON — Panicked Democrats locked in tight midterm races as the party tries desperately to hold onto control of the Senate fear President Obama’s anticipated executive amnesty for about 5 million illegal immigrants may doom their re'election campaigns. New Hampshire U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, who has seen her double'digit lead in the polls evaporate into a virtual dead heat with former Bay State U.S. Sen. Scott Brown, said any such move should be left up to Congress. Shaheen “would not support a piecemeal approach issued by executive order,” said her spokesman Shripal Shah, adding the Granite State incumbent “believes Congress must

A Privileged Press?

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Weekly Standard, by Gabriel Schoenfeld Posted By: StormCnter- Wed, 27 43 2014 09:43:58 GMT After nearly four years of procedural delay, the trial of former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling is set to open shortly. Sterling was indicted at the end of 2010 for leaking information about a top'secret CIA operation to James Risen of the New York Times in violation of the espionage statutes. It is difficult to regard Sterling as in any sense a whistleblower, though, predictably, he calls himself such. He appears to have given Risen CIA secrets as a way to settle scores with the agency in a dispute over the presence of classified information in memoirs he sought to publish

Malaysia Airlines is a flying ghost town

16 hours 43 min ago
New York Post, by Chris Perez Posted By: Pluperfect- Wed, 27 38 2014 09:38:45 GMT Malaysia Airlines flights have transformed into mile'high ghost towns as pictures posted to social media depict a barren scene of near'empty planes and desolate terminals. Photos of abandoned seats and deserted waiting areas come as the international airline continues to lose overwhelming amounts of money daily while it recovers from the downing of flight MH17 and the disappearance of flight MH370. Twitter users revealed desolate check'in lines and deserted airplanes, with some even enjoying the extra space to lounge. “Thank you @MAS it is an amazing surprise,” @WanPingCoombes tweeted on Aug. 17 as she cheerfully posed with her family on what appeared

Cornel West and the Insular World of the Obama'Hating Left

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New York Magazine, by Jonathan Chait Posted By: StormCnter- Wed, 27 33 2014 09:33:16 GMT The political subculture of anti'Obama leftists has entered a phase by this point in the Obama presidency where the truth of its worldview is so well'established to its own adherents that it requires no exposition. Tom Frank, an anti'Obama leftist, interviews Cornel West, another anti'Obama leftist, in a conversation so deeply marinated in shared assumptions that, at one point, both interviewer and interviewee agree that nobody disagrees with them. Frank asks West, “Is there anybody who thinks he’s progressive enough today? West replies, “Nobody I know. Not even among the progressive liberals.” What about maybe the 61 million people who

Texas v. Perry Emerges From Years of Struggle Over Anticorruption Unit

17 hours 34 min ago
New York Times, by David Montgomery Posted By: StormCnter- Wed, 27 27 2014 09:27:01 GMT AUSTIN, Tex. — The trail to Rick Perry’s indictment began with way too many drinks and a drunken'driving arrest for Rosemary Lehmberg, the Travis County district attorney, that was captured in embarrassing detail on videotape. But the conflict between Republicans who control state government and the Democratic district attorney’s office has been playing out for years, forming a complicated back story to the unfolding legal drama known as the State of Texas v. James Richard “Rick” Perry. Mr. Perry’s powerhouse defense team filed a motion on Monday to dismiss the felony indictment, asserting that the 64'year'old governor and prospective 2016 presidential candidate

Climate Change to the Rescue?

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PJ Media, by Roger L. Simon Posted By: StormCnter- Wed, 27 23 2014 09:23:04 GMT Samuel Johnson had it wrong when he famously said that “patriotism is the last refuge of scoundrels!” “Global warming is the last refuge of scoundrels!” (Or “climate change” or “extreme weather” or “bad storms” or whatever the euphemism du jour happens to be.) Of course, the good doctor can be excused, opining as he did in the late 18th century, long before Al of Gore emerged from a massage parlor to warn of us of impending ecological doom if we didn’t mend our ways (and start some lucrative carbon offset funds that would net him millions, or is it billions, before they disappeared

Bashar Al Assad Is Laying a Deadly Ambush for Obama in Syria

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New Republic, by Fred Hof Posted By: StormCnter- Wed, 27 18 2014 09:18:38 GMT President Barack Obama´s decision to authorize aerial surveillance of Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) positions in Syria suggests that airstrikes employing manned and unmanned aircraft may not be far behind. All of this is right and proper. Yet danger lurks. The head of Syria´s preeminent crime family—President Bashar Al Assad—waits, crocodile-like, for the American angler to tumble out of the boat. For Assad, opportunity knocks. If he handles matters correctly he can, with an assist from American inaction, return to polite society while others do the anti-ISIS heavy lifting for him. From the beginning of Syria´s 2011 popular

Republicans gaining momentum in race for control of Senate

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Fox News, by Carl Cameron & Jason Donner Posted By: Pluperfect- Wed, 27 14 2014 09:14:21 GMT Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D'Nev., has worked to reassure fellow Democrats during the August recess that his party would not lose control of the Senate if the election were held now. "They´d have to pick up six seats, it´d be very, very hard for them to do that," Reid told Reno´s KTVN earlier this month. However, the election is still 10 weeks from Tuesday, and Democrats who once felt the party would retain their majority are now worried the GOP´s momentum could cost them even more than the six seats necessary for Republicans to retake control. "We all thought

Michael Brown shooting: Legal questions loom

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CNN, by Catherine E. Shoichet Posted By: Pluperfect- Wed, 27 12 2014 09:12:03 GMT Was a police officer justified in shooting and killing Michael Brown? That´s the question at the heart of the looming legal battles over the controversial case. What charges could Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson face? What would state and federal authorities have to prove in order to pursue charges? And does the fact that the gunman was a police officer change how the case could play out? Here´s a look at what legal analysts say could happen next. Was a state crime committed? A local grand jury has started hearing testimony, but that doesn´t mean any particular charges are being

Civil War Hero Receiving Medal of Honor, 151 Years Later

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ABC News, by Dan Good Posted By: Pluperfect- Wed, 27 08 2014 09:08:47 GMT More than a century and a half after his death at the Battle of Gettysburg, a Union Army officer is being awarded the nation’s highest military decoration. President Obama approved the Medal of Honor for First Lieutenant Alonzo H. Cushing, the White House announced Tuesday. Cushing was killed in action on July 3, 1863 – age 22 – during the battle’s third and final day, in the face of Pickett’s Charge, a futile, deadly Confederate advance that threatened to turn the tide of the war. Cushing served as commanding officer of Battery A, 4th United States Artillery, Artillery Brigade, 2nd Corps for

No Sign of Quick End to Ukraine Conflict

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Associated Press, by Nataliya Vasilyeva & Peter Leonard Posted By: Pluperfect- Wed, 27 05 2014 09:05:20 GMT MINSK, Belarus '' Ukraine´s president said Wednesday that Vladimir Putin accepts the principles of a peace plan for Ukraine but the Russian leader insisted that only Kiev can reach a cease'fire deal with the pro'Moscow separatists. Following meetings between Putin and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko that included a one'on'one session that stretched into the night, there was no indication of a quick end to the fighting that has engulfed eastern Ukraine. "This is not our business," Putin said of any cease'fire plan. "This is Ukraine´s business." Russia "can only help to create an atmosphere of trust for this important and

Iraq vet in Mississippi left in medically'induced coma due to severe Narrative violation

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Breitbart InstaBlog, by John Hayward Posted By: JoniTx- Wed, 27 20 2014 08:20:03 GMT The same media outlets that couldn´t wait to hype the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri are tiptoeing very delicately around the beating of Iraq veteran Ralph Weems in Mississippi. Weems is a white man severely beaten last Saturday night, allegedly by a mob of black men upset about the Brown shooting. Working from a phone interview conducted by Weems´ friend with the Associated Press, the UK Daily Mail has the most detailed account of the incident: David Knighten of West Point told AP earlier by phone that he and Weems had gone to a Waffle House early Saturday.

It’s come to this: The War on Bacon is real

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Hot Air, by Mary Katherine Ham Posted By: JoniTx- Wed, 27 05 2014 08:05:18 GMT Capitulation is not the answer when it comes to these neighborhood narcs. Whether they’re ratting out your kid’s lemonade stand to regulators or sniffing at your choice of fescue, or demanding local businesses remove their totally innocuous advertising, don’t give in. BURLINGTON, Vt. — A Winooski restaurant’s decision to take down a bacon advertisement has become the center of an online backlash. “It’s blown up beyond all imagination,” City Manager Katherine “Deac” Decarreau said in an interview Monday. Last week, Sneakers Bistro and Cafe removed a sign reading “Yield for Sneakers Bacon” from a garden at the Winooski Rotary after

He Has a Dream

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New York Times, by Maureen Dowd Posted By: JoniTx- Wed, 27 00 2014 08:00:34 GMT WASHINGTON — As he has grown weary of Washington, Barack Obama has shed parts of his presidency, like drying petals falling off a rose. He left the explaining and selling of his signature health care legislation to Bill Clinton. He outsourced Congress to Rahm Emanuel in the first term, and now doesn’t bother to source it at all. He left schmoozing, as well as a spiraling Iraq, to Joe Biden. Ben Rhodes, a deputy national security adviser, comes across as more than a messagemeister. As the president floats in the empyrean, Rhodes seems to make foreign policy even as he’s

Update: Two Critically Hurt in Shooting

19 hours 24 min ago, by Staff Posted By: bluehouse- Wed, 27 18 2014 06:18:03 GMT Two people were shot during an armed robbery at 43rd and Dodge Street Tuesday night. The suspect is dead. The second victim is a cameraman from the television show COPS. He was transported in critical condition. The shooting was reported at approxomately 9:20 p.m. Dodge Street was shut down as police investigated. Police say the incident began with an armed robbery at the Wendy´s restaurant. An officer called for back'up. There was gunfire. The suspect and cameraman were shot. COPS has been in Omaha filming throughout the summer. The incident brought a large police response. U.S. Marshals were also on

Top IRS ethics lawyer facing possible disbarment, accused of lying

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Washington Times, by Jim McElhatton Posted By: mitzi- Wed, 27 52 2014 04:52:35 GMT A lawyer in the IRS ethics office is facing the possibility of being disbarred, according to records that accuse her of lying to a court'appointed board and hiding what she’d done with money from a settlement that was supposed to go to two medical providers who had treated her client. The disciplinary arm of the D.C. Court of Appeals has recommended that Takisha McGee, a section manager in the IRS Office of Professional Responsibility, lose her law license over the charge, which stems from a personal injury case she worked about a year before she joined the tax agency. Ms.

CEO named for

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Associated Press, by Staff Posted By: Ribicon- Wed, 27 40 2014 03:40:53 GMT Washington — The Obama administration has picked a Connecticut official to run ahead of a second open enrollment season looming as a test of competence for the feds. Kevin Counihan leads Access Health CT, a health insurance marketplace seen as a national model. As CEO of the federal exchange, Counihan’s challenge will be far bigger. Connecticut enrolled about 80,000 people, while more than 5 million signed up in the 36 states served by the federal marketplace. Insurance exchanges offer subsidized private coverage to people who don’t have workplace health plans. The role of federal CEO is new, created by Health and Human Services

Small Apples

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PJ Media, by Richard Fernandez Posted By: Hazymac- Wed, 27 38 2014 03:38:23 GMT Perhaps it is only syntactic sugar, but this statement advocating eventual co'existence with Israel from the Saudi Foreign Minister is worth noting. (Snip) The Muslim world has for decades tried to destroy the Jews and in its desperation raised up one tyrant or mad fanatical movement after the other to carry out the program. And now these monsters are starting to turn on them. Syria is ruined; the ‘Arab Spring’ has burned out much of the region. Generations of young men have been brought up with no marketable skills; only a desire for suicide, an aptitude for destruction and an