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NY Woman Beheaded In What Horrified Witnesses First Thought A Halloween Prank

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 12:31
Fox News, by Staff Posted By: mc squared- Wed, 29 30 2014 03:30:43 GMT A man beheaded a woman in her Long Island, N.Y., apartment late Tuesday and then dragged the body and head out onto a street, where onlookers initially thought they were witnessing a macabre Halloween prank, police and witnesses said. The suspected killer, who was not identified, jumped in front of a commuter train near the Farmingdale, N.Y., home moments later, killing himself, Nassau County police said. Police said the woman appeared to be in her 60s, while the killer appeared to be around 30. It was not clear what prompted the murder suicide or what the relationship between the two

Ted Cruz and Mitt Romney jet to Alaska to rally with Dan Sullivan

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 12:11
Washington Post, by Philip Rucker Posted By: Pluperfect- Wed, 29 30 2014 03:30:17 GMT To help him deliver his closing argument to voters in one of the country´s most contentious Senate races, Republican candidate Dan Sullivan is bringing a political odd couple to Alaska. Mitt Romney, the GOP´s 2012 nominee and tacit head of the party´s establishment, and Sen. Ted Cruz (R'Texas), a tea party firebrand, are both jetting to the Last Frontier to boost Sullivan in the runup to Election Day. Sullivan, campaigning to unseat Sen. Mark Begich (D), will spend this Saturday and Sunday flying around the state with Cruz. The two will headline get'out'the'vote rallies in four of the state´s main population areas

Netanyahu: Israel Facing an Attack on its Right to Exist

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 12:11
Arutz Sheva [Israel], by Ari Soffer Posted By: Attercliffe- Wed, 29 29 2014 03:29:08 GMT Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has responded directly to personal attacks made against him by "senior US officials" in a report published Tuesday evening. Speaking at a special Knesset session marking 13 years since the assassination of Tourism Minister Rehava´am Ze´evi (also known by his nickname "Ghandi") by Palestinian terrorists, Netanyahu began by addressing the comments, in which an Obama administration official referred to him as "chickens**t", as well as concerns over an unprecedented crisis in US-Israel relations. "When there is pressure on Israel to give up on its security the easiest thing is to give up,"

Paul, tea party groups back Kansas US Sen. Roberts

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 12:11
Associated Press, by Thomas Beaumont & David A. Lieb Posted By: Pluperfect- Wed, 29 28 2014 03:28:24 GMT WICHITA, Kan. — Kansas U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts won a big tea party endorsement Tuesday from a group that had backed his primary challenger, providing a boost for the three'term Republican on a day his embattled campaign also got a visit from Kentucky U.S. Sen. Rand Paul. As the unexpectedly competitive race entered its final week, the endorsement from the Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund signaled some conservatives once determined to oust the 78'year'old senator may now be accepting him as a more palatable option than independent Greg Orman, a political unknown. The group previously endorsed Roberts’ GOP challenger,

Who really leads the world in trade?

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 12:11
American magazine, by Vaclav Smil Posted By: EagleBlurst- Wed, 29 23 2014 03:23:45 GMT It’s easy to be misled by absolute figures, but when assessed in proper terms, by relating exports to GDP, neither the United States nor China is a strong trading nation. The United States leads the world in GDP, followed by China. China, in absolute terms, is number one in exports, with similarly high rankings in many other economic categories (from the output of the manufacturing sector to imports of crude oil), while in relative terms it remains far behind the United States (in 2013, China’s per capita GDP ranked 89th worldwide, compared to the 10th place for the United States,

Can Democrats hold the Senate by running away from Obama — and their own records?

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 12:11
Washington Post, by Karen Tumulty Posted By: Pluperfect- Wed, 29 23 2014 03:23:45 GMT Running away from an unpopular president of your own party is a time'honored tactic in midterm elections. The problem is that it rarely works. That is even truer than usual for the current crop of endangered Senate Democrats. Their efforts to distance themselves from President Obama’s record — rather than defend it — has become a source of friction with the White House. “I’ve always believed that it’s not an effective strategy to run against a president of your own party, unless you’ve been actively opposed to that president,” said David Axelrod, who was Obama’s top political strategist in his two presidential

Democratic candidates have an Ebola problem

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 12:11
Chicago Tribune, by John Kass Posted By: garnet- Wed, 29 21 2014 03:21:18 GMT The Sexy Ebola Nurse costume with thigh'high stockings revealing ample flesh above the knee — yellow boots optional — is here just in time for the November midterm elections, and for just $60. And it may be worn as a Halloween costume too. This Sexy Ebola Nurse costume might just be the hottest political get'up since Nixon masks were used by bank robbers. But what can´t be known about the Sexy Ebola Nurse costume is whether it is: A) Just another tasteless piece of garbage hawked to desperate trendsetters (or morons) to prove to editors that irony did not die in the 1990s as

Shaheen Popular in N.H., But Struggles With D.C. Albatross

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 12:11
Real Clear Politics, by Scott Conroy Posted By: garnet- Wed, 29 06 2014 03:06:34 GMT BERLIN, N.H. '' A smattering of French could be heard inside a local senior center cafeteria on Monday as diners waited to be served their subsidized lunches in this city of fewer than 10,000 residents, which sits on the Androscoggin River about 40 miles from the Quebec border. With just a week to go until Election Day, Jeanne Shaheen worked her way around the tables to chat with each and every person in attendance, handing out campaign brochures like Halloween candy. This was the face'to'face electioneering that Shaheen has honed over the last four decades. And it has worked well in the

A Nerve'Wracking Finish for Democrats

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 12:11
Roll Call, by Stuart Rothenberg Posted By: garnet- Wed, 29 00 2014 03:00:30 GMT How big of a year is this going to be for Republicans? It’s still hard to tell, one week before voters go to the polls for the midterm elections. But it could be bigger than you think. Republicans have a plethora of House and Senate opportunities, and given President Barack Obama’s standing in the polls and the generic ballot question — which favors the GOP narrowly — the upcoming midterms could be surprisingly reminiscent of 2010. But it’s also a little odd that Republican candidates in so many places are struggling to pull away from their Democratic opponents, given Obama’s weakness and the

A Clinton vs. Bush race? Again?

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 12:11
Boston Globe, by Jeff Jacoby Posted By: jackson- Wed, 29 38 2014 02:38:19 GMT JEB BUSH’S son, George P. Bush, told ABC News the other day that his father will “more than likely” run for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016. The former Florida governor’s other son, Jeb Bush Jr., told The New York Times that the extended Bush clan and its key allies “are getting fired up” about the prospect of a run for the White House by yet another member of the celebrated political family. In the Democratic camp, meanwhile, the “Ready for Hillary” super PAC is spending $23,000 a day, or more than $2 million per quarter, to build the infrastructure for

How Rand Paul Threatens Left and Right

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 12:11
American Conservative, by Jack Hunter Posted By: trapper- Wed, 29 36 2014 02:36:39 GMT Vox’s Zack Beauchamp declared last week, “Rand Paul just gave one of the most important foreign policy speeches in decades.” BuzzFeed’s Rosie Gray didn’t see what the big deal was, responding, “I’m confused by these takes on Paul’s speech as if the content was new. He’s been saying the same stuff for some time.” She’s not wrong. But neither is Beauchamp. In many ways Paul’s foreign policy speech Thursday was nothing new for the senator. That does not make it any less monumental. Beauchamp found Paul’s call for a more restrained military approach important because “Paul is signaling that, when

LPS removes controversial gender identity material

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 11:48
Journal Star [Lincoln, NE], by Margaret Reist Posted By: mitzi- Wed, 29 19 2014 02:19:47 GMT Controversial handouts on gender identity given to teachers as part of a training session will be removed from Lincoln Public Schools, Superintendent Steve Joel said Tuesday. His announcements followed comment from 16 people who came to the podium at the Lincoln Board of Education meeting Tuesday night to express their displeasure over what they said was a disregard of concerns they had voiced at the Oct. 14 board meeting that about 200 people attended. And they reiterated those concerns: that the district is promoting one view of gender over another, and not being transparent about what materials are being given

Analysts: Al'Qaida Still Offers Olive Branch to IS

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 11:48
Associated Press, by Deb Riechmann & Bassem Mroue Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- Wed, 29 01 2014 02:01:49 GMT Washington ' Al'Qaida is using U.S.'led coalition airstrikes in Syria as a reason to extend olive branches to the renegade Islamic State group, saying the two should stop feuding and join forces to attack Western targets — a reunification that intelligence analysts say would allow al'Qaida to capitalize on the younger group´s ruthless advance across the region. Analysts are closely watching al'Qaida´s repeated overtures, and while a full reconciliation is not expected soon — if ever — there is evidence the two groups have curtailed their infighting and are cooperating on the Syrian battlefield, according to activists on the ground,

Watch out: the anti'smoking fanatics now want to regulate drinking

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 11:12
Telegraph [UK], by Peter Oborne Posted By: Attercliffe- Wed, 29 57 2014 01:57:32 GMT Back in August I warned that the anti'smoking lobby would not rest after its triumph in forcing through "plain packaging" on cigarettes. I hadn’t expected to be proved right so quickly. The House of Lords has invited the so'called UK Centre For Tobacco and Alcohol Studies to present them with evidence. This body informed peers that drinking should be subject to many of the same prohibitions as smoking. It is demanding legislation to impose new restraints on marketing alcoholic drinks, an end to sponsorship of sport by drinks companies, and a blanket ban on representatives from the drinks industry attending

Probe launched after Joe Biden enjoys free four'day family vacation at luxury federally'owned log cabin in Grand Trenton National Park

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 10:55
Daily Mail [UK], by Daniel Miller Posted By: Attercliffe- Wed, 29 46 2014 01:46:58 GMT An investigation has been launched after vice'President Joe Biden enjoyed a free family vacation at a luxury, federally'owned log cabin, despite a ban on federal employees using the property for anything other than ´official purposes´. Biden, his wife and 11 other family members spent four nights at the four'bedroom Brinkerhoff Lodge situated next to a lake close to Mount Moran in the Grand Trenton National Park in August. The idyllic property boasts a two'story living room, a full'length deck, Western'style chandeliers and walls lined with rustic log and pine paneling. During his stay Biden is understood to have conducted no

Senate battleground tilts away from Democrats

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 10:55
The Hill, by Alexandra Jaffe Posted By: garnet- Wed, 29 40 2014 01:40:35 GMT Democrats’ path to holding their Senate majority has narrowed, with Republicans pulling ahead in critical states and on the cusp of upsets in several others. Even some within the party are starting to say their midterm prognosis isn’t good. “Democrats are, as we’ve talked about before, going to have a bad Election Day, no matter how you slice it,” former White House press secretary Jay Carney told CNN on Tuesday evening. With wins in West Virginia, South Dakota and Montana all but certain, the GOP feels increasingly optimistic about its chances of flipping Arkansas, Alaska and Louisiana, and nabbing at least one of

In Blue Rhode Island, Why Is Governor Race Close?

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 10:55
Real Clear Politics, by David Byler Posted By: garnet- Wed, 29 37 2014 01:37:11 GMT Rhode Island is one of the bluest states in the country. In 2012 President Obama won there with nearly two'thirds of the vote, and the state’s entire congressional delegation is Democratic. Democrats dominate down the ballot, holding over 80 percent of the seats in both houses of the legislature. Despite this Democratic ascendancy in the state, Republican gubernatorial candidate Allan Fung has kept the contest with Democratic opponent Gina Raimondo relatively close, trailing by just four percentage points in the RCP polling average. (A Brown University survey released Tuesday shows a much tighter race, with Raimondo ahead by a much narrower

Investigator who led probe into Secret Service prostitution scandal resigns after HE was caught with a hooker in Florida

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 10:55
Associated Press, by Associated Press & Mail Reporter Posted By: Attercliffe- Wed, 29 36 2014 01:36:10 GMT The investigator who led Homeland Security´s internal review of how the 2012 Secret Service prostitution scandal was handled has himself quit after he was reportedly spotted with a hooker. Sheriff´s deputies in Broward County, Florida saw David Nieland entering and leaving a building that was under surveillance in a different prostitution investigation, officials told the New York Times. The authorities later interviewed the prostitute who identified a photograph of Nieland and said he had paid her for sex, the officials said. Nieland resigned in August after he refused to answer questions from the Department of Homeland Security about the incident.

´I will NOT stay in EBOLA quarantine,´ insists nurse who was first confined to a tent in New Jersey and is now in hiding in Maine as she insists*

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 10:30
Daily Mail [UK], by David McCormack Posted By: Attercliffe- Wed, 29 29 2014 01:29:49 GMT The nurse who was quarantined at a New Jersey hospital despite exhibiting no Ebola symptoms after arriving from West Africa, won´t follow the quarantine imposed by Maine officials, her attorney said on Tuesday night. Kaci Hickox insists that she is not under quarantine and has said she is seeking time to decompress at an undisclosed location in the state. ´Going forward she does not intend to abide by the quarantine imposed by Maine officials because she is not a risk to others,´ her attorney Steven Hyman said. ´She is asymptomatic and under all the protocols cannot be deemed a medical

Ebola Worries Ease a Bit Despite Preparedness Concerns

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 10:30
ABC News, by Gary Langer Posted By: Toledo- Wed, 29 28 2014 01:28:38 GMT Ebola worries have eased slightly in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll, despite a broad sense among Americans that their local hospitals are unprepared to deal with the virus – and continued preference for a more robust response by the federal government. After the difficulties at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, where two nurses were infected, just 29 percent in this national survey think the staff at their local hospitals is adequately trained to deal with Ebola cases. Six in 10 think not.