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  • Budgets raided to address border crisis amid Congress' inaction

    07/31/2014 10:20:47 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | July 31, 2014 | By LISA MASCARO AND BRIAN BENNETT
    Surveillance drones that hunt drug smugglers along the Mexican border could soon be grounded. Installation of pole-top cameras and ground sensors to intercept illegal crossings might be delayed. About $44 million has already been diverted from the government's health-related accounts, including the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to pay for food, beds, clothing and medical care for the crush of unaccompanied minors who have crossed the Southwestern border. And that's just the beginning. With the expected failure of Congress to agree Thursday on emergency funds to cope with the border crisis, the Obama...
  • The White House’s Woman in the Immigration Crosshairs

    07/31/2014 10:10:53 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 3 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | July 31, 2014 | by Eleanor Clift
    Long before Barack Obama ran for president, Cecilia Munoz was on the front lines of the immigration debate. In 2000, she was named a MacArthur genius fellow for her work on civil rights and immigration. When Obama won the election in 2008, one of his first orders of business was persuading Munoz to join his White House staff. Those were the heady days when legislative change seemed possible, and an activist like Munoz could dream of achieving her goal from an office on the second floor of the West Wing. It hasn’t turned out the way many Obama supporters hoped,...
  • Failures in management led to ObamaCare website woes, investigation finds

    07/31/2014 9:31:24 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 11 replies
    FOX News ^ | July 31, 2014
    A failure of management by the Obama administration led to the disastrous rollout of the ObamaCare website and caused the government to incur tens of millions in additional costs, according to a congressional watchdog report released Wednesday. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) concluded after a months-long investigation into the rocky rollout of Healthcare.gov that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ failure to establish “effective planning or oversight practices” was to blame for website’s myriad problems after it was launched. Among the issues, investigators found that the administration kept changing the contractors' marching orders for the HealthCare.gov website, creating widespread...
  • Rushed HHS Let Contractors Fumble Obamacare Website, GAO Says

    07/31/2014 9:31:21 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    NBC News ^ | July 31, 2014 | BY MAGGIE FOX AND JOEL SEIDMAN
    A rushed team at the Department of Health and Human Services failed to plan properly or watch over contractors hired to set up and run the online health insurance exchange, setting it up for its spectacular blowout when it rolled out last October, according to a report to be released Thursday. And unless HHS acts, more problems could happen this year, the report warns. Federal officials had just three and a half years to design, build and launch the online marketplace from the time the Affordable Care Act was signed in March 2010 to the time it had to be...
  • U.N. concerned by U.S. plans for child migrants

    07/31/2014 9:14:31 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 31, 2014 | BY STEPHANIE NEBEHAY
    The United Nations' human rights chief expressed concern on Thursday at what she said were plans by the U.S. government to deport tens of thousands of unaccompanied children who entered the United States in recent months. Navi Pillay-Wanker, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, urged Washington to protect the child migrants and investigate dozens of reports of abuse against them by U.S. officials. "I am particularly concerned because the United States appears to be taking steps to deport most of these children back," Pillay-Wanker told a final news briefing in Geneva before completing six years in office on Aug. 31....
  • Voter ID law upheld by Wisconsin Supreme Court

    07/31/2014 9:04:47 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 31, 2014 | BY BRENDAN O'BRIEN
    The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a state law requiring voters to have photo identification to cast a ballot, although the law remains blocked by an earlier ruling by a federal judge that it is unconstitutional. The court wrote in its decision that providing a photo identification at the ballot box does not create a substantial burden to the voter, as claimed by the plaintiffs in the case. "Photo identification is a condition of our times where more and more personal interactions are being modernized to require proof of identity," the court wrote.
  • In boats now cross coyotes Honduran migrants (Google Translate)

    07/31/2014 8:22:10 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 4 replies
    LaPrensa - Honduras ^ | July 31, 2014 | by: Xiomara Orellana
    San Pedro Sula, Honduras -- Shielding on the borders and blind spots in Honduras, they manage coyotes and now seek alternatives to continue trafficking who are destined for the United States. Migrants start the journey you take it to Puerto Barrios in Guatemala. "new way of operating and human traffickers are now moving in boats and younger people is detected to take to Guatemala en route to the United States. The boats offer unsecured and warn people that if any of the passengers falls off the boat, they will not stop the march to rescue him. Police officials estimate that...
  • Migrant children pose educational challenges (Google Translate)

    07/31/2014 8:06:30 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 14 replies
    Prensa Libre - Guatemala Free Press ^ | July 31, 2014 | BY SERGIO MORALES / Guatemala
    Dalton GA, USA -- Experience the challenges of Central American children who have entered the country illegally, after about 30 were admitted to the district in the last school year, according to its director, Jim Hawkins. While the number of new students not beyond the capacity of the school system, adolescents pose a series of unprecedented challenges. They have very little education. Some cannot count to 10. Could not turn on a computer. In fact, they have never seen a computer. And in most cases they do not speak English or Spanish, adding that most of those children speaking other...
  • Exclusive: Attorney General Eric Holder to Oppose Data-Driven Sentencing

    07/31/2014 7:37:54 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 11 replies
    TIME ^ | July 31, 2014 | by Massimo Calabresi
    Citing concerns about equal justice in sentencing, Attorney General Eric Holder has decided to oppose certain statistical tools used in determining jail time, putting the Obama Administration at odds with a popular and increasingly effective method for managing prison populations. Holder says if such rankings are used broadly, they could have a disparate and adverse impact on the poor, on socially disadvantaged offenders, and on minorities. Holder says using static factors from a criminal’s background could perpetuate racial bias in a system that already delivers 20% longer sentences for young black men than for other offenders.
  • Chicago PMI drops sharply in July

    07/31/2014 7:28:31 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 4 replies
    Market Watch ^ | July 31, 2014
    WASHINGTON -- Chicago PMI dropped sharply in July to its lowest level in over a year, according to the Chicago business barometer released Thursday. The index fell to 52.6 in July from 62.6 in June, below the MarketWatch-compiled consensus of 63.5. It is the sharpest one month drop in the Chicago PMI since the start of the financial crisis in October 2008. The decline was led by a collapse in production and orders, which had all been strong since last fall, according to the release.
  • War on Who? Eric Holder Sues Police Dept. for Treating Women as Equals

    07/31/2014 6:52:38 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies
    Town Hall ^ | July 31, 2014 | By Michael Schaus
    Forget about that phony IRS scandal… The DOJ apparently has a real problem to handle. The Pennsylvania State Police are being sued by Eric “The Extortionist” Holder for alleged sexual discrimination. No, the Penn police didn’t do anything as egregious as force women to pay for their own birth-control; but apparently it was enough to persuade the DOJ to file a lawsuit. The offense: Women are being held to the same standards as their male counterparts! Apparently, requiring all candidates to pass the same standard physical fitness test is sexist. See, women are having a tough time passing the test...
  • Morning Joe Panel: Lerner Emails Make it ‘Hard to Argue’ Her Innocence

    07/31/2014 6:46:47 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 36 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | July 31, 2014 | Staff
    ... “If the question is was there political, ideological bias inside the IRS, it’s hard to argue ‘no’ after you read that,” said Willie Geist. “And malice,” added MSNBC contributor Nicolle Wallace. “She equates Republicans as inferior to terrorists. I think motive is there, I think state of mind is there–again, if this were a legal proceeding, they’ve got their gal.”
  • Only 108 child migrants given US asylum in 2014

    07/31/2014 5:04:57 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    Tico Times ^ | July 30, 2014
    Just 108 of the thousands of unaccompanied minors illegally crossing the U.S. border have been granted asylum in 2014, in a process that often takes more than a year, members of the U.S. Congress heard on Tuesday. But with immigrants usually making their formal asylum requests more than 10 months after first being apprehended, most of those applicants arrived the previous year. “Of the 167 unaccompanied children asylum cases adjudicated on the merits in [Fiscal Year 2014] through the third quarter, 108 have been granted asylum status,” Rodríguez told a House panel. But in a sign of how the process...
  • Ebola: UK border staff 'unprepared' says union leader

    07/31/2014 4:34:18 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 41 replies
    BBC News ^ | July 31, 2014
    Border, immigration and customs staff feel unprepared to deal with people coming to the UK with possible cases of the Ebola virus, a union leader says. Immigration Service Union (ISU) general secretary Lucy Moreton said her members needed more information on the threat. But the Border Force has insisted staff have been given guidance on how to identify and deal with suspected cases. Almost 700 people have died in West Africa since the first case of Ebola was detected in February. Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said the UK government was taking the current threat to the country "very seriously".
  • U.S. embassy not issuing tourist visas (Israel)

    07/30/2014 8:24:44 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 25 replies
    Haaretz ^ | July 30, 2014 | By Michal Ramati and Ora Coren
    Israelis applying for visas at the United States Embassy have not received them since July 11. The American embassy has stopped issuing ordinary visas and cut back on ongoing services to American citizens due to staff reductions because of the security situation.
  • Migrant workers can receive severance pay only after departure. (Korea)

    07/29/2014 7:48:50 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 3 replies
    The Korean Herald ^ | July 29, 2014 | By Kim Yon-se
    Migrant workers must now wait until they leave the country to receive severance pay. Migrant workers must leave the country when their visas expire, and according to law since 2011, South Korean employers have been obliged to pay their severance before their departure. Government officials claim that the revised law will prevent more illegal migrant workers from staying in the country. “We’ve found that a certain portion of registered workers did not leave the country even after they were paid their severance pay,” an official said. “They had no choice but to become the target of law enforcement authorities as...
  • State getting no answers on educating migrant children

    07/29/2014 7:32:36 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    KXAN-TV News ^ | July 29, 2014 | By Erin Cargile
    AUSTIN, TX — The group of state lawmakers overseeing how much taxpayer money is being spent on the border is set to meet Tuesday at the state Capitol. “I don’t like that the state of Texas is having to put any extra dollars toward this effort that is clearly the responsibility of the federal government,” said state representative and committee chair Dennis Bonnen, R-Angleton. “Are these immigrant children going to be enrolled in schools in Texas?” asked Gene Acuna, director of communications for the Texas Education Agency. The agency has not received any answers from the federal government.
  • Cameron outlines immigration curbs 'to put Britain first'

    07/29/2014 7:17:34 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    BBC News ^ | July 29, 2014
    The UK is to halve to three months the time EU migrants without realistic job prospects can claim benefits. David Cameron said the "magnetic pull" of UK benefits had to be addressed so people came for the right reasons and the rules "put Britain first". The prime minister also warned people in the UK illegally: "We will find you, we will send you home." Labour said the PM's rhetoric masked a record of "failure" on immigration and "firm action" was needed. Ministers have been reluctant to say how many people are likely to be affected by benefit curbs, although BBC...
  • [Michael] Reagan: Hollywood Liberals Stand Down for Israel

    07/28/2014 4:10:28 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    The News Herald ^ | July 28, 2014 | by Michael Reagan
    Once again Israel is being forced to defend itself from the terrorists who run Gaza. Once again Israel has had to drop bombs and send tanks and ground troops into Gaza to blow up tunnels and destroy the missile sites Hamas has been using to rain hundreds of rockets down on Israel’s farms and cities. And once again the Jews of Hollywood are silent. Where are Spielberg, Streisand and David Geffen? Why haven’t these famous liberal consciences of Hollywood stood up to show their support for Israel against the terroristic attacks of Hamas? The producers, directors, actors and studio moguls...
  • Lebanon’s Grand Mufti calls for 'jihad' to liberate Palestinians

    07/28/2014 2:29:24 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | July 28, 2014 | By ARIEL BEN SOLOMON
    Lebanon’s Grand Mufti Sheikh Mohammed Rashid Qabbani, the country’s leading Sunni authority, called for “jihad” against Israel to liberate “Palestine’s sacred land from Jewish foreign occupation.” He also lamented the lack of Arab action in confronting Israel’s ongoing operation in Gaza.
  • El Salvador: 'A new progressive hope for Latin America'

    07/28/2014 7:52:36 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies
    The Green Leaf Weekly (Communists) ^ | July 28, 2014 | By Marta Harnecker
    What does the triumph of FMLN candidate Salvador Sanchez Ceren, in the March 9 presidential elections in El Salvador represent for Latin America? I see his victory as very significant because it not only further strengthens the progressive current expanding through Latin America since the 1998 triumph of Chavez in Venezuela, but because he is the first president since Chile's Salvador Allende to reach the presidency by putting forward a project that he had no qualms in calling socialist. At the same time, he has explained socialism as a democratic, participatory project that is not decreed from above. This idea...
  • IATA seeks meeting with Venezuela president over money owed to airlines

    07/28/2014 7:35:52 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 28, 2014 | by Victoria Bryan
    A leading air transport industry body has called for a top-level meeting with the Venezuelan president to discuss ways to restore over $4 billion of airlines' money that is trapped in the country due to its currency controls. President Nicolas Maduro's government requires airlines to sell tickets in the bolivar currency but has been slow to allow them to repatriate the earnings. IATA said on Monday that international capacity on routes to Venezuela is down 36 percent year-on-year, or down 49 percent from 2013 peaks. "Confidence in the market is falling sharply," Tyler said. "Venezuela risks becoming disconnected from the...
  • Todd: Americans Are ‘Fatigued’ from Obama, Have Lost Confidence in Him

    07/28/2014 6:45:17 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 53 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | July 28, 2014 | Staff
    MSNBC host Chuck Todd said the American people are “fatigued” from President Barack Obama Monday on Morning Joe, in the wake of a poll showing Republican Mitt Romney would trounce him in a rematch of the 2012 election. Co-host Thomas Roberts called the poll evidence of “voter’s remorse” for sending Obama back to the White House. Todd pointed out Obama’s average job rating in states with competitive 2014 Senate races was 38 percent.
  • US vows ‘minimal’ effect of migrants, Housing of young immigrants not a burden, advocates say

    07/28/2014 6:19:15 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 19 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | July 28, 2014 | By Peter Schworm
    In Massachusetts and across the country, residents have balked at the prospect of hundreds of immigrant children coming to their towns, angry that public money is being spent on illegal immigrants and worried that the influx would burden local schools and social services. Yet the federal government insists the impact would be minimal, and many immigration lawyers and advocates describe the emergency shelters established in other states as worlds apart, secure, secluded facilities that quietly serve as way stations for thousands of young migrants. The US Department of Health and Human Services, which operates the shelters, says it “pays for...
  • Kerry's latest cease-fire plan: What was he thinking?

    07/27/2014 5:09:16 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 32 replies
    Haaretz ^ | July 27, 2014 | By Barak Ravid
    The press conference U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry convened together with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shukry was one of Kerry's most embarrassing incidents since taking office. And there were quite a few in the last year and a half. A few hours before the press conference began, the Israeli security cabinet ministers unanimously rejected Kerry's cease-fire plan draft. Kerry, as is his wont, seemed and sounded as if he came from a parallel universe. He claimed to have never presented Israel with a formal offer for a cease-fire, slammed the Israeli media's "mischievous reports"...
  • Obama gets tough with Netanyahu, for Gaza and/or for Kerry

    07/27/2014 4:22:29 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 49 replies
    Haaretz ^ | July 28, 2014 | By Chemi Shalev
    Remember: nothing riles the White House more than the appearance that Israel is supplying ammo to Obama’s political enemies, as it did on Sunday. Barack Obama may have stopped short of reading the riot act to Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday, but the White House version of the two leaders’ phone conversation left no room for doubt: The U.S. President was ratcheting up the rhetoric and the pressure on Israel to end the fighting in Gaza, and to end it now.
  • U.S. citizens created Border Crises

    07/27/2014 7:41:31 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 51 replies
    The Plain Dealer ^ | July 27, 2014 | By Jeff Darcy
    CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The flood of Central American women and children crossing the border into the U.S. is not a refugee crisis, or a border crisis, it's an humanitarian crisis, created by the actions of U.S. citizens and inaction of their elected leaders. While children have walked hundreds of miles, risking violence along the way as they try to escape it, Congress has hardly moved a foot on U.S. immigration reform and not at all on gun control. How many of the politicians ranting about the children crossing the border have ever lifted a finger to restrict the free-low of...
  • 'Lifestyle' babies– A new culprit of climate change

    07/27/2014 7:31:11 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    Economic Times ^ | July 27, 2014 | By Kounteya Sinha
    LONDON: A new culprit has been found causing climate change - "lifestyle" babies. Scientists have called for a blanket ban on free fertility treatment for those making "lifestyle" reproductive choices, such as sterilization reversal or single motherhood for fertile women. They have also called for a legislation that makes fertility clinics subject to carbon capping schemes, in a bid to help curb climate change. This has made professor Cristina Richie of Boston College, Massachusetts, say that only those who are medically infertile through no fault of their own should be eligible for government funded treatment. "The fertility industry is just...
  • Warner presses Gillespie on climate change

    07/27/2014 7:18:38 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 23 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 26, 2014 | By Laura Barron-Lopez
    Republican Senate candidate Ed Gillespie said he thinks there is enough evidence to support climate change after being pressed on the issue during a debate with incumbent Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.). "I believe there is ample scientific evidence that contributes to climate change but I'm not entirely dismissive of those who have a different point of view," Gillespie said. Gillespie added, "Norfolk is dealing with rising sea levels but people can debate what contributes to that or not." Still, Gillespie said he thinks the administration's new carbon pollution rules "go to far."
  • New rules helped Utah snag immigrants’ illegal driver licenses

    07/27/2014 6:35:41 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    The Salt Lake Tribune ^ | July 27, 2014 | By Lee Davidson
    Forcing Utah drivers to prove their citizenship and identity for a license may have seemed like torture at times during the past five years, initially causing lines with waits that averaged more than three hours. But it has brought some results expected by lawmakers during heated immigration debates. Since the program started in 2010, the state found that 5,923 undocumented immigrants illegally had full driver licenses, obtained largely through use of Social Security numbers they should not have had. "We knew there were a handful of people out there who were undocumented but had a Social Security number, so they...
  • Protesters blast plan to bring immigrant children to Mass.

    07/27/2014 6:14:57 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | July 27, 2014 | By Nicholas Jacques
    Emotions ran high Saturday as opponents of Governor Deval Patrick’s plan to house undocumented immigrant children in Massachusetts rallied outside the State House. Protesters and politicians lingering after the rally expressed their anger over the plan to bring these children into a state that they believe is ill-equipped to support its own children, homeless people, and veterans. “The state can’t take care of the children in its own care, yet these immigrants are coming in and skipping the line,” said Mark Fisher, a Tea Party-backed gubernatorial candidate seeking the Republican nomination.
  • Venezuela's Maduro combats dissidence among ruling socialists

    07/26/2014 9:26:36 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 26, 2014 | BY ANDREW CAWTHORNE
    CARACAS - Venezuela's ruling Socialist Party began a six-day congress on Saturday with President Nicolas Maduro seeking to quieten hardliners who believe the state is failing to stem corruption or fix the economy. Venezuela has the highest inflation rate in the continent at 62 percent in the 12 months to June. A Byzantine currency control system, with official rates ranging from 6.3 to 50 bolivars to the dollar and a black market level of 80, is creating price distortions, stimying private business and earning huge sums for those playing the system. Shortages of basics continue across the nation, while electricity...
  • Some schools may serve all students free breakfast and lunch

    07/26/2014 8:28:22 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 31 replies
    KY3-TV News ^ | July 24, 2014 | by Linda Russell
    HUMANSVILLE, Mo. - If you've ever tried to concentrate on an empty stomach, you know how much of a relief a new federal school lunch program may be for some families. In some low income areas, every student may be able to eat free breakfast and lunch. In Humansville, about 90% of the kids that go through the lunch line are already on free or reduced lunches. But the Community Eligibility Provision may now allow all Humansville students to get free breakfast and lunch. For many in the small town, it's likely a challenge to cover the grocery bill. "A...
  • Immigrant kids bring out the phobias in conservative xenophobes

    07/26/2014 7:24:21 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 91 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | July 25, 2014 | by David Horsey
    <p>Anyone who has ever wondered what happened to that strange-looking, banjo-playing kid from “Deliverance” should check out Rep. Louie Gohmert. Imagine that kid all grown up and you’ll have the spitting image of the Texas Republican.</p> <p>Like banjo boy, Gohmert is weirdly mesmerizing. What swamp did he wander out of and how in the world did he get elected to the United States House of Representatives? The scary answer: There are thousands of people just like him in Texas's 1st Congressional District.</p>
  • Assemblywoman: NY City has other priorities before helping migrant children streaming into U.S.

    07/25/2014 5:14:01 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | July 25, 2014 | BY CORINNE LESTCH
    A state assemblywoman says New York City has other issues to deal with before taking in some of the migrant children from Central America streaming across the U.S. border. Nicole Malliotakis - the daughter of immigrants - fired off a tweet in response to City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito’s suggestion Thursday that the city should offer to shelter some of the new arrivals. "I think the priorities should be more focused on the citizens of this city as opposed to indidivudals who are entering the country illegally," she told the Daily News in an interview on Friday. Mark-Viverito "should put...
  • NYC Struggles To Address Influx Of Migrant Children

    07/25/2014 5:10:48 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    Gothamist ^ | July 25, 2014 | by Gabrielle Sierra
    A task force has been formed to address the flood of unaccompanied migrant minors streaming into New York. This new coordinated effort was announced on Wednesday during a meeting hosted by the New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC), where officials discussed a new strategy for handling the children, involving a partnership with local church charities, health care organizations, and legal groups. According to the NYIC, close to 3,300 migrant children have already arrived in New York State since January 2014, with another 7,000 minors expected to reach the state in the coming months. Many children are emigrating from Central America, and...
  • State-by-State Map: Where Migrant Children Are Placed

    07/25/2014 4:45:06 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 48 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | July 25, 2014 | By LAURA MECKLER and MATT STILES
    Here are data showing, state-by-state, where the children have been placed, according to the Department of Health and Human Services, the agency responsible for caring for unaccompanied immigrant children. Data are for Jan. 1, 2014 through July 7, 2014.
  • Little Sunlight as Obama Raises Super PAC Dollars

    07/25/2014 12:39:01 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 2 replies
    ABC News ^ | July 25, 2014 | By JOSH LEDERMAN, AP
    For years, President Barack Obama railed against the surge of unlimited spending flowing into American political campaigns, arguing that average voters were being shut out of a secretive system that lets special interests bankroll elections. Now, as Obama enthusiastically raises money for Democratic super PACs, he's embracing some of the same secretive elements of that system, drawing charges of hypocrisy from good-governance advocates who say the public deserves to know what Obama's saying and to whom he's saying it when donors pay for a few minutes with the president.
  • Report: Israel rejects Kerry cease-fire proposal in Gaza

    07/25/2014 11:03:10 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 45 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | July 25, 2014 | Staff
    Channel 10 reports that the diplomatic-security cabinet "flatly rejects" American proposals for a week-long humanitarian halt to fighting.
  • Report: 117% increase in children 12 and younger crossing border alone

    07/25/2014 10:50:03 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | July 25, 2014 | By MOLLY HENNESSY-FISKE
    Not only have more unaccompanied children illegally crossed the southern border this year — more than twice last year's total — but they are crossing at much younger ages, according to a study released this week. There has been a 117% increase in apprehensions among unaccompanied children ages 12 and younger and a 12% increase among teenagers between the 2013 and 2014 fiscal years, according to government statistics obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request by the Pew Research Center. There are still more 13- to 17-year-olds crossing, 84% of youths apprehended. Most are 16- and 17-year-olds, Lopez said....
  • Come irregularity in removal proceedings (Google Translate)

    07/25/2014 8:52:51 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 5 replies
    PrensaLibre (Guatemala) ^ | July 25, 2014 | BY SERGIO MORALES / Guatemala
    Organizations and human rights lawyers in the USA denounce abuses in deportation proceedings the authorities of that country have adopted as soon as possible to repatriate the undocumented who just crossed the border with Mexico, and fear that they have forced to sign voluntary departure without being heard by an immigration judge. "We are saying to the undocumented--which is a process where they will be detained for a long time and it's easier to go are forcing a resolution, "he said by telephone from USA, Meredith Brown, an expert on immigration issues, the Chamber of Attorneys of Los Angeles. Brown...
  • President Obama in L.A.: Fundraiser, fist bumps, trash talk in a deli

    07/25/2014 8:30:54 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 5 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | July 25, 2014 | By SEEMA MEHTA, CATHLEEN DECKER
    On his regularly scheduled visits to rake up campaign cash from the salons of Los Angeles’ upper-crust neighborhoods, President Obama just as regularly drops into locales meant to emphasize that he is more man-of-the-people than man-of-the-moneyed. On Thursday that locale was Canter’s Deli, the venerable Fairfax district eating spot, where Obama struck up conversations with diners about basketball, his failing jump shot and other regular-guy concerns. Fresh from a morning fundraiser at the Pacific Palisades home of Live Nation Chief Executive and President Michael Rapino — the bookend to a Wednesday night fundraiser at the Hancock Park home of television...
  • Obama: What's legal might not be right for US

    07/25/2014 8:16:09 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 39 replies
    CNBC ^ | July 25, 2014 | by Everett Rosenfeld
    President Barack Obama said Thursday that American companies performing tax "inversions" are not doing right by their country. Obama said that these companies, which buy foreign firms to technically change their tax domicile to a country with a lower tax rate, benefit from America's university system and infrastructure, but then turn around and "game the system." He told CNBC exclusively that, despite the legality of this corporate practice, inversions are not fair. "You are an American company. You continue to benefit in all kinds of ways from being an American company," the president said. "It is true that there are...
  • Meditation on President Obama’s Portrait [BARF]

    07/25/2014 8:08:29 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 26 replies
    New York Times ^ | July 25, 2014 | By MAURICE BERGER
    Dawoud Bey’s photograph of the man who would soon be president was taken on a Sunday afternoon in early 2007, at Barack and Michelle Obama’s Hyde Park home in Chicago. The portrait is at once stately and informal. Mr. Obama’s hands are folded gracefully in his lap. He wears an elegant suit and white shirt, but no tie. He stares intensely into the camera. The photographer and his subject were comfortable with each other. Mr. Bey recalls that he asked Mr. Obama, who intended to be photographed in shirt sleeves, to put on a jacket. The photograph depicts its famously...
  • First Lady Michelle Obama raises money for Democrats in Chicago

    07/25/2014 7:43:38 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | July 25, 2014 | By Rick Pearson
    First Lady Michelle Obama returned to her hometown Thursday and decried the effects of gun violence on Chicago’s youth as she told a group of campaign donors to “write the biggest, fattest check that you can possibly write” to help Democrats make a better future for children. The First Lady noted that all children deserve a bright future of opportunity, but it was not happening in some Chicago neighborhoods. Donors paid from $500 per person to $20,000 per couple, and the First Lady asked them to give more.
  • Who Is Most To Blame For Climate Change?

    07/25/2014 7:29:21 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 59 replies
    NPR ^ | July 24, 2014 | by BARBARA J. KING
    Here in southeastern Virginia, our biggest city, Norfolk, is saddled with an unwanted claim to fame. Norfolk is the place "where normal tides have risen 1.5 feet over the past century and the sea is rising faster than anywhere else on the East Coast." NPR notes that the Norfolk area "is particularly vulnerable because the land is sinking as sea levels are rising." As we frequently discuss here at 13.7, human-caused (anthropogenic) climate change is a global problem. Surprisingly, at least to me, the evidence points to a narrative of universal blame, instead of one in which the "big countries"...
  • Islamic State tightens modesty laws for women

    07/25/2014 5:00:40 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 14 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | July 25, 2014
    IS terrorists tell women: Don full-face veils, cover hands and feet, wear loose clothing, don't wear perfume, or face punishment. "The conditions imposed on her clothes and grooming was only to end the pretext of debauchery resulting from grooming and overdressing," said the Islamic State in a statement. "This is not a restriction on her freedom but to prevent her from falling into humiliation and vulgarity or to be a theater for the eyes of those who are looking." A cleric in Mosul told Reuters that Islamic State gunmen had shown up at his mosque and ordered him to read...
  • Underwear bomber plot failed because he 'wore same pants for two weeks'

    07/25/2014 4:38:49 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 19 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | July 25, 2014
    The 2009 "underpants bomb" plot failed because the terrorist had been wearing his explosive-laden undergarments for more than two weeks and soiled the explosives, a senior US official said. Umar Abdulmutallab sent shockwaves through US intelligence when he successfully smuggled a bomb onto a Detroit-bound airliner on Christmas day three years ago. The British-educated Nigerian was able to light the bomb but it failed to explode, causing minor burns to the would-be bomber but sparing his fellow passengers.
  • Israel-Gaza: Hamas calls for 'third intifada' after violent riots in Jerusalem and West Bank

    07/25/2014 4:28:52 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | July 25, 2014 | By Inna Lazareva, Tel Aviv
    Hamas and Palestinian Authority call for "day of rage" over Israeli assault on Gaza after two Palestinians killed in overnight riots north of Jerusalem. Hamas leaders, both in Gaza and abroad, have called for the start of the third intifada - or Palestinian uprising - after violent riots with live fire erupted throughout Jerusalem and the West Bank last night. Violence flared up as thousands of Palestinians took to the streets, rioting and protesting Israel’s actions in Gaza. Approximately 10,000 people marched from Ramallah to Jerusalem, where they clashed with Israeli police. In Gaza, Hamas TV played pro-intifada songs, while...
  • Israel On Alert After Deadly West Bank Clashes

    07/25/2014 4:21:10 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 1 replies
    Sky News ^ | July 25, 2014
    Israeli security forces have been put on heightened alert after two Palestinians were killed during a massive protest in the West Bank. The victims were among an estimated 10,000 people who clashed violently with soldiers and border police at a checkpoint in Qalandiya, between Jerusalem and Ramallah. Israel said today it had deployed thousands of security forces were deployed in and around Jerusalem to "deal with any disturbances". Sky's David Bowden in Ashkelon, near Israel's border with Gaza, said: "After Friday prayers who knows what might happen. We are coming to the end of Ramadan. All of this is boiling...