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  • Police put on alert for possible threat to Obama

    08/29/2014 5:14:30 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 80 replies
    Fresno Bee ^ | August 29, 2014
    Several news organizations have reported Friday night that the Connecticut State Police have been put on alert for a possible threat to President Barack Obama.
  • Funding gives EBT users access to online shopping

    08/29/2014 3:47:08 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    Troy Record (NY) ^ | August 29, 2014 | Staff
    BERNE - A 21st-century Albany County initiative that combines farmers markets with online shopping is receiving extra funds to continue growth. State Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Rep. Paul Tonko announced Wednesday that FarmieMarket Online LLC, based in the town of Berne, is receiving $24,490 in federal funding. The SNAP’s monthly electronic benefit transfers (EBT) dollars, which 95,000 individuals and their families in the Capital Region currently receive, cannot be used in many online food stores, but only at authorized retail food stores. The new program will allow EBT users to order fresh food online with the benefit...
  • With Labor Day close, unions don’t have much to celebrate

    08/29/2014 3:37:16 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 3 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | August 29, 2014 | By Evan Horowitz
    Labor Day used to be more than a summer-closing holiday; it was a celebration of labor unions and the American labor movement. That’s easy to forget these days because labor unions don’t have much to celebrate. At the height of their influence in the 1950s, labor unions could claim to represent about 1 of every 3 American workers. Today, it’s 1 in 9 — and falling. Some have seen the shrinking size and waning influence of labor unions as a sign that the US economy is growing more flexible and dynamic, but there’s mounting evidence that it is also contributing...
  • Reparations Could Prevent the Next Ferguson

    08/29/2014 3:10:55 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 114 replies
    TIME ^ | August 29, 2014 | by Belinda Cooper
    The U.S. government and society need to recognize the direct connections between continuing racial disparities in this country and the wrongs that gave rise to them. ... One of the most important aspects of successful transitional justice, therefore, lies in illuminating not only the victims’ suffering, but the ways in which an entire society continues to bear the burdens of history. This helps elevate an important point: correcting injustice may require affirmative steps. The U.S. government and society need to recognize — and educate citizens on — the direct connections between continuing racial disparities in this country and the wrongs...
  • Obama Said to Weigh Delaying Action on Immigration

    08/29/2014 2:16:46 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies
    New York Times ^ | August 29, 2014 | By MICHAEL D. SHEAR
    Under pressure from nervous Democratic Senate candidates in tight races, President Obama is rethinking the timing of his pledge to act on his own to reshape the nation’s immigration system by summer’s end, and could instead delay some or all of his most controversial proposals until after the midterm elections in November, according to people familiar with White House deliberations. Inside the White House, the timing of an announcement has become the subject of a fierce debate. Some of Mr. Obama’s advisers are urging him to postpone it, fearful of the political ramifications of a sweeping action to protect millions...
  • Britain Raises Terrorism Threat Level to ‘Severe’

    08/29/2014 12:32:49 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies
    New York Times ^ | August 29, 2014 | By Alan Cowell
    LONDON — Alarmed by the suspected presence of hundreds of British jihadis among Sunni militants in Syria and Iraq, Britain increased its assessment of the terrorism threat on its own soil on Friday and said new laws would be introduced to counter what Prime Minister David Cameron called “a greater threat to our security than we have seen before.” The tone of the warnings recalled the days after July 7, 2005, when four suicide bombers killed 52 travelers on the London transit system. The show of concern, moreover, seemed intended to bolster the government’s case for contentious new legislation to...
  • China to cut SOE executives' salaries

    08/29/2014 6:23:51 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies
    Xinhua News ^ | August 29, 2014
    BEIJING -- The top leadership of the Communist Party of China (CPC) decided on Friday to cut salaries for executives of state-own enterprises (SOEs). During a meeting presided over by Chinese President and CPC General Secretary Xi Jinping, the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee approved plans to reform the system that determines centrally administered SOE executives' salaries and the size of their expense accounts and other privileges. In a statement released after the meeting, the Political Bureau said excessive salaries will be cut to reasonable levels. It urged SOEs to improve their corporate ethics, saying that income gaps...
  • U.S. consumer spending falls for first time in six months

    08/29/2014 5:47:16 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies
    Market Watch ^ | August 29, 2014 | By Jeffry Bartash
    Consumer spending fell in July for the first time in six months, as Americans cut back on purchases of new cars and other retail goods, the government reported Friday. The drop in spending was a bit of a surprise: economists polled by MarketWatch had predicted a seasonally adjusted 0.1% increase. The growth in incomes, meanwhile, slowed to 0.2% pace in July from 0.5% in each of the prior two months. It was the smallest gain since December and also below Wall Street expectations.
  • US rendition survivors urge Obama to declassify torture report

    08/29/2014 5:23:55 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | August 29, 2014 | by Spencer Ackerman
    Abou Elkassim Britel can’t sleep, or he sleeps too much; it varies. He backs out of commitments. The Islamic website he wants to publish from his Italian home remains unfinished. “I would add,” he said through translation, “that I cannot think of the future.” The doctors tell Britel that he has post-traumatic stress disorder, after a decade-long ordeal of imprisonment without charge or transfer and abuse. It began in 2002, when the United States packed him onto a contractor’s Gulfstream V in Pakistan and flew him to Morocco. Britel survived what the US calls rendition, an extrajudicial process of transferring...
  • On second try, California plastic bag ban passes Assembly

    08/28/2014 4:27:49 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 33 replies
    Fresno Bee ^ | August 28, 2014 | BY JEREMY B. WHITE
    With a prominent grocery workers’ union back in support, the California Assembly voted on Thursday to impose a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags. Just days after the measure could not muster the 41 votes needing to pass, falling short at 38, it passed on a 44-29 vote. Seven Democrats who withheld votes on the previous attempt pivoted to vote aye. Lawmakers turned back Senate Bill 270 on Monday as the United Food and Commercial Workers Union withdrew crucial labor backing for the sweeping prohibition. Central to the union’s reversal was a provision allowing grocery stores to offer paper or...
  • Deafening Silence on Obama IRS Scandal Developments

    08/28/2014 4:07:33 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | August 28, 2014 | By Ken Oliver-Méndez
    The nation’s top television news broadcasts - in both English and Spanish - have been entirely mum on the latest revelations related to alleged obstruction of justice and politically-directed abuse of power at the Obama administration’s Internal Revenue Service. Whether at ABC, CBS and NBC, or Univision, Telemundo and Mundo Fox, these networks to date have essentially censored the admission by a U.S. Justice Department official –revealed by government watchdog group Judicial Watch – that allegedly lost e-mails of Obama IRS official Lois Lerner are in fact accessible, through the federal government’s computer back-up system. As Judicial Watch’s Tom Fitton...
  • Census figures show more than one-third of Americans receiving welfare benefits

    08/28/2014 4:00:52 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 11 replies
    FOX News ^ | August 28, 2014 | By Mike Emanuel
    Fifty years after the “war on poverty” was first waged, there are signs a new offensive is needed. Newly released Census data reveals nearly 110 million Americans – more than one-third of the country – are receiving government assistance of some kind. The number counts people receiving what are known as “means-tested” federal benefits, or subsidies based on income. This includes welfare programs ranging from food stamps to subsidized housing to the program most commonly referred to as “welfare,” Temporary Assistance for Needy Families. At the end of 2012, according to the stats, 51.5 million were on food stamps, while...
  • Brown nominee to California's high court wins approval

    08/28/2014 3:35:46 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 14 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | August 28, 2014 | by Bob Egelko
    Stanford law Prof. Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar won a unanimous vote from a state commission Thursday for his nomination to the California Supreme Court, moving Gov. Jerry Brown a step closer to reshaping the Republican-dominated court. The three-member Commission on Judicial Appointments approved Brown's nomination of Cuéllar, a 41-year-old scholar, to succeed conservative Justice Marvin Baxter on the court. Baxter is retiring in January and Cuéllar will take office for a 12-year term if approved by state voters in November. The seating of the governor's two appointees will likely form "a new majority," moving the court somewhat to the left, said Gerald...
  • Prospect of Another DC Shutdown Looms Over Immigration Showdown

    08/28/2014 3:25:44 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 28 replies
    ABC News ^ | August 28, 2014 | By ARLETTE SAENZ
    The prospect of another economically and politically crippling government shutdown looms over President Obama’s talk of taking executive action on immigration next month and Republican threats to thwart him by blocking certain funding measures. Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, told the Des Moines Register “all bets are off” for passing a continuing resolution if President Obama decides to take executive action on immigration. “If the president wields his pen and commits that unconstitutional act to legalize millions, I think that becomes something that is nearly political nuclear,” King said. “I think the public would be mobilized and galvanized and that changes...
  • McConnell says he wouldn’t allow a government shutdown

    08/28/2014 8:03:02 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 55 replies
    Market Watch ^ | August 28, 2014
    Read his lips: No shutdown. Pushing back against a report to the contrary, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell says he won’t let the government shut down if he becomes the chamber’s majority leader next year. “Of course not,” the Kentucky Republican told CNN in an interview. “Remember me? I am the guy that gets us out of shutdowns,” he said. Government shutdowns like last October’s are a “failed policy,” McConnell added.
  • Obamacare: Does Covered California really have you covered?

    08/28/2014 6:18:14 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 5 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | August 27, 2014 | By Emily Bazar
    A worrisome trend is emerging among some Californians who thought they were safe and secure under Covered California: Their plans are being canceled without consent and sometimes without notice. Take Ricki Manahan, who lives in Truckee near Lake Tahoe. Manahan and her husband signed up for an Anthem Blue Cross plan from Covered California early this year. They paid their premiums but out of nowhere last month, the couple received new insurance cards in the mail for Medi-Cal, the state's Medicaid program, which provides publicly funded insurance to low-income residents. A growing number of Californians with Covered California plans are...
  • CBO forecasts $506 billion budget deficit for 2014 (1.5% GDP)

    08/27/2014 7:41:15 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    Market Watch ^ | August 27, 2014 | By Robert Schroeder
    The Congressional Budget Office on Wednesday raised its estimate of the federal government’s budget deficit for the current fiscal year as it slashed its growth forecast, and warned red ink was due to rise in coming years if Washington doesn’t change current laws. In an update of budget and economic projections for 2014 to 2024, the nonpartisan CBO said the U.S. government’s deficit for fiscal 2014 will be $506 billion, or 2.9% of gross domestic product. The new estimate is $14 billion more than the agency’s prior estimate for the year, issued in April. The agency lowered its projection of...
  • ISIS an 'Incredible' Fighting Force, US Special Ops Sources Say

    08/25/2014 11:03:00 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 66 replies
    ABC News ^ | August 25, 2014 | By JAMES GORDON MEEK
    With the Obama White House left reeling from the "savage" slaughter of an American journalist held hostage by ISIS terrorists, military options are being considered against an adversary who officials say is growing in strength and is much more capable than the one faced when the group was called "al Qaeda-Iraq" during the U.S. war from 2003-2011. ISIS, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, has been making a "tactical withdrawal" in recent days in the face of withering U.S. airstrikes. "These guys aren't just bugging out, they're tactically withdrawing. Very professional, well trained, motivated and equipped. They operate like...
  • Another survey finds manufacturers less willing to hire due to Obamacare

    08/25/2014 8:24:00 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    Market Watch ^ | August 25, 2014
    Fresh off a Philadelphia Fed survey of manufacturers finding that the Affordable Care Act is acting as a drag on hiring and increasing part-time employment, a Dallas Fed survey finds the much same thing. Like the Philly Fed survey, it was tacked on to an existing monthly survey of conditions. In this case, a net 23.5% of respondents say the number of workers employed is lower due to the effects of what’s commonly called Obamacare. Part-time work is up, the amount of work outsourced is up, wages and salary compensation per worker is down, other benefits are down, and prices...
  • Ann Summers’ lingerie line ISIS draws fire for name linked to terror

    08/23/2014 5:26:50 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 46 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | August 23, 2014 | BY DAVID HARDING
    A lingerie company is under fire for launching a new underwear line that shares its name with a terrorist group. Ann Summers' ISIS products include suspenders and bras, but company officials insisted the name is inspired by the Egyptian goddess Isis and had nothing to do with the extremist group, now controlling swathes of Iraq and Syria. According to ancient Egyptian beliefs, Isis the goddess was worshipped as the ideal mother and wife.
  • Saudis Must Stop Exporting Extremism

    08/23/2014 5:01:16 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 36 replies
    New York Times ^ | August 23, 2014 | By Ed Husain
    ALONG with a billion Muslims across the globe, I turn to Mecca in Saudi Arabia every day to say my prayers. But when I visit the holy cities of Mecca and Medina, the resting place of the Prophet Muhammad, I am forced to leave overwhelmed with anguish at the power of extremism running amok in Islam’s birthplace. Let’s be clear: Al Qaeda, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, Boko Haram, the Shabab and others are all violent Sunni Salafi groupings. For five decades, Saudi Arabia has been the official sponsor of Sunni Salafism across the globe. What is religious...
  • Islamic State: Biggest threat to United States?

    08/23/2014 4:42:51 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 41 replies
    BBC News ^ | August 22, 2014 | By Shashank Joshi
    US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel has used a remarkable set of words to describe the militants of Islamic State (IS). He warned of their "apocalyptic, end-of-days strategic vision", argued that they pose "an imminent threat to every interest we have, whether it's in Iraq or anywhere else", and depicted them as "beyond anything that we've seen". Is this reckless threat inflation, or is Mr Hagel correct?
  • Homeland Warns of ISIS Retaliation in US by Sympathizers

    08/22/2014 11:36:08 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 24 replies
    ABC News ^ | August 22, 2014 | By MIKE LEVINE
    Federal authorities today urged law enforcement across the country to be alert for possible attacks inside the United States in retaliation for U.S. airstrikes against the Islamic group ISIS. In a joint bulletin issued to local, state and federal law enforcement, the Department of Homeland Security and FBI said that while they are “unaware of any specific, credible threats against the Homeland” and find direct threats from ISIS “not credible,” they cannot rule out attacks in the United States from sympathizers radicalized by the group’s online propaganda. “[B]ecause of the individualized nature of the radicalization process – it is difficult...
  • What James Foley's murder says about the Islamic State

    08/22/2014 10:52:22 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 3 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | August 22, 2014 | By Marc Champion
    ... The question for President Barack Obama and other Western leaders isn't whether to fight the Islamic State, but when. Should it be now, when the group is not yet entrenched in Iraq, and when Assad finally has begun to move against it in Syria? Or will it be once its fighters have established themselves in Iraq and Syria and move on to Jordan, as they moved on the Kurds? If they were to succeed in Jordan, why not the Gulf states, where they already recruit and solicit donations? In Iraq and beyond, the nightmare prospect is of an al-Qaida...
  • German Minister Accuses Qatar Of Funding Islamic State Fighters

    08/22/2014 10:05:03 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 36 replies
    Gulf Business News ^ | August 22, 2014
    German Development Minister Gerd Mueller accused Qatar on Wednesday of financing Islamic State militants who have seized wide areas of northern Iraq and have posted a video of a captive American journalist being beheaded. “This kind of conflict, this kind of a crisis always has a history … The ISIS troops, the weapons – these are lost sons, with some of them from Iraq,” Mueller told German public broadcaster ZDF. “You have to ask who is arming, who is financing ISIS troops. The keyword there is Qatar – and how do we deal with these people and states politically?” said...
  • Mark your calendars: ‘National Impeach Obama Week’ is nigh

    08/21/2014 5:06:50 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 11 replies
    Washington Post ^ | August 21, 2014 | By Abby Ohlheiser
    They don't make a Hallmark card for this -- as far as we know -- but for nine days starting Saturday, a small but persistent group of activists will flock to overpasses and street corners across the country for "National Impeach Obama Week." The Coalition to Impeach Obama Now! organizers, coordinated by San Diego activist Roger Ogden, have no national endorsements from Tea Party groups or Republican politicians. Instead, impeachobamaweek.net has a small list of regional and local Tea Party, libertarian, and otherwise anti-Obama activist groups backing them.
  • Several Outcomes Possible From Grand Jury, DOJ Investigations in Michael Brown Case

    08/21/2014 11:19:17 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 36 replies
    CBS Local ^ | August 21, 2014
    Several scenarios could come from the dual investigations in the Michael Brown case. CBS News Legal Analyst Jack Ford says the St. Louis County grand jury will consider probable cause, which could result in charges ranging from murder to manslaughter. But it could also decide not to indict. Ford says the Justice Department, however, could consider civil charges, and not just against officer Darren Wilson. “The Justice Department can also take a look at an entire department and say there are problems here,” he says. “There are infrastructure problems, policy problems, whatever they might find.”
  • Of 163 arrests since shooting, 7 from Ferguson

    08/21/2014 11:14:56 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    KMOV St. Louis ^ | August 21, 2014
    FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) -- Police records show that 163 arrests have been made in the Ferguson protest zone since the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, but just seven are residents of the St. Louis suburb. St. Louis County spokeswoman Candace Jarrett provided information to The Associated Press on Thursday with the name, address and birth year of each person arrested, and the charges against them.
  • Opinion: What is ISIS hoping its abhorrent beheading video will achieve?

    08/21/2014 8:31:58 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 41 replies
    CNN ^ | August 21, 2014 | By Erin Marie Saltman
    The answer to why ISIS makes and popularizes such videos is simple: They represent a critical threat to the West on two levels. On the one hand, the video directly warns the West of repercussions if its intervention continues. On the other, it represents a more subtle threat reminding Europe and the United States that their own citizens are vulnerable to being radicalized, that ISIS supporters are present all over the world. So, creating an elaborate display of beheading an American represents a distinct change in messaging, turning the threat towards the West. Indeed, the apparently British militant conducting the...
  • Hurdles Remain to Signing Up More Latinos for Health Coverage

    08/21/2014 7:57:46 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies
    California Health Report ^ | August 20, 2014 | By Fran Kritz
    State officials are stepping up their enrollment efforts this month to prepare for open enrollment in October. But some Latino advocates say Covered California, the state’s insurance marketplace, has a long way to go. “Fact sheets in Spanish only became available this month, and events, such as bilingual information sessions, were often not well publicized,” said Sonya Vasquez, policy director of the Community Health Councils of Los Angeles. Getting more Latinos to sign up faster this year is critical. The signup period is three months shorter than last year’s and will run from November 15 to February 15, 2015. Covered...
  • Judge intends to rule on McDaniel’s challenge before general election

    08/21/2014 7:42:18 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    LAUREL — A judge presiding over a lawsuit that challenges Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran’s victory in a Republican primary runoff says his intention is to have the case settled in time for the November general election.
  • Islamic State militants seize four more foreign hostages in Syria

    08/21/2014 6:34:01 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    The Guardian UK ^ | August 20, 2014 | by Martin Chulov
    Flush with looted weapons, buoyed by sweeping gains in Syria and eager to shock, Islamic State militants have seized four more foreign hostages near Aleppo in recent days, taking to more than 20 the number of foreigners they now hold. The latest captives, two Italian women, a Dane and a Japanese national, were seized in or near Syria's largest city. All held are either reporters, photographers or aid workers taken near Aleppo or Idlib. They have been subsequently moved to Raqqa, the Isis stronghold in north Syria. The abductions have controversially proved good business for Islamic radicals. In the past...
  • Rising danger prompted U.S. effort to rescue James Foley, other hostages

    08/20/2014 8:23:48 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 34 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | August 20, 2014 | By KATHLEEN HENNESSEY, W.J. HENNIG
    The United States sent a team of special operation forces to Syria this summer to try to rescue American journalist James Foley and other hostages held by Islamic militants, U.S. officials said Wednesday. "The U.S. government had what we believed was sufficient intelligence, and when the opportunity presented itself, the president authorized the Department of Defense to move aggressively to recover our citizens," Lisa Monaco, a top counter-terrorism advisor to President Obama, said in a statement. "Unfortunately, that mission was ultimately not successful because the hostages were not present." The unusual acknowledgment of a failed secret raid came the day...
  • The Chicago Seven Conspiracy Trial, Anti-Riot Act

    08/20/2014 4:53:02 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies
    The Chicago conspiracy trial defendants were the first individuals prosecuted under the anti-riot provisions that Congress incorporated in the Civil Rights Act of 1968. The U.S. House of Representatives in 1967 overwhelmingly passed a version of the anti-riot provision in response to the urban riots of that summer and assertions from some members of Congress that African-American political activists had instigated the violence. The Senate included the provision in an open housing bill, and although President Johnson and Attorney General Ramsey Clark did not support the anti-riot provision, the administration accepted it to secure passage of the civil rights measure....
  • Statement by SEIU President Mary Kay Henry on Ferguson, Missouri Shooting

    08/20/2014 4:32:54 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    SEIU.org ^ | August 14, 2014 | By Mary Kay Henry
    "Justice is too often elusive in a society that remains segregated and divided by race and class. These divisions are coming to the surface in Ferguson, Mo., and we are encouraged that the U.S. Department of Justice and the FBI are intervening with an eye toward easing tensions, guaranteeing civil rights and protecting and serving that community and its residents. "On behalf of the 2 million members of the Service Employees International Union, I extend thoughts and prayers to the family of Michael Brown. May all parties involved in this tragedy find justice and peace."
  • Let us turn grief and anger into action and change

    08/20/2014 4:27:29 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 33 replies
    Communist Party USA ^ | August 15, 2014 | by: JOHN BACHTELL
    The following statement was released by John Bachtell, chair of the Communist Party USA in the wake of the police shooting of unarmed 17-year-old Michael Brown and the subsequent police attacks on peaceful protesters and journalists. The grief and heartbreak of Michael Brown’s parents and Ferguson’s largely African American community is unimaginable. We share that sorrow and grief. We also join the universal demands to prosecute the officer who committed this horrendous killing. Our nation should be deeply disturbed by this murder. Michael Brown’s story and those of Oscar Grant, Eric Garner, Stephon Watts, John Crawford, Ezell Ford and countless...
  • US begins talks on how to push IS out of Mosul

    08/20/2014 4:10:03 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    Al-Monitor ^ | August 20, 2014 | by Barbara Slavin
    US officials have begun discussions with local leaders in Iraq’s Ninevah province about how to recapture the city of Mosul in the wake of the successful operation to recover control of Mosul Dam from the Islamic State (IS), a US official said. In an interview Aug. 20 with Al-Monitor, the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, predicted that recovering Iraq’s second largest city — which was seized by IS on June 10 — would “require local forces” and be a long-term project. “We’re in touch with the governor of Ninevah and all the Iraqi leaders and a number of...
  • IS opens new anti-US front with journalist’s beheading

    08/20/2014 4:00:42 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies
    Arab News ^ | August 20, 2014 | AGENCIES
    BAGHDAD/BEIRUT: Islamic State’s beheading of a US journalist and its threat to “destroy the American cross” suggests it has gained enough confidence seizing large areas of Iraq and Syria to take aim at American targets despite the risks. On Tuesday night, Islamic State released a video purporting to show one of its fighters beheading James Foley, who was kidnapped in Syria nearly two years ago. The black-clad executioner, who spoke English with a British accent, also produced another American journalist and said his fate depends on President Barack Obama’s next move. Obama on Wednesday called for a joint effort to...
  • The inevitable caliphate?

    08/20/2014 3:40:11 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    Hurriyet Daily News (Turkey) ^ | August 21, 2014 | by William Armstrong
    The recent declaration of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as the new Islamic caliph by jihadi militant group ISIS was greeted by foreign observers with a mixture of bewilderment, mirth, fear and panic. Whatever the response, there’s no doubt that the blockbuster announcement brought more attention to the issue of the caliphate, seen by many as the ultimate symbol of Muslim political unity, than it has received in years. Reza Pankhurst’s “The Inevitable Caliphate?” is a timely consideration of how the idea has animated and inspired Muslim intellectuals and activists over the past century, and how it is used by various groups...
  • Lawyer: Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl wants to attend college

    08/20/2014 3:04:43 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 38 replies
    Military Times | August 20, 2014 | By Michael Graczyk
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  • The case for impeaching Lois Lerner and other lawbreakers at the IRS

    08/20/2014 2:58:46 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 20 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | August 20, 2014 | BY KEN CUCCINELLI AND MARK FITZGIBBONS
    In April, the House Ways and Means Committee referred Lois Lerner to the Department of Justice for criminal prosecution. Nothing has come of it. Given the politicization and lawlessness of the DOJ under Attorney General Eric Holder, nothing likely will. The House should move to impeach Lerner instead, and other IRS officials who have broken the law. Federal bureaucrats need to be sent a message that lawbreaking is not part of their job descriptions, and that notwithstanding our recalcitrant Justice Department, our constitutional system provides this remedy against executive branch officials gone rogue under the law. More importantly, Americans deserve...
  • In Midterm Elections, a Miss for Obama Could Be a Hit for Clinton

    08/20/2014 2:52:14 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies
    New York Times ^ | August 20, 2014 | By JOHN HARWOOD
    President Obama’s international woes give his former secretary of state good reason to seek political distance. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s recent foreign policy criticisms made that clear. Domestically, their interests diverge in a different way. A Republican takeover of the Senate this fall would hurt Mr. Obama for the final two years of his presidency, but it might help Mrs. Clinton if she runs to succeed him. Republican control of both the House and Senate would provide Mrs. Clinton a clearer target to run against in courting voters fatigued by Washington dysfunction. The longer an unpopular president and his more-unpopular partisan...
  • St. Louis Community Offers Prayers For Undocumented Children

    08/20/2014 2:48:03 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 5 replies
    St. Louis Public Radio ^ | August 19, 2014 | By EMANUELE BERRY
    Whether or not St. Louis will play host to migrant children who are part of the Central American border surge is still unclear. In the meantime, community members are praying. Nearly 70 people gathered at Tower Grove Park for a prayer vigil for migrant children. The vigil was hosted by a coalition of organizations that, along with St. Louis and St. Louis County, applied for federal grants to help house undocumented youth from Central America. Javier Orozco is the executive director for intercultural and interreligious affairs at the Archdiocese of St. Louis, which co-hosted the event. He says several St....
  • MEC campaigns against new EPA regulations

    08/20/2014 2:34:35 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 1 replies
    Mohave Valley News ^ | August 20, 2014 | By NEIL YOUNG
    BULLHEAD CITY — There’s “no logic” to proposed new regulations on coal-fired power plants by the federal Environmental Protection Agency, said Tyler Carlson, Mohave Electric Cooperative chief executive officer. Carlson spoke at the Bullhead Area Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon, held at Mohave Community College. MEC is not against clean air, Carlson said. “What we’re concerned about is the over-reach, the over-reaction, what we’re worried about is having rules and regulations that aren’t reasonable, that aren’t rational and that actually have collateral damage to them.” The rules changes would shut down coal production in Arizona, driving up the cost of...
  • Leonardo DiCaprio fights 'carbon monster' in new eco-documentary

    08/20/2014 2:25:18 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 66 replies
    Today ^ | August 20, 2014 | by Erin Quinlan
    Seems the Wolf of Wall Street has a few economic ideas for halting climate change. In a new documentary called “Carbon,” released online Wednesday, narrator Leonardo DiCaprio contends that trillions of dollars’ worth of fossil fuels are awaiting commercial extraction from the ground — and that if we burn them, our planet is toast. Clocking in at under nine minutes, the short doesn't mince words: DiCaprio and climate scientists argue that coal, natural gas and other carbon-based forms of energy are a "monster" that has created catastrophic surges in the earth’s surface temperature. In response, some lawmakers around the world...
  • US military ramps up airstrikes in Iraq, weighs additional troops after execution video

    08/20/2014 2:17:23 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 27 replies
    FOX News ^ | August 20, 2014
    U.S. fighter jets and drones stepped up attacks on Islamic State targets in Iraq and the Obama administration was weighing sending more boots on the ground -- even as the group released a graphic video showing the beheading of American journalist James Foley. A senior U.S. official also told Fox News that military planners are weighing the possibility of sending more American forces to Iraq mainly to provide additional security “in and around Baghdad,” at the request of the State Department. The official said the Pentagon is seriously considering sending fewer than 300 personnel, but there has been no final...
  • Obama Weighs Broader Move on Legal Immigration

    08/20/2014 2:02:33 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 21 replies
    ABC News ^ | August 20, 2014 | By LAURA WIDES-MUNOZ and JOSH LEDERMAN
    President Barack Obama is considering key changes in the nation's immigration system requested by tech, industry and powerful interest groups, in a move that could blunt Republicans' election-year criticism of the president's go-it-alone approach to immigration. Administration officials and advocates said the steps would go beyond the expected relief from deportations for some immigrants in the U.S. illegally that Obama signaled he'd adopt after immigration efforts in Congress collapsed. Following a bevy of recent White House meetings, top officials have compiled specific recommendations from business groups and other advocates whose support could undercut GOP claims that Obama is exceeding his...
  • PDK/Gallup Poll Finds Rising Awareness, Majority Opposition to Common Core

    08/20/2014 8:53:10 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 5 replies
    Education Week ^ | August 20, 2014 | By Lauren Camera
    While more people know what the Common Core State Standards are than last year, a majority of them oppose the standards, according to the 46th edition of the PDK/Gallup Poll of the Public's Attitudes Toward the Public Schools. Overall, the wide-ranging survey found, 81 percent of those polled said they had heard about the common standards, compared with 38 percent last year. However, 60 percent oppose the standards, generally because they believe the standards will limit the flexibility that teachers have to teach what they think is best. Last year's poll did not specifically ask respondents whether or not they...
  • Field Poll: Obamacare support in California grows

    08/20/2014 7:39:14 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 26 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | August 20, 2014 | BY BERNARD J. WOLFSON
    California voters, who have always favored the Affordable Care Act by a large majority, now support it more strongly than ever, according to an opinion survey published Tuesday. A new Field Poll, conducted from late June to mid-July, shows that 56 percent of registered voters in the state favor the health reform law, also known as Obamacare, while 35 percent are opposed. The poll, sponsored by the California Wellness Foundation, was based on telephone interviews conducted from June 26 to July 19 – in seven languages – with 1,535 registered voters.
  • Chicago Tribune poll: Chicago voters split on luring Obama library

    08/20/2014 7:30:10 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | August 20, 2014 | By Kim Geiger
    Voters in the city that launched President Barack Obama's political career are split over whether to put tax dollars into luring his presidential library to Chicago. Less than half of those surveyed in a Chicago Tribune poll — 47 percent — said they favored the idea of using tax money to attract or build the library, while 45 percent said they opposed it and 8 percent were undecided. There was a gap along racial lines: 61 percent of black voters polled were in support and 60 percent of white voters opposed. The survey was taken as the Barack Obama Foundation...