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  • US airlines scrap Israel flights over missile fear

    07/22/2014 9:39:37 AM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 7 replies
    <p>Two U.S. airlines cancelled all flights to Israel until further notice, after a rocket landed near Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport.</p> <p>Delta Air Lines and United Airlines said Tuesday they are suspending service between the U.S. and Israel indefinitely. US Airways scrapped its Tel Aviv service Tuesday and said it is monitoring the situation in regards to future flights.</p>
  • In Cairo, Kerry urges Hamas to accept truce [Israel]

    07/22/2014 9:30:44 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 16 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | Tuesday, July 22, 2014 | Shaun Tandon
    US Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday again placed the onus on Hamas to accept a ceasefire along the lines of an Egyptian proposal to end the raging conflict in Gaza The top US diplomat was speaking in Cairo after meeting Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sissi, whose government’s ceasefire proposal last week was accepted by Israel but rejected by Gaza’s Hamas rulers. Kerry voiced support for the initiative as a “framework” to end the fighting that has killed almost 600 Palestinians and 29 Israelis in two weeks of fighting. But Hamas, which has been relentlessly firing rockets and tunneling...
  • UN's Ban arrives, says no country would allow rockets to rain down on its cities [Israel and Hamas]

    07/22/2014 9:14:40 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 11 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | Tuesday, July 22, 2014 | Herb Keinon
    No country would accept rockets raining down on its civilians, and all countries and parties have an international obligation to protect civilians, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in Tel Aviv on Tuesday. Ban, who arrived in Israel as part of his effort – together with US Secretary of State John Kerry – to broker a cease-fire, said at a press conference with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu that the UN position was clear: “We condemn strongly the rocket attacks, and these must stop immediately.” Furthermore, he said, “we condemn the use of civilian sites, schools, hospitals and other civilian facilities for...
  • UN chief arrives in Israel, but no cease-fire expected

    07/22/2014 7:09:57 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 10 replies
    Haaretz ^ | Tuesday, July 22, 2014 | Barak Ravid
    UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was due to land in Israel 2 P.M. Tuesday in an attempt to push for progress on a cease-fire in the Gaza Strip. Ban's attempts to secure an hours-long humanitarian cease-fire over the course of the morning failed, however, after Israel rejected the proposal. Immediately after landing in Israel, Ban will be taken to the Defense Ministry headquarters in Tel Aviv, where he will meet with Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon and then Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Ban and Netanyahu are expected to hold a press conference at 4 P.M., after which Ban will head to Ramallah...
  • If you like your AK-47, you can keep your AK-47

    07/22/2014 6:50:37 AM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 7 replies
    MarketWatch.com ^ | 7/21/14 | Dan Goldstein
    If you like your AK-47, you can keep your AK-47. That’s the message from the U.S. Treasury Department to U.S. gun owners. Despite slapping sanctions on the famed assault-rifle maker Kalashnikov last week, along with other Russian defense companies, in response to suspected Russian involvement in the shoot-down of the Malaysian jetliner over the Ukraine, the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) says U.S. owners of the weapons can still own them and resell them at gun shows so long as they don’t owe the parent company any money.
  • Israel’s Foreign Minister Lieberman Calls for Assassination of Hamas Leader Mashaal

    07/22/2014 6:44:24 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 8 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | Monday, July 21, 2014 | Dave Bender
    Israel’s Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Monday reportedly called for killing arch-terrorist and Hamas leader, Khaled Mashaal. “This is the only way to hurt Hamas,” Lieberman said, according to Channel 2 News. The Hamas official is currently in safe refuge in Qatar, which backs the group. Qatar “has become a problem for the entire world,” Lieberman told visiting Rwandan Foreign Minister, Louise Mushikiwabo, and slammed the Arabian Peninsula nation’s support for Hamas.
  • BLM: More money needed for inspections

    07/18/2014 7:30:16 AM PDT · by george76 · 24 replies
    Albuquerque Business First ^ | Jul 18, 2014 | Gary Gerew
    Bureau of Land Management Director Neil Kornze said that increased drilling and a shortage of staff are behind his agency’s request for a fee system to increase the agency’s inspection capacity. ... BLM is focused on a range of inspections, including drilling and production inspections. ... Irregular and declining budgets have hindered our ability to move out aggressively in this area. Through the President’s 2015 budget proposal, we are now seeking to fund inspections through a fee system that will allow us to be much more responsive to the needs of industry and, importantly, to meet the foundational safety and...
  • Ceasefire Talks to Renew in Cairo as Egypt Slams Hamas [Israel]

    07/22/2014 6:32:37 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 4 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | Tuesday, July 22, 2014 | JNS.org
    Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon said Monday that Israel will continue its offensive “as long as necessary” to stop rocket attacks by Hamas and terrorist infiltration from Gaza. Meanwhile, a senior Egyptian official on Sunday accused Hamas of neglecting Palestinian citizens after officials claimed that one of the terrorist group’s leaders, Khaled Mashaal, had been invited for Israeli-Palestinian cease-fire talks in Cairo. “This is yet another lie in a string of lies made by Hamas leaders, who continue to live comfortable lives abroad while abandoning the Palestinian citizens who are being killed by the day and paying with their lives...
  • US, UN pushing hard for immediate cease-fire in Gaza [Israel]

    07/22/2014 6:10:52 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 12 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | Tuesday, July 22, 2014 | Herb Keinon and Khaled Abu Toameh
    “If Hamas really wants a cease-fire, I am sure that we can get to that, but they don’t want one,” Netanyahu tells Sky News Arabic; Arab TV reports say humanitarian cease-fire in Gaza imminent. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, in an interview with Sky News Arabic, pointed out that Israel accepted an Egyptian proposal for a ceasefire last week. That proposal called for an immediate end to the violence, followed 48 hours later by negotiations regarding a more lasting agreement. Part of the proposal called for Palestinian Authority security officers, rather than Hamas men, to man the border crossing with Rafah....
  • Erdogan 'Not Talking' to Barack Obama [Israel and Hamas]

    07/22/2014 5:55:17 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 6 replies
    Arutz Sheva a Israel National News ^ | Tuesday, July 22, 2014 | Staff
    Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he has stopped talking to US President Barack Obama on the phone, amid growing strains between Ankara and Washington over Syria and Gaza, AFP reports Tuesday. Turkey, a fierce opponent of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and an open supporter of armed rebel fighters, felt betrayed when the United States backed away from military action against Damascus in September. "In the past, I was calling him (Obama) directly. Because I can't get the expected results on Syria, our foreign ministers are now talking to each other," Erdogan said in a live interview on pro-government...
  • Hushed, determined Israel in a war ‘for our home’

    07/22/2014 5:45:02 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 8 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | Monday, July 21, 2014 | David Horovitz
    There’s a kind of hush over Israel at the moment. The streets are emptier; the cars are honking less; cafes are not deserted but they’re quieter; young kids’ laughter in the little park near our office rings out startlingly loud and carefree. We’re a nation glued to the news — to the TV, the radio, the internet. And it’s almost unremittingly grim. Just a few days ago, we were worrying about hundreds of rockets hitting all over Israel, and shaking our heads at the mini-miracle of Iron Dome intercepting most of them. Now it’s the residents of the kibbutzim and...
  • Netanyahu: Hamas ‘grotesque’ but there’s hope for truce [Israel]

    07/22/2014 5:36:54 AM PDT · by Star Traveler
    The Times of Israel ^ | Tuesday, July 22, 2014 | Aaron Donzis and Itamar Sharon
    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said late Monday that “there’s hope” for a ceasefire with Hamas in the Gaza Strip, but that he doesn’t know if it will happen under the current conditions. “There are some in the West who tell us, we support Israel’s right to defend itself… as long as you don’t exercise that right,” the premier declared. “Well what else could we do, what would you do… if 80 percent of your people were in bomb shelters?” Netanyahu also blamed the terror group for “the cruelest, most grotesque war that I’ve ever seen.” “There’s one side that is...
  • Golani soldier Oron Shaul caught in Gaza ambush is MIA [Israel and Hamas]

    07/22/2014 5:26:54 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 2 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | Tuesday, July 22, 2014 | Mitch Ginsburg
    The IDF has identified only six of the seven soldiers caught in a deadly ambush in Gaza City’s Shejaiya area earlier this week, the army announced Tuesday. The seventh soldier, named Tuesday afternoon as Oron Shaul, would appear to be missing in action. There is no definitive evidence of whether he is alive or dead Hamas, which, like Hezbollah, has a long history of sadistically toying with Israel over the fate of its soldiers, has released an ID photo of the apparently missing soldier along with his army ID number. The battle in Shejaiya began on Saturday night. During the...
  • NAZIS BLOCK PLOT TO SEIZE GOVERNMENT; AMERICANS LAND ON GUAM, PUSH INLAND (7/22/44)

    07/22/2014 5:19:34 AM PDT · by Homer_J_Simpson · 15 replies
    Microfilm-New York Times archives, Monterey Public Library | 7/22/44 | Raymond Daniell, Drew Middleton, James MacDonald, W.H. Lawrence, David Anderson, George F. Horne
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  • Putin Channels Obama on MH17: Ukrainians Cling to Guns and Borders

    07/22/2014 4:25:58 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 22, 2014 | John Ransom
    The strongman of the Soviet, er, Russia is getting kind of wimpy. Caught in the act blowing up a civilian airliner, he’s pointing the finger at someone else, and condemning the world’s political calculations, all the while calculating politically. He must watch a lot of MSNBC because this is the type of thing we’ve come to expect from our own weak-willed presidents. Russia, says Putin, did not shoot down that jetliner. Listen to him very carefully. There is no inappropriate Russian relationship with that missile. It was caused by a bunch of bitter Ukrainians who cling to their guns and...
  • Wave of anti-Semitic rallies hits cities across Germany

    07/22/2014 4:20:39 AM PDT · by markomalley · 23 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 7/21/2014 | MICKI WEINBERG
    BERLIN — An angry mob gathered on Berlin’s famed Kurfürstendamm avenue Thursday. Draped in Palestinian flags and shaking their fists in rage, they chanted in German, “Jude, Jude feiges Schwein! Komm heraus und kämpf allein!” (“Jew, Jew, cowardly swine, come out and fight on your own!”) Earlier last week in Dortmund and Frankfurt anti-Israel protester chanted, “Hamas Hamas Juden ins gas!” (“Hamas Hamas Jews to the gas!”). On Friday, a 200-strong mob in Essen chimed in, “Scheiss Juden!” (“Jewish shit”) This week, similar mobs gathered in Kassel, Nuremberg, Mainz, and other cities throughout Germany. The crowds are largely young, with...
  • 'I no longer talk to Obama': Turkey's Erdogan

    07/22/2014 4:09:27 AM PDT · by markomalley · 23 replies
    AFP ^ | 7/22/2014
    Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he has stopped talking to US President Barack Obama on the phone, amid growing strains between Ankara and Washington over Syria and the Gaza conflict. Turkey, a fierce opponent of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and an open supporter of armed rebel fighters, felt betrayed when the United States backed away from military action against Damascus in September. "In the past, I was calling him (Obama) directly. Because I can't get the expected results on Syria, our foreign ministers are now talking to each other," Erdogan said in a live interview on pro-government ATV...
  • Texas State Senator: 100,000 Illegal Immigrant Gang Members in State

    07/22/2014 4:08:03 AM PDT · by Innovative · 24 replies
    Breitbart ^ | July 21, 2014 | Tony Lee
    Hours before Texas Gov. Rick Perry announced he would send National Guard troops to the border, Texas state Senator Dan Patrick said there are at least 100,000 illegal immigrant gang members in the state. On Monday's The Laura Ingraham Show, Patrick, who is also the Republican candidate for lieutenant governor, said from 2008 to 2012, 143,000 illegal immigrant criminals were arrested and jailed in Texas. He said these were "hardened criminals, gang members, and other criminals that we identified as being in Texas illegally." "We charged them with 447,000 crimes, a half-million crimes in four years, just in Texas, including...
  • Rep. DeLauro Accuses GOP of Treating Unemployed Like ‘Road Kill’ [barf]

    07/22/2014 4:01:31 AM PDT · by markomalley · 12 replies
    CNS News ^ | 7/21/2014 | Lauretta Brown
    Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) accused House Republicans of treating unemployed Americans like “road kill” at an event where she and other Democrats demanded an extension of insurance benefits for the long-term unemployed even though jobs grew faster after they expired. A spokesperson for House Speaker John Boehner dismissed DeLauro’s accusations, pointing to data in a recent House Ways & Means Committee report that indicates that employment and jobs have grown faster since the Emergency Unemployment Compensation Program expired on Dec. 28, 2013."There were more jobs and far more people were employed after the EUC program ended than while it operated,"...
  • What the Media Won't Report About Flight MH17

    07/22/2014 3:53:24 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 22, 2014 | Ron Paul
    Just days after the tragic crash of a Malaysian Airlines flight over eastern Ukraine, Western politicians and media joined together to gain the maximum propaganda value from the disaster. It had to be Russia; it had to be Putin, they said. President Obama held a press conference to claim - even before an investigation - that it was pro-Russian rebels in the region who were responsible. His ambassador to the UN, Samantha Power, did the same at the UN Security Council - just one day after the crash! While western media outlets rush to repeat government propaganda on the event,...
  • Defending the IRS [A man who once worked for Lois Lerner is representing the agency in court]

    07/22/2014 3:49:25 AM PDT · by markomalley
    National Review ^ | 7/22/2014 | Eliana Johnson
    Investigations of the IRS are taking place not only in Congress but also in court. One case, which has developed slowly since it was filed in 2010, reveals much about both the long reach of the agency and the interwoven nature of the broader federal bureaucracy. Defending IRS commissioner John Koskinen against the claims of the pro-Israel group Z Street is Andrew Strelka — and before joining the Department of Justice’s civil-trial section, Strelka worked at the IRS for Lois Lerner, who was then the agency’s head of exempt organizations. As it happens, this is the very IRS division at which...
  • Plum jobs eluding big Dem donors [Waaaah alert]

    07/22/2014 3:47:00 AM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies
    The Hill ^ | 7/22/2014 | Alexander Bolton
    Partisan gridlock blocking President Obama’s nominees for prestigious ambassadorships has created vacancies in a slew of top diplomatic posts at a time of growing international instability. It has also prevented Democrats from rewarding some of their biggest donors and bundlers in the midst of an intense campaign year, when they are eager to raise more money than Republicans. Ambassadorial nominees used to sail through the Senate. But as Obama has tapped an increasing number of them with strong political ties to the Democratic Party, the confirmation process has been bogged down, leaving gaps in important posts around the world. Secretary...
  • Immigration ‘Reform’: Engineered Destruction of the Middle Class

    07/22/2014 3:43:40 AM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies
    Frontpage ^ | 7/22/2014 | Michael Cutler
    Periodically so-called “buzz words” and “buzz phrases” become fashionable.  Of late, the concept of “wage equality” has been bandied about by members of the administration, politicians and some media personalities.In point of fact, on July 15, 2014, the publication “Mail Online” published a report with a self- explanatory title:  “America’s 1 percenters are even richer than we thought: Richest actually control 37 percent of U.S. Wealth” It has been said that “beauty is in the eye of the beholder.”  Similarly, the term wage “equality” is an emotionally evocative term that is viewed as something good and worthwhile to achieve.  Generally...
  • Microsoft Announces 18,000 Layoffs - Cuts Staff by 14 Percent

    07/22/2014 3:40:43 AM PDT · by markomalley · 12 replies
    Breitbart London ^ | 7/22/2014 | Jeff Wolfers
    Microsoft, the aging tech behemoth, has a shiny new CEO, a new strategy, new(ish) products in the pipeline and now 18,000 less staff. In a wide ranging, 3,000 word essay to his 125,000 (oops! 107,000) colleagues, CEO Satyna Nadella stressed the need to improve product cycle time, to shed excess management layers and to say goodbye to 14 percent of staff.Politicians on both sides of the pond are not impressed. EU High Commissioner Laszlo Andor, "I deeply regret the significant job losses announced by Microsoft today because of the impact these will have on so many individuals, their families and the...
  • Hamas Terrorists Wearing IDF Uniforms Attack Israelis

    07/22/2014 1:06:13 AM PDT · by lbryce · 15 replies
    Washgington Free Beacon ^ | July 21, 2014 | Abraham Rabinovich
    A Hamas force wearing Israeli army uniforms emerged from a tunnel inside Israel this morning and inflicted losses on Israeli troops before being wiped out. The Hamas squad numbered at least 10 fighters, Israeli sources said. Nine were killed but an Israeli officer said at least two may have escaped through the tunnel. In initial accounts, which gave conflicting narratives, the Hamas force was said to have emerged from a hidden tunnel on the Israeli side of the border only 200 yards from a kibbutz, and split into two groups. Israeli soldiers whom one group encountered shortly afterwards reportedly took...
  • Watch: Police Knock Arab MK to the Ground

    07/22/2014 12:46:46 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 13 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 22/7/14 | Gil Ronen
    Police have been showing less patience for extremist Arab MKs' antics lately, MK Mohammed Barakeh (Hadash) learned Monday in Nazareth when he attempted to storm the local police station. The video shows Barakeh, who has been inolved in numerous scuffles with authorities over the years, trying to storm the Nazareth police station together with an Arab mob. The police form a wall and push the crowd back, and Barakeh eventually finds himself on the ground. Police arrested two of Barakeh's sons, and 21 other citizens, following the large scale demonstration in Nazareth on Monday, which was attended by thousands. The...
  • Kerry giving PLO 45 million dollars for Gaza weapons

    07/21/2014 7:10:51 PM PDT · by Zenjitsuman · 30 replies
    Jpost ^ | 07/22/14 | Jpost.com
    Kerry and Obama want to give the PLO-Hamas 45 million USD. Pass this article on and hopefully we can stop it. US Secretary of State John Kerry announced on Monday that the US is providing $47 million dollars
  • Obama Gives ICE the Cold Shoulder

    07/21/2014 6:56:35 PM PDT · by markomalley · 10 replies
    National Review ^ | 7/21/2014 | Ryan Lovelace
    President Obama is encouraging Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers to slack off on the job, former border cops tell National Review Online.Some ICE officials think the Obama administration has intentionally neglected to give them orders to support efforts to resolve the crisis on America’s southwestern border, says Ronald Colburn, former national deputy chief of the U.S. Border Patrol. As a result, the wave of unaccompanied children from Central America is unfolding while ICE officials cool their heels.“They’re sitting still at their desks — reading newspapers, playing video games on their government computers — because they’re not being tasked with work, and they feel like...
  • Fidelity Investments holds big fundraiser for Barney Frank

    07/21/2014 6:46:39 PM PDT · by mgist · 19 replies
    massressistanve ^ | 2009 | NA
    Fidelity Investments holds big fundraiser for Barney Frank, raising thousands of dollars for his campaign fund. Supporting Congressman connected to financial crisis, hate crimes bill, more. May 5, 2009 US Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) is probably among the most despised members of Congress these days. As Chairman of the House Banking Committee, most people have seen his arrogant, condescending manner in various television interviews over the past several months. Barney Frank's recent activities seem to range across the spectrum (and this is just his recent stuff): Financial meltdown. Frank's complicity in this country's financial crisis has become legendary. This includes...
  • Israeli Christian Leader: 'We Must Unite Against Terror'

    07/21/2014 6:48:05 PM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | 7/21/2014 | Paul Bois
    On Monday, Father Gabriel Nadaf, a leader in Israel's Greek-Orthodox Church, wrote a letter to various ambassadors stationed in Israel asking they support the IDF during Operation Protective Edge and unite against terrorist to "safeguard the Holy Land." Here is the complete text: Edmond Burke, the 18th century Irish philosopher and political theorist, said, ‘The only thing necessary for evil to win is for good men to do nothing.’ Therefore, we are all brothers in the face of evil, with no regard to religion, race, and faith. The outcry about the atrocities we are crying out together. As the spiritual father of...
  • Democrat Rep. Elijah Cummings calls for end to 'public harassment' of IRS chief John Koskinen

    07/21/2014 6:13:12 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 39 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 7-21-2014 | Susan Ferrechio
    Democrat Rep. Elijah Cummings calls for end to 'public harassment' of IRS chief John Koskinen BY SUSAN FERRECHIO | JULY 21, 2014 | 7:21 PM The top Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform panel is objecting to a plan to call the Internal Revenue Service commissioner to testify for a third time in a matter of weeks, calling it “public harassment of an agency head.” Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., sent a letter Monday to Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., objecting to a decision to call Commissioner John Koskinen to testify at a hearing on Wednesday. It would be the...
  • The Balfour Declaration: the Legal Right to a Jewish State

    07/21/2014 6:09:24 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 27 replies
    Arutz Sheva Israel National News ^ | Sunday, July 20, 2014 | Lenny Ben-David
    The government of Great Britain issued the Balfour Declaration 95 years ago. The document in effect served as the birth certificate for a Jewish national home. British Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour's declaration was in the form of a letter to a leader of the British Jewish community. It stated: His Majesty's government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavours to facilitate the achievement of this object, it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Road Trip: Fort Jackson, Columbia, South Carolina ~ 22 JULY 2014

    07/21/2014 5:59:07 PM PDT · by laurenmarlowe · 74 replies
    Serving The Best Troops And Veterans In The World!! | The Canteen Crew
        ~The FReeper Canteen Presents~ Road Trip: Fort Jackson, Columbia, South CarolinaFort Jackson is a United States Army installation, which TRADOC operates on for Basic Combat Training (BCT), and is located in Columbia, South Carolina. This installation is named for Andrew Jackson, a United States Army General and President of the United States of America who was born in the border region of North and South Carolina.Fort Jackson is the largest and most active Initial Entry Training Center in the U.S. Army, training 50 percent of all soldiers and 70 percent of the women entering the Army each...
  • Evidence: Russia Implicated in MH17 Attack, Europe Weighs Tougher Sanctions

    07/21/2014 5:58:41 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 21, 2014 | Guy Benson
    Officials at the US Embassy in Kiev took the extraordinary step of releasing to the public a great deal of intelligence on the downed airliner attack this weekend, which clearly points the finger at Moscow. The case against Russia was built in a strikingly candid and prosecutorial blog post on the embassy's official website. Damning: We assess that Flight MH17 was likely downed by a SA-11 surface-to-air missile from separatist-controlled territory in eastern Ukraine. We base this judgment on several factors. Over the past month, we have detected an increasing amount of heavy weaponry to separatist fighters crossing the...
  • Gaza conflict: France criticises 'anti-Semitic' riot

    07/21/2014 5:53:20 PM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies
    BBC ^ | 7/21/2014
    French Prime Minister Manuel Valls has condemned "anti-Semitic" violence that broke out during a protest against Israel's action in Gaza. Jewish-owned businesses and a synagogue were targeted in the suburb of Sarcelles, just outside Paris. Shops were looted and 18 people were arrested as youths went on the rampage during Sunday's protest, which had been banned by authorities. The mayor of Sarcelles said the Jewish community was in fear. Such an outpouring of violence had never been seen in the suburb before, he said. Roger Cukierman, head of the umbrella group Crif that represents French Jewish organisations, said Jews were...
  • Ukraine Separatists Release Bodies and Black Boxes

    07/21/2014 5:51:07 PM PDT · by 1rudeboy · 13 replies
    NYT ^ | July 21, 2014 | DAVID M. HERSZENHORN, SABRINA TAVERNISE and KEITH BRADSHERJULY
    KIEV, Ukraine — After days of obstruction, Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine reached an agreement with Malaysia on Monday, surrendering the flight recorder boxes of the Malaysia Airlines jetliner downed by a surface-to-air missile last week, and allowing the bodies of the victims to be evacuated by train. The agreement, announced by the Malaysian prime minister, Najib Razak, in a live television broadcast, appeared to represent a significant movement to end the standoff after the crash of Flight 17 from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, which killed 298 people. The bodies lay for days in a wheat field in eastern...
  • New Lawsuit Accuses Tyler Perry of Engaging in Fraud With Government Officials

    07/21/2014 5:09:55 PM PDT · by kcvl · 4 replies
    The Wrap ^ | July 18, 2014 | Travis Reily
    Tyler Perry has been sued by a Georgia-based entertainment company for allegedly working unfairly with government officials while trying to transform a former military base into a movie studio. The entertainment mogul has been accused of attempting to “thwart the business opportunity” of Ubiquitous Entertainment Studios in a federal lawsuit, which also names the U.S. Department of Defense as a defendant, filed earlier this week. One of the causes of actions listed against those defendants is “intentional or negligent misrepresentation and fraud.” The complaint says a UES rep met with a government official in 2011 and first proposed the idea...
  • IRS official: Lois Lerner email trail may not be cold

    07/21/2014 5:18:23 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 45 replies
    Politico ^ | 21 Jul 2014 | RACHAEL BADE
    A top IRS official is now uncertain about whether backup tapes of the lost Lois Lerner emails may exist, according to testimony released by Republicans — a potentially significant plot twist in the controversy that has shaken the IRS in recent weeks. IRS Deputy Associate Chief Counsel Thomas Kane, who oversees the tax-collecting agency’s document production to Congress, told the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform in private testimony that he’s now unsure whether all the backup tapes with correspondence from the ex-IRS official were recycled. “I don’t know if there is a backup tape with information on it...
  • Mike Duffy’s rise from high school dropout to ‘the Old Duff’ of Ottawa’s power elite

    07/21/2014 5:14:51 PM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 7 replies
    National Post ^ | July 21, 2014 | Don Butler
    Once, before the Senate and the scandals and the infamy, Mike Duffy was the most recognizable broadcaster in Canada, beloved by millions who relied on his insider accounts to interpret the machinations of political Ottawa. That seems a long time ago now. Since Stephen Harper fulfilled Duffy’s most ardent ambition in December 2008 and named him to the Senate — be careful what you wish for — he has been in a downward spiral of epic proportions. That spiral reached a nadir this week, which began with a report in Maclean’s magazine about legal action in Peru by a woman...
  • 40% of Federal Criminal Cases in 2013 Were in Districts on Mexican Border

    07/10/2014 5:27:50 PM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies
    CNS News ^ | July 10, 2014 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    Whether measured by the number of criminal cases filed by U.S. attorneys or the number of guilty verdicts they ultimately secured in cases in U.S. district courts, 40 percent of the federal crimes documented by the Justice Department in fiscal 2013 took place in the five U.S. court districts (out of the total of 94 U.S. court districts) that sit on the U.S.-Mexico border. These five U.S. court districts contiguous with the Mexican border were also the five where the largest numbers of individuals were convicted of federal crimes in fiscal 2013. In the Western Texas district alone--which saw more...
  • Israel Asks London: What Would You do if You Were Under Attack?

    07/21/2014 4:26:11 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 42 replies
    Metro UK ^ | Monday 21 Jul 2014
    Israel’s armed forces have distributed an image of London’s Houses of Parliament under missile attack, posing the question: ‘What would you do?’The military’s bid to justify its actions comes on the day five patients were killed in their beds as Israeli bombs hit a hospital in Gaza. The strike on the Al Aqsa Hospital, in the town of Deir el-Balah, was the fourth attack by Israeli forces on a medical facility this month. The Israel army did not comment on the incident but has previously accused militants of firing rockets from locations close to schools and hospitals. There were renewed...
  • ‘I’m for It’: Obama Lends Support to DC Statehood Push

    07/21/2014 4:23:01 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 66 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 21 Jul 2014 | Eddie Scarry
    President Barack Obama said on Monday that he’s in favor of Washington, D.C., gaining statehood. “I’m in D.C., so I’m for it,” he said to a room of mostly young, minority boys who were at the White House for Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative. “Folks in D.C. pay taxes like everybody else. They contribute to the overall well-being of the country like everybody else. They should be represented like everybody else.” Obama said he’s supported the idea of statehood for D.C. “for quite sometime” but acknowledged that “the politics of it” would make it something difficult to move through Congress....
  • Obama Protects Gay, Transgender Workers

    07/21/2014 4:08:21 PM PDT · by lbryce · 18 replies
    AP viaYouTube ^ | March 21, 2014 | Staff
    President Barack Obama held a signing ceremony for an executive order that will prohibit employment discrimination against those workers by the federal government and its contracting agencies
  • Egypt still holds the key in cease-fire talks [Israel and Hamas]

    07/21/2014 3:45:49 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 8 replies
    Haaretz ^ | Monday, July 21, 2014 | Zvi Ba'r'el
    “I take my hat off to Israel, and I say to the army, the people, and the Israeli leadership – you’re good men,” enthused Tawfik Okasha, owner and anchor of the Egyptian television channel Al-Faraeen. Although it’s true that Okasha has a personal vendetta against the Muslim Brotherhood, which closed down his channel during their rule, statements such as these haven’t been heard in Egypt in generations. There’s no doubt that the official and public discourse in Egypt is more favorable to Israel than it is to Hamas, but it’s still too early to rejoice about any kind of miracle...
  • The Actions of Israel do not Give you the Excuse to Be Anti-Semetic

    07/21/2014 3:39:02 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    The recent killings in Gaza have again helped to bring to the surface a level of prejudice towards Jews. What is quite apparent is that there is a section of Jewish people who are equally disgusted with the actions of Israel. Regardless, of this, sadly some Muslims do tend to become more anti-Jewish during these testing times. Some people may not like this to be stated so bluntly but let us face the facts. Ramadan or no Ramadan the evening discussions centre upon conspiracy theories about how Jewish people are controlling the British media and are intent on burying the...
  • Muslim Traffic Warden Refuses to Issue Ticket Because it Is Ramadan

    07/21/2014 3:27:09 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    A Muslim traffic warden said he didn’t think ‘it was morally correct’ to issue a ticket during the month of Ramadan. Iftikhar Alam Imtiazah Butt (not his real name) said his bosses had told him it was okay not to issue any tickets between sunrise and sunset. “I don’t think my religion will allow me to issue tickets to people which might cause them undue stress during the month of Ramadan. "It can be a real pain getting a ticket if you are only a couple of seconds late back to your car. “I spoke to my boss about it...
  • Suspicious Bag Found on Metro Bus in Kent Was Police Training Aid

    07/21/2014 3:20:39 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 2 replies
    KIRO-TV ^ | Monday, July 21, 2014
    A suspicious bag found on a Metro bus in Kent that caused an hours-long road closure and an evacuation of passengers turned out to be a King County Sheriff's Office training aid. The bag was reported at 7:51 a.m. Monday on the bus at Southeast 240th Street and 104th Southeast. King County Sheriff’s Office bomb technicians responded and a robot was used to destroy the bag. The Sheriff's Office later sent out a tweet apologizing to the drivers and businesses on Kent's East Hill who were impacted by the incident, saying their training aid was at fault. Southeast 24oth Street...
  • Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko: The World Must Choose Sides

    07/21/2014 2:45:08 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 25 replies
    In the wake of the attack on Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, "every country, including Russia," must determine whether it is "together with the terrorists or together with the civilized world," Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said Monday. In an exclusive interview with CNN's Christiane Amanpour, Poroshenko said, "Every country and every person, and every leader should find out their own place." "We know exactly" where a missile was shot that hit the plane Thursday, killing all 298 people aboard, and where the flight crashed, he said. "And all this territory is firmly controlled by Russian-supported terrorists." Ukraine has "a lot of...
  • Joe Biden Is the Most Interesting Politician who has no Chance of Becoming President

    07/21/2014 2:37:33 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 35 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 21 | Jaime Fuller
    The New Yorker's Evan Osnos has been working on a profile about Vice President Biden for months, and it finally published this week -- with a big focus on the vice president's role in the Ukraine crisis. Osnos conducted many interviews with Biden -- and even talked to President Obama. You should read the whole thing -- especially since the New Yorker archives are now open for browsing this summer -- but here's a look at some of the most interesting tidbits. As the wars in the Middle East have ended, Biden has shifted to smaller foreign policy priorities, although...
  • The Definitive Elizabeth Warren Storify

    07/21/2014 2:28:13 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Sunday, July 20, 2014 | William A. Jacobson
    The story of Elizabeth Warren the media acolytes do not tell. With Elizabeth Warren reaching cult status, and momentum growing to convince her to run for President, it’s worth keeping in mind that Elizabeth Warren’s career is nothing like portrayed. No, I’m not just referring to the Cherokee deal. From her legal representation for large pay of the biggest corporate interests to questions raised by other professors about her academics, there is a story behind Elizabeth Warren which is at risk of going down the memory hole. That’s the main reason we created ElizabethWarrenWiki.org — to preserve the record and...