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  • Ted Cruz challenges Obama to debate Iran Deal

    07/28/2015 8:04:01 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 9 replies
    The Hill ^ | 07/28/15 | Wes Jones
    Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on Monday challenged President Obama to debate the "substance" of the Iran deal. "Since [Obama's] not willing to discuss the substance, I'll make an invitation right here tonight, which is I will invite President Obama at any time and place of his choosing to debate the substance of the Iran deal," he said on Fox News's "Hannity." "Let's do it in front of the American people." "If he's unwilling to show up, he can send as a proxy John Kerry," he added. The 2016 presidential candidate starkly opposes Obama's Iran deal, and said that if it...
  • Iran says will hold ‘high-level talks’ with EU

    07/28/2015 7:54:02 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul. 28, 2015 9:45 AM EDT
    Iran’s foreign minister says “high-level” talks will soon be launched with the European Union following a nuclear agreement reached with world powers earlier this month. Mohammad Javad Zarif said Tuesday that the talks “in the near future” will focus on energy, environmental and human rights issues, as well as “extremism, terrorism and sectarianism” in the Middle East. …
  • Lawmakers to Kerry: Yank Visas for Diplomats’ Spouses from Countries that Don’t Allow Gay Spouses

    07/28/2015 7:04:47 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 07/28/2015 | Bridget Johnson
    One hundred and twenty-five members of Congress asked Secretary of State John Kerry in a letter Monday to deny visas to diplomats’ spouses if the envoys come from a country that doesn’t recognize same-sex spouses of State Department personnel. House Foreign Affairs Committee Ranking Member Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) and House Appropriations Committee Ranking Member Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.) led the letter, which got one GOP signature — Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa Chairwoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), who has a transgender son. The lawmakers argued that countries not granting accreditation to same-sex spouses of American foreign service...
  • A Chinese state newspaper ran this racist cartoon of Obama in Africa

    07/28/2015 6:50:28 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 24 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 7/28/15 | Ishaan Tharoor
    Under the title "Homecoming," it shows Obama in ostensibly "native"or tribal garb, clutching a spear as he surveys zebra in an open expanse. It ran in last Friday's English-language newspaper without any other textual explanation or accompanying article.
  • Cilantro from Mexico suspected in intestinal parasite outbreak

    07/28/2015 6:39:42 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 19 replies
    www.kcbd.com ^ | Updated: Jul 27, 2015 6:03 PM CST | By KCBD Staff
    LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - An intestinal parasite outbreak that has been causing illness all across the state of Texas may have been caused by cilantro from the Puebla area of Mexico. The Texas Department of State Health Services has received reports of 205 cases caused by the parasite Cyclospora, including one here in Lubbock. An import alert from the FDA says, "The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state public health officials have identified annually recurring outbreaks (in 2012, 2013, and 2014) of cyclosporiasis in the United States which have been associated with fresh cilantro from the state...
  • U.S. drops Cuba and Malaysia from human trafficking blacklist

    07/28/2015 6:33:35 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 4 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 7/28/15 | Carol Morello
    Human rights advocates on Monday accused the State Department of making political calculations when it upgraded Malaysia and Cuba in the annual ranking of where countries stand in combating human trafficking. Both countries were removed from the list of the worst offenders in the Trafficking in Persons Report issued Monday. Last year, they were Tier 3 countries, a category reserved for nations that don’t meet minimum standards to fight modern-day slavery, and aren’t doing anything to improve.
  • Deep Designs (India has ground on submarine front)

    07/28/2015 6:28:06 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    The Week, India ^ | August 02, 2015 | Ajit Kumar Dubey
    The Dragon is breathing fire under water. And, Pakistan is close on India’s heels. Over the years, India has lost ground on the submarine front. Hence, the need for more subs, and fast They do it every time. Before the Chinese send their president or prime minister to visit a neighbouring country, they send a few troops across the border—just to test the neighbour’s military and political will. Thus, ahead of Prime Minister Li Keqiang’s May 2013 visit, a few People’s Liberation Army (PLA) troops forayed into western Ladakh and stayed there for close to a month. They moved back...
  • N. Korea: SLBM play crucial role in Kim Jong Un era

    07/28/2015 5:58:35 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies
    Daily NK ^ | 2015-07-27 | Jeong Hye Young
    SLBM play crucial role in Kim Jong Un era Jeong Hye Young | 2015-07-27 15:27 The development of submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBM) starting five years is key fixture of Kim Jong Un’s plans to build up asymmetric power and sustain the regime, a scholar at the forefront of these issues asserted at a recent seminar held in Tokyo. Seo Jae Pyeong, the general secretary of Committee for the Democratization of North Korea, spoke at a seminar titled “North Korea’s outlook after the execution of Hyon Yong Chol,” hosted by Unification Media Group on July 24th, opined that North Korea has...
  • Russian ruble drops to past 60 per dollar

    07/28/2015 5:45:35 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 11 replies
    AFP ^ | 2015/07/28
    Russian ruble drops to past 60 per dollar Moscow (AFP) - The Russian ruble on Tuesday plummeted past 60 against the dollar for the first time since March on falling oil prices, complicating the central bank's efforts to jump-start the battered economy. The ruble reached 60.30 per dollar in early afternoon trading in Moscow after having lost two percent of its value on Monday. The new weakening of the ruble, which comes after the embattled currency bounced back somewhat in recent months, is expected to further erode consumption and fuel inflation, which stood at 15.3 percent last month. "Inflation is...
  • Obama becomes first US leader to address African Union

    07/28/2015 5:29:08 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 5 replies
    BBC ^ | 7/28/15
    ....Obama is addressing the African Union (AU) in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa, on the last day of his trip to East Africa. He is the first US leader to deliver a speech at the 54-member body, with security and action against terrorism likely to dominate the agenda.
  • Eugene Robinson: 'Nobody Is Going to be Marched Toward Any Ovens'

    07/28/2015 5:24:27 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 47 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Israelis wouldn't have to be marched to ovens. The ovens would come to them in the form of an atomic bomb, which burns hotter than an oven. On today's Morning Joe, Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson said that he was "offended" by Mike Huckabee's remark that President Obama's Iran deal would "take the Israelis and march them to the door of the oven." Robinson said the comment runs counter to the purpose of Israel, which is that "nobody is going to be marched toward any ovens."
  • Walker's relationship to Kevin Hermening gaining attention

    07/28/2015 4:43:14 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 16 replies
    Milwaukee Sun Sentinel ^ | July 27, 2015 | Kerry Cardoza
    Gov. Scott Walker’s presidential campaign is drawing attention due to the growing presence of Kevin Hermening in his inner circle. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports on Walker’s relationship with Hermening: “At his presidential campaign launch this month, Walker introduced Hermening — a former Iranian hostage — by name, offering the former U.S. Marine a nod and a salute.The second-term Republican governor cited Hermening when opposing the nuclear deal with Iran. Walker said Hermening had taught him that Iran “is not a place we should be doing business with.”‘Walker has also mentioned the former Marine on Twitter. The Sentinel reports Hermening...
  • Message Of China's Meltdown: The Growth Miracle Is Over

    07/28/2015 4:06:14 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 34 replies
    Investors Busniness Daily ^ | 07/27/2015 | IBD Editorial
    Markets: China's stock market retreat has turned into a panic and, despite massive intervention, its government is helpless. Fact is, after a long period of super economic growth, China is downshifting to a much lower speed. China's benchmark Shanghai Composite plunged 8.5%, the biggest daily loss since 2007. Of course, the market is largely retracing its extraordinary 150% surge over the last year or so. Still, since their June peak, Chinese stocks have plunged 28%, or roughly $1.9 trillion. Reuters calculates that the government of Xi Jinping has spent close to $800 billion — or nearly 10% of China's total...
  • Syria's embattled president vows to win bloody civil war

    07/27/2015 10:05:14 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 4 replies
    AP | July 26, 2015 | Bassem Mroue
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  • State Dept. Inspector General Contradicts Clinton: Emails ‘Contained Classified Information When…’

    07/28/2015 12:23:23 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | July 27, 2015 | 11:04 AM EDT | Brittany M. Hughes
    The inspectors general for the U.S. State Department and the U.S. Intelligence Community issued a joint written statement late Friday afternoon asserting that emails that Hillary Clinton had on her personal email account while she was Secretary of State, and that she kept on a personal server after she left the government, “contained classified information when they were generated,” “remain classified today” and “should never have been transmitted via an unclassified personal system.” This joint statement the two inspectors general issued late Friday contradicts what former Secretary Clinton said about the emails on Saturday. So far, the inspector general for...
  • Greece rocked by reports of secret plan to raid banks for drachma return

    07/27/2015 9:38:49 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 26 July 2015
    Greece rocked by reports of secret plan to raid banks for drachma return Opposition demands answers after covert proposals attributed to Yanis Varoufakis and fellow ex-minister highlight deep split in Syriza party Staff and agencies Sunday 26 July 2015 19.39 BST Some members of Greece’s leftist-led government wanted to raid central bank reserves and hack taxpayer accounts to prepare a return to the drachma, according to reports that highlighted the chaos in the ruling Syriza party. It is not clear how seriously the government considered the plans, attributed to former energy minister Panagiotis Lafazanis and ex-finance minister Yanis Varoufakis. Lafazanis...
  • Former George W. Bush administration official to sell Dems on Iran deal

    07/27/2015 9:18:06 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 23 replies
    Politico ^ | July 27 2015 | Lauren French
    A former top diplomatic appointee in the administration of President George W. Bush will help sell the Iranian nuclear deal to House Democrats this week. Nicholas Burns, who served as undersecretary of state for political affairs from 2005 to 2008, will brief the caucus on Wednesday at the invitation of Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). Burns, who helped Bush design the current detente with Iran, is a strong proponent of the nonproliferation deal.
  • Obama calls GOP criticism of Iran deal ‘ridiculous,’ ‘sad’

    07/27/2015 8:57:49 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 36 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 27, 2015 10:53 PM EDT | Julie Pace
    President Barack Obama unleashed a blistering and belittling rebuke of Republican White House hopefuls Monday, calling their attack on his landmark nuclear deal with Iran “ridiculous if it weren’t so sad.” Standing before television cameras during a trip to Africa, Obama suggested the bellicose rhetoric from some GOP candidates was an attempt to divert attention from Donald Trump, the wealthy businessman-turned presidential contender whose popularity is confounding the Republican field. […] “In 18 months, I’m turning over the keys,” Obama said. “I want to make sure I’m turning over the keys to somebody who is serious about the serious problems...
  • China: Shanghai shares open down more than 4% after plunge

    07/27/2015 7:49:37 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 20 replies
    AFP ^ | 2015/7/27
    Shanghai shares open down more than 4% after plunge AFP – 29 minutes ago China's benchmark Shanghai stock index slumped 4.09 percent at the open on Tuesday, despite a renewed government vow to support the market following the biggest fall in eight years a day earlier. The Shanghai Composite Index plunged 8.48 percent on Monday, the biggest fall since February 27, 2007, despite a broad-based government effort to shore up prices following a weeks-long rout. The benchmark narrowed some of the losses in morning trade Tuesday and was down 2.12 percent, or 78.88 points, to 3,646.68 later. The Shenzhen Composite...
  • Bush lays out his immigration plan in Spanish (Pay a small fine...)

    07/27/2015 6:04:40 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 18 replies
    CNN KCCI ^ | 7/27/15 | Daniella Diaz
    Jeb Bush told Telemundo he wants a pathway to legal status for all 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States. The former Florida governor granted his first Spanish-language interview as a presidential candidate to Telemundo Monday evening. In the interview, he talked about his immigration policies, his thoughts on Donald Trump and Cuba, and his home life and family. "First, coming here legally has to be easier than coming here illegally," he said. "So there needs to be an agreement with the border ... for the 11 million people (who are here illegally), they must come out of the...
  • Tax cuts to encourage emigrants to return says Prime Minister (of Ireland)

    07/27/2015 6:11:27 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Irish Central ^ | July 25, 2015 04:02 AM | (Irish Central Staff Writers)
    Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny said he aims to reduce taxes to encourage the return of emigrants. Speaking at the MacGill Summer school on Friday, where several dozen anti-water charge protesters gathered ahead of his address, the Taoiseach said the tax rate was “too high a rate and kicks in too early.” Kenny said he plans to cut the 7 percent rate of Universal Social Charge in the forthcoming budget, the Irish Times reports. “In doing so, we will bring down the marginal rate of tax paid by people earning less than €70,000 to less than 50 percent.” …
  • FACT CHECK: IS OBAMA A STATE SPONSOR OF TERRORISM?

    07/27/2015 5:51:13 PM PDT · by george76 · 19 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | July 27, 2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    "If this deal goes through the Obama administration becomes the leading financier of terrorism against Americans in the world." Obama made headlines by complaining that Republicans are being mean to him over the Iran deal. “We’ve had a sitting senator call John Kerry ‘Pontius Pilate.’ We’ve had a sitting senator who also happens to be running for president suggest that I’m the leading state sponsor of terrorism,” Obama said, referring to Sens. Tom Cotton of Arkansas and Ted Cruz of Texas, respectively. ... Let's look at the facts. Here's what Ted Cruz said. "If this deal goes through the Obama...
  • Gay marriage endorsement mars Obama’s Africa tour

    07/27/2015 4:31:03 PM PDT · by madprof98 · 12 replies
    CAJNews ^ | 27 July 2015 | Haile Edris
    ADDIS ABABA, (CAJ News) – UNITED States President Barack Obama’s visit has been met with contempt by the majority in the continent owing to his country’s recent endorsement of same-sex marriages. The leader of the most powerful nation in the globe will only make a low-key appearance at the African Union (AU) Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in a continent where such marriages are taboo. He will meet mostly Western diplomats and representatives. “How can we celebrate a man who advocates a man to marry another man? If it was the president of China, maybe, we would attend because they...
  • Ex-President APJ Abdul Kalam Passes Away, Nation Pays Homage

    07/27/2015 3:50:48 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 1 replies
    Hindustan Times ^ | Jul 28, 2015 | Rahul Karmakar and Rezaul H Laskar
    Former President APJ Abdul Kalam passed away in Shillong on Monday evening. He was 83. Kalam, who reached Shillong via Guwahati in the morning, collapsed during a lecture at the Indian Institute of Management-Shillong (IIM-S) at around 6:30 pm and was rushed to the Bethany Hospital there. Doctors at the hospital said he was brought dead around 7pm. “He had no pulse when he was admitted to the hospital. We can attribute his death to cardiac arrest,” a doctor said. The hospital authorities, however, refrained from confirming the death until Meghalaya governor V Shanmughanathan and chief secretary PBO Warjri visited...
  • Obama has a controversial new plan for closing Guantanamo

    07/27/2015 3:25:05 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 24 replies
    Business Insider ^ | July 27 2015 | Matt Spetalnick
    A plan being drafted for closing the Guantanamo military prison will call for the transfer to US prisons of possibly dozens of inmates deemed too dangerous to release, President Barack Obama's counterterrorism adviser said, setting up a fight with congressional opponents. Outlining the White House proposal that will soon be sent to Congress, Lisa Monaco, one of Obama's top national-security aides, told the Aspen Security Conference on Saturday that the US would step up the transfers of 52 detainees cleared for resettlement in other countries. The plan calls for the rest of the inmates at the US naval base in...
  • Obama’s Kenyan Brother: Barack ‘Is Not An Honest Man’

    07/27/2015 3:04:01 PM PDT · by Crystal Palace East · 40 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 3:34 PM 07/27/2015 | Christian Datoc
    Though President Barack Obama is currently on a trip to his father’s home country of Kenya, it’s doubtful he’ll be getting together for a family pot-luck with his older half-brother, Malik. According to the Boston Globe’s Farah Stockman, the relationship between the Obama brothers has soured since then 25-year-old Barack, “began his search for the Kenyan family members he’d never met” back in 1986. Malik — who has attempted a political career of his own in his home province — said in a recent interview that after failing to provide money for a family member’s funeral, it’s clear that POTUS...
  • French MP wears 'Obama, you're a _________ T-shirt in Crimea

    07/27/2015 2:34:53 PM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 45 replies
    Pravda ^ | 07/27/2015
    Ignorance of the Russian language put a French MP into a very confusing situation. When in the Crimea, the French MP bought a T-shirt with a notorious slogan "Obama, you're a douchebag" written in Russian on it (pic of the shirt here). The MP did not even think that there could be obscene language used on the shirt with an image of Russian and US presidents. "It was the photo of Putin and Obama that attracted my attention, and I could not even assume that there was an offensive word used on it. I learned about it only an hour...
  • Video: Mike Huckabee doubles down on Holocaust reference over Iran deal

    07/27/2015 2:09:03 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/27/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    “We really haven’t even heard language like that from Prime Minister Netanyahu,” CNN’s Elisa Labott noted yesterday after Mike Huckabee’s comments to Breitbart on the Iran deal. On Saturday, Huckabee told Alexander Marlow on their Sirius-XM show that the deal would “take the Israelis and march them to the door of the oven.” The Holocaust reference provoked an immediate backlash in the political world and on social media, but it didn’t bother Huckabee:CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO Governor Huckabee didn’t pull any punches when talking about Obama’s Iran nuclear deal: “This president’s foreign policy is the most feckless...
  • EU tries again for compromise on deal to phase out coal aid

    07/27/2015 12:35:21 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mon Jul 27, 2015 7:55am EDT | Barbara Lewis
    EU bosses are pushing to resolve a clash between industry and environmental policy with a new strategy to phase out funding to export coal technology to developing nations, ahead of a meeting of leading economic powers on the issue. The European Commission, the EU executive, urges tougher rules on when subsidies, known as coal export credits, can be used in a paper seen by Reuters, ahead of interim talks this week. Political pressure is growing to reach agreement on restricting the coal subsidies before United Nations climate change talks in Paris at the end of the year. But opposition is...
  • Anti-Defamation League: Huckabee 'completely out of line'

    07/27/2015 12:28:40 PM PDT · by GoneSalt · 44 replies
    CNN.com ^ | 7/27/2015 | Deena Zaru
    The Anti-Defamation League, a prominent Jewish advocacy group, slammed former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee's comments Sunday that Obama is marching Israelis to "the door of the oven" by agreeing to the Iran nuclear deal. Jonathan A. Greenblatt, the national director of the organization, issued a statement, calling the Republican 2016 hopeful's comments invoking the Holocaust "completely out of line and unacceptable." "Israeli military and security officials have repeatedly said the Obama Administration has been as strong as any other American administration in keeping Israel secure," Greenblat writes. "To hear Mr. Huckabee invoke the Holocaust when America is Israel's greatest ally...
  • ‘It’s a game of cat and mouse’ (Desert illegals & drug runners in NM; must see photo)

    07/27/2015 11:54:34 AM PDT · by CedarDave · 20 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | July 27, 2015 | Lauren Villagran
    Andrew Arredondo clicks through hundreds of black-and-white photos on his computer at the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office in Lordsburg, pausing to point out pea-sized shadows. If you didn’t know what to look for, you’d miss them. But in the green cross hairs of the photos snapped with his long-range thermal-image camera, there they are: drug mules trudging across one of the Bootheel’s four mountain ranges. In the middle of the night. With no light but the moon. Carrying swollen loads of dope on their backs. Chances are the shadows have been walking for days. Chances are their destination is I-10,...
  • Russia prepares to seize Western assets

    07/27/2015 11:33:32 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 24 Jul 2015 13:36 | updated: 08:47 | (EurActiv with agencies, by Georgi Gotev)
    The Russian government has approved a draft bill that would allow it to seize foreign state assets, without warning. The move is seen as a tit-for-tat gesture, following Western court cases involving Russian firms. According to the new draft bill, Russia will be able to seize foreign state assets from countries which infringe on Russia’s jurisdictional immunity, according to the Russian press. The Ministry of Justice said the new law is meant to bring parity to the existing "jurisdictional imbalance" between Russia and other countries. In other words, Russia will now seize the state assets of other countries in proportion...
  • Freedom of Speech? 2nd Jew Arrested for Calling Mohammed a Pig [Isaiah 28-29]

    07/27/2015 11:32:12 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 8 replies
    Israel National News ^ | 7/27/2015 | Ari Yashar
    Jerusalem district police arrested a Jewish youth on Monday for his "crime" recorded on video the day before, when he said while leaving the Temple Mount that "Mohammed is a pig," in reference to the founder of Islam. The youth was arrested on Monday morning after arriving at the Kotel (Western Wall), and was brought in for interrogation. The arrest made for making the statement - made all the more surprising given the ongoing open calls for violence by Arabs against Jews at the site which is the holiest in Judaism - comes after 20-year-old Avia Morris was arrested last...
  • China's Christians protest 'evil' Communist campaign to tear down crosses

    07/27/2015 11:19:17 AM PDT · by detective · 1 replies
    The Guardian ^ | July 27, 2015 | Tom Phillips
    Christian leaders – including an 89-year-old bishop – have taken to the streets of eastern China to protest against an “evil” campaign to remove crosses that many see as a coordinated Communist party attack on their faith. Activists say more than 1,200 crosses have been stripped from churches in Zhejiang province since the government initiative began in late 2013. There has been a spike in such actions in recent weeks. On Friday, around 20 Catholic clergy staged a rare public demonstration in Wenzhou – a coastal city known as the “Jerusalem of the East” – including Vincent Zhu Weifang, its...
  • US Willing to be as ‘Flexible’ With North Korea as With Iran

    07/27/2015 11:14:48 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    INN ^ | 7/27/2015, 5:28 PM | Ari Soffer
    Fresh from forging a controversial deal with Iran, which critics have blasted as a capitulation to Tehran’s demands, the Obama administration is willing to be just as “flexible” with North Korea, a US government envoy has said. Sydney Seiler, US special envoy for now-defunct six-party talks on North Korea’s nuclear program, told Reuters Monday he hoped Pyongyang would take note of the Iran deal and return to the negotiating table. “The Iran deal demonstrates the value and possibilities that negotiation bring,” Seiler said. …
  • Lesson Learned: Poland, Czech Republic Won't Join "Burning" Euro

    07/27/2015 10:30:40 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 07/27/2015 | Tyler Durden
    With the turmoil in Greece proving once and for all that in the absence of a fiscal union, the EMU simply cannot function or if it does, it will be subject to episodic crises stemming from endemic differences of opinion on fiscal policy, outsiders could be forgiven for looking upon the currency experiment as an abject failure. Indeed, the struggle to secure a bridge loan for Athens last week underscored the degree to which non-euro countries are reluctant to put their taxpayers on the hook for problems which they believe are the result of an ill-fated attempt to unite fundamentally...
  • What Loss Of Control Looks Like: Chinese Regulator Urges Traders To Rat Out "Malicious Sellers"

    07/27/2015 10:27:06 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 07/27/2015 | Tyler Durden
    After pledging a whopping 10% of China's GDP, or just about $1 trillion, to its various (at last check over 40) discrete measures to prop up its collapsing market, among which such threats as arresting shorters of stock and "malicious sellers", actions which have merely slowed down the bursting of the world's biggest stock bubble in recent years, China has finally reverted to what the communist regime does best to preserve "order" - implement witch hunts in which the population rats out any criminals who dare to go against the protocols of the communist party. In this case, the...
  • Inside El Chapo’s secret Mexican prison escape tunnel (VIDEO)

    07/27/2015 9:57:38 AM PDT · by rktman · 3 replies
    guns.com ^ | 7/27/2015 | Chris Eger
    Inside El Chapo’s secret Mexican prison escape tunnel (VIDEO) 7/27/15 | by Chris Eger Vice News traveled south of the border and dropped down the most famous underground tunnel in the world– that used by a Mexican drug lord to vacate the premises. The figurehead of the Sinaloa cartel, drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, released himself on his own recognizance on July 11, via a tunnel from Mexico’s only maximum-security prison in Mexico. It took him a year to arrange his self-parole and Vice went to Altiplano prison– where they found a different tale than what the local media...
  • The United States Should Ditch NATO and Follow Britain out of Europe

    07/27/2015 9:50:13 AM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 41 replies
    New York Observer (Opinion) ^ | July 27, 2015 | Bernie Quigley
    Suppose we had a war and Britain didn’t come? Which is sort of what happened in Syria when President Obama, on the advice of Samantha Power, United States Ambassador to the United Nations, declared that we must go in now, this afternoon. No time to discuss. Much as we had heard before in the maelstrom which is the Middle East. Surely, our allies, by which I think we mean Europe, the Atlantic Alliance or “the West,” led of course by our trusty sidekick, Britain, will fall in line. But overnight, the British Parliament voted to just say no. And we...
  • National Review Calls for Impeachment Over Iran Deal

    07/27/2015 9:44:18 AM PDT · by QT3.14 · 22 replies
    Moonbattery ^ | July 27, 2015 | Dave Blount
    Even the normally restrained if not downright tepid National Review has reached the obvious conclusion — Obama must be impeached for facilitating the acquisition of nuclear weapons by America’s worst enemy. Andrew McCarthy notes that in the time of the Founding Fathers, it was regarded as an impeachable offense for a president to withhold information from Congress regarding a treaty, or to use unscrupulous tactics to acquire Senate approval. Compare that to what Obama has done:
  • Pamela Geller, Breitbart News: “1001 Muslim Myths and Historical Revisions”

    07/27/2015 9:28:33 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 6 replies
    Pamela Geller ^ | July 27, 2015 | Pamela Geller
    In his 2006 speech at the University of Regensburg in Bavaria, Pope Benedict XVI quoted a 14th-century dialogue between Byzantine emperor, Manuel II Paleologus, and a Persian Muslim scholar: “Show me just what Muhammad brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached.” Yes, that more accurately sums up the Islamic contribution(s) to mankind. “1001 Muslim Myths and Historical Revisions,” by Pamela Geller, Breitbart News, July 26, 2015.
  • ‘The Religion of Peace,’ Profiling and Common Sense

    07/27/2015 9:12:14 AM PDT · by rktman · 1 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | 7/27/2015 | Charlie Daniels
    The recent massacre of five of America's finest young men in Chattanooga, Tennessee starkly points out the failure of our government – both political parties – to deal with a complex problem that will not go away. This is a problem that will require the powers that be to put aside political correctness, the rhetorical fluffy statements – that "Islam is a peaceful religion” and that "all Muslims are not terrorists" – and get on with the business at hand. We already know that all Muslims are not terrorists, that the vast majority are hardworking family people who just want...
  • Vladimir Putin just fired more than 100,000 people

    07/27/2015 8:19:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 07/27/2015 | Elena Holodny
    Vladimir Putin has fired 110,000 people. The Russian president signed a decree two weeks ago that reduced the number of full-time employees in the interior ministry of Russia by about 10% — or 110,000 people. Most of the cuts will be to administrative staff. It will bring the total number of employees in the agency down to just above 1 million, according to CNN Money. The interior ministry is in charge of the Russian police, paramilitary security forces, and road-traffic safety. The interior ministry's press service also told RIA Novosti that these reduction plans would affect the management structure at...
  • Congress Must Hold Obama Accountable for His Deception Over Iran

    07/27/2015 8:07:16 AM PDT · by detective · 13 replies
    AIM ^ | July 27, 2015 | Andrew McCarthy
    By lying and withholding information about the agreement, he gives aid and comfort to America’s enemy. The president “must certainly be punishable for giving false information to the Senate.” One can imagine hearing such counsel from a contemporary United States senator on the receiving end of President Obama’s “full disclosure” of the nuclear deal with Iran. But the admonition actually came from James Iredell, a champion of the Constitution’s ratification, who was later appointed to the Supreme Court by President George Washington.
  • Mexico search for 43 missing students in Iguala has turned up 60 mass graves with 129 bodies

    07/27/2015 8:02:25 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    fox News ^ | 07/27/2015
    MEXICO CITY – Mexico's attorney general says authorities have found at least 60 mass graves with 129 bodies in the southern city of Iguala since the disappearance of 43 college students there last September, a case in which the government says the youths were killed and incinerated. The attorney general's office says the number of bodies found from October to May could be more, because it is counting only those instances in which its mass grave specialists get involved. Iguala is a municipality of 120,000 people 200 kilometers (160 miles) south of Mexico City. A confrontation between students and police...
  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz Attacks Mike Huckabee For Saying Obama's Iran Deal (Shorten)

    07/27/2015 7:49:50 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 12 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | July 27, 2015 | Mathew Boyle
    Democratic National Committee (DNC) chairwoman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) is attacking former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee for comments he made in an interview on Breitbart News Saturday hosted by Breitbart editor-in-chief Alexander Marlow on the SiriusXM Patriot channel 125.
  • Obama Blasts GOP Critics of Iran Nuclear Deal

    07/27/2015 7:26:14 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 10 replies
    WSJ ^ | July 27, 2015 | Carol E. Lee
    Obama Blasts GOP Critics of Iran Nuclear Deal President says opponents of accord are playing ‘fast and loose’ with facts By Carol E. Lee July 27, 2015 9:36 a.m. ET ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia—President Barack Obama excoriated Republican critics of the nuclear agreement with Iran—particularly the GOP presidential candidates—saying they’re playing “fast and loose” with the facts to scuttle the accord and making a mockery of the American political process. Mr. Obama has studiously avoided publicly commenting on the campaign to replace him, but on Monday he bristled over his signature foreign policy achievement becoming a centerpiece of the 2016 debate....
  • Obama Admonishes Africa on Homosexuality [But not Muslim Countries]

    07/27/2015 7:18:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 07/26/2015 | Jeannie DeAngelis
    “Son of Kenya,” Barack Obama, proved once again that his patience with people, nations, and world leaders that disagree with his view of the world registers a big fat zero on the liberal Tolerance Meter.  When Obama finds out anyone (other than a Muslim) disagrees with his social policy focus, it becomes his personal mission to convince them otherwise. And if the mere awesomeness of his presence fails to change minds, Obama will attempt to humiliate his ideological adversaries into submission by getting in their face. For example, after Barack ‘LGBTQ’ Obama was specifically asked by the Evangelical Alliance...
  • Stocks off lows amid China, commodity slide; energy lags

    07/27/2015 7:15:53 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 6 replies
    CNBC.com ^ | July 27, 2015 | Evelyn Cheng
    U.S. stocks traded lower on Monday as the continued selloff in commodities and an overnight plunge in Shanghai stocks pressured sentiment amid a lackluster earnings season. The S&P 500 briefly dipped below its 200-day moving average of 2,064.14 and attempted to hold above it.
  • Mitchell: No One Can Give Explanation For Clinton’s Server Other Than Dodging Inquiries and FOIAs

    07/27/2015 7:00:01 AM PDT · by george76 · 68 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 27 Jul 2015 | Ian Hanchett
    MSNBC host and NBC News Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent Andrea Mitchell stated that when she spoke to intelligence officials at a security conference, “nobody can give an explanation for why a cabinet secretary would have a private email system other than to thwart inquiries, FOIAs” on Monday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” Mitchell said that it’s possible that the impact of Clinton’s emails on her campaign has been underestimated. She continued, “Look, you have two inspectors general, and they are referring to this to the Justice Department. Now, you can try to confuse it, and there’s been a lot of...