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  • Battle for Poor Shoppers Fuels Dollar-Store Deal

    07/28/2014 6:19:46 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 77 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | July 28, 2014 | By Paul Ziobro and Shelly Banjo
    The battle for America's poorest consumers intensified Monday with Dollar Tree Inc. agreement to buy rival Family Dollar Stores Inc. for about $8.5 billion. The chains thrived during the recession as the number of working Americans living in poverty increased by nearly 40%, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The stores appealed to cash-strapped shoppers with bargain-basement prices and locations that were closer to their homes than many Wal-Mart supercenters. The smaller package sizes of everyday items like laundry detergent and cereal fit into the budgets of consumers living paycheck to paycheck.
  • Poor Families Use 'Supervouchers' To Rent In City's Priciest Buildings (HUD's Chicago Gold Coast!!)

    07/28/2014 4:47:36 PM PDT · by drewh · 34 replies
    Crains Business Journal ^ | 7/28/14 | By Alby Gallun
    The high-rise at 500 N. Lake Shore Drive is the second-most expensive in the city, with rents for a one-bedroom apartment approaching $3,000 a month, well beyond the reach of most Chicago residents. But that's not too much for the Chicago Housing Authority, which has used federal tax dollars to pick up most of the tab for four lucky residents in the year-old building, with its sweeping views of Lake Michigan, a concierge and a dog-grooming center. The tenants moved in over the past two years as part of a push by the CHA to expand its housing voucher program...
  • 'We are looking at the beginnings of a Holocaust'

    07/28/2014 3:32:00 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 55 replies
    Jpost.com ^ | 28 July 14 | By SAM SOKOL
    The situation facing European Jewry is “simply intolerable, unacceptable and inexcusable,” Israeli Jewish Congress president Vladimir Sloutsker told MKs and foreign diplomats at a special session of the Knesset Immigration, Absorption and Diaspora Committee on Monday. Calling the rise in anti-Semitic incidents accompanying Israel’s invasion of Gaza an “SOS situation,” Sloutsker warned that if left unchecked, such behavior could lead to another European genocide. “Never before since the Holocaust, have we seen such a situation as today,” he said, referring to the continent-wide demonstrations by pro-Palestinian activists, a number of which have generated into violence and many of which have...
  • Iraqi Christians rally at White House: ‘Obama, Obama, where are you?’

    07/28/2014 1:56:46 PM PDT · by markomalley · 31 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 7/28/2014 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    Hundreds of outraged Iraqi Christians staged a rally outside the White House, demanding to know why President Obama wasn’t providing any aid to the scores of faithful being persecuted by radical Muslims around the world. The rallies were replicated at cities around the world, including in Paris, The Hague, Cologne and London, Breitbart reported. Among their chants, Breitbart reported: “Obama, Obama, where are you? Iraqi Christians call for you.” It was just a week ago that terrorists with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant ordered Christians out of Mosul and demanded they convert to Islam or die. “Iraq’s...
  • Hillary: Gaza´s Small Size Justification for Hamas Housing Rockets in Schools

    07/28/2014 1:05:23 PM PDT · by Nachum · 116 replies
    Breitbart TV ^ | 7/28/14 | Breitbart TV, by Pam Key
    Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told Fusion TV´s Jorge Ramos that part of the reason Hamas hides rockets in schools and civilian areas is "Gaza is small." "I´m not a military planner but Hamas puts it´s missiles, it´s rockets in civilian areas, part of it is Gaza is pretty small and its densely populated," she said as neglecting the question of whether or not Hamas should have rockets in area to begin with.
  • Eleanor Holmes Norton says 'you don't have a right to know' what's going on in government

    07/25/2014 5:20:11 PM PDT · by BAW · 61 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | July 25, 2014 | Sean Higgins
    Eleanor Holmes Norton, the non-voting congressional delegate for the District of Columbia, angrily sputtered during a congressional hearing Friday that the White House should not be held up to scrutiny, saying that there was no right to know what it was doing behind closed doors. "You don't have a right to know everything in a separation-of-powers government, my friend. That is the difference between a parliamentary government and a separation-of-powers government," Norton said during a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing. It was, to put mildly, a significant departure from the more traditional liberal stance that openness and transparency...
  • Turkey Is Organizing Freedom Flotilla II To Get Additional Aid Into The Gaza Strip

    07/28/2014 10:42:41 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    International Business Times ^ | 07/28/2014 | By Alessandria Masi
    The IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation, a Turkish NGO, is organizing “Freedom Flotilla II” to go to the Gaza Strip, loaded with humanitarian aid. Bulent Yildrim, the organization’s president, said Sunday the organization was trying to get the legal procedures and paperwork done to send the vessel into Gaza, according to the Middle East Monitor. No sail date has been set. He added the ship would be flanked by Turkish military to avoid the bloodshed that took place the last time Turkey tried to send a flotilla.Haaretz reported Sunday a shipment of medicine had arrived at Ben-Gurion Airport intended for Gaza....
  • Israel army warns Palestinians around Gaza City to flee ( 4 Israeli killed)

    07/28/2014 9:45:32 AM PDT · by winoneforthegipper · 19 replies
    Yahoo news ^ | 07/26/14 | STAFF
    Jerusalem (AFP) - The Israeli army on Monday sent messages to thousands of Palestinians living near Gaza City to flee shortly after a mortar shell killed at least four people in Israel. "A short while ago, phonecalls were made and text messages were sent out to the civilian population of Shejaiya, Zeitun and eastern Jabaliya calling them to evacuate immediately towards central Gaza City," a statement from the army said, referring to three areas to the north, south and east of Gaza City.
  • Not in my backyard: US sending dirty coal abroad

    07/28/2014 8:04:43 AM PDT · by AT7Saluki · 16 replies
    WRAL ^ | 7/28/14 | Dina Cappiello
    As the Obama administration weans the U.S. off dirty fuels blamed for global warming, energy companies have been sending more of America's unwanted energy leftovers to other parts of the world where they could create even more pollution. This fossil fuel trade threatens to undermine President Barack Obama's strategy for reducing the gases blamed for climate change and reveals a little-discussed side effect of countries acting alone on a global problem. The contribution of this exported pollution to global warming is not something the administration wants to measure, or even talk about.
  • Pelosi: Qataris Have Told Me ‘Hamas Is a Humanitarian Organization’

    07/28/2014 9:35:36 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 70 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | July 28, 2014 - 10:16 AM | Susan Jones
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) says the United States must look to Qatar, an ally of the terrorist group Hamas, for advice in resolving the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. “And we have to confer with the Qataris, who have told me over and over again that Hamas is a humanitarian organization,” she told CNN’s “State of the Union” with Candy Crowley. […] In that same interview with CNN, Pelosi defended President Barack Obama’s “strong” leadership, dismissing a suggestion that Russian President Vladimir Putin considers him to be weak. …
  • Israel rejects UN Sec Council call for Gaza ceasefire

    07/28/2014 6:43:15 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 15 replies
    DEBKAfile ^ | July 28, 2014, 4:39 PM (IDT)
    Israel Monday rebuffed the UN Security Council’s call for an immediate and humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza. In a call to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Binyamin Netanyahu said that the text relates only to the needs of “a murderous terrorist organization which attacks Israeli civilians.” It fails to address the harm inflicted on Israeli citizens and Hamas’ misuse of UN facilities for launching attacks on those citizens. Netanyahu delivered his reply as Hamas renewed rocket attacks at noon Monday, with Israeli resuming air strikes on rocket targets towards evening.
  • Hamas resumes shelling after agreeing to new 24-hour ceasefire

    07/27/2014 4:33:25 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 24 replies
    Russia Today ^ | 7-27-2014 | RT
    Fighting briefly subsided in Gaza on Sunday after Hamas agreed to a 24-hour humanitarian truce in the Strip. Israel's PM Benjamin Netanyahu, however, slammed the group for failing to accept its own ceasefire and continuing to fire. "In response to UN intervention and considering the situation of our people and the occasion of Eid, it has been agreed among resistance factions to endorse a 24-hour humanitarian calm, starting from 2 pm on Sunday," Sami Abu Zuhri, Hamas spokesman said in a statement. Eid al-Fitr, also called Feast of Breaking the Fast, is an important religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide...
  • Putin facing multi-million pound legal action over alleged role in MH17 crash

    07/27/2014 7:41:57 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 53 replies
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | 27 Jul 14 | Robert Mendick, Ben Farmer and Tim Ross
    Vladimir Putin is facing a multi-million-pound legal action for his alleged role in the shooting down of a Malaysia Airlines passenger jet over eastern Ukraine, The Sunday Telegraph can disclose. British lawyers are preparing a class action against the Russian president through the American courts. Senior Russian military commanders and politicians close to Mr Putin are also likely to become embroiled in the legal claim. The case would further damage relations between Mr Putin and the West, but politicians would be powerless to prevent it. Last week, lawyers from McCue & Partners, the London law firm, flew to Ukraine for...
  • Ceasefire ends as Gaza militants resume firing rockets into Israel

    07/26/2014 2:03:53 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    Reuters ^ | 07/26/2014 | BY NIDAL AL-MUGHRABI AND ORI LEWIS
    Militants resumed firings rockets into Israel from Gaza on Saturday, rejecting an extension to a ceasefire in a conflict in which more than 1,000 Palestinians, mostly civilians, have died. Israel had agreed to extend an initial 12-hour pause in the fighting by a further four hours but this was rejected by Islamist group Hamas, which dominates Gaza. Warning sirens sounded across the country as rockets were fired as far as the Tel Aviv area, police said. Israeli tank fire killed a man in the southern Gaza Strip, a local official said, announcing the first fatality after the breakdown of the...
  • Central American Delegation Meets in McAllen

    07/26/2014 11:59:00 AM PDT · by Syncro · 5 replies
    foxrio2 ^ | July 26, 2014 | Staff
    Central American Delegation Meets in McAllen The purpose of this training derives from the need for cooperation between Central American countries to put an end to the wave of illegal immigration. Vice ministers and consular officials from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador gathered in McAllen today, a result of the multiple visits and exchanges in the last few months between Central American officials with the united states for the purpose of addressing the influx of undocumented immigrants from such countries. The meeting came about after a summit in Central America last week where plain international, an organization that works to...
  • Live Thread: McAllen, TX--Free Republic Guarding the Border [Someone's gotta do it] (New pics at 51)

    07/26/2014 10:22:29 AM PDT · by Syncro · 68 replies
    Feeepers ^ | July 26, 2014 | Syncro
    <p>Here we are down on the border at the Rio Grande, Texas.</p> <p>Border Patrol staging area. Humblegunner pointed out they have a pretty rockin' deer stand!</p>
  • Obama will take executive action on immigration after summer, adviser says

    07/26/2014 7:35:52 AM PDT · by markomalley · 47 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | 7/25/2014 | Francine Kiefer
    WASHINGTON — President Obama will go ahead with a “very significant” executive action on immigration after the summer – a move that may well trigger impeachment proceedings against him, senior Obama adviser Dan Pfeiffer told reporters at a Monitor breakfast Friday. “The president acting on immigration reform will certainly up the likelihood that [Republicans] would contemplate impeachment at some point,” said Mr. Pfeiffer, who has been at the Obama White House since its inception. A lot of people in Washington laughed off Sarah Palin’s call to impeach the president for executive overreach, Pfeiffer said, but “I would not discount that...
  • Israel must be permitted to crush Hamas

    07/25/2014 10:53:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | July 24, 2014 | Michael Oren
    U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary of State John Kerry and the foreign ministers of Great Britain and France all are rushing to achieve a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas. Their motive — to end civilian suffering and restore stability to the area — is noble. The images of the wounded and dead resulting from the conflict are indeed agonizing. However, these senior statesmen can be most helpful now by doing nothing. To preserve the values they cherish and to send an unequivocal message to terrorist organizations and their state sponsors everywhere, Israel must be permitted to crush Hamas in...
  • GOP Senator: Obama To 'Effectively End Immigration Enforcement'

    07/25/2014 5:56:04 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 54 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 25 Jul 2014 | MICHAEL WARREN
    The Obama administration is preparing to effectively "nullify" the immigration laws of the United States through an executive action, says one Republican senator. As Time reported Thursday, President Obama appears prepared to provide millions of illegal immigrants living in the U.S. work authorization via executive orders: When President Obama issues executive orders on immigration in coming weeks, pro-reform activists are expecting something dramatic: temporary relief from deportation and work authorization for perhaps several million undocumented immigrants. If the activists are right, the sweeping move would upend a contentious policy fight and carry broad political consequences. The activists met privately with...
  • Simas Ignores Subpoena Again as White House Defies Issa (Updated)

    07/25/2014 5:47:40 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 42 replies
    Roll Call ^ | 25 Jul 2014 | Steven Dennis
    Top White House political adviser David Simas refused again Friday to honor a congressional subpoena, prompting Republicans on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee to vote to rebuke the administration. The Oversight and Government Reform Committee voted 19-14 to reject the White House’s claim that Simas has absolute immunity from a subpoena from Congress. Republicans said they were standing up for the principle that no one is above the law, and Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa quoted a long list of Democrats, including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of...
  • Israel cabinet rejects Kerry cease-fire proposal in Gaza

    07/25/2014 1:03:14 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 07/25/2014
    Diplomatic-security cabinet "flatly rejects" American proposals for a week-long humanitarian halt to fighting, seeks changes to terms. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's security cabinet has rejected proposals for a cease-fire in the Gaza Strip and is seeking changes to the plans, a government source said on Friday. US Secretary of State John Kerry has been pushing for a halt to 18 days of fighting between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip. Full details of the proposed truce have not been released, but the government official, who declined to be named, said Israel wanted modifications before agreeing to any end to...
  • France sends military to guard Air Algerie wreck; black box found

    07/25/2014 4:27:10 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    Fox News ^ | 07/25/2014
    French officials have dispatched a military unit to the crash site of an Air Algerie jet that crashed in Mali carrying 116 people after vanishing from radar shortly after takeoff late Wednesday night. French president Francois Hollande announced Friday that there were no survivors in the crash of the aircraft which disappeared from radar less than an hour after it took off early Thursday from Burkina Faso's capital, Ouagadougou, for Algiers. Speaking after a crisis meeting, Hollande also announced that one of the aircraft's two black boxes has been found in the wreckage, in the Gossi region near the border...
  • Army War College Starts Plagiarism Inquiry of Senator John Walsh’s Thesis

    07/24/2014 6:44:28 PM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 48 replies
    New York Times ^ | JULY 24, 2014 | NICK CORASANITI and JONATHAN MARTIN
    CARLISLE, Pa. — The United States Army War College determined in a preliminary review on Thursday that Senator John Walsh of Montana appeared to have plagiarized his final paper to earn a master’s degree from the institution, and sent a letter to the senator instructing him that an investigative panel will meet next month to conclusively assess any culpability. “It’s clear there is indeed strong reason to believe this is plagiarism,” said the War College’s provost, Lance Betros, a retired brigadier general. “We are initiating academic review procedures.” Dr. Betros said he made the decision after he and another member...
  • Officials: ISIS blows up Jonah's tomb in Iraq

    07/24/2014 6:05:01 PM PDT · by markomalley · 46 replies
    CNN ^ | 7/24/2014
    If you blink during the video, you might miss the moment Jonah's tomb in Mosul, Iraq, explodes. The first few frames show the revered shrine towering over its landscape. There's a sudden burst of dust, fire and smoke. Then, nothing. CNN could not immediately confirm the authenticity of the video, which was posted to YouTube. The holy site is thought to be the burial place of the prophet Jonah, who was swallowed by a whale or fish in both the Islamic and Judeo-Christian traditions. Militants belonging to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, planted explosives around the...
  • Obama administration: Russia firing artillery at Ukraine military targets

    07/24/2014 1:24:10 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 56 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 24, 2014 | Justin Fishel/AP
    Obama administration officials said Thursday that Russia is firing artillery from its own territory into Ukraine to hit Ukrainian military sites, pointing to escalating Russian involvement in the deadly conflict. “This clearly is a military escalation,” Pentagon spokesman Col. Steve Warren said, adding there is no question that Russian military—as opposed to Russia-backed separatists—are firing the shots. State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf first made the accusation during a press briefing earlier Thursday. She also claimed Moscow is boosting its military shipments to pro-Russian separatists. …
  • Mali president says wreckage of Air Algerie flight spotted in north

    07/24/2014 11:18:00 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 4 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo News ^ | 7/24/14 | Adama Diarra
    Mali's President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita said on Thursday that the wreckage of a missing Air Algerie flight had been spotted in his country's desert north.
  • French official: Air Algerie flight that disppeared from radar crashed in Mali

    07/24/2014 8:46:19 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Fox News ^ | 07/24/2014
    A French Ministry of Defense official tells Fox News that the Air Algerie jet carrying 116 people that vanished from radar shortly after takeoff late Wednesday night has crashed in Mali, and that two French fighter jets have located the wreckage. Air navigation services lost track of the Swiftair MD-83 roughly 50 minutes after takeoff from Ougadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, at 9:55 p.m. ET Wednesday, the official Algerian news agency said. France's foreign minister, Laurent Fabius, told The Associated Press that the flight "probably crashed." The French Ministry of Defense official told Fox News that the plane went...
  • Russian soldiers VK-page shows RUSSIA is shelling Ukraine with heavy artillery

    07/23/2014 7:43:52 PM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 124 replies
    Ukraine@War ^ | July 23rd 2014
    Russian soldiers VK-page shows RUSSIA is shelling Ukraine with heavy artillery Valdimir Petrov @_hedder found evidence of a Russian artillery unit shelling Ukrainian positions from Russian territory, because a soldier from this unit is posting photos on his VKontakte page (the Russian Facebook). Or course immediately after discovering this, his page has been deleted. But the info is still here: "all night we were cannoning Ukraine"
  • ‘Operation Normandy’ set to send 3,500 volunteers to border to ‘stop an invasion’

    07/23/2014 3:00:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 23, 2014 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Jim Gilchrist — one of the founders of the Minutemen Project — said he’s reaching out across America to recruit at least 3,500 volunteers who will go to the border to patrol and cover the “porous areas” between San Diego and Brownsville, Texas. The campaign is called “Operation Normandy,” and it’s set for May 1, 2015, Raw Story reported. “If you are familiar with the Normandy invasion of France in 1944, then you have an idea how large and logistically complicated this event will be,” Mr. Gilchrist said, Raw Story reported. “However, there is one difference. We are not going...
  • Bibi & Bloomberg at Ben Gurion Airport 7/23/14 (Video with partial transcript)

    07/23/2014 4:45:32 PM PDT · by bd476 · 31 replies
    You Tube h/t Yossi Gestetner ^ | July 23, 2014 | Partial transcript by bd476
    This is a good video, only 2 minutes and 45 seconds long and in the last part, around 45 seconds long, Prime Minister Benjamin "Bibi" Netanyahu speaks in Hebrew. Note: I added bold highlights to denote words heard emphasized in the spoken discussion between Bloomberg and Netanyahu. Michael Bloomberg is shown de-planing from El Al Airlines. Prime Minister Benjamin "Bibi" Netanyahu greets Bloomberg warmly, both men shake hands, then hug after Bloomberg has descended to the bottom of the plane's steps. Prime Minister Benjamin "Bibi" Netanyahu formally and warmly welcomes Michael Bloomberg to Israel. After welcoming Bloomberg as "a...
  • IRS has ‘no excuses’ for latest twist in email saga, says IT expert

    07/23/2014 11:37:46 AM PDT · by McGruff · 48 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 23, 2014 | James Rogers
    The IRS has “no excuses” for the latest twist in the saga of its missing emails, says an expert in electronic discovery. “Whether it’s incompetence or deliberate obstruction, the IRS has no excuses for having handled this so poorly,” said Bruce Webster, partner at Provo, Utah-based IT consulting and expert witness firm Ironwood Experts. House investigators said Tuesday that a hard drive belonging to Lois Lerner, the former agency official at the center of the department’s targeting scandal, was just “scratched,” not irreparably damaged. The IRS had described the hard drive’s data as “unrecoverable.”
  • Tale of the Tapes: IRS head confirms investigators have found backup tapes in Lerner probe

    07/23/2014 10:26:47 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 101 replies
    Fox News ^ | 23 Jul 2014
    The head of the IRS confirmed Wednesday that investigators looking into missing emails from ex-agency official Lois Lerner have found and are reviewing "backup tapes" -- despite earlier IRS claims that the tapes had been recycled. IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, testifying before a House oversight subcommittee, stressed that he does not know "how they found them" or "whether there's anything on them or not." But he said the inspector general's office advised him the investigators are reviewing tapes to see if they contain any "recoverable" material. The revelation is significant because the IRS claimed, when the agency first told Congress...
  • FAA Extends Travel Ban to Israel for Another 24 Hours

    07/23/2014 10:17:24 AM PDT · by jalisco555 · 51 replies
    ABC News ^ | 7/23/2014 | Meghan Keneally
    The FAA announced today that they have not lifted their ban against travel to or from Tel Aviv's airport and will prohibit travel to the country for an additional 24 hours. "The agency is working closely with the Government of Israel to review the significant new information they have provided and determine whether potential risks to U.S. civil aviation are mitigated so the agency can resolve concerns as quickly as possible," the FAA said in a statement.
  • U.S. Officials Lay Out Case Against Russia

    07/23/2014 8:59:56 AM PDT · by 1rudeboy · 140 replies
    WSJ ^ | July 22, 2014 | Siobhan Gormon and Paul Sonne
    Washington Seeks to Counter Russian Claims About MH17 Crash U.S. intelligence officials presented reporters with their most detailed case yet Tuesday that Russian-backed Ukrainian separatists shot down a Malaysia Airlines jetliner last week, in a bid to counter what American officials see as Russian efforts to muddy the waters with claims of Ukrainian culpability. The officials relied on photographs, social media, and voiceprint analysis of Ukrainian communications intercepts to make their public case that a likely SA-11 antiaircraft weapon fired from separatist-controlled territory shot down the commercial airliner, killing 298 people on board. The evidence cited, however, didn't raise the...
  • 2 Ukrainian military fighter jets shot down in eastern Ukraine

    07/23/2014 5:01:03 AM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 72 replies
    Fox News ^ | 7/23/14 | FoxNews
    KIEV, Ukraine – Two Ukrainian military fighter jets have been shot down in the east, according to the country's Defense Ministry.
  • CNN Poll: Obama's numbers not great but holding steady at 42% approval

    07/23/2014 4:31:40 AM PDT · by Innovative · 89 replies
    CNN ^ | July 23, 2014 | Paul Steinhauser
    According to the poll, which was released Wednesday, the President's approval rating among Americans stands at 42%. That's not great, but it's basically unchanged since March. Only 42% believe that Obama can manage the government effectively. Again, nothing to celebrate, but it's virtually unchanged from the 43% who felt that way in March. The poll was conducted for CNN by ORC International from July 18-20, with 1,012 adult Americans questioned by telephone.
  • Federal undercover investigation signs up fake applicants for ACA coverage, subsidies

    07/22/2014 4:52:24 PM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 16 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 22, 2014 | Amy Goldstein
    In undercover tests of the new federal health insurance marketplace, government investigators have been able to procure health plans and federal subsidies for fake applicants with fictitious documents, according to findings that will be disclosed to lawmakers on Wednesday. The results of the inquiry by the Government Accountability Office are evidence of still-imperfect work by specialists intended to assist new insurance customers and government contractors hired to verify that coverage and subsidies are legitimate. The GAO also pointed to flaws that linger in the marketplace’s Web site, HealthCare.gov. According to testimony to be delivered before a House Ways and Means...
  • US: No Link to Russian Gov't in Plane Downing

    07/22/2014 2:32:53 PM PDT · by kristinn · 128 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | Tuesday, July 22, 2014 | Ken Dilanian
    Senior U.S. intelligence officials said Tuesday that Russia was responsible for "creating the conditions" that led to the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, but they offered no evidence of direct Russian government involvement. The intelligence officials were cautious in their assessment, noting that while the Russians have been arming separatists in eastern Ukraine, the U.S. had no direct evidence that the missile used to shoot down the passenger jet came from Russia. The officials briefed reporters Tuesday under ground rules that their names not be used in discussing intelligence related to last week's air disaster, which killed 298...
  • Split Rulings Over Obamacare Point to Another Supreme Court Showdown

    07/22/2014 11:28:18 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 57 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 07/22/2014 | Jacob Gershman
    Less than an hour after an appeals court in Washington ordered the Obama administration to turn off the spigot of federal subsidies to consumers through U.S.-run health-care exchanges, an appeals court in Virginia ruled that the subsidies should be allowed to keep on flowing. With the future of Obamacare hanging in the balance, the back-to-back opinions raise the likelihood of another Supreme Court showdown over the the president’s marquee law. The two circuits split over an issue fundamental to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. That is, whether the Internal Revenue Service had the authority under the statute passed...
  • Two U.S. airlines suspend Israel flights after rocket attack near airport [FAA suspends all flights]

    07/22/2014 9:49:29 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 75 replies
    Haaretz ^ | Tuesday, July 22, 2014 | Staff
    7:41 P.M. The FAA prohibits all U.S. airlines from flying to and from Ben-Gurion International Airport "for a period of up to 24 hours." 5:57 P.M. Delta Airlines and U.S. Airways suspend flights to and from Israel on Tuesday. This follows a warning from the Federal Aviation Authority given after a rocket fell earlier Tuesday in Yehud, near Ben-Gurion International Airport. United Airlines announced it will continue operating as usual. A Delta Airlines flight from New York to Israel landed in Paris following the decision. U.S. Air has relocated planes currently at Ben-Gurion airport tonight's planned flight has been canceled....
  • Perry Announces Details Of Texas National Guard Border Deployment

    07/22/2014 6:23:14 AM PDT · by xzins · 120 replies
    Conservative HQ ^ | 7/22/2014 | CHQ Staff
    On July 3, 2014, Texas Governor Rick Perry told Members of the U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security that urgent federal action was required to stem the humanitarian and national security crises unfolding along the Texas-Mexico border. After almost three weeks of inaction by the Obama administration, yesterday, Gov. Perry directed Texas Adjutant General John Nichols to immediately begin preparations for the deployment of up to 1,000 National Guard troops to the U.S. – Mexico border. These troops will support the Texas Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) ongoing law enforcement surge, Operation Strong Safety, which is focused on combatting criminal...
  • Judge tosses Sen. Ron Johnson’s Obamacare lawsuit

    07/22/2014 5:37:18 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Politico ^ | 07/22/2014 | By JENNIFER HABERKORN
    A federal judge said Monday that Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) cannot challenge the Obamacare policy that lawmakers and their staff obtain health insurance through the exchanges. The ruling could prove ominous for House Republicans as they prepare to file suit against the Obama administration, also against Obamacare. That suit would focus on a different issue, the president’s delay of the employer mandate. Judge William C. Griesbach, a George W. Bush appointee, said that Article III of the Constitution prevents Johnson’s lawsuit from moving forward and suggests that any remedy must come from Congress. He said that the Wisconsin Republican cannot...
  • [26yr Border Patrol Veteran] Zack Interview-Security on the border between USA and Mexico

    07/20/2014 1:00:13 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 15 replies
    Here are a couple of links to talks with Zack Taylor, the Chairman National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers and former Arizona Border Patrol Officer. The second video has some graphic content, but is still very much worth seeing. He brings up a very good point that the border agents are being pulled off the border to deal with these "kids." It isn't necessarily these people that are the problem, but the ones who now have unrestricted access coming through other areas and are not being caught. Zack Interview-Security on the border between USA and MexicoTREASON! Ret Border Patrol...
  • VIDEO: Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott on Sending the National Guard to the Border

    07/21/2014 7:24:43 PM PDT · by Syncro · 33 replies
    Gretawire/FoxNewsInsider ^ | July 21, 2014 | Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott,Greta
    VIDEO: Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott on Sending the National Guard to the Border Watch our interview with Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott from tonight’s ON THE RECORD and sound off!See the Video Here
  • Russian Media on Downed Airliner: The CIA Did It

    07/21/2014 1:16:53 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 79 replies
    nbcnews.com ^ | July 21, 2014
    Just one day after the horrific tragedy that left 298 people dead, Russia's Channel One ran a package telling its audience that the entire incident was orchestrated by the United States, specifically by the CIA. A document was broadcast purportedly showing that the U.S. was planning to do the same thing during the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis. Viewers learned that the "U.S. orchestrated this because Ukrainian government is not sophisticated enough to orchestrate this," according to the broadcast, which was translated from the original Russian by CNBC. According to Channel One, Russia's swift economic growth has inspired the United States...
  • Transcript: Retired Border Patrol Officer Zach Taylor explains surge of illegals on U.S. border

    07/21/2014 12:53:04 PM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 80 replies
    YouTube ^ | 07/19/2014
    This is a chilling interview with Retired Border Patrol Officer Zach Taylor about the surge of illegals coming across the U.S. border right now. If you haven't watched the interview, read this transcript: My name is Zach Taylor. I'm a retired Border Patrol officer. My main job was understanding and having intelligence capabilities about drug smuggling across the U.S. border and human smuggling across the U.S. border to bring contraband and people into the United States. That's what I did for twenty-six years. National security is a component of the immigration laws and the reason that immigration officers exist. Because...
  • IRS lawyer: By the way, hard drives of some other employees who dealt with Lois Lerner also crashed

    07/21/2014 12:09:16 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/21/2014 | AllahPundit
    We’ve reached a sufficiently high level of implausibility now, I think, that this story technically qualifies as a news-of-the-weird palate cleanser, not actual news.Assuming the data isn’t recovered and no one is punished, as seems likely, this is a get-out-of-jail-free card for the next president’s administration, no? If some Democratic Senate oversight committee demands to see e-mails from President Christie’s underlings and the reply comes back that the hard drives were all corrupted, what’s the grounds for complaint? IRS Deputy Associate Chief Counsel Thomas Kane said in transcribed congressional testimony that more IRS officials experienced computer crashes, bringing the...
  • The Obama Admin Just Exempted US Territories From Obamacare

    07/21/2014 10:48:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 07/21/2014 | Sarah Hurtubise
    The Obama administration issued yet another waiver to get out of Obamacare — for all the U.S. territories. The exemption, posted Thursday on a Department of Health and Human Services website, frees U.S. territories from a host of Obamacare regulations on health insurance markets. The territories already weren’t subject to much of the health care law — the individual mandate doesn’t apply to the territories and premium subsidies aren’t available. What did apply were a host of regulations on the health insurance markets operating in the territories. Obamacare’s rules for insurance companies — providing mandated health benefits to all customers,...
  • Gaza death toll tops 500, Israel kills tunnel infiltrators

    07/21/2014 9:24:19 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | 07/21/2014 | BY NIDAL AL-MUGHRABI AND CRISPIAN BALMER
    The Palestinian death toll in an Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip rose above 500 on Monday as the army said it had killed 10 militants who tunnelled into Israel, while Gazan officials said an Israeli tank shelled a hospital, killing civilians. A day after he was caught by an open microphone saying sarcastically that the Israeli assault was "a hell of a pinpoint operation", U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry flew to Cairo to try to secure an end to the two-week conflict. Despite a U.N. Security Council appeal on Sunday for an immediate ceasefire in the worst bout...
  • Iraq's second city "free of Christians" (Ethnic Cleansing)

    07/21/2014 5:10:32 AM PDT · by xzins · 43 replies
    CBN ^ | 20 Jul 14 | Stan Jeter
    Christians have fled en masse from Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city, abandoning communities that date back to the first centuries of Christianity. Islamic extremists who now control the city gave Christians until midday Saturday to convert to Islam, pay a tax or face death. According to MidEast Christian News, the IS rulers ordered hospitals to dismiss Christian doctors and female employees. The report says extremists also marked the houses of Christians as "Property of the Islamic State". By the time the deadline imposed by the Islamic State expired, most Christians were gone. Mosul, where Christianity has existed for nearly 2,000 years,...