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The Region: Israel’s only alternative
Jerusalem Post [Israel], by Barry Rubin

Original Article

Posted By:StormCnter, 12/11/2012 4:47:36 AM

The Palestinian leadership, abetted by many Western governments, has now torn up every agreement it made with Israel. Once the efforts of two decades of negotiations – including irrevocable Israeli compromises in giving the Palestinian Authority control over territory, its own armed forces, dismantling settlements and permitting billions of dollars of foreign aid to the Palestinians – were destroyed, the world decided to focus the blame on Israel for approving the construction of 3,000 apartments. In 1993, Israel signed an agreement with the PLO to make peace in the Israel-Palestinian conflict.

      


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New Yorker, by Sarah Stillman    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/10/2013 5:48:05 AM     Post Reply
The moment the assault rifles surrounded her, Angie Wong was standing in a leafy art-gallery courtyard with her boyfriend, a lawyer named Paul Kaiser. It was just past 2 A.M., in May, 2008. Wong was twenty-two years old and was dressed for an evening out, in crisp white jeans, a white top, and tall heels that made it difficult not to wobble. The couple had stopped by a regular event hosted by the Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit (CAID), a red brick gallery with the aim of “turning Detroit into a model city,” and arrived to find a tipsy,

   

 

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Serious criminal probe may
be keeping Filner in office
Daily Caller, by Tim Cavanaugh    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/10/2013 5:39:29 AM     Post Reply
San Diego Mayor Bob Filner’s endurance in the face of mounting sexual harassment accusations may be driven by his need to get out of an even bigger problem: a federal criminal investigation that has received little attention from the national media. The San Diego Creeper is the subject of an FBI probe of what looks like a quid-pro-quo arrangement with a local developer. In June local media obtained a voicemail Tom Story of Sunroad Centrum Partners left for various city council members regarding a $100,000 “gift” he made to two public projects Filner favored. At the time, Sunroad was looking

Obama Is Starting to Understand Why
People Are So Upset About NSA Spying
Atlantic, by Matt Berman & Brian Resnick    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/10/2013 5:34:46 AM     Post Reply
During a Friday afternoon press conference in the dead of summer, President Obama announced major proposals to change how his administration carries out national-security policy. The president laid out four goals: Reform the Patriot Act program that collects telephone programs. Work with Congress to reform the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to introduce an "independent voice" that would "make sure the government´s position is challenged by an adversary." Increase transparency. The Department of Justice will make public the legal rationale for the collection of data. A website will also be created as "a hub" for further transparency. A "high-level group of outside experts"

Another week, another holiday
Washington Times, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/10/2013 5:30:08 AM     Post Reply
President Obama leaves for Martha’s Vineyard on Saturday for still another vacation. The Government Accountability Institute calculates that Mr. Obama spends twice as much time at leisure than on policy briefings. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, considering the policies. Nevertheless, we’re paying a lot for a debt to pleasure. Nobody begrudges a president a little time off, but we’re paying $2 million for a comfortable holiday on Cape Cod, the Massachusetts summer retreat of the wealthy elites. As in medieval times, when the court attended the sovereign wherever he traveled, the White House entourage always tags along,

Harry Reid Engages in Racial
Demagoguery Against GOP…Again
American Spectator, by Aaron Goldstein    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/10/2013 5:23:27 AM     Post Reply
Why do Democrats insist on demonstrating they have nothing to contribute to the political discourse in this country? The latest example comes from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid when told an interviewer with NPR that he “hopes” GOP opposition to President Obama is based on substance, not his skin color. For his part, South Carolina GOP Congressman Tim Scott (who is black) called upon Reid to apologize for his comments. Reid should be able to do better than that. But we know full well that he can’t. Indeed, Reid is no stranger to engaging in racial demagoguery. Back in December 2009,

Princess Chelsea
National Review Online, by Katrina Trinko    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/10/2013 5:19:52 AM     Post Reply
Has there ever been anyone the media have wanted to see run for public office as desperately as they do Chelsea Clinton? Asked Monday if she planned to run, the former first daughter told CNN, “Not now,” adding that she currently lived in a city, state, and country where “I really believe in my elected officials, and their ethos and their competencies.” Then she added, “I had very much led a deliberately private life for a long time, and now I’m attempting to lead a purposely public life.” Cue the media-hype cycle.

   

 

  


 
Washington Post panic
New York Post, by L. Brent Bozell III    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/10/2013 5:15:42 AM     Post Reply
The Washington Post is a legend in the minds of the Washington elite, so its financial decline has caused quiet panic. As NPR media reporter David Folkenflik put it, “You think of stories like the Pentagon Papers, Watergate, these are all stories where The Washington Post led the nation’s understanding, the world’s understanding of some major issues.” Outside the liberal media, you wonder how long Post fans can wallow in their Nixon-crumbling polyester “glory days” in the early 1970s. But nostalgia ruled as the Graham family sold the Post to Jeff Bezos, the billionaire founder of Amazon.com.

Where Are the Carriers?
Weekly Standard, by Geoffrey Norman    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/10/2013 5:11:38 AM     Post Reply
"When word of a crisis breaks out in Washington, it´s no accident that the first question that comes to everyone´s lips is: ´Where´s the nearest carrier?´" (President Bill Clinton, March 12, 1993, aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt) Twenty years later, it appears that the answer to that question will soon be, "The carriers are in mothballs." Rusting away. We can´t afford them any longer." As Mike Hixenbaugh reports in the Virginian-Pilot, "If Congress does nothing to mitigate $500 billion in across-the-board defense cuts planned over the next decade, several analysts say, reducing the number of carrier strike groups

Dallas-area man arrested
in killings of four wome
had his record wiped clean
Morning News [Dallas, TX], by Jennifer Emily & Tanya Eiserer    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/10/2013 5:03:22 AM     Post Reply
A grenade-wielding man who police say shot two mothers and their daughters to death Wednesday had a history of family violence. But his criminal record was wiped clean after he’d graduated from a special program for veterans trying to get their lives back on track, and he may have lied to get into the program. Erbie Lee Bowser, 44, faces multiple capital murder charges after authorities say he killed his former girlfriend and her teenage daughter in southwest Dallas around 10:30 p.m. and then drove about 7 miles to DeSoto to kill his estranged wife and her daughter

Among Blacks, Spitzer and Weiner
Find a More Forgiving Crowd
New York Times, by Kate Taylor    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/10/2013 4:53:21 AM     Post Reply
Seated on a dais, before a crowd of men and women still picking at their breakfast of fried chicken, sausage, eggs and grits, Eliot Spitzer smiled. A series of ministers introduced him to the audience of 80 Brooklyn pastors and churchgoers as “a brother” and “a friend.” The audience shouted “Oh yeah” and “All right” as the Rev. Johnny Ray Youngblood, alluding to Mr. Spitzer’s prostitution scandal, said, “We have all sinned and come short before the glory of God.” The gathering Thursday morning, at First Baptist Church of Crown Heights, was an indication of a striking phenomenon

Obama’s Presser: What the
Media Did and Didn’t Ask
PJ Media, by Bryan Preston    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/10/2013 4:48:41 AM     Post Reply
Here’s a live log of the questions the media asked after President Obama’s scoldy opening statement regarding four reforms he is proposing to rein in his own domestic surveillance. First question, Julie Pace of AP — Pace asked Obama about the US-Russian relationship after Putin granted Edward Snowden asylum. Obama manages to work in another statement in favor of gay rights after taking a swing or two at Putin. Oh, and the US won’t boycott the Olympics in Russia. Don’t call Barack Obama another Jimmy Carter! Second question, Chuck Todd of NBC — Todd asked Obama whether he now thinks

   

 

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Obama on Obamacare:
Promise the impossible,
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point fingers, repeat
Hot Air, by Mary Katharine Ham    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/10/2013 4:42:58 AM     Post Reply
Promise the impossible, confess impotence, point fingers. Repeat. I’ve been putting off unpacking President Obama’s answer on Obamacare at his press conference today, so packed full is it of straw men and misrepresentations and fantasy and smears and straight-up lies. But here we go. The Cliffs Notes are the sentence above, if you should prefer to refer to them. The takeaway is that, despite there being literally no way to wring good news about Obamacare from any question to any poll with any demographic, the president has decided his continued confidence in the program, which reality proves



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The Clintons have decided to rent a different house in the Hamptons this summer after they only received a small portion of their security deposit back from the home they rented last year. The famous Democrats have been frequent visitors to the expensive summer getaway in Long Island, and rented the same beachfront house in 2011 and 2012. [Snip] When it comes to rentals in the Hamptons, many owners use the security deposits as a way to pay for the utility fees like heat and grounds-keeping charges. It should be little surprise then that the Lily Pond Lane home

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Wall Street Journal, by Jared A. Favole    Original Article
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WASHINGTON—The White House announced that President Barack Obama will award the Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award, to 16 recipients including television star and businesswoman Oprah Winfrey, legendary Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee and former President Bill Clinton. “The Presidential Medal of Freedom goes to men and women who have dedicated their own lives to enriching ours,” Mr. Obama said in a statement released by the White House. “This year’s honorees have been blessed with extraordinary talent, but what sets them apart is their gift for sharing that talent with the world.”

Dear Lawrence O´Donnell, Don´t
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New Republic, by JULIA IOFFE    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 8/9/2013 7:03:31 AM     Post Reply
Tonight, I went on Lawrence O´Donnell´s show, and Lawrence O´Donnell yelled at me. Or, rather, he O´Reilly´d at me. That O´Donnell interrupted and harangued and mansplained and was generally an angry grandpa at me is not what I take issue with, however. What bothers me is that, look: your producers take the time to find experts to come on the show, answer your questions, and, hopefully, clarify the issue at hand.

   

 



 
Ted Cruz: ‘I respect Barack
Obama a great deal’

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Washington Examiner [DC], by Charlie Spiering    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/8/2013 10:40:18 AM     Post Reply
In an interview with Time magazine, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, explained that he respected President Obama and even modeled his own campaign for senate after his presidential campaign. “I think Barack Obama is an extraordinary politician,” Cruz said. “And I respect Barack Obama a great deal. I think he is committed to his principles, which is rare in politics.” Cruz also pointed out that Obama’s principles were “profoundly dangerous.” “I respect that he believes, I think genuinely, with all of his heart, that government control of economy and redistribution of wealth betters the world,” Cruz added.

DOD Slapping Fort Hood Survivors
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Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
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Justice: The wife of a Fort Hood survivor claims the Defense Department is "slapping victims with gag orders" and telling family members not to talk to the press following testimony in the trial of Nidal Hasan. One of the great scandals of the Obama administration has been its shameful designation of the Nov. 5, 2009, rampage at the Army base in Killeen, Texas, by Maj. Nidal Hasan as "workplace violence." It has only compounded the pain and suffering of the victims and their families who have now apparently been ordered to shut up about it.

Gutierrez: 40-50 House Republicans
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The Hill (Washington D.C.), by Ian Swanson    Original Article
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Forty to 50 House Republicans will support immigration reform, Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-Ill.) predicted Thursday. Gutiérrez said many of the Republicans supportive of immigration reform don’t want to be identified, but he insisted they would support comprehensive immigration reform. “If they ask me today, go find those 40 to 50 Republicans, I’ll tell them I found them. I know where they’re at,” Gutiérrez said in an interview with Ed O’Keefe at The Washington Post.

   

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