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Magnitude 8.0 earthquake
generates three-foot
tsunami in South Pacific

Associated Press, by Staff

Original Article

Posted By:JoniTx, 2/5/2013 11:18:28 PM

A powerful earthquake off the Solomon Islands generated a tsunami that damaged dozens of homes in the South Pacific island chain Wednesday, but authorities cancelled warnings for tsunamis on more distant coasts. Local officials in the Solomons reported two 1.5-meter (4 foot, 11-inch) waves hit the western side of Santa Cruz Island, damaging around 50 homes and properties, said George Herming, a spokesman for the prime minister. There were no reports of injuries or deaths. Villagers were heading for higher ground as a precaution, Herming said.

      


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Obama to give speech 50
years after ´I Have a Dream´
The Hill (Washington DC), by Mario Trujillo    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/7/2013 8:43:45 PM     Post Reply
President Obama is slated to deliver a speech later this month commemorating the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington in which Martin Luther King Jr. gave his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. Obama will deliver his speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial — the same place where King spoke 50 years ago. The Let Freedom Ring ceremony will be held Aug. 28. "It’s obviously a historic, seminal event in the country. It’s part of my generation’s formative memory and it’s a good time for us to do some reflection,"

   

 

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Obama pledges $195M
more in Syria aid
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/7/2013 8:35:47 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON— President Barack Obama says the U.S. is providing an additional $195 million in humanitarian and food aid to Syria. That means the U.S. has now sent more than $1 billion in humanitarian aid since the 2-year-old Syrian civil war started. Obama is timing the new aid to coincide with Eid al-Fitr (ayd ahl-FIH´-tur), a holiday marking the end of Ramadan, Islam´s holy month of fasting. Obama says many Americans have celebrated Ramadan with Muslims. (Snip) The White House issued the statement Wednesday while Obama was traveling in California.

Jeb Bush blasts Matt Damon as
hypocrite on public education
Washington Times (D.C), by Cheryl K. Chumley    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/7/2013 4:55:28 PM     Post Reply
Jeb Bush, the former governor of Florida, on Tuesday sent a blistering critique of Hollywood actor Matt Damon’s decision to school his three children at a private facility, not public: You’re such a hypocrite. Mr. Damon did, after all, campaign very publicly about the importance of public education, Mr. Bush pointed out, Newsmax reported. On Monday, Mr. Bush tweeted: “Matt Damon refuses to enroll kids in Los Angeles public schools. Choice ok for Damon, why not everyone else?” The Twitter query came just a few days after the Hollywood actor interviewed with a reporter from The Guardian and said

Fox News and MSNBC: Difference?
Washington Post, by Erik Wemple    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/7/2013 4:38:20 PM     Post Reply
On MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” co-hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski alighted on one of the great low-hanging-fruit debates of modern media: whether MSNBC and Fox News are merely mirror images of each other on opposing sides of the country’s ideological divide. The discussion between the two MSNBCers began after they mentioned Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus’s attack on CNN and NBC for planning specials on Hillary Rodham Clinton. Brzezinski talked about getting Priebus on MSNBC to chat about things, but she said that he already had his proprietary outlet in Fox News. Then it got going: Scarborough:

Members, staff will keep health-care
subsidies under Obamacare
Daily Caller (Washington DC), by Alexis Levinson    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/7/2013 4:33:12 PM     Post Reply
Members of Congress and Hill staffers will not lose their health-care subsidies from the government when Obamacare is implemented because of an exception proposed Wednesday by the Office of Personnel Management. (Snip) The potential for staff losing the subsidies led to concerns of “brain drain” from the Hill if staffers left as a result of the increased costs. Last week, when President Barack Obama came to the Hill to meet with Senate Democrats, he informed them that he would personally get involved to sort out the confusion, and the White House said that OPM would issue guidelines this week.

OK for siblings of ´gifted
and talented´ students to
get DOE boost: judge
New York Post, by Julia Marsh, Bruce Golding    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/7/2013 3:15:57 PM     Post Reply
Some city “gifted and talented” students are more equal than others — and that’s OK, a Manhattan judge has ruled. Outraged parents yesterday said they were planning to send their kids to private school — or even move out of the city — after the ruling that the Department of Education can continue giving preferential treatment to the younger siblings of current “gifted and talented” students when deciding which 4-year-olds get admitted to the hyper-competitive program. Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Alice Schlesinger tossed a suit by parents of some of the extra smart kids who got edged out by

   

 

  


 
Love and Betrayal
National Review, by Lee Habeeb    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/7/2013 3:06:23 PM     Post Reply
Love. It’s the most powerful word in the English language. When it is flanked by two pronouns, it becomes the most powerful sentence in the English language: I love you. Those three words change hearts. They change lives. They change everything. It doesn’t matter what part of the world you live in or what language you speak, there are the equivalents of those three words. And they carry with them the same power everywhere they’re uttered. For the person saying them, and the one hearing them.

Obama has private dinner
with DreamWorks CEO Katzenberg
The Hill (Washington, DC), by Daniel Strauss    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/7/2013 3:01:08 PM     Post Reply
President Obama had a private dinner with DreamWorks CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg during a visit to Los Angeles on Tuesday. Obama and Katzenberg, a major donor to the president´s campaigns and the pro-Obama super-PAC Priorities USA, dined at the Hilton Woodland Hills hotel, White House press secretary Jay Carney said Wednesday, according to a pool report. The dinner had not previously been disclosed. Carney called Katzenberg a "longtime friend" of the president and said that the two dined in Obama´s hotel room. The president picked up the tab.

Paula Deen turned down
´Dancing with the Stars´
United Press International, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/7/2013 2:49:56 PM     Post Reply
Los Angeles- Former Food Network star Paula Deen turned down a chance to compete on "Dancing with the Stars" in Los Angeles, UsMagazine.com reported Wednesday. "The dance floor is not the appropriate forum for her," a source close to Deen told the magazine. The 66-year-old, Georgia-born chef admitted in a May deposition for a lawsuit she had used the N-word in the past. That comment, and her description of a so-called plantation-style wedding she would like to see, sparked a media firestorm that prompted the Food Network to fire her. Deen later insisted she is not a racist and

Krauthammer: Obama Has ´Thrown
the Book´ at the Enemy - ´The Dictionary´
Newsbusters, by Noel Sheppard    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/7/2013 2:02:19 PM     Post Reply
Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer had some harsh words Tuesday for the White House calling the evacuation of our embassies in the Middle East “ordered departures.” Appearing on Fox News’s Special Report, Krauthammer said, “This is the first administration in history ever to launch a lexicological war on the enemy. You know, they’ve thrown the book at them - the dictionary.” [Video] BRET BAIER, HOST: The state department splitting hairs over “ordered departure” or evacuation as you heard there.

Did San Diego mayor target
victims of military sexual assault?
CNN, by Kyung Lah    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/7/2013 1:54:11 PM     Post Reply
The man on the voicemail is flirty and clearly asking for a date. But it´s the name on the message that´s raising red flags. "Hi, it´s your newly favorite congressman, Bob Filner. You know, the one who fell in love with you at your last speech," he told Eldonna Fernandez. He also asked her out to dinner in the message. "I don´t want to wait ´til you come back to have dinner with you," he said. That message was left a year ago, while Filner was serving his 10th term as a U.S. congressman. He had met Fernandez at

   

 

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Obama to visit with troops
at Camp Pendleton: President
to deliver remarks from the base
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/7/2013 1:50:02 PM     Post Reply
CAMP PENDLETON - President Barack Obama will conclude a two-day West Coast swing Wednesday by visiting troops and their families at Camp Pendleton to thank them for their service to the nation. Obama will arrive at the Marine Corps base in northern San Diego County from the Los Angeles area after fielding online questions from homeowners, renters and prospective buyers in a virtual housing roundtable discussion. Obama began the trip Tuesday in Arizona where he toured a construction company and delivered a speech at a Phoenix high school, calling for sweeping housing reforms,



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Posted By: FlyRight- 8/7/2013 7:05:38 AM     Post Reply
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I’m a guy again! ABC newsman who
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He thought he was a woman trapped in a man’s body — but it turns out he’s “just another boring straight guy.” ABC News editor Don Ennis strolled into the newsroom in May wearing a little black dress and an auburn wig and announced he was transgender and splitting from his wife. He wanted to be called Dawn. But now he says he suffered from a two-day bout of amnesia that has made him realize he wants to live his life again as Don. “I accused my wife of playing some kind of cruel joke, dressing

   

 

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Made-up Threat Rehabilitates
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Prava ru., by Lyuba Lyulko    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 8/7/2013 6:24:28 AM     Post Reply
The U.S. State Department issued a global alert about the terrorist threat allegedly posed by Al-Qaeda in Yemen. The USA announced the closure of its missions in the Middle East and Africa, and their example was followed by France, Britain, and Germany. However, this was only an attempt to justify the activities of the National Security Agency.Last Saturday, right after alerting of the terror threat civilians and BOLO complex ("be on the lookout") that includes law enforcement and federal officials, President Barack Obama went to play golf, and then celebrated his birthday at the presidential retreat at Camp David.

Romney warns against shutdown
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Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney jumped into the debate over the GOP’s future Tuesday night, warning congressional Republicans against forcing a government shutdown in their quest to stop President Barack Obama’s signature health care law. Romney addressed more than 200 donors on the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee at a fundraiser for the New Hampshire Republican Party, staged just four miles from the vacation home where he has spent much of the summer with his family. The event was closed to the media, but his office released his prepared remarks.

Barney Frank: I’m A
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Obama cancels meeting with
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T.S.A. Expands Duties
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New York Times, by Ron Nixon    Original Article
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Washington--As hundreds of commuters emerged from Amtrak and commuter trains at Union Station on a recent morning, an armed squad of men and women dressed in bulletproof vests made their way through the crowds. The squad was not with the Washington police department or Amtrak’s police force, but was one of the Transportation Security Administration’s Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response squads — VIPR teams for short — assigned to perform random security sweeps to prevent terrorist attacks at transportation hubs across the United States.(Snip)With little fanfare, the agency best known for airport screenings has vastly expanded its reach

   

 



 
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Benghazi: Is the Alleged
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‘Didn’t Know It Was This Bad’:
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Mediaite, by Evan McMurry    Original Article
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Speaking from Egypt Tuesday night, where they are hoping to broker a peaceful transition period between the country’s ouster of former President Mohamed Morsi to its next phase of nascent democracy, Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham warned that concessions on both sides needed to begin immediately or Egypt’s government would “fail.” “I didn’t know it was this bad,” Graham said. “These folks are just days, weeks away from all out bloodshed.” “There is only one way that we can bring about a peaceful Egypt, and that is a process of negotiation and reconciliation between major players,” McCain said.

   

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