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AP Wire
Jun 19, 2014

1. OIL REFINERY FOCUS OF FIERCE FIGHT IN IRAQ

The facility accounts for just more than a quarter of the country's entire refining capacity and is a prime target for the insurgents.

2. WHY U.S. IS WARY OF LAUNCHING AIRSTRIKES

So far, officials haven't been able to identify clear targets that could hit in Iraq and slow the militants' momentum.

3. WORLD CUP PRODUCES A SHOCKER

Defending champion Spain is eliminated with its second loss in as many outings at the tournament.

4. SENATORS URGE 12-CENT HIKE IN GAS TAX

The extra revenue would be used, among other things, to fix aging roads and bridges in the U.S.

5. THREE INMATES PUT TO DEATH IN LESS THAN 24 HOURS

The executions indicate that death penalty states are unfazed by the recent furor over how the U.S. carries out lethal injections.

6. FRESH PRESSURE ON REDSKINS TO CHANGE NAME

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office rules that the nickname disparages Native Americans.

7. HOW SCIENTISTS HOPE TO BRING BACK AN EXTINCT SPECIES

It's a longshot, but some geneticists are trying to revive the passenger pigeon from leftover DNA in stuffed birds.

8. FORMER GUARD ACCUSED OF CRIMES AT AUSCHWITZ

The 89-year-old Philadelphia man has said he was stationed outside the Nazi camp and wasn't responsible for the deaths of Jews and others.

9. SETBACK IN EFFORTS TO TAME 'CAT FROM HELL'

Lux, the notorious Oregon feline, attacks his new guardians, and they're forced to give him up for their own safety.

10. WHO'S BEING HONORED WITH NATION'S TOP HUMOR PRIZE

Jay Leno, the former "Tonight Show" funny man, will receive the Mark Twain Prize this fall at the Kennedy Center in Washington.

Comments

Vladtheimp

#2. Remember when we had a real Commander in Chief? http://legalinsurrection.com/201...

#4. Because Obama's $800 billion stimulus using our tax dollars to fix roads and bridges instead was spent on his democrat supporters.

#6 Well, there go the First Amendment right to Free Speech and the Fifth Amendment right not to be deprived of property without Due Process of Law; unelected bureaucrats under Obama violate the Constitution, following the example of their leader.

Possible solution - one wag suggested removing the picture of an Indian and replacing it with a potato. At any rate, say goodbye to more of the rights you had as an American prior to the Golden Age of Obama. I favor re-naming them the Blackfeet, and challenging Obama to take away the trademarks of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the United Negro College Fund, both "Colored" and "Negro" being offensive to a large number of the minority community. Of course, every trademark with the word "Cracker" in it has to be cancelled.

11. BAM's COMPETENCY JUDGED WORSE THAN BUSH'S RIGHT AFTER KATRINA

NBC's Chuck Todd described the latest WSJ/NBC poll as a “disaster for the president” and argued that the American public is essentially saying Obama's “presidency is over.”

This poll is a disaster for the president,” Todd said. “You look at the presidency here: lowest job rating, tied for the lowest; lowest on foreign policy. His administration is seen as less competent than the Bush administration, post-Katrina.”

“On the issue of do you believe he can still lead? A majority believe no. Essentially the public is saying your presidency is over,” Todd added.

http://nation.foxnews.com/2014/0...

Lanivan

#11. To add: The most recent Gallup poll shows the lowest Congressional approval percentage for a mid-term Congress ever, since the polling began in 1974.

truthhurts

12.) July will be White people music month.

Lanivan

#1-#2. “Once you got to Iraq and took it over, and took down Saddam Hussein’s government, then what are you going to put in its place? That’s a very volatile part of the world, and if you take down the central government of Iraq you can easily end up seeing pieces of Iraq fly off. Part of it the Syrians would like to have to the west. Part of eastern Iraq, the Iranians would like to claim, fought over for eight years. In the north you’ve got the Kurds, and if the Kurds spin loose and join with the Kurds in Turkey, then you threaten the territorial integrity of Turkey. It’s a quagmire.” Dick Cheney, 1994.

"We found the weapons of mass destruction." –President Bush, in an interview with Polish television, May 29, 2003

"My belief is we will, in fact, be greeted as liberators." –Vice President Dick Cheney, "Meet the Press," March 16, 2003

"It's hard to conceive that it would take more forces to provide stability in post-Saddam Iraq than it would take to conduct the war itself and to secure the surrender of Saddam’s security forces and his army. Hard to imagine." –Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz, testifying before the House Budget Committee prior to the Iraq war, Feb. 27, 2003

"The truth is that for reasons that have a lot to do with the U.S. government bureaucracy, we settled on the one issue that everyone could agree on, which was weapons of mass destruction, as the core reason." --Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz, "Vanity Fair" interview, May 28, 2003

"Oh, no, we're not going to have any casualties." —President Bush, discussing the Iraq war with Christian broadcaster Pat Robertson, after Robertson told him he should prepare the American people for casualties

"Rarely has a U.S. president been so wrong about so much at the expense of so many." Dick Cheney, June 2014.

#13. Obama captures the leader of the Benghazi attack and brings him to the US. The GOP response? What took ya so long, loser?

Obama deliberates over proper response to Iraqi Sunni/Shiite battles. The GOP response? What's taking you so long, loser?

Pressure on Obama to Quickly Resolve Centuries-Old Sunni-Shiite Conflict

Congressional leaders left the White House on Wednesday “deeply frustrated” that President Obama had not found a swift resolution to the conflict between Sunnis and Shiites that began in the seventh century A.D.

After meeting for more than an hour with the President in the Oval Office, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell expressed disappointment that Mr. Obama “came up empty” when asked for a plan to heal the rift between the two religious groups, which began in the year 632.

http://www.newyorker.com/online/...

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