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AP Wire
Jul 10, 2014

1. BORDER TURMOIL DEEMED 'DIFFICULT, DISTRESSING'

U.S. officials acknowledge being overwhelmed by tens of thousands of children fleeing drug violence in Central America and lured to America by rumors they can stay.

2. NEW THEORY EMERGES ON BENGHAZI

U.S. military commanders suggest perpetrators of a second assault on a CIA complex were probably different from those who attacked the American diplomatic mission the night before, the AP learns.

3. ISRAEL STEPS UP OFFENSIVE AS DIPLOMACY KICKS OFF

Egypt and U.S. Secretary of State Kerry intervene and U.N. chief Ban Ki-Moon warns of a "deteriorating situation" as violence persists between Israel and the Palestinians.

4. IRAQI LEADER ACCUSES KURDS OF AIDING EXTREMISTS

Prime Minister al-Maliki alleges the Kurdish self-rule region is harboring Sunni militants who have overrun much of the country, an accusation Kurds call "baseless."

5. HOW GOLDEN STATE PLANS TO DEAL WITH HISTORIC DROUGHT

Californians will face the threat of $500-a-day fines for wasting water on lawns, cars, sidewalks and decorative fountains if the state water board approves tougher rules.

6. SAGA OF EX-NEW ORLEANS MAYOR ENDS

The tumultuous odyssey of Ray Nagin comes to a close with a federal judge sentencing him to 10 years in prison for corruption.

7. BASEBALL TEAM FOUND CULPABLE IN FAN BEATING

A jury awards a San Francisco Giants fan $18 million in damages, of which $15 million must be paid by the Los Angeles Dodgers for not providing adequate security.

8. WHAT JUSTIN BIEBER GOT IN EGG-THROWING CASE

The pop singer is ordered to pay $80,900 in damages and serve two years on probation after pleading no contest for the January incident in California.

9. SURVEY: RAPES NOT INVESTIGATED AT 2 IN 5 COLLEGES

A lack of coordination between many campuses and local law enforcement in handling sexual assaults is cited as a reason.

10. WHO'LL PLAY GERMANY FOR SOCCER TITLE

Goalkeeper Sergio Romero saves two penalty kicks to send Argentina into the World Cup final with a 4-2 shootout win over the Netherlands.

Comments

Vladtheimp

11. IMPROPER PAYMENTS BY FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TOP $100 BILLION

""The amounts here are absolutely staggering," said Rep. John Mica, R-Fla. "It's over $100 billion each of the last five years. That's a staggering half a trillion dollars in improper payments."

"The largest sources of improper payments are government health care programs, according to agency estimates. Medicare's various health insurance programs for older Americans accounted for $50 billion in improper payments in the 2013 budget year, far exceeding any other program."

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12. IRS SCANDAL EVIDENCE CONTINUES TO ROLL IN

On April 9, 2013, Lerner, the director of Exempt Organization at the IRS, sent an email to IT employee Maria Hooke, asking about the OCS and whether Congress could access those messages.

"I was cautioning folks about email and how we have had several occasions where Congress has asked for emails and there has been an electronic search for responsive emails -- so we need to be cautious about what we say in emails," Lerner wrote.

She forwarded a question about whether the chat system conversations were also searchable.

Hooke responded that the messages "are not set to automatically save" but anyone could "copy and save the contents" to an email or file.

She recommended that the agency treat these conversations "as if it could/is being saved [somewhere], as it is possible for either party of the conversation to retain the information and have it turn up as part of the electronic search."

Lerner replied: "Perfect." http://www.foxnews.com/politics/...

Tri-cities realist

11. Wait wait, I thought govt waste and fraud was minuscule, Lanny please explain...

12. Not a smidgen of corruption... Uh huh. And it just shows how stupid Lerner was/is by writing what she did in an email, which she knew could be searched. I'm no attorney, but I would think that shows intent to deceive, at a minimum.

Lanivan

11. Ask, and ye shall receive.....http://www.politico.com/story/20...

Lanivan

12. Makes sense to me if I thought I was the target of a partisan witch hunt with the full faith and strength of Darrell Issa and the Transylvanian Lynch Mob in suits and ties drooling over your every word and email in a disgustingly rabid manner. All on the taxpayers dime, of course.

Tri-cities realist

Sounds like you'd fit right in at the IRS, but do yourself a favor, don't plan to do anything illegal, since you may have a penchant for leaving traces of your criminal behavior in your emails and texts.

Tri-cities realist

Thanks, I now see that you must think tens of billions of dollars is minuscule. While social security can boast about a 1% overpayment rate, they still wasted $2.4 billion. Others wasted tens of billions of dollars, thank you for making my point.

Here's a tip for the govt bureaucrats: instead of taking the time to estimate overpayments, why not prevent them from happening in the first place! What a concept.

Lanivan

Preach it, Brotha! I'm spittin' mad that the US has spent $85 billion+ rebuilding Afghanistan, and $60+ billion rebuilding Iraq.

Instead of overestimating a positive outcome from over $140 billion in US funds on infrastructure rebuilding, why not prevent it from happening in the first place?

What a concept!

Tri-cities realist

I would support legislation that prohibits ANY foreign aid until our debt is eliminated. Would you join me in supporting that?

Harry Kovaire

#11. - I wonder why they left out the $700 billion in wasted stimulus spending? Plus the uncounted billions in "green energy investments."

#12. - At what point does this become conspiracy to obstruct justice?

Lanivan

I am your personal Mind Control Police (said in a heavy Eastern European accent): This is the answer to your question number twelve. Lack of evidence is proof it exists.

Lanivan

With all the intense scrutiny and hysteria over Lois Lerner using the word "caution" to her colleagues, one must wonder: Why hasn't there been any intense scrutiny and hysteria directed to the man for whom the buck stops - the head of the IRS, Douglas H. Schulman, who was appointed by Bush to head up the IRS from 2008, and stayed on after Obama took office until he resigned in 2012. He is a self-described conservative Republican with sterling credentials (Georgetown U!) and is quoted as saying during an investigation on IRS targeting of conservative Republican applications:

"They’re in an application process which they moved into voluntarily. There is absolutely no targeting. This is the kind of back-and-forth that happens when people apply for 501(c)(4) status."

Clearly this is a smoking gun! From a conservative Republican talking about the claim of IRS targeting of conservative Republican applications! During his watch! Under his directives/management culture!

Oh wait.....conservative Republican.....never mind......

Harry Kovaire

"...the man for whom the buck stops - the head of the IRS, Douglas H. Schulman"

So THAT'S where Truman's desk sign went. http://i895.photobucket.com/albu...

Lanivan

I was actually thinking of this....for whom the bell(e) tolls, but thanks for the time, energy, and effort flipping through Mad Magazine to find this meaningful expression of 14-year old teenage boy humor.

Tri-cities realist

Well if he was involved throw the book at him. Actually, never mind the "if", just throw the book at him, we should abolish the IRS.

Lanivan

Yeah! Let's put a torch to the socialist IRS!! And while we're at it, the socialist US military and the Pennsylvania State Liquor Control Board!!

You lead, TCR, and I'll follow......

Tri-cities realist

Now you're talking! But don't you mean the fascist (not socialist) US military? :-s But then there is that pesky Article 2 of the US Constitution.

And you lost me with Pennsylvania, care to elaborate?

Lanivan

All hard liquor must be purchased from "state stores" - liquor stores that are state owned, operated, and managed by the Pennsylvania State Liquor Board.

Does anyone disagree that the military is almost entirely government run? And if you agree to that obvious fact, when you attack all government run programs, aren't you by definition attacking the United States military?

And if there was any question about how socialist the army is, they removed all doubt when they adopted their last slogan: Army of One. That sounds positively communist. Why don't they just call it the collective? And in the US military everyone pledges to support one another no matter what. No one gets left behind. Everyone gets government provided housing, health care, and even government clothing. The military is the most socialist institution we have. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ce...

Tri-cities realist

Yep I agree they should get rid of the liquor board, unless you are its commissioner.

I don't attack all govt run programs. I support our military and other constitutionally prescribed agencies. But if they are not being run well or abusing their powers, I will comment (free speech is not an attack) on it.

Lanivan

How very statesmanlike of you.....8^/

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