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AP Wire
Aug 1, 2014

 

1. CEASE-FIRE REACHED IN GAZA WAR

During the 72-hour halt in hostilities, negotiations are to be held on a more durable truce between the Israelis and Hamas.

2. WHO SPIED ON THE SENATE

CIA officers searched the computers of Senate staffers investigating the agency's interrogation techniques, a government report says.

3. AID WORKER STRICKEN WITH EBOLA BEING FLOWN BACK TO U.S.

It's the first time the disease will be brought into the country, and precautions are planned.

4. HOW FAR DOW FELL

Thursday's 300-point plunge is the worst one-day drop since February and snaps a string of five straight monthly gains.

5. GAS EXPLOSION IN TAIWAN KILLS 22

Firefighters were investigating a reported gas leak in the southern port city of Kaohsiung when the blast occurred — and several firefighters are among the dead.

6. NO IMMIGRATION FIX IN SIGHT

Congress fails to agree on legislation to cope with the influx of young immigrants flocking illegally to the U.S.

7. INTERNATIONAL INVESTIGATIVE TEAM FINALLY REACHES FLIGHT 17 CRASH SITE

For the families of the 298 victims of the tragedy in Ukraine, it's an important start in locating and recovering bodies still out in the open.

8. STUDY TRACES DINOSAUR EVOLUTION INTO EARLY BIRDS

The steady downsizing and elegant evolution of a class of two-legged meat-eaters called theropods is detailed in the journal Science.

9. 'SHARKNADO 2' A RATINGS WINNER

Some 3.9 million tune in to the sequel — triple the number who viewed last summer's premiere of the original "Sharknado" film.

10. WHICH BIG ARMS ARE SWITCHING TEAMS

At baseball's trade deadline, Tampa sends Cy Young winner David Price to Detroit and Boston ships left-hander Jon Lester to Oakland.

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Barry Soetoro

11. Anyone know of TheBee's whereabouts on Wednesday?

http://www.mlive.com/news/sagina...

Vladtheimp

12. IF THEIR LIPS ARE MOVING . . .

We Never Tried To Impeach Bush, Says Democratic Lawmaker Who Co-Sponsored Bush Impeachment Bill http://www.buzzfeed.com/katherin...

13. LIBERALS' HEADS GO SPLODY

Wisconsin Justices Uphold Union Limits, a Victory for the Governor (That would be Scott Walker) http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/0...

14. 54% BELIEVE OBAMA WANTS MOST NEW ILLEGAL ALIEN INVADERS TO STAY AND VOTE DEMOCRAT

"Voters think President Obama is doing a poor job handling the latest immigration crisis and believe he wants to let most of the new illegal immigrants stay here despite majority support for their quick deportation." http://www.rasmussenreports.com/...

15. LAWS, OBAMA DON'T NEED TO FOLLOW ANY STINKIN LAWS

Study: Hundreds of rules passed by Obama administration are technically illegal

"Under a 1996 statute, most federal rules are supposed to be reported to the House and Senate in paper form and to the Government Accountability Office electronically. But since the start of 2012, that hasn’t happened for many of the regulations put out by the Obama administration, either because of bureaucratic oversight or because they were considered too minor to be reported." http://www.washingtonpost.com/po...

Lanivan

#4. Gee - think it might be because of this?:

Fox's Krauthammer Derides GOP Flip-Flop On Obama's Executive Actions
Krauthammer: "It Is Ridiculous To Sue The President On A Wednesday Because He Oversteps The Law ... And Then On A Thursday Say That He Should Overstep The Law". Fox News contributor Charles Krauthammer chastised House Republicans for their "ridiculous" flip-flopping in the span of a day on their outrage over President Obama's executive actions.

On July 31, Republican House Speaker John Boehner tabled a bill promoted by House leadership aimed at addressing the crisis of undocumented youths at the U.S.-Mexico border, after which he and other Republican House leaders issued a statement saying, "There are numerous steps the president can and should be taking right now, without the need for congressional action." But the day prior, the House approved a Republican plan to sue Obama for allegedly exceeding his constitutional authority by going around Congress to implement certain policies.

Krauthammer said on the July 31 edition of Fox News' Special Report that House Republicans' failure to act on the border crisis was "incomprehensible," calling out "so-called conservatives" who successfully advocated against the bill. http://mediamatters.org/blog/201...

Or perhaps this has something to do with the big stock market loss:

House Republicans jam Senate on transportation bill.

While {Republican} leadership was first killing and then trying to resurrect its version of a border assistance bill, they also managed to jam up the Senate—also in its last day of work before recess—on the highway trust fund transportation funding bill. They rejected the bill the Senate had already passed and then passed their own, jeopardizing funding to the program and late summer transportation projects. The fund is set to be depleted some time in August without an immediate infusion of cash. http://www.dailykos.com/story/20...

Maybe it's just because the right wing extremists are flip-flopping so prodigiously.....Allen West's Impeachment Flip-Flop

Allen West is chiding Democrats for fundraising off of the prospect of impeachment, which he assures his readers is "not happening." But in recent weeks, West has repeatedly solicited donations from subscribers to his email list to help bolster the impeachment movement, which he claimed was "gaining speed!" http://mediamatters.org/blog/201...

But my personal fave - REPUBLICANS WANT TO BLOCK THE POPE:

Republicans may block bill to honor “too liberal” Pope Francis
For many GOPers, apparently, the new pope sounds too much like President Obama to be celebrated. http://www.salon.com/2014/07/30/...

It really doesn't get any crazier than this.

Harry Kovaire

"It really doesn't get any crazier than this."

You could place that statement at the bottom of your every post and we would remain confident that your next one would be.

Lanivan

Allow me to retract my original comment.

After reading your reply: "NOW it doesn't get any crazier than this".

Lanivan

And as my next post, I would like to say that I find Harry K. to be a most delightful fellow, a poster of breathtaking elucidation, and I'm sure he's handsome as heck, as well. An altogether stellar individual.

"It doesn't get any crazie......"

Vladtheimp

"There are numerous steps the president can and should be taking right now, without the need for congressional action."

He could reverse his illegal DACA executive action which encouraged and enabled the illegal immigrant invaders to come here in the first place. How hard is this to understand? Capische?

Lanivan

I hope your exasperation is directed at the source of the quote - John Boehner. Regarding executive action and DACA:

However, other experts say most lawyers in the field believe Obama has few restrictions on his ability to decide how and when the U.S. deports immigrants.

“There is, I think, a general consensus that his authority to take executive action is fairly wide as long as it is based on executive branch authority to use prosecutorial discretion to decide how people are treated who are subject to deportation,” said Doris Meissner, Immigration and Naturalization Service Commissioner under President Bill Clinton.

“He’s got a continuum of options from a fairly narrow reworking of deportation priorities all the way to a new program of some kind that would allow more numbers of people to apply for work permits of some kind,” she added.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/20...

And this: The legal rationale for the DACA program was outlined in a letter (pdf) drafted last year by UCLA law professor Hiroshi Motomura and co-signed by nearly 100 top legal scholars around the country. In an interview, Motomura told me that Obama could conceivably expand that program, but there are limits to how far he can go. To read letter, see link (although you have probably already read it)......

http://www.washingtonpost.com/bl...

Harry Kovaire

National Defense Panel: Obama military downsizing leaves U.S. too weak to counter global threats.

http://www.washingtontimes.com/n...

Lanivan

What a hoot. An independent panel appointed by the Pentagon and Congress said Thursday that President Obama’s strategy for sizing the armed services is too weak for today’s global threats.

The US is the #1 World Leader in military spending, topping out at $640 billion in 2013.

#2 is China, at $188 billion.

In fact, you have to add up #2-#10 of the Top World Military Spenders before you can exceed #1 US military spending.

US military spending in 2013 was 37% of the world's military spending.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis...

Drones - not troops on the ground military actions - are the wave of the future when it comes to battling that most slippery, slitherin' enemy - the terrorist and the War on Terrorism.

Obama is doing exactly what a president with a long view of US militarism should be doing.

Harry Kovaire

Your Dunning-Kruger is showing again.

Lanivan

Said as one who has supreme confidence in one's ability to be chronically correct in one's assumptions and diagnoses. Even when arguing for the denial of the validity of raw data.

Harry Kovaire

Your data is as raw as it is irrelevant. The study compared our spending against the strategic goals established by the President and found them to be inconsistent.

Our spending against anyone else is immaterial - especially the Chinese who don't pay their troops (and unionized federal workers) as we do.

I don't particularly like that the US is the world's policeman. But that is the price we agreed to pay for propping up the worthless dollar as the world's oil exchange currency.

Lanivan

Nice divert from the 100+ legal experts who advised Obama on the legal rationale for DACA, putting into question your claim of lawlessness.

Harry Kovaire

Are you drunk?

What does DACA have to do with defense spending?

Your replies are meaningless and completely unrelated to the original posts. Your childish need to have the last word, as if it strengthens your argument (it doesn't), is REALLY diminished when it is completely off-topic.

You are confusing your cut and paste.

Lanivan

LOL - The payback continues. I probably enjoy this stuff more than I should.

1. No. The last time I was drunk was in 1979. (It was also the year of my first pregnancy).

2. Nice save. Just a subtle attempt to trip you up.

3. I actually have little to no need to have the last word, that's your construct - but now that you've impressed on me how annoying it is to you, I will pay special attention and try hard not to disappoint.

4. No confusion, but I certainly can understand your need to ride that horse.

Defense spending and DACA have this in common: Both highlight the appalling hypocrisy of rancid conservative legislators who bemoan Obama's Defense downsizing and in the next breathe declare there are no extra funds to improve Veteran care.

And they declare Obama's DACA executive action as lawless, when in fact 100+ of the top US legal experts say it is well within the law. And then conservative leaders cry that they don't have the authority to do anything about the refugee border problem, and that Obama needs to act independent of Congress, but they want to impeach Obama for an immigration executive action.

This is my idea of corrupt and craven childishness, and your attempts to bully and tarnish me as a means of defense and a coping mechanism are another.

Tri-cities realist

Harry, welcome to the world of Lan. I'm just surprised she doesn't get dizzy with all the spinning and obfuscating.

 

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