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Aug 8, 2014

1. U.S. AIDING BESEIGED IRAQIS

Humanitarian assistance is flown to thousands of people threatened by Islamic extremists in Iraq's north.

2. STARK WARNING ON EBOLA

The current crisis in West Africa is on pace to sicken more people than all other previous outbreaks combined, a U.S. health official says.

3. NCAA EMPOWERS FIVE RICHEST FOOTBALL CONFERENCES

The move is expected to lead to millions of dollars in new money — in the form of stipends or fatter scholarships — for athletes across the country.

4. HOW RARE HURRICANES ARE IN HAWAII

The islands, targeted this week by a pair of storms, have been directly hit by hurricanes only three times since 1950.

5. EU PLAN TO END GAZA CONFLICT GAINS TRACTION

The proposal includes a call for a new seaport in Gaza, with international inspectors to make sure weapons aren't smuggled in.

6. SENATOR ABANDONS RE-ELECTION CAMPAIGN

John Walsh, a Democrat from Montana, drops out of the race amid allegations that he plagiarized a college paper.

7. OBAMA SIGNS LAW EARMARKING $16.3B FOR VETERANS HEALTH

Improved access to care outside the embattled VA system is likely to be the most immediate effect.

8. WHAT SILVER LINING LIES BEHIND PUTIN'S TRADE CUTS

In choosing to make an economic move, the Russian leader is signaling that he has decided not to send troops into Ukraine — at least for now.

9. SUBURBAN DETROIT HOMEOWNER CONVICTED OF KILLING UNARMED WOMAN

Jurors reject his claim that he feared for his life when he heard the woman pounding on his door in the middle of the night.

10. WHY GM IS RECALLING SUVS FOR THIRD TIME

Water can get into the driver's side power window control switch and cause a short. The switches can even overheat and catch fire.

Comments

Vladtheimp

11. ANOTHER NOT A SMIDGEON

"The administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) deleted some of her emails and may not be able to cooperate with a congressional investigation into the flawed Obamacare rollout, CMS has warned Congress." (Contrary to federal record retention requirements)

12. IT'S IMMIGRATION, STUPID

a. Frustration over stalled immigration action doesn’t mean Obama can act unilaterally - The Washington Post http://www.washingtonpost.com/op...

b. Border Patrol Agent: Federal Government Releasing Murderers Into U.S. « CBS DC http://washington.cbslocal.com/2...

c. Feds Bend CDC Rules for Sick Illegal Immigrants http://www.breitbart.com/Breitba...

d. DOJ: Regions Near Mexico Border Most Crime Ridden in US http://www.breitbart.com/Breitba...

e. Remember the Lyin of the Senate http://imgur.com/RhyVekJ

Harry Kovaire

That is now 11 scintilla and 9 iota, but not a single smidgen.

http://www.nationalreview.com/co...

echo5oscar

Lots of cyber-issues with this Administration.........

Lanivan

I feel just awful for Issa. He's spending a ton of taxpayer money, garnering but a scintilla or less of the desired results, and whose actions have created enormous piles of smidgens of hostility, and not one iota of attention by 99% of the country.

Perhaps it is of some comfort to him that the 5 million emails "lost" during the Bush years, 2003-2005, have slowly been retrieved since 2009, with the help of lots of taxpayer money, and are being scrutinized and released as we write.

Vladtheimp

Sounds like Obama is copying all of the worst (in your opinion) characteristics of Bush; now he's even bombed Iraq.

Lanivan

With a very significant difference: Bush unilaterally, preemptively invaded and bombed Iraq as a hostile takeover based on lies.

Obama has authorized targeted, limited airstrikes on a terrorist group based on strategic and humanitarian rationales, actions that the Iraq government has requested.

Tri-cities realist

You may want to refrain from trying to rewrite history, especially periods in which we were alive to remember what happened. These are the facts: Iraq violated multiple UN resolutions, with "grave" consequences. The US Congress authorized the use of force. Other nations participated in the military action. So perhaps you need a refresher of the definition of "unilateral".

Harry Kovaire

Lanivan - the true champion of the taxpayers! Let make sure I have this right.

Taxpayer money spent retrieving emails about a phony, decade-old, "outing" scandal of celebrity socialite CIA bureaucrat Valerie Plame (attention by 0% of the country) is GOOD.

Taxpayer money spent retrieving emails about the IRS's targeted abuse of those who disagree with your party is BAD.

Your position, as always, is predictably consistent. Partei uber alles!

echo5oscar

I guess Lois pleading the 5th is no indication of corruption.

Lanivan

No, it indicates no such thing. Pleading the Fifth Amendment is a privilege that acts as a shield of protection.

Had the intent been to get to the heart of the matter and obtain the facts about the depth and scope of the charges put to the IRS, Lois Lerner would have been granted immunity for her full testimony a year ago.

The fact that this was never considered a viable option seems an indication of corruption by the investigators.

Lanivan

It is clear you are either drunk or need glasses. I wrote no such thing. I think the spending of taxpayer money needlessly is always a BAD thing.

Where you go wrong is in your attempt to imply both situations - a lack of federal email retention - are related in their scope and importance.

Losing 5 million emails during a time of unilateral invasion, attack, and all-out war, the deliberate outing of CIA agent (with Cheney's poor hatchet man going to jail for it), and the firing of 8 federal attorneys under controversial circumstances and charges of Bush administration DOJ corruption, does not compute with the loss of emails from an IRS agent complaining to her husband that the GOP has a bunch of crazies under it's umbrella. Gee - I've been guilty of the very same thing!!

Harry Kovaire

Richard Armitage went to jail?

NOBODY went to jail for the deliberate "outing" of Valerie Plame. Your posts would be more credible if they were, well... honest.

I am sure you will be fully supportive of President Cruz using the IRS to crush The Center for American Progress Action Fund and Media Matters.

"I may be drunk, but you are a liar. In the morning I shall be sober, but you will still be a liar." ~ Winston Smithill

Lanivan

I stand corrected. "Went to jail" was a euphemism for "was indicted and convicted on 4 of 5 counts of perjury, making false statements, and obstruction of justice, with the sentence of a $250,000 fine, 400 hours of community service, and 30 months in federal prison; the 30 months federal prison was commuted by Bush".

And of course, to reiterate: This was the state of affairs among the highest level of Bush's cabinet when 5 million emails were "lost".

For one who is quick to rush to judgement on the veracity of an opponent, you certainly can follow up with ease with some doozies of your own. I am not aware the IRS has "crushed" anyone and any entity, with the exception of the crushed ice they may serve at IRS Christmas parties.

And there will never, ever be a President Cruz, again with the exception of possibly in your dreams.

Ok - you may now start whining and bellyaching that I always have to have the last word.

Harry Kovaire

I am pleased that you agree that perjury, making false statements, and obstruction of justice are criminal activities deserving of prison.

Will you call for a special prosecutor so we can get to the bottom of the Obama administration scandals?

Six years ago I might have agreed with you about Ted Cruz. Obama proved that ANYONE can become president. Especially so when you have the IRS on you side helping to steer the money away from your opposition.

Lanivan

I didn't "agree" to anything. I simply pointed out the terms of my euphemism of "going to jail". According to your rationale, George Bush, Dick Cheney, Condoleeza Rice, and all the others, by all rights, should have served time.

Dozens of investigations, scrutinizing millions of records, with many special hearings with testimony from key personnel, resulting in piles of reports have all come to the same basic conclusion: There is no evidence of any wrongdoing from the Obama White House.

Rather, what even the simplest google search will show is that the pertinent departments have begun implementation of the recommendations enumerated within the reports, with special emphasis on improved accountability and responsiveness. If one were truly concerned about the issues, one should be concerned with the follow-up of the reports, not the chicken scratching to find some dirt to nail onto Obama, providing a detraction from the fact that Republican lawmakers are in way over their heads in their ability to tackle the serious domestic and foreign issues confronting the US.

Barack Obama is, in fact, one of the smartest, most capable, astute, analytical,complex, and principled presidents you will have as a whipping boy and beneficiary of Conservative venom and visceral hatred.

That's quite an accusation directed at the IRS. Ted Cruz feed you that line of baloney?

Harry Kovaire

Wipe your chin.

Lanivan
Lanivan

11. It's possible she was inspired by the Bush years 2003-2005, when over 5 million emails went missing, all during the outset of the Iraq war, the controversial firing of 8 federal attorneys, and the outing of Valerie Plame. Of course, the lost 5 million emails were "contrary to federal record retention requirements".

12a. Although Obama has limited executive authority to act when Congress refuses to do so, you do have comfort of knowing executive actions lack the permanence of legislation. Oh wait, am I allowed to comment on this, not having the cred you do?? I'm sure you'll set me straight.

12b. This guy sounds like a weenie.

12c. Let's push the next 8 year old kid, sick with chicken pox, back to the other side of the fence. Aren't we all just wonderful Christians?

12d. Aahh....Nationwide, Immigrants are Five Times Less Likely to be in Prison Than the Native-Born

A 2007 study by University of California, Irvine, sociologist Rubén G. Rumbaut, found that for every ethnic group, without exception, incarceration rates among young men are lowest for immigrants, even those who are the least educated. This holds true especially for the Mexicans, Salvadorans, and Guatemalans who make up the bulk of the undocumented population.
The 3.5 percent incarceration rate for native-born men age 18-39 was five times higher than the 0.7 percent rate for immigrant men in 2000{Figure 5}. Among male high-school dropouts, 9.8 percent of the native-born were behind bars in 2000, compared to only 1.3 percent of immigrants.
In 2000, 0.7 percent of foreign-born Mexican men and 0.5 percent of foreign-born Salvadoran and Guatemalan men were in prison. Among male high-school dropouts, 0.7 percent of foreign-born Mexicans and 0.6 percent of foreign-born Salvadorans and Guatemalans were behind bars in 2000. http://www.immigrationpolicy.org...

echo5oscar

12b So this guy sounds like a weenie? You must have spent years patrolling the border and know much more than him.

Lanivan

Let's all start crying and whining because some border patrol agent goes to Fox News and claims two boys, ages 16 and 17, say they murdered someone back in Honduras or wherever, and were released to their families.

Is this claim substantiated?

Have there been more than those 2 boys?

Does this conform to the law?

If so, would the bipartisan immigration reform proposal that has been in the works for the past 5 years, and been repeatedly blocked by Republican extremists, address and rectify this situation?

Or is this just another guy trying to get his 15 minutes of fame by throwing some red meat out for the Fox News base to go crazy over?

echo5oscar

The fact is, he is working on the border, trying to do an impossible job. He tells a story of what HE sees, you don't agree with it, so you call him a weenie.

newsblogger

I am picturing Lanivan in a green outfit sitting at a desk waving her hands in the air screaming.."What difference does it make?"

Harry Kovaire
Lanivan

Just between you and me, I wasn't pleased with her testimony. She became too emotional, which weakened the overall perception and gave all you adolescents something to crow about. I would have liked to see her be far tougher and implacable.

She should have studied Sun Tzu before her appearance.

Barry Soetoro

Drinking her coffee from a "No Spin Zone" mug...

Lanivan

Black, strong coffee after the extemporaneous neighbor beer summit last night.....

Barry Soetoro

Nice, I missed that invite. So the cleanliness of the garage and toilet are back up to stuff I presume?

Lanivan

This was a spontaneous confluence of combustion that had no special invitation attached to it, but had there been actual invitations, and I had any clue as to your identity, you would have been invited!

Lanivan

"green outfit".....Whoa - a details man! Newsblogger! Who'd a thunk?

(It was pink pj's)

Lanivan

Actually, he sounds more like a loser than a weenie. Migrant apprehensions at the border are at an all-time low, down to 22 in 2013 from a high of 327 in 1993.

And yet the number of Border Patrol agents has increased dramatically to the highest number ever - 18,611.

Looks like his salary, paid for by taxpayers, is hardly worth it.

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