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Aug 27, 2014

1. TOUGH ISSUES REMAIN FOLLOWING GAZA TRUCE DEAL

Israel and Hamas agree to an open-ended cease-fire after seven weeks of fighting, but barriers to lasting peace persist — such as Palestinian appeals for the end of a Gaza blockade.

2. WHO GIVES 'POSITIVE ASSESSMENT' OF UKRAINE SUMMIT

Russian President Putin suggested he was encouraged following talks for a peace plan in Eastern Ukraine, while Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko also voiced support.

3. AMERICAN MILITANT BELIEVE KILLED IN SYRIA, SOURCE TELLS AP

Douglas McAuthur McCain was there to fight alongside a terrorist group, most likely the Islamic State, a U.S. official said.

4. WHAT AWARD CIVIL WAR SOLDIER WILL RECEIVE

1st Lt. Alonzo H. Cushing, who was killed standing his ground against Pickett's Charge at Gettysburg 151 years ago, will be presented with the Medal of Honor.

5. NO GUARANTEE OF CRIMINAL PROSECUTION IN FERGUSON SHOOTING

Federal authorities need to establish that police officer Darren Wilson not only acted with excessive force but also willfully violated Michael Brown's constitutional rights.

6. EX-FLA. GOV. CRIST CONTINUES POLITICAL COMEBACK

Democratic voters select him as their nominee to challenge Republican Gov. Rick Scott in the Sunshine State.

7. AP SURVEY: ECONOMISTS FEAR FED WILL ACT TOO SLOW ON RATES

A delay in raising interest rates could stoke inflation or create asset bubbles.

8. HOW THE S&P 500 REACHED ANOTHER MILESTONE

The Standard & Poor's 500 index ended up 2.10 points, to close a hair above 2,000, 16 years after it finished above 1,000 for the first time.

9. NEW FALL TV SHOWS WORTHY OF FIRST-NIGHT LOOK

FOX's "Red Band Society" and ABC's "Black-ish" are among the fresh autumn crop of programs.

10. U.S. TEEN BECOMES YOUNGEST PLAYER TO WIN AT U.S. OPEN SINCE 1996

Fifteen-year-old CiCi Bellis rallied from down a break in the third set for a 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 first-round victory over Australian Open runner-up Dominika Cibulkova.

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Vladtheimp

11. MORE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION LIES

IRS now admits in court filing that Lois Lerner had 2 Blackberries and her first one, that held data being sought by Congress regarding IRS suppression of conservative votes was wiped clean after the Congressional inquiry was received, when she was then given a new one. Judge Sullivan will not be amused at the prior perjury. http://www.powerlineblog.com/arc...

12. MORE OBAMA LAWLESSNESS

The Obama administration is working to forge a sweeping international climate change agreement to compel nations to cut their planet-warming fossil fuel emissions, but without ratification from Congress.

But under the Constitution, a president may enter into a legally binding treaty only if it is approved by a two-thirds majority of the Senate. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/2...

13. IT'S ONLY OUR TAX DOLLARS - 1/3 OF OBAMACARE FEDERAL EXCHABGE CONTRACTS ALREADY OVER BUDGET

$840 Million to build a freakin website that still doesn't work. http://reason.com/blog/2014/08/2...

Lanivan

Another play on semantics. Obama is seeking an "accord", which doesn't require so much as a bucket of warm ---- from Congress.

he New York Times reports today that President Barack Obama is pursuing an international climate agreement ahead of next year's United Nations climate-change summit in Paris. Why pursue an accord, rather than a treaty? Because the latter would require Obama to get two-thirds approval in the Senate, and that's never going to happen.

http://www.newrepublic.com/artic...

Vladtheimp

“This is the Chinafication of America. Many global warming activists and the UN have previously praised China’s ability to impose climate and energy regulations without the messiness of democracy. See: NYT’s Friedman lauds China’s eco-policies: ‘One party can just impose politically difficult but critically important policies needed to move a society forward’

UN Climate Chief Christiana Figueres laments U.S. democracy is ‘very detrimental’ in war on global warming — Lauds one-party ruled China for ‘doing it right’ on climate change

President Obama is taking a page from China’s government and is seeking to bypass democracy’s ‘very detrimental’ hurdles and just impose a new UN treaty on Americans. The Administration with both its EPA climate regulations (no climate impact) and the UN treaty has essentially declared ‘We don’t need no stinkin legislature.’ http://www.climatedepot.com/2014...

Lanivan

More Fall-out From the Bush Years:

11.) FLUSHING MONEY DOWN THE TEA PARTY TOILET: The problem is evidence indicates some Tea Party groups care far less about your ideals and far more about your money—taking it and making it their own. They’re an ideological Ponzi scheme; they use donations to generate more donations, by creating sensationalistic ad campaigns to persuade donors they’re getting value, and to scare or guilt them, and new donors, into sending more donations.

Here are five very recognizable organizations that spend vastly more on fundraising efforts than on support for any candidate. http://www.thedailybeast.com/art...

12.) BEN BERNAKE: 2008 RECESSION WORSE THAN THE GREAT DEPRESSION: “September and October of 2008 was the worst financial crisis in global history, including the Great Depression,” Mr. Bernanke is quoted as saying in the document filed with the court. Of the 13 “most important financial institutions in the United States, 12 were at risk of failure within a period of a week or two.” http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2...

13.) ISIS - THE 'NEW' AL QAEDA; Meet the Frankenstein monster of Saudi Arabia and Qatar. Or as we know them, Isis
Having spent billions, the Wahhabists of Saudi Arabia and Qatar are finding that money can't buy loyalty. http://www.independent.co.uk/voi...

14.) ISIS? GEORGE BUSH BUILT THAT. The most obvious way in which the US bears responsibility for ISIS's rise is the 2003 invasion of Iraq. The United States invaded Iraq, accidentally sparked a sectarian civil war, and generally created the conditions for what was then al-Qaeda in Iraq to flourish. Without the American invasion, al-Qaeda in Iraq never would have been so strong, and ISIS never would have grown out of it.

BUSH: One of the major theaters against al Qaeda turns out to have been Iraq. This is where al Qaeda said they were going to take their stand. This is where al Qaeda was hoping to take -

RADDATZ: But not until after the U.S. invaded.

BUSH: Yeah, that's right. So what?

http://www.dailykos.com/story/20...

Tri-cities realist

#12 ah yes the rewriting of history continues. So now the risk of failure is equivalent to failure. I wasn't around during the Great Depression, but from the stories I've heard, the recession in 2008 wasn't quite as bad, by a long shot.

#14 al Qaeda was in Iraq before the invasion?

Lanivan

12.) Expert economists, such as Ben Bernanke, who has studied the Great Depression extensively, disagree with you....http://www.forbes.com/sites/quor...

14.) When Bush invaded Iraq and killed Saddam Hussein (Sunni), disbanded the Sunni Iraqi Army, and put in place al Maliki (Shia), who made little to no attempt to reach out to Sunnis, it had the effect of creating a vacuum or weakness, where Islamic extremists could enter the country (often from Syria) and thrive. As really horrendous as a dictatorial tyrant Saddam was, he managed to hold together a country made up of chronically warring Sunnis, Shias, and Kurds. He would never share his enormous and tightly-held power with extremist groups - bin Laden, Al Qaeda, or ISIS. As soon as the US invaded, and Saddam was gone, it was a freefall.

Tri-cities realist

12) ok, so maybe the history books and my grandparents were just good story tellers, and the Great Depression wasn't really that bad. At least now folks don't have to wait in bread lines, they can just wait for their govt debit cards to be replenished.

14) "and generally created the conditions for what was then al-Qaeda in Iraq to flourish." This is why I asked the question. This quote infers that al-Qaeda was already in Iraq, but I thought there was no connection between al-Qaeda and Iraq. Which is it?

Regarding saddam, tell that to the Kurds! But what's a few hundred thousand?

Lanivan

12.) I am well-versed personally in the Great Depression, having heard about it for years from relatives. But Bernanke is looking at it from a banking/financial/economic/global viewpoint. Nearly everything is different today, with many safeguards and safety nets put in place due to the severity of the 1929 depression. Without them, can you imagine how severe this recession (depression, for sure) would have been.

14.) Al-Qaeda was not in Iraq at the time of the US invasion. Saddam would never share his power or allow any dissidents to flourish that would compromise his power. As I said, he was a terrible despot - the worst, but he did rule Iraq, essentially a land of long-running violent and hostile tribes of warring people, with an iron hand. Without that control, a unified Iraq crumbles and is almost impossible to hold together.

By the way, you didn't ask, but ISIS gained strength after the US invasion. They are made up of Sunni extremists and ex-Sunni Saddam army soldiers who were riled up when the US invaded Iraq, killed Saddam, and disbanded the Sunni Army. They are given a haven in Syria - and funded largely by our allies, the Arab Emirates. It's' a real shltstorm.

Wolverine49457

What a jerk, I'll never vote for GW Bush for president again, we should've elected someone smarter to undo all that rascals fiasco's but instead we got an Indonisian socialist who can't govern his way to breakfast.

Straightjacket

Odumba?

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