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AP Wire
Aug 29, 2014

1. ISLAMIC STATE MILITANTS ROUND UP, KILL SYRIAN SOLDIERS

The slayings of scores of captives are the latest massacre attributed to the extremist group.

2. HIGH SCHOOL BUDDIES FROM MINNESOTA DIE FIGHTING WITH JIHADISTS

It isn't clear how Douglas McAuthur McCain and Troy Kastigar were drawn into radicalism after their initial conversion to the Muslim faith.

3. RUSSIA ACCUSED OF ESCALATING CONFLICT IN UKRAINE

NATO says at least 1,000 Russian troops are in the country. It also releases satellite photos of artillery units that have allegedly crossed the border.

4. HOW SERIOUS EBOLA OUTBREAK MIGHT BECOME

The number of cases in West Africa is accelerating and could grow six times larger, the World Health Organization says.

5. U.S. ECONOMY GREW AT 4.2 PERCENT ANNUAL RATE

The revised second-quarter number support expectations that the second half of 2014 will prove far stronger than the first half.

6. WHICH CELEBRITY COUPLE HAS TIED THE KNOT

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie were wed Saturday in a private ceremony in southern France, a spokeswoman tells the AP.

7. GOOGLE STEPPING UP DRONE ARMS RACE

Rival Amazon.com is also experimenting with self-flying vehicles to carry merchandise bought by customers of its online store.

8. WARREN BUFFETT'S SON BUYS ROSA PARKS ARCHIVE

The purchase ends a yearslong legal fight and means the trove of items belonging to the civil rights icon will be preserved for the public.

9. 'TAUPE AND CHANGE': OBAMA CHIDED FOR FASHION CHOICE

The sight of the president at a news conference discussing possible U.S. military action in Syria in a light-colored suit lights up Twitter.

10. WHO'S STIFFENING PENALTIES FOR DOMESTIC ASSAULTS

The NFL, stung by criticism that it failed to adequately punish Ray Rice, says players accused of domestic violence could face six-week suspensions for a first offense and at least a year for a second.

Comments

Harry Kovaire

#9. I think we can excuse the President for his inability to choose an appropriate suit. It would be great if he choose an appropriate strategy though.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/...

If only Affirmative Action were international law, maybe he would stand a chance.

Straightjacket

9. I think there are more important things to be concerned with rather than the man's suit. It feels we are ebbing toward a war with the Ukraine and Syrian situations, people should look beyond fashion.

Boater

#9, Unbelievable. BO admitted yesterday during a press conference that he doesn't have a strategy to deal with ISIS and the media finds his "suit color" interesting? We do not have journalists anymore. Our Country is facing a huge problem with homegrown terrorists and our media is giddy of BO's suit choice. We are in Big trouble folks.

Vladtheimp

#1. In another brilliant military move, Obama tells the world (including Isis) that he has no strategy for dealing with ISIS. http://www.washingtontimes.com/n...

General Patton wouldn't have had that problem http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I...

#2. Hey, let's open the border and let more of these bosom buddies into the country. Additionally, 1/3 of Mexico wants to move to the US http://sweetness-light.com/archi...

#5. In the face of this great economic news, the AFL-CIO said it won't support any Dem presidential candidate that has the same economic team as Obama. http://www.washingtontimes.com/n...

“If you get the same economic team, you’re going to get the same results. The same results aren’t good enough for working people,” “For most folks, it seems to be an economy of stagnation,”

#8. Warren probably gave his son the money from the profits he anticipates from financing the Burger King "inversion" to Canada through Tim Hortons.

#9. What color of suit does it matter since they're all EMPTY?

Wolverine49457

9. I hope the "no strategy" statement is a way of holding cards close to his chest otherwise we are are really in trouble.

Barry Soetoro

11. Good news for all who bought the coveted Bronze Package (literally)...

http://www.kaiserhealthnews.org/...

Lanivan

Whew! I was worried this was an expose` on how the fine print in Obamacare revealed that the coveted Bronze Package covered membership to nude beaches for health purposes, hence the name.....

Boater

12. The stark difference in UK's Prime Minister Cameron press conference and President Obama's is mind boggling. The JV team is going to attack the weakest country. Time to prepare for the worst.

Lanivan

1.) Posters today read like a bunch of biddies battling bunched bloomers. Unlike George W. Bush, of "ISIS - I Built That" fame, Obama is avoiding the shoot-em-up approach, perhaps because of his understanding of tangled-web Middle Eastern politics, dynamics, and alliances. He is far better versed in how to deal with the Middle East than Bush, and recognizes rushing into a country, toppling the government, bombing the bejeezus out of it, and leaving it in ruins so new terrorist insurgents can move in is not the ideal "strategy".

3.) Of course Russia is inching it's way into Ukraine, just like it did with Georgia in 2008. Back then, VP Dick Cheney encouraged Georgians, in a speech while in their country, to attack Russia. Bush didn't attack Russia over Georgia, if memory serves me right. Think VP Joe Biden will encourage Ukraine to attack Russia?

5.) The biggest gain in U.S. business investment in over two years helped the world’s largest economy expand more than previously forecast in the second quarter, raising expectations for the rest of 2014.

Gross domestic product, the value of all goods and services produced, rose at a 4.2 percent annualized rate, up from an initial estimate of 4 percent and following a first-quarter contraction, Commerce Department reported today in Washington. Other reports showed the outlook for home sales improved in July, fewer people filed claims (INJCJC) for jobless benefits last week and consumer confidence climbed.

Recent data showing American factories are receiving more orders and employment is picking up indicate companies such as General Electric Co. (GE) will probably see demand sustained into the second half of the year. Better growth prospects and little sign of inflation signal Federal Reserve officials can wind down monthly asset purchases while keeping interest rates low. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/20...

It's all that dirty, low-down Obama's fault!!!

9.) I think Obama looks very handsome - (smashing even), tailored, and appropriate in a taupe suit for late August. I predict a surge in men's taupe wool suit sales in the month's ahead.

12.) Some killer headlines from Media Matters: Now I know why you guys are so down all the time. Your prime news source, Fox News, is really shoveling out the doozies.....

* Fox Host Wonders Whether An Executive Order On Immigration Is "Shutdown Bait"

* Fox Revives Right-Wing Myth That Government Assistance Pays "Better Than Working"

* Fox's Erick Erickson Understands Why "So Many" Believe Obama "Is A Closet Muslim Jihadist Sympathizer"

* Conservative Media's "Off-The-Rails" Claim About A Climate Deal And The Constitution

* "Let Men Be Men": Fox News Hosts Defend Catcalling

* O'Reilly Didn't Want To Hear His Pro-Immigration Guests -- So He Cut Their Mics

* Fox's Newest Benghazi Special Hopes To Answer A Question That Has Been Answered Repeatedly

* Fox Falsehood: Domestic Violence Survivors Who Seek Asylum Will Get "Instant U.S. Citizenship"

This is some seriously crazy stuff, Fox News! All this in just the last few days!!

And my personal fave: Rush Limbaugh Ratings Dropping Like a Rock (Daily Kos)

Barry Soetoro

5. "Monthly asset purchases" - LOL, you crack me up, L!

Straightjacket

Rush is actually a Democrat operative making Republicans sound crazy!

Harry Kovaire

"And my personal fave: Rush Limbaugh Ratings Dropping Like a Rock" (B-B-But DailyKos said it was so.)

I don't normally listen to Limbaugh, but thought this headline sounded odd (even by DailKos standards). I think this Kosmonut's post said it better than I could:

"to say his ratings are "Dropping Like a Rock" and present evidence where his ratings are flat in 6 markets, down in only 3 (and in two of those it's so little a drop as to possibly be statistical noise) and actually UP in one? That's the definition of "reaching."

And to a connected point, these are ratings from mid-June to mid-July. Summertime. Summer VACATION time. I know I tend to drop off a bit in my radio listening when I'm enjoying time with my family, and I'd like to think I'm not an anomaly in that."

Rush still owns that medium. http://www.talkers.com/top-talk-...

FineousFingers

I am glad Obama won’t move on ISIS until he has a strategy on how to deal with them. In 2013 John McCain and other Republicans were calling for the US to arm the Syrian Rebels. If Obama had listened, we would be battling ISIS armed with US supplied weapons. The enemy of your enemy is not always your friend.

MaHubah

Correct Fineous, as history as shown. Ousting Egypt's leader and supporting the Brotherhood with taxpayer cash and weaponry was not a good strategy. Fortunately the moderates in Egypt reacted to this. Too bad moderates in the U.S are too moderate and wont do anything. Except in moderation, of course.

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