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U.S. House panel votes to authorize lawsuit against Obama
U.S. President Obama disembarks from Air Force One as he arrives at Los Angeles International AirportBy Annika McGinnis WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday took another step toward authorizing a lawsuit against President Barack Obama, claiming he has overstepped his executive powers in carrying out his landmark healthcare reform law. In a partisan vote of 7-4, the House Rules Committee approved the legislation, likely setting it up for consideration by the full House next week. The Republican initiative already has spawned a bitter debate with Democrats less than four months before mid-term elections that will determine the political control of Congress next year. For example, House Speaker John Boehner wrote in June that Obama's use of executive orders, including raising the minimum wage for federal contractors and stopping deportations of undocumented youths brought to the United States by their parents, risked giving him a "king-like authority." But Boehner has tamped down calls from some fellow Republicans for impeachment proceedings against Obama, which would be a first step toward removing him from office.
Montana governor urges respect for senator after plagiarism report
Montana?s governor urged respect on Thursday for the courage shown by Democratic U.S. Senator John Walsh during his military service amid allegations he may have lifted parts of a master?s thesis from works by other authors. ?Senator Walsh has a long history of fighting for Montanans, both at home and in combat. He deserves respect for his courage on our behalf,? Democratic Governor Steve Bullock said in a statement. Bullock said he had no knowledge of the issues raised in Wednesday?s New York Times report when he appointed Walsh in February to fill the Senate slot vacated by Democrat Max Baucus.
Honduran president links border crisis to U.S. policy divide
Bus carrying deportees from the U.S. leaves the international airport in San Pedro SulaBy Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. lawmakers' inability to reach an agreement on immigration policy is at least partly to blame for a crisis that has seen thousands of children flee Honduras for the U.S. border, Honduran President Juan Hernandez said on Thursday. Human and drug traffickers are "perversely" exploiting confusion about U.S. immigration policy, Hernandez told reporters on Capitol Hill, flanked by Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina and U.S. House of Representatives Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, before a meeting with House Democrats. Hernandez, Perez Molina and El Salvadoran President Salvador Sanchez Ceren are scheduled to meet on Friday with U.S. President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden to discuss ways to stop the flow of children migrating from the three Central American countries.
Senior U.S. lawmaker: Myanmar must reform before more sanctions easing
Senate Minority Leader McConnell (R-KY) listens to members of the Republican Senate leadership after the Republican caucus meeting on Capitol Hill in WashingtonBy Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Jade and rubies from Myanmar will remain banned from the United States unless the Asian nation moves to end a provision in its constitution that bars opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi from running for president, a senior U.S. senator said on Thursday. Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell, the Republican party's leader in the Senate, said there is little appetite in the U.S. Congress to reinstate stiff trade sanctions that were imposed on Myanmar during its decades of tough military rule. "It is hard to see how those provisions get lifted without there being progress on the constitutional eligibility issue and the closely related issue of the legitimacy of the 2015 elections," said McConnell, who has taken a long-term interest in Myanmar and visited two years ago. Improving relations with Myanmar has been a priority with the U.S. government, but lately Washington has been concerned that the Asian nation also known as Burma is backing away from its reform agenda.
On the torture report, a confrontation looms
Sometime this summer, probably when as many Americans as possible are tanning on a beach and not paying attention, the White House is expected to release a version of a classified report on torture during the Bush years. Actually, what's likely to become public is only the executive summary of the Senate Intelligence Committee's report.
Biden busts out the whiteboard to give lawmakers a history lesson
Ever wonder what it would be like to have Joe Biden as a history teacher? A new video posted to YouTube by the White House gives viewers a glimpse.
Why Supreme Court is likely to uphold Obamacare subsidies
One of the most respected and lauded Supreme Court experts says the court is likely to split 5-4 in favor of upholding subsidies approved by the Obama administration.
The Kochs\' nonprofit empire is building a network of libertarian hackers, coders and designers
Reboot HackathonThe Koch network is teaming up with Silicon Valley entrepreneurs to connect coders with D.C politicos
CNN\'s Cuomo spars with \'Russia Today\' anchor on air over MH17 evidence
In a contentious live interview on CNN Wednesday, "New Day" anchor Chris Cuomo sparred with 'Russia Today' anchor Peter Lavelle over Russia's response to the downing of Flight MH17.
Official: Terrorists in Syria Now As Dangerous to US As Those in Yemen
Official: Terrorists in Syria Now As Dangerous to US As Those in YemenForeign Fighters in Syria ?Number One? Topic When Talking to European Officials

Drudge Report

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UN chief condemns attack on school in Gaza...

Israelis stranded in Turkey...

FEAR: Hezbollah may join Hamas...

 

Politico

FAA lands in Mideast conflict
The agency that deals with lost-luggage and cellphones has landed in a place few would expect.
VA reform hits stalemate
The legislation appears on the verge of collapse amid deep partisan divides over cost.
Path to child migrant compromise?
A bill filed this week provides a structure for dealing with the child migrant crisis at the border.
McCain: Ariz. execution \'torture\'
He says what Arizona did is not an acceptable way to carry out the death penalty.
Obama locks out the press -- again
Access to the president continues to be limited in ways not seen in previous administrations.
Senate Dems brace for Walsh fallout
The senator's caucus defends him after revelations that he plagiarized his masters' thesis.
Patrick: I\'m not \'pals\' with Hillary
"I worry about the campaign, I don't think it's so much her," he says.
Obama blasts \'corporate deserters\'
He questions the patriotism of firms merging with foreign companies to avoid the tax man.
 

Rasmussen Reports

51% Say There Aren\'t Enough Cops in America
Most Americans continue to believe crime is a serious problem in America, and half think there aren?t enough police officers to stop it. Thirty-seven percent (37%) of American Adults say crime in their community has increased over the past year, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey. Just 11% say the level of crime where they live has gone down, while 47% say it has stayed about the same. (To see survey question wording, click here.) (Want a free daily e-mail update? If it's in the news, it's in our polls). Rasmussen Reports updates are also available on Twitter or Facebook. The national survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on July 22-23, 2014 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Fieldwork for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC . See methodology.
To Share Is Not Always to Share Alike by Froma Harrop
The online rental booking service Airbnb is a fast-growing empire that pairs travelers with people wanting to profit off a room in their house -- or the whole house. Like VRBO, HomeAway and similar platforms, Airbnb occupies the lodging sector of the "sharing economy."
New Mexico Governor: Martinez (R) 43%, King (D) 43%
Incumbent Republican Susana Martinez is tied with Democratic challenger Gary King in Rasmussen Reports? first look at the governor?s race in New Mexico. A new statewide telephone survey of Likely New Mexico Voters finds Martinez and King each with 43% support. Seven percent (7%) like some other candidate, and another seven percent (7%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.) (Want a free daily e-mail update? If it's in the news, it's in our polls). Rasmussen Reports updates are also available on Twitter or Facebook. The survey of 860 Likely Voters in New Mexico was conducted on July 21-22, 2014 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 4 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.
46% Consumers Say U.S. is in Recession
The Rasmussen Consumer Index, which measures consumer confidence on a daily basis, gained two points on Thursday to climb to 102.3. Consumer confidence is down one points from a week ago, two points from a month ago and two points from three months ago. The Rasmussen Investor Index gained three points on Thursday to reach 115.5. Investor confidence is still down three points from a week ago, 10 points from a month ago and two points from three months ago. Detailed supplemental information, including a daily history and month-by-month trend data, is available for Platinum Members.  (Want afree daily e-mail update? If it's in the news, it's in our polls). Rasmussen Reports updates are also available on Twitter or Facebook. Detailed supplemental information, including a daily history and month-by-month trend data, is available for Platinum Members.  (Want afree daily e-mail update? If it's in the news, it's in our polls). Rasmussen Reports updates are also available on Twitter or Facebook. The Rasmussen Consumer Index and Investor Indexes are derived from nightly telephone surveys of 1,500 adults and reported on a three-day rolling average basis. The baseline for the Index was established at 100.0 in October 2001. Readings above 100.0 indicate that confidence is higher than in the baseline month. Detailed supplemental information is available for Platinum Members.Historical data for the Consumer and Investor indexes as well as attitudes about the economy and personal finances are also available to Platinum Members.
Americans Favor Nighttime Curfews for Teens
Baltimore is just about to institute one of the strictest youth nighttime curfew laws in the country. Most Americans think the curfew is likely to help reduce youth crime and favor such a measure in their community.  But they're not sure it's the best crime-fighting method. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 62% of American Adults think it?s at least somewhat likely that Baltimore?s new curfew will reduce the level of youth crime in the city. Thirty-two percent (32%) do not. This includes 24% who think it?s Very Likely the curfew will help reduce youth crime and six percent (6%) who say it?s Not At All Likely to do so. (To see survey question wording, click here.) (Want a free daily e-mail update? If it's in the news, it's in our polls). Rasmussen Reports updates are also available on Twitter or Facebook. The national survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on July 22-23, 2014 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Fieldwork for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC . See methodology.
Daily Presidential Tracking Poll
The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Thursday shows that 46% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Obama's job performance. Fifty-two percent (52%) disapprove (see trends). The latest figures include 24% who Strongly Approve of the way Obama is performing as president and 41% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -17. Results are updated daily at 9:30 a.m. Eastern (sign up for free daily e-mail update).
Senate: 2014 a Year All Its Own by Larry J. Sabato, Kyle Kondik and Geoffrey Skelley
Analysts always strain to generalize about elections. We want to ?model? them, find the common elements, and project them as early as possible based on the commonalities. That?s a legitimate approach, but we need always remember that every election is different. Every single one.
47% Rate Obama\'s Handling of Health Care As Poor
Even as Obamacare's troubled rollout process is surrounded by new allegations of fraud, nearly half of voters view President Obama's handling of health care issues negatively.  A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 38% of Likely U.S. Voters give the president good or excellent marks for his dealings with health care. But 47% rate Obama?s handling of health care issues as poor. This marks a negative shift from June and are Obama's worst numbers since April of this year.  (To see survey question wording, click here). (Want a free daily e-mail update? If it's in the news, it's in our polls). Rasmussen Reports updates are also available on Twitter or Facebook. The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on July July 19-20, 2014 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.
47% Rate Obama\'s Handling of Health Care As Poor
Even as Obamacare's troubled rollout process is surrounded by new allegations of fraud, nearly half of voters view President Obama's handling of health care issues negatively. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 38% of Likely U.S. Voters give the president good or excellent marks for his dealings with health care. But 47% rate Obama?s handling of health care issues as poor. This marks a negative shift from June and are Obama's worst numbers since April of this year.  (To see survey question wording, click here). (Want a free daily e-mail update? If it's in the news, it's in our polls). Rasmussen Reports updates are also available on Twitter or Facebook. The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on July 20-21, 2014 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.
26% Say U.S. Heading in Right Direction
Twenty-six percent (26%) of Likely U.S. Voters think the country is heading in the right direction, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey for the week ending July 20. This is up one point from the previous two weeks, the lowest finding since the beginning of December. The number who say the country is heading in the right direction has been less than 30% 21 out of 29 weeks this year. (Want a free daily e-mail update? If it's in the news, it's in our polls). Rasmussen Reports updates are also available on Twitter or Facebook. The national telephone survey of 3,500 Likely Voters was conducted by Rasmussen Reports on July 14-20, 2014. The margin of sampling error for the survey is +/- 2 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Fieldwork for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

Fox News Politics

Border crisis: US weighs refugee status for youth from Honduras
The Obama administration is weighing giving refugee status to young people from Honduras as part of a plan to slow the influx of unaccompanied minors arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border, White House officials said Thursday.
Krauthammer: General perception world going to hell while president plays golf
Charles Krauthammer told viewers Thursday on ?Special Report with Bret Baier? that Americans? opinions on increased  U.S. involvement in Ukraine show, ?there's a general perception the world is going to hell and the president's out there playing golf. There's a disconnect here. ?
US Army War College to probe alleged plagiarism by Democratic senator
An academic review board at the United States Army War College Thursday formally notified the office of a Montana senator running for re-election that it would review a report he plagiarized passages in a graduate paper, Fox News has learned.
No timeframe for lifting new security measures at overseas aiports, TSA chief says
Transportation Security Administration chief John Pistole said Thursday there was no timeframe for lifting new security measures at overseas airports triggered by an ?ongoing? credible threat targeting airlines.
Fox News poll: Voters dissatisfied with direction of US, still \'meh\' on economy
Most voters remain unhappy with how things are going in the country. They don?t think the economy in general or the job situation in particular has turned the corner. Still, the latest Fox News national poll finds a large minority feels optimistic, with a sizable number saying the worst is over.
Fox News poll: Border crisis divides voters
Voters are torn over issues surrounding the immigration crisis on the southern border, where more than 57,000 unaccompanied minors from countries such as Guatemala and Honduras have illegally crossed into the United States since October. 
White House brings in Clinton aides for strategy session, amid stormy week
After a brutal week for the White House communications team as President Obama took heat for fundraising amid a series of foreign policy crises, Press Secretary Josh Earnest hosted three of his predecessors from the Clinton administration for a strategy session on Thursday.
Obama administration: Russia firing artillery at Ukraine military targets
Obama administration officials said Thursday that Russia is firing artillery from its own territory into Ukraine to hit Ukrainian military sites, pointing to escalating Russian involvement in the deadly conflict.
Cruz demands answers on FAA flight ban to Israel
Sen. Ted Cruz vowed Thursday to continue blocking confirmation of a series of ambassadorial and other diplomatic nominees despite the Federal Aviation Administration lifting a ban on U.S. airline flights to Israel. The State Department criticized the Republican lawmaker.
House, Senate talks over VA fix in chaos as recess looms
A massive and costly package meant to address the litany of problems at the Department of Veterans Affairs was getting caught in the congressional grinder Thursday, as House and Senate lawmakers clashed over how to iron out differences in their competing bills.
 

White House Dossier

Hillary: Bill was Abused by His Mother
Hillary Clinton claimed Bill Clinton’s sex mania resulted from abuse he suffered from his mother, Virginia Kelley, as a child, according to Pulitzer Prize winning author Lucinda Franks. Franks interviewed Hillary a year after the Monica Lewinsky story broke but chose not to publish the information at the time. Now it’s coming out as part of a […]
Biden: Republicans Love Money!
I would never call the vice president a schmuck. Not even this vice president. Not even if the term fits. I would just say he’s acting schmuckie here. But I’m not calling him a schmuck okay? Not a schmuck. Here’s Biden pandering to the National Urban League today in Cincinnati, suggesting that Republicans only care […]
Done Raising Money Yet?
To paraphrase someone famous, At some point, you’ve raised enough money. President Obama’s decision to go on a whirlwind West Coast fundraising tour while facing so many foreign policy crises is so incomprehensible it even has Democratic allies who stand to benefit from the loot he picks up scratching their heads. “I think the world […]
Perry: Illegals Committed 3,000 Murders in Five Years
Uhh, this sounds like a problem. According to Texas Gov. Rick Perry: Texas citizens are being put in jeopardy by this porous border . . . There have been, over the course of the last five years . . . over 203,000 individuals who have come into Texas illegally, who have been booked into our […]
The Obama Morning News || June 24, 2014
Koskinen: Lerner backup tapes found . . . Fox News The head of the IRS confirmed Wednesday that investigators looking into missing emails from ex-agency official Lois Lerner have found and are reviewing “backup tapes” — despite earlier IRS claims that the tapes had been recycled.  Republicans weigh $1.5B for border . . . Bloomberg […]
Obama Schedule || Thursday, June 24, 2014
9:50 am PDT || Attends a DNC fundraiser; private residence, Los Angeles Noon PDT || Delivers remarks; Los Angeles Trade-Technical College 3:05 pm PDT || Departs Los Angeles 10:50 pm EDT || Arrives White House
Obama to Black Youth: Nothing Wrong with ?Acting White?
In comments little-remarked upon by the media, President Obama Monday suggested that too many African Americans are using their culture to separate themselves from mainstream society, and that this should come to an end. Obama spoke during an event for his “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative in Washington. I don’t support the initiative: I think its […]
Twice as Many Say Obamacare has Hurt Them Than Helped
Thirty five percent of Americans believe that Obamacare has made them and their families worse off, while only 18 percent think they are better off, a new CNN poll finds. Forty six percent think the law has made no difference for them. Incredibly, this demonstrates not only that twice as many think the Affordable Care Act […]
 

The Hill

Sarah Palin caught speeding in Alaska
"I wasn't speeding, I was qualifying,? Palin told TMZ.
CDC director warns of \'post-antibiotic era\'
A new system will let hospitals look at real-time patterns of antibiotic resistance.
Climate change hits all Pentagon operations, official says
Pentagon official says climate change effects operations, infrastructure and training. 
Dingell now knows what a Kardashian is
The congressman, 88, said his staff briefed him, but he still has questions.
GOP: Lerner\'s hard drive \'scratched\'
House Ways and Means Commitee says ex-IRS official Lois Lerner's hard drive was scratched.
ObamaCare subsidies in jeopardy
The D.C. Circuit Court says the IRS can't distribute subsidies through the federal exchange.
GOP plans Guard troops to border
House Republicans focus on border protection and stopping people before they emigrate.
Religious liberty belongs to everyone, not just the religious right
The Hobby Lobby ruling was the first time in U.S. history a for-profit corporation was recognized as having religious rights under the First Amendment.
 

Pollster

2014 California Governor - Brown 52%, Kashkari 33% (Public Policy Institute of California 7/8-7/15)

2014 New Mexico Gubernatorial GE - King 43%, Martinez 43% (Rasmussen 7/21-7/22)

Obama Job Approval - Disapprove 52%, Approve 42% (Gallup 7/21-7/23)

2016 Florida Presidential Republican Primary - Bush 21%, Rubio 18% (Quinnipiac University 7/17-7/21)

2014 New Hampshire Senate - Shaheen 46%, Brown 41% (Magellan 7/16-7/17)

2014 Pennsylvania CD-06 - Costello 35%, Trivedi 30% (Lake Research Partners 7/15-7/17)

2014 National House Race - Democrat 47%, Republican 45% (Pew 7/8-7/14)

Montana: Obama Job Approval - Disapprove 57%, Approve 36% (Gravis/Human Events 7/20-7/22)

Obama Job Approval - Disapprove 52%, Approve 42% (FOX News 7/20-7/22)

Obama Job Approval - Disapprove 52%, Approve 46% (Rasmussen Reports 7/21-7/23)

New York Times Columnists


Left Coast Rising
There are lessons for the rest of us in the good news from California.
Hope in the Abattoir
The peoples of the Holy Land are condemned to each other. Realizing that is their only way forward.
Paul Ryan and His Poverty Prophet
Will a new conservative anti-poverty plan, however well-intended, just lead directly to the soup kitchen?
Did Dodd-Frank Work?
We really have no way of knowing whether “too big to fail” is still with us until we have another crisis.
The Suns of August
Bodies rot, looters roam. The Russian-enabled downing of Flight 17 marks the nadir of the West.
The Fiscal Fizzle
The deficit scolds are still going at it, even though the whole panic turned out to be a false alarm.
And Now for a Bit of Good News . . .
From taxi rides to overnight stays, the sharing economy is growing rapidly, and creating a village where your reputation is everything.
A Popular President
Bill ? not Barry or Hillary ? has the heat.
The Parent Trap
Hover over your children or the neighborhood busybodies and the police may step in.
The $300,000 Drug
Miracle cystic fibrosis treatment carries a heavy price.
 

Huffington Post

Marco Rubio: End Relief For Dreamers

How VA Reform Fell Apart In Less Than 4 Days

California\'s Death-Penalty Regime Ruled Unconstitutional: It Should Have Been Buried More Than 50 Years Ago

Mitch McConnell Urges Myanmar To Reform Constitution

Poll Finds Sam Brownback Trailing His Democratic Challenger

More Than Half Of The People Executed In The U.S. Have A Severe Mental Illness: Study

White House Balances Conflicting Demands On Border Crisis

Cost Of Wildfires Burns Through Budgets, Pushing Feds To Find Other Funds

The Koch Brothers\' Agenda and the Real War at Home

Answers From Red States for Our Broken Criminal Justice System

Slate

Paul Ryan?s Anti-Poverty Plan Is Paternalistic

The Man the Chamber of Commerce Can?t Beat

The Crisis in Black Homeownership

Putin?s Pal

Who?s Better Off: A Roman Emperor, or You?

No One Can Agree on What ?Homemade? Means

Israel?s Media Blackout

Gambling With Death

Russia Is Europe?s Gas Station

More Unforced Errors

 

Salon

A group of J-Date singles went to Israel to get it on during the Gaza crisis

Detroit?s latest pension disgrace: A gaudy new arena at retirees? expense

?We?d bring up painful memories? to make brides cry: Exposing the brutal world of wedding reality shows

?The Kill Team?: When U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan became trophy hunters

What do you call a ?male feminist? who only wants to pick up women? Meet the ?macktivists?

Israeli women are showing support for the IDF ? by showing their boobs

Science according to Tara Reid: ?There could be a sharknado?

Erick Erickson agrees: The ?homosexual movement is ? destroying America?

Massive mayfly invasion captured in one horrifying gif

What?s justice for a 551-pound offender?

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Wall Street Journal Opinion

A 2014 Health-Care Strategy: Freedom
ObamaCare repeal is out until 2017, but here's an agenda to unite the GOP and offer Americans relief.
The ObamaCare-IRS Nexus
The supposedly independent agency harassed the administration's political opponents and saved its health-care law.
Beggar-Thy-Neighbor Medicine
A $1,000 pill ignites an ObamaCare war of all against all.
Obama on \'Acting White\'
Some honest remarks about culture and authenticity.
Buyers and Brands Beware in China
The political realities behind the latest tainted food scandal.
Living Dangerously in Indonesia
An election dispute risks becoming an assault on democracy.
Mr. Carney\'s Monetary Dilemma
Britain's housing market is booming but real wages are still falling.
Wanted: Converts to Judaism
Efforts to discourage intermarriage have failed. It's time to bring more non-Jews into the faith.
Miners Struggle With a Federal Cave-In
It takes the average American mine seven to 10 years to move from permitting to production.
The Federal Reserve\'s Risky Reverse Repurchase Scheme
The mere existence of this central bank program could exacerbate liquidity runs in times of market stress.
 

Special Report with Bret Baier

Convert or Die
By: Bridget Creel, Special Report Summer Associate In response to a deadly ultimatum delivered by ISIS, thousands of Iraqi Christians have left their homes to seek safety from religious persecution. Mosul, Iraq?s second largest city, was captured by ISIS in June and the extremists have threatened and even harmed all inhabitants who do not practice Islam.  This weekend, the Islamic State terror group (ISIS/IS) delivered a statement to Christians that gave them the choice between converting to Islam, paying a tax or fleeing their ancient homeland. The offer was time sensitive and if they failed to choose by Saturday, July 19, ISIS said there would be ?nothing for them but the sword.? Christians who were not willing to compromise with the militants fled Mosul. Before they were able to officially depart, ISIS demanded that they be stripped of all valuable belongings, leaving most Christians with nothing but remnants of their clothing. Christians are not the only ones affected by the acts of ISIS. ISIS is responsible for the destruction of mosques and shrines, causing other religious minorities to flee Mosul as well. Iraqi Prime Minister, Nuri Al-Maliki, called for governmental support for the homeless Iraqis who were forced to leave Mosul. He said that this specific event demonstrates "the extreme criminality and terrorist nature of this group.? Although many have moved away, some Iraqi Christians are facing the alternatives. Several Christians have converted to Islam and those that choose to stay, refuse to abandon their religious beliefs. Syrian Catholic Archbishop of Mosul, Yohanna Petros Mouche told the Washington Post, ?If we all leave, it sends the message that there is nowhere safe for Christians to live in Iraq ? and this worries me. I?m not a vagabond. This is my home, and I will die here if necessary.?

Innocent civilians seek shelter from Israeli-Hamas violence
By: Bridget Creel, Special Report Summer Associate Right in between the surge of rockets from Islamic extremist group Hamas and ground offensives from Israeli forces, innocent inhabitants of Gaza City turn to other options for shelter and safety. The Gazans run into one problem: they are literally trapped. The rectangular geography of the Gaza Strip poses implications for those wishing to relocate. The Gaza Strip, which is 25 miles long and between three and seven miles wide, has concrete walls and fences along the perimeter of the eastern and northern boundaries. Israel and Egypt can be found at the southern end of the strip and the western side of the strip borders the Mediterranean Sea, leaving the Gazans immovable. Due to the travel restrictions on Gazans from Egypt and Israel, Gazans are forced to seek out new living situations within the unsafe area. Those along the border have fled to relatives? homes and those with nowhere else to turn have looked to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency?s (UNRWA) emergency shelters for accommodation. Beginning on July 7, UNRWA issued a state of emergency in all areas within the Gaza Strip. Early this morning, UNRWA tweeted, ?More than 83,000 people are now taking refuge in UNRWA schools in #Gaza. Numbers are growing.? Despite consistent efforts to keep up with the rising number of inhabitants, the UNRWA has run into several difficulties, some more unexpected than others. Last week, 20 rockets were found in one of the agency?s abandoned schools. Following the discovery, the agency issued a statement that prohibited the storage of the Gaza militants? harmful rockets in their facilities. UNRWA continues to distribute food and water to the shelters but the combat has disrupted the delivery of the supplies. The agency runs into numerous other problems, such as the destruction of schools, as the conflict escalates. In the past 24 hours, numbers released by the UNRWA revealed a devastating loss for both sides. Innocent Palestinian and Israeli citizens are facing the repercussions of the battle. This morning, President Obama said Israel has the right to defend itself against Hamas but that the United States has ?serious concerns about the rising number of Palestinian civilian deaths and the loss of Israeli lives.? He went on to say that the focus should be ?a cease-fire that ends the fighting and that can stop the deaths of innocent civilians, both in Gaza and in Israel.?  Inside United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) on July 18, 2014 in Gaza City. Israel launched a Gaza ground campaign after 10 days of bombardments from the air and sea failed to stop militants' rocket attacks, stepping up an offensive that already has taken a heavy toll in civilian lives.(Photo by Momen Faiz/NurPhoto/Sipa USA) (Sipa via AP Images)

Special Heart Book Signing: Politics and Prose
I am wrapping up the 'Special Heart' book tour, but I wanted to share these photos taken at Politics and Prose in Washington, DC. Children's National helped with this signing and it was a huge success--Paul even came with us to sign a few books. He was a little shy at first, but he really got into it and even started to sign his name with a heart and a scar next to it.  Thank you to photographer Cassidy DuHon for these photos.  A little shy at first-- Paul signs his name with a heart and a scar next to it--chicks dig scars ;) Gearing up for more books-- Pictured with Paul's Cardiologist Dr. Deneen Heath A very special moment-- Paul met Emma, who is also 7 years old and has had 2 open-heart surgeries. Emma is waiting on a third surgery. They compared scars and seemed to really enjoy meeting one another--

Paul and Daniel Pose with Tennis Trophy
Paul and Daniel didn't mind my 2nd place trophy following the Washington Kastles Charity Classic-

Lack of planning leads to another CDC hiccup
By: Bridget Creel, Special Report Summer Associate Over the past ten years, four instances have occurred where the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have sent active bacteria samples to outside labs. An anthrax scare took place last month, marking the fifth mishap for the CDC. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) insisted on further investigation and recently exposed new details of the incident. Backtracking to June 19, the CDC announced that scientists working at the lab in Atlanta had been unintentionally exposed to anthrax. The CDC quickly took action and provided antibiotics for those who were affected. Following the scare, there was no indication that any of the scientists were infected. It is expected that in every instance, the CDC takes cautionary measures and assesses all risks before encountering dangerous bacteria. With that being said, how could a slip up like this happen for the fifth time? On Friday, the CDC published a detailed report of the event, with everything from findings to action plans. According to the CDC?s report, ?The overriding factor contributing to this incident was the lack of an approved, written study plan reviewed by senior staff or scientific leadership to ensure that the research design was appropriate and met all laboratory safety requirements.? Additional aspects that contributed to the occurrence included the use of unwarranted sterilization methods, no confirmation for inactive materials and insufficient knowledge of the procedures. As officials further investigated the catastrophe, additional information was uncovered. A report by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) said that the CDC should have sterilized anthrax samples before the samples were sent to the other CDC labs. The report also found that there were several different factors that went against safety guidelines including use of expired disinfectants, use of defective security measures, lack of examination of exposed scientists and the transfer of the bacteria through Ziploc bags. A House hearing was held today that discussed recent reports of the problems caused by the CDC. The hearing addressed issues such as ways to improve biosafety, the broader implications of the event and whether or not Congressional action should take place. The CDC labs have been closed and will not reopen until safety guidelines are put in place, CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden said. 

Hotel Transformed to House Illegal Immigrants
A non-profit group is laying out plans to turn the Palm Aire Hotel in Weslaco, TX into a facility to house illegal immigrant children between the ages of 12-17. The group was awarded a $50 million federal contract to purchase the hotel. The facility would hold 600 beds and house the illegal children for an average of 15 days, providing them with meals, medical care, educational programs, and even outdoor recreational facilities that currently include a pool, gym, and tennis courts.  City officials have put a hold on the plans due to permit issues, but the the organization, Baptist Child & Family Services, hopes to have the facility operational by October 1st. Some are concerned about the other landowners in the area, as well as how many children the facility will hold and how they will decide what children will stay or be turned away. A fence would be placed around the facility, and restrictions would be put in place.  The facility would employ around 650 people, and proponents of the plan say this is a responsible move in the right direction.  What do you think? Is this a good idea? Let us know here on the blog or on Twitter @BretBaier. For more on this story please visit here.   UPDATE: Group drops the plan following public relations obstacle  

 

National Review 

War on Women: Obama Motorcade Delays Woman in Labor From Entering Hospital

New Book: Hillary Said Bill Was Abused by His Mother

Chinese City Quarantined for Bubonic Plague

Ah, Paris in the Summer: The Seine, the Eiffel Tower, Anti-Israel Riots. . .

De Blasio\'s NYC: Illegal Bike-Rental Thugs Threaten to Decapitate the Competition

Dutch P.M. Still Won\'t Assign Blame in MH17 Crash

John Kerry Criticizes Israel on \'Hot Mic\'

Better Than Soccer: Amazing Video of Kacy Catanzaro on American Ninja Warrior

Dutch PM: Too Early to Point Finger at Russia, Putin

Russia: Ukraine Had Buk Missile System in the Area; Ukraine: No We Didn\'t

Christian Science Monitor

California to water-wasters during drought: no more Mr. Nice Guy!

Obama to corporations: Be an ?economic patriot,? stop using tax loopholes

Central American leaders on solving child migrant crisis: We can\'t do it alone

Natural Trap Cave: prehistoric lions, dire wolves, and bears, oh my!

NRA to students: Want to move up to the next grade? Learn how to shoot a gun

Xi Jinping: Behind the purge of China\'s oil firms

Survey: A third of Iraq, Afghanistan vets have considered suicide

Cards Against Harassment address street harassers directly

Will the US ever have manned space program again?

\'Weird Al\' Yankovic scores his first No. 1 album. How he did it.

The Blaze

GoPro Video Captures the Moment a ?Careless Tailgater? Gets Served a Dose of ?Instant Justice?

Doctor Seemingly Defies Hospital?s Policy Against Staff Carrying Firearms. The Decision Likely ?Saved Lives? When He Found Himself in Life-and-Death Situation.

New York Vandal Is Delivering His ?Learn to Park? Message to Drivers in a ?Very Upsetting? & Illegal Way

Dinesh D?Souza Says This Is the ?Moral Disgrace of the American Left?

Pay Attention to Neil Cavuto?s Reaction When Conservative Radio Host Calls Out One of His Colleagues on the Air

?Everyone Turned Into Animals?: USPS Worker Goes ?Postal? in Beauty Salon After Ironic Inconvenience Set Her Off

A Man Went to the Hospital to Have a Routine Procedure Performed. He Woke Up to a Horrifying Discovery.

?All Hell Broke Loose?: Tornado Slams Virginia Campground; 2 Dead

Glenn Beck Opens Up About Personal Journey to ?Be a Better Man?

Ron Paul Wants to Encourage an ?Epidemic of Truth-Telling?

Washington Times


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Newsmax

 

The Nation

How One Piece of Paper Destroyed Your Right to a Trial

Newborn Infants Die Without Necessary Medical Care in Gaza?s Overwhelmed Shifa Hospital

No, Millennials Are Not All Libertarians

On Israel-Palestine and BDS: Chomsky Replies

How America Changed the Meaning of War

Ukraine: Anvil of the New Cold War

The Future Is Not Ours, and Neither Is the Past

Massacre in Shejaiya

Eight Members of One Family Killed in Their Home as Israel?s Attack on Gaza Continues

Could the Tragedy of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 Have Been Avoided?

Moveon.org

Activists greet President Obama in Silicon Valley urging action to save the Internet

ADVISORY: Activists to Hold ?Don?t Kill the Internet!? Net Neutrality Rally Outside Obama Fundraiser in Silicon Valley

Chicago MoveOn members want to see a progressive challenger to Mayor Rahm Emanuel

Join Our Campaign to Fight Back Against the Kochs

The Rush To War In Iraq...Again

MoveOn Members Endorse 9 Senate Candidates

MoveOn Members Endorse Al Franken for Senate

MoveOn Members Endorse Gary Peters for Senate

MoveOn Members Endorse Rick Weiland for Senate

MoveOn Members Endorse Mark Udall

Media Matters

Fox\'s Rosen: Obama Didn\'t Strike ISIS Because He Has A "Revulsion Toward The Projection Of American Military Power"

Fox Host Bill O\'Reilly: "I Asked The Fox News Polling People" To Poll On Impeaching Obama

Food Stamp Program Hits Historic Low For Waste, Fox Attacks It Anyway

Conservative Site: Homosexuality, Game Of Thrones Are Creating A "Slippery Slope" To Incest

The Worst Part Of Paul Ryan\'s Poverty Plan Is Based On A Media Myth

How Rupert Murdoch Pushed Australia Into A Climate Change Retreat

Daily Kos

Poll: Put manufacturing jobs before trade agreements

NRA commentary: Let\'s have mandatory gun classes in schools

Arizona execution lasts two hours; attorney calls for external inquiry

House Republicans blow up VA funding talks by blowing off Democratic compromise offer

Cartoon: The Gaza grip

House Democrats to hammer GOP on Boehner lawsuit during August recess

Forced-birthers joyful that only six abortion clinics may remain open in Texas after September 1

Conservatives think they\'ve figured out how to talk about banning abortion

Midday open thread: Initial jobless claims hit eight-year low, botched execution #4 takes two hours

Affordable Care Act helped 10 million Americans get insurance

White House

Readout of the President?s Call to President Peņa Nieto of Mexico

Gaggle by Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz, 07/24/14

Gaggle by Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz, 07/24/14

Message to the Congress -- Amendment Between the United States and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

President Obama to Deliver Remarks at Young African Leaders Presidential Summit

FACT SHEET: Increasing Investment in Rural America

Remarks by the President at a DNC Event -- Los Angeles, California

Press Gaggle by Principal Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz -- En Route Los Angeles, California

Press Gaggle by Principal Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz -- En Route Los Angeles, California

Presidential Nominations Sent to the Senate

 

Mother Jones

The NFL Was Harder on These 6 Players for Smoking Pot Than It Was on Ray Rice for His Assault Arrest

Another Casualty of the War on Terror: the Fifth Amendment

Boy, Hipsters Sure Are Defensive About Their Almond Milk

How a Town in Maine Is Blocking an Exxon Tar-Sands Pipeline

Help Us Solve the Rotisserie Chicken Mystery

A Question About Botched Executions

Let\'s Watch Stephen Colbert Make Fun Of Tim Draper\'s Stupid Plan To Split California Into 6 States

Quote of the Day: John Boehner Invites Obama to Ignore Congress on Immigration

Darrell Issa Investigation Benefits Ex-Aide

Idaho Tribe Cancels Ted Nugent Concert Because of His Support for Washington Football Team Name

 

Weekly Standard

Ranking Democrat Attacks Ryan\'s Anti-Poverty Reform
Congressman Chris Van Hollen of Maryland, the ranking Democrat on the House budget committee, ripped Paul Ryan's anti-poverty proposals.
Russian Military Shelling Ukraine
The Wall Street Journal reports
The U.S. believes Russia is firing artillery across its border at Ukrainian military positions, the State Department said on Thursday, an assertion that Moscow is playing a more direct role in the Ukrainian conflict.

Correction: Nunn Does Not Botch Georgia State Motto
See update below.
Ron Paul: American Conservatives to Blame for Islamist Terrorism
During an appearance on the Fox Business yesterday, former Texas congressman Ron Paul said he blames terrorism on American neoconservatives. The Free Beacon reports:
Paul Ryan Unveils Anti-Poverty Reforms
In a USA Today op-ed and speech at the American Enterprise Institute on Thursday, House budget committee chairman Paul Ryan unveiled his plans to reform anti-poverty programs. 
 

CATO Institute

Should the \'Right to be Forgotten\' be Reviewed by an International Court?

How Much Digital Reading Stays inside You?

D.C. Forgets about the Debt

Pointless Lying about US China Policy

Regulation Depresses the Job Market

Why Putin\'s Proxy War an Abject Failure

Sweden and School Choice

An Exceptional America Is More than Just American Exceptionalism

Government Corruption on the Rampage

D.C. Circuit to IRS: Only Congress Can Change the Law

 

MSNBC

Obama: Companies that \'Game the System\' Not Playing Fair
American companies that buy foreign firms to get a tax break are not doing right by their country, President Obama says in an interview with CNBC.
Analysis: Broken Washington, at Your Service
The legislative process has essentially stopped, making Capitol Hill more dysfunctional than it's been in decades.
Congress so far Unable to Compromise on VA Bill
Negotiations between the House and Senate on legislation to address the crisis at the Veterans Affairs Administration disintegrated on Thursday.
How Hillary and Bill Clinton Raised $1.4 Billion
Together, the Clintons have become two of the most impressive fundraisers in American history.
Biden: GOP States Waging \'Assault\' on Voting Rights
Vice President Biden said Republican-controlled states like Wisconsin were leading an ?assault? on voting rights designed to ?repress minority voting?
Paul Ryan Pitches New Proposal to Slash U.S. Poverty
Former vice presidential nominee wants "Opportunity Grants" to states rather than existing federal aid programs.
Why Chances for A Border Crisis Compromise Look Slim
Congress is stuck. Again.
First Read\'s Morning Clips
A roundup of the most important political news stories of the day
Obama Criticized for West Coast Tour Amid Crises

Dueling Rulings: Courts Duke It Out Over Obamacare
Obamacare got taken for a roller-coaster ride when two different appeals courts took completely different takes on the latest challenges to the law.
 

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