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Obama says strains over Ukraine not leading to new Cold War with Russia
U.S. President Barack Obama speaks to reporters about new sanctions imposed on Russia as he departs the White HouseBy Steve Holland and Anna Yukhananov WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama escalated U.S. economic sanctions against Russia on Tuesday for its aggression against Ukraine but dismissed suggestions the growing chill in U.S.-Russian relations marked the start of a new Cold War. The United States and the European Union, in a carefully coordinated action, announced targeted new sanctions against Russian banks, energy and defense firms. It was the West's most serious response yet to what it calls Russian instigation of and continuing support for the separatist uprising in the east and the shootdown of a Malaysian passenger jet on July 17 over eastern Ukraine. Obama, speaking at the White House, said the sanctions would have a "greater impact on the Russian economy than we've seen so far" in a drive to force Moscow to stop backing the separatists.
U.S. lawmakers worry about border security without extra funds
U.S. President Obama speaks at the Summit of the Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders in WashingtonBy Doina Chiacu and Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. border security will probably suffer if Congress fails to act on President Barack Obama's $3.7 billion request to cope with the explosion of child migrants into the U.S. Southwest, lawmakers and congressional aides warned on Tuesday. Those concerns came amid signs that a Republican bill in the House of Representatives and a Democratic measure in the Senate, both of which were more modest than Obama's request, faced challenges. The Democratic-controlled Senate has scheduled a procedural vote for Wednesday on a $2.7 billion border funding bill. Senator John Cornyn of Texas told reporters he did not know of any fellow Republicans who will support it, indicating it likely will fall short of the 60 votes needed to advance in the 100-member Senate.
U.S. lawmaker takes soda tax battle to Capitol Hill
Cans of soda are displayed in a case at Kwik Stops Liquor in San DiegoA Connecticut lawmaker on Wednesday will launch the first national effort in years to tax soda drinks, the latest bid by regulators and politicians to stem rising obesity and diabetes rates by curbing the consumption of sugary drinks. While former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg's controversial effort to limit cola size was struck down by a court earlier this year, other cities such as San Francisco have taken up the cause, emboldening critics and causing growing concern among beverage makers. Democratic Representative Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut is under no illusion about the chances that her Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Tax Act will become law. It is in part related to the consumption of sugar and added sugars and sugary beverages.
U.S. Senate unanimously confirms McDonald to head veterans agency
Obama nominates McDonald to head the Veterans Administration in WashingtonThe U.S. Senate on Tuesday unanimously confirmed Bob McDonald as the next Veterans Affairs secretary, pinning Washington's hopes on the former Procter & Gamble Co chief executive to launch a massive turnaround effort at the troubled agency. McDonald, 61, replaces retired Army general Eric Shinseki, who resigned in late May amid a scandal over cover-ups of long waiting times for health-care appointments at VA hospitals and clinics across the country. The 97-0 vote to confirm McDonald comes a week after he pledged to bring corporate-style discipline and accountability to the agency, refocusing its 341,000 employees on serving veterans. "In the wake of the biggest scandal in the history of the Department of Veterans Affairs, Bob McDonald certainly has his work cut out for him," House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller said after the Senate vote.
Blast in Gaza during CNN live shot sends reporter, crew ducking for cover
Karl Penhaul was delivering a live report from the Gaza Strip on Tuesday and was forced to take cover when a blast from Israel's shelling of Gaza City rocked a building just 200 yards behind him.
No Labels? No results? No problem.
No Labels, a group of Republican and Democrat Congressmen, gather to call for a solution to end the U.S. Government shut down on Capitol Hill in Washington.Like other outside political groups, No Labels spends a large part of its budget maintaining and promoting its own organization. And though No Labels has positioned itself as a warrior against gridlock, in an internal document obtained by Yahoo News, the group is banking on more political dysfunction in an attempt to find ?opportunity? and relevance for itself. The confidential document, distributed at No Labels? May executive board meeting, outlines a ?break through strategy? for the group, which despite raising millions and a buzzy-for-cable-news-talk launch, has struggled to find a foothold on the campaign trail or in the halls of Congress. The first point in that ?break through strategy? is a ?balance of power shift in the U.S. Senate,? a precarious position to outline, if not advocate, given No Labels? aim of bipartisanship and that one of the group?s co-chairs, Democratic Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia, currently sits in the majority caucus.
Other crises muscle onto world stage just as Iraq is coming undone
While the Obama administration and much of the global media focused on crises in Ukraine and the Gaza Strip in recent weeks, the centrifugal forces of a sectarian civil war continued to pull Iraq apart.
Romney would top Obama if 2012 presidential election were held today: poll
If a rematch of the 2012 presidential election were held today, Mitt Romney would win the popular vote over President Barack Obama, a new CNN/ORC International poll finds.
Exclusive: Sen. John Walsh responds to revelations that he plagiarized Army War College paper
A doctor prescribed Montana Democratic Sen. John Walsh medication for symptoms of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder after he returned from an Army deployment in Iraq, but he was not formally diagnosed with PTSD, the senator confirmed to Yahoo News following revelations this week that he had plagiarized a paper to receive his masters degree at the Army War College in 2007.
The Romneys Took a Summer Vacation And It Was Amazing
The Romneys Took a Summer Vacation And It Was AmazingHe?s reportedly worth around $250 million, so you might think Mitt Romney would opt for an opulent, luxurious vacation now that he?s out of the spotlight. Instead, the former presidential nominee, his wife, Ann, and five of their grandkids roughed it out in the ?American...

Drudge Report

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Politico

Dead man walking or comeback kid?
Christie tries to rekindle the magic around his brash style, but some in the GOP doubt it can work.
Democrats ask: Where\'s FLOTUS?
They desperately need Michelle Obama's help, especially with fundraising for the midterms.
Cantor\'s final days
He will soon trade his grand second-floor Capitol suite for a smaller hideaway elsewhere.
Dems warn GOP on border bill
Democrats may attach immigration reform to it.
Climate push takes center stage
The White House releases a report that says inaction on climate change could cost $150 billion.
Obama: \'Not a new Cold War\'
He concedes he can't be confident they will prompt Russian President Vladimir Putin to change course.
Senate steps closer to \'highway cliff\'
Changes made to the Highway Trust Fund patch mean it now goes back to the House.
Johnson said to favor asylum change
A House committee chairman says Jeh Johnson wants to raise an initial hurdle in the process.
 

Rasmussen Reports

Rasmussen Employment Index Down One Point in July
The Rasmussen Employment Index which measures worker confidence fell another point in July. This is the second month in a row the index is down after reaching a six-year high in May. At 98.4, worker confidence is down from June?s 99.1. The index reached its highest finding in six years of regular tracking in May at 100.1. The index fell to a recent low of 81.2 last October but gained steadily after that. It stood at 83.1 in July of last 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 survey of 9,299 working Americans was conducted in June 2014 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 1 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.
Number of Fiscal Conservatives Up to Highest Level in Past Year
The number of voters who consider themselves fiscally conservative continues to climb, while one-in-three say they are social liberals. A new Rasmussen Reports national survey finds that 44% of Likely U.S. Voters now identify themselves as conservative on fiscal issues such as taxes, government spending and business regulation. That?s up from 41% in April and is the highest finding since last July. Just 14% are liberal in this area, while 37% view themselves as moderates. (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 23-24, 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.
What Helps Voters Decide - Looks? Sex? Race? Issues?
Americans are model voters when you ask them what motivates their voting decisions. Eighty-three percent (83%) of American Adults believe most of their fellow citizens are not informed voters, but most voters beg to differ in the latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey. (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 availableon Twitter or Facebook. The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on July 27-28, 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.
27% Think Economy is Getting Better
The Rasmussen Consumer Index, which measures consumer confidence on a daily basis, jumped four points on Tuesday to 103.9. Consumer confidence is up three points from a week ago and three months ago and is unchanged from a month ago. The Rasmussen Investor Index climbed two points on Tuesday to 119.6. Investor confidence is up six points from a week ago but down three points from a month ago and even with its level 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.
Daily Presidential Tracking Poll
The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Tuesday shows that 47% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Obama's job performance. Fifty-two percent (52%) disapprove (see trends). The latest figures include 22% who Strongly Approve of the way Obama is performing as president and 42% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -20. Results are updated daily at 9:30 a.m. Eastern (sign up for free daily e-mail update).
What Scares Americans About the Child Migrants By Froma Harrop
The numbers are small for a large country like this, but the alarm is big over the influx of Central American children coming over the southern border. People are merging this special case involving about 57,000 children with generalized anxiety about a broken immigration system that has resulted in an estimated 11 million illegal residents. At bottom are fears that the United States is incapable of managing an orderly immigration program The surge of solitary children is especially disturbing because the arrivals are so pitiful. The public knows that they are innocents escaping war-like conditions and grinding poverty. But the public also knows that vast stretches of this troubled planet are soaked in misery. If fleeing war, violence and destitution is reason enough to be granted the right to stay in the United States, distressed souls in the hundreds of millions would qualify.
Fighting Parasitic Bureaucracies and Crony Capitalism by Michael Barone
"Pare down the parasitic fringe" of government. "Favor a gospel of work" instead of aristocratic entitlement. "Rationalize finance" and "reverse the Parkinson's law of bureaucracy." All that sounds like rhetoric from the Tea Party or reform conservatives who assail what they call crony capitalism. But it's not a contemporary criticism. Those are phrases from a long essay, written more than half a century ago, by the British historian H. R. Trevor-Roper, titled "The General Crisis of the Seventeenth Century." Michael Barone, senior political analyst at the Washington Examiner, (www.washingtonexaminer.com), where this article first appeared, is a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, a Fox News Channel contributor and a co-author of The Almanac of American Politics. To find out more about Michael Barone, and read features by other Creators writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at www.creators.com. COPYRIGHT 2014 THE WASHINGTON EXAMINER DISTRIBUTED BY CREATORS.COM
78% Consider Marriage Important to Society
Most Americans still consider marriage important, and those who are married rate it even more importantly. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 78% of American Adults think the institution of marriage is important to U.S. society, including 54% who view it as Very Important. These findings have generally held steady in surveys since May 2011. Just 18% think marriage is not very or Not At All Important to society. (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 24-25, 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.
Generic Congressional Ballot: Democrats 41%, Republicans 39%
Democrats have taken the lead over Republicans again on the latest Generic Congressional Ballot. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey for the week ending July 27 finds that 41% of Likely U.S. Voters would vote for the Democrat in their district?s congressional race if the election were held today, while 39% would choose the Republican instead. (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 from July 21-27, 2014. The margin of sampling error for the survey is +/- 2 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.
New Mexico Senate: Udall (D) 54%, Weh (R) 33%
Unlike his cousin in Colorado, Democratic incumbent Tom Udall is comfortably ahead of his Republican challenger in New Mexico?s U.S. Senate race. A new Rasmussen Reports statewide telephone survey of Likely New Mexico Voters finds Udall with 54% support versus Republican Allen Weh?s 33%. Three percent (3%) like some other candidate in the race, and 10% 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.

Fox News Politics

Obama reportedly weighs cutting back on illegal immigrant deportations
President Obama is considering executive actions to reduce the number of illegal immigrant deportations, including issuing work permits to some of the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants currently in the U.S., according to a published report. 
VA vanishes from the media, even as Congress on the verge of passing reform
The top negotiators, Sen. Bernie Sanders, the Vermont independent, and Rep. Jeff Miller, a Florida Republican, have struck a deal that would provide $17 billion to the department to hire more doctors and nurses and build new facilities, and to make it easier to fire bumbling officials.
Passions heated over proposed EPA rule on plant emissions
As a part of its controversial proposed rule to limit carbon emissions from existing power plants, the EPA held simultaneous public comment sessions in Washington, Atlanta and Denver Tuesday. The comments, designed to help shape the formulation of the final rule, may have complicated that task, given the often diametrically opposed opinions expressed.
Lawmakers race to vote on VA reform bill amid conservative concerns over cost
Fiscal conservatives are expressing doubts over the bill?s steep cost. 
Justice Department sues Pennsylvania State Police, claiming fitness tests discriminate against women
The Pennsylvania State Police, one of the nation's largest forces, is faced with ending the physical fitness tests it gives to applicants for state trooper positions or defending in court a practice that the federal government says illegally discriminates against women.
Judge says US can\'t seize tanker full of Kurdish oil off Texas coast
A federal magistrate judge ruled Tuesday that U.S. Marshals will not be able to able to carry out her earlier order to seize a million barrels of Kurdish crude oil unless the tanker carrying the cargo comes closer to the Texas shore. 
Senate passes highway funding bill, sends it back to House with changes
The House could accept the Senate's changes or reject them and send the bill back to the Senate. 
Krauthammer: Obama impeachment talk \'a concoction of Democrats\'
Krauthammer, a syndicated columnist and a Fox News contributor, said he believes the Democrats are doing so to help their party in the upcoming midterm elections. 
Head of Benghazi probe says no witnesses off limits, including Clinton
The Republican head of the Benghazi Select Committee warned Tuesday that no witnesses would be off limits in its upcoming probe and that he would consider going to court, if necessary, to compel testimony.
Assad must go? Obama administration\'s focus on Syria in doubt as death toll soars
The rise of ISIS militants in Syria and Iraq, and the unwillingness of Americans to see their military involved in another foreign conflict, appear to have cooled President Obama's once-strident rhetoric demanding Syrian President Bashar al-Assad "must go" -- even as the death toll in the three-year-old civil war tops 170,000.
 

White House Dossier

Obama Schedule || Wednesday, July 30, 2014
11:05 am CT || Delivers remarks on the economy; Uptown Theatre, Kansas City 1:15 pm CT || Departs Kansas City 4:40 pm || Arrives White House All times Eastern except as noted
Caption Contest Winner
Okay, that’s a trick headline. Because there is no winner to yesterday’s caption contest. It’s the era of Obama, and liberalism, and so EVERYBODY is a winner! Because you know these days, everybody wins, everybody gets a trophy, and everybody gets a handout. Really, thanks for your great contributions. There were many seriously funny headline […]
Stop Them Before They Impeach! Send Five Dollars Today.
As you may be aware, the White House has been talking up the possibility that President Obama is going to be impeached – IMPEACHED, I TELL YA – by Republicans. Well, Democratic fundraisers, including the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, or DCCC, have been talking it up too and raising tons of cash on the possibility. Nothing […]
Live Stream ? Obama Statement on Ukraine
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The Top Twelve Obama Foreign Policy Disasters
Barack Obama’s presidency has been marked by one overseas catastrophe after another. The screw ups are so legion, the incompetence so prolific, that, understandably, it gets confusing. So White House Dossier has helpfully compiled for you a list of the top foreign policy disasters wrought by the unrivaled fecklessness of our president. We think you’ll […]
Live Stream || White House Briefing ? July 29, 2014
The briefing has concluded.
Video || Illegal Immigrants Outside the White House
If you want to understand what a joke the rule of law has become under President Obama, you might want to take note of why the illegal immigrants outside the White House are there: They want to be included in future White House meetings about immigration. No more meetings about us without us, they are […]
The Obama Morning News || July 29, 2014
Netanyahu: Be ready for long war . . . Associated Press Rebuffing ceasefire demands, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Israelis Monday to be ready for a “prolonged” war. Israelis heap criticism on Kerry . . . Washington Post The secretary of state has been lambasted by all sides for his apparent failure in attempts to negotiate […]
 

The Hill

2014 pressure builds on Dems
The Senate is racing to approve three must-pass bills this week.
GOP: Border patrol agents handcuffed by wildlife rules
Republicans say land protections are hampering efforts to stop the flow of immigrants.
Reid: GOP border bill could be vehicle for immigration reform
Reid?s remark could hamper Boehner?s efforts to win conservative support.
Dems can\'t stop talking about impeaching President Obama
GOP leaders, however, have given no indication they intend to push an impeachment measure.
Juan Williams: Shame of the GOP on border
OPINION | The GOP?s obstructionism now stands in the way.
Report: North Korea threatens nuclear strike on White House
A top military official said North Korea would "fire our nuclear-armed rockets" if provoked.
GOP plans $659M border bill
Republicans say they aren't sure the measure has the votes to pass the House.
$17B deal reached to overhaul VA
The bill sets aside $10 billion for veterans to seek care at non-VA facilities.
 

Pollster

2014 Arkansas Senate - Cotton 44%, Pryor 42% (Hendrix College/Talk Business 7/22-7/25)

2014 Wyoming Senate GE - Enzi 68%, Hardy 23% (CBS/NYT/YouGov 7/5-7/24)

2014 West Virginia Senate - Capito 51%, Tennant 43% (CBS/NYT/YouGov 7/5-7/24)

2014 Wisconsin Governor - Walker 50%, Burke 48% (CBS/NYT/YouGov 7/5-7/24)

2014 Vermont Gubernatorial GE - Shumlin 53%, Milne 28% (CBS/NYT/YouGov 7/5-7/24)

2014 Virginia Senate - Warner 53%, Gillespie 43% (CBS/NYT/YouGov 7/5-7/24)

2014 Texas Senate GE - Cornyn 55%, Alameel 38% (CBS/NYT/YouGov 7/5-7/24)

2014 Tennessee Senate GE - Alexander 48%, Ball 33% (CBS/NYT/YouGov 7/5-7/24)

Obama Job Approval - Disapprove 54%, Approve 40% (Gallup 7/26-7/28)

2014 South Dakota Senate - Rounds 61%, Weiland 34% (CBS/NYT/YouGov 7/5-7/24)

New York Times Columnists


?Maybe in America?
Madagascar is an example of a combination of global pressures coming to the fore.
Night at the Opera?
As the clock ticks down on union negotiations, the Met plays out its most painful opera.
Zionism and Its Discontents
Israel's new war in Gaza and the failures behind it are a betrayal of the Zionism in which I still believe.
Teaching Teaching
Teachers shouldn?t be learning on the job as they go.
No War Is an Island
The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is largely a proxy war rooted in broader rivalries throughout the Arab world.
Corporate Artful Dodgers
A loophole so big whole companies can slip through.
The Fight Over ?Impeachment Lite?
As politics, House Republicans? threat to sue the president may work best for Democrats.
What Is News?
Madagascar, one of the world?s greatest ecosystems, is on the edge.
Angell in the Outfield
From Babe to Jeter, Roger Angell has taken his readers out to the old ballgame. 
Up From Greenwich
Can the G.O.P. stop being the party of the rich?
 

Huffington Post

Jon Stewart Says The U.S. Is \'Like The Oprah Of Middle East Weapons Systems!\'

International Observers Turned Back From Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 Crash Site In Eastern Ukraine

Children at the Border Are Not a Crisis for Americans

University Of Texas Picking William McRaven As New Chancellor

Protecting the Lasting Achievement of Medicaid

Obama Won\'t Legalize Pot Just Because The New York Times Said He Should

Dereliction of Duty

NRA Lobbyist Belittles Any Jew Who Backs Gun Control Because The Holocaust

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley Calls Prison Reform Advocates \'Crazy\' To Sue State

Bobby Jindal Is Being Sued By His Own School Board Over The Common Core

Slate

Who?s Behind the New Washington Football Team Website?

Who Said Impeachment?

We?re Terrible at Reading Online

The GOP?s Latino Dilemma

Where I?m From

The Lost Weekends

Ready for Anything

Sympathy for the Overdog

The Siberian Craters

?We?re Not Leaving. We?re Never Leaving.?

 

Salon

5 wild consumer conspiracy theories, debunked

Thank god ?The Bachelorette? is finally talking about sex

?Happy Christmas?: Anna Kendrick and Lena Dunham celebrate Yuletide in July

I?m a lesbian marrying a man

The real Martha Stewart explains her drone

ESPN suspends Stephen A. Smith over domestic violence comments

Science identifies precisely when the GOP went off the rails about climate change

America?s former spy chief is getting filthy rich ?consulting? on cybersecurity

Good news, couch potatoes: Running even a little bit reduces your risk of early death

Mississippi?s last abortion clinic to remain open ? thanks in part to a Reagan appointee

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Wall Street Journal Opinion

Liberals Love the \'One Percent\'
The left has a strange affection for Federal Reserve policy that has turbocharged inequality.
Why Liberals Hate Kansas
Sam Brownback's tax cuts must be discredited before they succeed.
Persistent Myths in the Central Park Jogger Case
Time for a reality check as New York prepares to award the defendants $40 million.
Putin\'s Costs Grow
The U.S. and Europe impose serious sanctions on Russia. At last.
Texas Speech Shootout
Home schoolers sue the regulators who want to shut them up.
We\'re Fighting the Feds Over Your Email
Governments want the right to see email stored anywhere in the world. Microsoft says not so fast.
The Ugly Tide Washing Across Europe
The 'Gaza generation' seems worried about Arab deaths only when Jews are involved.
Notable & Quotable: John Wayne
Charles Glass reviews a new biography of the legendary actor.
Farm to Table to Instagram
People talk about the dinner they had last week and the dinner they'll have next week as they photograph the dinner they're having now.
No CEO Is Special Forever
Their customers might love them, but shareholders not so much.
 

Special Report with Bret Baier

Ebola?Should we be fearful?
By: Bridget Creel?Special Report Summer Associate Flying to and from West Africa introduces new concerns for travelers as the Ebola epidemic continues to fester throughout Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea.   Although the CDC announced that there is little risk for Americans, people cancelled their travel plans when Liberian government official Patrick Sawyer died from the virus after travelling from Liberia to Nigeria last week. Worry among the people intensifies in Minnesota, where Sawyer?s family lives.  The outbreak first emerged in March, with a report from the World Health Organization (WHO) announcing 86 suspected cases and 59 deaths. According to a report released on Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Ebola virus disease (EVD) has killed 660 people. Even though the virus has not been spotted in the United States, the consequences of Ebola in Africa have quickly startled the attention of Americans. Ebola is first transmitted from infected animals to humans. Then, the virus is spread between humans through contact with blood or bodily fluids. The symptoms of the virus may include muscle pain, headache, vomiting, diarrhea and internal/external bleeding. Interestingly enough, it can take up to 21 days after exposure for symptoms to surface. With fatality rates up to 90%, there is timely pressure to find a cure for this illness. So, why is obtaining a resolution so difficult? First and foremost, Ebola is caused by a virus, not bacteria. This means that the Ebola virus found in the body consists of small molecules, which are difficult for doctors to target for treatment. Due to the high mortality rate, the tests conducted are limited and can only be carried out in a safe and secure environment. Currently, there have been no signs of controlling the disease because doctors are more focused on instantly treating patients, instead of long term prevention. Treatment for patients who have contracted Ebola typically consists of general remedies, meaning hydration and maintenance of proper blood and oxygen levels. In order to keep Ebola from further dispersing, it is required that patients be isolated from others. Still, that does not stop concerned families from taking care of their sick relatives, or burying contaminated bodies, which enhances disease spread and mortality rate. Proper precautions must be taken in West Africa to guarantee that the disease can be confined, treated and not transmitted to any other countries. Health workers who are treating the disease are extensively trained and taking cautious measures such as wearing several layers of protective clothing and masks. However, that has not stopped two American health workers from catching the virus, and several doctors from dying.

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. 

 

National Review 

Hypocrisy Watch: De Blasio Voted for the \'Poor Door\' Zoning He\'s Now Against

Video: Watch \'Spider-Man\' Attack a NYPD Officer

Palestinians From Gaza Attack Israeli Village During \'Truce Day\'

What Did Obama Know About the Rise of ISIS and When Did He Know It?

U.S. Embassy Evacuated in Tripoli

Bye-Bye: Putin\'s Daughter Has Left the Netherlands

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. . .

Christian Science Monitor

Plant a snack bar for butterflies

The lesson of the dining room table

Twitter revenue doubles, stock flies high

US appeals court blocks Mississippi\'s anti-abortion law, keeps clinic open

Pipe flooding UCLA will continue flooding for hours, say officials

Jesse Ventura wins $1.8 million in defamation case against SEAL sniper

Stephen A. Smith suspended: ESPN benches Smith for domestic abuse coments

Did Congress pass Obamacare the right way? Court dismisses lawsuit.

Child migrant crisis: why Congress is getting nowhere on solving it

Geysers on Saturn moon fueled by hidden sea and convulsing ice

The Blaze

Israeli Military Publishes Video Revealing ?How Terrorists in Gaza Conceal Rocket Launchers?

28-Year-Old YouTube Star Stuns Parents With Gift That Left His Mom in Tears: ?I Have a Surprise for You?

U.N. Agency: 19 Killed, 126 Injured After Shells Hit U.N. School in Northern Gaza

Which Major Hollywood Actor Just Reportedly Threw a Punch at Justin Bieber?

?Ridiculous?: The Group of People This California Restaurant Just Banned Has Left Some Infuriated

Migraine App Can Track Data While Sufferer Sleeps and Report Symptoms to Doctor

Keep Your Eye on These Two Trespassing Women ? They Are About to Cheat Death in Unbelievable Fashion

Local ABC Anchors Fall Victim to Prank Phone Call During Live Coverage of UCLA Water Main Break: ?I?m Sorry About That?

Caught on Video: Cop?s Close Call With Death on Dallas Highway

14-Year-Old Girl Reportedly Sent This Chilling Text Message to Her Boyfriend Night She Went Missing

Washington Times


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Newsmax

 

The Nation

How One Unlikely Rodent Is Saving the American West?and Perhaps the Planet

Missile Strike at Al-Shati Refugee Camp Kills 10, Including 8 Children

The Centerpiece of Obama?s Energy Policy Will Actually Make Climate Change Worse

Five Israeli Talking Points on Gaza?Debunked

?The Tank Shells Fell Like Rain?: Survivors of the Attack on UNRWA School Report Scenes of Carnage and Destruction

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

Open Letter to the Born Again

On Israel-Palestine and BDS: Chomsky Replies

Moveon.org

MoveOn Members Mobilize to Stop the #GOPlawsuit

Netroots to Obama: Don\'t Kill the Internet

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

Media Matters

O\'Reilly On Racial Profiling Of Drug Offenders: It\'s Not About "Let\'s Hunt Down The Black People Today"

Right-Wing Media Distort Hillary Clinton\'s Comments To Falsely Claim She Endorsed Hamas

Fox\'s Bob Beckel On ABC\'s The Bachelorette Star: "She\'s A Slut"

Fox Guest Stokes Ebola Fears Due To "Uninspected" Immigrants

Limbaugh On Ray Rice\'s Alleged Spousal Abuse: "How Bad Could It Have Been If She Said Yes To The Proposal"

Fox\'s Ablow: Obama "Wants America To Dissolve"

Daily Kos

Open thread for night owls: 1,000 children

Economics Daily Digest: Companies look to turn off the tap on free water

Global confidence in President Obama much higher than Bush

George Zimmerman has a new job. Working as a security guard. For an ammunition store. For real.

Rep. Mike Kelly compares EPA regulations to terrorism

McCain calls Obama most lawless president ever, but says Senate wouldn\'t convict him if impeached

McDonald\'s is responsible for working conditions in franchise restaurants, labor board says

Another record-breaking election: $2 billion for an off-year campaign

Senate Dems suggest they\'ll link immigration reform to House bill on deporting refugee children

Obama announces expanded sanctions on Russia over Ukraine conflict

White House

Statement by the President on Ukraine

Presidential Nomination Sent to the Senate

Statement by the President on the Confirmation of Bob McDonald as the Secretary of Veterans Affairs

Notice to Congress -- Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to Lebanon

Message to Congress -- Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to Lebanon

FACT SHEET: Empowering America?s Agricultural Sector and Strengthening Food Resilience through the President?s Climate Data Initiative

White House Report: The Cost of Delaying Action to Stem Climate Change

Remarks by National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice to the National Jewish Leaders Assembly

Readout of the Vice President\'s Call with Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk

Press Briefing by Press Secretary Josh Earnest and Deputy National Security Advisor Tony Blinken, 7/28/2014

 

Mother Jones

Yet Another Man With a Gun Just Murdered His Wife and Children

Jimmy Hoffa Went Missing 39 Years Ago Today [Photo]

Conservatives Say Obama Is Fighting A ?War On Coal.? They?re Wrong.

Bud and Miller Are Trying to Hijack Craft Beer?and It?s Totally Backfiring

Leaked Docs: How a Secret FreedomWorks Donor Sought a Return on Its "Investments"

Republicans Still Holding Up Virtually All Obama Appointments

My Ten-Dollar Offer to the Halbig Truthers

"Confused Cats Against Feminism" Is the Purrfect Response to "Women Against Feminism"

Why You Should Appreciate the Humble Beaver

The Forgotten Murder Trial of the NRA\'s Top Lawyer

 

Weekly Standard

NYT Poll: Signs Point to GOP Majority in Senate
If the midterm elections were held today, the Republican party could expect a three-seat majority in the Senate next year, according to the new poll from the New York Times, CBS News, and YouGov. The poll, which surveyed voters across the 34 states with Senate races via an online panel, finds GOP candidates leading in 8 races for seats currently held by Democrats.
D.C. Gun Ruling Could Open Door To Universal Carry Laws (Updated)
In a surprising decision, a federal judge overturned
Feel the Burn
If you like going out in the sun or, perhaps, must do so because of your work and you don?t want to get burned, there is good news. Of a sort.  
Dissident Iranian Ayatollah Again Denounces Tehran from Prison
Ayatollah Seyed Hossein Kazemeyni Boroujerdi has been incarcerated, mainly in Tehran?s ignominious Evin Prison, since 2006. He is accused of ?combat against God? for his criticisms of the Iranian clerical dictatorship, and is serving an 11-year sentence. Now kept in the ?special clerical ward,? he has suffered numerous ailments, has accused his jailers of torture, and is among the most famous Iranian prisoners of conscience.
Two Long Views
The U.S. has been at war for 13 years and according to General Michael Flynn, outgoing head of the Defense Intelligence Agency:
 

CATO Institute

Ukraine Crisis Reminds Americans Why NATO Should Not Expand: Not to Ukraine, Georgia, Or Anyone Else

Keep Chopping Federal Spending

The Flip-Flopping Architect of the ACA

Conservatives Would Do Well to Resurrect Ronald Reagan\'s Middle East Policy

When Money Mischief Goes Global

South Korea: Forever Dependent on America

Could Putin?s War be Good for Ukraine?

It\'s Time States Were Transparent about Lethal Injection Drugs

An Economic and Moral Case for Legalizing Cocaine and Heroin

Reversing the Decline in Small Business Lending

 

MSNBC

A Tea Party Tempest in Tennessee
Jon Meacham on why Lamar Alexander should prevail against a hard-right challenger.
Defense Takes Unusual Step in Senator Plagiarism Probe
A U.S. Army War College official says the Department of Defense has taken the unusual step of overseeing a plagiarism investigation against Sen. John Walsh of Montana.
Hillary Clinton Says Redskins Should Change Their Name
?I think it?s insensitive and I think that there?s no reason for it to continue as the name of a team in our nation?s capital,? she told Fusion TV.
Obama Unveils New Russian Sanctions With \'Bigger Bite\'
President Obama announces a coordinated effort with the EU in response to Russian actions in Ukraine.
McDonald Confirmed as New Head of Veterans Affairs
The Senate has confirmed Robert McDonald as the next leader of the embattled Department of Veterans Affairs.
Watch Live: Obama Delivers Remarks on Ukraine
President Obama delivers remarks on the situation in Ukraine.
Obama Joins EU to Slap New Sanctions on Russia
Isolating Russia is "a choice that Russia and President Putin in particular has made," Obama says.
Obama: EU Cooperation Gives Russia Sanctions \'Bigger Bite\'
Isolating Russia is "a choice that Russia and President Putin in particular has made," Obama says.
Obama to Speak on Situation in Ukraine
White House schedules remarks at 2:50 pm ET
Bob McDonnell Trial Reveals Details of Broken Marriage
Lawyers for former Virginia first lady Maureen McDonnell said in court Tuesday that her marriage had broken down by the time a former CEO began to lavish gifts on her.
 

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