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By Ted Siefer PORTSMOUTH N.H. (Reuters) - Texas Governor Rick Perry has sought to parlay attention over a felony indictment into a fresh political push in New Hampshire, the crucial presidential primary state where his dismal showing in 2012 led him to drop out of the race. Perry returned to New Hampshire on Friday and Saturday in his first visit to the state since his presidential bid unraveled, laying out his message for a business-friendly government, stronger border security and a more muscular foreign policy. With Congress in recess and President Barack Obama on vacation, Perry has become one of the most talked-about politicians since he was indicted last week on two felony counts of abusing power for trying to force a Democratic district attorney convicted of drunk driving out of office by cutting off funds for an integrity unit in her office. Perry has held news conferences to denounce the indictment and turned his police booking into a campaign-like event, speaking to cheering supporters before and after he posed for a mugshot.
By Mark Felsenthal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Saturday urged business owners to press Congress to reauthorize the U.S. Export-Import Bank, which could halt any new financing Sept. 30 - as some conservative Republicans hope it will - if lawmakers fail to act. Obama said in his weekly radio address that if Congress lets the bank close, it would be stunting U.S. "If Congress fails to act, thousands of businesses, large and small, that sell their products abroad will take a completely unnecessary hit," the president said.
By Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama could ask the U.S. Congress in coming weeks to approve new funds for airstrikes against Islamic State targets, according to a congressional aide, following the militants' beheading of an American journalist and activities in Iraq. A Senate Democratic aide on Friday said the Obama administration could detail by early to mid-September the amount of additional money it wants for the military operations, although the aide did not estimate the size of the possible funding request. The administration has indicated it does not want to put combat troops into the region, although it has said it is evaluating all options on how to deal with Syria.
By Steve Holland EDGARTOWN Mass. (Reuters) - President Barack Obama delivered a somber statement on the death of American journalist James Foley after a video emerged showing Foley's grisly execution by Islamic State militants. Then Obama proceeded directly to a golf course to play 18 holes. "Bam's Golf War," blared the cover of the New York Daily News, showing a picture of the smiling president behind the wheel of a golf cart, while Foley's parents grieved over their son in a smaller photo lower on the page. Criticism of Obama was not universal but emerged on both sides of the political spectrum, with former Vice President Dick Cheney attacking the president and left-leaning blogger Ezra Klein saying in a tweet that it was in bad taste.
As much of the world expressed revulsion over the beheading of American journalist James Foley by an ISIL executioner, Hamas political chief Khaled Meshaal took pains to disassociate his organization from the Islamist militant group that has conducted a murderous rampage across a large swath of Syria and Iraq.
Huge anti-government demonstrations in Pakistan entered their second week with thousands of protesters surrounding and blockading ? peacefully, so far ? the parliament building in Islamabad. Two groups of protesters from different opposition parties converged on the capital on Aug. 15, demanding the resignations of Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif and his brother, Mian Shahbaz Sharif, the chief minister of the Punjab state.
The problem with Barack Obama is that he just doesn't love the full contact sport of politics. He has no capacity for the inside machinations or tactical brutality we associate with a more sophisticated and celebrated president
The parents of James Foley, the American journalist whose brutal execution by Islamist militants was posted on YouTube, gave an emotional press conference outside their New Hampshire home on Wednesday.
President Barack Obama on Wednesday declared himself ?heartbroken? by the beheading of U.S. journalist Jim Foley by ISIL extremists but defiantly vowed to press on with American military operations to cut the group?s ?cancer? out of the Middle East.
US Fears That a Radicalized Sympathizer Could Attack Homeland
Industry sources say the site has yet to live up to lofty expectations.
New Hampshire suddenly has a real Senate race.
Drama fills the election for the leadership of the Democratic National Committee Women's Caucus.
The accommodation is unlikely to put an end to the ongoing court battles over the issue.
The complaint alleges Grimes violated federal campaign laws over her financing and use of a bus.
The former Virginia Republican governor is on the witness stand for his third day.
This year's elections will proceed using the existing congressional districts.
The paper's news division will continue to use the NFL team's name.
The Rasmussen Consumer Index, which measures consumer confidence on a daily basis, remained steady on Saturday 107.0. Consumer confidence is up one point from a week ago, seven points from a month ago and three point from three months ago. The Rasmussen Investor Index dropped points to 120.3 on Saturday. Investor confidence is down three points from a week ago and up eight points from a month ago, but is down three 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.
The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Saturday shows that 45% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Obama's job performance. Fifty-three percent (53%) disapprove (see trends). The latest figures include 19% of 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 -22. Results are updated daily at 9:30 a.m. Eastern (sign up for free daily e-mail update).
Is America becoming an even more divided nation? We ask voters last month if America is a more divided nation now than it was four years ago, and 67% said yes. That was before racial tensions exploded following a police shooting in Ferguson, Missouri. Blacks and whites have sharply different views on what happened in Ferguson and what should happen next. Most black Americans (57%) are already convinced that the police officer who shot a black teenager should be found guilty of murder, a view shared by just 17% of whites and 24% of other minority adults.
Matt Mead turned back two challengers in this week?s Republican primary and looks well on his way to reelection as governor of Wyoming. A new Rasmussen Reports statewide telephone survey of Likely Wyoming Voters finds Mead with 55% support to Democratic challenger Pete Gosar?s 34%. Seven percent (7%) like another candidate in the race, and four percent (4%) 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 700 Likely Voters in Wyoming was conducted on August 20-21, 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.
Just over half of Americans express confidence in the nation's banking system again this month. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 53% of American Adults are at least somewhat confident in the stability of the U.S. banking industry today, including 12% who are Very Confident. That?s up slightly from 50% in July. Forty-three percent (43%) are not confident in the banking industry, with 13% who are Not At All Confident. (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 American Adults was conducted on August 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.
Count Wyoming?s Senate race strongly in the Red State column. (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 700 Likely Voters in Wyoming was conducted on August 20-21, 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.
Americans favor the use of international courts for crimes against humanity but have more confidence in a verdict reached by courts in this country. The Palestinians hope to have Israel tried for such crimes at the International Criminal Court, but Americans tend to think that's a bad idea. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 62% of Likely Voters favor the use of international courts for crimes such as genocide and war atrocities. Just 14% oppose the use of such courts. One-in-four (23%) 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 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on August 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.
Continued violence in Ferguson, Missouri, brings back memories of the urban riots of the 1960s. As it happens, I had a front-row seat back then, as an intern in the office of Detroit Mayor Jerome Cavanagh during the six-day riot in July 1967. At one point I was alone in the so-called command center with Cavanagh and Michigan Gov. George Romney. 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
Over half of Americans continue to say a home is a family's best investment, but more think it is not a good time for someone in their area to be selling their home. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 52% of American Adults now say that buying a home is the best investment most families can make, down slightly from July. Twenty-six percent (26%) disagree, while 22% are undecided. These are generally in line with findings for the past few years. (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 American Adults was conducted on August 17-18, 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.
Most voters still view the U.S. economy as unfair. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 38% of Likely U.S. Voters think the economy today is at least somewhat fair, and that includes only five percent (5%) who view it as Very Fair. Fifty-six percent (56%) feel the economy is not fair, with 19% who say it is Not At All Fair. This is generally in line with findings for the past year. In 2012 and the first half of last year, the number who thought the economy was fair generally ran in the mid-40s. (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 August 18-19, 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.
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Court documents released Friday in the so-called ?John Doe investigation? into political support for Wisconsin GOP Gov. Scott Walker show prosecutors subpoenaed phone-company records and that the probe went deeper than previously known, say conservatives who were targeted.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has apologized for making racially insensitive jokes at an event Thursday sponsored by the Las Vegas Asian Chamber of Commerce, but perhaps too late for group members who later didn?t endorse Reid?s pick for Nevada lieutenant governor.
The New York State Board of Elections has enacted emergency regulations to keep a closer eye on political spending by special interest groups, but critics say the changes are over-reaching and will stifle free speech.
George Will told viewers Friday on ?Special Report with Bret Baier? that ?if what General Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is saying, either is U.S. policy, or foreshadows U.S. policy, then I think it's fair to say we have begun the third Iraq war.?
Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell told jurors Friday he was both innocent and contrite as he ended his third straight day of testifying in his corruption trial.
Americans receiving food stamps were caught selling and bartering their benefits online for art, housing and cash, according to a new federal report that investigates fraud in the nation?s largest nutrition support program.
A Florida judge is giving his approval to a new congressional map that was redrawn by state legislators.
Former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales believes President Obama has all the legal authority he needs to order a military response to the brutal beheading of American journalist James Foley by Islamic State militants.
Former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm saw her state lose a half-million jobs under her watch, but that isn?t stopping her from teaching a graduate course this fall at University of California at Berkeley that will focus on developing job creation strategies.
A Missouri Democratic lawmaker predicted Friday that if prosecutors don?t win a conviction against the police officer who shot 18-year-old Michael Brown, it could trigger a new wave of unrest in Ferguson.
White House Dossier
Sen. Inhofe says ISIS is "rapidly developing" ways of carrying out a catastrophic attack.
Defense Department pushes back on comments from Texas Gov. Rick Perry.
The GOP chairman is probing whether the White House spends tax dollars on political activity.
"One problem I've had today is keeping my Wongs straight," Reid told an Asian crowd.
The Texas governor warned Islamic terrorists might have crossed the border into the U.S.
The Obama presidency has catapulted a network of former advisers into lucrative positions.
The DEA is moving to stem a rise in the abuse of powerful painkillers.
The month-long ban came after a string of edits to pages about transgender issues.
New York Times Columnists
The inequality of freedom is causing instability and chaos as it expands around the world.
The man who coached Mo?ne Davis sees the promise of inner-city kids.
From the great battlefield of Farm Neck Golf Club in Martha?s Vineyard, a few words of national import.
Why radical Islam isn?t just a medieval throwback.
The S.&L. crisis could have helped us avoid the financial crisis.
Who?s been following the trial of Bob McDonnell in Virginia and knows what FLOVA means?
Bipolar illness and the mystery, shrouded in taboo, that preceded it.
What is it about crying ?Inflation!? that makes it so appealing that people keep doing it despite having been wrong again and again?
A true racial dialogue is not one-directional ? from minorities to majorities ? but multidirectional.
Let?s hear it for the long-shot candidates this year. Like the high school math teacher running for the U.S. Senate in Montana.
Wall Street Journal Opinion
Human talent and research and design labs are arriving to dominate the new era of devices.
Monsanto's COO Brett Begemann, the son of a farmer, explains why genetically modified food is safe?and essential to feed a hungry planet.
How the ex-veep came by his cable TV windfall remains heavily redacted.
His forces intervene to grab another chunk of Ukraine.
A peaceful transfer of power in the young Muslim-majority democracy.
Can we please see your Avian and Bat Monitoring Plan?
Before the Cincinnati riots, the police were insular and authoritarian. Today they are proactive, transparent.
The answer to Washington gridlock is to shift more decisionmaking to the states.
Football is now the national pastime?its fast, violent, telegenic nature captures the spirit of our times. It's easier to bet on, too.
I knew the brothers of Dartmouth's Sigma Alpha Epsilon as having a taste for pastel critter pants, not sadism.
Special Report with Bret Baier
An Ebola quarantine center in Liberia was raided
over the weekend when a group of armed men went on a looting spree. Officials say angry residents in the West Point slum broke into the clinic, stealing items including medical equipment, blood-stained sheets, and mattresses, all while claiming ?there?s no Ebola? in Liberia. As many as 20 Ebola patients also fled during the attack and there are now increasing fears of the spread of the deadly virus through one of the capitol?s largest slums. According to the World Health Organization, Ebola has killed more than 1,000 people
in West Africa so far-- making it the worst outbreak in history. They also say the disease has been vastly underestimated and will require ?extraordinary measures? in order to be contained. Meanwhile, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration
is warning the public against products sold over the internet claiming to treat or cure the Ebola virus. The FDA has received numerous complaints from consumers regarding fraudulent drugs, dietary supplements, and other items geared towards the treatment of Ebola. ?Individuals promoting these unapproved and fraudulent products must take immediate action to correct or remove these claims or face potential FDA action,? the agency said. There are some experimental treatments in development, but the FDA warns they are in the early stages and not yet available for purchase. Currently, there is no known cure or treatment for the Ebola virus. The World Health Organization also released a statement saying, ?Recent intense media coverage of experimental medicines and vaccines is creating some unrealistic expectations, especially in an emotional climate of intense fear.? Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol, the two Americans currently being treated in the U.S. with Ebola, were given experimental treatments
and both show signs of a slow recovery. While this is a positive sign, officials stress that Ebola is not a significant threat to the U.S. and consumers should be wary of people trying to take advantage.
Tonight on Special Report Bret Baier? sits down with Karwan Zebari, the acting director of Congressional and Academic Affairs of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), to discuss the latest coming out of Iraq. Zebari is the highest KRG official in Washington, DC and supervises all relations between the KRG and U.S. Congress. Zebari also develops academic initiatives and programs with universities and academic institutions nationwide on matters related to Kurdistan. He can provide insight on the situation on the ground-- If you have a question for Karwan Zebari please tweet us @BretBaier or post via Facebook at facebook.com/bretbaiersr using #AskBret . Your question might just end up on our air!
Tea Partiers and conservative DC-based super PACs have targeted seven GOP senators in Republican-leaning states they hoped to replace in this year's primaries. All of the Republicans in the cross hairs have won their primaries. Tennesee Senator Lamar Alexander was the last, and Thursday's Tennessee primary marks the first time since 2008 that every GOP Senate incumbent has been re-nominated. But the win of the "establishment" comes at a financial expense - the Senators who have been challenged have spent millions of dollars in this year's primaries - money they'd prefer to have now to spend running against Democrats. We have the very latest for you tonight on Special Report with "Campaign Carl" Cameron.
By: Bridget Creel?Special Report Summer Associate Despite the fact that school does not start until next month, college campus issues, specifically concerned with sexual assault, have generated a response from members of the Senate. This morning, a bipartisan group of senators introduced a bill that would require all colleges to conduct anonymous sexual assault surveys. If the colleges failed to administer the surveys, the Department of Education would impose financial consequences. The outcome of the surveys would then be to publish the experiences of sexually assaulted students online. According to the Associated Press, ?This bill would require campuses to designate advocates who would confidentially discuss available options with victims and to develop an agreement with local law enforcement over how such cases are handled. It would also increase penalties for universities that did not comply.? An interesting section of the bill states that victims who come forward to discuss their experience with sexual assault will automatically be pardoned from violations such as underage drinking. A unique?yet effective way to get victims to come forward, but it could pose other complications. Back in January, President Obama created a task force to administer efforts to prevent sexual assault on college campuses. It addressed certain schools who did not deal rightfully with sexual abuse cases. The current bill faces several speed bumps before it can be passed and there is no guarantee, with limited work days left for Congress. There is strong support by several senators for the bill, which has strong intentions, however the outcome is unpredictable.
Per Chad Pergram: House Republicans are doubling-down on the reauthorization of the Highway Trust Fund. The House GOP leadership is insistent it will not take the Senate-version of the bill?which only re-ups the plan through December, not May of next year. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chairwoman Barbara Boxer (D-CA) was insistent that the House do that. And time is running short?which means the Highway Trust Fund may go belly-up in August?and it could cost the economy 800,000 construction jobs. The Speaker?s Office says it will in essence ignore the Senate-approved plan and re-pass its version of the bill tomorrow. From Mike Steel, spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH): ?The Senate-passed highway bill contains a critical error, and is not fully offset through December 19. The only responsible course is for the Senate to pass the original House-passed highway bill, which we will soon send back to them.?
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.
Christian Science Monitor
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Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal is publicly criticizing President Obama's response to the beheading of American journalist James Foley by the terror group ISIS.Jindal explains "the crux of the matter." The U.S. has "a president who is disturbingly naďve and holds a dangerous utopian view of the world and the dangers therein."
Congratulations to you, Tom Montag, named sole chief operating officer of Bank of America this past Wednesday. And first thing Thursday morning asked to sign a check to the government for $16,650,000,000 to settle complaints that the bank sold flawed mortgage securities in the days preceding the financial crisis. But don?t feel too badly. Only $9.65bn will go to various regulatory agencies. Some, $7bn will go toward writing down the balances of homeowners struggling to meet mortgage payments, and to demolish foreclosed homes in blighted neighborhoods.
The great Washington insider scam rolls on. As Peter Schroeder of The Hill reports:
Dennis Wagner of the Arizona Republic writes that:
The dictionary defines a deadline as ?the latest time or date by which something should be completed.? The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency obviously defines it another way, at least when it comes to renewable fuels.
Senator Harry Reid has issued an apology after making two jokes stereotyping Asians during an event in Las Vegas.
Texas Governor Rick Perry heads to South Carolina, another slate of key state primaries, GOP contenders gather in Dallas and Ghostbusters turns 30!
Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Friday said he has ?spent a lot of time in preparation? for a potential 2016 presidential run, despite the legal troubles he now faces in his home state.
Groups are revving up efforts to turn out Latinos for the mid-term elections hoping they can make a difference in a few races.
During the White House press briefing, Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes says that the administrations sees ISIS? brutal killing of America Journalist James Foley as an attack on the United States.
Deputy Press Secretary Eric Shultz holds a press briefing from Martha's Vineyard.
Deputy Press Secretary Eric Shultz holds a press briefing from Martha's Vineyard.
Figures posted online by the Kremlin website and analyzed by NBC News show Obama spoke to Putin just five times since Moscow?s annexation of Crimea.
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