Obama, Clinton Could Collide On Vineyard

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Get ready to rumble.

Via The Hill

President Obama and Hillary Clinton will both be on Martha’s Vineyard next month at the same time, The Boston Globe reports.

Clinton is scheduled to sign copies of her memoir Hard Choices at the Bunch of Grapes Bookstore in Vineyard Haven on Aug. 13. She’s considered the 2016 Democratic front-runner for president if she decides to enter the race.

The trip by Clinton overlaps with Obama’s Aug. 9-23 vacation at Martha’s Vineyard.

The bookstore appears to only be a 25-minute drive away from Chilmark, Mass., which is where the Obamas will be staying, according to Martha’s Vineyard Times.

It’s unclear, however, if the two will meet up.

The president and his family have vacationed on the island every year since he took office, except 2012 because of his reelection campaign, the report noted.

This year, locals told the Times that the Obamas will be staying in a seven-bedroom, nine-bathroom house worth an estimated $12 million that overlooks the Vineyard Sound.

Joanne Hubschman owns the home, which features 17 rooms in total, a hot tub, infinity pool, and a tennis-basketball court. Hubschman’s late husband was a former executive at General Electric.

The Obamas vacationed last December in Hawaii, which is where the president grew up.

German Officer To Serve As U.S. Army Europe’s Chief Of Staff

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Nein, this could open the door for a UN blue beanie.

Via Army Times

A German Army brigadier general who recently served with NATO forces in Afghanistan is assuming duties as the chief of staff of U. S. Army Europe, the first time a non-American officer has held that position.

Brig. Gen. Markus Laubenthal, most recently the commander of Germany’s 12th Panzer Brigade in Amberg, and chief of staff of Regional Command North, International Security Assistance Force Afghanistan, will be stationed at USAREUR headquarters, Wiesbaden, Germany. He could report to duty as early as Monday.

Laubenthal also has served as military assistant to the deputy commander of operations and assistant chief of staff of operations for NATO forces in Kosovo.

As the major staff assistant to USAREUR commander Lt. Gen. Donald Campbell, Laubenthal will synchronize the command’s staff activities much as American predecessors have in the past.

“This is a bold and major step forward in USAREUR’s commitment to operating in a multinational environment with our German allies,” said Campbell.

“U. S. and German senior military leaders have been serving together in NATO’s International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan for years. Sustaining the shared capability from this experience will benefit both the U. S. and German armies,” said Campbell who has headed the Army’s largest and oldest overseas command since 2012.

HT Indy1826

War College To Make Final Decision On Sen. Walsh

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Walsh is being thrown under the MRAP. Update to this story.

Via Stars and Stripes

The U.S. Army War College will have the final say over whether any punishment is warranted in a plagiarism investigation against Sen. John Walsh of Montana.

Spokeswoman Carol Kerr said Wednesday that the Department of Defense and U.S. Army inspectors general will be notified before the release of the findings, but the authority to take disciplinary action remains with the college.

Provost Lance Betros previously said the Defense Department had asserted jurisdiction over the investigation because it involved a member of Congress, and the department would decide any sanctions.

The college asked for and received clarification about that jurisdiction after an Associated Press story reporting Betros’ comments.

A New York Times story showed Walsh used others’ work without attribution in a 2007 research paper.

The school’s investigation begins Aug. 15.

Sheila Jackson Lee’s Staff Calls Blogger A “Tea-Bagger Nut Job” After Inquiring About Her Impeachment Claims, Veiled Threat To Have IRS Go After Him…

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Then again, they do work for Sheila Jackson Lee.

Via PJ Media:

. . . I was transferred to a gentleman on Lee’s staff. When I again asked him about the contradiction and stated that perhaps I was confused, the man said “Oh look it here, we have one of those right wing, tea-bagger nut jobs on the phone taking his cues from FOX News.”

He then accused me of being un-American, raising his voice at me while asking me to calm down, and telling me that I am just on some mission to destroy our country. When I calmly asked for his name, he said “I don’t have to give it to you because I don’t want to show up on some right wing blog and be on your Twitter account.” Keep in mind, I never said who I was – he just made assumptions and attacked me. When I reminded him that he gets paid by our tax dollars, he said “I doubt you even pay taxes and the IRS will find you soon enough,” and hung up on me.

Was that a threat from Rep. Lee’s staff to use the IRS as a weapon against citizens for just asking questions?

Astounded at what happened, I called back and asked to speak to the Chief of Staff for Congresswoman Lee because I had been treated rudely and threatened. After being transferred, another nice gentleman said “This is the Chief Counsel, you have 15 seconds.”

I said “Really?”

“Fourteen seconds now.”

When I asked him for his name, he said “Chief Counsel.” Of course that’s not his name, and I said “No, I mean your name, not your title.”

“Chief Counsel.”

Every time I asked, he counted down another second.

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NY Times On Why They Have Not Published A Single Picture Of A Hamas Fighter: We Don’t Have Any…

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Not buying it.

Via JTA:

After my piece Thursday morning asking why mainstream media outlets aren’t showing photos of Hamas fighters in Gaza, The New York Times offered me this response: We don’t have any.

Of the 37 images that make up the Times’ most recent three slide shows of photos from the conflict, there’s not a single shot of a Hamas rocket launch (though more than 2,800 rockets have been fired at Israel) or of Hamas fighters using mosques, schools or hospitals as bases of operation.

Why not? After all, Hamas attacks against Israel are crucial to understanding what’s underpinning this conflict.

Here’s what Eileen Murphy, the Times’ vice president for corporate communications, says:

Our photo editor went through all of our pictures recently and out of many hundreds, she found 2 very distant poor quality images that were captioned Hamas fighters by our photographer on the ground.  It is very difficult to identify Hamas because they don’t have uniforms or any visible insignia; our photographer hasn’t even seen anyone carrying a gun.

I would add that we would not withhold photos of Hamas militants.  We eagerly pursue photographs from both sides of the conflict, but we are limited by what our photographers have access to.

But here’s what I don’t get: With the hundreds of journalists there, including numerous photojournalists with experience covering bloody conflicts in Syria, Ukraine, Iraq and Afghanistan, how is it that they aren’t able to get any images of Palestinians fighting the Israelis? We know these images exist — unless you believe the Israel Defense Forces is fabricating its footage of Palestinian fighters using ambulances to transport rockets, firing from hospitals and mosques, and launching rockets at Israel.

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Obama: I Won’t Stop Issuing Executive Orders…

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Badass Barry.

Via USA Today:

Lawsuit or no lawsuit, President Obama said Thursday he will continue to take executive actions without Congress when necessary, and when he can.

“It’s not going to stop me from doing what I think needs to be done in order to help families all across this country,” Obama said.

Obama spoke as he signed a new executive order requiring federal contractors to disclose any labor law violations they have had, and to help workers address disputes over pay, sexual harassment, and safe working conditions.

Washington Redskins Donate $200,000 Playground To Montana Tribe

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Pride over political correctness.

Via GF Trib

Mike Sangrey understands some people think his Chippewa Cree Tribe is selling out by taking money from the Washington NFL team’s Original Americans Foundation. Sangrey doesn’t care about that. There’s a spanking-new playground scheduled to open at noon Friday on the Rocky Boy’s Reservation, and that’s what matters to him.

“If us accepting the money makes (the team and its owner) sleep better at night, then fine, I wish them a good night’s sleep,” Sangrey said. “What matters is our kids get to enjoy a new playground. And how can that be bad?”

The rodeo-themed playground belongs to the tribe, but the branding belongs to the Washington Redskins. The place is awash in the team colors of burgundy and gold. The team’s logo appears four times, near a slide here and a teeter-totter there. The team’s foundation paid roughly $200,000 for this gleaming tribute to itself.

Arguments over the Redskins are heard from the White House to trademark court to barrooms across the land, but there is little debate amid the rolling high-plains grasslands of northcentral Montana, where members of the business council of the Chippewa Cree Tribe say the name is fine with them.

“I have no problem with the name,” tribal chairman Rick Morsette said. “And if they’re willing to help our youth, that’s good too.”

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Call 911! Nancy Pelosi Appears To Be Despondent And In Need Of Psychiatric Help…

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Pelosi’s emails over the last day:

Update: Another cry for help just arrived in my inbox.

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Border Bill Back On Deck, Members Plan To Take Action Before Recess

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What kind of back door deal are Reid and Boehner planning?

Via Townhall

Update (Amanda): House leadership announced that members will stay until a vote on border legislation takes place. Currently, there is no set schedule for the vote. It could take place late Thursday or Friday.

#BREAKING House GOP plans to hold another conference in morning on border Source says “almost every mbr said stay..it was pretty hot.”
— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) July 31, 2014

#BREAKING Sr Hse GOPer after border mtg: I know 1 thing, we’re not leaving here until we get the votes.”
— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) July 31, 2014

– Original Post –

House leadership has pulled a border security bill from the floor, which means it will not receive a vote before Congress goes on their August recess tomorrow. The bill was pulled due to a lack of support and the necessary vote threshold could not be met.

Boehner says nothing about pulling bill and what’s next as he walks to chamber.
— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) July 31, 2014

Here are details on what the bill would have done from Speaker Boehner’s office:

-Makes changes to a 2008 law to expedite the return of unaccompanied minors to their home countries by treating Central American children the same as those from Mexico. President Obama and members of his administration have repeatedly called for such a change, characterizing it as a “bipartisan priority.”

-Prohibits the Interior and Agriculture secretaries from limiting the activities of Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) agents on federal public lands within 100 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border.
Provides funding for National Guard troops at the southern border which, as Speaker Boehner noted in a letter to the president last month, are “uniquely qualified to respond to such humanitarian crises” and will “relieve the border patrol to focus on their primary duty of securing our border.”

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Federal Court Orders DOJ To Release Fast And Furious Documents Withheld Under Obama Executive Privilege Claim…

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I wouldn’t be surprised if the lawless Obama regime fails to hand the docs over.

Via Townhall:

Thanks to a Freedom of Information Act Lawsuit pursued against the Department of Justice by government watchdog Judicial Watch, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia has ruled documents being withheld from Congress under President Obama’s claim of executive privilege must be turned over. Obama made the claim on the same day Attorney General Eric Holder was voted in criminal and civil contempt of Congress in June 2012.

“This order forces the Obama DOJ, for the first time, to provide a detailed listing of all documents that it has withheld from Congress and the American people for years about the deadly Fast and Furious gun running scandal,” Judicial Watch released in a statement.

The FOIA lawsuit has been ongoing for 16-months and is now proceeding after a lengthy delay. The Justice Department originally asked the court for an indefinite hold on a FOIA request from Judicial Watch, citing executive privilege and an ongoing investigation. That indefinite hold request was shot down more than a year ago.

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Pelosi: Republicans Are “Anti-Governance, Anti-Science And Anti-Barack Obama”…

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As if being “anti-Barack Obama” is a bad thing.

Via CNS News:

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi says the House GOP “is anti-governance, anti-science and anti-Barack Obama.”

Pelosi made the comment during her press conference on Thursday, “This is a tactic. It’s always been a tactic of those who are anti-governance. Here we have a majority in the House – I speak to the House – that is anti-governance, anti-science and anti-Barack Obama.”

The House Minority Leader says a goal of the Republicans’ “anti-governance” stance is to decrease voter turnout. “If you’re anti-governance, what you want people to do is not participate in the electoral process.”

Illegal Aliens Get All Expenses Paid Trip To Hawaii…On Your Dime

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We get screwed, while they get lei’d.

Via Watchdog:

HONOLULU — Although 2,500 miles from the continental United States, Hawaii has joined the list of states temporarily housing unaccompanied minors from Central America who have illegally crossed into America through the Southwest border.

Who’s paying the freight? You, the taxpayer.

Some 60,000 Central American youths fleeing their home countries have come to the United States in the past few months. That number could reach 90,000 by the end of the year. Politicians, border agents and social service workers call the migration a “humanitarian crisis.”

Kenneth Wolfe, a spokesman the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, told Watchdog.org that “between January 1 and July 7, a total of eight minors were discharged from the unaccompanied alien children program to sponsors in Hawaii.”

Wolfe couldn’t offer any details on the ages and countries of origin of the children, where the children are now living, or who is sponsoring them in Hawaii. However, he added the sponsors are “mostly family members of the child. In fact, more than half are parents of the minor.”

Federal taxpayers cover the cost of transportation and housing for the refugee children, including airfare to Hawaii, Wolfe said.

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Emory Hospital In Atlanta To Receive Ebola Patient

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No notice of which country the patient is from.

Via WGLC

Emory University Hospital has been told that a patient with the Ebola virus will be transferred to its hospital in Atlanta.

Emory says it has a special isolation unit to treat patients that are exposed to serious infectious diseases that is separate from other patient areas at the hospital.

Emory’s isolation unit is one of only four such units in the country, according to the hospital, which also said that its staff are highly trained in the procedures necessary to care for the patient.

A spokesperson from the hospital said the exact arrival date of the patient is unknown.

NYU Professor Blames Jews For “Islamophobia” In Movies, TV Shows…

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You know, because Jews control the media.

Via FPM:

Arabs and Muslims have an image problem in media and entertainment as a result of a pro-Israel political agenda. So claimed Edmund Ghareeb and Jack Shaheen, professors at American and New York Universities, respectively, on June 11, 2014, before an audience of forty middle-aged individuals at Washington, D.C. Jerusalem Fund think tank.

Ghareeb and Shaheen’s presentation, “Portraying Arabs: 30 Years Later,” commemorated their respective 1984 publications, Split Vision: The Portrayal of Arabs in the American Media and The TV Arab.  Drawing upon personal experiences, Ghareeb decried a “lack of balance” in Middle East news coverage in Israel’s favor, although groups such as CAMERA and Honest Reporting routinely demonstrate the reverse. According to Ghareeb, this allegedly biased media stereotyping “dehumanizes a people” and “allows for the use of force” against Arabs. [...]

Shaheen began his presentation by recounting how, in 1974, his children told him about “bad Arabs on television,” prompting him to study Arabs and Muslims in popular entertainment.  For his interest in this subject, Shaheen claimed he was “tagged the Arab professor” and had his research dismissed as “not academic; it’s propaganda.” A Rockford Filesproducer, meanwhile, allegedly rejected his interview request with the statement, “I hate Arabs.”

Hollywood prejudice has now “spread its wings” from Arab Muslims to Muslims in general. Shaheen claimed, noting in a subsequent article on the event that “Islamophobia [has] joined Arabophobia.”  He objected to headlines involving “Islamist extremists” in stories where Islam is not a factor, although he neglected to provide any examples. He did concede that, when pertinent, religion “should be part of the story.”

Shaheen alleged that “people who have a political agenda” play a significant role in creating such stereotypes, while entertainment involving an “Israeli connection” is “pervasive.” Eight seasons of the television crime show NCIS, he noted, featured American intelligence cooperation with an Israeli Mossad agent, not with a Palestinian or Yemeni agent. Yet despite CIA cooperation with Palestinian and Yemeni agents, American ties with Israel are clearly much stronger and mention of them in a TV show involving spies simply reflects reality. Vaguely referenced “friends of Israel” in the media are “much more influential, powerful,” than their opponents, Ghareeb added conspiratorially.

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World Burns… White House Tweets About Ice Tea And Oatmeal Raisin Cookies…

Ho-hum, nothing to worry about.

Sounds like the Bear is about to be set loose again.

Inspector General: CIA Broke Into Senate Computers

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CIA head John Brennan’s response? Oops, sorry. Nothing more to be done…

Via NY Post:

WASHINGTON — CIA Director John Brennan apologized to Senate intelligence committee leaders after his inspector general found that CIA employees acted improperly when the agency searched Senate computers earlier this year.
Agency spokesman Dean Boyd said in an email to the Associated Press on Thursday that Brennan has convened an accountability board that will investigate the conduct of the CIA officers and discipline them, if need be.
The Justice Department has so far declined to pursue criminal charges against the employees, who searched the computers for information gathered in the course of a Senate investigation into the CIA’s interrogation techniques.

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Hezbollah Commander Killed Fighting The Islamic State In Iraq…

The jihadi vs. jihadi bloodbath moves from Syria to Iraq.

BEIRUT (AP) — Officials say a commander with the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah was killed in Iraq.

The Lebanese officials, close to the Shiite Hezbollah, say Ibrahim Mohammed al-Haj was killed during the past week while on a “jihadi mission” without providing further details.

It is the first known Hezbollah death in Iraq since Sunni extremists captured large parts of the country north and west of Baghdad in June.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter.

Iraqi officials have said that a handful of advisers from Hezbollah are offering front-line guidance to Iraqi Shiite militias fighting jihadi militants north of Baghdad.

Hezbollah fighters openly joined Syrian President Bashar Assad’s forces last year in a decision that has fueled sectarian tensions in Lebanon.

Ginsburg: Male Supreme Court Justices Didn’t Really Understand Hobby Lobby Because Of Their Genitals…

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Just a tad condescending.

Via Mediaite:

… “Do you believe that the five male justices truly understood the ramifications of their decision?” Couric asked later in the interview of the men who made up the majority.

“I would have to say no,” Ginsburg replied after a pause. “But, justices continue to think, and can change. So I’m ever hopeful that if the Court has a blind spot today, its eyes can be opened tomorrow.” Asked if she believes those five justices had a blind spot when it came to Hobby Lobby, Ginsburg said, “Yes.”

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Wasserman Schultz: We Are “Absolutely Not” Going Stop Fundraising Off Imaginary Threat Of Impeachment…

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Dems have raised millions screaming “impeachment” thanks to their followers being a bunch of brain-dead sheeple

ALEX WAGNER, MSNBC: There has been some criticism directed towards Democrats and Democratic organizations that they have overreached on the issue of impeachment and they have overfundraised. By one count, there were 21 e-mails sent to fundraise off the notion of impeaching the president. Do you think that the Democrats have overstepped?

REP. DEBBIE WASSERMAN SCHULTZ: Absolutely not. I think that it’s very clear that it’s quite possible this lawsuit against the president of the United States for doing his job is a prelude to the potential for impeachment. The third highest ranking Republican in the House of Representatives refused to take it off the table this past Sunday when directly asked on Fox News whether or not he would support impeachment and whether they will pursue it. No less than five to six — I probably lost count how many Republicans in Congress have said they should pursue impeaching President Obama. So not only are we not overreaching but we’re making sure the American people understand exactly where the Republicans, who are running the House of Representatives, priorities are. They certainly are not where Americans’ priorities are and certainly don’t have Americans’ back.

Poll: Majority of Americans Think Obama Wants Flood Of Illegals To Stay In America…

Not fooling anyone… well, maybe some people.

Via Rasmussen:

Voters think President Obama is doing a poor job handling the latest immigration crisis and believe he wants to let most of the new illegal immigrants stay here despite majority support for their quick deportation.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 54% of Likely U.S. Voters want the U.S. government to send these new illegal immigrant children home as quickly as possible. Thirty-six percent (36%) think instead that the government should process them more slowly to determine whether any should be allowed to stay in the United States. Ten percent (10%) are undecided.

However, only 22% believe the president is interested in doing what most voters want – sending most of these new illegal immigrants home. Fifty-four percent (54%) believe he is more interested in letting most of them stay in the United States. One-in-four voters (24%) aren’t sure what Obama has in mind.