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Once Again, Obama Helps Israel by Hurting It

Jul 28, 2014 6:51 AM PT

President Barack Obama's attempt to impose his will on Israel--and save face after Secretary of State John Kerry's disastrous ceasefire mission--continued at the UN Security Council overnight, with a midnight session Monday morning demanding a ceasefire. 

It was a gross betrayal of America's best ally in the Middle East. However, it has--quite unintentionally--created a new opportunity for Israel in its war against Hamas.

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Politics

Brown Hits Shaheen Over "Pro-Amnesty" Immigration Policy

Jul 28, 2014 5:06 AM PT

With polls showing border security trumps a path to citizenship when it comes to immigration policy,  Scott Brown's campaign is up with a new ad labeling Obama's immigration policy "pro-amnesty" and also linking it to current New Hampshire Senator Jeanne Shaheen.

The spot should also play well with New Hampshire's GOP base Brown will need to win the primary.

The spot shows Brown, the former Massachusetts senator now running in the Granite State, talking to the camera, describing the various checkpoints Americans go through to get into government buildings, an airplane, a ballgame.  

“But folks who come here illegally, they just walk across the border,” he says, calling it “wrong,” as the camera pans over a field of low, dry grass. 

“Thanks to the pro-amnesty policies of President Obama and Sen. Shaheen, we have an immigration crisis on our hands,” Brown says. “We respond with compassion, but it’s time for us to secure the border once and for all.”

Entertainment

Movie review: 'A Most Wanted Man'

Jul 27, 2014 1:35 PM PT

Slipping in between the summer blockbusters comes Philip Seymour Hoffman's last full performance in "A Most Wanted Man," a very subtle, deliberate, and talky John LeCarre adaptation.  Hoffman plays German spymaster Gunther Bachmann, who runs a tiny off-the-books counter-espionage unit in Hamburg.  Bachmann plays a long, patient game in the War on Terror, breaking German law here and there in his efforts to slowly climb the terrorist totem pole.  When he learns of a half-Russian, half-Chechen Muslim refugee looking to dispose of his late, unlamented father's ill-gotten millions, Bachmann sees an opportunity to get his hooks into a seemingly clean Islamic scholar and philanthropist, who is suspected of diverting money into al-Qaeda's hands behind the scenes.

Unfortunately, everyone else in the counter-terrorism game - from the more respectable German spy agencies to the American CIA - wants to make big, quick, high-profile arrests.  Bachmann wants to entrap and flip the Islamic scholar, in a game that won't end until he has a shot at the highest-level terror masters.  As he puts it, he sees the Chechen refugee as a minnow that can be used to catch a barracuda, and the scholar as a barracuda he might use as bait to catch some sharks.  He doesn't want to arrest and humiliate any of the low-level terrorist figures caught in his web, he wants to subvert them, which means giving them amnesty for their offenses.  

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Politics

Poll: Romney Would Beat Obama, Lose to Hillary if Election Were Held Today

Jul 27, 2014 12:31 PM PT

A new CNN-ORC International poll has Obama's favorability rating stuck at a dismal 42% with Romney besting him 53 percent to 44 percent, but falling to Clinton 55 percent to 44 percent in a hypothetical election were it to take place today.

At the same time, both Chris Christie and Rick Perry saw their numbers rise.

"Politically speaking, there is an interesting group of people who would not vote for Obama but would pick Clinton over Romney," said CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "It turns out that nearly seven in 10 of them are women, and 56 percent are independents." 

The polling numbers also show an increase in the last month in the number of Republicans who support New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), and Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R).

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Politics

GOP Leader Scalise Refuses to Talk Impeachment On Fox

Jul 27, 2014 12:17 PM PT

House Majority Whip-elect Steve Scalise (R-La.) showed no interest in talkingabout impeaching Obama, one way or the other. That left the door open for HuffPo, just like the White House, to raise the issue as they think it cuts in their favor.

"The White House wants to talk about impeachment and they're trying to fundraise off that, too," Scalise said.

"I'm asking you, sir," Wallace interjected.

"The White House will do anything they can to change the topic away from the president's failed agenda," Scalise said.

Crime

UC Santa Barbara Prof Who Attacked Pro-Lifers Pleads No Contest

Jul 27, 2014 9:43 AM PT

Mireille Miller-Young, the associate professor of feminist studies at the University of California at Santa Barbara, pleaded no contest Thursday to charges of grand theft, vandalism, and battery. A sentencing hearing has been set for late August.

You may remember Miller-Young, whose expertise is in race, sexuality, porn, sex work, black culture & feminism. Last March, she stole a sign from pro-lifers who were peacefully demonstrating in the "Free Speech Zone" on campus and then attacked and scratched one of the young pro-lifers when she tried to retrieve it.

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Immigration

Every state is a border state now: Cape Cod says no to a shipment of illegal aliens

Jul 27, 2014 9:10 AM PT

As the shock waves from Barack Obama's manufactured border crisis ripple across the country, turning every state into a border state, backlash is emanating from people who didn't have much of a problem with open-borders ideology, back when they thought all the illegal aliens would be staying in the South.  One such vignette comes from Cape Cod, Massachusetts, as reported at the Daily Signal:

Last week, the Democratic governor announced his offer to house up to 1,000 children at Camp Edwards military base on Cape Cod. Concerned for the children’s wellbeing, Patrick declared, “I think we are the kind of country and the kind of Commonwealth who can step up.”

The town of Bourne disagrees.

A wealthy and historic community at the mouth of Cape Cod, Bourne traditionally attracts vacationers and tourists, not refugees. Residents fear the influx of migrant children could change this forever.

On Tuesday, the town’s Board of Selectman voted unanimously to oppose the governor’s plan and draft an open letter of protest. Chairman Peter J. Meier summarized the sentiment of the board saying, “We are here to provide services, and we need to take care of our own first.”

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Entertainment

'The Walking Dead' is loved for both its strengths and its flaws

Jul 27, 2014 8:56 AM PT

In response to Phenomenal 'Walking Dead: Season 5' Trailer:

That is a pretty sensational trailer - more alluring than half the big-budget movie trailers I've seen this year.  It always seemed odd that the Biggest Show On Television would suffer from such obvious budget restraints, keeping the action stuck in certain locations much longer than it should have been, but judging from these clips, that's no longer an issue.

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Foreign Affairs

Israeli Peace Rally Cut Short by Hamas Rockets

Jul 27, 2014 6:06 AM PT

The Israeli government, which includes parties that favor negotiation with the Palestinians, has been united in the struggle against Hamas in Gaza. But the Israeli left still persists in its illusions--or delusions. Consider the following report from the Times of Israel about a peace rally in Tel Aviv's Rabin Square that had to end early:

Several thousand left-wing activists gathered in Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square on Saturday evening, calling for an end to bloodshed in the Gaza Strip and a return to negotiations with the Palestinians...

The demonstrations were cut short when Hamas unilaterally ended a humanitarian truce with Israel and resumed rocket-fire from Gaza.

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