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Obama Follows Through on New Sanctions

By on 7.29.14 | 4:53PM

President Obama affirmed his belief, in a press conference this afternoon, that Russia holds the keys to future peace in Eastern Ukraine. He announced plans to follow through on promises of further sanctions against Russia, saying that he and the EU were coordinating an attack on key sectors of the Russian economy, particularly in energy and investing.

“We are united in our view that the situation in Ukraine ought to be resolved diplomatically,” he said. “We’ve also made it clear…that if Russia continues on its path the cost on Russia will continue to grow.” He went on to describe this latest move as, “The most significant and wide-ranging sanctions to date.”

The president described the attack on Flight MH17 as senseless, and promised that America would ensure that justice was done, explicitly assigning responsibility to pro-Russian separatists. He was, however, quick to show that he had the support and agreement of many of the world’s leaders. Throughout his speech, he walked a balance between speaking in terms of strong American leadership and international consonance.

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Boehner Says No to Impeachment

By on 7.29.14 | 4:29PM

As the executive branch continues to grow and issue orders that sound more like edicts, bypassing Congress in the process, many on the right are growing frustrated. Some have compared President Obama to a dictator. As the frustration increased, so did rumors of the threat of impeachment, stirred by emails from the DCCC and the White House to potential donors. Today Speaker John Boehner quashed that talk.

According to the Washington Times:

“We have no plans to impeach the president. We have no future plans,” Mr. Boehner said. “Listen, it’s all a scam started by Democrats at the White House.”

These are the same Democrats who pushed the “birther” conspiracies, which some on the right still ridiculously hang onto. The Democrats have been using their own talk of impeachment to further their fundraising goals:

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An Update on Ukraine

By on 7.29.14 | 10:57AM

It was Soviet civilization, but it was still civilization. Eastern Ukraine does not even have that anymore as the civil war between the Kiev-based government and pro-Russian separatists has caused the remnants of law and order to crumble. The government has gained a foothold in the separatist-controlled territory, and now has control over the crash site of MH17. Only time will tell if that brings answers.

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Michelle Nunn and Hamas

By on 7.28.14 | 5:40PM

An embarrassing leak today has exposed the core strategies of the campaign of Michelle Nunn, who is running to fill the opening seat by retiring Republican Senator Saxby Chambliss of Georgia. Not only do the documents show how she will be organizing her candidacy, they also discusses her weaknesses at length.

One of the major flaws is the candidate’s attachment to her foundation:

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Extremists Destroy the Splendors of Babylon

By on 7.28.14 | 5:31PM

ISIS have expelled all the Christians from their territory in Mosul and commenced destroying evidence of any faith other than their own twisted brand of Sunni orthodoxy.

As predicted, the treasures of Iraq's past, which are the heritage of the three Abrahamic faiths, are being obliterated. ISIS removed the worshippers from the mosque at the tomb of the prophet Jonah and bombed it into oblivion, according to the Christian Post. The shrine is associated with the prophet Jonah, whose aquatic adventures Jews, Christians, and Muslims all know from their respective scriptures. Like many ancient holy sites, it was built atop ruins of even older churches where earlier centuries of faithful had worshipped. It was sacred to all the Abrahamic faiths and known as a symbol of the area's religious heritage.

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Fool Me Once, Shame On You; Fool Me Twice, Shame on Me; Fool Me Thrice, Shame on Gruber

By on 7.28.14 | 3:58PM

As the fallout continues over last week’s Halbig decision by the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, so does the walking back of words by Obamacare architect and MIT professor Dr. Jonathan Gruber. The case, which ended with a ruling that Obamacare subsidies can't be distributed in federal exchanges, has the potential to send the health care law into a death spiral. While the right-wing blogosphere celebrated, many on the left and Gruber himself were quick to deflect.

But now they may have an even bigger problem on their hands.

Before the release of contradictory video evidence, Gruber went on MSNBC to defend the law that he helped craft:

CHRIS MATTHEWS: Jonathan, was this a typo saying that only if you had a state exchange you could get a subsidy and therefore be required to participate or was it some significant policy decision not to include states that didn't have exchanges?

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Anti-Semitism Marches Across Europe

By on 7.28.14 | 3:41PM

As Operation Protective Edge continues in Gaza, the Jews of the European diaspora are looking about and seeing an increasingly hostile home. A pair of particularly violent outbreaks of anti-Semitism in France and the Netherlands seems to foreshadow a future conflagration fueled by moral relativism and sparked by Europe’s growing Islamic slums. Muslims spouting Sharia and jihad have no room for Israel and Jews in their future world, and post-Christian Europe offers little resistance to those who promise hate and violence.

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Morning Round-Up 7-28

By on 7.28.14 | 10:02AM

Feature of the Day: We're Missing the Story

 

Morning Headlines

 

Domestic                                                          

  

Associated Press

1. Israeli Strikes on Gaza, Rocket Fire, Break Lull

2.  US Sending Dirty Coal Abroad

 

Politico

1. GOP's Black Market: Anti-incumbent Campaigns

2.  House GOP Faces Big Week on Border Crisis

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DC’s Gun Restrictions Takes One Between The Eyes

By on 7.27.14 | 1:46PM

The ruling of Washington, DC district court judge Fredrick Scullin in the most important current challenge to that city's unconstitutional restrictions on Second Amendment rights takes judicial action against intentionally law-breaking jurisdictions to a most welcome new level.

The short version of the case is this: While the District of Columbia reluctantly pretented to comply with the DC v Heller Supreme Court case's finding that he right to bear arms is a fundamental individual right, they did it in a way which functionally prevents any resident of DC from receiving a concealed carry permit.

Not only did the judge rule that "the District of Columbia lacks any way to issue handgun carry licenses to individuals" and that they must put such a mechanism in place, but further he ordered that until such a meachanism is in place, anybody who can legally have a gun in his home in DC can also carry a gun in public without needing a concealed carry permit.

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Red Sox Trade Peavy to Giants

By on 7.26.14 | 10:04PM

The Jake Peavy Era is over in Boston. The Red Sox dealt the former NL Cy Young winner to the San Francisco Giants today for minor league pitchers Edwin Escobar and Heath Hembree. Peavy will make his Giants debut tomorrow night against the Dodgers. As of this writing, the Giants have a 1/2 game lead over the Dodgers in the NL West. 

Peavy has been on the trade block for several weeks. The Cardinals were interested in him, but when Matt Cain went on the DL for elbow inflammation the Giants pursued Boston for Peavy's services. 

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