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State Dept. Official: ISIS No Longer a Terrorist Group But ‘A Full-Blown Army’

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
A State Department official who just returned from a seven-week trip to Iraq, said the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) - or the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) – is no longer just a terrorist group. ... CNSNews.com

Rep. Ed Royce: Obama Had Chance to Drone ISIS in Iraq

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
The Obama administration had a chance to hit the ISIS terrorist group in Iraq with drone strikes before they gained a stronghold in the northern part of the country this year, Rep. Ed Royce said in a congressional hearing Wednesday. ... NewsMax.com

Exclusive: Ukraine rebel commander acknowledges fighters had BUK missile

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
A powerful Ukrainian rebel leader has confirmed that pro-Russian separatists had an anti-aircraft missile of the type Washington says was used to shoot down Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 and it could have originated in Russia. ... Reuters.com

‘We’re coming for you, Barack Obama’: Top U.S. official discloses threat from ISIL

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
High-ranking U.S. officials said Wednesday that not only are Sunni radicals with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant “worse than al Qaeda,” but that the group has a message for the president: “We’re coming for you, Barack Obama.” ... WashingtonTimes.com

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Conservative Thought

Bordering on Madness

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
In a recent confrontation between protesters against the illegal flood of unaccompanied children into the United States and counter-protests by some Hispanic group, one man from the latter group said angrily, "We are as good as you are!" ... TownHall.com

The Threat to the Scientific Method that Explains the Spate of Fraudulent Science Publications

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
In his recent article “The Threat to the Scientific Method,” Dr. Patrick Michaels, a climatologist who for 30 years was Research Professor of Environmental Sciences at the University of Virginia and now directs the Center for the Study of Science at the Cato Institute, pointed to a serious problem: the corruption of science through government (and sometimes industry) funding, which has led to rapidly and alarmingly increasing numbers of retracted journal articles. In light of that trend, he asks, “If we can no longer trust science, what do we have as the basis for knowledge?” ... TownHall.com

Strong Values for a Strong America

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
A conservative approach to family values is crucial to the idea of America. ... NationalReview.com

California’s Goldwater 2.0

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari defines conservatism half a century after 1964. ... NationalReview.com

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Afghan intelligence officials say Pakistan's military has made little headway in its offensive against the Haqqani network and other militant groups along the Afghan border. ... VOANews.com

Hamas

Gaza on the Seine

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
The conflict between Israel and Hamas hits close to home for France's Arabs and Jews. The French Republic might be the casualty. ... www.ForeignPolicy.com

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
HAIFA, Israel – Israeli diplomats were open but skeptical regarding a cease-fire with Hamas, the terrorist organization one official labeled a “monster” with a “wish for death,” as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry sought to bring an end to the fighting in Gaza. ... FoxNews.com

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Predictably, the United Nations Human Rights Council decided to launch a commission of inquiry on Wednesday into alleged war crimes committed by Israel during its current fighting in Gaza. And if you’re wondering—yes, it was a Palestinian-drafted resolution. ... TownHall.com

Ukraine

Ukraine says 2 fighter jets may have been shot down by missiles from Russia

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Ukraine’s Security Council says two Ukrainian jets shot down in the eastern portion of the country Wednesday may have been brought down by missiles fired from Russia. ... FoxNews.com

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay is warning Israel that targeting civilian facilities in Gaza may amount to war crimes, and she called for an end to the 16-day war in Gaza, which has resulted in hundreds of civilian casualties. ... VOANews.com

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
GENEVA — The U.N.'s top human rights official has warned all sides in the two-week war in the Gaza Strip to not indiscriminately attack civilians, and that violations may amount to war crimes. ... Military.com

Government Waste

Social Security spent $300M on 'IT boondoggle'

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
WASHINGTON – Six years ago the Social Security Administration embarked on an aggressive plan to replace outdated computer systems overwhelmed by a growing flood of disability claims. Nearly $300 million later, the new system is nowhere near ready and agency officials are struggling to salvage a project racked by delays and mismanagement, according to an internal report commissioned by the agency. ... FoxNews.com

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
DENVER – A federal judge in Denver has declared Colorado's gay marriage ban unconstitutional, but he issued a temporary stay of the ruling until an appeals court hearing next month. ... FoxNews.com

EPA

$1.5 million at center of internal EPA battle over Superfund contractor’s alleged overbilling

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
EXCLUSIVE: Fifteen months after a report charged the Environmental Protection Agency with failing adequately to oversee Superfund cleanup efforts at some of the country’s most toxic waste dumps, the EPA’s internal watchdog and EPA management are battling over $1.5 million that the inspectors said in the probe was illegally overbilled between 2008 and 2012 by the clean-up contractor. ... FoxNews.com

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
U.S. Representative Kay Granger (shown, R-Texas), chairwoman of the House Working Group on the border crisis, issued a statement on July 23 announcing the group’s recommendations to solve the crisis. ... TheNewAmerican.com

IRS

Tale of the Tapes: IRS head confirms investigators have found backup tapes in Lerner probe

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
The head of the IRS confirmed Wednesday that investigators looking into missing emails from ex-agency official Lois Lerner have found and are reviewing "backup tapes" -- despite earlier IRS claims that the tapes had been recycled. ... FoxNews.com

IRS has ‘no excuses’ for latest twist in email saga, says IT expert

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
The IRS has “no excuses” for the latest twist in the saga of its missing emails, says an expert in electronic discovery. ... FoxNews.com

Rep. Jordan to IRS on Lost Emails: ‘You Guys Were Never Going to Tell Us Until We Caught You’

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Chairman Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) on Wednesday called out the IRS on holding back information regarding lost emails from former IRS official Lois Lerner, telling the IRS Commissioner John Koskinen at a House Subcommittee for Economic Growth, Job Creation, and Regulatory Affairs on Capitol Hill, “You guys were never going to tell us until we caught you.” ... CNSNews.com

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
At least 48 Army captains serving in Afghanistan are among nearly 1,200 captains who have essentially been given pink slips forcing them to leave the military as part of the Army's drawdown, service officials said Wednesday. ... Military.com

Veterans Affairs

Veteran says he was forgotten in Florida VA clinic

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
DELTONA, Fla. – A veteran of the U.S. Marines says he was locked inside a central Florida community clinic operated by the Veteran's Administration. ... FoxNews.com

Senate Panel Backs McDonald for VA Secretary

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Veterans Affairs Committee on Wednesday endorsed former Procter & Gamble CEO Robert McDonald to be the new secretary of Veterans Affairs. ... Military.com

Veteran Calls 911 After Being Locked in VA Clinic

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
A Marine Corps veteran had to fight to get out of a VA clinic in Florida earlier this week after he was locked inside while waiting for a doctor. ... Military.com

Whistleblowers flood VA with lawsuits despite apology

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Saying sorry isn’t proving enough for the troubled Department of Veterans Affairs. ... WashingtonTimes.com

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
While President Obama decries gun violence and presses for more laws to restrict ownership, his Justice Department has prosecuted 25 percent fewer cases referred by the main law enforcement agency charged with reducing firearms violence across the country, a computer analysis of U.S. prosecution data shows. ... WashingtonTimes.com

Affordable Care Act

Investigators obtain ObamaCare coverage, subsidies using fake identities

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Undercover government investigators were able to obtain thousands of dollars in taxpayer subsidies under ObamaCare using fake identities, according to findings presented to Congress on Wednesday. ... FoxNews.com

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
I’m going to take a strong stance on what I perceive to be biased reporting by a majority of the Latino media – most notably Univision, Telemundo and similar stations. In my opinion, these networks are presenting a prejudiced take on the crisis at the Texas border, in which thousands of children from Central America are crossing over into the United States. ... FoxNews.com

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Dr. Ben Carson, a neurosurgeon and the author of six best-selling books, said the way to curtail illegal immigration is to reduce the incentive to come to the United States by removing “all the goodies,” and particularly by charging employers who hire illegal aliens, for a second time, with a “criminal offense.” ... CNSNews.com

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
WASHINGTON — House Republicans want to slash President Barack Obama's emergency spending request for the border, speed young migrants back home to Central America, and send in the National Guard. ... Military.com

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has offered to house an additional 5,000 children caught illegally crossing into the U.S. at military bases despite rising opposition in Congress to opening up military facilities to unaccompanied children from Central America, Pentagon officials said Wednesday. ... Military.com

Joe Biden

Biden: 'Businesses Are Hiring at Historic Rates'

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
On Tuesday, Vice President Joe Biden declared that America's jobs picture is brighter than ever. ... Breitbart.com

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Has the Obama administration competently and effectively managed the government? A Fox News poll released Wednesday finds a majority of American voters says no -- including about a third of Democrats. ... FoxNews.com

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
President Obama told Democratic donors Wednesday night that most Americans don’t have time to think about the details of the Benghazi terrorist attack or the problems with Obamacare. ... WashingtonTimes.com

White House

White House May Compromise on Contraception Mandate

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
After the Supreme Court's favorable ruling in the Hobby Lobby case, Democrats initially retaliated by announcing plans to circumvent the finding of the high court; however, there are indications that the White House may back down on the ObamaCare contraception mandate. ... TheNewAmerican.com

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Conservatives slammed House Speaker John Boehner's plan for $1.5 billion to address the illegal immigration crisis on Wednesday, with some charging to Newsmax that Republicans should spend no additional taxpayer money and force President Barack Obama to rescind the 2012 executive order that they say ignited the crisis. ... NewsMax.com

Ted Cruz

Cruz to Hold Up State Dept. Nominees Over Israel Flight Ban

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz – accusing President Obama of waging an "economic boycott" of Israel with an FAA ban on U.S. flights there – ramped up his opposition Wednesday night, defiantly declaring he'd hold up dozens of State Department nominees. ... NewsMax.com

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Bob Eschliman is a Christian. He’s also a veteran news editor. And when he decided to write a column on his personal blog objecting to a gay-friendly version of the Bible, Bob was unceremoniously marched out of the Newton Daily News and shoved out the front door. ... TownHall.com

Sarah Palin

Sarah Palin Endorses Joe Carr for Senate Against Lamar Alexander

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
On Wednesday, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin endorsed conservative Tennessee state representative Joe Carr in his primary bid to oust incumbent Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN). ... Breitbart.com

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
During a brief press interview outside the National Republican Senatorial Committee headquarters in Washington on July 22, Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) ... TheNewAmerican.com

Religion

Lawsuit: Newspaper fires editor for criticizing gay Bible

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Bob Eschliman is a Christian. He’s also a veteran news editor. And when he decided to write a column on his personal blog objecting to a gay-friendly version of the Bible, Bob was unceremoniously marched out of the Newton Daily News and shoved out the front door. ... FoxNews.com

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
As a Sudanese Christian who faced execution for refusing to renounce her faith remains holed up with her family in the U.S. Embassy in Khartoum, a host of religious, human rights and immigration experts have been summoned to Capitol Hill to testify about her plight in the war-torn African nation. ... FoxNews.com

Mark Levin

Levin to Stewart: If Hamas Had Weapons Israel Has, 'Israel Would Cease to Exist'

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Conservative talk-radio host Mark Levin strongly criticized comedian and quasi-news commentator Jon Stewart for his acerbic jokes and comments concerning Hamas's ongoing missile attacks against Israel, stating that "if Hamas had the weaponry that Israel had," then "Israel would cease to exist." ... CNSNews.com

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
RUSH: Well, ladies and gentlemen, the Israeli and Palestinian, slash, Hamas conflict has just reached a new level of seriousness with the low-information voters finally getting clued in. There is now a hashtag on Twitter. Can the end of this war be far behind? ... RushLimbaugh.com

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
RUSH: Hey, if anybody out there in the audience happens to be from the Sullivan Group's opinion auditing firm, you need to take account of this. One of my Undeniable Truths of Life, written in an afternoon -- in an idle afternoon while seeking a column's topic. I needed to write a column for a local newspaper, and I had writer's block. So I started jotting down one-sentence beliefs hoping to inspire an idea for 750 words. ... RushLimbaugh.com

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
RUSH: Here is Osama Hamdan. He is the Hamas spokesman, and was interviewed by Wolf Blitzer on CNN's the Situation Room yesterday, and Wolf Blitzer asked the Hamas spokesman, Osama Hamdan, "Are you deliberately targeting Ben-Gurion International Airport?" ... RushLimbaugh.com

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
RUSH: I think it was only yesterday on this program, in discussing the latest controversy in the NFL -- and that would be Tony Dungy telling a reporter for the Tampa Bay Tribune that he would not have drafted the openly gay linebacker from Missouri, Michael Sam, if he were still a head coach in the league. He said (paraphrased and summarized), "I don't care. Sam should have an opportunity, fine. ... RushLimbaugh.com

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
RUSH: Did you happen to see or hear John Kerry and his entourage were headed into a meeting with the president of Egypt? His name is el-Sisi. It's spelled "el-Sissy," but I don't think he pronounces it that way. I'm assuming he pronounces it "el-See-see." They actually made the secretary of state walk through a metal detector. They actually wanded him. ... RushLimbaugh.com

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
RUSH: President Obama was gonna unify America. Remember? Post-racial, post-partisan, a brand-new president unlike any we'd ever had. All of the old hatreds were going to vanish simply because he'd been elected. He was the first African-American president, the first smart one in a while, the first smart Democrat president. "Here we have this guy who can speak well. He's very, very, very, very articulate! ... RushLimbaugh.com

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
RUSH: Barack Obama was at a Democrat fundraiser near Seattle last night, and he told supporters he doesn't watch the news anymore. He said (impression), "Yeah, well, whatever they're reporting about I know! I already know it, you know? So I don't watch it." That's the exact opposite of what he usually says. Grab audio sound bite number three. We put together a montage. Now, remember, just last night Obama said at the fundraiser (impression), "Nope, I don't watch the news. I -- I -- I don't learn anything. Whatever they're reporting about, I already know." ... RushLimbaugh.com

ISIS

Purged by ISIS, Iraq's Christians appeal to world for help

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Iraqi Christians are begging for help from the civilized world after Mosul, the northern city where they have lived and worshiped for 2,000 years, was purged of non-Muslims by ISIS, the jihadist terror group that claims to have established its own nation in the region. ... FoxNews.com

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
AMMAN – The terrorist army formerly known as ISIS has conquered about a third of Syria and much of western Iraq. What are these jihadists going to do next? Assuming they can’t go to Disneyland -- and, trust me, that’s high on their bucket list -- Baghdad would doubtless be their destination of choice. But despite a series of bombings last weekend that killed more than two dozen people, the predominately Shia capital is unlikely to fall easily as did such Sunni-majority cities as Mosul. So the question being asked is whether these warriors will turn their lethal attentions toward Jordan. ... TownHall.com

Business

No, Inverters Aren't 'Deserters'

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
The corporate inversions just keep on coming, and the White House and its allies are calling them unpatriotic. But it's a funny sort of "patriotism" that insists American businesses put the Treasury's insatiable appetite for revenue ahead of the best interests of their customers, shareholders, and employees. ... TownHall.com

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
The Senate Finance Committee met Tuesday to address the increasing national concern over corporate tax inversion and its negative impact on U.S. economy. Lawmakers were split along partisan lines when discussing whether relocated firms should be subject to punitive legislation. ... TownHall.com

Other Headlines

Another botched execution? Inmate gasps during two-hour execution

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Joseph Wood snorted and struggled to breathe during his nearly two-hour lethal injection Wednesday, his attorney said. ... CNN.com

Quotes of the day

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
This weekend, Sen. Rand Paul will headline a “conservatarian” conference in San Francisco. So, just what is a conservatarian? Hard to say. ... HotAir.com

Arizona Inmate Was ‘Alive’ and ‘Gasping’ for Air More Than One Hour Into Execution, His Lawyers Say

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has asked for an investigation after the lawyer for an inmate sentenced to death said his client remained alive and gasping for air nearly two hours into his execution Wednesday. ... TheBlaze.com

Tale of Two Passenger Planes: MH 17 and Iran Air 655

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
With all the condemnatory rhetoric in the Western news media regarding the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine, the press and political commentators have been utterly silent on a now almost-forgotten episode 26 years ago that remains the closest historical parallel to what apparently took place July 17 near Hrabove, Donetsk Oblast. ... TheNewAmerican.com

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