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There's a brewing conservative media war over whether to impeach President Obama. Largely relegated to the fringe for years, the prospect of impeachment has been invigorated thanks to conservative media figures like Fox News contributors Sarah Palin and Allen West, who have spent recent weeks loudly demanding Obama's removal from office. But not everyone in conservative media is on board, with several prominent figures arguing that impeachment is ill-fated, politically toxic, and could severely damage Republicans' chances in the upcoming 2014 midterm elections.    Last week, Fox News polled on the question, finding that while a strong majority of Americans (61 percent) oppose impeachment, 56 percent of Republicans are in favor of it. Over the weekend, impeachment got another boost thanks t...
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By Ian Sample, The GuardianMonday, July 28, 2014 1:49 EDT   TweetEdinburgh University experts say asteroid hit Earth at a time when ecosystems had been weakened by a loss of biodiversity Dinosaurs might have survived the catastrophic impact that ended their reign had the devastating asteroid that slammed into the Earth arrived at a “more convenient time”, a scientist has claimed. As a result humans would probably not exist. The violent collision 66m years ago, which occurred in the area that is now...
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Brendan Gleeson as Father James Lavelle by KenHere's something to imagine. Imagine that you've just seen a movie that so overwhelmed and shocked you that at the end you hadn't yet had time to piece together how you felt -- a film that is so centrally built around its central character that he's a central piece of the architecture of the film (into which he had substantial input) -- and you knew that when the lights went up, the film's writer-director and principal actor would be coming onstage to talk about it!Regular readers have probably guessed that the setting was the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, Queens, from which I just got home with 55 minutes till my post deadline. (I should admit that I did a fair amount of mostly illegible scribbling on the long two-train subway ride ho...
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By ReutersSunday, July 27, 2014 22:21 EDT   TweetBy Peter Cooney WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A tentative agreement has been reached by the chairmen of the U.S. Senate and House veterans committees on legislation aimed at resolving the Veterans Affairs healthcare crisis, their spokesmen said on Sunday. Independent Senator Bernie Sanders, who heads the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, and his House counterpart, Republican Representative Jeff Miller, will outline the agreement at a news conference at...
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By ReutersSunday, July 27, 2014 22:13 EDT   TweetBOSTON (Reuters) – Five members of a family, including three children, were found shot dead at their southern Maine home on Sunday, with a gun located near one of the bodies and no outside involvement suspected, a police spokesman said. The five, a father and mother in their 30s and three children believed to be 4, 7 and 12, were discovered on Sunday afternoon in three rooms of their second-floor apartment in Saco, about 17 miles (27 km) southwest of...
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Can Anyone Trust Pete Aguilar? > Substance abuser and New Dem Petey-Pie lets his hair down I don't think even someone as astoundingly incompetent as Steve Israel could lose CA-31-- the Inland Empire congressional district-- for the Democrats again this year, despite having maneuvered to get an ethics-free, corrupt ex-lobbyist,  Pete Aguilar, the nomination. After all, the district has a PVI of D+5, Obama won it both times with 57% and the Republican incumbent Israel allowed to slip in in 2012, Gary Miller, is retiring. Almost nothing short of a coke bust-- always possible considering the photo above-- or a rape will keep Aguilar from beating GOP outsider Paul Cabot, despite Chabot coming in first in the primary with 14,163 votes (26.6%) to Aguilar...
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By Agence France-PresseSunday, July 27, 2014 20:48 EDT   TweetFracking will be allowed in British national parks in “exceptional circumstances”, according to government guidelines announced on Monday as new bidding for exploration licenses opens. The extraction of shale gas through the controversial technique in national parks, world heritage sites and areas of outstanding natural beauty would only be granted in “exceptional circumstances”, ministers said. The Conservative-led government is keen to...
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By Agence France-PresseSunday, July 27, 2014 20:41 EDT   TweetOne in almost 3,000 blood donors in England carry the hepatitis E virus (HEV) which can cause liver disease, said a study Monday that sparked a call for screening in Europe. Published on World Hepatitis Day, a study in The Lancet medical journal said a systematic analysis of donated blood showed that 79 out of 225,000 donations were infected with a version of the virus, genotype 3, most prevalent in developed countries. Humans can contra...
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Man is treated by a paramedic after a lightning strike in the water in Venice, California
By ReutersSunday, July 27, 2014 20:17 EDT   Tweet(Reuters) – As many as nine people were hurt on Sunday after being struck by lightning on Venice Beach in Los Angeles, emergency officials said. The lightning hit near Ocean Front Walk, which faces the Pacific Ocean, around 2:15 p.m. local time (1715 EST), according to Los Angeles Fire Department spokeswoman Katherine Mann. Victims were being evaluated by medical personnel for injuries, she said. The severity of their injuries was unclear. That Natio...
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By Tom BoggioniSunday, July 27, 2014 19:41 EDT   TweetA Georgia man has accused a Dekalb County police officer of shooting his dog and then threatening him with arrest when he attempted to take the dog to a veterinarian in order to save its life. Speaking with 11 Alive Atlanta, Tim Theall said he could understand why the officer shot the dog, after being taken by surprise while responding to a burglary call, but he couldn’t understand why the officer attempted to block him from saving the dog. “No ...
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By ReutersSunday, July 27, 2014 17:59 EDT   TweetBOSTON (Reuters) – Forty-six music fans were treated for mostly alcohol-related medical problems at Australian country singer Keith Urban’s concert outside Boston on Saturday night, local officials said. Fire and emergency medical personnel dealt with dozens of ill fans during the show at an outdoor arena in Mansfield, Massachusetts, about 25 miles (40 km) south of Boston, the town’s police and fire departments said in a joint statement on Sunday. So...
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By ReutersSunday, July 27, 2014 17:52 EDT   TweetBy Jonathan Kaminsky (Reuters) – A street performer dressed as Spider-Man in New York City’s Times Square was arrested after punching a police officer who scolded him for demanding more money from a couple he had posed with for a picture, police said on Sunday. The Saturday afternoon incident began when Junior Bishop, 25, was overheard by a police officer refusing a $1 bill from a woman with whom he’d taken a picture, insisting instead on a larger de...
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By Tom BoggioniSunday, July 27, 2014 17:28 EDT   TweetZombie Walk, a San Diego Comic Con tradition, turned deadly Saturday night as a driver, impatient with the ‘undead’ hordes, attempted to force his car through the throng before panicking and injuring three as he accelerated away. The driver, whose name has not been disclosed, was later cited by police, although he may not be criminally charged, according to NBC7 San Diego. According to police, the man and his family — all of whom are deaf — were...
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There are quite a few of them but the ones progressives have a stake in, in chronological order, are Hawaii (August 9), Wisconsin (August 12), and then a late super-Tuesday on August 26 for Arizona, Florida and Oklahoma. That same day has primaries in Alaska, Missouri, Oregon and Vermont with interesting races but no races that pit a progressive against a shill from the Republican wing of the Democratic Party. Up top is the brand new video from one of the most grassroots campaigns anywhere, the Tom Guild campaign for the open Oklahoma City congressional seat. Guild came in a strong first in the 3-way June 24th primary, beating non-courageous, and conservative Establishment Democrat Al McAffrey: • Tom Guild- 11,597 (42.1%)• Al McAffrey- 8,505 (30.9%)• Leona Leonard- 7,424 (27%) McAffrey, w...
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By Tom BoggioniSunday, July 27, 2014 16:21 EDT   TweetA Brookesville, Florida, woman, who was five months pregnant, has died after accidentally being shot in the head Saturday night while visiting a friend who was showing off his gun collection, reports the Tampa Bay Times. Katherine Lynn Hoover, 25, died early Sunday morning after being airlifted to Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point. Doctors removed her unborn child Saturday night in an effort to save him, but were unable to do so. According t...
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By David EdwardsSunday, July 27, 2014 15:31 EDT   TweetNBC host David Gregory was forced to issue a correction at the end of his weekly Meet the Press program on Sunday after a United Nations official confronted him for using a unconfirmed Israeli video that allegedly showed Hamas shooting rockets from a UN school. Following an interview with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday, Gregory brought on UN Relief & Works Agency spokesperson Chris Gunness. “The Israeli government has...
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Michele Bachmann speaks on House floor (C-SPAN)
By Scott KaufmanSunday, July 27, 2014 15:03 EDT   TweetMultiple news organizations in the past week were duped by a satirical news organization into publishing stories in which Minnesota Republican Representative Michele Bachmann is said to have called for the creation of “Americanization facilities” for unaccompanied immigrant children. “I’m calling on all of us, Obama and Congress and everyone, to chip in and build special new facilities,” she allegedly said, before adding, “‘Americanization faci...
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By TBoggSunday, July 27, 2014 15:02 EDT   TweetCNN has a new 2016 presidential election poll out, two-and-a-half years before the actual election so you know these numbers will hold/are set in stone/are immutable. And, if Ann Romney just glanced over the first paragraph like most CNN readers do — which is why they are so awesomely informed — she probably told Mitt, “Oh look, honey, you should run again,” over a nice bowl of Cream of Wheat this morning. If a rematch of the 2012 presidential election...
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By ReutersSunday, July 27, 2014 14:04 EDT   TweetJohn Cornyn of Texas, the No. 2 Republican in the U.S. Senate, said on Sunday he expected the House of Representatives to pass a “skinnied-down” emergency funding bill this week to deal with a surge of migrant children at the southwestern U.S. border. The Republican-controlled House is debating how much to pare from President Barack Obama’s $3.7 billion supplemental request, although any House compromise is likely to face opposition in the Democratic...
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A grab made on May 5, 2014 from a video obtained by AFP shows Abubakar Shekau, leader of the Islamist extremist group Boko Haram (AFP)
By Agence France-PresseSunday, July 27, 2014 13:57 EDT   TweetA local traditional leader as well as relatives of Cameroon’s vice prime minister were among people kidnapped by Nigerian Islamist militants Sunday in coordinated raids that left several people dead in the north of the country, officials said. Suspected Boko Haram fighters launched twin attacks on the town of Kolofata in Cameroon’s Far North province, 13 kilometres from the Nigerian border, around 5am (4am GMT). “I can confirm that the h...
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet meeting on April 6, 2014 in Jerusalem [AFP]
By Agence France-PresseSunday, July 27, 2014 13:54 EDT   TweetIsrael and Hamas have resumed fighting despite tentative offers to extend a humanitarian truce since the end of an initial 12-hour temporary ceasefire on Saturday. Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday accused Hamas of violating a ceasefire that it had itself called and vowed that Israeli operations in Gaza would continue. “They are violating their own ceasefire. Under these circumstances, Israel will do what it must do to...
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Pope Francis leads a mass during his visit to the island of Lampedusa (AFP)
By Agence France-PresseSunday, July 27, 2014 13:50 EDT   TweetPope Francis called Sunday on warring parties in the Middle East, Iraq and Ukraine to put an end to violence which is wounding and killing countless children. “Stop, please stop! I beg you with all my heart,” the 77-year-old Argentine pontiff pleaded before pilgrims packed in St Peter’s Square for the weekly Angelus prayer. “I think of the children, who are robbed of the hope of a dignified life, of a future. Dead children, wounded child...
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A Palestinian boy inspects the damage following an overnight Israeli air strike (AFP)
By Agence France-PresseSunday, July 27, 2014 13:45 EDT   TweetOne of two Palestinians who claimed to have been savagely beaten by a Jewish mob in east Jerusalem was still in intensive care in an Israeli hospital on Sunday, two days after the alleged attack. Relatives of Amir Shweiki 20, said on Sunday he was being treated at Jerusalem’s Hadassah Ein Kerem hospital after being attacked along with Samer Mahfouz, also 20, as they walked near the Jewish settlement neighbourhood of Neve Yaakov on Friday...
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S.E. Cupp speaks to ABC News
By David EdwardsSunday, July 27, 2014 13:21 EDT   TweetCNN host S.E. Cupp on Sunday asserted that “a little bit more time” was needed before the U.S. decriminalized marijuana, and stopped jailing non-violent drug users. In an Saturday editorial, The New York Times called to end the federal prohibition on marijuana, arguing that the ban had caused “great harm on society just to prohibit a substance far less dangerous than alcohol.” “I think it’s high time,” economist Robert Reich told ABC News on S...
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By Scott KaufmanSunday, July 27, 2014 13:07 EDT   TweetA 5-year-old boy was shot to death by his father in Philadelphia last night, the Inquirer reports. Cion Styles was shot in the head by his father, Tyrell, who also shot the boy’s mother Shyema Washington in the face, midsection, and buttocks. After a short police chase, Tyrell Styles turned the gun on himself. According to CSNPhilly.com, Cion and his mother were attending a birthday party Saturday night when Tyrell arrived to pick up his son a...
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Princess Ida's three "hulking brothers" are bested by Prince Hilarion and his friends Cyril and Florian in Act III of the New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players' Princess Ida. Politics we bar,they are not our bent!On the whole we arenot intelligent! -- Ida's brother Arac, in Act I of Princess Ida by KenSo far in this series we've heard our Donald as the army-besotted landlord Sergeant Bouncer in Burnand and Sullivan's Cox and Box and as the Usher in Trial by Jury, and most recently as the specter of the late Sir Roderic Murgatroyd in Ruddigore. And I thought we should start by finishing up with Sir Roderic, since we gave rather short shrift to the great scene in which the ancestral Murgatroyds step out of their picture frames in the great hall of the Bad Baronets of Ruddigore to torment th...
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Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference.
Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference. CREDIT: AP Photo / Susan Walsh Update The news site KCTV7 News is a parody. Rep. Bachmann (R-MN) never made the statement. We sincerely regret the error. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) has an unusual solution to the crisis of unaccompanied migrant children coming across America’s southern border: put them in camps and put them to work. KCTV7 News in Kansas City reported last week that Bachmann proposed the idea of “Americanization Facilities” where the children would be put to work to pay off the costs of their past, present and futures care. In exchange, the children would also be fast-tracked on a path to citizenship. “I’m calling on all of us, Obama and Congress and everyone, t...
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Conservative columnist and pundit George Will
Conservative columnist and pundit George Will CREDIT: AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite Conservative columnist and Fox News contributor George Will has long been an advocate for immigration reform, including a conservative version of a “path to citizenship” for undocumented immigrants, for some time, but he took his position a bit further Sunday morning on Fox News Sunday. Referring to the influx of unaccompanied children crossing the border from Mexico and other Central American countries — over 52,000 since last October — Will told host Chris Wallace that the United States should welcome these children with open arms. “We ought to say to these children, ‘Welcome to America, you’re going to go to school and get a job and become Americans,’” Will implored. “We have 3,1...
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By Scott KaufmanSunday, July 27, 2014 11:33 EDT   TweetThe Republican mayor of Belhaven, North Carolina embarked on a 273-mile walk to support health care, rural hospitals, and Medicaid expansion, Blue Virginia reported. When he arrived in Woodbridge, Virginia yesterday, Mayor Adam O’Neal (R) spoke on behalf of Save Our Hospital, a group dedicated to preserving the Pungo District Hospital, which once serviced over 20,000 patients in Beaufort and Hyde counties. The hospital had been purchased in 201...
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George Will speaks to Fox News
By David EdwardsSunday, July 27, 2014 11:12 EDT   TweetFox News contributor George Will shocked his fellow panelists on Sunday by asserting that the United States should not deport child refugees who were fleeing violence in Central America. “We ought to say to these children, ‘Welcome to America, you’re going to go to school, and get a job, and become American,’” Will suggested. “We have 3,141 counties in this country. That would be 20 per county.” “They idea that we can’t assimilate these 8-year...
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Ben Stein is such a douchebag. He has a mental disease and definitely has a defect.

Well said. I couldn't have said it better myself. Keep the faith!

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