22 Jul 14
US Appeals Court Throws Out IRS Rule on Obamacare Subsidies
Obama's healthcare overhaul suffered a potentially crippling blow as a U.S. appeals court ruled the government cannot give financial assistance to anyone buying coverage on the insurance marketplace run by federal authorities.
The decision, if it withstands appeals, may deprive more than half the people who signed up for Obamacare the tax credits they need to buy a health plan.
Putin Left Out of Global Rally as $28 Billion Erased From Moscow Stock Exchange
President Vladimir Putin’s meddling in Ukraine cost Russia dearly in financial markets. With the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17, the toll is only getting worse.
What’s Happening To Gordon College Is Just The Beginning
In June, Gordon’s president added his name to a public letter asking President Obama to not force religious organizations into hypocrisy. Obama plans an executive order that would be the equivalent to many organizations of forcing Human Rights Campaign to hire adherents of Westboro Baptist Church. It would force anyone who receives federal funds to hire people whose sexual conduct disgraces all the world’s major religions.
Louie Gohmert Shares Chilling Details of Attack on Border Agents in Pre-Dawn Border Visit
“The Border Patrol said they had something new that they had never experienced here along the river,” Gohmert said, driving in the dark near the border on Saturday. “They were down by … one of the more popular places where people covertly cross, and they started getting .50 caliber rounds coming in. And ricochets came up, so they had to take cover.”
Dermer: IDF deserves Nobel Peace Prize for ‘unimaginable restraint’
“Some are shamelessly accusing Israel of genocide and would put us in the dock for war crimes,” Dermer said. “But the truth is that the Israeli Defense Forces should be given the Nobel Peace Prize… a Nobel Peace Prize for fighting with unimaginable restraint.”
Turkey’s Erdogan: ‘I no longer talk to Obama’
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he has stopped talking to US President Barack Obama on the phone, amid growing strains between Ankara and Washington over Syria and the Gaza conflict.
Islamic State crushes and coerces on march towards Baghdad
Using its own version of "soft" and "hard" power, the Islamic State is crushing resistance across northern Iraq so successfully that its promise to march on Baghdad may no longer be unrealistic bravado.
EU threatens Russia with more sanctions, but words ring hollow
European Union foreign ministers threatened Russia on Tuesday with harsher sanctions over Ukraine, but tougher talk may not be matched by much action after France's president signaled the disputed delivery of a warship to Moscow would go ahead.
Kerry Not Wanted In Middle East
Former Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren believes that America’s presence isn’t welcome at all. During an interview with an Israel news network on Monday, Oren said that Kerry coming to the region is “to our chagrin.” Oren cited Kerry’s history of failed attempts at peace negotiations in the region, and strained U.S. relations with Egypt, as well as the Obama administration’s poor relationship with both Israel and Palestine.
IRS Settles with Atheists, Agrees to Crack Down on Churches for ‘Electioneering’
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has reached a settlement with a prominent atheist organization, agreeing to crack down churches and religious groups for infringements of its prohibition against ‘electioneering.’
Solar activity remains very low. There is only one sunspot (AR2119) on the Earth-facing side of the sun, and it has a simple magnetic field that poses no threat for strong explosions.
Claim: Obama hid 'gay life' to become president
“Nobody who knew Obama in the gay bar scene thought he could possibly be president,” said DuJan.
Typhoon Rammasun kills more than 100 in China and Philippines
The strongest typhoon to hit southern China in four decades has killed at least 16 people in the region after leaving scores dead in the Philippines.
Thank God for Rick Perry
As the rest of the world sizes Barack Obama up as a man who pees sitting down, the Texas Governor, not prone to wear mom jeans, has ordered his National Guard down to the border.
The Politicization of Science in the Media
We are all by now conditioned to accept the fact that when the media reports about politics, they are likely doing so from a left-leaning angle.
IRS: Maybe Lois Lerner Emails Aren’t So “Lost” After All, Oh, And We Lost a Few More Too
New testimony from a key Internal Revenue Service official indicates the IRS may not have lost two years of emails sent by former top IRS official Lois Lerner after all. Kane told Oversight staffers last week that the backup tapes that held two years of lost Lerner emails may actually still exist.
Luis Gutierrez to La Raza: Obama Assured Steps to 'Stop the Deportation of Our People'
On Saturday, Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) said President Barack Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was a "down payment" to the Hispanic community before more grants of amnesty for illegal immigrants.
...Gutierrez said that Obama assured him during a White House meeting with Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus...that he would be as "generous and broad" as he can to "stop the deportation of our people each and every day."
Anti-Jewish Leaflets Found on Cars in Chicago
Anti-Jewish leaflets were found on several vehicles on Chicago's Northwest Side, police said.
Six vehicles were discovered with leaflets containing anti-Semitic threats in their windshields Saturday morning in the 6300 block of North Monticello Avenue, according to Chicago Police News Affairs Officer Janel Sedevic.
Trojan report claims 'aggressive Islamist agenda'
An "aggressive Islamist agenda" was being pursued in some of the so-called Trojan horse schools in Birmingham, says a Department for Education report.
Peter Clarke, a former counter-terror chief, is publishing the findings of his inquiry into allegations of a hardline Muslim "take-over" of schools.
Mr Clarke found a lack of intervention from the local council and weaknesses in the oversight of academies.
MH17 plane crash: UK wants EU to widen Russia sanctions
The UK is urging EU foreign ministers to impose tougher sanctions on Russia amid widespread anger over the Malaysia Airlines crash in east Ukraine.
France hinted that it could suspend delivery of a warship to Russia, as the ministers gathered in Brussels.
Earlier UK Prime Minister David Cameron attacked the sale of two French Mistral helicopter carriers - a deal also criticised by the US and other leaders.
Texas Governor Rick Perry to deploy troops to US border
The governor of Texas has ordered 1,000 National Guard troops to the US border with Mexico to protect against what he described as criminals, human traffickers and drug cartels.
Rick Perry, a Republican, said he had to act because the federal government had failed to secure the border.
Mr Perry said the troops would work alongside law enforcement.
Livni: 'No real option for cease-fire now'
Justice Minister Tzipi Livni dismissed on Tuesday the possibility of an imminent halt in fighting between Israel and Hamas in Gaza, adding that the IDF ground incursion in the Strip was impossible to avoid.
"There is no real option for a cease-fire now. This operation is unavoidable," the left-wing minister told Army Radio.
11 parents of Nigeria's abducted girls die
About a dozen parents of the more than 200 kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls will never see their daughters again. Since the mass abduction of the schoolgirls by Islamic extremists three months ago, at least 11 of their parents have died and their hometown, Chibok, is under siege from the militants, residents report.
Malaysia Airlines may be taken over by government or enter bankruptcy
Ailing carrier Malaysia Airlines may be taken private by its major government shareholder or enter bankruptcy protection to allow it to renegotiate contracts with unions.
China's President Xi Jinping signs Venezuela oil deal
Chinese President Xi Jinping has signed a series of oil and mineral deals with Venezuela.
They include a $4bn (£2.34bn) credit line in return for Venezuelan crude and other products.
The agreements came on the latest stop of a four-country visit to Latin America.
Gaza conflict: Diplomats push for ceasefire
Diplomatic efforts to broker a truce in Gaza have intensified, with US Secretary of State John Kerry meeting the UN chief Ban Ki-moon in Cairo.
Mr Kerry said the US was concerned about Palestinian casualties, but lent his support to Israel's "appropriate and legitimate" military operation.
He said the US was sending $47m (£28m) in aid to Gaza "to try to alleviate the immediate humanitarian crisis."
Nigeria Boko Haram attack causes over 15,000 to flee
More than 15,000 people have fled an area around the northeast Nigerian town of Damboa after a spate of lethal assaults by Islamist Boko Haram fighters during the weekend, the emergency services said on Monday.
Ten killed in air strike north of Baghdad
Ten people were killed, including a mother and three children, in a government air strike on a militant-controlled town north of Baghdad on Monday, hospital sources and witnesses said.
Israeli mood turns dark with mounting casualties
For almost two weeks, Israel practically bristled with confidence and pride: The Iron Dome air defense system was dependably zapping incoming Hamas rockets from the skies, the military was successfully repelling infiltration attempts on the ground and from the sea, and the conflict with Hamas was causing almost no casualties in Israel.
21 Jul 14
Why has the sun gone quiet? Scientists baffled as sun spots disappear during peak period of solar activity
Just a few weeks ago it was bursting with sunspots but now it seems to be going days without even developing a single dark spot.
Solar physicist Tony Phillips has named it an 'All Quiet Event'