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7.28.2014 4:00 AM

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7.27.2014 4:00 AM

C2 Above the Fold


GOP Senator: Obama To 'Effectively End Immigration Enforcement'

The Obama administration is preparing to effectively "nullify" the immigration laws of the United States through an executive action, says one Republican senator. As Time reported Thursday, President Obama appears prepared to provide millions of illegal immigrants living in the U.S. work authorization via executive orders:

When President Obama issues executive orders on immigration in coming weeks, pro-reform activists are expecting something dramatic: temporary relief from deportation and work authorization for perhaps several million undocumented immigrants. If the activists are right, the sweeping move would upend a contentious policy fight and carry broad political consequences.

The activists met privately with the President and his aides June 30 at the White House, and say in that meeting Obama suggested he will act before the November midterm elections. They hope his decision will offer relief to a significant percentage of the estimated 11.7 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S. “He seems resolute that he’s going to go big and go soon,” says Frank Sharry, executive director of the pro-reform group America’s Voice.

But Alabama senator Jeff Sessions, a Republican, says in a statement that the "temporary relief from deportation" would be a de facto ending of immigration enforcement:

Israel extends cease-fire for 24 hours despite fresh rocket fire from Gaza

The Israeli cabinet approved a 24-hour extension of its cease-fire Saturday but said it would respond to any future rocket fire from Gaza after Hamas rejected an earlier proposed four-hour extension and fired rockets into Israel.

The announcement came after Hamas confirmed that it fired five rockets at Israel late Saturday after rejecting an earlier offer from Israel to extend a 12-hour humanitarian cease-fire by four hours, casting new doubt on international efforts to broker an end to 19 days of fighting.

The terror group said two of the rockets were aimed at Tel Aviv. Police in Israel's second-largest city dispersed a peace rally attended by several thousand people because of the threat, a spokesman said.

Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said the group rejected Israel's proposal to extend an original 12-hour lull by four hours, until midnight (2100 GMT) Saturday.

Meanwhile, the Israeli military warned residents of areas where there had been heavy fighting against returning there.

Russia accuses US of lying about Moscow, contributing to Ukraine's turmoil

\Russia on Saturday accused the United States of contributing to the Ukraine crisis and suggested that Obama administration “lies” about Moscow’s involvement in the downed Malaysian jetliner led European nations to impose new sanctions.

The country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the U.S. is conducting "an unrelenting campaign of slander against Russia, ever more relying on open lies."

The administration has said since the passenger jet carrying 298 people was downed over Ukraine July 17 that it has evidence suggesting Moscow supplied the rocketry and training to the pro-Russian military forces, or separatists, opposed to the Ukraine government and believed to be behind the deadly crash.

Ukraine residents this winter ousted pro-Moscow President Viktor Yanukovich and in May elected a new, pro-Western president, Petro Poroshenko. Moscow has opposed the political revolution and in March annexed the eastern Ukraine city of Crimea.

The foreign ministry said in a separate statement this weekend that the U.S. continues to push the new government into the “forceful repression” of Ukraine's Russian-speaking population.

“There is one conclusion: The Obama administration has some responsibility both for the internal conflict in Ukraine and its severe consequences,'' the ministry said.

Weekly Address: Closing Corporate Tax Loopholes

In response to this inane Marxist drivel I'd like to recommend the following.

Taxes, The People's Business

by Andrew Mellon who was Calvin Coolidge's Sec. of Treasury.

Link opens to page with multiple e-reader and .pdf downloads.




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7.26.2014 4:00 AM

C2 Saturday A.M. Bulldog Edition

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Israel and Hamas agree to 12-hour ceasefire Saturday

The Israeli military and Hamas, together with all militant groups in Gaza, have agreed to a 12-hour pause in hostilities.

The temporary truce, mediated by the United Nations, will start at approximately 8 am Israeli time Saturday morning, according to Spokesman for Hamas Sami Abu Zuhri.

An Israeli military spokeswoman said that during the brief truce, troops would keep searching for tunnels used by militants and that the military will "respond if terrorists choose to exploit this time to attack Israel Defense Forces personnel or fire at Israeli civilians."

"Gaza civilians who have been requested to vacate from their residents are to refrain from returning," the Israeli spokeswoman said.

After initially rejecting proposals for a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip ealier in the day, Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was seeking changes to the plans, a government source said.

The official, who spoke to reporters on condition of anonymity, made the comment when asked about Kerry's earlier statement on a goodwill gesture by Netanyahu at a press conference in Cairo.

Full details of the proposed truce were not released, but the government official, who declined to be named, said Israel wanted modifications before agreeing to any end to hostilities.

Could Israeli high-tech tackle Hamas’ terror tunnels?

Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system has been highly visible protecting its airspace during Operation Protective Edge. But exactly how the military is locating Hamas’ labyrinth of underground tunnels between Israel and Gaza – and whether it is using new technologies to uncover them – remains a closely held secret.

“Due to security concerns, we cannot specify the tools or methods used to uncover these tunnels. Exposing our capabilities would hamper our ability to address this lethal threat,” an Israel Defense Forces (IDF) spokeswoman said in an email to “However, using precise intelligence combined with specialized units which use robots and advanced cameras, the IDF has had vast success in toppling the Hamas tunnel network.”

The scale and sophistication of the Hamas tunnels present a massive challenge to the IDF, which launched Operation Protective Edge on July 8 in response to an escalation in rocket attacks by Hamas. The ground phase began on July 17.

The tunnel network has been likened to a subway system. Often built with concrete blocks, the tunnels, which are used to transport Hamas fighters, for smuggling and for storing weapons, extend more than 60 feet below ground, according to news reports. A declassified aerial image provided to by the IDF shows a concealed entrance to a tunnel located between a mosque and a school in a Gaza neighborhood.

As Israel continues its destruction of the tunnels, there has been considerable speculation in the Israeli media about what technologies it may be using to locate them, and about what improved detection systems may be on the horizon.

Collateral damage

The shooting down of an airliner shows how reckless Vladimir Putin’s sponsorship of Ukrainian rebels has been

THE sight of bodies fallen from the sky and strewn across the fields outside the village of Grabovo will stay with those who saw it for a long time. The image of a thug taking a dead man’s wedding ring, evoked with dignity and disgust by Dutch foreign minister Frans Timmermans in a speech to the UN Security Council, is a powerful one. The missile attack on Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 by Russian-backed rebels in eastern Ukraine killed 298 people and shocked the world. How it might affect the outcome of the war into which the wreckage fell, though, remains to be seen.

On July 21st, four days after the Boeing 777 was brought down, the human remains that had been piled into grey refrigerated railway cars near the crash site finally left for Kharkiv, from where they were to be flown to the Netherlands (see article). The separatist forces at the scene numbered the bodies at 282; Dutch experts put the number closer to 200. In the small hours of the next morning the plane’s black boxes were handed over to Malaysian representatives in a bizarrely formal ceremony in the rebels’ administration building in Donetsk. One Dutch expert praised the local teams that had taken part in the recovery as doing “a hell of a job in a hell of a place”. But the obstruction and intimidation by rebel forces that kept investigators and other responders from the site served only to deepen anger in the rest of the world.

Among the rebel rank and file, and in most places where news outlets are controlled by Russia, there is a widespread belief that MH17 was brought down by Ukrainian aircraft, perhaps as a way of eliciting further Western support by blaming Russia, perhaps because they mistook it for an aircraft carrying the Russian president, Vladimir Putin. Local people in eastern Ukraine, used to seeing rebels with outdated weapons on the streets, don’t think them capable of bringing down an airliner. In the rest of the world, though, the evidence seems, if circumstantial, incontrovertible.

[JCM] I wouldn't say reckless, I'd say highly calculated in the face of weak and drifting Obama.

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7.25.2014 7:28 AM

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7.24.2014 4:00 AM

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