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US surveillance planes fly over Syria....

To quote Princess Leia from Star Wars, "I have a bad feeling about this." A crash or a shoot-down and all hell breaks loose. NeoCons would have orgasms of delight if such a thing happened. Seems like I read somewhere once that Syria has sophisticated radar systems obtained from Russia, but I don't know if they could shoot down a plane.

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"While the White House says Obama has not approved military action inside Syria, additional intelligence on the militants would likely be necessary before he could take that step. Pentagon officials have been drafting potential options for the president, including air strikes.

One official said the administration has a need for reliable intelligence from Syria and called the surveillance flights an important avenue for obtaining data.

Two U.S. officials said Monday that Obama had approved the flights, while another U.S. official said early Tuesday that they had begun. The officials were not authorized to discuss the matter by name, and spoke only on condition of anonymity.

The U.S. began launching strikes against the Islamic State inside Iraq earlier this month, with Obama citing the threat to American personnel in the country and a humanitarian crisis in the north as his rationale. Top Pentagon officials have said the only way the threat from the militants can be fully eliminated is to go after the group inside neighboring Syria as well."



http://news.yahoo.com/ap-source-obama-backs-surveillance-over-syria-042022085.html

ACLU: Ferguson police report on Michael Brown's death violates law

This is no surprise....but it is outrageous.

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A police report on the death of Michael Brown is missing key information and violates Missouri open records laws, an ACLU attorney told Yahoo News on Friday.

The two-page document, which the Ferguson Police Department released only after pressure from journalists and civil liberties advocates, is largely redacted or left blank. The most egregious omissions are the victim’s name and a description of the offense – the fatal shooting of Brown.

“They are breaking the law,” said Tony Rothert, legal director of the ACLU of Missouri.

The report, obtained by Yahoo News through the Missouri Sunshine Law, lists only the date, time and location. Fields for the type of incident, name of the complainant, and a summary of the circumstances are redacted.



http://news.yahoo.com/ferguson-releases-incomplete-police-report-on-death-of-michael-brown-221844542.html

While on NPR, Rubio Questions Usefulness of NPR

Source: ABC OTUS News


Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., expressed worry this morning about broadcasting outlets that use taxpayer money to stay on the air.

But Rubio made his comments on NPR, a broadcasting outlet that uses taxpayer money to stay on the air.

"I do have concerns about spending money on public broadcasting," Rubio told Diane Rehm during an hourlong Q&A on NPR.

NPR has been a source of criticism from congressional Republicans who view it as a liberal refuge that espouses its views courtesy of public funding. Although only 2 percent of NPR's funding comes from government grants, the loss of federal funding would undermine the ability of NPR stations to pay for NPR programming, NPR says.



Read more: http://news.yahoo.com/while-npr-sen-rubio-questions-usefulness-npr-154934066--abc-news-politics.html



What an arrogant prick!

Christie's Brashness Blunts Hope to Join Ticket


http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/18/nyregion/christie-balancing-national-ambitions-with-governorship.html?_r=1&ref=politics

WASHINGTON — Chris Christie asked for an audience at the Brookings Institution last week, and being one of the nation’s most popular and provocative governors, got one.

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The appearance was a reminder why some prominent conservatives and Republican donors have been promoting Mr. Christie as the perfect running mate for Mitt Romney. He has a record of fiscal conservatism in a moderate state. His aggressive approach to political combat has excited the Tea Party contingent, but he also has influential allies on Wall Street and in other power centers of the Republican Party. His rumpled, real-guy persona would complement Mr. Romney’s wealthy, pressed-jeans image.

Democrats in New Jersey, his home state, mocked his address at Brookings as the “Tampa Try-Out Tour,” his audition for a role at the Republican nominating convention later this summer.

But Mr. Christie’s star has faded as a potential vice-presidential pick. As polls show that his bluntness is striking more voters as bullying, Republicans close to Mr. Romney’s campaign say that the governor’s continued hostile encounters — including one on the Jersey Shore this month that was caught on video — have augmented fears that he is too unpredictable and too contentious, turning what was once viewed as a key strength into a drawback.



Guess we can take him out of the VP speculation!

Ariz. Immigration Law Opponents File New Offensive

Source: AP


PHOENIX (AP) — Opponents of Arizona's hardline immigration enforcement law launched a new effort Tuesday aimed at thwarting a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that will allow police to enforce the so-called "show me your papers" provision.

A coalition of civil rights groups, religious leaders and business organizations filed a new request seeking a court order that would prevent authorities from enforcing a rule that requires police to check the immigration status of people they stop for other reasons.

The groups are asking U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton to block enforcement of the requirement before it takes effect, arguing that Latinos in Arizona would face systematic racial profiling and unreasonably long detentions under the contentious section of the 2010 law.

In their 65-page filing, the coalition claims Arizona's immigration law "is pre-empted by federal law and violates the Fourth Amendment" and could "undermine trust between the police and community members, for whom a routine encounter with law enforcement will become a lengthy detention."



Read more: http://news.yahoo.com/ariz-immigration-law-opponents-file-offensive-003808158.html

Romney Says GOP's 'Not Party of the Rich' But of 'Those Who Want to Be Rich'

Source: ABC OTUS News

JACKSON, Miss. - At a fundraiser at a country club in Mississippi this evening that was expected to raise a record-breaking $1.7 million, Mitt Romney defended the Republican Party against its reputation as the "party of the rich" explaining that really, it is a party focused on helping the poor.

"We're accused, by the way - in our party - of being the party of the rich," Romney said. "And it's an awful moniker, because that's just not true. We're the party of people who want to get rich. And we're also the party of people who want to care to help people from getting poor. We want to help the poor.

"We also want to make sure people don't have to become poor," Romney said. "And we know what it takes to keep people from becoming poor."

This was Romney's second fundraiser of the day, his first in Louisiana raising at least $2 million, bringing the campaign's tally for the day to $3.7 million.



Read more: http://news.yahoo.com/romney-says-gops-not-party-rich-those-want-012359242--abc-news-politics.html



He knows what it takes to keep people from becoming poor!

He is beyond stupid.
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