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Here is our weekly discussion thread, where comments on the general topics of the day are very welcome.

But please remember to post and comment on specific news items in the ‘Reader Selected News’ thread below or via the ‘News Selected By Our Readers’ link found in the sidebar.

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Reader Selected News For The Week Of Jul 26 To Aug 1

This thread is for the busy bees of S&L to post news articles that might not warrant their own thread.

Posting Guidelines

To make the articles as readable as possible, please:

Only post news from established news media outlets.
Avoid editorials or opinion pieces unless they are truly newsworthy.
Avoid items that most people most likely have seen elsewhere.
Post articles that fit under the topic of a recent thread as a comment there. Always spell out the name of the source and post a link to it.
And always post less than one quarter of the original article.

Posts of articles that do not follow these guidelines may be edited or deleted.

Thank you.

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Records Showing Antarctic Ice Growth Must Be All Wrong

From an unfazed Los Angeles Times:

Study casts doubt on rate of Antarctic sea ice growth

By Julia Rosen | July 24, 2014

A new study suggests that scientists must reexamine records that show increases in Antarctic sea ice since 1979. Researchers found that something changed in the way satellite data get converted into ice cover, but they can’t yet identify the exact nature of the change, or whether it fixed a problem or introduced one.

In other words, since all the data shows that the ice in Antarctica is actually growing rather than receding as is should we global warming, the ‘scientists’ have decided the data must be wrong. Even though they can’t say why or where it is wrong.

Isn’t science fun?

They can say that their results show either Antarctic sea ice has not expanded as much as previously reported or it has been gaining ground for longer than scientists realized.

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NYT: It’s Not Obama’s Fault, Presidents Have Little Power

From a shameless New York Times:

Obama and the Myth of Presidential Control

By Brendan Nyhan | JULY 24, 2014

One of the most common criticisms of presidents — especially struggling ones during their second term — is that they have lost control of events. This charge, which has been leveled at chief executives such as Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush, has become a mantra lately in coverage of President Obama, who faces a stalled legislative agenda and crises in Ukraine, Gaza and at the border with Mexico.

When did anyone ever say that President Reagan lost control of events? Or even President Bush? They certainly never escaped any blame that way. (But that didn’t stop the NYT from posting a series of photographs of President Reagan with this article.)

What happened?

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Gruber: States Without Exchanges Will Get No Subsidies

From Breitbart:

Obamacare Architect: States Without Exchanges Get No Subsidies

by John Sexton | July 24, 2014

Jonathan Gruber, a "key architect" of  Obamacare was caught on tape in 2012 saying states which do not set up an Obamacare exchange are not eligible for subsidies. His admission mirrors the arguments of plaintiffs in the Halbig case and has the potential to push Obamacare to the brink of collapse…

Supporters of the law have argued that the bill was poorly drafted. They claim the apparent limitation of federal subsidies to state-based exchanges was merely a legislative typo. And since it was a typo, they argue, courts should look to the intent of the lawmakers…

[In] a 2012 video of Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber stating unequivocally that subsidies are not available in states which do not set up their own exchanges:

Q: The health information exchanges for the states and it’s my understanding that if states don’t provide them that the federal government will provide them.

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House RINOs Fear Backlash For Not Giving Obama $3.7B

From The Hill:

House Republicans fear backlash from punting border bill to the fall

By Peter Schroeder and Cristina Marcos | July 24, 2014

House Republicans are growing anxious about leaving town for the August recess without passing a border bill. Ahead of a pivotal conference meeting Friday morning, rank-and-file lawmakers are openly fretting about the questions they would face from constituents if they break from legislative work without taking action to address the surge of child migrants into the United States.

This is pretty hilarious. Especially coming as it does from the same media outlet that told us back on July 12th: ‘Immigration reform fizzles as campaign issue for Democrats.’

But now we are supposed to believe the House Republicans will suffer if they don’t give Obama a $4 billion dollar slush fund which will line the pocket of pro-amnesty lawyers and judges and other Democrat operatives.

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NYT Is Outraged: TX National Guard Could Make Arrests

From a white-knuckled New York Times:

National Guard in Texas Could Get Arrest Power

By MANNY FERNANDEZ | JULY 24, 2014

HOUSTON — When Gov. Rick Perry of Texas announced plans to deploy 1,000 National Guard troops to help with the border crisis, it came with a power unexpected by some. By deploying them himself rather than through Washington, he has the power to order the troops to make arrests and apprehensions, something Guard troops in past border deployments have been prohibited from doing.

The NYT and the rest of our media need to pick a story and stick to it. They had previously objected to putting the National Guard on the border because ‘that would just be symbolic.’ Since, they said, the Nation Guard wouldn’t have the power to arrest or deport anyone.

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Obama Planning To Give Refugee Status To Illegal Aliens

From a cheering New York Times:

U.S. Considering Refugee Status for Hondurans

By FRANCES ROBLES and MICHAEL D. SHEAR | July 24, 2014

Hoping to stem the recent surge of migrants at the Southwest border, the Obama administration is considering whether to allow hundreds of minors and young adults from Honduras into the United States without making the dangerous trek through Mexico, according to a draft of the proposal.

How would this ‘stem’ anything? In fact, it will just increase the flow if we start cutting out the middle men coyotes and providing free air transportation to the good old US of A.

If approved, the plan would direct the government to screen thousands of children and youths in Honduras to see if they can enter the United States as refugees or on emergency humanitarian grounds…

Which means turning the concept of ‘refugee’ on its head.

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DHS Chief Confirms WH Knew Of Border Crisis In January

From the Washington Free Beacon:

DHS Anticipated 60,000 Illegal Child Border Crossers in January

DHS secretary confirms administration anticipated surge in illegal immigration

By Bill Gertz | July 24, 2014

ASPEN, Colo. — DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson confirmed Thursday that the Obama administration in January anticipated a surge of some 60,000 illegal children crossing the Southwest Border.

The hell you say. Well, then why on earth didn’t Obama do something to stop the flood? (This is a rhetorical question.) By the way, where was the news media? (That is another rhetorical question.)

So far, only two cases among the flood of illegal immigrants this year raised concerns that terrorists were entering the United States, Johnson said during remarks to a security conference.

"Only two" terrorists may have entered the US this year?

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Obama Knew About ISIS Since 2012, But Refused To Act

From McClatchy News, of all places:

US and Islamic State: ‘We did see this coming’

By Jonathan S. Landay | July 24, 2014

WASHINGTON — Like the rest of the world, the U.S. government appeared to have been taken aback last month when Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, fell to an offensive by jihadis of the Islamic State that triggered the collapse of five Iraqi army divisions and carried the extremists to the threshold of Baghdad. A review of the record shows, however, that the Obama administration wasn’t surprised at all.

In congressional testimony as far back as November, U.S. diplomats and intelligence officials made clear that the United States had been closely tracking the al Qaida spinoff since 2012, when it enlarged its operations from Iraq to civil war-torn Syria, seized an oil-rich province there and signed up thousands of foreign fighters who’d infiltrated Syria through NATO ally Turkey.

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Russian Firing Into Ukraine, Hillary Says ‘Reset’ Worked

From the Wall Street Journal:

U.S. Says Russian Artillery Firing Across Border Into Ukraine

By Julian E. Barnes and William Mauldin | July 24, 2014

WASHINGTON—U.S. defense and diplomatic officials said Thursday that Russia is firing artillery across its border at Ukrainian military positions, an assertion that Moscow now is directly engaging in hostilities against Ukrainian government forces…

"Now"? The so-called separatists are mostly Russians and many of their leaders are Russian military or KGB. Moreover, there is no doubt that the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down by a Russian supplied BUK surface to air missile.

Besides, t is almost impossible that it was not manned by Russian military. The ‘separatists’ would not know how to work it. And the Russians just don’t hand high tech weaponry over to people like that.

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Californians Don’t Want To Pay To End Climate Change

From Reuters:

For Californians, higher costs dampen support for clean energy

By Jennifer Chaussee | July 24, 2014

BERKELEY [sic] Calif. (Reuters) – An overwhelming majority of California residents support the state’s mandate for reducing heat-trapping greenhouse gas emissions, so long as they do not bear the higher costs of cleaner energy themselves, a new public opinion poll shows.

Eighty percent of adults surveyed believe climate change poses a serious threat to California’s economy and lifestyle, and 68 percent back a 2006 law for lowering statewide greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020.

But support for specific initiatives to reach the goal appeared to wane sharply in the face of higher energy costs, the Public Policy Institute of California found in a poll released late on Wednesday.

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Twitter Admits Lacks Diversity (Like Other Social Media)

From USA Today:

After much pressure, Twitter releases its diversity figures

Reports by Yahoo, Google, Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter show that five of the tech sector’s largest companies are largely white and male.

By Elizabeth Weise and Jessica Guynn | July 23, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO — Succumbing to growing public pressure, Twitter released the gender and ethnic breakdown of its work force Wednesday, showing that it looks like most other major technology companies: overwhelming male, white and Asian.

We will later learn that the "public pressure" here is Jesse Jackson. Who has been trying to shakedown Twitter and the rest of Silicon Valley for months now.

In the U.S., nearly 90% of Twitter’s workers are white or Asian. And more than 90% of technology jobs in the U.S.

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O-Care Has Hurt Twice As Many People As It Has Helped

From Byron York at the Washington Examiner:

Survey: Fewer than 1 in 5 better off because of Obamacare; many more worse off

By Byron York | July 23, 2014

Eighteen percent of Americans, or fewer than one in five, say they or someone in their family is better off because of the Affordable Care Act, according to a new poll by CNN. Nearly twice that number, 35 percent, say they or someone in their family is worse off. A larger group, 46 percent, say they are about the same after Obamacare as before.

In nearly all demographic categories — age, income, education, etc. — more people say they are worse off because of Obamacare than say they are better off.

For example, one might expect respondents with incomes below $50,000 to be somewhat likely to say Obamacare has helped them.

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Koskinen Now Says IRS Email Backups Have Been Found

From Fox News:

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

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.

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, testifying before a House oversight subcommittee, stressed that he does not know "how they found them" or "whether there’s anything on them or not." But he said the inspector general’s office advised him the investigators are reviewing tapes to see if they contain any "recoverable" material.

The revelation is significant because the IRS claimed, when the agency first told Congress about the missing emails, that backup tapes "no longer exist because they have been recycled." It is unclear whether the tapes in IG custody contain any Lerner emails, but Koskinen said investigators are now checking…

What’s the rush?

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