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This cover of "The Economist" should make liberals happy:

Bill de Blasio groundhog dies after fall

The groundhog that New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio accidentally dropped on Groundhog Day earlier this year died of internal injuries, a new report finds.

According to a story in The New York Post on Thursday, the Staten Island Zoo found the groundhog, which squirmed through de Blasio’s fingers and fell to the ground during a Feb. 2 photo opp, dead in its enclosure a week later. It died from “acute internal injuries,” The Post said, with sources telling the paper the injuries were “consistent with a fall.”


The Post also claimed a coverup, noting that after the groundhog’s death, the zoo told the public that the animal had died of natural causes. New York Assemblyman Matthew Titone (D-Staten Island) said he was informed that the animal died of old age and “went to that big farm in the sky.”

The zoo’s representative disputed the paper’s report, saying, “It appears unlikely that the animal’s death is related to the events on Groundhog Day.”

De Blasio’s office was unaware of the death of Charlotte until it was informed by The Post.

The death of the groundhog, known as “Staten Island Chuck,” also led to another revelation - Chuck had been secretly swapped for another groundhog, “Charlotte,” for the de Blasio photo op over fears that the real Chuck would bite the mayor, as had happened in the past with then-Mayor Bloomberg.
http://www.politico.com/story/2014/09/bill-de-blasio-groundhog-111317.html?hp=r11

Word on the street is that it was actually de Blasio look-alike Shakey the Mohel that dropped poor Chuck:


Latino Group Encourages Hispanic Voters To Oppose Democrats In Key Swing States

A major Latino organization announced plans Tuesday to encourage Hispanic voters to think twice before casting a ballot for four Democratic senators currently seeking re-election in key swing states.

Presente Action issued a statement Tuesday to say it would target four Democrats who the group says have opposed immigration reform. The group cited the senators' support for a procedural vote held last week that the group says amounted to a vote against expanded deportation relief for undocumented immigrants.

The four Democrats are Sens. Kay Hagan (N.C.), Mary Landrieu (La.), Mark Pryor (Ark.) and Jeanne Shaheen (N.H.).

While the senators did not actually vote to oppose executive action on immigration, they joined Sens. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas) in pushing for a vote on amendments that would have restricted the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy, and prevented any expansion of executive action on immigration. The measure failed 50 to 50, with every Republican, along with five Democrats, supporting it.

Many immigrant advocates and Latino activists interpreted the move as a rejection of executive action on immigration -- the only politically feasible option for reform since efforts for comprehensive reform failed in Congress amid strong opposition from House Republicans.

"These senators crossed the line," Executive Director of Presente Action Arturo Carmona told The Huffington Post. "Latinos will no longer accept this type of behavior from elected officials, where the most vulnerable in our community are thrown under the bus."

The group is circulating petitions, buying ads on Facebook and Google, and urging its members to tell friends and families in the senators' home states not to vote for the candidates.

A major Latino organization announced plans Tuesday to encourage Hispanic voters to think twice before casting a ballot for four Democratic senators currently seeking re-election in key swing states.

Presente Action issued a statement Tuesday to say it would target four Democrats who the group says have opposed immigration reform. The group cited the senators' support for a procedural vote held last week that the group says amounted to a vote against expanded deportation relief for undocumented immigrants.

The four Democrats are Sens. Kay Hagan (N.C.), Mary Landrieu (La.), Mark Pryor (Ark.) and Jeanne Shaheen (N.H.).

While the senators did not actually vote to oppose executive action on immigration, they joined Sens. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas) in pushing for a vote on amendments that would have restricted the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy, and prevented any expansion of executive action on immigration. The measure failed 50 to 50, with every Republican, along with five Democrats, supporting it.

Many immigrant advocates and Latino activists interpreted the move as a rejection of executive action on immigration -- the only politically feasible option for reform since efforts for comprehensive reform failed in Congress amid strong opposition from House Republicans.

"These senators crossed the line," Executive Director of Presente Action Arturo Carmona told The Huffington Post. "Latinos will no longer accept this type of behavior from elected officials, where the most vulnerable in our community are thrown under the bus."

The group is circulating petitions, buying ads on Facebook and Google, and urging its members to tell friends and families in the senators' home states not to vote for the candidates.

A major Latino organization announced plans Tuesday to encourage Hispanic voters to think twice before casting a ballot for four Democratic senators currently seeking re-election in key swing states.

Presente Action issued a statement Tuesday to say it would target four Democrats who the group says have opposed immigration reform. The group cited the senators' support for a procedural vote held last week that the group says amounted to a vote against expanded deportation relief for undocumented immigrants.

The four Democrats are Sens. Kay Hagan (N.C.), Mary Landrieu (La.), Mark Pryor (Ark.) and Jeanne Shaheen (N.H.).

While the senators did not actually vote to oppose executive action on immigration, they joined Sens. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas) in pushing for a vote on amendments that would have restricted the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy, and prevented any expansion of executive action on immigration. The measure failed 50 to 50, with every Republican, along with five Democrats, supporting it.

Many immigrant advocates and Latino activists interpreted the move as a rejection of executive action on immigration -- the only politically feasible option for reform since efforts for comprehensive reform failed in Congress amid strong opposition from House Republicans.

"These senators crossed the line," Executive Director of Presente Action Arturo Carmona told The Huffington Post. "Latinos will no longer accept this type of behavior from elected officials, where the most vulnerable in our community are thrown under the bus."

The group is circulating petitions, buying ads on Facebook and Google, and urging its members to tell friends and families in the senators' home states not to vote for the candidates.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/09/24/presente-action-latino-vote_n_5877198.html

Liberia’s Ebola Victims Dying at Home Due to Clinic Shortage (Heartbreaking pictures)



http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/25/world/africa/liberia-ebola-victims-treatment-center-cdc.html?rref=world/africa&module=Ribbon&version=context®ion=Header&action=click&contentCollection=Africa&pgtype=article

Reuters: Islamic fighters advance in Syria despite U.S. strikes

(Reuters) - U.S. planes pounded Islamic State positions in Syria for a second day on Wednesday, but the strikes did not halt the fighters' advance in a Kurdish area where fleeing refugees told of villages burnt and captives beheaded.

U.S. President Barack Obama, speaking at the United Nations, asked the world to join together to fight the militants and vowed to keep up military pressure against them.

"The only language understood by killers like this is the language of force, so the United States of America will work with a broad coalition to dismantle this network of death," Obama said in 40-minute speech to the U.N. General Assembly.

Islamist militants in Algeria boasted in a video they had beheaded a French hostage captured on Sunday to punish Paris for joining air strikes against Islamic State in Iraq. French President Francois Hollande confirmed the execution.

"My determination is total and this aggression only strengthens it," Hollande said. "The military air strikes will continue as long as necessary."

Watching CNN International now. Thousands of Kurdish refugees have fled across the Turkish border just within the past 48 hours.

Army chief: Division headquarters will deploy soon to Iraq

s the U.S. expands its war against the Islamic State, the Army is preparing to deploy a division headquarters to Iraq.

Officials have not identified the division that will deploy — the first division headquarters to go to Iraq since the U.S. withdrawal in 2011.

An official announcement is expected in the coming days. But Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno recently confirmed the Army “will send another division headquarters to Iraq to control what we’re doing there, a small headquarters.”

It’s unclear how many soldiers will be sent, or how long they will deploy. Division headquarters average between 100 and 500 soldiers and deploy for one year.

The division headquarters deploying to Iraq is expected to be responsible for coordinating the efforts of the 1,600 troops President Obama has sent to Iraq. Many of these troops are advising and assisting the Iraqi Security Forces, others are providing extra security, while others are providing intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities. The headquarters also is expected to head up the joint operations center that since July has been run by Maj. Gen. Dana Pittard, the deputy commanding general for operations for U.S. Army Central.

Odierno’s comments were made Friday to a group of defense reporters in Washington, D.C.

During the wide-ranging interview, Odierno discussed the critical role played by the Army’s two-star division headquarters.

http://www.armytimes.com/article/20140923/NEWS08/309230066/Army-chief-Division-headquarters-will-deploy-soon-Iraq?sf31502441=1

Poll: Florida governor race a toss up

he Florida governor’s race — on pace to be 2014’s most expensive, grueling campaign — is a dead heat with six weeks until Election Day, according to a new poll out Wednesday.

Florida GOP Gov. Rick Scott and Democrat Charlie Crist are neck-and-neck in the new Quinnipiac University poll. Scott is at 44 percent among likely voters, the survey shows, compared with 42 percent for Crist and 8 percent for Libertarian Adrian Wyllie.
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Scott has a slight edge over Crist among independents, 44 percent to 37 percent. And the gender gap tilts in his favor: He leads Crist by 8 points among men, 48 percent to 40 percent, offsetting Crist’s 2-point margin among female voters, 43-41.

Wyllie doesn’t seem to be hurting one candidate more than the other: Quinnipiac prompted Wyllie voters for their second choices, and a recalculated matchup showed Scott still maintaining his statistically insignificant, 2-point edge.

Florida voters have seen a tidal wave of campaign advertising — both positive and negative — and both major-party candidates are now underwater on favorability, the poll shows. Forty-two percent of likely voters have a favorable opinion of Scott, compared with 48 percent who view him unfavorably. Crist’s favorable/unfavorable rating is virtually identical: 41/49.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2014/09/poll-rick-scott-charlie-crist-2014-111283.html#ixzz3EF28lDdO

Obama Slumps to 35% Approval

Barack Obama’s approval rating slid into dangerous territory this week, with the latest Reuters-Ipsos poll showing just 35 percent of Americans approve of the president’s job performance even as he leads the nation into a war against Islamic fundamentalism in the Middle East.

Fifty-eight percent of Americans expressed disapproval of the White House’s current occupant — 37 percent of them “strongly.” Just 17 percent strongly approved of Obama’s current performance. The poll is based on a five-day rolling average.

The White House has struggled under a series of escalating foreign-policy crises, at times appearing to flail for a response to Islamic State brutality and the ongoing Russian aggression against Ukraine. The poll likely does not reflect reaction to the administration’s broad air attack on Islamic State targets in Syria, conducted Monday night and slated to continue for the foreseeable future.

http://polling.reuters.com/#!response/CP3/type/day/dates/20140101-20140923

Obama invokes Bush's Iraq war authorization in Syria (the one Obama wanted to repeal)

NEW YORK — Less than two months after President Barack Obama’s administration called for repeal of the Congressional authorization for the 2002 Iraq war, he is formally citing the 12-year-old measure as a basis for newly expanded airstrikes against the Islamic State of Syria and the Levant.

Since June, Obama has been sending official war-powers notifications to Congress about the campaign he authorized against ISIL. Administration aides have repeatedly cited the 2001 war authorization against Al Qaeda and the Taliban as grounds for strikes in Iraq.


Some administration officials had indicated in background comments that Obama might invoke the Iraq war authorization if the bombing campaign spread to Syria, but he officially did so in a letter to Congress Tuesday. The authorization cited the measure only with a reference to its Public Law number, 107-243.

(Also on POLITICO: America's new war president)

The administration’s embrace of the 2002 Iraq war authorization through this obscure citation is awkward because it paints the expanding anti-ISIL campaign as a successor to President George W. Bush’s invasion of Iraq 12 years ago. Last year at the United Nations General Assembly, Obama spoke of working “to end a decade of war” and cited the withdrawal of all American troops from Iraq as a part of that effort. On Wednesday he’ll address the General Assembly the day after having essentially extended that effort.

http://www.politico.com/story/2014/09/barack-obama-syria-airstrikes-111264.html?hp=f2

He was against the authorization before he was for it!
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