Ben Carson takes major step toward presidential campaign

WashingtonTimes

Ben Carson, the former neurosurgeon turned conservative sensation, is taking a major step toward a 2016 presidential bid by forming a political action committee and selecting the man who would run his campaign, The Washington Times has learned.

Emerging from two-days of meetings with supporters in Palm Beach, Fla., Dr. Carson told the Times on Friday morning he has selected Houston businessman Terry Giles to be his 2016 campaign chairman should he run and approved the formation of a PAC called One Nation.

“Now is the time to start all of the appropriate exploration and investigation, and put down the structure that is necessary,” Dr. Carson said in a phone interview.

Asked about the likelihood he will run for president in 2016, Dr. Carson said: “I would say we are definitely a step or two closer than we were a year ago.”

He said the outcome of the 2014 elections in which Republicans are trying to seize control of the Senate would be a major factor, and that his new PAC would try to support candidates with similar viewpoints as his.

“Obviously we are very interested in what happens in November,” he said. “And if the people also continue to show strong desire for me to run, obviously that would be an important factor too.

Do jobs need to be fulfilling?

State of the Global Workplace

In today’s world, a job is not just a paycheck. It’s an opportunity to express oneself in a positive and productive way. But there are ways to find contentment in life without having a dream job. One way is to try to find fulfillment in another aspect of one’s life. Whether it’s spending more meaningful time with family or taking time each day to throw oneself fully into something he or she is passionate about, seeking fulfillment in other ways can lessen whatever stress or unhappiness one experiences at work.

There are also situations where it’s good to just move on. Sometimes a fulfilling job can turn into an unfulfilling one as time passes. There is no shame in trying all avenues to find fulfillment, and sometimes that means trying a different industry, or turning a hobby into a full-time career.

Lastly, it is also important to remember where the control lies. While a person’s mood and attitude can be influenced by external forces, he or she can choose to influence them themselves. This may mean moving on, or it may mean working to turn the current situation into a better one. Both require courage and self-awareness, and in most cases, either one can lead to the fulfilling career we each desire.

Go, Trey!

Trey Gowdy stands up against witness in IRS scandal that refuses to answer questions

Obama: ‘I’m Going To Have To Act Alone’ On Border Crisis

CBSNews

SunKingObama-466x600President Barack Obama says House Republicans are trying to pass the most extreme and unworkable version of an immigration bill even though they know the bill isn’t going anywhere.

Republicans are pushing legislation that could clear the way for eventual deportation of more than 500,000 immigrants brought here illegally as kids and address the surge of immigrants at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Obama says Republicans know that legislation won’t succeed in the Senate. He says Republicans aren’t even trying to solve the problem. He says they’re just trying check a box leaving town for their annual August recess.

House Republicans are “trying to pass the most extreme and unworkable versions of a bill that they already know is going nowhere,” Obama stated.

Obama says while Congress is away, he’ll have to make tough choices about immigration challenges himself. He’s alluding to executive action he’s said he’s considering to deal with immigrants in the U.S. illegally.

“I’m going to have to act alone,” Obama said, because the government is running out of money to deal with it.

House Republicans pushed legislation on Friday that could clear the way for eventual deportation of more than 500,000 immigrants brought here illegally as kids and address the surge of immigrants at the U.S.-Mexico border.

After more than a year of inaction on the contentious issue of immigration, House GOP leaders were optimistic about securing tea party and other conservative support for two bills that Republicans can highlight when they return home to voters during Congress’ five-week summer break.

Votes were expected late Friday.

The RNC’s Birthday Present to Obama: A Constitution

TownHall

President Obama’s birthday is on August 4th, and the Republican National Committee is sending him a copy of the Constitution. You know, for review purposes.

President Obama was, in a previous life, a professor of constitutional law. That’s what makes his blatant disregard for the Constitution so much more unfortunate. Not that ivory tower academics would be the best judges for the interpretation of the Constitution, but one would hope he’d have some base-level awareness of how it limits government powers.

Unfortunately, he’s shown that not to be the case.

As the RNC will write to its members:

Unfortunately, President Obama has done irreversible damage to America. He has undermined our standing in the world, shaped our nation to be dependent on government handouts and created a nanny state where centralized power dictates our lives.

Monday is President Obama’s birthday. And we are going to send him the reminder he needs

We will NOT stand for Obama’s constitutional overreach.

President Obama has worn out his last ounce of good will with Republicans on Capitol Hill as he’s time and again stretched the limits of what executive power means. Surely he’s actually read the Constitution; he just has never shown any interest in actually abiding by it.

Why is the West so afraid of Islam?

Maybe because they blow things up?

In perhaps the only sign of action from the West to the increased intensity of Christian persecution, France has opened itself up to refugees from Iraq, who are being driven out under pain of death by ISIS. This is a welcome reversion to form for France, which ever since the Middle Ages has periodically found ways to protect Christian minorities abroad. This is a great beginning — but it is such a small response to the magnitude of Christian persecution, happening not just in Iraq and Syria, but in Nigeria and Egypt as well.

Why hasn’t there been a greater response from the once-Christian West to the plight of Christians? It’s not for lack of outrageous events. The International Society for Human Rights estimates that 80 percent of acts of religious discrimination in the world have Christians as their victims. And these are starting to poke through the headlines. The purge in Mosul attracted some attention, the kidnapping and threatened murder of mostly Christian girls by Boko Haram even more. But much less is said about the fate of Syrian Christians or Copts. Still less is said about even more obscure religious minorities like Yazidi and Druze who face discrimination from ISIS.

One reason for our silence, suggested by John Allen Jr. in his book The Global War on Christians, is that the modern humanitarian West has difficulty seeing Christians as “native” to third-world nations. Their imagination of “global” Christianity is one of a religion implanted by Europeans and Americans through a violent, racist, and discredited colonialism. Of course this isn’t true in these cases, as there were Christians in Iraq, Syria, and Egypt long before there were any in Britannia or Biloxi. Allen also cited French philosopher Regis Debray’s view that in Christian persecution the victims are “‘too Christian’ to excite the Left, and ‘too foreign’ to excite the Right.”

But Ernesto Galli della Loggia, the lead editorial writer for Corriere Della Sera, offered one provocative suggestion for Europe’s unwillingness to get involved: fear of Islam. In an editorial titled “The Indifference That Kills,” he writes (translated here) that Europe fears what he calls “Arab Islam” and its ability to commit economic blackmail. He writes:

At the same time, and above all, it fears the ruthless terrorism, the many guerrillas that claim to be inspired by Islam, their cruel barbarity, as well as the movements of revolt that periodically deeply stir the masses of that world, always permeated by a sensibility that is extremely easy to light up and to break loose in violent xenophobia. [Corriere Della Sera]

Attorney General Patrick Morrisey Files Lawsuit Challenging President Obama’s Refusal to Faithfully Execute the Law

WVirginia

Attorney General Patrick Morrisey today announced that the State of West Virginia filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia challenging President Barack Obama’s practice of cherry-picking which laws his Administration will enforce.

The lawsuit alleges the President and his Administration have repeatedly demonstrated that they will change or ignore certain laws or statutes in order to promote or protect their political agenda. The lawsuit cites several instances where the Administration has ignored the law on immigration matters, environmental and mining regulations, and the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
“The President cannot pick and choose which laws to follow and which to ignore on the basis of political convenience,” Attorney General Morrisey said. “West Virginia knows first-hand the consequences that the administration’s illegal and flawed interpretation of the law can have on our coal mining jobs. This lawsuit simply asks the Court to require the Obama Administration to follow the laws and restore the constitutional boundaries on presidential authority. Unfortunately, the President has shown time and again that he is willing to ignore or go around Congress to promote his agenda, and that can’t continue. Prevailing in this lawsuit will help our state’s efforts to limit the President’s activities in important areas that have painful implications on coal miners and West Virginia’s economy.”
The lawsuit specifically challenges the President’s decision last fall to suspend the enforcement of ACA requirements for existing health care policies and place that burden on the states. At the time, the President said he wanted to be able to say that “the Affordable Care Act is not going to be the reason why insurers have to cancel your plan.”
“We believe the President’s actions here have uniquely harmed States. The Administrative Fix’s purpose was to shift the political accountability and discretion over enforcement of certain federal laws from the federal government to the States,” Morrisey said.  “This burden on the States gives us standing to sue to vindicate the rule of law in this case.

Genital Mutilation: The Real War On Women

TheFederalist

With the increase of immigrants from Africa, Asia, and the Middle East to the United States, FGM is becoming more common, particularly through what is known as “vacation cutting.” This is when families living in the United States send their daughters back to their home countries, where they are cut and then returned to America.

President Obama made the practice of vacation cutting illegal in 2013 by signing the Transport for Female Genital Mutilation Act, but anti-FGM activists say the practice is still being done, and they want the government to do more.

Jaha Dukereh, who currently lives in Atlanta, was mutilated when she was child in Gambia. Now, she is raising awareness of it in America and pushing for more research to be done to find out exactly how many girls are being subjected to FGM. She says part of the difficulty in dealing with the problem in the United States is the lack of awareness and up-to-date research and statistics on the prevalence of FGM so it can be confronted and stopped.

“I hear from girls every day that were born here in the United States who have been through FGM,” Dukereh says. “These young women are your average American teenagers—some of them you know, some of them you went or go to school with. And there are many more girls in the United States that are at risk of being cut. The practice of FGM is illegal in the United States but girls are being taken to other countries, usually their parents’ country of origin where they are cut.”

Senate blocks aid to Israel

Politico

In the end, the Senate couldn’t even agree to deliver emergency aid to one of the United States’ closest allies.

A last-ditch effort to deliver aid to Israel during its war with Hamas died on the Senate floor, as Republicans blocked the proposal over concerns that it would increase the debt.

After Senate Republicans blocked Democrats’ $2.7 billion border aid package, which also included $225 million for Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system and $615 million to fight Western wildfires, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid tried to split off the Israel and wildfire money as a standalone bill, hoping to put aside the dispute over border funding and appeal to Republicans’ deep ties to Israel.

“We’ve all watched as the tiny state of Israel, who is with us on everything, they have had in the last three weeks 3,000 rockets filed into their country,” Reid said. “Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel asked for $225 million in emergency funding so that Israel’s arsenal as it relates to the Iron Dome could be replenished. It’s clear that is an emergency, and we should be able to agree on that.”

It didn’t work.

Even though GOP leaders had vowed to pass an Israel aid bill in recent days, Republicans rejected Reid’s request. First Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas) objected to Reid’s request for a straight emergency cash infusion for firefighting and Israel. Then Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) offered an alternative that would deliver money to Israel and the West and offer commensurate spending cuts to international organizations like the United Nations; Reid blocked that.

“Our number one ally — at least in my mind — is under attack. If this isn’t an emergency I don’t know anything that is,” Reid said.

Sudanese Christian Meriam Ibrahim Arrives in the United States

Finally!

Sudanese woman who refused to recant her Christian faith in the face of a death sentence arrived Thursday in the United States, where she was welcomed first by the mayor of Philadelphia as a “world freedom fighter” and later by cheering supporters waving American flags in New Hampshire.

Meriam Ibrahim flew from Rome to Philadelphia with her husband and two children, en route to Manchester, where her husband has family and where they will make their new home. Her husband, Daniel Wani, his face streaked with tears, briefly thanked New Hampshire’s Sudanese community on his family’s behalf and said he appreciated the outpouring of support.

Earlier in Philadelphia, Mayor Michael Nutter said people will remember Ibrahim along “with others who stood up so we could be free.” He compared her to Rosa Parks, who became a symbol of the U.S. civil rights movement when she refused to give up her seat to a white man on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama, touching off a bus boycott.

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