The Wire: July 27, 2012

  • 7:41 p.m.

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    On cusp of Romney visit, Obama offers new Israeli aid

    On the eve of Republican Mitt Romney’s trip to Jerusalem, President Obama highlighted new military aid for Israel Friday and held a signing ceremony in the Oval Office for a bill expanding U.S. ties with the Middle East ally.

  • 4:45 p.m.

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    EDITORIAL: Obama’s economic crisis

    The Commerce Department on Friday delivered very bad news to President Obama. Economic growth in the second quarter of 2012 plummeted to 1.5 percent — a critically poor showing going into an election. Twenty years ago, then-candidate Bill Clinton sounded the alarm after receiving similar information. His words then are prophetic today.

  • 11:37 a.m.

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    LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Reform VAWA now

    Janice Shaw Crouse writes volumes of wisdom in her opinion column “Violence Against Women Act needs reform” (Commentary, Wednesday). VAWA was enacted back in the days of what I call “the great O.J. scare.” In 1994, the nation became fixated on the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman. Politicians, powerless to protect victims, enacted a very bad piece of legislation.

  • 11:36 a.m.

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    LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Real cost of illegals

    President Obama has proved once again that his choice for Homeland Security secretary is incompetent and confused daily about her job and how to conduct business (“Fee waivers on work permits for illegals could cost $121M,” Web, Tuesday). This situation also perpetuates the Obama administration’s program of amnesty for criminals illegally in the United States.

  • 11:36 a.m.

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    LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Olympic committee cowed by terrorists

    The Olympics motto is “Faster, Higher, Stronger,” but it should be “Dominated, Captured, Enslaved.” The official motto may apply to the athletes at the 2012 Olympic Games in London — at least those who uphold the motto by not cheating or letting politics, religion or ideology blight the competition — but it certainly doesn’t apply to the games themselves. The Olympics have been dominated, captured and enslaved by Islamists, and as a result, Olympic ideals have been tarnished forever.

  • 6:29 p.m.

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    KNIGHT: ‘Eat mor chikin’

    Each day brings new evidence of the left’s hatred for Christians and other traditionalists, but the smear campaign against Christian-owned Chick-fil-A sets a new low.

  • 1:18 p.m.

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    Ariz. researcher studies dust storm health effects

    Monsoon storms send huge walls of dust across parts of Arizona, sometimes snarling traffic on roadways and knocking out power.

  • 10:37 p.m.

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    Police take man who threatened shooting spree at his workplace into custody

    A Crofton man referring to himself as “a joker” and armed with 25 guns and hundreds of rounds of ammunition was taken into police custody after threatening to go on a shooting spree at his former workplace, police said Friday.

  • 8:38 p.m.

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    Clinton tells HIV activists to press on

    Former President Bill Clinton closed out the 19th International AIDS Conference by urging activists to not lose heart, but press forward to bring an end to the deadly disease.

  • 11:47 a.m.

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    Olympics 2012: Legally blind South Korean archer Im Dong-hyun sets world record

    South Korean archer Im Dong-hyun sees only blurred colors and lines when he peers toward the target about 76 yards away, arrow at the ready. It doesn’t stop the legally blind Olympian from hitting the grapefruit-sized yellow center — again and again and again.

  • 8:34 a.m.

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    Romney's comments on Olympics rally proud Brits

    Mitt Romney may be just what the London Olympics needed. In little more than 24 hours in London, the U.S. presidential candidate has gotten Britons to stop complaining about bumper-to-bumper traffic, cringing about cost overruns and fretting about shoddy security — and instead start taking pride in their country’s long-awaited day in the sun.

  • 8:34 a.m.

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    Ex-Redskins lineman Bostic sues NFL over concussions

    Jeff Bostic, former Washington Redskins center and original member of the famed “Hogs” offensive line, has joined the concussion lawsuits against the NFL, according to court documents reviewed by The Washington Times.

  • 11:34 p.m.

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    Federal deficit to reach $1 trillion for fifth straight year

    The federal government will flirt with its fifth-straight trillion-dollar deficit next year and is still on track to notch $25 billion in debt within a decade, the Obama administration predicted on Friday as it released an update of the country’s fiscal picture.

  • 10:26 a.m.

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    With royalty and rock, London opens 2012 Olympics

    The queen and James Bond gave the London Olympics a royal entrance like no other Friday in an opening ceremony that rolled to the rock of the Beatles, the Stones and The Who.

  • 1:30 a.m.

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    Zack Greinke trade: Ace gets dealt from Brewers to Angels

    The Los Angeles Angels made their latest big move Friday, acquiring ace pitcher ZackGreinke from the Milwaukee Brewers for rookie shortstop Jean Segura and two minor leaguers.

  • 12:22 a.m.

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    Redskins' Evan Royster expecting more from himself in second season

    When Evan Royster looks at film of his second professional start, the Washington Redskins running back doesn’t see the 28 yards he gained on a toss to the left against the Philadelphia Eagles last January.

  • 11:51 p.m.

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    Penn State alumni call Freeh report 'flawed'

    Franco Harris and two other former Penn State football players say the report about Penn State’s handling of the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal “is highly flawed, and factually insufficient.”

  • 9:07 p.m.

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    NBC draws ire for not streaming Olympics ceremony

    A look at media coverage of the Summer Olympics:

  • 7:38 p.m.

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    EDITORIAL: Obama’s reality avoidance

    President Obama has a problem when it comes to acknowledging the seriousness of America’s economic situation. The White House has been putting off release of its mid-session budgetary review for the last two weeks, finally getting around to dropping it off late on Friday. Given what’s inside the report, it’s no wonder the administration hasn’t been enthusiastic about detailing its plans for the future.

  • 7:37 p.m.

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    EDITORIAL: Fracking flop

    The anti-affordable energy crowd has suffered another setback. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Wednesday released the results of extensive testing that found nothing toxic in the water in Dimock, Pa. That’s the town where the anti-drilling documentary “Gasland” filmed dramatic images of a homeowner lighting his tap water on fire.

  • 7:25 p.m.

    BOOK REVIEW: 'An American Son'

    The Republican Party next month will give Mitt Romney its de jure recognition at its convention in Tampa, Fla. — a swing state that in 2010 turned against Barack Obama and the Democrats’ administration of the fiscal crisis.

  • 7:18 p.m.

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    The List: Top 10 Olympics movies

    From “Munich,” to “Miracle” and “Cool Runnings,” here are the best films about the Olympics.

  • 7:11 p.m.

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    DRIESSEN: Navy declares war on fossil fuel

    If America had a Spend Like a Drunken Sailor Award, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus would win hands-down for blowing $12 million on biofuel for Navy ships.

  • 7:10 p.m.

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    KORBE: Government waste not simply a Washington problem

    Upon leaving the national news website HotAir.com to join the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs (OCPA), I proclaimed my faith in federalism and cited it as my prime justification for focusing on state, rather than federal, policy.

  • 6:56 p.m.

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    ISAAC AND KOVACEVICH: Global fiscal crisis requires change we can trust

    We are facing a fiscal crisis that threatens the future of our great nation and the quality of life we leave to our children and grandchildren. The solutions are straightforward, but we can’t seem to muster the political courage to implement them. Too few want to sacrifice for the common good — take it from my neighbor, not from me.

  • 6:39 p.m.

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    PYLE: Natural gas naysayers ignore the facts

    Thanks to technologies such as hydraulic fracturing, the United States is the world’s largest producer of natural gas. But while domestic natural gas and oil production continues to increase, opponents of the new technology continue to become more desperate.

  • 6:23 p.m.

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    PRIEBUS: Obama’s ‘gaffes’ are what he truly believes

    Every few weeks, President Obama is caught off-script speaking his mind.

  • 6:22 p.m.

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    JORDAN AND SOUTHERLAND: To fight poverty, empower people

    President Johnson declared a War on Poverty in 1964. Over the subsequent three decades, the federal government created a maze of welfare programs to distribute a growing mountain of taxpayer money. But year after year, poverty seemed to win the war.

  • 6:16 p.m.

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    'Hero' police officer indicted on assault charges

    A Prince George’s County police officer praised as a hero one day was indicted the next on criminal assault charges.

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    For the Dow, another blast past the 13,000 mark

    The Dow pulverized the 13,000 mark on Friday, soaring not only through it but finishing 75 points above it.

  • 4:56 p.m.

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    Police offer reward in Southeast homicide

    District police detectives are investigating an early Friday morning fatal shooting in Southeast.

  • 4:22 p.m.

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    Olympics 2012: Team USA basketball arrives fashionably late

    The U.S. men’s 2012 Olympics basketball team is favored to win again, and some think it’s a matter of the players just showing up.

  • 3:57 p.m.

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    Defense: Shooting suspect was seeing psychiatrist

    The former graduate student accused in the deadly Colorado movie theater shooting was being treated by a psychiatrist at the university where he studied, according to court papers filed Friday.

  • 3:55 p.m.

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    Colo. shooting: Police pleaded for ambulances

    As the horror unfolded for police first on the scene of the Colorado theater massacre, the officers repeatedly sent out urgent pleas for more ambulances even as a two-man crew and their rig were idling just a few miles away.

  • 3:30 p.m.

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    U.N. worries showdown in Aleppo could be imminent

    A showdown between rebels and government troops in Syria’s largest city, Aleppo, is imminent, the U.N.’s human rights office said Friday, as the Red Cross pulled some of its foreign staff from Damascus out of concern for the safety of its workers.

  • 3:26 p.m.

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    Syrian troops kill 6-year-old fleeing into Jordan

    The family crept across farmland under night’s cover, heading for the border, when Syrian troops opened fire. Bullets whizzed around them as they broke into a mad dash, survivors say. The 6-year-old boy, holding his mother’s hand, broke away and ran ahead. He nearly made it into Jordan when he fell dead, a bullet in his neck.

  • 1:57 p.m.

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    Economic growth slowed to 1.5 percent in spring

    U.S. economic growth slowed to a crawl in the spring quarter, trudging ahead at a 1.5 percent annual rate after falling off to 2 percent in the first quarter of the year, the Commerce Department reported Friday morning.

  • 12:54 p.m.

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    Madonna: Short concert gets boos from Paris crowd

    A small Madonna concert that the pop star said was intended to celebrate France’s tolerance instead tested it, drawing boos and cries of ‘refund!’ when she left the stage after just 45 minutes.

  • 12:33 p.m.

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    Jogger attacked and sexually assaulted near Georgetown

    A female jogger was sexually assaulted on a trail in the Georgetown area by a man who put her in a chokehold, causing her to lose consciousness on Wednesday night, authorities said.

  • 12:28 p.m.

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    Billie Joe Armstrong: Green Day singer joins NBC's 'Voice' as mentor

    NBC’s “The Voice” is adding a high-powered rocker to the mix. NBC said Thursday that Green Day vocalist and guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong has joined the talent contest as a mentor to Christina Aguilera’s team this coming season.

  • 12:16 p.m.

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    O'Malley formally announces special session

    Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley on Friday announced an Aug. 9 special session to discuss a proposed casino at National Harbor and allowing table games across the state.

  • 11:51 a.m.

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    Katherine Jackson, attorney, meet face-to-face

    Katherine Jackson’s attorney said late Thursday that he had met with his client face-to-face for the first time in several days and that she was doing fine despite familial squabbling that forced a judge to temporarily suspend her as guardian of her son Michael’s three children.

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    U.S. economic growth slowed to 1.5 pct. rate in Q2

    The U.S. economy grew at an annual rate of just 1.5 percent from April through June, as Americans cut back sharply on spending. The slowdown in growth adds to worries that the economy could be stalling three years after the recession ended.

  • 11:28 a.m.

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    Amazon CEO gives $2.5M for Wash. gay marriage law

    Amazon.com founder and CEO Jeff Bezos and his wife, MacKenzie, announced Friday they are donating $2.5 million to the campaign to defend Washington’s same-sex marriage law.

  • 10:00 a.m.

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    Report: Al Shabab shakes up its leadership

    The al Qaeda-linked Somali Islamic militia al Shabab has reshuffled its leadership, which might spark infighting, according to a website that monitors the war-torn country in the Horn of Africa.

  • 9:32 a.m.

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    U.S. report says Iraq 'rebuilders' died by hundreds

    In the first tally of its kind, a federal investigative agency has calculated that at least 719 people, nearly half of them Americans, were killed working on projects to rebuild Iraq following the U.S. invasion in 2003.

  • 6:45 a.m.

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    BOOK REVIEW: ‘Damn Yankees’

    What better time, here in the midst of this glorious Natitudinal season of 2012, to read a book about the dreaded New York Yankees? Our team has done well, so we can afford to be large-hearted and give them their due. And what a due it is, historically speaking. Let’s be honest: No team in the annals of baseball has as storied a history as the New York Yankees.

  • 6:41 a.m.

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    BOOK REVIEW: ‘Press 2 for English’

    This is a serious book by a thoughtful observer of one of the crisis issues facing America. The points he raises deserve a close reading and careful consideration. S. Rob Sobhani argues that U.S. immigration policy has become such a contradictory mishmash of reaction responses that it amounts to no policy.

  • 6:38 a.m.

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    BOOK REVIEW: 'Dead Scared'

    Suicide on a college campus is a scary topic and S.J. Bolton’s “Dead Scared” lives up to its title with a catalog of terrified young women whose deaths defy reason.

  • 6:35 a.m.

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    BOOK REVIEW: 'The Age of Miracles'

    When the Earth’s rotation begins to slow, it wreaks havoc on humans, animals and plant life. As daylight and nighttime stretch beyond the 24-hour cycle, it becomes harder for crops to grow. A strange illness affects some people, causing dizziness and nausea. Birds die by the hundreds while whales wash up on beaches.

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