Before the Internet when I wanted to keep track of a story, I had to clip articles and file them, often establishing over the years how much in error the press accounts had been. Now, a few clicks and there we have what we had remembered but not saved. It will come as no surprise to regular readers of the Washington Post to learn that one of their oped writers Ruth Marcus is easily exposed as a partisan spinner in a quick check of a comparison of her treatment of Hillary Clinton and former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell. This week,
According to most polls taken since last month’s party conventions, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton enjoys an insurmountable lead over Republican nominee Donald Trump. Consequently, a number of commentators on both sides of the partisan divide have declared the race over. Clinton, they say, has won. There are several problems with this conclusion. First of all, the “official campaign,” won’t begin until September 26, when Clinton and Trump face off in their first presidential debate. Clinton is not a stellar debater and Trump, a seasoned entertainer, excels in these formats. Second, recent polls indicate that Trump is closing the gap.
One of the top guardians of American freedoms just entered the fight against the Obama administration’s insane excesses in the name of “trans rights.” The Department of Health and Human Services recently issued rules telling doctors they can’t decline to perform gender-reassignment surgery on kids if it’s recommended by a “mental health professional.” Refusal could be a career-ender. How crazy is the rule? Well, for starters, most trans teens identify differently later in life — yet reassignment surgery is often irreversible, and even less-radical procedures can be harmful, as HHS’ own medical experts note. Not to mention that the Hippocratic
Donald Trump has offered hints at what his immigration policy will end up looking like during a campaign stop in Iowa. The Republican nominee said he would remove ´bad guys´ and undocumented immigrants with criminal records on ´day one´. ´I am going to begin swiftly removing criminal illegal immigrants from this country,´ Trump told the mostly white crowd at the annual ´Roast and Ride´ fundraiser in Iowa. ´I promise you, from the first day in office - the first thing I’m going to do, the first piece of paper that I’m going to sign is we’re gonna get rid of these people. ´Day
KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysian protesters staged a rally in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday (Aug 27), calling on authorities to take action against an official linked to the corruption scandal surrounding the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) state fund. The "#TangkapMO1" rally was called to urge authorities to arrest “Malaysian Official 1”, an unidentified high ranking official mentioned in the United States Department of Justice’s (DoJ) civil lawsuit last month. The lawsuit had alleged that the official had received US$700 million (S$S$951 million) of the money laundered out of the state fund, which is overseen by Prime Minister Najib Razak.
Gabon has voted in presidential elections to decide whether President Ali Bongo will be unseated by a career diplomat and associate of his late father. Unrest and economic anxiety have risen as oil prices slump. Gabon´s electorate lined up at polling stations Saturday tasked with a decision on whether to extend the 49-year rule of the Bongo family. President Ali Bongo, 57, has been in office since his father Omar - who ruled from 1967 - died in 2009. Ali Bongo has been challenged 73-year-old Jean Ping, an ex-African Union Commission chief who has worked under the elder Bongo. The incumbent has
A series of new emails have shed light on the relationship between Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Foundation during the former´s time as secretary of state. Clinton aide Huma Abedin and Doug Band, a former high-ranking official with the foundation and adviser to Bill Clinton during his presidency, exchanged emails between June 2009 and March 2011. In one of the email conversations, which were released as part of a lawsuit filed by the conservative group, Citizens United, the two spoke about passing on a message from a generous foundation supporter to the U.S. ambassador to Malta, ABC News reports.
DHAKA: Bangladesh security forces killed three militants on Saturday (Aug 27) including a Bangladesh-born Canadian citizen alleged to have masterminded an attack on a cafe in Dhaka last month in which 22 people, mostly foreigners, were killed, police said. The militants were cornered in a hideout on the outskirts of the capital and, having refused to surrender, were killed in the ensuing gunbattle, Monirul Islam, the head of the Dhaka police counterterrorism unit, told Reuters. He initially said four militants had been killed but later revised the number to three. The success notched up by the security forces came ahead of a visit
VIENTIANE: The secretive communist government of Laos, a country with a population of less than 7 million, rarely causes a ripple on the diplomatic circuit. And yet its sleepy capital will spring to life next week when global leaders arrive for an Asian summit. Barack Obama will be among them, making the last push of his presidency to ´rebalance´ Washington´s foreign policy towards Asia, a strategy widely seen as a response to China´s economic and military muscle-flexing across the region. The might of Laos´ giant neighbour to the north is hard to miss in Vientiane: wealthy Chinese driving SUVs overtake tuk-tuks sputtering
GENEVA, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry have rounded up the talks on Syria, which they have been holding in Geneva for more than 12 hours. Coordination of Moscow and Washington´s efforts in fighting with terrorists in Syria was the main issue on the agenda. Talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov that lasted more than 12 hours were dominated by discussions of the situation in Syria and Ukraine, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told a news briefing here upon their completion. He said he was thankful to Lavrov for speding the whole day at the
LIGONIER George West has no doubt that he lives in the greatest country in the world. His view is not some throw-away political line but a heartfelt statement by a man who has experienced a range of extraordinary challenges and successes. “It is only one man´s opinion but, based on my 81 years of living, I think I can make that statement unequivocally,” he said. West is sharper than a man half his age. Black with a wee bit of Native American, he is intensely proud of serving more than a decade in the Air Force. And he is part of the movement that
DURANT, Miss. – A man suspected in the slayings of two nuns found dead in their Mississippi home confessed to the killings, a sheriff said Saturday, in the latest twist to a crime that has horrified people in the small communities where the women served. Rodney Earl Sanders, 46, of Kosciusko, Mississippi, was arrested and charged in the deaths of Sister Margaret Held and Sister Paula Merrill, Mississippi Department of Public Safety spokesman Warren Strain said late Friday. Both women were 68. Willie March, the sheriff of Holmes County where the killings occurred, said Saturday he had been briefed by police from
ESCONDIDO, Calif. -- The Border Patrol says it has arrested two men they believe tried to smuggle $3 million in cash into Mexico from California. The agency says its agents tracked and stopped a Kia Forte in Escondido on Tuesday and found nearly $34,000 stashed in the car´s center console. Authorities say another car sped off as the first vehicle was stopped but it was later found abandoned nearby. That car, a Volkswagen Passat, had more than $3 million packed in boxes in the trunk. The driver was found hiding in some brush. Both men - one a U.S. citizen and the other from Mexico
Enrollment in the insurance exchanges for President Obama’s signature health-care law is at less than half the initial forecast, pushing several major insurance companies to stop offering health plans in certain markets because of significant financial losses. As a result, the administration’s promise of a menu of health-plan choices has been replaced by a grim, though preliminary, forecast: Next year, more than 1 in 4 counties are at risk of having a single insurer on its exchange, said Cynthia Cox, who studies health reform for the Kaiser Family Foundation. Debate over how perilous the predicament is for the Affordable Care
After three decades of dramatic growth, China’s manufacturing engine has largely stalled. With rising salaries, labor unrest, environmental devastation and intellectual property theft, China is no longer an attractive place for Western companies to move their manufacturing. Technology has also eliminated the labor cost advantage, so companies are looking for ways to bring their high-value manufacturing back to the United States and Europe.
A new training video released this week shows law enforcement officers how to interact with transgender individuals in a respectful and professional manner. The 12-minute video discourages officers from stereotyping the transgender community and encourages them to ask: ´Do you prefer if I call you ma´am or sir?´ Featuring several staged scenarios, it also highlights the best practices for ensuring interactions with transgender individuals are both polite and safe. (Video/Photo) The training video was released by the Department of Justice´s Community Relations Service on Wednesday in an effort to ´strengthen the relationship between police and the transgender community.´ It stresses that
An attack submarine that is sponsored by first lady Michelle Obama and will be named for her home state has been delivered to the US Navy. Submarine builder General Dynamics Electric Boat, based in Groton, Connecticut, delivered the submarine that will become the USS Illinois to the Navy on Saturday after nearly five and a half years of construction. The first lady, who´s from Chicago, will be involved in the life of the submarine and the lives of its sailors and their families. Scroll down for video (Photos) The submarine will become the USS Illinois, SSN 786, and begin its
A University of Iowa professor is asking the athletics department to make the university’s mascot, Herky the Hawk, display friendlier facial expressions, arguing that his angry grimace is traumatizing students. “I believe incoming students should be met with welcoming, nurturing, calm, accepting and happy messages,” Resmiye Oral, a clinical professor of pediatrics, wrote Tuesday in an email to athletic department officials, obtained by the Iowa City Press-Citizen. “And our campus community is doing a great job in that regard when it comes to words. However, Herky’s angry, to say the least, faces conveying an invitation to aggressivity and even violence
The only way is Essex when it comes to choosing a nice place to live, according to new data – the district of Tendring in the much-maligned county is the most popular place in the UK. The coastal hotspot, located in the north of the county mocked for its proliferation of tanning salons and nail bars, boasts a number of pretty seaside towns including Walton-on-the Naze and Clacton-on-Sea. Figures from the Office for National Statistics show the area has the biggest ‘pull’ in the country. It has seen the biggest net inflow, in percentage terms, of any place in the UK over
Crown Heights, Brooklyn — There is a flier that´s causing controversy with a blunt message: "Do not shoot anyone. Do not stab anyone." It was posted in Crown Heights and Prospect Lefferts Gardens by the NYPD, the Brooklyn Borough President´s Office, the official J´ouvert parade organizers and several anti-violence groups. Some people have called it racist, but not the Brooklyn Borough President. "In case you haven´t noticed, I am black," Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams told PIX11. (Snip) The poster reminds all that two people were killed during last year´s J´Ouvert celebrations. A 21-year-old man was stabbed at Grand Army Plaza
About 200 migrants from the Calais area are being smuggled into Britain in lorries each week, French officials and security sources said on Saturday. The estimate — equivalent to more than 10,000 illegal migrants arriving each year — represents a surge in the number of so-called “lorry drops”, when migrants hiding in the back of goods vehicles jump out after safely reaching the UK. Official figures show a continuing rise in the number of migrants found in the backs of lorries and cars in Britain, which more than doubled to 6,400 last year, the chief inspector of borders and immigration said
The Donald Trump campaign and Washington Republicans are calling on Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton to have all of her daily schedules as secretary of state released before Election Day, after the State Department said Friday it cannot comply with the court-ordered release until after voting. The Associated Press reported earlier this week, after analyzing schedules released so far, that more than half the people outside the government who met or spoke by telephone with Clinton while she was secretary of state had given money -- either personally or through companies or groups -- to the Clinton Foundation. “It is
RALEIGH, N.C.- A federal judge ruled Friday that two students and an employee must be allowed to use restrooms matching their gender identity at University of North Carolina campuses, and he said they have a strong chance of proving the state´s bathroom-access measure violates federal law, a judicial rebuke that transgender rights advocates hailed as a victory. U.S. District Judge Thomas Schroeder temporarily blocked the University of North Carolina from making the three plaintiffs follow the restroom provision of the so-called HB2 law as the larger case makes its way to trial in November. His final decision on the law
Now isn´t the time to throw Colin Kaepernick under the bus as some sort of demon just because he listened to his conscience. The San Francisco 49ers quarterback refused to stand during the national anthem before Friday night´s preseason game against the Green Bay Packers, a not-so-subtle dig at the country which has overshadowed a courageous social statement as Kaepernick protests perceived injustices that are near the heart of so many African-Americans and other minorities these days. More power to him. (Snip) The way I see it, he just earned a lot of street cred, as they say, for at