Columbus, Ohio - Less than two weeks before Paul Ryan and Joe Biden face off on the debate stage, Paul Ryan took on his counterpart on the issues of Social Security and Medicare. The GOP vice presidential nominee almost always saves his rhetorical fire for the top of the Democratic ticket but Saturday he aimed to rebut a claim the vice president made on the campaign trail in Florida Friday. “Just down in Florida yesterday Vice President Biden was making up all new falsehoods about Social Security and taxes,” Ryan said at the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance’s annual banquet, an event
Paris - Thousands of demonstrators are marching peacefully in Paris to denounce austerity measures in Europe that have sparked violent protests in other EU countries struggling to avert fiscal crises. The march organized largely by the "Left Front" party and the Communists comes ahead of the French parliament's debate this week on a European fiscal treaty. The treaty would set up the European Stability Mechanism bailout fund that European leaders hope will help calm a debt crisis that threatens the euro zone and the global economy. The main conservative opposition party and most
Washington - The jobless rate probably rose in September as employers kept a lid on hiring, showing why Federal Reserve policy makers have zeroed in on shoring up the U.S. labor market, economists said before a report this week. The rate rose to 8.2 percent from 8.1 percent in August, according to the median forecast of 62 economists surveyed by Bloomberg before Oct. 5 figures from the Labor Department. Payrolls increased by 115,000 in September, less than the 139,000 average over the first eight months of the year, the report may also show. Persistent joblessness may curb wage gains and limit
Kabul, Afghanistan - Mawlawi Ataullah Faizani took time out from teaching Islamic studies at a girls’ school in Kabul to explain why Afghans have a duty to resist the occupation of their country. He quoted sayings of the Prophet Muhammad, spoke of foreign troops humiliating civilians, and ridiculed the corruption that runs through the heart of the government. “This anarchy has been created by the West,” he told GlobalPost. “The West is never happy to let Muslims be united.” Faizani’s views are common among members of the powerful religious establishment here. Clerics and
Kabul, Afghanistan - Only two days after joint operations between American and Afghan forces were said to be returning to normal, five people — two Americans and three Afghans — were killed when a pitched battle broke out between soldiers of the two sides, American and Afghan officials said Sunday. Afghan officials said that the clash on Saturday was a misunderstanding and that the Americans apparently attacked an Afghan National Army unit in error. A top coalition officer said the Americans were attacked first in what might possibly have been an insurgent attack. Nonetheless, he
Late Friday afternoon the spokesman for Director of National Intelligence (DNI) James R. Clapper Jr. released a statement in which the intelligence head tried to fall on the administration’s sword on the Libyan-consulate debacle. But the problem was that Clapper’s statement did not absolve the administration of repeatedly making false statements after intelligence agencies knew this was a planned al-Qaeda terrorist attack. The Post’s Glenn Kessler got things started with a devastating timeline of the Libya events. Then Fox News’s Bret Baier put together an extremely useful video account of
There were mixed messages from aides to Barack Obama this morning on the Sunday talk shows. On the one hand, political adviser David Plouffe, who works at the White House, defended America's U.N. ambassador, Susan Rice, for her handling of the terrorist attack in Libya. But on the other hand, David Axelrod, a top Obama political adviser stationed at the campaign headquarters in Chicago, threw Ambassador Rice under the bus. Watch here:
Elizabeth Warren is opening a new campaign office in the Boston neighborhood of Roxbury. The 63-year-old Harvard law professor is wearing a pink jacket, white blouse, and black pants. After shaking hands with everyone around the parking lot, she chooses a low spot in the pavement in front of the office door to speak to the crowd. Warren is noticeably shorter than the local community leaders who introduce her. She clutches the microphone in her right hand and gestures with her left as she works through her stump speech.
NAIROBI - A nine-year-old boy was killed and three other children wounded when a hand grenade was thrown into a Sunday school session in a church in the Kenyan capital Nairobi, police and medical staff said. Kenya has suffered a series of grenade attacks since it sent troops across the border into Somalia last October in pursuit of Islamist al Shabaab militants who it blamed for kidnapping its security personnel and Western tourists. The attack on the church came days after Kenyan troops launched a surprise offensive on the southern Somali port of Kismayu, the last stronghold of the al Shabaab,
PATTANI, Thailand -- Thai police believe Islamist insurgents fired grenades at a fair in southern Thailand, injuring 30 people, in anger over government efforts to win over local Muslim religious leaders. Police Lt. Col. Krajang Raknarong said Sunday the attackers fired grenades at a security checkpoint near the trade fair in Narathiwat province's Bajoh district on Saturday. Thirty people were hurt, four seriously, when two grenades exploded near fair booths. At least five people were killed in southern Thailand on Saturday in separate shooting attacks blamed by police on the insurgents.
On CNN’s State of the Union this morning, Candy Crowley pushed Obama adviser David Axelrod on the president’s election message, and why he deserves a second term. Host Candy Crowley pointed out that by wide margins Americans still believe the U.S. economy is on the wrong track, but Axelrod pushed back with a different set of polling statistics, arguing that “by a huge margin, people think this president is an advocate for the middle class,” and consider him someone who will build “an economy that works for the middle class.” When asked what that would mean for his second term,
LAGOS, Nigeria -- Gunmen detonated a bomb Sunday near an Islamic boarding school in northern Nigeria and later exchanged gunfire with security forces, causing unknown casualties in the region's latest round of violence, officials said. Sunday's attack hit Zaria, a city in the northern reaches of Kaduna state that is the nerve center of Shiite Muslims in a country where Muslims are predominantly Sunni. The blast struck the Gaskiya neighborhood in the city, causing some injuries, said Yushau Shuaib, a spokesman for Nigeria's National Emergency Management Agency. Following the blast, soldiers and police flooded the area and opened fire
On this weekend’s broadcast of “Fox News Sunday,” Republican vice-presidential nominee Paul Ryan told host Chris Wallace that he and running mate Mitt Romney expected liberal media bias to affect their campaign from day one. “I think it kind of goes without saying that there is definitely a media bias,” Ryan said. “Look, I’m a conservative, Chris. I’m used to media bias. We expected media bias going into this. That’s why we’re trying to cut through and go straight to people. That’s why when in Washington you hear people complain about media bias, come out into these states
COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh - Hundreds of Muslims in Bangladesh burned at least four Buddhist temples and 15 homes of Buddhists on Sunday after complaining that a Buddhist man had insulted Islam, police and residents said. Members of the Buddhist minority in the Cox's Bazar area in the southeast of the country said unidentified people were bent on upsetting peaceful relations between Muslims and Buddhists. Muslims took to the streets in the area late on Saturday to protest against what they said was a photograph posted on Facebook that insulted Islam.
KABUL, Afghanistan -- A firefight broke out between U.S. forces and their Afghan army allies in eastern Afghanistan Sunday, killing two Americans and three Afghan soldiers and pushing the number of U.S. troops killed in the long-running war 2,000. The fighting started Saturday when what is believed to have been a mortar fired by insurgents struck a checkpoint set up by U.S. forces in Wardak province, said Shahidullah Shahid, a provincial government spokesman. He said the Americans thought they were under attack from a nearby Afghan army checkpoint and fired on it, prompting the Afghan soldiers to return fire.
BAGHDAD - Coordinated bomb attacks killed more than 32 people across Iraq on Sunday, the latest violence in an insurgency the government has failed to quell more than nine months after the last U.S. troops withdrew. Violence in Iraq has eased since the carnage of 2006-2007, but Sunni Islamists still launch frequent attacks to undermine the Shi'ite-led government's claim to provide security and prove they remain a potent threat. No group claimed responsibility for Sunday's string of attacks, but a local al Qaeda affiliate (Snip) have carried out at least one major assault a month since the last American troops left
AMMAN, Jordan -- A suicide attacker in a parked car blew himself up in an area housing security offices in northeastern Syria on Sunday, killing at least four people, state media said. Syrian state television and the country's official news agency also said scores were wounded in the mid-afternoon blast in Qamishli, 700 kilometers (435 miles) from the capital, Damascus. The agency said the explosion, which also damaged nearby buildings, was carried out by a "terrorist suicide bomber." Activists put the death toll at eight and said it was expected to rise because 15 people sustained "serious wounds."
Jimmy Carter's capacity to astound continues to know no bounds. Last Friday, presiding over an event at his eponymous organization, the former president allowed how Hugo Chávez's election process in Venezuela is "the best in the world." Well, apparently he isn't reading much on the run up to Venezuela's October 7 presidential election, because such an affirmation flies in the face of nearly every report in recent weeks, which have overwhelmingly concluded it has been a fundamentally unfair process. (A few examples are here, here, and here.) To be charitable, Carter may have been referring to the technical procedures on election day
A French secret serviceman acting on the express orders of Nicolas Sarkozy is suspected of murdering Colonel Gaddafi, it was sensationally claimed today. He is said to have infiltrated a violent mob mutilating the captured Libyan dictator last year and shot him in the head. The motive, according to well-placed sources in the North African country, was to stop Gaddafi being interrogated about his highly suspicious links with Sarkozy, who was President of France at the time. Other former western leaders, including ex British Prime Minister Tony Blair, were also extremely close to Gaddafi, visiting him regularly and helping
When Reggie Love was asked to swap his job in then-senator Barack Obama’s Chicago mailroom for a gig on the candidate’s presidential campaign five years ago, there was no contract or job description — not even a loosely defined one. “Take care of stuff,” Mr. Obama’s chief of staff put it to him at the time. Pete Rouse, who is today a counselor to the president, had been impressed by Mr. Love’s gumption in devising a way to open and respond to constituents’ mail using digital technology.
Levels of gout--once dubbed the 'disease of kings' as it was thought only the most extravagant lifestyles could cause it--are soaring because of obesity, research shows. It is thought of as a 'rich man's illness' because of links with overindulging on food and drink, and famous gout sufferers have included Alexander the Great, Leonardo da Vinci and Henry VIII. But experts say cases of the painful condition--caused by a build-up of uric acid in the blood after the kidneys fail to deal with it--are increasing. A study revealed there were 32,741 hospital admissions
Political consultants go to great lengths to get their candidates elected — and by lengths, we’re talking skirts, hair and nails. “I think image is a big deal for all candidates, but I do think that because there have been far fewer female political leaders in executive roles that image becomes a little more challenging for women,” said former state Treasurer Shannon O’Brien. O’Brien, a Democrat who ran an unsuccessful bid for governor against Mitt Romney in 2002, was one of several former female politicians we asked to weigh in on Elizabeth Warren’s image.
The world could face a shortage of disposable nappies* after an explosion and fire at a chemical plant in Japan responsible for as much as one fifth of the global market. The blast, which killed a firefighter and injured 35 other emergency service workers, occurred after a fire caused by a chemical reaction broke out on Saturday afternoon at a plant operated by Nippon Shokubai Co. in the city of Himeji, close to Osaka in central Japan. Nippon Shokubai controls the largest share of the world market for super-absorbent polymers, which is used in the production of nappies, and
KABUL, Afghanistan — An Afghan soldier turned his gun on American troops at a checkpoint in the country's east, killing two Americans and at least two fellow members of Afghanistan's army in a shooting that marked both the continuance of a disturbing trend of insider attacks and the 2,000th U.S. troop death in the long-running war, officials said Sunday. The string of insider attacks is one of the greatest threats to NATO's mission in the country, endangering a partnership key to training up Afghan security forces and withdrawing international troops. Saturday's shooting took place at an Afghan
If anything as embarrassing as what follows occurred at a Republican presidential contender's website, including the follow-up ridicule by the opposition, the press would never be able to resist covering it. A mythical (I hope) ecard created at the Obama-Biden campaign site call purports to be from a daughter to her mother, and asks about the most ridiculous question you can imagine. Here it is: (photo) I have no idea how the Obama campaign came up with $18,000. As I noted over six months ago in March, $9, 28-day supplies of birth control pills can be
“Call me Ishmael”, is the opening sentence that opens the novel “Moby Dick” authored by Herman Melville. Ishmael, who is telling the story of Moby Dick, recounts that he is sailing to sea out of a sense of alienation and cultural inadequacy. (snip)Muslims, on the other hand, are taught again and again that they are superior, and that all others are so bad that Allah will throw them in hell when they die. Muslim culture's self-glorification achieves the opposite with their culture and identity.