After months of indecision, or at least months of silence, Boston Mayor-for-Life Thomas Menino has at last announced his endorsement of Elizabeth Warren for U.S. Senate. Speaking at a Warren rally in Roslindale on Friday, September 21, the mayor invoked the ordinary working people from Hyde Park who would benefit from having someone like Warren “speak up in Washington” on their behalf, saying: “if I was any guy from Hyde Park, Elizabeth would have my back, and so I have hers.” The question that everyone is asking now is: what took so long?
Two people blinded in Washington, D.C., in 2005. Three dead in Virginia in 2006 and three more in Oregon the following year. Twenty-one dead polo horses in Florida in 2009. Earlier this year, 33 people in seven states with fungal eye infections. And now, at least five people dead and 35 sickened with fungal meningitis that has been linked to steroid shots for back pain. All these disasters involved medicines that had been custom-mixed at what are called “compounding pharmacies” - laboratories that supply hospitals, clinics and doctors to a much wider degree in the U.S. than many people realize.
In fact, on the verge might not be the right way to put it; in the middle of might be more accurate. Steve Hanke estimates that inflation is running at 70% a month. This is, as Alex Tabarrok points out, nowhere near a record. Still, it's a Big Deal. Hyperinflation has brought down governments--Iran is experiencing protests over the collapsing rial. And it's not hard to see why. At the current rate of inflation the value of a savings account (or a mattress stash) is now barely 40% of what it was one month
One of two Border Patrol agents who survived Tuesday's shooting east of Naco, Ariz., is cooperating with authorities and has been interviewed by the FBI, his attorney confirmed Thursday. Agent Nicholas Ivie, 30, died in the shooting, and another agent was wounded and treated at a Tucson hospital.(Snip) At the same time, however, NBC News reported that federal investigators had not ruled out that "friendly fire" was involved in the incident. Asked about whether "friendly fire" was involved, Acting Cochise County Sheriff Rodney Rothrock replied, "I can't exclude that possibility, but I think it's too early in the investigation
Homeland Security Secretary Janet A. Napolitano repeatedly misled lawmakers about one of her department’s signature initiatives, the special centers where state and local police share information about terrorism with their federal counterparts, a key lawmaker who helped author a damning report on the project said in an interview Thursday. A bipartisan report from the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations states that Ms. Napolitano and her department failed to report to Congress serious problems with the so-called “fusion center” program. “She was not straightforward to the committee about what she actually knew at the time and what had been documented by
Federal investigators have told NBC News they are examining whether the shootings of Border Patrol agents early Tuesday morning were the result of friendly fire – officers accidentally shooting each other. Initial reports from U.S. and local officials blamed the shootings on armed criminals. Agent Nicholas Ivie, 30, was killed and another agent was wounded in the incident. Mexican police said Thursday that they arrested two suspects in a Mexican military operation in the city of Agua Prieta, in Mexico’s northern Sonora state, a few miles from where Ivie was shot, Reuters reported.
Denver - The nation’s movement conservatives have not always been Mitt Romney’s biggest fans, but activists were downright giddy when the former Massachusetts governor made a surprise drop-in here at the CPAC Colorado gathering the day after his powerful debate showing against President Obama on Wednesday night. Attendees at the Conservative Political Action Conference-Colorado were virtually unanimous in the opinion that Mr. Romney had not only triumphed in the first presidential debate, but won decisively, outdueling President Obama on everything from stage presence to command of the issues.
The Obama campaign is back to attacking Gov. Mitt Romney’s character — and calling for support from the established media — after a surprising debate defeat in Denver. President Barack Obama’s chief campaign strategist, David Axelrod, led the offensive to claim that Romney is deceptive and dishonest in a Thursday morning press conference. (Snip) Shortly after the press event, Obama’s team announced a new TV ad, entitled “Trust,” that painted Romney as deceptive on taxes. “If we can’t trust him here [in TV debates] … how could we ever trust him here?” says the ad, showing a picture of the
San Antonio- Actress Daryl Hannah was arrested in Texas on Thursday after she stood in front of an earth-moving machine clearing ground for the construction of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, her representative said. The protest took place outside Winnsboro, Texas, about 80 miles east of Dallas, said Hannah's agent, Paul Bassis. Hannah, 51, a longtime environmental activist, was arrested last year outside the White House in another protest against the pipeline. The Keystone XL pipeline, a project of TransCanada Corp, would ship more than half a million barrels a day of oil sands-derived crude to the Texas Gulf Coast
Mitt Romney will give what's billed as a major foreign policy speech Monday at the Virginia Military Institute. In the words of his campaign, Romney plans to "offer a stark contrast between his vision for a strong foreign policy and the failed record of President Obama." Romney will pay special attention to the Middle East, where he sees crises in Syria, Egypt, Iran and elsewhere. One open question is what Romney will say about a crisis that is threatening to turn into a full-scale scandal for the Obama administration. In the more than three weeks since Ambassador Chris Stevens and
Iran recently proposed a nine-step plan to end the confrontation with the West over its nuclear program, but American officials have rejected the plan as a non-starter, the New York Times reported on Thursday. (Snip) However, under the plan, Iran would only suspend work at the underground uranium enrichment facility at Fordow after all sanctions have been lifted and the country is able to sell its oil freely again. The sanctions have taken an increasingly harsh toll on Iran's economy, including the collapse of the Iranian currency, the rial. This week, the worsening economic situation in the country led to public
James Taranto at The Wall Street Journal smelled a conflict-of-interest problem when "The Washington Post Co. said Monday that it has agreed to acquire a majority stake in Celtic Healthcare, a provider of skilled home health-care and hospice services in the Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic regions.” The Post has offset losses in its core journalism businesses with profits from its Kaplan educational business. But federal money is part of the cash flow. A recent story on threatened accreditations noted “A loss of accreditation would mean the Kaplan campuses would no longer be eligible for Title IV
CIUDAD ACUNA, Mexico — The Mexican government dispatched troops, federal police and criminal investigators to a violence-torn state on the U.S. border on Thursday after the assassination of the governor's nephew sent tremors through one of Coahuila's most powerful political families. Jose Eduardo Moreira, a 25-year-old state employee, was found shot to death Wednesday night on a rural road outside the town of Ciudad Acuna, across the border from Del Rio, Texas. The victim's father, Humberto, was the state's previous governor and also served
With the presidential election only a few weeks away, it’s appropriate to discuss where our country is today, and what it can be in the years ahead. A few weeks ago, Vice President Joe Biden, in his convention acceptance speech, exclaimed, “America is not in decline.” It strikes me when the vice president feels he has to stand up and say that, it’s a bit like acknowledging that America is in decline and that the world senses it, but he doesn’t want to admit it. Let me be clear — I do not believe America is destined
FISHERSVILLE, Va. — Far from running to the political middle, Republican nominee Mitt Romney used this week’s first presidential debate to embrace exactly the same kinds of spending cuts he talked about throughout the GOP primary, including backing trims that House Republicans tried to push through Congress last year. He mentioned the 10th Amendment — a favorite of the tea party movement — and vowed to ax funding for PBS, and throughout his debate performance he gave the firmest evidence yet that he will not “Etch A Sketch” away his primary stances, but rather
DENVER — Reeling from his widely panned performance in the first presidential debate, President Obama and his campaign team Thursday sought to reassure unnerved supporters and to blame the president’s difficulties on the shiftiness of Republican rival Mitt Romney. Even as Mr. Obama accused Mr. Romney of deceiving voters about his true positions in the debate Wednesday night, the president indirectly acknowledged that his opponent got the better of him in their high-stakes face-off. His assessment of the debate suggested that Mr. Romney got inside his head, too, with the president openly speculating
With his forceful denial of charges that he would raise taxes on the middle class, Mitt Romney used Wednesday’s debate to launch an aggressive new effort to regain his footing in the battle over taxes. In one of the debate’s first exchanges, the Republican presidential nominee directly challenged President Obama’s assertion that Romney’s tax plan would finance big new breaks for the wealthy by wiping out popular deductions for those who earn less than $250,000 a year. “I know that you and your running mate keep saying that
Denver — The elements of Mitt Romney’s Rocky Mountain rout were hatched weeks ago in Vermont’s Green Mountains. In early September, Romney slowed down his campaign schedule and retreated with a small group of advisers to the home of Kerry Healey, his former lieutenant governor. Ohio senator Rob Portman, a trusted ally, joined Stuart Stevens, Eric Fehrnstrom, Bob White, and a handful of other Romney confidants. They spent days holding mock debates, and nights reviewing President Obama’s stylistic tics. When they needed a break, they roamed around Healey’s secluded estate, which is 100 miles south of Burlington, Vt. ...
President Obama sought to put a sluggish debate performance behind him Thursday with a pair of combative speeches in swing states, as his campaign advisers acknowledged that he would have to change his approach before meeting Republican nominee Mitt Romney again on a national stage. Obama advisers said the president decided before Wednesday’s debate that he would not fight his rival before a prime-time television audience. They acknowledged that Obama will have to do more in the next debate to defend his record and hold Romney more accountable
The roar of war was getting louder over the past few weeks in Akcakale, a tiny Turkish town right on the Syrian border, with mortars crashing into buildings and the rumble of distant tank fire accompanying announcements from the local mosque warning residents to stay home. That’s exactly what Zeliha Timucin was doing on Wednesday evening when her family was huddled in their modest Akcakale home. But the shelling got her – and her three daughters, as well as her sister – anyway. (Snip) Recent polls show a clear majority of Turks oppose a military intervention in Syria. The Turkish
Mitt Romney finally got his chance Wednesday night to break free of handlers and hostile media and to speak directly to the American people. He made the most of it. Where have they been hiding this guy? That was one thought crossing our minds while watching Romney deliver a debate performance for the ages. (Snip) He was the Happy Warrior, having the time of this life. Obama acted like someone who just wanted it to be over.
The presidential campaign, hitherto a plod through a torrent of words tedious beyond words, began to dance in Denver. There a masterfully prepared Mitt Romney completed a trifecta of tasks and unveiled an issue that, because it illustrates contemporary liberalism’s repellant essence, can constitute his campaign’s closing argument. Barack Obama, knight of the peevish countenance, illustrated William F. Buckley’s axiom that liberals who celebrate tolerance of other views always seem amazed that there are other views. Obama, who is not known as a martyr to the work ethic and who might use a teleprompter when ordering lunch, seemed uncomfortable
DENVER Barack Obama received a valuable reminder in his drubbing at Wednesday night’s debate: He is a president, not a king. In the hours after the Republican challenger Mitt Romney embarrassed the incumbent in their first meeting, Obama loyalists expressed puzzlement that the incumbent had done badly. But Obama has only himself to blame, because he set himself up for Wednesday’s emperor-has-no-clothes moment. For the past four years, he has worked assiduously to avoid being questioned, maintaining a regal detachment from the media and other sources of dissent and skeptical inquiry.
I’ve been rich and I’ve been poor. Neither condition changed who I am as a person. However, flying private sure beats the hell out of hitchhiking. Know this: There isn’t a Democrat who would choose public housing and food stamps over a fat bank account and a mansion. Not a single one. Dreaming of wealth and the independence and joys it provides is natural in America because in America, dreams can become reality if you work hard enough, sacrifice greatly, are willing to take risks, have an unshakable belief in yourself and are terminally stoned on dogged persistence and absolute perfection.
Paris - He has stood firm on raising tax on millionaires, insisting the wealthiest should bear the brunt of France's harshest budget for 30 years, but one of François Hollande's key new taxes on businesses may be blown off course by an uprising from a flock of "pigeons". (Snip) They call themselves "Les Pigeons" – French slang for mugs or suckers – and use a black and white logo of a frowning bird. They are protesting against aspects of Hollande's tough crisis budget for 2013 which, they say, are unfairly skewed against the small business sector and would kill the
President Barack Obama’s campaign raised more than $150 million in September, which was a record haul for the 2012 cycle, but the campaign may be actively trying to block a story in the works about a “blockbuster donor scandal” that could put its fundraising numbers under intense scrutiny. According to the Washington Examiner, “a taxpayer watchdog group conducted a nine-month investigation” and uncovered “thousands of cases of credit card solicitations and donations” to the Obama campaign. Many of those donations have allegedly come from overseas and may be in violation of federal election laws.