Washington, Pa. — Authorities say a football player at a small western Pennsylvania college has been killed during a street robbery. Timothy McNerney was a running back for Washington & Jefferson College, about 20 miles from Pittsburgh. Police say the 21-year-old senior died Thursday morning of a head injury after he and a friend were mugged coming home from an off-campus bar. Police have no suspects. McNerney's friend told police he didn't recognize the assailants, who tried to steal a cellphone. Source corrected by staff
Now we’ll see how much debates really matter. Often they don’t matter much. But the presidential debate Wednesday night might matter a great deal, not because of what the candidates said, but what the debate told us about who the candidates really are. Barack Obama was revealed to be the empty suit with a great gift of gab and a talent only for appealing to the nation’s guilty conscience. Some of us recognized the empty suit four years ago. (snip) On Wednesday night, he forgot whether he was selling rubbing alcohol or ladies’ corsets, and it showed.
Last night Mitt Romney became the candidate the Republican Party has waited for since Ronald Reagan. Americans who watched the first presidential debate with an open heart and mind will sleep better. While I was at the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art at an event for the terrific new documentary "Everything or Nothing: The Untold Story of 007" to air at 8 p.m. EST tomorrow night on the super channel Epix, I couldn't help thinking how the debate is going. Oddly, former President Clinton was also in the documentary, speaking of how the world looks for one person
The United States Commander-in-Chief, Barack Obama, has figured out what caused his pathetic performance in the general election's first presidential debate this week: It was Mitt Romney's fault. The day after the listless, bored, defensive Democrat scared the cliches out of his media pals and gifted his opponent with a poll bump, Obama offered a manufactured explanation for his poor showing in front of about 50 million people.
The Illinois political director of President Barack Obama’s campaign allegedly threatened a Chicago NAACP official because he did not support Obama’s reelection campaign.David Lowery, the president of the South Suburban Branch of the NAACP, alleged to CBS Chicago that Louis Raymond, the Obama official, threatened him during a phone call because Lowery did not support Obama. Lowery felt Obama did not adequately address the concerns and issues of the black community. “You know what? I know everything about you,” Raymond allegedly said, according Lowery. “We’ve been watching you, and since you don’t support Obama, we’ll deal with you.”
Rick Santelli, the man who helped launch the Tea Party with his impassioned comments from the trading floor in 2009, sees the hand of politics at work in today's announcement that the unemployment rate has dipped below 8%. Speaking on CNBC's Squawk Box this morning just minutes after the number was announced, Santelli said: "I told you they'd get it under 8%--they did!" View the video after the jump. The Obama campaign is sure to jump on the news today--but Santelli has put a big question mark over the validity of the data.
The unemployment rate in the U.S. unexpectedly fell to 7.8 percent in September, the lowest since January 2009 as employers took on more part-time workers. The economy added 114,000 workers last month after a revised 142,000 gain in August that was more than initially estimated, Labor Department figures showed today in Washington. The median estimate of 92 economists surveyed by Bloomberg called for an advance of 115,000. The jobless rate dropped from 8.1 percent and hourly earnings climbed more than forecast. Improving employment prospects that lead to stronger wage growth provide workers with the wherewithal to boost
Out on a limb, where the breeze is best: The impact of the first debate is going to be bigger than we know. It's going to affect thinking more than we know, and it's going to start showing up in the polls, including in the battlegrounds, more dramatically than we guess. It wasn't just Mitt Romney's strong performance. It was President Obama's amazingly weak one. He's never been punctured before. But by debate's end Wednesday night, if you opened the window this is what you could hear: Ssssssss. The soft hiss of air departing from a balloon.
Russia's secret service has claimed that Al-Qaeda are behind spate of forest fires across Europe. The revelations come after deadly fires which have swept through forest land in the EU over the past few months. Only last week a forest fire fanned by gusting winds forced the evacuation of some 2,000 people from a handful of small mountain towns in eastern Spain. In both Portugal and Spain thousands of residents have been forced to flee their homes as well as dozens of people killed.
The state is taking a lead role in unseating Syria’s Assad, but it has a hidden agenda. Syria might be getting all the blame for firing the first shot in the sudden eruption of hostilities on the Turko-Syrian border, but Tayyip Erdogan, the Turkish prime minister, can hardly claim to be an innocent party when it comes to stoking the fires of a conflict that retains the potential to ignite a regional conflagration. For more than a year now Turkey has been taking a lead role in the campaign to overthrow the Syrian regime of President Bashar al-Assad.
A 50-year-old Eilat hotel worker was killed on Friday morning by a suspect who stole a firearm from a security guard at the Leonardo Club Hotel in the southern city, and opened fire. The shooter, a 23-year-old American citizen, also an employee of the hotel, was later killed by police during an exchange of gunfire. Guests were instructed to remain in the rooms, following the original shooting. Shortly afterwards, a large police contingent, and counter terrorism unit arrived on the scene. They started investigating the incident and searched for the suspect.
Mitt Romney's support of the coal industry during his debate with President Obama sent coal company stocks higher on Thursday, analysts said. "It's amazing what 15 words about coal in a presidential debate can do for the stocks," said Michael Dudas of Sterne Agee. "These stocks have been volatile, but you can't discount what a man running for president said about coal. Call it the Romney rally."(snip)"People in the coal industry feel like it's getting crushed by your policies," he told Obama.
Venezuelan bonds are posting the biggest rally among major developing nations as investors bet that President Hugo Chavez’s tenure will end soon even if he wins the closest election he’s faced in 14 years. The country’s dollar bonds returned 30 percent this year as Chavez’s battle with cancer slowed his campaign for another six- year term that would allow him to extend his push for more state control of the economy. Only the Ivory Coast’s debt has gained more, according to JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s EMBI Global Index. While Chavez is still the likely winner, investors are
Until two nights ago, most voters were largely unaware of the unelected 15 member Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) created as part of Obamacare. Mitt Romney can further capitalize on his adroit performance in Wednesday's debate by focusing public attention on the power and influence of IPAB in the coming weeks. When he was asked why he wanted to repeal the federal health care law, formally titled the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), Romney quite correctly touched on rising insurance costs, and Medicare cuts, but it was his third response to moderator Jim Lehrer that really stood out.
Much is being made of the devastating blow that Mitt Romney administered to President Obama in the first presidential debate Wednesday night. Romney was masterful; Obama was incomprehensible. Romney was presidential; Obama was incoherent. Romney schooled Obama; Obama responded by doing the hand motions to "The Wheels On the Bus Go Round and Round." Republicans and conservatives alike were cheering. Even Romney skeptics like me happily conceded that Romney was the right guy all along. There will be an October surprise from the Obama camp, but they got one themselves Wednesday night.
Michael Jackson's grieving relatives rolled up to the singer’s rented mansion hours after his death in a chaotic search for garbage bags full of cash, a new report states. Within hours of Jackson’s June 25 death from an overdose of the anesthetic propofol, sister La Toya Jackson and her boyfriend, Jeffre Phillips, arrived at the house demanding to be admitted, Vanity Fair reports. “We’re family, and we should have access to the house,” one of two said, according to the story, an adaptation from Randall Sullivan’s forthcoming Jackson epic, “Untouchable.” Sullivan’s book says matriarch Katherine Jackson arrived that night
President Obama told a sleepwalking America in his Democrat Convention Acceptance speech: I won't pretend the path I'm offering is quick or easy. I never have. You didn't elect me to tell you what you wanted to hear. You elected me to tell you the truth. And the truth is, it will take more than a few years for us to solve the challenges that have built up over the decades. But here is the actual truth, rather than a self-serving rationalization -- with the right policies, America would be enjoying an historic boom before next Christmas,
Hey, maybe Obama just doesn’t like being president? And that’s why he was so “off” last night? It’s as good a theory as any. Here’s Kevin Baker, at Harper’s: Instead, Obama signaled that he wants out. His diehard supporters are already trying to wave away this weirdly awful, unengaged performance as just his latest turn of Zen mastery, but that dog won’t hunt. They should steel themselves for more shocking displays of indifference over the next month on the part of this strangely diffident individual. It’s quite possible that he means what he says,
The most interesting place to have been in America on Thursday morning? Obama campaign headquarters. No need to guess what the post-debate conversation was in Boston: jubilation over Mitt Romney's wildly impressive Denver performance, and a strategy session on how to keep the momentum. But in Chicago? Amid the gloom, amid the shock, one pained question surely drove the discussion: "What now?" Because Chicago understands that the immediate critique of Barack Obama's debate performance understates the damage the president did to his campaign. Yes, he was detached. Yes, he was unprepared.
Facebook wants you to advertise … to your friends. The world’s largest social network, which announced Thursday that it has crossed the billion-user mark, has struggled to make money from its enormous pool of users. The solution: Turning individual users into advertisers. “I thought it was a joke at first, to be honest,” explained Cameron Yuill, founder of digital media technology company AdGent. “Now they’re going to charge me $7 to tell my friends something?” Facebook announced Wednesday that Joe Sixpack will soon be able to ensure that you're reading his messages, thanks to an expansion of the Promoted Posts program,
ON Wednesday, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Fisher v. University of Texas, the latest in a long line of conservative assaults on affirmative action that dates to the late 1970s. Nearly a decade has passed since the court, in Grutter v. Bollinger, approved the continued use of race as one factor in an individualized, “holistic” review of an applicant’s qualifications for higher education. Now even such limited consideration of race is being challenged. Abigail Fisher, who is white, graduated from a Texas public high school in 2008
Weeks before the presidential election, President Barack Obama’s administration faces mounting opposition from within the ranks of U.S. intelligence agencies over what career officers say is a “cover up” of intelligence information about terrorism in North Africa. Intelligence held back from senior officials and the public includes numerous classified reports revealing clear Iranian support for jihadists throughout the tumultuous North Africa and Middle East region, as well as notably widespread al Qaeda penetration into Egypt and Libya in the months before the deadly Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi.
It was the Puss in Boots eyes. If you’ve seen the Shrek movies or the spin-off cartoon starring the storybook cat voiced by Antonio Banderas, you know what I’m talking about. Whenever Puss in Boots really needs something from someone, he flashes these enormous kitten eyes that melt anyone in their path. Whenever my daughter really wants something, she tries to lay them on me, and I have to say, “Stop trying to give me the Puss in Boots eyes . . . you can’t have chocolate cake for dinner.” I knew Barack Obama was miserable
So you thought Mitt Romney gave Barack Obama a good beating in last night’s debate? That is nothing compared to the beating climate realists have been inflicting on alarmists in the global warming debate. Rarely will global warming alarmists step into the ring for a live debate that people can watch. There are good reasons for this. When you remove alarmists from the protection of a fawning liberal press and subject them to a debate on equal terms without media filters, embarrassing things tend to happen. Kind of like last night’s presidential debate. But I digress.
The poet Robert Graves wrote, “One hard look can close the book that lovers love to see.” On Wednesday night, Americans saw Barack Obama in a new, hard light. He was not the smooth, confident leader they imagined him to be. He was rambling, unfocused and ultimately bested by another, more able man. His defeat defied what was expected, or what many believed was even possible. The scene was reminiscent of Rudyard Kipling’s “The Man Who Would Be King” where Danny Dravot, a British soldier with delusions of godhood, is bitten by the native girl he seeks to wed.