CARACAS - The elderly lady in the brown dress drops her bags and sighs as yet another employee of a bus company waves her away. “I’m sorry, sweetie, there are no buses. Not to Caracas, nor anywhere else,” the girl tells her. She’s not alone; no one in the dusty bus terminal of San Cristobal, a sprawling city on the Venezuela-Colombia border, is going anywhere today. President Hugo Chavez commandeered most of the buses in even the most remote corners of the country to pour tens of thousands of supporters into the nation’s capital for the closing week
Washington - A month after his well-received Democratic National Convention speech, former President Bill Clinton will be back next week trying to boost Barack Obama’s reelection bid. Clinton will join Obama in Los Angeles at a private fund-raiser Sunday, an Obama campaign aide told CNN. (Snip) Clinton, however, is not expected to attend a star-studded concert called “30 Days to Victory” on Sunday evening in Los Angeles. Actor George Clooney will deliver remarks at this event, while musical stars Jon Bon Jovi, Earth, Wind & Fire, Jennifer Hudson, Katy Perry and Stevie Wonder all are scheduled to perform, according to
When seventy-year old retiring Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., suggested that the administration’s response to the embassy attacks was akin to a court asking a rape victim for an apology — in his words, “It’s like the judge telling the woman who got raped, ‘You asked for it because of the way you dressed’” — his analogy may not have been so allegorical: According to the Arabic website, Tayyar, the American ambassador in Libya [Christopher Stevens] was sexually raped before being killed by the gunmen who stormed the embassy building in Benghazi last night [Tuesday, September 11], in protestation
Mark Hamill, the actor best known for portraying Luke Skywalker in the "Star Wars" movies, posted some harsh criticism of GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney in his Twitter account Thursday that drew some interesting responses. "I've never seen a candidate for president lie more than Romney," Hamill stated. "He lies effortlessly, shamelessly. This snake oil salesman must be defeated!!!" Some of the people who have responded to the 60-year-old actor's remarks took them less than seriously and worked in some reference to the three "Wars" movies in which Hamill was featured.
CNN’s Candy Crowley said Friday that debate moderators “need to take control” at some points because “you want the conversation to move.” Crowley, who will be moderating the Oct. 16 presidential debate, said this week’s debate showed that Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama “are both going to take whatever time they feel they can get to put their views out.” “The interesting thing to me is that everybody was talking about Jim when it was over and I paid no attention to him simply because I’m sitting there writing down where I saw holes in their arguments thinking
An Ohio man at the market told President Obama that business has been "Terrible since you got here," according to the White House pool report. Via the pool report: Potus stopped to meet people waiting for him, where he did the requisite hand-shaking, high-fiving and the rare baby-holding before going on to chat with proprietors at Turczyk's Meats and the adjoining Larry Vilstein's, Christopher Bakery and Edward Badbuster & Son. He then asked the proprietor at Rolston Poultry how business was going. "Terrible since you got here," the man said. Pool could not get close enough to
Celebrating a September jobs report that showed the lowest unemployment level since he took office, President Obama on Friday tried to make the case at a Fairfax, Va., rally that "this country has come too far to turn back now." (Snip) "For the 'undecideds' who are here," he said to laughter in the crowd, "as well as those who are watching today - I've said before, this is a choice not just between two candidates and two parties, but a choice between two fundamentally different visions for America. And today, I believe that as a nation, we are moving forward
By burning wood, humans have been significant contributors to greenhouse gas emissions as far back as the Roman Empire, researchers say. The finding may lead scientists to rethink some aspects of climate change models, which assume humans weren't responsible for much greenhouse gas before the Industrial Revolution. "It was believed that emissions started in 1850. We showed that humans already started to impact greenhouse effects much before," study co-author Célia Sapart of Utretcht University in the Netherlands said.
Don't you just hate people like this? Not only is Michael Phelps the most decorated Olympian of all time - with 18 swimming golds to his name - but he's also an amazing golfer too. The American holed a monster putt from over 50 yards in the Dunhill Links Championship at Kingsbarns in Scotland on Friday, proving his sporting prowess extends onto dry land as well. Phelps is playing with former Ryder Cup player Paul Casey and his brilliant putt, which took a full 17 seconds to drop, probably even made his decorated partner jealous.
As NewsBusters previously reported, MSNBC's Chris Matthews had an on-air meltdown Wednesday after the presidential debate. NBC Tonight Show host Jay Leno mocked this incident Thursday showing a video clip of Matthews giving his rant in a straight jacket as he's being taken away by men in white coats (video follows with transcript and absolutely no need for additional commentary): (Snip) Chris Matthews in Straight Jacket: We have our knives out. We go after the people and the facts. What was he doing tonight? [Two men in white coats appear and carry Matthews away]
A Yale University study has shown that a great many misinformed Americans are unlikely to change their minds, even when presented with facts contrary to their understanding. And when misinformation supports people’s pre-existing political views, it is almost impossible to change their minds with the pertinent facts. According to the study conducted by political scientist John Bullock, the harder one tries to rebut the misinformation, the more recalcitrant Americans, and particularly conservatives, are to changing their position.
Even before his inauguration, Barack Obama was an imaginary man, the creation of his admirers. Think back to the 2008 Time magazine cover depicting him as FDR, the Newsweek cover of the same year on which he was shown casting Lincoln’s shadow, or the $1.4 million Nobel Peace Prize awarded to him “for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples”—this in 2009, less than a year after he had taken office. It was not that Obama had done nothing to deserve these outsized comparisons and honors—it was not just that he had done nothing
WASHINGTON- President Barack Obama's lead over challenger Mitt Romney has narrowed to just two percentage points since the Republican's strong performance in their first debate, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Friday. In more bad news for Obama, one in five voters said the Democrat's performance in the contest in Denver on Wednesday made them feel more negative about him and almost a third said they felt more positive about his Republican challenger.
A selection of issues at stake in the presidential election and their impact on Americans, in brief: Abortion: Abortion and birth control are divisive issues in politics, and they've flared up at times in this campaign despite the candidates' reluctance to dwell on them. President Barack Obama supports abortion rights. And his health care law requires contraceptives to be available for free for women in workplace health plans. Republican Mitt Romney opposes abortion rights, though he previously supported them. He says the Supreme Court ruling establishing abortion rights should be reversed, allowing states to ban abortion.
Apparently, Frank Sinatra served as Mitt Romney's debate coach. As he put it about halfway through "That's Life": "I'd jump right on a big bird and then I'd fly ... ." That's what Mitt did in Denver. Ten minutes in, he jumped right on Big Bird, and then he took off – and never looked back, while the other fellow, whose name escapes me, never got out of the gate. It takes a certain panache to clobber not just your opponent but also the moderator. Yet that's what the killer Mormon did
Amman - Thousands of Jordanian Islamists marched on Friday in the largest demonstration since Arab Spring-inspired protests erupted last year, calling on King Abdullah to accelerate democratic reforms. At least 15,000 protesters from across the country flocked to the main street leading to the Husseini mosque in downtown Amman after Friday prayers and chanted: "Listen Abdullah, our demands are legitimate" and "People want to reform the regime." (Snip) The "Friday to Rescue the Nation" rally was called by the Muslim Brotherhood, the largest opposition party, to push for broader representation and a more democratic parliament.
“Simply stated, Cuyahoga County has lost enough Democrats and independents since 2008 that, when projected across the state of Ohio, Obama’s big 2008 gains are all gone. Given how drastically voter registration has changed in Cuyahoga County since 2008, it is likely that Romney can carry the state of Ohio, which is quite contrary to what popular media polls are saying.” That’s the analysis of Clinton Cooper at Election Insights, an Ohio firm that uses geographic information systems (GIS) and election data to illustrate the political landscape of the electorate. While most pundits and media outlets are focused
Washington, D.C. - Americans' self-reported average daily spending fell to $74 in September, after climbing for two months and reaching $77 in August, its highest level in nearly four years. But Americans still spent more this September than they did in any September over the past three years. (Snip) Lower- and middle-income consumers, as well as those with upper incomes, spent less on average in September than in August. But upper-income spending in September was still higher than in the same month in 2009, 2010, and 2011. Lower-income Americans' average daily spending of $61 in September is on par with
Denver — When the owners of a Denver Mexican restaurant turned down an offer to host a Mitt Romney campaign stop, they never envisioned their lives would be threatening because of it. But Oscar Aguirre said that’s exactly what has happened. Aguirre owns Rosa Linda’s Mexican Cafe, which is located in the heart of Denver’s Highland neighborhood at 2005 West 33rd Avenue, with his parents. He said the Romney campaign reached out to his restaurant in August at least partly due to the fact that his parents are Mormon.
Here, CNN’s Erin Burnett takes Obama spokesperson Stephanie Cutter to task for leaving out half of Gov. Mitt Romney’s tax plan in order to claim he’s pitching a $5 trillion tax cut for the wealthy. What he has said is that he would like to lower tax rates for everyone by 20 percent, but that he would make his plan revenue-neutral by getting rid of some deductions and loopholes and producing higher economic growth. It’s perhaps understandable that members of the Obama campaign are utterly unfamiliar with the concept of higher economic growth, but simply ignoring half of Romney’s plan
San Diego - The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in San Diego County recorded what is believed to be its largest single-day increase Friday, rising 19.5 cents to $4.523, its highest amount since July 10, 2008. The average price has risen for seven consecutive days, including 9.2 cents on Thursday and 5.8 cents on Wednesday, and is now 40.7 cents more than one week ago, 36.7 cents higher than one month ago and 70.9 cents greater than one year ago, according to figures from the AAA and Oil Price Information Service.
This Staten Island teacher wants the world to know he is paid $75,000 a year to do nothing all day long. More than two years after the city shut down the so-called rubber rooms that served as detention centers for teachers, Francesco Portelos sat in front of a live cam Thursday, killing time. “I want people to see where their tax dollars are going,” said Portelos, 34, who taught technology at Intermediate School 49 until last spring, when he got yanked from the classroom, he said. “I’m getting paid $75,000 to sit around.” The live cam showed him surfing the
The euphoria of the clear Mitt Romney win over President Barack Hussein Obama at Wednesday’s first presidential debate requires a back-to-business blast of reality. Mitt won hands down and gave us the first positive sign that victory could be in sight. But getting there from here is going to be along a long, booby-trapped trail. Truth is that anyone with something substantial to say could have done the same thing Romney did to President Teleprompter,
At least two economists at the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) have contributed to President Barack Obama’s campaign. Harley Frazis of Bethesda, MD, has contributed at least $2,000 to Obama and $9,000 to the Democratic National Convention over the last three election cycles. During his time at BLS, Harley has published a number of papers including his most recent, “How to Think About Time-Use Data: What Inferences Can We Make About Long- and Short-Run Time Use from Time Diaries?”
Abington, Va. — Mitt Romney's campaign is shooting down a simmering online theory the Republican nominee used a "cheat sheet" in Wednesday night's debate against President Barack Obama. The theory — extensively documented by the liberal blog Daily Kos and picked up on the Daily Beast and elsewhere — focuses on a brief moment as Romney took the stage, pulled something out of his pocket, and put it on the podium. But according to a Romney aide the object was simply a handkerchief, not an illicit list of zingers. Headline split by staff.
Third-party candidates Gary Johnson and Virgil Goode are blips in the presidential race. They have little money, aren't on stage for presidential debates and barely register in the polls — when survey takers even bother to list them as options. Yet in a tight race between Democratic President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney that likely will be won or lost at the margins, even blips can be a big deal. Obama's campaign has quietly been tracking the two former Republican officeholders who could be pivotal in key states. Romney's campaign insists it's not worried, even though Republican allies