New York - Wall Street is fattening its paychecks even as it slashes jobs. The New York financial sector has been cutting employees in recent years. But those who have held on to their jobs brought home more money than they did two years ago. Their pay was close to pre-recession highs in 2007, according to a report from the New York State comptroller. The average salary of financial industry employees in New York City rose to $362,950 in 2011. That's a 16.6% increase from two years ago.
Fifteen leaders of US churches and other faith-based organizations have asked Congress to reevaluate US military aid to Israel. The religious leaders sent a letter to Congress members on Monday, calling for an investigation into possible violations by Israel of the US Foreign Assistance Act and the US Arms Export Control Act, which would make Israel ineligible for US military aid. (Snip) continued US military assistance to Israel -- offered without conditions or accountability -- will only serve to sustain the status quo and Israel’s military occupation of the Palestinian territories," the letter, signed by leaders of the Lutheran, Methodist,
Democratic volunteers in southwest Ohio on Tuesday were shocked to find the entrance to their headquarters blocked by a massive pile of horse manure, according to a local report. Warren County Democratic chair Beth Goldenfield told WKRC Cincinnati that her staff was sickened by the prank, which they think occurred sometime after 10 p.m. on Monday. Goldenfield suspected a few local GOP elephants were behind the nasty dung attack. "It's really unfortunate that people can't have respectful disagreements...It's just very disappointing," she told the station. In the days before the pile appeared, dozens of Democratic party signs around Lebanon and
Today's congressional hearing on the Sep. 11, 2012 attacks across the Middle East, that killed the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans in Benghazi, have destroyed the Obama administration's lies about the event. There was not enough security in Benghazi, despite repeated requests; there was no preparation for the attacks, despite intelligence and warning signs; and the assault in Libya had nothing to do with an anti-Islamic video, as President Barack Obama and his appointees had claimed for weeks.
Washington - Diplomatic security in Libya was drawn down ahead of last month's fatal attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi and U.S. officials did not have enough protection, the former head of a U.S. security team in Libya told lawmakers on Wednesday. "The security in Benghazi was a struggle and remained a struggle throughout my time there ... Diplomatic security remained weak," Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Wood told the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee in written testimony. "The RSO (regional security officer) struggled to obtain additional personnel there (in Benghazi), but was never able to attain the numbers he
Put this another way. When your campaign strategy loses Matt Lauer, Chris Matthews Bob Shrum, and earns four Pinocchios from the Washington Post, where exactly does that leave you? In a fine, feathered mess, that’s where. Lauer interviewed Obama campaign adviser Robert Gibbs this morning on Today, and asked, “Is that the kind of political ad that a campaign releases when it feels that it has ideas and solutions on its side, or is that the kind of political ad a campaign releases when it simply wants to get attention?” As if on cue, Gibbs insists that Mitt Romney declared
Washington - Four years ago, Joe Biden was careful not to appear overly aggressive in his vice presidential debate with Sarah Palin, then a newcomer to the national stage. Now, as he prepares to debate Paul Ryan, a 14-year House veteran and the top Republican budget writer, Biden is less concerned about looking like a bully. “He won’t have to worry about pulling punches,” said former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm, who played Palin in debate preparations in 2008 but is not involved this year. “He can go after policy and raise issues with a number of deliberate deceptions that the
House Democrats are trying to portray Republican Rep. Darrell Issa’s investigation into the Sept. 11 Benghazi jihad-attack as a partisan hit-job. Libya “is an inherently unstable situation. … I certainly hope today’s hearing is not going to be perceived as effort to exploit a tragedy 27 days out from an election,” said Democratic Rep. Gerry Connolly of Virginia. “I’m disappointed,” said ranking chairman Rep. Elijah Cummings. The alternative to a partisan investigation is a “thorough and responsible investigation,” he said, plus a $2.5 billion per year tax increase on oil companies to fund more diplomatic security efforts.
In the months leading up to the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, the U.S. Embassy in Libya was seeking to hire two bodyguards with “limited” English language skills at salaries of about $13,000 per year. Job descriptions for these openings that the U.S. Embassy in Libya posted online said the State Department would give preference in filling them to qualified U.S. citizens who were family members of U.S. government employees. The job descriptions explicitly stated that this included the “same-sex domestic partners” of U.S. government employees.
REP. DAN BURTON: Because today as I listen to people, and you Ms. Lamb, have said—you’ve described these attackers in a number of ways, but you don’t mention terrorists at all. Why is that? I mean, the compound had been attacked once before, and breached, and these people had all these weapons—projectiles, grenades, all kinds of weapons. Why would you call this anything but a terrorist attack? Why do you call them attackers? CHARLENE LAMB: Sir, I have just presented the facts as they’ve come across. I am not making any
Terrorists attacked the U.S. consulate in Libya, killed four Americans, tore down the American flag, and replaced it with an al-Qaeda flag. Will someone finally ask the president what he plans to do about it? As Mark Steyn notes, almost every sentient being outside of the Obama administration and mainstream media suspected it was a terrorist attack within days of the event. Yet to this point, a full month after the attack, the commander-in-chief of the most powerful nation on earth has said nothing about what our response to the terrorists
With winter temperatures expected to return to normal following last year’s mild season, Massachusetts residents who warm their homes with heating oil can expect spend a record amount in the next six months, according to a forecast released by the federal government Wednesday. The US Energy Information Administration said that with heating oil prices projected to rise to $3.80 a gallon this season, the country’s heating oil customers -- most of whom live in the Northeast -- will likely spend an average $2,494 to heat their homes between now and March. That’s more than any previous winter on record
The toughest part of the job for first lady Michelle Obama? Not being able to stroll around her local drugstore. In an interview with NBC's iVillage, the first lady said she sometimes chafes at the bubble of the White House. “I can’t walk outside. I can’t take my dog for a walk," the first lady said. Acknowledging that most Americans face much more hardship and difficulty than she does, she said she nevertheless sometimes regrets the "loss of privacy" and "loss of anonymity." "I tease, it’s like one day I am going to walk out that gate.
In its latest line of excuses, the State Department is now saying officials never blamed violence in the Middle East, particularly the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Libya, on a YouTube video. The State Department denied Tuesday it ever concluded that the deadly consulate attack Sept. 11 in Libya was an unplanned outburst prompted by an anti-Islam movie.
New photos of Sarah Palin looking very thin have caused a stir online, and now the former Alaska governor and 2008 VP nominee tells PEOPLE she's just fine and is, in fact, working with her family on a new fitness book. In an email to PEOPLE on Tuesday, Palin – who's known to treat houseguests to a smorgasbord of homemade treats such as moose chili, chocolate cream pies, pecan pies and lemon meringue pies – wrote, "Our family is writing a book on fitness and self-discipline focusing on where we get our energy and balance
Two moderate GOP senators leaving the upper chamber at the end of this term are joining the National Institute for Civil Discourse. Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) decided not to run for re-election, and Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) was defeated in the GOP primary. The nonpartisan center for debate, research, education and policy about civility in public discourse was created at the University of Arizona in February 2011, in the aftermath of the Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) shooting. The honorary chairman are former presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton. The honorary co-chairs are former Senate Majority
When Barack Obama was up by 4 percentage points in the polls, the media said the race was a dead heat. Now that Obama is down by 4 percentage points in the polls, the media say he is dead meat. The media giveth, and the media taketh away. Fickle be the name of the media. The media mind-set is dependent not on fact, but on attitude. And now comes a man who can change that attitude: Joe Biden. Say it ain’t so, Joe. Say it ain’t all on you, Joe, as you prepare to meet the Janesville Juggernaut, Paul Ryan,
Texas Gov. Rick Perry isn’t worried about his former primary rival’s reluctance to push legislation restricting abortion rights, saying on Wednesday that he’s confident Mitt Romney will appoint “constitutionalists” to the Supreme Court. “I think the Supreme Court is where that issue will be decided, from the standpoint of how America’s going — We’ll have a Supreme Court decision, and that’s where the focus will be,” Perry said on CBS’ “This Morning.” “He’s said very clearly that he’s going to put people who are constitutionalists on the Supreme Court.” Romney, who supported abortion rights as governor of Massachusetts, said Tuesday
"The Dozen Most Overrated Black People": Can you imagine if I (or any other columnist) actually wrote an article with this title and subject? Not only would I not write such a thing because it's professional suicide, but more importantly I don't view the world through a lens of race -- and neither does any other non-leftist columnist whom I read or know, whether pasty white folks like me or black conservatives such as Thomas Sowell, Walter Williams, Deroy Murdock, or Star Parker. For example, I might suggest that Barack Obama is the single most overrated person on the planet, Headline split by staff.
Grassroots organization Let Freedom Ring plans to criticize Vice President Joe Biden for failing to live up to his Catholic faith by supporting same-sex marriage. The ad, expected run during the Vice Presidential Debate on Thursday, features Jo Ann Nardelli, the first Vice President of the Pennsylvania State Federation of Democratic Women. Nardelli explains that although she supported Biden in 2008, she signals disappointment that he led the charge to support same-sex marriage. “When I heard Vice President Biden speak about same-sex marriage and I knew the platform for President Obama was same-sex marriage.
President Obama is scheduled to meet with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton this afternoon in the Oval Office, as more damaging details about the terrorist attack against a United States consulate in Libya emerge. Yesterday, the State Department revealed that the attack was “unprecedented” and wasn’t preceded by a protest over the controversial YouTube video, directly contradicting explanation of the attack by the Obama administration. Meanwhile, Robert Gibbs, this morning tried to minimize the damage, defending U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice’s assertion that the attack was sparked by the YouTube video. Gibbs admitted that Rice was wrong,
On Sept. 11, the day he was killed in what we now know was an assassination deliberately planned to coincide with the terrorist attacks 11 years earlier, Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens approved a cable to the State Department warning about the deteriorating security situation in the Libyan city of Benghazi. The dispatch noted that the leaders of two militias, some of whose members were tasked with protecting the American consulate, had threatened to quit, in protest of alleged American support for a prime ministerial candidate they did not like. Headline split by staff.
BOSTON -- The attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya became a major issue on the campaign trail and the mother of a Navy Seal killed in the violence is voicing her anger that Mitt Romney is speaking about her son on the campaign trail. “I met some remarkable people, one of whom was a former navy seal. I just learned a few days ago that he was one of the two former navy seals killed in Benghazi. It broke my heart,” Romney said to a crowd on the campaign trail. Glen Doherty was one of four Americans
Barack Obama has been known to do an easy interview every once and a while, but his latest radio interview might top them all. In the interview, conducted by Tom Joyner and Sybil Wilkes, President Obama is told, "We got you, we got your back." The two interviewers flatter the president, as he in turns gives them a pep talk, telling them not to give up. Here's an excerpt: BARACK OBAMA: You were around in 2008. TOM JOYNER: Oh, yeah. BARACK OBAMA: How many times did everybody say that somehow we weren’t going to win.
White privilege consists of being white. Black privilege consists of denouncing white people in ways that would be considered racist if the shoe were on the other foot. Dr. Marc Lamont Hill, a man whose website modestly describes him as a “Professor, Author, Speaker, Public Intellectual,” has assembled a list of what he believes are the 15 most overrated white people to prove the point. Any college faculty member who tried assembling a list of the 15 most overrated black people would soon be the target of the most overzealous witch-hunt since Salem.
Things quickly turned sour for President Obama on Monday in San Francisco at what was supposed to be a stopover in friendly territory. Instead, he was greeted by angry protesters from both wings of the political spectrum. Even independent libertarians expressed their disappointment in a president that seems to be hemorrhaging support with each passing day. Protesters swirled around the entrance to the Bill Graham Auditorium, tormenting the ticket-holders waiting in line to see Obama and radical socialist musician Michael Franti. What made this particular protest unique was that its participants spanned the entire spectrum of American politics,