DANVILLE, Kentucky- Democrats are betting on U.S. Vice President Joe Biden to deliver a feisty performance Thursday evening during a high-stakes debate against Republican challenger Paul Ryan and seize back momentum in the race for the White House. Republican Mitt Romney's steady climb in polls since President Barack Obama's poor showing in their first debate last week have intensified expectations for the vice presidential showdown with less than four weeks before the November 6 election. The former Massachusetts governor has taken the lead in national surveys and narrowed the gap by which he trails Obama in many of the swing states
Istanbul - Moscow accused Ankara of endangering Russian lives on Thursday after Turkey forced a Syrian passenger plane to land and seized what it suspected was military equipment being ferried from Russia to Syrian President Bashar Assad. Damascus said the interception of the Syrian Air plane was an act of piracy, further heightening tensions between the neighbors after Turkey's chief of staff warned his troops would respond with greater force if shells from Syria continued to hit Turkish territory. (Snip) A source in a Russian arms exporting agency told Interfax the jet was carrying no Russian weapons or military equipment.
ATHENS, Greece -- Unemployment in Greece hit a record high of 25.1 percent in July as the country's financial crisis continues to exact its heavy toll, official figures showed Thursday. All indications are that unemployment in Greece will continue to rise. The economy has shrunk by around a fifth since the recession started in 2008 and youth unemployment has pushed way above 50 percent. The economy is expected to enter a sixth year of recession next year. "This is a very dramatic result of the recession," said Angelos Tsakanikas, head of research at Greece's IOBE economic research foundation.
The votes have been counted. The majority of college football fans would rather sit next to Mitt Romney than President Obama at their team's upcoming home game, according to the Discovery Fan Loyalty Poll. The poll, which is conducted by Rasmussen Reports, found that 53 percent of fans would elect to sit elbow to elbow with Romney while 42 percent would choose Obama. (Snip) Romney also topped Obama in another category: Which presidential candidate would you rather have buy a round of drinks for the crowd at your team's next home game?
At Ngoc Sinh Seafoods Trading & Processing Export Enterprise, a seafood exporter on Vietnam’s southern coast, workers stand on a dirty floor sorting shrimp one hot September day. There’s trash on the floor, and flies crawl over baskets of processed shrimp stacked in an unchilled room in Ca Mau. Elsewhere in Ca Mau, Nguyen Van Hoang packs shrimp headed for the U.S. in dirty plastic tubs. He covers them in ice made with tap water that the Vietnamese Health Ministry says should be boiled before drinking because of the risk of contamination with bacteria. Vietnam ships 100 million
Washington - President Barack Obama has offered his take on the debate between Vice President Joe Biden and Congressman Paul Ryan, saying ‘‘Joe just needs to be Joe.’’ Obama offered his remark to in an interview with ABC News on the eve of Thursday night’s vice presidential debate. (Snip) Biden, who served Delaware in the U.S. Senate for several terms before becoming vice president, got into a rough patch recently when he told a campaign audience in Charlotte, N.C., that the middle-class in America has been ‘‘buried’’ the last four years — the same time frame of Obama’s first term
Los Angeles -When tired working mother Jessica Stilwell sat down at the end of a long day, amid the clutter left by her three daughters, she decided enough was enough. Taking to her Facebook page the normally house proud Mrs Stilwell declared that she would be doing no more tidying, cleaning, or picking up after the children she jokingly referred to as “basement trolls.” She announced: “This working mom has officially gone on STRIKE within the home!!!"Sitting back with a glass of wine she then began recording how her residence in Calgary, Canada, descended into a chaotic pigsty
The mother of one of the State Department officials killed in the Sept. 11 attack in Benghazi is blasting President Barack Obama and top administration officials for not telling her more information about her son’s death. “Don’t give me any baloney that comes through with this political stuff,” Pat Smith, the mother of Sean Smith, said on CNN on Wednesday. “I still don’t know. In fact, today I just heard something more, that he died of smoke inhalation.”Sean Smith was an information management officer in the U.S. Foreign Service. His mother said the administration’s promises for a definitive account
Actress Stacey Dash was attacked viciously on Twitter after she expressed support for Mitt Romney, with several people telling her "Kill yourself," another calling her a "hag," and yet others hurling racial slurs. But even this pales in comparison to the level of class exhibited by an Obama supporter who harassed a 12-year-old boy and told him that he should have been aborted. The blog Freedom Eden reports: "The Leftist, a 78-year-old woman, a New Berlin school bus driver, has been harassing a student on her bus route because there's a Mitt Romney yard sign
Mitt Romney called Samantha Pawlucy on Wednesday, a spokeswoman for the campaign confirmed by email this morning. The Romney campaign will not be issuing a formal statement, according to spokeswoman Kate Meriwether, who declined to provide details. Pawlucy's father, Richard, declined to comment this morning and the family attorney, Wally Zimolong, could not be reached. Pawlucy, 16, made headlines last week when she accused her geometry teacher at Charles Carroll High School of publicly humiliating her for wearing a Romney-Ryan t-shirt to school.
The ogling of P9 workout fanatic-turned vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan reached a fever pitch as photos of the ultra-fit Republican hit the Internet today. The full spread will appear in the newest issue of Time Magazine. Hours before the vice presidential debate — Ryan’s first appearance on the nationally televised debate stage — Time magazine released six photos of Ryan clad in gray work-out gear and a red baseball hat with headphone cords dangling down his back as he pumps 50-pound dumbbells. The images were taken nearly a year ago
HOLLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - Authorities say a blaze that displaced dozens of people from a southwest Michigan apartment complex may have been sparked by a resident trying to cook a squirrel with a propane torch. Fire Chief Jim Kohsel tells MLive.com that the resident apparently planned to eat the animal and was burning off its fur on a third-floor deck at the building in Ottawa County's Holland Township when the fire broke out Wednesday. Flames spread to the roof. Kohsel says eight apartments are destroyed and others damaged. The resident's name wasn't immediately released.
Spectators at a children's triathlon in Florida were brought to tears by the sight of Marines carrying a little boy with a broken prosthetic leg across the finish line. Bone cancer-survivor Ben Baltz, 11, was participating in his third triathlon of the summer when he had an accident with his prosthetic leg Sunday during the final portion of the race.
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is providing protection for whistle-blowers in the national security arena so that they can report waste, fraud and abuse without fear of retaliation. The president has signed a policy directive providing the protection because legislation in Congress has not done so. A rewrite of the whistle-blower protection law is in the Senate. House Republicans removed the proposed protection for those involved in national security. Under the president's new policy, whistle-blowers who handle classified information — meaning almost everyone in the intelligence community —
Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s 2013 city budget is the calm before the storm that could make everyone forget the worst blizzards in memory. So feel free to savor the calm just a moment before stepping forth into the cold winds of reality. For the second straight year, Emanuel has submitted a reasonable, responsible budget that faces up to the city’s financial problems. Even better, this year’s budget proposal contains no new tax increases or fees of any sort, although it profits considerably from the ones he pushed through last year.
After this morning's surprisingly positive jobless claims number was released, three things happened: 1 Lots of people felt better about the economy 2 Democrats cheered because they thought the number would help Obama (Snip) HOWEVER...It is likely that some of the jobless claims in one large state--California--were not included in the claims reported to the Department of Labor this week. This happens occasionally, our source says. When a state's jobless claims bureau is short-staffed, sometimes the state does not process all of the claims that came in during the week in time to get them to the DOL. The source
Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Reince Priebus sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder on Thursday demanding an investigation into online campaign contributions to the president's reelection campaign. "[T]he President's campaign committee does not use the industry standard practices to guard against receiving fraudulent or excessive contributions via the internet," Priebus alleges in the letter. "As a result, the President's campaign committee is vulnerable to the receipt of prohibited contributions. Their failure to adhere to the industry standard has caused these questions regarding whether the campaign is deliberately inviting prohibited contributions."
Last week, following the presidential debate, national attention was again focused on the Dodd-Frank Act, the Obama administration’s response to the financial crisis. The attention is well deserved: Dodd-Frank, Obamacare and the threat of higher taxes brought on by January’s fiscal cliff are among the chief reasons why the U.S. economy is stuck in its weakest recovery on record. While Democrats claim Wall Street was their target, the truth is the regulatory burden of Dodd-Frank is inescapable no matter where you live or work. If you buy food, consume energy, use a debit card, want
Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Wednesday he’s counting on up to $30 million in fines from speed cameras installed at roughly 40 schools and parks to help bankroll his “children first” budget. The fast roll-out of a speed camera plan delayed by legal and technical complications helps to explain how Emanuel was able to keep his hands out of taxpayers’ pockets for 2013 and still make a big investment in kids.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said his former boss, President Barack Obama, always scores the political points he needs to win when he needs them. Emanuel, who was Obama’s first White House chief of staff, used a basketball metaphor to describe his confidence that Obama will regain momentum in the presidential race. “He is the ultimate three-point shooter with three seconds left on the clock,” Emanuel, 52, said at a Bloomberg Breakfast in Chicago. “That’s when he performs better. He has throughout his career.”
Chinese writer Mo Yan won the Nobel Prize for Literature today. Yan's work, which has been banned in China, was praised by the awarding committee for its "hallucinatory realism." PW has reviewed five of his novels (two were awarded stars) and said that "If China has a Kafka, it may be Mo Yan" and called Yan "one of China's most important contemporary writers." Arcade Publishing, which has published five of his books, stated that on October 11, a few hours after the Nobel announcement, all copies of all of the books had sold out
I say "Joe Biden," you say . . . . Joke? Gaffe machine? Not Chuck Todd. In his pre-game commentary for tonight's debate, the NBC political director claimed that, as with Cheney versus Edwards and Bentsen versus Quayle, Biden—matched up against Paul Ryan—has "gravitas" going for him. View the video after the jump, along with a list of some of Grandpa Gravitas's most famous gaffes.Note: speaking of gaffes, you might sayTodd had one of his own. Todd did acknowledge that Biden is prone to "hyperbole." Problem was, he pronounced it something like
David Harmer, who ran the closest race of any California Republican House candidate in 2010, sends along this message of his particular disdain for Vice President Biden, and his challenge to Romney donors. I don’t mind stupid people. It’s stupid people who think they’re smart that aggravate me — which goes a long way toward explaining my profound and enduring antipathy to Vice President Joe Biden, the most vapid gasbag ever to hold the office. Back when I was young and frisky and counsel to a subcommittee of the Senate Judiciary Committee, I routinely had to sit
With less than a month to go before the 2012 presidential election Mitt Romney’s decision to turn down an invitation to appear on a Nickelodeon “news” special, "Kids Pick the President," with children is drawing liberal-media barbs. “First Big Bird, now Nickelodeon,” cracked Washington Post TV critic Lisa de Moraes. “What’s up with Mitt Romney and kids?” Linda Ellerbee, "Kids Pick the President" host and a former NBC anchor and reporter and CNN commentator, denounced Romney for his decision. “That's several million kids who actually want to get involved in the democratic process,” Ellerbee said.