After Bill Clinton delivered his electrifying speech at the Democratic National Convention, many political observers concluded that the Clintons and Obamas had called a truce to their long-running feud. Under their armistice, Clinton agreed to make speeches and appear in TV commercials for Obama, acting like a booster rocket for the Democratic ticket in the remaining weeks of the campaign. It was a pretty picture, but as I have learned from several sources inside the Clinton camp, it turned out to be a case of wishful thinking. In fact, since the convention, Clinton and Obama have
A CIA document outlining a Mafia-connected plan to assassinate Cuban leader Fidel Castro for $150,000 is among thousands of Robert F. Kennedy documents made public Thursday, just days before the 50th anniversary of the Cuban missile crisis. In the 1964 plan, the mob and "patriotic Cuban exiles" eventually settled on a payment of $100,000 for assassinating Castro, $20,000 for his brother Raúl and $20,000 for revolutionary Ernesto "Che" Guevara, plus $2,500 for expenses.
WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Friday defended US support for Arab Spring nations as "a strategic necessity," vowing never to retreat amid a firestorm over the attack on a US mission in Libya. "We will not return to the false choice between freedom and stability. And we will not pull back our support for emerging democracies when the going gets rough," Clinton told a US think tank. "That would be a costly strategic mistake that would, I believe, undermine both our interests and our values."
The flu may make you sick this winter, but it could kill your cat. “Most people don’t realize that humans can pass diseases to animals,” said Dr. Christiane Löhr, an Oregon State University College of Veterinary Medicine pathologist. (Snip) Veterinary medicine researchers in Ohio followed up with a study, published last December, of a widespread H1N1 infection rate in 400 healthy cats, although few developed symptoms. Löhr and Truijillo are collecting data now to find out more about how this rare “reverse zoonosis” is happening. The study, published in the Journal of Clinical Microbiology, discovered an alarmingly high and unexpected
The Obama administration’s effort to create government-sanctioned “sustainable communities” moved ahead this week, with the announcement of almost $5 million in planning grants. Seventeen poor communities across the U.S. will share the $4.95 million to draft plans for the “next generation" of public housing and other "sustainable" neighborhood improvements, such as better schools, anti-crime efforts, and greater access to health care and grocery stores.
Perhaps looking for another outlet to reach his base constituency, President Obama has agreed to appear as a guest with Jon Stewart on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” on Oct. 18. The President can probably expect to have to fend off some comic assaults from Mr. Stewart about his first debate performance; like other late-night hosts Mr. Stewart has eviscerated Mr. Obama for that appearance last week. But this guest appearance will come two days after the second presidential debate, and the story of the first may have been superseded by then –
If Vice President Joseph R. Biden smiled too much during his debate Thursday night, the White House said the blame lies with Republican Rep. Paul Ryan and his position on the Obama administration's 2009 stimulus plan. Many viewers said Mr. Biden appeared condescending or arrogant by smiling and laughing while Mr. Ryan, the vice presidential nominee from Wisconsin, was speaking during their debate in Danville, Ky. But White House press secretary Jay Carney said Friday the vice president likely couldn't help himself. "When Congressman Ryan starts attacking the administration over the [stimulus bill] and the split-screen shows the vice president smiling,
NEWTON, Iowa – Right under the picture of Marilyn Monroe, the muted television set at the Newton Family Restaurant was tuned to the Fox News recap of the vice-presidential debate as the on-screen headline blared, “The Gloves Are Off.” But chatting with the 7 a.m. Friday breakfast crowd, many of them night-shift workers and retirees, it was hard to find anyone who actually watched the bare-knuckle brawl between Joe Biden and Paul Ryan. That’s not entirely true, because Joyce Gilbreaith, a retiree sharing sausage patties and hash-brown potatoes with her husband Bill, admitted to me: “I watched about 10 minutes
Yesterday afternoon, State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland admitted in the aftermath of the murder of one of our Yemen embassy security forces that al Qaeda may have a complete list of our Yemeni embassy personnel: Question: Is it safe to assume that he was targeted by al-Qaida, who may have also a list of all the national – Yemeni national employees at the Embassy? Ms. Nuland: Well, Said, I’m sure you can understand if I stress the fact that the Yemenis are investigating. We are supporting their investigation. It is premature – this happened today – for us to be
In a disastrous question-answer session at the State Department yesterday, State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland first tried to claim that the murder of our ambassador to Libya may have been touched off by a demonstration about the YouTube video after all. Then she claimed that even though the State Department had no reports of any demonstration, the intelligence community may have told them that a demonstration happened. Then when Nuland was questioned on that astonishing assessment, she literally said she was “dumb.” Seriously. (Snip) Ms. Nuland: Look, I’m generally dumber than most of the rest of the government. I mean,
In his debate with Paul Ryan, Vice President made so many false statements that a fact-checker hardly knows where to begin. In the interest of brevity, here are Biden’s three biggest whoppers:(Snip) FACT: The U.S. Embassy in Libya requested “an increase in the number of our permanently assigned RSO [Resident Security Officer] staff,” as well as “five TDY DS [Temporary Duty Diplomatic Security] agents for 45-60 days rotations in Benghazi.” According to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, “multiple U.S. federal government officials have confirmed to the Committee that, prior to the September 11 attack, the U.S. mission in Libya
Crossroads GPS is pouring $8.1 million into 11 competitive districts nationwide, an advertising effort that will span radio and airwaves for three weeks.Starting on Oct. 13, the super-PAC will target Democrat John Hernandez in California's 21st District, Rep. Leonard Boswell in Iowa's 3rd District, Cheri Bustos in Illinois's 17th District, Brendan Mullen in Indiana's 2nd District, Gary McDowell in Michigan's 1st District, Steven Horsford in Nevada's 4th District, Rep. Tim Bishop in New York's 1st District and Rep. Louise Slaughter in New York's 25th District. Those ads are generally boilerplate, targeting the candidates on everything from supporting
The most damaging decisions we make in life are often a function of the lies we tell ourselves. For Barack Obama, I imagine those include "I am important -- I can do this job -- I am better than anyone else -- I am special, more than special, I am a great man and everyone loves me." When Barack Obama walked off that stage in Denver last week, he believed he had won the debate. Why wouldn't he? Just showing up has always been enough in the past. Remember, this is a man who became successful without having actually
Staring out at the ocean is a favorite pastime for beachgoers everywhere. But not many folks are accustomed to the ocean staring back. However, that's just what happened the other day for one Pompano Beach, Fla., man. Gino Covacci was strolling down the beach on Wednesday and saw something ball-like and went to investigate. When he rolled the object over, he found it was, indeed, a ball—a softball-sized blue eyeball. "It was nice and clear, it was fresh," Covacci told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.Covacci immediately handed over the specimen to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission,
A vice presidential debate analysis from a conservative media watchdog group found that debate moderator and ABC correspondent Martha Raddatz asked 19 pro-Obama questions Thursday night, but just 12 skewed Republican, a 40 percent to 25 percent margin. "Any moderator whose weighted questions favor liberals over conservatives by a 19-12 margin is biased," charged Brent Bozell, president of the Media Research Center. But he was quick to add that Raddatz, a virtual expert on the Iraq and Afghan war and also a White House correspondent, showed no bias in her specialty.
"The entire reason that this has become the political topic it is, is because of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan." Thus, Stephanie Cutter, President Obama's deputy campaign manager, speaking on CNN about an armed attack on the 9/11 anniversary that left a U.S. consulate a smoking ruin and killed four diplomatic staff, including the first American ambassador to be murdered in a third of a century. To discuss this event is apparently to "politicize" it and to distract from the real issues the American people are concerned about.
Moscow - Russia's foreign minister says the Syrian plane that was forced to land in Turkey was legally carrying Russian radar parts for Syria. Sergey Lavrov insisted Friday the shipment complied with international law. He said the plane carried no weapons and that the "electric equipment for radars" of was a legitimate cargo. Lavrov added, however, that the cargo was of "dual purpose," meaning it could have civilian and military applications. He said the Russian company that sent it to Syria will demand that Turkey return it. (Snip) Erdogan refused to say how — or from whom — Turkey had
Two golden retrievers that were trapped in the woods on Cape Cod for two weeks were reunited with their owner after one of the dogs broke free and helped her track his four-legged brother. The pups, four-year-old Baxter and six-year-old Bailey, were tied together in front of their home in Sandwich, Massachusetts, on September 26 when they somehow got loose and took off into the woods. The dogs' owner, Penny Blackwell, was inconsolable. She put up fliers in the area and took to Facebook, posting a plea asking anyone who might have seen her pets to contact her.
Joe Biden has been left with little to smile about after the latest Rasmussen tracking poll found that Mitt Romney has overtaken President Barack Obama. The poll, released today but conducted before Biden's hectoring, smirking debate clash with Paul Ryan, is the latest indication that Romney's gains after his strong debate performance mark a shift in the U.S. presidential race rather than merely a temporary bounce. On Thursday, Obama had led Romney by one point in the Rasmussen survey. Biden's performance has done little to dent Romney's advance in the latest Gallup daily national tracking poll, which has the GOP
You didn’t need a television to get a readout on the performance of the vice presidential candidates Thursday night, so long as there was Internet access. Social media reaction during the one-and-only debate between Joe Biden and Paul Ryan captured each person's body tics and zingers. (Snip) Another photograph that circulated during the evening was a photograph of Biden holding the hand written notes he had taken. A close-up of his scribbles detailed a list that included “no apology,” and “Egyptian people." It wasn't clear if Biden meant to broadcast his notes. As for ABC's Martha Raddatz, she drew widespread
NEW YORK -- Alex Rodriguez will start the New York Yankees' biggest game of the year on the bench. After being pinch hit for in Games 3 and 4 against the Baltimore Orioles, the $275 million third baseman was removed from the starting lineup for Game 5 on Friday. Eric Chavez is set to start at third base, while Game 3 star Raul Ibanez will be the designated hitter in the winner-take-all series finale. "It is difficult. He has meant a lot to the organization, the game of baseball over the years," manager Joe Girardi said. "And he has been
Mitt Romney seized Friday on Vice President Joe Biden's characterization of the administration's handling of last month's terrorist attack in Libya, accusing the administration of contradicting itself and "doubling down on denial." (Snip) On Friday, Romney pounced. "The vice president directly contradicted the sworn testimony of State Department officials," Romney said at a rally in Richmond, Va. "He's doubling down on denial." The Republican ticket has sought to turn the incident in Benghazi into an opportunity to distinguish itself from President Barack Obama on matters of foreign policy. Obama has led Romney on most issues of foreign policy and national
On the eve of the announcement of the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize, The Local catches up with Norwegian lawyer and Nobel historian Fredrik S. Heffermehl, who claims the Norwegian Nobel Committee isn't following Alfred Nobel's wishes. (Snip) Nobel's will states that the prize should be given to “the person who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses". But in awarding the prize to politicians such as Barack Obama, Henry Kissinger or even Al Gore, whose work is
Ontario has become the first jurisdiction in Canada to allow transgendered people to change the gender on their birth certificates without sex-change surgery. “It’s a huge decision. It’s a remarkably positive decision. This is an important victory,” Susan Gapka, chair of the Trans Lobby Group, told the Star on Thursday. The new rules, published this week, mean a transgendered person can apply to ServiceOntario for a new birth certificate with only a letter from a physician or psychologist.
Hacipasa - Turkey scrambled two fighter planes to the border with Syria on Friday after a Syrian military helicopter bombed the Syrian border town of Azmarin, a Reuters witness said. There has been intense fighting between rebels and Syrian government forces this week in Azmarin and neighboring towns, an area strongly opposed to President Bashar Assad's rule. Shells fired onto the town from surrounding hills sent thick plumes of smoke and dust rising into the air during fighting on Thursday and a voice amplified through loudspeakers, audible from the village of Hacipasa in Turkey's Hatay province, called on rebel fighters
Cairo - Opponents and supporters of Egypt's President Mohamed Mursi clashed in Cairo on Friday in the first street violence between rival factions since the Islamist leader took office. Islamists and their opponents threw stones and bottles, and some fought hand-to-hand, showing how feelings still run high between the rival groups trying to shape the new Egypt after decades of autocracy, even though the streets have generally been calmer since Mursi's election in June. Headline corrected by staff.