Families and victims of a mass shooting in 2009 at the Fort Hood military base in Texas filed a wrongful death suit on Monday against the U.S. government, the accused gunman and the estate of an alleged al Qaeda leader. The 148 plaintiffs are seeking damages and a ruling that the rampage was a terrorist attack. The finding would clear the way for them to receive benefits. Major Nidal Hasan, an Army psychiatrist, faces 13 charges of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder
I realize it may be a little late for things like this, but as we all anxiously (not that “anxiously” even begins to cover the range of my distraught emotions right now) await the results that will start rolling in and taking shape later in this long day, I’ll admit that this vid from Team R actually brought me a moment of relative calm. (Snip for video)Whatever your predictions may be, and whether you’ll consider this either a parting shot or an opening preamble, everything that Romney’s voiceover imparts is everything that’s at stake in this election.
In 1950, during the Korean War, General Douglas MacArthur launched a truly daring military maneuver — outflanking the enemy and making a sudden amphibious landing behind North Korean lines at Inchon. The invasion was almost a complete surprise, forcing the North Koreans to flee inland. Within days MacArthur had recaptured the capital of Seoul and changed the entire conflict. Mitt Romney is attempting a political equivalent of an Inchon landing in Pennsylvania, a state that hasn’t voted Republican for president since 1988. His campaign and allied groups have poured in $12 million in last-minute advertising and get-out-the-vote efforts. Headline corrected by staff.
Boston - Mitt Romney predicted “very solid win tonight,” as he took to the radio airwaves and made last-minute battleground stops as the election came down to the wire. “I’m going to win but I can’t tell which state is going to be the one that puts me over the edge,” Romney said on the “Chris Plante Show” on MMAL radio in Washington. Romney said his campaign’s internal polls made him confident that he was in a tight race with President Obama in Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and even Democrat-leaning Michigan. “It’s very hard to gauge what’s going to happen
Washington - U.S. employers posted fewer job openings in September after advertising more in August than first estimated. The report suggests hiring will likely remain modest in the coming months. The Labor Department said Tuesday that job openings dropped by 100,000 to 3.56 million, the fewest in five months. August’s openings were revised up to 3.66 million. (Snip) The job market remains very competitive. With 12.1 million people unemployed in September, there were 3.4 unemployed people, on average, competing for each open job. In a healthy economy, that ratio is roughly 2 to 1.
With the poll-obsessed talk of the past six months, those who raise questions about problems with them are often subjected to scorn and derision on the grounds that they are simply objecting to surveys whose results they don’t like. The objection is beside the point; who else but someone who is unhappy with a poll’s result would bother to raise the hood and look at the engine and see where it might be busted?
New York - Wall Street's biggest gripe with President Obama is more about what he's said than what he's done. "There's been so much finger pointing. He's made it seem bad to be successful and to be millionaires and billionaires," said Karl Wellner, CEO of Papamarkou Wellner Asset Management, a fund with $3 billion under management. (Snip) Wellner, who emigrated from Sweden in the early 1980s, says his biggest concern is that the president appears to want to clamp down on the accumulation of wealth. It's a sentiment echoed by many other top hedge fund managers and executives at financial
Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) accused Republican leaders of refusing to work with Obama simply to score political points. The "unfair" treatment of President Obama by congressional Republicans is driving African Americans to the polls "in record numbers," a leading black lawmaker said Tuesday. Rep. Elijah Cummings (Md.), the senior Democrat on the House Oversight Committee, accused Republican leaders of refusing to work with Obama simply to deny him legislative victories and score political points. (Snip) Additionally, Cummings said tougher voting requirements installed by a number of Republican-led states over the last two years are also encouraging black voters to get
Nairobi, Kenya -The last time Barack Obama ran for president, quite a few Kenyans got rich off the Illinois senator’s unlikely – and astonishingly swift – ascent to the high table of American politics. Any merchandise that bore the Democratic candidate’s smiling visage was swept off the shelves the moment it landed. Obama-Biden campaign material was everywhere: T-shirts, calendars, bumper stickers, key rings, American flags, campaign badges, DVDs. For a few months in 2008, visitors to Nairobi could be forgiven for thinking they were on the South Side of Chicago. Things are a little different this time.
Could Alzheimer’s disease actually be a form of diabetes in the brain? A recent issue of New Scientist posed the theory in a cover story illustrated with an ominous image of a cracked chocolate brain. “It is well known that bad diets can trigger obesity and diabetes,” the magazine warned in an editorial. “There is growing evidence that they trigger Alzheimer’s disease too, and some researchers now see it as just another form of diabetes.” Chief among those researchers is Brown University neuropathologist Suzanne de la Monte, who found that in Alzheimer’s disease,
Like everyone, I think and worry about the future and wonder where I’ll be in the final decade or so of my life. With at least another 20 years of work ahead of me, I don’t know whether I’ll be comfortably off or stony broke, and I hope that the good health I’ve enjoyed so far won’t desert me later on. One thing I’m pretty sure of, though, is that I’ll be on my own, with no spouse to look out for me or children to visit.
Among the objections to ObamaCare, one that has not gotten as much attention as it should is the president's power to waive the law for any company, union or other enterprise he chooses. The 14th Amendment to the Constitution provides for "equal protection of the laws" for all Americans. To have a law that can cost an organization millions of dollars a year either apply or not apply, depending on the whim or political interest of the president of the United States, is to make a mockery of the rule of law. How secure is any freedom when there is
Here's a photo of an election judge checking in voters in Barack Obama's Chicago ward--wearing an Obama baseball cap:"This photo, taken by a voter this morning at the Ward 4, Precinct 37 polling place (1212 South Plymouth Court, Chicago), shows an election judge checking in voters while wearing an Obama hat," a source writes. "Chicago's 4th ward is home to President Barack Obama." The voter who took the photo says: "Woman in front of me also given an extra ballot." And the voter adds that she has in the past been an election observer abroad.
A Pennsylvania judge is issuing an order to reinstate Republican election officials across Philadelphia who allegedly were ejected or refused entry by on-site Democratic voting chief judges, GOP officials tell Fox News. One Republican official claimed that "just under 70" Republican election officials were blocked from Philadelphia polling sites Tuesday morning by Democrats on site. One of them, the official claimed, "was shoved out of the polling place." "For this many inspectors to be ejected from polling places is rare, even for Philadelphia," the official told FoxNews.com. Further, one polling site in Philadelphia apparently had a mural of President Obama
Many predicted this would be the Twitter election; however, exactly as happened in the UK election, TV has proved the decisive medium, rather than any of the new-fangled social media channels.[Snip] it would take four days to watch every ad once. The other thing which has been startling has been the pure viciousness, which has surpassed anything we've seen before in the TV age. If you don't believe me, take a look at this Democrat ad, which features a Paul Ryan lookalike pushing a struggling grandmother off a cliff: Of course, that isn't strictly a Democrat ad; it's
Time to stop being a wuss. I will take my chances and say it straight out: I think Romney is going to win--not just the popular vote but the electoral college as well. Why do I believe this? Not just because I am persuaded by one set of statistical analysts as opposed to another, although Michael Barone is the psephologist whom I would trust with my electoral life if I were a candidate--and he is predicting a comfortable win for Romney. And it is worth making clear that disagreeing with the state polls is not simply a species of Republican
MANCHESTER, N.H. — In an Election Day interview with a New Hampshire radio station, President Barack Obama talked about the family and children — and even offered a 12-year-old girl some parental advice on dating. Obama was speaking with Mike Morin and Tracy Caruso, hosts of WZID-FM's morning show in Manchester. Caruso's children were in the studio. Her 12-year-old daughter, Taylor, prepared a question: "Mr. President, my mom won't let me date until I'm 16. Do you allow your daughters to date yet?" Obama said his younger daughter, 11-year-old Sasha, does not yet seem to be
Heckler: "Corporations!" Romney: "Corporations are people, my friend. We can raise taxes on-–" Heckler: "No, they're not!" Romney: "Of course they are. Everything corporations earn also goes to people." Audience: [LAUGHTER] Romney: "Where do you think it goes?" Heckler: "It goes into their pockets!" Romney: "Whose pockets? Whose pockets? People's pockets! –-Iowa State Fair, August 2011. It is frustrating that the final days of the election campaign have been marked by a determined pursuit of the trivial. The President of the United States has built the case for his incumbency largely by pointing out he is
Standing behind the liquor store counter the man quietly and anonymously goes about his job serving customers. He had arrived for his shift promptly at 3pm after filling up his gleaming silver Toyota Rav 4 with gas and taking out the trash at his modest two-storey yellow clapboard house in a downtrodden Massachusetts neighbourhood. This a fascinating glimpse into the life of Onyango ‘Omar’ Obama, 68, the half-uncle of Barack Obama - and an illegal immigrant who Mitt Romney has already signalled should be deported if he wins his bid for the Presidency today.
Heavy turnout and long lines at polling places around the Lowcountry are either signs of a vibrant democracy or poor planning, depending on who you ask this morning. Voters are reporting waits of two hours or more to cast their ballots at some polling stations. John Mack of North Charleston said he waited over an hour at Burns Elementary School on Dorchester Road just to check in with poll workers because they had just one computer on hand to verify voters. Some 200 people were standing out in the cold and rain, he said.
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani sat down for a special edition of Morning Joe on MSNBC on Tuesday where he attacked FEMA and the government of New York City for what has been, in his estimation, a poor response to Hurricane Sandy. After comparing the response by FEMA to the agency’s famously wanting response to Hurricane Katrina, co-host Mika Brzezinski took exception. She asked if he would walk back his criticism, to which Giuliani sharply replied that he would not. Giuliani noted that Hurricane Sandy may have helped President Barack Obama politically for a handful of days,
On CNN Tuesday, anchor Suzanne Malveaux asked political consultant Mary Matalin to weigh in on Sen. Lindsey Graham‘s recent remark that the GOP is “losing the demographics race” and that the party is “not generating enough angry white guys to stay in business for the long term.” “The only angry white men I know are liberals,” Matalin responded. “Conservatives are for all Americans.” “You’re married to one,” joked fellow contributor Donna Brazile. Matalin is, as you may know, married to James Carville. “Yeah, there you go,” Matalin continued. “They’re not for hyphenating Americans, we’re not dividing Americans.
The day before the Massachusetts Senate election, the polls still have it a dead heat. Neither Harvard Law School professor Elizabeth Warren or incumbent Republican Senator Scott Brown can justifiably claim at this point to holding a numerical advantage of any substance. The race will be decided tomorrow by the good people of Massachusetts, and by how many of them are passionate enough to brave the early November cold to find their way down to the polling places. As a political journalist in an age when politics so rarely rises to a level that even deserves journalism --
So, Lena Dunham didn’t last long as the voice of a newly self-aware generation of young women who openly acknowledged the awkwardness — and, perhaps, the undesirability — of sex sans commitment. First, it was the ad that managed to combine my 6th-grade sex-ed class with my 6th-grade government class; it told us to vote for the president because he cares a lot about birth control and abortion, and we should love men who never want us to have their children, and care that we can always abort them, or something like that. Today, she was sounding more like
It’s not often that I take on board the views of the execrable Katrina vanden Heuvel, the plutocratic heiress (natch) who screeches from the pages of The Nation, but sometimes she inadvertently puts things in a highly useful perspective. Today she screeches in the Washington Post about how the election will determine whether FDR’s “freedoms” will be preserved. Just so! Hurricane Katrina directs our attention to FDR’s “four freedoms” speech in 1941, in which FDR continued his mischievous mixing of traditional individual rights (“natural rights” to Mr. Jefferson and Mr. Madison) that limit government power,