With CIA director David Petraeus and International Security Assistance Forces General John Allen enmeshed in sex scandals, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is conducting an ethics review of the nation’s top military leaders to promote “a culture of stewardship” among generals. “This week, the Secretary directed General Dempsey to work with the other members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to review how to better foster a culture of stewardship among our most senior military officers,” Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said in a statement. “Their initial findings are due to the Secretary within the next few weeks.
The Justice Department´s muddled probe of the Benghazi, Libya embassy attack, now caught up in the FBI´s investigation of the CIA sex scandal, was compared Wednesday to Richard Nixon´s Watergate cover up by a lawmaker seeking a select House committee to look into the issues. "There are serious questions surrounding the Justice Department´s integrity, similar to those raised during the second term of the Nixon administration," said Virginia Rep. Frank Wolf in a letter to Speaker John Boehner seeking a select committee to investigate the issues. Wolf said Justice and the administration
Most of Sen John McCain’s opposition to the idea of Susan Rice as Secretary of State comes from her defense of the Obama administration’s response to the attacks in Benghazi. But Rice has criticized McCain repeatedly, especially while serving as Obama’s senior foreign-policy adviser for his 2008 campaign. Rice, a Clinton administration veteran, became Obama’s senior foreign-policy adviser, after she chose him over Hillary Clinton early in the presidential race. That put Rice squarely in opposition of McCain, each time the war veteran tried to challenge
On Tuesday, Grover Norquist walked back his comments about a possible carbon tax swap (which would reduce income taxes while taxing carbon emissions), one day after the staunch anti-tax advocate suggested it would not violate his famed Taxpayer Protection Pledge. Norquist now says there "is no conceivable way to add an energy or VAT tax to the burdens American taxpayers face that would not violate the pledge over time." He added, "it would be [a] foolish and economically destructive thing to do." "The creation of any new tax such as a VAT
A complicated and costly provision in President Obama´s health care reforms has area jurisdictions at odds on how best to move forward as a critical deadline looms. States have until Friday to declare whether they plan to operate a state-run health insurance exchange -- an open market for uninsured residents to purchase coverage -- or let the federal government run one for them. Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell sent a letter Wednesday to Obama asking for an extension and criticized his administration´s timetable for complying with the law since it passed in March 2010.
Saying, “I didn’t get reelected to bask in reelection. I got elected to do work,” President Obama on Wednesday set out his stall for the first months of his second term. But he gave no clear hint about whether he would tack to the left or to the center now that he has run his last election campaign. On several big issues, including the fiscal cliff, immigration reform and climate change, the president’s comments at his first press conference since winning a second term in the Oval Office contained enough to
It’s movie night at the White House on Thursday, as President Obama catches the new film that’s creating Oscar buzz: “Lincoln.” Obama will have some company at the sneak peek of the Steven Spielberg-directed flick, which hits theaters nationwide on Friday. Cast and crew members from the movie will be there for the private 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. screening. Actor Daniel Day-Lewis plays the 16th president in the historical film, which chronicles Lincoln’s final months in office. Obama has long voiced his admiration for Lincoln, taking the oath of office at his 2008 inauguration using the same Bible
Appearing as a guest on Wednesday´s Jimmy Kimmel Live on ABC, comedian Martin Short took a shot at Sarah Palin as he compared her family to the family of the Here Comes Honey Boo Boo show on TLC. After making fun of host Jimmy Kimmel for supposedly not doing preparation for his show, Short jabbed Kimmel as the "Honey Boo Boo of late night." He soon brought up the Palin family and made a comparison. The exchange follows below: MARTIN SHORT: You´re the Honey Boo Boo of late night.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Thursday called President Obama’s proposal for $1.6 trillion in new tax revenue a "joke." On the Senate floor, McConnell demanded presidential leadership in discussions on how to avoid the “fiscal cliff” of tax increases and spending cuts that will be reached in January. “The only way we succeed is if the president steps up and leads,” McConnell said. “And an opening bid of $1.6 trillion in tax hikes just isn’t serious. … It’s a joke." (Snip) McConnell said Republicans will only negotiate a fiscal deal if Democrats make major spending cuts and
Sen. John McCain launched a fierce counterattack on Barack Obama yesterday after Obama arrogantly called McCain’s criticism of U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice “outrageous” and said critics of Rice should “go after me.” McCain, speaking on the Senate floor, went straight for the jugular: “This president — this administration — has either been guilty of colossal incompetence or been engaged in a coverup, neither of which is acceptable to the American people. I speak as a friend of Christopher Stevens, I speak as a person who knows something about warfare, I speak as something of an authority —
President Obama´s election victory ensured his Affordable Care Act would remain the centerpiece of his first term in power - but that has left some business owners baulking at the extra cost Obamcare will bring. Florida based restaurant boss John Metz, who runs approximately 40 Denny´s and owns the Hurricane Grill & Wings franchise has decided to offset that by adding a five percent surcharge to customers´ bills and will reduce his employees´ hours. With Obamacare due to be fully implemented in January 2014, Metz has justified his move by claiming it is ´the only alternative.
Below is an excerpt from ABC News Senior White House correspondent Jake Tapper´s just-released, "The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor," one of those harrowing, inspiring war stories so fantastic, it can only be true. Early one morning in October of 2009, 53 American troops stationed at Outpost Keating -- a base plopped in the middle of the Afghan nowhere and situated at a strategic disadvantage not to be believed -- are attacked by 400 Taliban fighters. Thanks to extraordinary heroism, 45 manage to survive, but eight
Fox News reported that at a hearing on Capitol Hill today, Foreign Affairs Committee Chairwoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) told the committee that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton would be testifying before them in early December. “I would like to note that I have spoken to Secretary Clinton’s Counselor and Chief of Staff, Cheryl Mills, and the Secretary has committed to testifying before our Committee and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the Accountability Review Board’s report, which is expected to be concluded by early to mid-December,”
On Wednesday, November 14, President Obama held his first full-scale press conference and, despite continuing to speak in generalities, Reuters was impressed by the revelation of his second-term agenda. The President was "feisty" yet "conciliatory," Reuters claimed. Reuters led its piece with Obama´s gave a "feisty defense" of U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice. It was Rice who was one of the loudest, early voices claiming that the attacks in Benghazi that killed four Americans was the result of some unknown Youtube video -- a claim solidly proven false soon after the attacks occurred.
The Department of Labor has announced that new jobless claims rose by a staggering 78,000 in the first week after the election, reaching a seasonally-adjusted total of 439,000. Over the past year, and in the weeks leading up to the election, jobless claims were said to be declining, dipping as low as 339,000, with the media proclaiming that they had reached the "lowest level in more than four years." Now, suddenly, the news seems far less rosy. Headline changed to lower case to suit site style
United Airlines (UAL) has grounded flights across the U.S. Thursday morning due to a glitch in the computer system that controls the airline´s ground operations. The problem seems to be affecting passengers across the country, from New York´s LaGuardia to San Francisco. The airline is telling passengers to rebook on other airlines. “We´re aware of a computer issue affecting some of our flights,” United said on its official Twitter account. “We´re working to resolve it. We´ll update as we have more details.” The airline has been plagued by a number of computer outages since its merger with Continental.
President Barack Obama, in his first ever press conference since his re-election, said Wednesday that he predicted that a “significant increase in Latino turnout” at the polls would give Republicans reason to reflect on their position on immigration reform. The president said he expects to see progress in Congress shortly after his inauguration on the issue. “Before the election I’d given a couple interviews where I predicted the Latino vote will be strong and that that would cause some reflection on the part of Republicans about their position on immigration reform. I think we’re starting to see that
The U.S. Postal Service said its net loss last year widened to $15.9 billion, more than the $15 billion it had projected, as mail volume continued to drop, falling 5 percent. Without action by Congress, the service will run out of cash on Oct. 15, 2013, after it makes a required workers compensation payment to the U.S. Labor Department and before revenue typically jumps with holiday season mailing, Chief Financial Officer Joe Corbett said. The service, whose fiscal year ended Sept. 30, lost $5.1 billion a year earlier. It announced the net loss today
Politicians -- and, come to think of it, criminals under interrogation -- are famous for answering the questions they want to answer, which are often not the questions asked. And they frequently attempt to bury a query with words that sound good, but end up revealing very little. Not to mention, consume valuable time, precluding additional questions. Barack Obama has long been reputed as the Real Good Talker, a fellow who says things that sound fine, even at times eloquent to his carefully-picked, eager audiences.
ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, N.J. –Love letters from World War II written by a New Jersey woman to her boyfriend washed ashore during Superstorm Sandy. A 14-year-old found the 57 letters inside a box walking along a beach in Atlantic Highlands the day after Sandy struck. They chronicled life for Dorothy Fallon and Lynn Farnham from 1942 until the week before they married in 1948. The Vermont native served in the Pacific during the war. Kathleen Chaney tells WNBC-TV in New York (http://bit.ly/RDSPJq ) she started playing amateur detective as her son dried the letters.
It seems with each passing day since the President was re-elected another business owner is coming out to address how he or she is going to make up for the additional costs that will occur once health care reform is fully implemented. On Wednesday, John Metz, the CEO of Hurricane Grill & Wings restaurants said that he´s going to impose an Obamacare surcharge on customers. Speaking with the Huffington Post, Metz said, "If I leave the prices the same, but say on the menu that there is a 5 percent surcharge for Obamacare, customers have two choices.
The FBI agent who exposed the affair between Gen. David Petraeus and his married mistress, which led to Petraeus’ public downfall as head of the CIA, has been identified as Frederick W. Humphries II, according to a New York Times report Wednesday. Associates of Humphries, 47, described him as a “hard-charging” veteran counterterrorism investigator who helped foil the terrorist plot to bomb Los Angeles International Airport on New Year’s Eve in 1999. “Fred is a passionate kind of guy,” a former colleague told The Times. “He’s kind of an obsessive type. If he locked his teeth onto something, he’d be a bulldog.”
Just in case the unaffordable price tag and rising costs don´t quite do the trick, America´s spiraling dearth of doctors will contribute heavily to the collapse of our re-engineered health care system, according to a new study: The United States will require at least 52,000 more family doctors in the year 2025 to keep up with the growing and increasingly older U.S. population, a new study found. The predictions also reflect the passage of the Affordable Care Act -- a change that will expand health insurance coverage to an additional 38 million Americans.
BANGKOK- Citing a string of ethical lapses by senior military officers, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has asked the Joint Chiefs of Staff to review ethics training and to brainstorm on ways to steer officers away from trouble. The move is a reflection of the depth of concern triggered by a series of misconduct cases in a military that prides itself on integrity and honor but has suffered an unusual number of stumbles after a decade of war. In a memo to Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Panetta made no explicit reference
Time for Chicago´s vending machines to chip up or chip out. Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Wednesday he´s cracking down on the caloric content of vending machines in city buildings and plans to replace them all with healthy vending by next year. A proposed ordinance, to be introduced this week, will lay out plans for the new machines and detail guidelines on fat, sugar and calorie content starting in January 2013. “These new vending machines will make it easier than ever before for city employees and the public to make healthy lifestyle decisions,” Emanuel said.