Former CIA Director David Petraeus wanted GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney to keep him on if the Republican beat President Obama in last Tuesday´s national election, according to Romney associates. (Snip) Campaign associates told Secrets that they were pushing for a Cabinet with no ties to Obama and intelligence officials suggested that the campaign was concerned that Petraeus had politicized the agency in the Benghazi, Libya attack and had let the president take too much credit for the killing of Osama bin Laden, the 9/11 attack mastermind.
Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) has been elected to head the conservative Republican Study Committee (RSC) in the 113th Congress. Scalise beat out Rep. Tom Graves (R-Ga.) in a rebuke to the committee’s founding members, who had unanimously recommended Graves for the post. Scalise, who just won reelection to his third term in the House, replaces Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), who led the group the last two years. The vote tally of the more than 160 RSC members was not released, but Jordan told The Hill that it was “within a few votes.”
New Jersey’s job growth is basically flat for the year following Thursday’s release of October figures that show the state lost 11,700 jobs, the biggest one-month decline since June 2009. And the prospects for November are no better, with more losses expected as the result of superstorm Sandy. The state lost 9,400 private sector and 2,300 government jobs in October, based on a survey completed before the storm, bringing the total employment gain this year to 17,600, the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development reported.(Snip) Thursday’s report also revised downward the employment figure for September,
Former Dick Clark Productions Chief Executive Mark Shapiro has emerged as a candidate for the top job at the cable news channel CNN, according to people familiar with the matter. Shapiro, who prior to running Dick Clark Productions was a top programming executive at ESPN, would be an unusual choice for the CNN job, given that he does not have a traditional hard news background. However, Shapiro has strong production chops from his days at ESPN, which has its own large news division. He is seen as an innovative executive unafraid to take chances.
Rep. Jim Matheson (D-Utah) "won´t be voting" for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to remain in her position. "I think it is time to shake things up within the Democratic Caucus. I think we should look for some new leadership," Matheson told the Salt Lake Tribune. "I won´t be voting for Nancy Pelosi." The centrist Democrat represents the most Republican Democrat-held district in the country, and is fresh off surviving a tough challenge after redistricting, winning with 49 percent of the vote.
The Republican Party of Florida is backing Rep. Allen West’s call for a recount of all early votes in St. Lucie County, saying it would be “unconscionable” not to answer lingering questions about the results — which show Mr. West trailing Democratic challenger Patrick Murphy. “The supervisor of elections owes it to the people that elected her to count all of their votes that were cast early in the 2012 election cycle,” party Chairman Lenny Curry said in a statement Thursday. “She has already admitted there was a problem with the counting process and announced she would count all the
Morgantown, W.Va. - Bankrupt Patriot Coal Corp. agreed Thursday to become the first U.S. coal operator to phase out and eventually stop all large-scale mountaintop removal mining in central Appalachia under an agreement reached with three environmental groups that sued over pollution from several West Virginia operations. St. Louis-based Patriot said the proposed agreement allows it to postpone as much as $27 million in expenses into 2014 and beyond, improving its liquidity and the likelihood it can successfully emerge from Chapter 11 protection as a viable business.
Planned Parenthood, whose federal funding was threatened by GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney, is taking credit for President Obama´s reelection by keeping independent women scared long enough about Romney´s agenda for Obama to win them over. Dawn Laguens, executive vice president of Planned Parenthood, on Wednesday said that the women´s health group, starting in June, focused on keeping the minds of independent women open to voting for Obama by warning how Romney would rob them of birth control and abortion. That, she said, gave the president enough time to convince women that the economy was getting better
Hidden by the much bigger headline warnings about Obamacare´s impact, military retirees who have their own health care system are facing radical changes and cost hikes due to Pentagon budget cuts. In one of the most buzzed- and tweeted-about issues this week, the Pentagon is looking to dump 171,000 retirees out of the popular TRICARE Prime managed care program and into TRICARE Standard, the fee-for-service insurance option. The result could be significantly higher costs. A story on military.com revealed the military´s planning, explaining that retirees who live beyond 40-miles of a military base of medical facility will be hit.
Is there a limit to the number of times the news media will act as willing accomplices for Palestinian propaganda? Apparently not. The BBC, which has been an enemy of Israel for years, even going so far as to quote as an authority noted Israel hater Richard Falk, who has compared Israelis to Nazis, has now been caught cutting a video showing a “victim” of the Israeli attack on Gaza being carried out, seriously wounded. One problem. In the same video thirty seconds later, the same man is standing on his own two feet. It’s a miracle! The BBC’s hostility to Israel has been evidenced by acts like these:
Reports of al Qaeda´s death are greatly exaggerated, and the tragic events in Benghazi, Libya, and elsewhere make clear that al Qaeda and its affiliates remain a clear danger to the United States. The jihadists are taking full advantage of a permissive operating environment across the Middle East and North Africa to regroup, strengthen and plot new attacks against our homeland and American interests abroad. (Snip) "Al Qaeda, its affiliates and adherents around the world -- as well as other terrorist organizations -- continue to pose a significant threat to our country. This threat is resilient, adaptive and
Israel has been under the most profound siege since the fall of 2000; some would say, since the day after it won the 1967 war of self-defense; others would insist that the siege began the moment the sovereign Jewish state came into being in 1948. They are all right. Hamas rockets have been launched against Israel for years now—only the world refused to see or hear them or to understand what this meant in human and civilian terms. Jewish children, (adults too), have been traumatized by the siren which tells their parents and teachers that they have 30 seconds to reach a shelter; they have been traumatized
John Charles Villiers-Farrow, the brother of actress Mia Farrow, has been charged with sexually abusing children in the Edgewater area of Anne Arundel County. Two young men came forward with detailed accounts of being sexually abused from 2000 to 2008 when the two were boys, according to Anne Arundel County Police. Villers-Farrow, 66, of Edgewater, was charged last week with numerous counts of child sex abuse. He was being held Thursday pending an $800,000 bond.
The Obama administration gave the filmmakers behind the upcoming Osama bin Laden film "Zero Dark Thirty" information that could cause an “unnecessary security and counterintelligence risk” if released to the public," according to Judicial Watch. The group´s information comes from sworn court documents acquired during the course of its Freedom of Information Act lawsuit regarding the ties between "Zero Dark Thirty" and the current administration. Judicial Watch previously obtained information from the Department of Defense and the CIA indicating Team Obama wanted to have
The Israel Defense Force (IDF) said today that its Operation Pillar of Cloud in Gaza has been largely successful thus far, with much of the Hamas arsenal of Iranian-made Fajr-5 rockets destroyed by Israeli air strikes. In a briefing with new media journalists and bloggers, Lt. Col. Avital Leibovich of the IDF Spokesperson´s Unit said that the impending visit of Egyptian Prime Minister Hesham Kandil tomorrow would not cause the IDF to scale back operations. "Currently we are going to continue the operation. There is no change." She indicated that the IDF would continue to strike terror targets in
CLINTON, N.Y. – Drug charges against Jon Bon Jovi´s 19-year-old daughter have been dropped, a central New York prosecutor said Thursday. Stephanie Bongiovi was found unresponsive by medics after she apparently overdosed on heroin in a Hamilton College dorm early Wednesday. Town of Kirkland police charged Bongiovi, of Red Bank, N.J., and fellow student Ian Grant, also of Red Bank, with possession of a small amount of heroin and marijuana. Oneida County District Attorney Scott McNamara said he was dismissing the charges against both students.
Scientists have identified a new gene variant that seems to strongly raise the risk for Alzheimer´s disease, giving a fresh target for research into treatments for the mind-robbing disorder. (Snip) The main reason scientists are excited by the discovery is what this gene does, and how that might reveal what causes Alzheimer´s and ways to prevent it. The gene helps the immune system control inflammation in the brain and clear junk such as the sticky deposits that are the hallmark of the disease. Mutations in the gene may impair these tasks, so treatments to restore the gene's function and quell
At his press conference yesterday, President Obama said it is nearly impossible to raise taxes on the wealthy (a key piece of his fiscal strategy) without increasing their tax rates. It is, Obama said, a matter of simple arithmetic. (Snip) Most of the current focus is on avoiding the fiscal cliff. Most of the current focus is on avoiding the fiscal cliff. Obama insists on extending most of the 2001-03 tax cuts except for those that benefit the rich. Most Republicans want to extend those tax cuts for everyone, including the wealthy, which would add about another $1 trillion to the deficit.
While Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., was leading a press conference Wednesday to condemn the administration´s lack of transparency regarding the attacks in Benghazi, Libya, it turns out he could have been attending a classified briefing on the subject. Due to what his office called a "scheduling error," McCain accompanied Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., at 11:30 a.m., Wednesday to demand before reporters a select committee of Congress to investigate the violence in Libya, rather than attend the scheduled 11 a.m. closed-door briefing for members
No one is calling him Maurice, but Deon Stewart proclaimed himself a gangster of love Wednesday and admitted to a string of Omaha robberies. In a rambling jailhouse press conference, the 21-year-old Stewart said he committed 14 robberies in four days so he could get his share of the “silver and gold” that he feels is his due. Stewart said he was surprised by how easily clerks gave up the money when he flashed his silver pistol, and even says some of them might have wanted him to have the cash. “One night, I just went into every store that I could to get my silver and gold,” Stewart said.
New York - Stock indexes closed lower Thursday, a third straight decline, after U.S. retailers issued weak forecasts for earnings and more people filed claims for unemployment benefits. Wal-Mart, Ross Stores and Limited Brands, the owner of Victoria´s Secret, all fell after issuing forecasts that disappointed financial analysts. Wal-Mart fell $2.59, or 3.6 percent, to $68.72. The Dow Jones industrial average wavered between small gains and losses shortly after the opening bell, then moved lower at midmorning. It closed down 28.57 points at 12,542.38. The Standard & Poor´s 500 index
President Obama praised the resilient New York attitude and the efforts of rescue workers during his talk after touring areas of Queens and Staten Island that were ravaged by Hurricane Sandy.‘I´m very proud of you, New York. You guys are tough you bounce back,’ he said while visiting New Dorp Beach in Staten Island. After a brief helicopter tour of Queens- passing over particularly devastated areas like Rockaway Beach and Breezy Point- they arrived in Staten Island where they examined the damage by foot.
President Obama, touring parts of New York City slammed by Hurricane Sandy, was chided by a girl for ignoring the disaster. As the president waded through a supply center, a girl who was waiting for goods told a reporter, "We need help--he should of been here a long time ago," according to the White House pool report. Obama has received little criticism for the federal government´s handling of the disaster which is still crippling areas of New York where many families remain homeless or without power. Read the pool report:
David Petraeus´ resignation was not linked to the September attack that killed four Americans in Benghazi, Libya, and he never passed classified information to the woman he was having an affair with, the former CIA director told an HLN journalist. Petraeus, in conversations with HLN´s Kyra Phillips, confirmed to her what his supporters have been saying about the ongoing scandal. "In our first conversation," Phillips said Thursday, Petraeus "had told me he had engaged in something dishonorable. He sought to do the honorable thing in response - and that was to come forward.
Lawrence O’Donnell took on senators John McCain and Lindsay Graham tonight over what he deemed their brand-new standards for how to decide whether or not to support someone for a Cabinet position, and found their opposition to U.N. ambassador Susan Rice as the possible next secretary of state not only hypocritical, but McCarthy-like in rhetoric. (Snip) O’Donnell boiled the two senators criteria down to one simple fact: anyone but Rice. McCain and Graham both said that they would not support her nomination because she went on television and misrepresented the facts on the Benghazi attacks.
You can say what you want about Tim Tebow, and everyone sure does. But he deserves better than this, deserves better than having to endure cowardly lions, the kings of least, inside the Rex Ryan Zoo, growling and clawing at him. He deserves better than to have anonymous potshots taken at him by characters who have no character, deserves better than to have his pristine chapel overrun by a team that leads the league only in finger-pointing and dysfunction. He should get the hell out, ask for a trade at the end of the Jets season,