She shared a smooch with one married general, sent reams of explicit emails to another — and now she’s lost her unpaid gig as social director for Tampa’s military elite. More details emerged Wednesday about Florida military base volunteer Jill Kelley’s tight ties to disgraced ex-Gen. David Petraeus and his Afghanistan successor, Gen. John Allen. The raven-haired socialite hosted Petraeus and his wife at an awards ceremony in her Tampa home last summer, with the soon-to-be CIA director planting a friendly kiss on her left cheek. The 37-year-old brunette Air Force Base volunteer was a bit cheekier with Gen. John Allen,
President Obama’s labor regulators are preparing to give his “army” of unions the private contact information of workers employed by non-union companies, as part of an array of rules to facilitate and finance union expansion. “The National Labor Relations Board is expected to start work on a rule that would force businesses to turn over workers’ phone numbers, emails and shift times to union organizers,” the Associated Press reported this week. It’s an effort to enhance the unions’ voter contact operations, in effect, as current law only requires companies
PHILADELPHIA -- A Temple University student made a rare find at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. As he explored an exhibit with his girlfriend, he realized one 16th Century painting was almost like looking in the mirror. A curiosity in art and culture brought Max Galuppo to the Philadelphia Museum of Art last weekend. The Temple student from Hunterdon County, New Jersey is seeing 15 minutes of fame that could last a little longer, because he seems to be immortalized in a 16th Century Italian painting.
Speaking to reporters this afternoon, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi D-Calif. explained that members of Congress had to work together if they were going to accomplish any important legislation. “On the front of our uniforms is Team USA,” Pelosi said, comparing Congress to the San Francisco Giants, who won the world series this year. “We have to work together for our country to continue to be number one and prevail.” Pelosi said that she hoped that Republicans would work with President Obama to move forward on important legislation. “It wasn’t like this before, even when President Bush was president
With things looking pretty hopeless for the victims of Superstorm Sandy, Neil Cavuto asked Fox Business Network’s Melissa Francis to join him on Your World to provide those suffering with a little hope. So, what does Francis know about pain and suffering? Quite a bit, it turns out. In her new memoir Diary of a Stage Mother’s Daughter, Francis details the abuse she suffered at the hands of her mother. Since the release of her book, Francis tells Cavuto that many people have approached her detailing similar hardships.
CHICAGO — The sordid tale of Chicago Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife alderman Sandi may not be as internationally alluring as Benghazi, the Petraeus scandal, Fast and Furious, the fiscal cliff, and other adminstration failures, but it should have Chicago media screaming loudly. You remember Congressman Jackson don’t you? The congressman from Illinois who disappeared? The scion of the Right Reverend Jesse Jackson? The House Ethics Committee was investigating Congressman Jackson over various improprieties. Then, when things looked grim and rough, he disappeared, poof, vanished into thin air.
LOS ANGELES, President Valerie Jarrett sent out her spokesperson Barack Obama to take questions from the media. It was Mr. Obama´s first real press conference in eight months. As with previous press conferences, questions requiring a "yes" or "no" answer would be given lengthy explanations to reduce the number of questions asked. Whether the topic was Benghazi or the looming fiscal cliff, President Jarrett instructed Mr. Obama to answer all questions with "invest in education" or "green energy." Yet Mr. Obama went off script, and again showed his darker side, a term that relates to their character,
Republicans are on the verge of committing suicide. In the wake of President Obama’s re-election, many conservatives are demanding the GOP embrace amnesty for illegal aliens. The official term is “comprehensive immigration reform.” Sean Hannity has now “evolved” on the issue. Others, such as Dick Morris and Charles Krauthammer, are ringing the alarm bells: Get in front on amnesty before the GOP is swamped by the surging Latino vote. House Speaker John A. Boehner said last week that comprehensive immigration reform is “long overdue.” Translation: Beltway Republicans are ready to wave the white flag of surrender.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) confused the 14th and 11th Amendments when suggesting the president could bypass Congress and unilaterally raise the debt ceiling, saying, “Whatever it is, I’m with the constitution.” During her weekly press conference on Capitol Hill on Thursday, Pelosi was asked about the need for two separate deals in Congress to both raise the approaching debt ceiling and address the expiration of the Bush era tax cuts. “I would hope not,” Pelosi said. “I would hope that by now—well, me,
The new spiritual leaders of the Republican Party have come out swinging against Mitt Romney for his controversial remarks on a donor conference call about why Barack Obama won reelection. According to the New York Times, Romney said Obama had followed the “old playbook” of using targeted initiatives to woo specific interest groups — “especially the African-American community, the Hispanic community and young people.”
CNN reports that former Central Intelligence Agency director David H. Petraeus wants to tell Congress that he knew “almost immediately” that the attack on the U.S. Mission in Benghazi was perpetrated by terrorists. According to the source, reports attributing the attack to protests surrounding an anti-Islam video and protests in Cairo were not disproven until after Petraeus made his initial report to Congress. Despite that, according to CNN, Petraeus had separate talking points from Rice’s and that her talking points came from somewhere else in the administration.
Republicans don’t want Mitt Romney to go away mad but they do, it seems, want him to go away. That sentiment was in full bloom following Romney’s first post-election comments — made on a phone call with donors earlier this week. On the call, Romney attributed his loss to the “gifts” President Obama’s campaign doled out to young people and minorities. For many, the comments had an eerie echo of the secretly taped “47 percent” remarks Romney made at a May fundraiser. “There is no Romney wing in the party that he needs to address,” said Ed Rogers, a longtime Republican strategist.
So Much for the honeymoon. Just a week after his re-election, President Obama showed only occasional flashes of conciliation yesterday, with his press conference sounding more like a sequel to the bitter campaign than a fresh start to a second term. Whatever the topic, he was by turns evasive, strident and pugnacious. No wonder the stock market took another tumble, with the Dow down a staggering 685 points since Nov. 6. His combative attitude suggests Obama wants a fight instead of bipartisan solutions to America’s problems. He even issued a challenge to a schoolyard brawl over the Benghazi
Obama administration officials revealed in court documents that information released to the filmmakers of Zero Dark Thirty could pose an “unnecessary security and intelligence risk,” according to a Judicial Watch press release. The admissions, made during the course of Judicial Watch Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit seeking records pertaining to cooperation between Obama administration officials and director Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal in preparation for the film, raises questions about the public statement to reporters by Obama White House spokesman Jay Carney regarding the controversy: “We do not discuss classified information.”
The White House is open — but not committed — to renewing the payroll tax cut that expires at the end of 2012, an official tells POLITICO. "We have said that there are a number of tax issues to deal with at the end of the year and we will look at the payroll tax cut in the context of those discussions," a White House official said. (Snip) The White House waged an unrelenting campaign last December against House Republicans on the payroll tax measure, insisting that letting it expire would constitute a tax increase on the middle class.
Authorities say four people are dead and 17 others are injured after a train slammed into a parade float headed to a West Texas event honoring wounded veterans. Union Pacific spokesman Tom Lange says the eastbound train was sounding its horn before it hit the float Thursday as it approached a railroad crossing in Midland. He says the crossing gate and lights were working at the time. Lange didn´t know if the train crew saw the float approaching. City of Midland spokesman Ryan Stout says 10 of those injured are in critical condition at Midland Memorial Hospital,
VIENNA - Iran is on the threshold of being able to create weapons-grade uranium at a plant it has heavily fortified against Israeli attack, diplomats told The Associated Press on Thursday, calling into question an Israeli claim that Iran had slowed its nuclear time table. One of three diplomats who discussed the issue said Iran was now technically ready within days to ramp up its production of 20 percent enriched uranium at its Fordo facility by nearly 700 centrifuges. That would double present output, and cut in half the time it would take
Forget the "fiscal cliff." The real panic on Wall Street is over Apple´s stock. Nearly every mutual and hedge fund has piled into Apple [AAPL 525.62 -11.26 (-2.1%) ] during its spectacular rise over the past few years. Now, these same funds are scrambling for the exits as the stock goes through an equally spectacular decline. Apple plunged to a six-month low Thursday as funds rushed to take profits on the stock before it’s too late. Shares are now off 25 percent since late September — shortly after the iPhone 5 launch
On Thursday’s broadcast of Fox News Channel’s “The Five,” co-host Greg Gutfeld challenged President Barack Obama’s defense of U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice in his press conference on Wednesday. Gutfeld, the author of “The Joy of Hate: How to Triumph over Whiners in the Age of Phony Outrage,” said the mixed signals coming from the White House are as unprofessional as they are unpersuasive. “So, responding to the Benghazi mess, President Obama said Susan Rice had the best intel available,” Gutfeld said. “[B]est intel available? The White House caterer knew this was a terror attack before Obama
Record executive and producer David Geffen finalized a deal last week to buy the luxury penthouse apartment owned by socialite Denise Rich on Manhattan´s Upper East Side for record-smashing $54million. Rich, 68, the Grammy-nominated songwriter who renounced her American passport in November, was originally asking $65million for the stunning 12,000 square-foot Fifth Avenue dwelling, but settled for a sum nearly 17 per cent lower than her asking price, according to the Wall Street Journal. Still, the deal marks the highest price ever paid for a co-op in Manhattan,
When we celebrate Thanksgiving in a little over a week, after being thankful for family and friends, for health and comfort, for food and shelter; it may be time to be thankful for the left. I have seen far too much despair and defeatism, too many comments that suggest there is no hope for America and the only thing left to do is pour a glass of wine and watch the sun go down.I understand the place of despair and pain that such words come from. But they also testify to how sheltered Americans are from the cold winds outside.
The NRA has been saying all along that Barack Obama would unleash an assault on our Second Amendment freedoms if he won a second term. It sure didn’t take long for him to prove us right. Just hours after Obama won re-election last Tuesday, his administration endorsed a new effort by the global gun grabbers at the United Nations to draft a gun ban treaty early next year. The official starting point for the new talks is last year’s failed draft, which contains provisions that threaten our sovereign right to keep and bear arms through an international gun
This will surely cheer up Republicans suffering from post-election depression. Former President Bill Clinton told Mitt Romney Monday he would have won the presidency if not for Hurricane Sandy. According to ABC News´s Chris Good, Romney held a number of conference calls with top donors Wednesday. During one of them, Romney said he had gotten a call from Clinton this past Monday. “I spoke with president Clinton the day before yesterday, he called and spent thirty minutes chatting with me," Good reported Romney saying. "He said a week out I thought you were going to win.
Washington, D.C.´s Metrorail transportation system said Thursday that it has sold 1,500 commemorative fare cards this week for President Obama´s second inauguration. The organization that runs subway trains in the capital, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), said earlier this week that it was accepting pre-sale payments for a special version of its SmarTrip fare cards that will mark Obama being sworn in again on Jan. 21, 2013. WMATA tweeted Thursday that 1,500 of the cards, which feature Obama´s picture and include the phrase "America Makes History Again," have already been sold.
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.