Today, as Hamas continued to fire rockets on Israeli civilians while ensconced among Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip, Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi ordered Prime Minister Hesham Kandil to travel to Gaza in a show of solidarity with Hamas. Kandil will be accompanied by Egyptian security officials, including Maj. Gen. Mohammed Raafat Shehata, Egypt’s head of intelligence, and the health minister. The State Department has already stated that the Obama administration is trying to prevent Egypt from getting involved. So far, it isn’t helping.
Richard “Buzzy” Dressel — a prominent and influential North Jersey labor leader who served on the boards of the Hackensack University Medical Center Foundation and Bergen Community College — was arrested Thursday on charges of conspiring to steer more than $350,000 in union funds to his wife. Dressel, 63, of Montvale, the business manager and principal officer of Local 164 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, was arrested along with John M. DeBouter, 55, of Oakland, the local’s president, after a two-year investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor. An eight-count indictment charged the two officials with conspiring to embezzle
In its November 15 print version, The Washington Post published a story about the criminal financial malfeasance of former Democrat Governor and MF Global Chief John Corzine. The Post seemed reluctant to identify Corzine as a Democrat, and buried the story deep in the paper. Corzine was the subject of a report this week issued by the House Financial Services´s oversight subcommittee that raised deep concerns about the magical disappearance of $1.6 billion in investor´s money. The report stopped short of calling Corzine´s actions outright felonies (the committee is leaving
Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip say they have launched a rocket on Jerusalem - the first time the holy city has been targeted from Gaza. Israel Army radio said the missile landed just outside the city - and there are no reported casualties. An earlier missile targeted Tel Aviv. It comes amid mounting violence, following Israel´s killing of Hamas´s military chief on Wednesday. Egypt´s leader has vowed to back Gaza in the face of "blatant aggression".
She has become known as a shrewd socialite, throwing lavish garden parties for the military´s top brass and referring to the most influential as ´close friends´. And now, Jill Kelley, the Florida housewife whose complaint over threatening emails revealed David Petraeus´ affair, has attempted to exploit her connections once again. In her first words since her part in the scandal was revealed over the weekend, Kelley has sent a string of pleading emails to the Tampa Mayor, complaining she has been receiving threats and claiming: ´The truth will one day prevail.´ The anguished messages, seen by
Obama´s first post-election press conference, if you could call it that, tells us a great deal about his attitude and the approach he intends to pursue in his second term, which is the same failed policy mix on steroids. Obama´s re-election, of course, gives him the right to pursue these policies, but it doesn´t deny elected Republicans the right or relieve them of the duty to oppose them. If Obama can glean any intelligible mandate from his victory, it is that relentless negative campaigning, demagoguery, divisive identity politics, deceit and superior political
The Golden State has fallen on hard times, with a poverty rate that is now twice as bad as West Virginia’s and substantially worse than the rates of poverty in Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas and Texas, according to a new measure of poverty developed by the federal Census Bureau. Democrat-run California earned its last-place rank under the federal government’s new measure of poverty, which incorporates more detailed analyses of welfare payments and the local costs of food, gasoline and housing. (View the new census data report) The state’s costs are boosted by its environmental and workplace regulations,
Whether it was to steal a first kiss or listen to Led Zeppelin, climbing onto the roof of the White House was apparently a common sneak-out practice among presidents´ children. Steve Ford garnered laughs during a panel discussion Thursday with fellow children of former presidents as he recalled dragging a stereo onto the roof with a friend his first night there in 1974. A teenager at the time his father took office, he said, ´I think we were playing like Led Zeppelin´s "Stairway to Heaven." Literally, it was like "Dumb and Dumber."´ Jenna Bush Hager later told Ford,
This week´s press conference was more of the same President Obama whom we saw on the campaign trail this year. He was resolute and even defiant. And though there was more conciliation at times than we are normally used to hearing from the president, he was ultimately espousing the same attitude towards resolving our fiscal challenges that we have heard all along. The president’s tone and focus on cutting taxes for middle class Americans indicated that he was more interested in preserving his agenda than resolving our mounting fiscal challenges. Indeed, the president is well aware of the Republican
The entire House GOP leadership team has registered its opposition to climate legislation that raises revenue, underscoring the long odds that taxing carbon emissions has in negotiations on the fiscal cliff. The Tea Party group Americans for Prosperity greeted Wednesday’s election of the House GOP leadership team by pointing out that the lawmakers are among the signers of the group’s “no climate tax” pledge. Signers agree to “oppose any legislation relating to climate change that includes a net increase in government revenue.” They include Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio),
Democrat Ami Bera has defeated Rep. Dan Lungren (R-Calif.) in one of the closest House races of the cycle. Bera and Lungren finished within a few hundred votes of one another on election night, but Bera´s lead has grown in recent days as mail-in and provisional ballots were counted. He leads Lungren by slightly fewer than 4,000 votes with some ballots still left to be counted. The Associated Press called the race for Bera late Thursday evening. The contest was a rematch between the two: Bera narrowly lost to Lungren in 2010, surprising observers with a better-than-expected performance
Continuing the post-election Republican streak of using buttocks-related phrases to describe the party’s electoral defeat, GOP strategist and Fox News analyst Karl Rove said Wednesday night that Mitt Romney lost thanks in part to a “butt-ugly” GOP primary campaign that helped paint him in an “unfavorable light” for the actual presidential campaign season. Rove made the case that Romney’s campaign took severe damage at multiple points throughout the 2012 presidential campaign. The brutally long Republican primary campaign had “way too many debates,” Rove said, adding that they tended to focus on social
What started as a celebration honoring American heroes and their wives ended in tragedy. “It’s obviously a real sad day for Midland, Texas. This may be one of the most tragic events we’ve had in our town,” said Mayor Wes Perry during a press conference at the Midland Police Department on Thursday night. “This was a horrific event that started with an evening to honor those heroes, just as we should,” said Midland Police Department Chief Price Robinson. Perry had visited with the 24 wounded veterans and their spouses during Thursday’s Show of Support luncheon at the Commemorative Air Force
Two months after the terror attack in Benghazi, there´s been "no retribution, no retaliation, no visible action by the United States against those who murdered four American citizens," and that sends a dangerous signal, former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. John Bolton told Fox News on Thursday: "Now, maybe there´s something the administration has in the works, one of the rare national security secrets they´ve been able to keep. But the signal in the Middle East and beyond is, you can kill Americans with impunity. And that is a lesson, once learned, it´s going to cause
Former CIA Director David Petraeus testified in a closed-door hearing Friday morning that his agency determined immediately after the Sept. 11 Libya attack that "Al Qaeda involvement" was suspected -- but the line was taken out in the final version circulated to administration officials, according to a top lawmaker who was briefed. Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., who spoke to reporters after Petraeus testified before the House Intelligence Committee, indicated he and other lawmakers still have plenty of questions about the aftermath of the attack. "No one knows yet exactly who came up with the final version of the
Disgraced former CIA director David Petraeus slipped into a closed door hearing before the House Intelligence Committee this morning to testify about what he learned first-hand about the Sept. 11 attack in the U.S. consulate in Benghazi. Petraeus, who traveled to Libya and carried out his own investigation after the Benghazi attack, spoke and was questioned by the committee for about 90 minutes, committee chairman Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., said after the hearing. Following the hearing, Petraeus moved onto a Senate Intelligence Committee in an underground meeting room within the Capitol Visitors Center.
Why did the FBI and Justice Department wait four months to inform President Obama that his CIA director was having an extra-marital affair? In his first public comments on the matter, Attorney General Eric Holder said on Thursday the investigation into Petraeus´ activities was conducted "in the way that we normally conduct criminal investigations, so they can be seen as being done in an impartial way." Investigators "follow the facts," Holder said: "We do not share outside the Justice Department, outside the FBI, the facts of ongoing investigations. We made the determination as we were going through
CINCINNATI- Long before Mitt Romney and Barack Obama wrestled over Ohio, it was also a crucial political battleground state for Abraham Lincoln. So much so that when he received word of the results of the state´s 1863 elections, Lincoln said in a message: "Ohio has saved the Nation." "Ohio was almost a civil war unto itself," said historian William B. Styple, whose latest book focuses on a Cincinnati politician who was an influential aide to Union Gen. George B. McClellan, who ran against Lincoln in 1864. "There was a lot of turmoil in that state."
The Taliban is reportedly getting quite a kick out of former CIA Director David Petraeus’ sex scandal, with one Taliban official bursting into laughter as soon as a reporter mentioned the retired general in an interview earlier this week. “What a b*****! But all Americans are the same, it’s nothing new,” the Taliban official told Agence France Presse in the interview, which took place in northwest Pakistan. “It’s quite normal for Americans and Western people to behave like this — they live in free sex societies where nobody cares
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) said Friday that Mitt Romney’s comments that President Obama won the election by giving groups “gifts” were wrong. Romney said he agreed with Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R), who said the comments were "absolutely wrong," but avoided directly criticizing Romney. He also said it was time to pivot from the election and move on. “I always hate this kind of scapegoating after the election. When you lose, you lost. Someone asked me, ´Why did Mitt Romney lose?´ I said because he got less votes than Barack Obama. That´s why,”
The first Twinkie bounced out of the ovens at Continental Baking Co. in River Forest on April 6, 1930. Plant manager James Dewar was looking to create a cheap, two-for-a nickel snack. So he grabbed some shortcake pans and got cookin´. Dewar got the name from a billboard for Twinkle Toe Shoes. He shortened it to Twinkies, and the rest is snack food history. The Hostess plant in Schiller Park could produce more than 106 million Twinkies a year. One packet of Twinkies contains two cream-filled sponge cakes and 300 calories. The Twinkie´s place in history:
Susan Rice was not lying, but rather putting a “softer touch” on the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) said Friday. Chambliss spoke just ahead of a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing at which Gen. David Petraeus is to testify on the attack that killed four Americans, including the U.S. ambassador to the North African nation. "I´m not saying she lied, I´m just saying she didn´t tell [the truth],” Chambliss said on MSNBC. “She put a softer touch on what the real facts were.
Human waste has been pouring into New York Harbor from the fifth largest sewage treatment plant in the nation since it was hit by Sandy, and the operator of the plant cannot predict when it will stop. A 12-foot surge of water swamped the Newark plant that serves some three million people when Sandy struck on Oct. 29. The plant has pumped more than three billion gallons of untreated or partially treated wastewater into local waterways since then. Mike DeFrancisci, executive director of the Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission, would only say "ASAP" when asked
Let´s not mince words about this. Kansas State, the No. 1 college-football team in the land, lacks some qualities that most of us have come to Unlike Oregon, which has flashy uniforms and a thoroughly modern offense, or Notre Dame, which has history to burn, or Alabama, which has the best coach money can buy,(snip)"There is a military aspect to the team, in terms of discipline," said Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, a former student body president at Kansas State. "And in an era of self-promotion, this team believes that the player next to you is more important than your own glory." Source name spelled out to suit site style
The Federal Housing Administration faced a deficit of $13.5 billion for the fiscal year ending in September, according to an audit released late Thursday. The report says the FHA will not have the capital resources available to handle the estimated losses on the roughly $1.1 trillion in mortgage debt that it backstops. In total, the FHA has $25.6 billion in resources, but is forecast to see future cash flows of negative $39.1 billion, creating the deficit. Analysts have said the FHA could require a bailout from taxpayers in order to bridge the gap. Click here to read the full report.