Phoenix - As Anthem lit the lights to usher in the annual holiday shopping season, campers in Phoenix wasted no time staking out their spot to be first in line when some retailers welcome shoppers Thanksgiving Night. With elbows sharpened and smart phones in hand, shoppers are getting primed for the start of the Christmas shopping season - the most calculated day of the retail year. The good news for retailers - an early Thanksgiving means the season is longer with 33 shopping days. But the economy is still sluggish and what's going on in Washington has rattled consumers.
The White House is doubling down on their assertions that they did not have the proper information when they sent Susan Rice out to the Sunday talk shows to claim the Benghazi attack was due to a video. They claim that the only edit they made to the information given them was to change the name of the attacked facility from “consulate” to “diplomatic facility.” Deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes said Saturday: We were provided with points by the intelligence community that represented their assessment. The only edit made by the White House was the factual edit
“So as the president said when he was up here with the governor, we’re not going anywhere," said Joe Biden on Sunday while touring storm-damaged areas of New Jersey, adding, "We’re not going anywhere. And you’ve got a homeboy in the deal who gets it.” The Weekly Standard claims Biden was referring to President Obama, but it seems more likely that he was talking about himself, since he´d just described himself as a fellow Easterner who was "literally raised" on the Jersey Shore. Either way, someone should tell the vice president that you can't believe everything
Rep. Allen West (R-FL) is seeking an emergency hearing after his challenger, Democrat Patrick Murphy, declared victory in Florida´s 18th congressional district race on Sunday. Murphy declared victory after the St. Lucie County canvassing board missed a noon deadline to file its election results. According to the Palm Beach Post, under Florida law, if the final certified results do not arrive by noon on Sunday, the "unofficial results submitted last Sunday stand." Those unofficial results have Murphy winning by 0.58%. A spread of less than 0.5%, as the Post notes, would trigger an automatic recount.
The first reason to avoid going over the “fiscal cliff” is economic. The $500 billion of tax increases and spending cuts scheduled for early 2013 would probably cause a new recession. The Congressional Budget Office predicts the unemployment rate, now 7.9 percent, would go to 9.1 percent by year-end 2013. It might be worse. David Stockton of the Peterson Institute — until recently a top Federal Reserve economist — argues that another recession, when the economy hasn’t recovered from the last one, would profoundly damage the nation’s psyche. Fearful consumers and businesses would curb spending
President Obama is practicing a new brand of foreign relations, appearing to flirt with Thailand’s attractive prime minister on his first stop of his three-day tour of Southeast Asia. The president and Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra could be seen laughing together and exchanging playful glances throughout a state dinner at the Government House in Bangkok on Sunday night. They were joined by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who toasted to the U.S.-Thailand friendship with Shinawatra. Obama will next visit Myanmar - also known as Burma - followed by Cambodia this week. He said it is
The Obama campaign´s technologists were tense and tired. It was game day and everything was going wrong. Josh Thayer, the lead engineer of Narwhal, had just been informed that they´d lost another one of the services powering their software. That was bad: Narwhal was the code name for the data platform that underpinned the campaign and let it track voters and volunteers. If it broke, so would everything else. They were talking with people at Amazon Web Services, but all they knew was that they had packet loss. Earlier that day, they lost their databases, their East Coast servers,
Former CIA Director General David Petraeus has hired a top Washington lawyer to help him navigate the fallout from a career-ending affair, Reuters has confirmed. The lawyer, Robert Barnett of Williams & Connolly, is known for negotiating book deals for the political elite, from President Barack Obama to one-time vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin. Barnett will help Petraeus as he exits government, Reuters confirmed. The news was first reported by Politico, which said that no book is planned.
Major Garrett will be heading to CBS as the network’s new chief White House correspondent, replacing Norah O’Donnell, who has shifted to her new role as host on CBS This Morning. Bob Schieffer made the announcement on CBS’ Face the Nation. Garrett was previously a White House correspondent Fox News, and moved to the National Journal in 2010. He will continue to pen a weekly column for the publication. CBS News President David Rhodes sent out the following memo regarding the hire (via Huffington Post):
The commentators at Fox News will love this one. In 2001, San Francisco became the first city in the country to cover the cost of sex change surgeries for transgender city employees. In 2007, it became the first city in the country to provide health care for all uninsured residents through its Healthy San Francisco program. Now, San Francisco is combining those firsts into yet another pioneering move by becoming the first city in the country to cover the cost of gender reassignment surgeries for its uninsured residents. The Department of Public Health has long been on the cutting edge
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) suggested on Sunday that President Obama should send former President Bill Clinton to lead cease fire talks between Israelis and Palestinians. "We need a person of enormous prestige and influence to have these parties sit down together as an honest broker," McCain said on CBS´s “Face the Nation”. He joked that Clinton would hate him for floating his name for the difficult task. Violence has escalated rapidly in recent days, after Israel launched air strikes in Gaza after a spike in rocket attacks from Hamas.
LOS ANGELES- Damon Vix didn´t have to go to court to push Christmas out of the city of Santa Monica. He just joined the festivities. The atheist´s anti-God message alongside a life-sized nativity display in a park overlooking the beach ignited a debate that burned brighter than any Christmas candle. Santa Monica officials snuffed the city´s holiday tradition this year rather than referee the religious rumble, prompting churches that have set up a 14-scene Christian diorama for decades to sue over freedom of speech violations. Their attorney will ask a federal judge Monday to resurrect
Jerusalem - The Israeli missile tore into Ahmed Jabari´s car, incinerating the occupants inside as they drove in the Gaza Strip, igniting the worst violence in years in the occupied Palestinian territories. "Ahmed Jabari: Eliminated," the Israel Defense Forces later posted on Twitter. The assassination of Hamas´ military commander last Wednesday was launched in response to Jabari´s "decade-long terrorist activity", the Israeli intelligence service claimed, confirming it carried out the strike. The attack sparked the escalation of the conflict between the Palestinians and Israelis, with dozens
Phnom Penh: The US President, Barack Obama, has denied his historic visit to Burma is an endorsement of the country´s military-dominated government, saying it is instead an acknowledgement of reforms under way in the impoverished country. (Snip) "The country has a long way to go. I´m not somebody who thinks that the United States should stand on the sidelines and not want to get its hands dirty when there´s an opportunity for us to encourage the better impulses inside a country," he said. Mr Obama said Burma´s President, Thein Sein, a former general, is "taking steps that move us
Cario - For 30 years, Egyptians simmered with anger toward Israel, frustrated that their longtime leader Hosni Mubarak wasn’t aggressive enough toward their hated neighbor. But under Mubarak’s successor, few in Egypt seem to be spoiling for a fight. Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, who is aligned with the Muslim Brotherhood, has condemned Israel’s offensive in the Gaza Strip in recent days, and he has sent high-level delegations in support of Hamas, the hard-line Islamist group that rules Gaza and that Israel considers a terrorist organization. But Morsi has sought peace, not war,
The IDF´s Pillar of Cloud operation in Gaza has led to mixed responses across the Internet. Alongside messages of support, it is also on the receiving end of harsh international criticism. Some responses have not been limited to criticism. Members of the hacker collective Anonymous, who have previously attacked Israeli websites, are continuing with what they dub OpIsrael#, in which they claim to have attacked hundreds of Israeli websites in recent days. On Thursday, Anonymous reported that it took down close to 40 Israeli government and security establishment websites, although the single website that they presented as having been attacked
A Mexican company may come to the rescue of Twinkies-loving Americans across the country as it looks to acquire the bankrupt Hostess Brands to keep its lip-smacking-sweet confections on store shelves for years to come. Mexican company Grupo Bimbo is reportedly eyeing Hostess Brands, the company that makes Twinkies, Ding Dongs and Ho Ho´s, after Hostess announced last week that it would shutter and liquidate its 33 bakeries. News of Hostess Brands´ liquidation struck fear in the hearts of Twinkies loyalists across the country, who scrambled to snatch up the sticky-sweet treats
A 14-year-old girl has told in horrifying detail of the moment she secretly delivered her baby with a pair of scissors in the family bathroom before throttling the newborn and hiding the body in a shoe box. Cassidy Goodison, 14, has been charged as an adult with first-degree murder after police learned how she killed her child following months of disguising the pregnancy from her parents. In a video reconstruction, using a Santa Claus doll as a model for the baby, Goodison sat in the bathroom of her Florida home to show investigators what she did. Scroll down for video
The President and Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton, walked around a golden statue of a sitting Buddha on a tour led by the Abbot of the monastery wearing saffron robes. The complex is a sprawling display of buildings with colourful spires, gardens and waterfalls. Thais viewed his trip to Wat Pho as an act of respect. The sprawling complex was built on the site of a centuries-old temple along the banks of the Chao Phraya river near the Grand Palace. It is in the quiet, historic old quarter of Bangkok, outside the skyscraper-and-traffic clogged downtown.
Let me explain how we landed on the edge of an energy crisis. Back in 2003 the European Union issued a Directive aimed at battling climate change. It set very challenging targets for the reduction of CO2 across the whole of the EU and allocated these targets to individual countries. These targets have key milestones that must be achieved by 2020 and 2030. Governments across Europe recognised that in order to meet these targets the burden of reducing CO2 would need to fall largely on electricity generation as the other major sectors that emit large quantities of CO2, households and
The latest Gaza war is only a few days old, but already one conclusion can be drawn: missile defense works. This is only the latest vindication for the vision of Ronald Reagan who is emerging as a consensus pick for one of the all-time great U.S. presidents. For it was Ronald Reagan who made missile defense a major priority for the U.S. and our allies. His 1983 speech on the subject was widely derided as “Star Wars” because he envisioned that some missile would be intercepted in space. For years critics claimed
OUR Rice is better than your Rice. That’s the argument Democrats are aggressively making against Republicans. (Snip) Ambitious to be secretary of state, Susan Rice wanted to prove she had the gravitas for the job and help out the White House. So the ambassador to the United Nations agreed to a National Security Council request to go on all five Sunday shows to talk about the attack on the American consulate in Libya. “She saw this as a great opportunity to go out and close the stature gap,” said one administration official.
Kaiser Permanente - one of the nation´s largest HMOs - will lay off 530 employees in Southern California this weekend, including some in the Inland Empire, a company official has confirmed. Kaiser Permanente said the layoffs – covering less than one percent of its staffing – will be spread across its 65,700 employee workforce in offices and hospitals from Kern County to the Mexican border. The HMO serves nearly 3.5 million members in Southern California. A company spokeswoman could not provide exact layoff locations
Fresh clashes erupted in the West Bank on Sunday as Palestinian youths threw rocks at Israeli soldiers, who responded with teargas. But anger in the West Bank has not only been directed at Israel: many also blame the Palestinian Authority for failing to take action over the Gaza offensive and for co-operating with the Israeli security forces against protesters. Hazem Abu Helal was arrested after joining a protest at the Bet El checkpoint near Ramallah (Snip) Abu Helal was detained not by the Israeli army but by Palestinian security forces, who took him to a Ramallah police station for questioning.
Sen. John McCain paid a visit to CBS’ Face the Nation this weekend, to discuss the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, particularly through the lens of the White House response to the situation. Asked why the president’s administration would be unwilling to immediately connect the incident to terrorism, McCain pointed to the administration’s misleading narrative. “If the administration misled people, if the administration was reluctant to say that this was a work of terrorists, if in fact it was, why would they be so reluctant to say that?” Bob Schieffer asked.
Over the past couple of weeks, a lot of people have had a lot of advice for the Republican Party. Compromise more. Compromise less. Appeal to Hispanics. Stick to conservative fundamentals. Nominate better candidates. Improve your ground game. Etc. Some of this advice is good, and some of it is probably not so good. But I´d like to congratulate Charlotte Allen for possibly the worst advice ever offered to a party in defeat. This is truly — um, hold on. Sorry. Revise and extend. What I meant was that this is the best advice ever offered to a party in defeat.