Hillary Clinton has said that she will make sleep, exercise and relaxing her priorities over the coming year. But the promise of some down-time seems to have already had a positive effect as she bids farewell to her four-year term as Secretary of State. Mrs Clinton, 65, looked on fine form in Myanmar today as she joined President Obama in a historic meeting with the country´s opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Though she looked elegant and polished in a crisp white blazer, navy pants and a statement silver beaded neckpiece, it was the broad smile
Six men accused of being ´Israeli spies´ were dragged through the streets of Gaza City and executed in front of a chanting mob today as Israel warned Palestinians to evacuate some areas of the territory in apparent preparation for a ground invasion. Witnesses said the six were taken to an intersection in the north of the city where they were summarily shot for providing intelligence that helped Israel pinpoint key figures in Hamas and the Islamic Jihad targeted by their warplanes. The names of the men are said to have been scrawled on the road after they had been questioned Headline resplit by staff.
It’s an ill wind that blows nobody good, and that evil wind from the Middle East comes just when Barack Obama needs a distraction most. (snip) The president himself is in Southeast Asia, mispronouncing the names of everyone he meets, and trying to play kissyface with Aung San Suu Kyi, the heroic woman who led the struggle to free Burma from the grip of evil generals. In the photographs, the lady is trying to keep her mouth out of the way of Mr. Obama’s kissing equipment. The president was just being friendly, but she doesn’t look as if she’s enjoying herself. Link added by staff.
Within days of winning the election, President Obama announced that his victory gave him a mandate to raise taxes on the "rich." Come again? This was a two-and-a-half-point election. It reflected a painfully divided electorate. The only mandate I saw was to unite a divided country. I voted for Obama. I voted for him because I know how hard it is to buy health insurance for a single person with even a minor pre-existing condition. In the case of my nanny/housekeeper/dear friend, it was gastritis. Thank God for Kaiser, which sold me the insurance that some years later saved
The voice of Elmo, Kevin Clash, resigned today amid new allegations of sexual misconduct with underaged boys, “Sesame Street” producers and the famed puppeteer said. Since last week, two young men have accused Clash of picking them up for underaged sex. Clash was granted a leave of absence last week to fight accusations made by Sheldon Stephens, 24, of Harrisburg, Pa. But Clash quit today, after a lawsuit was filed by Cecil Singleton, who claims he was just 15 when the Elmo voice had sex with him in 1993. "I am resigning from Sesame Workshop with a very heavy heart.
David Nussbaum, the Chief Executive of WWF-UK, is very cross with the Prime Minister. (H/T Eureferendum) "His lack of vocal leadership on climate change and energy is jeopardising some of the most promising green shoots of recovery. The UK needs significant investment in green infrastructure, yet he is letting a rogue pack within his party play politics with such an important issue." We´ve been hearing a lot of this sort of thing from green activist groups recently. The recent Greenpeace sting on Chris Heaton Harris and Lord Howell, this alleged coalition of "influential investors" whingeing in the Guardian, the
The United States expressed deep concern on Wednesday for a U.S. citizen held in South Sudan on a kidnap charge but who, his wife says, is victim of an extortion attempt by security officials. Elton Mark McCabe was arrested in the east African country last month on charges of kidnapping an Indian businessman for a $5 million ransom. Headline split by staff.
New York — Stock futures grew choppy Tuesday after Hewlett-Packard revealed that it was the victim of a massive fraud related to an acquisition and took a huge hit to its latest quarterly earnings. After a mostly positive morning, the Dow Jones industrial futures fell 18 points to 12,720. The broader S&P futures slipped 0.50 points to 1,382. Nasdaq futures added 1.5 points to 2,587. Hewlett-Packard said Tuesday that a British company it bought for $10 billion last year lied about its finances and accusing Autonomy Corporation PLC, of "serious accounting improprieties, disclosure failures and outright misrepresentations."
Move over, adulterous generals. It might be time to make way for a new sexual rats´nest – at America´s top financial police agency, the SEC. In a salacious 77-page complaint that reads like Penthouse Forum meets The Insider meets the Keystone Kops, one David Weber, the former chief investigator for the SEC Inspector General´s office, accuses the SEC of retaliating against Weber for coming forward as a whistleblower. According to this lawsuit, Weber was made a target of intramural intrigues at the agency (which has a history of such retaliation) after he came forward
Who would have ever thought it? Underneath it all, the tough-guy governor and former prosecutor who doesn’t scruple at angrily lecturing teachers, parents, taxpayers, reporters and anyone else who dares to question his policies or motives is a sensitive soul who is as needy of love and understanding as a guest on “Oprah.” After years in the public eye spent flipping off his detractors and daring them to try and do something about it, Chris Christie now needs a hug. That’s the upshot of an unintentionally hilarious analysis published today in the New York Times,
‘The Republican brand is deeply damaged” was a painfully common assessment after the election. A lot of Republicans were eager to blame the party’s thoroughly lousy performance on the presidential nominee, but there is considerable evidence that the unpopularity goes well beyond that: Romney won more votes than GOP Senate candidates in almost all of the swing states — and in some fairly red states, including Arizona, Montana, Nebraska, and North Dakota. Conservative ideas, though, won in distinctly Democratic-leaning states once the word “Republican” was no longer associated with them. In Michigan, where Obama won handily,
Few things can make you appreciate home like staying in a hotel. This includes not only low-budget, bare bones hotels but also sweepingly large and ornate luxury hotels. What many hotels seem to have in common are needless hassles. Since most people who stay in hotels do so while traveling, and stay only a few days in a given hotel, you might think that those who run hotels would want to make it easy for someone who arrives a little tired (or a lot tired) from traveling to use the various devices they find in their hotel room.
Hamilton — Hamilton Mayor John Bencivengo was convicted today of accepting $12,400 in bribes from a health insurance broker in exchange for his influence over a lucrative school board contract. The verdict of guilty on all counts came after four and a half hours of deliberations by jurors at the federal courthouse in Trenton. Bencivengo, 58 faces up to 20 years in prison when he is sentenced on the bribery and extortion counts. The corruption trial hinged on the testimony of Marliese Ljuba, a former health insurance broker for Vineland-based Allen Associates who became an FBI cooperating witness
Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts, has voted to rescind the honorary degree it conferred on embattled bicyclist Lance Armstrong, a university spokesman confirms. "The Board of Trustees unanimously voted to rescind the honorary degree awarded to Lance Armstrong at Commencement in 2006," Kimberly M. Thurler, director of public relations at Tufts, writes in a statement to THE WEEKLY STANDARD. "While continuing to respect the significant work of the Lance Armstrong Foundation, the board concluded that, in the wake of the recent report of the United States Anti-Doping Agency and its acceptance by the International Cycling Union,
Associated Press reporter Matt Lee pressed State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland at Monday’s briefing to comment on Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s assertion that “Israel is a terrorist state” and is carrying out a “massacre of children” in Gaza. Adhering to longstanding administration policy of never criticizing the Islamist regime in Turkey, she refused. “You’re not telling us anything,” Lee said. “When the leaders of Turkey come out and say that Israel is engaged in acts of terrorism and you refuse to say that you don’t agree with that — or maybe you do agree with it —
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke implored Washington policymakers Tuesday to get the nation´s fiscal house in order for the good of the economy.The head of the nation´s central bank used a high-profile speech to outline a "must-do" list for Congress and the White House in the comings months: avoid the "fiscal cliff," raise the debt ceiling and come up with a long-term plan to bring down the deficit. Finally, Bernanke said it´s important do so with as little drama as possible. "Coming together to find fiscal solutions will not be easy, but the stakes are high,"
The Obama administration issued new rules Tuesday that require insurance companies to cover people with preexisting conditions — one of the most popular provisions of President Obama’s healthcare law. The Health and Human Services Department also began to implement other popular, but expensive, parts of the Affordable Care Act. Regulations released Tuesday will prohibit insurers from charging women a higher premium than men, and will require plans in every state to cover certain services.
Clark — The cost of a large-scale police search for a Clark teen who faked her own kidnapping will not be passed on to her family, the mayor of the town said. Township officials never put a dollar figure on their hunt for 16-year-old Kara Alongi, who became a global sensation after tweeting in September that someone was in her house. But Mayor Sal Bonaccorso said the amount, which includes overtime for police officers, was not "exorbitant" and that there was no need to burden the girl’s parents. "We´re not going to sit there and pass the costs along,"
Warren Rudman, who died overnight Tuesday, was a “sledgehammer” senator who packed a lot into just two terms in the Capitol. Swept in by the Reagan landslide in 1980, the New Hampshire Republican stole a step on his classmates by taking office weeks before the new Congress had convened and never seemed to stop in the ensuing 12 years. He was lawyer smart with a mix of bombast and moxie that ingratiated him with older Senate colleagues, while also making headlines with his famous deficit-reduction schemes and leadership of the Iran-Contra and Keating Five investigations.
Appearing on Saturday´s NBC Today, CNBC chief Washington correspondent John Harwood completely dismissed the scandal surrounding the Benghazi terrorist attack as merely leftover campaign politics: "...what we´re seeing in the Petraeus scandal and the Benghazi issue being prolonged is an extension of some of the conflict and the bitterness that we had during the election campaign." [Listen to the audio or watch the video after the jump] Harwood predicted the whole controversy would just go away: "I´m not sure what the resolution of that is going to be. I think ultimately
The news media industry is turning a new page. For residents of Prince William County, just outside Washington, D.C., this means they won´t be turning pages at all. At least, not the pages of The News and Messenger, their 143-year-old local newspaper. The life of the five-day-a-week, 10,000 circulation newspaper serving the county´s more than 420,000 residents has met its fate. The last edition of the paper will be printed on December 30, at which point its 105 employees will be out of work. Just last year, World Media Enterprises, a subsidiary of Warren Buffet´s Berkshire Hathaway Company, purchased
A ceasefire between Hamas and Israel will be announced tonight, almost a week after the assassination of Hamas´ top military commander led to the worst violence between Gaza and Israel in four years. Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum told ABC News the news would be announced at 8 p.m. in Cairo (1 p.m. ET), where Egypt has been trying to broker a peace deal. Hamas, Islamic Jihad and the Egyptian mediator would make the announcement, Barhoum said. Earlier, an Islamic Jihad website reported that the ceasefire would go into effect at 9 p.m. local time.
A spirited exchange between an Associated Press reporter and spokesperson Victoria Nuland marked the U.S. State Department´s daily briefing Monday on the continued violence between Israel and Hamas. Transcript below. MATTHEW LEE, AP: How do you – this whole thing of saying nothing, I’m not sure I understand why you think that that’s helpful to the situation. You say that it would not be helpful for you to discuss any of your conversations, that quiet diplomacy is the way to de-escalate that. Well, you’ve been doing your quiet diplomacy now for almost a week. How’s it going so far?
The Department of Homeland Security is promoting welfare benefits for immigrants on its website WelcometoUSA.gov despite a law that seeks to prevent new immigrants from becoming dependent after entering the United States. The Immigration and Nationality Act, under section 212, states, “An alien who, in the opinion of the consular officer at the time of application for a visa, or in the opinion of the Attorney General at the time of application for admission or adjustment of status, is likely at any time to become a public charge is inadmissible.” Section 212 also addresses the health status Source name must be spelled out
When government gets bigger, big business typically benefits at the expense of smaller competitors, consumers, and taxpayers. Obamacare is demonstrating this rule. Bloomberg reports today on how Medicare payment rules have led to hospital consolidation, with small practices selling out to big hospitals. The article notes about consoldation: Simon Gisby, a principal in the life science and health care practice at Deloitte Corporate Finance LLC in New York, said the trend fits with changes starting to take place under the 2010 Affordable Care Act designed by the Obama administration to overhaul health care.