Now that the election is over, nine Republican and nine Democrats have asked the president to stop making excuses and build a job-creating pipeline that will close the revenue gap through economic growth. The truly bipartisan group of senators, led by Max Baucus, a Montana Democrat and powerful chair of the Senate Finance Committee, and John Hoeven, a North Dakota Republican, wrote President Obama on Friday urging him to quickly issue a permit for the northern leg of the Keystone XL pipeline that would bring over 830,000 barrels of crude from Canada´s oil sands
They married on 20 November in 1947 in a splendid ceremony at Westminster Abbey, marked with an unforgettable photoshoot in the opulent environs of Buckingham Palace. That day heralded the beginning of a long and happy union for the Queen and Prince Philip, who together have led the Royal Family through good times and bad, embarked upon countless trips to far flung places, and raised four children. Now, as the Queen and her beloved husband celebrate 65 years of marriage, FEMAIL looks back at their long and happy union - and marks the special occasion with
A photo of a Massachusetts woman flashing her middle finger at Arlington National Cemetery has sparked widespread disgust across the web and prompted an online petition to get the woman fired from her job. Lindsey Stone posted the picture of herself making the obscene gesture at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, next to a sign at the military cemetery that asks for ´Silence and Respect,´ in October and the snapshot quickly went viral. An unidentified Facebook user created a page called ´Fire Lindsey Stone´ on Monday, alerting her employer to the outrageous behavior and garnering support to
President Obama’s decision to send his top diplomat on an emergency Mideast peacemaking mission Tuesday marked a shift to a more activist role in the region’s affairs and clues to how he may use the political elbow room afforded by a second term. The move could pay dividends quickly if Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton helps arrange an end to the conflict between Israel and Hamas. She was scheduled to head to Cairo on Wednesday for talks with Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi following consultations with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
If you voted this election season, President Obama almost certainly has a file on you. His vast campaign database includes information on voters’ magazine subscriptions, car registrations, housing values and hunting licenses, along with scores estimating how likely they were to cast ballots for his reelection. And although the election is over, Obama’s database is just getting started. Democrats are pressing to expand and redeploy the most sophisticated voter list in history, beginning with next year’s gubernatorial races in Virginia and New Jersey and extending to campaigns for years to come.
Israel has intercepted hundreds of rockets fired from the Gaza Strip over the past seven days thanks to a U.S.-funded defense system that intercepts short-range missiles and knocks them out of the sky. Called Iron Dome, the Israeli defense system uses cameras and radar to detect a rocket or mortar launch and track the shell’s flight path from a distance as far as 45 miles away. It then transmits data about the shell’s trajectory to a fire-control system that determines whether the rocket poses a threat to a populated area in Israel. It ignores missiles
Democrats and the mainstream media have tried to paint Republicans as a regional -- and predominantly Southern -- party of white males, but nearly 30 percent of Democrats in the House will come from just two states -- California and New York -- when the next Congress convenes. Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) on Wednesday said to “take a good look when the House convenes after this next Congress is sworn in” to see that the Republican party has gotten “white and more male,” while Democrats are “majority minority and female.”
The United States used U.S.-Israeli spy software to hack into the French presidential office earlier this year, the French cyberwarfare agency has concluded, according to the newsmagazine l´Express. The magazine reported late Tuesday that the computers of several close advisers to then-president Nicolas Sarkozy – including Chief of Staff Xavier Musca – were compromised in May by a computer virus that bears the hallmarks of Flame, which was allegedly created by a U.S.-Israeli team to target Iran´s nuclear program. Anonymous French officials pointed the finger at the United States.
More Americans will use food stamps to buy their Thanksgiving dinner this year than ever before, according to a new report from the nonprofit government watchdog group The Sunlight Foundation. The Food Stamp Challenge, which challenges higher-income families to live as if they are on food stamps, estimates that a person on food stamps has a budget of about $1.25 per meal. In other words, a family on food stamps must buy an entire meal per person for less than the cost of an average cup of coffee.
This past weekend, Congressman Mike Rogers, who is chairman of the House intelligence committee, said that the talking points used to explain what happened in Benghazi, Libya on Sept. 11, 2012 were changed by political appointees in the Obama administration. Rogers pointed specifically to the deputies’ committee at the National Security Council. Now we have another version of how the talking points evolved: CBS News has learned that the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) cut specific references to "al Qaeda" and "terrorism" from the unclassified talking points
Citing “an intelligence source,” CBS News reports that the “Office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI)” cut references to “al Qaeda” and “terrorism” from the unclassified talking points given to Ambassador Susan Rice on the Benghazi consulate attack, and did so with the agreement of the CIA and FBI. Neither the State Department nor the White House made these changes, according to CBS. But the DNI himself, James Clapper, has testified before Congress. Based on the comments of some of the legislators who were present at the hearing, it did not appear that Clapper changed
Charles Krauthammer: The Israelis always end up the ones looking on the wrong side of this because the world media are on the Palestinian side. And the Gaza Palestinians, Hamas, [are] very adept at the pornography of grief. They are quite useful. They kill civilians on the other side, as terror groups do, but they also invite the killing of their own people as a way to win the propaganda war. That´s why they put the weaponry, their rockets and their ammunition under houses, under schools, under hospitals and under mosques. They know the Israelis have to attack the weapons.
Federal law prohibits the admission of aliens to this country who are “likely at any time to become a public charge.” This is one of many statutes that the scofflaw Obama administration brazenly flouts. Rather than ensuring that immigrants will not become liabilities to the public purse, the Obama administration explicitly lures them to the U.S. with promises of lavish welfare benefits–a policy that is both illegal and perverse. This web site promoting federal welfare benefits, now the largest item in the federal budget, mirrors information that is included in packets given to new arrivals in the U.S.:
London - The Church of England voted on Tuesday against allowing women to become bishops, guaranteeing more internal strife over an issue that has for years divided the mother church for the world´s 80 million Anglicans. After hours of debate, bishops and clergy in the General Synod, the Church legislature, comfortably backed the change but lay members were four votes short of a two-thirds majority. (Snip) Some women priests in the public gallery wiped away tears, knowing the measure cannot now be approved for at least another five years.
Sen. Patrick Leahy has abandoned his controversial proposal that would grant government agencies more surveillance power -- including warrantless access to Americans´ e-mail accounts -- than they possess under current law. The Vermont Democrat said today on Twitter that he would "not support such an exception" for warrantless access. The remarks came a few hours after a CNET article was published this morning that disclosed the existence of the measure. A vote on the proposal in the Senate Judiciary committee, which Leahy chairs, is scheduled for next Thursday.
The Federal-Postal Coalition -- a group representing more than two dozen federal employee unions -- pleaded with Congress on Monday to spare their members in any deal related to the "fiscal cliff." Federal workers, the coalition wrote in a letter, have contributed more than their fair share toward reducing the debt and are the only group that has been targeted so heavily. “Federal and postal employees and their families are hardworking, middle-class Americans who are struggling during these tough times just like other Americans,” the group wrote.
Over on the home page, POLITICO´s Ginger Gibson reports on Obama campaign manager Jim Messina´s Playbook breakfast interview, where Mike Allen gets the lowdown on all those fundraising emails: The campaign also used its large amounts of individual data — which Messina insisted was mostly data the campaign generated by knocking on doors and making phone calls — to tailor fundraising requests to each recipient. The campaign tested the emails to see if recipients were likely to respond. “Every single email that you would end up getting from us had already been tested a
Thousand-dollar trash cans, designer lounge chairs and possible contract scams. Those controversial issues should shed some light as to why the FBI raided the Detroit Public Library’s main branch this morning, a source familiar with the library’s ongoing financial woes told the Free Press. The library official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that the struggling library system has been embroiled in a controversy over alleged misspending on lavish items, such as $1,000 stainless steel trash cans and $1,000 chairs for a new wing in the library. The expenditures raised eyebrows, the library official said,
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is closely following the most important rule for a potential Cabinet member: Don’t pine after the job. But the man with the top job in the nation’s second-largest city admits that he, too, hears the secretary rumblings and rumors. “I’ve heard commerce … transportation,” he said. “The other day, someone congratulated me that I got appointed. I said, ‘There’s not a job opening, man!’” (Snip) A Cabinet job or a post with the Democratic National Committee would just be the next step in the mayor’s meteoric rise.
Appearing on MSNBC’s NOW with Alex Wagner this afternoon, NBC News reporter Ayman Mohyeldin seemed to take a strong position, rather than just reporting, on the United States’ role in resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He effectively blamed the unresolved crisis on the United States’ refusal to recognize Hamas and for not doing enough to rein in Israel’s military actions. When host Wagner asked Mohyeldin to discuss what America’s role could be in resolving the conflict, Mohyeldin began by talking about what those in the region think but then offered his own analysis:
Gaza City, Gaza Strip - Israeli airstrikes killed three Palestinian journalists in their cars on Tuesday, a Gaza health official and the head of the Hamas-run Al Aqsa TV said. Israel acknowledged targeting the men, claiming they had ties to militants. Later Tuesday, an Israeli airstrike hit a building that houses the office of the French news agency Agence France Presse. An agency photojournalist who was in the office at the time said the target appeared to be two floors above him. No one was injured and the agency office was not damaged. The strikes came on the seventh day of Israel's
The nation’s largest professional organization of women’s health experts is now calling for over-the-counter sale of all oral contraceptives. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) said in a statement released Tuesday making birth control available without prescription would help decrease the rate of unplanned pregnancies in the United States. The group did not return calls by press time. Given the group’s prestige and influence, the statement — a step beyond ACOG’s recommendation last month to make emergency contraception available over the counter
A corporate division has once again exercised its First Amendment rights to argue that corporations don´t have First Amendment rights. This time, however, the New York Times Co. claims to have discovered a loophole that protects its First Amendment rights. In an editorial today, the Times Co.´s eponymous flagship newspaper answers Justice Samuel Alito, who in a terrific speech last week at the Federalist Society in Washington penetratingly ("speciously," according to the Times) defended the court´s 2010 ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. That 5-4 ruling struck down portions of
Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz said the Republican Party “got whiter and more male” while the Democratic caucus is “majority minority and female.” “Take a good look when the House convenes after this next Congress is sworn in at what our side of the aisle looks like versus what the Republican side looks like. I mean they got whiter and more male, and we now have a majority minority and female Democratic caucus – first time in history,” Debbie Wasserman-Schultz said Wednesday at a discussion hosted by the Emily’s List, a group known for supporting
Years before Camelot, there was the Côte d´Azur. In 1937, 20-year-old John F. Kennedy spent a summer on the alluring resort coastline known as the French Riviera — with its stunning beaches and glittery parties and fierce convertible drives. That summer Kennedy, a dashing college student, was captivated by a cologne created by perfume connoisseur Albert Fouquet — a fragrance so coveted that, in the later war years, it was smuggled into the United States to a president-to-be in a book with cut-out pages to keep Nazis from seizing it. More than 70 years later — and 49 years after the end of Camelot