VENICE, Italy—At 90, with no children and no designated heir, legendary French fashion designer Pierre Cardin wants to plow his entire fortune into one last pet project: planting an 840-foot tower across the lagoon from the historical center of the City of Canals. Mr. Cardin says nothing else thrills him as much as the €1.5 billion ($1.93 billion) construction plan—a building that would both outlive him and eclipse Venice´s main bell tower as the lagoon´s beacon. Born near Venice, Mr. Cardin moved to a provincial French city with his parents when he was two. He made his way to Paris,
Malia, Sasha, and first dog Bo joined the First Lady Michelle Obama to welcome the official White House Christmas tree this morning. The 19-foot Fraser fir from Peak Farms in Ashe County, N.C., was brought in on a wagon by two Clydesdale horses driven by two men donning top hats and red bow ties, while the Marine Band played “Oh Christmas Tree.” Mrs. Obama leaned over briefly to smell the tree, while the girls examined it, stopping momentarily to feel the top needles. The first lady gave her approval with a thumbs up, saying it’s “I’s a go. We’re good.
WASHINGTON — When black voters gave President Barack Obama 93 percent support on Election Day in defiance of predictions that they might sit it out this year, black leaders breathed a collective sigh of relief. That encouraged those leaders to try to leverage more attention from both Obama and Congress. Although they waver over how much to demand from the president — particularly in light of defeated GOP challenger Mitt Romney´s assertion that Obama gave "gifts" to minorities in exchange for their votes — they are delivering postelection wish lists to the president anyway. Link repaired by staff.
Pennsylvania´s Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) is slashing the hours of 400 adjunct instructors, support staff, and part-time instructors to dodge paying for Obamacare. "It´s kind of a double whammy for us because we are facing a legal requirement [under the new law] to get health care and if the college is reducing our hours, we don´t have the money to pay for it," said adjunct biology professor Adam Davis. Headline resplit by staff.
President Barack Obama´s fundraising advisers have urged the White House to accept corporate donations for his January 2013 inaugural celebration rather than rely exclusively on weary donors who underwrote his $1 billion re-election effort. People involved in his re-election campaign said White House staff and campaign advisers have been debating whether to accept corporate money to stage the events but haven´t made a final decision.
One of the funnier story lines of the 2012 presidential campaign was Barack Obama’s decision—or rather, campaign manager Jim Messina’s decision—to inaugurate a fashion line that the campaign sold on its website. This included everything from Thakoon Panichgul silk scarves ($95) to Tory Burch handbags ($75) to Monique Pean hemp-and-cotton scarves ($95) to yoga pants. The unusual idea came from Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour and was roundly mocked by everyone from Fox News (NWS) and the RNC to (more gently) Bloomberg Businessweek, whose crack art staff designed a June magazine cover done up to look like one of those cheapie free-shoppers
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California environmental leaders this week hailed the state´s first auction of carbon emissions credits a huge success. But budget writers are hardly thrilled. A low price for credits and minimal demand for future offsets suggest California will see a mere fraction of the $1 billion that Gov. Jerry Brown and lawmakers estimated the state would receive this fiscal year. If demand remains similar in two forthcoming auctions, the state would generate only about $140 million, the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst´s Office estimated Wednesday. That would strain the $91 billion state budget
Yesterday, in commenting on President Obama’s apparent conclusion that the Muslim Brotherhood represents the wave of the future in the Middle East, I noted the unimpressive nature of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi’s electoral victory. But it is not popularity that makes Morsi and the Brotherhood look like the wave of the future. Rather, it is their will to power — the same sort of will that made Hitler and Stalin look like the wave of the future to Obama’s predecessors in Hegelian thinking. Now comes word that Morsi, in the words of the Washington Post, has taken “extensive new powers
PALO ALTO, Calif. - Kariem McFarlin, a California man accused of breaking into Steve Jobs´ house and stealing computers and the Apple Inc. co-founder´s wallet, has pleaded no contest to burglarizing homes across the San Francisco Bay area. (Snip) During the 15-hour overnight heist, McFarlin took the late Jobs´ wallet and driver´s license as well as iPhones, iPads, iPods, Mac computers, champagne and $60,000 worth of Tiffany & Co. jewelry, police said. A stolen iPad ended up in the hands of Kenny the Clown, a well-known street performer who used it to play music
After his party’s devastating setback in the 2010 midterm elections, Barack Obama was reelected earlier this month by painting his Republican opponents as heartless in favoring lower taxes for the rich. They were portrayed as nativists for opposing the DREAM Act amnesty for illegal immigrants, and as callous in battling the federal takeover of health care. Republicans countered with arguments that higher taxes on the employer class hurt the economy in general. They assumed most voters knew that amnesties are euphemisms for undermining federal law and in the past have had the effect of promoting more illegal immigration.
There are already 8 million Americans working part time who want to work full time. It seems likely that number will skyrocket once Obamacare is implemented. An Obamacare supporter is as stupid as the Democrats who passed the legislation in the first place: When my better half told me that her boss was thinking about cutting all full-time employees to part time in order to avoid the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act insurance requirements (for full-time employees), my initial response was, "Surely the federal government wouldn´t have allowed such a blatantly obvious way of getting out of the requirement."
Egypt´s President Mohammed Morsi issued decrees giving himself broad powers and effectively neutering the judiciary. Morsi, an Islamist hailing from the Muslim Brotherhood, defends the step as necessary to clear obstacles holding up Egypt´s transition, particularly from judges who could have disbanded a controversial assembly writing the constitution or overturned his decisions. Critics say Morsi, who already holds both executive and legislative powers, is setting himself up as a new dictator. Here is a look at the main points of his decrees:- All laws and decisions by the president are final, cannot be appealed, overturned or
A heckler openly mocked shoppers at an Oceanside, California Best Buy as they waited for Black Friday deals. The man can be heard shouting ´you zombies are the reason Thanksgiving and the holidays are being destroyed´ and other anti-Black Friday comments as shoppers filed in the store. (Video follows)
As Wednesday night´s cease-fire went into effect--amidst continuing rocket fire from Hamas--many Israeli reservists returned home disappointed that the government had not launched the ground attack for which they had been called up. One soldier, quoted by Ynetnews, said that "as a resident of Beersheba [which was hit by several rocket attacks] there is a sense of disappointment. (The violence) will repeat itself and we´ll find ourselves back here again and again. They (government) should have let us complete the mission." Much of the Israeli public agrees that a ground war would have been preferable to no
Experts at intelligence agency GCHQ have asked for help in de-coding a message found attached to a pigeon leg, thought to date back to WWII. The dead bird was found in a chimney in Surrey a few weeks ago. But without more information, the code may never be cracked, according to the BBC´s security correspondent Gordon Corera. The code is as follows: AOAKN HVPKD FNFJW YIDDC RQXSR DJHFP GOVFN MIAPX PABUZ WYYNP CMPNW HJRZH NLXKG MEMKK ONOIB AKEEQ WAOTA RBQRH DJOFM TPZEH LKXGH RGGHT JRZCQ FNKTQ KLDTS FQIRW AOAKN 27 1525/6
Fox News correspondent James Rosen has been reporting all morning from outside a Walmart in Landover, Maryland, where hundreds of protesters – including many Walmart employees who walked off the job on Black Friday – gathered to show their displeasure with the retailer’s policies toward its workers. Walmart workers across the U.S. have walked off the job on Black Friday, seeking better pay and benefits and also accusing Walmart of trying to prevent them from unionizing. The sides have dueling complaints before the National Labor Relations Board, with workers accusing the company of retaliating against striking employees.
Protesters torched Muslim Brotherhood offices on Friday, state media said, as supporters and opponents of President Mohamed Morsi staged rival rallies across Egypt a day after he assumed sweeping powers. The offices of the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), the Muslim Brotherhood´s political arm, were set ablaze in the canal cities of Ismailiya and Port Said, state television said. An FJP official told AFP the party´s office was also stormed in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria, where clashes broke out between rival demonstrators. (Snip) The decision effectively places the president above judicial oversight until a new constitution is ratified.
European Union leaders failed to reach agreement on Friday on a new seven-year budget for their troubled bloc, calling off talks in less than two days after most countries rejected deeper spending cuts demanded by Britain and its allies. European Council President Herman Van Rompuy decided to end a summit on the 2014-2020 EU budget, worth about 1 trillion euros, and try again early next year rather than continue negotiating into the weekend, sources in six delegations said. "It´s over,"
Last month, I wrote about the danger Hamas poses to peace in the Middle East on a second, and relatively new, front: its newfound diplomatic clout in the region. Saudi Arabia first began dumping cash into Gaza, and was soon followed by Qatar doing the same—between them the countries just pledged nearly $1 billion in investment in the Strip. And Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi has figured out that he wields more influence with the West as a mediator between Hamas and the Western world. Always clearly, though quietly, opposed to the creation of a Palestinian state, the Arab world
In the middle of an eastern Chinese city´s new main road, rising incongruously from a huge circle in the freshly laid pavement, is a five-story row house with ragged edges. This is the home of the duck farmer who said "no." Luo Baogen and his wife are the lone holdouts from a neighborhood that was demolished to make way for the main thoroughfare heading to a newly built railway station on the outskirts of the city of Wenling in Zhejiang province. Headline split by staff
President Mohammed Mursi has appeared before supporters in Cairo to defend a new decree that grants him sweeping new powers. He told them he was leading Egypt on a path to "freedom and democracy´" and was the guardian of stability. He was speaking as thousands of opponents gathered in Cairo´s Tahrir Square and offices of the president´s party were attacked in several cities. The decree says presidential decisions cannot be revoked by any authority. ´Mursi is Mubarak´ Speaking at a rally at the presidential palace in Cairo, Mr Mursi said he was working to secure a strong and stable nation
The picketing of a few Walmart stores is more about political theater than a genuine attempt to organize workers at any of the particular locales on the receiving end of today´s stunt. As American unions have devolved from workers´ representatives to political tools of the left, labor bosses like AFL-CIO head Richard Trumka focus their energies on advancing the leftists´ narrative. The great project of the left is to replace the market as a means of economic management with government. Government worker unions now dominate the movement, and accordingly, the remaining private sector union workers are being betrayed
Israeli troops shot dead a Palestinian man and wounded nine along Gaza´s border fence with Israel today as shocking images emerged of children celebrating the ceasefire with guns. A Gaza health official reported the first violence since the truce between Israel and Gaza´s Hamas rulers took hold a day before. The shooting appeared to be an isolated incident and was unlikely to jeopardise the Egyptian-brokered cease-fire, which called for an end to Gaza rocket fire on Israel and Israeli airstrikes on Gaza. Earlier, pictures emerged of how gun-toting children in Gaza celebrated the tentative ceasefire when thousands of people took
Hamas fires 275 rockets at Israel and is rewarded with de facto acceptance as a legitimate negotiating partner in the Middle East peace process, as well as with a relaxation of the Israeli blockade of the Gaza coast. Israel is prevented from exacting a price for Hamas’ actions sufficient to deter future attacks or degrade Hamas’ capabilities. In one stroke, the Obama administration has overturned thirty years of American policy, which rejected negotiations with Hamas and other terrorist organizations. Secretary of State Clinton, to be sure, did not negotiate directly with Hamas, but rather with Egypt’s President
In the death of Hostess Brands, progenitor of Twinkies, Devil Dogs and Ding Dongs and other artery-clogging, icing-adorned icons of Americana, plenty of factors get the blame.(snip) But the real reason Hostess had to die at this particular time? This was a union contract hit. And that offers a disturbing glimpse into the delusional, drunk-with-power mindset of unions -- which represent barely 7% of the private work force in the U.S. -- as they embark on a second term of way-too-cozy relations with their supplicant in the White House.
t is known as the City of Love, where couples flock to capture the magic of their romance. But a set of gritty photographs almost 100-years-old captures a side of Paris that most people will never know existed. The 1914 pictures, taken from a collection at the Albert Kahn Museum in Paris, paint a vivid picture of everyday life in the French capital. The Moulin Rouge, now one of the city´s favourite tourist destinations, is captured in its original form only a year before it was burnt down in 1915. The picture shows the cabaret club´s famous red windmill