Purnea (Bihar): Days after the execution of Pakistani national Ajmal Amir Kasab for the 2008 Mumbai terror attack, the people of Pakistan are in a celebratory mode. There is a village in Bihar that bears the same name as India´s neighbour, Pakistan, and in that little village, with about 35 households and a total population of about 250, residents are happy that justice has finally been done to a man responsible for so many deaths four years ago. (Snip) "People in Pakistan not only distributed sweets and burst crackers but also plan to organise a feast soon to celebrate the hanging of the terrorist,"
Ohio State completed its first undefeated season since 2002 by edging Michigan 26-21 today in a highly entertaining, if sloppy, game in Ohio Stadium. Carlos Hyde rushed for 146 yards and a touchdown, Braxton Miller accounted for 246 yards and a score and Drew Basil kicked four field goals for the Buckeyes (12-0), who overcame two turnovers and nine penalties.
Saturday’s Washington Post devoted the left-hand corner of the front page to hailing liberal Sen. Patty Murray, the new chairman of the Senate Budget Committee. “In a Congress of hot tempers and sharp tongues, Murray doesn’t favor over-the-top rhetoric,” oozed Post reporter Rosalind Helderman. Sen. Harry Reid added: “Everyone takes Senator Murray seriously because she does not bluster.” She doesn’t? While the Post noted Murray had the “luck” of "intemperate" Republican gaffes on abortion and rape in the last election cycle, nobody in the media wants to remember
How do you take particles in a test tube, or components in a tiny chip, and turn them into a $100 million company? Dr. Robert Langer, 64, knows how. Since the 1980s, his Langer Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has spun out companies whose products treat cancer, diabetes, heart disease and schizophrenia, among other diseases, and even thicken hair. The Langer Lab is on the front lines of turning discoveries made in the lab into a range of drugs and drug delivery systems. Without this kind of technology transfer, the thinking goes, scientific discoveries
It seems even Donald Trump´s kids think he should keep his opinions to himself. Eric, Donald Jr, and Ivanka were apparently so concerned about the damage their father was doing to the family reputation with his constant attacks on Barack Obama that they met with the eccentric tycoon before the election and asked him to cool off on his political rants. ´The three of them met and went to see their dad in his Fifth Avenue office,´ a source told the New York Daily News. ´They showed a lot of respect,
WASHINGTON — Authorities say three maintenance workers were seriously injured after a fire broke out at the State Department headquarters in Washington. D.C. Fire and EMS spokesman Lon Walls said the fire broke out at around 11 a.m. Saturday in the ductwork on the 7th floor. Workers were able to put out the fire before firefighters arrived, but three people suffered burns. Walls said one person suffered life-threatening injuries and two others had serious but non-life-threatening injuries. All three were taken to Washington Hospital Center.
A growing push for more establishment involvement in Republican primaries may put the party in a bind as the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) grapples with helping the best possible candidates get elected in primaries in 2014. It’s a catch-22 for the party: Stay out, and risk untested candidates like Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) or Richard Mourdock of Indiana prevailing in the primaries and losing winnable races; or engage early and risk the kind of grassroots backlash that divided the party in many of the 2010 Senate races. There is a consensus among a number of state Republican
Thai police fired tear gas at stone-throwing demonstrators and made dozens of arrests on Saturday as thousands demanded the overthrow of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra in the biggest street protest yet against her 16-month-old government. (Snip) They accused Yingluck´s government of corruption, being a puppet of former premier Thaksin Shinawatra, Yingluck´s brother, and of disloyalty to Thailand´s monarchy. Many were members of a yellow-shirt protest movement that helped trigger a coup by royalist generals in 2006 that toppled Thaksin.
This Sunday, millions of voters in Catalonia will go to the polls. And this isn’t any ordinary election. Polls indicate that pro-independence parties are poised to win a big majority, which could pave the way for an eventual referendum on whether Catalonia should secede from the rest of Spain. (Snip) One big recent issue is taxes. As my colleague Edward Cody recently reported, Catalonia is one of the wealthiest regions of Spain, and many Catalans feel that their taxes are being used to subsidize other, poorer states. When the Spanish economy was booming, that was an annoyance.
Four new cases of a new SARS-related coronavirus in the Middle East were reported by the World Health Organization on Friday. Of the six known cases — all in Saudi Arabia or Qatar — two have been fatal. Only two were clearly connected; the patients were from the same Saudi family, which suggests that the virus can be transmitted from human to human. Two other members of the same family, from the Saudi capital, Riyadh, previously were ill with similar symptoms, one of whom died, the agency said. The Saudi Health Ministry put out a statement reassuring citizens
NFL quarterback Tim Tebow is America’s most popular Thanksgiving dinner guest, topping President Obama, according to a new survey conducted by Nielsen. Asked which guest they would rather have as a dinner guest for the Thursday holiday, 23 percent of those surveyed tapped the New York Jets player, with only 5 percent naming Obama. The president fell behind Big Bird and Lady Gaga in the survey, first reported by the New York Post.
A chill should be running down the backs of Americans today with the revelation that three children from ethnic minority groups have been taken away from their foster parents because the couple support the anti-immigration UK Independence Party (UKIP). “The couple from Yorkshire in northern England said they had been fostering children for seven years but have been told by social workers that they were not suitable because of UKIP’s calls for curbs on immigration to Britain.” (The Daily Mail, Nov. 24, 2012). “That’s across the pond” and “It can’t happen here” no longer work in Obama’s America. Staff has split headline correctly.
Four new cases of acute respiratory infection by the “novel” coronavirus have been reported in the Middle East, as Taiwan’s Centers for Disease Control (CDC) of the Department of Health issued a warning to the public over the virus yesterday. The new cases were reported to the WHO, which released the information on Friday. Three cases were reported in Saudi Arabia, where one patient has already died, while the fourth new case was in Qatar. According to the WHO, the new virus shares some of the symptoms of SARS, which also belongs to the coronavirus family.
Since the Senate is solely responsible for the confirmation of Cabinet officers, it´s not often that members of the House of Representatives jump into a debate about the nomination of a secretary of state - particularly before there has been a nomination. That´s one of the reasons a letter sent to President Obama this week by 97 House Republicans, challenging his potential choice of U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice for the State Department job, is remarkable. Another is blatant disregard of established facts. Drawn up by Rep. Jeff Duncan, R-S.C., the letter alleges that "Ambassador Rice is
WASHINGTON, D.C. —President Barack Obama and his daughters Sasha and Malia did some holiday shopping near Washington today. Dropping in on One More Page Books in Arlington, Va., Obama spent the afternoon outside the White House to promote Small Business Saturday. The family spent roughly 20 minutes inside the store, spending some of the time quietly conversing with locals. Obama reportedly brought a shopping list on his BlackBerry smartphone. “Preparation, you know,” the president told shop owner Eileen McGervey. “That’s how I shop. Michelle, she can go wandering around.”
When Mitt Romney lost the presidency to Barack Obama, Republicans, pundits and the blogosphere went wild, lashing out in all directions until they struck ORCA — a high-tech get-out-the-vote (GOTV) effort that crashed on Election Day. For the past two weeks, ORCA and everyone involved have been pummeled mercilessly, but we’re here to tell you that ORCA — though poorly executed and wasteful — is innocent. And that’s not because someone isn’t guilty. The fact is, ORCA has been publicly executed because someone — actually, a lot of someones — are very, very guilty. So let’s begin this sordid tale
True, a two-year long national election campaign is a tough act for Sunday shows to follow. (It´s also way too long a campaign, but that´s another story.) The big names are -- wait for it -- John McCain and Lindsey Graham. You haven't seen them on your screen for several minutes now. Oh, also Mr. Excitement, Dick Durbin of Illinois, Harry Reid's helper in the Democrat Senate. Graham and Durbin are on This Week along with Ben Affleck, the actor who's got another celebrity campaign going to fix Africa. McCain is on Fox News Sunday along with Matthew Shay, who heads the National Retail Federation,
The Egyptian-brokered cease-fire agreement between Israel and Hamas does not call for stopping the flow of weapons into the Gaza Strip, a top Hamas leader announced Saturday. Ezat Risheq, member of the Hamas "political bureau," said that reports claiming that the agreement calls for an end to the smuggling of weapons were untrue. Risheq was commenting on reports that claimed that special US army units would be deployed along the border between the Gaza Strip and Egypt to stop the flow of weapons to Hamas and other armed Palestinian groups. The Hamas official claimed that
As we get closer to the day when Obamacare moves from threat to reality, it seems probable that the resulting catastrophe for tens of thousands of businesses, as well as the massive increase in premiums for many families, will propel Republicans to majority status in 2014. How many businesses will be forced to close shop? How many will cut back on the number of employees to stay in business? How many will refuse to expand, unable to handle the increased costs? How many jobs will Obamacare cost? Michael Tanner, senior fellow at the Cato Institute,
A new chart has debuted showing the stark bias that purported "fact checker" PolitiFact commits against Republicans and conservatives. The chart demonstrates how people on the right side of the aisle have been scolded by PolitiFact far more often and with much greater virulence than have Democrats and liberals. This particular chart was assembled by calculating the number of "Pants on Fire" awards to what PolitiFact claims are lies by our national political figures. "Pants on Fire" is the greatest demerit PolitiFact offers. Blogger Chuck Rogers explains: We assembled this chart by sorting PolitiFact´s complete list of "Pants on Fire"
Susan Rice has had a series of diplomatic triumphs as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. President Barack Obama, an old friend, showed he has her back when last week he publicly challenged her Republican critics over the Benghazi controversy to "go after me" rather than her. She knew former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright from the age of 4. And yet Rice is now fighting for her political future. Her chances of becoming the next secretary of state - replacing Hillary Clinton - have been significantly damaged. Senior Republicans, such as Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham,
President Obama´s hyperactive regulators went on hiatus in 2011 to get through Election Day. Now with his second term secure, they´re about to make up for lost time and then some. The government defines "economically significant" rules as those that impose annual costs of $100 million or more, and the Bush, Clinton and Bush Administrations each ended up finalizing about 45 major rules per year. The average over Mr. Obama´s first two years was 63 but then plunged to 44 for 2011 and 2012 so far. The bureaucracies didn´t slow down. They merely postponed and built up a backlog that
If I had to choose one word to describe the 2012 presidential election, it would be decline. The results showed a decline in overall turnout, a decline in the GOP coalition relative to its 2004 high, a decline in the Democratic coalition relative to its 2008 high, and in general a stark decline in public confidence that the nation’s leaders can fix its pressing problems. Just look at the results. In 2008, some 131.5 million Americans went to the polls; while the votes are still being tallied, this time around
Cairo - Egyptian judges and prosecutors struck back on Saturday against an edict by President Mohamed Morsi that gave him unchecked authority without judicial review, vowing to challenge his decree in court and reportedly going on strike in Alexandria. (Snip) Mr. Morsi, the Islamist who became Egypt’s first elected president in June, is seeking to assert an authority unchecked by judicial review to forestall a court ruling expected on Dec. 2 that could disband the constitutional assembly and extend by two months the year-end deadline for that body to finish its work.