"Catholicism teaches that it is a sin to use, provide, or otherwise support contraception." These words are not from the Catholic Catechism or a sermon by a Catholic bishop. They are excerpted from the preliminary injunction U.S. District Judge Robert H. Cleland issued last month. It temporarily stopped the Obama administration from forcing a family-owned outdoor power equipment company to comply with an Obamacare regulation that requires virtually all health care plans to provide women (but not men) with coverage for sterilizations, contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs.
Tea and crumpets, it´s a time to celebrate! Your favorite English period drama, Downton Abbey, has been renewed for a fourth season by ITV, the British channel that produces it. You haven´t even seen the third season (or, "series" as they say in merry ol´ England) of the show yet because stodgy PBS refuses to air it in the U.S. until January. Unless you have already seen it because you couldn´t wait any longer and opted for a less than legal viewing experience. Or you happen to be the First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama,
The Defense Department´s Foreign Comparative Testing program is supposed to study weapons and combat technology and determine the appropriate gear for U.S. troops. That usually means testing body armor, batteries for battlefield electronics and mine-clearing systems. But the program strayed from its normal work recently to study the culinary skill of turning thin strips of beef into jerky. The goal, officials say, was to make a beef jerky that was more like a Fruit Roll-Up -- tastier and cheaper -- than than the traditional grocery store fare. The project, however, cost taxpayers $1.5 million and is unlikely to improve battlefield performance.
FORGIVE THE MIXED METAPHOR, but did the mainstream media jump the shark this summer? The expression “jump the shark” comes from the long-running 1970s sitcom Happy Days. In the 1977 fifth-season premiere, Fonzie (Henry Winkler) dons water skis, swim trunks, and his trademark leather jacket and launches over a trapped shark. The episode marked the point at which the show’s writers ran out of ideas and began substituting extravagant gimmicks in place of the solid plots that had made it a success in the first place. “Jumping the shark” has since become
More families used food stamps this past Thanksgiving than ever in history, while Congress is pushing to extend benefits — again — for the longterm unemployed. But what if such aid isn’t helping us weather the recession, but instead prolonging it? The White House, and other believers in Keynesian policy refer to subsidies to the unemployed, poor and financially distressed as “automatic stabilizers” and insist that subsidies have a large positive effect on national income. Yet when the subsidy spigots were opened wide in 2008 and 2009, labor market activity contracted sharply, and stubbornly refuses to rebound.
The Washington Post has been greatly embarrassed by the fact that its local editor Vernon Loeb was the ghost writer for the David Petraeus biography by Paula Broadwell and admits he was “clueless” about their sexual relationship. The paper is now making up for lost time. On Thursday, the Post published an article that debunked claims by Petraeus, who was Obama’s CIA director, that he had never given Broadwell classified information. The story by Carol D. Leonnig, Sari Horwitz and Anne Gearan reveals that Petraeus aides and other high-ranking military officials were often tasked by Petraeus
Dennis Surratt crouches beneath center, a quarterback second-guessing a play sent in by his coach. The score is 0-0 just before halftime in one of the rarest and longest high school football games ever played. The weather is so bad that the radio announcer says, “Last time it rained like this, somebody built an ark.” The play, tackle trap left, requires nimble footwork and tricky ball-handling in the wing-T offense. Surratt is worried that he may stumble in mud so thick that the announcers struggle to read the numbers on the players’ jerseys.
As soon as the presidential election was over and the exit polling results began to pour in, some on the right (and many outside it) started arguing that the Republican party needed to change its tune on immigration. To avoid being left behind by the country’s changing demographics, the argument goes, the GOP must vastly improve its appeal to Hispanic voters, and the way to do this is to hop on the bandwagon of “comprehensive immigration reform,” which means a path to citizenship for the estimated 11 million immigrants now in our country illegally, greater openness to more legal immigration,
Sometime early next year, the Supreme Court is expected to invalidate Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, the most powerful and effective tool that the United States government has to combat discriminatory election practices. (Snip)Section 5 is one of the most unique civil-rights laws because it does not apply to most of the country. Instead, with a handful of exceptions like Alaska, Arizona and part of New York City, it applies only to states in the South—to be specific: all of South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, most of Virginia, part of North Carolina
The debate over taxes–and particularly federal income tax rates on upper-bracket taxpayers–is in full flower right now. There are arguments over the potency of tax rates to influence worker and business behavior and over the way the U.S. economy functions and over “fairness.” To pepper the arguments with a few facts, turn to the very latest compendium of income-tax data, conveniently published this week by the Internal Revenue Service in its Statistics of Income Bulletin, Fall 2012 issue. These aren’t estimates from economic models: They’re the full, final tally.
Here it comes again — another United Nations-sponsored grab to control the Internet. Next month, Dec. 3-14, the UN’s International Telecommunications Union (ITU) is holding a conference in Dubai, at which UN member states will meet to update the ITU treaty arrangements for international communications. The window will be open for everything from proposals for UN-regulated and administered fees to, as The Hill reports, language from China and Iran, which, in an effort to share with the world at large their own domestic practices, “could lead to online censorship and government monitoring of Web traffic.”
Sometimes you just have to latch on to what’s seems like an obviously crazy idea and run with it. If nobody ever grabbed for a rather insane looking brass ring, we’d have never had the turducken. It is with this wild eyed spirit of possibilities rising from the ash fields that I propose giving serious consideration to a plan suggested by Moe Lane at Red State. The seat in the the US House of Representatives most recently held by Congressman Jesse Jackson jr is now rather famously open. So here’s the plan.
In 1957, outside Central High in Little Rock, Arkansas, a white mob, together with the National Guard ordered there by Governor Orval Faubus, attempted to block nine black students from entering school. A federal court injunction ordered police to escort the African-American students, known as the Little Rock Nine, into the high school. In response to a letter from the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., President Eisenhower instructed the Arkansas National Guard and federal troops to protect the students for the remainder of the school year.
When Abbey, the beloved 14-year-old dog of the Scrivener family died, one little girl´s grief was eased in the most touching of fashions. Telling her parents that she wanted to write a letter to God, four-year-old Meredith dictated a note to her mother and together they traveled down to their post office in Brook Hollow, Texas to post it. Two weeks later to their amazement, the family returned home to find a package wrapped in gold on their front porch addressed to ´Mer´ and signed ´God, and one of his special angels.´Inside the mysterious package was
Vending machines are usually crammed with junk food, not expensive delicacies reserved for the rich and famous. But this version, in a packed out Los Angeles mall, dishes out the finest caviar the United States has to offer, all at the press of a button. Beverly Hills Caviar unveiled one of the country´s first ever caviar vending machines at the Burbank Towne Center this week.(Snip) And the prices match the machine´s contents, ranging from about $50 up to $500, according to CBS Los Angeles.
Here we are again.$2 trillion later, we are back at the precipice, looking over the edge into financial chaos, and all anyone can seem to say is “Ain’t love grand?” as they talk about how Republicans and Democrats should be able to get along and come up with a “grand” compromise, when everyone knows that all a compromise would buy you is another $2 trillion of debt, something we didn’t even really need in the first place.
Arlington, Va. - President Barack Obama made a quick trip to a Virginia bookstore for some Christmas shopping. The president took his daughters, Sasha and Malia, to One More Page Books in Arlington, Va., on Saturday afternoon. The White House says Obama was promoting an effort called “small business Saturday” to encourage shoppers to patronize mom-and-pop businesses after Thanksgiving. At the store, Obama held up his BlackBerry, apparently looking up a book title as he spoke with shop owner Eileen McGervey. He said “preparation” was the key to his shopping.
Brasilia - Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, moving quickly to nip a new scandal in the bud, ordered the dismissal on Saturday of government officials allegedly involved in a bribery ring, including the country´s deputy attorney general. Federal police raided government offices in Brasilia and Sao Paulo on Friday and arrested six people for running an influence peddling ring that sold government approvals to businessmen in return for bribes. Among those under investigation are the former personal secretary of ex-president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, Rosemary de Noronha, who has headed
To find the US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton publicly praise the man currently leading Egypt – an Islamist who has not found favour in high places previously – comes as a considerable surprise. But praise President Mohamed Morsi she did for his considerable efforts in brokering a ceasefire between the Israelis and Hamas in the Gaza Strip. Morsi has long been a supporter of Hamas, which is viewed as a terrorist organisation by both Israel and the US. It is a mark of just how much has changed in the Middle East in the last two years that not only is he the democratically elected president
Gov. Christie estimates that Sandy cost New Jersey $29.4 billion in damage and economic losses, from washed-out roadways and waterlogged homes to manning storm shelters. "This preliminary number is based on the best available data, field observations, and geographical mapping," Christie said in a statement released Friday evening. "I will spare no effort and waste no time to rebuild and restore our tourism industry, our transportation and utilities infrastructure, and the lives of our citizens for the long term." The estimate is considered a crucial step for Christie, who recently consulted with governors from Louisiana and Mississippi
President Obama annihilated Mitt Romney in New York City on Election Day, 81 percent to 18 percent, but that result obscures the fascinating tale the precinct-level results tell about the lush diversity of the city and its politics. Fortunately, The New York Times has an analysis of the available precinct-by-precinct data, and offers a great breakdown of how the two candidates fared in various neighborhoods, accompanied by a terrific graphic. Some highlights from the piece: Citywide• In 91 of the city’s 5,286 precincts, Obama won 100 percent of the vote.• East Asian precincts
The battle of the sexes is alive and well. According to Pew Research Center, the share of women ages eighteen to thirty-four that say having a successful marriage is one of the most important things in their lives rose nine percentage points since 1997 – from 28 percent to 37 percent. For men, the opposite occurred. The share voicing this opinion dropped, from 35 percent to 29 percent.
In his first interview since becoming the incoming leader of the Anglican Church, Bishop Justin Welby revealed the struggles he had faced as a teenager at Eton, nursing his alcohol-dependant father whose behaviour had become increasingly erratic. Since the age of three, Justin had been brought up alone by his businessman father, Gavin Welby, a divorcee. But he had no idea of his father’s remarkable life story, which The Sunday Telegraph has pieced together for the first time. We were able to inform him that his father had disguised his real name and German-Jewish roots, and invented
In a series of remarkably candid comments, Prince Charles hinted that he feared his legacy as king would be cut short. During a visit to Dumfries House, the stately home in East Ayrshire which the Prince helped save for the nation, he joked about his reputation for pursuing projects with notorious vigour but made a poignant reference to his mortality. He said: “Impatient? Me? What a thing to suggest! Yes of course I am.” He added: “I’ll run out of time soon. I shall have snuffed it if I’m not careful.”
New York — Superstorm Sandy plunged some immigrants living illegally in the U.S. into darkness and even deeper into the shadows. Some of those who need help to get temporary housing and food are afraid to come forward because they risk deportation. And many have returned to damaged, powerless, moldy homes because they have no other place to stay. “My son has asthma and now he is worse. The house has this smell of humidity and sea water,” Mexican immigrant Miguel Alarcon Morales said while holding his 2-year-old son, Josias. “It is not safe to live there. I am starting
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,"