Washington - New York state’s requirement that gun owners prove they have a special need for protection in order to obtain a concealed weapons permit does not violate the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms, a federal appeals court ruled Monday. The three-judge panel unanimously upheld a state law requiring applicants to prove that they’d received a personal threat or had some other special need for protection before they would be granted a permit to carry a concealed firearm in public. An appeal to the US Supreme Court is expected.
Washington - Major tobacco companies that spent decades denying they lied to the U.S. public about the dangers of cigarettes must spend their own money on a public advertising campaign saying they did lie, a federal judge ruled on Tuesday. The ruling sets out what might be the harshest sanction to come out of a historic case that the Justice Department brought in 1999 accusing the tobacco companies of racketeering. U.S. District Judge Gladys Kessler wrote that the new advertising campaign would be an appropriate counterweight to the companies´ "past deception" dating to at least 1964.
Washington - The White House is expected in the coming days to send Congress a multi-billion dollar request to fund recovery from Superstorm Sandy, which caused an estimated $71 billion in damages in New York and New Jersey. Congressional aides said there was no clear indication of the request´s size, but some said it would likely be at least $11 billion. The Federal Emergency Management Agency´s disaster relief fund had access to about $7.8 billion as Sandy slammed the U.S. East Coast on October 29, causing widespread destruction in coastal New York and New Jersey.
Take your "Happy Holidays" and shove it. Finally, there´s proof that Americans prefer "Merry Christmas." By a wide margin, 68 percent to 23 percent, Americans prefer stores with signs that say "Merry Christmas" during the Christmas holidays than the more generic and secular "Happy Holidays," according to a new Rasmussen Reports survey. And in all 34 of the categories the accurate and prominent pollster looks at, "Merry Christmas" was the hands-down winner. A few examples:
Perhaps it’s time to change MSNBC to MSRBC, with the “R” standing for race. The far-left network has reached a point where every issue is about race no matter what host is ranting. The latest example of this comes from perennial race-baiting anchor Touré who on Nov. 26 attacked Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham as “old, white, establishment folks.” (Snip) In Touré’s black-and-white world, McCain is a “bitter” failed candidate who has no right to dare question potential Secretary of State candidate Susan Rice because she is a “much younger black woman.” He also claimed McCain
A Florida man has sued the ex-Elmo puppeteer, saying the voice actor met him while trolling gay telephone chat lines seeking underage boys for sex. The lawsuit seeking unspecified damages was filed in Manhattan federal court by a man who remains anonymous. The man says he met Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash on a chat line when he was 16 years old in 2000 and exploring modeling opportunities in New York. The lawsuit says Clash had numerous Elmo dolls in his apartment when he met the teen for sex. The man, now 29, is the third to make claims against Clash,
"Multinational corporations have a new ally in their battles with organized labor: unionized workers," reports Crain´s Chicago Business. "Some workers are becoming so disillusioned by what their unions can, or rather can´t, do for them that they want out." A case in point is the Caterpillar Inc. plant in Joliet, Ill., where "dozens of machinists . . . crossed the picket line during a strike last summer and are planning unfair labor practices complaints" against the International Association of Machinists:(Snip) The trouble for private-sector unions is that the global economy vastly increases the supply of labor, diminishing their bargaining power.
San Francisco - The American Civil Liberties Union and four servicewomen sued the U.S. Defense Department on Tuesday to end a ban on women in combat, calling the military the last bastion of discrimination by the federal government and saying modern warfare has already put women in the line of fire. The civil rights group argued in a legal complaint filed in federal court in Northern California that the military policy barring women from roles primarily focused on combat solely because of their gender was unconstitutional. Hundreds of thousands of women veterans returning from wars in
Researchers have tested a small prototype of a nuclear-reactor engine design that could one day power deep-space exploration probes. The proposed design is based on a Stirling engine – an engine first invented in the 19th century that uses hot pressurized gas to push a piston. It would use a 50-pound nuclear uranium battery to generate heat that is then carried to eight Stirling engines to produce about 500 watts of power. (Snip) Nuclear engines are important because they make possible exploration of the entire solar system. Beyond Mars, sunlight is so weak that solar panels would have to be
Make way for the Messiah! This apparently is the new mantra for these grotesque and hideous post-election times. Barack Hussein Obama is not only not denying his Messiahship, he’s basking in the new role cast for him by gloating supporters. At Sunday’s Soul Train awards, Obama was nominated as “Our Lord and Savior” by Oscar-winning actor/comedian Jamie Foxx, who was answered by a wildly cheering throng. The YouTube showing the cheering throngs to Foxx’s naming Obama “Our Lord and Savior” was mysteriously removed from the Internet yesterday morning. Today comes news of artist Michael D’Antuono’s
Washington - The Obama administration has declined to label China a currency manipulator, noting that it let its currency rise nearly 10% in value against the dollar since June 2010. The administration says the Chinese yuan remains "significantly undervalued" and is urging China to make further progress. U.S. manufacturers contend that China is manipulating its currency to gain trade advantages. A weaker yuan makes Chinese goods cheaper for American consumers and U.S. goods more expensive in China. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney had vowed during the campaign
Former Senate Republican Leader and presidential nominee Bob Dole has been hospitalized at Walter Reed Army Medical Hospital, according to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Reid, D-Nev., told colleagues on the floor of the U.S. Senate Tuesday evening that Dole, 89 years old, called him a few days ago to tell him that he is at Walter Reed and that it is “not for a checkup.” “He is infirm, he is sick,” Reid said of Dole, who has been hospitalized many times over the years. “We should do this to recognize what a great leader Bob Dole is,” Reid said.
More than a quarter of new HIV infections in the U.S. occur among people ages 13 to 24, according to a new report released Tuesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. What´s more, about 60% of those young people with HIV don´t know they have the virus. The release represents the most recent analyses by the CDC. It was timed to coincide with World AIDS Day, which is Dec. 1. According to the CDC, about 12,200 young Americans became infected with HIV in 2010, with African Americans representing more than half of those newly infected.
What’s a retailer to do with merchandise branded to support a failed presidential candidate? Put it on clearance. ABC News’ Jake Tapper snapped this photo of Romney gifts next to the Christmas decorations at Reagan National Airport Monday. On the Internet, business owners are dropping prices to unload the Romney items as well. The “America!” store, which has a location in Union Station and Reagan National Airport among others, had a clearance section of its online shopping full of Romney/Ryan memorabilia Monday morning. All of it was 75 percent off, putting Romney magnets and buttons below a dollar
I am walking out of the multiplex theater in my old home town of Springfield, and already the sold-out audience for the next showing of Steven Spielberg’s new Lincoln is queuing up. The sound of something very rare in my movie-going experience is still reverberating in my ears – the sound of an audience applauding. And, from the opening crack of thunder that introduces us to Daniel Day-Lewis’s stoop-shouldered Lincoln, there is much worth applauding, even to an empty screen. Let me play Lincoln biographer first, since I am not, after all, a movie critic.
United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice´s attempts to "make nice" with a trio of Republican senators who have criticized her response to the Sept. 11 terror attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, seem to have backfired. The senators said they left their face-to-face meeting with Rice this morning "more concerned" and "significantly troubled."(Snip)"The concerns I have are greater today than before, and we´re not even close to getting the basic answers," Graham said. Today´s meeting was seen as part of Rice´s Capitol Hill "charm offensive," as her possible nomination
Intelligent people across the country are asking out loud whether another presidential term for Barack Obama actually will be as bad as we expect it to be. Unfortunately, it probably will be. Because he was as horrible, as disdainful of the Constitution and of decency, fair play and good judgment, as he was in the first four years, imagine what he can do now that he needs not worry about re-election. A look back serves as a reminder of how bad he has been already, so that good Americans can start figuring how to counter the worse Obama
When a cellphone is reported stolen in New York, the Police Department routinely subpoenas the phone’s call records, from the day of the theft onward. The logic is simple: If a thief uses the phone, a list of incoming and outgoing calls could lead to the suspect. But in the process, the Police Department has quietly amassed a trove of telephone logs, all obtained without a court order, that could conceivably be used for any investigative purpose. The call records from the stolen cellphones are integrated into a database known as the Enterprise Case Management System,
Sen. Kelly Ayotte on Tuesday bashed the charge that criticism of U.N. Amb. Susan Rice is rooted in racism and sexism. “I think it’s absolutely false,” said Ayotte (R-N.H.) on Fox News Channel’s “America Live with Megyn Kelly.” Ayotte, a vocal critic of Rice’s handling of the attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, joined Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) in a meeting with the ambassador on Tuesday morning to discuss Rice’s initial explanation of those attacks, which ultimately proved to be incorrect.
WASHINGTON — Susan E. Rice, the ambassador to the United Nations, conceded on Tuesday that she incorrectly described the attack on the American mission in Benghazi, Libya, in September as following a spontaneous protest, rather than being a terrorist attack. But she said she based her statement on the intelligence available at the time and did not intend to mislead the American public. (Snip)“We are significantly troubled by many of the answers that we got, and some that we didn’t get,” Senator John McCain
In general, presidents should appoint whomever they want to serve in their cabinets. But that doesn´t mean that re-elected President Barack Obama will — or even should — appoint U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice to replace the soon-departing Hillary Clinton as secretary of state. (Snip) Even if we take into account the political motives of those attacking Mr. Obama and trying to discredit his re-election and pump up right-wing media ratings, the president´s critics are asking important questions about what the State Department and the White House did before, during and especially after the attacks.
When you don´t feel safe in your own home anymore, you know, you cant get that back," said Jeanette Schwaed. Schwaed speaks calmly, but her tears tell a story of fear. Her home was just one of a slew of Sarasota residences burglarized, cops say, by four young women: Caroline Catarzi, Alyssa Conrad, Samantha Smith, and Brandy Kinney.
Cairo - More than 100,000 people took to the streets of Cairo on Tuesday to protest against a decree by the Egyptian president, Mohamed Morsi, that grants him sweeping constitutional powers. (Snip) "Dictator" was the word being used to describe Morsi´s new status after last Thursday´s decree, which grants the immunity for the president from judicial review as well protecting a controversial constitutional assembly dominated by the group he is affiliated with, the Muslim Brotherhood. "Today´s protests are to overthrow oppression and stand up to the new dictatorship of Morsi, his decree and a constitution far
You know the story: While the provinces starve, the Capital City lives it up, its wheeler-dealer bigshots growing fat on the tribute extracted from the rest of the country. We don´t live in The Hunger Games yet, but I´m not the first to notice that Washington, D.C., is doing a lot better than the rest of the country. Even in upscale parts of L.A. or New York, you see boarded up storefronts and other signs that the economy isn´t what it used to be. But not so much in the Washington area, where housing prices are going up,
Former President Bill Clinton gave a surprise address at the Wired for Change event at the Ford Foundation in New York on Monday. Clinton spoke about the overuse of technology and revealed that he only sent two emails during his eight years in the oval office. He says that one was to troops in the Adriatic and one was to a 77-year-old John Glenn, who was in outer space. Then, he joked that he didn´t really have to worry about Congress subpoenaing those notes. Clinton also joked that he started his first term when there were only
Governor Andrew Cuomo is coming under fire after saying that Hurricane Sandy was ´more impactful´ than Hurricane Katrina, even though the 2005 storm still caused significantly more deaths. The New York governor ignored the staggering different death tolls- Hurricane Katrina caused 1,833 deaths while Sandy is attributed in 121 deaths- but went on to say that last month´s hurricane ´affected many, many more people and places than Katrina´. He broached the controversial topic during a press conference on Monday while explaining his rationale in asking for nearly $42billion in federal aid for the reconstruction process.