As the Supreme Court decides whether to review the Defense of Marriage Act, the New York Times´ first openly gay columnist is assailing Bill Clinton for ever signing the anti-gay law. Frank Bruni wrote an open letter to Clinton in his Sunday op-ed, calling out the popular former president for not fully participating in the gay rights movement or apologizing for signing DOMA. "Doma ... is one of the uglier blemishes on your record, an act of indisputable discrimination that codified unequal treatment of gay men and lesbians," Bruni wrote, calling the law "a nasty bit of business."
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Demoralized Republicans arrived in Boston Wednesday night for a rare moment in American politics: They came to learn from Democrats. Barack Obama´s campaign schooled Mitt Romney’s in November, something of which the Republicans who gathered at the quadrennial, off-the-record Harvard Institute of Politics Campaign Managers Conference were intensely aware. And while the proceedings of the event are under embargo until the institute releases audio transcripts of the proceedings, some participants shared their reactions.
PA president vows to pursue efforts to end the split between Gaza, West Bank, dedicates UN "victory" to late PA president Arafat, Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jail; Hamas calls for "urgent meetings" to resolve conflict. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas Sunday vowed to pursue efforts to end the split between the West Bank and Gaza and thanked Hamas and all Palestinian groups for supporting his statehood bid at the UN.
Suicide attackers detonated bombs and fired rockets outside a major U.S. base in Afghanistan on Sunday, killing five people in a brazen operation that highlighted the country´s security challenges ahead of the 2014 NATO combat troop pullout. Local police officials said bodies in Afghan police and military uniforms were scattered around the entrance of the airfield in the eastern city of Jalalabad after a two-hour battle. A Taliban spokesman said the militant group had launched the 6 a.m. assault.
Authorities are still looking for the gun used to kill a Cold Spring police officer this week. The Stearns County sheriff´s office put out a request Saturday asking members of the public to keep on the lookout for a discarded weapon. They believe the firearm used was a 20-gauge shotgun.(snip) A visitation for Decker is planned for 4 p.m. Tuesday at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Cold Spring. Source location and text added by Staff
“What sort of people were these? What were they talking about? What office did they belong to? K. was living in a free country, after all, everywhere was at peace, all laws were decent and were upheld, who was it who dared accost him in his own home?” –Franz Kafka, The Trial I have an unpleasant feeling this is going to be part of a series. Our first exposure to the folks from FEMA was a few days after Hurricane Sandy, which devastated our neighborhood on Long Island Sound. A platoon of FEMA agents, readily identifiable
Cairo -- Egypt´s high court is indefinitely suspending all its sessions after supporters of President Mohamed Morsy surrounded the building and blocked judges from entering. Calling Sunday a "dismal, black day in the history" of the country´s judiciary, the court said in a statement that its judges will not return to work until they can do their jobs "without any psychological or physical pressures." "The judges of the Supreme Constitutional Court have no choice but to declare to the great Egyptian people that they are unable to perform their sacred mission in light of the current charged situation,"
BAMAKO, Mali — Khaira Arby, one of Africa’s most celebrated musicians, has performed all over the world, but there is one place she cannot visit: her native city of Timbuktu, a place steeped in history and culture but now ruled by religious extremists. One day, they broke into Arby’s house and destroyed her instruments. Her voice was a threat to Islam, they said, even though one of her most popular songs praised Allah. “They told my neighbors that if they ever caught me, they would cut my tongue out,” said Arby, sadness etched on her broad face.
FROM his earliest days as a graduate student, Sudhir Venkatesh did things differently. He came to sociology by way of math, not by the social sciences. He was an Indian-American Deadhead from Southern California who wore a ponytail and tie-dyed shirts. He stuck out. Today, he is a celebrity in an otherwise low-key academic field — a star on campus, an influential public intellectual, a sought-after speaker. The hardcover of his best-selling book, “Gang Leader for a Day: A Rogue Sociologist Takes to the Streets,” released in 2008,
Holiday consumers have long been aware that shopping local helps their local economy stay vibrant. This holiday season, though, there is a growing awareness that shopping for gifts made in America helps jobs stay stateside. "It´s the jobs thing. People have definitely connected the dots. Consumers are more savvy and more educated than ever, and the days of conspicuous consumption of buy, buy, buy, buy, buy are gone," said JimTherriault, owner of New England Everyday Goods in Peterborough. Please follow site style.
Talk to astronauts, as we have, and the one thing each says universally is how amazingly beautiful Earth appears from space. Even after returning, they´re unable ever to think of this place the same. It´s where we all live. But it´s also an immense lump of primordial orbiting art, revolving on its tilted axis once every 24 hours while flying through space eight miles every second. Over billions of years, Earth has never been where it is at this very moment. And it will never return to this exact same spot ever again.
A man and his four-legged best friend are back together seven years after the pet disappeared during a thunderstorm. Dan Kesler was living in Raleigh, North Carolina when his doberman, B.A., was spooked by the storm and ran away from home. Kesler figured his dog would quickly return to the house - but he never did. ´The first night I spent outside waiting for him to come back,´ Kesler told WRAL. Years went by without any sign of B.A. Eventually, Kesler moved 2,000 miles away to Phoenix.[Snip] Staff discovered a microchip
Something always rubs me the wrong way when people tell us that hard times draw us closer together and teach us what is really important in our lives. "We´ve lost the country, at least we´ve got each other." There is something inherently defeatist and depressing about that; accepting defeat, especially unfair defeat, is a hard pill to swallow. Many well written accounts have been published indicating voter fraud won Obama´s reelection, but it was quite clear within 48 hours after the election that nothing was going to be done about it by our leadership or the citizenry.
Tamiflu is supposed to be the miracle flu drug. Patients across the UK rely on it. In medicine cupboards everywhere patients have eagerly stockpiled it, and in some winters there has even been talk of rationing. The Government itself has spent £500million on stockpiling the drug to keep the country from collapse in the wake of a bird-flu epidemic, since it’s supposed to reduce the risk of pneumonia and death. And yet for all we know, Tamiflu might be no better than paracetamol*: because Roche, the company making it, still withholds vital information on the risks and benefits from
In a cartoon ricocheting around the Web, the conservative antitax crusader Grover Norquist is depicted as the disembodied head of the Wizard of Oz - a green, glowering face floating above Republican politicians bowing in reverence, the entire scene lit by votive torches. It´s a mad, maniacal image of the man the left, some Democratic members of Congress, and even former Republican Sen. Alan Simpson blame for bringing the United States to the brink of fiscal disaster.They say Norquist´s power - stemming from an ironclad "no tax" pledge most GOP lawmakers have signed - has all but ruled out
They were clueless he was shoeless. The family of the homeless man aided by a selfless cop in Times Square was shocked to find out yesterday that the shoeless vagrant making headlines was their relative. His brother, Kirk Hillman, looked stunned as he saw a copy of The Post with his youngest brother on the front page — and was left speechless. Hillman’s wife told The Post she followed the story on TV — but never recognized the bedraggled beggar as her own brother-in law, Jeffrey Hillman.
Down the years and across the universe, the heroes of science-fiction classics from Dan Dare to Star Wars and The Matrix have fought intergalactic battles with weapons that wipe out enemy electronics at the touch of a button. Now scientists have turned fantasy into reality by developing a missile that targets buildings with microwaves that disable computers but don’t harm people. Aircraft manufacturer Boeing successfully tested the weapon on a one-hour flight during which it knocked out the computers of an entire military compound in the Utah desert. It is thought the missile could penetrate the bunkers and
Washed out by Hurricane Sandy, a growing number of New Yorkers are finding themselves facing a second challenge — the FEMA shuffle.More than 230,000 New York storm victims have applied for housing help from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and the feds have approved $664 million. But untold numbers haven’t been so lucky, rejected by FEMA for a host of reasons that range from the ridiculous to the confounding.Jennifer O’Connor and her fiance, Brendan O’Connor, experienced the FEMA shuffle in a mind-boggling series of rejection letters, followed a month later by a $2,486 check.
About 100 servers, line cooks and dishwashers working at the Charleston Crab House don’t have health insurance and face an uncertain year ahead. As more of the Affordable Care Act (commonly known as “Obamacare”) kicks in, they will either receive coverage or face financial penalties. [Snip] There are many questions that must be answered and milestones that must be passed before the Consumers’ Choice Health Plan begins enrolling its first members, the people who eventually will run this new South Carolina nonprofit insurer, but perhaps the biggest and simplest question is this: Will it work?
Mark Romano gripped the steering wheel and tried to keep his car from swerving into another commuter on the busy Illinois tollway. “God, please don’t let me hurt someone,” he prayed. Dizzy again. These bouts of vertigo were barely noticeable at first, but something else was going on now. At night, he would lie in his bed, stare at the ceiling and watch everything twirl. In the morning, the spells came in waves during his commute to Allstate’s national headquarters in suburban Chicago. Stress? It was December 2007, and Romano was a senior manager at Allstate and its top expert
San Bernardino is so bankrupt that the city’s attorney is advising residents to “lock your doors and load your guns,” in the face of budgetary cuts that have downsized the police force by 80 officers. City Attorney Jim Penman made his comments to about 150 residents at a council meeting assembled to address the uptick in crime, including the recent murder of an elderly woman. Since 2011, the California city has seen a 50 percent increase in murders. “Let’s be honest, we don’t have enough police officers. We have too many criminals living in this city,”
WASHINGTON — Why are Republicans playing the Democrats’ game that the “fiscal cliff” is all about taxation? House Speaker John Boehner already made the pre-emptive concession of agreeing to raise revenues. But the insistence on doing so by eliminating deductions without raising marginal rates is now the subject of fierce Republican infighting. Where is the other part of President Obama’s vaunted “balanced approach”? Where are the spending cuts, both discretionary and entitlement: Medicare, Medicaid and now Obamacare (the health care trio) and Social Security? Social Security is the easiest to solve.
According to a Gallup poll conducted November 18-19, more than half of Democrats (53%) approve of socialism, which isn’t surprising, but almost one-quarter of Republicans (23%) also do. What the poll reveals is that there is a significant difference between the reality of what voters approve and their reactions to terms that represent those realities. For example, Democrats favor the “federal government” over “capitalism” by 20 percentage points, yet they approve of “small business” almost unanimously, at a 94% level. When asked about big business, Democrats approval rate drops all the way to 44%.
Storm-ravaged New Yorkers say President Obama’s promise to cut red tape and get them aid in the aftermath of Sandy has proven to be hot air.Angry citizens vented at FEMA officials at a town hall meeting held by the disaster relief agency Thursday, with tempers boiling over. Some 1,000 people, many left homeless by the Oct. 29 storm, attended the meeting at Staten Island’s New Dorp High School. They were initially scheduled to submit written questions that would be picked and answered at random, but the session turned into an angry shouting match
In November 1995, a National Journal reporter boldly went where no member of the mainstream media had gone before: the Washington, D.C., conference room of Americans for Tax Reform on a Wednesday morning. That’s where—and when—ATR’s president, Grover Norquist, had been convening a weekly confab for various conservative operatives for the past couple of years. “Jackets are off and participants devour bagels and cream cheese,” the article relayed. “The goal of the Wednesday meetings … is to make sure the leaders of all the major conservative organizations know what everybody is up to.