PRAGUE, Czech Republic Secretary of State Hillary Clinton reiterated a strong warning Monday to the Syrian government not to use its chemical weapons, but she would not comment on reports that there were indications of recent activity at sites believed to house those weapons, nor would she give any hints as to what action the U.S. might take if that "red line" was crossed. Clinton discussed the nearly two-year crisis in Syria during a brief visit to the Czech capital of Prague, and specifically the threat of the isolated nation´s chemical weapons. The Syrian government has denied even possessing Link repaired by staff
BOSTON — An extensive Boston University study of head trauma found strong evidence that repeated blows to the head can lead to long-term brain damage. The study, conducted by the BU Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy, looked at the brains of 85 football players, boxers and military veterans. Sixty-eight of the subjects — or 80 percent — showed evidence of chronic traumatic encephalopathy. CTE is a degenerative brain disorder linked to memory loss, depression and dementia. Dr. Robert Cantu co-authored the study, one of the most far-reaching on the matter ever conducted. “Sixty-eight cases more than doubles
Tech companies spend trillions of dollars to build and maintain, expand and improve their Internet networks. Broadband industry has invested nearly $1.2 trillion dollars since 1996 So it is more than a mite disturbing when a democrat former Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman dismisses the notion that these companies exclusively own these networks and that their First Amendment rights are flexible. President Bill Clinton’s first-term Chairman Reed Hundt did exactly that last Wednesday, at an event commissioned and put together by Democrat Congressmen Henry Waxman, Anna Eshoo, Ed Markey, Michael Doyle and Doris Matsui.
Washington--The Supreme Court on Monday remained silent about whether it will enter the legal fray over same-sex marriage and agree to hear one of several pending appeals on the issue. The court´s nine justices met in private on Friday to consider whether to review challenges to the U.S. Defense of Marriage Act, which denies federal benefits to married same-sex couples, and to California´s gay marriage ban, known as Proposition 8. n an "orders list" issued early on Monday, the court made no mention of any of the same-sex marriage cases. The court could reschedule those cases for further consideration
Bill Kristol: “The Republicans are in real risk now of looking like they’re defending keeping the current tax rates for the wealthy, the Bush tax rates for the wealthy, and right now the official Republican position is let the payroll tax rate go back up by 2 points. That is a 2 percentage point increase on every American, but it’s a, Republicans care about marginal rates, it’s a marginal increase on everyone making less than $100,000 a year. At the end of the day, President Obama is selling a very simple message,
Leno: President Obama and Mitt Romney had lunch the other day at the White House. Romney offered to pay. But Obama said, "No, no, it´s on our grandchildren." Conan: House Speaker John Boehner’s office was invaded by a group of nude female protesters. Boehner’s unsure what they were protesting, but says he´ll definitely keep doing it. Conan: A 69-year-old Florida woman was arrested for stealing hundreds of dollars’ worth of lingerie. Authorities released her after she threatened to model the lingerie.
London--Britain summoned Israel´s ambassador on Monday over Israel´s decision to build thousands of new homes in occupied territory, calling it "deplorable" and saying it threatens a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the Foreign Office said. It is the latest fallout after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu authorized planning to begin for the new housing units in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, a move widely viewed as retaliatory after the Palestinian Authority won a U.N. bid to be recognized as a "non-member observer state." Israeli Ambassador Daniel Taub has been formally summoned by Minister for the Middle East
Last week, at the post-election Harvard Institute of Politics conference, Republican campaign managers intensely took notes as Obama´s top campaign operatives explained some of the technology, data, and metrics the campaign employed to run circles around Mitt Romney´s operation. According to the liberal BuzzFeed, Republican campaign managers at the conference said things like, "We got our butts kicked, so I´m going to school," and, "We weren´t running in the same race." Republicans packed a room where Obama operatives such as strategist David Axelrod, campaign manager Jim Messina, and deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter, director of polling David Simas,
The U.S. Military Academy´s Cadet Chapel at West Point hosted its first same-sex marriage Saturday. Penelope Gnesin and Brenda Sue Fulton, a West Point graduate, exchanged vows in the regal church in a ceremony conducted by a senior Army chaplain. The ceremony comes a little more than a year after President Obama ended the military policy banning openly gay people from serving. The two have been together for 17 years. They had a civil commitment ceremony that didn´t carry any legal force in 1999 but had longed to formally tie the knot.
This week the House of Representatives made a positive move in reforming the US immigration process by passing the STEM Jobs Act sponsored by Lamar Smith (R-TX). This act does what our immigration policy should do: ensure a higher level of economic growth in the United States by encouraging the brightest and most talented students in the world to become permanent residents of the United States. It also reduces the wait for the families of the visa recipients to receive residency visas which is now at least two years.
Dozens of residents are still living without heat, hot water, or electricity in condemned structures flooded by both sea and sewer water in the Gerritsen Beach community of Brooklyn after a request to FEMA for temporary housing after Hurricane Sandy was denied. “We need structures and housing. It is truly desperate,” said Jameson Wells, executive assistant to the director of GB Cares Sandy Relief, a volunteer relief organization. FEMA has said they did not have appropriate trailers. “They told us they were unavailable because they are unheated and not insulated,” Wells said.
A firefighter has been sacked for putting toilet paper with Barack Obama´s face on it in the bathrooms of the fire station where he worked. Clint Pierce had previously been warned against posting politically inflammatory material in the workplace. And after the latest incident, he sparked a massive outcry in the town of Pompano Beach in south Florida, with some residents accusing Pierce of racism. The 50-year-old had worked for the local fire department for 19 years, during which time he had occasionally clashed with colleagues over politics. But his strong Republican views first appeared to
New Agers and UFO watchers will be barred access to the flat-top mount outside Bugarach, population 179, during a four-day period around the date they are convinced represents Armageddon. Harbingers of doom base their apocalyptic prediction on an ancient Mayan calendar predicting the end of the world will happen on the night of December 21, 2012. They believe the Pic de Bugarach is an "alien garage" and that extraterrestrials are quietly waiting in a massive cavity beneath the rock for the world to end, at which point they will leave, taking, it is hoped, a lucky few humans
Drivers in bike-friendly cities may be doing double takes, as bicycle-specific traffic signals pop up alongside the traditional round red, yellow and green signals controlling intersections. At least 16 U.S. cities, including Austin, Denver, Minneapolis, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington D.C., have installed the lights, which feature a bicycle-shaped signal, according to an October study commissioned by the Oregon Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration. They signals are common in Germany, Sweden and Australia, according to the study. The reason for the new signals?
President Obama will ask members of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) to reelect Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (Fla.) to serve another term as chairwoman. Obama will ask members of the committee to reelect Wasserman Schultz when the DNC meets in Washington on Jan. 22, one day after Obama is sworn in for his second term, according to a DNC official. The term for DNC chairwoman is usually four years, meaning she will helm the party through the 2014 midterms elections when Democrats will be trying to keep control of the Senate and win back the House. Content added by staff
Hillary Clinton is running for President. And the Israeli political class is a full-blown train wreck. These are two conclusions, for whatever they are worth, based on a three-day conference I attended this weekend at the annual Saban Forum, in Washington, D.C. A word about the scene: Haim Saban, an Israeli-American media and entertainment mogul, has for the past nine years been hosting a conference, sometimes in Jerusalem, more often in Washington, focussed on the Middle East. The attendees are mainly government officials, present and former; business people; institute-niks; a few reporters. There are very few Arabs;
Dozens of Chinese mothers are giving birth to their babies in a house atop a hill in a wealthy neighborhood of Chino Hills, California - and they´re paying thousands of dollars for the privilege. eighbors say the home is a ´maternity mansion,´ a hotel where Chinese women stay for the last few months of their pregnancy so their children are born on American soil - and are therefore American citizens. Experts say the practice is widespread and that authorities are nearly powerless to stop it. The 14th Amendment guarantees that any person born in the
MSNBC host Chuck Todd reported that a "very smart White House aide" told him that "with this Republican, with the way politics of Washington are today, there´d still be slavery.""You´re going to like this," MSNBC host Chuck Todd said this morning on TV. "So, I threw the Lincoln analogy at a close aide to the president last week, and he said, ´You know, with this Republican, with the way politics of Washington are today, there´d still be slavery. Lincoln wouldn´t have been able to navigate the polarization between the media between this--´ It was an interesting and depressing observation
Amazing how a reelection can reshape an incumbent´s thinking about many things. Now safely ensconced in the White House for 49 more months, the Obamas have decorated the place with 54 Christmas trees. Even allowing for the usual Washington excesses with taxpayer money, that´s a whole grove Christmas trees. "We have 54 trees in the White House," an excited Michelle Obama proudly told visitors the other day. "54! That’s a lot of trees."
Extra hands hired off the street are being sent into mold-infested, storm-damaged basements in public housing to clean with highly toxic chemicals but without proper equipment, gear or training, the Daily News has learned. The Housing Authority first asked its union partners to help with the cleaning — but union officials refused, citing the lack of training or protective clothing. So the city hired Belchor, an outside company, to do the work. The company would not comment, but a top official with the federal agency that oversees worker safety said workers were not properly suited up
News Corp. announced today that ´The Daily,´ the iPad-only paper Murdoch launced in Feb. 2011, will shut down this month. Jesse Angelo, the founding editor-in-chief of The Daily and ex-executive editor of The New York Post, will become publisher of the Post. "Technology and other assets from The Daily, including some staff, will be folded into The Post," according to a News Corp. press release. "From its launch, The Daily was a bold experiment in digital publishing and an amazing vehicle for innovation. Unfortunately, our experience was that we could not find a large enough audience quickly
While I’ve been extremely grateful — along with the rest of our state’s 46 percent of common-sense voters — that Lizzy Warren went underground after that disastrous post-election press conference when she deferred her decisions as our U.S. senator to Majority Leader Harry Reid, she’s back now. Can you imagine the media buzz if Sen. Scott Brown had disappeared after a presser fumble like that? Where’s she been? For the Thanksgiving holiday, Brown and his wife served food to the homeless.
DETROIT — After years of dismal sales, Ford’s Lincoln luxury brand is reintroducing itself with a new name and a new midsize sedan. The brand will now be known as the Lincoln Motor Co., a change intended to separate Lincoln from the cheaper Ford brand and give it a more exclusive feel. It’s also meant to recall Lincoln’s storied past, when sedans like the Continental and Town Car were the pinnacle of luxury and good design. Lincoln was known as the Lincoln Motor Co. until 1922, when founder Henry Leland sold the brand to Ford.
JERUSALEM- Israel faced concerted criticism from Europe on Monday over Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu´s decision to expand settlement building after the United Nations´ de facto recognition of Palestinian statehood. Britain, France and Sweden summoned the Israeli ambassadors in their respective capitals to hear deep disapproval of the plan to erect 3,000 more homes in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem. Ahead of a Netanyahu visit this week, Germany, considered Israel´s closest ally in Europe, urged it to refrain from expanding settlements, and Russia said it viewed the Israeli moves with serious concern.
It was a startling moment, but almost no one realized that a sea change had occurred. The president of the United States was urging the great American public to rise up and demand change through social media. Urging voters to pressure Congress to accept his financial plan, Obama said last week: “I want you to call, I want you to send an email, I want you to post on their Facebook wall. If you tweet then use a hashtag we’re calling #My2K. Not Y2K. My2K.