DOHA, Qatar The U.N. chief says rich countries are to blame for global warming and should take the lead in forging a worldwide climate pact by 2015.Ban Ki-moon says it´s a deadline that "must be met." Ban told The Associated Press on the sidelines of U.N. climate talks in Qatar on Wednesday that "it´s only fair and reasonable that the developed world should bear most of the responsibility" in fighting climate change. Ban says the "phenomenon has been caused by the industrialization of the developed world," whose factories released carbon dioxide Link repaired by staff
Former U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates cautioned Bashar Assad that President Obama would follow through on threats to punish the Syrian leader if he uses chemical weapons. “One of the things about President Obama, he is very tough-minded,” said Gates, in an interview aired Wednesday on “CBS This Morning.” “I think it would be a mistake, particularly on Bashar Assad´s part, to underestimate him.” Gates’s comments come amid reports that the Syrian strongman, whose regime is fighting in violent struggle against opposition forces seeking his ouster, might be moving his stockpile of chemical weapons.
A major restaurant chain said Tuesday that its complaints about President Obama´s healthcare law have been bad for business. Darden Restaurants, which owns Olive Garden and Red Lobster, had previously announced plans to cut its workers´ hours so that it wouldn´t have to provide health insurance under the law´s employer mandate. Darden is one of several large employers to consider rolling back workers´ hours in response to the Affordable Care Act. But the company said Tuesday that negative publicity surrounding that position might be bad for business.
The time was 1775, the rebellion was increasing in intensity. Blood had been shed at Lexington and Concord, and Falmouth had been bombarded by ships of the Royal Navy. The rebellion had begun, but the War for Independence had not. The Continental Congress issued their declaration of causes, as well as extending peace overtures to King George with the "Olive Branch Petition", George Washington, now the commander-in-chief, preceded his evening meals with a toast to the king.
President Obama today will talk about averting the so-called "fiscal cliff" before the Business Roundtable, a group of chief executives that hasn´t always seen eye-to-eye with the president.(Snip) Mr. Obama´s relationship with the private sector, and the Business Roundtable specifically, has at times been rocky. When the president addressed the group in February 2010, he had to defend parts of his economic proposals, such as rewarding businesses that don´t send jobs overseas: "That´s not anti-business, it´s pro-America, and I don´t apologize for it," he said.
Rep. Corrine Brown (D- Fla.) chided Republican efforts to reform entitlements during a floor speech Tuesday, saying certain federal programs prevent the United States from being a third world country. “Now, I feel that Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security is the difference between us and many of the third world countries,” Brown said. “And in fact it has been the bedrock of American politics as far as helping to raise the standards.” Brown was first elected to the House in 1992, and represents parts of Jacksonville and Orlando in Florida.
U.S. Sen.-elect Elizabeth Warren’s fierce pledge to target big banks and finance bigwigs could be campaign trail hot air as she joins the highly influential Banking Committee, Bay State finance industry insiders said. “Campaigning and legislating are two different things, many find,” said Dan Forte, president and CEO of the Massachusetts Bankers Association. Forte said the MBA met with Warren when she was forming the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and she seemed to understand many of the broad financial reforms could cripple some small banks in the Bay State. “When we met with her, she recognized
The Left´s vicious all-out assault on electoral integrity this past election cycle was largely funded by the nation´s most radical labor union and the man who brought you Rice Krispies. The Battle Creek, Michigan-based W.K. Kellogg Foundation funneled a staggering $5.2 million in grants to the Applied Research Center (ARC), which churned out a steady stream of propaganda aimed at convincing Americans it´s somehow racist to require photo ID from a voter, Media Trackers Ohio reports. The multi-billion-dollar foundation was endowed by Will Keith Kellogg (1860-1951)
SACRAMENTO – A new video produced by the California Federation of Teachers – which could be playing in your child’s classroom as we speak – drums up the typical class warfare images we’ve come to expect from Big Labor. “Tax the Rich: An Animated Fairy Tale,” written by CFT staffer Fred Glass (2011 compensation: $139,800) and narrated by proud leftist actor (and 1 percenter) Ed Asner, advocates for higher taxes on the “rich” as the cure for government’s insatiable thirst for spending. The video claims the rich got rich through tax
Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) has been officially named the top Democrat on the House Financial Services Committee. The outspoken liberal vowed Tuesday to protect the Dodd-Frank financial reform law from GOP attempts to dismantle it, while pursuing reform of housing finance with the new chairman, Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas). While Waters and Hensarling rarely see eye to eye on policy, she said in a statement she hoped to "reconcile our visions" at the top of the banking panel. But she gave little indication she was willing to consider changes to the Dodd-Frank financial reform law, which
President Barack Obama will renew his case for tax hikes on wealthy Americans to avert a year-end fiscal crunch and call for a smooth increase in the nation´s borrowing limit in a speech to a business group on Wednesday, a White House official said. The president is embarked on an aggressive campaign to pressure congressional Republicans to compromise on steps to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff. He will argue to corporate executives that it would hurt the nation´s economy to have another protracted political fight over raising the debt limit, the official said.
Citigroup Inc. (C), the third-biggest U.S. bank, said it will take a pretax charge of about $1 billion this quarter as part of a plan to eliminate more than 11,000 jobs. “These actions are logical next steps in Citi’s transformation,” Chief Executive Officer Michael Corbat said today in a statement. “While we are committed to -- and our strategy continues to leverage -- our unparalleled global network and footprint, we have identified areas and products where our scale does not provide for meaningful returns. The plan will eliminate about 1,900 jobs in the institutional clients group, New York-based Citigroup said.
More than three-quarters of U.S. medical students continue to shun primary care for higher-paying specialties, setting the stage for a shortage of doctors as the population ages and health care expands, a study found. Among medical residents who aren’t planning a career in surgery or pediatrics, 22 percent said they expect to go into internal medicine or primary care with the rest planning on fields like cardiology or dermatology, a study published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association found. About 20 to 25 percent of students have chosen primary care
The David Petraeus saga is another urban legend -- a myth about a great man felled by a single flaw or indiscretion. The truth is that Petraeus is a bit player in a larger, uglier drama: the political corruption of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) and of that exclusive four-star glut that sits atop the military. And the rot didn´t start with Petraeus. Recall Army Chief-of-Staff George Casey taking to the airways to rationalize the Fort Hood Islamist massacre in 2009. Somehow "diversity" and Muslim
The U.S Board of Immigration Appeals has agreed to reopen the immigration case of Onyango Obama, delaying the deportation of the 68-year old Kenyan who violated an order to leave the United States in 1992. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), a division of the Department of Homeland Security, confirmed to CNSNews.com on Tuesday that Obama, who is the president’s uncle, was granted a rehearing last week and his case is being re-opened.
House Speaker John Boehner is under fierce attack from conservatives in the blogosphere and on Twitter over his “purge” of several conservatives from top congressional committees, as well as for his offer to fend off the fiscal cliff. “#purgeboehner,” tweeted Michelle Malkin, following committee changes that hit members, including Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.) and Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.). “Boehner, GOP leaders purge conservatives from powerful committees; update: Boehner scoffs,” read a headline at Breitbart.com. “Tomorrow we should all call John Boehner’s office to remind him to call Congressman Amash,” tweeted RedState.com’s Erick Erickson.
Carried by a new high in personal popularity and broad approval of her work as secretary of state, Hillary Clinton closes out her diplomatic career with majority support as a candidate for president in 2016. Fifty-seven percent in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll say they’d back a run by Clinton to succeed Barack Obama, vs. 37 percent opposed. That includes a broad gender gap – 66 percent support for Clinton among women, dropping to 49 percent among men.
For the last couple of days, I’ve been writing about American culture and American politics. The two are basically inseparable, I find. Anyway, for the first part of the series, go here; and for the second, go here. I will now wrap up. There is a defeatist strain among conservatives. Some say, “You know, we’ve done our best. We’ve tried our best in politics. Let’s just give up, and tend to private life, such as it is. Let’s look after our families, our places of worship, our friends.
Mitt Romney lost the election after an ‘extraordinary’ collapse in support among white men, the very group the Republicans counted on to turn out for him. As the official inquest into the defeat got underway, the former Presidential candidate’s own pollster revealed his lead among white males was cut from 27 points to as low as 12 points. Staff revealed that nobody had even read Clint Eastwood’s speech at the Republican National Convention which caused them deep embarrassment. And in another blow, Romney’s own campaign manager also admitted that his infamous 47 percent comment was ‘the epitome of low
At an event in Washington, D.C. this evening, Paul Ryan asked Marco Rubio, "Know any good diners in Iowa or New Hampshire?" The reference, of course, is to the first state to hold a primary contest (the Iowa Caucus) and the first to in the nation to hold a primary election (New Hampshire). Both men are said to be contenders for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.Ryan, the Wisconsin congressman, is the House Budget Committee chair, and was the Republican vice presidential nominee last election. Rubio is the junior senator from Florida, and a rising Republican star.
Stop that cringing! I can already see the light at the end of the tunnel. And it´s not pretty for today´s neo-Marxist Democrat party. The man you see before you as your President today bears a striking resemblance to the main character in a Greek tragedy. He so reeks of hubris. Every word that drops from his lips speaks a haughty derision of the lesser beings not benighted to be a cog in his political machine. All witness Obama the Magnificent, the conqueror of America, which was the world hyperpower, but is now the Sick Man of the 21st Century,
I wrote here about the sustained persecution of CIA agents who protected America by obtaining information from terrorists in the aftermath of 9/11. The persecution culminated in a decision by Attorney General Holder to reopen cases against some agents that the Justice Department had already deemed unworthy of prosecution. I now know the “back story” to Holder’s decision. It renders that decision even more disgraceful than I had thought. (Snip)My focus, though, is on Holder’s decision to reopen the investigation of the CIA agents. Understand first that the techniques used by these agents had been analyzed in detailed legal memos
One of Silicon Valley’s most valued men could soon become one of the president’s closest business confidants. Google Chairman Eric Schmidt is reportedly in line for a powerful position within the Obama administration. Schmidt, 57, the search giant’s former chief executive, may soon become secretary of Treasury or Commerce, or fill a new ‘secretary of business’ slot, the Washington Examiner reports. Schmidt’s big role in the Obama re-election campaign, Google´s $1.9 million donation to Democrats during the race, and Washington´s efforts to quiet a looming Federal Trade Commission investigation into Google are key signs that the President
There are three chances that Barack Obama’s illegal-alien Uncle Omar will be deported by his nephew’s government. Slim, fat and none. In other words, do you know who I am? He’s 68, he will take a drink under extreme social pressure, and he has to wait until March before this OUI in Middlesex is erased from his record. Oh yeah, and when he was lugged in Framingham in August 2011, he said to the cops, “I think I will call the White House.” Yes, Uncle Omar, we do know who are, only too well.
WHEN Thomas Pickering took up the No.3 position at the U.S. State Department in 1997, his attention turned to Sudan. The U.S. Embassy in Khartoum had been vacated the previous year after the C.I.A. reported threats, but Pickering wanted the mission reopened in a country that had harbored Osama bin Laden until May 1996 and had more experience than most with violent Islamist extremism. “The intelligence reports that prompted the closure of the embassy were false and I felt strongly that the embassy should be reopened,” Pickering, who has served as ambassador
Car giant Volvo is developing ´no death´ cars that drive themselves and are impossible to crash--ready for launch in showrooms within eight years. The computerised vehicles will be fitted with high-tech sensors and will ´refuse to be steered´ into other objects. Volvo says they will be on sale to customers by 2020, but that some of the life-saving technology will be incorporated into its vehicles even earlier--from 2014--it says. Volvo´s head of government affairs Anders Eugensson said: ‘Our vision is that no one is killed or injured in a new Volvo by 2020.’ Swedish-based Volvo--now owned by China´s