Mayor Rahm Emanuel says Chicago police are making strong moves to confront continuing city violence—which has included violent attacks at funerals. The mayor expressed anger that people have been shooting and carrying guns at gang-member funerals. “The police department is going to change the way they deal with gang funerals,” he said. “If you cannot respect a place of worship, at a time of a funeral, we are going to show a different type of attitude.” The funerals will be treated as “gang events,” with mourners being searched and patted down, among other security measures.
Editor’s note: Following is a Prologue excerpt from Marinka Peschmann’s latest book, Following Orders: The Death of Vince Foster, Clinton White House Lawyer (One Rock Ink Publishing), the sequel to The Whistleblower: How the Clinton White House Stayed in Power to Reemerge in the Obama White House and on the World Stage. Available at Amazon and all fine booksellers. E-book version available shortly. Prologue While it might have initially appeared that the deputy counsel to the president of the United States was taking a nap in a park—lying neatly face-up on a steep embankment with his feet
I’ve now been in a few debates about Egypt’s new draft constitution, which will be put to a vote next week — in fact, I debated Abbas Barzegar, an assistant professor of Islam at Georgia State University, on Sean Hannity’s radio show on Monday. As one would easily predict, it has become a key talking point of the constitution’s Islamist supporters that, in so far as concerns sharia (Islam’s societal framework and legal code), the new constitution marks no change. The new draft simply repeats, it is said, the old Sadat/Mubarak-era constitution’s stipulation that the “principles of sharia” govern.
Today’s big controversy is the cartoon produced by the California Federation of Teachers and narrated by actor Ed Asner. It’s called Tax the rich: An animated fairy tale, and it contains all the wit and charm you would expect from a video produced by a team of CFT apparatchiki. One scene receiving the most attention depicts the rich urinating on the poor during an explanation of trickle-down economics. Get it? Trickle down? (Snip)So rather than scream and rage at CFT and its cartoon, let’s emulate Capt. Lloyd M. Bucher of the USS Pueblo. We paean CFT and its cartoon.
Residents in one Queens neighborhood are crying foul after they were written up for failing to clean up the city’s own mess. It is yet another new complication in life after Superstorm Sandy. Rosanne and Joe Cavaliere are still trying to clean up from the hurricane. They have branches through their roof, busted front windows, and, to add insult to injury, they recently received a citation notice from the city. (Snip)But as they pointed out to CBS 2’s Schneider on Tuesday night, it’s a city tree that they were waiting for the city to remove.
Politics: The U.S., once king of corn exports, is more like a corn peasant these days, given its precipitous loss of market share to other countries´ growers. Look no further than Congress´ ethanol mandate for the reason why. In another sign of U.S. decline in the Obama era, the U.S.´ share of corn exports has shriveled in the global marketplace. Our biggest buyer, Japan, has cut its imports of U.S. corn from 2.702 million metric tons last year to 1.968 million metric tons this year. Similar figures are seen with our other top customers in Taiwan and China.
A federal appeals court on Wednesday questioned not only President Obama’s controversial January recess appointments but the entire system of such appointments, using oral arguments in a case to cast doubt on whether presidential powers can ever be exercised unless Congress has adjourned for good. The case involves a challenge to Mr. Obama’s recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board in early January — during a time when the Senate was holding pro forma sessions every three days, specifically for the purposes of denying him the chance to make those appointments.
And so it begins, or should I say, so it continues. CNN is now reporting that an unnamed U.S. intelligence official claims that Assad’s Syrian forces are “combining chemicals that would be used to make deadly sarin gas for use in weapons to attack rebel and civilian populations.” As I wrote here before in various reports pertaining to Benghazi, this was the plan all along and you are seeing it play out, albeit a bit behind schedule as Obama, Clinton and their national security advisors had to coordinate the Benghazi cover-up that few admitted existed and even
Charles Dickens must be turning in his grave. We have a government that tells struggling families here at home to buck up and shell out to build wind farms in the developing world. Here, there are mothers worrying about stretching a very limited budget to cover Christmas lunch, with turkey and trimmings, and presents that don´t all come from PoundLand; but the Coalition doesn´t worry about the hardships under its nose, concentrating instead on those who suffer in distant lands. Dickens would have recognised this instantly as Mrs Jellaby charity--the mother in Bleak House who is obsessed with charitable work
Greg Barker, the environment minister, has a provocative turn of phrase. Earlier this week he described wind farms as “wonderful and majestic” and said they had become tourist attractions in his Bexhill and Battle constituency. Today he trumped that by claiming that the UK will “pay the price in British lives” if we don’t spend £2 billion of taxpayer’s money (that’s £70 per household) on programmes to help developing countries switch to green energy. How come? Barker fears that if we don’t stump up the cash, we will see more failed states like Eritrea, Somalia and Afghanistan
Camden — It’s a simple enough request, but after a November that saw the city expand its all-time record for homicides to 62, it seems likely to shock and stump a fair amount of people: “Say something nice about Camden.” That’s the challenge presented, in the form of a billboard that first appeared on Monday, to South Jersey drivers crossing through Camden on Route 30. Conceived as equal parts art piece and rallying cry, the new campaign, created by Manhattan media executive Jennifer Barton, is aimed at getting people to dwell on some of the more positive aspects of Camden.
A homeless drifter was arrested and charged this morning for allegedly tossing a Queens dad onto a Times Square subway track, where he was fatally crushed by a Q train, law-enforcement sources told The Post. Naeem Davis, 30, confessed yesterday while being grilled in the grisly death of Ki Suk Han, 58, who was struck in front of horrified onlookers Monday after trying desperately to scramble back to the platform. Davis told police that he “stayed and watched” as the train hit Han, a law-enforcement source said. He was charged with
Washington - Businesses and Senate Republicans forced a courtroom showdown with President Barack Obama on Wednesday, asking a federal appeals court to invalidate his surprise appointments to a labor board in January. Lawyers with the groups and for Obama´s Justice Department argued for more than an hour over whether the president exceeded his authority by filling the vacancies while the Senate was out of town Headline resplit by staff.
President Barack Obama wants to raise the debt limit "without drama or delay," a White House official tells Reuters. "The President will highlight why it would hurt our economy and our nation´s businesses if we do not find a solution to avoid another debt ceiling crisis, and will ask the business leaders for their help in supporting an approach that resolves the debt limit without drama or delay," the anonymous aide tells Reuters. Republicans fighting the debt limit last go around, according to Reuters, is the reason America´s credit was downgraded:
Dave Brubeck, the jazz pianist, composer and bandleader behind the legendary Dave Brubeck Quartet, has died at age 91. The death of Brubeck, whose quartet performed “Take Five,” which became a jazz standard and the bestselling jazz single of all time, was confirmed Wednesday by the Associated Press. Brubeck would have turned 92 Thursday. According to the AP, Brubeck died of heart failure after being stricken while on the way to a cardiologist´s appointment in Connecticut.
SACRAMENTO, Calif — Former President Bill Clinton said Tuesday that Democrats and Republicans are like dogs "sniffing each other out" over a piece of meat in their negotiation to avert the "fiscal cliff," suggesting the two sides are approaching a deal. Clinton told a Sacramento audience that while watching news of the negotiation Tuesday he feared "the American people are going to be sick when they watch this." "But it´s just a Kabuki dance," Clinton said at Memorial Auditorium. "They´re sort of like two dogs that meet each other over a piece of meat. They´re sniffing each other out. Headline resplit by staff.
Troy, Ohio — The rise in poverty here is evident in the mass of people who crowd the waiting room of the free health clinic every Thursday night -- so many that the volunteer staff turns away about half of them. It is marked by the bare shelves of the pantry at Richards Chapel United Methodist Church, a one-story sanctuary where laid-off factory workers, retirees and parents with children fill the dining hall for a free lunch. And it is lived by Nancy Scott, a former stay-at-home mom working a temporary minimum-wage job
NYPD officer Larry DePrimo was unaware that he had been caught on camera giving a homeless man a pair of socks and weatherproof boots he had purchased for him. A passing tourist from Arizona, Jennifer Foster, caught the selfless act and sent it to the NYPD Facebook page. The photo has gone viral and has generated mixed reactions from activists for the homeless who assert that DePrimo´s compassion does not represent the NYPD´s routine treatment of the homeless. That may be their viewpoint but Officer DePrimo reminds me of the cops I knew as a child when I lived in Spanish Harlem.
My fellow expatriate, Piers Morgan, appears to be on yet another quest to embarrass himself, this time by taking the Constitution’s amendments one by one and demonstrating in public that he has no idea what they mean. In the wake of Bob Costas’s anti-gun rant, Morgan took to Twitter to complain about the Second Amendment: Piers Morgan ?@piersmorgan The 2nd amendment was devised with muskets in mind, not high-powered handguns & assault rifles. Fact.
ObamaCare´s subsidized insurance exchanges are supposed to be up and running in little more than a year, putting a key piece of the federal health care law into action. But it´s unclear that will happen, especially with a growing number of states saying they don´t want the cost and regulatory headaches. The exchanges are where consumers without employer-based coverage will shop for insurance under ObamaCare and receive a tax credit toward its purchase if they are eligible. But 21 states have expressly declined to set up their own exchanges, with nine others still undecided ahead of the Dec. 14 deadline.
Closed: The federal government wants California´s biggest oyster farm to shut down. Not because it´s broken the law or is irredeemably dirty. Washington just wants it to go away. Last week, one day before the Drakes Bay Oyster Co.´s 40-year-lease expired, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar himself told the company that the deal was not going to be renewed. He gave the business 90 days to clear out of the Point Reyes National Seashore estuary in west Marin County. The oyster company operates on about 1,100 acres of a 2,700-acre plot that Washington wants to return to nature.
Veteran journalist Bob Woodward was interviewed this morning by Mike Allen about his reporting behind President Obama’s presidency. During the conversation, Allen suggested that perhaps Woodward was “disappointed” in the Obama presidency. “I wouldn’t say disappointed,” Woodward said immediately. “It goes to the question of what’s our job in the news media and our job is not to be cheerleaders.” Woodward noted that the job was to be an “irritant” of people in power by “asking and raising questions.” “That’s the job.” he concluded.
President Obama and his advisers keep suggesting that they’d like to do more about climate change, but Congress just won’t cooperate. Now one environmental group is arguing that the Obama administration doesn’t even need Congress to make sweeping cuts to U.S. carbon emissions. On Tuesday, the Natural Resources Defense Council released a new report explaining how the Environmental Protection Agency could enforce sharp emissions cuts at America’s power plants. In the best case, the group said, the United States Intro corrected by staff
Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) warned his conference on Wednesday that leaders are "watching" how the rank-and-file vote to determine committee assignments, according to sources in the closed-door meeting. Boehner addressed the firestorm over the removal of four lawmakers from plum committee assignments at the weekly GOP conference meeting. According to Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.), one of the lawmakers denied a spot on his current committee in the next Congress, Boehner did note "that we [leadership] have punished four members, he claimed that it had nothing to do with their conservative ideology, but had to do with their voting patterns."
It would be a tall order to beat this lot. The top ten skyscrapers of the year were named yesterday with a stunning New York residential block taking top spot. Eight Spruce Street, in Manhattan, picked up the Emporis Skyscraper Award where judges chose the best buildings which were completed in 2011. The 76-storey tower, designed by Frank Gehry, is the 12th largest tallest residential block stretching 265-metres into the sky.