Many motorists don´t know it, but it´s likely that every time they get behind the wheel, there´s a snitch along for the ride. In the next few days, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is expected to propose long-delayed regulations requiring auto manufacturers to include event data recorders — better known as "black boxes" — in all new cars and light trucks. But the agency is behind the curve. Automakers have been quietly tucking the devices, which automatically record the actions of drivers and the responses of their vehicles in a continuous information loop, into most new cars for years.
Wall Street Journal columnist Daniel Henninger appeared on Fox & Friends on Friday where he warned that presidents who do not preside over growing economies in their second terms tend not to be recalled favorably by posterity. Henninger said he thought that President Barack Obama’s legacy ‘would be ashes’ if his second term is characterized by consistently low economic growth. Henninger expressed dismay over the state of the negotiations on the fiscal cliff, and said it was disturbing that he thought negotiations were “nowhere.” He went on to list the ways in which Obama has been
Fox News commentator Dana Perino suggested during a live broadcast that female victims of domestic violence should ´make better decisions´ to avoid getting hurt. Perino made the remark during a discussion on the murder-suicide of NFL player Jovan Belcher, who shot and killed his girlfriend before turning a gun on himself. For months prior to the shooting, the couple had been having problems and police had previously been called to their home as a result. Fox commentators were discussing the implications of the crime and whether laws governing gun rights should be reexamined in the aftermath.
Pictures and calendars featuring half-naked women will be stripped from U.S. Air Force work spaces and public areas under a widespread inspection to stamp out sexual assault in the armed forces. Commanders and supervisors in all active, reserve and Air National Guard units have 10 days to complete the sweep for pin-up images or materials reminiscent of the all-male military from 20 or 30 years ago. Air Force chief General Mark Welsh said having a culture where such objectification of women is tolerated may be contributing to reports of sexual assault increasing to more than 700 this year
The Obama campaign´s Hollywood fundraisers netted the president millions of dollars in the campaign, with an event at George Clooney´s home alone bringing in $15 million, according to multiple media reports. The celebrity hosts of these fundraisers saw the perks of political proximity, attention to their causes, and—in the case of some — face time with POTUS or tours of the White House. Of the two dozen or so A-listers who held big fundraisers for Obama this cycle, Whispers found at least 10 of them had visited the White House before donating. Their visits are tracked
After 30 years, The New York Times has admitted that Reaganomics worked. The inadvertent revelation comes in a November 29th article by Binyamin Appelbaum chronicling the steadily falling tax burden Americans have experienced since the 1980s. AEI columnist James Pethokoukis notes that the heart of The Times´ article is that in 2010 Americans "paid far less in total taxes -- federal, state and local -- than they would have paid 30 years ago." Pethokoukis points out that some tax hike advocates think this means that America´s tax burden is too low and time has come for a hike.
As you may have noticed in recent months, President Obama´s Mideast foreign policies are not going so well. In Libya, Obama pushed out brutal but cooperative dictator Moammar Gadhafi. The country turned lawless. On 9/11, terrorists not reacting to an obscure anti-Islam video sacked the Benghazi consulate, killing four Americans. [Snip] Here´s Thursday´s full read-out of Obama´s phone call to Morsi. See if you too are struck by this one-sided "conversation."
A receptionist at the private hospital which treated the Duchess of Cambridge has died in a suspected suicide – two days after being duped by an amateurish hoax from an Australian radio station. The woman’s unconscious body was found at an address yards away from King Edward VII Hospital, where she worked, just before 9.30am today. The emergency services were called and two ambulances were despatched to the central London residence. But paramedics were unable to revive her and she was pronounced dead at the scene. Officers from Scotland Yard launched an investigation
"I think Senator DeMint clearly sees that the Tea Party is not a growth industry," DNC chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) said on Current TV´s "Viewpoint" tonight. "I mean, he had an election that just passed that did not see the ranks of Tea Party members expand. The Senate candidates that he expected to be very likely to join him in the Senate were rejected in red states by the voters who simply know that extremism is not the way that we need to go forward in getting our economy turned around, in reducing our
A teenage girl is asking the toymaker Hasbro to make a non-gender-specific colored version of its iconic Easy-Bake Oven for her 4-year-old brother so she can “encourage his passion for cooking,” according to the liberal website Change.org, which allows people to launch online petitions. Four-year-old Gavyn Pope asked for the oven for Christmas and his 13-year-old sister, McKenna Pope, was “disappointed that all the Easy-Bake Ovens were pink and purple with images of girls on the boxes,” states a press release issued by Change.org. McKenna is asking Hasbro “to feature boys on their packaging
Michigan Republicans touched off a firestorm Thursday with an abrupt push to pass right-to-work legislation, in what would be a blow to organized labor in the home of the U.S. auto industry. Right-to-work legislation prohibits unions from forcing workers to pay union dues. Unions and their Democratic allies adamantly oppose these laws -- but with little warning, Michigan Republicans on Thursday laid the groundwork to, in a matter of days, make their state the 24th with right-to-work legislation. "This is all about taking care of the hard-working workers in Michigan, being pro-worker and giving them freedom to make choices,"
On Dec. 7, 1941, when Japanese planes attacked Pearl Harbor, I was working as a reporter for the Honolulu Star-Bulletin. After a week of war, I wrote a story directed at Hawaii’s women; I thought it would be useful for them to know what I had seen. It might help prepare them for what lay ahead. But my editors thought the graphic content would be too upsetting for readers and decided not to run my article. It appears here for the first time. For seven ghastly, confused days, we have been at war.
Hoping that the recent murder of the U.S. Ambassador to Libya won´t be forgotten, the Senate has approved a measure to add 1,000 more U.S. Marines to embassy security forces, drawing cheers from the diplomatic corps. The extra Marines would nearly double the size of the security force of 1,200 stationed in 130 countries. Susan Johnson, president of the American Foreign Service Association, said, "Increasing the Embassy Marine Security Guard program is going to benefit many of our embassies and consulates that have had to find a balance between security needs and what resources, including Marines, are available."
Stephen Colbert on Thursday night launched a Twitter campaign to urge South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) to appoint him to serve the remainder of exiting Sen. Jim DeMint´s (R-S.C.) term. Stephen Colbert? @StephenAtHome-Nation! Tell @nikkihaley why I should take over for Jim DeMint! #SenatorColbert Could our Better Tomorrow be... Tomorrow? 6 Dec 12 ~Following news on Thursday that DeMint would retire from the Senate in order to run the conservative Heritage Foundation, speculation was rampant about who Haley would appoint to fill DeMint´s Senate seat. The comedian´s name was offered first by his fans
In an emotional speech as she nears the end of her term of office, Hillary Clinton warned there would be “many sacrifices and losses” before daughters were “valued as sons” across the world, according to reporters traveling with the secretary of state. Clinton, speaking Thursday at Dublin City University in Ireland, was given a humanitarian award by the non-governmental organization Concern Worldwide, whose chief executive Tom Arnold hailed her as “one of the greatest” secretaries of state “in the history of the Republic. Clinton spoke about what human rights meant to her personally
MALIBU, Calif. -- A dead whale rotting near the Malibu homes of Barbra Streisand, Bob Dylan and other celebrities is causing a gigantic cleanup problem as authorities try to decide who´s responsible for getting rid of it. Los Angeles County lifeguards planned to try to pull the 40,000-pound carcass out to sea at high tide, said Cindy Reyes, executive director of the California Wildlife Center.
Barack Hussein Obama had such a good time reciting the presidential oath of office twice last time, that he´s decided to do it twice twice. What really sticks out from that cold sunny inaugural day in 2009, of course, was the size of Aretha Franklin´s hat, which needed special FAA clearance to ascend Capitol Hill. But many also remember the about-to-be president and the already-Chief Justice of the Supreme Court muffing the oath. [Snip] Well, this time the constitutionally-mandated Jan. 20 date for the old, new president to assume office falls on a Sunday.
Wind and water damage from superstorm Sandy may have blown away any chance for victims of a nationwide outbreak of fungal meningitis to prove that the Framingham building where New England Compounding Center mixed suspect spinal injections was contaminated, a company lawyer said, even as the Centers for Disease Control report bacteria and mold have been discovered in unopened, recalled vials of heart, eye and skin medicines distributed by the family-owned company. At a hearing in U.S. District Court in Boston yesterday, Magistrate Judge Jennifer C. Boal said she will allow civil lawyers and experts for more than
WASHINGTON — The U.S. economy added a solid 146,000 jobs in November and the unemployment rate fell to 7.7 percent, the lowest since December 2008. The government said Superstorm Sandy had only a minimal effect on the figures. The Labor Department report offered a mixed picture for the economy. Hiring remained steady during the storm and in the face of looming tax increases. But the government said employers added 49,000 fewer jobs in October and September than initially estimated. And the unemployment rate fell from 7.9 percent in October mostly because more people stopped looking for work and
The job outlook at America’s small businesses is the worst it’s ever been, according to new research. Last month, 21% of small business owners said they expected to lower head count over the next six months — the highest percentage recorded by the Wells Fargo/Gallup Small Business Index since its launch in 2003. In July, the last time the data was compiled, just 10% of bosses said they planned to shrink employee ranks. (Snip) Such a sour forecast suggests “the potential for a serious decline in jobs early next year,” according to Gallup, as well as capital spending reductions
n the fiscal feud between President Obama and Republican lawmakers, economists agree that Washington could raise several hundred billion dollars by limiting tax deductions and closing loopholes for the wealthy, but charities likely would take a big hit in donations. At the center of the dispute between Mr. Obama and the GOP is whether they could raise enough revenue for a deal on deficit reduction without raising tax rates on families earning more than $250,000 per year.
Illinois state senator Donne Trotter has gotten himself into a hole and can´t seem to stop digging. You see, the good senator is an advocate of harsh gun control measures, and is an important co-sponsor of Governor Pat Quinn´s latest bill banning "assault weapons" and large capacity clips. But on Wednesday, the solon got himself arrested at O´Hare airport for carrying a concealed handgun in his carry-on luggage. After spending a night as a guest of the Chicago Police Department, Senator Trotter got himself bailed out Thursday
PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii - More than 2,000 people are gathering at Pearl Harbor on Friday to mark the 71st anniversary of the Japanese attack that killed thousands of people and launched the United States into World War II.Ceremonies get under way with a moment of silence at 7:55 a.m., the exact time the bombing began in 1941.The crew of a Navy guided-missile destroyer will stand on deck while the ship passes the USS Arizona, a battleship that still lies in the harbor where it sank decades ago. Headline split by staff
A litter of picture purr-fect eight-week-old kittens have become an internet hit after their foster parent installed a webcam to capture their adorable antics around the clock. Nicknamed the Spice Kittens, Basil, Mace, Sage and Pepper have attracted more than 18,000 followers on live events website Livestream from their home in America. The 24/7 recording of the four internet starlets was launched by foster dad John Bartlett after they were born to to a stray named Rosemary on October 5. At any given time during peak hours, there can be between 4,000 and 7,000 viewers tuning in
It´s a contest of wills and guess who is winning? President Obama, of course. And that´s because the president is up against the GOP´s equivalent of Churchill´s "Boneless Wonder," Speaker John Boehner. Matched against the president, Boehner is making Ned Beatty´s hapless character from the classic movie Deliverance look downright gritty. Boehner the Boneless Wonder´s beta dog routine is doing much to deep-six the Party of Lincoln. Hyperbole? Don´t grumpy grassroots conservatives grouse incessantly that establishment Republicans are screwing the -- well, putting it more politely, screwing it up
A strong earthquake struck Friday off the coast of northeastern Japan in the same region that was hit by a massive earthquake and tsunami last year. A city in the region reported that a small tsunami had hit, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage. The Japan Meteorological Agency said the earthquake had a preliminary magnitude of 7.3 and struck in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Miyagi prefecture at 5:18 p.m local time. The epicenter was 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) beneath the seabed. After the quake, which caused buildings in Tokyo to sway