Multiple people, including children, have been killed in a shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. The number of dead is unclear, but there are at least 20 shooting victims. Many of the shootings took place in a kindergarten classroom, sources said. One entire classrom is unaccounted for outside the school, sources said. A person believed to be a shooter is dead. Earlier reports of a second shooter are unconfirmed. CBS News is reporting that 27 people are dead. Three people were brought to Danbury Hospital, but their condition is unknown. The emergency room is on lockdown.
A strong earthquake struck off the southwestern coast of California early Friday morning, according to the United States Geological Survey. It was a 6.3-magnitude earthquake that rattled at 2:36 a.m. PST Friday. The epicenter was 163 miles south-southwest of Avalon, Calif. The quake occurred at a depth of 7.0 miles. Some light shaking was felt around Los Angeles and San Diego. Aftershocks have occurred after the quake. At 2:50 a.m. PST Friday, an aftershock, rated a 4.7 on the Richter Scale, hit 95 miles south-southwest of Avalon, Calif.
The feeling of déjà vu was difficult to ignore. Immediately following the recently ended climate conference in Doha, German Environment Minister Peter Altmaier insisted that the gathering had "opened the door to the future of international climate protection." It was a comment reminiscent of so many attempts by top politicians in recent years to sell yet another failed climate summit as a success. This year, the summit barely avoided collapse by forging a last-minute agreement that the 2015 meeting would be the one at which a global emissions reduction deal would be decided.
President Obama’s Consumer Financial Protection Board, led by a ‘recess appointee’ installed when the Senate was actually in session, has blocked 150,000 jobs and made it difficult for lower-income Americans to access credit, according to a new House report. “In exercising its vast regulatory powers, the Bureau has not implemented adequate measures to fully assess and address the impact of its actions on credit access,” the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee states in a report released today. “Already, according to estimates, the CFPB has increased the cost of consumer credit by a total of $17 billion
Rob Parker has been suspended indefinitely by ESPN because of controversial racial comments he made Thursday about Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III. “Following yesterday’s comments Rob Parker has been suspended until further notice,” ESPN spokesman Mike Soltys said. “We are conducting a full review.” Parker on “First Take” had asked whether RGIII is “a brother, or is he a cornball brother? … He’s not real. Okay, he’s black, he kind of does the thing, but he’s not really down with the cause. He’s not one of us.
Rep. Hank Johnson took to the House floor Thursday to — not making this up — apologize for calling what he terms “abnormally small people” “midgets.” Here’s what he said Wednesday night in the House. “If you put a midget against a giant, he won’t win. They are in entirely different weight classes [in cage-match fighting]. But if you put 30 midgets in with that giant, they just might win [collectively].” -Hank Johnson (~8:00PM ET, 12/12/12, House of Representatives General Speeches) Johnson used what he now calls the “m word” in that metaphor. This metaphorical fight thankfully
President Barack Obama says he would be “considered a moderate Republican” in the 1980s because his policies are “so mainstream.” In an interview with Univision 23 on Thursday, a Spanish station based in Miami, the president was asked about the perception among some Americans that he has a socialist vision for the country. “One issue that Cuban-Americans are worried about is, they believe that you favor a socialist model for our country,” Obama was asked, according to a transcript of the interview compiled by The Hill. “Cubans and Venezuelans especially because of what they have gone through.
Geraldo Rivera told the hosts of Fox & Friends on Friday that U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice withdrawing her name from consideration to be the next Secretary of State was the “minimum price” the White House had to be for their bungling of the attack in Benghazi in September, and their subsequent contradictory explanations for that attack. He also said that Rice was no longer a viable candidate several weeks ago when moderate women like Sens. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) and Susan Collins (R-ME) joined the “angry, old, white men” like Sens. John McCain (R-AZ)
Virginia is moving towards making card-check – the controversial union proposal to replace secret-ballot elections with simple card-signing petitions – unconstitutional in the state. The effort is led by State Sen. Bryce Reeves (R-Spotsylvania) who said that “no citizen” should be denied the ability to vote by secret ballot. “It’s really a simple bill,” Reeves told CNSNews.com in an interview Thursday. “It’s there to improve voter integrity and privacy. I personally believe that no citizen should be forced to reveal how they voted in any election be it federal, state, local, or even a union election.”
Two years after bandits killed U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry, visible progress has finally occurred in the criminal cases and internal investigations that exploded afterward. This week, the straw purchaser of two AK-47-style rifles found at the scene of Terry´s death, west of Rio Rico, was sentenced to almost five years in prison. Jaime Avila Jr. was one of seven defendants from the original Operation Fast and Furious sentenced this week. (snip) Terry´s cousin, Robert Heyer, said the family still sees a lack of accountability among government officials who conducted Operation Fast and Furious
Dubai, United Arab Emirates – Envoys from nearly 90 nations signed Friday the first new U.N. telecommunications treaty since the Internet age, but the U.S. and other Western nations refused to join after claiming it endorses greater government control over cyberspace. The head of the U.N. telecoms group pushed back against the American assertions, defending the accord as necessary to help expand online services to poorer nations and add more voices to shape the direction of modern communications technology. Hamadoun Toure´s remarks highlighted the wide gaps
Discussing her decision to withdraw herself from contention as Secretary of State, Susan Rice said pointedly that she only spoke publicly about Benghazi her boss Hillary Clinton had ´declined´ to do so. Rice´s comments on five Sunday talk shows on September 16th eventually scuppered her hopes of becoming America´s top diplomat after she was panned for stating that the terrorist attack on the Benghazi U.S. consulate were caused by an anti-Islam film made in California. Talking to NBC´s Brian Williams about the sequence of events, Rice, who served as a senior State Department official during President Bill Clinton´s administration,
Multiple people, including children, have been killed in a shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. The number of victims is unclear. Sources said a person believed to be a shooter is dead. Earlier reports of a second shooter are unconfirmed. Police were still searching the school at 11 a.m., and police dogs had been brought in. Shortly after 9:40 a.m., police reported that a shooter was in the main office of the school. A person in one room had “numerous gunshot wounds,” police said.
What kind of secretary of state would Sen. John Kerry make? That’s the question of the moment after U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice’s surprise decision Thursday to withdraw her name from consideration, making Kerry the likely nominee. Kerry is a familiar figure to America and the world. He has been a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for nearly three decades. This very familiarity can seem something of a liability: the lean face, the patrician bearing, the status as a presidential also-ran. But the fact that Kerry is a known
Here´s a brilliant performance that you won´t see anywhere else on cable news, at least not involving a Democratic Congressperson. Neil Cavuto had Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson to discuss the latest on the fiscal cliff negotiations. He became frustrated that the only solutions Johnson would discuss were tax increases in one form or another. (video below) “No, you told me things you’d do to raise taxes. That’s what you told me. Credits, allowances, that sort of stuff. That’s what you told me,” Cavuto said. “You’ve got to talk about revenue generation,” the congresswoman replied.
Newton, Conn. - An official with knowledge of the situation says a gunman at the center of a school shooting in Newtown, Conn., has been killed. The official who spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation is still under way says the man apparently had two guns. A dispatcher at the Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Corps says a teacher has been shot in the foot and taken to Danbury Hospital, but it´s unclear whether there are other injuries. Ambulance surrounded Sandy Hook Elementary School in western Connecticut and parents were running toward the building as a helicopter
The growing possibility of President Obama naming Democratic Sen. John Kerry as secretary of State and former GOP Sen. Chuck Hagel to run the Pentagon is being embraced by Senate Republicans who predict confirmation. "I think both of them will be questioned vigorously but confirmed," said a top GOP Senate aide, meaning the GOP won´t put up a fight in the Democratically-controlled chamber. That will be a key selling point as Obama considers his choices. Reports emerged Thursday that Hagel, a Vietnam vet from Nebraska, was the frontrunner to replace exiting Defense Secretary Leon Panetta.
Two hundred and twenty-four years of white voter dominance of presidential elections officially ended with Mitt Romney´s loss last month, and the GOP has such a bad brand among Hispanics that victory in 2016 and beyond will be a slog, according to a long-awaited Republican analysis. "Republicans have run out of persuadable white voters," said the study from GOP polling group Resurgent Republic. "Mitt Romney won a landslide among white voters, defeating Barack Obama by 59 to 39 percent. In the process he won every large segment of white voters, often by double-digit margins: white men,
In completely unrelated news. Between September and December 1929, collectivization increased from 7.4% to 15%, but in the first two months of 1930, 11 million households joined collectivized farms, pushing the total to nearly 60% almost overnight. In the news of the day, in the fabled land of Itcanthappenhere… New legislation that jumps the death tax to 55 percent of estates exceeding $1 million threatens 526,421 family farms, of about 25 percent of all farms in America, according to a Senate analysis. This summer, Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Democrats passed legislation
An Islamic-advocacy group linked to terrorism is launching a public-relations campaign to argue that jihad doesn’t mean Islamic holy war, but instead a “concerted effort … with the purpose of getting to a better place.” However, the campaign, which is being launched Dec. 14 by an affiliate of the Council on American Islamic Relations, isn’t a formal religious declaration by United States or Arab Islamic authorities, and it does clash with orthodox judgments dating back 1,400 years to the beginning of Islam. “It is [public] education about what we believe,” said Ahmed Rehab,
The mainstream media´s hurting today. After winning the election for Barack Obama, the media felt all-powerful and invulnerable. Then they watched New Media completely own a story they were desperate to cover up -- the story of the violence and racism at the hands of pro-union protesters in Michigan. Then, to add insult to injury, yesterday, the media discovered they weren´t all-powerful enough to protect Susan Rice. Under pressure from a New Media demanding answers the mainstream media doesn’t want answered --
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists announced its support last month for selling oral contraceptives over the counter without a prescription in the United States. I agree with this opinion, which if embraced by the federal government would take contraception out of the political arena. As a conservative Republican, I believe that we have been stupid to let the Democrats demagogue the contraceptives issue and pretend, during debates about health-care insurance, that Republicans are somehow against birth control. It´s a disingenuous political argument they make. As an unapologetic pro-life Republican, I also believe
Let’s get over the notion that the Republicans are the ones preventing that “balanced” deal the president insists on securing. The New York Times (hardly the hotbed of the conservative media) acknowledges: Mr. Boehner has offered to raise his opening bid of $800 billion in increased tax revenue over 10 years, but only if the president makes a significant commitment to overhaul entitlements and slow their growth. The White House’s opening bid committed to pressing changes next year to federal health care programs that would save $400 billion over 10 years.
When a Neighborhood Watch guard shot Trayvon Martin in February 2012, a chorus of civil rights activists concluded that he had been killed because of his race. Michael Skolnick, the political director for hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons, spoke for the consensus in an article he titled, “White People You Will Never Look Suspicious.”(Snip)the term “white skin privilege” was first popularized in the 1970s by the SDS radicals of “Weatherman,” who were carrying on a terrorist war against “Amerikkka,” a spelling designed to stigmatize the United States as a nation of Klansmen.
Some security guards at John F. Kennedy International Airport have voted to go on strike next week if their employer doesn´t respond to their concerns over issues including training and equipment. Security worker Prince Jackson said about 100 employees of Air Serv Corp. voted Thursday to authorize a strike for Dec. 20. The employees are not unionized but are being supported by 32BJ of the Service Employees International Union.(Snip)The workers handle security issues such as directing traffic in front of the terminals at the airport, one of the nation´s busiest, and making sure non-passenger areas including the tarmacs are secure.