Politics: EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson announced Thursday she´s leaving her post. Is she getting out just ahead of an investigation into the illegal use of private emails for official government business? Federal law bars government employees from using private email accounts for official communications unless the emails are appropriately stored and can be tracked. The objective is to ensure open government. Apparently, though, Jackson would prefer to work in the shadows outside the disinfecting light. Suspicions led the Environmental Protection Agency inspector general to launch a probe into Jackson´s email use and prompted at least two congressional
If Michelle Obama´s greige nail polish she wore during her Democratic National Convention speech was enough to spark discussion from Pulitzer prize-winning authors, then her Christmas Day polish is sure to cause fireworks. The First Lady, visiting a military base in Hawaii with President Barack Obama, celebrated December 25th in summery style, wearing a sleeveless cotton dress, sandals and a neon yellow pedicure. While she kept her hands bare, the pop of yellow on her toes was a simple way to liven up and add some colour to her black and white ensemble.
JOHANNESBURG — South Africa´s president says a dog should not be man´s best friend. President Jacob Zuma made critical remarks about pet care that touch on sensitive race relations in South Africa, which was dominated by whites until apartheid was dismantled almost two decades ago, The Star newspaper reported Thursday. The newspaper cited Zuma as saying in a speech Wednesday that the idea of having a pet is part of "white culture" and that people should focus on family welfare. The president´s office sought to clarify his remarks, saying he was encouraging "the previously oppressed African majority"
HONOLULU —After a brief vacation in Hawaii, President Obama is on his way back to Washington to address proposed extended tax cuts and looming fiscal cliff.The president left Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam around 10 p.m. Wednesday night.Before boarding the plane, the Commander-in-Chief shook hands with military personnel, thanking them for their service. Lt. Gov. Brian Schatz, who was named by Gov. Neil Abercrombie as the replacement for late Sen. Daniel Inouye, flew on Air Force One with the president. The First Lady and daughters are staying in Hawaii at the family´s vacation home in Kailua.
Princeton University Professor Dr. Cornel West appeared on the Tavis Smiley radio show on Thursday where he weighed in with his thoughts on how the media and lawmakers are responding to the tragic massacre of teachers and children in Newtown, Connecticut. West expressed his frustration over how eagerly the media demanded a conversation about gun laws after Newtown, but seems unmoved by endemic gun violence in America’s cities where the victims are primarily minorities. “We can’t just shed tears for those on the vanilla side of town,” West said.” They are precious, but they are no less or more
With Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) heading back to the floor of the upper chamber to deliver dueling speeches blaming the other for Congress’ failure to reach a compromise to resolve the fiscal cliff, CNN anchor Candy Crowley expressed exasperation with President Barack Obama’s hands-off approach to dealing with Congress. She asked why the White House was not dealing directly with House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), to which her guests replied that Democrats may see a political advantage to going off the cliff in January.
WASHINGTON- Lawmakers on Thursday gave themselves a last chance to prevent the United States from plunging off a "fiscal cliff" by setting up a late session in Congress just about a day before taxes are due to rise for most working Americans. Republican leaders in the House of Representatives told their members to be back in Washington from the Christmas holiday break on Sunday night in case they need to vote on budget measures. That leaves the door open to a last-minute solution to avert big tax hikes due to begin on January 1
Newark — Homicides in Newark have spread through the city over the past 30 years like an infectious disease and can be tracked and treated like a public health issue with prevention, inoculation and treatment, according to a study by Michigan State University. The study, among the first to track murder through the lens of medical research, is part of a widening trend among local leaders and the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to treat violent crime like a medical condition.(Snip) Their report, titled "Homicide as Infectious Disease," said the clusters originated in the Central Ward and moved south
The rapid collapse of a U.S. diplomatic compound in Libya exposed the vulnerabilities of State Department facilities overseas. But the CIA’s ability to fend off a second attack that same night provided a glimpse of a key element in the agency’s defensive arsenal: a secret security force created after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. Two of the Americans killed in Benghazi were members of the CIA’s Global Response Staff, an innocuously named organization that has recruited hundreds of former U.S. Special Forces operatives to serve as armed guards for the agency’s spies.
Middlesex Borough – A 39-year-old man was hospitalized today after striking himself in the head with a hammer, according to a report and the man’s landlord. The victim, whose name could not be learned, knocked himself out this morning inside a home on Grandview Street. Rescue workers arrived on the scene at 8:20 a.m. to find the victim unconscious. Collins identified the man only as a roommate who rents from him. “He was upset,” said Lucien Collins, 61, owner of the home. He declined to speculate on whether the incident was an accident or suicide attempt.
No longer will Passaic County law enforcement have to take separate cars to respond to a scene where mass arrests are expected. Now the sheriff’s department has a 16-foot dual axle trailer to transport up to 20 officers to parades, demonstrations, shopping frenzies or college parties that might get too rowdy. The $130,000 trailer came from the state’s Department of Corrections through a federal Homeland Security grant, putting Passaic County on New Jersey’s Mass Arrest Response Team. That means the trailer will be deployed anywhere in the state where police need its size, flood lights and amplified speaker system
EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson announced her resignation Thursday as head of one of the most contentious agencies in the Obama administration and leader of the president’s battles to regulate climate change, coal-fired power plants and block the Keystone XL pipeline. Jackson’s departure is expected to take effect as the president is sworn into a second term in January. President Barack Obama has not announced whom he will nominate to fill the post, however her deputy, Robert Perciasepe, is expected to fill the position until her replacement is confirmed by the Democratic-controlled Senate.
Americans intent on ensuring a school massacre like the one in Newtown, Conn., never happens again could learn a lot from Israel, where the long menu of precautions includes armed teachers. The Jewish state, which has long faced threats of terrorist strikes in crowded locations including schools, takes an all-of-the-above approach to safety in the classroom. Fences, metal detectors and armed private guards are part of a strategy overseen by the country’s national police. (Snip) Oren Shemtov, CEO of Israel’s Academy of Security and Investigation, noted that Headline resplit and Snip added by staff.
AUSTIN — At a Houston news conference early this month, Dr. Donna Campbell stood alongside Gov. Rick Perry, looking the part of a newly elected senator: sharp-eyed, coiffed, wearing a bright pearl necklace. For many, this was a first glimpse at the New Braunfels Republican, who doesn´t yet have an office in the Capitol but now represents state Senate District 25, which includes northern Bexar County.
The atrocities in Newtown constituted a turning point in the Beltway debate on gun control, with Democrats now preparing to introduce – and President Obama vowing to pass – new legislation aimed at further restricting gun ownership. The tragedy in Connecticut seems to have had a similar effect on journalists, who have been even more outspoken in the wake of this tragedy than in other instances. (Snip) The most surprising finding comes in the last line of the story linked above: “The USA TODAY/Gallup poll found 54% have a favorable opinion of the NRA,
A Washington attorney suing the Obama administration for access to alias emails sent by EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson claims that a recent decision by the Justice Department to release thousands of those emails next month contributed to her resigning Thursday. Jackson, in a brief written statement, said Thursday she is leaving the EPA after four years on the job, for "new challenges, time with my family and new opportunities to make a difference." The agency did not offer an explanation. But Chris Horner, a senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, said
NEW YORK -- To his boss, Chris Matthews has become a statesman. His critics probably have other words. The veteran MSNBC host raised his profile as much as any member of the television commentariat during the presidential campaign. His 5 p.m. "Hardball" show has seen viewership jump by 24 percent this year from 2011, 17 percent for the rerun two hours later. Matthews symbolized MSNBC´s growing comfort in being a liberal alternative to Fox News Channel. He engaged in an uncomfortable on-air confrontation with Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, seemed nearly apoplectic when President Barack Obama flubbed his Headline split by staff.
The Administrator of the Environmental Protection Administration announced Thursday that she would step down in a statement that implied inaction on climate change during President Obama´s first term. Jackson mentions climate change just once in her statement, saying that at the time of her nomination, she "spoke about the need to address climate change." But the rest of the statement appears to make the tacit argument that she succeeded even though that initiative failed. Jackon lists other issues on her agenda that the EPA was more successful in tackling: "air pollution, toxic chemicals and children’s health issues, redevelopment
The U.S. Labor Department has rustled up more taxpayer money to help "jobless workers" pay their health insurance premiums. "It is difficult enough to find new employment, let alone do so without health insurance for you or your family," Labor Secretary Hilda Solis said in a news release dated Dec. 26. "This funding will help eligible workers avoid that prospect by helping them pay for health insurance while they seek new jobs." The money -- in the form of a $1,058,254 National Emergency Grant supplement -- will go to several thousand unemployed people in Alabama, Delaware,
David Zurawik, a TV writer for The Baltimore Sun, slammed "pretend journalist" Chelsea Clinton on The Daily Download for her work on NBC. "I continue to be fascinated by a network news division putting someone as outrageously unqualified as Clinton on a prime-time newsmagazine," he wrote. "I watched her again last week in a softer-than-soft piece on a weight loss program started by Pastor Rick Warren at his Saddleback Church, and I can say with absolute certainty that she has not improved one lick in the last year." He proclaimed, "In fact, I think she is
As many of our readers may know, NewsBusters is the blogging arm of Brent Bozell‘s Media Research Center, an organization dedicated to combating liberal media bias. Oftentimes they make a decent point about journalists leaking their personal biases into to their supposedly “objective” reporting; but many other times, they are just whining about someone doing something they find icky. Take, for example, today’s post from MRC’s Director of Media Analysis Tim Graham, in which the latest example of liberal bias is that the cast of ABC’s Good Morning America have — gasp! —
MSNBC host Rev. Al Sharpton appeared with anchor Thomas Roberts on Thursday to promote his upcoming political rally in opposition to the National Rifle Association. This is not the first time that Sharpton has deliberately blurred the lines between a news anchor and a political activist, and for all the pronouncements that his hiring at MSNBC signaled a cultural shift — with straight broadcast anchors increasingly indulging in evangelism for political causes — Sharpton remains the only news anchor to headline explicitly political rallies. (Snip) “You’re no stranger to the fight to end gun violence,”
A luxury automobile company in England has banished a long-time chaplain from visiting employees over fears the Christian minister’s presence might upset non-Christians. (Snip) Bentley Motors defended the move saying they had a wide range of faiths at the company and wanted to take a multi-faith outlook. “It would be very difficult to have somebody from each faith,” the company said in a statement to The Daily Mail. For the past 10 years Rev. Francis Cooke visited the shop floor at Bentley offering spiritual support for the men and woman making luxury cars.
The Cable reports: Clinton has pledged to remain in the job until Kerry is confirmed, which Obama said he was confident would happen “quickly.” The Senate is expected to take up Kerry’s nomination in early January, but multiple Republican senators have already said they won’t agree to a vote on Kerry’s nomination until Clinton testifies about the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi. Illness and a concussion has prevented Clinton from appearing thus far. Since she took to Peruvian TV to accept responsibility for the lack of security that played
Is it just me, or does Kwanzaa seem to come earlier and earlier each year? And let’s face it, Kwanzaa’s gotten way too commercialized. A few years ago, I suspended my annual Kwanzaa column because my triumph over this fake holiday seemed complete. The only people still celebrating Kwanzaa were presidential-statement writers and white female public school teachers. But it seems to be creeping back. A few weeks ago, House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., complained about having to stick around Washington for fiscal cliff negotiations by accusing Republicans
Dianne Feinstein has announced that she will introduce sweeping gun control legislation in the Senate. Under her bill, countless standard handguns apparently would now be banned, and for the first time a federal register that may include many millions of gun owners, fingerprinted and photographed, would be created. (snip) There is a great deal to be said about this, and much that is still not known, such as the identification of the 120 firearms that are to be specifically banned, or the 900 that are to be exempted.