The Perot Museum of Nature and Science has been open exactly one month, but it’s safe to say it’s a hit. By midday Monday, 116,000 visitors had passed through the museum since Dec. 1, when it opened to local fanfare and national praise. In addition, 12,000 memberships were sold in December. Museum CEO Nicole Small said the figures were higher than expected. “We’re pleased with the overwhelming response from the community.” She attributed the crowds to favorable publicity and strong word-of-mouth response by visitors.
The director of state facilities for the mentally ill and developmentally disabled said his department will continue to offer annual voter registration and voting assistance for patients and residents. He also said that while efforts are made to notify patients’ guardians about voting activities, a patient’s right to vote takes priority over any objections from guardians. [SNIP] The laws and rules governing voting by mentally challenged individuals remain murky, and it’s unclear whether state employees who assisted disabled patients and residents to cast ballots at early voting sites were complying with the law. Headline split correctly by staff
After Congress agreed temporarily to avert the "fiscal cliff" last night, President Barack Obama hailed the deal in brief remarks delivered from the White House, and then headed to Air Force One to take a midnight flight to Hawaii. Obama had left his family days earlier to return to Washington to deal with the "fiscal cliff." Headline split by staff
Roughly 4 million additional Californians are expected to obtain health insurance by 2014 through the federal health law, an expansion that will likely exacerbate the state´s doctor shortage and could even squeeze primary care access in the Bay Area, experts say. Even without the Affordable Care Act, a worsening doctor shortage had been forecast as the state´s and nation´s population ages and grows, and as a generation of older doctors retires. But by mandating that individuals have insurance and expanding Medicaid, the law will extend coverage to an additional 30 million Americans and place a greater strain
If the thought of walking along the edge of skyscrapers completely unrpotected turns you queasy, it´s probably best you look away now. Daring photographer Tom Ryaboi snaps the Toronto skyline from the top of skyscrapers as a pioneer of the heart-stopping photography movement rooftopping. To achieve these breathtaking photographs, he often has to evade security guards, dogs - and even urban falcons defending their nests. Scroll down for video
Kathy Griffin´s desperate efforts to get some shock buzz New Year´s Eve on CNN were so obvious that I vowed I wouldn´t write about her (Snip)So, why am I writing about it now if I made that vow on New Year´s Eve not to? Because Tuesday night, Cooper had Griffin back on his show, and the two acted like a couple of adolescents celebrating how naughty they had been the night before. And this went on a long, long time, with video highlights and Cooper letting Griffin plug her next junky special.
Intel is reportedly on the cusp of delivering something that consumers around the world have been wanting for a long, long time. Kelly Clay at Forbes reports Intel is going to blow up the cable industry with its own set-top box and an unbundled cable service. Clay says Intel is planning to deliver cable content to any device with an Internet connection.
President Barack Obama jetted back to Hawaii last night to continue his holiday vacation, just hours after Congress passed a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff. The consensus among political observers is that Obama leaves Washington victorious after winning $620billion in tax hikes from Republicans in exchange for minimal spending cuts. The President was in a triumphant mood as he addressed the nation after the vote on Capitol Hill - even winking at photographers before boarding Air Force One for a flight back to the beach-front mansion where Michelle and the children are staying.
President Barack Obama scheduled another so-called “fiscal cliff” crisis for February by announcing late Jan. 1 he would refuse to negotiate any curbs on his use of the nation’s maxed-out credit card. “I will not have another debate with this Congress over whether or not they should pay the bills that they’ve already racked up through the laws that they passed,” he claimed during a late-night appearance on the last-minute resolution to the December 2012 fiscal cliff. However, the GOP-led Congress wants to use its authority over the nation’s debt ceiling to pressure Obama to shrink future spending,
It’s probably premature to wish America a happy New Year. The fiscal "compromise" that finally passed Congress was a one sided deal that leaves many questions unanswered. The headline figures are that individuals earning more than $400,000 and families earning more than $450,000 will see their tax rates rise.[Snip]Rates on capital gains and dividends go up and a 2 percent payroll tax cut is due to expire. According to the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center, the ending of the payroll reduction will raise taxes on 77.1 percent of households. The average cost will be $1,635.
The markets soared in the first trading session of the year as Wall Street traders breathed a collective sigh of relief that lawmakers finally passed legislation to avert the fiscal cliff. As of 9:32 a.m. ET, the Dow Jones Industrial Average surged 192 points, or 1.5%, to 13294, the S&P 500 soared 22.6 points, or 1.6%, to 1449 and the Nasdaq Composite rallied 75 points, or 2.5%, to 3095. After months of political sparring on Capitol Hill, lawmakers finally passed a budget bill Tuesday. The move came after essentially 24-straight hours of wrangling in both chambers of Congress
HELENA, Mont. - A sharply divided Montana Supreme Court has ruled that forcing a Hutterite religious colony to pay workers´ compensation insurance for jobs outside the commune is not an unconstitutional intrusion into religion. The 4-3 decision upholds a 2009 law requiring religious organizations to carry workers´ compensation insurance, which the Legislature passed after businesses complained they could not outbid the religious workers. The Big Sky Colony of Hutterites in northwestern Montana sued, saying the law targeted its religion and infringed on its beliefs. Its members have no personal property and make no wages
Michael Bennet was supposed to be going off a cliff in Vail. But instead of his usual New Year’s trip to a ski lodge with his wife and three daughters, the junior senator from Colorado found himself in a strange, unfamiliar place in the middle of the night: breaking with the president and his party to become one of only three Democratic senators and eight senators total to vote against President Obama’s fiscal deal. “I was a little surprised that the margin of the vote was so big,” said a weary Senator Bennet,
I LIVED for 24 years in New Delhi, a city where sexual harassment is as regular as mealtime. Every day, somewhere in the city, it crosses the line into rape. As a teenager, I learned to protect myself. I never stood alone if I could help it, and I walked quickly, crossing my arms over my chest, refusing to make eye contact or smile. I cleaved through crowds shoulder-first, and avoided leaving the house after dark except in a private car. At an age when young women elsewhere were experimenting with daring new
The Journal News of West Nyack, N.Y., has hired armed security guards to defend its offices after receiving a torrent of phone calls and emails responding to the paper´s publication of the names and addresses of area residents with pistol permits. RGA Investigations, a private security company, "is doing private security at on location at the Journal News as a result of the negative response to the article," according to a police report first obtained by the Rockland County Times (Nanuet, N.Y.) and shared with POLITICO.
As part of the fiscal cliff deal reached by Congressional leaders and Vice President Joe Biden last night, the so-called CLASS Act – an integral component of Obamacare – will be repealed. CLASS Act – the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports Act -- is a new long-term entitlement program that even Democrats recognized was completely unsustainable It would pay $50 per day for long-term care services for anyone who had paid into the system for five years. In order for the program to work, people would probably have to pay $3,000 per month into the system.
American Majority Action spokesman Ron Meyer told Breitbart News late Tuesday that enough House Republicans have banded together in an effort to unseat House Speaker John Boehner from his position--they just need a leader to take up the mantle. “At least 20 House Republican members have gotten together, discussed this and want to unseat Speaker Boehner--(snip) Meyer said the conservatives have considered House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) to take the helm after Boehner is knocked out. Author's name corrected by staff
Never mind the "fiscal cliff." America went bankrupt, technically, at midnight on December 31, 2012. We hit the debt ceiling of $16.394 trillion. Yet the U.S. government needs to borrow more money than is legally allowed. (snip) "What would you cut?" candidates are asked. This is a trap. Attack journalists twist whatever a candidate answers into a scandal of heartless cruelty.
In 2013, conservatives can offer no greater tribute of respect to our Founding Fathers and our fellow citizens than to resolve, from this day forward, to relentlessly expose, ridicule, deride, mock and publicly shame arrogant progressives in a manner that, for the first time in our adult lifetimes, communicates this one undeniable founding truth: America was never supposed to be this way. The progressive left´s ultimate weapon of choice in emasculating America´s strength has clearly and undeniably been outed as radical debt accumulation.
Head injuries are no joke, but the backlash against those who initially questioned whether Hillary Clinton’s concussion was for real seems like an overreaction, too; you don’t have to be hateful to have wondered if she really had the flu and fell down right before she was supposed to testify about the security situation at our consulate that was really just a house in Benghazi, Libya, where four Americans were killed by terrorists in September. After all, public officials are routinely less than forthcoming about their health,
Texas Republican House members just said no to the bipartisan deal to pull the nation back from the “fiscal cliff.” While both Texas senators — Republicans Kay Bailey Hutchison and John Cornyn — joined 87 other colleagues in an overwhelming bipartisan vote of 257 to 167 to make the Bush-era tax cuts permanent for about 99 percent of Americans, the state’s delegation to the House of Representatives opposed the deal in a vote late on New Year’s night. All nine Texas Democrats joined the 90 percent of House Democrats favoring the deal, which passed comfortably.
Two teenagers were shot and seriously wounded this afternoon in the Humboldt Park neighborhood, among at least 15 people shot since midnight Monday, three of them fatally, authorities said. Paramedics were called about 4:30 p.m. to the 2600 block of West Chicago Avenue for two people who’d been shot, according to Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford. They were both taken in serious to critical condition to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County, said Langford. Police News Affairs Officer Veejay Zala said the victims, both males in their teens, were shot in the chest
Last night’s vulgar stunt by somebody named Kathy Griffin, performed on somebody named Anderson Cooper in the course of “covering” the happens-every-year ball drop at Times Square for CNN, should rightly mark the end of the network as a serious news outlet. (You can watch it here.) No one should be surprised. CNN and indeed much of American journalism, has been heading this way since advent of the Snark Generation — Harvard-educated princelings who, having failed to land a writing job on The Simpsons, took their tiny little sacks
The Senate passed a deal to address the so-called "fiscal cliff" 90 minutes after the midnight deadline by a vote of 89 to 8. The bill then moved to the House of Representatives, which passed the measure 257-167 late Tuesday night. In addition to the tax changes, the Senate and House agreed to a two-month delay in addressing $110 billion in government spending cuts (aka the "sequester"), which were due to go into effect Jan. 2. Some government agencies had already made arrangements to comply with the cuts, not knowing whether or not a deal would occur.