At a ceremony commemorating the late U.S. President Richard M. Nixon´s 100th birthday, politicians, a military official and Nixon´s eldest daughter on Sunday remembered him as an underappreciated president and a foreign policy genius. Nixon, the Cold War-era Republican stalwart who opened U.S. relations with communist China, was the only American president to resign from office, leaving the White House in disgrace over the Watergate scandal. ´He looked at (the world) as a world with 200 countries and 200 leaders, and he studied every one of those leaders, and he knew most of them,´ said Bruce Herschensohn,
Chicago police were conducting homicide investigations after 19-year-old man was fatally shot Sunday evening on the South Side and another man died following a West Side stabbing. About 7 p.m. Sunday, two people approached the 19-year-old in a front yard in the 8400 block of South Martin Luther King Drive, police said. The man was struck multiple times in his chest, Chicago Police Department News Affairs Officer Joshua Purkiss said. He was pronounced dead at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn at 8:00 p.m., according to the Cook County medical examiner´s office.
Her father Bruce Springsteen might have been ´born to run,´ but she was born to ride. Jessica Springsteen, the only daughter of the 63-year-old rock star, mounted her loyal steed on Sunday afternoon to take part in the The Trump Invitational $100,000 Grand Prix at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach. The 21-year-old equestrian, who´s been riding since she was 15, was dressed in traditional English-style riding helmet and boots along with a preppy polo shirt and white trousers.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has told West Bank officials to prepare to put the words "State of Palestine" on public documents, official media say. Until now passports, ID cards, driving licences and other documents have been stamped "Palestinian Authority". In November, Mr Abbas led a successful campaign for the UN to upgrade the Palestinians´ status to that of a non-member observer state. The status was previously that of a non-member observer entity. In a decree carried on Sunday by the official Wafa news agency, Mr Abbas said the move on labelling public documents would help bolster the Palestinian state
US President Barack Obama is to nominate John Brennan as the next director of the Central Intelligence Agency, the White House has said. Mr Brennan, who has worked for the CIA for a quarter of a century, is currently the president´s chief counter-terrorism adviser. Mr Brennan, who was considered for the role in 2008, is to be formally nominated later on Monday. His appointment must be confirmed by the Senate.
WASHINGTON - President Obama will nominate Chuck Hagel as his next defense secretary, a senior administration official said Sunday, choosing a former Senate colleague and a decorated Vietnam veteran and signaling he´s ready for a contentious confirmation fight likely dominated by questions about Hagel´s stands on Israel and Iran. Obama, who avoided a Capitol Hill battle by deciding not to nominate U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice as his first choice for secretary of state, went ahead with Hagel, 66, even as leading Republicans announced their opposition — though they stopped short of saying they might try to block Hagel.
In just a few short years, state legislatures and education agencies across the country have sought to transform American public education by passing a series of laws and policies overhauling teacher tenure, introducing the use of standardized test scores in performance evaluations and expanding charter schools. (Snip) In a report issued Monday, StudentsFirst ranks states based on how closely they follow the group’s platform, looking at policies related not only to tenure and evaluations but also to pensions and the governance of school districts. The group uses the classic academic grading system, awarding states A to F ratings.
While in the midst of a wholesale reevaluation of the right to private property, it is timely to reexamine the history of US property rights. What exactly caused America’s unparallelled level of prosperity and freedom? Certainly our economic success then created unparallelled global influence and military might. But what factors allowed America’s stunning growth in economic power in such a short period of time? This economic success was driven by a firm Rule of Law regime which supported the Constitution’s unique defense of private property.
“NYSR to Sell Itself in $8.2 Billion Deal” was the lead story in the December 21, 2012 edition of The Wall Street Journal.” “The New York Stock Exchange, the cornerstone of American capitalism for 220 years, agreed to be sold as part of an $8.2 billion takeover by IntercontinentalExchange, Inc. If regulators and shareholders approve, the combined company would own 14 stock and futures exchanges and five clearing operations that serve as middlemen between buyers and sellers of futures and other contracts, doing more things in more places than any other rival.
Sounds like a personal vendetta ahead of genuine regret. CBS Late Show host David Letterman admitted to Oprah Winfrey, in an interview first aired Sunday night, that he backtracked after outrage erupted following a sex joke he told involving Sarah Palin’s then-14-year-old daughter Willow, not because it was highly inappropriate, but primarily so he could continue ridiculing Willow’s mother: I’ll tell you why I apologized. I felt like Sarah Palin was somebody I wanted to continue to be able to make fun of and I felt like if I don’t apologize, if I don’t sincerely express my regret,
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will return to work on Monday after a month-long absence caused by a series of health scares, including a blood clot in her head, the State Department said.(Snip) According to the schedule, the US top diplomat will meet at 9:15 am (1415 GMT) on Monday with her assistant secretaries at the State Department in Washington. The meetings will be closed to the press. A series of other meetings is planned through the week including talks at the White House on Tuesday with Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and National Security Advisor Tom Donilon.
WASHINGTON— If or when the Pentagon lets women become infantry troops — the country´s front-line warfighters — how many women will want to? The answer is probably not many. Interviews with a dozen female soldiers and Marines showed little interest in the toughest fighting jobs. They believe they´d be unable to do them, even as the Defense Department inches toward changing its rules to allow women in direct ground combat jobs. In fact, the Marines asked women last year to go through its tough infantry officer training to see how they would fare. Only two volunteered and both failed
In an interview with Stephen Moore of the Wall Street Journal, newly re-elected House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) opened up about President Obama’s utter unwillingness to cut a single dollar from federal spending. In a stunning admission, Obama reportedly told Boehner, “We don’t have a spending problem.” Boehner added that President Obama continues to maintain that America’s federal deficit is caused not by governmental overspending but by “a health-care problem.” Said Boehner, “They blame all of the fiscal woes on our health-care system.” Boehner told Obama, “Clearly we have a health-care problem, which is about to get worse with Obamacare.
First CNN, now Current TV. Former New York state governor Eliot Spitzer is on his way out the door from another television gig - this time due to changes at the top as Middle Eastern media giant Al Jazeera finalizes its deal to buy Al Gore’s Current TV channel for $500 million. Spitzer ´has chosen to step back from hosting,´ and will no longer appear on his show ‘Viewpoint,’ a Current spokeswoman said on Sunday. Spitzer, the disgraced politician turned liberal television host, confirmed the news, noting that his professional relationship was with
According to the Washington Post´s Philip Rucker, President Obama is committed to moving quickly on gun violence legislation. Reported as good news, in truth this carefully projected haste and urgency ought to be regarded -- and would be reported, by a media that did not have a stake in leftist authoritarianism -- as the gravest warning sign. "A warning sign of what?" asks the scoffing useful idiot. "Of the end of even the pretense of liberal democracy, constitutional republicanism, or any other form of government answerable to the governed."
California has millions more guns than it did 10 years ago. It also has thousands fewer gun injuries and deaths each year. Those are two simple facts that, depending on whom you ask, have everything or nothing to do with each other. Last month´s horrific Connecticut school shooting has reignited the debate over gun control in California, a state with some of the nation´s strictest gun laws. State legislators will likely take up additional gun law proposals later this year, ranging from further limits on ammunition purchases to requiring regular background checks for gun owners. If recent trends hold, that
Scientists have discovered exactly how a common diabetes drug works, raising hopes for powerful new treatments without harmful side effects.[Snip] The drug, which costs as little as 2p a day, is the gold standard treatment for obesity-triggered Type 2 diabetes and has been safely used for more than 50 years to control blood sugar levels. Yet one in 10 patients suffers side effects--nausea, loss of appetite and vomiting--and it can also become ineffective over time. Now experts at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine have found that metformin works in a different way than previously thought.
A single pill containing a chemical found in tomato skin could cut the risk of stroke and heart attacks and slow the progression of cancer, scientists have claimed. The pill, called Ateronon, contains a chemical known as lycopene which had previously been shown to help unclog blocked arteries, and which is thought to be one of the main health benefits of the Mediterranean diet. Now a further trial has shown the natural remedy also made patients’ blood vessels more efficient, boosted their blood flow and softened arteries which had hardened with age. Researchers believe the pill may be able
New York Democratic Rep. Jose Serrano reintroduced a bill in Congress on Friday to repeal the 22nd Amendment, which places term limits on the U.S. presidency. The bill, which has been referred to committee, would allow Barack President Obama to become the first president since Franklin Roosevelt to seek a third term in office. H.J. Res. 15 proposes “an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to repeal the twenty-second article of amendment, thereby removing the limitation on the number of terms an individual may serve as President.”
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi shared her own idea Sunday on how to avoid a government shutdown should the Republican House and President Barack Obama find themselves unable to reach an agreement on raising the debt ceiling: invoke the 14th Amendment to the Constitution. Pelosi started the discussion on CBS’ “Face the Nation” by saying she didn’t believe raising the debt ceiling should be tied to spending cuts. “I don’t think these two things should be related,” Pelosi said. “I think that we should subject every dollar we spend, every taxpayer dollar, whether it’s defense or domestic
Hillary Clinton isn´t taking any extended time off following her blood clot scare. Secretary of State Clinton is planning to head back to work Monday after treatment for a blood clot near her brain, the State Department said Sunday. Clinton, 65, is set to resume a busy schedule beginning with a 9:15 a.m. meeting with her assistant secretaries. She also plans to go to the White House on Tuesday to meet with Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and National Security Advisor Tom Donilon. On Thursday, Clinton will host Afghan President Hamid Karzai at the State Department.
Competitors are putting the final touches to their motorcycles, quad bikes, cars and trucks ahead of the start of one of the world’s most extreme races. The Dakar Rally returns once again to South America, beginning in Lima, capital of Peru on Saturday January 5, before making its way to Santiago de Chile for a grand finale outside La Moneda on January 20. The race will have two segments in Chile, with riders arriving from Arequipa in Peru before moving on through Arica and Calama then crossing the border to Salta in Argentina. The race returns to Chile
Caracas, Venezuela – The conflict brewing between two of Hugo Chávez´s key political confidants is, according to one of the Venezuelan ruling party´s political opponents, the real reason the Presidential inauguration has been postponed. Opposition lawmaker Julio Borges said in a news conference on Sunday that a rivalry between Vice President Nicolas Maduro and National Assembly President Diosdado Cabello is behind the postponement of Chávez´s swearing-in ceremony. Chávez has not been able to return to Venezuela from Cuba following a Dec. 11 operation, his fourth surgery
Obamacare opponents warned that forcing companies employing 50 or more full-time workers to buy healthcare would prompt employers to slash jobs and worker hours. And that’s exactly what’s happening, says one of President Barack Obama’s favorite economists, Mark Zandi of Moody’s Analytics. “It will have a negative impact on job creation” this year, says Mr. Zandi. The Obamacare employer mandate doesn’t go into effect until January 1, 2014, but the government requires businesses to track worker schedules for three to 12 months in advance. That means many employers plan to get a
Today is the day to fight for your life. Within weeks, proposed laws will be decided that would destroy your ability to protect your family from predators, including criminals, and, especially, the political wolves who can force you to live, or die, on their terms. Tyranny, rooted in these gun control proposals, is exactly what the Second Amendment was written to prevent. Each of us has a natural human right to keep and bear arms to preserve life and liberty. History proves that surrendering arms to the state has always been a fatal mistake for populations who disarmed.
Syrian President Bashar Assad gave a defiant speech on Sunday at the packed Damascus Opera House, linking the opposition with al-Qaida terrorists and rallying his faction to remain steadfast. The Syrian opposition rejected his proposals and called his speech a declaration of war. Assad framed his speech as a new plan for a political solution, but it turned out to be a rallying cry, rejecting any concessions and signaling that he would continue his war “to defend the nation.” He called those opposing him “terrorists,” linking them with al-Qaida, thus trying to draw parallels to the West’s “war on terror.”