Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) said Thursday that any “executive action” taken by President Obama on gun control would likely strengthen enforcement of existing laws rather than introduce new measures. Blumenthal, in an interview on CNN’s “Starting Point,” said that Vice President Biden would seek the support of gun-advocacy groups for those efforts during his meeting with the National Rifle Association (NRA) later in the day. "I think that, very realistically, he´s focusing on what the president can do to improve enforcement through executive action, which, by the way,
BRENTWOOD -- An Auburn man who allegedly decided to show off his marijuana-growing operation on YouTube attracted one viewer that took a keen interest in his budding hobby — the Rockingham County Sheriff´s Drug Task Force. Kyle Thomas Berry, 40, of 515 Bunker Hill Road was arraigned Wednesday morning in 10th Circuit Court in Auburn for having about 16 marijuana plants at his home.(Snip) Investigators built their case around the 35 YouTube videos in which Berry allegedly narrates the various stages of his grow operation from the basement of his Auburn home.
The state of Florida is gearing up for a massive python hunting contest in the Everglades starting on Saturday. But an animal rights group is calling for the state to ban decapitation as a method of killing the giant snakes. Decapitation is one of three lethal methods the state has authorized in the Python Challenge. The contest, which has cash prizes, is attracting hunters from all over the U.S. to help the state fight an infestation of non-native Burmese pythons. But Lori Kettler, with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, says decapitation cannot possibly be humane. Headline split by staff
WEST SACRAMENTO, California - The second largest U.S. pension fund on Wednesday decided to sell off its investments in manufacturers of firearms that are banned in California, like the assault rifle used in the Newtown, Connecticut, school massacre. The investment committee of the California State Teachers´ Retirement System (CalSTRS), a $154 billion pension fund, also voted to divest from manufacturers of high-capacity ammunition clips illegal in California. The move comes after CalSTRS, just days after the December 14 shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, began reviewing its private equity funds managed by Cerberus Capital Management LP and
TALLAHASSEE - Authorities say a Florida Panhandle man has been arrested after he tried to rob a convenience store with a cattle prod but was thwarted by a clerk with a gun. The Leon County Sheriff´s Office says 26-year-old Lance Tomberlin went into a store just outside Tallahassee on January 2, produced the cattle prod and demanded money from the clerk. Officials say he shocked the clerk several times before the clerk pulled a handgun. Authorities say Tomberlin fled and another employee tried to restrain him, but he eventually escaped in his truck.
Shocked journalists this afternoon were quick to react to the Drudge Report’s controversial header photo comparing President Obama to Hitler and Stalin. The item linked to a Weekly Standard article reporting that President Obama was willing to address the gun issue with an executive order. “Hitler and Stalin!” exclaimed BuzzFeed Editor Ben Smith on Twitter alerting most of his followers by linking directly to the Drudge Report. “Drudge rules our world,” responded Slate journalist David Weigel to Smith’s post on Twitter, later adding sarcastically, “SOMETHING SHOCKING HAS BEEN POSTED ON
The gun control policies of the post-Gaddafi government in Libya delayed the arming of bodyguards for U.S. diplomats in that country and left the local guard force hired to watch over the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi unarmed, according to internal State Department memos and written testimony by the State Department officer who was in charge of the department’s security in Libya until six weeks before the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attacks. “Our long term security plan in Libya was to recruit and deploy an armed, locally hired Libyan bodyguard unit,” State Department Regional Security Officer Eric Nordstrom
ESPN has apologized for Brent Musburger´s comments about Katherine Webb during the BCS national championship game between Alabama and Notre Dame, even though the beauty queen apparently did not find his words offensive. "If he had worded it different and said we were hot, or sexy, or commented on our body parts, it would have been completely different," Webb, the reigning Miss Alabama USA, told Esquire. "I didn’t take any offense to it, because I think it’s OK for a man to tell a woman that she’s beautiful, no matter what age."
The Internal Revenue Service warned employers in a new regulatory proposal not to come up with clever schemes to avoid Obamacare’s employer health insurance mandate. The IRS said it would soon issue “anti-abuse rules” to discourage employers from taking advantage of any regulatory loopholes. “The Treasury Department and the IRS are aware of various structures being considered under which employers might use temporary staffing agencies (or other staffing agencies)… to evade application of section 4980H [the employer insurance mandate],” the IRS said in a proposed regulatory announcement issued December 28.
DENVER — After the annual late-summer harvest on his farm in the eastern reaches of Colorado, Greg Brophy has a few friends over, breaks out the handguns and semi-automatic rifles and mows down some rotten watermelons. (Snip) One of the worst and most high-profile school massacres in American history — the 1999 Columbine shooting that killed 12 students and a teacher — did little to alter that culture.
Paris—Senior African Anglican leaders have lined up to denounce the Church of England’s decision to allow celibate gay bishops, warning it would only widen the divisions within the worldwide Anglican Communion. Archbishop Nicholas Okoh of Nigeria, effectively the largest province in the Communion, said such reforms “could very well shatter whatever hopes we had for healing and reconciliation within our beloved Communion.” His comments yesterday followed similar denunciations on Monday by Ugandan Archbishop Stanley Ntagali and Archbishop Eliud Wabukala of Kenya, who is also head of the Gafcon group of traditionalist Anglican primates opposed to gay clergy.
President Obama is expected to unveil White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew as his treasury secretary nominee Thursday, tapping a budget wonk with deep ties in Washington but also someone who antagonized Republicans during contentious fiscal negotiations. With the exit of Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner in coming weeks, Lew, if confirmed, would take over the Treasury Department in the middle of a battle between the White House and Congress about how to raise the $16.4 trillion debt ceiling. Multiple sources with knowledge of Lew´s appointment confirmed his selection to The Washington Examiner.
Individuals seeking a permit to buy firearms in New Jersey would have to submit results of a psychological evaluation before they could buy a gun, under a bill introduced yesterday in the Legislature by West New York Assemblywoman Angelica Jimenez. The measure would also require applicants to have an on-site inspection and evaluation of the household where the firearm would be located. The bill was one of 18 introduced yesterday by several lawmakers in the state Senate and Assembly intended to curb gun violence in New Jersey, which already has some of the nation’s toughest gun laws.
On his Wednesday radio show, conservative talker Mark Levin derided MSNBC host Joe Scarborough as a “pathetic troll” who pretends to be a conservative. Scarborough on Tuesday railed against “shrill” Republicans — including some GOP politicians and talk radio hosts — for supposedly caving on some fundamental political issues. “There is a pathetic troll prancing around as a conservative — even a conservative intellectual,” Levin said. “I know, it’s funny. He goes by the name of Joe Scarborough, but I cannot believe that is really his name. So I’ve assigned him a name — ‘the morning schmo,’
More Americans than forecast filed applications for unemployment benefits last week, a sign improvement in the labor market remains uneven. Jobless claims increased by 4,000 to 371,000 in the week ended Jan. 5, Labor Department figures showed today in Washington. The median forecast of 48 economists surveyed by Bloomberg called for a drop to 365,000. The prior week’s figures were revised to 367,000 from an initially reported 372,000. A consistent decline in firings, along with a rise in payrolls, is needed to spur consumer spending, the biggest part of the economy.
A new analysis of the American Freshman Survey, which has accumulated data for the past 47 years from 9 million young adults, reveals that college students are more likely than ever to call themselves gifted and driven to succeed, even though their test scores and time spent studying are decreasing. Psychologist Jean Twenge, the lead author of the analysis, is also the author of a study showing that the tendency toward narcissism in students is up 30 percent in the last thirty-odd years.
BOSTON — Liberal groups have launched twin online petitions aimed at pressuring Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick to temporarily name former Congressman Barney Frank to Sen. John Kerry´s seat if Kerry is confirmed as secretary of state. The Progressive Change Campaign Committee, which helped raise money for Democrat Elizabeth Warren during her successful Senate campaign, has launched a new website and online petition. The petition points to potential cuts to Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid and says "we can´t afford to have our other senator be lukewarm, undecided, or uncertain." "We need someone who we are 100 percent confident will fight
The nominations for the 2013 Academy Awards, or Oscars, were announced by Seth MacFarlane and Emma Stone Thursday. The ceremony, which will air Feb. 24 at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, will also be hosted by MacFarlane. “Lincoln” led the pack with 12 nominations, including Best Director, Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress. Other films receiving nominations were “Silver Linings Playbook,” including Best Director, Best Actor and Best Actress, and “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” including Best Director, Best
The hot new video at MRCTV.org is 1995 footage of Attorney General Eric Holder, when he was the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia. In his remarks before the Woman´s National Democratic Club, broadcast by CSPAN 2, Holder said people should be ashamed to own guns, just the way that cigarette smokes now "cower outside of buildings" to smoke. "What we need to do is change the way in which people think about guns, especially young people, and make it something that´s not cool, that it´s not acceptable, it´s not hip
In 2000, Rosie O´Donnell´s bodyguard applied for a gun permit in Greenwich, Connecticut, presumably so he could protect O´Donnell´s child on the way to a public school. The gun permit was, Rosie claimed, sought by the security firm of her bodyguard and not O´Donnell herself -- but she did not veto the decision. O´Donnell was therefore a partner with, an enabler of, the one who paid (indirectly) for this application for gun usage, regardless of how she attempted to compartmentalize the decision in her mind as someone else´s action and responsibility. Author corrected by staff
So how are you today? Chances are that you’re very similar to how you were yesterday, or will be tomorrow. But that will not prevent the question being asked of you, accompanied by a plausible attempt at a smile, with every routine transaction such as ordering a coffee at Starbucks, paying for groceries at Tesco or buying toothpaste at Boots. For we have entered the age of service not just with a smile but, if you are not careful, with a series of inquiries about your health, your first name, the programmes you watch on television and the football team
Is it modern art? Is it a slinky? No — it’s the new signature on our cash. President Obama’s treasury-secretary nominee — Queens native and current Chief of Staff Jacob “Jack” Lew — has an oddly loopy autograph that will soon grace all of our national paper currency. Lew’s signature — which looks like a strand of hair gone though a curler treatment — might even be too peculiar to grace our greenbacks, political insiders said. “Whoa! That’s completely unintelligible,” said a Senate finance aide. “This doesn’t look like anyone’s name at all.”
A Romanian man has told police his wife was the shoplifter filmed on CCTV grabbing a startled kitten in a pet shop and bundling it into her handbag. The man and his wife handed over the eight-week-old black and white cat, called Little Boy, who was back with its owner today unharmed. A Romanian woman, 41, was being questioned by police today over the alleged theft--which has caused public outrage over the way the kitnapper roughly man-handled the pet and forced it into a black zip-up bag. Little Boy was being looked after by animal lover Carol Ivory, 62
Bruce Alberts is the editor of Science magazine, though it´s not exactly clear what the 75-year-old Alberts actually does there. The magazine is headquartered in New York, but Alberts is apparently headquartered in San Francisco. Alberts is obviously a scientist with broad interests -- or, depending on your point of view, a know-it-all who is spread very thin. According to his website, he has managed to collect 16 honorary degrees and currently serves on 25 non-profit boards. Yet this busy man still finds the time to lecture our political leaders.
As Congress mulled higher tax rates last month, dozens of corporate executives sold big chunks of stock, saving themselves millions of dollars in taxes. A Wall Street Journal review of securities filings found that 58 executives sold stock valued at $10 million or more in December as talks intensified over raising tax rates. On Jan. 1, Congress voted to increase taxes on income, capital gains and dividends for high earners. Capital gains were hit more than other types of income, according to David Kautter, the managing director of the Kogod Tax Center at American University in Washington, D.C.