In a bruising open letter to President Obama, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is urging the administration to give up its bungled, politically-driven green energy program to focus exclusively on new taxes and industries aimed at fixing global warming. "You have the power and the opportunity to lay the groundwork for a new clean-energy policy that will help us avoid the worst consequences of climate change," said the letter, published in the MIT Technology Review. "It is quite possible that if this is not done over the next four years, it will be too late."
When Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton leaves her post as the nation’s top diplomat this year, she will step into a new role: presidential front-runner. Clinton is the leading contender to win the presidency in 2016 should she decide to run, but New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is the one Republican with a shot at defeating her, according to a new poll. Clinton leads Christie 44-42 percent, the Public Policy Polling survey found. Clinton, 65, who was recently hospitalized with a blood clot near her brain, trounces all other GOP contenders. In early hypothetical match-ups, she leads Wisconsin
LOS ANGELES - Fourteen department store employees have been rescued by a Los Angeles SWAT team after a four-hour armed robbery hostage drama inside a Nordstrom Rack department store, a police spokesman said Friday. The two robbers have escaped despite an extensive search of the department store. No one was hurt. The employees _ 13 women and a man _ were being questioned. The ordeal at the Promenade at Howard Hughes Center began at about 11 p.m., when a boyfriend of a Nordstrom worker placed a frantic 911 call and said his girlfriend called him Link repaired by staff
The conversion to electronic health records has failed so far to produce the hoped-for savings in health care costs and has had mixed results, at best, in improving efficiency and patient care, according to a new analysis by the influential RAND Corporation. Optimistic predictions by RAND in 2005 helped drive explosive growth in the electronic records industry and encouraged the federal government to give billions of dollars in financial incentives to hospitals and doctors that put the systems in place. “We’ve not achieved the productivity and quality benefits that are unquestionably there for the taking,” said
A hostage drama inside a Westchester department store ended Friday morning when 14 people were freed and armed robbery suspects escaped from a Nordstrom Rack, police said. Two suspects entered the store around 11 p.m., and someone inside called police, according to police sources. Los Angeles Police Department SWAT officers arrived and surrounded the store, the sources said. At one point, one of the suspects exited the store, saw police and ran back inside. A second suspect walked out with an unidentified woman, saw police and turned around back to the store, the sources said.
It seemed like classic Daily Show material: Former Vice President Al Gore, recipient of the Nobel Prize and the Academy Award for his work warning of the dangers of global warming, selling his struggling network Current TV to Al Jazeera, of the oil sheikhdom of Qatar, for 500 million petro-dollars. How could Jon Stewart not have some fun with that? But a week went by, and the Comedy Central mainstay said nothing about the deal. Until Thursday night. In a segment headlined “Qur’rent TV,” Stewart took on the Gore news.
If Congress does not agree to raise the debt ceiling, the US government will face tough decisions over which financial obligations it will meet, and which it won´t. The choices will be invidious and legally questionable. New Year´s Eve was the perfect time for a company to bury bad news. In the end, it was a country that seized the opportunity. As the world celebrated the start of 2013, the US government revealed that it had reached its $16.4 trillion (£10 trillion) borrowing limit. Disclosing the news with just hours of 2012 left was not the only devilry in
The Obama administration is considering funding many more police officers in public schools to secure campuses, a leading Democratic senator said, part of a broad gun violence agenda that is likely to include a ban on high-capacity ammunition clips and universal background checks. The school safety initiative, one of several under consideration, would make federal dollars available to schools that want to hire police officers and install surveillance equipment, although it is not nearly as far-ranging as the National Rifle Association’s proposal for armed guards in every U.S. school.
War On Terror: In picking his terror czar for CIA chief, the president claimed John Brennan has "decimated" al-Qaida. In fact, Brennan´s terror-fighting record should disqualify him from the job. (Snip)It´s been months since al-Qaida pulled off its worst act of terrorism on U.S. soil since 9/11, and yet the White House counterterrorism chief remains mum. He hasn´t said a word about it, in sharp contrast to his camera-mugging after the SEALs took out Osama bin Laden. Why? Because he dropped the ball in Libya. He underestimated al-Qaida´s strength in North Africa.
Only in Washington can someone who is singularly identified with failure not only be commended for it, but also actually win promotion to even greater responsibility. America, meet Jack Lew, your next Treasury secretary. (Snip) We find it troubling that Lew has repeatedly told outright falsehoods about U.S. budgets and debt — deceiving both the public and Republican opposition about our fiscal health. As he told CNN in 2011: "Our budget will get us, over the next several years, to the point where we can look the American people in the eye and say we´re not adding to
For years Larry King hosted the CNN show that is now helmed by British import Piers Morgan. Now King has opened up about his replacement and his pronouncement is not very flattering. King thinks Morgan makes the show too much about Morgan. For those who remember, Larry King was more about being a conduit for the guests to entertain and enlighten viewers. His idea, perhaps an old fashioned TV ideal, was to make the show less about Larry King and more about the guests his viewers tuned in to watch.
“You come in here, brandish your little book as if I don’t know what’s in there--” “My little book? That’s the Constitution of the United States. It’s our founding document, Piers.” “I know what’s in your Constitution.” “Do you really?” That was the climax of a heated debate between Breitbart News Editor-at-Large Ben Shapiro and CNN’s Piers Morgan on live television this evening--one in which Morgan came off much the worse for wear.
The Government was on Thursday night urged to open an inquiry after officials found signs that birth rates for girls and boys vary noticeably according to where their mothers were born. A health minister said that these differences in rates of male and female births among mothers of certain nationalities may “fall outside the range considered possible without intervention”. It forms the first official statistical evidence potentially backing up concerns that sex-selection abortions are being carried out in Britain. Andrew Lansley, the former health secretary, last year criticised the “illegal and morally wrong” practice
MOSCOW (Reuters) - A Kremlin official said on Thursday a bilateral agreement with Washington on adoptions was still in place, creating uncertainty over the immediate impact of Russia´s new ban on Americans adopting Russian children. Russian President Vladimir Putin approved the ban from January 1 as part of a law passed to retaliate against U.S. legislation intended to punish Russian human rights abusers. Moscow had told Washington it was also terminating a bilateral agreement regulating adoptions - but Putin´s spokesman on Thursday said a technicality meant that agreement would have to remain in force until the beginning of 2014.
In the society gossip hub known as the Chronicle of Higher Education, which some academics still view as the gold-standard paper for college professors, there is a blog cluster known as "The Edge of the American West: History Can Save Your Ass." (snip) Erik Loomis tweeted about wanting Wayne LaPierre´s head on a stick in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook massacre. He was upset about kids being mercilessly gunned down. He felt that the best way to remedy the situation was to visualize a lethal pike
Vice President Joe Biden announced Thursday that he will recommend new gun control measures to President Barack Obama, which include more comprehensive background checks on gun buyers and limits on the sizes of ammunition magazines. The proposal could lead to the most significant move on guns in 20 years, but one regulation highly coveted by gun control advocates is notably missing: a ban on assault weapons.
Some of the most common and most powerful prescription painkillers on the market will be restricted sharply in the emergency rooms at New York City’s 11 public hospitals, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said Thursday in an effort to crack down on what he called a citywide and national epidemic of prescription drug abuse. Under the new city policy, most public hospital patients will no longer be able to get more than three days’ worth of narcotic painkillers like Vicodin and Percocet. Long-acting painkillers, including OxyContin, a familiar remedy for chronic backache and arthritis,
The U.S. Senate reached an all-time low — a hard mark to achieve — last week as I said my goodbyes to rejoin the real world. The “fiscal cliff” theatrics ended with a predictable non-solution that raised taxes on all U.S. workers and added more weight to the millstone the federal government has hung around our necks. A day after that “achievement,” I left Congress and moved across the street to the Heritage Foundation, where the mission is to formulate and promote conservative ideas. It is from Heritage — of which I will become president in April
When I began writing about the menace of increased federal involvement in our medical delivery system, I was surprised to discover that some doctors actually supported it. These misguided medicos represented only a small minority of practicing physicians, and most were profoundly ignorant about health care economics, but the “M.D.” following their names provided them with a façade of credibility. A number of these people took advantage of their illusory expertise in health care policy to launch blogs which they used to promote their notions of “health reform” and extol the virtues of government-run health care in general.
Ever since an armed mob torched a U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, on the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, President Obama has vowed to bring the killers of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans to justice. Yet four months after the assault, U.S. counterterrorism and intelligence officials tell The Daily Beast that the hunt for those responsible remains stymied by poor cooperation by North African governments.On Tuesday, the Tunisian government released Ali Ani al-Harzi,
When my friend Hugh Hewitt starts bashing the Republican “leadership” as spineless jellyfish largely AWOL on the most important issues of the day, you know we have reached a crisis point: The Speaker’s and Leader’s staffs, however, don’t show any obvious signs of understanding the new media order or the relentlessness of the president’s program. (Snip) Those crickets would be the American people, just itching for a fight with Obama and the Democrats but finding no one to lead them. If the conservative ranks seem dispirited in the wake of the last election, it’s not because we lost —
“Half of all mass killings in the United States have occurred since the assault weapons ban expired in 2005, half of all of them in the history of the country.”— Former President Bill Clinton, at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Jan. 9, 2013 A colleague spotted this eye-popping statistic by the former president and wondered if it was correct. President Clinton, of course, in 1994 signed the assault weapons ban into law, but it expired after 10 years and was not renewed.
President Barack Obama today formally nominated his chief of staff Jacob ´Jack´ Lew as Treasury Secretary and joked that he had considered abandoning the nomination after learning of his illegible signature. The president was responding to criticism of Lew´s scrawl which has been compared to a spring or a curly French fry - and how if it is not changed could become an international embarrassment as the Treasury Secretary´s signature always graces the dollar bill. ‘Jack assures me that he is going to work to make at least one letter legible in order not to debase our currency
The U.S. Navy’s standard-issue blue digitized camouflage fatigues are highly flammable and will burn ‘robustly until complete consumption,’ a report revealed last month.[Snip] Rear Adm. John Kirby, the chief of information at the Pentagon and spokesman for the Navy, said in a video published last month that while the uniform was found to ‘burn robustly until complete consumption,’ it’s not shocking. ‘That is not a huge surprise because it’s a 50 percent nylon uniform,’ he said, but added that it wasn’t a requirement for the military-issue uniform to be at all flame resistant.