Iran is on track to be able to produce material for at least one nuclear bomb by mid-2014 as sanctions hit its economy but fail to stop the atomic program, a US think tank said Monday. The Institute for Science and International Security, a private group opposed to nuclear proliferation, called for tougher US economic sanctions against Iran and pressure on major trading partners to isolate Tehran. The group looked at Iran´s "critical capability," defined as the point at which the clerical regime will be able to produce enough weapons-grade uranium or separated plutonium to build one or
Finally, someone with clout is committed to undoing the damage done to the American educational system by radical scholars. Our hero is David Coleman, president of the College Board, a Rhodes Scholar, and a former McKinsey & Company consultant. Coleman used a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to mold the requirements for the Common Core States Standards in English -- adopted by 46 states to be implemented in 2014 -- to mandate that 50% of reading assignments are non-fiction "informational text" in elementary school, and 70 percent by grade 12.
Austin, Texas - A person familiar with the situation says Lance Armstrong has completed his interview with Oprah Winfrey and that it was ´´emotional at times.´´ The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity and would neither confirm nor deny that the disgraced cyclist confessed to using performance-enhancing drugs during the taping, scheduled to be broadcast Thursday night. A group of about 10 close friends and advisers to Armstrong left a downtown Austin hotel about three hours after they arrived Monday afternoon. Earlier Monday, Armstrong stopped at his
A pretty, young, auburn-haired woman – mid-20s – drove down a lonely country road somewhere in Oklahoma. Appearing in her rearview mirror, at the back windshield, were two menacing orbs of light floating amid ashen dusk. The guttural roar of a souped-up big block shook the tiny Volkswagen Rabbit as a van-load of inbred thugs lurched left and drew alongside her. A ponytailed passenger taunted inaudibly and blew foul kisses between crude hand gestures. He pointed for her to pull over as the van repeatedly swerved dangerously close. Inside the car a man, asleep in the reclining passenger seat,
Jennifer Rubin does a nice take-down here of the increasingly despicable Colin Powell, who smeared his former party on Meet the Press by accusing Republicans of a “dark vein of intolerance.” Thus says the first black Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff, the first black Secretary of State, the sometime mentor of the first black woman to serve as Secretary of State… all under Republican sponsorship. Thus says the back-stabbing lout who deliberately let the innocent Scooter Libby twist in the wind, and then get convicted, when one word from Powell would have ended the investigation.
As the Marist poll from the Knights of Columbus suggests, most Americans are not joining Andrew Cuomo’s rallying cry for expanding abortion access, a priority of his administration this year. Most Americans, I suspect would be horrified if they realized 41 percent of children in New York City are aborted. When New Yorkers were polled about that in 2011, even 57 percent of pro-choice women thought the rate too high. Greg Pfundstein, president of the Chiaroscuro Foundation, which commissioned that poll, put it well last week: “New York’s abortion regime is among the most liberal on planet Earth
Rep. Steve Stockman threatened on Monday to defund the White House and potentially file impeachment charges if President Obama pushes forward with gun control measures without congressional approval. The Texas Republican called Mr. Obama´s plans to skirt Congress and implement some controls administratively "an unconstitutional and unconscionable attack on the very founding principles of this republic." "I will seek to thwart this action by any means necessary, including but not limited to eliminating funding for implementation, defunding the White House,
Cranford — On the one-month anniversary of the tragic shooting at a Newtown, Conn. school, nearly 20 mayors from New Jersey communities said today they will join their counterparts from across the nation on Wednesday in Washington, D.C., to press Congress for stiffer gun regulations. "Our message is simple. Pass sane gun laws and do it now," Fanwood Mayor Colleen Hahr said during a press conference today of Mayors Against Illegal Guns. The mayors from four New Jersey counties gathered at the Cranford municipal building, and called for nationwide criminal background checks for
“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” Full disclosure right up front: I’m a proud life member of the National Rifle Association. (Snip) Those words, “executive orders, executive action,” used in conjunction with constitutionally protected rights and liberties, ought to alarm us all. They used to frighten Barack Obama. On Oct. 2, 2007, then-Sen. Obama railed against what he called the abuse of executive powers purportedly perpetrated by President George W. Bush in his administration’s efforts to
Al Qaeda-linked terrorists in Africa today posted gruesome pictures of a man they said was a French commando killed in a failed operation to rescue a French intelligence agent overnight Friday. The pictures, released via Twitter by the Somalia-based terror group al-Shabaab, show a white male in a dark blue shirt and camouflage pants surrounded by military gear and weapons. The shirt is covered in blood and the man appears to be dead. As a caption for one photo that shows the man´s crucifix necklace, al-Shabaab tweeted, "A return of the crusades, but the cross
"My understanding is the vice president´s going to provide a range of steps that we can take to reduce gun violence," said Obama. "Some of them will require legislation, some of them I can accomplish through executive action. And so I will be reviewing those today, and as I said, I will speak in more detail to what we´re going to go ahead and propose later in the week. But I´m confident that there are some steps that we can take that don´t require legislation and that are within my authority as president, and where
Rredericksburg, Va. - That University of South Carolina cap on Meshari Albishi´s head? Just for looks, he says. Its colors match the red of his vest, where a metallic pin displays flags for the United States and Saudi Arabia, his homeland. (Snip) Albishi, 25, is one of thousands of international students arriving each year in the United States to study English as the first step toward a college degree. They come from all over the world, but Saudi Arabia, where the government has poured billions of dollars into a generous scholarship program, is driving the recent surge.
The White House has informed House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) that it will miss the legal deadline for sending a budget to Congress. Acting Budget Director Jeff Zients told Ryan (R-Wis.) in a letter late Friday that the budget will not be delivered by Feb. 4, as required by law. In the letter, Zients says the administration is "working diligently on our budget request." The letter blames the late passage of the “fiscal cliff” deal for the delay, saying that because tax and spending issues were not resolved until Jan. 2, "the administration
Forty-five years ago this month, history’s most notable attempt to resolve socialism’s inherent contradiction began. It failed, as all attempts had previously and all have since. It failed because socialism fundamentally means repressing capitalism and capitalism remains irrepressible. Still, the attempt and its outcome are valuable reminders of how far the world has come, and how quickly it could regress. (Snip) The problem is that socialism means thwarting capitalism, yet capitalism is the only sound economic foundation existing today. In order to work, socialism requires forcing the individual to avoid the natural inclination toward the marketplace. In other words, it can only exist
Former President George H. W. Bush was released from a hospital in Texas today after a 52-day stay that started just after Thanksgiving because of breathing problems. Bush was admitted to The Methodist Hospital in Houston for a lingering case of bronchitis on Nov. 23, 2012, but a bacterial infection and a persistent cough kept him there much longer than expected. Doctors thought Bush, 88, would be ready to leave the hospital by Christmas, but on Dec. 23 he was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit after what his spokesman called “a series of setbacks including a persistent fever.“
NEW YORK – Ann Romney won’t be dancing her way to a mirror ball trophy anytime soon. Mitt Romney’s wife turned down a chance to be a contestant on the celebrity dance competition “Dancing With the Stars,” TMZ reported. After “seriously considering” the offer, the website reported Ann decided against appearing on the series. A rep for Romney confirmed to TMZ that the show was interested in the presidential candidate’s wife. "Ann Romney was approached, but she declined. She will not be appearing on ´Dancing with the Stars,´" the rep said. Last season, Ann Romney attended
Washington - President Barack Obama demanded on Monday that lawmakers raise the nation´s $16.4 trillion federal debt limit quickly, warning that "Social Security benefits and veterans´ checks will be delayed" if they don´t and cautioning Republicans not to insist on cuts to government spending in exchange. "They will not collect a ransom in exchange for not crashing the economy," he said at the 21st and final news conference of his first term. "The full faith and credit of the United States of America is not a bargaining chip. And they better decide quickly because time is running short." Headline corrected by staff.
Conservative radio host Mark Levin appeared Fox News’ America Live this afternoon to discuss how his “fury” over President Obama‘s “tyranny” in his use of executive orders. “He keeps telling us he won re-election,” Levin said of the president. “Congratulations! But guess what, the Constitution wasn’t up for election, it wasn’t for a referendum,” he continued, before rattling off the list of ways he believes the president has expanded his office into an “imperial presidency,” including “unilateral action” on immigration, the tax implications of ObamaCare, “attacks on religious liberty,” and the potential use of executive
Justice Clarence Thomas broke his nearly seven-year silence at Supreme Court oral arguments Monday. But no one is sure exactly what he said. Thomas seemed to be making a light-hearted joke about lawyers trained at his alma mater Yale Law School or its rival, Harvard. But several justices were speaking and laughing at the time, and the court reporter lost Thomas’s comments during the cross talk. His comments came during questions about the qualifications of lawyers who had represented a Louisiana man in a murder case. Justice Antonin Scalia noted that one of the lawyers had attended Harvard
During a Monday press conference in the White House, President Barack Obama was asked about his seeming lack of interest in socialization with other members of the political establishment in Washington. Obama said that, while he is a friendly person, it takes two to socialize and Republicans are generally not interested in being seen with him. He blamed “media that is preferred by Republican constituencies” for creating an environment in which a Republican politician seen with Obama has to fear a primary fight in their next election.
Bamako/Paris - Al Qaeda-linked Islamist rebels launched a counteroffensive in Mali on Monday after four days of French air strikes on their northern strongholds, seizing the central town of Diabaly and promising to drag France into a brutal Afghanistan-style war. (Snip) Paris is determined to shatter Islamist domination of northern Mali, which many fear could become a launchpad for terrorism attacks on the West and a base for coordination with al Qaeda in Yemen, Somalia and North Africa. MUJWA, which has imposed strict sharia law in its northern fiefdom of Gao, promised France would pay for
It´s no surprise to LaTanya Lozano that homicides are up in the Bay Area´s biggest cities. She moved to Hayward in late 2011 to try to protect her four sons, only to see two of them shot dead last year back where she used to live, Oakland. First her 15-year-old, Shonte Daniels Jr., was shot by a 14-year-old friend in a park, apparently after teasing him. Six months later, in October, 21-year-old Rashad Meredith was caught in the middle of a gunfight between rival groups outside his aunt´s apartment. "This tore down my whole life
France has expanded its assault on Islamists in northern Mali, pounding rebel positions with four days of air strikes and bringing additional troops into the country through the capital, Mali. France did not wait for UN approval, and it tired of what even the New York Times acknowledges was the reluctance of the United States and the international community to do anything about the seizure of half a country by Al Qaeda-linked forces. Call it “leading from behind,” Part II. What is worse is that the Islamist rebellion has used American-trained soldiers and officers who defected from Mali’s regular army last
OBAMA: As far as people lining up and purchasing more guns, I think that we´ve seen for some time now that those who oppose any common sense gun control or gun safety measures have a pretty effective way of ginning up fear on the part of gun owners, that somehow the federal government´s about to take all your guns away. And there´s probably an economic element to that. It is obviously is good for business. But I think that those of us who look at this problem have repeatedly said that responsible gun owners, people
On Jan 13, New York State senator Gregory Ball announced that a burglary had been reported which appears to be a direct result of the Journal News´ gun-owner-name-dump. According to Sen. Ball´s announcement, the burglar allegedly "used the Journal News´ interactive gun map to target a home included on the map." Said Sen. Ball: "The same elitist eggheads who use their editorial page to coddle terrorists and criminals are now treating law abiding citizens like level three sexual predators." To remedy this, he is pushing three separate pieces of legislation which protect inherent privacy rights of all
While watching ESPN this morning, I did a quick little background research on its newly hired analyst, former NBA player Antonio Davis. As I learned, Davis, then with the Knicks, achieved his greatest notoriety seven years ago this week when he rushed into the stands at the United Center in Chicago to protect his wife Kendra and two children from an abusive fan. [Snip] The provocateur? None other than Michael Axelrod, son of then-little-known Obama adviser David Axelrod.