CHICAGO - A fatal gas station shooting involving a man found near the Eisenhower Expressway comes as Mayor Emanuel goes to Washington to push for gun control measures. (Snip) Mayor Rahm Emanuel has ordered an analysis of Chicago´s city employee pension funds to see if they hold companies that make or sell assault weapons. If so, he wants them sold. Emanuel spoke on Monday in Washington about his support for new gun control measures. He participated in a panel with the Center for American Progress Action Fund to talk about his role in getting the Assault Weapons Ban
Minneapolis - The U.S. central bank should keep interest rates low until the jobless rate is a more "normal" 5.5 percent, a top Federal Reserve official said on Tuesday, in one of the strongest calls yet from a Fed policymaker for more monetary easing. "I do think that it´s important for the public to know that the Fed is going to stay in an accommodative stance until the economy is much closer to being what one might consider normal," Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank President Narayana Kocherlakota told reporters. "And I think 6.5 percent unemployment, I think that would still be too high to be
A new online video game is taking political discourse to a whole new level. We already reported the death threats being received by NRA executives and now, a video game which allows users to shoot NRA President David Keene in the head, has been released. The creator of the game identified as gizmo01942 Ediot says, "Share this everywhere, especially gun-nut and anti-game websites. Also see if you can´t send it in to the NRA somehow, like through the feedback on their website or something." Gizmo also provides screen shots to viewers, which can be seen below.
Chuck Hagel is moving to assuage concerns raised by pro-Israel Democrats over his nomination as defense secretary, laying out a hawkish posture toward Iran and Hezbollah and apologizing for characterizing powerful activists as the “Jewish lobby.” In a letter to California Sen. Barbara Boxer, a Jewish Democrat, Hagel said he fully supports unilateral sanctions on Iran and condemned Hezbollah as a terrorist threat to Israel. He called it “a very poor choice of words” when he referred in a 2006 interview that the “Jewish lobby” tends to “intimidate” lawmakers, saying he understands how such words “can be construed as anti-Israel.”
New York - Wal-Mart Stores Inc will buy an additional $50 billion in U.S.-made goods over the next decade in areas like sporting goods and high-end appliances in what the world´s largest retailer called a bid to help boost the U.S. economy. Wal-Mart, the largest private employer in the United States, also said on Tuesday it plans to hire 100,000 newly discharged veterans over the next five years, at a time when the U.S. unemployment rate is at 7.8 percent. The moves are likely to receive a cool reception from critics, who claim Wal-Mart does not pay its workers enough and slam the retailer
A 5-year-old girl abducted from a West Philadelphia elementary Monday was found early this morning barely dressed and crying in an Upper Darby playground, say police. Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood said that Nailla Robinson, taken by an unidentified woman in a black Muslim-style face covering from the Bryant Elementary School just across the border in Philadelphia, was found about 4:40 a.m. today. Authorities say they believe the child was targeted, but did not know the woman who abducted her.
Bamako, Mali - Deep inside caves, in remote desert bases, in the escarpments and cliff faces of northern Mali, Islamic extremist fighters have been burrowing into the earth, erecting a formidable set of defenses to protect what has essentially become al-Qaida´s new country.(Snip)"Al-Qaida never owned Afghanistan," said former United Nations diplomat Robert Fowler, a Canadian kidnapped and held for 130 days by al-Qaida´s local chapter, whose fighters now control the main cities in the north. "They do own northern Mali." Al-Qaida´s affiliate in Africa - al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb, or AQIM- has been a shadowy presence for years
It’s not often an ex-senator gets a shot at his old job just months after losing. So Scott Brown is widely expected to jump at the chance, running in a special election for John Kerry’s seat that presumably will become vacant within weeks. But there are compelling reasons for Brown to pass on what would be his third Senate campaign in four years — and he’s thinking long and hard about them. Topping the list: In 2014, he could run instead for Massachusetts governor, a job that Republicans have had much more success winning and keeping, as Mitt Romney can attest.
Cuba´s health ministry has confirmed a cholera outbreak in Havana with 51 people infected--the biggest incidence of the disease there in decades. An official statement said health workers had detected an increase in "watery diarrhoea" in some districts, which has been established as cholera. The source has been identified as a foodseller who caught cholera during a previous outbreak in eastern Cuba. [Snip] In the central Havana district of Cerro, where the outbreak is believed to have begun, cafes and restaurants have been closed and only the sale of sealed food and drink is permitted. The outbreak was detected on
A longtime substitute teacher in Phillipsburg, NJ, has been fired after he shared a Bible verse with a student – and upon request gave the child a Bible. (Snip) The Phillipsburg School Board voted Monday night to terminate the employment of Walter Tutka. He was accused of breaking two policies – distributing religious literature on school grounds and another policy that directs teachers to be neutral when discussing religious material. “It’s unfortunate the Phillipsburg School District chose the path of religious hostility and intolerance against a retired man serving his community and simply responding to a Link corrected by staff
If the government fails to enact structural reforms in spending, an entirely new source of revenue will be needed. The most likely one is a value-added tax that would crush the middle class. You can´t blame middle-income Americans for wondering whether the new "fiscal cliff" deal really protects them from big tax increases in the future. That´s essentially what President Obama promised in championing the hike in rates for high-earners signed into law on January 2. Still, the politicians and pundits keep talking about how our steep deficits and mountainous debt will rise
France’s military intervention in Mali will be increased to 2,500 French soldiers, defence ministry sources said Tuesday, as the offensive in the divided African country entered its fifth day.(Snip)“Our objectives are as follows: one, stop terrorists seeking to control the country including the capital Bamako; two, we want to ensure that Bamako is secure – several thousand French nationals live there; three, enable Mali to retake its territory, a mission that has been entrusted to an African force that France will support,” he said. Earlier in the day, Hollande announced that French troop presence had already been boosted
The New York Times, the cultural beacon for the left´s war on American values, has declared that the "date" is dead.(snip)What did they expect? Why should men date? Why would they make any effort at all? The feminists turned all women into unpaid whores because it´s so, ya know, cool and liberating. Yeah, being a piece of meat is fabtastic. I am so glad I am not a young woman in America in 2013. If you are not a slut, any real social life is tough. Men expect serious and strange sex immediately.
Shock jock Howard Stern on Monday apologized for criticizing Girls´ star Lena Dunham by calling her a ´little fat chick´ and saying that seeing her naked on the show ´feels like rape.´ The controversy began on Stern’s radio show last week, when he described Dunham as ´a little fat girl who kinda looks like Jonah Hill, and she keeps taking her clothes off, and it kind of feels like rape.´ Stern said he told his producer to contact Dunham and let her know he wants to explain and apologize for his comments.
Abuja - The first of a planned 900 Nigerian troops will deploy to Mali in the next 24 hours as part of a UN-mandated African force aimed at helping the country battle Islamists, a defence spokesman said Tuesday. “The president approved the deployment of a battalion, and in the next 24 hours a company of the battalion will be deployed,” Colonel Mohammed Yerima told journalists. “The remainder will be deployed later.” He added that Nigeria’s total commitment will be around 900 troops, or 300 more than previously announced. The first company will include 190 personnel, he said.
New York — Police in New York City plan to combat the theft of painkillers and other highly addictive prescription medicines by asking pharmacies around the city to hide fake pill bottles fitted with GPS devices amid the legitimate supplies on their shelves. The New York Police Department believes the so-called "bait bottles" could help investigators track stolen drugs and locate suspects. Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly is expected to unveil the plan Tuesday at a La Quinta, Calif., conference on health issues hosted by former President Bill Clinton´s foundation. In prepared remarks provided in advance of his appearance, Kelly says
An on-again, off-again move by the Obama administration to scrap the federal gas tax in favor of a pay-per-mile fee would boost the tab to Americans as high as 250 percent, raising their current tax of 18.4 cents a gallon to as high as 46 cents, according to a new government study. But without a tax increase, said the Government Accountability Office study, the government´s highway fund is going to go dry. One reason the fund is going broke: President Obama´s push for fuel efficient cars has resulted in better mileage, and fewer stops at the pump.
In an interview at BuzzFeed´s New York offices Monday, former Utah Governor, Ambassador, and presidential candidate Jon Huntsman assailed his fellow Republicans for their slowness to accept mainstream science, called on his party to revamp its positions on key social issues, and coyly hinted at his own future presidential ambitions. It was, in other words, the quintessential Huntsman interview. In his most recent media tour, the moderate Republican has been preaching a sermon he´s preached many times before, first as an ambitious newcomer to the national stage, then as a fledgling presidential candidate,
Plug-in power meets traditional American luxury today as General Motors reveals its Cadillac ELR, a battery-driven coupe based on the same technology in the Chevrolet Volt. GM´s investment in the Volt, estimated at more than $1 billion, will now include the iconic luxury brand. The unveiling is scheduled for 10:05 a.m. at the North American International Auto Show at Cobo Center. The ELR catapults GM into direct competition with luxury electric vehicles such as the Tesla Model S and Fisker Karma. It could also lure environmentally conscious luxury buyers who have previously favored Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz.
Newark, N.J., Mayor Cory Booker contended that closing down private gun sales would dramatically cut the number of domestic violence slayings. “What we see in Newark is that law abiding citizens buying guns are not causing the crime. It is that criminals can so easily get their hands on guns,” Booker said last night on MSNBC. “…You have an overwhelming majority of gun owners agree with instant background checks, agree that we should end the gun show loophole and end these secondary markets.” “The best data point I have on this is that when you
Utah businessman Jeremy Johnson, who pled guilty last week to charges of bank fraud and money laundering, is claiming he made a deal in 2010 to pay Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid of Nevada $600,000 to stop a federal investigation into Johnson´s business. Johnson says his alleged deal with Reid was brokered by John Swallow, a Republican who was sworn in as Utah´s attorney general on January 7, and a fellow businessman from Utah, Richard Rawle. Swallow has denied that he is involved in the deal, in which Rawle would have allegedly used his influence
Federal welfare spending will skyrocket 80 percent over the next decade, according to new analysis by the minority side of the Senate Budget Committee. Here´s a chart, provided by the committee, detailing the growth in spending: "This chart displays projected federal spending on federal welfare programs over the next ten years, based on data from the Congressional Research Service and Congressional Budget Office," the Republican side of the Senate Budget Committee explains. "These figures do not count state contributions to federal welfare programs (primarily on low-income health assistance) which brought total welfare spending in FY2011
CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: The tone of this address was quite remarkable. He talked about Republicans being suspicious of Social Security and Medicare by the oldest saw that you could hear. And then he added -- and suspicious of the government´s role in making sure that impoverished children get food. Now that´s a little bit over the top. That´s essentially libel. And then he said ´Oh yes, I love hanging out at a Congressional picnics with these people who want to starve America´s children.´ Interesting invitation. And then he did this thing, he went over and over
Ann Coulter visited Sean Hannity‘s show Monday night to discuss President Obama‘s recent cabinet picks as well as his possible actions on gun control. Coulter said she had just come back from England where they have “not bought into” the “diversity enthusiasm” of the States. “The liberals,” Coulter claimed, are “pushing and pushing and pushing” to have more mass murderers of color. “If you compare white populations, we have the same murder rate as Belgium,” Coulter said. “So perhaps it’s not a gun problem, it’s a demographic problem.” (Snip) Hannity asked the conservative commentator what she thought
Fox News contributor Kirsten Powers slammed President Obama‘s press conference earlier today when she told Bret Baier that his tone was “petulant” and he was “acting annoyed that people were asking him questions.” Regarding the impending debt ceiling debate, Powers said Obama “didn’t do a great job of explaining the situation” because although a default would be “disruptive,” he “didn’t need to exaggerate it.” (Snip) Baier noted that “default is really not an option for the country.” Powers agreed and responded that Obama “could have been straightforward about that.”
A window on the soul of the left has opened with the release of excerpts from an email chain revealing a coordinated effort to discredit critics of the Hagel nomination. The Daily Caller obtained a copy of the email chain containing comments by prominent leftists on how to advance the confirmation chances, not by advocating Hagel himself, but by attacking and discrediting his opponents. The people involved in this covert joint effort are some heavyweights. At the center is David Fenton, the veteran left wing media-manipulating mastermind