Senior Likud officials accused US President Barack Obama on Tuesday of leaking sharp criticism of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu´s leadership to columnist Jeffrey Goldberg in order to sway voters in next Tuesday´s Israeli election. Goldberg quoted Obama in Bloomberg as having said privately that "Israel doesn´t know what its own best interests are.” A sharp critic himself of Netanyahu and the country´s settlement policies, Goldberg wrote that "with each new settlement announcement, in Obama´s view, Netanyahu is moving his country down a path toward near isolation."
Just before Oakland city officials held a news conference Monday in East Oakland to assure everyone that they´ve got a handle on crime, I took a little walk around the neighborhood to ask local residents if they felt safe. Vincent Peters, 32, who was waiting for a bus with his wife and their 2-month old daughter, definitely does not. He said he´s preparing to move his family from the area because he values their safety. "You can hardly walk down the street without someone pushing a gun at you," Peters said. "These kids are scared, and that´s why they´re
The feds ordered the arrest of an "llegal immigrant and registered sex offender" working for Senator Bob Menendez to be delayed until after the November election. "Internal government documents show that federal immigration agents were prepared to arrest an illegal immigrant and registered sex offender days before the November elections but were ordered by Washington to hold off. Officials warned of "significant interest" from Congress and news organizations because the suspect was a volunteer intern for Sen. Robert Menendez," reports the Associated Press.
A San Francisco supervisor wants to rename the city´s airport in honor of civil rights leader Harvey Milk, a change supporters said would send a global message about the importance and struggles of gays and lesbians for equality. Supervisor David Campos will introduce legislation Tuesday that would place the proposal to rename San Francisco International Airport as Harvey Milk San Francisco International Airport before voters in November.(Snip) Campos said about 80 other U.S. airports are already named for individuals, none of whom are gay, and that SFO - which moves 40 million passengers annually, including 9 million international travelers
Everett High School´s principal has been suspended for two days without pay for appearing in a spoof of "The Terminator" movies that was shown to students. The superintendent´s office confirmed Tuesday that Erick Naumann as well as the teacher who made the video had received matching punishments following a closed school committee hearing Monday. Naumann could have been fired from the school, which in a suburb of Boston. The video shown last month as way for the new principal to introduce himself to students, shows him walking through the empty school dressed
Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) gave an interview to the Christian Broadcasting Network in which he rather strongly denounced President Obama’s threats to impose gun control through executive orders. ”I’m against having a king,” said the Senator. ”I think having a monarch is what we fought the American Revolution over, and someone who wants to bypass the Constitution, bypass Congress, that’s someone who wants to act like a king or monarch.” To be more specific, the notion of suffering rule without representation was a big sticking point with the authors of the Declaration of Independence.
As hundreds of French troops are deployed to Mali to do battle with al-Qaeda-backed terrorists and another chapter in the long-running war against militant Islam develops, it is hard not to feel a sense of déjà vu. It is now more than a decade since the UN Security Council unanimously approved the American-led campaign to destroy the terrorist infrastructure al-Qaeda had assembled in southern Afghanistan. There is nothing the world’s most notorious terrorist organisation likes more than to move into the ungoverned space of failed Islamic states, and southern Afghanistan proved the perfect hide-out from which Osama bin Laden and
Shortly after the United Nations General Assembly voted in late November to upgrade the status of the Palestinians, the government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced that it would advance plans to establish a settlement in an area of the West Bank known as E-1, and that it would build 3,000 additional housing units in east Jerusalem and the West Bank. A large settlement in E-1, an empty zone between Jerusalem and the Jewish settlement city of Maaleh Adumim, would make the goal of politically moderate Palestinians--the creation of a geographically contiguous state--much harder to achieve.
In another life, William Fulton was "Drop Zone Bill," a bounty hunter who ran a military surplus store in Anchorage. You need a tactical vest? A bayonet that would clip neatly onto an M-4? Bill Fulton was your man. "We do bad things to bad people," his company jackets said. Fulton was also a go-to guy for Republican politicians who occasionally needed to reach out to the far right fringes of the party -- those who spent weekends in the woods in camo gear and considered the Second Amendment an expression of divine intent.
Barack Obama is laying out a revolutionary agenda for his second term, and he’s calling up his heaviest artillery to enforce the transformative presidency delayed in the first. The campaign to confirm Chuck Hagel will be no campaign for the fainthearted summer soldiers who know only small-caliber combat. The emerging White House strategy is to repeat and repeat the canard that anyone who criticizes the president and his agenda is a racist, probably a Klansman and maybe even a conservative. If the canard is repeated often enough, some people will believe it, even if they’re mostly people who believe it already.
Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., denies taking a bribe from a Utah businessman who claims the Senate Majority Leader was to use his influence to deflect federal regulators from investigating the Utahn’s business. Jeremy Johnson claims that he agreed to pay Reid $600,000 in 2010 to make a federal investigation go away. “The truth is the worst thing I think I’ve done was I paid money knowing it was going to influence Harry Reid,” Johnson told the Salt Lake Tribune. “So I’ve felt all along that I’ve committed bribery of some sort there.” Reid denies the accusation.
For the first time since Social Security´s cash crisis in 1983, the program can´t afford to pay full benefits for its youngest crop of new retirees through life expectancy, government data show. The hastening of the Social Security Trust Fund´s demise to 2033 means that workers just becoming eligible for Social Security at age 62 face steep future benefit cuts if they live to the average life expectancy, now about 84.
Fernando Almeda, who moved to south- central Chile’s Curico valley from his native Spain two decades ago to pursue his love of winemaking, says the Andean nation is a paradise for vintners. Its Mediterranean-like climate is well suited to growing grapes, while the Andes mountain range to the east and Atacama Desert to the north provide natural barriers against pests. And as Chile comes closer to becoming a developed nation, it cultivates a growing number of consumers who can afford the quality of wine produced by Miguel Torres Chile vineyards, where Almeda works as technical director,
Gen Sir Richard Shirreff, the deputy Nato commander in Europe, conceded that the Afghan army have “deficiencies and gaps” but said they are now “stepping up to the plate”. He said that security is improving and that insider attacks by members of the Afghan security forces are not “deflecting us from our task”. [Snip] “That doesn’t mean to say they are completely there. I completely acknowledge that there remain deficiencies and gaps in terms of combat support, issues with administration, issues with leadership and command. But all these are areas that can be put right.”
Trenton — A city man was shot in the pelvis during a scuffle with two armed robbers last night, police said. The 38-year-old victim was walking behind the 600 block of Liberty Street just after 9:30 p.m. when the two men approached him, Lt. Steve Varn said today. He refused to hand over his belongings and began to fight with the suspects. “The struggle ensued. During that time the suspect was shot,” Varn said. The attackers fled, leaving the wounded man behind. He was taken to Capital Health Regional Medical Center and was in stable condition, police said.
Washington - Could former Rep. Anthony Weiner be preparing for a political comeback? The Democrat´s latest filing with the New York City Campaign Finance Board, published Tuesday, may send some subtle messages. His mayoral campaign committee, created ahead of his unsuccessful bid for the Democratic nomination in 2005, reported spending just one dollar shy of $37,000 in the last six months. It brought in $27,400 in the same period, largely through a transfer from a previous political committee. Should he decide to run, Weiner now has nearly $4.5 million cash on hand - a start for a
Retail sales for Christmas 2012 were significantly weaker than expected, with sales in November and December increasing only 3 percent, missing a forecast of a 4.1 percent gain, the National Retail Federation reported today. The federation, which is hosting a gathering of more than 27,000 retailers from around the world this week at the Javits Center in Manhattan, said the results proved that all of the fiscal-cliff talk and economic uncertainty in December scared shoppers from spending.(Snip) The NRF called the increase "healthy," coming as it did on top of a higher base set in holiday 2011, when
A lung infection afflicting Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is controlled, and his health is progressing positively, the government said Sunday. "In spite of the delicate state of his health ... the general medical evolution has been favorable in recent days," it said in a statement that was published by state news. Read more: Chavez supporters take loyalty oath as president misses inauguration The government added that the president, who is undergoing cancer treatment in Cuba, is conscious and in contact with his family and his political and medical advisers.
DETROIT — Chrysler made the new Dodge Dart a little too European for American tastes. And the company´s CEO says that fact is holding back sales of Chrysler´s first innovative small car in years. The Dart, unveiled with much fanfare at last year´s Detroit auto show, is off to a slow start after going on sale in May. Only 25,000 were sold last year, which CEO Sergio Marchionne concedes is below his expectations. Chrysler, owned by Italy´s Fiat, had touted the sleek compact as the perfect blend of aggressive American styling and Italian technology. It was supposed Link repaired by staff.
A school district in Wisconsin said they will review a high school diversity class that exposed students to radical leftist thinkers and promoted a critical race theory that alleges white people are oppressors. (Snip) The “American Diversity” class was taught to students at Delavan-Darien High School in Wisconsin, Fox News has learned. “They’re teaching white guilt,” one parent told Fox News. “They’re dividing the students. They’re saying to non-whites, ‘You have been oppressed and you’re still being oppressed.’” The parent, who asked not to be identified, has an 18-year-old son who was enrolled in the class and became
Praise government! Just hours after the federal bureaucracy went over the “fiscal cliff” on New Year´s Day, President Obama voiced approval for an emergency Congressional bill to save us all. Yes, ailing American families and businesses will pay more in taxes. But that´s what it takes for big government to avoid real budget cuts, for now. As soon as the beltway bandits raise the federal debt ceiling above $16.4 trillion in February, runaway deficit spending can continue unabated. Hallelujah! All sarcasm aside, American taxpayers are holding the short end of the stick again. The media wants us to believe Source corrected by staff.
WASHINGTON — Federal immigration agents were prepared to arrest an illegal immigrant and registered sex offender days before the November elections but were ordered by Washington to hold off after officials warned of "significant interest" from Congress and news organizations because the suspect was a volunteer intern for Sen. Robert Menendez, according to internal agency documents provided to Congress. The Homeland Security Department said last month, when The Associated Press first disclosed the delayed arrest of Luis Abrahan Sanchez Zavaleta, that AP´s report was "categorically false".
Adam Carolla hardly seems the professorial type. The podcast king doesn´t smoke a pipe, wear patches on the elbows of his sports jackets or extol the virtues of socialism. Still, Carolla´s life story offers plenty of lessons for his fellow Americans. After all, he went from being "Not Taco Bell Material" to a New Media trailblazer. Carolla shares some reasons why he evolved beyond a less than idyllic childhood as part of the newest course from Prager University. It´s all about internalization, learning from one´s mistakes without blaming everyone else but you.
Newport, NH - The New Hampshire Association of Chiefs of Police plans to give away 31 firearms, including several semi-automatic weapons, in a raffle to raise money for a youth training academy. The chiefs´ association said it´s selling 1,000 tickets for $30 each to anyone 18 or older hoping to win "some of today´s most popular N.H.-made sporting firearms" during the raffle scheduled for May. (Snip) But he said the association is following the law and raising money for a good cause. The raffle was organized before the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in which 26 people died,
A day before President Barack Obama is scheduled to release Vice President Joe Biden´s recommendations to curb gun violence in the United States, the National Rifle Association told U.S. News and World Report that they have seen membership grow by 250,000 in the month since the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. (Snip) Politico reported membership had grown by more than 100,000 five days ago. The NRA says that when Politico reported the story, membership was close to 200,000, but the number has drastically grown in just five days.