West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin fears a full-court-press from the media on gun control, according to the leader of a gun-rights group who met with him Tuesday afternoon in his Charleston, W.Va. office. Writing on Facebook, West Virginia Citizens Defense League president Keith Morgan described Manchin’s reaction when he contended that Congress would not renew a federal-level “assault weapons ban” or create new limits on the capacity of ammunition magazines. (Snip) “Senator Manchin told me,” Morgan wrote, “what the media will do if Congress (including the US House of Representatives)
Jerusalem - Long-strained ties between Benjamin Netanyahu and Barack Obama sprang to the fore of Israel´s election campaign on Wednesday after the U.S. president was quoted as criticizing the prime minister´s character. Less than a week before a January 22 ballot that opinion polls predict the right-wing Netanyahu will win easily, Israeli media highlighted a U.S. commentator´s column on Obama and questioned whether the Democratic president was trying to sway the vote. Netanyahu´s office declined comment on Tuesday´s unsourced column by Bloomberg´s Jeffrey Goldberg, which described Obama as frustrated at West Bank settlement building that has deepened Israel´s diplomatic
The killing of Osama bin Laden was touted as the beginning of the end of Al Qaeda (the term "war on terror" having long since been abandoned). Yet as the nation´s capital prepares for President Barack Obama´s second inauguration, Al Qaeda is opening new fronts, including ground assaults on French forces in Mali and, today, the kidnapping of foreign workers at a natural gas facility in Algeria, which borders Mali to the north. French troops are preparing to fight Islamist guerillas in northern Mali, which has been turned into a virtual Al Qaeda state following the
In the days before Barack Obama’s first inauguration in 2009, Washington’s hotels were not only sold out but had been sold out for weeks. Rooms weren’t available at any price. On January 18, 2009, the Washington Post reported that “all but 400 or so of the District’s 29,000 hotel rooms were booked.” Finding one of those 400 rooms was a daunting challenge — and even they were gone by Inauguration Day. Now, as Obama prepares for his second inauguration amid lessened hope and enthusiasm for his presidency, it’s easy to find a room.
The pilot who crashed his helicopter into a newly-built tower in central London, killing himself and a second person on the street below, was today named as experienced aviator Pete Barnes. He had requested to divert via Heathrow air traffic control and land at Battersea Heliport, due to bad weather conditions, when the helicopter hit a construction crane at the top of the tower near Vauxhall Bridge at 8am. Mr Barnes, 50, who flew a helicopter for James Bond film Die Another Day and had been an air ambulance pilot, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Liberals booed God at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte last year after skittish party officials reinserted a mention of him in the platform. Nothing has changed since then. The latest secularist push of the party is to remove God from the inauguration. Prominent liberals are questioning the use of the Bible for the presidential oath and the use of prayers in the ceremony. They have already made some progress in their demands. In 2009, Obama upset them by selecting vaguely conservative pastor Rick Warren to deliver the invocation. But this year Obama has chosen a
Newark — The jobs of 34 Star-Ledger employees — including nearly 10 percent of the newsroom — are being eliminated in the first large-scale layoffs in the history of the state’s largest daily newspaper, publisher Richard Vezza said this morning. Eighteen part- and full-time staffers in The Star-Ledger´s newsroom of 195 employees are expected to be laid off today, along with 16 positions in other departments. The totals include 19 full-time employees and 15 part-time positions. In a letter posted shortly after 8 a.m. today throughout the newspaper´s Newark offices, Vezza called it a difficult day,
Pennsylvania gun owners threatened to boycott the state´s largest hunting and fishing expo Tuesday after organizers announced that they would ban the display and sale of assault rifles at this year´s show. Reed Exhibitions, a British-based company that runs the Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show in Harrisburg each February, notified vendors of the change in policy over the last several days, a company representative confirmed to The Inquirer. The presence of so-called assault weapons and high-capacity magazines might have served as "a distraction" from other aspects of the event in the wake of the recent school shootings
Politics: President Obama threatened Social Security checks would be delayed if Congress didn´t play ball on the debt ceiling. Once again, he turned pensions into a political football. There are ways to stop this. Americans should know: Social Security payments won´t be affected by debt-ceiling talks, and Obama knows it. Still, it´s not as if the Social Security system is healthy. In a Page 1 story Monday, IBD´s Jed Graham reported that 2013 marks the first year new Social Security retirees will outlive the trust fund. Their benefits will be slashed 25% as the system goes bust in 2033.
This from the technical chartists at RBS, for those who like entrails and soothsaying. [Snip][ Wall Street is at a key juncture. If the S&P does not push through this line, it is likely to break down for a while. They predict a reversal. There are plenty of triggers. The US is going into a Triple Witching Month in March: the federal government shutdown, the debt-ceiling, and the spending cuts from sequester. A nasty brew. On the other hand, look at the US money supply in this chart from Paul Ashworth at Capital Economics:
Taxpayer-funded PBS is planning a week-long series of programs focused on the murders committed last December at a Newtown, Connecticut elementary school. The series will begin on February 18. The programs, to be gathered under the rubric "After Newtown," will "continue the public conversation" by focusing on many aspects of the incident. Such issues as gun laws, mental illness, school security, and violence in society and the media will be featured in this series of programs meant to explore the crime. Several PBS news-style programs will participate in the series. Among them will be "Frontline,"
Algiers, Algeria — Algeria´s state news agency says there has been a second fatality, a British citizen, in the militant attack on a natural gas complex in the desert. The agency cited provincial officials for news of the death, which came after an early morning attack by Islamists. The militants are holding an undetermined number of foreigners hostage. Six other people have been wounded.(Snip)The Algerian Interior Ministry said heavily armed gunman in three vehicles attacked the complex early Wednesday morning. Militants have claimed the attack is in revenge for Algeria´s support of France´s intervention against rebels in Mali.
Despite Obama´s promise to cut unnecessary regulations, his administration issued $236.7 billion in new rules in 2012. According to a report by the American Action Forum, headed by former Congressional Budget Office Director Douglas Holtz-Eakin, the direct costs of the regulations force American businesses to waste 87 million man-hours to fill out regulatory paperwork. Adding Obama´s 2012 regulatory costs to that of the rest of his first term adds up to a total of $518 billion in new costs forced onto an already anemic economic recovery. This onslaught of new regulations comes even after Obama was
If you’re into good government, the advantage of having wealthy Senators or cabinet members is that they might be less likely to position themselves for a big K Street cashout afterwards. The disadvantage: wealthy people have many, large, diverse investments, thus creating many conflicts of interest. Senator and Secretary of State nominee John Kerry, for instance, owns shares in a Canadian company standing to profit from construction of the Keystone Pipeline, in many green-energy companies that could profit from global climate-change agreements, and in Brazilian oil giant Petrobras, which receives U.S. subsidies. This Boston Globe article
Human beings are almost universally receptive to impartial facts, and people will therefore support any course of action that is inherently right and effective. If the truth were on the side of the enemies of the Second Amendment, they would not need to lie to the public along with fellow members of Congress. The Brady Campaign has a long track record of using distorted statistics to deceive the American people, including well-meaning donors
What does one do when confronted with the mandatory task of negotiating a deal with someone who is demonstrably dishonest, driven solely by ego and only interested in embarrassing you? You don´t negotiate with them. You place your best offer offer on the table and walk away leaving the decision to accept or refuse in the hands of your adversary. The Republicans in the House are now in that circumstance regarding raising the debt ceiling.
They have been engaged for two years, and Jessica Simpson has revealed she and Eric Johnson have set two separate wedding dates. However the star admitted that she hasn´t had the opportunity to walk down the aisle - because both times she then fell pregnant. ´We´ve had two different wedding dates, but he keeps knocking me up,´ she said when she appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on Tuesday night. ´We´re doing it very backwards, I know... I´ll just keep my legs crossed, I guess, this time.´ (Snip) ´Apparently it was a part of God´s plan for my
Presidency: "I´m a pretty friendly guy," President Obama said after suggesting Republicans plan to contaminate food, crash planes and let terrorists build nuclear bombs. "Friendly"? Not the word that comes to mind. ´If congressional Republicans refuse to pay America´s bills on time, Social Security checks and veterans´ benefits will be delayed," President Obama claimed at his much-ballyhooed "Final Press Conference of His First Term" on Tuesday."We might not be able to pay our troops," Obama warned. "Food inspectors, air traffic controllers, specialists who track down loose nuclear material wouldn´t get their paychecks." Even the left doubts Obama´s phony claims.
British pop star Elton John and his partner David Furnish have become parents for a second time, they confirmed on Wednesday. The couple told Hello! magazine that they were "overwhelmed with happiness" at the birth of their son Elijah Joseph Daniel Furnish-John, who was born in Los Angeles on Friday to a surrogate mother. "Both of us have longed to have children, but the reality that we now have two sons is almost unbelievable," they said. The couple´s first son Zachary was also born via a surrogacy arrangement in California in 2010. "The birth of our second son completes our
The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg has an eye-opening piece for Bloomberg that reveals in stark terms what President Obama really thinks of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, as well as Israel itself. As The Telegraph’s Middle East correspondent Robert Tait reports: The damning assessment of the Israeli prime minister, relayed by senior White House officials to an American journalist, Jeffrey Goldberg, is the most graphic sign yet of the toxic relationship between the two men, who have clashed continually over the stalled Middle East peace process.
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - After the buzz of his multimillion-dollar sponsorship deal and a fight over the European Ryder Cup captain, Rory McIlroy is looking forward to actually playing some golf again. The world´s top-ranked golfer and PGA Championship winner leads a star-studded field at the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship that also includes Tiger Woods, No. 5 Justin Rose, Ernie Els and Martin Kaymer. McIlroy signed a lucrative sponsorship deal with Nike this week and then led the charge to support of Paul McGinley in his successful campaign to become Europe´s Ryder Cup captain for 2014.
Wondering if the administration is "against senseless violence and slaughter, or it isn´t," People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is making an 11th hour pitch to President Obama to include a hunting ban in his gun control measures to be unveiled Wednesday. "Americans´ views are evolving on many issues, from same-sex marriage to gun control, and the time is right to reconsider the dangerous message that the practice of killing animals for fun is acceptable and should even be protected," Tracy Reiman, PETA´s executive vice president said in a letter to Obama.
The president of the United States will release a binder full of new gun-control executive orders on Wednesday. Instead of standing alone, bearing full responsibility for the imperial actions he is about to take, President Obama will surround himself with an audience of kids who wrote to him after the Newtown, Conn., school massacre. This is the most cynical in Beltway theatrical staging — a feckless attempt to invoke "For the Children" immunity by hiding behind them. What has happened to the deliberative process in this country? Public debate in Washington has deteriorated into Sesame Street sing-alongs.
President Barack Obama’s deputies have quadrupled the number of signatures that petitioners on the administration’s “We the People” website must collect to get an official response from the White House, following a series of popular, provocative and disrespectful signature drives by his critics. Some of the petitions sought approval for states to secede after Obama’s re-election, while others called on the White House to disavow executive orders that restrict gun rights, or to deport CNN’s British-born, progressive host Piers Morgan.
President Barack Obama’s spokesman is downplaying venomously anti-Semitic statements by Egypt’s new Islamist president, who said that Jews are “apes and pigs” and must be hated by Muslim children. Egypt’s president, Mohammed Morsi, “has demonstrated in word and deed his commitment to Egypt’s peace treaty with Israel. … He obviously worked with us to resolve … a ceasefire … — in the Gaza conflict last year,” spokesman Jay Carney said during the Jan. 15 White House press conference. U.S. policy is focused on Morsi’s actions, not words, Carney said.