AIN AMENAS, Algeria (AP) -- Algeria´s special forces stormed a natural gas complex in the middle of the Sahara desert on Saturday in a "final assault" aimed at ending a four-day-old hostage crisis, the state news agency reported. It said 11 militants and seven hostages were killed. The report, quoting a security source, didn´t say whether any hostages or militants remained alive, and it didn´t give the nationalities of the dead. It said the army was forced to intervene after a fire broke out in the plant. The siege at the Ain Amenas plant, jointly run
Former New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin, who rose to national prominence by blaming the Bush administration for his own incompetence in preparing for and handling Hurricane Katrina, has been indicted by a federal grand jury, Gordon Russell of NOLA.com writes that the indictment contains: 21 counts of corruption, alleging that while in office, Nagin took cash bribes and gifts from three city contractors and used his power as mayor to leverage a granite installation contract from Home Depot
Hello, I’m Congressman James Lankford from the great state of Oklahoma. Tomorrow, President Obama will be sworn in for a second term. Though we disagree on many areas of policy, I join my fellow Americans in pledging to pray for the President, his family and our nation in the days ahead. During the last four years, our nation has faced difficult economic times. Millions of Americans are still out of work [Snip] In the long history of our nation, we have never increased spending and federal debt faster than we have in this period.
The Beaufort County (N. C.) Board of Commissioners...adopted unanimously a resolution calling upon the N. C. General Assembly to take necessary measures to nullify any Federal action within the State that infringes on the Second Amendment´s guarantee of the Right to Keep and Bear Arms...and to call for a constitutional convention.
On September 21, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke to reporters before a meeting with the Pakistani foreign minister. She addressed the September 11 assault on U.S. facilities in Ben-ghazi, Libya. “What happened was a terrorist attack, and we will not rest until we have tracked down and brought to justice the terrorists who murdered four Americans.” Clinton’s statement was notable. It was the strongest and most direct assessment of the attacks from any Obama administration official in the first 10 days after the deaths. By calling the incident a “terrorist attack,”
Hi, everybody. This week, I announced a series of concrete steps we should take to protect our children and our communities from gun violence. These proposals grew out of meetings Vice President Biden and his task force held over the last month with more than 200 different groups — from parents and teachers; to law enforcement and sportsmen; to religious leaders and mental health professionals. And in the weeks ahead, I will do everything in my power to make them a reality.
Connecticut’s chief medical examiner says he doubts toxicological tests and genetic analysis of the body of the gunman who fatally shot 20 children and six educators at an elementary school will explain his actions. The Hearst Connecticut Media Group reported that Dr. H. Wayne Carver II, who autopsied the body of the gunman Adam Lanza, said an examination of Lanza’s brain showed nothing unusual.(Snip)The toxicology exam, which could take several weeks, involves testing body fluids for psychiatric medications or illegal substances. Carver said the result could provide “potentially valuable information” in creating a full picture of Lanza.
A Deadspin.com report earlier this week asserted that Lennay Kekua, the alleged dead girlfriend of Notre Dame football star Manti Te´o, was a figment of someone´s imagination, and the name that Deadspin proposed as the mastermind behind the Kekua persona is Ronaiah Tuiasosopo.(Snip)The authors of the original Deadspin report assert that Tuaisosopo and Te´o know each other, a fact confirmed by Manti Te´o´s uncle, Alema Te´o. Alema Te´o runs the All-Poly football camp, a high school football camp in Salt Lake City, and a similar camp run in American Samoa on behalf of Troy Polamalu,
First owner George Burnett charged liberals a dollar more than conservatives at his Vernal, Utah smoothie shop.Now, another Utah business owner--evidently inspired by that political stand--has fired two employees for supporting President Obama. And it´s all completely legal. Burnett, the owner of I Love Drilling Juice & Smoothie Bar, started charging liberals a $1 more than conservatives for his smoothies. ´They’re costing us money,´ he told The Salt Lake Tribune about his left-leaning customers. ´So it only seems fair that I charge them a little bit more.´ His menu board above the register clearly states that liberals
Have you seen the photos of Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie incongruously prancing about like a couple of show ponies at the Brandenburg Gate? And receiving a bundle of gifts from the mayor of Hanover?[Snip]The pair of C-list royals are on a Chuckle Sisters trade delegation (stop sniggering at the back), banging the drum for Cool Britannia and larkily motoring about in the Union-flag Mini impounded for crimes against culture after the Spice Girls’ Olympic appearance. Not since Herbie went to Monte Carlo back in 1977 have we witnessed such a zany road trip. Nor such an excruciating, ill-conceived one.
All three broadcast network evening newscasts on Friday night ran short items on the federal corruption indictments against the bumbling former Mayor of New Orleans, Ray Nagin, but skipped his party affiliation, a fact Reuters considered newsworthy – if not until their sixth paragraph: “Nagin, 56, and a Democrat...” ABC anchor Diane Sawyer generously described Nagin as “the face of Hurricane Katrina...then the Mayor of New Orleans fighting for his city.”
LEICESTER, England—Norma Benathan burst into tears the first time she laid eyes on the ruins of Penrith Castle, in northwest England. More than half a millennium before, her personal hero and the former king of England, Richard III, lived at the 14th century royal fortress before heading into battle. Now, Ms. Benathan, a retired clerk who lives in Lancaster, is heading into battle herself—over where recently unearthed bones that may be Richard´s should be buried. Richard, who reigned from 1483 to 1485, is a hot topic again. One of the most controversial English royals—described as a murderer by some;
The House Energy and Commerce Committee released a report Thursday that shows much of the money in a Department of Energy renewable-energy grant program has gone to foreign companies and has failed to produce many jobs. “American Taxpayer Investment, Foreign Corporation Benefit” examined the grants the Department of Energy has awarded through its “Section 1603” green-energy grant program. “Nearly one-quarter of this federal grant funding went to the U.S. operations of a handful of large European and Asian renewable energy corporations,” the report said. The report also noted the lack of job growth:
Doctors are fighting to save the sight of the artistic director of Russia´s illustrious Bolshoi Ballet after a masked assailant threw acid in his face on a Moscow street, state media reported. Sergei Filin, 43, was approaching his home around midnight Thursday when the unidentified attacker flung the concentrated acid at him, causing severe burns to his face, the state-run news agency RIA Novosti reported Friday. It could take Filin at least six months to recover from the third-degree burns to his face and eyes, RIA Novosti cited Yekaterina Novikova, a Bolshoi spokeswoman, as saying.
In New Jersey, where Governor Chris Christie has said that relief measures for Hurricane Sandy should be “above politics,” non-union workers are now excluded from participating in cleanup and rebuilding efforts. That policy took effect when the New Jersey state senate voted on Monday to expand an existing labor-agreement law that has been on the books since 2002. According to the Jersey Journal, highways, bridges, pumping stations, and water and sewage treatment plants were not covered under the existing law, but the new bill includes them:
With unemployment stalled near 8 percent, it’s tempting to skewer President Obama over the embarrassing news that his Jobs Council hasn’t met for a solid year — 369 days, to be exact. And its future seems to be in limbo. That’s just as well. Jobs councils don’t create jobs, businesses do. The most lethal jobs-killer today is the uncertainty coming out of the White House. One-fifth of small-business owners expect to lay off workers this year, according to a recent index taken by Gallup. In fact, their overall outlook on hiring and firing
NEW ORLEANS — C. Ray Nagin, the former mayor of this city who fulminated against the federal government’s response to Hurricane Katrina but became for many a symbol of the shortcomings of government himself, was indicted by a federal grand jury on Friday on 21 counts including conspiracy, bribery and money laundering. The indictment detailed a wide-ranging scheme of kickbacks and pay-for-play of a kind not entirely unfamiliar in Louisiana history. Contractors and vendors looking for work with the city would provide the mayor with vacations, big checks and even free granite for his family business.
Earlier today, I wrote a lengthy critique pointing out the inconvenient fact that PolitiFact´s Lie of the Year -- "The Romney campaign´s ad on Jeeps made in China" -- turns out to be true. It involves a lot of complicated back and forth, so I encouage you to read that post if you´re not familiar with what´s going on. But the thrust of the matter is that the Romney campaign ran an ad saying that Jeep, the recipient of a taxpayer bailout, was going to start producing cars in China. Well, now PolitiFact has responded to my criticism, albeit obliquely,
When Algerian commandos initiated a raid Thursday to free hostages being held at a remote natural-gas complex, it was apparently a surprise to the top levels of the Obama administration as well as America’s key international allies. American workers were believed to be at the sprawling facility, and while details remain sketchy, U.S. officials said Friday that at least one American was killed. That Algeria didn’t inform the U.S.—much less collaborate with it—before launching the raid should come as no surprise. Since 9/11, both the Bush and Obama administrations have tried to cultivate a relationship with Algeria’s military,
I still lived in Austin, Texas in 1999. That summer, against all odds, Lance Armstrong, cancer survivor, new husband, father-to-be, won his first Tour de France in an impressive display of athleticism. He was a hero, an inspiration. When he returned to Austin, the city held a victory rally, in which park I can’t recall as Austin is loaded with large and picturesque gathering spots. A couple of friends and I went to the rally early to grab a patch of ground close enough to see Armstrong and his miracle-pregnant wife. It wasn’t all about Lance.
Jimmy Kimmel’s done a bunch of these on different subjects but the gag will never get old. It’s basically a psychological experiment in serial form, and a case study in why polls can never fully be trusted. Remember that Pew survey the other day showing how, even though most young adults don’t know what issue Roe v. Wade dealt with, nearly 100 percent of them had an opinion on whether or not the decision should be overturned? If you were confused about how that result is possible, let late-night comedy be your beacon towards the truth.(Video)
“[This was] one big lie that I repeated a lot of times.” — Lance Armstrong, in an interview with Oprah Winfrey that aired Jan. 17, 2013 It is fair to say that in more than three decades of reporting, The Fact Checker has never written a sports story. But The Fact Checker has written a lot about people who stretch the truth — or to put it less delicately, are liars. With Lance Armstrong’s confession to Oprah Winfrey that he used performance-enhancing drugs to repeatedly win the Tour de France multi-stage bicycle race, the question arises:
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit has upheld the Wisconsin union law that was the subject of massive protests in 2011, including a takeover of the State Capitol and widespread threats and acts of intimidation. The decision was unanimous in most respects. The full decision is embedded at the bottom of this post. Via JSOnline (h/t LibertyChick) A federal court of appeals on Friday upheld Wisconsin’s law repealing most collective bargaining for most public employees , handing a victory to Gov. Scott Walker and his fellow Republicans
Political trends come and go in response to events. Gun control was the rage during the Clinton administration, but over the past decade or so it became an obsolete cause. After the horrific crimes in Newtown and Aurora, though, it´s staging a comeback. One thing hasn´t changed: The agenda includes mostly measures that will have little or no effect on the problems they are supposed to address. They are Potemkin remedies—presentable facades with empty space behind them. This is something that supporters as well as opponents labor to conceal.