On Wednesday’s broadcast of Laura Ingraham’s radio program, Speaker of the House John Boehner repudiated Hillary Clinton’s efforts during testimony on Wednesday to blame Congress for the Benghazi fiasco. “We gave them all the money they asked for to make sure that our diplomats and our employees around the world were safe.” Boehner said. “It’s clear that her own people in Libya asked for additional security, and it’s also clear their request was rejected, and I think the secretary needs to explain why. In all, it’s all part of our bigger concern
In the House hearing on Benghazi on Capitol Hill today, Hillary Clinton argued that she and President Obama had not obfuscated on the true nature of the Benghazi attack. “I said the very next morning that it was an attack by heavily armed militants,” Clinton said. “The president said that morning it was an act of terror. At the same time, however, I was dealing with protest against our facilities that were clearly connected to that video.” Yes, Obama did use the phrase “acts of terror” in his remarks on September 12, but phrased in
Size does matter - and two New Jersey men are suing to prove it. The pair have sued Subway, saying the world´s biggest fast-food chain has been shorting them on its so-called footlong sandwiches. The filing made Tuesday seeks compensatory damages from the company and a change in practices. Plaintiffs´ lawyer Stephen DeNittis says the company should either make their sandwiches 12 inches long or stop advertising them as footlongs. DeNittis, the lawyer for the plaintiffs in the New Jersey suit, said he´s seeking class-action status and is also preparing to file a similar suit in Pennsylvania
Senior defense officials say Pentagon chief Leon Panetta is removing the military´s ban on women serving in combat, opening hundreds of thousands of front-line positions and potentially elite commando jobs after more than a decade at war. The groundbreaking move recommended by the Joint Chiefs of Staff overturns a 1994 rule banning women from being assigned to smaller ground combat units. Panetta´s decision gives the military services until January 2016 to seek special exceptions if they believe any positions must remain closed to women.
The number of people in work has reached a record high after another fall in unemployment, it was revealed today. Almost 30million adults were in a job by the end of November--up by more than half a million on the previous year. The figure is the highest since records began in 1971, despite the damage done to labour markets by the double-dip recession. The news will boost the Coalition Government, which has been under fire over its handling of the economy and the slow pace of recovery from the financial crisis. Unemployment fell by 37,000 in the latest quarter Headline resplit by staff.
Prince Harry tonight admitted he ´doesn´t know what normal is anymore´ after arriving back in the UK from his second tour of Afghanistan. The Apache co-pilot gunner has been on post-deployment ´decompression´ at a British military base in Akrotiri, Cyprus, since leaving Helmand province on Monday night. Harry landed at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire on a regular personnel flight but did not travel on with his unit, 662 Squadron, 3 Regiment Army Air Corps, to their base in Wattisham, Suffolk. The 28-year-old said a seven-year-old girl was shot down by insurgents on his final day on tour, adding:
WASHINGTON -It´s shaping up to be one of the trickiest decisions President Obama will have to make early in his second term: whether to approve construction of the 1,700-mile Keystone XL oil pipeline, stretching from Alberta, Canada, to Oklahoma. Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman, a Republican, on Tuesday endorsed a revised pipeline route through his state, removing a final hurdle for the $5 billion project on the state level. Governors and congressional delegations from the four other states it crosses have already pressed for federal government approval. The fate of the project now rests squarely with the Obama administration,
Moody Air Force Base in Georgia has been placed on lockdown amid reports of an unspecified threat. Details of the situation remain sketchy, but all traffic into and out of the base has been stopped. In a statement on its Facebook page, base officials said: ´At approximately 1:25pm today the base activated lockdown procedures due to a perceived threat. Emergency personnel responded to the situation immediately and the scene is secure. ´No casualties have been reported. As a safety measure, the base is still on lockdown. More information will be released as it becomes available.´
There are many incompetent people in the world. Dr. David A. Dunning is haunted by the fear that he might be one of them. Dunning, a professor of psychology at Cornell, worries about this because, according to his research, most incompetent people do not know that they are incompetent. On the contrary. People who do things badly, Dunning has found in studies conducted with a graduate student, Justin Kruger, are usually supremely confident of their abilities -- more confident, in fact, than people who do things well. "I began to think that there were probably lots of things that I was bad at, and I didn't know it," Dunning said. Headline resplit and Content added by staff.
It was not exactly a bravura performance today from the Secretary of State, who testified this morning before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. Hillary Clinton came across as defiant, evasive, blasé, and at times hugely unconvincing when answering questions from Republican Senators about the death of four Americans at the hand of Islamist terrorists in Benghazi last September, including the assassination of the US Ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens. After listening to several hours of Mrs. Clinton defending her administration’s handling of the Benghazi debacle, including UN Ambassador Susan Rice’s preposterous suggestion on Sunday morning talk shows
The nature of modern warfare requires troops more than ever to be multi-skilled and, above all, versatile. And as this stunning collection of pictures shows, those qualities are possessed in no small part by the United States Air Force. The images range from a fleet of F-16s taxiing on a runway in South Korea while preparing for a wartime mission and a triumphant flyby over an American football game to firefighters tackling a cargo plane fire and a snoozing airman having a well-earned nap during training. They were chosen by a team of Air Force journalists and photographers
Three years ago he hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons as a string of affairs were revealed, but it appears that disgraced golf star Tiger Woods may have been tamed by new love, champion skier Lindsey Vonn. The pair apparently began seeing each other in November last year, and the shamed golfer is pulling out all the stops to ensure this relationship goes the distance, unlike his marriage. Shockwaves were sent through the sporting world in December 2009 when it was revealed that Tiger had cheated on his wife Elin Nordegren with a string of women.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton´s voice cracked today as she was grilled during the long-awaited Senate hearing about the fatal attack on the American consulate in Benghazi on September 11. She grew emotional at one point as she discussed the four American victims of the Benghazi attack, saying the incident is not just about ´policy, it´s personal.´ ´I put my arms around the mothers and fathers, the sisters and brothers, the sons and daughters and the wives left alone to raise their children,´ she said, her voice shaking. ´I stood next to President Obama as the Marines carried those flag-draped
After Republican Senator Ran Paul told Secretary of State Hillary Clinton he would have removed her from that office were he president, ABC´s Terry Moran fired off this tweet: (tweet) Translation: How dare he question the next president of the United States! This is classic mainstream media tactical deflection. In order to take the spotlight off Hillary not reading the cables (which is why Paul criticized her) from our Libyan consulate requesting more security, Moran wants to make Paul the issue. You see, Paul´s question and statement of fact doesn’t matter, because Paul´s resume is more important. Headline resplit by staff.
Move over Cliff and Clair Huxtable: Barack and Michelle Obama have replaced the star characters of the 1980s TV hit "The Cosby Show" as the role model for love, romance and marriage among blacks, according to a new study. "The Obamas picked up where the Huxtables left off, except this is no act," according to the study in the scholarly journal "Ethnicities" and conducted by experts from Louisiana State University and Norfolk State University. The Obama´s have been idolized for the style and politics by supporters, but this is the first time their "love"
Senate Democrats on Wednesday said they will move a budget resolution through the Budget Committee and onto the Senate floor for the first time in four years. Senate Budget Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray (D-Wash.) said the decision had nothing to do with the House’s debt-ceiling bill, which would withhold senators’ pay if they failed to pass a budget by April 15. The "no budget, no pay" bill is scheduled for a vote on Wednesday. “Senate Democrats plan to move on a budget resolution regardless of whether the House
President Obama has “no concept” of the U.S. Constitution, despite his previously being a constitutional law professor, Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA) told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Rather, he said, the president upholds the constitution of our old Cold War foe. “I think my role is to uphold support and defend our Constitution,” Broun said. “The Constitution I uphold and defend is the one I carry in my pocket all the time, the U.S. Constitution.” Obama on the other hand? Not so much. “I don’t know what Constitution that other members of Congress uphold, but it’s not this one,” he added.
White House press secretary Jay Carney on Wednesday defended Secretary of State Hillary Clinton´s assertion that the administration´s initial claims the Benghazi attack was the result of a violent protest — rather than terrorism — made no "difference" in the big picture of the tragedy. Carney, speaking to reporters at the White House daily briefing, said Clinton was referring to "an obvious political obsession over a series of talking points that again bears no relevance on the central issues" around the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.Clinton spent the morning detailing
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney on Wednesday defended Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s statement before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that it doesn’t make a difference what administration officials first said in explaining how Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans were slain in last September’s attack in Benghazi, Libya. Carney told reporters at the daily press briefing that there has been an “obvious political obsession over a series of talking points” that bears no relevance to the essential issues at stake.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Wednesday lashed out over the claim that the administration misled Americans about the nature of the Libya terror attack by asserting that it was the result of a protest, raising her voice during a Senate hearing and asking: "What difference, at this point, does it make?" Clinton, in what may be her final set of testimony as secretary, pointedly challenged Republican Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson when he claimed the department could have "easily" determined what happened that night by interviewing staffers who were evacuated.
WASHINGTON – The House voted Wednesday for a short-term debt ceiling fix that would extend the country’s borrowing authority until May – while also applying a controversial provision that would suspend lawmakers’ pay if they don’t pass a budget by April. The bill passed on a 285-144 vote. The measure, if approved by the Senate, would buy lawmakers some breathing room to hammer out details for a more permanent solution. The White House said it would sign the bill if it cleared Congress. Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid indicated his
Rep. Diane Black (R-Tenn.) marked the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion nationwide, by announcing at a press conference her reintroduction of legislation to ban all abortion providers from receiving any federal funds, including Planned Parenthood. “Over the last 40 years, more than 55 million babies have been aborted,” Black said on Tuesday on Capitol Hill at the conference focused on Roe v. Wade. “Last year alone, more than one million babies were aborted in the U.S.,” she said. “One fourth of the more than one million abortions last
Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX) has introduced a bill to repeal the "Gun-Free School Zones Act" of 1990 (updated in 1995) on the grounds that mass shootings at schools have increased five-fold since its passage. The "Safe Schools Act of 2013" (H.R.35), co-sponsored by Rep Broun, Paul C. [GA-10] notes that the 1990 "gun-free" law has made schools unsafe because "shooters now know that they can victimize American school campuses with no fear that victims will be armed." Stockman´s bill notes that there have been 10 school shootings killing at least four people each in the 22 years
American Prospect editor Harold Meyerson writes in today’s Washington Post: “We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change we seek,” candidate Barack Obama said in 2008. At the time, his comments came in for criticism: They were narcissistic; they were tautological; they didn’t make a whole lot of sense. But in the aftermath of Obama’s 2012 reelection and his second inaugural address, his 2008 remarks seem less a statement of self-absorption than one of prophecy. There is an Obama majority in American politics, symbolized by Monday’s throng on the Mall, whose existence
The family of Junior Seau has sued the NFL, claiming the former linebacker´s suicide was the result of brain disease caused by violent hits he sustained while playing football. The wrongful death lawsuit, filed Wednesday in California Superior Court in San Diego, blames the NFL for its "acts or omissions" that hid the dangers of repetitive blows to the head. It says Seau developed chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) from those hits, and accuses the NFL of deliberately ignoring and concealing evidence of the risks associated with traumatic brain injuries.
John Mackey, the feisty CEO of Whole Foods, says Obamacare is “fascist economics” and he regrets having said it, even though he insists — correctly — that it’s a textbook case of Mussolini-style corporate statism. Private property continues to exist, but the state controls all business. That’s why the fascists called their totalitarian system a “third way” between unbridled capitalism and Soviet-style Communism. Back in the twenties and early thirties, before German National Socialism became the archetypal “fascist” doctrine, Mussolini’s call for a new kind of national economy intrigued many serious thinkers and leaders, including Franklin Delano Roosevelt.