During a panel discussion on Wednesday´s NBC Today, attorney Star Jones and the network´s chief medical editor Nancy Snyderman hyperventilated over Britain´s Prince Harry revealing in interviews that he killed Taliban fighters during combat in Afghanistan. Jones fretted: "Why do you need to antagonize the Taliban?" [Listen to the audio or watch the video after the jump] Snyderman chimed in: "I thought he jumped the shark when he was shown playing video games and then it was, ´Oh my God, we killed people.´" Co-host Matt Lauer sparked the exchange by wondering:
A number of former soldiers have spoken out against the move because of the tough logistical life of fighters on the front line, even though many outsiders see Defense Secretary Leon Panetta´s decision to lift the ban on women serving in combat positions as a progressive move. Some have spoken out about how the move ignores some of the realities of war, like disgusting unhygienic conditions and the way that soldiers are sometimes forced to change in front of one another, in favor of gender equality. One wrote a letter in the Wall Street Journal describing the conditions
Beyoncé has been pictured in New Orleans, for the first time since her lip-synching controversy. The singer shared the image of herself at Mother´s restaurant on her Instagram page, as reports emerged that she decided to mime at President Obama´s inauguration because she was saving her voice for her upcoming Super Bowl performance in the city. According to Marine Corps Band director Colonel Michael Colburn, Beyoncé was in the process of preparing for her Super Bowl performance when it came to rehearsing for the inauguration. Scroll down for video
Washington- The chair, perhaps the most famous chair in political history, stands in the office of a large, nondescript cement building just a stone´s throw away from the U.S. Capitol. That´s right, the chair Clint Eastwood used as a prop in his rambling and at times incoherent critique of President Barack Obama at the Republican National Convention is now one of the many pieces of political memorabilia in Reince Priebus´ spacious office on First Street in Washington. The chairman of the Republican National Committee gets the joke; the chair is the first thing he points out to a reporter
Santa Ana Unified, the only Orange County school district with its own police force, says that certain officers are trained to use department-issued assault rifles, but none of the high-powered guns or other weapons is stored on campuses. (Snip) The Fontana Unified School District in the Inland Empire is storing 14 Colt 6940 rifles in locked safes on its campuses, to be used by the school district´s police department in the event of a campus attack, Superintendent Cali Olsen-Binks said this week.
Republican Senators and Congressmen thought they finally had a chance to cross-examine Secretary Clinton Wednesday on the Obama administration’s failure to provide adequate security for our Benghazi consulate. They thought they could grill her about what happened both before the attacks that killed our ambassador and three others and the failure to mount rescue operations once the attacks began. Instead, the Secretary turned the tables and chastised Congress for failing to provide adequate funding to protect our people.
In the next leg of President Obama´s perpetual campaign, he and Vice President Biden plan to hit the road and tour the country pushing their new gun ban ideas as the political season heats up. Just ahead of inauguration day, VP Biden finished chairing his special Commission on Gun Violence and now he plans to appear in Richmond, Virginia before an organized anti-gun audience to campaign for his "gun violence" recommendations. Biden will join Virginia´s Democrat Senator Tim Kane at this, the first campaign-style event planned for Friday, January 25. Both will rally to push Obama´s anti-gun message.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Thursday will celebrate the launch of a newly rebranded organization called the “100,000 Strong Foundation,” which aims to have 100,000 American students studying in China by 2014. Thursday´s event will "underscore the importance of study abroad in China and the benefits to our strategic relationship with China as well as the personal benefits individuals receive through these exciting experiences," the news release said. Until now, the 100,000 Strong Initiative -- announced by President Obama on his trip to China in 2009 -- has operated inside the State Department.
In the aftermath of the terrorist attack on the U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11, five State Department Diplomatic Security agents who were in Benghazi that day and survived the attack were evacuated from the country and taken to Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany. All five had suffered from smoke inhalation, and one was seriously wounded. Under questioning from Sen. Ron Johnson (R.-Wis.) in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton revealed that she has spoken to only one of the American survivors who was evacuated from Libya
More and more, Fox News´s left-leaning contributor Kirsten Powers is becoming a must-see analyst on the network. Appearing on The O´Reilly Factor Wednesday, Powers said, "I think liberals because they are so used to controlling all the media...when they hear things that don´t jibe with what they want to hear, it´s very disconcerting and unsettling" (video follows with transcript and commentary): BILL O’REILLY: Personal Story segment tonight: New study out of George Washington University says that liberal people using the internet are less tolerant than conservative net users are. Also 71 percent of Americans younger than 25 believe
French investigators were due Thursday to question Dominique Strauss-Kahn as part of their probe into allegations that the disgraced former IMF chief procured prostitutes for sex parties. The summons, confirmed by legal sources, for interrogation in Lille came after a court the northern city in December rejected a request that the pimping charges against him be dismissed. Strauss-Kahn last month agreed a financial settlement with a New York hotel maid who had accused him of sexual assault in a 2011 case that forced him to resign from his IMF job and wrecked his chances of becoming French president.
NORFOLK A drearily familiar dialectic is on display here: Government is behaving badly in order to silence protests of other bad behavior. It is violating the Constitution’s First Amendment, stifling speech about its violation of the Fifth Amendment, as it was properly construed until 2005. Founded in 1934, Central Radio maintains communication, sonar and camera equipment on vessels at Norfolk Naval Station. The business is in a building designed for its needs near the waterfront. Link repaired by staff
If President Obama is expecting his conservative adversaries to roll over and accept his agenda for a second term, he is badly mistaken. It has become clear since his inauguration speech Monday that strong elements on the right will challenge Obama just as aggressively as they did during his first term and in some cases even more forcefully. (Snip) House Speaker John Boehner said he is "up for the fight" against Obama. Boehner told the Ripon Society, a group of moderate Republicans, that the president´s goal is to "annihilate the Republican party ... to just shove us
With Wednesday´s hearing, Hillary Clinton played her uniquely dramatic role in the one shovel-ready project in Obama´s America -- the Benghazi memory hole. She spent the day burying the whole sordid Benghazi mess. Don´t expect the media to exhume it. They have already started chastising those who try. (snip) But this was not her first memory hole, nor even her biggest. On the night of July 17, 1996, she stayed up well past her bedtime to start digging the mother of all memory holes.
In hindsight, there were early hints that Boston´s citywide challenge to collectively lose one million pounds in a year faced slim odds. In June, a mere two months after the challenge began, the city kicked off "Fitness on the Plaza," a series of free exercise classes for the citizenry to work off its blubber. But the same week in the same place—City Hall Plaza—Boston tempted the sweet tooth by hosting the annual "Scooper Bowl," billed as the nation´s largest all-you-can-eat ice-cream festival, offering delicacies from Rockin´ Poppin´ Cotton Candy to Hunka Chunka PB Fudge. "A little mixed messaging," concedes Nick Martin,
Rochester police are investigating a burglary in which a Rochester man used an assault weapon to chase two burglars from his home. The Rochester Police Department Chief James Sheppard said during a press briefing Wednesday afternoon that two male suspects entered the home at 442 Congress Avenue just after midnight Tuesday morning. (*SNIP*) One of the roommates retrieved his legally-owned AR-15, a semi-automatic rifle, and once confronted, the suspects ran out of the house. The roommates then called 911. AR-15’s are considered assault weapons.
FONTANA, Calif, - The semiautomatic rifles look like they belong in a war zone instead of a suburban public school, but officials in this Los Angeles-area city say the high-powered weapons now in the hands of school police could prevent a massacre. Fontana Unified School District police purchased 14 of the Colt LE6940 rifles last fall, and they were delivered the first week of December — a week before the Connecticut school shooting. Over the holiday break, the district´s 14 school police officers received 40 hours of training on the rifles.
In one of his last acts as Secretary of Defense, Leon Panetta today will revoke the last of the policies that prevent women from serving in combat arms. Make no mistake about it: this action isn’t about civil rights, equal opportunity, or any of the laudable things America has done in the past fifty years to remove false barriers within the military. This is different. It’s a purely political act that will make our military — and the military families liberals claim to venerate — much weaker than they are today. Panetta is acting in response to feminists’ demands
The Sierra Club has announced its approval for a "one-time" use of civil disobedience. The civil disobedience is intended to step up their efforts to oppose the Keystone pipeline. Many of the other groups opposing Keystone have been engaging in civil disobedience as a tactic, including arson-based ecoterrorism. This will be the first time in the Sierra Club´s history that they have approved violating the law. In a January 22, 2013 press release, the Sierra Club states: The Sierra Club Board of Directors has approved the one-time use of civil disobedience for the first time in the organization’s 120-year history
It´s not always easy being rich, as Phil Mickelson reminded us the other day. There are taxes to pay—apparently lots of them—and the price of a tank of jet fuel seems to go up every day. A million dollars a week just doesn´t go as far as it used to, now that the wealthy are paying more in taxes. For Mickelson, things have gotten so bad that he´s thinking of moving from California so the state doesn´t get a cut of the $47 million that Golf Digest estimates he made last year. Thankfully, it´s not quite to the point
As a teen in the 1960s, I idolized Jim, my slightly older street-smart cousin who lived in a tough area of Baltimore. Murders were common at the bar on the corner from his home. I was Jim´s nerdy, naïve preacher´s-kid cousin who visited from suburbia. Sleepovers at Jim´s home in the city were exciting. "Downtown, where all the lights are bright..." You know the song. Walking from the Yakamee joint, "Casanova" Jim coached, "Just say you love them."
Several Republicans spent Wednesday grilling Secretary of State Hillary Clinton about the terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, which killed U.S. ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) assailed Clinton for failing to read diplomatic cables requesting more security at the consulate, claiming that it was a fireable offense. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) suggested that administration officials had deliberately misled the American people by initially claiming that the attack had started as a spontaneous riot. As Johnson repeatedly pressed her on why she hadn´t discovered
The empty chair that incurred the wrath of Clint Eastwood during the actor´s monologue at the Republican National Convention this summer has found a home at the party´s headquarters in Washington, D.C. The unadorned wooden chair sits in the office of Reince Priebus, Chairman of the Republican National Committee. Mr Priebus pointed out the chair to a reporter in a recent interview before the GOP chief launched into a lengthy explanation of his party´s need to change their messaging strategy. A CNN report on Wednesday revealed where the chair ended up after it was launched to stardom at the Republican
LITTLE DOWNHAM, U.K.—Britain is dispatching a band of skilled killers to an island off the Argentine coast on a boat carrying a lethal arsenal. No, not to repeat the Falklands War. This time, it is to attack a problem that has been brewing in a remote British overseas territory for more than 200 years: rampaging rats. Specialists from the U.K. are calling it the world´s biggest rat cull. The location is the glacial island of South Georgia in the Atlantic, about 1,200 miles east of the tip of South America. The problem: the island is overrun with the rats
Tiger Woods still stands colossus-like at the top of golf´s rich list, but nobody else earned as much as Rory McIlroy on the world´s fairways in 2012. Just one player came remotely close to the spectacular $15.583m prize money accumulated by the Holywood star in a year which saw McIlroy (23) win five times and establish a commanding lead over Woods in the world rankings. That man was Brandt Snedeker, but the $15.427m he earned directly from playing golf last season included the $10m bonus the American received for winning the US Tour´s FedEx Cup in September.
They will never been seen by the millions on street level that will pass through New York City for years to come. But on the beams, walls and stairwells of the skyscraper that replaces the twin towers lost on September 11, 2001, are moving graffiti tributes which have been left by construction workers. They´re remembrances of the 2,700 people who died in the terror attack and testaments to the hope that rose from a shattered morning. The words form the graffiti of defiance and rebirth, what ironworker supervisor Kevin Murphy calls ´things from the heart.´ ´Freedom Forever. WTC 9/11´