A bomb-sniffing Army dog has been denied burial in a national cemetery, despite having served nine tours of duty in Afghanistan. Mina, a Labrador retriever, was honorably discharged at age 11 with the rank of sergeant and then adopted by his brother in battle, Army Sgt. Corey McCourt. Last week, Mina was euthanized at 13 after suffering a debilitating lung ailment. As McCourt continues his service duties, his mother June Etlinger got the job of finding a proper burial for Mina. McCourt asked that Mina be buried in Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly, Michigan.
Washington women have not gone unnoticed in the R-rated GQ list of the "100 Sexiest Women of the 21st Century." Both former first lady Laura Bush and her daughter Jenna make the cut as does first lady Michelle Obama, or at least her famously-toned arms. The February issue just out also gives top billing to Washington´s latest sensation, the lip-syncing Beyonce, but not for her voice. Obama´s inclusion isn´t a big surprise: The media has been gaga over her "guns" for years. GQ called her arms "assault weapons," and put her in the "spousal hot"
President Barack Obama fired General James Mattis, the head of Central Command, without even calling the general to let him know he was being replaced. "I am told that General Mattis was travelling and in a meeting when an aide passed him a note telling him that the Pentagon had announced his replacement as head of Central Command. It was news to him -- he hadn´t received a phone call or a heads-up from anyone at the Pentagon or the White House," Thomas E. Ricks reports. In another post, Ricks says Mattis was fired because:
Houston´s Four Seasons Hotel is suing the NAACP, claiming the association owes the hotel almost $100,000, apparently for a summer banquet. The lawsuit claims that the NAACP owes the Four Seasons $99,597 for various unpaid charges from July to November for an event held at the downtown hotel, according to a petition filed in Harris County District Court on Jan. 16. The suit alleges that the payment was due on Nov. 27 and remains unpaid after a second request for payment in December of last year. An invoice submitted as evidence shows banquet charges of $34,401 and $39,909
LOS ANGELES—Secretary of State Hillary Clinton exploded in anger when she testified before congress about Benghazi. Four brave Americans were murdered, and four months have elapsed without any meaningful corrective action. In what may have been an unscripted outburst, Hillary asked "what difference at this point would it make?" as to why Ambassador Chris Stevens and a pair of Navy SEALs were murdered. Hillary defenders went into damage control. The war room from the 1998 impeachment battle was reignited. Hillary obviously cares about murdered Americans and bringing the killers to justice.
CHICAGO, Illinois - A new Cold War is brewing here in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood and it has nothing to do with the zero-degree temperature. The apartment building at 832 E. 57th Street was once the Chicago home of a boy who would become a President. No, it’s not Barack Obama of Hawaii. It was here at the apartment’s first floor window that a young Ronald Reagan looked out upon the world. But some powerful Chicagoans are planning to demolish Reagan’s historic home. Is it politically motivated? Is Mayor Rahm Emanuel behind the move?
An influential GOP donor said Friday that Republicans should do more to make sure that gay men and lesbian women do not fall victim to the sort of Shariah law practiced by hard-line Islamists. Foster Friess, the the multimillionaire who helped keep Rick Santorum´s presidential dreams afloat in the GOP primary last year, told reporters at a breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor that he wants to make sure that gay people are not killed in foreign nations because of their sexual preference. Asked whether the Republican Party should embrace gay marriage, the 72-year-old investment manager said,
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton confirmed this week that several employees who were "removed" from their positions in the wake of the Libya terror attack are still being paid and have not actually left her department. But she also gave a surprising answer when asked why: Her hands are tied, she said. Amid complaints from lawmakers that no government official has really been held accountable for missteps in the run-up to the attack, Clinton claimed current federal regulations limit what disciplinary actions can be taken.
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama violated the Constitution when he bypassed the Senate to fill vacancies on a labor relations panel, a federal appeals court panel ruled Friday. A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit said that Obama did not have the power to make three recess appointments last year to the National Labor Relations Board. The unanimous decision is an embarrassing setback for the president, (Snip) The Obama administration is expected to appeal the decision to the U.S. Supreme Court, but if it stands, it means hundreds of decisions
During his Senate confirmation hearing on Thursday, Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) said the intelligence reports he got about the Sept. 11, 2012 attack on the consulate in Benghazi, Libya, which killed four Americans, showed there were no protests at the facility. His remark was in response to a question by Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.), a member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations where Kerry was chairman before his nomination to replace Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State. Johnson asked, “How soon did you know there were no protests, I mean, because it’s pretty obvious
The regulatory forecast for Wall Street is in — the cold snap’s over and it’s going to be hot with an increased chance of enforcement actions. That outlook popped up on the radar screens yesterday after President Obama nominated Mary Jo White, a tough-as-nails former prosecutor, as the head of the Securities and Exchange Commission. If confirmed by the Senate, White, who wiped the Teflon from John Gotti by winning a murder conviction against the mobster, would be the first prosecutor to lead the securities regulator. “We need to keep going after irresponsible behavior in the financial industry
Gov. Bobby Jindal will give a rebuttal to President Barack Obama´s inaugural speech Thursday at the Republican National Committee´s winter meeting in Charlotte, N.C. In his remarks, he lays out seven things he believes the GOP must do to "win elections and lead America." Jindal´s seven keys to GOP success include: - We must stop looking backward - nostalgia is good, but aspiration is better. - We must compete for every single vote - leave behind the 47 percent idea and compete for 100 percent of the American electorate.- We must reject identity politics - demography is not destiny;
Can the Super Bowl be a platform for same-sex marriage? Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo hopes so, and dreams of celebrating a victory in New Orleans two Sundays from now by dancing with Ellen Degeneres. According to New York Times columnist Frank Bruni, Ayanbadejo awoke early Monday morning after his team´s surprise victory over the New England Patriots to write an email message to "Brian Ellner, a leading marriage-equality advocate with whom he had worked before, and Michael Skolnik, the political director for Russell Simmons, a hip-hop mogul who has become involved in many issues, including same-sex marriage."
Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.), one of the Republicans most vulnerable to a conservative primary challenge, will retire in 2014 rather than seek a third term. The news was first reported by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.Two Republican House members, Paul Broun and Tom Price, were considering campaigns against Chambliss. Former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel was also interested in the race. Despite his largely conservative record, Chambliss has attracted conservative ire for his interest in bipartisan compromise. His recent public break with anti-tax advocate Grover Norquist earned him particular scrutiny. He also struggled in the 2008 election,
It´s a good bet that no matter where you are on the political spectrum-liberal, conservative, libertarian or something else-you want men and women in government to be honest, humble, fair, wise, independent, responsible, incorruptible, mindful of the future and respectful of others. But you may be holding profoundly contradictory views without realizing it. This is the bottom line: The bigger government gets, the less likely it will attract men and women who possess those traits we all say we want. Have you noticed how mean and nasty campaigns for high office have become?
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists is recommending that physicians routinely screen women and adolescent girls for "reproductive and sexual coercion." This power-trip behavior by men, according to the Feb. 2013 issue of Obstetrics and Gynecology, includes explicit attempts to impregnate a partner against her will or force her to have sex against her will; control the outcome of a pregnancy by forcing its continuation or abortion; and sabotaging birth control methods by "hiding, withholding, or destroying a partner´s oral contraceptives; breaking or poking holes in a condom on purpose or
A renowned fashion editor was not impressed with Michelle Obama´s behavior leading up to the Inaugural Ball. The first lady reportedly asked between 15 and 30 designers to submit looks before going with this red Jason Wu number, which was kept secret. "Mrs. Obama isn’t an indulged starlet primping for the Oscars, nor should she behave like one," writes Bridget Foley, executive editor of Women´s Wear Daily. "Women everywhere have big events for which they select a single dress in advance of the moment." Michelle Obama´s behavior is high-maintenance compared with that of first ladies´ past,
WASHINGTON -- A federal appeals court has ruled that President Barack Obama violated the Constitution when he bypassed the Senate to fill vacancies on a labor relations panel. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit says Obama did not have the power to make recess appointments earlier this year to the National Labor Relations Board. Obama claims he acted properly because the Senate was away for the holidays. But the court says the Senate technically stayed in session when lawmakers gaveled in and out every few days for so-called "pro forma" sessions.
Six GOP lawmakers on Tuesday introduced a proposal to make Pennsylvania, the “Keystone State,” the nation’s 25th right-to-work state. The legislation, which would end the longstanding practice of forcing employees to join unions as a condition of work, has stalled several times over the past decade. The bill’s sponsors say new laws in Michigan and Indiana forced the state’s hand. “The needs of our economy dictate that it must be adopted at some point in time,” said state Rep. Daryl Metcalfe. “The victory of right-to-work in Michigan and Indiana certainly thrust the spotlight on it and made the
CINCINNATI - The consumer advocacy group Consumer Action is urging people to be on alert for so-called checkout fees some retailers could begin to impose on credit card transactions starting Jan. 27. Merchant trade groups contend most retailers, fearing customer backlash, will not charge the fee. But Consumer Action wants cardholders to be aware of the possibility and options for fighting back. "We´re not sure whether retailers are going to charge these fees," said Ruth Susswein, deputy director of national priorities at Consumer Action in Washington, D.C. "They may not for competitive reasons.
Ministers today admitted Britain is facing "very, very grave difficulties" after figures showed the economy did not grow at all in 2012. Both George Osborne, the Chancellor, and Danny Alexander, the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, said they do not underestimate the scale of the challenge but insisted the Goverment is on a "path of repairing our public finances". Despite their optimism, City analysts warned that the economy is still "in crisis", more than four years after the financial crash of autumn 2008. Economists from the Royal Bank of Scotland said the last four years have produced the worst
PORTLAND- The City of Portland had one of their largest illegal immigrant bailouts this week, when 26 immigrants from Guatemala were captured and turned over to the U.S. Border Patrol. It happened just after 2 a.m. Wednesday on Highway 181, near the Wildcat exit. Portland Police Officer Weldon Wright said he was watching a couple of vehicles going through town and decided to check their license plates. That´s when one of them took off at a speed of over 100 miles an hour. The officer concluded that the vehicle was trying to keep him from
A judge has been holding secret hearings in the case of the man convicted in the 2001 killing of intern Chandra Levy. Court records show the hearings have taken place behind closed doors but neither prosecutors nor defense lawyers have revealed the purpose of the sessions. A spokesman for the U.S. Attorney´s office, which is handling the case, didn´t immediately return a call seeking comment Friday. Several media organizations, including The Associated Press, are petitioning to open the proceedings. The next hearing takes place on February 7 in D.C. Superior Court.
Vintage photos show the behind the scenes testing that was underway in the U.S. during the space race in the 1960s. Black and white pictures compiled by San Diego Air And Space Museum show Bill Elkins, a chief engineer at Garrett AiResearch, modeling Advanced Extravehicular Suit (AES), a long-endurance lunar suit he developed for astronauts to wear to the moon. Mr Elkins shows off the suit in a collection of photographs as he tests the suit for flexibility. Though Elkins´ creation beat out four other space suit manufacturers to secure a contact with NASA,
As his second inaugural address made clear, U.S. President Barack Obama is committed to taking action to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions and thus to confront the threat of climate change. There are plenty of bad objections to taking such action, and we will be hearing a lot of them in the weeks and months to come. Yet one criticism -- let us call it the Sophisticated Objection -- deserves respectful consideration, not least because answering it will help us to specify the steps we ought to be taking. Those who make the Sophisticated Objection acknowledge that