European Union: U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron startled Europe by calling for a referendum on whether Britain should remain in the EU. It was a bid to sweeten Britain´s EU terms, but may open a genie bottle. Promising that if he is re-elected in 2015, a referendum on Britain´s membership with the EU will follow, Cameron´s gambit is in part a bid to pull the fast-growing United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) back into the conservative fold. But it´s also seen as leverage against Brussels to lighten Britain´s membership terms so that Cameron can get elected on a better economy for Britain.
The US defence department says it has begun laying off most of its 46,000 temporary employees, as automatic defence budget cuts loom in March. Deputy Defence Secretary Ashton Carter said the Pentagon was acting "because we´re running out of time" to absorb potential changes to their budget. $50bn (£32bn) in cuts are due this year under the so-called fiscal cliff. Lawmakers made a last-minute deal on 1 January to put them off for two months, but the ultimate outcome is undecided. Mr Carter said he was directing each military service to produce detailed plans by 1 February on reducing short-term
A 17-year-old boy who shot his sister and mother said that watching horror movie Halloween gave him the idea because he was ´amazed at how at ease the boy was during the murders and how little remorse he had´. Jake Evans´ disturbing four-page confession was released yesterday during his trial for the October 3 shooting deaths of his sister Mallory and mother Jami in their upscale home in a gated community of Aledo, Texas. The chilling confession spells out in intricate, matter-of-fact detail the thoughts and actions of the 17-year-old in the hours leading up to and during the inexplicable
Hillary Clinton’s testy “What difference at this point does it make?” response to Ron Johnson certainly had the media in awe, which as Allahpundit noted yesterday is both unsurprising and a little discouraging. These are supposed to be the people eager to “hold the powerful to account” and/or “comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable,” along with a lot of other platitudes about being a Fourth Estate that keeps government in check. Yet there they were yesterday, cheering on a government official for telling an oversight committee that promoting a false narrative either through incompetence or
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., hailed a federal court’s invalidation of President Obama’s so-called ‘recess appointments” as a victory for the balance of power, noting additionally that the ruling undermines the appointment of Obama’s top bank regulator. “The D.C. Circuit Court today reaffirmed that the Constitution is not an inconvenience but the law of the land, agreeing with the owners of a family-owned business who brought the case to the Court,” McConnell said in a statement. The Senate Republicans had joined the plaintiffs in arguing that the appointments —
The academic whose chart exposed the absurdity of Hillarycare spoke to Human Events about “Beating Obamacare: Your Handbook for the New Healthcare Law,” her new book about what you do not know about the President Barack Obama’s landmark Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. “‘Decoding Obamacare’ would be another good title for it, because there is a huge disparity between what the public has been told—particularly by the Obama administration—and what the law actually says,” said Betsy McCaughey, the former lieutenant governor of New York, whose research of the president’s healthcare reform uncovered
The smell of a freshly washed baby is universally acknowledged as one of the sweetest scents in the world. (Snip) But if you can´t be bothered with all that bathing before bedtime Italian fashion brand Dolce & Gabbana have bottled the smell so you can just freshen your little one up with a quick spritz. A perfume for infants might sound far-fetched but Dolce & Gabbana are just the latest brand in a long list to introduce a fragrance for babies. Theirs is a unisex product packaged in a minimal black and white design in keeping with the brand's chic Italian style.
The U.S. will lose access to critical materials used in military technology and the country’s electrical grid if the Obama administration approves the controversial sale of a bankrupt American company to a Chinese manufacturer, warns a former Defense Department official. The Wanxiang Corporation has moved to snatch up the failed A123 Systems enterprise that was financed in part with a $249 million taxpayer-funded grant to produce advanced lithium ion batteries. A decision is expected this month from the Treasury Department’s Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) as to whether it will approve the sale or reject
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.