Now that President Obama has been re-elected, the vaunted jobs council is about to meet its demise. The Obama administration’s original announcement of a jobs council back in 2011 surprised few observers of the partisan political scene; the council was obviously designed as a fig leaf to cover up the administration’s complete lack of direction on economic policy. During its two year existence, that fig leaf council has met just four times formally, and just 18 times informally for “listening and action sessions” – i.e. gobbledygook – in different locations around the country.
President Bashar al-Assad’s mother Anisa Makhlouf and other members of his inner circle have fled to the United Arab Emirates as the regime of the embattled president appeared to disintegrate, recent reports confirmed. Anisa has joined her daughter, Bushra, who had previously fled to Dubai, the London-based Asharq al-Awsat quoted Robert Ford, U.S. ambassador to Syria until the break of the relations between the two countries. Anisa, the widow of late president Hafez al-Assad, is believed to be in her late seventies.
A sinister airborne surveillance camera gives the U.S. military the ability to track movements in an entire city like a real-time Google Street View. The ARGUS-IS array can be mounted on unmanned drones to capture an area of 15 sq/miles in an incredible 1,800MP - that´s 225 times more sensitive than the camera on an iPhone. From 17,500ft the remarkable surveillance system can capture objects as small as 6in on the ground and allows commanders to track movements across an entire battlefield in real time.
New estimates from a Norwegian research project show meeting targets for minimizing global warming may be more achievable than previously thought. After the planet’s average surface temperature rose through the 1990s, the increase has almost leveled off at the level of 2000, while ocean water temperature has also stabilized, the Research Council of Norway said in a statement on its website. After applying data from the past decade, the results showed temperatures may rise 1.9 degrees Celsius if Co2 levels double by 2050, below the 3 degrees predicted by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
Conservatives instinctively ground all of their ideas and policies in time-tested philosophies of man and of government. Most successful Republican candidates also paint a picture of what they can do and how their ideas are better than their opponents. This is why people evoke the memory of Ronald Reagan so often; because he is the last Republican candidate for president to conduct his campaign explicitly and consistently within this framework.
Venezuela´s government is flat-out lying to its people about cancer-stricken President Hugo Chavez´s health, the country´s leading opposition figure charged Sunday. "The people are being told bald-faced lies about the situation the president is in," Henrique Capriles, who lost last October´s presidential race to Chavez, said at a ceremony in Miranda state of which he is governor. Longtime leader Chavez, 58, is convalescing from cancer surgery in Cuba and has not been heard from since his latest operation December 11. Venezuela´s government has said the absent leader suffered a lung infection following his treatment that he subsequently conquered. Link repaired by staff
All of Obama’s inauguration rabbis were members of the same radical leftist groups opposed to Israel and funded by George Soros. This isn’t a wacky coincidence because the J Street Rabbinic cabinet isn’t that big. Instead Obama deliberately picked three extremist left-wing clergy, “Rabbi” Rick Jacobs, “Rabbi” Julie Schonfeld and “Rabbi” Sharon Brous. Jacobs and Brous are or were members of the J Street Rabbinic Cabinet, an Anti-Israel organization funded by George Soros. The “Rabbinic” part is a name only as these people are not legitimate clergy, they are left-wing activists dedicated to the destruction of Israel and Judaism.
WASHINGTON — As President Obama prepares to lay out his immigration plan during a speech in Las Vegas on Tuesday, a group of bipartisan senators has reached agreement on a framework to overhaul the nation´s immigration system. The deal will be announced during an afternoon press conference Monday at the U.S. Capitol. The plan addresses border security, the ability of businesses to check a person´s immigration status and a streamlined process for future immigrants to enter the United States. It also opens a path to citizenship for the 11 million illegal immigrants currently living in the country.
Asked to explain the immigration reform plan that a group of eight bipartisan senators will unveil today, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., told ABC News‘ Sunday Martha Raddatz, “It’s not that much different from what we tried to do in 2007.” And he’s right, its not. Both plans grant immediate legalization to all non-criminal illegal immigrants in the country today. Both plans grant citizenship to illegal immigrants in the country today after they jump through a series of hoops. Both plans promise a new employment verification system. Both plans promise more border control spending.
Welcome to the 1,776-foot tower of hate. Shocking Daily News photos show bathrooms throughout 1 World Trade Center rife with repugnant graffiti — appalling scrawls that range from the N-word to sexist slurs and ethnic insults. “Whites only,” reads a Jim Crow-era taunt over the urinals in one bathroom of the 104-story building. Other anonymous offenders target President Obama — who visited the construction site just last June: “Where’s Obama’s birth certificate!!!!”The soaring symbol of American resilience now bears the markings of lowlifes. “It’s filthy, it’s shocking,” said Marie-Anne Sanchez, 37, who was visiting from Paris with her fiancé.
Congressman Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) made a comment on NBC´s Meet the Press Sunday that is guaranteed to raise eyebrows on both sides of the aisle. "If we had a Clinton presidency, if we had Erskine Bowles chief-of-staff at the White House, or President of the United States, I think we would have fixed this fiscal mess by now. That´s not the kind of presidency we´re dealing with right now." DAVID GREGORY, HOST: It was interesting on the day of the inauguration, Brian Williams and I and others were talking,
Editor’s note: With the Pentagon’s recent elimination of the ban against women serving in combat, Frontpage editors have deemed it important to reprint an article written by David Horowitz twenty years ago that now, for obvious reasons, proves extremely relevant to the issue at hand. [David Horowitz, "The Feminist Assault on the Military," Center for the Study of Popular Culture, October 5, 1992.]: For nearly two decades after the Sixties, the U.S. military remained the one institution that had withstood the baleful influences of the radical left. Now that the cold war is over,
SEVARE, Mali- Fleeing Islamist extremists torched a library containing historic manuscripts in Timbuktu, the mayor said Monday, as French and Malian forces closed in on Mali´s fabled desert city. Ousmane Halle said he heard about the burnings early Monday. "It´s truly alarming that this has happened," he told The Associated Press by telephone from Mali´s capital, Bamako, on Monday. "They torched all the important ancient manuscripts. The ancient books of geography and science. It is the history of Timbuktu, of its people."
Now that she´s moved back to Wyoming, speculation is growing that Liz Cheney, the GOP activist and daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney is interested in political office. Fans told Secrets that it began right after she returned to Jackson, Wyoming and sparked anew when the state Chamber of Commerce said she would address them next month. Much of the speculation focuses on a potential Senate run should GOP Sen. Mike Enzi, up for reelection in 2014, decide against a bid. GOP strategists say that the Cheney´s roots in Wyoming,
Over the weekend, Iowa Democrat Sen. Tom Harkin, 73, announced he would retire, after a mere five terms in the U.S. Senate. His departure creates the first open Senate seat in Iowa since 1974. The speculation about his replacement is focusing on three members of the U.S. House from Iowa – one Democrat, and two Republicans: Democratic U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley said Sunday that he is considering running for Harkin’s seat because supporters statewide have encouraged him to do so. The Republican speculation is likely to focus on U.S. Reps. Tom Latham and Steve King.
New Delhi -- An Indian news report says India has successfully tested a medium-range, nuclear-capable ballistic missile fired from an underwater platform in the Bay of Bengal. The Press Trust of India news agency says the missile would soon be ready for deployment on platforms, including a nuclear submarine. India´s Defense Ministry spokesman was not available for comment.
Did you see the ABC News interview with Democrat Sen. Bob Menendez? ABC News recently promoted Martha Raddatz to become its chief global affairs correspondent. On Sunday she interviewed Menendez, who is embroiled in a global affairs story of his own. Specifically, he is accused of having sex with underage prostitutes in the Dominican Republic. That story isn’t a mere accusation. It is supported with email trail evidence, among other things. During the entire six-minute interview, Raddatz never once asked Menendez about his global affair. Not one time. The obvious inference is, because Menendez is a Democrat,
Security officials in Iran have raided at least four newspapers and arrested several journalists in what appears to be concerted action aimed at intimidating the media in advance of the presidential elections in June. Sources in Tehran said reformist newspapers Etemaad, Shargh, Bahar and Arman were targeted by a group of plain-clothes officials who ransacked offices, filmed staff, confiscated documents and held several journalists. When the Guardian phoned journalists at Etemaad and Bahar in the evening, officials were still present in the offices and editors of the two newspapers could not be reached.
A report claiming that a mysterious blast rocked the Fordow uranium enrichment facility in Iran last week made headlines in Israel on Sunday, but remained unverified. According to the report, penned by former Iranian Revolutionary Guard, Reza Kahlili, for the WND.com website, the explosion “destroyed much of the installation and trapped about 240 personnel deep underground.” Kahlili, who says he turned CIA agent in the 1980s and 90s, cited a “source in the security forces protecting Fordow” as saying that the blast occurred last Monday at Fordow, which is located deep inside a mountain to protect it from aerial attack.
America´s top-grossing golfer Phil Mickelson drove himself into a bunker on Jan. 20 when he said that federal and California state tax hikes had made him contemplate making "drastic changes" in his life—including, it was widely assumed, moving to a no-income-tax state such as Texas or Florida. But he was only stating publicly what many professional athletes are mulling privately.(Snip) Last week, Lefty´s rival, Tiger Woods, acknowledged that he left California for Florida in 1996 when he turned pro because of the difference in state tax. California´s top marginal rate then was 9.3% for individuals earning more than $32,000.
Imagine you´re getting ready to head to church one fine Sunday morning and on your television you hear a man say, "Let´s give up on the Constitution." Such actually happened when CBS News Sunday Morning aired a rather inflammatory commentary by a Georgetown University law professor teased by host Charles Osgood asking, "Is the U.S. Constitution truly worthy of the reverence in which most Americans hold it?" (video follows with transcript and commentary): CHARLES OSGOOD, HOST: Is the U.S. Constitution truly worthy of the reverence in which most Americans hold it?
Barnes & Noble Inc. expects to shut down as many as a third of its retail stores over the next decade, Mitchell Klipper, chief executive of the company´s retail group, told the Wall Street Journal in an interview. "In 10 years we´ll have 450 to 500 stores," Klipper told the Journal. The company had 689 retail stores as of Jan. 23, along with a separate chain of 674 college stores. Even with 450 to 500 stores, "it´s a good business model," Klipper told the WSJ. "You have to adjust your overhead, and get smart with smart systems.
So who has cuter dimples? Swoon Journalist Steve Kroft or Mario Lopez? It´s a reasonable question to ask because the Extra host´s interviews of celebs like Angelina and Brad couldn´t have been any more of a puff piece than Kroft´s starry-eyed interview of President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Sunday´s 60 Minutes. A half hour of softballs were gently served up by Kroft who acted as if he were overjoyed to just bask in the glow of his interviewees who ate up almost all the time praising each other.
Fox News host Greta van Susteren isn’t taking lightly criticism from President Obama that her news network – along with conservative radio commentator Rush Limbaugh – is failing America by questioning his policies. In an interview with the left-leaning magazine, The New Republic, Mr. Obama faulted Rush Limbaugh Fox News for punishing Republican members of Congress for “working with a Democrat on a bill of common interest.” Ms. van Susteren blasted back: “Apparently, President Obama wants his usual media pass and Fox challenges his policies – which happens to be the