Sarai Sierra, the New York mother who disappeared in Turkey while on a solo trip, took several side excursions out of the country, but stayed in contact with her family the entire time, a family friend told ABC News. Turkish media reported today that police were trying to establish why Sierra visited Amsterdam and Munich. Police were also trying to establish the identity of a man Sierra, 33, was chatting with on the Internet, according to local media. Rachel Norman, a family friend, said the man was a group tour guide from the Netherlands and said Sierra stayed
A leading GOP Hispanic group has a message for Republicans as Congress begins debate on immigration: Watch your language. The Hispanic Leadership Network, a center-right group looking to woo Latinos to the GOP, sent Republican congressmen of all stripes a list of suggested "Dos and Don´ts of Immigration Reform" Monday afternoon. The memo was obtained by The Hill. "Tone and rhetoric will be key in the days and weeks ahead as both liberals and conservatives lay out their perspectives. Please consider these tonally sensitive messaging points as you discuss immigration, regardless of your position," Hispanic Leadership Network
QUESTION: There was a very -- one noteworthy difference between what the group of senators is proposing today and what was in that 29-page blueprint on the White House website, and that is that the bipartisan group proposes the path to citizenship be conditioned on tighter border control measures. Now, does the President accept that kind of a linkage would have to come to get a deal? JAY CARNEY, WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY: First of all, I think you glided over a very important aspect of this, which is that the set of principles put forward
Ronaiah Tuiasosopo´s side of the Manti Te´o hoax will be heard later this week. The "Dr. Phil" show will air an interview with Tuiasosopo in two parts, Thursday and Friday, USA Today Sports reported. Tuiasosopo spoke with Dr. Phil McGraw last week. Tuiasosopo reportedly created a false personality that Te´o, a Notre Dame linebacker, interacted with by phone and online. News of the alleged girlfriend´s death made national news last fall, but Te´o eventually learned that "Lennay Kekua" never existed.
“In 1986 Ronald Reagan granted amnesty to 3 million people,” Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., told a Martin County Republican Women’s group in 2009, “You know what happened, in addition to becoming 11 million a decade later? There were people trying to enter the country legally, who had done the paperwork, who were here legally, who were going through the process, who claimed, all of a sudden, ‘No, no no no , I’m illegal.’ Because it was easier to do the amnesty program than it was to do the legal process.”
New York University PhD candidate Sean Taylor has published a series of new maps based on Facebook figures that show a surprising social and geographical breakdown of NFL fans. About 35 million people on Facebook have ´liked´ one of the 32 NFL teams, or roughly one out of every ten Americans. Those numbers now show a divided country loaded with random fan clusters and holdouts. Not since the Civil War has the nation and states looked so fractured.´Technically this was all quite trivial, mostly just aggregating users by teams and geography,´
It´s a good thing our federal government is going on a strict spending diet to curb its out-of-control borrowing. Otherwise, the latest piece of spending legislation passed Monday worth more than $50 billion might have been substantial. Good grief! Remember -- how can any of us forget? -- that long, hard fight President Obama just staged to squeeze more taxes out of wealthy Americans? The top 2% wealthiest already pay 45% of the taxes. But Democrat Obama felt they needed to pay their "fair share."
Last night on FOX News, political analyst Charles Krauthammer explained that he was delighted after he heard Obama’s recent comments about FOX News and talk radio. “I love to hear the president whine about FOX News and talk radio,” he said adding that “I think we ought to be proud of the fact that we annoy him so much.” Krauthammer explained that the liberals behind the media at ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, PBS, MSNBC, currently held a monopoly that reached newspapers, magazines, and Hollywood. “On the other side, (you have) talk radio, FOX News,” he added.
At least eight people were shot across Chicago overnight, including two men wounded at a West Side gas station where a clerk was slain last summer, authorities said. The men, 31 and 34, were sitting in a car in front of the gas station in the 3300 block of West Washington Boulevard in East Garfield Park around 10:30 p.m., according to police. Someone parked a van in the street, got out, walked up and shot them, police said. They were taken to Stroger Hospital and were expected to survive, police said.
Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina pledged last night on Fox News to block President Obama´s secretary of defense nominee, Chuck Hagel, until Leon Panetta testifies on the Benghazi terror attack:"All right, Senator Hagel has been nominated by the president for secretary of defense. How are you going to vote on that one?" Fox host Greta Van Susteren asked Graham. "It will depend on what he says on the hearing Thursday. But the one thing I´m not going to do is vote on a new secretary of defense until the old secretary of defense, Leon Panetta,
Just What is Obama´s idea of a "Fair Shot?" This is a passage we get from the Presidential website entitled Giving Everyone a Fair Shot: So what does that mean for restoring middle-class security in today´s economy? Well, it starts by making sure that everyone in America gets a fair shot at success. The truth is we´ll never be able to compete with other countries when it comes to who´s best at letting their businesses pay the lowest wages, who´s best at busting unions, who´s best at letting companies pollute as much as they want.
Plans for a £50 million ($80m) Earthquake early warning system for California have been unveiled. The ShakeAlert system, which has taken ten years to develop, would give a minute´s warning of a major quake. Experts say this would give residents critical time for residents to ´duck and cover´ and for utilities to power down. It uses a network of 2,000 quake-detecting instruments now in place up and down the state. Its backers say it could warn emergency workers and the public as much as a full minute before a big quake ruptures the ground along any of the faults
There is no war on terror for the Obama White House, but there is one on Fox News. In a recent interview with The New Republic, President Obama was back to his grousing about the one television news outlet in America that won’t fall in line and treat him as emperor. Discussing breaking Washington´s partisan gridlock, the president told TNR,"If a Republican member of Congress is not punished on Fox News...for working with a Democrat on a bill of common interest, then you’ll see more of them doing it."
Arizona Sen. John McCain partnered with liberal Democrat Ted Kennedy in 2005 to offer illegal immigrants a pathway to citizenship, then allied with border security hardliners during a tough 2010 Republican primary. "Complete the danged fence," McCain cracked in a widely publicized television spot. Less well known is the equally dramatic pivot by Marco Rubio, from 2010 candidate who dismissed McCain’s proposal as “amnesty,” to U.S. senator who on Monday championed reforms McCain said had “very little difference” from his previous plan, which became the blueprint for failed legislation
A vandalised home covered with red spray paint and smashed windows, sits vacant in an east side neighborhood of Detroit. The street used to be a busy hub of families, but its occupants have fled their homes leaving whole blocks empty and dark. The city´s budget problems have deepened to such an extent that it could run out of cash in a matter of weeks or months and ultimately be forced into what would be the largest-ever Chapter 9 municipal bankruptcy filing in the United States. Signs of decline are everywhere in Detroit--crime is rising with the murder rate of
Two weeks ago when President Obama annnounced his new executive actions on gun control surrounded by children and Vice President Joe Biden he said, "Studies estimate that nearly 40 percent of all gun sales are made by private sellers who are exempt from this requirement.” From the Washington Post fact checker:Earlier this week, we gave this claim a “verdict pending.” We said we faced a bit of a conundrum because the 40 percent statistic was based on a single, relatively small survey of 251 people from nearly two decades ago — Headline, Link corrected by staff
Francois Hollande was left picking up the pieces after France was sent into a state of shock as his labour minister described the nation as "totally bankrutpt. Michel Sapin was left red-faced after revealing the potential state of the French economy and leaving the French public to question Mr Hollande´s policy. Speaking during a radio interview, he said: "There is a state but it is a totally bankrupt state. That is why we had to put a deficit reduction plan in place, and nothing should make us turn away from that objective." The comments were not intentional although they come
This morning I heard Rand Paul, the Junior Senator from Kentucky, deliver an angry message to his colleagues. The subject was their failure to obey their own rules. He mentioned their failure to pass a budget in nearly four years. But his outrage was really triggered when he received a six hundred page bill to be voted on later that day. It contained some last minute provisions that nobody but Harry Reid is aware of---to the extent that Harry is aware of anything but his own vast ego and lust for power. It contained copious
"When you go swimming, it’s much healthier to keep your whole body completely covered, you know.” The Muslim lady behind the counter in my local pharmacy has recently started giving me advice like this. It’s kindly meant and I’m always glad to hear her views because she is one of the few people in west London where I live who talks to me. The streets around Acton, which has been my home since 1996, have taken on a new identity. Most of the shops are now owned by Muslims and even the fish and chip shop and Indian takeaway
To hear Sarah Palin tell it, big things lay ahead for Sarah Palin. Just days after the former Fox News contributor and one-time Gov. of Alaska revealed that she would not renew her position at the conservative-leaning network, Palin granted an interview to ultra-conservative website Brietbart.comin which she explained the motives behind the split.(Snip)The former Alaska governor even found time to take a shot at Mitt Romney when assessing just how President Obama was reelected. “The problem is that some on the right are now skittish because of the lost 2012 election. They shouldn’t be. Conservatism didn’t lose.
As regular readers will know--and the trolls will confirm--I am not exactly a "small government" conservative. I believe that Government has a role to play in a healthy society, and in investing and promoting what the market alone will not. That said, dealings with the US federal government here in Washington DC are enough to test the patience of an entire congregation of saints. Yesterday morning, my children’s school was closed until 11am--and all federal offices in DC shut ´til noon--because of what the Washington Post’s “Federal Eye” blog described as “the possibility of icy conditions for the morning commute”.
CAIRO -- Egypt´s army chief warned Tuesday of the "the collapse of the state" if the political crisis roiling the nation for nearly a week continues. The warning by Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, who is also defense minister, were the first comments by the powerful military since the country´s latest crisis began last week around the second anniversary of Egypt´s uprising. They came days after President Mohammed Morsi ordered the army to restore order in the Suez Canal cities of Port Said and Suez - two of three cities now under a 30-day state of emergency and night curfew.
The bodies of dozens of young men, all apparently summarily executed, have been found in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, rebels and activists say. At least 56 bodies were found on the banks of the Quwaiq river in the rebel-held district of Bustan al-Qasr, the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported. Most had their hands tied behind their backs and gunshot wounds to the head. Video footage of the gruesome discovery was posted by activists on YouTube. It showed a large number of bodies--a voice on the tape said there were 59--strewn in and around the
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. — Researchers say they may have the final clues needed to solve the mystery of the Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley, which never resurfaced after it became the first sub in history to sink an enemy warship, taking its eight-man crew to a watery grave. Scientists said Monday that the Hunley apparently was less than 20 feet away from the Housatonic when the crew ignited a torpedo that sank the Union blockade ship off South Carolina in 1864. That means it may have been close enough for the crew to be knocked unconscious by the explosion,
"On day one of our bill, the people without status who are not criminals or security risks will be able to live and work here legally."With those words, Democratic Sen. Charles Schumer, who moments earlier had heaped effusive praise on Republican colleagues standing with him in the Senate press room, made it infinitely more difficult for many GOP lawmakers to sign on to the bipartisan immigration proposal put forward by the so-called Gang of Eight
What if, during the presidential campaign, Mitt Romney had accused President Obama of wanting to let servicewomen serve in combat? After all, Obama had hinted as much in 2008. What would Obama´s response have been? My hunch is that he would have accused Romney of practicing the "politics of division" or some such and denied it.In any case, wouldn´t an open debate have been better than putting women into combat by fiat?