Karl Lagerfeld—Chanel designer, cat coddler, and Pippa Middleton–face detractor—has taken a startling contrarian stance on Michelle Obama’s new, undeniably (we thought!) adorable bangs. Lagerfeld addressed the First Lady’s hairstyle on Le Petit Journal, a French television show where he had been invited to discuss Paris Fashion Week. As an apparent aside, the ponytailed designer revealed, “I don’t understand the change of hair . . . Frankly, the fringe was a bad idea. It’s not good.”
From the looks of things, MSNBC thinks it did nothing wrong. On Tuesday it aired video with a graphics box talking about how gun rights advocates had “heckled” the testimony of Neil Heslin, the father of a 12/14 victim who participated in a hearing in Hartford, Conn., on gun violence. As the Erik Wemple Blog has argued, Heslin wasn’t heckled, unless you consider the act of responding to a question an act of heckling. After receiving complaints about its handling of the matter, MSNBC indicated it was reviewing the matter. That review apparently wrapped by Wednesday’s edition of “Bashir Live.”
While Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi was in Germany today hoping to attract European investors to put their money in his country, the situation in many cities throughout the most populous Arab country continued to deteriorate. Violence continued, not only in the area around Cairo’s Tahrir Square where the demonstrations that toppled Hosni Mubarak started two years ago, but also in cities along the Suez Canal. Opposition leader Mohamed ElBaradei called upon Morsi to hold a national dialogue and to form a government of national unity, but there is no indication that the Muslim Brotherhood leader
This week´s warm Washington temperatures had some thinking about rolling the Lawn-Boy out of the garage for the first cut of the year. And we all know what that means: Difficult starts due to E10 gas that gels when it sits. Now, according to a new study, cars and truck may face the same fate thanks to President Obama´s demand for a higher ethanol in the new E15 gas. The fuel industry´s American Petroleum Institute tested the 15 percent ethanol gas approved in 2010 and found it gums up fuel systems, prompts "check engine" lights to come on,
President Obama owes Israel a big thank-you for yesterday’s airstrike on a convoy of Russian-made missiles along the Syrian-Lebanese border. News dispatches from the region say that sophisticated SA-17 anti-aircraft missiles were being shipped to Hezbollah terrorists. With Syria coming apart and Islamists taking the lead among the anti-government rebels, the Israelis did the only sensible thing with the convoy: They took it out. In acting yesterday, Israel sent a healthy message not just to Hezbollah but to its sponsors in Tehran: Its red lines for military intervention are real.
Since abortion is a matter of life and death, politics ought to be secondary when we reflect on the issue. But political considerations aren’t trivial. Over the last 20 years, Democrats have captured the middle ground on abortion. Bill Clinton approximated the public mood by declaring that abortion should be “safe, legal, and rare.” Republicans, on the other hand, have found themselves embroiled in an awkward debate about whether rape victims should be required to carry their pregnancies to term. This asymmetry has been around as long as Roe v. Wade. But why should conservatives let Roe define them?
Infamous hoaxster Tawana Brawley — whose outrageous rape lie 25 years ago inflamed racial tensions nationwide — yesterday was finally slapped with a court order to settle a hefty defamation case against her. “For at least 25 years, she has been living a major lie,” said former Dutchess County prosecutor Steven Pagones, who was falsely accused of raping Brawley in 1987 and finally tracked her down, thanks to The Post. “To me, this has always been about responsibility and accountability,’’ added the former ADA, who won the $190,000 defamation lawsuit
ORLANDO, Fla.- Attorneys for the former neighborhood watch volunteer charged with shooting Trayvon Martin to death on Wednesday asked for more time to prepare his case, saying prosecutors had been slow to turn over evidence. At the same time, Zimmerman´s lead attorney, Mark O´Mara, renewed his request for donations to George Zimmerman´s legal defense, which he said could cost up to $1 million. "The state has virtually unlimited resources to prosecute George," O´Mara said on Zimmerman´s defense fund website.
Watching Congress take the final steps to pass Obamacare in March 2010 was a bitterly disappointing moment for the law’s opponents. They didn’t have to be told that what was being rammed through the House and Senate was the largest power grab by the federal government in at least a generation, with immense consequences for the nation’s economic vitality and political health. (Snip)Disappointing as these events were, they do not remotely constitute the end of the fight to repeal and replace Obamacare. Indeed, this is a fight conservatives couldn’t walk away from even if they wanted to,
"Israel Firster," "Jewish Lobby," "Fifth Column," and "Dual Loyalty" are several of the terms used to describe American Jews who care about Israel´s survival in the face of very real and imminently dangerous and existential threats to her long-term viability. And notwithstanding Colin Powell´s assertions to the contrary, the use of such terms on their face has always been considered anti-Semitic. But with the nomination of Chuck Hagel as Obama´s choice to head up the Pentagon, the mainstreaming of anti-Semitism has taken a new direction and may very well be here to stay.
As a professor at Georgetown University, secretary of defense nominee Chuck Hagel taught a foreign policy course based primarily on anti-Israel materials and far left manifestos that castigate America’s role in the world, according to a copy of Hagel’s 2012 course syllabus. Hagel, a former Republican senator from Nebraska, taught a Georgetown course focused on foreign policy since at least 2009 and planned to teach a similar course this year, according to the university’s records. Constructed on the premise that America’s global supremacy is waning, Hagel’s seminar featured writings that criticize America’s standing in the world, advocate in favor
Just because you might be expecting something doesn’t mean you can’t be disappointed when it happens. Following December’s massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, we have witnessed the spectacle of politicians at every level of government tripping over each other to race before the cameras and proclaim their outrage, not at the perpetrator of the atrocity, but rather at the many law-abiding Americans who are employed in the making of firearms and the many, many more who use them recreationally. Something must be done, they tell us, “for the children.”
47 percent of their crop, to be precise. It’s J.J. Abrams’ world. We’re all just living in it. Luckily, the Supreme Court decided to take the case of the Horne family, so they may end up retaining the right to freely sell the raisin crop they’ve duly produced, but how is it that they must appeal to the highest court in the land for that right? Well, it all started in 1937, as so many good things do, when the federal government began requiring raising farmers to lay aside a tribute portion
A United States minesweeper ship that crashed into a coral reef due to inaccurate Navy maps will have to be cut into small pieces and removed in order to prevent harming the ocean’s ecosystem, according to the Navy and other reports.The $277 million USS Guardian, a Naval warship that clears waterways of mines, crashed into a coral reef near the Philippines earlier this month. The Navy will disassemble it piece by piece in order to avoid damaging the reef rather than tow the multi-million dollar ship off of the reef and perform necessary repairs.
After four years of exhibiting a sort of false bravado, Republican efficacy seems to be reaching a nadir. Since Obama’s re-election, conservative skepticism has transcended long-held doubts about governmental competence. The new trend seems to be to also view Republican leaders — and even ourselves — as impotent. Rush Limbaugh tapped into this pessimism yesterday, when, during his interview with Sen. Marco Rubio, he attempted to undermine immigration reform by saying: “Obama doesn’t care about enforcing existing law.”
KABUL — Sixteen years after he fled from the Taliban, Zia Ahmadi was back at the Kabul airport, waiting for the body of a cousin who tried to do the same. Zia had done what he thought was best for his cousin, Javed Ahmadi, offering a smuggler $15,000 to shuttle him out of Afghanistan and away from insurgents. By December, Javed, 19, was halfway through an arduous 3,500-mile trip from Helmand province to Zia’s home in Sweden, running from the same Taliban that Zia escaped in 1997. But the smuggler’s overloaded skiff capsized off the coast of Greece,
We all know what fueled the sexual revolution: birth control and rock ´n´ roll. But what if that´s not the whole story? What if America´s libido was liberated not by the pill and heady doses of Jim Morrison, but by the lowly prescription drug penicillin. Before penicillin was found to be effective against syphilis during World War II, sex brought with it the risk of syphilis, a disease that can cause blindness, dementia and paralysis. Penicillin can wipe out syphilis with just one shot. As the antibiotic came into wide use in the 1950s, the number of syphilis cases
Police say a 17-year-old boy killed one man and tried to kill two others Tuesday afternoon in the Park Manor neighborhood. The shooting happened about 12:20 p.m. in the 7400 block of South Champlain Avenue - the 41st murder of the year, surpassing the monthly total from 2012, which was an increase over 2011. Quovadus Mahomes, of Dixon, is accused of killing 27-year-old Devin Common and wounding two other men, 27 and 30. Common´s younger brother Antonio was killed about 15 months earlier, in October 2011. The 23-year-old was shot in the head in an alley about four blocks north
WASHINGTON- Sen. Robert Menendez of New Jersey, a key player in the effort to overhaul immigration laws, denied allegations that he consorted with prostitutes during trips to the Dominican Republic with a longtime friend and campaign donor whose South Florida office was raided by the FBI. FBI agents carted away records from the West Palm Beach office of Dr. Salomon Melgen, an ophthalmologist, on Tuesday night. A federal law enforcement official said Melgen was “one of their targets” in an investigation into healthcare fraud by the FBI and the U.S. attorney’s office in Miami. The FBI declined to say
President Barack Obama expressed confidence on Wednesday that he would sign comprehensive immigration reform into law by the end of this year. In an interview with Univision´s Maria Elena Salinas, Obama explained that significant details of a bill still must be worked out by lawmakers, including the structure of a pathway to citizenship for many of the 11 million undocumented immigrants.(Snip) When asked by Salinas if we will have immigration reform by the end of the year, Obama said, "I believe so." "You can tell our audience, ´Sí, se puede?´" Salinas asked. "Sí, se puede," Obama responded.
Former Midtown security guard Nkosi Thandiwe will be evaluated Wednesday night to determine if his mental state during a deadly July 15, 2011 shooting spree was so disturbed that a jury could find him “not guilty by reason of insanity.” Thandiwe’s attorney made the last-minute request Wednesday after his client testified, admitting to fatally shooting Brittney Watts amid a trance-like state. “It was almost like watching myself in action,” Thandiwe told a Fulton County jury on the second day of his murder trial. “I tell her to get out of (her) car. She screams. I fire. She drops
Time Inc. joined the many news organizations trying to tighten their belts in a tough advertising climate by announcing layoffs and offering employees buyout packages on Wednesday. In a memo to the staff, Laura Lang, chief executive of Time Inc., said that she planned to reduce the company’s worldwide staff of 8,000 employees by 6 percent, or about 480 employees. She said the cuts would extend beyond New York and expressed hope that they would help Time Inc. better make the transition to the digital world. “They come from all areas of Time Inc. across our locations — both domestic and international
Illegal immigration is a curious subject: It is one of the few domains in which the authorities entrusted with enforcing the law feel obliged to negotiate the most concessionary terms and conditions with those who are breaking it, as though law enforcement were an embarrassing inconvenience. But the rule of law, national security, and economic dynamism are not mere pro forma matters — they are in fact fundamental, a reality lost on our would-be “comprehensive” immigration reformers.