Arab-American groups have sharply criticized a Coca-Cola Super Bowl ad depicting an Arab walking through the desert with a camel, and one group said it would ask the beverage giant to change it before CBS airs the game on Sunday before an expected audience of more than 100 million U.S. viewers. "Why is it that Arabs are always shown as either oil-rich sheiks, terrorists, or belly dancers?" said Warren David, president of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, or ADC.
Depuy, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, continued to market “metal on metal” hip implants after a leading British surgeon warned in emails to an executive of the manufacturer that patients were suffering. The company’s own data also allegedly disclosed that a relatively high proportion of the artificial hips, which are supposed to last a lifetime, were failing after two and a half years. Tests concluded that they were significantly more likely to fail than other models. Depuy continued to market the hips to British patients, hundreds of whom are now having them replaced because they are suspected of causing
In a case of the mighty having fallen, the campaign of Democratic Rep. Charlie Rangel, the dean of the New York Congressional delegation and a man who was for decades untouchable in his Harlem district, is $35,000 in debt but has only $5,000 in the bank and has received handouts from other House members. Mr. Rangel faced his first serious primary challenge in years, spending nearly a half-million dollars to fend off the son of the man he first deposed decades ago. And ethics charges have worn him down, forcing him to fundraise separately for a legal defense fund.
The Obama administration´s push for higher auto fuel efficiency standards was as important a scientific step as the discovery that nicotine is addictive and that cigarettes cause cancer, a top administration official said. In an interview with the Tulane University student newspaper published Thursday, outgoing Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson, a Tulane alumna, said that her agency´s 2009 "endangerment finding," which directly led to the implementation of the auto standards to fight greenhouse gas emissions, is her proudest achievement and represented a major step forward for public health. The auto standards are often cited by
In the wake of Wednesday´s news that the economy contracted slightly in the last three months of 2012, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid laid the blame on budget cuts. "The economy was rejecting the austerity and brinksmanship," he said. That theme — that spending cuts are putting economic growth at risk — has been gaining traction these days, particularly among those on the left. Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., said the GDP drop showed that pushing "big austerity measures now will hurt the recovery."
When Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stepped before two congressional committees on Benghazi this month, she was ready for every question fielded at her and, save for the infamous “what does it matter” moment, didn’t crumple under the pressure. Today, President Obama was likely wishing some of that preparedness would have rubbed off on his Defense secretary nominee. Chuck Hagel’s confirmation hearing before his former Senate colleagues was, in a nutshell, a minefield despite the simple, predictable questions lobbed his way. In short, he appeared exceptionally uncomfortable and unsure
Immigration reform is coming. Let´s get it right. What counts as getting it wrong? The 1986 Simpson-Mazzoli Act, signed by President Reagan. It granted amnesty to the then 3 million illegal immigrants and promised border enforcement. Amnesty came. Enforcement never did. Reagan was swindled. Americans are a generous people. They don´t want 11 million souls living in fear among them. They would willingly, indeed overwhelmingly, support amnesty — as long as it is the last. They don´t want another Simpson-Mazzoli, another bait-and-switch that lets in another 11 million illegal immigrants — and brings us back where we began.
Media Bias: Establishment media outlets disregard major story after major story, meanwhile a phony story gets made up. A constant diet of disinformation and outright lies does not a free, informed America make. Have we become "AmeriKa"? Viewers of B-grade 1980s TV miniseries fare might remember that as the title of a more than 14-hour-long dramatization of life in the Land of the Free under Soviet control. Would Communist Russia´s TASS news agency or Pravda newspaper have been any more subservient to the party in power, the chief executive who leads it, or the ideology at their
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — State demographers say California´s Hispanic population will equal that of whites within six months and exceed it early next year — a milestone in the country´s racial and ethnic shifts. Population projections released Thursday by the state Department of Finance show that Hispanics will become the dominant ethnic group in California for the first time. By 2020, demographers say Hispanics will be about 41 percent of California´s population, with whites less than 37 percent.
In new, final regulations issued Wednesday, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) said that parents must pay a federal fine under Obamacare if their children or dependent spouses are uninsured for any part of the year. The regulations clarify provisions of Obamacare that seem to say that a parent will be held liable for Obamacare’s individual mandate penalty if they don’t have insurance coverage for their children. In its final regulations, the IRS states that parents will be made to pay the penalty if they can claim an uninsured child or spouse
In a final regulation issued Wednesday, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) assumed that under Obamacare the cheapest health insurance plan available in 2016 for a family will cost $20,000 for the year. Under Obamacare, Americans will be required to buy health insurance or pay a penalty to the IRS. The IRS´s assumption that the cheapest plan for family will cost $20,000 per year is found in examples the IRS gives to help people understand how to calculate the penalty they will need to pay the government if they do not buy a mandated health plan.
“Seeing is believing” is the philosophy behind a Foreign Ministry proposal to bring 3,000 North American non-Jewish campus influentials to Israel to show them the country and combat what ministry director-general for public diplomacy Gideon Meir called the “industry of lies” against the country. Meir recently presented the NIS 50 million proposal to the Finance Ministry. The plan would move the government wholesale into the sphere of bringing opinion-makers and influentials to Israel, a role currently played on a smaller scale by various American Jewish organizations. The idea, Meir said, was to bring to Israel college students who
New York Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer said securing the nation’s borders should not be used as “a barrier” to giving illegal immigrants living in the U.S. a pathway to citizenship. “We want the border to be secure. It’s more secure than it was several years ago, but it has a ways to go. And different sectors need different types of security. It’s a lot different having security in the Tucson sector than off the stretch in Texas, which is bounded by the Rio Grande,” Schumer said on Thursday.
Scottsdale, Ariz.-Phil Mickelson missed out on a 59 by a fraction of an inch Thursday in the Phoenix Open. Mickelson had a chance to become only the sixth player in PGA Tour history to break 60 with a 25-foot birdie attempt on his last hole, the par-4 ninth at the TPC Scottsdale. The putt looked good all the way, and Mickelson pointed his putter at the cup as he prepared to celebrate. Right at the end, though, the ball caught the right edge of the cup, curled 180 degrees to the other side of the hole and stayed out.
For the first time since California became a state, Latinos will become a plurality in 2014 and they are set to become a crucial part of the workforce as baby boomers retire, according to the Department of Finance. The figures released Thursday found Latinos will be even with the white population by mid-2013. Each is expected to be about 39% of the population, with Latinos gaining more numbers by the end of the year. As the white baby boomer population ages into retirement, Latinos and Asians will maintain the labor force and economy in California, according to the study.
Sen. Bob Menendez’s (D-N.J.) New Jersey colleague has responded to the growing controversy surrounding the senator’s ties to a doctor who was recently raided, and he’s not exactly doing Menendez any favors. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.), in comments reported by the Star-Ledger, left open the possibility that the allegations against Menendez could have merit: “If there are infractions as they are reported, it’s too bad,” Lautenberg told reporters. “There a lot that’s said and covered, but I for one know Bob as a very capable United States senator, and I’m sorry to see him in this position,”
Mexico City, Jan 31 - The Mexico City headquarters of Mexican state oil monopoly Pemex was evacuated on Thursday after an explosion there, the company said. Pemex did not say what caused the explosion, which damaged the ground floor and injured an unspecified number of people. Local television images showed a cloud of smoke emanating from the skyscraper.
Late Wednesday afternoon a story exploded across the Internet, pitting two historic presidents from opposite ends of the political spectrum against each other in Chicago. The Daily Mail reported the Illinois boyhood home of Ronald Reagan, 40th U.S. president, was being demolished to make way for parking outside the prospective spot for President Obama’s presidential library. Other media outlets soon picked up the story. (Snip) First, there’s the part about its being Reagan’s boyhood home. While it’s true the iconic Republican president lived there as a young child, he didn’t spend more than a year there.
Because nothing says serious political candidate like a famous mustache and a bizarre history of covering faux Satanic ritual popularity, Geraldo Rivera is prepping for a New Jersey senatorial run, the radio and television host said Thursday. “I mention this only briefly, fasten your seatbelt,” he stated. “I am and I’ve been in touch with some people in the Republican Party in New Jersey. I am truly contemplating running for Senate against Frank Lautenberg or Cory Booker in New Jersey.” A word of warning: he should double check to make sure he’s running in New Jersey,
It was Sen. Lindsey Graham’s turn. Republican senator after Republican senator had grilled Chuck Hagel over his comments in 2008 that “the Jewish lobby intimidates a lot of people” to do “dumb things.” The South Carolina Republican jumped right in. “Name one person, in your opinion, who is intimidated by the Israeli lobby in the United States Senate,” Graham asked Hagel, a former senator and President Obama´s nominee to head the Defense Department, in the fourth hour of his confirmation hearing. “Well, uh, first,” Hagel stumbled. “Name one,” Graham shot back. “I don’t know,” Hagel responded.
NEW ORLEANS- Beyonce answered critics of her Inauguration Day performance the best way could - with another sterling performance of the national anthem. The difference? On Thursday, it was live: She admitted during her Super Bowl news conference that when she performed for President Barack Obama and the nation, she decided to sing to a prerecorded track because she didn´t have time to practice. Calling herself a self-proclaimed "perfectionist," she said wanted the day to go off without a hitch. "I practice until my feet bleed and I did not have time to rehearse with the orchestra,"
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is expected to testify at an upcoming Senate hearing on the Libya terror attack, a source tells Fox News -- after Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham threatened to hold up Chuck Hagel´s confirmation to replace Panetta over the issue. At the start of Hagel´s confirmation hearing Thursday, Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin, D-Mich., announced that the panel would hold a hearing on Benghazi next month. He did not specify whether Panetta would testify, but a committee aide told Fox News he is expected to. Another aide said Graham is "happy as a clam"
PORTSMOUTH, N.H. –Minutes after New England fishery managers took a vote that cast doubt on the historic industry´s future, the prospects most clear to Gloucester fishermen Paul Vitale were his own. "I´m bankrupt. That´s it," said the 40-year-old father of three. "I´m all done. The boat´s going up for sale." The New England Fishery Management Council on Wednesday approved a year-to-year cut of 77 percent on the Gulf of Maine cod limit and 61 percent for Georges Bank cod. The cuts come on top of a slew of other reductions, ranging from 10 to 71 percent, on the catch of other
"Is the Supreme Court about to declare war on the twentieth century?" asks Bruce Ackerman, a law professor at Yale, in a Puffington Host post. If so, it would seem a little late, as we are almost one-eighth of the way through the 21st century. But his claim is that the court is stuck too far back in the past--in the 18th and 19th centuries rather than the 20th, which Ackerman regards as some sort of progressive golden era.
Authorities identified the body found Thursday morning in a Mesa shopping center as Arthur Douglas Harmon, the suspect in the killing of one person and the wounding of two others at a Phoenix office complex on Wednesday. “The body discovered in Mesa this morning has been identified as Arthur Douglas Harmon, the suspect in yesterday´s shooting,” Phoenix police Sgt. Tommy Thompson said in a news release. Mesa police Sgt. Tony Landato said Harmon, who appeared to have died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, was found in some bushes by a landscaper before 8 a.m.
If Senator Bob Menendez of New Jersey is found guilty of traveling to the Dominican Republic to engage in sexual intercourse with underage prostitutes, he could face up to 30 years prison. The appropriate law, which would seem to apply in this instance, is the Prosecutorial Remedies And Other Tools To End The Exploitation Of Children Today (or the Protect Act). Menendez voted for the law when he was a member of the House of Representatives. “TRAVEL WITH INTENT TO ENGAGE IN ILLICIT SEXUAL CONDUCT,” the law reads. “A person who travels in interstate