NEW ORLEANS - The Super Bowl closes a tumultuous year for the NFL. Suicides by former NFL players. Thousands of others filing concussion lawsuits. New studies linking football to brain disease. Still no testing for human growth hormone. The specter of other purported performance-enhancing products — deer-antler spray, anyone? — being peddled to players. A pay-for-pain bounty scandal. A lockout of officials resolved only after a ludicrous game-ending call. Zero minority hires for 15 coach or general manager openings. And yet the league is as popular as ever. Advertisers paid nearly $4 million per 30-second
The battle for the heart and soul of the Republican Party has begun. On one side is the Tea Party. On the other side stand Karl Rove and his establishment team, posing as tacticians while quietly undermining conservatism. Yesterday, the New York Times reported that the “biggest donors in the Republican Party” have joined forces with Karl Rove and Steven J. Law, president of American Crossroads, to create the Conservative Victory Project. The Times reports that this new group will dedicate itself to “recruit seasoned candidates and protect Senate incumbents from challenges by far-right conservatives and Tea Party enthusiasts ..
Like Thomas-John on “Girls,” the Super Bowl is a unicorn, that rarest of creatures. It’s the one remaining television event that attracts pretty much every household, a fact most other networks tacitly acknowledge by airing repeats or, in the case of HBO, making its popular Sunday night shows available early for on-demand viewing. (That includes the episode of “Girls” in which Thomas-John calls himself a unicorn.) But you know those Brits — they just don’t understand the popularity of American football. So PBS is standing its ground and airing the new installment of British import “Downton Abbey”
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said that some of the information that was used to locate and kill Osama bin Laden was attained using torture. The admission comes after months of speculation about the role that waterboarding plays in CIA interrogations following its graphic depiction in the Oscar-nominated film Zero Dark Thirty. ´In order to put the puzzle of intelligence together that led us to Bin Laden, there were a lot of pieces out there that were a part of that puzzle. Yes, some of it came from some of the tactics that were used at that time, interrogation tactics
President Obama will give a live interview to CBS before it airs the Super Bowl on Sunday. At 4:30 pm, Obama will field questions from CBS´s Scott Pelley, continuing a long-standing tradition of providing interviews to the network airing the NFL championship, usually the most-watched television event of the year. Last year, Obama spoke with Matt Lauer before NBC broadcast the big game. Pelley told The New Orleans Times-Picayune that he will talk pigskin with the president, but also has a range of "serious questions" to tackle.
Brownells is an economic developer’s dream: a fast-growing, homegrown Iowa business that treats workers like the neighbors they are, eagerly donates to a passing community hat, and grooms leaders who sit on city boards and holler from soccer game benches. The Montezuma-based supplier of firearm accessories, ammunition and supplies also stands on the front lines of a national debate over gun control — selling controversial high-capacity ammunition magazines and parts for semi-automatics like the AR-15.
In celebration of its 100th birthday, the bad old days have returned to Grand Central Terminal. Droves of homeless people are flooding the landmark again — even as workers prepared for last week’s centennial celebration. On a windy Wednesday, The Post spotted at least 40 hobos in search of free eats and a warm place to flop.(Snip) In scenes reminiscent of the 1980s, one man picked through the garbage, rewarding himself with a half-eaten slice of pizza and a bag of nuts. A woman snored loudly as she slept,
The inventor of the Etch A Sketch, the famous red toy that generations of children drew on, shook up and started over, has died in France.vThe Ohio Art Co. based in Bryan said Saturday the 86-year-old Andre Cassagnes died Jan. 16 in a Paris suburb. The cause wasn’t disclosed. Ohio Art president Larry Killgallon says the company will always be grateful for an invention that brought joy to so many. The Toy Industry Association says Cassagnes came upon the Etch A Sketch idea in the late 1950s. He peeled a translucent decal from a light switch plate and found
Together, President Obama and his Democrat majority in the Senate hold the lion´s share of power in Washington. They have the capacity — right now — to solve the spending problem that is chasing good jobs overseas and causing so much anxiety about our future. They can stop a debt crisis. A budget is a logical place to start. Passing a budget is one of the most basic responsibilities of governing. But the Senate has failed to fulfill this responsibility for nearly four years. In that time, our debt has risen to the point that it now exceeds
Funnyman Jim Carrey joins a long list of celebrity liberals who think the lives of those who share a different philosophy than theirs may not be worth all that much. Just consider the hate that poured out from the Left when former Vice President Dick Cheney received a heart transplant. In Carrey´s case, he views citizens who embrace the legal right to arm themselves as, well, let the "Ace Ventura" star take it from here: (Tweet) Fellow Twitter users quickly fired back at the comic actor, who has yet to respond
For more than three decades, Chinese women have been subjected to their country´s brutal one-child policy. Those who try to have more children have been subjected to fines and forced abortions. Their houses have been razed and their husbands fired from their jobs. As a result, Chinese women have a fertility rate of 1.54. Here in America, white, college-educated women—a good proxy for the middle class—have a fertility rate of 1.6. America has its very own one-child policy. And we have chosen it for ourselves. Forget the debt ceiling. Forget the fiscal cliff, the sequestration cliff and the entitlement cliff.
The Boy Scouts of America are in the news again, for the only thing they ever seem to be in the news for anymore: their attitudes toward homosexuals. Next week, the Scouts will hold a vote that´s widely expected to end the blanket ban on gays joining as members or holding adult leadership. By most accounts, the century-old organization will probably let individual chartering groups—many of which are churches—decide whether homosexuals can join and help run their troops.
In Downton Abbey she has won over a new legion of fans as the pushy matriarch Martha Levinson, but another side of Shirley MacLaine has emerged in a new book. Her daughter Sachi Parker says that during a bizarre episode in the 1970s, Shirley was all for her losing her virginity. In a shocking memoir released this weekend in America, Lucky Me: My Life With–And Without–My Mom, Sachi says that the 78-year-old actress took little interest in her life until she was 17. Then, she and her boyfriend, Brad, were invited to the star’s California beachfront flat
"I´m a big football fan, but I have to tell you if I had a son, I´d have to think long and hard before I let him play football," President Obama said in an interview with the New Republic. (snip) So, why is the Left suddenly laser-pointed on football injuries from the NFL down to college, high school and even Pee Wees?
In the weeks leading up Jeff Zucker’s official start date at CNN the ex-NBC chief set up a series of dinners with Washington, DC, insiders, and then jetted to Atlanta to check the lay of the land. Zucker also alerted the Los Angeles talent agencies — even prior to his first call with reporters about landing the new job — to say he’s in the market for TV hosts. And before the ink was dry on his business cards, Zucker named ABC News’ Chris Cuomo as one of hias morning-show hosts. Erin Burnett, a darling of Zucker’s from
Civil rights leader Jesse Jackson and relatives of victims of fatal shootings in Chicago urged President Barack Obama on Saturday to come back to his hometown and address the gun violence plaguing the city. Before a march on the city´s South Side, Jackson, a former Democratic presidential candidate, said America´s third most populous city needed more help than Mayor Rahm Emanuel and police superintendent Garry McCarthy could offer. "When the president shows up, it shows ultimate national seriousness," said Jackson, a Chicago resident. He also called for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to help patrol the streets
Long before the full frenzy of the boom, you could see its harbingers at the Mountrail County courthouse in Stanley, N.D. Geologists had pored over core samples and log signatures and had made their educated guesses, and now it was the hour of the “landmen,” the men and women whose job was to dig through courthouse books for the often-tangled history of mineral title and surface rights. (Snip)… around seven years ago — driven by technological refinements that have made North Dakota a premier laboratory for coaxing oil from stingy rocks — the state’s Bakken boom began....
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has backed off his ardent defense of New Jersey Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez amid the scandal crashing down on his colleague. In an interview on ABC News’ This Week today, Reid admitted the existence of multiple investigations into Menendez and his connections to wealthy Democratic Party donor Dr. Salomon Melgen. Reid dropped his rhetoric attacking this reporter, and other outlets that have been investigating the Menendez scandal, since this reporter first published interviews in early November
During the Jan. 30 Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on gun violence, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said pointedly, "I have an AR-15 at home and I haven´t hurt anybody." He said this after explaining that he supports private ownership of magazines that hold more than 10 rounds: making it clear that a mother at home with her children might need far more than the 5 or 6 bullets a revolver holds to defend herself and her family. Graham was referencing Melinda Herman, the Loganville, GA mother who slid into a crawl space with her children to escape a burglar
Last week, having read my own writing about how it’s cheaper to buy a house than rent one in most markets, I decided to take my own advice. My wife and I bought a new place, and instead of selling our old condo, we’re going to rent it out. And thus I became a small-business man. Or, rather, I’m becoming one. Entrepreneurship—even on the smallest and most banal scale—turns out to be a time-consuming pain in the you-know-what.
A coalition crafted by the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce will prod Congress this week to amend visa and green card limitations that prevent skilled immigrant workers, graduates and entrepreneurs from landing jobs stateside and from spurring U.S. economic growth. “Business for Skilled Worker Immigration,” which is comprised of 37 chambers of commerce from 21 states, will mail out an introductory letter to policymakers to build support for three proposals designed to reform portions of U.S. immigration law. “Our driving principle is that U.S. immigration policy has proven inadequate to address the needs of companies competing in a globalized
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - Every morning on her way to work, Kathy Fee holds her breath as she drives past the squat brick building that houses Dominion Psychiatric Associates. It was there that her son, Richard, visited a doctor and received prescriptions for Adderall, an amphetamine-based medication for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. It was in the parking lot that she insisted to Richard that he did not have ADHD, not as a child and not now as a 24-year-old college graduate, and that he was getting dangerously addicted to the medication. It was inside the building that her husband,
With his naked indiscretions and questionable fancy dress choice, Prince Harry has cemented his reputation as the Royal Family´s standalone party animal. But despite his fun-loving reputation, the prince´s behaviour pales in comparison to some of his distant relatives. Surrounding themselves in the world of bohemia and frequenting London´s smoke-filled jazz clubs in the early 1930s, the then Prince of Wales and his brother Prince George indulged in a life of hedonism. That is according to a BBC documentary that charts the brothers´ unlikely relationship with the city´s black musicians in the pre-war era.
President Barack Obama’s decision to transform his campaign into the freestanding lobbying group “Organizing for Action” is groundbreaking in many ways — but the idea of creating an outside organization to put pressure on Capitol Hill dates back at least to Ronald Reagan. President Bill Clinton even tried to create one 20 years ago. In 1993, seeking to to marshal grassroots support for his health-care reform effort, his team’s first impulse was to set up a standalone entity that could anonymously raise and spend large sums of money on polling, petition drives, phone banks and TV commercials.
Paris/Bamako - French warplanes pounded Islamist rebel camps in the far north of Mali, military sources said, hours after French President Francois Hollande visited the West African country.Thierry Burkhard, spokesman for the French army in Paris, said on Sunday the overnight raids targeted logistics bases and training camps used by the al Qaeda-linked rebels to the north of the desert town of Kidal. "These were important air strikes," Burkhard told Reuters. He said the bombing raids took place around the settlement of Tessalit, close to the Algerian border, one of the main gateways into the Adrar des Ifoghas mountains