Texas’ attorney general ran ads here last month that encouraged “law-abiding New York gun owners looking for lower taxes and greater opportunity” to relocate to the Lone Star state. Now Gov. Rick Perry has sweetened the pot: Faced with a budget “problem” New York would love to have — an expected $5.5 billion surplus — he’s looking to amend the Texas Constitution so he can refund the extra money to taxpayers. Meanwhile, back here on the home front, New York’s governor hopes to amend his state constitution. But instead of returning money to the state’s heavily burdened taxpayers, Andrew Cuomo’s changes
Former White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs suggested that Chuck Hagel’s experience as a soldier in Vietnam gives him more credibility on national security issues than Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., who was a naval pilot in Vietnam. “I think the notion in some ways to say ‘because Chuck Hagel doesn’t believe what John McCain says you question his judgment’ [is wrong],” Gibbs said today on Meet the Press. “I think for somebody that– that– that carried a gun in the jungles of Vietnam, I’m going to trust their ability besides a group of politicians.”
Last week, in a blog post titled, "Super Bowl City Leads on Energy Efficient Forefront," the Energy Department touted the Superdome´s lights. The Superdome, in New Orleans, is hosting tonight´s Super Bowl, where a power outage stopped play for more than half an hour. "While the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers compete to hoist the Vince Lombardi trophy this weekend, eco-friendly fans and city leaders in New Orleans are competing to maximize sustainability practices to the fullest," wrote John Horst, a public affairs specialist with the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.
It was a fabulous day and night for TV football, with the Ravens winning the Super Bowl, 34-31. But little thanks for that goes to CBS, the network that had broadcast rights to the game. The network´s pregame show was overproduced and under-imagined, with no unifying vision. One segment that found Boomer Esiason and Shannon Sharpe walking the streets of New Orleans handing out Pizza Hut pizzas to people willing to yell "hut, hut, hut," set a new low in debasing broadcasters and turning what is already an over-commercialized production into a nonstop advertisement.
It was the classiest brawl New York’s Meatpacking District had ever seen, with all the makings for a sensational tabloid tale—young royalty, expensive booze, supermodels, smashed bottles, and finally, criminal complaints. Now, a year later, the juicy details of the so-called Battle Royale between Monaco’s Pierre Casiraghi (son of Princess Caroline and grandson of Grace Kelly), three of his friends, and former restaurateur Adam Hock will be revealed in Manhattan Criminal Court. And, according to one eyewitness, the jury will hear a much different story than the one the press has been spinning.The sordid tale on Monday’s docket,
In a state with a colorful history, it takes a lot for a New Jersey politician to cross the line into political toxicity. Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez has found himself at the center of a growing controversy, with accusations swirling of a questionable friendship with a Florida eye surgeon being investigated for Medicare fraud, improper flights to the Dominican Republic and alleged patronizing of prostitutes — including underage girls — while in the Caribbean nation. In some states, these allegations — and the fact the Senate Ethics Committee has joined federal investigators in looking into the explosive claims —
I am going to let my subscription to Sports Illustrated lapse when it runs out this year. I hope lots of other people will do the same. Like too many other publications, the magazine has become dishonest, dishonorable and even occasionally despicable in its conformist, lockstep left-wing bias. Republican politicians and conservative positions are routinely insulted in articles having nothing to do with either. Yawn-inducing left wing predictability is brought to the discussion of every issue. No SI writer is allowed to disagree with leftism ever. Despite its great photographs and occasionally good athlete profiles,
This story went mostly under the radar, but it will have some implications for many people on the east coast and for the industry in general further down the line. Without much fanfare, Hess recently announced that they were selling off their last commercial refinery, located in New Jersey. Their stated reasons are clear enough, but there’s a bit more to the story. Hess Corp.’s Port Reading, N.J., refinery—the company’s first and last such facility—will close its doors at the end of next month as the company gets out of the refining business to focus on more-
In the olden days miners brought canaries into mines because canaries were very sensitive to toxic fumes and would keel over quickly, giving the miners time to escape before they were rendered unconscious. The HHS mandate is serving a similar function in modern American culture. It´s making it clear that liberals believe in an all-powerful government, not the government empowered by the people that is enshrined in the Constitution. Historically in America, the government has rarely collided with the religious beliefs of even extreme groups.
"The United States faces a crisis in our political system," the Washington Post´s E.J. Dionne wrote last December, "because the Republican Party is no longer a normal, governing party." Dionne is half-right. The United States does face a crisis in our political system. Last week, Pew released a new study showing that trust in the federal government remains near all-time lows. Worse, for the first time ever, Pew found that a majority of Americans believe the federal government threatens their personal rights and freedoms. And it is not just Republicans who now see the federal government as a threat.
As the civil war in Syria enters its third year, there is much discussion of the regime’s chemical weapons and whether Syria’s Bashar al-Assad will unleash them against Syrian rebels, or whether a power vacuum after Assad’s fall might make those horrific tools available to the highest bidder. The conversation centers on Syria’s chemical weaponry, not on something vastly more serious: its nuclear weaponry. It well might have. This is the inside story of why it does not. Relations between the United States and Israel had grown rocky after Israel’s incursion into Lebanon in 2006, for Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice
Obama strategists said last year they would need to "kill Romney" in order to win the Presidential Election. Well... Barack Obama was surely listening. He conducted the most negative campaign of my lifetime -- and won, because he effectively did kill Romney -- if only metaphorically. Or... maybe people were just so happy with Obama´s stewardship of the economy and inclusive politics that they said "I want 4 more years of high unemployment, a shrinking workforce, higher costs for energy, higher taxes, and a nation divided along class and racial lines.
NEW ORLEANS -- A Super Bowl week that had gone so smoothly for the Big Easy suddenly turned bizarre when everyone was watching. The lights went out on the biggest game of the year. Just imagine the uproar if Baltimore had lost. The outage, blamed on an unspecified "abnormality" in the Superdome´s power system, was an embarrassment for New Orleans, which was hosting its first Super Bowl since 2002 and was eager to show off how it has been rebuilt since Hurricane Katrina. Mayor Mitch Landrieu called Sunday night´s outage "an unfortunate moment in what has been an otherwise shining
The Chicago Police Department hopes to free up the equivalent of 44 officers a day by no longer dispatching cops for certain crimes, like burglaries and car thefts in which the offender is no longer at the scene and no one is in immediate danger. Police confirmed the change, which takes effect Sunday. Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy told aldermen last year he was considering a move in that direction. The change is not related to plans by Mayor Rahm Emanuel and McCarthy to shift what they indicated was as many as 200 officers from administrative duties to beats Text added by Staff.
Yucaipa, Calif. - A tour bus crashed with a pickup truck on a rural mountain highway in Southern California on Sunday night, killing eight people and injuring dozens of others, authorities said. The collision happened around 6:30 p.m. and included the tour bus, a pickup truck pulling a trailer, and a sedan, said CHP Officer Mario Lopez. He confirmed late Sunday that eight people died and many more were injured in the mountain highway crash about 80 miles east of Los Angeles near the town of Forest Falls. San Bernardino County Fire Department spokesman Eric Sherwin said 27 people were treated
Seoul, South Korea - South Korean and U.S. troops began naval drills Monday in a show of force partly directed at North Korea amid signs that Pyongyang will soon carry out a threat to conduct its third atomic test. The region is also seeing a boost in diplomatic activity focused on North Korea´s announcement last month that it will conduct a nuclear test to protest international sanctions toughened over Pyongyang´s long-range rocket launch in December. Pyongyang´s two previous nuclear tests, in 2006 and 2009, both occurred after it was slapped with increased sanctions for similar rocket launches.
Paris - On January 31, Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, France´s minister of women´s rights, made it officially impossible to arrest a woman for wearing trousers in the French capital. The law required women to ask police for special permission to "dress as men" in Paris, or risk being taken into custody. In 1892 and 1909 the rule was amended to allow women to wear trousers, "if the woman is holding a bicycle handlebar or the reins of a horse." The law was kept in place until now, despite repeated attempts to repeal it, in part because officials said the unenforced rule was not a priority, and part of French
The Australian Navy would be charged with repelling Sri Lankan asylum seeker boats outside Australia´s international borders under a Coalition government. Shadow immigration spokesman Scott Morrison said a Coalition government would turn all Sri Lankan boats around, without exception. Mr Morrison and deputy Liberal leader Julie Bishop were speaking about (Snip) He said the pair had been told the greatest threat to Sri Lankans´ lives was getting on a boat rather than staying in the country, and the primary motivation for those coming to Australia was "economic and lifestyle".
The Baltimore Ravens survived a furious San Francisco rally and a 34-minute Superdome blackout to win Super Bowl XLVII 34-31 in what was Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis´ last game as a professional football player and the first major title game in any sport where two brothers coached against each other. Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said his handshake with his brother Jim, who is San Francisco´s head coach, was the toughest thing he has ever had to do. He said Jim simply told him, "congratulations." This was the second Super Bowl title for Baltimore.
A decades-old speech from a conservative radio broadcaster who passed away in 2009 became a major topic of chatter when it was condensed and delivered as the audio backdrop for a Ram Trucks ad during the second half of the Super Bowl Sunday. The speech was originally delivered in 1978, smack dab in the middle of the Carter era, and with its folksy timbre and talk of God, Harvey´s words stood out amid the stream of ads that ranged from salacious to ridiculous to sentimental on 21st-century CBS. This New York Times obituary well-situates Harvey politically
Britain is giving EU immigrants £1million a week in handouts for children who live abroad. The payments include child benefit – which was stripped from more than one million British families last month. The bill is likely to rise still further when Romanians and Bulgarians get free access to the UK jobs market on January 1. Critics said it was ‘absurd’ to carry on sending money to countries such as Poland when families were losing out at home. Overall, there are 24,082 child benefit awards currently being made, in respect of 40,171 children, according to a study
Q: President Clinton said that one of his greatest regrets was not doing more to stop genocide in Rwanda. We have a situation in Syria where more than 60,000 Syrians have been killed. [U.N. envoy Lakhdar] Brahimi has been making no headway diplomatically. The conflict is beginning to spread regionally with Iran’s intervention with its Quds Forces, its arms supplies, Hezbollah’s participation and now the Israeli strike on the convoy in Syria. Looking back, can you say that the United States has done everything it could have to stem the killing in Syria? And when you look back on this episode in the
The U.S. is not the only nation experiencing a renaissance in oil production. Sidelined for two decades by war, sanctions and political instability, Iraq passed a critical milestone last year by producing 3 million barrels a day of crude oil for the first time since 1990, before the Persian Gulf War, reaching 3.4 million barrels a day by December. Given its access to vast reserves at low costs, Baghdad is poised to play a pivotal role in determining whether the world’s growing thirst for oil drives up fuel prices to debilitating levels in coming years.
Security in Benghazi, the eastern Libyan city where four Americans were killed Sept. 11 in a terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate, has decayed to the point where Westerners are fleeing, assassinations and kidnappings are rife and residents worry that U.S. drone strikes on jihadist targets are imminent. “The situation has obviously deteriorated. It is a systematic deterioration,” said longtime Benghazi resident Jalal Elgallal, who was spokesman of the now-defunct National Transitional Council. Mr. Elgallal recently escaped harm from a nearby bomb blast as he waited in his car at a traffic light.
Washington - The White House’s attempt to portray President Obama as a gun user may have had unintended consequences today, as a newly released photo of Mr. Obama firing a rifle at Camp David set off a panic of gun buying across the US. Right-wing opponents of Mr. Obama were behind the frenzied gun sales, saying that they were terrified by the image of an armed and shooting President. “I don’t want to sound paranoid or anything, but now everything Obama has been doing makes sense,”(Snip) “He wants to take away all our guns and then he’s going to come shoot us.”
Washington - Leon Panetta, who as CIA director oversaw the U.S. operation that killed al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, said the job could have been done without resorting to controversial interrogation methods that some have said constitute torture.(Snip) "I think we could have gotten Bin Laden without that," Panetta added in response to a question about what the interviewer called enhanced interrogation or torture. Panetta did not elaborate on how this might have been done, but said most of the intelligence used to find bin Laden had been stitched together without resort to enhanced interrogation.