Commuters on Washington, D.C.’s Metro system may finally have something to look forward to on their commutes other than broken escalators and single-tracking. By 2014, Metro plans on introducing state-of-the-art new rail cars that include LCD screens and ergonomic designs. While these new features may sound exciting, the cost is not. At over $2 million per car, Metro’s order comes to around $886 million. Why the big bucks? In part it is because of “buy American” clauses that Metro activated when it tapped into a $300 million federal matching grant for mass transit.
“Why did you lead us out of Egypt?” the Labor Department union boss, who recalls happier times under President George W. Bush, must wonder when he looks at a picture of President Obama. The local 12 chapter of the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) is so frustrated with the political appointees at the top of the Labor Department that they are now reduced to pining for the Bush years. “At our meeting today, of about fifty members, there was general consternation about the fact that Seth Harris is Acting Secretary of Labor
The White House on Monday missed the Feb. 4 deadline for filing its fiscal 2014 budget, blaming the uncertainty caused by “fiscal cliff” negotiations for the failure. “[B]ecause these issues were not resolved until the American Taxpayer Relief Act was enacted on January 2, 2013, the Administration was forced to delay some of its FY 2014 Budget preparations, which will in turn delay the Budget’s submission to Congress,” wrote Jeffrey Zients, Office of Management and Budget Deputy Director, in a letter to House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan on January 11.
After a meeting today in Paris with the French president, Francois Hollande, Vice President Joe Biden praised "the incredible competence and capability" of the French military. He was specifically referring to the recent military action taken by the French in Mali. "And as the [French] President indicated, we discussed an array of issues starting and including Mali and North Africa more broadly. And let me say again on behalf of the President, the people of the United States, we applaud your decisiveness and I might add the incredible competence and capability of your French military forces," said Biden.
In coming days the Boy Scouts of America will decide whether to violate – eliminate, really – its own mission statement, oath and law by changing its policy to allow, within its ranks, Scouts and Scoutmasters who are open practitioners of the homosexual lifestyle. Sadly, to do so would destroy BSA’s credibility as a “morally straight” organization. Such foolhardy capitulation to extremist pressure groups would spell the demise of Scouting as we’ve known it. The Prince of the Earth seeks to corrupt and ultimately destroy all that is righteous, honorable and good.
According to Fox (and others) Mitt Romney´s son, Tagg “is reportedly considering a run for the open U.S. Senate seat in Massachusetts.” Leading one to ask ... why? Mr. Romney hasn´t held public office. His experience in politics, so far, amounts to advising his father in his two unsuccessful Presidential campaigns. He isn´t identified with any particular school of thought or body of ideas when it comes to public policy. Hasn´t written any books suggesting that he has thought through any of the issues of the day. So if he were to run,
Joseph Berger´s long tribute to the late, legendary former New York City mayor Ed Koch made the front of the New York Times Sunday Metro section -- "So, How´d He Do?" But Berger stained Koch´s memory by citing the irresponsible, inflammatory voices of Rev. Calvin Butts and Al Sharpton and bizarrely suggesting Koch´s rhetoric played a part in racist assaults against blacks: "Despite his condemnation of the mob beatings, it was hard to tamp down a sense among blacks that his public rhetoric -- in the 1988 presidential campaign, for example, he said Jews would be ´crazy´
The football star who shot to fame because of his role in the hit film ´The Blind Side´ now has another title to his name after his team won the Super Bowl. Michael Oher celebrated on the field amid the confetti with the Tuohy family, who adopted him in high school and helped lead him to both academic and athletic success. ´I came so far from nothing to a Super Bowl champion. I´m in shock right now!´ he told Good Morning America´s Josh Elliott. ´We won the Super Bowl!´ adoptive mother Leigh Ann Tuohy said as
Chris Huhne´s resignation as the member of Parliament for Eastleigh will mean a difficult by-election for the Conservatives and the Lib Dems. Huhne won in 2010 with a majority of just 3,864, making Eastleigh one of Grant Shapps´s target seats. This is particularly awkward for David Cameron. In order to reassure his sceptical backbenchers, who think he´s made far too many concessions to Nick Clegg as it is, he´ll have to go all out to win, with frequent trips to the constituency. Not only will that mean an unseemly punch up between the Coalition parties
Geraldo Rivera recently announced on his radio show that he was considering a run as a Republican for the Senate from the state of New Jersey. But as is Geraldo´s wont, he´s already criticizing the very party whose blessing he seeks. On Jan. 31, Rivera told his radio audience that he is "truly contemplating" a run for Senate and he wants to represent the Republican Party. But only a day later, on Fox News´ "Studio B With Shepard Smith," he was heard criticizing the GOP as a "party of scolds" and saying
Now that Nike has two of the world’s best golfers under contract in Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy, the company can have some fun with advertising. In the commercial below, titled No Cup Is Safe, Woods and McIlroy show off their skills at a driving range, relentlessly trying to one-up each other. Check it out below! When all is said and done, who do you think will have the better career?
"The Baltimore Sun´s" David Zurawik doesn´t mention the acts of outright journalistic fraud committed under Capus´ scandal-plagued tenure as NBC News president (which ended Friday), but he does at least nod to the elephant in the room: Ending a tenure marked by the costly decline of the ´Today´ show, the failure of the newsmagazine ´Rock Center´ and an erosion of journalistic values, Steve Capus Friday resigned as president of NBC News after almost eight years on the job. … lost any respect I had for Capus as a news executive when he hired
Who is running the Justice Department? It certainly appears evident, as President Obama enters his second term, that leftist radicals have a seat at the table inside Justice and are making both policy and personnel decisions. As Judicial Watch has previously disclosed, the Obama Department of Justice (DOJ) has colluded with a number of leftist special interest groups. For example, the DOJ worked closely with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) regarding the dismissal of the voter intimidation lawsuit filed against the New Black Panther Party for Self-Defense.
One of the women alleged to be a prostitute connected to New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez has denied the claim, which was first put forward by a mysterious e-mailer. Yaneisi Fernandez told Spanish-language television station Univision she had never seen Menendez before. “I’ve never participated in those activities, don’t know those people or that man,” Fernandez, 21, told Univision. Politico obtained a translation of the report. (Snip )Williams’ e-mails were circulated to reporters last year, but with no one able to confirm his information, the mainstream media did not publish the allegations and the story was confined
Actor Jim Carrey said Saturday that anyone who has bought an “assault rifle” since the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School retain little that is “worth protecting.” “[Anyone] who would run out to buy an assault rifle after the Newtown massacre has very little left in their body or soul worth protecting,” said Carrey on Twitter, Feb. 2. Gun sales have soared since the massacre in Newtown, Conn., which left 26 dead, including 20 first graders, as politicians have proposed stricter gun control legislation. Data released by the FBI showed a record number of
The Super Bowl ad sidelined by CBS for taking shots at soda giants Pepsi and Coke can claim a victory online. The 46-second spot for SodaStream — a machine that lets people make their own bubbly beverages at home — has been viewed more than 2.5 million times since Wednesday. The buzz started after ad man Alex Bogusky, who’s behind the company’s campaign, questioned CBS for yanking the commercial from its lineup. Israel-based SodaStream had purchased air time during the Super Bowl’s fourth quarter, according to Ad Age. “Soda Stream has the right to show competitors,” Bogusky tweeted.
The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is telling a different story about Benghazi than the State Department and the Central Intelligence Agency. If the story Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs, is telling is correct, then the story the State Department Accountability Review Board (ARB) and the Central Intelligence Agency have told is not. If the story the State Department and the CIA have told is correct, than Gen. Dempsey is telling an inaccurate story to explain why the Defense Department sent no help to the State Department and CIA personnel
One day after President Obama said "yes," he thinks the Boy Scouts of America should admit homosexuals -- to expose them to "opportunities and leadership" -- dozens of conservative groups are running a newspaper ad, urging the Boy Scouts to "show courage" and "stand for timeless values." The 41 conservative organizations, in a full-page ad in Monday´s USA Today, said it would be a "grave mistake" for BSA to change their longstanding policy against having openly homosexual Scout leaders or Scouts. In a Sunday interview with "60 Minutes"
Sen. Ron Wyden has spent two years demanding that the Obama administration share its legal opinions justifying the targeted assassinations of suspected American terrorists abroad. After all, as a member of the Intelligence Committee, the Oregon Democrat is entitled (and cleared) to know. How can his panel provide oversight if officials won’t say what legal authority they have, let alone in which countries it applies? The White House has spent those two years stonewalling. “The administration’s position is basically, ‘Trust us,’” Wyden tells National Journal. “Nowhere in the charge to the committee does oversight get defined as trusting the
FORT WORTH, Texas — Feminist icon Gloria Steinem said Gov. Rick Perry has without a doubt created a lasting legacy in Texas. When the state´s longest-serving governor and former GOP presidential candidate signed off on plans to shrink funding for family planning -- and revamped the women´s healthcare program, excluding Planned Parenthood from participating -- his place in history became clear, she said. "He personally will go down in history as an authoritarian -- a dictatorial, unacceptable American," Steinem, 78, told the Star-Telegram on Friday before speaking to a crowd of more than 800
A Republican congressman called Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) racist for making a joke about Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s space ambitions. Fresh off the Islamic Republic swearing that it really did send a monkey into orbit, the president has volunteered to go to space himself, reported Mehr News Agency this morning. “I am ready to be the first human to be sent to space by Iranian scientists,” Ahmadinejad said. “So Ahmadinejad wants to be first Iranian in space – wasn’t he just there last week? ‘Iran launches monkey into space,’” McCain tweeted. Some 20 minutes later, after multiple
Joe Biden is in Europe this week, meeting with leaders in Berlin, Paris and London.[Snip] Over the weekend the US vice president attended the Munich Security Conference where he delivered a speech on the Obama administration’s foreign policy, expressing a willingness to sit down in direct negotiations with the Iranian regime over its nuclear programme, an approach that can only be described as naïve in the extreme. On Europe, he spoke about the “unfinished business in our common project of a Europe whole and free,” describing Europe as “America’s indispensable partner of first resort.”
Former SEAL sniper Chris Kyle was murdered at a gun range near Glen Rose, Texas on Saturday. Fellow vet Eddie Ray Routh has been arraigned in Kyle’s death and that of a second veteran murdered at the range, Chad Littlefield. Routh apparently suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Kyle and Littlefield were trying to help Routh deal with his PTSD. The motive in the killings remains unclear. That did not stop former Rep. Ron Paul from popping off about it on Twitter. Ron Paul ? @RonPaul Chris Kyle´s death seems to confirm that "he who lives by
COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa — The biggest donors in the Republican Party are financing a new group to recruit seasoned candidates and protect Senate incumbents from challenges by far-right conservatives and Tea Party enthusiasts who Republican leaders worry could complicate the party’s efforts to win control of the Senate. The group, the Conservative Victory Project, is intended to counter other organizations that have helped defeat establishment Republican candidates over the last two election cycles. It is the most robust attempt yet by Republicans to impose a new sense of discipline on the party, particularly in primary races.
Boys score as well as or better than girls on most standardized tests, yet they are far less likely to get good grades, take advanced classes or attend college. Why? A study coming out this week in The Journal of Human Resources gives an important answer. Teachers of classes as early as kindergarten factor good behavior into grades — and girls, as a rule, comport themselves far better than boys.
Paris - Mali´s foreign minister is urging international cooperation to root out extremists who littered the north of his country with land mines and who pose "a global threat." He also hinted that Malians aren´t ready for French troops to pull out just yet. Tieman Hubert Coulibaly spoke in an interview with The Associated Press on Monday in Paris, where he is visiting to discuss with French authorities the 3-week-old French-led military intervention against al-Qaida-linked fighters in the vast West African nation. In recent days, land mine explosions killed four Malian soldiers and two civilians in northern Mali.