Joe Biden and his wife Jill arrived in the UK last night at the end of a short tour of Europe that also took in Berlin and Paris. Ahead of his meetings with the Prime Minister and, separately, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, Mr Biden reiterated US concerns about the prospect of Britain withdrawing from the EU. "We value our essential relationship with the UK, as well as our relationship with the EU, which makes critical contributions to peace, prosperity, and security in Europe and around the world," Mr Biden told The Times yesterday. "We believe the United Kingdom is
His remains are believed to lie in an unmarked grave in Winchester and a team is reportedly applying for permission to dig up the spot at St Bartholomew’s Church. It is thought Alfred’s skeleton could be found among a collection of bones there. “The problem is, where would we get a comparative sample from? It’s a hell of a lot further to go back to trace a living descendant.”[Snip] Alfred the Great, an Anglo-Saxon king who ruled from 871 to 899, is known for his social and educational reforms and his military successes against the Danes.
It was initially unclear what happened in Midland City, Alabama on Monday afternoon. There were reports of an explosion, gunfire, a dead suspect and a freed hostage. Combing through reports from both local and national news outlets, though, we´ve been able to piece together a play-by-play account of what happened in the final moments Jimmy Lee Dykes´ life and the first few moments of freedom his 5-year-old hostage, Ethan, had seen in a week. It sounds like a scene from a Bruce Willis movie, except it only lasted a few seconds. Trouble started brewing about 24 hours before Monday´s raid.
Last week, a court approved a settlement deal among commodities firm MF Global’s bankruptcy trustees that will reimburse its customers for 93 percent of the value of their accounts, from which about $1.6 billion had disappeared during the firm’s bankruptcy. But even if they eventually see 100 percent of their funds returned, the firm’s misappropriation of customer funds under the leadership of Jon Corzine will remain a shocking example of financial malfeasance. It looks like Corzine could have gotten away with the crime of the century. If you aren’t familiar with Jon Corzine, he is the man
Imagine if The Post broke a story about the biggest scandal of the Obama-era — and Washington responded with a collective yawn? That’s precisely what happened recently when The Post reported on its front page that senior Obama administration officials were being investigated by the FBI and Justice Department for the leak last summer that the president had personally ordered cyberattacks on the Iranian nuclear program using a computer virus developed with Israel called Stuxnet. The Post quotes a source who says that FBI agents and prosecutors are pursuing “everybody — at pretty high levels.” The paper further reports
The recent inaugural festivities would have seemed more than a little strange to the Framers of the Constitution, had they been on hand to see the show. (Snip)Thus, with the festivities finished and the glow of the inauguration fading, it is fair to ask: Just how powerful will President Obama be in his second term? In other words, how successful will he be at persuading the diverse agents of our government to do what he wants them to do? If the lessons of his first term guide our expectations for the second, then the most likely answer is:
Tokyo/Detroit-Are electric cars running out of juice again? Recent moves by Japan´s two largest automakers suggest that the electric car, after more than 100 years of development and several brief revivals, still is not ready for prime time - and may never be. In the meantime, the attention of automotive executives in Asia, Europe and North America is beginning to swing toward an unusual but promising new alternate power source: hydrogen. The reality is that consumers continue to show little interest in electric vehicles, or EVs, which dominated U.S. streets in the first decade of the 20th century
A skeleton found under a car park in Leicester has been confirmed as that of the king. The reconstructed face has a slightly arched nose and prominent chin, similar to features shown in portraits of Richard III painted after his death. Historian and author John Ashdown-Hill said seeing it was "almost like being face to face with a real person". The development comes after archaeologists from the University of Leicester confirmed the skeleton found last year was the 15th Century king´s, with DNA from the bones having matched that of descendants of the monarch´s family. Richard was killed
Were it not for a previous engagement with the Almighty, there’s not an icicle’s chance in hell or heaven that Ed Koch would have missed this party. Movers, shakers, machers and ordinary schmoes from the dreaded outer boroughs risked pain and frostbite to stand on the frigid Upper East Side for a chance to schmooze and say goodbye. A former president, a disgraced ex-governor, political sworn enemies and lifelong allies. A secretary. A laborer. An ex-police employee. All were welcome, and Koch would have loved every minute of it. For these were Koch’s peeps who came to Temple Emanu-El
There is a new conservative establishment in America, made up of those who claim to be the anti-establishment. The New Establishment’s leaders claim to speak for the very loose agglomeration of voters who gathered three years ago under the banner of the Tea Party, and they angrily assert that anyone who has a different view of how best to achieve conservative aims isn’t a conservative at all. Now they’re up in arms at reports that “big donors” are supposedly going to try to “play a role” in picking Republican senatorial candidates. The goal of this effort
To cut to the chase, a country that was serious about its national security would never put John Brennan in charge of its premier intelligence service. Of course, it is by no means clear that the United States is any longer a serious country in this regard. Serious countries do not fund, arm and “partner with” hostile regimes. They do not recruit enemy sympathizers to fill key governmental policy positions. They do not erect barriers impeding their intelligence services from understanding an enemy’s threat doctrine – in conscious indifference to Sun Tzu’s maxim that defending oneself requires knowing one’s enemies.
There are four kinds of Super Bowl ads. Shock ads (encompassing both sexy and gross-out shock), Joke ads, Stunt casting ads, and Sweet ads. They sometimes overlap– gross-out Shock + Joke (the Doritos oeuvre) or Joke + Stunt casting, etc. It’s Shock, Joke, and Stunt that get the pre-game coverage, with the networks threatening to ban certain ads and companies happily riding the wave of publicity (the Go Daddy strategy). But I’d argue it’s the Sweet ads that win the day. One of the few memorable ads of the last several years is the VW Darth Vader ad,
The Washington, D.C., region has long been considered recession-proof, thanks to the remorseless expansion of the federal government in good times and bad. Yet it’s only now—as D.C. positively booms while most of the country remains in economic doldrums—that the scale of Washington’s prosperity is becoming clear. Over the past decade, the D.C. area has made stunning economic and demographic progress. Meanwhile, America’s current and former Second Cities, population-wise—Los Angeles and Chicago—are battered and fading in significance. Though Washington still isn’t their match in terms of population, it’s gaining on them in terms of economic power and national importance.
WASHINGTON -- After ducking comment for days, Sen. Robert Menendez is forcefully denying allegations he engaged with prostitutes in the Dominican Republic, calling the claims false "smears." Menendez told reporters on Monday that he had done nothing wrong. His voice rose with anger as he described "anonymous, nameless, faceless individuals" who he said have driven false stories into the mainstream media. "That´s what they´ve done successfully," he said his first public remarks since the allegations began to spread on Wednesday. "The bottom line is all of those smears are absolutely false."
SANTO DOMINGO -Prominent Dominican lawyer Vinicio Castillo on Monday said allegations that linked U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez to sex parties with prostitutes in the Dominican Republic were part of a “dirty campaign” aimed at discrediting his cousin, a Florida eye doctor who has a stalled multimillion-dollar contract for security at Dominican ports. Castillo said Monday he will formally request Dominican authorities open an investigation into the source of allegations that claimed Menendez, a New Jersey Democrat, and Florida ophthalmologist Salomon Melgen had sex parties with prostitutes, including some that were underage.
A confidential Justice Department memo concludes that the U.S. government can order the killing of American citizens if they are believed to be “senior operational leaders” of al-Qaida or “an associated force” -- even if there is no intelligence indicating they are engaged in an active plot to attack the U.S. The 16-page memo, a copy of which was obtained by NBC News, provides new details about the legal reasoning behind one of the Obama administration’s most secretive and controversial polices: its dramatically increased use of drone strikes against al-Qaida suspects, including those aimed at American citizens,
WASHINGTON- The United States can target its own citizens with drone strikes if they have recently been involved in violent attacks, a Justice Department memo says. NBC News reported Monday it had obtained a copy of the confidential 16-page memo. The case made for targeting U.S. citizens in countries such as Yemen is similar to, but goes beyond, the one laid out by Attorney General Eric Holder and other officials. "The condition that an operational leader present an ´imminent´ threat of violent attack against the United States does not require the United States to have clear evidence that a
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and David Letterman have shared some laughs about the many fat jokes the comedian has made about the lawmaker´s ample girth. Christie has termed his plumpness ´fair game´ for comedians. And during his first appearance on Late Show with David Letterman on Monday, the outspoken Republican and potential 2016 presidential contender read two of Letterman´s jokes that he said were ´some of my personal favorites.´ Scroll down for video -Those jabs included a zinger about how there would be a billion dollars spent on potato chips on Super Bowl Sunday, and that was only
On his Monday program, syndicated conservative talker Mark Levin was irate at the news that former Bush administration deputy chief of staff Karl Rove is launching a political action committee to help electable Republicans win primaries. “I just love the way these crony capitalist Republicans — these big government Republicans, these establishment Republicans — I love the way they invoke William Buckley,” Levin said. “They invoke Ronald Reagan. Sometimes they like Obama; they invoke the Founding Fathers. And to what ends? To trash us? See, we can’t win, but the problem is we do win. Yeah, we have our losses
More than a decade ago, New Jersey became one of the first states to pass a law calling for school districts to infuse African-American history into their social studies curriculum. During the past three years, 584 school districts, universities and libraries statewide have linked to the curriculum provided on the Amistad Commission’s website, the state says. In Bergen County, 82 districts, colleges and charters have registered to access the curriculum, and in Passaic County that number is 25. And teachers are encouraged to attend training sessions on how to integrate black history into their regular lessons.
NEW ORLEANS - The cause of a 34-minute blackout at the Super Bowl remains under investigation, but public records released Monday show that Superdome officials were worried about a power outage several months before the big game. An Oct. 15 memo released by the Louisiana Stadium & Exposition District, which oversees the Superdome, says tests on the dome´s electrical feeders showed they had "some decay and a chance of failure." Entergy New Orleans, the company that supplies the stadium with power, and the structure´s engineering staff "had concerns regarding the reliability of the Dome service from Entergy´s Link repaired by Staff.
LANCASTER, Tex. — On Saturday, when Chris Kyle, a retired Navy SEAL sniper, parked his truck outside Eddie Ray Routh’s house in this Dallas suburb, the two men were virtual strangers. Their plan was to spend the afternoon at a remote shooting range, one of Mr. Kyle’s techniques for helping struggling veterans adjust to civilian life. But by the evening, the police had arrested Mr. Routh, charging him with the shooting deaths of Mr. Kyle and another man, Chad Littlefield. (Snip) he knew Mr. Routh’s mother, Jodi Routh, who had recently asked for help for her son, a former Marine
This is, to me, one of the most interesting news stories in quite a while: DNA testing has confirmed that a skeleton dug up under a parking lot in Leicester is that of Richard III, the last Plantagenet King of England and one of Shakespeare’s great villains. This is what the skeleton looked like when it was discovered amid the foundations of a Franciscan friary, the very place where historical sources said Richard’s body was taken after the Battle of Bosworth in 1485: The body’s hands appeared to have been tied, and Richard seems to have died
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — Gasoline prices almost always rise early in the year. Just not this fast. Or this high. The national average for a gallon of regular jumped 17 cents in the last week, reaching $3.52. In Houston Monday, the average price was $3.357 a gallon, up from $3.175 a week ago. Californians suffered even more of a shock, with the statewide average climbing 23 cents in one week, to hit $3.91 on Monday, according to a daily price survey from the AAA auto club. Gas in California now costs more than it ever
AUSTIN - Texas Gov. Rick Perry is airing radio ads in California to convince companies there to relocate to the Lone Star state. A public-private marketing partnership called TexasOne is paying for the 30-second advertisement that touts the state´s low taxes and industry-friendly regulations along with strict limits on lawsuits. In the ad, Perry says that he hears "building a business in California is next to impossible." He calls on California businesses to "come check out Texas."
When Ted Nugent sat down with Piers Morgan in Texas tonight, he delivered the CNN host his most explosive interview since last month’s showdown with Alex Jones. Morgan began by asking Nugent to explain to him, “in the least inflammatory way possible” why Americans need the AR-15 assault rifle. When Nugent began talking about the millions of Americans who own guns and have “never caused a problem, never had an accident and will never commit a crime,” Morgan responded by listing off the number of gun murders and suicides each year in this country. “Do you care about murders?”