WHEN SARAH Palin burst on the national political scene in 2008, her star power was blinding to both her fans and detractors. Love her or hate her, the Alaska governor tapped by Senator John McCain to be his running mate became an instant celebrity. The GOP ticket’s loss that November seemed not to affect her popularity. Palin’s public appearances continued to draw enormous crowds, and her sometimes dubious political comments invariably were treated as news. When she joined Fox News in 2010 as a commentator at a salary of $1 million a year, her future in the limelight
NYPD counter-terrorism officers are flouting long-standing court orders in spying on mosques and Muslim student organizations, civil rights lawyers charged Monday in new court papers. The lawyers asked a Manhattan Federal Court judge to appoint an independent monitor to ensure compliance with so-called Handschu guidelines that limit police surveillance of political groups. The NYPD has been spying on the Muslim community for years “using intrusive methods, without a reasonable indication of unlawful activity or a criminal predicate of any sort," said Jethro Eisenstein, a New York University law professor and one of five attorneys on the Handschu case.
This is the story of how a hatchet-wielding hitchhiker saved the day during an incredibly bizarre sequence of events to become the latest Daily Caller Patriot. (A Daily Caller Patriot is defined as, “Someone who stands up for individual liberty in the most awesomely ridiculous, obnoxious or just outright stupid way possible.” We don’t hand these out very often, so it is kind of a big deal when we do.) A homeless hitchhiker in Fresno, Calif. scored a ride over Sunday with a 300-pound man claiming to be Jesus Christ.
New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez is engulfed in a number of scandals at the moment, but on Monday he told CNN that he can explain everything. Menendez says he sent his donor/friend, who happens to be under investigation, $58,500 last month to cover the cost of two flights on a private jet because, "I was in a big travel schedule in 2010 as the chair of the (Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee), plus my own campaign getting ready for a re-election cycle and in the process of all of that, it unfortunately fell through the cracks."
The United States has spent over $51 billion to help Afghanistan field, clothe, arm and house a national security force, but the special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction Monday said that Washington doesn´t even know the size of the Afghan force it´s paying for. And in a shocking statement, the IG, John Sopko, said that the numbers the U.S. is relying on from Afghan officials could be a sham, resulting in billions in waste. Sopko, whose office is in charge of auditing the near $100 billion taxpayers are funnelling to Headline resplit by staff
On Monday, Morning Joe examined the report on the Justice Department’s memo on drones. The journalist behind the report, NBC News’ Michael Isikoff, joined the crew as Joe Scarborough incredulously criticized the president’s program that gives the “right to be killed.” The segment was pegged off the report about a Justice Department memo that concludes: “The U.S. government can order the killing of American citizens if they are believed to be ‘senior operational leaders’ of al Qaeda or ‘an associated force’ — even if there is no intelligence indicating they are engaged in an active plot to attack the U.S.”
Eighteen years ago today, Trayvon Benjamin Martin was born to Sabrina Fulton and Tracy Martin. Nearly a year ago, their son was killed by George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer in a gated community in Sanford, Fla., who viewed Trayvon as “a real suspicious guy.” Instead, the unarmed teenager was found with a bag of Skittles and an iced tea from 7-Eleven and a bullet hole in his chest from Zimmerman’s Kel-Tec 9 mm PF-9. Zimmerman now awaits trial for second-degree murder. A trial that his attorney is trying to delay. But he will have his day in court.
The green religion has scored a small but highly symbolic victory in San Francisco, using the bureaucratic state and courts to vanquish a den of sin, where humans have used part of nature for their own benefit and enjoyment. In the process, two of the Bay Area´s most visible subcultures have been set against each other. Red staters can savor the cultural contradictions of America´s most liberal metropolis.(snip)Drake´s Bay Oyster Company, which has been operating for four generations, is violating the sacred wilderness state, which to the greenies is the only legitimate condition
American war hero Chris Kyle fortuitously spoke of the legacy he wanted to leave just days before being shot dead by a fellow veteran he was mentoring. “I would love for people to be able to think of me as a guy who stood up for what he believed in and helped make a difference for the vets,” he told the Texan News Service. “You know, somebody who cared so much about them that he wanted them taken care of.” That mission was tragically cut short on Saturday when Kyle and another man were killed at a gun range
This is the face of Richard III, reconstructed from the skull found beneath a social services car park that was yesterday confirmed as that of the last Plantagenet king. The facial reconstruction was today released following the confirmation that the skeleton unearthed in Leicester was that of the king killed in battle more than 500 years ago. The image is based on a CT scan taken by experts at the University of Leicester, who discovered the king´s skeleton with the help of the Richard III Society during an archaeological dig last September. In an extraordinary find which challenges conventional historical
During an appearance on his show, comedian Stephen Colbert asked Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor if she believed in the Second Amendment and the right for American citizens to own “whatever weapon we want.” “Well, you’ll find out soon enough when a case comes up,” she replied with a laugh. Sotomayor said that she was not a Democrat or a Republican but that she was registered as an independent.
Barack Obama still has a problem with gun owners. And they always will have a problem with him. They did back in spring of 2008 when the new kid didn´t realize he was being taped at that urban fundraiser in another San Francisco mansion. As a result, Pennsylvania primary voters went for Hillary Clinton that year, as did Ohio and Texas Democrats. No one knows what little Barry Soetoro watched on television in those formative childhood years in Indonesia--or if his family even had a TV.
Black academics don’t have a “special obligation” to speak to broader social and political issues. What we have witnessed over the last few decades is the increasing professionalization of this particular class of persons – where the object of their scholarly interests range across a number of subjects that aren’t reducible to questions of race. These individuals stand alongside those who work explicitly on racial matters, but their work doesn’t necessarily reach beyond the confines of a specialized academic community. The political significance of their ideas has been weakened or worse, banished to the shadows,
If last week’s hearing for Chuck Hagel raised questions about his capacity to be secretary of defense, the show trial conducted by his inquisitors on the tribunal raised questions about the GOP. Is the Republican Party, as currently constituted, even capable of conducting a foreign policy befitting a world power? Or has it learned nothing and forgotten nothing since George W. Bush went home and the nation rejected John McCain for Barack Obama? Consider the great foreign issues on the front burner today. Will the Japan-China clash over islets in the South China Sea, now involving warplanes and warships
The town where Osama Bin Laden was killed will soon boast the Disneyland of Pakistan. Officials in Abbottabad, where the 9/11 mastermind met his fate at the hands of U.S. Navy SEALs, is planning to build a $30 million amusement park to boost tourism. But don’t expect the park to be filled with Al Qaeda-themed attractions such a fatwa funhouse or jihadist zipline. (Snip) “This project has nothing to do with Osama Bin Laden,” Syed Aqil Shah, minister for tourism and sports in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan, told reporters.
In January, the New York State Legislature passed the Orwellian-sounding "SAFE" (Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement) Act. The act was debated in closed session without committee hearings, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed it into law within an hour of its passage(snip)The statute criminalizes, potentially criminalizes, or places under state surveillance even the most innocuous, banal, and pedestrian forms of gun ownership, and it restricts the right of self-defense.
A nation without honor is a nation without a future. Today the United States finds itself in a quagmire of ever-increasing self-doubt and foreboding. Chief among the factors that have brought America to this point has been the abandonment of a sense of what is right, just and true as it relates to the duty imposed by conscience. Honor is being abandoned and replaced by duplicity, avarice, self-aggrandizement, cowardice, and an unbridled lust for power and notoriety. These characteristics are symptomatic of the bulk of the American governing class
The Department of Justice has developed a white paper outlining the specific circumstances under which the United States can conduct a lethal drone strike against an American citizen, a copy of which was obtained Monday by NBC News. The paper provides the first detailed look at the criteria the Obama administration uses to judge if it can legally kill American citizens traveling abroad without the benefit of due process. The release of the administration´s legal rationale comes days before CIA nominee John Brennan is scheduled to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee. Panel members, including Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.),
Former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum warned Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) to "be very careful" in his bipartisan negotiations over a comprehensive immigration reform package. Appearing on the "Laura Ingraham Show" on Monday, Santorum was asked what advice he´d dispense to Rubio for working with Sens. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), two of the leading Democratic negotiators. “That’s a very dangerous group you’re playing with.” Santorum said. “These are folks who do not have the interest of finding a bipartisan solution.” Santorum, a former senator for Pennsylvania, went on to warn Rubio that he had "never"
Former Congressman Jesse Jackson isn´t the only member of the house getting looked at by the feds, according to one published report. The Chicago Sun-Times, citing sources, reported Monday that federal investigators are also taking an independent look at former Chicago Ald. Sandi Jackson. Sandi Jackson acknowledged to NBC Chicago back in December that state officials had questioned her about a $69,000 discrepancy between her campaign finance reports and those of her husband. She blamed the conflict on clerical errors made by transitioning staff members and said amendments to her reports were being made Content added by staff
Once upon a time, a Republican senator from Nebraska spoke up for the right of mediocrities to occupy eminent positions of public trust. "Even if he were mediocre, there are a lot of mediocre judges and people and lawyers," said Sen. Roman Hruska in 1970 as a defense of G. Harrold Carswell, Richard Nixon´s ill-fated nominee to the Supreme Court. "They are entitled to a little representation, aren´t they, and a little chance? [snip] Which is why America needs another senator from Nebraska to vindicate the cause of the mediocre man. That man is Chuck Hagel.
The Washington Post is suggesting Tuesday that it´s somehow national news that a high-school football coach in northern Alabama was caught on tape mocking Michelle Obama for having a "fat butt." Post reporter Krissah Thompson used this mini-story -- football coach secretly recorded by students who apparently want him fired, and he´s already been suspended -- to remind people that Rush Limbaugh and Rep. James Sensenbrenner have also mocked the First Lady´s rear end, and this means our "country of white people"
When Michigan became the 24th right-to-work state late last year, everyone knew unions would try to overturn or otherwise neuter the law. That´s the message from a December 27-28 memo to local union presidents and board members from Michigan Education Association President Steven Cook, which recommends tactics that unions can use to dilute the impact of the right-to-work law. One bright idea is to renegotiate contracts now to lock teachers into paying union dues after the right-to-work law goes into effect in March. Another is to sue their own members who try to leave.
Ted Cruz (R., Texas) has been a United States senator for only 34 days, but already he is making his mark on national politics. His conspicuous presence and aggressive tone have thrilled his conservative cheerleaders, while inducing fits of rage in liberal detractors and Joe Scarborough. In the past week alone, Cruz has tangled with veteran Democratic spin-master Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) on Meet the Press, sent a tongue-in-cheek letter to Mayor Rahm Emanuel of Chicago, introduced legislation to fully repeal Obamacare, and recorded “no” votes on major items, including Hurricane Sandy relief,