One almost feels sorry for Dianne Feinstein. Her first assault-weapons ban was widely judged to be a failure, and her more expansive second try seems set to be ignored by her colleagues in the Senate. Per the Wall Street Journal: Senate Democratic leaders expect a gun bill to move to the Senate floor that includes most of the proposals backed by President Barack Obama, with the notable exception of a ban on military-style, semiautomatic weapons, a top aide to Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada said. The bill would likely seek to limit the capacity of ammunition magazines;
Violent, thieving mobs have been making headlines across the country for the past few years, and now they have hit New York City. And Maurice Dubois reported in this CBS 2 investigation, the teen mobs have left neighborhoods worried as businesses take matters into their own hands. Judson Bennett, 78, recently ran into a violent group of teens [Snip] as he made his daily trip to buy a newspaper at his favorite news team.
Most people can´t live without Facebook -- but what happens to your Facebook page when you are no longer living? New Hampshire and other states are trying to figure that out. State Rep. Peter Sullivan has introduced legislation to allow the executor of an estate control over the social networking pages of the dead. Last week, the New Hampshire House of Representatives voted 222-128 to give Sullivan more time to write an amendment that begins a study of the issue. The bill proposed by Sullivan, a Democrat from Manchester, would allow control of someone´s Facebook, Twitter, and other accounts
Any immigration package in which current illegal immigrants are made eligible for Obamacare — in the form of either exchanges or Medicaid — could increase costs to the federal government by between $120 billion to $200 billion in its first decade, according to internal calculations by the Republican side of the Senate Budget Committee that were obtained exclusively by The Daily Caller. GOP Senate Budget Committee staffers explained to TheDC that the estimates assume that the law’s provision capping total spending on exchange subsidies, which is set to begin in 2019, is enforced.
An elite team of FBI agents built a mock bunker and inserted a spy camera into Jimmy Lee Dyke’s underground lair to rescue five-year-old Ethan after a week of meticulous and secretive planning, it was revealed today. The FBI Hostage Rescue Team blew the doors off the bunker and shot dead the survivalist during the daring raid yesterday afternoon after footage from a secret hi-tech camera showed the boy’s life was in ‘imminent danger’. Agents became increasingly concerned the 65-year-old´s behavior would turn violent after their negotiations with him ´deteriorated´ in the final 24 hours.
Nobel Prize winning “economist” Paul Krugman spoke at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue in Washington, D.C. last week. During the Q&A session following the lecture, an audience member asked him about the rising national debt. Earlier in the evening, Krugman had already vocalized his satisfaction at President Obama’s apparent lack of concern over the exploding cumulative deficit. However, in a moment of brutal honesty, the esteemed Princeton professor revealed his long term prognosis. According to the professor, Eventually we do have a problem. That the population is getting older, health care costs are rising…there
President Barack Obama will call Tuesday for new tax cuts and some spending curbs to avoid a series of automatic deep cuts to domestic and defense spending that he approved to resolve a 2011 fiscal crisis. He’s expected to argue at 1:15 a.m. EST that the sequester will further damage the economy, which actually shrank by 0.1 percent during the last three months of 2012. Obama’s new proposal comes one day after he missed the legal deadline for submitting a 2014 budget request, and five weeks after he approved a measure to avoid the so-called “Fiscal Cliff” that raised taxes
It may not be all about us humans - earthworms could be contributing to climate change too, according to a new study. What´s more, the research warns worm populations are set to boom in the next few decades. So should we be worrying about worm-induced warming? Well, probably not in the grand scheme of things - but the humble earthworm does have more to do with greenhouse gas emissions than you might think. Earthworms don´t produce much in the way of emissions themselves. But the soil they live in does - and worms play a big part in soil.
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) will speak for the first time at this year´s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), a regular stop for Republican presidential hopefuls. The move is a sign that Bush is seeking a more public role within the GOP, though it´s unclear whether he´s more interested in playing an elder-statesman role or in running for president. While Bush has been invited to speak at previous CPAC events, this is the first time he´s accepted the offer. "We are pleased to announce that my friend Governor Jeb Bush will be a featured speaker at CPAC 2013,"
Executives at Medicaid- funded not-for-profits in New York are hauling in massive salaries, with one raking in $2.8 million and 14 others topping a half-million, an explosive congressional report has found. And more than 100 other executives from Medicaid-funded agencies in New York are pulling in more than $200,000, according to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. The report, titled Billions of Federal Tax Dollars Wasted Annually by New York’s Medicaid Program, called for a sweeping independent audit of the state’s bloated $54 billion in Medicaid spending, the nation’s highest.
I’ve known David Horowitz for more than 20 years, from the time he came through town with Peter Collier talking about their invaluable book Destructive Generation: Second Thoughts About the Sixties. As Jay Nordlinger has written, David was a leader of the New Left who became a leader of the fighting Reaganite Right: “He is a thinker and a doer, an intellectual and an activist. His mind ranges widely, and so do his books. He has written about politics and policy, of course. But he has also written about matters literary, cultural, and spiritual.”
The Super Bowl power outage (which the NFL says was not Beyoncé’s fault) has fast become a proverbial Rorschach test for energy companies touting radically different technologies. The company NRG Energy provides a solar power system for the 2014 Super Bowl venue, and it used the outage at the New Orleans Superdome to tout the New Jersey MetLife Stadium´s “solar ring,” while also acknowledging its limits. “You never realize just how important power is until the lights go out. In case you didn´t know, MetLife Stadium will be hosting next year’s big game and is armed with a
President Obama on Tuesday will ask Congress to approve legislation to replace at least some of the $85 billion in automatic spending cuts set to hit the government on March 1. The president will deliver a statement at 1:15 p.m. at the beginning of the White House press briefing. A White House official said Obama would emphasize that the scheduled cuts would hurt the Pentagon and the broader economy. "With our economy poised to continue to strengthen this year, the president will make clear that we can´t see another self-inflicted wound from Washington,"
A photo of a smiling, recovering George H.W. Bush is making the rounds in social media. The 88-year-old former president, who was recently released from Methodist Hospital after a seven-week stay, was spotted at a Galleria-area restaurant on Saturday night, according to the The Hill and CultureMap Houston. CultureMap says Bush enjoyed dinner with family at Gigi´s Asian Bistro & Dumpling Bar in the Galleria area. A photo on Instagram shows the 41st president hanging out with well-wishers. CultureMap identified the two men in the photo as Mark Sullivan and Jason Reeves.
French police arrested four suspected Islamist militants near Paris on Tuesday as part of an investigation into the recruitment of volunteers by al Qaeda insurgents in Mali, Interior Minister Manuel Valls said. France´s intervention in Mali to rid its former colony of Islamist fighters has prompted the authorities to increase security against possible reprisal attacks on its interests in mainland France and abroad. Anti-terrorism judge Marc Trevidic, who is in charge of the operation, told Reuters last month that France needed more robust local policing, better intelligence sharing and the ability to infiltrate small radical Islamist groups
Before you answer that question, take a look at this video from the Emergency Committee for Israel, which put together one of the most embarrassing episodes ever by a Cabinet nominee during a confirmation hearing: “Is it too much to ask,” ECI wonders, “that Secretary of Defense nominee Chuck Hagel knows the Obama administration’s policy on Iran?” Is it also too much to ask that a Cabinet nominee for a post this critical spend any time preparing on what was obviously going to be a central issue for the Armed Services Committee?
Opening the first immigration hearing of the new Congress, the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee warned his colleagues not to use the term "illegal immigrant" as the debate goes on. "I hope no one uses the term illegal immigrants here today. Our citizens are not — the people in this country are not illegal. They are are out of status. They are new Americans that are immigrants," said Rep. John Conyers Jr., Michigan Democrat. As Congress begins the immigration debate, both sides are preparing for an emotionally charged fight, and language will be one of the battlegrounds.
When Dick Yuengling bought a round of beers for more than 10,000 Philadelphians on National Drink Beer Day last year, he said "the city has truly shown our family business brotherly love, and we´d like to raise a glass to that." Now, Dick Yuengling may be throwing back a few of his own brews after receiving a civil lawsuit from the city that claims his brewery, D.G. Yuengling and Son Inc., has failed to pay more than $6.6 million in city taxes, interest and penalty fees.
As Leon Panetta ends a decades-long Washington career capped by his service as defense secretary, he has said repeatedly he is ready to get back to his family’s bucolic walnut ranch off the central coast of California. But over the last four years, while serving a CIA director and defense secretary, he already has been spending a lot of time there, continuing a cross-country commute back to Monterey, Calif. nearly every weekend on the taxpayer’s dime. Even though Mr. Panetta acknowledges traveling back to California on nearly a weekly basis, he has declined to say exactly how many trips
At next week’s State of the Union Address, President Barack Obama is likely to continue his ongoing push for more gun control. It’s a push first spurred on by Obama’s gun control allies in the liberal media. In the wake of the horrific school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut on December 14, the Big Three (ABC, CBS, NBC) networks quickly moved to exploit the tragedy to push for more gun control legislation while mostly ignoring solutions that respect gun owners’ Second Amendment rights. MRC analysts reviewed all 216 gun policy stories on the Big Three networks’ evening
The success of the Democratic effort in 2012 was credited in large part to a massive data-mining effort and hyperaccurate microtargeting. Data collection efforts by Democrats from the ground up allowed the party to fine-tune GOTV efforts and turn out voters that normally would have stayed home. The technological and demographic edge allowed Barack Obama to win another term as President, and Democrats to pick up seats in the House and Senate, the latter somewhat unexpectedly. What will Democrats do with all of that data?
President Obama has probably put the Secret Service on this one, and the FBI, the CIA and the D.C. cops, too. Who came up with that really dumb idea of putting out an official White House photograph of the president stalking clay pigeons with his shotgun? Maybe it was the campaign consultant who gave Michael Dukakis a ride in an Abrams tank. (Maggie Thatcher had taken a similar ride two years earlier and looked like George S. Patton.) Or the wizard who decked out John Kerry in a lab suit that gave him the appearance of a giant sperm. Source corrected by staff
Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., the ranking Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, called for lawmakers and panelists to avoid using the term “illegal immigrant” during a committee hearing on immigration reform today. “I hope no one uses the term ‘illegal immigrants’ here today,” Conyers said today, as National Review noted. “Our citizens are, the people in this country are not illegal, they are out of status, they are new Americans that are immigrants, and I think that we can forge a path to citizenship that will be able to pass muster.” The comment is in keeping
The £999 device uses a new digital motor to force air at 430mph out of wings mounted on the side of a conventional tap. Made from engineering-grade steel cut to 0.001mm of accuracy, the Tap is attached to the motor in a separate unit which also contains springs and silencers to minimise vibration and noise. Infrared sensors control when water is produced and when air is blown onto the hands to dry them. The Airblade Tap claims to dry a user’s hands in just 12 seconds, and eliminates the need to walk across a bathroom floor to a hand dryer. Link repaired by staff
The full extent of the CIA´s extraordinary rendition programme has been laid bare with the publication of a report showing there is evidence that more than a quarter of the world´s governments covertly offered support. A 213-page report compiled by the Open Society Justice Initiative (OSJI), a New York-based human rights organisation, says that at least 54 countries co-operated with the global kidnap, detention and torture operation that was mounted after 9/11, many of them in Europe. So widespread and extensive was the participation of governments across the world that it is now clear the CIA
SANFORD – A judge has denied George Zimmerman´s request to delay his trial in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. The trial remains set for June 10. Circuit Judge Debra Nelson issued her ruling during an often heated one-hour hearing this morning. (Snip) The day´s events began in front of the Seminole County Courthouse with family members and supporters singing "Happy Birthday" to Trayvon, who would have turned 18 today. The legal arguments began at 9 a.m. Defense attorney Mark O´Mara acknowledged the teen´s birthday at the start of the hearing, stating that "no matter what, a tragedy occurred."