Brazilian President Luiz Inácio "Lula" da Silva suggested the family of Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez the possibility of receiving medical care in a hospital in Brazil, where Lula himself was treated for cancer. According to newspaper Folha de Sao Paulo, Lula presented the proposal once again last week in Havana, as he met with Chávez´s daughter Rosa Virginia Chávez; her husband, Minister of Science and Technology Jorge Arreaza, and Venezuelan Foreign Minister Elías Jaua. "Lula da Silva again suggested that the Venezuelan president, hospitalized in Cuba since last December, considers treatment
About a third of the way into in a Department of Justice white paper explaining why and when the President can kill American citizens, there is a citation that should give a reader pause. It comes in a section in which the author of the document, which was given to members of the Senate Intelligence and Judiciary committees last year—and obtained by Michael Isikoff, of NBC, on Monday—says that this power extends into every country in the world other than the United States, well beyond those where we are engaged in hostilities.
Vice President Nicolas Maduro on Tuesday announced a probe into political "crimes and assassinations" that took place before Hugo Chavez was elected president in 1999. The goal is to investigate alleged political murders committed starting in 1958, when a military dictatorship ended and Venezuela´s main parties reached an agreement resulting in two center-right parties, COPEI and Accion Democratica, dominating Venezuelan politics. Chavez and his supporters have long railed against the "rancid bourgeoisie" in those parties -- and link them directly to opposition leader Henrique Capriles, a former COPEI legislator.
Barbara Walters, who’s battling the chicken pox, says she expects to miss another three weeks on “The View” — and revealed she suffered a concussion when she fell in DC last month. Walters, 83 — who’s been off the air since she fainted and hit her head during an inauguration-weekend party at the British Embassy — called into her ABC morning show this morning with an update on her condition. “What happened was that I had a temperature and had chicken pox and didn’t know it,” Walters said. “So when I was in Washington for inauguration weekend, I fainted
A massive crowd has converged on Annapolis Wednesday to rally against a proposal by Maryland Gov. Martin O´Malley that would ban assault weapons and require residents to obtain a license before purchasing handguns. Thousands of Second Amendment advocates gathered outside the State House to show their disapproval in advance of a Senate hearing on the legislation to be held Wednesday afternoon. “Criminals love gun control,” read one sign at the rally. “It makes their job safer.” The gun-rights rally came as President Obama was also in the Maryland state capital for the day, meeting privately with
Rupert Murdoch´s News International is making a concerted effort to close down the News of the World phone-hacking saga, agreeing out-of-court settlements on 143 of 165 outstanding civil damages cases it is facing in the high court ahead of a key hearing before a judge on Friday. However, lawyers acting for alleged phone-hacking victims say News International will be unable to finally draw a line under the scandal, as police are still in the process of informing victims. At least eight new claims are being prepared for Mr Justice Vos´s court hearing on Friday, including cases brought by former Crystal Palace
Not all of America’s most eminent public personae are memorialized in public places. But when Pennsylvania Station is finally brought into the contemporary age, Daniel Patrick Moynihan will be, having been so honored in at least two other locations. Pat was still alive but barely out of office when the first of these buildings, the 27-story Moynihan Courthouse at Foley Square (which was named for “Big Tom” Foley, a Tammany Hall pol), was dedicated in his name. (Senior citizens among The Observer’s readers may recall that this is where the Smith Act prosecution of the Communist
I passed through Los Angeles recently on my way to the Sundance Film Festival. I don’t know the place well, but it always feels to me as if it is in limbo and has never grown into a proper city: a municipal playground, populated by restless kidults. Here, people dine at seven and sleep by nine, ferried around in cars, sipping sodas, suspended in a make-believe world, poised in that fake calm between a toddler’s fall and ensuing screams. Its transient, unevolved quality may have something to do with it being a temporary home
After four exhausting years, Hillary Clinton leaves the State Department with an impressive record of air miles logged, town-hall meetings held, important but neglected issues highlighted, international crises defused, gaffes avoided, citizens of the United States and the world wowed, and White House policies capably carried out. When Clinton and President Obama recently sat down for an interview on “60 Minutes,” they all but held hands, swearing deathless affection and respect, and they seemed to mean it.
Outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta reportedly believes the military should receive a pay cut in order to respond to the budget cuts facing the Pentagon — a position that might strengthen the Republican push to reverse President Obama’s executive order raising the salary of Vice President Joe Biden and other federal officials. “Panetta will recommend to Congress that military salaries be limited to a one percent increase in 2014,” CNN reports, explaining that Panetta is “effectively decreasing troop salaries next year . . . The decision comes as the secretary is stepping up the rhetoric about dire cuts at the Pentagon if sequestration goes into effect.” Headline split and Content added by staff.
The 26-year-old husband of Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes is to run for Congress, it was revealed today. Sean Eldridge, a Democrat activist who heads an investment firm, filed the papers on Tuesday to challenge the Republican seat in New York´s Hudson Valley. The district is currently held by Representative Chris Gibson - a two-term Republican and decorated war hero. Gibson was re-elected at the November elections winning 53 per cent of the vote. Eldridge and Hughes, who has a fortune of an estimated $500million, have positioned themselves as something of a gay power couple since tying the knot last year.
Texas lawmakers are putting educators on the hot seat after public school curriculum surfaced that promoted Islam and socialism while deconstructing American values and patriotism. (Snip) School children were exposed to lessons that labeled the Boston Tea Party an act of terrorism. They were also instructed to create flags for socialist and communist countries. And they were also given in-depth lessons in the Islamic faith that included classroom readings from the Koran. “They are indoctrinating our children to hate America,” said Janice VanCleave, of Texas Education Patriots.
Actor and comedian Chris Rock called President Obama the "dad of the country" as he rallied on Capitol Hill to support his father figure´s call for new gun controls. "I am just here to support the president of the United States," said Mr. Rock, a former "Saturday Night Live" cast member whose most recent acting roles include a voice role in the animated feature "Madagascar 3," a spot in "What to Expect When You´re Expecting" and guest turns on the FX comedy "Louie." "The President of the United States is, you know, our boss.
WASHINGTON — The military is poised to extend some benefits to the same-sex partners of service members, U.S. officials said Tuesday, about 16 months after the Pentagon repealed its ban on openly gay service. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has not made a final decision on which benefits will be included, the officials said, but the Pentagon is likely to allow same-sex partners to have access to the on-base commissary and other military subsidized stores, as well as some health and welfare programs. Panetta must walk a fine, legal line. Link repaired by staff
During a panel discussion on Tuesday´s NBC Today about the White House releasing a photo of President Obama skeet shooting to dispel doubt about his claim of doing it "all the time," co-host Matt Lauer worried about the precedent that had been set: "So like releasing the birth certificate a year or so ago, this is the next step, that now the President always has to back up his words with proof?" [Listen to the audio or watch the video after the jump] Lauer´s concern seemed to follow administration talking points perfectly. On Sunday´s Today, correspondent Peter Alexander reported:
Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta will recommend to Congress that military salaries be limited to a 1 percent increase next year due to “budget uncertainties” related to sequestration, CNN reports: Panetta will recommend to Congress that military salaries be limited to a 1 percent increase in 2014. The Pentagon has calculated that the Labor Department’s 2014 Employment Cost Index is expected to be above 1 percent but wants to still cut back on pay because of “budget uncertainties,” a department official told CNN. In 2013, a 1.7 percent increase was approved, based on the index, which has been the basis
Maryland Gov. Martin O´Malley will urge state lawmakers on Wednesday to pass legislation requiring residents to obtain a license before purchasing a handgun, but Second Amendment advocates hope to drown out his message. Mr. O´Malley, a Democrat, will testify before the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee in favor of his bill, which would also ban assault weapons, limit magazine capacities to 10 rounds and require prospective gun buyers to complete a safety course and pay a $100 application fee. However, gun-rights advocates will descend upon Annapolis to rally against a bill
DAVID CORN: I think you just pointed out, as have others, that three major contentious points of this memo, the problems that are there, because I think -- I´m sympathetic to the argument that in some instances you´ve got to use drone strikes when there´s no other opportunity, but the definition of imminence is really stretched here. It´s almost Orwellian. And when you get to a high-level official, the memo seems to suggest that you can do this without anyone vetting the decision of a single person, and whether that´s the president or anybody else,
Congressman Jim McDermott (D-Washington) warns the U.S. could turn into a scene from Les Misérables without a ´we´ mentality in an interview with C-SPAN´s "Washington Journal" on Tuesday. McDERMOTT: This whole society is gradually changing in response to what’s going on. Now, we’re in a very difficult period right now, because we have a lot of people who suddenly think it’s all about me. And it isn’t about me; it’s about we. If we don’t take care of one another, and we say everybody’s on their own, then it will simply fall apart as a society:
The American Latino spirit ran full force throughout President Barack Obama’s recent inauguration.(Snip)We insist that, at the very least, two, preferably three, Latino members serve in Obama’s second term Cabinet. We recently sent the president a letter that named just some of the many talented individuals that could serve the nation well, including administration appointees Thomas Perez of the Justice Department and Francisco Sanchez of the Commerce Department, elected officials Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and U.S. Reps. Nydia Velazquez and Linda Sanchez, and other high profile Latino leaders such as former Surgeon General Richard Carmona and former AFL-CIO Vice President Linda
TRENTON — The state Supreme Court ruled unanimously today that a Cape May County mother did not abuse her child by using cocaine two days before she gave birth since the infant was born unharmed. The decision by the justices underscored its belief that only a child that has been born — and not a fetus — can be protected by New Jersey´s child protection law. All child abuse cases weigh a parent´s right to "raise a child without undue interference by the state" and the state´s "responsibility to protect the welfare of children," Chief Justice Stuart Rabner wrote.