Beyoncé´s energetic Super Bowl performance came with its own fan-filled audience, a contribution from her rapper husband Jay-Z and a costume wild enough to enrage animal rights protestors. One thing the singer didn´t plan for, however, was "unflattering" photos. It appears not even divas are immune from an awkward snap, and when American website Buzzfeed decided to publish 33 of the less photogenic photos of Beyoncé´s performance, news site Gawker found out that her publicist called for them to be taken down. The publicist sent an email to Buzzfeed "respectfully asking" that they remove some of the "unflattering" photos, specifying
Call it Chuck Hagel Part II. John Brennan, President Obama´s pick to head the CIA, faces a frustrated Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday, where he will be grilled on the Obama administration´s increased use of drones and the harsh interrogations that took place during the Bush era. Brennan was a top aide to former CIA director George Tenet during the time just after the 9/11 attacks when harsh interrogation techniques, such as waterboarding, were being used. He has since said he opposed the program. The White House has signaled confidence that Brennan’s nomination will get Senate approval,
Exercising a power that no prior president ever thought he possessed -- a power that no prior president is known to have exercised -- President Obama admitted that he ordered the execution of American citizens, not on a battlefield, based on his belief that they were involved in terrorist activities. It is known that at least three U.S. citizens, including a 16-year old boy, were killed on the president´s order in drone strikes in Yemen in 2011. As the worldwide drone program ramps up, there have been increasing calls for the president to
A Spanish warship has been confronted by the Royal Navy near Gibraltar amid growing tensions around the UK outpost. The armed patrol vessel, which typically carries special forces and marines, was spotted cruising irregularly and warned repeatedly to leave British waters. Last night, the Foreign Office lodged a diplomatic protest with Madrid over the most serious episode of sabre-rattling off the Rock in half a century. There are fears that the Spanish government is seeking to ramp up tensions to deflect attention away from domestic problems threatening to engulf Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy. Prominent Gibraltar barrister Charles Gomez said: There
While I can´t recall the exact reason my sister hit me on the head with a high heel many years ago I´ll never forget her saying, "you´re so cold-hearted." Apparently she felt I was not that sympathetic to a situation she had read about in the newspaper. I was reminded about this long ago incident listening to the recent testimonies in Congress on the gun control issues. The Democrats always wage their battles by triggering emotional reactions while the Republicans tend to value the facts - which explains why I am a Republican and why she is a diehard Democrat.
Iran´s supreme leader has dismissed a US offer of one-to-one talks on Tehran´s nuclear programme. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said in a speech posted online that the US was proposing talks while "pointing a gun at Iran". On Saturday, US Vice-President Joe Biden suggested direct talks, separate to the wider international discussions due to take place later this month. But the US widened sanctions on Iran on Wednesday, aiming to tighten a squeeze on Tehran´s ability to spend oil cash. Iran, which is subject to an array of international sanctions, has long argued that its nuclear programme is for energy generation
Two Russian fighter jets have violated Japanese airspace, prompting Tokyo to scramble its own aircraft, reports say. Japan lodged a protest after the planes were detected off the northern island of Hokkaido for just over a minute. The incident happened after Japanese PM Shinzo Abe said he was seeking a solution to a territorial dispute with Russia over a Pacific island chain. Russia´s military denied the incursion, saying the jets were making routine flights near the disputed islands. Mr Abe was speaking on the anniversary of an 1855 treaty which Japan says supports its claims to the islands.
The former U.S ambassador to the U.N. John Bolton had some rare praise for President Obama, and specifically for his expansive drone war. Via Mediaite: “It seems to me that the approach that the Obama administration is following is consistent with and really derived from the Bush administration approach to the War on Terror,” Bolton told [Fox News] host Jenna Lee. “And I think it is entirely sensible. Whether it is foreign citizens who are involved with Al Qaeda or American citizens, we are in a war. They have attacked us. We have a congressional authorization
Like a million teenagers with school the next day I was in bed at 11pm on Sunday May 15, 1966, but I wasn’t sleeping. Instead I was listening covertly beneath the bed covers to Radio Luxembourg and in particular to Barry Alldis presenting the New Musical Express Top Twenty. Then “Luxembourg” was the only radio station that played continuous 24-hour pop singles and that night between advertisements for Sunsilk shampoo and Fry’s Turkish Delight, Alldis spun a debut single that had been recorded in front of Mick Jagger and had entered the charts at number 14--it was called Wild Thing
Can you believe it? Even the (ahem) news outlets the Washington Post and the New York Times are questioning the veracity of Barack Obama´s claim that he skeet-shoots "all the time." Happily, the propagandists´ hard-hitting, integrity-filled attempts to shift the political presentation of the gun debate have unwittingly opened the door to very serious scrutiny of a great deal of Mr. Obama´s assertions pertaining to his own biography. This is because the exact same standards the propagandists themselves have decided to use as justification for questioning Obama´s claim
The Food and Drug Administration is warning U.S. doctors about another counterfeit version of the cancer drug Avastin, the third case involving the best-selling Roche drug in the past year. The FDA said in an online post Tuesday that at least one batch of the drug distributed by a New York company does not contain the active ingredient in real Avastin, which is used to treat cancers of the colon, lung, kidney and brain.[Snip] The vials are packaged as Altuzan, the Turkish version of Avastin that is not approved for use in the U.S. The agency warned doctors in April
Aside from a few, brave, truth-tellers, all of the discussion in Washington boils down to one theme — Why More Power and Money Should Be Transferred from You to Me. Of course, the sophists never say that directly. They always say it is for the children, or the poor, or the middle class, or the elderly, or the sick. But watch what they do, not what they say. In the end, every Washington Establishment initiative, proposal, or campaign is always aimed at the same result — power and money taken from you, to be given to them.
A federal judge has ordered the Tucson Unified School District to begin offering culturally relevant courses in the next school year. The classes, which will focus on the history, experiences and culture of black and Latino communities, are among many provisions in a plan that aims to bring racial balance to TUSD schools. U.S. District Judge David Bury adopted the plan, known as the Unitary Status Plan, Wednesday.
If a high-ranking administration official does it, it´s not illegal. At least not when we´re talking about ordering the death of an American citizen the administration believes to be associated with Al Qaeda. That´s the conclusion of a Department of Justice "white paper" obtained by NBC´s Michael Isikoff, who published it Monday night. The paper outlines the Obama administration´s legal rationale for the targeted killing of US citizens suspected of terrorism abroad. Administration officials have previously defended such killings as lawful in public. But the white paper, which according to NBC was provided to members
Will the author of the Obama administration white paper on killing U.S. citizens please report for his war crimes trial right away? If he served in the George W. Bush administration, someone would already be agitating for his extraordinary rendition to The Hague. The white paper outlines why the Obama administration believes that it can kill U.S. citizens without due process if they are senior members of Al Qaeda or an affiliate. This is not a merely theoretical legal question, as Anwar al-Awlaki found out from the business end of a Hellfire missile a few years ago in Yemen.
Chris Christie is fighting back against a former White House doctor who says he is too fat to run for president even though he was making jokes about his size just one day earlier.[Snip] ´I’m worried about this man dying in office,´ she said in an interview with CNN. Ms Mariano said that should Christie run in 2016, as it has been widely predicted, he should lose weight beforehand. ´I can understand why his doctors and other people have had trouble getting him to lose weight. This is an issue that will haunt him if he decides to run for
Conservative Rep. Paul Broun once called evolution, embryology and the big-bang theory “lies straight from the pit of Hell.” For Republicans yearning for Senate candidates who can appeal to moderate voters and win general elections, that’s exactly where Broun has come from. On Wednesday, the Georgian became the first member of the GOP to launch a bid to succeed retiring Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss in 2014. His announcement kicks off what could be the longest, bloodiest, most ideological Senate primary this cycle — just as the party grapples with how to nominate candidates with broader electoral appeal.
A potentially historic Nor’easter is churning its way toward the Northeast with potential hurricane force wind gusts and blizzard conditions dumping as much as two feet of snow in some places on Friday and Saturday. While the actual trajectory for the storm is still unknown, New York City could get around 10 inches and Boston could get slammed with as much as two feet with winds gusts up to 55 mph. A blizzard watch is now in effect starting Friday morning for much of Eastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island with travel not recommended amid fears of dangerous white out conditions
Drone Wars: A government memo concludes the U.S. can order the killing of American citizens believed to be tied to al-Qaida, with the White House acting as judge, jury and executioner. Gee, what about due process? Those of us who remember the condemnation and scorn heaped on President George W. Bush by liberals and civil libertarians for his post-9/11 security measures are bemused by the Obama administration´s official declaration of the right to kill Americans abroad through the use of drone strikes. And it´s based on the idea that a single White House official can decide
The Supreme Court’s hearing of challenges to the Voting Rights Act may result in a tightening of voting requirements. In anticipation, Democrats are preemptively pushing to make voting and voter registration easier in the court of public opinion. They complain that long lines on Election Day cost “Democrats hundreds of thousands of voters in November.” President Obama is expected to call for further loosening of voter requirements in his State of the Union address. Democratic media and talking points do not disclose that 2012 wait times were slightly shorter than in 2008,
CASA DE CAMPO, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC — Everyone is someone, it’s said, at Casa de Campo. And such someones. Dominican real estate tycoons. Venezuelan oil honchos. Cuban American sugar barons. European heirs and heiresses. “Her husband was the founder of Monster.com; he died,” Rebecca Hughes, who runs a local Web site, CasadeCampoLiving.com, confides one languid tropical afternoon, gesturing matter-of-factly toward a tall woman strolling across a stone walkway. In this ultra-exclusive, 7,000-acre redoubt — less gated community and resort than gated alternate planet — discretion is everything.
You know that feeling of pleasure you get when you see someone stand up to a bullying, incompetent boss? It’s viscerally satisfying, isn’t it? That’s the way I felt this morning when I heard Postmaster General Patrick Donahue announce that the U.S. Postal Service intended to move forward with a plan to stop Saturday delivery of mail, effective sometime in August. In doing so, Donahue stuck his thumb in the eye of the U.S. Congress, the mail agency’s ultimate boss. Bravo, Mr. Donahue. You may think I have incorrectly identified the incompetent party here.
WASHINGTON — Sweet Caroline could be headed to the land of maple syrup. Caroline Kennedy’s bid to be appointed to the US Senate fizzled, but now she’s being floated as President Obama’s next pick to become ambassador to Canada. Kennedy, daughter of President John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, is the most glamorous name out of several that have have surfaced in the Canadian press buzzing over the appointment over the last few weeks. “She would have star power. People would like that, of course,” one Canadian government source told The Post yesterday.
Former Rep. Joe Walsh, R-Ill., announced Tuesday that he is forming a super PAC “to support freedom-loving conservative alternatives” and to fight back against a Karl Rove initiative to keep unelectable Tea Partyers from winning primaries.(Snip)He wrote on his Facebook page that “if we had listened to Karl Rove in 2010, there would be no [Florida] Sen. Marco Rubio. Rove backed Charlie Crist, who was last seen raving about President Obama at the Democrat National Convention last year.” Walsh also referenced Sens. Mike Lee of Utah, Rand Paul of Kentucky and Ted Cruz of Texas,
Via Israel Matzav, Chuck Hagel refuses to disclose payments he has received in the last five years from foreigners, Is Chuck roast? Hagel refuses to disclose foreign funding sources: Will this finally be enough to break the Obama administration’s hold over Senate Democrats when it comes to the Hagel nomination? Chuck Hagel has refused to disclose to the Senate Armed Services Committee the sources of his foreign funding over the last five years. Is Chuck roast? Via Josh Rogin, GOP senators call for delay in Hagel committee vote: