President Barack Obama is approaching two of the most crucial energy decisions of his presidency: Should he disappoint climate activists by approving the Keystone XL pipeline? And should he anger industry groups by imposing tough greenhouse gas limits on existing power plants? But the president may have a third option: trying to placate both sides. Greenlighting Keystone while he moves forward with the power plant regulations could limit the political fallout from either move, handing Republicans a win on the pipeline and Democrats a victory on climate change. The White House isn’t tipping its hand, but environmental advocates
Mayor Thomas M. Menino will hunker down with staff at City Hall today as a blizzard slams into the Hub, bringing with it high winds, possibly 2 feet of snow — or more — and a winter wallop not seen in Boston in years. “The forecast is changing slightly so we could be seeing more snow than anticipated,” Menino spokeswoman Dot Joyce said last night. “The mayor is asking everybody to hunker down and be helpful to one another. And hopefully we’ll get the city cleaned up before Monday.” Schools were shut down today
A South Florida eye surgeon who’s a friend of a U.S. senator is under federal criminal investigation for billing Medicare millions of dollars to treat elderly patients for services they may not have needed, The Miami Herald has learned. Federal agents began investigating Dr. Salomon Melgen last year, sources say, after investigators suspected he overbilled the taxpayer-funded health program by overprescribing a high-priced drug called Lucentis, which is injected into patients’ eyes. The agents raided Melgen’s West Palm Beach offices last week. He’s also under FBI examination for his ties to Sen. Bob Menendez, a New Jersey Democrat,
So now we know. For years we’ve been told it’s scaremongering to voice concern about the scale of immigration into Britain. But now the facts are clear. This week the EU’s own statistics body Eurostat revealed that Britain now lets in more immigrants than any other of the 27 nations within the EU.[Snip] Is it any wonder that there is now such concern about the impact of immigration from Bulgaria and Romania next year when EU law grants them free movement across Europe? When the phenomenon of mass EU immigration into Britain started Labour simply denied what was happening.
A simple and cheap new treatment for rheumatoid arthritis is set to revolutionise the lives of patients crippled by the painful disease. Just a single injection of the new drug, developed by British scientists, is so potent it can give months of relief. Made from the human protein BiP, it mobilises the body’s immune system to help stop the disease in its tracks. As the first human trials of the drug begin, doctors say it is also showing promise as a treatment for brittle bone disease. That means it could help up to four million people in Britain who suffer
A media story lies at the center of a Washington Post article on the Obama administration’s targeted killing program. In the story, The Post reveals that the 2011 attack that killed U.S. citizen and al-Qaeda operative Anwar al-Awlaki was launched from a base in Saudi Arabia. That base, notes the story, was set up to combat al-Qaeda’s presence in the Arabian peninsula. From there, Greg Miller and Karen DeYoung explain why news of the base is just now emerging: The Washington Post had refrained from disclosing the location at the request of the administration,
A black film-maker has caused controversy after he appeared in public dressed as a Ku Klux Clan member to publicize his new documentary and highlight gun violence. Sixx King, 35, wore the white robe and hood to make his argument that while the KKK killed 3,446 black people in its 86 years of existence - gun violence in the African-American community kills that number in six months across the U.S. King stood among commuters in downtown Philadelphia on Tuesday morning to highlight the shocking statistics. One passer-by told CBS: ´I think that’s nonsense´ while another said:
Less than three weeks removed from his inaugural address, President Obama is already eyeing mid-term elections critical to the fate of his progressive, second-term agenda, agreeing to raise cash for Democrats at more than a dozen events this year. White House officials said Thursday that Obama would hold at least 14 fundraisers for Democratic congressional candidates in 2013, hitting the trail during what critics are describing as a permanent campaign season. According to Democrats with knowledge of the arrangement, Obama will take part in 10 events across the country, split evenly between those sponsored by the Democratic Senatorial
Ever since Mitt Romney lost the presidential election, there’s been a lot of talk about how the Republican party needs to “rebrand” itself. Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal wants, among other things, for the GOP to stop being “the stupid party.” Representative Paul Ryan has concluded that the watchword for the Republican party needs to be “prudence.” Senator Marco Rubio is the frontman for the most tangible aspect of the rebranding effort: getting on the right side of the immigration issue. In the process, he’s become something of the de facto point person for the party. The latest entrant into this effort:
The photo of an adorable toddler saluting her father as he prepared to leave on his nine-month deployment to Afghanistan has touched the hearts of people across the country. Daniella Moen, 3, wanted to be like all the other soldiers who joined her dad, U.S. Army Chaplain Captain Dan Moen, when the national anthem played at his farewell ceremony at Fort Drum, NY on January 11. The girl´s mother, Sasha, was on hand to capture the tender photograph, which has gone viral and become an inspiration to the thousands of military families waiting for their loved ones to come home.
According to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, as reported at The Weekly Standard, President Obama was completely aloof from the events in Libya on September 11. He neither asked nor ordered anything. He did not respond to information sent to the White House. He was not involved at all, during the seven-plus-hour attack that resulted in the deaths of four American government employees, including an ambassador. A few months back, when, for the sake of argument, we were all giving Obama the benefit of the doubt on being human, albeit wretchedly so, I felt compelled to qualify
By refusing to investigate the Al Gore/Al Jazeera deal, it would appear that Capitol Hill “conservatives” like Republican Reps. Michael McCaul, Steve Scalise, and Paul Broun are adopting the view that we have nothing to fear from the global jihad and its instruments of propaganda being positioned on U.S. soil. This view finds support from Scott McConnell, writing in Patrick J. Buchanan’s magazine, The American Conservative, who says there should be no “national loyalty oath” for a new cable channel in America and that the transaction is “welcome news.” Al Jazeera is the voice of the Muslim Brotherhood
‘Give the guy a break.” That was Sen. Harry Reid’s answer to ABC this week when asked about Chuck Hagel’s incoherent performance at his confirmation hearing for defense secretary. Now an Armed Services Committee vote on Hagel has been delayed after 25 Republicans sent a letter asking him to answer questions about whether foreign money paid for any of the work he did or speeches he gave after leaving the Senate. So far, Reid hasn’t joined those asking for more info. But he wasn’t always this reticent. Back when President George W. Bush named Henry Kissinger to chair the 9/11 Commission,
President Obama´s use of drones to kill U.S. citizens fighting alongside terrorists is not easily sorted. It puts two constitutional absolutes into conflict -- the guarantee of due process to every American, and the obligation to provide for the common defense. Sometimes it helps to clarify an issue by viewing it in a different historical context, such as this imagined conversation between President Lincoln and Secretary of War Edwin Stanton the day after the Battle of Cold Harbor in June 1864: Lincoln: Stanton, have you seen these casualty reports? Stanton: Yes, Mr. President, they are horrible. So many dead boys
Sen. Robert Menendez’s chief of staff sent an email to some of his boss’s closest supporters Wednesday that supplies talking points to combat news reports linking the New Jersey Democrat to a potential travel and ethics scandal. The missive offers an inside glimpse into the behind-the-scenes public relations campaign to bolster Menendez’s fortunes. “I’m attaching a memo with talking points I hope you’ll use as you appear before the media or whenever you have opportunities to set the record straight on behalf of Senator Menendez,” read the text of the email, sent Wednesday and obtained by CQ Roll Call.
A Facebook error on Thursday caused major disruption to some of the top visited news websites. Internet users, who were logged into their Facebook accounts, were unable to connect to popular web destinations including CNN, Huffington Post, Washington Post and Gawker. When users tried to visit those websites, the landing page would appear for just a moment before they were re-directed to a Facebook page with an error message. The error was first noticed around 4pm on Thursday and lasted until about 4:40pm, with people relying on Twitter to report the interruption. Though their desired web destination would load
On Wednesday the Senate canceled a vote on the confirmation of former Sen. Chuck Hagel to become the next Secretary of Defense. Today, Ben Shapiro reports on a possible reason for that delay. On Thursday, Senate sources told Breitbart News exclusively that they have been informed that one of the reasons that President Barack Obama’s nominee for Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel, has not turned over requested documents on his sources of foreign funding is that one of the names listed is a group purportedly called “Friends of Hamas.” Breitbart called the White House
If you are a Syrian military officer in charge of some nasty chemical weapons, you’ve probably been friended or Skyped by the U.S. government. The message is simple: think twice before using or selling that mustard gas you are guarding. On July 18, when a suicide bomber struck a meeting of Syria’s security cabinet, killing the defense minister and President Bashar al-Assad’s brother-in-law, it was a major victory for Syria’s opposition. But it was also a cause for serious alarm at the Pentagon. In public, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta warned what was left of the regime’s leadership
WASHINGTON – Several years ago I was sitting at a hotel bar in Waco, Texas, with Ron Hutcheson, then the White House correspondent for the old Knight-Ridder News Service, simultaneously watching the Daytona 500 and competing in a video trivia game. Naturally the discussion turned to the job of covering the president of the United States, George W. Bush, who was at that moment busily clearing brush out at his ranch in nearby Crawford, Texas, leaving reporters with little to do but watch race cars circle a track, answer dumb questions and drink beer.
After former Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle was killed Saturday at a Texas shooting range, former congressman Ron Paul tweeted a shockingly cold sentiment. “Chris Kyle’s death seems to confirm that ‘he who lives by the sword dies by the sword,’?” wrote Paul, who as a presidential candidate opposed military action. The message quickly drew a dissenting view from Capitol Hill, where one senator issued a statement calling Kyle “a hero like all Americans who don the uniform to defend our country. Our prayers are with his family during this tragic time.” That senator was Paul’s son, Rand Paul.
According to Politico, “a political colonoscopy is going on before our eyes.” Yuck. Karl Rove has set up a Super PAC to keep controversial conservatives from winning Republican primaries and the Senate leadership has established a “buddy system” to keep Tea Party congressmen in line (“buddy” as in “you should probably vote the way we tell you to, buddy…”). But the most important changes are taking place at Fox where heavyweights Sarah Palin and Dick Morris are out as contributors. A lot of this is post-election house clearing (CNN has moved staff around, too) but it also suggests is blaming
Go digging with dinosaur hunters and they will show you that the last of the Cretaceous beasts died out suddenly, 66 million years ago. For 30 years the prevailing theory has been that T. rex and its brethren were wiped out by a comet or asteroid crashing in Central America, kicking up so much dust and ash that the Earth cooled for years afterward and made survival impossible. Or was it really that simple? Some scientists, digging into well-preserved layers of the earth, said the timing was off. Yes, there is a 110-mile-wide crater, called Chicxulub,
WASHINGTON -- CIA Director-designate John Brennan´s vigorous defense of drone strikes to kill terror suspects - even American citizens - overseas is causing key lawmakers to consider lifting secrecy from what has become an important weapon in the fight against al-Qaida. Brennan, President Barack Obama´s top counterterror adviser, was grilled for more than three hours Thursday before the Senate Intelligence Committee on the drone program he leads, as well as on the CIA´s harsh interrogation techniques during the Bush administration, which he denounced, and on leaks of classified information to the media, which Brennan vehemently denied being a part of.
Proposals tabled early on Friday morning for Brussels budgets for the period 2014 to 2020 would slash the EU´s spending by £30 billion between 2014 and 2020 compared to current levels of spending. The historic cuts package tabled by Herman Van Rompuy, the EU president, after a bitter battle between the Prime Minister and François Hollande, the French President, could save the British taxpayer up to £500 million a year. A "negotiating box" was tabled at 6.30am on Friday morning and the first ever deal that reduces EU expenditure was close to agreement after Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor
Tehran. Iran´s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, rejected any idea of bilateral talks with the United States on Thursday in a speech in which he scoffed at Iranian officials who might consider such negotiations. (Snip)The ayatollah´s objection is an edict to which other Iranian officials, including President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, must adhere, and it comes after several high-ranking Iranian officials, including Mr Ahmadinejad and Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi, had said the Obama administration had been taking positive steps toward Iran.