According to Reuters, the White House is considering Ernest Moniz to replace outgoing Energy Secretary Steven Chu. Moniz was undersecretary at the Energy Department during the Clinton administration and is currently director of Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Energy Initiative, an industry-funded group that does research into mitigating greenhouse gases. In that capacity Moniz has been an advocate of natural gas, which is cleaner-burning than other carbon-based fuels, as a “bridge fuel” to a renewable energy future. Reuters notes: In July 2011, Moniz told the Senate Energy committee that he believes the water and air
Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, issued a statement on Thursday signaling to the Obama Administration that the bishops will not make a separate deal to exempt Catholic institutions from an Obamacare mandate that requires health-care plans to cover sterilizations, contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs that leaves lay Catholic business owners and individual employees still subject to the mandate. “In obedience to our Judeo-Christian heritage, we have consistently taught our people to live their lives during the week to reflect the same beliefs
Under the broad banner of "health," the federal government not only is telling Americans what to eat, it´s also telling us to make our homes safer. This week, the Obama administration released a "bold new vision for addressing the nation´s health and economic burdens caused by preventable hazards associated with the home." The project has a name: "Advancing Healthy Housing: A Strategy for Action." "People in the United States spend about 70% of their time in a home," the announcement said. "Currently, millions of U.S. homes have moderate to severe physical housing problems,
Unlike so many killers who have tried to justify their murderous sprees with deranged manifestos, rogue LA cop Christopher Dorner is a picture of moderation. Dorner proudly cites as sources not Marx or Mao but the likes of MSNBC´s Chris Matthews and CNN´s Piers Morgan. What he has absorbed from these news people is less a political philosophy than a generalized sense of moral superiority. As Dorner has proved in the last few days, a moderate liberal, when trained, weaponized and sufficiently outraged, can be every bit as dangerous as the most wild-eyed radical. Smugness kills.
LANSDOWNE, Va. – A bipartisan House group working on immigration is “on the cusp” of an agreement, a senior House Democrat participating in the talks said Friday. Rep. Xavier Becerra (Calif.), the chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, told reporters that lawmakers on both sides of the aisle were being pragmatic about the issue, and that he was hopeful the Senate would also deliver on legislation soon. “The reality is that we are on the cusp of actually having an opportunity to put forward a bipartisan proposal in the House of Representatives,” Becerra said at a
Organisers of a Newtown children´s choir that has appeared on Good Morning America are facing accusations they have misled the public - as the group has no formal connection to Sandy Hook. While the Newtown Music Project features a handful of children from the school, it is organised independently and led by a teacher who quit her job at a Newtown high school after she was accused of theft. The choir, which has recorded a single of ´Somewhere Over the Rainbow´ to raise money for the town, will appear on the Grammy´s this weekend. It is a separate choir
Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.) on Friday rejected Republican calls for Defense nominee Chuck Hagel to provide more financial information, arguing the demands went “far beyond” what had been required of previous nominees. Levin said that the Senate Armed Services Committee would vote on Hagel’s nomination for secretary of Defense “as soon as possible,” which suggests a vote on the former Nebraska senator could come as early as next week. Levin opted not to hold a vote Thursday after 25 Republican senators sent Hagel a letter calling for him to provide financial information from eight
The President has put in place an organization with the kind of database that no one has ever seen before in life," Representative Maxine Waters told Roland Martin on Monday. "That´s going to be very, very powerful," Waters said. "That database will have information about everything on every individual on ways that it´s never been done before and whoever runs for President on the Democratic ticket has to deal with that. They´re going to go down with that database and the concerns of those people because they can´t get around it. And he´s [President Obama] been very smart.
All vehicles have been banned from Bay State roads as of 4 p.m. today and a state of emergency has been declared as a mammoth blizzard, projected to dump up to 3 feet of snow, slams the region. Gov. Deval Patrick issued his executive order banning vehicle traffic — with the exception of public safety and emergency workers — early this afternoon and said it will remain the law until he rescinds it. Breaking the ban carries a penalty of up to one year in jail or a fine, an aide to the governor said. Patrick added the state
Rahm Emanuel is currently the mayor of one of the murder capitol´s of the world (Chicago) and his brother, Ari Emanuel, is one of the most powerful agents in the history of Hollywood. Both are wealthy, both are powerful, and both grew up in Chicago, Illinois, in relative upper-middle class to upper-class comfort. With a doctor for a father, both boys were afforded opportunities to go to the best schools and enjoy summers in Israel. Nothing wrong with any of that. Unless, of course, as a middle-aged adult with an eye on
When did the pro-competition, pro-free market Republican Party start squashing those principles in their own political primary system? "Clearing the field" for hand-picked candidates because a few consultants sitting in a circle say "he can win!" is both poor policy and poor politics. It also robs the voters of their right to choose. For outside groups such as American Crossroads´ reinvented "Conservative Victory Fund" to intervene in races is not new. It was attempted just last year, and with spectacular failure. Conservative senate candidate in Missouri Todd Akin and his Indiana counterpart Richard Mourdock
Bradley Cooper will star in a movie about former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, who was shot and killed last week by a mentally ill Iraq war veteran. Cooper, an advocate for mental-health issues after starring in “Silver Linings Playbook,” will also produce the movie about the US military’s deadliest sniper. Kyle was killed at a shooting range in Texas, allegedly by Eddie Ray Routh, who’s been charged with murder. Kyle and a friend, who was also slain, had taken Routh to the range to help him cope with PTSD. Cooper’s production company last year bought
When I worked on the Hill we called it the circular firing squad. It was the tendency of some Democrats to go flying off in every direction at the worst possible moment, setting aside larger strategic goals to pursue individual ideological ones. (Snip)So if Rove is successful in his efforts, what happens over time? Fewer Tea Party candidates make general elections and the radicals are winnowed out of the Republican caucus. In their place appear more traditional Republicans who, in many respects, are no less conservative than their more intemperate brethren, but are better equipped
(CHICAGO)-- Jesse Jackson Junior pleaded guilty in a plea deal connected to a federal investigation in which the former congressman is accused of misusing campaign funds, sources tell ABC7. Jackson pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, mail fraud and false statements, according to sources close to the investigation. Federal prosecutors are recommending a 5 year maximum sentence. Jackson signed the deal on February 1, 2013, in Washington, D.C. sources tell ABC7. According to reports, Jackson will repay the government hundreds of thousands of dollars he spent on items including a luxury watch
President Barack Obama’s newly-named nominee to run the Department of the Interior, REI CEO Sally Jewell, sought and received a waiver from Obamacare requirements for her outdoor clothing and equipment company in 2011. The Washington Examiner’s Charlie Spiering dug up the revelation Thursday, noting that Obama welcomed Jewell to the White House in 2009 to jointly argue for the passage of Obamacare. Obama held REI up as a model company.And then REI, which has to be fit since they’re a fitness company,” Obama joked during the White House meeting on May 12, 2009, “has been doing work that
Critics of voter ID and other laws cracking down on voter fraud claim they’re unnecessary because fraud is nonexistent. For instance, Brennan Center attorneys Michael Waldman and Justin Levitt claimed last year: “A person casting two votes risks jail time and a fine for minimal gain. Proven voter fraud, statistically, happens about as often as death by lightning strike.” Well, lightning is suddenly all over Cincinnati, Ohio. The Hamilton County Board of Elections is investigating 19 possible cases of alleged voter fraud that occurred when Ohio was a focal point of the 2012 presidential election.
While the NBC and CBS morning shows on Friday both covered troubling Thursday testimony from outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta that revealed President Obama´s lack of engagement during the Benghazi terrorist attack, ABC´s Good Morning America completely ignored the story. In addition, none of the networks mentioned the testimony on their Thursday evening newscasts. Friday´s CBS This Morning provided the most coverage, with a full report by correspondent Nancy Cordes, who explained: "Panetta revealed that he briefed the President at the start of the attack, but the two men did not speak again that night....Republicans say it´s a sign that Headline resplit by staff.
Just a week after J.J. Watt had one of the cutest proposals ever (to a 6-year-old fan), there’s yet another story about why the Texans star defensive lineman is beloved by fans. A Texans fan made a wedding cake, using Watt. Watt was so touched, he tracked down the bride and met her. Tweet: Bryan Eoff-@bdeoff @jjwatt Here´s the groom´s cake from my friend @stephanievpoe and her husband Nathan´s recent wedding. #bullsonparade pic.twitter.com/0CroZR3a
British singer Shirley Bassey is to perform at this month´s Oscars ceremony in Los Angeles, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced Friday. "We are thrilled to welcome the legendary Dame Shirley Bassey to our Oscar show," the producers said in a joint statement. "Her association with film music is world renowned and we are proud that she will be making her first Oscar appearance on our telecast."
New Orleans -- An electrical device that had been installed expressly to prevent a power outage caused the Super Bowl blackout, the stadium´s power company said Friday as it took the blame for the outage that brought the game to a halt for more than a half-hour. Officials of Entergy New Orleans, a subsidiary of New Orleans-based Entergy Corp., said the device, called a relay, had been installed in switching gear to protect the Superdome from a cable failure between the company´s incoming power line and lines that run into the stadium.
HOUSTON- A hacker apparently accessed private photos and emails sent between members of the Bush family, including both former presidents, and the Secret Service is investigating. The Smoking Gun website said the hacker, who went by the online moniker "Guccifer," gained access to emails, photos, private telephone numbers and addresses of Bush family members and friends. The website displayed photos it said came from the hacker, including one that purported to show the elder Bush during his recent stay in a Houston hospital, where the 88-year-old spent almost two months being treated for complications from a bronchial infection.
While Vice President Biden and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov were dealing with Syrian rebels and other conflicts, some at the recent Munich Security Conference were focused on a topic with much greater implications for global security: cyberthreats. Unfortunately, those conversations revealed how strikingly little has been done to create international norms of behavior in cyberspace and the means to punish those who would deviate from them. At the World Conference on International Telecommunications in Dubai last year, global regulations concerning cyberspace were also discussed, but
This week Russian president Vladimir Putin brought Boyz II Men to Moscow to "hopefully [give] Russian men some inspiration ahead of St. Valentine´s Day," according to the Moscow Times. That is, Putin brought the music group to town to encourage love-making, and, he hopes, baby-making to offset Russia´s demographic disaster. But, according to statistics in a new book by Jonathan V. Last, it might have been a wiser move for Putin bring in a pro-life group instead. The book is titled What to Expect When No One’s Expecting.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. Weeks after New York enacted the nation´s toughest gun laws, California lawmakers said Thursday they want their state to do even more in response to recent mass shootings, particularly the Connecticut school massacre. Democrats who control the state Legislature revealed 10 proposals that they said would make California the most restrictive state for possessing firearms. They were joined at a Capitol news conference by San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, along with several police chiefs.