Newsweek / Daily Beast Editor-In-Chief Tina Brown saved her most inflammatory comment of last night’s Real Time with Bill Maher for the online-only “Overtime” portion of the show. Responding to an audience question about the Obama administration targeting whistle-blowers, Bill Maher said “the Democrats’ view on Obama seems to be ‘God, what he does would be awful if it was a Republican.” That idea prompted Brown to offer her assessment that President Obama “would be impeached by now on drones, if he were W. Bush. Don’t you think?” Facing disbelief from Maher,
On “PBS NewsHour” on Friday, during his regular segment with syndicated columnist Mark Shields, New York Times columnist David Brooks said the ongoing infighting within the conservative movement isn’t going away any time soon. “I think it’s the beginning of a longer-lasting thing,” Brooks said. “There’s been a lot of calls for Republicans to change. And we have seen that from everybody to Paul Ryan to Marco Rubio. Now we’re beginning to see the donor class really begin to change. There is some question: Are they trying to change just the candidates, so they don’t get
Hundreds of mourners and dignitaries including first lady Michelle Obama packed the funeral service Saturday for a Chicago teen whose killing catapulted her into the nation´s debate over gun violence. Yet, one speaker after another remembered 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton not so much as a symbol but as a best friend, an excellent student with big dreams and simply a girl with a great smile and bubbly personality. They said she was a typical teen who wanted to borrow her friends´ clothes and who never left home without her lip gloss. And to her mother, Pendleton was the
DES MOINES, Iowa- The smell of bacon was in the air Saturday as thousands converged on Iowa´s capital city for an increasingly popular festival celebrating all things connected with the meat. Some people wore Viking hats and others walked around with makeshift snouts for the Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival. The annual event featured more than 10,000 pounds of bacon served in unusual ways, such as chocolate-dipped bacon and bacon-flavored cupcakes and gelato. "I love bacon more than I love my job," said Katie Nordquist, who was dressed in a tuxedo T-shirt that looked like bacon
When Justin Bravo applied to be a Los Angeles County sheriff´s deputy, background investigators noted the young man had some brushes with the law that raised red flags about his past. Nonetheless, the department hired Bravo as a deputy through a little-known program called "Friends of the Sheriff" — a screening process for applicants with connections to department officials. Bravo´s link was his uncle: Sheriff Lee Baca. Now, the jail deputy is the subject of a Sheriff´s Department criminal probe into whether he abused an inmate.
It´s not a race, exactly, but there´s an intriguing uncertainty about whether a former U.S. president or a software magnate will cause the next deliberate extinction of a species in the wild. Will Jimmy Carter eradicate Guinea worm before Bill Gates eradicates polio?It is more than a third of a century since a human disease was extinguished. The last case of smallpox was in 1977, and in those days health experts expected other diseases to follow smallpox quickly into oblivion. Polio has repeatedly disappointed campaigners by hanging on, though it now affects less than 1% as many people
Sen. Mark Begich, a Democrat in Republican-leaning Alaska, is sure to be targeted by Republicans in 2014, his seat a “must” pickup if the GOP hopes to retake control of Congress’ upper chamber. But Begich is showing surprising strength and popularity, according to a new survey of the 49th State by Public Policy Polling. He has a 49 percent job approval rating, with only 39 percent disapproving of the job he’s doing. And Begich leads a bevy of likely Republican challengers. He has a big, big lead — 54-38 percent —
The well-sourced Ron Fournier of National Journal reports that White House aides say they and the president were “stung by the coverage of the inaugural address.” They were evidently surprised that the feisty liberal speech was seen as a feisty liberal speech. And so, they say, Barack Obama is going to be less partisan in his State of the Union address Tuesday and will talk more about jobs and the economy than about gun control and immigration. Sounds like still another pivot to jobs, which we’ve been hearing about for nearly four years. This apparent failure to anticipate
Karl Rove has had a tough week since he announced he would be forming a new super PAC to help establishment Republicans fend off primary challenges from Tea Party candidates. The left had seemed to be giving Rove a pass for once. But he’s been hammered from the right by everyone from S.E. Cupp to Mark Levin to Donald Trump. Now, Lawrence O’Donnell has entered the fight, pitting Rove against the changing face of the GOP that he’s supposedly trying to help. O’Donnell set up his segment by saying, “Republicans are at war with Karl Rove.
A misty mountain range on the Philippine island of Luzon boasts more than 100 species of reptiles and amphibians, according to a new catalog of the region´s species. On the entire island, more than 150 reptile and amphibian species exist. The catalog, published Wednesday (Feb. 7) in the journal ZooKeys, is the first for the remote region, known as the Sierra Madre Mountains, which lies on the Northeastern portion of the island. The study reveals that the region may be a hidden hotspot for biodiversity. The study combined data from several extensive surveys done over the past years, as well
An investment Jack Lew made in the Cayman Islands has been flagged as an issue in the Treasury secretary nominee’s vetting by the Senate Finance Committee, according to multiple sources close to the confirmation process. The White House says the investment was previously disclosed and is already a public matter. Republican staff “have told us that there are concerns,” said Sean Neary, a spokesman for Finance Committee Democrats. “This came out through the vetting process in prior confirmations. Once it was looked into deeper, it was determined that it was not an issue. Lew has been completely transparent
The funeral of slain teen Hadiya Pendleton began today amid large crowds, long lines and heavy security prompted by the attendance of first lady Michelle Obama. While family and friends kept the focus on the 15-year-old girl who was shot dead in a South Side park, the first lady´s appearance inevitably brought attention to anti-gun efforts nationwide. Hadiya´s pastor, Courtney C. Maxwell from the Greater Deliverance Temple Church of Christ, opened the services about 11:15 a.m. after a heart-shaped balloon was placed near her casket. He thanked everyone for being at the Greater Harvest Baptist Church, including elected officials.
Republicans open to letting billions in sequester cuts go through figure they can blame the president if the economy goes south. But Democrats are betting they can shift that blame right back to the GOP. They’re so confident, in fact, that they’re already eyeing at least 10 Republican-held seats with strong military connections from Florida to California to target in 2014, after sequester cuts have trickled down to local bases where jobs are lost and voters notice.
Our topic for today is: How much do we care about physical fitness in an elected official? (Snip) The governor says he’s very healthy and that “there is a plan” for losing weight. But there is also a plan for totally funding the state employee pension system. I wouldn’t hold your breath. There’s a national accord that thin is generally better than fat. However, it’s hardly the biggest issue when you’re picking a governor. There are citizens all over the country who would trade their more compact leaders for Christie in a second. Just ask somebody in Pennsylvania. Or Illinois. The guy in Florida has the
Though India´s nationwide elections are not scheduled until 2014, the campaign is already underway as the Conservative opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) gets set to name Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi as its candidate for prime minister. (Snip) Modi´s Reaganesque message of optimism resonates with Indians discouraged with the ruling left-center Congress Party that has ruled for all but 12 years of India´s existence as a nation. Economic "malaise" has set in, confidence in the future has dropped, and people believe that the government is unable to deal effectively with either leftist or Islamist terror
This video from Soopermexican has gone viral and for good reason; it´s hysterically funny. If you liked that Super Bowl ad that featured Paul Harvey´s speech extolling the American farmer, you are going to love this. Enjoy.
The officers´ radio crackled with an urgent warning: He could be coming your way. It was around 5 a.m. in Torrance on Thursday and police from nearby El Segundo had seen a pickup truck (Snip) officers opened fire, unloading a barrage of bullets into the back of the truck. When the shooting stopped, they quickly realized their mistake. The truck was not a Nissan Titan, but a Toyota Tacoma. The color wasn´t gray, but aqua blue. And it wasn´t Dorner inside the truck, but a woman and her mother delivering copies of the Los Angeles Times.
Tunisia is where the Arab Spring began just over two years ago. Until now it has set an encouraging example of progress toward democracy and pluralism. Free elections brought to power a coalition government pledged to pragmatic cooperation between a moderate-led Islamist party, Ennahda, and smaller, secular coalition partners. (Snip) Those hopes have been severely shaken by the murder on Wednesday of Chokri Belaid. Mr. Belaid, a human- rights activist and one of Ennahda’s most outspoken critics, had publicly challenged the party’s failure to investigate or prosecute violent acts of
I knew I was in trouble when the biologist from the Manitoba Conservation Department sat down next to me. "The bears look good," he said. "I haven´t seen them this fat in years." We´d both been hanging around the tiny town of Churchill, Manitoba, ground zero for everything having to do with polar bears. Every fall the town is overrun with bears waiting for Hudson Bay to freeze. The bears, in turn, are trailed by herds of tourists, tour guides, scientists, green-leaning types and B-list celebrities—all looking for communion with The Most Important Animal of Our Time.
Climbing trees, chasing mice, showing off to the ladies . . . four legs were always handy for Caffrey the cat. Then tragedy struck. When Caffrey was three, the handsome grey Persian was run over by a car and lost his left hind leg. Oh well. Not to worry. He happily carried on with three, thanks to a £3,500 series of operations that stitched up the damage and made the best of his front left paw, which was also injured in the crash. Scroll down for video-For the next ten years or so,
A dead man has left his $1 million estate to two soap stars that he had never met. Ray Fulk died last summer at the age of 71 in his farmhouse near Broadwell, Illinois. He died alone with no family and few friends. So he left his 160-acre estate to two actors that he felt close to - Kevin Brophy and Peter Barton. Brophy´s claim to fame was the 1977 TV show ´Lucan´ in which he played the main character who had been raised by wolves. A poster from the show was found in Fulk´s farmhouse,
RALEIGH A student event at N.C. State University titled “Dirty Bingo” was cleaned up on Friday by an unexpected source: the N.C. Department of Public Safety. Dirty Bingo, which was sponsored by the student-run Union Activities Board and designed to teach students safe sex practices, attracted attention for its choice of prizes that included vibrators and other sex toys. Students and parents called for administrators and members of the board to cancel the event, citing the prizes as an inappropriate use of student fees. Board President Lauryn Collier wrote in a prepared statement Thursday that
President Obama will propose a 1 percent pay raise for federal civilian employees in the administration’s fiscal 2014 budget proposal, the Washington Post has learned. At the same time, the House plans to vote soon on legislation that would extend the current freeze on basic pay rates through the end of calendar 2013. The freeze was originally set for two years and scheduled to expire at the end of last year, but it was extended until a temporary budget measure expires next month. When the measure expires, federal employees will receive a 0.5 percent raise
From Joe Asch comes word that the Dartmouth campus police are, in the words of the College’s Media Relations department, “on the hunt for a student who allegedly verbally harassed two students.” The object of this manhunt stands accused of speaking faux-Chinese to two Chinese students. If captured, what will happen to the lout? According to the Media Relations Department, he could face expulsion. Other penalties could “include a mandatory sensitivity course or a paying a fine.” Such is life at a modern liberal arts college. Meanwhile, Asch notes that members of an African-American fraternity who physically beat pledges