For the 3,458th time in its history, the country has honored another of its magnificent military men and women with the Medal of Honor. Army Staff Sgt. Clinton Romesha. Romesha´s citation and description of his gallantry in combat in Afghanistan are below. He is the fourth living recipient from the nation´s combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. Besides a lifetime of honor as a hero, the Medal carries other perquisites.
Former Illinois Republican Rep. Joe Walsh plans to sue the Chicago Sun-Times for printing what he said “is a deliberate attempt to defame” him. Sun-Times reporter Natasha Korecki on Monday authored an article alleging Walsh, who lost his bid for re-election, is behind on child support payments. “After insisting he wasn’t a ‘deadbeat dad’ throughout his failed campaign for re-election, ex-U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh is still dogged by questions about child support,” Korecki wrote. “Walsh, a flame-throwing Tea Party Republican who was trying to land a radio deal and last week announced he was forming a new
Claudia Roth has been an ardent critic of Iran, especially over its treatment of women, while religious custom dictates that Ali Reza Sheik Attar, the Iranian ambassador, should not shake hands with a woman. But this failed to prevent the two from slapping palms as Ms Roth passed a grinning and seated ambassador during a security conference in Munich. The snippet of footage of the high-five has received widespread coverage in the German press, and left both parties red-faced, as spokesmen sought to explain the unusual encounter.
WASHINGTON — No sooner did President Barack Obama and a group of senators separately outline proposals to revamp the nation’s immigration system than the phone lines on several African-American-oriented talk radio shows heated up with callers blasting the plans. “Amnesty,” complained Frankie from Maryland recently on the nationally syndicated “Keeping it Real with Al Sharpton.” (Snip) “Our issues are not being highlighted and pushed, and things like gay marriage and (immigration) are being pushed to the forefront,” the caller said. “Hispanics are effectively organized. For us not to be organized and for us not to hold our leadership accountable
Be still, my heart. Dr Benjamin Carson is freeing up time and energy to pursue his passions in politics and education, retiring from surgery at Johns Hopkins University Hospital. Could world-renowned, up-from-the mean-streets of Detroit inspirational figure be the Man on a White Horse who could rescue America from the fiscal and social death spiral the progressives have foisted upon us? [Snip] Dr. Carson has the potential to transform America. He is anchored in reality and common sense, and possesses an extraordinary ability to speak clearly and directly.
North Korea touched off another underground nuclear test today, large enough to register as an earthquake on foreign seismographs. The hermit kingdom confirmed the shot in a statement shortly after, saying this device was a lighter, miniaturized version of its previous ones. South Korean officials said the explosion was far larger than the tests in 2009 and 2006. And then President Obama replied with -- wait for it -- another prepared statement calling the dictatorship´s latest nuclear test "a highly provocative act." He also promised to remain "vigilant."
It is high time for parents who care about the future of their children, their community, and their civilization to stop telling themselves comforting lies about their power to combat the degradations of public education. Believing that reason and morality can be restored while leaving the compulsory public school apparatus intact is like imagining you are going to raise your daughter to be Jane Austen while feeding her a daily diet of Beyoncé and Lady Gaga.(snip)The modern public school´s purpose, as described by its leading theorists, advocates, and power-brokers for more than a century, is to destroy ethical individualism
President Obama´s State of the Union message "will be one that resonates broadly with the American people," White House Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett told MSNBC´s "Morning Joe" on Tuesday. "And so the message will be one about building the middle class from the inside out as opposed to the top down. That was the essential theme of his 2008 campaign, that´s what he did during his first term, and it certainly was debated in the last election," she said. "And I think that theme will be described in ways of, how are we going to equip the
The U.S. government spent about $2.2 billion last year to provide phones to low-income Americans, but a Wall Street Journal review of the program shows that a large number of those who received the phones haven´t proved they are eligible to receive them. The Lifeline program—begun in 1984 to ensure that poor people aren´t cut off from jobs, families and emergency services—is funded by charges that appear on the monthly bills of every landline and wireless-phone customer. Payouts under the program have shot up from $819 million in 2008, as more wireless carriers have persuaded regulators
DUBAI/DOHA - In the center of Cairo, young men hold up a burning flag for the cameras to show their fury at a nation they believe is meddling in their country and the wider Middle East. It´s a familiar image. But it´s not the U.S. flag they are waving, it is that of Qatar, the Gulf state that has used its billions to spread its influence in the wake of the Arab Spring. For most Western governments and officials, the influence of Qatar emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani´s government is seen as broadly positive. Qatar´s neighbors are uneasy, however.
President Obama on Tuesday slammed North Korea for its latest nuclear test, calling the move a “highly provocative act” and a threat to the United States. “This is a highly provocative act that, following its December 12 ballistic missile launch, undermines regional stability, violates North Korea’s obligations under numerous United Nations Security Council resolutions, contravenes its commitments under the September 19, 2005 Joint Statement of the Six-Party Talks, and increases the risk of proliferation,” said Obama in a statement released by the White House. Obama said North Korea’s nuclear weapons and missile program posed “a threat
President Obama will use his State of the Union speech Tuesday to turn public opinion against automatic spending cuts and argue that some of the money to replace the cuts should instead come from higher taxes. He will use the prime-time TV address to argue the economy would be damaged if $85 billion in automatic spending cuts were to go ahead on schedule on March 1, and will seek to set up Republicans to take the blame if they do. Obama will spend a significant portion of his address talking about jobs and the
The White House is poised to release an executive order aimed at thwarting cyberattacks against critical infrastructure on Wednesday, two people familiar with the matter told The Hill. The highly anticipated directive from President Obama is expected to be released at a briefing Wednesday morning at the U.S. Department of Commerce, where senior administration officials will provide an update about cybersecurity policy. The executive order would establish a voluntary program in which companies operating critical infrastructure would elect to meet cybersecurity best practices and standards crafted, in part, by the government.
True to form, CNN, Reuters, and other media outlets used the announcement of Pope Benedict XVI´s retirement to dwell on ancient sex scandals, opposition to gay marriage, and a host of other things the media have never liked about a Pope who would not hew to whatever worldview the chattering classes embraced at the moment "As a Catholic, I´m not buying this," tweeted hysterical chatterer, Piers Morgan, a "modern world" Catholic
The Obama White House is to be congratulated. It has executed one of the most effective stonewalls in recent memory over the Benghazi attack last Sept. 11 that killed our ambassador to Libya and three others. Its handling of the aftermath of the debacle is a model example of the power of obfuscation and delay. Future high-ranking officials please take note: This is how it is done. All the smart PR gurus say it is best to release bad news as soon as possible “to get ahead of the story,” as the phrase goes.
Jamie Lokoff hung up his phone and rushed downtown on a summer day in 2011. An arsonist had targeted his new bar, MilkBoy, just weeks before it was scheduled to open. The butcher paper lining the windows had caught fire, alerting a passerby to call 911. The incident marked a sinister turn in the MilkBoy owners’ ten-month battle with the carpenters’ union over the construction of the bar and music venue in downtown Philadelphia. Though Jamie Lokoff and his partner, Tommy Joyner, had used unionized labor on much of the project,
As President Barack Obama prepares for the first State of the Union Address of his second term, one which will primarily be focused on economic issues, fewer than half of Americans (45 percent) approve of how he´s handling the economy, while more (49 percent) disapprove. Overall, Mr. Obama is performing better with 52 percent of Americans now approving of the job he is doing as President, while 38 percent disapprove. Mr. Obama´s approval rating has remained fairly constant over the past year, though it rose as high as 57 percent in December. Only 12 percent of Republicans approve;
ZURICH -- Soccer is falling under a cloud of suspicion as never before, sullied by a multibillion-dollar web of match-fixing that is corrupting increasingly larger parts of the world´s most popular sport. Internet betting, emboldened criminal gangs and even the economic downturn have created conditions that make soccer - or football, as the sport is called around the world - a lucrative target. Known as "the beautiful game" for its grace, athleticism and traditions of fair play, soccer is under threat of becoming a dirty game.
MILAN - Italian police arrested the head of Italian state-controlled defense group Finmeccanica SpA on Tuesday in a corruption probe centered on the sale of helicopters to the Indian government, a judicial source said. Finmeccanica Chief Executive and Chairman Giuseppe Orsi was arrested for alleged bribes paid to secure the sale of 12 AgustaWestland executive aircraft when he was head of the Finmeccanica helicopter unit, the source said. Police were searching the defense contractor´s offices in Italy´s financial capital Milan, police sources said. Highlighting the political sensitivity of the case less than two weeks before elections
Gallup had a poll recentlypublished a poll which shows that at the end of 2012, self-identified conservatives still outnumbered liberals in every state of the nation except for two -- Rhode Island has fewer conservatives (27.8%) than liberals (28.3% liberal), as does Massachusetts (28.3% to 30.5%). Gallup curiously does not play up the ideological gap.(snip)Only four times in the last hundred years has a Republican campaigned as an unabashed conservative. Coolidge won big in 1924, and he would have won with a bigger landslide if he had chosen to run in 1928. Reagan won two landslides. Only Goldwater, running with
Carlos Gutierrez knows what it’s like to be terrified that the universe could suddenly turn against you. He felt it at age 6, when the Castro regime imprisoned his father. He felt it at age 12, after the family arrived in the United States and the CIA mistook his father for a Cuban criminal, threatening his family’s standing in this country. He felt it again, at age 40, when his Mexican-born wife and son were applying for U.S. citizenship after 14 years of waiting. Gutierrez eventually rose to become chief executive of Kellogg and President George W. Bush’s commerce secretary.
With their attacks on tea party conservatives, Karl Rove and his cohorts have fired the first salvo in the Great GOP War of 2013. The strangest aspect of this is that even as Rove denounces conservatism in favor of his unique brand of watered-down compromise, he appears to be looking to capitalize on conservatism itself. While he may call his latest super PAC the “Conservative Victory Project,” Rove most decidedly does not wish for conservative victory. The aim of his group is to push moderate candidates while posturing as the savior of the embattled Republican Party.
The mother of the 15-year-old honor student who was shot dead days after performing at President Obama´s inauguration spoke out for more gun control Monday after police arrested two gang members for her daughter´s death. ´My baby deserves a revolution and I pray that what happened her to her will have an impact,´ said Cleopatra Cowley, whose daughter, Hadiya Pendleton, was killed the Chicago home of President Obama by a stray bullet. Michael Ward, 18, and Kenneth Williams, 20, are now charged with one count of first-degree murder, two counts of attempted murder and aggravated battery with a firearm,
President Obama is expected to eviscerate Republicans during tonight’s State of the Union address tonight. It will be a speech that builds on his second inaugural address last month. As Charles Krauthammer put it during an appearance on FNC’s Special Report with Bret Baier: In fact, if the inaugural address was this sort of extraordinarily ideological address, I think the State of the Union is going to be extremely aggressive and partisan. Obama is still campaigning. He hasn’t stopped. Part one was to re-win the presidency, which he did. But now he is continuing it.
Every job has a minimum requirement. The absolute very least that anyone can do without being considered a complete and utter failure. The minimum requirement for a Commander-in-Chief is to stick around when an American diplomatic mission is under fire. Obama flunked even this minimal requirement by going to sleep and then flying off for a fundraiser in Vegas. The minimum requirement for a Secretary of State is to at least pretend to care why such an attack took place. Hillary Clinton failed that minimum requirement by declaring that it didn’t matter why the attack happened.
California, the state that first attempted to implement President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, has realized there aren’t enough doctors to care for the large influx of newly insured patients. The Los Angeles Times reports that only 16 of the state’s 58 counties meet the federal government’s recommended standard of primary care physicians, and almost 30 percent of California’s doctors are close to the retirement age — the highest percentage nationwide. “We’re going to be mandating that every single person in this state have insurance,” Democratic state Sen. Ed Hernandez told the Los Angeles Times.