Iran has been caught out in another Photoshop blunder in an effort to prove its purported stealth fighter jet is the real deal. An Iranian state news agency released a new picture of the radar-dodging jet flying above snow-covered mountains. But the picture was immediately suspected to be fake, with the lighting on the plane and its position similar to its appearance in pictures on the ground in Tehran at the unveiling earlier this month. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad described it as "among the most advanced fighter jets in the world", capable of hitting ground and air targets by stealth, but experts dismissed it
0.8% — The Abysmal Rate of Economic Growth under Obama President Obama´s defense of his economic stewardship has effectively amounted to this: At least we no longer have the Bush-era economy. With an entire 4-year term in the books, it´s now possible to confirm, and to lament, the essential truth of those words. Prior to Obama, the second term of President Bush featured the weakest gains in the gross domestic product in some time, with average annual real (inflation-adjusted) GDP growth of just 1.9%. That´s according to figures from the federal government´s own Bureau of
[Video] Republicans are seizing on President Obama´s contention that none of his State of the Union proposals "should increase our deficit by a single dime." "FYI, Obama is right, he hasn’t added a single dime to the debt, he’s added 58.6 trillion dimes," writes GOP research director Joe Pounder, whose staff already has a web page and hashtag (#asingledime) highlighting their case. Update: Republicans are now out with the video above, "58 Trillion Dimes."
A knife-wielding attacker killed at least two Japanese tourists and wounded 11 others on Tuesday in a tourist district on the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam, government officials said. The incident took place in Tumon on Guam´s west coast, said Andy Gibson, an official in Gov. Eddie Calvo´s office. Gibson said three people died and 11 suffered injuries in the ordeal. A spokesperson from Japan´s foreign affairs ministry, meanwhile, said that two Japanese tourists were killed and 12 other Japanese were hospitalized.
A body was removed tonight from the smouldering remains of the California mountain cabin where a man police believe is Christopher Dorner holed up, apparently ending a five-day manhunt for the ex-LAPD police officer accused of gunning down another cop. Police recovered a burnt body from the smoldering cabin high the San Bernadino Mountains near Big Bear, Calif., but were awaiting tests to officially confirm it belonged to Dorner, who for the past week was the most wanted man in America. Heavily armed police surrounding the cabin say they saw Dorner enter but never leave the building
As my colleague Tony Lee pointed out earlier today, poll-wise, President Obama is upside down on almost every issue pertaining to the economy. 60% disapprove of his handling of the economy; 57% disapprove on taxes; and 65% disapprove on the deficit. Moreover, according to a Pew poll released earlier this week, the economy, jobs, and deficit rank as the top three priorities of the American people. Which begs a question…If the economy is a top priority and Obama´s numbers on the economy are dismal, how is it that the President´s approval numbers defy gravity and hover over 50%?
WASHINGTON – Rebutting criticism that he’s a big-government liberal, President Obama advocated an array of modest second-term initiatives Tuesday night that he said wouldn’t bust the federal budget. “Nothing I’m proposing tonight should increase our deficit by a single dime. It’s not a bigger government we need, but a smarter government that sets priorities and invests in broad-based growth,” Obama said, according to the prepared text of his State of the Union address. Hours before his speech before a joint session of Congress, the administration leaked the news that Obama has decided to
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) will criticize President Obama on economic issues in the official Republican response to the State of the Union, according to excerpts released by his office on Tuesday. Rubio, who has emerged as a prominent new leader in the GOP, says less government regulation and taxes and will help grow the middle class, familiar themes for the party. But Rubio´s comments show a renewed focus on the middle class.(Snip) "The real cause of our debt is that our government has been spending 1 trillion dollars more than it takes in every year. That’s why we need
WASHINGTON- A bitterly divided Senate panel on Tuesday approved President Barack Obama´s nomination of Chuck Hagel to be the nation´s defense secretary in a rancorous session at which Republican questioned the former GOP senator´s truthfulness and challenged his patriotism. On a party-line vote of 14-11, the Armed Services Committee voted to send the nomination to the full Senate, where Republicans have threatened to delay a vote on the president´s choice to succeed Defense Secretary Leon Panetta. Democrats have the votes to confirm Hagel, a twice-wounded Vietnam combat veteran
Uncle Sam is downloading the contents of laptops, cellphones and digital cameras belonging to international travelers. The widespread snooping may help agents discover whether someone illegally downloaded music before boarding a long flight, but it also has chilling implications for personal privacy. A report released Jan. 29 by the Department of Homeland Security’s internal civil liberties watchdog saw nothing wrong with the searches. According to the Customs and Border Protection policy directive, “With or without individualized suspicion, an Officer may examine electronic devices
Gun Control: Our future president in 2008 called for "a civilian national security force that´s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded" as the military. Should the "bitter-clingers" be worried? As Andrew Malcolm has noted on these pages, the Department of Homeland Security has been buying lots of ammo, enough by one calculation to fight the equivalent of a 24-year Iraqi War. Some have speculated about a link between the stockpiling between candidate Obama´s off-prompter campaign remarks about a national security force and the stockpiling by DHS
On his syndicated radio show last night, Mark Levin went off on President Obama, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), and the “gutless” Republicans who allow for the “destruction of America” through the administration’s policies. Reacting to the news that Pelosi told Fox News Sunday that it’s a “false argument to say we have a spending problem,” Levin went on a tirade against Democratic leaders and the “thumb-sucking” Republicans who go along with their policies. “You should view these politicians with the deepest contempt you can
Two members of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights wrote to President Obama on Tuesday telling him that if he succeeds in enacting an "effective amnesty" for illegal immigrants, it will likely mean fewer jobs and lower pay for black Americans. Pointing to hearings the commission held in 2008, the two members — Peter Kirsanow and Abigail Thernstrom — said the economics of the situation are clear: Low-skilled blacks compete with low-skilled illegal immigrants, depressing wages. "The briefing witnesses, well-regarded scholars from leading universities and independent groups, were ideologically
Just a day after receiving the Medal of Honor by the president of the United States, former Army staff sergeant Clinton Romesha has declined an invite by the first lady to be her guest at the State of the Union address Tuesday night. He said that after some soul searching he decided he’d rather spend the evening with friends from his former unit, his wife Tammy — with whom he celebrates a wedding anniversary Tuesday — and their families, CNN reports. “As much as a great honor it would be to be a guest of the first lady, it’s also kind of hard to break away from the friends and the family
How’s this for a State of the Union primer: Valerie Jarrett, President Obama’s closest adviser, attributed the gridlock and struggles of the last four years to a lack of patriotism among congressional Republicans. “The president has always reached out, he’s always looked for balanced solutions,” Jarrett said today on Morning Joe. “I think part of our frustration in the first four years is oftentimes seeing Republicans put their short term political interests ahead of what’s in the best interest of the country.” National Journal’s Ron Fournier reported that the White House was “stung by the coverage of
Innovations in care delivery and President Obama´s signature health law are transforming American medicine for the better, the top U.S. health official said Tuesday. In wide-ranging remarks to a medical conference in Washington, D.C., Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius thanked physicians for tolerating the challenges of a changing U.S. healthcare system. "I understand that the change is not easy," Sebelius told members of the American Medical Association. "As we transition into an era of integrated, patient-centered care, it´s inevitable that there will be some
O.J. Simpson threw a Super Bowl party in prison, with inmates cramming into his 80-square-foot cell to watch the game on his personal TV. The ex-San Francisco 49er who is serving a 33-year sentence at Lovelock Correctional Center in Nevada is one of only a few prisoners to have his own TV. Simpson was convicted in 2008 of kidnapping and armed robbery. He is extremely popular in the correctional facility and has been dubbed ´The Godfather.´
Sen. Robert Menendez took at least one more trip to the Dominican Republic on the plane of a doctor and campaign donor than he has publicly admitted, according to sources who spent time with the New Jersey Democrat on the unreported visit. Menendez, already under fire for his association with a South Florida doctor and political contributor whose offices were raided by the FBI on Jan. 29, visited the Dominican Republic on the doctor´s private jet in 2008 and took part in an exclusive private golf charity tournament, the sources said. Sources said Menendez flew on
Fox News has learned of reports that the cabin that murder suspect Christopher Dorner had been holed up in during a standoff with LAPD officers is now completely engulfed in flames. Other reports indicate that ammunition can be heard exploding from inside the cabin. In the photo below, you can see smoke billowing from the top of the cabin in question. Get LIVE UPDATES here.
Comcast Corp on Tuesday said it would buy General Electric´s remaining 49 percent equity stake in their NBCUniversal joint venture for about $16.7 billion, speeding up a deal that had not been expected until at least late 2014. Analysts said Comcast was getting a good deal at that price, while Comcast´s chief executive said the company moved because it was eager to take control of the business sooner than planned. Comcast shares rose 7.5 percent in afterhours trading. Comcast bought 51 percent of NBC Universal in 2011 after winning antitrust approval from the Justice Department.
The Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) voted along party lines Tuesday to send the nomination of Chuck Hagel to be the next secretary of defense secretary to the floor of the Senate, paving the way for a potential showdown over the embattled nominee. The contentious 14 to 11 party line vote in SASC immediately spurred accusations that Senate Democrats had forced the vote despite growing Republican concern over Hagel’s lack of financial transparency. Sen. David Vitter (R., La.) was not present during the vote. Republican critics allege that Democrats flouted normal procedure by refusing to permit senators
President Obama will use the first State of the Union address of his second term to push hard for an egalitarian agenda and argue that government can foster an economic recovery. Obama will seek to align his administration with the middle class, and argue that his policies on taxes, spending, immigration and other issues will help restore a meritocratic America. The president will also build on the themes of his second inaugural address last month to say this society should treat everyone equally, regardless of income, race, sex or sexual orientation. “It is our unfinished task
House Speaker John Boehner, in advance of President Obama´s State of the Union address, said Tuesday that he doesn´t think the president "has the guts" to seriously address the country´s debt and deficit. The speaker aired his concerns during a breakfast outside his office on Capitol Hill with anchors and reporters covering Obama´s address Tuesday night. He said he´s pessimistic about the odds the president will tackle the country´s long-term spending problem, which he sees as the biggest threat to America´s future. "I don´t think he has the guts to do it.
One of the deputies involved in a gun battle Tuesday afternoon with fugitive former police officer Christopher Dorner has died of his wounds, law enforcement sources told The Times. The San Bernardino County sheriff´s deputy was airlifted to Loma Linda University Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, according to the sources. Another deputy was also wounded in the shootout near a cabin where Dorner was believed to be holed up in the snow-covered mountains near Big Bear. His condition was not immediately known.
According to reports, on Feb. 7th, 29-year old Jennifer Morbelli died due to complications from a late-term abortion performed by Dr. LeRoy Carhart, an abortion doctor celebrated by the left and embraced by Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. At a press conference held on Feb. 11th in Germantown, MD, it was reported Morbelli had learned there was some abnormality with her unborn child and chose to have an abortion 33 weeks into her pregnancy. (With modern technology, a child becomes viable outside the womb around 20 weeks.) The late-term abortion method used has four stages that
The second unofficial spokesman for the Heart Attack Grill in downtown Las Vegas has died from an apparent heart attack. John Alleman suffered a heart attack last week as he waited at the bus stop in front of the restaurant, located inside the Neonopolis at Fremont Street and Las Vegas Boulevard. Alleman was taken off life support shortly after 1 p.m. on Monday, said restaurant owner Jon Basso. He was 52. "He lived a very full life," said Basso, who seemed shaken when reached by phone Monday evening. "He will be missed." The Pennsylvania native is survived by his