This afternoon, DOJ informed Judicial Watch that the CIA has uncovered another 7 photos of Osama bin Laden´s body, taken after the raid that ended his life on May 1st, 2011. The previous known photos of bin Laden have been classified and withheld from the public. Today´s letter from DOJ states that these new photos are "of the same nature" as the other photos and will also be classified and withheld. "This revelation raises new questions," said Tom Fitton, President of Judicial Watch. "This Administration´s over-the-top secrecy is disturbing."
WASHINGTON — House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer told The Daily Caller that eliminating the nation’s deficit by balancing the budget within 10 years would “savage” the economy. Speaking in the halls of the Capitol Building, Hoyer told TheDC he opposes efforts by Republicans to achieve a balanced budget in the next decade because it would “very deeply” cut important defense and non-defense programs. “Part of this is the assumptions they’re [Republicans] going to make but if they make honest assumptions, they’re going to have to savage both the economy and national security to get to where
Bribed by federal bailouts and threatened by lawsuits, top bankers have grudgingly gone along with the narrative that greed and deregulation caused the recession. But one prominent CEO is breaking ranks as he leaves the embattled industry. While running regional giant BB&T for two decades, John Allison had an insider´s view of the factors behind the crisis. A burst of greed wasn´t one of them, he says. Nor was deregulation. "The financial industry was not deregulated, it was misregulated," he asserted.
Health Care: Now that ObamaCare appears unstoppable, the question is can it be delayed? Thanks to bureaucratic bumbling combined with the law´s massive complexity, delay appears to be increasingly inevitable. On Thursday, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus told HHS to cough up details on how it plans to get ObamaCare "exchanges" ready in time in dozens of states. Baucus´ demand came after the Health and Human Services official in charge of implementing the law, Gary Cohen, issued the same bland assurances he has been for months that everything is on track for Oct. 1,
Chicago police were flagged down by a man on the street as they responded to a shots fired call Friday night and found a woman lying on the ground, bleeding from a gunshot wound to her shoulder. She and three others were wounded between about 5:55 p.m. and 7:20 p.m. on the South and West sides, according to Chicago police. The woman, whose age wasn´t available, was shot in the 1100 block of North Pulaski Road, just a bit south of Division Street in the West Humboldt Park neighborhood about 7:05 p.m.
WASHINGTON — House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Republicans in Congress “do not believe in government” and are “poised” to shut it down. “The Republicans are poised to shut down government. The Republicans are poised to let sequestration go forward, which is — sequestration — you know what that word means? Well, what it means to the American people is unemployment, no jobs; take us to recession. It’s not quite an exact Latin translation, but that’s what it means,” Pelosi said to laughter at a Capitol Hill press conference on Friday. In the absence of a formal budget,
The Los Angeles Board of Education signed off on a parent-led plan to turn a failing public school over to a private charter company this week — the city’s first use of the controversial “parent trigger” law. The 5-1 vote granted parents in downtown Los Angeles final approval to convert 24th Street Elementary School into a charter school. The new school will be better equipped to handle demographic changes to the area, parents said. The parents held after-school meetings at each others’ houses for more than a year in order to craft a worthwhile charter proposal. “It’s been very
CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: I find this amazing. First of all, just hearing him say every first grader in America has to be prepared for a high-tech economy, that is a bit early, I think. The other part of this is here we are with $16 trillion in debt, a trillion dollars a year of deficits. We have created already, with under Obama, the biggest entitlement in 50 years. And now he wants to create a new entitlement for preschool for every 4-year-old in the country. The worst part of this, this isn´t just any new entitlement.
John Brennan, President Obama’s nominee to run the Central Intelligence Agency, is getting renewed scrutiny for a highly questionable claim he made during his confirmation hearings last week. On Tuesday, two Republicans on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Marco Rubio and James Risch, wrote to Brennan to request additional information concerning Ali Harzi, a suspect in the attacks on U.S. facilities in Benghazi. Brenan, in an exchange with Rubio, had said of Harzi that the U.S. government “didn’t have anything on him.” The claim is almost certainly false.
John Kerry is traveling to the Middle East and Europe later this month to unveil his new plan to get Syrian president Bashar al-Assad to step down. "I believe there are additional things that can be done to change his current perception," the new secretary of state said this week. "My goal is to see us change his calculation." The State Department hasn’t released an itinerary yet, but there’s some speculation that Kerry may use the opportunity to visit Damascus to see his one-time dining companion. Indeed, pro-Assad Arab media outfits claim that Kerry will visit Assad.
Texans who might worry about the prospect of getting hit by a falling meteorite probably take some comfort in knowing the planet´s most recent brush with a huge chunk of space matter took place half a world away in south central Russia. But for Texas A&M physics professor Igor V. Roshchin, Friday morning´s meteorite appearance was very close to home - his boyhood home of Chelyabinsk, where his mother still lives. Roshchin said he got an email about 1 a.m. Friday from his mother, Aida I. Roshchina,
You´ll hear it all over cable news and the networks and in every lede paragraph from the Washington Post to the LA Times: Republicans are conducting an unprecedented filibuster of Chuck Hagel. Where did the media get this buzz word that´s repeated breathlessly by the obedient servants of the White House? From the White House, of course: Asked about the Senate vote during an online “fireside hangout,” Obama said that he expects that Hagel will be confirmed. But he slammed Senate Republicans for their “unprecedented filibuster” of a defense chief nominee.
Here come the “Ben Carson for President” t-shirts. And campaign websites. And speculation. The warm glow of public appeal for Dr. Carson is growing after his recent provocative speech at the National Prayer Breakfast before an audience that included President Obama. The pediatric neurosurgeon cut a fearless, straightforward path through health care, taxes and American woes, prompting The Wall Street Journal to run an immediate op-ed titled “Ben Carson for President,” declaring that Dr. Carson “may not be politically correct, but he’s closer to correct than we’ve heard in years.” Many agree, and have acted on the sentiment.
Economic growth is in the negative, unemployment is on the rise, Walmart´s forecasting a disastrous February for retail sales, poverty´s up, gas prices are up, the cost of health care premiums are up, middle class incomes are falling, consumer confidence is at a two year low, our deficit is unsustainable, and Barack Obama has just signed up for private golf lessons with two of the top teachers in the country. You might want to go back and read that last part again. Safely re-elected and with no concerns whatsoever that the media will take issue with his elitist behavior
If President Obama succeeds in raising the minimum wage law, he’ll have given many unions an automatic pay increase, a new report shows. “An analysis of union collective bargaining agreements available from the Department of Labor’s Office of Labor-Management Standards indicates that many service, retail and hospitality industry labor unions—such as UNITE-HERE or the Service Employees International Union (SEIU)—peg baseline wages to the federal minimum wage,” the Center for Union Facts (CUF) observes. “Thus, in many cases, raising the federal minimum wage will either trigger wage renegotiations or automatic wage hikes for certain unionized employees.”
In an unusually personal speech at a school in his old Chicago neighbourhood, Mr Obama, who was raised by his mother, said his attempts to introduce new gun control laws must be matched by more men behaving like role models who are “held up in respect” by their sons, grandsons and nephews. “There´s no more important ingredient for success, nothing that would be more important for us reducing violence than strong, stable families, which means we should do more to promote marriage and encourage fatherhood,” said Mr Obama. Hailing his “heroic” late mother, Stanley Ann Dunham,
Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) said President Barack Obama is not on the left politically, but his “hallmark is being practical.” Grayson told CNSNews.com that he was “very pleased” with Obama’s State of the Union address on Tuesday, because Obama “understands” the problems facing the country. “I think everybody understands at this point that we have people who are sitting at home unemployed day after day finding no way to pay the bills, losing their homes, sometimes losing their health, losing their families sometimes, end up living in their cars, okay?” Grayson said.
An internal email from Walmart Vice President Jerry Murray said February “sales are a total disaster” and mark the worst sales start of any month in seven years. “In case you haven´t seen a sales report these days, February (month-to-date) sales are a total disaster," wrote Murray in a February 12 email to executives. "The worst start to a month I have seen in my (about) 7 years with the company." The recent hike in payroll taxes is dragging down sales for discount retailers like Wal-Mart. With less disposable cash in their wallets, lower-income shoppers have less to spend
As President Obama offered proposals to build “ladders of opportunity,” he suggested that many problems in Chicago trace back to the absence of strong families in the city. Obama placed the remarks in a very personal context. “I wish I’d had a father around, who was involved,” he said, after acknowledging the “heroic” women who raise children alone. “Loving supportive parents . . . those parents supporting kids — that’s the single most important thing. Unconditional love for your child — that makes a difference.” He suggested that a lack of role models plays into the
During a Google+ Hangout responding to a question about immigration, President Barack Obama made a stunning remark: "This is something I’ve struggled with throughout my presidency," said Obama. "The problem is that I’m the president of the United States, I’m not the emperor of the United States. My job is to execute laws that are passed."
OLYMPIA, Wash. — The long-delayed cleanup of the nation´s most contaminated nuclear site became the subject of more bad news Friday, when Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced that a radioactive waste tank there is leaking. The news raises concerns about the integrity of similar tanks at south-central Washington´s Hanford nuclear reservation and puts added pressure on the federal government to resolve construction problems with the plant being built to alleviate environmental and safety risks from the waste. The tanks, which are already long past their intended 20-year life span, hold millions of gallons of a highly radioactive stew
Tens of thousands of Americans who can’t get health insurance due to pre-existing medical problems will be blocked from a program designed to help them because funding for the measure is running low. Obama administration officials said Friday that the state-based “high risk pools” set up under the 2010 health-care law will be closed to new applicants as soon as Saturday and no later than March 2, depending on the state. However, they stressed that coverage for about 100,000 people who are currently enrolled in the high risk pools won’t be affected.
MOSCOW - People in a freezing industrial region of Russia saw a flash of blinding light before an explosion of flying glass Friday when a meteor streaked across the sky and blew up, injuring 1,100 people in what looked like a disaster out of a movie. (Snip)While NASA estimated the meteor was only about the size of a bus and weighed an estimated 7,000 tons, it exploded with the force of 20 atomic bombs. Luckily, "the atmosphere absorbed the vast majority of that energy," said Amy Mainzer, a scientist at NASA´s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
BEIJING - North Korea has told its key ally, China, that it is prepared to stage one or even two more nuclear tests this year in an effort to force the United States into diplomatic talks, said a source with direct knowledge of the message. Further tests could also be accompanied this year by another rocket launch, said the source, who has direct access to the top levels of government in both Beijing and Pyongyang.(Snip)"It´s all ready. A fourth and fifth nuclear test and a rocket launch could be conducted soon, possibly this year,"
Bolivia´s President Evo Morales has renewed his calls for the release of three soldiers arrested in Chile. The soldiers were arrested in January after crossing the Chilean border carrying an assault rifle. In a speech marking the 134th anniversary of the war in which his country lost access to the Pacific Ocean, Mr Morales called the men "great defenders of the sea". It was the first time in decades that a Bolivian leader celebrated the event. Chile says the men were detained after entering the country illegally, while Bolivia argues they were following car smugglers as part of an army operation.