Google’s self-driving car – now emblazoned with a “Don’t Mess With Texas” bumper sticker – is hitting the streets Tuesday in Austin. As we mentioned Monday, the Google vehicle has generated a ton of buzz at the two-day Texas Transportation Forum in Austin. That excitement reached a crescendo Tuesday, as Google product manager Anthony Levandowski overviewed the self-driving program during a panel discussion. And a few lucky VIPs – including some Texas Department of Transportation officials – even got to experience the self-driving machine first-hand during a series of 10-minute test drives.
“It is our generation’s task, then, to reignite the true engine of America’s economic growth — a rising, thriving middle class.” So said Barack Obama in his State of the Union. And for one of his ideas to reignite that engine, Republicans applauded. “And tonight, I am announcing that we will launch talks on a comprehensive Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership with the European Union — because trade that is free and fair across the Atlantic supports millions of good-paying American jobs.” One wonders if any of those in the hall who rose Source corrected by staff.
The Duchess of Cambridge returned to the day job after a relaxing holiday on the island of Mustique today - and she looked the picture of health this morning as she attended an official engagement in London, her tiny bump highlighted with a flattering wrap dress. The Duchess, making her first appearance since returning from her break last week - and for the first time at an official engagement with a baby bump - chose a black and white MaxMara Studio dress from the 2011 collection, decided to forgo a coat, despite the chill in the air, and accessorised
At least four people are dead in a 25-minute shooting spree that terrorized drivers and shut down stretches of freeway in Orange County, Calif., Tuesday morning. Among those dead is the suspected gunman, who police say killed himself before officers could take him into custody. At least two other people were reportedly wounded during the chaotic rampage, which involves at least three attempted carjackings and six crime scenes. “The suspect shot and killed himself,” Lt. Paul Garaven, of the Tustin Police Department, told the Orange County Register.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will make his first official trip overseas next week, and his agenda includes meetings in nine nations across Europe and the Middle East. But there will be no stops in Israel or the Palestinian territories. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland says Kerry is bypassing Jerusalem and Ramallah while Israeli political parties continue to form a government after recent elections. Kerry departs Feb. 24. He will visit close U.S. allies and partners: Britain, Germany, France, Italy, Turkey, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Qatar. His diplomacy will focus on the conflicts in Mali,
Conservatives were electrified the other week by Dr. Ben Carson´s appearance at the National Prayer Breakfast. Partly it was because he was taking it to The Man. But partly we were all thrilling to Dr. Carson because he is a living breathing poster boy for the idea of personal responsibility. Put simply, we conservatives thrilled to Ben Carson because we are the People of the Responsible Self. Let me explain. Or rather, let sociologist Robert Bellah explain. In "Evolution of Religion" Bellah argues that the "conception of a responsible self" got started over two millennia ago when
David Axelrod, former White House advisor and senior strategist for President Obama’s 2008 and 2012 election campaigns, is joining MSNBC and NBC News as a senior political analyst, the networks announced today. It marks a return to the world of journalism for the formerly mustachioed politico. He was the City Hall bureau chief at the Chicago Tribune for eight years before launching his own media and political consulting firm. His move is the latest in a post-election reshuffling at the cable news networks. In January, former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin left Fox News after three highly lucrative years
NBC continues to lead the way in belittling any and all Republican attempts to stand up to President Obama. On Sunday’s Today, David Gregory rehashed the common left-wing talking point that Republicans are opposing Obama at every turn merely for the sake of being obstructionist. Commenting on Republican opposition to the Chuck Hagel nomination, Gregory said, “There’s no question that this looks to be similar to what people are criticizing Republicans for doing on the economy or on spending, on these various battles they’ve had over the debt, which is just trying to jam
For the second time in recent weeks, President Obama used the bully pulpit to make the case for dodging the rapidly-approaching package of automatic cuts known as the sequester. “It won’t help the economy. It won’t create jobs. It will visit hardship on a whole lot of people,” Obama said in remarks earlier Tuesday, adding later: “The American people have worked too hard, for too long, rebuilding from one crisis to see their elected officials cause another.” But, it would be a mistake to assume that Obama’s emphasis on the need to avert the sequester means that he believes
Marine Gen. John R. Allen, the longest-serving leader of U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan, asked President Obama on Tuesday morning to accept his retirement from the military because his wife is seriously ill, a move that nullifies his nomination to be the supreme allied commander in Europe, according to his aides. Obama granted Allen’s request, the aides said. The decision deprives Obama of a four-star general with whom he had built a close wartime relationship and forces the White House to find a new candidate for the military’s most prestigious overseas assignment.
TUCSON — It´s routine for immigration officials in Arizona to detain people suspected of being in the country illegally. Monday, however, the detention of two men — an immigrant rights activist and a father of six in Tucson — sparked protests, frustrated local authorities and illustrated the difficulties of complying with SB 1070, the state´s controversial immigration enforcement law. "This is unjust," Alma Hernandez yelled in Spanish to a crowd of about 300 that gathered in front of the Tucson Police Department to protest the detentions. Hernandez, a spokeswoman with the civil rights organization Corazón de Tucson, riled up
Comcast Spotlight, the advertising and sales division for Comcast Cable, has halted all ads having to do with guns on its nationwide network. “Comcast Spotlight has decided it will not accept new advertising for firearms or weapons moving forward,” the company said in a statement. “This policy aligns us with the guidelines in place at many media organizations.” This month, Comcast acquired NBC Universal in a $16.7 billion deal reported by Media Decoder.
Chuck Todd can´t imagine what could ever have given conservative politicians the idea that the MSM is unfriendly to them. C´mon Chuck: we know you´re a NewsBusters reader. Every day here, we document the liberal media´s hostility to conservatives. On today´s Morning Joe, NBC political director Todd repeatedly spoke of a supposed "mythology" among conservative politicians and their staffs that the "big, bad non-conservative media" is "out to get conservatives." That in turn explains why, according to Todd, conservative officials are reluctant to appear on non-Fox shows.
The University of Wisconsin Duluth-Superior is standing by a controversial campaign launched in 2012 to increase public awareness about racial favoritism by writing “unfair” on students’ faces along with a variety of grievances supposedly shared by minorities against Caucasians. The university released a statement last week defending the project and saying that the campaign is prepare to enter its second phase. “The creative materials for the campaign’s initial phase, launched in January 2012, were designed to be very provocative,” reads a statement released by the University. “UW-Superior understood and expressed serious concern
President Obama´s super-secret practice of golfing just with donors, friends and underlings is coming under fire from an unsual source: Former Newsweek Assistant Managing Editor Evan Thomas. The Daily Beast contributor who once called Obama a "sort of God" is blasting the president for being "cocky," "peevish," "crotchety," and "self-involved," when it comes to dealing with Congress and he recommends an about-face to being more like laid-back former President Dwight Eisenhower. Writing in Washingtonian, Thomas, the author of a new Ike biography, advised Obama to kiss up to lawmakers, maybe even golf with a few,
The mainstream media seems to be giving up its fight with conservatives that it acted as an arm of the Obama campaign in the last presidential election. The new trend: hiring Obama insiders. The latest proof came Tuesday when NBC announced the hiring of chief Obama campaign strategist David Axelrod as a "senior political strategist." A week earlier, the Washington Post added Obama and Democratic advisor Hilary Rosen, notable for sneering that Ann Romney "never worked a day in her life." Axelrod will appear on both NBC and MSNBC broadcasts, the network said.
News that Microsoft planned to sunset the Hotmail brand wasn´t the biggest of shocks. As the company has been quietly nudging users to switch to Outlook.com, the writing was on the wall. (Snip)Some guys, Sabeer Bhatia and Jack Smith, raised $300,000 to start a Web mail service in 1996. Two years later, they sell it to Microsoft for $400 million. $400 million! Suddenly, the Internet seemed like not just a revolutionary technology, but also a potential lottery ticket for anyone who had just the right idea. n the ensuing years, the Hotmail name lost some of its luster.
President Barack Obama says his top priority -- the "north star" of his second-term -- is to do "everything we can to grow the economy and create good, middle-class jobs." And that means taking more tax money from wealthy Americans, on top of the higher tax rates that Congress went along with a few months ago. Speaking at the White House on Tuesday, President Obama said Republicans have a choice: "Do you want to see a bunch of first responders lose their jobs because you want to protect some special interest tax loophole?"
Sen. David Vitter, R-La., revealed that he has found “widespread” use of banned, unofficial email accounts at the Environmental Protection Agency, including a regional administrator set to resign over the offense and EPA head Lisa Jackson’s acting replacement. “Region 8 Administrator [James] Martin is likely resigning this week in part because of the open investigation about his use of a non-official email account to conduct official business,” Vitter, ranking member on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW), said in a statement today. The off-site email account “may have been an attempt to circumvent the Federal Records Act,
Outgoing Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta has unilaterally issued a directive stating that the U.S. military will now extend certain benefits to unmarried domestic partners that were formerly reserved for married couples—but will only do so if the domestic partners certify in writing to the Department of Defense that they are of the same sex. Heterosexual unmarried partners do not qualify for the benefits—and thus are treated unequally by Panetta’s directive on the basis of their sexual orientation. Panetta issued his directive in a Feb. 11 memorandum to the secretaries of the military departments and the
CHARLOTTE – Barack Obama is absolutely correct, he really is the most transparent president in history. Obama’s message has been remarkably consistent for his entire presidency. Ever since he told Joe the Plumber on the rope line during the campaign of 2008 that “everybody deserves a fair shot and wealth should be distributed so that everyone is on a level playing field” Obama’s strategy has been unwavering. We have listened to the prevaricator in chief deliver speech after speech ad nauseam and the talking points are always crystal clear. That is transparency. Like it or not,
Hundreds of Pentagon-related companies large and small are preparing to lay off thousands of employees as Congress takes a recess this week, so far unable to agree on how to undo automatic military spending cuts set to begin March 1. BAE Systems Inc., a global giant that provides an array of goods and services for the military, estimates that it will have to lay off as many as 4,000 workers this year, including technicians who work on aircraft, ships and vehicles and who earn an average of $50,000 a year. Meanwhile, Ammcon Corp. of Portland, Ore., which makes
Limits on the size of ammunition magazines and universal background checks passed the Colorado House on Monday, during a second day of emotional debates that has drawn attention from the White House as lawmakers try to address recent mass shootings. The bills were among four that the Democratic-controlled House passed amid strong resistance from Republicans, who were joined by a few Democrats to make some of the votes close.
Naysayers and critics have not blunted the unapologetic enthusiasm of determined tea partyers. The grass-roots movement observes its fourth anniversary Tuesday, marking an event that resonated with many Americans on Feb 19, 2009. That was the day CNBC analyst Rick Santelli gave a “rant heard ‘round the world” on live TV, declaring that the fiscally irresponsible federal government was behaving badly, and that a tea party-style revolt might be in order. Since then, the tea party has been declared dead on several occasions by mocking pundits. But that does not appear to be so. Organizers are intent on raising
The Loudoun County School Board is reaching the denouement of a multiyear deliberation about an application for a charter school that has strong ties to Fethullah Gulen, a Turkish Islamist. His followers have already started some 135 American charter schools. Their focus is to promote an increasingly Shariah-dominated Turkey. Incredibly, the school board’s members are studiously avoiding any acknowledgment or discussion of the role of Fethullah Gulen and his movement in the charter school. They have wrestled for many months with a host of problems with the application — such as serious deficiencies with the proposed
Facing a surging homicide rate and several headline-grabbing murders, Chicago’s top cop is taking aim at lobbyists who he says prevent politicians from implementing more gun control measures. Appearing on a local Windy City Sunday morning talk show on the radio station WLSAM, Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said special interests that lobby politicians to influence their opinion on gun control are the real problem. “If there was a special interest influencing police work, I believe that would be called corruption,” McCarthy said.