The Navy plans to shut down four of its active aircraft carriers in one of the worst-case scenarios presented to Congress by the service since the debate on budget cuts heated up this winter. The Navy previously announced a delay in deploying the carrier USS Harry Truman to the Middle East, plus a stop in the refueling and overhauling of the nuclear-powered USS Abraham Lincoln and a delay in repairing the USS Theodore Roosevelt. In an 11-page briefing sent to Congress and obtained by The Washington Times, the Navy said it will be forced to “shut down at various intervals”
The Defense Department on Wednesday officially notified Congress that it plans to begin furloughing its 800,000 civilian employees across the country if automatic spending cuts begin March 1, estimating the states would lose a total of $4.86 billion in workers’ wages this year. According to Pentagon estimates, among the hardest-hit states would be Virginia, which would have about 88,000 affected workers and salary losses of $660.9 million; California, with 62,600 workers and $419.7 million in lost wages; and Maryland, with 45,700 workers and $359.3 million in lost earnings.
The military is investigating the ex-Navy SEAL who shot Osama bin Laden to find out whether he leaked classified information to Esquire magazine for a profile on him that was published this month. ´We are taking a look at this article to see if any classified information got spilled out,´ Pentagon spokesman Army Lt. Col. Steve Warren said Tuesday. The article, entitled ´the Shooter: The Man Who Killed Osama bin Laden is … Screwed,´ contained details of bin Laden´s death and revealed information about the Navy SEAL´s struggles with the Department of Veterans Affairs since leaving the armed
The White House has unveiled a new official portrait of Michelle Obama to mark her second term as First Lady. The photograph, shot on February 12th by White House photographer Chuck Kennedy in the Green Room of the White House, shows her with the new bangs she debuted last month on her 49th birthday. And unlike the last official photo, in which she proudly bared those toned upper arms she is so famous for, this time she wears a sleeved black-and-navy dress. She has also toned down her jewellery - instead of the double strand of pearls there
Start asking security experts which powerful Washington institutions have been penetrated by Chinese cyberspies, and this is the usual answer: almost all of them. The list of those hacked in recent years includes law firms, think tanks, news organizations, human rights groups, contractors, congressional offices, embassies and federal agencies. The information compromised by such intrusions, security experts say, would be enough to map how power is exercised in Washington to a remarkably nuanced degree. The only question, they say, is whether the Chinese have the analytical resources to sort through the massive troves of data they steal every day.
Today the White House credited Michelle Obama´s three-year-old “Let´s Move” initiative with halting and even reversing a thirty year trend of increasing childhood obesity, a trend that has led to what the Centers for Disease Control has called an epidemic. A press release from the Office of the First Lady announced details of a "two day nationwide tour" at the end of the month to celebrate the third anniversary of the program that promotes exercise and healthy eating habits to young people. The press release also included a short history of the program (emphasis added):
For large retail and restaurant chains, the big unknown in the year ahead is how much more they´ll pay for health coverage. Employers with 50 or more workers who put in 30 hours a week will be required to provide health care coverage or pay a fine, under the Affordable Care Act, also called the ACA or Obamacare. That lower full-time threshold is one of the big issues business groups are trying to negotiate with the Obama administration as the rules are being finalized. Large chains like Dunkin’ Donuts parent firm Dunkin’ Brands argue that full-time status should remain
The rise and fall of Jesse L. Jackson Jr. provides an object lesson in the one kind of entitlement that Washington has yet to successfully wipe out. The former congressman pled guilty today to counts of wire and mail fraud in connection with his embezzlement of $750,000 in campaign funds. The son of the famed civil rights leader who once seemed likely to occupy Barack Obama’s Senate seat will instead soon be residing in federal prison for a few years. He’s not the first crook to take up space in Congress and won’t be the last.
On Wednesday’s broadcast of FNC’s “The Five,” co-host Greg Gutfeld responded to a statement from NBC White House correspondent and MSNBC “The Daily Rundown” host Chuck Todd that it’s a “mythology” to believe the mainstream media are hostile toward conservatives. “I think that the mythology of the big, bad non-conservative media has gotten into some offices,” Todd said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Tuesday. “And so that there’s this fear of, oh we can’t do, we can’t do anything that’s not — it’s sort of this — and I feel like it’s a mythology that now younger staffers
Parents across Massachusetts are upset over new rules that would not only allow transgender students to use their restrooms of their choice – but would also punish students who refuse to affirm or support their transgender classmates. Last week the Massachusetts Department of Education issued directives for handling transgender students – including allowing them to use the bathrooms of their choice or to play on sports teams that correspond to the gender with which they identify. The 11-page directive also urged schools to eliminate gender-based clothing and
WASHINGTON - More than half of U.S. citizens believe that most or all of the country´s 11 million illegal immigrants should be deported, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Wednesday that highlights the difficulties facing lawmakers trying to reform the U.S. immigration system. The online survey shows resistance to easing immigration laws despite the biggest push for reform in Congress since 2007. Thirty percent of those polled think that most illegal immigrants, with some exceptions, should be deported, while 23 percent believe all illegal immigrants should be deported. Only 5 percent believe all illegal immigrants should be allowed to stay
It´s not often that you´d call government ineptitude a blessing. But that could be the case with ObamaCare. The feds missed their own deadline late last year for issuing all the rules for states on how their insurance exchanges are to operate. They haven´t yet finished the "data hub" states will need to determine eligibility for benefits. And the federal government is now scrambling to put together dozens of exchanges in the 25 states that unexpectedly refused to set them up on their own. Critics of the law should capitalize on the many hiccups befalling the law
A Wesleyan University soiree held at a Hartford science museum over the weekend came to an abrupt, early end. The reason: Museum staff allegedly found several students having sex in the bathrooms, doing drugs and scaling a very lifelike dinosaur exhibit — to name just a few indecencies. Students who attend the fancy-pants private liberal arts college in semi-urban Middletown, Connecticut had journeyed by bus to the Connecticut Science Center in Hartford for an annual tradition called Senior Cocktails, explains the International Science Times. After about two hours, Connecticut Science Center
A week before Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan is set to leave New York for Rome, where his name is being floated as a candidate for pope, he was questioned for three hours on Wednesday behind closed doors in a legal deposition concerning the sexual abuse of children by priests. The lawyers deposing Cardinal Dolan represent hundreds of people who say they were sexually molested by priests in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, which he led for seven years before his appointment as archbishop of New York in 2009. The lawyers want to know when Cardinal Dolan, as archbishop of Milwaukee,
Sandra Fluke, President Obama´s Democratic National Convention spokeswoman for Obamacare-supplied birth control, has joined with Planned Parenthood to urge Americans to speak out in support of no co-pay birth control. In an email to supporters, Fluke, who in February 2012 was blocked from testifying before Congress and later hit by Rush Limbaugh on his radio show, wrote: "I´m proud to stand with Planned Parenthood and President Obama as we work to expand access to affordable birth control. And I´m proud to stand with millions of women and men -- including you -- who are fighting for women´s
Limassol, Cyprus — In a little-watched trial in a small courtroom here on Wednesday, a 24-year-old man provided a rare look inside a covert global war between Israel and Iran, admitting that he is an operative of the militant group Hezbollah, for which he acted as a courier in Europe and staked out locations in this port city that Israelis were known to frequent. Breaking with the group’s ironclad discipline and practiced secrecy, the operative, Hossam Taleb Yaacoub, described being handled by a masked man he knew only as Ayman. He told of doing simple tasks at first:
When the history of President Obama’s drive for national health care is written, there are several moments that will be looked back upon as having cemented the law in place. There were “conservative” Democrats Ben Nelson and Bart Stupak dropping their objections to Obamacare to get the legislation across the finish line. There was Chief Justice John Roberts siding with the Supreme Court’s liberals to uphold the constitutionality of the law. There was President Obama’s reelection victory, which crushed any feasible path to full repeal.
President Barack Obama called Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at approximately 10 p.m. on the night of the terrorist attacks on the U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told CNSNews.com. That was more than six hours after the attacks started, more than an hour before Tryone Woods and Glen Doherty were killed--and about the time that Clinton first released a statement linking the attacks to “inflammatory material posted on the Internet,” a reference to an anti-Muslim video on YouTube. “Like every president before him, he has a national security adviser and
Young Jeezy took a little break from the NBA All-Star Weekend festivities to be honored by Houston Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee over the weekend. The congresswoman presented the rapper with the “Certificate of Congressional Recognition” for his community work throughout the country, the Houston Chronicle reports. “Your core values of hard work and integrity has helped improve youth in the Houston community,” the certificate, signed by Mrs Jackson Lee, stated. “The greatest good you can do for another is not just to share your riches but to reveal to them their own.”
Deficits: Liberals are howling about the latest Simpson-Bowles deficit plan because, they say, it´s too right wing. It´s hardly that. But the plan does expose how fatuous President Obama´s claims about the deficit have been. To hear the left tell it, the updated plan from Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles — the bipartisan team that headed Obama´s debt commission three years ago — is a sop to Republicans, proposing far too much in spending cuts and way too little in tax hikes. Jonathan Chait of New York magazine, for example, decried it as "a
Andrew Cuomo, who has been unafraid to make a splash during his time as governor of New York, is doing it again. The New York Times reported over the weekend that the Democrat is set to push for a bill that would reduce the state’s restrictions on late-term abortions, allowing for the procedure when the woman’s health is at stake rather than just, as current law states, when her life is in danger — a significantly lower threshold. As the Times notes, Cuomo’s move is particularly interesting because generally
Earlier today we posited that Congressional Republicans held a losing political hand when it came to a showdown over the $1.2 trillion in automatic spending cuts — aka the sequester — set to automatically kick in on March 1. We got a fair number of responses from Republicans who argued with the premise –insisting that under our logic the GOP should simply capitulate to Obama on all matters due to the fact that the president is the more popular figure with the public at the moment. Tony Fratto, a former Bush Administration spokesman and now a partner at Hamilton Place Strategies
Hot Air´s Ed Morrissey helps to clear up the Washington Post´s confusion over the startling 45 cent rise in gas prices in a single month. What´s also of interest, though, is a word found nowhere in the Post´s 750-worder; and that word is "Obama." Not once does the Post question, examine, or consider how White House policies or lack thereof might be exploding the price of a gallon of gas. There is no crueler tax on the poor than inflation, especially when it comes in the form of energy prices. The poor need to heat their homes
(CHICAGO) How did Jesse Jackson Jr. manage to illegally accumulate so much stuff over a seven-year period? Finally brought to justice, Jackson summarized his scheme for the judge: "I used monies that should have been used for campaign purposes." Inside the scheme, it was a far more intricate operation to convert his campaign money into personal funds. Jackson didn´t do it alone. It wasn´t an informal arrangement. There was quite a cover up, constructed of lies and deceit. (Snip)"Keeping this enormous fraud and these cash gifts a secret, required Jesse Jackson Jr. to repeatedly lie to the federal
On Wednesday Florida Republican Rick Scott became the latest GOP Governor to volunteer to shoulder some responsibility for ObamaCare, which has liberal sages gloating about a resistance-is-futile shift in the GOP. The media don´t want to discuss the substance, only the politics, so allow us to report how the flippers are justifying their flips. • Take the money or run. The Governors now expanding Medicaid are candid about their flight from their own fiscal principles: They want to take political credit for taking "free" money from Uncle Sugar and for appeasing the state hospitals lobbying for federal cash.