Morning Joe ventured into well-trodden territory on Thursday when they discussed the current state of the GOP and the type of leader the party needs to revitalize itself. One strong leader is all the party needs, the panel agreed. Specifically, one who’s unafraid of confronting members of the party who make outrageous remarks (a là Allen West). “If I’m a Republican, I want everybody to run for president,” James Carville asserted, noting that someone needs to stand out after beating everyone else. But if congressional Republicans keeping “saying stuff, you’re just going to have your
An Ohio woman filed a $25,000 lawsuit against her employer, alleging she was fired for voting for President Obama. Patricia Kunkle of Kettering, Ohio, claimed that Dayton-based Q-Mark, Inc., threatened to fire employees of the defense contractor if Obama won re-election, with the president’s supporters to be the first to receive pink slips, the Dayton Daily News reported. Kunkle said she had a conversation the day after Election Day that indicated she voted for Obama. She was fired three days later.
House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md., called for an income tax increase on the 99 percent of Americans whose rates did not go up under the fiscal cliff deal, a hike that he proposed alongside entitlement reforms as part of a “balanced” plan to resolve the country’s fiscal crisis. “Closing loopholes is like getting rid of fraud, waste, and abuse — it sounds nice, until you’ve got to deal with it politically,” Hoyer said on MSNBC. “I was for the Clinton rates. I’m for the Clinton rates, today. Now, I wouldn’t phase in the Clinton rates
TIMBUKTU, Mali - One of the last things the bearded fighters did before leaving this city was to drive to the market where traders lay their carpets out in the sand. The al-Qaida extremists bypassed the brightly-colored, high-end synthetic floor coverings and stopped their pickup truck in front of a man selling more modest mats woven from desert grass, priced at $1.40 apiece. There they bought two bales of 25 mats each, and asked him to bundle them on top of the car, along with a stack of sticks.
MEXICO CITY — Mexico said Wednesday that it had records of more than 27,000 cases of “disappeared people” that it would make public soon in an effort to clarify the circumstances under which they vanished. Lia Limon, the country’s deputy interior secretary for human rights, acknowledged the cases hours after Human Rights Watch issued a scathing report that called Mexico the Western Hemisphere’s hot spot for “enforced disappearances,”
Key senators are exploring an immigration bill that would force every U.S. worker—citizen or not—to carry a high-tech identity card that could use fingerprints or other personal markers to prove a person´s legal eligibility to work. The idea, signaled only in vaguely worded language from senators crafting a bipartisan immigration bill, has privacy advocates and others concerned that the law would create a national identity card that, in time, could track Americans at airports, hospitals and through other facets of their lives. The lawmakers haven´t committed to the "biometric" ID card, and are wary of any element
Anti-abortion activists are cheering Planned Parenthood of the Heartland’s decision to close clinics in Spencer and Fort Madison. The news comes after the private agency closed clinics in Storm Lake, Knoxville and Newton last year. A Planned Parenthood spokeswoman confirmed Wednesday that the agency plans to close two more of its 21 Iowa clinics. (snip)Jenifer Bowen, executive director of Iowa Right to Life, said it was ironic to hear Planned Parenthood cite the health care law as a reason for cuts. “They supported it so strongly, and they’re feeling the crunch of it,” she said.
Bill O´Reilly scored two best sellers detailing the final moments of Presidents John F. Kennedy and Abraham Lincoln. The Fox News host´s next project promises to raise the stakes far beyond presidential politics. Bill O´Reilly, the Fox News anchor and author, has signed to write Killing Jesus: A History, as a follow-up to his best-selling books Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot and Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever. The book will be published Sept. 24 by Henry Holt and Co. Martin Dugard, O´Reilly´s co-author on the Kennedy and
LOS ANGELES — British tourist Michael Baugh and his wife said water had only trickled for days as they brushed their teeth, showered and drank from the taps at the Cecil Hotel in downtown Los Angeles, but they could not have imagined the disturbing reason. The body of a Canadian woman was later discovered at the bottom of one of four cisterns on the roof of the historic hotel near Skid Row. The tanks provide water for hotel taps and would have been used by guests for washing and drinking.
The acrimony surrounding Chuck Hagel´s confirmation to lead the Defense Department has caused a handful of Senators to formally ask the White House to withdraw his nomination. The almost unprecedented step has capped weeks of debate over Hagel´s fitness for the job. In an effort led by TX Sen. John Cornyn, 11 GOP Senators have signed a letter asking the White House to drop Hagel´s nomination. While other Senators are likely to add their names to the letter, the current 11 signers make a symbolic point. In the history of the office,
A meeting between the new U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his Russian counterpart will take place next week in German capital Berlin. Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov have agreed to meet in Berlin on February 26, US State Department Spokesperson Victoria Nuland said in a statement on Thursday. "Secretary Kerry and Foreign Minister Lavrov will discuss a wide range of bilateral and international issues," she added. The statement did not specify the agenda of talks. It will be Kerry´s first meeting with Lavrov in his new capacity as US Secretary of State.
House Democrats have put forth a bill to create a "diplomatic envoy" to Iran to try to "convince that country to abandon its nuclear ambitions." Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) sponsored the legislation, which will require the envoy to pursue "direct, sustained... negotiations with Iran in order to prevent war and support human rights." The darkening clouds surrounding Iran´s nuclear program are troubling. We must use all diplomatic tools available, including engaging in direct bilateral and multilateral diplomacy. To do that we must lift the "no contact" policy and begin negotiations. The bill has little chance
Organic tomatoes really are healthier than their conventionally grown counterparts, new research suggests. Despite being smaller, they are packed with higher amounts of vitamin C and compounds that may combat chronic diseases, the findings show. The reason for the difference is down to the organic plants´ tough upbringing, it is claimed. While conventionally grown tomatoes are are treated with pesticides and artificial fertilisers, organic farming forces the fruits to fend for themselves. The stress they suffer as a result promotes greater concentrations of health-giving chemicals, according to the scientists.[Snip] A U.S. review of research studies published last year found
More than 600,000 white British Londoners have left the capital in a decade. Census figures show that between 2001 and 2011 the level of ‘white flight’ reached 620,000. It is the equivalent of a city the size of Glasgow, made up entirely of white Britons, moving out of the capital. The figures, reported by the BBC yesterday, mean that for the first time, white Britons are now in a minority in the country’s largest city. At the same time, the census shows, some rural areas have seen a rise in the proportion of people who describe their ethnicity as
Imagine a new senator who ran a campaign of “no more business as usual.” No more special interest politics, no more backroom deals — and he won. He came to Washington, and he delivered. He didn’t stay quiet, he spoke passionately for what he believed in, and he made it clear he planned to shake up the status quo. How would the media react to a senator like that? Nothing but praise for standing his ground, right? Surely editorials lauding his boldness, his vision, his courage would be his reward. He would be held
Three Al Qaeda-backed British Muslims have been found guilty of planning the worst-ever terror attack on British soil by using eight suicide bombers to cause ´mass death´ and ´carnage´. Irfan Naseer, 31, Irfan Khalid, 27, and Ashik Ali, 27, all from Birmingham, were today convicted of plotting the ´spectacular campaign´ designed to claim as many lives as the 2005 London Underground bombs that killed 52 innocent people. Inspired by hate preacher Anwar al-Awlaki´s online sermons, the homegrown jihadis led an extremist plot to set off bombs and other deadly weapons in crowded shopping centres and railway stations across Britain.
The New York Times Co is putting The Boston Globe on the auction block for a second time as it seeks to focuses solely on growing its flagship newspaper, the company said on Wednesday. The sale, which will also include the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, is expected to come at a big loss for subscribers and advertisers .. the Globe could fetch about $150 million. The New York Times paid $1.1 billion for the newspaper in 1993.
In his first term President Obama was criticized for trash-talking the one-percenters while enjoying the aristocracy of Martha´s Vineyard and the nation´s most exclusive golf courses. Obama never quite squared his accusations that "millionaires and billionaires" had not paid their fair share with his own obvious enjoyment of the perks of "corporate jet owners," "fat cat bankers" and Las Vegas junketeers. Now, that paradox has continued right off the bat in the second term. In the State of the Union, Obama once more went after "the few," and "the wealthiest and the most powerful,"
WASHINGTON- Republican Sen. Richard Shelby says he will vote to confirm Chuck Hagel as defense secretary, a major boost for President Barack Obama´s nominee. The Alabama lawmaker tells the Decatur Daily he has concerns about his fellow Republican but plans to support him. Shelby spokesman Jonathan Graffeo said Thursday that, barring unforeseen surprises, the senator will vote for confirmation. Hagel is a former two-term senator from Nebraska who has faced strong GOP opposition. Shelby joins two other Republicans who have indicated their support for Hagel -- Thad Cochran of Mississippi and Mike Johanns of Nebraska.
Detroit — Nearly half of the owners of Detroit´s 305,000 properties failed to pay their tax bills last year, exacerbating a punishing cycle of declining revenues and diminished services for a city in a financial crisis, according to a Detroit News analysis of government records. The News reviewed more than 200,000 pages of tax documents and found that 47 percent of the city´s taxable parcels are delinquent on their 2011 bills.(Snip) Delinquency is so pervasive that 77 blocks had only one owner who paid taxes last year, The News found. Many of those who don´t pay question why they should
WASHINGTON -President Obama goes into a busy spring of legislative battles holding the upper hand over congressional Republicans on key issues, a newly released poll shows. In the fight over automatic spending cuts that are scheduled to begin March 1, Obama has a dual advantage: Almost half of Americans surveyed said they would blame the GOP if the cuts took place, compared with fewer than one-third who said they would blame Obama. Moreover, an overwhelming majority, 79%, say that additional tax increases should be part of any new deficit reduction deal, compared with only 19% who side with
A third of the seafood sold nationwide and almost 40 percent of the fish purchased by consumers in Northern California was not what it was touted to be, a study released Thursday by the nonprofit group Oceana revealed. Genetic testing of 1,215 fish taken from 674 retail outlets, grocery stores and sushi bars throughout the United States between 2010 and 2012 found that 33 percent of the samples had been mislabeled, according to U.S. Food and Drug Administration guidelines. Researchers with Oceana, a group dedicated to preserving the ocean ecosystem, reported finding seafood mislabeling in all 21 states where
Global stock markets have fallen after some members of the US central bank suggested its stimulus measures may be increasing the "risks of future economic and financial imbalances". The comments came in minutes of the Federal Reserve´s last meeting, where the Fed said it had left its monthly $85bn bond-buying plan in place. US markets opened lower on Thursday after recording their biggest drop so far this year on Wednesday. [Snip] Currently, the Fed is carrying out its plan of buying $85bn of bonds a month until the US jobs market sees a substantial improvement. By buying bonds, the Fed
It is a treacherous moment for gold bugs. The first whiff of future tightening from the US Federal Reserve has sent bullion into a nose-dive, triggering a much-feared “Death’s Cross” sell signal on gold futures. Gold has dropped by over $100 an ounce in ten days, touching $1556 this morning.[Snip] Citigroup says the great bull market of the last 12 years is over. The “long cycle” has peaked. Economic recovery has yanked away the key support. So long as there are no big “street riots” this year, investors will stop buying precious metals as Armaggedon insurance and rotate instead