Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood threatened to shut down airports if Congress does not undo sequestration, even though the Federal Aviation Administration annual budget for consultants, travel, and supplies is larger than the sequester cut. “At DOT, we will need to cut nearly a billion dollars, which will affect dozens of our programs. Over $600 million of these cuts will need to come from the Federal Aviation Administration, the agency that controls and manages our nation’s skies,” LaHood said during the White House press briefing. “As a result of these cuts, the vast majority of FAA’s
President Obama’s reorganized campaign operation is selling access to the president in return for big donations, according to the New York Times. The group ‘Organizing for Action’ is a reorganized version of President Obama’s ‘Organizing for America’ campaign juggernaut – now a tax-exempt “advocacy” group where federal contribution limits don’t apply. According to the Times, wealthy donors who give $500,000 or more get to join the group’s “national advisory board” which allows them to attend quarterly meetings with the president “along with other meetings at the White House.”
A popular event band was involved in a wreck that shut down part of I-85 for approximately eight hours Friday. Tracey Watson, a spokesperson for the Georgia State Patrol, said the driver of a recreational vehicle lost control of the RV about 5:30 a.m. near Mile Marker 133 in Jackson County. “Party on the Moon” was traveling northbound when the driver slumped over the steering wheel and a band member grabbed it, (Snip)Atlanta-based “Party on the Moon” has played events ranging from Eli Manning’s wedding to President Obama’s inauguration, according to its website.
Iran says it has found major new uranium deposits and is planning to expand its nuclear power programme. It said 16 sites had been identified as suitable for the construction of new power plants over the next 15 years. Iran said the find - which has not been independently confirmed - would treble the size of known uranium deposits. Under UN sanctions, Iran is banned from importing nuclear material. It is due to hold talks with Western powers on Tuesday about its nuclear programme. The US and its allies are widely believed to be planning to offer Iran some relief from sanctions
Tiger Woods and his ex-wife Elin Nordegren have been pictured together today for the first time in years, sparking rumors the pair may be rekindling their romance. It´s been more than three years since Nordegren, 33, smashed her former husband´s SUV with a golf club after news of his rampant cheating surfaced. And now the two have both showed up at a youth sports event with their kids in Jupiter, Florida, appearing to be one big happy family at least briefly before leaving together. According to TMZ, Woods, 37, got to the sports day first with his son and
Barack Obama has spoken publicly about playing with Tiger Woods having returned to the highest office in the land after spending President’s Day weekend on the golf course. ‘He’s on another planet,’ marveled the president about his experience of teeing off with the 14-times major champion and current world number two. ´He plays a different game than I do,´ Obama told ABC7 on Wednesday. ´I don´t think either party was nervous, he knew that I wasn´t a big threat to his world ranking and I knew that I better keep my day job.´The two met up for their first-ever round together last Sunday at a luxury golf resort
It is tempting for people to suppose that if a little of something is good for them, then a lot of it must be better. (Snip) A study from Sweden, recently published in the British Medical Journal, examines the important question of whether calcium supplements are good for middle-aged and old women. What the Swedish researchers found was that the graph of the relationship between calcium intake and death rates was a U-shaped curve. People with a low consumption of calcium had a higher mortality than those with a moderate consumption, but so did people with a high consumption.
Political scandals generally come in two sizes: standard sleaze and buffoonish corruption. This week, Jesse Jackson jnr — the former congressman and son of the controversial civil rights leader — pleaded guilty to an array of campaign finance crimes that would have made the most hardened Chicago political mover blush. Working in cahoots with his wife, Sandi — until recently a Chicago alderman — the Jackson duo managed to enrich themselves off campaign funds with an evident weakness for luxury items ranging from a $43,000 Rolex watch to a fedora once worn by Michael Jackson. This fall from
Lansing — Michigan lawmakers want to crack down on can and bottle smugglers they say are scamming Michigan for undeserved recycling refunds, corrupting a generous 10-cent per container payback policy once infamously portrayed in a "Seinfeld" episode and which beverage officials now claim costs the state millions of dollars annually. "Seinfeld" characters Kramer and Newman failed miserably in their comedic attempt to cash in on the refund, when they loaded a mail truck full of cans and bottles in New York and attempted to drive them to Michigan. But lawmakers say it´s a serious problem,
Detroit — Three months after an FBI raid, the Detroit Public Library has fired one of its top administrators at the center of the federal investigation over kickbacks. Chief Administrative Officer Tim Cromer had been on paid leave from his $145,323-a-year post since mid-November, when the FBI raided his office at the library´s main branch and his West Bloomfield Township home. (Snip) The November raid came after a series of stories in The News highlighting allegations of mismanagement, nepotism and cost overruns. Cromer first attracted scrutiny in 2011 when library officials considered
Teen retailer Abercrombie & Fitch said Friday it plans to close 40 to 50 of its U.S. stores this year as the company’s shares took a nosedive following lukewarm sales over the holiday shopping season, a crucial time for retail chains. Comparable store sales at Abercrombie’s U.S. stores fell 1 per cent in the fourth quarter, furthering previous declines in the company’s selling power. Shares of Abercrombie tumbled 4.5 per cent on Friday after the announcement was made. The Ohio-based retail company’s chief executive Mike Jeffries told analysts during a conference call on Wednesday that
The first NHS trust to be run entirely by a private firm has one of the highest levels of patient satisfaction in the country.[Snip] The company running the trust has slashed losses at the hospital by 60 per cent and will soon begin to pay off burgeoning debts built up over years of mismanagement. The takeover deal, which saved the hospital from closing down, is seen as a blueprint for the future of many NHS trusts. The George Eliot Hospital in Warwickshire is already considering adopting the model. The NHS is attempting to improve patient care drastically in the
Trenton — As stewards of the Trenton Free Public Library, librarians and staff are used to handing out reference materials and library cards. Now toilet paper is on the list. Library staff have taken to passing out toilet paper and hand sanitizer from a sanitation station by the front door to combat a growing wave of theft and vandalism going on inside the Academy Street library’s first floor bathrooms. Library director Kimberly Matthews sounded bewildered this week as she tallied incidents that have taken place in recent months: whole rolls flushed down the toilet, toilet paper and paper towels stolen,
For most people, flying is a boring and uncomfortable experience. But in the customized private jets that belong to the ultrarich the possibilities are endless, and it´s astounding to look at. These incredible aircraft include cinemas, marble baths, aquariums, Rolls Royce garages, glass floors, concert halls, wellbeing rooms, thrones, chef´s kitchens and gold seat buckles. Each unique jet can be personally designed down to the tiniest luxurious detail for work or play. Photographer Nick Gleisspecializes in picturing such planes. But many of the owners wish to remain anonymous,
President Barack Obama and former White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew repeatedly lied by last year by claiming congressional Republicans were responsible for the looming $85 billion cut in the federal budget through sequestration, according to The Washington Post editor Bob Woodward. Based on interviews with two senior White House aides who were directly involved in budget planning, Woodward’s report notes that Obama personally approved Lew’s plan to propose the mandatory trigger to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in July 2011. A majority of Republicans ultimately voted for the
Readers of this column might have been astonished by the media response last week to that warning by Alistair Buchanan, retiring head of the energy regulator Ofgem, that next month we will see the closure of five major coal-fired power stations that between them contribute nearly a sixth of the UK’s average electricity needs. Over the next few years, Mr Buchanan feared, we will be dangerously close to not having enough power in the grid to keep Britain’s lights on.[Snip]Tony Blair signed us up to an energy policy centred on building thousands of windmills, already fully aware
The Second Amendment´s guarantee of a right to bear arms does not extend to the right to carry a concealed weapon in public, a federal appeals court in Denver has ruled. "We conclude that the carrying of concealed firearms is not protected by the Second Amendment . . ." Justice Carlos Lucero wrote on behalf of a three-judge panel of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Lucero cited case law dating to the 1800s that put restrictions on walking around in public with a gun. "In light of our nation's extensive practice of restricting citizens' freedom to carry firearms in a concealed manner,
Sheryl Sandberg is not one to settle for being the It Girl of Silicon Valley. Nor is the chief operating officer of Facebook willing to write a book that people might merely read. (Snip) The debut assignment is a video on how to command more authority by altering how you speak and sit. Women are encouraged to send in stories about leaning in, but no sad sacks allowed: “Share a positive ending about what you learned from the experience,” says the instructional material for Lean In Circles. And no truants: “Don’t invite flakes.” That leaves me leaning out.
Las Vegas - Variously known as an adult playground and Disneyland for grown-ups, Las Vegas brands itself as a place where tourists can enjoy a sense of edginess with no real danger. But a series of high-profile episodes of random violence amid the throngs of tourists is threatening Sin City´s reputation as a padded room of a town where people can cut loose with no fear of consequences. A car-to-car shooting and fiery crash that killed two bystanders and an aspiring rapper Thursday followed a bizarre elevator stabbing and a movie theater parking lot shooting. Though crime has been falling
In January, the Interior Ministry ordered the import of 140,000 teargas canisters from the United States at a cost of LE17 million. Letters between Interior Ministry and Defense Ministry officials revealed that the order was made to address the country’s shortage of teargas after months of violent clashes between police and protesters. (Snip) “In light of the ongoing incidents and growing need for gas bombs to deal with rioters and preserve the nation’s safety, Al-Guindy Company for Imports and Exports, a representative of the US Combined System Company in Egypt, has been contracted to import
New York - The jersey worn by the captain of the men´s Olympic hockey team in its "Miracle on Ice" victory over the Soviet Union in 1980 goes on the auction block on Saturday and is expected to sell for at least $1 million. A blood-stained baseball sock is also among more than 100 items of sports memorabilia offered up by Heritage Auctions on Saturday night. Bids for the sock worn by Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling during the 2004 World Series were expected to top $100,000, the auctioneer said. The hockey jersey worn by Mike Eruzione, captain of the 1980 gold medal winning
The District of Columbia’s Fire and Emergency Medical Services says there are no plans to punish first responders for their participation in an economic speech by President Obama, but are still reviewing the event. Earlier this week, Obama surrounded himself with police and other first responders during remarks regarding the real world impact of the across-the-board package of federal spending cuts known as sequestration, looming in March should Congress fail to reach a deficit reduction agreement. But Washington’s fire and EMS chief told a local TV station the appearance of three firefighters at the
For example, one will virtually never hear that the Palmer Raids, Prohibition, or American eugenics were thoroughly progressive phenomena. These are sins America itself must atone for. Meanwhile, real or alleged “conservative” misdeeds — say McCarthyism — are always the exclusive fault of conservatives and a sign of the policies they would repeat if given power. The only culpable mistake that liberals make is failing to fight “hard enough” for their principles. Liberals are never responsible for historic misdeeds because they feel no compulsion to defend the inherent goodness of
A group of Egyptian activists who reluctantly endorsed Mohamed Morsi in last year’s presidential election, and have been bitterly disappointed by his performance in office, are again urging their fellow citizens to cast a vote for him. This time, however, a victory for Mr. Morsi would send him not to the presidential palace, but into space. The scheme, unveiled Thursday by members of the April 6 Youth Movement, is to garner enough support in an online competition to win Mr. Morsi a trip to space sponsored by the deodorant company Axe. According to a description of the plan on the group’s
A failure of the govenment to deal with the debt burden. Sound familiar? Telegraph: Moody´s announced on Friday night that it had cut the Government´s bond rating one notch from ´Aaa´ - the highest possible level - to ´Aa1´. He also took comfort that Moody´s noted that "the UK´s creditworthiness remains extremely high" thanks in part to a "strong track record of fiscal consolidation". The move is a significant setback for Chancellor George Osborne, who has faced criticism that his strategy for dealing with UK´s huge debt burden is failing to deliver.