The Senate will approve the nomination of former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) this coming week, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) predicted Sunday, but with so many “no” votes that he´ll be an ineffective secretary of Defense. “He doesn´t have the confidence of the vast majority of the Senate, which weakens him in that position,” said Coburn, the top Republican on the Senate Homeland Security Committee, in an interview on “Fox News Sunday.” “The fact is that in modern times we haven´t had one Defense secretary who´s had more than three votes against him.
Deadline contributor Ross Johnson reports that Beverly Hills Hotel security kept a handful of members of Service Employees International Union-United Healthcare Workers West well back from guests arriving for Saturday night’s 11th Annual ‘Night Before’ Oscars Party. It’s the fundraiser for the Motion Picture and Television Fund thrown by Jeffrey Katzenberg. Union personnel were prohibited from setting foot on hotel property, demarcated by blue tape on the sidewalk next to the main entrance and on the traffic island outside the hotel.
Boy, the anti-gun goobers were out in full force this past week giving us plebeians the down low on what we “need” to protect ourselves during everything from home invasions to rape situations. It was like listening to Obama talk about economics or Roseanne Barr gloss smoothly on the importance of Southern etiquette in marital conflicts. I heard so much horse scat coming from the left last week regarding self-defense that I am now befuddled as to whom I should give my “Are You Blanking Kidding Me” award to. Damn you, tyranny of many options. Damn you!
Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius crushed his girlfriend’s skull with a cricket bat before shooting her dead, police have told her family. Details of the post-mortem examination of South African model Reeva Steenkamp were withheld from last week’s bail application hearing. But grieving relatives who saw her body before Tuesday’s cremation in Port Elizabeth described horrific injuries from the cricket bat, and entry wounds from 9mm bullets fired by Pistorius.
In close consultation with President Obama, two of his top political strategists are designing an ambitious new organization funded by donations from wealthy individuals and corporations aimed at making political and legislative gains at the federal and state levels. The fledgling Organizing for Action says it will be nonpartisan and steer clear of election activity. But the line between issue disputes and electoral politics can be a fuzzy one. The first of an expected wave of ads on gun control, for example, has targeted only Republicans. And OFA board member Jim Messina, who managed Obama’s reelection
During a discussion about President Obama’s lack of transparency about the drone program, former White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs explained on MSNBC this morning that he was ordered to never acknowledge the existence of the drone program. “One of the first things they told me was, you are not even to acknowledge the drone program, you are not even to discuss that it exists,” Gibbs said frankly, explaining why he could never be forthcoming about the issue with White House reporters. Gibbs added that in his opinion, the Obama administration’s denial of the program “undermines people’s confidence overall
Public schools across California have assigned thousands of teachers to classes without the proper credentials or legal authorization, a persistent problem that state and local education officials blame on mismanagement, budget shortages and a limited pool of qualified specialists. Untrained teachers have been assigned to a variety of difficult classes, including those filled with English-language learners and others with special intellectual and physical needs. In many cases, these teachers lack training in a particular subject that they´ve been assigned to teach, such as English or math.
The first phantom absentee ballot request hit the Miami-Dade elections website at 9:11 p.m. Saturday, July 7. The next one came at 9:14. Then 9:17. 9:22. 9:24. 9:25. Within 2½ weeks, 2,552 online requests arrived from voters who had not applied for absentee ballots. They streamed in much too quickly for real people to be filling them out. They originated from only a handful of Internet Protocol addresses. And they were not random. It had all the appearances of a political dirty trick, a high-tech effort by an unknown hacker to sway three key Aug. 14 primary elections,
Like so many San Francisco firsts, the effort to make our airport the first in the world to be named after a gay person has become a national and international cause celebre. A new Change.org petition calling for San Francisco International Airport to be named for slain gay rights leader Harvey Milk has gathered about 20,000 signatures - many of them coming from outside California and even the United States. High-profile gay rights organizations including the Human Rights Campaign, the Courage Campaign and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force have also added their names to the effort.
A science teacher fired for her past involvement in pornographic films will continue to fight for her job at the Oxnard School District. Stacie Halas and her attorney have filed an appeal to the Ventura County Superior Court, seeking a reversal to an administrative law ruling made last month that upheld the firing. Halas’ attorney Richard Schwab said the fact that his client is being judged on her past profession brings up very significant legal issues. “I think we have to look at what is the purpose of a hearing. Is it to look at your past and judge you?”
Take a big gulp, New York: Hizzoner is about to give you a pop. Nanny Bloomberg unleashes his ban on large sodas on March 12 — and there are some nasty surprises lurking for hardworking families. Say goodbye to that 2-liter bottle of Coke with your pizza delivery, pitchers of soft drinks at your kid’s birthday party and some bottle-service mixers at your favorite nightclub. They’d violate Mayor Bloomberg’s new rules, which prohibit eateries from serving or selling sugary drinks in containers larger than 16 ounces. Bloomberg’s soda smackdown follows his attacks on
Tommy Vietor was the first youthful convert to pack his bags, leave home and sign on to the Barack Obama campaign, joining the Chicago operation before his boss, then running for the Senate, had even given the convention speech by which the rest of Democratic America would discover him. He rose from driver of a press van across rural Illinois to fixture of the White House situation room. Now, the 32-year-old is contemplating something new -- a future not working for Obama. Amid the high-level departures and appointments of Obama´s second term, a quieter changing of the guard is
Sacramento — In his seven-year career with the Denver Broncos, running back Terrell Davis, a former Super Bowl Most Valuable Player, dazzled fans with his speed and elusiveness. At the end of his rookie year in 1995, he signed a $6.8-million, five-year contract. Off the field he endorsed Campbell´s soup. And when he hung up his cleats, he reported for the National Football League Network and appeared in movies and TV shows. So it may surprise Californians to find out that in 2011, Davis got a $199,000 injury settlement from a California workers´ compensation court for injuries related to football.
With the ax set to fall on federal spending in five days, the question in Washington is not whether the sequester will hit, but how much it will hurt. Over the past week, President Obama has painted a picture of impending disaster, warning of travel delays, laid-off firefighters and pre-schoolers tossed out of Head Start. Conservatives accuse Obama of exaggerating the impact, and some White House allies worry the slow-moving sequester may fail to live up to the hype. “The good news is, the world doesn’t end March 2. The bad news is, the world doesn’t end March 2,”
Repairs to a section of catch fence at Daytona International Speedway damaged by airborne parts of a race car on Saturday were completed by 2 a.m. Sunday, Speedway officials said this morning. Fans, officials and teams are ready to go racing today and the Daytona 500 is scheduled to begin as planned at 1 p.m. Officials with the Speedway and NASCAR are conducting two press conferences this morning to discuss further details. Saturday night´s crash injured at least 28 people, including 14 who were taken to area hospitals by ambulance and 14 who were treated at
At 11:42 a.m. on Feb. 14, a conservative online magazine called The Washington Free Beacon posted a dispatch about a speech Chuck Hagel gave in 2007 in which it said he called the State Department “an adjunct to the Israeli foreign minister’s office.” The report was based on “contemporaneous” notes an attendee posted online. An hour later on the floor of the United States Senate, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina urgently cited that statement as another reason to delay Mr. Hagel’s nomination as defense secretary.
Shocking footage filmed from the stands at Daytona International Speedway shows the moment when debris from yesterday´s massive multi-car pile-up flew into the packed crowd injuring at least 33 fans - including a 14-year-old boy who is in a critical condition. The terrifying scene unfolds during the last lap as Kyle Larson´s car is catapulted by the crash into a catch fence separating the tens-of thousands of fans from the track - almost shearing the car in half. And as the fiery wrecks filter past the section of the speedway hit, the footage filmed by spectator Tyler Andersen
I suppose it depends on your point of view. If you lose one fifth of your pay because you´re a federal employee and are furloughed one day a week, it´s pretty bad. But is Obama right about the effects of the sequester? He says that it would be "a huge blow to middle-class families and our economy as a whole." Oh, really? Bill Wilson writing in Forbes: According to Obama, the sequester would represent "a huge blow to middle-class families and our economy as a whole." Obama´s White House has also referred to the sequester as "devastating," saying
twfox wrote: Jan. 24,2013 - Bobby Jindal urges the GOP to "stop being the stupid party"---hmmmm. And now you knuckle draggers want to call the Presidents supporters stupid? Good luck with that! - The Big, Big Government Push Dear Comrade Fox, You apparently don’t know the context in which Jindal was talking about “stop being the stupid party.” What Jindal is referring to are the candidates who made bizarre comments during the election, like Todd Akin the Missouri Republican, who said this about the odds of getting pregnant from rape: “From what I understand from doctors, that´s really rare.
The Afghan president has ordered US special forces to leave Wardak province within two weeks over allegations of disappearances and torture. The measures were being taken due to the actions of Afghans considered to be part of US special forces, said a spokesman for Hamid Karzai. The strategically significant, central province of Wardak has been the recent focus of counter-insurgency operations. A US spokesman said it took all allegations of misconduct seriously. But he said he could not comment specifically on this latest development.
As the RAF´s Central Flying School celebrates its centenary year, BBC News looks back at the career of the daring and inspirational war veteran who became its icon. "They´ve only seven hours flying, sir--and it´s bloody murder." It was the summer of 1916--the early days of the Battle of the Somme--and squadron leader Major Robert Smith-Barry was venting his frustration at the commander of the Royal Flying Corps (RFC), in France. Although considered a brilliant pilot himself, Smith-Barry was deeply concerned about some of the British recruits being pitched against highly-trained German fighter squadrons. "They have barely learned to fly,
Last May, when the Revel casino opened in Atlantic City, the traffic light out front was reset on a four-minute cycle — in anticipation of epic traffic jams, one taxi driver says. Today, that cabby turns off his engine at the light to save gas. He’s one of only a handful of cars waiting. Revel was suppose to be a new kind of casino — no low-cost buffets, no smoking and a casino on a different floor than reception, with windows that looked on to the best Atlantic City beach, so gamblers did not lose track of place and time.
The American dream is hiding in the unlikeliest of places — the toy box. The toy industry has always been a repository for national culture. And, unlike myriad other economic and social indicators, this one speaks well of America’s future. That was apparent at last week’s 110th Annual Toy Fair in New York City, where the entrepreneurial spirit thrived. Each year at the fair, around 7,500 toys make their debut. While many are introduced by big companies such as Mattel or Hasbro, other toys make it to market because of the creativity and capitalistic ethos of individual inventors.
Cher leaned heavily on her Twitter page in the waning months of the 2012 presidential race to blast anything associated with Mitt Romney. Now, she´s focusing her GOP hate on the party´s rising star, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. Cruz, whose aggressive approach has made him the target of mainstream news outlets which ignore similar tactics by liberals, is now Cher´s favorite outlet for her social media vitriol. Got to go!The other day when I was RANTING AGAINST IDIOT,BIGOT, CREATURE FROM THE NETHER REGIONS,Ted Cruz i made up cool line ( i think)...Stand & Be Counted..OR..Sit & Be NOTHING !
CHICAGO- They elected a Harvard-educated Rhodes Scholar and ended up with a congressman who was convicted of having sex with an underage campaign worker. They voted for the son of a famous civil rights leader and got someone who illegally spent campaign funds on everything from furniture to Bruce Lee memorabilia. Call it Chicago corruption at its worst or simply uncanny coincidence, but residents of Illinois´ 2nd Congressional District haven´t been represented in Congress in more than three decades by someone who didn´t end up in serious ethical or legal trouble. That hangs over them as they