With the Falklands referendum just two weeks away, the Obama administration still refuses to recognise the referendum and the right to self-determination of the Falkland Islanders. At a news conference in London today alongside Foreign Secretary William Hague, US Secretary of State John Kerry made this point very clearly in response to a question from the press.[Snip]Well, let me be very clear about our position with respect to the Falklands, which I believe is clear. First of all, I’m not going to comment, nor is the President, on a referendum that has yet to take place and hasn’t taken place.
In response to Finke: Michelle at Oscars ´unnecessary and inappropriate´: According to Clear Channel’s Steven Gregory on Twitter: Obama fatigue - it´s not just for righties anymore. Also, this morning it´s being reported that the Michelle Obama hijack, last night, was part of a failed effort on the part of Harvey Weinstein to get Hollywood´s Obama voters to vote for Silver Linings Playbook for Best Picture. Naked DC has that story. The Academy told US Weekly that they approached the First Lady for a part in the annual telecast, but that’s not the whole story.
MSNBC’s Chuck Todd criticized Monday the new fundraising efforts of President Obama’s dark money group, Organizing for Action, calling a scheme for high donors to meet regularly with Obama “the definition of selling access.” Todd was describing the quarterly meetings that will be enjoyed by OFA’s $500,000 donors, the New York Times reported over the weekend: But those contributions will also translate into access, according to donors courted by the president’s aides. Next month, Organizing for Action will hold a “founders summit” at a hotel near the White House, where donors paying $50,000 each will mingle with Mr. Obama’s former campaign manager,
The pope has forced the abrupt resignation of Britain´s most senior Roman Catholic as the church made a frantic attempt to minimise the impact of allegations of "inappropriate acts" committed by Cardinal Keith O´Brien against fellow priests. O´Brien stood down as archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh the day after the Observer published accusations by three serving priests and a former priest about his conduct towards them during the 1980s.(Snip) Already due to retire next month, the cardinal stated: "The Holy Father has now decided that my resignation will take effect today."
RUSH: Just a year ago actually almost to the day, February 23rd, 2009, President Obama said, quote, "And that´s why today I am pledging to cut the deficit we inherited by half at the end of my first term in office. This will not be easy. It will require us to make difficult decisions and face challenges that we have long neglected. But I refuse to leave our children with a debt that they cannot repay, and that means taking responsibility right now in this administration for getting our spending under control." That was Barack Obama on February 23rd, 2009.
If you´re a reporter at the Washington Post and you aspire to write unsigned editorials, just send an email to the ombudsman. That´s a lesson one might draw from yesterday´s extraordinary column by Patrick Pexton, the veteran journalist who, according to the Post´s website, "represents readers who have concerns or complaints" about "accuracy, fairness, ethics and the newsgathering process." One such reader wrote to both Pexton and a Post reporter to complain that the paper´s coverage of same-sex marriage gives "short shrift" to "the conservative, pro-family side of the argument." Headline split by Staff.
The scrutinizing of Manti Te’o continued Monday, after a less-than-dazzling performance at the NFL Combine. Plenty of linebackers ran faster. Plenty of linebackers jumped higher and farther.(Snip)Before Te´o ran, NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock said on air that Te´o needed to run a 4.70 to lock up his status as a first-round pick in April´s 2013 draft. His official time read out as 4.82. Now the concern is whether the undersized linebacker (6-1, 241 pounds) has the ability to cover enough ground to be an every-down inside defender, especially in a 4-3 scheme.
A historic blizzard on pace to become the second-snowiest event recorded in Amarillo made travel nearly impossible Monday and left some motorists stranded as emergency crews struggle to reach them, the National Weather Service in Amarillo said. Wind gusts have averaged between 50 and 60 mph, with hurricane-force gusts of 75 mph recorded at Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport, the weather service said. Conditions won’t improve until the storm passes, and the weather service has extended a blizzard warning until 3 a.m. Tuesday. The weather service said a Feb. 25 record of 17 inches
DALLAS — The four-alarm fire that engulfed the DFW Gun Range at 1607 West Mockingbird Lane in Dallas Sunday afternoon was apparently triggered by unauthorized tracer rounds. By Sunday night, the concern had shifted to the weapons that remained in the smoldering wreckage of the one-story building. Heavy black smoke was visible from downtown Dallas soon after the first alarm was sounded at 2:37 p.m. About 50 people were inside the gun range when the fire broke out, but all were able to escape safely. The company´s Web site listed a number of classes on Sunday, including an "Introduction to Handguns" scheduled at 3:15 Headline split by Staff.
Silicon Valley investors that helped build the solar industry are shifting cash into electricity-grid technology and energy-storage developers after bets on panel manufacturers failed to pay off. Companies including VantagePoint Capital Partners and Khosla Ventures are stepping up funding for systems to manage electricity, which are typically less capital intensive than solar-panel factories. Venture capital and private-equity financing for renewables dropped to its lowest in at least six years in 2012, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.(Snip) Investment flowing from private equity and venture capital firms into renewable energy fell 34 percent to $5.75 billion last
New US Secretary of State John Kerry today refused to back Britain´s stance in the battle with Argentina over the future of the Falklands, after starting his first overseas trip in London. Mr Kerry pointedly refused to support next month´s referendum among Falklanders on whether they want to remain British. The issue is thought to have been raised by Foreign Secretary William Hague after Mr Kerry held talks in Downing Street with David Cameron. Scroll down for video - At a press conference in the Foreign Office, standing alongside Mr Hague, Mr Kerry insisted the US position
Raleigh, N.C. — A strategy memo circulated recently among liberal-leaning groups prescribes "crippling" legislative leaders and Gov. Pat McCrory with bad press and pressure tactics. The memo, which was first reported by The Charlotte Observer, details communications strategy, political tactics and polling data that progressive groups can use to push the policy agenda in Raleigh, where Republicans control both the governor´s mansion and the legislature. According to documents included with the memo and interviews, the strategy outline was produced by Myers Research and Strategic Services for Project New America. It was originally provided to Progress North Carolina, a liberal nonprofit
NEW YORK Retailers are preparing for a triple whammy as the restoration of the payroll tax, surging gas prices, and stagnant employment and wages take a bite out of consumers’ disposable income, leaving them with less cash to spend on clothing, groceries, and eating out. As a result, more than three years after the recession officially ended, American consumers might be preparing to downshift again, if only slightly, with low-income consumers hit the hardest. Sensing consumer trepidation, retailers are scrambling to adjust. Retailers, restaurants, and consumer goods companies like Wal-Mart are lowering sales forecasts
Republicans do badly with young voters, and one of the main reasons is that they’re seen as uncool. This is probably unfair — it’s not Republicans who are imposing college speech codes on students — but it’s the perception. As a reader of my blog named Jeff Wimble wrote: “Everything comes down to the movie ‘Footloose.’ For a large majority of people, the political question is, ‘How would the sanctimonious preacher from the movie ‘Footloose’ feel about this subject?’ They answer the question, and then take the opposite position.
At a Friday event billed as a Black History Month press conference, Star Parker said African Americans in Congress who support gun control efforts by President Barack Obama and his administration should consider the history of blacks in this country and people around the globe who were oppressed, including being banned from owning firearms. CNSNews.com asked Parker, who is the founder and president of the Center for Urban Renewal and Education (CURE): “There are a lot of African Americans and people of color in Congress who are backing Obama’s plan for gun control.
Capitalism Lives Here-The markets were pummeled Monday in the worst rout since November as traders fretted over the specter that Italian elections may not yield a government. Today´s Markets -The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 216 points, or 1.6%, to 13784, the S&P 500 slid 27.8 points, or 1.8%, to 1488 and the Nasdaq Composite slumped 45.6 points, or 1.4%, to 3116. The markets came under dramatic selling pressure in late trading on Monday. In a sign of how swift the action was, the VIX, seen as Wall Street´s fear gauge, surged 36% in its biggest jump since November.
A top Republican lawmaker countered warnings about the purportedly devastating impact of looming budget cuts, calling on the administration to lessen the blow by taking two simple steps -- stop hiring, and stop traveling. Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., in a letter to the White House budget office, called Monday for a "hiring freeze" on non-essential positions. He pointed out that, amid pronouncements about the dire impact of spending cuts poised to hit starting this Friday, the administration is still advertising for a host of "lower priority jobs" -- like a staff assistant to answer phones
Welcome back to “House of Cards,” the Recap. Today, Ashley Parker and David Carr take on episode two and tease apart the collaborations between the various estates in Washington. Abundant spoilers so proceed at your own viewing peril. If you missed the first installment, you can read it here. More to come in the next few days and in the meantime, please consider weighing in with a comment below.Episode Two Synopsis: With the help of Zoe Barnes, Frank Underwood plants a story that will prove the undoing of Michael Kern, the president’s pick for secretary of state.
The whole thing began, as many cryptic scandals do, with an apparently innocuous phone call. In the spring of 2011, a friend that Gianluigi Nuzzi hadn´t heard from in quite some time asked to meet for coffee in Milan. Nuzzi´s friend didn´t work in journalism, which is Nuzzi´s business, and he didn´t mention that he might have the seeds of a story. At the café they exchanged pleasantries, caught up.
WASHINGTON- The U.S. Treasury Department said it realized $156.4 million from sales of General Motors stock in January. The department is expected to unload its approximately 300 million shares on the open market by the end of 2014. It plans to do so gradually, using a trading plan that has not been made public so that hedge funds cannot corner the market, The Detroit News reported Monday. In January, it sold about 5.4 million shares for $27.61 to $29.16 per share, the News reported. The department, at one point, expected to lose $44 billion in bailouts
Last week President Obama announced he will finally visit Israel. But there’s no guarantee that it will be a pleasant trip. (Snip)Comparisons will inevitably be drawn between Obama’s 2009 trip to Cairo and his impending one to Jerusalem. His fanciful Cairo speech—delivered with no evident recognition that each and every one of the Arab countries was at that moment on the precipice of chaos—was a shoddy and slippery job, historically so misleading on so many matters that one can hardly attribute it to innocent error.
A federal prosecutor came in for some biting criticism today from Supreme Court Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Stephen Breyer for a racially charged remark made during a criminal trial. The comment by the justices came as the court declined to hear the appeal of a man who was convicted in a Texas federal court of being in on a drug conspiracy. The issue for the defendant, Bongani Charles Calhoun, was whether he knew that the people he accompanied on a road trip were about to buy illegal drugs, or whether he was merely along for the ride.
Gas prices continue to go in the wrong direction. Atlantans were paying an average of $3.79 a gallon for gasoline early Monday, an increase of nearly a dime since a week ago and 67 cents more than the mid-December price. The current national average price is $3.78, and the national average for the month of $3.63 is the highest ever for the month of February, according to AAA. The average has surpassed $4 a gallon in four states, “and a couple others are only a few cents shy of reaching the $4 mark,” said Jessica Brady, a spokeswoman for AAA.
Allowing the $85 billion sequester to go forward will make the United States more vulnerable to a terrorist attack, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano warned Monday. Napolitano added that the blunt nature of the $85 billion in automatic spending cuts set for March 1 “makes it awfully, awfully tough” to mitigate threats faced by the nation. “I don´t think we can maintain the same level of security at all places around the country with sequester compared to without sequester,” said Napolitano, whose agency includes the Transportation Security Administration.
At the beginning of the year, President Barack Obama´s new 501(c)4 political nonprofit, Organizing For Action, was launched with all the usual bells and whistles. But the tech wizards at OFA forgot one important rule in today´s Internet world: Register all the iterations of your website address before someone else does. Now Obama´s team is filing complaints against the folks smart enough to get the addresses before he did. As Obama´s OFA made its debut, no one in his purportedly Internet-savvy campaign had obtained the corresponding .com, .net, .org or .us sites,