Astronomers from Colombia have traced the origin of a meteor that injured about 1,000 people after breaking up over central Russia earlier this month.Using amateur video footage, they were able to plot the meteor´s trajectory through Earth´s atmosphere and then reconstruct its orbit around the Sun. As the space rock burned up over the city of Chelyabinsk, the shockwave blew out windows and rocked buildings causing millions of dollars in damages. The team, from Colombia, has published details on the Arxiv website.
John F. Kennedy´s only grandson, 20-year-old Jack Schlossberg, is training to become a first responder, according to friends at Yale University. ´Jack sees this training as a way to give back to the New Haven community that he’s living in,´ a friend of Jack´s told the New York Post. The source, who said he bonded with Schlossberg when they were summer interns for Sen. John Kerry a couple years ago, asked to remain anonymous. ´Jack’s very aware of all the privileges and opportunities that come with his family, so his EMT training has a lot to do with
Vice President Joe Biden, speaking at a meeting of the National Association of Attorneys General on gun violence Wednesday, said he says what he means and that gets him in trouble. "No one’s ever doubted that I mean what I say. The problem is that I tend to say what I mean, and that gets me in trouble - except in Mississippi,” Biden said, after inviting the attorneys general to share any constructive criticism they may have about his proposals on gun control.“I want to invite you, and I’m gonna have my staff afterwards available –
George Zimmerman wears a disguise or body armor in public because he still feels threatened one year after he killed Trayvon Martin, his lawyer said today. The former neighborhood watch volunteer in Sanford, Florida, captured national attention when he shot dead Trayvon, an unarmed 17-year-old who was walking to his father´s house. Zimmerman claims he was defending himself and was not initially arrested. Zimmerman remains in hiding and ´can´t go out in public without wearing a disguise or body armor,´ defense attorney Mark O´Mara told CNN.
Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) on Tuesday proposed an anti-racial profiling bill to mark the one-year anniversary of the shooting death of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin. Norton´s bill, H.R. 838, would let states apply for federal grants to create programs aimed at reducing racial profiling. These programs could include instituting anti-racial profiling laws, maintaining data on traffic stops to check for racial bias, and training law enforcement officers. "The Trayvon Martin tragedy did not involve a law enforcement officer, but his death reminded the country that racial profiling discrimination remains largely unaddressed," Norton said.
According to President Obama, the $62 billion in new taxes this year imposed as part of the fiscal-cliff deal will have no effect on economic growth. In fact, the president believes that he can safely impose another $58 billion in tax increases to replace spending cuts from the upcoming sequester. And, of course, Obamacare’s almost $42 billion in new taxes (and regulations) in 2013 don’t have any impact on hiring or investment. But, the president says, the $44 billion in cuts this year resulting from the sequester will throw the U.S. economy back into recession.
Over the past few weeks, I have heard some people suggest that President Barack Obama’s strategy in pursuing his legislative agenda is more about creating issues for the 2014 midterm elections than about passing legislation. Whether that is true, it leads to an obvious question: Is the president able to put the House back into Democratic hands, even if he wants to? Electing a Democratic House next year would allow Obama to push a more unapologetically liberal agenda in his final two years, which he clearly would prefer.
Big parts are coming off a former U.S. Navy minesweeper that became stuck on a Philippine reef in January. Salvage crews have removed the funnel, or smokestack, and mast from the former USS Guardian, the Philippine coast guard reports. The agency posted a series of photos on its website showing large parts of the minesweeper being lifted by a crane and transferred to a barge. Once the top decks of the ship is cleared and heavy machinery is removed from the inside, the 224-foot-long, fiberglass-and-wood hull of the Guardian is expected to be cut into three parts before it
Wednesday´s headlines provide an important lesson in the difference in strategy between the two political parties. In Chicago, the Obama operation quashed former Rep. Debbie Halvorson, who enjoyed an "A" rating from the National Rifle Association, in favor of anti-gun radical Robin Kelly, who openly declared her intention to become a "leader" in "banning guns." In Washington, Sens. John McCain (R-AZ) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) met privately with President Barack Obama and praised his efforts for "comprehensive" immigration reform. Note the distinction. Democrats
From William Jacobson at Legal Insurrection, we learn about the case of Uwe and Hannelore Romeike and their children: The Romeikes are devout Christians from Germany who wanted to homeschool their children because of what they perceived as the secularist agenda in German public schools. In the United States, the right to homeschool ones’ own children is accepted, although frequently mocked by the left. The homeschoool movement is thriving in the United States, but in Germany it is illegal, a holdover from Nazi-era law.
He used to be known as Uncle Sam—a tall, grandfatherly, if a little stern, gentleman dressed in red, white and blue. He was patriotic, straight laced, and distinguished. He taught us to say the pledge of allegiance, he asked us to help—whether it was “I want you to buy bonds,” or “I want you to serve in the Army,” and he even exhorted us to “ask not what the country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.”
The Washington Post´s Bob Woodward ripped into President Barack Obama on "Morning Joe" today, saying he´s exhibiting a "kind of madness I haven´t seen in a long time" for a decision not to deploy an aircraft carrier to the Persian Gulf because of budget concerns. "Can you imagine Ronald Reagan sitting there and saying, ´Oh, by the way, I can´t do this because of some budget document?´" Woodward said. "Or George W. Bush saying, ´You know, I´m not going to invade Iraq because I can´t get the aircraft carriers I need?´" Or even Bill Clinton saying, ´You
Almaty - Iran was upbeat on Wednesday after talks with world powers about its nuclear work ended with an agreement to meet again, but Western officials said it had yet to take concrete steps to ease their fears of a secret weapons program. (Snip) U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said the talks had been "useful" and that a serious engagement by Iran could lead to a comprehensive deal in a decade-old dispute that has threatened to trigger a new Middle East war. Iran´s foreign minister said in Vienna he was "very confident" a deal could be reached and its chief negotiator said he believed
FORT WORTH, Texas- Van Cliburn, the internationally celebrated pianist whose triumph at a 1958 Moscow competition helped thaw the Cold War and launched a spectacular career that made him the rare classical musician to enjoy rock star status, has died. He was 78. Cliburn died early Wednesday at his Fort Worth home surrounded by loved ones following a battle with bone cancer, said his publicist and longtime friend Mary Lou Falcone. Cliburn made what would be his last public appearance in September at the 50th anniversary of the prestigious piano competition named for him.
CHICAGO – The city´s school leaders have decided that kindergarten is not too young to learn about sex. Currently, the curriculum begins for students in the fifth grade, and the school system said each level of instruction would be age appropriate. Kindergartners through third graders would learn about their anatomy, all living things that reproduce and appropriate and inappropriate touching. Fourth graders would focus on puberty and HIV/AIDS. After fifth grade, teachers lead discussions about human reproduction, contraception and abstinence. Parents who are uncomfortable with the new policy would be able opt out.
Next week, Kenyans will vote for their president. That might not sound a particularly noteworthy event--except, if it all goes wrong, it will explode into a disaster with far-reaching consequences. In the 2007/8 election, 1,500 people were killed; it could be even worse this time. The strange thing about Kenya is that it’s normally relatively peaceful. It is the West’s most important link to East Africa, a vital source of trade and home to 30,000 Western expats. All are endangered by next Monday’s elections. Kenyans liken their elections to a reoccurring nightmare.
Washington - President Barack Obama will meet Friday with the top leaders in the House and Senate, several hours past the deadline for averting automatic budget cuts, to discuss how to proceed on divisive tax-and-spend issues. (Snip) Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said the session will focus on ways to reduce government spending, but he also said he will not back down on his opposition to any new revenues. McConnell, along with House Speaker John Boehner, Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid and House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, will attend meeting at the White
When asked if the bill could encourage political or racial profiling, he said only that sellers can “choose or not choose to sell their gun to anyone.” He said the bill wasn’t meant as a de facto ban on assault rifles, but later said that he “would be OK” with the possibility that fewer gun store owners would take the risk of selling them. The threshold for liability extended to manufacturers under the bill is even murkier, with Morse simply repeating that gun makers must exercise care to ship their weapons to retailers
More than a half-century of landmark civil rights history collides Wednesday on Capitol Hill. President Obama travels to the U.S. Capitol to help unveil a statue of civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks — shortly after, across the street, the Supreme Court holds a hearing on a law that Parks partly inspired and which made Obama´s political career possible, the 1965 Voting Rights Act. (Snip) The nation´s first African-American president told SiriusXM radio talk show host Joe Madison last week it will be "a great honor" to pay tribute to Parks, whose defiance of Alabama´s segregation laws inspires global
And when the Republicans opened the seventh seal of the sequester, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black and the stars fell unto the Earth; and our nation´s ability to forecast severe weather, such as drought events, hurricanes and tornados, was seriously undermined. Lo, and the children were not vaccinated, and all the beasts starved in the zoos, and the planes were grounded. Or so President Obama and his Cabinet prophets have been preaching ahead of the automatic budget cuts due to begin Friday.
LOS ANGELES —“Eastbound and Down, loaded up and trucking…We’re gonna do what they say can’t be done… We got a long way to go, and a short time to get there…Eastbound for another Bandit run.” New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has now been warned. If he thought the Boston Tea Party and 1776 were revolutions, just try and restrict access to soda in 2013. The Founding Fathers rebelled against a tax. Bloomberg wants an outright ban. Not in this lifetime. In 1977, Burt Reynolds and Jerry Reed were not going to let restrictive laws on alcohol
House Judiciary Committee Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) said Tuesday that the Obama administration´s decision to release hundreds of illegal aliens is “abhorrent,” and he charged that the move is not only political but dangerous. “It’s abhorrent that President Obama is releasing criminals into our communities to promote his political agenda on sequestration,” Goodlatte said in a statement. “By releasing criminal immigrants onto the streets, the administration is needlessly endangering American lives. “It also undermines our efforts to come together with the administration and reform our