Air Force Academy, Colo. - Maj. Gen. Michelle Johnson has been chosen to be the next superintendent of the Air Force Academy, the first woman to hold the job. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced Johnson´s appointment Friday. Academy officials said the Senate must first approve her promotion to a three-star lieutenant general, the rank required to become superintendent. It wasn´t immediately clear when the Senate would take up her promotion and when she would assume command. Johnson would replace Lt. Gen. Michael Gould, who has been superintendent since June 2009.
The Democratic National Committee has no plans to repay Duke Energy for an unprecedented $10 million line of credit it guaranteed to help the Democratic convention’s local host committee put on President Obama’s three-day nominating convention in Charlotte, N.C., last September. A Duke company official said the company was claiming the money as a business expense for tax purposes, meaning shareholders will foot $6 million of the cost, according to a report in the Charlotte Observer. The large loan and the secrecy surrounding it have government watchdog groups deeply concerned. They say the arrangement raises serious conflict-of-interest
Cambridge, Mass. It has been more than three years since President Obama revealed the existence of the secret Iranian nuclear facility at Fordo—a uranium-enrichment plant buried deep inside a mountain and surrounded by missile silos and anti-aircraft batteries. Is the world due for another surprise soon? If anyone has standing to speculate, it is Olli Heinonen, who says he first "got a whiff" of Fordo six years before Mr. Obama acknowledged it. In the fall of 2003, Mr. Heinonen was in his office at the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna when a man appeared unannounced.
´Just to make the final point about the sequester," said President Obama at his press conference Friday, "we will get through this. This is not going to be an apocalypse, I think, as some people have said." That´s a relief, but it is also a major walk-back, since the "some people" who have been predicting apocalypse are the President and senior members of his Administration. Normal Americans awoke Friday to find that the veneer of civilization had not fallen away. If the federal government does end up spending $44.8 trillion over
Shot in the vast expanse of the world´s largest desert, these stunning portraits of the Herero tribe of Namibia look like they´re from a bygone age. But, dressed in the costumes that have been appropriated from their colonial past, the men, women and children are taking part in a modern re-enactment of their peoples´ bloody history. The tribe´s now traditional costumes, pictured here by Jim Naughten, are seen by anthropologists as a fascinating subversion of their former rulers´ fashion, showing how the tribe survived a concerted effort by German colonialists to wipe them from the face of the earth.
Over five months ago, terrorists in Libya successfully assaulted the American diplomatic post in Benghazi. Four brave Americans died: Ambassador Christopher Stevens, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods. On Jan. 23, I asked then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton a simple question: Why didn´t she just pick up the phone and call the survivors to determine what actually happened in Benghazi? Instead of providing a simple answer, she displayed exasperation, launched into an indignant reply, and ultimately dismissed my question with one of her own: "What difference, at this point, does it make?" This administration´s behavior in the aftermath of
Economy: The economy racked up another dubious achievement in January, when personal income suffered the biggest drop in 20 years and disposable income suffered its biggest decline in more than 50. Is this what "bottom-up" prosperity looks like? According to the Commerce Department report issued Friday, personal income fell by $505.5 billion in January — a 3.6% drop — erasing all the income gains made since last September. On a real, per-capita basis, it´s even worse, with incomes falling 4.2% in January, leaving income still well below where it stood when President Obama took office four years ago promising "hope and change."
Press Bias: "WoodwardGate" is snowballing into a Washington press corps obsession. But all Bob Woodward did was report facts, and he is among numerous journalists threatened by this White House. They won´t admit it, but all the political reporters in Washington always wanted to be Bob Woodward. Especially the Bob Woodward played by Robert Redford as he hung out with Dustin "Carl Bernstein" Hoffman in the film "All the President´s Men." Every Washington political writer always wanted to come to the nation´s capital and personally work a story — burn up the phone lines, cultivate high-level sources and connect
On Hugh Hewitt’s Thursday radio show, National Review columnist Mark Steyn reacted to the sequestration deadline. He explained to fill-in host Guy Benson that this shows the elected officials think every bit of government is essential. But he also said some of the fiscal mismanagement could stem from a lack of literacy in economics and numbers “You know, what’s crazy about this is that let’s pretend that the officials who are speaking on this, the cabinet secretaries who are coming out and telling us that the world will come to an end tomorrow
The American government is making no final conclusion yet on the proposed Keystone XL pipeline but says that the fate of the project will not materially impact the growth of Alberta´s oilsands. TransCanada´s $7-billion pipeline project — proposed to ship oilsands crude to refineries on the United States Gulf Coast — has been in the crosshairs of environmentalists keen to halt oilsands expansion. (Snip) The project will then be subject to a final decision by President Barack Obama. The report released Friday was drafted to not make a recommendation, said Jones.
Designated terrorist group Hamas has warned President Obama against visiting the holy Temple Mount site in Jerusalem when he visits Israel next month, saying the action would be “a diplomatic catastrophe.” Mr. Obama hasn’t confirmed a visit to the Temple Mount. But Muslim leaders have heard rumors and have issued a blunt statement nonetheless, The Times of Israel reports. Hamas said a visit by Mr. Obama to the Al-Aqsa Mosque, which is located just on the southern side of the Mount, would be “an imminent danger which the Al-Aqsa Mosque and Jerusalem have never faced,”
Thousands of illegal immigrants ticketed for deportation have been released from federal detention centers in recent weeks, according to a report that came out even as the White House and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano denied any involvement in the policy. Plans to release illegal immigrants in anticipation of looming budget cuts were announced earlier this week, but the report by The Associated Press detailed the policy had already taken effect and on a much larger scale. (Snip) Napolitano claimed Thursday that she had no part in her department’s decision to release low-risk detainees
Ahead of a much disputed by election at Eastleigh, Hampshire, Prime Minister David Cameron had a chance to make an impression during the PM questions on Wednesday accusing Labour hopeful John O’Farrell of supporting terrorism and Argentina because he wanted Great Britain to lose the Falklands’ war. In effect PM Cameron rebuked O’Farrell who during the campaign admitted to feeling “as surge of excitement” when he learned that the IRA had nearly assassinated then Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in the Brighton hotel bomb on October 1984
As the world´s premier maker of luxury leather goods, Hermés creates treasured items from the most beautiful materials on earth. The art of craftsmanship remains the company hallmark. But for inspiration, designers retreat to a small space above the famed Hermés Paris flagship store on Faubourg Saint-Honoreè. Here, in what was once the office of Émile-Maurice Hermés, who headed the company from the 1920s until his death in 1951, they return to the past amid the many treasures the Hermés family collected over the years.
Caracas, Venezuela - Leading Venezuelan opposition figure Leopoldo Lopez appeared before prosecutors in Caracas on Thursday to answer charges of influence peddling while he was a state oil company employee in 1998, an accusation he described as “political persecution." Lopez, a strong critic of cancer-stricken President Hugo Chavez and cofounder of the center-right Justice First party, is accused of funneling $120,000 in donations to his party from the state-owned oil monopoly PDVSA while he was a top-level employee there in the late 1990s.
Buzzfeed and Current TV contributor Michael Hastings joins Current TV to talk about Bob Woodward’s claims that the White House threatened him and his ongoing criticisms of the Obama administration. Cenk says, “[Woodward´s] such a great microcosm of the media in Washington. He went from challenging the government to being like a spokesperson for the establishment, and that right there in a nutshell is exactly what happened to the Washington media between the 1970s and now.” Hastings says, “He does hold all of these [politicians´] secrets.
N´Djamena, Chad - A presidential spokesman says that Chadian President Idriss Deby announced that Chadian troops fighting to dislodge an Al Qaeda affiliate in northern Mali killed one of the group´s leading commanders, Abou Zeid. Officials in Mali and France, which is leading an international military intervention in Mali against Islamic extremists, could not confirm reports of the death of Abou Zeid. He is a leader of Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and was behind the kidnapping of several Westerners. The Chadian president´s spokesman said that Deby announced the death of Abou Zeid
RUSH: I´ve got a story from 2012 during the presidential campaign and the debates about Obama and the sequester that I know everybody´s forgotten about, and, to me, in the real world it would be a bombshell or close to it. It won´t be in this case, because I guarantee you the way the low-information voter is seeing Obama, they´d probably stop being able to keep up with him ten minutes into the press conference. But, all they know is, my gosh, he´s trying, and it´s the Republicans´ fault. He came out and he started this press
Mitt Romney, in an exclusive interview with "Fox News Sunday," said the end of the 2012 presidential race was like getting off a roller coaster. "We were on a roller coaster, exciting and thrilling, ups and downs. But the ride ends," Romney said. "And then you get off. And it´s not like, oh, can´t we be on a roller coaster the rest of our life? It´s like, no, the ride´s over." The 2012 Republican presidential nominee and his wife Ann spoke extensively with "Fox News Sunday" in their first post-election interview.
RUSH: I tell you, folks, they are coming for Bob Woodward. This is a sight to behold. This is one of the many things I said about Bob Woodward yesterday on this program. RUSH ARCHIVE: I don´t know, folks. I don´t know. I´m just not sure that what we´re dealing with here is a "you´re gonna have a dead horse in your bed tomorrow morning" kind of threat. I don´t think that´s what we´re dealing with. I do think the White House is gonna take care of Woodward with a death
Craig Stowell always suspected his brother might be gay, and he made sure to let his brother know he would love him no matter what if his brother ever came out to the family. It was the right thing to do. But Stowell didn’t become involved in political fights for marriage equality until Republicans in the New Hampshire legislature introduced HB 437 in 2011 to repeal the Granite State’s 2010 law conferring the same state protections on same-sex marriages that traditional marriages enjoy.
RUSH: Here is President Obama from the press conference this morning, and this is blaming the Republicans for all of this. OBAMA: Let´s be clear. None of this is necessary. It´s happening because a choice that Republicans in Congress have made. They´ve allowed these cuts to happen because they refused to budge on closing a single wasteful loophole -- RUSH: Do you hear that? OBAMA: As recently as yesterday they decided to protect special interest tax breaks for the well-off and well-connected, and they think that that´s apparently more important than protecting our military or
The world came to an end this morning as the federal budget sequester took effect. In other news, Bob Woodward, the legendary Washington Post reporter who was half the team that broke the Watergate story, is on the outs with the White House. The tiff began last Friday, when an op-ed piece Woodward wrote for last Sunday´s paper appeared on the Post´s website. Drawing on reporting from his most recent book, "The Price of Politics," Woodward argued that President Obama´s efforts to blame the sequester on congressional Republicans constituted, as Woodward delicately put it, "partisan message management."
Like a cat toying with a mouse, President Obama is torturing Republicans one issue at a time--exposing how the GOP is dangerously bucking social, demographic, and scientific realities. This president-and-prey drama played out Thursday when the Obama administration told the Supreme Court that California’s same-sex marriage ban violates the Constitution’s equal-protection clause. Whether or not you agree with the White House´s position, there is no denying that gay rights are achieving mainstream acceptance. Even deeply rooted beliefs on marriage are changing.
“Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace scored the first sit-down interview with Mitt and Ann Romney following the November election on Thursday and he previewed with POLITICO, the conversation, which it airs in its entirety on Sunday. “It’s not a softball interview,” Wallace said. “There are plenty of tough questions.” He described the interview as being emotional at parts and said Ann Romney appeared to still be struggling with the loss. “He’s in a better place than she is,” Wallace said. “Not to say she’s bitter — and she enjoys her life. Look, they live on the beach,
Beirut - The head of Syria’s rebels said Friday that the food and medical supplies the United States plans to give his fighters for the first time won’t bring them any closer to defeating President Bashar Assad’s forces in the country’s civil war. “We don’t want food and drink, and we don’t want bandages. When we’re wounded, we want to die. The only thing we want is weapons,” Gen. Salim Idris, chief of staff of the opposition’s Supreme Military Council, told The Associated Press by telephone. The former brigadier in Assad’s army warned that the world’s failure to provide heavier arms