Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) blasted a Democratic super PAC on Saturday night for mocking the Chinese ethnicity of his wife, former U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine Chao, with a Valentine’s Day tweet. “They will not get away with attacking my wife in this campaign,” McConnell told about 100 supporters at a Republican dinner in Winchester, Ky., according to the Associated Press. The super PAC, Progress Kentucky, tweeted on Feb. 14: “This woman has the ear of @mcconnellpress — she’s his #wife. May explain why your job moved to #China! rense.com/general77/raci…”
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.— A privately owned Dragon capsule arrived at the International Space Station on Sunday, delivering a ton of supplies with high-flying finesse after a shaky start to the mission. The Dragon’s arrival was one day late but especially sweet — and not because of the fresh fruit on board for the station astronauts who snared the capsule. SpaceX, the California-based company founded by billionaire Elon Musk, had to struggle with the Dragon following its launch Friday from Cape Canaveral. A clogged pressure line or stuck valve prevented thrusters from working, and it took flight controllers several hours
Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. has released a new public service announcement, suggesting residents can arm themselves to protect themselves against crime. The spot started airing Friday as Milwaukee County´s highest-profile law enforcement officers - Clarke and Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn - are part of the national debate over proposed gun control measures. Clarke´s 30-second audio spot seems to take aim at the jurisdiction of the Milwaukee Police Department and the court system.
Lawyers claiming that huge numbers of Americans are renouncing citizenship to become British thanks to tax rise are having us on. “London-based American lawyers, who specialise in tax and immigration, report a threefold increase over the last five years in the number of American citizens who are giving up their citizenship—a process known as “renunciation”. “Across the world 1,781 Americans renounced their citizenship in 2011 compared with just 231 in 2008, when US tax laws changed, although it remains unknown how many are adopting British rather than any other nationality.” (telegraph.co.uk, March 2, 2013.)
Lots of people like Joe Biden. He´s the zany uncle, the benign bumbler who shows up at Thanksgiving dinner and takes over conversation with confusing stories, not all of them off-color. Joe is from Delaware, a place that´s famous for absolutely nothing. Joe likes to ride the choo-choo trains. He talks a lot, which can be good in politics. He often talks before thinking about the words coming out of his mouth, which can not be good in politics. Obama keeps the harmless guy around because Biden makes the president look smooth and smart.
The Dig For Victory campaign was meant to feed a nation to fight. But did the drive to cultivate every spare inch of land in Britain really fill the gap? In September 1940 the Lord Mayor of London summoned his counterparts from all over Britain to a gathering. It coincided with a stepping up of Hitler’s bombing campaign on the capital’s docks and clouds of black smoke swirled around the Bank of England as the mayors approached the Mansion House.[Snip]Much of the cargo lost was food and it raised the nightmare question of how an island of 45 million people
On March 29, 1944, Australian Squadron Leader James Catanach and three fellow Allied airmen found themselves languishing in a Nazi prison just a few miles short of the Danish border. After being prisoners inside Stalag Luft III, a notorious PoW camp located 100 miles south-east of Berlin, freedom had seemed so close just days before. Two years after being shot down over Norway, Catanach had been part of the most daring escape of the war. Some 76 Allied airmen had tunnelled out, before attempting to disperse across Europe and escape back to Britain. The 22-year-old Aussie spoke fluent German
In the beginning, the technology gods created the Internet and saw that it was good. Here, at last, was a public sphere with unlimited potential for reasoned debate and the thoughtful exchange of ideas, an enlightening conversational bridge across the many geographic, social, cultural, ideological and economic boundaries that ordinarily separate us in life, a way to pay bills without a stamp.
Seattle prohibited use of the bags eight months ago, encouraging people to bring their own reusable bags or pay a five cent tax for paper carriers. But thousands of dollars of extra produce has since gone missing, with store owners saying it is easy for thieves to walk in with reusable bags, conceal items in them and then walk out. Asking shoppers to leave their bags or backpacks at the front of stores while they shop has been deemed impractical. In a survey, more than one in five businesses in the city said shoplifting had become a problem because of
As coverage of last week’s flare-up between Bob Woodward and the White House devolved into the granular parsing of words and implications and extrapolations and possible intent, the larger point was roundly missed: the increasing pressure that White House correspondents feel when dealing with the Obama administration — to follow their narrative, to be properly deferential (!), to react to push-back by politely sitting down and shutting up.
At a press conference Friday, President Obama said "all the folks who are cleaning the floors at the Capitol -- now that Congress has left, somebody is going to be vacuuming and cleaning those floors and throwing out the garbage -- they´re going to have less pay." He continued adding "the janitors, the security guards, they just got a pay cut, and they´ve got to figure out how to manage that. That´s real."
Protesters in Salt Lake City came armed to a Saturday rally against gun control laws, among them a two-year-old girl bearing a toy six-shooter and carrying a sign with a message for the president. [Snip] The little girl, sporting a pink shirt, matching pink boots and a flower in her blond curls, was clutching a cardboard sign nearly as big as she is that read: ´Mr President, sir, why don’t you want my mom + dad to protect their 2 girls like you protect your 2 girls - with gun?´ The pint-sized protester was only one of dozens of children
Those who like to deride her as the “fake Indian” should know: Freshman U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren has done more for your wallet in the past two weeks than Scott Brown did in two years and most of Congress has managed in their entire careers. Warren crushed and humiliated, first, federal banking regulators, and then Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke on why both sit on their hands while big banks keep shafting average Americans — even though average Americans’ tax dollars bailed them out. Warren did this calmly, graciously, politely, in complete control and without ever reading a note. And she reduced both Bernanke and Elisse Walter, chairman of the mighty Securities and Exchange Commission, to gulping and stammering.
It was on a cold evening in January that my wife Sue and I set off from our home in Kent to watch Argo at the Odeon in Earls Court, West London.[Snip] However, even forewarned I could not help but grimace when, in the first ten minutes of the movie, one of the characters describing the fate of the escapees says: ‘The six of them went out a back exit. Brits turned them away, Kiwis turned them away. The Canadians took them in.’ I thought to myself: ‘That’s wrong. They shouldn’t have said that.’ Not only had the
Shadowy British “revolutionaries” are helping waves of migrants in Calais get around immigration rules and prepare for life here after they illegally enter the UK, the Sunday Express can reveal today. The activists, who believe there should be no borders between European countries and that anyone who wants to live in Britain should be able to, encourage the poorly educated migrants to follow their Left-wing anarchist ideology.[Snip]Since the notorious Sangatte refugee camp closed down in Calais, these volunteers make regular trips to France to give would-be migrants sleeping bags, phones, bikes, books, food, and help them to find squats.
Europe´s most senior trade official has said that a free-trade agreement between the US and European Union would boost its growth by as much as 1%, leading to many more jobs. The EU and US recently began formal talks on a trade deal. The deal would the biggest free-trade agreement in history. EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht said that both were still "suffering the effects of the earthquake that hit our economies in 2008". "This is the cheapest stimulus package you can imagine," he told an audience at Harvard University on Saturday, saying that for the EU, "the income
Nigel Farage hit the nail on the head with his quip about three social democratic parties.[Snip] In Eastleigh, the electorate swung, with considerable enthusiasm, behind Ukip, a party which they know will never form a government and which has vilified all the plausible governing parties. It is customary to describe this sort of event as a “protest”--or, in the more dismissive formulation of the moment, “just a protest”, as if it were some kind of ritualised tantrum by a benighted public whose occasional fits of political immaturity had to be indulged. Don’t worry--David Cameron actually said this in almost as
It is tempting to applaud the nonprofit group now spending nearly $100,000 on ads to pressure Republican lawmakers to accept gun-control measures. The group is fighting a well-financed and powerful corporate gun lobby that has never hesitated to spend millions to get its way in Congress. But a closer look at this group shows how disturbing its work really is. Its name is Organizing for Action, and if its initials seem familiar, that’s because the group is the direct descendant of Obama for America, the president’s campaign organization in 2008 and 2012.
Years ago, when I used to play poker with some guys, I played a hand in which across the table from me was someone who looked as though he had a straight flush. He kept pumping up the bidding and everyone folded but me. When we finally showed our hands he had nothing. "You don´t know what you´re doing," he yelled. "Any good player would have folded! Why did you stay in?" he shouted angrily. "Because you curled your lip and reacted furiously when I stayed in. Someone with a winning hand would never do that."
All presidential pardons are unusual these days, so unusual that one prominent commentator on the issue refers to President Barack Obama as "among the most merciless presidents in the history of the United States." However, the list of 17 pardons President Barack Obama granted on Friday contains one that is even more rare than usual: a pardon aimed at curing an applicant´s immigration problems. Obama pardoned An Na Peng of Honolulu for her 1996 conviction on a single felony charge of conspiracy to defraud the Immigration and Nautraliztion Service. The case stemmed from allegations that Peng and
Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell struck hit back at a Democratic Kentucky super PAC that criticized his wife´s Asian heritage, calling the group´s Twitter messages ´racial slurs´ and "the ultimate outrage.´ Addressing some 100 home-state supporters at a Republican dinner in Winchester Saturday, McConnell said the group Progress Kentucky ´will not get away´ with attacking his wife on the issue of her ethnicity. The controversial tweet posted February 14 said McConnell´s marriage to Elaine Chao, the former Labor Secretary under President George W. Bush, ‘may explain why your job moved to (hash)China!’
They say the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. But Boston City Councilor John Connolly better hope that old saw is wrong, because if he follows in the daffy footsteps of his hack father, he doesn’t have a prayer of unseating Mayor Mumbles Menino. Actually, he already doesn’t have a prayer, unless Boston’s mayor for life suddenly decides to pull a Pope Benedict XVI, which seems less likely with each passing day, and each passing campaign-finance report.
“The devil,” wrote Shakespeare, “hath power to assume a pleasing shape.” It is just such a devil that has been summoned forth from the still warm remains of Hostess Bakeries in the form of millions of dollars of assistance money being paid out to thousands of former Hostess workers.At first glance, it is a very pleasing devil indeed.[SNIP]But wait a minute. Why should those former Hostess workers get extra help from the federal government when so many other people are out of work, too? What makes this former cupcake maker the Hostess with the mostest?
An Iranian dhow seized off the Yemeni coast was carrying sophisticated Chinese antiaircraft missiles, a development that could signal an escalation of Iran’s support to its Middle Eastern proxies, alarming other countries in the region and renewing a diplomatic challenge to the United States. (Snip) The missiles were labeled QW-1M and bore stencils suggesting that they had been assembled at a factory represented by the state-owned China National Precision Machinery Import and Export Corporation, sanctioned by the United States for transfers of missile technology to Pakistan and Iran.
The Obama campaign is identifying high-dollar fundraisers for the fourth quarter of 2012. The updated list of bundlers on the campaign´s web site includes roughly a dozen new names in the $500,000 and above category. They include actors Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith, as well as clean-energy venture capitalist Steve Westly. Westly was bumped up from the $200,000 to $500,000 range, while the Smiths are on the list for the first time. The couple hosted a glitzy fundraiser at their California home in October. The full updated list is here. The new names in the half-million-dollar range: