New York - The UN security council is considering imposing some of the toughest sanctions yet conceived against North Korea as senior diplomats from the 15 council member nations began discussions on a draft resolution framed by the US and China that would seek to deflect Pyongyang from its belligerent nuclear path. (Snip) In a statement delivered to the security council, Rice said the sanctions would target the "illicit activities of North Korean diplomatic personnel, North Korean banking relationships, illicit transfers of bulk cash and new travel restrictions". She said the sanctions would
House investigators learned Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials developed plans to release about 5,000 illegal immigrant detainees, although Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has denied responsibility for the decision. “An internal document obtained by the House Judiciary Committee shows that Administration officials at ICE prepared cold calculations to release thousands of criminal aliens onto the streets and did not demonstrate any consideration of the impact this decision would have on the safety of Americans,” committee chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., announced.
New York - The Federal Aviation Administration on Tuesday was investigating a commercial pilot´s report that he saw a drone in the sky as he approached John F. Kennedy International Airport for a landing. The pilot of Alitalia Flight 60U from Rome to New York contacted authorities about the sighting at 1:15 p.m. on Monday, said FAA spokesman, Jim Peters. The pilot spotted the craft at an altitude of about 1,500 feet and approximately five miles southeast of the airport. "He saw a small, unmanned or remote-controlled aircraft while on final approach to Runway 31,"
Mr Obama´s approval rating last week fell by seven points to 46 percent, its lowest level since he won re-election last November. His disapproval rating also rose to 46, a record high for the same period. The poll findings appeared to represent an abrupt end to a post-election "honeymoon", during which Mr Obama scaled heights of popularity that he had not enjoyed for some three years. They emerged after Mr Obama tried to blame Republicans for inflicting "unnecessary and inexcusable" damage on the economy by allowing the $85 billion (£56 billion) in across-the-board annual cuts. The so-called "sequestration" of public
Colorado´s Democratic lawmakers considering more gun control in the state have once again proven they are way in over their heads when it comes to discussing the issue of rape and concealed carry on campus. Three weeks ago, Democratic Rep. Joe Salazar suggested rape whistles and call boxes were sufficient enough for women to prevent rape. Another Democratic lawmaker, Jesse Ulibarri suggested people use ballpoint pens to fight back against a gun wielding madman on a rampage. The University of Colorado-Colorado Springs suggested women vomit and urinate on their rapist.
Nairobi, Kenya - Uhuru Kenyatta, a Kenyan politician who has been charged by the International Criminal Court with crimes against humanity, was leading by a wide margin in the Kenya election on Tuesday, with nearly half the votes counted. Mr. Kenyatta, who comes from one of the richest, most powerful families in Africa and has been accused of bankrolling death squads that killed women and children during the chaos of Kenya’s election five years ago, was leading 54 percent to 42 percent over the second-place candidate, Raila Odinga, Kenya’s prime minister. But there was a wrinkle.
TARPON SPRINGS --From the Athenian columns flanking the school to the maritime decor and sea sponges housed inside, it´s clear Tarpon Springs High School is proud of the town´s Greek heritage. Students and faculty like to boast that its mascot, the Sponger, is the only one in the world. But their tribute to the sponge divers that founded the town was recognized last week, when the school´s mascot was selected by USA Today editors to compete for the title of High School Sports´ Best Mascot. Voting for the first round of the competition, between five mascots from Florida, ends
As President Obama launches into the next phase of budget negotiations with Congress, recent estimates may lend credence to Republican claims that the federal coffers are well fed on taxes. The Congressional Budget Office estimates the federal government is on pace to bring in a record $2.7 trillion in tax receipts this fiscal year. The increase reflects a steady post-recession rise in revenues. They ticked up 6 percent in 2012, but according to the CBO could jump 11 percent in 2013. The expected tax boost comes after Congress and the White House struck
John Kerry became the latest to criticize Dennis Rodman in the aftermath of the former NBA star´s trip to North Korea and visit with the reclusive communist country´s leader, Kim Jong Un. But the secretary of State phrased his comments about the controversial basketball player in the nicest way possible, telling NBC News from Doha, Qatar on Tuesday: “Dennis Rodman was a great basketball player. And as a diplomat, he is a great basketball player. And that’s where we’ll leave it.” See what he did there? Perhaps a little lesson in diplomacy for Rodman, who has called Un "a good guy" and "my friend"
The Transportation Security Administration announced Tuesday that U.S. airline passengers will soon be allowed to carry small knives in their carry-on bags, a move that prompted swift condemnation from a flight attendants union. The union for Southwest Airlines flight attendants called the decision "dangerous" and "designed to make the lives of TSA staff easier, but not make flights safer." The changes were made public by TSA Administrator John Pistole during an aviation conference in New York. Starting April 25, passengers going through U.S. airports can bring on board Swiss
Those who prefer speculating about the next presidential election rather than beating their heads against the wall trying to figure a way out of the sequester impasse got something to think about this week courtesy of former Florida governor Jeb Bush. Bush, who is making the rounds of every news and talk show that will have him this week to promote a new book, generated some genuine buzz when he specifically refused to rule out running for president in 2016. Throughout the prelude to the 2012 election the younger brother of the 43rd president always avoided
I met Russell Kirk, one of the founding fathers of the conservative movement and the author of the magisterial The Conservative Mind, when I was a junior in high school in 1981. We exchanged letters on and off through the rest of his life, and we saw each other whenever he came to Washington, which was at least two times a year on average for lectures and speeches. Russell changed my life by seeding my intellectual curiosity. His external life was much smaller than his internal world, which was large, deep, and wide.
New York - The scene: a Manhattan art-house theater. The cause: a campaign against the gas drilling process known as fracking that’s being led by more than 100 celebrities, including Yoko Ono, Sean Lennon, Robert Redford, Mark Ruffalo and Mario Batali. (Snip) The campaign has galvanized hundreds of thousands of followers, but as with many activist causes, the facts can get drowned out by the glitz. Now, some experts are asking whether the celebrities are enlightened advocates or NIMBYs — crying “Not in my backyard!” — even as their privileged lives remain entwined, however ruefully,
CARACAS, Venezuela — Venezuela’s vice president, Nicolas Maduro, says the government of President Hugo Chavez plans to expel a U.S. Embassy official for meeting with military officers and planning to destabilize the country. Maduro identified the American as the Air Force attache and said he had been spying on the military.
It’s an evaluation from your child’s school, but it’s not the kind of report card you were expecting. A Massachusetts school sent home letters in the mail that used body mass index testing to determine weight class percentiles for students, according to a report by Boston Fox affiliate WFXT. The letter labels students as underweight, of a healthy weight, overweight and obese. Cameron Watson, a 10-year-old North Andover athlete and student, fell into the obese category after the screening, according to WFXT. His mother Tracy Watson, told WFXT last week that she was offended by the “fat letter”
In an interview conducted Tuesday by Fox News correspondent James Rosen, Secretary of State John Kerry spoke about efforts he’s spearheading since taking over the post from Hillary Clinton. In the interview, Kerry became the first U.S. official to confirm on the record that the U.S. is training military forces off-site in the Syria conflict. He also disclosed on the record for the first time his visit to a Benghazi survivor at Walter Reed, saying he doesn’t know why survivors haven’t yet been heard from.
Washington - A Republican and a Democrat in the US House of Representatives introduced legislation that would make Israel a "major strategic ally," a one of a kind designation. The bill, introduced Monday by Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) and Ted Deutch (D-Fla.), was timed for the annual American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference, and 13,000 activists are expected to lobby for it and for Iran-related bills on Tuesday. The "major strategic ally" bill codifies a number of existing facets of the relationship, including annual defense assistance and cooperation on missile defense, energy research and cyber security.
The U.S. Transportation Security Administration will let people carry small pocketknives onto passenger planes for the first time since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, along with golf clubs, hockey sticks and plastic Wiffle Ball-style bats. The agency will permit knives with retractable blades shorter than 6 centimeters (2.4 inches) and narrower than 1/2 inch at the widest point, TSA Administrator John Pistole said today at an aviation security conference in Brooklyn.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) on Monday blasted Washington for failing to prevent the sequester, saying the debate showed a lack of “real leadership.” “Real leadership would get this fixed. You get everybody in the room and you fix it, and you don’t let them leave until you fix it,” Christie said at a press conference in Jersey City, N.J. “That’s what real leadership is, not calling a meeting two hours before the thing’s going to hit to have a photo-op in the driveway at the White House,” he added. “That’s not real leadership.”
On CNN last night with host Piers Morgan, former CBS broadcaster Dan Rather explained that the sequestration cuts was proof that the political leaders were failing America. Listen, nobody wants to say it and some can accuse me of the harshness of the language, but we have been parachuting into the ‘Valley of the Stupid.’” Rather said bluntly. “And that’s the way it’s viewed around the world. The United States . . . this is dumb.” Rather blamed Republicans for creating the controversy to boost their chances in the 2014 midterm elections.
A Saudi prince has claimed that a list charting the world´s richest richest people has understated his massive wealth. Prince Alwaleed bin Talal has severed ties with Forbes magazine after its annual list estimated his net worth at $20billion (£13billion). The figure saw the investor ranked at number 26 on the rich list joint with American Carl Icahn and Canadian media mogul David Thomson. But the prince´s office has claimed that his net worth is more like $29.6billion (£19.5billion), a figure that would have put him in Forbes´ top ten just behind L´Oreal heiress Liliane Bettencourt.
A group of House Republicans said Tuesday that a bill to fund the federal government should include provisions targeting the contraception mandate in President Obama´s healthcare law. GOP lawmakers reintroduced a bill Tuesday to repeal the contraception mandate. They also pressed their party´s leaders to roll back the provision as part of a continuing resolution later this month to keep the federal government operating. "This attack on religious freedom demands immediate congressional action," the 14 lawmakers wrote. "Nothing short of a full exemption for both nonprofit and for-profit entities will satisfy the demands of the Constitution and common sense."
The impending sequester did not prevent the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) from acting in late February to seal a $50-million deal to purchase new uniforms for its agents--uniforms that will be partly manufactured in Mexico. Soon after this new investment in TSA uniforms, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano warned Americans that the lines are already lengthening at airports due to the sequester.
Bubba was a piker. The Clinton White House sold sleepovers in the Lincoln Bedroom that were cheap at the price. Barack Obama is auctioning off access to His Grandiosity for really big bucks. Unlike Hillary, Michelle doesn’t even have to straighten up the room and make up the bed when the guests leave. The White House reacted with considerable heat Monday to editorials in The New York Times and The Washington Post scolding the president for putting “major campaign donors” on an “advisory board” and giving them frequent “access” to the president.
Reuters reports a hitch in Governor Rick Scott’s plans to expand Medicaid coverage, as directed by the ObamaCare plan he once vowed to oppose: On the eve of convening of the 2013 session, the House Select Committee on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act rejected the expansion. A Senate counterpart committee postponed consideration of the issue, which is sure to be one of the biggest controversies of the session. Scott, a Republican who bitterly fought President Barack Obama’s national healthcare plan as a candidate and in his first two years as governor, stunned conservative