In my New York Times best-selling novel “Heroes Proved,” the president of the United States orders the execution of an American citizen in the United States by using precision munitions fired from a remotely piloted aircraft, or RPA — incorrectly referred to by our media as a drone. When the book came out last year, some critics derided the idea of a U.S. president issuing an executive order to kill Americans in our homeland as “over the top” and “unthinkable.” One even said the idea was “unfathomable.” Thanks to Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican, we now know
TEHRAN, Iran — Iran is planning to sue Hollywood over the Oscar-winning "Argo" because of the movie´s allegedly "unrealistic portrayal" of the country, Iranian media reported Tuesday. Several news outlets, including the pro-reform Shargh daily, said French lawyer Isabelle Coutant-Peyre is in Iran for talks with officials over how and where to file the lawsuit. She is also the lawyer for notorious Venezuelan-born terrorist Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, known as Carlos the Jackal. Following the 1979 attack on the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, 52 Americans were held hostage for 444 days, but six embassy staffers were sheltered by the Canadian ambassador.
RUSH: The College of Cardinals is now entering the Sistine Chapel to begin the conclave to elect the next Vicar of Christ. For those of you in Rio Linda, that would be the next pope. For those of you who are Italian, it would be Il Papa. You may not know this. Yesterday on CBS, Slay the Nation, they had a roundtable. Bob Schieffer had Washington Post columnist Sally Quinn and Carl Bernstein on from Vanity Fair. Bernstein of Woodward and Bernstein fame. And they were talking about the church, the Catholic Church,
RUSH: When I got home yesterday, I started immediately into show prep and no matter where I went everywhere on the Internet... I even turned on cable news. I don´t do that much anymore ´cause it´s on all day during the program. I kept seeing that Obama was on "a charm offensive." Everywhere I said, "What is this? What did I miss? What charm offensive? There´s no such thing! He´s not a charming guy." So we dug deep, folks, and do you remember the media and gravitas? It´s happened again. "Charm offensive" is the latest media thing.
RUSH: Paul Ryan is the Republican in the House who is the budget expert. He is in charge, essentially. He leads the team that writes the Republican budget, the Republican blueprint. In this case it is a document that seeks to balance the federal budget in ten years. This is something the Democrat Party has never proposed. They have not proposed a budget in four years. Obama has, but it´s never had a prayer. His budgets have been so unrealistic that Obama´s budgets have yet to get even one vote from any Democrat.
A Missouri father was hoping for a hole-in-one when he set out for a day of golf on Friday - but he didn´t think he´d end up the one in the hole. St Louis mortgage banker and avid golfer Mark Mihal was with three friends at the Annbriar Golf Course near Waterloo when he suddenly disappeared into the turf on the fairway of the 14th hole. The 43-year-old fell into a bell-shaped enclosure below the green that measured 15 feet deep and 10 feet wide, surprising his golf pals and the course management who said
In his 2012 book, "Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960-2010" (excerpted here), Charles Murray offered an idea about how to ameliorate the alarming social decline and stratification that he chronicled: There remains a core of civic virtue and involvement in working-class America that could make headway against its problems if the people who are trying to do the right things get the reinforcement they need--not in the form of government assistance, but in validation of the values and standards they continue to uphold.
President Assad Bashar is running out of government troops to fight off rebels, a new report detailing the Syrian leader’s recruitment effort suggests. A Sunni cleric close to Mr. Assad — grand mufti Sheik Ahmad Badr al Deen Hassoun — has issued a decree for more military recruits, The Guardian reports. The decree suggests a dire need; if volunteers don’t step up, the government may start enforcing its compulsory service authorities, The Guardian says.
George P. Bush, the grandson and nephew of former presidents, made it official Tuesday and filed his paperwork to run for Texas land commissioner next year. This will be the first political race for Bush, 36, a lawyer and real estate investor. His grandfather is George H.W. Bush, the nation´s 41st president, and his uncle is George W. Bush, the 43rd president. In a video posted on YouTube, Bush mentioned only one member of his famous family: former first lady Barbara Bush. He heralded his grandmother — or "Ganny" as he called her — for stressing "the importance of public service."
The Obama administration has just responded to last night’s Falklands referendum result, where more than 99 percent of the Falkland Islanders voted to remain a British Overseas Territory. As I noted earlier, the emphatic vote was “a victory for the principle of self-determination, and a powerful rebuke to those who wish to suppress it.” That’s not how Washington sees it, however, in the latest slap in the face from the Obama presidency for America’s closest friend and ally. As Agence France Presse reports, the State Department could not even bring itself to congratulate the Falkland Islanders on their historic vote
On Mar. 8, reporter Carl Cameron on Special Report on Fox News Channel was surveying potential GOP 2016 presidential candidates. Then he raised Ted Cruz--one of the most brilliant constitutional lawyers ever to serve in the Senate- the new 41-year old Hispanic senator from Texas. Cameron added, “But Cruz was born in Canada and is constitutionally ineligible” to run for president. While many people assume that, it’s probably not true. Cameron was referring to the Constitution’s Article II requirement that only a “natural born citizen” can run for
An important footnote to the filibuster heard ’round the world. At first blush, this seems mundane: Paul’s interest was in limiting drone strikes on U.S. citizens on U.S. soil, not overseas where all of the actual drone warfare (so far) is conducted, so of course it hasn’t changed current drone policy. But what about future drone policy, which may or may not involve strikes on American soil? Turns out it … hasn’t changed that either. “Sen. Paul’s 13 hours on the Senate floor won’t have any practical effect on our policy and how
WASHINGTON- Applying for benefits under President Barack Obama´s health care overhaul could be as daunting as doing your taxes. The government´s draft application runs 15 pages for a three-person family. An outline of the online version has 21 steps, some with additional questions. Seven months before the Oct. 1 start of enrollment season for millions of uninsured Americans, the idea that getting health insurance could be as easy as shopping online at Amazon or Travelocity is starting to look like wishful thinking. At least three major federal agencies, including the IRS, will scrutinize your application.
It´s official: Primitive life could have lived on ancient Mars, NASA says. A sample of Mars drilled from a rock by NASA´s Curiosity rover and then studied by onboard instruments "shows ancient Mars could have supported living microbes," NASA officials announced Tuesday in a statement and press conference.The discovery comes just seven months after the Curiosity rover landed on Mars to spend at least two years determining if the planet could have ever supported primitive life. "A fundamental question for this mission is whether Mars could have supported a habitable environment,"
Lance Armstrong has claimed that the public will forgive him for being the biggest drug cheat in the history of sport - just like they did Bill Clinton for his affair while in office. The disgraced cyclist said that he saw the former President’s rehabilitation as a model for his own and that in a decade he will be back on top again. With breathtaking arrogance, Armstrong said that Clinton was a ‘hero of mine’ and that he wanted to copy him and become ‘president of the world’.
Google has agreed to pay $7 million as a result of an investigation brought by a coalition of state attorneys general, officials said Tuesday, in one of the largest fines for violating privacy in the digital age. The fine stems from the Street View case, where Google deployed special vehicles to photograph the houses and offices lining the world’s streets. But for several years the company was also secretly collecting personal information — e-mails, medical and financial records, passwords — as it cruised by. It was data-scooping from millions of unencrypted wireless networks. “Consumers have a reasonable expectation of privacy,
‘Every contributor to this collection . . . blandly ignores the possibility that there could be any real issue of a rational kind in American politics today which would justify the existence of an opposition, and proceeds to a sociological-psychological analysis of the extraordinary fact that there is one.” Frank Meyer was writing more than 50 years ago, but the impulse he described is still at work. The explanation for conservatives’ opposition to President Obama and his agenda must be found not in our ideas but in our pathologies.
Al Armendariz, the Environmental Protection Agency official who said regulators should “crucify” a few oil and gas companies as a warning to the industry, praised Gina McCarthy for proposing air rules that were “icing on the cake” for agency effort to “sham[e] the states” into greener policies. Armendariz made the comments in a 2012 email to other colleagues released by Sen. David Vitter, D-La. who is raising questions about McCarthy, Obama’s nominee to run the EPA. “We have set things in motion, including empowering and shaming the states, to clean up the oil/gas sector,”
Wearing bulletproof vests and carrying 40-caliber Glock pistols, nine California Justice Department agents assembled outside a ranch-style house in a suburb east of Los Angeles. They were looking for a gun owner who’d recently spent two days in a mental hospital. They knocked on the door and asked to come in. About 45 minutes later, they came away peacefully with three firearms. California is the only state that tracks and disarms people with legally registered guns who have lost the right to own them, according to Attorney General Kamala Harris. Almost 20,000 gun owners in the state are prohibited from possessing firearms, including convicted felons, those under a domestic violence restraining order or deemed mentally unstable.
A heavily pregnant Jenna Bush Hager appeared on the Today Show this morning, presenting one of her last stories before she takes maternity leave. So far the glowing 31-year-old has tried to conceal her baby bump with shapeless shift dresses, but today the eight months pregnant mother-to-be decided on a blue, figure-hugging, cap-sleeve dress. While at times she sat with her arms crossed protectively over the bump, she seemed mostly unafraid to show off her new figure with animated hand gestures, smiling and commenting to Matt Lauer: ´Eight months pregnant, woo!´
A vigil for a teenager fatally shot by cops turned into a riot in Brooklyn last night, as a mob of outraged thugs ransacked stores, broke car windows and assaulted residents in East Flatbush. The chaos erupted after about 200 people gathered to mourn 16-year-old Kimani “Kiki” Gray, a reputed Bloods gang member who was shot after pulling a gun on police Saturday. Kimani GrayAt about 9 p.m., a splinter group broke off from the main ceremony and ran wild, causing havoc in several stores, including a Rite Aid. “They poured in here, like 40 or 50 of them.
NBA Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman plans to return to North Korea in August, CNN affiliate KXJB reported Monday. Rodman, who recently visited the communist nation, said he plans to vacation with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. "I don´t condone what he does, but he´s my friend," Rodman told KXJB while in Fargo, North Dakota, for a promotional appearance. Rodman, who was giddy throughout the interview, insisted the North Korean leader doesn´t want war. Opinion: Don´t be fooled by Dennis Rodman´s trip to North Korea Rodman: I´m going back to North Korea Rodman: Diplomat or naive?
Look surprised. “This is a joke. We’re wasting the president’s time and ours,” complained a senior White House official who was promised anonymity so he could speak frankly. “I hope you all (in the media) are happy because we’re doing it for you.” Another said the president was sincerely trying to find common ground with stubborn Republicans. “But if we do it,” the aide hastened, “it won’t be because we had steaks and Merlot with a few senators.”… This was predictable. The White House was warned by Democratic allies in Congress and on K Street that,
In a rally held on Monday at the premises of the National Electoral Council (CNE) on the occasion of his enrolment as presidential candidate for the election to be held next April 14, and accompanied by his family, Venezuelan acting President Nicolás Maduro promised to continue late President Hugo Chávez´s social programs. Maduro admitted the existence of deficiencies in the health sector, and pledged he would tune up hospitals. Unlike his mentor, Hugo Chávez, Maduro addressed for nearly two hours the issue of Venezuela´s insecurity and stressed, "I want to become,
The first budget from Senate Democrats in four years includes nearly $1 trillion in new taxes but would not balance the budget. The blueprint unveiled by Senate Budget Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray (D-Wash.) on Tuesday to her Democratic colleagues would also turn off the next nine years of the sequester and replace those spending cuts with a 50-50 mix of tax increases and spending cuts. The budget would dedicate $100 billion to economic stimulus in the form of infrastructure spending and job training. Murray argues that her budget cuts $1.85 trilion from deficits over ten years.