Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said on Tuesday that she refuses to use email because it is “inefficient” and it “sucks up time.” Napolitano´s lack of e-mail use has left many inside the smartphone-obsessed beltway wondering how she can survive without it. “I think email just sucks up time,” said Napolitano to a room full of reporters at a breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor in downtown Washington, D.C. “You’re all nodding and laughing, but you know I speak truth,” she said. Unlike many on Capitol Hill and President Obama himself, who fought hard to keep his
Washington — Rye whiskey using George Washington´s own recipe will soon go on sale at the first president´s Mount Vernon estate in Virginia. The presidential home reconstructed Washington´s distillery and will make more than 1,100 bottles of unaged whiskey available beginning April 4. The bottles sell for $95 each. Mount Vernon says the rye is the most authentic version of Washington´s whiskey available. Washington was a detailed record keeper, and distillers used the same grain recipe and fermentation process as it was done 250 years ago. Washington´s Distillery and Gristmill site opens at Mount Vernon for the season on Saturday.
BRUNSWICK, Ga. - "My grandbaby ain´t like that. He a baby, but he´s not a baby killer," Hunter said. "So they need to get that straight. He´s not a baby killer." Kevin Gough, the Public Defender representing Elkins, and the teen´s grandfather spoke at a news conference Monday. "I have known Marquise since he was a little child. The Marquise we know, the Marquise we love would never do anything like this," Elkins´ grandfather, McKinley Elkins, said.
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano dodged questions Tuesday about whether she’ll run for the White House in 2016. “My plate is so full now,” said Napolitano. “That kind of contemplating would keep me up at night, and I lose enough sleep at night as it is.” The Washington Post reported last month that Napolitano was making it known she was considering the race. The story also noted that the former Arizona governor had been criticized for not being aggressive enough on illegal immigration. As Homeland Security director, she´s had a chance to change that image.
New Jersey flunks in the category of emergency preparedness and response, according to a recent report. Yet experiences make us feel we’ve coped pretty darn well with the things nature throws at us. After all, lately we’ve dealt with severe flu outbreaks, whooping cough, West Nile Virus, blizzards, hurricanes, and Superstorm Sandy. A 2012 report titled “Ready or Not -- Protecting the Public’s Health from Diseases, Disasters, and Bioterrorism” put New Jersey near the bottom of the list of states well prepared to prevent such problems and respond to them. Compiled before the impact of Sandy was analyzed, the report was
A disturbing video has surfaced on YouTube of a dog locking its jaws on a beached baby sea lion as California beachgoers frantically try to free the trapped mammal. The dog, which Laguna Beach police said was an American bulldog mix, belonged to the daughter of astronaut Mark Kelly, husband of former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, local media reported. Giffords, Kelly and his daughter -- Giffords´ stepdaughter -- were vacationing in Laguna Beach on Saturday when the incident happened, reported The Los Angeles Times. Laguna Beach police received a call at 2 p.m. on Saturday and
WASHINGTON — Former CIA director David Petraeus is making his first public speech since resigning in November over an extramarital affair. The former four-star general is scheduled to speak Tuesday night at a University of Southern California event honoring the military. A prepared text of his speech, obtained by The New York Times, indicates Petraeus will apologize for the affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell. Petraeus is expected to acknowledge that he’s “regarded in a different light now” than he was a year ago and that he’ll try to make amends and move forward as best he can.
COLUMBIA, S.C. — U.S. officials are expanding a program intended to reduce poverty and improve life in rural areas through better access to federal funding. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack was expected in South Carolina on Tuesday to announce the expansion of the so-called StrikeForce initiative, which already operates in 10 states. The program will now also be available in the Carolinas, the Dakotas, Alabama and Virginia. The goal of StrikeForce is to help farmers, food producers and other businesses get access to money for projects such as new wells, greenhouses, community gardens,
At a time of tight budgets, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is spending taxpayers´ money to travel from Delaware to Washington State and points in-between, to visit each of the five new national monuments designated by President Obama on Monday. The latest travel flurry, which begins today, caps a busy few months for Salazar, who has visited at least nine states since January and is set to leave his job at the end of March. It also comes after Salazar, on Feb. 25, warned that mandatory spending reductions under sequestration would result in shorter hours at National Park
Afghan President Hamid Karzai now says his recent comments suggesting collusion between the U.S. and Taliban were misinterpreted by “the media,” and that explanation appeared to satisfy Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday, even though the contentious remarks were made during a nationally televised speech. Moreover, Karzai made similar insinuations during a meeting in Helmand province two days after the original March 10 speech, according to Afghan and U.S. media reports. After Karzai told reporters in Kabul Monday that his words had been misinterpreted, Kerry said he was
Actress Karen Black, who´s been battling cancer for more than two years, has turned to the public for help to pay for an experimental treatment in Europe — and as of Monday afternoon, the crowdfunding plea was working. The 73-year-old, Oscar-nominated as supporting actress in 1970´s "Five Easy Pieces" with Jack Nicholson, has worked steadily for more than 40 years but is best known for her work in 1970s films including "Airport 1975," "The Day of the Locust" and "Nashville." Diagnosed with ampullary cancer in November 2010, she immediately had a third of her pancreas removed, her husband, Stephen Eckelberry,
Florida Atlantic University has issued a formal apology to a student that was facing academic charges after he complained about a professor who ordered the class to write the name “Jesus” and then stomp on the pieces of paper. Ryan Rotela, a student at FAU, was accused of violating the student code of conduct after he reported his instructor to university administrators. He was removed from the class, ordered not to contact fellow students, and was facing possible suspension or expulsion – pending the outcome of a student hearing.
A Florida Atlantic University student who filed a complaint against his professor after he was ordered to stomp on the name of Jesus has been brought up on academic charges by the school and may no longer attend class, according to documents obtained by Fox News. The “Notice of Charges” against Ryan Rotela is contrary to a statement the university released late Friday night saying no one had been disciplined as a result of the classroom activity. (snip) Fox News obtained a synopsis of the lesson taught by Deandre Poole, firstname.lastname@example.org
With the Supreme Court set to hear the first of its two cases on the matter today, Time magazine’s political columnist Joe Klein couldn’t believe same-sex marriage was still an issue of contention on Morning Joe today. “To my kids, it’s just mystifying that anybody would be opposed to it,” he said. Klein also found it “weird” that California, “which is always the advance guard” of social change, voted in favor of Prop 8, which defined marriage between one man and one woman in the state’s constitution. The Court will hear arguments on the 2008 ballot proposition today,
In an interview with USA Today reporter Susan Page, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus urged Republicans with varying views on gay marriage to be tolerant of divergent opinions on the controversial issue. “I don’t believe we need to act like Old Testament heretics,” Priebus said of the GOP’s position on gay marriage. “My position is that marriage is between a man and a woman, but my other position is that you treat people with dignity and respect and love and grace,” Priebus said. “I think they’re all compatible with each other.”
The new policy will alarm hundreds of thousands of British expatriates who live and have transferred their savings, proceeds from house sales and other assets to eurozone bank accounts in countries such as France, Spain and Italy. The euro fell on global markets after Jeroen Dijsselbloem, the Dutch chairman of the eurozone, announced that the heavy losses inflicted on depositors in Cyprus would be the template for future banking crises across Europe. "If there is a risk in a bank, our first question should be ´Okay, what are you in the bank going to do about
Amanda Knox has spoken out admitting that it was ´painful´ to discover this morning that she will be re-tried over the 2007 killing of her British flatmate Meredith Kercher in Perugia. Knox, 25, and her ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito, 29, spent four years in jail, but were freed on appeal in 2011 largely on the grounds DNA evidence was flawed. Today Italy´s highest court sensationally overturned an acquittal and ruled that an appeals court must re-hear the case against the pair. Knox returned to the U.S. after she was freed and now
Despite continued protestations of doom over the sequestration cuts that have paralyzed all of Washington in the grips of terror over the past 25 days, President Obama somehow found it possible to commit the federal government to acquiring five new national monuments today. He did so by using the Antiquities Act, thereby circumventing Congress in the process. Coincidentally, (no, really, we´re sure it´s just a coincidence), all five national monuments are located in blue states that just a few months ago committed their electoral college votes to the re-election of President Obama. Delaware,
Sodomy is the latest hot thing in Washington. You don’t have to participate in it to think how cool it is. The love that dare not speak its name has become the passion that shouts from the housetops. Closets are emptying all over town. From now on — “going forward,” in the cliche of washingtonspeak — reporters and pundits need not interview candidates for Congress. They’ll just talk to their kids to see what the candidates think. The Children’s Hour hasn’t been this popular since Jimmy Carter reassured us that he had consulted little Amy
With the Supreme Court set to hear arguments on Proposition 8, the gay marriage ban in California, the Morning Joe panel tackled the issue of marriage and how the tide of public opinion has evolved. The discussion found a near consensus when it came to the “lightning pace” of change on the issue — with Nicolle Wallace, former communications chief for George W. Bush, asserting that even the youngest, “most devoted” conservatives find it to be an “equal rights issue.” California especially is in a different place now than in 2008, Steve Schmidt argued, adding
A judge in London has banned bus ads sponsored by a Christian group, Core Issues Trust, proclaiming "Not gay! Ex-gay, post-gay and proud. Get over it!" British-based Christian group Core Issues Trust had hoped to run the slogan...on the sides of London´s famous double-decker buses, but in a 35-page ruling, High Court Judge Beverley Lang argued that the ad could be used to promote homophobic attacks, which trumps the group´s freedom of expression. (snip)Intelligent gay people have sworn to me that there is no such thing as an ex-gay, that one´s sexual behavior is hard wired
Confused, exhausted and vulnerable, they may have somehow survived and are about to be free, but these chilling colour photographs show that for victims of the Nazis´ concentration camps there seemed little to celebrate as the Allies arrived. The never before seen images show the liberation of Dachau, the first of the thousands of concentration camps that sprang up across Germany after the Nazis swept into power. Established in March 1933, just two months after Hitler became Chancellor, Dachau was built to house political prisoners and by the end of the year around 4,800 mainly communists, social democrats and
They didn’t use the word filibuster, but the action was implied. Sens. Rand Paul, Mike Lee and Ted Cruz are sending a strong message to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid: We three will block any legislation that imposes more gun restrictions. The trio are hand delivering the letter containing that message to Mr. Reid on Tuesday, Politico reports. The news agency was given an advance copy of the letter. M. Reid is scheduled to bring up a gun bill that expands the mandates for background checks at the federal level to all private transactions. But amendments could be added;
An immigrant father of five who buys lottery tickets and a couple of beers at the same Passaic, NJ, store every day is the sole winner of the $338.3 million Powerball jackpot. “I can’t believe it. I’m overwhelmed,” Pedro Quezada, 44, of Passaic, said yesterday as he claimed the fourth-biggest prize in Powerball history. “I just can’t get over it.” The Dominican-born Quezada beat the 175-million-to-1 odds when he bought the winning ticket Saturday at Eagle Liquors. Using the Quick Pick option, he hit all five numbers and the Powerball. Struggling with debt for years,
A 41-year-old man faces attempted homicide charges after police said he stabbed a girl in Target and injured several others yesterday. Leon Raymond Walls, who did not have an address listed in court files, is being held in the Allegheny County Jail in lieu of $250,000 bond. Officer Ronald Tardivo wrote in a criminal complaint that he was called to the intersection of Penn Avenue and Penn Circle East shortly after 5:30 p.m. for a report that a man was chasing another man with a baseball bat. While en route, he learned that there was a man