CAIRO — Egypt’s state prosecutors issued an arrest warrant Saturday for a popular television satirist for allegedly insulting Islam and the country’s president, in the latest legal action to take aim at a critic of the nation’s Islamist leader. The warrant against Bassem Youssef is also the latest in a series of legal actions against the comedian, who has come to be known as Egypt’s Jon Stewart. Youssef’s widely-watched weekly show, “ElBernameg” or The Program, has become a platform for lampooning the government, opposition, media and clerics. The fast-paced show has attracted a wide viewership
Philadelphia — The recovering drug addict with a long rap sheet who had just sat down on the bench at a north Philadelphia train station often wondered if he was a good person, and perhaps never considered that anyone thought he was a hero to anybody. But there was no self-doubt when Christopher Knafelc´s instincts kicked in Thursday and he leaped onto the tracks to help a complete stranger he´d just seen flail and fall off the platform. Now, Knafelc, 32, is being hailed as a hero and he´s holding his head a little higher, viewing the good deed he did,
Cyprus may imposes losses of as much as 60 percent on Bank of Cyprus Plc accounts exceeding 100,000 euros ($128,000) as part of an aid deal to stop the country from going bankrupt. Customers will have 37.5 percent of their deposits above this amount converted into shares with full voting rights and access to any future Bank of Cyprus dividend, the Nicosia-based central bank said in an e-mailed statement. A further 22.5 percent will be temporarily withheld to ensure the lender meets the terms of its recapitalization, as agreed under Cyprus’s loan agreement
Government regulators can try to halt construction projects at power plants if they think the companies didn´t properly calculate whether the changes would increase air pollution, a federal appeals court has ruled, marking the latest twist in a decades-long fight over the Clean Air Act. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency sued Detroit-based DTE Energy in 2010, because the company was replacing key boiler parts at its Monroe Unit 2 coal-fired power plant without installing pollution controls. The EPA said the controls were required because the utility was performing a major overhaul, but DTE argued the $65 million project
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and the New Jersey Transit Corporation will receive more than $360 million of a chunk of federal money coming to the region to help repair transportation infrastructure and pay for emergency expenses related to superstorm Sandy, federal and state officials announced Friday. The payments bring the total amount of federal storm-related aid paid so far to the two agencies to more than $720 million, according to a press release issued by U.S. Sens. Robert Menendez and Frank Lautenberg. “Today´s announcement is a great boost to our state´s efforts to not only
As the Republicans rose in revolt over the GOP’s next-in-linism and the Democratic president won a second term surrounded by potential successors in aging party stalwarts, November’s election seemed to finally flip the old Will Rogers quip: “I am not a member of any organized party—I am a Democrat.” In truth, however, this was a process that began in earnest with Howard Dean’s 50-state strategy as chairman of the DNC. And it is the same process that led to this week’s announcement that the actress Ashley Judd will not challenge Mitch McConnell for the latter’s Senate seat.
Jennifer Lopez was dropped from performing in front of tens of millions of viewers at the Indian Premier League opening ceremony after her camp demanded she have her own plane. Her manager Benny Medina reportedly asked organisers to make a private plane available to the superstar and pay for hotel rooms for her extensive entourage, including stylists and a personal chef. Sources told NY Post that the Pepsi IPL booked rapper Pitbull after refusing to meet her diva-like demands. It quoted a source who said the list of demands was ´outrageous´. The source told NY Post: ´She effectively priced herself
Eeyore should have been a farmer. It’s almost impossible to find a farmer happy about his situation. The weather’s too hot, cold, wet, or dry, and prices are too low or too high, depending on whether we’re buying or selling. We can’t, at least in front of our peers, admit to prosperity or even the chance of prosperity. Although we’d never admit it at the local coffee shop, the last few years have been good, at least for Midwestern grain farmers. Prices have been strong — strong enough to make up for much of the production lost
Is Michael Bloomberg helping or hurting his cause? When the New York mayor’s organization, Mayor’s Against Illegal Guns, launched its $12 million advertising campaign to pressure lawmakers into supporting gun control legislation, the negative reaction from the NRA was predictable, but a week after the launch, the reaction from potential allies has also been cool. Senators and staffers working on bipartisan legislation say that Bloomberg’s effort to mobilize voters is less effective because it is also energizing gun control opponents. It’s pressuring lawmakers in the wrong way, too. Any legislator targeted by Bloomberg’s campaign who ultimately supports gun control
A polluting-the-culture President Barack Hussein Obama, who has trademarked the American presidency as one dominated by golfing and holidaying, continues down the destructive path of gutting the American military. While the mainstream media will show the simpering Obamas during an ‘Easter Egg’ roll featuring lessons in a White House ‘Yoga Garden’ this year, Obama has laid a deceit-laden egg on the military in time for Easter: “Pentagon says survivors of the Fort Hood attack should not be eligible for the Purple Heart, arguing it would adversely affect the trial of Maj. Nidal Hasan by labeling the attack
Atlanta — The former superintendent of the Newark, N.J., public school district and nearly three dozen administrators, teachers, principals and other educators from Atlanta were indicted today in one of the nation’s largest cheating scandals. Former Atlanta Superintendent Beverly Hall faces charges including racketeering, false statements and theft. She retired just days before a state probe was released in 2011, and has previously denied the allegations. The indictment represents the first criminal charges in the investigation. (Snip) The previous state investigation in 2011 found cheating by nearly 180 educators in 44 Atlanta schools. Educators gave answers to students or changed answers on
Black Entertainment Television (BET) founder Bob Johnson said Tuesday that the nation would “never tolerate white unemployment at 14 or 15 percent” and yet unemployment for the black community has been double that of white Americans for over 50 years. “This country would never tolerate white unemployment at 14 and 15 percent. No one would ever stay in office at 14 or 15 percent unemployment in this nation, but we’ve had that double unemployment for over 50 years,” Johnson said while speaking at the National Press Club about the gap between whites and blacks in America.
CHICAGO –Airport operators are mounting a legal challenge to the Federal Aviation Administration´s decision to cut funding for 149 air traffic control towers, accusing the agency of violating federal law meant to ensure major changes at airports do not erode safety. Several airports are now asking a federal court to halt the plan and compel the FAA to more carefully study the potential safety impact, said Carl Olson, director of the Central Illinois Regional Airport in Bloomington, Ill. He warned that without a more cautious approach, lives will be put at risk by cuts that he contends
A WTHR-TV Indianapolis investigative report exposes a fraudulent scheme wherein the IRS is sending $4.2 billion per year to illegal immigrants as an "additional child tax credit" for children who don´t even live in the U.S. Further, the IRS and Congress have been ignoring the scheme for years. The Inspector General´s office has repeatedly identified the problem in audit after audit. The IG, Russell George says, "The magnitude of the problem has grown exponentially," but the IRS is doing nothing to stop it. "It´s so easy it´s ridiculous," the tax preparer whistleblower
While spring break students visiting Washington DC are locked out of the sequestered White House, the resident students of the White House, Malia and Sasha Obama, are enjoying their spring break. First they jetted off to the Bahamas for sun and fun and then, for a change in weather, jetted off to Sun Valley, Idaho for some skiing. Certainly their parents purchased carbon offsets to neuter the pollution. But, unless you got an early glimpse of the Drudge Report or a local Idaho television news report, the Obama sisters´ double spring break vacation
In an op-ed in Friday’s Wall Street Journal, Liz Cheney weighs into the internal debate going on within the Republican Party over how to rebound from their losses in 2012. After a series of withering attacks on President Barack Obama’s agenda, Cheney turns to the members of the Republican Party who are urging the GOP to moderate some of their positions on social issues. Cheney mocks those who she says are calling on the party to “move left” and dismisses these voices as either “wrongheaded or Democrats, or both.” “President Obama is the most radical
They made fun of Rick Santorum and other social conservatives when they suggested gay marriage would easily lead to legalizing polygamy. But now liberals see that “grander trend” on the horizon. On Thursday night’s All Things Considered on NPR, they were casually discussing how “legalized polygamy could make a comeback” with Jonathan Turley, a law professor hired by the stars of TLC’s “Sister Wives” to push for that cause. He said polygamy enthusiasts are right where the gay lobbyists were ten years ago: ROBERT SIEGEL: The Browns are known to some folks from television.
Those arguing for "marriage equality" at the U.S. Supreme Court this week should be ashamed of themselves. They´re just as guilty of discrimination as those dastardly conservatives still bitterly clinging to their guns and their religion. Why no argument for polygamy, polyamory and other forms of diversity? Why are they only defending their exclusive definition of diversity? How dare those seeking to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act signed by President Clinton, or Proposition 8 ratified by the people of California, stop at just redefining marriage to include two consenting adults of the same gender. Why do these people believe
The moves of the U.S. imperialists to violate the sovereignty of the DPRK and encroach upon its supreme interests have entered an extremely grave phase. Under this situation, the dear respected Marshal Kim Jong Un, brilliant commander of Mt. Paektu, convened an urgent operation meeting on the performance of duty of the Strategic Rocket Force of the Korean People´s Army for firepower strike and finally examined and ratified a plan for firepower strike. The important decision made by him is the declaration of a do-or-die battle to provide an epochal occasion
Google’s motto is “Don’t be evil.” But what would it mean for democracy if it was? That’s the question psychologist Robert Epstein has been asking in a series of experiments testing the impact of a fictitious search engine — he called it “Kadoodle” — that manipulated search rankings, giving an edge to a favored political candidate by pushing up flattering links and pushing down unflattering ones. Not only could Kadoodle sway the outcome of close elections, he says, it could do so in a way most voters would never notice. Epstein, who had a public spat with Google last year,
History is made by imperfect men. This should be obvious; but only Israel is held to standards of perfection that no one else could measure up to. Yet, this is the drivel which is now taking over the planet. We see the BBC regularly condemning the Jews for land theft in the West Bank; for colonialism. Excuse me! Didn´t the British rule one-quarter of the planet at one time? Isn´t Britain still in Northern Ireland, a province whose very name, history, and geography belies the English claim to the territory?
First came the bangs. Then a comedy sketch on NBC’s Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Next, her unexpected presentation of the Oscar for Best Picture. Now, in April, she graces the cover of Vogue magazine, for the second time. Do we need any more confirmation of Michelle Obama’s apotheosis? Some of the intense interest in the first lady may be owing to the fact that she is now inviting it. The second term of her husband’s presidency gives her increased freedom to be herself, notes Jennifer Lawless, director of the Women & Politics Institute at American University in Washington, D.C.
Success, though incalculable, can be overwhelming; and failure, though undetectable, can be mortal." Unfortunate examples of overwhelming success include the following: 1.The Yellow Press, specifically the newspapers run by Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst, fomented the Spanish-American War. Hearst even bragged about his role in starting the war. 2.Visceral propaganda, such William Allen Rogers´s depictions of dead children from the Lusitania, drew the United States into the First World War. This cost the U.S. more than 100,000 lives, and also killed countless Germans with whom our country had no legitimate quarrel.
President Barack Obama is about to launch his most concerted effort yet to help Democrats win full control of Congress, a foray that could bolster the party in the 2014 midterm elections but threatens to undercut his efforts to win Republican support for his second-term initiatives on immigration, gun control and the budget. Mr. Obama is headlining fundraisers in San Francisco next week for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the organization that helps House candidates, the kickoff of a political blitz unlike anything he did in his first term to help party´s congressional wing.
Can America survive the age of O? Many conservatives are worried sick. Some friends invited me to their Passover seder the other night, and for the first time I really paid attention to the meaning of the words. As you know, the seder celebrates the liberation of the Hebrew people -- the Jews -- from oppression and slavery in Egypt around the first millennium BCE. There has long been debate about the accuracy of that history, but skip that for now. Ask yourself why liberation from slavery has dominated Jewish and later Christian thought for three thousand years? Jesus´