New York — Federal mortgage payment relief has been extended up to one year for more than 200,000 homeowners whose houses were damaged by Superstorm Sandy. U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan announced the extension for homeowners with Federal Housing Administration-insured loans on Friday. A previous mortgage payment extension for federally-backed home loans was set to expire on April 30. About 286,000 homeowners with FHA-insured loans were affected by the late October storm, with nearly 96,000 in New York. Donovan said the 12-month extension was meant to help homeowners still struggling to rebuild avoid foreclosure.
President Barack Obama’s advocacy organization Organizing for Action (OFA) raised over $4.8 million from first-quarter donors, including the chairman of a major lobbying firm, wealthy progressives affiliated with the secretive Democracy Alliance, and a member of popular 1990s hip-hop group the Fugees, according to a list of first quarter contributors released by the group today. OFA has agreed to disclose limited information about its $250-and-up donors on a quarterly basis. The group, which evolved out of President Barack Obama’s campaign arm, had previously been criticized for evading mandatory donor disclosure by registering as a 501(c)(4) nonprofit group.
Project Vote Deputy Director Amy Busefink is busy lobbying the Texas legislature on election-integrity issues — trying to stop Texas from checking to see if Texas voters are registered in multiple states. She recently organized a letter of various left-wing groups trying to stop legislation before the Texas House Elections Committee. Members of the Texas legislature shouldn’t take Busefink seriously — she has a history of participating in voter fraud. Busefink sent a letter on April 8, 2013, to the Texas House Elections Committee asking them to block a law that would require Texas to check to see
A battle raged this week on Wikipedia about the site’s article on disgraced abortion doctor and accused murderer Kermit Gosnell, after a Wikipedia editor suggested that the entire article should simply be deleted outright. Issues with the page, which was initially fraught with formatting errors, were flagged by the Wikipedia community as early as February 2011. A single Wikipedia editor later flagged the piece to allow community members to discuss whether the page, which primarily focuses on the allegations of murder and malpractice Gosnell faces, should be deleted. The editor argued that
Texas authorities are expanding the focus of an ongoing investigation into the murders of Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife Cynthia in March and Mark Hasse, a prosecutor in McLelland´s office who was fatally shot two months earlier. On Friday, CBS News learned authorities executed a search warrant at the home of former Kaufman County justice of the peace Eric Williams. Williams was prosecuted and convicted of theft last year by the district attorney´s office and lost his position and license to practice law. Williams has denied any role in the murders.
MOSCOW – Russia slapped sanctions on a pair of former top Bush administration officials, two former commanders of the Guantanamo detention center, and 14 other Americans in retaliation for a set of human rights sanctions the Obama administration imposed on a number of Russian citizens on Friday. In a statement, Russia’s Foreign Ministry said it was forced to respond to the American “blackmail,” which it warned would harm US-Russia relations. The Kremlin had prepared a list of over 100 American officials in advance of Friday’s announcement, warning its response would be proportionate to the Obama administration’s actions.
Pro golfers, golf writers, and TV commentators are up in arms that Tiger Woods was only given a 2-stroke penalty for his illegal drop on the 15th hole yesterday. Tiger said last night that he dropped his ball two yards behind his previous spot, clearly violating the rule that you must drop "as nearly as possible" to your original spot. Golf people are not happy about it. They say that the new rule is B.S. (or it´s at least being misinterpreted), and Tiger should DQ himself to save the integrity of the game.
WHEW! That is the word of the day for many surrounding the ball drop controversy involving Tiger Woods at The Masters. Though Mr. Woods will be assessed an additional 2-shot penalty for improperly (and apparently unknowingly) dropping his ball after an unfortunate break on the par-5 15th during Friday’s round, it still only leaves him just 5 shots behind current leader Jason Day…well within striking distance with 36 holes to play. But the bigger winners here clearly are CBS and principal broadcast advertiser IBM.
CZESTOCHOWA, Poland — A giant statue of the late Pope John Paul II billed as the world´s tallest has been unveiled in southern Poland. Archbishop Waclaw Depo unveiled the statue of the Polish pontiff Saturday in the southern city of Czestochowa, the home of this predominantly Catholic nation´s most famous pilgrimage site, the Jasna Gora monastery. The white fiberglass figure rises about five stories, or nearly 14 meters (more than 45 feet), on a hill overlooking the city. It was funded by a businessman, Leszek Lyson, in gratitude for what he believes was
Maria Tallchief, a daughter of an Oklahoma oil family who grew up on an Indian reservation, found her way to New York and became one of the most brilliant American ballerinas of the 20th century, died on Thursday in Chicago. She was 88. (Snip) A former wife of the choreographer George Balanchine, Ms. Tallchief achieved renown with Balanchine’s New York City Ballet, dazzling audiences with her speed, energy and fire. Indeed, the part that catapulted her to acclaim, in 1949, was the title role in the company’s version of Stravinsky’s “Firebird,” one of many that Balanchine created for
AUGUSTA, Ga. — Tiger Woods was assessed a two-stroke penalty Saturday for his drop in the second round of the Masters, but was not disqualified. Below is the Masters’ statement on the decision: “Yesterday afternoon, the Rules Committee was made aware of a possible Rules violation that involved a drop by Tiger Woods on the 15th hole. “In preparation for his fifth shot, the player dropped his ball in close proximity to where he had played his third shot in apparent conformance with Rule 26. After being prompted by a television viewer, the Rules Committee reviewed a video of the shot
WALLOPS ISLAND, Va — On one of Virginia’s small barrier islands, a NASA facility that operates in relative obscurity outside scientific circles is preparing to be thrust into the spotlight. On Wednesday, Orbital Sciences Corp. plans to conduct the first test launch of its Antares rocket under a NASA program in which private companies deliver supplies to the International Space Station. If all goes as planned, the unmanned rocket’s practice payload will be vaulted into orbit from Wallops Island before burning up in the atmosphere on its return to Earth several months later. The goal of the launch isn’t
The shooting of a 34-year-old man Friday night pulled a crowd of angry people onto a chilly South Side street where they loudly called for retribution against the man suspected of the killing. About 100 residents of the apartment complex where Kevin Sanders was killed circled the front door of a building where the alleged shooter had holed up. The suspect, who police said had been shot in apparent retaliation, had gone there after the shooting. It´s not clear what set off the violence. Sanders, 34, had been shot about 11:10 p.m. in a courtyard between buildings in
Two men were killed and nine other people wounded in shootings across the city between Friday afternoon and early Saturday morning, from the Old Irving Park neighborhood on the Northwest Side south to the South Chicago neighborhood near Lake Michigan. The 34-year-old man killed in the South Chicago neighborhood late Friday night was pronounced dead at Advocate Trinity Medical Center about midnight after someone shot him just after 11 p.m. in the 8700 block of South Burley Avenue. (Snip) Police said the man they arrested in connection with the shooting, who had also
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said her department has its “hands full” with the implementation of the healthcare law and cannot prepare for any immigration reform bill’s impact on health insurance costs. During a House Ways and Means Committee hearing on Friday, Texas Republican Rep. Kenny Marchant asked Sebelius, “Has HHS made any preparation for how to meet the added cost of providing care for the potential 10 or 12 million people that might gain permanent resident status under any kind of an immigration bill?” In response, Sebelius said, “Sir, we don’t do
The mother of a 6-year-old boy killed in the Connecticut school shooting used the opportunity to fill in for President Barack Obama during the weekly radio and Internet address to make a personal plea from the White House for action to combat gun violence. ´Thousands of other families across the United States are also drowning in our grief,´ said Francine Wheeler, choking back tears in the address broadcast Saturday. ´Please help us do something before our tragedy becomes your tragedy.´ Ben Wheeler was among the 20 first-graders and six adults killed in the Dec. 14 attack
Cass Sunsetein, one of President Obama’s leading left-wing, university eggheads, has penned an interesting piece in New Republic explaining how the nanny state is really a very important and useful aspect of today’s modern Democrat scheme. It’s for your own good, don’t you know? Launching his April 8 piece, “Why Paternalism Is Your Friend,” Sunstein evokes New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s (mostly failed, not that Sunstein says so) nanny state efforts to take away his constituents’ freedom on such things as trans fats, sodas, and guns. Sunstein points out that to his mind, all
“He was supposed to puncture the lower back of the baby’s skull and insert a tube to suck out its brains before it was fully delivered. Instead, he just delivered the baby alive and then killed it, which is illegal. ...[He] killed live, viable, moving, breathing, crying babies. He killed them by cutting their spinal cords after their mothers had delivered them…” —Tom McLaughlin “The Women’s Medical Society” If you are unaware of the trial taking place in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania of the abortion doctor (I use the term “doctor” loosely) Kermit Gosnell, I am not surprised. Our feckless, spineless,
Protesters plan to disrupt Baroness Thatcher’s funeral by turning their backs on the funeral cortege as it passes. Thousands of people are supporting the plot as the eyes of millions of people turn on St Paul’s Cathedral next Wednesday. The architect of the protest is Dominic Francis, 25, whose parents live in a £700,000 home in Royal Tunbridge Wells. Mr Francis, a student at Ruskin College in Oxford, said mourners had brought the disturbance on themselves by holding such a public event. He was urging protests with a ‘heavy heart’ because of the ‘State funding’ of the huge ceremonial event.
More than 5,000 words into the New York Times Magazine report on everything ex-Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., and his wife, Huma Abedin, want you to know about Weiner’s “sexting” scandal that led him to resign from Congress in 2011, reporter Jonathan Van Meter pauses the story. Van Meter, a contributing editor at Vogue and New York Magazine, had worked diligently on this New York Times Sunday Magazine cover story – multiple interviews with Weiner and Abedin, both as a couple and separately. On some level, the prurient banality of what he was writing about must have gotten to him.
Earlier I shared what happened when I asked an AP reporter and a Washington Post reporter about their personal Gosnell blackouts. It was so illuminating that I decided to check out a few other media outlets. I headed over to Politico. Since Washington Post reporter Sarah Kliff tried to justify her lack of coverage of the Gosnell trial by calling it a local crime story, I thought I’d add other local stories into my search. (Snip) So here’s what I found out. Politico‘s search engine pops out 165 results on Trayvon Martin (local crime story in Florida),
Don’t worry, Lady Maggie: “Michelle and Barack will carry on the work to which you dedicated your life now that you’re gone. According to the Daily Mail, in Barack Obama’s own words: “Michelle and I carry on the work to which she dedicated her life…” Statement from the President on the Passing of Baroness Margaret Thatcher—White House. Surely ‘The Iron Lady’ will rest in peace knowing that the uncrowned ‘King and Queen of the “Me, Me, Me” Generation’ will be stoically carrying on her hard work between their trademark lavish holidays. Not only are the
President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, paid the lowest effective tax rate since they moved into the White House by taking advantage of the most popular — and expensive — benefits in the tax code. Tax returns released by the White House on Friday show that the Obamas paid an effective tax rate of 18.4 percent on more than $608,000 in adjusted gross income earned in 2012. Last year, their rate was 20.5 percent. They were able to lower the amount of income on which they were taxed by more than $258,000 by claiming several big-ticket deductions.
TALLAHASSEE - Picture this: You´re in the left lane of the interstate, driving a little below the speed limit, when some guy zips up behind you and swerves past you on the right. Then you notice the blue lights flashing. You´re savoring the satisfaction of seeing a trooper actually nab an aggressive driver — until you realize it´s you he´s pulling over. This could happen, if not very often, under a major transportation package expected to be taken up in the Senate Appropriations Committee next week. Introduced by Sen. Jeff Brandes, a St. Petersburg Republican, the bill is a 173-page
Kermit Gosnell, a Pennsylvania abortion doctor, is on trial for a lurid series of lurid crimes at his clinic. I can´t bring myself to describe them, so I´ll let Kirsten Powers do it. Infant beheadings. Severed baby feet in jars. A child screaming after it was delivered alive during an abortion procedure. Haven´t heard about these sickening accusations? It´s not your fault. Since the murder trial of Pennsylvania abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell began March 18, there has been precious little coverage of the case that should be on every news show and front page.