ONE man here weighs just 77 pounds. Another, 98. Last thing I knew, I weighed 132, but that was a month ago. I’ve been on a hunger strike since Feb. 10 and have lost well over 30 pounds. I will not eat until they restore my dignity. I’ve been detained at Guantánamo for 11 years and three months. I have never been charged with any crime. I have never received a trial.
The Bush family has shared the first pictures of its newest member--Margaret Laura ´Mila´ Hager. Jenna Bush Hager gave birth to the healthy little girl in New York City at 8.43 pm on Saturday, making former President George W Bush and wife Laura grandparents for the first time. Intimate images released by the family show the proud new grandfather cradling the tiny bundle alongside his beaming wife, while another shows Jenna and her mother cooing over the little girl. There´s also some early family bonding as George Bush and his son-in-law Henry Hager are seen holding Mila up to watch
One-time GOP presidential contender and former Sen. Rick Santorum (Pa.) is cancelling a trip to Iowa after being hospitalized for an illness. “While traveling in South Carolina on Saturday, Rick Santorum became ill and was admitted to the hospital for a gastro-intestinal illness and dehydration,” said Virginia Davis, spokesperson for Patriot Voices, Santorum’s political action committee, in a statement.
LESS is sometimes more. That was the message delivered this week by Meghna Das Thakur of the Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research, in Emeryville, California, to the American Association for Cancer Research’s meeting in Washington, DC. If a cancer evolves resistance to the drug being used to treat it, withdrawing that drug can sometimes stop the cancer in its tracks as effectively as prescribing treatment in the first place. Oncologists have suspected this for a while. Dr Thakur has, however, proved it is true—at least in the specific case of malignant melanoma and a drug called vemurafenib.
The UK´s "irrational" use of biofuels will cost motorists around £460 million over the next 12 months, a think tank says. A report by Chatham House says the growing reliance on sustainable liquid fuels will also increase food prices. The author says that biodiesel made from vegetable oil was worse for the climate than fossil fuels. Under EU law, biofuels are set to make up 5% of the UK´s transport fuel from today. Since 2008, the UK has required fuel suppliers to add a growing proportion of sustainable materials into the petrol and diesel they supply. These biofuels are mainly
More than eight in ten Americans believe that you should do everything you can to pay the lowest tax rate possible according to new Washington Post-ABC News polling, a finding that suggests that people likely hold politicians to a standard of conduct they themselves don’t adhere to.Eighty-five percent of Americans — and 86 percent of registered voters — say that they approve of people “doing everything within the law to lower their taxes.” Nearly six in ten say they “strongly” approve of doing all you can to pay as little as possible.
If there were an award for Most Constructive Shaming of the News Media, the clear winner would be Kirsten Powers, the brave Fox News pundit and Daily Beast columnist. Last Thursday, she called out the mainstream media for failing to adequately report on the ongoing trial of Dr. Kermit Gosnell, the Philadelphia abortionist who is charged with murdering seven newborn infants and a patient seeking an abortion. Powers’s USA Today piece provoked an instant response from many sheepish journalists. Megan McArdle of the Daily Beast acknowledged she “should have” written about the “horror Doc’s” clinic.
Representative Steve King, a 63-year-old Iowa Republican, is restless and irritated, and it shows. He’s here, stewing in a hearing room in the Rayburn building, because he and his friends in the House’s tea-party bloc feel disconnected from the debate on comprehensive immigration reform. “A number of us have sat back and watched with amazement as some of our colleagues have leapt to erroneous conclusions,” King says, sitting alongside five other staunch opponents of legalization efforts. “But we are where we are with the momentum in the Republican party.” A few blocks away, Senator Marco Rubio and his colleagues
The crackdown aims to claw back £1billion a year lost to a “scurrilous minority”. As part of a radical overhaul of the welfare system, repeat offenders will lose their benefits for 13 weeks, 26 weeks or three years, depending on the severity of their crime. Last year 10,000 people were caught cheating the system. Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith’s fresh war on the workshy will also see hit squads sent to flush out suspect claimants. He said: “We’re telling these repeat offenders--if you cheat the system, you could lose your benefits for up to three years.
The day after the bodies of Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife were found, an anonymous email went to county officials threatening another attack if the writer’s demands were not met. Law enforcement authorities have since traced the threat to the personal computer of Eric Williams, a former justice of the peace who is now the prime suspect in the slayings. He is expected to be charged with capital murder as early as Tuesday, law enforcement authorities said Sunday. Authorities on Saturday found numerous weapons inside a Seagoville storage unit linked to Williams
Congressional sources say that GOP lawmakers and strategists are urging Speaker Boehner to kill any gun control legislation that comes to the House by refusing to act on it. The Speaker is planning "what could be a months-long review of the bill that likely would involve chipping away at gun-related measures" and instead encourage options that focus on the mental health aspect of gun violence. "I fully expect that the House will act on (gun) legislation in the coming months," Boehner said. "But ... I want the (House) Judiciary Committee to take the time to look
AUSTIN, Texas — Republican mega-donor Bob Perry never cared for the spotlight. But writing big checks and financing one of the most famous television ads ever in a presidential campaign made the Texas millionaire famous nonetheless. A wealthy Houston homebuilder who shunned publicity while generously bankrolling GOP candidates — and becoming a force in a new era of lavish spending in American politics — Perry died over the weekend, said former Texas state Rep. Neal Jones, a close family friend. Jones said late Sunday that Perry died "peacefully in his sleep" Saturday night. He did not offer further details.
Houston homebuilder, philanthropist and major political contributor Bob Jack Perry died Saturday night at his Nassau Bay home. He was 80. "He´s one of the finest human beings I have ever known in life. A true patriot and inspiration," said spokesman Anthony Holm, who worked with Perry for a decade. Perry was best known for his top contributions to primarily conservative candidates and political action committees within the past decade. U.S. District Judge David Hittner, a friend of Perry´s, said he felt
Last Friday, the terminally sophomoric Rachel Maddow turned her adolescent sarcasm on the Republican National Committee for seeking advice from Dick Cheney, Hugh Hewitt and David Horowitz. How absurd it was she cackled. “I thought I was being punked.” In regard to Frontpage editor Horowitz, she was aroused by the fact that the RNC invited him to keynote their conference at the Reagan library (as it happens that very Friday) to advise them on how to persuade minorities that their best interests were served by voting against Democrats, remarks, by the way, that got a standing ovation.
What would Maggie do if she were still in power? According to Nigel Farage in today’s Times, she’d be supporting Ukip. I suppose he would say that; it’s rare for someone to say “if x great person who we all love were alive today he’d probably think I was a total imbecile”. I’ve always admired George Orwell and like to think that were he around today he would agree with me in every single way and possibly want to be my best friend, when in reality he’d probably think I was a bit of a gimp.
JUNEAU -- The Alaska Senate on Sunday afternoon approved the oil-tax bill that passed the House 13 hours before, sending to Gov. Sean Parnell the measure he had sought to save billions of dollars for Alaska´s leading industry. (Snip) Parnell said that Alaska´s current tax regime, which he backed as lieutenant governor in 2007 when it was pushed by Gov. Sarah Palin, is broken. It is taking so much money from industry, he said, that producers have been investing elsewhere, explaining the decline in oil production here.
So Anthony Weiner is thinking about running for mayor. The guy’s a contemptible liar, a creepy egomaniac and a man of seriously flawed character. In other words, politics is the perfect profession for him. Queens Congressman Gregory Meeks, who failed to report (at least until the FBI began an investigation) that he took $40,000 from a felonious businessman who was convicted of running a $50 million fraud scheme, remains in office. Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington placed Meeks on its list of the most corrupt congressmen.
Just a few months into her first U.S. Senate term, Democrat Elizabeth Warren is generating increasing support among liberals as a White House contender Warren’s tough stand against the Obama administration’s proposal to potentially cut Social Security benefits has become a lightning rod for progressive groups looking for a more liberal standard bearer in 2016. “If Elizabeth Warren ran, millions of people would obviously support her candidacy enthusiastically,” said Adam Green, co-founder of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, who helped draft Warren to run for U.S. Senate against GOP incumbent Scott Brown.
Many media observers were wondering if CNN´s Howard Kurtz was going to expose on his Reliable Sources program Sunday the press´s horrible coverage of the Kermit Gosnell murder trial. As fate would have it, Kurtz´s reporting was just as pathetic as virtually everyone else´s to date giving the matter a total of 90 seconds while sharing bogus statistics including the truly preposterous claim, "The conservative media didn´t do much either"
My Times colleague Mark Mazzetti has a new book out that is getting a lot of attention, including some cinematic excerpts published in The Times, here and here. “The Way of the Knife” recounts the recent transformation of the Central Intelligence Agency from a traditional spying shop into more of a man-hunting paramilitary — custodian of lethal drones, sponsor of dark ops, employer of secret armies and shady contractors. As an assassination bureau, the C.I.A. has had some spectacular successes. (The Navy Seal raid that killed Osama bin Laden was led by the C.I.A.)
If there was any real difference between what the late abortionist George Tiller did in Wichita over the course of his long career and what Kermit Gosnell did in Philadelphia, it was hygiene. Tiller had a largely white, middle-class clientele. They came to him from all over the world. Before his murder in 2009, he had boasted on his website of having "more experience in late abortion services with fetuses over 24 weeks than anywhere else in the Western Hemisphere, more than 60,000 since 1973." Like Gosnell, Tiller routinely took the lives of healthy,
Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL) told host Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday that supporters of new gun control legislation do not yet have the votes to pass it, despite defeating a Republican-led filibuster attempt last week. Durbin is the Senate Majority Whip, responsible for counting his party´s votes on key legislative proposals. The specific bill facing the Senate is the Manchin-Toomey compromise on background checks, which would expand such requirements to gun shows, among other provisions. Currently, private sales between individuals at gun shows do not require background checks--just as private sales anywhere do not require them.
There was nothing especially subtle about the way Barack Obama played the politics of class resentment against Mitt Romney in 2012. “My opponent,” Obama brayed in Virginia Beach last fall, “thinks that someone who makes $20 million a year, like him, should pay a lower [tax] rate than a cop or a teacher who makes $50,000.” And there was nothing especially mysterious about the reason: Class warfare works. That fundamental reality of the Obama years—that the president won a second term in large part because he gave new life to an old brand of class-based politics—
Since he first became a presidential candidate, President Obama must have spent millions of dollars in legal expenses to combat dozens of so-called "birther" challenges seeking the original documents pertaining to his birth. As president, he famously issued an electronic document on the White House website in 2011; the document purported to be his long-form birth certificate, though it is apparently a forgery. In addition, he has taken great pains to hide the paper trail of passport records, college transcripts, and other data -- all of which a prospective employer might require of a job applicant.
As a rule, I avoid the weekly news magazines. They are filled with bad fiction disguised as “reporting,” and if I really feel the need to read mediocre prose I can always rely on the work of America’s growing horde of creative-writing professors. Nonetheless, I recently stumbled across a post in Time’s Swampland blog titled, “Obamacare Incompetence,” and succumbed to morbid curiosity. It seems that Joe Klein, a usually reliable Democrat hack, is deeply unhappy with the slow and clumsy implementation of the “Affordable Care Act.” Klein’s post focuses primarily on the implosion of Obamacare’s exchanges.
Activists pushing for gun control are peddling contradictions and strange logic. Will the ATF´s "No Buy" list be any more accurate than TSA´s "No Fly" list? If lists are not accurate or meaningful, background checks won´t succeed. Senators Pat Toomey (R-PA) and Joe Manchin (R-WV) released a gun-control bill on April 10 that leans heavily on expanding background checks. However, their proposal is only as good as the lists used for the background checks. First, what happened to patient privacy? The Toomey/Manchin proposal proudly announces that their bill "Clarifies that submissions of mental health records into the