The Department of Homeland Security, as of 10:15 a.m. EDT Tuesday, was featuring on its home page a message explaining "how DHS helps keep our nation safe." Clicking on the featured story -- "A Day in the Life of DHS" -- takes visitors to a page showing what DHS is doing by "air, sea, land, or in cyberspace" to protect Americans. "Every day, DHS employees all over the country work to protect the American public from a range of threats, including terrorism, natural disasters, cyber attacks and other emergencies and disasters. Whether by air, sea,
House Republicans are moving quickly on a new bill to strengthen ObamaCare´s temporary insurance plan for people with pre-existing conditions. The Helping Sick Americans Now Act (H.R. 1549) was introduced late Monday and is scheduled for a mark-up Wednesday in the House Energy and Commerce Committee. The measure seeks to shore up the Pre-Existing Conditions Insurance Plan (PCIP), a struggling program designed to offer insurance to vulnerable patients while the Affordable Care Act is fully implemented. The Obama administration announced earlier this year that it would suspend enrollment in the PCIP, citing cost concerns.
ANDREA MITCHELL, MSNBC: Congressman, briefly, do you think that this will lead to more cameras? I know it´s controversial, there are privacy issues. Boston does have a lot of cameras. European cities, led by London, have the most. Are Americans going to have to get used to more surveillance on a daily basis? REP. PETER KING (R-NY): I think we do because I think privacy involves being in a private location. Being out in the street is not an expectation of privacy. Anyone can look at you, can see you, can watch what you´re doing.
Stop. Just stop. For the love of all that is still sane and civil about American politics, please don´t make the Boston Marathon bombing a talking point. The vast majority of Democrats and Republicans are so far heeding President Obama´s call for a period of bipartisanship. “We are Americans united in concern for our fellow citizens," he said Monday evening. But there are outliers. The question is whether others will follow, and how soon. Former Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., warned on MSNBC that the "sequestration" spending cuts may force Boston to cut important services to pay
RUSH: John Kerry, secretary of state. Do you know what he´s doing? We might have a terrorist act here. Well, we do have a terrorist act in Boston. We just don´t know who yet. John Kerry, amidst the threats to launch nukes by the Norks, went to Asia over the weekend and gave high priority to -- dadelut dadelut dadelut dadelut! -- anthropogenic global warming! The secretary of state is on a tour of the world warning everybody about manmade global warming. He is telling everybody, "The science is settled," when it is not settled.
RUSH: "Who´s Bill Ayers?" It´s a good question. People may not know who Bill Ayers is. Bill Ayers is a resident of Chicago. Bill Ayers is widely thought to have introduced Barack Obama to the powers that be in Chicago that enabled his political career to begin. Such introductions, parties took place at Bill Ayers´ house, which was in Obama´s neighborhood. I think Ayers and his wife baby-sat the Obama crumb crunchers. Bill Ayers´ one-time girlfriend, Diana Oughton, "and one other member in the Greenwich Village townhouse explosion, while constructing anti-personnel bombs intended for a
The New York Times has finally produced a second news story on the murder trial of Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell--almost a month after its other story, which briefly recapped the trial´s first day. Like the Times´s first story, which we cited in yesterday´s column, this one appears deep inside the paper (on page A12). You almost get the impression the Times doesn´t want to be there. More than almost: The paper´s editors make it explicit with their headline: "Online Furor Draws Press to Abortion Doctor´s Trial." What an amazing headline that is. The editors of the New York Times
RUSH: I actually think as everybody´s trying to figure out what happened in Boston, who did it, and why, let me just say something here at the top on this. I have stated countless times -- there´s nothing new today -- I have stated countless times, the left politicizes everything. You recall me saying this. You recall me offering evidence of this. And they already are. I mean, yesterday, within moments of this happening, the left began to politicize it and began drooling, in some cases, and I´ve got the examples,
The slow-motion meningitis outbreak among gay men in New York City took a possibly frightening turn this weekend when a rapidly fatal case of the disease was seen in a previously healthy young gay lawyer in Los Angeles. The facts are still emerging, but the basics are as follows: last fall, just before a fungal meningitis scare popped up in five mostly Southern states, a cluster of cases caused by meningococcus, a bacterium, was seen in NYC among gay men, some of whom were HIV-infected. The New York cases differed in every way from the meningitis caused by fungus:
There has been a “falling out.” And? “It’s huge.” So say two Pennsylvania conservatives about the conservative backlash in the state to Pennsylvania U.S. Senator Pat Toomey’s sponsorship of a gun control background check bill. More than one activist noted that Toomey’s problems with the movement that once believed he was one of their own have been building for some time, with several incidents cited — of which his stance on the gun issue is but one. Leading to accusations of what one conservative angrily described as questions about Toomey’s “motivations.” The growing furor is raising a question
I write a lot of columns, both here at USA TODAY and elsewhere. Like pretty much everyone who writes opinion columns, I hope that people will read what I write and look at things differently as a result. It happens, sometimes. But very few have the impact of Kirsten Powers´ column on the murder trial of Pennsylvania abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell that ran in these pages last week. Before Powers´ column, the case wasn´t on the national radar. Oh, it was getting attention from pro-life writers, conservative media critics, and law bloggers, but in terms of national media, the story didn't exist.
Mark Kelly, the husband of former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.), is threatening to back an election challenge against Sen. Jeff Flake if the Arizona Republican votes against legislation to expand background checks. At a Christian Science Monitor breakfast on Tuesday, Kelly said he would back an opponent to Flake if the "right candidate" was available and if the senator failed to support a background check bill, according to reports. Flake, who is not up for reelection until 2018, has been close to Kelly and Giffords. But Kelly said the issue of control trumped their ties.
Make no mistake about it, yesterday’s bombing in Boston was a cowardly terrorist act. We don’t know yet who is responsible; all we know is that someone, or some group, targeted innocent civilians at an iconic American sporting event. Without getting into complex discussions about definitions, this is terrorism, plain and simple. Our thoughts and prayers go out to those killed or injured near the marathon finish line on Boylston Street. Their prayers, and those of their family and friends, are our prayers. And to those who ran toward the explosions to aid the wounded —
A woman who was at the Boston marathon to cheer on a friend was identified today as the second person to die in the terrorist bombing. Krystle Campbell, 29, joins Martin Richard, 8, as the two fatalities from the Monday attack. A third person who died in the twin blasts has not yet been identified. Campbell´s parents William Campbell Jr. and Patty Campbell at first thought their daughter´s friend was injured, but later learned that it was their daughter who was the victim, according to ABC News´ Boston affiliate WCVB. "My daughter was the most lovable girl.
Istanbul - A Turkish court this week convicted one of the country’s most famous musicians for insulting Islam, highlighting building fears over protection of freedom of speech in the country. Fazil Say, a world-renowned concert pianist, was sentenced to 10 months imprisonment for “insulting the religious values of a part of the population” due to messages on his Twitter feed considered by the court to be offensive to Muslims. The sentence, however, was suspended on the condition that he does not reoffend within five years. Mr. Say, who was convicted by a court in Istanbul, said in a statement
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates — Abu Dhabi´s new branch of the Louvre considers no artistic subject to be off limits but will not "shock for the sake of shocking", a top overseer said Tuesday. She spoke as the museum prepared to open a sample of its growing collection to public view, shedding light on the choices the city makes as it expands its international profile while testing how far to open its conservative culture. Objects including a medieval nude sculpture and Christian icons suggest the Abu Dhabi Louvre
After two explosions rocked the Boston Marathon on Monday, President Obama huddled with some of his closest advisers. In the Oval Office was Chief of Staff Denis McDonough and FBI Director Robert Mueller, who sat with his chin in his hands and a white binder in his lap. Across from the engraved wooden desk to the president’s left was a relative newcomer, homeland-security and counterterrorism adviser Lisa Monaco. She held a capped pen to her face as if deep in thought. The streets of her hometown had burst into chaos, a grim reminder that Monaco’s job is a big one: advising the president on how to best protect his country.
MSNBC contributor Joy-Ann Reid told the host of Now, Alex Wagner, that she thought President Barack Obama’s response to the attack on the Boston Marathon on Monday was powerful and comforting in a way that President George W. Bush’s response to the attacks of September 11, 2001, was not. She accused Bush of being unavailable to the American people for the “first couple weeks” after the attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Reid told Wagner that the president’s statement actively combatted the intention of the terrorists, which is to make their targets feel “discombobulated.” “Having, sort of
He had gone to the marathon to honor his dead sons. By the end of the day, Carlos Arredondo was a hero. He tells Michael Daly about saving a man with his legs blown off by the explosion. Carlos Arredondo was in the bleachers by the finish line of the Boston Marathon when the first bomb went off directly across the street. “Loud,” he says. “The fireball that came out. Also the smoke.” In the next moment, the 53-year-old from Boston was vaulting a barricade and racing straight into the acrid cloud, wearing a cowboy hat like some Western hero.
"After what we have lived and seen, and the delicate situations we have witnessed, we may say that we cannot objectively and categorically attest to a fully democratic and clean vote in this great country," said Spanish Gustavo Palomares, the president of the Institute of Higher European Studies. He was one of the international guests accredited by the National Electoral Council (CNE) and invited by the opposition coalition. In this sense, international guests supported the petition of opposition candidate Henrique Capriles Radonski for a thorough and objective recount of "each tally sheet, each polling station, and each voters´ roll."
Geneva - Red Cross chief Peter Maurer on Tuesday condemned US drone strikes outside areas officially engulfed in armed conflict, warning against a creeping expansion of the definition of what constitutes a battlefield. Washington’s secretive and controversial use of drones was not a problem in itself, said Maurer, as in the context of an armed conflict drones are considered legitimate weapons. “But if a drone is used in a country where there is no armed conflict…there is a problem,” the head of the International Committee of the Red Cross told reporters in Geneva, urging the “very restrained use” of
Neighbors of various sectors of Caracas are banging their pots in protest against the proclamation of Nicolás Maduro as president of Venezuela at the headquarters of the National Electoral Council (CNE). Downtown Caracas people are on balconies banging their pots, as well as in east and southeast Caracas. Pot banging was also reported in Cumbres de Curumo, Los Chaguaramos, Santa Mónica, Altamira, Los Palos Grandes, La Boyera, El Cafetal and Los Naranjos, among others.
DALLAS- American Airlines is having computer problems that are causing widespread delays. Some passengers are stuck on planes while others can´t make reservations. "American´s reservation system is experiencing intermittent outages," an American spokeswoman said in a statement. "We´re working to resolve the issue as quickly as we can. We apologize to our customers for any inconvenience." Passengers are using social media to flood the airline with complaints. American Airlines spokesman Kent Powell said Monday that the airline is trying to resolve the issues as quickly as it can.
Niamey, Niger -- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad visited the uranium-rich West African nation of Niger on Tuesday, although officials discounted that the mineral was the reason for his visit. Niger´s President Mahamadou Issoufou denied international speculation that Iran had come in search of uranium for its enrichment program, which Western powers suspect might aim to produce nuclear weapons. "We have not brought up the question of Nigerien uranium. Iran itself being a producer of minerals," Issoufou said.
I’ve been hearing the name Jackie Robinson a lot lately, and not just because a movie about him, “42,” hit multiplexes on Friday and had a bigger opening-weekend gross than any baseball movie ever. I’ve been hearing it in the context of an intensifying drumbeat: that the “gay Jackie Robinson” is just weeks or months away. We should retire the phrase now. It’s a flawed comparison. As a few other observers have noted, it doesn’t do justice to Robinson’s experience and to the many differences between the challenges he confronted and those facing
A right-wing media pundit from the United States has called for all Muslims to be killed in a ‘sarcastic’ tweet made in response to the Boston Marathon bombings. Erik Rush, a regular on Fox News, appeared to attribute blame to Islamic extremists following yesterday’s blasts, in which at least three people were killed. “Let´s bring more Saudis in without screening them! C´mon!,” he wrote on Twitter. Another Twitter user asked, “Are you Already Blaming Muslims??” – to which Rush reportedly responded: "Yes, they´re evil. Let´s kill them all." Rush later said his tweet was “sarcastic”,