Seeking "redemption" in the aftermath of an affair with Gen. David Petraeus that ended with his resignation as CIA director last November and landed her in the heart of a media field day, Paula Broadwell on Tuesday said she´s looking to return to her faith-based roots. Attending the YMCA´s annual prayer breakfast in Charlotte on Tuesday, Broadwell - a U.S. Army Reserve intelligence officer who traveled with Petreaus as his biographer-spoke publicly for the first time since the scandal, telling News 14 Carolina that the message about God, family and reflection hit close to home: "It really touched my
Dumb ads seem to be contagious. Soft drink giant PepsiCo says it is pulling a highly controversial commercial for Mountain Dew -- depicting five African-American men and a goat in a police line-up -- that has managed to offend African-Americans, women and bloggers coast-to-coast. African-American rapper Tyler, the Creator, developed the 60-second spot in which a battered white woman on crutches is urged by an officer to identify a suspect out of a lineup of black men. A talking goat named Felicia is included in the lineup. The goat makes threatening remarks to the woman, including, "Keep ya
J.C. Penney Co. (JCP) is apologizing. The department-store chain is airing a television commercial this week -- in time for Mother’s Day -- that says it made mistakes and asks former customers to come back. Development of the 30-second ad began a few months ago after executives reviewed customer feedback, Joey Thomas, a company spokesman, said in an e-mail. In other words, the ad originated under Ron Johnson, the former chief executive officer who alienated customers by ditching discounts and axing dozens of popular brands in favor of ones aimed at younger shoppers.
Health Care: At his press conference this week, President Obama tried to reassure Americans about ObamaCare. Instead, he displayed either an incredible lack of understanding about his own law, or something far worse. Asked about increasing Democratic concern over what Sen. Max Baucus called a looming ObamaCare "train wreck," Obama claimed that it´s all much ado about very little. But almost nothing he said in defense of ObamaCare was accurate. Among his statements: "A huge chunk of it´s already been implemented." In fact, all that´s been implemented so far are a few PR-friendly changes like a mandate to cover children
PC Amok: A congressman asks why emails describe supporters of traditional marriage as members of hate groups while the Pentagon vets a religious tolerance guide with a group that compares Christian evangelism to "rape." When Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel recently appeared before Congress, he was grilled by Rep. Randy Forbes, R-Va., about an email sent by an officer at Fort Campbell, Ky., to three dozen subordinates, warning them to be on the lookout for soldiers connected with "domestic hate groups." Among the groups listed in the 14-page email by Lt. Col. Frank Rich, the Second Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment
At the president´s news conference Tuesday, when a reporter wondered whether setbacks on gun control and the sequester suggested Mr. Obama was having problems pushing his second-term agenda, the president replied, "Well if you put it that way, Jonathan, maybe I should just pack up and go home." Whoa, big fella. The presidency is a big game. We want you suited up and on the floor. That the presidency attracts individuals focused on Number One is no revelation. But it has always been possible that one of them would disappear so far into the ethers of
Terrorism: Tamerlan Tsarnaev was apparently too dangerous to be allowed to go to Mecca, but not Boston. Saudi Arabia unofficially says that if Janet Napolitano read her mail, the Boston bombing might have been prevented. Britain´s Daily Mail reported Tuesday that, according to a senior Saudi Arabian official, the Saudi government last year issued a written warning to our Department of Homeland Security about the danger of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the dead lead suspect in last month´s Boston Marathon bombings. Separate from Moscow´s now-famous multiple warnings about Tsarnaev, the Saudi alert "was based on human intelligence developed independently in Yemen,"
A Christian Group is calling for the suspension of ESPN the Magazine writer Chris Broussard, after Broussard told an interviewer that gay NBA player Jason Collins can´t be a Christian because of his sexual orientation. A group called Faithful America (motto: "Love thy neighbor. No exceptions.") has launched an online petition asking for ESPN to suspend Broussard for comments he made on ESPN´s "Outside the Lines" on Monday, after Collins came out in an op-ed for Sports Illustrated. "Chris Broussard´s hateful attack on Jason Collins for being gay was an unacceptable misrepresentation of the Christian faith,"
First Lady Michelle Obama will do a book signing event at a local Washington, D.C. bookstore, the White House announced today. The event, aside from a brief photo-op, will be closed to the press. From the White House´s announcement: UPCOMING GUIDANCE FOR FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA Tuesday, May 7, 2013 • 11:15 AM – First Lady Michelle Obama will sign copies of her book American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Garden Across America at the Politics & Prose bookstore.(Snip)There will be an open press spray at the top of the signing, and the remainder
U.S. Sen. Tim Scott backed Mark Sanford in the 1st District special election today, saying he "merits support." In a statement from his Washington office, Scott, R-S.C., said Sanford is the "stark choice." [Snip] "On all the most important issues facing our state and country, from dealing with our dangerous levels of debt, to repealing or resisting the government health care takeover, to standing up for Charleston jobs against the NLRB, 1st District voters have a stark choice," Scott said. "Mark Sanford is hands down better on all of those issues, and that’s why I believe he merits support."
Officials will spend the next few weeks, even months, combing through every detail of the Boston case looking for all possible missed signals that could have prevented this terrorist attack. Former Connecticut senator Joe Lieberman knows the process well. While chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee in 2011, he and ranking member Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) put together a report on the Fort Hood shooting, when army psychiatrist Maj. Nidal Hasan went on a deadly shooting spree on a Texas military base, killing 13 people in 2009.
As “The Few, The Proud,” the Marines deserve their reputation with the press as mostly quick to respond with facts to a query — be it on Iraq, Afghanistan, the V-22 Osprey or Hurricane Sandy assistance. But when it comes to singer Beyonce Knowles-Carter they seem to have a warm and fuzzy mother instinct to protect her — in this case with a heavy-handed use of the Freedom of Information Act’s privacy exemption — the so-called “(B)(6)” — this being the same Beyonce drawing headlines for bawdy bodysuits on tour. Our FOIA saga began Jan. 23 when we submitted
WASHINGTON — One of three college students arrested Wednesday in the Boston Marathon bombings case was allowed to return to the United States from Kazakhstan in January despite not having a valid student visa, a federal law enforcement official told The Associated Press.(Snip)Federal authorities on Wednesday arrested three college friends of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, a bombing suspect, including Azamat Tazhayakov, a friend and classmate of Tsarnaev´s at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Tazhayakov left the U.S. in December and returned Jan. 20. But in early January, his student-visa status was terminated because he was academically dismissed from the university,
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) says he shares colleagues’ concerns that the Affordable Care Act could become a “train wreck” if it’s not implemented properly. Reid warned that people will not be able to choose health insurance plans on government health exchanges if federal authorities lack the resources to set them up and educate the public. “Max said unless we implement this properly it’s going to be a train wreck and I agree with him,” Reid said, echoing a warning delivered last month by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.). Reid warned the federal government is not
A new GOP poll tested former San Diego City Councilman Carl DeMaio, an openly gay Republican and potential congressional candidate, as a “new generation Republican” in the highly competitive 52nd District. DeMaio, who ran unsuccessfully for mayor last year, posted solid favorable ratings. He led freshman Rep. Scott Peters, D-Calif., in a hypothetical general-election matchup. The poll informed likely voters that DeMaio is openly gay and he would prefer that the GOP focus on fixing the federal government’s finances rather than on social issues. (Snip) The survey memo, obtained by CQ Roll Call, was paid for by the National
Only nine days ago, former Gov. Mark Sanford invoked the Alamo in a full-page advertisement in his local paper, pleading for reinforcements to his embattled special election campaign. The appeal might have worked. The latest Republican to offer support is the man whose appointment to the Senate created the seat’s special election: Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C. He’s one of several Republicans and conservatives who offered either verbal or financial support to Sanford in the last week. “Mark Sanford is hands down better on all of [fiscal] issues, and that’s why I believe he merits support,” Scott told the
As the White House first announced in March, Barack Obama is scheduled to visit Mexico and Costa Rica later this week. The trip is billed as "an important opportunity to reinforce the deep cultural, familial, and economic ties that so many Americans share with Mexico and Central America." And at yesterday’s White House press conference, the president stated that he is "very much looking forward to taking the trip down to Mexico" this week. But the trip won’t exactly be cheap for taxpayers, assuming the costs mirror those incurred by the American taxpayers for President Obama´s last trip
Deanna Durbin, who as a plucky child movie star with a sweet soprano voice charmed American audiences during the Depression and saved Universal Pictures from bankruptcy before she vanished from public view 64 years ago, has died, a fan club announced on Tuesday. She was 91. In a newsletter, the Deanna Durbin Society said Ms. Durbin died “a few days ago,” quoting her son, Peter H. David, who thanked her admirers for respecting her privacy. No other details were given. Ms. Durbin had remained determinedly out of public view since 1949, when she retired to a village
The University of Wyoming Police Department says Meg Lanker-Simons created the anonymous threat of sexual violence targeted at her on social media last week. The university announced Tuesday that campus police cited Lanker-Simons for misdemeanor interference with a police investigation. Lanker-Simons accused an anonymous source of posting a threat of rape on the Facebook page “UW Crushes” on April 24. But the citation issued Monday claims Lanker-Simons admitted to making the post, then lying about it. The UW senior told the Star-Tribune on Tuesday that the police accusations were untrue.
BOSTON – This is the time of year when many people are excited to get in shape and eat healthier. The problem is many people are going too far. A dangerous phenomenon called “Orthorexia” is becoming more prevalent. Personal trainer Bron Volney at Boston Sports Club is just as concerned with his clients’ diet as he is with their workout. “I monitor a lot of my clients’ weight, and if they are dropping really fast, and it seems they are going to extremes, you’ve got to question them and say, ‘Let’s make sure you are staying healthy,’” said Volney.
Washington - US President Obama cited the Jewish striving for freedom and the US-Israel bond in his Jewish American Heritage Month declaration. "Jewish immigrants from all over the world wove new threads into our cultural fabric with rich traditions and indomitable faith, and their descendants pioneered incredible advances in science and the arts," Obama said Tuesday in declaring May as Jewish American Heritage Month. "Teachings from the Torah lit the way toward a more perfect Union, from women´s rights to workers´ rights to the end of segregation." (Snip) Congress legislated Jewish American Heritage Month in 2006
RUSH: Here´s Arthur in Dallas as we head to the phones. Arthur, great to have you on the program. Hello, sir. CALLER: Hi. Great to be on the show, sir. RUSH: Great to have you here. CALLER: I wanted to call. I´ve been listening as I drive around today and you had mentioned with RU-486 being legalized, there is no point anymore to, uh, birth control pills has been the systematic thing for the last I don´t know how many years, didn´t mention a time. Birth control pills do not just greatly
RUSH: You know, I was just reminded. Something reminded me. I don´t know what but I´m glad it did. I have had, in my Stack, a couple of items that I have intended to talk with you about. It is really good and important stuff. Mike Lee is new member of Congress, a senator from Utah. He beat Robert Bennett. He went on and gave a Heritage Foundation speech that was an attempt to restate conservatism. It´s been controversial to some people because he said that we conservatives are spending a little too much focus in
RUSH: I have this entire stack here today, folks, of reports on media people and other Democrats who are -- what´s the correct way to say this? -- really, really concerned over Obama´s press conference yesterday, his appearance, his demeanor, his detachment. And what was on display yesterday, that entire Obama press conference was the Limbaugh Theorem being proved, the Limbaugh Theorem being illustrated. Everything he was asked about, be it Syria and chemical weapons, be it Boston and the bombing, be it details of Benghazi, he didn´t know anything, he had nothing to do with it.
After Carmen Tarleton´s estranged husband doused her with industrial-strength lye, doctors saved her life with a medically induced coma and more than 50 surgeries. But they could do little about her scar-ravaged face. She was so disfigured that children ran away from her. When TV news shows did stories about her, they warned that the images might be disturbing and advised viewer discretion.(Snip)Then her plastic surgeon at Brigham and Women´s Hospital in Boston made a suggestion. He´d recently done the first facial transplant in the United States, and he thought it might work for her.
The World´s Greatest Orator appeared before the press yesterday, and here are some highlights of his remarks: "This is hard stuff. . . . Maybe I should just pack up and go home. Golly. I think it´s a little--as Mark Twain said, rumors of my demise may be a little exaggerated at this point. . . . Right now things are pretty dysfunctional up on Capitol Hill. . . . You seem to suggest that somehow these folks over there [in Congress] have no responsibilities and that my job is to somehow get them to behave.