BEACON, N.Y.- Fans including the Library of Congress cheered and honored U.S. folk singer Pete Seeger, who turned 94 Friday. "Happy 94th Birthday to Pete Seeger, who became immersed in folk music while cataloging songs here," the congressional research library and de facto U.S. national library said in a Twitter post. Rolling Stone, wishing Seeger a happy 94th, cited an earlier profile in which the magazine called the singer "the living embodiment of the native folk tradition." Dozens of folk festivals celebrated the singer´s birthday with special events and radio stations played his music.
Sen. Ted Cruz on Friday brushed off criticism from fellow Republican Rep. Peter King over his decision to headline a GOP dinner in New York later this month - something the Long Island lawmaker charged was inappropriate given the Texan’s vote against a Sandy aid bill. “The N.Y. GOP extended an invitation to the senator and he is honored to attend. He welcomes any opportunity to share his vision to help spur economic growth and restore principles of restrained spending and limited government to Washington,” Cruz’s press secretary told POLITICO. “The senator fully supported sending appropriate aid
Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas argued, in an interview aired by C-SPAN, that President Obama was elected because he had the approval of “elites and the media.” Those who don’t fit the “prescribed” mold of “what to expect from a black person,” he said, are torn apart by the media. Thomas said he did expect that the country would have a black president during his lifetime. “I always knew is that it would have to be a black president who was approved by the elites and the media because anybody they didn’t agree with, they would take apart,”
A group of Chicago high school students told First lady Michelle Obama they fear for their lives every day, she said in an interview with CBS’s Lee Cowan that will air on Sunday. During a visit to Harper High School, students shared stories with her “of how every day they wake up and wonder whether they’re going to make it out of school alive,” she said, according to CBS. “I mean, every single kid worries about their own death, or the d eath of someone, every single day,” she said.
Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama), a senior member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, held a conference call today on the immigration bill proposed by the "Gang of 8" and said it will bring 30 million immigrants to the United States over the course of 10 years and would devastate the American workforce. An immigration analyst on the call added that the U.S. will need "The greatest jobs bonanza in American history" to accommodate new job seekers. "We are looking at a plan that will admit or provide legal status to 30 million immigrants in the next 10 years.
Leading pro-gun political conservatives served up heaping portions of fiery rhetorical red meat to NRA members attending its 142nd annual convention Friday, with Gov. Rick Perry telling the crowd that the "correct response´´ to horrific gun violence like the mass-shooting in Newtown, Conn., "is not another federal law that criminals will go around anyway.´´ Perry´s appearance before the convention at Houston´s George R. Brown Convention Center was preceded by a video of the governor taking target practice with a semi-automatic rifle while wearing yellow ear protectors. A lifetime NRA member, Perry said the nation´s premier gun-owners group "is about
A Syrian weapons facility was struck overnight by Israeli warplanes, a U.S. official told Fox News. It is unclear what kind of planes. A source told Fox News that it is not clear whether the warplanes crossed into Syrian airspace or whether the missiles were fired from across the border. U.S. forces were not involved.When Israeli planes fired on a weapons convoy inside Syria in January, they remained outside Syrian airspace. The convoy was believed to be carrying Russian SA-17 anti-aircraft missiles. Pentagon spokesman George Little declined to comment on the report.
Candida Moss, a professor of early Christianity at the University of Notre Dame and a practicing Catholic, wants to shatter what she calls the “myth” of martyrdom in the Christian faith. (Snip) Moss contends that when Christians were executed, it was often not because of their religious beliefs but because they wouldn´t follow Roman rules. Many laws that led to early Christians’ execution were not specifically targeted at them—such as a law requiring all Roman citizens to engage in a public sacrifice to the gods—but their refusal to observe those laws and other mores of Roman
War On Terror: Eight months after the Benghazi attack, the FBI begs for help by releasing photos of three suspects, reports surface about an al-Qaida link and the State Department´s review panel is under investigation. Ahead of highly anticipated hearings set for Wednesday before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee featuring testimony from State Department whistle-blowers — of which a clueless President Obama professes no knowledge — the FBI has released photos of three people who were at the U.S. consulate when it was attacked last Sept. 11 — pictures that were available on Day One
RUSH: Everybody is ecstatic with the jobs numbers today. Unemployment down to seven and a half percent, 165,000 new jobs. Well, it´s nothing, but in comparison to what it has been -- (interruption) It doesn´t matter, Snerdley. The media´s all atwitter about it. That means the low-information voters are gonna hear that. The real number, nine and a half million fewer jobs since Obama was immaculated. That´s how many people are not working, that´s how many jobs we´ve lost, nine and a half million in four and a half years. The sequester. The sequester is what I´m crediting it to.
Jobs: Wall Street is cheering while Main Street stays mired in a listless recovery. Maybe this makes sense to Barack Obama and the Fed, but try explaining it to the unemployed. Friday was another one of those alternate-universe days on Wall Street. The Bureau of Labor Statistics came out with April job numbers that are only so-so, but the stock market greeted the news with another big rally. Both the Dow 30 and the S&P 500 set records, with the Dow hitting 15,000 intraday for the first time. All this over a BLS report showing payrolls rising 166,000 in April,
RUSH: I want to expand on something that I said right before the top of the hour ended. Walter Williams, who still occasionally guest hosts the program, once said, "Prior to capitalism, the way people amassed great wealth was by looting, plundering and enslaving their fellow man. Capitalism made it possible to become wealthy by serving your fellow man." Nothing could be closer to the truth than that. In a communist/socialist society where nobody has any freedom, nobody has any liberty, how do you get anything?
RUSH: So let´s go to the audio sound bites this morning in Mexico City at the Anthropology Museum, present Obama speaking to Mexican college students... OBAMA: (godlike reverb) Our attitudes sometimes are trapped in old stereotypes. Some Americans only see the Mexico that is depicted in sensational headlines of violence and border crossings -- and let´s admit it. Some Mexicans think that America disrespects Mexico, or thinks that America is trying to impose itself on Mexican sovereignty or just wants to wall ourselves off. And in both countries, such distortions create misunderstandings that make it harder for us to
In her column for tomorrow´s Wall Street Journal, Peggy Noonan makes an astute observation about the Obama presidency--one that also presents a puzzle, which this column will endeavor to solve. The observation is that Obama´s presidency was permanently damaged by the way he and his men reacted to "the trash-talking some Republican leaders indulged in after the 2008 campaign." As examples, Noonan cites then-Sen. Jim DeMint´s comment that he expected ObamaCare to be "his Waterloo" and Sen. Mitch McConnell´s declaration that his objective was to make Obama a one-term president. This attitude on the part
Sarah Palin blasted President Barack Obama and gun control advocates Friday, blaming them for "exploiting" recent mass shooting tragedies to promote their political agenda. Speaking to a welcoming crowd at the National Rifle Association convention in Houston, the folksy former governor from Alaska also used chewing tobacco at one point to draw some laughs. Palin, wearing a shirt that read "Women hunt," was one of several speakers at the NRA gathering who targeted the Obama administration and some lawmakers for wanting tighter firearm restrictions after the Newtown elementary school massacre.
The United States believes Israel has conducted an airstrike into Syria, two U.S. officials tell CNN. U.S. and Western intelligence agencies are reviewing classified data showing Israel most likely conducted a strike in the Thursday-Friday time frame, according to both officials. This is the same time frame that the U.S. collected additional data showing Israel was flying a high number of warplanes over Lebanon. One official said the United States had limited information so far and could not yet confirm those are the specific warplanes that conducted a strike. Based on initial indications, the U.S. does not believe Israeli warplanes
Most countries in the world have irrelevant numbers of "immigrants." In the Americas, for example, only Canada, America, and the British West Indies have significant non-native populations. In Mexico, immigrants account for 0.6 percent of the population, and that generally negligible level prevails all the way down through Latin America until you hit a blip of 1.4 percent with Chile and 3.8 percent in Argentina. (Snip) But profound sweeping demographic transformation through immigration is a phenomenon only of the western world in the modern era, and even there America leads the way.
The mystery of what happened to Brenda Heist more than a decade ago when she disappeared after dropping off her two kids at a Pennsylvania school was cleared up when she reappeared in the Florida Keys last week. The details of why she decided to emerge, however, remain shrouded in mystery. The husband she abandoned in Lititz, Pa., who was left to wonder what happened to his wife, fend off suspicions that he was responsible for her disappearance and raise two children alone, says he has forgiven her for leaving the family.
The first couple of evenings there was just me and a middle-aged couple swimming decorously up and down. On the third day it changed. There were three more people, spread out at the shallow end. You would not have thought that an extra three people in a decent-sized pool could have caused such irritation and havoc. They contrived to occupy an inordinate amount of space and move around in a way that caused maximum disruption. Sometimes they swam widths; sometimes diagonals. They would stop and change direction without warning.
The Columbus High School Mighty Cardinals had won the 4x100-meter relay--by seven yards, no less--and had a shot at the state championship. That was until Junior sprinter Derrick Hayes pointed to the sky. Hayes´s father, K.C., said that his son made a gesture of thanks to God, but raising a hand to the sky is considered excessive celebration according to the state scholastic rules. And with that, the team was disqualified.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said Colombian ex-president Alvaro Uribe was plotting to kill him, adding to a deluge of accusations by the former bus driver in recent months. "Uribe is behind a plot to kill me," Maduro said in a televised speech. "Uribe is a killer. I have enough evidence of who is conspiring, and there are sectors of the Venezuelan right that are involved." He did not provide details. The Venezuelan president, who was elected in April by a narrow margin, earlier this year accused the United States of seeking
Byron York in the Washington Examiner: "After six months of mulling over November´s election results, many Republicans remain convinced that the party´s only path to future victory is to improve the GOP´s appeal to Hispanic voters. But how many Hispanic voters do Republicans need to attract before the party can again win the White House? A lot. Start with the 2012 exit polls. "The New York Times´ Nate Silver has created an interactive tool in which one can look at the presidential election results and calculate what would have happened if the racial and ethnic mix of voters
NPR’s popular “Wait Wait, Don’t Tell Me” trivia show gets its fair share of big name political guests (Bill Clinton called in once, for example), but host Peter Sagal knows that there’s a specific shortage he’d like to fill: Republicans. Asked by Vulture, “Is there a dream guest for you? Someone you’ve been trying to get that you think you never will?” Sagal responded, “I would love to get more Republicans on the show.” “One of the things I really envy about Jon Stewart is how many times...
LOS ANGELES — Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman thought he was on the mend after a spider bite followed by an infection. He’d been writing songs with the band in anticipation of recording a new album later this year. But in an unusual chain of events, a representative for the band said the bite may have contributed to Hanneman’s death more than two years later. Hanneman died Thursday morning of liver failure at a Los Angeles hospital with his wife, Kathy, by his side, according to Slayer spokeswoman Heidi Robinson-Fitzgerald. He was 49.
How far would you go to express your company pride and make some extra bucks while you’re at it? What about a tattoo? Forty of Rapid Realty’s employees in New York are wearing a tattoo of the company’s logo in exchange for a 15 percent pay hike, according to published reports. Company owner Anthony Lolli is making the offer to any employee, and there are no restrictions on where the logo is tattooed or its size. One employee had one placed behind an ear. In a tweet, the company called the employees “walking billboards.” Lolli, who picks up the tab
WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — The April employment report exceeded expectations, with 165,000 jobs created and a welcome drop in the unemployment rate to 7.5%. But there was a dark side to the report: Total hours worked fell sharply, and the total amount of money earned by U.S. workers actually declined from the month before. “Aggregate weekly hours” is an obscure series of data in the jobs report, but it’s vital to understanding how strong the economy is performing. As the name implies, it measures the total number of hours worked, which is what matters for sizing up overall growth