It´s word bubble time at Pew Research Center, and that´s not really good news for President Obama, especially when compared to the one word Americans used to describe former President George W. Bush as this time. The word "incompetent" is a popular word for both, though Obama just edged Bush in those references, 27-26. Another shared word is "honest." Here Bush won with 31 references, Obama just 18. And "liar" also appears high on both the Bush and Obama list, with Obama collecting the most,
The U.S. Supreme Court finished its term with big decisions on voting rights, affirmative action and same-sex marriage. Following those rulings, public approval of the court has fallen to the lowest level ever recorded in more than nine years of polling. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 28% believe the Supreme Court is doing a good or an excellent job. At the same time, 30% rate its performance as poor. That’s the highest-ever poor rating. It’s also the first time ever that the poor ratings have topped the positive assessments.
MOSCOW — Fugitive Edward Snowden has asked Russia for political asylum, according to a consular official, who spoke out after President Vladimir Putin said Monday that such a request might be considered if Snowden refrained from releasing harmful information about the United States on Russian soil. Putin’s suggestion that Russia might seek to impose some constraints on the former National Security Agency contractor was an unusual gesture from a foreign leader who has been a strong critic of the United States. But any offer of asylum from Russia would defy
Egypt´s Islamist government teetered on the brink Monday in the wake of stunning weekend protests against Muslim Brotherhood rule. "Theocracy failed here," Egyptian blogger Mahmoud Salem, also known as "Sandmonkey," wrote in a Twitter post Monday. Sixteen people were killed and hundreds were injured during weekend protests that reportedly drew millions of Egyptians to the streets. Many estimated that the protests were larger than the 2011 demonstrations that forced dictator Hosni Mubarak from power. Numerous media accounts describe the broad demographic base of the protesters, from young women to old men, from liberal secularists to conservative Muslims.
WASHINGTON — A letter identified as being from NSA leaker Edward Snowden is slamming President Barack Obama for "using citizenship as a weapon. The letter, posted Monday on the Wikileaks website, could not be independently authenticated as being from Snowden himself. Wikileaks is the anti-secrecy group that has adopted Snowden and his cause. The statement with Snowden´s name at the bottom said the Obama administration —quote — "has unilaterally revoked my passport, leaving me a stateless person."
State Rep. Gene Wu represents District 137, Harris County. The Houston-area Democrat tweeted this joke today, as the legislature’s special session gets underway. The legislature is reconsidering a bill regarding abortion and standards at clinics, which died in the first special session last week thanks to a combination filibuster and clock-killing mob tactics. Pacemakers, open heart surgery and even transplants come to mind. Wu quickly deleted his tweet and apologized, saying that he “hit Send Button faster than I should have.” That doesn’t explain why he made the gross connection in the first place
But as Gary and Louise Lidington, from London, made final preparations for their wedding last weekend, they received an urgent telephone call from council registrars warning that they could not legally say the words “in sickness and in health”. Officials in Tower Hamlets, east London, said that the phrase, which is used around the world, was too “religious” for a civil ceremony. The couple, were forced to rewrite their vows, which they chose because of their traditional ring, just hours before the wedding, which took place on Saturday.
A new poll of likely Hispanic voters in the 2016 presidential election shows strong support for the two candidates seen as potential Democratic nominees: former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vice President Biden. The survey, by Latino Decisions, also revealed Republican candidates continue to significantly trail among Hispanic voters, with even champions of immigration reform like Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush significantly behind top Democrats. That deficit could again prove significant in 2016, when the pollsters estimate that the Hispanic vote will approach 12.5 million. In 2012, exit polls
The White House is launching new initiatives to fight illegal trafficking of rhinoceros horns, elephant tusks and other products decimating Africa´s native species. The new effort was announced during President Obama´s trip to Tanzania, part of an eight-day, multi-nation tour through Africa. Obama issued an executive order on Monday that sets up a task force to craft a national strategy to combat criminal trafficking and an outside advisory panel to inform the effort. Obama touted the effort in a joint press conference Monday with Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete, where Obama called wildlife “inseparable from Africa’s identity and prosperity.”
In the George Zimmerman trial on Wednesday, witness Jeannee Manalo testified that she heard “howling” sounds in her living room. Later, she said, she heard cries for help and a struggle, presumably between Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin. She saw two people on the ground, she explained, but didn’t know who was on top. She then testified that she thought based on body size that Zimmerman was on top. On cross-examination, however, she revealed that she based her estimate of body size on media photos which showed Martin as a 12-year-old. In reality, Martin was 17 years old,
Mideast: The assault on a monastery and the murder of its priest by Syrian rebels is a stark reminder of the threat to Christians in the Middle East and that the enemy of our enemy is not necessarily our friend. The Vatican has confirmed the murder by beheading of Syrian Catholic priest Francois Murad in the town of Gassanieh in northern Syria by jihadists belonging to the al-Qaida-linked group Jabhat al-Nusra, or Al-Nusra front. This raises questions about our involvement in aiding Syrian groups opposed to the regime of Bashar Assad
A freshman House Democrat filed a resolution Friday that would allow members of Congress to vote remotely on bills from their home districts. Rep. Eric Swalwell´s (D-Calif.) proposal for a mobile Congress would amend House rules so lawmakers can take care of business using the latest communication technologies, including video conferencing. Swalwell, whose district is located just north of the heart of Silicon Valley, hopes the amendment will update how Congress works and allow lawmakers to spend more time at home with their constituents.
Bullion traded below $1,200 an ounce last week for the first time in four years. It had become popular with investors as a hedge against inflation. The fear was that the money printing enthusiasm of central banks would pump up price pressure. But the indication from the Federal Reserve that its stimulus programme would at some point end, although stating the obvious, sent stock markets and gold prices falling. The BlackRock Gold & General fund sits on £1.6bn of investors´ money. While not a direct proxy for the gold price, it backs the shares of gold miners.
The prosecution has been having a hard time so far in case against George Zimmerman, the man who shot teen Trayvon Martin during a heated exchange in Sanford, FL last year. Roseanne Barr long ago decided the case on her own, and now she´s wishing Trayvon had shot and killed Zimmerman first. "Arm all teen-agers," the socialist sitcom star says in one of many tweets today on the subject. too bad trayvon was unnarmed, or GZ would be the dead one. ARM ALL TEENAGERS! The comedian stands to the far left on most issues but is a Second Amendment advocate.
If you didn’t listen to the live streaming of the Zimmerman case, you missed the most astonishing cross-examination of a trial that has been hip-deep in astonishing cross-examinations. (Fortunately for you, we provide the video, below, if you need to catch up–it’s worth it.) (Snip for video)Among the key revelations so far: Zimmerman was always completely cooperative, open, and straightforward with all the police investigators over many weeks of multiple interviews, both in person at the police station and phone. The sense given is that Zimmerman demonstrated endless patience.
Immigration: Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., who as chief Democratic fundraiser helped his party pick up 14 Senate seats, is offering Republicans political advice. You think maybe he doesn´t have their interests at heart? When Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir was formulating military strategy as Arab forces assembled on the Golan Heights in the run-up to the Yom Kippur War in 1973, wouldn´t it have been great if she had Nazi propagandist in chief Joseph Goebbels on hand to counsel her? And if only Napoleon had been briefed by the Duke of Wellington before the Battle of Waterloo.
Break open the bubbly! The Perrier Company celebrates its 150th birthday this year, and will mark it by selling a thousand million bottles of the stuff worldwide. The spring itself, Les Bouillens (“the boiling”), whose acid waters bubble through the limestone hills of Languedoc, picking up their fizz on the way, has been around for far longer than the company, although the claim that Hannibal refreshed his troops by camping nearby is, probably, a myth. Nowadays the water and gas are separated at the source, only to enjoy a second honeymoon as the two are brought together again as the
Culture War: Worried the FBI´s "Most Wanted Terrorists" ads offend Muslims, the Obama administration is taking them down. Yet it has no qualms offending Christians or their faith. After the Council on American-Islamic Relations complained the terrorist posters feature too many Muslims, including three Muslim Americans, the administration agreed to remove them from buses and other venues across the country. The "Faces of Global Terrorism" ad campaign includes photos of 16 of the deadliest terrorists in the world, and offers a $25 million reward for information leading to their capture.
An intriguing new option for Edward Snowden to flee to South America may open up in Moscow with Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro´s trip to Russia today. The new leader, who is due to hold talks with President Vladimir Putin, said last week the fleeing whistleblower is ´almost sure´ to get a political asylum in his country if he files a formal request. Maduro could help get Snowden - who currently has no valid travel document - out of Russia where he is causing strained relations with the U.S. at a time when Ecuador has cooled on taking him in.
Leadership: President Obama had some unsolicited advice for Africans on Sunday: Be wary of foreign powers — including the United States. So this is what our $100 million presidential junket is buying us? In the most mind-boggling statement yet on his latest trip abroad, America´s chief spokesman and the leader of the free world warned the African continent against assuming "folks come here and they´re automatically benefiting Africans. And that includes the United States. Ask questions in terms of what we do." It was as patronizing to Africans, who know all about Western aid rackets and do-gooder carpetbaggers, as it
Ever since whistleblower Edward Snowden leaked information about the National Security Agency´s widespread -- possibly illegal, even criminal -- program of data collection and spying, we´ve heard a lot about possibly the least important question raised by the event: Whether Snowden is a good person or not. My own take is that nobody knows. In fact, Snowden himself may not know the full context or ramifications of his actions. But it also doesn´t matter. What does matter is that the Snowden affair occurs in the context of an unprecedented administration war on whistleblowers.
Smoking cannabis really does make people less motivated, say scientists. Long-term use of the drug destroys dopamine, the feel-good chemical in the brain that inspires a spirit of get-up-and-go. Previous research has suggested taking marijuana can lead to individuals becoming withdrawn, lethargic and apathetic. Now a new study has shown levels of dopamine in a part of the brain called the striatum - found towards the side of the brain and involved in motivation - were lower in regular cannabis users. Dr Michael Bloomfield, of Imperial College London, said: ´Dopamine is involved in telling the brain when something exciting is about to happen
WASHINGTON — The sentencings of former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife, Sandi, have been postponed from this Wednesday to an unspecified later date, according to federal court filings today. The sentencing judge, Amy Berman Jackson, who is no relation, wrote that the date is being changed to "accommodate the court and will be rescheduled in a separate order." The judge also wrote: "The Court notes that neither party has requested this postponement." The delay was announced after a telephone conference call that included the judge and the Jacksons, according to the court.
On the eve of Texas Gov. Rick Perry´s special legislative session to debate a bill to ban most abortions after 20 weeks, a disturbing new video has surfaced in which a New Mexico abortion doctor tells a patient undergoing a three-day abortion process for her 27-week-old baby to sit on a toilet if the fetus starts to come out unexpectedly while away from the clinic. In the latest investigation from the antiabortion group Live Action, which has produced five other controversial video and audio investigations at abortion clinics in their "Inhuman" campaign, the
RUSH: I want to go to the audio sound bites, ´cause this was fascinating. On C-SPAN´s Washington Journal show today, the guest was the NPR correspondent Julie Rovner, and they had the viewer call-in segment, and they had a caller named Don from Cambridge, Nebraska. The caller knows more about how the regime is using the exchanges than anybody at C-SPAN or NPR. We have two sound bites, and here´s the first one. This is the caller, Don from Cambridge, Nebraska. DON: I was just kind of curious about this health care deal.