Relations between the Ecuadorean government and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange are becoming “incredibly strained” over the latter’s involvement in the Edward Snowden affair, The Independent has learned. If unresolved, the tensions - which were confirmed by a Quito source on Monday - could bring into question Mr Assange’s own position within the Andean nation’s London embassy. He claimed asylum there more than a year ago in order to avoid extradition to Sweden. Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa was furious with his own diplomat Fidel Narvaez, who – in conjunction with Mr Assange –
RUSH: The first story in my little Stack on immigration today comes from Salon.com. Now, listen to this headline: "Hey, GOP: Mexican Immigrants are Not Necessarily Democrats." Here is the subheadline: "New research suggests that Mexican immigrants are all over the political spectrum and that right-winger Mexican immigrants are more likely to vote." Now, hold on here. The conventional wisdom holds that the vast majority of illegal immigrants -- Hispanic, Mexican, wherever they´re from -- 70% vote Democrat.
It’s been nearly two years since Regis Philbin has been an everyday TV presence. But that’s about to change. Philbin will make his triumphant return to daily television next month with the launch of “Crowd Goes Wild,” the live, round table sports show he’ll host on the new Fox Sports 1 cable network. “We’ve got a nice little panel of people together, a lot of friends,” says Philbin. “And if a celebrity like George Clooney comes to town with a movie, we’ll play clips from his movie — but we’ll also talk to George, who grew up in Cincinnati,
“It’s dangerous for America the way were doing this as a trial in the media with the whole nation as jury.” This observation about the trial of George Zimmerman for the murder of Florida teen Trayvon Martin in 2012 by MSNBC host Touré was as true when he made it, in March of last year, as it is today. Too few, it seems, have taken his advice to heart. Since the Zimmerman trial began, the instant analysis of the nationally televised case – meriting near wall-to-wall coverage on the cable news outlets – has not been favorable
Moscow - A street in northern Moscow was named after late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on Tuesday, the same day that Russian majors Rosneft and Gazprombank inked significant deals with national oil firm Petroleos de Venezuela. The naming ceremony was attended by current Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and Rosneft head Igor Sechin. It was announced that day that the Russian state-owned oil firm had signed an agreement to help develop extensive offshore deposits in South America. Also on Tuesday, Gazprombank, affiliated with Russian energy giant Gazprom, said it had signed
The Transportation Department’s Federal Highway Administration is planning to spend $1.8 million to encourage students to bike and walk to school through the establishment and operation of a National Safe Routes to School Clearinghouse. “Safe Routes to School (SRTS) programs are sustained efforts by parents, schools, community leaders and local, state, and federal governments to improve the health and well-being of children by enabling and encouraging them to walk and bicycle to school,” according to the National Center for Safe Routes to School.
RUSH: One of the points that I was making with the people on Fox & Friends. Even though Obamacare -- and I want to explain this -- even though Obamacare is the law of the land, they´re running active campaigns to sell it to people because only 35% of the American people support Obamacare. It is grossly unpopular. And the subject came up yesterday. Here´s a bill that is the law of the land. It´s been in the implementation process for over a year.
A Canadian man and woman were arrested, with police seizing their home-made explosives devices. Police said there was no evidence to suggest a foreign link to the planned attack, which targeted public celebrations outside the parliament building in Victoria, capital of the province of British Columbia. They declined to detail any links between the two Canadians and the al Qaeda network. They also said they were not aware of any connection to the April 15 bombings at the Boston Marathon in which three people were killed by devices built from pressure cookers. "This self-radicalised behaviour was intended to create
Respecting authority, taking education seriously and relearning the moral lessons derived from church are the three main ways Jacksonville’s black male youth can stay out of the criminal justice system, a panel of African-American attorneys and clergymen decided. For an added layer of protection, more black men should serve as mentors and role models for the boys, the panelists said Monday during a panel discussion hosted by the local NAACP chapter.(Snip) how to keep black youth safe and how to prevent a Jacksonville child from ending up like Trayvon Martin.
Moscow - A Russian Proton-M rocket carrying three Glonass satellites veered off course seconds after its launch from Kazakhstan’s Baikonur space center early Tuesday, crashing in a large fireball. (Snip) There were no reported casualties, but officials said a cloud of poisonous smoke was generated by the rocket’s burning fuel and could spread across the local area. An emergency evacuation of personnel at the site was underway, according to Russian media reports. The reasons for the crash were not immediately clear, but Kazakhstan’s Emergencies Ministry said a near instantaneous failure
Aaron Hernandez got into a bar fight in 2007 in Gainesville, Fla., and it was then-Florida teammate Tim Tebow who stepped in and tried to stop it, according to police records. Hernandez, who ruptured a bouncer’s eardrum with a punch to the side of the head, was 17 at the time and allegedly had ordered two “alcoholic drinks” at the Swamp, a popular restaurant/bar, then refused to pay for them. That led to a fight with a bouncer and an attempt by Tebow to step in. According to the Orlando Sentinel: “Tebow stated that he witnessed the dispute,” the officer wrote. “… Tebow stated that he went over to try
The complaints swirling around Jacksonville’s chief medical examiner range from poor leadership to unusual practices, such as washing her feet in the autopsy sink and touching cadavers with her bare hands. Valerie Rao’s performance has come under heightened city scrutiny, leading the Mayor’s Office to request a state investigation in March. The state declined, so the city has continued exploring other solutions, including privatization of the Medical Examiner’s Office. Rao’s work in other cities has been criticized for at least a decade.
Cairo - President Mohamed Morsi faced deepening isolation and a new outbreak of armed political violence on Tuesday as protesters massed to call for his ouster, dozens of supporters were wounded by birdshot, the clock ticked on a two-day military ultimatum and high-ranking aides abandoned him. (Snip) Mr. Morsi’s supporters, too, renewed the calls for demonstrations to support the president and defend against what they said would amount to “a military coup.” The crisis drew in President Obama, who spoke to Mr. Morsi by telephone on Monday from Tanzania, during the last stage of an African
Guayaquil, Ecuador Chile and Ecuador provide an almost perfect test case of competing economic visions. Back in 1980, Ecuador had a slightly higher per capita income than Chile. In the past 33 years, Ecuador has increased its real per capita income a little more than threefold, but during the same period Chile has increased its per capita income more than sixfold. Chile now has the highest per capita income in South America, and most of its citizens are now enjoying a middle-class life style. Why has Chile done so much better than Ecuador? Chile and Ecuador are both Spanish-speaking,
Los Angeles - As the sensationalist American media obsesses over Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman, some simple questions deserve to be asked. Did either of these men that the media are determined to exploit for a race war ratings bonanza have any connections to al Qaeda? (Snip) If by some sheer chance that the answer to every one of these questions is “no,” then only one other question truly remains. Why is anybody in the media focusing on such absolute nonsense? From Jody Arias to the Martin-Zimmerman trial, the American media has focused on complete and utter drivel while
U.S. Department of Justice officials have demanded that Los Angeles County, Lancaster and Palmdale pay a total of $12.5 million to residents who the federal government found were victims of harassment and intimidation in the Antelope Valley. The demand coincides with last week´s accusation by the Justice Department that Antelope Valley authorities conducted a systematic effort to discriminate against African Americans who received low-income subsidized housing and that sheriff´s deputies engaged in widespread unlawful searches of homes, improper detentions and unreasonable force. Assistant County Counsel Roger Granbo, (Snip)said the money would go to people whose
“You’ve just abandoned the Reagan Democrats with this amnesty bill. It was the loss of working class voters in swing states that cost us the 2012 election, not the Hispanic vote.... You disrespect Hispanics with your assumption that they desire ignoring the rule of law.” — Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin (R) in a Facebook post titled “Great Job, GOP Establishment, June 28, 2013. Given how many variables can affect a national election, it is sometimes foolhardy to suggest one group or another swung the election. For instance, President Obama and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney
FORT HOOD, Texas –A military judge has entered a not-guilty plea for the Army psychiatrist charged in the deadly 2009 Fort Hood shooting rampage. Maj. Nidal Hasan refused to enter a plea Tuesday. The American-born Muslim said he earlier tried to plead guilty after his "Muslim community" told him his actions went against Islamic teachings. But he said he later came to believe his actions weren´t wrong because of the war in Afghanistan. Hasan, 42, faces execution or life without parole if convicted of 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder in the massacre
Edward Snowden’s public statement about his case, released by WikiLeaks, left journalists scratching their heads. As Max Fisher noted, the assumption seemed to be that Snowden didn’t write the statement, and that perhaps WikiLeaks’s own Julian Assange had written it, both because of its defiant tone and its (since corrected) clumsy English. But more puzzling than the statement’s authorship was that Snowden let such a statement (if indeed he had a say in it) be released in his name. Quite apart from the obvious language barrier was the fact that the author of the statement
For Democrats, there is no fallback: It’s Hillary Clinton or probably a long bout of depression ahead of 2016. With expectations hitting a fever pitch three-and-a-half years out that Clinton is running for president again, every move she makes – a video endorsing gay marriage, a coy line about supporting a woman president – moves the excitement a notch higher. So too do endorsements from former critics – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill, among others. Democrats openly describe their surprise at seeing such consensus around a candidate so early. The hope of retaining
HONOLULU – Sarah Palin didn’t actually say she was planning a departure from the Republican Party during a controversial weekend interview, but her hint that the GOP could lose future supporters over amnesty was more than enough to throw the political establishment into gossip frenzy. “If the GOP continues to back away from the planks in our platform, from the principles that built this party of Lincoln and of Reagan, then yeah, more and more of us are gonna start saying you know, what’s wrong with being independent – kinda with that
Washington - Rick Perry is inviting close friends and supporters to an event next Monday in San Antonio where he is expected to announce if he plans to seek an unprecedented fourth full term as Texas governor, CNN has learned. Perry "will be making an announcement around mid-day in San Antonio concerning his exciting future plans," according to a "Save the Date" email obtained Tuesday by CNN. The announcement comes as Perry finds himself at the center of a high-profile legislative fight over abortion rights in his state. "Please join his family and closest friends on July 8th,"
NEW YORK — The landslide victory of Michelle Bachelet in the presidential primaries held on Sunday in Chile has put her in a decisive lead to become the next president of Chile. Since Bachelet received twice as many votes as those of the two rightwing presidential candidates combined, Bachelet now seems unstoppable. Unless she makes many unforced errors, Bachelet is headed to be the first president to return to power in Chile since universal suffrage was established. The June 30 primaries, the first of the kind in the history of Chile, were organized by the electoral authority. Political parties in Chile
It’s been a great week for gay activists, but Dr. Cornel West is not happy. As the postmodern professor par excellence explained to radio host Tavis Smiley last Sunday, the advances made by gays and lesbians mean that “we black folk are just being pushed to the back of the bus”: Again this has something to do of course with what history books will say. The irony of the age of Obama in which black folks found themselves pushed to the back, [and] our gay brothers and lesbian sisters more and more pushed to the center.