John F. Kerry’s credibility took on more water on the second day of his Nantucket vacation flap, as the State Department backed off its initial denial the embattled secretary of state was yachting during the Egyptian military coup — and President Obama tweeted a photo of himself kayaking in a hat, sunglasses and polo shirt. (snip) Kerry’s vacation kerfuffle is being seen as the latest stumble in what has already been a rocky five months for the nation’s top diplomat. “Kerry is having a pretty tumultuous tenure at the State Department,” Tom Whalen of Boston University said. “It
GAYA: Nine serial explosions rocked the Mahabodhi Temple complex in Bodh Gaya on Monday, leaving at least five people injured. Union home secretary Anil Goswami confirmed that the Bodh Gaya blasts were a terror attack. According to Gaya Police, the blasts took place in quick succession between 5.30 am and 6 am in the temple complex and near the Mahabodhi tree. While four blasts took place inside the Mahabodhi Temple complex, three occurred in Karmapa monastery,
Egypt´s interim president has backed away from an announcement Saturday that pro-reform leader Mohamed ElBaradei would be appointed as the country´s interim prime minister, news agencies reported. Ahmed el-Musilamani, a spokesman for President Adly Mansour said consultations were continuing, denying that ElBaradei´s appointment was ever certain following the ouster of President Mohammed Morsi, according to the Associated Press.
San Francisco—San Francisco police are looking for five men and a woman who they believe robbed and assaulted numerous people after the Pink Saturday gay pride event. In the most egregious incident—which was captured on video footage that police released Friday—one of the men robs a woman and then kicks her in the head after she falls to the ground, knocking her unconscious, said Officer Albie Esparza, a police spokesman. Police believe the suspects committed multiple robberies and assaults Saturday evening on Market Street between Castro Street and Civic Center. Police also believe some victims did not report
The center of a Quebec town has been wiped out, according to the mayor, after a runaway freight train carrying crude oil derailed and exploded in a fireball at 1am on Saturday. One person was killed and about 30 buildings were destroyed as the unmanned train exploded. About 60 people are believed to be missing, but the force of the fire has slowed rescue efforts. Parts of the town were evacuated in the early hours as fireballs shot several metres in the air, flames spread to nearby homes and thick acrid smoke filled the air in Lac-Megantic
Six months into the year, more than 1,000 people have been wounded or killed by gunfire in Chicago. And this is an improvement. For more than a year, the Tribune has kept track of every shooting victim in Chicago and built a unique database. Tribune reporters and photographers have covered scores of those shootings, often arriving while victims are still on the scene, sometimes talking, sometimes covered by a sheet. (Snip) One 10-year-old boy cannot sign up for Pop Warner football this summer because he might dislodge the bullet lodged in his gut. This is the heartbreaking echo of gunfire.
KEN FRANKLIN, the new bomb-sniffing K-9 "bark ranger" at Independence National Historical Park, wears a vest that says "Police," not a tricorne and specs. While part of his job is public relations (including a Twitter hash tag, #barkranger, where he mixes it up with a colonial squirrel named Skuggs), he´s all business when the vest is on. Daily News reporter John Moritz interviewed Ken´s handler, Park Ranger Nick Iannelli, while Ken sat nearby, both fresh off an assignment to sniff out potential threats during a visit by President Clinton late last month. Ken is a German-born German shepherd
Former first lady Nancy Reagan celebrates her 92nd birthday today. Today is Saturday, July 6, the 187th day of 2013. There are 178 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 6, 1933, the first All-Star baseball game was played at Chicago’s Comiskey Park; the American League defeated the National League, 4-2. On this date: •In 1483, England’s King Richard III was crowned in Westminster Abbey. •In 1535, Sir Thomas More was executed in England for high treason.
San Francisco - Officials say one person is unaccounted for and two are dead in the crash of an Asiana Airline flight. The flight from Seoul, South Korea, that crashed while landing at San Francisco International Airport Saturday. Airport spokesman Doug Yakel said 181 people were taken to local hospitals. There were a total of 307 people on board the plane -- 291 passengers and 16 crew members. The Federal Aviation Administration said Flight 214 crashed while landing before noon PDT. Passengers could be seen jumping down the emergency slides. Pieces of the tail were strewn about the runway.
On Tuesday, the National Security Agency called at the University of Wisconsin on a recruitment drive. Attending the session was Madiha R Tahir, a journalist studying a language course at the university. She asked the squirming recruiters a few uncomfortable questions about the activities of NSA: which countries the agency considers to be "adversaries", and if being a good liar is a qualification for getting a job at the NSA. (Snip) Male student: "General Alexander [head of the NSA] also lied in front of Congress." Recruiter 1: "I don´t believe that he did."
The Electronic Privacy Information Center said Thursday it will petition the U.S. Supreme Court to abolish the law that lets the National Security Agency collect data on Americans’ telephone calls. The Domestic Surveillance Project, an arm of the EPIC, will file the petition on Monday, Raw Story reported. Domestic Surveillance Project Director Amie Stepanovich said, “EPIC truly believes that this Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court exceeded its authority, is not acting in accordance with the law and needs to be overturned — and cannot be allowed to continue conducting this surveillance,”
There’s an ancient Zen riddle about the sound of one hand clapping. Or could it be the whooshing sound of Michele Bachmann’s exit from Congress? Something happened, but we can’t hear it. There was a lawsuit, a settlement and then nothing. Neither Bachmann nor the Washington lawyers representing her 2012 presidential campaign acknowledged a thing. Then last weekend, out of the blue, Bachmann released a statement praising the “integrity” of the woman who sued her. No explanation. The folks in Minnesota whom Bachmann has represented since 2007 remain intentionally in the dark.
Douglas Dayton, the Dayton’s Department Store executive who launched Target Stores in 1962, died Saturday after a months-long battle with cancer. Dayton, 88, was the youngest of five Dayton brothers who took over their father’s department store in downtown Minneapolis in the 1940s and built it into publicly held Dayton Hudson Corp, one of the nation’s largest regional department store chains. Dayton was named president of Target and the company committed $4 million to plan and open the first four Targets in 1962, in the Twin Cities suburbs of Roseville, Crystal, St. Louis Park and
WASHINGTON — Same-sex couples and their tax advisors are anxiously waiting for the Obama administration to answer a key regulatory question left unresolved by the Supreme Court when it struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act. At issue is whether legally married same-sex couples will receive equal tax and Social Security benefits in all 50 states — or only in the 13 states where such marriages are legal. (Snip) That creates a complication that Justice Antonin Scalia highlighted in his dissent. "Imagine a pair of women who marry in Albany [N.Y.] and then move to Alabama,
Mexico City - Running for public office in Mexico has long been perilous, with threats, assaults and sometimes outright killings by criminal gangs, political rivals and other opponents. But this season is one of the worst in recent years, some experts say, with at least six candidates killed since February and another wounded in an attack that left her husband and an assistant dead. Party and campaign officials have also been assaulted, their family members targeted and sometimes killed as well. As nearly half of Mexico’s states prepare to hold local elections on Sunday, the outbreak of violence has proved an
The flight of the leaker Edward J. Snowden from Hong Kong to Moscow last month would not have been possible without the cooperation of Russia and China. The two countries’ behavior in the Snowden affair demonstrates their growing assertiveness and their willingness to take action at America’s expense. (Snip) Russia and China appear to have decided that, to better advance their own interests, they need to knock Washington down a peg or two. Neither probably wants to kick off a new cold war, let alone hot conflicts, and their actions in the case of Mr. Snowden show it.
Two people died and dozens more were unaccounted for after a Boeing 777 from South Korea crashed Saturday upon landing at San Francisco´s airport, sending up a huge fireball, shedding its tail and spinning before screeching to a stop. Asiana Airlines Flight 214 left Seoul´s Incheon International Airport earlier Saturday, according to FlightAware, a website that offers tracking services for private and commercial air traffic. (Snip) Two people have died, San Francisco Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White said. "Upwards of approximately 60 people" are unaccounted for, the chief said.
President Barack Obama condemned the violence in Egypt on Saturday and said that the United States was not working with any particular Egyptian political party or group as the country reels from a military takeover. Obama, spending the weekend at the Camp David presidential retreat, convened a secure conference call with members of his national security team to discuss events in Egypt days after a military ouster of elected President Mohamed Mursi and his Muslim Brotherhood-led government. "The president condemned the ongoing violence across Egypt and expressed concern over the continued political polarization.
Argentina Domestic Commerce Secretary, Guillermo Moreno has given mills and exporters until Friday to normalize the wheat market which has been under stress with bread prices doubling in the last month, and farmers’ complaining about the worst harvest in decades because of government policies. Argentina which is one of the world’s leading exporters has seen its 2012/13 wheat production drop to below nine million tons compared to the fourteen million tons of the previous harvest.
A former UN atomic energy chief and Nobel laureate who is a leader of Egypt´s liberals was named prime minister of his nation´s interim government on Saturday, replacing the ousted Islamist president, according to state television. Mohamed ElBaradei, who is also a co-founder of the liberal Dostour Party, will form a caretaker cabinet that will oversee Egypt´s affairs following the popularly backed military overthrow of Mohamed Morsi, a Muslim Brotherhood leader now being detained by the armed forces. An official close to Mr. ElBaradei confirmed the appointment, one of a series of moves by the interim president Mansour Adly, the
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Kansas City man and two other aspiring holy war combatants in the U.S. thought their contributions to al-Qaeda would buy them front-row seats in global jihad, but instead the money was divvied up among leaders in Yemen for their personal gain, according to court records. Hundreds of pages of court documents in Kansas City and New York illustrate how Khalid Ouazzani — a Kansas City used auto parts salesman and failed real estate investor — and two other naturalized American citizens were fleeced out of tens of thousands of dollars
Washington- According to US legislators and journalists, the surveillance whistleblower Edward Snowden actively aided America´s enemies. They are just missing one essential element for the meme to take flight: evidence.(Snip)Those documents, however, were provided to the Guardian and the Washington Post, not al-Qaeda or North Korea. It´s true that information published in the press can be read by anyone, including people who mean America harm. But to conflate that with actively handing information to foreign adversaries is to foreclose on the crucial distinction between a whistleblower and a spy, and makes journalists the handmaidens of enemies of the state.
Wanna have an authentic people´s revolution? Wanna have an Arab Spring? Well, Egypt is having a people´s revolution of sorts, as the Egyptian military have cobbled together a political coalition ranging from the Coptic pope to the hyper-reactionary Salafists. They all support the overthrow of Brother Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood. Obama is a community organizer by profession. He knows all about organizing "spontaneous" demonstrations for the people´s revolution. The tricky thing is deciding who represents the real people. In the long history of communist agitators -- the original term for "community organizers" --
The excellent AT article "Conservatives Pushing Back" by Bruce Walker explored what we conservative thinkers (We are, after all, American Thinkers) have known for quite some time: political correctness (PC) is to culture what Marxism is to economics. To recognize that fact arms us with what we need in order to push back. As Walker says (emphasis added), "[t]hese marketplace ballots are the key not only to the survival of a non-totalitarian America, but also to the final defeat of those whose minds and wills are chained with hard, cold manacles of leftism."
SFO — A plane crashed while landing at San Francisco International Airport Saturday morning after its tail came off while it was touching down on the runway. According to a witness, around 11:20 a.m. the plane was just about to land -- its landing gear had come down -- when the tail of the plane came off. After wobbling for a minute, the aircraft flipped upside down, coming to a stop on runway on it´s back. The plane, reportedly a Boeing 777, was coming from South Korea, according to flight tracking information.