Former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer, who resigned in disgrace over a prostitution scandal, said Monday morning he made his decision to re-enter politics as recently as this past weekend. In a series of media interviews, Spitzer attempted to explain his surprising revelation from Sunday night that he plans on running for city comptroller in this year´s election. The announcement quickly invoked other recent attempts at political comebacks–namely Anthony Weiner and Mark Sanford–but Spitzer says his campaign is not a quest for redemption. "If that´s what I want, then I don´t think this is the path to it.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska- All 10 people aboard an air taxi were killed as the aircraft crashed and was engulfed in flames at a small Alaska airport. Before firefighters could get to it, the de Havilland DHC3 Otter began burning just after 11 a.m. Sunday at the airport in Soldotna, about 75 miles southwest of Anchorage on the Kenai Peninsula. (Snip) "We saw the plume immediately when we left the station," Quelland said Sunday evening. It was a big, black cloud of smoke visible from the station, about three driving miles from the airport, she said.
The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) recently released a report, "Transnational Organized Crime in Central America and the Caribbean," that identifies both Mexican cartels and street gangs as conduits for individuals from Africa and Asia entering the U.S illegally. The report identifies the Islamic terrorist haven of Somalia as being one of the nations from which the illegal U.S. bound border-crossers are originating. The UN Threat Assessment--which refers to illegal aliens as “irregular migrants”--states: Central Americans are not the only ones being smuggled through Mexico to the United States. Irregular migrants from the
By now it’s abundantly clear that there is not an honest bone in the Obama administration’s body; as Mary McCarthy said of fellow traveler Lillian Hellman, “every word she writes is a lie, including ‘a” and ‘the’.” Everything with these people is a bait-and-switch, and nothing more so than their “signature achievement,” the Patient Deflection and Unaffordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare. From the start, it was clear that the “health care” law had nothing to do with health care. It barely had anything to do with insurance,
"On the morning of January 25, 2010, I woke curled up in a fetal position, on a green mattress stained with seminal fluid, to the sound of my fellow prisoners chanting the Qu´ran." So begins the bestselling new action-adventure memoir/battle plan by James O´Keefe, Breakthough: Our Guerilla War to Expose Fraud and Save Democracy. Although Fox reporter James Rosen has gotten much-deserved attention for the Obama administration´s assault on his privacy, according to the liberal Huffington Post, at least, he "got off easy." As Ryan Grim writes, presumably with a straight face, "[a]fter searching his email
Think about the long term. Jay Cost has argued in the The Weekly Standard that “the Gang of Eight bill hurts the Republican party in ways that are central to its long-term viability.” In the Senate, a minority of Republicans, led by Marco Rubio, endorsed an immigration bill that, unfortunately, looks as though it could be a thoroughly backward-looking measure in terms of rejuvenating the party and restoring the nation’s economy. Its answer for a nation with stagnating opportunity, an out-of-control bureaucracy, and heightening civic divisions is lower wages, an even bigger bureaucracy, and more second-class residents.
‘Our self-deportation days are behind us,” Senator Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.) declared as he walked off the Senate floor last week, after the Gang of Eight immigration-reform bill had cleared its final hurdle before passage. Graham’s comment was in reference to Mitt Romney’s tin-eared remark on immigration reform during the 2012 presidential race, in which Romney won just 27 percent of the Hispanic vote.
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is laying out a vision for better government services delivered at lower taxpayer expense. Obama was meeting with his Cabinet Monday morning to discuss his second-term plan for smarter government. He then plans to deliver public remarks on his management agenda from the White House. At a time when Congress is holding up many of the president’s legislative priorities, the initiative is a way Obama can try to show leadership on improving government without lawmaker approval. Obama is tasking his budget director, Sylvia Matthew Burrell, to lead the effort.
So the administration has delayed implementation of the employer mandate for one year in what must be a desperate move to avoid an immediate train wreck, a tacit acknowledgment that the mandate is unworkable, or a shrewd and/or cynical political move to get safely past the 2014 election cycle, depending on which theory you find most plausible. (snip) The fact is, these are not just accidents or normal growing pains, but the inevitable consequences of excessively complex legislation born of corrupt politics and no sound economic principles.
The financial world confronts us with ineluctable uncertainty and risk. Its future is unknowable, not only for borrowers, lenders, and investors, but also for governments and central banks. No matter how hard anyone might try, risk cannot be made to disappear; it can only be moved around. People all over the world long for their bank deposits to be risk free. Governments attempt to satisfy this longing by creating deposit insurance and by bailing out depositors and other creditors of failed banks.
MIAMI — Tropical Storm Chantal is racing toward the Lesser Antilles after forming in the Atlantic. The storm’s maximum sustained winds early Monday are near 40 mph (65 kph) with some strengthening expected over the next two days. A tropical storm warning has been issued for Barbados, Dominica, St. Lucia, Martinique and Guadeloupe. A tropical storm watch is in effect for St. Vincent. Chantal is centered about 705 miles (1,130 kilometers) east-southeast of Barbados and is moving west near 26 mph (43 kph). Meanwhile in the Pacific, Tropical Storm Erick is nearing the southern portion of Mexico’s Baja California peninsula
Millions of people are being exposed to toxic chemicals in everyday products ranging from shower gel and deodorant to make-up and suncream, doctors have warned. Skin experts say that Britain is in the grip of a skin allergy epidemic which could reach crisis point if more is not done to slash the amount of the preservatives--known as MI and MCI/MI--being used. [Snip] "Many of our patients have suffered acute dermatitis with redness and swelling of the face. I would ask the cosmetics industry not to wait for legislation but to get on and address the problem of MI allergy before
SAN FRANCISCO — Fei Xiong and her 8-year-old son looked at each other and sensed something was wrong as Asiana Flight 214 was coming in low over San Francisco Bay. "My son told me ´The plane will fall down, it´s too close to the sea.´ I told him ´No, baby, it´s OK, we´ll be fine.´ And then the plane just fell down," Xiong said Sunday, moving gingerly from a plastic brace on her injured neck. Within moments, the aircraft was hurtling out of control, its rear portion ripped off. Baggage was tumbling from the overhead bins onto passengers
Why would an experienced crew crash a perfectly functional Boeing 777 on what should have been a simple everyday approach and landing in perfect weather? The jury is still out on the official cause of the Asiana crash but most experienced airline pilots have heard enough to know this is most likely a case of gross pilot error. (snip) Airline pilots are losing their ability to fly their aircraft. Overreliance on automation has degraded airline pilots´ basic flying skills to the point that many seem unable to cope when they are forced by circumstances to hand fly the aircraft.
Marilyn Monroe died in 1962, but she still excites the public so much that her chest X-ray sold for $45,000. She´s the subject of 1,000 books, the inspiration for Macy´s new fashion collection, and an omnipresent icon who outstrips any living star. So why did the media ignore the stunning new evidence tying Bobby Kennedy to her death? In recently discovered journals of Hollywood private eye Fred Otash, he wrote: "I listened to Marilyn Monroe die." According to Otash, he had bugged Marilyn´s home and previously recorded Marilyn´s sex sessions with President John Kennedy
At least 40 people were killed today in clashes outside a military building in Cairo where supporters of the former president were holding a sit-in, an Egyptian health ministry official said. Khaled el-Khatib said initial reports also indicated at least 322 were wounded, although he gave no details on the circumstances of the killings. Military spokesmen said gunmen opened fire on troops at the building, killing at least five supporters of Mohammed Morsi and one officer when people tried to storm the building. A spokesman from Morsi´s Muslim Brotherhood and a witness at the scene however said military forces opened
I had dinner last night with a Tory MP. She says that on the doorstep, in her marginal constituency, everyone asks her what she can do about immigrants. They hate them for stealing their jobs, for bed-blocking the NHS, for filling classrooms… the list is endless, and it´s music to Nigel Farage´s ears. My friend is bright, brave and generous-spirited; she doesn´t want to pander to xenophobic sentiments. [Snip]As someone who worked a hell of a lot to obtain a green card (and then promptly moved to the UK to work here instead) I know just what this means.
If you watched President Obama´s major speech on climate change, you may have noticed a recurrent phrase: "our children." The president said the word "children" fifteen separate times in the speech. He also spoke repeatedly about "future generations" and how a sweltering planet imperils them. The threat of climate itself, meanwhile, garnered considerable scientific detail in the speech, replete with references to dangerous and destructive impacts that are already occurring—from rising seas to parched land and torched forests. "I refuse to condemn your generation and future generations to a planet that´s beyond fixing," the president said.
The White House says the decision, announced last Tuesday, to delay implementation of Obamacare’s employer mandate was made because “a dialogue with businesses” revealed the need to reduce the reporting burden it placed on employers. This tale is enough to make a cat laugh. This crew doesn’t do “dialogue.” Your BS detector badly needs a tune up if it didn’t start buzzing when Valerie Jarrett blogged, “We’re listening.” The delay is obviously due to the ineptitude of the Obama administration, and this is the fourth major provision of PPACA to be repealed or delayed for the same reason.
In the likely event that George Zimmerman is acquitted, it is also likely that there will be explosions of racial violence all over this country. Even in the event of a guilty verdict, it is possible in this emotional situation that there will be violent actions by those on all sides of this tense issue, whether white or black, liberal or conservative. Sensible folks should be frightened for the fate of our nation now as the Zimmerman case dominates so much of the media. All responsible Americans have a duty to take whatever action they can
Republicans in search of an attack line against Hillary Clinton have begun to cast her as a tired relic of the past — an implicit contrast to their own bench of up-and-comers like hip hop-listening Marco Rubio and libertarian-leaning Rand Paul. But Democrats are confident that giving voters the chance to make history by electing the first female president — by definition a forward-looking act — would trump any argument that Clinton is too 20th century and give her a “change” mantra of her own. “If Secretary Clinton runs, she’ll be the nominee — the first female nominee of either party,”
The Tea Party-affiliated group Americans for Prosperity is launching a $1 million ad campaign opposing ObamaCare. The move comes as the administration is ramping up its own efforts to enroll the public in the new insurance exchanges and as Democrats express concerns that a botched rollout could hurt their 2014 election chances. The group plans to start with an initial investment of $700,000 on television and web ads including a website that provides a calculator for people to figure out what the law might cost them personally. Americans for Prosperity says the ad is in response to advertising
A State Department officer has been accused of selling visas for sex and money in what may have been a massive human trafficking operation, The Daily Caller has learned. The State Department acknowledged last week that one of its officials is the target of a probe over “allegations of improprieties relating to a Consular Officer formerly assigned to Georgetown, Guyana” without providing further details. Local media are also claiming the official, who was recently withdrawn from normal duties pending completion of an official investigation, associated with drug lords as part of his visa scam. The scandal began when executives