New York - Former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer is offering life advice in a new book, saying "self-importance" can lead to a "dangerous arrogance" that often ends badly. Spitzer resigned in 2008 amid a prostitution scandal and recently entered the race for New York City comptroller. His e-book, "Protecting Capitalism Case by Case," was published this week and is selling online for $9.99. The main subject is how he went after law-breaking Wall Street titans as state attorney general. But one chapter offers his 10 "Rules of Life," with loyalty as a top priority.
On March 21, 2011, two full days after US President Obama launched 112 tomahawk missiles against Libya without notification to, or approval of, the US Congress, Obama finally notified Congress in “efforts to keep the Congress fully informed, consistent with the War Powers Resolution." July 12, 2013 is a month after Obama promised heavy weapons anti-Assad rebels to check the Iranian-armed Hizbullah in Syria, no U.S. arms have remotely reached the Syrian rebels. Iraq claims it is "unable" to stop its neighbor Iran from transferring weapons to Syria through its airspace.
Former Democratic Gov. Brian Schweitzer’s surprise announcement Saturday that he won’t run for Senate in Montana imperils Democrats’ chances of holding the seat and could further narrow an ever-shrinking 2014 Senate map. Already, Republicans are favored to win two seats left vacant by Democratic retirements — in West Virginia and South Dakota — and the Schweitzer move will make it much easier for the GOP to win in Montana. That means the battle for the majority will likely be fought in a handful of red states with Democratic incumbents, including North Carolina, Arkansas and Alaska.
Kent,Ohio - The military’s coup in Egypt has placed the American political establishment in a bind. Many observers insist that the Obama administration must either formally condone the military takeover or call it a “coup,” which would require a cutoff of American aid, as Senator John McCain has advocated. (Snip) This window dressing shouldn’t hide the fact that a coup took place, nor should it stop the United States government from reacting to it as the law prescribes. If Mr. Obama wants American rhetoric about democracy to be taken seriously in the wake of a military intervention,
The crowd of spectators at the Seminole County courthouse is growing as the jury in the George Zimmerman murder trial heads into a second afternoon of deliberations. Almost 100 people — including protesters, members of the media and Seminole County Sheriff´s Office deputies — are gathered, and afternoon storms are moving in. It started sprinkling a little before 3 p.m., but the rain doesn´t seem to be deterring anyone. Some protesters have wrapped their signs in clear plastic bags. The crowd today has been peacefully assembled outside the courthouse, where the jury is deciding whether Zimmerman broke
The 22 children who became ill Thursday after eating lunch at a San Diego school cafeteria made themselves sick on purpose as part of a game, school officials confirmed on Friday. According to San Diego Unified School District spokesman Jack Brandais, a group of students at Audubon Elementary School in the Lomita area were playing a game of “dare” in the cafeteria, urging one another to put different ingredients into their milk to see who could keep the milk down without vomiting. Brandais said the ingredients included hot sauce, salt, pepper, carrots and other vegetables being served at lunch.
The family had been in the water a while, clinging to the overturned boat called the Bathtub. The children were cold and crying. The waves were rough, and the mess of croaker they had caught had gone to the bottom, along with their cellphones.Suddenly, they spotted a northbound barge a couple of hundred yards away. The adults boosted a 9-year-old onto the hull of the upturned boat and had her wave her hands. But the barge didn’t see them, and it glided way into the distance.This was about dusk Tuesday, and the Chesapeake Bay ordeal of Contessa Riggs, 43,
Our politicians are stumbling around in the dark when it comes to EU rules. There is only one way we can renegotiate our position with Europe to our advantage. There is virtually no political issue that generates more ill-informed nonsense than whether or not Britain should stay in the EU. We have those 304 MPs voting for David Cameron’s wish to renegotiate our relationship with the EU and put the results to a referendum no later than 2017.[Snip] The essence of the problem is that, while the British like some aspects of the EU, other aspects make them deeply
With bids reportedly at a disappointing $65 million to ?$80 million, The Boston Globe’s impending sale is shaping up as more of a real estate deal than a newspaper buy, experts said yesterday, even as one of the four purported finalists told the Herald they’ve lost interest in the broadsheet.“The implication is kind of obvious that the Globe as a straight business venture is not very highly valued on the market right now because clearly that amount is probably — at least the majority of it, maybe more — is valued land and the building,” said Rick Edmonds,
Rents across the nation are creeping up. But in some cities they´re not rising slightly so much as skyrocketing. Although the average rent across the U.S. is $1,231 per month, in certain areas it can be triple that number. Landlords can afford to charge such daunting prices because there are so few apartments available in high-demand cities. (Snip) Of the 10 cities on the list, six are located on the West Coast, while the other four are on the opposite side of the country on the East Coast. Of the six out west, five are located in California,
The story at the Associated Press this morning on the Texas Senate´s passage of legislation which, as summarized at Life News, "would ban abortions after 20 weeks and hold abortion clinics accountable by making them meet basic health and safety standards," claims to originate from Austin, the Lone Star State´s capital city. The coverage by AP reporters Chris Tomlinson and Will Weissert has references to events occurring at the "the Capitol building in Austin," so I have to believe that one, the other, or both were present during the hours leading up to the bill´s passage.
A wrongful death suit filed by the parents of black teenager Trayvon Martin who was shot to death by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman has been settled, according to documents filed in a Florida court yesterday. Orlando Sentinel: Trayvon Martin´s parents have settled a wrongful-death claim for an amount thought to be more than $1 million against the homeowners association of the Sanford subdivision where their teenage son was killed.
When I had the great good fortune to study business history with the founder of the discipline, Alfred D. Chandler, one question we pursued was the historical competition for commercial dominance between Boston and New York in the 18th and 19th Centuries. The key to New York´s victory was its ability to capture the flow of goods, thanks to the Erie Canal (snip) The greater Houston area has replaced New York City as the largest goods exporting region of the US, official data have shown, thanks to the energy boom that is reshaping the country´s industrial landscape.
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is hitting the links with two ESPN commentators. The White House said sports commentators Michael Wilbon and Tony Kornheiser (KORN’-hy-zer) were in the president’s golfing party Saturday. The fourth player was not identified. Obama is playing at the Army’s Fort Belvoir in Virginia, south of Washington. The president is an avid sports fan and viewer of ESPN programming.
A 15-year-old boy has been arrested after authorities say he tweeted out a threat to commit a "mass homicide" if George Zimmerman is found not guilty in the death of Trayvon Martin, according to the Lake County News-Sun. The since-deleted tweet, which came from @mark12394995, read “If Zimmmerman free imma shoot everybody in Zion [Illinois] causing a mass homicide, and ill get away wit it just like Zimmerman.” The teen, whose name was not released, was charged with disorderly conduct, although deputies told the News-Sun that there was no credibility to the threat.
The finishing touches are being applied to the long-anticipated formal announcement that Caroline Kennedy will be the next U.S. ambassador to Japan. Word is that Japan has given its formal diplomatic agreement to accept her as the U.S. envoy -- a move that comes in the last stages of the lengthy nomination process. Kennedy´s strong support for President Obama was seen as crucial in his 2008 battle with Hillary Rodham Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination. An official White House announcement, which is probably forthcoming shortly, is expected to thrill the Japanese public
It should go without saying that love and pride of country should be the first qualifications for anyone seeking the presidency of America. President Barack Hussein Obama came into the power of the White House as an activist—pushed by activists. Foreboding for the future of America, Obama will always be an activist . He doesn’t know what else to be because he’s always been an activist. Even as an Illinois senator, he merely wore the title without doing any of the heavy lifting.In the day-to-day running America, Obama leans on the tools of activism and has been doing
Congressional Republicans will re-open two of the Obama administration´s most persistent wounds next week, refocusing public scrutiny on the State Department´s failures in Benghazi and the Internal Revenue Service´s reputation for unfairly targeting conservatives. House committees controlled by the GOP have regularly torn off the White House´s rhetorical band-aids on the IRS and Benghazi, refusing to let the administration claim the healing power of closure. The third of the mid-spring troika of scandals that beset the administration--the Justice Department´s apparent pattern of
There is something of an outcry at the moment about TV dramas that revolve around dead female bodies. From The Fall to Luther, no detective series is complete without members of the fair sex expiring in traumatic circumstances. Well television has nothing on Westminster. [Snip] It is not just the Conservative Party mortuary that is full of female bodies. Labour has an even more troubling record. Estelle Morris resigned after a confidence crisis, Ruth Kelly (remember her?) left politics disillusioned, Clare Short quit belatedly over Iraq after innumerable rows, Margaret Beckett was treated as a makeweight and Harriet Harman was
According to legend, seafaring rats may possess an almost supernatural psychic ability to predict the future or to interpret natural lore such that they would have foreknowledge of the doom of the ship. They would leave, swim away, and take their chances in the open water rather than going down with the ship. Absent scientific data to confirm the legend, the metaphor "like rats leaving a sinking ship" seems to have taken on a life of its own that may be used to describe certain committed leftists
For many people growing up in the Sixties and Seventies, the world was seen through the eyes of Alan Whicker. [Snip] His meeting with Papa Doc Duvalier, the dictator of Haiti, has gone down in media folklore. But he also met cannibals in New Guinea, the poor of India and indigent nuns in Africa, often immaculately turned out in a trademark blazer and tie. He was himself one of television’s first celebrities; but he was also far more than merely an interviewer of the rich and privileged. Although he was often called a "travel journalist" it was not a description
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama says overhauling the nation´s immigration system can provide a big boost to the economic recovery. In his weekly Internet and radio address, Obama cites former President George W. Bush´s support for a comprehensive solution on immigration. He says if Democrats and Republicans can agree on something, it´s a good place to start. The Senate has already passed a bipartisan bill. Obama says now the House must act. He says Americans should use email and Facebook and phone calls to tell their representatives to take action.
POPE FRANCIS last week approved two of his predecessors for sainthood — John Paul II and John XXIII — fast-tracking the latter in spite of his having only one miracle to his credit rather than the usual two. Mother Teresa, who died in 1997, has not been given the same exemption (she also has just one miracle) and remains merely beatified. (snip) And on principle I’m disappointed by the message sent when two men with complex legacies outpace a woman who devoted herself completely to serving others.
Former American International Group (AIG) chief executive Hank Greenberg sued former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer late Friday for what he alleges are defamatory remarks against his character. The lawsuit, which was filed in New York Supreme Court in Putnam County, said Spitzer embarked on a “long-standing malicious campaign … to discredit Mr. Greenberg, and damage Mr. Greenberg’s reputation and career, while attempting to bolster Mr. Spitzer’s career and reputation.” The move comes as Spitzer makes his bid for New York City Comptroller. Spitzer resigned as New York Governor in March 2008 amid a scandal
Hello, I’m U.S. Senator Mike Enzi. The last time I gave this address was back in 2009 when President Obama and the Democrats in charge of Congress were moving forward with their own go-it-alone plan for American health care reform. Back then I warned that if Congress and the Administration messed this up, each and every one of us would pay for their mistakes, as would generations to come. And, boy, are we paying for it.
Hi, everybody. Two weeks ago, a large bipartisan majority of Senators voted to pass commonsense, comprehensive immigration reform — taking an important step towards fixing our broken immigration system once and for all. This bill was a compromise, and neither side got everything they wanted. But it was largely consistent with the key principles of commonsense reform that most of us in both parties have repeatedly laid out. If passed, the Senate’s plan would build on the historic gains we’ve made in border security.