James Thurber once drew some cartoons of a woman playing poker. In one, she is seated at a table clutching her cards to her breast, eying the capacious pot, and inquiring, “What do four ones beat?” In another she is glaring across the table, demanding to know, “Why do you keep raising me when you know I’m bluffing?” Whether Brother Remnick of the New Yorker could get away with publishing such japes nowadays, we don’t know. But we were put in mind of the cartoons by the alarm at the New York Times over the possibility that President Obama
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) recently described Weiner´s womanizing as "reprehensible" and said his actions are "disrespectful of women." Weiner resigned his Congressional seat in 2011 under pressure from Pelosi. But according to The Hill, this time around will be different. Weiner said "he has no intention of dropping out of the [NYC mayoral] race." Pelosi has lumped Weiner together with San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, who is also under fire over allegations of sexual misconduct from members of his own staff.
Three people were killed and 26 were injured, several of them critically, after a church bus carrying a group of young people home from summer camp crashed on the Northeastside Saturday afternoon. Killed were a husband and wife on the bus, as well as a teenager, Indianapolis Fire Department officials said. The names of the victims had not been released. The bus was one of two returning from a camp in Michigan to Colonial Hills Baptist Church, 8140 Union Chapel Road. The bus was barely a mile from the church when it crashed
MILWAUKEE— One of the nation´s largest air shows begins Monday in Wisconsin, and for the first time, the federal government is charging it an air traffic control fee that amounts to about $45 for each of the 10,000 planes flying in. The fee has angered pilots, who already pay for air traffic control through a fuel tax, and aviation enthusiasts, who say air shows have been disproportionately hurt by the automatic federal budget cuts that went into effect earlier this spring. AirVenture, which draws hundreds of thousands of people each year, has not paid for air traffic control before.
Sunbathers and nuns sat side-by-side today on Rio de Janeiro´s iconic Copacabana beach, as more than a million people gather for an evening vigil Mass that will be said by Pope Francis. The Argentinian Pontiff- who is due to return to Rome tomorrow- will arrive at the beach tonight to celebrate World Youth Day. Pilgrims and locals have set up tents and sleeping bags by the sea, to witness the historic service. After receiving a shirt from one of Rio’s beloved football teams from the legendary Zico and visiting one of the city’s most violent slums,
PIERMONT, N.Y. — The driver of a speedboat carrying a bride-to-be and five others that crashed on New York´s Hudson River late Friday night has been charged with vehicular manslaughter. Rockland County Sheriff´s Department Chief William Barbera said Saturday 35-year-old Jojo John of Nyack was also charged with vehicular assault. Barbera says John may have operating the boat while intoxicated.
HIALEAH, Fla.- A man set fire to his South Florida apartment, killed six people, and held another two hostage at gunpoint before a SWAT team stormed the complex and fatally shot him Saturday, according to police and witness accounts. "I´m heartbroken," Mayor Carlos Hernandez told reporters during a Saturday afternoon news conference. "It´s an extremely sad day in Hialeah." The ordeal lasted eight hours, with Pedro Vargas running through the building, firing at random and eluding officers for part of it, police said. Vargas, 43, set a combustible liquid on fire on Friday evening to start the blaze,
Nationalized health care was one of the first programs enacted by the Bolsheviks after they seized power in 1917. Nearly a century later, the U.S. enacted "Obamacare." Who won the Cold War again? This is one of the questions I work over in my new book, "American Betrayal: The Secret Assault on Our Nation´s Character" (St. Martin´s Press). Can we realistically claim liberty and free markets triumphed over collectivism when today there is only a thin Senate line trying to fend off Obamacare´s totalitarian intrusions into citizens´ lives? We see perhaps a dozen or so patriots led by conservative
In an e-mail to supporters, First Lady Michelle Obama says she grew up in a family that didn´t need help from the government, and that her husband is working to make Americans free from dependence on government once again. In her message sent yesterday from email@example.com, Mrs. Obama says: "When I was growing up, a family like mine -- living on my hard-working father´s salary at the city water plant -- could build a solid life without much debt and without relying on any form of public assistance. Today, for too many families, that American promise is no longer
NBC is becoming the latest network to dive head-first into the limited series. NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt used his forum Saturday at the Television Critics Association´s summer press tour to announce the network is developing four new high-profile event series. In addition to the previously announced six-hour miniseries based on Cleopatra, NBC has ordered a four-hour miniseries based on former first lady Hillary Clinton starring Diane Lane, an "updated remake" of Rosemary´s Baby, a new version of Stephen King´s Tommyknockers and another limited series from Mark Burnett tentatively called Plymouth.
Many angry Americans are urging a punishment on Florida in the killing of Trayvon Martin: a boycott. Musician Stevie Wonder won´t perform there. Martin Luther King III is considering deploying the tactic -- often used by his famous father in the civil rights era -- against Florida products like orange juice. Social media activists advance boycott plans even on the state´s official tourism page on Facebook. Their actions seek the repeal of Florida´s "stand your ground" self-defense law, which was at the center of a national debate in the wake of Martin´s shooting death. George Zimmerman´s lawyers didn´t
FOXBORO — Sometimes you have to wonder about the things NFL teams do. Other times you have to wonder about the things media covering NFL teams do. Yesterday was one of those “other times.” After a rainy morning practice opened the Patriots’ season in fitting fashion after the offseason they’ve had, a wide swath of media members nearly as large as the one that converged on Tom Brady on Thursday collected themselves around a third-string quarterback who had just thrown two interceptions in his first practice, one to a defensive end. Normally such a performance and
One has to be forever bemused by our President of Perpetual Irony. Recently, in his big economic speech, he stood at the port in Jacksonville, FL to emphasize infrastructure’s role in creating jobs. He then proceeded to call out House Republicans as obstructionists. Question 1: What is a project which will immediately increase the capacity our energy infrastructure and create jobs at no cost to the government? Question 2: Who is the obstructionist not allowing that to happen? The Keystone XL pipeline would do both, of course, but Mr. Obama has unilaterally chosen not to allow it to proceed.
Rep. Paul Ryan has been drawing attention to rising poverty levels in the United States, per a new report from Tom Curry of NBC News: “Next year marks the fiftieth anniversary of the War on Poverty. We’ve spent approximately $15 trillion and the question we ought to be asking ourselves is, ‘where are we?’ With a 15 percent poverty rate today — the highest in a generation — and with 46 million people in poverty, I would argue it’s not working very well.” He said, “We shouldn’t be measuring our success
Chris Mills frequently gives tours of St. Elizabeths Hospital, a former mental institution where the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is building a $4.5 billion headquarters. It’s the largest construction project in the District of Columbia since the Pentagon was completed in 1943. So there’s a lot of ground to cover. Mills prefers to chauffeur his guests around the place in a golf cart. A cheerful 55-year-old with a neatly trimmed mustache, Mills, who is managing the project for DHS, tells visitors to look out for animals. There are loads. Herds of deer, a flock of wild turkeys,
There was no conciliatory phone call, no heart-to-heart talk to soothe the tensions. No one knows exactly when President Barack Obama and Republican Sen. John McCain went from bitter rivals in the 2008 presidential campaign and foes over health care and national security to bipartisan partners.Yet in recent months, an alignment on high-profile domestic issues — not to mention an eye on their respective legacies — has transformed Obama and McCain into Washington´s most unexpected odd couple. The Arizona senator is a regular visitor to the West Wing and in near-daily contact with senior White House officials.
Most 4-year-olds don´t know the name of every state on the map, let alone the capitals. But most kids that age aren´t like Anala Beevers, a New Orleans-based genius who was recently invited to join MENSA, an international organization for people who score at the 98th percentile or higher on a standardized, supervised IQ or other approved intelligence test. Beevers – who never leaves home without her map of America, which is said to be her favorite thing – knew the English alphabet at 4 months old,
The fallout of the George Zimmerman trial continues, as one of the trial jurors made some startling admissions during an ABC interview: "The only minority on the all-female jury that voted to acquit George Zimmerman said today that Zimmerman “got away with murder” for killing Trayvon Martin and feels she owes an apology Martin’s parents. ´You can’t put the man in jail even though in our hearts we felt he was guilty,´ said the woman who was identified only as Juror B29 during the trial. ´But we had to grab our hearts and put it aside and look
President Obama hailed veterans of the Korean War Saturday, saying their sacrifices ensured that millions of Koreans could live safely in a democracy. Speaking on the 60th anniversary of the Korean War´s armistice, he noted that some had expressed their dissatisfaction with the war´s resolution, which resulted in the establishment of a demilitarized zone separating North and South Korea and did not end with a definitive truce. He noted that many dismissed the conclusion with the phrase "die for a tie." (Snip) "That war was no tie. Korea was a victory,"
A man pushing his friend in a wheelchair wrestled a gun away from a man who shot him and then shot his attacker in the head on the South Side Friday night, according to police. The 21-year-old man was in the 200 block of Root Street in the Fuller Park neighborhood about 6:30 p.m. when a 19-year-old man approached him and opened fire, police said. The two men were from rival gangs, police said. (Snip) The two people shot were among at least nine wounded in attacks across the city Friday into Saturday morning.
A joyride on the Hudson River turned horrific after a speedboat carrying a bride-to-be, her fiancé and his best man crashed into three construction barges Friday night, badly injuring four, and ejecting the bride and best man into the dark water of the Hudson. The bride-to-be, 30-year-old Piermont resident Lindsey Stewart, was getting married only two weeks from now. The missing man was identified as her fiancé´s best man, confirmed by a friend as Mark Lennon. Authorities said Saturday that the rescue mission has turned into a recovery, as both are now presumed dead.
In the two weeks since George Zimmerman´s acquittal, the same activists galvanized by his trial are finding it hard to focus the energy of the Trayvon Martin movement. For 16 months, supporters of the Justice for Trayvon movement rallied behind a common goal: Make sure Zimmerman, the man who killed Trayvon Martin, stood before the bar of justice. But after Zimmerman´s trial and acquittal, that united front has splintered. Martin´s father, Tracy Martin, spoke to lawmakers on Capitol Hill this week during a summit on "Black Men and Boys."
As a drama about the needless death of a young, unarmed black man, the shattering new movie “Fruitvale Station” has found particular resonance with audiences in the past few weeks. The film stars Michael B. Jordan as Oscar Grant, who was shot by a white Oakland, Calif., transit police officer in 2009. But the scene from the film that has most haunted me does not address racial profiling or any of the events directly related to the shooting. It’s New Year’s Eve in San Francisco. On a crowded street, while waiting for his date to go
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration on Friday announced that it has notified Congress that it soon will transfer two detainees from the military detention center in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to their home nation of Algeria, the first repatriations from the detention center in 10 months. The announcement of the transfers came only hours after the Pentagon official in charge of detainee affairs, William K. Lietzau, notified his staff in an email that he would be leaving his post at the end of August.(snip) "He was an obstacle," the official said. "There appeared to be divergent views on the existence
In May of 2010 while operating in southern Helmand Province, Afghanistan, as an infantryman, I was attached to a unit that was employing a female engagement team to supplement their already robust outreach campaign to the local villagers of Marjah. While the Marines—or “lioness” team—did an admirable job, it was clear that their presence in the midst of an all-male infantry company currently involved in combat operations clearly restructured the dynamic on the ground. Lieutenant Colonel Robert Macginnis in his book Deadly Consequences: How Cowards are Pushing Women into Combat proposes that