Food-stamp fraud in New York has turned into foreign aid — to black-market profiteers in the Dominican Republic. Last week, The Post revealed how New Yorkers on welfare are buying food with their benefit cards and shipping it in blue barrels to poor relatives in the Caribbean. But not everyone is giving the taxpayer-funded fare to starving children abroad. The Post last week found two people hawking barrels of American products for a profit on the streets of Santiago. “It’s a really easy way to make money, and it doesn’t cost me anything,” a seller named Maria-Teresa said Friday.
Infuriated by what they see as the long arm of Washington reaching into their business, states are increasingly telling the feds: Keep out! Bills that would negate a variety of federal laws have popped up this year in the vast majority of states - with the amount of anti-federal legislation sharply on the rise during the Obama administration, according to experts.The “nullification” trend in recent years has largely focused on three areas: gun control; health care; and national standards for driver’s licenses.
CORSICANA -- The Collin Street Bakery in Corsicana, world famous for its fruitcakes and cookies, may now be known for something it´s not so proud of. Wednesday morning, FBI agents raided the home of their corporate accountant, who is accused of helping himself to more than $16 million of the bakery´s financial treats. Sandy Jenkins and his wife, Kay, enjoyed the good life. Luxury travel, exotic vacations, a driveway full of expensive cars. Jim Polk noticed. He lives across the street. "And I´m looking at cars that are $100,000 to $200,000 and I´m thinking, ´My God, he must have hit the lottery´," Polk said.
It’s been almost a month since Egypt’s massive June 30 protests that led to the military taking control from Mohammed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood. Yet the unrest hasn’t settled and there is no sign that it will quiet down soon. After being held in an undisclosed location since his removal on July 3, the military has finally charged Morsi with something: collaborating with Palestinian terror group Hamas. The Guardian: The overthrown Egyptian president, Mohamed Morsi, is under investigation for conspiring with Hamas during Egypt’s 2011 revolution, state media reported on Friday, in the first official update on his status
Are we watching the demise of al Qaeda or its rebirth? A bracing new piece in the Daily Beast makes a persuasive case that it’s the latter -- that recent developments in Iraq, across the greater Middle East and South Asia point to a resurgence of al Qaeda and a strengthening of its affiliates.(Snip)Obama is not interested in the bigger picture. Thus, the president celebrates the “end” of the Iraq war, even as al Qaeda has redoubled its efforts in the country and expanded into neighboring Syria.
When William, Kate, and boy George settle into Kensington Palace in their newly refurbished 20-room apartment 1A, they may find life has a few drawbacks that haven´t changed much since Princess Diana was bunkered down there at apartment numbers 8 and 9. She moved there in 1981 and found the experience was like having a luxurious triplex in the grandest of co-ops—except that all the other apartments are full of people to whom your husband is related or whom you want to avoid (in Diana’s case, usually the same thing).Edward VII once described Kensington Palace as an "aunt heap."
W hen Anthony Weiner derailed his political career the first time, back in 2011, his wife Huma Abedin was greeted with an outpouring of sympathy. The longtime aide to Hillary Clinton, who pointedly declined to stand by her husband´s side as he admitted to tweeting photos of his crotch to random women on the internet, was universally seen as a victim of her husband´s sexual shenanigans. The only question surrounding the glamorous and whip-smart Abedin was: What on earth is she doing with him? The second time around has been quite different. This week, Abedin swooped down
In the 1980s, Bob Filner worked for a congressman from San Diego who had his own sexual harassment scandal. And if the case of Rep. Jim Bates offers a road map, any end game for Filner could play out for months or more. Even after allegations surfaced in 1988 that Bates had sexually harassed multiple women in his office, patting their buttocks and commenting on their breasts, it took more than two years — and two more elections — for Bates to leave office. What happens to Filner, now mayor of San Diego and facing similar claims, may show
President Obama spoke for 66 minutes at Knox College the other day, trying one more time to change the subject and “pivot to the economy.” As he has many times before, both in campaign speeches and other talks, the president promised to expand the middle class, create jobs, and reduce inequality. The reviews were not generally favorable. Even for Obama sycophants, of whom there are many in the press, the president’s message seemed repetitive and uninteresting, as if he were reading, which, of course, he was. That same day, Obama spoke at another university in Missouri,
You can imagine the derision that would have flowed from the liberal “mainstream media” if George W. Bush had referred to the United States as well as its European allies as “developing countries.” [Snip] And one of the interesting things that we don’t talk about enough is the contrast between what’s happened in the United States and what’s happened in a lot of other developing countries, Europe in particular. It´s pretty rare where we have the chance to look at two policy approaches and follow them over several years and see which one worked. And the fact is
The release of the Lockerbie bomber was linked by the Government to a £400 million arms-export deal to Libya, according to secret correspondence obtained by The Sunday Telegraph. An email sent by the then British ambassador in Tripoli details how a prisoner transfer agreement would be signed once Libya “fulfils its promise” to buy an air defence system. The disclosure is embarrassing for members of the then Labour government, which always insisted that Abdelbaset al-Megrahi’s release was not linked to commercial deals. The email, which contained a briefing on the UK’s relations with Colonel Muammar Gaddafi’s regime
In an interview after his speech Wednesday in Galesburg, Illinois, President Obama was asked if he consulted White House lawyers before unilaterally delaying the employer mandate in Obamacare. Since Congress, in the Affordable Care Act, specified that the mandate is go to into effect at the start of next year, reporters from the New York Times asked if the president investigated whether he had the legal authority to put it off without going through Congress. Obama didn’t exactly answer the question. But judging from what he said, his answer was: No, I didn’t consult White House lawyers
"This is a great time to be a white-collar criminal." An assistant U.S. attorney I know startled me with this remark in 2002. The bulk of her FBI investigators, she explained, had been pulled off to work on terrorism, which left traditional crime investigations sorely understaffed. Little has changed since then. For more than a decade, the U.S. government has been focused on one type of threat above all others: terrorism. This obsession has not only been used to justify an erosion of Americans' privacy, it has opened them to other dangers and, paradoxically, made it easier for terrorists to achieve
President Obama sounds like a man back on the offensive. (Snip) "Repealing Obamacare and cutting spending is not an economic plan," Obama lectured his opponents. "You can´t just be against something; you´ve got to be for something." But is that true? House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) doesn´t seem to think so. When asked recently about the glacial pace of legislation in the House, he responded: "We should not be judged on how many new laws we create. We ought to be judged on how many laws that we repeal." Boehner has a point. The number of bills a Congress passes is no guarantee that
The wife of Secretary of State John Kerry said she expects to resume her regular activities after some out-patient treatment following her stay at Boston’s Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in the wake of a July 7 seizure at one of the family’s home on Nantucket. Teresa Heinz Kerry walked out of the hospital under her own power today, a State Department spokesman said, ready to resume family activities. Her civic activities will have to wait until after a period of rest, said Glen Johnson, personal spokesman for the secretary of state. “It was amazing, a miracle,” Heinz Kerry said of the people
About 1,200 inmates have escaped from a jail in the restive Libyan city of Benghazi. A security official told the AP news agency that most of the escapees were facing serious charges. Another report said a riot had taken place inside the al-Kwafiya prison. (Snip) Last year the US ambassador and three other Americans were killed there. On Saturday protesters attacked offices linked to the Muslim Brotherhood following the assassination of the prominent political activist Abdelsalam al-Mismari. Hundreds of mourners attended his funeral.
Just as they did with the sequester, Democrats will try to blame Republicans for a potential government shutdown or cuts to the budget that may occur as part of a new debt deal this fall. Politico reported that, "President Barack Obama and his Democratic allies are eager to tag the GOP as the root cause of Washington dysfunction." Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Executive Director Kelly Ward told the publication that Democrats are planning to highlight “the inability of Republicans to actually govern" and make that into a central "narrative" going into the 2014 midterm elections.
‘Massive Jailbreak: More Than 1,000 Inmates Escape From Prison Near Benghazi’ writes the Blaze and ‘Iraq jailbreak [500 escaped] highlights al-Qaeda affiliate’s ascendancy, says the Washington Post. (Snip) When Obama left the Middle East to engage in his “war of necessity” — remember that? — he forgot to turn off the oven, left the flatiron running on a shirt and put a can of charcoal lighter on a smoldering barbecue. The mainstream media is one of the biggest liabiities of the administration. It allows it to lie to itself; to continue believing that everything is alright long after the last
Cairo - The Egyptian authorities unleashed a ferocious attack on Islamist protesters early Saturday, killing at least 72 people in the second mass killing of demonstrators in three weeks and the deadliest attack by the security services since Egypt’s uprising in early 2011. The attack provided further evidence that Egypt’s security establishment was reasserting its dominance after President Mohamed Morsi’s ouster three weeks ago, and widening its crackdown on his Islamist allies in the Muslim Brotherhood. The tactics — many were killed with gunshot wounds to the head
President Obama is calling on policymakers to consider new investment in the economy and the middle class, while Republicans continue to hammer on reducing the deficit. In an interview with The New York Times, Obama said the overwhelming focus on cutting spending and trimming the deficit has been a "damaging framework in Washington," and that there needs to be ample attention given to ensuring upward mobility for all Americans. "If we don’t do anything, then growth will be slower than it should be. Unemployment will not go down as fast as it should. Income inequality will continue
On July 11, the Pew Forum on Religion in Public Life released the results of a survey in which the American public was asked whether different occupational groups contributed “a lot” to society’s well-being. The results clearly showed Americans’ respect for the journalistic profession has nosedived during the Obama era. Among the ten occupational groups listed, approval of journalists dropped the most in the last four years. Four years ago, 38 percent of Americans approved of journalists; that number is now down to 28 percent. Women have dropped in their support of journalists from 46 percent to 29 percent.
SPRINGFIELD —Several hundred people rallied Saturday for immigration reform outside U.S. Rep. John Boehner’s Springfield office, calling on the House Speaker to follow the Senate and forge a path to citizenship for 11 million illegal immigrants. Organizers, which included a coalition of faith and labor groups, had hoped to lead 500 people in a short, boisterous march from the Clark State Performing Arts Center parking lot to City Hall, where the West Chester Republican has an office. Participants were bused in from as far away as Louisville and Lexington in Kentucky, where they joined with local Hispanics, African immigrants
Disgraced former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer thinks New York City mayoral candidate and former Rep. Anthony Weiner is a terrible husband for allowing his wife, Huma Abedin, on the campaign trail while Weiner defends himself in yet another sexting scandal. Spitzer, who himself is trying to make a political comeback by running for New York City comptroller, has kept his wife off the trail. Spitzer resigned in disgrace after he was caught (snip) The Daily News headline in the print edition simply read, "Even This Creep Thinks Weiner´s a Bad Husband!"
Former Rep. Lindy Boggs, who filled her husband´s seat in the House of Representatives after his plane disappeared and went on to serve 18 years as a tireless advocate for women and minorities, died today at the age of 97. "She was remarkable in every way," ABC´s Cokie Roberts, one of Boggs´s three children, said. "She was able to accomplish a great deal for a great many people around the country and around the world, but doing it in an always gracious, always pleasant way that would serve as a great lesson for folks of today
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