When did the Clintons become the Kennedys?Just what the world needs is not one, but two movie projects on the so-called virtues of Hillary Clinton. Has Obama set the bar so low that Hillary looks like a good alternative?With left-wing Tinseltown celebs in the Clintons’ back pocket, the chances of her scandals being included in the CNN film and the NBC miniseries now in the works are slim and none. The film either will be the best example of revisionist history during our lifetime or a two-hour episode of “The Twilight Zone.”Whitewater will be whitewashed.
Iran´s new president Hasan Rouhani has accused the United States of seeking an excuse to confront the country over its nuclear programme. The new leader reportedly made the claim during a meeting with North Korean official Kim Yong Nam, who is in the Iranian capital Tehran to see Mr Rouhani´s inauguration. According to Iranian state TV, the president said: ´We believe the United States and the Westerners are seeking an excuse to confront the countries that they do not consider friends.´ The West suspects Iran is pursuing a nuclear weapons programme, a charge which Iran denies.
The U.S. State Department has extended the closure orders for 19 embassies and consulates across the Middle East and Africa for a week--amid fears of a ´strategically significant´ terrorist attack against Western interests. Officials are offering few details about the threat from al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, the arm of the terrorist organization that is based in Yemen, but at least one report indicates it could involve a terrorist attack mounted by people with explosives surgically-implanted inside them--bombs capable of passing undetected through airport security. On Sunday, Senator Saxby Chambliss of Georgia said ´the chatter´ intercepted by
The New York Times Company may be facing some serious scrutiny over its planned sale of the Boston Globe to Boston Red Sox owner John Henry for a mere $70 million, after having paid $1.1 billion in 1993. The owner of the San Diego Union-Tribune, Douglas Manchester, is alleging that his higher bid was rejected by the company. John Lynch of the Boston Herald writes: A losing Boston Globe contender is claiming his San Diego media company outbid Red Sox owner John Henry - and would have gone even higher - a bombshell allegation that he says could delay the deal
On State of the Union Sunday morning, host Candy Crowley asked South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham if he thought the terror alert that went out this weekend was less of a defense against terrorism and more of an acknowledgement of its power. “When you look at this map of U.S. embassies that are closed, twenty-two of them, most of them across the Muslim world, when you hear this global warning to all Americans to take care, what do you think that says?” Crowley asked.
Almost unnoticed, Iraq is toppling into civil war, yet again. Here are a few sentences plucked at random from an Al Jazeera article published this Saturday: “Bombings and shootings across Iraq have killed at least 19 people, including an ambush that targeted a convoy carrying a top military commander, authorities said … Gunmen also broke into the house of a former fighter of an anti-al-Qaeda group known as Sahwa, killing the man´s wife and two daughters near the city of Baqouba [Snip] You get the picture. It is almost entirely depressing, as there is apparently nothing we can do
The House Intel Committee is stonewalling Congress’s efforts to access information about the National Security Agency’s bulk data collection program affecting millions of Americans, the Guardian reports. Both Virginia Republican Representative Morgan Griffith and Democratic Florida Representative Alan Grayson have tried to obtain information about the NSA’s phone and Internet surveillance programs first disclosed by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. Presently, their attempts seem to be in vain, despite the House Permanent Select Intelligence Committee’s insistence
SAN FRANCISCO — With an eleventh hour order, Gov. Jerry Brown averted a strike of San Francisco´s Bay Area Rapid Transit system late Sunday night, easing the minds of hundreds of thousands of anxious commuters. In the order, Brown named a board of investigators for a seven-day inquiry into the contract dispute that threatened to shut down, beginning Monday, the nation ´s fifth largest rail line. Brown´s order comes under a law that allows the state´s intervention
By traditional standards, the 2012 presidential election should have hinged on who offered the best ideas for dealing with the nation´s high unemployment and tepid economic growth – with most of the attention on the incumbent´s fiscal stewardship. It didn´t work out that way. Instead, President Obama and his team ran a relentlessly negative campaign, with the news media, to paraphrase Bob Dylan, going along for the ride. When Democrats did deign to discuss the economy, they essentially claimed Paul Ryan would roll your grandmother off a cliff in her wheelchair –
We might never know if the man we´ve been watching for a couple of decades now ever was "Alex being Alex." It was nearly six years ago that boyhood friend and fellow major-leaguer Doug Mientkiewicz said of Alex Rodriguez, "Sometimes, I just want to shake him and say, ´Would you just be Alex?´ "If he would let people into his personal side, people would get him," said Mientkiewicz, who grew up in the same part of Miami as Rodriguez, played on the same high school team and spent 12 years in the major leagues. "Alex´s biggest detriment is Alex,
Last week, Karl Rove opined that a GOP attempt to defund Obamacare would be analogous to Pickett’s Charge at the Battle of Gettysburg. His analogy was trite as well as inaccurate, yet Gettysburg does contain a lesson for establishment Republicans who oppose defunding. Its moral lies not in Pickett’s disastrous charge, however, but in the failure of Union General George Meade to follow up his defensive Pennsylvania victory by attacking the Confederate forces as they withdrew to the safety of Virginia. Meade’s timidity extended the Civil War by two years and rendered his Commander-in-Chief nearly apoplectic with frustration.
In 2008 and then again in 2012, after retired four-star General Colin Powell endorsed and then voted for Barack Obama, the former Secretary of State´s sanity was already in question. At least now, after having his email account hacked by high-level security-breacher Guccifer, Colin Powell´s besmirching of the Republican Party´s "shift to the right" and "identity crisis" finally makes sense. It seems that for years the mannerly and always professional Colin Powell has been cyber-comporting with a 46-year-old Romanian European Parliament member, Social Democrat, and past spokesperson for Romanian president Ion Iliescu named Corina Cretu
Top Stories: The state-funded College of Charleston, located in Charleston, South Carolina, has assigned all its incoming freshmen to read “Fun Home” by Alison Bechdel, a graphic novel which contains pictorial images of lesbian sex, commentary on masturbation, and accounts of pedophilia. In total, the College has spent $39,000 for the distribution of this book to freshmen and will pay another $13,000 for a speech by the author this fall. Participation in the summer reading program is mandatory.
The best mob story ever told does not involve Al Capone or Bugsy Segal or John Gotti. It involves a mobster few American have ever heard of, Greg Scarpa by name, and his not quite as lethal son, Greg Scarpa Jr., "Junior" going forward. One reason few people ever heard of Scarpa is that until his arrest in September 1992, he worked as a "Top Echelon Confidential Informant" under the protection of the FBI for the most of the thirty years prior. During that time, Scarpa murdered at least fifty people.
British Foreign Secretary, Sir Edward Grey had a terrible premonition as he saw the gas lights being lit in London on the evening of August 3, 1914. Knowing that Britain would declare war on Germany the next day, he was moved to observe — “The lamps are going out all over Europe. We shall not see them lit again in our lifetime.” Skip ahead another 99 years. On August 4, 2013, for Americans either traveling and living abroad in the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia, there was a different kind of lights out — the sudden and total shutdown
National Park Service chief groundskeeper Anthony Migliaccio piloted his utility vehicle down the George Washington Memorial Parkway, surveying the good, the bad and the ugly in the government´s new effort to get visitors to do something that doesn´t come naturally: haul away their own garbage. Along the parkway´s main stem—a lush, tree-lined Virginia roadway that runs from George Washington´s Mount Vernon estate to the forests of Turkey Run Park—there are now 55 fewer garbage cans. In their place are signs informing people that they are now expected to tote away their half-eaten hot dogs,
It’s apparent that Russian President Vladimir Putin was actually being uncharacteristically modest last week photographed posing with a huge 46 pound pike he caught in Siberia. If he had really wished to show off his superior angling ability he could have featured a much larger fish he reeled in here in America. Putin made his prowess clear the following day, granting American secret information-thief fugitive Edward Snowden a one-year asylum in Russia despite numerous White House requests for his return. Attorney General Eric Holder had even pleaded to his Russian counterpart, Alexander Konovalov
WASHINGTON — The FBI gave its informants permission to break the law at least 5,658 times in a single year, according to newly disclosed documents that show just how often the nation´s top law enforcement agency enlists criminals to help it battle crime. The U.S. Justice Department ordered the FBI to begin tracking crimes by its informants more than a decade ago, after the agency admitted that its agents had allowed Boston mobster James "Whitey" Bulger to operate a brutal crime ring in exchange for information about the Mafia. The FBI submits that tally to top Justice Department officials
While environmentalists, energy executives and elected officials across North America await the State Department’s critical decision on the Keystone XL pipeline, a little-noticed trial scheduled for next month in Nebraska could spell problems for the $5.3 billion project. Despite two attempts by Nebraska’s attorney general to have the case thrown out, Lancaster County District Court Judge Stephanie Stacy has set a Sept. 27 trial date for arguments in a lawsuit that contends the state legislature unconstitutionally gave Gov. Dave Heineman (R) authority to approve the pipeline route.
Rejection -- even repeated rejection -- doesn´t have to mean defeat. That, it turns out, is the lasting lesson of the Chuck Ross story. You may recognize the name; two Sundays ago, I wrote about J.K. Rowling, the spectacularly successful author of the Harry Potter books, and about how she has published a detective novel under the name Robert Galbraith. In the column, I recalled what a young and frustrated writer -- Chuck Ross -- did in the 1970s. To briefly recap: Ross had written a mystery novel that had been turned down everywhere he sent it.
President Obama took to the road last week to lecture Americans, as he is wont to do. “We’ve tolerated a little more inequality for the sake of a more dynamic, more adaptable economy,” he lectured in Galesburg, Ill. “That’s all for the good. But that idea has always been combined with a commitment to equality of opportunity to upward mobility — the idea that no matter how poor you started, if you’re willing to work hard and discipline yourself and defer gratification, you can make it, too. That’s the American idea.” And that’s the problem. The president says the words, but
WASHINGTON — Secretary of State John F. Kerry’s quest for a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian quagmire seems to represent the last political stand for the former Bay State senator who, up until now, is best known for being a presidential loser. Kerry is surely trying to compose his ultimate swan song by capping his 30-year career in politics with a brokered Middle East peace deal by early 2014, right? Or is he hoping for something a little bigger? After all, Kerry has never put his 2004 White House loss fully behind him, people close to him say. Sure, Hillary Clinton
Conservatives have for years attempted to put our finger upon precisely why Barack Obama strikes us as queer in precisely the way he does. There is an alienness about him, which in the fever swamps is expressed in all that ridiculous Kenyan-Muslim hokum, but his citizen-of-the-world shtick is strictly sophomore year — the great globalist does not even speak a foreign language. Obama has been called many things — radical, socialist — labels that may have him dead to rights at the phylum level but not down at his genus or species. His social circle includes
MILWAUKEE — Republican Governors Association Chairman Bobby Jindal called on Democrats on Sunday to drop Terry McAuliffe as their nominee for governor of Virginia. The governor of Louisiana seized on a report that the Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating GreenTech Automotive, the electric car company McAuliffe co-founded, over its conduct in soliciting foreign investors. “The bottom line is Terry McAuliffe has disqualified himself to be the governor of Virginia. … This scandal is just the final nail in the coffin,” Jindal said at a press conference here during the National Governors Association meeting.
The Department of State issued a travel alert Friday, warning of al Qaeda and affiliated organizations planning potential terrorist attacks “particularly in the Middle East and North Africa, and possibly occurring in or emanating from the Arabian Peninsula” between now and the end of August. It ordered at least 21 embassies and consulates to be closed on Sunday, with the possibility that they could remain closed beyond Sunday. Several US officials said that chatter among al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula operatives has increased in the last few days, according to CNN. A number of officials