At a joint news conference with his Brazilian counterpart on Tuesday, Secretary of State John Kerry praised Brazil for its commitment to climate change initiatives, and he promised that the Obama administration also is determined to do something about it. "So the challenge is ahead of us, for all of us, and I know that the United States has a great commitment under President Obama to take our own initiatives, not even to wait for congressional action, but to move administratively in order to do our part. I know we can continue to work with Brazil on this issue of
A British cameraman is among at least 100 killed as an operation to clear two camps filled with thousands of protestors loyal to ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi descended into violent chaos. Mick Deane was part of a Sky News team in Egypt reporting on a security force operation to raid the camps in the capital Cairo when violence broke out. Security forces are said to have opened fire on mostly unarmed protestors in the operation which began shortly after 7am local time. Although the total number of dead in the clashes is unconfirmed, burned corpses have been seen on
Call it the dark side of the peace process. Just hours before the start of new negotiations between the Israelis and Palestinians on Wednesday, Israel released 26 prisoners its courts had convicted of murder or accessory to murder. The prisoners were freed as an inducement for the president of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, to participate in the peace talks. Since 2009, Abbas has said he would participate in negotiations only if Israel stopped settlement activity after President Obama imposed the condition on Israel in the first year of his first term. But Abbas has moderated his position at the
There is no evidence whatever that the IRS and other scandals reach into the oval office — or so Jay Carney tells us. But is that really so? Ben Swann of Fox19 in Cincinnati has a convincing method of figuring out the lowest level at which the IRS scandals must have originated. Starting with the fact that six individual IRS agents sent letters to conservative groups that were essentially similar, Swann suggested a simple way of determining the identity of the senior
Garden State Democrats are casting ballots Tuesday for their nominee for US Senate, but if the polls are correct, the winner of the primary is a foregone conclusion: Newark Mayor Cory Booker. Mayor Booker, who in recent surveys has held a large double-digit advantage over his nearest party rival, is then expected to face off against former Bogota, N.J., mayor Steve Lonegan, who is favored to win the Republican contest, also being held Tuesday. The special election to fill the seat vacated by Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D), who died in June, will be Oct. 16. Democrats have held both US
- Satire- John Pistole, head of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), granted this writer an exclusive interview late yesterday to discuss the Obama clown mask incident at the Missouri State Fair that caused an uproar among the Progressive left. Speaking from his summer home in 1936 Germany, Pistole stated that the Obama clown mask incident serves as a perfect example that illustrates the need for TSA expansion to other venues beyond airports, and the reason the TSA specifically named rodeos as a venue of coverage in their recent announcement. “Rodeos, they’re a breeding ground for domestic terrorists as defined by the DHS
It must be August in these United States. How else to explain all the ridiculous high dudgeon over the rodeo clown at the Missouri State Fair wearing an Obama mask? OMG, someone mocking the arrogant Oval Office guy, as late-night comedians do most weekdays now. (Leno: Obama out on his ´Middle Class Jobs & Opportunity Tour.´ Don’t confuse that with his first term ´Jobs & Missed Opportunities Tour.´) C’mon, America. This is the country that began with a Revolution, thumbing its nose at a monarch for George’s sake. It’s humorous here when someone makes fun of authority figures. Every president
Longtime political journalist Jack Germond died Wednesday morning, his wife said. He was 85. Germond covered politics for half a century, including 20 years with Gannett papers, 20 years with the Baltimore Sun and eight years at the Washington Star. The syndicated column he co-wrote with Jules Witcover ran five days a week from 1977 through 2000, and the pair wrote four books about the presidential elections in 1980, 1984, 1988 and 1992. He was also a fixture on television, appearing on CNN, on “Meet the Press” since 1972, “Today” show since 1980 and PBS’s “The McLaughlin Group” since it
We are nearing the fifth anniversary of the 2008 financial crisis, and despite an abundance of evidence, the media and the general public still seem largely misinformed about the hand of government in planting the seeds for the meltdown. The twitchy finger of that hand was the federal government’s aggressive affordable housing policies. Most folks, however, still believe that the cause of the crisis was some combination of Wall Street greed and government deregulation of financial markets. There also exists the impression that the housing finance market, and especially securitization, had just gotten too darned complex, and that that complexity
Hundreds of Hamilton County poll workers will be retrained – and 163 “retired” – as a result of voting problems in the 2012 election. That includes 94 workers at 16 precincts that will be completely restaffed because of a high number of errors. The others failed to vote themselves and/or performed poorly on Election Day. Those 163 poll workers represent about 5.6 percent of poll workers – the most ever who aren’t being asked back. The move comes as board of elections officials continue to work to find the 2,905 poll workers needed to staff the county’s 545 polling locations.
Forget the lazy days of summer. The cadre serving under the banner of Organizing for America have declared this month “Action August,” and the marching orders were issued for the Little Obamanists to stage rallies and blizzard their neighborhoods with flyers and postcards about Global Warming. Think of it as Midnight Basketball for geeks. In case you missed it, after what is still slated to have been his last election to the White House, President Barack Obama changed the name of his political wing from Obama for America to Organizing for America.
Conservative talker Mark Levin blasted Republican House leaders on his Tuesday radio show, warning that by attacking more conservative members of the GOP, Speaker John Boehner and prominent Reps. Paul Ryan and Eric Cantor are throwing away the 2014 midterm elections. Levin, author of “The Liberty Amendments: Restoring the American Republic,” said the GOP establishment’s disparagement of conservative colleagues, could be a disaster in a midterm “turn out the base” election. “This is my great fear,” Levin said. “My great fear is that guys like Boehner, and quite frankly Paul Ryan, and Eric Cantor
Culturally relevant government and history classes will be offered to TUSD high school juniors and seniors starting Thursday. The TUSD Governing Board approved the courses 3-2 Tuesday night, with Mark Stegeman and Michael Hicks dissenting. Board members did not offer any comment before voting. The classes, which will be taught from the Mexican-American and African-American perspectives, are replacing the Tucson Unified School District’s now-defunct Mexican-American Studies courses.
House Republicans opened a new front Tuesday in their examination of the IRS targeting issue, demanding all work-related e-mails from the personal account of agency official Lois Lerner. House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) requested the communications in a letter to Lerner, who was placed on administrative leave in May after an inspector general’s report revealed that the agency had screened groups for extra scrutiny based on their political ideology. The congressman said investigators had discovered that Lerner sent
The Obama Doctrine is looking more like a leaky rowboat than an unwavering ship of state in the president’s second term. Mr. Obama’s foreign policy strategy of “soft power” and reliance on international organizations is suffering setbacks around the globe this year, including from Egypt, Syria, Russia and China. The most obvious failure was on display last week when Mr. Obama canceled a planned summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin and likened his adversary to a slouching, bored child after Russia granted asylum to fugitive National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden.
A Hillary Clinton spokesman took a shot at Anthony Weiner on Tuesday for claiming he knew what role his wife Huma Abedin would play in a 2016 Clinton presidential run, denying he had any inside knowledge. “We have absolutely no clue what he was talking about,” spokesman Nick Merrill said. “Maybe his campaign does. Doubt it though.” It’s the most extensive commentary anyone from Hillary Clinton’s world has made about Weiner since a statement months ago, right before he joined the campaign, in which both she and Bill Clinton made clear they were staying out of the race.
In the course of reporting his profile of Laura Poitras, Peter Maass conducted an encrypted question-and-answer session, for which Poitras served as intermediary, with Edward J. Snowden. Below is a full transcript of that conversation. Peter Maass: Why did you seek out Laura and Glenn, rather than journalists from major American news outlets (N.Y.T., W.P., W.S.J. etc.)? In particular, why Laura, a documentary filmmaker?
Why is it that natural gas sells in the U.S. for $3.94 per 1,000 cubic feet and in Europe and Japan for $11.60 and $17, respectively? Part of the answer is our huge supply. With high-tech methods of extraction and with discovery of vast gas-rich shale deposits, estimated reserves are about 2.4 quadrillion cubic feet. That translates into more than a 100-year supply of natural gas at current usage rates. What partially explains the high European and Japanese prices is the fact that global natural gas markets are not integrated. Washington has stringent export restrictions on natural gas. Naturally, the next
As many as 100 protestors are said to have been killed as an operation to clear two protest camps with thousands of protestors loyal to ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi descended into violent chaos. Egyptian security forces are said to have opened fire on mostly unarmed protestors in the operation which began shortly after 7am local time. Although the number of dead is unconfirmed, burned corpses have been seen on the streets which resemble a war zone. Medics are treating scores of injured people wearing gas masks and swimming goggles to protect themselves from tear gas while they work. Security
Chuck Schumer has spent the better part of a year saying how essential it is that immigration reform be dealt with in a comprehensive bill. But he has had a sudden change of heart. He now says he is fine with the incremental approach emerging in the House. Forgive us if we don’t believe that this is because Schumer has abandoned hope for his Gang of Eight bill and its instant amnesty paired with large-scale increases in low-skilled legal immigration. Nothing if not a shrewd political operator, Schumer knows that the best chance for the Gang of Eight bill is
I really had not intended to heap indignity upon indignity onto the unfortunate Mr Chris Bryant, but when a Labour employment spokesman stomps on to the ground I thought I had made my own over 30 years ago, with his remarks on the mobility of labour, I felt I had to join in. As readers will know, Mr Bryant was at one time the Minister of State for Europe, so we have to assume that he was aware of the Blair government´s decisions to open the gates to unlimited, uncontrolled, uncounted immigration from the Third World and to set aside
The pro-abortion crowd is dwindling. The movement is in shambles. Sure, there is still a lot of money involved in exploiting women in desperate situations in this way, so the industry remains, but its support among the people is slowly dying. It is really being sustained by government. It is not hard to see why not even the abortion industry itself wants to promote its coveted pro-choice label. As was recently reported, Planned Parenthood, the nation´s largest abortion provider, wanted to abandon the word "choice" after reading poll after poll saying people increasingly do not want to be associated with it. The
At an August 9 press conference, President Barack Obama said that when Congress won’t agree to what he wants, he will act alone. That statement, which he has made before, should send shivers through freedom-loving Americans. The President was asked where he gets the authority to delay the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate, even though the law states that the mandate “shall” go into effect January 1, 2014. The Obama administration had announced the delay on July 3, without seeking Congress’s help in changing the law. In response, Obama said that “in a normal political environment, it would have been easier for
At one time race was one of the chief defining factors in marking invidious class distinctions in America. Racial theories, backed by the pseudo-science of racial genetics, were the chief rationales behind the overt and covert persecution of minorities. While the battles for minority rights still continue in some respects, it is only fair to acknowledge the tremendous victories for civil rights. Amazing progress has been made. But that acknowledgement must be accompanied by the recognition that the impulse on the part of powerful elites to oppress certain classes of people has shifted to the overt oppression and persecution of