CHILMARK, Mass. — President Barack Obama is calling for an end to the violence in Egypt a day after 525 people were killed in protests across the country. Speaking from Martha’s Vineyard Thursday, the president strongly condemned security forces going after supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi. “America cannot determine the future of Egypt, that’s a task for the Egyptian people,” Obama said. “We don’t take sides." Obama said that, due to the violence, the United States will cancel its bi-annual joint-military exercise with Egypt next month. He added that Egyptians blaming the U.S. for the violence will not help Egypt
August is usually the time of year when businesses on Martha´s Vineyard make enough money to see them through the cold, tourist-free winter. But with the president and his family on the Massachusetts island, road closures are detouring visitors--and their dollars--away from towns near the Obamas´ vacation home. [Snip] ´August is our make it or break it month,´ Vineyard Artisans Festivals manager Andrea Rogers told the local newspaper, ´So this is the worst possible time of the year to block access. It impacts a lot of people. We’re really in a bad position at a critical time of year
Any movie that casts Jane Fonda as Nancy Reagan certainly has a piquant sense of humor, but the prankishness of “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” — so named after a title dispute with the MPAA — undermines the serious statements this star-spangled film is striving to make about race, class and politics. Along with missing the movie’s ever-migrating point, viewers may be forgiven for wondering whether “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” might have been titled “Lee Daniels’ Forrest Gump” — its hero challenged morally rather than mentally, but watching history in Gumpian fashion, as a series of cameos viewed through a slightly
RUSH: Jeff in Minot, North Dakota. I´m glad you waited, sir. You´re next. Hi. CALLER: Hi, Rush. Earlier in your show you mentioned the Rose story and Obama playing cards while the bin Laden attack´s taking place. And I think you mentioned something about his disrespect for the military. And I think this goes way, way beyond disrespect. The fact that he sent men and women into harm´s way to go get bin Laden, which was really a meaningless event anyway, and then he could not stay in the Situation Room and manage the situation and be there should some executive
President Barack Obama stopped his Martha´s Vineyard vacation for seven minutes on Thursday to describe a subtle shift in U.S.-Egyptian relations following a massacre in Cairo that left at least 525 people killed. ´We deplore violence against civilians,´ Obama said. ´We support the universal rights essential to human dignity, including the right to peaceful protest. We oppose the pursuit of martial law, which denies those rights to citizens under the principle that security trumps individual freedom, or that might makes right.´ [Snip] But the president did not address the question of whether the billions of dollars in foreign aid
Chef Julia Child would have turned 101-years-old on this day. The American chef is known for bringing French cuisine to American in a way that was simple enough to understand. Good Morning Texas spoke to a chef at a French style restaurant located in Cedar Hill about Child´s influence on French cooking. "When I first got started, I never actually went through culinary training," said Aaron Gros, Eclair Bistro chef. " I learned my basics studying cookbooks. The first book which I actually used is Julia Child´s cookbook."
A Chinese zoo’s cover was blown when a little boy noticed its ferocious “African lion” was barking. The zoo in the People’s Park of Luohe, in the central province of Henan, reportedly replaced its lion with a Tibetan mastiff — a large and long-haired breed of dog, according to the state-run Beijing Youth Daily. A customer surnamed Liu wanted to show her son the different sounds animals made, when he pointed out the lion was barking. “The zoo is absolutely cheating us,” Liu told the paper.
In December of 2008, David Gregory took over as the permanent host of NBC´s "Meet the Press," the then-41-year-old current affairs show and longest running program on network television. Over two years later, Gregory was in first place and even drawing the same number of viewers as his predecessor, Tim Russert. The beginning of Gregory´s ratings fall would finally arrive in May of 2011, when Gregory accused Newt Gingrich of racism for using the words "food stamps" in reference to President Obama. With all the talk about Meet the Press losing its first place standing and hitting ratings lows not
The New York Times gave us an amusing juxtaposition earlier this week. Editorialist David Firestone sang the praises of Hillary Clinton´s deceptive and pandering speech in which she denounced measures against voter fraud, and he called on Mrs. Clinton to mount another favorite Times hobbyhorse: Campaign finance issues deserve a speech just as impassioned as the one on voting rights, and it will be interesting to see if Ms. Clinton devotes more time to the subject than President Obama has.
The ABC7 I-Team is following the money, from the jewelry, trips and clothing to the celebrity trinkets, all paid for by the Jacksons´ "personal slush fund". (Snip) The assistant head of the FBI in Washington Wednesday night says of Jesse and Sandi Jackson, "They can hide no more." For years, they hid lavish spending of campaign money, but U.S. officials plan for the government to make money off of some of their purchases, auctioning off some of those Jackson treasures. At the same though, that very same government may also be paying ex-congressman Jackson monthly disability and later a pension.
President George W. Bush’s daughter Barbara said she would like to see Hillary Clinton run for president in 2016. Barbara Bush, 31, called Clinton “unbelievably accomplished” in an upcoming interview with People magazine, saying she wants to see the former first lady mount a campaign. The former Republican president’s daughter said that her respect for Clinton wouldn’t necessarily mean she would vote for the former secretary of state, however.
Worth blogging just because it’s the first time I’ve seen a major elections analyst name Walker as the man to beat. I agree with the basic outline: There’ll be a centrist champion, a right-wing champion, and then a compromise candidate who can draw from both camps. Sabato thinks that’s Christie, Rand Paul, and Walker, respectively. I think it’s likelier to be Christie, Cruz, and Rubio, with Rand Paul an X factor fueled by libertarians, but oh well. Scott Walker continues to hold the top spot on our list because we believe that if he decided to run, he could potentially appeal
I was going to make Power Line a Filner-Weiner-free zone this week–after all, what more is there to say about these skeevy creeps? But there’s news worth passing along, starting with the terrific decision by San Diego-area Hooter’s restaurants to ban Filner from their premises. Heh. Double-heh. But wait–there’s more! A local video outfit produced the following parody video below, and it has excited comment (after the jump) that it is “sexist” or something stupid like that. (Snip for video) So here’s the complaint as passed along by TalkingPointsMemo:
Earlier this week on Sean Hannity´s Fox News Channel program, Kentucky senator Rand Paul talked about how Republicans in Congress should move forward on Obamacare. The Republican senator seemed to endorse the strategy of defunding the health care law in the upcoming budget battle but indicated that delaying the individual mandate may be more likely to pass. Asked by Hannity about his express support for the Ted Cruz-Mike Lee "defund" strategy, Paul said that "it´s the only method at this time to do anything" about Obamacare, but then added, "I may not be able to guarantee victory." "But what I
"NCIS" is moving on without Cote de Pablo. The actress announced last month that she is leaving the top-rated CBS drama and reportedly turned down two sizable raises. Now the network and the show´s producers are casting a successor for de Pablo´s character, Ziva, TVLine reports. The character will be named Bishop and is a twentysomething female character who is "bright, educated, athletic, attractive, fresh-faced, focused and somewhat socially awkward. She has a mysterious mixture of analytic brilliance, fierce determination and idealism. She's traveled extensively, but only feels comfortable at home."
NEW YORK- Kurt is a 32-year-old IT systems administrator from Des Moines, Iowa. He has a colleague who had been prescribed "ridiculous amounts" of Vicodin for a chronic back problem. His colleague offered him some of the pills. Soon Kurt was taking them three to four times a week to get high and relax. "I had been prescribed Vicodin before so I knew the effects," he said. "I would come home, take a couple and pour myself a drink, to help me unwind." He is not alone. One in 10 Americans admit taking a prescription drug they have not been prescribed,
Washington- The White House has started installing solar panels on the first family residence as part of an energy retrofit that will improve the efficiency of the building, a White House official said on Thursday. President Obama in 2009 directed federal agencies to improve energy efficiency and increase the use of renewable energy, and in late 2010 pledged to put solar panels on the White House. It is not the first time a solar system has been installed on the White House roof. President Jimmy Carter put panels up in 1979, but they were removed in 1986 during roof repairs made
Some supporters of Egypt’s ousted Islamist president directed their wrath at the country’s Christian minority Wednesday, in what activists described as “the worst coordinated attacks on Egypt’s Coptic community in modern history.” Largely eclipsed by the military’s crackdown on Muslim Brotherhood protest camps in Cairo and resulting loss of life, more than 20 churches in a number of provinces were reported to have been targeted for arson and other attacks. Through the day news reports and social media posts drew attention to individual incidents and it soon became apparent that a concerted campaign of coordinated attacks was underway. Most of the targeted
Now that President Barack Obama’s former body man and still companion Reggie Love has let it out that Obama was playing cards during part of the raid in Abbottabad, Pakistan that killed al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, can he tell us where the president was on the night four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens were killed in Benghazi? “’...Most people were like down in the Situation Room and [President Obama] was like, “I’m not going to be down there, I can’t watch this entire thing,”’ Love recalled of the May 2011 raid during a forum hosted by the D.C.-based
They´ve been keeping a low profile at the Middletons´ Bucklebury mansion ever since the birth of their baby son George on 22 July, but now the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are slowly edging their way back into the limelight. Although Kate has stayed at home minding the third-in-line to the throne (helped by her parents Carole and Michael), Prince William has nipped out to attend a public polo match and, yesterday, the Anglesey Show, where he briefly discussed how he is enjoying fatherhood. And now he has given his first full interview since the birth of Prince George, described
As Egypt descends into chaos, President Obama is facing increasing criticism that an "incoherent" policy toward the country -- much like U.S. policy toward Syria -- is putting U.S. money and influence on the line without a clear end-game. The Obama administration claims to be staying neutral in the violent confrontation between the military-backed government and Muslim Brotherhood supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi. More than 500 people have been killed so far across the country. "America cannot determine the future of Egypt," Obama said Thursday, in brief remarks from Martha´s Vineyard, where he´s vacationing, as he appealed for calm and condemned
Four West Pensacola juveniles and a 19-year-old attacked a 77-year-old man Monday night, according to an Escambia County Sheriff’s Office news release. Demetrius Wilson, 12, Javontae Wilson, 13, and Keyon Black, 16, are each charged with aggravated assault and aggravated battery on a person older than 65 years of age. Alicia Wilson, 15, and Shaknee Golay, 19, are each being charged with aggravated assault on a person older than 65 years of age. The incident happened about 9 p.m. Monday when dispatchers received a report of several teenagers chasing a man with a stick, the news release said. The victim,
Major League Baseball is prepared to greatly increase its use of instant replay, with a proposal advancing that would give each manager three challenges per game if approved. Owners attending quarterly meetings in Cooperstown, N.Y,, were briefed on the proposal put together advanced by a committee including Joe Torre, John Schuerholz and Tony La Russa, which would be placed into effect in 2014. Almost all calls except the strike zone would be subject to review if MLB can gain approval of the players union and umpires union prior to a vote by owners in November. Commissioner Bud Selig hailed the
It´s obvious there was much drama in the courtroom as Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife, Sandi, waited to be sentenced in the theft of $750,000 from his campaign fund. He cried and she cried, and after the drama came the actual sentence. So let´s talk about what actually happened. Let´s put off the discussion of the wet tissues and the echo of sniffles, and that vague and unproven spin about Jackson´s reported, but unsupported, mental illness. First, consider what federal Judge Amy Berman Jackson (no relation) did to Chicago´s royal political couple from that courthouse
We’ve been laughing at our presidents — and presidential candidates — almost as long as we’ve been voting for them. Long before Rich Little “socked it to” Richard Nixon on “Laugh-In” and Darrell Hammond impersonated Bill Clinton on “Saturday Night Live,” political cartoonists during the Civil War mocked Abraham Lincoln by drawing him as an ape. “There is a way to do it and a way not to do it,” said Brent Mendenhall of Nevada, Mo., who made a full-time living until 2009 as a George W. Bush look-alike and impersonator.