On Friday morning, Cairo’s streets were empty. No bustling cafés or beeping taxis. Eerie silence enveloped the city, only to be shattered by an orchestra of rapid gunfire and protest chants following noon prayer. Most families stayed inside, terrified of what the planned “Friday of Rage” would bring. Groups of men holding sticks and bats formed “popular committees” and manned civilian checkpoints around the city, demanding drivers open their trunks to be searched. Teenage boys wandered around some neighborhoods, taking full advantage of the lax security to harass women they came across. After Friday prayer sounded, thousands of supporters of deposed
A couch that can store up to 30 rifles and with cushions that can stop a .44 Magnum bullet at point blank range is now available in America. The world´s first ´CouchBunker´ comes complete with bullet-proof cushions fitted with straps so they can be worn as armour when on the move. It sounds like something from a Hollywood film, but the fire-proof weapon-store is now available to buy, in a range of colours and materials, for a mere $6,700. The ´CouchBunker´ is available in a wide range of styles, leather and fabric coverings, ´creating choices from game room casual to
The old saying is that no one washes a rental car. It’s a little bit different at the Pentagon. Over there, they rent a lot of cars for travel by staff in and around the capital. They don’t need to wash many of them, either – because they drive them so rarely. That’s the bottom line in a Pentagon inspector general’s report released Thursday showing that 511 of the 774 vehicles leased by four Pentagon offices in 2011 – two out of every three – weren’t driven enough miles annually to warrant their rental. It’s a case study of Pentagon waste easily
The North Korean long-range missiles that jangled nerves across the world when paraded through Pyongyang last month were ´almost certainly´ fake, government experts and independent researchers have claimed. The weapons, which were showcased in a lavish show of military muscle to mark the 60th anniversary of the Korean war armistice, were heavily criticised by researchers who insisted they would be unable to fly let alone unleash a deadly attack on the US. The experts came to the conclusion, following an investigation by NBC News, after studying a series of high-definition photographs taken during the parade, held on July 27. The
Last winter, the state of Michigan officially became the country’s 24th right-to-work state — it was a bold move for a state with so much manufacturing and so many sizable union interests on the line, and Big Labor was not at all pleased about the whole thing. They raised quite the ruckus over it at the time, and they have since been trying to challenge the state’s right to implement the change in court. Nothing doing, guys: The Michigan Legislature’s right to create a law that bans mandatory union membership trumps the authority of a state agency that oversees public employment,
Nearly three months after a massive tornado wound through Moore, Okla., destroying two elementary schools on the last day of school, parents and students headed back to class Friday for the first day of the new school year. Two elementary schools, Briarwood and Plaza Towers Elementary, were destroyed in the EF-5 tornado that hit the Oklahoma City suburb. Twenty-four people were killed in the storm, including seven students from Plaza Towers Elementary. On Friday morning, Plaza Towers Elementary students started a new school year with therapy dogs and a large banner that read "Plaza Towers Elementary School. Welcome." The approximate 300 students are
WASHINGTON -- New revelations from leaker Edward Snowden that the National Security Agency has overstepped its authority thousands of times since 2008 are stirring renewed calls on Capitol Hill for serious changes to NSA spy programs, undermining White House hopes that President Barack Obama had quieted the controversy with his assurances of oversight. An internal audit provided by Snowden to The Washington Post shows the agency has repeatedly broken privacy rules or exceeded its legal authority every year since Congress granted it broad new powers in 2008.
For the first time since the Carter Administration, solar panels are going up on the roof of the White House. It´s part of a mandate towards renewable energy in the federal government, but also a symbolic gesture that the president is plowing ahead with his green energy agenda, regardless of congressional opposition. It´s a policy that EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy affirmed Wednesday at the University of Colorado, Boulder. "He said that he wasn´t going to wait for Congress, but that he had administrative authorities," she said. "It was time to start utilizing those more effectively, in a more concerted way." Marc
Fox TV planned to produce the upcoming NBC miniseries based on the political life of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. That was before the Republican National Committee vowed not to let NBC handle any 2016 presidential primary debates until the network dropped the project. Now, Fox TV is out of the picture, although The Hollywood Reporter says the deal died due to point squabbles, not political fallout. Some within Team NBC may be breathing a sigh of relief over the news, assuming it damaged its chances of bringing the miniseries to the public in the end. The NBC project, first announced
An Asian American group is demanding that Fox “fix fatal flaws” in its upcoming sitcom, “Dads,” executive-produced by “Family Guy” guru Seth MacFarland. The Media Action Network for Asian Americans has sent a letter to Fox entertainment chief Kevin Reilly and other network officials asking that “racist” scenes be reshot before the show’s fall premiere. “Our community can’t continue to be the target of racially insensitive jokes,” MANAA founding president Guy Aoki wrote. “Fox has an opportunity to fix fatal flaws in the pilot and to improve the show’s chances for success when it premieres next month.
BOSTON — The Republican National Committee voted Friday to bar NBC and CNN from sponsoring GOP primary debates in the 2016 election, ramping up pressure to stop the networks from running programs focused on Hillary Rodham Clinton. RNC chairman Reince Priebus, who is trying to consolidate control over the primary process, said the networks’ programs were likely aid Mrs. Clinton, who is seen as the frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination, and he said that’s unfair to the GOP. “It is the right thing to do for our voters,” Mr. Priebus said. “They are not going to get a real
We all know Republicans have done well among seniors, while Democrats have done better with the young. Part of this is that the youth segment of the electorate is more diverse – although younger white people have also been more Democratic than their older counterparts. Given that people tend to hang on to the voting habits they start with, you can see how this might be a problem for Republicans in later elections. Older folks are more likely to die sooner than younger people, of course. So, Republicans have to hope for one of two things to happen in order
The leader of the secret court that is supposed to provide critical oversight of the government’s vast spying programs said that its ability to do so is limited and that it must trust the government to report when it improperly spies on Americans. The chief judge of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court said the court lacks the tools to independently verify how often the government’s surveillance breaks the court’s rules that aim to protect Americans’ privacy. Without taking drastic steps, it also cannot check the veracity of the government’s assertions that the violations its staff members report
Obama took his wife, Michelle, and daughters Malia and Sasha on a late Friday morning bike ride through the Manuel F. Correllus State Forest in Martha´s Vineyard. The president rode with 15-year-old Malia and the first lady paired off with 12-year-old Sasha. Obama greeted onlookers as he rode by saying, ´Hey guys. Nice day, huh?´ Reuters´ reporter Jeff Mason asked, ´How´s it going?´ and ´Having a good time?´ Obama shouted, ´Having a great time, as always,´ as he pedaled away. Before heading out for the ride on his sixth full day of vacation, the White House said Obama was briefed
WEST TISBURY - The Obama family headed out for a bike ride at 10:30 this morning at the Manuel F. Correllus State Forest, according to a press pool report. The foursome is riding through the woods toward West Tisbury. Bill Coogan, of West Tisbury and Maine, bicycled up to the president and one of his daughters while they were getting ready to ride. "They both apologized for being in my way which I thought was very courteous of them," said Coogan. Reporters and a small group of people gathered near the West Tisbury School along the bike route saw first
The Obama administration announced last month via blog post that the president was unilaterally suspending ObamaCare´s employer mandate—notwithstanding the clear command of the law. President Obama´s comments about it on Aug. 9—claiming that "the normal thing [he] would prefer to do" is seek a "change to the law"—then added insult to constitutional injury. It also offers a sharp contrast with a different president who also suspended the law. On April 27, 1861, President Lincoln unilaterally authorized his commanding general to suspend the writ of habeas corpus so that he could detain dangerous rebels in the early days of the Civil War.
Eight babies met their dads for the first time yesterday when 160 Connecticut National Guardsmen of the 1048th Transportation Company returned home from a 10-month deployment in Afghanistan. Returning Army Specialist Matthew Crudo watched his wife Sarah give birth to their daughter Nora over Skype, and finally got to hold the now 5-month-old yesterday. ´It feels great,´ he told the Hartford Courant. ´It was a long journey to get back here.´Mrs Crudo looked happy to have him back, but said giving birth without her husband physically with her was fine. ´It really was amazing. I have no complaints,´
It’s clear by now that if conservatives are ever going to even begin to roll back the overt, ongoing and worsening lawlessness of the Obama administration, they’re going to have to go over, through, or around the Republican party first. The GOP “leadership,” as presently constituted, is nothing more than the lesser half of the Permanent Bipartisan Fusion Government, content to munch its cud and occasionally low in the direction of constitutional propriety, and then resume its own modest but lucrative role in fertilizing the “two-party” system. As evidence, consider Bob Costa’s piece today on Senator Ted Cruz, and the
In a rare occurrence, Vice President Joseph Biden will join President Barack Obama in Scranton for the last stop on the president´s two-day bus tour promoting affordable higher education. "He´s going to join Obama here in the city," Mayor Chris Doherty said. "That´s pretty good, the president and vice president." The president is scheduled to appear next Friday at Lackawanna College, a school spokeswoman and the White House confirmed Friday. The school will be the last stop on a tour that takes Mr. Obama on Thursday to the University of Buffalo in Buffalo, N.Y., and the State University of New
Vancouver, British Columbia -- Michael Hallatt has spent more than $350,000 at Trader Joe´s in less than two years. But the popular grocery chain doesn´t ever want to see him again. "I´m their best customer," he said with a mix of pride and indignation. Every week, the former Bay Area resident drives his panel van across the border to buy a few thousand dollars worth of merchandise at Trader Joe´s stores in the States. He then turns around and resells the goods at his own shop in Canada for a profit. Now, despite the obvious affection Hallatt and his customers
FT. HOOD, Texas — Police officer Kimberly Munley watched in court Friday as a dashboard camera video showed her responding to the mass shooting at this central Texas Army base four years ago. On the courtroom´s flat-screen television monitor, soldiers are seen running across the street in front of her car, apparently fleeing. “I need more units,” a woman´s voice can be heard saying as Munley arrives at a medical processing center and runs from her car as shots sound in the distance. Soon after, Munley, a sergeant, said she confronted the shooter, trading gunfire before she was shot three
An Illinois Republican congressman told constituents at a town hall meeting on Wednesday that then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton screamed at a fellow member of Congress two days after a U.S. diplomatic station in Benghazi, Libya was destroyed, merely for saying aloud that the attack was carried out by terrorist groups. [Snip] ´Two days after this attack,´ said Rep. Adam Kinzinger, ´we were in a briefing with Hillary Clinton and she screamed at a member of Congress who’d dare suggest that this was a terrorist attack.´ ´Now we find out that while it was happening, they knew it was a
Speaking Thursday at a joint appearance with Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari, Secretary of State John Kerry admitted that there were “many al Qaeda leaders now operating in Syria”—where President Barack Obama decided two months ago to provide military support to rebel forces fighting alongside al Qaeda to overthrow the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Asad. Asad is a member of the Alawite sect, which is a derivative of Shiite Islam; the Syrian rebels are predominantly Sunni, and al Qaeda is Sunni. According to the CIA, Assad’s Alawite sect represents no more than 16 percent of the Syrian population, while 74 percent
Egypt´s president on Friday suggested US President Barack Obama´s condemnation of a deadly crackdown on Islamists may "encourage violent armed groups". "The presidency fears statements not based on facts may encourage violent armed groups," it said in a statement responding to Obama´s condemnation of Wednesday´s carnage when police moved to disperse Islamist protest camps. "The presidency appreciates US concern for developments in Egypt, but it wished it could have clarified matters," said the statement published by the official MENA news agency. "Egypt is facing terrorist acts aimed at government institutions and vital installations," the statement said.
The Washington Post´s article detailing the fourth amendment abuses by the NSA got some push back from the administration who attempted to "edit" the article before publication. The internal audit referenced in the article was obtained by the WaPo from Edward Snowden. The details of the audit indicated repeated and growing privacy violations by the NSA, violations which included obtaining thousands of American citizen´s communications records and using methods of information collection that were later deemed unconstitutional by a court. The Post was able to interview John Delong, NSA director of compliance for the article and they were initially