Two of the best political bookmakers in the business have set the early odds on Hillary Clinton’s chances for the presidency in 2016, and the early line is murky for the front-runner. The Washington Post’s Dan Balz, who is the nation’s best political reporter, points out that Clinton’s 2008 campaign was plagued by a lack of cohesion in leadership and message and that her 2016 front-runner status could trick her into running a cautious and plodding campaign once again — if she decides to run at all, of course.
Days after reports that a nonprofit founded by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg was seeking unpaid interns sparked criticism, the organization has announced that it will launch a paid internship program. On Wednesday, Jessica Bennett, a staff member for Sandberg’s foundation LeanIn.Org, posted on Facebook that she was seeking an unpaid editorial intern to assist in her work for the group. Immediately the post drew criticism in cyberspace, with commentators and Silicon Valley blog Valleywag noting Sandberg’s recent stock sale, which netted her a cool $91 million days before her foundation began recruiting free labor.
Nairobi — Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta begins a visit Sunday to the nation that is fast becoming this East African nation’s biggest economic engine. It’s not the United States, one of Kenya’s biggest aid donors. Nor is it former colonial power Great Britain. It’s China. Kenyatta’s choice of Beijing as one of the first places outside Africa to pay an official state visit to since his inauguration in April speaks volumes about China’s growing presence in Kenya. It also highlights the United States’ waning influence in a country vital to U.S. interests, say analysts. “The Chinese government and people are
When Janet Yellen jumped from academia to the Federal Reserve Board, she seemed like a new breed at the buttoned-up central bank — eating lunch with staff in the cafeteria and debating ideas like she was back in the faculty lounge. Nearly two decades later, Yellen still carries the air of a scholar, applying a rigorous theoretical approach to America’s economic challenges, particularly unemployment. (Snip) Yellen, now the No. 2 at the central bank, has emerged as one of the administration’s top candidates to replace Ben Bernanke as America’s economist-in-chief, and would be the first woman to chair the Federal
Before getting to the actual outcome of the EEOC lawsuit and the Federal Judge’s ruling we must review the BACKSTORY: In September of 2012 Newark New Jersey, passed Ordinance 12-1630, “which limits employers’ ability to conduct criminal background checks.” (Snip)In February of 2013, at the request of the White House, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) each determined that employers who use background checks as one of the determinants of whether to hire a prospective employee may be engaging in prohibited discrimination.
Mark Steyn argues that two things have happened simultaneously. America has “imploded on the world stage” while its current leaders have increased their power at home. (Snip) The web is rife with rumor that one side or the other is holding a scandal over the administration’s head. There is no proof that any such scandal exists. But given the parade of scandals already too numerous to mention it cannot wholly be discounted that some such exists. So Obama remains hunkered down in Martha’s Vineyard, emerging periodically from his vacation home, like a cuckoo from a clock, to make a
Earlier this week, CNN asked me to write an op-ed on Ted Cruz, and whether he’s a realistic contender for the presidency. My reaction: Of course he is — but probably not in 2016. And for that matter, neither are the Republicans who seem to get the most mention for that position: No one doubts that Cruz has a bright future in the Republican Party, but that doesn’t mean the future is now. Cruz, like Rubio and Rand Paul, have only barely arrived on the national stage and are many years younger than their sell-by date. None of the three has held
Chillmark, Mass. — Each morning this week, Susan E. Rice has called or come to a secluded contemporary house here, intelligence reports at hand, to brief President Obama about the chaotic world that has followed him on vacation. On Wednesday, Ms. Rice, the national security adviser, delivered a particularly troubling report: Egypt’s military had begun a bloody operation to clear two camps of demonstrators protesting on behalf of that country’s ousted president, Mohamed Morsi. (Snip) “Obama and Rice are in the same place as Jimmy Carter and Zbig Brzezinski were in 30 years ago,” Mr. Riedel said.
Democratic senator Mary Landrieu says she´s embarrassed to go to places in Europe like France and Spain because some Americans do not have health insurance. Landrieu, who is up for reelection in 2014, represents the state of Louisiana. “People are scared when they’re sick, and they’re much stronger when they’re well,” Landrieu said at a Friday lunch, according to the American Press. “It’s embarrassing to me to go to places like France and Spain ... and their workers all manage to have health insurance that can’t be taken away.” The report adds: Landrieu said Louisiana has “more working people that
Washington — The Egyptian military’s bloody crackdown on supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood is yet another sign of the dark side of the Arab awakening. Across the Middle East, glimmerings of democracy are being snuffed out by political turmoil and violence. That reality requires a sobering course correction in American policy. Rather than viewing the end of autocracy’s monopoly as a ripe moment to spread democracy in the region, Washington should downsize its ambition and work with transitional governments to establish the foundations of responsible, even if not democratic, rule. (Snip) But the penchant for rushing transitional states to the
Authorities are on the look-out, and asking the public for help, in finding two suspects who robbed a couple of priests at a church in Lauderdale Lakes. Father Lesly Jean, according to Broward Sheriff’s Office, was taking a fellow priest on a tour of St. Helen Church in Lauderdale Lakes on July 18th around 10 p.m. “You’ve definitely hit a new low when you’ll rob two priests in front of a church and have no remorse about it,” said Keyla Concepcion of BSO. While walking southbound on Northwest 31 Avenue, the father noticed two men but didn’t think much of
A Maryland court has dismissed a lawsuit against an events-services company accused by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission of discriminatory hiring practices, a setback for a federal agency that increasingly argues the use of credit reports and criminal background checks can disproportionately impact minorities. The judge stated that using such checks can in some cases be discriminatory. However, the EEOC “bears the burden of applying reliable expert testimony and statistical analysis that demonstrates disparate impact stemming from a specific employment practice before such a violation can be found. … The EEOC has failed to do so in this case."
The U.K.´s Court of Protection´s Mrs. Justice Eleanor King has ruled that a 36-year-old male lacks the "mental capacity to use contraception" and is ordering sterilization for "his best interests." The Telegraph reports that the case in which the ruling was rendered arose from a man with learning difficulties--identified by the letters "DE"--having a son in 2010 with a woman who also has learning difficulties. After this, DE was ordered to remain under supervision to be sure no more children could be conceived. The child is cared for by his maternal grandmother and the court ruled that if the couple
RAF officers flew spying missions over the Soviet Union at the height of the Cold War, it was revealed yesterday. After decades of secrecy, the CIA declassified documents that show British pilots were involved in the U-2 flights in 1959 and 1960. They gathered vital intelligence which the head of the American agency said he regarded as worth ‘a million dollars’. [Snip] The first U-2 flights over the Soviet Union started in July 1956, but despite the valuable information gathered, President Dwight Eisenhower was concerned about the ramifications of such a flagrant breach of Russian air space if they were
The Tamarod ("Rebellion") movement in Egypt has joined a campaign calling to stop US aid to Egypt, and to cancel the 1979 Camp David peace treaty with Israel, Daily News Egypt reported on Saturday. The campaign is in response to "unacceptable" US interference in Egyptian political affairs, after US President Barack Obama decided to cancel a joint drill with the Egyptian military in response to the outbreak of violence in the country earlier this week. (Snip) Tamarod, who played a major role in the ousting of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, demand the Egyptian regime to hold a referendum on banning
Cairo - Egyptian presidential advisor Mustafa Hegazy described them as remnants of “religious fascism” that once governed the nation. The police called them infidels as they cleared a mosque Saturday where they were either hiding or shooting, depending on which side you listened to. Newscasters referred to them as armed gunmen. And on the streets of Cairo, in front of the latest clashes, nearby residents used the terms animals, barbarians, and terrorists to describe supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi. It is why so many shrug at word that at least 1,042 people have been
Yet again the Western world gazes baffled and powerless at the ever more tragic mess unfolding across the Middle East. The wishful-thinking euphoria that greeted the “Arab Spring” two years ago seems a million miles away as Egypt plunges into bloody chaos; an even greater catastrophe continues to engulf Syria; violence returns to Lebanon with a huge bomb attack on Assad’s Hizbollah allies; thousands die in the sectarian strife that is the West’s legacy to “liberated” Iraq; and yet more “peace talks” brokered by the US between Israel and the Palestinians look more forlorn than ever.
Ten days after two Canadian brothers were killed by an escaped 14-foot python, authorities found 40 of the snakes at a southern Ontario motel. The seized ball pythons, all between 1 and 4 1/2 feet, were found in several plastic storage bins that were being stored in a Colborne St. motel on Thursday, Brantford Police said in a statement. Brandon James, an inspector with the Brant County SPCA, said the reptiles were suffering from dehydration. “We popped the lids of the containers and saw a mass of snakes,” he told the St. Catharines Standard. “They were all entangled. They were
Iraq has asked the United States for new help to fight extremists in the country less than two years after it forced American troops to withdraw. The request follows a resurgence of violence across Iraq and a renewed threat from al Qaeda extremists. The White House has largely turned its attention away from Iraq since US forces left in 2011. But the country has recently been hit with deadly bombings at a rate reminiscent of Iraq´s darkest days, stoking new fears of a civil war. More than 1,000 Iraqis were killed in terror-related attacks in July, the deadliest month since
The Israeli army has fired into Syria after shells from the neighbouring country hit the Israeli-occupied sector of the Golan Heights, a military spokesman says. "Today, several shells fired from Syria landed in the central Golan heights, adjacent to the Israel-Syria border," he told AFP on Saturday. Israeli military "forces carried out a pinpoint strike, targeting the source of the shooting. A hit was confirmed." The spokesman said at least three shells were confirmed to have hit Israel. (Snip) Army radio reported the Israeli attack demolished a Syrian military position.
Washington - Federal agents have launched a criminal investigation of instructors who claim they can teach job applicants how to pass lie detector tests as part of the Obama administration’s unprecedented crackdown on security violators and leakers. The criminal inquiry, which hasn’t been acknowledged publicly, is aimed at discouraging criminals and spies from infiltrating the U.S. government by using the polygraph-beating techniques, which are said to include controlled breathing, muscle tensing, tongue biting and mental arithmetic. So far, authorities have targeted at least two instructors,
Boston - Gov. Chris Christie told Republican leaders his New Jersey successes were an example of winning GOP support from female and minority voters in a blue state. The party should follow conservative economic themes and the pledge of pragmatic governance, the one-term governor, (Snip) "I´m not going to be one of these people who goes and calls our party stupid," he said, alluding to Jindal, the Republican Governors Association chairman, who told the RNC in January the GOP had to "stop being the party of stupid." "There´s nothing wrong with our principles," Christie said.
Baghdad - Iraq´s prime minister warned Saturday that weapons and fighters flowing into Syria are now making their way to Iraq, as a rising tide of violence sweeps across the country. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said that weapons provided by some countries to the Syrian rebels and foreign fighters attempting to topple Syrian President Bashar Assad, are now ending up in Iraq. "The weapons provided to those killers in Syria have been smuggled to Iraq and those wolves that came from different countries to Syria are now sneaking into Iraq," he said during a youth gathering.
Los Angeles - A Los Angeles County law requiring adult film performers to wear condoms is constitutional, a federal judge has ruled. The decision is a setback to porn producers who filed a lawsuit to block the implementation of the Safer Sex in the Adult Film Industry Act, or Measure B, which was approved by voters last November. It was sponsored by five individuals affiliated with the nonprofit AIDS Healthcare Foundation. In the ruling Friday, U.S. District Judge Dean Pregerson wrote that supporters presented sufficient evidence of the health risks the measure seeks to reduce.
"Lee Daniels´ The Butler" opened to a strong $8.3 million Friday, putting the Forest Whitaker-Oprah Winfrey civil rights saga on pace for a debut weekend in the $25 million range. That about $5 million over analysts´ expectations and makes the Weinstein Company´s decision to release the "The Butler" in 2,933 theaters, rather than the gradual platform release favored for most awards hopefuls, look like a good one. Its $8,300 per-screen average was well ahead of anything else in the market on Friday. Also read: ´´The Butler´ Reviews: Is the Civil Rights Drama a Masterpiece or Maudlin?