On NBC’s Meet the Press Sunday morning, former Obama Press Secretary Robert Gibbs warned Hillary Clinton away from letting her 2016 presidential campaign be seen as an extension either the Bill Clinton or Barack Obama administrations. “She also has to distinguish herself from her husband,” Gibbs said. “If her campaign becomes an extension of either her husband’s term, or current president’s term, it’s not necessarily a good deal for her.” Gibbs wondered at how quickly Clinton had reentered the political arena. “She could build the campaign, she could develop a message, without having to be so far out in front there,”
Cook County, home to Chicago, had the rating on $3.7 billion of general-obligation bonds cut one level to A1 by Moody’s Investors Service because it faces “formidable hurdles” in fixing its pension system. The county of 5.2 million, the second-most-populous in the U.S., is the latest issuer in Illinois to have its rating cut by Moody’s. The rating company reduced the state’s rank in June to A3, and last month dropped Chicago’s grade three steps to A3. The outlook on all three is negative. (Snip) Illinois’s five state pension systems had 43 percent of assets needed to cover obligations in
EARLY employees of Amazon still remember the day the company took away their aspirin. It was late 1999. After years of heady excess, the Internet boom was beginning to falter. Amazon, among the most celebrated of the dot-coms, was burdened with debt and spiraling losses. Jeff Bezos, its founder and chief impresario, had to impress Wall Street that he was serious about cutting costs. But how? Amazon had never indulged employees with Silicon Valley perks like massages or sushi chefs. Just about the only thing that workers received free was aspirin. So the aspirin went. The removal created a lot
European aerospace consortium EADS has been eliminated from a bid to provide fighter jets worth $7.3 billion to South Korea due to a failure to meet some requirements, a report said Sunday. The Eurofighter was dropped from the bid also sought by US company Boeing after the South´s military found that the EADS proposal did not meet its key demands, Yonhap news agency said. (Snip) DAPA will submit the proposal from the remaining bidder for a final review by top military officials, the official added, indicating Boeing´s F-15 Silent Eagle would be the only candidate.
In The Liberty Amendments Mark Levin has delivered more than advertised. He promises a credible agenda for reinvigorating constitutional government based on an approach to the amendment process which avoids the liabilities of better known options. What he delivers, though, is a vast, potentially game-changing political arsenal that can be drawn upon by everyone from had-it-up-to-here Tea Partiers to Republican candidates at least sentient enough to know they need something more than budget and deficit talk. (snip) One of the most malignant consequences of Republican betrayal of Tea Party exertions in 2010 has been its effect on conservative citizens´ morale.
Israel took its polio vaccination campaign nationwide on Sunday, saying a two-week vaccination effort in the south was not enough to curb the threat of an outbreak of the virus. "Beginning today, children born after 1.1.2004 will be vaccinated with two drops of a weakened live (attenuated) polio strain, throughout the country," the health ministry said in a statement. "The decision to vaccinate nationwide is due to the ongoing presence of the polio virus in the Israeli sewage system, and it reaching children." The ministry said that since the launch of the campaign in the south of the country two
When Al Jazeera America hits TV on Tuesday, viewers will see familiar faces — and a new approach. CNN vets Joie Chen and Soledad O’Brien are lending their big names to the in-depth documentary show “America Tonight,” and former NBC journalist John Seigenthaler will anchor prime-time’s “Nightly News.” But beyond the plucked-from-elsewhere star power, Al Jazeera America won’t resemble anything else in cable news. “I really saw it as a completely different kind of opportunity,” says Chen, who signed up as anchor for what has been billed as the station’s flagship program after network brass pitched her a show in
Manama: Saudi businessman and investor Al Waleed Bin Talal has fired the manager of a television station after he admitted he was a member of the Muslim Brotherhood. In a letter addressed to Tariq Al Suwaidan, the manager of Al Risala (The Message), Al Waleed reportedly said that there was no room for any Muslim Brotherhood member in his group. Al Waleed heads the TV station´s board. According to Saudi media, Al Waleed said that Al Suwaidan, 59, had violated the policy of the station against affiliation with any party. (Snip) The prominent 59-year-old Kuwaiti Islamist and leader
The strange plague of psycho-Roosevelt-ementia, which suddenly springs to life and infects factions of the Left and Right, has been reported in several severely afflicted cases recently. Diana West, a right-wing loopy who has occasionally aroused cautious hopefulness that she has been house-trained, has published a novel presented as a non-fiction work, entitled “America Betrayed,” which holds that the United States under Roosevelt and Truman was “an occupied country” governed by robotic agents and stooges of Josef Stalin. In producing this volume, Ms. West has eased out Oliver Stone himself, who inspired and lent his name to the Oliver Stone Mythmaker
Believe it when The Daily Caller tells you: If you find any fault with public school teachers, you will definitely hear about how very hard they work, and how they care so much about making the world a better place. The Daily Caller now has evidence that the many spirited defenders of the old profession of teaching are right in many exciting, stimulating ways. SeekingArrangement.com, which bills itself as “the #1 online dating website for sugar babies and generous men,” is now boasting that some 40,000 public school teachers of a certain moral caliber have joined the website in an attempt to
It could be Uncle Sam’s biggest yard sale. After 12 years of war in Afghanistan, officials are now pondering what to do with $50 billion in equipment half a world away — including combat vehicles, dining rooms, gyms, clothing and more. “A lot of this stuff, you´re not really concerned about bringing it back,” said Jim Hasik, a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council. “I mean if a Coke machine falls into the hands of the Taliban, this is just not a big disaster.” But eventually, much of the gear will trickle down to the public. With the click of a mouse the
A bomb has ripped through the Egyptian consulate in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi, leaving a security guard needing hospital treatment. Witnesses said the blast tore through the garden wall of the consulate, wounding five children who were cut by flying glass from blown out vehicles building windows. The device had apparently been concealed inside a briefcase. Demonstrations were held on Friday in Alegeria Square over violence that led to the deaths of 700 in Cairo on Thursday and 173 on Friday, as clashes ensued between Muslim Brotherhood supporters and the interim Government military.
Dubai - An American al Qaeda militant has called for more attacks on Western diplomats in the Arab world, praising the killers of the U.S. ambassador to Libya on September 11 last year, a U.S.-based monitoring group said on Sunday. (Snip) Adam Gadahn, a California-born convert to Islam with a $1 million U.S. price on his head, appealed to wealthy Muslims to offer militants rewards to kill ambassadors in the region, citing bounty set for killing the U.S. ambassador to Yemen, Washington-based SITE monitoring group said. "These prizes have a great effect in instilling fear in the hearts of
Washington — Clinton nostalgia is being replaced by Clinton neuralgia. Why is it that America’s roil family always seems better in abstract than in concrete? The closer it gets to running the world once more, the more you are reminded of all the things that bugged you the last time around. The Clintons’ neediness, their sense of what they are owed in material terms for their public service, their assumption that they’re entitled to everyone’s money. Are we about to put the “For Rent” sign back on the Lincoln Bedroom? If Americans are worried about money in politics,
CAIRO — After torching a Franciscan school, Islamists paraded three nuns on the streets like "prisoners of war" before a Muslim woman offered them refuge. Two other women working at the school were sexually harassed and abused as they fought their way through a mob. In the four days since security forces cleared two sit-in camps by supporters of Egypt´s ousted president, Islamists have attacked dozens of Coptic churches along with homes and businesses owned by the Christian minority. The campaign of intimidation appears to be a warning to Christians outside Cairo to stand down from political activism. Christians have long
It´s said that Elizabeth I once rebuked the court fool for not being hard enough on her. While the story may be apocryphal, it demonstrates that even rulers who considered themselves divinely appointed had the ability to recognize their fallibility.(snip)Truly great leaders, like the late Ronald Reagan, have a sense of humor. They can see their own shortcomings. They know they share the foibles and fallibilities of the human race. An outstanding statesman like Winston Churchill, Stalin´s contemporary, was known for his wonderful off-the-cuff ripostes. We´re still waiting see a book come out about Stalin´s wonderful witticisms.
This past January, Laura Poitras received a curious e-mail from an anonymous stranger requesting her public encryption key. For almost two years, Poitras had been working on a documentary about surveillance, and she occasionally received queries from strangers. She replied to this one and sent her public key — allowing him or her to send an encrypted e-mail that only Poitras could open, with her private key — but she didn’t think much would come of it. The stranger responded with instructions for creating an even more secure system to protect their exchanges. Promising sensitive information, the stranger told Poitras
Let Rand Paul have his epic filibuster and Ted Cruz his scowling threats to shut down the government. Let Chris Christie thunder to a second term as the governor of New Jersey, his hubris flowering as his ultimate designs on the White House take shape. Jeb Bush, lying low in the subtropics of Florida, has something they don’t: the unalloyed affection of many of the Republican Party’s most influential moneymen, who are waiting for word on what he’ll do, hoping that he’ll seek the 2016 presidential nomination
The Los Angeles Police Department has ruled out foul play in journalist Michael Hastings´ fatal car crash two months ago in Hollywood, but several media outlets are continuing to promote conspiracy theories about the circumstances surrounding his death. The theories, which suggest Hastings was assassinated shortly after sending friends a frantic email, have received attention beyond the usual fringe suspects partly because of ongoing reporting by freelance blogger Kimberly Dvorak for the CW Television Network affiliate San Diego 6. Dvorak, whom the station touts as an "investigative journalist," is a "National Homeland Security Correspondent" for Examiner.com, a blog network owned by
From his first presidential campaign to the present, the president, his party and his administration have openly flouted existing laws, and it doesn´t seem there is any legal means of stopping him short of impeachment. As you may recall, the Democrats refused to fill vacant spots on the Federal Election Commission so that when the Obama campaign disabled the system to track contributions there was no way in 2008 to challenge and stop the practice and countless suspicious contributions, including many from overseas, found their way into his coffers.
Here’s a little piece of advice for those in trouble with the law: If you don’t want to be arrested, stay off social media. You may recall that on July 28th, riots broke out in Huntington Beach, California following the Vans U.S. Open of Surfing competition. The melee resulted in property damage to stores in the area, small fires being set ablaze, toppling of port-a-potties, looting and fights in the streets and damage to police cars. As is common now in the age of social media, photos and videos of the chaos went viral online, and police promised to take advantage of
The British embassy in the Yemeni capital Sanaa has reopened after it was closed for nearly two weeks over "increased security concerns". UK staff in Sanaa were sent home after messages between the head of al-Qaeda and the group´s head in Yemen about an attack were reportedly intercepted. US embassies across the Middle East and North Africa were also closed. Yemen said the closures had played into the hands of terrorists, but Britain said safety was the top priority. The BBC´s Rami Ruhayem, in Sanaa, said the reopening of the British embassy, at 08:30 BST on Sunday, appeared to suggest the perceived danger
Thousands of refugees from Syria are pouring over the border into Iraqi Kurdistan, the UN refugee agency says. Up to 10,000 crossed at Peshkhabour on Saturday, adding to an earlier influx of 7,000 on Thursday. The UN agencies, the Kurdish regional government and NGOs are struggling to cope, correspondents say. The UN says the reasons are not fully clear, but there has been a sharp rise in clashes between Syrian Kurds and anti-government Islamist militants. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) says this is one of the biggest single waves of refugees it has had to deal with since the uprising against
When British energy company Cuadrilla announced that it was going to start exploratory drilling for oil and gas on the outskirts of the sleepy West Sussex village of Balcombe, the residents were understandably concerned--and they voiced their objections in a peaceful and responsible manner. They set up gazebos and bunting at the roadside; there was tea, music and even a cricket match. But then a hard core of outside activists turned up who transformed the protest into something quite different. [Snip] Wytch Farm in Dorset has been producing thousands of barrels of oil a day since the Seventies, pumping water
VINEYARD HAVEN, Mass. — Even on a summer family vacation, President Barack Obama is followed by an entourage whose behind-the-scenes movements are juggled by a woman who was born into politics and has been with him since his Chicago days. Ashley Tate-Gilmore heads the White House Travel Office, a five-person operation that handles precise logistics behind every presidential trip. The details usually go unnoticed by the public, unless something goes horribly wrong. Tate-Gilmore not only acts as a high-stakes travel agent for White House press and staff, but a mini-ambassador who is often the first to arrive at presidential destinations.