In the wake of last week’s much-discussed New York Times investigative report detailing cronyism and mismanagement inside the Clinton Foundation, former president Bill Clinton issued an open letter in an attempt to stem the public relations backlash. Clinton’s letter challenged a couple of the Times’ assertions that his nonprofit had run deficits. Curiously, Clinton’s letter left unchallenged the Times’ more troubling reporting--based on over two dozen interviews with Clinton Foundation insiders--that the nonprofit is rife with cronyism and conflicts of interest that leverage access and power to benefit for-profit ventures like Teneo, a consultancy co-founded by Bill Clinton’s “surrogate son” and
Just because “30 Rock” is no longer on the air doesn’t mean Tina Fey’s resting on her laurels. It’s been little more than six months since the sitcom had its last hurrah on NBC and the funnywoman, who signed a four-year development deal with Universal Television last fall, has already sold two sitcoms — and that’s just in the past week. After a reported bidding war, Fox scooped up a comedy about a women’s college that decides to admit men for the first time. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the network placed a rare full-series order for the comedy
With the latest major revelation about National Security Agency surveillance, there’s a huge taboo question that needs to be put out on the table: Has President Obama been deliberately lying about the NSA, or have his statements just been repeatedly “wrong”? After Barton Gellman’s blockbuster story today about the NSA breaking “privacy rules or overstepp(ing) its legal authority thousands of times each year,” the Washington Post published an attendant commentary with a headline declaring the president was merely “wrong” in last week suggesting that the NSA wasn’t “actually abusing” its legal authority. The implication is that when Obama made that comment
Rafael Caro Quintero was one of the leaders of the Guadalajara drug cartel, which was the most powerful cartel in Mexico when he was convicted in the kidnapping, torture and murder of U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent Enrique "Kiki" Camarena in 1985. A Mexican judge recently ordered Caro Quintero´s release from prison after he served 28 years of a 40-year sentence. (Snip) The cartel had several high-ranking members of Mexican law enforcement on its payroll, including the commander of the nation´s Directorate of Federal Security. "Commencing in 1984, members of the Guadalajara Narcotics Cartel engaged in a series of actions the
Time magazine’s senior national correspondent Michael Grunwald faced fire Saturday night after he tweeted in support of a drone strike on WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, a comment that he deleted soon after WikiLeaks called for Mr. Grunwald’s resignation. “I can’t wait to write a defense of the drone strike that takes out Julian Assange,” Mr. Grunwald tweeted, according to a report by Mediaite.com. WikiLeaks quickly responded: “We have written to TIME magazine to ask for Michael Grunwald’s resignation.” “Time must show that journalists calling for the murder of other journalists, or, indeed, anybody, is never acceptable,” Wikileaks added.
The bare-bones health insurance policy that’s been the plan of choice for New Jerseyans who can’t afford something better is set to go away next year, thanks to the Affordable Care Act. And what those policy holders will be left with may be a choice among pricey, pricier and priciest. About 106,000 people in the Garden State are insured under what are known as "basic and essential," or B&E, health care plans, according to state data. (Snip) About 71 percent of those covered by the individual health market have a B&E plan. Soon no longer.
There was a clear disconnect this weekend between those attending the meeting of the Republican National Committee in Boston and the mainstream media. While, by all accounts, the RNC was upbeat and fully behind Chairman Reince Preibus’s attempts to push back at the party’s liberal tormentors by threatening to boycott networks that produced puff pieces on Hillary Clinton, most of the commentary about the gathering focused on the idea that the GOP was hopelessly divided and drifting farther to the right. The best example of this genre was the piece published in Politico on Friday under the almost farcically biased
As church after church is put to the torch in Egypt by members of the Muslim Brotherhood and its allies, one of the things that is going up in flames is the reputation of President Obama. n the past 48 hours alone, some 57 Egyptian churches have been burned to the ground in the Nile valley. It will not be lost on the Egyptians that Mr. Obama has spent the crisis playing golf at Martha’s Vineyard. Scores of Christians are being consumed in this conflagration, some burned beyond recognition defending their churches, even as Mr. Obama’s much-despised envoy in Egypt,
Big wasteful government isn’t only a federal phenomenon. And if you’re an honest government employee in the city of Alexandria in the Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C., you better watch out. Because if you “blow the whistle” on inappropriate, unethical, or improper government spending, your bosses will retaliate and fire you for speaking up on behalf of the tax-payers. All across America, billions of taxpayer dollars are wasted or mismanaged by local governments because of little to no government transparency or accountability. Alexandria, Virginia, provides an example of why. Ironically, local government, which is arguably the “closest to the people,” is in
Nearly five years after moving into the White House, Michelle Obama could not look more at home. Posing in the formal Green Room, she appears both relaxed and invigorated, embracing the undefined (and undefinable) roles of Spouse in Chief, Role Model in Chief, and Mom in Chief. But it’s the last one that makes the first lady shine brightest of all. Put her in a room with kids—whether her own or the nation’s—and she glows.
Like all terrorist organizations, the Muslim Brotherhood has only one commodity to trade in. Blood. In the war of ideas for the future of Egypt, the Brotherhood had nothing to offer but the blood of its followers and victims. It has no new ideas. It has no record of accomplishments. It has no vision for the future except the same old corruption and authoritarianism cloaked in a deceptive Islamist garb. The outcome of any interaction with the Brotherhood could have been predicted from its motto; “Allah is our objective. The Prophet is our leader. The Qur’an is our law. Jihad is
A Christiansburg man and his stepson are among the victims of what police suspect is a murder-suicide that occurred Friday night. Police have identified all three men killed in shootings in Christiansburg and Pulaski. Derek Scott Roberson, 36, of Christiansburg, was found dead from an apparent gunshot wound at his home on Kay´s Drive at about 6:15 p.m., according to Christiansburg police. Barry Roberson, 45, of Pulaski, and Clinton Morris, 69, of Christiansburg, were both later found dead from apparent gunshot wounds in Pulaski at approximately 7?p.m., according to the Pulaski Police Department.
To a Muslim like myself, Islam has passed me by the day a Mutawya’ah (Saudi religious police) caned me for refusal to pray in the Grand Mosque of Riyadh, but it has become a target of my criticism just last week when the Islamists in Zanzibar doused two innocent British girls with acid. The straw of that incident broke my back. My criticism of my religion is long overdue. Out of respect for my family, peers and friends, I delayed the inevitable because of my overflowing optimism. I cannot and will not glue this broken glass. ads not by this site If
LONG BEACH, Calif.- The latest experiment in American journalism is a throwback: a new daily newspaper to compete against an established one in a big city. With Monday´s debut of the Long Beach Register, the ambitious owners of the Orange County Register are expanding their bet that consumers will reward an investment in news inked on paper and delivered to their doorsteps. The competition is the Long Beach Press-Telegram, which was founded more than a century ago and maintains an average weekday circulation of about 55,000. As a result of the budding newspaper battle, this city of 468,000 is joining the
Brian Hackford is divorcing Philadelphia, citing irreconcilable differences over public education. For most of his adult life, Hackford has loved this city - its energy, its grit, its humor, its culture, its diversity, restaurants, parks, museums, and a host of other ineffable qualities that have made this place home. But try as he might, he no longer believes the Philadelphia School District can be trusted to provide his three children with a good education. "I´ve lived in the city since 1995. I´ve planted roots. Every single one of my friends except one lives in the city. But at 41, I´m
Travelers flying to Las Vegas don’t wait until they touch ground to start their reveling. On the way to Sin City, the average planeload of passengers spends a total of $116 for liquor, beer wine and soda, surpassing drink sales to any other destination in the lower 48 states, according to statistics released by GuestLogix, a company that specializes in onboard merchandising for the airline industry. Travelers flying to cities in Hawaii and Alaska spend the most of any U.S. destination, but that is because long-haul flights are the norm to get to those states. (Snip) Spending on drinks drops significantly
Brandi Dean wanted to slink home. Her husband had rushed her to a Boston emergency room for severe vertigo, confusion, and a bizarre weakness on her right side, but neurological and other tests had yielded nothing. Maybe, a doctor suggested gently, it was a panic attack. (Snip) Underlying the emotional impasse is this simple fact: Lyme bacteria have rarely been found in patients after a cycle of antibiotics. Lyme tests look not for the bacteria but for antibodies, which the immune system makes to attack the microbe. Now researchers are looking more intensely for the bacterium itself in people, hoping
The NYT’s description of how US officials begged and pleaded with the Egyptian military to avoid a showdown with the Muslim Brotherhood to no avail is full of pathos in more ways than one. It describes how senior American officials who once bestrode the world were reduced to groveling. How the mighty had fallen. Not only did the US consent to be ignored, Obama paid for the privilege. (Snip) So he paid for idealism by being slugged and then rolled. But maybe he wound up that way by making a mistake. Sides as disparate as Saudi Arabia and Israel had
Shootings left three men dead and at least 14 others wounded from early Saturday afternoon to early morning Sunday, according to authorities. In the most recent shooting, at 4:35 a.m. Sunday morning, a man was killed and three women shot near the intersections of Springfield and Wilcox avenues in the East Garfield Park neighborhood on the West Side. The man, 24, was dead on arrival at Mount Sinai Hospital after suffering a shot to the chest, police said. One of the women, 21, was in serious-to-critical condition at Mt. Sinai after being shot in the chest and back. Another woman,
As their Vineyard vacation draws to a close, the Obamas finally hit the beach Saturday before heading out to dinner in Edgartown. The president also squeezed in another round of golf. The president, first lady and daughters Malia and Sasha arrived at a private beach off Pohogonot Road at around 10 a.m. Saturday morning. The rural area, accessed down long dirt roads, offers access to Edgartown Great Pond and the Atlantic Ocean. (Snip) The morning at the beach followed a late night in Oak Bluffs, where the family watched the annual fireworks show from Valerie Jarrett’s North Bluff rental home.
Five decades after President John F. Kennedy was fatally shot and long after official inquiries ended, thousands of pages of investigative documents remain withheld from public view. The contents of these files are partially known — and intriguing — and conspiracy buffs are not the only ones seeking to open them for a closer look. Some serious researchers believe the off-limits files could shed valuable new light on nagging mysteries of the assassination — including what U.S. intelligence agencies knew about accused assassin Lee Harvey Oswald before Nov. 22, 1963. It turns out that several hundred of the still-classified pages
New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly says there´s "no question" more people would die if the city´s next mayor ends the controversial stop-and-frisk policy, which a federal judge has struck down as unconstitutional. "No question about it, violent crime will go up," Kelly said Sunday on NBC´s "Meet the Press: when host David Gregory asked if more people would die. (Snip) "Again, this is not a program," Kelly said. "This is something that´s integral to policing. This happens throughout America at any police jurisdiction. You have to do it. Officers have to have the right of inquiry, if they
Now it’s Conrad Black at National Review Online who seeks to stop all rational thought about the ideas contained in my book, American Betrayal. This time, however, the “debate” sinks into potty talk — new depthys. To attempt to save Roosevelt from new scrutiny as head of a White House effectively maneuvered by confirmed, agents of Soviet influence, Black resorts to calling me “a right-wing loopy who has occasionally aroused cautious hopefulness that she has been house-trained” and saying “the West farrago of lies has been thoroughly debunked, especially by Ron Radosh in his FrontPage Magazine piece titled “McCarthy on
Hillary Rodham Clinton will return to Yale Law School in October to address alumni and accept an “Award of Merit” on the 40th anniversary of her graduation. Clinton, a former secretary of state and potential 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, plans to attend the “alumni weekend” and speak on Oct. 5 at Yale’s Woolsey Hall, according to the school’s Web site. The weekend’s theme is “Global Constitutionalism,” although it is not clear what Clinton will discuss in her remarks. (Snip) In 2001, she gave Yale’s version of the commencement address as the “Class Day” speaker.