Actually, that’s how a Midwestern paper would have put it. In New York City, the newspapers are a little more … blunt. (Snip for photo of cover)Will this make a difference? Spitzer has a commanding lead with a month left to go against a relative unknown in the primary: Former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer, propelled by strong support in the black community, leads Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer 56% to 37% among likely Democratic primary voters in the race for city comptroller, a poll released Wednesday showed. According to the survey from the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, Mr. Spitzer leads Mr.
South African sprinter Oscar Pistorius was formally indicted Monday on charges of murder and illegal possession of ammunition in the fatal shooting of his girlfriend in the early hours of Valentine´s Day. In a brief hearing in Pretoria, the man known as the "Blade Runner," due to the blade-shaped prostheses he wears in competitions, was informed that his trial would begin next March 3 and would run through March 20. Pistorius, who made sports history last year by becoming the first double amputee to compete against able-bodied opponents at the London Olympics, claims he mistook his his girlfriend of several
RALEIGH, N.C. -- After a year and a half behind barbed wire as a prisoner in World War II, 2nd Lt. David C. Cox had just about reached his breaking point. Deliveries of Red Cross parcels to Stalag VII-A had all but ceased, and the U.S. Army bomber co-pilot and his fellow POWs were subsisting on scanty rations of bug-infested soup and bread. Outside the wire, Adolf Hitler´s forces showed no signs of giving up. Cold and hungry, the North Carolinian made a difficult decision. He slipped the gold aviator´s ring - a gift from his parents - off his
Vacation over, President Barack Obama returned to the White House late Sunday after a week-long getaway to the Massachusetts island of Martha´s Vineyard. Before returning, the president squeezed in one final round of golf, his sixth of the vacation, before boarding Air Force One on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, for the trip home with his wife, Michelle, and daughters Malia and Sasha. His golf foursome at Vineyard Golf Club in Edgartown included World Bank President Jim Kim, New York lawyer and Obama fundraiser Eunu Chun, and aide Mike Brush, the White House said. Obama was on the picturesque island for all
United States military units in Afghanistan are in the midst of the biggest force pullout in American history and it´s resulting in the biggest yard sale of military hardware in American history. An estimated $50billion in military hardware--from armored vehicles to dining room sets, combat uniforms to vending machines--must be removed from the country by the end of 2014. The cost of bringing equipment home is reach an estimated $6billion. More than a decade of war is nearly over and the military no longer has use for much of the equipment. As a result, billions worth of hardware is being
At least 24 Egyptian policemen have been killed in an ambush attack in the Sinai peninsula, say reports. Medical sources and officials said the police were in two buses which came under attack from armed men close to the town of Rafah on the Gaza border. Three policemen were also reported to have been injured in the blast. The military recently intensified a crackdown against militants in Sinai, where attacks have surged since the fall of Hosni Mubarak in 2011. [Snip] In Monday´s incident, security sources said four armed men had stopped the police buses and forced the passengers to
Egypt is a key bottleneck in the global oil industry. Should the current turmoil in the North African country get any worse, a potential oil spike could damage any nascent economic recovery. After last week’s bloody crackdown by the Egyptian army, fears of a disruption of oil supplies to the West have boosted the oil price. Brent crude prices were propelled to a four-month high of $111.23 on Thursday. If the turmoil gets worse--or unrest spreads to other countries--the risk premium currently factored into the price of crude is likely to increase further. Egypt is not a major energy exporter, producing
Exclusive: Shot at close range as he stood, arms aloft, in front of the tanks, Ahmed Hashem Rashwan had the makings of a martyr to Egypt’s military coup. References to Tiananmen Square have proliferated in today’s Egypt, and as the video camera rolled unseen behind him, he appeared to be recreating a celebrated image from 24 years ago. The result was startlingly different. Shots are heard ringing out; the slender figure in a white shirt crumples and folds over, rising from the ground and then collapsing again, writhing before becoming still. Close examination shows the back of the shirt puffing
Julian Fellowes was reportedly "terribly disappointed" after Dan Stevens, who plays Crawley, quit the ITV drama - despite a desperate bid by Fellowes to retain the actor. Now the show´s producers have acted to prevent any further surprise exits. Gareth Neame, the show’s executive producer, told The Mail On Sunday: "I can tell you that we have now signed up the main cast members until series five, so there won’t be any more shock exits for a while." Last week Fellowes said he even offered Stevens alternative storylines that would give the actor time to advance his career in the
It’s not often that Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) are on the same page when it comes to foreign policy. But the crisis in Egypt has aligned them on at least one issue. Both favor suspending foreign aid to the most populous Arab country. Here’s a key part of McCain’s joint statement with Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.): “It is neither in our long-term national interest nor consistent with our values and laws to continue providing assistance at this time to Egypt’s interim government and military. We urge the Obama Administration to suspend U.S. assistance to Egypt and
BALTIMORE -- Young people are drawn to flavored cigars and cigarellos, in large part, because they are cheaper than government-regulated cigarettes, U.S. health experts say. For example, The New York Times reported Saturday, a Baltimore grocery´s chocolate-flavored little cigar is its most popular item, along with white grape, pineapple, strawberry and Da Bomb Blueberry cigarillos. In 2009, Congress passed a law banning most flavors in cigarettes and intended to make it tougher for youngsters to smoke. It also gave the U.S. Food and Drug Administration broad discretion to regulate flavors in cigars and other tobacco products such as loose-leaf tobacco.
WASHINGTON — Vacation over, President Barack Obama returned to the White House late Sunday after a weeklong getaway to the Massachusetts island of Martha´s Vineyard. Before returning, the president squeezed in one final round of golf, his sixth of the vacation, before boarding Air Force One on Cape Cod, Mass., for the trip home with his wife, Michelle, and daughters Malia and Sasha. His golf foursome at Vineyard Golf Club in Edgartown included World Bank President Jim Kim, New York lawyer and Obama fundraiser Eunu Chun, and aide Mike Brush, the White House said. Obama was on the picturesque island
The Rebel Campaign (Tamarod) has launched on its official website a petition to demand the cancellation of both US aid and the Camp David peace treaty between Egypt and Israel. "After the unacceptable American intervention in Egyptian affairs, and how the US supports terrorist groups in Egypt, I demand as an Egyptian citizen who signed this petition to hold a referendum on two matters. The first, to refuse US aid ... in all its forms. The second, to cancel the peace agreement between Egypt and the Israeli entity and rewording security agreements in order to ensure the rights of the
It´s the month when the summer nights have a consistent, delicious crispness to them unknown at any other time of the year. It´s when the corn is sweet, the plums are purple and pungent, the baseball pennant races are mature, the ocean temperatures are warm. It is the very best month of the year. And we have ruined it. Not so long ago—well within the memory of half the American population—August was the vacation month. It was a time, much anticipated and much appreciated, of leisure, languor, lassitude and lingering at the beach well into suppertime. Unlike July, it had
Cairo - The Egyptian government acknowledged that its security forces had killed 36 Islamists in its custody Sunday, as the military leaders and the country’s Islamists vowed to keep up their fight over Egypt’s future. (Snip) While confirming the killings of the detainees on Sunday, the Ministry of the Interior said the deaths were the consequence of an escape attempt by Islamist prisoners. But officials of the main Islamist movement, the Muslim Brotherhood, described the deaths as “assassinations,” and claimed that the victims, which it said numbered 52, had been shot and tear-gassed through the windows
The auctioneer opened the sale at $10 million. The first bid pushed that to $16 million. Minutes later the final gavel fell at $27.5 million for the ultra-rare 1967 Ferrari — a world record. Cheers got louder as the price went up on Saturday night in downtown Monterey, where the Ferrari 275 GTB/4*S N.A.R.T. Spider passed to new owners from the family that originally bought the car. The final price, which includes commission, makes it the most expensive road car ever sold at auction. The sale was a highlight amid a strong night of sales for RM Auctions, which handled
Critics say a Muslim group picked the wrong day — Sept. 11 — to march on Washington to complain about religious profiling and President Obama’s handling of an investigation into the terror attacks that rocked America 12 years ago. The mass demonstration, called the "Million Muslim March," was changed to a more mainstream-sounding event, "Million American March Against Fear," but the name did not seem to gain much traction and has apparently reverted back to its original title. American Muslim Political Action Committee (AMPAC), which is organizing the march, claims Muslims nationwide have been the victims of anti-Islamic bigotry in
In 2008, the National Security Agency illicitly—if accidentally—intercepted a “large number” of phone calls from Washington, D.C. because an error confused Egypt’s country code—“20”—with, yes, “202.” That fact, one of many startling ones from Barton Gellman’s new blockbuster Washington Post story based on documents given to him by Edward Snowden, is so catchy and memorable that I almost worry about it. That is, I worry people will just think of that and fail to grasp that this was actually one of the more anodyne NSA abuses revealed by these newly disclosed top-secret documents, including an internal audit. In fact, in the
It is difficult to explain to Americans, particularly young Americans, what was wrong with the Clinton era, and why we ought not want to re-live it. The 1990s are sealed into our national memory as a time of great prosperity and expectation--killed off, in Democrats’ rewriting of history, by the 2000 recount and all that followed. The truth is that by 2000, Democrats could not run away from Clinton quickly enough. It’s worth revisiting why.
In one place, conservative pundits have found a symbol of everything they charge is wrong with the left’s policies. Welcome to Detroit - the latest bull’s eye for commentators on the right who have zeroed in on what they see as the three evils of liberalism, neatly condensed within city limits: Unions run amok pillaging the city’s coffers; corrupt Democratic politicians with no Republican in power since the 1960s; and a failed big-government welfare state.The Motor City’s epic downfall, the conservatives pundits say, also is a warning sign to the rest of the country of what can happen if liberals
A mob marched nuns through the battle-torn streets of Cairo ‘like prisoners of war’ in the latest outrage against Egypt’s Christian minority. Sister Manal, principal of a Franciscan school in suburban Cairo, watched for six hours as a mob looted the building, knocked the cross off the gate and replaced it with a black banner resembling the flag of Al Qaeda. The classrooms were then burned to the ground and the women taken away, attracting a crowd of abusive onlookers. Police told Sister Manal that the nuns had been targeted by hardline Islamists, convinced that they had given Muslim children
At 6:30 am this morning my time - 5:30 am on the East Coast of the US - I received a telephone call from someone who identified himself as a "security official at Heathrow airport." He told me that my partner, David Miranda, had been "detained" at the London airport "under Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act of 2000." David had spent the last week in Berlin, where he stayed with Laura Poitras, the US filmmaker who has worked with me extensively on the NSA stories. A Brazilian citizen, he was returning to our home in Rio de Janeiro this morning
Spanish fishermen were today involved in a stand-off with Royal Navy and police boats after a flotilla made an illegal incursion into British waters around Gibraltar. A flotilla of around 38 fishing boats and a small number of pleasure craft was ‘corralled’ by Royal Gibraltar Police and military vessels after crossing from Spanish waters close to an artificial reef. The reef, created by the British Overseas Territory’s government, is at the centre of a diplomatic row between Britain and Spain, which has seen Madrid introduce more checks at the border in protest. Scroll down for video
“There is always free cheese in a mousetrap.” – Retired Marine Colonel Martino Public Citizen.org, self-described as “advocates for a healthier and more equitable world,” sent a fundraising letter to Democrat voters, claiming that “millionaires who run the largest corporations on Earth want to slash the social insurance programs the rest of us rely on.” By slashing, they are referring to the logical proposal to increase eligibility age for Medicare, to correlate Medicare to income, and to modernize/privatize it. Who are these “mega-corporations” that apparently want to destroy our healthcare?