The Anton Chigurh of Jersey politics has a declared nemesis, and that wouldn´t be a Jersey version of Llewelyn Moss. That would be Sarah Palin -- the Mama Grizzly -- who´s come to the defense of Kentucky senator Rand Paul. Paul was recently the victim of a drive by whacking compliments of the Garden State´s chubby Chigurh -- okay, kinda-sorta Chigurh, in that Chris Christie is far too loutish and pliable to pass for the cool killer in Cormac McCarthy´s No Country for Old Men (and the Coen Brothers movie of the same name). The Guv may like the hype of
With his poll ratings down, President Barack Obama is taking a two-day road trip to show sympathy for those hit hard by rising university costs during his four-and-a-half-year tenure. The trip will allow him to make three speeches in New York on Thursday, and speak at two town halls and at one speech in Pennsylvania on Friday. “At each stop, the President will discuss the importance of ensuring that every American has the opportunity to achieve a quality education by reducing cost and improving the value of higher education for middle-class students and their families,” a White House statement said.
While several leading Republicans have visited Iowa to lay the groundwork for possible presidential runs, until Friday not a single Democrat considering a run for the White House in 2016 had traveled to the nation’s first-voting state. Even though Sen. Amy Klobuchar is a decidedly long shot in her party’s sweepstakes, her trip to Clear Lake over the weekend marked a beginning for Democrats in Iowa. And perhaps more importantly, it illustrated the dilemma facing every Democrat not named Clinton who is thinking about running for president. As Democrats convened in Clear Lake’s Surf Ballroom for their annual Wing Ding fundraiser,
These ominous pictures show volcanic smoke billowing from one of Japan´s most active volcanoes, Mount Sakurajima, captured as its erupted for the 500th time this year. At 5000m, this is the highest plume of ash recorded from the mountain since 1955, and caused darkness and ash falls over the centre of nearby Kagoshima city. Situated on the southern Japanese main island of Kyushu, the 1,117 metre (3,686 ft) volcano began erupting on the night of August 18, local time. Scroll down for video - The images, taken by the Kagoshima Local Meteorological Observatory, show ash pouring from the volcano´s summit.
Here’s an offer for you: $38,004 per year, tax free.No work required.Apply at your local welfare office. The federal government funds 126 separate programs targeted towards low-income people, 72 of which provide either cash or in-kind benefits to individuals. (The rest fund community-wide programs for low-income neighborhoods, with no direct benefits to individuals.) State and local governments operate more welfare programs.Of course, no individual or family gets benefits from all 72 programs, but many do get aid from a number of them at any point in time. Today, the Cato institute is releasing a new study looking at the state-by-state
Three Cup O’ Noodle soup servings were at the heart of a riot that destroyed 18 buildings, causing hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage at a Polk County juvenile detention facility Saturday night. The melee needed 150 law enforcement officers from several state and local agencies to quell. Seven juveniles were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment of minor injuries. Polk County sheriff’s deputies said 18 of the 20 buildings at the Avon Park Youth Academy were destroyed and nearly half the juveniles had to be taken to a jail. Rioters confiscated a guard’s radio and all of
Here we go again. Scotland Yard has revived the old phantoms of conspiracy with the announcement that it is looking into new claims that Lady Diana and her lover Dodi Fayed were victims of an assassination. According to a new book by Alan Power, The Princess Diana Conspiracy, the latest allegations of murder most foul spring from the trial of one Sgt. Danny Nightingale, an SAS sniper convicted of possessing illegal weapons. The estranged parents-in-law of a witness against Nightingale, “Soldier N,” claimed he had told his wife that an SAS unit called The Increment had contrived to make Diana’s
[Video] CNN: So let´s dive right in. The loudest criticism that we often hear about "The New York Times" -- I don´t know if it´s the most frequent but it´s certainly the loudest, is that it has a liberal bias. Does it? MARGARET SULLIVAN, PUBLIC EDITOR, THE NEW YORK TIMES: Well, some of my predecessors have taken that head-on. In fact, Daniel Okrent, the first public editor, once wrote a column -- and I think the headline said something like "Is ´The Times´ a Liberal Newspaper?" And his answer in the lead was, of course it is. And he went
A Washington D.C. woman says a weekend trip to see the movie, The Butler was marred by the presence of police inside the theater. [This post has been updated] Tiffany Flowers says she and her boyfriend, Alan Hanson, were attending a screening of the Lee Daniels film at the Regal Cinemas Majestic Stadium 20 theater in Silver Spring, Maryland Saturday, when the experience turned sour. She said that after waiting in line and having their tickets double validated, with the second ticket taker just ten feet from the first employee to tear their stubs, she and Hanson approached the theater
It’s hard to get our minds around the dimensions of the slaughter underway in the Middle East and Africa, and harder still to see that the battlefields of Egypt, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia, Nigeria and Mali are pieces in a global war in which we are targeted. For the most part, the deep thinkers zero in on the single battlefields. What if anything should we do about the big fight in Egypt? Should we assist the Syrian opposition? What to do in Lebanon or Jordan? Should we respond positively to the Iraqi government’s request for security assistance? Is anyone thinking
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