With Barack Obama safely re-elected and ObamaCare´s main provisions coming into effect, some supporters are striking a triumphal note. Former Enron adviser Paul Krugman, for instance, is assuring his readers that Americans will greet ObamaCare with flowers: Moreover, all the early indications are that the law will, in fact, give millions of Americans who currently lack access to health insurance the coverage they need, while giving millions more a big break in their health care costs. And because so many people will see clear benefits, health reform will prove irreversible. This achievement will represent a huge defeat for the conservative agenda of
Caroline Kennedy has been forced to reveal her net worth by submitting financial statements in order to be considered as the next American ambassador to Japan, and it is believed she may be worth up to $500million. The former first daughter´s wealth has been a closely-guarded secret for decades, but now that President Obama has nominated her to represent the United States abroad, she has to list the sources of her massive income. ´She’s very rich, probably worth between $250million and $500million,´ said one legal expert who had seen the financial disclosure forms.
WASHINGTON — Unemployment rates rose in more than half of U.S. states in July and fewer states added jobs, echoing national data that show the job market may have lost some momentum. The Labor Department said Monday that unemployment rates increased in 28 states. They were unchanged in 14 and fell in eight states — the fewest to show a decline since January. (Snip) Steve Cochrane, an economist at Moody’s Analytics, says southern and western states have seen steady growth in manufacturing jobs. And the South is also benefiting from lower taxes and cheaper labor. ‘‘Some of the old, long-standing
Budget cuts mandated by sequestration have eliminated Head Start services for more than 57,000 children nationwide, according to new data released by the federal government. The automatic, across-the-board budget cuts have also resulted in pay cuts or layoffs for at least 18,000 employees of Head Start, which provides education, nutrition, and health services for children aged 5 and under. Overall, Head Start will provide 1.3 million fewer days of service nationwide because of the cuts, according to the Department of Health and Human Services, which operates the program.
New Delhi - A high-speed train plowed into a crowd of Hindu pilgrims who were crossing the tracks at a remote station in east India on Monday, killing dozens of people and leaving a scene of carnage. (Snip) The crowd remained so furious that hours passed before firefighters and rescue workers were able to approach the site of the accident, officials said. A train sent to help the wounded was forced to halt on the tracks a mile away. The disaster stood out even in a season of terrible accidents. The station was a remote one — inaccessible by road — and the high-speed Rayja Rani Express typically barrels through
Michelle Obama is on the cover of this week´s Parade magazine. The profile by Maggie Murphy and Lynn Sherr was hard-hitting: "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." Tell me more! Fighting against childhood obesity is a worthy cause and the first lady deserves some credit for taking on this
The millions of Egyptians, Muslim and Christian, who took to the street in peaceful protest over a month ago understood well the consequences of crossing the Muslim Brotherhood. “So much violence, so many innocent people killed,” says Mina Thabet, an Egyptian human-rights activist who lives in Cairo. “The [Mohamed] Morsi supporters are armed and killing people in the streets. They are targeting Copts. But if the Muslim Brotherhood had remained in power, we would have the same violence and much more because he would use the institutions of the country, the army and the police, against us.” The Muslim Brotherhood is
WASHINGTON — When news surfaced in May that the State Department had approved an arrangement that allowed Huma Abedin, a top adviser to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, to take on work for private clients, officials at the department described it as nothing unusual. But three months later, questions about the arrangement persist, and the department has declined to provide some basic information about Ms. Abedin’s situation and those of other State Department employees who may have been given similar status. Ms. Abedin, 37, a confidante of Mrs. Clinton’s, was made a “special government employee” in June 2012. That allowed
Lee Thompson Young, who starred in Disney’s “The Famous Jett Jackson” and most-recently in TNT’s “Rizzoli & Isles,” has died, his manager told FOX411. He was 29. Young’s body was discovered by his landlord, according to TMZ, after his co-stars from “Rizzoli & Isles” requested someone check in on the actor when he did not show up for work. His death appeared to be a suicide, TMZ reports. Law enforcement officials told FOX411 they could not comment on Young´s death at this time. “It is with great sadness that I announce that Lee Thompson Young tragically took his own life
A study from the University of Georgia’s Grady College shows that 28 percent of journalism students now say they are unhappy with their career choice. According to the study, 5 percent of journalism and mass communication graduates indicated they had selected the field without considering it. Just 68 percent of journalism graduates had a full-time job 6-8 months after graduation.
The Congressional Budget Office last week released updated historical budget data for the federal government, reporting a deficit of $1.087 trillion in fiscal 2012. 2012 marked the fourth straight year—and the only four years in the history of the nation--when the federal government’s deficit topped $1 trillion. Last year’s $1.087 trillion deficit was even greater in inflation-adjusted dollars than the peak World War II deficit of fiscal 1943—which was $54.554 billion in 1943 dollars and $723.8714 billion in 2012 dollars, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics online inflation calculator. The deficit has also remained at a
Late last week, a spokesman for former secretary of state Hillary Clinton accused Representative Adam Kinzinger (R., Ill.) of a “brazen deceit” for his claim that Clinton said the Benghazi attacks were not a terrorist attack in a classified briefing, and that she actually “screamed” at a member of Congress who suggested Benghazi was the work of terrorists. Clinton aide Nick Merrill said that the briefing was September 20, nine days after the attack, not two days, as Kinzinger recalled. He also scoffed, “So we are to believe that he woke up today, 10 months and 27 days later, and
In Rose City, Michigan, a middle school teacher named Neal Erickson molested one of his male students. When caught, Erickson, upstanding citizen that he is, pleaded guilty to child rape to spare the young man further pain, and was sentenced to 15-30 years in prison. The reaction of Mr. Erickson´s wife and fellow colleagues to his sentence exposes some of the insanity residing inside the American public school system. (snip) a small sample of West Branch Rose City teachers´ letters of leniency on behalf of Mr. Erickson elucidates more than an outrageous defense of a child molester.
Following the Egyptian example, a group of activists has launched a Palestinian version of the Tamarod (rebellion) Campaign to remove Hamas from power in the Gaza Strip. Tamarod is the name of the grassroots movement in Egypt that led the campaign to oust President Mohamed Morsi. The Palestinian group on Monday shared a video announcing a series of anti-Hamas activities as of November 11. "Repression and tyranny have arched their peak and we can no longer remain silent," the group said in the video. "The time has come to reject death under Hamas´s security club."
President Obama has overseen a dramatic expansion of the regulatory state that will outlast his time in the White House. The reach of the executive branch has advanced steadily on his watch, further solidifying the power of bureaucrats who churn out regulations that touch nearly every aspect of American life and business. Experts debate whether federal rule-making has accelerated under Obama, but few dispute that Washington, for better or worse, is reaching deeper than ever before into the workings of society. “It would be difficult for anyone to pretend that this isn’t a high-water mark in terms of regulation,” said
Wisconsin’s Republican Gov. Scott Walker says modern Republicanism is the “tale of two parties.” On a federal level, Republicans are known as the “party of no,” but on a state level Walker says Republicans are a party of optimism, relevance, and courage. “We’re more optimistic than our friends in Washington. We’re not just against something, we’re laying out a plan, laying out a vision,” Walker said. “That’s how you lead.” Walker’s name has been floated as a potential 2016 contender—that is, if he can raise his national profile and stand out in a world of shutdown-happy Tea Partiers.
The attack on Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) has begun. Fearful of Cruz as a prospective Republican presidential nominee in 2016, the media is now digging into his past, all the way back to birth. The Daily Beast ran a profile on Monday with this headline: “Ted Cruz at Princeton: Creepy, Sometimes Well Liked, and Exactly the Same.” The hit piece questions whether “master debater who wore a paisley bathrobe to creepily stroll by the women’s wing of the dorm [can] be the next president.” The piece quotes one of Cruz’s former classmates, Craig Mazin, stating, “I remember very specifically that
Tinton Falls — A forensic video analysis of red-light traffic cameras in New Jersey has found what many motorists ticketed by the automated traffic cops have long contended: The yellow lights are too quick. Working with an expert in video timing, state Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) said he found yellow light times are shorter than what is required by law, causing innocent drivers to be ticketed illegally. (Snip) The analysis studied intersections with red-light cameras in Newark, Jersey City, Union Township and Roselle Park, among others. All of the more than 30 intersections studied showed yellow lights that were
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) released his birth certificate Sunday amid questions about whether he is eligible to run for president. Cruz was born in Canada in 1970, to an American mother and Cuban father. By virtue of his mother’s status, Cruz instantly became a U.S. citizen. He released his birth certificate to the Dallas Morning News, verifying what he has previously asserted. Since Cruz has stoked presidential speculation by traveling to early nominating states, questions about whether he would be eligible for a White House bid have received widespread attention. The question is whether he’s a “natural-born citizen,” as the14th Amendment requires
Most decisions in life are the result of a cost-benefit analysis. When residents in Connecticut consider getting a job, they assume they would be better off having a job than not. They’d be wrong. Because in Connecticut, it pays not to work. Next Monday, the Cato Institute will release a new study looking at the state-by-state value of welfare. Nationwide, our study found that the value of benefits for a typical recipient family ranged from a high of $49,175 in Hawaii to a low of $16,984 in Mississippi.
Saudi Arabia said on Monday that Arab and Islamic countries will step in to help Egypt if Western nations cut aid packages to Cairo over its deadly crackdown on Islamist protesters. "To those who have announced they are cutting their aid to Egypt, or threatening to do that, (we say that) Arab and Muslim nations are rich... and will not hesitate to help Egypt," Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal said in a statement carried by the kingdom´s SPA state news agency. (Snip) At stake is nearly five billion euros ($6.7 billion) in loans and grants promised by the world´s top
Ladar Levison was not yet 20 years old when Congress passed the Patriot Act after the Sept. 11 terror attacks. It gave him a start-up idea: an e-mail service for what he thought of as “a tech-savvy crowd” that cared about privacy. His start-up thrived for nearly 10 years until Thursday, when he abruptly shut it down, leaving little more than an ominous note on the site. He said he did not want to be “complicit in crimes against the American people” and hinted, obliquely, at a government search that he believed to be unconstitutional . . .
Kim M. Catullo does not like giving interviews or getting behind a microphone. At political events, she tends to hover in the background, so much so that she is sometimes mistaken for a member of her wife’s security detail. But with the primary just weeks away, Ms. Catullo, the wife of Christine C. Quinn, is edging out of her comfort zone to take on a more visible role in Ms. Quinn’s campaign for mayor of New York City. Showing off spouses can be an important way for candidates, particularly for gay candidates, to soften their images,
Britain´s anti-terrorist legislation watchdog has called on the Home Office and Metropolitan police to explain why anti-terror laws were used to detain the partner of the Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald for nine hours at Heathrow airport. Amid mounting concern across the political spectrum over the treatment of David Miranda, David Anderson QC said the detention of Greenwald´s partner on Sunday appeared to be "unusual". Miranda said he was questioned by six agents on his "entire life" while held at Heathrow. Arriving at Rio de Janeiro airport on Monday, Miranda said: "I remained in a room. There were six different agents coming and
Texas Senator and potential 2016 candidate for the Republican nomination Ted Cruz released his birth certificate to the Dallas Morning News on Sunday, in an attempt to quell a minor birther movement that has questioned Cruz’s American citizenship and eligibility to be president. The certificate confirms that Cruz was born in Alberta, Canada. As his mother was an American citizen, he is one as well, but as he was born on Canadian soil he also became a Canadian citizen. Cruz maintains citizenship for both nations until he formally renounces one or the other. The dual citizenship allows him to run