Pakistani ex-President Pervez Musharraf has been charged in connection with the 2007 assassination of opposition leader and former PM Benazir Bhutto. The former military ruler has denied charges of murder, criminal conspiracy to murder and facilitation of murder. It is the first time a current or ex-army chief has been charged with a crime in Pakistan. Mr Musharraf says the charges are politically motivated. Ms Bhutto was killed at an election rally in Rawalpindi in December 2007. This indictment had long been expected but was delayed because of threats to the former military ruler from the Pakistani Taliban. When he finally made an appearance
Boston marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev suffered multiple and severe gunshot injuries before his capture in April, newly released court documents show. The most serious of the injuries was a gunshot wound that appeared to enter through the left inside of his mouth and exit through the lower left side of his face, said Stephen Ray Odom, a trauma surgeon who treated Tsarnaev at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. "This was a high-powered injury that has resulted in skull-base fracture, with injuries to the middle ear, the skull base, ... his ... vertebrae ... as well as injury to the pharynx, (and)
Here´s the basic problem with the whole Snowden story: the act of whistle-blowing was admirable but the subsequent actions of the whistle-blowers has been questionable. And they´ve said and done some very questionable things in the last 24 hours. First, David Miranda (partner of Glenn Greenwald) gets detained by the UK police at Heathrow, questioned and has his electronic equipment confiscated. Liberals are saying Britain is the US´s handmaiden, Greenwald´s screaming tyranny and Liberty is sounding off about human-rights violations. But actually the actions of the British authorities make perfect sense. It knows that Greenwald is linked to Snowden and
Welfare benefits and the loss of leisure time still act as disincentives to earning a salary despite improvements in the welfare-work tradeoff since federal reforms in 1996, according to a report published Monday. The report by the Cato Institute found that the equivalent wage value of welfare has increased in 33 states since 1995, when the think tank first released a report on the issue. Benefits in the District of Columbia expanded by $6,850 to a total package equivalent to $50,820 in wages, the second largest increase behind Vermont. Welfare “pays” more than $15 per hour in 13 states. However, the report also
Scott Brown, please come back to Boston. This is silly, this road trip to the Iowa State Fair. Get back here, the governorship is winnable. Take the plunge, win it, work it, and forget about 2016. Stop with the beery tweets and get serious — if the Republicans lost with a moderate from Massachusetts last year, why the hell would they go for another one in 2016? The moderate in this fight is Gov. Chris Christie. He’s already in office, he’s about to be re-elected, and his state has more electoral votes than Massachusetts. Scott’s got an ego, and it’s easy to see
´Poor George,´ sniped the late Texas Gov. Ann Richards of future President George W. Bush during a speech at the 2008 Democratic National Convention. ´He can´t help it. He was born with a silver foot in his mouth.´ In the table-turning world of smash-mouth politics, that phrase has since been used to describe Vice President Joe Biden, whose proud introduction of his presidential running mate in 2008 as ´Barack America´ was by no means his worst ´oops´ moment. Neither was the open-mic F-bomb he let slip when congratulating President Obama during a public ceremony following the Obamacare bill´s signing ceremony
The State Department recently announced, "Women Leaders from Pacific Participate in U.S. Program on Climate Change." "From August 18 – 28, 2013, twelve women climate leaders from across the Pacific region will visit Washington, D.C., Pensacola, Florida, and Honolulu, Hawaii to meet with policymakers, scientists, and innovators to share their experiences and to learn about U.S. efforts to combat climate change. This exchange, a joint initiative of the Secretary´s Office of Global Women´s Issues and Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, advances the Rarotonga Partnership for the Advancement of Pacific Island Women and broader U.S. efforts to support the critical role
Survey the Middle East, and there is nothing about which to be optimistic. Iran is either fueling violence in Syria or racing toward a bomb, or both. Syria is past imploding. Take your pick in a now-Manichean standoff between an authoritarian, thuggish Bashar Assad and al-Qaeda franchises that envision a Taliban-like state. There is increasingly not much in between, other than the chaos of something like another Sudan. Our Libyan “leading from behind” led to Mogadishu-like chaos and Benghazi. Do we even remember the moral urgency of bombing Tripoli as articulated by the ethical triad of Hillary Clinton, Susan Rice, and Samantha Power?
The Obamas have welcomed a new puppy into their family and named her Sunny. According to the White House, Sunny was born in Michigan in June 2012 and arrived at her new home on Monday. ´Just like Bo, she´s is a Portuguese Water Dog, which works great for the Obamas because of allergies in their family,´ according to the White House blog. ´Sunny is the perfect little sister for Bo--full of energy and very affectionate--and the First Family picked her name because it fit her cheerful personality.´ The White House adds: ´In the past, Bo has been eager to help
WASHINGTON — Bill Clinton’s foundation has spent more than $50 million on travel expenses since 2003, an analysis of the nonprofit’s tax forms reveal. The spending includes $4.2 million in 2011 for the William J. Clinton Foundation (to which Hillary and Chelsea are now attached); $730,000 for the Clinton Global Health Initiative; and $7.2 million for the Clinton Health Action Initiative (CHAI). Businessman and Republican New York City mayoral candidate John Catsimatidis has lent aircraft to Clinton and to the foundation multiple times for travel, including Clinton’s recent trip to Africa with daughter Chelsea.
Secretary of State John Kerry has determined that the four State Department officials placed on administrative leave by Hillary Clinton after the terrorist attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi do not deserve any formal disciplinary action and has asked them to come back to work at the State Department starting Tuesday. Last December, Clinton’s staff told four mid-level officials to clean out their desks and hand in their badges after the release of the report of its own internal investigation into the Benghazi attack, compiled by the Administrative Review Board led by former State Department official Tom Pickering and
I t has become something of a foregone conclusion that if Hillary Clinton wants it, the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016 is all hers. That doesn´t mean other Democrats, including Vice President Joe Biden, won´t at least try to win the nod themselves. And Biden´s backers say they are confident that not only could the vice president become the nominee, but that he could do so even if Clinton joins the race. The improbable claim was reported this morning by The Wall Street Journal: Biden loyalists aren´t writing off the idea. They say he has ties to elected officials nationwide,
It’s hard to fathom how or why our administration ever thought the Muslim Brotherhood saw democracy as other than a means to an end — and a particularly repellent one at that — in the first place. It’s not as if the MB is subtle. They have proclaimed who they are since their founding by Hasan al Banna in 1928 and have not wavered in any significant way since in their global jihadist goals. They have also been unstinting in their massive misogyny, homophobia and rigid support of Shariah law über alles (quite literally über alles, since the Brotherhood were —
So says FTVLive. After all the free publicity the RNC’s given them by threatening to boycott NBC News as a debate sponsor, is NBC really going to slaughter this cash cow? In fairness, a multi-hour miniseries about Hillary’s triumph over serial victimization would have been a terrible drag. Better to do it in a shorter, snappier format. Three words, my friends: “Hillary! The Musical”. NBC sources tell FTVLive that the NBC suits have figured the Clinton miniseries “just isn’t worth it.” Word is that NBC is going to let it quietly go away without saying a word. NBC does not want to make it
Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz says he will renounce any Canadian citizenship he may have after a newspaper reported he was likely a dual citizen because he was born in Calgary, Alberta to an American mother. In a statement late Monday, Cruz says he always assumed since he never made an attempt to claim Canadian citizenship, he was only an American citizen. However, he acknowledges it´s possible he also has Canadian citizenship, as reported by The Dallas Morning News. “Assuming that is true, then sure, I will renounce any Canadian citizenship," Cruz said. "Nothing against Canada, but I’m an American
Harrisburg, PA. - A western Pennsylvania woman whose $280,000 home was sold at auction over $6.30 in unpaid interest won a court decision Monday allowing her a fresh opportunity to argue she should not lose her home. Commonwealth Court ruled it was a mistake for a Beaver County judge to rule against Eileen Battisti without first holding an evidentiary hearing. "This was particularly inappropriate because the outstanding liability was small and the value of the home was far greater than the amount paid by (the) purchaser," wrote Judge Mary Hannah Leavitt. Leavitt said the state Supreme Court has "emphasized that due process under
SAN DIEGO -- Settlement talks in the sexual harassment lawsuit against Mayor Bob Filner are underway as petitions circulate to recall the former congressman who has been besieged by allegations from more than a dozen women. Attorney Gloria Allred announced Monday evening that she and her client, Irene McCormack Jackson, spent the day in mediation at a downtown office building, where Filner was spotted by a TV crew entering earlier in the day. Allred wouldn´t say whether Filner´s resignation was discussed nor whether the mayor was present.
After 126 years in business, Chelsea Milling Company is in no rush to shake things up at its factory. In this edition of Conference Room, Chelsea Milling Company CEO Howdy Holmes tells FBN’s Jeff Flock that the company is built on a simple recipe: Offer customers the highest-quality ingredients at the best price possible. “I think our consumers appreciate what we do, and that’s to offer value,” says Holmes, the grandson of the company’s founder, who created Chelsea Milling’s iconic Jiffy Mix. Holmes says the corn-muffin mix brand today has 91% of the market share – with no thanks at
Five people were shot, one fatally, this evening in the Uptown neighborhood along a Safe Passage route outside a church that was holding a prayer service at the time, officials said. The shooting happened at 5:57 p.m. on the 4500 block of North Sheridan Road, police said. Police said a white, four-door car pulled up in front of the Uptown Baptist Church at Wilson Avenue and Sheridan Road. Someone from inside the car opened fire at a group of people standing in front of the church, killing one of them and wounding four others, police said. Police believe the victims,
WILMINGTON, Del. — Beau Biden, the Delaware attorney general and the son of Vice President Joe Biden, is undergoing medical testing in Texas after being hospitalized last week for weakness and disorientation, his office said Monday night. The younger Biden, who suffered a mild stroke in 2010, began experiencing the new symptoms last Wednesday night after driving to Indiana for a family vacation, said Jason Miller, a spokesman for the Delaware Department of Justice. Biden, 44, was admitted to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago and traveled the next morning to Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia to consult with his doctor.
DENVER — You’ve got North Carolina and North Dakota, so why not Northern Colorado? Voters in several rural Colorado counties will be asked whether they want to form a new state tentatively named Northern Colorado in the November election, a reaction to the Democrat-controlled state legislature’s “war on rural Colorado.” The Weld County Commissioners voted unanimously at Monday’s meeting to place a measure on the Nov. 5 ballot asking voters whether they want the county to join other rural counties in forming another state. “The concerns of rural Coloradans have been ignored for years,” William Garcia, chairman of the Weld
CAIRO — Saudi Arabia is emerging at the forefront of a forceful effort by Persian Gulf monarchies to back Egypt’s new military leaders, exacerbating a fierce struggle for influence in the chaotic and increasingly leaderless Arab world and putting the Saudis at odds with the United States, a long-standing ally. On Monday, Saudi Arabia promised to compensate Egypt for any aid that Western countries might withdraw in response to the harsh tactics employed by Egypt’s leaders to quell protests by supporters of the country’s deposed president, in which nearly 1,000 people and more than 100 police officers are reported to
The Gallup polling organization reported Monday that President Obama has had a particularly pronounced summer swoon each year of his presidency, and that August typically brings his lowest approval ratings of the year. Throughout the day, the White House proceeded to demonstrate why this is so. The death toll is approaching 1,000 in the Egyptian military’s crackdown, the Edward Snowden case is straining international relations and new questions are emerging about privacy violations at the National Security Agency. But Obama, who just returned from a nine-day, six-golf-round vacation on Martha’s Vineyard, remained out of sight at the White House. Obama’s
CAIRO — Security forces arrested the spiritual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood on Monday night, in an escalating showdown with the influential Islamist movement that has led to the ouster of Egypt’s first democratically elected president and some of the bloodiest urban violence in its modern history. Mohammed Badie, a white-bearded professor, was shown on state television being whisked away to prison in a car, sitting next to a security officer in a bulletproof vest. His arrest, as well as those of other Muslim Brotherhood leaders, had been ordered after last month’s coup. Badie’s detention was the latest in a
An Austrian collector has found what may be the oldest globe, dated 1504, to depict the New World, engraved with immaculate detail on two conjoined halves of ostrich eggs. The globe, about the size of a grapefruit, is labeled in Latin and includes what were considered exotic territories such as Japan, Brazil and Arabia. North America is depicted as a group of scattered islands. The globe’s lone sentence, above the coast of Southeast Asia, is “Hic Sunt Dracones.” “?‘Here be dragons,’ a very interesting sentence,” said Thomas Sander, editor of the Portolan, the journal of the Washington Map Society. The
A future king sleeps peacefully in the arms of his doting mother in a family snapshot... taken by his grandfather. Previous royal heirs, Prince William included, have had their first official portraits taken by society legends such as Sir Cecil Beaton and Lord Snowdon. But Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge owes his to a humble ‘point and shoot’ wielded by Kate’s father, Michael Middleton. And the setting? The Middletons’ sun-dappled back garden in Berkshire, with family pets Lupo and Tilly even getting in on the act.The finished result