In the near term, bet on the men with the guns. The Egyptian Army, being slowly squeezed out of its central role in the nation’s life by Mohammed Morsi, waited for the moment to oust the elected president and crush his Muslim Brotherhood. Morsi was deposed and arrested, and the Brotherhood leaders rounded up and jailed. Their Cairo encampments were cleansed by gunfire. Hundreds of brothers were cut down and killed, and thousands wounded. Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, gazing into his mirror, must see Col. Gamal Abdel Nasser gazing back. In the near term, the Brotherhood is in disarray. It
Last week, the Obama administration asked the Supreme Court to rule that the Fourth Amendment allows for warrant-less cell phone searches. The administration filed a petition asking the SCOTUS to hear a 2007 case in which information was retrieved from a cell phone that was used to obtain evidence against the defendant. The defendant was subsequently convicted but upon appeal argued that the information obtained from his phone was a Fourth Amendment violation since it was obtained without a warrant. The First Circuit Court accepted this argument.
When Craig Mazin first met his freshman roommate, Rafael Edward Cruz, he knew the 17-year-old Texan was not like other students at Princeton, or probably anywhere else for that matter. (Snip) By Mazin’s account and those of multiple members of Princeton’s class of 1992, the Ted Cruz who arrived as a college freshman in 1988 was nearly identical to the man who arrived in Washington as a freshman Republican senator in 2013: intelligent, confident, fixated on conservative political theory, and deeply polarizing.
Paterson — Two men were arrested in the shooting deaths of two teenagers during the city’s celebration of National Night Out, police said. Kwanique Williams, 21, and Mark Staggers, 20, were arrested over the weekend by police and Passaic County Prosecutor´s Office detectives for the two Aug. 6 slayings, said Capt. Heriberto Rodriguez. Both are charged with the shooting deaths of Jaquell Johnson and Derrick Fitts, Rodriguez said. Johnson was shot and killed before midnight near the intersection of Godwin Avenue and Auburn Street during a basketball game there, authorities said. Fitts was shot and killed a few hours later
Trenton — Ten people were arrested by city police Saturday night when an apparently unauthorized block party devolved into chaos as officers tried to break it up. The pandemonium of between 150 and 300 people behaving in a riotous manner took every Trenton police officer and state trooper working in the city plus Transit police, a Ewing police unit and State Police reinforcements from Hamilton barracks 15 minutes to bring under control, said Lt. Mark Kieffer, a police spokesman. Officers were sent to Walnut Avenue and Monmouth Street at 10:15 p.m. Saturday to make an attempt to disperse the gathering.
The media have claimed that conservatives must become more moderate or face permanent irrelevancy after the supposedly solid liberal Millennial generation of 18-29 year olds overwhelmingly supported reelection of Barack Obama. These dire warnings reminded me of the media geniuses who proclaimed after Jimmy Carter’s Presidential victory in 1976 that the 18-29 year olds of the Baby Boomer generation would always vote as a liberal block. Four years later, Baby Boomers abandoned liberalism and began reliably voting as Ronald Reagan conservatives for the next three decades. As Millennials’ support of President Obama has plummeted this year, it is liberalism that
Anti-Al Jazeera posters have recently appeared in Egypt saying, “A bullet kills a man, a lying camera kills a nation.” This attitude led to the new government closing the channel, after 22 staffers quit in disgust over its pro-Muslim Brotherhood bias. Al Jazeera is the voice of the Muslim Brotherhood, the group now laying siege to Egypt and burning Christian churches there. On Sunday, CNN’s media criticism show “Reliable Sources” featured a discussion of the launch of Al Jazeera America.
Tabloid headlines. Personal dramas. Organizational disarray. Score-settling between rival factions documented in news accounts like a soap opera. Does this have a familiar ring? No one — or mostly no one — truly believes the swirl of headlines surrounding Bill and Hillary Clinton in the summer of 2013 should lead to a grand conclusion about whether another iteration of a Clinton campaign can be run effectively, free of the internecine warfare and incessant drama that marked her 2008 bid.
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. (AP) — The U.S. soldier who killed 16 Afghan villagers during pre-dawn raids on mud-walled compounds last year is expected to face several survivors of the massacre and relatives of the dead who are outraged his life will be spared. Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, an Ohio native and father of two from Lake Tapps, Wash., pleaded guilty in June to avoid capital punishment for killing the civilians, mostly women and children, on March 11, 2012. His sentencing hearing begins Tuesday with the selection of at least five jurors whose only task will be to determine if
A bulletin board at a Wichita elementary school that illustrated the Five Pillars of Islam has been removed “because of the misunderstanding that has been promoted by … one photograph,” district officials said Monday. The bulletin board at Minneha Core Knowledge Magnet Elementary was intended to aid students’ study of major religions of the world, district spokeswoman Susan Arensman said in an e-mail. It featured five white, construction-paper columns and the words, “The Five Pillars of Islam.” A photograph of the bulletin board, reportedly taken on the first day of school Wednesday, was posted over the weekend on a Facebook
Those who watched, even fans in other cities, are unlikely to ever forget its historic perfection. And now XLI years later it seems unlikely ever to happen again. The 1972 Miami Dolphins´ perfect 17-0 NFL season--three preseason victories followed by 14 straight regular and post-season wins, topped by an 18th consecutive win to start the next season. The Dolphins didn´t crush everyone that year. But in only their third year in the NFL, the Dolphins always had just enough juice left to pull out a W. [Snip] But Richard Nixon had problems that year. So, the only Super Bowl champions
Recently, Bill Kristol appeared on ABC. He answered a reader´s question about Sarah Palin and spoke of her value to the party, her loyal supporters, and her potential in politics. He went on to suggest that she "rehabilitate" herself by running for the Senate in 2014. "Rehabilitate" isn´t exactly the term one would use when thinking of Sarah Palin´s contribution to conservatism. In fact, as proven in election after election, the only folks who seem to need rehabilitating are some of the experts in the GOP. Despite their criticism, the former Alaska governor has made great strides in reshaping the
The United States of America is in crisis. The economy is supposedly in recovery, but it is the slowest and most painful economic rebound since the Great Depression. Unemployment is high and millions have dropped out of the workforce entirely. Many American families have suffered a collapse in their net worth since 2009. During the current administration, America’s debt has increased from ten trillion to sixteen trillion dollars. American businesses face a regulatory burden of well over a trillion dollars per year. Investment in start-up businesses is thwarted and innovation is far short of what it should be. The government
Via Amanda Turkel at Huffington Post comes news that The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence has released a video “reenactment” of the shooting of Trayvon Martin in order to encourage people to oppose “Stand Your Ground Laws”: The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence has released a chilling new online ad reenacting the night Travyon Martin was killed, in an effort to stop the controversial Stand Your Ground laws nationwide. The nonprofit group uses actual audio from the 911 calls that shooter George Zimmerman and a witness made that night in Sanford, Fla. After the sound of a gunshot, people in
At first, actress Susan Sarandon expected to back Council Speaker Christine Quinn in her bid to become the city’s first female mayor. But she had to evaluate her other priorities as well. Citing Ms. Quinn’s positions on term limits and her foot-dragging passing paid sick leave legislation, Ms. Sarandon threw her support behind the city’s public advocate, Bill de Blasio. “As a woman, initially I was interested in Quinn,” Ms. Sarandon declared tonight at a fund-raiser at the swanky SPiN Galactic New York ping pong club. “It became clear to me that, you know as a woman, you can’t just
Today, Ed provided some in-depth coverage of the UK detainment of Glenn Greenwald’s civil union partner, David Miranda. I have to take exception with something from Ed’s write-up, and it’s found right in the opening paragraph. The UK can detain anyone crossing its borders for nine hours without charges under Schedule 7 of its Terrorism Act, using that time to determine whether a suspect constitutes a terrorist threat. They used almost every minute of that time to detain David Miranda, the civil-union partner of Glenn Greenwald, the Guardian journalist reporting on the NSA scandal, and confiscated all of the computer
BOZEMAN, Mont. — The U.S. Supreme Court is making decisions that should be left to Congress or the people, from wiretapping to "inventing" new classes of minorities, Justice Antonin Scalia said Monday. In an apparent reference to the court´s recent decisions on gay marriage and benefits for same-sex couples, Scalia said it is not the function of the courts to create exceptions outside the Constitution unless a majority of people agree with them. "It´s not up to the courts to invent new minorities that get special protections," Scalia told a packed hotel ballroom in southwestern Montana. The Supreme Court earlier this year cleared
‘Till Duck Do Us Part”: That was the title of the most-talked-about television show in America last week. Was it a revamped version of Looney Tunes? An offering from Animal Planet? No. It was the season opener of America’s favorite TV family show, featuring the women of the extended Robertson clan organizing a formal wedding for the heads of the family, Phil and Miss Kay, who 49 years earlier had only been able to afford a justice of the peace. Not exactly the kind of plot TV executives would expect to draw a record audience. But that’s what happened last Wednesday
Normally, Amnesty International is a thorn in the side of governments which brand their critics "terrorists" and slaughter them en masse. Tyrannical governments often feel panicked by Amnesty, fearing its condemnation. Things are different in Egypt. There, Amnesty has found itself in the extraordinarily awkward position of being favourably cited by the military regime. Far from running scared of Amnesty, the leaders of the Egyptian coup have publicly quoted from its reports as part of their justification for the slaughter of pro-Mohamed Morsi activists. One of the key reasons given by the Egyptian security forces for the destruction last week
So Pervez Musharraf, Pakistan´s former military ruler, has been charged with the murder of Benazir Bhutto. And in so doing the country´s judicial system and investigators have reminded us of their myopia, unable to come to terms with the real threat facing the country and intent instead on chasing shadows. Here are the facts we can agree on: Mrs Bhutto, two-time prime minister of Pakistan, was killed in December 2007 as she left a campaign rally. Pervez Musharraf was president at the time. Almost everything else is in dispute. Scotland Yard detectives called in to help with the murder concluded
Nothing symbolizes the Utopianism of our times like both liberals and some conservatives calling for us to cut off aid to the Egyptian military, because of the widespread killings in what is becoming a civil war in Egypt. Such utter lack of realism from the left is not new, but hearing some conservatives saying the same things takes some getting used to. President Obama´s call for the Egyptians to end the violence and form an "inclusive" government, with all factions represented, may sound good to many Americans. But there is not a snowball´s chance in hell that it will happen.
Using the Terrorism Act to detain the partner of a Guardian reporter who covered US and UK security services was "legally sound", Scotland Yard says. It was responding to claims it misused its powers by holding David Miranda for nine hours at Heathrow on Sunday. The UK´s reviewer of terror laws has said the length of detention was "unusual" and will meet police later. Meanwhile, the Guardian´s editor claims leaked information it held was destroyed following government demands. Government sources told the BBC in response to the editor, Alan Rusbridger´s claims that the official approach had not been "heavy-handed".
In a private viewing cinema in Soho last week I caught myself letting fly with a four-letter expletive at Bill Keller, the former executive editor of the New York Times. It was a confusing moment. The man who was pretending to be me – thanking Keller for "not giving a ****" – used to be Malcolm Tucker, a foul-mouthed Scottish spin doctor who will soon be a 1,000-year-old time lord. And Keller will correct me, but I don´t remember ever swearing at him. I do remember saying something to the effect of "we have the thumb drive, you have the