HORRIFIC PHOTOS and videos from Syria on Wednesday showed scores of bodies, including many children, lined up in field hospitals and morgues in the eastern suburbs of Damascus. Opposition spokesmen said they were evidence of a massive chemical weapons attack by the regime of Bashar al-Assad. Hundreds were reported killed, and medical personnel at the scene described symptoms consistent with the use of deadly nerve agents: constricted pupils, foam around the mouth and breathing difficulties. The United States rightly joined with other nations in demanding a United Nations investigation. But the Obama administration must reconsider its response to violations of
In light of claims that forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad carried out deadly chemical attacks on rebel-held areas outside Damascus on Wednesday, it is worth noting that journalists for the French newspaper Le Monde reported in May that they had witnessed repeated chemical attacks on rebel forces in that same region. The journalists, who “spent two months clandestinely in the Damascus area alongside Syrian rebels,” first reported their findings in a news article illustrated with video, which Le Monde later translated into English. The article, by Jean-Philippe Rémy, began: A chemical attack on
In AMES, Iowa — For 30 long seconds on a Saturday early this month, Ted Cruz stood silent and beaming as hundreds of conservative activists showered him with heartfelt applause in a dimly lighted auditorium. Then he started up again. “And that reaction right there,” he declared, pointing at the crowd with his thumb and forefinger together, “shows how we win this fight. If I were sitting in the Senate cloakroom, the reaction to that statement would be fundamentally different. I don’t know that I’m quick enough to dodge all the things that would be thrown at me.” Just like
From the time-delay lock on Leonid Brezhnev’s cigarette box, to Nixon’s private strategy briefing with China’s new US ambassador to China after his landmark meeting with Chairman Mao in 1972, the tapes chronicle Nixon in the months before his presidency was finally engulfed by the Watergate scandal. The 94 tapes cover conversations from April 9 to July 12, 1973 when the secret White House taping system that would lead to his downfall, was dismantled following its disclosure to Congress. As the Watergate scandal closes in on Nixon, forcing the resignation of many of his top officials, the tapes show him
Prime Minister Hazem El-Beblawi ordered the placement of ousted president Hosni Mubarak, who is expected to be released from jail in the next 48 hours following a court order issued Wednesday, under mandatory house arrest. According to Egyptian state TV, the prime minister issued his decision late Wednesday evening while acting in the capacity of deputy military commander under the rules of the currently enforced emergency law. Mubarak still faces more than one trial on corruption charges and a retrial on charges of complicity in the murder of more than 800 protesters
A new study finds that three million young Americans would save $1,000 by forgoing the Obamacare health exchanges and instead paying the government´s penalty for being uninsured. The study, conducted by the National Center for Public Policy Research, concludes that Americans aged 18 to 34 without children would benefit financially by opting to pay the government´s $95 or one percent of income penalty and not sign up for the Obamacare health exchanges. "About 3.7 million of those ages 18-34 will be at least $500 better off if they forgo insurance and pay the penalty," says the report.
Washington - A federal judge sharply rebuked the National Security Agency in 2011 for gathering and storing tens of thousands of Americans’ e-mails each year as it hunted for terrorists and other legitimate foreign targets, according to the top secret court ruling, which was made public on Wednesday. The 85-page ruling by Judge John D. Bates, then serving on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, involved an N.S.A. program that searches Americans’ international Internet communications for discussion of foreigners under surveillance. The Justice Department had told Judge Bates that N.S.A. officials
An international relief agency plans to airlift some 3,400 Christians out of Sudan, where they face increasing persecution from the Islamist government. The Barnabas Fund has already whisked about 5,000 Christians from the embattled country, where President Omar Hassan al-Bashir has vowed to create a “a 100 percent Islamic constitution, without communism or secularism or Western [influences].” The Christians will be taken to South Sudan, a smaller nation formed in 2011 where religious freedom is better tolerated. “We launched this as major global initiative,
EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP - Mayor James "Sonny" McCullough has a great house to sell you: his. "I can´t afford the taxes," McCullough explained. McCullough said he has been taxed out of his home by the local rates and by last year´s township-wide revaluation, which caused his property taxes to shoot up nearly 60 percent, to $31,056. "It´s more than what I can afford," McCullough said. (snip)His personal tax bill includes $20,016 for the township´s school district. This is about a third more than the $15,257 the district reported it spent per-pupil in the 2010-11 school year, the most recent figures
LANCASTER, Calif.— C. Gordon Fullerton, a former astronaut who flew on two space shuttle missions and had an extensive career as a research and test pilot for NASA and the Air Force, died Wednesday, the space agency said. He was 76. Fullerton suffered a severe stroke in 2009 and had been confined to a long-term care facility in Lancaster for most of the past 3 ½ years, NASA said in a statement. An astronaut from 1969 to 1986, Fullerton spent 382 hours in space on his shuttle missions and flew more than 135 different types of aircraft as a test
With names like Pineapple Grenade, Even Keel, Night Vision and New Recruit, two Iraq war veterans are hoping to tap into the popularity of craft beers by opening a brewery that sells brews named in military lingo. Thomas Wilder and Neil McCanon, best friends since junior high, were both deployed to Iraq during the war, Wilder as a combat engineer equipment operator and McCanon as an armored crewman. When Wilder, who has always enjoyed brewing beer, returned from Iraq in 2005, he had trouble finding work.
Even the mayor says his taxes are too high. Egg Harbor Township Mayor James "Sonny" McCullough is selling his waterfront home because he says he can´t afford the property taxes, according to a report by the Press of Atlantic City. McCullough, 71, said he has been priced out of the home by local rates and by a township-wide revaluation last year, the report said. "It´s more than what I can afford," the mayor told the newspaper. "It´s kind of disappointing. I thought I would be able to live and die in my home, but it´s gotten to the point where
Facing an active campaign by grass-roots activists to defeat him in next year´s primary, Sen. Lamar Alexander penned a letter to the state´s largest newspaper defending his pragmatic, "problem solving" approach to governing. The letter in The Tennessean defends his record as a conservative who knows how to "get results." "Well, I learned to count in Maryville City Schools," Alexander writes. "So I know that if you only have 45 votes and you need 60 senators to get something important done like balancing the budget and fixing the debt, then you have to work with other people — that is,
I have to tell you something. It is not often that I, El Rushbo, get surprised. Yesterday I ended up surprised. One of my closest friends, Roger Ailes -- you know, I met Roger Ailes in 1989 or ´90 in New York, a couple of years after I had moved there, and he ended up being the executive producer of my TV show. He used to have these absolutely fabulous Saturday afternoon summertime water volleyball games with all the crowd at his house. At the time he lived at Croton-on-Hudson. And I´ve maintained a close relationship with him. Yesterday this
Anthony Stokes, the 15-year-old boy whose family said he was initially denied a place on the heart transplant waiting list because of "noncompliance," has received a new heart. Anthony underwent the five-hour heart transplant surgery at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday, family spokesman Mark Bell told ABC News. He is now resting and in recovery. "I would like to thank everyone involved, and that we will update everyone throughout the day," Melencia Hamilton, Anthony´s mother, said through Bell. Doctors reversed their decision to keep Anthony off the transplant list on Aug. 13.
DOVER, Del. — Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, the eldest son of Vice President Joe Biden, underwent a medical procedure at a Texas cancer center on Tuesday and will be returning soon to his home state, the vice president´s office said Wednesday.(Snip) The vice president´s office said Beau Biden will fly to Delaware on Air Force Two on Thursday as his father returns to Wilmington, Del. It was not immediately clear when Beau Biden would return to work. Jason Miller, a spokesman for the Delaware Department of Justice, declined to elaborate beyond the written statement. Beau Biden was not available
Three teenagers were charged Tuesday in the killing of a white college student in Duncan, Oklahoma, and part of the story is what didn´t happen. There was no saturation cable TV coverage, no press conference featuring Al Sharpton or Jesse Jackson, and no statement from the Oval Office. The death of Christopher Lane, while as troubling as that of Trayvon Martin, will not become a national touchstone of racial and cultural debate or reflection. But maybe it should. A 22-year-old Australian from Melbourne, Lane was attending East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma, to pursue his dream of playing that American pastime,
Few, if any, political topics are as controversial as abortion — mainly because it is so difficult to find any common ground here in the United States. Yet internationally, there is more of a consensus on the subject than many people realize. Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina recently appeared on ABC´s "This Week" and made an observation that may come as a surprise to many abortion-rights advocates. "There are only four countries in the world that have, that legalize abortion after five months," she noted. She identified those countries as being China, North Korea, Canada and the United States.
Socialist activists and their front groups played a shockingly outsized role shaping and passing the monumental financial reform legislation that authorized the creation of President Obama´s powerful consumer credit watchdog agency. Their intimate involvement is revealed in a new book, "Financial Justice: The People´s Campaign to Stop Lender Abuse," which offers a rare, if biased, behind-the-scenes look at the anti-bank movement´s multimillion-dollar lobbying effort in support of the Dodd-Frank Act. Written by two leftist consumer advocates drawing from interviews with more than 30 of the activist-lobbyists, the book is a road map to their radical activities, from ginning up hatred for "greedy
The Law: Based on recent decisions, military justice isn´t what it should be. In several cases, judges have made what seem to be major errors, swayed perhaps by outside pressures. Have military courts been politicized, too? The military justice system has a near-impossible job. It must not only dispense justice under the Uniform Code of Military Justice, but it often must do so with outside civilian interference. But recent events suggest that military justice is going off the rails — in large part due to the influence of politically correct thinking from civilian politics. Take the case of Army Maj. Nidal Hasan, who
Scandal: Let some time pass, then quietly reinstate four State Department officials who were left holding the bag. The White House is betting that this "reverse Saturday Night Massacre" will make Benghazi go away. During Watergate, President Nixon ordered Attorney General Elliot Richardson to fire special prosecutor Archibald Cox. When Richardson refused and resigned, Nixon ordered the deputy attorney general to do it. He also refused and resigned. Finally, Solicitor General Robert Bork, who felt that the law gave him no choice, fired Cox, a decision Bork would live to regret when the Saturday Night Massacre came back to haunt him in
An impatient baby surprised her parents after she was born ten days early in the parking lot of a Illinois gas station - 33 years after her own father was delivered in an emergency birth in a mall parking lot. Hannah Grace Mary Pavlik was born in the front passenger seat of her mother´s car at a Yorkville BP on Saturday morning, August 17, when it became clear they wouldn´t make it to the hospital in time.On August 18, 1980, Hannah´s father, Frank Pavlik, was born in a Joliet mall parking lot after his parents stopped their car while rushing
In his dazzling revolutionary polemic, Common Sense, Thomas Paine explained in no uncertain terms that in America, the law is king. For as in absolute governments the King is law, so in free countries the law ought to be king; and there ought to be no other. John Adams put this a little more pithily a few years later, distilling into the new constitution of Massachusetts an ancient English value: This state, Adams wrote, would be “a government of laws and not of men.” Adams’s axiom has become American scripture; an impulsively recalled maxim of liberty to which all men who feel threatened
TOPEKA, Kan. - After being sentenced to 35 years in prison for leaking classified documents to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks, Pfc. Bradley Manning is headed for hard time at Fort Leavenworth, home to the American military´s most famous prison. The Army penitentiary has shed its once-imposing stone edifice, but inside Manning would confront a dreary, unchanging environment where inmates are highly restricted, graveyard work shifts are common and jobs pay just pennies per hour. The judge did not say where Manning would serve his time, but his attorney David Coombs confirmed he was going there. Manning already has spent time
Senior GOP aides of a Super PAC linked to Speaker John Boehner are lobbying House Republicans to pass the Senate “Gang of Eight” immigration bill, legislation that Boehner has said he will not bring to the House floor. The lobbying effort is coming under the umbrella of the American Action Network, a nonprofit 501(c)(4) “action tank” led by former senator Norm Coleman, which is touting the “major positive economic impact” of the Senate bill in e-mails sent to individual House Republican offices.