U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power did not attend an emergency U.N. Security Council meeting Wednesday, Fox News reported. The meeting was scheduled to discuss an alleged chemical weapons attack on Wednesday. Power’s decision not to attend drew criticism due to her past statements on Syria. Power criticized the U.N. Security Council’s lack of action in Syria during her confirmation hearing. She also discussed the country in a Twitter town hall she hosted last week. A U.S. mission official told Fox News that Power was on a “pre-arranged trip” and
Speaker John Boehner strongly hinted on a conference call with rank-and-file House Republicans that the upcoming continuing resolution will not be a do-or-die fight over Obamacare spending. “Our intent is to move quickly on a short-term continuing resolution [CR] that keeps the government running and maintains current sequester spending levels,” Boehner told members, according to a person on the call. While Boehner did not explicitly rule out using the CR for an Obamacare fight, other sources on the call said it was clear he preferred not to use the spending bill to draw a line
Day three of the trial against accused baby killer De’Marquise Elkins ended with an unanswered question about the credibility of a key witness. In the last hour Wednesday, 15-year-old Joe Lang took the stand to testify that he saw Elkins and his co-defendant Dominique Lang together at his grandmother’s home in Brunswick after the shooting took place. Elkins is accused of shooting 13-month-old Antonio Santiago between the eyes in his stroller during the attempted robbery of the toddler’s mother. Elkins faces multiple charges, including murder, but is not eligible for the death penalty because he was not 18 at the time of
An 88-year-old veteran is dead after he was attacked Wednesday night in North Spokane. The victim, Delbert Belton, was a World War II veteran living in Spokane, according to his family. Spokane Police said in a news release that they responded to a call of an assault at the Eagles Lodge, 6410 N. Lidgerwood. When they got there, they found Belton in his car with serious injuries to his head. He was taken to a local hospital where he died this morning from his injuries. Belton, who was called “Shorty,” by his friends, fought in the Battle of Okinawa in
My usual routine for Thursdays is to write about something automotive—something “techie.” This week, I wanted to do something different. I wanted to give a respectful nod to a humble man who is the epitome of the American “rags to riches” story. This man started out with nothing—not even parents. In the end, he was a successful businessman and the owner of one of the most desirable Ferraris in the world. This past weekend, his Ferrari 275 GTB/4 N.A.R.T. Spider went to the auction block. It sold for $27.5 million.This is a story of hard work, a Ferrari, and unfettered
In Spokane, Washington, on Wednesday night, according to local reports, World War II veteran and Battle of Okinawa survivor Delbert Belton was beaten by two African American teenagers described as between the ages of 16 and 19. Belton passed away Thursday morning of head injuries. Belton, 89, was shot in the leg at Okinawa. He was confronted in the parking lot of the Eagles Lodge, adjacent to the Eagles Ice-A-Rena, when the two suspects jumped him, beat him, and left him to die. One is described as heavy and wearing black clothing, and the other is described as six feet
Police have released surveillance video with the hopes that someone will recognize two men apparently posing as Mormon missionaries who pulled out a gun instead of a bible before robbing a couple´s home in Las Vegas. The robbery took place at about 6 a.m. June 27 when Ida and Terence Delucia say the young men knocked on their door. "They said we´d like to talk to you about Jesus Christ and they handed me a pamphlet," Terence Delucia said. These so-called men of God were far from holy, says Delucia, who was attacked at his doorstep. "When I handed the pamphlet
Economy: Household incomes are still down 4.4% since the recession ended four years ago. Meanwhile, the unemployment picture may be even worse than we think. The Obama "recovery" continues to impress. According to a report released this week by Sentier Research, the inflation-adjusted median household income remains $2,380 below where it stood when the Obama "recovery" officially started in June 2009 — a drop of 4.4%. Sentier´s monthly data, derived from the Census Bureau´s Current Population Survey, show that incomes fell more in the year after the recovery started than it did during the recession itself. And household incomes have basically flat-lined
SAN DIEGO — The 16-year-old California girl who was kidnapped by a family friend clarified some details Thursday about her relationship with her kidnapper, including that they exchanged texts beforehand, not phone calls as police have said, and that they wrote each other letters a year ago when she wasn´t getting along with her mother. (Snip)San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore has declined to discuss a possible motive and investigators haven´t publicly addressed other aspects of the case, including why the family went to DiMaggio´s home, the nature of letters from Hannah that were discovered in DiMaggio´s home and
Racial Politics: The nation´s growing thug culture and attendant bash-mob violence breaking out in city after city could hurt tourism if the president doesn´t speak out about it. Obama had no problem popping off about the shooting of Trayvon Martin (aka his adopted "son"), prejudging the facts in the case and assuming the shooter, described by the media as "white," racially profiled the aggressive Martin before killing him. A jury saw it as self-defense. But now we have another interracial shooting in Oklahoma with far more evidence of racist motive than the Florida shooting. Only in this case, the victim is white
Mideast: A year after President Obama´s "red line" chemical weapons warning, a defiant Syria reportedly kills more than 1,000 with nerve gas. As in Egypt, the president´s ego is no substitute for credible U.S. power. The laws of physics say fire cannot exist in a vacuum, but flames are flying in the Mideast in the absence of American strength and prestige after 4-1/2 years of the Obama administration. Over the decades, trouble is to be expected in that oil-rich part of the world so vital to Western economic interests. But the disturbances there now are not normal, and are not happening by
Mechanical engineering major Nicolas Selby began his sophomore welcome at the university in Atlanta in the traditional style offering advice to the new class of students but as the stirring film score started it kicked up a gear. Warming to his theme, he proclaimed: "Our mission as students is not to follow in the footsteps of the astronauts, Nobel Prize Laureates, and president who graduated before us, but to exceed their footsteps." "Crush the shoulders of the giants upon whom we stand! “If you want to change the world, you’re at Georgia Tech. You can do that! If you want
The White House will hold a closed-door roundtable discussion on issues facing bisexuals Sept. 23.The event, described in an invitation by White House LGBT liaison Gautam Raghavan as a session focused on “issues of importance to the bisexual community,” was first reported Thursday by the Washington Blade. “Participants and administration officials will discuss a range of topics including health, HIV/AIDS, domestic and intimate partner violence, mental health and bullying,” Raghavan wrote.
One of the three ´bored´ teenagers held over the murder of Chris Lane in a drive-by shooting was linked to a string of armed robberies, MailOnline can reveal today. Michael Jones, 17, who was driving the car and brought in by cops repeatedly after a spate of raids, one of the investigating detectives said today. MailOnline can also reveal that James Edwards, 15, who Jones allegedly said pulled the trigger, was known to have a ´very short´ temper and is ´incredibly violent´. Detective John Byers told MailOnline that investigators recognized Jones´ Ford Focus from surveillance footage and that triggered their
One of the Oklahoma teenagers accused of killing 23-year-old Australian baseball player Christopher Lane had previously posted images online showing himself posing with guns and wads of cash. And three days before what police call the indiscriminate shooting, the suspect, 15-year-old James Edwards Jr., tweeted, "With my n****s when it´s time to start taken life´s" -- a line from the Chief Keef rap song, "I Don´t Like." Back in April, he tweeted, "90% of white ppl (people) are nasty. #HATE THEM." (Snip) The seemingly senseless killing has left many Americans disgusted. And for some, it triggered a political question with
How many revolutions does a nation need to correct its course? Some nations undergo the pain of one revolution and flourish, while others achieve change by allowing themselves to evolve through self-examination, correction, awakening, and enlightenment, followed by a working consensus on the course the country will take. But when it comes to much of the Muslim world, unfortunately, coup d´etat, revolution, bloodshed and violence are a way of life, approved by Islamic law, and in harmony with the example of the prophet of Islam, Mohammed. Egypt has undergone revolutions in 1919, 1952, 2011 and then a counter-revolution at the present.
On Wednesday´s MSNBC Andrea Mitchell Reports, fill-in co-host Kathleen Matthews, wife of Hardball host Chris Matthews, lamented Republicans distracting President Obama from pushing his liberal agenda: "...the President´s got the gnats of August swarming around him, with Ted Cruz out there fighting against ObamaCare. So, hard to kind of keep that message and that kind of – that solid message moving forward while he´s having to swat what he probably perceives as some of the gnats..." The Washington Post´s Chris Cillizza laid blame for Obama´s failures on just about everything except the President himself: "I actually think that problem is even
One of the leaders of Democrats’ push for gun control earlier this year says it’s “absolutely mandatory” for lawmakers to revisit such legislation following this week’s gun tragedies, such as the averted school shooting in Georgia and the killing of an Australian college baseball player in Oklahoma. “We need to restart the conversation,” Connecticut senator Richard Blumenthal said on MSNBC earlier today. “This agenda and debate needs to come back to this country.” On the Georgia school story, Blumenthal said school clerk Antoinette Tuff’s ability to talk down Michael Brandon Hill, the would-be shooter, “certainly refutes” the National Rifle Association’s argument that
Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., explained to a town hall of his constituents that he wanted to call a national Constitutional Convention after reading Mark Levin’s new book, The Liberty Amendments. “I used to have a great fear of constitutional conventions,” Coburn said according to the Tulsa World. “I have a great fear now of not having one.” As the Tulsa World notes, a national convention is called by two-thirds of the state legislatures and is one of two ways the U.S. Constitution can be amended. Coburn made his remarks in Muskogee, Okla.
The reinstatement of four State Department employees who were put on administrative leave following last year’s Benghazi attack only further has only reinforced Pat Smith’s believe that Hillary Clinton should never be president. Smith’s son, Sean, was one of four Americans who died in the 9/11 attack on the American diplomatic facility in Benghazi. On Fox News this morning, Smith said that the former secretary of state had broken her promise to the grieving mother to hold the people accountable for the security failure. According to Smith, Clinton told her she would investigate the attack and contact her, but she never
MSNBC guest host Joy-Ann Reid wonders why conservatives were focusing on the racial elements of the shooting of Australian baseball player Christopher Lane. “You’ve already started to see people on the right try to do exactly what Brian [Beutler] was saying: Tally it up on the basis of race,” Reid said yesterday. She accused the “Right [of] directly trying to bait the president on race on this situation,” singling out former Republican congressman Allen West’s tweet and Fox News’ reporter Ed Henry’s question on Wednesday asking for a comment on the shooting from the Obama administration. “Why do they seem so determined
RALEIGH — Former Secretary of State Colin Powell took aim at North Carolina’s new voting law Thursday, saying it hurts the Republican Party, punishes minority voters and makes it more difficult for everyone to vote. "I want to see policies that encourage every American to vote, not make it more difficult to vote," said Powell, a Republican, at the CEO Forum in Raleigh. "It immediately turns off a voting block the Republican Party needs," Powell continued. "These kinds of actions do not build on the base. It just turns people away." The retired general served as the keynote speaker at
The summer ratings are in and according to Variety, the news is all bad for left-wing MSNBC. Not only is CNN catching up to the Lean Forward network, compared to this time last year, MSNBC´s primetime ratings have collapsed by a full 22%. In preliminary Nielsen data for the summer through Sunday, Fox News was averaging 1.85 million viewers in primetime (down 5% from comparable dates a year ago), followed among the news networks by MSNBC (540,000, down 22%), CNN (533,000, up 21%) and HLN (422,000, up 29%). Among all cable networks in primetime this summer, Fox News ranks seventh
The UN weapons inspectors are powerless--President Bashar al-Assad has got the green light to carry on using chemical weapons against children. If the casualty figures emerging from Syria this week are correct, then Wednesday’s massacre in the outskirts of Damascus will be the worst poison gas attack the world has witnessed since Saddam Hussein’s slaughter of Halabja’s Kurds in 1988. UN weapons inspectors sit a short drive from the site of the attack. [Snip] They are prevented from visiting anything other than three agreed sites. The government is naturally withholding permission; serial killers rarely usher the police into their victims’