Washington - FBI Director Robert Mueller told ABC News in an interview aired on Friday that the terrorism threat that began in Afghanistan and Pakistan has now "migrated" to places including Syria, Libya, Egypt and Yemen. " you have individuals traveling to those venues, you are concerned about the associations they will make, and secondly about the expertise they will develop and whether or not they will utilize those associations, utilize that expertise, to undertake an attack upon the homeland," Mueller said in the interview. "So, yes, we are concerned about that, and, yes, we are monitoring
Well, sure: she’s a Democrat. That’s the easy, cynical response, and let’s face it–it’s probably right. Still, by any normal standard Benghazi would be considered a career-ending debacle. Four men, including one of her own ambassadors, were murdered on Hillary’s watch, after they had pleaded with her State Department for better security. The cable denying the ambassador’s request for better protection went out over Hillary’s signature. THAT’S JUST A FORMALITY! The Democrats say. SHE KNEW NOTHING ABOUT IT! Oh, I see. She was just a figurehead. Small matters like mortal threats to
Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) is using a promotional contest for ObamaCare to spoof the controversial law. Boehner’s staff posted a contest entry to his office’s website Thursday evening and said it would be the first of several from the Speaker. The entry takes the form of a comic-book style poster. Beneath an image of a laughing Obama, the poster states that 7 million people will lose or drop their health insurance as a result of ObamaCare. (Snip) The Obama administration contest, which is sponsored by the Department of Health and Human Services, will hand out $30,000 in prizes for the
(Best of the tube this weekend: Catch us on "The Journal Editorial Report" discussing the latest news on the National Security Agency. Fox News Channel, Saturday at 2 p.m. ET and Sunday at 3 p.m. ET.) It´s not surprising that Al Gore put on weight after he lost that election. The guy has more whoppers than a Burger King. Yesterday we noted that in an interview with the Washington Post´s Ezra Klein, Gore had misrepresented the content of his own movie by characterizing his outlandish "climate change" doomsaying as having been merely an accurate prediction of last year´s weather. It was left
Former Vice President Al Gore is optimistic that climate change deniers are falling by the wayside, but the environmental crusader’s recent comments have sparked controversy. In a wide-ranging interview, Gore told the Washington Post that Republicans are growing weary of those who reject the notion of climate change, likening them to “an alcoholic father who flies into a rage every time a subject is mentioned so everyone avoids the elephant in the room to keep the peace.” What impact is Gore’s heated rhetoric having on the climate change debate?
Washington - House Speaker John Boehner told Republicans Thursday night he would seek a short-term spending measure to keep the government open once the fiscal year begins Oct. 1--but many conservatives want defunding the 2010 health care law to be included. Republicans are split over whether to stop the funding and risk a shutdown. No leadership decisions have been made about the funding. Conservatives are watching closely. "Republicans in Congress promised to do everything possible to stop Obamacare and if they chicken out on this one last chance to block it, millions of conservatives
Judicial Watch obtained Defense Department training materials on Friday that described conservative and civil liberties organizations as “hate groups.” The training materials used by the Air Force were created to help students “recognize extremists ideologies.” The materials identified conservative values, such as individual liberties and states’ rights, as recruiting rhetoric used by “extremists.” According to Judicial Watch: Under a section labeled “Extremist Ideologies” the document states, “In U.S. history, there are many examples of extremist ideologies and movements. The colonists who sought to free themselves from British rule and the Confederate states who sought to secede from the
On his radio show the other day, Hugh Hewitt caught me by surprise and asked me about running for the United States Senate from New Hampshire. My various consultants, pollsters, PACs and exploratory committees haven’t fine-tuned every detail of my platform just yet, but I can say this without a doubt: I will not vote for any “comprehensive” bill, whether on immigration, health care or anything else. “Comprehensive” today is a euphemism for interminably long, poorly drafted, and entirely unread – not just by the peoples’ representatives but by our robed rulers, too (how many of those Supreme Court justices
Somebody should tell President Obama to forget the folksy metaphors. The prez sounds phony mouthing them, and since they are unfamiliar to him, he´s apt to get them wrong. As was the case at today´s townhall at Binghamton University, when Obama claimed that reducing spending on government programs would be "like eating your corn seed." You might have thought the man from Illinois would have known that the phrase is "eating your seed corn." Then again, they don´t raise much maize in Hyde Park. For good measure, Obama assured the audience that "we don´t have an urgent deficit crisis." Let the
Washington - Sales of new single-family homes in the United States fell sharply in July to their lowest level in nine months, casting a shadow over the country´s housing recovery. Sales dropped 13.4 percent to an annual rate of 394,000 units, the Commerce Department said on Friday. (Snip) The report could weaken the case for the U.S. Federal Reserve to reduce its support for the economy by trimming monthly bond purchases later this year. "The higher mortgage rates are having an impact on the housing market," said Scott Brown, chief economist with Raymond James in St. Petersburg,
Casting an eye toward upcoming fiscal fights, President Barack Obama warned Republicans Friday against trying to defund his signature health care law as he vowed to protect spending on education, scientific research and America´s infrastructure. Taking questions from college students in central New York, Obama decried the Republican approach as "penny-wise and pound-foolish," predicting the U.S. will fall further and further behind other nations in decades to come unless it prioritizes creating opportunities for young people. "When Congress gets back to Washington, this is going to be a major debate," Obama said during a town hall at Binghamton University. He said it´s the
On Thursday, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius offered what is perhaps the most vehement reaction so far to opposition allegations that the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad used chemical-warfare agents against civilians in the eastern suburbs around Damascus. If the use of such weapons is confirmed, Fabius told French broadcaster BFM, “France’s position is that there must be a reaction, a reaction that could take the form of a reaction with force.” Fabius didn’t elaborate what, exactly, he meant by “force,” though he did rule out ground troops. “I believe [such an attack] cannot go without a reaction from
Fort Hood shooter Nidal Hasan was found guilty on all 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder Friday, making him eligible for the death penalty. The sentencing phase of his trial was set to begin Monday. A military jury deliberated for roughly one day before announcing the verdict. Hasan sat emotionless, stroking his beard when the judge announced a verdict had been reached. He stood and looked at the juror panel president when the verdict was read, then turned and looked back down. A few family members of the victims cried and hugged each other at the announcement, but
The Army won´t pay for Private Bradley Manning to become Chelsea Manning, but a spokeswoman could not completely rule out a sex change for the convicted leaker of classified documents while he serves his 35-year term at Fort Leavenworth. “The Army doesn’t provide sex reassignment surgery or hormone therapy,” Army spokeswoman Lt. Col. Alayne Conway told FoxNews.com But Conway could not say if Manning would be barred from such procedures if they were paid for with private funds, saying, “I don’t think we’ve explored that.” A handful of recent court cases, including a recent one
In his column yesterday, Daniel Henninger–in writing about President Obama’s summer trips and series of speeches on the economy–asks, “Is anyone listening to these speeches? Do they matter?” The answer to both questions is, I think, no. And it raises a deeper issue: Has any previous president devalued his words quite so much, in quite so many ways? Perhaps, but I rather doubt it. In order to support my claim, it’s worth taking a stroll down memory lane, to compare what Mr. Obama has said with what he has done. The sheer bandwidth of his broken promises and empty claims is quite extraordinary.
The teen accused of shooting a toddler between the eyes during a robbery attempt counted down from five before firing, his alleged accomplice testified today after pointing him out as the shooter. Dominique Lang testified that he ran into De´Marquise Elkins on the morning of the March 21 slaying. A short while later as the two walked together, they saw Sherry West with a stroller. Lang says Elkins walked to West and demanded her purse before pulling out a gun. When West refused to hand the purse over, he hit her in the face with it and threatened her baby. ´The baby was
RUSH: So I got in here at the usual time after working very early this morning, late into last night on show prep and stuff, and at about ten o´clock I get an e-mail from Greta Van Susteren, and I thought, "No, no, no, no, I just did her show. She can´t be asking me back." And it wasn´t that. Her e-mail was, "Man, oh, man, do you live rent free in Obama´s head." And I said, "What´s this?" So I read further, and she just assumed that I knew what she was talking about, and I didn´t, but I
Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. - A military jury on Friday sentenced a U.S. soldier who massacred 16 Afghan civilians last year to life in prison without a chance of parole. The decision came in the case of Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, 40, who pleaded guilty in June in a deal to avoid the death penalty. Bales did not recount specifics of the horrors in court when he testified Thursday or offer an explanation for the violence, but he described the killings as an “act of cowardice, behind a mask of fear, bulls--- and bravado.” “I’m truly, truly sorry to those people whose families got taken away,” he said
President Barack Obama says the possible chemical weapons attack in Syria this week is a ´big event of grave concern´ that has hastened the timeframe for determining a U.S. response. ´This is something that is going to require America´s attention,´ Obama said during an interview broadcast Friday. Obama´s comments on Syria were his first since Wednesday´s alleged chemical weapons attack on the eastern suburbs of Damascus that killed at least 100 people. While he appeared to signal some greater urgency for a U.S. response, his comments were largely in line with his previous statements throughout the two-year conflict. The president said
The first legal abortion in an Irish hospital has been carried out in Dublin, it was confirmed on Friday. The termination was carried out on a woman who had an unviable 18-week pregnancy and whose life was risk at the National Maternity hospital. It is the first legal abortion to be carried out since the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act was passed by both houses of the Irish parliament last month. The National Maternity hospital is one of 25 hospitals in Ireland authorised to carry out terminations under the provisions of the act. It was performed under section 7, which deals with the
If you thought that it was frightening enough that the federal government was spying on you and had access to your personal information, get ready: Planned Parenthood is about to obtain access to your Social Security number, tax form, bank account, and medical records. (snip) Any “navigator” will have access to the federal data hub, which holds information from the Department of Health and Human Services, the IRS, the Social Security Administration, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Defense Department, the Office of Personnel Management, the Veterans Health Administration, and the Peace Corps.
An era is ending at Microsoft Corp. The software giant said Chief Executive Steve Ballmer, a central figure at the company for more than three decades, has decided to retire within the next 12 months. The surprise announcement Friday follows a broad reorganization that had appeared to solidify his power at Microsoft as head of a new team of leaders. Mr. Ballmer, who is 57 years old, will depart after a successor has been chosen, the company said. Its board has appointed a special committee—including Chairman Bill Gates—that will consider both external and internal candidates. Microsoft shares jumped after the announcement, recently trading
These days and weeks of bloody struggle in Egypt have implications that go far beyond the country and the region. The conflict between the Muslim Brotherhood and its opponents will determine whether an Islamic terrorist group will run Egypt. Forgotten in all the Arab Spring cheerleading is the simple fact that the Muslim Brotherhood is a terrorist group. And not only is it a terrorist group but it is the single most influential Sunni Islamic terrorist group in the world, spawning entire networks of terrorist organizations; including Al Qaeda.
Notre Dame University announced Thursday it will begin admitting illegal immigrants to the school and will provide them with financial aid, saying the move will “strengthen” the student body. The university had never had an official ban on illegal immigrants but Inside Higher Ed reported the school treated them as international students and required them to have student visas — which effectively served as a bar. “We will strengthen our incoming class and give deserving young people the chance for a Notre Dame education,” Don Bishop, associate vice president for undergraduate enrollment, said in a statement announcing the policy. The university also said
In exchange for his long awaited exit as Mayor, the city of San Diego will pay Bob Filner´s legal fees and his share of damages in a lawsuit according to anonymous sources. An estimate puts that amount around several hundred thousand dollars. The body count is up to 18, possibly more, women who have alleged Filner groped, licked, squeezed and harassed them. Filner refused to leave office, even as women continued to come forward. Obviously, his resignation was the only bargaining chip he had in his pocket. A lawsuit was filed by Gloria Allred on behalf of her client who was
The US Army psychiatrist who shot dead 13 comrades at a Texas Army base in 2009 has been convicted of all charges. Maj Nidal Hasan faces the death penalty after being found guilty of 13 counts of pre-meditated murder and 32 counts of attempted murder. Maj Hasan, 42, has admitted the shooting at Fort Hood and declined to present a defence at his court martial. The jury, which reached a unanimous verdict in seven hours, begins the penalty phase of the trial on Monday. The 13-member panel must come to a unanimous agreement in order to recommend the judge sentence Maj Hasan to death.