Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree banning demonstrations and rallies for two and a half months in Sochi around the 2014 Winter Olympics. The Rossiyskaya Gazeta, the official government newspaper, published the presidential decree Friday, listing an array of measures tightening security in the Olympic host city, including the ban on public assemblies. All “gatherings, rallies, demonstrations, marches and pickets” that are not part of the Olympics or the Paralympics will be prohibited in Sochi from Jan. 7 to March 21, the decree said. The Winter Olympics is taking place
Savannah, Ga. - Lawyers signed a deal Friday to drop a discrimination and sexual harassment lawsuit against celebrity cook Paula Deen, who was dropped by the Food Network and other business partners after she said under oath that she had used racial slurs in the past. A document filed in U.S. District Court in Savannah said both sides agreed to drop the lawsuit "without any award of costs or fees to any party." No other details of the agreement were released. The judge in the case had not signed an order to finalize the dismissal. Former employee Lisa Jackson last year sued Deen and her
While HBO’s “Newsroom” is surely today’s leading liberal fantasy news show, it is following in a format pioneered by the overwrought crime drama series “Law and Order” and its various clone shows. The producers of “Law and Order: SVU” reminded everyone of just how absurd liberal fantasy can get by actually writing and filming an episode in which a Paula Deen character kills a Trayvon Martin character. You can’t make up this kind of absurdity in a humor setting. People wouldn’t find it credible. The only thing missing is a George Bush or Dick Cheney character in there engaging in a
Asked Thursday if the Affordable Care Act will help "undocumented individuals," Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said no -- and that´s why immigration reform is so important: "Well, the (Obamacare) bill is crafted in such a way that those who are undocumented will not have access to the tax credits or shopping in the (health insurance) marketplace. That has been limited, which is, frankly, why -- another very keen reason why we need comprehensive immigration reform," Sebelius told a gathering of Latinos in Philadelphia. The remark drew applause at the Obamacare
RUSH: Okay, let´s get back to a little news here, folks. This is from... let´s see. Well, I know the writer, Avik Roy. I don´t know which website it is. It´s a Forbes website? All right. Okay. That didn´t print, and it doesn´t matter. It´s real. Delta Airlines says that next year, because of Obamacare, their health care costs are going to increase by nearly $100 million. Now, Avik Roy is a contributor at National Review Online as well. "We know that Obamacare will significantly increase the cost of individually-purchased health insurance in nearly every part of the country. But we’ve
Rev. Al Sharpton responded Thursday to calls for him to address the Oklahoma murder of Australian student athlete Chris Lane, saying he is not protesting because the killing was not racial and “the system worked.” Sharpton addressed the question in the Reply Al segment of his show, “PoliticsNation,” on MSNBC on Thursday, when a viewer asked whether he would be issuing a statement on Lane’s murder. The civil rights leader, who was a leading voice in the protests over Trayvon Martin’s death, told viewers that police said Lane was the victim of a random act and there was no racial motive to
RUSH: The economic news. "Incomes Have Dropped..." Get this now, this is from the Weekly Standard. Listen carefully to this. "Incomes Have Dropped Twice as Much During the ´Recovery´ as During the Recession." According to Obama and the official recession agency out there... the recession ended in 2009, and that´s when the recovery began. But -- as you know and I know -- there hasn´t been a recovery, but in official Washington vernacular the recovery from the Bush recession began in June of 2009. This is a powerful statistic. Incomes have dropped twice as much during Obama´s
They are some of Hollywood´s biggest names - regularly jetting into the world´s most glamorous locations. But rather than Monaco or Malibu, these A-list celebrities decided to visit a small, isolated farm in Ireland after falling in love with its puppies. Stars such as Jennifer Aniston, Owen Wilson and Calista Flockhart have all visited the farm in Connemara to visit its young sheepdogs. Scroll down for video -The farm is owned and run by Joe Joyce, 47, who has previously helped with the hit film Marley and Me. Following the film, he started holding sheepdog demonstrations at his farm.
WASHINGTON — A senior Air Force NCO who says he was punished because of his opposition to gay marriage this week filed a formal complaint against his commander, claiming she violated his religious beliefs. Senior Master Sgt. Phillip Monk, a 19-year airman serving at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas, claims he was relieved of his duties and reassigned following a heated exchange over the hot-button social issue. He has elicited help from the conservative Liberty Institute to “take action to protect religious liberty and ensure that the Air Force does not threaten any adverse consequences to his
The attorney who helped murder defendant George Zimmerman win a controversial acquittal last month was frustrated to learn his client toured a gun factory on Thursday. According to TMZ, the former neighborhood crime watchman visited Kel-Tec firearms, the company that manufactured the semi-automatic handgun Zimmerman used in the fatal confrontation with Trayvon Martin. “We certainly would not have advised him to go to the factory that made the gun that he used to shoot Trayvon Martin through the heart,” Shawn Vincent, a spokesman for attorney Mark O’Mara, told Yahoo News.
President Obama said that the addition of the first family´s new Portuguese water dog, Sunny, was intended help him and first lady Michelle Obama prepare for their daughters´ teenage years and eventual departure for college. "I think there is an element from Michelle and me, we see what´s coming, and we need to make sure that we have somebody who greets us at the door when we get home," Obama told CNN´s "New Day." While Sasha, 12, and Malia, 15, are still years away from entering college, the president says that the teens are among the few people in Washington
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.