WASHINGTON - CBS News has learned that the Pentagon is making the initial preparations for a cruise missile attack on Syrian government forces. We say "initial preparations" because such an attack won´t happen until the president gives the green light. And it was clear during an interview on CNN Friday that he is not there yet. "If the U.S. goes in and attacks another country, without a U.N. mandate and without clear evidence that can be presented," the president told CNN, "then there are questions in terms of whether international law supports it -- ´do we have the coalition to
Another school year beckons, which means it´s time for President Obama to go on another college retreat. "He loves college tours," says Ohio University´s Richard Vedder, who directs the Center for College Affordability and Productivity. "Colleges are an escape from reality. Believe me, I´ve lived in one for half a century. It´s like living in Disneyland. They´re these little isolated enclaves of nonreality." Mr. Vedder, age 72, has taught college economics since 1965 and published papers on the likes of Scandinavian migration, racial disparities in unemployment and tax reform. Over the last decade he´s made himself America´s foremost expert on the
Police State: The administration is building a detective squad that will target consumers and companies that don´t follow ObamaCare´s rules. The game of "good cop, bad cop" has arrived in American health care. It was bad enough to know that an Internal Revenue Service that targets the political opponents of the Obama administration between partying on the taxpayer dime would be in charge of monitoring compliance with ObamaCare´s individual mandate via our tax returns. Now, the Daily Mail, which lodged a Freedom of Information Act with Health and Human Services, reports that the agency has hired a bevy of criminal investigators as
President Obama recently concluded a five-year campus speaking tour in which he explained to students how his financing programs were making college more affordable. Then on Thursday he kicked off a new campus speaking tour to tell students that college is unaffordable, and that the financing program he has championed faces increasing defaults. "We´ve got a crisis in terms of college affordability and student debt," said Mr. Obama, without a trace of irony at the State University of New York at Buffalo. The same man who three years ago forced through a plan to add $1 trillion in student loans to
Propaganda was decisive in the victory of the Bolsheviks in the Russian Revolution of 1917. From its very beginning, "The Soviet state was more permeated with propaganda than any other," wrote University of California historian Peter Kenez in "The Birth of the Propaganda State: Soviet Methods of Mass Mobilization, 1917-1929." It was astonishing that a ragtag, uncouth band of conspiratorially inclined communists, led by V.I. Lenin, managed to topple the mighty czar of Russia and the weak social democratic government that followed him, decisively taking power in the October 1917 revolution. But much of it can be explained by their mastery of
Benghazi-Gate: The president is pulling out the U.S. team in Libya charged with tracking down the terrorists responsible for killing four Americans. Why not? Benghazi is just a "phony scandal." Why would the U.S. — knowing since last November who the terrorists are that murdered Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans last Sept. 11, its own Justice Dept. having just charged them this month — not take out these jihadists before they kill more Americans? Special operators in the region told Fox News last week that U.S. special forces personnel have spent many months "sitting in de facto standby," waiting for
The "wheels are falling off" the train wreck that is Obamacare, said Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas. Cruz, speaking with Fox News´ Greta Van Susteren on Thursday, further explained the problems with President Obama´s health care law and the effects that it would have on the economy. "We all know President Obama promised the American people: ´If you like your health insurance you can keep it,´" Cruz said. "And yet, every day that´s proving less and less true. And I think the American people are ready to stop this, to stop the biggest job killer we´ve got in our economy." Cruz
Michael Jones, the driver of the vehicle carrying the two other teenagers one of whom shot Australian baseball player Christopher Lan last week in Duncan, Okla., has been connected to other crimes in the area, according to one of the detectives on the case. The Daily Mail reports that the Ford Focus of 17-year-old Jones was repeatedly seen in connection to three separate robberies in March of this year. Detective John Byers said that Jones’s “name kept coming up” as investigators compiled information on the robberies. ”Whenever we executed a search warrant on a house where the armed
Prominent civil-rights leaders and reverends Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton pushed back against comparisons between Trayvon Martin’s death and that of Australian college baseball player Christopher Lane on MSNBC yesterday. Jackson, for example, agreed that some people are making a “false equivalency” between Lane and Martin. He accused them of ignoring or forgetting about shootings that took place in Tulsa, Okla., by white gunmen on black residents last year. “There are no winners in any of this sickness,” he added. “There’s simply, in our country, too much violence and too much
George Zimmerman was on the hunt today -- for a shotgun ... TMZ has learned. Zimmerman went to Kel-Tec in Cocoa, Florida ... a gun manufacturing company. We´re told he was asking questions about the legality of buying a shotgun -- specifically, the Kel-Tec KSG. The gun in question is a tactical shotgun, often used for home defense. It holds 12 rounds of 12 gauge shells. And this is interesting ... Kel-Tec manufactures the PF-9 gun -- the pistol Zimmerman used to kill Trayvon Martin. We're told the owner's son took Zimmerman on a tour of the grounds, including the area where the firearms are
The New York Times published two major corrections to Maureen Dowd’s Tuesday column. Dowd’s column was about an interview with Democratic mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio and his wife Chirlane McCray.Dowd incorrectly quoted McCray. She also misstated where the interview took place. Maureen Dowd’s column on Wednesday misquoted the response of Chirlane McCray, the wife of New York City’s public advocate, Bill de Blasio, to a question about the City Council speaker, Christine Quinn, who like Mr. de Blasio is seeking the Democratic nomination for mayor.
With just 38 days to go before the opening of Obamacare insurance exchanges, public ignorance about those marketplaces remains sky-high, threatening the very goal of offering affordable health care to the uninsured, several studies show. (Snip) Perhaps most alarming is the number of young adults who appear particularly clueless about the Affordable Care Act exchanges that are due to open Oct. 1 and begin coverage on Jan. 1. A whopping 73 percent of adults between the ages of 19 and 29 are unaware of the marketplaces, a separate Commonwealth Fund study this week found.
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