President Barack Obama has promised Americans he will keep fighting on the domestic front, as he attempts to kick-start his flagging second term in the White House. Facing the US public in his first "town hall" meeting since winning re-election last November, Mr Obama pledged on Friday to work on "pocketbook bread-and-butter issues that affect all of you". [Snip] "There are still a lot of families out there that are having a tough time in the competitive global economy we´re living in," Mr Obama admitted, as new figures showed average American wages had barely risen since 2000. Thousands of local
Staff working at America´s National Security Agency--the eavesdropping unit that was revealed to have spied on millions of people--have used the technology to spy on their lovers. The employees even had a code name for the practice--"Love-int"--meaning the gathering of intelligence on their partners. Dianne Feinstein, a senator who chairs the Senate intelligence committee, said the NSA told her committee about a set of "isolated cases" that have occurred about once a year for the last 10 years. [Snip] Last week it was disclosed that the NSA had broken privacy rules on nearly 3,000 occasions over a one-year period.
Someone hit a Chicago police officer in the head with a baseball bat after the officer responded to a battery-in-progress call in the Englewood neighborhood, according to authorities. The officer is in serious condition at John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County. He was hit about 12:40 a.m. in the 5700 block of South Winchester Avenue. It´s not clear if the officer was hit on purpose or accidentally while trying to break up the fight. It´s not clear if the officer was working alone and other circumstances leading up to the attack weren´t immediately clear. No high-ranking police department
"I brake for fish," says a sticker on the back of Tony Ortokales´s car. It´s the sort of thing an avid angler might have on his bumper, but the license plate reading "H20 CAR" suggests something else. The propellers below the bumper tell the rest of the story. Mr. Ortokales, a 54-year-old machinist from Laconia, N.H., is the proud owner of one of the 500-odd Amphicars remaining in the world. About 4,000 were built. The only mass-produced amphibious passenger car, the German import sold between 1962 and 1967. That´s around the time many current owners, mainly middle-aged men, spotted the cars when
Spectacular songbird Linda Ronstadt disclosed Friday that she has Parkinson’s disease and the illness has already robbed her of her ability to sing. The 67-year-old “Hurt So Bad” songstress, whose vocal range spanned the octaves from contralto to soprano, discussed her disease with AARP magazine in an interview. The 11-time Grammy Award winner’s memoir, “Simple Dreams,” is slated to be published next month. “No one can sing with Parkinson’s disease,” Ronstadt said. “No matter how hard you try.” Ronstadt, who churned out hits during the 1970s and ‘80s, including
FRESNO, Calif.— A giant wildfire raging out of control grew to nearly 200 square miles Friday and spread into Yosemite National Park at the height of the summer season for one of California´s most popular tourist destinations. While it has closed some backcountry hiking, it was not threatening the Yosemite Valley, home to such iconic sights as the Half Dome and El Capitan rock formations and Bridalveil and Yosemite falls. But in an unusual move, Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency for San Francisco 150 miles away because of the threat to the city´s utilities. The blaze had
Three men charged with the robbery and homicide of a Washington & Jefferson College football player and the robbery and aggravated assault of his teammate appeared individually Friday morning in Washington County Court for their formal arraignments before Judge Edward Borkowski, who said the procedural hurdle starts the official clock ticking on each of their cases. A general charge of homicide includes first-, second- and third-degree murder, and potentially voluntary and involuntary manslaughter. The prosecution does not intend to seek the death penalty in the Oct. 4, 2012, killing of Tim McNerney, 21, of Butler. Please include source location.
Many people are noticing the uptick in young black males attacking, and in some recent cases, killing, white people. One of the connections that joins them all appears just below the surface. Each of these events are connected, and each of these connections are being totally ignored by the media. Lets just look at who was murdered in the last week 89-year-old Delbert Belton Murdered (left) 27-year-old Nurse, David Santucci (right) 23-year-old Student, Chris Lane (center) All of the people involved in the murders, and most of their accomplices, have a self-identified position of advocacy for Trayvon Martin via their
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power was unable to make it back from a personal trip in Ireland to New York in time for an emergency Security Council meeting, according to sources who spoke with Fox News. But a quick search of flight databases shows that on an average day, dozens of flights leave from the Emerald Isle to New York. A simple search made by FoxNews.com showed that up to 20 flights leave from Dublin airport to JFK airport in Queens, N.Y., -- with more than half arriving well before 3 p.m. ET, which is when the
The first time I became aware of the existence of black people was in grammar school. There was a black boy several grades ahead of me, and he was the smartest kid in my school. He was also the only black attending the Catholic school in my Italian and Irish Bronx neighborhood. The first black person I met in my life robbed me at Yankee Stadium when I was 8 years old. Behind him stood 3 black teenagers coaching him on how to properly mug a young white boy. They got my quarter. There were no black families in my neighborhood --
WEST MONROE, La.- Today Duck Commander, the Robertson family duck call business made famous by A&E´s hit reality show "Duck Dynasty," is more of an empire. But in the beginning Phil Robertson made his duck calls in his backwoods Louisiana backyard. And as the oldest son, Alan Robertson served as one of his dad´s first employees. "We made everything in there," Alan said, pointing into an old shed behind his dad´s house. "There used to be an old band saw out back and I used to cut calls in half. I was little, I was 12 years old, I mean,
At least three victims of the alleged chemical weapons attack in east Damascus on Thursday have been smuggled to Jordan where samples of their blood and urine will help determine which agent was used to gas hundreds of people. The samples could help inform an international response to the attack, which has sharply upped the stakes in Syria’s civil war, drawing demands for recrimination and edging a much-feared regional spillover closer to reality. Yesterday US president Barack Obama stepped up rhetoric over Syria in his first public comments since the alleged chemical attack, which he called a “big event of grave concern”
Now that America is leading from behind, more serious powers are rushing to fill the vacuum. Obama seems ready to let that happen, which is why India just launched its first homemade aircraft carrier and why Japan is rearming to keep China from stealing the whole South China Sea. When America bugs out, what follows is not love and peace -- contrary to deeply delusional liberals. What happens is a worldwide scramble for king of the hill. Instability breeds war, as we can see in the news headlines. Obama knocked over the Mubarak regime in Egypt, a pillar of peace and
Mystery solved. America´s ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power was in Ireland on a personal trip when she missed an emergency meeting on the alleged chemical gas attack in Syria, U.N. sources tell Fox News. A day earlier, State Department officials were mum when asked for information on Power´s whereabouts. She had come under fire for missing Wednesday´s urgent U.N. Security Council meeting, where delegations weighed how to respond to charges that the Assad regime had just committed the deadliest chemical weapons attack in the country´s two-year civil war. The meeting, and her absence, came just 19 days after Power assumed the
Women and children can be seen lying in the rubble as well as an apparent missile that caused the alleged attack on Wednesday, which according to the opposition, has killed more than a thousand. A UN team is already in Syria but only has permission to visit specific locations. [Snip] Chemical weapons experts have agreed some kind of chemical attack took place, but are unsure whether it was caused by a nerve agent. US President Barack Obama said the alleged use of chemical weapons was "a big event of grave concern," as Britain accused Damascus of unleashing the weapons and
To the legacy media, that shriveling adjunct of the White House press office, the story is not why Americans would think it worth asking whether the president should be impeached. It is, as one would expect, why some prominent Republicans are dignifying the question with serious answers. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas is in trouble, naturally. Being an unapologetic conservative, tea-party stalwart, and happy warrior has made him the preferred punching bag of the media and other Beltway dinosaurs — their hysteria meter always tells you who worries them most. Asked at a conservative gathering in the Houston suburbs “why don’t
David Cameron was in Cornwall this week, enjoying his fourth holiday of the year. Photographed in a beachside cafe, the Prime Minister and his wife looked the very picture of a typical middle-class couple, enjoying a very English seaside holiday. The reality, of course, is rather different. Mr Cameron may famously have claimed that he and his wife are members of the ‘sharp-elbowed middle classes’, but given that the Prime Minister, the son of a millionaire stockbroker, traces his descent from William IV, while his wife is the daughter of a landed baronet, they inhabit a very different world from
FRESNO, Calif. — A giant wildfire raging out of control grew to nearly 200 square miles and spread into Yosemite National Park on Friday, as California Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency for the city of San Francisco 150 miles away because of the threat to the city´s utilities. The fire hit the park at the height of summer season, as officials geared up for a busy Labor Day weekend. It has closed some backcountry hiking but was not threatening the Yosemite Valley region, one of California´s most popular tourist destinations that features such iconic sights as the Half
WASHINGTON — U.S. naval forces are moving closer to Syria as President Barack Obama considers military options for responding to the alleged use of chemical weapons by the Assad government. The president emphasized that a quick intervention in the Syrian civil war was problematic, given the international considerations that should precede a military strike. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel declined to discuss any specific force movements while saying that Obama had asked the Pentagon to prepare military options for Syria. U.S. defense officials told The Associated Press that the Navy had sent a fourth warship armed with ballistic missiles into the eastern
Racism should make people pretty angry. But for that very reason charges of racism should only be leveled carefully. George Zimmerman wasn’t motivated by race in confronting Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman, a Hispanic, was himself one-eighth black. The prosecution in his case produced no statements by Zimmerman showing any racial bias. Alas, most people didn’t have time to follow the trial’s day-to-day testimony, and obviously didn’t know that. They got summaries presented by the mainstream media. NBC selectively edited a 9-1-1 call to make Zimmerman sound racist. President Obama pronounced the killing as racially motivated, first personalizing the case by comparing Trayvon to
Caroline Glick presents a powerful indictment of the Obama administration’s foreign policy. Perhaps the most damning part of her indictment pertains to Syria, where Obama’s impotence in the face of Assad’s crossing of a “red line” by engaging in chemical warfare represents a national embarrassment and humanitarian disaster. President Obama’s impotence stems from his well-justified fear that intervening against Assad would bring radical Islamists to power. But according to Glick, it is Obama’s fault that radicals have come to dominate the Syrian opposition: At the outset of the Syrian civil war two-and-a-half years ago, Obama outsourced the development of Syria’s opposition forces
An Environmental Protection Agency employee knowingly stole more than $886,000 from the agency, according to a criminal filing from the Department of Justice. The alleged fraud occurred in the EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation under the nose of former administrator Gina McCarthy, who now heads up the entire agency. “There appears to be corruption to the umpteenth degree,” said Louisiana Republican Sen. David Vitter. “I think it’s appalling that Administrator McCarthy and former acting Administrator Bob Perciasepe could claim that sequester is depriving the agency of important resources when in fact their own are stealing from the government.” EPA
Al Gore has done it again. Having been repeatedly lambasted for making exaggerated claims and telling outright lies in order to promote his environmentalist agenda, he’s now committed another gaffe that will further undermine his credibility and that of his cause. As Politico reports, in an interview with the Washington Post’s Ezra Klein while once again claiming that global warming was the cause of an increase in storms and hurricanes, Gore made the following assertion: In the interview, published Wednesday, Gore said that “the fingerprint of man-made global warming is all over” storms like hurricanes and other extreme weather events.