U.S. Sen. David Vitter said Tuesday he thinks the international community should respond to the Syrian regime´s use of chemical weapons against rebel fighters, but would not support direct intervention by the U.S. military. [Snip] "It´s obviously very, very serious," Vitter said, referring to evidence that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad authorized the use of chemical weapons against rebel fighters, that activists say killed hundreds of fighters and civilians, outside of the capital city of Damascus last week. "I certainly agree with (Secretary of State) John Kerry--I don´t say that a lot--but I agree with John Kerry that the use of
The game was called "point ´em out, knock ´em out," and it was as random as it was brutal. The object: Target an innocent victim for no other reason than they are there, then sucker punch him or her. But on this day in Lansing, there would be no punch. The teen-age attacker had a stun gun. He did not know his would-be victim was carrying a legally concealed pistol. The teen lost the game. Last month, more than 400,000 adults could lawfully carry hidden handguns in Michigan. That’s one in 17 men and women 21 or older,
The beating death of a decorated World War II veteran took a bizarre twist today in court. Prosecutors said one of the two suspects has suggested that the victim, 88-year-old Delbert Belton, was selling them crack cocaine but shorted them. Authorities won’t say whether they’ve found anything that would support the shocking claims by 16-year-old Kenan Adams-Kinard, who is being held in lieu of $3 million bond on charges of first-degree robbery and first-degree murder in connection with last week’s confrontation. But the victim’s family described it as ridiculous.
Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Syria is monstrous. A hundred thousand civilians have died at its hands in the last two years, and more than a million Syrians have fled the country since it began its war of attrition against rebel groups. It is almost certainly responsible for the massacre of up to 1,300 people in a suburb of Damascus last week through the use of chemical weapons. [Snip] In the face of Assad’s brutality, however, Washington and the West as a whole have been largely impotent. The White House’s strategy has been one of abject confusion,
John: Karen Finney’s refusal to acknowledge that Alger Hiss was a Communist spy — let alone a Soviet agent with a direct hand in crafting American policy during World War II and the crucial early Cold War years — should, alas, come as no surprise. The Cold War years are full of unpleasant memories for the Left, whose intellectuals, ignoring the horrors of the Russian Revolution, Stalin’s massacres, and much more, touted Communism as the wave of the future, and whose policies caved to Communism’s aggressive expansion across the globe. More than half a century on, when they’ve been shown
BEMIDJI, Minn. - It´s being called the first confirmed attack of a person by a gray wolf in Minnesota history, according to the Department of Natural Resources. Now, a 16-year-old Solway boy is home recovering from a vicious bite wound to the head. It happened early Saturday morning at the West Winnie Campground on Lake Winnibigoshish in north central Minnesota. The campground is operated by the U.S. Forest Service and was temporarily closed following the wolf attack, reports CBS affiliate WCCO in Minneapolis. The gray wolf, also known as a timber wolf, was captured by trappers with the U.S. Department
Vice President Joe Biden blasted the Syrian government today, saying there was “no doubt” that it had attacked civilians with chemical weapons. In a speech this afternoon to the American Legion National Convention in Houston, Texas, Biden called the use of such weapons “heinous,” and declared that he and President Obama believed those who used them “must be held accountable.” Increasingly belligerent talk from the executive branch has caused over 20 members of Congress to write to President Obama to request that he gain congressional approval before launching any strikes against Syria. Failure to do so would “violate the separation of powers
President Barack Obama said he "teared up" while watching the movie, "The Butler," in a radio interview published Tuesday, POLITICO´s Jennifer Epstein reports. The president also shared his toughest about "The Butler," the new movie that offers a fictionalized account about an African-American man who spent decades working in the White House. "I teared up just thinking about not just the butlers who have worked here in the White House, but an entire generation of people who were talented and skilled, but because of Jim Crow, because of discrimination, there was only so far they could go," he said. "And yet,
Stymied by Congress in his gun control efforts, President Obama told a group of big-city mayors Tuesday that he would take more executive actions to reduce gun violence. The closed-door meeting at the White House included Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., who discussed “strategies to reduce youth violence,” the White House said in a statement. Mr. Obama “vowed to continue doing everything in his power to combat gun violence through executive action and to press Congress to pass common-sense reforms like expanding the background check system and cracking down on gun trafficking,” the White House said in a statement.
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said today that the United States doesn’t need permission from the United Nations or any other international body to strike Syria for the use of chemical weapons against civilians. “No nation, no group of nations is bound by only one dimension of whether they’d make a decision to respond to any self-defense or any other violation of the kind of humanitarian violations that we saw in Syria,” Hagel told the BBC. The secretary also said that he thought it was “pretty clear that chemical weapons were used against people in Syria,” and he believes that “the intelligence
The New York Times´ website would not load for users across the country on Tuesday, the second time this month the website has suffered an outage. But while the previous downtime was attributed to technical issues raised by a maintenance update, a Times spokeswoman said Tuesday´s sporadic outage appeared to be the result of a malicious cyberattack. [Updated, 1:34 p.m. Aug. 27: The New York Times on Twitter said "The New York Times Web site is experiencing technical difficulties. We are working on fully restoring the site." A tweet from Eileen Murphy, a spokeswoman for the paper, said: "initial assessment
Jesse Jackson has no doubt that on the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, Republican opposition to President Obama’s policies is motivated by racial animus reminiscent of the Civil War-era South. “The tea party is the resurrection of the Confederacy, it’s the Fort Sumter tea party,” Jackson told Politico’s Glenn Thrush. Jackson, who Thrush describes as the man “who more than anyone occupies the no man’s land between his mentor King and Obama,” is “absolutely” convinced that attempts to thwart the president’s agenda are motivated by his race. The question “To what degree is the partisan gridlock that is frustrating his
Oh hot diggity gut. It’s already that time of year again – that time when we give up our diets and healthy eating habits for the love of fried food. Yes, folks, the Texas State Fair is right around the corner. Expand your belts. It’s gonna be quite a ride this year. This morning, the 2013 Big Tex Choice awards announced its eight finalists. Before these lucky sonovaguns were selected, they had to submit a proposal and cook their goodies in front of a judging panel. It’s good to see that some of the veterans are back. Abel Gonzales, creator of
Sydney University Prof. Jake Lynch said Tuesday that the campaign of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel is working, and that is why the Shurat Hadin Legal Action Center has taken a lawsuit against him alleging anti- Semitism and discrimination. “The complaint to the AHRC [Australian Human Rights Commission] is without merit,” Lynch told The Jerusalem Post, speaking for the first time since the lawsuit was announced. (Snip) Hamilton called the BDS movement “racist by its own definition” in that it is discriminating “based on Israeli national origin and Jewish racial and ethnic origin of people and organization.”
RUSH: I told you yesterday that tomorrow we´ve got the 50th anniversary of the Martin Luther King March on Washington. You know, a bunch of people asked, "What do you think Obama´s gonna say?" They said, "He´s not down for the struggle." I told you yesterday, a bunch of Democrats have been telling me privately a lot of things. I shared a lot of it with you yesterday. I´ve had some Democrat African-American leaders tell me they´re really not all that comfortable with Obama as the lead at the MLK festivities ´cause he´s not down for the struggle. He does not
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin posted a photo of herself--clad in camouflage--reading Mark Levin´s Liberty Amendments while she was waiting "for the guys to finish loading up gear" on a hunting trip on Tuesday. Levin´s book debuted as bestselling book in all categories on the New York Times bestsellers list, once again proving how much conservative ideas resonate in America even as Republican elites instinctively want to run away from them. "I´m just waiting for the guys to finish loading up gear, so I´m using the ´wait time´ to finish reading Mark Levin´s great new book ´The Liberty Amendments,´" Palin wrote on
TEL AVIV—Israel braced for fallout from a potential U.S. attack in Syria, as civilians flooded gas mask distribution centers and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held special consultations with defense chiefs and cabinet ministers on the Syria war at its border. As Western governments step up accusations against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad of using chemical weapons against his opponents last week in a Damascus suburb, Israelis grow increasingly anxious that the Syrian leader could target the Jewish state in an act of desperation. The nervousness comes despite assessments by Israeli security experts that the prospect of Syria retaliating against Israel in the wake
RUSH: I got a note from somebody. I´ll run this by you and see what you think. "Rush, I think you are making a mistake in calling out Obama on his hypocrisy or the contradicting things based on what Obama said about Bush in Iraq, what Kerry said about Bush in Iraq, versus what they´re doing and saying now. Rush, the correct thing is that Obama has finally learned the way the world works." I´m not that charitable. I think Obama knew exactly what he was doing in 2002 and 2004 and ´5 and ´6 and ´7. I think he knew how the
It may not have been as crude as President George W. Bush’s regrettable “bring them on” comment in July 2003, but President Obama’s ego-driven, naive remarks about a “red line” being crossed if chemical weapons are used in Syria are what has brought us to the brink today. Does the United States have a policy calling for an attack if chemical weapons are used in a foreign civil war? Of course not. Obama went off-script and made that up. Only history will tell us if it was an ad-libbed flub or if the president understood the consequences of what he
RUSH: So, "Rush! Rush! Rush! What are we gonna do about Syria?" Folks, you´re missing the point if you think this is about Syria. This is not about Syria. The issue is, "What do we do about Obama´s red line gaffe?" Obama said that if the Syrians did X, it would be crossing a red line. Well, they´ve done X. According to John Kerry (Lurch), they´ve done X. So now the real issue as far as Washington (that would be "Warshington" for Newt and everybody else in the media) and the Democrat Party is: How do we deal with --- and
President Obama signaled in an exclusive interview with radio hosts Tom Joyner and Sybil Wilkes that Martin Luther King Jr. would have liked his health care plan for Americans. Obama spoke to the pair in the Oval Office to recognize the 50th anniversary of King’s March on Washington. “What do you think he’d say about Obamacare?” asked Joyner, when discussing King’s legacy. “Oh he’d like that,” Obama asserted. “Well, because he understood that health care, health security is not a privilege, it’s something in a county as wealthy as ours, everybody should have access to.”
Brian Lewis, formerly the right-hand man to Roger Ailes at Fox News, has hired a lawyer and could be preparing for a bold action. Earlier this month, Lewis was fired from Fox News and escorted out of the building. At the time, a Fox News spokesperson told The Hollywood Reporter that Lewis´ departure was the result of "financial irregularities" and "multiple, material and significant breaches of his employment contract." Lewis has now retained Judd Burstein, an aggressive attorney based in New York. The news was first reported by Gawker and has been confirmed by THR. "I have just been retained
Entergy Corp. (ETR) will permanently shut its Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant in 2014 after battling for years with state officials to keep the 41-year-old reactor in service. The decision to shut Vermont’s only operating reactor was based on natural gas prices, the high cost of running the single-unit plant and “artificially low” power prices in the region, New Orleans-based Entergy said in a statement today. (Snip) Vermont Yankee is the fifth U.S. nuclear reactor this year to announce plans to permanently close, the highest-ever annual total, as power prices have slumped amid booming gas production.
All over America, government officials enjoy privileges that ordinary citizens don´t. Sometimes it involves bearing arms, with special rules favoring police, politicians and even retired government employees. Sometimes it involves freedom from traffic and parking tickets, like the special non-traceable license plates enjoyed by tens of thousands of California state employees or similar immunities for Colorado legislators. Often it involves immunity from legal challenges, like the "qualified" immunity to lawsuits enjoyed by most government officials, or the even-better "absolute immunity" enjoyed by judges and prosecutors. (Both immunities -- including, suspiciously, the one for judges -- are creations of judicial action,
George Zimmerman wants the state of Florida to reimburse him for the costs of mounting his defense in the Trayvon Martin shooting case. Zimmerman´s attorney, Mark O´Mara, told ABC News today that he plans to file a motion to recoup as much as $300,000 in legal costs spent on defending Zimmerman. Zimmerman was acquitted in July of second-degree murder for the 2012 shooting of Martin, an unarmed Florida teenager.
Houston— Vice President Joe Biden says there is no doubt that Syrian President Bashar Assad´s (bah-SHAR´ AH´-sahd) government is responsible for the heinous use of chemical weapons. Biden´s comments Tuesday make him the highest-ranking U.S. official to say the Syrian regime is the culprit in a large-scale chemical weapons attack on Aug. 21. Biden says the Syrian government is the only actor in the 2-year civil war that possesses and can deliver chemical weapons. He says Assad has blocked U.N. investigators from the site and has been bombing it for days. (Snip) Biden spoke at the American Legion´s national convention.