The only thing missing from the anti-Lindsey Graham rally was the senator himself. But there was a Graham cardboard cut-out for people to get their picture taken with — and to direct their political anger. More than 14 months before the election, some Republicans are making it clear they are not happy with the state’s senior senator, calling him too easy to compromise with the Obama White House. And though their numbers might be small and their event Tuesday night high on theatrics, the dislike for Graham among the 100-plus people at the FreedomWorks town hall rally in North Charleston
Al Jazeera America’s launch in place of the failed Current TV network was an unsurprising dud, TV Newser reports. Available in more than 40 million homes, its initial ratings were poor for cable news standards. Its best showing of the week was just 54,000 viewers for Thursday night’s Real Money with Ali Velshi: The 2 PM Saturday edition of “News Live” averaged 48,000 viewers, while “Inside Story” Thursday at 12:30 PM averaged 41,000 viewers. “News Live” Thursday from 12-12:30 averaged 40,000. The debut edition of “The Stream” on Tuesday averaged 38,000 viewers, below Nielsen’s
New York - Tennis champion Bobby Riggs may have thrown the most famous tennis match in U.S. history, the "Battle of the Sexes" against Billie Jean King, ESPN reports. ESPN in a major investigation has interviewed available witnesses, including a man who says he overheard Florida mobsters discussing the 1973 match ahead of time in a pro shop. The network says Riggs arranged to play the No. 1 women´s player Margaret Court and then King, the No. 2 player, to erase his gambling debts. Riggs defeated Court 6-2, 6-1 in what became known as the "Mother´s Day Massacre."
Washington - Veterans and disabled workers who often struggle to find work could have an easier time landing a job under new federal regulations. The rules, announced Tuesday by the Labor Department, will require most government contractors to set a goal of having disabled workers make up at least 7 percent of their employees. The benchmark for veterans would be 8 percent, a rate that could change from year to year depending on the overall number of former military members in the workforce. The new requirements could have a major impact on hiring since federal contractors and
New York - The New York Police Department has secretly labeled entire mosques as terrorism organizations. The designation has allowed police to use informants to record sermons and spy on imams, often without specific evidence of criminal wrongdoing. Since the 9/11 attacks, the NYPD has opened at least a dozen "terrorism enterprise investigations" into mosques. The TEI is a police tool intended to help investigate terrorist cells. Designating an entire mosque as a terrorism enterprise means that anyone who attends prayer services is a potential subject of the investigation and fair game for
Beijing - North Korea tried to export gas masks to Syria this spring, presumably for use in the Middle East nation´s chemical weapons program, but the shipment was intercepted by Turkey along with arms and ammunition, a Japanese newspaper reported Tuesday. (Snip) The captain of the vessel admitted that the shipment had come from North Korea, according to the newspaper, which said the plan was for the arms to be unloaded in Turkey and transported by land into Syria to support the government of President Bashar Assad. The revelation comes amid international outrage over accusations
Amid the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the March for Jobs and Freedom, there was a recurring complaint: What about economic justice? It is a source of enormous frustration among many on the left that Martin Luther King Jr.´s deservedly iconic status doesn´t lend more support and credence to his economic ideas. The line "I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will be judged not by the color of their skin but by the content of their character" resides in the rhetorical pantheon with "Four score and seven years ago" and "We the people of the
Fifty years after Martin Luther King Jr. shared with a divided nation his “dream” of racial equality, America’s first black president will mark the anniversary – and the progress made since the 1963 March on Washington -- on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. The president will be joined Wednesday for the “Let Freedom Ring” ceremony by a host of civil rights leaders, as well as past presidents and members of the King family. Obama will speak roughly 50 years to the minute since King delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. He is expected to offer his personal
Arizona Republican Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake were forthcoming Tuesday during a Mesa, Ariz., town hall when they were asked whether employers might be driven to hire immigrants over American workers because those individuals wouldn´t be eligible for health care under the Affordable Care Act. "I am not denying that this will be an issue, and will be a problem" McCain said. The confession stunned some in the audience who expected an architect of the Senate´s immigration bill to squash any notion that his bill would displace American workers. But under the Senate´s immigration bill, which passed by a
Syria is more capable of a robust air defence than Libya, Iraq or Afghanistan if attacked by the West, analysts warn. President Al Assad’s regime has one of the largest missile arsenals in the Middle East, most of it supplied by Russia. It is also believed to hold one of the world’s largest stockpiles of chemical weapons and has a formidable military capability. Experts say all of Syria’s ballistic missiles are capable of carrying chemical warheads. It reportedly spent £660million on four of Russia’s new S-300 surface-to-air missile systems, though it is not clear if it has yet taken delivery.
A poll of Louisiana Republicans released last week contained some strange news for President Obama: Twenty-nine percent of them said that he was responsible for the poor response to Hurricane Katrina — in 2005. This was slightly more than the 28?percent who said President George W. Bush was to blame. An additional 44?percent thought it over but just weren’t sure. This is a preposterous notion. Everybody knows Barack Obama couldn’t have been responsible for the Katrina response because he was in Indonesia in 2005, learning about his Muslim faith in a madrassa. He had moved to Indonesia directly from his
These were the folks to win over. With drilling representatives looking on, Anthony and Rose Ann Sinagoga scrutinized the aerial map, tracing out the roads to their house in Findlay. It´s a home they´ve owned for more than 60 years, Mr. Sinagoga said proudly. And as Consol Energy Inc. unveiled new details Tuesday of its massive plan to drill for natural gas at Pittsburgh International Airport, the 81-year-old´s top priority was to make sure their property wouldn´t get left behind. "We know there would be a lot of activity. We want to know how we´re going to be affected,"
After just one year, some schools around the country are dropping out of the healthier new federal lunch program, complaining that so many students turned up their noses at meals packed with whole grains, fruits and vegetables that the cafeterias were losing money. Federal officials say they don´t have exact numbers but have seen isolated reports of schools cutting ties with the $11 billion National School Lunch Program, which reimburses schools for meals served and gives them access to lower-priced food. Districts that rejected the program say the reimbursement was not enough to offset losses from students who began avoiding
Jerusalem -The 73-year-old singer became the latest high-profile act to come under pressure not to perform in Israel after activists in his native Wales used the title of one his most famous songs, "It´s Not Unusual", to urge him to cancel the show at Tel Aviv´s Nokia Arena on October 27. The Cardiff Palestine Solidarity Campaign said its petition, "It´s Not Unusual To Boycott Apartheid", had attracted more than 1,000 signatures. It provoked a sharp retort from Israel´s consulate in New York, which used the same song as the title of a mass email campaign, "It´s Not Unusual To Love
President Obama hasn’t decided whether to bomb Syria, but a U.S. response to the regime’s use of chemical weapons is required, the White House said Tuesday. White House press secretary Jay Carney said Mr. Obama “continues to work with his national security team, reviewing the options.” But Mr. Carney made clear the deliberations taking place are focused on the forcefulness of the U.S. response, not on verifying whether Syria used chemical weapons. “There is no doubt here that chemical weapons were used on a massive scale on Aug. 21 outside Damascus,” Mr. Carney said. “There must be a response.” As
The Web site for the New York Times was inaccessible for some users Tuesday, apparently as the result of a malicious attack. Tuesday’s outage comes less than two weeks after the site suffered an outage that lasted approximately two hours. The newspaper’s site was inaccessible for some — but not all — users starting at 3 p.m., and many users took to Twitter to ask if others were having similar problems reaching the site. A Twitter account for the Syrian Electronic Army also claimed it has pulled a similar attack on Twitter. Twitter spokesman Jim Prosser confirmed that the company
The international effort to respond to a suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria begs the question: Why intervene now, and not earlier in the civil war? More than 100,000 people have died in the conflict, which has raged for more than two years. There have been massacres. Populated areas have been bombed. Blasts have targeted people lining up for food at bakeries. People have been decapitated. Millions of Syrians are displaced.But a single, horrifying attack has crossed what U.S. President Barack Obama called a "red line."
An imminent U.S. strike on Syrian government targets in response to the alleged gassing of civilians last week has the potential to draw the United States into the country’s civil war, former U.S. officials said, warning that history doesn’t bode well for such limited, retaliatory interventions. The best historical parallels — the 1998 cruise missile strikes on targets in Iraq, Afghanistan and Sudan — are rife with unintended consequences and feature no success stories. “The one thing we should learn is you can’t get a little bit pregnant,” said retired Marine Gen. Anthony Zinni, who was at the helm of
DENVER- The city of Denver, in a first step toward regulating newly legal recreational marijuana, will ask voters to approve a 3.5 percent sales tax on pot sales in a citywide ballot measure in November, a city official said on Tuesday. The municipal sales tax, if approved at the polls, would be on top of a proposed 25 percent sales and excise tax that voters statewide will also be asked to adopt in November to fund the regulation and enforcement of non-medical cannabis use. "We are breaking new ground, and the country is watching us," Denver City Council President Mary
Senior Obama administration officials have reached out to House and Senate committee chairmen over the last 24 hours on Syria, the latest sign that officials may be moving quickly toward military strikes against that country. House aides said senior Defense Department officials spoke with House Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) Monday evening and that Secretary of State John Kerry spoke with House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-Calif.) on Monday night. A Senate aide said Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) also spoke with Kerry about Syria on Monday night. Those conversations happened just hours after
A shooting that left two people dead and one critically wounded in South Los Angeles was gang-related, police said Tuesday evening. The violence broke out about 4 p.m. when a vehicle drove up to a group of men in the 2700 block of West 64th Street and at least one person opened fire, the Los Angeles Police Department said. "There were a number of rounds fired," Capt. Tom McMullen told The Times. Two men in their mid 20s were slain, and the third victim was hit as he was running away. He was also in his mid-20s, police said.
DOVER, Del. - A Delaware Chancery Court judge is weighing whether to impose sanctions on attorneys for owners of the former presidential yacht Sequoia in a lawsuit against a lender seeking to seize the vessel. Vice Chancellor Sam Glasscock III said Tuesday that he was deeply troubled by the actions of the Sequoia Presidential Yacht Group and its attorneys, saying the case "reeks of fraud and malfeasance." (Snip) The 104-foot Sequoia, built in 1925, is the longest-serving presidential yacht in American history. It was the official yacht for presidents from Herbert Hoover through Jimmy Carter. Designated a National Historic Landmark in 1987,
Some US politicians in Congress would like the same right that has been given to British members of Parliament--to vote on whether or not action can be taken against Syria. [Snip] It is likely that President Barack Obama would easily get the authorisation to take military action, but it does mean the media is the only forum to properly test the administration´s case. US Secretary of State John Kerry, in his speech on Monday, and Press Secretary Jay Carney at the White House, make the same argument. They say "common sense" tells the world this was a chemical attack and
The brother of President Bashar al-Assad has been accused of being behind the chemical weapons attack which killed thousands of Syrians. Maher al-Assad, a feared figure within the regime, has not been seen for more than a year. But an Israeli television channel has alleged that he was behind the attack which killed up to 1,200 in Damascus last week - including many children. The commander of the 10,000 strong Republican Guard and the Fourth Armoured Division Maher has been a core figure in Syria´s two and half year civil war. The Channel 2 news report claimed that the shelling originated from
Following up on Ace´s post here is Biden telling Chris Matthews back in 2007 that he is deadly serious about attempting to impeach Bush if he goes to war in Iran without congressional authorization: Matthews: You said that if the President of the United States had launched an attack on Iran without congressional approval that would have been an impeachable offense. Do you want to review that comment you made? Well how do you stand on that now? Biden:Yes I do. I want to stand by the comment I made. The reason I made the comment was as a warning.
At approximately 3pm PST, the Syrian Electronic Army seemingly hacked into Twitter, Huffington Post and NY Times’ registry accounts altering contact details, and more significantly, d.n.s. records. Modifying D.N.SS records of a domain will allow S.E.A. to redirect visitors to any site of their choosing. First reported by Matthew Keys, this is the latest of many attacks by the pro-Syrian government computer hackers who align themselves with Syrian president Bashar al-Assad.