Valerie Jarrett, one of President Barack Obama’s top deputies, said Tuesday that immigration reform would be as important to the country’s future as Obamacare. “It will be a landmark piece of legislation,” she told a videotaped meeting of progressive allies in a building alongside the White House. “Together with the Affordable Care Act — two major pieces of legislation — that when we look back 50 years from now, I think we will all just be extremely proud,” said Jarrett. Jarrett’s close relationship to Obama was underlined by her repeated use of the first-person plural. “We are confident that with everybody
The public lead-up to President Obama´s punitive attack on Syria this Friday must be among the least secretive military assaults in history. The Democrat hasn´t deigned to talk to the American people about starting another war with their sons, daughters and treasure. Two years ago with no discussion Obama attacked Libya, ousting its dictator, who wore funny hats. At this rate, the Nobel Peace Prize winner has time for one more war before leaving office.
It is hard to believe that 50 years have elapsed since the famous “I have a dream speech” of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on the Mall in Washington. I was an 11-year-old child in Detroit languishing in the midst of poverty, but very interested in the strides that were being made in the civil rights movement. I was the only black kid in my seventh-grade class and over the previous two years had risen from the bottom of the class to the top. My mother had forced us to read, which had a profound positive effect on both my
Notorious for being violent, under-performing laggards, D.C. public schools have among the highest dropout and lowest graduation rates in the country. In 2007, D.C.´s 4th and 8th grade students scored lower than children from all 50 states on the National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP). Fewer than half of children in D.C, public schools rated "proficient"! So President G.W. Bush signed the D.C. School Choice Incentive Act, creating a program to provide scholarships to students from low-income families to attend a private school of their choice.
When Daily Variety covered the March on Washington, the banner headline the day after the historic civil rights event read, “March Tramples on D.C. Boxoffice; Showfolk Figure in Demonstration.” The showbiz spin is amusing some 50 years later; a bit astonishing considering that Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream Speech” didn’t get a mention. But a contingent of industry figures did play a significant role in the march, reflecting an emerging brand of Hollywood activism: More visible and more vocal, more willing not just to be seen but to have something to say. The 50 or so actors
The six biggest U.S. banks, led by JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM) and Bank of America Corp., have piled up $103 billion in legal costs since the financial crisis, more than all dividends paid to shareholders in the past five years. That’s the amount allotted to lawyers and litigation, as well as for settling claims about shoddy mortgages and foreclosures, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. The sum tops the banks’ combined profit last year. (Snip) About 40 percent of the legal and litigation outlays arose since January 2012, and banks are warning the tally may surge as regulators,
EVANSTON, Ill. — THE latest atrocities in the Syrian civil war, which has killed more than 100,000 people, demand an urgent response to deter further massacres and to punish President Bashar al-Assad. But there is widespread confusion over the legal basis for the use of force in these terrible circumstances. As a legal matter, the Syrian government’s use of chemical weapons does not automatically justify armed intervention by the United States.
The Republican Party aims to build a digital operation that surpasses the one President Obama built for the 2012 campaign. Time, and two upcoming elections, will show whether the GOP succeeds. The effort, begun this summer, is largely the responsibility of 33-year-old former Facebook engineer Andy Barkett, the Republican National Committee´s chief technology officer. Barkett´s plan is to refine and advance the innovative technology harnessed by Obama´s campaign organization to identify and turn out voters. But instead of reserving this digital network for a single presidential candidate, the RNC plans to share it with any Republican running for any office anywhere in
An outbreak of measles tied to a Texas megachurch where ministers have questioned vaccination has sickened at least 21 people, including a 4-month-old infant -- and it’s expected to grow, state and federal health officials said. “There’s likely a lot more susceptible people,” said Dr. Jane Seward, the deputy director for the viral diseases division at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Sixteen people -- nine children and seven adults -- ranging in age from 4 months to 44 years had come down with the highly contagious virus in Tarrant County, Texas, as of Monday. Another five cases are part of
With clipboard in hand and "don´t tread on me" rattlesnake earrings dangling, Jenny Beth Martin, the woman sometimes described as the tea party´s den mother, stood guard over the microphone at a Capitol Hill protest of the Internal Revenue Service´s targeting of conservative groups. Lawmakers sweltered in a long line waiting to take the stage earlier this summer before a crowd of roughly 10,000 and a live Web audience. It was up to Mrs. Martin to decide who would get a turn. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, a tea-party favorite, got two minutes. Louisiana Rep. John Fleming, after shedding his dark suit
Berlin-Scientists in Sweden say they have confirmed the existence of a new chemical element, but its name may need some work. Researchers at Lund University said Tuesday their find backs up claims by teams in Russia and the United States a decade ago that had remained unverified until now. The Swedish scientists say they conducted experiments which allowed them to detect the ‘fingerprint’ of the short-lived but super-heavy element that’s been dubbed ununpentium. The name, which refers to the element’s 115th place in the periodic table, is only provisional.
Health Overhaul: In the latest and most desperate promotion of ObamaCare, the president is invoking Martin Luther King Jr. But the only "fierce urgency of now" is stopping ObamaCare before it can do more damage. You wouldn´t think a law that claims to provide a product millions are desperate to buy, and have to buy whether they want to or not, would need so much promotional help. But the Obama administration has been trying furiously to get some good PR about the still hugely unpopular ObamaCare in the weeks before it launches.
A Jewish firefighter who wants to display a Christian cross as part of a New Jersey 9-11 memorial is facing stiff opposition from a group of atheists who called the religious image “grossly offensive.” The American Atheists are threatening to sue Princeton, NJ if they proceed with plans to erect the memorial. They took issue with a beam that was salvaged from the ruins of the World Trade Center because a cross had been cut out of one side of the beam. “This particular beam has a religious symbol on it,” American Atheists president David Silverman told Fox News.
There are two subjects Russians talk about a lot: history and geography. In recent days, there´s been much public discussion of both. Russian officials and the media have been constantly recalling "Yugoslavia - 1999", "Iraq - 2003" and "Libya - 2011" as examples of Western military intervention which resulted in regime change. The suspicion in Moscow is that the West is plotting to add "Syria - 2013" to the list. One of the headlines this week in the Russian government daily Rossiskaya Gazeta was: "Will Obama risk repeating the Libyan-Iraqi scenario in Syria?" Moscow appears now to be expecting a US strike on Syria.
Opposition in the Church to military action in Syria is growing after the former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey warned it could lead to a regional war. He said that despite a sense of "moral outrage" at the use of chemical weapons by the regime, armed intervention would drag the UK into a war which could engulf the whole of the Middle East. [Snip] In voicing outright opposition to an attack, Lord Carey went further than the current Archbishop, the Most Rev Justin Welby, who urged MPs not to "rush to judgment" and consider the wider impact across the Muslim
A woman contacted Radio Facts who works at the Wild Wings restaurant that asked the black patrons to leave. and asked that we allow her to be anonymous. She states there are several reasons the group was asked to leave (below) Radiofacts.com, You’re only getting one side of story here. I work at the restaurant and your representation of the events is way off base. The group was being loud and obnoxious to both customers and staffers. They kept complaining about their long wait and were talking about how “whitey” was able to get seated, but they were not. The
Pray for East Harlem — Tom Cruise’s celebrity-centric church has anointed the gentrifying neighborhood as its next holy land. The Church of Scientology is building a multimillion-dollar chapel and community center on E. 125th St. — part of a new effort to expand the sect’s base from Hollywood to urban areas. The facility, which will open next year, includes a 200-seat prayer space, a cafe and a dozen classrooms. The chapel is near completion between Second and Third Aves., but the adjacent community center is still under construction.
The little human being living inside a pregnant mother turns out to be a lot more capable than previously known. Kathy Drummond describes the research that led to the startling finding that newborns can recall words they heard in the womb in The Verge: ...new research offers provocative evidence that an unborn fetus can not only hear sounds from the outside world, but is actually capable of recalling specific words in the days following birth.
The New York Times Web site went down on Tuesday afternoon in an external cyber attack that appears most likely committed by the Syrian Electronic Army. The informal pro-Assad hacker collective has made a habit of targeting prominent Western media outlets, typically by seizing their Twitter feeds but sometimes hitting their sites as well. They’ve gone after the Associated Press, Washington Post, Agence France-Presse, 60 Minutes, CBS News, National Public Radio, even the Onion.
Our coming intervention in Syria already looks like a no-win proposition. If we go heavy, we’re liable to empower al-Qaeda and assorted jihadists, or tie ourselves down excessively. If we go light, we’ll seem like paper tigers. Obama’s foolish decision to turn chemical weapons use into a red line is what got us into this mess. We wouldn’t be acting now had he not trapped himself with a bluff he thought Assad would never call. When Samantha Power’s humanitarian interventionism first emerged as an explanation for the war in Libya, many found it hard to take the administration’s stated justification
I guess we should first give a hand to Major Garrett of CBS for leading his network into another accidental venture of actual journalism earlier this year. As the President conducted a question and non-answer session with members of the Press, back in January, Major asked the President about his “unprecedented” request that the upcoming debt limit increase be non-negotiable. The President’s non-answer to Major was typical, rambling, and evasive. His remarks have more recently been echoed by the Treasury Secretary on financial talk shows, and the Press Secretary on routine occasion. But, for the sake of column inches, it’s
The U.S is confident that Syria was behind the deadly chemical weapons attack after intercepting a phone call from a Syrian defence chief demanding an explanation from its chemical weapon military unit for the action, according to new claims. Just hours after the attack last Wednesday an official at the Syrian Ministry of Defense exchanged panicked phone calls with a leader of the unit, demanding answers, according to website Foreign Policy. The phone call was intercepted by U.S spies according to the website, and is now the reason that America is confident that it was carried out by the regime--the
President Barack Obama will sit down for an interview with PBS NewsHour on Wednesday following his speech at the Lincoln Memorial in honor of Martin Luther King, the network has announced. Newshour co-hosts Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff will conduct the interview, which will take place at the White House and will be broadcast in full on PBS NewsHour Wednesday evening. In addition to questions about King and civil rights, Ifill and Woodruff are almost certain to ask the president about U.S. plans to target Syrian military sites. U.S. officials have siad that such strikes could come "as early as
CHARLOTTE– Words mean things, so they say. Certainly Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton use plenty of them. Here’s a brief sample of some of their rhetoric during the past six or so years. “Every marriage is a mystery to me, even the one I’m in.” – Hillary Clinton -“The American people are tired of liars and people who pretend to be something they’re not.” – Hillary Clinton -“If you believe we’ve go to heal America and we’ve got to repair our standing in the world, then I think my supporters believe that I am a messenger who can deliver that message
It may not help parents convince their unruly children to eat more greens, but broccoli could hold the key to preventing painful arthritis. A compound found in abundance in the vegetable superfood slows down the destruction of cartilage in joints associated with osteoarthritis, according to a new study. The often debilitating condition affects 8.5 million adults, with no cure or effective treatment other than pain relief or joint replacement. Currently, the NHS performs over 140,000 hip and knee replacement operations each year. [Snip] Human cartilage cells were also exposed to the chemical and found the genes responsible for cartilage damage were switched
The votes of a million immigrants from the Commonwealth could decide the outcome of the next general election – even though they do not hold British passports. They could even sway the result of the promised referendum on Britain’s EU membership, campaign group MigrationWatch UK warned last night, as it called for a change in the rules to remove voting rights from non-citizens. Commonwealth migrants from 54 states including Australia, Canada, India, Pakistan and Nigeria can join the electoral roll on arrival in the UK as long as they have an address here. MigrationWatch said the 2011 Census for England and Wales