I am writing as the father of four adult children. Although I have lost many loved ones during the half-century-plus of my life, including a close family member to a brutal murder, I know the pain of loss. But I don’t know the pain of losing a son or daughter, and I thank God that He has so far spared me such anguish and grief. A quote by Dwight Eisenhower perhaps says is best: “There’s no tragedy in life like the death of a child. Things never get back to the way they were.” While the death of a son or daughter
Clout Street — Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration needs to take more action to combat the city’s food deserts and focus less on issuing news releases touting progress on the issue, some Chicago aldermen said Wednesday in response to a Tribune story that showed the city’s efforts had fallen short. Ald. Carrie Austin, 34th, said the time has come for Emanuel to “come with the hammer” on grocery store chains that have made unfilled pledges to open stores in underserved areas of the city
GWEN IFILL: Hello, Mr. President. Thank you so much for joining us. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: Really appreciate it. Thank you. ARTICLE TOOLS Print Email Share JUDY WOODRUFF: And welcome to the NewsHour. (snip)PRESIDENT OBAMA: Well, first of all, I’ve not made a decision. I have gotten options from our military, had extensive discussions with my national security team. So let me talk about what’s at stake here. I think we all understand terrible things have been happening in Syria for quite some time, that the Assad regime there has been killing its own people by the tens of thousands, that
In dozens of cities Thursday, fast food workers were planning to picket McDonald’s, KFC and other quick service restaurants as they demand a $15-an-hour minimum wage. Workers in food preparation and serving have the lowest median wage of any occupation, earning $8.78 an hour, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. They’re followed by fast food and counter workers, who make $8.80 an hour, tying with shampooers. In the Los Angeles, Long Beach and Santa Ana region, that median rises slightly to $8.99 an hour, according to data from Economic Modeling Specialists International. In the San Francisco, Oakland and Fremont
David Cameron was tonight forced to concede that a vote on UK military action in Syria should await a report by United Nations inspectors on the use of chemical weapons. The Prime Minister has recalled Parliament tomorrow to consider the response to the use of chemical weapons by Bashar Assad´s regime. MPs will now be asked to agree the principle that military action may be justified in response. It comes as protesters gathered outside Downing Street with banners to protest against Western intervention in Syria, chanting slogans such as ‘Hands off Syria’ and ‘Cut War Not Welfare’.
RUSH: Senator Cruz, I know you have limited time here. Thanks very much for joining us. How are you today, sir? CRUZ: Rush, I´m doing terrific, and it is always a real privilege and honor to join you. RUSH: Well, I´m glad to have you here. There´s a big argument. Let´s just cut to the chase here on Obamacare. The arguments are: Delay it/defund it. You´re part of the defund it side. You think it can happen via the continuing resolution debate the end of September. The delay crowd and the people opposed to this say, "No, no, no! A government shutdown´s
A Harvard Study titled "Would Banning Firearms Reduce Murder and Suicide?" looks at figures for "intentional deaths" throughout continental Europe and juxtaposes them with the U.S. to show that more gun control does not necessarily lead to lower death rates or violent crime. Because the findings so clearly demonstrate that more gun laws may in fact increase death rates, the study says that "the mantra that more guns mean more deaths and that fewer guns, therefore, mean fewer deaths" is wrong. For example, when the study shows numbers for Eastern European gun ownership and corresponding murder rates, it is readily apparent that
RUSH: Now, we opened yesterday talking about Syria, and I´m not gonna spend much more time on it. I do want to share with you a fascinating quote. To me, this is really fascinating. It´s not surprising, but to have it said is momentous. I didn´t see this on TV. I didn´t have the TV on last night. I was reading John Fund today at National Review Online, and the title of his piece is, "The World Turned Upside Down, Indeed." His point here is about Obama and the Democrats ignoring Congress, in whatever they do with Syria. Of course, it
While over 100,000 people were expected to show up at today’s ceremonies marking the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, late estimates put the crowd numbers at 20,000. Mike Levine of ABC News reported at 2:10 p.m. ET that unofficial crowd estimates from law enforcement sources put the number at “over 20,000.” The original March on Washington was attended by anywhere from 250,000 to 1 million people. The "I Have a Dream" speech was attended by an estimated 200,000 Americans.
Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel will sit out the first half of Saturday´s season opener against Rice, according to multiple reports Wednesday. The university confirmed the reports later in the afternoon. Aggies senior associate athletic director Jason Cook told USA Today that the university and NCAA decided on the punishment because of an "inadvertent violation" of NCAA rules on autograph signing. The news of Manziel´s suspension was first reported by Billy Liucci of TexAgs.com and ESPN.com´s Bretty McMurphy followed with a report that the suspension closed the book on the NCAA investigation.
RUSH: One thing here about that parody. That was "white comedian Paul Shanklin" doing the impersonation of our first African-American president, Barack Obama. When he said in this bit here, "Along the way, Martin Luther King endured unprecedented government surveillance," who did that? That would be the Kennedy brothers that did that. It would be Robert Kennedy, who was the AG at the time (the attorney general), and the president, JFK. They were surveilling. They were wiretapping. They were monitoring Martin Luther King. They had collected all the information that he was having affairs with numerous women, and they were stockpiling
After recently growing out her much buzzed-about bangs, Michelle Obama has debuted a new hair update: caramel colored highlights. The First Lady showed off her brand new look yesterday while speaking at a film screening in Washington, DC. The new face-framing ´do is significantly less drastic and more flattering than the blunt bangs she had cut in January, which she admitted were ´irritating´ after a while.Placed mostly around the edges of her face, the highlights are subtle and warm, in a soft honey color. Reactions to the style have been mostly positive,
These are the horrific injuries of Syrian civilians who Bashar al-Assad´s political rivals say were targeted with phosphorous bombs by the regime. The troubled country’s opposition coalition said yesterday that the President’s forces had dropped the bombs and napalm on civilians in rural Aleppo on Monday. It comes as Turkey sent extra aid workers trained to identify and decontaminate chemical weapons victims to its border with Syria after an apparent poison gas attack in Damascus a week ago. ‘We have increased our measures significantly since last week, to be prepared particularly in case of a chemical attack,’ said Mustafa Aydogdu,
A military jury on Wednesday sentenced Maj. Nidal Hasan to death for the 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood, delivering the only punishment the Army believed fit for a massacre of fellow unarmed soldiers that killed 13 people and injured 30. The sentence was one that Hasan also appeared to seek in a self-proclaimed effort to become a martyr after the attack at the military base. But many years could pass before he is put to death. The American-born Muslim, who has said he acted to protect Islamic insurgents abroad from American aggression, described himself as a soldier who had
The son of D.C. Council member Marion Barry (D Ward-8) was arrested earlier this month in Hampton, Va., and charged with driving under the influence and possession of marijuana, according to police and court records.Marion Christopher Barry, 33, is scheduled to appear in Hampton General District Court on Nov. 13. He was arrested shortly after 9 p.m. Aug. 16 during a traffic stop of a gray Chrysler PT Cruiser that police said was being driven erratically. Sgt. Jason Price, a police spokesman, said officers found suspected marijuana on Barry and suspected marijuana and synthetic marijuana in the car. Barry was
The political partnership between Senator Ted Cruz of Texas and his father, Rafael, is a rising force in conservative politics. To most observers, it seems like part of a familial game plan that has been in the works for years. But according to Senator Cruz, it actually began quite recently with a phone call. “My dad poured himself into my Senate race last year,” he recalls. “In the early months, we didn’t have much of a campaign. One day, I couldn’t make an event, so he drove out to West Texas alone — no staffers, nothing — and he spoke
The British public has become sadly accustomed to our country intervening in conflicts without a consensus of support having been reached in advance. The Iraq War was the most notable example, along with the continuation of the Afghanistan campaign for many years after Al Qaeda had been purged from the country. But something even more disturbing looms into view with the prospect of intervention in Syria. It is the idea that British military hardware and manpower could be drawn into a conflict without it even being established which side our nation hopes to see win. Certainly President Bashar Al-Assad is
Four "hateful text messages" appeared on the phone of a 16-year-old black student who was running for Student Council president at St. Peter´s Preparatory School in Jersey City, N.J. "We have NEVER and will NEVER have an (n-word) to lead our school," read one of the messages, according to a report in the Jersey Journal: The message went on to call President Obama by his middle name Hussein and used a racial slur in referring to Obama, a police report said. "We will never make that mistake again. Drop out right now . . ." it continued, a police report said. Can
Over the last year or so, I´ve been getting emails from two campaigners--Irish engineer Pat Swords and Christine Metcalfe, a retired community councillor from Argyllshire--urging me to report on their campaign to have Britain´s and Ireland´s renewable energy policy declared illegal under the UN´s Aarhus Convention. I never got round to doing so, not because I didn´t wholeheartedly support them but because I thought: "Naaah. Ain´t never going to happen." I mean: how could it possibly? The United Nations, as we know, is the very belly of the beast; the onlie begetter of almost all the world´s most far-reaching and dangerous
Several thoughts ricocheted through my head as I watched that smutty little clip from the Video Music Awards, this thought first: Miley Cyrus is the only performer who can make people wish they were watching her father, Billy Ray Cyrus, instead. The second thought was that her act—in which she started off as a cartoon-porn plush toy, her tongue at a right angle to her mandible, and finished up as a latex-clad masturbationist—was the nadir of American civilization.
WASHINGTON - Most Americans want no part of a U.S. military intervention in Syria, but there is a growing sense in Washington that President Barack Obama would face more political risks from a weak response to Syria´s use of chemical weapons than from an attack on Bashar al-Assad´s government. As Obama´s administration builds a case for a likely military action in Syria, several analysts said such a move probably would not have lingering negative consequences for the president at home - as long as the intervention was short-lived. By declaring last year that Assad would cross a "red line" that could
WASHINGTON—Pentagon officials have firmed up plans for military strikes against Syria that would likely use cruise-missile strikes to "deter and degrade" President Bashar al-Assad´s security forces without dramatically altering the country´s balance of power, senior defense officials said Tuesday. The plans, which await a sign-off from President Barack Obama, could rely on four U.S. destroyers in the Mediterranean, each armed with dozens of advanced Tomahawk cruise missiles that can be fired at Syrian military and intelligence compounds, front-line artillery batteries and other regime targets. Not on the list of targets are chemical-weapons supplies, given the potential for widespread collateral damage, the defense
Ryan Crocker, who was a career diplomat with long experience in the Middle East, and who served as the U.S. ambassador to Syria from 1998 to 2001, says “there’s every chance we’ll lose aircraft” if U.S. planes enter Syrian airspace. During an August 23 National Public Radio (NPR) interview Crocker was asked about possible U.S. military action against Syria. “I was in Lebanon when the Israelis invaded in June of 1982, and the entire Syrian air force was basically just destroyed in a matter of hours because of inadequate air defenses,” said Crocker. “The Syrians learned from that and have spent decades
As President Barack Obama weighs military action against Syria, a critical part of the White House deliberations has focused on how to lay out the case for U.S. involvement to Americans who are skeptical of another entanglement in the Middle East. Officials say the administration will present some evidence tying the Assad regime to last week´s alleged chemical-weapons attack outside Damascus. White House officials on Tuesday continued to assert why the U.S. has a security interest in deterring such acts. "National security is strengthened when we hold accountable those who violate international norms that are the foundation of global security, and ultimately,
Former Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter today led the impassioned speeches marking the 50 years since Martin Luther King. Jr led supporters to the Lincoln Memorial before delivering his famous ´I have a Dream´ speech. They both celebrated how far the country has come since Dr King´s stirring speech on August 28, 1963, but commented on just how far it still has to go, with Clinton saying: ´A great democracy does not make it harder to vote than buy an assault weapon.´ The former leaders were also joined on the stage beneath the Lincoln Memorial by the civil rights
And by “it,” I mean his crowd count. The Paper of Weiner Record, the NY Post, reports: Anthony Weiner is having such a hard time generating support for his limp campaign that he has resorted to paying a rent-a-crowd firm to provide “supporters” for his events, The Post has learned. Some of the gung-ho Weiner crowds, including at the Aug. 11 Dominican Day Parade in Manhattan, were really actors who were paid $15 an hour by the California firm Crowds on Demand, according to a source with direct knowledge of the deal… The campaign asked the company to have actors