British MPs have voted against possible military action against Syria to deter the use of chemical weapons. David Cameron said it was clear the British Parliament does not want action and "I will act accordingly". The government motion was defeated 285 to 272, a majority of 13 votes.
President Obama’s new man in London, Matthew Barzun, has barely been in the country a week, and he’s already lecturing Britain on staying in the EU. [Snip] “We would benefit by a really strong UK voice in a strong EU,” he says. Citing Obama’s stated aim to make the world “more peaceful, more prosperous, more just”, he adds: “Europe is the first place we turn for that. We like a cohesive, strong Europe that is working with us around the world.” Barzun is sending an early signal that a key function of his Ambassadorship will be to press Britain not
While the fast-food strike has drawn much buzz from the media, Rush Limbaugh isn’t going to be swayed, saying that those striking have been “organized” and that the protests are “staged.” “The question really is: Are these people doing this on their own or have they been organized? The obvious answer is they’ve been organized. Once you see them say, ‘Si, se puede,’ and attacking the minimum wage, you know it,” the conservative radio host said on his Thursday show according to a transcript. “But it’s Obamacare. It’s Obama’s economy that they should be protesting. Obama’s economy, Obamacare is what has
RUSH: I want you to listen to Obama. This is how out of touch this man is. This is irresponsible what he said last night. He was on the PBS NewsHour. It used to be with Jim Lehrer, and now it´s with Judy Woodruff and Gwen Ifill, and Judy Woodruff says, "You have a reputation, Mr. President, for being pretty cool, detached. "But standing there at the Lincoln Memorial, at the place where Dr. King stood, looking out over that big crowd, that had to be emotional. What were you thinking?" I want you to listen to this. Here is the
WASHINGTON- All legally wed gay couples, no matter what state they live in, are entitled to the same U.S. federal tax benefits as married heterosexual couples, the Obama administration said on Thursday. The U.S. Treasury ruling, following a landmark Supreme Court decision in June, means that whether a married gay couple lives in New York, which recognizes gay marriage, or Oklahoma, which does not, federal tax benefits and responsibilities apply. The Supreme Court on June 26 invalidated a key portion of a 1996 federal law, known as the Defense of Marriage Act, which had defined marriage as between a man
RUSH: Let´s go to San Diego. We´ll start with Sean. Great to have you on the EIB Network. Hello, sir. CALLER: (Unintelligible) tell (unintelligible) RUSH: Shh. Shh, shh, shh, shh, shh, shh, shh. Hang on, folks. Hang on, hang on, hang on, hang on, hang on. Snerdley, where´s the caller? We said hello to the caller five minutes ago. Is anybody there? Hello? Testing. One, two, three. CALLER: Hello? RUSH: Yeah, hello. CALLER: Am I on? RUSH: Yeah, you´re on. CALLER: Am I really on? RUSH: We heard everything that you were whispering to your buddies. We heard every word you said to your buddies. CALLER: Oh, my God.
The public flogging of Mike Tyson continues.The former "Baddest Man on the Planet" added to his list of bizarre public appearances with another unrestrained interview, this one courtesy of Matt Lauer of the "Today Show" who sought to find out more about Tyson´s recent admission that he´s still grappling with substance abuse issues and is "on the verge of dying." Tyson uttered those words last Friday at a post-fight press conference for his initial venture as a boxing promoter, admitting he´s just been sober for six days. Tyson visited that theme again on Thursday´s "Today Show" in a segment that was
RUSH: Folks, I have to tell you something. You look out over America today, and there is discontent everywhere. There is a malaise. This massive depression, this fog has just settled over the country. I mean, even yesterday at that Martin Luther King rally, they were expecting 100,000, and barely 20,000 showed up. The most noteworthy thing that happened yesterday was Bill Clinton taking a huge swipe at Obama. The media today is out there saying, "No, no, no! Clinton didn´t take a swipe at Obama." You know what Clinton said? He said, "Martin Luther King didn´t die..." I´m paraphrasing;
Slate.com, you´re obviously trying to bait us with the headline of that Allison Benedikt post: "If You Send Your Kid to Private School, You Are a Bad Person." Well, good job. You succeeded. The attention-grabbing "bad person" formulation is presumably facetious, but the underlying argument--that all parents ought to enroll their children in public schools--is not. Conservatives frequently accuse elite liberals, including President Obama and his most recent Democratic predecessor, of hypocrisy for proclaiming their devotion to public education while shielding their own children from it. Benedikt´s argument is consistent with that criticism. But that is not to say that it is
The girlfriend of Google billionaire Sergei Brin has been transferred in the wake of a bombshell office romance that rocked Silicon Valley, The Post has learned. Internet side dish Amanda Rosenberg, 26 — a UK Googler who recently moved to the San Francisco corporate offices to work for Google Glass, a pet Brin project — has been moved to another post there “to be even further from Sergei in the chain of command,” a source close to the scandal said today. Brin’s affair with Rosenberg was revealed yesterday after tech blog AllThingsD reported the search engine co-founder had split with
The White House announced two new executive orders to curb gun violence on Thursday, building on the 23 executive orders President Obama signed in the aftermath of the December 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. The first order closes a loophole that allows felons and other people who would be prohibited from owning guns to circumvent the law by registering their guns with a corporation or trust, which would exempt them from the requisite background check. A fact sheet distributed by the White House notes that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) "received more
A lawyer for Army Pvt. Chelsea Manning said in a blog post on Thursday the soldier is doing well as she goes through processing at the military prison at Fort Leavenworth. David Coombs wrote that he spoke on Wednesday with Manning, previously known as Bradley Manning, while she goes through the three-to-four-week period known as indoctrination at the Kansas prison. Coombs, who lives in Rhode Island, also said he plans to travel there in the coming weeks to meet with medical staff and the leadership in the quest to allow Manning to receive hormone therapy and other treatment for her gender
WASHINGTON- Two law scholars said Thursday the White House is incorrectly interpreting "war" to justify military operations reserved only for congressional approval. Saikrishna Prakash, University of Virginia law professor, noted in a teleconference Thursday military action against Libya in 2011 was justified under the War Powers Resolution because it did not constitute a war, which the U.S. Constitution says can only be declared by the U.S. Congress. His view is consistent with that of several dozen members of Congress, who signed a letter to President Barack Obama arguing the Office of Legal counsel reduced the definition of military action in
On Thursday, Clearwater Police arrested 16-year-old Mychal King for the alleged murder of Jason Taylor Paul. According to police, King admitted to killing Paul because he had a hard day and “just wanted to kill the first person he saw.” Paul was riding his bike home late when he was stabbed to death in January. He was 22-years old, working two jobs and saving to go to school to become a veterinary technician.
President Barack Obama called House Speaker John Boehner Thursday to brief him “on the status of deliberations over Syria,” a Boehner spokesman said. “During the call, the speaker sought answers to concerns outlined in his letter to the president yesterday, including the legal justification for any military strike, the policy and precedent such a response would set, and the objectives and strategy for any potential action,” said Brendan Buck, a Boehner spokesman. “Only the president can answer these questions, and it is clear that further dialogue and consultation with Congress, as well as communication with the American public, will be needed.”The
Cuba has reported a new cholera outbreak with 163 cases, 12 of whom are tourists, though no deaths were mentioned, according to a bulletin from the Pan American Health Organization, PAHO. The update from 23 August is based on information provided by epidemiological authorities on the island. Cuban authorities have yet to report publicly the number of cases though on Tuesday a pro-government blogger known as Yohandry quoted on the web the PAHO information which refers to the outbreak in the provinces of Havana, Santiago de Cuba and Camaguey.
The week started with the White House seemingly determined to punish Syrian president Bashar al-Assad for his use of chemical weapons, but on Wednesday Obama let the air out of the ball. Last night on the PBS Newshour he explained he may yet choose not to pull the trigger. “I’ve not made a decision,” said Obama. “I have gotten options from our military, had extensive discussions with my national security team.” Some are blaming the delay on the British, who announced yesterday they are waiting for the report from U.N. chemical inspectors due this weekend—assuming the investigating team in Syria doesn’t
Edward Snowden accessed some secret national security documents by assuming the electronic identities of top NSA officials, said intelligence sources. “Every day, they are learning how brilliant [Snowden] was,” said a former U.S. official with knowledge of the case. “This is why you don’t hire brilliant people for jobs like this. You hire smart people. Brilliant people get you in trouble.” Snowden was a Honolulu-based employee of Booz Allen Hamilton, an NSA contractor. His job gave him system administrator privileges on the NSA’s intranet, NSAnet. He reportedly used his privileges to download 20,000 documents.
Is the Attorney General of New York a crook? Who is Neal Kwatra? Who is Melvin Lowe? What exactly was that federal sentencing memorandum all about? Why isn’t Jon Corzine being prosecuted? And exactly what went on in a closed-door meeting between New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and President Obama — hours before Schneiderman filed a Saturday afternoon lawsuit against Obama’s famous critic –- Donald Trump? The questions about New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman are piling up. And the irony is that the filing of a $40 million lawsuit against Trump that amusingly alleges the billionaire real estate mogul was trying to scrounge $35,000
“We’re in the most dangerous time in modern world history and here’s why, here’s what’s happening,” stated my source deep within the spy world early this morning. “We’re seeing a combination of a nine-percent overall approval rating for intervention in Syria, or the absence of public support for the globalist plans by the Obama regime, the UK, the Saudis and other NATO allies. When have we seen this before, and what does history tell us? The increased likelihood of a false flag event larger and causing more public outrage than the alleged chemical weapons attacks.” My source continued, “think Gulf of Tonkin,
The Obama administration has refused to send gas masks and other chemical-weapons protection gear to Syrian opposition groups, despite numerous requests dating back more than a year and until the reported chemical-weapons attack that struck the Damascus suburbs August 21. Following the harrowing attack that left more than 1,300 dead and more than 3,000 injured in East Ghouta and other Damascus suburbs, the Obama administration is contemplating a strike on the regime of Bashar al-Assad. But Syrian civilians are still trying to cope with the tragedy and treat the wounded, who include scores of children caught sleeping when the gas
So far, Eliot Spitzer has had better luck asking New Yorkers for a second chance than Anthony Weiner has. But a new poll shows Spitzer´s comeback won´t be as easy as it looked two weeks ago. Quinnipiac University finds Spitzer tied with Scott Stringer at 46 percent in the Democratic primary for the New York City comptroller´s race. On August 14, Quinnipiac found Spitzer leading 56 percent to 37 percent. In the New York City mayoral race, Weiner briefly led the polls until his support crashed following new sexting revelations. Bill de Blasio is now leading the mayor´s race with 36
Nurses in California could soon be allowed to perform abortions within the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. Nurse practitioners and certified nurse-midwives would be allowed to perform abortions instead of doctors. Supporters of the bill - which has passed the Californian legislature - say increasing access to abortions in the early stages of pregnancy would be safer for women. They say it will decrease abortions in the latter stages of pregnancy which are more expensive and dangerous. The bill would allow non-physicians to perform ´manual vacuum aspiration abortions´ which involve inserting a small tube attached to a pump into the uterus which
Former Defense Secretary and Iraq war architect Donald Rumsfeld sharply criticized President Obama on Thursday, saying he has yet to justify potential strikes in Syria. ´There really hasn’t been any indication from the administration as to what our national interest is with respect to this particular situation,´ Rumsfeld told Fox News on Wednesday. The remarks are surprising coming from Rumsfeld, who along with President George W. Bush, sent the United States military into Iraq based on flawed intelligence that Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction. In response to a reporter´s question in February 2002 on the lack of evidence for
Washington -- The Justice Department will not attempt to challenge state laws that allow for the medical and recreational use of marijuana as long as the drug sales do not conflict with eight new federal enforcement priorities. Those include the distribution of marijuana to minors and sales that assist or act as cover for trafficking operations, according to a directive that is being issued today to federal prosecutors across the country. Although the directive issued by Attorney General Eric Holder will apply nationwide, it will largely affect the 20 states and the District of Columbia that allow for medical marijuana use, and
In November 2007, Sen. Obama and Sen. Clinton were engaged in a public relations battle over who would take the toughest line against President Bush on Iran. Hillary sent a stern letter signed by 30 Democrats while Obama introduced a S.J. Res. 23. S.J.Res 23 opens "NOVEMBER 1, 2007 Mr. REID (for Mr. OBAMA) introduced the following joint resolution." The resolution itself is just three pages long. The main portion reads: Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That nothing in the Authorization for the Use of Military Force Against