Two plays in the Permian Basin could see a surge in production and together pump 38 percent of the West Texas region’s oil by 2018, according to report released this week by energy research firm Wood Mackenzie. Exploration and production giants such as Apache Corp., ConocoPhillips, and Chevron are positioned to lead an investment boost in the oil fields, and in five years, capital expenditures could jump 57 percent to $22 billion in the two Permian Basin plays. Together, the Bone Spring and the Wolfcamp plays could pump 1 million barrels of oil per day by 2018, Wood Mackenzie reports.
PHILADELPHIA – The NFL has agreed to spend close to $800 million to diagnose and compensate potentially hundreds of retired players who may be suffering from dementia and other brain disorders they blame on the violent, bone-jarring collisions that pro football has long celebrated in its highlight reels. The settlement, which is subject to approval by a federal judge, was announced Thursday after months of court-ordered mediation. It came just days before the first game of the 2013 season, removing a major legal and financial threat hanging over the NFL. More than 4,500 former athletes -- some suffering from dementia,
Iowa Democrat gubernatorial candidates joined abortion activists in a prayer for increased access to abortion at a rally held Wednesday. Creative Minority Report notes the following video: [snip video] Similarly, Life News reports the “prayer:” We give thanks, oh Lord, for the doctors, both current and future, who provide quality abortion care. We pray for increased financial support for low-income women to access contraception, abortion and childcare. Today, we pray for women in developing nations, that they may know the power of self-determination. May they have access to employment, education, birth control and abortion. Today we pray for the families
The Obama administration and a group of Republican senators abandoned efforts Thursday to hammer out a budget deal and avoid a showdown over the national debt, saying they had failed to resolve their long-standing dispute over taxes. “It’s very evident that there just isn’t common ground at present and we’ve all agreed there’s no reason for these talks to continue,” Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) said after attending the group’s final session at the White House. Asked what happens next, Corker said, “I have no idea.” The end of the talks comes just over a week before Congress is to return
The 50th anniversary of the March on Washington was obviously a momentous occasion. What a shame, then, to see it marred by speeches that made it sound more like a campaign event. Some of the things said were patently absurd, like Bill Clinton’s claiming it was tougher to vote than to buy an assault rifle. But watching President Obama’s speech was almost painful. He took what could have been a great moment and turned it into a dirge on class warfare and the terrible civil-rights violation caused by “corporate profits soar[ing].” Obama seems unable to ever distance himself from politics,
Radio´s Rush Limbaugh remains an astute observer of the country´s political forces. He also understands how much power popular culture, which more than leans left, has over voters. Limbaugh listed the ways in which conservatism commands the public´s loyalty, specifically citing talk radio, non-fiction book sales and Fox News. Yet the right continues to lose at the ballot box. How do elections happen the way they do? We own books; we own talk radio; we own cable news. Well, the answer is, "We´re nowhere in the pop culture. We are nowhere in movies. We´re nowhere in television shows. We are
A cat token has been introduced to Monopoly, the board that´s been around since the 1930s, replacing the iron as one of the game pieces. (Don´t worry, the thimble is hanging in). Say hello, kitty. Purists of the board game might not like the move, but game-maker Hasbro let the cat -- in huge form -- roam around London in late July. The celebri-cat was photographed posing on Millennium Bridge, approaching a Tube station and visiting the Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, where at least one dog jumped on its back. And maybe the Scottie dog token will have some
The inventor of the giant foam finger, the preferred accessory of ice hockey fans, is not very happy with Miley Cyrus. Cyrus, who took advantage of a foam finger onstage during her performance at the MTV Video Music Awards by making it into a *******, is being condemned by Steve Chmelar, the man who created the first giant foam finger in 1971. “She took an honorable icon that is seen in sporting venues everywhere and degraded it,” Chmelar told FoxSports. “Fortunately, the foam finger has been around long enough that it will survive this incident.”
You are a bad person if you send your children to private school. Not bad like murderer bad—but bad like ruining-one-of-our-nation’s-most-essential-institutions-in-order-to-get-what’s-best-for-your-kid bad. So, pretty bad. I am not an education policy wonk: I’m just judgmental. But it seems to me that if every single parent sent every single child to public school, public schools would improve. This would not happen immediately. It could take generations. Your children and grandchildren might get mediocre educations in the meantime, but it will be worth it, for the eventual common good.
MOSCOW — Russia has made its opposition to military intervention in Syria vehemently clear. The foreign minister, Sergey V. Lavrov, warns daily about the risk of an escalating conflagration. A deputy prime minister said the West dealt with the Islamic world like “a monkey with a grenade.” A few commentators on the fringe have warned of World War III. The one voice that has remained silent, though, is the one that matters most. President Vladimir V. Putin has conspicuously avoided public comment on reports of a chemical weapons attack on civilians outside of Damascus
VICTORIA, British Columbia -- Canadian astronomers report they´ve discovered the first Trojan asteroid -- a class of asteroids that share orbits with planets -- in the orbit of Uranus. Researchers at the University of British Columbia said they believe the asteroid 2011 QF99 is part of a larger-than-expected population of transient objects temporarily trapped by the gravitational pull of the Solar System´s giant planets. Astronomers had considered Trojans at Uranus unlikely because the gravitational pull of larger neighboring planets would eventually destabilize and expel any Uranian Trojans. QF99 is a temporary Trojan, the Canadian astronomers said, only recently (within the last
WASHINGTON – The top Republican on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee is demanding an investigation into a former top aide to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy who faces federal charges of embezzling almost $900,000. In a letter to EPA Inspector General Arthur A. Elkins Jr. dated Aug. 27, Sen. David Vitter, of Louisiana, said “serious questions remain unanswered regarding EPA’s internal processes that enabled such fraud to occur” and asked Elkins to “make recommendations to ensure that this does not happen again.” The Department of Justice on Aug. 23 filed a criminal information with the U.S. District
World leaders lavished President Obama and top administration officials with hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of jewels, artwork and other extravagant gifts last year, the State Department disclosed Thursday. Most of the gifts are turned over to the National Archives and Records Administration or the General Services Administration (GSA), though recipients are allowed to retain many for official use or buy them for their personal collections. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton appears to have received the most expensive gift, described as “white gold jewelry with teardrop rubies and diamonds containing a necklace, a bracelet, earrings, and a ring.”
Despite the pumped-up threats and quickening military preparations, President Obama has yet to make a convincing legal or strategic case for military action against Syria. While there should be some kind of international response to the chemical weapons attack that killed hundreds of civilians last week, Mr. Obama has yet to spell out how that response would effectively deter further use of chemical weapons. For starters, where is the proof that President Bashar al-Assad of Syria carried out the attack? American, British, French and Turkish officials have been unequivocal in blaming
Washington - President Obama is prepared to move ahead with a limited military strike on Syria, administration officials said Thursday, despite a stinging rejection of such action on Thursday by America’s stalwart ally Britain and mounting questions from Congress. (Snip) The vote was also a setback for Mr. Obama, who, having given up hope of getting United Nations Security Council authorization for the strike, is struggling to assemble a coalition of allies against Syria. But administration officials made clear that the eroding support would not deter Mr. Obama in deciding to go ahead with a strike.
Former UN weapons inspector Hans Blix today criticised the US, Britain and France for acting like “self-appointed global policemen”. He claimed it would be “very unwise” to attack Syria and hit out at Barack Obama, suggesting he was considering military action only to avoid looking like a “paper tiger”. Dr Blix said Mr Obama felt a need not to appear “hesitant and passive” and had been pushed to act by Syrian rebels. Writing in the Guardian, he said: “Such action could not be ‘in self-defence’ or ‘retaliation’, as the US, the UK and France have not been attacked.
The Obama administration’s plan to launch a military strike against Syria is being received with serious reservations by many in the U.S. military, which is coping with the scars of two lengthy wars and a rapidly contracting budget, according to current and former officers. Having assumed for months that the United States was unlikely to intervene militarily in Syria, the Defense Department has been thrust onto a war footing that has made many in the armed services uneasy, according to interviews with more than a dozen military officers ranging from captains to a four-star general.
The most detailed public disclosure of American intelligence spending in history shows a surprisingly dominant role for the Central Intelligence Agency, a growing emphasis on both defensive and offensive cyberoperations, and significant gaps in knowledge about targeted countries despite the sharp increase in spending after the 2001 terrorist attacks. (Snip) The budget request lists five major missions for the intelligence agencies: warning American leaders about threats and instability; battling terrorism; countering weapons proliferation; cyberoperations; and counterespionage.
The financial crisis engulfing the eurozone has driven tens of thousands more migrants into Britain. The numbers arriving from countries worst-hit by the continent’s recession - such as Spain, Greece and Portugal - have leapt by as much as 50 per cent, official figures show. The surge from southern Europe is a blow to ministers, whose efforts to cut migration have stalled. David Cameron had pledged to reduce net migration – the number of new arrivals minus those leaving – to ‘tens of thousands’ by the next election. However, latest figures suggest that while the Government is cutting the number
Go back and listen to Cory Booker’s stump speeches over the years, and, as in those of any politician, you’ll hear many of the same stories. But Booker’s are more dramatic and heart-rending than most. They draw heavily on his experiences in Newark, N.J., where he moved in 1995 after his second year at Yale Law School. They have also helped to make him a political celebrity and put millions of dollars into his campaign war chest and Newark’s coffers. Booker’s tales of his trials and travails on the streets of Newark, the city that twice elected him mayor, are familiar,
Count the AFL-CIO among the progressives trying to turn Texas from a solid red state to a purple or even blue one. Speaking to reporters this morning at a breakfast organized by the Christian Science Monitor, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka cited Texas as a state where he plans to step up organizing activities. "We´ll be in Texas in a bigger way than we have been," Trumka said. After the 2012 elections, Texas emerged as the top item on Democrats´ demographics-driven wish list. The Lone Star State became majority minority some time during the last decade, according to Census Bureau figures.
David Cameron’s authority in Parliament and on the world stage was dealt an unprecedented blow last night as he faced a breathtaking Commons defeat over plans for missile strikes on Syria. In an extraordinary assault on the Prime Minister’s authority, 50 coalition MPs joined Labour in voting against a watered-down Government motion supporting the ‘principle’ of military action. There were shouts of ‘resign’ from the Labour benches as the result – 285 votes to 272 – was announced to a shocked House of Commons. The last time a Prime Minister was defeated over an issue of war and peace was
We´ve just seen Parliament at its best and our media at their worst. Lumberingly, inexorably, journalists have been trotting out their clichés: ´David Cameron badly weakened´, ´mistake to recall Parliament´, ´calls his judgment into question´, blah blah. [Snip] In fact, we have just witnessed a rather beautiful moment. The House of Commons has recovered a prerogative that it wielded for a few brief years in the 1640s, namely control over the deployment of armed power. This shift has come about because David Cameron chose to stick to the letter and spirit of a promise he made in opposition.
It’s over for President Obama’s plan to launch a ‘limited but decisive’ strike on Syria. (Snip) Now, with Britain out of the operation, Obama faces the prospect of going into Syria almost literally alone, without UN, NATO, Congress or even the UK to back him up. Two courses are now open to him. He can climbdown as best he can and pretend he’s changed his mind or he can go forward risking a wider war for nothing. (Snip) Yet a climbdown would represent a public and devastating humiliation of the man who once believed he bestrode the world.
Unskilled entry-level workers demand double pay without offering more to their employers or customers. NEW YORK — Beginning a day of protests that organizers say will spread to 50 cities and 1,000 stores across the country, a crowd of chanting workers gathered Thursday morning at a McDonald’s in midtown Manhattan to call for higher wages and the chance to join a union. (Snip) Fast-food customer service is hard work, but it’s entry level. I know, because I’ve done a version of it in my storied career. It’s a skill-developing stepping stone from which an ambitious person should seek a better gig.
Republicans are busy debating what gives them the most "leverage" in their fight to get rid of ObamaCare. One powerful tool, it happens, is an issue that few of them so far have wanted to talk about. The issue is the White House´s recent ObamaCare bailout for members of Congress and their staffs. The GOP has been largely mute on this blatant self-dealing. The party might use what´s left of its summer recess to consider just how politically potent this handout is, and what—were they to show a bit of principle—might be earned from opposing it. The Affordable Care Act states clearly