MOSCOW —Countries often issue travel advisories warning citizens of danger abroad: war, for instance, or a terrorist threat or an outbreak of disease. The Russian Foreign Ministry posted advice of a somewhat different nature on Monday, cautioning people wanted by the United States not to visit nations that have an extradition treaty with it. “Warning for Russian citizens traveling internationally,” the Foreign Ministry bulletin said. “Recently, detentions of Russian citizens in various countries, at the request of American law enforcement, have become more frequent — with the goal of extradition and legal prosecution in the United States.” Citing examples in
FORT WORTH — Wendy Davis burst into the national political consciousness this summer as a feminist folk hero. She was a titan in pink tennis shoes, a single mother who became a lawyer, stood up to the Republican boys club and, against all odds, temporarily halted enactment of a restrictive abortion bill. Last week, a different side of the Democratic state senator emerged: the devoted daughter of an ailing father, Jerry Russell, who is well known in Fort Worth theater circles but isn’t mentioned in her compelling campaign biography. Her mother, a sixth grade dropout who made do without child
Chemical licences sold to Syria for substances which can be used in the production of nerve gas were intended for ´metal finishing´, Philip Hammond claimed today. The licences were subsequently revoked in June 2012 and the chemicals never left the UK as the European Union (EU) imposed tough sanctions on Bashar al-Assad. [Snip] Mr Hammond said: "It is the case that export licences were granted for some industrial chemicals, that could have been used in a process that might have been involved in the production of poisonous gases. "Those export licences were revoked and no such chemicals were exported."
For the most part Britain is a reasonably well-functioning democracy. But occasionally along comes an issue on which government and opposition parties alike are strangely divorced from public opinion. [Snip] Just 17 percent of the public, it turns out, believe that the benefits of our immigration policy outweigh the disadvantages. Some 60 percent believe the reverse to be true, and 77 percent believe that the rate of immigration should be drastically reduced. There is no schism between Left and Right on the issue: even among Labour voters there are substantially more people who believe immigration has damaged Britain than who
Russian President Vladimir Putin supports an idea floated by two top Russian lawmakers to send a delegation to lobby Congress to vote against U.S. military intervention in Syria. The Russians were scheming Monday to go to Washington and throw a wrench into President Barack Obama’s plan to get congressional backing for a punitive strike against Syria. Russian President Vladimir Putin supports an idea floated by two top Russian lawmakers to send a delegation to lobby Congress to vote against U.S. military intervention in Syria.
If you were hoping for one more overblown controversy to end your summer, your wish has been granted. President Obama put his foot on his desk in a White House photo, and although it admittedly does look a little cheesy, people are outraged over the leader of the free world placing his foot atop the Resolute Desk because it’s undignified and beneath the office of the president… although technically it’s in the office of the… the point is, people are not happy. Here’s the image that has everyone freaking out so much: [Photo] And here’s a sampling of some of
Arizona Senator John McCain told Today host Savannah Guthrie that he would not endorse a resolution if he felt it didn’t go far enough in substantively deterring Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces. “I can’t support something that I’m afraid maybe doomed to failure in the long run,” McCain said. “To do nothing would have consequences throughout the world,” McCain explained. “But to do something that really doesn’t change anything? In other words, some token strikes, and then sometime later Bashar al-Assad uses the chemical weapons again—what do we do then? Go through this same routine?”
Republican´s intraparty divisions on Syria reflect a GOP roiled as much by an overwhelming distrust for President Obama’s foreign policy leadership as by a rising isolationist wing that is capitalizing on this sentiment to exert greater influence on party decisions. The GOP’s unusually dovish opposition to intervening in Syria, as expressed by a vocal cadre of Tea Party-affiliated Republicans, has suggested a possible drift and retreat from the muscular, internationalist foreign policy that has defined the party since Ronald Reagan’s presidency. But congressional Republicans rejecting a Democratic president’s request for an authorization to use military force would not be unprecedented,
John Kerry, who is expected to be nominated as secretary of state later this afternoon, has made frequent visits to Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad. Assad is now under fire for mass murdering his own civilians, as he fights an internal war to keep his position of power. Even Obama has called for Assad to go. In February 2009, Kerry led a delegation there to engage Syria. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad told visiting US members of Congress on Saturday that the United States should ‘move away from a policy based on dictating decisions.’ Assad´s guests on Saturday included US Senator John Kerry, who
Since 2009, the Fair Labor Standards Act has dictated that the federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour. Some people think that’s too low; others think it’s too high. But it turns out that, in 35 states, it’s a better deal not to work—and instead, to take advantage of federal welfare programs—than to take a minimum-wage job. That’s the takeaway from a new study published by Michael Tanner and Charles Hughes of the Cato Institute. “The current welfare system provides such a high level of benefits that it acts as a disincentive for work,” Tanner and Hughes write in their
Russia raised the alarm on Tuesday after detecting the launch of two ballistic "objects" in the Mediterranean Sea but Israel later said it had carried out a joint missile test with the United States. There were no reports of missile strikes on Syria. Syrian state sources said the missiles had fallen harmlessly into the sea and there were no explosions in the capital Damascus, Russian news agencies reported. Initial reports of the launch by Russian news agencies had ruffled financial markets because the United States is preparing for a possible military strike on Syria over what it says was a
In June, the White House authorized the Central Intelligence Agency to help arm moderate fighters battling the Assad regime, a signal to Syrian rebels that the cavalry was coming. Three months later, they are still waiting.The delay, in part, reflects a broader U.S. approach rarely discussed publicly but that underpins its decision-making, according to former and current U.S. officials: The Obama administration doesn´t want to tip the balance in favor of the opposition for fear the outcome may be even worse for U.S. interests than the current stalemate.
One of the most predictable features of American politics is the biannual blackmail to which the Democrats are subjected by their union bosses. Knowing that “the Party of Jefferson and Jackson” cannot survive without their support, union goons like Richard Trumka usually start the process by complaining about some law that allegedly hurts workers. Then, after a month or two of bombast and bluster, we find that their definition of “worker” is actually “union member” and that they want the Democrats to grant them a special dispensation (snip) This is how the infamous Obamacare waiver program was hatched.
One of the many unintended consequences of the political crusade for increased homeownership among minorities, and low-income people in general, has been a housing boom and bust that left many foreclosed homes that had to be rented, because there were no longer enough qualified buyers. The repercussions did not stop there. Many homeowners have discovered that when renters replace homeowners as their neighbors, the neighborhood as a whole can suffer. The physical upkeep of the neighborhood, on which everyone’s home values depend, tends to decline. “Who’s going to paint the outside of a rented house?” one resident was quoted as saying in
I remember this case from when it was first in the news, in June. Now, a grand jury has made the obvious official: A Texas father who discovered a man raping his five-year-old daughter and beat him to death with his bare hands will not be charged with homicide under state law. You really shouldn’t have to read any farther. This is not exactly a tough case. It makes sense to convene a grand jury, to make sure that the facts are as stated. But if they are, could there possibly be any question? Lavaca County sheriff’s deputies said that the father, whose
´At what point do you look at this picture and ask, ´Why are you fighting anymore?´" muses Dan Gerawan, whose third-generation family farm in Fresno, Calif., has been under assault by California´s labor-regulatory complex. Within days a state mediator could impose an unwieldy labor contract that may force him out of business. However, the ultimate victims will be his farm workers. Mr. Gerawan´s story illustrates the devolution of California´s progressive dream. His grandfather migrated from Dust Bowl Oklahoma and started a small farm, which his father expanded into the country´s largest grower of peaches and nectarines. Dan and his brother grew up
President Barack Obama has just ended a summer shadowed by weakness: A convergence of external events and what even some Democrats are calling self-inflicted setbacks have cast a harsh light on a so-far anemic second term. He is now beginning an autumn in which conflicts that have festered sullenly for years — in Syria and on Capitol Hill — are poised for climactic resolution. The next several weeks offer a chance for Obama to shift the direction of a presidency in which he has been slowly bleeding both personal popularity and, more importantly, the intangible mystique of power — one that
Washington -- When Congress is tasked with debating U.S. involvement in overseas conflicts, a common refrain from lawmakers is to follow the advice of military commanders. It has been repeated dozens of times, for instance, by Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, when discussing the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. "We urge the administration to work urgently with Iraqi authorities to reach an agreement that reflects the best military advice of U.S. commanders on the ground," he wrote in a news release in 2011 about reducing the U.S. military footprint in Iraq. He said something similar in a 2012 statement about Afghanistan. Now that
CARTERSVILLE, Ga. — At an airfield in rural Georgia, the U.S. government pays a contractor $6,600 a month for a plane that doesn’t fly. The plane is a 1960s turboprop with an odd array of antennas on its back end and the name of a Cuban national hero painted on its tail. It can fly, but it doesn’t. Government orders. “The contract now is a ‘non-fly’?” contract, said Steve Christopher of Phoenix Air Group, standing next to the plane. “That’s what the customer wants.” The airplane is called “Aero Martí,” and it is stuck in a kind of federal limbo. After two
Washington is abuzz with talk about how much President Obama has damaged America’s credibility with his indecisiveness on Syria. It’s become accepted fact that Obama’s decision-making style resembles that of an academic convening an unruly seminar whose participants he largely disdains. What he is not is a decisive leader with the ability to bring disparate players together behind a common purpose. This shouldn’t be a surprise. We had inklings of it a long time ago. Back when Barack Obama was running for president in 2008, Hillary Clinton accused him of “taking a pass” on tough issues when he was in the
NEW YORK — A federal jury has rejected the argument that use of the N-word among blacks can be a culturally acceptable term of love and endearment, deciding its use in the workplace is hostile and discriminatory no matter what. Jurors last week awarded $250,000 in compensatory damages to a black employment agency worker who was the target of an N-word-laced rant by her black boss, and they return to a Manhattan federal court Tuesday to decide on punitive damages. The case against Rob Carmona and the employment agency he founded, STRIVE East Harlem, gave legal airing to what some see as
Fewer Americans will be returning to the work force after the traditional Labor Day holiday. Labor force participation is at the lowest point since the malaise of the Carter presidency. President Obama’s economic policies have guaranteed a lower standard of living for Americans. A recent report by Gordon Green and John Coder of Sentier Research paints the disturbing picture. On the whole, we’re less well off than we were 13 years ago. Our median income, currently $52,000, is 7 percent lower than it was in 2000, using constant dollars. It’s an especially tough punch in the gut to our youth, who’ve
Are you ready for some football? Less than a week before the kickoff of the NFL season, Time Warner Cable yesterday cut a deal with CBS to resume carrying the network’s programming. The agreement ended a blackout that began Aug. 3, when TWC balked at CBS’s demand for a monthly, $2-per-customer fee — up from an earlier charge estimated at between 50 and 75 cents. Terms of the new pact weren’t revealed, but any increased costs are expected to be passed on to cable subscribers in the form of higher monthly bills. The corporate standoff affected more than 3 million Time Warner Cable customers
In a private meeting at the White House on Monday with Senator John McCain, President Obama said he plans to give Syrian rebels more advanced weapons, according to McCain. If this happens, it would mark an expansion of Obama’s latest Syria strategy of possibly mounting a military response to Bashar al-Assad’s use of chemical weapons. McCain and Sen. Lindsey Graham met with Obama to discuss the plan, which as currently outlined by the White House involves a limited mission to punish the Syrian regime’s use chemical weapons, as the Syrian president did most recently on Aug. 21, and deter future
I recently met a man who cycled from his home in California to Maryland. When I exclaimed how interesting it must have been to talk with Americans across the country, he looked at me as if I had two heads. "Are you crazy? I didn´t talk to anyone," he told me. "They´re all red-necks." A liberal friend solemnly warned me not to tell anyone I support the Tea Party. They´re all racists, wacko survivalists and birthers, she told me, impervious to anything I said about my pride in the Tea Party, and our mainstream issues: fiscal responsibility and constitutional, limited
He is famed for his I Have a Dream speech given 50 years ago, but the estate of Martin Luther King Jr is having a nightmare as the civil rights leader´s children argue over his memorabilia. The estate, run by his two sons, has sued a non-profit organization run by King´s daughter, Bernice, claiming she planned to keep using her father´s ´irreplaceable´ memorabilia despite no longer being licensed to do so. The lawsuit claims speeches, recordings and even the remains of King, who was assassinated in 1968, are at risk of being damaged by fire, mold and theft. King´s niece,