BILL O´REILLY: I think you´ve got to take emotion out of the equation. I see a lot of that emotion. I mean, Barbara Boxer, for example, would never support an action against Syria if Mitt Romney were president. Never in a million years. The only reason she is doing it is to help Obama. On the other side, you have Republicans -- Ronald Reagan, if he were president, would get Assad like that. He would. He would get Assad. And you would have most conservatives line up against -- for Ronald Reagan, in support of Ronald Reagan. But the element
RUSH: Reuters: "Kerry Portrait of Syria Rebels at Odds With Intelligence Reports." This is a Reuters story, and now, no matter where you look, even in the Drive-By Media, they´re starting to say that what the regime is telling us isn´t necessarily true. Let´s go to the audio sound bites. This is funny. This is yesterday in Washington on Capitol Hill during a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on the possible use of force against Syria. John Kerry, the haughty John Kerry, who served in Vietnam once, is being questioned by Mike McCaul, congressman, Texas, who said to Kerry, "My greatest
Robert Zimmerman, Jr tells FOX 35 that Shellie Zimmerman has filed for divorce from husband George Zimmerman. Questions over whether the two were parting ways surfaced after Shellie pleaded guilty last week to a perjury charge for lying during a bail hearing after her husband´s arrest. Prosecutors said she lied about the couple´s assets following her husband´s arrest for the fatal 2012 shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. George, who was acquitted of second-degree murder this summer, was not present for the hearing at which Shellie was sentenced to a year´s probation and 100 hours of community service. There had been speculation that the
RUSH: Folks, the Syria news today -- it was bad yesterday. It was embarrassing yesterday. Today the whole world is laughing at us, and I am not kidding. Even liberals. Even these wacko Looney Tunes pajama-clad website posters, these progressives, as they call themselves. These people think Obama and Kerry are lying to ´em. They don´t want another war. They don´t want a single missile launched ever. They think they´re being lied to. I mean, Obama doesn´t even have his base on this. And according to whip counts and head counts right now, it looks like Obama´s request for a congressional
SACRAMENTO, CALIF. A gigantic wildfire in and around Yosemite National Park was caused by an illegal fire set by a hunter, the U.S. Forest Service said Thursday. The agency said there is no indication the hunter was involved with illegal marijuana cultivation, which a local fire chief had speculated as the possible cause of the blaze. No arrests have been made, and the hunter´s name was being withheld pending further investigation, according to the Forest Service. The only legal hunting allowed at the time the fire started Aug. 17 was archery for bear and deer. A Forest Service statement gave no details
Barack Obama, Nobel Peace Prize-winner, states that what is at stake is universal values because "I didn´t set a red line. The world did" in his words. Let us then examine the opinion polls and draw a conclusion as to whether Barack Obama is in syntony with the world, or whether he stands pitifully alone, advocating a criminal act once again tarnishing the image of his country. We may start with the reports on the influential Drudge Report opinion poll, in which 729,336 votes were cast on the question: Give Obama authority to conduct military operations in Syria?
RUSH: Donald Rumsfeld, who is a true statesman, Donald Rumsfeld has served this country for decades. Donald Rumsfeld gave this country the best that he has. Donald Rumsfeld was the CEO of G. D. Searle & Company at the time they introduced aspartame, Equal, and released it onto the market, which everybody knows is an effort to poison people and turn ´em into communists. Just kidding, Snerdley. This is what some people think. Rumsfeld is a great man. The John Kerrys, the Nancy Pelosis, the Hillary Clintons, the Barack Obamas and everybody associated with them tried to destroy Donald Rumsfeld. For
Thursday evening on Your World guest Captain Chuck Nash discussed the relationship between Putin and Obama. Nash stated that President Putin views President Obama as a weak leader, and that is why Putin is so defiant with regards to Syria and the use of chemical weapons. CAVUTO: Khrushchev held John Kennedy in contempt, and I’m sure after the Bay of Pigs fiasco, he had a minimalist view of the new President and maybe he was chastened a little bit after the Cuban Missile Crisis. We have a long history between our two countries, of the leaders not trusting, maybe not
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee yesterday voted 10-7 to approve President Obama´s request for an authorization to use military force in Syria. The Boston Globe reports the vote gives "more momentum to the White House plan." It seems to us all one can say is that the request ("plan" gives the administration too much credit, as we shall argue below) has sufficient inertia that it is still moving forward--or, to be precise, that it was moving forward at the time of the vote. The committee vote shows that both parties are divided. As the Washington Post notes, two of the
Doha & Amman - Bashar al-Assad´s former defense minister has reached Istanbul after a defection that betrays cracks in the president´s support among his own Alawite sect, opposition and diplomatic sources said on Thursday. Dismissing a cursory Syrian state television denial of the first Reuters report that General Ali Habib had been spirited across the Turkish frontier this week, opposition figures said Habib was likely to keep a low profile after evading house arrest and reaching Turkey with the aid of Western agents. One prominent opposition figure also spoke of speculation that Habib,
Alliant Techsystems Inc, the world´s largest ammunitions maker, will buy gun accessories company Bushnell Group Holdings Inc for $985 million as it shifts focus to a fast-growing shooting sports business from a spending-constrained defense industry. Alliant, spun off from Honeywell International in 1990 and commonly known as ATK, said it would integrate Bushnell into its sporting group business, which makes products such as sporting rifles, holsters and harnesses. Bushnell, owned by private equity firm MidOcean Partners since 2007, makes binoculars, riflescopes and night vision equipment
Chicago - A reputed former leader of a heroin-trafficking network that extended from Thailand to Nigeria and Mexico and into Chicago is set to be sentenced, two decades after being charged. In a negotiated deal, Musiliu Balogun faces a maximum nine-year prison term when a federal judge in Chicago sentences him Thursday. He faced a life sentence. Court documents describe Balogun as one of the kingpins in the powerful trafficking ring. Many of its other leaders were arrested in 1996. Balogun evaded capture until his arrest in Amsterdam in 2006 as he sought to fly to Ghana.
SYDNEY — Flamboyant Australian billionaire Clive Palmer on Thursday said he plans to sue Rupert Murdoch over unflattering allegations and claimed the media mogul´s estranged wife is a Chinese spy. Palmer, best known for building a replica of the Titanic and who is running for election in Australia on Saturday, seethed over a comment piece questioning his wealth and whether he was indeed a university professor and a mining magnate, as he claims. Murdoch´s flagship The Australian ran the story on its front page under the headline "Why we need to worry about the real Mr Palmer", alleging he was
Associated Press reporter Matt Lee grilled State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki on Thursday, repeatedly asking her how Secretary of State John Kerry found it "courageous" for President Barack Obama to seek Congressional authorization of military force in Syria. Lee´s argument came from this premise: How is it "courageous" for Obama to ask for Congress to approve something that he believes he has the right to do, anyway?
WASHINGTON —The Justice Department is declassifying portions of some secret court orders concerning the government´s authority to seize records under the Patriot Act. The department revealed its decision to declassify the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court opinions in a filing with the federal court in the Northern District of California Wednesday. The government says it will provide hundreds of pages of documents to the Electronic Frontier Foundation, an Internet civil liberties group that had filed a lawsuit under the Freedom of Information Act. The release of the records is in response to an order issued by a federal judge in California.
Things aren´t exactly warming up between the Obama administration and Vladimir Putin, even as President Obama arrived in St. Petersburg for the G-20 summit. Putin called Obama Secretary of State John Kerry a liar over Kerry´s testimony this week before Congress. The question may be al-Qaeda´s influence on the Syrian rebels, an issue Kerry has downplayed. Speaking to his human rights council Wednesday, Putin said, "This was very unpleasant and surprising for me. We talk to them (the Americans), and we assume they are decent people, but he is lying and he knows that he is lying. This is sad."
While children are gassed in Syria, Obama’s America hems and haws and debates endlessly. Whatever happened to our moral power and leadership, asks Tunku Varadarajan. Has anyone noticed how diminished, how very Lilliputian, America has become? Great tragic events in the world beyond our borders are parsed here as accountants would parse the finer points of a creative tax deduction. Hundreds of innocent Syrians have been gassed to death by their despot—hell, even my ninth grader is horrified, and not just because he is aware that many of the dead were close to his age—and yet … our spontaneous revulsion,
ProPublica is today publishing a story in partnership with the Guardian and The New York Times about U.S. and U.K. government efforts to decode enormous amounts of Internet traffic previously thought to have been safe from prying eyes. This story is based on documents provided by Edward Snowden, the former intelligence community employee and contractor. We want to explain why we are taking this step, and why we believe it is in the public interest. The story, we believe, is an important one.
Anticipating a move by the White House to appease unions, top House Republicans asked Congress‘ auditors to estimate how much it would cost to provide Obamacare subsidies to workers who use multi-employer health plans. Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp, Michigan Republican, and Education and the Workforce Committee head John Kline, Minnesota Republican, asked the Congressional Budget Office and Joint Committee on Taxation to figure out how much taxpayers would have to provide to offset health premiums tied to these types of plans, which are commonly used by union members. Their request comes amid reports the White House is
The CDC survey comes as the federal government is expected to announce, as early as October, its plan to regulate these battery-powered devices as tobacco products. Now chic among celebrities, electronic cigarettes are gaining favor among U.S. teenagers as new data show a recent doubling in usage. Last year, 10% of high school students say they tried e-cigarettes, up from 4.7% in 2011, according to the National Youth Tobacco Survey released Thursday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A doubling also occurred among U.S. middle school students saying they've experimented
The White House’s proposed strikes on Syria almost couldn’t be more limited. They’re likely to cost in the millions of dollars rather than the billions of dollars, and no U.S. lives are likely to be in danger. It’s “barely five percent of what we did in Libya,” says Rep. Brad Sherman. And it’s not just the White House. The congressional authorization of force — if one ever passes — will expressly forbid committing ground troops. So even if the Obama administration wanted to escalate sharply, they’d need to persuade a reluctant Congress to pass a new law allowing them to
President Obama has postponed a Los Angeles fundraiser scheduled for next Monday. The announcement arrives as Congress gets ready to debate the authorization of the use of military force against Syria. The reception was to be held at the Hancock Park home of Friends co-creater Marta Kauffman and her husband, composer Michael Skloff. The Sept. 9 Hancock Park fundraiser with Obama was set to include an exclusive $32,400-per-person "off the cuff" roundtable discussion with the president, as well as a photo line for those who donate $5,000 to the party -- and raise an additional $20,000 from others.
Prosecutors in rural Missouri have charged a man with exposing his partner to HIV and say he may have exposed more than 300 other people to the virus that causes AIDS. David Mangum told police he had at least that many unprotected sexual encounters with people he met online or in parks since he was diagnosed with HIV in 2003, Dexter, Missouri, detective Sgt. Corey Mills told CNN. Mills said it will be difficult to find and warn those people, since Mangum "usually only knew his partners´ first names." Mangum was arrested after his former partner told police that Mangum
The USS San Antonio, an amphibious transport dock ship, arrived at the port of Haifa on Wednesday for what the US Navy called a "routine port visit." Captain Randell Dykes said the visit was a "well deserved break for sailors and marines, and for many is the first time they have visited Israel. (Snip) A defense official said the San Antonio had been asked to serve as an afloat forward staging base, which could provide a temporary base for special operations forces, if they were needed. It could also assist with evacuations. A spokesman for the ship declined comment,