Washington police are operating under orders to arrest tourists and other non-residents traveling with spent bullet or shotgun casings, a crime that carries a $1,000 fine, a year in jail and a criminal record, according to a new book about the city´s confusing gun laws. "Empty shell casings are considered ammunition in Washington, D.C., so they are illegal to possess unless you are a resident and have a gun registration certificate," pens Emily Miller in her investigative book, "Emily Gets Her Gun: ... But Obama Wants to Take Yours." Under the law, live or empty brass and plastic casings must be carried
Barack Obama has today framed the fundamental question that Congressmen will face when they vote on whether to authorise the use of force in Syria. He concedes in advance that he may not carry public opinion with him--US intervention overseas, he argues, is always unpopular. It was in World War II before Pearl Harbour and it was in Kosovo. But even if the public is not supportive, and we know it is not, members of Congress will still have to decide whether to support their president´s judgment that US national security and standing is at stake. The key passage is
I don’t share Nicolas Sarkozy’s enthusiasm for a Western military intervention in Syria, but his broad assessment of Barack Obama lack of leadership ability is spot on. [Snip] The aide is quoted as saying that Sarkozy “remains very skeptical about the method followed by Barack Obama ‘who is not a leader but a follower.’” This is of course not the first time Sarkozy has made disparaging remarks about the US president. When he was in the Elysee Office, Sarkozy made it clear that he saw Obama as someone who lacked political experience and was suffering from delusions of grandeur.
Earlier this week, I announced my support for a resolution to give President Obama the authority to use limited military force in Syria in response to Bashar Assad’s use of chemical weapons that killed innocent civilians including women and children. It is never an easy decision to authorize the use of military force, but in this case, America has a compelling national security interest to prevent and respond to the use of weapons of mass destruction (WMD), especially by a terrorist state, and to prevent further instability in a region of vital interest to the United States.
Feeling the pressure of a Congress and a public that appears strongly opposed to a U.S. military strike against Syria, House GOP leaders are calling on President Barack Obama to make his case to the American people. A spokesman for Speaker John A. Boehner said Friday that the Ohio Republican has “consistently said the president has an obligation to make his case for intervention directly to the American people.” (Snip) “Members of Congress represent the views of their constituents, and only a president can convince the public that military action is required,” said Boehner spokesman Brendan Buck.
FAIRBANKS, ALASKA — Gov. Sean Parnell said Thursday he has ordered an investigation of recent raids by federal and state officials at mines in the Fortymile River area, saying he will not tolerate a state agency´s participation in the sort of conduct displayed. Enforcement officers with the federal Environmental Protection Agency and Bureau of Land Management were armed and wore body armor, according to Parnell. He said an investigator with the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation joined the agents, who said they were looking for violations of the Clean Water Act. Parnell said no one was arrested
ROCKPORT -For the second year in a row, the Warrior´s Weekend Heroes Cup will be held in the Rockport-Fulton Area. It is a major fishing event set for Friday, but on Thursday, more than 30 wounded soldiers received a hero´s welcome. Heroes Cup is a special event put together by the Warrior´s Weekend Organization, and it´s for soldiers who have been injured in the line of duty. Those wounded warriors, many of whom served multiple deployments overseas, arrived at Labonte Park Thursday. The Patriot Guard Riders were on hand as well, as were law enforcement officials and representatives from HEB
Lopatcong — A Warren County man has ensured that anyone who passes by his house will have a lasting impression of it. The semi-retired Lopatcong cabinet maker designed a mailbox that resembles a huge Smith & Wesson .44 Magnum revolver, according to a report on LehighValleyLive.com. Roger Buchko said he cooked up the idea when he saw similar mailboxes online. Though he is a gun rights supporter, he said isn´t attempting to make a political statement. The mailbox, which is made of wood and PVC piping, weighs several hundred pounds. It´s mounted on 1,200-pound steel plate. A friend who is an
Barack Obama is, without question, the most embarrassing president of my lifetime — and that is saying something, since my life so far has encompassed 12 presidencies, some of which have brought a lot of embarrassment to the nation. Even Richard Nixon, with his Watergate scandal, Jimmy Carter, with his malaise, and Bill Clinton, with his lewd behavior in the Oval Office, could not top this president for pure, unadulterated disgrace. Of course, in Obama’s case, it is not a matter of personal scandal like it was for Clinton. By telling the world a year ago that he was drawing
The left is out in full force working to spin President Obama’s failure to make his case for military strikes against Syria’s Assad forces as — wait for it — George W. Bush’s fault. The first salvo was by top Democratic strategists on Twitter over the weekend, likely just after an emergency message strategy conference call with the White House when it was clear the Obama “red line” major gaffe was not enough to garner support from enough Republicans or Democrats in Congress to support the Nobel Peace Prize recipient’s march to war. Obama-friendly media and further Blame Bush Democratic
Tasha has the look of a young Britney Spears. With long, blonde hair, dressed in a bright pink skimpy top with skin-tight trousers and rather too much make-up, the 17-year-old appears a little too defiant, hard and knowing. But behind the posturing quivers a hurt little girl, still smarting from the day, as she describes it, ´Dad left Mum for another woman, abandoning us - innocent children with an idyllic family, or so we thought.´ Tasha is one of a number of children and young adults appearing in a BBC TV documentary shown tonight describing, with almost unbearable honesty, the
Politics, like the NFL, is a team sport. Just like football fans, voters are apt to root for the uniform as much as any individual player. That’s instructive to remember as Gov. Chris Christie sets off on a fundraising swing through Texas for his fellow Republicans. While there, he’s sure to sing the home team’s praises. And Texas Republicans are some of the kookiest in the game. The Texas GOP sets the bar for the far-right’s lunatic fringe.
Barack Obama is to meet gay activists during his G20 visit to Russia in what is being viewed as a snub to Vladimir Putin´s controversial new equality laws that outlaw ´homosexual propaganda´. As Obama prepared to meet Russia´s civil society leaders, including some gay activists, after meeting leaders at the G20 summit, about two dozen activists rallied in St Petersburg to protest against the law. In June, Putin signed a bill that classified ´homosexual propaganda´ as pornography and provides for fines and arrest for those making it accessible to minors. The same legislation gave the national government the authority to
PRESIDENT OBAMA: (OFF-MIKE) thank President Putin and the people of St. Petersburg, and the people of Russia, for holding this G-20. This city has a long and storied history, including its historic resistance and extraordinary sacrifices during the Second World War. So I want to take this opportunity to salute the people of St. Petersburg and express our gratitude for their outstanding hospitality. This summit marks another milestone in the world’s recovery from the financial crisis that erupted five years ago this month. Instead of the looming threat of another financial meltdown, we’re focused for the first time in many
BOSTON — Some students toted lunchboxes to the first day of school in Boston this week, but district administrators are expecting that could become a more unusual sight as parents learn about a federal program that is now providing all public school students in the city with free breakfast and lunch. The nation´s oldest school system has joined a program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture that has spread to 10 states and the District of Columbia that offers students two free meals every school day, whether or not their families can afford them.
EVER since 3D printing—the ability to construct solid objects by building them up, a layer at a time, in plastic or metal—hit public consciousness a couple of years ago, comment has veered towards two extremes. Fans, often in America, insist it will have a dramatic impact, undermining the economics of mass production and repatriating jobs to the West. According to the Harvard Business Review, “China will have to give up on being the mass-manufacturing powerhouse of the world.” Critics denounce it as overblown hype—“a gimmick” according to Terry Gou, the boss of Foxconn, a manufacturing giant in China: he says
In a few days, we’ll reach the fifth anniversary of the fall of Lehman Brothers — the moment when a recession, which was bad enough, turned into something much scarier. Suddenly, we were looking at the real possibility of economic catastrophe. And the catastrophe came. [Snip] The important thing, however, is to realize that there are degrees of disaster, that you can have an immense failure of economic policy that falls short of producing total collapse. And the failure of policy these past five years has, in fact, been immense.
President Obama said that the U.S. talk of military action in Syria is bypassing the "hocus pocus" of the U.N.: "Frankly, if we weren´t talking about the need for an international response right now, this wouldn´t be what everybody would be asking about," said Obama at a press conference this morning. "You know, there would be some resolutions that were being proffered in the United Nations and the usual hocus pocus, but the world and the country would have moved on. So trying to impart a sense of urgency about this, why we can´t have an environment in which over
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- In a mayoral election year that finds many voters eager for change after three terms of a billionaire businessman at the city´s helm, John Catsimatidis, who happens to be a billionaire businessman, says he´s just that: A change. "I never, never thought I´d be the anti-establishment candidate," Catsimatidis said. But in a wide-ranging conversation at the Advance, Catsimatidis painted himself as a tough-but-fair businessman with a big heart -- and big vision for the five boroughs. "I´m a small-business guy that grew up in Harlem," he said. "I am not a Bloomberg billionaire. He wears $5,000
Congressional aides in both parties tell me that the chances of President Obama winning House approval for military action in Syria are so bad they actually doubt the House would ultimately vote on it if failure seemed certain. Two new whip counts of House members by ABC News and the liberal Firedoglake web site show a majority of House members firmly or leaning against intervention. The Washington Post’s more conservative count stands at 204 “no” votes, only 13 short of the majority needed to kill the president’s request. President Obama’s aides say he will begin lobbying Congress personally after he returns from
Canadian employment rose faster than economists forecast in August, gaining for the first time in three months led by part-time work and service industries. Employment increased by 59,200 and the jobless rate fell to 7.1 percent from 7.2 percent, Statistics Canada said today in Ottawa. Economists surveyed by Bloomberg News projected a 20,000 job increase and an unchanged jobless rate, according to the median forecasts. Canada’s dollar jumped as the gain contrasted with a U.S. report that showed payrolls rose by less than was forecast. Even with the jobs increase, Canada’s labor market remains on pace for the slowest advance
WASHINGTON — President Obama has directed the Pentagon to develop an expanded list of potential targets in Syria in response to intelligence suggesting that the government of President Bashar al-Assad has been moving troops and equipment used to employ chemical weapons while Congress debates whether to authorize military action. Mr. Obama, officials said, is now determined to put more emphasis on the “degrade” part of what the administration has said is the goal of a military strike against Syria — to “deter and degrade” Mr. Assad’s ability to use chemical weapons. That means expanding beyond the 50 or so major sites
WASHINGTON—The U.S. has intercepted an order from Iran to militants in Iraq to attack the U.S. Embassy and other American interests in Baghdad in the event of a strike on Syria, officials said, amid an expanding array of reprisal threats across the region. Military officials have been trying to predict the range of possible responses from Syria, Iran and their allies. U.S. officials said they are on alert for Iran´s fleet of small, fast boats in the Persian Gulf, where American warships are positioned. U.S. officials also fear Hezbollah could attack the U.S. Embassy in Beirut and on Friday the State Department
As he touched down in St. Petersburg on Thursday morning, President Obama greeted his host Vladimir Putin with a handshake and a smile. But the cordial greeting belies the tinderbox the two leaders are sitting on, as they posture and deliberate over a potential U.S. strike on Syria -- one of Russia´s closest Mideast allies. Putin escalated concerns about the fallout from any strike when he indicated in an interview published Wednesday that his country could send Syria and its neighbors in the region the components of a missile shield if the U.S. attacks. U.S. Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs
KABUL - Suspected Taliban militants in Afghanistan on Thursday shot dead an Indian woman whose memoir about marrying an Afghan and life under the Islamist militia was made into a Bollywood movie, officials said. The killing of Sushmita Banerjee was the latest in a string of attacks on prominent women in Afghanistan, adding to fears women´s rights in a country where many are barely allowed outside the house will recede even more after U.S.-led foreign forces fully withdraw in 2014. The militants arrived before dawn at Banjerjee´s residence in eastern Paktika province, which lies in Afghanistan´s east — a region where the
President Obama today refused to rule out attacking Syria as new polls show he faces a crushing defeat in any vote in Congress. An ABC News reporter at the G20 meeting in St. Petersburg, Russia, tried to pin him down and get a ´direct response´ to the question of what he will do if his gambit seeking congressional approval fails. ´I´m not going to engage in parlor games now ... about whether or not it´s going to pass,´ he said. Obama also announced that he will make his case on Syria to the American people again on Tuesday in a national address. Obama´s speech