Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will let President Barack Obama make his case to senators before moving to a vote on a resolution to authorize a strike on Syria. “I don’t think we need to see how fast we can do this. We have to see how well we can do this,” Reid told senators Monday evening. “What we need to do is make sure that the president has the opportunity to speak to all 100 senators all 300 million people before we do this.” Reid said he consulted with the president before making his decision. The move could mean
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Monday delayed a vote on using military force against Syria. Faced with stiffening opposition from Republicans and skepticism from many Democrats, Reid said he would not rush the vote to begin considering the controversial use-of-force resolution. He insisted he was not delaying action because of a lack of votes. “I’ve spoken to the Republican leader. I’ve talked to virtually all my Democratic senators and we have enough votes to get cloture,” he said. Reid said the delay could give senators more time to weigh the arguments of President Obama and other proponents
Diana Nyad´s 110-mile swim from Cuba to Florida has generated positive publicity and adoration for the 64-year-old endurance athlete — along with skepticism from some members of the small community of marathon swimmers who are questioning whether she accomplished the feat honestly. On social media and the online Marathon Swimmers Forum, long-distance swimmers have been debating whether Nyad got a boost from the boat that was accompanying her — either by getting in it or holding onto it — during a particularly speedy stretch of her swim. They also question whether she violated the traditions of her sport — many
If Syrian President Bashar al-Assad gives up his chemical weapons, a military strike would "absolutely" be on pause, President Obama said today. "I consider this a modestly positive development," Obama told ABC News´ Diane Sawyer in an interview at the White House when asked whether Syria´s apparent willingness to relinquish control of its chemical weapons would prevent a U.S. strike. "Let´s see if we can come up with language that avoids a strike but accomplishes our key goals to make sure that these chemical weapons are not used," the president said. Obama´s comments come after the Russian foreign minister suggested
All summer long, Texas coach Mack Brown tried to paint the most pleasant picture of his program, denying the notion that he was under pressure to win big this season. Halfway across the country, Southern California athletics director Pat Haden posted a video on the school´s athletics website declaring emphatically that Lane Kiffin was not on the proverbial hot seat. Just two weeks into the season, those sunny outlooks for two of college football´s mega-programs are already in serious doubt. Brown might not publicly acknowledge that his tenure at Texas is in jeopardy, but his actions Sunday said it all.
The Chicago gun control ordinance rushed into place after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the city’s handgun ban would be “gutted” to satisfy Illinois’ concealed carry law, under a rewrite advanced Monday that delighted the National Rifle Association. Todd Vandermyde, the NRA’s legislative liaison, went so far as to call it a “great day for gun owners” in Chicago. “Mayor Daley’s pinnacle handgun ordinance after the loss in the McDonald decision is now, for all intents and purposes, gutted,” Vandermyde said. “The Chicago firearms permit requirements are gone.
President Obama on Monday took a sharp turn away from his "red line" threat to Syria on the eve of taking his case to the American people, saying in an interview with Fox News that he´s open to negotiations on an alternative plan that could avert a military strike. The president was responding to a proposal, formally put forward by the Russians, to have the Assad regime turn over its chemical weapons to international control.(Snip)The president, while saying his advisers would "run to ground" that proposal, indicated he still wants Congress to debate a resolution to authorize a strike against
The treasurer of former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.´s campaign committee has resigned less than a month after Jackson and his wife, Sandi, were sentenced to prison for the misuse of about $750,000 in campaign funds to buy luxury goods, vacations and celebrity memorabilia. Vickie Pasley, the treasurer, was listed as "Person B" in court documents in Jackson Jr.´s case — one of six people identified by the letters A through F and linked to various aspects of the Jacksons´ crimes. A prosecutor told the Tribune last month that the six would not face charges "at this time."
President Obama is doing six big interviews tonight for NBC, CNN, PBS, CBS, ABC, and Fox News, but an anchor for the network Univision is wondering why the president glossed over them. Univision’s Jorge Ramos took to Twitter to call out Obama for not including Univision in his big pre-Syria address media blitz, calling it a wasted opportunity. Ramos fired off two tweets slamming the snub of Univision from the president’s roster. [Tweets] Univision spokesperson Jose Zamora told POLITICO it was disappointing that they were passed over, while the network sent along a somewhat frustrated statement to Deadline. What happens
The alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria thrusts the international spotlight onto the same deadly "nerve agents" stored at Blue Grass Army Depot in Madison County. Sarin, one of the world´s most dangerous chemical warfare agents, has been identified by the United States as the substance loaded onto rockets on Aug. 21 and shot into the suburbs of Damascus. The Obama administration estimates that more than 1,400 people died. Syrian President Bashar Assad is also thought to have used a network of front companies to import the precursors needed to make VX, the deadliest nerve agent ever created, The
New report reveals Syria is the owner of one of the world´s largest chemical stockpiles. The report, presented Monday by the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya´s International Institute for Counter-Terrorism, states that as of June 2013, Syrian President Bashar Assad holds one of the world´s largest caches of mustard gas, sarin and the lethal nerve gas VX. The institute´s report described the manner in which Assad attained his impressive inventory as well as warning of the possibility the unconventional munitions could fall into the hands of terrorist groups active in Syria. By the 1980s, the report stated, the Syrian regime had
President Barack Obama plans to meet with both Senate Republicans and Democrats on Tuesday. “After calling the White House today, we learned that the President would like to attend the Senate GOP lunch tomorrow to discuss the Syria resolution. He is welcome to join the lunch, and we are told that he will in fact attend,” said Don Stewart, a spokesman for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. Obama was already scheduled to meet with Senate Democrats at the Capitol Tuesday, and on Sunday he dropped in on a dinner with Senate Republicans and Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Monday compared the Nazi effort to exterminate millions of Jews to the atrocities in Syria in an impassioned plea for Congress to authorize military strikes. Reid sought to reverse the political momentum that has turned against a use-of-force resolution in recent days by warning that the United States would face future condemnation failing to act. “Millions and millions of civilians and prisoners of war were murdered by gas in Nazi death camps, Treblinka, Auschwitz. ‘Never again,’ swore the world. ‘Never again would we permit the use of these poisonous weapons of war,’”
Before he addresses the American people in a speech on Tuesday, Obama will hit the major broadcast and cable stations to discuss the military options for Syria. Here’s where he’ll show up on Monday: 6 p.m. “Special Report with Bret Baier” (Fox News Channel), for a sit-down interview with Chris Wallace. 6 p.m. “The Situation Room With Wolf Blitzer” (CNN), for a sit-down interview with Wolf Blitzer. 7 p.m. “PBS NewsHour” (PBS), for a sit-down interview with Gwen Ifill. He will also give interviews to ABC, NBC and CBS to air on Monday night. Then, at 9 p.m., Charlie Rose
President Shimon Peres on Monday expressed skepticism at the Russian proposal to place Syria´s chemical weapons under international supervision in order to avoid a US strike on the country. "The Russian compromise proposal will involve a negotiation, because the Syrians have shown that they are not trustworthy and that we cannot count on their integrity." Peres made the comments during an event marking the fiftieth anniversary of the Israel Press Council.
WASHINGTON — The Senate will hold it’s first vote on U.S. military intervention in Syria on Wednesday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Monday. Reid announced the vote on a motion to proceed on the resolution for limited military action in a floor speech Monday, saying that until then, the Senate would hold a “full and open debate” on the topic. The date of the vote coincides with the 12th anniversary of the September 11th, 2001 terror attacks. “The Senate will give this matter the serious attention that it deserves,” Reid said. Reid, in his opening speech, made an impassioned plea for intervention
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., invoked the killings in Nazi Germany in World War II on Monday as he opened debate on a measure to authorize military strikes against Syria. "This brutality demands a response," Reid said, announcing the first key procedural vote will come on Wednesday. Reid said the United States had to enforce international prohibitions against the use of such weaponry that have been in place for a century, since World War I, because of the gruesome nature of deadly chemicals. He said he had recently watched a 13-minute video of the chemical attacks in Syria, as victims writhed
Washington – One day before President Barack Obama gives a prime time speech to make his case against Syria, a new national poll indicates the president´s approval rating on foreign policy has hit an all-time low. And only three in ten approve of how he is handling Syria. But according to a CNN/ORC International survey, the number of Americans who approve of how Obama is handling his job in general remains steady. Only four in ten approve of the job Obama is doing on foreign policy, with 57% of those questioned giving the president a thumbs down. The 40% approval rating on
The White House insisted Monday that it was legally able to launch a strike on Syria without congressional approval even as it intensified its courting of lawmakers to support military action. White House counsel Kathryn Ruemmler told the New York Times that a strike would be lawful under both domestic and international law. She told the paper that the president could strike because of the “important national interests” surrounding the use of chemical weapons, even without Congress or United Nations approval. Ruemmler contended that while the Syria situation “may not fit under a traditionally recognized legal basis under international law,” it
Washington -U.S. Deputy National Security Adviser Tony Blinken today said that the Obama administration ´would welcome a decision, and action, for Syria to get rid of its chemical weapons,´ calling such a resolution ´the whole point of what we´re doing´ by applying the pressure of military threats. The stunning step back from the brink of war came after Secretary of State John Kerry said if Assad handed over his chemical weapons within a week, the U.S. would not attack Syria – a plan that was immediately backed by Russia and ´welcomed´ by the Syrian regime. But hours later, Kerry told Russia
Well, there is joy in Mudville, because George Zimmerman has another legal problem. The details are murky and unclear, but that’s not stopping the “I told you so” reaction, as if a new problem proves guilt on a past problem. It really is a horror show to watch (Twitter feed embedded at bottom of post, view at your own caution)(added — more “reliable” news feed now at bottom as well).(Snip)Police are investigating a “possible domestic battery” involving Zimmerman on Sprucewood Road, Lake Mary police Officer Zach Hudson said this afternoon. About 3:40 p.m., Hudson said that Zimmerman was no longer
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) exclusively told Breitbart News on Monday that he believes the plan from Russian to secure Syrian dictator Bashar Al-Assad’s chemical weapons—a plan Assad reportedly has agreed to—would be “a great step forward” if it actually happened. “I think it would be a great step forward if Assad were willing to do it and if Russia were willing to monitor it or an international authority with Russia,” Paul, an outspoken opponent of U.S. military strikes in Syria, said in a phone interview with Breitbart News on Monday. “I think part of diplomacy and getting things
Newark — Three teenagers and a 20-year-old Newark man have been arrested and charged with the murder of a pizza deliveryman in the state´s largest city last week, prosecutors said. Shaquille Faines, two 17-year-olds and a 16-year-old were charged with felony murder, conspiracy and weapons offenses in the Sept. 1 killing of 20-year-old Jesus Torres, who was working as a deliveryman for Pizza Hut when he was shot and killed in Newark´s West Ward, according to Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn Murray. Torres was making deliveries near South 11th Street and 13th Avenue around
RUSH: Samantha Power made a speech at the Center for American Progress this past Friday. Listen to this. This is a quote: "We thought perhaps a shared evidentiary base could convince Russia or Iran -- itself a victim of Saddam´s monstrous chemical weapons -- to cast loose a regime that was gassing its people." This is an example of how liberals project their own arrogance and conceit on bad guys, their own arrogance, their own conceit, and their own, "We´re good people," and they assume that every thug in the world is just like them. If they´re treated properly, you can
In life, Jerry Turco was a phenomenally successful developer who amassed tens of millions of dollars in property across the state, from a 300-plus acre tract in Sussex County to a West Orange fun park and a Kearny industrial zone, not to mention an island on the Delaware River. (Snip) In death, Turco has not fared quite so well. When he died at age 78 in March 2005, the Newark native’s estate was valued at nearly $31 million. Today, Turco’s estate is insolvent. More than $21 million in taxes and expenses are owed on property that went unsold as the