Washington - President Barack Obama on Tuesday asked Congress to delay votes on authorizing military strikes against Syria in order to give Russia time to get Syria to surrender any chemical weapons it possesses, according to U.S. senators. "What he (Obama) wants is to check out the seriousness of the Syrian and the Russian willingness to get rid of those chemical weapons in Syria. He wants time to check it out," Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin told reporters. Levin made his remarks after a lunch meeting on Capitol Hill that Obama attended. On Monday, the Senate began debating
The Obama administration has been forced into working with the United Nations, after Russia outwitted the White House to strike a deal with Syria over handing over its chemical weapons--just hours before the president makes a landmark national address. The Syrian government said Tuesday that it had accepted Russia´s proposal to turn its chemical weapons over to international monitors for destruction at a later date. [Snip] As a result, Vladimir Putin--not Barack Obama--has emerged as the power broker in Syria. Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem met with Russia´s parliament speaker on Tuesday, saying afterward that his government had ´agreed to
President Barack Obama said Tuesday he wants Congress to delay its efforts to vote on authorizing the use of force in response to Syria’s use of chemical weapons until the round of diplomatic efforts that began Tuesday has a chance to play out. Obama’s comments came at lunch meetings with senators, which followed the administration’s commitment to engage in talks at the United Nations, and as Syria and Russia quickly responded to the action at the UN with their own statements and requests. (Snip) Efforts to reach an agreement at the UN began Tuesday, as France proposed a Security Council resolution
Serious allegations are being raised in the legal community that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has recruited the U.S. Trustee Program to collect bankruptcy data on its behalf to aid a controversial data-mining program. Documents obtained by the Washington Examiner describe efforts by the CFPB to collect a decade´s worth of private financial data on the consumer behavior of five million American citizens without their knowledge or consent. The CFPB data-mining campaign has alarmed privacy watchdogs.
When some members of the controversial Westboro Baptist Church confronted country music superstar Vince Gill before a show in Kansas City recently, the artist took the opportunity to give them a piece of his mind. The encounter was caught on camera. "What are you doing out here, Vince Gill?" one of the protesters demanded. "Oh, I just came out to see what hate looks like," he fired back. The protester continued prodding Gill, asking him what he was doing "with another man´s wife," referring to fellow singer Amy Grant, his second wife to whom he´s been married for 13 years.
London - Britain, France and the United States will table a resolution on Syrian chemical weapons in the United Nations Security Council later on Tuesday, said British Prime Minister David Cameron, reacting to a Russian proposal for Syria to surrender such arms. Cameron was speaking after Syria accepted the proposal in order to win a possible reprieve from punitive US military strikes which US President Barack Obama has floated as a way of preventing a repeat of a suspected chemical attack on Aug. 21. (Snip) Russia is not keen at this stage for a binding UN Security Council resolution
Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday that his government’s plan to have Syria turn over chemical weapons will only work if President Obama calls off his plans for military strikes — something the White House has rejected. Instead, the Obama administration was still pushing Congress on Tuesday to pass a resolution authorizing the strikes, saying that the threat of military action is the only reason Russia and Syria were willing to deal in the first place. In a statement to Russia Today, a Kremlin-financed television station, Mr. Putin said Syria can’t be expected to disarm under threats of violence.
Our nation and all of humanity stands at a critical crossroads in history, with Syria as the epicenter of a looming global conflict that will leave no one untouched. Despite a nearly unanimous consensus of the American people against military action in Syria, elements of our government are determined to override the will of the people and push us headlong into war in Syria, which will lead to a much greater conflagration than most are willing to believe or imagine. As I have extensively written over the last 12 months, we are being pushed into World War III. This war, like
Sarah Palin is sick of hearing about Syria. A little more than a week after the former Alaskan governor suggested the world "let Allah sort it out" in the conflict between Syrian President Bashar Assad and the country´s citizens, Palin posted a video to her various social media accounts urging U.S. lawmakers to ignore "this foreign fiasco distraction" and "get back to work." "It is time to bomb Obamacare," Palin wrote on her Facebook page above the video. The message, posted late Monday, has generated more than 56,000 likes. (Snip) “So we’re bombing Syria because Syria is bombing Syria?
Remee Lee was elated when she became pregnant, but those feelings quickly turned into a nightmare that won´t let go of her. Her boyfriend wasn´t happy about the pregnancy, but it was Lee´s dream to have a child. Until her boyfriend, John Andrew Welden, took that dream away. This week, Welden, 28, pleaded guilty to killing their unborn baby. How? He tricked Lee into taking an abortion pill, causing her to miscarry. "Every day is a nightmare for me ever since this began," Lee told Chris Cuomo on CNN´s ´New Day´ Tuesday. "Even hearing the guilty (plea) yesterday, it´s hard
United Nations — The U.N. Security Council has scheduled closed consultations on a resolution aimed at securing and destroying Syria´s chemical weapons stockpiles. The U.N. spokesman´s office said the meeting was scheduled for 4 p.m. EDT (2000 GMT) Tuesday. Council diplomats said Russia asked for the meeting. The Syrian government has accepted a proposal from Russia, its most powerful ally, to give up its chemical weapons stockpile. France has announced that it plans to introduce a Security Council resolution to ensure international verification of the disarmament. The White House said the U.S., France and Britain have agreed to work closely
Secretary of State John Kerry may not have expected his casual suggestion that Syria avert American military action by giving up its chemical weapons to be taken seriously. But it may have created a diplomatic way out for President Obama, who has insisted that a military strike is the only way to respond after concluding that the Syrian government used poison gas in its civil war. Russia, Syria’s arms supplier and ally, immediately embraced Mr. Kerry’s suggestion on Monday and proposed that President Bashar al-Assad do exactly that. “If the establishment of international control over chemical weapons in the country
House Democrats are lining up in support of a possible diplomatic response to Syria´s alleged chemical weapons attacks. Behind House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), the lawmakers say they´re hopeful a Russian offer to secure the international transfer of Syria´s chemical weapons will preclude President Obama´s proposal to launch military strikes against Syrian President Bashar Assad´s forces. “I hope that it works,” Pelosi Tuesday said after a meeting where the Democratic Caucus was briefed by White House chief of staff Denis McDonough. “Our members were assured by the president´s chief of staff that this [offer] — if it is serious,
“The genius of you Americans,” the Arab nationalist and one-time president of Egypt, Gamal Abdel Nasser, once explained, “is that you never make clear-cut stupid moves, only complicated stupid moves which make us wonder at the possibility that there may be something to them which we are missing.”I’ve long taken patriotic pride in such statements of befuddlement from foreigners. America is a gloriously complicated thing. We often confuse our national creeds for universal principles. We are a Jacksonian people (that’s Andrew Jackson, in case you were wondering) in love with Jeffersonian ideals and legalistically committed to Madisonian mechanisms. Like a
AMMAN - Syrian warplanes bombed rebel suburbs of Damascus on Tuesday for the first time in three weeks, in an offensive that opposition activists said showed President Bashar al-Assad no longer feared attack by the United States. Not seen in action around the capital since before August 21, when hundreds of people were killed in a poison gas attack that Western powers blame on Assad, government jets mounted attacks on three areas, some in support of assaults on the ground. As world leaders discussed a Russian proposal to confiscate Syria´s chemical weapons and avert U.S. and French action, some of
Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh tore into the media on Tuesday and accused them of malpractice in their reporting of how the so-called Russian proposal to impose a diplomatic solution on Syria. Limbaugh played a montage of clips of members of the media celebrating the “genius” of President Barack Obama for embracing a misstatement by Sec. John Kerry and making it the centerpiece of American policy towards that country’s civil war. “Turns out, this was the plan all along – at least what the media wants us to believe,” Limbaugh said of the Russian solution. “This is journalistic malpractice.” “It’s
New York’s famous 42nd Street will offer natives and visitors a new sight later this week: a mammoth, six-story billboard with a striking message: “Warning—Obamacare may be hazardous to your health.” It’s part of The Heritage Foundation’s continuing public education campaign to inform the American people about the dangerous side-effects of this unfair, unaffordable and unworkable law, and how it can be stopped. How will ObamaCare—a 2,700-page law passed by a single vote over bipartisan opposition— harm Americans’ health? Well, here are five of its worst side effects. First, many Americans will lose their current health coverage.
Maybe Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin really did discuss the idea of putting Syrian chemical weapons under international control last week on the sidelines of the G20 conference. Putin sure doesn’t care that Obama’s taking credit for the proposal, or that the administration is posturing like a Mob enforcer. “The only reason why we are seeing this proposal,” said White House spokesman Jay Carney, “is because of the U.S. threat of military action.” Right, Putin is laughing to himself. Whatever. (snip) Putin won.
Allegations that Oklahoma State football players were paid for performance are part of a Sports Illustrated investigation that details numerous issues within the Cowboys´ program over the past 13 years. The magazine said it conducted a 10-month probe that included interviews with 64 Oklahoma State football players from 1999 to 2011, as well as current and former staff members. A five-part series, starting with money, was published Tuesday on SI´s website. In addition to illegal payments of players, the series contains allegations of academic misconduct, drug use and sexual favors. According to the story, the payments to players ranged from money for
I once married a Muslim "man of color" and assumed, unthinkingly that, as an outsider himself, he might somehow identify with and make common cause with women. I found that this misguided assumption was untrue and, in my new book, "An American Bride in Kabul," I write about my unsentimental education in such matters, an education which took place both in America and in Afghanistan long ago. I had also once assumed that all formerly colonized peoples and Third World impoverished countries were filled with naturally noble inhabitants who were instinctively spiritual and kind to each other. I quickly discovered that barbarism is
It is unfortunate that Vladimir Putin could not use his formidable diplomatic skills at home to address his own near failing state rather than showcasing them abroad at our expense. Oh, well . . . Without much effort, his Alice-in-Wonderland proposal of collecting WMD from Assad, in the midst of a civil war no less (does this mean a mandatory 24-hour time-out so that U.N. inspectors can rush in with clipboards and audit the ten warring sides?), all at once seems to have kept his Mediterranean coastal client Bashar Assad not just alive, but with the upper hand in the war
Five-year-old Suzie heads off to kindergarten in rural Minnesota. She settles into her class routine full of activity, discovery, and friendship. Then the day takes a turn. As part of newly mandated diversity training, Suzie’s teacher brings out Heather Has Two Mommies for some light mid-morning reading. A typically precocious kindergartener, Suzie pipes up during the story to correct the teacher’s telling. “God gave us a mommy and a daddy,” she exclaims. Though no student takes exception to Suzie’s remark, the teacher cringes and becomes keenly aware of her state-mandated role to report any incident which could be construed as bullying. So
BENTONVILLE, Ark.—Now that it is home to a world-class art museum, a boutique hotel and a spate of fashionable restaurants, Joe Wilson says he worries that his hometown is losing its "hillbilly heritage." So the 39-year-old construction project manager came up with an event designed to stave off big-city airs and remind locals that they still live in the Ozarks: The World Championship Squirrel Cook Off. Entering its second year, the contest held just off Bentonville´s bustling town square Saturday included 30 teams with contestants from nine states, who competed to come up with the finest squirrel-based delights possible. This year´s culinary creations
Just a day ago, Barack Obama planned to lay out his case for taking military action against Syria in a prime-time address this evening. Instead, he’ll have to explain why he’s suddenly interested in the United Nations track, which his administration disparaged just last week as “hocus pocus” and “paralyzed.” Smart power! (Snip for graphic) Suddenly, it seems that the White House is more interested in diplomacy than shooting missiles at Damascus: White House chief of staff Denis McDonough told Democratic members of the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday that diplomacy, rather than military action, is the priority on Syria now,
Conservative commentator Ann Coulter suggested Monday that Russian President Vladimir Putin orchestrated the chemical weapons attacks in Syria to “make Obama look like a monkey.” Coulter, author of the forthcoming book “Never Trust a Liberal over 3 — Especially a Republican,” told Fox News host Sean Hannity that it’s “not looking good for Obama.” "[T]hese Democrats think being president is a Hollywood movie,” she said. “If they just come out and say it is in America’s national security interest, Americans will all swoon like they do in ‘The West Wing’ when Aaron Sorkin is writing it.”