Recent video shows former CIA director David Petraeus being chased down a New York City street by student activists at the City University of New York. Petraeus was reportedly on the way to teaching his first class at CUNY’s honors college, entitled “Are We on the Threshold of the North American Decade?” He took on the teaching gig as part of rehabilitating his image following an extramarital affair scandal that led to his resignation from the CIA. The students can be heard yelling “War criminal!” at the retired military officer who played a key role in the “counterinsurgency” strategy of
"[T]his might be one of the most “epic” fails in recent memory," Mediaite´s Andrew Kirell noted as he opened up his noontime post about how a graphics glitch at Esquire´s website mashed up a photo of a man falling to his death from the World Trade Center with the headline "Making Your Morning Commute More Stylish." While, "clearly, Esquire did not mean to do this on purpose," it seems the magazine is not exactly falling over itself with effusive apologies. "The magazine tweeted out that the image was due to a ´stupid technical glitch.´ They kinda-sorta ´apologized´ for any confusion,"
A memo to House staff on Wednesday said that the Office of Personnel Management may not issue the final rules about how members of Congress and congressional staff members can enroll in Obamacare insurance exchanges until after enrollment begins on October 1. “Members of the staff are advised that although state and federal healthcare exchanges created under the [Affordable Care Act] will be open for enrollment on October 1, it will not be possible to confirm plan options, costs, benefits, or which House staff will be affected until OPM issues final regulations, which could very well be after the exchanges have
On Wednesday morning, the twelfth anniversary of the September 11 attacks, George W Bush Press Secretary Ari Fleischer tweeted a moment-by-moment recounting of the events of the fateful morning in 2001. Fleischer was with Bush the morning of the attack, and stayed with the president as they got multiples reports of what was happening, some very inaccurate. He recalled the chaos aboard the Air Force One, the rapid decisions that had to be made of what to do with officials and the press, and Bush’s immediate, visceral reaction to what was, at that point, an unknown threat.
On September 11, 2001, 343 firefighters were killed responding to the terror attacks on the World Trade Center. Before they died, they climbed stairs for 110 stories -- the equivalent of the World Trade Center -- in full firefighting gear. Fire departments across the country held events Wednesday to do the same. Some of the firefighters wore regular clothes, and some wore their full 60-pound gear. Either way, firefighters from coast to coast did their best to understand the physical challenges the 343 went through the day of the attacks.
When it comes to gun control, Mike Bloomberg is having a rough go of it lately. The latest evidence: Two Colorado legislators who were tossed out of office this week over their role in passing gun control measures.The New York City mayor shelled out $350,000 — a relatively modest sum for him — to support two state senators in Colorado’s Tuesday historic recall election. Both lost in a vote that’s been widely characterized as a referendum on gun control efforts. Bloomberg and other recall opponents rejected attempts to nationalize the outcome, saying it wasn’t representative of the state or the country
The Syria researcher whose Wall Street Journal op-ed piece was cited by Secretary of State John Kerry and Sen. John McCain during congressional hearings about the use of force has been fired from the Institute for the Study of War for lying about having a Ph.D., the group announced on Wednesday. “The Institute for the Study of War has learned and confirmed that, contrary to her representations, Ms. Elizabeth O’Bagy does not in fact have a Ph.D. degree from Georgetown University,” the institute said in a statement. “ISW has accordingly terminated Ms. O’Bagy’s employment, effective immediately.”
Highly sensitive U.S. military equipment stored in Libya was stolen over the summer by groups likely aligned and working with terrorist organizations, State Department sources told Fox News -- in raids that contributed to the decision to pull Special Forces personnel from the country. The stolen equipment had been used by U.S. Special Forces stationed in the country. Lost in the raids in late July and early August were dozens of M4 rifles, night-vision technology and lasers used as aiming devices that are mounted on guns and can only be seen with night-vision equipment. "This stuff is how we win wars
The Obama administration’s diplomatic acrobatics over Syria of the past three weeks prove that the president and his team are in way over their heads, amateurs in the deadly game of war and peace. (One wonders if Valerie Jarrett is making the key decisions in this instance, as in so many others.) Lurching from self-imposed trap (the “red line” statement) to self-inflicted crisis (the need for congressional approval), the administration erodes the credibility of the U.S. government and increases the dangers facing Americans. Enemies of the United States, its allies, and modern civilization itself will take succor in this ignominious performance
Twelve years ago today, nineteen al Qaeda terrorists hijacked four U.S. commercial airliners and flew them into the World Trade Towers, the Pentagon and a field in Pennsylvania. In the war that Congress authorized against al Qaeda only three days after that attack, the vast majority of the U.S. casualties have occurred in the last four and a half years during the presidency of Barack Obama. In fact, according to the CNSNews.com database of U.S. casualties in Afghanistan, 73 percent of all U.S. Afghan War casualties have occurred since Jan. 20, 2009 when Obama was inaugurated. The 91 U.S. casualties in Afghanistan so
RUSH: This afternoon in Washington, the White House spokeskid, Jay Carney, held a daily press briefing. Obama has delayed the vote in Congress on the use-of-force authorization. Why this is even still going on is just purely for show. But Obama has delayed it, and Jonathan Karl... I mean, the spokeskid is in an unenviable position. He´s now gotta lie right to the media´s faces -- and they´ll, of course, accept it and amplify it. Here is the little Q&A between Jonathan Karl and Jay Carney just now. KARL: But you could have gotten that vote from Congress; it helps the diplomacy.
RUSH: It is also 9/11, the anniversary of 9/11, and I´ve been watching it on television today. I don´t know about you, but I can´t help but be stirred and profoundly moved. I think like everybody, I was remembering where I was, which happened to be in the air. I had taken off around eight o´clock for Omaha. It was the last Warren Buffett Charity Golf Tournament. It was my second or third year to be invited to play in it. I was, at the time, experiencing very severe hearing loss, and I had not yet lost enough hearing that would
Britain celebrated at Mansion House in London Chile Day 2013, September 10, with Minister of State for the Foreign Office Hugo Swire as the main speaker. This year’s event was attended by the Lord Mayor, Chilean Finance Minister Felipe Larrain and numerous participants. Main speaker Minister Swire said the fact Chile Day is again in London is testament to the strength of the UK’s relationship with Chile. Close relations, whether in business, trade or diplomacy, matter to us all. It is how we can grow as countries, how we can succeed globally, and how we can all work together for
RUSH: I thought maybe today, folks, I would use my opening monologue to explain why I´m going to postpone my opening monologue and turn the contents over to the Russians, so they can take my monologue and give it to people who might want to do things with it. But then I decided why should I go moderate like that? I´m not gonna postpone my monologue. So here we are. Great to have you. Rush Limbaugh, the EIB Network. It´s already... This is Wednesday, right? This is unbelievable. Yeah, because Snerdley stayed in bed the past couple days. So it´s Wednesday.
Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick said today that it was just dumb to hold a fire training exercise that released smoke on the airfield at Logan International Airport this morning, on the 12th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks. “I didn’t know it was going to happen, and it’s just dumb,” Patrick said. “The timing could not be worse.” Within hours, the Massachusetts Port Authority, which operates the airport, issued a statement apologizing for the timing of the exercise. Patrick said he still had a “tremendous amount of confidence” in the Massport leadership.
we are still at war with the Muslim world, and it most certainly is still at war with us. … we have lost the strategic advantage of having large concentrations of forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, surrounding Iran, and the mullahs are well on their way to acquiring nuclear weapons in order to hasten the coming of the Twelfth Imam. … in addition to the 3,000 souls lost in 2001, more than 5,000 soldiers have perished in the “War on Terror,” and for absolutely no strategic purpose or effect. … we lost four diplomats and security personnel in Benghazi, Libya, exactly one year
So here’s a mystery. In response to a recent Freedom of Information Act request, the Federal Bureau of Investigation provided Gawker with a curious case file, dated May 2002, indicating the bureau’s acquisition of three photos of 9/11 hijacker Mohamed Atta. The photos, which remain classified, were “recovered from a passenger who was on board Spirit Airlines Flight 460 on August 23, 2001” — that is, on a flight between Fort Lauderdale and Newark, nearly three weeks before September 11. As far as we can tell, the existence of the photographs has never been publicized.
Have any idea where to find a health insurance exchange? Up to speed on what a healthcare “navigator” is? Know whether you´ll need a new government-issued ID card to qualify for Obamacare when it goes live on October 1? (Snip) Scams are nothing new, but three factors make the Affordable Care Act a uniquely rich opportunity. First, the law affects nearly every American in some way, since it requires most people to have health care coverage. Second, it won’t be standardized nationwide, the way Medicare and Social Security are, since states have the freedom to administer the law in different
A young man has emerged claiming that he has spent the past 16 years living with his parents in a hut in the Siberian wilderness. People near the town of Belokurikha found the man, who told the local prosecutor he was born in 1993 and had lived in the forest since 1997, when his family decided to leave society. But his parents left him alone in the hut in May and he finally went to a nearby village to ask for help when the summer ended, local officials said. Belokurikha is a well-known resort area in Russia´s picturesque Altai region in south
We’re guessing that you’ve seen 16-year-old Sadie Robertson on Duck Dynasty, the A&E reality show about her family’s business, Duck Commander (see below for a picture of the whole gang). Well, now you can see her on the runway, too, because she made her New York Fashion Week debut on Monday at the Evening by Sherri Hill show at the Trump Tower in N.Y.C. The beautiful reality star has partnered with the designer to create a (very age-appropriate) line of prom dresses called Sadie Robertson Live Original. And create they did: Robertson strutted down the runway on Monday in a black-and-white
"A nearly immediate impasse over a United Nations resolution on removing Syria´s chemical weapons sent American, British and French diplomats into a huddle on Tuesday, as they sought to craft a version stern enough to ensure Syrian compliance without spurring a Russian veto," The Wall Street Journal reports. At issue is whether the Security Council will invoke its authority under Chapter 7 of the U.N. Charter, "a clause that allows U.N. member states to use all possible means, including military action, to enforce a resolution." Russia is balking at that prospect, whereas an unnamed French official "said Paris considered Chapter 7
I’ll have to defer to pollsters as to whether this is consistent with professional polling protocol. PPP has admitted that it deliberately did not release a poll showing that Colorado State Senator Angela Giron was likely to lose the recall election by a wide margin: "We did a poll last weekend in Colorado Senate District 3 and found that voters intended to recall Angela Giron by a 12 point margin, 54/42. In a district that Barack Obama won by almost 20 points I figured there was no way that could be right and made a rare decision not to release
Here’s the read among Congressional Dems on this fall’s fiscal fights. At some point, House GOP leaders will have to pass an important bill with a lot of Democratic support — stiff-arming the Tea Party in the process. GOP leaders are trying to defer that moment for as long as possible, but there’s just no clear way around it. Multiple reports this morning tell us House GOP leaders are struggling to round up support among House Republicans for their new strategy for the fall. They are proposing a vote on a measure that would temporarily fund the government at current sequester
One year ago four Americans were murdered at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi. Despite the passage of 365 days, a number of serious questions remain about what happened that day. One of the biggest mysteries should have been one of the simplest to solve: What was President Obama doing that evening, especially in the hours after the facts of a terrorist attack became more clear? Obama first learned of the attack at approximately 5 pm EST. In the 17 hours that followed from then to his official statement the next morning at 10:35 am EST, we still do not know