The One Fund Boston — infused with $10 million more in donations — is entering “uncharted territory” as the new managers of the stunningly successful charity consider keeping the trust open indefinitely to help even more marathon bombing victims. An advisory panel of bombing survivors is also being created to help guide how to distribute the cash that continues to stream in months after the 237 declared victims shared $61 million. Others suffering from hearing loss and post-traumatic stress from the terror attacks on Boylston Street could also receive benefits, fund managers told the Herald yesterday. “This has never happened,
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is seeking to ensure that a Russian proposal to secure Syria´s chemical weapons will be intrusive and enforceable enough to bolster a new diplomatic initiative to hold Syria to account for using the banned arms. The hastily arranged meeting in Geneva comes as the White House tries to pin success or failure of the diplomatic track on Russia´s willingness to take a tough line with its ally Syria. Syrian rebels, however, are disappointed at best in President Barack Obama´s decision to forgo a military strike in favor of an agreement to take access to chemical
Previously unpublished data collated by Professor Sir Brian Jarman over more than 10 years found NHS mortality rates were among the worst of those in seven developed countries. A patient in England was five times as likely to die of pneumonia and twice as likely to die of septicaemia compared to similar patients in the US, the leading country in the study, the data suggested. The elderly were found to be particularly at risk in English hospitals compared with those in the other countries. The figures showed that the situation had improved since 2004, when the death rate in English
Congressional Republicans are currently fighting each other over how to go about fighting Obamacare. Some of them think that they should refuse to vote for any legislation to fund government operations unless it also de-funds Obamacare, and use the fact that Democrats need Republican sign-off on funding the government to get their way. Most of them seem to think that while Obamacare needs to be repealed, trying to do it this way is a lousy strategy that will end with Obamacare still chugging along and Republicans discredited and divided. I’m in the second camp, and have explained why here and here.
It seems a lot longer ago than just eight months. Back on January 16 of this year, President Obama sounded what was intended to be the keynote of his second term by saying that he intended to introduce a raft of legislative proposals intended to tighten controls of gun ownership. With the memory of the slaughter of little children at the Sandy Hook Elementary School by a mad lone gunman fresh in the minds of the new Congress, some believed he would succeed in not only getting gun-control bills passed but also in routing the National Rifle Association in such
If a Russian proposal to pressure Bashar al-Assad into declaring and relinquishing his chemical weapons stockpile moves forward, the United States will be in the strange position of relying on one of Syria´s chief weapons suppliers to disarm a regime the president has accused of gassing its own people. President Obama Tuesday night asked Congress to postpone a vote he had requested less than two weeks earlier to authorize a limited airstrike on Syria. He is now seizing on what he called an opportunity that may result in disarming Syria without using military force. The proposal—which came together in the last
The City Council moved Wednesday to both comply with — and undermine Illinois’ new concealed carry law. The end-run around concealed carry came when aldermen imposed a requirement that Chicago restaurants that serve liquor ban firearms or lose their city licenses. The ordinance championed by Finance Chairman Edward M. Burke (14th) and downtown Ald. Brendan Reilly (42nd) would exempt stores that sell packaged liquor. But all other establishments that serve alcohol — not just bars that generate more than half their revenue from liquor — would be required to prohibit firearms on the premises. Those that refuse and fail to
There was one question Anthony Weiner didn’t want to answer — maybe couldn’t answer — in his final moments as a contender for mayor of New York City, the only job he’s ever wanted: “What’s your plan for tomorrow?” That’s what Shimon Prokupecz, a reporter for WNBC-TV, hollered at Weiner as he came bounding from Connolly’s Pub & Restaurant, the site of his emotional concession speech, across the sidewalk and into a car idling on 47th Street. But Prokupecz didn’t get his answer. Weiner jumped inside, rolled up the window, and flashed his middle finger instead before speeding away. “He looked straight
State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki did not directly deny to reporters Wednesday that Benghazi survivors were being withheld from testifying before Congress, suggesting instead that House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa is mistaken to assume any of the survivors do want to testify. Psaki went on the defensive Wednesday when Associated Press reporter Matt Lee asserted that she was giving contradictory statements concerning the Benghazi survivors. Psaki said these survivors were still involved in the criminal investigation surrounding the attacks which happened a year ago Wednesday, and it would endanger the lives of the survivors and their families to reveal
Here’s a complementary pair of Reuters stories from the early half of the week, just to help build up the sense of excitement I’m sure you’re all feeling as the first open enrollment day of ObamaCare approaches in T-minus three weeks. First, when the much-vaunted ObamaCare exchanges open for business on October 1st, the potential for massive delays, abuse, and fraud through the largely untested online systems is still going to be huge: “At this moment, not a single state appears to be completely ready,” W. Brett Graham of the Salt Lake City-based consulting firm Leavitt Partners said in testimony to a
Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) said Republicans could defund Obamacare by changing the rules on mandatory spending they themselves created. He said the House leadership was scared to take that stand because they think it will cost them elections, even though a majority of Americans disapprove of Obamacare. Speaking to Breitbart News Executive Chairman Stephen K. Bannon on Breitbart News´ broadcast of the "Exempt America" rally on Tuesday, Gohmert said the Republican leadership does not understand that the GOP will lose the trust of the American people if they stop fighting for what they promised Americans they would fight for. "They honestly believe
Give President Obama credit: He has done such a good job of acting unpredictably in the lead-up to his proposed military strikes on Syria that no one knows what he will do next. He has successfully confused ally and enemy alike. Sun Tzu would be proud. But President Obama cannot take all the credit for sowing confusion. Secretary of State John Kerry also has the unique distinction of becoming the first chief American diplomat whose offhand quip at a press conference launched a last-minute, global diplomatic initiative to disarm a murderous dictator. Kerry never thought that he was making a bold
Every so often the wonks of wishful thinking give us an article about how blacks are becoming Republicans, how Hispanics are supposedly a natural GOP constituency, or, as is the subject here today, how the millennial generation is turning "conservative." Perhaps pundits asserting the last thing recall Winston Churchill´s observation, "If you´re not a liberal at 20, you have no heart; if you´re not a conservative at 40, you have no brain." And perhaps they overlook that it´s possible to raise a brainless generation.
Nairobi - A remote region of Kenya that suffers from frequent droughts may soon be flush with water after the discovery of huge underground aquifers. Two aquifers have been identified in the Turkana region of Kenya by using satellite exploration technology. Three other aquifers have been detected but need to be confirmed through drilling. Judi Wakhungu, the Cabinet secretary for Kenya´s Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural Resources, said that the "newly found wealth of water" opens doors to a more prosperous future for the people of Turkana and the nation. "The news about these water reserves comes at a
WASHINGTON -- Some of President Barack Obama´s top allies say the president misread a few crucial political forces when he asked Congress to support his bid to strike Syria. Chief among Obama´s missteps, they say, was underestimating the nation´s profound weariness with military entanglements in the Middle East, fed by residual anger over the Iraq war´s origins, and overestimating lawmakers´ willingness to make risky votes 14 months before the next congressional elections. "I can´t understand the White House these days," said Rep. Jim Moran, D-Va., an early and enthusiastic endorser of a strike against Syria over last month´s chemical weapons
While there have been a fair number of liberals and Democrats at odds with President Obama on Syria, there are plenty who can never find any reason to go against the president, like those really liberal Facebook friends you have. Enter Second City Network, the popular improv comedy group, with a video nailing liberal loyalty to Obama no matter what he does, featuring mock supporters asking Obama supporters to give money to a Kickstarter campaign for World War III. The video nails the over-the-top optimism from Obama’s past campaign ads, with lines like “Our president can’t launch into another war
A confrontation between George Zimmerman and his estranged wife escalated into a domestic dispute involving police Monday after he arrived unexpectedly and may have realized she was "flying away," her lawyer told reporters today. Shellie Zimmerman had been retrieving items from the couple´s Lake Mary, Fla., home Monday, according to a police report released earlier today, but George Zimmerman claimed she was "taking property that was not agreed upon and he began taking pictures and recording the items."
The White House tried Wednesday to pin the success or failure of a diplomatic option to secure Syria´s chemical weapons on Russia rather than the United States as Secretary of State John Kerry headed for Geneva to work on a Russian proposal for international inspectors to seize and destroy the deadly stockpile. On a different diplomatic front aimed at taking control of the stockpile away from the Assad government, the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council met Wednesday at Russia´s U.N. mission to consider goals for a new resolution requiring Syria´s chemical weapons to be dismantled. They left
DENVER - A privately-owned apartment complex that receives funding from the federal government is drawing criticism for a soon-to-be implemented policy that prohibits new residents from having guns. The property manager says it´s about safety, but gun rights advocates say the policy is against the law. (Snip) Wareham says that´s illegal, though Allied Jewish says its legal counsel approved the policy. Allied Jewish is privately owned, but receives public money from the US Dept. of Housing & Urban Development.
Americans unsure what to think about President Obama’s plans for Syria should remember that all military action undertaken by Democrats for the last half-century has led to utter disaster. (With the possible exception of the Village People’s “Y.M.C.A.” video, which I say still holds up.) Democrats are gung-ho about deploying the U.S. military provided only that it will harm the national security interests of the United States, but vehemently oppose interventions that serve American interests. Republican President Dwight Eisenhower, the supreme commander of the Allied forces in World War II, said he could conceive of no greater tragedy than the U.S.
Gun owners place a high value on their privacy. Anti-gun politicians realize this and are hoping they can use the prospect of entering their names into a gun registry to scare these Americans away from buying a firearm. Every time these gun grabbers get caught in the act, Second Amendment supporters need to cry foul. Over the weekend, Maryland Gov. Martin O´Malley and the Maryland State Police released the confidential information of people applying for firearms purchases to five massive state agencies. The stated purpose, according to a police statement Saturday night, was to speed up the processing of a
Joseph A. Ferriero, the former chairman of the Bergen County Democratic Organization and once a major Democratic powerbroker in New Jersey politics, was indicted today by a federal grand jury with running a racketeering scheme for years during which he allegedly paid kickbacks to a public official, solicited and accepted bribes and extorted companies wanting to do business in Bergen County, authorities said. The indictment charges Ferriero, 56, with conspiring to promote bribery, distributing bribery proceeds, and committing mail and wire fraud. Ferriero also stands accused of violating the federal Travel Act along with mail and wire fraud statutes, authorities
Sometimes a president does not have a communications problem. Sometimes a president has a reality problem. President Obama’s speech to the nation on Syria was premised on the denial of reality. He claimed that the Russian/Syrian initiative resulted from the “credible threat of U.S. military action.” In fact, it filled a vacuum of presidential credibility. Obama had been isolated within the G-20 and abandoned by our closest ally, Britain. Americans overwhelmingly disapproved of a military strike for which the president clearly had no stomach. Obama was on the verge of the most devastating congressional foreign policy repudiation since the Senate
The CIA has begun delivering weapons to rebels in Syria, ending months of delay in lethal aid that had been promised by the Obama administration, according to U.S. officials and Syrian figures. The shipments began streaming into the country over the past two weeks, along with separate deliveries by the State Department of vehicles and other gear — a flow of material that marks a major escalation of the U.S. role in Syria’s civil war. The arms shipments, which are limited to light weapons and other munitions that can be tracked, began arriving in Syria at a moment of heightened
And there it is. The cherry on top of this foreign-policy fustercluck sundae. He probably could have captured the proffered sentiment just by making a Vine of himself blowing a raspberry and saved himself a lot of trouble, no? Here’s a highlight in which he personally trolls President Obama: No one wants the United Nations to suffer the fate of the League of Nations, which collapsed because it lacked real leverage. This is possible if influential countries bypass the United Nations and take military action without Security Council authorization. The potential strike by the United States against Syria, despite strong
President Obama has already signed 14 laws that amend, rescind or otherwise change parts of his health care law, and he’s taken five independent steps to delay the Affordable Care Act on his own, according to a new report from the Congressional Research Service, released Wednesday. The release comes as congressional Republicans are pushing for a halt or outright repeal of the whole law, and as Mr. Obama and his allies decry that as a waste of time and an effort to undermine his signature political achievement. CRS, in the report to Sen. Tom Coburn, said all sides have already