Google co-founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page have lost a jet fuel perk, according to a new report. Started in 2007, Google and the Pentagon inked a deal that saw Google´s entire jet fleet, which includes seven jets and two helicopters, receive discounted fuel purchased from the U.S. government, according to the Wall Street Journal. The deal ended on August 31 and was not renewed by NASA, which sponsored the agreement.According to the Wall Street Journal, which obtained the information from a Pentagon spokesperson, Google´s jet fleet is owned by a private company known as H211 LLC. The jets are used
Russia is celebrating its eighth annual ‘day of conception’ as couples in the eastern region of Ulyanovsk are being advised to stay at home to procreate. Governor of the region Sergey Morozov has urged bosses to allow men and women the 12th of September off work in order to try and reproduce. In past years prizes have been awarded to couples who give birth in exactly nine months from the unofficial public holiday. In 2012 the winning pair were presented with a jeep, while in 2011 the award was a jeep. The regional celebration is part of a
Taliban suicide bombers and armed militants drove a truck toward the U.S. Consulate in the city of Herat early Friday, managing to kill two Afghan police and a security guard. No Americans were killed in the attack, The Associated Press reported. The truck exploded, then gunfire erupted as U.S. and Afghan forces battled off insurgents. CBS reported several more of the attackers were killed in the gunfight. Officials with the U.S. Consulate reported staff “performed superbly,” AP said. The State Department released this statement, via spokeswoman Marie Harf: The attack started about 5:30 a.m. when “a truck carrying attackers drove
Colorado Springs — Quick, call the CDC. We´ve got a Rocky Mountain outbreak of Acute Sore Loser Fever. After failing to stave off two historic recall bids on Tuesday, two delusional state legislators and their national party bosses just can´t help but double-down and trash voters as dumb, sick, criminal and profligate. The ululations of gun-grabbing Democrats here in my adopted home state are reverberating far and wide. Appearing on cable TV Thursday to answer the question "What happened?" Pueblo State Sen. Angela Giron sputtered that she lost her seat due to "voter suppression." Giron whined to CNN anchor Brooke Baldwin
In less than a month, Casey Anthony will be forced to answer questions that have been a mystery since her daughter went missing in 2008, attorney Matt Morgan confirmed Thursday. "Casey Anthony will not be permitted to plead the Fifth as her appeals have now been resolved," said Morgan, attorney for Zenaida Gonzalez, who has filed suit against Anthony. "We look forward to getting answers to the questions we have had for a very long time." The deposition scheduled for Oct. 9 in Tampa is related to Gonzalez´s defamation lawsuit. Anthony told detectives in 2008 that her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee, was kidnapped
At the start of an interview with Senator Bob Corker on Thursday´s MSNBC Daily Rundown, host Chuck Todd demanded the Tennessee Republican justify criticism of President Obama´s poor handling of Syria: "You´ve been very tough on the President, you said he´s a diminished figure on Capitol Hill. And you even questioned whether he knew how to speak as a commander-in-chief. Explain yourself on that." Corker replied: "I am really disappointed in the way the President addresses our country and does not really make a case for what is our national interest." Todd quickly pushed back: "He had no political support.
Now many liberals feel sure: Barack Obama was not the one they’d been waiting for. The man who won the presidency in part due to his opposition to the Iraq War was suddenly leading a charge to use military force against the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad. The Republican refusal to go along was to be expected. The liberal backlash, though, was particularly intense. That came on top of the fears that the president will, for all the current tough rhetoric, again go into the fall political fights about the budget and debt ceiling starting from a position of
(Birmingham,UK) A city college has been forced to drop a controversial ban on Muslim face veils. Birmingham Metropolitan College had said students must remove all hoodies, hats, caps and veils while on the premises so that they were easily identifiable. The UK prime minister, David Cameron, backed the decision, with his spokesman saying he believed educational institutions should be able to "set and enforce their own school uniform policies". But the deputy prime minister, Nick Clegg, said he was uneasy about the ban and believed the bar had to be set "very high" to justify any prohibition on wearing a
NEW YORK -- For billionaire New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg, throwing away $350,000 is equivalent to most Americans dropping loose change between the sofa cushions. But the concern for Bloomberg is not the amount of money he personally invested in the effort to save the seats of two Colorado state senators -- an effort that failed when both were ousted from office Tuesday by voters apparently displeased with their roles in passing gun control legislation.Instead, the overriding worry for the 71-year-old mayor is that the defeats seem to underscore his increasing inability to nationally impact the public policy issues he’s
Citizens United Political Victory Fund, a PAC that supports candidates who embody conservative principles, announced on Friday that it will run a $25,000 radio ad in support of Quin Hillyer, a candidate in Alabama’s upcoming 1st District special election. The 30-second radio ad, which will run up until a day before the Sept. 24 primary, features former Sen. Rick Santorum touting Hillyer’s conservative values. Santorum endorsed Hillyer’s campaign early in the special election. “Hi, this is Senator Rick Santorum and I’m proud to support a true conservative – Quin Hillyer for Congress – because he shares my values,” Santorum says
Former Colorado Senator Angela Giron, who was recalled in a historic election Tuesday night for her pro-gun control votes last Spring, tore a page out of DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz´s playbook on CNN yesterday by blaming her defeat on voter suppression. Thanks to Twitchy for the partial transcript: Giron: What this story really is about, it’s about voter suppression. When Colorado has voted by mail — 70 percent of Coloradans vote by mail — and we didn’t have access to that mail ballot, I mean, I — Host: Forgive me, but I’m going to cut you off right there
Russian President Vladimir Putin’s criticism of the United States in the op-ed pages of Thursday’s New York Times was a revenge of sorts on President Obama. Putin blasted notions of American “exceptionalism” and directly criticized Obama’s proposed military strikes on Syria, arguing they risked widening that country’s civil war. (Snip) Obama and Putin have openly feuded for months, with Putin giving safe harbor to National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden and Obama canceling a Moscow summit in return. In another shot at Putin, Obama visited gay rights activists during a trip to Russia for the G20 summit earlier this year
COBB COUNTY, Ga. — A Georgia teen convicted of fatally shooting a baby in a stroller was sentenced Thursday to spend the rest of his life in prison with no chance of parole after the grieving mother asked a judge to punish the gunman for taking "the love of my life." De´Marquise Elkins, 18, stood silent and showed no emotion as he was sentenced in a courtroom less than two weeks after a jury found him guilty of murder in the slaying of 13-month-old Antonio Santiago during a robbery attempt. "His first word was never heard. His first sentence was never said," Sherry
President Obama will make a rare Sunday show appearence this week, sitting for an interview with ABC News´ "This Week." According to the network, the interview will include a discussion of Syria, the looming showdown with Congress over the federal budget and debt ceiling, the implementation of ObamaCare and the state of the economy five years after the collapse of Lehman Brothers. It will be the president´s first time fielding questions since a series of six network television interviews on Syria that aired Monday night. (Snip) The president has customarily avoided the Sunday show circuit.
Iran´s new leader Hassan Rowhani on Friday urged Moscow to help solve Tehran´s nuclear crisis as he met President Vladimir Putin for a key meeting at a security summit in Kyrgzystan. "As far as the Iranian nuclear problem is concerned, we would like this problem to be solved as soon as possible within the framework of international norms," Rowhani told Putin in televised remarks translated into Russian in Bishkek. "In the past Russia undertook important steps in this sphere, and right now is the best opportunity for new steps on your part," he said. The two leaders were meeting for
US Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Jerusalem Sunday to hold talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the progress made in the Middle East peace talks and on Syria, a US official said. The two men will discuss "the final status negotiations between the Israelis and Palestinians, following on the secretary´s meeting with Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas in London last Monday," said State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki. They would also talk about the conflict in Syria, Psaki added. The top US diplomat, who has made it a personal mission to try to achieve a long-elusive peace
She drew the big names — but didn’t dole out the big bucks. The celebrity-backed charity launched by departing Daily Beast editrix Tina Brown failed to meet the company’s goals in its first year out of the gate — handing out just $10,000 in grant money in 2011 despite raising nearly $1.2 million, IRS records show. The nonprofit Women in the World Foundation kicked off to much fanfare in 2011 with a star-studded Manhattan party that cost $168,048 and was hosted by Meryl Streep. In IRS registration papers, the foundation estimated it would give out $300,000 in grants from June
“The Sea of Faith / Was once, too, at the full,” Matthew Arnold wrote in “Dover Beach“ (1867), “… But now I only hear / its melancholy, long, withdrawing roar / Retreating, to the breath / Of the night-wind, down the vast edges drear / And naked shingles of the world.” The roar Arnold had in mind was the sound of Christianity’s withdrawal from Western Europe. But his words describe equally well what is happening in the Greater Middle East. President Obama put it this way during his speech to the nation Tuesday evening: “For nearly seven decades, the United
The White House on Friday said that Jeffrey Zients, former acting director of the Office of Management and Budget under President Obama, would replace top economic adviser Gene Sperling in January. As director of the White House National Economic Council, Sperling was a central voice in the administration’s push to bolster a slowly rebounding economy and during persistent budget battles with Republicans on Capitol Hill. A White House official said Obama would announce the change Friday. Zients, who amassed a vast personal fortune as a management consultant, was named a chief performance officer by the White House in 2009. He
As it intensifies its withdrawal from Afghanistan, the U.S. military is being forced to fly massive amounts of gear and equipment out of the country instead of using cheaper overland and sea routes, according to Pentagon officials. Military logisticians would like to send home 60 percent of their equipment and vehicles by trucking them into Pakistan and then loading them onto ships — the least expensive method by far. But cargo is flowing out on that route at only one-third the planned rate, the officials said.
This is the moment a terrified mother and daughter were saved by a stranger from the roof of their car after getting trapped in rising flood waters. Mother Stephanie Liddick, 25, and daughter, McKenna, 6, pulled over their car when intense hail and rain in Lakewood, Colorado, on Tuesday meant driving had become dangerous. The hail and other debris clogged a nearby drainage gate, resulting in a flash flood that swept the family´s car away with them inside. Scroll down for video - The mother´s 2012 Nissan Versa was soon submerged in about four ft of rainwater.
On September 11, 2001, I wrote a column entitled “Now We Know How Israel Feels.” Now, 12 years later, with a community organizer in the White House who has no idea about the proper use of America’s military might, who believes our only real ally in the Middle East, Israel, is the cause of all the trouble there, and who opposed pursuing our enemies in Iraq and Afghanistan, I’m not sure we do. After all, he doesn’t even seem to know where those chemical weapons in Syria came from in the first place. Ironically, at least some of them came from
But ridding Syria of its chemicals won’t be easy If you’re reading or listening in the wrong places, you might think they’re already measuring a place for Vladimir Putin on Mount Rushmore, sandwiched between Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln. That’s where Barack Obama, who may have to give Mr. Putin the Nobel Peace Prize he won for doing nothing, expected to rest one day. Before the sculptors with their chisels board a train for Rapid City, the euphoric legion should stop to figure out just how Mr. Putin and his client, Bashar Assad, intend to dismantle the stocks of chemical weapons. Easier
According to the Atlantic, Time managing editor Rick Stengel´s decision to join the Obama administration is just the latest example of a new trend among mainstream media journalists who are making it official by officially joining the Obama administration. Stengel, who is joining the State Department, is just one of 15 (or 19) who have given up a career in journalism to join Obama´s crusade to fundamentally transform America: A wave of reporters went to work for President Obama early in the administration, a time when many media organizations were going through layoffs and Obama´s approval rating was sky-high. The
As her husband argues for and against war in the same speech on Syria, First Lady Michelle Obama has turned her healthy living initiative in a new direction -- toward drinking water. Not very sexy but it is very simple. She believes that if all Americans, especially children, drank a little more water every day, they would become healthier citizens, now and even at her advanced age of 49. Numerous companies like Brita, Dasani, Arrowhead, Deer Park, Ice Mountain, Zephyrhills, Ozarka and Poland Spring are joining in with logos and promotions to help out the water-drinking campaign for some reason.
Syria politics could mean Vice President Joe Biden’s appearance at a longtime institution in Iowa politics — the Harkin Steak Fry — is up in the air. In the midst of turmoil over how the United States should deal with Syria’s chemical weapons, aides at the office of the vice president on Tuesday declined to verify that Biden is still coming to Iowa on Sunday. Earlier this week, President Barack Obama canceled a trip to California for a political event, citing the need to deal with Syria matters. But aides for U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin, who organizes the steak fry fundraiser on Sunday