In meetings Wednesday and Thursday, House Speaker John Boehner reached out to key Democrat leaders, hoping to restart negotiations to avoid a government shutdown and reach a deal on lifting the nation´s debt ceiling. In a meeting with Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, Boehner sought help from the Obama Administration to resolve the short-term budget issues and overcome a block of conservative lawmakers demanding a delay or defunding of ObamaCare. “It’s time for the president’s party to show the courage to work with us to solve this problem,” Mr. Boehner said.
Beirut- Syrian warplanes struck rebel-held suburbs of the capital on Saturday and government forces clashed with insurgents on the frontlines, residents and opposition activists said. (Snip) Activists said the strikes were focused on Berze, a northeastern part of central Damascus, where rebels have been on the offensive to push further into the city. President Bashar al-Assad´s arsenal is vastly superior to that of the opposition and the army has stepped up operations as the threat of military action by the United States in response to an alleged chemical weapon attack last month has diminished.
The Rev Alan Hamilton told MSPs there were deep concerns in the church that a Bill legalising gay marriage in Scotland will be viewed as an “invitation” to take celebrants who oppose the move to court. He said this year’s General Assembly had instructed the Kirk’s legal questions committee, which he convenes, to assess “whether it’s worth the Church of Scotland continuing to offer marriages”. The suggestion that legalising gay marriage would prevent heterosexual couples having a church ceremony was the most startling warning yet in the battle between religious leaders and the Scottish Government
After Democrats lost seats in the Colorado state legislature due to a recall vote of two State Senators over their active support of tighter gun control laws, further scrutiny fell upon the seven-year old organization Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG). The group, co-founded and co-chaired by New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg, is responsible for pushing gun control legislation across the country, including in Colorado. Prior to her defeat during the Colorado recall, Democratic State Senator Angela Giron told The New Republic on September 10 if she or fellow Democrat State Senator John Morse were
Florida state officials have barred ObamaCare navigators from showing up at county health departments. Governor Rick Scott, Attorney General Pam Bondi, and Insurance Commissioner Kevin McCarty met in August to discuss privacy issues surrounding the $54 million dollar government program. After concluding Florida citizens shouldn´t be giving sensitive information to people who know little or nothing about insurance coverage, Deputy Health Secretary C. Meade Grigg issued the order to 60 health departments across the state. Clinic employees can hand out brochures to consumers but
A leading labor union boss delivered an impassioned rebuke of Obamacare at the AFL-CIO convention Thursday, telling attendees, "we´ll be damned if we´re going to lose our health insurance because of unintended consequences in the law!" Laborers´ International Union of North America (LIUNA) President Terry O´Sullivan said, "if the Affordable Care Act is not fixed, and it destroys the health and welfare funds that we have all fought for and stand for, then I believe it needs to be repealed. We don´t want it repealed. We want it fixed, fixed, fixed."
In every area of modern life Israel boasts a genius that on a per capita basis must be unrivaled. Yet on the world stage its politicians seem almost bereft. The only statesman equal to the challenges it has faced over the past 20 years, so it seems to me, has been Benjamin Netanyahu, and the crucial chapter of his story is yet to be written. It is a remarkable fact that the country has never had a public accounting for the utter disaster that was Oslo. Israel’s President Shimon Peres of course won a Nobel Peace Prize for his involvement in the Oslo Accords that resulted in the return of Yasser Arafat from his
San Francisco - A 25-year-old man is facing assault charges for an unprovoked attack on another patron at San Francisco’s main library branch on Wednesday. Authorities said the suspect, identified as Clifton Moore, allegedly struck another man over the head with a chair. He was quickly detained by security and then arrested. (Snip) The main branch, located at 100 Larkin Street, is just across from Civic Center Plaza, City Hall and isn’t too far from the Tenderloin District. “This is, you know, a very urban neighborhood, certainly. But the library is a very democratic institution,” said library
This is not your typical political dynasty-in-the-making: A second cousin to Barack Obama is considering a run for U.S. Senate, and he´s a fire-breathing conservative. Milton Wolf, whose mother´s cousin was also Obama´s grandmother, is a Kansas radiologist who writes columns for The Washington Times and produced videos for The Daily Caller last year. [Snip] ´They say you can´t choose your family,´ Wolf said in one Daily Caller video, ´but I say you can choose to stop your family from turning America into a second-rate, European-style social welfare state. ´The current Republican establishment has become a mere speed bump on
This week, when I addressed the nation on Syria, I said that — in part because of the credible threat of U.S. military force — there is the possibility of a diplomatic solution. Russia has indicated a new willingness to join with the international community in pushing Syria to give up its chemical weapons, which the Assad regime used in an attack that killed more than 1,000 people on August 21. I also asked Congress to postpone a vote on the use of military force while we pursue this diplomatic path. And that’s what we’re doing.
Hi, I’m Diane Black, R.N., of Tennessee’s Sixth Congressional District. Protecting taxpayer dollars is one of Washington’s most important responsibilities. And everything we do to stop waste and fix broken government removes obstacles to creating jobs and building a stronger economy. This week, the House took on a hot spot for fraud and abuse in the president’s health care law by passing a bill I authored called the No Subsidies Without Verification Act. This legislation stops the government from issuing health care subsidies until it has a system to prevent fraud.
Sex is rarely a straightforward matter on college campuses, but in recent years it has been a particularly fraught issue at Yale University. Two years ago a federal complaint described a “hostile sexual environment on campus,” and more recently an accounting of sexual misconduct complaints prompted protests that the university was not punishing wrongdoers aggressively enough. So to help clarify the meaning of “nonconsensual sex,” the parameters of acceptable sexual behavior and the penalties for anyone who violates those limits the university has enlisted the help of 16 imaginary people.
Miami,FLA - An Opa-Locka teenager is being held without bond after a court hearing and after Miami-Dade Police arrested him for shooting and killing a 71-year-old man. As first reported first reported by the blog Random Pixels, Miami-Dade Police have identified the suspect who fatally shot Miguel Pilotos as 17-year-old Jamal Jackson. The chilling crime was captured on surveillance tape at 4 p.m. on August 21st outside the Top Value Supermarket in Opa-Locka. Miami-Dade Police spokesman Javier Baez told CBS4’s Peter D’Oench that the arrest of Jackson on Thursday afternoon followed a tip
Alabama has won two consecutive BCS national titles despite having one blemish on their final record. For Alabama, the goal is simply not to win but to do so displaying excellence in every way possible. Deep down Alabama players and coaches know they can afford to take a hit in conference play, but this week’s road trip to Texas A&M is about much more. The Aggies were the only team to manage to out-score Alabama last season, and they did so in eye-opening fashion by jumping out to a big first quarter lead and celebrating on Alabama’s storied field with
It has been a long five years, our Obama nightmare. Sadly, there are no signs that things will improve anytime soon. Of course we know about the damage the President has done to our economy, by massively increasing the debt, raising taxes and growing government. The results have been catastrophic to say the least: a national debt of $17 trillion and a labor force participation rate at the lowest level since 1978.
The Obama administration and Russia reached a deal Saturday to compel Syria to account for and eventually destroy its chemical weapons arsenal, leaving open the possibility that the UN could authorize sanctions or military action for future violations.The deal announced in Geneva by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov provides a path for President Obama to avoid the air strikes he had promised to launch againt Syria for its recent use of sarin gas on civilians in a Damascus suburb.
Al Qaeda terror network leader Ayman al-Zawahri sent out a message marking Sept. 11, 2001, with a call for more attacks on U.S. soil, aimed at hitting America hard in the pocketbook.The terror leader released an audio recording on Thursday, saying America’s hardly a “mythical power” and that Islamic holy warriors, or mujahedeen, can surely defeat the nation “on its own soil,” The Associated Press reported.
Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the one-time head of the International Monetary Fund, has been hired by Serbia to help restructure the country’s foreign debt — even though he faces aggravated pimping charges in France. Serbian Deputy Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic told state TV Thursday that Strauss-Kahn’s checkered past has no bearing on his financial acumen. To argue that it does, Vucic said, would be like saying Pablo Picasso’s abilities as an artist were diminished by his treatment of women. Nafissatou Diallo, a hotel housekeeper who alleged that she was sexual assaulted by former International Monetary Fund leader Dominique Strauss-Kahn. The charges were dropped and
This week, Vladimir Putin outflanked Barack Obama on his home turf. The Russian president´s scathing op-ed in the New York Times did more than simply leave the American president looking "rudderless and outplayed at every turn", as Max Hastings wrote in the Daily Mail. What shot the piece to the top of the international conversation was its merciless inversion of a long-standing American truism: that the good guys can do no wrong. Instead, here is our American hero--the compassionate, liberal former professor of constitutional law who once opposed the war in Iraq--now on the verge of bombing a sovereign country
Illinois´ old law banning the concealed carry of firearms took another hit Thursday. A federal court already found it unconstitutional last year. Now the Illinois Supreme Court has taken the same position. Alberto Aguilar was 17 when Chicago police arrested him for having a loaded handgun with the serial number scratched off. He was convicted of unlawfully possessing a firearm and sentenced to 24 months probation. While his appeal was pending before the Illinois Supreme Court, a federal court in Chicago struck down Illinois´ ban on public gun possession, finding it violated the U.S. Constitution. The Illinois legislature also legalized concealed
Syria´s chemical weapons must be destroyed or removed by mid-2014, under an agreement between the US and Russia. US Secretary of State John Kerry outlined a six-point framework under which Syria must hand over a full list of its stockpile within a week. If Syria fails to comply, the deal could be enforced by a UN resolution backed by the threat of sanctions or military force. [Snip] In a joint news conference with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Mr Kerry called on the Assad government to live up to its public commitments. "There can be no room for games. Or anything less than
WASHINGTON--Labor leaders took their turn visiting the White House on Friday to talk about what can and should be done for bankrupt Detroit, while also cautioning the Obama administration that the financial problems experienced in southeast Michigan may soon be felt in many other metropolitan areas across the U.S. Calling for a plan that would not only address Detroit’s concerns but also serve as a playbook for future crises, the group--which included the UAW’s Bob King and others--left the hour-long meeting touting few specifics, but saying the groundwork was laid for a response that could help address Detroit’s issues by
WASHINGTON —Social Security made $1.3 billion in potentially improper disability payments to people who had jobs when they were supposed to be unable to work, congressional investigators said in a report Friday. The Government Accountability Office estimated that 36,000 workers got improper payments from December 2010 to January 2013. The numbers represent less than 1 percent of beneficiaries and less than 1 percent of disability payments made during the time frame. But GAO said the overpayments reveal weaknesses in Social Security´s procedures for policing the system. [Snip] "We are planning to do an investigation, and we will recoup any improper
I suppose it was only a matter of time before the Bloombergians of the world decided to extend their regulatory impulses to . . . dinner parties. The local CBS affiliate in New York reports on the crackdown on “illegal” dinner parties (with my commentary interpolated): NEW YORK (CBS 2) — As you sit down to dinner, this story illustrates eating out like you have never experienced before. We are talking about super-secret, illegal dining experiences hosted in homes. CBS 2 investigative reporter Tamara Leitner went undercover to see firsthand how this underground world works. It may look like a
The sword rests briefly on his neck as a blindfolded man kneels under a clear blue sky. Moments later, the executioner raises his right arm, slashes downwards and the prisoner is dead. The whole barbaric episode is watched by a crowd of jeering men, many of them armed. And sitting on a low wall only a few feet from where the wretched captive died so violently is a line of young boys. They were still there as the dead man’s head was dumped on his body. Another child, even younger, was led by the hand past the corpse.
President George W. Bush was mocked for saying he was the “decider.” But that is precisely what a president must be. Deciding is arguably the most important thing a president does, along with rallying others, whether in war or to support a domestic agenda, to an important national purpose. Presidents only make the hard calls, ones in which advisers are divided or uncertain. Everything else is handled a level or two below the president. If a candidate comes to office expecting a series of easy calls punctuated by a hard one now and then he’ll be disappointed — and overwhelmed. President