D.C. police are looking for a suspect they say shot at least one person at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday morning. According to police spokesman Officer Anthony Clay, there is an “active shooter” on the grounds of the Navy Yard in Southeast Washington. Clay said that only one person has been confirmed shot, and that person’s condition was not immediately available. The U.S. Navy said that three shots were fired around 8:20 a.m. at the Naval Sea Systems Command Headquarters building, where about 3,000 people work. A “shelter in place” order has been issued for Navy Yard personnel, authorities
A gunman has shot at least one person at the Washington Navy Yard, a naval installation in the US capital, say officials. The US Navy confirmed police had entered the building in search of a gunman, after at least three shots were fired at 08:20 local time (13:20 GMT). At least one person was injured, the Navy said. Personnel at the base have been ordered to "shelter in place", the Navy said.
A new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll reveals Americans are unconvinced that Obamacare will improve the country´s healthcare system. Only 12% say the law will have a positive effect on their family and even the uninsured are skeptical Obamacare will do them any good. Confusion surrounds the Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act enacted in 2010, especially among the uninsured. Among this group, three-quarters of respondents say they do not understand or understood very little of the new law. Enthusiasm for program registers at a dismal level, as less than one-third say (31%) say the law is a good idea.
The State Department review of the Benghazi terror attack let senior officials off the hook for the policy decisions that led to sub-standard security at the U.S. compound in eastern Libya, according to a draft House committee report obtained by Fox News. The nearly 100-page report concludes that the State Department’s internal review board -- called the Accountability Review Board, or ARB -- was flawed. The report by Republicans on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee alleges the board’s probe was not comprehensive, its interviews were not thorough, and the investigation itself may have been damaged by conflicts of
Syrian dictator Bashar Assad must surrender his chemical weapons to avoid a U.S. military strike, but the U.S.-Russia framework on his disarmament makes no mention of Assad handing over his biological weapons. "[T]he United States and the Russian Federation have committed to prepare and submit in the next few days to the Executive Council of the OPCW a draft decision setting down special procedures for expeditious destruction of the Syrian chemical weapons program and stringent verification thereof," the State Department framework explains. "The United States and the Russian Federation believe that these extraordinary procedures are necessitated by the prior use of
President Barack Obama has admitted exchanging letters with the Iranian president, Hassan Rouhani, in a move which could set the stage for the first meeting between a U.S. and Iranian leader since Iran´s 1979 revolution. [Snip] In a television interview aired on ABC News, on Sunday, when asked whether he and Rouhani had ´reached out´ to each other, Obama confirmed that they had exchanged letters, the Guardian reports. Obama said: ´I have. And he´s reached out to me. We haven´t spoken directly...´ He added: ´Negotiations with the Iranians is always difficult. ´I think this new president is not going to suddenly make
Benefit cheats face 10 years in prison under a crackdown put forward by Britain´s most senior prosecutor. Keir Starmer QC warned it was time for a "tough stance" against those who "flout the system" as he set out new guidelines for the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS). [Snip] Suspects can now be charged under the Fraud Act, which carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, the CPS said. In the past, benefit cheats have often been pursued under specific social security legislation which carries a maximum term of seven years. A financial threshold which prevented benefit fraud cases of
Opponents of wind farms are, says Lib Dem energy minister Ed Davey, living in "the stone age". I know it is Lib Dem conference season--and so Mr D and co are therefore looking for something to say--but this is daft. It is not the opponents of wind farms that are backward looking and atavistic, but those who champion them. It is difficult to think of a more medieval technology than wind mills. They were cutting edge when Henry II was king and Richard the Lionheart was launching crusades. The first certain reference to a wind mill in Europe dates from
Young people making as little as $20,394 won´t be eligible for any ObamaCare subsidies, thanks to the way that the subsidies are calculated, according to a study released on Monday. The study also found that, overall, young people will get far less generous subsidies from ObamaCare than older people. [snip] This finding could spell trouble for the success of ObamaCare health exchanges, which depend on young people buying insurance to keep the overall market stable.
I am sure I´m not the only one who experienced a sense of déjà vu over the weekend when John Kerry, the US Secretary of State, issued a stark warning to the Assad regime of the consequences it would face if it did not comply fully with the decommissioning of its chemical weapons arsenal. After Mr Kerry and Sergei Lavrov, his Russian counterpart, reached their historic agreement in Geneva on placing Syria´s chemical weapons under international control, Mr Kerry responded by sending an uncompromising warning to President Bashar al-Assad that "the threat of force is real" if he does not fulfil
WASHINGTON — Olive oil debates might start reheating, with a long-awaited International Trade Commission study noting that a lack of standards enforcement has led to "a long history of fraudulent practices." It turns out that "extra virgin" may not be so innocent, after all. After a yearlong study, the trade commission concluded that relatively loose and widely unenforced standards “allow a wide range of oil qualities to be marketed as extra virgin.” Investigators warn that the resulting “adulterated and mislabeled products” hurt U.S. producers, who compete with lower-cost imports by touting higher quality. “Many producers believe that broad and unenforced olive oil standards
A much-anticipated United Nations report on an alleged poison gas attack last month in Syria is due to be released to the public Monday as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry continues his world travels in the hope of gaining support among American allies for a deal reached with Russia on the disposal of Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad's chemical weapons. The U.N. said Sunday that its chief chemical weapons inspector had turned over his team's report to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.U.N. spokesman Martin Nesirky said the report was transmitted Sunday and the secretary-general would brief a closed session of
A large number of Americans continue to adamantly oppose the nation’s new health-care law and believe it will produce damaging results, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll. Forty-four percent of respondents call the health-care law a bad idea, while 31 percent believe it´s a good idea -- virtually unchanged from July´s NBC/WSJ survey. By a 45 percent to 23 percent margin, Americans say it will have a negative impact on the country´s health-care system rather than a positive one. And 30 percent of respondents think it will have a negative impact on their families. Just 12 percent
A video (from the Daily Caller) reveals the Republican Party´s real angst about the Tea Party. David Brooks (the Gray Lady´s idea of a housebroken conservative) laments, to PBS´s Judy Woodruff that Republican legislators like Ted Cruz aren´t "normal members. . . going to Congress to create coalitions, make alliances and . . . pass a lot of legislation" while interesting themselves in "the perks . . . the leadership has to offer." Indeed, Brooks asserts, "They´re not [real] legislators" at all -- just obstructionists "who want to stop things." All of which conversely implies Brooks believes real legislators are ones who
Remember that March day in 2010 when the President, surrounded by devout supporters, solemnly signed Obamacare into law? It was, as Joe Biden brayed, “a big f-----g deal.” Obama and his army of righteous reformers had finally triumphed over the forces of evil and passed legislation that would drive the moneychangers from the temple of U.S. health care. Many of those beaming down on the President as he wielded his terrible swift pen represented prestigious national organizations and coalitions whose support had made the glorious moment possible. Some of these groups have since seen the error of their ways.
Washington -- A new national poll in the battle for the 2016 Democratic and Republican presidential nominations indicates what you would expect: Hillary Clinton is the overwhelming Democratic frontrunner, and there´s no real leader among the possible GOP White House hopefuls. But if you get beyond the obvious, the CNN/ORC International survey released Monday becomes more revealing. It showed 65% of Democrats and independents who lean toward that party say they would likely back Clinton as their presidential nominee. Vice President Joe Biden comes in a distant second, at 10%, with freshman Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts at 7%, New York Gov.
The election of Tony Abbott as Prime Minister of Australia, destroying the incumbent center-left Labor Government by a thumping majority (his party, confusingly for some in the U.S., is called the Liberal Party) should be a lesson for conservatives around the world. One not-untypical commentator, Bernard Keane, claimed, on Abbott taking the leadership by a single vote in 2009: “Abbott will reduce the party to a reactionary rump struggling to accept the 20th, let alone the 21st, century.” Headline corrected by Staff.
Several times a day, especially if he’s out travelin’ and talkin’ to folks, as he always is when the U.S. Senate isn’t in session, Ted Cruz will stand before an audience and reflect, seemingly for the first time, about the generational shift taking place in the Republican party. “I call them the Children of Reagan,” he says. He means the rising group of Republican officeholders who came to political consciousness during President Reagan’s two terms. He rattles off their names: “young leaders” like Paul Ryan, Rand Paul, Nikki Haley, Mike Lee, Scott Walker ... and then sometimes he’ll pause, letting
The U.S.-Russian agreement, which is supposed to result in the seizure and disposition of Syria’s chemical weapons, is the crowning achievement of President Obama’s and Secretary of State Kerry’s diplomacy. Their achievements are threefold. First, they have given New York Times op-ed contributor Vladimir Putin everything he wanted and obtained precisely nothing in return. Second, they have smoke screened public attention from the fact that the whole crisis on Syrian chemical weapons was manufactured from Obama’s cavalier comment that created the so-called “red line.” They’re now praying that people forget that the new agreement removes the threat of American use of
As our nation contemplates the awful assault on innocent Americans on September 11th twelve years ago, elected officials in the Washington beltway elite are contemplating an attack in Syria, an attack which will aid the very groups who perpetrated those 2001 attacks. These elites are supposedly the best and brightest among us, but this situation with Syria reminds us, as so many other issues have in recent years, that they are no longer capable of leading us. I submit they are not the best and the brightest, but simply the most arrogant and isolated. Consider: in the past year, we have
President Obama and his media enablers are trying to spin the Syria fiasco or, failing that, distract attention from it. Via Mark Steyn, Ace of Spades makes a nice catch. Time magazine publishes four editions: Europe/Middle East/Africa, Asia, South Pacific and United States. This week’s foreign editions all acknowledged the big news story of the week, and if their covers are a guide, didn’t try to paper over the disaster. This is the Europe/Middle East/Africa cover:(Snip for photo)Note that the cover text doesn’t pull any punches: America’s weak and waffling, Russia’s rich an resurgent–and its leader doesn’t care what anybody
During the 2008 presidential campaign, the New York Times ran an article on what psychologists call the "impostor phenomenon." To measure it, they ask test subjects questions like, "At times, I feel my success has been due to some kind of luck" or "I can give the impression that I´m more competent than I really am." Although the article had nothing to do with Barack Obama, he would surely have scored off the charts had he answered those questions honestly. He was a reasonably bright guy but not the "brilliant" author and savant white liberals thought him to be. His "luck"
In 2007, British student Meredith Kercher was murdered in the small Italian town of Perugia. Based on DNA evidence, a man named Rudy Guede was convicted of sexually assaulting and killing her. But the Perugia police weren’t satisfied. They charged Kercher’s American roommate, Amanda Knox, and Knox’s Italian boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, with murder as well, proposing that the killing was devil worship or a sex game gone wrong. Knox was found guilty in 2009, but the sentence was overturned two years later. Now, in a shocking twist, an Italian court will consider the case for a third time, beginning Sept.
PARIS—The Obama administration worked to sell its Syrian disarmament deal to skeptical allies overseas and domestic critics at home, stressing force remains an option against President Bashar al-Assad, but that there is still time for diplomacy to work. Secretary of State John Kerry set off on a globe-hopping mission in search of support, meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem on Sunday ahead of meetings with European and Middle Eastern allies in Paris on Monday. President Barack Obama, meanwhile, explained in a pre-taped television interview why the joint diplomatic initiative with Russia offered a potentially more lasting route to