Police now believe two shooters, including one in fatigues, have killed four people and wounded eight others at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday, throwing the region into fear and chaos during the morning commute. At least one of the shooters is “down,” police said mid-morning, but it was unclear whether that means the suspect has been arrested or shot. They said the other suspect remains at large, and police believe they have pinned down one between the third and fourth floors of one of the buildings on the installation in Southeast Washington. Police on the scene said at least
Most Americans may struggle to make ends meet in the Brave New Obama World of 29 hour work weeks, but for the political class in the state he sought out as the perfect political home, there´s always room for no-bid contracts, those guaranteed profit-spinners at taxpayers´ expense. The Illinois Policy Institute explains how the game works. The Illinois Department of Corrections declared a "hot dog seasoning emergency" when the department ran out of seasoning at the Menard Correctional Center meat shop. They resorted to an emergency $15,000, no-bid contract to restock their supply to end the crisis. This isn´t an
Washington -- A gunman dressed in all black fired shots Monday inside the U.S. Navy Yard, injuring at least 10 people, according to the Navy and a Washington police spokesman. The U.S. Navy tweeted there are "several confirmed injured with reports of fatalities." The injured included a Washington, D.C., police officer who has been hospitalized, and another law officer not affiliated with the city force, said Metropolitan Police Department spokesman Chris Kelly. (Snip) Kelly described the suspect as an adult black male, about six feet tall with a bald head and medium complexion, dressed in a black top and black
Michelle Obama will head to the West Coast next month on a high-profile fundraising swing. Her first stop will be in Los Angeles on Oct. 11, where she´ll hold a fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee at the home of "Everybody Loves Raymond" creator Philip Rosenthal and his wife, Monica, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Then she´ll join House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) in San Francisco on Oct. 13 for a "Women´s Brunch" at the Fairmont Hotel,(Snip) In L.A., the first lady will take photos and then hold a roundtable discussion. Tickets for the photo reception start at $1,250
A gunman has shot "several" people at the Washington Navy Yard, a naval installation in the US capital, the US Navy has said. The Navy confirmed police had entered an office building in search of a gunman, after shots were fired at 08:20 local time (13:20 GMT). [Snip] Dozens of emergency vehicles have converged on the site, and helicopters have been flying overhead. President Barack Obama has been briefed on the matter by top officials and has directed federal agencies to co-ordinate their response efforts. As many as 3,000 people work at the command, which engineers, purchases, builds and maintains
WASHINGTON — The gap in employment rates between America´s highest- and lowest-income families has stretched to its widest levels since officials began tracking the data a decade ago, according to an analysis of government data conducted for The Associated Press. Rates of unemployment for the lowest-income families — those earning less than $20,000 — have topped 21 percent, nearly matching the rate for all workers during the 1930s Great Depression. U.S. households with income of more than $150,000 a year have an unemployment rate of 3.2 percent, a level traditionally defined as full employment. At the same time, middle-income workers
Until the Syrian calamity of the past week or so, we’ve been in the August-September vacuum of news. (Snip) The only movement in August came from a former Senator turned think tank President named Jim DeMint. Along with a few of the men he helped get elected to Congress, i.e. Mike Lee, Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, and Marco Rubio, Senator DeMint has been traveling the country explaining the need to defund Obamacare. This is the only story that has filled the political news vacuum. And as calls to defund Obamacare have increased, so has favorable polling for Republicans.
The basement at the flagship store of REI Inc., the privately held sporting goods chain based in Seattle, is like an evidence locker for how the outdoorsy retailer earned an endearing nickname: Return Everything Inc. Hundreds of returned items are stacked in bins, hanging on racks and lining shelves. Tags detail the customer complaints: "suddenly not waterproof" on a frayed, blue, men´s rain jacket from a previous decade; "don´t fit well" on a pair of thick, black, women´s clogs so well-worn that their original design has faded. At another REI store, a customer recently returned a pair of women´s sandals,
WASHINGTON— President Barack Obama is seeking credit for an economic turnaround, using the fifth anniversary of the collapse of the Lehman Brothers investment bank to highlight signs of recovery and to warn against potentially market-rattling fights over the federal budget and the nation´s debt ceiling. Obama was scheduled to address the state of the economy Monday in a Rose Garden speech, accompanied by a selection of Americans who the White House says have benefited from the administration´s policies. The event marks the start of a week-long focus on the economy after a month of preoccupation with the crisis in Syria.
Fighting to make sure they don’t lose steam in their push for Congress to act, immigrant-rights groups said Monday that they are planning a major Washington rally on Oct. 8 to try to keep a focus on their issue. The rally will feature both a concert and a march, and is being billed as the “national exclamation point” to other rallies slated for the preceding days in 60 cities across the country. The groups are hoping to pressure House Republicans, who have been delaying action on immigration since the Senate passed a bill in June. The Senate bill would legalize
AUSTIN, Texas — Minority rights groups that sued over voting maps passed by the Texas Legislature in 2011 want the state to pay for a roughly $6 million legal tab. The Republican-drawn maps were thrown out by a San Antonio federal court and never used. Groups that include the Mexican American Legislative Caucus consider that a victory and want reimbursement for the money spent fighting in court
TEHRAN- Iran is ready to "build trust" with the United States, Iran´s foreign minister said as President Obama said he exchanged letters with Iran´s new president. "We are suffering from lack of mutual trust with the [United States]," Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif acknowledged to Lebanese news channel al-Mayadeen. Tehran is "prepared to build trust with the U.S. government on the issue of the Iranian nuclear program, which serves peaceful purposes," he said. Iran insists its uranium-enrichment program is for peaceful purposes, despite U.S. and Israeli claims Tehran is well along toward developing an atomic weapons program. Iran asserts that
The innocuously sounding ‘Media Shield Law,’ also referred to as a bill to provide the free flow of information to the public, is not what it is presented to be. It is an integral plank of the Progressives and Globalists who have been advancing the Communist agenda for decades, using it to ultimately seek control under global governance. The bill, should it become law, will have a chilling effect on free speech, especially any negative discourse against the people in power, their policies and plans.
Follow our live blog for the latest* A gunman shot and wounded at least one person Monday in a headquarters building at the US Navy Yard in Washington and is still at large, the navy said. "There is one confirmed injury. Emergency personnel are on scene and a ´shelter in place´ order has been issued for Navy Yard personnel," the navy said in a statement. The Navy said at least three shots were fired at 8:20 am (1320 GMT) in the headquarters building of the Naval Sea Systems Command. About 3,000 people work at the headquarters, which is responsible for
President Barack Obama is damaging his presidency, weakening America’s standing in the world, and displaying “inexplicable” incompetence. The media figure making those accusations isn’t Bill O’Reilly or Rush Limbaugh, Charles Krauthammer or Glenn Beck. The critic doesn’t host a right-wing talk show, anchor a Fox News program, or write for the pages of the Weekly Standard. In fact, he’s not even a conservative.It’s Joe Klein, the Time Magazine political columnist. “Obama has lost some serious altitude: In the world, with the Congress, and most importantly with the American people,” Klein, a veteran journalist and political moderate, told POLITICO. Klein isn’t
Politics: New emails show that the woman at the center of the IRS scandal over special scrutiny of conservative groups´ applications for tax-exempt status targeted tea party applications specifically and directed they be held up.While a possible "wag the dog" attack on Syria and other "phony" scandals like Benghazi have grabbed the headlines, Congress has continued its investigation into the Obama administration´s targeting of tea party groups that sprang up in opposition to ObamaCare by the agency charged with enforcing it, the Internal Revenue Service.In case anyone forgot, Lois Lerner,
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