In what has become an annoying and unnecessary annual ritual, Congressional Republicans and the White House have staked out their political ground as we approach this year’s Season of the Witch—the time when any remaining shred of reason in government is retired in favor of political posturing over the debt ceiling. Appearing this morning on ABC’s “This Week”, Obama made clear that he has no interest whatsoever in cooperating with Speaker John Boehner’s demand for budget cuts in trade for House GOPers permitting the government to pay the debts it has already incurred.
At least 12 people are dead after a shooting Monday morning in a heavily secured building at the D.C. Navy Yard, and authorities now say they have identified the gunman. That gunman, 34-year-old Aaron Alexis of Fort Worth, Texas, is among the 12 dead. Officials said he recently began working as a civilian contractor. The FBI, which now is leading the investigation, believes the gunman used the identification of a man who used to work at Navy Yard, reported Pete Williams of NBC News. The ID was found next to his body in Building 197, where most of the victims were shot
Fort Worth — The man suspected of killing 12 people at the Washington Naval Yard has been identified as Aaron Alexis of Fort Worth. Alexis, 34, was found dead at the site of the Monday morning shooting in Washington. Police say they do not have a motive for the shootings. Nutpisit Suthamtewakul, owner of Happy Bowl Thai in White Settlement, said Alexis was “my best friend.” “He lived with me three years,” Suthamtewakul said Monday afternoon. “I don´t think he´d do this. He has a gun but I don´t think he´s that stupid. He didn´t seem aggressive to me.” Alexis
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama warned Republicans in Congress on Monday that he will not negotiate over an extension of the U.S. debt ceiling as part of a budget battle that will soon dominate Washington, with a deadline fast approaching. Pivoting to domestic policy after devoting weeks to the crisis in Syria, Obama scolded his political opponents for threatening a government shutdown and attempting to attach conditions to funding the budget for the 2014 fiscal year that begins October 1. "Let´s stop the threats. Let´s stop the political posturing, let´s keep our government open. Let´s pay our bills on time.
CBS and NBC are retracting reports Monday of the alleged name of the shooter at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C. Below pic via Twitchy: (Tweets) CBS and NBC both reported that the alleged shooter was named "Rollie Chance" before retracting the speculation soon after the initial report. CBS´ Charlie Kaye reported on the incident: (Tweet) NBC´s Chuck Todd initially tweeted that NBC would not release the suspected name of the shooter, then later admitted that NBC would no longer report on the unconfirmed name
CNN anchor Don Lemon has, of late, turned the focus of his frequent conversations on race to the idea of personal responsibility in the African American community. On Saturday night’s edition of CNN Newsroom, Lemon continued that controversial trend with comic legend Bill Cosby, who has also felt the heat of controversy on the subject. Cosby talked to Lemon about young black men raising their kids, over-medication of juvenile inmates, and may have even coined a new word: “No-groes.” For the past few months, Don Lemon has courted controversy with several segments pegged to his general agreement with comments by
ABC’s George Stephanopoulos booked a follow-up interview with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad last week—only to lose it at the very last minute. Brian Stelter ran with the scoop in today’s New York Times, reporting that Stephanopoulos had already flown to Beirut, Lebanon to meet with Assad when the Syrian leader changed his mind. The interview was meant as a response to Obama’s string of interviews last Tuesday, in which the president made the case for striking Syria in response to its deployment of chemical weapons. Assad had already given one interview to Charlie Rose the previous day, threatening retaliation for
[Breaking news update at 2:09 p.m.] At least 12 people have been killed in the Washington Navy Yard shooting, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray said. (Snip) -- Multiple people were killed Monday after a shooter opened fire in a rampage at a Navy yard in the nation´s capital, putting government buildings on lockdown and sending police SWAT teams rushing to the scene. One suspect is dead, but two others may be on the loose, Washington Police Chief Cathy Lanier said. "The big concern for us right now is that we potentially have two other shooters that we have not located at
Peter Beinart says the Democratic party is shifting to the left. He´s right. He says that this shift spells trouble for Hillary Clinton in 2016. He´s wrong. Or anyway, it´s well within Hillary Clinton´s power to prove him wrong. People who write about politics are adept with words and excited by political ideas -- that´s true almost by definition. But those are unusual skills and interests, even among people who care a lot about politics. Most of us are less moved by ideas than by emotions; more by music than by words.
A Russian official blasted “American exceptionalism” in a tweet Monday morning, saying the deadly shooting at Washington’s Navy Yard confirms the worst about the U.S. “A new shootout at Navy headquarters in Washington — a lone gunman and 7 corpses. Nobody’s even surprised anymore,” tweeted Alexey Pushkov, a member of the Russian parliamentary foreign affairs committee. “A clear confirmation of American exceptionalism,” he added.
President Barack Obama´s recent comments about income inequality are providing more fuel to the debate over whether the government can really do anything to reduce it, but perhaps the bigger question is: Do voters really want them to? "I think the president can stop it," Obama said Sunday on ABC´s "This Week," when asked about the top 1 percent capturing most of the country´s income gains. The problem, he said, is "you´ve got a portion of Congress whose policies … just want to, you know, leave things alone, they actually want to accelerate these trends."
You can file these developments in the "we sort of already knew this" category, but the additional confirmation is welcome. Remember, the administration-backed probe into the Benghazi massacre led to (since rescinded) sanctions against four mid-level scapegoats -- one of whom clearly deserved some blame -- while letting higher-level officials off the hook. Indeed, the "Accountability" Review Board declined to even interview the Secretary of State. Yet the White House insisted that its report was comprehensive and closed the door on the matter. In advance of Thursday´s fresh round of hearings, these details indict ARB´s process and conclusions, as well
During CNN’s coverage of the Washington D.C. Navy Yard shooting Monday morning, Carol Costello asked when the last time a gunman wrecked “havoc at a U.S. military facility.” It would seem that Costello forgot about the 2009 Ft. Hood shooting that claimed the lives of 13 Americans. Below is a transcript of the conversation between Costello and reporter Brian Todd: CAROL COSTELLO: I used to work in Washington, live in Washington. This seems so unusual to me that a gunman could create this kind of havoc at a U.S. military facility. BRIAN TODD: Yes. COSTELLO: Have you ever heard of it happening before,
UNITED NATIONS – U.N. inspectors said Monday there was "clear and convincing evidence" that chemical weapons were used on a relatively large scale in an attack last month in Syria that killed hundreds of people.They said positive blood and urine specimens provided definitive evidence of exposure to the nerve agent sarin by a large proportion of the survivors assessed by investigators. These results were corroborated by clinical assessments, which documented symptoms and signs consistent with nerve agent exposure.The inspectors in a report said "the environmental, chemical and medical samples we have collected provide clear and convincing evidence that surface-to-surface rockets
Seventy-four percent of Americans think teachers make less than they really do, according to a new poll from Rasmussen. The average teacher salary in America is $55,000 (upward of $75,000 in Chicago), but three quarters of Americans think teachers earn less than that. Over half of Americans (52 percent) believe teachers are paid too little. Just 15 percent believe they are paid too much while 26 percent think teachers are paid the right amount. In a related poll, just 26 percent of Americans give public schools positive marks. Rasmussen conducted the poll of 1,000 adults between Sept. 11 and 12.
As many as three shooters, including one in fatigues, killed at least four people and wounded eight others in a rampage at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday, police said, spreading fear and chaos across the region as authorities tried to contain the incident. D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier said in a mid-day news conference that one of the suspected shooters is dead, while authorities are looking for two other possible suspects wearing military style clothing. “The big concern for us right now is that we have potentially two other shooters that we have not located at this point,” Lanier said. Lanier
Terror visited Washington D.C. this morning as two gunmen launched an assault on the Washington Naval Yard killing four people and injuring at least 12. Witnesses reported at least one man described as an African-American male dressed in military fatigues and armed with an AR-15 assault rifle opening fire upon entering the base at the Naval Sea System Command HQ. After a frantic three hour manhunt U.S. Navy sources told CNN that two shooters were ´down´ after a frantic three-hour manhunt. The attacks came three days after al-Qaeda used the 12th anniversary of 9/11 to call for strikes on America.
William C. Thompson Jr. withdrew from the race for mayor of New York on Monday morning, ending his second bid to run the city and making Bill de Blasio the undisputed Democratic nominee. Mr. Thompson endorsed Mr. de Blasio at an 11 a.m. news conference at City Hall. Mr. de Blasio joined Mr. Thompson at the news conference, along with Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, in an effort to demonstrate Democratic Party unity. “I am proud to stand here today and support Bill de Blasio to be the next mayor of the City of New York,” Mr. Thompson said. “Bill de Blasio and I want to move our city
BEIJING -- There´s no doubt nearly all Chinese people are better off today than they were in previous decades. And that means they´re more mobile, and wanting to see the world. But as the number of Chinese tourists swells, their reputation is going downhill - with stories of excessive spending, vandalism, and even fare evasion. The Louvre in Paris. An iconic center of the art world, and the world’s most visited gallery. Last month, a visiting Chinese tourist group was found carrying fake tickets. Officials say they’re investigating the suspected circulation of thousands of fake tickets by Chinese suspects. But
The controversy currently raging among conservative luminaries over the substantive nature and scholarly status of Diana West’s new book, American Betrayal, need not be rehearsed in detail here; its features are by now reasonably familiar to most readers of the political sites. But it will do no harm to offer a schematic overview of the broad contours of the “debate”—to give it the politest of tags. It began when David Horowitz at FrontPage Magazine scrubbed Mark Tapson’s favorable account of the book and replaced it with Ron Radosh’s intemperate and distressingly ad hominem demolition masking as a “review.”
It’s easy for conservatives to write off college campuses as impenetrable liberal strongholds and to regard women students in particular as a lost cause. But three efforts to reach young women with conservative ideas — a magazine, a speaker recruitment, and a campus-based organization — demonstrate that conservatives can make some headway. Conservatives should be emboldened by these successes and use the lessons from them to develop more ways to influence the experience of college students today. There is plenty of room for more victories in the years to come. Take the popular women’s magazines that litter the typical campus.
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