A guitar signed by music legends Michael Jackson and Eddie Van Halen is among the items that will be auctioned from the estate of disgraced former Illinois congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. to help settle a judgment against him, federal authorities said on Monday. Jackson, a former Democratic representative and the son of civil rights leader the Reverend Jesse Jackson Sr., was sentenced in August to 2-1/2 years in federal prison for misuse of campaign funds. The U.S. Marshals Service said in a statement it will sell 13 items owned by Jackson in an auction ending September 26. The proceeds from
On a block of Court Street in Newark between the Gigi Foushee Towers public-housing project and the abandoned, decaying Krueger-Scott Mansion is a boarded row house with a “NO LOITERING” sign above the door. Until a few months ago, the building was owned by Newark’s mayor, Cory Booker — now in the home¬stretch of a run for the U.S. Senate — who paid $175,000 for it in 2009. Less than three weeks after Frank Lautenberg said he would retire from the U.S. Senate — formally opening up the race for his seat — Booker sold the property, one of two
Talking to NBC´s chief White House correspondent Chuck Todd on Sunday´s Meet the Press, moderator David Gregory noted "Benghazi back as a political focus this week" following the one-year anniversary of the terrorist attack, prompting Todd to observe: "It is. The House Republicans have not dropped this as an issue." [Listen to the audio or watch the video after the jump] Todd continued: "They didn´t talk about it last week during the one-year anniversary of the Benghazi attack. But this week, on Thursday alone, three different hearings are going to be taking place on the same day on Capitol Hill.
Aaron Alexis, the man identified as the shooter at the Washington Navy Yard, was a Buddhist according to one of his friends. Former roommate Nutpisit Sathamtewakul, who owns Happy Bowl Thai in White Settlement, told local media that Alexis worked at the Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base in Ft. Worth, Texas. He worked there from 2007 to 2011, and left the Navy as a petty officer 3rd class on January 31, 2011. According to Sathamtewakul, Alexis practiced Buddhism. Alexis, said his roommate, never showed aggression, but owned a concealed handgun license. On September 4, 2010, he was arrested for
Bill Gates is the richest American for the 20th year in a row and has reclaimed the title of world’s richest person from Mexico’s Carlos Slim with a net worth of $72 billion. Warren Buffett, again number two [Snip] The 400 wealthiest Americans are worth a record $2.02 trillion, roughly equivalent to the GDP of Russia. That is a gain of $300 billion from a year ago [Snip] only 15 saw their fortunes drop, including T. Boone Pickens, whose costly bets on wind energy lost him his billionaire status, and Manoj Bhargava, whose 5-Hour Energy drink firm has been hit
WASHINGTON — At least 13 people died Monday during a shooting at the Washington Navy Yard, officials said. One gunman died in the shooting, and police are seeking another possible shooter. The suspected gunman was identified by the FBI as Aaron Alexis, a 34-year-old civilian contractor from Queens, N.Y., who most recently resided in Fort Worth, Texas. The U.S. Navy said Alexis was a full-time reservist from 2007 to 2011. He left the Navy on Jan. 31, 2011, as a petty officer 3rd class and had been working for the fleet logistics support squadron No. 46 in Fort Worth. Washington Mayor Vincent Gray
Just minutes after the Washington DC police chief said that two shooters might still be on the loose in the Navy Yard mass murders, President Obama held a previously scheduled event to defend his economic record. The president opened his remarks by condemning a shooting that has reportedly left six dead and as many as 10 injured. President Barack Obama is mourning what he called "yet another mass shooting" in the United States that he says took the life of American patriots. Obama promised to make sure, quote, "whoever carried out this cowardly act is held responsible." The president then went into a lengthy
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: Although ultimately our success will depend on all the innovation and hard work of our private sector, all the grit and resilience of the American people, government is going to have a critical role in making sure we have an education system that prepares our children and our workers for a global economy. The budget Congress passes will determine whether we can hire more workers to upgrade our transportation and communications networks or fund the kinds of research and development that have always kept America on the cutting edge. So what happens here in Washington makes a
President Barack Obama’s dance skills will be on display this evening, according to his wife. First lady Michelle Obama said that the president “will shake his groove thing” at a Latin music concert being held at White House on Monday. Gloria Estefan, Ricky Martin and Romeo Santos are among the artists lined up to perform. The first lady made the prediction this morning during a Latin music workshop for students, according to a White House transcript. “Now, the percussive beats and the buoyant melodies from these songs come just -- from just about everywhere,” Obama told the students. “You´ll learn they come
Aaron Alexis, the heavily armed gunman who calmly opened fire and killed 12 people this morning at Washington Naval Yard before being shot and killed has been revealed to have a prior arrest for letting off a gun when he lived in Fort Worth, Texas in 2010. (Snip) While no motive has been given for the shooting, one U.S. official has been quoted as saying Alexis was kicked out of the Navy in 2011 as a direct result of his gun arrest three years ago. Washington D.C.´s FBI field office also reportedly said that they have ´all assets out´ as
There are 48 women on this year’s FORBES 400 list of richest Americans, but one stands out from the rest. With her listing newly switched to female, Jennifer Pritzker becomes the world’s first transgender billionaire. Jennifer Natalya Pritzker, formally known as James, is one of 11 billionaire members of the extended Pritzker family on the FORBES list. They sold a majority stake in industrial conglomerate Marmon Holdings to Warren Buffett‘s Berkshire Hathaway for $4.5 billion in 2007 and continue to control publicly-listed Hyatt Hotels. The heiress has an estimated net worth of $1.7 billion.
WASHINGTON — Michelle Obama says the beats and melodies in Latin music are so irresistible that even President Barack Obama "will shake his groove thing" Monday night. Gloria Estefan, Romeo Santos, Lila Downs, Marco Antonio Solis and other top Latin musicians are joining the Obamas for a taping of the latest installment in the PBS series "In Performance at the White House." Coming at the start of the monthlong celebration of Hispanic heritage, the concert will showcase the various styles of Latin music. The first lady described Latin music as having "some of the most fun, dynamic, rhythmic melodies" anyone
More than 2 million Americans develop antibiotic-resistant infections each year and about 23,000 die as a result, according to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Government health officials fear those numbers, which are conservative estimates, could worsen as overuse and misuse of antibiotics cause more bacteria to develop resistance to the drugs. Without a major effort to preserve the current supply of antibiotics and to develop new ones, they say future generations will be ill-equipped to fight off the deadly superbugs. “If we’re not careful, the medicine chest will be empty when we go
Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley officially entered the 2014 race for state governor, seeking to reassure voters she had learned from her loss to Republican Scott Brown in a 2010 US Senate race. Ms. Coakley is kicking off her campaign with an aggressive three-day bus tour of 18 cities and towns across the state. “I’ve acknowledged that we made some mistakes on that campaign trail, and I’ve learned from that,” Coakley told supporters Monday. Coakley fell from favor in Democratic Party ranks after she lost the Senate seat that Edward Kennedy occupied for 47 years, which subsequently cost the Democrats
RUSH: Now, let´s grab sound bites 15 and 16, ´cause I mentioned earlier that there´s an all-out effort now, an all-out assault on Ted Cruz and others like him. There is an all out effort within the Republican Party, within the Republican establishment to deal with Ted Cruz and his attempted takeover of the Republican Party. On The NewsHour on Friday night on PBS, David Brooks, the supposed conservative columnist for the New York Times, warned that Ted Cruz and similar legislators´ rise to prominence threatens the traditional Republican Party. Brooks insists that Ted Cruz´s motives are less about legislation and
RUSH: Ladies and gentlemen, it is raining here where we are. I mean, it is raining out there, and it´s raining really hard. As a result, this program will be delayed until the rain ends and I feel safe coming in here to once again execute broadcast excellence. No, I melt if I get wet. I´m not gonna do the program if it´s raining. I´m just not gonna do it. I´m gonna make everybody understand how sensitive and concerning and caring I am about things. Anyway, just teasing, my friends. This was the second week in a row a National Football
RUSH: Now, today, ladies and gentlemen, "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." That´s right, you heard me. "Obama was scheduled to address the state of the economy Monday in a Rose Garden speech..." Now, I don´t know if this is still on, what with the naval yard shooting. But the original plan (and it may still be in place) was a state of
If you´re the kind of driver who can´t help but gawk at the wreckage when you pass an accident--and honestly, who isn´t?--you´ll enjoy today´s lengthy account in The Wall Street Journal of the runup to last week´s Putin-Assad triumph. Right off the bat we learn, which is to say our suspicion is confirmed, that this was a case of a willful president with atrocious political instincts. When Obama consulted his cabinet and top staffers about the idea of seeking congressional approval for a strike in Syria, "senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer pegged the chances of Congress balking at 40%. . . .
WASHINGTON—At least 13 people were killed, including a suspected gunman, and others were injured in a shooting spree Monday morning at the U.S. Navy Yard in southeast Washington, city officials said. Authorities said they were searching for another potential shooter.Law-enforcement officials identified the dead suspected gunman as 34-year-old Aaron Alexis of Fort Worth, Texas, who they said had worked as a civilian contractor for the military. Authorities identified him from fingerprints taken from his body. One official said he may have used another person´s badge to gain access to the Navy yard.
The suspect in today’s deadly shooting at the Washington Navy Yard was once arrested for discharging a firearm into the ceiling of his Texas resident, according to police records. Aaron Alexis, 34, was arrested in September 2010 after his upstairs neighbor called Fort Worth cops to report that a bullet had been shot into her apartment. The round apparently first traveled through her home’s floor and then the ceiling. The woman, whose name is not listed in a Fort Worth Police Department report, said that she was “terrified” of Alexis, who had previously confronted her about making too much noise.
Reading Charles Lane’s important column in The Washington Post about a new indie film, Una Noche, (One Night), I promptly rented it “On Demand” on my cable system. What Mulloy has done is to reveal the truth about daily life in Communist Cuba, in a way that Western visitors to Cuba have little understanding. Indeed, the very week that Mulloy’s film has been made available for viewing, The New York Times Travel Section featured two different articles extolling tourism to Cuba, and in effect encouraging its readers to avail themselves of the opportunity to engage in well-managed Potemkin Village tours,
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