Earlier this afternoon, NBC News reported that 34-year-old Aaron Alexis was the now-deceased shooting suspect in the Washington Naval Yard rampage. Since then, details have emerged about the man, including that he once worked as a civilian computer contractor in D.C., and that he was arrested in 2010 on gun charges. The Smoking Gun unearthed the Forth Worth Police Department’s official report from that September 2010 arrest. Alexis had allegedly shot a firearm through the floor of a neighbor in his building. According to the police document, that neighbor said that she was “terrified” of Alexis, who had previously had
Phoenix - ECOtality, the electric car-charging company that operates more than 600 charging stations in Arizona, may be about to close its door. Last month, the company disclosed a myriad of problems with the SEC. In that filing, ECOtality released the following statement: "Although the Company is currently exploring options for a restructuring or sale of the entire business and/or assets of the Company, the Company may need to file a petition commencing a case under the United States Bankruptcy Code as part of any such process or otherwise in the very near future." ECOtality was heavily involved in the
BOGOTA, Colombia Alvaro Uribe has become the first former Colombian president in modern times to attempt a return to politics through Congress. The combative conservative who led Colombia from 2002 to 2010 announced Monday he is running for Senate in March elections, two months before a presidential vote. Uribe is constitutionally barred from a third presidential term. He will run as part of a movement he created called Centro Democratico atop a closed list of candidates, meaning his chances hinge on how many votes his party wins. Uribe´s approval rating stands at 63 percent, more than 40 points higher than that of President Juan
On Monday during a lengthy speech remembering the financial crisis of 2008 five years later and his administration’s responses to that crisis, President Barack Obama tore into Congressional Republicans for trying to defund “Obamacare” and threatening to shut down the government. Obama asked if the GOP was really “willing to hurt people” while police were still hunting for possible gunmen linked to the shooting at the Washington Navy Yard. Later that afternoon, White House Press Sec. Jay Carney told Fox News Channel’s Ed Henry that it was “entirely appropriate” for Obama to make those remarks. “You mentioned at the top
Liberal opinion writers who feel duty-bound to defend President Obama’s signature health-care reform law have been quite creative in trying to blame the GOP for the flaws in what was a law passed by Democrats against bipartisan and public opposition. The most recent narrative, that Republicans are “sabotaging” the law, is quite clearly nonsensical. But they are opinion writers, so we can understand their efforts to spin the policy failure.[Snip]This whole process, of advocating for the concerns of their constituents and then taking part in the legislative process, is a pretty basic part of congressional work.
Hours after the Washington Navy Yard shooting, some of Washington´s most vocal advocates for gun control started to renew their calls for further restrictions on firearms. Sen. Diane Feinstein, one of the strongest proponents of a ban on assault weapons like the AR-15 that suspected shooter and military contractor Aaron Alexis is believed to have used, issued a statement Monday asking "When will enough be enough?" (Snip) Efforts to push gun control legislation through Congress led by Vice President Joe Biden have stalled since the Sandy Hook tragedy that saw 20 school children murdered in Newtown, Connecticut last December.
In an unexpected and abrupt announcement, Bill Daley, the former White House chief of staff and longtime Democratic political operative, is ending his bid for the Democratic nomination for Illinois governor. Daley served as a chief of staff for President Obama and previously served as commerce secretary, chairman for Al Gore´s 2000 presidential campaign and is the son and brother of two former Chicago mayors. His decision to drop out of the race comes only four months after he announced plans to challenge Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn. In an e-mail, Daley told The Washington Post that he "just decided this
Michelle Obama on Wednesday will urge companies to stop marketing unhealthy food choices to children. The first lady will ask food and media executives to promote healthy choices while decreasing the marketing of unhealthy products to kids, according to a White House notice about the event. The move could prove politically controversial, as Obama has come under fire from conservatives who charge the first lady is trying to dictate what people eat and drink. The event on Wednesday, which will also feature government leaders, researchers and parents, is part of Obama´s Let´s Move! anti-obesity initiative and comes on the heels of her "Drink
A man was arrested outside the North Lawn of the White House on Monday after setting off a firecracker, a Secret Service spokesman told Politico. The incident took place around 6:30 p.m. and was particularly alarming in light of Monday’s mass shootings at Washington Navy Yard, just a few miles from the White House. The man in custody is Alexander Sahagian, spokesman George Ogilvie said. Sahagian hasn’t been charged, but it’s expected that he will be for throwing a projectile. The Secret Service was seen handcuffing a white male with dark hair, wearing a blue shirt and light colored pants,
No one has ever said President Obama´s relationship with Congress was warm. But with cool fall temperatures creeping in, that bond may also have gotten a little bit chillier on Sunday, when Larry Summers called the president to withdraw his name from consideration for chairmanship of the Federal Reserve. "I have reluctantly concluded that any possible confirmation process for me would be acrimonious and would not serve the interest of the Federal Reserve, the Administration or, ultimately, the interests of the nation´s ongoing economic recovery," Summers wrote in a letter to Obama following the call.
Mark Kelly, the husband of former Rep. Gabby Giffords, expressed his condolences Monday for the victims of the mass shooting in the Washington Navy Yard, saying “Gabby and I have been there.” “Gabby and I are holding the victims of today’s massacre at the Washington Navy Yard in our thoughts and prayers,” Kelly, who is a retired Navy pilot and NASA space shuttle commander, said in the statement from the PAC he and his wife co-founded Americans for Responsible Solutions. (Snip) As the hours and days pass, Americans should match their anger and sadness with gratitude for the sailors, Marines,
Before we knew the names of the victims, the motive behind the attack, or even how many shooters there were, some conspiracy theorists thought they figured out what had happened at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday morning. Alex Jones, the antigovernment broadcaster who reaches millions every day through his syndicated radio show and Infowars Web empire, speculated the shooting may be a "false flag" operation intended to distract Americans from Syria, as well as the anniversary of the Benghazi attack and the simmering IRS scandal. "You´ve got all the other scandals, so this is a great way to change the subject,"
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama on Monday wearily lamented "yet another mass shooting," this time in the nation´s capital where the debate that raged earlier this year over tightening firearms laws has stalled amid opposition from gun-rights advocates. The shooting at the Washington Navy Yard came a week after voters recalled two Colorado legislators who supported tougher gun measures, illustrating the strong political headwinds faced by lawmakers seeking to respond to the violence. Obama, for one, has been powerless to get legislation passed despite a string of mass shootings during his presidency. In the wake of the shooting at the Navy Yard, Obama
It´s a sad celebrity ritual. Tragedy strikes somewhere in the U.S., and a star uses Twitter to politicize it for their pet cause. Henry Winkler of Happy Days fame joined the club earlier today. The actor rushed to Twitter today after news broke that a shooting at the U.S. Navy Yard in Washington, D.C. left several people dead. Many details are still unknown, but that didn´t prevent Winkler from assuming gun control would have prevented the shooting. ANOTHER shooting in WASH D.C. PLEASE America do nothing to promote gun control .because thats how we roll until we have all shot each other
President Obama took a swipe at the Hard Right on Monday, accusing tea-party-aligned House Republicans of gambling with the nation´s economy by threatening to shut down the government unless Obamacare is defunded. In a sprawling economic speech, Obama called on Congress to avert a government shutdown by passing a budget, and he insisted he would brook no wrangling over a raise in the debt ceiling. Obama said such a shutdown, or even the possibility of default, would damage the still-fragile economic recovery. Specifically, the president went after Republicans who say they won´t vote for any budget deal that does not nullify the
It’s now being called one of the top 12 most deadly shooting sprees in America. But before Aaron Alexis opened fire at Washington Navy Yard on Monday morning, killing 12 before being shot to death by law enforcement, he was a peaceful Buddhist, friends say. Clues to his motives are sparse, but Nina Strochlic runs down six things we know about him so far. 1) He was a New York City native living in Washington, D.C. The 34-year-old veteran was born in Queens, New York, and grew up in Brooklyn. Before moving to the nation’s capital four or five months ago,
SEATTLE — The man identified as the shooter in the Washington Navy Yard slayings had been arrested in Seattle in 2004 for shooting out the tires of a parked car in what he described as an anger-fueled "black out." Two construction workers building a new home told police that Aaron Alexis walked out of a home next door on May 6, 2004, pulled a pistol from his waistband and fired three shots into the rear tires of their parked car. Alexis later told police he thought the victims had "disrespected him" and "mocked him" earlier that morning after he discovered
No, it wasn´t part of their act. Two elderly men who work as clowns crashed their minivan in West York, Pa., last week on their way to a local fair, according to a report by the York Daily Record. The driver — 83-year-old James Billingsley, a.k.a. "Dimples the Clown" — missed the entrance of the fair and collided with an SUV while making a U-turn, police told the newspaper. The minivan was pulling a clown car behind it, police said. (Snip) "Dimples" was wearing oversize clown shoes, the newspaper reported, but police said the shoes didn´t play a role
Leadership: In another sign of how enfeebled Barack Obama´s presidency has become, his choice for chairman of the Federal Reserve, Larry Summers, has suddenly withdrawn his name from consideration. Summers, an old political hand with bureaucratic in-fighting skills, knew his chance of getting through a grueling nomination process were nil. Extremely smart and brash to the point of offensiveness, he´s become one of the most hated people in Washington politics — within his own party. A clique of powerful Democratic "progressives" on the Senate Banking Committee — including Montana´s Jon Tester, Ohio´s Sherrod Brown, Oregon´s Jeff Merkley and Massachusetts´ Elizabeth Warren —
Perhaps the only war strategizing more inept than President Obama´s on Syria are GOP plans for the budget hostilities this autumn. Republicans are fracturing over tactics, and even over the nature of political reality, which may let Mr. Obama outwit them like a domestic Vladimir Putin. In our view the GOP would be less confused if more House Members appreciated the power of 218. That´s the number of votes that makes a majority and it is the only true "leverage" Republicans have while Democrats hold the Senate and a Presidential veto. The latest GOP internal dispute is over a continuing resolution to
What happened to the leader of the free world? As President Obama pontificates and Congress equivocates, Vladimir Putin commands global attention while Syria reels and Al-Qaida bides its time. Unlike death and taxes, fortitude in foreign policy and good governance are not certain. Nor is the long-term survival of our res publica. Indeed, as we celebrate Tuesday the 226th anniversary of the signing of the Constitution, all Americans ought to reflect on Benjamin Franklin´s reply on being asked, regarding the miracle in Philadelphia, "What have we got — a republic or a monarchy?" "A republic," he declared, "if you can keep it." In fact,
Economy: After his embarrassing failure on the foreign policy front, President Obama decided to tout his success managing the U.S. economy — just as the historically weak recovery shows fresh signs of weakening further. In a speech marking the fifth anniversary of the Lehman Bros. collapse, Obama ticked off a laundry list of alleged accomplishments since taking office: I stopped another Great Depression, saved the auto industry, put people to work, etc. "We cleared away the rubble from the financial crisis," he said, "and we´ve begun to lay a new foundation for economic growth and prosperity." Unfortunately, it´s a foundation built on quicksand. Just
A shooting at the Washington Navy Yard that killed several people and injured more Monday is “a clear confirmation of ‘American exceptionalism,’” Russia’s parliamentary foreign affairs chief Alexey Pushkov tweeted Monday. “A new shootout at Navy headquarters in Washington - a lone gunman and 7 corpses. Nobody’s even surprised anymore. A clear confirmation of American exceptionalism.’” (Snip) The USA should part with the notion of American exceptionalism. It contradicts the principles of equal rights and smells of political racism Pushkov didn’t seem to understand the outcry in the U.S. over his comments: “The torrent of hate towards us from American citizens
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., responded to Monday’s tragedy at the Washington Navy Yard with another plea for Congress to take action against gun violence. “This is one more event to add to the litany of massacres that occur when a deranged person or grievance killer is able to obtain multiple weapons — including a military-style assault rifle — and kill many people in a short amount of time. When will enough be enough?” asked Feinstein. “Congress must stop shirking its responsibility and resume a thoughtful debate on gun violence in this country. We must do more to stop this endless
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