The board that oversees the U.S. Capitol Police has opened an investigation into whether a tactical team of officers that was one of the first on the scene during the Washington Navy Yard shooting was ordered to stand down. Several sources confirmed the probe to Fox News. The investigation follows reports that a highly trained and specialized Capitol Police team arrived soon after the shooting started, but was told by a supervisor to leave the scene. The BBC, which first reported on the allegation, quoted a Capitol Police "source" as claiming "lives may have been saved" if the team could have intervened. Aaron
A Boston homeless man is feeling the admiration of almost 3,000 strangers who have donated money to him after he handed in a backpack that he found containing over $40,000 in cash and travelers checks. The Good Samaritan’s cause has raised more than $72,287 since Monday — nearly double what the backpack’s contents were worth. Glen James found the black backpack with $2,400 in cash, $39,500 in travelers checks and a passport at the South Bay Mall in Dorchester on Saturday evening. He promptly reported it to police. Officers then returned the bag to the owner, a student visiting from China, and Boston
Texas Gov. Rick Perry has his eyes on wooing jobs away from Maryland, but those jobs are staying put if it’s up to Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley. In his latest economic development campaign, Perry traveled to Maryland this week to ask businesses to consider setting up shop in Texas. Perry has conducted similar campaigns in states including California, Missouri and New York, and has sometimes gotten under his fellow governors’ skin with his blatant tactics. As he’s done in other states, Perry infiltrated the television and radio waves in Maryland last week with advertisements touting the economic opportunities available in the Lone
WASHINGTON- The words "better off this way" were carved into the gun Aaron Alexis used in the massacre of 12 people at the Washington Navy Yard, ABC News said Wednesday. Citing sources it did not identify, the network said the phrase "My E-L-F weapon" was carved into the stock of the shotgun Alexis used in Monday´s rampage, which ended when he was killed in an exchange of gunfire with security personnel. It wasn´t clear what "E-L-F" stands for, though ABC said its law enforcement sources said there was speculation it could stand for "extremely low frequency" since Alexis allegedly had
There’s been another mass shooting by a crazy person, and liberals still refuse to consider institutionalizing the dangerous mentally ill. The man who shot up the Washington Navy Yard on Monday, Aaron Alexis, heard voices speaking to him through the walls. He thought people were following him. He believed microwave ovens were sending vibrations through his body. There are also reports that Alexis believed the Obamacare exchanges were ready to go. Anyone see any bright red flags of paranoid schizophrenia? (Either that, or Obama’s NSA is way better than we thought!) But Alexis couldn’t be institutionalized because the left has
Veteran journalist Nancy Barnes was named editor and executive vice president of news of the Houston Chronicle on Wednesday. Barnes, 52, has been editor of the Star Tribune in Minneapolis since 2007, overseeing the newspaper´s award-winning coverage. "Nancy understands the value and impact of local enterprise reporting that distinguishes a newsroom," said Hearst Newspapers President Mark Aldam. "We are very excited to have her join our leadership team in Houston." Under Barnes´ supervision, the Star Tribune won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for local news for its reports on infant deaths at poorly regulated day-care homes. Barnes said she has a
Bobby Jindal is outraged over a Department of Justice lawsuit against a Louisiana school voucher program. The suit, which he (repeatedly) calls “cynical, immoral, and hypocritical” and the “worst misuse” of federal desegregation laws, aims to stop a program that allows poor students in failing schools to enter a lottery for a voucher to attend a better school. The program is an integral part of Jindal’s education agenda, which he’s been implementing in Louisiana since he was first elected governor in 2007.
LAS VEGAS— He was the second man to beat Muhammad Ali, breaking Ali´s jaw and sending him to the hospital in their 1973 heavyweight fight. Ken Norton frustrated Ali three times in all, including their final bout at Yankee Stadium where he was sure he had beaten him once again. Norton, who died Wednesday at the age of 70, lost that fight for the heavyweight title. But he was forever linked to Ali for the 39 rounds they fought over three fights, with very little separating one man from the other in the ring. "Kenny was a good, good fighter.
We should admit the obvious: Barack Obama is the most anti-political president the United States has had in the post-war era. Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter (even), Reagan, Bush, Clinton, Bush. All practiced politics inside the tensions between Congress and the presidency that were designed into the system by the Founding Fathers. Not Barack Obama. He told us he was different. He is. Mr. Obama doesn´t do Washington´s politics. Disappointed acolytes say it is because he is "passive." That underestimates him. For Mr. Obama, the affairs of state are wholly a function of whatever is inside his mind. Some things
Two key senators said Wednesday they will vote against confirming Ron Binz to be chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, dealing what could be a fatal blow to President Obama’s pick for the obscure but powerful panel. Sen. Joe Manchin III, West Virginia Democrat, said Mr. Binz’s attitude toward coal and natural gas is too dangerous for his state’s economic health, and Sen. Dean Heller, Nevada Republican, said Mr. Binz is too “anti-carbon” for him. Both are members of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, which is split with 12 Democrats and 10 Republicans. All of the other
I have been interested in the political atmosphere of our country since my preteen years. It has been particularly interesting to observe the political shenanigans adopted by many of those wishing to obtain or maintain power. Fortunately, there have also been many who were truly interested in serving the people who put them in office. Looking at one’s life, voting record and words can provide significant insight into which of the aforementioned categories a political figure fits. In the 1960s, John F. Kennedy wrote a book titled “Profiles In Courage,” which was very inspiring, as he examined the lives of
Growth in health care spending will remain slow through 2013 as the economy slogs along in its recovery, but improving fiscal conditions, an aging population and expanded coverage under President Obama’s health care law will drive up health spending next year by about two percentage points, government analysts said Wednesday. Actuaries for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) said annual health spending grew by slightly less than 4 percent from 2010 to 2013 — a historically low level attributable to the recession that hit in 2008. “This projection is consistent with the historical relationship between health spending and
AMERICANS MAY never agree on who or what caused the financial crisis that began five years ago with the collapse of Lehman Brothers. But at least one consequence of the crisis is indisputable: the assumption of massive economic power by the Federal Reserve. Anyone who doubts it need simply observe market behavior after Fed Chairman Ben S. Bernanke announced Wednesday that the central bank will continue buying securities at the rate of $85?billion per month — contrary to expectations that it would begin to “taper” those purchases, which have already swollen the Fed’s balance sheet to roughly four times its
The city of Chicago registered more homicides than any city in the nation in 2012, surpassing even New York — despite the fact that the Second City has only one third as many residents as the Big Apple. In new crime statistics released Monday, the Federal Bureau of Investigation reported 500 murders in Chicago in 2012, up sharply from the 431 recorded in 2011. New York reported 419 murders last year, compared with 515 in 2011. But residents of Chicago and New York were much less likely to be victims of a homicide than residents of Flint, Mich. Sixty-three murders
The Federal Reserve said Wednesday that it will keep its multibillion-dollar stimulus program intact, surprising investors and sending stocks to record highs. Signaling concern that the nation’s tepid economic recovery is still not ready to stand on its own, the Fed referred to tighter financial conditions and "federal fiscal retrenchment" as shaping its decision to continue buying $85 billion a month in bonds. The central bank said it would like to see more evidence that the recovery will be sustained before scaling back its purchases. The decision, coming at the end of the central bank´s two-day policy meeting, stunned investors,
With the deadline for a government shutdown growing near, House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) had a familiar choice to make: embrace something that looked like a compromise with Democrats, antagonizing conservatives in his party, or give in to their demands and guarantee a showdown with President Obama and Senate Democrats. On Wednesday, Boehner announced that he had chosen to stick with his own. Rather than rallying Republicans to a less-confrontational plan to keep the government running past Sept. 30, Boehner threw in with the boisterous, rebellious wing of the House GOP: He set, for Friday, a vote that would
JPMorgan Chase is expected to pay more than $900 million in fines to government authorities in Washington and London and make a rare admission of wrongdoing on Thursday, a pact that will settle a range of investigations over a multibillion trading blunder the bank suffered last year, according to people briefed on the matter. The settlements with the government authorities — the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Federal Reserve and the Financial Conduct Authority in London — will mark a pivotal moment for the nation’s largest bank as it works to move
The toll from devastating twin storms climbed to 80 on Wednesday as isolated areas reported damage and deaths to the outside world, and Mexican officials said that a massive landslide in the mountains north of the resort of Acapulco could drive the number of confirmed casualties even higher. Interior Secretary Miguel Angel Osorio Chong said federal authorities had reached the cutoff village of La Pintada by helicopter and had airlifted out 35 residents, four of whom were seriously injured in the slide. Officials have not yet seen any bodies, he said, despite reports from people in the area that at
WASHINGTON — President Obama’s first two defense secretaries publicly questioned the administration’s handling of the Syrian crisis on Tuesday night and expressed skepticism about whether Russia can broker a deal to remove Syria’s chemical weapons. (Snip) Mr. Gates, the only cabinet member from the administration of George W. Bush whom Mr. Obama asked to stay, said missile strikes on Syria “would be throwing gasoline on a very complex fire in the Middle East.” “Haven’t Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya taught us something about the unintended consequences of military action once it’s launched?” Mr. Gates said. Mr. Panetta, also speaking at the
Syrian President Bashar Assad, in an exclusive interview with Fox News, claimed he is fully committed to carrying out a plan to turn over and destroy his government´s chemical weapons -- while continuing to deny responsibility for last month´s deadly chemical weapons attack despite new evidence that officials say implicates the Assad regime. Assad acknowledged that his government has chemical weapons. "It´s not a secret anymore," he said, referencing his government´s decision to join the international Chemical Weapons Convention. Assad also said that the Aug. 21 chemical weapons attack, in which more than 1,000 people reportedly died, was a violation
Patrick Kennedy, the State Department´s undersecretary for management, faced questioning for the first time since a Republican House committee report faulted him in his management role at the State Department for security lapses leading up to the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attacks on Americans in Benghazi, Libya. Republicans pummeled Kennedy while Democrats largely defended him and the State Department. Questions ranged from why four of Kennedy´s subordinates faced disciplinary action for "leadership" failures, while Kennedy and other more senior officials did not; to why Kennedy did not wish to deploy an inter-agency emergency response team.
Obamacare is set to become the fully implemented law of the land in October unless something stops it. We will all find out the hard way just how this law, which has never enjoyed majority support, will impact our health insurance and the medical industry as a whole. So far, it’s proving effective at halting hiring and forcing employers to cut worker hours. Doctors have accelerated retirement. Large insurance carriers like Aetna have announced their intention to stay out of the Obamacare state insurance exchanges. Citizens in many states will see major increases in their health insurance premiums. It’s also
Am I a racist? That’s what I was called on Twitter this week. It happens every time I express my loathing for the burka and the niqab, both hideous shrouds that hide a woman’s face from the world and prevent her – and, therefore, her children – from playing a full part in society. My accuser on Twitter, one Imran Bhaloo, said it was offensive and racist of me to call a burka a shroud. “You have no right to evaluate culture,” he said. “A burka is not better or worse than a short dress, especially when you’re wearing it
I keep asking myself: why Syria? Why now? No war in America history has ever been opposed by 71% of the citizens, or 75% of the military. That’s how absurd and unnecessary this potential war is. Then, when you realize Obama has had so many scandals and failures to hide, war is the perfect cover story to mask the most disastrous record in modern presidential history. Obama is a desperate man. He has to cover-up the truth.
One of the first teams of heavily armed police to respond to Monday´s shooting in Washington DC was ordered to stand down by superiors, the BBC can reveal. A tactical response team of the Capitol Police, a force that guards the US Capitol complex, was told to leave the scene by a supervisor instead of aiding municipal officers. The Capitol Police department has launched a review into the matter. Aaron Alexis, 34, killed 12 people at the Washington Navy Yard. "I don´t think it´s a far stretch to say that some lives may have been saved if we were allowed to intervene," a Capitol