The second-in-command of the world’s greatest state sponsor of terrorism is coming to New York. Cause for celebration? Hassan Rouhani is Iran’s new president, chosen in an undemocratic election. Rouhani has spent his life in the service of the Islamic Republic, and there is no evidence anywhere of dissent. If he opposed jailing dissidents, killing opponents, supporting terrorism by Hezbollah and others, killing Americans in Iraq and Afghanistan, stealing elections, and trying to build a nuclear weapon there is no evidence of it. But Rouhani is famous for one thing: pulling the wool over Western eyes and negotiating at length to
When Edward Everett Hale served as chaplain to the Senate, he was once asked if he prayed for the senators. “No,” he responded, “I look at the senators and pray for the country.” If the sight of senators in their own chamber was enough to drive Chaplain Hale to the Almighty, what would he make of a White House where senators run the show? From the presidency (ex- Sen. Barack Obama) and the vice presidency (ex- Sen. Joe Biden) to the offices of secretary of state (ex-Sen. John Kerry) and secretary of defense (ex-Sen. Chuck Hagel), this administration is dominated by
SAN FRANCISCO -- It’s no secret that some people really don’t like the aggressive way that LinkedIn convinces you to turn over your email address book to send those pesky invitations to friends to sign up for the service. Now four users are suing the professional networking service over it. In a lawsuit filed in federal court this week, they allege LinkedIn is “hacking” into their email accounts without their consent and harvesting the email addresses of everyone they have ever swapped messages with. “The hacking of the users´ email accounts and downloading of all email addresses associated with that user´s account is
In what is being described as the first known event of its kind, a transgendered teen was named as her high school’s homecoming queen on Friday. “I am so proud to win this not just for me, but everyone out there,” 16-year-old Cassidy Campbell said after receiving her crown during the halftime of Marina High’s homecoming football game Friday night in Huntington Beach, CA. The Los Angeles Times published a slideshow of photos from the homecoming event, which you can view here. Cassidy rose to national prominence when it was reported that she was entering the contest.
One of the biggest mistakes President Obama is making over the threat of a government shutdown and the failure to raise the debt ceiling is his refusal to negotiate. In speech after speech, Mr. Obama crusades against negotiation. Has anyone ever seen anything like this? He’s the president. Supposedly, he’s the chief executive. But Mr. Obama doesn’t want to dirty his hands by talking to Republican congressional leaders. Now, this is an odd paradigm given the fact that the president and his lieutenants are willing to negotiate with Russia’s Vladimir Putin, Syria’s Bashar Assad, and most recently wit the Iranian
The U.S. Air Force nearly detonated an atomic bomb over North Carolina in 1961 that would have been 260 times more powerful than the device that destroyed Hiroshima, according to a declassified report published Friday in The Guardian. The 1969 document, obtained by investigative journalist Eric Schlosser under the Freedom of Information Act, details the Jan. 23, 1961, B-52 crash near Goldsboro, North Carolina, that saw two Mark 39 hydrogen bombs break up in mid-air. The report said that one of the two bombs behaved exactly as nuclear weapon is designed to function in wartime and that only a single low-voltage switch
O.J. SIMPSON is shaken to the core because bombshell evidence that proves he murdered his ex-wife and her friend is hidden in his $500,000 Florida home – and it’s all about to be discovered because the house is headed for the auction block on Oct. 29. The home has been in foreclosure, and the disgraced football star, now imprisoned in Nevada, is terrified that the new owner will discover the items – the knife used in the gruesome murders and the designer shoes that left bloody tracks around his former wife’s lifeless body. Plus, sources tell The ENQUIRER, at one point O.J.
Early in the morning of May 11, 1987, someone smashed through the glass doors of the Museum of Modern Art in Stockholm, removed a Matisse from a wall and fled. All it took was daring and a sledgehammer. The whereabouts of the painting, “Le Jardin,” remained a mystery until the work was found last year and made a celebratory trip home in January. But law enforcement played no role. The return was facilitated by the Art Loss Register, a London-based company that over the last two decades has evolved into a little-noticed but increasingly integral part of art investigation around the world. The
A group of unusually well-dressed visitors lined up at the southeast gate of the White House Friday, when the winners of the 2013 National Design Awards joined First Lady Michelle Obama for a celebratory lunch. They included New York designer Behnaz Sarafpour, who won this year’s award for Fashion Design awarded by the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, and graphic designer Paula Scher, who won for Communications Design. Growing up in Washington, Ms. Scher recalled, she would see a young Caroline Kennedy riding her pony on the White House lawn. (Snip) Contributing to the glow of the occasion was a four-course
Two Republican House lawmakers asked the Labor Department to provide "all legal analyses" it has done on a proposed Obamacare "fix" sought by Big Labor. The lawmakers think the administration is secretly working on a such a fix but trying to keep it hidden from the public. In a letter Wednesday to Labor Secretary Thomas Perez, House Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline, R-Minn., and Rep. Phil Roe, R-Tenn., said their request was prompted by the mysterious disappearance of a posting on the Office of Management and Budget´s website saying it had received DOL´s proposed rule on the issue.
Isn’t it obvious that Ted Cruz is in it for Ted Cruz? The man had a choice–he could fight the’ Senate’s push for “amnesty first” immigration legislation, which he had a very good chance of killing, or he could stage a showy fight against funding Obamacare that he’d certainly lose. The first course would annoy the business backers who fund Senate and presidential campaigns. The latter course would gin up and channel conservative anger , boosting Cruz’s profile in the caucuses and primaries,without doing anyone much damage at all (since it would fail). The choice seems to have been a
Eleven days before push comes to shove for the federal health insurance marketplace, the nation’s top Obamacare official on Friday used a Kansas City forum to seek help from local officials. There are bound to be some glitches Oct. 1, the first day that consumers can shop for individual pricing information on the federal health insurance marketplace, said Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. But in an interview, she expressed confidence that the federal government’s online system would be ready for consumers in Kansas and Missouri. What’s needed, she said, is grass-roots help to educate consumers about their options.
With the exoneration of Tom Delay in Texas yesterday, yet another high-profile case of prosecutorial misconduct has emerged. This follows such other cases as that of Ted Stevens in 2008, and the notorious Duke Lacrosse case. But these were all cases in which top-flight legal talent was able to uncover the misconduct. There are many more that go unrecognized. The Innocence Project of Florida lists numerous examples, including one in which a man spent 25 years in jail for the murder of his wife, a murder he didn’t commit. They have a list of 1,100 exonerations in the years 1989-2012.
AT THE U.S. BORDER, Columbus, N.M. — The mothers, holding the small hands of their children, can go only as far as the glass door, where Mexico ends and America begins. They lean down and send off their little ones with a kiss and a silent prayer. The children file into the U.S. port of entry, chatting in Spanish as they pull U.S. birth certificates covered in protective plastic from Barbie and SpongeBob backpacks. Armed U.S. border officers wave them onto American soil and the yellow buses waiting to take them to school in Luna County, N.M. This is the daily
As we continue to knock down individual members from the long list of liberal talking points, another we can add to the scrap heap of history is that Republicans are the "party of the rich." In polling data during the 2012 election campaign, two and a half times more registered voters said that the Republicans´ policies favor the rich versus those of the Democrats. Twice as many voters thought the Democrats´ policies favored the middle class compared to those of the Republicans. And twelve times as many voters indicated that the Democrats´ policies favored the poor over those of the
On the surface, the House GOP was in pep-rally mode as they headed into one of their most serious conflicts with President Obama since Republicans took the House in 2010. Lawmakers have been bragging about the unity behind closed doors since Speaker John Boehner embraced the strategy of trying to defund Obamacare through the government-funding bill. And at a rally after the vote, dozens of lawmakers cheered lustily as Majority Leader Eric Cantor delivered a remarkably political speech that specifically targeted a series of vulnerable Senate Democrats up for reelection. Underneath the surface, the same fault lines are still there and will
Wedged into the blotter on Mike Farah´s desk at the Funny or Die studios in Hollywood is an index card with a list — wrangling talent, polishing scripts and arranging shoots — long enough to keep the comedy website executive fully occupied. But these tasks are part of a different quest: the campaign to ensure the success of President Obama´s healthcare law. While the GOP-led House passed a spending bill Friday that would strip federal funding for the Affordable Care Act and force a confrontation with the Senate that could shut down the government, Farah and his team were developing
President Obama’s speech to the nation laid out his plan for a limited attack against Syrian President Assad and his use of sarin gas. He made his case with passion. But in conclusion, he asked Congress to postpone its vote on military action because of an apparent Russian proposal to dispose of Syria’s poison gas in return for the prohibition of U.S. force. The diplomatic minuet with Russia is not only odd, it is dangerous. For the first time in memory U.S. foreign policy is hostage to a presumptive enemy. If the U.S. agrees to the Russian proposal, Putin will have
Parents of those out-of-control teens who broke into ex-NFLer Brian Holloway’s upstate home and trashed it now fear that their little darlings might not get into college. But the kids are getting a valuable lesson anyway thanks to Holloway — and despite their parents’ efforts. The story is a painful reminder of how too many kids are raised today: The teens, between 200 and 300 of them, break into a home that is not theirs and throw an out-of-control booze- and drug-filled party. They leave shattered windows, urine-soaked carpets, gouged floors and walls covered in graffiti and holes. And then they
An associate pastor at a church in Norwalk arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting more than 20 female parishioners allegedly told his victims the sex acts were a necessary part of using "healing hands." Jorge Juan Castro, 53, was arrested last Friday on allegations that during his eight years as associate pastor at Las Buenas Nuevas Church in Norwalk, he repeatedly sexually assaulted at least 20 parishioners. He told the alleged victims who questioned the sex acts that they were part of the faith-healing process, said L.A. County Sheriff´s Capt. Robert Esson. "He claimed to have healing hands and ulitized that process
As President Obama was poised to attend Sunday’s memorial for the 12 people killed at Washington´s Navy Yard, firefighters in his hometown were using a hose to wash the blood from a basketball court where 13 people were shot on Thursday night, including a 3-year-old boy. The boy, Denota Howard, was the most seriously wounded, with a bullet entering his ear and exiting his cheek. But he was expected to survive, as were all the others. They were at once an unlucky, but very lucky, 13. “It’s a miracle there was no fatality,” Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy told a Friday
WASHINGTON – Overpayments in the unemployment insurance system cost taxpayers billions of dollars every year, including millions of dollars in benefits going to convicts in prisons across the nation, according to a House panel. The House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Human Resources held a hearing focusing on ways to “end cash for convicts” and improve the integrity of the unemployment insurance system. Rep. Dave Reichert (R-Wash.), the subcommittee’s chairman, said reports from several states suggest that millions of dollars have been paid wrongly to individuals who are not able and available for work because they are incarcerated. “New Jersey, there were 20,000
President Barack Obama is once again warning House Republicans that he will not negotiate over a debt-ceiling increase, even as the U.S. government moves closer to its borrowing limit. Obama called Speaker John Boehner Friday night to reiterate his hard-line stance. The Ohio Republican’s office said the president called to say “he wouldn’t negotiate with him on the debt limit.” “Given the long history of using debt limit increases to achieve bipartisan deficit reduction and economic reforms, the speaker was disappointed but told the president that the two chambers of Congress will chart the path ahead,” a Boehner aide said
LOS ANGELES — California is challenging the historic status of American citizenship with measures to permit noncitizens to sit on juries and monitor polls for elections in which they cannot vote and to open the practice of law even to those here illegally. It is the leading edge of a national trend that includes granting drivers’ licenses and in-state tuition to illegal immigrants in some states and that suggests legal residency could evolve into an appealing option should immigration legislation fail to produce a path to citizenship. With 3.5 million noncitizens who are legal permanent residents in California, some view
The perfect companion vid to Jay Cost’s analysis this morning of how unusually, relentlessly partisan The One’s rhetoric has been as president, especially in his weekly YouTube messages. Oh, and also to Politico’s round-up of Democrats wondering why someone who’s so often touted as a brilliantly eloquent orator can’t seem to sell the public on anything except his own personal awesomeness. (Headline: “The ‘meh’ of a salesman.”) As usual, Nancy is eye-to-eye with reality. Silver lining: A reporter asking a big-name Democrat why righties dislike Obama is almost always bait to accuse them of racism. She doesn’t take it. Second look
Happy times are all alike, nestled in the comfortable batting of peace, growth, and stability. Every unhappy time is unhappy in its own way. America has been blessed because, since the end of the Great Depression, our nation has experienced only two periods of deep discontent that lasted a decade or more. The first was the 1970s. We are living through the second today. Which was worse? The popular mind often misremembers the past. For instance, these days the 1950s are held out as a time deserving special scorn. Stories set in the Eisenhower era are often shot through with contempt