Speaking at the annual Congressional Black Caucus dinner, President Obama excoriated congressional Republicans Saturday night for risking a government shutdown, and vowed to stop their efforts to defund his health-care plan. “It is time for these folks to stop governing by crisis,” Mr. Obama said at the Washington Convention Center. “Some want to shut down the government rather than provide people with health care!” Referring to Republicans’ strategy to defund Obamacare, the president said he wanted to speak “as clearly as I can.” “It’s not going to happen,” he said. The administration and congressional Republicans are on a collision course over a
VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis on Saturday effectively demoted a highly conservative Italian cardinal who led the Vatican´s department on clergy, while keeping in place a German prelate who wages the Catholic church´s crackdown on liberal U.S. nuns and helps craft its sex-abuse response. After six months on the job to study the workings of the Vatican´s curia, or bureaucracy, Francis has now put his imprint on several key positions which help administer the Roman Catholic church´s worldwide flock. His management picks will likely both please and disappoint both conservatives and liberals alike, perhaps in line with his fledgling papacy, which
WASHINGTON— Days after mass shootings in both of his hometowns, President Barack Obama urged his most ardent supporters Saturday "to get back up and go back at it" and help push stalled legislation out of Congress so dangerous people won´t get their hands on guns. "We can´t rest until all of our children can go to school or walk down the street free from the fear that they will be struck down by a stray bullet," Obama said in a keynote speech to the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation´s annual awards dinner. Legislation calling for expanded background checks failed to clear the
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) told Breitbart News on Saturday evening that an Associated Press report that claimed he said that Americans “probably can’t get rid of Obamacare” is inaccurate. “I’ve been saying the same thing I’ve been saying all along,” Paul said. “I didn’t say anything different today than I haven’t already been saying. It’s kind of interesting that people create it to be news but I’ve said all along and continue to say that I won’t vote to fund Obamacare. I don’t think we should fund Obamacare.” The AP’s Thomas Beaumont wrote on Saturday that Paul said Obamacare “probably can´t
A former Guantanamo Bay prisoner who fought against British and US forces in Afghanistan has been killed while fighting for Al Qaeda in Syria. Mohammed Al Alami was released from the top-security detention centre in 2006 after convincing officials that he was no longer a threat to the West. The 37-year-old, who spent four years in custody, claimed he confessed to being a terrorist only after being beaten and threatened with death. But it has now been revealed that he was killed last month while fighting for Al Nusra Front, one of the most violent and ruthless Islamic groups in
Gunshots rang out between the red-brick apartment buildings at Pilgrim Village, and Newark Mayor Cory Booker ran to the noise. When Wazn Miller — the 19-year-old who was shot and bleeding — fell, Booker was there to catch him. It was April 19, 2004. Just another day in Newark. “It seemed like a whirlwind was going on around me, so much was flashing through my mind as I sat there just trying to hold this child as his breathing stopped,” Booker told an audience at Yale three years later. “The ambulance finally came, pushed me out of the way, ripped open his shirt where I now saw three
The pressure of being related to the Vice President has made Joe Biden´s niece Caroline ´unravel´, a report has claimed. Miss Biden, 26, was detained by police this week after getting into a fight with her roommate, and was pictured being carried away by officers while hiding under a towel. But now her ´friend´ socialite Paul Johnson Calderon has told the New York Post she has a pill and drink addiction caused by the pressure of being related to the Vice President. [Snip] ´The pressure of being Joe Biden’s niece made her totally unravel. it’s a desire for attention, a cry for help,´
Senate Democrats are urging Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to be aggressive in the standoff over a government shutdown with House Republicans. They say Reid should counter the House Republican government funding bill by not only stripping language defunding ObamaCare, but by increasing funding for the rest of the government. Democrats say Reid can afford to go on offense against Republicans given their division, and polls that show most voters would blame them if the government shuts down. “We’re going to try to get as high a CR level as we can get,” said Sen. Charles Schumer (N.Y.), the third-ranking member
Hillary Clinton may have posted a selfie on Twitter, but that doesn’t mean just any old shutterbug can take her picture. During a Clinton speech Thursday at a convention in Miami, an audience member dared snap a pic of the presumed presidential candidate with his smartphone, but Clinton’s team swept in, confiscated the man’s phone and deleted the snapshot. “It’s crazy,” said Andrew Rothberg, who was caught red-handed, to the Miami Herald of his experience at Clinton’s American Society of Travel Agents address. Rothberg said he used his Galaxy Note II to take a picture of Clinton onstage, but the stunt was observed
Americans who are fed up with Obamacare won a victory yesterday. The House voted to defund Obamacare while still funding the federal government to avoid a “devastating” shutdown. (I shall not digress, but it’s beyond distressing to hear liberals try to convince Americans that any government slowdown is comparable to “terrorism.”) (Snip) I want no pity. I need no empathy. But use me as a barometer. Over the years, the leftwing media has falsely and irrationally accused me of everything from faking a pregnancy to abetting murder. They lie. Deal with it.
BOSTON- Harvard, the richest university in the United States, said on Saturday it would seek to raise some $6.5 billion in donations to fund new academic initiatives and bolster its financial aid program. The fundraising drive by the Cambridge, Massachusetts, institution is the university´s biggest and believed to be the most ambitious ever undertaken by a university, ahead of one concluded last year by Stanford University in California that raised $6.2 billion. Harvard unveiled its campaign at an event featuring Bill Gates, who spent three years at the school in the 1970s before dropping out to co-found Microsoft Corp. Gates,
Mackinac Island, Mich.—A clear divide over the health care law separates the emerging field of potential GOP candidates for the 2016 presidential race, previewing the battles ahead as they try to rebuild their party and seize the White House. U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz says he will fight "with every breath" to stop President Barack Obama´s signature domestic achievement, even if that means shutting down parts of the federal government. It´s an approach that former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush calls "quite dicey" politically for Republicans. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky says flatly that a shutdown is "a dumb idea."
WASHINGTON — Four American citizens were reported injured in the Saturday attack on a shopping mall in Kenya. The wife of a foreign service national working for the U.S. Agency for International Development was killed, U.S. officials said. Kenyan officials said the assault on Nairobi´s top shopping mall killed at least 39 people and wounded more than 150 others. Somalia´s Islamic extremist group al-Shabab claimed responsibility. No details about the injured Americans were released by the State Department, which cited privacy concerns. Consular officers were in contact with the injured and were providing appropriate assistance, a State Department official said.
LOS ANGELES— The exclusion of Jack Klugman from an Emmy Awards tribute that includes Cory Monteith is an insult to the memory of the late TV veteran and three-time Emmy winner who starred in "The Odd Couple" and "Quincy M.E.," Klugman´s son says. "I think it´s criminal," said Adam Klugman in an interview with The Associated Press. "My dad was at the inception of television and helped build it in the early days." Ceremony producers announced this week that five individual salutes would be included on Sunday night´s Emmy show in addition to the traditional "in memoriam" segment that groups
Rick Perry doesn’t want to be forgotten. The Texas governor, whose 2012 presidential bid famously flamed out after a series of verbal blunders, is making moves to try to keep his name on the radar for a potential national comeback. His strategy: Curry favor with influential party stalwarts, demonstrate to voters in key Democratic strongholds that he has the answers for how to jumpstart the economy and even show a little political leg with a pit stop in Iowa this November. All this activity comes as Perry is weighing whether he should take another shot at the White House.
Police at Paris Charles de Gaulle airport have seized 1.3 tonnes of pure cocaine on board an Air France flight from Venezuela, French officials say. The drugs were found packed inside 30 suitcases on 11 September, but the operation was revealed on Saturday. France´s Interior minister, Manuel Valls, said it was the biggest drug haul ever made in the Paris area. Six people were arrested, accused of being members of an international drug smuggling ring, Mr Valls said. Officials say they believe the drugs were meant for sale in France and had a street value of 200m euros (£169m; $270m).
Mackinac Island— U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, a libertarian leader and potential presidential contender, said Saturday Republicans likely have lost the battle on repealing Obamacare and should focus on improving the president’s signature health care law. Paul struck a tone of realism Saturday — a day after the U.S. House voted for the 42nd time to derail the Affordable Care Act. The latest effort was a condition of funding federal operations past Sept. 30 or risking a government shutdown. “I’m acknowledging that we probably can’t defeat or get rid of Obamacare but by starting with our position of not funding it
Fifteen years after al-Qaeda’s attack on the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi, one of its burgeoning affiliates in Africa left its macabre calling card at a popular mall — and left myriad concerns about how Washington plans to address this unchecked terrorist growth. After all, 1998 was an alarm that preceded the 2001 attacks, an assault on two U.S. installations in Africa as al-Qaeda ramped up its ambitions, capabilities and reach. Several hours after the attack began, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said in a TV address that at least 39 had been killed and 150 were injured in the Westgate Premier
Mackinac Island, Mich. - Republican Sen. Rand Paul says President Barack Obama´s health care law probably can´t be defeated or gotten rid of. And he´s suggesting there is little he and other congressional Republicans can do to stop the law from taking effect. (Snip) But the Kentucky Republican says that time for that is running out. An opponent of the law many call "Obamacare," Paul says he´s acknowledging that, in his words, "we probably can´t defeat or get rid of Obamacare." He says that working from the position of not funding the health care law might help render it, quote,
Former President Bill Clinton said Janet Yellen would be “great” as the next chairman of the Federal Reserve and defended Larry Summers, who withdrew his name from consideration amid lawmaker opposition. “I also consider Janet Yellen a friend and I think she has shown good judgment,” Clinton said in an interview on CNN’s “Fareed Zakaria GPS,” scheduled to air tomorrow. “She’s been right on everything that’s happened in this whole aftermath of the financial crisis. So if she gets the job, I’ll be thrilled, too.” The likelihood of Yellen, 67, replacing Ben S. Bernanke as Fed chief has increased
A California Democrat has apologized for personal rants against a staffer of Sen. Ted Cruz, after she expressed optimism her boss and other congressional Republicans could defund “ObamaCare.” The Twitter attack on Amanda Carpenter, a Cruz speechwriter and communications adviser, occurred the same day House Republicans voted to fund the entire federal budget expect for ObamaCare. And it began after she tweeted that Capitol Hill Republicans could defund the law, riding the momentum of having defeating gun-control legislation and at least slowing President Obama’s plans for immigration reform and launching a military strike on Syria. “May your children all die
COMPULSIVE users of pornography show the same signs of addiction in their brain activity as alcoholics or drug addicts, a study has revealed. In the first research of its kind, scans showed that a central portion of the brain which is stimulated in drug or alcohol addicts also “lit up” when compulsive pornography users watched explicit material. There was no such effect in the brains of people who were not habitual users of porn. The Cambridge University study will increase pressure for tighter control on porn. Researchers used MRI scans to analyse the brain activity of 19 users of pornography
Mitt Romney´s brood has continued to grow but now it´s apparently going too fast for even him to keep count. The former Republican presidential hopeful tweeted a congratulatory message about the adoption of the latest member of the clan, calling the young boy grandchild number 22. The problem there is that he tweeted a similar message back in July when his son Josh and daughter-in-law Jen gave birth to their youngest son, tagging the message ´#22´. The latest addition to the family today was an adopted boy named Kieran James Romney and in the picture that Mitt tweeted, the baby is
A Republican-led House committee is looking into the Department of Veterans Affairs awarding roughly $573,000 in bonuses as the agency continues to try to fix a list of problems -- highlighted by a backlog of hundreds of thousands of veterans’ claims. One of the biggest bonuses went to an agency official who oversaw the Pittsburgh medical centers in which five veterans died from an outbreak of Legionnaire´s disease. “I don´t think the VA understands that this is not the way to reward individuals for poor performance,” said Florida Republican Rep. Jeff Miller, chairman of the House Committee on Veterans´ Affairs.
All eyes at this week’s United Nations General Assembly will be on Iran’s new president, Hassan Rouhani. Since taking office in August, he has sent encouraging signals about his willingness to engage more constructively with the West than his predecessor, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who insisted on proceeding with Iran’s nuclear program, denied the Holocaust and seemed unconcerned as his country slipped into deeper economic distress. Mr. Rouhani’s assembly address on Tuesday gives him a chance to provide concrete evidence that his talk of change is real. The world’s chief concern, President Obama stressed last week, continues to be Iran’s nuclear program,