Members of the second-most-exclusive club in Congress don’t reside in the poor house, but unlike the 50 richest members, the 10 “poorest” are seriously in debt. Eight Democrats and two Republicans ranked at the bottom of the list of the 535 lawmakers in the House and Senate in our annual calculations for the 50 Richest project. These dairy farmers, lawyers, business owners and lifetime public officials have significant assets and might actually be considered wealthy by some, but they have the smallest minimum net worths because they all hold massive debts and liabilities of at least $500,000, including obligations such
As the 50th anniversary of the JFK assassination approaches, so does the merchandising onslaught — books, movies, commemorative magazines. But there is one aspect of this commercialism that remains surprising: The most shameless huckster of Kennedy mythology and memorabilia is Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg. Her public image is that of the classy, quiet keeper of the Kennedy legacy, the civic-minded former lawyer who publishes books on poetry while her cousins crash into trees and kick nurses. With the bar for Kennedy comportment set so low, it’s almost impossible for Caroline not to look good. Look closer, though, and it’s clear that Caroline’s image is
In a sneak preview of their first big “landmark” report on climate change since 2007, the big-government, progressive, eco-radical, globalist types on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change at the United Nations revealed in August that they are absotively, posilutely 95 percent super-duper certain that global warming is definitely happening to a dangerous degree and that human activity is the overwhelming cause behind it. The flaw in their master plan, however, is that Planet Earth has recently been presenting some counter-narrative quirks to their hotly anticipated findings (I’m not sure who is hotly anticipating them, but I read somewhere that people
A hotly-contested law that was to allow in-home child care providers to vote on whether to unionize has been temporarily blocked by a federal appeals court. Officials of the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation, which is representing Minnesota providers who oppose unionization, said they received notice late Thursday that their motion for an injunction blocking the law was granted by the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals. According to lawyers for the group, that means the child-care union election cannot take place until the injunction is lifted. The appeals court said it wants to wait to see if the U.S.Supreme Court
President Obama’s attempt to lead the United States into an intervention in Syria may have provided the White House a distraction from the summer of scandal, but they’re still there, festering. As the president waddles toward lame duck status, the various scandals will increasingly come to shape Obama’s second term. Scandals like the NSA revelation have already forced the president to address the issues on other than his terms. His decision to go to Congress for authorization on Syria stands in stark contrast to the last time the U.S. intervened in a civil war in the region, in Libya in
Former Chicago Bears great Gale Sayers has requested that a lawsuit filed in his name against the NFL alleging negligence in the treatment of his multiple head injuries be withdrawn. Sayers told the Chicago Tribune Saturday that he did not consent to the lawsuit, which was filed in his name Friday in U.S. District Court in Chicago. Sayers´ wife, Ardie, told the paper that attorney John F. Winters had called them to say the matter was "a big misunderstanding" and that the suit would be dropped. Winters responded by telling the paper that Sayers had decided Saturday to withdraw the suit after
NAIROBI, Kenya -- Multiple barrages of gunfire erupted Sunday morning from the upscale Kenyan mall where there is a hostage standoff with Islamic extremists nearly 24 hours after they attacked using grenades and assault rifles. Two wounded Kenyan security forces were carried out of the Westgate shopping mall after a sustained volley of gunfire that may have included grenade blasts. Kenyan authorities said the militants held an unknown number of hostages in the shopping center located in the Westlands area of Nairobi, after killing at least 39 and injuring 150 on Saturday.
Nothing about the political battle between conservatives and liberals is new — not the passion, not the beliefs and not the absolute certainty on both sides that the country is doomed. You could go back to the nation’s founding, and you would find similar disputes such as we are engaged in today. Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson waged a fierce fight over the notion of a central bank, for instance, and the same underlying themes were apparent then that are now being discussed regarding the need for federal oversight of health care, education, law enforcement, marriage and virtually every other element
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).