The State Department today announced that John Kerry would spend $10 million "to prevent and respond to gender-based violence in humanitarian emergencies worldwide." "Secretary of State John Kerry announced Monday the provision of $10 million in funding for a new U.S. initiative, Safe from the Start, to prevent and respond to gender-based violence in humanitarian emergencies worldwide. Secretary Kerry emphasized that in the face of conflict and disaster, we should strive to protect women and girls from sexual assault and other violence," reads the State Department press release. Safe from the Start’s initial commitment of $10 million will allow the UN High
A Kenyan intelligence officer and two soldiers each claimed one of the al-Shabaab terrorists who had been killed in the Westgate attack was a white female. Earlier, a senior Kenyan intelligence source said video footage from within the complex did show a white woman among the attackers. He said she was actively involved and believed to be British. The Foreign Office and British spy agencies have already said they cannot rule out the possibility that Lewthwaite, who is the widow of 7/7 suicide bomber Germaine Lindsay, was involved but there was no evidence at this stage.
Vandals set fire to a life-size statue of Ronald Reagan at a Southern California sports park that bears the name of the 40th president, authorities reported Monday. The bronze statue stands at the Ronald Reagan Sports Park in Temecula, Calif., the very same site praised by Reagan in the 1980s as a solid example of what volunteerism and fundraising can accomplish — rather than government regulation and taxpayer dollars. The statue portrays the president wearing casual clothing and holding a cowboy hat in one hand and a shovel in the other hand.
A stone monument of the Ten Commandments that sits on a street behind the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington and was the subject of controversy in the past has been toppled by vandals. The 3-foot-by-3-foot granite monument weighs 850 pounds and sits out front of the headquarters of Faith and Action, a Christian outreach ministry. The group installed the tablets in a garden outside its offices in 2006, and the group´s president said the tablets were angled so that justices arriving at the high court would see them. The Rev. Robert Schenck, who heads the organization, said the damage to the monument
WASHINGTON - The Internal Revenue Service says an official at the center of the agency´s tea party scandal is retiring. Lois Lerner headed the IRS division that handles applications for tax-exempt status when she was placed on paid leave in May. While she was in charge, the agency acknowledged that agents improperly targeted tea party groups for extra scrutiny when they applied for tax-exempt status from 2010 to 2012. Lerner first disclosed the targeting at a law conference in May, when she was asked a planted question about IRS treatment of political groups. Less than two weeks later, she refused
Say goodbye to political gridlock, and say hello to actual gridlock. President Obama left the city where nobody gets along and was en route Monday to the city where — for the next two weeks — nobody will be able to get around midtown. Obama is the headliner at the 68th United Nations General Assembly, an annual gathering of world leaders that means world-class traffic woes in Manhattan and elsewhere in New York City. They may speak myriad languages, but their arrival here translates to chaotic commutes, shuttered streets, honking horns, and rerouted bicyclists for the duration of the gathering.
The Obama administration remained mum Monday on whether it will grant a visa to accused war criminal and Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, who wants to address the U.N. General Assembly this week in New York. Bashir told reporters over the weekend that he´s booked a New York City hotel and plans to fly into the United States via Morocco, following the State Department confirming last week that he has indeed applied for a visa. Bashir´s wishes have put the U.S. government in a tricky and troubling situation. The Sudanese leader has been indicted by the International Criminal Court in connection
WASHINGTON — A so-called "family glitch" in the 2010 health care law threatens to cost some families thousands of dollars in health insurance costs and leave up to 500,000 children without coverage, insurance and health care analysts say. (Snip) Congress defined "affordable" as 9.5% or less of an employee´s wages, mostly to make sure people did not leave their workplace plans for subsidized coverage through the exchanges. But the "error" was that it only applies to the employee — and not his or her family. So, if an employer offers a woman affordable insurance, but doesn´t provide it for her
NAIROBI — Kenyan security forces on Monday seized control of a luxury shopping mall that had been attacked by Islamist militants, but officials said some assailants remained hidden inside stores in the mall and little was known about who staged the brazen attack and what countries they came from. A total of 62 people were killed after the gunmen, from the Islamist al-Shabab militia, burst into the Westgate Premier Shopping mall at lunchtime Saturday and began shooting, said Joseph Ole Lenku, a senior official with the Interior Ministry. The Kenyan Red Cross earlier estimated the death toll at 69, but
A jogger went to police Thursday evening after the driver of a car that nearly hit him fired a gun. Police said the jogger was on Shannon Road near the intersection with Clubhouse Drive when the incident occurred. The car reportedly cut the jogger off, then he spit on the car. After that the driver fired one shot. Police responded to the scene Friday morning and recovered one shell casing. Police have the gun that they believe was used, but have not made any arrests. A charge of reckless conduct is expected to be filed soon.
It´s hard for Ted Cruz to be humble. Part of the challenge stems from his résumé, which the Texas senator wears like a sandwich board. There´s the Princeton class ring that´s always on his right hand and the crimson gown that, as a graduate of Harvard Law School, he donned when called upon to give a commencement speech earlier this year. (Cruz´s fellow Harvard Law alums Barack Obama and Mitt Romney typically perform their graduation duties in whatever robes they´re given.) Even Cruz´s favorite footwear, a pair of black ostrich-skin cowboy boots, serves as an advertisement for his credentials and
BEMUS POINT, New York -- Increasingly popular bathroom wipes - pre-moistened towelettes that are often advertised as flushable - are being blamed for creating clogs and backups in sewer systems around the U.S. Wastewater authorities say wipes may go down the toilet, but even many labeled flushable aren´t breaking down as they course through the sewer system. That´s costing some municipalities millions of dollars to dispatch crews to unclog pipes and pumps and to replace and upgrade machinery. The problem got worldwide attention in July when London sewer officials reported removing a 15-ton "bus-sized lump" of wrongly flushed grease and
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin said she would be "disappointed" in the American electorate if Hillary Clinton becomes a serious candidate for president in 2016. The 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee argued Clinton would not be right for the role as commander in chief after four Americans, including the U.S. ambassador to Libya, died last year in a terrorist attack against a U.S. consulate in Benghazi. (Snip) She said "anyone who would just throw away 200 years of military ethos and leave our men behind to be murdered" should "never be considered as a commander in chief."
There are just some things that shouldn´t happen before your morning cup of coffee. Watching a live birth on TV is one of those things. Sandwiched between news of gunfire at the site of the Kenyan terror attack and a discussion of the Emmy Awards, the NBC Morning show started their week-long ´Born Today´ series about the challenges facing modern parents with a live birth.As part of the series, Today will be airing live births across the country throughout the show this week. The first half hour of Today is traditionally the most news-heavy so it was perplexing, and jarring,
The appalling events in Nairobi, where an al-Qaeda-linked terror cell has wreaked carnage in a shopping mall, is the price Kenya is paying for being a staunch ally of the West in waging war against Islamist extremism. [Snip] Al-Shabaab, the al-Qaeda-linked terror cell based in Somalia, has been involved in numerous attacks against the West during the past decade, from kidnapping and murdering holidaymakers to committing acts of piracy. But rather than confronting the group directly, the West has encouraged regional powers such as Kenya to tackle the problem on its behalf. Britain and America are more than happy to
The same day that the Federal Reserve´s Federal Open Market Committee announced last week that the Fed would continue to buy $40 billion in mortgage-backed securities (MBSs) and $45 billion in U.S. Treasury securities per month, the Fed also released its latest weekly accounting sheet indicating that it had already accumulated more Treasuries and MBSs than the total value of the publicly held U.S. government debt amassed by all U.S. presidents from George Washington though Bill Clinton. Since the beginning of September 2008, in fact, the Fed´s ownership of Treasury securities and MBSs has increased seven fold. As of the
ATLANTA A new House Oversight and Government Reform Committee “interim memo” on the IRS scandal suggests that media coverage of the tea party movement as “dangerous” and full of “rage” pushed IRS agents to scrutinize conservative groups unfairly. But could such collusion to target groups with the words “tea party” or “constitution” in their names – a program that the IRS acknowledges was a mistake – have chilled political speech to such an extent that it cleared the way for President Obama’s victory? But what has become clear to many conservatives is that federal agencies going back to 2010 appeared
As the saga of the Affordable Care Act continues, another mammoth program being pushed by the Department of Education for approval by all state legislatures is a national curriculum, which is called Common Core State Standards.(Snip)CCSS expedites the process of making government schools a vehicle for propagandizing students. The centralized government would be able to "teach" moral relativism, fairness, political correctness, multiculturalism, tolerance for the progressive agenda and bigotry for the traditional moral values. These Marxist/progressive concepts are changing the culture to welfare dependency.
Some barricaded themselves in storerooms, while others hid in boxes or even played dead. All were fleeing the bloody massacre unfolding around them as they saw terrified fellow shoppers mercilessly executed after being singled out as non-Muslim. Men, women and children were lined up and then gunned down with AK-47s after failing to name the Prophet Mohammed’s mother or recite passages from the Koran – sure-fire proof they were ‘kafirs’, or non-believers. Others fled and sought refuge in shops, bank vaults and store rooms as grenades exploded and bullets fired around them. The fortunate ones managed to emerge blood-splattered and
A British architect shot dead in the Kenyan mall massacre along with his partner were just weeks away from having their first child. Ross Langdon, who had dual Australian nationality, and his heavily pregnant partner Elif Yavuz were gunned down by terrorists who stormed the Nairobi shopping centre yesterday. According to the Foreign Office four Britons are among the 69 people slaughtered by the terrorists believed to be from Somali Islamist group Al Shabaab. Scroll down for videos -Mr Langdon, 33, had been involved with a number of projects across Africa, which included designing an HIV-Aids hospital in Kenya free
In the summer of 2011, some Democrats urged President Obama to simply raise the debt ceiling himself if Republicans refused to pass legislation. There was the "trillion dollar coin" idea, wherein the government mints itself out of trouble via an arcane bullion law. Then there was the 14th Amendment option. Here, the president would have to take a modern interpretation on the Civil War-era amendment about the "validity of the public debt of the United States," and surely face legal action. Now, as the two parties gear up for another debt ceiling bout, Greg Valliere at Potomac Research thinks Obama may be coming
I am sitting in a comfortable gold folding chair inside one of the many ballrooms at the Georgia International Convention Center. The atmosphere is festive, with a three-course dinner being served and children playing a big-band number. The kids are students at a KIPP academy in Atlanta, and they are serenading future teachers on the first night of a four-day-long series of workshops that will introduce us to the complicated language, rituals, and doctrines we will need to adopt as Teach for America "Corps Members." The phrase closing the achievement gap is the cornerstone of TFA´s general philosophy, public-relations messaging,
Anthony Weiner can’t even manage to play nice on the playground. The scandal-ridden mayoral primary loser — who reportedly flipped the finger after delivering his concession speech — was spotted at Union Square Park playground with his and Huma Abedin’s son, Jordan Zain, on Thursday when another child had an accident and peed on a swing. We’re told the father grabbed his kid and went to find a napkin to clean up, as Weiner made his way over to the exact swing. A spy tells us Weiner was heard screaming, “Thanks for leaving this thing soaking wet.” “
The last month and a half has seen perhaps the worst anti-Christian violence in Egypt in seven centuries, with dozens of churches torched. Yet the western media has mainly focussed on army assaults on the Muslim Brotherhood, and no major political figure has said anything about the sectarian attacks. Last week at the National Liberal Club there was a discussion asking why the American and British press have ignored or under-reported this persecution, and (in some people’s minds) given a distorted narrative of what is happening. Among the four speakers was the frighteningly impressive Betsy Hiel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,
Across America, many urban school districts are on life support, and in some places, the plug is ready to be pulled. This dire reality is routinely discussed, but missing from the conversation is the ever-growing dropout rate in urban schools. No, not the student dropout rate, but that of teachers. The teachers´ dropout rate is a result of burnout after their ambition is crushed by a climate of cultural adversity. In other words, their ´save the kids´ optimism dissolved into a ´run from the kids´ reality. These teachers anticipated teaching life-changing lessons to the kids but ended up learning life-changing
NAIROBI, Kenya — Four thunderous explosions rattled Nairobi´s upscale mall Monday, part of a battle between Kenyan troops and al-Qaida-linked terrorists. Top Kenyan officials said two hostage takers, part of "a multinational collection from all over the world," had been killed. Kenya´s interior minister said the evacuation of hostages "has gone very, very well" and that Kenyan officials are "very certain" that there are few if any hostages left in the building. Interior Minister Joseph Ole Lenku also revised the death toll to 62.