As diplomatic humiliations go, Hassan Rouhani´s refusal to accept President Obama´s offer of an informal "encounter" and historic photo-op at Tuesday´s meeting of the U.N. General Assembly may not be the most consequential. But it is among the most telling. This isn´t the first time an Iranian president has left his U.S. counterpart cooling his heels at Turtle Bay. In 2000, Bill Clinton sought a meeting at a U.N. luncheon with then-Iranian president Mohammed Khatami, another reputed moderate, who also declined the opportunity of an American handshake. Back then, the explanation for Mr. Khatami´s refusal was that internal Iranian politics would not
Justice: Lois Lerner, the IRS official responsible for harassing Tea Party and other conservative groups, is retiring. Democrats are hoping this is the end of the scandal. In fact, the investigation is only beginning. Lerner, it´s been reported, will walk away with a $50,000-plus-a-year retirement, not bad for someone officially found to be in "neglect of (her) duties" and about to be fired. She´s been on official leave since May, when she admitted the IRS had targeted conservative groups for added scrutiny. Unfortunately, Lerner, the former director of IRS exempt organizations, claimed only low-level "rogue" IRS officials in Cincinnati were responsible. This turned
NEW YORK – Democratic mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio was on the defensive Tuesday, explaining his support for the socialist government of Nicaragua and a honeymoon in Cuba that was so secret, he never told his kids. As 1010 WINS’ Stan Brooks reported, Republican candidate Joe Lhota said de Blasio needs to explain his “dangerous” policies. In a statement Tuesday, Lhota said de Blasio “needs to explain himself — and explain himself now” and doubled down on his accusation that de Blasio is engaging in “class warfare” in his campaign.“Mr. de Blasio’s involvement with the Sandinistas didn’t happen in 1917;
United Nations — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov worked in a "constructive spirit" on Tuesday on a draft U.N. Security Council resolution that would demand the destruction of Syria´s chemical arsenal, a U.S. official said. Kerry and Lavrov met on the sidelines of the annual gathering of world leaders at the United Nations. The U.S. official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, and Russian U.N. Ambassador Vitaly Churkin would now need to do more work on the draft text to reach agreement.
Subversion: As Cairo bans the radical Muslim Brotherhood and jails thousands of its leaders, the terror-supporting group is making deeper inroads into our own government. The extent of the Brotherhood´s influence on operations — within the State Department and even the FBI — is stunning and demands further investigation. It turns out that one of those arrested Brotherhood leaders previously worked for the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation, according to the Washington Free Beacon. Gehad (Jihad) el-Haddad, a top Brotherhood official and aide to ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, was actually employed by the Clintons from August 2007 to August 2012, when
Shortly after William E. Rapfogel became the leader of one of New York City’s most influential social service organizations in 1992, prosecutors say, he began to steal. (Snip) Over two decades at the nonprofit Metropolitan New York Council on Jewish Poverty, Mr. Rapfogel and two confederates stole more than $5 million, much of it taxpayer money, said the complaint, which detailed the schemes and charged Mr. Rapfogel with grand larceny, money laundering and other crimes. Some of the money went to the co-conspirators, who were not named in the complaint; some of it was directed to politicians and political organizations.
President Obama addressed the United Nations today. It’s a fool’s errand if you think about it, and Obama’s remarks were duly foolish. He began by assuring the world of America’s near-pacifism and lack of seriousness when it comes to fighting terrorism. Obama cited our retreat from Iraq and Afghanistan, new limitations on the use of drones, and his “diligent” work to close Gitmo. The world already understands your of lack of seriousness, Mr. President. There’s no need to embarrass yourself by reminding folks that, after five years, the Gitmo prison is still up and running. Obama’s Syria policy is so
The House Republican leadership is seriously considering attaching a one-year delay of Obamacare’s individual mandate to the Senate bill to avert a government shutdown, according to senior GOP aides. If House Republicans decide to go this route, it would all but provoke a government shutdown, since Senate Democrats might not even schedule a vote on a bill that includes that provision, Senate leadership staffers say. Even if the Senate schedules a vote, there might not be time to move the legislation through the slow-moving chamber.The House Republican leadership is planning its next move as it becomes abundantly clear that
Steven Binko is young, healthy and recently unemployed. He doesn’t see any reason he should be required to buy health insurance next year. Since losing his job at an Olive Garden restaurant in Jacksonville, Florida, the 25-year-old said he can’t afford to buy health care on his own. Even a premium of $40 a month for a plan through the U.S. Affordable Care Act exchanges would be too much. Therein lies the challenge for President Barack Obama. Binko is one of 2.7 million healthy 18- to 34-year-olds, dubbed the young invincibles, that the Obama administration has said are needed in
In exclusive comment to Breitbart News, former ESPN and CBS broadcaster and former Southern Methodist University and NFL star tailback Craig James criticized former employer Fox Sports Southwest for its firing of him two weeks ago over his public stance on same-sex marriage. “I was shocked that my personal religious beliefs were not only the reason for Fox Sports firing me but I was completely floored when I read stories quoting Fox Sports representatives essentially saying that people of faith are banned from working at Fox Sports,” James told Breitbart News. “That is not right and surely someone made a
KARMALAHANG, India—When the call came from New Delhi, Punita Devi braced herself for the worst. Her husband, she learned, had been sentenced to death by hanging. Akshay Kumar Singh and three other men were convicted this month of a crime that focused the world´s attention on violence against women in India: the gang rape and killing of a 23-year-old physiotherapy student on a bus in December. For the parents of the woman who died, the sentencing brought a measure of closure. For Ms. Devi, who is in her 20s, and her 2-year-old son, her husband´s crime and punishmentMs. Devi expects to be
Don´t run, Hillary. Nobody is saying the former secretary of state, New York senator, U.S. and Arkansas first lady, and Yale-trained attorney is not qualified for the White House. (Snip)America is weary of limited political choices and dynasties. A second Clinton presidency might culminate in 28 years of Clinton-Bush control. We are, more than ever, a nation that desperately needs to renew itself with what is different and hopeful and visionary. Unfortunately, there is too much that is predictable with a second Clinton candidacy.
Quetta, Pakistan - A major earthquake hit a remote part of western Pakistan on Tuesday, killing at least 45 people and prompting a new island to rise from the sea just off the country´s southern coast. Tremors were felt as far away as the Indian capital of New Delhi, hundreds of miles to the east, where buildings shook, as well as the sprawling port city of Karachi in Pakistan. The United States Geological Survey said the 7.8 magnitude quake struck 145 miles southeast of Dalbandin in Pakistan´s quake-prone province of Baluchistan, which borders Iran. The earthquake was so powerful that
It is a strange political moment indeed. Democrats are cheering on a debate between Republicans over the best way to sink President Obama’s health law. Obama’s former top spokesman, Robert Gibbs, said from his new post at NBC that the tactical debate over how to squash the law had rescued the president from the “quicksand” of his sinking second term; that the president has been saved because some Republicans are willing to risk a government shutdown to block ObamaCare. Maybe. Maybe not. But how’s this for slim solace: Thank goodness our rivals aren’t more effective in exploiting popular disdain for the
United Nations - Iran´s new president, Hassan Rouhani, blasted international sanctions against Iran on Tuesday, comparing them to the widely criticized punitive measures against Iraq while the late Saddam Hussein was in power. "These sanctions are violent, pure and simple," he told the U.N. General Assembly, adding that normal people, not political elites, ended up suffering because of them. "The negative impact is not nearly limited to the intended victims of sanctions."
United Nations - French President Francois Hollande became the first Western leader to meet new Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Tuesday after warning that Paris expects "concrete gestures" by Iran to show it will give up a military nuclear program. France has been a strong advocate of sanctions to pressure Iran over its nuclear program but has been cautious in its statements since Rouhani, a relative moderate, was elected in June. Hollande, who exchanged handshakes with Rouhani at the United Nations in mid-afternoon - the first between leaders of the two countries since 2005 - told the U.N. General Assembly
A few issues ago, I had a piece in National Review called “Freedom from Fear, for Now: A personal reflection on living in New York.” I would like to expand on that piece in this column, for the next few days. I will begin the same way I began the magazine piece — with a strange fact, hard to believe: In 15 years of living in New York, I have never looked over my shoulder. (Snip) And when I’m in another city, I think, “Oh, yeah. I remember this. This is the way it was in New York, too, once
The US shale boom is remaking the nation´s industrial landscape and raising the prospect of energy independence in the world´s biggest oil consumer. Booming oil and gas production is creating jobs, reinvigorating energy-consuming industries and remaking the US trade balance. (Snip) The shale boom, which began with a focus on natural gas, has shifted more recently to shale oil. Shale oil production reached about 2 million barrels a day last year, pushing overall US output to 6.4 million barrels of oil per day, the most in 15 years and 32 percent above the level five years ago.
“Melt the phones!” That’s the new battle cry for friends of medical freedom and foes of Obamacare. The time is now to phone Republican senators and urge them to vote “No” on Majority Leader Harry Reid’s cloture motion, which will come up for a vote on Wednesday. Reid hopes to secure 60 votes to stop debate on the House-passed continuing resolution that funds the federal government and keeps it open beyond the end of this fiscal year (Monday, September 30). The House’s CR finances everything in the federal budget, save for Obamacare, which it mercifully zeroes out just before it wheezes into
President Obama’s speech to the United Nations today displayed the tone-deafness to freedom and to the fate of non-Muslim peoples in the Middle East that he has shown since coming to office. When he discussed Iran, a vicious dictatorship whose regime is rejected by the great majority of that nation’s population, what words of encouragement did he have for the Iranian people? None. On the contrary he said, “We are not seeking regime change,” reassuring not the people but their rulers. Adding insult to injury he then said, “Iran’s genuine commitment to go down a different path [on nuclear weapons] will
Speaking before the United Nations General Assembly, President Obama justified the NSA’s spying programs, arguing they have helped to stabilize the world in the five years since he took office. “As a result of this work, and the cooperation of its allies and partners, the world is more stable than it was five years ago,” the president said on Tuesday morning. Nonetheless, Obama also told the audience that the United States would review its surveillance practices due to concerns raised by the international community. Prior to the president’s speech, in her own remarks, Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff sharply criticized the U.S. program,
In the first five paragraphs of a recent dispatch from Stockholm, the Associated Press--in our estimation unwittingly, for the most part--exposes the deep corruption of the "global warming" enterprise: Scientists working on a landmark U.N. report on climate change are struggling to explain why global warming appears to have slowed down in the past 15 years even though greenhouse gas emissions keep rising. Leaked documents obtained by The Associated Press show there are deep concerns among governments over how to address the issue ahead of next week´s meeting of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Climate skeptics have used the lull in surface
President Barack Obama told the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday that the United States is primarily focusing its diplomatic efforts on Iran´s nuclear program and the Israel-Palestinian conflict. The U.S., he said, will support Iran´s use of nuclear energy, and will attempt to negotiate with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. [Snip] But Tuesday afternoon a White House official said that while the White House said it would welcome ´an encounter´ between Obama and Rouhani in New York, Iranian officials said no. ´The Iranians have an internal dynamic that they have to manage and the relationship with the United States is clearly
As Kenyan security forces made their final search yesterday for survivors of the Nairobi terror attack, it was not the devastation of the Westgate shopping mall that will have been causing them most concern. [Snip] Al-Qaeda has come a long way since its early days, when groups of fanatical jihadi fighters hatched desperate plots to attack the West from remote caves hidden away in the Hindu Kush. These days, as the Kenyan authorities are discovering, al-Qaeda has developed into a truly global brand, a multinational terror force that is just as capable of drawing recruits from the prosperous mid-West of
Two Britons and three Italians were charged Tuesday with smuggling 1.3 tonnes of cocaine worth an estimated 200 million euros ($270m) into Paris on an Air France flight, a judicial source said. The drugs were concealed inside 30 suitcases that were placed on a plane from the Venezuelan capital Caracas to Paris on September 11. Paris judges charged the five men, aged between 26 and 45, with importing and trafficking narcotics in an organised gang, the source said. Venezuelan authorities, meanwhile, have detained 10 people in connection with the drug bust, including an officer from the anti-drug unit
President Barack Obama and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani will not meet at the United Nations on Tuesday, senior administration officials said. The White House had offered to have “an encounter” between the two leaders on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly, but Iranian officials ultimately declined. (Snip) U.S. and Iranian officials had been discussing the possibility of an Obama-Rouhani meeting for days, an official said. Ultimately, though, “it was clear that it was too complicated for them.” Rouhani skipped a lunch at the United Nations that offered him and Obama the most likely chance of an informal meeting,