President Obama gave a meandering defense of U.S. policy before the United Nations General Assembly in New York today, capped by declarations of wiggle room on key issues such as Iran as he directed Secretary of State John Kerry to begin dialogue with new “reformer” Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. Not bothering to mention the human rights of Iranians, the president’s muddled message continued: “We are not seeking regime change, and we respect the right of the Iranian people to access peaceful nuclear energy.” He even declared that al-Qaeda had still been damaged even after rattling off recent terror attacks, and
As Kenyan authorities declared the mall siege by Al Qaeda affiliate al-Shabab over, new evidence emerged about the terrorists’ multi-layered strategy, according to the Republican chairman of the House Intelligence Committee. "Hostage taking, different stages of the attack, they had very,very good intelligence, meaning they had probably cased out this location for some time, they knew how it operated," Rep. Mike Rogers of Michigan told Fox News. "It came in waves. They had each phase, (it) was well thought out (and) had different actors and different leaders at each portion of the phase." Based on intelligence, Rogers said the Nairobi
Donte Robinson, initially charged in the murder of Autumn Pasquale, was released from a youth correctional facility Tuesday, according to sources close to the case. In afternoon court proceedings, Donte, of Clayton, pleaded to fourth degree obstruction in Gloucester County Family Division Superior Court Judge Colleen Maier’s courtroom. The teen, who has been in the Camden County Youth Correction Facility since last fall, was sentenced to six months in jail and released with time served, according to sources who did not want to be identified. Donte and his brother Justin Robinson were 17 and 15 last October when arrested and
Former President Bill Clinton says his wife would rather be a grandmother than president. In an interview on “CBS This Morning” Tuesday, anchor Charlie Rose asked the 42nd president which role Hillary Clinton would prefer taking on. “If you ask her, I think she’d say grandmother. But I have found it best not to discuss that issue,” he said with a laugh The Clintons´ only daughter, Chelsea, is married but does not have any children. “My goal is to live to be a grandfather. The rest of it is out of my hands,” Clinton said. With three years until the 2016 presidential election, speculation over
“This has been one of the strangest weeks I’ve ever had in Washington. As soon as we listed Ted Cruz as our featured guest this week, I got unsolicited research and questions, not from Democrats but from top Republicans, to hammer Cruz.” — Host Chris Wallace on this week’s Fox News Sunday This is a battle to save America and restore the Constitution. A battle for liberty and freedom. Call it “The Reaganite Rebellion” — a full blown show down between conservatives and liberals over the future of America. So who do Republicans attack? Why of course! Ted Cruz! Republican senators and all those GOP Establishment
President Obama is directing Secretary of State John Kerry to pursue a nuclear weapons deal with Iran, the president announced in a speech Tuesday to the United Nations. Recent statements by Iran’s new government indicating it is not interested in a nuclear weapons program “should offer the basis for a meaningful agreement,” Obama told the gathering at the U.N. General Assembly. He said he “firmly” believed the “diplomatic path must be tested.” “If we can resolve the issue of Iran´s nuclear program, that can serve as a major step down a long road to a different relationship,” Obama said. Kerry is to meet
The Department of Homeland Security is urging shopping malls in the United States to increase security in the aftermath of the carnage wrought by al Qaeda’s Somalia affiliate over the weekend in Nairobi. Malachy Kavanagh, a spokesman for the International Council of Shopping Centers, told The Daily Beast on Monday that the department contacted shopping malls Sunday to check on the precautions they were taking against mass shooters. U.S. intelligence officials say there is no specific threat information suggesting that al Qaeda is planning a similar kind of mass shooting in American shopping malls. Nonetheless, security experts worry about copycats. “There could be
An alleged Harvard Law School roommate of Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Texas) who was quoted provocatively in Jason Zengerle’s profile of Cruz for GQ magazine is a convicted DUI offender and a recently disbarred attorney. The State Bar of California website lists Damon Christian Watson’s status as “disbarred” and prohibited from practicing law in the state of California, Watson’s current state of residence. Watson was disbarred by order of the California State Supreme Court on June 21, 2013, stemming from a failure to comply with the terms of a 2011 public reproval that followed a criminal conviction of driving under the influence
Ted Cruz is no Joe McCarthy, as so many liberals bizarrely claim. But he might be the conservative Barack Obama. It says something about today´s political climate that both liberals and conservatives may find that latter comparison more offensive. Bear with me. Both men have impeccable educational credentials. Obama went to Occidental College, transferred to Columbia University and got his law degree from Harvard. Cruz went to Princeton University, where he was a national champion debater, and got a law degree from Harvard. Cruz´s legal career was objectively more impressive than Obama´s. He clerked on the appellate court and for
At a closed-door meeting in Stockholm this week, each paragraph of a document written by scientists is being projected onto large screens. Delegations from scores of nations participate in the editing: Words will be substituted, emphasis will be added, entire sentences may well be inserted or deleted. After four days of haggling, the media will be summoned by the United Nation´s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change to a news conference on Friday where the final version of the document—known as the "Summary for Policymakers"—will be released along with a solemn announcement that "science" has spoken. Headline corrected by staff.
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