Former president George H. W. Bush served as a witness for the wedding of lesbian couple Bonnie Clement and Helen Thorgalsen this weekend in Maine, according to the Washington Post. Thorgalsen posted a photo on Facebook of the 41st president signing the documents with the caption “Getting our marriage license witnessed!” The former president’s office made no statement on the matter, though his representative Jim McGrath confirmed that he and his wife Barbara were at the wedding: “They were private citizens attending a private ceremony for two friends.” Bush has not formally expressed support for same-sex marriage.
In an interview this week with New York Magazine, her first since leaving the State Department, Hillary Clinton obviously flirts with the ever-present possibility of running for president in 2016. “I will just continue to weigh what the factors are that would influence me making a decision one way or the other,” Clinton says. That sure ain’t a no. Meanwhile, the day the interview came out, the United Nations General Assembly opened in New York City, at a time when the need for a strong, humanitarian, multilateral global body has never been greater. I take this conflagration as a sign:
Sen. Rand Paul on Wednesday said although he supports Sen. Ted Cruz and the effort to defund Obamacare, he is “torn” over the possibility of a government shutdown and the likelihood Democrats have the votes to beat the Republicans. “I’m torn in the sense that I completely support Sen. Cruz and Lee on this, but at the same time I do hear the message of the other side that I don’t want the government to shut down,” the Kentucky Republican told Sean Hannity on his radio show. “And I think it won’t be good for the party if we go
Some commonly prescribed statins can impair memory, scientists have found. Between six and seven million people in the UK take the medicines every day to lower ‘bad cholesterol’ in the blood. But after starting the treatment, some patients complain that their memory is affected. Last year, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) insisted all manufacturers list in their side effects that statins can affect cognitive function. Scientists at the University of Bristol tested the effects of two commonly prescribed statins--pravastatin and atorvastatin--on rats. Pravastatin, with the brand name Pravachol, was found to have adverse effects on working and recognition
RUSH: I´ve also got Senator McCain who just went to the Senate floor and trashed Ted Cruz. Yeah. And I haven´t taken any phone calls yet, other than Senator Cruz´s. Grab 37, 38. We can do these, then we´ll go to the phones. I´m sure you´d like to hear these. This is on the Senate floor during the debate on the continuing resolution and defunding Obamacare. We have two sound bites from Senator McCain. Here´s the first. MCCAIN: I campaigned all over America for two months everywhere I could, and in every single campaign rally I said, "And we have to
A government watchdog group has sued the U.S. State Department for records showing that Human Abedin, the one-time adviser to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, had a sweetheart deal that allowed her to keep her salary while cashing in on the side with a lucrative private-sector consulting contract that could have presented glaring conflicts of interest. Judicial Watch, famous for its litigation over long-languishing Freedom Of Information Act requests, filed suit Wednesday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, arguing that State has been sitting on a FOIA demand for months. In late May, the group asked the State
Samuel L. Jackson has blasted Barack Obama for ´promoting mediocrity´ in the United States by ´dumbing down´ the way he speaks to ordinary Americans. In an expletive-filled tirade about--of all things--grammar, Jackson told the President to ´be f*****g presidential.´ The Holywood legend, who publicly backed Obama in 2008 and 2012, questioned why the Harvard-educated former law professor chooses to drop the letter ´g´ from the end of his words. In an astonishing rant, Jackson, 64, said that the President was trying too hard to ´relate´ to normal people instead of being true to who he really is.
RUSH: So Harry Reid wants to play the role of Grim Reaper, and he did. He looked just like the Grim Reaper. He walked in there and he shut Ted Cruz down at 12 noon. And that is after asking Ted Cruz to yield for a question from McCrazy -- uh, McCain, for 15 minutes. They wanted McCain to get in there and start debating party politics. But Cruz would have none of it. He shredded the guy from Illinois. I´m having a mental block. Yeah, Dick "Turban." He shredded Turban even after 20 hours of this. You know, folks,
ObamaCare has been the law of the land for 3½ years, but the law´s central provisions don´t begin taking effect until next Tuesday. Politico warns that "the Obamacare that consumers will finally be able to sign up for next week is a long way from the health plan President Barack Obama first pitched to the nation": Millions of low-income Americans won´t receive coverage. Many workers at small businesses won´t get a choice of insurance plans right away. Large employers won´t need to provide insurance for another year. Far more states than expected won´t run their own insurance marketplaces. And a growing
RUSH: You know, all we´ve heard from the Drive-By Media and the rest of the Beltway establishment is how the GOP needs to reach out. Right? GOP needs to reach out to other people, needs to broaden its base. Well, Cruz has been reaching out like nobody´s business. Ted Cruz has made a greater effort and expended more energy reaching out than anybody recently I can recall in the Republican Party. His grassroots efforts, his petition to sign the petition to defund Obamacare, and now his filibuster. Of course this is not the kind of outreach the establishment is talking about.
Picture the scene if you can bear to. A bustling shopping precinct where a group of men, women and children are surrounded by armed men. As one of the terrorists moves among them, he demands that the person quailing in front of him names the mother of Jesus or recites the Lord’s Prayer. “Our Father which art in Heaven,” says one woman. She is spared. Her neighbour, a Muslim boy, racks his brain for any line of the Bible, anything he has heard in school or on TV. But it’s too late. The boy is shot through the head; put
The U.S. Air Force´s F-16 fighter jets are a common sight above Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida. But this week one roared into the sky with a major difference: there was no pilot in the cockpit. The unmanned test flight was a retired F-16 retrofitted by maker Boeing as a drone - the first time one of the jets has flown without a pilot, the company said. Renamed the QF-16 Full Scale Aerial Target, the reconditioned aircraft are intended to give U.S. fighter pilots an realistic adversary to train against. Scroll down for video
On Oct. 7, 1913, Henry Ford’s assembly line moved for the first time. A century later, among the changes in Ford Motor Co. (F)’s production, none is more dramatic than simply where it takes place. Ford vehicles assembled in China and the rest of Asia now outnumber those built in Europe for the first time. By 2015, Ford will have the capacity to produce more cars and trucks in Asia than it made last year in North America. Wealth in Asia is surging even faster than it did in America following Henry Ford’s manufacturing innovation and the five-dollar workday he introduced
It seems that Hillary Clinton’s hair length is getting shorter as anticipation surrounding her expected presidential candidacy continues to grow. On Tuesday she attended the 2013 Clinton Global Initiative sporting a new, shorter ‘do. The style appears to be a piece-y, layered bouffant with wispy side swept bangs and lots of volume in the back. A source tells MailOnline that Clinton had celebrity stylist John Barrett cut her hair at his Bergdorf Goodman salon on Monday, and says that Clinton ´was grinning when she left and was obviously happy with the ´do.´
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus backed Sen. Ted Cruz’s anti-Obamacare quasi-filibuster Tuesday, possibly sending a message to senior GOP leaders who are criticizing Cruz’s tactics in defunding Obamacare. Cruz is speaking against Democratic Majority Leader Harry Reid’s plans to hold a vote on a stopgap continuing budget resolution Wednesday, where Reid is expected to strip out language from the House version of the budget resolution that defunds Obamacare. Cruz doesn’t want the vote to happen until Obamacare is definitively defunded — without Reid’s expected changes. “In a fight between Harry Reid and Ted Cruz, I will stand with Ted
Recent days have seen some thoroughly reported work on Clintonland — a profile in New York Magazine featuring the first big post-State Department interview for the former secretary and a deep story in the New Republic about Doug Band, a longtime aide to Bill Clinton whose work could complicate the political future of Hillary Rodham Clinton. And in the midst of the big takeouts, there’s a lot of cable chatter. Today’s “Morning Joe” featured a dose of the latter in all its un-glory. Responding to a question about whether Tea Party opposition to Democrats might subside a bit if Hillary
Amazon chief executive and new Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos said Wednesday that print newspapers could one day become a luxury item. "Some day, I don´t know how many years in the future -- it could be decades -- but I think printed newspapers on actual paper may be a luxury item," Bezos told NBC in an interview. "People still have horses but it´s not their primary way of commuting to the office," Bezos added. Bezos was questioned on whether he envisions a day when the Washington Post, which he bought in August, is no longer printed.
Amid a terror threat, Jewish establishments in India have been instructed by police to tighten security in and around their businesses. The call came following the interrogation of Indian Mujahideen co-founder Yasin Bhatkal by the National Investigation Agency in New Delhi, as well as in the wake of the Islamist attack on an upscale mall in Nairobi, Kenya. According to New Delhi Television (NDTV), Bhatkal told investigators that Jewish establishments in Mumbai have been surveyed by Indian Mujahideen members for possible terrorist strikes. The Islamist militant group reportedly was trying to seize Jewish hostages to trade them for terrorists,
Reclusive rebel supremo Ahmed Abdi Godane said the four-day bloodbath was a warning to Westerners who "backed Kenya´s invasion (of Somalia) that has spilled the blood of the Muslims for the interest of their oil companies." Godane, who called the killing of at least 67 people including the execution of children a "historic operation," said the assault on the upmarket Westgate mall was also a threat of "more bloodshed" if Kenya did not withdraw its troops from Somalia. The Al-Qaeda linked group he co-founded has already claimed responsibility for the shocking assault on the sprawling complex, but it is the
Chilling footage of the Navy Yard shooter as he stalked random victims through hallways with a sawed-off shotgun has been released by the FBI today. There is no indication that Aaron Alexis targeted any specific individuals when he sprayed bullets inside a building, killing 12 people on September 16. In the short clip, Alexis is first seen driving into an underground parking garage in his rental car, a blue Toyota Prius, through the Washington Navy Yard main gate in DC. He then is caught on camera entering building 197 carrying a backpack. Alexis had legitimate access to the Washington Navy Yard as a result of his work as a contractor and he used a valid pass to enter. In the next heart-stopping segment,
An email sent to students by a University of Maryland official that cites the Trayvon Martin shooting as evidence "it is legal to hunt down and kill American children in Florida" is being blasted as the latest evidence of a left-wing bias on campus. The email, from William Dorland, director of the school´s Honors College, starts by welcoming students back to campus, but then quickly veers into politics. "This year, we learned that it is legal to hunt down and kill American children in Florida," it reads, in a reference to the trial of George Zimmerman, who was cleared of all charges
RUSH: Senator Cruz, we welcome you to the EIB microphone and the program. It´s great to have you here, sir. CRUZ: Rush, it´s fantastic to be with you. RUSH: I have to tell you, I´ve had so many people... I´ve been off the past couple of days, but while this has been going on, I´ve had so many people e-mail me so uplifted by what you did in the last 21 hours and what you did leading up to it. So many people are so happy that there finally is some leadership. They´re so happy that, finally, somebody is doing in Washington
Adolescence no longer ends when people hit 18, according to updated guidelines being given to child psychologists. The new directive is designed to extend the age range that child psychologists can work with from 18 years old up to 25. It is hoped the initiative will stop children being ´rushed´ through their childhood and feeling pressured to achieve key milestones quickly, reports the BBC. ´We are becoming much more aware and appreciating development beyond [the age of 18] and I think it´s a really good initiative,´ child psychologist Laverne Antrobus from London´s Tavistock Clinic told the BBC. There are now three stages of adolescence,
A very unhappy Senator John McCain (R-AZ) rebuked Senator Ted Cruz for accusing his GOP allies of being “appeasers” along the line of Neville Chamberlain’s Munich deal with Adolf Hitler in 1938. “I resoundingly reject that allegation,” McCain said on the Senate floor. “That allegation, in my view, does a great disservice for those brave Americans and those who stood up and said what’s happening in Europe cannot stand…Amongst them were my father and grandfather.”
A Vatican official in Rome says House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), a Catholic, should be denied communion because she supports abortion rights. “This is a person who obstinately, after repeated admonitions, persists in a grave sin, cooperating with the crime of procured abortion,” Raymond Cardinal Leo Burke said in an interview with Catholic publication The Wanderer. (Snip) At the press conference on an abortion bill, Pelosi said, “As a practicing and respectful Catholic, this is sacred ground to me when we talk about this. I don’t think it should have anything to do with politics."