BAGHDAD — Bombs ripped through outdoor markets in and near Baghdad on Thursday, killing at least 23 people and wounding dozens, the latest in a deadly wave that has hit Iraq in recent months, officials said. Three bombs went off simultaneously in the Shiite village of Sabaa al-Bour, about 30 kilometers (20 miles) north of the Iraqi capital. Police said the explosions — two at the market entrance and one inside the shopping area — went off as the place was packed with shoppers, killing 16 people and wounding 41 there. Three women and two children were among those killed in the
Krokodil, a flesh-eating drug which first surfaced in Russia more than a decade ago, has reportedly been found in the United States. Similar to morphine or heroin, krokodil is made by mixing codeine with substances like gasoline, paint thinner, oil or alcohol. That mixture is then injected into a vein, potentially causing an addict´s skin to greenish, scaly and eventually rot away. Dr. Frank LoVecchio, co-medical director at Banner Good Samaritan Poison and Drug Information Center in Arizona, told CBS5 that the first two cases of people using the drug have been reported in the state. He declined to comment
Black gold lurking beneath the Lone Star state has generated decades of wealth for Texas, and this set of black and white pictures captures toil of workers during the boom oil years. Oil was first discovered in Texas as far back as 1543 when explorers used crude oil gathered from the ground to seal their boats. By the 1940s and 1950s, as these pictures show, oil had become big business, bringing opportunity and job security to many. The 50s was also a decade of mass exploration that found the main on-shore oilfields and recorded peak reserves at 15,314,964,000 barrels in
Leaders of the nation´s largest Somali community say some of their young men are still being enticed to join the terror group that has claimed responsibility for the deadly mall attack in Kenya, despite a concentrated effort to shut off what authorities call a ´deadly pipeline´ of men and money. Six years have passed since Somali-American fighters began leaving Minnesota to become part of al-Shabab. Now the Somali community is dismayed over reports that a few of its own might have been involved in the violence at the Westgate Mall in Nairobi. ´One thing I know is the fear is
Anyone watching Texas Republican Ted Cruz et al talk about ObamaCare for 21+ hours on national TV Tuesday and Wednesday was treated to a masterful performance of political discourse, theater, populism, self-promotion and public persuasion. Cruz also provided a primer on social media for the old toads of Congress who can’t grasp Twitter as electronic sidewalk café. Hopefully, Cruz´s performance, with supporting roles from Mike Lee, Jeff Sessions, Jim Imhofe and Marco Rubio, raised the blood pressure of most of their veteran colleagues. Welcome to the New Politics, folks.
Sergei Lavrov said samples taken from the scene of the August 21 attack, which killed nearly 1,500 people and sparked a diplomatic crisis that saw the US face off with Russia over military intervention, matched those of an earlier incident in Aleppo in March. “Russia, at the request of the Syrian government, investigated [the March 19 incident] and the results of this investigation are broadly available to the Security Council and the public. "The main conclusion is the type of sarin used in that incident was homemade, and we also have evidence that the type of sarin used on Aug.21st
Does the extinguished candle care about the darkness? Ask the huddled masses who are yearning to be free. America was once thought of as a light unto nations. Obama has single-handedly extinguished that light. (snip)As the most powerful man in the world, he would level the playing field, even if it meant cutting America off at the knees. Good and evil would be made equivalent, with evil sanctioned by the world´s only remaining superpower. He turned against our allies (particularly Israel) and showed them that America could not be relied on. He taxed us into poverty and stirred up racial
With several political climaxes looming, it serves to recall “High Noon” starring Gary Cooper as Will Kane, the beleaguered marshal who single-handedly confronts paroled murderer Frank Miller and his gang. As civil society’s elected protector, Kane is a reluctant hero, abandoned by his cowering and self-interested townsfolk. Improbably victorious, he departs town, flinging his badge with contempt for the citizens who wouldn’t defend the rule of law on which their freedom, prosperity and security depend. Though protagonists in our national Kabuki Theater claim to care about us, Think Again before allowing them to join Kane on the moral high ground
Vladimir Putin chose the New York Times to publish his op-ed questioning American exceptionalism. No surprise there: For almost a century, the Times has exhibited sympathy toward good old communists, and has always been eager to publish their propaganda. The question is why would the Russian president, a former KGB communist and present Russian oligarch, write this op-ed? Is it to show the American people that Obama´s administration has disastrous standing in the Middle East?
KENNEBUNK, Maine — Former President George H.W. Bush was an official witness at the same-sex wedding of two longtime friends, his spokesman said. Bush and his wife, Barbara Bush, attended the ceremony joining Bonnie Clement and Helen Thorgalsen as private citizens and friends on Saturday, said spokesman Jim McGrath. Thorgalsen posted a photo on her Facebook page showing Bush signing the marriage license as a witness. She captioned the photo: “Getting our marriage license witnessed!” In the photo, Bush is seated in a wheelchair, a stack of papers on his lap and his left hand poised with a pen. One bright red sock
I’ve always paid my taxes and have never been arrested or charged with any crime in my life. I am a successful small-business man. But in January of this year, I woke up to find that my business’ entire bank account — more than $35,000 — had been wrongly seized. Later that same day, I was writing checks to my vendors. A federal agent strolls in. She tells me my hard-earned cash was taken by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). I was shocked. I’ve broken no law, committed no crime and was never warned my store could be in trouble.
PRINCETON, NJ -- As Washington braces for another budget showdown, this time with the threat of defunding the new healthcare law in the mix, the key political force pushing for conservative policies sees diminished popular support. Fewer Americans now describe themselves as supporters of the Tea Party movement than did at the height of the movement in 2010, or even at the start of 2012. Today´s 22% support nearly matches the record low found two years ago.
Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O´Connor is worried. In a recent speech at Boise State, O´Connor said: "Less than one-third of eighth-graders can identify the historical purpose of the Declaration of Independence, and it´s right there in the name. ... The more I read and the more I listen, the more apparent it is that our society suffers from an alarming degree of public ignorance." This is good news for the left. The ill-informed are more susceptible to emotional arguments. They are more likely to see life as a zero-sum game. They are more likely to believe that the
On Friday the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change delivers its latest verdict on the state of man-made global warming. Though the details are a secret, one thing is clear: the version of events you will see and hear in much of the media, especially from partis pris organisations like the BBC, will be the opposite of what the IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report actually says. Already we have had a taste of the nonsense to come: a pre-announcement to the effect that “climate scientists” are now “95 per cent certain” that humans are to blame for climate change; an evidence-free declaration by
As Congress gears up for another fight over funding the government, the Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act, commonly known as ObamaCare, once again takes center stage. In the funding process, only the House of Representatives is authorized to originate bills raising revenue for the government and the House has approved a bill that would fund the general operations of the government, but not ObamaCare. For this bill to become law, the Senate must also pass it and the President must sign what was passed by both houses of Congress. So if the government were to experience another shut
Iranian president Hassan Rouhani didn’t have to snub Obama yesterday by choosing not to meet with him on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly meeting. But, as with Vladimir Putin’s victory lap op-ed in the New York Times, Rouhani chose to rub Obama’s face in the dirt because he could. Obama hung a “kick me” sign on his back and Rouhani simply took him up on it. As for Rouhani, his speech yesterday revealed rather less about the man than the regime he represents. Forget about the Islamic Republic’s theological foundations, ignore the conviction, held by various regime figures,
Since the beginning of this year, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius insisted that the ObamaCare exchanges would be ready next Tuesday, when they officially open their virtual doors to those wanting to buy insurance. "We are determined and on track to meet the Oct. 1 deadline," she said back in April. Given the incredible IT requirements involved in getting the exchanges ready, the bureaucratic delays, and the government´s dubious track record in managing big technology projects, it always looked like a long shot. And with the deadline just days away, IT problems appear to be mounting, leaving what Sebelius will count
Iranian President Hassan Rohani -- who this week is attempting to charm the pants off the United Nations, President Barack Obama, world Jewry and Charlie Rose -- may succeed in convincing many people that the supreme leader of Iran, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, doesn´t actually want to gain control of a nuclear arsenal. Why Rohani would assert this is obvious: The sanctions that the U.S. is imposing on Iran are doing real economic damage. A crippled economy threatens the interests of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, and thus the regime´s stability. We know that the regime isn´t popular among many segments of
Illinois and federal officials have worked overtime this week to assure people that Obamacare health coverage — coming Oct. 1 to a website near you! — will be a terrific deal. State officials visited the Tribune editorial board Tuesday, equipped with charts and graphics and website mock-ups. They spelled out how people will get information. They offered some favorable price comparisons to other states and some highs and lows for insurance plans. We appreciate their outreach effort. But the fact is that, five days before the launch of this massively ambitious redesign of national health care, the insurance policies to
According to a new CBS News/New York Times poll conducted September 19-23, Barack Obama’s handling of foreign policy with Syria and Iran has been so inept that more Americans now disapprove of his stewardship than approve of it. 49% of voters polled disapprove of Obama´s handling of foreign policy, with 40% approving. On July 20, the numbers were 44% disapproving and 43% approving. With regard to Iran, 44% of those polled disapprove of Obama´s actions while only 39% approve. Only 22% think relations with Iran will get better. Unsurprisingly, only 16% of Republicans approve of Obama´s handling of foreign policy,
Former Alaska Governor slammed the mainstream media for gushing over Texas Democrat State Senator Wendy Davis for filibustering in support of abortion policies a majority of Texans and Americans disapproved of while lambasting Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) for speaking on the Senate floor for 21 hours against an Obamacare law that a majority of Texans and Americans dislike. In a Wednesday Facebook post, Palin said that instead of calling out President Barack Obama for saying the "world is more stable than it was five years ago” at his Tuesday speech before the U.N. General Assembly before listing examples of how
Last February, after John McCain rescued President Obama’s nomination of Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense I wrote: As it stands, Republicans lack the zeal necessary to carry out the function of a loyal opposition. If Republicans had a caucus full of Ted Cruzs that might not be the case. So it is with this sentiment in mind that I looked forward to Senator Cruz’s filibuster (or, depending on your point of view, really long speech) on defunding Obamacare. Unlike Senator Rand Paul’s filibuster six months ago on the phony issue of the U.S. government dropping drones on its citizens, Obamacare is