Bloomberg reports: U.S. Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia broke ranks with fellow Democrats and said he’d support a stopgap spending plan that delays the individual mandate in President Barack Obama’s health-care law. “There’s no way I could not vote for it,” Manchin said at a Bloomberg Government breakfast today. “It’s very reasonable and sensible.” [...] “Don’t put the mandate on the American public right now,” Manchin said. “Give them at least a year. If you know you couldn’t bring the corporate sector, you gave them a year, don’t you think it’d be fair?” Manchin´s defection will put pressure on other red state Senate
ROME- The president of Italy´s Barilla pasta company said Thursday that he will never use same-sex couples in company advertisements. Guido Barilla´s comments came during an interview on the Italian radio program "La Zanzara," Italy´s ANSA news agency reported. "I would never make a spot with a homosexual family. Not out of a lack of respect but because I don´t see it like they do. (My idea of) family is a classic family where the woman has a fundamental role," Barilla said. "We have a different concept with regard to the gay family." "That´s fine if they like our pasta
Conservatives commentators Charles Krauthammer and Mark Levin traded barbs over Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz’s defund Obamacare tactics after Cruz’s 21-hour speech on the Senate floor. On Wednesday’s “Special Report” on the Fox News Channel, Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer reacted to criticism from conservative radio host Mark Levin, who had taken to his radio show on Tuesday night to remind his listeners that Krauthammer once worked a speechwriter for the 1984 Democratic presidential nominee, former Vice President Walter Mondale. Krauthammer author of “Things That Matter: Three Decades of Passions, Pastimes, and Politics,” mocked the notion his position
Yesterday the Obama administration announced that it would sign the U.N.´s arms-trade treaty; Republican James Inhofe says that the measure is "dead in the water" when it comes to ratification in the Senate. While the stated purpose of the treaty is to stop gun exports that facilitate serious human-rights violations, many in the American gun lobby say it threatens the right to bear arms here at home. The administration says it merely helps countries create the kinds of trade regulations that the U.S. has had for years. Here´s a quick look at the controversial provisions, most of which -- like much
Iran´s President Hassan Rouhani on Thursday called on Israel to join the Non-Proliferation Treaty and put its widely suspected nuclear arms under international control. "No nation should possess nuclear weapons," Rouhani, whose country is accused by western countries of seeking an atomic bomb, told a UN General Assembly meeting on nuclear disarmament. "As long as nuclear weapons exist, the risk of their use, threat of use and proliferation persist. The only absolute guarantee is their total elimination," Rouhani said. He called on Israel to join the Non-Proliferation Treaty, which aims to put nuclear weapons under international controls and prevent their
WASHINGTON — And so the government of the United States has put its foreign policy in the steady hands of President Vladimir Putin and the KGB. Americans from coast to coast are breathing a sigh of relief. In Congress, the left and the right and those in between, are relieved. In recent months it has become abundantly clear that the President of the United States is not up to the task. He would rather lecture us on domestic issues, such as how to run up trillions of dollars of debt. Then he would like to work on his golf game—do
Brooklyn is the new Guantánamo. Just ask Ali Yasin Ahmed, Madhi Hashi, and Mohamed Yusuf. The three alleged members of Al-Shabab were traveling from Somalia to Yemen last year when they were grabbed by what court papers describe only as “local authorities” and turned over to the Americans. Until recently, the trio would have been declared enemy combatants and locked up at Guantánamo. Instead they found themselves in the borough of Jay-Z and hipsters. Since the three weren’t accused of any crimes committed within the United States, federal law dictated that they had to be prosecuted in the jurisdiction where they first landed. The
If only Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) had been correct last March when he criticized House Republicans for their “meaningless show votes” to repeal ObamaCare, insisting that Congress could defund it with the votes of Republican lawmakers in the House and Senate alone. “We don’t need a single Democrat vote,” the freshman senator said, knowing it wasn’t true. If only his Don’t Fund Obamacare website was telling the truth with its declaration that “Republicans in Congress can stop Obamacare if they refuse to fund it.” If only his marathon Senate floor speech this week was actually a filibuster that could stop a
Embracing his role as the nation’s insurance-salesman-in-chief, President Obama, was back on the job Thursday selling Obamacare policies and declaring that tea-party opponents won’t succeed in killing the national health law. “The Affordable Care Act is here to stay,” Mr. Obama told students at a campaign-style rally at Prince George’s Community College in suburban Maryland. “We’re only five days away from finishing the job. What is it that these Republicans are so mad about?” With the beginning of open enrollment for the new health care law set for October 1, the president again extolled the benefits of Obamacare and urged
When the media can aid Obama´s re-election through the fabrication of a divisive and completely phony black vs. white racial narrative, then the media is very interested in hate crimes and American racism. But when the media is handed an actual hate crime that involves a black man accused of gunning down four white people because they are white, the media collectively shrugs. The media also claim to be interested in mass-shootings. For days and sometimes weeks, we have seen our media turn their outlets over to obsessive coverage of one mass shooting after another. So you would think a
A North Carolina grand jury found that a man who shot four people at a Walmart in June targeted his victims because they were white. According to WRAL.com, a grand jury indicted Lakim Faust, 23, on Monday on 14 charges, including "four counts of attempted first-degree murder." The indictments indicated that "Faust, who is black, picked out his victims based on their race," but the "documents didn´t specify why Faust wanted to shoot white people." According to WRAL.com, "three of the four people wounded in the shooting suffered permanent and debilitating injuries." Police eventually "seized computers and documents from Faust´s
A student has been left with horrific injuries after she was pushed in front of a train by a homeless man on Wednesday morning. Maya Leggat, 21, was allegedly shoved on to the tracks at White Plains station in New York after she refused to give money to a 39-year-old who lives in a shelter. Shocked commuters described seeing her mangled legs on the tracks, and some followed the man and held him until police arrived. (Snip) Mickens has a lengthy criminal record, including five alleged violent felonies, according to Lohud.com. Mr Waxman said Mickens had been begging at
In the midst of divorce proceedings against husband George Zimmerman, Shellie Zimmerman said she has doubts about what really happened in the shooting death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin last year, she told Matt Lauer in an exclusive interview. "I´m conflicted on that,´´ Shellie told Lauer on Today Thursday. "I believe the evidence, but this revelation in my life has really helped me take the blinders off and start to see things differently." Lauer pressed further, asking, "So you now doubt his innocence, at least the fact that he was acting in self-defense on the night that Trayvon Martin was
Washington - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Japan next week for a security meeting before joining President Barack Obama in Bali for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation economic meeting, the State Department said on Thursday. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel is also attending the U.S.-Japan Security Consultative Committee meeting in Tokyo on October 2-3, according to the department. (Snip) The annual economic forum comes as the United States and 10 other countries work to negotiate the Trans-Pacific Partnership pact, which some experts say could see an agreement at the Indonesia gathering.
Weakness: After weeks of kowtowing to Iran´s tyrants, President Obama couldn´t so much as get Hasan Rouhani to shake his hand at the U.N. Tuesday. Seems the mullahs still have a knack for detecting weakness in U.S. leaders. Has the U.S. ever fallen in global stature as far and as fast as it has under the Obama administration? Not even Jimmy Carter drew so many snubs, insults and slights from world leaders in such a short period as Obama has in this past month. Tuesday, Iran´s new president, Hasan Rouhani, who carefully cultivates a PR image as a "reformer" despite his close
Amid raging anti-Vietnam War protests that bedeviled two presidential administrations, snoops at the National Security Agency tapped the overseas communications of war critics including Martin Luther King Jr., Muhammad Ali, Sen. Frank Church (D-Idaho), and even Washington Post humor columnist Art Buchwald, according to newly declassified NSA documents released Wednesday. Oddly, another senator, Howard Baker (R-Tenn.) — an ardent supporter of the war — also was put on the NSA “watch list” that authorized the interception of the surveillance targets’ overseas phone calls, telexes and cable traffic. The list, which grew to more than 1,600 names, was active from 1967 to
Paris - International police agency Interpol said on Thursday it had issued an internationally wanted persons alert for Samantha Lewthwaite, a British citizen dubbed the "white widow", at the request of Kenya. The announcement of Interpol´s so-called "red alert" made no mention of the siege of a Nairobi shopping mall by Islamists from Somalia´s al Shabaab movement, in which British police have cited Lewthwaite as a possible suspect. Interpol said Lewthwaite is wanted by Kenya on charges of possession of explosives and conspiracy to commit a felony dating back to December 2011. It said she was also believed to use
The defeat of Eliot Spitzer and Anthony Weiner in the primaries Sept. 10 should make Hillary Clinton very nervous. Clinton, of course, wants to be president, although she hasn’t officially announced it yet. Spitzer and Weiner were running for public office again despite very public sex scandals. We all know about Bill Clinton’s sexploits. But do we know everything about Hillary’s? Back in the late ‘90s I was looking into the Clintons’ finances before that whole story got blown out of the water by Monica Lewinsky. While traveling through Arkansas, it was hard to avoid all the stories about Hillary’s
Rep. Peter King, who has pulled no punches in criticizing Ted Cruz, said Thursday that supporters of the Texas senator have been bombarding his office with “vile” phone calls. The New York Republican has called Cruz a fraud for his calls to defund Obamacare, and said the senator’s campaign this summer to get the House to pass a government funding bill that defunds the health care law led to some offensive phone calls to King’s office.
Barely half an hour after they were jolted by a major earthquake on Tuesday, people of the Pakistani coastal town of Gwadar had another shock when they saw a new island emerge in the sea, just over a kilometre from the shore. A local journalist, Bahram Baloch, received the news via a text message from a friend. "It said a hill has appeared outside my house," Mr Baloch said. "I stepped out, and was flabbergasted. I could see this grey, dome-shaped body in the distance, like a giant whale swimming near the surface. Hundreds of people had gathered to watch
More people support the Tea Party than consider themselves liberal, and almost 3/4 of the electorate does not oppose the Tea Party. That’s not the headline you will see, of course. Instead, Gallup headlines its story about its most recent polling to emphasize the negative about Tea Party support, Tea Party Support Dwindles to Near-Record Low. (snip) But it you look at Gallups chart, it shows a 2% drop in support for the Tea Party in the past year and a 2% drop in opposition to the Tea Party, and both are near record lows.
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