Gun-rights activists in Maryland have filed a federal lawsuit to block the state´s new gun law before new requirements on assault weapons and large magazines go into effect Oct. 1. In the lawsuit in filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Maryland, the plaintiffs argues the the Second Amendment and case law protect their right to own assault rifles and magazines that hold more than 10 rounds, The Baltimore Sun reported. The plaintiffs include the Maryland Licensed Firearms Dealers Association, the Maryland State Rifle and Pistol Association, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, Associated Gun Clubs of Baltimore, and several other organizations,
Autoworkers at a Tennessee Volkswagen plant say they´ve been tricked into supporting a drive to bring in the union. Workers at the two-year-old Chattanooga plant informally indicated support for bringing in the United Auto Workers, a decision that could pave the way for letting the powerhouse labor organization represent workers in collective bargaining. However, since Tennessee is one of 24 so-called "Right to Work" states, plant employees don´t have to sign up or contribute dues. Now, some eight workers at the plant, which employs about 1,600, say they thought they were simply agreeing to have a secret vote on bringing
President Barack Obama surprised reporters in the White House press briefing room Friday by saying he had spoken personally with Iranian president Hassan Rouhani about a resolution to his nation´s nuclear standoff with the West. The call, a senior White House official said, was initiated when Iranian officials ´reached out´ to the White House about a conversation between the two leaders. ´Just now I spoke on the phone with President Rouhani," Obama said, adding that he communicated ´my unique respect for the Iranian people.´ ´We´re mindful of all the challenges ahead,´ he told reporters. ´The very fact that this was the first communication
1. “You might want to avoid signing up on Day One.” In the offices of certain government officials and health insurance companies, a ticking countdown to a specific date has been posted on the walls for months: Oct. 1. That’s the day of the official ribbon-cutting for the exchanges created by the Affordable Care Act (commonly called Obamacare), when Americans can begin lining up for 2014 health insurance. But because the law’s future was uncertain until the Supreme Court upheld it in mid-2012, the exchanges have been scrambling to get ready for opening day. Thirty-six states declined to set up their
The UN Security Council unanimously passed a draft resolution on eliminating Syria´s chemical weapons on Friday night with a vote of 15-0. The text of the resolution, while binding, does not lay out consequences for Syria´s non-compliance with the resolution, beyond the threat of another resolution that would then be passed under Chapter VII of the UN Charter, which gives the Security Council the right to authorize the use of force. UN secretary general Ban Ki-Moon told the Council following the vote that this was a "historic resolution" that was "the first hopeful news on Syria in a long time."
Dallas — A year after the icon went up in smoke, Big Tex proves that you can’t keep a good cowboy down. Fairgoers will get their first live look at the new and improved Big Tex today, the opening of the State Fair of Texas, which runs through Oct. 20 at Fair Park in Dallas. Gates open at 10 a.m. An unveiling that had been scheduled for 2 p.m. today will instead be a “Welcome Back” event after high winds forced fair officials to drop the curtain hiding Big Tex on Thursday afternoon. (Snip) Big Tex was celebrating his 60th year greeting
President Barack Obama called on House Republicans Friday to drop their previous efforts to defund Obamacare after the Senate stripped the defunding language out of the House-passed continuing resolution (CR). "If Congress chooses not to pass a budget by Monday, the end of the fiscal year, they will shut down the government along with many vital services that the American people depend on," Obama said from the White House briefing room. The President said the Senate “acted responsibly” by stripping Obamacare defunding from the bill the House passed last week. He asserted, “now it´s up to the Republicans in the
That’s an interesting question considering that the government has broken down, the country is on the verge of civil war and Al Qaeda terrorists are openly operating training camps there. “In Libya, when the Security Council provided a mandate to protect civilians,” Obama said at the UN “America joined a coalition that took action. Because of what we did there, countless lives were saved, and a tyrant could not kill his way back to power.” Obama went far beyond the UN mandate by bombing his way to regime change. His actions resulted in the ethnic cleansing of Africans in Libya, the
A 7-year-old girl crowned Little Miss Hispanic Delaware in an August 31 pageant was stripped of her crown last week by pageant sponsors who said she wasn´t Latina enough. Jakiyah McKoy took the top prize in the pageant also known as Miss Chiquita Delaware, stirring immediate outcries from some attendees because McKoy ‘was not the best representative of a Latin beauty.’ Why? Because her skin was of a darker color than the other contestants, though sponsor Nuestras Raíces Delaware claims it was the girl’s family’s inability to prove the requisite ’25 percent latina heritage’ that motivated them to strip
SHANGHAI- Christie´s first auction in mainland China brought in $25 million, including $1.57 million for the sale of a Pablo Picasso painting, officials said. The auction, which took place in Shanghai, drew nearly 1,000 bidders and clients Thursday and broke several records, a release from Christie´s said. It was the first time a Picasso had been sold at auction in mainland China, and it was the highest price -- $678,326 -- ever achieved for a painting by Singaporean artist Cheong Soo Pieng, the release said. "Our first auction in Shanghai has illustrated how much demand and appreciation there is for art across
Welcome to the EU in 2013. A school in the town of Alfajarin, near Zaragoza, ironically a candidate for European City of Culture in 2016, has just staged a mock invasion of Gibraltar, which involves Spanish troops shooting dead a group of British civilians (hat tip: Guido Fawkes). As The Telegraph has reported: [Snip] You can watch the full video here. The school students, probably aged around 16 or 17, think the whole thing is hilarious, as do the adults watching, presumably parents and teachers, many of whom are applauding as the Britons are gunned down. This is sad and
NEW YORK -- Standing on the Yankee Stadium mound for one final time, Mariano Rivera was in tears. He wasn´t alone. They said Sunday was Mariano Rivera Day in the Bronx, but in a lot of ways this was. Sunday was planned, ceremonies and speeches and Metallica. Rivera takes Yankee Stadium mound for last time Thursday night was pure emotion. There was a buzz in the crowd that felt like October. The flashbulbs popped, as if it was the World Series. And Mariano Rivera pitched for the Yankees, for the final time in the home pinstripes. It was a meaningless game
The woman in a full-length burka walked calmly into the drab government office. She moved close to the desk behind which an administrator was shuffling his papers. Others queued around her. Suddenly, without warning, she detonated the suicide vest she was wearing. The explosion flashed a brilliant white on the grainy CCTV before the cameras cut out, obliterating everything – and everyone – in the room. I was shown this horrifying footage on a training course in advance of a trip to Helmand Province last year. The message was simple: there are no rules of engagement; the attacks can come at
Perhaps Obama was onto something when, as a young author, he zeroed in on the term "audacity" to (subconsciously) telegraph his ambitious designs to fundamentally transform our beloved America. What word could describe better than audacity Obama´s refusal to accept responsibility for his dreadful policies; his standing before the American people -- even today -- in the face of the avalanche of evidence proving how terrible Obamacare is and continuing to lie about what it will do; his persistence in mislabeling his unaffordable monstrosity "the Affordable Care Act;" his failure to address the legitimate, undeniable complaints about Obamacare and his insistence
Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain hired the Syria analyst in favor of U.S. intervention who was fired for fabricating her Ph.D., Foreign Policy reported. Elizabeth O’Bagy, formerly of the Institute for the Study of War (ISW), will start Monday as a legislative assistant in Sen. McCain’s office. McCain told Foreign Policy that “Elizabeth is a talented researcher, and I have been very impressed by her knowledge and analysis in multiple briefings over the last year.” The senator’s office said they would not make any further comment on O’Bagy’s employment.
WASHINGTON—House Republican leaders struggled Friday to come to terms with conservative lawmakers who want to halt the new federal health-care law, leaving unclear how an increasingly dysfunctional Congress might be able to pass a spending bill by Monday night to avert a fiscal crisis. The Democratic-led Senate approved legislation Friday to fund federal agencies for the first six weeks of the fiscal year and to restore money for the health law. The GOP-led House last week passed a bill to avert a shutdown that also defunded the law, as demanded by the chamber´s conservatives. The next move belongs to House Speaker John
Via the Drudge Report, we learn that medical docs are fleeing Blue State Jersey faster than "Old Blue Eyes" skedaddled out of Hoboken. This from MY9NJ.com: According to Deborah Briggs, the President and CEO of the Council of Teaching Hospitals, New Jersey loses nearly 70% of the doctors it educates to other states. This is well below the national average of a 48% retention rate. Pray tell, why on earth would any doc want to pull up stakes and leave the bucolic Garden State? Here´s why, again according MY9NJ.com: The top five reasons for physicians leaving are: Better salary offered outside
WASHINGTON–President Barack Obama again urged Republicans to pass a bill to fund the government and then vote in favor of raising the debt ceiling, saying not doing so would have dire consequences for the U.S. and world economies. Mr. Obama, in Friday afternoon remarks from the White House, said Republicans need to decide whether they want to keep the government running or continue to insist on defunding the president’s signature health-care law and have the government shut down. “I realize that a lot of what’s taking place right now is political grandstanding, but this grandstanding has real effects on real people,” Mr.
Imagine this: The daughter of a British soldier, left traumatized by her parents´ divorce, finds a surrogate family among her Muslim neighbors. The teenager converts to Islam and marries a Jamaican immigrant who blows himself up on the London tube, leaving her alone with two young children. She, too, has become radicalized, flees to East Africa, becomes a high-ranking member of an al Qaeda affiliate, travels on a forged South African passport and is dubbed by tabloids the "White Widow." It sounds like the plot of TV drama like "24," or, more recently, the acclaimed "Homeland," whose third season premieres Sunday
Now is the time to strengthen the sanctions against Iran, and not to be fooled – at the precise moment when they appear to have impacted Tehran – into weakening them, said Home Front Defense Minister Gilad Erdan (Likud). “The worst thing would be to stop the sanctions. Our goal is convincing the world that now is the time to continue and not to weaken the sanctions,” Erdan said. He spoke with The Jerusalem Post on Wednesday, in advance of his departure Saturday night for the United States with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. The prime minister and his delegation
Environment: The United Nations on Friday released its climate change report, which says that scientists are 95% sure that man is causing Earth to warm. Well, we´re 100% sure this finding deserves a heaping dose of ridicule. ´It is extremely likely (95% confidence)," says the U.N.´s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, that "more than half of the observed increase in global average surface temperature from 1951 to 2010 was caused by the anthropogenic increase in greenhouse gas concentrations and other anthropogenic forcings together." And the last 15 or 16 years during which there has been no warming (even though the climate models
Entitlements: Give Democrats as much ObamaCare rope as they want, then sit back and watch them hang themselves. This advice from some pundits is the kind of thing that will make ObamaCare permanent. The late, great Bob Bartley, longtime editor of the Wall Street Journal, writing in 1992 in his definitive account of the Reagan prosperity, "The Seven Fat Years," issued a warning about government-controlled health care. He called it "absolutely true that in the long term we will be unable to control government expenditure if the government keeps assuming new responsibilities." And Bartley cautioned: "When medical insurance coverage is mandated, experience shows,
A Methodist minister who resigned her pulpit last year after deciding that she was no longer a believer, and who was recently hired by a humanist group based at Harvard to help build congregations of nonbelievers throughout the country, has acknowledged fabricating aspects of her educational background. The former minister, Teresa MacBain, whose crisis of faith was described in the On Religion column last Saturday, claimed she had earned a master of divinity degree from Duke University.
When President Obama and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani ended their historic phone call today -- the first direct contact between U.S. and Iranian presidents since 1979 -- Rouhani signed off with, "Have a nice day." But Obama responded, according to Rouhani´s later recounting of the conversation via Twitter, with the word "khodahafez."Khodahafez is a Persian-language expression that´s used to say goodbye. It´s sometimes written as two words: "khoda hafez" and literally translates as "God be with you."You can practically hear cable news talking heads trying to decide whether they should be outraged by this choice of words, but it´s really
The defeat of Senator Cruz’s defunding strategy may not be the end of the fight to overturn Obamacare. In some sense, for free-market conservatives who want consumer choice and private-sector competition, this whole debate is about good versus evil. It’s a point that the brave and courageous Mr. Cruz grasps all too well. If Obamacare becomes permanent, it will crowd out the private health-care sector, including insurers and providers, and over time will create a single-payer, government-statist health-care sector. Stopping this will be hard. But Senator Manchin, a Democrat of West Virginia, has given conservatives a ray of hope.