A majority of voters want the California bullet train project stopped and consider it a waste of money, even as state political leaders have struggled to bolster public support and make key compromises to satisfy critics, a USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll found. Statewide, 52% of the respondents said the $68-billion project to link Los Angeles and San Francisco by trains traveling up to 220 mph should be halted. Just 43% said it should go forward. The poll also shows that cracks in voter support are extending to some traditional allies, such as Los Angeles-area Democrats,
Washington—U.S. officials say an unclassified Navy computer network was breached about two weeks ago by hackers believed to be linked to Iran. Officials say it appears the hackers may been working as proxies for the Iranian government. Cyberattacks originating in Iran have been a persistent issue for U.S. government and businesses, particularly energy companies. Officials would not discuss the details of the incident but said it was a low-level intrusion into the Navy Marine Corps Intranet. Cybersecurity experts have said Iran has been escalating its efforts to infiltrate U.S. networks, but other intelligence officials said they have seen
Maryland has agreed to work with Virginia and New Jersey on research into unmanned aircraft, a move that could strengthen Maryland´s bid to land one of the six drone test sites to be awarded this year by the Federal Aviation Administration. The three states are among the 25 finalists seeking an FAA-sanctioned site to study how unmanned aircraft might safely be integrated into U.S. airspace. The FAA is scheduled to announce the six winners by Dec. 31. In a letter this week to the heads of the U.S. Department of Transportation and the FAA, Gov. Martin O´Malley, Virginia Gov.
Sen. Lindsey Graham may face a tea party challenge back home, but he’s not shying away from blasting the strategy of fellow GOP Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Mike Lee of Utah — and he had some choice words for any Republican or Democrat who causes a government shutdown. “If the government shuts down, it’s not what you think it would be. I have actually experienced that,” Graham said. “If anybody creates a process where our military doesn’t get paid, and their families, they’re going to make an enemy … of me for life.”
CHESTER, Va. — A Confederate battle flag-raising that has stirred a strong response in Richmond is scheduled at a private location south of the city. Sponsors of the flag-raising say a memorial service will be held Saturday morning in Chesterfield County. Organizers say the 10-by-15-foot flag will be visible from busy Interstate 95. In Richmond, the former capital of the Confederacy, the flag-raising has been criticized by many who consider the Confederate flag a symbol of division. Nearly 25,000 have signed an online petition in opposition to the flag-raising, and many are countering the Chesterfield County event with displays of
With Congress locked in near-continuous budget and debt limit battles, one influential lawmaker has been noticeably quiet this year. Rep. Paul D. Ryan, the House Budget chairman and the GOP’s 2012 vice presidential candidate, has been a trusted, go-to source on budget and fiscal issues in the party for years. Yet the Wisconsin Republican has not, seemingly, been at the forefront of the most recent fight over a stopgap spending bill, nor has he been a loud voice on the debt limit. And that has some Republicans scratching their heads. “It’s a legitimate question. I have no idea,”
I’m trying to imagine what Britain would look like under a Ukip/Conservative coalition with Cameron as PM and Farage as his deputy. The idea fills me with horror. [Snip] It would be a nightmare, I tell you, a complete bloody nightmare. Whatever would there be left for people like me to write about? Luckily, it’s not going to happen for at least three reasons. The first is that things you want to happen in politics never do happen: instead--which is why my old mucker Dave is more consummate a politician than I’ll ever be-- it’s all about compromise, double–dealing and
Most Americans don´t know that ObamaCare´s new insurance marketplaces are set to open next week, according to a new poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation. In Kaiser´s latest tracking poll, 64 percent of respondents didn´t know when the law´s new insurance marketplaces open. Fifteen percent knew the correct date, Oct. 1, while another 20 percent chose specific but incorrect dates. (Snip) The poll found even less awareness of the new marketplaces among the uninsured Americans who stand to benefit most from the healthcare law. Among uninsured respondents, 74 percent did not know when the exchanges launch, compared with 12 percent
Tunis - Tunisia´s Islamist-led government on Saturday agreed to resign after negotiations that could start next week with secular opponents to form a caretaker administration and prepare for new elections. The talks aim to end weeks of crisis involving the Islamist-led coalition government and secular opposition parties that threatened to derail the transition to democracy in the North African country where the Arab Spring uprisings began in 2011. Tunisia´s powerful UGTT labor union, mediating between the two sides, proposed the ruling Islamist Ennahda party agree to three weeks of negotiations, after which it would step down and make way for
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has been met by hardline protesters chanting "Death to America" on his return from the UN forum in New York. During his trip, President Rouhani had signalled a shift in tone on Iran´s controversial nuclear programme. This culminated in a phone call with US President Barack Obama - the first such top-level conversation in 30 years. Hundreds of people gathered at Tehran airport, with supporters hailing the trip and opponents throwing shoes. [Snip] An Agence France-Presse journalist said some 200-300 supporters gathered outside the airport to thank
No one can deny the nature of jihad after last week´s horrors in Kenya were broadcast around the world. Everybody who saw the brutal Nairobi mall killings gets it. But our profoundly corrupt and Muslim-penetrated media and political class will keep denying those horrors. British PM David Cameron just made the usual nauseating pronouncement that "Islam means peace." The ruling classes in the West were able to twist and cover up the truth after 9/11. They are desperate to peddle denial, because they are deeply afraid that popular outrage will destroy their power. Hillary hired a Muslim Brotherhood loyalist, Huma Abedin,
Baroness Thatcher´s ashes were laid to rest today in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea. Members of her family including her children Sir Mark and Carol Thatcher attended a short church service in the chapel of the central London site before a solid oak casket containing her ashes was placed in the ground. A headstone bearing the simple inscription "Margaret Thatcher 1925 - 2013" was being erected on top of her final resting place in the leafy grounds of the hospital. [Snip] Twelve Chelsea Pensioners dressed in their distinctive scarlet coats formed a guard of honour as her ashes
China´s state-owned CNOOC has secured a $2-billion deal to develop a petroleum field in Uganda and help propel the east African nation into the club of oil-producing countries, an official said Friday. "This is a major breakthrough as a country, Uganda´s junior energy minister Peter Lokeris told AFP, confirming that a deal had been reached earlier this month with the China National Offshore Oil Corporation. "It is a milestone towards making us self-sustaining as far as oil and gas production is concerned," he added. (Snip) Uganda has oil reserves estimated at 3.5 billion barrels but the path to production
In one of his more disgraceful outbursts, John McCain recently blasted Ted Cruz (snip) Maybe I am misreading McCain´s response to Cruz, but I infer that the implication here is: we are all slaves by nature and must submit to whichever coterie has attained power over the ever-growing and self-enriching amoeba of Washington, D.C. I felt hurt. Then I felt angry. Then I wondered if there is some deeper metaphysics to what McCain said. Is he perhaps striking at some eternal wisdom about the human condition -- resistance is futile? Or is John McCain just very old?
Right now, we have a golden opportunity to fix the problems coming out of Washington. By an overwhelming margin, Americans believe any debt ceiling increase should be coupled with solutions that help solve our debt and grow our economy. Republicans have put forward a plan that does just that. It contains cuts and real reforms to build a 21st century economy from approving the Keystone pipeline and fixing our outdated tax code to delaying the president’s health care law.
For nearly 40 years he worked in the shoe department at Gimbel´s — a job he took after serving as a signalman in the Navy in World War II and Korea His friendly nature made him a natural at sales, and he soon went from salesman to manager. But it was in retirement that Bob Bogan "really took off into the volunteer work," said his stepdaughter, Vickie Schuh. (Snip) In his volunteer years, Bogan visited the bedside of veterans in hospice care with his dog Sable, founded a prostate cancer support group and led an exercise class called "Dumbbells at Work" at the Washington Park Senior Center. He died Sunday of complications of age at a Germantown care home. He was 89.
Hi, everybody. This Tuesday is an important day for families, businesses and our economy. It’s the day a big part of the Affordable Care Act kicks in, and tens of millions of Americans will finally have the same chance to buy quality, affordable health care as everyone else. It’s also the day that a group of far-right Republicans in Congress might choose to shut down the government and potentially damage the economy just because they don’t like this law.
A mysterious Irish Army ranger is among the unsung heroes who saved hundreds of terrified shoppers who were trapped inside the Westgate mall in the midst of the terrorist attack last Saturday. (Snip) Ranger Wing. The Irish Independent reports that the Irishman was about to leave the mall as the siege began. He then ran back inside with a former British soldier. Two Asian men then gave the two men guns before the four ran into an underground car park where they found more than 200 shoppers and staff hiding. It is understood the four men brought the group
According to Census data, there are 39.6 million American who claim Irish heritage including five million who say they are of Scots Irish heritage. That number is almost seven times larger than the entire population of Ireland (6.3 million). After German, Irish is the most common ancestry of Americans. Now Jed Kulko, chief economist for Trulia, has created a map showing the areas with the most concentrated number of Irish Americans. “Irish Americans are at least 5 percent of the population in most counties across the U.S., and 10 percent or more in most of New England, New York state,
Republican leaders are right: There was a flaw in Ted Cruz’s plan to defund Obamacare: He took Republican leaders seriously. Senator Cruz, along with Senator Mike Lee and House conservatives, devised a strategy to forestall the unpopular socialized-medicine scheme that Democrats unilaterally rammed through Congress in 2010. They would starve it of funds, not unlike the way Democrats and Republicans have slashed funds for fence construction along the Mexican border, even though the fence has been the law of the land for seven years. The Obamacare defunding strategy, though, depended on Republican fidelity to a ballyhooed campaign promise to reform Washington’s
Iranian protesters threw shoes, eggs and stones on Saturday at the car of President Hasan Rouhani, back from a five-day trip to New York to speak at the UN General Assembly. The president got a mixed reception at the airport, as several dozen hardline Islamists chanted “Death to America” and “Death to Israel” as his motorcade drew away. New York Times reporter Thomas Edrbrink, who is based in Tehran, described the airport scene as chaotic, with one person almost being driven over by the convoy.
BOERNE — As summer moved into its hottest days, a secret lay hidden across an open field here, under live oak and black walnut trees. It sat in an old airplane hangar, behind a flowing white curtain. It was Big Tex’s head — in Styrofoam, covered in a type of blue paint called “scenic dope.” He looked like a Smurf. The foam would be covered with layers of rubber and plastic. It would eventually become Big Tex’s face. Near the Big Tex Smurf head stood his hands. Since early in the year, dozens of workers at two companies in the
The father of Samantha Lewthwaite, believed to be among the armed Al-Shabaab group who attacked a shopping mall in Nairobi killing 69 innocent people, had found his daughter´s connection with terrorism “painful” to bear. Andy Lewthwaite, now 57, served as a British soldier in Northern Ireland in the 1970s, at the height of the Troubles. It is believed that his daughter Samantha, dubbed the “White Widow,” was one of the terrorists behind the attack on the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi. Authorities in Kenya are still trying to determine if she was involved and if she has been killed in
A simple fact is missing from all the media hysteria and political establishment temper tantrums over Senators Ted Cruz and Mike Lee’s attempt to defund Obamacare. Americans are getting slammed by Obamacare right now. Workforces are decimated as health care prices rise. Public opinion is on our side. If now was not the time to unite and fight it, when was? Those who are attacking Cruz and Lee’s efforts have forgotten how negotiations are won. Use as an example the negotiations a governor of energy-rich Alaska must engage in with powerful multinational oil tycoons. In my experience, I found that the key