The White House on Saturday said President Obama would veto the House GOP´s latest stopgap spending measure. It said Obama would veto the bill because of the inclusion of language delaying ObamaCare and eliminating a medical device tax, while faulting the House for not moving a simple funding measure approved by the Senate on Friday. "Rather than taking up that legislation, the House proposes amendments that advance a narrow ideological agenda and threaten the nation’s economy," the White House budget office said in a statement. "By including extraneous measures that have no place in a government funding bill and
NAIROBI—A year before militants attacked the upscale Westgate mall here, killing 67 people, a Kenyan government intelligence report warned of a potential attack at the same place. A leaked report that compiled intelligence briefings over the past year painted the picture of a mounting terrorist threat in Kenya. One briefing in September 2012, a year before the mall attack took place, said that Somali militants from the group al-Shabaab were planning to target the Westgate, but didn´t provide any supporting evidence of that claim. "The following suspected al-Shabaab operatives are in Nairobi and are planning to mount suicide attacks on undisclosed date,
As a group of al-Shabaab gunmen prepared to attack Nairobi’s Westgate mall last weekend, Esther Nyauncho was in its supermarket with her boyfriend, Ravi Ramrattan. Walking through the aisles, they did what every modern couple do to save time. “I went to the dairy section, and he went to the meat counter,” she said. It was a random decision that was to spare her life--and cost him his. When gunfire and grenade blasts tore through the building shortly after 12.30pm on Saturday, Miss Nyauncho, a 25-year-old financial analyst, fled with others to a storeroom, where two hours later she emerged
Republicans rallied around a budget plan Saturday to keep the government open but delay the new health care law for a year, storming toward a showdown with Democrats that looked increasingly likely to shut down the government when the current fiscal year ends Monday night. Republicans in the House of Representatives showed unusual unity Saturday in endorsing the plan, then took it to the full House for expected approval. Their proposal would keep the government funded through Dec. 15, delay the health care law, permanently repeal a 2.3 percent medical device tax that helps fund the health care plan and
In Western news-making and opinion-forming circles, there’s a palpable reluctance to talk about the most noteworthy thing about modern Islamist violence: its barbarism, its graphic lack of moral restraint.[Snip] Across the commentating board, people are sheepish about pointing out the historically unique lunacy of Islamist violence and its utter detachment from any recognisable moral universe or human values. We have to talk about this barbarism; we have to appreciate how new and unusual it is, how different it is even from the terrorism of the 1970s or of the early twentieth century. We owe it to the victims of these
In the first installment, we observed the ongoing rebellion against the established leadership of both parties. As Sen. Ted Cruz, Republican of Texas, told The Weekly Standard recently, I’m convinced we’re seeing a new paradigm in American politics. We’ve seen what happens when America’s grassroots rise up and demand their elected officials do the right thing... The real divide in American politics isn’t between Republican and Democrat--it’s between the people and the entrenched politicians in Washington, D.C.
Lori Ireland and a handful of other parents in Chapel Hill, N.C., had a simple dream: They wanted their teenage children to be able to have jobs someday. Sitting around with nothing productive to do would be unsatisfying and frustrating for their kids, not to mention expensive. But they also knew the dismal truth: It´s tough for someone with autism to get a job. So, like an increasing number of parents with children on the autism spectrum, Ireland and her peers set out to employ them themselves. (Snip)Ireland and others will bring their tales to more cities this fall, including
After hearing 58 witnesses over 83 days of testimony, it’s now up to the jurors in the Michael Jackson billion-dollar wrongful death trial to figure out whether entertainment giant AEG Live, which was promoting what was to be the King of Pop’s 50-concert comeback tour at London’s 02 Arena, is liable for his drug-induced death. Jackson died in June of 2009—as he was rehearsing for the sold out “This Is It” tour—after he was administered a fatal dose of the powerful anesthetic propofol for his chronic sleep disorder at a rented Holmby Hills estate while under the care of cardiologist,
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Saturday that the Senate would quickly reject House Republican changes to a short-term funding bill that would delay ObamaCare for a year. "Today´s vote by House Republicans is pointless," Reid said. "As I have said repeatedly, the Senate will reject any Republican attempt to force changes to the Affordable Care Act through a mandatory government funding bill or the debt ceiling. "Furthermore, President Obama has stated that he would veto such measures if they ever reached his desk." Reid´s statement indicated that the Senate would not just ignore the House bill,
House Republicans will vote to pass a one-year delay of Obamacare in exchange for funding the government, a plan that drastically increases the chances of a government shutdown this Tuesday. The decision was announced by the GOP leadership in a closed meeting Saturday afternoon, according to sources present. Republicans will also pass a bill to fund U.S. troops if the government shuts down, according to GOP lawmakers. The House’s funding measure will keep the government open until mid December. Continue Reading Text Size -+reset Shutdown: Who to watch Obamacare timeline Latest on POLITICO Dewhurst to Texas GOP: Don´t get complacent Cruz praises Obama on Iran U.S. nuke commander suspended ´Breaking Bad´
A dog that was too terrified to lift its head after years of abuse is now a happy, healthy, confident canine thanks to its new owners. The German Shepard mix, now named Apollo, was once in the care of a San Antonio, Texas animal care facility, where he was pictured cowering in a corner with his head hung low. Staff at the facility said he appeared terrified of humans. A couple took a chance on him, however, and helped him gain trust in humans again. Now he´s become the gentle, loving companion to their newborn baby. The couple shared Apollo´s
Miss Philippines has been crowned Miss World in a glittering finale despite threats by Islamist groups to disrupt the competition. Megan Young, who wore a glamorous pink fishtail dress, won the 63rd annual beauty pageant on Indonesia´s resort island of Bali. The final round was held amid tight security after ongoing protests by Muslim extremists - who had previously branded the iconic competition ´pornography´ and a ´whore contest´. Scroll down for video -´I promise to be the best Miss World ever,´ said the teary-eyed 23-year-old today after being crowned Miss World 2013.
Barilla Pasta stepped on a landmine this week telling Italian media the company would never feature or market directly to gay couples. If they had a problem with that, said its chairman, they could eat another brand of pasta. I pity the fool who messes with the purchasing power of the LGBT community. The remarks as widely reported, were made by Guido Barilla on La Zanzara, an Italian radio program. I would never make a spot with a homosexual family. Not out of a lack of respect but because I do not see it like they do. (My idea of)
The fugitive White Widow plotted the bloody Kenyan mall massacre from a secret lair just 100 yards away, security forces believe. British mum-of-three Samantha Lewthwaite, now the world’s most wanted woman, rented a house opposite the shopping centre where crazed Muslim fanatics later slaughtered up to 150 people, they say. (Snip) A Turkish man arrested attempting to board an international flight at capital Nairobi’s JKI airport on Tuesday is said to own the property Lewthwaite allegedly used to plot the bloodshed. The man, in his 40s or 50s, is also understood to be linked to a shop hired by the
On Saturday, as the shutdown drama played out on Capitol Hill, President Obama played golf at Fort Delvoir in Virginia. According to published reports, the White House said that Obama’s partners were two presidential staff members, Joe Paulsen and Marvin Nicholson, and Nicholson’s brother, Walter. Rep. Ted Poe (R-Tex.) had this response on Twitter to the president’s outing: #potus has time to negotiate with Iranian President yet refuses to negotiate with House Republicans. Too busy playing golf.
I had a teacher once who called his students "idiots" when they screwed up. He was our orchestra conductor, a fierce Ukrainian immigrant named Jerry Kupchynsky, and when someone played out of tune, he would stop the entire group to yell, "Who eez deaf in first violins!?" He made us rehearse until our fingers almost bled. He corrected our wayward hands and arms by poking at us with a pencil. Today, he´d be fired. But when he died a few years ago, he was celebrated: Forty years´ worth of former students and colleagues flew back to my New Jersey hometown
PRESCOTT, Ariz.— An investigation into the June deaths of 19 firefighters killed while battling an Arizona blaze has found improperly programmed radios, vague updates, and a 30 minute communication blackout just before the flames engulfed the men. The report says at the moment the firefighters were killed, an air tanker carrying fire retardant was hovering overhead, waiting for an update about their location. The Arizona State Forestry Division presented the roughly 120-page report to the men´s families ahead of a news conference Saturday morning in Prescott. All but one member of the Granite Mountain Hotshots crew died June 30 while
Administration officials say ObamaCare is ready for its close-up, with enrollment in the newly created insurance “exchanges” set to start on Tuesday. But the road to the launch has been littered with glitches and setbacks, and in all likelihood the confusion is not over yet. Setting aside the brawl in Congress over the push to defund the law, the sheer task of roughly 16 million Americans selecting a plan from hundreds of options in the coming months is poised to create a national headache. In the latest delay, small businesses seeking to buy health insurance under ObamaCare will have to
A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist says that the official account of the raid which killed Osama Bin Laden in 2011 is ‘one big lie’. Seymour Hersh, 76, said that ‘not one word’ of the Obama administration’s narrative on what happened is true. (Snip)Hersh said the American press spends ‘so much more time carrying water for Obama than I ever thought they would’. In his opinion, the solution would be to shut down news networks like NBC and ABC and fire 90 per cent of mainstream editors and replace them with ‘real’ journalists who are not afraid to speak truth to power. ‘The
In an interview with The Guardian (U.K.) published Friday, the left-leaning Seymour Hersh, best known for his Pulitzer-winning reporting that exposed the My Lai massacre during the Vietnam War, unloaded on the American news media for its underwhelming coverage of the Obama White House. Hersh told The Guardian’s Lisa O’Carroll that the ABC and NBC news bureaus ought to be shut down and 90 percent of the editors fired for sake of fixing journalism. “I’ll tell you the solution, get rid of 90 percent of the editors that now exist and start promoting editors that you can’t control,” Hersh said.
NEW YORK - Just days before the launch of the new U.S. state health insurance exchanges that are the centerpiece of the Affordable Care Act, a nationwide push is still under way to test and patch the technology behind the online sites. Officials working on the sites have acknowledged that information technology (IT) failures will prevent many of them from functioning fully for weeks, and perhaps longer. That will slow the government´s drive to enroll millions of uninsured Americans under President Barack Obama´s healthcare reform law starting Tuesday. From a political standpoint, a successful opening day will shape perceptions of
Let us consider the reasons, pro and con. In favor: 1) He is one. 2) He called himself one. 3) There is no evidence of an ideological shift. 4) He supports the Sandinistas who are socialist and admit it. 5) He supports ACORN, Occupy, the New Party, and the Working Families Party, which are socialist and don’t admit it. 6) Honesty is the best policy. 7) American democracy works best when people know what they’re voting for. Against: 1) Calling him socialist may cost him the election: bad for Democrats. 2) Calling him socialist may not cost him the election: even worse for Democrats.
Texas governor Rick Perry goes where governors have never gone before. He’s been descending on blue states for months now, infuriating their Democratic governors with his pitch to CEOs to relocate their companies in business-friendly Texas. Now he’s going national. He aims to stir a debate over whose economic policies are better for jobs and growth, red states’ or blue states’. And last week he formed a new organization, Americans for Economic Freedom (AEF), to sponsor, plan, and fund his national activities. You don’t have to be a cynic to suspect this is leading to a second presidential campaign in
It’s not clear who first introduced the chant “this is what democracy looks like” to the epic early-2011 showdown in Wisconsin between angry public-sector union workers and newly elected Republican Gov. Scott Walker. The protesters shouting the phrase surely meant to insist that they were the true voice of the people. But despite the sheer size and raucous noise of the crowds that packed the Wisconsin State Capitol for weeks protesting Walker’s proposed legislation to roll back union benefits and prerogatives, the demonstrators ultimately lost every fight that mattered. They lost because the voting public in Wisconsin approved of Walker’s
Mullen, Neb. -- For the last stage of my five-hour drive from the Denver airport to the Dismal River Golf Club, Google maps offered two options. (Snip) Why build a golf course here? The sand-based grassland is perfect for golf. Except for the absence of a coastline, this is Scottish-style linksland. I ventured to Dismal last week to see Tom Doak´s new Red Course. Doak, whose best know works include Pacific Dunes in Oregon and Barnbougle Dunes in Australia, has designed one other course in the great American Sandhills, Ballyneal in Eastern Colorado. It ranks No. 6 on Golfweek´s list
Pity poor Burkina Faso, I thought on the opening morning of the General Assembly, as presidents, prime ministers, foreign secretaries and their minions headed through the streets and avenues of Turtle Bay, the riverside home of the United Nations. At these kind of gatherings, the length of your motorcade is always a measure of your power. And while Barack Obama turned up with his usual convoy of motorcycle outriders, black limousines, communications vehicles and an ambulance, all tiny Burkina Faso got for an escort was a New York Police Department scooter. Short of the NYPD providing a golf cart or