America used to be a nation of laws. Those laws served as guidelines for how we conducted business and ourselves. They were powerful laws, to be sure. But more importantly, they were fair, just, and judicious. They were laws we could all believe in. They were reasonable. They were not onerous or overbearing. That’s no longer the case. Our laws no longer guide our actions; they dictate them. The problem is we’ve morphed from a nation of laws into a nation of lawyers.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Saturday brought home a 2,700-year-old Persian artifact the US administration gave him as “a special gift" to Iranians, media reports said. “The Americans contacted us on Thursday and said ´we have a gift for you´,” Rouhani told reporters upon arrival at the airport in Tehran, the ILNA news agency reported. “They gave it back as a special gift to the Iranian nation.” Rouhani was speaking of a 7th century BC silver Persian drinking cup in the shape of a winged Griffin, a legendary creature with the head of an eagle and body of a lion.
Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu left for New York early Sunday in a bid to challenge perceptions that Iran under its new president poses less of a nuclear threat than before. "I intend to tell the truth in the face of the sweet talk and charm offensive of Iran" Israeli public radio quoted him as saying as he boarded the plane at Tel Aviv´s Ben Gurion airport. "Telling the truth at this time is essential for world peace and security and, of course, for Israel´s security." Earlier in the week he described Iranian President Hassan Rouhani´s conciliatory speech to the
Days ahead of a government shutdown, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is celebrating her 50th wedding anniversary outside Washington, D.C. “Speaker Boehner has told me he has the votes for his proposals on his side of the aisle and that he will not need our help,” Pelosi (D-Calif.) wrote in a letter to colleagues. “I have been in contact with our leadership team and Members, and we appreciate the united front from Members as we proceed.” Pelosi said she will be “listening in on the conversations at our forthcoming Caucus meeting this evening.” “I look forward to seeing you tomorrow,” Pelosi wrote in
WASHINGTON -- The White House says President Barack Obama would veto House Republican legislation that would delay much of the president´s health care overhaul for a year and cancel a tax on medical devices. The White House statement comes as the GOP-run House prepares to debate a bill averting a government shutdown Tuesday morning, but delaying the health care law and repealing the tax as the price for doing so. The medical device tax helps finance the health care law. The Democratic-run Senate has approved legislation preventing the shutdown and leaving the health care overhaul alone. That 2010 law has been Obama´s
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) on Saturday rejected a House Republican plan to avoid a government shutdown, declaring it “pointless’’ for the House to vote later Saturday on tying a one-year delay in the new federal health care law to legislation funding federal agencies. Mr. Reid also said the Senate would not accept a House measure repealing a tax on medical devices imposed by the new health law. House lawmakers this evening will vote on whether to attach the tax repeal and the health-law delay to legislation funding the government through Dec. 15. “To be absolutely clear, the Senate will
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.