A pack of bikers pummeled a driver in upper Manhattan on Sunday, after a wild chase that began with a fender bender on the West Side Highway, cops said. The brawl erupted after the victim — who was driving his wife and their young child — became surrounded by a swarm of motorcycles on the highway and accidentally hit one of the bikes near W. 125th St. about 2 p.m., police said. But when the driver stopped, several of the bikers began to damage the man’s black Range Rover — so he hit the gas and plowed through three motorcycles before speeding away, cops said.
The Washington region, home to the largest concentration of federal workers and contractors in the nation, could lose an estimated $200?million a day and could see more than 700,000 jobs take a financial hit if the federal government shuts down Monday night, according to a local economist’s projections. And that’s not counting the blow to tourism, one of the region’s economic mainstays, if the Smithsonian museums, the National Zoo, Civil War battlefields and other federally funded attractions are shuttered, said Stephen Fuller, director of George Mason University’s Center for Regional Analysis. “This is serious,” Fuller said. “The national economy may
Europe’s nascent economic recovery is too green to make any impact on the region’s jobs market yet, according to economists. Unemployment in the 17-nation euro area remained at a record high of 12.1 percent in August, according to the median estimate of 30 economists in a Bloomberg News survey. The European Union’s statistics office is due to publish the jobless numbers at 11 a.m. tomorrow in Luxembourg. “Europe is faced with a high level of structural unemployment and this is not going to change any time soon,” said Annamaria Grimaldi, an economist at Intesa Sanpaolo SpA in Milan.
Montgomery, Ala. — A federal judge has approved a settlement to end the segregation of HIV-positive inmates in Alabama prisons. U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson issued an opinion Monday saying the agreement isn´t perfect but can take effect. Female inmates already are living with other prisoners at the state´s lone women´s prison, and male inmates will be integrated into the general prison population next year. Thompson sided with prisoners in December and ordered the Department of Corrections to quit making HIV-positive inmates live in housing areas away from other prisoners. (Snip) The American Civil Liberties Union represents inmates who sued
Iran´s president is asking aviation authorities to study the possibility of resuming direct flights between Iran and the United States for the first time in more than three decades. Hassan Rohani´s request reflects Iranian efforts to possibly build on the groundbreaking exchanges with Washington that included a telephone chat last week between the new Iranian president and President Barack Obama. Iran´s immediate goal is to resume talks over its nuclear program to seek easing of Western sanctions. But Tehran also appears willing to explore expanded contacts. (Snip) More than 1 million Iranian-Americans live in California and elsewhere.
Washington – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is conferring Monday in Washington with US President Barack Obama. The focus of the meeting is expected to be Netanyahu´s request for America to not be lured by Iran´s desire for diplomatic negotiations, and to keep the option of a military intervention on the table. The meeting in Washington is the first between Netanyahu and Obama since they met in March during President Obama´s visit to Israel. Netanyahu is also expected to meet US Vice President Joe Biden at the White House, and US Secretary of State John Kerry at the State Department Building.
A Wisconsin middle school has been forced to apologize after showing students a video produced after Barack Obama´s 2008 election that included celebrities pledging to ´be a servant to the President.´ Some parents who watched the video at an assembly at Hudson Middle School in Hudson, Wisconsin, called it propaganda and complained that it was inappropriate for young minds. The video, produced by Oprah Winfrey´s production company, includes celebrities like Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher, Cameron Diaz and Eva Longoria. Scroll down for video-It begins with the stars describing their pledges to do one thing to change the world. KMSP-TV
NEW YORK — Airlines are introducing a new bevy of fees, but this time passengers might actually like them. Unlike the first generation of charges which dinged fliers for once-free services like checking a bag, these new fees promise a taste of the good life, or at least a more civil flight. Extra legroom, early boarding and access to quiet lounges were just the beginning. Airlines are now renting Apple iPads preloaded with movies, selling hot first class meals in coach and letting passengers pay to have an empty seat next to them. Once on the ground, they can skip
Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Monday morning blasted Senate Democrats for not working on Sunday, even as they continued to warn about the dire threat of a government shutdown. "The Senate decided not to work yesterday," Boehner said in a rare speech on the House floor. "Well my goodness, if there´s such an emergency, where are they?" (Snip) "The fact that nobody knows what the rules are, employers scared to death to hire new employees, cutting the hours many of their current employees, and for what reason?" he asked. "This law is not ready for prime time.
The battle over Obamacare is taking on political importance as Democrats hope a successful roll-out among Hispanics will further bind those voters to the Democratic Party and undermine Republican efforts to build more support before the 2016 presidential election. In California, where Hispanics will outnumber whites within a year, backers of the Affordable Care Act are ramping up outreach in places like Richmond, a San Francisco Bay Area city whose population is almost 40 percent Hispanic and where about 18 percent of residents live below the poverty line. “A lot of the long-term implications, partisanship-wise and electorally, are going to
A year ago, when Major League Baseball added an extra wild card to each league, some traditionalists howled. Here was MLB further devaluing its regular season, they argued, offering more playoff spots to less deserving teams. But the upside was simple: More teams in contention. More late-season drama. More of the kinds of win-or-go-home games the sport so rarely offers. Those benefits were on full display Sunday. The final day of baseball´s regular season began with three teams competing for two American League wild-card spots. It ended with two teams still alive for one. The Tampa Bay Rays and the Texas Rangers
If the federal government partially shuts down on Tuesday, federal worker unions are set to protest and demand back pay for government workers. Government unions may even consider lawsuits to get back pay for furloughed federal employees. If Congress cannot agree to a short-term resolution to fund the government by Monday, parts of the federal government will shut down on Tuesday. Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) said he believes government employees should get back pay and, since many may be living "paycheck to paycheck," he asserted, “We as a Congress need to be more sensitive to their needs.” Union officials estimate roughly 800,000 workers
After Senator Elizabeth Warren spoke at a luncheon in Beverly Hills, Calif., last month, women from the audience swarmed around her, many of them asking the same question: will you run for president? (Snip) Ms. Warren, a Massachusetts Democrat, said in an interview that she was not interested in seeking the presidency. And despite talk of a draft movement among some activists, it is difficult to imagine her taking on former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. But in seizing on issues animating her party’s base — the influence of big banks, soaring student loan debt and the widening gulf
Even as President Obama and his administration are making a last minute push to encourage enrollment in Obamacare, a quiet change was made on the Healthcare.gov website regarding those who will still not be able to afford coverage after the program kicks in. From at least June 26, 2013 to as recently as September 15, under the topic, "Where can I get free or low-cost care in my community?" the following statement appeared: "If you can´t afford any health plan, you can get free or low-cost health and dental care at a nearby community health center." Here is how the
If Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid rejects the third iteration of the continuing resolution sent to him by the House on Saturday, the Nevada Democrat will oblige his caucus to stand in support of the ruinous medical device tax they overwhelmingly voted to repeal on March 20 of this year. If Reid adopts his boss´ "no negotiations with non-terrorists" stance, Reid will also force his Democratic colleagues to slam military men and women and their families — right down to the toddlers and the newborns — with punishing pay lapses and facilities closures. If Reid refuses to see what everyone
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will double down on Monday afternoon and again dismiss the House’s attempts to chip away at Obamacare as part of a government funding bill. The Senate will come in session at 2 p.m. and shortly thereafter vote to table the funding bill passed by the House over the weekend that repeals a 2.3 percent levy on medical devices and delay Obamacare by a year. The Senate will send back a bill funding the government through Nov. 15, leaving the House a handful of hours to respond ahead of a midnight shutdown deadline.
The Oscar-winning film director Charles Ferguson has cancelled his CNN documentary on Hillary Clinton after what he described as a private campaign against the film by prominent Democrats. Ferguson said he had decided to pull the plug after being met with a wall of silence from more than a hundred people who refused to be interviewed for the documentary. He claimed that aides to the former secretary of state put pressure on CNN behind the scenes, and made clear that Clinton would only co-operate "over my dead body". He also blamed a public campaign by Republicans, who claimed the film would be
CNN Films has decided to cancel its highly anticipated documentary about Hillary Clinton after director Charles H. Ferguson backed away from the project on Monday, citing a lack of participants due to pressure from Clinton-world. "Charles Ferguson has informed us that he is not moving forward with his documentary about Hillary Clinton," CNN Worldwide spokesperson Allison Gollust told POLITICO. "Charles is an Academy Award winning director who CNN Films was excited to be working with, but we understand and respect his decision." "[W]e won´t seek other partners and are not proceeding with the film," she wrote. In a blog post
U.S. stocks slid, paring a quarterly gain for the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index, as a stalemate over the federal budget increased the likelihood of a government shutdown. The S&P 500 fell 0.9 percent to 1,676.74 at 9:32 a.m. in New York. The benchmark gauge has added 2.7 percent this month, extending its quarterly gain to 4.4 percent, as the Federal Reserve kept its $85 billion of monthly bond-buying. “U.S. politicians have until midnight to reach an agreement to avoid a shutdown, and all eyes are on the Democrats and the Republicans,”
The list of things on which Barack Obama has been wrong goes on to the crack of doom. But there´s one thing on which the President is surely right. In devising his strategy for dealing with the shutdown, the prez can count on the MSM to blame Republicans. Mark Halperin bared the president´s calculus on today´s Morning Joe, saying the Obama admin has little incentive to negotiate because it believes a "sympathetic" press will blame Republicans like they did in the 1990s, accusing them of being "obstructionist." View the video after the jump.Halperin offered what amounted to an indictment of MSM
What a debacle. On March 30, 2010, President Obama signed the non-ironically named Affordable Care Act. That was 915 days ago. From the moment the last of the 22 pens he used to sign the bill into law left the parchment, the federal government has been gearing up — and, of course, collecting cash — for Day One, non-ironically set 915 days in the future, Oct. 1, 2013. In the meantime, though, the community organizer from Chicagoland exempted everyone in his administration from the new law (as well as lawmakers and staffers in Congress). Lots of campaign donors and business
Conan: Microsoft founder Bill Gates says he regrets dropping out of school and making users hit “control, alt, delete” to log in. Both admissions appear in his new book, “Bill Gates: A Life of Failures.” Fallon: Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt said he plans to retire after the 2016 Olympics in Brazil. Asked what he´ll do in retirement, Bolt said, “Walk.” Leno: Vladimir Putin lashes out again at the U.S.. This time for giving an Emmy to "The Liberace Story: Behind the Candelabra." Conan: A new Cosmopolitan article explains ObamaCare to women. The article is called, “10 Pre-existing Conditions to Drive
Republicans are falling into the trap the Democrats have set for them. By repeatedly voting to overturn Obamacare without proposing any effective alternative, House Republicans are allowing Democrats to brand them as "enemies of the poor." The public does not like Obamacare but they do want healthcare reform, especially with regard to soaring costs. Previous Republican plans, though sensible, have addressed secondary matters such as tax breaks, administration and insurance and have not considered the fundamental issue of reducing costs by radically changing our antiquated healthcare processes.
Perhaps no historical figure is more deeply mired in legend and myth than Jesus of Nazareth. Outside of the Gospels — which are not so much factual accounts of Jesus but arguments about His religious significance — there is almost no trace of this simple Galilean peasant who inspired the world’s largest religion. But there’s enough biblical scholarship about the historical Jesus to raise questions about some of the myths that have formed around Him over the past 2,000 years. 1. Jesus was born in Bethlehem. The first Christians seem to have had little interest in Jesus’s early years. Stories about His