One thing often heard in media commentary on the shutdown: what must the Chinese think when the US can´t even keep its government open? The correct answer: who cares? China´s a communist state--its government never sleeps. America´s a democracy--if it has an honest disagreement with itself then it debates it openly within the context of law and the Constitution. If things must shutdown for a bit, so be it. [Snip] Since the 1930s, a series of administrations has tried to expand the responsiblities of the federal government far beyond its original remit, usually bypassing the Constitution in order to avoid
Moscow - Russian investigators on Wednesday charged five Greenpeace campaigners with piracy over an open-sea protest against Arctic oil drilling, the environmental group said, calling the move an "outrage". The charge against the activists -- a Briton, a Finn, a Brazilian, a Russian and a dual US-Swedish citizen -- dimmed hopes that 25 others detained over the protest could be indicted on a lesser charge. Piracy by an organised group carries a punishment of between 10 and 15 years. A spokeswoman for the Moscow-based Investigative Committee declined to provide details of the charges, confirming only that the activists from the
Seoul - The United States and South Korea signed a new pact to deter North Korea´s potential use of nuclear arms and other weapons of mass destruction amid growing threats from Pyongyang, their defense chiefs said on Wednesday. The defense ministers also agreed to review the timing of the transfer of war-time command control of their combined forces on the Korean peninsula from the U.S. military to South Korea, a joint statement issued after their meeting said. The transfer is scheduled to take place in December 2015, but there have been calls in South Korea for it to be postponed
It was supposed to be joke on General David Petraeus, but the New York City Police Department wasn´t laughing. Police say a friend mailed a fake grenade to General Petraeus´ office in the Solow Building on 58th Street. His secretary opened the box around noon Tuesday and saw what she thought was a real grenade. Investigators describe it as a "novelty item." Police evacuated the office and shut down 58th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues. They took the package to the building´s courtyard to get a closer look. "Just a lot of police officers, a lot of people that worked in the buildings, "The higher-ups
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) narrowly leads the pack of potential GOP contenders in 2016, according to a new poll. If the GOP presidential primary were held today, 17 percent of GOP voters would elect Paul, according to a new Quinnipiac Poll released Wednesday. He leads among Tea Party Republicans as well with 22 percent. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie rates second with 13 percent, followed by Sen. Marco Rubio (Fla.) with 12 percent and Jeb Bush with 11 percent. Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas) and Rep. Paul Ryan (Wis.) garner 10 percent. Nineteen percent of Republicans are undecided. Rubio’s numbers have dropped 7
He´s well known for his verbal gaffes--now Joe Biden is in the spotlight for making a visual one. The U.S. Vice President accidentally revealed the cover of a classified document for the world to see while standing absent-mindedly at a press event on Monday. In a photograph published by AFP/Getty Images, the binder clearly shows the title ´Codeword: Classified Document´ emblazoned across it. Below that, it said ´Vice President´. The contents of the folder, however, could not be seen in the picture. Biden had been holding talks with President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Oval Office
Glitches: The federal government had 1,288 days to build the ObamaCare exchanges, where millions are supposed to enroll. Yet they were crashing across the U.S. on opening day. Your health care is in the best of hands. Since late last year, administration officials told anyone who´d listen they were on track to open the ObamaCare exchanges on time by Oct. 1. Last December, Gary Cohen, who has been heading up ObamaCare implementation efforts, told state regulators that "10 months from today, people will be signing up for health insurance." The next month, he said again that "yes, we will be ready." In March,
More veterans are set to storm the barricades of Washington DC´s shuttered national monuments today in protest at the government shutdown after Congress refused to fund the healthcare act. Former servicemen are plotting to occupy the capital´s closed Second World War Memorial for a second day, and also broaden their protests to other sites including the Lincoln Memorial. The planned acts of civil disobedience by defiant veterans in their 80s and 90s threatens to fan the flames of an already fierce fight over who is responsible for denying the federal government the funds to operate. The National Mall´s memorial to
Young people should be forced to “earn or learn” and no longer have the option of a “life on benefits”, Mr Cameron said. The Prime Minister made the suggestion in his speech to the Conservative conference, in which he appealed to voters to give his party a Commons majority in 2015 so the Tories can “finish the job”. Echoing Sir Winston Churchill’s wartime appeal to “Give us the tools and we will finish the job,” Mr Cameron outlined his vision for Britain under a Conservative government after 2015. The party would make Britain a “land of opportunity,” where hard work and talent are
On one side of the Oval Office sat Barack Obama making nice with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. On the other side stood Press Secretary Jay Carney checking the Vegas line on this week´s NFL games. Next to him stood Joe Biden, who is still vice president. He appeared to be in another trance. In between Biden and Carney and Obama and Netanyahu Monday was a jostling pack of reporters and photographers recording the leaders´ warm words and chilly body language.
Reduce the obesity rate in New York City? Fat chance! More New Yorkers than ever are living large, despite Nanny Bloomberg’s war on sugary drinks and fast foods, statistics obtained by The Post reveal. The city’s obesity rate among adults has skyrocketed 25 percent since Mayor Bloomberg took office in 2002, city Health Department figures show. That year, nearly one in five New Yorkers was considered obese. Now almost one in four is. The figures are surprising given Gotham’s residents are doing better according to other health indicators.
Greenville, South Carolina -- Lauren Zanardelli and Graham Foster are the kind of customers the government needs to make Obamacare work. The chefs own and operate a bright orange hipster magnet called the Neue Southern Food Truck. The farm-to-table vehicle stands out in Greenville, South Carolina, even among the new gastropubs that dot the city´s charming Main Street. Today Zanardelli and Foster are zooming around their rented kitchen on the edge of town, preparing deep-fried Brussels sprouts, Ramen with seaweed and pumpkin sweet rolls. They won´t have time after their 12-hour work day to explore the new health insurance marketplaces
Twenty years after Vanity Fair special correspondent Maureen Orth reported on the sexual-abuse case involving Woody Allen and Mia Farrow’s adopted daughter Dylan, Orth reconnects with Farrow to discuss her human-rights work, her relationship with Frank Sinatra, the home she created for her 14 adopted and biological children, and the scandal that nearly destroyed it, 20 years ago. For her piece in the November issue, Orth talks to eight of Farrow’s children, including the long-silent Dylan, who speaks on the record for the first time about the alleged incident. Farrow discusses her relationship with Frank Sinatra, telling Orth that Sinatra was
Never one to let anything speak for itself, the president made his case for the Affordable Care Act on Tuesday, the day its exchanges launched. To listen to his speech, the health-care law has fixed the U.S. economy, will save tens of thousands of lives, and has solved the U.S.’s long-term debt problem. Needless to say, none of these things are true. He began with a sort of Clintonian random factoid he said he’d heard the other day: that people who get cancer and have health insurance are 70 percent more likely to be alive after five years than people who
Three and a half years after it was signed, sealed and delivered, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act remains the undead; not interred, not thriving, but fought over on numerous fronts. This enrages the left, which calls the case settled, and says it has facts on its side: The act was passed legally by both houses of Congress, survived the Supreme Court and five center-right justices, and survived 2012 and the presidential election, in which voters endorsed it.Like other big laws — Social Security, Medicare and Medicare Part D — it had initial delays, but will soon be accepted.
It´s a simple enough request, but for patients and families who feel vulnerable, scared or uncomfortable in a hospital room, the subject can be too intimidating to even bring up with a doctor or nurse: Have you washed your hands? Hospitals are encouraging patients to be more assertive, amid growing concern about infections that are resistant to antibiotics. Strict hand hygiene measures are the gold standard for reducing infections associated with health care. Acquired primarily in hospitals but also in nursing homes, outpatient surgery centers and even doctor´s offices, they affect more than one million patients and are linked to
Under the Rules of Suspension they were operating under (not sure why, but it’s what it was), a 2/3 vote was needed in the House to pass legislation funding various agencies. Democrats in the House voted against funding the Veterans Administration, the District of Columbia and National Parks, including the Holocaust Memorial Museum and Smithsonian.
The Federal Communications Commission yesterday accused five wireless service providers of obtaining duplicate payments from a federal fund for low-income consumers. The FCC wants the companies to repay the extra money and, in addition, to pay $14.4 million in fines. The wireless providers allegedly violated rules of the Lifeline program, which has helped people afford basic telephone service since 1985. It was expanded to cover pre-paid cell phone service in 2005 under former President George W. Bush. "The violations involve thousands of consumers who had more than one Lifeline subscription from the same provider, resulting in duplicative support requests and payments," the
New York Magazine writer Jonathan Chait spent his government shutdown day mocking WWII veterans who were shut out by the National Park Service (NPS) when they came to visit the National WWII Memorial in Washington, D.C. On Tuesday morning, Representative Michelle Bachman (R-MN) and several Republican members of Congress helped tear down the barricades shutting the elderly veterans out of the WWII memorial. After the barricades were removed, dozens of veterans flooded in to conduct their often emotional visits. But, thinking he was being funny, Chait took to Twitter to poke fun at the veterans, joking that the NPS should
What if they gave a government shutdown and nobody noticed? I’m not reworking that old ’60s slogan about what if they gave a war and nobody came? Forget coming to the shutdown. What if nobody even noticed it? This is the level of disaster facing the American people, as captured in a headline on the Internet yesterday afternoon. “Beloved panda cam shut down.” No! Say it ain’t so! Move over, 9/11 and Pearl Harbor. Talk about a day that will live in infamy, the panda cam is kaput. Two MSNBC anchors just fainted. Some college professor would have already tweeted out a death threat against “the
If you’ve been listening to Rush Limbaugh’s radio show today, you know this already: President Obama’s old friends in the ACORN crime syndicate have decided to get a piece of the big-money Obamacare action. United Labor Unions (ULU) Local 100 in New Orleans, which is run by ACORN founder Wade Rathke, announced on its Facebook page that it’s gearing up “to do mass enrollment and help navigate people into the marketplaces in Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas under the Affordable Care Act!” Be afraid. Wherever Rathke goes, lawlessness follows. Before his calamitous 38-year tenure as ACORN chief organizer ended in his expulsion from the group
Washington - Sen. Ted Cruz apologized to a group of Filipino-American veterans on Tuesday for comparing his 21-hour quasi-filibuster to the Bataan Death March. Inside the senator´s Washington office, Cruz told Celestino Almeda, 96, and Jesse Baltazar, 93, that he was sorry for invoking one of the darkest chapters of World War II on the Senate floor last week. Cruz, one of the most vocal opponents of the Affordable Care Act, admitted that likening a marathon talk session to the forced march of prisoners by the Japanese to an imperial-controlled detention center - an event that claimed over an estimated 10,000
WASHINGTON — Military veterans are declaring war on the government shutdown. After a group of veterans broke down the barricades at the national World War II Memorial Tuesday afternoon, organizers of one Hero Flight Network group told BuzzFeed it wasn’t the last Washington would hear from them. Veterans are plotting another protest at the same place Wednesday, and expressed interest in staging similar events at sites across the nation’s capital, including the Lincoln Memorial — an act of civil disobedience that would likely pour fuel on the already highly flammable politics of the government shutdown. “We have people here that are 80
WASHINGTON — Count on the Greatest Generation to storm the shutdown. A group of World War II veterans from Mississippi, on a long-scheduled excursion to Washington, managed to push past the metal barricades that were blocking access to the World War II Memorial on Tuesday because of the government shutdown and move in to place wreaths, read plaques and take photos. In the rest of the capital, however, there was no such decisive action on Day 1 of what could be an extended government closure. Most of the energy around town was focused on trying to frame the debate so the other
The rollout of Obamacare — the proximate cause of the of ‘shutdown’ — has become a headline in itself. The touted health care exchanges were experiencing highly publicized difficulties all over the country. A rollout of this size was never going to be easy in the best of circumstances. But in this case many of the problems experienced were the direct consequence of the length of the law and its attendant regulatory complexity. These are often called “business rules” and they have to be implemented in software. The Obamacare ruleset is now reportedly eight times the length of the Bible and
WASHINGTON — While Washington, D.C. braced Monday evening for the federal government to shut down, Hillary Clinton hosted rich, connected, powerful Democrats at her swanky northwest D.C. home to raise money for Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe.“Good to see everybody!” McAuliffe said before being driven away from Clinton’s home in a black SUV on Monday night.The Democratic nominee for governor declined to answer questions from The Daily Caller about the Virginians likely to be furloughed in a government shutdown. An estimated 150,000 Virginians are likely to be affected. Despite the shutdown threat, a Who’s Who of national Democrats (and a