Get ready for Chelsea Clinton Bump Watch 2014 — the only daughter of the former president and former secretary of State is declaring next year the “Year of the Baby.” In an interview for the November issue of Glamour magazine on her work with the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation, Clinton reveals that she and husband Marc Mezvinsky are planning for a bouncing addition to their household. According to the 33-year-old Oxford grad, the pair, who married in 2010, sat down together a year after tying the knot and made a list focused on their future, saying, “We want,
Another day, another barricade crossed. Following the example set on Tuesday by a group of fellow veterans from Mississippi, World War II "honor flights" from Missouri, Illinois and Michigan entered the closed World War II memorial on Wednesday, past a blockade erected because of the government shutdown. The first busload of veterans arrived to a circus of media and members of Congress just after 11 a.m. Several members of Congress who were on hand opened the barricades, allowing the veterans access to the memorial. Since then, several hundred of them have passed through the gates. According to the National Park Service, the memorial
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is the odds-on favorite for president in 2016 if she runs, according to a new poll that shows her beating potential Republican challengers by double digits. Clinton leads New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie 49 percent to 36 percent, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) 53 percent to 36 percent, and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) 54 percent to 31 percent in the Quinnipiac poll released Wednesday. In the head-to-head match-ups with Christie and Paul, Clinton widened her lead since Quinnipiac’s last national poll in July. They did not include a question about Cruz in July for comparison.
The Claude Moore Colonial Farm, in McLean, Virginia, presents a slice of 1771 to the thousands of visitors who visit it every year. But until further notice, its website is warning visitors away. The living history farm is dead, at least for now.“It’s a perfect fall day, and yet we can’t do anything,” Managing Director Anna Eberly told me in a phone interview. Eberly has managed the Claude Moore Colonial Farm for 32 years. Before managing the farm, she worked for the National Park Service.Visitors unaware of how the farm is run are apt to conclude that the government shutdown,,
Orlando, Fla. - A pretend game of cops and robbers landed a Florida elementary school boy with a very real suspension after he made a pretend gun with his thumb and index finger. The mother of 8-year-old Jordan Bennett said her son was only playing with his friend at Harmony Community School in St. Cloud. She fears his one-day suspension, which was handed down Friday, wrongly labels Jordan as a violent person. There was nothing in his hand. He used his thumb and index finger, Bonnie Bennett told a local TV station. It was a game. He made no
The government shutdown will temporarily slash the staffs and operations of every “nonessential” federal program — which, as you can imagine, adds up to a whole lot of programs. There are the ones you know about, like the national parks and the panda cam. Then there’s everything else. Here’s 21 effects of the shutdown you might not have heard about. 1) No one will oversee the program that makes sure your organic food is actually organic. That’s called the National Organic Standards Program, and its entire staff was furloughed. Also on the Department of Agriculture furlough list: the people who check
Nationwide Series driver Nelson Piquet Jr. has been fined $10,000 and placed on indefinite probation, and he will have to attend sensitivity training after using a gay slur on social media. In the announcement, NASCAR´s senior vice president of racing operations, Steve O’Donnell, explained the governing body´s decision: Nelson Piquet Jr. recently communicated an offensive and derogatory term that cannot be tolerated in our sport. NASCAR’s Code of Conduct explicitly spells out in the 2013 rule book our position regarding the use of disparaging terms. We expect our entire industry to abide
Twenty years ago, when he was trying to persuade Bill and Hillary Clinton that universal health care was a politically unrealistic goal, the late Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan repeated one insistent warning: Sweeping, historic laws don’t pass barely. “They pass 70-to-30,’’ he said, “or they fail.” (Snip) “You reap what you sow,” said Whit Ayres, the veteran Republican pollster. “When you force through a major and very significant change to our economy, and you do it on a pure party-line vote, and at the very end change the rules to cram it through, you simply set up a long-term political
Beginning now, with the opening of government-run health-insurance exchanges, President Barack Obama will be prohibiting American Catholics from practicing their faith in the way they live their daily lives. This is an act of tyranny. Yet, many Americans in positions of public authority and influence have greeted it with silence and inaction. I do not use the word tyranny lightly here. Obama is abusing his power as president to unilaterally impose on Catholics — and millions of other Americans who share the Catholic moral view on certain matters — a regulation that forces them to act against their moral convictions
The FBI has said it has arrested the suspected operator of the Silk Road - a website notorious for being a place to buy drugs and other illegal items. A spokeswoman said that Ross William Ulbricht was arrested "without incident" by its agents at a public library in San Francisco on Tuesday. She added he had been charged with conspiracy to traffic narcotics. The FBI has also seized approximately $3.6m (£2.2m) worth of bitcoins - a virtual currency. The agency described it as the biggest Bitcoin seizure to date. The Silk Road itself is now offline - those trying to
ST. PETERSBURG — Big Al, locals said, wasn´t particularly fond of humans. He knew how to act and when to stay away. "He was a lover," said Judy Ellis, a Lakewood Estates resident. "He´d just sit around all day and smile at you." The 13-foot alligator was trapped and killed Sept. 26 in a small lake north of the Boyd Hill Nature Preserve. He was the eighth-largest alligator ever killed in the state and the biggest trapped in Pinellas for Jovan Johannessen, the 34-year-old Clearwater hunter who pulled him from the
The billionaire who created Beanie Babies pleaded guilty Wednesday to tax evasion charges. "I apologize for my conduct," H. Ty Warner told a federal judge. "This is a terrible way to meet your honor." Warner´s lawyer said the 69-year-old planned to enter a guilty plea during the arraignment in Chicago as part of an agreement with prosecutors. He faces up to five years when he is sentenced Jan. 15. Beanie Babies first appeared in the mid-´90s, triggering a craze that generated hundreds of millions of dollars for Westmont-based TY Inc. Forbes recently estimated Warner´s net worth at $2.6 billion.
President Obama will meet Wednesday evening at the White House with congressional leaders to discuss an end to the government shutdown. On the shutdown’s second day, Obama invited congressional leaders to the White House to discuss reopening the government and also raising the debt limit. (Snip) Republicans have hammered Obama for refusing to negotiate, and Brendan Buck, a spokesman for Boehner, said Wednesday the speaker was “pleased the president finally recognizes that his refusal to negotiate is indefensible.” “It’s unclear why we’d be having this meeting if it’s not meant to be a start to serious talks between the two
New York & Seattle - Three of the top 20 investors in Microsoft Corp are lobbying the board to press for Bill Gates to step down as chairman of the software company he co-founded 38 years ago, according to people familiar with matter. While Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer has been under pressure for years to improve the company´s performance and share price, this appears to be the first time that major shareholders are taking aim at Gates, who remains one of the most respected and influential figures in technology. A representative for Microsoft declined to comment on Tuesday.
Washington – President Obama has invited congressional leaders to the White House Wednesday evening to discuss the government shutdown, according to an administration official. The meeting will be the first face-to-face conversations between the president and the top four leaders since a budget standoff closed many federal agencies Tuesday. Obama will meet with House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio), Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco). (Snip) Boehner’s spokesman said the speaker is "pleased the president finally recognizes that his refusal to negotiate is indefensible."
Senior US intelligence officials have warned the shutdown of the US government "seriously damages" the intelligence apparatus´ ability to protect the US. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told a Senate panel that an estimated 70% of intelligence employees had been furloughed. Mr Clapper said staff morale across the spy agencies had been devastated. "This is extremely damaging and it will increase," he said.
"It is going to be difficult for us to do anything. We won´t be doing training like we normally would, we won´t be travelling, we won´t be doing the coordination necessary, only mission-essential tasks," General Ray Odierno said of the first government shutdown in 17 years. He said it "impacts significantly day-to-day operations". "The longer it goes on, the worse it gets. Every day that goes by, we are losing manpower, we are losing capability, so in my mind it is important we get this resolved," he told Reuters in a telephone interview from Germany, where he was attending a
The National Park Service is sending so many officials out to shut down federal parks from visiting Americans that at this rate it might have to suspend furloughs if the government closure continues. Two examples: -- At the World War II Memorial on The Mall in Washington, where veterans have been staging protests to keep it open, Washington Examiner´s Charlie Spiering reports that at least seven officials were dispatched Wednesday morning to set up a ring of barricades to block tourists from the memorial. That is two more security officials than the State Department had in Benghazi a year ago on the
BILLINGS, Mont.— Indian tribes across the U.S. prepared to suspend some federal programs and pay for others out of pocket amid a government shutdown expected to have magnified effects on the many reservations that depend heavily on outside assistance. Some activities considered essential will continue, including law enforcement, firefighting, schools and some social services, Bureau of Indian Affairs spokeswoman Nedra Darling said. But other programs are sure to take a hit, such as financial assistance for the needy, payments for foster care and oversight of environmental, wildlife and cultural programs. The full scope of the shutdown´s effects on tribes remains uncertain;
Speaker John Boehner has said he will not bring up any bill that does not have majority support from at least 118 Republicans. Republicans will insist on securing the border and maintaining respect for the law, and most will refuse liberals’ calls for pathways to citizenship. But, with over 100 open to legalization, and still others who have not explicitly opposed it, a path to legalization might not be far away. A full list of the representatives is below. Some may have since changed their minds, but all spoke positively of legalizing immigrants within the last year.
President Obama accused Republicans on Tuesday of launching an "ideological crusade" to hold the "economy hostage" over "ideological" and "reckless" demands to dismantle his health care law. "In other words," he said, "they demanded ransom just for doing their jobs." Several readers who support Obama said they were disappointed by the tone of his remarks. One from Ohio wrote, "He needs to chill. He looks defensive and has no reason to be." An independent voter in Michigan wrote, "He seems like an angry kid." A Maryland Democrat complained, "I love the man, but why is he yelling at me?" I had a
As I write, I have no idea what the status of the “government shutdown” is. Last time I checked, the National Security Agency was still reading my emails and National Public Radio was still broadcasting pro-Obama propaganda, so it doesn’t appear much has changed. But what I do know is what happened Monday around 10 p.m., because it’s not in dispute: Every Massachusetts Democrat in Congress voted to keep special cash payments for themselves and for their staffers. They voted to shut down the government rather than give up their special perks. That’s not “we’re ending the world” spin
The federal government is shutdown. That means only federal government employees that are deemed "essential" are going in to work.We´re led to believe it´s a bare bones operation (Michelle Obama won´t be tweeting, the National Park Service website is down, etc.). But in reality it appears the number of folks working is higher than half the federal employees. Or, in raw numbers, about 1,350,000 "essential" federal government employees are still working. And that does not include the 589,000 postal employees, who are working, too. That´s 63 percent of the federal work force. Here´s how one gets to those numbers. According
An increasing number of House Republicans say they would join with Democrats and vote to support the budget bill, or continuing resolution, sent over by the Senate on Monday night. This "clean" bill does not include House amendments to strip funding from or delay the implementation of President Obama’s signature health-care law.
The stalemate over a short-term spending bill that has shut down the federal government and furloughed 800,000 employees and contractors offers the latest example of an evolving Republican Party, an evolution that is shifting the party’s traditional power base. In are conservative activists, who insist that any continuing resolution or debt-ceiling increase be paired with drastic spending cuts and a roll-back of the Affordable Care Act. Out are business and financial interests, which have traditionally held great sway over Republican policymakers. The conservative activists, led by groups such as Heritage Action and the Club for Growth and elected officials such as Sen.
Newark — The state’s campaign finance watchdog agency today issued a 13-count complaint against Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo, charging he violated state law by using campaign funds for vacations, to attend sporting events and cover other personal expenses. The 32-page document released by state Election Law Enforcement Commission charges that DiVincenzo failed to disclose 614 campaign expenditures over a two-year period from 2010 to 2012, worth a total of $71,810. The agency charged that of the expenses the powerful Democrat did disclose, he misspent $15,548 in 51 instances, ranging from paying for gym memberships to a trip to