WASHINGTON — Shortly before the federal government shut down at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, a small group of top White House officials huddled in the West Wing for what turned out to be a discussion of critical importance: how to run the place. They listened as soon-to-be-furloughed junior staff members showed them how to send a news release, issue a proclamation and distribute daily reports of President Obama’s activities. One crucial piece of information was how to clear someone through the security gates for Oval Office appointments. (Snip) But now, 1,265 of the 1,701 people normally assigned to what is called
Energy Revolution: America´s natural gas boom threatens Russia´s economic strategy, an expert says, leaving it with few alternatives to rescue its economy while threatening to shatter its energy stranglehold on Europe. Russia´s abundance of energy resources has long allowed it to use energy both as a foreign policy weapon and as the bedrock of the Russian economy. Whenever energy prices rose, Russia benefited and its neighbors often felt the restraining leash of dependence on Russian energy, particularly natural gas. Government-controlled energy giant Gazprom was in such a strong position it could demand decade-long contracts
WASHINGTON—Senior Republicans in Congress, frustrated over their inability to strike a deal to reopen the government, began shifting from their drive to undercut the 2010 health-care law, which has been the central element of the dispute, toward a broader budget deal. The new focus comes as Congress is beginning to confront the need to raise the nation´s debt ceiling, which the Treasury said must be done this month in order for it to pay all its obligations. With federal agencies largely shuttered for a third day, some GOP lawmakers were exploring whether the political stalemate over funding the government could
House Speaker John Boehner told a group of House GOP members he would be willing to rely on Democrats to help pass a measure to raise the debt limit, setting aside a practice conservatives insist he follow known as the “Hastert rule,” according to one House Republican who attended a private session with Boehner on Wednesday. The "Hastert rule," adopted by former GOP House Speaker Dennis Hastert, is the practice of not permitting a vote on any legislation in the House unless a majority of House Republicans back it.
Here´s what we know about Miriam Carey, the woman identified in news reports as the suspect in a shooting incident that left Capitol Hill on lockdown for a brief period Thursday afternoon, and has now reportedly been shot dead by police. Carey, a 34-year-old dental hygenist has been identified by the New York Post and the New Haven Register newspaper as the suspect in a shooting incident that took place in the nation´s capital. Here’s what we know about Carey so far. A law enforcement source told the Register that Carey is the suspect who was reportedly shot dead by Capitol Police
As the government shutdown continues, the nation gets closer and closer to the day—probably Oct. 17—when Washington hits the debt limit, and with it the specter of default. President Obama may be getting nervous about what will happen to his negotiating position as that day approaches. He keeps asserting that the debt limit has never been used "to extort a president or a government party." Treasury Secretary Jack Lew is selling the same story, saying "until very recently, Congress typically raised the debt ceiling on a routine basis . . . the threat of default was not a bargaining chip in
The unarmed woman who was shot and killed following a car chase that began at the White House and ended near the Capitol has been identified as a Stamford, Conn. woman, according to multiple law enforcement sources. The sources say Miriam Carey, 34, tried to ram her car through a White House barricade before leading police on a high-speed chase that put the Capitol on lockdown and ended in a hail of gunfire. Authorities are searching her home for clues and looking to make contact with her relatives in Brooklyn and Staten Island.
On the same day 100 motorcyclists rallied near his Manhattan hospital, the biker who was run over during a dispute caught on camera between a group of riders and an SUV driver hired celebrity attorney Gloria Allred to represent him in a potential case against the man who mowed him down. The family of Edwin Mieses Jr. announced Wednesday in a statement that they retained the media-savvy Los Angeles attorney who stars in a courtroom TV show and has represented clients in lawsuits against Michael Jackson, Arnold Schwarzenegger and former mayoral candidate Anthony Wiener.
In an interview with CNN Chief Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid accused House Speaker John Boehner of being more worried about his job than the country amid a government shutdown. The Nevada Democrat also talked for the first time Thursday about Boehner reneging on an agreement between the two over a “clean” spending bill, and admitted he directed his chief of staff to leak embarrassing e-mails that they say indicate Boehner changed his position on Obamacare subsidies for Congress. Reid also followed up on his controversial comments from Wednesday, when he took issue with the idea
Twenty-five years ago, my wife and I started Autocam with 52 employees. Today it is an international company with 700 employees in the United States. The freedoms we enjoy in this country enabled us to start our family business and make choices that allowed it to flourish and expand. I am also a Catholic Christian whose faith teaches that everyone has a vocation in life; that call for me was in business, as both a way to support my family and contribute to the common good. As a Catholic I try to live my faith in all aspects of my
NEW YORK – A motorcycle rider seriously injured when an SUV ran him over after an altercation on the West Side Highway was recently arrested in Massachusetts for driving with a revoked license.(snip) According to police and Massachusetts motor vehicle records, Mieses hasn’t had a valid license or permit to drive in the state since 1999. He also never applied for a motorcycle license. It isn’t clear if he had been licensed in any other state. He was arrested most recently on May 24 in Andover, Mass., and has had dozens of other violations. Since 1999, he has been ticketed
Tom Hanks is already declaring his presidential pick for 2016, there’s just one, small problem: a little thing called term limits. The star of “Captain Phillips,” told ITK at the soon-to-be-released film’s Wednesday premiere at the Newseum in Washington, “I’m voting for Barack Obama — 2016.” A laughing Hanks, who supported Obama during his 2008 White House bid, added, “Yes, I am! Four more years.” The Academy Award winner, 57, plays Captain Richard Phillips in the flick, based on the seaman’s book on the real-life 2009 hijacking of his cargo ship by Somali pirates. Hanks told ITK it was an
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has turned off its entire website in response to the government shutdown, leaving farmers, reporters and others with no way to access any of the agency´s information online. A visit to usda.gov sends readers to a "funding lapse" page that reads, "Due to the lapse in federal government funding, this website is not available. After funding has been restored, please allow some time for this website to become available again." USDA´s total website shutdown goes far beyond the response of other federal agencies, and seems to be part of an effort to make people feel
Opposition to ObamaCare hit new highs just as it officially gets off the ground, according to the latest IBD/TIPP poll. The survey found 54% oppose the law, up from 50% in September and 47% in July. More than half want the law delayed a year as part of any deal to raise the debt limit. The survey also found that ObamaCare is having a real and negative impact on jobs. Nearly one in 10 said that either they or someone in their household has had their hours cut back because of ObamaCare. That translates into as many as 9 million people. Meanwhile,
House Republicans can do their job and vote to fund the government without funding ObamaCare, regardless of whether Senate Democrats ever show up for work. The House can pass bills funding the most urgent parts of the government piece by piece. In fact, they can get back to regular order and pass actual appropriations bills, pursuant to the Ryan budget the House has already passed. Then House Republicans can hold daily press conferences and list the government agencies and programs they have voted to fund, and announce they are ready to go to conference committee with Senate Democrats on those funding bills,
Is this the Change we were waiting for? Really? Even if you voted the other way in 2008, most of the country felt an energy early in 2009, fresh blood in the White House, a clean slate built on a historic choice who promised so much. Even skeptics were hopeful. No more. Just look, if you haven´t just eaten, at the sad spectacle unfolding in Washington these days on both sides — starting at the top. As the world´s second oldest profession, politics has never been pretty. We ask these chosen men and women to set the collective public priorities and work
The world´s population will rise to 9.7 billion in 2050 from the current level of 7.1 billion and India will overtake China as the world´s most populous nation, a French study said Wednesday. A bi-annual report by the French Institute of Demographic Studies (Ined) projected there would be 10 to 11 billion people on the planet by the end of the century. The projections ran parallel to forecasts by the United Nations, the World Bank and other prominent national institutes. A UN study in June said the global population would swell to 9.6 billion in 2050 and the number of
When medical research is published in a peer-reviewed journal, the presumption is that the study has been reviewed for accuracy. The advent of open-access journals has made it easier to get published. But when a journalist sent an obviously faked paper, dozens of open-access journals said they´d be happy to publish it, for a fee. That´s the conclusion of an elaborate sting carried out by Science, a leading mainline journal. The result should trouble doctors, patients, policymakers and anyone who has a stake in the integrity of science (and who doesn´t?).
Tests showed that exhaust degraded some floral scent chemicals the bees "home in on" when they are foraging. The study, published in Scientific Reports, also revealed that a specific group of chemicals found in diesel exhaust, known as NOx, diminished the insects´ response to floral scents. They say the results are evidence that air quality should be improved.
Nosy Be (Madagascar) - A mob in Madagascar lynched two Europeans and a local man Thursday suspecting them of murdering a young boy for his organs, the authorities and witnesses said. Residents on the tourist island of Nosy Be island went on a day-long rampage after a missing eight-year-old was reportedly found dead. "Rioters launched a manhunt and killed the Europeans," in the early hours of the morning, gendarmerie commander Guy Bobin Randriamaro told AFP. Hours later in a near-by suburb, a Malagasy was also killed, as mobs of hundreds of men roamed the streets and setting fires. According to
ROME – A boat carrying nearly 500 Eritrean and Somali migrants capsized early Thursday off the coast of the Italian Mediterranean island of Lampedusa, leaving more than 100 fatalities and 200 missing. Accounts from survivors indicate the migrants fell into the sea when the boat, which departed from Libya’s coast, caught fire and capsized. Some of the victims were trapped under the vessel. Some have suggested the blaze may have been caused by a short-circuit, while others say the immigrants decided to set off a flare to attract passing ships. Footage broadcast on Italian television showed dramatic scenes of body bags piled
Grocery stores on Army bases in the U.S. are closed. The golf course at Andrews Air Force base is open. All 128 employees of the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corp. are working, while 3,000 safety inspectors employed by the Federal Aviation Administration are off the job. The Food and Drug Administration is reviewing new pharmaceuticals. The National Institutes of Health is turning away new patients for clinical trials. The seeming randomness of the U.S. government’s first shutdown in 17 years can be explained in part by anomalies in the spending Congress does and doesn’t control. Activities funded by fees from
“The world can decide in a fit of madness to kill itself,” announced Bob Geldof at the launch of the One Young World summit in Johannesburg. “Sometimes progress may not be possible. “We´re in a very fraught time,” he added. “There will be a mass extinction event. That could happen on your watch. “The signs are that it will happen and soon.” Sir Bob, wearing his trademark sunglasses, addressed 8,000 One Young World delegates from 190 nations across the world in Soccer City, Johannesburg last night. He is a counsellor for the organisation, which hopes to inspire and create the
Fairfield — Explosive devices, more than 250 guns and tens of thousands of rounds of ammunition were found at a Bronson Road house, and authorities closed off the street through Wednesday. The explosive devices have been removed and detonated, and no one was injured, but potentially dangerous substances remain in the house and must be removed by professionals, police and fire officials said at a press conference Wednesday morning. (Snip) Police inventoried and seized 274 firearms from the home on Wednesday, said Deputy Chief of police Chris Lyddy. A man in his 60s lives at the house,
A woman has been shot dead today after she rammed her car into a White House barricade with a young child inside then led police on a chase toward the Capitol, witnesses said. Up to 15 shots were fired at 2pm (ET) on Thursday with officers swarming the scene with machine guns while hundreds of staffers and tourists fled in terror or took shelter in buildings at the political heart of Washington D.C. The female suspect was shot dead by police officers but is not believed to have returned fire. She is reportedly a 34-year-old dental hygienist from Stamford, Connecticut.
You can’t meet brazen liars with reasonable argument. Nor can you assume the public is getting the House Republican message when American journalists are mainly worshipers of Obama Nike, or more properly of their serene highnesses Obama and Omama (“Omybama, please grant me…”). If you’ve seen Mr Smith Goes to Washington, you recall that Jimmy Stewart filibusters his heart out on the Senate floor as a monstrous political machine suppresses all reports of what he is doing—like crushing eggshells–and the public turns against the lonely senator. For Jimmy Stewart, read House Republicans. Congressional Republicans ought to memorize, and