There is not a bridge left in baseball that Alex Rodriguez has not burned. From the league, to his team, to the player´s association -- in the fight over his steroid suspension, the Yankees slugger doesn´t have any friends left. The New York Times´ Serge Kovaleski and the Steve Eder report Rodriguez´s team of lawyers wrote a letter requesting the player´s union step aside as Rodriguez´s first line of defense in his appeal against Major League Baseball´s 211 game suspension for steroid use: Rodriguez wanted to pick who would represent him on the three-person arbitration panel that will ultimately decide
Oh brother (but not sister), here we go. I knew the college football selection committee was going to be controversial, but I didn´t think it would happen before the panel was actually announced. News that former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is expected to named to the committee has already elicited blowback from certain blowhards at ESPN. Former Georgia player David Pollack said on Saturday morning´s GameDay show he didn´t think women belonged on a committee that, starting next year, will choose the top four teams for the new playoff. "I want people on this committee, guys, that can watch tape, yes, that have
The embers at Westgate have quieted. The smoke that billowed stopped. Families have buried their dead. Others are still searching for their loved ones. Many questions abound as to how Kenya Defence Forces acted. The Commission of Inquiry is soon going to commence. But amidst all this fog, it is time we exact revenge on Al-Shabaab. The time is now. Harakat Al-Shabaab Al-Mujahideen, simply known as Al-Shabaab is a transnational terrorist organisation. After admitting that it was behind the Westgate Mall attack that left death, mayhem and destruction, Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph ole Lenku, is obligated under The Prevention of Terrorism
NAIROBI, Kenya — A Navy SEAL team targeted a senior leader of the Shabab militant group in a raid on his seaside villa in the Somali town of Baraawe on Saturday, American officials said, in response to a deadly attack on a Nairobi shopping mall for which the group had claimed responsibility. The SEAL team stealthily approached the beachfront house by sea, firing on the unidentified target in a predawn gunbattle that was the most significant raid by American troops on Somali soil since commandos killed Saleh Ali Saleh Nabhan, a Qaeda mastermind, near the same town four years ago.
Many celebs have taken to Twitter to voice their support for ObamaCare, but “Vampire Diaries” star Nina Dobrev took it one step further on Thursday, tweeting a topless photo to promote President Obama’s healthcare coverage plan. Nina Dobrev, who stars in the tween-friendly, supernatural CW series, wrote to her more than 4 million followers on Twitter: [Tweet,pic] While she appears to be the first to drop her top, the actress, 24, is the latest in a string of high-profile stars to get the word out about the controversial healthcare program, which opened for online enrollment Tuesday. Other Hollywood regulars who
Everyone knows the phrase "government shutdown" doesn´t mean the entire U.S. government is shut down. So in a partial government shutdown, like the one underway at the moment, how much of the government is actually shut down, and how much is not? One way to measure that is in how much money the government spends. In a conversation Thursday, a Republican member of Congress mentioned that the military pay act, passed by Congress and signed by President Obama at the beginning of the shutdown, is actually a huge percentage of the government´s discretionary spending in any given year. And that
Another open-air memorial in the Washington area is closed and barricaded off: the Iwo Jima Memorial, just across the bridge from D.C. in Rosslyn, Virginia. A source sends along this picture of the barricade set-up at the memorial, which is also called the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial: [photo] "I took the picture yesterday afternoon. Those barricades had been there at least a day. People can still walk into the Memorial area, but for many elderly and disabled vets, it is important they be driven and park right next to the statue," the person who took this picture emails.
Via William Jacobson, NBC´s affiliate in Washington, D.C. reports that police ordered tourists and Vietnam war veterans who were visiting the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall to leave the memorial at one point on Friday. After one group of veterans went around the barricade, "the park ranger told them the wall was closed," NBC´s Mark Seagraves reported. "Later another group of vets showed up and moved the barricades. At that point, the memorial filled with vets and tourists. That´s when police came and moved everyone out." The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall is a black granite outdoor wall on which the names of the
Leonard Downie, a former executive editor of The Washington Post, is the Weil family professor of journalism at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University. This article is based on his report “The Obama Administration and the Press,” forthcoming Thursday from the Committee to Protect Journalists. In the Watergate era, the Nixon administration’s telephone wiretaps were the biggest concern for journalists and sources worried about government surveillance. That was one of the reasons why Bob Woodward met with FBI official Mark Felt (a.k.a. “Deep Throat”) in an underground parking garage in Arlington, and why he and Carl
On the morning of Jan. 7, 1960, Lee Harvey Oswald boarded a train in Moscow heading west. That evening, he arrived in Minsk, in the Belorussian Soviet Socialist Republic. He had just a few things: a change of clothes, a diary, a copy of Fyodor Dostoevsky´s "The Idiot," which the KGB had given him for his 20th birthday. He was exuberant. In Minsk, he expected to build a new life and to escape his past—his mother, Texas, the Marines. He had written a letter to his mother and his brother, Robert, telling them to forget him. "I do not wish
The House voted unanimously Saturday to retroactively pay back federal workers who are not receiving a paycheck because of the government shutdown. Members approved the Federal Employee Retroactive Pay Fairness Act, H.R. 3223, in a 407-0 vote, with 25 members not voting. Workers will not be paid until the shutdown — now in its fifth day — ends. About 800,000 workers have been furloughed. The vote was a rare showing of bipartisanship in a week filled with fighting and finger-pointing over the shutdown, the first in 17 years. The bill drew praise from the White House this week, and the Senate could pass
The IRS is still collecting taxes during the government shutdown, but it isn’t sending refunds — and it also has stopped complying with a subpoena to turn over documents to members of Congress who are investigating the agency’s targeting of tea party groups. The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and the House Ways and Means Committee have stopped getting documents from the Internal Revenue Service.
I’m not overly enamored of the complaint that Obama will negotiate with the Iranians, Syrians and Russians, but not with Republicans. The complaint sounds a little whiny. But it does prove a point. A point that I made long ago about how Obama treats the Israelis and other friends of the U.S., like Honduras and Hosni Mubarak. This poster used by Rep. Doug Lamborn on the floor of the House is making the rounds (snip video). Obama and his supporters do not treat foreign enemies of the U.S. with half the vitriol and name-calling they direct towards Republicans, particularly the
Law enforcement officials in California who arrest immigrants in the country illegally will be prohibited from detaining them for transfer to federal authorities unless they committed a serious crime under one of several bills signed Saturday by Gov. Jerry Brown to ease conditions for immigrants. The Trust Act is the second milestone bill on immigration signed by the governor in two days. On Thursday he approved a measure allowing immigrants in the country illegally to receive California driver’s licenses. “While Washington waffles on immigration, California’s forging ahead,” Brown said. “I’m not waiting.” Brown´s action came as immigration advocates rallied in California
WASHINGTON — The Pentagon is ordering most of its approximately 400,000 furloughed civilian employees back to work. The decision by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is based on a Pentagon legal interpretation of a law called the Pay Our Military Act. That measure was passed by Congress and signed by President Barack Obama shortly before the partial government shutdown began Tuesday. The Pentagon did not immediately say on Saturday exactly how many workers will return to work. The Defense Department said “most” were being brought back. The law ensured that members of the military, who have remained at work throughout the
A confirmed atheist when he was 15, C.S. Lewis came around to believing in God when he was 31. "I knelt and prayed: perhaps, that night, the most dejected and reluctant convert in all England," he wrote in his autobiography, "Surprised by Joy." Soon he embraced Christianity. A lecturer at English universities, Lewis became a superstar author by explaining his faith and weaving it creatively into novels. Books including "Mere Christianity," "The Screwtape Letters," "That Hideous Strength" and the series "The Chronicles of Narnia" have sold a total of 200 million copies, but he wasn´t always popular.
Remember when the media rushed to talk about transparency in the Barack Obama “Hope and Change” era? Good times, good times. Leonard Downie, who once worked as the executive editor of the Washington Post and wrote a novel about Washington corruption and the Iraq War, finds a bigger and non-fictional problem in the successor to George W. Bush. Downie gives the Post a preview of his report from the Committee to Protect Journalists which outlines the Obama war on reporters and their sources: “A memo went out from the chief of staff a year ago to White House employees and
A small band of up to six attackers carried out the Nairobi terrorist siege, police have confirmed – contradicting their earlier claims that 15 attackers were involved. Kenyan police named four of the terrorists on Saturday. None of them were Western, contrary to their initial reports, and they were all men. Amid the confusion of the four-day siege, Amina Mohamed, Kenya ´s foreign minister, said that a British woman "who has done this many times before" was among the attackers, as were "two or three" Americans. But David Kimaiyo, the police chief, said that that information was false.
An undercover NYPD detective, afraid of blowing his cover, watched a frothing motorcycle mob terrorize a defenseless Manhattan dad, the Daily News learned Friday. The off-duty officer was one of two detectives riding Sunday with the two-wheeled thugs who yanked Alexian Lien from his Range Rover and inflicted a beatdown near W. 178th St. in front of the driver’s family, a source told the Daily News.
A Canadian study by professor Douglas Allen of Simon Frazier University finds that children raised by married biological parents do better in school than children raised by same-sex couples. The study appears in the Review of Economics of the Household, which I understand is a peer-reviewed journal. The study uses a random 20 percent sample of 2006 Canadian census data. According to the author, this sample size “allows for control of parental marital status, distinguishes between gay and lesbian families, and is large enough to evaluate differences in gender between parents and children.” The study finds that children living with gay and
Washington - The abrupt cancellation of U.S. President Barack Obama´s Asia trip undoubtedly came as a surprise to the region´s leaders, sparking questions over whether the U.S. focus on Asia is slipping. (Snip) The White House announced late Thursday that Obama would cancel his trip to Asia in a bid to resolve the Congressional crisis that has caused a partial government shutdown. Obama´s trip had been slated to kick off this weekend and the president was to attend two major regional summits - the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit in Indonesia and the East Asia Summit in Brunei.
The death of Vo Nguyen Giap, coming as America supposedly is executing a “pivot” toward Asia, is a moment to sort the truth and the myth about Vietnam. The myth — that Giap was, as the Washington Post put it, the “military commander and national folk hero who organized the army that defeated the French and then the Americans” — is no doubt going to be embroidered in one newspaper after another in the coming days, as the general goes to a very small place in Hell, to make a play on the title of Bernard Fall’s classic account of
A legendary 500-year-old portrait by Leonardo da Vinci has turned up in a Swiss bank vault after decades of debate by art experts over whether it existed. The 24-by-18-inch painting depicts Marquesa Isabella d’Este, a Renaissance noblewoman and patron of the arts. An acclaimed sketch of her by Leonardo hangs in the Louvre. Historians said after he drew it, in Mantua in 1499, the marquesa asked him to do it again as an oil painting. But Leonardo, who died in 1519, soon took on other projects, including the Mona Lisa in 1503. Some experts believed that reports that he returned to the marquesa project
It´s doubtful most people will notice, let alone celebrate, Friday´s 100th anniversary of the U.S. income tax code. But, yes taxpayers, Oct. 4, 2013, is the centennial. So, happy birthday income tax? "Obviously, it depends on your perspective," said Ajay Mehrotra, a history professor at Indiana University. "But there´s one thing we can take from the period of time when the tax law passed," (Snip) "In 1913, the tax code consisted of 400 pages," said Timothy Nash, a professor of free market economics at Northwood University. "By 2012, the tax code was 73,608 pages," he said. "We have gone from