House Speaker John A. Boehner and other Republicans made it clear Sunday they expect compromises from Democrats on spending in exchange for raising the country’s debt ceiling. “We’re not going to pass a clean debt-limit increase. I told the president there’s no way we’re going to pass one,” Mr. Boehner, Ohio Republican, said on ABC’s “This Week.” “The votes are not in the House to pass a clean debt limit. And the president is risking default by not having a conversation with us.” Sen. Ted Cruz echoed the speaker’s comments and pushed back at President Obama, who has dismissed demands
KABUL, Afghanistan A bomb killed four U.S. soldiers in southern Afghanistan on Sunday, American and Afghan officials said. They were the latest casualties in a 12-year conflict that shows no signs of slowing down despite a drawdown in foreign forces. The U.S.-led international military coalition says four of its service members were killed in the south, and a military official confirmed all were Americans killed by an "improvised explosive device." Their deaths bring the toll among foreign forces to 132 this year, of which 102 are from the United States. At least 2,146 members of the U.S. military have died
A tiger bit a worker at an Oklahoma zoo when she reached into its cage on Saturday and the injured woman had to be airlifted to a hospital for surgery, officials said. The woman, who was not identified, was reported in stable condition, Joe Schreibvogel, owner of the Garold Wayne Interactive Zoological Park in Wynnewood, Oklahoma, said in a statement posted on the zoo´s Facebook page. It said the tiger latched onto the woman´s hand when she put it inside the cage and pulled her arm through a four-inch-square (10-cm-square) hole. Schreibvogel said the woman was "wearing a large goose
On Sunday, The New York Times’ Maureen Dowd wrote perhaps the most absurd column ever to appear in the pages of that illustrious newspaper. The piece, titled, “Welcome to Ted Cruz’s Thunderdome,” links together bizarre dystopian movie references, pathetically unfunny names for politicians, and likely a solid amount of alcohol consumption on the part of the author: The year is 2084, in the capital of the land formerly called North America.The peeling columns of the Lincoln Memorial, and Abe’s majestic head, elegant hands and big feet are partially submerged in sludge. Animals that escaped from the National Zoo after zookeepers
Tuffy never tuffycaded anyone. Remember Tuffy the Rodeo Clown? Who earned the ire of Democratic politicians and a lifetime ban from the Missouri State Fair because he wore an Obama mask? Tuffy never told other clowns to “make life as difficult for people as we can.” Tuffy never tried to stop aging WWII Veterans from making pilgrimage to pay their respects to fallen comrades. Tuffy never tuffycaded anyone. Tuffy wasn’t a mean clown. Tuffy just poked fun at a politician. Here’s the meme I wrote at the time in mid-August, it certainly still seems to apply.
Shelly Ross of San Francisco was looking forward to the opening of the new health insurance marketplaces under the Affordable Care Act because she was hoping to get a better deal. But now that she´s seen her options, Ross is disappointed. Turns out she earns slightly too much money to qualify for federal financial aid to help her buy coverage in the state´s exchange, called Covered California. And because policies have to be upgraded to comply with the new law, her rates are going up nearly 10 percent. "Every plan is going to cost more than what I pay now.
The Republican Party could be in danger of losing control of the House in 2014, new polls on Sunday show. In a survey of 24 seats, Republicans fall behind in 17 head-to-head matches against “generic Democrat candidates” among registered voters and lag in an additional four districts when respondents are told the Republican candidate supported the shutdown, according to the surveys by Public Policy Polling which were funded by the liberal group, MoveOn.org. Democrats would need to pick up 17 seats to take over the House - something the polling reveals could be within reach. One district that shows a favorable position
It happened with an almost clockwork regularity, month after month, year after year, one payment after another from the Diocese of Scranton´s Society for the Propagation of the Faith to an unnoticed Discover credit card account. By the time a diocesan official spotted an irregularity - a $6,000 payment via a check that should not have existed - investigators say Sharon Ann Warunek had stolen nearly $341,000, and probably more, in money given by the faithful to help the poor and preach the Gospel around the world. Warunek, a 27-year employee of the diocese, surrendered Thursday at the Lackawanna County Courthouse and
Any perceived overtures from Hassan Rouhani about potentially curbing Iran´s nuclear program should be approached very cautiously, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Sunday on "Face the Nation," calling the Iranian president merely "a servant of the regime; he´s a clerk." "What message of peace?" Netanyahu asked. "Look at the Tweets. [Rouhani is] Tweeting here, but he doesn´t allow the Iranian people to Tweet over there in Iran. He´s saying all these nice things about Iranian democracy. They are executing people by the hundreds, jailing them by the thousands, any dissident. I mean, that´s double talk and sugar talk. "But the important
Two professional colorists have combined their skills with photographs and fascination with the American Civil War to create a remarkable series of color photographs from the era. British colorist Jordan Lloyd, 27, met fellow colorist Mads Madsen, 19, from Denmark when he started posting on Madsen´s subreddit ´Colorized History´. Initially it was Madsen who was colorizing images from the Civil War era, but Lloyd eventually got interested and now the two work together restoring the images, improving their technique by giving each other critiques. Madsen has been interested in the Civil War since he was 12, and was especially fascinated
Treasury Secretary Jack Lew refused to answer Fox host Chris Wallace´s simple question this morning: How many people have signed up for Obamacare? [Video] "I´m going to ask you one last time," said Wallace, "because, forgive me sir, you haven´t answered it: do you not know how many people signed up, which would seem to indicate another major software glitch, or is it that the numbers are embarrassingly small?" "Chris, our metric for this week was, could people get online, get the information they need to make an informed," said Lew, sidestepping the straightforward question.
Libya´s prime minister has called on Washington to explain a special forces raid on its territory, one of two by US commandos in Africa on Saturday. Ali Zeidan´s office said he had asked for clarification and stressed Libya was "keen on prosecuting any Libyan citizen inside Libya". The raid captured al-Qaeda leader, Anas al-Liby, whom the US says is "currently lawfully detained outside of Libya". The other raid was in southern Somalia but failed to capture its target. The commando raid there was believed to have focused on a leader of the al-Shebab militant group, which says it carried out
The story so far: with the release of its Fifth Assessment Report, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has proved beyond reasonable doubt that it cannot be taken seriously. Here are a few reasons why: IPCC lead author Dr Richard Lindzen has accused it of having "sunk to a level of hilarious incoherence." Nigel Lawson has called it "not science but mumbo jumbo". The Global Warming Policy Foundation´s Dr David Whitehouse has described the IPCC´s panel as "evasive and inaccurate" in the way it tried dodge the key issue of the 15-year (at least) pause in global warming; Donna Laframboise
Last week, the New York Times highlighted grassroots conservative journalists’ power in shaping the contours of the budget showdown and described Breitbart News as “one of the most popular conservative Web sites.” Times reporter Jeremy W. Peters said the evolution of the conservative “digital revolution” has morphed from a time when “Andrew Breitbart was a lowly assistant at E! Online” into a digital army capable of “helping to stoke energy on the right that is invigorating the [Republican] party’s base.” That conservative media like Newsmax, RedState, and Breitbart News—as well as groups like the Tea Party Patriots and FreedomWorks—can mobilize
The Home secretary also disclosed that security has been tightened at shopping centres amid fears of terrorist attack in the UK. The comments come after the charities’ watchdog said it was concerned that donors’ money to help refugees was being diverted to support terrorism. Mrs May raised the prospect of the Syrian civil war being use as a nursery for a new generation of terrorists on BBC1’s Andrew Marr programme. She said: “What we have seen for some time now, is that a number of British people travelling out to Somalia, we’re now seeing people travel out to Syria.
Speaker John Boehner insisted Sunday that the House would not be pursuing a debt ceiling increase without concessions from Democrats, and that any increase would have to come with substantial policy changes. "We are not going to pass a clean debt limit increase," he said on ABC´s "This Week." "The votes are not in the House to pass a clean debt limit." Boehner continued, "Every president in modern history has negotiated over a debt limit. Debt limits have been used to force big policy changes in Washington. And guess what? They´re going to be used again." The speaker said he was
If Robert Rizzo wants to "make amends" to the city of Bell -- as his attorney said Thursday -- then members of a local activist group are expecting him to disclose more information about corruption in the city and others who may have participated in it. "If this is indeed true, and not just a legal tactic to avoid civil liability, then we will determine Mr. Rizzo’s sincerity based on his actions and full disclosure of the extent of his corruption and those of Bell elected officials, city administrators, and private contractors that were participants in evil deeds against the
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on Sunday said changes to President Obama´s signature healthcare law should be tied to a debt ceiling increase. The Texas Republican said any deal on raising the nation´s borrowing authority should include some "significant structural" plans to reduce government spending, avoid new taxes and "look for ways to mitigate the harm from ObamaCare." "The debt ceiling historically has been among the best leverage that Congress has to rein in the executive," he said on CNN´s "State of the Union." Of the 55 times Congress has raised the debt limit, Cruz argued that 28 of those times Congress
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court term that opens Monday gives the court´s conservative bloc a clear opportunity to shift the law to the right on touchstone social issues such as abortion, contraception and religion, as well as the political controversy over campaign funding. If the justices on the right agree among themselves, they could free wealthy donors to give far more to candidates and parties and clear the way for exclusively Christian prayers at local government events. In other cases due to be heard this fall, the justices are likely to uphold state bans on college affirmative action and block
Not satisfied shutting the monument even though the State offered to pay to keep it open, the feds placed cones to block viewing areas in the distance. As bad as the Battle of the Barrycades is in Washington, D.C., forcing WWII Vets to have to push their way past barricades at the WWII Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam Memorial, and Iwo Jima Memorial, what the feds did at Mount Rushmore has to be the most petty and insane of them all. The feds didn’t just shut the access roads — even though the state offered to pay to keep them open
Shavelle Chavez-Nelson spent fewer than four of the past 14 years outside the walls of Minnesota jails or prisons. In that time, he was accused or convicted of at least seven violent crimes. He and Anarae Schunk, a smart 20-year-old college student, met at a bus stop in the summer of 2012, during Nelson’s longest stretch as a free man. He told her he was a hedge fund manager, and despite the disapproval of her family and friends, Schunk dated him for a few months. Those who knew her say she thought she could help him.
RICHMOND, Va.— That was awkward. In the clearest sign yet of the potent effect of the government shutdown on the Virginia governor’s race, Republican Ken Cuccinelli avoided being photographed with Ted Cruz at a gala they headlined here Saturday night—even leaving before the Texas senator rose to speak. Backstage, a source said, Cuccinelli urged Cruz to work with Democrats to end the federal shutdown. But he did not make that point, or even acknowledge Cruz, in short public comments to some 1,100 social conservatives. Cruz has become the face of GOP intransigence, and the conservative attorney general’s effort to distance
Twin raids in Libya and Somalia this weekend demonstrate that America’s fight against al Qaeda continues in jihadist hotspots around the globe. And the raid in Libya shows, once again, that al Qaeda’s “core” members are pushing the terrorist organization’s agenda far from Pakistan. In Tripoli, a long wanted al Qaeda terrorist who helped plan the August 7, 1998 embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania was captured by American forces. The senior al Qaeda leader, known as Abu Anas al Libi, has served al Qaeda’s most senior leaders since the 1990s. Much of the press’s reporting on al Libi has focused
If it happens, this story should certainly prove to be interesting and one to watch in both the short and long term future. The Swiss have a rather populist vision of government in place which will look oddly similar to California in at least one important way. The citizens are able to move pretty much any law they like forward in the process, even absent starting support of the legislative body, providing they gather enough support to put a referendum on the ballot and pass it. And since they clearly watch a lot of American television (okay… I’m just guessing
Snopes.com is a website that purports to investigate the truthfulness of news reports and internet rumors. But apparently, its primary readership is stupid people. Why else would it bother to "debunk" an obvious work of satire, by well-known brilliant satirists at the website iOwnTheWorld.com? (Incidentally, a daily must-read for me). Here is the image that Snopes found to be "false" (snip)Notice that they omitted the credit to iOwnTheWorld.com, presumably because readers might have actually gone there and realized it is a satirical site. Thus, they betray their crass political motivations, to discredit critics of Obama´s handling of the shutdown. This is
WATERTOWN — The editor in chief of the Jesuit magazine America knew the 12,000-word interview with Pope Francis his journal published last month would be a huge event. But he was still awed by the response: In three days, the journal added 900 subscribers, and the number of unique visitors to its website shot up from 5,000 per day to 200,000 in each of the two days following its publication. “It is enough,” the Rev. Matt Malone said with a laugh, “to make you believe in trickle-down economics.” The 41-year-old Malone, who was in town last week for a Jesuit