The man who died last week after being found severely burned on the Mall was identified Monday night as a 64-year-old resident of New Jersey, and D.C. police said it was “now apparent that he set himself on fire.” D.C. police gave the man’s name as John Constantino, and said he was 64, and from Mount Laurel. An attorney who represents the man’s family released a statement Monday night asserting that Constantino acted not out of political motives but as the result of “a long battle with mental illness.’’ The statement described Constantino as a “loving father and husband.”
The Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit in Bali was graced by the presence of Secretary of State John Kerry, a stand-in for Barack Obama, who decided to stay home so he could refuse to negotiate with the GOP-led House of Representatives. Kerry reassured Asian leaders that the Obama Administration will still be committed to doing business with Asia after the government shutdown ends in the near future. He said, "No one should mistake what is happening in Washington as anything more than a moment in politics. We´ve all seen it before and we´ll probably see it again. But I guarantee
With New York City mayoral hopeful Bill de Blasio waiting to speak and an audience of a few thousand in Brooklyn´s Cadman plaza waving signs and flags, dancing, and chanting "Si se puede," 23-year-old Pakistani immigrant Hina Naveed, a student from Staten Island, didn´t miss her moment. She captured the identity and energy of the crowd in one quick phrase: "Being undocumented sucks!" The nationwide March for Immigrant Dignity and Respect was the latest mobilization for comprehensive immigration reform.
BLUFFDALE — Electrical failures occurred during testing at the National Security Agency´s massive data storage center in Bluffdale, an NSA spokeswoman confirmed Monday. The failures were discovered during acceptance testing conducted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. "During the testing and commissioning of the Utah Data Center, problems were discovered with certain parts of the electrical system. Issues such as these can arise in any project and are the reason the Corps tests and reviews every aspect of any project prior to releasing it to the customer," the Army Corps of Engineers reported. The NSA did not elaborate on
Washington — Sen. Jim Inhofe underwent emergency heart surgery in Tulsa on Friday after a routine test showed extreme blockage in five arteries. Inhofe had quadruple bypass surgery and was hospitalized at St. John Medical Center. (Snip) He called the surgery a success and said he was walking around his hospital floor Monday while talking on the phone. “I feel great,” he said. The fact that he kept up a busy schedule with some of his arteries blocked makes him think he´ll come back even stronger, he said. “I´m going to be an Olympian,” he said.
Kentucky Fried CLINTON? A vulgar button likening Hillary Clinton to a hen with "2 fat thighs, 2 small breasts… left wing" popped up at a GOP fest in California. The churlish tchotchke targeting Republican enemy No. 1 was hatched up by an unknown vendor this weekend at the state´s Republican Convention in Anaheim — where, ironically, outreach to female voters was on the agenda. San Francisco Chronicle reporter Carla Marinucci tweeted a photo of the distasteful giveaway — and sparked a firestorm online. Marinucci told the Daily News that the event planners sought her out to learn where the offending buttons were being
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Former President Jimmy Carter said Monday that the income gap in the United States has increased to the point where members of the middle class resemble the Americans who lived in poverty when he occupied the White House. Carter offered his assessment of the nation´s economic challenges Monday at a Habitat for Humanity construction site in Oakland - the first of five cities he and wife Rosalynn plan to visit this week to commemorate their three-decade alliance with the international nonprofit that promotes and builds affordable housing. The recent economic downturn revealed that families living in
A two-year investigation by the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations has found widespread fraud in the Social Security Administration´s Disability Program. The fraud is so rampant, and disability cases have so proliferated in recent years, that the Social Security´s Disability Trust Fund may run out of money in only 18 months, says Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., whose office undertook the investigation. Coburn’s report on widespread fraud, released Monday, focuses in large part on a veritable "disability claim factory" allegedly run by attorney Eric C. Conn out of his small office in Stanville, Kentucky, a region of the country where 10 to 15
I guarantee if you do ask the three men named above the answers in simplest terms would absolutely be, in the order named above: “The Republicans.” “The Republicans.” And, “It’s a complicated issue but the culprits have to be those who aren’t satisfied with lower budgets, less spending and tax cuts; in other words, the Democrats.” Any arguments? Didn’t think so. So it’s unanimous, as in the case with ANYTHING involving expenditure of tax dollars, the Democrats will say the Republicans are responsible and the Republicans will say the Democrats are responsible. We all know that and yet we never learn
Part-time government employees working for Cook County, Illinois — President Obama’s home county — may soon lose their employer-funded health insurance and instead have to move onto Obamacare’s healthcare exchanges. That move would once again directly contradict President Obama’s promise that Americans who like their health plans could keep them. In a press release from the Office of Cook County Board President, Democrat Toni Preckwinkle announced that she has proposed that all part time local government employees be removed from the county’s health plan or pay the entirety of it from their own funds starting July 1, 2014. “The proposal
When President Barack Obama laid out his strategy for the current debt-limit fight in a private meeting with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid this past summer, Reid stipulated one condition: No Joe Biden. And while Biden attended the White House dog-and-pony show meeting last week with congressional leaders, Reid has effectively barred him from the backrooms, according to sources familiar with the situation. The vice president’s disappearance has grown ever more noticeable as the government shutdown enters its eighth day with no resolution in sight and a debt limit crisis looms. Biden was once Democrats’ deal-maker-in-chief, designing budget pacts with
For the first week that the federal health-care exchanges were running … well, crawling … the Obama administration claimed that no one could get through because of overwhelming pent-up demand. Essentially it spent a week arguing that no one could have predicted that, in a country of 300 million people, 2.4 percent of those people might stop by sometime in the first seven days to check out the administration’s signature legislative achievement. We can now dismiss that theory, because the administration has: “Six days into the launch of insurance marketplaces created by the new health-care law, the federal government acknowledged for
This isn´t another column about the shutdown -- of the American government. It’s about the attempted shutdown of Iran´s economy in a bank-shot bid by President Obama and allies to stop Iran´s nuclear weapons development, which its new president denies having, which no one really believes. The stakes are high since Iran is the region´s major exporter of terrorism. It could provide a nuclear weapon to such groups. Iran´s aggressive acquisition of a weapon of mass destruction would likely set off a regional arms race. And it´s the latest test of Obama´s soft diplomacy. [Snip] In fact, a new study
WASHINGTON, October 7, 2013 — A march is coming to Washington this weekend that might make the lawmakers on both sides of the aisle take notice and rethink all of the political grandstanding in order to gain campaign contributions for themselves and their party, yet are hurting real Americans. On Sunday October 13, 2013 the Million Vet March is going to take place t 9:00 a.m. at the World War II Memorial. The protest has been organized by individuals with various connections to the military, either as children of veterans, spouses of veterans or those who have served themselves, who are outraged and deeply disappointed that individuals who have served in the military have been blocked from the memorials honoring their service across the country.
I was at a dinner recently where I happened to be seated at a table with new acquaintances of the liberal political persuasion. We went around the table introducing ourselves. As I said that I work for a "conservative website," a man at the far end of the table made his displeasure known by booing. He wasn´t kidding. These were professional, accomplished, senior members of the community. They had never met a conservative before. Their first reaction was hostile. No one chided the man who booed, or apologized on his behalf for his rudeness, or laughed to break the tension.
The Obama administration failed to act against Libyan Islamists who attacked the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi last year during the capture last weekend of a senior al Qaeda terrorist in Tripoli according to U.S. officials. Meanwhile, the Somali terrorist group al Shabaab is “gripped with fear” following the unsuccessful covert U.S. military strike against one of its leaders. The U.S. official said the locations of several attackers behind the Sept. 11 armed assault on the diplomatic compound in Benghazi and a nearby CIA facility are known. The group Ansar al Sharia, which has links to al Qaeda,
WASHINGTON — The disapproval comes from angry constituents, baffled party elders and colleagues on the other side of the Capitol. But nowhere have senators found criticism more personal or immediate than right inside their own chamber every morning when the chaplain delivers the opening prayer. “Save us from the madness,” the chaplain, a Seventh-day Adventist, former Navy rear admiral and collector of brightly colored bow ties named Barry C. Black, said one day late last week as he warmed up into what became an epic ministerial scolding.
Thousands of North Carolina residents are facing huge increases in their health care premiums due to new coverage rules imposed by Obamacare. Because the Affordable Care Act mandates certain types of coverage each health care plan must contain, some insurers like Blue Cross are canceling existing plans and requiring customers to purchase new plans. How large are the increases? For some families, the changes will mean tens of thousands of dollars a year, the Charlotte Observer reports: One of them is George Schwab of Charlotte, who pays $228 a month for his family’s $10,000 deductible plan from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of
Over the first four days the new online health insurance exchanges were open last week, more than 8 million people visited them, according to the Obama administration. At the very least, this casts doubt on the Republican claim that Americans hate Obamacare and want it repealed. It seems millions of people desperately want the coverage the law will allow them to get, regardless of their medical histories. Alas, the administration managed to turn the experience for most of those visitors into a nightmare. Websites crashed, refused to load, or offered bizarre and incomprehensible choices. Even though the system was shut down
WASHINGTON — A nervous China warned Washington Monday to stop messing around.As stocks slumped on Wall Street and around the world, China called for quick action by Washington to avoid what would be a calamitous default on U.S. government debt.It was China’s first public comment on the looming Oct. 17 deadline for President Obama and Congress to increase the nation’s borrowing capacity.
Peter Wehner´s Commentary magazine article, excepted in the Wall Street Journal, offers a list of the ad hominem insults aimed at Republicans during the government shutdown: Republicans are being referred to as jihadists, arsonists, anarchists, terrorists, extortionists, racists, gun-to-the-head hostage takers, grave threats to American democracy, the heirs of Joe McCarthy . . . people with a bomb strapped to their chest. In his Boston Globe column titled In N.Y., "Capitol: The ecstasy of destruction," James Carroll repeats much of this list, adding a new one, comparing "Tea Party extremists" to the "swarm" of a biker gang that threatened tourists
While the U.S. has always been a beacon of medical advancement for the world, American women today are expected to live shorter lives than their mothers. Two recent studies found that life expectancy for women have decreased the last two decades. ´Health care is far from the whole story,´ David Kindig, co-author of one of the studies, told the Atlantic. ´More and more people are beginning to realize that the non-health-care factors are at least as important.´ [Snip] Kindig said he was so shocked by it´s outcome, that he and his research partner went back and did the numbers again
More and more, as we Americans trudge through the mire of the Obama years, we have to ask if the president is just plain ignorant. He doesn´t seem to have bothered to study the political classics that tell a political leader why he should avoid dividing his people and avoid creating scapegoats. And now, in an interview on NPR, the president has said that "I shouldn´t have to offer anything." Fortunately, for those people that give no credit to the thought of ancient dead white males, there is the modern settled science of just-dead white males to show the error of the
THE two leaders of the English Defence League are to end their involvement with the far right group after accepting it has been taken over by neo-Nazis. The counter-extremism think tank Quilliam has brokered the move with Tommy Robinson and his right hand man Kevin Carroll. Today the pair said they now wanted to resist all forms of extremism and Quilliam called for both radical Islamists and far-right supporters to follow their lead. [Snip] “I acknowledge the dangers of far right extremism and the ongoing need to counter Islamist ideology not with violence but with better, democratic ideas.”