Justice Antonin Scalia said in a recent interview with New York magazine that he believes in Satan. You could almost hear the eyes beginning to roll around the country. Well, guess what? Me too. “Of course!” said the Justice, “Yeah, he’s a real person. Hey, come on, that’s standard Catholic doctrine! Every Catholic believes that.” He’s right: it is Catholic doctrine. Christian doctrine, to speak more broadly about it: most Christian denominations also profess that belief. On the other hand, I’m not as sure about the characterization of him as a “person.” For a little insight into the Devil (or,
The UK´s school leavers are ´among the least literate and numerate in the developed world´ with millions of Britons no better at English or maths than a 10-year-old, it was revealed today. A ´deeply worrying´ new study has found the UK´s 16-to 24-year-olds are almost rock bottom of key global education league tables and ´considerably behind peers in other countries´. Standards are so poor that England is the only developed nation where those approaching retirement and the middle-aged are better at English and maths than those about to start work. Overall, in England, young people
President Obama is digging in his heels amid the drawn-out budget stalemate, calling House Speaker John Boehner merely to "reiterate" that he will not negotiate. The phone call comes as the president plans to make a statement from the White House Tuesday at 2 p.m. ET, and take reporters´ questions. Obama appears to be holding fast to a pledge he made to supporters at a rally last week: No talks with Republicans until they vote to re-open the government and raise the debt ceiling. "The president called the speaker again today to reiterate that he won´t negotiate on a government
CNN scored an exclusive interview with a "Fast and Furious" whistleblower on Tuesday morning, and New Day co-host Chris Cuomo was intent on letting his guest tell his story that the Obama administration did not want him to tell. The guest, ATF agent John Dodson, wrote a book on the operation "Fast and Furious" but the government is blocking its publication. Cuomo´s first question to Dodson prodded him to tell his story: "What do you want people to know about the operation? What it was supposed to be and how it went wrong? What´s your message?"Dodson ripped the operation from
President Barack Obama called Speaker John A. Boehner Tuesday morning and reiterated his refusal to negotiate on the fiscal impasse that has shut down the government and threatens a debt default. “The president called the speaker again today to reiterate that he won’t negotiate on a government funding bill or debt limit increase,” Boehner spokesman Brendan Buck said in a statement to reporters. Obama has repeatedly said he won’t negotiate until the Ohio Republican agrees to hold a vote on a “clean” bill reopening the government. Boehner has refused to do so. The White House released a readout of its
Washington — It’s long been known that America’s school kids haven’t measured well compared with international peers. Now, adults don’t either. In math, reading and problem-solving using technology — skills considered critical for global competitiveness and economic strength — American adults scored below the international average on a global test, according to results released Tuesday. Adults in Japan, Canada, Australia, Finland and multiple other countries scored significantly higher than the United States in all three areas on the test. Beyond basic reading and math, respondents were tested on activities such as calculating mileage reimbursement, sorting email and comparing food expiration dates on
The meeting began without Armstrong present. Tim Herman, his lawyer, had shown up alone to scope out the situation, to determine whether it was worth his client´s time. Neither Armstrong nor Herman had wanted to take this, their first meeting with U.S. Anti-Doping Agency executives, at the organization´s headquarters in Colorado Springs, Colo., where they´d surely be noticed. (Snip)At the meeting they hoped to negotiate a confession from Armstrong, who hadn´t yet admitted doping, and to convince him to cooperate in an effort to clean up the sport. Having sold his private jet, Armstrong chartered a plane to Colorado, bringing his
Trash cans are overflowing. Carpets are in need of vacuuming. Lawmakers’ offices are being cleaned once a week instead of daily. With the government shutdown entering its second week and employees remaining on furlough, the U.S. Capitol complex isn’t looking its usual pristine self. Eighty percent of the staff of the Architect of the Capitol’s office, which is in charge of cleaning and maintenance, is being furloughed during the shutdown. “We can still provide essential services for safety and health,” said Eva Malecki, the spokeswoman for the Architect of the Capitol. But with most of the staff off work, the
Top political strategist turned CNN anchor, Stephanie Cutter is pregnant with her first child at the age of 44. The Washington Post notes that there is no early word on who the father is and the blonde is thought to be single. A source told the publication that Ms Cutter, due in March, is ´very excited´ about the prospect of motherhood and otherwise, ´not dishing about the details of the pregnancy at all.´ Ms Cutter apparently announced the news of her pregnancy to her CNN colleagues on Monday. She will take maternity leave and return to Crossfire next spring.
The U.S. Treasury needed to pay off a record of approximately $7,546,726,000,000 in maturing Treasury securities in fiscal 2013, which ended last Monday, according to Treasury´s official accounting. During the same period, the Treasury turned around and issued another $8,323,949,000,000 in new Treasury securities. The spread between the old debt held by the public that matured and was paid off during the fiscal year and the new debt that was sold to cover government spending over and above tax revenues, increased the net federal government debt held by the public by $777.223 billion during the fiscal year. In the previous fiscal
An NYPD officer who was on a deep undercover assignment when a violent fight erupted between a group of motorcyclists and a man driving a Range Rover in Manhattan is seen on new video punching the SUV, shattering its rear window, NBC 4 New York confirms.(Snip)The video that just recently surfaced shows the undercover smashing the window, but not participating in the assault. He rides off when the driver is pulled from the SUV, according to a person familiar with the investigation. The video has not been made public. Sources say the undercover was not truthful with investigators about his role.
You probably don´t think about how often you say the word "I." You should. Researchers say that your usage of the pronoun says more about you than you may realize. Surprising new research from the University of Texas suggests that people who often say "I" are less powerful and less sure of themselves than those who limit their use of the word. Frequent "I" users subconsciously believe they are subordinate to the person to whom they are talking. Pronouns, in general, tell us a lot about what people are paying attention to, says James W. Pennebaker, chair of the psychology
Former presidential candidate Mitt Romney intends to buy a $9million Park City, Utah ski chalet to complement his family homes in California, Boston, and New Hampshire. The 8,730 foot vacation mansion is in the ski destination´s Deer Valley resort and, while it doesn´t have a $55,000 car elevator like Romney´s La Jolla home, the chalet does rest right on the slope and may be skied into and out of. The six bedroom home´s most noticeable features is its prevalence of wood. The lodge-like home features wooden floors, walls, and furniture that brokers call Utah rustic. The home was once featured
Thousands of people found themselves inside a national park when the government shutdown went into effect. Pat Vaillancourt and her tour group "which included senior citizen visitors from Japan, Australia, Canada and the United States, were locked in Yellowstone National Park hotel under armed guard." The seniors were treated harshly by armed park employees until they were able to leave according to Vaillancourt. Once they began the journey out of the park, "the bus was not allowed to halt at all along the 2.5-hour trip out of the park, not even to stop at private bathrooms that were open along the
Sporting a white trench coat, Jennifer Hudson struts down a Washington street as an ominous voice says, "In the cutthroat world of D.C., Lydia Cole cuts through the B.S." She sits in the office of a fictional senator listening to him admit he has a pregnant mistress. "Finally, an actual scandal," Hudson´s character says. (Snip) In a video produced by humor website Funny or Die, these "scandals" are easily solved by Hudson, who offers her clients advice such as, "The ACA [Affordable Care Act] takes about 15 minutes to sign up for; I need you to go to healthcare.gov." The
In an interview that frequently turned contentious, liberal talk show host Jon Stewart interviewed HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on The Daily Show last night. In his sign-off, the host said "I still don´t understand why individuals have to sign up and businesses don´t... I think to myself, well, maybe she´s just lying to me? Just to me?" [Video] In an earlier exchange, Stewart questioned Sebelius on Republicans´ key criticism of Obamacare right now - why the Obama Administration gets to unilaterally decide who their health care mandates apply to: Stewart: If I´m an individual that doesn´t want it, it would be
History: Vietnam´s General Vo Nguyen Giap died in Hanoi last Friday at age 102, extolled for his victories over the armies of France, the U.S. and China in three separate wars. But not so fast about all those vaunted victories. During the Paris Peace talks to end the war in Vietnam, Col. Harry G. Summers Jr. told a North Vietnamese colonel, "You know, you never defeated us on the battlefield." After pondering the remark, the colonel replied: "That may be so. But it is also irrelevant." The remark could just as easily be applied to Gen. Giap´s supposed victory over the Americans and
The commander in chief and Harry Reid, his faithful dog robber in the U.S. Senate, have assigned the rangers of the National Park Service the most dangerous mission of the government shutdown. They’re already up for medals. Barack Obama will invite them to the Rose Garden any day now, or if not the Rose Garden, to the back nine at Congressional Country Club. Ribbons and decorations are waiting. The rangers are following the example of Darby’s Rangers, who were heroes of the Italian campaign in World War II. They were faithful, resourceful and as tough as hickory. Just like their namesake, William
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