The Palestinians are seriously considering declaring the failure of the peace talks with Israel, a senior PLO official said Wednesday. Hanna Amireh, a member of the PLO Executive Committee, said that this was one of the scenarios that were discussed during the last meeting of the Palestinian leadership. Amireh accused Israel of seeking to “win time” and blame the Palestinians for the failure of the US-sponsored talks. Israel, he said, is benefiting from the prolonged negotiations in order to “impose more facts on the ground and dictate the outcome of the talks.” Amireh criticized Justice Minister Tzipi Livni
Kelly Ayotte is no stranger to the difficult balancing act of politics. In the 2010 New Hampshire Senate primary, the Republican state attorney general trumpeted an endorsement from Sarah Palin to help her fend off a tough GOP challenger, who had attempted to outflank her on the right. Then Ayotte tracked closely enough to the center to blow out her Democratic opponent, U.S. Rep. Paul Hodes, by 23 percentage points in the general election. (In the process, she won all 10 of the state’s counties.) Once she arrived in Washington, it wasn’t long before Ayotte began being mentioned as a
Philadelphia police released a street-camera video Wednesday of a blind man taking a brutal beating in broad daylight. The blind man, who was in the Germantown area, appeared to be pushed from behind and falls off the curb and into the street. While on the ground, the blind man takes two punches, and then gets kicked nearly a dozen times by the attacker. He offered no defense. Police noted that there were bystanders in the video that did nothing to intervene. There were no calls to 911 until after the attack, and that call did not even specify that he had been attacked.
President Barack Obama is expected to invite all of Congress to meet with him at the White House this week, nine days into a government shutdown, and eight days before the debt ceiling is reached. House Democrats will head there Wednesday at 4:35 p.m. for an hour-long session. The White House sent an emailed invitation early Wednesday morning. Senate Democrats have also been invited. Sources say that House and Senate Republicans will also get invited to the other side of Pennsylvania Avenue. The meeting comes in the midst of the biggest budget standoff of Obama’s presidency and Speaker John Boehner’s
WASHINGTON- U.S. President Barack Obama meets with the House Democratic caucus Wednesday to discuss the budget impasse, the White House said. Fox News reported Senate Democrats, as well as House and Senate Republicans, were expected to be invited later. As the partial shutdown of the federal government dragged into its second week, conservative House Republicans said they´d review a plan Wednesday to split off raising the debt limit from the shutdown in White House talks, lawmakers said. The rank-and-file strategy, conflicting with House GOP leadership plans to broaden the debate beyond funding the Affordable Care Act to other spending areas,
Atlanta — Democrat Michelle Nunn says she has raised $1.7 million in the first 10 weeks of her U.S. Senate campaign. Nunn announced the total in an email to her supporters on Tuesday. Nunn says she more than 6,700 individual donors have contributed. A campaign aide says she´ll file a detailed report with the Federal Elections Commission next week. Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss is not seeking a third term, and Nunn gives national Democrats perhaps their best shot to pick up a GOP seat in 2014. (Snip) Republican Rep. Jack Kingston, meanwhile, says he raised more than $800,000 for the
I am just wondering if Miriam Carey, the mentally ill mother who drove her black Infiniti down Pennsylvania Avenue after she rammed a White House barricade, was read her Miranda rights before she was shot dead in a fusillade of gunfire by a gang of well-armed police who surrounded her car at the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue. The information has not been released, though as I write almost a week has passed since the lethal event. Why could not those crack shots have aimed at her car’s tires. Then they could have waited for her next move. It looks
MOSCOW--Russian investigators said on Wednesday they found drugs aboard a Greenpeace ship that was used in a protest against offshore Arctic drilling and would press new charges against some of the 30 people being held for alleged piracy. In addition to drugs, the Investigative Committee said searches of the Arctic Sunrise, which was boarded by Russian coast guards after the September 18 protest at the Prirazlomnaya oil rig, had revealed equipment with potential military uses. It also said investigators were trying to establish which of those being held were responsible for what it called attempts to ram coast guard boats,
There’s a narrative emerging among leftists pundits, commentators, and columnists that the current government shutdown is due to a fundamental flaw in the American form of government. Chris Hayes on MSNBC (ya know, the guy that looks like a 16 year old wannabe economist?) recently dedicated an entire segment of his show to exposing the “fatal flaw in our Constitution”. According to MSNBC’s woefully statist anchor, our Constitutional form of government inhibits the ability for government to adequately (or speedily) race toward action. Which, in a way, is true. Fascism, in comparison, enables for a rapid-response-government that forfeits deliberation for
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, BRUNEI -- Secretary of State John F. Kerry apologized Wednesday for President Obama´s absence at a gathering that has become a testing ground for U.S. outreach to Southeast Asian nations rattled by China’s growing assertiveness. Obama was supposed to lead a special U.S. session with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, many of whose members are nervous about China’s intentions but also reluctant to appear to side against a powerful neighbor and trading partner. “I bring you both President Obama’s sincerest greetings and his apologies for not being able to be here,”Kerry said at the beginning of
It sure looked like a news conference. There was President Obama standing at the White House Briefing Room podium while, seated in front of him was the usual array of media representatives, 12 of whom got to ask questions Tuesday afternoon. But it wasn´t a news conference. A news conference contains news, something we did not know before. None of the nearly 10,000 words Obama uttered during those 66 minutes were new. He´s all for talking, just not negotiating. [Snip] But what interested us in this Obama non-news news conference was what was not said.
Late-breaking news, and I’ll update as I find out more: While the government is shut down, with food-safety personnel and disease detectives sent home and forbidden to work, a major foodborne-illness outbreak has begun. This evening, the Food Safety and Inspection Service of the US Department of Agriculture announced that “an estimated 278 illnesses … reported in 18 states” have been caused by chicken contaminated with Salmonella Heidelberg and possibly produced by the firm Foster Farms. “FSIS is unable to link the illnesses to a specific product and a specific production period,” the agency said in an emailed alert. “The
Labour leader Ed Miliband may have dominated the annual party conference season with his surprise energy freeze pledge, but he has done that before. (Snip) As for the prime minister, he gave the clearest possible signal that he will be running a "Red scare" election campaign, with talk of Miliband´s "Marxism". He didn´t mention the Daily Mail´s controversial profile of Miliband´s Marxist father, Ralph, but he didn´t have to. What he did say was: "I know he would like to live in some sort of Marxist Universe where you can control these things (energy prices) but he needs a lesson
ObamaCare may have its skeptics, but one group is decidedly optimistic -- prison inmates. "At least 50 percent of the [prison] population has symptoms of mental health disorders," said Brad Brockmann, executive director of the Center for Prisoner Health and Human Rights at Brown University. "With Medicaid expansion, we have an incredible opportunity to take care of the very neediest, the very poorest while freeing up huge amounts of money within the states through not having to provide that care in correctional settings."
Costco Wholesale may be a bargain hunters’ paradise but the company is not bringing much joy to shareholders this morning. The bulk sales king reported fiscal fourth quarter net income of $617 million, or $1.40 per share, short of the consensus estimate of $1.46. Net sales were up 1% to $31.8 billion, while total sales, which includes membership fees, grew just 0.8% form a year ago to $32.5 billion. Both figures were lighter than analysts expected. Shares of Costco fell 1.2% Wednesday morning.
Our leaders unite — against us Just when you thought nobody around here could agree on anything, Democrats and Republicans in Congress come together to unanimously express their unified and unwavering view of the innocent American taxpayer: SCREW YOU! That’s right. You can’t get these people to agree on whether it’s raining outside, but when it comes to their deep disdain for us suckers paying all the bills around here, a hot case of venereal bipartisanship breaks out all over the place.
Dads devote more time to caring for children and keeping up the house than they did decades ago. They spend almost as much time as moms romping with kids in the yard or on the rug. But as dads step up, moms are still wiped out. Whether at work or at home — and even at leisure — mothers feel more exhausted than fathers, a study shows. Despite strides toward gender equality, mothers still shoulder much more work at home, especially when it comes to humdrum tasks such as changing diapers and doing the laundry, the Pew Research Center found
Once you finally make it into HealthCare.gov, it’s not clear how you get out. For those who’ve busted through glitches on the federal Obamacare insurance website to create an account, there’s no clear, obvious way for consumers to delete the accounts if they choose — at least not in the current incarnation. A POLITICO reporter used HealthCare.gov’s customer support chat to request that an account be removed, but the support agent said the request would have to be referred to an “advanced” customer service system. The option to delete account information has become a staple of online services, from Facebook to
HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius appeared earlier this week on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart in connection with the rollout of Obamacare (video below). Her appearance was interesting in several respects. Stewart demonstrated a “bad” attitude. He implicitly criticizes Obamacare from the left, but more than anything he finds the rollout is deeply uncool. Stewart mocks it. He does not await Obamacare Exchange 1.1 or 2.0 with bated breath. I don’t think the rollout puts him in mind of Apple or the iPhone. As an Obama supporter, Stewart is embarrassed by the technical issues that have bedeviled the rollout. Moreover, as a
The New York City Police Department confirms an undercover police officer has been arrested in connection with the Sept. 29 videotaped Manhattan melee between motorcyclists and a motorist and his family in an SUV. Wojciech Braszczok has been charged with riot and criminal mischief, Detective Brian Sessa of the NYPD´s public information unit said Tuesday night. (Snip)Karasyk has said his client only saw other bikers attacking the vehicle, but NYPD investigators believe the undercover officer banged on the SUV and broke a window, WCBS reported.
Readers have to get halfway into the Associated Press report on its new AP-GFK poll to find this out, but Barack Obama’s job approval numbers have cratered in the shutdown. His overall job approval is now 37/53, and a majority want Obama to start cooperating more with Republicans, as 63% want Republicans to meet Obama part-way, too: Americans are holding Republicans primarily responsible for the partial government shutdown as public esteem sinks for all players in the impasse, President Barack Obama among them, according to a new poll. It’s a struggle with no heroes. … Most Americans disapprove of the way Obama
Acting more and more like a cheap version of Josef Stalin or even Hugo Chavez and, increasingly, drunk on his personally perceived absolute power over US citizens, Obama is now openly attacking we Americans and all of our institutions. His partial shutdown of the US government (aka “ObamaGov”) has allowed him to affect all manner of dark mischief against us and he is laughing even more voraciously at us, while he pretends to put on his ’serious face’. As one angry Park Ranger put it: “It’s a cheap way to deal with the situation. We’ve been told to make life as
HOUSTON — Morgan Weber grew up eating poppy-seed kolaches baked by his Czech grandmother, who honed her technique on a wood stove. Kolaches, soft pastries of yeasted dough with a divot in the center, traditionally filled with sweetened cheese or fruit, are a humble link to the Old World. But in the Revival Market in this city’s Heights neighborhood, Mr. Weber and his business partner, Ryan Pera, the market’s chef, serve sweet and savory pastries that are decidedly American: kolaches laden with satsuma oranges or filled with strawberries and ricotta cheese, and savory versions girded with house-made sausages poached in
Leaks of official secrets like the ones whistleblower Edward Snowden passed on to the press are a “gift” to terrorists, the new head of Britain’s counter-intelligence agency charges. In his first public remarks since assuming his leadership role in April at MI5, Andrew Parker defended the techniques used by British intelligence agencies, like the Government Communications Headquarters, to counter terrorist activity. “We are facing an international threat and GCHQ provides many of the intelligence leads upon which we rely,” Parker said at a London think tank Monday night. “It causes enormous damage to make public the reach and limits of GCHQ
London — A 16-year-old Jew of working-class Polish descent flees Nazi-occupied Belgium at the last minute and, arriving in May 1940, finds refuge in Britain. He joins the Royal Navy and serves for three years, fighting to defeat Hitler and save stranded relatives, several of whom die in the Holocaust. A lifelong socialist — he had joined a socialist-Zionist youth group in Belgium before fleeing with his father — this young man goes on to a distinguished career as a writer and teacher, including a spell as a professor at Brandeis University. But he remains based in North London, deeply
We now know where we stand. Janet Yellen is to take over the US Federal Reserve, the world´s monetary hegemon, the master of all our lives. The Fed will be looser for longer. The FOMC will continue to print money until the US economy creates enough jobs to reignite wage pressures and inflation, regardless of asset bubbles, or collateral damage along the way. No Fed chief in history has been better qualified. She is a glaring contrast to Alan Greenspan, a political speech writer for Richard Nixon, who never earned a real PhD (it was honorary) or penned an economic