Egypt has criticised a decision by the US to suspend a large part of the $1.3bn (£810m) in aid it receives. Foreign ministry spokesman Badr Abdelatty said the decision was wrong and Egypt would "not surrender to American pressure and is continuing on its path towards democracy". The US announced on Wednesday it was suspending the delivery of large-scale military systems and withholding cash assistance to the Egyptian government. It follows months of political turmoil. Since the Egyptian army ousted Mohammed Morsi as president in July, the authorities have clashed repeatedly with his Muslim Brotherhood supporters.
When people look back on the past week, I suspect the key images they remember will be the various shots of barricades, traffic cones and police tape around national monuments and across the entrances to national parks, national scenic parkways and even preventing access to private property. Of all the events this was both the most visual and the most unexpected. A government agency they had always thought as benevolent, the National Park Service (NPS), unexpectedly turned into something that seemed alien and even frightening. Before last week the NPS had one of the most favorable images among federal agencies. Mention
Danny McKnight’s trip began in a tiny New England cemetery on Saturday, September 28, 2013—a crisp, clear fall morning. He kneeled by the gravestone of Corporal James Cavaco and placed a rock on top of it. McKnight’s wife, Linda, had painted the rock black, and on it, he had written with a silver Sharpie, “An American Hero” and “RLTW”—Rangers Lead the Way, the elite infantry unit’s motto. McKnight was at the outset of a pilgrimage to the gravesites of men who served under him in Somalia—his “kids,” as he calls them. They were part of Task Force Ranger, an American
Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan has been released, several hours after being seized by militiamen, say government sources. Mr Zeidan was taken from his hotel in the capital, Tripoli, by armed men in the early hours of Thursday morning. A former rebel group loosely allied to the government said it had arrested Mr Zeidan on the orders of the prosecutor general. The justice ministry had denied an arrest warrant was issued.
The State Department announced Wednesday that it was cutting hundreds of millions in military and other aid to Egypt, and make no mistake: this was not a government shutdown move. This was the President of the United States blackmailing a sovereign state to force it to restore the Muslim Brotherhood government he favors. With the Egyptian economy in crisis and Egypt strongly dependent on this aid, Obama has just effectively cast his vote for the Muslim Brotherhood’s return to power – and his vote outweighs that of millions of Egyptians.
One of the things many conservatives admire about CNN´s Jake Tapper is his willingness to speak truths typically too inconvenient for most in his industry. During an "Ask Me Anything" discussion on Reddit Wednesday, Tapper not only acknowledged the existence of media bias, he also said "White House press briefings are quite often useless": JELLHEAD: Hey Jake! You seem to be seen by conservatives as the one non-Fox mainstream anchor bucking the pro-liberal bias in the media. Why do you think this is? I personally don´t see you as significantly more conservative than other anchors except on the issue of abortion,
Just 17 percent of American voters believe the country is headed in the right direction, an eye-popping 11-point free fall in a week and the lowest level in nearly two years, according to Rasmussen Reports. On the other end, a whopping 76 percent of voters think the country is headed down the wrong track, a 13-point one-week surge and the “highest level of pessimism since November 2011,” said the polling firm. The nation’s bout of depression comes as President Obama and House Republicans are fighting over the budget, the government shutdown, Obamacare and raising the debt ceiling. In an effort to break
Award-winning journalist and author Jake Tapper says most reporters’ bias comes from being out of touch. In an Ask Me Anything (AMA) on Reddit today, Tapper wrote: “I think there are a lot of hard-working reporters in NYC and DC who have never fired a gun, or never worked a 9-5 manual labor job, or lived in the middle of the country, or worried about their next paycheck, or have anyone in their family who serves in the military and I think that creates a cultural bias. But I also think there are a lot of reporters who work to counter that
In the spring of ’48, the collision of wills between the free world and the red slave empire of the east came to a head in Berlin. The Communist strategy had been to push forward, to violate the spirit of the agreements and then the letter of the agreements while claiming to be the aggrieved party. Their takeovers in Eastern Europe baffled a West that could not believe the Reds would show such poor sportsmanship.
Maximus is a contractor providing customer-service operations for six of the state-based health insurance exchanges (New York, Vermont, Connecticut, Maryland, D.C., and Hawaii), and is helping operate two of the call centers for the federal exchange. National Journal spoke with Bruce Caswell, the president and general manager of the health services segment at Maximus, about the first week of open enrollment under Obamacare. Edited excerpts from the conversation follow. How many phone calls are you getting? Has it been about what you´ve expected? I would say it´s been about what we´ve expected. The call volumes were very high, obviously, initially,
More than half of Texans said that the nearly $50 billion taxpayer bailout of General Motors may deter them from buying from the company, according to a survey released Tuesday. The National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC), a nonprofit ethics watchdog, surveyed more than 500 Texas residents and found that 40 percent said the bailout would “absolutely” affect their decision about buying one of GM’s new pick-up trucks. More than 22 percent said it would “likely” or “very likely” affect their decision, while just 24 percent answered “not too likely.” About 150 of those surveyed said that they were in
U.S. Immigration Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) agents have expressed strong concerns over House Judiciary Committee chairman Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and other Representatives pushing for immigration legislation that would legalize the status of America’s at least 11 million illegal immigrants. In a public statement that will be released Thursday morning but has been provided exclusively to Breitbart News ahead of its public release, USCIS Council president Kenneth Palinkas warned that Goodlatte (pictured), House Budget Committee chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R-VA), House Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA), and Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) seem to be following the same pathway that
Public opinion polls show Republicans are paying a higher price for the government shutdown than is the president. But Mr. Obama–whose approval rating has dropped to 37 percent in the most recent Associate Press-GfK Survey–is making some damaging errors that are haunting him as well. There are a couple in particular that are worth highlighting. The first is his decision to elevate to an Inviolate Principle his insistence that he will not, under any circumstances, negotiate with Republicans over the government shutdown and raising the debt ceiling. Dealing with Iran and Russia is one thing; dealing with the evil John Boehner
President Obama looked to amp up pressure on congressional Republicans in a series of local television interviews on the government shutdown Wednesday night. The president conducted short interviews with reporters from Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Tampa, and Richmond — four cities with high percentages of government workers and contractors. In the interviews, the president accused Republican leaders of shutting down the government "in order to have a negotiation." "Nobody´s explained to me so far why you have to shutdown the government to have a negotiation and nobody´s explained to me so far why you have to threaten the full faith and credit
I have been out of the news circle for a few weeks and was relaxing today when they cut into TV with Obama’s news conference. I also realize that FB is more about kids, dogs, family news and etc. and political stuff is pretty much ignored except by other than political junkies. But as I watched Obama, it became much clearer to me that we may not be on FB talking about dogs and kids and such in a couple of years as this country will be in such a shape we will be struggling for just the basics like food,
The Shutdown: Federal closure threatens to bar priests not on active duty from conducting services on military installations or from ministering on base, and they risk being arrested if they attempt to do so. The latest Obama shutdown shame is the news that, until it´s over, none of the families of those killed in Afghanistan can expect to receive the $100,000 death gratuity promised to reach them within 24 to 36 hours. Grieving families also cannot expect the military to cover all the usual costs of family travel to meet their loved ones at Dover Air Force Base where they return
The National Organization for Marriage’s lawsuit against the IRS may be the case that finally breaks the IRS’s “omerta” code. In the spring of 2012, NOM’s private tax-return data turned up splashed on the Web site of its chief political opponent, the Human Rights Campaign. The leak plainly came from the IRS, because the tax return published on the site was stamped with special codes the IRS uses on electronically filed returns. The leaked, confidential information included a list of NOM donors. Making their names virtually invited harassment of these people. Incidentally, the chairman of the Human Rights Campaign, Joe Solomonese, happened to
A Florida TV station reports that people´s credit score´s will "have a big impact" on how much they pay for Obamacare:(Snip for video)"As more and for families are looking for insurance options for the new Affordable Care Act, they´re finding out their credit score will have a big impact on how much they pay," reports an anchor. "A lot of people want to know why credit scores are determining how much they pay." "Well, they say it was explained to us like this: It´s like buying a house or a car. Your credit score and other factors can determine your interest
The conservative project has two main parts: first, winning the argument, and, second, winning elections. The first is a job for what we call the conservative movement, meaning everything from magazines such as National Review to think tanks, advocacy groups, talk radio, and book publishers; the second is mainly the job of the Republican party and organizations such as the Club for Growth, which helps to ensure that victories for Republicans are victories for conservatives. There’s always a great deal of tension between those two goals, as we can see in everything from the current intramural fight over shutdown tactics
Advocates marketed the Affordable Care Act (ACA), known colloquially as "Obamacare," to the American public as a way to "bend the cost curve" of soaring health care costs downward. But despite its supporters´ hopes, the 2010 legislation was fiscally reckless, markedly increasing the government´s already-unsustainable health spending commitments at a time of record deficits. Three years later, the fiscal harm stemming from the ACA is as bad as-and even worse than-many experts predicted. The problem lies with the nature of the law itself, promising trillions in new government benefits while relying on dubious financing mechanisms. These problems were not only
It was the question to which, in their heart of hearts, even the president’s most loyal acolytes must have known the answer: “Obamacare launches soon. Will it be ready?” As we have learned this week, it wasn’t ready — and it was never going to be. “If ever there was a website launch that was ‘too big to fail,’” Ars Technica’s Sean Gallagher noted, “this was it. So, of course, it did.” Nevertheless, the temptation that the administration must have felt to put on a brave face is politically understandable. Since it was first mooted back in 2007, Obamacare has been under
In The Grand Jihad, my book about the Muslim Brotherhood, I noted the Brothers’ affectation of non-violent moderation when, in reality, their ideology preaches, prepares for, and practices forcible jihad. How, I rhetorically asked, does the Brotherhood pull this trick off? Well, it is pretty easy in the West, where the Brothers have the fortuity of dealing mainly with appeasers who are desperate to believe their lies. But for the most part, I argued, “the answer, very simply, is extortion.” When not pretending to distance themselves from flat-out terrorist outfits like al Qaeda (the better to have Kool-Aid gulpers at the
The federal requirement for gas refiners to mix biofuel in with conventional gasoline is a “flop,” according to Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.), and should be eliminated. Welch said that the renewable fuel standard, administered by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), drives up the cost of corn, which ends up raising prices for dairy farmers in his state as well as other livestock producers. Plus, he said, the amount of energy required to produce the biofuel ends up hurting the environment. “It´s been a flop, and the amount of energy that goes into producing a gallon of ethanol is a lot. Twenty-eight gallons of
Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe was one of dozens of investors with a Rhode Island estate planner charged with defrauding insurers by using the stolen identities of terminally ill people, according to court documents filed Wednesday by federal prosecutors in Providence. McAuliffe’s name appeared on a lengthy list of investors with Joseph A. Caramadre, an attorney and accountant who obtained the identities of dying people to set up annuities that ultimately cost insurance companies millions of dollars, the documents say. The list also included the law firm of a former Rhode Island Supreme Court justice, a Roman Catholic monsignor, a
Right now, most of the problems with Obamacare´s online insurance exchanges are with the signup process, particularly in the 36 exchanges being run by the federal government. But there are deeper, more fundamental problems looming even if the surface web-accessibility problems are largely fixed. For example: Just because someone has completed the online enrollment process doesn´t mean that they´ve actually gotten coverage. Reports indicate that many of the applications that are making it through the system don´t actually have enough data for insurers to process the enrollee. Here´s Bloomberg News: [Insurance companies] are receiving electronic files that can’t open or have so
The NYPD detective arrested over his alleged role in the gang bike attack on a family in their SUV may have ´gone rogue´ after spending too long undercover, according to a report. Detective Wojciech Braszczok may have become so immersed in his cover story that he forgot himself when he allegedly took part in the assault, suggested a DNAinfo source. In an echo of films like Donnie Brasco - in which an undercover cop feels the strain of his double life - Braszczok may have stepped over the line. A source said: ´Sometimes an undercover spends too much time in a role, becomes