It was a flight bound for Florida, and some airline pilots believe it also may have been a dry-run for terrorists. The 10 News Investigators have obtained an internal memo that details a frightening incident that brings back memories of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Since then, federal efforts have gone in place to prevent a similar attack, leading many to believe another attack what happened on 9/11 could never happen again. Wolf Koch, who flies Boeing 767s for Delta Airlines and is the Aviation Security Committee Chairman for the Air Line Pilots Association International, says that belief "is very foolish."
Health Reform: The White House says it will fix all the ObamaCare glitches and soon everything will be working fine. That´s about as believable as all the other ObamaCare promises. If anything, problems are getting worse. Six months ago, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius told lawmakers that everything was on track for a successful ObamaCare launch on Oct. 1. Now, after a week of massive technology meltdowns that even the ObamaCare-backing USA Today called "an epic screw-up," Sebelius wants us to believe this is actually good news: Traffic to the site exceeded "even optimists´ expectations." And all that enthusiasm for
The Obama administration has prohibited the Kennedy family from practicing its Catholicism, and the Kennedys now intend to ask the Supreme Court to restore their First Amendment right to the free exercise of religion. Their case could become one of the most consequential in our nation´s history. The issue: Will the most fundamental liberty of all -- freedom of conscience -- survive in post-Obama America? John Kennedy serves as president of Autocam and Autocam Medical, Michigan-based companies that produce automobile components and medical devices. He and his family own the companies, which employ 661 people in the United States. The
Rep. Darrell Issa must be at the top of the White House´s enemies list. His House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has released copies of emails from former IRS official Sarah Hall Ingram indicating exchange of information with White House officials that is by law confidential. The Daily Caller has broken the story: Ingram attempted to counsel the White House on a lawsuit from religious organizations opposing Obamacare´s contraception mandate. Email exchanges involving Ingram and White House officials - including White House health policy advisor Ellen Montz and deputy assistant to the president for health policy Jeanne Lambrew - contained
NEWARK — Tea Party celebrity and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is on her way to New Jersey to campaign for Republican U.S. Senate candidate Steve Lonegan, his campaign said tonight. Palin, the former Republican vice presidential candidate, will be at the New Egypt Speedway in Plumsted Township, Ocean County, for a Lonegan rally at 4 p.m. on Saturday. "I am honored to have Governor Palin join us for the largest grass-roots campaign event in New Jersey history," Lonegan said in a statement. "While Joe Biden uses the excuse of a government shutdown to avoid an embarrassing reception campaigning for
I was born at the beginning of the Second World War into a family of high school teachers who were members of the Communist Party, and therefore were actually part of a vast conspiracy dedicated to the destruction of this country, although they would never have looked at it that way, and so-called liberals would be the first to deny it. (Snip) It is also an unhappy but hugely important fact that the conspiracy to which my parents belonged has steadily migrated into the heart of the Democratic Party until it now occupies the Oval Office in the person of
On Tuesday, President Obama broke ranks with Harry Reid and Senate Democrats and said he was open to a short-term deal to reopen government and lift the debt ceiling. Obama, in response to an AP reporter´s question, said that, with a short-term resolution, he would be open to negotiations. In response, Reid again rejected a short-term deal and is pushing legislation to lift the debt ceiling until the end of 2014. Reid also refused on Wednesday to rule out using the "nuclear option," i.e. a change in the Senate rules to allow a debt ceiling hike to pass by a
When Prometheus stole the fire from Olympian Zeus to give to mankind, little did he know that fire would have to be re-lit by a bulky Russian security guard. That´s exactly what happened when the Olympic flame arrived in Moscow this weekend and promptly flickered out — more than once. Russia´s Olympic torch relay into Moscow had a rocky start and the troubles just seem to be mounting. Russian politicians began asking questions about the torch and its maker. Pro-Kremlin deputies even called for a criminal investigation. “The assurances of the organizers, [who say] that it is an ordinary situation when the flame is not
The last sizeable British force to be sent to Helmand province in southern Afghanistan begin their mission later as 7th Armoured Brigade--the "Desert Rats"--take over from 1st Mechanized Brigade. The Afghan operation is codenamed Herrick, but Herrick 19 is unlike any that have gone before. British troops were once in more than 130 bases here, but are now down to five, and that will reduce still further. They rarely patrol. The formation of the brigade has changed too. The Desert Rats have enough armour and infantry to protect themselves and take the war to the Taliban if need be
The National Park System has a budget of $2.6 billion, much of it raised by concession and attendance fees. Even if it were entirely taxpayer-funded it would represent only .00068 of every federal dollar in our $3.8 trillion budget. Nonetheless, hardball-playing White House strategists have made it the most conspicuous instrument of pain inflicted by the federal shutdown. The Republican House has tried to fund the park system during the struggle over Obamacare funding, but without success. Even park funding offers by states have been rejected by the feds. Almost every day brings fresh examples of unnecessary annoyances and hardships visited
The Norwegian Nobel Committee will announce this year’s winner of the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday. Given the recent American laureates — Jimmy Carter, Al Gore and Barack Obama — there’s little likelihood that the American president who did more to promote and preserve peace will follow those usurpers. Still, it’s not too late to do the noble thing, to posthumously recognize Ronald Reagan. The Gipper proved his mettle when he stood before the Brandenburg Gate near the Berlin Wall in 1987 to deliver the most stirring speech of his presidency. “We believe that freedom and security go together,” he
A Mount Pleasant resident’s single-handed effort to prop up a broken government hit some government red tape Wednesday, but he’s not giving up. Chris Cox, a professional chain-saw artist, has been working in Washington, D.C., on some commissions lately. He was dismayed to see trash piling up around the Lincoln Memorial before the Million Vet March on the National Mall this weekend. [Snip] Cox decided to help. A little more than a week ago, he told park officers he wanted to start a movement called the Memorial Militia to clean up the grounds. A sergeant sat him down for an
Victorious generals demand unconditional surrender from their foes only after they defeat them on the battlefield. President Obama, winner of no such victories, imagines he’s Napoleon on his way back from Austerlitz, refusing to take anything from his rivals but laurels. “Why would I give them concessions now to avoid [a government default]?” the president asked on Tuesday. He won’t negotiate until after the other side has given him everything he wants. No wonder Mr. Obama is losing the battle of public opinion.
WASHINGTON—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 or not 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. Over the weekend, the House held a vote and agreed—without a single exception—that when this government shutdown is all over, all these
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