A baby boy found dead in a suspected shoplifter’s bag at Victoria’s Secret was born alive, weighing 81/2 pounds — and now cops are trying to figure out if he was murdered. Tiona Rodriguez, already the mother of a 2-year-old son, initially told police she was six months pregnant and suffered a miscarriage on Wednesday, sources said. But her lies were exposed after an autopsy on Friday determined the baby was nearly full-term at eight months. Officials said the autopsy was inconclusive about the cause of death. Results could take about two weeks. Sources said asphyxiation is one of the
Stan Druckenmiller makes an unlikely class warrior. He´s a member of the 1%—make that the 0.001%—one of the most successful money managers of all time, and 60 years old to boot. But lately he has been touring college campuses promoting a message of income redistribution you don´t hear out of Washington. It´s how federal entitlements like Medicare and Social Security are letting Mr. Druckenmiller´s generation rip off all those doting Barack Obama voters in Generation X, Y and Z. "I have been shocked at the reception. I had planned to only visit Bowdoin, " his alma mater in Maine, he says.
Washington - The morning that the federal government reopened after 16 days of political stalemate, President Barack Obama stood at the podium in the State Dining Room of The White House. He didn´t smile. (Snip) From his bully pulpit on Thursday, Obama invoked his professorial tone and implored Congress that their working relationship "has to change." "Because we´ve all got a lot of work to do on behalf of the American people and that includes the hard work of regaining their trust," Obama said. This episode was only the latest in a series of confrontations between the President and Congress.
The Affordable Care Act´s botched rollout has stunned its media cheering section, and it even seems to have surprised the law´s architects. The problems run much deeper than even critics expected, and whatever federal officials, White House aides and outside contractors are doing to fix them isn´t working. But who knows? Omerta is the word of the day as the Obama Administration withholds information from the public. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is even refusing to testify before the House Energy and Commerce Committee in a hearing this coming Thursday. HHS claims she has scheduling conflicts, but we hope
Dick Cheney says his current health is "a miracle" in a frank discussion of the heart disease he suffered over his entire political career and especially when he served as the vice president. In his first interview about his new book, "Heart," he speaks to Dr. Sanjay Gupta, discussing for the first time the revelation that the defibrillator implanted in his chest could be used by terrorists to kill him and was altered to prevent that. Cheney´s 60 Minutes interview will be broadcast Sunday, Oct. 20 at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT. Before he had a heart transplant 20 months ago,
LOS ANGELES - NBC says it´s canceling two freshman shows, "Ironside" and "Welcome to the Family." "Ironside," starring Blair Underwood in an updated version of the Raymond Burr police drama, will air its final episode on Wednesday. Burr´s "Ironside" aired from 1967-75, but low ratings will keep the new series to a total of four episodes. "Welcome to the Family," a Thursday night comedy about a young couple´s unplanned pregnancy, won´t have a chance to say goodbye. Its last airing was this week. Replacing "Ironside" on Wednesday nights in November and December will be a mix of shows including episodes
The George Soros-funded National Immigration Forum (NIF) is organizing a “fly-in” of what it calls conservatives from across the country aimed at lobbying House Republicans for an amnesty bill. (Snip) “The fly-in is being organized not by conservative groups, but organizations that have focused on legalizing millions of people who are in the U.S. illegally and changing the legal immigration system to bring in more foreign workers,” Gomez wrote on Monday. He noted that the 300 activists for an immigration grand bargain were looking to make what he described as a “conservative pitch” for amnesty.
The mother of one of the two girls facing charges over the suicide of a bullied 12-year-old Florida girl was jailed Friday on child abuse charges in a case authorities say is unrelated to the felony case against her daughter. Vivian Lee Vosburg, 30, of Lakeland was being held without bond in the Polk County Jail on two counts of child abuse with bodily harm and four counts of child neglect, the sheriff´s office said. Vosburg is the mother of one of two girls who are charged with third-degree felony stalking in the suicide of Rebecca Sedwick, 12, who jumped to her
Law enforcement officials are investigating a threat against Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), who was vaulted into national prominence with his push to defund ObamaCare. A person identifying himself as Troy Gilmore Jr., posted on Twitter Friday morning: “Take down Ted Cruz, at his home” and listed Cruz’s home address in Houston. “What goes around comes around CRUZ!!” the person wrote. The author of the threat uses the Twitter handle @ArmyVet54 and identifies himself as having served in the U.S. Army and Navy. Sean Rushton, Cruz’s spokesman, said, “We’re aware of it and have alerted the proper authorities.” “I can’t comment further on
Rep. C.W. Bill Young (R-Fla.), the House Republicans’ longest-serving member, has died at 82, his family said in a statement Friday. Young passed away Friday evening at The Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in the company of his family, Young´s chief of staff, Harry Glenn said in an email. "The cause of death was complications related to a chronic injury. Information on services will be forthcoming," he added. Young served in Congress for 42 years, since 1971. He was chairman of the powerful Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, and previously chaired the full committee. He also served in the Florida State Senate
Dr. Ben Carson made waves last week when he said that ObamaCare is the worst thing to happen to America since slavery. On Friday, the good doctor explained to NewsOne radio’s Roland Martin why this is the case (video follows with transcript and commentary): DR. BEN CARSON: I didn’t say this is as bad as slavery. I said this is the worst thing since slavery. The reason I said that… ROLAND MARTIN: Which includes Jim Crow, which includes… CARSON: Yes, absolutely, including those, and I’ll tell you why I think that. This nation was founded on the principle that it
A House committee is probing the widespread technical problems with the launch of the ObamaCare website, including the contractors that were paid hundreds of millions of dollars to create it. The House Energy and Commerce Committee announced Thursday they have scheduled a hearing on the issue for Oct. 24, and have asked Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to attend. Committee member Rep. Leonard Lance, R-N.J., told Fox News´ Greta Van Susteren Thursday night he wants Sebelius to testify at the hearing but she has not so far responded "favorably" to the proposition. The committee, amid the dispute over
On Thursday, Breitbart News Network LLC announced a shift in its masthead, with 27-year-old phenom and longtime Andrew Breitbart protégé Alexander Marlow moving to editor-in-chief of the explosively growing news network. The goal of the change is to allow a faster-moving system while simultaneously freeing up other assets to provide better and deeper content. Breitbart.com has grown explosively since its founding last year, ranking higher than The New York Post, Daily Beast, and The Atlantic according to web traffic analytics firm Alexa. Marlow was the first employee of Breitbart News and sat at Andrew Breitbart’s side since its founding in Andrew’s
An official with the Health and Human Services Department said Friday that Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is not available to attend a congressional hearing next week on the Obamacare website glitches. "Given that the government was shut down until today, we were given a very short timeline to respond to this request," the official added.Chairman Fred Upton (R-Michigan) of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, which is holding next week´s hearing, Thursday blasted the Secretary for "rejecting" the committee´s invitation. "Secretary Sebelius had time for Jon Stewart, and we expect her to have time for Congress," he said in a
Riyadh - Saudi Arabia turned down a coveted seat on the United Nations Security Council on Friday in a rare display of anger at the failure of the international community to end the war in Syria and act on other Middle East issues. The kingdom condemned what it called international double standards on the Middle East and demanded reforms in the Security Council, which has been at odds on ways to end the fighting in Syria. Unlike in the past, when Riyadh´s frustration was mostly directed at Russia and China, it is now also aimed at Washington, its oldest international
President Barack Obama held an off-the-record meeting with a group of print and web-based journalists at the White House on Thursday. Present at the meeting were Jonathan Chait, the New York Magazine writer; David Brooks, the New York Times columnist; and Josh Barro, the Business Insider politics editor, along with several others, according to sources with knowledge of the meeting. The White House declined to comment on the meeting and refused to provide a full list of those present, citing the meeting´s off-record status. President Obama also held an off-the-record meeting with five conservative journalists last week, including Charles Krauthammer,
Politics: MoveOn.org wants Republican leaders arrested for "seditious conspiracy" against the U.S. The initiative, of course, won´t get anywhere, but it does provide a peek into how some among us respond to disagreement. Signers of MoveOn.org´s online petition are asking the Justice Department "to arrest Republican Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Speaker of the House John Boehner and other decision-making House Republican leaders" for shutting down the government and threatening the economy with default in "an attempt to extort the United States government into altering or abolishing the Affordable Care Act." The petition says the perpetrators were involved in "self-evidently a seditious conspiracy"
Glitch Watch: President Obama says he´s glad the shutdown is over. He may soon wish it were back, since there´s now nothing to distract attention from the cataclysmic ObamaCare meltdown — and who´s to blame for it. If Obama and his fellow Democrats hoped that the startup "glitches" would soon fade from view as technicians patched up the federal exchange, they were badly mistaken. Since its launch, ObamaCare´s problems have only mounted. Tech experts are now saying that the federal exchange site — which covers 36 states —may be hopelessly flawed. USA Today reports that the government apparently used 10-year-old technology to
The bargain rushed through Congress on Wednesday night clobbers the U.S. Constitution. It shifts control over the debt ceiling from Congress to the president, in violation of Article 1, Section 8, and pushes the nation toward a slippery slope of allowing the president unlimited power to borrow. Article 1, Section 8, states that "Congress shall have the Power To lay and collect Taxes ... to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States; . .. To borrow Money on the credit of the United States ... " Until 1917, the president had to ask
In early October 1969, during my first year as a grad student at Purdue, I attended an outdoor rally featuring prominent Weatherman Mark Rudd, the Beach Boy look-alike who achieved notoriety a year earlier during the takeover of Columbia University. Rudd was on his way to Chicago, two hours north on I-65, there to help guerrilla hottie Bernardine Dohrn and the then obscure Bill Ayers lead the Weather troops on a rampage through Chicago streets soon to be known as the "Days of Rage." That rampage would leave scores of police injured and one attorney paralyzed. Rudd was looking for recruits.
Congress is trying to get Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius – who in any sane government would be “former HHS secretary” by now – to testify about the disastrous ObamaCare rollout. She is reportedly resisting these demands, which again should be grounds for dismissal. In the Obama era, top officials have become entirely too comfortable with refusing to testify, invoking the Fifth Amendment, and committing perjury. But you can see why Sebelius would be reluctant to answer questions from Congress, because on previous occasions, it hasn’t gone well for her.
RUSH: Here´s Therese in Detroit. Therese, glad you called. Great to have you. Open Line Friday. Hi. CALLER: Hi. How are you? RUSH: Superb. How are you? CALLER: Well, our accountant came in today for a visit, and we always talk about Obamacare, and he told us that he got a letter from Blue Cross/Blue Shield. He lives in North Carolina, but he does business in both states, and for him and his wife and two kids, the premium went from $800 a month up to $1700 a month, and his deductible went from $3,000. RUSH: Whoa ho! CALLER: It jumped up to $24,000 for
A police SWAT team responded to the north campus of Lyons Township High School in La Grange after an instructor reported — mistakenly — she had possibly heard gunfire. Police from La Grange and nearby suburbs evacuated the high school as a precaution. But in the end, the response was a practice drill for authorities. “We are going to react to benefit our students and staff safety at all times. We’re going to take every precaution necessary, and that’s what we did today,” Kilrea told CBS 2’s Mike Parker. (Snip) But everything was OK. The police search ended at 6
Nashville, Tenn. - A federal air marshal was arrested at Nashville International Airport Thursday after he was caught taking photographs up passengers´ skirts. According to a police affidavit, a witness grabbed Adam Bartsch´s cell phone and notified a flight attendant. Rey Collazo told News 2 exclusively he first saw Bartsch taking photographs while boarding the plane. He did not know he was an on-duty air marshal at the time. "I just reached over with my left hand and grabbed it, struggled with him a little bit and I got the better part of the phone and twisted and hit him with
RUSH: We are here wrapping up a big week in Los Angeles, and it is Friday. JOHNNY DONOVAN: Live from the Left Coast at our satellite studios in Los Angeles, it´s Open Line Friday! RUSH: There it is. I´ve been waiting for that all week. That´s the big Johnny Donovan show open, folks -- and that´s right. We are here in Los Angeles. Yes, we are. It actually is my iPhone´s Locations Services. It identifies where I am as Los Angeles, and it´s been a great week. I had a great week last night with some old buddies. My buddy Stan Shuster