In a clearing at the edge of one of the largest intact forests on Earth, Laura Kavajecz flits about like a tree fairy with a clipboard, slipping long mesh tubes over tiny seedlings. (snip) Driven by a warming climate, scientists predict, the forest will soon follow the glaciers and retreat north by as much as 300 miles in the next century. Much of northern Minnesota, they say, will become open savannas like those in Nebraska and eastern Kansas — with grasses and brush, a few scattered trees, and domes of bare rock rising from the ground.
The most important aspect of any public policy issue is how it’s “framed”. In the US, illegal immigration is generally framed as a victims’ rights issue (see that bipartisan rally on the National Mall a week or two back) – hence, what matters is finding a means to bring millions upon millions of loyal, patriotic, hard-working Americans-in-waiting out of the shadows. In the United Kingdom, Her Majesty’s Government is taking a different approach, tracking down illegal immigrants’ phone numbers and texting them directly: Message from the Home Office. Our records show that you may not have leave to remain in the
Olympia, WA -Tavern owner Frankie Schnarr takes a long draw from his bottle of Coors Light and scans his sports bar, listening to billiard balls rattle and a pinball machine explode with points. Suddenly, there´s that smell: musky-sweet, skunky yet somehow pleasing, an odor traditionally fraught with illegality. Three men in jeans and sleeveless shirts shooting pool nearby fire up a small purple pipe packed with pot. They inhale deeply between shots, laughing, passing the bowl, mellowing their buzz with an occasional swig of beer. Marijuana. Being brazenly smoked in public, right there under the bar owner´s nose. Schnarr smiles.
President Barack Obama is frustrated by the problems in the rollout of his signature healthcare reform and the administration intends to fix them, but the program´s real test will not come until early next year, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said on Sunday. Speaking on NBC´s "Meet the Press," Lew said the administration was determined to repair the technical glitches in the online insurance exchanges that are a central part of the program known as Obamacare. It launched on October 1. "I think that there´s no one more frustrated than the president at the difficulty in the website," Lew said. He
NEW YORK - J.C. Penney is opening its doors on Thanksgiving evening to kick off the holiday shopping season, as the beleaguered retailer hopes to get back in the game for the crucial selling period. The Plano, Texas-based chain will open most of its 1,100 stores at 8 p.m. on the holiday, the same as rival Macy´s, and will be open 25 hours straight, closing at 9 p.m. the following day. The Thanksgiving evening opening is much earlier than last year, when Penney didn´t open until 6 a.m. Friday. That made the retailer one of the laggards for the unofficial
Members of Congress and their staffs are on red alert tonight for a CBS 60 Minutes investigation by veteran CBS reporter Steve Kroft and Government Accountability Institute (GAI) President and Breitbart News editor Peter Schweizer exposing how lawmakers convert campaign donations into lavish lifestyle upgrades for themselves and their family members. Sources say top CBS executives thought the report was so explosive that they made it the show’s lead story and delayed airing it for another week in order to capture tonight’s much larger NFL-viewing audience. The report features selected revelations from Schweizer’s forthcoming book, Extortion: How Politicians Extract Your
A top Democratic senator said Sunday that Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius will testify before Congress about the problem-plagued ObamaCare website, amid a growing call for her to accept requests to testify. “Ultimately, Secretary Sebelius will testify,” Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., the chamber’s No. 2 Democrat, told “Fox News Sunday.” Sebelius and the entire Obama administration has declined requests to testify on Capitol Hill about the site, which has been plagued by crashes, slow responses and other glitches since it went online Oct. 1. The House Energy and Commerce Committee sent a letter directly to Sebelius last week
The Obama administration Sunday said it’s called on “the best and brightest” tech experts from both government and the private sector to help fix the troubled website at the root of the Obamacare enrollment problems.The unusual Sunday 600-word blog post from HHS was the first update in more than a week on the many failings of an expensive website that HHS itself described as “frustrating for many Americans.” But it didn’t specify who the administration had called in, or when the American people would see clear-cut results on Healthcare.gov.
A new book claims John F Kennedy’s brother may have stolen his brain from the National Archives to conceal the true extent of his illness.The revelations are made In End of Days: The Assassination of John F Kennedy by James Swanson, excerpts which has been published in the New York Post.He writes: "Not all the evidence from the assassination is at the National Archives. One unique, macabre item from the collection is missing - President Kennedy’s brain." Mr Swanson rejects conspiracy theories that the brain vanished as part of a plot to hide the facts of the assassination. He adds: "My conclusion
DENVER— Governments that try to force citizens to decide between a free press and national security create a "false choice" that weakens democracy, and journalists must fight increasing government overreach that has had a chilling effect on efforts to hold leaders accountable, the president and CEO of The Associated Press said. Gary Pruitt told the 69th General Assembly of the Inter American Press Association on Saturday that the U.S. Justice Department´s secret seizure of records of thousands of telephone calls to and from AP reporters in 2012 is one of the most blatant violations of the First Amendment to the
Now that the government shutdown has ended, the mainstream press has pivoted to the biggest story in the country: the Republican Party’s woes, of course. That’s what tops the front page of the Sunday New York Times and Washington Post, at any rate, lengthy feature articles in both cases. And Obamacare? Oh yeah, right, that. It’s gotta be in there somewhere. Ah, here it is. The Times has a piece on page 12 about Kentucky’s Democratic governor, Steven Beshear, and his plucky campaign to convince a deep-dyed red state that Obamacare works. Beshear’s not up for re-election. In part for
Much is wrong with Washington these days, including much of what is said about what is wrong. Many Americans say there is “too much politics” in Washington. Actually, there is too little. Barack Obama deplores “politics as usual” here. But recently Washington has been tumultuous because politics, as the Framers understood it, has disintegrated. Obama has been complicit in this collapse.
After weeks of being vilified by the national media and White House as a terrorist, racist, and radical hostage-taker out to destroy the economy, Ted Cruz (R-TX) is receiving the kind of death threats that are all-too expected after this kind of national demonization campaign. A person who identifies himself on Twitter as Troy Gilmore, Jr. listed the Senator´s homes address and suggested Cruz be taught a "street wise lesson." Capitol Police are investigating: The Hill reported Capitol Police were looking into the post by someone identifying himself as Troy Gilmore Jr. The tweet, posted early Friday, said, "Take down
WASHINGTON — PRESIDENT OBAMA won big. So why did the moment feel so small? At his victory scold in the State Dining Room on Thursday, the president who yearned to be transformational stood beneath an oil portrait of Abraham Lincoln and demanded . . . a farm bill. He also couldn’t resist taking a holier-than-thou tone toward his tail-between-their-legs Tea Party foes. He assumed his favorite role of the shining knight hectoring the benighted: Sir Lecturealot. “All of us need to stop focusing on the lobbyists and the bloggers and the talking heads on radio and the professional activists who
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s campaign spokeswoman Allison Moore attacked the Senate Conservatives Fund for endorsing McConnell’s primary challenger Matt Bevin on Friday. “Matt Bevin now has the dubious honor of standing with a self-serving D.C. fundraising group that made its name by recruiting and promoting unelectable candidates that ensured Barack Obama a majority in the Senate,” Moore said in a statement to the Washington Post. “They clearly care less about Kentuckians than they do about their reputation for supporting laughably bad candidates. Now they can add a New England bailout recipient who claims he went to MIT to their
Over a decade ago the Federation of American Scientists described the Chinese missile program as a pocket of excellence in an otherwise problematic indigenous military industry. In 2010 the Chinese military was reported to have started tests on its most ambitious missile project, the DF-21A, an anti-ship ballistic missile. In early 2013 several reports claimed that the missile had begun to be deployed in small numbers in Southern China. The DF-21A is reportedly designed to be an aircraft carrier killer aimed at deterring US aircraft-carrier battle groups from interfering in case of conflict over Taiwan and other flashpoints like the
Britain has assuaged its hunger for economic ties with China after finance minister George Osborne came away from a trip to the Asian powerhouse with a range of investment deals. From easing visa restrictions to building on recent currency cooperation and winning Beijing money for investment in British nuclear power plants, Chancellor of the Exchequer Osborne can claim to have smoothed relations with the emerging economic power. (Snip) He said: "I don´t want Britain to resent China´s success, I want us to celebrate it. I don´t want us to try to resist your economic progress, I want Britain to share
Beijing -- A senior official of the Communist Party of China (CPC) on Sunday called for enhanced study of Marxism to provide theoretical support for a great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation. Liu Yunshan, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, made the remarks at a symposium on the study and development of Marxism. The research and development of Marxism must focus on the theory of socialism with Chinese characteristics, which is the pivot of the whole work of the Party and the government, said Liu, who is also secretary of the
Asked Sunday on CNN´s "State of the Union" whether Sen. Ted Cruz would be an "attractive" presidential candidate in 2016, Sen. John McCain said he couldn´t predict the future but said the Texas Republican will be "very attractive to many" in Cruz´s conservative base. "The question is," he added, "will our party be able to field a winning presidential candidate and vice president so that we can win the election rather than – unfortunately, the record of the last couple has not been what we want it to be. "I can say that from a personal standpoint," the 2008 Republican
WASHINGTON- Will Congress violate the Constitution if it fails to increase the U.S. debt limit in a few months, and does President Obama have the power under the 14th Amendment to raise the debt limit on his own? Yes. No. Maybe. Wait a minute, we´re confused. Speaking of confused, a befuddled Congress finally approved a Senate-brokered deal last week to reopen the federal government until Jan. 15 and extend the nation´s debt limit deadline to Feb. 7. But there was no guarantee the same partisan bickering that caused the latest manufactured crisis won´t occur again. Obama himself has consistently rejected the
There must be a political strategy at work in President Barack Obama’s glitch-bedeviled healthcare.gov website and the enormous time and money it took just to get it up and running. Everything Obama connected comes with a political strategy that many don’t see until it’s too late to act. In terms of healthcare.gov, the Obama administration would call the big stall “buying time”. Those seeing clearly through the fog would call it “Obama lollygagging”. Make that Obama lollygagging up to and beyond the all-important November 4, 2014 Midterm Elections.
State news agency Sana said Syrian rebels had driven a truck laden with over a tonne of explosives into a government checkpoint on a busy road. The explosion appears to have set ablaze a nearby petrol tanker, increasing the damage and casualties. The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the al-Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front carried out the attack. "A man detonated a truck laden with explosives at a checkpoint near an agricultural vehicles company on the road linking Hama to Salamiya," the Observatory said. It said the attack had targeted government soldiers, but that most of the dead were civilians.
In an essay "Freedom of the Press" George Orwell wrote presciently about the dangers of a press too bound to prevailing orthodoxy to print anything else: "Unpopular ideas can be silenced, and inconvenient facts kept dark, without the need for any official ban. Anyone who has lived long in a foreign country will know of instances of sensational items of news -- things which on their own merits would get the big headlines -- being kept right out of the British press, not because the Government intervened but because of a general tacit agreement that "it wouldn´t do" to mention that
The Obamacare website--HealthCare.gov--has largely been dysfunctional since launching on October 1. Technology experts are now explaining why the website isn´t working, and they largely blame the site´s manufacturers. Lev Lesokin advises 250 businesses around the world on website efficiency and told CBS News that the problem with the Obamacare website is ´largely structural´. ´What we´re seeing is way more burdensome than what you would expect with a typical consumer facing e-commerce website,´ Mr Lesokin said. He says that the website is transmitting 10 times more code than necessary severely slowing things down. The Obama Administration may be partially to blame.
Several Washington Post journalist/operatives are also teaching in the Karen Tumulty School of Unselfishly Un-electing The Tea Party. In Sunday’s paper, columnist David Ignatius (formerly a Post foreign editor and assistant managing editor for business news) penned a piece titled “Disarming the RINO Hunters.” “Many Republicans have been muttering over the past few weeks of political craziness that the tea party’s hold on the GOP must be broken to protect their party’s health — not to mention the country’s,” Ignatius huffed. “So I’ve been asking people what a movement to break the extremists’ power would actually look like.” Guess who