French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius has summoned the US ambassador over newspaper claims that the US spied on millions of phone calls in France.France has labelled such activity between allies as "unacceptable".Le Monde says the data, based on leaks from ex-intelligence analyst Edward Snowden, suggest the US NSA agency monitored businesses and officials as well as terrorism suspects.The intercepts were apparently triggered by certain key words.The paper says the National Security Agency (NSA) spied on 70.3 million phone calls in France in just 30 days between December 10 last year and January 8, 2013.
A majority of Tea Partiers support Republican candidates and comprise a large percentage of the Republican base. But many have been disappointed with the GOP and feel frustrated, as well as marginalized by the party. They feel unappreciated and used -- as if they are needed only to phone bank, precinct walk, donate, and show up at events and then, after the election, are forgotten. They feel looked down upon by the "establishment," as if they are the crazy uncle everyone tolerates at Thanksgiving dinner. Occasionally, candidates backed by Tea Party groups have not been supported by the GOP and,
Democrats are gloating that Republicans’ obsession with dismantling ObamaCare and other unreasonable negotiating tactics during recent financial talks to reopen the government have further divided their party, and that they will pay in upcoming elections. However, Republican strategists argue Democrats share the blame and problems with ObamaCare are just coming to the surface. “There is plenty of blame to go around with regards to the shutdown,” said Joe Desilets of Harden Global, a Republican consulting firm. “While Democrats think that Republicans are taking all the damage, the truth is the shutdown will be long-forgotten as the problems of ObamaCare continue to
In the eyes of some Republicans, one of the cruelest ironies of the recent government shutdown was its overshadowing of the rollout of Obamacare´s insurance exchanges - an inauspicious, glitch-ridden debut that even the law´s most ardent supporters were hard-pressed to defend. The circus that attended the shutdown prevented the public and the media from focusing more completely on the website problems that stymied thousands who tried to explore the online insurance marketplace on healthcare.gov. Stories about privacy concerns and technological glitches that might have led evening newscasts, for example, were pushed to the back-burner by the fiscal food fight.
Paris- France and Mexico have angrily demanded prompt explanations from the United States following "shocking" new spying allegations leaked by former US security contractor Edward Snowden. The reports published in French daily Le Monde and German weekly Der Spiegel reveal that the US National Security Agency secretly monitored tens of millions of phone calls in France and hacked into former Mexican President Felipe Calderon´s email account. They come on top of revelations also leaked by Snowden and published in June that the US had a vast, secret programme called PRISM to monitor Internet users. French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, on a
Right now, hard-line conservatives would clone Ted Cruz if they could. But with 2014 around the corner, they might be able to do the next best thing. "To call me the next Ted Cruz," says Chris McDaniel, who announced last week that he would challenge Thad Cochran of Mississippi, the second-most-senior Republican in the Senate. "I would certainly consider that a compliment." McDaniel, who has been serving as a state senator since 2008, is exactly the type of candidate whom establishment Republicans have been worrying about, the kind who leads moderate-to-conservative lawmakers to dig their heels in with the right
The most surprising thing about the botched launch of Obamacare’s “online insurance marketplace” is that the failure surprised anyone. From the moment, during the 2008 presidential campaign, that Barack Obama began promising to reform our medical delivery system, conservatives have repeatedly warned the public that his view of the issue was distorted by tired statist shibboleths. We pointed out that Obama’s closest friends and most influential mentors were communists and that, for him, “reform” was a euphemism for “federal take-over.” Based on these realities, we predicted that Obama’s brave new health care system would be a government-dominated, command-and-control disaster.
Gov. Chris Christie is the most remarkable political talent America has seen since Bill Clinton. If you haven’t witnessed his performance at a town hall meeting yet, make a point of it. You will come away convinced there is a sensible middle ground in America after all.Equally impressive is his skill at playing Trenton’s inside game. Faced with Democrats in solid control of the Legislature, he’s managed to split them down the middle by seducing a handful of pliant party bosses whose self-interest compelled them to hitch their wagons to his. The surprise is that his achievements have been only
In astrophysics, there is a concept called a “singularity.” Most often discussed in terms of the Big Bang or black holes, a singularity is, among other things, a point in spacetime from which no prior matter or information can escape. Because pressures and temperatures approached infinity at the moment of the Big Bang, whatever the form of the universe was prior to that can never be seen, measured, or truly known. (Snip)On Friday, in remarks reminiscent of a supercilious graduate student scolding a class of insufficiently Marxist college freshmen, President Obama spoke as if the recent congressional turmoil and government
The virus that causes people to go mad and vote Democrat has apparently spread to erstwhile conservatives. Take Ann Coulter, please. She writes: For reasons of purity, we dumped an unbeatable Republican candidate and ran a conservative activist with no electoral victories to her in name for the U.S Senate from Delaware -- a state that hasn´t voted for a Republican president in nearly two decades. For no good reason, we threw out another sure-winner incumbent Republican senator from Indiana. Driven by a "Privatize the Lighthouses" purity, we ended up with a narcissistic loon running for the U.S. Senate from
WASHINGTON- President Barack Obama is expected to acknowledge that widespread problems with his health care law´s rollout are unacceptable, as the administration scrambles to fix the glitches. Obama was scheduled to speak Monday from the Rose Garden, his first health care-focused event since the cascade of computer problems became apparent. The troublesome rollout of the health care exchanges has been a glaring embarrassment for Obama´s signature legislative achievement. White House officials say the president will discuss steps the administration is taking to address the glitches, including ramping up staffing at call centers where people can apply for insurance by phone.
Scandal: A deadly battle involving grenades between a drug cartel and Mexican police has added to the toll of lives taken with weapons trafficked by suspects that U.S. officials watched but did not stop. The same Obama administration officials responsible for letting thousands of weapons walk into Mexico and right into the hands of drug cartels in Operation Fast and Furious also passed on several opportunities to arrest and prosecute an arms smuggler who was busy supplying the cartels with hand grenades. This according to a report by Sharyl Attkisson of CBS News, the one reporter
WASHINGTON- Almost 6 million young people are neither in school nor working, according to a study released Monday. That´s almost 15 percent of those aged 16 to 24 who have neither desk nor job, according to The Opportunity Nation coalition, which wrote the report. Other studies have shown that idle young adults are missing out on a window to build skills they will need later in life or use the knowledge they acquired in college. Without those experiences, they are less likely to command higher salaries and more likely to be an economic drain on their communities. "This is not a
France and Mexico have angrily demanded prompt explanations from Washington following fresh, "shocking" spying allegations leaked by former US security contractor Edward Snowden. The reports in French daily Le Monde and German weekly Der Spiegel revealed that the National Security Agency secretly recorded tens of millions of phone calls in France and hacked into former Mexican President Felipe Calderon´s email account. French Interior Minister Manuel Valls described the revelations in Le Monde newspaper as "shocking", in an interview Monday with Europe 1 radio.
Plans B, C, and D? The New York Times reports that weeks of work–and 5 million lines of code– may be needed to get the federal Obamacare exchanges running “smoothly.” Meanwhile, columnist-of-the-hour Megan McArdle notes once again that the administration has fewer weeks to spare than many say: It’s true that “open enrollment” ends on March 31, but you will need to get a policy by February 15 to avoid the law’s penalty (1% of your income!). But McArdle pooh-poohs what seems to be one obvious Plan B fallback for the White House–namely downplaying the website and enrolling people via telephone. “[T]the
WASHINGTON—The reopening of the federal government couldn´t come soon enough for the war on stink bugs, whose reeking legions used the shutdown to solidify their grip on the nation´s capital. The brown marmorated stink bug is a costly, invasive pest currently concentrated in the vicinity of the federal government. First discovered in Allentown, Pa., in the mid-1990s, the insects advanced on the orchards, legume crops and gardens in states surrounding D.C., where they´re sucking the juice from one of the greenest capital cities in the world. The Asian species has few American predators, except for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which
“It’s up to you — no more than two.” This dystopian command was posted by staff inside an Indiana high school as a warning to students that if they grow up to have large families, they are contributing to overpopulation — a pseudoscientific hoax pushed by some liberals. The message was posted on a banner above lockers at Northview High School in Brazil, Indiana. It read in full: “Zero population growth. It’s up to you — No more than two.” The banner also has bunches of smiley faces representing tens of millions of people. The faces sit in boxes that
The Obama administration is doing all it can, short of dispatching a squad of park rangers to barricade the justices’ parking spaces, to prevent the Supreme Court from reviewing the National Security Agency’s domestic spying enterprise. The administration’s lawyers insist that lower courts can deal with the spy program, since the issue is too new to bother the high court with it. This is an argument too clever by half, since the administration further argues that lower courts have no jurisdiction in the first place. At issue is the government collusion with telephone companies in gathering the “metadata” for every telephone
French photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand is the founder of the world´s first press photography agency specializing in aerial photography, Altitude Agency. Arthus-Bertrand´s photography career began when he spent three years following a pride of lions in Kenya, but it was his day-job as a hot-air balloon pilot that made him realize the beauty of viewing the world from above. His incredible photographs, taken from planes, helicopters and hot-air balloons, showcase some of the world´s most spectacular vistas. The distance from earth reveals patterns, colors and shapes that are impossible to imagine from the ground. The unique perspective gives viewers a new appreciation for the world´s
Turkey’s autocratic prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who last made international news in June when he brutally suppressed street protests against his rule, can’t understand why Obamacare has any critics. “It’s such a beautiful step, and, to tell the truth, Mr. Obama should be supported,” Erdogan said in a speech in Ankara. “There are those who say: ‘You cannot spend my earnings on others.’ Now, how is this possible?” Well, for starters, a lot of people would like to know how the federal government showered $634 million on a host of IT contractors to build HealthCare.gov, a website that has had
Heading into the tech company´s highly anticipated initial public offering, a problem with users leaving Twitter because they find it too confusing or unnecessary isn´t something the company wants to hear about. A new Reuters/Ipsos poll tried to find the rate at which people are signing up and quitting Twitter, and the results could be a turn-off for potential investors: According to a Reuters/Ipsos poll, 36 percent of 1,067 people who have joined Twitter say they do not use it, and 7 percent say they have shut their account. The online survey, conducted October 11 to 18, has a credibility interval, a
HONG KONG — General Motors now sells far more Buicks in China than in the United States, partly by playing on its history as the brand in which Dr. Sun Yat-sen, the founder of modern China, was chauffeured around. It turns out, however, that the Ford Motor Company had a chance nearly 90 years ago to become Dr. Sun’s favorite brand — and missed it. Dr. Sun, a medical doctor and revolutionary who briefly became the first president of China in 1912, wrote to Henry Ford in 1924, in an exchange of letters released in Hong Kong by Ford Motor on
He had a real name but nobody knew it. He was known universally as "Bum" Phillips and he was one of the best loved football coaches never to win a championship. Never, in fact, to play in one. His teams came close. They were one game from the Super Bowl in successive years. After the second loss, Phillips told fans of the Houston Oilers, “One year ago we knocked on the door. This year we beat on the door. Next year we’re gonna kick the sumbitch in.” Didn´t happen. And he knew what to expect having observed, famously, that “There’s
The folks in the Obama administration may be unable to run a health-care Web site, but they’re brutally determined and efficient when it comes to squashing those who oppose their policies — as Jamie Dimon is finding out. Today the JP Morgan chief executive could be putting the final touches on a deal with the Obama Justice Department that would make Don Corleone proud. For various alleged financial “crimes” involving the sale of fraudulent mortgages, the nation’s largest bank is slated to fork over $13 billion, admit some culpability and prepare for a barrage of lawsuits from Wall Street ambulance chasers. In
Disclosure: I really like the principles of universal coverage under the Affordable Care Act, and I hope it will succeed. But the disastrous rollout of HealthCare.gov represents everything that President Obama promised would be different about his administration—but isn’t. Obama promised open innovation and transparency. Yet startups and hackers are forced to take a backseat to state-run websites, a mediocre government contractor secured the lucrative deal to build the federal exchange, and both HealthCare.gov’s code and enrollment numbers are locked up by tight-lipped bureaucrats. The president’s signature bill is a cluster of authoritarianism, cronyism, and secrecy. While there have been
“You add one to the trillions place” is how we need to teach math in the Age of Obama. It happened again to our national debt on Friday, for the seventh time in just five years — we added another 1 to the trillions place, for a total national debt of about $17,075,000,000,000. Over $12,000,000,000,000 of that is held by the public, meaning that the vig on that much must be paid or else we go into default. “Public” includes China, which holds one of those trillions places, plus change. I didn’t leave out any zeroes, did I? It was a remarkable