A business owner who contracted with the Pentagon has pleaded guilty to charges he sold the military defective parts that grounded planes, and then sent sensitive information to India. In a release Thursday, federal prosecutors said Robert Luba, 47, the owner of Allied Components LLC of New Jersey, sold the government defective Indian-made “wing-pins” that eventually grounded 47 Air Force F-15 fighters while military officials inspected and repaired the aircraft. Then he sent information on a component of a nuclear-powered submarine to an associate in India, officials said. “The conduct admitted by Luba shows a callous disregard for the safety of
RUSH: Have you heard about Hillary in Buffalo getting heckled? I told you I went to dinner last week in California, some old buddies of mine, and everybody, I can´t believe the... I don´t know if it´s fear of Hillary, but people are just convinced she´s gonna run again. She´s gonna win. She can´t be beat. She just can´t be beat, it´s over, Rush, she´s gonna win, what do we got?" So she´s in Buffalo, University Buffalo, part of the University´s Distinguished Speaker series. And during her speech she was heckled. The heckler says, "Benghazi! You let them die! Benghazi!
Following yesterday’s allegation that the NSA had been spying on German Chancellor Angela Merkel, State Department Deputy Press Secretary Marie Harf was asked if the NSA had tapped President Obama’s phone. Harf seemed to find the question rather amusing, but was unable to give the reporter a definitive yes or no answer on the matter.Below is a transcript of the exchange: Q: And just one or two more. Does this development threaten the U.S.-German relationships? MS. HARF: No, not at all. I think that we value Germany as a close ally and partner on a number of issues. When there are issues, where
Washington - The White House hosted a meeting of aides to Senate committee leaders on Thursday seeking to persuade lawmakers to hold off on a package of tough new sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program, a senior Senate aide said.The White House will press for another delay on a sanctions bill that had been expected to come to a vote in the Senate Banking Committee last month but was held back after appeals from President Barack Obama´s administration to let negotiations on Iran´s nuclear program get under way.The aide said Republicans would resist further delay, but that the decision
A new bipartisan poll finds that most Americans support creation of a special congressional committee to investigate events surrounding the Sept. 11, 2012, terrorist attacks on U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya. Among voters who were polled, 62 percent believe “it is important” for Congress to establish a singular committee to address unanswered questions about the bombing in Benghazi, Libya, that claimed four American lives, including Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, according to pollsters John McLaughlin, a Republican, and Pat Caddell, a Democrat. More than 80 percent of Republicans and 58 percent of independents also support creation of a special panel to assess
The New York Times describes a high level meeting aimed at getting to the bottom of the disastrous failure of the Obamacare website. The mystery deepened when it emerged that none of the contractors was in the slightest degree response for its non-function. (Snip) Contractors that built President Obama’s health insurance marketplace point fingers at one another and at the government, but each insists that it is not responsible for the problems that infuriated millions of Americans trying to buy insurance
The sixth most widely used website in the world is not run anything like the others in the top 10. It is not operated by a sophisticated corporation but by a leaderless collection of volunteers who generally work under pseudonyms and habitually bicker with each other. It rarely tries new things in the hope of luring visitors; in fact, it has changed little in a decade. And yet every month 10 billion pages are viewed on the English version of Wikipedia alone. When a major news event takes place, such as the Boston Marathon bombings, complex, widely sourced entries spring
There is good news and bad news regarding Healthcare.gov. The good news is that despite the systemic failure infecting much of the site, there is one essential component — the federal data hub — that is working as it was designed. The data hub links federal-agency records together to determine whether an applicant for health insurance is eligible for subsidies. The bad news is that because the data hub is the largest consolidation of personal data in our nation’s history, it will become a magnet for identity thieves. This isn’t idle speculation or fearmongering. Michael Astrue, who was commissioner of Social
Building a website in 2013 should be as easy as U-R-L, so what’s the deal with HealthCare.gov? The White House billed the Obamacare portal as the Kayak.com of health coverage — only instead of plane rides, it was selling health insurance. It was supposed to be a one-stop click and shop place to compare and buy health plans in the 36 states not running their own insurance exchanges — and for the millions who are eligible, get federal subsidies. Hundreds of millions of dollars later, it’s fundamentally broken and a frantic fix is underway. What made it so complicated? The Obama administration has done
The disputed story - first shared publicly on his campaign Facebook page by the Senate’s number two Democrat, Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois - that an unidentified senior House Republican Leader during negotiations over the debt ceiling and partial government shutdown told President Obama “I cannot even stand to look at you” made its way from the White House to the Senate via White House deputy chief of staff Rob Nabors, sources tell CNN. Nabors told the story to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., Durbin, and the two other Senate Democratic leaders, Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York and Patty
On the top of Thursday´s broadcast of his radio show, Sean Hannity revealed Erling Davis, the Obamacare operator he called early in his Monday show, got fired. Hannity quizzed her on how well the law is being received by applicants and she revealed no one liked it. Hannity had Davis on his show today and revealed he will give her a year´s salary of $26,000 and help her find a new job.
Poor Barack Obama. He’s been wronged again. This time, the Obamacare health insurance program is hung up on major computer malfunctions, adding fuel to the blazing criticism that this first giant step toward universal care is a flop. “Nobody’s madder than me,” Obama declared while trying to explain why three weeks into the enrollment period, most consumers still can’t enroll. “I think it is fair to say that no one is more frustrated by that than I am.” Wait a minute — the president’s mad? And he’s frustrated? At whom? Himself? Obamacare is his signature and singular accomplishment, the thing
Chris Hayes, host of MSNBC´s All In, has a favorite tactic--though not an original one: connecting today´s Republicans with the racist Democrats of the old South. In June, he rewrote history by casting George Wallace as a Republican--an error for which, to his credit, he later apologized. On Wednesday, he appeared to use a more subtle tactic to connect the Tea Party´s Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, and Marco Rubio to the Ku Klux Klan. In a segment on possible Tea Party contenders for the Republican Party´s nomination in the 2016 presidential race, Hayes used a graphic (above) that portrayed Cruz, Paul,
Liberal billionaire George Soros is lending his name to the “Ready for Hillary” super PAC, donating $25,000 to become a co-chair of the group’s National Finance Committee ahead of a major donor confab in New York. Soros political director Michael Vachon confirmed Soros’s involvement with the group in an emailed statement to POLITICO. “George Soros is delighted to join more than one million Americans in supporting Ready for Hillary,” Vachon said. “His support for Ready for Hillary is an extension of his long held belief in the power of grassroots organizing.” Soros, a longtime Democratic donor to help grass-roots efforts within the party,
Michelle Obama will be touting female candidates next month at an event for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC), a sign she may be helping more women run in 2014. The first lady will be in New York to address the Democratic Women’s Senate Network policy conference, The Hill has confirmed. The group, chaired by freshman Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.),is an arm of DSCC, which has several women running for the upper chamber in 2014: (Snip) Ticket prices range from $250 to $50,000, according to The New York Times,
The National Security Agency monitored the phone conversations of 35 world leaders after being given the numbers by an official in another US government department, according to a classified document provided by whistleblower Edward Snowden. The confidential memo reveals that the NSA encourages senior officials in its "customer" departments, such the White House, State and the Pentagon, to share their "Rolodexes" so the agency can add the phone numbers of leading foreign politicians to their surveillance systems. The document notes that one unnamed US official handed over 200 numbers, including those of the 35 world leaders, none of whom is
An 11-year-old Washington state boy who authorities say brought a gun and 400 rounds of ammunition to school told police he did it to defend a friend who was being bullied, according to court documents filed on Thursday. The boy appeared in court at 9 a.m. local time and was appointed public counsel, said Clark County Juvenile Court Administrator Pat Escamilla. His mother and father were present, according to minutes from the appearance. The boy brought several knives to his Vancouver, Wash., school along with the gun and ammunition, police said. Frontier Middle School, in Vancouver, Wash., was locked down
RUSH: For those of us who take as long as we can to pay our taxes, October 15th was the extension filing date for 2012, and I dutifully was in there. My accountant, who is almost afraid to be my accountant because he thinks he´s gonna get targeted, too, just ´cause his name´s on my return, he said, "Look, you may not know this, but you keep talking about these Obamacare fines if you don´t buy a policy. Do you know that under the law --" and I had to go look it up. Not that I didn´t believe him,
When Alicia Beltran was 12 weeks pregnant, she took herself to a health clinic about a mile from her home in Jackson, Wis., for a prenatal checkup. But what started as a routine visit ended with Beltran eventually handcuffed and shackled in government custody – and at the center of a first-of-its-kind federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a state’s fetal protection law. On July 2, Beltran, 28, met with a physician’s assistant at West Bend Clinic at Saint Joseph’s Hospital in West Bend, Wis., for her prenatal visit. When asked to detail her medical history, Beltran admitted a past
The St. Louis Rams lost Sam Bradford to a season-ending knee injury last weekend, and according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, decided to call up 44-year-old Brett Favre to see if he was interested in playing for them. Favre wasn’t interested. (Snip) Schefter’s report, which cites an anonymous source and leads with a reference to Tim Tebow, also included comment from a source who was familiar with the Rams’ conversations and also how Twitter works.
The Navy base in Millington, Tenn., is in lockdown after three National Guardsmen got into a fight nearby, and the argument led to gunfire. According to U.S. military officials, the men got into the altercation at the National Guard Armory in Millington and one pulled a gun. One guardsman was shot in the foot and the other in the leg, the official said. The incident did not take place on the base, the Naval Support Activity Midsouth in Millington, but at the armory, which is on Navy property. "This is not Navy related," the military official told NBC News. The
The Hamas-linked Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) announced in a press release Monday that “on Saturday, October 26, CAIR will join thousands of civil rights activists participating in the ‘Stop Watching Us’ rally against mass surveillance at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.” The ralliers will demand “that Congress provide transparency, accountability and reform of the NSA’s mass domestic surveillance that collects and stores the phone records and Internet activity of people in the United States.” Congress should indeed provide transparency, accountability and reform of the NSA’s mass domestic surveillance that collects and stores the phone records and Internet activity of
Berlin — Troubles are mounting in Europe for the Obama administration over allegations that the USA tapped phone conversations of leaders and citizens in Germany and France, and it may affect trade relations and longstanding cooperation on many matters. European Union leaders meeting for a two-day summit in Brussels are agitating for action rather than just condemnation of the United States over news reports it tapped the mobile phone of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and accessed phone records of 70 million French citizens. "We can´t simply return to business as usual," German Defense Minister Thomas de Maizière said. France´s President Francois Hollande is
Beijing – China plans to beef up security in the nation´s hospitals to stop doctors and nurses from dying in attacks by relatives of patients who sometimes become violent in their anger over the cost and quality of care. But without significant healthcare reforms to tackle the causes of conflict, some experts say the proposed measures will not improve safety. Attacks on medical staff, mostly by angry relatives, killed 7 people and injured 28 others in 2012, said the National Health and Family Planning Commission, which issued new security guidelines together with the Ministry of Public Security, China´s police force. The guidelines suggest
I´ll admit, I was drawn into this article on President Obama by Norm Ornstein´s odd assertion that Obama has enforced "stiff restrictions on lobbyists entering the administration." Nobody should write something like that without noting that the Obama administration has hired at least 100 ex-lobbyists, including a former Goldman Sachs lobbyist as chief of staff at Treasury. But the rest Ornstein´s article is very revealing (Ornstein is a scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, where I serve as a fellow). As I read the piece, Obama didn´t put much stake in experience when staffing his administration: The initial White House
A group of 100 protesters – including many topless women – recently marched the streets of Athens, Ohio chanting, "Blame the system, not the victim" and "Two, four, six, eight, stop the violence, stop the rape." Organized by an Ohio University student organization called "f*ckrapeculture," the protest was designed to bring attention to what the founders believe is a toxic culture of sexism and sexual violence infecting their campus.