In his map, A History of Residential Contruction in the USA, scientist Seth Kadish has tracked the building of houses around the country from pre-1930s to now. The maps uses shades of purple and yellow to show when the most houses were built in a given county. The map shows that vast swathes of the country´s homes in the West and Southeast were built in the 1900s, and even more in the Northeast and Midwest were built in the 1930s or before. There are only two counties in the whole country in which houses from the 1940s predominate, Anderson County,
The Syrian Electronic Army scored its latest victory tonight by taking over a campaign website for President Barack Obama. The hacking group, which is aligned with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, took down a donations site for the president´s site Organizing for Action. However, the electronic victory was small compared to previous conquests and it was short-lived. Within less than an hour after being taken down, the Obama campaign site was back up. Additionally, the hackers were able to take over only a secondary donations page. It was an older page--still on the site, but was no longer being used.
President Barack Obama personally authorised the phone tapping of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s mobile because he wanted to ´know everything´ about the world’s most powerful woman, it was claimed on Sunday. (Snip) ‘Obama did not stop the action at that time but allowed it to continue,’ said an intelligence official familiar with the NSA operation against Merkel image on Sunday. ´Obama did not stop the action but rather furthered it,´ said the Bild informant. ´The reason for the action?´ said Bild. ´Obama wanted to know exactly who this woman was.´ German handling of the eurozone crisis and its refusal to get involved
US President Barack Obama was scheduled to visit the Church of Our Lady cathedral in Dresden during a June 2009 whistle-stop visit to Germany. (Snip) On this day, at the latest, it must have dawned on diplomats that this US president was different from his predecessors. He was someone who did not attach value to diplomatic niceties nor to the sensitivities of his close friends, which he already had proven as a presidential candidate. At that time he put Chancellor Merkel in an awkward position by wanting to make a campaign speech in front of the Brandenburg Gate. This site
Six months ago, Max Baucus, the veteran Democratic senator, said that “Obamacare” – the Affordable Care Act – was a looming “train wreck”. Senior players had privately issued the same warnings in early 2012. The White House also brushed them off. “I tried to tell people at all levels there would be huge problems and they either didn’t listen or got irritated,” says a close ally of President Barack Obama, who works with large healthcare companies. “The White House was programmed to screen out bad news.”
A data center critical for allowing uninsured Americans to buy health coverage under President Barack Obama´s healthcare law went down on Sunday, the U.S. government said, in the latest problem for the "Obamacare´´ rollout. Verizon´s Terremark operates the data center behind a federal system for determining eligibility for government subsidies to buy insurance nationwide and hosts HealthCare.gov, the website that makes insurance available in 36 of the 50 states. The data center experienced a failure on Sunday that led it to lose network connectivity, Health and Human Services Department spokeswoman Joanne Peters said.
When it comes to attending an Ohio State University football game, the highlight is rarely a touchdown or sack but the moment the marching band takes the field at halftime. Nicknamed ´the best damn band in the land´, the school´s marching band has had a killer season so far, previously performing tributes to video games and Michael Jackson. The band continued their awe-inspiring season at yesterday´s game against Penn State. Scroll down for video -As always, the music was fantastic but it was the band´s marching formations that were the most impressive.
IRBIL, Iraq — Nearly two years after the U.S. troop withdrawal, Iraq is in the midst of a deepening security crisis as an al-Qaeda affiliate wages a relentless campaign of attacks, sending the death toll soaring to its highest level since 2008. In the latest violence, nine car bombs tore through markets and police checkpoints in Baghdad on Sunday, killing dozens of people. The bloody campaign has virtually erased the security gains made in the past five years. More than 5,300 Iraqis have been killed this year. Sunday’s attacks occurred just three days before Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is
Every conversation we have with any Democratic operative about the 2016 presidential race starts this way: “Well, I mean if Hillary runs .?.?.” Which, of course, is to be expected. If Hillary Rodham Clinton — the former secretary of state, former New York senator and 2008 presidential candidate — runs, then the Democratic race (and the general election, too) revolves around her. But, of late, those conversations have an interesting addendum that goes like this: “Of course, if Elizabeth Warren wanted to do it, she’d have a case to make.” Yes, she would. We’ve long believed that the freshman senator’s
Evangelical pastors, corporate leaders, elected Republican officials and small-government activists arrive in Washington next week to lobby lawmakers to revamp U.S. immigration policies before year’s end. (snip) 80 Republican members of Congress, said Ali Noorani, an organizer of the event and executive director of the National Immigration Forum. “When was the last time that you saw the conservative movement calling for something? Most of the time it’s, ’Stop this,’” Noorani said. “No Republican member really wants to do this, but they’re going to be hearing from constituents demanding that they do it, and do it this year.” The Republican-to-Republican appeal
The company that operates HealthCare.gov experienced a connectivity glitch on Sunday, another complication for an already beleaguered population of would-be health care applicants. White House officials said the company that operates the hub, Terremark, is working to resolve the issue as quickly as possible. Health and Human Services spokesman Joanne Peters said in a statement that the website is down because the company "experienced a failure in a networking component, and planned maintenance to replace it brought down network connectivity to the data center." "Our understanding is that this failure is likely impacting several other sites, in addition to HealthCare.gov and the Data
Assailants early Sunday blew up at least nine electrical power plants in one of Mexico´s largest states, triggering blackouts that gunmen then used as cover to torch gasoline stations, residents and authorities said. The attacks in Michoacan state, west of the capital, did not cause deaths or serious injuries, authorities said. But they served as a pointed reminder of the strength of drug gangs and other criminals. Shortly after midnight, attackers armed with Molotov cocktails almost simultaneously disabled electrical substations in at least nine cities and towns in Michoacan, plunging an estimated 1 million people into darkness.
The following script is from "Benghazi" which aired on Oct. 27, 2013. The correspondent is Lara Logan. Max McClellan, producer.When Chris Stevens was killed in Benghazi, Libya, on the anniversary of September 11th last year, it was only the sixth time that the United States had lost an ambassador to its enemies. The events of that night have been overshadowed by misinformation, confusion and intense partisanship. But for those who lived through it, there´s nothing confusing about what happened, and they share a sense of profound frustration because they say they saw it coming. Tonight, you will hear for the
The government assault on J.P Morgan Chase is an injustice for many reasons, but the case has now reached tragicomic heights with the bank´s agreement on Friday to pay $5.1 billion for supposedly conning Fannie Mae FNMA +13.40% and Freddie Mac. FMCC +11.89% So the government-favored mortgage giants that did as much as anyone to foment the housing bubble and bust are now presented as victims. The premise of the allegations settled on Friday is that while it may appear that Fan and Fred were recklessly gambling on the housing market for years before the crisis, they were duped by Morgan
WASHINGTON — Dick Cheney said Sunday that Republicans need to look to a new generation of leaders as the party deals with poor approval ratings following the government shutdown. The former vice president said Republicans have faced challenges before and it’s healthy for the party to work to rebuild. The GOP “got whipped” in the 2012 presidential campaign, when President Barack Obama won re-election over Mitt Romney, and the party needs to build its base of supporters and find “first-class” candidates and turn to a new generation of leaders, Cheney told ABC’s “This Week.” “It’s not the first time we have had to
60 Minutes had an absolutely devastating report on the Obama administration’s failure to protect Ambassador Chris Stevens and other Americans in Benghazi. I’ll post the video when available (update – available and added), but the heart of the report is that there were clear and unequivocal warnings which were ignored, and the Obama administration lied about these warnings after the attack. Hillary and Obama blamed a video and stood by the caskets perpetuating that lie. And remember how almost all of the media obsessed with Mitt Romney’s statement over Benghazi, and colluded to ask Romney gotcha questions while downplaying and obfuscating what really
Maybe the leaders of the European Union should have issued a communique at their summit in Brussels Friday, publicly thanking Edward Snowden for stealing U.S. secrets and thus giving them something to talk about other than their own economies. The euro zone´s unemployment rate hit a near-record 12% in August, up from 11.5% a year ago, and the trumpeted European recovery is clocking in at 0.3% after 18 months of recession. But why call too much attention to that unpleasantness when, OMG, the Americans might be eavesdropping? The latest fit of European pique comes from further Snowden disclosures about the scale of
A British security contractor said he repeatedly warned US officials that their diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, was inadequately protected before it suffered a deadly attack last year. He also described fighting off armed attackers during the al-Qaeda-linked assault, in an attempt to help rescue guards he had trained to man the gates of the compound. [Snip] He claimed that having been employed to train the unarmed guards for the mission´s entrance, he told US officials that a team of armed Libyan militiamen hired separately by the State Department to defend the mission in the event of an attack were
T RAINING TO BE a cowboy for City Slickers brought about a bizarre case of déjà vu. In 1975, my wife, Janice, and I had made our first trip to California. We knew that at some point we might move there, so it was sort of a scouting trip. One day while driving through Joshua Tree National Monument, I pulled over because I was having a strange anxiety attack. The Western landscape suddenly looked very familiar. I had the strongest feeling that I had been there before. Specifically, the feeling was that I´d once been a cowboy and had ridden this
The first Western eyewitness to the deadly Benghazi terror attacks has given an account of the seven-hour assault on the U.S. outpost in Libya and says Americans knew such an incident was inevitable. The witness -- a former British soldier who for decades helped protect U.S. diplomats and military leaders -- told CBS’ “60 Minutes” that Al Qaeda forces first attacked the U.S. Special Mission Compound in which Ambassador Christopher Stevens was killed. Then they launched a second attack on a secret CIA annex about a mile across the city. “They knew what they were doing,” the security guard told CBS. “That
‘An honest man can sell a fake diamond if he says it is a fake diamond, ain’t it?” Today’s kingpin CEO of professional wrestling, WWE owner Vince McMahon, would agree with that sentiment. But he didn’t say it. The quote belongs to 1920s wrestling promoter Jack Pfefer. Even around the turn of last century, when legitimate wrestling was vying with boxing as spectator sport, promoters knew the truth: wrestling is boring. Two guys lying on a mat, entangled for minutes at a time. Who’d pay to watch that? So they faked it. Slaps across the face that missed by inches. Melodramatic headbutts
Thousands of Californians are discovering what Obamacare will cost them — and many don´t like what they see. These middle-class consumers are staring at hefty increases on their insurance bills as the overhaul remakes the healthcare market. Their rates are rising in large part to help offset the higher costs of covering sicker, poorer people who have been shut out of the system for years. Although recent criticism of the healthcare law has focused on website glitches and early enrollment snags, experts say sharp price increases for individual policies have the greatest potential to erode public support for President Obama´s
On Saturday’s broadcast of NBC’s “Saturday Night Live,” Kate McKinnon played Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius in the show’s cold open and took on this month’s Obamacare rollout, which has been plagued by website troubles since its launch. “Hi, I’m Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of health under President Obama. Now, a lot of folks have been talking about our new health care enrollment website — how it’s been crashing and freezing and shutting down and stalling and not working and breaking and sucking,” McKinnon’s Sebelius said.
LOS ANGELES – In the heady days after the October 1 launch of the Affordable Care Act -- better known as ObamaCare -- Lady Gaga, Amy Poehler, Nina Dobrev, Rosario Dawson, Sarah Silverman, Olivia Wilde, Alicia Keys, Jennifer Hudson, Pearl Jam, Lance Bass, John Legend, Alyssa Milano and Kerry Washington joined the President to encourage Americans to #getcovered. Since then, technical glitches and website snafus have so marred the ObamaCare website that the team who built it has been called to testify before Congress (Snip)there will be no celebrities flanking them on Capitol Hill, as the stars that helped launch
Former British foreign secretary Jack Straw told a gathering in the House of Commons last week that AIPAC’s “unlimited” funding and intimidation of American politicians is one of the main barriers to peace between Israelis and Palestinians. Straw, who has been sharply critical of Israeli foreign policy, also said Germany’s “obsession” with defending Israel was another impediment to peace, according to former MK Einat Wilf. Straw was foreign secretary under prime minister Tony Blair, and he announced at the end of last week that he would not seek reelection to Parliament. His comments came during a round table discussion hosted
Washington Post columnist George Will said he wants Obamacare to fail, pointing the impossibility of controlling one-sixth of the economy with central planning after his co-panelist Juan Williams declared Republicans did not want the law to work. Williams accused Will and his other co-panelists on this weekend’s “Fox News Sunday” during the show’s online-only “Panel Plus” segment of “schadenfreude” in voicing their reactions to the failure the HealthCare.gov launch. “[Y]ou know, I just think there is a lot of schadenfreude on the panel this morning,” Williams said. “ And people, ‘Oh yeah, you know, isn’t it terrible —