As one of the surviving members of the staff of the Warren Commission, which investigated and issued a report on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, I am not looking forward to the coming weeks: Nov. 22 will mark the 50th anniversary of Kennedy’s death, and that means a new round of demonizing the Warren Commission and celebrating fallacious conspiracy theories. After Chief Justice Earl Warren hired me to work for the commission, he told me that “truth was our only client.” Throughout the inquiry, that phrase remained our guiding principle. The evidence that Lee Harvey Oswald killed the
On Sunday, President Obama will travel to Northern Virginia to campaign for Democrat Terry McAuliffe. The Commonwealth Attorney for Loudon County, however, notes that the appearance may be a conflict of interest, given the federal investigations surrounding McAuliffe´s business interests. "I’m amazed that President Obama will be campaigning for Mr. McAuliffe, both of whom have also been practicing attorneys," Commonwealth Attorney Jim Plowman said in an email. "It has been well publicized that Mr. McAuliffe and his business associates are currently embroiled in investigations by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
THE FIRST TIME I rode a motorcycle on a street was when I steered a 650-pound Harley-Davidson into traffic in Las Vegas. On that August morning, with sweat beading under my brand new goggles, my worst fear was stalling the engine or teetering sideways in front of the bikers who had just filled out my rental paperwork. Any concerns about tractor trailers, hairpin turns and other hazards took a back seat to the potential for injured pride. I slowly rolled back the throttle with my right hand, while carefully releasing my death grip on the clutch. With a minor lurch
Pakistan´s interior minister has said the death of Pakistani Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud has destroyed the country´s nascent peace process. "This is not just the killing of one person, it´s the death of all peace efforts," Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said. Pakistan has summoned the US ambassador to protest over Friday´s drone strike that killed Mehsud. It came a day before a Pakistani delegation had been due to fly to North Waziristan to meet Mehsud. Hakimullah Mehsud was killed a day before Pakistani officials say they were scheduled to send a three-member team to start peace negotiations with the Taliban.
"Well if we´re catching flak from both sides we must be doing something right…" [Snip] It´s not left-wing-biased: how could it possibly be when it so often gets complaints from left-wingers criticising its outrageous bias towards the right…? Actually, I can think of lots of reasons why this proves absolutely nothing. It´s a classic case of what I call the Hitler/Churchill fallacy--or, maybe more appropriately as far as the BBC is concerned the Mao/Stalin fallacy: the false idea that whenever you take two extreme positions the sensible, decent middle ground must lie at the median point between them.
DES MOINES — Senator Ted Cruz calls his colleague Rand Paul a “good friend.” The two men are the stars of the Tea Party movement, propelled to Washington by activist fervor and allied in their effort to restrain the reach of the federal government. But when Mr. Cruz went to New York City to meet with donors this summer, he privately offered a different view of Mr. Paul: The Kentucky senator can never be elected president, he told them, because he can never fully detach himself from the strident libertarianism of his father, former Representative Ron Paul of Texas. Word of Mr.
This was shaping up to be Paul Ryan´s moment. With the Republican Party reeling from a government shutdown and a near disaster over the debt limit, the chairman of the House Budget Committee was tasked with leading the GOP in a six-week bicameral budget conference. Republicans, who demanded these talks in exchange for a short-term budget resolution, were expected to pursue big-picture negotiations over America´s long-term fiscal challenges. But that´s not going to happen. Since being appointed as the Republican negotiating chief two weeks ago, Ryan has endeavored to lower public expectations for the committee, saying he hopes to pursue small, targeted
The health insurance industry already had plenty to freak out about with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Simply complying with the law is a massive undertaking, never mind the terrible HealthCare.gov debut. But the botched rollout has produced a new source of anxiety for insurers: the growing bipartisan support for delaying parts of the act’s implementation. Republicans have wanted to delay the law’s individual insurance mandate for years. They’ve voted on it in the House, and Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., is keeping the idea alive in the upper chamber. Delaying the mandate would be terrible news for insurance
The decision in 1967 to feature a harpsichord behind Linda Ronstadt on "Different Drum" wasn´t a stretch. Throughout the decade, the high-strung keyboard was enjoying a renaissance, appearing on dozens of pop hits and soundtracks—including the Beatles´ "Fixing a Hole," the Beach Boys´ "God Only Knows," "The Addams Family" TV theme and "The Odd Couple" film score. Reasons for using the fussy instrument by rock, pop and R&B producers varied. Some sought a novelty touch while others wanted to be in step with London´s colorful Edwardian fashion trend and the psychedelic scene that came with it. But the harpsichord´s ´60s
A historian said Friday that Americans often fail to recognize the meaning behind President Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address ahead of the speech’s 150th anniversary this month. Allen Guelzo, director of Civil War era studies at Gettysburg College and a renowned Lincoln scholar, said at the Heritage Foundation that Americans typically remember the address for its brevity or phrases like “four score and seven years ago” and “government of the people, by the people, for the people.” Lincoln delivered the remarks—comprising just 272 words in 10 sentences—on Nov. 19, 1863, four-and-a-half months after the pivotal battle of Gettysburg left more than 50,000 soldiers
Wendy Davis should send Rick Perry a muffin basket, because he may have handed her a winning issue in her longshot bid to succeed Perry as governor of Texas. It may be counter-intuitive that Davis, a Democratic state senator running for governor in a red state, would bring up the controversial health care reform law, but it might be a risk she needs to take. In order for Davis to defeat Attorney General Greg Abbott, her likely Republican opponent next November, political strategists say she needs to win big among two key demographics: Hispanics and white women. Among Hispanics in
Knit one, purl … eight-plus hours of live stitching? That’s what’s happening tonight on Norwegian public broadcaster NRK2 as folks around the country gather in viewing parties. The show is part of a phenomenon known as Slow TV which has increasingly captivated Norway. The overall gist of the concept, to which LMNO Productions recently acquired U.S. rights, is a hybrid of unhurried documentary coupled with hours and hours of continuous coverage provided by fixed cameras trained on a subject or an event. Prior to tonight, those have included a 7.5-hour train journey, a 134-hour coastal cruise, a stack of firewood
The glitch-ridden website used to sign up for insurance under President Barack Obama´s healthcare law will be down for "extended maintenance" overnight on Saturday, the Department of Health and Human Services said. The website has been plagued by technology problems and has not worked reliably since its launch on October 1, embarrassing the administration and providing ammunition for Republicans seeking to roll back the law known as Obamacare. The application, enrollment tools, and "data hub" will not be available from about 9 p.m. ET on Saturday (0100 Sunday GMT) until 9 a.m. ET (1400 GMT) on Sunday, a spokeswoman for
South Africa´s Foreign Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane said Friday that senior politicians are not visiting Israel at this time out of solidarity with the Palestinians. "Ministers of South Africa do not visit Israel currently. Even the Jewish Board of Deputies that we engage with here, they know why our ministers are not going to Israel," South Africa´s The Times quoted the minister as saying. Nkoana-Mashabne was speaking at a congress of South African trade unions international relations meeting, which was also addressed by a group campaigning for the release of all Palestinian political prisoners, The Times reported. "The struggle of the
Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) will campaign for Terry McAuliffe (D) in the final days of his campaign for Virginia governor. Leading into Tuesday’s election, McAuliffe — a former DNC chief himself — has led in polls throughout the race over his Republican opponent Ken Cuccinelli. Wasserman Schultz will start her trip Sunday, attending a number of field events. She will campaign until Election Day, stopping in at polling locations Tuesday. McAuliffe, who has close ties to the party, has brought in other big name surrogates to stump for him during the campaign — including President Obama,
Liberal comedian Bill Maher pressed Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz on Friday night about whether President Barack Obama had lied about people being able to keep their coverage under Obamacare, telling her the president had lost credibility. “Obama had a great, I would say, almost sterling reputation for honesty…but I just think that credibility to a certain extent, that ship has sailed,” Maher said on his HBO program “Real Time with Bill Maher.” Wasserman Schultz dismissed claims that Obama misled Americans. (Snip) “When the president and myself and every other Democrat that talked about that if you like
In the 1973 near-classic sci-fi film "Soylent Green," the year is 2022 and everything the left has always wished for has come to fruition. In this society, The Few control The Many, assisted suicide is all the rage, and The Many are reassured by their townhouse-living technocrat overlords that the bulldozers dispersing their free speech and the soylent green that feeds them is all… for the greater good. Although there were many advance warnings, now that it is too late, America is learning that under ObamaCare there are losers; millions of them -- and almost all among the working and
WASHINGTON — The Pentagon´s Early Bird, an influential daily digest of news and opinion articles about the military that began early in the Cold War, died Friday, another victim of digital news and the government´s desire to control the flow of information. "It had become too big," said Col. Steve Warren, the head of the Pentagon´s press office, who terminated the 65-year-old clip service. "It had become too powerful, and I believe it had the tendency to take a small story and purely by accident turn it into a crisis." It did that and far more. Sent out at sunrise
Richmond, Va. - Women may hold the key in Virginia´s slash-and-burn race for governor, rendering a final judgment on a campaign marked by fights over social issues. Democrats have not relented in their criticism of Republican Ken Cuccinelli´s positions on abortion, women´s reproductive health and even divorce, and it´s taken a toll, especially among female voters. Polls show Cuccinelli consistently struggling to connect with women in his race against Democratic Terry McAuliffe. Heading into Tuesday´s election, the cash-poor Cuccinelli campaign is trying to set the record straight at every stop, with the state attorney general telling allies, "The truth is
As daylight saving time ends at 2 a.m. this coming Sunday morning (Nov. 3), most Americans will join snoozers across more than 60 other nations in savoring the gift of one extra hour of sleep. Though the biannual ritual of turning clocks might feel like second nature to us today, it is actually a fairly new phenomenon that has only taken effect on a global scale within the past several decades (though many countries including Venezuela, Kenya and Saudi Arabia still don´t partake in it today).Benjamin Franklin suggested the idea back in 1784, as a way to economize on sunlight
There has been a lot of focus recently on the failure of the Obama administration’s ability to enroll Americans in the new health-care exchanges. Even the media have turned on the president, questioning why Obamacare’s exchanges were opened in the first place when the administration was fully aware of the website’s problems. After having weeks to fix the widely reported “glitches,” as the president so aptly described them, some states still can’t identify a single individual who has successfully enrolled in Obamacare. Now the White House has gone into full damage-control mode, shifting blame and pulling every excuse in the
Early Friday, a woman who said she was seeking scheduled abortion services drove up to the Whole Woman´s Health of San Antonio, only to find the main clinic shuttered. “Are they closed?” she asked a female companion in the passenger seat, a worried look on her face. She became one of an untold number of women in Texas who were stuck in limbo Friday regarding their ability to receive an abortion or related care as at least 13 clinics in the state stopped providing abortions. On Thursday night, a three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in
Republican Gov. Susana Martinez on Friday chose a member of her own party to succeed Stephen Easley, the late Democratic state representative. Martinez selected Vickie Perea of Belen for the House District 50 seat. Perea will serve out Easley´s term, which ends on Dec. 31, 2014. Easley, of El Dorado, died in August at age 60. Perea, 67, ran unsuccessfully for the state Senate in 2012. Democrat Clemente Sanchez defeated her in the general election.In appointing Perea, Martinez has narrowed the gap between Democrats and Republicans in the House of Representatives. Democrats will have a 37-33 advantage, compared to 38-32
America might have just missed out on Richard Nixon’s psychedelic rock album, according to Tevi Troy. In his new book, What Jefferson Read, Ike Watched, and Obama Tweeted: 200 Years of Popular Culture in the White House, the presidential historian and former Bush administration official writes that Grace Slick, Jefferson Airplane’s lead singer, attempted to crash a White House reception for Finch College graduates—a group that included both Slick and Nixon’s daughter, Tricia—with a plan to spike the president’s tea with LSD. Though White House security rebuffed Slick (accompanied by Abbie Hoffman), the incident nonetheless demonstrates the often-antagonistic relationship of
NEW YORK- In addition to cheering supporters, runners in this Sunday´s New York City Marathon will also be monitored by bomb-sniffing dogs, police scuba divers and surveillance helicopters to prevent an attack similar to the one at the Boston race earlier this year. The New York Police Department started planning its extra precautions a day after the deadly April 15 bombings at the Boston Marathon that killed three and injured 264, said Police Commissioner Ray Kelly. "We are well equipped and well deployed," said Kelly. Taking a lesson from Boston authorities who identified two brothers suspected of setting off the bombs
Boston — Massachusetts´ current and former governors are set to appear on NBC´s "Meet the Press" Sunday to discuss the federal health care law.Gov. Deval Patrick and former Gov. Mitt Romney are expected to paint very different portraits of the law that is President Barack Obama´s signature policy achievement.Even though Romney helped draft and then signed the 2006 Massachusetts health care law that became the blueprint for Obama´s law, the former GOP presidential nominee has argued that health care changes are best left up to states rather than the federal government.Patrick, a Democrat and a vocal supporter of Obama,