Jerusalem— Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel on Tuesday called for elections early next year instead of as scheduled in October 2013, saying that conversations with his coalition partners had proved it would be impossible to pass “a responsible budget” with deep cuts.(Snip)The balloting could be as early as Jan. 15, but many here have speculated it would be set for mid-February, which would make Mr. Netanyahu’s the first Israeli government in more than two decades to complete a four-year term. A victory around the same time that the United States is either inaugurating a new president or starting
Lawrence H. Summers, one of the top candidates to lead the Federal Reserve, was being beaten up, and his friends from his White House years wanted to help him. So earlier this month, recently departed Treasury secretary Timothy F. Geithner and other former Obama administration officials joined Summers for a private strategy call, according to people familiar with the discussion. The old colleagues compared notes on what reporters were asking about Summers, who was under a steady assault from liberals who consider him as soft on regulating banks, and mapped out how they might respond.
Liz Cheney may be helping Mike Enzi. Republican Sen. Enzi of Wyoming saw an influx of donations from colleagues and company political action committees after Cheney announced she would challenge him for renomination. Enzi, seeking a fourth six-year term, received contributions in late July from leadership PACs linked to Sens. John McCain of Arizona, Thad Cochran of Mississippi and Roy Blunt of Missouri, according to reports the PACs filed with the Federal Election Commission. Cheney, a daughter of Dick Cheney, a former vice president and Wyoming congressman, announced July 16 that she’d run for Enzi’s Senate seat in the primary
Republicans who are already announcing 2016 presidential campaigns are doing a disservice to their party, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said Tuesday. “At least on the Republican side I think it’s too early. It’s a disservice to the party and the country,” Walker said on “Fox & Friends.” “We’ve got 36 races for governor next year, 22 of them, including me, are Republican governors. You’ve got a U.S. Senate where we’ve got a very real chance to get a majority.” “You’ve got to focus on 2014.” Walker, who is rumored to be exploring a 2016 bid himself, said it’s been Republican
A man wearing just his underpants and high on drugs managed to board an empty German government jet used by Chancellor Angela Merkel. Clutching a bag full of marijuana and ecstasy pills, the 24-year-old danced on the wing of the plane, sprayed foam around and pushed buttons in the cockpit of the jet in Cologne Airport. The bodybuilder, believed to be of Turkish descent and named only as Volkan T, even released the inflatable emergency slide of the Airbus 319 on July 25. It took four hours for officials to remove the intruder from the plane.
A prominent Virginia Republican strategist announced Tuesday that he will dissolve his public relations firm in order to endorse and advise Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe. Boyd Marcus´s portfolio includes serving as chief of staff for such well-known Republicans as former Gov. Jim Gilmore and Rep. Eric Cantor, and advising the gubernatorial and Senate campaigns of George Allen and the short-lived gubernatorial campaign of current Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling. (Snip) In his endorsement of McAuliffe, Marcus called the Democrat "the clear choice for mainstream conservatives." The statement underscores a tension between the Republican establishment in Virginia and the grassroots conservatives
London — Of all the promise of the Arab Spring — for citizenship and agency in the lives of peoples long subjected to servility and humiliation — perhaps the greatest was the idea that the region could escape the paralyzing political trap that offered Western-backed dictatorship or radical Islamism as its only alternatives. (Snip) In Tahrir Square in 2011, at the time of the uprising, nothing was more uplifting than seeing Westernized Egyptian liberals and the Muslim Brotherhood make common cause in the idea of citizenship based on equal rights for all. Here, it seemed, lay the possibility — however
The Republican Party, which had already gone way out on a limb in its lack of tolerance for the slightest ideological deviation, may have dropped off it. Jim DeMint, who used to make a tidy living enforcing right-wing dogma inside Congress and now makes an even tidier living enforcing right-wing dogma outside Congress, suggested on Monday that any Republican who won’t agree to shut down the government in an attempt to scrap health care reform should be thrown out of office next November. At a “town hall” meeting on Monday hosted by Heritage Action, the political apparatus of the Heritage
Egyptian interim Prime Minister Hazem el-Beblawi does "not fear civil war" in Egypt, he told ABC News today in his first interview since taking office last month. He also warned that any decision by Washington to cut military aid to Egypt "will be a bad sign and will badly affect the military for some time." Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait have pledged billions of dollars in aid to the new Egyptian government in recent weeks and Beblawi said Egypt´s army could survive without the $1.3 billion in military aid from the United States.
A man was arrested today after he allegedly fired a gun at an Atlanta-area elementary school, sending hundreds of panicked children running out of the building for cover, officials said. No students at Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy in Decatur, Ga., were injured and all have been accounted for, Dekalb County School District spokesman Quinn Hudson told ABCNews.com. A lone white male, believed to be in his 20s and armed with an assault rifle, was arrested this afternoon soon after reports of gunfire, Hudson said. School officials could not confirm how many rounds were fired,
The White House will hold a Cabinet-level meeting to discuss cutting some of America´s $1.5 billion in aid to Egypt. White House spokesman Josh Earnest confirmed that a National Security Council principles meeting will take place Tuesday. Cabinet members such as Secretary of State John Kerry will participate. Up to now, the administration has insisted that it has taken no final decision on halting aid to Egypt since the military´s July overthrow of Mohammed Morsi´s Muslim Brotherhood-led government and an intensifying crackdown on Islamist opponents. (Snip) One official said a decision was likely on cutting some elements of U.S. economic
Jordan´s Nuclear Regulatory Commission has given the go-ahead for a first nuclear research reactor as the desert kingdom, which lacks any oil, seeks to meet its energy needs. The five-megawatt reactor will be built at the Jordan University for Sciences and Technology near the northern city of Irbid, commission chief Majad Hawwari said. (Snip) The Korean Atomic Energy Research Institute and Daewoo Engineering and Construction Co. will construct the reactor, which is scheduled to become operational in 2016, he added. "The reactor will help the commission build expertise and capabilities to prepare for constructing nuclear power plants in the future,"
Cairo - Mohamed ElBaradei, Egypt´s former vice president, will be sued in court for a "betrayal of trust" over his decision to quit the army-backed government in protest at its bloody crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood. The case, brought by an Egyptian law professor, will be heard in a Cairo court on Sept. 19, judicial sources said on Tuesday. It points to the prospect of a new wave of politically driven lawsuits being brought to court following the downfall of President Mohamed Morsi, whose supporters brought a raft of cases against opposition figures during his year in power.
Trenton — In case anyone had any doubts on where Gov. Chris Christie stands on climate change, he made his position crystal clear this afternoon: It´s real and it´s a problem. In vetoing a bill (S2946) that would have required New Jersey to stay in a regional program intended to curb greenhouse gases — a program Christie plans to leave by the end of the year — the governor said "climate change is real." He added that "human activity plays a role in these changes" and that climate change is "impacting our state." Christie´s words are his strongest to date in regards to
It’s hard to fathom how or why our administration ever thought the Muslim Brotherhood saw democracy as other than a means to an end — and a particularly repellent one at that — in the first place. It’s not as if the MB is subtle. They have proclaimed who they are since their founding by Hasan al Banna in 1928 and have not wavered in any significant way since in their global jihadist goals. They have also been unstinting in their massive misogyny, homophobia and rigid support of Shariah law über alles (quite literally über alles, since the Brotherhood were —
"So, how many black friends do you have now?" It´s a question I get asked a lot, ever since I set out five years ago to find out why I, your typical middle-class white person, had no black friends at all. I do have black friends now, actually. Several. But I rarely offer that information when asked, because to ask white people how many black friends they have is to pose the wrong question. (Snip) It helps if white people know how to be better white people.
The images of three youths police say murdered Melbourne baseballer Christopher Lane have emerged. The Oklahoma teens, who face first-degree murder charges, have been named as Chancey Luna, James Edwards and Michael Jones, News.com.au has reported. But their parents yesterday protested their innocence. Jennifer Luna, whose son is suspected of firing the fatal shot, claimed her son was at home saying: "My son is not that way. My son is a good kid." Earlier today, former deputy prime minister Tim Fischer has urged Australian tourists to boycott the US in the wake of the shooting murder of the Melbourne baseball star.
The 16-year-old girl’s once-beautiful face was grotesque. She had been disfigured beyond all recognition in the 18 months she had been held captive by the Comanche Indians. Now, she was being offered back to the Texan authorities by Indian chiefs as part of a peace negotiation. To gasps of horror from the watching crowds, the Indians presented her at the Council House in the ranching town of San Antonio in 1840, the year Queen Victoria married Prince Albert. ‘Her head, arms and face were full of bruises and sores,’ wrote one witness, Mary Maverick. ‘And her nose was actually burnt off to the bone.
During an exclusive to web interview with “This Week,” Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol said Sarah Palin — after having hastily stepped down as Alaska’s governor in 2009 – might be able to rehabilitate her political career by winning a Senate race in her home state next year. “I think the way Palin would possibly resurrect herself, if that’s the right word, or rehabilitate herself I guess a better way of putting it, [is] run for Senate in Alaska in 2014,” Kristol said. “I’m not urging that, I’m just saying if I were her adviser I would say ‘take on
When Craig Mazin first met his freshman roommate, Rafael Edward Cruz, he knew the 17-year-old Texan was not like other students at Princeton, or probably anywhere else for that matter. (Snip) By Mazin’s account and those of multiple members of Princeton’s class of 1992, the Ted Cruz who arrived as a college freshman in 1988 was nearly identical to the man who arrived in Washington as a freshman Republican senator in 2013: intelligent, confident, fixated on conservative political theory, and deeply polarizing.
Waiting to Exhale author Terry McMillan alternately uses Twitter to bash the GOP and share warm and fuzzy life tips with her followers. Today´s social media message falls squarely in the former camp. McMillan, an Obama apologist of the highest order, lashed out at former Gov. Sarah Palin, promising violence should the two women ever end up in the same place at the same time.McMillan previously compared the GOP to Hitler and called Mitt Romney a sociopath.
OKLAHOMA CITY -- An Australian man attending an Oklahoma college on a baseball scholarship was shot and killed in what police described Monday as a random act of violence by three "bored" teenagers who decided to kill someone for the fun of it. Christopher Lane, 22, of Melbourne, was found dead Friday while visiting the town of Duncan, where his girlfriend and her family live. Three boys, ages 15, 16, and 17, are in custody and face a court appearance Tuesday afternoon.Duncan Police Chief Danny Ford said Monday a woman called 911 after she saw Lane stagger across the road
The military judge presiding over the case of the Fort Hood shooter has blocked several key pieces of evidence that prosecutors said would explain the mindset of the soldier accused in the 2009 rampage. On Monday it was revealed that the judge has banned prosecutors from giving any speculation into Major Nidal Hasan’s motive in the shooting that left 13 dead and 30 others wounded, including the belief that he felt he had a ‘jihad duty’ to carry out the attack. Prosecutors had asked the judge to approve several witnesses and various evidence to support what they allege motivated Hasan
NewsBusters reported Friday that counter to claims by the liberal media, conservative talk radio host Sean Hannity fired the Cumulus network due to his concerns about how the owners are managing their stations. Data obtained by NewsBusters show that Hannity is actually right, and that in the key demographic of people aged 25 to 54, Cumulus has lost roughly 50 percent of its listeners since buying the stations in September 2011. Here are the numbers: •New York WABC down 45.3 percent • Los Angeles KABC down 61.9 percent • WLS Chicago down 47.6 percent • KGO San Francisco down 57.4 percent • WJR Detroit down 50.9 percent •
WASHINGTON — Watch out, Bo — there’s a new dog in town. The White House says the Obamas have added a second dog to the first family. Her name is Sunny, and she’s a Portuguese Water Dog — the same breed as the Obamas’ other dog, Bo. The White House says that breed works well for the Obamas because of family allergies. Sunny was born a year ago in June in Michigan and arrived at the White House Monday. She’s expected to join Bo for evening walks and the occasional Oval Office huddle with the president. The White House says