Royal Navy is preparing to sail into French waters to stop a repeat of Monday’s Battle of the Seine between British and French fishermen. A Fishery Protection Vessel is expected to go to the area, about 20 miles off Normandy, amid fears that lives could be lost in further clashes. On Monday a fleet of about 40 French fishing boats surrounded about 12 bigger British boats fishing legally in international waters outside the 12-mile limit off Le Havre. British fishermen say the French hurled insults, threw rocks and fired flares at them, with one Devon trawlerman claiming they had tried
Comments: More serious than breaking wind in your general direction, but still. Perhaps we should send Biden over there to offer a diplomatic hand.
A leaked copy of the world’s most authoritative climate study reveals scientific forecasts of imminent doom were drastically wrong. The Mail on Sunday has obtained the final draft of a report to be published later this month by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the ultimate watchdog whose massive, six-yearly ‘assessments’ are accepted by environmentalists, politicians and experts as the gospel of climate science. They are cited worldwide to justify swingeing fossil fuel taxes and subsidies for ‘renewable’ energy. Yet the leaked report makes the extraordinary concession that the world has been warming at only just over half
This is not your typical political dynasty-in-the-making: A second cousin to Barack Obama is considering a run for U.S. Senate, and he´s a fire-breathing conservative. Milton Wolf, whose mother´s cousin was also Obama´s grandmother, is a Kansas radiologist who writes columns for The Washington Times and produced videos for The Daily Caller last year. [Snip] ´They say you can´t choose your family,´ Wolf said in one Daily Caller video, ´but I say you can choose to stop your family from turning America into a second-rate, European-style social welfare state. ´The current Republican establishment has become a mere speed bump on
This week, Vladimir Putin outflanked Barack Obama on his home turf. The Russian president´s scathing op-ed in the New York Times did more than simply leave the American president looking "rudderless and outplayed at every turn", as Max Hastings wrote in the Daily Mail. What shot the piece to the top of the international conversation was its merciless inversion of a long-standing American truism: that the good guys can do no wrong. Instead, here is our American hero--the compassionate, liberal former professor of constitutional law who once opposed the war in Iraq--now on the verge of bombing a sovereign country
Syria´s chemical weapons must be destroyed or removed by mid-2014, under an agreement between the US and Russia. US Secretary of State John Kerry outlined a six-point framework under which Syria must hand over a full list of its stockpile within a week. If Syria fails to comply, the deal could be enforced by a UN resolution backed by the threat of sanctions or military force. [Snip] In a joint news conference with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Mr Kerry called on the Assad government to live up to its public commitments. "There can be no room for games. Or anything less than
WASHINGTON--Labor leaders took their turn visiting the White House on Friday to talk about what can and should be done for bankrupt Detroit, while also cautioning the Obama administration that the financial problems experienced in southeast Michigan may soon be felt in many other metropolitan areas across the U.S. Calling for a plan that would not only address Detroit’s concerns but also serve as a playbook for future crises, the group--which included the UAW’s Bob King and others--left the hour-long meeting touting few specifics, but saying the groundwork was laid for a response that could help address Detroit’s issues by
WASHINGTON —Social Security made $1.3 billion in potentially improper disability payments to people who had jobs when they were supposed to be unable to work, congressional investigators said in a report Friday. The Government Accountability Office estimated that 36,000 workers got improper payments from December 2010 to January 2013. The numbers represent less than 1 percent of beneficiaries and less than 1 percent of disability payments made during the time frame. But GAO said the overpayments reveal weaknesses in Social Security´s procedures for policing the system. [Snip] "We are planning to do an investigation, and we will recoup any improper
The sword rests briefly on his neck as a blindfolded man kneels under a clear blue sky. Moments later, the executioner raises his right arm, slashes downwards and the prisoner is dead. The whole barbaric episode is watched by a crowd of jeering men, many of them armed. And sitting on a low wall only a few feet from where the wretched captive died so violently is a line of young boys. They were still there as the dead man’s head was dumped on his body. Another child, even younger, was led by the hand past the corpse.
The US and Russia have promised to set a date for a long-awaited ´peace conference´ aimed at ending the bloodshed in Syria once and for all, Secretary of State John Kerry has revealed. [Snip] Speaking after today´s talks with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov, Mr Kerry said they planned to meet again on the fringes of the UN General Assembly in New York later this month to try and set a date for the conference. However, the vow comes as rebels claim President Assad is simply using the Russians to ´buy time´ so he can continue killing with the conventional arsenal he
The US will drop its insistence that a UN resolution on Syria must be backed by military force, officials say, after strong objections from Russia. US and Russian diplomats say the two sides are edging closer to a deal on Syria´s chemical arsenal, as talks in Geneva enter a third day. They are thrashing out the technical details of the disarmament process. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon says a UN report will "overwhelmingly" confirm that poison gas was used last month. He made no comment on who was to blame for the 21 August attack in eastern Damascus.
US rapper Kanye West has been charged with battery and attempted theft over a fight with a photographer at Los Angeles Airport in July. Paparazzo Daniel Ramos sued Mr West after the singer apparently punched him and threw his camera to the ground. Lawyers for the international music star said he had only been trying to prevent the photographer from taking his picture. If found guilty, he faces a maximum penalty of six months in prison. Prosecutors refused to press more serious felony charges because the alleged victim sustained only minor injuries. [Snip] The altercation took place on 19 July
The man most responsible for getting Barack Obama to the White House--the man who had ´crafted his ads since 2004´ and ´had cowritten his narrative´--was forced out of the president´s inner circle during the 2012 re-election campaign, a new book reveals. Obama´s two main campaign generals marginalized David Axelrod, the campaign strategist behind Obama´s 1990s rise to power from local organizer to president. White House communications director David Plouffe and re-election campaign manager Jim Messina were in open conflict with ´Axe´ throughout much of the re-election push. Axelrod, insiders said, referred to them as ´two strongmen running the Kremlin.´
Germany´s euro break-up party--Alternative für Deutschland (AfD)--has unveiled its foreign policy. It is pure Bismarck. "Germany and Europe have no interest in a further weakening of Russia," said Alexander Gauland, AfD´s foreign affairs chief. "Germany´s relations with Russia should be managed with meticulous care." What they say is no longer an academic question. The party is rising fast in the polls and may break through the 5pc barrier to take seats in the Bundestag, scrambling a close election. AfD openly evokes the "Rückversicherungsvertrag", the secret "Reinsurance Treaty" between the Kaiser´s Germany and Tsarist Russia in 1887. (As reported by Die
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) hinted that he might be serving his last term in office, admitting that he does not want to become “one of these old guys that should’ve shoved off.” McCain, a 27-year veteran of the Senate and former presidential candidate, made the admission while speaking about his relationship with President Obama. “The president and I, he´s in his last term, I´m probably in mine, the relationship we have had over the past three years is quite good,” McCain told The Wrap in an interview. “Quite good." The 77-year-old´s current term is up in 2016. When asked if this would really
Those skeptical of the degeneration of America’s royal line need look no further than Robert Kennedy Jr. His grandfather bedded Gloria Swanson. His father scored Marilyn Monroe. He mounts any rando who passes by. Like the Spanish Habsburgs or the Royal Tennenbaums, Camelot ain’t what it used to be. The diary of Robert Kennedy Jr., detailed in the New York Post this week, begins by announcing the pregnancy of his wife. By its conclusion, the 2001 journal references 37 women other than its author’s wife with whom he messed around that year. Slightly less than half of the women he physically
A perplexed Ed Schultz on Friday couldn´t fathom why Americans don´t simply "love Obama." the MSNBC anchor highlighted a new poll showing that the President only has a 45 percent approval rating. Schultz marveled, "I just cannot believe this number. Seriously." The confused host sputtered, "It amazes me that people don´t love Obama. It amazes me that the conservatives who are seeing the stock market go through the roof." [MP3 audio here. See video below.] Schultz also took time to trash Ronald Reagan, the man who won 49 states in his 1984 reelection bid. Schultz tried to convince his viewers
President Obama´s pitch for a military strike in Syria looked so politically clueless that he left supporters and foes alike scratching their heads: What was he thinking? For some, the answer was obvious. Because every conspiracy theory ever concocted about the President — from him being a secret Muslim agent sent from Kenya to take over the government to gay-sex-and-cocaine binges in the backseats of limousines — all make perfect sense if you simply accept the foundational supposition that Obama hates America. In a Wall Street Journal op-ed on Sunday, Norman Podhoretz argued that Syria showed the swift collapse of
Republican Rep. Tom Graves and 42 House cosponsors introduced a budget plan Thursday to defund Obamacare without forcing a government shutdown, placing pressure solely on the shoulders of Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Graves’ Security, Stability, and Fairness Resolution is a continuing resolution budget bill that offers a fiscal year 2014 budget that keeps the government open but does not fund Obamacare. The Obama administration has already delayed the law’s employer mandate until 2015, after the 2014 midterm elections. The “Defund Obamacare” campaign spearheaded by Republican Sen. Ted Cruz has repeatedly been accused of seeking a government shutdown if
A bill that would allow non-physicians to perform abortions in the first trimester of pregnancy is awaiting signature by Gov. Jerry Brown of California by Sep. 30. The bill, AB 154, passed both houses of the state legislature with strong support from Planned Parenthood and pro-choice groups. Planned Parenthood stands to benefit most directly from the bill, as non-physician staff at its clinics would be able to obtain abortion licenses. One doctor--who identified himself as pro-choice--told Breitbart News that "the bill is a disaster since it sends us back 100 years to the problems of the complications from
It was just a cockroach, one of millions around the world. But this one had a White House address, making it pretty special. Well, special at least to the reporters with workspace in the often-troubled basement of the press offices. Already this year, they have been treated to flooding, soaked carpet, mousetraps and the wondrous odors of mold. "It was the size of a small drone," said Martha Joynt Kumar, professor of political science at Towson University, who led the effort Wednesday to capture the bug. Kumar, who has worked out of the press offices studying the president-press relationship for
Al Qaeda terror network leader Ayman al-Zawahri sent out a message marking Sept. 11, 2001, with a call for more attacks on U.S. soil, aimed at hitting America hard in the pocketbook.The terror leader released an audio recording on Thursday, saying America’s hardly a “mythical power” and that Islamic holy warriors, or mujahedeen, can surely defeat the nation “on its own soil,” The Associated Press reported.
Sacramento - California Governor Jerry Brown said on Friday he would sign a bill authorizing the state to provide driver´s licenses to illegal immigrants, a last-minute reversal of his position. Brown said he approved of the measure, which its author had withdrawn on Thursday under the threat of a veto, capping a full day of lobbying by California politicians for immigration reform at the federal level. "This bill will enable millions of people to get to work safely and legally," Brown, a Democrat, said in an email sent to reporters shortly after midnight. "Hopefully it will send a message to
Monster shrimp, some up to the length of a man´s forearm, are invading U.S. waters. Asian tiger shrimp have spread from North Carolina to Texas along the U.S. coast, but no one seems to know how they ended up in the U.S. in the first place. They are originally natives to Indo-Pacific, Asian, and Australian waters. The shrimp may have escaped aquaculture facilities in the U.S. or Caribbean, or maybe even drifted in on ocean currents from the Caribbean or even as far away as west Africa. The shrimp first showed up in 1988, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric
President George W. Bush was mocked for saying he was the “decider.” But that is precisely what a president must be. Deciding is arguably the most important thing a president does, along with rallying others, whether in war or to support a domestic agenda, to an important national purpose. Presidents only make the hard calls, ones in which advisers are divided or uncertain. Everything else is handled a level or two below the president. If a candidate comes to office expecting a series of easy calls punctuated by a hard one now and then he’ll be disappointed — and overwhelmed. President
As her husband argues for and against war in the same speech on Syria, First Lady Michelle Obama has turned her healthy living initiative in a new direction -- toward drinking water. Not very sexy but it is very simple. She believes that if all Americans, especially children, drank a little more water every day, they would become healthier citizens, now and even at her advanced age of 49. Numerous companies like Brita, Dasani, Arrowhead, Deer Park, Ice Mountain, Zephyrhills, Ozarka and Poland Spring are joining in with logos and promotions to help out the water-drinking campaign for some reason.