Commuters on Washington, D.C.’s Metro system may finally have something to look forward to on their commutes other than broken escalators and single-tracking. By 2014, Metro plans on introducing state-of-the-art new rail cars that include LCD screens and ergonomic designs. While these new features may sound exciting, the cost is not. At over $2 million per car, Metro’s order comes to around $886 million. Why the big bucks? In part it is because of “buy American” clauses that Metro activated when it tapped into a $300 million federal matching grant for mass transit.
So it is OK for the Chinese to do this but if the US does it then it is bad? Please, this smells like someone at the heritage Foundation thought that they were goinbg to make some $$$´s are now ticket off.
George Soros, the 83-year-old billionaire investor, philanthropist and active supporter of liberal political causes, is set to marry health care and education consultant Tamiko Bolton on Saturday at his estate near New York City. Three days of festivities were to begin Friday with a dinner followed by a reception at the Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan for a preview of the new exhibition, "Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary, 1926-1938" of works by Belgian painter Rene Magritte. Soros and Bolton, 42, plan to exchange vows in a small ceremony Saturday morning at the Bedford, N.Y., estate, which Soros bought in 2003
Parents of two San Diegans killed in the attack on the U.S. Embassy in Benghazi testified at a Congressional hearing Thursday, demanding answers in their sons’ deaths. “I see these bloody fingerprints crawling down the wall of that Benghazi place and I keep asking everyone do those belong to my son,” Patricia Smith told lawmakers. The Clairemont resident lost her 34-year-old son, Information Management Officer Sean Smith in the attack on Sept. 11, 2012. “It´s been pure hell living through all this and not getting any answers,” she said. Smith has long been critical of how the Obama administration has handled the investigation into
The International Monetary Fund urged US policymakers to support major reforms at the global lender and bury political differences over the budget to ease one source of risk to the economy and markets. The IMF agreed to reform its governance structure in 2010 to give greater influence to emerging economies and make China the third-largest member. But the reform of voting rights, known as quotas, cannot proceed without approval from the US Congress. IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde said the reforms will give the global financial institution more money to prevent and resolve crises. “These ´quota´ reforms need the support of
Hillary Clinton, a likely presidential-race frontrunner, quietly slipped into Miami to address a travel agents’ convention Thursday in which the former secretary of state said little about troubles abroad or her future ambitions. When the event moderator asked what it would take for the United States to elect its first female leader, Clinton was quick with a joke. “Well, it’ll take a crazy person,” she said, drawing laughs from the crowd at the American Society of Travel Agents’ global convention “I hope we break that final glass ceiling,” she said, adding nothing about her plans. Though ostensibly not political, Clinton’s address had the makings
White House press secretary Jay Carney on Thursday said Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, had "Putin envy" after his office released a video accusing President Obama of being more willing to negotiate with the Russian leader than with the GOP on budget issues. "The video, I thought, demonstrated a little bit of Putin envy," Carney told reporters during his daily briefing. House Republicans are calling for spending cuts in exchange for raising the nation´s debt limit. The federal government will reach its borrowing capacity in mid-October. The White House on Thursday reiterated that Obama would not negotiate over an increase in the debt ceiling,
"Some activists decided to protest this US practice but it seems that they picked the wrong target," a specialized blog of the Brazilian news portal Uol said. "They hacked Nasa´s web page and left the message: Stop spying on us," it said. The hackers´ message also called on the United States not to attack Syria. A Nasa spokesman confirmed that a Brazilian hacker group last week posted a political message on a number of Nasa websites. "At no point were any of the agency´s primary websites, missions or classified systems compromised," said Nasa spokesman Allard Beutel.
The community of Russian experts responded negatively to Republican Senator John McCain´s article Russians deserve better than Putin. And that´s not because of the criticism that McCain used against the Russian President, because on this point everything was predictable: the senator is loyal to himself. But the American politician just couldn´t say anything essential in the response to the arguments of Vladimir Putin published in The New York Times. Instead, McCain once again attacked the Russian president, having accused him of rigging the elections, controlling the media and son on the so fo???. Off course, he couldn´t help but mention
America´s president has torn his land into a thousand pieces. The propaganda media machine covers Obama´s trail of blood and shows the president in a good way without a word of dissent. During his time in office there has been a boiling pot in America that began with the Tea Party in 2010 that took back the House of Representatives. The original Tea Party of 1773 protested the British government´s high taxes on the American colonies. The modern Tea Party´s success was short lived by Obama´s illegal interference. In addition, these American Christian conservatives feel their voice ignored by the
Aaron Sorkin´s HBO drama The Newsroom has often made sport of portraying the Republicans as almost monolithically fringe (lead character Will McAvoy is written as a nominal Republican in order to bash the Party at every turn), and utterly devoid of policy nuance. This is doubtless interesting to actual Republicans, or former Republicans (like this writer), who can´t seem to agree on most anything. In Sorkin´s defense, he made very apparent strides in Season Two to balance the writing at least somewhat, and then if he´s looking for a storyline for next season to balance the show even more, he need
Geopolitics: President Obama put all the U.S.´ foreign policy eggs on Latin America in a Brazilian basket, lavishing attention on the giant in a big "reset." Now that Brazil has walked out on a state visit, the U.S. has egg on its face. It´s believed to be the first time ever that a world leader has canceled a state visit to the U.S., a visit so special, so elaborate, and so intent on showing the esteem in which the U.S. holds its guest of honor that it was the only one planned for 2013. Brazil´s President Dilma Rousseff Tuesday told
A last-minute plea from President Obama couldn’t stop Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff from postponing an October state visit, after revelations that American intelligence spied on her presidential communications allegedly sent her into a rage. Reuters reports that Obama spent 20 minutes on the phone with Rousseff Monday night, apparently trying to salvage the first state visit by the up-and-coming South American nation in nearly two decades. White House press secretary Jay Carney tried to play down the cancellation on Tuesday, telling reporters that the decision was a mutual one.
Contestants compete during the swimsuit segment of the Miss Venezuela 2012 pageant in Caracas. Venezuela´s beauty culture has prompted a surge in dangerous silicone injections. Astrid de la Rosa was left bedridden for two years after her liquid silicone buttock injections migrated into her spine, paralyzing the supporting muscles. “We are trying to educate Venezuelan girls about the dangers of these procedures before they are 12 years old,” she said. “We have to get to them early, as parents tend to offer these injections as 15th birthday presents”. In Venezuela, 17 women have died in the past 12 months as a result of
Speaking at the annual Congressional Black Caucus dinner, President Obama excoriated congressional Republicans Saturday night for risking a government shutdown, and vowed to stop their efforts to defund his health-care plan. “It is time for these folks to stop governing by crisis,” Mr. Obama said at the Washington Convention Center. “Some want to shut down the government rather than provide people with health care!” Referring to Republicans’ strategy to defund Obamacare, the president said he wanted to speak “as clearly as I can.” “It’s not going to happen,” he said. The administration and congressional Republicans are on a collision course over a
In recent columns in the mainstream press, columnists have been distorting gleefully the Pope´s recent statements to make it appear he´s the liberal that will bring the Catholic Church in line with their own agenda. In actuality, Pope Francis is no more likely to approve gay marriage or homosexual activity than any other pope. If the media were less agenda-driven, they would be trying to debunk a miracle that defies explanation and which involves Pope Francis when he was a bishop in Argentina in 1996.
As the 50th anniversary of the JFK assassination approaches, so does the merchandising onslaught — books, movies, commemorative magazines. But there is one aspect of this commercialism that remains surprising: The most shameless huckster of Kennedy mythology and memorabilia is Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg. Her public image is that of the classy, quiet keeper of the Kennedy legacy, the civic-minded former lawyer who publishes books on poetry while her cousins crash into trees and kick nurses. With the bar for Kennedy comportment set so low, it’s almost impossible for Caroline not to look good. Look closer, though, and it’s clear that Caroline’s image is
On Sunday, Chris Wallace, the host of Fox News Sunday, said that Republicans in Washington were savaging Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) behind Cruz´s back before Cruz´s appearance on the program to discuss defunding Obamacare. In an appearance on Washington D.C.´s Fox 5 to preview his Sunday show, Wallace said, "I will tell you I have never in my time in Washington seen a party so upset with one of its own members." He said he had been flooded with opposition research on Cruz--from Republicans. Later on Fox News Sunday, Wallace said these "top Republicans" gave
Washington - House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi continued to offer effusive praise for Hillary Clinton, saying the former secretary of state would be one of the best-prepared incoming presidents if she decided to run in 2016. "If she does, she will win and when she becomes president, she´ll be one of the best-equipped, best-prepared people to enter the White House in a very long time," Pelosi said in an interview that aired Sunday on CNN´s "State of the Union." Noting Clinton´s experience as secretary of state, as a U.S. senator from New York and as a first lady, Pelosi said Clinton would
Mackinac Island— U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, a libertarian leader and potential presidential contender, said Saturday Republicans likely have lost the battle on repealing Obamacare and should focus on improving the president’s signature health care law. Paul struck a tone of realism Saturday — a day after the U.S. House voted for the 42nd time to derail the Affordable Care Act. The latest effort was a condition of funding federal operations past Sept. 30 or risking a government shutdown. “I’m acknowledging that we probably can’t defeat or get rid of Obamacare but by starting with our position of not funding it
Last week, Starbucks asked its American customers to please not bring their guns into the coffee shop. This is part of the company´s concern about customer safety and follows a ban in the summer on smoking within 25 feet of a coffee shop entrance and an earlier ruling about scalding hot coffee. After the celebrated Liebeck v McDonald´s case in 1994, involving a woman who suffered third-degree burns to her thighs, Starbucks complies with the Specialty Coffee Association of America´s recommendation that drinks should be served at a maximum temperature of 82C. Although it was brave of Howard Schultz, the company´s
This past week President Obama mockingly said that America is “not some banana republic.” As usual, he lied. A father in Towson, Maryland, was forcefully ejected from a local town hall forum for asking the wrong question. Robert Small had concerns over the Common Core education initiative, feeling that it was dumbing down the curriculum in his local school district. “My question is, how does lowering America’s educational standards prepare kids for community college?” asked Small, before soon being approached by a security guard — who was also an off-duty cop — and being dragged away from his seat. The
There´s every reason to believe that ObamaCare will ruin America´s fine health care system; weaken our already shaky economy; cause more people to go without health insurance and is widely unpopular. Even though most citizens seem quite uncertain of all its provisions, surveys repeatedly show that it is unpopular and grows more unpopular as the time for implementation of more of its provisions nears. And the law opens the door for -- completely foreseeable -- widespread abuse, some of which is already starting.
Billionaire investor George Soros, 83, will marry 42-year-old Tamiko Bolton today, followed by a huge party at his Caramoor Estate in Bedford, with 500 guests. We’re told the couple will say their vows in front of a select group of friends and family before they celebrate with hundreds from 4:30 p.m. onward.-SNIP-Also there will be Paul Tudor Jones II and Rep. Nancy Pelosi.
WASHINGTON— President Barack Obama on Sunday memorialized the victims of the Washington Navy Yard shooting by urging Americans not to give up on a transformation in gun laws that he argued are to blame for an epidemic of violence. "There is nothing inevitable about it — it comes about because of decisions we make or fail to make," Obama said. Reprising his role of the nation´s consoler in chief after yet another mass shooting, Obama issued a call to action on gun control measures (Snip) "Our tears are not enough," Obama told thousands gathered to mourn at the Marine Barracks.
President Obama has now addressed the seventh mass shooting of his presidency, and we certainly heard the weariness in his voice Monday as spoke about the massacre at the Washington Navy Yard: “It’s a shooting that targeted our military and civilian personnel. (Snip) As a state legislator now branded by the word “recalled,” I can identify with that weariness. Gun legislation has stalled in Congress because lawmakers fear the fate I suffered — being targeted, voted out or recalled by extremist political activists because of views on firearms safety that dare challenge the gun lobby. The recall fight that my