Proposals tabled early on Friday morning for Brussels budgets for the period 2014 to 2020 would slash the EU´s spending by £30 billion between 2014 and 2020 compared to current levels of spending. The historic cuts package tabled by Herman Van Rompuy, the EU president, after a bitter battle between the Prime Minister and François Hollande, the French President, could save the British taxpayer up to £500 million a year. A "negotiating box" was tabled at 6.30am on Friday morning and the first ever deal that reduces EU expenditure was close to agreement after Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor
Senate Democrats are back in control of debt-limit talks, with insiders claiming a deal is within reach. Majority Whip Dick Durbin said inside the U.S. Capitol Tuesday night that negotiators on both sides of the aisle were ´making good progress´ toward an agreement to dodge a debt-ceiling bullet and reopen the portions of the federal government that have been shuttered for two weeks. ´They´re still working out the details between Senators McConnell and Reid, and we´re close,´ Durbin told reporters. ´They had a basic agreement of what would be included ... all pointing in the right direction at this moment.´
The White House has rejected a proposal from House of Representatives Republicans to extend the debt limit and reopen the federal government. The White House criticised what it called an attempt to appease a small group of conservatives, but praised a parallel bipartisan Senate plan. The White House objected to the House´s proposed alterations to President Barack Obama´s "Obamacare" health law. [Snip] Both the Senate plan, outlined on Monday evening, and the House Republicans´ plan, revealed on Tuesday, would fund the government through mid-January and raise the debt ceiling until February, creating room for negotiators to agree a longer-term budget.
Residents across the state can practice their “drop, cover and hold on” moves Thursday when South Carolina takes part in the Great Southeast ShakeOut earthquake drill at 10:17 a.m. The event is part of Earthquake Awareness Week, which Gov. Nikki Haley proclaimed for the week of Oct. 13-19 in South Carolina. The Charleston Fire Department is urging people to join in. More than 238,000 people in South Carolina have registered for the Great Southeast ShakeOut. [Snip] To date, 11 earthquakes have been confirmed in South Carolina this year. Our state experiences approximately 10 to 20 earthquakes a year, according to
An investigation is underway after another dry ice bomb exploded at Los Angeles International Airport last night, this time near a plane, bringing the total up to four since Sunday. All of the bombs were found in restricted areas which are accessible to employees only, police said. On Monday at 8.30pm, an explosion went off near the gate 148 of the Tom Bradley International Terminal and after searching the area, investigators found two more similar devices. It was the second in as many days after a small blast went off in an airport bathroom which is again off-limits to passengers.
This is the extraordinary moment that Hillary Clinton´s security staff got into an argument with a traffic warden after he issued her car with a parking ticket. The Westminster City Council warden put an £80 penalty notice on the former US secretary of state’s silver Mercedes vehicle in Central London while she was attending an event at Chatham House. The row was caught on camera on Saturday by photographer Greg Brennan, who said five of her guards were waiting inside a Mercedes van next to her car at the time because it was raining. She had earlier arrived in a
The video above has gone viral, and for good reason. It´s footage of Democratic Rep. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland protesting a rules change that made it impossible for an ordinary representative to force a vote on a bill to end the shutdown. It might seem like an obscure debate about parliamentary procedure but it actually goes right to the heart of the politics of the shutdown: the House Republican leadership has done their best to turn this into an epic battle between them and the President--and, in political terms, the President is winning. Normally any representative could force a
The Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu´s warning today that the world risks making a "historic mistake" if it backs away from confronting Iran over its nuclear programme needs to be taken seriously. As the West´s pathetic handling of the recent Syrian crisis has graphically demonstrated, so long as the non-confrontational President Barack Obama remains in power at the White House, there is absolutely no prospect of the US and its allies holding their enemies to account for gross violations of international law. And with this new spirit of appeasement taking root in many of the world´s other major capitals, Mr
So much for the hot rhetoric from Beijing questioning the creditworthiness of US debt and consigning the US dollar to the dustbin of history. The latest data shows that China´s foreign reserves soared by $163bn in the third quarter to $3.66 trillion, one of the biggest jumps ever. Mark Williams and Qinwei Wang from Capital Economic called the rise "astonishing". They estimate that China´s central bank must have bought $70bn of foreign bonds last month in a frantic bid to hold down the currency. We won´t know for a while where the money went, but a big chunk must have
Stung by a recession that sapped investments and home values, but expressing widespread job satisfaction, older Americans appear to have accepted the reality that retirement now comes later in life and no longer represents a complete exit from the workforce. Some 82 percent of working Americans over 50 say it is likely they will still be working in their retirement, according to a poll released Monday by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. The survey found 47 percent of working survey respondents now expect to retire later than they previously thought and, on average, plan to call it
Somebody might be in a little trouble on the home-front. President Barack Obama took a break from sorting out the shutdown of the federal government on Monday to make sandwiches for low-income and homeless families. Nobody would argue that feeding the homeless is a noble cause. However, the president´s wife might not be too thrilled with what was on the menu. Dozens of photos were taken showing Obama smearing peanut butter and ´sticky´ jelly on what appears to be processed, white bread. Menu option number two appeared to be stacks of processed meat, also on white bread. This doesn´t exactly jibe
Kansas Republican Pat Roberts has been a member of Congress since 1981 and a Senator since 1997, but he´s never run this hard to the right before. On Friday he demanded the resignation of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, and his newly minted tea party challenger thinks he knows why. Milton Wolf, a fire-breathing conservative radiologist who´s also a second-cousin to Barack Obama, announced on Tuesday that he would run against Roberts in 2014 for the Republican nomination. Three days later, Roberts released a video message saying Sebelius ´won’t shoot straight with the American people´ in the face
US Senate leaders have expressed optimism after a flurry of negotiations on raising the federal debt ceiling to avert a potentially disastrous default. They were also nearing a deal to end a partial government shutdown, now in its third week, congressional sources said. A budget bill would also need to pass the House of Representatives. House Republicans triggered the whole political deadlock two weeks ago. The US must raise its $16.7tn (£10.5tn) borrowing limit by Thursday. As he toured a soup kitchen for the poor in Washington DC on Monday, President Barack Obama warned that "defaulting would have a potentially
Obamacare is imploding. But thanks to the government shutdown, everyone is talking about the implosion of the GOP instead. The shutdown drama has distracted from the fact that Obamacare’s debut is worse than many realize — and it threatens the fundamental viability of the law itself. The administration claims the Obamacare online exchanges crashed because the Web site got more than 8 million hits in the first week. Please. You know how many people visit Amazon.com every week? More than 70 million. The difference is: 1.) Amazon seldom crashes, and 2.) on Amazon, people actually buy something.
Every week during halftime of Sunday Night Football, Bob Costas gets to recite a personal essay about whatever hot topic strikes his fancy. This Sunday he chose the Redskins name, and spent a few minutes offering his commentary on the subject. Here is his statement in full. With Washington playing Dallas here tonight, it seems like an appropriate time to acknowledge the ongoing controversy about the name, “Redskins.” Let’s start here: there’s no reason to believe that owner Daniel Snyder, or any official or player from his team, harbors animus towards Native Americans, or chooses to disrespect them. This is
When I have described the well-considered, coherent political and economic strategies of the conservative white South, as I have done here, here and here, I am sometimes been accused of being a “conspiracy theorist.” But one need not believe that white-hooded Dragons and Wizards are secretly coordinating the actions of Southern conservative politicians from a bunker underneath Stone Mountain in Georgia to believe that a number of contemporary policies — from race-to-the-bottom economic policies to voter disfranchisement and attempts to decentralize or privatize federal social insurance entitlements — serve the interests of those who promote them, who tend to be
Ted Cruz’s “aw shucks” act is wearing thin. The Republican senator from Texas likes to pretend he is above the fray of Washington bickering, focused on large issues and too big to engage character assassination. But the reality is that Cruz is the Republican king of nasty attacks. He explodes rhetorical nuclear bombs on his opponents, only to feign outrage when his victims respond in kind, or in many cases, with relative spitballs. Take his defund Obamacare effort. The tactic to eliminate President Obama’s health care law had zero prospect of success, which Cruz undoubtedly knew despite what he sold the conservative
The American Indian leader spearheading the campaign to change the name of the Washington Redskins is not a legitimate member of the tribe he leads, according to a New York State Assemblywoman, but rather an Obama crony who is raking in casino money and paying back only small stipends to his tribe members. Oneida Nation Representative Ray Halbritter, who is also the CEO of Oneida Nation Enterprises, is not recognized in his position by the Grand Council of Chiefs governing the Six Nations Iroquois Confederacy. Halbritter is not a legitimate member of the Oneida tribe, Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney told The Daily
“I sit here all day trying to persuade people to do the things they ought to have sense enough to do without my persuading them,” Harry Truman once lamented. “That’s all the powers of the President amount to.” As usual, the plain-speaking Truman got it right: presidential power is the power to persuade. Too bad the current occupant of the White House has never learned this basic lesson. Barack Obama’s refusal to negotiate with the Republicans in Congress on the government shutdown is proof once again that he doesn’t understand
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) called on House Budget Committee chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) to work with House Speaker John Boehner to pass a grand bargain deal that would end the government shutdown, raise the debt ceiling, and protect Obamacare by not delaying or defunding it. On ABC News’ This Week, Graham said Ryan should team with Boehner to pass some kind of deal “that doesn’t delay or defund [Obamacare] but would be good government.”
The Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) system allows recipients of government food stamps to purchase goods using a digital card with a set spending limit, but for a few hours over the weekend, that limit disappeared for many users visiting Walmart stores in Louisiana. Walmart and local police in Springhill and Mansfield confirmed to CBS affiliate KSLA that officers were called into the stores to help maintain order Saturday as shoppers swept through the aisles at two stores and bought as much as they could carry. Xerox, which hosts some of the infrastructure used by the EBT card system, told
Wal-Mart (WMT) stores in Springhill and Mansfield, La., saw a stampede and a shelf-clearing rush Saturday after a computer glitch for food stamp recipients led to benefit cards allowing unlimited purchases. Police were called as entire shelves were being cleared out, until the glitch was fixed and low-income residents using the cards were no longer allowed to make purchases. Police were called as entire shelves were being cleared out, until the glitch was fixed and low-income residents using the cards were no longer allowed to make purchases.
"Do the Republican and Democratic parties do an adequate job of representing the American people, or do they do such a poor job that a third major party is required?" A record 60% of Americans now yearn for a third major party, according to Gallup. Independents, unsurprisingly, are most likely to favor a third party, but a majority of self-described Republicans say yes, too. But what do they mean by that "yes"? Obviously, they mean many different things. Some yearn for a third party representing the Michael Bloomberg center: fiscally conservative and socially liberal like the New York City mayor. But here´s
President Obama has embraced “Obamacare” as the de facto name of his signature health care initiative. But the commander-in-chief believes that if the law ends up being a wild success, the moniker will disappear. “My suspicion is what is going to happen is when it’s working and everybody is really happy with it, Republicans are going to stop calling it ‘Obamacare,’” the president said Tuesday in an interview with New York´s WABC TV station. Key parts of the law — formally known as the Affordable Care Act — went into effect at the beginning of the month, but the roll-out has been marked
A New York Times investigative article based on two dozen interviews with industry insiders and confidential Obama Administration documents reveals that the catastrophic $500 million Obamacare rollout "has deeply embarrassed the White House" and has the technology companies involved "publicly distancing themselves" from the Obamacare fiasco. "These are not glitches. The extent of the problems is pretty enormous," an insurance executive who participated in Obamacare conference calls told the Times. "At the end of our calls, people say, ´It´s awful, just awful.´" The Times says those closest to the three-and-a-half year-long building of Obamacare, like embattled Health and Human Services