The political race many had anticipated would unfold in the 1st congressional district--the national comedian’s sister versus the once-disgraced governor angling for a comeback--is here. Former Gov. Mark Sanford won Tuesday’s GOP runoff over former Charleston County Councilman Curtis Bostic, according to unofficial results. Sanford now faces five more weeks on the campaign trail before a May 7 showdown with Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch, whose business background and moderate politics are expected to create a tight contest. Lowcountry voters haven’t elected a Democrat from the 1st District for more than three decades, but Colbert Busch already has shown
New York voters, in all their wisdom, are on the verge of electing a Left-wing extremist named Bill de Blasio. Recent polls by the firm Penn Schoen Berland show that de Blasio maintains a commanding lead, which he’s enjoyed for quite some time. What a shame. New York City is one of the most important economies in the United States, and it will certainly suffer under this man’s vague and childish populism.[Snip] Earlier this year, we learned that in his youth (described by the New York Times, of course, as “idealist”) de Blasio was an ardent supporter of the Sandinistas
You can´t afford to screw up your signature accomplishment. And yet that´s what the Obama administration seems to have done with the botched launch of HealthCare.gov. After all of the overheated debates, the midnight votes and Supreme Court skirmishes, the long-anticipated October 1 ObamaCare debut has been a rolling disaster. [Snip] But the problems seem to have stemmed from a combination of sclerotic procurement rules and civil service regulations that hamstrung the development process so much that even rank amateurs spending more than five minutes on the site now dismiss it as not ready for prime time.
It was a cheesecake date with mayoral front-runner Bill de Blasio to finish the working day in Brooklyn. So naturally President Barack Obama was looking forward to getting home to the family. Making a surprise visit to a Junior´s Restaurant, where he greeted every person in the place, Obama--who briefly lived in the New York borough in his younger days--left with two cheesecakes--one traditional and the other strawberry. And he was sure to grab some black-and-white cookies ´for his girls´. The check came to $73 and he paid with $80 cash, according to owner Alan Rosen.
´Healthcare.gov is fixable,´ a former White House official tasked with resurrecting the disastrous Obamacare website assured reporters on Friday. Jeffrey Zients, once the acting director of the Obama administration´s Office of Management and Budget, is now a management consultant. The White House brought him in this week to evaluate the website´s woes and coordinate a plan to fix it. ZIents´ team has tapped Quality Software Services Inc, or QSSI, as its systems integrator--the company responsible for overseeing the entire project. That job was previously done by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the government agency that arguably botched the
Sixty Syrians have been kidnapped and imprisoned by Al-Qaeda terrorists trying to set up a state ruled by a supreme religious and political leader across the country. Fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) have targeted a town near the Turkish border where 200 residents have already pledged loyalty to the group. The local sharia court has been taken over by ´foreigners´, schools with mixed sexes up to the age of six have been segregated and businesses intimidated. Last month, al-Qaeda seized the town of Azaz,--until recently the main centre for foreign aid delivery--from a moderate rebels,
A high-ranking official with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has declared in an interview with PBS that the age of antibiotics has come to an end. ´For a long time, there have been newspaper stories and covers of magazines that talked about "The end of antibiotics, question mark?"´ said Dr Arjun Srinivasan. ´Well, now I would say you can change the title to "The end of antibiotics, period.”´ The associate director of the CDC sat down with Frontline over the summer for a lengthy interview about the growing problem of antibacterial resistance. Srinivasan, who is also featured in
Sixteen rebels have been hanged in Iran in retaliation for the deaths of at least 14 border guards in an ambush, say Iranian news agencies. The rebels were "linked to groups hostile to the regime", the attorney general of Sistan-Baluchistan province was quoted as saying. They were hanged in prison in Zahedan, north-east of Saravan, where the border deaths took place overnight. It is not clear what link, if any, those hanged had to the border attack. One report suggests they may already have been tried and convicted, but their executions brought forward following the ambush.
Every generation is haunted by a sense of imminent catastrophe. Some part of us seems programmed to believe that, though life has been steadily getting better until now, the good times are about to end. And there are indeed intermittent reverses: wars, recessions, environmental disasters. The general trend, though, is unmistakable. We are leading longer, fuller, healthier lives than our great-grandparents would have thought possible, and wealth is trickling across the planet. Why? Because the discovery of specialisation and trade has unlocked our species´ almost limitless creativity. And, as we get richer, we take better care of our natural environment. Cheer
One reason for the botched October 1 Obamacare website rollout was a time crunch created when the White House stopped issuing guidance to contractors, insurance companies and state governments in the months before President Obama´s 2012 re-election. The result was a system doomed to fail as the administration placed the entire process ´on hold´ until after Election Day. A Republican election strategist told MailOnline that ´everybody knew´ the president was ´holding back on the more controversial stuff on his agenda during the re-elect[ion] season.´ ´The last thing he wanted was a bunch of news stories in mid-October about how big Obamacare
Britain is now on high alert for a devastating and historic storm to tear across the country in the next few days. This weekend, the UK is set to be hit with torrential downpours and motorists have been warned against any unnecessary travel. Some regions can expect intense showers to dump more than two inches of rain in a matter of hours on Sunday. But come Monday, hurricane-force winds of up to 100mph--strong enough to uproot trees, cause severe structural damage and tear down power lines--are expected to hit. [Snip] Met Office forecaster Dan Williams said two weather systems over
One in four NHS hospital trusts is failing to offer safe, good-quality care to all its patients, a damning report has shown. Out of 161 trusts in England, 44 have now been labelled as ‘high risk’, with serious concerns raised about their performance. Shockingly, a number of the hospitals now marked out as risky were classified ‘safe’ as recently as earlier this year. Some of the hospitals have been flagged up because of high death rates while others have been identified because of frequent ‘never events’ - serious incidents that should never occur in hospitals, such as amputating the wrong limb.
NHS hospitals are to be banned from fitting most metal-on-metal hip replacements after a study found unacceptably high failure rates among implants in 17,000 patients. The devices have already been subject to safety alerts, amid fears they can leak toxic metal. Surgeons are concerned that they fail far too early as joints wear away. Two common models have been taken off the market and thousands of patients fitted with the implants have been told to have annual checks, often including blood tests. New draft guides drawn up by regulators say the NHS should stop using any hip implant with a failure
Sen. John McCain’s daughter says that her father is “depressed” and “frustrated” with the impact the “hyper-conservative wing of the party” is having on national politics, including on the recent government shutdown. “We’re both frustrated with the idea that only the hyper-conservative wing of the party is going to represent the masses,” Meghan McCain said in a joint interview with ABC and Yahoo News. Ms. McCain, who has her own reality show “Raising McCain,” said the last time she can remember her father was so depressed about the state of politics was after his failed 2008 presidential bid. “He is
First Lady Michelle Obama’s Princeton classmate is a top executive at the company that earned the no-bid contract to build the failed Obamacare website. Toni Townes-Whitley, Princeton class of ’85, is senior vice president at CGI Federal, which earned the no-bid contract to build the $678 million Obamacare enrollment website at Healthcare.gov. CGI Federal is the U.S. arm of a Canadian company. Townes-Whitley and her Princeton classmate Michelle Obama are both members of the Association of Black Princeton Alumni.
Senate majority leader Harry Reid says that "Everybody" is "willing to pay more" taxes. He said so in an interview with a Nevada Public Radio host. “The only people who feel there shouldn’t be more coming in to the federal government from the rich people are the Republicans in the Congress,” Reid told the radio host, according to Roll Call. “Everybody else, including the rich people, are willing to pay more. They want to pay more.” Reid rebuked the Nevada Public Radio host when he was asked what Republicans would have to concede to get Medicare and Social Security cuts
The Healthcare.gov debacle has been thoroughly dissected so far by America´s best health journalists and policy analysts. To be sure, every major rollout of a new or changed social policy, including Medicare itself, is rough and takes weeks or months to resolve. (Snip) It is the larger failure of public administration that has been endemic in the Obama White House, and is probably the president´s most significant weakness. The first clues to this problem came during the transition in 2008. George W. Bush and his chief of staff, Josh Bolten, offered exemplary assistance to the incoming Obama team—but many of the
Just how bad was the shutdown for America´s image on the world stage? So bad, says Secretary of State John Kerry, that foreign officials joked about buying him meals. "I have seen how our allies, our partners and those who wish to challenge us or to do us harm are all sizing us up every day," Kerry said at an event hosted by Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank. "What we do in Washington matters deeply…that´s why a self-inflicted wound like the shutdown can never happen again." Kerry added that the shutdown delayed security aid to Israel. "The dysfunction and
HOUSTON, — President Obama’s legacy may include a stake in the heart of a cherished dream of the progressive left: complete government control of healthcare in America. Obama has always wanted a single-payer, government-run healthcare system, and he set out a complicated but achievable path to get to that goal through Obamacare. The eventual failure of Obamacare would set the stage for single-payer healthcare. Unfortunately for him, he designed Obamacare to fail in the wrong ways at the wrong times, making it harder, not easier to achieve his goal of completely socialized healthcare. If Obamacare dies an early and spectacular failure, it will
Shepard Smith, the endlessly endearing (and easily angered) Fox News anchor, has likened the right-wing channel to a “family,” with president Roger Ailes as its domineering father. Which makes it only slightly awkward that in early 2012, the 49-year-old anchor started courting an attractive young production assistant who worked under him on Fox Report With Shepard Smith. Now they are a couple. Gawker has learned that Smith is dating a 26-year-old Penn State grad and Fox Business producer named Giovanni “Gio” Graziano. According to multiple sources with knowledge of their relationship, the couple met sometime after Graziano started working at Fox
It took a tea-party insurrection that disabled the federal government and wrecked the Republican brand, but after months of handwringing, establishment Republicans are preparing to attack ultraconservative ideologues across red America. (Snip) "Hopefully we´ll go into eight to 10 races and beat the snot out of them," said former Rep. Steve LaTourette of Ohio, whose new political group, Defending Main Street, aims to raise $8 million to fend off tea-party challenges against more mainstream Republican incumbents. "We´re going to be very aggressive and we´re going to get in their faces." The caterwauling over the GOP brand ramped up after President Obama´s
We´re hearing for the first time from a security officer who witnessed the terrorist attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, last year. U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans were killed in the attack on the mission and a nearby annex. In an interview for "60 Minutes," correspondent Lara Logan spoke with a British citizen, who had been hired to train the Libyan guards at the U.S. mission. He calls himself Morgan Jones, a pseudonym to protect his safety.Jones says he was annoyed that the State Department wouldn´t allow his guards to carry guns. As the
McDonalds will end its 40-year, ketchup-based relationship with Heinz, the company announced on Friday, because Heinz´s new CEO, Bernardo Hees, is the former CEO of Burger King. He´s also still on Burger King´s board of directors. Now McDonalds is currently looking for a new ketchup maker to partner with once it phases Heinz out of its stores. Heinz supplies ketchup to both McDonalds (for now!) and Burger King, and to Wendy’s and Chick-fil-A. For McDonalds, at least, it seems that the new Burger King connection at Heinz was one step too far. McDonalds has taken a stand on ketchup. Except most
President Barack Obama--who oversees both the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security--said in a speech at the White House on Thursday that it does not make sense to have 11 million people in the United States “illegally.” The president said that the people "illegally" in the United States need to be given an “incentive” to stay here and become what he called “legalized citizens.” “It doesn’t make sense to have 11 million people who are in this country illegally without any incentive or any way for them to come out of the shadows, get right with the law,
You know what´s relatively easy? Fixing a website. You know what´s really hard? Ensuring access to affordable, quality health insurance for every single American and improving our broken health care system in the process. In the back-and-forth about the Obamacare exchange websites, let´s not lose sight of the ultimate goal of health care reform -- a goal that, even with the exchanges problems, we are steadily achieving. Less than 17 days into the signup period, the State of Oregon had already enrolled 56,000 people under the Medicaid expansion in Obamacare -- and reduced the state´s percentage of uninsured by 10%. In