Congressional Republicans will re-open two of the Obama administration´s most persistent wounds next week, refocusing public scrutiny on the State Department´s failures in Benghazi and the Internal Revenue Service´s reputation for unfairly targeting conservatives. House committees controlled by the GOP have regularly torn off the White House´s rhetorical band-aids on the IRS and Benghazi, refusing to let the administration claim the healing power of closure. The third of the mid-spring troika of scandals that beset the administration--the Justice Department´s apparent pattern of
I believe that the reason zero gave no orders to come to the aid of Americans in Benghazi, Was Because he was in the Command Post, had a melt down, was incorherent and had to be sedated. Therefore, no one present will tell the truth about the BETRAYAL and Out Right ABANDONMENT of A U. S. Ambassador and American Citizens trying to keep him and themselves alive.
An unknown number of Target Corp customers shopping over the busy Black Friday weekend had their credit card information stolen in an "extensive" breach of the U.S. retailer´s security, Dow Jones reported on Wednesday, citing people familiar with the matter. The theft may have occurred through software installed at machines customers use to swipe their cards when paying, Dow Jones cited one of the unidentified sources as saying. The Black Friday weekend after Thanksgiving is among the busiest shopping periods of the year. Target did not respond to requests for comment.
Raleigh, N.C.--Over the last seven years, thousands of children have passed through the exam rooms of Dr. Albertina Smith´s office off Capital Boulevard. [Snip] "For the past seven years, it´s been good for me," Smith said. "In fact, because I had so little capital when I started the practice, it was easy to start because Medicaid is typically very reliable when it comes to payment." When the state flipped the switch on its new Medicaid system in July, it created a big problem for Smith--about 90 percent of her payments just stopped coming. "In my mind, the beginning of July
A dying patient who was escorted out of a North Carolina hospital for being ´uncooperative´ was loaded into a taxi where he was later found dead by his mother, she has claimed. Deborah Washington has filed a lawsuit against AlliedBurton Security Services claiming their staff at Cumberland County Hospital forcibly removed her adult son even though he was dying or already dead. She claims that the guards took A´Darrin Washington, 30, from the hospital, carried him from his wheelchair to a waiting taxi, buckled him up and sent him home even though he was gravely ill. Mr Washington was found dead in the
Western nations have admitted to the Syrian opposition that they cannot remove President Bashar al-Assad from power as it would risk Islamist militants taking control of the war-torn country. Officials revealed it will likely be essential to keep Assad´s Alawite minority in any transitional administration. The message, delivered to senior members of the Syrian National Coalition at a meeting of the anti-Assad Friends of Syria alliance in London last week, was prompted by rise of al Qaeda and other militant groups. They have taken over a border crossing and arms depots near Turkey belonging to the moderate Free Syrian Army, the sources told
The BBC faced fresh criticism today for failing to spot that a botched £100million IT project had run into serious trouble. The Digital Media Initiative, which was supposed to allow staff to share and manage videos from their desks, was axed in May after MPs branded its collapse an ‘outrage’. A new report today accused the Corporation of being too slow to act and having a management system which was ‘not fit for purpose’. The report by PricewaterhouseCoopers found key controls on spending failed and the project was allowed to slip further into problems. In response Diane Coyle, Vice Chairman
Daniel Heckman, senior fixed income strategist at US Bank Wealth Management A lot of people had gone short into this meeting expecting some announcement even if they had not felt confident in voicing that. Ultimately, this will allow the yield curve to steepen a little bit more especially if we get some more encouraging economic data. The announcement is bond-market friendly in terms of the limited size of the tapering so we´re seeing some short-covering. Richard Franulovich, senior currency strategist at Westpac The forward guidance from the Fed has offset the tapering announcement. The Fed has come along and
US Secretary of State John Kerry has called a top Indian official to express his regret over the treatment of an Indian diplomat in New York arrested on suspicion of visa fraud. Devyani Khobragade, deputy consul general, was handcuffed upon arrest last week and later strip-searched. Mr Kerry spoke with India´s national security adviser, who had described the treatment as "despicable and barbaric". He said the "unfortunate" incident should not damage US-Indian relations. Ms Khobragade has denied allegations of visa fraud and making false statements, after she was accused of underpaying her Indian maid. The maid had complained the diplomat was paying her less
No. Enough of this. Middle-aged and elderly people drink more than the young, is the headline, coupled with the "More in sorrow than in anger but definitely with an urge for government action" quotation from a lobby group/charity/We-Know-What´s-Good-For-You person, in this case Elaine Hindal, chief exec of "alcohol education charity" Drinkaware (isn´t that the industry-sponsored body?): [Snip] I did not tramp about London in the rain shoving unread leaflets through disinterested letter-boxes, one small atom in the maelstrom of activity that resulted in the despatch of the New Labour terror from office, in order to continue to be lectured by charities
Prince Charles spoke out last night for Christians targeted by fanatics in the Middle East. [Snip] ‘For 20 years I have tried to build bridges between Islam and Christianity to dispel ignorance and misunderstanding,’ he told a reception for Middle East Christians at Clarence House in London. ´The point though surely is that we have now reached a crisis where bridges are rapidly being deliberately destroyed by those with a vested interest in doing so. ‘This is achieved through intimidation, false accusation and organised persecution including to the Christian communities in the Middle East.’ He said this affected Arab Christians
President Obama, Vice President Biden, and their families will skip the opening or closing ceremonies of the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, breaking with recent tradition that has seen very senior White House officials in attendance when athletes from around the world arrive for competition. The move will be seen as a snub of Russian President Vladimir Putin, since the last four Olympics saw far more senior administration officials in attendance. And adding to the in-your-face decision, the U.S. will include an openly gay athlete, Billie Jean King, among its luminaries when the Sochi games open--in defiance of Russia´s
Nearly 5 million poor, uninsured adults will have no subsidized coverage options under the Affordable Care Act next year. Three-quarters of them live in the South and more than half are minorities, according a new report by the nonprofit Kaiser Family Foundation. In South Carolina, 104,000 white adults and 83,000 black adults with very low incomes will not qualify for Medicaid or a subsidy to help pay for health insurance next year. South Carolina, like most other Southern states led by Republican governors, is not expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. These residents who fall below 100 percent of
Michelle Obama has let Santa´s list slip as she revealed what she will be getting the President for Christmas. The First Lady said that she will be getting Barack some gym clothes as his big present this year. ´He said that’s what he wanted,´ she said at a reading of Twas The Night Before Christmas at a children´s hospital in D.C. on Monday. She was the first to catch on to how her revelation may be connected to her ongoing fitness campaign to fight obesity and increase exercise. ´I’m not forcing my husband to work out,´ she said.
President Barack Obama sent Russia a clear message about its treatment of gays and lesbians with who he is — and isn’t — sending to represent the United States at the Sochi Olympics. Billie Jean King will be one of two openly gay athletes in the U.S. delegation for the opening and closing ceremonies, Obama announced Tuesday. For the first time since 2000, however, the U.S. will not send a president, former president, first lady or vice president to the Games. Russia has come under fierce criticism for passing national laws banning “gay propaganda.” Though the White House did not specifically address
The gay and lesbian rights group GLAAD is slamming ´Duck Dynasty´ patriarch Phil Robertson for comments he made about homosexuality to GQ magazine, and challenging the show´s network, A&E, to take action against its most popular star. In a wide-ranging interview, Robertson shared his thoughts on homosexuality and religion. After stating in very graphic terms his preference for heterosexual sex over homosexual sex, Robertson launched into more thoughts about homosexuality and sinning. “Everything is blurred on what’s right and what’s wrong... Sin becomes fine,” he said.
Yes, she really said it. On CNN’s Piers Morgan Live Tuesday, in a brief discussion about President Obama, Barbara Walters actually said, “We thought that he was going to be - I shouldn´t say this at Christmastime, but - the next messiah” (video follows with transcript and commentary): PIERS MORGAN, HOST: You have interviewed every president of my lifetime. Why is Obama facing so much opposition now? Why is he struggling so much to really fulfill the great flame of ambition and excitement that he was elected on originally in 2009?
Reportage of last week´s Nelson Mandela funeral reveals clearly enough that President Obama has reached the point in his tenure where everything ceases to go right -- when even the most serious and determined efforts deteriorate into a hash, or worse, a joke. This happens to everyone in public life eventually, politicians above all. The original attraction wears thin, flaws appear more prominently, styles and opinions change. There is little the individual can do to avoid this.(snip)The Mandela funeral shows that Obama is deep into this phase of his career, and has landed on his head.
Michelle Obama has once again stepped out in her $6,800 J Mendel jacket, despite fielding a backlash last time she wore the pricey garment. [Snip] But the last time she wore the embellished garment, in July 2012 at a Buckingham Palace reception in London, political commentators took issue with the fact that she had spent so much on fashion while so many in the U.S. are suffering financially. A post on the Gateway Pundit blog remarked that the design ´cost more than the average American family makes in a month ($4,284)´. ´She does this as Americans continue to suffer through a
Everyone is doing thoughtful year-end pieces on President Obama. Writers and reporters agree he’s had his worst year ever. I infer from most of their essays an unstated but broadly held sense of foreboding: There’s no particular reason to believe next year will be better, and in fact signs and indications point to continued trouble. I would add that in recent weeks I have begun to worry about the basic competency of the administration, its ability to perform the most fundamental duties of executive management. One reason I worry is that I frequently speak with people who interact with the White
London – Large tapestry portraits of President Barack Obama were unveiled for guests at the U.S. Embassy in London over the weekend. The recently-installed, large-scale tapestry portraits were created by National Medal of Arts winner and renowned American painter, photographer Chuck Close. Close created the portraits by compiling and interweaving Polaroids of the president from an hour-long photo shoot done the summer before, the Washington Post reports. The portraits are nearly 8 feet tall and more than 6 feet wide, with the final piece looking like photos but feeling like textiles. Close used one photo of Obama smiling and another
John Podesta was just named as a new senior-level adviser to President Obama last week, but he´s already ruffling Republican feathers. In a profile published late Tuesday night by Politico Magazine, Podesta is quoted comparing Republicans to the infamous cult led by Jim Jones, who was responsible for the 1978 cyanide poisoning of more than 900 of his followers in Guyana. "They need to focus on executive action given that they are facing a second term against a cult worthy of Jonestown in charge of one of the houses of Congress," said Podesta of what Obama´s White House team faces.
On Monday, Variety reported that Fox News had once again dominated all comers I the annual ratings, not merely blowing out CNN, MSNBC and HLN, but drawing more viewers than the combined averages of the three other networks. Fox News averaged 1.774 million viewers in primetime; the other three averaged a combined 1.626 million viewers in primetime. Fox finished sixth among all basic cable companies. The addition of Megyn Kelly to primetime has been a boon for Roger Ailes and company, with Kelly up 23% in total viewers in the timeslot. No wonder CNN, which is struggling to outpace Headline
The U.S. Army War College, which molds future field generals, has begun discussing whether it should remove its portraits of Confederate generals — including those of Robert E. Lee and Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson. Nestled in rural Pennsylvania on the 500-acre Carlisle Barracks, the war college is conducting an inventory of all its paintings and photographs with an eye for rehanging them in historical themes to tell a particular Army story. During the inventory, an unidentified official — not the commandant, Maj. Gen. Anthony A. Cucolo III — asked the administration why the college honors two generals who fought against the United States,
Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) took some shots at his fellow Republicans during Tuesday’s Senate debate over the proposed bipartisan budget deal put together by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA). Joining the more moderate wing of the Republican Party, McCain declared his strong support for the deal and accused any members of the GOP who plan to vote against it of lacking “intellectual integrity.” McCain said he was supporting the bill for two reasons: One, to prevent the possibility of another government shutdown, and two, to alleviate the “devastating impact of sequestration on our military.” “The American people steadfastly
Valerie Jarrett denied being a “shadow chief of staff” to President Obama on Wednesday, insisting she never talks about work during her private time with the president and first lady. “I´m not the shadow chief of staff. I have very specific responsibilities,” Jarrett, a senior adviser to the president and a longtime family friend of the Obamas, said at a Politico breakfast. [WATCH VIDEO] Jarrett said that “people sometimes presume because I am a friend of the president and first lady” that she´s able to exert influence when the Obamas retire from the office to their residence. “There is this