Washington — The Supreme Court will consider eliminating the government´s most potent weapon against racial discrimination at polling places since the 1960s. The court acted three days after a diverse coalition of voters propelled President Barack Obama to a second term in the White House. With a look at affirmative action in higher education already on the agenda, the court is putting a spotlight on race by re-examining the ongoing necessity of laws and programs aimed at giving racial minorities access to major areas of American life from which they once were systematically excluded. "This is a
My father was an infantry officer in Vietnam, very early in the conflict. He left the theater in 1964, before the massive American military build-up, but could already see the writing on the wall. He remarked to me that he knew we were doomed there when the entire chain-of-command became increasingly obsessed with certain "metrics" and "measurements." It was war by statistics. [Snip] I was reminded by my dad´s story because of a ´narrative´ I heard from Romney´s high command. Friday afternoon, I took part in a conference call with conservative journalists and senior members of the
Dog walker Michael Dabbs owes his life to his faithful springer spaniel Smudge who ran for help when his owner fell into a freezing river. The 63-year-old was strolling with Smudge and his second dog Ben, also a springer spaniel, when Ben fell into the swollen river in Grays, Essex. Mr Dabbs waded in to rescue his pet but was unable to clamber back up the 8ft bank. Smudge went for help and sat on a bridge for two hours in the remote spot waiting for a passer-by. When walker Tony Paxton saw the dog looking distressed, he stopped and heard faint cries for help. Mr Paxton dialled 999 and PCs
A colleague of disgraced former CIA director David Petraeus offers some revealing details on how Paula Broadwell ‘got her claws into him.’[Snip] ‘The timing of the rumors of the administration throwing him under the bus after the election is suspect, but in the end I believe she got her claws--so to speak--in him,’ that source said. ´He had enough honor to know that a cover-up is much worse than a public admission. ‘As a result, I think he can recover and continue to be a player on the national stage, but she´s toast. Her reputation is unrecoverable, in my opinion.’ Petraeus was caught by
"Is Newsnight toast?" asked Eddie Mair last night on a special, death-by-a-thousand-self-administered-cuts edition of the BBC´s flagship news programme. Yes, I dare say it is in its present form, but that´s not really the question we should be asking. "Is the BBC toast?" Now that´s more like it. But I think I can guess the answer already. Nope. Once all this has blown over it´s going to carry on much as before. Given the BBC´s recent track record, you´d think this would be impossible. First, it has allowed a gang of predatory paedophiles--including probably its biggest-ever children´s star--to operate
Union workers at Hostess Brands’ plant in Lenexa, Kan., walked off the job yesterday, kicking off a potentially crippling strike that could force the company to liquidate. Hostess’s second-largest union, the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers & Grain Millers International Union, said workers at more plants may strike in the next few days. The Post reported exclusively yesterday that as many as eight of the 36 bakery locals were planning a strike this weekend after the bankrupt maker of Twinkies and other products imposed an 8 percent pay cut on workers. The bakers represent about 6,000
St. Petersburg, Fla. — Four days after the election, President Barack Obama can finally claim victory in Florida. The state finished counting its votes Saturday. Obama was declared the, giving him a 332 to 206 final margin in the Electoral College.Florida officials said Obama had 50 percent of the vote to Romney´s 49.1 percent, a margin of about 74,000 votes. The win gave Obama victories in eight of nine critical swing states, losing only North Carolina. In addition to Florida, he won Ohio, Iowa, New Hampshire, Wisconsin, Virginia, Colorado and Nevada.
A 19-year-old man was shot behind the ear Friday night in a church parking lot on the West Side, police said, one of at least seven people shot since about 7:40 p.m. The bullet came out of his neck and the man is still alive, police said. Police taped off the parking lot, which sits between the 2600 blocks of Adams Street and Jackson Boulevard, while detectives and evidence technicians began their investigation. People gathered at the rented-out church for a birthday party when someone shot the man. Police said the partygoers apparently didn´t see what happened. The man is a gang member from
Even by the standards of the friday afternoon news dump tradition, yesterday´s news that Gen. David Petraeus had resigned from the CIA was a stunner. The most heralded military officer of his generation fell from grace after it was revealed he´d had an affair with his biographer. The affair was discovered earlier this year soon after the FBI began monitoring his email. This raises a very serious question. Who authorized the FBI to monitor the e-mail of the Director of the CIA? The Director of the CIA is one of the central individuals responsible for America´s national security and intelligence.
President Obama’s administration was rocked by scandal yesterday after his CIA director resigned after admitting to an extramarital affair only days after Obama’s re-election, complicating the president’s newly declared war on congressional Republicans over his plan to raise taxes on the rich. CIA Director David Petraeus’ resignation came just before he was expected to testify about the attacks on the U.S. Benghazi consulate that killed four Americans. (Snip) Obama’s administration had faced scrutiny in the weeks before the election after an uprising in the Libyan city killed four Americans,
The beginning of the end came for CIA Director David Petraeus when Paula Broadwell, a younger married woman with whom he was having an affair, “or someone close to her had sought access to his email,” according to the Wall Street Journal’s description of an FBI probe. Associates of Petraeus had received “anonymous harassing emails” that were then traced to Broadwell, ABC’s Martha Raddatz reported, suggesting she may have found their names or addresses in his e-mail. The e-mail account was apparently Petraeus’s personal Gmail, not his official CIA e-mail, according to the Wall Street
Banging on pots, tens of thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of Argentina yesterday to protest against a possible third term for President Cristina Kirchner. "Yes to democracy, no to re-election" chanted the flag-waving demonstrators, who also took issue with rampant corruption and crime in the South American country. (Snip) She succeeded her husband, Nestor, who died of a heart attack in 2010. She is currently barred by the Argentine constitution from running for a third consecutive term in 2015, but her supporters in congress have been lobbying for a constitutional amendment.
Paula Broadwell lives in the historic, upscale Dilworth neighborhood of Charlotte, N.C., with her radiologist husband and two young boys. Their stately two-story brick home sits on a spacious corner lot where ancient old trees hang over the streets. The five-bedroom, four-bathroom home is listed on the tax rolls as being worth $908,000 and it is just three blocks from the city’s trendy uptown. It hardly looks like the place where a national political scandal might lead, but it is here that Broadwell, 39, may have been when she learned that Gen. David Petraeus, director of the CIA, had quit his post due to the
After 14 years in the House of Representatives, Rep. Mary Bono Mack (R-Calif.) has conceded defeat in her race against Democrat Raul Ruiz. “Today, I called Dr. Ruiz and congratulated him on his impressive victory. Dr. Ruiz will do a fine job if he is guided as well by the people of the congressional district as I was. Please give him the opportunity to succeed,” she said in a statement on her Facebook page. “After 25 years of public life in the beautiful desert, it is now time for me to start a new chapter in my life.
Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner plans to stay on in his current position at least until President Obama officially begins his second term. "Secretary Geithner has indicated that he will stay on through inauguration," White House press secretary Jay Carney said Friday. "He will obviously be a key participant in the negotiations around the so-called ´fiscal cliff´ issues, and the president very much appreciates that." Geithner previously had said he did not plan to stay on for the president´s second term, but he never gave a specific date for his departure. And with the combination of automatic spending cuts and
SURESNES, France—The French military boasts a powerful army with nuclear submarines, ballistic missiles and spy satellites. For lawmaker Jean-Pierre Decool, however, the country is neglecting one of its mightiest weapons: its flock of carrier pigeons. Glorified for their roles in World War I, pigeon squadrons have long been removed from active duty because of the introduction of more reliable, all-weather communication systems. And yet the French Defense Ministry still operates a military dovecote—Europe´s last—with 150 birds drafted into the 8th regiment for communication and transmission. The birds reside at the Mont-Valérien fortress in Suresnes, to the west of Paris.
Here´s a letter to the New York Times Magazine´s "ethicist," which was published over the summer: My wife is having an affair with a government executive. His role is to manage a project whose progress is seen worldwide as a demonstration of American leadership. (This might seem hyperbolic, but it is not an exaggeration.) I have met with him on several occasions, and he has been gracious. (I doubt if he is aware of my knowledge.) I have watched the affair intensify over the last year, and I have also benefited from his generosity.
If that was an olive branch, we´d hate to see the bludgeon. We´re referring to President Obama´s appearance on Friday in the White House East Room, his first public remarks since his re-election Tuesday. If the President wanted to send a gesture of magnanimity in victory, this wasn´t it. Though the campaign is over, the event was staged like a campaign event, complete with a multi-ethnic backdrop for the cameras, a cheering crowd and no media questions. The President said he is "open to compromise" and isn´t "wedded to every detail" of his budget proposals
Disgraced former CIA Director David Petraeus exchanged a sexually explicit email about having sex under a desk with his mistress and continued to pursue her by bombarding her with thousands of messages even after she had broken off the affair it has been revealed. The racy communications between the married four-star general and his lover, Paula Broadwell, were uncovered when the FBI began an investigation after they suspected corruption between the pair. Instead the FBI found evidence of a potentially compromising affair for America´s top intelligence official which would have been a breach of national security requirements and
In the wake of President Barack Obama´s electoral victory, gleeful Democrats believe that the impending "fiscal cliff" has Republicans trapped into finally accepting higher tax rates. But as Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell sits for an interview in his Capitol office 48 hours after the election, one thing is certain: He is in no way chastened by Tuesday´s results. If Mr. Obama wants fiscal hand-to-hand combat, he will get it. "Let me put it very clearly," says the five-term Republican senator from Kentucky. "I am not willing to raise taxes to turn off the sequester. Period."
Weekly Republican Remarks by House Speaker John Boehner: This week, I called for action by both parties on a plan to help our economy grow and create jobs, which is critical to solving our debt. It’s also critical to averting the so-called fiscal cliff, a combination of automatic spending cuts and tax rate increases that’s just weeks away from taking effect. Some have said that despite the risks, we should let our nation’s economy go off part of the fiscal cliff in January, by allowing the top two rates to rise. They believe that doing that will generate more revenue for the federal government.
From the halls of Montezuma to the shores of Tripoli, the Marine Corps has answered the nation’s call each and every time they are needed. Today, we honor the courage and sacrifice of the men and women who claim the title of United States Marine. As the famous first lines of the Marine Corps hymn suggest, the Marines have always had a worldwide mission. Their first amphibious landing occurred in 1776 with the successful capture of Fort Nassau in the Bahamas. As the spearhead of American military power, the Marine Corps has seen its growth in prestige parallel
Tuesday’s election may have put an end to the ‘Mormon Moment,’ but for people of faith (and no faith), the results revealed new chasms in the religion and politics landscape. With Romney’s defeat and same-sex marriage now legal in Washington, Maryland and Maine the social conservative movement is already in the process of surveying the damage. Faith leaders from Southern Baptist Seminary President Al Mohler to the conservative Catholics at National Catholic Register are evaluating what Mohler called “new moral landscape in America,” where the old religious norms are unpopular as public policy.
The conservative movement took it pretty good on the chin earlier this week. President Obama and his liberal allies mobilized their vote and got it out very effectively in the key states. On Tuesday night, as I went to bed, I was extremely down and out. But on Wednesday, as the sun rose, my spine stiffened and it was a brand new day. Our conservative cause has taken hits again and again, and each time we come back stronger.
Thirty-one and a half months after the Affordable Care Act was signed into law by President Obama, we finally have our answer. The President’s re-election, and the Democrats’ gains in the Senate, mean that Obamacare is here to stay. The conservative movement to repeal the law has been defeated. But we know something else: that America’s unsustainable fiscal situation means that Obamacare is destined to be the last major entitlement enacted by the United States. Indeed, Obamacare’s victory sets off a stiff competition for taxpayer dollars between Obamacare, Medicaid, and Medicare. It’s a battle that the elderly