A war memorial cross that once stood on a rocky hilltop in a national park before being deemed unconstitutional and ordered removed will be resurrected on Veterans Day at the stunningly stark Mojave desert site, capping a landmark case for veterans fighting similar battles on public lands. Henry Sandoz, who cared for the original 1930s cross as part of a promise to a dying World War I veteran, will rededicate a new, 7-foot steel cross on the same hilltop. The site is now in private hands as part of a land swap with the National Park Service
Charlotte, North Carolina - Paula Broadwell, a mother-of-two young children, was preparing to celebrate her 40th birthday with her husband and friends at a venue just miles from the CIA chief´s headquarters. The small group were reported to have dined at The Inn at Little Washington, an exclusive restaurant in rural Virginia not far from Washington DC, on Friday evening despite the headlines rolling across US television screens. (Snip) By 2009, just as Gen Petraeus had taken up his new role as US Central Command chief in 2009, it was clear that he and Mrs Broadwell,
Move over Chick-fil-A, fast food is getting political again. Papa John´s came under fire this week when CEO John Schnatter floated a plan to cut worker hours to reduce spiking employee health care costs under the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare. Now, Applebee´s is being boycotted after a major New York area Applebee´s franchise owner Zane Tankel threatened a hiring freeze and possible layoffs as a result of the president´s healthcare plan. Twitter immediately erupted with calls for a boycott. ´So far I´ve seen Papa John´s and Applebees threatening to fire people since their choice didn´t win the
The AP has identified 37-year-old Jill Kelley as the woman who complained about receiving emails from Paula Broadwell, leading to an FBI investigation into Broadwell´s relationship with former CIA Director David Petraeus. There´s no evidence Kelley was having an affair with Petraeus as well — just that she had received emails from Broadwell that warranted a complaint against the 40-year-old married biographer. (Snip) A 2010 society item from the Tampa Bay Times reveals Jill and her husband Scott were friendly with David and Holly Petraeus, inviting the couple to their home for Tampa Bay´s annual Gasparilla Pirate Fest.
The Associated Press has now identified the "other woman" in the Petraeus scandal. She is 37-year old Jill Kelley of Tampa Bay, Florida. Kelley is the State Department´s liaison to the military´s Joint Special Operations Command, the AP reports, citing an unnamed official. A mutual acquaintance of Kelley and Petraeus confirms that they are friends. (Snip) Google searches suggest that Jill Kelley may be married to Dr. Scott Kelley of Tampa. The couple were featured in 2007 in Tampa Bay Magazine in the photo spread below (left):
Barack Obama ushered in America’s first large-scale experiment in personality-cult politics. The experiment continues apace. Obama got reelected because he enjoys a degree of personal popularity disconnected from his record. No modern president has ever been returned to office with employment figures and right-rack-wrong-track numbers as poor as those Obama has achieved. Obama couldn’t run on his record, which proved to be no problem—Americans didn’t vote on his record. According to exit polls, 77 percent of voters said the economy is bad and only 25 percent said they’re better off than they were four years ago.
A Tribune investigation has found that nearly 32,000 Chicago students in public elementary schools — or roughly 1 in 8 — missed four weeks or more of class during the 2010-11 year, as the cash-strapped district does little to stem a devastating problem. For the Chicago Public Schools, the empty seats undermine efforts to boost achievement and cost the district millions in attendance-based funding. For children born into poverty, the flood of missed days threatens to swallow any hope for a better life. The investigation is based on internal attendance data on about 247,000 elementary-level CPS students from 2010-11,
Did you feel the earthquake? That’s the question that will be asked and answered for days to come in Letcher County after an earthquake measuring a preliminary magnitude of 4.3 on the Richter scale occurred at 12:08 p.m. on Saturday. The U.S. Geological Survey said the earthquake’s epicenter was located about 10 miles west of Whitesburg in the Blackey area. Tremors were felt by residents from Columbus, Ohio to the north and Atlanta, Georgia to the south. Residents of Nashville, Tenn., and Greensboro, N.C., also reported feeling the earth shaking.
Stop the presses! Stop the presses! The Washington Post´s Bob Woodward on The Chris Matthews Show Sunday not only called Democrat visions of balancing the budget by raising taxes on the rich a "fantasy," but he also said "there is a way to...raise more revenue and perhaps lower the rates" (video follows with transcript and commentary): BOB WOODWARD, WASHINGTON POST: But there´s a fantasy element, unfortunately, in this, about the tax increases for the wealthy. It probably is sensible, good policy. It’s theology, as you know, with the Republicans not to do it, and
Washington - A senior U.S. military official says the author who had an affair with David Petraeus sent harassing emails to a woman who was the State Department´s liaison to the military´s Joint Special Operations Command. The official says 37-year-old Jill Kelley in Tampa, Fla., received the emails from Petraeus biographer Paula Broadwell that triggered an FBI investigation. The official was not authorized to discuss the case publicly and spoke on the condition of anonymity. Another person who knows Kelley and Petraeus confirmed their friendship and said she saw him often.
Barack Obama isn’t exactly famous for his loyalty; he has a history of jettisoning people once they’ve outlived their usefulness to him. This time, it’s the gay community. On Friday, Obama told an MTV audience that he would not fight for gay marriage his second term, intoning that “it would be up to future generations of Americans to implement meaningful reform.” Here’s the kicker; realizing that some states are now endorsing gay marriage, Obama suddenly became a champion of states’ rights, asserting, “For us to try to legislate federally into this area is probably the wrong way to go.”
Hurricane Sandy’s latest victim may also be her loneliest. Cops found the body of David Maxwell in his Staten Island home on Friday after it lay undiscovered for 11 days — with his neighbors thinking he had fled before the storm. The 66-year-old lived alone with his cat — which also died — in the modest yellow, two-family house on Mapleton Avenue in Midland Beach. The home now stands in a flooded wasteland of trash, ruined furniture, mold and mildew. “It’s so horrible,” said neighbor Dorothy Matthews, 71.
Greta Van Susteren on ABC´s This Week Sunday took exception with a cheap shot at Fox News from Nation magazine´s Katrina vanden Heuvel. This came after vanden Heuvel said of former CIA director David Petraeus, "Don´t forget that over at your network at Fox, he was your candidate for a while" (video follows with transcript and commentary): GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS, HOST: It could create complications for President Obama as he puts together his national security team though. I want to put up a chart right now. We already know that Secretary of State Clinton was planning on leaving. Leon Panetta,
For Republicans struggling to understand their defeat at the polls, the most chilling statistic in this week’s presidential election was this: Mitt Romney won the biggest share of the white vote that any Republican White House contender ever has--and he still lost. In an election battle that was defined as much as anything by race, Mitt Romney won the support of 59 percent of whites, but just 27 percent of Latinos, 26 percent of Asian-Americans and 6 percent of African-Americans. Thirty years ago, being unpopular with ethnic minorities would hardly have stopped a white establishment candidate like Romney from trouncing
Last week’s presidential election left many Republicans looking for answers, having not only lost the White House, but by only by a small margin. And now that the dust has settled, it has given some the opportunity to figure out where things stand with the party, including Wall Street Journal columnist and former Reagan speechwriter Peggy Noonan. In an appearance on CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday, Noonan was asked if the Republican Party could find a way to appeal to Hispanic voters.
Washington—The top Senate Democrat on intelligence issues said Sunday she would investigate the Federal Bureau of Investigation´s handling of the inquiry into Central Intelligence Agency chief David Petraeus, including why top lawmakers weren´t informed of the investigation before it became public. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D., Calif.), the chairwoman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, said on "Fox News Sunday" that she learned of the Petreaus investigation on Friday when her staff began getting press inquiries on the matter. She said she and other committee leaders are routinely made aware of investigations involving national security prior
The driveway of biographer Paula Broadwell’s upmarket North Carolina home shows power-washed writing, which reads in a flourishing font: ‘Dad loves Mom.’ Behind the faded message, two silver cars are parked in the brick garage. A FedEx slip remains attached to the forest-green door. But none of the Broadwells appear to be home a day after Paula’s alleged affair with CIA Director David Petraeus was sensationally revealed, forcing the shamed government official to resign.The scholar, biographer, and West Point graduate who allegedly brought down former CIA director did not answer the door of her Charlotte-area home.
Nobody in human history has ever been entirely sensible and rational about the Big Five subjects, at least not for long: sex, power, children, money and God have been agitating and confusing human beings since time began.Note which comes first on the list: sex is both inescapable and inescapably confusing. America’s own peculiar forms of sex craziness were beautifully on display this week. There is the sad and very shocking news that David Petraeus has stepped down as the head of the CIA due to an adulterous affair with his biographer.
The woman at the center of the David Petraeus cheating scandal warned another woman to ´back off´ and ´stay away´ from the retired general in threatening emails uncovered by the FBI.Petraeus quit his post as director of the CIA on Friday while offering an apology over the affair, allegedly with his biographer, Paula Broadwell. His apology came as reports show that the affair blew up in Petraeus´ face after Broadwell allegedly sent the e-mails to another woman whom she accused of getting too close to him. Scroll down for video
New, unconfirmed details emerged on Saturday about how the FBI uncovered former CIA Director David Petraeus’ affair with one of his biographers, Paula Broadwell. The FBI reportedly received a complaint from a third party who claimed to have been the target of harassing emails from Broadwell. The agency’s investigation apparently broadened when it discovered that Broadwell or another individual may have attempted to access Petraeus’ email account. When the FBI looked further into the matter, according to the conservative website Newsmax, investigators found thousands of emails between the former general and Broadwell,
Congratulations, Mr. President. You scored an impressive victory in a year when the economic fundamentals were not on your side. Now you’re in the position of a Super Bowl-winning coach. You have only a few days to exult in your triumph before preparing for “next season.” Actually it’s worse than that, because in the real world there is no off-season. You have earned the mixed blessing of being in charge of the most powerful country in the world for another four years—and that means you have to deal with the most difficult issues. If it’s not too presumptuous
“Maybe I’ll get a decorating show,” said Hillary Clinton. It was a few weeks before the election. Clinton was flying back from an overnight trip to Peru, talking — without any great enthusiasm — about the topic that would begin to obsess the American political world as soon as the presidential ballots had been counted: Will Hillary run in 2016? It’s more than two months until this inauguration. But the speculation is already roaring. On Friday, Politico reported that Public Policy Polling had a new survey showing that if the Iowa caucuses were held today — there’s a terrifying thought —
With due respect to all of you hardworking political consultants and TV station owners, there´s only one reason to hold an election. That´s to determine who will shoulder the oft-onerous task of governing. Now that the election is over, President Barack Obama holds that honor. So do Springfield Democrats, particularly House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton. They wanted the job. They got the job. Now they have to produce. On the national level, one clear need is immigration reform.
Tom Kean won his first election as governor by the smallest margin in New Jersey history. He won re-election four years later by the largest margin in history. So this is a guy who knows something about politics. And now that he’s 77 years old, and the election is over, he felt free last week to administer an unvarnished scolding to the modern Republican Party. He describes a party that has lost its way, that is beholden to the wealthy, and that will keep losing elections until it recaptures the populist centrism of Abraham Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt,
Labor leaders and advocates for social services that have borne the brunt of recent state budget cuts are ripped over legislative leaders Darrell Steinberg and John Pérez´s out-the-gate pledge not to raise taxes, even though it looks like the Democrats will have supermajorities in both houses. (Snip) The African American community turned out in near-record numbers for Obama in Richmond, and polls showed most intended to vote "no" on the tax to fight obesity. Given Michelle Obama´s push for healthier food choices to reduce childhood obesity, the irony wasn´t lost on Richmond councilman and retired cardiologist