Defense Minister Ehud Barak approved the IDF´s request on Friday evening to increase the maximum number of reservists it could enlist, seeking cabinet approval to mobilize up to 75,000 troops ahead of a possible Gaza ground operation. The Inner Cabinet, a group of nine senior ministers, met for over three hours to discuss the possibility of a ground operation into the Hamas-controlled enclave, but released no statements or indications as to what transpired during the meeting.
The Energy Department has supported A123 Systems, Inc., which produced batteries for electric vehicles, through thick and thin. The company received a $946,830 payment, part of a larger grant, on the day it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in mid-October. The company revealed the Oct. 16 payment in a letter this week to Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and John Thune (R-S.D.), who have questioned federal financing for the company. The company won approval for $249 million in grant funding in 2009 but didn’t draw the whole thing. Reuters has more here,
The legal battle surrounding the results of Rep. Allen West´s (R-Fla.) reelection bid is likely not over yet, as both he and Democrat Patrick Murphy have indicated a willingness to move forward with litigation, regardless of the official results. A judge has dismissed West´s case calling for a full recount of ballots from all eight days of early voting in St. Lucie County, a major part of Florida´s 18th District, eliminating his final legal option before the county´s vote canvassing board meets this afternoon to decide whether to engage in a full recount.
President Obama´s favorability rating has reached its highest point since 2009, according to Gallup data released Friday. In a recent tracking poll, the firm finds Obama with a 58 percent positive rating among all Americans — a three point bump from his favorability rating from a survey taken days before the election. The last time Obama´s favorability rating registered his highly was his 66 percent positive rating in July 2009. His highest positive number ever recorded by Gallup was 78 percent — just before his inauguration as president. "Obama now enjoys as positive an image in
A new White House petition wants President Obama to nationalize the "Twinkie industry," saving the popular junk food from possible extinction. "We the undersigned, hereby request Barack Obama to immediately Nationalize the Twinkie industry and prevent our nation from losing her sweet creamy center," a petition on the White House "We the People" website requests. (Snip) Hostess Brands Inc. — maker of the Twinkie, the Ding Dong and Wonder Bread — is preparing to shutter operations amid a labor strike and rising costs. Unionized workers rejected a major pay and benefit cut, sparking the latest strike.
MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Fla., is scrubbing its list of 800 civilian “friends” to head off any future embarrassments in the wake of former CIA Director David H. Petraeus‘ sex scandal. “It’s being looked at,” a defense official told The Washington Times. “It’s just the prudent thing to do to make sure everything is legal and is it appropriate.” Home to U.S. Central Command, MacDill has been thrust into the spotlight because of revelations that a Tampa socialite and the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan exchanged emails that defense officials have deemed “flirtatious” and “potentially inappropriate.”
To an immigrant such as myself (not the undocumented kind, but documented up to the hilt, alas), one of the most striking features of Election Night analysis was the lightly worn racial obsession. (Snip) This is what less-enlightened societies call tribalism: for example, in the 1980 election leading to Zimbabwe´s independence, Joshua Nkomo´s ZAPU-PF got the votes of the Ndebele people while Robert Mugabe´s ZANU-PF secured those of the Shona – and, as there were more Shona than Ndebele, Mugabe won. That same year America held an election, and Ronald Reagan won a landslide victory. Nobody talked about tribal
Newark — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says he wasn´t about to take the bait: a question dealing with that quintessential junk food, Twinkies. So when asked today at a news conference about Twinkies-maker Hostess shutting down, the target of many a fat joke begged off. The governor quipped: "I know it! You people are the worst! This is a setup! I am not answering questions on Twinkies, no, no, no, no, no, no. It´s bad that I even said the word ´Twinkie´ from behind this microphone." Christie has tried for years to lose weight and often jokes about his caloric struggles.
Reince Priebus will run for another term as chairman of the Republican National Committee, The Daily Caller has learned. Priebus made the announcement Friday afternoon in a letter emailed to the 168 members of the committee. “When I return the week after Thanksgiving, I intend to make an official announcement that I am running to continue on as your Chairman, but I wanted to let you all know first,” Priebus says in the letter, which was obtained by TheDC through a Republican source.
The helpless little lady, who depends on a man to defend her honor, her ego and her perks, was thought to have been driven out of town by the feminists. But she’s back. President Obama, who demonstrated in the election just past that he’s still the tall, dark and handsome prince of feminine fantasy, stepped up manfully to defend the honor of Susan E. Rice, the ambassador to the United Nations who eagerly joined the spinning of the enormous fib that the terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi was about a homemade video.
Rancher Kevin Kester works dawn to dusk, drives a 12-year-old pick-up truck and earns less than a typical bureaucrat in Washington D.C., yet the federal government considers him rich enough to pay the estate tax -- also known as the "death tax." And with that tax set to soar at the beginning of 2013 without some kind of intervention from Congress, farmers and ranchers like Kester are waiting anxiously. "There is no way financially my kids can pay what the IRS is going to demand from them
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — An online petition against a planned coyote hunt New Mexico has generated tens of thousands of signatures worldwide, the FBI is investigating a death threat to the gun shop owner who is sponsoring the hunt and one protester has even vowed to dress like a coyote to trick hunters into accidentally killing a human. But none of these episodes will likely stop the owner of Gunhawk Firearms from holding the planned two-day coyote contest this weekend, despite the international attention the idea has garnered. ‘‘I´m not going to back down,’’ said Mark Chavez, 50,
Former CIA Director David Petraeus stoked the controversy over the Obama administration´s handling of the Libya terror attack, testifying Friday that references to "Al Qaeda involvement" were stripped from his agency´s original talking points -- while other intelligence officials were unable to say who changed the memo, according to a top lawmaker who was briefed. Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., told Fox News that intelligence officials who testified in a closed-door hearing a day earlier, including Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and Acting CIA Director Mike Morell, said they did not know who changed the talking points.
Twinkies never looked so good or moved so fast. With the announcement that Hostess is going out of business, people are apparently stocking up on Twinkies by the armload. The liquidation doesn´t necessarily mean Hostess products will become extinct. But Hostess lovers aren´t taking any chances. A ten-count box of Twinkies has been listed on eBay for an opening bid of $200,000, with a buy-it-now for $250,000. Dozens more listings appear at more reasonable prices -- for now. Chicago-area onvenience stores are reporting that they´ve sold out of the blonde gooey pastries
WASHINGTON — An Obama administration official says a Tampa Bay socialite whose emails triggered the eventual downfall of CIA director David Petraeus visited the White House three times this year with her sister, twice eating in the Executive Mansion mess. The official says that Jill Kelley, who initiated an investigation that ultimately unveiled Petraeus’ extramarital affair, and her sister had two “courtesy” meals at the White House mess as guests of a mid-level White House aide. Kelley and her family also received a White House tour. The visits occurred during the past three months. The official spoke on condition of anonymity Headline split by staff.
A Registry of Motor Vehicles employee who police say promised illegal immigrants driver’s licenses at $2,000 a pop and claimed she could their delay deportation proceedings through an inside source at Immigration and Customs Enforcement now faces a 27-count indictment after her arrest today at the registry’s Watertown branch, authorities said. Adriana Ferreira, 48, of Brighton is expected to appear in Suffolk Superior Court today for an arraignment on a litany of charges, including bribery, corruption and fraud in connection with the alleged scheme, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office. Ferreira, who was arrested this morning
Hostess Brands Inc., whose sweet treat roster includes Twinkies, Ding Dongs and Ho Ho’s, filed a motion today in bankruptcy court seeking permission to shut down its business and sell its assets, including its iconic brands and facilities. The company, based in Irving, Texas, is moving “promptly” to lay off most of its 18,500-member workforce, which includes nearly 300 workers at 13 Hostess facilities in Massachusetts, and has suspended bakery operations at all its plants, said company CEO Gregory F. Rayburn. The company’s board of directors authorized the wind down of Hostess Brands after one of its largest unions,
Lambertville — Climate change and global warming may be affecting our public water supply. United Water New Jersey, which serves about 812,000 customers in the northern half of the state, detected a "large" algae bloom in a West Amwell Township reservoir for the first time and now plans to step up monitoring.(Snip) In an email yesterday, Nov. 15, company director of water quality and compliance Keith Cartnick wrote that "in light of changing weather patterns and global warming considerations, we have begun discussions" with a local hydrology firm "to develop an improved reservoir monitoring plan for Lambertville, and PAC (powdered activated Headline resplit by staff.
AUSTIN, Texas— Texas Gov. Rick Perry officially notified the federal government on Thursday that the state will not set up an exchange to help people buy health insurance. Perry sent the letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius a day before the deadline to let Washington know that the state will not set up its own exchange. President Barack Obama’s administration gave states the option of setting up their own exchanges, partnering with the federal government or letting Washington do it. The health insurance exchanges are required under the Affordable Care Act. They give people without insurance
Camden — The city set a grim record today, with its 59th homicide of the year. The latest victim was shot dead on Independence Road in the city’s Fairview section around 11:30 a.m, according to the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office. Additional details were not immediately available, but radio dispatches said police were seeking a masked man. The previous high mark for homicides was 58, set in 1995.(Snip) Law enforcement officials have attributed the surge in violence in part to massive layoffs that nearly halved staffing levels at the city’s police department in early 2011. Camden currently has about 270 police
At a press conference of female House Democrats pushing back against Sen. John McCain’s (R-Ariz.) criticism of Ambassador Susan Rice’s false explanation of the Benghazi terror attack, Rep. Gwen Moore (D-Wisc.) mocked McCain’s choice of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) as his running mate in 2008. “It’s very difficult to recruit qualified women, and Sen. McCain should know that,” Moore said at a Capitol Hill press conference Friday, prompting laughter from the other women members on the stage. Headline resplit by staff.
The call, from one retired four-star general to another, was somber. Just-departed CIA chief Dave Petraeus’ voice – usually assertive, buffed by optimism — was lower, slower and more subdued than his former comrade had ever heard. “I really screwed up,” he told Jack Keane, a retired four-star general — like Petraeus — who stepped down as the Army’s No. 2 officer in 2003. “This is my fault, and I’m devastated by the pain and suffering that I’ve caused.” No kidding. But this is the rest of the story of “General Peaches,” whose career reached its apogee
Robert Donofrio, a steamfitter, recently got his job back after winning a legal battle with the NYPD — and cashed in six years of back pay as a welcome-back gift. That gave him a take-home of $647,733 for Fiscal Year 2012 — meaning the civilian NYPD employee more than tripled Police Commissioner Ray Kelly’s pay. Donofrio, 62, of Bay Ridge, was fired for a host of infractions, including screaming at a supervisor, losing his keys, and driving the wrong way down a one-way street. He fought for his job back, and an arbitrator sided with him, finding most
Jill Kelley, the Florida housewife whose complaint over threatening emails revealed David Petraeus´ affair, has visited the White House three times in the past three months, it has emerged. In by far the most astonishing example of her determination to reach the top, the shrewd socialite and her twin sister, Natalie Khawam, were invited to two ´courtesy´ meals in the Executive Mansion mess hall as a guest of a White House aide, an Obama administration official has revealed. She met the mid-level aide through her work with MacDill Air Force Base near Tampa, where she also rubbed shoulders with the
The film and television industry in Los Angeles County has lost more than 16,000 jobs since 2004, mostly due to work migrating out of state, a new report revealed. Last year, the entertainment business generated 102,100 jobs in the county, down 14% from its peak of 118,200 jobs in 2004, according to a study released Friday by the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. During the same period, L.A.´s share of overall jobs in the motion picture and video category fell to 51% from 60%.(Snip) Where did the jobs go?