At his news conference Wednesday, President Barack Obama postured as the young Galahad striding out onto the schoolyard to stop a pair of bullies from beating up a girl. (Snip) Consider again what Obama said. Susan Rice "had nothing to do with Benghazi." But if she "had nothing to do with Benghazi," why was she sent out to explain Benghazi? Why did the White House not send Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, CIA Director David Petraeus, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta or National Security Adviser Tom Donilon?
FORT PIERCE, Fla.- A Florida judge has allowed a recount to proceed in St. Lucie County in the race between Republican U.S. Rep. Allen West and the Democrat whom unofficial returns show unseated him. St. Lucie Circuit Judge Larry Schack denied an emergency motion Saturday by Democrat Patrick Murphy´s campaign to halt the count, which they say is illegal. Schack said that if a candidate is unhappy with the ultimate vote count, the law gives them the option of formally contesting the election once it´s certified next week. Election workers are processing thousands of early votes
The e-mail trail that led the FBI to uncover the affair between former CIA director Gen. David Petraeus and biographer Paula Broadwell has also shed new light on how much access Tampa socialite Jill Kelley had to top-ranking military officials. Petraeus and Gen. John Allen, commander of U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan, reached out to Jill Kelley earlier this year after syndicated Florida controversial radio host Bubba the Love Sponge (real name Todd Alan Clem) said he would “deep fat fry” a Quran during a radio segment, NBC News first reported. E-mails from Kelley to Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn indicate
The White House pushed back Saturday on suggestions that it scrubbed terrorist involvement from original CIA talking points on the fatal Libya attacks.The remark by White House Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes followed former CIA Director David Petraeus telling House and Senate intelligence committees Friday that the agency’s original talking points suggested the Sept. 11 attack involved Al Qaeda affiliates and sympathizers -- including Al Qaeda’s North Africa affiliate and a Libyan group Ansar al-Shariah. "The only edit that was made by the White House and also by the State Department was to change the word ´consulate´
Forget about that dead parrot of a question--should we join the eurozone? The eurozone has officially joined us in a newly emerging international organisation: we are all now members of the Permanent No-growth Club. And the United States has just re-elected a president who seems determined to sign up too.[Snip]Like us, the member nations of the European single currency have embarked on their very own double (or is it triple?) dip recession. This is the future: the long, meandering “zig-zag” recovery to which the politicians and heads of central banks allude is just a euphemism for the end of economic
The Republican Party has been doing a lot of hand-wringing and finger-pointing since the presidential election. Half the conservative columnists and bloggers say the GOP lost because it overemphasized social issues such as abortion and gay marriage. The other half says the party didn´t emphasize them enough. And everyone denounces Project ORCA, the campaign´s attempt to turn out voters via technology. But I´ve got a suggestion for cutting short the GOP angst: Sarah Palin for president in 2016. You think I´m joking? Think again. In 2008, Palin, running as my party´s vice presidential
"American Chopper" is ending after 10 years. According to a report Friday by James Hibberd of Entertainment Weekly, "Chopper´s run will conclude with the previously announced four-way bike build-off special titled The Revenge," which airs live Dec. 11 on Discovery. The show chronicles the real-life custom motorcycle business Orange County Choppers, fronted by Montgomery resident Paul Teutul Sr. and headquartered in Newburgh. Between being on Discovery and TLC, "American Chopper" looked at the Teutul family´s rise to the top of the custom bike industry, while shedding light on family in-fighting that led to a split
Several years before the financial crisis descended on us, I put forward the concept of "black swans": large events that are both unexpected and highly consequential. We never see black swans coming, but when they do arrive, they profoundly shape our world: Think of World War I, 9/11, the Internet, the rise of Google. In economic life and history more generally, just about everything of consequence comes from black swans; ordinary events have paltry effects in the long term. Still, through some mental bias, people think in hindsight that they "sort of" considered the possibility of such events;
Women love a man in a uniform. Men love a woman out of a uniform. Old verities stand affirmed by the intelligence that ousted the director of the Central Intelligence Agency. General David Petraeus commanded U.S. forces in Afghanistan. But what man is really in command when face-to-face with a determined Paula Broadwell? The author of the appropriately titled "All In" conquered Petraeus in a way that neither the Taliban nor al Qaeda could. Terrorists aren´t the only ones who target generals. (Snip)Not since Maya Angelou finished the last of her six autobiographies has a biographer worshipped a subject so completely.
The Iron Dome intercepted two Iranian-made Fajr-5 missiles aimed at Tel Aviv on Saturday. The missiles marked the third attack on the heavily populated central city in as many days, after Palestinian terrorists from Gaza fired four missiles toward the financial capital on Thursday and Friday, prompting red alert air raid sirens to sound in the city. While police said that one of the missiles landed in an open area, a military source told The Jerusalem Post that the Iron Dome intercepted both missiles.
Citing a nationwide strike of its workforce as the catalyst, Hostess Brands is planning to shut down its operations and liquidate all of its assets. In other words, the future of our beloved Twinkies is uncertain. But fear not, Twinkies fans: Food writer and cookbook author Rachel Rappaport at Coconut & Lime was gracious enough to share the recipe for her homemade version, and they´re every bit as good as the original. In fact, Rappaport´s Twinkies even feature fluffy banana-flavored cream fillings, much like the very first Twinkies ever introduced by Hostess Brands.
Carol and Ed Vogel enjoyed a weeklong all-expenses-paid trip to a Newport Beach resort last month, and they´re scheduled to return in a couple of weeks. The Nevada couple didn´t need frequent-flier miles or credit card rewards to get free airfare and hotel stay as well as $1,000 in spending money. It was all because of Carol Vogel´s ailing hips and an employer´s frustration with the high cost of U.S. healthcare. Her husband´s employer, newspaper publisher Stephens Media, sends employees and their family members needing hip and knee replacements to a handful of hospitals across the country,
The liberal media cheerleading for United Nations ambassador Susan Rice to become Secretary of State despite her repeated claims that September´s attack on our consulate in Libya were a reaction to an anti-Muslim video are becoming nauseating. On PBS´s Inside Washington Friday, Politico´s Roger Simon actually said, "John McCain named Sarah Palin to be a heartbeat away from the presidency but he won’t vote for Susan Rice ’cause he can’t trust her. That’s absurd" (video follows with transcript and commentary):ROGER SIMON, POLITICO: This is such a cynical political attack by these guys.
In yet another Daily Beast column that trains her fire on the Right, Meghan McCain hits Republicans with yet another set of MSNBC talking points that she swears are only for our own good. But this time she´s making threats: "If I don’t see some changes in the next four years, I’m going to consider registering as an Independent in 2016." Oh, no. Not that. Meghan McCain is the pampered 27 year-old daughter of a wealthy United States senator whose closest brush with anything involving the real world was the MTV reality series.
The Green Deal encourages homeowners to take out a loan to make their house more energy-efficient. The project goes live in 10 weeks but households have had since October 1 to have their home assessed for the scheme prior to its launch. However Greg Barker, the climate change minister, has admitted that “no assessments have yet been lodged” on the Government’s official register by homeowners. Luciana Berger, the shadow climate change minister, described the Green Deal as a “shambles” and said its launch is “lying in tatters”. The Coalition hopes that owners
The former country home of Sir Winston Churchill is playing host to a new exhibition featuring never-before-seen objects from its stores and belonging to his descendants. In The Blood at Chartwell in Kent tells the story of the former wartime Prime Minister´s Anglo-American ancestry and considers how the two branches of his family shaped his life and character. His story is told through the display of 50 objects from the Chartwell stores and on loan from private collections belonging to Churchill´s descendants, the National Trust said. Highlights include a pair of duelling pistols and
From all appearances, David Petraeus was in his element. It was the evening of Wednesday, Nov. 7, and the CIA director was the keynote speaker at a high-minded foreign-policy conference in Washington held by the World Affairs Councils of America. The audience of roughly 250 people crowded into a ballroom to hear what was billed as an off-the-record conversation with the legendary general–turned–spy chief.
Two courageous young Tel Aviv residents with local ties braced for a war of nerves yesterday as air raid sirens signaled the second day the nation’s commercial hub had come under missile attack from Hamas. “You have to go about your daily life, otherwise you’ll drive yourself nuts,” Shaina Hirsch, a 25-year-old Simmons College graduate, told the Herald last night. “It’s just scary because it makes you realize nowhere is 100 percent safe. “My mom asked me if I want to come back. As of now, no, but we’ll see what the future holds,” Hirsch, a New Hampshire native,
The tragic demise of one of America’s favorite snacks, the Twinkie, plunged the Twitterverse and blogosphere into mourning yesterday — even as throngs of local shoppers made desperate runs for the last packs of the golden, spongy, cream-filled cakes. The legendary 80-year-old Hostess favorite, along with the Sno Ball, the Ding Dong and Ho-Hos, came to an end yesterday after the Texas company filed for bankruptcy. Manifestations of the ensuing distress ranged from solemn digital images of the yummy treat with the slogan “Never Forget. 11/16/12,” to dozens of boxes of Twinkies being auctioned off on eBay,
…on BBC or CNN. Found on Twitter’s #Gaza hashtag, the photo below of “Isareli soldiers helping Palestinian kids escape the rockets from Gaza.” Found on the IDF Twitter feed, the video below depicts life in southern Israel under fire of the rockets that have rained down from Gaza: “Over the past 12 years, the residents of southern Israel have suffered over 12,000 rockets fired at them from the Gaza Strip. This is what their life has looked like over the years.” I think it’s safe to say you won’t be seeing this brief video compilation on the BCC or CNN either.
Bryson Nelson can’t remember the last time he ate a Twinkie, but he felt disheartened to learn Friday that the snack cakes’ maker was going out of business. “That’s horrible,” said Nelson, who lives downtown. “I feel like a piece of my childhood just died. I always thought they would survive the nuclear apocalypse--those and cockroaches and (Rolling Stones member) Keith Richards.”[Snip] Twinkies are so popular that at least one North Charleston restaurant, Big Billy’s Burger Joint, created a “Caramel Twinkie” milkshake for its menu that’s made of vanilla ice cream, Twinkies and caramel syrup.
OGDEN — A truck driver with 45,000 pounds of sugar was turned away from the Hostess plant on Lincoln Avenue Friday after the company´s top officials indefinitely halted operations at the facility and others nationwide. "I sat around for an hour and a half … and then got a call to take the sugar someplace else," said Rocky Ridge, a driver for Idaho-based Handy Truck Line. Employees at the factory — which has turned out truckloads of donuts, breads, cupcakes and other baked goods for several decades
He was once known for his love of junk food. But Bill Clinton´s efforts to slim down have clearly paid off. The former US President, 66, looked remarkably trim as he left a plush London restaurant on Thursday night. Mr Clinton had been enjoying a dinner with actor Kevin Spacey at the upmarket Scott´s seafood restaurant in Mayfair, after giving a speech in the capital. The former president, formerly known for his love of burgers, barbecue and junk food, changed to a strict vegan diet in 2010 after fears over his health. Clinton, 66, had quadruple bypass surgery in 2004
It is always dangerous to make too much of by-election results, but there are usually some pointers to what is happening to public opinion. So the first thing worth noting is that although the turnouts in the Labour safe seats at Manchester Central, Cardiff South and Penarth were very low, at Corby there was a creditable 45 per cent poll. It seems that when the electors feel that they can make a difference, they do take the trouble to vote. Then it is pretty clear that Labour had a rather good day and the Tories rather a bad one.
The U.S. women´s gold medal-winning gymnastics team known as the Fierce Five got their long-overdue meet-and-greet with President Obama on Thursday. Gabby Douglas, McKayla Maroney, Kyla Ross, Aly Raisman and Jordyn Wieber looked poised in the Oval Office, but the teen phenoms got giggly after leaving the White House. Such an honor to meet President Obama today and see the the White House!!!” Ross wrote on Twitter. Raisman had admitted on Twitter to some last-minute primping in the airport bathroom with Douglas and Wieber before the presidential visit: "Hair & makeup in the airport bathroom