Egypt´s Islamist President Mohamed Morsi assumed sweeping powers on Thursday, drawing criticism that he is seeking to become a "new pharaoh" and raising questions about the gains of last year´s uprising which ousted Hosni Mubarak. The move is a blow to the pro-democracy movement that toppled the long-time president, himself derided by many as a pharaoh, and raises concerns that Islamists will be further ensconced in power. Opposition forces denounced the declaration as a "coup" and called for nationwide protests on Friday. "The president can issue any decision or measure to protect the revolution,"
If the GOP wants to win more black votes, it will need to get a lot more “racist.” The scare quotes are necessary because I don’t think the Republican party is racist now (and, historically, the GOP has a lot less to answer for than the Democratic party does). But that hasn’t stopped a lot of people from slandering Republicans as racist for one reason or another. Right now, many in Washington — particularly the leadership of the Congressional Black Caucus — insist that Republican attacks on U.N. ambassador Susan Rice are racist and, yawn, sexist.
As the Republicans in Congress struggle to find relevance in a world that ignores sanity, those of us who yet retain a grasp on our faculties must be careful to not lose our way. While we are understandably stunned by the grasping nature of so many of our countrymen who voted for fantasy over future, the fact remains that this ship carries us all, and absent our involvement, said ship will founder on the shoals of ignorance, sooner rather than later. The first battle in the coming war will be fought over the "fiscal cliff,"
Tuesday’s ceremony would have been a routine swearing in of a new attorney licensed to practice in North Carolina, except for Sharika Robinson’s long journey against nearly insurmountable odds to get there. Robinson, a 30-year-old single mother of four children, graduated in May, first in her class of 157 students from the North Carolina Central University School of Law. On Tuesday, she was sworn in at the Wake County Courthouse by state Supreme Court Associate Justice Patricia Timmons-Goodson, the first African-American woman and the third woman elected to serve on the state’s highest court.
Millions battled for bargains across America today as the biggest shopping day of the year got off to a flying start despite bad weather, giant crowds and fights in the supermarket aisles. The first giant scrums started at a Walmart where families battled with each other to get their hands on a pair of $5 headphones - with children sat in shopping trolleys to watch. And crowds queued for hours in the snow just to be first in the door as some stores began to open their doors as early as 8pm on the evening of Thanksgiving.
Barely two weeks ago, voters awarded U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. another term, despite serious doubts about whether he´d be able to serve. They didn´t have to wait long for an answer. On Wednesday, Jackson saluted that "unwavering support" in a letter to House Speaker John Boehner announcing his resignation from Congress. Though Jackson said he was stepping down "in order to focus on restoring my health," it´s clear the decision was freighted by both medical and legal concerns. Absent since June, he´s being treated for bipolar disorder. His letter reveals that doctors at the Mayo Clinic had advised against his attempts
The currently suspended missile duel between Israel and Hamas exposes yet again the surreal absurdity of the way the international community handles this conflict between a democratic state and a terrorist gang. Yesterday’s cease-fire agreement between Israel and Hamas is another example of the folly of treating a bunch of murderers like a legitimate government. Consider, for example, the way a terrorist outfit like Hamas, self-defined in its charter by its genocidal goals, is treated as if it were a legitimate state. But Hamas is not a government that rules over a sovereign territory defined by international borders.
Walmart had its fair share of disasters on Black Friday last year. A screaming mob fought over a $2 waffle iron, a woman allegedly pepper sprayed a crowd so she could get an Xbox and people were sent to the hospital after being slammed to the ground in a tussle over smartphones. This year, Walmart employed a brilliant tactic for controlling the crowds. The retailer staggered promotions to prevent another stampede. Walmart opened doors at 8 p.m., allowing shoppers to get into the store. Those interested in the toys, clothes or kitchen appliances on sale bought them.
To win the next presidential race, the GOP will have to understand what went wrong in 2012. To do that, they´ve got to come to grips with what did, and did not, happen with turnout. Even as Republicans have engaged in some agonizing over their candidate and agenda, many have sought comfort in the notion that a big part of the loss came down to simple mechanics. President Obama had a stunning Election Day operation, which turned out his base. Mitt Romney´s shop, by contrast, failed to get people to the polls.
President Obama sought to fund “shovel ready” projects with the 2009 stimulus, so the federal government spent $29 million in taxpayer money to dig a port in Alaska that has no roads connecting it to other towns. “It’s not normal,” Steve Boardman of the Army Corps of Engineers civil projects division told KUCB (Alaska). “And it has prevented the construction of harbors in the past, when that supporting infrastructure is not there.” Boardman explained that they were able to build the port in part because “the project was ‘shovel-ready’ when $29 million of federal stimulus money became available in 2009,”
Clement Attlee “looks like a female llama surprised while bathing”. That was one of his. “An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile hoping it will eat him last.” That was his, too. And this one. “The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.” It hardly seems fair. Not only did Winston Churchill lead us to victory in a world war. Not only is he our most popular prime minister.[Snip]But on top of all that, he’s our finest political wit. Some of us spend our working lives trying to dream up passable jokes about
Of course Mitt Romney is bummed out. Why wouldn’t he be? He just spent six years of his life, and tens of millions of dollars, on the only job that ever meant anything to him. As he found out at Disneyland last week, life is like a roller coaster — and right now he is in a dip. Mitt didn’t just lose it — he was defeated by a guy who actually believes they speak Austrian in Austria, and who has seriously argued that surgeons needlessly chop off their patients’ limbs
Mike Bloomberg is on a mission to take away everyone’s guns. New York City’s billionaire mayor has bankrolled a coalition of municipal chiefs from coast to coast who tirelessly lobby for new laws restricting the rights of law-abiding gun owners. The irony is that many in his coalition of pedophiles, embezzlers, wife beaters, cheaters and violent thugs are no longer eligible to legally own a gun. The Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) on Monday detailed the crimes that have been committed by members of Mr. Bloomberg’s gang, Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG).
There is nothing more nauseating than watching Palestinian Muslims in the Palestinian Authority and in Hamas occupied Gaza celebrate as rockets are being fired toward Israel from the Gaza Strip. These same Palestinians took to their roofs and joyously celebrated when America was attacked on 9/11 by Saudi Arabian Muslim terrorists. This is what is happening while Hamas and fellow Muslims in Hamas occupied Gaza fire rockets at Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. To quote, Khaled Abu Toameh, an Israeli Arab, “this hostility is the direct result of years of anti-Israel and anti-Western incitement in the Arab and Muslim world —
That didn’t take long. U.N. ambassador Susan Rice has yet to be nominated as secretary of state, but prominent Democrats are already denouncing opposition to her potential nomination as racist on the basis of remarks by Republican senators that she may not be qualified for the job. Would that they had been so sensitive to racial overtones back in 2004, when the African-American nominee for secretary of state, the Republican Ms. Rice, was denounced on the Senate floor and pilloried in racialist cartoons. Rice’s nomination, noted the Washington Post, garnered “the most negative votes
If the truce announced in Cairo last Wednesday truly brings the Gaza war to a close, it is not too soon to assess who gained and who lost from this conflict. Hamas Hamas provoked the war and chose the timing, so it is not surprising that they thought they would gain—and they have gained. The PLO initiative in the United Nations (to be classified as a “non-member observer state”) was shifting energy to the West Bank leadership, and by these attacks on Israel Hamas shifted it back. President Mahmoud Abbas and his cronies in Ramallah
Pressured by federal investigators, Jesse Jackson Jr.’s final congressional act exhibited some decency toward his constituents. They’ll finally have actual representation again next spring, after a special election and months of a no-show Jackson. (Snip)President Obama’s home state has not merely lost another congressional seat due to population decline. It also has Jackson’s South Side district that will go unrepresented for another five months and a senator who hasn’t been to work in nearly a year.
President Obama didn’t just pardon a couple of turkeys at the White House yesterday, but unveiled a plan to nearly double protected habitat for the Northern Spotted Owl. The birds have been classified as a threatened species since 1990, and environmental groups went to court to expand the 5.3 million acres dedicated to protecting the bird under the Bush administration. The federal government “finalized a science-based proposal identifying lands in the Pacific Northwest that are essential to the survival and recovery of the northern spotted owl.” But the House Natural Resources Committee chairman —
Before Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius pushed back the deadline last week, governors were required to tell the feds by Nov. 16 whether they planned to build their own state-based exchanges for health care or let the federal government do it for them. They were required to submit detailed plans for building those state exchanges by the same day. (Snip)In other words, the federal government was demanding governors finish their detailed plans for implementing state-based health care exchanges four days before it even told them exactly what plans in those exchanges had to look like.
ARLINGTON, Va. — Here on an expensive but otherwise unremarkable street in the suburbs of Washington, David H. Petraeus is managing a new life in the doghouse. He is seeking forgiveness from his furious wife, missing his old job as director of the Central Intelligence Agency, fighting off cabin fever — and plotting a comeback. Friends say that Mr. Petraeus, who resigned from the C.I.A. on Nov. 9 because of an extramarital affair, so far has offers to teach from four universities, a grab bag of book proposals from publishers in New York and an interest
WASHINGTON—President Barack Obama´s fundraising advisers have urged the White House to accept corporate donations for his January 2013 inaugural celebration rather than rely exclusively on weary donors who underwrote his $1 billion re-election effort. People involved in his re-election campaign said White House staff and campaign advisers have been debating whether to accept corporate money to stage the events but haven´t made a final decision.(Snip) Four years ago Mr. Obama barred corporations from donating to his inauguration, a gesture meant to show that well-heeled interests wouldn´t have undue influence in his administration.
The family of Vincent and Debra Leggio has been tragically torn apart after the couple was killed on Thanksgiving day in a massive 140-car pileup along a busy Texas interstate. Debra Leggio, 60 and her husband, Vincent Leggio, 64, were killed when their 2007 Chevrolet SUV was struck by an 18-wheeler, according to authorities. The Leggios were grandparents and residents of Pearland, Texas, where Vincent worked as an electrician. The Leggio family is one of hundreds affected by the string of collisions Thursday that left trucks and family SUVs twisted atop one another and authorities rushing to pull survivors
When Allied soldiers and airmen were thrown into German prison camps during World War II, they entered a grim world. Armed guards in towers kept watch over the camps, which were encircled by electrified barbed-wire fences. The captives slept on hard, wooden bunks in drafty barracks, and often dropped substantial amounts of weight – some to the point of emaciation – because of the meager and unpalatable food options. About 1,120 soldiers died. Life there was tough, as “Guests of the Third Reich,” the current exhibit at the National World War II Museum, shows. But the desperate conditions forced the inmates
At The Atlantic´s website, a debate is under way over the college "hookup culture"--the prevalence of casual sex on campus--and whether it is good for women. It began with an argument in the affirmative, in the form of an excerpt in the magazine´s September issue from "The End of Men: And the Rise of Women" by the feminist author Hanna Rosin. "The hookup culture," Rosin writes, is "bound up with everything that´s fabulous about being a young woman in 2012--the freedom, the confidence, the knowledge that you can always depend on yourself."
Murfreesboro, TN - Two shoplifting suspects were so upset with how they were treated in one store, they called another location to complain. The store manager did a little investigative work of his own and was able to identify the criminals using social media. Whether they window shop or shovel out tons of cash, shoppers expect to be treated right and with good customer service. For two shoplifters in Murfreesboro, they expected that too when they called to complain after getting the sticky fingers and getting caught. (Snip) The shoplifter´s phone number showed up on caller ID, so the