Author Niall Ferguson tells CNN laws are becoming more cumbersome and hurting Western economies. (Snip) To me, one of the biggest contrasts between the West and the rest is that things like the rule of law -- regulation, bureaucracy -- are getting more problematic, more burdensome in Western countries, even as they are becoming less burdensome in emerging markets. Stevens: You mean they’re getting in the way of development? Ferguson: Yeah, they really are… one of the arguments I make in my new book, The Great Degeneration, is that the rule of law in the United States has become the
It may sound like a plot straight out of a science fiction novel, but a U.S. mission to blow up the moon with a nuke was very real in the 1950s. At the height of the space race, the U.S. considered detonating an atom bomb on the moon as a display of America´s Cold War muscle. The secret project, innocuously titled ´A Study of Lunar Research Flights´ and nicknamed ´Project A119,´ was never carried out. However, its planning included calculations by astronomer Carl Sagan, then a young graduate student, of the behavior of dust and gas generated by the blast.
Washington - Online retail sales were jumping for "Cyber Monday," the key Web shopping day following the US Thanksgiving holiday weekend, a survey showed. IBM said its cloud-based digital analytics platform showed sales up 24.1 percent from last year as of 1700 GMT. "All signs point to Cyber Monday being a banner year," IBM said on its Digital Analytics Benchmark blog. "With sales up 24.1 percent over 2011, the multiscreen shopper is out in full force this year. Mobile continues its dominance, with the number of consumers using a mobile device to visit a retailer´s site reaching 22.4 percent.
Two reputed gang members were shot this afternoon at a funeral for a man who was slain on the South Side last week, with a minister at the services tweeting afterward, "This is Crazy." The two men were shot outside St. Columbanus Church in the 300 block of East 71st Street shortly before 12:30 p.m., across the street from the A.A. Rayner & Sons Funeral Home, police said. They were taken in critical condition to Stroger, according to Chicago Fire Department spokesman Will Knight. Both victims are convicted felons and known gang members, police said.
Cario - A spokesman of Egypt´s Muslim Brotherhood says it has canceled a planned mass rally in support of President Mohammed Morsi´s assumption of sweeping powers. Morsi comes from the Brotherhood, which said it called off Tuesday´s street demonstration to "lessen congestion" and avoid "public tension." Morsi´s presidential decree gave him sweeping powers and immunity from judicial oversight, plunging Egypt into a new round of turmoil and street clashes. Yasser Ali, a presidential spokesman, said Monday that Morsi assured judges that his decree is "temporary" and limited only to
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has filed papers to seek re-election next year, while enjoying a popularity surge due to his hands-on response to Superstorm Sandy, the worst natural disaster in state history. The 50-year-old Republican filed papers with election officials Monday cementing his intention to seek a second term, according to two people close to the governor. The technical step allows Christie to set up a campaign headquarters, hire staff and raise money toward his re-election, said the people, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to speak
The Supreme Court has revived a Christian college’s challenge to Obamacare. Monday, the High Court granted a petition for rehearing of Liberty University’s challenge to President Barack Obama’s signature health care legislation, ordering the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va., to take the case. “I am very pleased with the High Court’s ruling. Today’s ruling breathes new life into our challenge to ObamaCare,” said Liberty University School of Law Dean Mat Staver. Our fight against ObamaCare is far from over.” The Christian college, founded by the Rev. Jerry Falwell, filed suit
President Obama returned to campaign mode on Monday – casting Republicans as against the middle class by saying their failure to accept his offer for a limited extension of tax breaks will essentially ruin Christmas for consumers and retailers. Obama laid out his case in an open letter that starts by underscoring its timing -- coming on one of the busiest shopping days of the year, Cyber Monday, in which consumers take advantage of online bargains. (Snip) "The time for campaigning is over," Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Monday from the chamber floor.
Former U.S. Rep. Debbie Halvorson announced Sunday night that she will run in a special election to replace U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., who resigned last week. Halvorson ran unsuccessfully against Jackson in the March 20 primary, garnering about 24 percent of the total votes to 58 percent for Jackson. Halvorson represented the 11th Congressional District from 2009 to 2011. Before that, she served as a state senator for 12 years. In a statement issued late Sunday, Halvorson’s campaign touted the former congresswoman as “the only candidate who could avoid freshman orientation and hit the ground running.”
The House Ethics Committee said Monday that Rep. Michael Grimm is being investigated for possible campaign finance violations but will defer to the Justice Department, which is conducting a separate probe. The Republican-controlled committee said the inquiry started in July after being informed by the Office of Congressional Ethics that Grimm, R-N.Y., may have violated campaign finance laws by soliciting and accepting prohibited contributions, which might have resulted in false information being included in campaign finance reports. Among the allegations is that
In a “black site” at an undisclosed location, a CIA officer is interrogating a man suspected of having information on the courier of Osama bin Laden. The suspect, Ammar (Reda Kateb), believes he can withstand the waterboarding, the dog collar, the sleep and food deprivation, the heavy metal music that hammers his warehouse cell 24 hours a day; he boldly asserts that “jihad will go on for a hundred years.” But as his captor, Dan (Jason Clarke), patiently explains, “In the end, bro, everybody breaks. It’s biology.” Ammar turns to Dan’s silent partner, Maya (Jessica Chastain), and cries,
Egypt has now a modern pharaoh, named Muhammad Morsi, and with him as the sole ruler, the country will ultimately become an official Sharia state. Sharia is already enforced to some degree, but now that the Muslim Brotherhood is expanding its power, it will implement the edicts of its constitution, the Koran, to is fullest capacity. This is was foreshadowed months ago when counter-revolutionaries were crucified in front of the presidential palace, since these type of executions are demanded in the Koran where it states that: “The punishment of anyone who fight against Allah and His apostle and do
Phnom Penh - Cambodia´s beloved former monarch Norodom Sihanouk, who died aged 89 last month, will be cremated on Feb following an elaborate ceremony, Prime Minister Hun Sen said on Monday. The cremation will be preceded by a procession on Feb 1 that will see King Sihanouk´s coffin carried from the royal palace in Phnom Penh to a funeral pyre in a nearby park, the premier said in a speech on national radio. "It will be a big ceremony," Mr Hun Sen said. More than a million mourners are expected to line the streets for the lavish procession, which will be broadcast live on television,
Hamas’ brutal execution of a number of men who it claimed were Israeli collaborators led to a lot of headlines complete with photos of bodies being dragged around behind motorcycles. But in the Muslim world, it’s important to understand context, not just content, and everyone lies all the time. Collaborators are often executed in the West Bank and Gaza, however these people are rarely agents of Israel. Israeli intelligence is pretty good and not that easy to penetrate. Israel doesn’t rely as much on local informants anymore and more on intercepted communications. So who are the
A top Republican is insisting that party leaders retain more than $2 trillion in spending cuts agreed to in last year’s budget agreement as negotiations over the so-called fiscal cliff heat up. (Snip) Sessions is concerned that the caps could be scuttled in an attempt to negotiate a deal to avoid going over the “fiscal cliff,” the term used to describe more than $600 billion in automatic spending cuts and tax increases scheduled to occur on Jan. 1, 2013. “As you know, the BCA signed into law August of last year required that spending be reduced by $2.1 trillion in exchange for an immediate $2.1 trillion increase
Lindsey Graham, Saxby Chambliss, Bob Corker, and Peter King have already distanced themselves from Grover Norquist’s pledge not to increase taxes, and now it looks like House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is downplaying the pledge too: House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) appeared to take a step back from anti-tax champion Grover Norquist on Monday, suggesting that a “no new taxes” pledge coordinated by Norquist’s Americans for Tax Reform group wouldn’t determine his legislative duties regarding ongoing fiscal cliff negotiations. “When I go to the constituents that have reelected me,
There’s an old saying that no good deed goes unpunished. That certainly seems to be true for many breakthroughs in genetic engineering. Here are several particularly egregious examples. 1. "Biopharming" — a new way to make drugs. Diarrhea is the number-two infectious killer of children under the age of five in developing countries, surpassed only by respiratory diseases. It accounts for roughly 2 million deaths a year. But thanks to a simple but ingenious innovation by an emerging biotech company, Ventria Bioscience, those numbers could become a relic of the past, like mortality from
President Obama is cast in a negative light in the upcoming movie about the Osama bin Laden raid as it opens with 15 graphic minutes of a terror suspect being waterboarded. Moments later, the screen flashes to a news interview of the then-President elect talking about how he does not believe in torture. Conservatives were quick to criticize the film Zero Dark Thirty, preemptively proclaiming that it would prove to be a campaign tool for President Obama, but now select critics have actually seen the film, political pundits may be forced to eat their words.
New Jersey’s outspoken Republican Gov. Chris Christie frustrated members of his party when he praised President Barack Obama’s response to Hurricane Sandy just days before the 2012 presidential election. Christie’s bipartisan approach to storm relief has, however, endeared him to the Garden State’s Democrats. A new poll shows Christie’s job approval rating has rocketed to a personal record of 77 percent with a majority of New Jersey Democrats giving Christie positive marks. A Fairleigh Dickenson University poll of 241 registered voters in New Jersey, taken from November 13 – 18, showed
Thanksgiving was still two weeks away when the Republican Party, to its evident shock, found itself stuffed, trussed, roasted, and ready to be served with all the trimmings. This was not the menu that the Party’s nominees, donors, and operatives had looked forward to. It was emphatically not the feast they had been primed to expect by their vulpine cheerleaders in the island universe of the illiberal media. Romney Beats Obama, Handily, Michael Barone trumpeted a few days before the election in the Examiner, Washington’s conservative giveaway daily.
Today Show host Matt Lauer received some harsh feedback via Twitter when he hosted the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade — on top of the negative sentiment he’s faced following Ann Curry‘s departure from the show. In Howard Kurtz‘s new article on The Daily Beast, NBC executives — including NBC News President Steve Capus — came to Lauer’s defense. “Sadly,” Capus said, “this is the era in which we live: Venomous tweets somehow threaten to drown out all of those who praised Matt for his coverage.” He went on to add: “The Twitter snarkiness is an unfortunate result of misdirected anger
Teenagers raised on "Call of Duty" and "Halo" might relish flying a massive Predator drone -- a surprisingly similar activity. Pilots of unmanned military aircraft use a joystick to swoop down into the battlefield, spot enemy troop movements, and snap photos of terror suspects, explained John Hamby, a former military commander who led surveillance missions during the Iraq War. “You’re always maneuvering the airplane to get a closer look,” Hamby told FoxNews.com. “You’re constantly searching for the bad guys and targets of interest. When you do find something that is actionable, you’re a
Dubai, United Arab Emirates - An upcoming U.N. gathering about Internet oversight is raising alarms from a broad coalition of critics, including the U.S., tech giants such as Google and rights groups, concerned that changes could lead to greater efforts to censor Web content and stifle innovation in cyberspace. Among the issues on the agenda at next month´s meeting in Dubai are ideas to battle Internet spam and fraud. But also tucked into more than 1,300 proposals are potential hot-button items that opponents believe could be used by in places such as Iran and China to justify their crackdowns