The Syrian military is prepared to use chemical weapons against its own people and is awaiting final orders from President Bashar Assad, U.S. officials told NBC News on Wednesday. The military has loaded the precursor chemicals for sarin, a deadly nerve gas, into aerial bombs that could be dropped onto the Syrian people from dozens of fighter-bombers, the officials said. As recently as Tuesday, officials had said there was as yet no evidence that the process of mixing the "precursor" chemicals had begun. But Wednesday, they said their worst fears had been confirmed:
According to Transparency International (TI) annual report, Venezuela ranks 165th along with Haiti, after they both obtained 19 points in the 100-point scale. The two countries are only ahead of Afghanistan, North Korea, Somalia or Iraq, which were the most corrupt nations worldwide Unlike Chile and Paraguay, whose corruption levels are the lowest in Latin America, Venezuela ranked among the most corrupt nations in the region, according to NGO Transparency International (TI) annual report, released in Germany on Wednesday. The report comprises 176 countries. Denmark, Finland, and New Zeeland obtained the highest qualification, 90 out of 100 points, AFP explained.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., blocked a vote on President Obama’s proposal, articulated last week by Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, saying that “there is no Geithner proposal.” “If the President’s proposal was made in good faith, Democrats should be eager to vote for it,” McConnell said today. “So I’m surprised the Majority Leader just declined the chance for them to support it with their votes. I guess we’re left to conclude that it couldn’t even pass by a bare majority of votes, and that they’d rather take the country off the cliff than actually work out a good-faith agreement
I´ve been critical of Republican tactics and messaging this week, so let´s give credit where it´s due: Moments ago, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell took to the floor and offered an immediate vote on President Obama´s fiscal cliff plan, which shocked the Beltway late last week. (In case you´re keeping score at home, this was the surreal proposal that induced McConnell to laugh out loud as it was outlined by Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner). Harry Reid quickly objected and shut the whole thing down, labeling the suggestion a "stunt."
Conservative stand-up comedian Evan Sayet says there is “no doubt” his fellow comics have taken it easy on President Barack Obama. “They’ve even admitted it themselves,” he told The Daily Caller. “Liberals don’t want to make fun of Obama because they feel that it will weaken him if they honestly point out his foibles and his shortcomings. The narrative is that Obama is sort of a god (in fact, Evan Thomas of Newsweek said exactly that.) Gods don’t have any flaws. Thus, if they point out a single flaw, they are entirely destroying the narrative.”
Is it a girl? Is it a boy? Is it a hockey-playing helicopter pilot with blue eyes and lustrous locks? Is it identical twins who can do the first monarchy job-share, taking it in turns to cut the ribbons and doze through the Royal Variety Performance? No, it’s an early pregnancy, as fraught with risk as any other. The foetus currently measures about an inch and its feet are starting to lose their webbed appearance. Now the miracle of becoming human can begin. In the brain, nerve cells sprout branches and join up to make miniature trees where,
It seems the search for a new buddy for Today show host Matt Lauer is over - and the object of his ´bromance´ is the 9am Hour´s Willie Geist. As MailOnline revealed, NBC chiefs were looking for a male pal for the long-time anchor in a desperate bid to increase ratings. And the ailing morning program introduced the budding love affair today, with a bizarre four-minute segmentdedicated to Geist swatting Lauer´s bottom backstage. The show got Rossen Reports´ Jeff Rossen on the case, who declared: ´This kind of behavior happens
On Wednesday´s CBS This Morning, Major Garrett promoted a thinly-veiled version of President Obama´s "Scrooge Christmas" attack on congressional Republicans. After spotlighting how White House Press Secretary Jay Carney maligned the GOP´s fiscal cliff solution as "magic beans and fairy dust," Garrett added that the "Republicans answered back – bah, humbug." The CBS morning newscast, along with NBC´s Today, aided the President by failing to point out that his rejection of the Republican plan is a 180 from his position in 2011. That year, the Democrat called for "$1.2 trillion in additional revenues, which could be accomplished without
A Massachusetts daily newspaper apologized to its readers after an internal investigation concluded that a veteran reporter wrote dozens of stories that included people who don’t exist. The Cape Cod Times said Karen Jeffrey, 59, a writer for the Times since 1981, “admitted to fabricating people in some of these articles and giving some others false names.” In a column published Tuesday titled “An apology to our readers,” Publisher Peter Meyer and Editor Paul Pronovost wrote:
Only in a town like this would criminally reckless and penniless grifters still be at the bargaining table as their debtors and creditors pick through the rubble of the financial ruin they themselves created. This Congress has for decades stolen billions out of our personal retirement account to fund an obscene lavishness and political nest-feathering that would make a king blush. Perhaps the king only feared having his head on a pike and his crown skittering down the cobblestone — but he still would blush. In recent years when one party firmly controlled both chambers of Congress and the
Mayor Rahm Emanuel says Chicago police are making strong moves to confront continuing city violence—which has included violent attacks at funerals. The mayor expressed anger that people have been shooting and carrying guns at gang-member funerals. “The police department is going to change the way they deal with gang funerals,” he said. “If you cannot respect a place of worship, at a time of a funeral, we are going to show a different type of attitude.” The funerals will be treated as “gang events,” with mourners being searched and patted down, among other security measures.
Editor’s note: Following is a Prologue excerpt from Marinka Peschmann’s latest book, Following Orders: The Death of Vince Foster, Clinton White House Lawyer (One Rock Ink Publishing), the sequel to The Whistleblower: How the Clinton White House Stayed in Power to Reemerge in the Obama White House and on the World Stage. Available at Amazon and all fine booksellers. E-book version available shortly. Prologue While it might have initially appeared that the deputy counsel to the president of the United States was taking a nap in a park—lying neatly face-up on a steep embankment with his feet
I’ve now been in a few debates about Egypt’s new draft constitution, which will be put to a vote next week — in fact, I debated Abbas Barzegar, an assistant professor of Islam at Georgia State University, on Sean Hannity’s radio show on Monday. As one would easily predict, it has become a key talking point of the constitution’s Islamist supporters that, in so far as concerns sharia (Islam’s societal framework and legal code), the new constitution marks no change. The new draft simply repeats, it is said, the old Sadat/Mubarak-era constitution’s stipulation that the “principles of sharia” govern.
Today’s big controversy is the cartoon produced by the California Federation of Teachers and narrated by actor Ed Asner. It’s called Tax the rich: An animated fairy tale, and it contains all the wit and charm you would expect from a video produced by a team of CFT apparatchiki. One scene receiving the most attention depicts the rich urinating on the poor during an explanation of trickle-down economics. Get it? Trickle down? (Snip)So rather than scream and rage at CFT and its cartoon, let’s emulate Capt. Lloyd M. Bucher of the USS Pueblo. We paean CFT and its cartoon.
Residents in one Queens neighborhood are crying foul after they were written up for failing to clean up the city’s own mess. It is yet another new complication in life after Superstorm Sandy. Rosanne and Joe Cavaliere are still trying to clean up from the hurricane. They have branches through their roof, busted front windows, and, to add insult to injury, they recently received a citation notice from the city. (Snip)But as they pointed out to CBS 2’s Schneider on Tuesday night, it’s a city tree that they were waiting for the city to remove.
Politics: The U.S., once king of corn exports, is more like a corn peasant these days, given its precipitous loss of market share to other countries´ growers. Look no further than Congress´ ethanol mandate for the reason why. In another sign of U.S. decline in the Obama era, the U.S.´ share of corn exports has shriveled in the global marketplace. Our biggest buyer, Japan, has cut its imports of U.S. corn from 2.702 million metric tons last year to 1.968 million metric tons this year. Similar figures are seen with our other top customers in Taiwan and China.
A federal appeals court on Wednesday questioned not only President Obama’s controversial January recess appointments but the entire system of such appointments, using oral arguments in a case to cast doubt on whether presidential powers can ever be exercised unless Congress has adjourned for good. The case involves a challenge to Mr. Obama’s recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board in early January — during a time when the Senate was holding pro forma sessions every three days, specifically for the purposes of denying him the chance to make those appointments.
And so it begins, or should I say, so it continues. CNN is now reporting that an unnamed U.S. intelligence official claims that Assad’s Syrian forces are “combining chemicals that would be used to make deadly sarin gas for use in weapons to attack rebel and civilian populations.” As I wrote here before in various reports pertaining to Benghazi, this was the plan all along and you are seeing it play out, albeit a bit behind schedule as Obama, Clinton and their national security advisors had to coordinate the Benghazi cover-up that few admitted existed and even