In Cairo, Morsi scribbles his decrees and in Washington DC, Obama scribbles his. There is an ocean between the two men, but there is a good deal that they have in common. Both are ideologues who piggybacked on public outrage over the national impact of international economic declines to climb to power and pursue their true agendas. Without worries about the price of bread, the odds are good that Mubarak would be sitting in his old place and Morsi would be looking over the latest economic reports from the Brotherhood’s business networks and front groups. And without a sharp decline
As House Speaker John Boehner continues to hide the details of what happened and why during his conservative purge of House committees, House Budget Committee chairman Rep. Paul Ryan is eschewing comment and instead directing all inquiries about the purge to Boehner’s office. On Monday, Boehner and House GOP leadership removed four conservative Republicans from influential fiscally focused committees. Reps. Justin Amash of Michigan and Tim Huelskamp of Kansas were pulled from the House Budget Committee and Reps. David Schweikert of Arizona and Walter Jones of North Carolina
Fifteen years after rapper Notorious B.I.G. was gunned down in one of L.A.´s most notorious unsolved homicides, the Los Angeles County Coroner has unsealed his 23-page autopsy report, providing the most detailed view yet on his death. The report shows that a bullet entered the rapper´s right hip, and fatally pierced several organs. Notorious B.I.G., whose real name was Christopher George Latore Wallace, died in March 1997 when an unknown assailant shot him four times during a drive-by shooting on Wilshire Boulevard as the music star sat in the front passenger seat of a Chevrolet Suburban.
The first day of legal marijuana use in Washington State was marred by an attempted robbery ending with two deaths at an alleged pot-growing facility just south of Seattle. The possession of pot became legal in the state Thursday after voters passed a measure decriminalizing it in November. Day two kicked off with more celebrations under the Space Needle tower, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported, but the Pierce County Sheriff´s Department investigated an attempted robbery in Puyallup at an alleged growing center foiled by a homeowner who shot two alleged burglars in front of his 9-year-old son.
Last month, workers at hundreds of Walmart locations nationwide staged protests—many on Black Friday, the busiest shopping day of the year—demanding the retail giant pay higher wages. Walmart downplayed the rare show of rebellion, saying it only involved a fraction of its 1.6 million U.S. employees. (Snip)The protests also inspired another group of low-wage workers to stage their own. Last week, about 200 fast-food workers in New York City walked out of their workplaces—chains affected included Burger King and McDonald´s—to demand a "living wage" of $15 an hour and an end to the practice of keeping workers on part-time
One night every December, students at tiny Taylor University pack the school´s gymnasium and participate in a phenomenon that´s completely out of place in modern sports: silence. The fans in the standing-room-only crowd are as loud as a library for as long as it takes Taylor´s basketball team to score 10 points. But once that happens, there´s no shushing them. As soon as Taylor hits double digits, the students erupt into bedlam, and they don´t stop screaming and dancing until it´s time for the post-game Christmas party on campus. Friday´s racket known as "Silent Night"—
WASHINGTON- The Supreme Court will take up California´s ban on same-sex marriage, a case that could give the justices the chance to rule on whether gay Americans have the same constitutional right to marry as heterosexuals. The justices said Monday they will review a federal appeals court ruling that struck down the state´s gay marriage ban, though on narrow grounds. The San Francisco-based appeals court said the state could not take away the same-sex marriage right that had been granted by California´s Supreme Court. The court also will decide whether Congress can deprive legally married gay couples
Nearly 100 people watched as crews pulled a WWII fighter plane from Waukegan Harbor this morning -- the first leg of a journey that could land it in a Glenview naval museum. “It’s a pretty inspiring thing,” said Charles Greenhill, a 78-year-old pilot from Mettawa who paid for the recovery. “You think you get used to it, but you don’t.” The plane will be shipped Greenhill’s hangar in Kenosha, Wis., and from there it will be transported to the National Museum of Naval Aviation in Pensacola, Fla. where a full restoration could take at least five years.
A TSA agent was arrested this week and charged with stealing from passengers traveling through New York´s John F. Kennedy Airport, adding to the long list of TSA officers accused of theft of passenger belongings. TSA baggage screener Sean Henry, 32, was arrested on Tuesday after a sting operation conducted jointly by the TSA and the Port Authority Police Department caught Henry leaving the airport with two iPads that had been planted as part of the sting, as well as numerous other electronics devices he had allegedly stolen from passengers. Just as in a recent ABC News investigation of thefts
Rep.-elect Patrick Murphy (D-Fla.) said he is ready to come out swinging on climate change. Murphy, who will replace Tea Party favorite Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.), said he would support climate change legislation, according to The Miami Herald. "Unfortunately we have far too many politicians who continue to bury their heads in the sand and pretend it´s not happening," Murphy said Thursday at the Southeast Florida regional climate leadership summit in Jupiter, Fla. Murphy also said he would be a “passionate advocate” for the Everglades and on other environmental issues. Murphy is vice president of Coastal Environmental Services, Headline resplit by staff.
Half as long and twice as much fun as the self-important “Lincoln,’’ Roger Michell’s charming sex-and-politics comedy “Hyde Park on Hudson’’ is basically a frothy tabloid take on presidential history. And for my money, that’s a good thing in a season filled with puffed-up prestige pictures. Anchored by a thoroughly delightful performance by Bill Murray, the film shows President Franklin D. Roosevelt wrestling with two problems as World War II looms in the spring of 1939. (Snip) At the same time, FDR — whose bemused wife, Eleanor (Olivia Williams), seems to prefer the company of journalist Lorena Hickok
The guy was a political science major, he knows about politics, he’s clever, he’s smart, he’s funny. It’s what people talk about at dinner parties, it’s what people talk about in the office, and it has united Washington in a way that I have never seen before. This according to Sally Quinn who knows more about – and has more invested in – Washington dinner parties than anyone alive. The figure about whom she gushes is the rookie quarterback of the Washington Redskins, Robert Griffin III. Or, as he is universally known, RG3.
President Barack Obama will accept unlimited corporate donations for his Inauguration in January, reversing his position from his first Inauguration, according to two sources close to the planning. There are no legal limits for inauguration donations, but four years ago, the president capped all contributions at $50,000 and barred companies from kicking in any money. Obama had also banned corporate money from the 2012 Democratic National Convention. (Snip) But the sources say the new decision is driven by pragmatism: The president and his team just wrapped up the most expensive campaign in
President Barack Obama called Egypt’s Islamist president Dec. 6 to complain about televised riots in Cairo that showcase the collapse of Obama’s much-touted 2009 “New Beginning” outreach to Islamist progressive groups. The president called “to express his deep concern about the deaths and injuries of protesters in Egypt … [and he] emphasized that all political leaders in Egypt should make clear to their supporters that violence is unacceptable,” according to a White House statement. At least six people have been killed in the riots, which reports say have also injured hundreds more.
The cable boxes of the future could be able to detect when viewers are cuddling on the sofa and automatically serve adverts for contraceptives. U.S. cable provider Verizon has applied to patent a set-top box technology that can observe what´s going on in the room and show viewers adverts based on what it detects. In U.S. Patent Application 20120304206 the company suggests it could detect when people are ´cuddling´ then show ´a commercial for a romantic getaway vacation, a commercial for a contraceptive, a commercial for flowers [...] etc.´. The technology
The Secret Service is the target of an investigation into an "immense breach" involving the loss of two backup computer tapes left on a Washington, D.C., Metro train that contained sensitive personal information about all agency employees, contacts and overseas informants, according to multiple law enforcement and congressional sources. The ongoing probe is one of 13 new investigations involving the Secret Service launched by the Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General (DHS-OIG) in recent months. The new investigations stem from information received during the course of DHS-OIG´s ongoing ´Culture of Secret Service´ probe, requested by the Senate
He has the most-watched YouTube video of all-time, an international phenomenon of a mega-hit in “Gangnam Style,” has made appearances on nearly every American morning talk show under the sun from Today to Ellen, and is scheduled to appear at the White House later this month. It’s safe to say that Korean pop star PSY is now the “most-liked” entertainer on the planet. It has recently been unearthed in the states, however, that eight years ago, long before achieving this massive stardom, the mega-star rapped about “slowly and painfully” killing American military members and their families. Some context:
Does the Muslim Brotherhood have its own torture chambers? Well it wouldn’t be a proper totalitarian movement if it didn’t. In the Middle East having your torture chambers is like an American politician getting his own handicapped parking sticker, it’s a sign that you have real power now. Al-Masry Al-Youm spent three hours Wednesday night in a Muslim Brotherhood torture chamber at the presidential palace. The central chamber was located at the gate of the palace in front of Omar bin Abdel Aziz Mosque on Merghany Street. The chamber was cordoned by iron barriers and Central Security Forces,
Obama adviser David Axelrod signaled optimism Friday that a deficit-reduction deal will be reached this month. Axelrod said President Obama and Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) face obstacles and dismissed the House GOP´s proposal of $800 billion in new tax revenues as insufficient because it doesn´t specify what tax breaks would be closed and fails to raise rates on the rich. But Axelrod said he was encouraged with the direction of the negotiations. "The $800 that Speaker Boehner´s talking about would not be satisfied by simply closing deductions and they have not identified
Burglars stole more than 50 pieces of jewelry worth around $100,000 from the home of House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), according to local media reports. The burglary occurred in the early evening of Nov. 29, according to a spokesman for the San Diego County Sheriff´s department. The haul included watches, earrings, rings and bracelets, according to the San Diego Union Tribune. “The items that were taken were irreplaceable family heirlooms that were inherited by the Issa family,” Issa spokesman Frederick Hill told the paper.
Michael Moore only hearts democracy when it adheres to his strict, far-left worldview. Moore lost his cool anew over Michigan GOP members passing "right-to-work" legislation in his home state, sending union backers into a frenzy. Now, he´s letting loose on Twitter, spewing the expected bile regarding those who share a different political world view. First, he called for a revolt against the system: Still enraged by actions of Republican shock troops in the lame duck MI legislature yesterday. Revolt, anyone? shar.es/6EXO8 Then, Moore resorted to ugly name calling: Repubs gerrymandered our state like political serial killers.
The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) on Monday blasted defunct Twinkie manufacturer Hostess Brands, Inc., for “unreasonably delaying providing the [Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International] Union with other requested information” and ordered the company to post signs admitting its bad-faith bargaining in its Biddeford, Maine offices. It is unclear who will seen the signs. “It doesn’t sound like it hurts Hostess because no one works in that factory anymore,” said Jim Anderson, the financial secretary for the BCTGM Local 334, the union that brought the suit. “It’s too little, too late
Anecdotes — that’s how Gov. Deval Patrick always dismisses stories about alleged criminals on welfare. So this morning, Governor, I’d like to introduce you to 11 more “anecdotes.” They are all from Haverhill. Ten of the anecdotes are accused of distribution of heroin and the 11th for “sale of ammunition.” According to testimony last week in Haverhill District Court, all 11 are on welfare — mostly SSI and SSDI. According to federal statistics, despite their relative youth (they range in age from 26 to 51), they have only a 1 percent chance of ever ... recovering. By which I mean,
I was halfway into the latest celebratory profile of Chris Hughes, the Facebook multi-millionaire and owner of the New Republic, when I was struck by the following idea, which I provide free of charge. If you are a millionaire or billionaire looking to avoid negative or critical or even remotely credulous press coverage, stop what you are doing, invest in a media property, and employ liberal writers and editors. You will probably lose a lot of money, but the intangible benefits of slavish praise and deflected criticism will be priceless.
A month after the bitterly fought election, President Barack Obama has his highest approval ratings since the killing of Osama bin Laden, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll, and more Americans say the nation is heading in the right direction now than at any time since the start of his first term. Obama´s approval rating stands at 57 percent, the highest since May 2011, when U.S. Navy SEALs killed the terror leader, and up 5 percentage points from before the election. And 42 percent say the country is on the right track, up from
A short time ago, House Speaker John Boehner held a news conference on the fiscal cliff negotiations happening in Washington. He said that no progress has been made and there’s been no counter-offer from the White House. Read more from the Associated Press below, and watch his remarks. WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker John Boehner says there’s been no progress in negotiations on how to avoid the fiscal cliff of tax hikes and spending cuts and called on President Barack Obama to come up with a new offer. Boehner told reporters outside his Capitol Hill office Friday