Marrakech, Morocco - More than 100 countries on Wednesday recognized a new Syrian opposition coalition, further isolating the regime and opening the way for greater humanitarian assistance to the forces battling Bashar Assad. The opposition has been under intense international pressure to create a more organized and representative body to receive foreign aid, so it formed the Syrian National Coalition in Doha, Qatar, in November, and it was widely applauded at the conference in Morocco. "With every day that passes, the regime´s hold on power weakens.
PRISTINA, Kosovo — Prime Minister Hashim Thaci is in a bind. His country’s largest and most lucrative enterprise, the state telecommunications company, is up for sale. The jostling among buyers is intense. Narrowing the bidders has hardly helped. One bid is from a fund founded by former Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright. Lobbying for another was James W. Pardew, the Clinton-era special envoy to the Balkans. Both former diplomats are among the Americans who hold the status of heroes here for their roles in the 1999 intervention
On Monday, Republican National Committee Chairman Priebus announced that a five person team of insiders will chair the committee responsible for his much promised "autopsy" of the failed 2012 Republican campaign. Priebus had promised that the "autopsy" would be conducted by outsiders, but a look at the backgrounds of the team members confirms what conservative and grassroots critics have suspected would be the case: it´s an inside job. Politico reported the details:
Put me down as one as a Cuban-American who voted for Romney. Yes, we saw that "hope and change" movie before and it does not end well. Trust me: Very bad ending! Just ask my parents and all of those Cubans who came here in the 1960s! Today, I saw a poll that 77% of Latino voters support raising taxes on the rich. Here is a message to the GOP: Amnesty or immigration reform had nothing to do with Obama carrying Hispanos by a huge margin.
The memorandum from the Congressional Committee on Oversight and Government Reform asks a question at the beginning of a document called -- "HGH Testing and the NFL: Is the Science Ready?" Interesting question, sure, but it´s what´s at the end of the document that seems to unintentionally answer Congress´ own question. Those final paragraphs read: "Identifying and punishing users of performance-enhancing drugs, such as HGH, in professional football and other sports, protects the integrity of the NFL and other leagues, as well as the health of their players.
A House GOP source has confirmed to Breitbart News that House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy was the one who drafted the secret criteria list House Speaker John Boehner used in his purge of conservatives from House committees. The source, someone with inside knowledge of how Boehner conducted the purge, told Breitbart News that McCarthy crafted the list, which included a scorecard of where several conservative members stood on certain votes. According to the source, it’s unclear at this time whether McCarthy made the list of his own accord or if he did so at the request of somebody else
INDIANAPOLIS -- Calling it a vital national security issue, Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard today signed Executive Order #6, 2012 making Indianapolis the first city in the nation to require the purchase of either electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles for the city´s non-police fleet. Mayor Ballard outlined his proposal this morning in a speech to the Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee. "The United States´ current transportation energy model, driven by oil, exacts an enormous cost financially and in terms of strategic leverage," said Mayor Ballard, a retired Marine Officer and Gulf War Veteran. "Our oil dependence in some cases
Mohammad Safi, a graduate of a medical school in Afghanistan, began working as a psychiatrist at a California mental hospital in 2006, making $90,682 in his first six months. Last year, he took home $822,302, all of it paid by taxpayers. Safi benefited from what amounted to a bidding war after a federal court forced the state to improve inmate care. The prisons raised pay to lure psychiatrists, the mental health department followed suit to keep employees, and costs soared. Last year, 16 California psychiatrists, including Safi, made more than $400,000, while only one did in the other 11 most
The next generation of the Bush family will arrive in 2013. TODAY correspondent Jenna Bush Hager is pregnant with her first child! Bush Hager announced on TODAY Wednesday that she and husband Henry Hager will become parents next year, four years after tying the knot. Jenna, who got married in May of 2008 at the Bush ranch in Crawford, Texas, has said her parents are eager for her to start a family. Until recently, however, her parenting plans were limited to pets."I´m fired up," her dad, former president Bush, said on a phone call to the show.
The University of Chicago is about to demolish Ronald Reagan´s early childhood home. Can it be stopped? All of Ronald Reagan´s formative years, from birth until he landed his first job across the Mississippi 21 years later, were lived in rural northwestern Illinois except for about ten months in Chicago. In all but one case, his rural boyhood homes have been preserved. His birthplace in Tampico looks as it did when he was born and is open to the public. So is his teen years home in Dixon.
Representative Michele Bachmann, who briefly led the 2012 Republican presidential field, has said that Barack Obama is determined ´to lift up the Islamists´ and bow to their ´ultimate demand´ of imposing Sharia law on America. She said that Americans should study Islamist texts just as those worried about fascism pored over Adolf Hitler´s ´Mein Kampf´ in the 1930s and 1940s. In an extended on-air conversation with conservative radio hosts Jan Markell and Eric Barger, Bachmann, who narrowly won re-election to the House of Representatives last month, contended that Obama was endangering
Former DNC Chairman Howard Dean says Republicans will have to change their philosophy and not just their ground game in order to win in the future. Dean says conservatives can not sell hate of women, gays and immigrants and expect to win elections. HOWARD DEAN: The big problem is though, that ground game is not enough to win. The fact of the matter is you can not peddle hate of immigrants, gays and lesbians, and women by saying that God´s will was to make women pregnant when they were raped.
The U.S. should consider automatically registering eligible voters and extending voting hours to counter the November election’s long lines and administrative hurdles, Attorney General Eric Holder said. Holder, speaking today at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston, proposed expanding access for voters and overhauling a registration system he called “antiquated.” “It is important for national leaders, academic experts, and members of the public to engage in a frank, thorough and inclusive discussion about how our election systems can be made stronger and more accessible,”
The accuracy of a claim that had generated significant chatter in liberal circles regarding Fox News boss Roger Ailes having "benched" Karl Rove as a contributor in the aftermath of the presidential election is being called into question, as Rove re-appeared on the network just one week after it was alleged that he had been effectively suspended as a political commentator. Last week, New York magazine´s appointed Fox News observer, Gabriel Sherman, wrote that shakeups in the cast of "characters" featured on Fox had taken place in the wake of the election,
Without fanfare, CNN dumped Jack Cafferty, the curmudgeon who, like the network, portrayed himself as an independent but railed more often than not against conservatives. According to Media Bistro, CNN did not renew Cafferty´s contract and his last day at the news network was on November 15, which was also the last time he appeared on "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer," where he contributed commentary on a near-daily basis.
One year after her horrific injury, Lauren Scruggs has spoken of how she sees her accident in a positive light and how it has caused her to re-examine what is important. Calling aspects of her career ´shallow´, the model and fashion blogger from Texas said that she wants to use her experiences to tell young girls ´that our appearance is not what defines us.´ Appearing on E!Online, Scruggs, 24, also credited her faith with restoring her body and mind and claimed that her airplane accident shows ´that god has a different plan and often times it is shocking and unexpected.´
A top Democratic leader Wednesday accused House Speaker John Boehner of stringing out "fiscal cliff" negotiations with President Obama until after he wins his speakership reelection, when he would then cave in to Democratic demands to get a deal done without a majority of House Republican support. "I hope he wouldn´t avoid the tough decisions simply to take us into January and after his swearing-in, but I´ve become increasingly worried that that is exactly what´s going on," charged Maryland Rep. Chris Van Hollen. "I would hope that he would put the interests of getting an
As I argued yesterday, the Advent season is exploited every year by the liberal media to tweak faithful Christians, using the holidays as a hook for liberal political and religious themes or to advance ancient heresies. Ditto with the Lenten season. Well, the latest example comes from David Gibson of the Religion News Service, who has picked up on a new complaint from a feminist scholar, Margaret Miles, which boils down to essentially this: How come we never see depictions of the Virgin Mary breastfeeding the baby Jesus. I kid you not. "At its heartwarming core,"
Is wanting workers to have the right to choose if they´re going to join a union racist? Apparently it is according to MSNBC commentator Al Sharpton who concluded a Huffington Post rant about Michigan´s newly enacted right to work laws Wednesday, "People should think twice before they invite Gov. Snyder to a King Day celebration in three weeks." This was preceded by the following: On Nov. 6th, Americans sent a clear message that we are not interested in protecting the rich at the expense of the rest of the country. But for some reason, there are those --
Trade: In an era of massive government spending, it seems the only answer is "austerity." Living within one´s means is important, but it will fail without economic growth. Enter free trade. Will Obama take his big opportunities? In the coming year, a major U.S.-European commission is expected to recommend that the U.S. and Europe begin negotiating a free trade agreement immediately. If President Obama acts on it, it could be a big achievement, blunting the feeble growth that has characterized his era by adding a $200 billion shot in the arm to both sides.
The White House asserted that spending cuts would occur under a deal reached with Republicans, but would not pledge to make them immediate, addressing a key concern of many conservatives who fear a compromise will mean tax hikes without spending cuts. CNSNews.com asked, “A complaint has been made among conservatives that in the past deals were made $3 for spending cuts for every $1 in tax increases, the spending cuts are always 10 years ahead, five years ahead or somewhere along the line. Would the White House agree to something along the lines of upfront cuts early on?”
There will be press coverage when President Obama takes the oath of office on Sunday, Jan. 20, the head of the inauguration planning committee said Tuesday. “There will be coverage of the Sunday event. The White House press corps and the White House press office are working on what that will be and the type of access," Stephen Kerrigan, the chief executive officer of the Presidential Inaugural Committee, told reporters. The Constitution requires a president to be sworn in on the 20th, but when that day falls on a Sunday, the public ceremony gets pushed to Monday
We Americans pride ourselves on the idea that in our country, a little hard work, determination and focus can make dreams come true. We compare ourselves with countries like India and England and scoff at their antiquated caste systems, claiming that here, in America, you can build yourself up from anything. We sell ourselves the idea of the “American dream,” both as a draw for immigrants and also for less-fortunate citizens, but how much of our reality isn’t reality? Is the American dream a hoax? My parents were both born and raised in India and moved
Weary lawmakers and congressional staffers are making backup vacation plans, preparing to work over the holidays. Congress has a habit of finishing up late in December, such as when the Senate passed healthcare reform on Christmas Eve in 2009. But this year is different, as many on Capitol Hill believe that Congress will still be working on a debt deal between Christmas and New Year’s. A Republican leadership aide said, “Some version of: ‘Have you bought your plane ticket yet?’ or ‘Think you’ll spend the holidays here?’ is the new guaranteed way to