Embattled Syrian President Bashar Assad has added a new wrinkle in his war with the newly U.S.-recognized Syrian rebels: Scud missiles. A senior U.S. defense official says Assad´s regime has fired roughly six Scud missiles from Damascus, but there are no immediate reports of casualties. The New York Times reports the missiles are targeting areas in northern Syria controlled by the Free Syrian Army. "Using Scuds to target tanks or military bases is one thing," an official told the New York Times. "Using them to target rebels hiding in playgrounds at schools is something else."
On Wednesday’s broadcast of Fox News Channel’s “Your World with Neil Cavuto,” National Review columnist Mark Steyn commented on Tuesday’s incident involving the assault on Fox News Channel contributor Steven Crowder at a union rally in Michigan. Steyn, author of “After America: Get Ready for Armageddon,” first went after the media and drew parallels with the shooting of former Democratic Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. “It’s the old story — at time of Gabby Giffords shooting, the problem was apparently metaphor,” Steyn said. “Metaphor was dangerous, if you say you were Sarah
NBC’s medical editor denounced the religious part of Christmas during a panel discussion about the holiday on Today. (Snip) “I don’t like the religion part,” said Nancy Snyderman, the network’s chief medical editor. “I think religion is what mucks the whole thing up.” The “religion” she was referring to is celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ. The outburst came during a panel discussion with Matt Lauer, Star Jones and Donny Deutsch. Her response came after Jones said she focuses on the religious meaning of Christmas. “That’s the only reason why — that’s the only reason
Since returning from a trip to southeast Asia on Nov. 21, President Obama has managed to play three rounds of golf but has met face-to-face only once with Speaker John A. Boehner, the man with whom he is trying to strike a deal on taxes and spending that could prevent another recession. With the deadline for going over the “fiscal cliff” less than three weeks away, the president’s schedule this week is exceptionally light. It does not include any time on the links with Mr. Boehner, Ohio Republican, who is also an avid golfer. On Monday, Mr. Obama’s only public event was a trip to Detroit,
Add Politico and The Daily Kos to organizations conceding that Breitbart News is reporting stories they refuse to cover. In an article describing the violent pro-union demonstrations in Michigan on Tuesday, in which protesters rallied against Michigan´s historic right-to-work legislation, Politico promptly finished the piece with two paragraphs that served to dismiss everything that was written leading up to that point, quoting a poster on the liberal website The Daily Kos lamenting about the "Fox News-Breitbart" crowd. "But some on the left are saying the reports are overly exaggerated,"
Unions: An Ohio contractor was wounded by gunfire Wednesday by a shadowy man vandalizing his SUV with union threats. Where´s Washington´s outrage at such lawlessness? Had King Electrical Services owner John King been shot by, say, a Tea Partyer, there´d be no end to the public pontificating from Washington´s politicians and media commentators about their rhetoric or protests inciting violence. It´s quite a different story for the Lambertville, Mich., contractor who woke up in the dead of night a week ago found a silhouetted figure
Just when you thought drug running couldn´t get more extreme, U.S. border patrol officers find 33 cans of marijuana in the desert near the border that they believe were fired from a cannon in Mexico. Authorities caught wind of the new technique when they received reports of some strange canisters popping up near the Colorado River in southern Arizona recently. Agents arrived at the scene to find the cans which collectively held 85 pounds of marijuana. That´s worth $42,500 on the street. By the looks of it, the smugglers had loaded the cans into a pneumatic-powered cannon
Sarah Palin´s oldest son, Track, is getting divorced just 18 months after tying the knot, in another blow to the family values advocate. The 23-year-old and his wife, Britta, 22, jointly filed for divorce in an Alaskan court this week, according to TMZ. The couple married in May, 2011, and just three months later, Britta gave birth to a little girl, Kyla. The news of Track´s marriage breakdown comes after his sister Bristol´s very public relationship dramas. Bristol, who famously got pregnant in 2008 at age 18, was twice engaged to high school boyfriend Levi Johnston,
Carson City, Nev. — A Nevada woman who survived six frigid days in the mountains said in an interview aired Monday that she had asked her boyfriend not to venture out for help after their Jeep became mired in mud on a back road. Paula Lane said she told Roderick Clifton they should stay with the vehicle and ride out the storm together. Instead, Clifton gave her a wave and walked away. “I knew I was never going to see him again,” Lane, 46, said on NBC’s “Today” show. Lane, 46, was still recovering from frostbite at a Carson City hospital. She was rescued Dec. 5 by her brother, Gary Lane,
Senators exchanged small tokens of holiday cheer in the second-annual Senate Secret Santa this week. But the American people can rest assured that lawmakers didn´t get carried away with lavish trinkets. With a budget crisis looming, members set a modest $10 spending limit for the holiday gifts. And even with the low spending bar, the legislators still managed to have a little fun. "Last year´s Secret Santa did exactly what it was supposed to do: create comity and good cheer in an institution badly in need of both," said Minnesota Democrat Sen. Al Franken, the event´s organizer.
Shame on Steven Crowder for brutally smashing his face down upon the tender closed fist of union member Tony Camargo. Although the network news shows are carefully avoiding committing themselves to real journalism by not reporting on union violence in Michigan, those of us who have access to the censored news via the Web are well aware of what is actually happening. And in order to keep up the pretense that the the unions are mere innocents in the drama unfolding in Michigan as you can see in this video of union thug Camargo throwing punches at Crowder,
The new U.S. Army manual for troops heading east apparently blames the tendency of Afghanistan’s U.S.-trained soldiers and policemen to shoot their Western “allies” on “American cultural ignorance.” Fortunately, the manual offers a solution: The draft leaked to the newspaper offers a list of “taboo conversation topics” that soldiers should avoid, including “making derogatory comments about the Taliban”… I mean, it’s not like they’re the enemy or anything. . . . “advocating women’s rights,” “any criticism of pedophilia,” “directing any criticism towards Afghans,” “mentioning homosexuality
Salt Lake City — Gov. Gary Herbert is hoping a last-minute request to the president will give him the leeway to keep the state´s current model of a mandated health insurance exchange. He sent a three-page letter to President Barack Obama Tuesday touting the "fully functional," "innovative" and "cost-cutting" Avenue H, which offers a choice of 140 health insurance plans to 7,646 individuals in 318 small businesses throughout Utah. The current exchange and its ongoing enhancements, however, do not implement a full expansion of health insurance to all of Utah´s uninsured,
A newfound asteroid gave Earth a close shave early today, zipping between our planet and the moon just two days after astronomers first spotted it. The near-Earth asteroid 2012 XE54, which was discovered Sunday (Dec. 9), came within 140,000 miles of our planet at about 5 a.m. EST Tuesday (Dec. 11), researchers said. For comparison, the moon orbits Earth at an average distance of 240,000 miles or so. Astronomers estimate that 2012 XE54 is about 120 feet wide — big enough to cause substantial damage if it slams into Earth someday.
Harrisburg, Pa. - Pennsylvania will not set up its own health care exchange under the federal Affordable Care Act, at least not for now, Gov. Tom Corbett said Wednesday, putting the state on a course to join others led by Republicans that will let President Barack Obama´s administration run its exchange. Setting up a state-based exchange would be irresponsible, Corbett said, as he faulted federal authorities for what he called inadequate answers to his questions about cost and other issues. "Health care reform is too important to be achieved through haphazard planning," Corbett said.
Despite what looked like recent signs of progress on a deal to avert the so-called "fiscal cliff," House Speaker John Boehner signaled today that Republicans and Democrats remain as far apart as ever in the negotiating process -- and is warning his fellow lawmakers that they might have to work through the Christmas holidays. In a meeting with the House Republican Conference this morning, Boehner told members not to make plans for Christmas, CBS News has learned, and members leaving the meeting said there were no indications from Boehner´s remarks that any real progress has been made
Democratic congressman Jim Moran´s son, Patrick Moran, has pleaded guilty to beating his girlfriend. The assualt outside a nightclub left Moran´s girlfriend with bloody nose and a fractured skull."The event occurred on Saturday December 1, 2012 at approximately 0123 hours in front of ´The Getaway´ 3400 14th St NW Washington DC PSA 409," reads the police report. "MPD Sgt. Paul, S from the Fifth District Vice unit along with ABRA investigator Stewart, Craig observed a white male, later found to be known as D-1 (Moran) grab a white female by the back of her head
On “CBS This Morning” on Wednesday, Washington Post associate editor Bob Woodward highlighted the internal struggles of the Democratic Party in the ongoing effort to avert the fiscal cliff. Woodward, the author of “The Price of Politics,” reminded viewers that President Barack Obama in particular is at odds with Nancy Pelosi and some Democrats in the House. “[Obama] is muscling his way through this,” Woodward said. “He has to. He has to lead his group. He’s got the problem of the civil war in the Republican Party. There’s a civil war in the Democratic Party.
PARIS - Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault on Tuesday denounced wealthy individuals in France fleeing a stinging tax on high incomes as greedy people seeking to "become even richer." Mr Ayrault´s comments came after the country´s leading actor, Gerard Depardieu, took up residence in a tiny village just over the border in Belgium which is a favoured spot for wealthy French nationals avoiding tax. "Those who are seeking exile abroad are not those who are scared of becoming poor," he told reporters after announcing sweeping anti-poverty measures to help those hit by the economic crisis.
U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez employed as an unpaid intern in his Senate office an illegal immigrant who was a registered sex offender, now under arrest by immigration authorities, The Associated Press has learned. The Homeland Security Department instructed federal agents not to arrest him until after Election Day, a U.S. official involved in the case told the AP. Luis Abrahan Sanchez Zavaleta, an 18-year-old immigrant from Peru, was arrested by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents in front of his home in New Jersey on Dec. 6, two federal officials said. Sanchez, who entered the country on a now-expired
Patrick Moran, the son of Rep. Jim Moran (D., Va.) who was forced to resign as his father’s campaign director after an undercover video caught him detailing ways to commit mass voter fraud, pleaded guilty today to beating his girlfriend outside of The Getaway bar in Columbia Heights on Dec. 1, according to the Washington City Paper. Moran allegedly slammed his girlfriend’s head into the bar’s metal trash can cage. After the attack, police described Moran’s girlfriend as “bleeding heavily from her nose and also observed that her nose and right eye were extremely swollen.” Headline split by staff.
Patrick Moran, the son of Democratic Virginia Rep. Jim Moran, is having a bad year. First, undercover video operative James O´Keefe caught him on tape half-heartedly discussing how to commit voter fraud...while acting as the field director for his dad´s campaign. Now Moran´s taken a more criminal turn, pleading guilty earlier today to beating up his girlfriend outside a Columbia Heights bar.
It’s a sad day for American TV journalism when The Huffington Post is a more honest news outlet than ABC, CBS or NBC. On Tuesday, after Michigan union protests escalated into violence, HuffPo led with several stories, including one headlined: “Fox News Contributor Punched.” That story was about how Fox News contributor Steven Crowder and others were attacked by union thugs during the protest against the new “right-to-work” law. ABC, CBS and NBC covered the protests but only ABC made mention of police having to deal with protesters.
Over on the home page, I have an interview with Reince Priebus, the chairman of the Republican National Committee, mostly discussing the RNC”s new Growth and Opportunity Project, which is led by a five-member panel that will review their operations and strategies and those of the Republican party as a whole. Perhaps most intriguing and newsworthy was Priebus’s comment about an effort to limit the number of GOP presidential-primary debates and the format in 2016. GERAGHTY: One of the intriguing points I saw raised in the discussions that this group has had is the recommendation of
WASHINGTON — A year and a half ago, I was lying on the floor of the Capitol Rotunda just outside House Speaker John Boehner’s office, my head propped on a stack of notebooks, running with other reporters through the possible resolutions to a gut-wrenching budget battle gripping Washington, Wall Street, and the American public.We waited for a negotiator to try to slip past us to the bathroom, and speculated. Boehner could buckle and back off the spending cut he was demanding;