Nations in the Middle East, some of whom were once allies of the U.S., appear to be defying America. This is very evident when reviewing the events over the past six months in Libya, Syria, Egypt, and Iraq, and also among the Palestinians. As former Vice President Dick Cheney stated, "[o]ur allies no longer trust us, or have confidence in us, and our adversaries no longer fear us." (Snip) In Iraq, the government has ignored entreaties from the Obama administration and has freed a top Hezb´allah operative accused of murdering American soldiers. This was after Vice President Joe Biden
One of the most dramatic scenes in Zero Dark Thirty, the new film by Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal, takes place in a conference room where the CIA team hunting Osama bin Laden is lambasted by its boss, played by Mark Strong. "There´s no working group coming to the rescue," he says. "There´s nobody else, hidden away on some other floor. There is just us. And we are failing." (Snip) Much of the pre-release debate about the movie has focused on whether it portrays torture as effective, in the sense of prying information out of Al Qaeda suspects.
"I’m so excited!” exclaimed one of my dearest friends as she sat down for my Kwanzaa dinner a few years ago. “This is my very first Kwanzaa celebration.” Candle representing the seven Kwanzaa principles on display during the annual celebration at the Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum. (Mark Gail - The Washington Post) Then only 5-years-old, my perplexed son J responded, “But Auntie Baby, I thought you were American?!?!” J was correct. Auntie Baby was a white American. But J was incorrect in thinking that every American celebrated Kwanzaa. I first started celebrating the holiday
In Johnson City, Tenn., a town tucked into the state´s far northeast corner, Christmas lights and decorations brighten the streets and shops, and shoppers mill about, brimming with gifts for family and friends. Timothy St. John and his son, 3-year-old Anthony, can just watch. (Snip) The solution? Father and son make toys—Anthony´s favorite superheroes—together from scratch. "We make them from paper, from sticks, from whatever we have, and we fashion his favorite characters," he says. "They don´t speak or light up, but for a little boy, they still feel like presents." It´s Christmastime in a
Albany, NY - A Republican who cast the deciding vote to legalize gay marriage in New York has conceded he lost his re-election bid. Veteran state Sen. Stephen Saland´s (SUH´-lahndz) defeat means three of the four Republicans who cast critical votes for gay marriage in June 2011 won´t be returning to the Senate. Saland´s concession Thursday ends a long count of absentee ballots in the Hudson Valley race, in which Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo (KWOH´-moh) praised him for what he called a courageous vote of conscience. Democrat Terry Gipson wins the 41st Senate District race.
TRENTON — Two New Jersey lawmakers are floating an idea to delay or cancel standardized tests for students this year because of school disruptions from Hurricane Sandy. "For me, this is the storm of a lifetime, and I think there either needs to be either a timetable extension for when you give the test or a moratorium on a test," said Assemblywoman Connie Wagner (D-Bergen). "Why is it so important this year?" Assemblywoman Mila Jasey (D-Essex) said she thinks students are going through a “post-traumatic stress situation
Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: Facebook is making changes to its privacy settings. First, it is improving some privacy protections. The company is adding a new top-level control, called Privacy Shortcuts, that will allow people to quickly change who can see their “stuff” (as Facebook calls it) and who can contact them through the Web site. The shortcut will also feature a one-button link to block someone on Facebook. In a phone interview, Sam Lessin, Facebook’s director of product, said these shortcuts will always be visible to people on Facebook as they navigate the site.
Fayetteville, N.C. - A North Carolina judge on Thursday commuted the death sentences of three convicted killers, including two who killed law enforcement officers, to life in prison without the possibility of parole after ruling that race played an unjust role in jury selection at their trials. Cumberland County Superior Court Judge Gregory A. Weeks based his ruling on evidence presented over four weeks of hearings that he says showed prosecutors in each case made a concerted effort to reduce the number of black jurors. The three who had their sentences commuted were among the most notorious killers
More than 30 incoming medical school students will get a full ride to UCLA´s David Geffen School of Medicine thanks to a $100-million gift from the school´s benefactor. The donation by Geffen, a philanthropist and entertainment executive, will create a scholarship fund to cover the recipients´ entire cost of medical school, including tuition, room and board, books and other expenses. (Snip) The gift, which will be announced Thursday, makes Geffen the largest individual donor to UCLA and to any single UC campus. In 2002, Geffen donated $200 million in unrestricted funds to the medical
Caracas, Venezuela – Venezuela President Hugo Chávez suffered bleeding during his cancer surgery in Cuba but was recovering from the complications, Venezuelan officials said Thursday, as the nation prepares for the possible death of their leader. Chávez suffered "bleeding that required the use of corrective measures" during Tuesday´s surgery, Information Minister Ernesto Villegas said, reading a government statement. It said those measures allowed for the "opportune control" of the bleeding. Villegas also said that Chávez was going through "a progressive and favorable recovery
This morning I attended an informal holiday reception with Texas Gov. Rick Perry at the governor’s mansion in downtown Austin. Arsonists struck the mansion on the morning of June 8, 2008, with a Molotov cocktail, nearly destroying the iconic structure that has been home to Texas governors since 1856. The crime has never been solved, though the evidence points at anarchists. The state Democratic Party was holding its statewide convention in Austin at the time of the blaze. A little more than four years after the blaze that almost destroyed it, the mansion has been fully restored.
NBC News reports that US Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice has withdrawn her name from consideration as Secretary of State: “If nominated, I am now convinced that the confirmation process would be lengthy, disruptive and costly – to you and to our most pressing national and international priorities,” Rice wrote in a letter to President Obama, saying she’s saddened by the partisan politics surrounding her prospects. (Snip) Of course, the reason the confirmation process would be so contentious is Amb. Rice´s own astounding performance on the network Sunday News shows
Remember when government needed something called a warrant or even probable cause to look at your records? Good times, good times. I’m nostalgic for the halcyon days of, er, February of this year, before the Attorney General of the United States signed off on an order allowing the government to access pretty much everything it wanted in the name of counterterrorism. The Wall Street Journal found out about the order and got a FOIA request to force its exposure: Top U.S. intelligence officials gathered in the White House Situation Room
ESPN’s Rob Parker dropped a bombshell today when he called NFL rookie star and MVP candidate Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III a “cornball brother.” That means, according to Parker, that RGIII isn’t a real black person, and that he might not be “one of us” or “down for the cause.” What was his justification? RGIII is engaged to a white woman, and could be a Republican. Seriously. Here’s the transcript: I talked to some people down in Washington, D.C. … friends of mine who are around at some of the press conferences,
The NY Times weighed in on the violence in Lansing yesterday. Today, after some prodding, the author issued a partial correction to his post. The story by Robert Mackey for the Times´ Lede Blog has a predictable left wing spin. Titled "Selective editing by Fox News contributor revealed by Fox News," Mackey links to video clips by Lee Stranahan and Steven Crowder showing the tent being pulled down and punches being thrown. But like a number of other progressive blogs, the author then proceeds to argue the videos are "misleading." How exactly are the clips misleading?
The UN has drafted a resolution that calls for universal health coverage, and unsurprisingly, the Obama Administration has backed it wholeheartedly. There are a host of problems attendant with this action by the U.S. One problem is that according to the UN, member states, civil society and international organizations not only are called upon to support universal health coverage, but to implement the Millenium Development Goals. (Snip) There’s always the Left’s ultimate goal: using all means available to strive for economic parity among the populace. And the universal health care coverage
Did House Speaker John Boehner lie to the American people during a Thursday morning press conference when he denied the existence of a secret spreadsheet scorecard list allegedly involved in his purge of conservatives from House committee leadership positions? Breitbart News’ Kerry Picket asked Boehner on Thursday about the list and why Boehner continually refuses to release it. Boehner responded by denying there was such a list. “There is no such list,” Boehner said in response to Picket. Boehner’s comment directly contradicts what numerous sources,
The decision by U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice to withdraw her name from consideration to be the next Secretary of State is a bow to political reality as it defuses a near-certain showdown between the Obama Administration and Republican Senators over her potential nomination.“I deeply regret the unfair and misleading attacks on Susan Rice in recent weeks [but] her decision demonstrates the strength of her character, and an admirable commitment to rise above the politics of the moment to put our national interests first,” said President Obama in a statement released moments
U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice has pulled her name out of consideration for nomination as the next secretary of state. “If nominated, I am now convinced that the confirmation process would be lengthy, disruptive and costly – to you and to our most pressing national and international priorities,” Rice wrote in a letter to President Obama obtained by NBC News. “That trade-off is simply not worth it to our country…Therefore, I respectfully request that you no longer consider my candidacy at this time.”
Embattled U.N. envoy Susan Rice is dropping out of the running to be the next secretary of state after months of criticism over her Benghazi comments, she told NBC News on Thursday. “If nominated, I am now convinced that the confirmation process would be lengthy, disruptive and costly – to you and to our most pressing national and international priorities,” Rice wrote in a letter to President Obama, saying she’s saddened by the partisan politics surrounding her prospects. “That trade-off is simply not worth it to our country...Therefore, I respectfully request that you no longer consider my candidacy
New York’s first girlfriend, Sandra Lee, stormed out of BG restaurant at Bergdorf Goodman after thinking she heard offensive comments about her “semi-homemade” empire. The Post’s Kirsten Fleming reports that Calvin Klein’s ex Nick Gruber was dining with new boyfriend John Luciano and several friends near the entrance to the cafe Tuesday night when Lee, the longtime girlfriend of Gov. Cuomo, came in to sit near the back of the restaurant with an unidentified male friend. Gruber and others at his table didn’t recognize Lee, whose “Semi-Homemade Cooking” empire spawned a Food Network show, magazine and
Andre DiMino has been running medical device company ADM Tronics since his father, who founded the decades-old firm, died in 2001. He´s never laid off anybody. "These people are like family with us," he said. The boss might not be able to hold out much longer. Come Jan. 1, an ObamaCare-tied tax specific to his industry is expected to go into effect. Though the Obama administration has downplayed the impact, DiMino calls it "devastating." "I think after all of these decades of not laying people off, I think we may have to face that," DiMino told FoxNews.com.
Foreclosure activity in Illinois posted the 11th straight year-over-year increase in November, but compared with a month earlier, filings are trending in the right direction, according to new data released Thursday. RealtyTrac said the 13,520 properties within the state that received a foreclosure notice last month was a decrease of 9 percent from October but up 9 percent from November 2011. last month´s activity, which equated to one out of every 392 homes in the state receiving a notice, gave Illinois the nation´s third-highest state foreclosure rate, surpassed by only Florida and Nevada. In the Chicago-area counties
House Speaker John Boehner said Thursday that talks over the looming fiscal crisis have failed to produce a deal because President Obama will not get "serious" about spending cuts. In a fresh bid to energize support for major entitlement cuts as part of any agreement, Boehner rolled out a chart that showed federal spending skyrocketing between now and 2041 -- to 40 percent of the nation´s total economy. The chart showed that revenue from Obama´s push to increase taxes on the top 2 percent will only fill in a sliver of that amount.
Add Barbara Walters to the list of journalists pushing for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to run for President in 2016. For the third time now, Ms. Clinton has been featured on Barbara Walters’s annual 10 Most Fascinating People special. Given that Ms. Walters had a one-on-one sit-down interview with Clinton, it would seem logical that the topic of the Benghazi fiasco would come up. It didn´t, despite the fact that, as Secretary of State, Mrs. Clinton oversees all U.S. Embassies, and is directly responsible for protecting our diplomats around the world, especially in troubled regions
Skiers, snowboarders and ski resort operators need to take their heads out of the snow long enough to notice that their sport is in danger of melting away, according to the authors of a new tourism report released last week.The study, which predicts U.S. winter tourism is in for tough times if climate change goes unchecked, is aimed mostly at the tourist industry. It details an estimated $1 billion loss over the last decade due to diminished snow-fall patterns and the resulting changes in the outdoor habits of Americans. The financial analysis paints the picture of an even grimmer future