President Obama is poised to nominate Senator John F. Kerry this afternoon to be the country’s next secretary of state, according to Washington officials briefed on the decision. The announcement was to come after Kerry returned from the National Cathedral in Washington, where he was attending the funeral of former colleague Senator Daniel Inouye. The White House planned to add the announcement to the president’s schedule, said the officials, who demanded anonymity to preempt the formal announcement.
President Obama´s three-day approval rating in Gallup tracking polls hit 56 percent on Thursday, the highest since 2009. "The timing of the increase in Obama´s ratings could reflect a broad-based public reaction to the Newtown shootings, similar to the "rally around the flag" effect often seen at the start of wars and other threats to national security, in which Americans rally behind their leader," Gallup wrote in its analysis. "It could also reflect the impact of the president´s specific actions after the tragedy, including his attendance and speech at a Newtown prayer service Sunday night, and his
After being dismissed from her job as a Midtown Manhattan securities attorney in October 2009, Christina Tretter-Herriger hitched a used horse trailer to her Dodge Ram pickup and drove 1,628 miles to Texas. The 32-year-old lawyer sold skin-care products in Houston before finding work as the assistant general counsel of a futures-trading firm where an irate customer punctuated a recorded voice-mail message with gunfire. [snip] Eighteen months and two busted jobs later, the daughter of a retired physician and a former editor at Vogue circled back to upstate New York and hunkered down at a small legal office
A Central High School student carried a gun onto the west campus midday Thursday, about 24 hours after rumors spread on Facebook that someone planned to "shoot the place up," said Central Unified Superintendent Mike Berg. (Snip) The ninth-grader reportedly was playing with ammunition on campus, the Fresno County Sheriff´s Office said. Deputies found a .25-caliber semi-automatic handgun and more than 50 rounds of ammunition in his pockets. Law enforcement officials approached the student shortly after noon in a classroom, where he was arrested on charges including possessing a
A week after the devastating Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting that claimed the lives of 20 children and six adult staffers, Michelle Obama has published an open letter addressing the tragedy in Connecticut´s Hartford Courant. "As a mother of two young daughters, my heart aches for you and your families. Like so many Americans, I wish there were something — anything — I could do or say to ease your anguish," the First Lady writes in Friday´s edition of the newspaper. "But I know that I cannot begin to imagine the depths of your grief.
DEVELOPING: Jon Hammar, the U.S. Marine imprisoned in Mexico on a gun charge, will be released today, his mother told Fox News Radio. Olivia Hammar said the judge hearing Hammar´s case issued a ruling in his favor and that her son is to be released at a time on Friday yet to be announced. No more details were available. Hammar, 27, who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, has been stuck in a notorious, drug cartel-controlled prison just 15 miles south of the U.S. border since Aug. 13, after he crossed into Mexico and declared an antique shotgun
William Daley blamed the state´s fiscal crisis on a lack of political leadership in Springfield, where his fellow Democrats rule the Statehouse, in a speech Thursday as he sought to position himself for a 2014 bid for governor. Speaking for a half-hour before about 300 people at the City Club of Chicago, the former White House chief of staff and U.S. commerce secretary said he was "seriously" looking at a run for the Democratic nomination for governor — in contrast to two previous flirtations with seeking the office a decade ago and two years ago.
Things got heated this morning on Morning Joe, when Republican congressman from Kansas, Tim Huelskamp, was asked about his thoughts on gun control following their discussion about the fiscal cliff deal. While Huelskamp’s opposition to an assault weapons ban was a point of contention, it was his assertion that the tragedy in Newtown, Conn. not be used to further a “political agenda” that sent Joe Scarborough over the edge. Stricter legislation about assault weapons won’t solve the problem, the congressman said. “It’s a people problem.” “What has bothered me the most as a representative is how this has
On the last day of this year, outliving the universe by 10 days if the Mayan calendar was correct, the print edition of Newsweek will be no more, making the 80-year-old dentist´s waiting-room staple the latest in a long line of victims of changing reader habits, the high cost of print and a Darwinian newsstand. In an interview with Michael Kinsley in the Nov. 26 issue of New York magazine, Newsweek editor in chief and magazine legend Tina Brown gave a big-picture reason for the magazine´s failure: "[E]very piece of the Zeitgeist was against Newsweek,"
In his news conference Wednesday, President Obama argued that because a deranged young man murdered 20 children and six adults in a Connecticut schoolhouse last week, Congress should immediately raise taxes on the nation´s highest earners. No, it didn´t make much sense. But Obama is following the example of predecessor Bill Clinton, who in 1995 used the Oklahoma City bombing not only to press security-related measures but also to enhance his political clout in a desperate battle with Republicans. It worked for Clinton; the next few weeks will tell whether it will do the same for Obama.
The left loves to muster the armies of official "science" to discount conservative values and principles. Man-made global warming, of course, is one example.(snip)Science -- true science, which is not the slave of collegiate bureaucracies or scientific institutes sustained by tax dollars and giant foundations -- cannot have this sort of bigotry against evidence which conflicts with a working theory or in favor of any scrap of isolated data which may support the official theory.
U.S. Ambassador to Finland Bruce Oreck is offering Helskini “a different take on the elder statesman” for the holidays. Oreck posted a special edition of the embassy’s 2012 holiday card, featuring his bulging bicep, to his official Facebook account Tuesday and reportedly also mailed copies of it to friends. The image comes from a photo shoot Oreck did last month for the Finnish fitness magazine “ProBody.” A similar shot donned the cover of the Dec. 4 issue, which included an interview with the ambassador. “I say 60 is the new 40.
The people who have been worrying about the Fiscal Cliff the loudest are feeling vindicated today. Dow futures are off 161 following John Boehner´s failure to get a GOP "Plan B" through the house. The thinking is summarized by the likes of Nomura´s Lewis Alexander who writes: It appears that it may be quite hard for him to rally support within his caucus for any agreement that raises tax rates. Indeed. If Boehner couldn´t even get the GOP to support a law that would let taxes revert on millionaires
WASHINGTON- U.S. President Barack Obama is set on finding a "fiscal cliff" deal that will pass Congress, the White House said after Speaker John Boehner´s "Plan B" failed. "The president will work with Congress to get this done and we are hopeful that we will be able to find a bipartisan solution quickly that protects the middle class and our economy," spokesman Jay Carney said in a statement after House Republican leaders abruptly canceled a vote on Boehner´s fallback bill Thursday night after failing in an emergency meeting to rally enough votes for passage. Conservatives refused to support
A new annual survey of Americans´ satisfaction with their healthcare finds the percentage who deem it good or excellent has slipped five points during the past election year, down to 67%. Now, according to the new Gallup Poll, the percentage who feel their healthcare is good has dipped from 43% to 40%, while those saying it´s excellent has dropped from 29% to 27%. The survey taken last month finds a familiar split personality among American adults.
VATICAN CITY — The pope pressed his opposition to gay marriage Friday, denouncing what he described as people manipulating their God-given identities to suit their sexual choices — and destroying the very “essence of the human creature” in the process. Benedict XVI made the comments in his annual Christmas address to the Vatican bureaucracy, one of his most important speeches of the year. He dedicated it this year to promoting traditional family values in the face of vocal campaigns in France, the United States, Britain and elsewhere to legalize same-sex marriage. Author and source corrected by staff
I am a Commissioned Officer currently serving on Active Duty in the United States Marine Corps. I have deployed five times in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. I have been granted a Top Secret security clearance three times during my career after thorough background investigations (and polygraph tests) by various Federal agencies. I have never in my life been treated for any type of psychological disorder. I am also the owner of several firearms; I own two "assault" rifles, a shotgun, and three handguns.
When Paul Raeburn needed immediate help for his suicidal son, he had few good options. The teen had threatened to sit on nearby railroad tracks until a train came. Even though Raeburn, a leading health and science writer, was in a position to know more about the best available mental health services and treatment options for his son than most, when a crisis hit, he felt he only had one choice: to call the police and risk that his child would wind up incarcerated rather than hospitalized.
When will liberals stop living in the past? Specifically, when will they accept that they aren’t all that stands between a wonderful, tolerant America and Jim Crow? I was in the room when, during the Democratic convention, civil-rights hero John Lewis suggested that Republicans wanted to “go back” to the days when black men like him could be beaten in the street by the enforcers of Jim Crow. I thought it an outrageous and disgusting bit of demagoguery. The audience of Democratic delegates cheered in a riot of self-congratulation.
The brutal murders of 20 schoolchildren and six adults in Newtown, CT, stunned the world last week. A mentally ill young man apparently discovered that his long-suffering mother was going to attempt to have him committed to a psychiatric facility; he took out his rage upon her and then his former elementary school’s faculty, staff, and students. It was senseless. It was barbaric. As parents, it is difficult for us to cope with the thought of having our youngest beloved ripped from us by any method, much less something as abhorrent as intentional, callous murder.
House Republicans embarrassed their speaker Thursday night by shutting down his Plan B to protect all but millionaires from a tax hike, come Jan. 1. How close was the GOP to having enough support for Speaker John Boehner’s plan? A senior leadership aide replied glumly, “Not close enough.”The outcome stunned House leadership: In one vote (or nonvote), the all-or-nothing crowd handed the high ground back to the president, who can now rightly claim that House Republicans would rather raise everyone’s taxes than raise them on millionaires. It is a stunning miscalculation, one that allows the president and
Call it a Reykjavik Moment. An Air Traffic Controllers Moment. Both of which were Reagan Moments. Moments in American history when, under extreme pressure, Ronald Reagan simply refused to buckle. Against all the chorus shouted from the media and congressional bleachers — that he had failed by walking out on a bad deal with Gorbachev or recklessly fired striking air traffic controllers who were striking against federal law — Ronald Reagan never blinked. And the fact that he didn’t blink made America — and the world — an infinitely better place. Thursday night 13 conservative House Republicans defeated
Christmas crossed partisan and generational divides in a new Christmas special where five former First Ladies and a host of former first children all sat down to talk about the holiday season in the White House. Jenna Bush Hager talked about how she loved having Mexican food for their holiday meal, and Amy Carter said a highlight for her was when the annual theme turned to Victorian dolls which she loved as a child. Barbara Bush talked about how the man who dressed up as Santa may have dabbled in the eggnog. ´Do you remember the Santa
American Express chief executive Kenneth Chenault, who is seen as a potential Cabinet pick for President Obama, is a familiar face at the White House, the Federal Reserve and other agencies, records show. Chenault is a member of Obama’s Jobs Council and has made 18 trips to the White House since 2009, according to visitor logs. He’s also made stops at the Federal Reserve, including two sit-down chats with Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke in 2009 and 2010, and has kept in regular contact with senior officials at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).
A 3-year-old Australian boy was lucky to escape uninjured after a collection of eggs he found in his yard hatched into a slithering tangle of deadly snakes. Reptile specialist Trish Prendergast said Friday that young wildlife enthusiast Kyle Cummings could have been killed if he had handled the eastern brown snakes -- the world´s most venomous species on land after Australia´s inland taipan. Kyle found a clutch of nine eggs a few weeks ago in the grass on his family´s 3-acre property on the outskirts of the city of Townsville in Queensland state, Prendergast said.
Phew! You can let out your breath now - the earth is still safely on its sphere despite Doomsdayer predictions of an impending apocalypse to coincide with the end of the Mayan age. The human race has successfully navigated the 11.11am deadline on 21.12.12 - at least it appears so with no reports of the globe being besieged by raining fire or killer earthquakes. For centuries, the ending of the Mayan calendar, which occurs today, has been taken as a sign of an impending Armageddon. But now there may be a few sheepish looks in a corner of