Former President George H.W. Bush has been moved out of the intensive care unit and into a regular patient room at Methodist Hospital in Houston. "President Bush´s condition has improved, so he has been moved today from the intensive care unit to a regular patient room at The Methodist Hospital to continue his recovery. The Bushes thank everyone for their prayers and good wishes," a family spokesman said Saturday. "The president is alert, and as always, in good spirits," Jim McGrath said on Friday. He was reportedly singing with the medical staff.
The 2014 Corvette promises to be one of the most anticipated redesigns of the iconic American sports car, and Chevrolet is laying it on thick as it builds toward a Jan. 13 reveal date. The new car will be unveiled next month at the Detroit Auto Show and GM has released several videos and other material to promote the date, including the conception trailer below: (video) GM has also been using social media to build interest in the release, particularly with the use of a Twitter hashtag, #one13thirteen, where countless links claim to show leaked drawings,
The Washington Times is preparing a digital get-well card for former President George H.W. Bush, celebrating the many highlights in his career. The former president remains in guarded condition in the intensive-care unit at Houston’s Methodist Hospital. Well-wishers are encouraged to send their favorite memories and comments to Maria Stainer, editor of the Continuous News Desk, at: email@example.com.–Dear Mr. President, I have heard personal accounts of your heroic actions in WWII. I admire you for your actions and feel grateful that America has men like you to defend our country.
The site where Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting is building a new meetinghouse was damaged by arsonists during Christmas week, and police are now "absolutely" sure the attack was the result of a dispute between members of a Philadelphia construction union and the project´s nonunion contractor. Although no suspects have been identified in the Dec. 21 incident, Lt. George McClay of Northwest Detectives said Friday that he was certain the small Quaker building on East Mermaid Lane was targeted because it is being built with nonunion labor. "I absolutely think it is a union issue," McClay said.
In the wake of President Obama’s Friday evening press conference, it’s up to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to come up with a final proposal to avert the fiscal cliff. President Obama says he is “modestly optimistic” that the leaders of both parties will unite around a compromise by Sunday when the Senate is expected to take up votes. Likewise, House Speaker John Boehner has called the lower chamber of Congress to reconvene on Sunday. Either way, the next couple of days are sure to be filled with
Strangely missing from NBC´s look back on the 2012 campaign were gaffes and controversial statements from the Obama-Biden campaign. Friday´s Today featured a mini-blooper reel of GOP mishaps on the campaign trail, but made no mention of Democratic controversies. In its lengthy string of highlights from the 2012 campaign, Today included Mitt Romney´s infamous "47 percent" remarks along with Rep. Todd Akin´s "legitimate rape" meltdown. Today said nothing, though, of Biden´s controversial "chains" comments or Obama´s "you didn´t build that" remark.
Former President George H.W. Bush remains in intensive care in a Houston hospital recovering from a fever that arose after a long battle with bronchitis. Family spokesman Jim McGrath said Saturday he would release a statement if there was anything to report, but wasn´t sure there would be. McGrath said Friday that the 88-year-old Bush´s condition continued to improve since moving into intensive care at Methodist Hospital on Sunday. Later Friday, McGrath said that updates on the president would come on an "as-warranted" basis.
The woman who led California through the development and implementation of some groundbreaking environmental policies could soon be headed to Washington, D.C. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson announced her resignation this week, and already people are speculating about who will next head the agency. One name on nearly every pundit´s short list: California Air Resources Board Chairwoman Mary Nichols.
Pass the popcorn. Barack Hussein Obama, the golf-playing Marxist president is being compared to Honest Abe. Not by the Democrats, mind you, but by white flag-waving, go-along-to-‘git’-along Republicans. According to some Republicans, desperately trying to duck the blame for taking America over the fiscal cliff and with Congress gridlocked, it’s now all up to Mr. Obama to produce a plan that can both cut deficits and win bipartisan support. It’s only now that it’s up to Obama to produce a plan and win bipartisan support? There hasn’t been a budget tabled by the Senate in almost four years.
The year is coming to a close. Thank goodness. Maybe in 2013 we won’t have to worry about Honey Boo Boo, Gangnam Style, Kony 2012 and Mayans. Those topics and more were the ephemera of the year. While Democrats and Republicans were fighting to see which party could run America, the traditional media were trying to run it into the ground by consistently taking a one-sided approach to coverage. On every major news story of the year – abortion, gay marriage, the economy, the fiscal cliff and guns – major media outlets consistently and openly sided
For those who would see recovery in current economic data, there are these facts to ponder. The first is that most of the decline in the unemployment rate has been a result not of more people working, but of more people leaving the labor force. In November, unemployment went down to 7.7 from 7.9 percent in October, the lowest unemployment rate since late 2008. But at the same time unemployment declined, so did labor force participation--which fell to 63.6 in November from 63.8 percent in October. Half a million Americans have left the labor market in recent months.
NEWARK — At least six people were shot, one fatally, in a 24-hour span from Thursday to yesterday afternoon. At about 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Ahmad Jackson, 20, died after a targeted shooting in the area of Ashland Street and South Orange Avenue in the city’s West Ward, Essex County Prosecutor’s Office officials said. The shooting was within a block of a high school and a charter school. About two hours later, two teenage girls were shot after a high school basketball tournament game at the Essex County College on West Market Street near the city’s downtown
There is some dispute on who was the first person to come up with one of the most popular forecasts of all time: "après moi le deluge," or, "after me the flood." Was it Madame de Pompadour or Louis XV? We sometimes use the term in economics to criticize the attitude of those who focus only on the short term. (Snip) Those who focus on the longer term and outside Washington and New York focus more on fiscal deficits and the potential floods that they might carry. Inflationary floods have been effective tools to destroy savings and weaken the rule of law.
With the new year fast approaching and the fiscal cliff deadline looming, all eyes are on President Obama and Congressional leaders to work out a compromise before then. The White House and Congress are working through the weekend to settle on an acceptable compromise, and on Sunday, the president will sit down for an exclusive interview with David Gregory on Meet the Press. The interview marks more than three years since Obama last appeared on a network Sunday talk show. The exclusive interview was announced earlier today by NBC. According to POLITICO, Gregory was scheduled to be on vacation
HOUSTON- Oh baby, what a year! What a year for babies, that is. The Woman´s Hospital of Texas passed 10,000 babies born there this year, the first time the hospital has done that in its 35-year history, when Becky and Chris Kiser of Houston welcomed daughter Moriah into the world early Friday morning. (Snip) Moriah´s sister, Karis, was also born at Woman´s Hospital of Texas. The hospital boasts the second highest number of babies born at any hospital in Texas, and most in Houston.
Politicians in Washington have spent the better part of the past two months advancing a myth that is undermining one of the most important public policy debates in recent memory. It’s a myth that is coming at the expense of solutions based on common sense that could return us to balance and fiscal stability. Twenty-six years ago, President Reagan implemented significant tax reforms that lowered the individual income tax rate, limited deductions and brought equality to tax rates across all levels.
It’s always clichéd to say “when historians look back at the year xxxx,” but when they do, 2012 might be seen as the year Stephen Harper’s Conservatives finally began acting more like a typical Canadian government. The Conservative regime appears increasingly mature and more entrenched than ever, while the NDP and Liberals compete for second place. It has never been easy to explain the Harper government, but after years of lurching brinkmanship and some very erratic actions, it’s striking to realize in 2012 how much it is beginning to resemble past governments. Its key issues and policies
Theoretically, this is the last weekend we must endure incessant talk of the now infamous fiscal cliff. And if you need more of it, there will be portions aplenty on Sunday morning´s shows. No, not on "Sexy Abs," "Your Perfect Sleep Number" or "Professional Hair Removal." But pretty much everywhere else. Fox News Sunday features the dynamic duo of Sens. Lindsey Graham and Dianne Feinstein to talk cliff with dollops of gun control and Benghazi scandal to taste.
LONDON — The bond between Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and President Ronald Reagan, both in office in the 1980s, has become a kind of gold standard, showing what the “special relationship” between Britain and the United States can be when their leaders share a political creed. But even though the two shared a belief in the virtues of the free market and the need to face down the Soviet Union over Afghanistan and other cold war issues, the Thatcher-Reagan embrace had its thorny passages — perhaps never more so than during the 1982 Falklands war in the South Atlantic.
If it seemed like retiring EPA Chief Lisa Jackson carried out her job with a religious zeal, you’d be right. Barack Obama’s pick as his first EPA administrator told a 2010 National Council of Churches conference in New Orleans that government and religious leaders must unite in their “moral obligation” to heal the planet and “build on the religious and moral reasons for being good stewards of our environment.” “The question now is, ‘What we can do?’” the green-church devotee concluded, adding that her efforts were blessed by the White House’s Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnership. Her legion of Washington media disciples —
Hi, I’m Senator Roy Blunt from Missouri. As we bring 2012 to a close, leaders in Washington have an opportunity to kick off the New Year by working together to solve some of the big challenges facing our country today. At a time when our federal debt’s topped a record $16 trillion, it’s been more than three years since the Democrat leaders in the Senate have passed a federal budget, and the Senate Majority Leader has refused to bring any appropriations bills to the floor this entire year.
WASHINGTON- As New Year´s Day approached 150 years ago, all eyes were on President Abraham Lincoln in expectation of what he warned 100 days earlier would be coming - his final proclamation declaring all slaves in states rebelling against the Union to be "forever free." A tradition began Dec. 31, 1862, as many black churches held Watch Night services, awaiting word that Lincoln´s Emancipation Proclamation would take effect amid a bloody Civil War. Later, congregations listened as the president´s historic words were read aloud. (Snip) This year, the Watch Night tradition will follow the historic document to its home
I like elephants. I’ve viewed them in the wild in Africa and ridden them inThailand. I’ve also seen them in a circus and a zoo. Forced to choose, I prefer the first two experiences. But most Americans don’t get those opportunities. So it’s circus/zoo or nothing. Twelve years ago the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals filed suit against Feld Entertainment, which produces Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey circus, charging animal cruelty. I have no independent information on the truth of the allegations, but ASPCA just put out a curious press release on the suit:
The tide has been turning rather quickly against the gun grabbing gang as the year draws to a close, and they’ve clearly noticed. With nearly three quarters of all Americans opposed to a ban on handguns, and a slim majority even opposing bans on so called “assault rifles,” Second Amendment opponents find themselves in need of more “creative” ways to go after your guns. The latest one being picked up from the reliable liberal arsenal and dusted off is the idea of forcing legal gun owners to purchase liability insurance for their weapons.
Jonathan V. Last penned a paean to the Batman earlier this year in The Weekly Standard, making the case for understanding the Caped Crusader as the hero of the modern liberal order against illiberal threats, including and especially those that emerge from within modernity itself (“A One-Man Department of Justice,” August 13, 2012). Last is right to argue that modernity needs restraining. He is mistaken in thinking that this is a job for Batman. Batman seems rather to incarnate the willful modern project to end suffering by using reason to gain mastery over all things. Batman wages war against disorder
After interviewing food historians, scholars, cooks, doctors, activists and consumers for his new film "Soul Food Junkies," filmmaker Byron Hurt concluded that an addiction to soul food is killing African-Americans at an alarming rate. The movie, which will premiere on January 14 on U.S. public broadcasting television, examines how black cultural identity is linked to high-calorie, high-fat food such as fried chicken and barbecued ribs and how eating habits may be changing.