Latin pop star Jenni Rivera may have been working for a drug cartel before her tragic death in a jet crash last month, Mexican media reported. Rivera reportedly performed at parties and events for the Beltran Leyva cartel, once one of the country’s most powerful drug gangs. She also did cocaine at the parties, an attorney for the cartel told Reforma, a Mexican Daily. The lawyer, whose name was not released, said his job included contracting musical talent for the cartel, and the California-born Rivera was among the artists who participated. Several news organizations are reporting Rivera’s ties
Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) on Thursday called it “embarrassing as hell” that President Barack Obama is facing charges that his White House lacks diversity. “It’s embarrassing as hell. We’ve been through all of this with [2012 GOP presidential nominee] Mitt Romney. And we were very hard with Mitt Romney with the women binder and a variety of things,” Rangel said on MSNBC. “And I kind of think there’s no excuse with the second term.” The Obama administration has been criticized recently for not having enough diversity with its Cabinet appointees after The New York Times ran a photo of Obama
It is an astonishing view of Manhattan, showing Central Park and its surrounding skyscrapers from a unique perspective. The astonishing image, which has just won a prestigious photography award, was created from a 360-degree panorama that lets you tour one of the world´s most impressive cities and zoom into tiny detail - all from the comfort of your computer. The breathtaking image and its accompanying panorama was created by Sergey Semenov of Russia. It was made using thousands of photographs of the city stitched together from helicopter tours during summer 2011. This was then electronically ´flattened´
CARACAS, Venezuela — Tens of thousands of chanting supporters of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez rallied outside his presidential palace Thursday in an exuberant alternative inauguration for a leader too ill to return home for the real thing. Backers wearing T-shirts with the slogan "I am Chavez" waved flags while upbeat music from Chavez´s last presidential campaign blared from speakers, proclaiming: "Chavez, heart of the people!" The government organized the unusual show of support for the cancer-stricken leader on the streets outside Miraflores Palace on what was supposed to be his inauguration day.
Vice President Joe Biden, in remarks today before a meeting on guns, suggested the Obama administration is seriously considering outlawing unregulated "private" gun sales:"And so the kinds of things that there´s an emerging set of recommendations, not coming from me but coming from the groups we´ve met with," said Biden today, before a closed door meeting on gun control. "And I´m going to focus on the ones that relate primarily to gun ownership and the type of weapons can be owned. And one is,
The former director of family planning and school counseling advocacy groups in the District of Columbia has been arrested for allegedly arranging to have sex with a 12-year-old girl in an online Internet sting. Scott Richard Swirling, 61, thought he was discussing plans to meet a District man who was offering to let him have sex with his preteen daughter, authorities said. It turns out Swirling was dealing with an undercover D.C. police officer. Swirling, of Gaithersburg, was arrested Tuesday and charged with traveling across state lines to engage
Students have been evacuated from Taft Union High School in Kern County after a shooting Thursday morning that reportedly left two people injured, a city official confirmed. Debra Elliott, with the city manager´s office, confirmed that a shooting was reported at the high school shortly after 9 a.m. Two people have been reported injured, Elliott said, although she stressed that the number has yet to be confirmed by public safety officials. The suspected shooter was believed to be in custody, Elliott said. Parents were beginning to pick up their children from a football field where they had been moved to
Taft - One student has been shot at a high school in Taft, Calif., a community in the southern San Joaquin Valley. Kern County sheriff´s spokesman Ray Pruitt also says a suspect is in custody and is believed to be a student. The shooting was reported at Taft Union High School around 9 a.m. Thursday. The sheriff´s spokesman says the wounded student was flown to a hospital in Bakersfield. Pruitt says it´s believed a shotgun was used in the attack. Taft is a community of about 7,000 some 120 miles northwest of Los Angeles.
The producers of “2016: Obama’s America” have argued that liberal bias in Hollywood is likely the reason their documentary wasn’t up for an Oscar nomination this year, despite bringing in more money at the box office than all the other eligible documentaries combined. “Our friends in Hollywood have removed any doubt average Americans may have had that liberal political ideology, not excellence, is the true standard of what receives awards,” conservative author Dinesh D’Souza said in December after being excluded from the list of 15 eligible films. And unsurprisingly, the five documentary features nominated
The Food and Drug Administration is requiring makers of Ambien and similar sleeping pills to lower the dosage of their drugs, based on studies suggesting patients face a higher risk of injury due to morning drowsiness. The agency said Thursday that new research shows that the drugs remain in the bloodstream at levels high enough to interfere with morning driving, which increases the risk of car accidents. Regulators are ordering drug manufacturers to cut the dose of the medications in half for women, who process the drug more slowly.
I wrote a post yesterday arguing that Britain’s relationship with the EU is none of Barack Obama’s business. The intervention by a key US official in the internal British debate over EU membership, first reported by The Telegraph’s David Blair, has rightly sparked a strong reaction among many Conservative MPs, who are naturally outraged by the Obama administration’s interference.The official who made the remarks, Philip Gordon, is not just any bureaucrat in the State Department. He is the top adviser in the US government on European affairs, and a long-standing ardent Eurofederalist.
WASHINGTON —Federal appeals court judges seemed skeptical Thursday about forcing the government to release photos and video taken of Osama bin Laden during and after a raid in which the terrorist leader was killed by U.S. commandos. Judicial Watch, a conservative watchdog group, is seeking the images through the Freedom of Information Act. The Defense Department said it didn´t turn up anything responsive to the FOIA, while the CIA found 52 responsive records. The intelligence agency withheld all of them, citing exemptions for classified materials and information specifically exempted by other laws.
Egypt’s terror-coddling President Mohamed Morsi has repeated his arrogant demand that America free convicted 1993 World Trade Center mastermind Omar Abdel-Rahman. I’d like to report that President Obama repeated his unequivocal rejection of the Muslim Brotherhood leader’s entreaties. But as of this writing, no such public statement or restatement yet exists. That’s right. Obama has kept mum about Morsi’s vociferous lobbying on behalf of Abdel-Rahman, the “blind sheik,” who is serving a life sentence at a maximum-security prison in North Carolina for seditious jihad conspiracy. The commander in chief’s silence speaks volumes. Morsi started publicly haranguing the U.S.
In another sign that the end of times is approaching, Bill Clinton has been named by the National Father’s Day Council to receive one of its coveted Father of the Year awards: “With the profound generosity, leadership and tireless dedication to both his public office and many philanthropic organizations, President Clinton exemplifies the attributes that we celebrate through the Father of the Year award,” said Dan Orwig, chairman of the National Father’s Day Committee. Perhaps this explains it: The not-for-profit group awards Father of the Year to “contemporary lifestyle leaders of our culture”
What´s the true price of flying? It´s much more than the price of a ticket. And it has been for a long time. Last year, Americans likely spent more than $6 billion in baggage, cancellation, and change fees, on top of their ticket price, in 2012. (Snip) Fees annoy customers for the perfectly sensible reason that they seem like surprising tricks, since the true cost of flying isn´t shown on their ticket. But the "true cost of flying," if such a thing were measurable, could scarcely be represented on a uniform ticket because it costs varying amounts to fly various passengers on the same plane.
After observing and opposing and reporting on Barack Obama’s actions for going on six years now, it’s evident that majority opinions and facts have no effect on him. If it was a fact, for instance, that the Bush era deficits were unpatriotic as Obama said they were, what are the larger Obama deficits? If it was a fact that Bush had been an imperious president who wielded too much executive power, what are we to make of a president who signs a sweeping law that the majority opposed and who used his executive power
Will 2013 come to be known as the year of presidential decree? The year the president ignored Congress, changed the rules of government, and put into place whatever policies he saw fit? The year the United States ended what has been called its “obsession” with its Constitution? During his first term, President Obama issued executive orders in lieu of laws passed by Congress, signed executive agreements with foreign countries in lieu of treaties ratified by the Senate, and formulated burdensome regulations with little legislative justification. As the administration begins its second term,
I am looking out the window as men in grey turbans run from my building out onto the highway, their AK 47s at the ready. "There´s been an accident," my Afghan guide, Danish calmly tells me. "Someone was just killed in the plaza here." I am in Faryab province in northwest Afghanistan, (Snip) With the close of 2012, the Pentagon has revealed a disturbing trend in Afghanistan: Taliban attacks remained steady, or in some cases increased, over 2011 levels. I experienced the Taliban surge firsthand this past November, and can offer a cause not cited in the Pentagon´s report: oil and gas.
LOS ANGELES — Is President Barack Obama a man of integrity? Or is he corrupt? These aren´t questions that can easily be addressed through the partisan lens. Many Obama supporters worship him not for anything he does, but for what he is, and is not: He is a biracial political liberal, the culmination of liberals´ hopes and dreams. He is not a conservative Republican. For many liberals, that suffices. Yet President Obama is not a symbol or race, but a man and the President. He must be judged as a man and a president.
Rev. Louie Giglio, who had been announced as the pastor to give the benediction at the presidential inauguration, has now pulled himself out of the ceremony, after criticism of his previous anti-gay comments and actions, sources confirmed to ABC News. Giglio, who is now Pastor at Passion City Church in Georgia and his role at Obama’s second inauguration was first announced Tuesday. But the liberal website Thinkprogress reported Wednesday on audio of Giglioi delivering a sermon in the mid-1990s in which he said homosexuality is a sin and advocated gay “recovery.” Here is one passage from Giglio’s mid-90s
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau unveiled new mortgage lending rules Thursday, designed to protect borrowers from the worst of the risky banking practices that ultimately led to the 2008 housing bust. The new Ability-to-Pay rules require lenders to ensure that would-be borrowers can afford the mortgage debt they take on by verifying important financial information such as employment and debt obligations, and the rules bar lenders from basing ability to repay on low teaser rates. "The core of the Ability-to-Repay rule rests on two basic, common-sense precepts: Lenders have to check
Adam Carolla says he´s been through the “Hollywood washing machine,” and he´s glad not to deal with any more spin cycles. “I’m tired of leaving it up to the judges. You can get a lot of bad hometown calls,” the podcast king tells Big Hollywood about his new career as a podcast pioneer working under the Carolla Digital banner. “I wanna train hard and go for the knockout.”
Time to connect the dots, again. Treehouse Research – Going Deep. While attending Occidental University, 1979 – 81´, young Barack Obama meets a former Jimmy Carter administration official Zbigniew Brzezinski. Brzezinski is a key CIA asset and expert on Russia. He later becomes a mentor, and then much later a foreign policy advisor to President Elect Obama. Obama is friends with three Pakistani college roommates, muslims, (Snip) In the summer of 1981 Obama travelled with his friends to Pakistan.(Snip) Simultaneous to this time Brezinski is in Pakistan / Afghanistan, so is John Brennan as part of his CIA duty.
It´s damn time the Washington Redskins changed its racist name ... at least if the team ever plans to move inside D.C. city limits -- so says District mayor Vincent Gray. Now that the Redskins are winning again, there´s been a lot of talk about bringing the team back to D.C. -- instead of leaving them in nearby FedEx Field, located in Maryland. But Mayor Gray has some conditions before the Redskins move a muscle -- claiming, “I think that if they get serious with the team coming back to Washington, there’s no doubt
When New Jersey Governor Chris Christie took the podium for his Jan. 8 State of the State address, Trenton’s Democratic legislature received him less as the pugnacious leader of the opposition than as its own conquering hero. (Snip) Christie’s textbook performance after Hurricane Sandy devastated his state in October pushed his approval ratings above 70% and sent his opponents scurrying for cover. Local TV commentators wonder if his upcoming 2013 re-election fight might be more coronation than campaign. In short, Christie may now be America’s most popular politician.
The National Rifle Association has gained more than 100,000 new members in the last 18 days, the organization told POLITICO’s Playbook on Thursday. The number of paid new members jumped from 4.1 million to 4.2 million in that time frame. (Snip) “We are willing to talk to policymakers about any reasonable proposals and plans,” an NRA official said in the Playbook report, regarding the upcoming meeting with Biden. “However, the NRA is hearing not just from Beltway elites and the chattering class, but real Americans all over the country that are hoping the NRA is not going to compromise