Deputy Alfonso Marquina (opposition party UNT – Sucre municipality) described as "a mess" the ruling of the Supreme Tribunal of Court (TSJ) that Hugo Chávez, as a reelected president, does not need to take oath again, thus endorsing the administrative continuity of his government. His comment came in response to the presence of Latin American and Caribbean foreign ministers and leaders to attend a meeting of oil alliance Petrocaribe and the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA). According to Marquina, such foreign officials and leaders are not aware of the real situation facing Venezuela.
American Express Co. said it would cut about 5,400 jobs and take about $600 million in after-tax charges in the fourth quarter, which will halve its net income for the period. The credit card company said it would employ 4 to 6 percent fewer people by the end of 2013, compared to its current headcount of 63,500. The company expects to report a profit of $637 million, or 56 cents per share, including the charges. Excluding the items, American Express estimates fourth-quarter adjusted net income at $1.2 billion,
Two Dallas-area buildings once occupied by presidential assassin Lee Harvey Oswald met opposite fates this week. While Irving made a move to restore the home where Oswald spent the night before assassinating John F. Kennedy, Dallas announced that it would demolish the now-derelict apartment complex where Oswald lived with his wife shortly before the murder. Irving Home: 2515 West 5th-Back in December, the Dallas Morning News reported that the city of Irving had purchased the home where Oswald stayed on November 21, 1963 (pictured above). In the sixties, the home belonged to Ruth Paine, a housewife and
President Barack Obama’s campaign is set to be reconfigured into an operation that will assist the White House’s policy goals in a second term, CNN reported on Thursday. Citing a source familiar with the campaign, CNN reported that the operation could be converted to a 501(c)(4) or a super PAC. The restructured organization will be led by former Obama campaign manager Jim Messina and other top operatives from the campaign, including Stephanie Cutter and Jennifer O’Malley Dillon. The grass-roots infrastructure put in place since the president’s first campaign in 2008 includes what is likely an unprecedented number
On Laura Ingraham’s radio on Thursday, CNBC anchor Larry Kudlow explained why President Barack Obama’s nomination of Jack Lew as the Timothy Geithner’s replacement to head the Treasury Department was a “nutty appointment.” The White House has not decided whether it will submit a budget before Feb. 4 as legally required, and Kudlow pointed to Lew as part of the problem. Kudlow cited Lew’s lack of qualifications as another reason that Obama’s appointment was “completely irresponsible.” “You know, this whole thing is kind of centered around the Senate, which hasn’t done a budget in 1,351 days —
After consulting with a series of stakeholders in the ongoing debate over gun control, Vice President Joe Biden will present his recommendations for reducing gun-related violence in America to President Obama on Tuesday, he said today. The vice president, speaking to reporters before a meeting on gun violence with sportsmen and women, and just minutes before another school shooting was reported, outlined a series of the recommendations he said are emerging in the course of his conversations with various stakeholders in the conversation. Among those possible proposals include
President Barack Obama has signed into law a bill granting lifetime Secret Service protection to former presidents and their wives. The measure Obama signed Thursday applies to presidents elected after Jan. 1, 1997, specifically Obama and former President George W. Bush. It reverses a 1994 law that ended Secret Service protection 10 years after a president leaves office. Under that law, the Homeland Security secretary could extend such protection on a temporary basis. A sponsor of the bill, Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy of South Carolina, says increased terrorist threats and the greater mobility and youth of former presidents
To put it mildly, it is a matter of enormous public interest that the Met Office has revised its predictions of global warming, whispering that new data suggest there will be none for the next five years. After all, the projection implies that by 2017, despite a colossal increase in carbon emissions, there will have been no rise in the planet’s surface temperature for almost two decades. Why, then, did the Met Office choose to sneak out this intriguing information on Christmas Eve, knowing there would be no newspapers the next day? Isn’t the inescapable suspicion that our national
NEWTOWN, Conn.- Since the elementary school massacre in her hometown, Sarah Findley has found herself driving by her children´s schools in Newtown, checking to make sure police are still stationed outside. The mother of three is among many people calling on school officials to keep up the police presence at schools in Newtown, which has had two officers at each of its schools since a gunman killed 20 children and six women inside the Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14. "I think we´re all just shaken to the core," said Findley, whose children all attend schools other than
Families of sailors and Marines serving on the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower are using Facebook to express frustration over their loved ones’ long deployment in the Middle East. “I think this is terrible. We are in the groove, ready for it to be over … I don’t want a redeployment in the spring. Months of worrying about being nervous about the looming deployment all over again,” one relative wrote on the Eisenhower’s Facebook page. “Keep IKE home!!! Don’t let Ike sailors and Marines suffer for the [USS] Nimitz lack of time control … find a relief ship
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