Hizzoner is old now, and says he doesn’t have the energy to carry a grudge. But he still has the cojones to speak his mind: Thomas Freidman is a ‘pompous ass.” Chuck Schumer is a lot of talk. Giuliani’s ‘a little crazy.’ Lloyd Grove takes it all in. Even before he was an old man—a condition that tends to loosen the tongues of even the most circumspect of diplomats—Edward Irving Koch had a mouth on him. Now that he is 88, New York’s former three-term mayor—the star of Koch, a rollicking, warts-and-all documentary premiering this weekend
Matthew Continetti writes at the Washington Free Beacon about the formation of an incredibly powerful lobbying group, composed of organizations that boast millions of political foot soldiers, with a total income measured in the billions of dollars. It plans to spend tens of millions of dollars pushing a rigid ideological agenda. It’s a textbook example of everything we are constantly told is “wrong” with Washington, a combination of big money, political self-interest, political influence, and secrecy. But you’ve never heard about it before, for exactly one reason: it’s a liberal group, the “Democracy Initiative.”
The Sheriff´s Department in Caddo Parish, Louisiana is inviting children to participate in the "Kids First Gun Program," which will teach young children how to safely operate firearms. The four hour course, which will be held this Saturday, January 12th, is recommended for children who received a new BB gun, shotgun or hunting rifle for Christmas or for those who may already have a gun. Sheriff Steve Prator told Shreveport Times, "Children who will receive a gun for Christmas can try it for the first time in front of certified law enforcement academy firearms instructors.
Time Warner´s Time Inc. will lay off up to 700 staffers out of just under 8,000 total as the publisher´s new chief struggles to transform famous titles and massive market share into a digital profit center. The staff cuts will come sometime in the first quarter, said a person familiar with the company´s plans, and will be across the board -- not just focused on editorial, where staffing has already been hard hit. A Time Warner spokesman declined comment.
The man who joined forces with Ralph Nader in the 1970s to virtually invent the consumer-interest lawsuit said Thursday that an outright ban on "assault weapons" might make some people feel better, but it would do nothing to curb violence at schools. George Washington University Law Professor Alan Morrison says gun confiscation is the way to go. “Now obviously, we all want to stop the killing in the schools. But how are we going to do that? Gun registration, if that happened – (is that) enough? After all, the killer’s mother had a registered gun.
WESTCHESTER, LOS ANGELES -- Fourteen people were released after being held hostage inside a Nordstrom Rack store in Westchester all night during an armed robbery. The search is still on for at least two suspects. The situation started shortly after the store closed at 10 p.m. Thursday when a husband or boyfriend of an employee called police to say there was an armed robbery. When officers arrived at the Promenade at Howard Hughes Center, they saw a man who was acting strangely run into the Nordstrom Rack.
A growing number of states are aiming to keep Uncle Sam´s hands off their weapons if Congress decides to stiffen gun-control laws in response to last month´s deadly shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. Eight states — Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, Montana, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah and Wyoming — have adopted laws in recent years that would exempt guns made in the state from federal regulation as long as they remain in the state, according to Jon Griffin of the National Conference of State Legislatures. Twenty-one other states have introduced similar legislation, said Gary Marbut, president
Many Americans, since the Sandy Hook massacre, have been disgusted by Piers Morgan´s snooty condescension toward their great country, and his blatant disregard for the Second Amendment.(snip)I can say with confidence that Piers is being either intellectually dishonest, or downright ignorant, if he believes that the USA should imitate the diabolical disaster that has been British gun control. The first thing to be observed is that his very usage of Britain as an example for the U.S. to follow is proof that his claim only to want to ban certain assault weapons like the AR-15 is an outrageous lie
A few days after Second Amendment supporters designated Jan. 19 as "Gun Appreciation Day," people on the other side of the issue are responding with some rallies of their own. One Million Moms for Gun Control announced Friday it will sponsor "several major events" in January to demand "common-sense gun control laws." The group said it will hold a demonstration at City Hall in New York on Monday, Jan. 21 -- which is Inauguration Day and the federal holiday marking Dr. Martin Luther King´s birthday. The goal of the Million Moms´ rally is to "reinforce a message
The U.S. trade deficit expanded in November to its widest point in seven months, driven by a surge in imports that outpaced only modest growth in exports. The Commerce Department said Friday that the trade gap widened 15.8 percent to $48.7 billion in November from October. Imports grew 3.8 percent to $231.3 billion, led by gains in shipments of cell phones, including Apple´s new iPhone. Exports increased only 1 percent to $182.6 billion. And exports to Europe fell 1.3 percent, further evidence of the prolonged debt crisis that has gripped the region.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Jay Rockefeller, a Democrat who has represented West Virginia in the U.S. Senate since 1984, was set to announce today that he will not run for a sixth term in the Senate. Rockefeller, 75, will make the announcement at 11 a.m. at the Culture Center in Charleston, according to a source. Rockefeller´s decision not to run was first reported by The Associated Press. He told the AP that his decision was motivated by family concerns, and not by the recent announcement by Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., that she would run for his Senate seat.
In a bruising open letter to President Obama, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is urging the administration to give up its bungled, politically-driven green energy program to focus exclusively on new taxes and industries aimed at fixing global warming. "You have the power and the opportunity to lay the groundwork for a new clean-energy policy that will help us avoid the worst consequences of climate change," said the letter, published in the MIT Technology Review. "It is quite possible that if this is not done over the next four years, it will be too late."
When Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton leaves her post as the nation’s top diplomat this year, she will step into a new role: presidential front-runner. Clinton is the leading contender to win the presidency in 2016 should she decide to run, but New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is the one Republican with a shot at defeating her, according to a new poll. Clinton leads Christie 44-42 percent, the Public Policy Polling survey found. Clinton, 65, who was recently hospitalized with a blood clot near her brain, trounces all other GOP contenders. In early hypothetical match-ups, she leads Wisconsin
LOS ANGELES - Fourteen department store employees have been rescued by a Los Angeles SWAT team after a four-hour armed robbery hostage drama inside a Nordstrom Rack department store, a police spokesman said Friday. The two robbers have escaped despite an extensive search of the department store. No one was hurt. The employees _ 13 women and a man _ were being questioned. The ordeal at the Promenade at Howard Hughes Center began at about 11 p.m., when a boyfriend of a Nordstrom worker placed a frantic 911 call and said his girlfriend called him Link repaired by staff
The conversion to electronic health records has failed so far to produce the hoped-for savings in health care costs and has had mixed results, at best, in improving efficiency and patient care, according to a new analysis by the influential RAND Corporation. Optimistic predictions by RAND in 2005 helped drive explosive growth in the electronic records industry and encouraged the federal government to give billions of dollars in financial incentives to hospitals and doctors that put the systems in place. “We’ve not achieved the productivity and quality benefits that are unquestionably there for the taking,” said
A hostage drama inside a Westchester department store ended Friday morning when 14 people were freed and armed robbery suspects escaped from a Nordstrom Rack, police said. Two suspects entered the store around 11 p.m., and someone inside called police, according to police sources. Los Angeles Police Department SWAT officers arrived and surrounded the store, the sources said. At one point, one of the suspects exited the store, saw police and ran back inside. A second suspect walked out with an unidentified woman, saw police and turned around back to the store, the sources said.
It seemed like classic Daily Show material: Former Vice President Al Gore, recipient of the Nobel Prize and the Academy Award for his work warning of the dangers of global warming, selling his struggling network Current TV to Al Jazeera, of the oil sheikhdom of Qatar, for 500 million petro-dollars. How could Jon Stewart not have some fun with that? But a week went by, and the Comedy Central mainstay said nothing about the deal. Until Thursday night. In a segment headlined “Qur’rent TV,” Stewart took on the Gore news.
If Congress does not agree to raise the debt ceiling, the US government will face tough decisions over which financial obligations it will meet, and which it won´t. The choices will be invidious and legally questionable. New Year´s Eve was the perfect time for a company to bury bad news. In the end, it was a country that seized the opportunity. As the world celebrated the start of 2013, the US government revealed that it had reached its $16.4 trillion (£10 trillion) borrowing limit. Disclosing the news with just hours of 2012 left was not the only devilry in
The Obama administration is considering funding many more police officers in public schools to secure campuses, a leading Democratic senator said, part of a broad gun violence agenda that is likely to include a ban on high-capacity ammunition clips and universal background checks. The school safety initiative, one of several under consideration, would make federal dollars available to schools that want to hire police officers and install surveillance equipment, although it is not nearly as far-ranging as the National Rifle Association’s proposal for armed guards in every U.S. school.
War On Terror: In picking his terror czar for CIA chief, the president claimed John Brennan has "decimated" al-Qaida. In fact, Brennan´s terror-fighting record should disqualify him from the job. (Snip)It´s been months since al-Qaida pulled off its worst act of terrorism on U.S. soil since 9/11, and yet the White House counterterrorism chief remains mum. He hasn´t said a word about it, in sharp contrast to his camera-mugging after the SEALs took out Osama bin Laden. Why? Because he dropped the ball in Libya. He underestimated al-Qaida´s strength in North Africa.
Only in Washington can someone who is singularly identified with failure not only be commended for it, but also actually win promotion to even greater responsibility. America, meet Jack Lew, your next Treasury secretary. (Snip) We find it troubling that Lew has repeatedly told outright falsehoods about U.S. budgets and debt — deceiving both the public and Republican opposition about our fiscal health. As he told CNN in 2011: "Our budget will get us, over the next several years, to the point where we can look the American people in the eye and say we´re not adding to
For years Larry King hosted the CNN show that is now helmed by British import Piers Morgan. Now King has opened up about his replacement and his pronouncement is not very flattering. King thinks Morgan makes the show too much about Morgan. For those who remember, Larry King was more about being a conduit for the guests to entertain and enlighten viewers. His idea, perhaps an old fashioned TV ideal, was to make the show less about Larry King and more about the guests his viewers tuned in to watch.
“You come in here, brandish your little book as if I don’t know what’s in there--” “My little book? That’s the Constitution of the United States. It’s our founding document, Piers.” “I know what’s in your Constitution.” “Do you really?” That was the climax of a heated debate between Breitbart News Editor-at-Large Ben Shapiro and CNN’s Piers Morgan on live television this evening--one in which Morgan came off much the worse for wear.
The Government was on Thursday night urged to open an inquiry after officials found signs that birth rates for girls and boys vary noticeably according to where their mothers were born. A health minister said that these differences in rates of male and female births among mothers of certain nationalities may “fall outside the range considered possible without intervention”. It forms the first official statistical evidence potentially backing up concerns that sex-selection abortions are being carried out in Britain. Andrew Lansley, the former health secretary, last year criticised the “illegal and morally wrong” practice