Abuja - The first of a planned 900 Nigerian troops will deploy to Mali in the next 24 hours as part of a UN-mandated African force aimed at helping the country battle Islamists, a defence spokesman said Tuesday. “The president approved the deployment of a battalion, and in the next 24 hours a company of the battalion will be deployed,” Colonel Mohammed Yerima told journalists. “The remainder will be deployed later.” He added that Nigeria’s total commitment will be around 900 troops, or 300 more than previously announced. The first company will include 190 personnel, he said.
New York — Police in New York City plan to combat the theft of painkillers and other highly addictive prescription medicines by asking pharmacies around the city to hide fake pill bottles fitted with GPS devices amid the legitimate supplies on their shelves. The New York Police Department believes the so-called "bait bottles" could help investigators track stolen drugs and locate suspects. Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly is expected to unveil the plan Tuesday at a La Quinta, Calif., conference on health issues hosted by former President Bill Clinton´s foundation. In prepared remarks provided in advance of his appearance, Kelly says
An on-again, off-again move by the Obama administration to scrap the federal gas tax in favor of a pay-per-mile fee would boost the tab to Americans as high as 250 percent, raising their current tax of 18.4 cents a gallon to as high as 46 cents, according to a new government study. But without a tax increase, said the Government Accountability Office study, the government´s highway fund is going to go dry. One reason the fund is going broke: President Obama´s push for fuel efficient cars has resulted in better mileage, and fewer stops at the pump.
In an interview at BuzzFeed´s New York offices Monday, former Utah Governor, Ambassador, and presidential candidate Jon Huntsman assailed his fellow Republicans for their slowness to accept mainstream science, called on his party to revamp its positions on key social issues, and coyly hinted at his own future presidential ambitions. It was, in other words, the quintessential Huntsman interview. In his most recent media tour, the moderate Republican has been preaching a sermon he´s preached many times before, first as an ambitious newcomer to the national stage, then as a fledgling presidential candidate,
Plug-in power meets traditional American luxury today as General Motors reveals its Cadillac ELR, a battery-driven coupe based on the same technology in the Chevrolet Volt. GM´s investment in the Volt, estimated at more than $1 billion, will now include the iconic luxury brand. The unveiling is scheduled for 10:05 a.m. at the North American International Auto Show at Cobo Center. The ELR catapults GM into direct competition with luxury electric vehicles such as the Tesla Model S and Fisker Karma. It could also lure environmentally conscious luxury buyers who have previously favored Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz.
Newark, N.J., Mayor Cory Booker contended that closing down private gun sales would dramatically cut the number of domestic violence slayings. “What we see in Newark is that law abiding citizens buying guns are not causing the crime. It is that criminals can so easily get their hands on guns,” Booker said last night on MSNBC. “…You have an overwhelming majority of gun owners agree with instant background checks, agree that we should end the gun show loophole and end these secondary markets.” “The best data point I have on this is that when you
Utah businessman Jeremy Johnson, who pled guilty last week to charges of bank fraud and money laundering, is claiming he made a deal in 2010 to pay Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid of Nevada $600,000 to stop a federal investigation into Johnson´s business. Johnson says his alleged deal with Reid was brokered by John Swallow, a Republican who was sworn in as Utah´s attorney general on January 7, and a fellow businessman from Utah, Richard Rawle. Swallow has denied that he is involved in the deal, in which Rawle would have allegedly used his influence
Federal welfare spending will skyrocket 80 percent over the next decade, according to new analysis by the minority side of the Senate Budget Committee. Here´s a chart, provided by the committee, detailing the growth in spending: "This chart displays projected federal spending on federal welfare programs over the next ten years, based on data from the Congressional Research Service and Congressional Budget Office," the Republican side of the Senate Budget Committee explains. "These figures do not count state contributions to federal welfare programs (primarily on low-income health assistance) which brought total welfare spending in FY2011
CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: The tone of this address was quite remarkable. He talked about Republicans being suspicious of Social Security and Medicare by the oldest saw that you could hear. And then he added -- and suspicious of the government´s role in making sure that impoverished children get food. Now that´s a little bit over the top. That´s essentially libel. And then he said ´Oh yes, I love hanging out at a Congressional picnics with these people who want to starve America´s children.´ Interesting invitation. And then he did this thing, he went over and over
Ann Coulter visited Sean Hannity‘s show Monday night to discuss President Obama‘s recent cabinet picks as well as his possible actions on gun control. Coulter said she had just come back from England where they have “not bought into” the “diversity enthusiasm” of the States. “The liberals,” Coulter claimed, are “pushing and pushing and pushing” to have more mass murderers of color. “If you compare white populations, we have the same murder rate as Belgium,” Coulter said. “So perhaps it’s not a gun problem, it’s a demographic problem.” (Snip) Hannity asked the conservative commentator what she thought
Fox News contributor Kirsten Powers slammed President Obama‘s press conference earlier today when she told Bret Baier that his tone was “petulant” and he was “acting annoyed that people were asking him questions.” Regarding the impending debt ceiling debate, Powers said Obama “didn’t do a great job of explaining the situation” because although a default would be “disruptive,” he “didn’t need to exaggerate it.” (Snip) Baier noted that “default is really not an option for the country.” Powers agreed and responded that Obama “could have been straightforward about that.”
A window on the soul of the left has opened with the release of excerpts from an email chain revealing a coordinated effort to discredit critics of the Hagel nomination. The Daily Caller obtained a copy of the email chain containing comments by prominent leftists on how to advance the confirmation chances, not by advocating Hagel himself, but by attacking and discrediting his opponents. The people involved in this covert joint effort are some heavyweights. At the center is David Fenton, the veteran left wing media-manipulating mastermind
In a boon for the Obama administration’s efforts to advance the nomination Chuck Hagel as secretary of defense, Senator Charles E. Schumer of New York, the first senator to meet privately with Mr. Hagel, told President Obama Tuesday that he is optimistic that he could vote for Mr. Hagel’s confirmation based on his grilling of Mr. Hagel on a variety of issues pertaining to Israel and Iran.
In the 20th century, only two presidents shaped new governing coalitions that outlasted them. They were the only two men to appear on five national tickets. The first was FDR, who rang down the curtain in 1932 on the seven decades of Republican hegemony since Abraham Lincoln that had seen only two Democrats in the White House. And Grover Cleveland and Woodrow Wilson had made it only because of divisions inside the GOP. Franklin Roosevelt would win four terms, and his party would win the presidency in seven of nine elections between 1932 and 1968.
Veritas video reporter James O’Keefe has released a new video of his team posing as an anti-gun group promoting an initiative to journalists. At each home, the group dubbed as “Citizens Against Senseless Violence” asks each homeowner if they are willing to put up a “Gun Free” sign in their yard. O’Keefe primarily focuses his efforts on employees of the Journal-News – the New York newspaper that published a controversial map of registered gun owners online. Armed security welcomes the Veritas team at some of the homes, hired by some of the newspaper’s employees to protect them after bloggers retaliated
The Republican-led House Rules Committee late Monday approved a rule for a massive Hurricane Sandy relief package that shuts out most GOP proposals to pare back the size of the bill. The main bill provides $17 billion in relief, and an amendment made in order would add another $33.7 billion, for a total of $50.7 billion. Late last week, Republicans offered amendments that would trim the bill significantly, but few of those were made "in order" by the Rules Committee on Monday.
Two seemingly unrelated events—Obama’s nomination of Chuck Hagel as Pentagon chief and the sale of Al Gore’s Current TV to Al Jazeera—are coming together in a way that illustrates the role that the foreign propaganda channel can and will play if Congress lets the television deal go through. House Homeland Security Committee chairman Rep. Michael McCaul is being encouraged by a group of media critics, journalists, academics, and national security and Middle East experts, to open hearings into Al Jazeera’s media power play on American soil. In regard to Hagel, Breitbart blogger William Bigelow notes that Al Jazeera
Leno: President Obama has announced the theme for his second inauguration. It´s "Faith in America´s Future." The idea is to get our minds off of America´s present. Conan: Tickets to President Obama’s inauguration have sold out. At least that’s what the President is telling Joe Biden. Conan: After 113 days, the National Hockey League has settled its contract dispute. So finally, Americans can get back to not watching hockey. Letterman: It got so bad during the National Hockey League strike that ´Disney on Ice´ began to allow fighting.
Would you be surprised if I told you that the federal government invited a terrorist to the Pentagon for lunch, all the while knowing that he likely assisted the 9/11 hijackers? That’s what we found out recently from documents we received from the U.S. State Department. According to the records, which we obtained through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) was aware on September 27, 2001, that Anwar al-Aulaqi, the U.S. born terrorist assassinated by a U.S. drone in Yemen on September 30, 2011, had purchased airplane tickets for three
One of the existential threats to broadcast and cable television is anything involving Internet streaming. We the People are slowly but surely getting used to the idea of watching what we want, when we want. And as people get used to this technology, the idea of flipping endlessly through expensive nothing-to-watch cable packages feels more outdated by the day. When the cable and broadcast empires fall, subscriber-based providers like Netflix Streaming and Hulu will likely go down as the reason why. This is why CBS hysterically overreacted to one of its companies, CNET, naming Dish Network´s Headline corrected by source Breitbart
In a move that serves to discount the severity of voter fraud in the US, the Associated Press’ Gary Fineout posted two conflicting reports regarding a voter fraud investigation. Strangely, after posting inaccurate information in an article, the heavily left-leaning AP staff writer then posted an update -- one that conflicted with the first false posting, yet was still false in itself. The issue at the core of the matter was an alert to authorities in both Rhode Island and Florida that the exact same individual was on the books for having voted in both states in a
Two years ago, New Yorker writer Lawrence Wright published an exhaustive report about screenwriter and director Paul Haggis’s theretofore unknown travails in and out of the Church of Scientology. Alongside global celebrities Tom Cruise and John Travolta, Haggis, (who wrote the back-to-back Academy Award-winning films Million Dollar Baby and Crash) was a Scientology poster boy. He was precisely the sort of show business star whom Church officials could trot out as an example of their religion’s ability to help adherents “go clear,” Scientology lingo for the achievement of a state of enlightenment
As a state senator in Illinois, President Obama opposed legislation providing an exception to handgun restrictions if the weapon was used in the defense of one’s home. Obama’s vote would have maintained the status quo, which made it a violation of municipal gun ban law to use a firearm to save your own life in your own home. But the bill was passed anyway without his support. The vote is a sign of how committed Obama may be to strict gun control measures. The Illinois vote is hardly ancient history, having occurred in 2004 as
The two governors leading the debate on stricter gun laws -- New York´s Andrew Cuomo and Maryland´s Martin O´Malley -- not only want to enact legislation that would make their respective states the toughest in the country, they are both widely believed to have presidential aspirations and could face each other in 2016 or a future Democratic primary. Cuomo laid out his legislation in a State of the State address last week and it was passed by the state Senate Monday, while O´Malley described his plan Monday at a gun summit at Johns Hopkins University.
President Obama has a new New Year´s favorite phrase: "I´m happy to have that conversation." He was happy to utter that very happy-to-have phrase fully five times in his 52-minute news conference Monday. According to the Democrat, he is probably the most reasonable, most friendly, most social, most compromising person he knows. And he´s always happy to have conversations, except when he isn´t. Or as long as everyone else does things his way.
New York lawmakers agreed to pass the toughest gun control law in the nation and the first since the Newtown, Conn., school shooting, calling for a tougher assault weapons ban and provisions to keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill who make threats. "This is a scourge on society," Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday night, six days after making gun control a centerpiece of his progressive agenda in his State of the State address. The bipartisan effort was fueled by the Newton tragedy that took the lives of 20 first graders and six educators.