President Barack Obama rolled up his sleeves to help paint bookshelves at a run-down Washington school today to mark a National Day of Service, as Chelsea Clinton helped kick off his three-day inauguration celebration. The former first daughter spoke at a summit on the National Mall to urge people to participate in volunteer projects, saying there´s a chain of service that links generations of Americans from all across the country. Meanwhile, Obama, First Lady, Michelle Obama, and their daughters Malia and Sasha, joined 500 volunteers to spruce up Burrville Elementary School.
On Monday, President Obama will preside over the grand reopening of his administration. It would be altogether fitting if he stepped to the microphone, looked down the mall, and let out a sigh: so many people expecting so much from a government that appears capable of so little. A second inaugural suggests new beginnings, but this one is being bookended by dead-end debates. Gridlock over the fiscal cliff preceded it and gridlock over the debt limit, sequester, and budget will follow. After the election, the same people are in power in all the branches of government and
More than 140 countries have agreed on a set of legally binding measures to curb mercury pollution, at UN talks. [Snip]The convention will regulate a range of areas, including: the supply of and trade in mercury; the use of mercury in products and industrial processes; the measures to be taken to reduce emissions from artisanal and small-scale gold mining; the measures to be taken to reduce emissions from power plants and metals production facilities. Ahead of the five-day meeting, the UN Environment Programme (Unep) published a report warning that developing nations were facing growing health and environmental risks from
Rush Limbaugh on his radio show discussed an article which stated that there is no respected voice in the national arena articulating conservatism. Such an advocate for conservatism is crucial to reversing the direction of America as Obama drives us toward socialism while low-info voters gleefully sing Kumbaya in the backseat. Well excuse me for pointing out the obvious, but we had an extraordinary advocate for conservatism, and look what happened to her. Judas on our side betrayed her -- sold her reputation for 30 seconds of fame and favor with the media.
Ain Amenas, Algeria — In a bloody finale, Algerian special forces stormed a natural gas complex in the Sahara desert on Saturday to end a standoff with Islamist extremists that left at least 19 hostages and 29 militants dead. Dozens of foreign workers remain unaccounted for, leading to fears the death toll could rise. With few details emerging from the remote site in eastern Algeria, it was unclear whether anyone was rescued in the final operation. The siege at Ain Amenas transfixed the world after radical Islamists linked to al-Qaida stormed the complex, which contained hundreds of plant workers
At the end of Kim, Kipling has his eponymous hero say, “When everyone is dead, the Great Game is finished. Not before.” In the 1980s, it was the Russians’ withdrawal from their failed occupation of Afghanistan that triggered the beginning of the end of the Soviet Union. Less than 20 years later, in 2001, British and American troops arrived in Afghanistan, where they proceeded to begin losing what was, in Britain’s case, its fourth war in that country. As before, in the end, despite all the billions of dollars handed out, the training of an entire army of Afghan
Subway have finally responded to international criticism that their footlong sandwiches only appear to be 11 inches long. But their reply won´t win them any new fans, as they claimed that the word footlong is a ´registered trademark as a descriptive name for the sub´ and ´not intended to be a measurement of length.´ A man in Australia started uproar on Tuesday when he posted a photo on the company´s Facebook page of one of its footlong subs next to a tape measure showing the sandwich as just 11 inches. Scroll down for video -Countless lookalike pictures appeared
A Bulgarian politician today survived an extraordinary assassination attempt when a man stormed the stage and held a gun to his head as he was giving a speech. Fortunately for Ahmed Dogan, leader of the Movement for Rights and Freedoms, the weapon misfired giving him time to react and hit the would-be assassins hand out of the way. Before he can attempt a second shot the unidentified suspect is tackled to the ground by security guards and delegates attending the conference in Sofia. Source corrected to match search function.
NBC News’ David Gregory on Friday rebutted an NRA television ad calling him and President Barack Obama “elitist hypocrites,” pointing out the ad was “factually inaccurate.” “The NRA, kind of, it does what it does in how it wants to target people,” Gregory said on WRC, the NBC affiliate in Washington. “The ad is factually incorrect. And I think, you know, this is not about me. Again, I ask tough questions on both sides on [“Meet the Press”]. People will sometimes want to make me a political target, which I shouldn’t be.”The NRA’s ad, released earlier this week,
RUSH: We have, of course, the gun control battle raging on. The status of the Republican Party, where are they today, where do they stand, what are their prospects? We have the New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, he condemned the NRA ad. Did you see that? Let me find the sound bite. I told the broadcast engineer we´re gonna start with Lance Armstrong, and I just decided we´re not. Now, I gotta find Chris Christie. There it is. Number one. Koko said don´t bother telling you that the website
They slither through the Florida Everglades, wreaking havoc on the ecosystem. They can grow to more than 17 feet in length. They’re also really hard to find. Florida´s monthlong “Python Challenge” kicked off last Saturday, and so far 21 Burmese pythons have been reported killed, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The event runs through Feb. 10, and updated totals will be provided every Tuesday and Friday. The snakes’ brown-spotted bodies blend easily into the brush, stymieing many of the gun- and knife-toting hunters looking to bag a python and a cash prize.
WASHINGTON- Former first daughter Chelsea Clinton urged people to participate in service projects, saying there´s a chain of service that links generations of Americans from all across the country. Clinton is the daughter of former President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. On Saturday she spoke at a summit on the National Mall for the National Day of Service. Clinton said she was inspired by the volunteer work of her grandmother, Dorothy Rodham, who began as a child volunteer teaching migrant workers English
AIN AMENAS, Algeria- Algerian special forces stormed a natural gas complex in the middle of the Sahara desert on Saturday in a "final assault" that ended a four-day-old hostage crisis, according to the state news agency and two foreign governments. At least 19 hostages and 29 Islamist militants have been killed. The report, quoting a security source, didn´t say whether any hostages or militants remained alive, and it didn´t give the nationalities of the dead. It said the army was forced to intervene after a fire broke out in the plant and said the militants killed the hostages.
President Obama´s second inauguration could have been a celebration of national unity, but already it has become yet another campaign to scapegoat and marginalize those who have dared to oppose Obama -- like the Republicans, gun owners, and Bibi Netanyahu (snip)John Brennan is an open Israel-hater who was National Security Advisor for the last four years, in charge of White House-directed secret ops, and has now been nominated to head the CIA, the most visible post in the jungle of US intelligence.
It was a bloody weekend in Kogi State, as unknown gunmen, suspected to be Boko Haram militants, attacked a military convoy of two luxury buses conveying some soldiers, from some military formations in the southern part of the country to Kaduna. The attack left two soldiers dead and a number wounded. The convoy was believed to have come under a coordinated attack by the unknown gunmen using high capacity remote controlled improvised explosive devices( IEDs)and hand held weapons at Abobo village, just outside Okene, in Kogi State. The military personnel are believed to be part
On Thursday, while looking wistfully back at Obama´s first four years, NBC News accidentally did some actual reporting. In a First Read article that opened with the question, "Is the nation better off than it was four years ago," senior political director, Mark Murray, did something that neither he, nor NBC News, nor the mainstream media was willing to do during this last presidential campaign: report on Obama´s record. But there it finally was: The Truth -- and from NBC News, no less. Poverty´s up (from 43.6 million to 46.2 million), middle class incomes are down
A 5-year-old Pennsylvania girl who told another girl she was going to shoot her with a pink toy gun that blows soapy bubbles has been suspended from kindergarten. Her family has hired an attorney to fight the punishment, which initially was 10 days but was reduced to two. Attorney Robin Ficker says Mount Carmel Area School District officials labeled the girl a ´terrorist threat´ for the bubble gun remark, made on January 10 as both girls waited for a school bus. Scroll down for video -Ficker says the girl didn´t even have the bubble gun with her and
WASHINGTON- The Presidential Inaugural Committee, in a reversal from the first inauguration, is accepting donations from unions as well as corporations, the committee says. Nine unions and several major corporations appeared Friday on the website´s weekly list of donors to events surrounding President Obama´s swearing-in for a second term, The Hill reported. Unions listed this week as contributing to inauguration events include the American Federation of Government Employees, the American Postal Workers Union and the International Association of Fire Fighters.
Algerian troops have ended a siege at a gas facility in the Sahara desert killing 11 Islamist militants after they killed seven hostages, Algerian state news agency APS has said. The hostages were summarily killed as the troops tried to free them, it said. Foreign workers were among the hostages, but the nationalities of the dead are not known.[Snip] On Friday, 573 Algerians and about 100 of 132 foreigners working at the plant were freed, Algerian officials said. About 30 foreigners remain unaccounted for, including fewer than 10 from the UK. The militants themselves said before the raid that
Survivors of one of the largest hostage crises in recent memory recounted harrowing tales of their ordeal, as Algerian security forces attempted late Friday to negotiate an end to the standoff at a natural gas facility in the Sahara desert. Some workers described being forced to strap on explosives-filled belts when Islamist militants stormed the site Wednesday. Others were shot on the spot. (Snip) An unknown number of captives, including Americans, remain trapped at the complex. Some militants and hostages were killed, including at least one American, with the unverified toll potentially in the dozens.
TAMPA -The state´s attempt to simplify its complex and antiquated hospital payment system could inadvertently shrink the area´s number of aspiring doctors, putting a strain on hospitals. Nearly half of the University of South Florida´s medical residents spend two to three years in supervised practice at Tampa General Hospital, one of six specialized statutory teaching hospitals in Florida. Salary, benefit and malpractice insurance costs for each of the 301 resident doctors run $100,000 a year. USF Health and leaders at the Level-1 trauma hospital were troubled to learn they may lose the $10 million a year now designated
The world is beset by terrorists — witness the American hostages taken in Algeria this week — but portions of our federal government continue to obsess about alleged home-grown threats from the “far right.” The Combating Terrorism Center, which is based at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, has issued a new report on its website entitled “Challengers from the Sidelines: Understanding America’s Violent Far-Right.” Normally, the center’s activities are focused on al-Qaeda and other violent Islamic groups seeking to topple governments around the world. But
Seven hostages were executed today as Algeria´s four-day hostage standoff came to a bloody end when the country´s special forces stormed the remote desert gas plant. They killed 11 militants, but not before they in turn executed seven hostages, the state news agency reported. The report, quoting a security source, did not specify if any hostages or militants remained alive or give the nationalities of the dead. This afternoon 16 hostages were freed including two Americans, two Germans and one Portuguese. But Algerian special forces also found 15 burned bodies at the desert gas plant
WASHINGTON -- Presidential terms are measured by sweeping laws and stirring events, but legacies are about enduring ideas. The one Barack Obama has in mind will drive most everything he tries to do in the next four years: assuring that America is a place where anyone can make it. There is no moonshot here, no call to end tyranny in our time. What Obama wants written in the first paragraph of history is that he helped deliver a better life for the people struggling in the richest nation on earth.
WASHINGTON - Top policymakers at the Federal Reserve felt for most of 2007 that problems in housing and banking were isolated and unlikely to tear down the U.S. economy as they ultimately did. Even as crisis signals started flashing red with the freezing of credit markets during the summer, Fed officials believed the troubles would be moderate and short-lived, according to transcripts of the 2007 meetings released on Friday after the customary five-year lag. U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, then president of the New York Federal Reserve Bank, said during an emergency telephone call on August 10 of that year
AIN AMENAS, Algeria (AP) -- Algeria´s special forces stormed a natural gas complex in the middle of the Sahara desert on Saturday in a "final assault" aimed at ending a four-day-old hostage crisis, the state news agency reported. It said 11 militants and seven hostages were killed. The report, quoting a security source, didn´t say whether any hostages or militants remained alive, and it didn´t give the nationalities of the dead. It said the army was forced to intervene after a fire broke out in the plant. The siege at the Ain Amenas plant, jointly run