Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will make her long-awaited appearance in front of a U.S. Senate panel tomorrow to testify about the Sept. 11, 2012 attacks in Benghazi, and New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez will be on hand to preside over the hearing. Clinton will make her appearance at 9 a.m. in front of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which Menendez, of North Bergen, may chair if Sen. John Kerry is confirmed as Clinton’s successor. Republicans have called on Clinton to testify about the attacks in Benghazi, where four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens, were killed during a deadly
Washington – Senator Frank R. Lautenberg (D-N.J.) introduced a bill on Tuesday to ban high-capacity ammunition magazines holding more than 10 rounds, a major element of the gun safety plan announced last week by President Obama. Lautenberg’s bill, substantially the same as one he introduced two years ago, is cosponsored by Sen. Bob Menendez and 15 other Democratic senators. A companion bill has been introduced in the House of Representatives by Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-N.Y.), with 48 cosponsors. Lautenberg´s “Large Capacity Ammunition Feeding Device Act” would prohibit the manufacture and sale of ammunition magazines that have a capacity
Sophie Schmidt, the teenage daughter of Google chairman Eric Schmidt has shed some light on her father´s secretive trip to North Korea, in a first-hand account of the visit to a "very, very strange" country. Google´s Eric Schmidt ´pays tribute to Kim Jong-il´ In a blog posting at the weekend titled "It might not get weirder than this", Sophie Schmidt provided a candid take on the controversial three-day trip earlier this month that was criticised by the US government. Miss Schmidt, 19, had accompanied her father on the visit as part of a delegation led by Bill Richardson, the former US ambassador
WASHINGTON -After a messy fight that highlighted strains with the White House, the Democratic National Committee completed what should have been the routine election of a new slate of officers Tuesday. As expected, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida was given another term as national party chairwoman. But below that level, chaos reigned for a time as DNC members balked at rubber-stamping a White House-approved list of replacements for several veterans of the pre-Obama era. Among the incoming DNC leaders are vice chairwomen Maria Elena Durazo, a Los Angeles labor official, and Tulsi Gabbard,
FORT BRAGG N.C. -Army Brig. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sinclair, a veteran of five tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, deferred entering a plea to criminal charges including sexual misconduct at his court-martial Tuesday. In a rare case of an active-duty general charged with criminal offenses, Sinclair decided not to enter a plea at his arraignment hearing. After he deferred the plea, the defense moved to sanction prosecutors for having privileged e-mails. The general is accused of 25 specific violations of the Uniform Code of Military Justice between October 2007 and March 2012.
Among the cluster of bracelets Michelle Obama donned a the Inauguration festivities -- in her amazing poppy red Jason Wu halter gown (we saw this orange-red color at the Golden Globes -- and here it is again, take note) - were two chic diamond bangles by Kimberly McDonald, whom we´re proud to say is an L.A.-based jeweler as of the last few years.(Snip)It´s all about a cluster of bracelets these days, isn´t it? You see it on boho girls on the street - but when you see it on the First Lady,you know it´s the statement of the moment.
During President Obama´s inauguration today, Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander (R) quoted Alex Haley, the author made world-famous for his Pulitzer Prize-winning literary sensation, "Roots." According to The Washington Post, Haley and Alexander were longtime friends. That´s all well and good, but quoting Alex Haley at an important national occasion is not unlike quoting Lance Armstrong. Because what both men are most famous for is based on brazen fraud. Haley not only lost a high-profile plagiarism suit against his work in "Roots, but any serious look into the Haley family´s genealogy has found -- and I´m being generous --
Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman notified the Obama administration Tuesday that he has approved the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline to traverse his state, marking a significant step toward reviving the project after President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sidelined it. The Republican governor approved a revised route for the Canada-to-Texas pipeline which his office said would avoid environmentally sensitive areas. "Construction and operation of the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline, with the mitigation and commitments from Keystone would have minimal environmental impacts in Nebraska," he wrote in a letter to Obama and Clinton. he decision on final approval now
He spent the best part of last year fighting a grueling battle for another term in the White House, but hours after President Barack Obama was officially sworn into office on Monday, he had a bigger fight on his hands: Taking on singer Usher in a Gangnam Style dance off. The president and his wife Michelle threw a spectacular after-party at the White House last night after attending two glitzy events celebrating his inauguration. Hundreds of high-profile guests attended the exclusive bash which finally came to a close at 3 a.m. Celebrities shared photographs of the first lady,
After enduring hours of derision and mockery by the panelists at a Chicago-area guns “forum” Sunday, one man in the audience stood up and addressed the crowd, identified himself as a veteran, and proceeded to give a straightforward but passionate defense of his support for the First and Second Amendments. The forum, despite having been marketed by the organizers from the New Trier Democrats as a “space for real conversation,” had until then allowed for anything but discussion. Countless snide remarks and dubious facts were placed on powerpoint slides as the audience, largely filled with NRA supporters, were repeatedly “shushed”
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu emerged the bruised winner of Israel´s election on Tuesday, with his hawkish bloc unexpectedly losing ground to resurgent center-left challengers, exit polls showed. They suggested the Israeli leader´s Likud party, yoked with the ultra-nationalist Yisrael Beitenu group, would still be the biggest bloc in the 120-member assembly with 31 seats, 11 fewer than the 42 they held in the previous parliament. If the exit polls compiled by three Israeli television channels prove correct, Netanyahu would be on course to secure a third term in office, perhaps leading a hardline coalition that would promote Jewish settlement
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has emerged from Tuesday´s elections victorious but substantially weakened, with his Likud party projected to win 31 seats, down from its current 42 seats, according to early exit polls. The big exit poll surprise, however, was the second-place showing of the centrist Yesh Atid party, formed in 2012 by Israeli journalist Yair Lapid. Buoyed by stronger-than-expected voter turnout, Yesh Atid is projected to win 18 or 19 seats, topping the leftist Labor Party, which came in third with 17 seats.
When Ann Romney wore a designer T-shirt for a TV interview in May, the media made sure to highlight the price. “Ann Romney’s $990 T-shirt Is Indicative of a Tone-Deaf Campaign,” blared a Washington Post web headline online. “Designer of Ann Romney’s $1K Shirt Says It’s Off the Rack,” reported ABC News. “Ann Romney’s $990 shirt — Worth It?” asked Politico. In June, the media were still buzzing over the shirt. “Her look was rarely more of-the-moment than on ‘CBS This Morning’ last month, when Mrs. Romney worea $990 Reed Krakoff blouse emblazoned with an exotic bird
Masnaa, Lebanon-Key Syrian ally Russia began evacuating its citizens from the country on Tuesday as the civil war gathered momentum in the capital Damascus with intense fighting around the international airport. The evacuation was the strongest sign yet of Moscow´s waning confidence in the ability of its ally President Bashar Assad to hold onto power. The U.N. chief said Tuesday that a diplomatic conclusion to the war seems unlikely. U.S. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said the Russian evacuations indicate "the continued deterioration of the security situation and the violence that Assad is leading against his own people."
Yesterday, Eric Cantor told CBS News that voters want Congress and the White House to start solving problems. House Republicans will make an offer to open a window for that purpose. In a kind of side-step around the debt-ceiling issue, the GOP will pass a bill that will suspend rather than raise the debt ceiling for a short period of time — and press Senate Democrats to produce a budget before the window closes. They are now confident in their ability to pass this proposal within the GOP majority, at least:
If President Obama’s goal with the inaugural prayers was to marginalize and offend devout, conservative Christians and orthodox Jews, it would be fair to say: mission accomplished. The choice of Myrlie Evers-Williams, widow of slain civil rights leader Medgar Evers, departed from historical protocol. She was the first female and first non-clergy member to lead an inaugural prayer. She did so in the wake of Pastor Louie Giglio’s unceremonious removal from the dais after the discovery he had preached a sermon 20 years ago expositing the Bible’s position on homosexuality. While it’s understandable that Evers-Williams would feel the need
At least three people are believed to be injured after two gunmen opened fire on a Texas college campus this afternoon. A spokesperson from Lone Star College in Houston confirmed shots were fired between two people at the North Harris campus and that one of them had been detained. Police are currently searching a wooded area north of the campus for another gunman who fled the building--which is on lock down and said to be under control. Unconfirmed reports say the gun fire was between two students and the injured got caught in the crossfire. Another man was said to have suffered
A Connecticut woman’s Disney Dream cruise dissolved into a nightmare when she was thrown in jail on a shoplifting warrant — from 22 years ago. Robin Hall, 41, was nabbed Thursday when the Disney cruise ship docked in Port Canaveral, Fla., at the tail end of her vacation with her husband and two children, reported NBC affiliate WESH in Orlando. There, authorities were waiting for Hall. Her youthful indiscretion caught up with her when the ship conducted a check of all passengers looking for names on a terrorism watch list. “I was pulled to the side and told I had
Don’t like the way that car is parked? A new service allows individuals in San Francisco to anonymously send text messages to strangers through their license tag numbers. “Helping neighbors avoid the pitfalls of parking in San Francisco,” says CurbTXT, which allows people who sign up for the service to avoid receiving nasty notes on their vehicles. “A lot of things can go wrong when parking a car in the city,” the company explains. “We think instant, direct, and anonymous communication can alleviate a lot of the parking issues
As recreational drugs go, marijuana is relatively benign. Unlike alcohol, it doesn´t stimulate violence or destroy livers. Unlike tobacco, it doesn´t cause lung cancer and heart disease. The worst you can say is that it produces intense, unreasoning panic. Not in users, but in critics. Those critics have less influence all the time. Some 18 states permit medical use of marijuana, and in November, Colorado and Washington voted to allow recreational use. Nationally, support for legalization is steadily rising. A decade ago, one of every three Americans favored the idea. Today, nearly half do—and among those under 50, a large
Ken Salazar may be leaving the Interior Department soon, but he’s giving a strong push to President Obama’s solar and wind agenda on his way out the door. Two days after announcing that he would be hanging up his cowboy hat and returning home to Colorado come March, Salazar announced the first-ever statewide plan to designate renewable energy zones on public land. It designates 192,100 acres of public land across Arizona as potentially suitable for utility-scale solar and wind energy development. The Restoration Design Energy Project caps a three-year, statewide environmental analysis of “disturbed land and other areas
SPRING -The price seemed too good to be true: $300 for a round-trip bus tour to the presidential inauguration in Washington, D.C. with a hotel night included. For Aesha Godfrey, it turned out to be a bumpy ride in more ways than one. “I’m so angry,” she said. Godfrey, her mother, her aunt and some friends booked the trip online. It was even advertised on the Dallas County Democratic Party’s website. The bus left Austin early Saturday and had a pickup in Dallas, which is where the women drove to meet up with the group.
Washington-In a meeting with Jewish leaders, Chuck Hagel, US President Obama´s defense secretary nominee, affirmed his commitment to preventing Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon and to maintaining Israel´s qualitative military edge.(Snip)A four-sentence statement Monday issued by the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations described the January 18 meeting as "an important opportunity for a serious and thorough discussion of key issues of importance to all of us." The statement, which also noted the presence at the meeting of US Vice President Joe Biden as well as the leaders of the Anti-Defamation League, the American Jewish Committee
HARRIS COUNTY- At least two people have been shot at Lone Star Community in North Harris County, according to Precinct 4 deputy constables. One person is in custody. Dozens of law enforcement officers are searching for a second suspect on the loose. KHOU 11 News stringer Lloyd Overcash saw one male being brought out of the library on a stretcher. At least one other person was being treated by EMS crews outside the library when Air 11 flew over. Other crews were entering the library with stretchers, as students filed out.
Yesterday, the president finally did what he always wanted to do and what his followers on the left have been pining for. President Obama’s inaugural address was a lurch to the left that scratched the itch so many of his followers have had for four years. Finally, the cliches embraced by anyone who has ever worn a beret or attended a university campus protest wearing a Che Guevara T-shirt were all wrapped into one speech. So now what? Does Obama have a plan to govern in his second term?