Barack Obama is a record-setting president. He is the most polarizing president in the history of polling. According to the Gallup organization, during his fourth year in office, an average of 86 percent of Democrats and 10 percent of Republicans approved of the job Barack Obama did as president. That 76-percentage-point gap ties George W. Bush’s fourth year as the most polarized years in Gallup records. Now let’s dial the clock back a year, when Jeffrey Jones of the Gallup organization wrote, “The historically high gap between partisans’ job approval ratings of Barack Obama continued during Obama’s third year in office,
What are we to make about reports from Israel that Iran´s top secret Fordow nuclear facility has been hit by a massive underground explosion that has caused severe damage to the uranium enrichment programme and trapped 240 workers inside? Claims that the explosion happened last Monday - just as Israelis were digesting the results of the general election – appeared on the Right-wing news website WND last Friday. But three days later the normally garrulous Israelis have gone strangely quiet, while there has likewise been no official comment from Iran.
Photographs appearing to show a blindfolded man having his fingers severed by the mechanical amputation device have been published by an official Iranian press agency. According to the INSA news service, the prisoner used to demonstrate the brutal contraption had been convicted of theft and adultery by a court in Shiraz last Wednesday. A series of pictures show three masked officials, clad entirely in black, holding the man´s right hand in a vice while one turns a wheel operating the guillotine in the manner of a rotary saw.
Tel Aviv - A report published on Right-wing news website WND on Friday, quoting a defected Iranian intelligence officer, claimed that a massive blast had ripped through the nuclear facility, buried deep within the guts of a large mountain. The alleged blast was said to have erupted at 11.30am last Monday – on the eve of the Israeli election – partially destroyed the nuclear site and trapped 240 people underground. Tehran held Israel responsible, the report said. More than a week later, the report is yet to be verified by a single independent source. If true, it would be the most significant attack
Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands has announced her abdication in favour of her son, Prince Willem-Alexander. The queen made the announcement in pre-recorded address broadcast on Dutch television. The queen, who is approaching her 75th birthday, said she had been thinking about this moment for several years.She said the responsibility of being the monarch had not been too great, but now was "the moment to lay down my crown". Info corrected and updated by staff
For Lafayette stockbroker Kenneth Daigle, buying a gallon of milk is no longer the bargain it used to be on Tuesdays at Fresh Market. The upscale supermarket chain yanked milk from its $2.99 once-a-week promotion after a state auditor objected to the low price. A gallon of whole milk was priced at $5.69 Thursday at the Fresh Market in Perkins Rowe. State Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain said Fresh Market violated state regulations by selling milk below cost as part of a promotion.
In weighing in on the president’s recent assertion not that he plays golf regularly, but that he shoots all the time (“Up at Camp David, we do skeet shooting all the time”), one need only replay Barack Obama’s own skepticism circa 2008 on Hillary Clinton’s similar assertion of her own gun-toting pedigree: “Shame on her. Shame on her, she knows better. She’s running around talking about how this is an insult to sportsmen, how she values the Second Amendment, she’s talking like she’s Annie Oakley! Hillary Clinton’s out there like she’s on the duck blind every Sunday,
President Obama said he would prefer to accomplish his ambitious second-term agenda with the help of Congress but will employ “a judicious use of executive power” where necessary to reach policy goals. Obama’s remarks, made during an interview with the New Republic, come as many in Washington expect the president’s administration to push forward aggressively with a host of regulations in the coming months and years. They also follow Obama’s earlier proposal to combat gun violence through an array of measures, including 23 separate presidential directives that do not need congressional approval. The executive measures do not include
In the third installment of his 52-week sermon series, Nation of Islam leader, Minister Louis Farrakhan, ridiculed the “volatile” American right to own weapons. On Sunday, Farrakhan continued “The Time and What Must Be Done” sermon series by stating that Americans are increasingly angry at the government, and are simultaneously preparing themselves for war. Farrakhan went on to say that the Second Amendment has little relevance in modern society, stating that the constitutional right to bear arms is outdated.
President Obama plans to continue campaigning for his preferred policies rather than negotiate with Congress, an idea he indicated was inspired by Abraham Lincoln. “I always read a lot of Lincoln, and I’m reminded of his adage that, with public opinion, there’s nothing you can’t accomplish; without it, you’re not going to get very far,” Obama told The New Republic. “And spending a lot more time in terms of being in a conversation with the American people as opposed to just playing an insider game here in Washington is an example of the kinds of change
As the Super Bowl approaches, imagine this nightmare scenario for a fan: Captivated by the drama of brothers John and Jim Harbaugh facing off in the big game, you buy a T-shirt online sporting the word "Harbowl!" and the date of the game. Or maybe you buy a "Harbowl" hat. But after you buy it -- and this is the terrifying part -- you learn this "Harbowl" shirt is not official merchandise of the National Football League. "How can that be?!" you cry. " ´Harbowl´ is so similar to ´Super Bowl,´ a registered trademark of the National Football
GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba -- Defense attorneys for one of the five accused 9/11 conspirators are pressing the U.S. military to, for the first time, publicly discuss classified details of the so-called CIA-run ´black sites´ in open court. Lawyers for Ali Abdul Aziz Ali will file three pre-trial motions with the U.S. military tribunal here this week in an attempt to get the U.S. government to discuss the Agency-operated overseas detention centers, lead attorney James Connell said Sunday. Ali, along with accused 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and co-conspirators Walid Muhammad Salih Mubarak Bin
One-third of New Jerseyans say their personal income was directly affected by Hurricane Sandy, according to a new poll that shows a dwindling number of Garden Staters believe they are better off financially than they were a year ago. A survey by Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind found that fewer than one in five, or 18 percent, believe their financial situation is better. That’s down sharply from 32 percent last January. More than half the respondents said they are the “same” as last year, the poll showed. “Whether the glass if half full or empty depends on what expectations you bring
A new report claims Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) “wants an apology” from Beyonce for lip-syncing the national anthem at last week’s presidential inauguration. According to the New York Post, the lawmaker “angrily admitted” during a Sunday press conference, “I have not heard from her before, during or after.” Schumer, who as chairman of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies introduced the entertainer at Tuesday’s festivities, added, “She did not talk to me at all. I didn’t say any words to her, period.” Although she appeared to be belting out the Star-Spangled Banner live at the inauguration,
A white ex-congresswoman with an “A” rating from the National Rifle Association is the front-runner to replace former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. in a majority-black Chicagoland district with inner-city neighborhoods wracked by gun violence. At first glance, Debbie Halvorson should have no business winning the Feb. 26 special election. The former Democratic congresswoman was crushed by Jackson in a primary last year. She’s a white Democrat seeking to represent a district in which 54 percent of voters are African-American. And she’s an unapologetic Second Amendment backer — with endorsements from the NRA in two of her previous congressional campaigns
Newark — Essex County Freeholder Rufus Johnson was carjacked at gunpoint Saturday evening, the Essex County Prosecutor´s Office confirmed today. A second-term freeholder, Johnson was in his Mercedes Benz when he was carjacked around 6 p.m. near the 100 block of Montrose Street, Chief of Detectives Anthony Ambrose said.(Snip) For Johnson this is his second recent run-in with violence. In September, gunfire broke out inside a West Ward eatery where he was having breakfast. Johnson was unharmed, but the attack left 39-year-old Fuquan Mosley dead and two others injured, including the restaurant´s 81-year-old owner.
Appearing on Fox’s Happening Now this morning, Fox contributors Kirsten Powers and Tucker Carlson trashed the President Obama/Secretary Clinton joint 60 Minutes interview as “propaganda” befitting of a state-run media organization, not CBS. Asked whether she saw the interview as a “missed opportunity” for “real questions” about the administration’s first term, Daily Beast columnist Powers went off on the entire ordeal: “It was something you expect from state-run media — that kind of level of propaganda as far as I’m concerned,” she said. “60 Minutes was transparently being used as a campaign advertisement, which, you know, if they’re
Baltimore Ravens safety Bernard Pollard, one of the fiercest hitters in the game, said he thinks the NFL will not be in existence in 30 years and thinks a player may actually die on the field during a game. "Thirty years from now, I don´t think it will be in existence," Pollard said in an interview with CBS Sports´ Clark Judge. "I could be wrong. It´s just my opinion, but I think with the direction things are going -- where they [NFL rules makers] want to lighten up, and they´re throwing flags and everything
Washington -- The chairman of the House Budget Committee says Republicans will oppose tax increases and, as a result, deep, unpopular budget cuts will likely take effect. Republican Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin told NBC´s "Meet the Press" on Sunday that automatic spending cuts are scheduled to take hold because, quote, "Democrats have opposed our efforts to replace those cuts with others." Democrats have insisted taxes be part of the equation to dodge across-the-board spending cuts that are set to hit the Pentagon and many domestic programs.
What a media era we live in where Fox News´ Greta Van Susteren will have to pull her punches with outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton if she´s to avoid being pilloried by everyone else in media. My guess, though, is that Greta will go for it and that we´ll learn more from her interview Tuesday night than we will from all the other networks combined. Hillary is also granting NBC, CNN, and ABC the opportunity this week to give her a tongue bath, like the one CBS News´
Washington — The Federal Reserve has left little doubt about its plans for the next few months, and thus little mystery about the statement it will release Wednesday after the latest meeting of its policy-making committee. The economy remains weak. The Fed will keep buying bonds to hold down borrowing costs. Inside the central bank, however, debate is once again shifting from whether the Fed should do more to stimulate the economy to when it should start doing less.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg is not always focused on his quest for gun control, apparently. Tucked away in New York magazine’s profile of mayoral candidate Christine Quinn, the city’s Napoleonic mayor answered a compliment on his gun control push by checking out a nearby woman: Later in the evening, the host interrupted me to point out that the mayor himself had just arrived. Did I want to meet him? Sure. My friend and I followed the host over, shook Bloomberg’s hand, and my friend thanked him for his position on gun control.