NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Jealous said Sunday, perhaps unwittingly, that black Americans “are doing far worse” than when President Obama first took office.“The country’s back to pretty much where it was when this president started,” Mr. Jealous told MSNBC host David Gregory on “Meet the Press.” “White people in this country are doing a bit better. Black people are doing far worse.”The black unemployment rate was 12.7 percent when Mr. Obama took office.
President Barack Obama will fly over 9 hours tomorrow, round-trip from Washington, D.C. to Las Vegas, Nevada, just to deliver a speech on immigration, according to the president´s White House schedule. With Air Force One estimated to cost $182,000 per hour in flight, Obama´s trip--that is, only his travel to and from Vegas--will cost taxpayers over $1.6 million.
Reports from inside the secretive famine-hit pariah state, North Korea, claim a man has been executed after murdering his two children for food. The grim suggestion that North Koreans are turning to cannibalism were reported by the Asia Press, and published in the Sunday Times. They claim a ´hidden famine´ in the farming provinces of North and South Hwanghae has killed 10,000 people, and there are fears that cannibalism is spreading throughout the country.
The boyfriend of Anna Wintour allegedly owes more than $1.2million to the U.S. government, according to reports. J. Shelby Bryan, 66, of Texas, has been dating the British-born Vogue editor-in-chief since 1999. And the revelation could derail Ms Wintour´s bid to become U.S. ambassador to Britain. Mr Bryan was a top fundraiser for Bill Clinton in the 1990s, and even served on the former President´s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board. With Wintour, the couple helped bring in millions of dollars for President Obama´s re-election war chest last year.
An old-time trial lawyer once said, "When your case is weak, shout louder!" Secretary of State Hillary Clinton shouted louder when asked about the Obama administration´s story last fall that the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. ambassador´s quarters in Benghazi, Libya, was due to an anti-Islamic video that someone in the United States had put on the Internet, and thereby provoked a protest that escalated into violence. She shouted: "We had four dead Americans. Was it because of a protest or was it because of guys out for a walk one night who decided they´d go kill some Americans?
A new study finds almost half of Americans with college degrees are working at jobs that don´t require one. It´s the latest example of how federal subsidies are creating a massive higher-education bubble. The study, by the Center for College Affordability and Productivity, found that an incredible 48% of college graduates — about 13 million of them — hold jobs that don´t require a bachelor´s degree. About 5 million have jobs that don´t even require a high school diploma. There are, for example, roughly a million sales clerks, 300,000 waiters and 100,000 janitors with college degrees.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark.- The Church Protection Act inspired some good ol´ Bible bashing in the Arkansas Senate Monday, pitting a God of love against a God of guns. "My house shall be called a house of prayer," said Senator Linda Chesterfield (D-Little Rock), quoting Matthew 21:13 in opposition to the bill. "[The Bible] doesn´t talk about violence. If there was one person who was anti-violence, it was my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ." Senator Gary Stubblefield (R- Branch) was quick to defend the measure, using the same scripture quoted by Chesterfield. "Remember, Jesus said you´ve turned my father´s house
Bob Schieffer of CBS News described President Obama´s recent opening remarks at the gun control press conference as, "one of the best speeches I´ve ever heard him deliver". Schieffer went on to praise the president´s cause as similar to the ten-year hunt for Osama bin Laden and Lyndon Johnson´s successful attempt to pass civil rights legislation. Although Schieffer indicated that more than an Obama speech would be required, this wasn´t objective journalism but slobbering praise for a man with a checkered record of accomplishment.
HOUSTON- The sight of Army helicopters and the sound of gunfire created a lot of concern Monday afternoon in one Houston neighborhood.We received a lot of phones calls, Tweets and Facebook posts from worried neighbors, wondering what was going on. (Snip)The U.S. Army along with other agencies took over the old Carnegie Vanguard High School near Scott and Airport. There were armed men in fatigues, plenty of weapons and what many thought were real live rounds "I felt like I was in a warzone." Jerrals said. "It was nonstop. I was terrified."
It´s about time for some bipartisan...skeet shooting? Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tennessee, joined a chorus of skeptics who questioned President Barack Obama´s recent comments about his hobby of skeet shooting, a sport where participants fire shotguns to break airborne clay disks. "If he is a skeet shooter, why have we not heard of this? Why have we not seen photos? Why hasn´t he referenced this at any point in time?" Blackburn said Monday on CNN´s "Erin Burnett OutFront." "I tell you what I do think," she later added. "I think he should invite me to Camp David,
CHICAGO- A bloody weekend in which seven people were killed and six wounded has put an abrupt end - at least for now - to hopes that Chicago was at least putting a lid on its frightening homicide rate. With a few days left in the month, the nation´s third-largest city now finds itself on the cusp of its deadliest January in more than a decade. (Snip) Police say the homicide rate is a reflection of the city´s gang problem and a proliferation of guns. Chicago has for years tried to cut off the flow of guns.
Margaret Brown earned her moniker as “The Unsinkable Molly Brown” by surviving the sinking of the Titanic. Hillary Clinton earned hers by surviving multiple scandals, the last of them claiming four lives. During the Clinton Administration, Hillary Clinton was followed around by the phantom corpses of conspiracy theories, but now four real corpses trail in her wake without ever slowing her down. Hillary’s departure into the lifeboat is another escape from a ship that is too big to sink. Obama hasn’t been very popular in a while and if she’s going to make her run in 2016,
Washington - Yemeni forces intercepted a ship on January 23 carrying a large cache of weapons - including surface-to-air missiles - that U.S. officials suspect were being smuggled from Iran and destined for Yemeni insurgents, officials said on Monday. Yemen´s government said the arms intercepted aboard the ship off the country´s coast also included military grade explosives, rocket-propelled grenades and bomb-making equipment, (Snip) A second official told Reuters the intercepted shipment was believed to have been from Iran and destined for insurgents, likely Houthis.
Washington - While President Barack Obama considers his next move in one high-stakes legal fight to fill vacant jobs, his lawyers expect to go to court at least twice more to argue for his power to appoint when the U.S. Senate is not meeting. (Snip) The hearings will be an opportunity for Obama´s lawyers to rebound after a blockbuster ruling on Friday, when a court in Washington, D.C., held that three recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) were invalid. Although the three-judge ruling on Friday upturned 190 years of understanding about how a president may fill
Mayor Bloomberg was focused on bums rather than guns at a recent Christmas party, where he ignored a compliment about his work on gun control to admire the “ass” of a female guest. In a New York Magazine profile about Christine Quinn, the City Council Speaker and candidate for mayor, the author recalled being introduced to Bloomberg at what he described as “a Christmas party for the rich” on the Upper East Side. “My friend and I followed the host over, shook Bloomberg’s hand, and my friend thanked him for his position on gun control,” the author writes.
WASHINGTON- Congress sent a a $50.5-billion relief bill to President Obama on Monday help the Northeast recover from Superstorm Sandy, ending a political furor over delays in the disaster aid. The measure cleared the Senate, 62-36. Its approval, after the president earlier this month signed a $9.7-billion flood insurance bill to help pay Sandy damage claims, would bring the relief package to more than $60 billion. "It was three months ago that Superstorm Sandy tore up the East Coast,’’ Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) told colleagues. "Not one day has passed since Sandy made landfall
Damascus – Syrian President Bashar al-Assad told visitors that the Syrian army "regained the initiative on the ground to a very high degree and achieved important results, which will come to light soon." "Externally funded armed groups received several hard blows recently," Assad added. "The US is not ready for a solution in the time being." He believed that Russia will remain his ally. (Snip) His confidence level stands out. Also, there’s the news of the pregnancy of his wife Asmaa, which could not be dealt with as a simple personal matter between a couple.
The former president of California’s largest union local was found guilty by a federal jury in Los Angeles on Monday of stealing from the low-wage workers he represented. Tyrone Freeman, who led Local 6434 of the Service Employees International Union, was convicted on 14 criminal counts, including embezzlement of union funds, violating tax laws and mail fraud. As president of SEIU Local 6434 -- the second-largest SEIU chapter in the nation -- Freeman, 43, represented 160,000 low-wage healthcare workers who cared for the elderly and people with disabilities. He also represented 30,000 workers
Washington - The United States military is preparing to establish a drone base in northwest Africa so that it can increase surveillance missions on the local affiliate of Al Qaeda and other Islamist extremist groups that American and other Western officials say pose a growing menace to the region. (Snip) If the base is approved, the most likely location for it would be in Niger, a largely desert nation on the eastern border of Mali. The American military’s Africa Command, or Africom, is also discussing options for the base with other countries in the region, including Burkina Faso, officials said.
The Obama administration has developed its own proposals for immigration reform that are more liberal than a separate bipartisan effort in the Senate, including a quicker path to citizenship for illegal immigrants, people with knowledge of the proposals said. President Obama is expected to provide some details of the White House plans during a Tuesday appearance in Las Vegas, where he will call for sweeping changes to the nation’s immigration laws. The speech kicks off a public push by the administration in support of the broadest overhaul of immigration law in nearly three decades.
More than a dozen Israeli citizens are facing immigration charges for overstaying their visas after federal agents arrested them working at kiosks in the Galleria and The Woodlands Mall. Shortly before the two malls closed late Wednesday night, federal agents with Homeland Security Investigations arrested 13 Israeli citizens along with an immigrant from Moldova. They were detained on administrative charges of remaining in the U.S. beyond the expiration date of their tourist and student visas, confirmed U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman Greg Palmore. The eight women and six men detained
The Treasury Department ignored its own guidelines on executive pay at firms that received taxpayer bailouts and last year approved compensation packages of more than $3 million for the senior ranks at General Motors, Ally Financial and American International Group, according to a watchdog report released Monday. The report from the special inspector general for the Troubled Assets Relief Program said the government’s pay czar signed off on $6.2 million in raises for 18 employees at the three companies. The chief executive of a division of AIG received a $1 million raise, while an executive at GM’s troubled European unit
Mexico City - Former Guatemalan dictator Efrain Rios Montt will stand trial on charges of genocide and crimes against humanity, a Guatemalan judge ruled Monday, in incidents that took place during the height of the Central American nation´s brutal civil war in the early 1980s. (Snip) Some conservative Guatemalans continue to believe that Rios Montt is a national hero whose “hard hand” anti-crime strategies and scorched-earth tactics against Marxist rebels and those suspected of supporting them saved the country from ruin. But liberal groups and human rights advocates have long hoped
DIABALY, Mali — Most of the rebels who took over this central town for five days this month were Malian and spoke the local languages of the north and the south. But their commanders were different, local residents said. They were foreigners who spoke Arabic. Six bodyguards protected the most senior commander with the gray-speckled beard and black turban. The Islamist militant ate Algerian-made spaghetti and Mauritanian-made canned tomato sauce. Malian fighters only served as his translators or brought him intelligence reports.
Of the 2,000-plus words in President Obama’s second inaugural address, surely the most provocative were “collective action.” He presented American history as a “journey,” during which, at every crucial turn, we discovered “together” that “preserving our individual freedoms ultimately requires collective action.” His examples were efforts led by the federal government: interstate highways, financial regulation, the New Deal-Great Society safety net and victory in war. What would Mancur Olson have made of this? The late University of Maryland economist wrote a book called “The Logic of Collective Action,”
President Obama has grown testy about reporters who have a “default position” that policy debates have two sides. “On almost every issue,” he recently told the New Republic, “it’s, ‘Well, Democrats and Republicans can’t agree’ — as opposed to looking at why is it that they can’t agree. Who exactly is preventing us from agreeing?” His insight is undeniable. If Republicans didn’t have all those pesky convictions and objections, agreement in Washington would come as surely as a river flows to the sea. This is the best description yet of Obama’s second-term governing