CNN is making a number of moves this week regarding on-air talent. Both James Carville and Mary Matalin are out, mainly because of their lack of access to Washington DC: CNN contributors and political power couple James Carville and Mary Matalin are leaving the network, Carville told POLITICO today. The decision was CNN’s, Carville told POLITICO: “I was told that they wanted the contributors to be more available — essentially, closer to Washington,” he said. “I’m not always available, I don’t live there.” Carville and Matalin, his wife, live in New Orleans, La. Our friend Erick Erickson
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, responded to Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s suggestion that banks stop working with gun makers by telling ‘the Godfather’ he’s a bully and inviting the companies involved in the gun industry to run their businesses out of Texas. “[Y]our city’s longstanding policies stripping citizens of their constitutional right to keep and bear arms have, in turn, produced some of the very highest crime and murder rates in the nation,” Cruz wrote to Emanuel, whom he suggested is pushing “a partisan agenda” at the expense of Chicagoans. “Regardless, directing your attack at legitimate firearms manufacturers
A pregnant women´s group claims that criminal action against expectant mothers is on the rise. Is the US going too far in trying to protect foetal rights? When Bei Bei Shuai was eight-months pregnant, her boyfriend - the child´s father - ended their relationship. Distraught, Shuai - who worked at a Chinese restaurant in Indianapolis, Indiana - took rat poisoning (Snip) That note is the basis of a criminal case against Shuai, who survived her suicide attempt and went on to deliver the baby - only to have the child die four days later. As a result, Shuai is charged with murder and attempted foeticide.
He´s got a new 600-page book out Tuesday. He´s embarking on a 20-city national tour to promote it. But Al Gore cannot escape questions about the recent sale of Current TV, the news channel he founded seven years ago, to Al Jazeera, the Arabic language channel based in Qatar. Critics question the reported $100 million profit Mr. Gore made on the sale and they fret the transaction gives the network a leap of influence in broadcast markets around the world. "I´m very pleased Al Jazeera has established itself as a really respected news gathering network," Mr. Gore said
Who are the most unpleasant people on the internet? Obviously with so much competition, it is, to paraphrase Dr Johnson, like arguing the toss between lice and fleas. Nonetheless, after the recent experiences of critic and author Philip Hensher--which I describe in more detail here--I’d suggest that disability rights activists are a strong contender. Hensher wrote a piece suggesting--not unreasonably given the state of our shrinking economy and the size of our debt--that maybe 2.4 percent of GDP is a bit much for Britain to spend on disability benefits (US, France, Germany, Italy, Spain all spend less) and that maybe
U.S. consumer confidence plunged in January to its lowest level in more than a year, reflecting higher Social Security taxes that left Americans with less take-home pay. The Conference Board said Tuesday that its consumer confidence index dropped 8.1 points in January from December to a reading of 58.6, the lowest since November 2011. The index has declined for three straight months since hitting a nearly five-year high of 73.1 in October 2012. It´s still above the post-recession low of 40.9 reached in October 2011. Conference Board economist Lynn Franco said the tax increase was the key reason confidence tumbled in January
IN 1951, William F. Buckley, Jr., a graduate of Yale the year before, published his first book, God & Man at Yale. In the preface, he described two ideas that he had brought with him to Yale and that governed his view of the world: "I had always been taught, and experience had fortified the teachings, that an active faith in God and a rigid adherence to Christian principles are the most powerful influences toward the good life."
Cats are one of the top threats to US wildlife, killing billions of animals each year, a study suggests. The authors estimate they are responsible for the deaths of between 1.4 and 3.7 billion birds and 6.9-20.7 billion mammals annually. Writing in Nature Communications, the scientists said stray and feral cats were the worst offenders. However, they added that pet cats also played a role and that owners should do more to reduce their impact. The authors concluded that more animals are dying at the claws of cats in the United States than in road accidents, collisions with buildings or poisonings.
Army National Guard Maj. Shawn Fulker is thousands of miles away serving in Afghanistan, and when his wife´s birthday came around, he decided he wanted to do something very special. Josephine Fulker loves Mellow Mushroom pizza, so her husband emailed Mellow Mushroom´s corporate website on Thursday to ask whether one of the company´s Jacksonville stores could deliver a pizza and a $50 gift card to his wife at their Jacksonville, Fla., home. If they could, he said, he would call the store and pay for it with his credit card. Link repaired by staff
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. - A 75-year-old barber was jailed Tuesday for investigation of killing a urologist in his exam room, but police have not yet released a motive. Stanwood Fred Elkus of Lake Elsinore was arrested following the Monday afternoon attack and held on $1 million bail, according to the county jail website. Elkus is suspected of killing Dr. Ronald Franklin Gilbert, 52, of Huntington Beach at the medical office in Orange County. Police said they found Elkus and Gilbert in a second-floor room after several 911 callers reported six or seven shots fired. A gun was found at the scene.
Douentza / Gao, Mali - French-backed Malian troops searched house-to-house in Gao and Timbuktu on Tuesday, uncovering arms and explosives abandoned by Islamist fighters, and France said it would look to hand over longer-term security operations to African troops. French and Malian troops retook the two Saharan towns in northern Mali virtually unopposed at the weekend after an 18-day French-led offensive that has pushed back the al Qaeda-allied militants into hideouts in the deserts and mountains. Malian government soldiers were combing through the Niger River towns and their neighborhoods of dusty alleys and mud-brick homes.
The U.S. education system is failing our kids and has been for decades. Thus, the first step towards solving this problem is admitting that we have one. And we certainly do -- as AFP’s Casey Given points out in his op-ed in The Hill today: Since 1983, the freshmen high school graduation rate has increased a measly 1.8 percent. Meanwhile, student achievement on the National Assessment of Educational Progress has stagnated, dropping by 1 point in reading and increasing by merely 4 points in math among 17-year-olds from the early
Abuja-Nigeria has so far committed about $34million (about N7billion) towards the deployment of troops and logistics support to the Malian Crisis with an additional pledge of $5millionin further assistance. President Goodluck Jonathan, who made this disclosure at the Donors’ Conference organized at the end of the 20th Ordinary Session of the African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Tuesday, also revealed that 900 combat soldiers and 300 Air Force personnel are already on ground in Mali as part of the African-led International Support Mission in Mali (AFISMA). According to the president, Nigeria’s commitment was an expression
The United States Marine Corps is set to shed more than 20,000 active duty positions in the coming years and have already commenced a process meant to force some senior officers into an early retirement. The Marines are on course to cut around 4,000 positions a year through 2017, decreasing the total number of Marines to 182,100 from its peak last year of 202,100, according to a major scale-down order that was quietly issued last year Content added by staff
Washington — The Obama administration approved the sale of most of bankrupt battery maker A123 Systems´ assets to Chinese firm Wanxiang Group Corp. The company´s U.S. subsidiary, Chicago-based Wanxiang America, said it has received approval from the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States to complete its acquisition of substantially all of the non-government business assets of A123 Systems, Inc. "We´re pleased the government has completed its review and provided us with the go-ahead to finalize this transaction," said Pin Ni, president of Wanxiang America. "The future is bright for A123. It is a company with exceptional talent
In Sarah Palin´s interview with Stephen Bannon, the documentarian who chronicled her life in The Undefeated, she speaks forthrightly about her future plans now that she´s no longer tethered to a progressively moderate Fox News. But the meaning behind her words isn´t so clear. Short term: I encourage others to step out in faith, jump out of the comfort zone, and broaden our reach as believers in American exceptionalism. That means broadening our audience. I´m taking my own advice here as I free up opportunities to share more broadly the message of the beauty of freedom
RFI’s correspondent described on Tuesday how the people of Timbuktu greeted French-led troops with delight as they entered the city. The Islamists who had controlled the town disappeared offering little resistance. “The atmosphere is good, its very good, all this liberty. Now we no longer risk prison, no one hits us, life is good.” Niafata told RFI, amid Malian and French flags and banners praising the soldiers. “Now we are at ease,” adds her friend. Doundai Touré savoured the moment of joy “People couldn’t wait to see the French army and the Malian army enter the town.
WASHINGTON — Same-sex couples will be a part of the proposal for addressing immigration reform that President Obama is scheduled to unveil Tuesday in Las Vegas, BuzzFeed has confirmed with multiple sources familiar with the White House plan. A Democratic source said: "Same-sex couples will be part of his proposal." A second source confirmed that, unlike the Senate framework released Monday, same-sex bi-national couples — those with one American and one foreign partner — will be included in the White House principles.
New term, new project. First Lady Michelle Obama has quietly dropped her "Let´s Move" campaign, the healthy eating push she took on for schools all over the country during her husband´s first term. First Lady Michelle Obama appears to have abandoned, at least for now, her oft-criticized “Let’s Move” initiative to promote exercise and healthy eating among the nation’s youth, halting public appearances and statements related to the program. Mrs. Obama does not appear to have done anything much to personally
Eighteen Americans were killed in the 1993 Battle of Mogadishu. The two-day firefight during which a group of soldiers tried to rescue their fallen comrades inspired the film ‘Black Hawk Down.’ According to critics, the Clinton White House failed to provide our men with the resources needed to complete the mission. Some are drawing comparisons between the tragedy and the events surrounding the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi. Howard Wasdin, who survived the battle at Mogadishu and went on to write “SEAL Team Six: Memoirs of an Elite Navy SEAL Sniper,” joined Fox and Friends this morning.
Once again Sarah Palin is showing that she has no plans to play by the rules. She has parted ways with FOX News after a turbulent relationship with the conservative cable news channel, taken pot shots at pundits in the ´lame stream media´ and slammed her own party for selecting Mitt Romney as the 2012 Republican presidential nominee. Now the former Alaska governor says she´ll use the $1.2 million raised through her SarahPAC to ´shake up the GOP machine´ and unveiled a vague vision on how she´ll get her message out to a larger audience.
A Cairo Criminal Court slapped seven Coptic expatriates with death sentences and American pastor Terry Jones with a five-year jail term for their alleged roles in the production last year of a short film that defames the Islamic faith, German news agency DPA reported on Tuesday. All the defendants were tried in absentia. The court ruled the film in question, dubbed ´The Innocence of Muslims,´ to be defamatory to Islam and the Prophet Mohammed and a potential threat to Egypt´s national unity. The seven convicted Coptic expatriates were: Maurice Sadiq Gerges, founder of a US-based Coptic
Ethanol is one of the only products in history that Congress subsidizes and mandates at the same time. That sounds pretty generous. Yet now a federal court has ruled the Environmental Protection Agency is illegally giving the lobby extra benefits that Congress never intended. That takes some work. On Friday the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals found that the EPA had abused the law with "an unreasonable exercise of agency discretion," and it vacated the 2012 cellulosic ethanol mandate. The 2007 Bush-Pelosi energy bill required blending fuels that can allegedly be made from switchgrass or farm waste into the gasoline supply,
CHRIS MATTHEWS: People that believe in border protection, who believe you can stop somebody from coming into this country by higher towers, or more drones, or more people working there, I think are right-wingers or idiots. If you want to work and you´re looking for a job, you´re going to come to America, Congresswoman. You´re going to come in here and you´re going to find a way in, whether you have to take a boat, an airplane, or swim. Whatever you have to do, you´re going to get here. And my question is, are we going to have a
With record numbers of college graduates underemployed in jobs that don’t actually require degrees, economists are joking that even aspiring janitors may soon have to get master’s degrees to compete for jobs. A study released Monday by the Center for College Affordability and Productivity found that 37 percent of employed graduates didn’t need to attend college at all to successfully perform their current jobs. (Snip) “Just as a bachelor’s degree gives current applicants for bartender jobs an edge over those with just a high-school diploma, so a master’s degree holder will have an advantage