The National Institutes of Health (NIH) gave $424,062 in tax dollars to researchers who worked with Muslim scholars to develop strategies to prevent HIV infection among prostitutes, homosexuals, and IV-drug users in Aleppo, Syria. The project was not completed because of the outbreak of the rebellion in Syria. “I’m very disappointed we weren’t able to carry out this project as far as we had hoped, but sometimes things happen and that’s the way it is,” Professor David Seal of Tulane University, the principal researcher, told CNSNews.com. “It’s unfortunate, but human safety comes first.”
The £250,000 tower, which stood as tall as a six storey building, was hit by gale force gusts of 50mph. The structure then collapsed at a farm in Bradworth, Devon, leaving a "mangled wreck". Margaret Coles, Chairwoman of Bradworthy District Council, said hail storms and strong winds have hit the area and the turbine, installed just three years ago, simply could not withstand the wind. "The bolts on the base could not withstand the wind and as we are a very windy part of the country they [the energy company] have egg on their face," she said. "There are concerns
It has been revealed that secret salary records of more than one-third of Americans have been shared by their employers with the credit rating agency Equifax. Described as one of the biggest privacy breaches of the modern age, 190 million employment and salary records have been sold to debt collectors and financial service companies through an Equifax-owned subsidiary called The Work Number. Originally created as a fast and easy way to check the employment history of new staff, it has been revealed that The Work Number´s database is so detailed it contains week-by-week paycheck information dating back years
President Obama said Wednesday he expects an immigration reform bill will be signed into law by year’s end, and possibly as early as June. “I’m hopeful that this can get done, and I don’t think that it should take many, many months,” Obama said in an interview with Telemundo. “I think this is something we should be able to get done certainly this year and I’d like to see if we could get it done sooner, in the first half of the year if possible.” Telemundo is the second-largest Spanish-language television network in the U.S. Obama also interviewed
The soft and at times obsequious interview Steve Kroft of “60 Minutes” did with Barack Obama (and Hillary Clinton) has received a lot of justifiable criticism. (Conor Friedersdorf demolishes Kroft in this piece.) Mr. Kroft didn’t help himself when he told CNN’s Piers Morgan that one of the reasons the president turns to Kroft so often is that he doesn’t use “gotcha questions” on Mr. Obama–the kind that “60 Minutes” routinely used against President Bush and other Republicans like Representative Eric Cantor.
Few are the men and women in American public life who haven´t heard Mr. Dooley´s famous aphorism: "Politics ain´t beanbag." John Boehner, currently serving out his community service as speaker of the House, appears to have been meditating on Mr. Dooley´s cautionary wisdom. At the Ripon Society last week he said the Obama administration was trying "to annihilate the Republican Party." Better late than never, Speaker Boehner now sees that Barack Obama´s notion of political competition is Mad Max inside the Thunderdome: "Two men enter, one man leaves." Last week during the president´s second inaugural address,
The Egyptian army hints that it may step in if the new Islamist government can´t keep order. Idealists will cringe, but a coup may be the only way to put the country on track to real freedom. There are some things the U.S. government can´t say out loud — such as, "We´d like to see this elected government kicked out by the military." But even Barack Obama may now be quietly hoping for a reboot, courtesy of the Egyptian army. Obama´s administration was so taken with the social-media theater of the Arab Spring that it ditched a
Obamanomics: The economy shrank last quarter, the deficit topped $1 trillion last year, U.S. debt shot up $5 trillion in the past four, and joblessness is at 7.8%. Boy, President Obama sure inherited an economic mess, didn´t he? According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, the economy "unexpectedly" declined 0.1% in last three months of 2012, the first decline since early 2009. The Obama administration, naturally, tried to look for scapegoats, this time settling on Hurricane Sandy and Republican-induced uncertainty over the "fiscal cliff" outcome. But if that were the case, why was the administration running
They were the swinging, sassy voice of the homefront for U.S. service personnel overseas during World War II, singing catchy hit tunes such as "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" and "Rum and Coca Cola" that delighted Americans and catapulted the Andrews Sisters to the very top of the pop charts. One of the most successful female recording groups in pop history, the sisters — LaVerne, Maxene and Patty Andrews — became a beloved American institution, lifting the nation´s spirits during a conflict whose outcome seemed often in doubt. When the war ended in 1945,
With outrage over his daughter´s death spreading from City Hall to the White House, Nathaniel Pendleton made a public plea Wednesday for someone to step forward and bring the 15-year-old´s killer to justice. "They took the light of my life," Pendleton said at a news conference, where a $11,000 reward was announced for information about Tuesday´s slaying of Hadiya Pendleton. "This guy, whoever he was, the gunman, man, you took the light of my life. Just look at yourself and just know that you took a bright person, an innocent person, a non-violent person."
Sevare, Mali - French forces met no resistance Wednesday in Kidal, the Islamists´ last major town, as the two-week-old mission scored another success in its effort to dislodge the al-Qaida-linked militants from northern Mali. The capture of Kidal came just days after French and Malian forces retook two other provincial capitals - Gao and Timbuktu - that also had been under harsh Islamic rule for nearly 10 months. (Snip) "The Islamist extremists have not been defeated; they have melted into the heat haze of the desert." Many fear the Islamists now will attempt to hide among civilian populations
During his farewell address to the U.S. Senate on Wednesday, incoming Secretary of State John Kerry thanked staffers, Capitol Hill Subway operators, the Capitol Police and other assorted personnel who assist in the day-to-day operation of Congress. But Kerry also had some particularly kind words reserved for the media, in particular one member of the press corps: Politico’s David Rogers. “[I] thank the reporters who catch us in the hallways, trap us, ambush us in the
Amnesty is still the dirty word in the debate over immigration, as it has been for many years, and it could torpedo comprehensive immigration legislation in Congress. Despite initial happy talk, differences are appearing between President Obama and a key bipartisan group of senators over what should be done about illegal immigration. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, a possible Republican presidential candidate in 2016, says Obama is not placing sufficient emphasis on strengthening border security before creating a pathway to citizenship for millions of illegal immigrants. Rubio says Obama is leaving "the impression that he believes reforming immigration quickly
Fury is brewing at Rocky Mountain High School, in Colorado, after a multicultural student group were encouraged to recite the Pledge of Allegiance over the loudspeaker in Arabic - replacing ´one nation under God´ with ´one nation under Allah´. Following Monday´s pledge, Principal Tom Lopez has been inundated with complaints from outraged parents concerned that saying the Pledge in any language other than English is unpatriotic. Standing by his controversial decision, Principal Lopez has said that despite the irate telephone calls and emails, he is not in any way or form trying to push an
A massive,1,000-mile-long storm that formed at least 20 tornadoes beat down on six states throughout the Southeast today, leaving at least two people dead. A Georgia town was devastated with overturned cars on an interstate, wrecked homes and at least one person killed. Another person in Tennessee was also dead. Footage showed a funnel cloud roaring through the downtown area of Adairsville, Ga., about 60 miles northwest of Atlanta, flipping cars and demolishing a home. SCROLL DOWN FOR VIDEO -The massive storm system caused at least 20 tornadoes throughout six states, ranging from Missouri to Georgia, USA Today said.
The IRS is doing a better job at getting new employees on board quickly, a new federal audit has found. The Treasury Department’s inspector general for tax administration found that the IRS has almost met the goal, set by the Office of Personnel Management, to bring on new hires in 80 days or less. By contrast, the agency said in 2009 that it was taking an average of 157 days – or roughly five months – to hire staffers. In its report, the inspector general found that the IRS had implemented a more automated hiring process,
Below is a statement from the office of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel who sent letters to a number of mutual funds urging them to blacklist gun manufacturers who don’t support reform to gun laws. Mayor Rahm Emanuel today announced that he is asking several mutual funds to divest and blacklist any gun manufacturers that oppose commonsense gun reforms. The Mayor’s letters sent to the mutual funds today come on the heels of his request last week to commercial banks asking them to stop providing financial services to gun companies that stand in the
RUSH: So what do you think the big immigration news is today? Take a wild guess what the big immigration news today is. That´s exactly right. In fact, the only news on the immigration front in the Drive-By State-Controlled Media seems to be my interview with Florida Senator Marco Rubio yesterday. And you know why? You know why that´s the only immigration news out there? It´s because the Drive-Bys seem to think that my praise of Rubio means that I have suddenly decided to support amnesty. I've got the sound bites to prove it. I don't know what they heard,
RUSH: Kathryn and I last night went to a dinner here in Palm Beach that honored Navy SEALs. The place was sold out. There were 400 people there, tables of ten and 12, and we went with a bunch of friends. You know, we at TwoIfByTea.com, we sponsor the Marine Corps-Law Enforcement Foundation, and they have an annual big dinner at the Waldorf Hysteria and a number of other satellite events. And every time, particularly with where the country is now in a pop culture sense, every time I find myself at one of these events I feel like I've gone back in a time warp.
It started as an awkwardly written article by Ken Dixon, a reporter at the Connecticut Post of Bridgeport. It became a fast-moving rumor and in some cases an outright lie propagated by national journalists. It wasn´t even the original story´s lead but began but began 23 paragraphs into the report on a Monday gun-control hearing by a state legislative panel in Hartford: "The Second Amendment!" was shouted a couple of times by as many as a dozen gun enthusiasts in the meeting room as Neil Heslin, holding a photo of his slain 6-year-old son, Jesse Lewis, asked why Bushmaster
RUSH: Do you know, ladies and gentlemen, the economy in the fourth quarter, they told us, grew at a rate of 1.1%, I think is what they said. But it turns out that´s not the case. The economy actually contracted, gross domestic product. "The US economy posted a stunning drop of 0.1 percent in the fourth quarter, defying expectations for slow growth and possibly providing incentive for more Federal Reserve stimulus." That's what's gotten us into this problem. Anyway, the economy shrunk. You know what the Democrats are out saying? This is the best looking contraction that there's ever been in
After seizing power, the architects of the French Revolution instituted a new calendar, declaring the beginning of their regime ”Year One,” thus symbolizing their total contempt for tradition. They wanted the world to know that they were rebuilding French society from scratch. The left under Obama is approaching that level of revolutionary arrogance. Regarding itself as vastly enlightened, it seeks to institute a kind of cultural and political Year One in which America rises above all traditional understandings of human nature and embraces such changes as women in front-line combat, gay marriage,
S oren Dayton and Rob Bluey — two conservative tech geniuses — talked me into joining Twitter during a lunch Ed Morrissey organized at an Iraqi restaurant in Minneapolis during the 2008 Republican convention. Life hasn´t been the same since. Of course, I can hardly claim to be an early adopter. But by virtue of signing up in 2008 (my original handle was @MattLewis01), I was at least well ahead of the curve. And soon enough, I became not only a proponent of Twitter, but also a sort of evangelist. It´s hard to even fathom now, but at the time, few journalists were really using Twitter.
Last week Sen. Dianne Feinstein introduced a new, supposedly improved version of the federal "assault weapon" ban that expired in 2004. But like that earlier law, which the California Democrat also sponsored, Feinstein´s bill prohibits the manufacture and sale of guns based on characteristics that have little or nothing to do with the danger they pose. Although arbitrary distinctions are a defining characteristic of "assault weapon" bans, recent polls indicate that most Americans support them. New survey data suggest one possible explanation: Most Americans don´t know what "assault weapons" are.
It’s 4:20 p.m. on a dreary Monday and Marco Rubio is pacing beside his desk, a black handset pressed to his ear. He’s on the phone with conservative talk-radio host Michael Medved. A few minutes earlier, he was on an online radio program. After he finishes with Medved, he’ll call Newsmax, a conservative news website. On Tuesday, he’ll dial Rush Limbaugh. Between calls, Rubio monitors Twitter on his laptop and phone and keeps an eye on C-SPAN, which is broadcasting Senate floor speeches. He occasionally sips from a bottle of mineral water. “Who’s next?” Rubio asks, turning toward his press
Onyango Obama, the president’s illegal-immigrant uncle, will have his final immigration hearing on Dec. 3, an immigration judge in Boston ruled this afternoon. Obama, who had his case reopened last year after being arrested by Framingham police, will then be able to fight a decades-old deportation order. "Everybody wants to stay in America," Obama´s attorney Scott Bratton said after the hearing. Authorities ordered him deported in 1992, but he never left and instead lived quietly in Framingham as a liquor-store clerk. His immigration status came to light in the summer of 2011, when Framingham police