Liberal economist and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman said Wednesday that the U.S. is not in danger of a collapse, and the U.S. won’t run out of cash because “we can print the money.” “The United States is a country that has its own currency – can’t run out of cash, cause we print the money. If you even try to think what would happen – suppose that investors get down on the United States. Even so, that would weaken the dollar, not send interest rates soaring, and that would be good. That would
Iran has informed the United Nations nuclear watchdog that it plans to expand its nuclear refinement capability despite international opposition. In a defiant move that may further complicate diplomatic efforts to resolve the dispute over the country´s atomic activities, Tehran says it plans to deploy more modern machines to refine uranium. Enriched uranium can fuel nuclear power plants - Iran´s stated aim - or provide material for bombs if processed much further, which the West suspects is Tehran´s ultimate goal. (Snip) This is increasingly hurting Iran´s economy, but the clerical
Rep. Bob Menendez once gave an impassioned speech on the house floor condemning human trafficking and forced prostitution in arguing for the “Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2005,” an anti-sex slave law he co-sponsored. “All of us know the shocking statistics: somewhere between 600 and 800 people per year are forced across borders to become slaves and prostitutes,” Menendez said on December 14, 2005. “If we include those who are trafficked within their own countries, the numbers are even worse, somewhere between 2 and 4 million people. The vast majority of these are women and girls.
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama will let his jobs council expire this week without renewing its charter, winding down one source of input from the business community even as unemployment remains stubbornly high. When Obama in January 2011 formed his Council on Jobs and Competitiveness, unemployment was hovering above 9 percent. Two years later, more than 12 million people in the U.S. are out of work. The unemployment rate has fallen to 7.8 percent, but both parties agree that´s still too high. A provision in Obama´s executive order establishing the council says it sunsets on Thursday.
If Democrats are serious about trying to turn Texas blue, they should get a gander at a just-released poll of Lone Star State voters that found 67 percent of Republican respondents support the impeachment of President Obama. Of greater concern for liberals: the poll was conducted by the left-leaning Public Policy Polling. As a whole, Texans opposed impeachment 50 percent to 39 percent. But in the crosstabs, PPP broke this down by party affiliation with Democrats opposed 83 percent to 12 percent, Republicans in favor 67 percent to 18 percent, and Independents opposed 54 percent to 32 percent.
If God is a Republican — which, given the results of the 2012 election, is highly unlikely — the almighty will ensure that progressives take their cues about public policy from MSNBC’s Now with Alex Wagner. On Wednesday, MSNBC’s midday panel program invited influential liberals and progressive policy makers on to debate the merits of regulating the game of football at all levels – from the NFL to secondary school. The object is to prevent violent injury and protect those too foolish to make what the MSNBC panel felt was
Chuck Hagel, President Obama’s pick for the next secretary of defense, has begun his Senate confirmation hearings. Reports indicate the nominee believes he has some explaining to do regarding his position on the U.S. nuclear force. Small wonder: Mr. Hagel is one of six co-authors of the radical Global Zero Commission Report, which advocates for cuts so deep to the force it would bring the U.S. far below Russian levels and could tempt China to sprint to parity or superiority.
Word to the wise: If you’re going to strike a deal that you’re maybe not entirely proud of, wait until after your book tour to announce it. Al Gore did things the other way around and all this week he’s been paying the price for it, in the form of having to answer awkward questions about the $500 million sale of his Current TV network to Al Jazeera. As the former Vice President makes the rounds of talk shows to promote his new book “The Future,” he’s been under pressure to explain
On 60 Minutes, the news-magazine show that prides itself on "hard-hitting" investigations and interviews, correspondent Steve Kroft, who has won most of the highest awards in his industry, has just broadcast another softball interview with the most powerful man in the world, a performance that ought to earn him a rebuke from his peers in the news business but almost certainly won´t. His CBS bio page proudly touts his unparalleled access to President Obama: He scored the first post-election sit down after Election 2008, another exclusive following the killing of Osama bin Laden,
A suburban New York City newspaper known for its support of the Second Amendment, has been banned from purchasing Facebook ads, the paper’s editor charged. (Snip) Dylan Skriloff, the editor of the Rockland County Times, told Fox News that Facebook will no longer allow them to purchase advertisements to promote their stories. “We’ve been giving them a good amount of business,” Skriloff said. “I don’t really appreciate getting cut off by someone I’m doing business with without an explanation.” The weekly newspaper, published since 1888, makes no bones about being a conservative voice in the northern New York City suburbs.
A group of conservatives is launching their own social networking site after enduring what they call years of censorship and liberal bullying on Facebook. The Tea Party Community is expected to officially launch on Saturday – but the social networking site for conservatives has already drawn nearly 50,000 members. (Snip) “It’s a new home for conservatives and the Tea Party movement in America,” said co-founder Ken Crow. “It’s a social community just for them.” Crow partnered with Tim Selaty Sr. and Jr. to launch the new site last November – a “safe haven for the conservative movement where we
During his show Tuesday evening, conservative talk radio host Mark Levin made the announcement that going forward he will make regular appearances on Sean Hannity‘s Fox News program. In the near future, Levin explained, he will begin appearing on Hannity “once or twice a month” — a move he considers “surprising” given the rarity of his national television appearances. “I’m not into TV that much,” he explained. “No, I’m not on the Fox staff, paid guest, any of that stuff” he added. “Just to spread the word. Plus Hannity finally has beaten me down and I’ve agreed.”
Walmart has started to limit sales of ammunition to three boxes per customer per day due to limited supplies, a spokeswoman said on Wednesday. Sales of guns and ammunition have risen across the United States since the Dec. 14 shooting at a Newtown, Connecticut elementary school. Walmart U.S., is the largest unit of Wal-Mart Stores Inc the world’s largest retailer and the largest U.S. gun seller. The Bentonville, Arkansas-based retailer had said that it works to strike the right balance between serving hunters and sportsmen and ensuring that it sells firearms responsibly.
A Tennessee state senator has introduced a bill that would abolish diversity programs, ban diversity officers and end preference based on race, ethnicity and gender on college campuses in the Volunteer State. Republican Jim Summerville calls his slate of legislation the “Civil Rights Initiative of 2013,” reports Knoxville NBC affiliate WBIR-TV. In addition to forbidding diversity preference programs, the proposal would prohibit the state from keeping any statistics based on race, gender or ethnicity, or using those criteria for hiring, except as mandated by federal law. “It’s a little demeaning, I think, to classify people
"I love Michelle Obama and I love her bangs!" declared Barack Obama last week. The US President was speaking ahead of a rather more pressing event - his second inauguration ceremony - but the First Lady´s new fringe (referred to as ´bangs´ across the pond) had grabbed so many headlines that he felt he just had to weigh in. However another vocal leader - this time in the fashion world - doesn´t think so much of FLOTUS´s new hair. HuffPost unearthed how Chanel creative director Karl Lagerfeld told French TV show Le Petit Journal : "I don´t understand
Although President Barack Obama recently signed 23 executive orders regarding more gun control and is pushing Congress to pass more gun-restriction measures, the White House says the president has a “strong record on Second Amendment rights.” On Wednesday, a reporter asked White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, “What is the president doing to convince members of his own party in the Senate that are against the measure [to re-ban assault weapons]?” Carney responded that the president has been an advocate for the Second Amendment. “Well, he’s had conversations with various lawmakers on this issue,” Carney said,
Mali: Amid dancing and singing in the streets, French forces freed the storybook city of Timbuktu Monday, rescuing a cultural treasure box from a nihilistic siege by Islamofascist barbarians. If only it had a storybook ending! There was ample reason for joy, knowing that this city, a metaphor in the Western imagination for places exotic and far away, had been rescued from the al-Qaida-affiliated terrorists who had laid waste to it in the past 10 months. They desecrated Timbuktu´s ancient tombs, burned ancient library texts, banned its famed music, exiled its musicians and unleashed
SAO PAULO - Brazil´s unemployment rate dropped to a record low in December as expected, underpinning a timid economic recovery and renewing concerns about inflation. The jobless rate fell to a non-seasonally-adjusted 4.6 percent from 4.9 percent in November, government statistics agency IBGE said on Thursday. December´s unemployment rate was above the median forecast of 4.4 percent in a Reuters survey of 27 economists. Nevertheless, it was the lowest reading for the indicator since the current data series was introduced in 2002. In December 2011, Brazil´s jobless rate was 4.7 percent.
The head of the New York branch of a Hamas-affiliated group is seeking a seat on the New York City Council. The New York Daily News reported that Zead Ramadan formally announced on Tuesday his plans to run for the City Council seat being vacated by Councilman Robert Jackson, who plans to run for Manhattan Borough President. Ramadan has already raised nearly $41,000, according to city Campaign Finance Board records, and says he would be the Council’s first-ever Arab-American member. “I grew up in this community, and I
Within moments of the governor signing a bill Tuesday that drastically reduces her authority, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Cindy Hill and two others filed a lawsuit to stop the action. Gov. Matt Mead signed Senate File 104, a bill that strips most of the duties of the state superintendent of public instruction. (snip). Also on Tuesday, Hill and Kerry and Clara Powers of Wheatland filed a lawsuit in Laramie County District Court that challenges the constitutionality of the bill.
Considered a cancer-surviving “badass on a bike,” it turns out Lance Armstrong is just a badass — and a fraud. Armstrong´s admission that he doped his way to seven Tour de France titles even prompted CBS News CEO Jeffrey Fager to Think Again about his network´s role in the “Miracle Man´s” narrative. “We helped create the myth,” he acknowledged, because “we wanted to believe this absolutely inspirational story. But we were duped.” Unearned moral superiority and blazing self-righteousness hastened Armstrong´s rise as he slandered and sued whistle-blowers into submission. “I was a bully in the sense that I tried to control
President Obama will take his public push for stricter gun-control measures to Minneapolis next week. A White House official told The Hill the president will speak with local law enforcement and elected officials on efforts to stem gun crime during a Monday visit to the city.The effort is the latest as the administration looks to keep the president´s gun-control proposals at the forefront of his second-term agenda, even as lawmakers take the lead on negotiating specific legislation. Obama has called for a series of bills that would ban semi-automatic weapons with military features and high-capacity ammunition magazines.
Our nation is in crisis. The Obama administration is centralizing power at a level unmatched in American history with grave consequences for our future liberty and freedom. (Snip) So, is there a way to restore the Republic? There is good news; the first salvos have already been fired in the battle to save America. And no, they weren´t fired from anywhere in Washington D.C., from members of Congress or from Republican Party headquarters. The shots being fired, the first movements in a war to save our republican form of government are coming from the most unheralded of places.
It is not something most travelers need to be told about. But Business Insider Editor-in-Chief Henry Blodget has taken it upon himself to review the trappings of economy class travel for his readers. Blodget, a former Wall Street analyst,was somewhat shocked at what he found in the rear section of an American Airlines international flight, and related his findings. Reporting from the unkempt mid-section of a Boeing 767 and armed with little but a lumpy pillow and pre-packaged pasta, Blodget exposes the harsh realities of flying in American Airlines´ ´economy´ seating section.
CNN chief national correspondent John King could be ousted from the network in favour of new Chief Washington correspondent Jake Tapper, MailOnline can reveal. King, 49, has already moved out of his office to make way for Tapper, 43, who was poached by new CNN boss Jeff Zucker from ABC. And now sources have revealed that King has not signed a new contract - and has instead signed an extension to his existing deal, leaving his future at the network unclear. Tapper, who debuted on CNN last week, has already been given his own weekday show by Zucker,