I really don´t want to write about this, I don´t want to think about this, and I don´t want it to be true. Lee Rodgers, friend and mentor, is dead. (snip) Lee and I worked together at KSFO radio on the "Lee Rodgers and Melanie Morgan Show, with Officer Vic" (and Sheri Yee) for 14 years, but it was always the Lee Rodgers show, and we got to go along for the ride. Lee was demanding, brilliant, perfectionistic, generous, very very loyal and HUGELY entertaining. I learned my conservative principles from him. He helped mold and shape my politics and
Energy Secretary Steven Chu will be leaving his post, the White House confirmed Friday, exiting the administration at the start of President Obama´s second term after a rocky tenure. In his resignation letter, Chu said he intend to stay on board "past the end of February" to help the department find his successor. Chu´s leadership has drawn sharp criticism from Republicans who questioned his controversial support for and handling of a $528 million federal loan to solar panel maker Solyndra before the company filed for bankruptcy.
LONDON/DUBLIN -Burger King, one of the most popular fast-food chains in Britain and Ireland, said on Thursday it had stopped using one of the firms caught up in the scandal of supplying grocers with beef that contained horse meat. The British food industry has been rocked by the revelation last week that retailers including market leader Tesco and smaller chains Aldi, Lidl and Iceland had sold beef products that contained horse meat. The scandal has left Ireland´s 2 billion euros ($2.6 billion) beef industry, which accounts for 21 percent of all of the country´s food and drink exports Location added by staff
My favorite memory of Ed Koch is a moment from one of the Democratic presidential primaries of the Eighties. He was in his hey-day: mayor of New York, omnipresent media yak-in-the-box, grand rebbe whose hand had to be kissed by any presidential candidate hoping to score with Jewish voters not only in NYC but Florida as well.
The more we reflect on the confirmation hearings for the proposed promotion of Senator Hagel to the Pentagon, the more we are left with a feeling that the Senate is failing to address the central question. The same is true for Senator Kerry’s elevation to the State Department. The solons gave him a total pass. The armed services committee did a better job in exposing Senator Hagel. But neither hearing confronted the question that is at the bottom of all this sturm and drang. Where is this administration going strategically in respect of foreign policy?
In Herman Wouk’s classic World War II novel, The Caine Mutiny, there is a moment when a group of the ship’s officers are getting away from the increasingly eccentric Captain Queeq by relaxing ashore.(SNIP)Obama’s second inauguration speech may be his Queeg moment — an undeniable demonstration that, in an emergency, he is incapable of grappling with reality. For all his unceasing invocation of the word “change,” the outstanding thing about Obama has been his apparent inability to react, even to an imminent crisis.
This is Catholic Schools Week, when dioceses across the country celebrate the great gifts that are our Catholic schools. It has been a somewhat somber Catholic Schools Week for me, since in the Archdiocese of New York we recently announced that 24 of our schools will be closing at the end of this academic year. According to the National Catholic Education Association, the closings will join a national trend that has seen Catholic-school enrollment in the U.S. decline by 23.4% since 2000, a loss of 621,583 students. It is sometimes hard to understand why enrollment has dropped.
You may have heard it can get cold in Minnesota in January, or for that matter in April. Last week the temperature dropped to seven below zero in the Twin Cities, which is one reason many Midwesterners head to Florida or Arizona for the winter. But now Governor Mark Dayton wants to tax the snowbirds even if they are no longer legally state residents. "There is a snowbird tax—absolutely," the Democratic Governor told reporters the other day. "It´s one of the unfairnesses that somebody can spend six months and one day out of the state
An armed guard at a Georgia middle school disarmed a student who had opened fire, wounding one person. A student opened fire at his middle school Thursday afternoon, wounding a 14-year-old in the neck before an armed officer working at the school was able to get the gun away, police said. Multiple shots were fired in the courtyard of Price Middle School just south of downtown about 1:50 p.m. and the one boy was hit, Atlanta Police Chief George Turner said. In the aftermath, a teacher received minor cuts, he said. Headline split by staff
In the days since the second Obama inauguration, I´ve been thinking about Kelly Clarkson and Beyonce. No, not the great lip-synching controversy, but the choice of popular entertainment for a solemn national rite. That Beyonce apparently lip-synched her beautiful rendition of the national anthem is a triviality. It´s cold on the steps of the Capitol and even the greatest singer might have trouble sounding good in those conditions. Kelly Clarkson apparently sang live (and perhaps paid a price in quality). Four years ago, at Obama´s first inauguration, a quartet consisting of Yo-Yo Ma, Yitzhak Perlman,
The new year started off with an old story: Employment grew again in January but not at a pace able to lower the jobless rate. Nonfarm payrolls rose 157,000 for the first month of 2013 while the unemployment rate edged higher to 7.9 percent, news unlikely to alter the Federal Reserve´s monetary policy or instill confidence that the recovery is gaining steam. Economists were looking for 160,000 net new jobs created with the unemployment rate holding steady at 7.8 percent. The ho-hum jobs numbers for January were accompanied by substantial revisions
Sure, Chuck Hagel might have been a bumbling, stumbling mess at his confirmation hearing yesterday. But the real story was how awful were the Republicans who questioned him. That was the collective judgment of today´s Morning Joe panel. For example, so contemptuous was Joe Scarborough of Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, that the Morning Joe host announced that he would not even mention him by name. "Clown show" was the panel´s operative phrase for the Republican performance. Andrea Mitchell, Mika Brzezinski,
Maiduguri–Nigeria’s Joint Military tasks Force (JTF) on Friday said it killed 17 insurgents in raids on two “terrorist camps” in the embattled northeastern state of Borno, the base of Islamist group Boko Haram. The military “conducted two special operations supported by Nigerian Air Force helicopter gunship to dislodge Boko Haram terrorist camps,” a statement from spokesman Lt. Col. Sagir Musa said, adding “there was a fierce exchange of gunfire that resulted in the death of 17 Boko Haram insurgents and one soldier. The statement is the first recent confirmation of a Boko Haram training camp or base,
A woman has died after her van was ´riddled with bullets´ while she was driving on Chicago´s Lake Shore Drive early this morning. The shocking slaying comes days after a 15-year-old girl was randomly gunned down in a south-side neighborhood on Tuesday and brings the city´s death toll for 2013 to at least 43. Today´s shooting occurred at around 4 a.m. on the Lake Shore Drive ramp leading to Interstate 55. The 32-year-old woman was traveling south with a 37-year-old female passenger in her 2000 white Dodge when a
A Boston judge today set a Dec. 3 deportation hearing for President Obama’s uncle, Onyango Obama, to determine whether he should be forced to return to his native Kenya. Immigration Judge Leonard I. Shapiro set the date during a brief hearing in a Boston immigration court. Obama joined a crowd of more than 30 immigrants from Pakistan, Guatemala, and Uganda who were facing hearings. After Shapiro’s ruling, Obama’s attorney, Scott Bratton, told reporters that his client’s long-term goal is to remain in the United States.
Chuck Hagel, President Obama’s nominee as defense secretary, confronted withering criticism during a marathon confirmation hearing Thursday, but administration officials said they felt confident that the Republican-led attacks did not derail his bid to lead the Pentagon. Lawmakers from both parties spent roughly eight hours grilling Hagel about remarks he has made at various points of his career and the votes he had cast in the Senate. The nominee at times struggled as he sought to explain his past positions, in some cases distancing himself from them. He nonetheless offered a full-throated endorsement of the United States’ alliance with Israel,
The state’s embattled welfare chief was forced to step down yesterday in the wake of a shocking internal report that found that a staggering 47,000 families receiving taxpayer-funded benefits are unaccounted for — and nearly $30 million in food stamp money went to recipients who were not eligible. The shocking report, released to the Herald last night, found that the Department of Transitional Assistance has lost track of 47,087 households on welfare — or one out of 10 of the total 478,000 who received DTA mailings.
The tumult at CNN that has seen several contributors leave the cable news network continued on Wednesday, when Soledad O´Brien´s morning show, “Starting Point,” was canceled because her program´s small audience was “too ethnic, based on the high concentration of minority viewers.” Despite ending O´Brien´s morning show, a CNN spokesman told Politico on Thursday that "Soledad is very important to the network, and we´re discussing various options with her.” Many staffers at the cable news network were stunned to learn that Vice President Bart Feder had often complained about the audience the morning line-up attracted
ANKARA - A suicide bomber killed a Turkish security guard at the U.S. embassy in Ankara on Friday, blowing the door off a side entrance and sending smoke and debris flying into the street. Ankara Governor Alaaddin Yuksel said the attacker was inside U.S. property when the explosives were detonated. The blast sent masonry spewing out of the wall of the side entrance, but there did not appear to be any more significant structural damage. The bomber was also killed.
Rep. Tim Huelskamp has been named a “Sentinel” of freedom by a national group scoring the conservatism of members of Congress. The scorecard by the group Heritage Action for America ranks lawmakers on their conservatism, based on their votes on bills identified by the group as being of particular interest to conservative Americans.(snip)In a statement issued by his office, Huelskamp was quoted as saying: “This scorecard separates the lawmakers who talk like conservatives and those who act like conservatives. I will continue to be the tip of the spear fighting for the conservative values
WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is leaving office with a slap at critics of the Obama administration´s handling of the September attack on a U.S. diplomatic mission in Libya. She told The Associated Press that critics of the administration´s handling of the attack don´t live in an "evidence-based world" and their refusal to "accept the facts" is unfortunate and regrettable for the political system. In her last one-on-one interview before she steps down on Friday, Clinton told the AP that the attack in Benghazi was the low point of her time as America´s top diplomat.
Chuck Hagel‘s confirmation hearing to become Secretary of Defense took place yesterday — and today the Morning Joe crew discussed Hagel’s less-than-stellar performance. As well as the tense exchanges that took place between Hagel and several Republicans, which Joe Scarborough deemed “embarrassing.” “It was very painful to watch,” Andrea Mitchell said, remarking on Sen. John McCain‘s “hostile” attitude and Hagel being more accustomed asking questions than answering them. “I’m sorry, out of that exchange, it was not Chuck Hagel who looked bad,” Scarborough responded. Yes, in many ways Hagel was inadequately prepared, but:
Today´s unemployment rate, which states the unemployment rate has ticked up to 7.9 percent, prompts the White House to say, "oday’s employment report provides further evidence that the U.S. economy is continuing to heal from the wounds inflicted by the worst downturn since the Great Depression." " It is critical that we pursue the policies needed to build an economy that works for the middle class as we continue to dig our way out of the deep hole that was caused by the severe recession that began in December 2007,"
The righteous cheers and applause for the latest amnesty schemes from the U.S. Senate and the White House recall the famous gathering of mice convened to deal with the cat. The cat was devouring the mice in alarming numbers. “What we need,” said a wizened little gray fellow who looked a lot like an overstuffed senator, “is a bell for the cat. We can put it on his collar along with his identification tag, though it beats me why anyone would want to help a cat find his way home.
The White House is in agreement with Sen. Marco Rubio’s assertion that if illegal immigrants are granted legal status, they will not be eligible for Obamacare, according to White House Press Secretary Jay Carney. CNSNews.com asked, “Marco Rubio has said that he would want to prohibit those who are on a pathway to legal status from being eligible for the Affordable Care Act. Is that something the president would consider as part of this?” Carney responded, “I think we’ve been very clear that legal status does not confer benefits through the Affordable Care Act,