New York gave the ultimate send-off to beloved former Mayor Ed Koch yesterday — a standing ovation as his casket was carried out of a synagogue to the tune “New York, New York,” played as a dirge. Luminaries and ordinary citizens from every borough filled Temple Emanu-El on the Upper East Side to hear funny and poignant tales about the tall, bald one-man public-opinion poll with the whiney voice who personified New York City.
As D-Day looms for ObamaCare, one big question is how many states will sign up for its Medicaid expansion. The recent and spectacular flip-flop of Arizona Governor Jan Brewer is a case study in the political pressure and fiscal gimmicks designed to get states to succumb. It´s also a study in the arcane and perverse ObamaCare incentives that are intended to gather ever more health-care spending under federal control. Arizona´s current Medicaid program is well run by the program´s standards—a low bar—but it is also too large. The program now finances one of every two in-state births
The actress who played a young Baroness Thatcher believes the politician had ´psychopathic tendencies´ because she did not feel enough guilt over her actions. Actress Andrea Riseborough says she believes Lady Thatcher, who she played in a BBC drama, had a ´loose´ connection with humanity. Riseborough, 31, played the young Margaret Thatcher in The Long Walk To Finchley, based on the former prime minister´s early years in politics. The Never Let Me Go and Made In Dagenham actress told the Radio Times: ´Mrs Thatcher had oversights when it came to thousands of people. No, millions.
A Saudi cleric has sparked outrage by declaring that baby girls must wear the burka. Sheikh Abdullah Daoud, who said all female newborns should wear the veil, insisted the burkas would help to protect the infants against the threat of sexual attacks. His comments, made in an interview with an Islamic television station that has surfaced online, have been widely condemned as ´disturbing´ and harmful to the religion. In the interview broadcast on al-Majd TV last year, Sheikh Daoud cited instances of babies being sexually molested in Saudi Arabia, and quoted unnamed medical and security sources, a report on Al
The Justice Department sued Standard & Poor´s Ratings Services late Monday, alleging the firm ignored its own standards to rate mortgage bonds that imploded in the financial crisis and cost investors billions.The civil charges by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder against the New York company, one of the bond-rating industry´s three giants, are the first federal enforcement action against a credit-rating firm over the crisis. Several state attorneys general are likely to join. S&P said in a statement earlier Monday that the government suit would be "entirely without factual or legal merit," and denied wrongdoing.
Since the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, on December 14, 2012, President Obama has made eight public statements regarding gun violence. His most recent remarks took place on Monday in Minneapolis. In those remarks, President Obama has not only deplored the gun violence that took place at Sandy Hook but the gun violence that has taken place over the past couple of years in Tucson, Aurora, Colorado and Oak Creek, Wisconsin. He has also made reference to gun violence in cities such as Chicago and Philadelphia. Consider these remarks made by President Obama on January 16, 2013,
There has always been something strangely fascinating to me about Albert Arnold Gore, Jr. Maybe it’s those stern Superman looks that make him seem resentful that we woke him up to save Gotham. Or the Jekyll and Hyde lector-hector duality in his persona. Perhaps it’s his improbable ascendancy to Nobel Laureate through less-than-fastidious science. Or the breathtaking hypocrisy of his personal carbon footprint. Maybe it’s just the alleged release of his second chakra in a Portland hotel room. Whatever it is, and whatever quirks and contradictions I’ve observed, nothing prepared me for the rogue wave of hubris that crashed
The footage was uploaded Saturday by the North´s official website, Uriminzokkiri, which distributes news and propaganda from the state media. The video is shot as a dream sequence, with a young man seeing himself on board a North Korean space shuttle launched into orbit by the same type of rocket Pyongyang successfully tested in December. As the shuttle circles the globe--to the tune of "We Are the World"--the video zooms in on countries below, including a joyfully re-unified Korea. In contrast, the focus then switches to a city--shrouded in the US flag--under apparent missile attack with its skyscrapers, including what
An admiring portrait of now-former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the New York Times (is there any other kind of portrait of Clinton in the Times?) over the weekend is in some ways a follow-up to a comment let slip by Clinton’s successor, John Kerry, last week. Kerry told the Boston Globe that President Obama called and offered him the job a full week before Susan Rice dropped her embattled bid for the post and withdrew her name from consideration. If that’s true–if Obama really always wanted the dour and pliable Kerry over the sharp, independent and tough Rice–
Joe Biden and his wife Jill arrived in the UK last night at the end of a short tour of Europe that also took in Berlin and Paris. Ahead of his meetings with the Prime Minister and, separately, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, Mr Biden reiterated US concerns about the prospect of Britain withdrawing from the EU. "We value our essential relationship with the UK, as well as our relationship with the EU, which makes critical contributions to peace, prosperity, and security in Europe and around the world," Mr Biden told The Times yesterday. "We believe the United Kingdom is
His remains are believed to lie in an unmarked grave in Winchester and a team is reportedly applying for permission to dig up the spot at St Bartholomew’s Church. It is thought Alfred’s skeleton could be found among a collection of bones there. “The problem is, where would we get a comparative sample from? It’s a hell of a lot further to go back to trace a living descendant.”[Snip] Alfred the Great, an Anglo-Saxon king who ruled from 871 to 899, is known for his social and educational reforms and his military successes against the Danes.
It was initially unclear what happened in Midland City, Alabama on Monday afternoon. There were reports of an explosion, gunfire, a dead suspect and a freed hostage. Combing through reports from both local and national news outlets, though, we´ve been able to piece together a play-by-play account of what happened in the final moments Jimmy Lee Dykes´ life and the first few moments of freedom his 5-year-old hostage, Ethan, had seen in a week. It sounds like a scene from a Bruce Willis movie, except it only lasted a few seconds. Trouble started brewing about 24 hours before Monday´s raid.
Last week, a court approved a settlement deal among commodities firm MF Global’s bankruptcy trustees that will reimburse its customers for 93 percent of the value of their accounts, from which about $1.6 billion had disappeared during the firm’s bankruptcy. But even if they eventually see 100 percent of their funds returned, the firm’s misappropriation of customer funds under the leadership of Jon Corzine will remain a shocking example of financial malfeasance. It looks like Corzine could have gotten away with the crime of the century. If you aren’t familiar with Jon Corzine, he is the man
Imagine if The Post broke a story about the biggest scandal of the Obama-era — and Washington responded with a collective yawn? That’s precisely what happened recently when The Post reported on its front page that senior Obama administration officials were being investigated by the FBI and Justice Department for the leak last summer that the president had personally ordered cyberattacks on the Iranian nuclear program using a computer virus developed with Israel called Stuxnet. The Post quotes a source who says that FBI agents and prosecutors are pursuing “everybody — at pretty high levels.” The paper further reports
The recent inaugural festivities would have seemed more than a little strange to the Framers of the Constitution, had they been on hand to see the show. (Snip)Thus, with the festivities finished and the glow of the inauguration fading, it is fair to ask: Just how powerful will President Obama be in his second term? In other words, how successful will he be at persuading the diverse agents of our government to do what he wants them to do? If the lessons of his first term guide our expectations for the second, then the most likely answer is:
Tokyo/Detroit-Are electric cars running out of juice again? Recent moves by Japan´s two largest automakers suggest that the electric car, after more than 100 years of development and several brief revivals, still is not ready for prime time - and may never be. In the meantime, the attention of automotive executives in Asia, Europe and North America is beginning to swing toward an unusual but promising new alternate power source: hydrogen. The reality is that consumers continue to show little interest in electric vehicles, or EVs, which dominated U.S. streets in the first decade of the 20th century
A skeleton found under a car park in Leicester has been confirmed as that of the king. The reconstructed face has a slightly arched nose and prominent chin, similar to features shown in portraits of Richard III painted after his death. Historian and author John Ashdown-Hill said seeing it was "almost like being face to face with a real person". The development comes after archaeologists from the University of Leicester confirmed the skeleton found last year was the 15th Century king´s, with DNA from the bones having matched that of descendants of the monarch´s family. Richard was killed
Were it not for a previous engagement with the Almighty, there’s not an icicle’s chance in hell or heaven that Ed Koch would have missed this party. Movers, shakers, machers and ordinary schmoes from the dreaded outer boroughs risked pain and frostbite to stand on the frigid Upper East Side for a chance to schmooze and say goodbye. A former president, a disgraced ex-governor, political sworn enemies and lifelong allies. A secretary. A laborer. An ex-police employee. All were welcome, and Koch would have loved every minute of it. For these were Koch’s peeps who came to Temple Emanu-El
There is a new conservative establishment in America, made up of those who claim to be the anti-establishment. The New Establishment’s leaders claim to speak for the very loose agglomeration of voters who gathered three years ago under the banner of the Tea Party, and they angrily assert that anyone who has a different view of how best to achieve conservative aims isn’t a conservative at all. Now they’re up in arms at reports that “big donors” are supposedly going to try to “play a role” in picking Republican senatorial candidates. The goal of this effort
To cut to the chase, a country that was serious about its national security would never put John Brennan in charge of its premier intelligence service. Of course, it is by no means clear that the United States is any longer a serious country in this regard. Serious countries do not fund, arm and “partner with” hostile regimes. They do not recruit enemy sympathizers to fill key governmental policy positions. They do not erect barriers impeding their intelligence services from understanding an enemy’s threat doctrine – in conscious indifference to Sun Tzu’s maxim that defending oneself requires knowing one’s enemies.
There are four kinds of Super Bowl ads. Shock ads (encompassing both sexy and gross-out shock), Joke ads, Stunt casting ads, and Sweet ads. They sometimes overlap– gross-out Shock + Joke (the Doritos oeuvre) or Joke + Stunt casting, etc. It’s Shock, Joke, and Stunt that get the pre-game coverage, with the networks threatening to ban certain ads and companies happily riding the wave of publicity (the Go Daddy strategy). But I’d argue it’s the Sweet ads that win the day. One of the few memorable ads of the last several years is the VW Darth Vader ad,
The Washington, D.C., region has long been considered recession-proof, thanks to the remorseless expansion of the federal government in good times and bad. Yet it’s only now—as D.C. positively booms while most of the country remains in economic doldrums—that the scale of Washington’s prosperity is becoming clear. Over the past decade, the D.C. area has made stunning economic and demographic progress. Meanwhile, America’s current and former Second Cities, population-wise—Los Angeles and Chicago—are battered and fading in significance. Though Washington still isn’t their match in terms of population, it’s gaining on them in terms of economic power and national importance.
WASHINGTON -- After ducking comment for days, Sen. Robert Menendez is forcefully denying allegations he engaged with prostitutes in the Dominican Republic, calling the claims false "smears." Menendez told reporters on Monday that he had done nothing wrong. His voice rose with anger as he described "anonymous, nameless, faceless individuals" who he said have driven false stories into the mainstream media. "That´s what they´ve done successfully," he said his first public remarks since the allegations began to spread on Wednesday. "The bottom line is all of those smears are absolutely false."
SANTO DOMINGO -Prominent Dominican lawyer Vinicio Castillo on Monday said allegations that linked U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez to sex parties with prostitutes in the Dominican Republic were part of a “dirty campaign” aimed at discrediting his cousin, a Florida eye doctor who has a stalled multimillion-dollar contract for security at Dominican ports. Castillo said Monday he will formally request Dominican authorities open an investigation into the source of allegations that claimed Menendez, a New Jersey Democrat, and Florida ophthalmologist Salomon Melgen had sex parties with prostitutes, including some that were underage.
A confidential Justice Department memo concludes that the U.S. government can order the killing of American citizens if they are believed to be “senior operational leaders” of al-Qaida or “an associated force” -- even if there is no intelligence indicating they are engaged in an active plot to attack the U.S. The 16-page memo, a copy of which was obtained by NBC News, provides new details about the legal reasoning behind one of the Obama administration’s most secretive and controversial polices: its dramatically increased use of drone strikes against al-Qaida suspects, including those aimed at American citizens,
WASHINGTON- The United States can target its own citizens with drone strikes if they have recently been involved in violent attacks, a Justice Department memo says. NBC News reported Monday it had obtained a copy of the confidential 16-page memo. The case made for targeting U.S. citizens in countries such as Yemen is similar to, but goes beyond, the one laid out by Attorney General Eric Holder and other officials. "The condition that an operational leader present an ´imminent´ threat of violent attack against the United States does not require the United States to have clear evidence that a