WASHINGTON — Sweet Caroline could be headed to the land of maple syrup. Caroline Kennedy’s bid to be appointed to the US Senate fizzled, but now she’s being floated as President Obama’s next pick to become ambassador to Canada. Kennedy, daughter of President John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, is the most glamorous name out of several that have have surfaced in the Canadian press buzzing over the appointment over the last few weeks. “She would have star power. People would like that, of course,” one Canadian government source told The Post yesterday.
Former Rep. Joe Walsh, R-Ill., announced Tuesday that he is forming a super PAC “to support freedom-loving conservative alternatives” and to fight back against a Karl Rove initiative to keep unelectable Tea Partyers from winning primaries.(Snip)He wrote on his Facebook page that “if we had listened to Karl Rove in 2010, there would be no [Florida] Sen. Marco Rubio. Rove backed Charlie Crist, who was last seen raving about President Obama at the Democrat National Convention last year.” Walsh also referenced Sens. Mike Lee of Utah, Rand Paul of Kentucky and Ted Cruz of Texas,
Via Israel Matzav, Chuck Hagel refuses to disclose payments he has received in the last five years from foreigners, Is Chuck roast? Hagel refuses to disclose foreign funding sources: Will this finally be enough to break the Obama administration’s hold over Senate Democrats when it comes to the Hagel nomination? Chuck Hagel has refused to disclose to the Senate Armed Services Committee the sources of his foreign funding over the last five years. Is Chuck roast? Via Josh Rogin, GOP senators call for delay in Hagel committee vote:
Federal investigators are in the midst of an active criminal investigation of disgraced former Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong, ABC News has learned. The revelation comes in stark contrast to statements made by the U.S. Attorney for Southern California, Andre Birotte, who addressed his own criminal inquiry of Armstrong for the first time publicly on Tuesday. Birotte´s office spent nearly two years investigating Armstrong for crimes reportedly including drug distribution, fraud and conspiracy -- only to suddenly drop the case on the Friday before the Super Bowl last year. Sources at the time said that agents had recommended an indictment
The married New York mother who was murdered while on a solo trip to Turkey had sex the day before she vanished with a man she met on the internet, he has claimed. ´Taylan K´ has been interviewed at length by Istanbul police after they discovered his online communication with 33-year-old Sarai Sierra, but he had initially insisted they were just friends. Now Turkey´s Vatan newspaper has claimed Taylan told police they had consensual sex a day before Sierra went missing. The duo had met online months before Sierra left for Turkey on January 7.
The key rhetorical question that some who want to limit our Second Amendment rights, like Piers Morgan, keep asking is: “Why does any American need an AR-15?” They ask that question because they clearly cannot imagine any circumstances under which that would be necessary. Unfortunately, however, there are many Americans who live along the southwestern border of the United States who know the answer to that question. Their answer is in part directly due to the enforcement and immigration decisions made by the very administration that is seeking to outlaw their right to own these types of weapons.
Just a little midweek, midday roundup of a few of the most recent ways in which the Affordable Care Act is just not going according to plan. “Unexpectedly,” of course. The House Ways and Means, Education and Workforce, and Energy and Commerce Committees have teamed up on a new report called the “ObamaCare Burden Tracker,” meant to function as “a real-time online resource to help the public keep track of all of the new government mandates, rules, and red tape as a result of ObamaCare.” Every hour and dollar spent complying with the Democrats’ health care law
A leaked Department of Justice memo outlining the legal rationale for President Obama´s aggressive drone policy has sparked a heated debate — much of it centered on President Obama´s apparent hypocrisy. After all, Obama spent much of the 2008 campaign criticizing George W. Bush´s policies on Guantanamo Bay and the waterboarding of three terrorists. And now he´s okay with killing al-Qaeda-affiliated U.S. citizens without due process? During one drone strike, a 16-year-old American was killed. You may write this off as collateral damage, but had this happened on George W. Bush´s watch, you can bet it would have dominated headlines
From the time she was 8, Libby Phelps Alvarez traveled the country protesting funerals. Like other members of the family-based Westboro Baptist Church, she often crashed the funerals of fallen soldiers. “They think that they´re fighting for a nation that supports homosexuality," Alvarez told TODAY, explaining the rationale behind the protests. Now, Alvarez has left the inflammatory Kansas-based church started by her grandfather and travels the world with her new husband experiencing simple acts once forbidden by her former cult-like religion – like getting a haircut. She also has gotten her ears pierced.
Singer Tony Bennett said on Capitol Hill that Congress should eliminate what he called “assault weapons.” “I still haven’t gotten over Connecticut. I’d like the assault weapons to go to war, not in our own country, and I’d like assault weapons eliminated,” said Bennett on Wednesday during a press conference at the Capitol Building. The press event was sponsored by Mayors Against Illegal Guns and The Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, both of which favor stricter gun control laws.
Nashville, Tenn. – The family of a man shot and killed at a Nashville shopping center is now offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for his death. 30-year-old Joshua McLean was killed Sept. 22, 2012, when he went to the Nashville West shopping center to sell two handguns to a buyer he met through an internet site. Metro police said after showing at least two men the guns, shots were fired, and McLean was hit in the chest.(Snip) Lauren and Josh had been married just weeks when he
Timothy Messer-Kruse doesn’t remember her name, but the question she asked in his college classroom a dozen years ago changed his career — and now it may revolutionize everything historians thought they knew about a hallowed event in the imagination of the American Left. “In my courses on labor history, I always devoted a full lecture to Haymarket,” says Messer-Kruse, referring to what happened in Chicago on the night of May 4, 1886. He would describe how a gathering of anarchists near Haymarket Square turned into a fatal bombing and riot. .
Pedestrians in Metuchen will soon be able to flag down traffic in order to cross the street. Brightly colored flags will be stationed near crosswalks. The idea is to grab the flag so the driver can see you and stop – which drivers are supposed to do anyway when they see a pedestrian in a crosswalk, anywhere, flag or no flag. Flag in hand, you can dash across the street before the driver steps on the gas again. Then deposit the flag in a container on the opposite side of the street. The flags will be available on Middlesex Avenue
Sneed has learned a plea deal is now on the table between former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. and federal authorities probing allegations of campaign fund misuse. Sneed is told the plea deal includes Jackson serving time in federal prison. “Significant jail time is now definitely a part of the deal,” said a top Sneed source close to the probe. “But I think [Jackson’s wife] Sandi, feels like she was thrown under the bus by her husband, ” now that a separate probe has begun on her, a second source added. Sandi Jackson claims she was stunned by campaign finance abuse disclosures against her husband,
With the fate of his pick to head the CIA in danger, President Obama reversed course Wednesday night and released to Congress the classified legal advice that the Justice Department has given the White House on using drones to execute American citizens in the war on terrorism. The about-face came less than a day before John O. Brennan, Mr. Obama’s homeland security adviser and his pick to be CIA director, was to face a Senate confirmation hearing, and hours after Sen. Ron Wyden, Oregon Democrat, threatened to hold up the appointment unless more information was forthcoming.
Deadline legislating is once again the talk of Washington, with all sides now demanding an end to the automatic spending sequesters — even though just a few weeks ago many of them seemed to be bracing, or in some cases even welcoming, the $85 billion in cuts divided between defense and domestic needs. President Obama’s senior advisers huddled Wednesday with leaders in the defense industry to try to enlist them in his push to raise taxes to replace some of the cuts, while a group of defense-hawk Republicans filed bills in the House and Senate to cancel the defense cuts
President Obama yielded Wednesday to congressional demands that he provide access to a secret legal memo on the targeted killing of American terrorism suspects overseas, avoiding a confrontation that threatened the confirmation of John O. Brennan as his new CIA director. Obama directed the Justice Department to hand over the document to the two intelligence committees “as part of the president’s ongoing commitment to consult with Congress on national security matters,” an administration official said.
Sen. Robert Menendez raised concerns with top federal health-care officials twice in recent years about their finding that a Florida eye doctor — a close friend and major campaign donor — had overbilled the government by $8.9 million for care at his clinic, Menendez aides said Wednesday. Menendez (D-N.J.) initially contacted federal officials in 2009 about the government’s audit of Salomon Melgen, complaining to the director overseeing Medicare payments that it was unfair to penalize the doctor because the billing rules were ambiguous, the aides said.
A Miami-Dade circuit judge has approved a private adoption allowing three people — a gay man and a married lesbian couple — to be listed on the birth certificate of their 23-month-old daughter. “We’re creating entirely new concepts of families. If you have two women seeking to be listed as Parent One and Parent Two, that does not exclude listing a man as father,” said Miami family lawyer Karyn J. Begin, who represented dad Massimiliano “Massimo” Gerina in a two-year paternity case involving lesbian friends who had his baby. Maria Italiano and Cher Filippazzo, who married in Connecticut,
Will Floyd Corkins become the poster boy for gun control? He certainly deserves the honor. Corkins pled guilty today to firearms, terrorism and assault charges in Washington, D.C. Corkins shot and wounded one man in a terrorist attack last August, but he admitted in court that he had intended to kill as many as possible. He was carrying a loaded 9 mm handgun and had in his possession two additional loaded magazines and 50 loose rounds of ammunition. So the Democrats and their media outlets should be talking up Floyd Corkins, right? Wrong. Because he carried out
Marco Rubio has been tapped to give the Republican response to President Obama’s State of the Union address. Chris Cillizza of the Washington Post takes the occasion to declare Rubio “first-among-equals when it comes to the future leaders of the party.” Thanks, Chris, but I think the Republican rank-and-file will make that determination, not liberal political reporters. To appreciate the weakness of Cillizza’s claim, let’s recall the Republicans who have delivered the previous responses to Obama’s State of the Union address. They are: Mitch Daniels (2012), Paul Ryan
Pete Wehner makes a fair point in dinging President Obama for hypocrisy because Obama once expressed outrage over the Bush administration’s use of torture (euphemistically called “enhanced interrogation techniques”) while now defending the legality of his own policy of ordering the targeted killing of al-Qaeda members even if they’re U.S. citizens. There is no judicial review in either policy–and the latter results in death rather than discomfort. But I’d much rather that the president be hypocritical than wrong on the issue of targeted killings. In this case I think he deserves applause
This column is prompted by the eye-catching headline that appeared two weeks ago: “Share of the Work Force in a Union Falls to a 97-Year Low, 11.3%.” As the article explained, many factors – global, domestic, economic, political – have contributed to the steep decline in the unionized work force, in both the private and public sectors. The trend, while accelerating, isn’t new. And on the surface, certainly, it has little to do with the Supreme Court. But the story led me to think back to a decision the court issued last June 21. In the breathless run-up to the health-care decision, which came a week later,
Chinese warships have aimed missile radars at Japanese military targets in what Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called ´´a dangerous action that could lead to unforeseen consequences´´. The news marks a worrying escalation of a four-month diplomatic and military standoff between Australia´s two largest trading partners over disputed islets in the East China Sea. (Snip) Japanese Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera told reporters on Tuesday night a Chinese frigate pointed a missile control radar at the Japanese destroyer Yuudachi on January 30. He said a Chinese vessel had similarly targeted a Japanese
The Republican-led House passed legislation Wednesday that would force President Obama to estimate when the federal budget will balance again — and outline the steps he proposes to eliminate the budget deficit. The Require a PLAN Act is part of a new Republican attempt to force Obama and the Democratic Senate to engage in efforts to cut the deficit. Republicans have roundly criticized Obama for submitting late budgets that don´t balance, and the Senate for failing to produce any budget plan at all in nearly four years. As expected, the
If the Food and Drug Administration gets its way, your trip to the grocery store could get a tad pricier. Supermarket owners argue a pending federal food-labeling rule that stems from the new health care law would overburden thousands of grocers and convenience store owners -- to the tune of $1 billion in the first year alone. (Snip) The rule stems from an ObamaCare mandate that restaurants provide nutrition information on menus. Most in the restaurant industry were supportive of the idea, but when the FDA decided to extend the provision to also affect thousands of supermarkets