Former LAPD officer Chris Dorner — accused of killing a young couple and firing at police officers — apparently sent a parcel to CNN host Anderson Cooper at his office. As the manhunt for Dorner continues, Cooper shared information about the package he received on his show Thursday night. (Snip) The package included a DVD, a bullet-riddled LAPD souvenir coin, and a note that read, in part, “I never lied.” The coin was wrapped in duct tape, with the handwritten words, “Thanks but no thanks, Will Bratton” (Bratton was LAPD chief until 2009) — and
Hollywood legend and Republican supporter Clint Eastwood told CNBC that Washington gridlock is sending the nation racing towards another contentious debt deadline. "It´s almost like they don´t give a damn," he said, in a "Squawk Box" interview that aired Friday. The Oscar-winning director who´s also known for his tough-guy roles asked rhetorically, "If they don´t give a damn, why did they expect anybody else to?" With the deal to avoid the "fiscal cliff" barely in the rearview mirror, President Barack Obama and Republican leaders are on the clock again, scrambling to compromise on a package
Remember back in what was it - 2006 or thereabouts - when left-leaning critics of President Bush couldn´t stop talking about how nothing was more red, white, and blue than good old-fashioned American dissent? Why, our very country was founded by an act of dissent, didn´t you know! So back when Vice President Dick Cheney - routinely likened to Darth Vader and Voldemort - was running things, the very air was filled with cries of "not in our name" and all that, because it was so damned important that the United States not contravene its
A national movement to abolish capital punishment is growing, state by state. Maryland is expected soon to become the 18th state to repeal death-penalty laws. Nevertheless, taking a life for taking a life still seems like a good idea for millions of Americans. But capital punishment is not what it used to be, when the gallows was a scene of commerce and merriment. Seventeenth-century England, whence comes so much of our law and culture, hanged evildoers with the enthusiasm of modern Texas.
He´s been hit by Democrats and the press for being aloof and anti-social, a president with a leaden touch even when it comes to his friends. But in just two sentences about House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi yesterday during an address to House Democrats holding a retreat in Leesburg, Va., he moved to change that old image. "I love Nancy Pelosi," he said. Then, tapping into "Grandma Mimi´s" real passion, he won the crowd over, saying, "She generates good-looking grandbabies. They´re all so handsome and sharp and beautiful." Speaking off-the-cuff, he indirectly acknowledged criticism that he
Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, is among 144 people who have won substantial damages after settling their phone-hacking claims against the News of the World, the high court has heard. Ferguson is one of 17 individuals who demanded an public apology from the now defunct tabloid´s publisher, News International, at the high court in London on Friday morning. Others who had statements read out in open court after receiving damages include Hugh Grant and Geoffrey Robinson, the Labour MP.
In a puzzling, unexplained development, the Obama administration has been buying and storing vast amounts of ammunition in recent months, with the Department of Homeland Security just placing another order for an additional 21.6 million rounds. Several other federal agencies also began buying large quantities of bullets last year. The Social Security Administration, for instance, not normally considered on the frontlines of anything but dealing with seniors, said its purchases of millions of rounds were for special agents´ quarterly weapons qualifications.[Snip] But DHS has been silent about its need for numerous orders of bullets in the multiple millions.
Several Republican governors have embraced a key pillar of President Obama’s health-care law: Extending Medicaid to 17 million Americans. Many Republicans balked at the expansion when the Supreme Court made the Medicaid expansion optional in its ruling last in the summer. Supporters of the law worried that the opposition could undermine the entire health-care overhaul by shrinking the pool of Americans who would gain coverage. But six Republican governors have since come to back the program, including Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder on Wednesday and Ohio’s John Kasich on Monday. Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer announced her support in mid-January.
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg´s super political action committee has spent at least $660,000 for 12 days of TV ads blasting Democratic congressional candidate Debbie Halvorson´s past support from the National Rifle Association, records filed by local affiliates of the four major networks showed Thursday. When its current ad buy ends Sunday, the Independence USA super PAC will have aired 574 half-minute broadcast TV commercials to influence the outcome of the 2nd Congressional District special election, records show. Halvorson, a former one-term congresswoman from Crete, has accused Bloomberg of trying to buy an Illinois congressional seat.
Democrats kick puppies. No, really. Look what they just did to Ed Cox — the hapless, harmless, endlessly affable chairman of New York’s Republican State Committee. This week Cox accused Gov. Cuomo of cheap grandstanding on issues such as guns and gay marriage while ignoring his real responsibilities. “New York,” said Cox, “has a governor with neither the experience nor the guts to spend his political capital on the necessary steps required to create jobs.” He ticked off some things the governor said he wasn’t going to do but did
President Barack Obama´s second term just got under way, but it´s outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton who is far more popular, according to a new Quinnipiac poll testing politicians´ favorability ratings. Need evidence that House Republicans are unpopular? House Speaker John Boehner sits at the bottom of the list, by far, in terms of net favorability. The poll, which surveyed 1,772 registered voters nationally, was conducted between January 30 and February 4. It has a margin of error of +/- 2.3 percentage points. Here´s how all the nine politicians tested fared, from most popular to least.
LONDON — It is the biggest development in this city’s buzzing financial district, and even Olympics-jaded Londoners call it grandiose: two bronze-and-stone towers, connected by sky-bridges atop the ruins of a 2,000-year-old Roman temple.Bloomberg Place, roughly the size of a Manhattan city block, is the future European home of Michael R. Bloomberg’s company and charity. But it is only one piece of the New York City mayor’s growing British empire.
Rihanna´s show of support for Chris Brown, the man who viciously beat her, at his court hearing Wednesday received a harsh verdict from Tina Brown. The editor-in-chief of The Daily Beast slammed RiRi via Twitter for the stand-by-your-assailant moment, calling the pop diva"a big fat zero as a role model for girls." The "Diamonds" singer, 24, sat front row in court on Wednesday next to Brown´s mom as the judge decided whether her not her on-again boyfriend completed the community service he was sentenced to after brutally assaulting her on the eve of the Grammy Awards in 2009.
Big Government: We almost never agree with President Obama´s favorite economist Paul Krugman, but he recently spoke the truth about where Obama´s policies are taking the country. It should scare anyone with a pulse. Krugman, after speaking at the Sixth & I Historic Synagogue in Washington, D.C., was asked about the debt crisis. After arguing it´s no big deal in the near term, Krugman admitted that "Eventually we do have a problem. The population is getting older, health care costs are rising ... . Something is going to have to give." What´s that something?
The back-and-forth verbal jabs between former Bush White House deputy chief of staff Karl Rove, his deputies at American Crossroads and some of the conservative movement’s so-called “critically important figures” took another intense turn on Mark Levin’s radio show on Thursday, with Iowa Republican Rep. Steve King entering the fray. “[L]et me put something to you folks about Karl Rove — what a propagandist this man is,” Levin said at the end of his program.
Powerline’s John Hinderaker thinks former Sen. Chuck Hagel’s nomination to be Obama’s defense secretary is already dead. He may be right. Andrew’s post from last evening homes in on why. As Sen. Ted Cruz pointed out in his superb questioning at the confirmation hearing (which irritated all the right people), Hagel has stonewalled the senate regarding transcripts of his prior speeches. Hagel’s propensity to say stupid things is already notorious (see, e.g., the Let Freedom Ring USA video I mentioned yesterday). It’s thus hard to imagine that the substance of the speeches is the problem. No, the issue must be
The other day, I learned that President Obama has canceled our Mars Rover explorations, along with all other planetary missions. NASA´s science mission chief just quit in disgust, and who can blame him? Apparently, even robots´ lives are too precious for us to risk these days, so America is giving up the thrill of discovering space.(snip)Here´s a quick list of some things we´re giving up these days, with little more than a shrug: Making babies (lowest birth rate since 1920). Saturday mail delivery. The Constitution. Hostess Twinkies (though there´s a ray of hope for them).
In four days, President Obama will deliver his State of the Union address, an annual speech before Congress that is arguably the most important one a president is tasked with giving. And for Obama, this particular speech may end up being the most important State of the Union of his entire presidency. In a nutshell, this is the speech that is best-suited to embody the ideas of Obama’s presidency. Whereas Obama’s previous State of the Union speeches have been delivered in the shadow of the previous administration or an upcoming election, and future speeches will be likely be
Buried 16 stories beneath Grand Central Terminal a new commuter rail is being blasted and tunneled out of solid bedrock as part of an audacious $15billion development that will span 14 miles throughout the city. The grand concourse, seen at a massive eight stories high surrounded by dripping stone walls and lapping puddles, will provide more floor space than New Orleans´ Superdome stadium when finished. It is just one of three monumental projects underway beneath New York City´s streets to expand what´s already the nation´s biggest mass transit system transporting 5 million riders a day. But even with blasting
A Duke University fraternity has been suspended from its national affiliation after complaints about a themed party last week that featured Asian stereotypes. About 200 Duke students gathered Wednesday to protest the Kappa Sigma party, which was held Friday. The party originally was called “Asia Prime” in social media posts that featured references to drinking sake and an exaggerated, stereotypical language, such as saying “Herro” instead of “Hello.”(snip)Still, photos from the party showed mostly white students wearing sumo wrestler costumes and chopsticks in their hair.
LEESBURG, Va.- U.S. President Barack Obama told House Democrats Thursday his State of the Union address will focus on job creation, education and energy independence. Speaking at the House Democratic Issues Conference in Leesburg, Va., the president repeated a theme from his 2012 re-election campaign, that "our economy succeeds and our economy grows when everybody is getting a fair shot and everybody is getting a fair shake and everybody is playing by the same rules." "Because I believe that is a growth agenda -- not just an equity agenda, not just a fairness agenda -- that is a growth agenda,"
The following information was provided to me by my DHS contact on two different occasions. I was asked to withhold the final portion of the information that was provided to me at that time until after the inauguration. (Snip) RB: First of all, two days after the inauguration, at exactly 7:00 a.m. on January 23, something called “the Cyber-Warriors for Obama Project” was activated. I heard about this the week after the election, but only saw a hardcopy draft in late December. From what I was told, I believe this is a project that is being paid
HARTFORD, Conn.- A push for the legalization of physician-assisted suicide is under way in a half-dozen states where proponents say they see strong support for allowing doctors to prescribe mentally competent, dying individuals with the medications needed to end their own lives. The large number of baby boomers facing end-of-life issues themselves is seen to have made the issue more prominent in recent years. Groups such as Compassion & Choices, a national end-of-life advocacy organization, have been working to advance the cause. Advocates received a boost from last year´s ballot question in Massachusetts on whether to allow physicians
Jack Andrews and his wife no longer enjoy what they call date night, their once-a-month outing to the movies and a steak dinner at Logan’s Roadhouse in Augusta, Ga. In Harlem, Eddie Phillips’s life insurance payment will have to wait a few more weeks. And Jessica Price is buying cheaper food near her home in Orlando, Fla., even though she worries it may not be as healthy. Like millions of other Americans, they are feeling the bite from the sharp increase in payroll taxes that took effect at the beginning of January. There are growing signs that