This week Russian president Vladimir Putin brought Boyz II Men to Moscow to "hopefully [give] Russian men some inspiration ahead of St. Valentine´s Day," according to the Moscow Times. That is, Putin brought the music group to town to encourage love-making, and, he hopes, baby-making to offset Russia´s demographic disaster. But, according to statistics in a new book by Jonathan V. Last, it might have been a wiser move for Putin bring in a pro-life group instead. The book is titled What to Expect When No One’s Expecting.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. Weeks after New York enacted the nation´s toughest gun laws, California lawmakers said Thursday they want their state to do even more in response to recent mass shootings, particularly the Connecticut school massacre. Democrats who control the state Legislature revealed 10 proposals that they said would make California the most restrictive state for possessing firearms. They were joined at a Capitol news conference by San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, along with several police chiefs.
With the fourth anniversary of the Obama administration’s auto bailout approaching, the Detroit comeback narrative has settled into accepted history. Just last week, Chrysler, once the wobbliest of the Big Three, announced a ninefold increase in profits since 2011. (Snip) Detroit was back! Unless, of course, by “Detroit” you meant the actual city rather than the auto industry, in which case, well, the picture becomes a bit more complicated. Battered for decades by the same problems — a steady loss of people and jobs, a soaring murder rate, a wholesale erosion of its tax base — the city now faces the
It’s been nearly three months since Jesse Jackson Jr. resigned from Congress, but now NBC News confirms that Jackson has signed papers in a plea deal within the past several days. Jackson’s case is being handled by the US Attorney’s office in Washington DC. [Snip] Under the terms of the deal Jackson signed, he pleads guilty and his fate – as to jail time – would be in the hands of a federal judge, not yet assigned.
MIAMI - A Florida judge has approved the adoption of a 22-month-old baby girl that will list three people as parents on her birth certificate -- a married lesbian couple and a gay man. The decision ends a two-year paternity fight between the couple and a friend of the women who donated his sperm to father the child but later sought a larger role in the girl´s life. The ruling means the child´s birth certificate will include a biological father and both women as parents in an unusual arrangement approved recently by a Miami-Dade Circuit Court judge. Headline split by staff.
As heavy, wet snow started to blanket much of the Northeast on Friday morning, people rushed to stores to stock up on supplies, drivers lined up at gas stations to fill their tanks and local authorities from New York City to Maine started working to battle what forecasters said could be the biggest blizzard for some cities in a century. (Snip) On Long Island, the power company, which has received heavy criticism for its response to Hurricane Sandy, promised customers that it was prepared. The city of Boston, where snow started to fall around 9:30 a.m. and forecasts called for more than two feet of snow
This is what an historic snowstorm looks like from space. A NASA satellite captured the bestial blizzard today from above, covering most of eastern North America from the southeast just atop Florida all the way up to Canada´s eastern Arctic and back inland past the Great Lakes. Beneath that massive blizzard are hurricane-force winds and enough moisture to bury the entire region, possibly under up to 36 inches of snow in hardest-hit areas. Millions of Americans live in its path, much of it the same battered last fall by Hurricane Sandy. Residents have stocked up on food and water.
Exotic dancers have the right to collect unemployment insurance as employees and not independent contractors, the Kansas Supreme Court has ruled. According to Yahoo.com the ruling said the strippers are employees because they had to follow a number of house rules and also that the employers must contribute to the state’s unemployment insurance fund. The decision stemmed from a 2005 case in which a dancer at a club in Topeka filed an unemployment claim. According to Yahoo’s report, the dancers earn money through tips while the club maintains it is offering “rental space” for the women to
President Obama‘s drone program has elicited controversy, to say the least, but he does have some support among those who aren’t typically his biggest fans. On Friday’s Fox & Friends, Lt. Col. Ralph Peters spoke to co-host Gretchen Carlson about how the program is Obama’s one “sensible” policy. “It’s the only policy Obama has that works,” Peters said. The administration’s policy to kill not capture terrorists is a “wise” one, he added, because capturing them just sticks us with another “unfunded liability.” The bottom line:
Currently there´s a murder spree unfolding in and around the city of Los Angeles. The suspect, Chris Dorner, is a fired Los Angeles police officer who reportedly left a manifesto behind. In it, he expresses his admiration for many members of the elite media, including some of CNN´s highest profile anchors: Soledad O´Brien, Piers Morgan, Anderson Cooper & Wolf Blitzer. Here´s a CNN article attempting to link Sarah Palin to the Gabby Giffords shooting in Tucson: As of Saturday, Arizona Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords´ name appeared on a website titled "take back the 20" as part of a list
For the last three days, CNN has been on a partisan rampage to embarrass, humiliate, and politically damage Republican Governor Chris Christie over the issue of his weight. The entire network has been behind a push led by Jim Acosta, and the fig leaf of news -- among other things -- has been America´s obesity problem. But that´s a lie. We know this because CNN has thus far refused to touch Hillary´s lifelong struggle with her weight, which is now bordering on obesity. If CNN is legitimately worried over portly role models having a negative effect on
The stimulus-funded Washington, D.C. park taken over by Occupy protesters in late 2011 and early 2012 is finally starting to get back on its feet thanks to a taxpayer-funded re-sodding job by the National Park Service. “Occupy D.C.’s nearly five-month presence in McPherson Square left the park a brown, sodden mess not long after it received a $400,000 renovation paid for by the 2009 federal stimulus act,” according to dcist.com. The National Park Service began re-sodding McPherson Square at taxpayer expense in April
Legislation intended to give Kansas prosecutors a new tool for curbing criminal gang activity has cleared the state Senate on a vote of 37-0. The vote Thursday sent the measure to the House. Attorney General Derek Schmidt has described the proposal as an anti-racketeering law that would let prosecutors go after gangs for alleged patterns of criminal activity as well as single criminal acts. The bill defines racketeering as an activity to collect unlawful debts, such as loans or gambling losses. It also includes activities to gain control of property or illegal businesses such as human trafficking and
A House subcommittee endorsed further consideration of a potentially explosive bill Thursday declaring unenforceable in Kansas any federal law or regulation deemed in conflict with a citizen´s constitutional right to bear arms. Under the package examined by a five-member panel working to consolidate one-half dozen gun bills into two or three measures, the Legislature would block agents of the state from enforcing any U.S. government mandate on firearms, ammunition and accessories manufactured commercially or privately in Kansas and remaining in the state. If a federal agent moved
Nowadays, our nation´s capital is in such ill-repute that if George Washington were around, he might sue to have his name taken off it. But never fear: restoring Washington´s good name is just a few trillion dollars away! So Chris Matthews assures us in an MSNBC "Lean Forward" promo that is currently airing. After ticking off a number of big-government programs initated under past presidents, Matthews continues: "we got to get back to that, and then Washington will have a good name again." View the promo after the jump. If Matthews is right, then
According the developing accounts, NJ Sen. Bob Menendez has a special relationship with mega-donor Dr. Salomon Melgen. In addition to campaign contributions, Dr. Melgen allegedly flew Sen. Menendez to the Dominican Republic on his private plane and may have provided the Senator with prostitutes. That soap opera, though, obscures a more troubling connection. According to a report in the Washington Post, Sen. Menendez intervened at least twice on behalf of Melgen in a billing dispute he had with Medicare. Since at least 2009, Dr. Melgen, a Florida eye surgeon
Sure, you might be cool with Barack Obama calling up a drone strike on an American citizen. But don´t forget: a Republican [shudder!] could become President! That was the Washington Post editorialist Jonathan Capehart´s warning to Donny Deutsch when the ad-man-turned-pundit proclaimed he had no problem with the president, under desperate circumstances, ordering a drone strike against an American. View the video after the jump. Watch Capehart create the Republican-president-as-bogyeman scenario.
The manifesto written by murder suspect and LAPD office Chris Dorner contains some bizarre ramblings about how much Dorner loves media personalities like Chris Matthews, Piers Morgan, and Ellen DeGeneres. Sean Hannity tonight noticed that these details have gone largely unreported in the media, whereas if he had been a fan of right-wing TV hosts, the liberal media would have been eager to report on it to death. (Snip) Hannity pointed out how Dorner is a big fan of liberal politicians and celebrities, while finding the NRA a deplorable organization. Hannity remarked, “don’t expect
Joining President Barack Obama at Thursday’s National Prayer Breakfast was Dr. Benjamin Carson, a pediatric neurosurgeon with Johns Hopkins Hospital. For 25 minutes at the breakfast, Carson fearlessly articulated a series of conservative principles and reform proposals. He lambasted political correctness, proposed a market-based health care program, and urged pro-growth tax code reform in order to bring down the debt and deficit. (Snip) After attacking politically correct speech as “dangerous” and a “horrible thing,” Carson turned to education. He discussed the scholarship program he manages which is directed at troubled youth.
An asteroid half the size of a U.S. football field will pass between Earth and orbiting satellites next week, sparing the human race from the fate suffered by dinosaurs, NASA said. The 150-foot diameter asteroid, named 2012 DA14, will pass about 17,000 miles above Earth on Feb. 15 -- lower than the orbits of some satellites -- in the closest recorded approach of an object of its size. It will travel at 7.8 kilometers a second (17,400 miles an hour), or about eight times the speed of a rifle shot, NASA scientists said yesterday.
NEW YORK - A long-forgotten piece of America´s military history is going up for sale. The original smaller statue of the iconic raising of the U.S. flag at Iwo Jima in 1945 is expected to fetch up to $1.8 million later this month at a New York auction dedicated to World War II artifacts. That such a statue even exists is news to all but the most ardent history buffs. Most Americans are familiar with the 32-foot-tall Marine Corps War Memorial in Arlington, Va. (snip) Less well-known is the 12 1/2-foot-tall statue created soon after the event.
A spokesman for former President George H.W. Bush confirmed that authorities have begun an investigation but declined further comment. "We do not comment on matters under criminal investigation," spokesman Jim McGrath said. According to the Smoking Gun website, the unidentified hacker was able to compromise emails, telephone numbers and home addresses for dozens of Bush family members - including both former presidents. The hacked emails were sent between 2009 and 2012. The hacker also seized several photographs, including at least one taken of the elder Bush during his recent hospital stay in Houston. The hacker also intercepted emails
From the loony regime that just figured how to shoot a monkey into space: Iran now claims it has its own homemade, radar-beating stealth fighter jet. But aviation and defense experts say the tiny one-seater looks like a toy and might not even be able to fly — calling it a “laughable fake.” Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad unveiled the Qaher F313 at a Tehran hangar last week and called it “one of the most advanced” aircraft in the world. But the experts said it was too small for a human pilot —
Three years ago, midway through his State of the Union address, President Barack Obama took on the Supreme Court of the United States of America. “With all due deference to the separation of powers,” the president said, “last week the Supreme Court reversed a century of law that I believe will open the floodgates for special interests—including foreign corporations—to spend without limit in our elections. [Applause.] I don’t think American elections should be bankrolled by America’s most powerful interests, or worse, by foreign entities. [Applause.]” Justice Samuel Alito, by mouthing the words “not true” as Obama read these
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