The parents of 15-year-old Chicago shooting victim Hadiya Pendleton will be among Michelle Obama´s guests at the State of the Union address on Tuesday night. The first lady attended the funeral of Pendleton, who performed at the presidential inauguration, on Saturday. Her parents, Cleopatra Cowley-Pendleton and Nathaniel Pendleton, will be in Obama´s box in the House chamber to watch President Obama´s speech, a White House official said. The first lady did not speak at the service but was seen comforting Cowley-Pendleton. The teen was shot and killed on Jan. 29. in a park close to
President Obama will participate in a Google Plus Hangout on Thursday to answer questions about his State of the Union address. Selected participants "who regularly discuss important issues of the day online" will take part in the video chat with the president and ask questions about his highly anticipated address to Congress on Tuesday, said Ramya Raghavan, head of Google Plus Politics, in a blog post published on Monday. Google is also soliciting questions for the president from the public via the White House´s YouTube channel.
Actors Alec Baldwin and Morgan Freeman are among the stars warning President Obama that his legacy will rest on what he does to stop climate change. In an advertisement that ran Monday in Beltway publications, the stars call on Obama to exercise “the strongest resolve in fighting the climate crisis on every front.” “Your legacy as 44th President of the United States rests firmly on your leadership on climate disruption. Only the president has the power to lead an effort on the scale and with the urgency we need to phase out fossil fuels and lead America,
Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) said Monday that he opposes an assault weapons ban. Speaking on MSNBC Manchin, who has an "A" rating from the National Rifle Association and in December called for federal action to reduce gun violence, said he thinks there´s a better way to reduce mass shootings without introducing new restrictions for gun owners. "I do not support an assault weapon ban because the definition of assault weapon is still hard to come by," Manchin said. "So I am not going to comment on people´s legislation. I do not support that approach right now." Headline corrected by staff.
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said Sunday that he is willing to consider supporting new tax revenue as part of a plan to avert $85 billion in looming budget cuts, as the White House pushed back against Republican lawmakers who say President Obama is solely responsible for the spending reductions. McCain made the comments as he once again warned about the adverse effects of the spending reductions, known as sequestration, that will require federal agencies to slash $85 billion in spending by Sept. 30 — including $43 billion at the Pentagon.
Homeowners in an exclusive waterfront enclave in Brooklyn thought Hurricane Sandy was as cruel a blow as they could suffer — until the taxman proved them wrong. The city is claiming that property values have actually shot up for many homes in Manhattan Beach and it’s going ahead with hefty tax hikes for the houses devastated by the October superstorm, shocked property owners told The Post. Homeowners in other neighborhoods hit by Sandy, including Coney Island, the Rockaways and parts of Staten Island, also said they’ve received
Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy, flanked by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, held a news conference on Monday where he sought to clear up what he characterized as misconceptions about the Windy City’s gun laws. “Stop adopting the rhetoric of the gun advocates,” McCarthy implored the press. “Chicago does not have strict gun laws.” (Snip) "We’re here today to talk about the fact that we need mandatory minimum sentences in the state of Illinois,” McCarthy began. He said that he has seen the impact mandatory sentences can have in his prior role as the director Headline resplit by staff.
On Monday, a panel on Fox News Channel debated the appropriateness of a speech delivered at last week’s National Prayer Breakfast by Dr. Benjamin Carson in which he advocated conservative reforms at a venue attended by President Barack Obama. Conservative guest Cal Thomas broke with many on the right when he said that it was not appropriate for Carson to advance conservative policy arguments at what is supposed to be an apolitical event. (Snip) Jon Scott asked Thomas and Fox News Contributor Alan Colmes about the reaction by CNN Anchor Candy Crowley to Carson’s speech when she
This week’s TIME magazine cover features 2016 GOP frontrunner Marco Rubio with an inescapable headline: “THE REPUBLICAN SAVIOR”. Given Mitt Romney’s stinging defeat in November and the almost-comical party-infighting since, Republicans could use that kind hero right now. While Mr. Rubio’s story is inspiring (son of Cuban immigrants graduates law school cum laude, overwhelmingly elected to the U.S. Senate at only age 38), and while he’s currently the best candidate to take on Hillary Clinton in 2016 (assuming she runs, which she will), there may be a very distinguished someone (who has never held public office) ready
While other members of Congress are hosting gun-control advocates for Tuesday´s State of the Union address, Rep. Steve Stockman has given one of his visitor´s gallery tickets to Ted Nugent, the conservative gun-rights supporter. "I am excited to have a patriot like Ted Nugent joining me in the House Chamber to hear from President Obama," Mr. Stockman said in a statement announcing the choice. "After the address I´m sure Ted will have plenty to say."
Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said that President Obama originally designed the budget sequester as a threat to get Republicans to agree to raise taxes, never intending it to actually be policy. “[S]equestration was designed as a budget threat, not as a budget strategy, Durbin said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday. “When the president proposed the sequester, it was as an incentive to those of us in Congress to work together on a bipartisan basis to solve these problems. It was supposed to be so awful that the super committee would finally reach a bipartisan agreement.” Headline split by staff.
If the first step to recovery is to admit you have a problem, Democratic leaders are not quite in agreement on the question of federal spending. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Monday that President Obama does believe Washington has a spending problem, contradicting a claim by House Minority Leader Nancy E. Pelosi. Mrs. Pelosi, California Democrat, said Sunday it is "almost a false argument to say we have a spending problem." She instead called the fiscal crisis "a government deficit problem."
One thing you won’t hear when President Obama delivers his State of the Union address Tuesday: An ambitious new plan to rein in the debt. In recent days, the White House has pressed the message that, if policymakers can agree on a strategy for replacing across-the-board spending cuts set to hit next month, the president will pretty much have achieved his debt-reduction goals. “Over the last few years, Democrats and Republicans have come together and cut our deficit [over the next decade]
A Great Dane has returned to his owner a year after he was snatched by burglars during an opportunistic raid on her home. The heart-warming tale began when Zorro, who weighs 170lbs, vanished from owner Marcie Trogdon´s house, in Jamestown, Virginia, in November 2011 after she popped out, leaving the door on the latch. When she returned minutes later, she realised thieves had struck and Zorro was nowhere to be seen. ´A laptop or a TV can be replaced. Zorro is like a family member. All my kids are grown, so he’s my baby,´ she told Fox News
BALTIMORE — Hold on to your wallets. Gas prices make the biggest February jump in decades. Adam May explains why. At the rate we’re going experts say $4 a gallon is just around the corner. 2013 is on track to be one of the most expensive years to fill ‘er up. Gas prices in Maryland–up 16 cents in just one month–nationally up 17 cents. AAA says it’s just the beginning. “The way prices have been increasing over the past few weeks we wouldn’t be surprised to see prices approach near $4 a gallon here in Maryland,” said Christine Delise, AAA.
The more than 3,000 passengers on the stricken cruise ship stuck off coast of Mexico have turned into ´savages´ and are fighting over food, relatives have claimed. Those on board have no power and have been forced to sleep on deck in tents as there is no air conditioning in the sweltering cabins. The toilets are also not working meaning that passengers have had to make do with bags or buckets. Brent Nutt, whose wife Bethany is on board, claimed that brawling had started because some passengers have got so hungry and food is so scarce.
Texas is ranked as the number one exporting state for the 11th year in a row, according to 2012 annual trade data released today by the U.S. Department of Commerce. "The fact that Texas is ranked the nation´s top exporter for the 11th year in a row further demonstrates that our strong economic climate provides a broad range of opportunities for businesses to succeed," Gov. Perry said. "Our longstanding commitment to holding the line on taxes, snip
President Obama praised Pope Benedict XVI on Monday, just hours after the pontiff announced his resignation. "On behalf of Americans everywhere, Michelle and I wish to extend our appreciation and prayers to His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI," Obama said in a written statement. The president said he "warmly" remembers the meeting he and the first lady had with Pope Benedict in 2009, "and I have appreciated our work together over these last four years."[Snip]The president "told the pope of his commitment to reduce the number of abortions and of his attention and respect for the positions of the Catholic Church,"
The parents of Chicago shooting victim Hadiya Pendleton will join First Lady Michelle Obama at the State of the Union address on Tuesday, as the president urges Congress to combat gun violence. Cleopatra Cowley-Pendleton and Nathaniel A. Pendleton´s daughter Hadiya was shot and killed on Chicago’s South Side in January, just days after the teenager traveled to Washington, DC to mark the president´s inauguration.She was an honor student and band majorette at King College Prep High School. According to the White House, the First Lady´s box at the address will include Americans from middle class families whose lives
Among those expected to attend today’s service is former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, who posted the following to her Facebook page this morning: Todd and I are in Dallas today to attend Chris Kyle’s memorial and funeral service. I find it sad to see that flags aren’t flying at half staff for this American hero. We’re surrounded today by American patriots here in Texas – by Chris’ fellow veterans and active duty warriors. In honor of them, I hope our commander in chief pays his respects in some gesture of condolence for their comrade in arms
Florida Democratic State Rep. Daphne Campbell and her family are being investigated for several counts of fraud and corruption. The Miami Herald reports the Campbell family scandals include attempting to change Florida law in order to get out of five traffic tickets, Medicaid fraud, tax fraud, identity fraud, grand theft, voting fraud, wrongful deaths, and mistreatment of seniors. Campbell denies any wrongdoing. Campbell claims photographs showing her husband’s car (with her campaign bumper sticker) running several red-lights were digitally altered.
Researchers at Granada University in Spain have found that beer can help the body rehydrate better after a workout than water or Gatorade. Professor Manuel Garzon also claimed the carbonation in beer helps to quench the thirst and that its carbohydrate content can help replace lost calories, The Telegraph reports. The study involved a group of students who were asked to work out until their body temperature reached 104 degrees. Researchers then gave beer to half of the students and water to the other half.
Thousands are gathering at Cowboys Stadium for the Monday afternoon public memorial service for former Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle, killed at a Texas shooting range on Feb. 2. Killed with Mr. Kyle was his friend Chad Littlefield. The suspect, Iraq War veteran Eddie Ray Routh, is being held in jail on a $3 million bond, according to The Associated Press. Mr. Kyle is going to be buried at Texas State Cemetery in Austin, following a 200-mile-long funeral procession that will start near Dallas on Tuesday, AP says.
A controversial Democratic donor now under federal investigation has affiliations with numerous Latino groups that have allowed him access to high-level Obama Administration officials. United States Spain Council (USCC), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, lists SFM Holdings, of which Melgen is the president and general partner, as an organizational member of the council. Melgen’s connection to USSC links him to his long-time friend Sen. Bob Menendez (D., N.J.). Menendez is the honorary chairman of the council. Both Menendez and Melgen are under investigation. Menendez is facing a Senate ethics probe for his relationship with
Senate Democrats will press ahead with President Obama´s nomination of Chuck Hagel to be the next defense secretary, despite protestations from several Republicans that they don´t yet have enough information to make a decision. Sen. Carl Levin, Michigan Democrat and Armed Services Committee chairman, said Monday morning that he will schedule a committee vote for Tuesday afternoon — the precursor to holding a floor vote in the full Senate. Mr. Hagel, himself a former Republican senator, has drawn stern opposition from Senate Republicans who argue that he took dangerous stances in the past on Iran and Israel
Texas Gov. Rick Perry was scheduled to be in California the start of this week. The Associated Press reported the governor planned to meet with executives in San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Los Angeles and Orange County. Gov. Perry´s office said he would meet with leaders in the high-tech, biotech, financial, insurance and entertainment industries. The visit follows a modest radio ad campaign launched last week – which then spawned nationwide media attention – aimed at promoting the Lone Star State´s lower taxes and friendlier business climate. snip