The Obama White House is to be congratulated. It has executed one of the most effective stonewalls in recent memory over the Benghazi attack last Sept. 11 that killed our ambassador to Libya and three others. Its handling of the aftermath of the debacle is a model example of the power of obfuscation and delay. Future high-ranking officials please take note: This is how it is done. All the smart PR gurus say it is best to release bad news as soon as possible “to get ahead of the story,” as the phrase goes.
Jamie Lokoff hung up his phone and rushed downtown on a summer day in 2011. An arsonist had targeted his new bar, MilkBoy, just weeks before it was scheduled to open. The butcher paper lining the windows had caught fire, alerting a passerby to call 911. The incident marked a sinister turn in the MilkBoy owners’ ten-month battle with the carpenters’ union over the construction of the bar and music venue in downtown Philadelphia. Though Jamie Lokoff and his partner, Tommy Joyner, had used unionized labor on much of the project,
As President Barack Obama prepares for the first State of the Union Address of his second term, one which will primarily be focused on economic issues, fewer than half of Americans (45 percent) approve of how he´s handling the economy, while more (49 percent) disapprove. Overall, Mr. Obama is performing better with 52 percent of Americans now approving of the job he is doing as President, while 38 percent disapprove. Mr. Obama´s approval rating has remained fairly constant over the past year, though it rose as high as 57 percent in December. Only 12 percent of Republicans approve;
ZURICH -- Soccer is falling under a cloud of suspicion as never before, sullied by a multibillion-dollar web of match-fixing that is corrupting increasingly larger parts of the world´s most popular sport. Internet betting, emboldened criminal gangs and even the economic downturn have created conditions that make soccer - or football, as the sport is called around the world - a lucrative target. Known as "the beautiful game" for its grace, athleticism and traditions of fair play, soccer is under threat of becoming a dirty game.
MILAN - Italian police arrested the head of Italian state-controlled defense group Finmeccanica SpA on Tuesday in a corruption probe centered on the sale of helicopters to the Indian government, a judicial source said. Finmeccanica Chief Executive and Chairman Giuseppe Orsi was arrested for alleged bribes paid to secure the sale of 12 AgustaWestland executive aircraft when he was head of the Finmeccanica helicopter unit, the source said. Police were searching the defense contractor´s offices in Italy´s financial capital Milan, police sources said. Highlighting the political sensitivity of the case less than two weeks before elections
Gallup had a poll recentlypublished a poll which shows that at the end of 2012, self-identified conservatives still outnumbered liberals in every state of the nation except for two -- Rhode Island has fewer conservatives (27.8%) than liberals (28.3% liberal), as does Massachusetts (28.3% to 30.5%). Gallup curiously does not play up the ideological gap.(snip)Only four times in the last hundred years has a Republican campaigned as an unabashed conservative. Coolidge won big in 1924, and he would have won with a bigger landslide if he had chosen to run in 1928. Reagan won two landslides. Only Goldwater, running with
Carlos Gutierrez knows what it’s like to be terrified that the universe could suddenly turn against you. He felt it at age 6, when the Castro regime imprisoned his father. He felt it at age 12, after the family arrived in the United States and the CIA mistook his father for a Cuban criminal, threatening his family’s standing in this country. He felt it again, at age 40, when his Mexican-born wife and son were applying for U.S. citizenship after 14 years of waiting. Gutierrez eventually rose to become chief executive of Kellogg and President George W. Bush’s commerce secretary.
With their attacks on tea party conservatives, Karl Rove and his cohorts have fired the first salvo in the Great GOP War of 2013. The strangest aspect of this is that even as Rove denounces conservatism in favor of his unique brand of watered-down compromise, he appears to be looking to capitalize on conservatism itself. While he may call his latest super PAC the “Conservative Victory Project,” Rove most decidedly does not wish for conservative victory. The aim of his group is to push moderate candidates while posturing as the savior of the embattled Republican Party.
The mother of the 15-year-old honor student who was shot dead days after performing at President Obama´s inauguration spoke out for more gun control Monday after police arrested two gang members for her daughter´s death. ´My baby deserves a revolution and I pray that what happened her to her will have an impact,´ said Cleopatra Cowley, whose daughter, Hadiya Pendleton, was killed the Chicago home of President Obama by a stray bullet. Michael Ward, 18, and Kenneth Williams, 20, are now charged with one count of first-degree murder, two counts of attempted murder and aggravated battery with a firearm,
President Obama is expected to eviscerate Republicans during tonight’s State of the Union address tonight. It will be a speech that builds on his second inaugural address last month. As Charles Krauthammer put it during an appearance on FNC’s Special Report with Bret Baier: In fact, if the inaugural address was this sort of extraordinarily ideological address, I think the State of the Union is going to be extremely aggressive and partisan. Obama is still campaigning. He hasn’t stopped. Part one was to re-win the presidency, which he did. But now he is continuing it.
Every job has a minimum requirement. The absolute very least that anyone can do without being considered a complete and utter failure. The minimum requirement for a Commander-in-Chief is to stick around when an American diplomatic mission is under fire. Obama flunked even this minimal requirement by going to sleep and then flying off for a fundraiser in Vegas. The minimum requirement for a Secretary of State is to at least pretend to care why such an attack took place. Hillary Clinton failed that minimum requirement by declaring that it didn’t matter why the attack happened.
California, the state that first attempted to implement President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, has realized there aren’t enough doctors to care for the large influx of newly insured patients. The Los Angeles Times reports that only 16 of the state’s 58 counties meet the federal government’s recommended standard of primary care physicians, and almost 30 percent of California’s doctors are close to the retirement age — the highest percentage nationwide. “We’re going to be mandating that every single person in this state have insurance,” Democratic state Sen. Ed Hernandez told the Los Angeles Times.
Have you ever had the feeling your computer is watching you? That somehow it knows what you were looking at yesterday, or last year? And that rather than being your technological ‘friend’ it behaves more like a slick second-hand car salesman? You fancied flying to Paris so you checked out airfares . . . and before you knew it, your Facebook page was plastered with advertisements for hotels on La Rive Gauche. Your daughter bought a record by One Direction. Now, the family computer is bombarded with ads for boy band concerts. Anne Crabtree, a 32-year-old writer, knows exactly how
Florida ophthalmologist Salomon Melgen has given more than $1 million directly and indirectly to Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., and committees supporting him over the course of their friendship, new disclosures show. His West Palm Beach, Fla., company, Melgen Vitreo Retinal Eye Center, donated a combined $103,500 to the Democratic Party committees in four New Jersey counties in the weeks leading up to the November election, the Newark Star-Ledger has reported. The Star-Ledger quotes Union County Democratic Chairwoman Charlotte DeFilippo saying that, having been told her committee needed additional funds, Menendez “said he’d see what he could do,
North Korea today confirmed it had carried out its third and most successful nuclear test yet which triggered an artificial earthquake near the underground explosion site. The test was an important step toward its goal of building a bomb small enough to be fitted on a missile that could reach United States. North Korea made clear that the explosion of its third atomic device--which it claimed was smaller than the ones in its previous two tests--was a warning to what it considers a ´hostile´ United States. Its actions drew immediate condemnation from Washington, London, the U.N. and others
A terrifying emergency broadcast shocked local Montana residents on Monday when KRTV’s midday programming was interrupted by a report of “dead bodies” “rising from their graves” in several counties. “The bodies of the dead are rising from their graves and are attacking the living,” the emergency announcer warned. “Do not attempt to approach or apprehend these bodies, as they are considered extremely dangerous.” KRTV posted a notice on the internet apologizing for the mistake and blaming a hacker for the erroneous report of a zombie attack.
The Obama administration’s electric-car fantasy finally may have died on the road between Newark, Del., and Milford, Conn. The New York Times’s John M. Broder reported Friday that the Tesla Model S electric car he was test-driving repeatedly ran out of juice, partly because cold weather reduces the battery’s range by about 10 percent. Broder’s trip turned into a nightmare, including a stretch with the conked-out car riding the back of a flatbed truck. Tesla chief executive Elon Musk fired back on Monday, tweeting that Broder’s report is a “fake” and that “vehicle logs” show
Barack Obama has a habit of identifying a supposed crisis in collective morality, damning the straw men “them” who engage in such ethical lapses, soaring with rhetorical bromides — and then, to national quiet, doing more or less the exact things he once swore were ruining the country. Washington will always be a city of hypocrisies, as one would expect when astronomical amounts of money and political power collide. What is striking about the recent disclosures about Obama’s tenure is not that his embarrassments are all that different from embarrassments of other administrations,
John Brennan, President Obama’s nominee to head to the CIA, is scheduled to appear before a closed-door hearing held by the Senate Intelligence Committee tomorrow. Interested senators should take the opportunity to ask Brennan about an Egyptian who is connected to both al Qaeda and the September 11, 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya. Intriguing revelations by the Egyptian press last week raise all new questions about the attack on the U.S. consulate. The Egyptian in question is Muhammad Jamal (a.k.a. Abu Ahmed, sometimes referred to as Mohammad Jamal Abdo Ahmed, or Muhammad Jamal al Kashef),
The American economy has had little to cheer about since the 2008 financial meltdown and the resulting recession. Recovery has been feeble, and many states continue to struggle. One bright spot in the general gloom, however, is Texas, which began shining long before 2008. Not only has Texas created jobs at a stunning rate; it has also—pace critics like the New York Times’s Paul Krugman—created lots of good jobs. Indeed, the rest of the nation could turn to the Lone Star State as a model for dynamic growth, as a close look at employment data shows.
After a weeklong dragnet, $1 million reward, and more than 600 tips, police still have not tracked down the rogue LAPD officer who allegedly killed a young couple in Irvine and a Riverside police officer and then went on the lam. Where is 33-year-old Christopher Jordan Dorner? Is he dead? Does he have an accomplice? Is he hiding out in Mexico? Or is Dorner, described as "armed and extremely dangerous," about to strike again. “I don’t think he will stop,” said Dennis Zine, a Los Angeles City Council member and retired Los Angeles Police Department officer.
Gov. Cuomo has veered sharply away from the reform and pro-business policies he followed during his first two years in office and is “adrift’’ on a course of murky proposals, frequent indecision, and political obsessions focused on re-election next year and the presidency in 2016, insiders have told The Post. The insiders, some of whom have known Cuomo for decades, said the governor has become so obsessed with maintaining what until recently were record-high job-approval ratings that he has refused, for fear of alienating politically potent liberal voting blocs, to make tough decisions to cut costs for fiscally troubled local governments,
All who love the Free World heard with sadness today’s news of the abdication of Pope Benedict XVI, whose physical infirmity caused him to step down from the chair of St. Peter. As the shepherd of the founding institution of the West, Benedict personally embodied its best traditions. (Snip)In the face of great controversy, Benedict cited the Byzantine emperor Manuel II Paleologue: “Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached.”
In the time-honored tradition of ballooning Washington money scandals, details keep emerging about the symbiotic relationship between Senator Robert Menendez and a Florida eye-surgeon and big donor named Dr. Salomon Melgen. The evidence that the New Jersey Democrat improperly used his office to help Dr. Melgen was already compelling on Saturday. That’s when we called in an editorial for Mr. Menendez to step aside as chairman of the Senate Foreign Committee, at least temporarily, pending a credible review by the Senate Ethics Committee of the various accusations of misconduct against him.
This entire time, I thought that there was hardly a real chance that the Obama administration would ultimately reject the Keystone XL pipeline when it really came down to it. Sure, they’ve been stalling out the wazoo — presumably hoping the PR furor over the proposal would die down a bit, and/or to think up some other tantalizing climate-focused projects with which to quell the green lobby’s inevitable anger — but there is too much bipartisan, international, high-profile and widespread support for the project as both a job creator and energy-security enhancer for the president to really shut it down
New York City is known for posh hotels. But one particular establishment is proud to go – at least for one weekend a year – to the dogs. "The Hotel Pennsylvania is the heart and soul of the Westminster Dog Show," said dog breeder Judy Davis as we stood in the hotel´s Green Room Dog Spa, an area in the basement Davis created. "Everyone knows they can congregate here and be welcome." The Hotel Pennsylvania, located right across the street from Madison Square Garden, where Tuesday´s Best in Show competition takes place, is the official host hotel of