A meteor streaked across the sky above Russia´s Ural Mountains on Friday morning, causing sharp explosions and reportedly injuring around 100 people, including many hurt by broken glass. Amateur video showed a trail of smoke hanging in the sky followed by a loud bang. Fragments of the meteor fell in a thinly populated area of the Chelyabinsk region, the Emergency Ministry said in a statement. Interior Ministry spokesman Vadim Kolesnikov said 102 people had called for medical assistance following the incident, mostly for treatment of injuries from glass broken by the explosions.
Let’s take a step back and recognize the breadth and width of the Obama administration’s assault on the US economy. We tend to divide ourselves along economic lines, upper, middle and lower or working class. It’s clear that Barack Obama has a plan for all three levels. If you’re a top earner, in his mind you’ve “made enough money” and should pay more in taxes. That’s his plan for the wealthy: Pay more taxes. This will take some money out of investments and companies and send it to the government. Some jobs will be either lost or aborted.
Long business supply chains are corruptible and can hide a multitude of crimes if no one checks for fraud or criminal activity. Dining in North Korea is, according to those who have tried it, a pretty depressing affair. No matter what it says on the menu, you tend to end up eating dog. Most of the country’s cattle were killed in one of its periodic famines a few years ago, and the collapse of its economy wiped out anything resembling a functioning farming industry.[Snip]As every food scamster knows, revulsion lies in the mind, not the palate. Fake reassurance
The euro has started the year on a relatively positive note. But today saw a whole raft of negative stats and abysmal growth figures coming out of the eurozone. This was a reminder of the bloc’s greatest challenge: how to reverse the trend of slow, grinding economic decline. According to Eurostat, Q4 2012 saw the eurozone economy shrink by a massive 0.6 percent. Germany hit the average, posting a contraction of 0.6 percent, Italy 0.9 percent and Portugal 1.8 percent. Adding to the pain, the Italian statistics agency confirmed the country’s growth at -2.2
What started out as a lunchtime food fight in a Minneapolis high school ended in a massive brawl involving hundreds of students and police officers wielding canisters of Mace. Minneapolis South High School was placed on lockdown shortly before 1pm Thursday after violence broke out during third-period lunch inside the cafeteria between Muslim and black students. The fight involved 200-300 students and lasted about 15 minutes, leaving four people injured. Teaching continued as usual during the lockdown, but students had to remain in their classrooms.[Snip] Dozens of police officers who arrived on the scene tried to disperse the crowd of
Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., tells NBC News that the 24-year-old woman he tweeted at during the State of the Union address was not a romantic interest, but in fact his daughter. After “The Hill” reported that Cohen -- who is not married -- deleted tweets saying “ilu,” short for “I love you,” to Victoria Brink, Cohen claimed that nothing was inappropriate and that the woman was a daughter of an old family friend. That old family friend turned out to be an old girlfriend of Cohen’s and Victoria Brink´s mother. Cohen claimed the reason for tweeting Brink
Here’s something to think about for those who say that the only reason Republicans won a majority of House seats last November is favorable redistricting. I agree that Republicans did have a net advantage in redistricting in the 2010 Census cycle, but not an overwhelming one: Republican advantages in Florida, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio and Pennsylvania were offset to a significant extent by Democratic advantages in Arizona, California and Maryland. But there’s another factor that gives Republicans an advantage in equal-population districts: clustering. Democratic voters, particularly in the two Obama elections, tend to be clustered
She married a fabulously wealthy man decades her elder, and became the first female mayor of San Diego. But when Maureen O´Connor left public life, she spent countless hours seated in front of video-poker machines. Over a nine-year period, she wagered an estimated $US1 billion ($965 million), including millions from a charity set up by her late husband, who founded Jack in the Box, a US fast-food chain. That was the portrait that emerged in a US court on Thursday as the frail former mayor tearfully acknowledged she skimmed more than $US2 million from a charity founded by her late husband,
General Motors Co. said Thursday it earned $4.86 billion in 2012, down from a record $7.59 billion profit in 2011 mainly due to one-time tax accounting changes and a non-cash charge in Europe of certain assets that hit the carmaker´s bottom line. The Detroit automaker reported its third consecutive yearly profit and earned $2.92 a share for the year, down from $4.58 a share the year before. During 2012, unfavorable special items cut earnings by half a billion, or 32 cents a share. The 2011 full year included a favorable impact of $1.2 billion in special items
When Rick Perry flubbed his presidential chances so badly on the national stage, there were many among his supporters who were bewildered at his seeming inability to transfer his many successes in Texas to the national stage. Although just as frustrated as those folks were, some of us were not quite as baffled because there was a suspicion within us that Rick Perry simply didn´t want the job nor the heat and heartbreak it entails. There was a sense that Perry was simply contented with being the popular and longest serving governor of the world´s 14th or so largest economy.
WASHINGTON -- How do you express your love in Washington? With a sly Valentine’s Day card that doubles as a biting partisan attack. The Republican National Committee is featuring Valentine’s Day e-cards on its Web site, including one that makes a not-so-subtle reference to the most salacious allegations involving New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez. The card features a smiling Menendez alongside the words “Can I interest you in a romantic get-a-way?”
President Obama has revealed this Valentine´s Day that his eldest daughter could be dating. Mr Obama said on Thursday that as his children get older, ´they have sleepovers and dates,´ prompting speculation there could be a first boyfriend for 14-year-old Malia. The White House refused to comment on the subject, as the first couple have repeatedly tried to shield their daughters from the spotlight. Scroll down for video.Mr Obama´s big reveal came as he visited a school in Decatur, Georgia and weighed in on the challenges of parenting.
MINNEAPOLIS - A food fight quickly turned into a brawl involving hundreds of students at a Minneapolis high school on Thursday, forcing police to use chemical spray to break up the melee. Four people were taken to hospitals with minor injuries, including a staff member who was hit in the head with a bottle, according to the school and police. The 15-minute fracas broke out during lunchtime at South High School. No weapons were used, but about 200 to 300 students were involved, Minneapolis police spokesman Sgt. Bill Palmer said. Students were throwing food, plates, pop bottles
Former Los Angeles police officer Christopher Dorner is believed to have murdered four people, including two cops, the daughter of a retired police captain and her fiancee. He is suspected in the shootings of three other police officers. Following a massive, violent manhunt that involved hostage-taking, a high speed car chase and an entire region set on edge, he reportedly was killed Wednesday during a shootout with police at a cabin in Big Bear, Calif. Nevertheless, Mr. Dorner has a Facebook fan page — dozens of them, actually
National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre accused President Obama Thursday of trying to exploit the recent Connecticut school shootings to advance a decades-old gun-control agenda in his first public response to Mr. Obama’s State of the Union address. Mr. LaPierre, who has fast emerged as the face of unapologetic gun-rights enthusiasts and the scourge of gun-control advocates in recent months, criticized the president for not once mentioning the phrase “school safety” in Tuesday night’s hourlong presidential address. “It’s not about keeping kids safe at school
Republicans succeeded Thursday in blocking a vote on Chuck Hagel, President Obama’s defense secretary nominee, by launching the first filibuster in history against a president’s choice to fill the Pentagon’s top civilian post. GOP senators said they are delaying the confirmation in order to have more time to study Mr. Hagel’s record and to obtain more information on the White House’s handling of the September attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, a matter on which they accuse the administration of stonewalling or providing wrong information.
In his first term, President Obama instructed the Pentagon to pivot its forces and reorient its strategy toward fast-growing Asia. Instead, the U.S. military finds itself drawn into a string of messy wars in another, much poorer part of the world: Africa. Over the past two years, the Pentagon has become embroiled in conflicts in Libya, Somalia, Mali and central Africa. Meantime, the Air Force is setting up a fourth African drone base, while Navy warships are increasing their missions along the coastlines of East and West Africa. In scope and expense, the U.S. military
President Obama’s second inaugural address and his recent State of the Union have been described as “two acts in the same play.” They are matched “bookends.” They belong together “like bagels and toothpaste.” Actually, that last characterization is mine. It is difficult to imagine two more different speeches in intention or ambition. The inaugural presented Obama’s unvarnished progressivism as the culmination of the American founding. The State of the Union presented a grab bag of proposals, some recycled (infrastructure spending, the Paycheck Fairness Act), some piddling (college affordability scorecards
Senate Republicans delivered a sharp rebuke to President Obama on Thursday when they began an unprecedented filibuster of Chuck Hagel’s nomination as secretary of defense. The confirmation process stalled Thursday when GOP senators deprived Hagel of the 60 votes needed to move it to its final stages. Republicans said they were seeking a delay so they could look more closely at the nominee. Both sides still think the former GOP senator from Nebraska will be confirmed, but the filibuster brought stark condemnations from Obama and Senate Democrats, who decried it as partisan obstruction.
The cloture vote on Chuck Hagel failed today by one vote. This gives the Senate the recess to mull things over. One item to mull is Iran. Hagel got tripped up badly in his confirmation hearing on our current policy on Iran. First he said our policy was containment. Then he said we didn’t have a policy on containment. And then Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) bailed him out, explaining that we are against containment. Hagel has a history of opposition to unilateral sanctions. These are intensely problematic
War On Terror: Victims of the Fort Hood shooting, including a prior SOTU guest, say they´ve been neglected by the military, "betrayed" by the president and denied full benefits in the name of political correctness. Kimberly Munley was one of two police officers who confronted Fort Hood shooter Major Nidal Hasan when he shouted "Allahu Akbar" and opened fire on U.S. soldiers. Thirteen people were killed, including a pregnant soldier, and 32 others shot in the Nov. 5, 2009, rampage at the Army base in Killeen, Texas.
One month ago, in response to the administration’s gun control initiatives, the NRA produced an ad that called President Obama an “elitist hypocrite” because he sends his children to a school that is protected by armed guards, while insisting that your children be gun-free, i.e., defenseless. I wrote about that ad, which I thought was good, effective and fair, here. The ad was widely denounced, including by some Republicans, for reasons I thought were fallacious: the ad wasn’t complaining about the Obama girls’ Secret Service protection, it was noting
Every time you purchase an app on Google Play, your name, address and email is passed on to the developer, it has been revealed. The "flaw" - which appears to be by design - was discovered by Sydney app developer, Dan Nolan who told news.com.au that he was uncomfortable being the custodian of this information and that there was no reason for any developer to have this information at their finger tips.(Snip) "Let me make this crystal clear, every App purchase you make on Google Play gives the developer your name, suburb and email address with no indication that this information
Presidents’ State of the Union addresses are delivered in the chamber of the House of Representatives in the Capitol. The classical majesty of this building where laws are made symbolizes the idea that we live under the rule of law. Unfortunately, the 44th president is running an administration that too often seems to ignore the rule of law. “We can’t wait,” Barack Obama took to saying after the Republicans captured a majority in the House and refused to pass laws he wanted. He would act to get what he wanted regardless of law. One example: his recess appointments
Autocracy: Still pulsing with the power from outlawing big servings of sweet drinks, Michael Bloomberg now wants to run Styrofoam out of his city. Clearly, he believes that everyone has to live exactly as he wants them to live. During Thursday´s State of the City address, New York Mayor Bloomberg called for a ban on Styrofoam food packaging. It´s all a part of his crusade to eliminate smoking, sugary drinks, salt and other items he doesn´t like — and, hence, thinks no one else should have.