He had to die. There was no other way for Dan Stevens’s Matthew Crawley to leave Downton Abbey other than in a body bag. As the heir to the grand estate and the title, it would have been impossible for sensible, responsible Matthew to shirk his responsibilities and head to America to start a career on the New York stage, or—to borrow from Monarch of the Glen, a Scottish Highlands–set drama that featured Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes as part of its cast—to go climb a mountain somewhere. No, Matthew Crawley was not only wedded to Lady Mary
Republicans continue to argue about whether the party needs to take steps to prevent the next Christine O’Donnell, Sharron Angle, Todd Akin and Ken Buck, as well as how it might do so. Those inept and seriously flawed candidates lost races that other Republicans would have won easily. Now, American Crossroads, the brainchild of Karl Rove and former Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie, has created a new organization, the Conservative Victory Project, to focus on getting more electable candidates through primaries against uncompromising, tea-party-type conservatives who successfully tap anti-establishment feelings in the GOP grass roots.
The Revolutions We Missed Sometimes societies just plod along, oblivious that the world is being reinvented right under their noses. In 2000, one never saw pedestrians bumping into themselves as they glued their noses to iPhones. Thirteen years later, it is almost rare to see anyone on the street who is not stumbling about, networking or texting. Yet most of us are scarcely aware of the collective effect of that odd habit repeating itself millions of times over each day, of millions of books not read, of “hellos” not offered, of brains wired to screens rather
A father who stabbed a crazed burglar to death in his home was yesterday told by a coroner he was rightly “entitled” to defend his family with violence. Businessman Vincent Cooke, 41, was arrested on suspicion of murder after police found career criminal Raymond Jacob, 37, dead at his four-bed home. During the raid, Jacob and an accomplice held a knife to the throat of a terrified Mr Cooke saying: “We will ******* slit your throat. Get your money, get your jewellery--we will kill you.” [Snip] Grabbing a kitchen knife he stabbed drink and drug-fuelled Jacob in a violent tussle.
President Obama’s decision to golf this past weekend with Tiger Woods, one of the most unpopular athletes in the country, was understandable for a golf fan but was a gamble for a president, one commentator said today. Obama, who is vacationing in Florida, teamed up with Woods Sunday at a posh resort, The Floridian in Palm City, Fla., far away from cameras and reporters who were kept from covering the president’s activities over the weekend. Obama also received private golf lessons Saturday from Woods’ former coach Butch Harmon and his son.
Pictures finally appeared of President Obama on Monday evening as he headed home to Washington after a relaxing golf weekend which was kept heavily under wraps. The President was on the course on Monday for the third and final day of a Florida vacation with departing US Trade Representative Ron Kirk, the president´s Chicago pal Eric Whitaker and White House aide Marvin Nicholson. The President had enjoyed a round of golf with Tiger Woods on Sunday--a fact that only emerged by chance after media were banned from attending the event. The traveling pool of journalists who follow the President´s every
PRETORIA, South Africa -- Sobbing softly with his head in his hands, Olympian Oscar Pistorius was charged Tuesday with the premeditated murder of his girlfriend on Valentine´s Day. The defense lawyer says it was an accidental shooting. Prosecutor Gerrie Nel told the court that Pistorius got up from bed, put on his prosthetic legs and walked seven meters (yards) from the bedroom toward the bathroom and shot 29-year-old Reeva Steenkamp several times through the bathroom door, Pretoria. Nel told the court the door was broken open afterward.
Questions are being asked as to why Russia´s powerful missile defence radar systems did not detect the meteorite that exploded over the country on Friday morning.[Snip] In the aftermath of the impact Russian politicians called on the world´s powerful nations to urgently develop technology to spot asteroids and meteorites that threaten our planet. But with Russia having one of the most high tech early warning systems of any nation on Earth, many are wondering why the nuclear superpower was not able to detect the incoming object itself. Experts from the Russian Nuclear Forces Project have attempted to explain how
In the raging cyber war to protect the corporate and government secrets of the United States, a nondescript office building in a rundown Shanghai neighborhood is ground zero.[Snip]The New York Times reveals that Unit 61398--the 2nd Bureau of the People’s Liberation Army’s General Staff Department’s 3rd Department--is definitively linked to stolen technology blueprints, manufacturing processes, clinical trial results, pricing documents, negotiation strategies and other secret data from more than 100 companies. More alarmingly, the Times reports, the Chinese army unit has also made incursions into the computer networks that control oil pipelines, power grids, water plants and other
After a devastating tornado wreaked havoc on much of Joplin, Missouri in May of 2011 the town found a financial savior in an unlikely source: the United Arab Emirates. The tornado, which killed 161 people and destroyed six public schools, had left the community in an almost hopeless situation until the UAE reached out through their embassy in Washington. It´s not the first time the UAE has reached out to the United States for charity, as the nation has embarked upon a campaign to provide assistance to the most dire of areas in the country according to The Washington Post.
When farmer Vernon Hugh Bowman walked into an Indiana courtroom four years ago to face off against biotechnology giant Monsanto Co., he argued in his own defense. Today, standing in the U.S. Supreme Court, Bowman, 75, will have a fleet of attorneys beside him — and the eyes of the business world on his case. The hearings bring the Creve Coeur-based company into the country’s highest court, and could have consequences that go well beyond the company’s interests, and beyond agriculture. In 2007, Monsanto sued Bowman, saying he infringed on its patent when he planted the offspring
WASHINGTON- If America is a nation of immigrants, it´s also a nation of immigrants´ husbands, wives, parents and children - and their brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews too. That could begin to change under legislation being written in the Senate, where the nation´s longstanding emphasis on family-based immigration is coming under scrutiny. Unlike most other industrialized nations, the U.S. awards a much larger proportion of green cards to family members of U.S. citizens and permanent residents than to foreigners with job prospects here. About two-thirds of permanent legal immigration to the U.S. is family-based, compared with about 15 percent
LINCOLN, Neb.-- U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns of Nebraska announced Monday that he will not seek re-election in 2014, saying he wants a "quieter time" to focus on his family following a busy political career that included stints as governor and President George W. Bush´s agriculture secretary. The Nebraska Republican announced that he was retiring from the Senate after one term. He said he and his wife, Stephanie, had decided that the time had come to end a public career that has spanned more than half of his life.
He may have been trying to parlay his turn at giving the State Of The Union response into the start of a presidential campaign, but Marco Rubio chalked up an accomplishment last Tuesday night that few Republican politicians — or activists, for that matter — can lay claim to: creating, and embracing, a moment in culture. After he took that dastardly, ostensibly “career-killing” sip of water on air, you could almost smell the avalanche of media coverage as it slowly wound its way across the landscape. They were honing in on a public foible like Kardashians to a camera.
Rob Morrison, an anchor for WCBS-TV in New York, was charged with attempting to strangle his wife after a weekend incident at their home in Connecticut, the station confirmed Monday. Morrison, 44, of Darien, Conn., faces charges of second-degree strangulation, second-degree threatening and disorderly conduct in the incident early Sunday, the station reported. He is accused of attempting to choke his wife, Ashley Morrison, a reporter for CBS MoneyWatch. Ashley Morrison didn´t need medical treatment, but she had red marks on her neck, police said. Rob Morrison was free Monday on $100,000 bond and is due in court Tuesday,
The background for this case is the German war on homeschooling that has led some families to seek political asylum in the United States where homeschooling is still legal for now. While the Obama Administration refuses to expel illegal aliens who have committed felonies and welcomes in immigrants with AIDS, European Christians who don’t like the compulsory indoctrination of their children are not their cup of tea. The Romeikes’ case is now before the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, with the US government seeking to revoke their asylum and force them to return to
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) could see a primary challenge from local businessman Matt Bevin, who sources say is reaching out to Tea Party groups in the state to gauge support for a 2014 Senate run. Sarah Duran, president of the Louisville Tea Party, told The Hill that Bevin had been in touch with her over the phone to discuss his run multiple times over the past few weeks, and that he met with the group two weeks ago to discuss his interest in the race.(Snip)Bevin is the owner of Bevin Brothers Manufacturing, a Connecticut bell-making
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will hit the paid speaking circuit this year, to be represented by the Harry Walker Agency, according to a notice on the company´s site. "We are proud to share the exciting news that Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has joined the Harry Walker Agency exclusively for her speaking engagements," the site reads.Clinton retired this month, after serving four years in the State Department, and was succeeded by former Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.). She told CNN shortly before stepping down that she had plans to speak and write
In a mistake that probably wasn’t a mistake, a Washington state bill sponsored by liberal Democrats contained a little-noticed provision that would have called for the police to have the right to search private citizens’ home once per year if they own certain types of guns. According to Senate Bill 5737: In order to continue to possess an assault weapon that was legally possessed on the effective date of this section, the person possessing shall ... safely and securely store the assault weapon. The sheriff of the county may, no more than once per year, conduct an inspection to
The number of Palestinians from the Gaza Strip who are traveling to Syria to join the anti-regime forces is on the rise, Palestinian sources revealed Monday. In the first year of the crisis, only a few Palestinians headed to Syria through Turkey to join the fight against the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad, the sources said. Recently, however, there has been an increase in the number of Palestinians who left the Gaza Strip to join the anti- Assad rebel forces, the sources added. The sources told the Palestinian Al-Quds newspaper that most of the Palestinians who have joined
Happy President´s Day! It´s a good day to be an American--hello, federal holiday--and even better to be (former) president. The guys who once occupied the White House tend to rake in a lot of cash once they leave, and many come in with plenty on hand. The office has almost always been exclusive to those who can afford to costs of running for it, and this year´s updated list of the wealthiest presidents shows just how rich those men are. It says something that had he been elected, Mitt Romney, whose extraordinary wealth was
President Obama has returned to Washington, from his solo vacation. He finally talked with the press on the ride back. Via the pool report: AF1 wheels down Andrews at 7:45pm. POTUS came back to have a 10-minute off the record talk with pool at the end of the flight. Reggie Love departed AF1 soon after POTUS, apparently a guest for the weekend. Marine One wheels up 7:55 pm
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said the White House doesn’t necessarily have to confess to killing American citizens by unarmed drones. It all depends on the situation, she said in reply to a Huffington Post reporter who asked if President Obama´s administration should acknowledge when it targets a U.S. citizen in a drone strike, the Washington Examiner reported. “Maybe, it just depends,” she reportedly said. “People just want to be protected.” She also said that such disclosure “depends on the timing, because that’s right — it’s all about the timing.” At least one Republican House colleague is outraged.
SAN FRANCISCO — If there’s anyplace in the country where rising tax rates should choke off an economic recovery, it’s California. On top of the federal tax hikes that kicked in last month, the state has just raised income taxes on its wealthiest residents to the highest levels in the nation, a move conservatives warn will drive millionaires and their companies to other states, taking jobs and growth with them. The increases come as California’s economy continues a remarkable turnaround. A year ago, the state was a mess, with double-digit unemployment, a bottoming-out housing market and scary budget deficits
PALM CITY, Fla. — In a gym usually home to the Hyde Park Academy Thunderbirds, President Obama spoke about his own home late last week — and the trouble it faces. He warned students and teachers that the fragility of families, the easy violence of guns, and a threatened education system are failing Chicago’s South Side, where he once worked as a community organizer and began his family. Change “requires us reflecting internally about who we are and what we believe in,” he told the rows of uniformed students lining the blue breeze-block walls in bleachers.
The United States Department of Agriculture has been working to dispel immigrants’ concerns that getting on Food Stamps will harm their chances of becoming U.S. citizens. The USDA addresses those fears in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or food stamp, brochures it distributes to Mexican consulates as part of its “partnership” with the Mexican government “to help educate eligible Mexican nationals living in the United States about available nutrition assistance.” In one portion of the brochure, USDA’s text asks, “If I get on SNAP benefits, will I be a “public charge?’”