In the dark hours of Thursday morning, Feb. 28, I awoke to find CNN featuring a continuous shot of a helicopter. The network cut between a close-up and a distant dot. It was Benedict, flying from the Vatican City. This was extraordinary attention for an ordinary cardinal, because as Benedict told the throng awaiting him, “I am no longer pope.” I am not a scholar of Catholic history, but I believe we were witnessing the first time the papal throne was vacant. It may have been occupied by rogues, scoundrels, impostors or even a woman, but always there was someone sitting there.
Ald. James Cappleman (46th) informed the Salvation Army on Friday that it is no longer welcome to feed the poor in Uptown from its homeless outreach trucks. Cappleman gave the social service agency one month to find a new North Side location — outside his ward — before ceasing operations, said Capt. Nancy Powers, who oversees the Salvation Army’s homeless program in Chicago.
American health care is being transformed, for better or worse. “Better,” in this case, means parts of the Affordable Care Act that have polled well and been enacted, taking their place comfortably in the medical system. These include letting dependent children stay on their parents’ health insurance until age 26 and a ban on insurance companies dropping children for pre-existing conditions
WASHINGTON— Mitt Romney says his heart said he was going to win the presidency, but when early results came in on election night, he knew it was not to be. The GOP nominee tells "Fox News Sunday" that he knew his campaign was in trouble when exit polls suggested a close race in Florida. Romney thought he´d win the state solidly. Obama ended up taking Florida and won the election by a wide margin in the electoral vote. Romney says there was "a slow recognition" at that time that President Barack Obama would win —
Pollster John Zogby reports in our weekly White House report card that President Obama is coming off one of his worst weeks. "I am not an ideologue. I call it as I see it. The week President Obama just finished sucked. The Obama administration created the fiscal cliff, has used it as a bludgeon, has ´Chicken Littled´ about its impact, and now says it is only a bump, not a cliff. Their message now is, ´never mind.´ Add to that the White House is threatening a venerable journalist like Bob Woodward? This is, no matter how you cut it,
It’s takedown time. Ald. Howard Brookins Jr., who has been blasting Police Supt. Garry McCarthy for the city’s gang violence, seems to be talking out of both sides of his mouth. Critics claim Brookins, who is demanding police grapple harder with guns and gangs, is undermining police action by representing gang members with gun convictions.
The Queen has been admitted to a London hospital after being diagnosed with gastroenteritis. All official engagements for this week will be either postponed or cancelled as a precaution, including the Queen´s planned visit to Italy, Buckingham Palace said. The visit is taken as a precautionary measure as doctors say they will be able to better assess the Queen´s condition in a hospital, the Palace added.The Queen, who is 86, and the Duke of Edinburgh were scheduled to visit Rome from Wednesday to Thursday.
Republican strategist Steve Schmidt, the former campaign adviser to 2008 Republican presidential nominee John McCain, has repeatedly argued that the Republican Party should be more inclusive — of almost everyone, it seems, except Sarah Palin.
Kano – The military said Sunday that it killed 20 Boko Haram Islamists while repelling an attack by the extremist group in the embattled northeastern state of Borno. “Boko Haram terrorists attempted to attack a military barracks (in Borno) at about 5:00 am (0400 GMT),” spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Sagir Musa said in a statement. He said the attack occurred in the village of Monguno, about 200 kilometres (124 miles) from Borno’s restive capital of Maiduguri, considered Boko Haram’s home base where the radical group has been blamed for scores of deadly attacks.
I´m no civil libertarian absolutist, but this disturbing report by Declan McCullagh at C-Net makes the hair on the back of my neck stand on end: The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has customized its Predator drones, originally built for overseas military operations, to carry out at-home surveillance tasks that have civil libertarians worried: identifying civilians carrying guns and tracking their cell phones, government documents show. The documents provide more details about the surveillance capabilities
Three Florida high school students disarmed another student who was armed with a loaded pistol while riding home on a school bus. The school district then promptly suspended all three students for being involved in an "incident" with a weapon. One of the suspended students asked, "How are they going to suspend me for doing the right thing?"
Hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets of Lisbon and other Portuguese cities Saturday to protest against the government´s austerity measures aimed at rescuing the debt-hit eurozone nation. The rallies were organised by a non-political movement which claimed 500,000 marched in the country´s capital and another 400,000 in the main northern city of Porto. There have been no official estimates of the crowds. But the mood of the crowd was clearly political, calling for new elections
Democrats and the media have accuses Tea Party favorite Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) of "McCarthyism" merely for posing tough questions to and about Chuck Hagel during the latter´s confirmation as Secretary of Defense. Yet a recent column by former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich reveals who the real McCarthyites are in U.S. politics today, as Reich likens the Tea Party to a conspiracy "to undermine the government of the United States." Reich, who has steadfastly supported President Barack Obama´s big-government, tax-and-spend agenda, wrote that the Tea Party had "infiltrated" the government
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) blasted a Democratic super PAC on Saturday night for mocking the Chinese ethnicity of his wife, former U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine Chao, with a Valentine’s Day tweet. “They will not get away with attacking my wife in this campaign,” McConnell told about 100 supporters at a Republican dinner in Winchester, Ky., according to the Associated Press. The super PAC, Progress Kentucky, tweeted on Feb. 14: “This woman has the ear of @mcconnellpress — she’s his #wife. May explain why your job moved to #China! rense.com/general77/raci…”
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.— A privately owned Dragon capsule arrived at the International Space Station on Sunday, delivering a ton of supplies with high-flying finesse after a shaky start to the mission. The Dragon’s arrival was one day late but especially sweet — and not because of the fresh fruit on board for the station astronauts who snared the capsule. SpaceX, the California-based company founded by billionaire Elon Musk, had to struggle with the Dragon following its launch Friday from Cape Canaveral. A clogged pressure line or stuck valve prevented thrusters from working, and it took flight controllers several hours
Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. has released a new public service announcement, suggesting residents can arm themselves to protect themselves against crime. The spot started airing Friday as Milwaukee County´s highest-profile law enforcement officers - Clarke and Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn - are part of the national debate over proposed gun control measures. Clarke´s 30-second audio spot seems to take aim at the jurisdiction of the Milwaukee Police Department and the court system.
Lawyers claiming that huge numbers of Americans are renouncing citizenship to become British thanks to tax rise are having us on. “London-based American lawyers, who specialise in tax and immigration, report a threefold increase over the last five years in the number of American citizens who are giving up their citizenship—a process known as “renunciation”. “Across the world 1,781 Americans renounced their citizenship in 2011 compared with just 231 in 2008, when US tax laws changed, although it remains unknown how many are adopting British rather than any other nationality.” (telegraph.co.uk, March 2, 2013.)
Lots of people like Joe Biden. He´s the zany uncle, the benign bumbler who shows up at Thanksgiving dinner and takes over conversation with confusing stories, not all of them off-color. Joe is from Delaware, a place that´s famous for absolutely nothing. Joe likes to ride the choo-choo trains. He talks a lot, which can be good in politics. He often talks before thinking about the words coming out of his mouth, which can not be good in politics. Obama keeps the harmless guy around because Biden makes the president look smooth and smart.
The Dig For Victory campaign was meant to feed a nation to fight. But did the drive to cultivate every spare inch of land in Britain really fill the gap? In September 1940 the Lord Mayor of London summoned his counterparts from all over Britain to a gathering. It coincided with a stepping up of Hitler’s bombing campaign on the capital’s docks and clouds of black smoke swirled around the Bank of England as the mayors approached the Mansion House.[Snip]Much of the cargo lost was food and it raised the nightmare question of how an island of 45 million people
On March 29, 1944, Australian Squadron Leader James Catanach and three fellow Allied airmen found themselves languishing in a Nazi prison just a few miles short of the Danish border. After being prisoners inside Stalag Luft III, a notorious PoW camp located 100 miles south-east of Berlin, freedom had seemed so close just days before. Two years after being shot down over Norway, Catanach had been part of the most daring escape of the war. Some 76 Allied airmen had tunnelled out, before attempting to disperse across Europe and escape back to Britain. The 22-year-old Aussie spoke fluent German
In the beginning, the technology gods created the Internet and saw that it was good. Here, at last, was a public sphere with unlimited potential for reasoned debate and the thoughtful exchange of ideas, an enlightening conversational bridge across the many geographic, social, cultural, ideological and economic boundaries that ordinarily separate us in life, a way to pay bills without a stamp.
Seattle prohibited use of the bags eight months ago, encouraging people to bring their own reusable bags or pay a five cent tax for paper carriers. But thousands of dollars of extra produce has since gone missing, with store owners saying it is easy for thieves to walk in with reusable bags, conceal items in them and then walk out. Asking shoppers to leave their bags or backpacks at the front of stores while they shop has been deemed impractical. In a survey, more than one in five businesses in the city said shoplifting had become a problem because of
As coverage of last week’s flare-up between Bob Woodward and the White House devolved into the granular parsing of words and implications and extrapolations and possible intent, the larger point was roundly missed: the increasing pressure that White House correspondents feel when dealing with the Obama administration — to follow their narrative, to be properly deferential (!), to react to push-back by politely sitting down and shutting up.
At a press conference Friday, President Obama said "all the folks who are cleaning the floors at the Capitol -- now that Congress has left, somebody is going to be vacuuming and cleaning those floors and throwing out the garbage -- they´re going to have less pay." He continued adding "the janitors, the security guards, they just got a pay cut, and they´ve got to figure out how to manage that. That´s real."