Some of the earliest clues scientists had that Earth´s climate has changed over time were mismatches between the fossil record and a current ecosystem. How could this palm tree have grown in Wyoming? Why have fossils of the tropical breadfruit tree been found as far north as Greenland? These cold places must have once been warm and wet. The world is not as it has always been. And somehow, despite the tumult, species adapted, moving thousands of miles to habitats where they could survive. Won´t species today just do the same as temperatures rise in the years ahead?
It is one of the most enduring mysteries in sports: What happened to the long-lost signed confession of "Shoeless" Joe Jackson? The question has persisted since Jackson and seven other Chicago White Sox players were indicted on charges of fixing the 1919 World Series. The "Black Sox" were acquitted of those criminal charges, but became baseball´s most famous outlaws when they were banished from the sport by Major League Baseball´s first commissioner, Kenesaw Mountain Landis. Now, almost a century later, the quest to find the most captivating piece of evidence in the case has intensified, luring collectors and fans alike
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, say they won’t vote for any continuing resolution to fund the federal government through the 2014 fiscal year that contains funding for Obamacare. Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., says Cruz and Lee are being dishonest because they know President Obama will never sign any measure that defunds his signature domestic policy achievement. The Alamo or a fool’s errand?
AUSTIN, Texas — The Federal Emergency Management Agency reversed its previous decision and approved additional funding Friday to help rebuild the small Texas town where an April fertilizer plant explosion leveled homes, damaged buildings and killed 15 people. President Barack Obama issued a "major disaster declaration" for the community of West, just north of Waco, freeing up federal support to supplement state and local reconstruction efforts that are already underway. Even before the decision, FEMA had provided millions of dollars in aid to West and its residents, but in June denied Texas´ original application for major disaster funding, preventing the
RUSH: No, I knew that Obama would take care of it, and Obama took care of it. As quickly as time seems to be flying, it seems like we talked about it in the last three weeks, maybe four weeks. There is a provision in Obamacare that requires members of Congress and their staff to get their health care via Obamacare, via the exchanges. And the story we had, if you recall, was how many member of Congress, but mostly their staff, could not afford it.
Amid the spectacle that has become Anthony Weiner’s campaign for mayor, New Yorkers have heard many arguments calling for him to withdraw. Surely the least persuasive of these is the one advanced on national TV by Dee Dee Myers: that Bill and Hillary find his continued candidacy distasteful. Like so many others statements that involve the name Clinton, Myers later “clarified” her comments by saying she hadn’t actually spoken to the Clintons before saying they wanted Weiner out. Her remarks, however, fit with all the other anonymous complaints we hear that the Clintons are “livid”
Pippa Middleton explains the British pastime of cricket exactly how you think she would. “A batsman goes out and is then in until he gets out,” Middleton writes in her second "dispatch" for Vanity Fair. “This goes on until the last batsman is out, apart from one who is still in and therefore not out.” Middleton’s simply worded phrasing sounds a lot like the parody Twitter account @Pippatips that pokes fun at the writer’s obvious party themes in her book "Celebrate." Also in her Vanity Fair spread, the new aunt to Prince George qualifies her expertise
RUSH: What the heck is going on here? Have you seen it? "US to Temporarily Shut Down Embassies Around the World Sunday Amid Security Concerns." I was gonna say, have they shut down YouTube or something? Did that guy get outta jail that made the YouTube video? Did he make another one? JOHNNY DONOVAN: And now, from sunny south Florida, it´s Open Line Friday! RUSH: Somebody must have made another video that has enraged the Arab street because we´re shutting down our embassies.
SAN DIEGO -- [Video] A ninth woman has accused Mayor Bob Filner of sexual misconduct: A Marilyn Monroe lookalike hired to sing at a Filner fundraiser. "He grabbed me a little too tight, then proceeded to slide his hand down my arm and then did a little grab on my derriere,” Emily Gilbert told Fox5 San Diego. "I didn’t want to make a scene. There were kids around.” She tried to laugh it off but was embarrassed by the crude behavior, she told Fox5. Gilbert´s husband, a Marine officer, was furious when he heard of the incident.
SACRAMENTO- California already has begun to comply with a federal court order to reduce its prison count by 9,600 by the end of December. State contracts with Corrections Corp. of America to continue to house 9,000 inmates in out-of-state prisons were extended, although the contracts are not yet funded by the Legislature. In court filings this week the state said that a process to begin identifying thousands of inmates who are near the end of their prison terms and are at the lowest risk of committing new crimes if released early would be finished in two weeks.
One of the things I loved, and liberals hated, about George W. Bush was something Bush declared about himself: “I don’t bluff.” And he didn’t. When he told Saddam Hussein he had to do certain things or face an invasion, he meant it. When he told the Taliban they had to turn over their “guests” or receive a visit from the U.S. Armed Forces, he meant it. This was the sort of thing that drove left-wingers and isolationists to decry his go-it-alone cowboy whatever, but anyone who was inclined to poke a finger in America’s eye understood that when Bush declared
The nation´s most active death penalty state is running out of its execution drug. The Texas Department of Criminal Justice said Thursday that its remaining supply of phenobarbital expires in September and that no alternatives have been found. It wasn´t immediately clear whether two executions scheduled for next month would be delayed. The state has already executed 11 death-row inmates this year, and at least seven more have execution dates in coming months. "We will be unable to use our current supply of phenobarbital after it expires," agency spokesman Jason Clark said. "We are exploring all options at this time."
Many freshman Democrats in the House are defying Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and not voting with the party on key issues. They told Politico they are there to represent their constituents and not make big points with House leadership. Dan Maffei (D-NY) has voted less with his party than any other freshman Democrat. He voted with Republicans to delay the mandates in Obamacare for one year. Fourteen of his colleagues joined him and Pelosi accused them of undermining her.
About 400 area retail and fast-food workers, together with colleagues nationally, participated in a strike Thursday to demand raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour. “If not $15, then something. I mean give us something. I work 36 hours a week and barely make enough to pay my rent, gas bill, light bill. It gets to the point where I barely have enough for lunch sometimes,” said Angel Richardson, 21, who works at McDonald’s. “I’m five months pregnant, what am I going to do in four months? I hope something changes.” The minimum wage is $7.25 nationally and $8.25
As last winter’s congressional budget talks collapsed with the debt limit on the horizon, 27-year-old Luke Russert put the situation in perspective for MSNBC. “I have never seen anything like it in my three-and-a-half years on Capitol Hill,” he declared with conviction. It was a moment teed up perfectly for Washington’s many Russert-haters, who love to point both to Russert’s lack of experience and what they see as his accompanying lack of humility. Russert was famously hired fresh out of Boston College by NBC News the same summer that his father, “Meet the Press” legend Tim Russert, passed away suddenly—
No wonder it has been unseasonably cool in the northeast: Al Gore has been in Chicago this week (you remember the Gore Effect, I assume), doing “climate advocacy training” for a new generation of young people, better known to con men everywhere as “easy marks.” But The New Republic notes a fresh hypocrisy from Gore: his New York office is in an energy hogging building that boasts of a LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) certification, which only shows what a racket the whole LEED business is: “Gore’s applause, however, was premature.
One difference between professional athletes and fans, and between coaches and cheerleaders, is that while all of them see opportunities for their teams, the athletes and coaches are more likely to also see, and at least privately acknowledge, potential pitfalls. The 2014 Senate races, which are really a fight over who will hold the majority in the chamber, provide plenty of pitfalls for political professionals in both parties to worry about. On its face, the math certainly creates opportunities for Republicans. Twenty Democratic seats are up in 2014, compared with only 15
Suddenly it is imperative that Congress investigate details surrounding the attack that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens. I´ve never felt that way before. But Drew Griffin´s scoop* changed my mind. A bit of background: On September 11, 2012, Stevens and three other Americans were killed at a U.S. compound in Benghazi, Libya, touching off perhaps the strangest political controversy in recent years. (Snip)CNN has learned the CIA is involved in what one source calls an unprecedented attempt to keep the spy agency´s Benghazi secrets from ever leaking out.
House Republicans on Friday accused Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew of obstructing their investigation into the IRS’s targeting of tea party and conservative groups, and issued subpoenas for more agency documents. Oversight committee chairman Darrell Issa sent a scathing latter to Lew blasting him and Obama for dismissing the GOP’s claims about IRS targeting as a phony scandal, saying that Lew has attempted to thwart his investigation. (Snip) The IRS came under scrutiny when its auditor reported earlier this year that the agency had singled out groups with “tea party,” “patriot” or “9/12” in their names for special scrutiny when the groups applied for tax-exempt status. The IRS has acknowledged it asked inappropriate and intrusive questions of the conservative groups.
Republicans, seeking to take advantage of a string of high-profile Democratic politicians´ sex scandals, are taking a page out of their rivals´ political playbook and claiming Democrats have launched a "war on women." That´s the phrase Democrats effectively used in the 2012 election, which led to an unprecedented 20 point gender voting gap, with President Barack Obama winning women voters over Republican rival Mitt Romney by 12 percent. Romney bested Obama among men by 8 percent. Democrats had knocked Republicans for candidates who made offensive remarks about abortion and rape
Lawmakers are packing up their bags to leave Washington for five weeks today, but as they get ready for the summer recess they really have nothing to celebrate. Well, unless you consider passing the 40th measure against the Affordable Care Act to be some kind of achievement. The latest pointless measure to repeal or dismantle Obamacare at least had a catchy title: Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act of 2013. And it was approved 232-185, with four Democrats joining Republicans in supporting the bill, reports the Hill.
Let us put aside, as he so rarely does, Anthony Weiner’s spambot penis, and consider his wife and putative First Lady. By universal consent, Huma Abedin is “smart, accomplished” (The Guardian), “whip-smart” (The Week), “accomplished” (Time), “smart and accomplished” (The Daily News) – oh, and did I mention “accomplished” (Forbes)? So, if she’s so smart, what has she accomplished? Let us put aside her Muslim Brotherhood family background – let us put it aside in the same corner as Anthony Weiner’s infidel penis, the Muslim Brotherhood being one of the few things on the planet rising even more spectacularly than Anthony.
BRADENTON, FL - Crime scene tape was wrapped around the bleachers and parents gathered to watch investigators instead of cheering on their children. Bradenton Police are urging anyone who knows who shot a man dead at a crowded youth sports complex Thursday night to come forward. It happened around 8 o´clock as the Manatee Mustangs practiced at the 13th Street Dream Center at 922 24th St. East. (Snip) "There were multiple gunmen that came on the property and singled out the victim. Apparently there was a small foot chase and they caught up with him and shot him," explained
The State Department has announced that the following embassies and consulates will be closed this Sunday over security concerns: U.S. Embassy Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates -U.S. Embassy Algiers, Algeria -U.S. Embassy Amman, Jordan -U.S. Embassy Baghdad, Iraq - U.S. Embassy Cairo, Egypt - U.S. Consulate Dhahran, Saudi Arabia - U.S. Embassy Djibouti, Djibouti - U.S. Embassy Dhaka, Bangladesh - U.S. Embassy Doha, Qatar -U.S. Consulate Dubai, United Arab Emirates - U.S. Consulate Erbil, Iraq - U.S. Consulate
BEIJING — When it comes to the love-hate, frenemy-like U.S.-China relationship, there’s been no shortage of competition. You have cyberwars, currency wars, intellectual property wars and, most recently, the tug-of-war over a certain asylum-seeking fugitive leaker. Now, add to all that a rivalry over who has the best-dressed first lady — a competition in which China was surprisingly anointed the winner this week by Vanity Fair. (snip)Peng Liyuan “sails onto the list,” as Vanity Fair put it in a photo gallery highlighting Peng’s eye for trendy-yet-stately attire. The unexpected honor had some Chinese bloggers crowing. “Peng Liyuan Upends Michelle Obama,”
John Kerry’s week began on a high note, with the resumption of Middle East peace talks after months of dogged effort on the Secretary of State’s part. But it’s closing on a more awkward one, as officials in Washington clean up after two apparent gaffes Kerry made yesterday in Pakistan yesterday. The gaffes came in different flavors. One amounted to wishful thinking about American policy on drones. Another articulated U.S. policy towards Egypt with a bit too much candor. First was Kerry’s answer to a question from a Pakistani reporter about America’s ongoing, and extremely unpopular, drone campaign in Pakistan