Paris—With French officials saying confidently on Saturday that an advance by Islamist militants on Bamako, Mali’s capital, had been halted, France’s foreign minister told African leaders that “our African friends need to take the lead” in a multilateral military intervention in Mali.(Snip) In Paris, French officials said the United States, while willing to help ferry African troops, wanted to bill France for the use of transport aircraft, which officials said would not go down well with the French. The Pentagon favors providing rapid help with transport and even with air-to-air refueling, but the White House is
France knows they bit of more than they could chew and are now chiding africa to take over. I´ll be surprised if they do because islamists everywhere there will take retaliatory action.France was also probably expecting more help from Obama that refuelers.Obviously they missed that obama was pro-radical islam.
Did this really say Obama wants to bill France for services rendered?
Hollande may be a socialist but he knows the value of the gold, diamonds, oil and particularly the uranium that France needs to power their nuclear power plants which sell their electricity to their European neighbors that bought into the global warming scam...and what a scam it was. The best part is that there is no more America to get in their way like when they wanted to invade Egypt to secure the Suez canal.
The french did secure the oil rights in Libya...obama helped the French with that, didn´t he, and he said that he didn´t need the permission of congress. I have not forgotten.
Russian President Vladimir Putin is planning a possible state visit to Egypt in order to take advantage of frayed ties between Washington and Cairo and possibly gain access to Egypt´s Mediterranean ports, The Sunday Times reported. (Snip) According to the Times, Putin is seeking to resume military ties with Egypt in light of the vacuum created by Washington´s decision and fears of a return to the Cold War era rivalry in the region. Among Russia´s motivations, the Times suggests, is access to Egypt´s Mediterranean ports. Russia´s current point of access to the Mediterranean is the Syrian port of Tartus,
A Tennessee man was arrested at Kennedy International Airport on Saturday as he was checking in and officers discovered two pistols and two rifles, painted silver and purple, the authorities said.(Snip)But under most circumstances, New York City law prohibits visitors from bringing firearms into the city even if they are legally licensed in the visitors’ home state. This means that while weapons can sometimes be lawfully checked onto a flight destined for New York, gun owners can be arrested if they are caught with the weapons while visiting the city or at city airports when they try to check their
The news of the day is that the Obama administration has pledged to have the problems with HealthCare.gov fixed by the end of November, an announcement that will likely settle the nerves of many Democratic politicians regarding the potential political reverberations of the Web site not working as an election year dawns. But, those same politicians would do well to remember the words of President Obama earlier this week: “Let me remind everybody that the Affordable Care Act is not just a Web site. It’s much more.” Now, Obama meant to make the point that problems with the Web site
My wife, the syndicated San Francisco Chronicle columnist Debra J. Saunders, has learned that at least 500,000 Californians may lose their health insurance next year — and that’s a conservative estimate. From her Token Conservative blog: According to this link as of December 2012, there were 491,977 covered lives in individual health care plans regulated by the state Department Insurance that are not grandfathered under the Affordable Care Act. (If they bought a plan after March 2010, their coverage is not grandfathered.) This is a 2012 number, but if the number of people with private coverage hasn’t changed much in the
As the federal health reform known as Obamacare takes hold, many community colleges in Maryland and across the country are capping the hours of adjunct faculty — who make up the bulk of their teaching force — to avoid paying for the instructors´ health insurance. The limits put the adjunct teachers on the leading edge of fallout from the Affordable Care Act, whose critics predict that a range of employers will increasingly rely on part-timers to sidestep insurance requirements that go into effect in 2015. Cash-strapped community colleges in Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Howard and Prince George´s counties, among other
Washington -- The White House has been tight-lipped about how many uninsured Americans have signed up for health care insurance under the Affordable Care Act, which has led to some concerns about whether enough people are enrolling in private health plans to make the economic model work. (Snip) But don´t apply that 700,000 application figure to the 7 million enrollment goal. For starters, there´s no guarantee that all 700,000 will ultimately enroll in a health insurance plan. And those 700,000 applications include Medicaid enrollments. Medicaid programs are the public health insurance programs run by states to provide low-income people with
There is practically no safe haven for the White House these days, thanks to the disastrous rollout of Obamacare that has led many on MSNBC to aim some friendly fire at the Obama administration. On Morning Joe Friday, David Gregory brought up the “caricature of incompetence” in the White House over Obamacare and dared to ask if it shows that the health care law is simply too big for the White House to actually handle. (Snip) Gregory argued that there is a “caricature of incompetence that could be associated with Obamacare for a long time because of such a bad
Egypt signed an agreement for $4.9 billion with the United Arab Emirates on Saturday in which it decided to support the country’s development with an additional $3.9b. in aid after previously agreeing to around $1b. in July. The signing of the agreement took place in the presence of General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, the crown prince of Abu Dhabi and deputy supreme commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and called for the construction of 25 wheat and grain silos, and other healthcare, housing, and development projects, according to the Emirates News Agency. Egyptian interim Prime Minister Hazem el-Beblawi arrived
Washington - Talk about a guilt trip: A small Jewish group is telling House Majority Leader Eric Cantor to remember his Lithuanian grandmother before denying Congress a full vote on immigration reform. Pressing down on both Republicans and Democrats alike to prioritize the issue, the Jewish Social Justice Roundtable is reminding some congressmen of a moral imperative to tackle the broken system: they, themselves, have migratory ancestries, says the group. The grandmother of Eric Cantor (R-VA), majority leader in the House and the highest ranking Jewish member of Congress, migrated to the US from Lithuania in 1907,
Since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) legislation was passed into law, many individuals have questioned what the true effects will be on their health insurance premiums. Wasn’t it Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi that said you have to pass it to find out what is in it? It’s here, so it’s time to find out how this law will affect you. Those who have health conditions are probably going to look at this law favorably. Individuals who are healthy or earn an income that doesn’t qualify them for subsidy or premium assistance are going to hate it. Insurance marketplaces or exchanges recently
"We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it ... " then-U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Obamacare legislation, March 9, 2010. Not long after she uttered that infamous phrase, Pelosi got her way. She stampeded House Democrats to vote for a massive, complex Obamacare plan that few lawmakers in either party had time to understand. She and Democratic Senate leaders ramrodded Obamacare without a single Republican vote. Democratic lawmakers voted for a bill without a clear idea of how well it would work. Now they know. Obamacare is faltering under its own
Nine Democratic senators, including several of those facing the most challenging 2014 reelection races, have joined the calls to extend the Obamacare open enrollment period past March 31. (Snip) The effort originated with Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H). Fellow 2014 Democrats Mark Begich of Alaska, Mark Pryor of Arkansas, Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, Kay Hagan of North Carolina, Mark Udall of Colorado, Tom Udall of New Mexico signed on to the request today. They were also joined by three Democrats not facing voters next year: Dianne Feinstein of California, Michael Bennet of Colorado and Martin Heinrich of New Mexico.
Sen. John McCain’s daughter says that her father is “depressed” and “frustrated” with the impact the “hyper-conservative wing of the party” is having on national politics, including on the recent government shutdown. “We’re both frustrated with the idea that only the hyper-conservative wing of the party is going to represent the masses,” Meghan McCain said in a joint interview with ABC and Yahoo News. Ms. McCain, who has her own reality show “Raising McCain,” said the last time she can remember her father was so depressed about the state of politics was after his failed 2008 presidential bid. “He is
First Lady Michelle Obama’s Princeton classmate is a top executive at the company that earned the no-bid contract to build the failed Obamacare website. Toni Townes-Whitley, Princeton class of ’85, is senior vice president at CGI Federal, which earned the no-bid contract to build the $678 million Obamacare enrollment website at Healthcare.gov. CGI Federal is the U.S. arm of a Canadian company. Townes-Whitley and her Princeton classmate Michelle Obama are both members of the Association of Black Princeton Alumni.
New York voters, in all their wisdom, are on the verge of electing a Left-wing extremist named Bill de Blasio. Recent polls by the firm Penn Schoen Berland show that de Blasio maintains a commanding lead, which he’s enjoyed for quite some time. What a shame. New York City is one of the most important economies in the United States, and it will certainly suffer under this man’s vague and childish populism.[Snip] Earlier this year, we learned that in his youth (described by the New York Times, of course, as “idealist”) de Blasio was an ardent supporter of the Sandinistas
WASHINGTON — Whether miffed over spying revelations or feeling sold out by U.S. moves in the Middle East, some of the United States’ closest allies are so upset that the Obama administration has gone into damage-control mode to ensure the rifts don’t widen and threaten critical partnerships. The quarrels differ in their causes and degrees of seriousness. As a whole, however, they pose a new foreign policy headache for an administration whose overseas track record is seen in many quarters at home and abroad as reactive and lacking direction. In Europe and the Middle East, rifts that once would’ve been quietly smoothed
President Obama blasted GOP opponents of his healthcare law as hypocrites after Republicans expressed concerns about the rocky rollout of HealthCare.gov. In his weekly address, Obama suggested that the GOP´s focus on the issue was in bad faith because Republicans have pushed for years to repeal, defund or dismantle ObamaCare. Republicans "spent the last few years so obsessed with denying … people access to health insurance that they just shut down the government and threatened default over it," Obama said. "It´s well past the time for folks to stop rooting for [the law´s] failure." Obama´s comments come after a tough
HOUSTON, — President Obama’s legacy may include a stake in the heart of a cherished dream of the progressive left: complete government control of healthcare in America. Obama has always wanted a single-payer, government-run healthcare system, and he set out a complicated but achievable path to get to that goal through Obamacare. The eventual failure of Obamacare would set the stage for single-payer healthcare. Unfortunately for him, he designed Obamacare to fail in the wrong ways at the wrong times, making it harder, not easier to achieve his goal of completely socialized healthcare. If Obamacare dies an early and spectacular failure, it will
Just how bad was the shutdown for America´s image on the world stage? So bad, says Secretary of State John Kerry, that foreign officials joked about buying him meals. "I have seen how our allies, our partners and those who wish to challenge us or to do us harm are all sizing us up every day," Kerry said at an event hosted by Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank. "What we do in Washington matters deeply…that´s why a self-inflicted wound like the shutdown can never happen again." Kerry added that the shutdown delayed security aid to Israel. "The dysfunction and
Shepard Smith, the endlessly endearing (and easily angered) Fox News anchor, has likened the right-wing channel to a “family,” with president Roger Ailes as its domineering father. Which makes it only slightly awkward that in early 2012, the 49-year-old anchor started courting an attractive young production assistant who worked under him on Fox Report With Shepard Smith. Now they are a couple. Gawker has learned that Smith is dating a 26-year-old Penn State grad and Fox Business producer named Giovanni “Gio” Graziano. According to multiple sources with knowledge of their relationship, the couple met sometime after Graziano started working at Fox
Sarah Palin found a novel way to turn down an interview request from Piers Morgan on Friday, posting a picture on Facebook of a bear she had shot dead and a note saying she was busy. The former Alaska governor thanked chat show host Morgan for inviting her on his ´shambolic show´ but added she was ´kind of busy right now´. The Facebook message, which had been liked by nearly 3,000 of Palin´s supporters within two hours of it being posted, is part of an online spat between the pair after Morgan poked fun at her intellect. Earlier in the
McDonalds will end its 40-year, ketchup-based relationship with Heinz, the company announced on Friday, because Heinz´s new CEO, Bernardo Hees, is the former CEO of Burger King. He´s also still on Burger King´s board of directors. Now McDonalds is currently looking for a new ketchup maker to partner with once it phases Heinz out of its stores. Heinz supplies ketchup to both McDonalds (for now!) and Burger King, and to Wendy’s and Chick-fil-A. For McDonalds, at least, it seems that the new Burger King connection at Heinz was one step too far. McDonalds has taken a stand on ketchup. Except most
President Barack Obama--who oversees both the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security--said in a speech at the White House on Thursday that it does not make sense to have 11 million people in the United States “illegally.” The president said that the people "illegally" in the United States need to be given an “incentive” to stay here and become what he called “legalized citizens.” “It doesn’t make sense to have 11 million people who are in this country illegally without any incentive or any way for them to come out of the shadows, get right with the law,
You know what´s relatively easy? Fixing a website. You know what´s really hard? Ensuring access to affordable, quality health insurance for every single American and improving our broken health care system in the process. In the back-and-forth about the Obamacare exchange websites, let´s not lose sight of the ultimate goal of health care reform -- a goal that, even with the exchanges problems, we are steadily achieving. Less than 17 days into the signup period, the State of Oregon had already enrolled 56,000 people under the Medicaid expansion in Obamacare -- and reduced the state´s percentage of uninsured by 10%. In