One minute Luis Galvin was opening the door to his Hyde Park apartment, the next he was lying on the floor holding his dying friend. "I was down on the ground, I was just waiting for the rest of the shots to come," Galvin told reporters outside his red brick apartment building in the 5200 block of South Harper Avenue. "I guess he got nervous, I don´t know ... He just ran. "I basically seen my life before my eyes, know what I´m saying?" The gunman got off just one shot, Galvin said, striking him
Comments: Way down in the article it states that this neighborhood is near the Obama home.
Responding to criticism that a government shutdown would be the fault of Republicans for bundling Obamacare with a debt ceiling deal, Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the House, blamed the president for his unwillingness to negotiate. “This isn’t a dictatorship. The president can’t say, ‘Give me exactly what I want, or I’ll blame you,’ ” Mr. Gingrich said on CNN’s “New Day” on Friday. House Speaker John Boehner, Ohio Republican, made a similar criticism of President Obama in a video released Thursday that wondered why the president was so eager to work with Russian President Vladimir Putin, but would not
The man they called “the Hammer,” who used Democrats as anvils, got a little satisfaction Thursday. An appeals court in Texas reversed the money-laundering conviction of Tom DeLay and told him to go and sin no more. Time and events move quickly in the modern media, and a new crime of the century arrives with the noise of every news cycle. The final acquittal of Tom DeLay, who was once the Republican majority leader in the House, is but a footnote to the news. He was once the most feared man on Capitol Hill, merciless in pursuit, and like all
The kind of violence that typically plagues Chicago does not handily fit the terms of the national debate on assault weapons and mass shootings. While tragedies in Newtown, Conn., Aurora, Colo., and other cities have made the nation stop and take notice, the nearly daily killings in Chicago more often make headlines only by the periodic tallying of their collective toll. Most often, the approximately 500 people slain last year in Chicago were shot one at a time, usually with a handgun that could be concealed in a waistband or jacket pocket. The gun violence that unfolded Thursday night at
MOSCOW- It looks like quarterback Tim Tebow won´t be taking his talents to Red Square, the owner of a Russian football club said Saturday. Mikhail Zaltsman told Russia´s R-Sport he offered the Heisman Trophy winner $1 million to play in two games with his Moscow Black Storm squad but Tebow declined the offer. "Unfortunately agents of Tim Tebow turned down our proposal," Zaltsman said. "I hope that it´s Tebow´s agents´ fault that the contract wasn´t signed and Tim couldn´t do anything about it." Zaltsman said the Black Storm, part of the 18-team semi-pro American Football Championship of Russia league,
The most powerful typhoon of the year was eyeing landfall on Hong Kong today as it swept past the Philippines and Taiwan, sparing those countries from the worst of its wrath. Typhoon Usagi had gusts exceeding 163 mph this morning as it battered island communities in the Luzon Strait, according to the U.S. Navy´s Joint Typhoon Warning Center. China´s National Meteorological Centre announced a red alert, its highest level, as the storm maintained its track toward Hong Kong and the manufacturing heartland of the Pearl River Delta. Scroll down for video -The observatory warned that Usagi would also smash into
Afghan troops are in the midst of their deadliest fighting season since the war here began 12 years ago. That is because, as U.S.-led forces withdraw, the Afghans are fighting a different war. The Taliban are growing more aggressive. Coalition forces, taking with them their superior training and equipment, are leaving Afghan troops less able to fight and less able to save the lives of their critically wounded. The Afghan forces—including the army, national police and village self-defense police—have been losing well over 100 men a week to insurgent attacks, with close to 300 injured, through much of the summer, according
The Hollywood Reporter revealed today that HBO will be making a film about the 9/11 attack in Benghazi based upon the book Under Fire. HBO has a very checkered history when it comes to films that touch on politics which might be cause for concern. However, I read Under Fire the day it was released so I can say that the source material does not engage in much political speculation. The authors suggest in passing that the CIA was running the show in Libya but offer no firm conclusions about what they were doing, just a few paragraphs about possible
Watching CNN after the House voted to defund ObamaCare and keep the government running was like watching "Democrat TV: Live." As though they had agreed to every possible Democrat talking point, The Least Trustworthy Name In News immediately savaged Republicans as "radicals," "inmates running the asylum," and a political party that was holding the American economy "for ransom." To make matters worse, from my own personal viewing, it seemed to take more than two hours for anyone at CNN to bother to inform their viewers of the news that while the GOP had voted to defund ObamaCare, the House had
A group of unusually well-dressed visitors lined up at the southeast gate of the White House Friday, when the winners of the 2013 National Design Awards joined First Lady Michelle Obama for a celebratory lunch. They included New York designer Behnaz Sarafpour, who won this year’s award for Fashion Design awarded by the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, and graphic designer Paula Scher, who won for Communications Design. Growing up in Washington, Ms. Scher recalled, she would see a young Caroline Kennedy riding her pony on the White House lawn. (Snip) Contributing to the glow of the occasion was a four-course
Eleven days before push comes to shove for the federal health insurance marketplace, the nation’s top Obamacare official on Friday used a Kansas City forum to seek help from local officials. There are bound to be some glitches Oct. 1, the first day that consumers can shop for individual pricing information on the federal health insurance marketplace, said Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. But in an interview, she expressed confidence that the federal government’s online system would be ready for consumers in Kansas and Missouri. What’s needed, she said, is grass-roots help to educate consumers about their options.
As we continue to knock down individual members from the long list of liberal talking points, another we can add to the scrap heap of history is that Republicans are the "party of the rich." In polling data during the 2012 election campaign, two and a half times more registered voters said that the Republicans´ policies favor the rich versus those of the Democrats. Twice as many voters thought the Democrats´ policies favored the middle class compared to those of the Republicans. And twelve times as many voters indicated that the Democrats´ policies favored the poor over those of the
Wedged into the blotter on Mike Farah´s desk at the Funny or Die studios in Hollywood is an index card with a list — wrangling talent, polishing scripts and arranging shoots — long enough to keep the comedy website executive fully occupied. But these tasks are part of a different quest: the campaign to ensure the success of President Obama´s healthcare law. While the GOP-led House passed a spending bill Friday that would strip federal funding for the Affordable Care Act and force a confrontation with the Senate that could shut down the government, Farah and his team were developing
WASHINGTON — The House voted 230-189 along party lines Friday to approve a stopgap spending bill to fund the federal government through mid-December, but it is facing certain defeat in the Senate because it includes language aiming to dismantle President Obama´s health care law. Without a stopgap spending bill, the federal government will feel the effects of a shutdown when the fiscal year ends on Sept. 30. The bill extends the current rate of government spending at $986 billion a year. House Republicans attached a provision to defund the Affordable Care Act, a consistent target of congressional Republicans. However, the provision has
Patricia Smith, the mother of Benghazi victim Sean Smith, testified Thursday at the House Oversight Committee that President Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, among other top administration officials, initially told her the attack was the result of a YouTube video. That explanation, which was then disseminated by Susan Rice during her infamous appearances on Sunday talk shows the following weekend, was quickly proven to be false. A visibly upset Smith said she was told lies at the casket ceremony for her son and that she and other American people “don’t matter” in the eyes of the
KATY, Texas- Eli Gau admits his 3-year-old son Ryan and 1-year-old son Ethan are a handful at times. "They´re kind of active,” Gau said. “They act like children. They´re not adults." So he and his wife thought nothing of it when they brought their boys to an Applebee’s restaurant in Katy for dinner Sunday night. Gau said everything seemed fine until his oldest boy began wandering away from the table. "I went and grabbed him,” Gau said. ”As I was grabbing him and coming back, the manager was walking to me.” He said the manager told him that the children were making too
"This is the United States of America," declared President Obama to the burghers of Liberty, Missouri, on Friday. "We´re not some banana republic." He was talking about the Annual Raising of the Debt Ceiling, a glorious American tradition that seems to come round earlier every year. "This is not a deadbeat nation," President Obama continued. "We don´t run out on our tab." True. But we don´t pay it off either. We just keep running it up, ever higher. And every time the bartender says, "Mebbe you´ve had enough, pal", we protest, "Jush another couple trillion for the road. Set ´em up, Joe."
Speaking at a Ford Motor Co. plant in Missouri Friday, President Obama accused congressional Republicans of "trying to mess with me" by derailing basic government operations. The sharply-personal remarks--made during a speech in which the president outlined his economic vision--came just hours after the House passed a continuing resolution on a largely party-line vote that would keep the government running while simultaneously defunding the Affordable Care Act. Because the Senate is expected to strip out the defunding plan when it considers the measure, the House action raises the prospect of a possible government shutdown at the end of the month.
In the liberal remake of “Casablanca,” the police captain comes upon the scene of the shooting and orders his men to “round up the usual weapons.” It’s always the weapon and never the shooter. Twelve people are murdered in a rampage at the Washington Navy Yard, and before sundown Sen. Dianne Feinstein has called for yet another debate on gun violence. Major opprobrium is heaped on the AR-15, the semiautomatic used in the Newtown massacre. Turns out no AR-15 was used at the Navy Yard. And the shotgun that was used was obtained legally in Virginia after the buyer, Aaron
President Obama said Republicans in Congress were threatening to make the United States into "a deadbeat" and a "banana republic" with their maneuvers to tie the federal budget and the debt ceiling to defunding ObamaCare. (Snip) "You don´t have to threaten to blow the whole thing up just because you don´t get your way," Obama said. "Nobody gets 100 percent of what they want." Telegraphing his intention to veto any spending bill that delayed or defunded his signature health care law, Obama accused Republicans of lacking "the same common sense" and willingness to compromise that ordinary Americans showed in their
A Twitter debate on policy turned ugly Friday, when a local Democratic official wished the children of a Republican aide to Sen. Ted Cruz would "die from debilitating, painful and incurable diseases" after she praised the House´s vote to derail funding for Obamacare. Amanda Carpenter, who formerly worked for Sen. Jim DeMint before heading to the Texas Republican´s office, praised the GOP-led action in a tweet. "GOP beat gun control, changed Obama´s mind on Syria, is holding the line on amnesty. We can defund Obamacare, too!" she posted early Friday afternoon.
Fox News anchor Bret Baier is to take a short break from TV as his six-year-old son undergoes heart surgery. It is the third time Baier´s son Paul has had major surgery after being born with five congenital heart defects. While Paul recovers from the latest surgery, which was expected to take more than five hours on Thursday, Baier has taken time off work to be by his bedside. Baier updated viewers about his son´s impending surgery via his blog and Twitter, where he praised his son´s spirit, saying: ´You´d never know he´s been through what he´s been through.´
Nancy Pelosi, the top Democrat in the U.S. House, seems to believe that Republicans don´t like President Obama because they´re jealous. "You know why it is," Pelosi told Politico in an interview. "He´s brilliant ... He thinks in a strategic way in how to get something done ... and he´s completely eloquent. That´s a package that they don´t like." Republicans also don´t like what Pelosi called the president´s non-partisanship. Obama has been "open, practically apolitical, certainly non-partisan, in terms of welcoming every idea and solution," Pelosi told Politico "I think that´s one of the reasons the Republicans want to take
Members of a Washington DC Swat team who the BBC has learned were ordered not to respond to Monday´s Navy Yard shootings have yet to be contacted by the authorities. The Capitol Police tactical response team was told by a supervisor to leave the scene instead of aiding municipal officers, sources told the BBC. Meanwhile, the department has installed a new leader of the elite unit. No reason has been given for the decision. [Snip] The BBC has also learned that four members of the highly trained team have applied for temporary leave, as they "grapple" with the aftermath of
During the second portion of a House Oversight and Government Reform hearing about Benghazi Thursday on Capitol Hill, the majority of Democrats on the Committee left the room and refused to listen to the testimony of Patricia Smith and Charles Woods. Ms. Smith is the mother of Sean Smith, an information management officer killed in the 9/11 Benghazi attack. Charles Woods is the father of Navy SEAL Tyrone Woods, who was also killed. The far side of the room, shown empty in the photo, belongs to the Democrats. The only Democrats who stayed were Ranking Member Elijah Cummings and Rep. Jackie