During a March 7th American Bar Association (ABA) conference in Philadelphia, speakers described "litigation" and "public health" appeals as strong avenues for securing more gun control.
According to the ABA Journal, Jonathan E. Lowy, director of the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence's Legal Action Project, talked of how The Project has used litigation to close down gun shops, force manufacturers "to improve gun safety, and to challenge laws like the Florida law that barred physicians from talking about guns with their patients."
The Center for Injury Research and Policy at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health's Jon S. Vernick discussed using the public health angle. He described gun violence as an "unacceptable public health burden" and suggested law is "a public health tool" that can be used to correct the burden. This includes using "strong licensing requirements and regulation of gun shops" to reduce gun trafficking.
Ironically, Chicago has strong licensing requirements and regulation of gun shops – both of which have made it hard for law-abiding citizens to get the guns they need to defend themselves. Meanwhile gang members have had no problem getting the guns they need to shoot unarmed citizens on the streets of the Windy City.
Other speakers at the ABA conference claimed the Supreme Court decision District of Columbia v. Heller (2008) actually opened the door to more firearm regulation. Former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell (D) argued that gun control proponents will not succeed until they "take a cue from gun rights advocates, such as the National Rifle Association, and become 'single issue voters.'"
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It's hard not to watch videos of Justin Bieber's deposition careening across social media today and not think of the young singer's temperament just a few short years ago.
Did that fresh-faced kid discovered on YouTube really morph into this sullen young man with little disrespect for those around him or the rule of law?
It's enough to make one sour on the whole notion of fame and fortune.
And then Taylor Swift and her country-tinged melodies come to mind. She, too, found her profile changed dramatically by musical success. She also inspires paparazzi and other negative cogs of the celebrity culture machine. And yet we don't see a barrage of tabloid stories following her wherever she goes. She just keeps smiling, singing and gaining new fans along the way.
The only people annoyed at Swift's ascent are the ex-boyfriends she mentions in her songs.
Bieber is another story, one that is still unfolding given his various legal problems. The publicity surrounding the new deposition video clips surely won't gain him any new admirers.
Teen sensations are nothing new, nor are tales of their calamitous falls. But for every horror story there's always a Ron Howard or Jodie Foster, young artists who thrived despite the Hollywood pressure cooker to emerge as mature artists.
Being famous is harder than it looks, and that's never been more true than right now. Every miscue is broadcast to the world via social media and amplified by eager media outlets. Yet Swift's ascent is the latest reminder to both Bieber and the next young superstar that fame needn't be an excuse for bad behavior. A long and fruitful career may depend on treating others well.
Former Gov. Mike Huckabee--who is also a host on Fox News--previewed a likely 2016 presidential campaign in his speech at CPAC. He balanced Republican base priorities and general election topics with a style and delivery that suggests other 2016 hopefuls cannot dismiss this man who won the Iowa Caucuses in 2008, if he jumps into the fray.
Huckabee’s points all began with, “I know,” a form of confessional creed of Christian and conservative Republican beliefs, including those that get the most traction with middle voters in a general election campaign. Huckabee showcased the skills he gained from more than a decade of being governor of a Democratic-leaning swing state (which only years before had elected Bill Clinton to multiple terms as governor), polished by several years of being a national television and radio host.
The former Southern Baptist pastor started by appealing to that part of the GOP base, proclaiming, “I know there’s a God, and I know that this nation would not exist if he had not been the midwife of its birth. And I know that this nation exists by the providence of his hand….”
He no doubt antagonized the secular-dominated national media by quoting Ruth Bell Graham, the well-known late wife of Billy Graham, who once spoke of “fiery judgment” and referenced Sodom and Gomorrah if America forsakes God to embrace a national culture that rejects biblical truth. “A nation that remembers him is a nation that will be remembered by him,” Huckabee promised.
He tapped into the growing fears and frustrations of his fellow Evangelicals, who have been terminated from jobs and/or their businesses sanctioned for expressing Christian beliefs. “I hope that’s something that Americans are never ashamed of, and never afraid to speak,” Huckabee said. He also took a veiled swipe at the national media, saying that such sentiments are derided by many who control what to put on the national airwaves. “But in the hearts of most Americans, deep down, we know it to be true.”
The governor hit domestic policy, beginning with an issue that is red-hot among Republicans but is almost certain to be a winning general-election issue as well: healthcare. He decried that many Americans under Obamacare could not keep their doctor or their insurance plans, and that costs were increasing, instead of President Obama’s promise to decrease family costs by $2,500 per year.
Huckabee tied Obamacare to the broadest general-election topic: jobs. “All the part-time workers stay part-time, full-time workers become part-time, and people who used to try to grow their businesses past 50 now do everything they can to keep their businesses under 50. That’s not how to build a healthy economy.”
The Fox News host then bounced back to social issues. “I know that mothers and fathers raise better children than government ever will.” He says those who have the children should be the ones who raise those children. He elaborated by saying that parents--not government--should decide issues such as where to go to school and what the school should serve on its menu, an oblique criticism of First Lady Michelle Obama’s efforts for a federal takeover of school nutrition.
He also touched upon the story that Breitbart News reported on Feb. 28, of a 15-year-old girl who had been taken from her family for 13 months and given to a children’s hospital: “There’s something wrong when government kidnaps children from their own families.” (Days after reporting by Breitbart News and Fox News, the family court in Massachusetts returned the girl to her family.)
Huckabee then shifted to foreign policy, going directly after Hillary Clinton and highlighting what would be a key part of his general election campaign if he should win the GOP nomination and face the likely Democratic standard-bearer. “Four Americans died in Benghazi and our government lied to us about what happened.” He stated, “With all due respect to Hillary Clinton, it does makes a difference why they died, and who did it.”
Then he ping-ponged back to domestic policy, tapping into Tea Party frustration by leveling the accusation, “I know that the IRS is a criminal enterprise,” one that is targeting conservative groups. He says the solution is to completely abandon federal income taxes on both individuals and families, replacing it with the “Fair Tax,” which would be a tax added to purchases nationwide. This would enable America to abolish the IRS, he explained.
The governor then returned to social issues with a pro-life message, proclaiming, “I know that life begins at conception, and that a society that sacrifices its own children is no better than the ancient Philistines.” He said all people are created equal, and have intrinsic value. “We all have value. And none of us are disposable, and none of us is expendable. And every life should be treated with dignity and respect.”
He then shifted to veterans. “This nation must make sure that the first-fruits of its treasury” go to give veterans the care they need, Huckabee said, and set forth a policy priority by adding that all other Americans “must stand behind them before we get anything from this government.”
From there, Huckabee broadly addressed security both foreign and domestic. “I know that freedom is better than tyranny.” He added a quick domestic focus referencing how the Obama administration is using the National Security Agency’s surveillance program and possibly other government monitoring, saying, “I also believe that a government that spies on its people and lies to its people is taking us on a trajectory toward tyranny, and must be changed now.”
He then shifted the security focus to foreign policy and what would be a another theme in his campaign. Earlier in his speech, he lamented without elaborating that there is “no country where we have a better relationship than five years ago.”
Now he returned to that foreign-relations theme, warning, “No one trusts us, no one listens to us, no one respects us, and no one fears us.” He specifically faulted Obama for his mistreatment of Israel, and coddling Iran. “That, my friends, is insanity. And I know it. And you know it as well.” He spoke of the need for military readiness, and condemned Obama’s announced plans to enact deep cuts into the size and funding of the U.S. armed forces.
Huckabee headed into the home stretch by addressing the Constitution directly, specifically the two provisions in the Bill of Rights conservatives regard as most under assault by the Obama administration. He declared, “And I know this: I know that the First Amendment guarantees the right of free speech, … and that it guarantees religious liberty for every person.” He added that when massive government programs (such as Obamacare) coerce Americans into violating their conscience, he announced, “it’s time for the government to scale back, not for people of faith to scale back. Religious liberty should be unimpeded in this nation.”
The other Bill of Rights provision he referenced was the right to keep and bear arms, not only in its self-defense aspect, but also its historical purpose of enabling the American people to resist tyranny if any future president would one day seek to hold onto power through oppressing the American people with military might. “I know that the Second Amendment is the only last resort we have in this country to protect all of the other freedoms that we enjoy, and God help us if we ever forget that.”
The governor finished with a call for party unity, implicitly criticizing Sen. Ted Cruz and possibly Sen. Rand Paul as well, but careful not to mention names and to end on a positive and inclusive note. “Conservatives need to focus on how we will lead this country, not how we will bleed each other.”
Gov. Huckabee has frequently mentioned over the years that Bill Clinton was also from his small town of Hope, Arkansas. Last week’s CPAC speech strongly suggests that there is another man from Hope, Arkansas, with his eye on the White House.
Ken Klukowski is senior legal analyst for Breitbart News. Follow him on Twitter @kenklukowski.
DALLAS/FT. WORTH, TEXAS--American Airlines Group (NASDAQ: AAL) and Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) released February 2014 traffic reports showing relatively slight improvements despite inclement weather.
Southwest Airlines announced today a 1.2 percent increase in revenue passenger miles (RPMs) totaling 7.1 billion compared to February 2013. The figure is calculated with total passengers by flights flown within the period. Southwest also reported a healthy drop in available seat miles (ASMs) of 1.7 percent to 9.1 billion, compared to last year. ASMs are the number of empty seats per flight in a given month.
American Airlines released less aggressive traffic increase figures for the month, citing wintry weather affecting hubs in Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, New York, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. The airline was pushed to cancel more than 14,000 flights as a result. Despite the setbacks, AAL posted a 0.5 percent increase of RPMs at 15.1 billion. The airline did, however, post an increase in ASMs of 0.8 percent to 19.2 billion available seat miles.
American Airlines also today released a brief statement announcing its decision to halt interline sales and reciprocal frequent flyer agreements with JetBlue Airways. The company stated, “Effective April 1, customers will no longer earn miles or points when traveling on eligible routes operated by the other airline. All American AAdvantage miles or JetBlue TrueBlue points already accrued through this partnership will be credited to customers' accounts and are not affected. The two airlines are working together to ensure these changes have little impact to customers.”
An Anti-Israel activist caused a major disturbance after launching into an expletive-ridden tirade at the National University of Ireland, Galway.
As students voted in favour of a campus-wide boycott against the Jewish state, 'pro-Palestinian' activists showed their true colours, verbally abusing and gesticulating wildly at a pro-Israel speaker in the room.
"Get the f**k off our campus now!" her screamed, repeating, "Get off the f***ing campus!"
"You're f**king Zionists, you're f**king pr*cks," he shouted, as students crassly pounded the tables and cheered. "Get off my campus now. I've been in this town for 10 years, get the f**k off our campus now!"
The main focus on the video is reported to be Joe Loughnane, who describes himself on Twitter as a "Gramscian Socialist from Galway" and runs a blog called "Counter Hegemonic Perusals".
Another student shouted, "Fascist, racist scum," while another remarked immediately afterwards, "And proud of it!"
The students then veered towards anti-Semitism, shouting, "We don't want your Israeli money here," in a nod to a long-held anti-Semitic view that Jewish people are all wealthy, and seek to exert influence globally. While the students didn't mention the word "Jews" or "Jewish", it can be argued that using the term "Israeli money" is a nod towards the Jewish nature of the State of Israel.
The EUMC's Working Definition on Anti-Semitism states that amongst other things, anti-Semitism can be defined as: "Making mendacious, dehumanizing, demonizing, or stereotypical allegations about Jews as such or the power of Jews as collective — such as, especially but not exclusively, the myth about a world Jewish conspiracy or of Jews controlling the media, economy, government or other societal institutions".
Starship Troopers, Robert Heinlein's novel of interplanetary war with a species of bugs has a recurring line in which every newscast ends with a question "Would you like to know more?" It's repeated enough in the book that even the 1997 film adaptation, which was highly critical of the book in some ways, maintained it.
Heinlein's ability to envision something like a hyperlink, which meant that no news story ever ended, was revolutionary in 1959. The idea seems much less so today when linking directly to stories which provide more information has become commonplace.
Now comes Ezra Klein and his new Vox.com site to bring us "explanatory journalism," an effort to help people know more about topics which they may not initially understand. In this promotional clip published yesterday, Klein describes it as an effort to get people to eat their media vegetables or, perhaps, to stop thinking of them as vegetables at all.
While the idea of "explanatory journalism" is appealing, the process of contextualizing stories with additional information is itself an opportunity to make judgments about what information is worth knowing. A friend of my once simplified it this way, "He who frames the debate, wins the debate."
If you've read Klein in the past you're probably already aware that his project has always been one of presenting his work not as the conclusion of one clever, twenty-something news junkie but as an offer of unassailable facts for which he is just a conduit. His model is the killer chart that simplifies the issue, but always in a way that makes his side of the debate the right side. The default headline for an Ezra Klein piece is: One chart that explains why progressives are right about X.
Sometimes Klein pulls it off. There's a reason he's gained the influence he has. But often you can find the bit of information or argument he seems to have overlooked, sometimes you even find it in one of his own prior columns. Was Obamacare enrollment just like Medicare part D? No, not really. In fact there's a a nifty chart showing it's not. But Klein kept making that comparison because it made Obamacare look like less of a disaster.
So the first problem with this effort is that it's not clear how having a potentially endless "explainer" is going to be any less about Ezra Klein winning an argument for progressives than having a 1200 word explainer at the Post. I'm a bit worried that what is novel about Vox may turn out to be a kind of backstory spin as much as it is an explanation.
The second problem I see with this effort is far more fundamental. Klein says he wants people to eat their vegetables. Like a lot of people in this business, I'm sympathetic to the idea that there are more important things happening in the world than what makes headlines in check-stand tabloids. But I'm not optimistic that's a problem which can be solved by technology. Here's why.
There's an old axiom in news: If it bleeds, it leads. But in fact, our own innate repulsion to people being hurt or killed is limited in practice by language, culture, time and distance. That's human nature because, to a great degree, our interest in this kind of news is really a function of a more basic interest in self-preservation. So while it's true that if it bleeds, it leads, it's also true that if it bleeds near us that's more important than if it's a thousand miles away. That's why LA's nightly news doesn't carry stories about shootings in Miami, Florida and vice versa. The further you get from someone's neighborhood, the bigger and bloodier the disruption has to be to make the local paper or newscast.
The self-preservation instinct is really just one channel, one bit of mental velcro, to which information can stick. There are other channels in the human brain, such as the ones that respond to beauty or humor or a good story, which are just as powerful. Indeed, in the absence of any immediate physical threat, they are often more powerful (hence the check-stand tabloids). A lot of people fill their days listening to Sports Talk Radio and Celebrity Gossip and that's never, ever going to stop. People will always be interested in these sugary stories because they have an innate taste for them, just as babies don't have to be trained to like sweets.
All news is ultimately about activating these basic human impulses that have been with us since proto-humans were telling stories around campfires. Maybe those stories were about a battle (if it bleeds, it leads), maybe they were a joke about someone behaving stupidly or a tale of acting bravely which helped clarify the pecking order (entertainment news, politics) or about a competition between adults or rival clans (sports news). Whatever the case, technology is not capable of adding to or subtracting from the list of things that interest human beings. And that insures that news about a distant conflict is always going to sound like "vegetables" to people who are far away, speak a different language and have the latest Bowl game or installment of The Voice on TV.
Some things never really change, but I suppose if Vox can make even a fractional improvement in people's interest level without becoming a dishonest backstory spin site it will do just fine.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's decision to rescind approval of three charter schools has attracted the ire of much of the state and multiple lawsuits from parents standing up for their children's education. It has also attracted the wrath of the far left, who are suing de Blasio for not shutting down more charter schools.
CBS reports that parents of students at Success Academy are collectively suing the mayor for refusing the school access to public property, effectively shutting down the three institutions and evicting 192 students. Echoing Chirlane McCray, de Blasio's wife, who declared that education is "the defining civil rights issue of our day," the parents are suing de Blasio for violating their children's civil rights in federal court. They are also suing the Department of Education as a challenge to de Blasio's reversal of predecessor Michael Bloomberg's approval of those schools. The mayor said this past weekend that he would work to find more space for the schools, a reversal of his original shutdown.
That reversal has brought him a second series of suits from a flank of education reactionaries to the left of the mayor. While de Blasio did shut down several Success Academy schools, he approved 36 of the schools that Bloomberg had also approved, 14 of them charter schools, which outraged community advocates who wish to shut down the charter school system entirely. According to the New York Post, Public Advocate Letitia James and Council Speaker Melissa Mark Viverito are suing against the assigned co-locations for public and charter schools.
The first poll of the de Blasio administration, out last week, suggests that New York City's voters are less than happy with the disorganized and polarizing administration so far. Parents, in particular, have been angered by seemingly arbitrary decisions of when to open and close schools, as he forced children to attend public school during one of the city's large blizzards. Adding insult to injury, the hosts of MSNBC's Morning Joe gave de Blasio a tough time on charter schools, and host Joe Scarborough joked that de Blasio's choice to inflict multiple snowstorms on New York City was "crappy" and reminded viewers that he warned that electing de Blasio would ensure the city was "going to hell." At this rate, we can expect passersby to regularly fling rotten fruit de Blasio's way by the end of next week.
De Blasio's current charter school woes began in earnest in early February when he warned he would impose a "moratorium" on the number of charter schools in the city. He followed up the claim by shutting down the Success Academy schools and rankling both sides of the aisle, turning New York Governor Andrew Cuomo so far against him that Cuomo attended an anti-de Blasio charter school rally and gave a rousing speech in favor of the parents.
Appearing on state-owned Russia Today, failed three time GOP presidential candidate and former Congressman Ron Paul accused the United States of seeking to profit from the crisis in Ukraine as a way to assist American 'empire building' and to promote the interests ‘global bankers’.
Paul praised President Obama for having the "strength and courage" to so far resist the pressure being applied on him by America’s "military industrial complex."
Paul averred that for the US "to be lecturing anyone about violating sovereignty", after we “violated the sovereignty of Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, North Africa, Pakistan’s sovereignty" was of a piece with America’s "interventionist compulsion to be constantly involved in expanding America's empire."
He said of his countrymen: "Americans always wants their hands in things," because "they have an empire to build."
During the interview Paul blamed the crisis in Ukraine on European and American 'bankers'. Their interest, he claims, to get the EU and U.S. to provide massive financial and technical assistance to Ukraine's fledgling new government in order to "prop up bad investments." Any new financial support to Kiev can only be explained, he argued, by the fact that "the bankers have set this up" to make sure they can profit when Ukraine "pays its bills."
"America's interest in the crisis," said Paul, is to use it to "vie for control" of the strategically located nation. On American foreign policy, he said Americans "don’t believe in self determination," he said, "they believe in control."
Ukraine should be provided with "no instructions, not assistance and no subsidies" from either the U.S. or the EU. When asked what the response should be, Paul replied "Don’t tell people what to do."
The former congressman neither opposed nor condemned any Russian actions in the crisis, though he praised President Obama's reluctance to respond aggressively to Russia’s invasion of Crimea as being "courageous".
"It takes a lot of strength and courage to resist those people who pressure," he said, "whether it is from the military industrial complex, or from some other special interest."
The interview, which first aired on March 6, can be viewed below:
The United Kingdom-based defense contractor BAE Systems found that Ukraine was attacked by numerous cyberspies since January 2013 and that it has been worse in recent months due to the protests in Kiev. The attacks originated from the Moscow timezone, and a German software company said the software used in the attacks had Russian roots.
The spies used "snake" malware that allowed them to gain control of the computer systems of large organisations and steal information, according to the report from BAE's Applied Intelligence unit. Snake's design "suggests that attackers possess an arsenal of infiltration tools and bears all the hallmarks of a highly sophisticated cyber operation," BAE said.
While the report released last week doesn't name Russia as the source of the attacks, it suggests they originated in the time zone where Moscow is located.
G Data Software, based in Bochum, Germany, went a step further, saying that a variant of the snake software known as Uroburos has "Russian roots". There are "strong indications" that the group behind Uroburos, the Greek word for an ancient symbol that shows a serpent eating its own tale, is the same one that attacked US military bases in 2008 with malware known as Agent.BTZ, G Data said.
"Notable hints include the usage of the exact same encryption key then and now, as well as the presence of Russian language in both cases," according to the G Data report.
The relationship between Ukraine, a former Soviet republic, and Russia have been tense since the fall of the Soviet Union, but tensions skyrocketed after Ukraine’s Russia-backed president Viktor Yanukovych rejected a trade deal with European Union for a $15 billion bailout from Russia in November. People took to the streets in Independence Square and did not stop until the new parliament deposed Yanukovych on February 22.
However, Crimea, an autonomous republic of Ukraine, which identifies more with Russia, kicked out its Kiev-appointed government and appointed pro-Russian officials. Russia has effectively taken control of Crimea, which strained its relationship with Ukraine even more. Crimea has a referendum on March 16 to decide if it wants to stay with Ukraine or join Russia. Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatseuniuk said this referendum is illegal and Ukraine will not give up any land to Russia.
BAE found 56 cyber attacks since 2010. Ukraine was the target 32 times, Lithuania eleven, UK four, and the US, Georgia, and Belgium two. Lithuania and Georgia are also former Soviet republics; Russian President Vladimir Putin invaded Georgia in 2008.
Interfax-Ukraine reported that Ukrainian television channels are disrupted in Crimea while Russian stations work perfectly fine. Radio Free Europe reported at least five journalists and activists were apprehended in Crimea. There are many unconfirmed reports of journalists being held at checkpoints that Russia set up at the Ukraine/Crimea border.
Breitbart News Washington Editor Jonathan Strong said that the lack of pro-life panels at CPAC means that the Republican National Committee is arguably more conservative than the American Conservative Union, which puts on the annual conference.
Strong appeared on Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM Patriot channel 125 with host and Breitbart News Executive Chairman Stephen K. Bannon and co-hosts Matthew Boyle and Kristin Tate. He said that the Republican National Committee is "arguably more conservative than the ACU these days" because RNC Chairman Reince Priebus at least had staffers go to the March for Life.
While CPAC did not have any pro-life panels, Priebus, Strong said, was proud to discuss how RNC staffers and volunteers attended this year's March for Life in a briefing with reporters.
As Breitbart News reported, there were no pro-life panels at CPAC, which led some attendees to comment that Jared Leto seemed to have a more pro-life message than CPAC. According to Al Cardenas, chair of the ACU, pro-life panels were not necessary because he believes that "there are certain battles that are waged in the movement and that battle has been won."
"So, we engage in panels mostly in those questions that are still to be answered and those questions where folks are still to be persuaded and present various points of view," he said. "The pro-life question has been decided long ago in the movement and the movement, by and large, is pro-life and there is nothing to be gained by going about it... the panels are for questions that remain to be answered. That one’s been answered."
The office of the European Union's foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton has denied that the EU boss was forced to wear a hijab at meetings held in Iran alongside Mohammad Javad Zarif, her Iranian counterpart.
Though the meetings were criticised by some for Ashton's failure to acknowledge Iran's ongoing state-sponsorship of terrorism, others have also noted that Ashton's 'choice' to wear hijab at the meetings, in deference to a custom which is argued to oppress Muslim women.
The incident comes just over a month after Italy's foreign minister, Emma Bonino, was reported to have been 'forced' to wear the hijab at meetings in Iran. Iranian press reported that after Bonino's plane landed in Tehran, an official carrying three head scarves boarded and asked Bonino to put one on before getting off the plane.
Jahan News said that the official failed to convince Bonino and phoned Zarif, the foreign minister, and asked him to speak directly to Bonino. Haaretz reported: "Zarif refused to do any such thing and told the protocol chief that if Bonino didn’t agree to cover her head, she wouldn’t be allowed off the plane. She would be forced to do a volte-face right back to Rome."
When asked as to whether Ashton encountered a similar situation, her spokesperson told Breitbart London, "Catherine Ashton isn't forced to do anything. She wore a headscarf out of respect to her hosts. The media likes to write about things that aren't terribly controversial, but that's life".
But the headscarf is quite controversial to many women's and human rights groups, who argue that the head covering is not Islamic, but rather a way to oppress women. Lelja Kuric, writing on the Left Foot Forward website, said of the face veil (niqab or burqa), which is a step beyond the hijab:
"If opposition to the face veil is bigoted then my grandmother and great-aunt are bigots for describing their own experience of wearing the burqa in the 1930s and 40s as “physical and mental slavery”.
"Assuming that males are sex-obsessed beasts, with no control over their animalistic instincts, is also demeaning to men, and arguably leads to a rape culture in which women are blamed for their own violation and sexual abuse. Men are afforded no agency or responsibility."
Ashton's 'respect' for her hosts is unlikely to endear her to women's rights campaigners, much like the case of former Swiss President Micheline Calmy-Rey. When Foreign Minister, Calmy-Rey wore a headscarf to meet with then Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
While Calmy-Rey dismissed the incident as simply an observation of 'local customs', sources indicated that "without wearing a headscarf, [Calmy-Rey] probably would not have been able to have her meetings with the Iranian leadership".
Although Politico received no comment from Attkisson other than the split was amicable, the left-wing outlet is reporting that Attkisson left due to the network's "liberal bias." This split is ahead of her contract. "She increasingly felt like her work was no longer supported and that it was a struggle to get her packages on television."
Politico writes that Attkisson became "a polarizing figure at the network." Some saw a political agenda in her work. Politico adds:
The bulk of Attkisson’s work since 2009 has focused on the failures or perceived failures of the Obama administration, including the administration’s failed green energy investments and the attack in Benghazi, though she has reported on several Republican failures as well.
Of course, in 2009 President Obama became president. Apparently Attkisson stuck out as an oddball to some at CBS and the rest of the media for daring to investigate power when it is held by a Democrat.
Back in May, Breitbart News reported that the President of CBS News, David Rhoades, is the brother of President Obama's National Security advisor, Ben Rhoades. According to ABC News Brother Ben was very much involved in the Benghazi scandal, specifically the infamous talking points that -- with the help of the mainstream media -- misled the nation for weeks in the heat of Obama's 2012 re-election campaign.
Attkisson distinguished herself during the Obama Administration as one of a few mainstream media reporters interested in getting to the truth of Benghazi and Fast and Furious. The rest of the media spent all of its energy attempting to protect Obama from these scandals; pushing back against critical Republicans and alternative media.
Attkisson has been with CBS since 1993 and won an Emmy for her reporting in 2002. According to Politico she is currently working on a book titled: "Stonewalled: One Reporter's Fight for Truth in Obama's Washington."
NATIONAL HARBOR, Maryland—In a wrap-up speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference, Al Cardenas, the chairman of the American Conservative Union, said “What a week! What a week!”
Some of the staff at the convention hall who see all the events there come and go were a little less impressed.
A bartender at the Cadillac Ranch restaurant on site said CPAC was “medium” for the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center venue and that the January convention of the American Astrological Convention was “much bigger.”
“You wouldn't believe it. We had 2000 drunk astrophysicists in here asses to elbows,” the bartender said.
A staff member inside the convention hall, whose title was “coffee break star” but did not want to be named, said the AAS convention was “huge.”
“I've seen a lot of events come through here, but this one was giant,” he said, referring to the AAS convention.
Rick Feinberg, a spokesman for the AAS, said that about 3,200 people appeared at the conference, which ran from Jan. 5-9. It was the 223rd annual meeting for the organization, which has 7000 members.
Other, previous AAS conferences have been even more well-attended, Feinberg said, adding that the group used to hold its conferences at the Wardman Park Marriott in the Woodley Park neighborhood but “we outgrew that.”
“If you go to a lawyers' convention, there might be 20,000 people,” he said modestly about the size of the AAS event.
A total of 2,459 ballots were cast in the 2014 CPAC straw poll. This vote is down 16% since just last year.
Radio Free Europe is reporting there are five journalists and Ukrainian activists missing in Crimea. The latest are Andriy Shchekun, head of Crimea’s Ukrainian Council, and Anatolyy Kovalskiy, director of board of trustees of the Ukrainian School in Simferopol.
According to information gathered by RFE/RL, Shchekun and Kovalskiy were apprehended at Simferopol's train station, where they had gone to pick up a parcel from Kyiv.
Several men who identified themselves as vigilantes and members of Russian Unity, the party headed by Crimea's new pro-Russia Prime Minister Sergei Aksyonov, reportedly searched the pair before escorting them to the railway station's police department.
A second group of men eventually picked up the activists after police officers declined to formally detain them.
Russia is in complete control of Crimea, an autonomous republic of Ukraine. Pro-Russian residents and armed forces have seized Ukrainian military bases, border patrols, ferry terminals, and hospitals. Crimeans will vote on March 16 to decide if they want to remain a part of Ukraine or join the Russian Federation.
March 9 was a violent day for Crimea. Pro-Russians interrupted a peaceful pro-Ukrainian rally and viciously attacked the protesters. Two journalists and a spokeswoman for AutoMaidan, a group of motorists who support the Kyiv protests, also went missing.
Russia set up checkpoints at the Ukraine and Crimea border, and Radio Free Europe says there are many unconfirmed reports of journalists detained at these places.
Interfax-Ukraine reports Ukrainian television channels are disrupted, while Russian television channels work perfectly fine.
The Arab League is endorsing Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas' refusal to accept Israel as a Jewish state as a part of any peace agreement.
But in taking this position, Abbas – considered by the Obama administration to be a moderate Palestinian leader with whom a deal can be struck – is not going as far as his predecessor. Yasser Arafat recognized Israel as a Jewish state at least twice. In an undated video, Arafat said the PNC (Palestine National Council) accepted two states. One Palestinian, and a "Jewish state... Israel."
"The PNC has accepted two states. Palestine state and Jewish state... Israel."
Arafat also unequivocally accepted Israel's Jewish character during a 2004 interview. Asked whether Israel should endure as a Jewish state, Arafat's reply simply was, "Definitely."
"What Arafat permitted," Ari Shavit wrote last month in Haaretz, "Abbas cannot forbid. The current Palestinian Authority president must say explicitly what his predecessor said implicitly. Peace? There won't be any peace if Abbas doesn't follow in Arafat's footsteps and say that Israel is a Jewish state whose Jewish character must be preserved."
Abbas is scheduled to visit the White House next week. In an interview last month that included pressure on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to support the U.S.-led effort, President Obama told journalist Jeffrey Goldberg that Abbas represents "a partner on the other side who is prepared to negotiate seriously... for us to not seize this moment I think would be a great mistake. I've said directly to Prime Minister Netanyahu he has an opportunity to solidify, to lock in, a democratic, Jewish state of Israel that is at peace with its neighbors."
Only if Abbas is prepared to negotiate seriously.
In Washington last week, Netanyahu spoke glowingly of the opportunities a peace deal would present. Abbas responded to that optimism with an adamant rejection of a reality that even Yasser Arafat could see. Israel twice before has extended generous offers that would create a Palestinian state, only to have them rejected, most recently by Abbas in 2008.
In an interview with an Israeli television station, Netanyahu said the Palestinian posturing creates doubts about the depth of their commitment to a peace deal.
"The question of whether there will be an agreement must first and foremost be posed to the Palestinians," he said.
The argument against any military response to Russia's invasion of Ukraine and looming annexation of the Crimea is a strong one. But there is another way at looking at the issue. Consider the fact that Russia is already reaching out to ethnic Russians in Latvia--a NATO ally--perhaps paving the way for further intervention there. And consider the fact that China recently defined a new air defense zone over islands claimed by Japan.
At some point the U.S. is going to have to contest these advances, which are happening--as in the 1920s and 1930s--more often as the U.S. withdraws from global leadership. (Though analogies to Munich surround the Iran nuclear deal, but the appeasement analogy applies equally to recent U.S. policy towards Russia and China.) If history is any guide, at some point the U.S. will have to confront these advances through the use of force.
So how long to wait? President Barack Obama's main tactic has been to draw rhetorical "red lines," which he then fails to enforce. That has the effect of reducing the U.S. deterrent and encouraging further aggression, perhaps--as in World War II--to the point of strategic miscalculation by one of our rivals or enemies. Could we not spare much greater violence in the future by acting decisively now--as we did in the Berlin airlift of 1947?
As part of our on-going effort to bring breaking news and events to our readers, Breitbart News will be live broadcasting the The New York Meeting this evening beginning at 5:30 EST.
Mallory Factor, a professor, Fox News contributor, and author of Shadowbosses, hosts the monthly event.
“The New York Meeting is a nationally-recognized gathering of elected officials, journalists, business leaders and conservative authors in New York City at The Grand Hyatt, run by Mallory Factor and O’Brien Murray."
The New York Meeting identifies leaders and generates ideas for the future of our nation and gets to the core of the most important issues facing the nation. This monthly hour and half meeting consists of five 15 minute segments with America’s leaders--Senators, Governors, Congressman, newsmakers, journalists and celebrated authors, Each speaker addresses the meeting and then, answer questions from a panel of noted journalists and the invited audience. The audience is limited to five hundred invited guests–donors, media, and organization heads.
Scheduled to speak at this evening’s program are Senator Fred Thompson, Dr. Ben Carson, Governor Sam Brownback (R-KS), Representative Scott Garrett, KT McFarland, US Senate Candidate T.W. Shannon (OK), andRobert Graham chairman of Arizona Republican Party. Panelists will include Breitbart contributor David Webb, Peggy Noonan, and James Taranto.
Displaying how phony the Democrats' "war on women" charge is, Iowa's Democratic Party made a playlist on spotify to slam a female GOP Senate candidate and included on it a song with some racy lyrics.
Iowa Democrats tweeted out the playlist for state Senator Joni Ernst, who is trailing liberal frontrunner Mark Jacobs, and asked their followers to "RT & tell us your favorite!" One song on that list is Wyclef Jean's "Gone Till November." Below are some of the song's lyrics:
When I come back, you know the limit's the sky
I'll take you out to dinner, to your favorite spot
Feed you an aphrodisiac just to get you hot
One can only imagine what the reaction would have been from Democrats so eager to wage their "war on women" campaigns had a Republican included such a song about a female Democrat. During last weekend's CPAC, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin called out Democrats for their phony "war on women" rhetoric, saying Democrats like to treat female voters like cheap dates.
"Hey Democrats, it's your leaders who are demeaning to women," Palin said. "Liberals seem to think the women of America are cheap dates. Feed 'em a few lines about that free birth control, throw in some scary quotes about the war on women, and they will be yours."
CONWAY, TEXAS - Leira Cota, 18, from Phoenix, Arizona, was arrested during a traffic stop on Interstate 40 east of Amarillo for the alleged possession of 36 pounds of methamphetamine. Texas Department of Public Safety troopers made a traffic stop for an undisclosed reason. During the stop, troopers became suspicious and a subsequent search of the vehicle allegedly revealed the meth valued at $1.3 million.
Local news media incorrectly reported the arrest as being an Oklahoma City man. An inquiry by Breitbart Texas with the Carson County Sheriff’s Office revealed that not to be correct. Breitbart Texas learned from an official in the sheriff’s office that Cota is a U.S. citizen who was born in California and currently lives in Phoenix. The official disclosed that Cota has been released from custody on a $40,000 bond by J&L Bail Bond Company in Panhandle, Texas.
Cota was traveling eastbound to Oklahoma City. Police revealed the methamphetamine was being transported from Nogales, AZ to Oklahoma City. The drugs were found in bundles that were hidden in the seat according to a report by News 9 in Oklahoma.
The Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) released last week--in the midst of the Ukraine crisis, and as Russian troops poured into the Crimea--calls for the U.S. to continue to "engage" Russia. The QDR, prepared by the Pentagon, is a comprehensive guide to U.S. military strategy and is used to coordinate procurement and policy across the entire administration. Its recommendations on Russia acknowledge growing threats, but call for new nuclear reductions, even beyond those undertaken in the New START treaty with Russia in late 2010.
The QDR states that the U.S. must be "willing to undertake security cooperation with Russia" even though "Russia’s multi-dimensional defense modernization and actions that violate the sovereignty of its neighbors present risks." It calls for effective missile defense that "preserves strategic stability with Russia and China," and yet calls for "further negotiated reductions with Russia" in nuclear weapons. It recommends engaging Russia to achieve a "peaceful and prosperous" Europe, and coordinating with Russia in dealing with North Korea.
There is very little in the QDR that acknowledges the threat that Russia poses to NATO allies, or that prepares conventional U.S. forces to deter Russian invasions of neighboring states, such as occurred in Georgia in 2008. The 2010 QDR contained similar language on Russia, noting: "The United States and Russia share many interests—including countering proliferation and confronting terrorism." It called for the U.S. to "engage with Russia’s neighbors as fully independent and sovereign states" but did not anticipate specific Russian threats.
AUSTIN, TEXAS--Fourteen conservative Republican members of the Texas House of Representatives have sent a letter to State Rep. Dan Branch asking that he withdraw from the runoff election race for Texas Attorney General. The result of the primary election on March 4th showed State Senator Ken Paxton in first place with a double digit lead over Branch who finished second in a three-way race.
In a call for party unity and moving the battle to defeating Democrats in the November General Election, the 14 State Reps said in a letter received by Breitbart Texas, “As your colleagues in the Texas Legislature, today we call on you to respectfully consider withdrawing from the race for Texas Attorney General.”
The letter asks Branch to avoid a costly and potentially more divisive runoff election and states that “moving forward with this continued campaign is not in the best interests of you, our party, or the state we know you dearly love.”
The authors of the letter argued, “The millions of dollars that would be spent by your campaign characterized by negative ads aimed at Senator Paxton servers no legitimate or helpful purpose, especially when considering Senator Paxton’s strong support reflected in the Republican Primary Election last week.”
The letter cites Paxton’s success in winning 19 of the 20 most populated counties and a strong first-place finish in 9 of the top 10 GOP counties including Branch’s home county, Dallas County. Additionally, the letter claims Senator Paxton won 50 of the top 75 Republican counties representing about 85 percent of the GOP vote.
The Texas Secretary of State’s Office election results page reflects that Sen. Paxton received 44.44 percent of the vote compared to Rep. Branch’s 33.49 percent. Out of 1,273,733 Republican votes cast, Paxton was 141,545 votes from winning without a runoff.
The letter references the class move by State Rep. Harvey Hilderbran in his decision last Friday to withdraw from the State Comptrollers race and his endorsement of his former opponent, Sen. Glenn Hegar.
In urging Branch to withdraw, the signing Reps said, “Should you choose to do so, you will earn the lasting respect and admiration of Texans all across our state as we band together as Republican and fight to Keep Texas Red!”
The letter is signed by Representatives, Pat Fallon, Dan Flynn, Bryan Hughes, Phil King, Jodie Laubenberg, Jeff Leach, Charles Perry, Scott Sanford, Matt Schaefer, Jonathan Stickland, Van Taylor, Steve Toth, James White and Bill Zedler.
The third candidate in the race, Texas Railroad Commission Chairman Barry Smitherman, conceded the election to his opponents Tuesday night but does not appear at this time to have made an endorsement in a prospective runoff election.
A Breitbart Texas call to Rep. Branch’s campaign office was not immediately returned.
AUSTIN, TEXAS--On Friday, state troopers with the Department of Public Safety increased patrols to watch for drunk drivers. The increased security, which will remain in effect until March 23, is part of an effort to keep the roads safe during spring break.
A Texas Department of Transportation grant is funding the additional troopers.
Patrols have specifically been instructed to be on the lookout for drunk motorists during a time period notorious for wild parties and binge drinking. Spring break has historically been a time of increased security in Texas.
In 2013, DPS troopers arrested more than 1,000 individuals for drunk driving during spring break.
11,400 speeding citations, 1,600 seat belt tickets, and 12,000 other miscellaneous citations were also written during spring break's heightened security period of 2013.
Mon, 10 Mar 2014 13:17:30 -0500 - Ron Fournier, National Journal Days before Vladimir Putin's troops invaded Ukraine, National Security Adviser Susan Rice dismissed suggestions that Russia was about to pounce. "It's in nobody's interest," she said. Days later, President Obama declared the invasion to be illegal. "In 2014," he said, "we are well beyond the days when borders can be drawn over the heads of democratic leaders."
Mon, 10 Mar 2014 13:20:40 -0500 - Greg Sargent, Washington Post To be sure, we still don’t know for certain whether Obamacare is the reason for this, as I noted the last time Gallup issued a similar finding. But Gallup has now found this three straight times, which suggests it may not be statistical noise and could be a trend, though caution is still in order. As Kaiser’s Larry Levitt told me last time:
Mon, 10 Mar 2014 13:36:21 -0500 - Avik Roy, Forbes The Obama administration has, for months now, been peddling nice-sounding numbers as to how many people are gaining health coverage due to Obamacare. But their numbers have been inflated on two fronts. First, not everyone who has “selected a marketplace plan” under Obamacare has actually paid the required premiums, payment being required to actually gain coverage. Second, only a fraction of people on the exchanges were previously uninsured. A new survey from McKinsey gives us a better view into the real numbers. Of the 3.3 million people that the White House has touted as...
Mon, 10 Mar 2014 13:27:56 -0500 - Michael Hirsh, National Journal In January, Rand Paul was invited to give a foreign policy address to a distinguished Washington crowd that included Henry Kissinger and Brent Scowcroft. Paul didn't embarrass himself, but for a fairly sophisticated audience expecting to hear the views of a possible Republican presidential contender, it was underwhelming stuff. The senator from Kentucky delivered what could only be described as a basic primer on his ideological journey from extreme libertarianism to balanced realism, an effort at playing to the largely traditionalist GOP audience at the Center for the National Interest (or...
Mon, 10 Mar 2014 12:50:39 -0500 - Harnden & Pancevski, Sunday Times In 1983, an idealistic student of political science at Columbia University in New York penned an article for the university magazine railing against the Âwar mentalityÂ of America and Âthe relentless, often silent spread of militarism in the countryÂ.President Ronald Reagan was a hostage to the Âtwisted logic of the Cold WarÂ, the student wrote, and was Âplaying into the RussiansÂ handsÂ rather than Âshifting America off the dead-end trackÂ and pursuing the proper goal of a Ânuclear free worldÂ.A quarter of a century later, the author Â Barack Obama Â was elected...
Mon, 10 Mar 2014 13:29:57 -0500 - Andrew Klavan, PJ Media Politics requires a sense of humor. On the one hand you have your sacred principles. On the other hand, you have the legion of Bozos, criminals, dirtbags and lowlifes whom you expect to enact those principles into law. If that’s not a recipe for comedy, I don’t know what is.So we conservatives stand for liberty, the inalienable rights of man, the equality of all people in the eyes of their Creator. And to realize these principles we have the Republicans. If you’re not laughing by now, you’re probably rocketing off the padded walls of your cell. Trust me on this: laugh...
Mon, 10 Mar 2014 13:39:37 -0500 - John Sides, Washington Post A new Pew Research Center report on millennials has been receiving well-deserved attention. For politics, the prevailing interpretation of the report seems to be: Republicans are screwed. Millennials are more liberal and Democratic-leaning than older generations, and because most millennials will outlive those older generations, the country’s future is largely defined by the politics of millennials. And that future, the argument goes, is bad for Republicans.
Mon, 10 Mar 2014 13:30:41 -0500 - Ana Marie Cox, The Guardian Carly Fiorina, former California GOP senate challenger to Barbara Boxer, emerged at the Conservative Political Action Conference here as the speaker most willing to engage the Republicans' persistent problems with appealing to women. Well, after she spent the first half of her speech denying climate change. Priorities!
Mon, 10 Mar 2014 13:37:46 -0500 - Kevin Williamson, National Review Here is a selection of recent headlines: “Jon Stewart Destroys Megyn Kelly,” “Jon Stewart Destroys Fox News’ ‘Spite-Driven Anger Machine,’” “Jon Stewart Destroys What’s Left of Peggy Noonan’s Credibility,” “Jon Stewart Destroys Fox News Over Syria Coverage,” “Jon Stewart Destroys Glenn Beck’s Utopia,” “Jon Stewart Destroys Bill O’Reilly” — there are about 520,000 more — and, not to be missed, “Jon Stewart Destroys Chicago-Style Pizza.”
Mon, 10 Mar 2014 13:41:32 -0500 - Teixeira & Molyneux, The New Republic For years, a false assumption about economic growth has tilted the rhetorical playing field sharply to the right. The assumption that inequality is the necessary price we pay for growth provides conservatives with justification for opposing efforts to expand equality. If inequality makes everyone better off (in absolute terms), pursuing an egalitarian agenda becomes perverse, hurting those at the bottom just to satisfy resentment or jealousy directed at those at the top. Smart progressives have always rejected this as a false choice, arguing—with considerable historical...
Mon, 10 Mar 2014 14:25:11 -0500 - Victor Davis Hanson, IBD President Obama entered office promising to restore the sanctity of science. Instead, a fresh war against science, statistics and reason is being waged on behalf of politically correct politics.After the Sandy Hook tragedy, the president attempted to convert national outrage into new gun-control legislation. Specifically, he focused on curtailing semi-automatic "assault" rifles. But there is no statistical evidence that such guns -- semi-automatic rifles that have mostly cosmetic changes to appear similar to banned military-style fully automatic assault weapons -- lead to increased...
Mon, 10 Mar 2014 07:03:33 -0500 - Ezekiel Emanuel, Wall Street Journal As a White House special adviser on health policy, I was party to many of the internal debates that shaped the Affordable Care Act. Looking back, I believe that three key issues were emblematic of the sometimes tortured interplay of policy and politics in crafting Obamacare—and of the inherent difficulty of fashioning complex legislation in today's Washington.
Mon, 10 Mar 2014 07:12:47 -0500 - Michelle Malkin, New York Post At the end of 2013, Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz had some nasty words for yours truly. Irked that I used my Twitter feed to criticize her Obamacare propaganda efforts, Wasserman Schultz snarked back at me:"Thanks for spreading the word! You'll be eating them next year. #GetCovered."Classy as always. And completely wrong-headed as usual. Less than three months into 2014, how's dutiful Debbie and her Dear Leader's pet government takeover program doing? The most recent retreat measures -- call it the Obamacare Endangered 2014 Midterm Democrats' Rescue Plan -- include:--Allowing...
Mon, 10 Mar 2014 07:13:05 -0500 - E.J. Dionne, Washington Post WASHINGTON -- Are conservatives interested in new ideas, or are they merely infatuated with the idea of new ideas?Are they really reappraising their approach, or are they trying to adjust their image just enough to win elections?One way to look at this year's Conservative Political Action Conference is as a face-off between the "No Surrender" cries of Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and the "Let's Try to Win" rhetoric of such politicians as Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey and Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis. Seen in this light, Republicans truly are having the internal debate that Ryan called "messy,"...
Mon, 10 Mar 2014 07:13:53 -0500 - Joseph Curl, Wash Times The mainstream media have a meme they post over and over and over: The Republican Party is in Âdisarray.Â Sometimes they say itÂs Âdivided.Â Or thereÂs Âdiscord,Â or Âdissension,Â or Âdysfunction.Â Other times, the GOP is ripped apart by ÂdisunityÂ or Âdisharmony.Â
Mon, 10 Mar 2014 15:25:31 -0500 - David Remnick, The New Yorker In 1990, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn emerged from his isolation in Cavendish, Vermont, and issued a vatic manifesto entitled ÂHow to Revitalize Russia.Â Published at great length in Komsomolskaya Pravda, it was a document out of time, written in a prophetic nineteenth-century voice, with archaic diction and priestly cadences. Solzhenitsyn, a heroic dissident, was always at the nationalist end of the spectrum, but he was not calling for some sort of tsarist revival and imperial maintenance.
Mon, 10 Mar 2014 07:09:45 -0500 - Sen. Rand Paul, Time Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine is a gross violation of that nation’s sovereignty and an affront to the international community. His continuing occupation of Ukraine is completely unacceptable and Russia’s President should be isolated for his actions.
Mon, 10 Mar 2014 07:10:23 -0500 - Paul Krugman, New York Times Most people, if pressed on the subject, would probably agree that extreme income inequality is a bad thing, although a fair number of conservatives believe that the whole subject of income distribution should be banned from public discourse. (Rick Santorum, the former senator and presidential candidate, wants to ban the term “middle class,” which he says is “class-envy, leftist language.” Who knew?) But what can be done about it?
Mon, 10 Mar 2014 07:11:19 -0500 - Ronald Rubin, Wall Street Journal The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau just got a painful lesson in the "disparate impact" theory of discrimination. American Banker magazine reported on March 6 that the CFPB's employee performance-review process is plagued by exactly the kind of disparate-impact statistics that the agency uses to prove discrimination in the industries it regulates.
Mon, 10 Mar 2014 09:12:23 -0500 - Chris Cillizza, Washington Post Everyone knows by now that Republicans have a major demographic problem: The party is struggling to attract nonwhite voters even as that segment of the electorate keeps growing.But a new study by the Pew Research Center on millennials — defined as those between the ages of 18 and 33 — suggests that Republicans will have another major demographic issue on their hands in future elections: Young people are more liberal and are more inclined to support Democrats than the generations that have come before them.
Mon, 10 Mar 2014 07:15:47 -0500 - Byron York, DC Examiner On Monday night into Tuesday morning, two dozen Senate Democrats -- members of the party's newly-formed Climate Action Task Force -- plan to hold a all-night, filibuster-like talkathon on the issue of global warming. "Congress must act," Hawaii Democratic Sen. Brian Schatz, a leader of the group, said in a statement. "On Monday night we're going to show the growing number of senators who are committed to working together to confront climate change."
Mon, 10 Mar 2014 07:27:40 -0500 - Matt Bevin, Louisville Courier-Journal "When we are through with you, the people who sit behind you in church will get up and move when you come in.”This was just one of the many pieces of “advice” I was given in order to discourage me from challenging Mitch McConnell in Kentucky’s Republican Senate primary. Some were less subtle.
Mon, 10 Mar 2014 10:23:38 -0500 - Andrew Rotherham, RealClearEducation The education debate is loud, strident, and often confusing as a result. Yet every day there are important news stories and thoughtful analyses and commentaries produced by major media outlets, niche and trade publications, and educators and analysts. The challenge is finding this material, and finding it quickly.
Mon, 10 Mar 2014 07:29:36 -0500 - Mollie Hemingway, WSJ The Dalai Lama is wrapping up more than two weeks in the U.S. with a speech Friday at the National Cathedral in Washington. The spiritual leader of the Tibetan people has had a packed agenda, including leading the Senate in prayer, a meeting with President Obama at the White House, and a speech for a Los Angeles crowd that included newly minted Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong'o. But meeting with heads of state is nothing new for the Buddhist leader. Meeting with free-market capitalists is another story.
Mon, 10 Mar 2014 12:13:20 -0500 - Andrew Solomon, The New Yorker In Peter LanzaÂs new house, on a secluded private road in Fairfield County, Connecticut, is an attic room overflowing with shipping crates of what he calls Âthe stuff.Â Since the day in December, 2012, when his son Adam killed his own mother, himself, and twenty-six people at Sandy Hook Elementary School, strangers from across the world have sent thousands upon thousands of letters and other keepsakes: prayer shawls, Bibles, Teddy bears, homemade toys; stories with titles such as ÂMy First Christmas in HeavenÂ; crosses, including one made by prison inmates. People sent candy, too,...
SEVASTOPOL, Ukraine — Russia and its sympathizers seized control of more Ukrainian military bases and facilities in Crimea Monday while Moscow issued threatening statements about eastern Ukraine that signaled Russia’s intention to play a significant role in the country’s future.
Dozens of Democratic senators plan to speak out Monday night into early Tuesday morning about their growing concerns with climate change. Adopting a strategy used in the past year to great effect by Republican senators -- Ted Cruz, anyone? -- at least 28 Democrats plan to use floor time to raise their concerns on the lack of attention being paid to climate change -- although there is no single bill or even set of bills for which they will be advocating.
A D.C. businessman was set to plead guilty Monday to funneling more than $2 million in illegal contributions to federal and local political campaigns, including Vincent C. Gray’s 2010 bid to become mayor.
America’s spy agencies are so focused on “mass surveillance” that they have missed clues to terrorist incidents, such as last year’s Boston Marathon bombing and an attempted attack on a jetliner on Christmas Day in 2009, former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden said Monday.
Researchers at Georgetown University announced the discovery of a blood test that can predict whether a person will develop Alzheimer’s disease or a related condition within three years.
Their study, described Sunday in the journal Nature Medicine, identifies 10 lipids in the blood that predict onset of the disease. Researchers tested the blood of 525 people age 70 and older over five years, 74 of whom either began the study meeting the criteria or later developed the criteria for mild Alzheimer’s disease or a memory loss condition known as amnestic mild cognitive impairment that is often a precursor to Alzheimer’s. Among those who developed the disease, the researchers discovered the presence of 10 lipids that were abnormal and that predicted with more than 90 percent accuracy the onset of the disease.
BEIJING — Frustration mounted Monday over what has become one of the most perplexing aviation disasters in history, as the search for a vanished Malaysia Airlines passenger jet dramatically expanded in its third day.
Call 911 from the side of the road, and GPS satellites can tell dispatchers exactly where to send help. Airline passengers have access to detailed maps that show exactly where they are during their journey. Hop onto WiFi, and somehow Google knows whether you're logging on from Lima or London, and will give you detailed suggestions about what to eat.
Edward Snowden on Monday advocated for better online security measures, speaking via Google Hangout at the South By Southwest Interactive conference in Austin.
Snowden spoke as part of an an American Civil Liberties Union panel, along with analysts Chris Soghoian and Ben Wizner. While the video and audio feed routed from Russia through seven proxy servers was choppy, Snowden’s message was clear.
Fifteen former presidents of the State Department employees union (AFSA) called on the Senate on Monday to reject the nominations of three Obama mega-bundlers for ambassadorships, saying the trio represents “a continuation of an increasingly unsavory and unwise practice by both parties.”
In 2013, the cost of making pennies and nickels exceeded their face value for the eighth year in a row. The cost of minting a penny stood at 1.8 cents, nearly twice its face value. Nickels cost twice as much as dimes 9.4 cents vs. 4.6 cents despite being worth only half as much.
“I’m dying,” were the Crocodile Hunter’s last words.
For the first time, Steven Irwin’s cameraman described on Sunday the death of the television icon, who rose to prominence blending a childlike ebullience with a incredible brazenness in handling the planet’s most dangerous creatures.
The percentage of Americans without health insurance continues to fall, measuring 15.9% so far in 2014 compared with 17.1% in the fourth quarter of 2013. [...]
The uninsured rate has been declining since the fourth quarter of 2013, after hitting an all-time high of 18.0% in the third quarter. The uninsured rate for the first quarter of 2014 so far includes a 16.2% reading for January and 15.6% for February.
The uninsured rate for almost every major demographic group has dropped in 2014 so far. The percentage of uninsured Americans with an annual household income of less than $36,000 has dropped the most -- by 2.8 percentage points -- to 27.9% since the fourth quarter of 2013, while the percentage of uninsured blacks has fallen 2.6 points to 18.3%. Hispanics remain the subgroup most likely to lack health insurance, with an uninsured rate of 37.9%.
The percentage of uninsured has declined across all age groups this year, except for those aged 65 and older. The uninsured rate for that group has likely remained stable because most Americans aged 65 and older have Medicare. The uninsured rate among 26- to 34-year olds and 35- to 64-year olds continues to decline -- now at 26.6% and 16.3%, respectively.
Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., calling the rise in deaths from overdoses of heroin and prescription painkillers an “urgent and growing public health crisis,” is outlining a series of efforts by the Justice Department to combat the epidemic.
KIEV, Ukraine — The head of Ukraine’s new pro-Western government will meet with President Obama this week, the White House announced Sunday, as a defiant Russia took further steps to consolidate its hold on the Crimean Peninsula.
BEIJING — The two-day, multination search for a vanished Malaysia Airlines passenger jet has turned up unconfirmed debris but delivered few other clues about one of the most confounding aviation disasters in recent memory.
MEXICO CITY — How many times will Nazario Moreno die?
Mexican authorities said on Sunday that fingerprint tests had confirmed “100 percent” that the leader of the Knights Templar drug cartel, who reportedly had been killed in 2010, had died in an early morning shootout. The head of criminal investigations at the Mexican attorney general’s office said that further tests would continue but they knew this time Moreno was really dead.
An ornate, lime-green snake hangs from a branch. Upon spotting a predator, it suddenly propels itself into the air, flattening and wiggling its body until safely landing in a faraway tree.
Flying snakes sound like creatures from a bad B-movie, but these serpents are elegant gliders that have evolved a special skill that sets them apart. In two new studies, engineers have used simulations to try to decipher how the wingless reptile manages to remain airborne despite its lack of flight appendages.
When Laura Bush ventured to the Thailand-Burma border six years ago, the first lady accused China of not doing enough to pressure the brutal Burmese regime. When Hillary Rodham Clinton visited Beijing in 1995, she delivered a blunt assessment of China’s human rights record that reverberated as far away as South Africa.
It didn’t make sense, but there it was: A postcard was sticking out of the stack of mail Michele Leonardi had pulled from her mailbox on the first day of March. On it was a 1 cent stamp and a 1946 postmark.
EVEN THOUGH both parties would prefer to stop legislating until Election Day, reality will intercede here and there. One case in point: The country needs to pay for its roads, rails, bridges and ports, but transportation funding is again approaching a crisis point.
Are conservatives interested in new ideas, or are they merely infatuated with the idea of new ideas? Are they really reappraising their approach, or are they trying to adjust their image just enough to win elections?
SACATON, ARIZ. The tamarisk tree down the dirt road from Tyler Owens’s house is the one where the teenage girl who lived across the road hanged herself. Don’t climb it, don’t touch it, admonished Owens’s grandmother when Tyler, now 18, was younger.