President Barack Obama met behind closed doors with energy executives Wednesday in a session the White House said was arranged to discuss the industry’s response to Hurricane Sandy last year and preparations for this year’s hurricane season.
“The President thanked the utility executives for their efforts during the response to Hurricane Sandy and noted the strong working relationship demonstrated between industry and the federal government as companies worked to restore power [...]
AFP - France and Italy presented a united front Wednesday on the eurozone debt crisis amid deepening divisions over belt-tightening policies in the European Union as some countries reach breaking point.
French President Francois Hollande met Italy’s brand new Prime Minister Enrico Letta, in Paris only days after he took office, and warned that austerity alone was “no longer enough”, stressing the need for a focus on growth.
“If one doesn’t notice that [...]
Toronto police are looking for four female suspects who they say allegedly sexually assaulted a 19-year-old man.
The incident happened during the early morning hours of Sunday, March 31, after the man met the four women at a nightclub near King Street and University Avenue. The man left the club with the women who offered to drive him home, according to a written statement from Toronto police.
“The complainant was instead driven [...]
Cyprus bailout deal loots 40% of bank deposits
Paul Joseph Watson
March 25, 2013
The deal to “save” Cyprus which, according to Cypriot President Anastasiades was struck “in the the best interests of the EU,” will inflict “huge losses on wealthy savers” of up to 40% of their bank deposits.
While savings accounts containing under €100,000 will remain untouched, those who have scrimped and saved all their lives to amass a relatively modest [...]
European leaders meeting in Brussels were met with protests against austerity as they try to work out a way to tackle the debt crisis crippling the Eurozone. Some of the protestors were arrested by police.
Thousands of protestors in Brussels were also demanding that EU leaders bring austerity measures to a close and focus on boosting growth and reducing unemployment.
The protests were led by the European Trade Union Association, and the [...]
As more than 30,000 dental experts descend on McCormick Place for their winter meeting this week, a new report issues a stark warning: The Chicago area’s dental safety net — the oral care it provides to underserved patients — “is in the midst of collapse.”
From 2006 to 2011, more than a quarter of the region’s low-cost dental clinics were shut, according to a 30-page white paper released Thursday by the [...]
The IRS is doing a better job at getting new employees on board quickly, a new federal audit has found.
The Treasury Department’s inspector general for tax administration found that the IRS has almost met the goal, set by the Office of Personnel Management, to bring on new hires in 80 days or less.
By contrast, the agency said in 2009 that it was taking an average of 157 days – or roughly [...]
On the heels of KWN receiving more reports that available retail silver products are disappearing from wholesaler and dealer inventories, acclaimed trader Dan Norcini told King World News that something substantial has also just changed in the paper silver market. Here is what Norcini had to say: “Most of the time shortages don’t mean there is not a lot of the commodity around, it just means there is not a [...]
A 5-year-old Pennsylvania girl who told another girl she was going to shoot her with a pink Hello Kitty toy gun that blows soapy bubbles has been suspended from kindergarten.
Her family has hired an attorney to fight the punishment, which initially was 10 days for issuing a ‘terroristic threat.’ But her punishment was reduced to two days after her mother met with school officials and had the incident dropped to [...]
Speaking to CNN on Jan 14, Democrat Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) tried to justify pending gun grabs by saying, “There is, in fact, a mass killing in [the U.S.] everyday.”
Speier is one of 12 Democrat Reps who met with VP Biden Monday to discuss new gun control measures, and she wholeheartedly believes “there is much that needs to be done, and there’s much that can be done,” via Executive Orders to change gun policies.
She talked [...]
When a woman went berzerk with a pair of scissors in a busy shopping street in China, she didn’t expected to come face-to-face with a martial arts expert.
Captured on film the woman is seen slashing away with shape blade until another woman wearing knee-high boots and hot pants appears and tries to calm her down.
Then, quick-as-a-flash, brave passer-by utilises her taekwondo skills to launch a spectacular kick at the aggressor’s [...]
Many Chicago-area homeowners, commuters and even gun buyers will feel the pain of a bigger government financial bite this year because of a host of new and higher taxes, fees, fines and fares.
In Chicago, water bills will rise significantly, property taxes will go up, parking meter rates will jump yet again and speed cameras will start fining lead-footed drivers near schools and parks. Across Cook County, smokers, gun buyers and [...]
As an illegal immigrant, Jorge Mariscal waited eight years for a kidney transplant he feared would never come.
His persistence paid off Thursday when he underwent the procedure at Loyola University Medical Center.
After years of uncertainties, Mariscal said he’s excited about his future and grateful for the help he received. But he remains frustrated with a health care system that he worries might leave out an untold number of illegal immigrants [...]
Given our earlier comments, it is hardly surprising but the Eurogroup meeting just ended and there is no agreement; headlines via Bloomberg:
*FRIEDEN SAYS NO DECISIONS REACHED TODAY ON GREECE BY EUROGROUP
*FRIEDEN SAYS EURO FINANCE CHIEFS TO CONTINUE TALKS ON MONDAY
*SCHAEUBLE SAYS EUROGROUP UNABLE TO REACH CONCLUSIVE AGREEMENT
*LAGARDE SAYS MORE WORK NEEDED FOR GREEK SOLUTION
EURUSD is tumbling (as are S&P 500 futures in their oh-so-correlated manner)
Of course, Juncker has his own [...]
Here’s a letter to the New York Times Magazine‘s “ethicist,” which was published over the summer:
My wife is having an affair with a government executive. His role is to manage a project whose progress is seen worldwide as a demonstration of American leadership. (This might seem hyperbolic, but it is not an exaggeration.) I have met with him on several occasions, and he has been gracious. (I doubt if he is [...]
A Cook County judge who was re-elected Tuesday despite being suspended from the bench appeared in court a few hours later as a defendant in a battery case that her attorney said should be tossed because his client was “legally insane” at the time.
Judge Cynthia Brim, 54, whose 18-year tenure has been marked by controversy, told reporters as she left a criminal courtroom Wednesday at 26th and California that she [...]
Two women from the Dominican Republic told The Daily Caller that Democratic New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez paid them for sex earlier this year.
In interviews, the two women said they met Menendez around Easter at Casa de Campo, an expensive 7,000 acre resort in the Dominican Republic. They claimed Menendez agreed to pay them $500 for sex acts, but in the end they each received only $100.
The women spoke through a translator [...]
The Euro Is Tanking On Comments From Germany’s Finance Minister
Headlines are coming across the Bloomberg about comments German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble made in an interview with ZDF.
Schaeuble said there is “nothing decided” on the topic of Greece’s euro membership.
He also said “we want Greece to be able to stay” in the monetary union, but that there are doubts that Greece has met its commitments from previous bailouts.
Here’s the intraday chart:
Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/euro-falls-on-schaeuble-comments-2012-10#ixzz2APtybaQQ
President Obama gives his first reaction to last night’s debate at a rally held a few minutes ago in Sloan’s Lake Park in Denver, Colorado:
DENVER – The campaign plane carrying Ann Romney, the wife of GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney, made an emergency landing in Denver around 2:30 Friday afternoon, the campaign reported via Twitter.
Andrea Saul, the campaign’s press secretary, tweeted: “.@AnnDRomney plane makes emergency landing in CO. All okay. Thank goodness.”
The cabin of the plane apparently filled with smoke, according to a campaign aide. Romney’s plane was headed to California but landed in [...]
Chicago Public Schools and the teachers union have reached a tentative agreement on a new contract and classes could resume for 350,000 students on Monday, according to a source close to the negotiations.
The union’s House of Delegates will review the proposal at a meeting this afternoon and is likely to vote to end the five-day-old teachers strike on Sunday after final details have been worked out, officials say.
First Lady Michelle Obama stopped by a Virginia YMCA yesterday where she met with elementary and middle school kids. The kids had tough questions for the first lady, including the whereabouts of the president of the United States. She did not immediately know.
From the pool report:
Asked where he was, she said, “he’s at work,” then asked the adults, “Where is Barack Obama?” She was told he’s in Colorado today.
When asked [...]
To most Americans, the spectacle of Clint Eastwood addressing the Republican National Convention was strange and baffling, even inexplicable. Why would Clint Eastwood, who has been so protective over the years of the image he has manufactured in Hollywood, suddenly cash it in service to a politician looking to assume power in Washington? Why would he allow himself to descend, in front of an audience of millions, into a halting, geriatric incoherence, with an invisible [...]
As Greece appeals for more time to meet conditions for international aid, the country’s political fumbling and economic failures are being judged, at least in part, against the performance of other struggling European governments.
The euro zone’s other two crisis countries, Ireland and Portugal, have adhered closely to the promises made in their rescue programs and seen flickers of life return to their economies.
In Ireland’s case that has meant a jump [...]
The German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande put forward a united front when they met in Berlin on Thursday to fine-tune their message to Prime Minister Samaris.
“It is important for me that we all stick to our commitments… but I will encourage Greece to continue along its path of reforms,” Merkel said in a brief statement ahead of a working dinner with Hollande.
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Officials from the U.S. Embassy in Venezuela met on Wednesday with an American detained in the South American country.
MEGA rich billionaire George Soros, 82, is set to get married again – to his girlfriend who is less than half his age.
Invester Soros – worth £20billion – will tie the knot with 40-year-old yoga firm boss Tamiko Bolton.
The trader met Bolton in the spring of 2008, and they shared their joy with friends at Soros’ summer home in Southampton, New York, recently.
Soros proposed to Bolton, 40, a few weeks [...]
It might look like a scene from a horror film but this is the breathtaking natural phenomenon which has met tourists at a popular French beauty spot.
The stunning scenes in Camargue, southern France, may look very dramatic but are actually thought to be caused by the high levels of salt within the water.
The bizarre sight was captured by photographer, Sam Dobson, from Moscow in Russia.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2185920/Extraordinary-natural-phenomenon-turned-French-beauty-spot-blood-RED.html#ixzz239BKqaMm