Officials at the White House and State Department were advised two hours after attackers assaulted the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, on September 11 that an Islamic militant group had claimed credit for the attack, official emails show.
The emails, obtained by Reuters from government sources not connected with U.S. spy agencies or the State Department and who requested anonymity, specifically mention that the Libyan group called Ansar al-Sharia had [...]
The House of Representatives approved Texas Republican Rep. Ron Paul’s “Federal Reserve Transparency Act of 2012? by a wide margin in a 327-98 vote Wednesday. But lost in the bipartisan revelry was the fact that eight co-sponsors of the legislation actually voted against it.
Spokesmen for each of these congressmen were contacted by The Daily Caller on Thursday, and none were keen on providing an explanation.
The bill would allow the Government [...]
Experts have unveiled a list of weird and wonderful website domain names – including top fishing tackle supplier Masterbaitonline and the even more unfortunate therapistfinder.com. A team of web gurus at domain name registration giant Siteopia.com spent a week trawling their records and the domain names of other sites registered around the world.
The results proved to be a hilairious compilation of site names, many which seem to unwittingly, or not [...]
WASHINGTON – The storms that ravaged the WTOP listening area Friday night have left more than a million customers without electricity and five dead as crews clear roads, try to restore power and brace for another round of storms Saturday night.
The governments of Virginia and D.C. have declared a state of emergency. President Barack Obama called the governors of Maryland and Virginia offering federal assistance.
A Pepco spokesman says there are [...]
Launched in Britain, apologetics-training program seeks to give Catholics the skills to spread the faith while disarming opponents.
Enter Austen Ivereigh, a British Catholic journalist, community organizer and onetime spokesman for Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, the now-retired archbishop of Westminster. Troubled by the British bishops’ struggle to counter partisan attacks on Church policy dealing with AIDS and condoms, same-sex “marriage” and abortion, Ivereigh developed a plan to help ordinary believers defend countercultural truths in [...]
Christopher Wood of CLSA has a tidy sumup of the Greece situation in the latest version of his GREED & Fear note.
GREED & fear was asked this past week what were the possibilities that stock markets have seen their highs for the year? Four weeks ago GREED & fear had put the odds at “as high as 35%” (see GREED & fear – Fine lines, 19 April 2012). They are now at least 50% [...]
Green Mountain Founder Sold Stock Before Starbucks Threat
By Max Abelson and Leslie Patton
Robert P. Stiller, founder and chairman of Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc. (GMCR), sold $66.3 million of his stock before it plunged the most in four months on news that Starbucks Corp. (SBUX) had developed a rival to its K-Cup brewer.
Stiller’s combined sales on Feb. 15 and 24 were his largest in a single month since at least 2003, when the [...]
President Obama’s re-elect team defended White House energy policy on Sunday as gas prices shoot toward the $4 mark and beyond, a level that could devastate voters’ pocketbooks as well as Obama’s chances for a second term.
Nationally, gas prices are $3.53 a gallon, up 25 cents since Jan. 1, and likely headed to $4.25 a gallon by late April. Republicans have demanded more oil production at home, as well as [...]
Nov. 9 (Bloomberg) – Italy’s government has yet to write
the austerity legislation that must be passed by Parliament
before Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi resigns, said Mario
Baldassarri, head of the Senate Finance Committee.
Last week, the amendment containing the proposed measures
“was supposed to arrive Thursday” and then “it was supposed
to arrive Friday,” Baldassarri, who left the premier’s party
last year to join the opposition, said in an interview today in
Rome. “Monday, they let us know [...]
Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) says he would consider putting the liberal congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) in his Cabinet if he were to win the presidency in 2012.
Paul said his libertarian political philosophy helps him connect with some on the far left — including Kucinich, who shares Paul’s general anti-war stance.
Paul joked that if he brought the Ohio congressman aboard in his administration, he might have [...]
SEOUL – A US military reconnaissance plane came under electronic attack from North Korea and had to make an emergency landing during a major military exercise in March, a political aide said Friday.
The aide said the plane suffered disturbance to its GPS system due to jamming signals from the North’s southwestern cities of Haeju and Kaesong as it was taking part in the annual [...]
WASHINGTON — After this week, workers laid off through no fault of their own will not be eligible for any of the generous extended unemployment benefits layoff victims have received from the federal government since 2008.
States typically provide the first 26 weeks of unemployment insurance and Congress has provided extensions during every recession since the 1950s. But the current extensions, which give the unemployed an [...]
(CNN) — Seventeen prominent soccer players in Libya have defected to the rebels, opposition spokesmen said Saturday, in another setback to the county’s embattled leadership.
Some were former members of the national team. They arrived in the rebel stronghold of Zintan in western Libya Saturday afternoon to cheering crowds that greeted them with celebratory gunfire and smiles.
Players posed with locals and briefly batted a soccer ball [...]
With his wife still under house arrest until August, U.S. Rep. John F. Tierney will be going stag to Friday night’s major Women Taking the Lead for Tierney fund-raiser, spokesmen for the couple confirmed yesterday.
Patrice Tierney is listed on the host committee of the annual $100-a-plate cocktail party to take place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Danvers. But Jennifer Flagg, spokesman for the Salem [...]
NEW YORK – New York state must slash the rapidly rising pension burden of schools and local governments, Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Wednesday, unveiling plans for a sixth tier of benefit cuts.
The new tier, which the Democratic governor said would save $93 billion over the next 30 years, would only affect newly hired public workers. New York’s state constitution prevents lawmakers from curbing retirement benefits already granted.
“Reducing the skyrocketing [...]
(CNSNews.com) – In his commencement speech at Hamilton College on Sunday, former Vice President Al Gore told the graduates that global warming is “the most serious challenge our civilization has ever faced.” But as an undergraduate at Harvard University in the late 1960s, Gore–one of the most prominent spokesmen on climate change today–earned a “D” in Natural Sciences.
Gore’s transcript documents that during his sophomore year at Harvard he earned a [...]
Washington: President Barack Obama’s promised trip to Pakistan this year, once seen as a reward for a key ally in the fight against terrorism, is now a looming headache for the White House as it tries to determine whether the government in Islamabad was complicit in allowing Osama bin Laden to live for years within the country’s borders.
Obama told Pakistani officials in the fall that he planned to [...]
In the last few days, Obama administration officials have frequently faced the question: Is the fighting in Libya a war? From military officers to White House spokesmen up to the president himself, the answer is no. But that leaves the question: What is it?
In a briefing on board Air Force One Wednesday, deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes took a crack at an answer. “I think [...]
“Forces loyal to Col Muammar Gaddafi made good on threats to trigger a civil war in Libya on Wednesday night, by taking up positions across the capital, Tripoli and launching a rearguard fight against rebels in major cities. Residents of parts of the capital were trapped in their homes as “thousands” of soldiers patrolled the streets accompanied by African mercenaries. Tanks took up positions [...]