US quietly releasing $1.6B in Pakistan assistance
FILE: Aug. 26, 2013: Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif at a joint press conference in Islamabad, Pakistan, with Afghan President Hamid Karzai.AP
A U.S. Default Seen as Catastrophe Dwarfing Lehman’s Fall
Anyone who remembers the collapse of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. little more than five years ago knows what a global financial disaster is. A U.S. government default, just weeks away if Congress fails to raise the debt ceiling as it now threatens to do, will be an economic calamity like none the world has ever seen.
U.S. forces strike in Libya and Somalia
- U.S. forces launched raids in Libya and Somalia over the weekend
- They captured Abu Anas al Libi, a suspected al Qaeda operative, in Tripoli
- Navy SEALs came under fire while trying to get an Al-Shabaab fighter in Somalia
House Refuses To Pass Clean Bill… REID: ‘We Will Not Go To Conference With A Gun To Our Heads’… Many Congressmen Drinking So Much You Can Smell It… GOP Rep. Blasts Colleagues: ‘Lemmings With Suicide Vests’… 800,000 Workers Face Furloughs…
Boehner Mocks Obama On House Floor… Congress Will Get Paid During Shutdown… Still Fundraising!… POLL: Majority Will Blame GOP… ‘Will Be Much, Much Worse’ For GOP Than Last Time… Shutdown A Result Of ‘Conscious Party Strategy’… Dems Emboldened, But Warn: Shutdown ‘Could Go On For A While’… 11 Reasons Why Shutdown Is Terrible For You
Oracle Seal Amazing America’s Cup Win
Oracle Team USA celebrate their stunning victory
Obamacare Premiums Report Shows Low Prices For Uninsured With Wide Variation
Iran’s president calls for ‘constructive’ dialogue, end to ‘unhealthy’ rivalries
Iran: We want ‘constructive engagement’
- NEW: In Post op-ed, Iran’s president says failing to engage “leads to everyone’s loss”
- NEW: Iran’s nuclear program is solely for energy, a matter of national pride, he says
- John Kerry praises Iranian president’s comments on talks, nuclear program
- Yet the top U.S. diplomat adds: “Everything needs to be put to the test”
(CNN) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani made his case Thursday to the American people and the world for “a constructive approach” to contentious issues including his nation’s nuclear program, arguing that failing to engage “leads to everyone’s loss.”
“We must work together to end the unhealthy rivalries and interferences that fuel violence and drive us apart,” Rouhani said in an op-ed published Thursday evening on the Washington Post’s website.
It’s not the first time a leader from a country often at podds with the United States has used its newspapers to convey his or her views. Just last week, for instance, Russian President Vladimir Putin argued against international military intervention in Syria and jabbed his U.S. counterpart for saying Americans should consider themselves “exceptional” — a remark that quickly elicited derision from across the U.S. political spectrum.
But Rouhani’s tone differed from Putin’s, echoing the theme of “prudence and hope” and the promise of more positive engagement with the rest of the world that helped propel him to an election win in June.
“To move beyond impasses, … we need to aim higher,” he said. “Rather than focusing on how to prevent things from getting worse, we need to think — and talk — about how to make things better.”
Contending “the age of blood feuds” and the idea of diplomacy as a “zero-sum game” no longer apply in a “changed” world, Rouhani said leaders should engage each other “on the basis of equal footing and mutual respect.”
Brazilian president’s U.S. state visit postponed over alleged spying
- Brazil has protested reports of US surveillance of President Dilma Rousseff’s phone, e-mail
- Obama has promised to look into matter, but White House says it will take months
- Brazil not happy with situation; Obama, Rousseff talked on Monday to try and work it out
- Both government’s say decision to postpone state visit reached jointly; will be rescheduled
(CNN) — The United States and Brazil jointly agreed on Tuesday to postpone Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff’s state visit to Washington next month due to controversy over reports the U.S. government was spying on her communications.
Brazil protested recent disclosures of National Security Agency surveillance, which were included in media reports citing information apparently leaked by Edward Snowden, a former agency contractor who previously admitted leaking U.S. surveillance information to journalists.
A White House statement announcing the postponement said President Barack Obama had previously ordered a thorough review of American intelligence activities, but it acknowledged that process would take several months to complete.
Rousseff spoke with Obama on the phone Monday in a last-minute attempt to patch things up, according to both governments. They decided for now to shelve the visit that had been scheduled for October 23.
Mexico arrests alleged leader of kidnapping cell
- Serafin Medina-Angel was arrested in Tijuana, Mexico, on September 1
- He is accused of targeting Mexican citizens on their way to the United States
- Medina-Angel is charged with three counts of kidnapping
Sorry But It’s Clear That The US Job Market Is Dead In The Water
85 Million Have A Shot At Seeing Tonight’s Moon Launch
The Minotaur V rocket that will carry NASA’s Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer into space. It’s set to lift off from the space agency’s Goddard Space Flight Center’s Wallops Flight Facility in VirginiaÂ at 11:27 p.m. ET Friday.
If the skies are clear Friday night around 11:27 p.m. ET, there’s a fair chance that anyone from as far south as South Carolina, west into Ohio and on over to New England will be able to see something of NASA’s first launch of a mission to the moon from the agency’s spaceport on Wallops Island, Va.
Our conservative calculations put the number of people who live within the“visibility map” that NASA has produced at more than 85 million. As we said Thursday, if you’re in that area this might be a night when you want to go outside and look up.
NASA’s Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer mission, asSpace.com says, is carrying “a robotic mission that will orbit the moon to gather detailed information about the structure and composition of the thin lunar atmosphere, as well as moon dust conditions near the surface.”
Of course, light pollution, trees, buildings and cloud cover could spoil the viewing for many. Thankfully, NASA TV will be streaming its coverage.
I’m quite looking forward to Hillary Clinton being president of the United States. I think she will probably run, I think she will probably win, and I think she’ll be at least a good and maybe a great president. What I’m not particularly looking forward to is the process by which she’ll have to get there. Just in the past few days here, Maureen Dowd and Richard Cohen have laid before us in the form of two recent and silly columns little reminders of the prejudice against Clinton within a certain slice of the liberal chattering class, a prejudice that will swell predictably as she passes the various posts that stand between her and the nomination and, finally, election. Fortunately, these chatterers are less and less relevant every election. Clinton should welcome their animus. It can only help her.
I have observed many strange things in my years of tilling these fields, but surely nothing stranger than the way the arbiters of conventional wisdom in America have viewed the Clintons. It’s a deep and weird Baby Boomer psychodrama that I can summarize as follows: when the Clintons first hit the national scene, they were doing so at the same time that strivers of their generation were starting to displace the old graybeards in the news business. Tim Russert took over Meet the Press in 1991. Dowd got her column in 1995. The ’60s generation was taking over. Things were going to be different. Here was a cohort, after all, that grew up thinking that it could, and would, change the world. And now one of their own was president! We would witness the dawn of a new era of authenticity, to use a big ’60s word, and the Clintons would lead it
Soon enough, though, the Boomer generation turned out to be no more authentic than any other—indeed quite less authentic, or at least less admirable, than the greatest generation, whom Tom Brokaw limned between hard covers the same year the world learned the name Monica Lewinsky. Though the Boomer journalists began to turn on the Clintons before the Lewinsky scandal, that really sealed it. Obviously, there were good reasons for any human being to consider what Bill Clinton did there to be unacceptable. But there was a self-regarding quality to many Boomer journalists’ scribblings (and on-air musings—the cable nets were taking off around this time) about the whole mess, as if the Clintons had somehow done this to them. Chris Matthews—oh, if you could have heard him in those days going on and on and on about the Clintons, and about Al Gore too (Matthews has even said that he voted for George W. Bush in 2000).
I served my time inside the walls of this abattoir as Hillary first sought her New York Senate seat in 1999 and 2000, a race I covered closely. My God, the hatred of Hillary one heard then! Especially among white Boomer women. At one event in early 2000, I ran into the journalist Jim Traub. We were chatting about this matter, and he said he’d spoken to a shrink friend of his who was aghast at the number of women who were plopping themselves down on his couch and—well, as Jim said to me: “Can you imagine, these women spending $165 an hour to talk about Hillary?”
Dowd and Cohen are here to remind us that the knives will once again be unsheathed.
That was then. Ever since, Clinton has of course served a very successful stint as a senator from New York, successful enough that when she sought reelection in 2006, the Republicans had no one of importance to run against her. (I remember well their blood vows to make sure she was a one-termer.) She then became the secretary of State, and an excellent one, forging major diplomatic breakthroughs with Russia (since rescinded by Putin, not her fault) and other triumphs like the Libya coalition. In between, she ran a not-very-good presidential campaign, it is true. But there’s very little room to doubt the proposition that someone who has been both a senator and a secretary of State, and has to boot lived in the White House for eight years and seen daily what it’s like to have that job, is amply prepared to be the president, and is not remotely the same person she was in 1999.
The world has moved on from those tremulous Boomer anxieties. Well, most of the world has. But Dowd and Cohen are here to remind us that the knives will once again be unsheathed. Dowd’s column was notable only for the fact that she found the flimsiest pretense possible for printing the name Gennifer Flowers, and Cohen is in a lather because Clinton doesn’t have a message yet (of course, if she did, he’d be writing about how having one so early openly showed Clinton’s breathtaking chutzpah). Of Matthews, though, we must say that he has moved on: he has understood, to his great credit, from very early on how lunatic and dangerous today’s Republican Party has become, and he’s changed his tune accordingly.
Matthews’s change is important. Back in the 1990s, there seemed to many people to be little truly at stake in our politics. The Cold War was won. The parties disagreed, of course, and money was rotting the system, yes. But the corrosive effects of both polarization and legal corruption were nothing compared to today. And one of our two major parties hadn’t yet lost its collective mind. This was the historical era when many center-liberals decided it was cooler to bash liberalism than conservatism—when Slate was born, for example, specializing as it did (and still does a bit, but not nearly as much) in producing the “counter-intuitive” “liberal” take on something like why Charles Murray might be right about IQ after all.
That era is pretty close to dead, thankfully. But in a certain kind of pundit, Hillary Clinton will always inspire the same kind of reaction she did two decades ago. It will make for tedious reading, but it will end up helping Clinton, this superficial japery, because the rest of the country understands that the stakes are too high now, and any journalism that doesn’t sink its teeth into that problem will just look silly. And the curse of the Boomer psychodrama about the Clintons will be canceled for lack of interest.
The exclusive inside look at why Kevin Mandia revealed that the People’s Liberation Army has systematically hacked U.S. companies. By Nina Easton
James Gandolfini funeral live coverage Live
Tune in for reports from the funeral service for “Sopranos” actor James Gandolfini, happening now at St. John the Divine in Morningside Heights.
Yahoo to buy Tumblr for $1.1bn
Yahoo has agreed a deal to buy New York-based blogging service Tumblr for $1.1bn (£723m; 857m euros) in cash.
Yahoo’s chief executive Marissa Mayer said that as part of its promise “not to screw it up”, Tumblr would operate independently.
David Karp, will continue as chief executive officer of Tumblr.
The deal is the largest made by Ms Mayer since she took the helm at Yahoo last July, and she described the acquisition as a “unique opportunity.”
“On many levels, Tumblr and Yahoo couldn’t be more different, but at the same time, they couldn’t be more complementary,” added Ms Mayer.
Mr Karp, 26, who owns 25% of the privately-owned company he co-founded with Marco Arment in 2007, said he was “elated” to have the support of Yahoo.
“Tumblr gets better faster with more resources to draw from,” he added. Mr Karp emphasised that neither its aims or team was changing as a result of Yahoo’s purchase.
San Francisco Drops Law Mandating Radiation Warning Labels on Cell Phones
Judge Blocks Cell Phone Safety Warnings in San Francisco
Have you ever wondered about the potential safety risks that could occur because of constant use of your cell phone? San Francisco wanted to mandate large posters with warnings stating in bold that “studies continue to assess potential health effects of mobile phone use.” While the industry and researchers continue to debate the notion of health risks, should there be warnings that might make consumers scared of their phones?
Citing high costs and extreme resistance from the mobile phone industry, San Francisco has dropped a law that would have required a radiation warning label to be placed on all new mobile phones sold within the city limits. On Tuesday, the city Board of Supervisors voted to settle a lawsuit with the Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association by accepting a permanent injunction against the right-to-know cell phone ordinance. However, the city was quick to point out that legal fees prompted the action, and that fears about the health risks posed by phone radiation still exist.
Global Network of Hackers Steal $45 Million From ATMs
The sophistication of a global network of thieves who drained cash machines around the globe of an astonishing $45 million in mere hours sent ripples through the security world, not merely for the size of the operation and ease with which it was carried out, but also for the threat that more such thefts may be in store.
Seven people were arrested in the U.S., accused of operating the New York cell of what prosecutors said was a network that carried out thefts at ATMs in 27 countries from Canada to Russia. Law enforcement agencies from more than a dozen nations were involved in the investigation, U.S. prosecutors in New York said Thursday.
South Korean President to Address US Congress
U.S. President Barack Obama and South Korea’s President Park Geun-hye arrive for a joint news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, May 7, 2013.
Middle Eastern hackers to attack White House and Federal Government Tuesday
On 7 May 2013, a group of mostly Middle East- and North Africa-based criminal hackers are preparing to launch a cyber attack campaign known as ‘OpUSA’ against websites of high-profile US Government agencies, financial institutions, and commercial entities,” reads a warning sent across federal agencies earlier this month. “The attacks likely will result in limited disruptions and mostly consist of nuisance-level attacks against publicly accessible webpages and possibly data exploitation. Independent of the success of the attacks, the criminal hackers likely will leverage press coverage and social media to propagate an anti-US message.
Three women were rescued Monday afternoon from a home in Cleveland. Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight all went missing roughly 10 years ago, when Berry was 16, DeJesus 14 and Knight was 21. All three are alive, talking, and apparently in good health, according to police.
Foreclosure Settlement Checks Significantly Smaller Than Regulators Forecasted: Homeowners
OBAMA REASSURES AMERICA
CARNAGE AND TERROR
Mayhem at Boston Marathon
TASK FORCES are investigating 2 explosions that went off at the finish line of the Boston Marathon shortly before 3:00 p.m., Monday.
TWO IMPORTANT NUMBERS
If you need to find your loved ones:
If you have information that leads to suspects in this case:
GUN SUICIDE AT NRA RACES
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Hillary Clinton Keeps Up the Good Fight for Women Worldwide
Iraq war costs U.S. more than $2 trillion: study
By Daniel Trotta
Reuters/Reuters – U.S. Navy Hospital Corpsman HM1 Richard Barnett, assigned to the 1st Marine Division, holds an Iraqi child in central Iraq in this March 29, 2003 file photo. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
NEW ORDER IN THE COURT
Obama’s Judicial Appointes Changing The Face Of Federal Court System … If Republicans Let Them Through
Obama signs order to start $85 billion budget cuts
President Barack Obama has reluctantly ordered an $85bn (£56bn) austerity drive that could slow the US economy and slash jobs, after blaming Republicans for refusing to stop the “dumb” spending cuts.
Daniel Day-Lewis Set To Make Oscars History
The British-Irish star is the favorite to win the Best Actor Academy Award for his performance in Lincoln.
Northeast Braces For Potentially Historic Blizzard… Many Schools Closed… At Least 3,775 Flights Cancelled Through Saturday… Fears Of Widespread Power Outages… ‘Wherever You Need To Get To, Get There By Friday Afternoon’… Boston Could Get Three Feet Of Snow… 10-14 Inches Possible For NYC…
America’s Drug War In Latin America Expanding
325 Army suicides in 2012 a record
- The Army reports 325 suicides last year among active and non-active military personnel
- “Our highest on record,” says Lt. Gen. Howard Bromberg
- The total for 2011 was 283