Obama Kept Iran’s Short Breakout Time a Secret
…Brian Hale, a spokesman for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, confirmed to me Monday that the two-to-three-month estimate for fissile material was declassified on April 1.
Here is the puzzling thing: When Obama began his second term in 2013, he sang a different tune. He emphasized that Iran was more than a year away from a nuclear bomb, without mentioning that his intelligence community believed it was only two to three months away from making enough fuel for one, long considered the most challenging task in building a weapon. Today Obama emphasizes that Iran is only two to three months away from acquiring enough fuel for a bomb, creating a sense of urgency for his Iran agreement. …
A 14-year-old boy was arrested in Blackburn, Northern England on Saturday in connection with a suspected ANZAC Day terror attack planned for Melbourne, Australia. Officers from the North West Counter Terrorism Unit and the Lancashire Constabulary originally arrested the boy on April 2nd after inspection of a number of electronic devices.
On discovery of the communications between the boy and a man in Australia, the boy was re-arrested on Saturday in connection with what the police have described as a “credible terrorist threat” as part of Operation Rising a Joint Counter Terrorism Team operation.
Former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee is aiming to take down Hillary Clinton over her controversial 2002 vote to support the Iraq war.
The Republican-turned Independent-turned Democrat surprised many last week when he announced he was weighing a longshot White House bid.
Student debt now comprises 45 percent of federally owned financial assets. Of course, that doesn’t include assets owned by the Federal Reserve, and it doesn’t include real assets like land. Still, it’s a startling figure.
This trend worries me. Why? Because when the government owns student loans, it has every incentive not to fix the country’s student-debt problem.
Consider the sheer size of the revenue that the government earns from student-loan interest payments. In 2013, it was $51 billion — almost 2 percent of total federal revenue for that year. That’s more than two-thirds of the lifetime cost of the entire F-22 fighter jet program!
With that kind of money on the table, it’s going to be hard to get the government to take strong action for debt relief. A whole generation of millennials has been economically scarred by the financial crisis — they borrowed to pay for school just like their older siblings did, but the capricious power of the business cycle left them with fewer jobs and lower wages even as they were saddled with record amounts of debt. It’s no wonder that delinquency rates on student loans havesoared.
Well look who’s coming back to the football field after all!
If you were on the Internet Sunday night, chances are you saw Tim Tebow trending all over socal media. It wasn’t because he was in a new commercial with puppies. And no, he’s not dating any Duggar anytime soon.
Instead, Tebow is ready to travel to Philadelphia for another season in the NFL.
A source revealed to ESPN Sunday that the quarterback plans to sign a one-year deal with the Eagles as early as Monday. The sports site also stated that the 27-year-old was headed to the city in time to be in attendance for the start of the Eagles’ offseason program beginning tomorrow.
The book does not hit shelves until May 5, but already the Republican Rand Paul has called its findings “big news” that will “shock people” and make voters “question” the candidacy of Hillary Rodham Clinton.
“Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich,” by Peter Schweizer — a 186-page investigation of donations made to the Clinton Foundation by foreign entities — is proving the most anticipated and feared book of a presidential cycle still in its infancy.
The FBI has arrested at least six men in what officials allege is an ISIS-inspired terror plot.
Details were scant Sunday night, but federal law enforcement officials told CNN the men were arrested in Minnesota and California as part of a year-long FBI investigation.
There was never a direct threat to the public, the sources said. In recent months, investigators have tracked on what they believe is a terror recruitment network focused on the Somali community in the Minneapolis area.
Minnesota U.S. Attorney Andrew Luger plans to hold a news conference to provide details on the case Monday, the sources said.
A lot of this, of course, might not turn out as well as it sounds. For instance, Rubio mentioned that he’d like to move the U.S. immigration system away from family-based priorities to a merit-based system (where immigrants are more likely to be admitted if they speak English, have certain skills, etc.). This is absolutely a worthy goal, but beware: Rubio and other proponents of the Gang of Eight legislation claimed that their bill would do this, but it really just massively increased both forms of legal immigration. A new Rubio plan should take a markedly different approach, but the ideas he offered Schieffer sound worthy.
Cindy Archer, one of the lead architects of Wisconsin’s Act 10 — also called the “Wisconsin Budget Repair Bill,” it limited public-employee benefits and altered collective-bargaining rules for public-employee unions — was jolted awake by yelling, loud pounding at the door, and her dogs’ frantic barking.
The entire house — the windows and walls — was shaking. She looked outside to see up to a dozen police officers, yelling to open the door.
They were carrying a battering ram. She wasn’t dressed, but she started to run toward the door, her body in full view of the police. Some yelled at her to grab some clothes, others yelled for her to open the door.
The U.S. now ranks not first, not second, not third, but 12th among developed nations in terms of business startup activity. Countries such as Hungary, Denmark, Finland, New Zealand, Sweden, Israel and Italy all have higher startup rates than America does.
We are behind in starting new firms per capita, and this is our single most serious economic problem. Yet it seems like a secret. You never see it mentioned in the media, nor hear from a politician that, for the first time in 35 years, American business deaths now outnumber business births.
The U.S. Census Bureau reports that the total number of new business startups and business closures per year — the birth and death rates of American companies — have crossed for the first time since the measurement began. I am referring to employer businesses, those with one or more employees, the real engines of economic growth. Four hundred thousand new businesses are being born annually nationwide, while 470,000 per year are dying.
Brain tumors are notoriously difficult for most drugs to reach, but Yale researchers have found a promising but unlikely new ally against brain cancers — portions of a deadly virus similar to Ebola.
A virus containing proteins found in the Lassa virus — like Ebola, a hemorrhagic fever virus found in some parts of Africa — not only passed through the formidable blood-brain barrier but destroyed brain tumors in mice, according to research released April 16 in the Journal of Virology.
“The chimeric virus turned out to be completely safe in animals and tended to specifically target cancer cells in the brain,” said Tony van den Pol, professor of neurosurgery at the Yale School of Medicine, researcher at the Yale Cancer Center and senior author of the study.
… Her son, who had previously lived in Colorado for a period of time, disagreed with some of the anti-pot points that were being made by school officials.
The school called the police. Coppers showed up at Shona’s home, searched everything, and ended up finding 2 ounces of cannabis oil which she uses to treat her Crohn’s disease. The result? She could lose her child – her ex has already been granted temporary custody of her son – and Shona faces the battle of her life. …
And I’m sure that they will do it with other people’s money.
California has met the future, and it really doesn’t work. As the mounting panic surrounding the drought suggests, the Golden State, once renowned for meeting human and geographic challenges, is losing its ability to cope with crises. As a result, the great American land of opportunity is devolving into something that resembles feudalism, a society dominated by rich and poor, with little opportunity for upward mobility for the state’s middle- and working classes.
The water situation reflects this breakdown in the starkest way. Everyone who follows California knew it was inevitable we would suffer a long-term drought. Most of the state—including the Bay Area as well as greater Los Angeles—is semi-arid, and could barely support more than a tiny fraction of its current population. California’s response to aridity has always been primarily an engineering one that followed the old Roman model of siphoning water from the high country to service cities and farms.
But since the 1970s, California’s water system has become the prisoner of politics and posturing. The great aqueducts connecting the population centers with the great Sierra snowpack are all products of an earlier era—the Los Angeles aqueduct (1913), Hetch-Hetchy (1923), the Central Valley Project (1937), and the California Aqueduct (1974). The primary opposition to expansion has been the green left, which rejects water storage projects as irrelevant.
A group of Mexican engineers from the Jhostoblak Corporate created technology to recover and purify, either seawater or wastewater from households, hotels, hospitals, commercial and industrial facilities, regardless of the content of pollutants and microorganisms in, incredibly, just 2.5 minutes, researchers say.
The System PQUA, works with a mixture of dissociating elements, capable of separating and removing all contaminants, as well as organic and inorganic pollutants. “The methodology is founded on molecularly dissociating water pollutants to recover the minerals necessary and sufficient in order for the human body to function properly nourished,” technical staff explained.
Notably, the engineers developed eight dissociating elements, and after extensive testing on different types of contaminated water, implemented a unique methodology that indicates what and how much of each element should be combined.
Scientists have put forward a blueprint for a purely space-based system to solve the growing problem of space debris. The proposal will be used to detect objects, and a recently developed high-efficiency laser system will be used to track space debris and remove it from orbit.
U.S. military officials are concerned that Iran’s support for Houthi rebels in Yemen could spark a confrontation with Saudi Arabia and plunge the region into sectarian war.
Iran is sending an armada of seven to nine ships — some with weapons — toward Yemen in a potential attempt to resupply the Shia Houthi rebels, according to two U.S. defense officials.
Officials fear the move could lead to a showdown with the U.S. or other members of a Saudi-led coalition, which is enforcing a naval blockade of Yemen and is conducting its fourth week of airstrikes against the Houthis.
Iran sent a destroyer and another vessel to waters near Yemen last week but said it was part of a routine counter-piracy mission.
What’s unusual about the new deployment, which set out this week, is that the Iranians are not trying to conceal it, officials said. Instead, they appear to be trying to “communicate it” to the U.S. and its allies in the Gulf.
Mortgage finance giant Fannie Mae just debuted its new “HomePath Ready Buyer Program,” which lets first-time homebuyers get up to a 3% rebate of a home’s purchase price if they buy a Fannie Mae property, so long as they complete an online homebuyer education course which costs $75.00.
The new HomePath Ready Buyer Program, as described by Fannie Mae, could create $4,500 in savings on a $150,000 home for first-time buyers, (defined as borrowers who have not owned a home in the prior three years).
In addition to the 3% rebate, Fannie Mae will refund the cost of the homebuyer education course. Still many of the borrowers targeted for the new programs don’t earn more than their area’s median income
This new program comes after Melvin Watt, director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, announced last December that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac would soon start buying mortgage securities backed by 30-year loans with just 3% down payments, which banks largely halted delivering two years ago, instead demanding 20% down.
Five Australian teenagers were arrested Saturday on suspicion of plotting a Veterans’ Day terrorist attack that included targeting police.
According to officials, the suspects include two 18-year-olds who were allegedly planning an attack at the ANZAC Day ceremony in Melbourne. Another 18-year-old was arrested on weapons charges and two other men, 18 and 19, are in custody, according to Australian Federal Police Acting Deputy Commissioner Neil Gaughan.
The arrests took place in Melbourne, where a joint counterterrorism team served a total of seven warrants Saturday morning. Police said they were also conducting searches at related properties.
The arrests reflect a problem that’s new for Australia, which has been long protected from homegrown terror threats by geographical isolation. It now must confront terrorism inspired by the Islamic State that has washed up on its shores.
I’ve always liked him and ‘his story’ is one of those things that make him dramatically different from and Democratic candidate. Can a revived TEA Party push him to the right?
Senator Marco Rubio announced his candidacy for president of the United States at the Freedom Tower in Miami on Monday, highlighting his family’s hardscrabble immigrant roots and embracing traditional values but also vowing to usher in a “new American century.”
As a matter of political pragmatism, is there any convincing reason Rubio shouldn’t be the Republican to take on Hillary Clinton in 2016? Because when it comes to natural political talent, it’s unlikely the GOP could do better.