The former commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan is encouraged by the terms of a security-pact agreement governing the withdrawal of U.S. troops.
Retired Marine General John Allen, who commanded all American and NATO forces in Afghanistan until early this year, praised the security agreement reached today by Afghan and U.S. negotiators. The deal ensures that a residual U.S. force will remain in the country after the American combat mission comes to a close at the end of 2014. It is unclear what the size of that force will be, though it is expected to be somewhere in the range of 10,000.
In a D.C. court Tea Party Congressman Trey Radel was fined and sentenced to probation and mandatory rehab for his recent cocaine bust. Like Rob Ford, he blamed his drug use on alcohol.
30 years ago, pioneering rapper Melle Mel warned “white lines . . .don’t do it.” If only hip hop conservative Rep. Trey Radel (R-FL) had paid attention he might have avoided the embarrassing arrest for cocaine possession that landed him before a judge today when he was sentenced in a D.C. courtroom. Radel, a first-term congressman from southwest Florida, pled guilty on Wednesday to a misdemeanor charge of cocaine possession in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia.
Like people, selfies are often bothersome, silly, and apparently redundant. But the new Word of the Year doesn’t just expose our narcissism—it can express the simple joy of being alive.
I never use Facebook. Well, almost never. I have, on the other hand, tweeted more than 41,000 times. I love Twitter. I love the purity of text it streams at me. So I’m a little bothered by Twitter’s introduction of automatically displayed images embedded within tweets.But it’s not because some of those pics are selfies. A lot of people are complaining about them. It sounds as if 2013 has been a better year for selfies than it has been for them.
The majority of American students don’t know when the Civil War occurred. To mark the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, we should rededicate ourselves to civic education.
Today marks the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, the most eloquent speech in American history and probably the most essential document with regard to understanding the nation’s continued struggle to live up to its founding ideals.Sadly, a recent study by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni reveals that 83 percent of recent college graduates could not identify “government of the people, by the people, for the people” as a phrase from the Gettysburg Address.
Maj. Jason Brezler’s warnings about an Afghan police chief and his ‘tea boys’ went unaddressed, and three Marines were slain. One year later, the Marines are taking action—against him.
More than a year after three Marines were shot to death on their base in an insider attack by an Afghan police chief’s “tea boy,” there is still no official explanation for why a warning that could well have prevented the tragedy seems to have gone unheeded.There is also no explanation for why the police chief was allegedly allowed to sexually assault children with apparent impunity on an American military facility.But authorities have taken action against one person they should be praising, the 32-year-old Marine Reserve officer who issued the warning about the police chief and his crimes.
‘Four score and seven years ago...’ We remember the first words of the iconic speech, delivered 150 years ago, but his battlefield visit brought unexpected revisions to the text.
Lincoln at Gettysburg. Few images in American history run deeper in the national memory than that of the tall martyr president dedicating the cemetery for the honored dead of the Civil War’s greatest battle. In our post-heroic era, depictions of the awestruck crowd and transcendent president on November 19, 1863, seem irretrievably remote, but the truth behind that image shouldn’t lost beneath all the tradition, homily, and trivia.For Lincoln, getting to the speech—as a statement of ideas and as an event—was both an intellectual and physical journey.
Detained border-crossers may find themselves sent to the infamous hieleras, or ‘freezers.’
The moment Border Patrol agents swooped in on Claudia and her husband, Marvin, as they tried to sneak across the Rio Grande, the 31-year-old mother of two almost felt relief.It had been an arduous 18-day journey from their native of El Salvador, which they had fled for fear of their lives at the hands—and machetes—of a vicious gang, she said in a recent interview.But she soon faced a new, unexpected ordeal as she quickly was separated from her husband and locked away with her preteen son and infant girl in cold cells with an ominous name.
When the war on terror has lost the founder of Blackwater, counterterrorism efforts could be in real trouble. Why Erik Prince thinks the national security state has become too big.
Erik Prince is not the kind of man one expects to make the case for slashing U.S. intelligence and military budgets. After 9-11, his company, Blackwater, expanded exponentially, winning contracts to protect diplomats and politicians in Iraq and to train and work with CIA paramilitary teams hunting terrorists. In an interview Monday, Prince said the national security state he once served has grown too large.“America is way too quick to trade freedom for the illusion of security,” he told The Daily Beast.
Maria Bartiromo, who took a sexist nickname and made it her own, is departing CNBC for its rival, Fox Business—where she’ll join mentor Roger Ailes. But will her audience follow?
Financial television luminary Maria Bartiromo, who in her two decades at CNBC established herself as “The Money Honey,” a sexist nickname she shrewdly trademarked, is jumping to the rival Fox Business Network as well as the Fox News Channel.The Drudge Report first posted the news on Monday as the 46-year-old Bartiromo was anchoring Closing Bell, CNBC’s late-afternoon stock market program. CNBC officially acknowledged the loss in a statement, noting that Bartiromo “has been at the center of every major financial and business news story…since her earliest days” at the network, but Fox held its fire until an expected announcement later in the week.
With serious concerns that Amazon's 'Prime Air' would infringe on privacy, The Daily Beast's Abby Haglage explains why the drones are a recipe for disaster.
From an atrocious starting point, enrollment on HealthCare.gov is essentially quadrupling. As predicted, by next fall, the law is going to be a net plus for Obama and the Democrats.