WASHINGTON — President Obama vetoed the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act on Friday, setting up a major test for whether 9/11 families will get legislation they've long clamored for that will let them sue the Saudi Arabian government for its alleged role in funding the attacks.
"The United States has taken robust and wide-ranging actions to provide justice for the victims of the 9/11 attacks and keep Americans safe, from providing financial compensation for victims and their families to conducting worldwide counterterrorism programs to bringing criminal charges against culpable individuals. I have continued and expanded upon these efforts, both to help victims of terrorism gain justice for the loss and suffering of their loved ones and to protect the United States from future attacks," Obama said in a Friday afternoon statement.
"The JASTA, however, does not contribute to these goals, does not enhance the safety of Americans from terrorist attacks, and undermines core U.S. interests. For these reasons, I must veto the bill."
The bill is designed to give survivors and families of those murdered on 9/11 legal standing to sue the Saudi Arabian government in an attempt to bring justice to those who helped fund the terrorists, 15 of the 19 whom were Saudi nationals. Families, many from greater New York City, have fought for years to try to hold them accountable and receive financial compensation.
Deroy Murdock reports for the New York Post, Oct. 2, 2015, that a member of the uniformed Secret Service once made the mistake of greeting Hillary Clinton, “Good morning, ma’am.”
“F— off,” she replied.
That exchange is one among many that active and retired Secret Service agents shared with Ronald Kessler, author of First Family Detail, a book on the Secret Service charged with protecting America’s presidents and their families. Kessler was an investigative reporter with the Wall Street Journal and Washington Postand is the author of 19 other books.
In First Family Detail, Kessler writes flatteringly and critically about people in both parties, but Hillary is exposed as an epically abusive Arctic monster.
Kessler explains, “When in public, Hillary smiles and acts graciously. As soon as the cameras are gone, her angry personality, nastiness, and imperiousness become evident. Hillary Clinton can make Richard Nixon look like Mahatma Gandhi.”
Here’s more on Hillary from First Family Detail:
Former Secret Service agent Lloyd Bulman recalls: “Hillary was very rude to agents, and she didn’t appear to like law enforcement or the military. She wouldn’t go over and meet military people or police officers, as most protectees do. She was just really rude to almost everybody. She’d act like she didn’t want you around, like you were beneath her.”
Another former agent remembers: “Hillary didn’t like the military aides wearing their uniforms around the White House. She asked if they would wear business suits instead. The uniform’s a sign of pride, and they’re proud to wear their uniform. I know that the military was actually really offended by it.”
Former agent Jeff Crane says, “Hillary would cuss at Secret Service drivers for going over bumps.”
Another former member of her detail recollects, “Hillary never talked to us . . . Most all members of first families would talk to us and smile. She never did that.”
Yet another Secret Service agent notes: “We spent years with her. She never said thank you.”
Former FBI agent Coy Copeland says that within the White House, Hillary had a “standing rule that no one spoke to her when she was going from one location to another. In fact, anyone who would see her coming would just step into the first available office.”
One former Secret Service agent states, “If Hillary was walking down a hall, you were supposed to hide behind drapes used as partitions.”
Franette McCulloch, who served at that time as assistant White House pastry chef, said that Hillary one day ran into a White House electrician who was changing a light bulb in the upstairs family quarters. She screamed at him, because she had demanded that all repairs be performed while the Clintons were outside the Executive Mansion. “She caught the guy on a ladder doing the light bulb. He was a basket case.”
White House usher Christopher B. Emery made the mistake of returning former first lady Barbara Bush’s phone call asking for computer troubleshooting. For that, Hillary sacked him. The father of four stayed jobless for a year.
While running for US Senate, Hillary stopped at an upstate New York 4-H Club. As one Secret Service agent says, Hillary saw farmers and cows and then erupted. “She turned to a staffer and said, ‘What the f - - - did we come here for? There’s no money here.’ ”
“[Secret Service] agents consider being assigned to her detail a form of punishment. In fact, agents say being on Hillary Clinton’s detail is the worst duty assignment in the Secret Service. No one would hire such a person to work at a McDonald’s, and yet she is being considered for president of the United States.”
If this is said about a Republican first lady or presidential candidate, it would be all over the New York Times, Washington Post, and network TV news.
The mayor also singled out the city's "heroes" — including Tamar Manasseh, who founded Mothers Against Senseless Killing, known as the "Army of Moms."
"For all the things that make Chicago great, for all the things that make us proud to call ourselves Chicagoans, the violence that is happening corrodes our core," he said. "It is not the Chicago we know and love."
For years, Emanuel has repeated a mantra on attacking street violence with what he calls "the four P's" — policing, punishment, prevention and parenting — and he fell back on those topics while expanding the debate to more wide-ranging social issues like employment and racial inequality Thursday.
Emanuel said residents are sick of the violence and want more police officers that are truly helping fight crime in their neighborhoods.
"They do not want more officers in cars, just driving through their communities," he said. "They want officers on the beat in their neighborhoods.
He said residents are tired of being prisoners in their own communities.
"There are too many senior citizens and good residents in Chicago who are sick and tired of having to walk several blocks out of their way when they leave their homes just to avoid the gangs and drug dealers on the street corner," he said.
"In too many communities parents cannot even let their children play outside for fear of a stray bullet. They have to teach their children how to react when they hear the all-too-common sound of gunfire."
Emanuel said police department reforms, saying there were new protocols so police videos are released sooner and said the independent agency that investigates police shootings and misconduct is being replaced by an organization that will have "the tools to ensure real accountability when wrongdoing occurs."
While many residents want more police on the street that "respect" residents, the community needs to return that sentiment, Emanuel said.
"As I have said before, and I want to repeat today: Respect is a two-way street," he said.
"There can be no permission slip for people taunting police officers trying to solve a crime in their community," he said. "And there can be no pass for officers belittling a citizen who has turned to them for help. Both of which we have seen in recent videos."
Emanuel recounted a number of initiatives he's undertaken, including a proposal to put nearly 1,000 more police officers on the streets.
He also said $36 million will be invested in mentoring programs over the next three years, with half of that coming from the city. The other half will come from corporations, philanthropies and individual donors, and about half of those funds have been raised so far.
One of the mentoring programs that will benefit will be Becoming a Man, which helps young men. BAM participants are only half as likely to be arrested for violent crime and are 20 percent more likely to finish high school on time, Emanuel said.
"That is why I am committing today to providing universal mentoring to these 7,200 young men," Emanuel said, referring to the number of teens in 8th, 9th and 10th grades that live in the 20 most crime-plagued neighborhoods in the city, according to the University of Chicago. "And this initiative is not just for a year. It will be a sustained effort."
Young people from throughout the city will be recruited to participate in mentoring programs like BAM, Emanuel said. He will also call on businesses to encourage their employees to become mentors.
"This will be an opportunity for individuals of good will and compassion to help change the course of a young person’s life and the future course of our city," Emanuel said. "I am confident Chicago will answer the call. If we want every boy to become a man, we need every adult to become a mentor."
If the city doesn't provide mentors, gangs will, Rahm say.
"We cannot afford to lose another generation to the gangs" like the Vice Lords, Gangster Disciples and Latin Kings, he said. "The deck has been stacked against the kids, and it's time we reshuffle that deck and put our kids on top."
An iconic American company, McDonald’s, has quietly outsourced the jobs of 70 white-collar professionals in Ohio to foreign H-1B workers.
The H-1B outsourcing in the nation’s heartland showcases the growing corporate use of foreign H-1B workers to replace American white-collar professionals, and it comes after companies have used waves of legal and illegal migrants to slash blue-collar jobs and wages in Ohio and around the country.
Also, the 70 Ohio jobs that McDonalds outsourced to lower wage foreign graduates are not Silicon Valley technology and software jobs — they’re white-collar accounting jobs performed by graduates from mainstream business schools. That outsourcing of mainstream business jobs spotlights the growing movement of foreign workers into all corners of the nation’s white-collar professional economy.
White-collar outsourcing “is not just a Silicon Valley thing anymore, it is happening all over” the country, said Steve Camarota, head of research at the Center for Immigration Studies.
Nationwide, the foreign population of white-collar temporary workers, dubbed “guest-workers,” now
I saw a dear friend a few days ago. I stopped by to ask her how she was doing, how her family was. She looked up, voice lowered, and just whimpered: “I’m so busy… I am so busy… have so much going on.”
Almost immediately after, I ran into another friend and asked him how he was. Again, same tone, same response: “I’m just so busy… got so much to do.”
The tone was exacerbated, tired, even overwhelmed.
And it’s not just adults. When we moved to North Carolina about ten years ago, we were thrilled to be moving to a city with a great school system. We found a diverse neighborhood, filled with families. Everything felt good, felt right.
After we settled in, we went to one of the friendly neighbors, asking if their daughter and our daughter could get together and play. The mother, a really
Hoping the public display of public disrespect just goes away. This guy is typical of what we are seeing in our public officials. No balls. Afraid to speak the truth. He stands for nothing.
The truth is that the public should begin a boycott of the NFL for permitting such an insult to go unanswered. Their reluctance to act has become an an endorsement of of the misbehavior.
MINNEAPOLIS — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says the league will encourage players to use their voice to promote social change as the demonstrations during the national anthem started by San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick last month continue to spread to other teams.
Speaking before the Minnesota Vikings’ first regular-season game at their new stadium against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night, Goodell told a group of reporters the movement from “protests to progress” is a positive sign.
“As I’ve said before, I truly respect our players wanting to speak out and change the community,” Goodell said. “We don’t live in a perfect society. We want them to use that voice. And they’re moving from protests to progress and trying to make things happen in the communities. And I admire that about our players, (being) willing to do that.
“Obviously, we want to respect people. We want to respect our differences. We want to respect our flag and our country, and our players understand that. So I think where they’re moving and how they’re moving there is very productive, and we’re going to encourage that.
Goodell said he hasn’t reached out to Kaepernick directly.
Kaepernick once again kneeled during The Star-Spangled Banner before the 49ers’ loss to the Carolina Panthers on Sunday. Members of the Miami Dolphins, Kansas City Chiefs and San Diego Chargers were among others demonstrating in different ways during the anthem. Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins said in a radio interview his team will do some sort of demonstration before Monday night’s game against the Chicago Bears.