By Paul Scicchitano
Dr. Alveda King, niece of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., remembers former South African President Nelson Mandela as a “noble and great man who has been such a great gift to the world — a dignitary, a warrior, a man of character and integrity.”
Speaking in an exclusive interview with Newsmax TV, King recalled meeting Mandela in 1990 shortly after his release from more than 27 years in prison, where he gained global prominence as the world’s most famous political prisoner.
By Todd Beamon
Tributes to former South African President Nelson Mandela, who died Thursday at age 95, poured in from a wide range of American leaders — from former presidents to legislators to mayors.
Here are some of the comments.
President Barack Obama said he will propose curbs on the National Security Agency to guard against unwarranted snooping in Americans’ private affairs.
The president is scheduled to get a report next week from a five-member panel of lawyers and former security officials that is reviewing the spy agency’s sweeping collection of communications data worldwide. It was created after the leaks of secret government documents from former government security contractor Edward Snowden.
By Bill Hoffmann
President Barack Obama has admitted he lived with his Kenyan uncle in the 1980s — an embarrassing flip-flop from an earlier White House claim that the two had never met.
The commander-in-chief revealed on Thursday that he had stayed at the Cambridge, Mass., apartment of Onyango Obama as he prepared to attend Harvard Law School.
By Matt Kibbe
“Learn a little bit more about how business has been done in the Congress of the United States.”
Those were the words of advice given by senior Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) to junior Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) during last May’s debt ceiling debate. It’s a provocative suggestion, considering that traditional congressional business practices have led us into almost $17 trillion in debt, unfunded liabilities several times that amount and a congressional approval rating that hovers around 9 percent.
By Bill Hoffmann
Bill Kristol, founder and editor of The Weekly Standard, thinks Iran is determined to build nuclear weapons despite its deal with the United States.
“If you just came down from Mars and looked at this deal, you would conclude the Iranian regime, having spent 10 years cheating, lying, . . . and willing to risk very tough sanctions . . . [is] willing to sign off on a little bit of a pause in their [nuclear] program in return to getting sanctions released,” Kristol told “The Steve Malzberg Show” on Newsmax TV.
In June of 2010, the Obama Administration began providing input to Congress regarding the prospective features and policy of contents for a reauthorized farm bill. Over a period of more than three years, the Administration has supported reauthorization efforts aimed to help build a better safety net for farmers and families, and to build a better farm, food, and energy policy for the nation.
Democratic Sen. Charles E. Schumer of New York said he was disappointed in the interim deal reached in Geneva regarding Iran’s nuclear program, saying “it does not seem proportional” because “Iran simply freezes its nuclear capabilities while we reduce the sanctions.”
An often overlooked provision of the Affordable Care Act allows Americans to scam the system by taking advantage of a grace period for paying insurance premiums.
Under Section 156.270 of the 11,000-page act, people need to pay a premium for just one month and then can qualify for a three-month grace period during which they don’t pay premiums — but continue to get covered medical care.