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  • Why actor Clint Howard is campaigning for Ted Cruz

    01/29/2016 12:14:09 PM PST · by justlittleoleme · 53 replies
    CNN ^ | January 29, 2016 | Chris Moody
    You might remember him as Balok the creepy child alien in "Star Trek" or the geeky flight controller in "Apollo 13", but this week, actor Clint Howard is far from Hollywood, working as a volunteer phone banker for Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz in Iowa. Howard donated to Cruz's campaign last year and flew to Des Moines to support him before the caucuses. On Wednesday night, he was among hundreds of others at a Cruz rally here to promote Cruz's campaign and oppose abortion."Over the years I've grown more conservative," Howard told CNN after the event. "I've come to realize...
  • Dwight Howard -- Now Under Criminal Investigation for Child Abuse

    11/18/2014 8:41:59 AM PST · by C19fan · 27 replies
    TMZ ^ | November 18, 2014 | Staff
    Dwight Howard is under criminal investigation for child abuse ... law enforcement sources tell TMZ. We've learned the Cobb County PD in Georgia now has an active criminal investigation into allegations he beat his 6-year-old son Braylon with a belt buckle. TMZ Sports broke the story ... the Dept. of Children and Families in Florida (DCF) determined there wasn't enough evidence of child abuse to go forward, but it turns out the incident occurred in Georgia. Howard admits he hit his kid with a belt, but says he didn't know it was wrong because he was hit as a kid.
  • Sources: Howard Stern to Move to Palm Beach Permanently (reason: taxes)

    09/18/2014 11:13:11 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 28 replies
    © Copyright 2013 · All Rights Reserved ^ | September 16, 2014 | by Jose Lambiet
    PALM BEACH — No matter what his professional future holds, satellite radio star Howard Stern is planning to move to Palm Beach permanently after the $10 million-renovation of his $52 million-house is completed early next year...One of the sources added that Stern is well aware of the benefits of declaring residency in a no-income tax state like Florida and homesteading his property.
  • Shhhh! Tim Howard’s a Christian

    07/02/2014 7:12:58 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 10 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | 7-2-14 | Katie Yoder
    The media are poring over each and every detail of the life of U.S. soccer team’s heroic goalkeeper. Here’s one they probably won’t mention: Tim Howard is a Christian. Beating the U.S. soccer team in a 2-1 game, Belgium eliminated the U.S. from the World Cup, on July 1. Despite that, the U.S. team still boasted a win: goalkeeper Tim Howard made 16 goal saves during the match, the most in World Cup history since 1966 (when record-keeping first began). ABC, CBS and NBC noted the champion’s popularity – but failed to mention his faith. During the morning segments after...
  • Petition begun to rename Reagan Airport after Tim Howard

    07/02/2014 10:06:43 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 61 replies
    South Florida Sun-Sentinel ^ | July 2, 2014 | Ryan Parker
    Tim Howard may very well be the most popular man in America at this moment. So much so, an official White House petition was started Tuesday night to rename the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport after Howard -- seriously.
  • Howard: Tony Abbott will do a fantastic job' [conservative election victory in Australia]

    09/07/2013 3:25:16 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 4 replies
    7 News ^ | 9/7/2013 | 7 News report
  • Former state Rep. Constance Howard pleads guilty to mail fraud (Chicago RAT)

    07/25/2013 2:27:51 AM PDT · by Libloather · 5 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 7/24/13 | Ray Long
    **SNIP** She also had served on a state advisory committee aimed at eliminating the digital divide between the rich and poor. According to the plea agreement, Howard established an annual Tee Off for Technology celebrity golf outing in 2003 to raise money for a scholarship fund in her name. From 2003 to 2007, she solicited and collected about $76,700 but awarded no more than five $2,500 scholarships. Along the way, she claimed more than 50 people had received scholarships, according to the plea. The $28,000 she siphoned from the scholarship fund went to her personal and political use, including for...
  • Howard Student To Rand Paul: "I Want A Government That Is Going To Help Me"

    04/11/2013 7:56:33 AM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 78 replies
    RCP Video ^ | 4-10-2013
    Howard University student to Sen. Rand Paul: ".... You say you want to provide a government that leaves us alone. Quite frankly, I don’t want that. I want a government that is going to help me. I want a government that is going to help me fund my college education. I want a government that won’t define me by my FAFSA or by my family’s income. I’m a dollar sign with a heartbeat in this nation. This society is a mirror image of Capitol Hill. Do you, Senator Rand Paul, have a solution to come up with new American values...
  • Rand Paul goes where few Republicans have gone: Howard University

    04/10/2013 3:01:43 PM PDT · by Nachum · 9 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 4/10/13 | Crystal Wright
    What was Rand Paul, a white Republican senator from Kentucky, doing at Howard University, a mostly black campus in Washington DC? Asking black Americans to give conservatism a second look. Paul acknowledged that some people thought he was crazy to speak to a largely democratic group, who were probably part of the 93% of blacks who re-elected President Barack Obama in 2012. He joked: "My response is that my trip will be a success if the Hilltop [the campus newspaper] will simply print that a Republican came to Howard, but he came in peace." The rest of his speech wasn't...
  • Black Agenda Summit at Howard: Obama “Does Not Deserve a Pass Anymore”

    02/03/2013 7:31:40 AM PST · by Libloather · 39 replies
    Politic365 ^ | 2/01/13 | Lauren Victoria Burke
    On the first day of Black history month, policy experts analyzed the current economic state of Black Americans during a summit at Howard University. One featured participant said President Obama, “does not deserve a pass anymore” regarding confronting Black issues head on and asked that the President “summon his courage” and “find his voice” on economic inequality in America. **SNIP** There has been discussion on what some refer to as a “cone of silence” over the Obama presidency regarding issues dealing with race and racial disparities in America. The Washington Monthly magazine featured Obama and race on their front cover...
  • I Went After Guns. Obama Can, Too. (Australia Prime Minister glad his country has no Bill of Rights

    01/18/2013 3:55:52 PM PST · by Winged Hussar · 13 replies
    New York Times ^ | January 16, 2013 | John Howard
    Australia, correctly in my view, does not have a Bill of Rights, so our legislatures have more say than America’s over many issues of individual rights, and our courts have less control. Also, we have no constitutional right to bear arms.
  • Audio: Howard Stern’s crew interviews Occupy Wall Street protesters

    10/17/2011 6:35:33 PM PDT · by Nachum · 57 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 10/17/11 | Allahpundit
    Via Breitbart TV. Given Stern’s reach and the otherwise adoring coverage of OWS, this may well be the biggest PR hit the movement’s taken so far. People are buzzing about this Quinnipiac poll out today showing that a heavy majority of New Yorkers agree with “the protesters’ views” — whatever those might be — but the numbers are a fait accompli. In the 2008 election, Brooklyn broke 79/20 for Obama; Manhattan 85/14; and the Bronx 88/11. So long as the protesters babble feelgood platitudes about “economic justice” and take care to ruin the quality of life only for those residents/businesses...
  • Opie Taylor: Tax the Rich

    09/21/2011 10:53:03 AM PDT · by martosko · 57 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 09/21/2011 | Jeff Poor
    Life was simpler in the fictional town of Mayberry, N.C., where “The Andy Griffith Show” was set, and images of Sheriff Andy Taylor and his son Opie evoke a more prosperous America. But did the mystique of that setting include a 90 percent tax rate on the wealthy? On MSNBC Wednesday, appearing from the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., director and producer Ron Howard said he would be open to the wealthy paying more taxes.
  • Howard Dean: ‘Huntsman is a great candidate for president but he is in the wrong party’

    08/23/2011 9:07:22 AM PDT · by Nachum · 26 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 8/23/11 | Jeff Poor
    I’s not an endorsement that former Utah Gov. John Huntsman likely asked for, but his stances on the various policy dilemmas of our time has won the favor of Howard Dean. On MSNBC’s Tuesday broadcast of “Morning Joe,” the former Democratic National Committee chairman and Vermont governor praised Huntsman, especially as the way stacks up against other GOP contenders. “I don’t mean to be catty, but this is a great line,” Dean said. “This is true. Jacob wrote this was the thinking man’s candidate. There aren’t any thinking people in the Republican Party. I’m serious. Name a few thoughtful policy...
  • John Howard: where Labor went wrong (Australia's former PM on the current government)

    08/19/2011 6:58:51 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 8 replies
    The Weekend Australian ^ | 20th August 2011 | John Howard
    WHEN the members of the federal parliamentary Liberal Party met to elect a new leader after its defeat on November 27, 2007, the outlook for the party and its cause, nationwide, seemed bleak. The gallows humour started early. Campbell Newman, the Liberal Lord Mayor of Brisbane, was quickly named the most senior Liberal figure in Australia: he actually held elected office. Not since its formation in 1944 had the Liberal Party been so bereft of political power. Labor was in office everywhere at a national, state and territory level. The reasonable expectation was that the newly ensconced Rudd government would...
  • Dean: Government Should Pick Guests on Fox & MSNBC

    11/29/2010 2:02:44 PM PST · by ChicagoConservative27 · 44 replies
    Video at link.
  • Tea Party in Mayberry

    10/07/2010 12:09:14 PM PDT · by DFG · 24 replies
    Michelle Malkin ^ | 10/07/10 | Doug Powers
    Long before Andy Griffith shilled for Obamacare in an ad you paid for, Ron Howard starred with Griffith in a 2008 campaign video dedicated to telling everyone how much Hope & Change was needed in order to save the country. In the spirit of equal Howard family time, below is a short video from Heritage Action called “Obama Tax Hikes” in which Ron Howard’s brother, Clint, strikes a blow for the rebellion.
  • Dwight Howard makes a lady's day, life

    09/09/2010 1:02:41 PM PDT · by DFG · 7 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 09/08/10 | Trey Kerby
    Occasionally stories come around that push your sadness buttons just enough that your eyes get a bit misty, while at the same time the same story activates your smile sensors because it's about someone doing something good for another person. You know what I'm talking about.
  • Howard Kurtz Smacks Down Bill Press for Comparing Glenn Beck to Al Qaeda

    08/29/2010 3:27:25 PM PDT · by Nachum · 23 replies · 4+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | 8/29/10 | Noel Sheppard
    Howard Kurtz on Sunday smacked down liberal talk radio host Bill Press for saying the Park Service allowing Glenn Beck's "Restoring Honor" event at the Lincoln Memorial was like "granting al Qaeda permission to hold a rally on September 11th at Ground Zero." Towards the end of the opening segment of CNN's "Reliable Sources," Kurtz surprisingly brought up last Friday's disgraceful editing job by ABC's "Good Morning America" that Beck himself said was like something Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels would have done. When finished with this admonishment, Kurtz went right after Press who was seated directly in front of him...
  • Actor Clint Howard, brother of director Ron Howard, in new video for Heritage Action

    08/23/2010 6:11:09 PM PDT · by curth · 43 replies · 4+ views
    Daily Caller ^ | 8/23/2010 | Caroline May
    Clint Howard, long-time character actor and brother of the more liberal director Ron Howard, is displaying his conservative stripes in a new advertisement for Heritage Action for American, the new grassroots advocacy arm of The Heritage Foundation. The video calls attention to the propensity of politicians with unpopular voting records to avoid townhall meetings. The video, titled “August Recess Excuses,” aims to raise awareness about the disconnect between the issues that concern congressional leaders and those that concern their constituents. “The ‘August Recess Excuses’ video highlights the lengths our so-called representatives will go to avoid their constituents,” Heritage Action’s CEO...
  • Howard Zinn (from the FBI)

    08/01/2010 10:23:00 AM PDT · by Nachum · 6 replies · 1+ views
    The FBI ^ | 8/1/10 | staff
    On July 30, 2010, the FBI released one file with three sections totaling 423 pages on Howard Zinn, a best selling radical historian, teacher, playwright, and political activist. Zinn was born in Brooklyn, New York and died at the age of 87 on January 27, 2010. As a young man he worked as a shipyard hand and served in the U. S. military as a bombardier during World War II. Returning from the war, he became involved in a number of left-wing political causes, some of them associated with the activities of the Communist Party of the United States (CPUSA).
  • Howard Zinn, "Outed" as Communist and a Liar

    07/31/2010 9:24:24 PM PDT · by Nachum · 19 replies · 3+ views
    Cliff Kincaid ^ | 7/31/10 | Trevor Loudon
    The prominent “progressive” historian Howard Zinn, whose books are force-fed to young people on many college campuses, was not only a member of the Moscow-controlled and Soviet-funded Communist Party USA (CPUSA) but lied about it, according to an FBI file released on Friday. The file, consisting of three sections totaling 423 pages, was made available on the FBI’s website and released in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request from this writer. Zinn taught in the political science department of Boston University for 24 years, from 1964 to 1988, and has been a major influence on the modern-day...
  • Magic has shown no heart

    05/23/2010 1:04:40 PM PDT · by SmokingJoe · 59 replies · 838+ views
    Fox Sports ^ | May 23, 2010 | Jeff Goodman
    No heart. I’m not sure you can find a pulsation right now among Orlando’s trio of Dwight Howard, Vince Carter and Rashard Lewis. With their backs against the proverbial wall, all three came out and laid a gigantic egg. That’s $50 million that should have just stayed home and watched the Eastern Conference finals on television — because they were all bystanders on Saturday night in Boston’s 94-71 thrashing in Game 3. Howard went through the first 11:51 without scoring as the Celtics took a 27-12 lead after the first quarter. The NBA’s most dominant big man finished with a...
  • One of Obama's closest friends part of federal probe

    05/10/2010 6:27:58 PM PDT · by george76 · 27 replies · 542+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | May 9, 2010 | DAVE McKINNEY, CHRIS FUSCO
    E-mails and other records of Dr. Eric Whitaker -- one of President Obama's best friends -- have been subpoenaed by a federal grand jury... The investigation involves "faith-based initiatives" and health-awareness campaigns funded by the Illinois Department of Public Health when Whitaker ran the agency for former Gov. Rod Blagojevich... Obama has said he recommended Whitaker for that job, which Whitaker landed in April 2003. The president's friend resigned in October 2007 to join Obama's wife, Michelle, as an executive at the University of Chicago Medical Center. On Friday, Whitaker defended his work as the state's former top health official,...
  • Philip Howard: Four ways to fix a broken legal system

    03/01/2010 8:56:00 AM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 7 replies · 296+ views ^ | MARCH 01,2010 | swampsniper
    An analysis.
  • Howard Dean says "People who blame others are losers" right after blaming GWB

    01/20/2010 1:37:18 PM PST · by lwd · 9 replies · 438+ views
    Rachel Maddow Show on msbnc ^ | 01-20-10 | Howard Dean
    DEAN: Well, no, I think this is an exception. The northeast is not a conservative place. And I think—I still believe that Martha can pull this out. But if she doesn‘t, I think the voters of Massachusetts are going to find out that Scott Brown doesn‘t vote anything like the average voter of Massachusetts. So, I don‘t really think it‘s that. I really think that you got to stand up and be strong, and people really were hoping that it was going to be a real push for some differences. It‘s—and a lot of this is not anybody‘s fault. Well,...
  • Howard Dean: “Kill The Senate Bill”

    12/15/2009 12:27:51 PM PST · by LdSentinal · 115 replies · 4,908+ views
    Plumline ^ | 12/15/09
    In a blow to the bill grinding through the Senate, Howard Dean bluntly called for the bill to be killed in a pre-recorded interview set to air later this afternoon, denouncing it as “the collapse of health care reform in the United States Senate,” the reporter who conducted the interview tells me. Dean said the removal of the Medicare buy-in made the bill not worth supporting, and urged Dem leaders to start over with the process of reconciliation in the interview, which is set to air at 5:50 PM today on Vermont Public Radio, political reporter Bob Kinzel confirms to...
  • Hulu: Adv of S. Holmes series

    11/04/2009 11:49:08 PM PST · by DGHoodini · 10 replies · 682+ views
    Hulu | 11/5/09 | DGHoodini
    Huilu has added the 1940's(?) Brit 'Sherlock Holmes' TV series to their line up, with episodes 1 to 39. Back when I only had terrestrial TV, I used to enjoy watching the nightly episode aired on my local PBS channel before going to sleep.
  • Dubya blog a flight of fantasy

    06/12/2009 9:41:13 PM PDT · by Schnucki · 3 replies · 485+ views
    The Australian ^ | June 12, 2009 | Geoff Elliott
    KURT Campbell can shoot from the hip and September 11, 2007 was no exception. Writing on a blog on The New York Times that day, having recently returned from a family trip to Australia, Campbell claimed that George W. Bush and "his massive entourage" diverted from a secret trip from Iraq to Sydney the week before just to help out an "old mate" John Howard get re-elected. "While the agenda in Australia also called for a meeting with 21 Asian leaders to discuss weighty policy matters like global climate change and to listen attentively while others opined - just the...
  • Government-run Healthcare Would Backfire, Making 'Public Option' the Only One (Dean's WIFE Judith!)

    06/10/2009 9:27:04 PM PDT · by Libloather · 6 replies · 712+ views
    US News ^ | 5/21/09 | Phil Gingrey
    Government-run Healthcare Would Backfire, Making 'Public Option' the Only OneFormer DNC chair's government-run insurance program is sure to backfire. Just ask his wife the doctor By Phil Gingrey, M.D. Posted May 21, 2009 Former Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean has recently inserted himself into the debate on health reform, creating a website and collecting signatures on a petition calling for a "public option" as part of any health reform bill. The action is unsurprising from an individual who previously called President Obama's healthcare reform plan "perfect" and stated that "it's ridiculous to say care would be inferior" in the...
  • Howard Dean: Rep. Gingrey ‘an embarrassment’ (Howie demands health care for illegal aliens?)

    06/10/2009 9:01:03 PM PDT · by Libloather · 6 replies · 888+ views
    The Hill ^ | 6/10/09 | Bob Cusack
    Howard Dean: Rep. Gingrey ‘an embarrassment’By Bob Cusack Posted: 06/10/09 07:14 PM [ET] There were some serious fireworks on C-SPAN Wednesday as former Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean went after two GOP lawmakers-cum-physicians. It all started earlier this week when physician-turned-Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-Ga.) said he had recently read that Dean’s wife, Dr. “Elizabeth” Steinberg, was no longer taking Medicaid patients because the government reimbursement rates are too low. Dean fired back on Wednesday, saying, “Dr. Gingrey is just plain wrong. He’s an embarrassment. First of all, my wife is not named Elizabeth, as her name is Judith. Second...
  • As Howard grows in stature, Shaq shrinks (Shaq the schmuck)

    06/06/2009 3:03:48 AM PDT · by MAD-AS-HELL · 5 replies · 501+ views
    LOS ANGELES – The greatness of Shaquille O’Neal(notes) demands that his name, his legacy, never drifts far from an NBA Finals. Even when he’s long out of the league, that’ll still be true. For the immortals, the lifetime benefits include the exhaustive examination of the next generation’s stars to your standards. How does Tom Brady measure to Joe Montana?
  • NBC takes its medicine: New nurse, paramedic shows set, along with Ron Howard's 'Parenthood'

    05/04/2009 2:13:39 PM PDT · by george76 · 21 replies · 904+ views
    Associated Press ^ | May 4, 2009 | LYNN ELBER
    The fourth-place network, which has struggled to launch new shows, is "doubling down on its scripted commitment," said Ben Silverman, co-chair of NBC Entertainment and Universal Media Studios. NBC's announcement jumped the gun on the traditional "upfront week" in which networks present their lineups to the advertisers who make preseason ad buys.
  • It's a thriller, not an attack on the Howard's (Ron Howard)

    04/23/2009 12:54:19 PM PDT · by chase19 · 35 replies · 1,245+ views
    Curt Jester ^ | April o4, 2009 | Jeff Miller
    It's a thriller, not an attack on the Howard's By Jeff Miller on April 23, 2009 I am producing a movie on Ron Howards family. In the movie based on my research I say his father was a drug pusher and his mother is a prostitute and that Ron Howard engages in S&M. All of the portrayal of Ron Howard and his family in my movie and the prequel I am doing later will be highly negative. I will present the Howard family as something totally based on lies and question whether his parents really were his parents in the...
  • Video-Ron Howard Interview, Opie Has A Little Problem With America Being A Superpower

    04/11/2009 4:26:18 PM PDT · by Talkradio03 · 13 replies · 608+ views
    Looks like Ritchie spent some time in Europe and has a problem with american "miltarism", but it looks like with Obama as President, he will get what he wishes for, a weakened America that looks like most of Europe..
  • Ron Howard Yearns for Less Powerful America Not 'Driven by Militarism'

    04/10/2009 10:37:51 PM PDT · by Big_Monkey · 90 replies · 2,065+ views
    Newsbusters ^ | 04/10/09 | Brent Baker
    Film director Ron Howard is “very optimistic” about the future of America, so long as the nation makes an “adjustment,” to fulfill his hope a “more progressive” nation will mean “at a certain point I don't think we'll be so consumed with being the pre-eminent super-power and, you know, driven by sort of militarism and this need to export, you know, democracy.” Howard's reasoning, on Friday night's Real Time with Bill Maher, came in response to Maher's formulation that America has “seen better days. We're sort of in place that has made a lot of people nervous. Some people would...
  • Ragged chorus flies Timor's tattered flag (touches on Iraq etc)

    05/30/2006 9:02:39 PM PDT · by Fair Go · 3 replies · 674+ views
    Daily Telegraph ^ | 30 May 2006 | Piers Akerman
    THE kumbaya crowd which pressed for East Timor's independence must shoulder much of the blame for the failure of its dysfunctional Government. But while the collective of liberation theologists and civil rights lawyers cheered Fretilin's Portugese-educated Marxist guerrilla leaders, the same candle-wavers protested against the toppling of the mass murdering Iraqi dictator, Saddam Hussein. Yet East Timor, with a population estimated at about one million, whose independence was internationally recognised on May 20, 2002, is now arguably in proportionately worse shape than Iraq, population 26 million, where the first election under its new constitution took place just last December. The...
  • The Real Threat to Democracy

    12/08/2008 11:12:08 AM PST · by Victory111 · 8 replies · 586+ views
    Cross Action News ^ | 12-08-08 | Brett Joshpe
    Last week, Fox News reporter Chris Wallace rightfully challenged Ron Howard’s comparisons of George W. Bush to Richard Nixon, whose illegal behavior while president led to his resignation. Howard, who is director of the new film, Frost/Nixon, which chronicles reporter David Frost’s interviews with the disgraced Nixon after he left office, seems to think, like many on the left, that George Bush was not only a bad president but a lawbreaker who should face investigation and possibly criminal sanction.
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  • "Ron Howard's Call to Action" commerical for Obama.[Fair Warning: Set down coffee before viewing]

    10/26/2008 4:51:41 AM PDT · by yankeedame · 73 replies · 2,902+ views
    Ron Howard For Obama: Although not particularly funny (like the Mac-PC commercials) or substantive (like the Mac-PC commercials) this celebrity endorsement is sort of amazing.
  • Dean stays at DNC

    06/05/2008 9:16:17 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 108+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 6/5/08 | Nedra Pickler and Jim Kuhnhenn - ap
    WASHINGTON - Barack Obama is keeping Howard Dean as the chairman of the Democratic National Committee, while bringing in one of his top strategists to oversee the party's operations. Obama made changes at the party headquarters his first order of business as the presumed presidential nominee. Campaign adviser Paul Tewes was dispatched to help lead the changes Thursday, with Dean still as the chairman. Obama spokesman Bill Burton said Obama appreciates Dean's hard work to grow the party. THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below. WASHINGTON (AP) — Campaign officials...
  • Troops begin arriving home from Iraq

    06/01/2008 4:09:26 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 7 replies · 186+ views ^ | June 1st 2008
    AUSTRALIAN troops have begun arriving home from Iraq, signalling an end to the nation's combat mission in the war-torn country and fulfilling an election promise made by Kevin Rudd. The first of about 500 soldiers from the Overwatch Battle Group (West) 4 and Australia's Army Training Team reportedly touched down in Brisbane late this afternoon. The soldiers had been stationed at Tallil air base, 300km south of Baghdad, and were responsible for providing security training for Iraqi forces, as well as reconstruction and aid work. A British military spokesman in the southern city of Basra has confirmed the withdrawal was...
  • Former Prime Minister John Howard defends his legacy

    03/06/2008 11:46:26 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 17 replies · 143+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 7th March 2008 | Stefanie Balogh
    JOHN Howard has broken his post-election silence from the other side of the world, defending his ousted government and attacking his successor before an audience of leading US conservatives. The former prime minister was in Washington DC to receive a top conservative honour, and used the platform to say he was "disappointed" Australia was withdrawing combat troops from Iraq. He said now was not the time to abandon the Iraqi people, who needed space to capitalise on the advances made by the US troops' surge strategy in Baghdad. "It would be a tragedy if those gains were surrendered now by...
  • Australia's political upheaval - A lucky country to run

    12/03/2007 9:08:39 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 8 replies · 197+ views
    The Economist ^ | 11/29/07
    Kevin Rudd owes John Howard a lot; he may also prove to be a success AS ANY sports fan knows, Australia loves a winner. So to the outsider it is a shock that its voters on November 24th so decisively turfed out the government led for more than 11 years by John Howard (see article). Much the most successful prime minister of modern times, he had led Australia into what will be its 17th consecutive year of economic growth—probably of more than 4% this year. Moreover, the Labor opposition to him seemed, not that long ago, a shambles—divided, old-fashioned and...
  • Australia’s Path Bends Away From U.S. [new Aussie PM former diplomat to China and speaks Chinese]

    11/26/2007 8:34:39 AM PST · by charles m · 7 replies · 93+ views
    New York Times ^ | 11/26/07
    Washington will undoubtedly be watching Australia’s relations with China under Mr. Rudd, who was once a diplomat in Beijing and speaks fluent Mandarin. When President Hu Jintao of China was in Australia in September, Mr. Rudd spoke to him in Chinese. But with China a huge buyer of Australian resources, Australia had already been moving closer to Beijing. Under Mr. Howard, President Hu was the first nondemocratic leader to address the Australian Parliament. A looming source of friction between the United States and Australia is over Australia’s uranium policy; Australia has some of the largest uranium deposits in the world....
  • Labor Party wins Australian election (Howard out, Rudd in)

    11/24/2007 5:15:56 AM PST · by nuconvert · 41 replies · 292+ views
    Times Online UK ^ | Nov. 24, 2007
    Labor Party wins Australian election By Bernard Lagan in Sydney Australia's long-serving conservative government not only lost yesterday's Australian election but its leader, John Howard, became only the second Prime Minister in Australia's history to lose his seat in Parliament. The Australian Labor Party, out of power nationally since 1996, stormed back into government, winning at least 20 more seats in Australia's 150-seat House of Representatives. The Labor leader, Kevin Rudd, 50, needed only 16 extra seats to form Government. Mr Rudd, a former diplomat and China specialist, will have Australia's first female deputy Prime Minister at his side -...
  • Poll shows Coalition closing on Labor (Australia - Howard pulling up!)

    11/22/2007 3:32:06 AM PST · by Strings of Yoakam · 9 replies · 145+ views
    The Australian ^ | November 22, 2007 | Sid Morris
    THE Coalition's election hopes have been bolstered by a poll putting it closer to Labor than any time during the election campaign. The Galaxy poll reportedly has Labor with a primary vote of 52 per cent and the Coalition with 48 per cent. ... Liberal sources insist that the electorate’s mood is more uneven than the headline polls have indicated until now and that the election is closer than thought. John Howard told the National Press Club today that he still believed the Coalition could win, and then promptly jumped onto a plane to blitz marginal seats in Queensland. Kevin...
  • America Needs A Leader Like This!

    10/21/2007 1:45:22 PM PDT · by captnorb · 34 replies · 677+ views
    email from son | Unknown | Unknown
    Muslims who want to live under Islamic Sharia law were told on Wednesday to get out of Australia , as the government targeted radicals in a bid to head off potential terror attacks. A day after a group of mainstream Muslim leaders pledged loyalty to Australia and her Queen at a special meeting with Prime Minister John Howard, he and his Ministers made it clear that extremists would face a crackdown. Treasurer Peter Costello, seen as heir apparent to Howard, hinted that some radical clerics could be asked to leave the country if they did not accept that Australia was...
  • Flaming bag thrown at Kirribilli House (official residence of Australian PM John Howard)

    09/21/2007 12:04:00 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 10 replies · 102+ views ^ | 21st September 2007
    A MAN has been arrested after a flaming shoulder bag was thrown over the fence of the Prime Minister's Sydney residence, Kirribilli House. Local police were called at 11.48am (AEST) after the man allegedly lit the woven cotten bag and threw it over the gate, a NSW police spokeswoman said. AFP protective services personnel put out the fire and detained the man, in his 30s, until police arrived. He was taken into custody and was being questioned at North Sydney police station.
  • Howard says APEC climate pact step towards post-Kyoto

    09/09/2007 12:54:25 AM PDT · by Ghayyour · 2 replies · 237+ views
    Reuters ^ | September 09, 2007 | Rana Ghayyour
    SYDNEY (Reuters) - An Asia-Pacific climate change agreement was a milestone because it marked the first time the world's biggest polluters had pledged to cut greenhouse gas emissions, Australia's Prime Minister said on Sunday. "This is the first such agreement involving the major polluters -- the United States, China and the Russian Federation," John Howard told a news conference following the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit. "And (it) is therefore a very important component, along the hard march of mankind towards reaching a sensible, workable, international agreement to cover the period post-Kyoto, that is 2012 onwards," he said. Pacific Rim...