Reid calls for Rove to quit

first_imgWASHINGTON – The Senate Democratic leader said Sunday that presidential adviser Karl Rove should resign because of his role in exposing an undercover CIA officer, and a veteran Republican senator said President George W. Bush needs “new blood” in his White House. Rove has not been charged, but he continues to be investigated in the CIA leaks case that brought the indictment and resignation Friday of I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, an adviser to Bush and the top aide to Vice President Dick Cheney. Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald has not made a decision on whether Rove gave false testimony during his four grand jury appearances. Rove is Bush’s most trusted adviser. Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid said he is disappointed that Bush and Cheney responded to the indictment by lauding Libby and suggested they should apologize for the leak that revealed the identity of covert CIA officer Valerie Plame. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “First of all, the vice president issues this very terse statement praising Libby for all the great things he’s done,” Reid said. “Then we have the president come on camera a few minutes later calling him Scooter and what a great patriot he is. There has not been an apology to the American people for this obvious problem in the White House,” Reid, D-Nev., told ABC’s “This Week.” Meanwhile, Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn., said Cheney should “come clean” about his involvement and why he discussed Plame with Libby before Libby spoke to reporters about her. “What did the vice president know? What were his intentions?” Dodd asked on “Fox News Sunday.” “Now, there’s no suggestion the vice president is guilty of any crime here whatsoever. But if our standard is just criminality, then we’re never going to get to the bottom of this,” Dodd said. Democrats appearing on Sunday talk shows portrayed Libby’s indictment as one of many serious problems surrounding the White House and one of several allegations raising questions about Republican ethics. Republicans repeatedly said the charges have been made against only one individual and that Libby should be presumed innocent until proven guilty. Public opinion appears to be running against Bush. Almost half the public, 46 percent, say the level of ethics and honesty in the federal government has fallen with Bush as president, according to an ABC News-Washington Post poll. That’s three times the number who say ethics and honesty have risen during that time. Republican Sen. Trent Lott of Mississippi said Bush should be on the lookout for “new blood, new energy, qualified staff, new people in administration.” He said poor advice may have even contributed to the failed nomination of Harriet Miers to the Supreme Court. A grand jury charged Libby on Friday with five felonies, alleging obstruction of justice, perjury to a grand jury and making false statements to FBI agents. If convicted, he could face a maximum of 30 years in prison and $1.25 million in fines. Libby was not charged with the crime that the grand jury was created to investigate – specifically, who leaked the name of Plame to reporters in 2003. Libby and Rove were named by reporters brought before the grand jury, but it was unclear whether they knew that she was a covert agent. Reid said Rove should resign or be fired for even discussing Plame. He recalled that Bush once said he would fire anyone involved in the leak, although Bush later amended that standard to say he would fire anyone convicted of a crime. “If he’s a man of his word, Rove should be history,” Reid said on CNN’s “Late Edition.” Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., said Rove has not been charged with any crime and that any talk of him stepping down is politically motivated. “Senator Reid is entitled to his opinion, but he’s not the president of the United States, and he doesn’t administer justice in this country,” Specter said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

What Golden State’s blowout win over the Lakers tells us about the postseason

first_imgBurning the gimmickDraymond Green didn’t hold back from chastising the Lakers or … CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos or video on a mobile deviceBehind a dominating first-quarter performance and 21 points from DeMarcus Cousins, the Warriors beat the woefully overmatched Lakers 108-90 to make their magic number to clinch the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference 2.Here are three thoughts on the game and what it means as the season’s end fast approaches:last_img

Warriors’ Klay Thompson will start Game 4; should he have played Game 3?

first_imgKlay Thompson will play Friday night in Game 4 of the NBA Finals, Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports reported.Thompson injured his left hamstring late in the Warriors’ Game 2 triumph. Though Thompson lobbied the coaching staff to play Game 3 on Wednesday, he was held out by coach Steve Kerr. Without Thompson, Kevin Durant and Kevon Looney, and despite Stephen Curry’s 47-point outburst, the Warriors lost 123-109 and are down 2-1 to the Toronto Raptors in the best-of-seven series.“The whole point …last_img read more

Matt Chapman homers in back-to-back games, Athletics top Felix Hernandez and Mariners

first_imgSEATTLE — A gold-clad King’s Court crowd seeped into the half-full T-Mobile Park stands. It was Felix Hernandez’s final start for the Seattle Mariners, for 2019 and possibly forever.Hernandez tormented the A’s throughout his career; his 26 wins against Oakland is his best against any of them. The crowd stayed the same but Hernandez, on his last toe, would not be a torment. He gave up three runs, on Matt Olson’s RBI single and Matt Chapman’s two-run homer (his 36th of the year), in the A’s 3-1 …last_img read more

SA gets access to UN climate fund

first_imgLocated at Durban’s Botanic Gardens, it represents the type of innovative, out-of-the-box thinking that is needed to address the impacts of climate change and the need to find solutions to a low-carbon economy that can also create sustainable jobs. Also launched on Wednesday was the Living Beehive, which contains architectural techniques of the original Zulu beehive hut construction, but combines modern materials such as steel frames with natural building materials, such as indigenous plants typical of the rolling hills of the grasslands in KwaZulu-Natal. National Planning Minister Trevor Manual made the announcement in Durban on Tuesday on the sidelines of the launch of Living Beehive, a legacy project of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP 17). 2 December 2011 Manuel said the fund would finance projects that aim to improve society’s ability to cope with the risks posed by climate change. “By recognising the importance of built and ecological infrastructure, and by bringing together natural and man-made design, the Living Beehive shows us the possibilities for job creation, service delivery and economic growth in a truly green economy,” Mabudafhasi said. The project was funded by the Department of Environmental Affairs and the UN’s Industrial Development Organisation. South Africa is now the fourth country that has an accredited national implementing entity, which translates into direct access to the UNFCCC adaptation fund. “As a country that is particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, this appointment is significant for South Africa for securing the funds needed to plan our development trajectory in a way that is responsive to climate change.” Seventeen metres in diameter and nine metres high, the art installation has been designed to showcase South Africa’s rich blend of natural, cultural and mineral wealth at COP 17. The Beehive’s living walls represent the importance of healthy ecosystems and are populated with indigenous grasses, forbs and bulbs. The South African National Biodiversity Institute has been accredited as a national implementing entity for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Adaptation Fund. Deputy Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Rejoice Mabudafhasi said the Living Beehive was an example of nature and people working together. Source: BuaNews Zulu beehive hut construction The fund, which became fully operational in January, has conferred US$50-million worth of grants this year alone. The South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) works closely with national climate change policymakers, and it has led the development of South Africa’s second national communication on climate change for COP 17. “This access, combined with our rich biodiversity and extensive mineral wealth, will allow South Africa to balance investment in optimal development futures with the appropriate allocation of resources to environmental programmes,” Manuel said.last_img read more

This Text Message Will Self Destruct In 60 Seconds

first_imgRelated Posts Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The self-destructing message, whether a piece of paper that mystically disintegrates at the appropriate moment or the microfiche that goes up in a poof of smoke, is a staple of any spy movie and a childhood wish of my own. TigerText, a private SMS app, has made my childhood dream a reality.The company, which has had a free app available, has brought this spy-novel feature to the enterprise with this week’s release of an enterprise app. According to TechCrunch, the app lets users determine when and how the messages are deleted. The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology mike melanson Tags:#mobile#web Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces As we reported last year, TigerText’s mobile apps allows users to send text messages or photos that can then be deleted off both the sender’s and receiver’s phone after a selected period of time. Once a sender selects the message lifespan (from 1 minute up to 30 days), expired messages are not only deleted from both phones, but are not stored on any server and they cannot be retrieved once expired. Users can also select a “Delete on Read” option, which will delete the text 60 seconds after the recipient opens the message.The latest version of the app caters to businesses by allowing users to perform a one-time login to authenticate with the company. TigerText describes the app as “a cross-platform collaboration tool for your organization that allows you to deploy your own private, secure mobile network where your employees can safely communicate on their existing mobile devices within your company.”“Text messaging, just like email, can be used against your organization,” writes the company on its website. “If the messages no longer exist, there is no risk of data breach or exposure.”The app is available on iOS, Android and Blackberry platforms and administrators can manage user settings from the Web. It enters an increasingly crowded space, with apps like Kik, Beluga and GroupMe entering the free message game, but this one has that special spin for the security-minded.From what we can tell, however, the app is missing one huge feature – the little whisp of smoke, wafting out the crack of your phone case whenever a message is deleted.last_img read more

India vs Sri Lanka final: Mahela Jayawardene hits ton, helps Lankans score 274/6

first_imgMahela Jayawardene held the key for Sri Lanka after quick wickets pushed them on the backfoot as the visitors looked to put a good challenge before the hosts playing in the ICC World Cup finals at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium on Saturday.Mahela’s 103 not out (88 balls) gave the Sri Lankan middle order some stability which helped the team reach a decent total of 274 at the loss of 6 wickets in 50 overs.Batting at number four, Mahela stayed put holding the crease at one end even as other batsmen kept coming and returning to the pavilion. With his silken stroke play and calm presence at the crease, he scored all around the wicket hitting pacers and spinners with ease.Mahela and skipper K. Sangakkara were scoring freely until Yuvraj took the latter’s wicket in the 28th over as Lanka lost their third wicket at 122 runs. The visitors were in trouble when wickets fell in quick succession in the 39th (Samaraweera) and 40th overs (Kapugedera). After 40 overs, Sri Lanka were struggling at 183/5.last_img read more