This is a very big deal! CNN and ABC News are reporting that USAID contractor Alan Gross, who has been held for nearly five years in Cuba, is being released in a prisoner exchange, and that the Obama Administration is moving quickly to overhaul Cuba policy and immediately improve diplomatic relations with the island nation. This […]
Australia’s News 9 television and other sources have identified the gun-wielding hostage-taker behind the siege at a Lindt café in Sydney, Australia as Man Monis, an Iranian-born refugee and self-styled “spiritual healer” who claims expertise in “astrology”. He has a long criminal history, including 40 sex crime charges: A self-proclaimed spiritual healer, who was charged […]
Podcast: Play in new window | Download In which our intrepid correspondent is shocked, shocked, he says, to find out the CIA was lying.
We’re scratching our heads, More than a few of us believe it should have been the protesters in Ferguson. On the other hand, how can one not admire the people trying to fight and eradicate Ebola? Time magazine has selected the Ebola fighters, who have fought to contain the deadliest Ebola outbreak in history, as […]
Podcast: Play in new window | Download In which our intrepid correspondent looks back over the most recent annus horriblus and mocks. As is his way.
The good folks at The Blog Basket have found five guaranteed recipe turkeys (although The Doc freely admits he’d love to see the dee-luscious bacon-wrapped turkey seen here). And those health-minded writers over at shape.com provide a list of the five worst turkey ingredients. It’s sensible advice, but The Doc isn’t going to do without the butter. We […]
DC-based political paper The Hill is one of our favorite reads: 99% congressional wonky goodness and 1% government-related fun facts like this (hint: despite its depiction in movies and TV, Los Angeles does not have a monopoly on roadway gridlock by a long shot). Millions of people traveling for Thanksgiving will face daunting traffic problems that critics […]
Yes, you need a little bit of good news this morning, so here goes: An American was among hostages in Yemen who were freed from al-Qaeda kidnappers by the country’s security forces, according to a Tuesday report. A government source told Reuters that the foreign hostage freed along with seven Yemeni citizens was an American […]
Breaking at the Gray Lady: Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is stepping down under pressure, the first cabinet-level casualty of the collapse of President Obama’s Democratic majority in the Senate and a beleaguered national security team that has struggled to stay ahead of an onslaught of global crises. The president, who is expected to announce Mr. Hagel’s […]
Podcast: Play in new window | Download In which our intrepid correspondent, in the spirit of the season, gives back. Now read this:Will Durst: The Guiltiest Holiday (Nov 14, 2014) Will Durst: How I Spent My Summer Vacation (Sep 7, 2014) Will Durst: Tumbling Dumpsters (Aug 15, 2014) Will Durst: Slacker Congress (Aug 8, 2014) […]