Posted tagged ‘Obama’

Obama Friend Arrested for Prostitution

April 7, 2011

According to CNN, a friend of President Barack Obama was arrested Monday for allegedly soliciting sex from an undercover officer posing as a prostitute.

From CNN:

Robert Richard Titcomb, 49, was arrested with three other men Monday night and released later that evening after posting $500 bail. He is scheduled to appear at the Honolulu District Court May 2.

The Honolulu Department of Public Safety confirmed Titcomb’s arrest to CNN Wednesday. The Honolulu Police Department confirmed an arrest with matching information but would not disclose the name of the individual.

According to Hawaii News Now, Titcomb and the president have been close friends since high school. The two are frequently seen golfing and dining together when the Obama family visits Hawaii.

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Syria May Study Lifting Emergency

March 31, 2011

Syria plans to study the idea of lifting the country’s state of emergency and investigate the deaths of civilians and troops in two regions.

From CNN:

The moves come amid countrywide protests that have left dozens dead in Daraa and Latakia provinces, according to activists and human rights organizations.

President Bashar al-Assad ordered the Supreme Judicial Council to form a committee that would conduct “an immediate investigation in all cases that killed a number of civilians and military personnel.”

“The committee will work in accordance with the law provisions and may use the help of anyone it deems appropriate to accomplish the task entrusted to it. It also has the right to request any information or documents from any party whatsoever,” the report said.

Richard Holbrooke Dies

December 13, 2010

Richard Holbrooke, a U.S. diplomat who wrote part of the Pentagon Papers and served as President Barack Obama’s special envoy to Pakistan and Afghanistan, died today at the age of 69.

From CNN:

The 69-year-old diplomat died Monday at George Washington University Hospital. He was admitted last Friday after feeling ill. Doctors performed surgery Saturday to repair a tear in his aorta.

One of the world’s most recognizable diplomats, Holbrooke’s career spanned from the Vietnam War-era to the war against the Taliban and al Qaeda in Afghanistan and Pakistan, coinciding with presidencies of the past five decades, from John F. Kennedy to Barack Obama.

He also worked as a journalist and an investment banker. But as a diplomat, he was plain-speaking, accessible, and known for his tough-mindedness.

“He was known as a bit of bull in a China shop,” said Nic Robertson, CNN’s senior international correspondent who knew and covered Holbrooke.

Julian Assange: Defense Fund Frozen

December 6, 2010

The Swiss Bank Post Finance has issued a press release this morning stating that they have frozen Juilan Assange’s defense fund and personal assets.

This now leaves Assange with only a few options for raising money for WikiLeaks through a Swiss-Icelandic credit card processing center and accounts that he currently has in Iceland and Germany.

What could happen next?

From the Associated Press:

The swift action by Postfinance, the financial arm of Swiss Post, came after it determined the “Australian citizen provided false information regarding his place of residence during the account opening process.”

Assange had told Postfinance he lived in Geneva but could offer no proof that he was a Swiss resident, a requirement of opening such an account.

Postfinance spokesman Alex Josty told The Associated Press the account was closed Monday afternoon and there would be “no criminal consequences” for misleading authorities.

“That’s his money, he will get his money back,” Josty said. “We just close the account and that’s it.”

South Korea Vows Air Raid if North Korea Attacks

December 3, 2010

South Korea’s new defense minister said his country plans to respond with airstrikes if North Korea attacks the country again.

From CNN:

“We will definitely air raid North Korea,” Kim Kwan-jin said at his confirmation hearing when asked how the South would respond if struck again, according to the official Yonhap News Agency.

Kim was appointed defense minister last week amid growing tensions on the Korean peninsula following an exchange of gunfire between the two sides.

His comments reflect a potential shift in South Korea’s policy toward provocations from the North. Previously, South Korean President Lee Myung-bak warned of severe consequences if the North launched another attack, but declined to name specifics.

North Korea/South Korea on the Brink of War…

November 24, 2010

…this according to the folks in Pyongyang, one day after North Korea shelled the  South Korean island of Yeonpyeong, killing four people.

From CNN:

Pyongyang made the accusation through its state media, referring to a military drill that Seoul holds every year.

“The puppet group dared make an uproar over ‘a provocation’ from someone and cry out for ‘punishment’ like a thief crying ‘Stop the thief!'” the North’s KCNA news agency said.

“The Lee Myung-bak group’s treacherous and anti-reunification acts are intolerable as it vitiated the atmosphere for improving the inter-Korean relations overnight and drove the situation to the brink of war, challenging the desire of all the Koreans,” KCNA said.

 

Keith Olbermann Suspended By MSNBC

November 5, 2010

MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann was suspended today after the channel discovered that he had made campaign contributions to three Democrats.

From USA Today:

The primetime host of Countdown was suspended indefinitely without pay today for making political contributions to three Democratic candidates this fall, including one on the same day he appeared on Olbermann’s program, according to Politico.

Olbermann made campaign contributions to two Arizona members of Congress and failed Kentucky Senate candidate Jack Conway ahead of Tuesday’s election.

From Forbes:

“I became aware of Keith’s political contributions late last night,” said MSNBC President Phil Griffin in a statement. “Mindful of NBC News policy and standards, I have suspended him indefinitely without pay.”