President Obama Jokes That U.S. is Building Iron Man at Press Conference
President Obama joked that the U.S. is building Iron Man at a recent press conference. He was talking about new technology in the works and then said, "basically I'm here to announce that we're building Iron Man." Obama added, "I'm going to blast off in a second."
The President was joking about the blasting off part but there is technology in the works that is similar to tech from the Iron Man films. One example is the Q-Warrior helmet mounted display system from BAE Systems. The helmet has been in the news and may have been what got the President thinking about Iron Man.
President Obama then said "this has been been a secret project we've been working on for a long time. Not really. Maybe. It's classified." Take a look:
Congressman Michael Grimm Threatens to Throw Reporter off Balcony at the Capitol Building
New York Republican Congressman Michael Grimm is in the news today after he threatened to throw a reporter from NY1 over a balcony in the US Capitol. The reporter was talking to Congressman Grimm about the State of the Union speech and then asked him about campaign finance allegations against him. Grimm became furious and refused to talk about the issue and walked off camera. The reporter noted that Grimm refused to speak about the allegations. At that point Grimm lost it, walked back into the camera shot, pulled the reporter aside and threatened to hurl him off the balcony. The reporter was quite mild mannered, there was absolutely no provocation. And even if there was provocation, it's still not acceptable to threaten physical violence. Grimm clearly has some real problems. It's pretty unbelievable. Take a look:
Former Cuban President Fidel Castro Makes Unexpected Public Appearance
Former Cuban President Fidel Castro made a suprrise appearance in Havana on Wednesday night. Castro was seen at the opening of a new art studio in Havana. In the released video he is being shown a book. Castro appears to have a great deal to say about it. He was also seen chatting with art studio visitors. Fidel's brother, Raul Castro, is the current president of Cuba. Take a look:
Bill de Blasio is the 109th Mayor of New York City. He follows three terms under Mayor Bloomberg. De Blasio was sworn in by former President Bill Clinton. De Blasio did not have to wait long for his first challenge which comes in the form of a winter storm. New York City is expected to get about eight to ten inches of snow, but it is the bitter cold that is to follow that may be the most dangerous part of the storm system. Here are some highlights of Bill de Blasio's inauguration. Take a look:
Here is a video of troubled Toronto Mayor Rob Ford dancing at work. Ford, who has been parodied on SNL, danced during a council session. He had an excuse for his behavior this time as a band was was playing One Love. Ford was also not the only politician dancing. Take a look:
Protesters held a really near the U.S. Capitol building today. The protesters want an end to the NSA's no-longer-secret surveillance program. Many of the protesters were carrying signs with Edward Snowden's photograph on it. The signs say, "Thank You Edward Snowden!!" Another sign said, "NSA The only government agency that really listens to the people." The protesters say Snowden - who leaked details about the NSA's snooping to The Guardian - is a hero. Some of the protesters were wearing Halloween costumes. Take a look:
Jon Stewart Discusses the Disastrous Rollout of Healthcare.gov
Jon Stewart took aim at the massive disaster that is healthcare.gov. The technical glitches have been overwhelming. Less than 10% of people who tried were able to sign up on the site. And those who did manage to enroll were subjected to massive errors, such as being enrolled in the wrong state, having someone else's medical history listed as their own and having spouses listed as children for purposes of coverage. Stewart also takes aim at the government's spin on the tech disaster. Take a look:
Interpol Issues International Wanted Alert for The White Widow
Interpol has issued an international wanted alert for British-born Samantha Lewthwaite for her role in the Kenyan mall attack. She has been dubbed the "White Widow." CNN reports that she is a suspected financier of the attack. Al-Shabaab has reportedly stated on a Twitter account that no women were involved in the horrific mall attack. Take a look:
Terrorism expert Peter Bergen doubts women were involved in the mall attack. He says the fact that they are misogynists makes it unlikely women would be executing the attack. He says they are happy to send women as suicide bombers, but finds it unlikely they would firing weapons alongside the terrorists. Take a look:
CNN's Tom Foreman Describes Possible Targets in Syria if U.S. Strikes
CNN's Tom Foreman describes possible targets in Syria if U.S. and allies decide to strike. The U.S. appears convinced Syria were behind the recent gas attack that killed hundreds in a Damascus suburb. UN inspectors are still investigating the attack.
Foreman says experts believe the Syrian military's chemical weapons are located in various places around the country. Possible targets include command bunkers, airfields and artillery batteries. Take a look:
President Obama and Hillary Clinton Have Lunch at The White House
President Obama and Hillary Clinton enjoyed a private lunch together outdoors at The White House. There is lots of speculation about the lunch, but The White House said it was a friendly lunch. CNN reports that the official word from White House Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest is that the lunch was an "opportunity for the two, who saw each other on a pretty frequent basis over the course of the last four years, to have the chance to catch up."
CNN says the idea for lunch came about at the event launching the George W. Bush Presidential Library in Dallas. CNN also says President Obama and Hillary Clinton have had regular phone calls and emails since Clinton's tenure as Secretary of State ended. The menu included grilled chicken, pasta jambalaya and salad. Take a look:
Photo: Official White House photo by Chuck Kennedy
Former NBA star Charles Barkley criticizes the media's coverage of the George Zimmerman case in this CNN clip. He says, "Race to me is the perfect storm for the media. They love racial animosity." He says, "Race is the perfect storm" for the media. Barkley says it is sad because a kid lost his life, but says the media is really riding the Trayvon Martin story. In another interview, Barkley says he agrees with the Martin verdict. Take a look:
Liz Cheney, daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, has announced plans to run for a U.S. Senate seat from Wyoming. She is running as a Republican and hopes to unseat Republican Senator Mike Enzi. Enzi is running for a fourth, six-year term in the Senate.
The New York Timesreports that the GOP is worried about a Republican vs. Republican race. Rand Paul has said he will do anything he can do help Enzi defeat Liz Cheney.
Eliot Spitzer and Anthony Weiner Seek Post Scandal Comebacks
Former Governor Eliot Spitzer has announced the he plans to run for New York City comptroller. Meanwhile, Anthony Weiner is running for New York Mayor. Both politicians are trying to mount comebacks following scandals. Spitzer was caught in a prostitution scandal and Weiner embarrassed himself on Twitter. Spitzer says he hopes the public can forgive him. Take a look:
Egyptian President Morsi Overthrown as Christian Coptic Pope, Army and Muslim Leaders Address Country Live on TV
The Army Chief of the Egyptian military just announced on live
Egyptian television that Presient Morsi has been removed as president.
The country's unpopular pro-Islamist constitution has been suspended.
Chief Justice Adli Mansour has just been named as the
Interim President to Egypt. The army is laying out a roadmap for the
future of the country. President
Mansour will be president for now. There will be new elections
and a new constitution will be drafted. The army consulted with
the Christian Coptic Pope, Muslim holy leaders, secular leaders
and youth activist groups.The Christian Coptic Pope, Pope Tawadrus II, just spoke live on television explaining that
all groups will be represented in the new government. It looks like
a leader of each group will address the country to show harmony and
a sense of unity. Opposition Leader Mohammed El Baradei is now on television
explaining that there will be new elections and a new constiution
will be created to secure all citizens' rights.
Morsi stubbornly refused to listen to the
millions of people protesting against him and the Muslim Brotherhood and
now he's out after serving only one year. The Muslim Brotherhood is reportedly
shocked at the outpouring of hostility towards them. Analysts are
shocked that the top army chief and the top two Christian and
Muslim leaders standing together on a stage, all agreeing that
Morsi needs to go and that a new government must be formed. It's an astounding turn of events. Crowds in Tahrir Square are celebrating at the news. Things are peaceful for now, and the army has informed Egyptians that no violence will be tolerated. You
can watch it unfold live, with commentary in English,
at Al-Jazeera here.
Former President George W. Bush Talks Edward Snowden
Former President George W. Bush talked with CNN's Robyn Curnow about Edward Snowden and his leaks about the government's massive Internet surveillance program called PRISM. Snowden is currently in Moscow, possibly still at the airport. The U.S. government has been trying to get Snowden sent back to the U.S.
Bush says, "I put the program in place to protect the country and one of the certainties is that civil liberties are guaranteed."
Bush says of Snowden, "I think he damaged the security of the country."
Bush was not asked specifics about PRISM, at least not in this clip from the interview. Bush says he doesn't care about the polls anymore. He says he is comfortable with the actions he took as president. Take a look: