Did a Failed Childhood Relationship Put Francis on a Path to the Papacy?

Pope Francis standing on the balcony of St Peter's Basilica's after being elected. (Photo: Getty)
Pope Francis standing on the balcony of St Peter’s Basilica’s after being elected. (Photo: Getty)
The Puerto Rican news site El Nuevo Dia just published an account of an interview an Argentine woman who claims to be a childhood sweetheart of the newly-elected Pope Francis gave to reporters today. In the interview, the woman, who is named only as “Amalia,”  said she had a relationship with Pope Francis when he was about 12-years-old and he told her, “If I don’t marry you, I’m entering the priesthood.” Continue reading “Did a Failed Childhood Relationship Put Francis on a Path to the Papacy?”

President Obama’s Brother Loses Election in Kenya

A screenshot of the IEBC's partial results in the Siaya gubernatorial election. (Photo: Vote.IEBC.or.ke)
A screenshot of the IEBC’s partial results in the Siaya gubernatorial election. (Photo: Vote.IEBC.or.ke)

President Barack Obama’s half-brother, Abong’o Malik Obama, won’t be the second member of his family to launch a political career. Mr. Obama was defeated in his bid to be governor of Kenya’s Siaya County this week by what seems to have been a very large margin. Continue reading “President Obama’s Brother Loses Election in Kenya”

President Obama’s Kenyan Brother Believes He’s Been a Victim of Possible Voter Fraud and ‘Racist’ Press Coverage

Abong'o Malik Obama (Photo: Facebook)
Abong’o Malik Obama (Photo: Facebook)

Abong’o Malik Obama wants to have a career in politics like his half-brother, President Barack Obama. However, hours after the polls closed in Kenya’s elections last night, Mr. Obama said he wasn’t sure whether his bid to be governor of Siaya County was a success and he is concerned the election results may have been tampered with. He’s also extremely angry about tabloid coverage of his campaign.

“It’s impossible to tell at this time, the whole system crashed,” Mr. Obama told Politicker when we called him Tuesday morning to inquire about the election. “We have no idea, it’s still hanging out there, and I myself am extremely disappointed and there is a high risk that the results may be manipulated.”  Continue reading “President Obama’s Kenyan Brother Believes He’s Been a Victim of Possible Voter Fraud and ‘Racist’ Press Coverage”

Netanyahu Gets His Meeting With Obama (But Not in Person)

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President Barack Obama on the phone with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu today. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama took some heat for not scheduling a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu while the latter leader was in the United States for the U.N. General Assembly this week. The president (sort of) addressed that criticism today by making time to meet Mr. Netanyahu (via telephone). According to a “readout” of the conversation distributed by the White House Press Office, “the two leaders discussed a range of security issues, and the President reaffirmed his and our country’s unshakeable commitment to Israel’s security.”

“The two leaders underscored that they are in full agreement on the shared goal of preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. The Prime Minister welcomed President Obama’s commitment before the United Nations General Assembly to do what we must to achieve that goal,” the readout said. Continue reading “Netanyahu Gets His Meeting With Obama (But Not in Person)”

Newt Gingrich Discovers The Majestic Large Hairy Armadillo

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Newt Gingrich holding a baby tiger in 1995. (Photo: Getty)

Former Speaker of the House, Republican presidential candidate and noted zoo enthusiast Newt Gingrich is traveling in Italy and he took some time today to visit the Bioparco in Rome. Mr. Gingrich tweeted a few observations about the zoo’s large hairy armadillos. Continue reading “Newt Gingrich Discovers The Majestic Large Hairy Armadillo”

Chinese Dissident Escapes By Studying Abroad

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Chen Guangcheng (Photo: Getty)

Chen Guangcheng, the blind Chinese activist who wanted to hitch a ride out of Beijing on Hillary Clinton’s plane, is college bound. The State Department struck a deal with the Chinese foreign ministry to have Mr. Chen come to America for a university fellowship.

“If he wants to study abroad, he can apply through normal channels to the relevant departments, according to the law, just like any other Chinese citizen,” a Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman said in a statement.

Soon after, the State Department announced a deal for Mr. Chen to come study at an as-yet-unnamed university and said the Chinese government agreed to accept his study abroad application.  Continue reading “Chinese Dissident Escapes By Studying Abroad”

Herman Cain Is Taking ‘9-9-9’ To Tokyo

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Herman Cain on stage at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference. (Photo: Getty)

WASHINGTON — Herman Cain is exporting his “9-9-9 Plan” to the Land of the Rising Sun, but the Japanese version of Mr. Cain’s tax plan won’t be based on the number nine.

“It’s going to be 7-7-7 in Japan, because it’s revenue neutral,” Mr. Cain’s chief of staff, Mark Block, told The Politicker yesterday at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference.

In Japanese, “7-7-7” would be translated as either “Shichi-Shichi-Shichi” or “Nana-Nana-Nana.”

Continue reading “Herman Cain Is Taking ‘9-9-9’ To Tokyo”