The Wire

  • Trump orders establishment of ‘space force’ as 6th branch of military

    Excerpt from Fox News:

    President Trump vowed on Monday to make space great again.

    Speaking at a meeting of the National Space Council, Trump ordered the Pentagon to immediately establish a national “space force” that would become the sixth branch of the armed forces.

    “We are going to have a space force,” Trump said in Washington D.C. “An Air Force and a Space Force. Separate, but equal.”

    This is not the first time that Trump has floated the idea of establishing a “space force.” The president mentioned the idea in May during a ceremony at the White House honoring the Army Black Knights college football team.

    Trump did not go into details about what military role the so-called “space force” would carry out or who would command it, but he framed space as a national security issue, saying he does not want “China and Russia and other countries leading us.”

  • Ivey says import tariffs could hurt Alabama industry

    Excerpt from AP:

    Alabama’s Republican governor is separating herself from President Donald Trump on the issue of trade, saying import tariffs like those supported by the administration would hurt the state.

    Gov. Kay Ivey released a statement Monday saying import tariffs could cause retaliatory tariffs that would drive up the cost of items made in Alabama and sold abroad.

    The administration already has imposed duties on $50 billion worth of Chinese imports, plus steel and aluminum from China, the European Union, Canada and Mexico.

    Ivey says growth in Alabama’s auto industry could be harmed if tariffs are imposed on U.S. goods around the world. Almost 60,000 people work in automotive-related jobs in the state.

  • Police ID suspect in shooting of State Senator’s son

    Excerpt from WKRG:

    “Foley Police Department has identified 29 year old Orneal McCaskey aka “OJ” as the suspect in the shooting of Akil Michael Figures this morning at 635 East Azalea Ave in Foley. The investigation revealed that McCaskey drove to the residence to confront Figures over a female. An argument ensued at the doorway and McCaskey pulled out a handgun and shot Figures at least twice in the lower hip area. After a brief struggle in the house, McCaskey fled the area in a gold or tan colored vehicle. Figures was taken to South Baldwin by private vehicle and later flown to Sacred Heart and has since been released. Orneal McCaskey is wanted for questioning in this case. The public is asked to call Foley Police Department at 251-943-4431 if you know where McCaskey is. He is considered armed and dangerous.”

3 years ago

UAB physicians named among the nation’s top cancer doctors

Drs. James Posey, left, and Marty Heslin
Drs. James Posey, left, and Marty Heslin
Drs. James Posey, left, and Marty Heslin

By Beena Thannickal

Numerous University of Alabama at Birmingham cancer physicians and specialists were named to the Newsweek Top Cancer Doctors 2015 list.

Newsweek Top Cancer Doctors 2015 is a list of more than 2,600 leading cancer specialists across the country arranged by location and specialty. The list was compiled through peer nominations and extensive research that Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., the well-respected publisher of America’s Top Doctors®, has conducted for more than two decades.

According to the National Cancer Institute, in 2015 an estimated 1,658,370 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in the United States, and 589,430 people will die from the disease.

“Our doctors work every day to provide the highest quality of life for people diagnosed with cancer, while advancing the world’s understanding of cancer, and translating this knowledge into prevention, detection, treatment and survivorship,” said Edward Partridge, director of the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center. “It’s an honor to have our doctors listed so prominently on such a reputable list. We know that our physicians are some of the best in the world, but now the world knows it too.”

The Castle Connolly physician-led research team makes tens of thousands of phone calls each year, talking with leading specialists, chairs of clinical departments and vice presidents of medical affairs, seeking to gather further information regarding the top specialists for most diseases and procedures. Each year, Castle Connolly receives nearly 100,000 nominations. After a careful review of credentials, the following 21 UAB physicians were selected to be a part of Newsweek’s Top Cancer Doctors 2015 list:

 – Ronald Alvarez, M.D., Gynecologic Oncology
 – Kirby Bland, M.D., Surgery
 – Graeme Bolger, M.D., Medical Oncology
 – Robert Cerfolio, Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery
 – Robert Conry, M.D., Medical Oncology
 – Craig Elmets, M.D., Dermatology
 – John Fiveash, M.D., Radiation Oncology
 – Jobe Fix, M.D., Plastic Surgery
 – Andres Forero, M.D., Medical Oncology
 – Barton Guthrie, M.D., Neurological Surgery
 – Martin Heslin, M.D., Surgery
 – Helen Krontiras, M.D., Surgery
 – James Markert Jr., M.D., Neurological Surgery
 – Ruby Meredith, M.D., Ph.D., Radiation Oncology
 – Lisle Nabell, M.D., Medical Oncology
 – Louis Nabors, III, M.D., Neurology
 – Glenn Peters, M.D., Otolaryngology
 – James Posey III, M.D., Medical Oncology
 – Francisco Robert, M.D., Medical Oncology
 – Herrick Siegel, M.D., Orthopedic Surgery
 – Rodney Tucker, M.D., Hospice and Palliative Medicine

To view the complete list, see the article.


6 years ago

Monday Morning Must-Reads

Alabama Politics

PRESS-REGISTER: This week in Alabama politics (Political Skinny)

Former Alabama Rep. Artur Davis continued to draw headlines for his conversion from a Birmingham Democrat to a Virginia Republican. The GOP announced that Davis will be a featured speaker at its national convention later this month in Tampa. It’s a remarkable evolution for Davis, who just four years ago spoke on behalf of Barack Obama at the Democratic convention in Denver.

The Alabama Democratic Party booted Harry Lyon off the ballot in the race for chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court. Lyon was disqualified because of critical comments he made about homosexuals, supporters of same sex marriage and the state’s Republican justices. The party was expected to recruit a candidate to replace Lyon on the ticket against Republican Roy Moore.

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BIRMINGHAM NEWS: $216,000 raised by Rep. Spencer Bachus for his legal defense
Spencer Bachus Yellow Hammer Politics
The biggest names in Birmingham business donated more than $216,000 to help Rep. Spencer Bachus pay his lawyers for work during a five-month ethics investigation, new documents show.

Seventy individuals, companies, associations and political action committees — most of them from Alabama — gave up to $5,000 each to Bachus’ legal defense fund between April and July, according to the disclosure forms Bachus filed with the U.S. House of Representatives.

Bachus in late April was cleared by the Office of Congressional Ethics of allegations that he used his official position to inform his personal investment decisions. The investigation, which began late last year, forced Bachus to hire attorneys and compile financial documents for the office to review.

Most of the money raised by the legal defense fund — $207,000 of it — went to two law firms in June and July; Bachus already had reported to the Federal Election Commission that he paid $422,000 in legal fees between December and April from his campaign account.

The legal defense fund was created in February and the August report was its first disclosure of any financial activity. Bachus now has three separate accounts that he raises money for: the legal defense fund, his own campaign account and a leadership PAC that he uses to support the campaigns of other Republican candidates.

Many of the donors to the legal defense fund are regular supporters of Bachus, who is running for an 11th term and is chairman of the House Financial Services Committee.

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National & International Politics

POLITICO: Exclusive: FBI probed GOP trip with drinking, nudity in Israel

The FBI probed a late-night swim in the Sea of Galilee that involved drinking, numerous GOP freshmen lawmakers, top leadership staff — and one nude member of Congress, according to more than a dozen sources, including eyewitnesses.

During a fact-finding congressional trip to the Holy Land last summer, Rep. Kevin Yoder (R-Kan.) took off his clothes and jumped into the sea, joining a number of members, their families and GOP staff during a night out in Israel, the sources told POLITICO. Other participants, including the daughter of another congressman, swam fully clothed, while some lawmakers partially disrobed. More than 20 people took part in the late-night dip in the sea, according to sources who were participants in the trip.

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POLITICO: Todd Akin’s rape remark has GOP fretting

Rep. Todd Akin’s damning statement that victims of “legitimate rape” rarely get pregnant is just the latest in a string of unforced errors by the GOP Senate candidate that has Republicans fretting about his chances of beating Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill.

And a loss in Missouri would almost certainly quash the party’s hopes of reclaiming the Senate majority.

In just over a week since securing the GOP nomination, Akin has doubled-down on likening student loans to socialism, questioned the value of voting rights laws, called for the end of the federal school lunch program and then — in an interview that made national headlines — openly speculated about the consequences of “legitimate rape.”

It’s no wonder why McCaskill was more than happy to assist Akin’s primary campaign with an ad hailing him as “the true conservative.”

In a span of 12 short days, the six-term congressman’s performance has confirmed the worst fears of Republicans while breathing a burst of fresh hope into McCaskill’s underdog bid.

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THE BLAZE: Newsweek’s latest cover may surprise you

Now, we all know Newsweek isn’t shy when it comes to controversial cover photos and headline stories. Indeed, on more than a few occasions, Newsweek Editor Tina Brown has had to defend the magazine’s less-than-flattering photos and oftentimes incendiary articles.

Everyone’s also familiar with the publication’s left-leaning tendencies, right? Right.

Well, that’s precisely why Newsweek’s latest cover may surprise you:

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NATIONAL REVIEW: My Brother, Paul Ryan
Tobin Ryan reflects on his brother’s ascent.
By Robert Costa
Paul Ryan's Brother, Tobin Ryan
About 30 minutes into our conversation about his brother, Tobin Ryan pauses and tells me that he can remember the details of that August day, 26 years ago, almost to the minute.

That morning, Tobin, then days away from starting his senior year at Notre Dame, woke up early. After a quick shower, he stepped quietly out of his family’s home in Janesville, Wis.

Tobin headed to a nearby restaurant. For an hour, he and one of his favorite high-school teachers reminisced and laughed. They talked about Fighting Irish football and old friends.

After coffee, Tobin and his former teacher shook hands and Tobin turned toward home. As he neared his house, he spotted an ambulance and strange men on his driveway.

“The paramedics were already there,” Tobin recalls, and their grave faces signaled what they would soon tell him.


His father, Paul M. Ryan, age 55, was dead.

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