Phil Robertson, star of the A&E reality show "Duck Dynasty," will speak at the upcoming Republican Leadership Conference on Thursday in New Orleans.
Robertson will begin his speech at 6 p.m. Thursday, the first day of the three-day political conference. Speaking after him on Thursday evening will be Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson.
Other notable speakers at this week's conference include former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, real estate mogul Donald Trump and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. more >>
Controversial U.S. fugitive Edward Snowden has blamed the government for stranding him in Russia, something which he never intended to happen. Secretary of State John Kerry fired back, however, calling it a "dumb answer" and accusing him of helping terrorists.
"I personally am surprised that I ended up here," Snowden said in an interview with NBC News set to air on Wednesday, his first with a U.S. TV network.
"The reality is I never intended to end up in Russia," he continued. "I had a flight booked to Cuba onwards to Latin America and I was stopped because the United States government decided to revoke my passport and trap me in Moscow Airport." more >>
NEW YORK – Conservative author and filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza, whose 2012 film "2016: Obama's America" is one of the highest grossing documentaries in decades, pleaded guilty before a U.S. district judge on Tuesday to a campaign finance law violation.
The filmmaker pleaded guilty to one criminal count of making illegal contributions in the names of others. A second count on making false statements is expected to be dismissed following the sentencing. D'Souza, who previously served as president of The King's College, will now avert a trial that would have begun the same day in federal court, Reuters reported.
The government of North Korea has issued a rare public apology after a "serious accident" occurred, when a 23-story apartment building collapsed last week in Pyongyang, with an unconfirmed number of people killed.
Korean Central News Agency reported on Sunday that Minister of People's Security Choe Pu Il "said the responsibility for the accident rests with him as he failed to uphold well the Workers' Party of Korea's policy of love for the people. He repented of himself, saying that he failed to find out factors that can put at risk the lives and properties of the people and to take thorough-going measures, thereby causing an unimaginable accident."
General Officer of the Korean People's Internal Security Forces Sonu Hyong Chol also shouldered the blame for the accident, and said that he was in charge of the construction. more >>
Several Indian church officials said that they are not concerned that Hindu extremist groups will increase after a landslide victory for the nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the government elections, noting that religious minorities are protected by the Constitution.
"Minorities, such as Christians and Muslims are an integral part of the nation and of the social fabric of Indian society. Minorities are protected by the Constitution, I believe that the new government cannot and will not want to go against the Constitution. As Christians we are confident," said His Exc. Mgr. Stanley Roman, Bishop of Quilon, in the state of Kerala, according to Fides News Agency on Friday.
CNBC reported on Friday that early results from India's five-week long elections are pointing to a big victory for the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led by Narendra Modi. It has already won or is winning 338 parliamentary seats, which is more than the required majority of 272. India's National Congress party, which had been in power for the past decade, was leading in only 68 seats, which is its worst-ever showing. more >>
Saira Blair won the West Virginia Republican Party primary Tuesday, unseating the 59th District House of Delegates incumbent, despite being only 17 years old. The teen from Martinsburg describes herself as a churchgoer, "pro-life," "pro-family," and "pro-marriage," and has the chance to become the youngest legislator in the state's history.
Saira Blair won the West Virginia GOP primary by an 872-728 vote margin, beating out 66-year-old incumbent Del. Larry Krump of Falling Waters. While he painted her as inexperienced, she pointed out that she learned a lot from her father, state Sen. Craig Blair, R-Berkeley— plus, the job isn't all that hard, she added.
"I don't have as many biases because I am younger and so I'm more capable of taking the views of the people directly from the district to Charleston," the Hedgesville High School senior told The Martinsburg Herald-Mail. "I think I'm fully capable of doing the job, and I don't think its rocket science by any means— not if you just listen to the people." more >>