(CNN) —Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., said Tuesday that law enforcement officials were searching the Washington home of his chief of staff, Ryan Loskarn, regarding allegations involving child pornography.
"I am stunned, surprised and disappointed by what I have learned," the senator said in a statement. "Based on this information, I immediately placed Mr. Loskarn on administrative leave without pay. The office is fully cooperating with the investigation."
Prior to being Alexander's Chief of Staff
Ryah Loskarn was the staff director of the Senate Republican Conference
3rd time a Pope has been named person of the year
Time has named Pope Francis its person of the year.
Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina is known as a humble man, a capable administrator and — as expected of a new Pope — a man of great faith.
He is also a man of many firsts: the first non-European Pope in the modern era; the first pontiff from South America; and the first Jesuit to be elected head of the Roman Catholic Church.
In his first public act, the new Pope broke with tradition by asking the estimated 150,000 people packed into St. Peter’s Square to pray for him, rather than bless the crowd first.
Francis, 76, was born in Buenos Aires on December 17, 1936. The son of an Italian immigrant, he trained as a chemist before deciding to become a priest.
He was ordained by the Jesuits in 1969 and became co-archbishop of Buenos Aires in 1997, then sole archbishop of that city one year later. He was made a cardinal in 2001 and was president of the Argentine bishops conference from 2005 to 2011.
Time Editor on the TODAY show reveals the other finalists-
Ted Cruz came in at #5, Edward Snowden is #2
Talking to Matt Lauer, the Time editor takes a few jabs here at 'rebel' Ted Cruz
Some of the gems from Leo in this debate tonight on Hannity
-Idaho, Wyoming and Utah do not encourage blacks to live there
-There are no black politicians from these states (because of race)
-Oprah Winfrey couldn't buy a house in certain parts of Florida
-Certain golf course do not allow blacks to be members
-Crystal Wright (Sean's other guest) is using her race to justify apartheid
"Castro has wrongly imprisoned and tortured countless innocents for decades" -Cruz spokesman
Sen. Ted Cruz traveled with 22 members of Congress to South Africa for the memorial Tuesday
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, walked out of former South African President Nelson Mandela’s memorial service Tuesday when Cuban President Raul Castro gave a speech, a spokeswoman for Cruz said.
“Sen. Cruz very much hopes that Castro learns the lessons of Nelson Mandela,” Catherine Frazier, a spokeswoman for Cruz told ABC News. “For decades, Castro has wrongly imprisoned and tortured countless innocents.
Just as Mandela was released after 27 years in prison, Castro should finally release his political prisoners. He should hold free elections, and once and for all, set the Cuban people free.”
Cruz, who is of Cuban descent, was part of a congressional delegation that traveled to South Africa for the memorial service of Nelson Mandela.
This is such a joke. According to a new report out today, the lowest-priced coverage on the exchange, the 'Bronze' plan has an average deductible of $5K, plus the hundreds of dollars a month for the premium. What person, who is living paycheck-to-paycheck is going purchase a plan like this? How can they? Why would they? You are going to have thousands, maybe millions of people say -forget it- and they will just go without insurance.
The $5K deductible under Obamacare is a 42% increase over the cost prior to the health care law.
As enrollment picks up on the HealthCare.gov website, many people with modest incomes are encountering a troubling element of the federal health law: deductibles so steep they may not be able to afford the portion of medical expenses that insurance doesn't cover.
The average individual deductible for what is called a bronze plan on the exchange—the lowest-priced coverage—is $5,081 a year, according to a new report on insurance offerings in 34 of the 36 states that rely on the federally run online marketplace.
That is 42% higher than the average deductible of $3,589 for an individually purchased plan in 2013 before much of the federal law took effect, according to HealthPocket Inc., a company that compares health-insurance plans for consumers.
A deductible is the annual amount people must spend on health care before their insurer starts making payments.
The health law makes tax credits available to help cover insurance premiums for people with annual income up to four times the poverty level, or $45,960 for an individual. In addition, "cost-sharing" subsidies to help pay deductibles are available to people who earn up to 2.5 times the poverty level, or about $28,725 for an individual, in the exchange's silver policies.
The generous "mystery" tipper who has been leaving waiters across the country thousands of dollars in "Tips for Jesus" — and stamped with the @tipsforjesus handle — was identified by a New York City waiter as Jack Selby, former PayPal vice president.
Aruj Dhawan, a waiter at Bo's Kitchen, told the New York Post that Selby and two other patrons gave him a $1,000 tip on a $111.05 bill.
"As I was about to drop the check off, one of the men said they would ‘make my night.’ They called me over, gave me the check," Dhawan told the Post. "I was amazed ... I was just really thankful.”
So were Dhawan's coworkers: the Chelsea restaurant pools its tips among staffers at the end of the night.
Last week, ValleyWag.com reported that Selby — who made millions on PayPal's sale to eBay — was behind the big tips.
According to the Post, Bo's manager, Benjamin Cramer, asked Selby why he tipped so much. "He said, 'Just because.' I was told, 'We tip a hundred times the bill.'"
Bigger tips bearing the "Tips for Jesus" mark were left across Manhattan over the weekend: $3,500 on a $391.95 bill at The Smith near Lincoln Center, and $7,000 on a $2,994.61 check at the NoMad in midtown.
The anonymous tipping campaign began in September at in Ann Arbor, Mich., where a $3,000 tip was left on an $87.88 bill. A day later, a $2,000 tip was left on a $215 meal, then $5,000 on a $214.75 check.
Here's the one where he left $10K, there is an entire page of these on Instagram