Conservative Activist Andrew Breitbart Dies at 43

Andrew Breitbart, the outspoken conservative writer, activist and website operator, has died unexpectedly in Los Angeles, where he lived with a wife and four young children. He was 43.

Breitbart, who may have been best known as the conservative who brought down ACORN, was pronounced dead at the UCLA Medical Center shortly after midnight on Thursday, the Los Angeles County coroner’s office told Yahoo News. The cause of death was not immediately known, a spokesman at the coroner’s office said. One of his websites,, announced his death early Thursday.

Perhaps Breitbart’s biggest and most recent claim to fame was his outing of New York Rep. Anthony Weiner last June. Breitbart’s website broke the original story of Weiner’s lewd Twitter photo, which the Congressman initially denied was his. But, Breitbart finally forced his hand with the threat of more photos. At Weiner’s infamous second press conference where he confessed his improprieties, Breitbart stole the show, preempting Weiner by grabbing the microphone and taking questions from reporters.

In 2010, though, Breitbart’s credibility had been burned after his website posted video excerpts of a 40-minute NAACP speech by U.S. Dept. of Agriculture employee Shirley Sherrod that appeared to show her making racist comments. Breitbart drew heat when the speech was published in full, showing that selectively edited video had taken the remarks out of context–and Sherrod had been fired for it.

Breitbart’s early foray into journalism began when he helped launch the Huffington Post before moving to the Drudge Report–where he served as Matt Drudge’s deputy — and eventually launching his own cache of right-wing websites, including, Breitbart.TV, Big Government, Big Hollywood, Big Journalism and Big Peace.

Source: Yahoo News

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Euro Ultimately Doomed?

Euro Ultimately Doomed?

As European leaders unveil their latest plan to solve the debt crisis, economists and market experts aren’t convinced they’ll actually be successful. At least one group says there are one too many obstacles and chances are, the currency union will break up, triggering an end of the euro as we know it.

“Three years after the first ‘once in a generation’ financial crisis, we may now be entering the end game for a euro of 17 countries,” said Graeme Leach, chief economist at the Institute of Directors, a London-based non-political organization comprising 43,000 business leaders worldwide, but primarily in the United Kingdom.

Leach argues that the collapse of the euro is inevitable without the ECB’s virtually limitless financial support. ECB President Mario Draghi has firmly said, time and time again, that the central bank’s only mandate is to prevent inflation. The latest moves are steps in the right direction, but much more is needed, say experts.

European leaders, particularly from France and Germany — the eurozone’s two largest economies — have had very different views on the ultimate role of the fiscal compact, and the latest proposals are just “too little, too late, and miss the structural problem,” said Leach.

European leaders have a lot of work to do, and kicking the can down the road only increases the risks of an end to the eurozone. Despite the multitude and extent of the political disagreements that could lead to the eurozone’s crumble in the near-term, more optimistic experts say Europe’s leaders will likely find a middle ground to avoid the severe economic consequences.