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  • ** FILE ** Mayor Rob Ford laughs during a commercial break as he takes part in a live television mayoral debate in Toronto on Wednesday, March 26, 2014. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)

    Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's re-election launch party will be 'history in the making,' brother says

    Embattled Toronto Mayor Rob Ford will kick off his re-election bid Thursday with an event that will be "history in the making," his brother and campaign manager said, promising free swag and for-sale memorabilia that cashes in on the mayor's odd fame, the Globe and Mail said.

  • Illustration: Rebuilding Afghanistan by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

    DEBORCHGRAVE: America's uncertain trumpet

    There is no better proof of a dysfunctional - and broke - system of government than Congress passing additional funding for the Afghan war - $300 billion thus far - while simultaneously denying the unemployed an extension of benefits - and then taking a 10-day Independence Day vacation. With the jobless rate hovering just under 10 percent of a 158-million-strong U.S. labor force, including 1.3 million who didn't get their benefits reinstated and an additional 200,000 a week who have been without a job for at least six months and stand to lose their benefits each week until Congress acts, about 15 million Americans are out of work.

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