Mitt Romney's garbage man is starring in a new attack ad that features him at work picking up trash outside the Republican nominee's $12 million California mansion. The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) labor union features the garbage man in an ad that juxtaposes him talking about how tough his job it with Romney's notorious '47 per cent' comments in which he says that 'my job is not to worry about those people' who don't pay federal income tax. In the ad, the garbage man states: 'My name is Richard Hayes, and I pick up
In its latest effort to slap Mitt Romney's "47 percent" comment, the Obama campaign on Monday tapped a young woman with Down syndrome to pull at the heartstrings of undecided voters. The Obama-Biden campaign's web page featured a "letter of the week" from a 25-year-old woman who wrote that "I am one of the 47% of Americans who fall under Mitt Romney's definition of 'entitled' and 'unable to take responsibility for my life.' I have Down syndrome." The letter comes on the heel of the campaign's TV ad playing in battleground states that
Cambridge, Mass. — Celebrated historian Bertram Oxley has uncovered a memorandum from former Japanese Emperor Hirohito to Admiral Yamamoto dated December 6, 1941, showing that the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor was motivated by an offensive film made by Charlie Chaplin ridiculing Japanese cuisine. “Contrary to historical accounts over the last seventy years,” Professor Oxley said in an interview today with the BBC, “What appeared to be a meticulously planned surprise attack was actually a spontaneous demonstration by moderate sushi connoisseurs in the Imperial Navy in response to a hateful and offensive movie.
Kevin O’Reilly, a member of the White House National Security Staff who regularly communicated about Operation Fast and Furious with the Arizona-based ATF agent responsible for running the operation that allowed guns to flow to Mexican drug cartels, was suddenly transferred out of the White House and into Iraq in July 2011. The transfer took place shortly after the ATF agent had testified in the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and the White House had provided the committee with a series of emails that O’Reilly and the agent had exchanged while Fast and Furious was underway.
A new survey shows Mitt Romney with a commanding lead over President Barack Obama among doctors, with Obamacare helping to sway their votes. If the election were held today, 55 percent of physicians reported they would vote for Romney while just 36 percent support Obama, according to a survey released by Jackson & Coker, a division of Jackson Healthcare, the third largest health care staffing company in the United States. Fifteen percent of respondents said they were switching their vote from Obama in 2008 to Romney in 2012. The top reasons cited for
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers, in an interview with Fox News, suggested the Obama administration politicized the intelligence in the immediate aftermath of the deadly consulate attack in Libya to fit a convenient story line, that it was spontaneous violence and not pre-meditated terrorism. Rep. Rogers, R-Mich., specifically faulted the administration for suggesting the attack was an escalation of Muslim protests against an anti-Islam video produced in the U.S. and then doubling down on that theory. “I argue the administration made some serious mistakes when they highlighted the video, escalated its credibility
Former Democratic pollster Patrick Caddell appeared on Fox News Channel with Megyn Kelly on Monday to elaborate on a talk he gave recently in which he claimed that the media has today become “the enemy of the American people.” Caddell called the media’s deliberate downplaying of certain stories that could damage Barack Obama’s electoral prospects as “corruption of the first order.” “We’re entering territory we have never entered before,” said Caddell. “We’ve never had a situation where the press has purposefully decided to pick up a narrative rom the White House to not tell people things that
According to Wikipedia and another source, The Root is an online magazine devoted to black culture. It's also owned byThe Washington Post. Saturday, The Root published an entire article devoted to this headline: Will Romney Reach out to Racists in Debates? The subtext of the article is even more noxious; that if Romney does win it will be due to racism: Now the Romney campaign finds itself at a crossroads. With just over a month to go before the election, the question becomes: Will he be willing to do what McCain wasn't, in order to win at any cost?
A group of 25 male students held a “naked protest” yesterday inside a state university in the Philippines to condemn a controversial anti-Islam film that has sparked violent protests in several countries. The students wore only bonnets over their faces as they ran inside the Manila campus of Polytechnic University of the Philippines to join calls for the government to block the amateur film Innocence of Muslims on the Internet. “We condemn this film that insults Islam and urge everyone to respect all religions,” said Marley Cabase, head of the Alpha Phi Omega fraternity that organised the protest.
As the slugfest that was the UMass Lowell/Herald debate wound down, Sen. Scott Brown stumbled a bit when asked to name his “model Supreme Court justice.” “Um, let me see here, that’s a great question,” said Brown. He then named four, including John Roberts and Sonia Sotomayor. When moderator Dave Gregory Gregory pointed out those seemed like polar opposite choices, Brown said, “That’s the beauty of being an independent.” Warren, smirking as Brown rattled off names, replied
The State Department stood by U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice Monday, rejecting calls by Republicans that she step down Asked to comment on demands by Rep. Peter King, R-New York, that Rice step down for what he says were misleading comments about the attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland told reporters: "Secretary (Hillary) Clinton believes that Ambassador Rice has done a superb job, so let's just start there, and we completely reject any such calls here in this building."
The second debate between Republican Scott Brown and Democrat Elizabeth Warren in the Massachusetts Senate race is already getting a little testy, as Brown charged Warren with treating him like one of her students in a particularly edgy exchange. The candidates were debating bipartisanship in Congress when Warren, a Harvard Law School professor, began to interrupt. "Excuse me. I'm not a student in your classroom," a clearly peeved Brown said. "Please let me respond." A stunned crowd gave a prolonged, "Oooooooooh," at Brown's statement.
An Obama administration appointee has resigned in connection with another bombshell report detailing the waste of taxpayer money at feel-good conferences -- this time, at a pair of Veterans Affairs summits in Orlando that cost more than $6 million. John Sepulveda, who as assistant secretary for human resources and administration was the agency's top HR official, resigned just as the VA Office of Inspector General released its 150-page report on the conferences, held on his watch in July and August 2011. The report said he "abdicated his responsibilities" in overseeing the conferences, leading to "numerous examples of excessive costs, and
WASHINGTON — In a move aimed at shoring up support from Hispanic and progressive voters, President Barack Obama will designate the California home of labor leader Cesar Chavez as a national monument. Obama will establish the Cesar E. Chavez National Monument in Keene, Calif., during a campaign swing through California next week. The property is known as La Paz, short for Nuestra Señora Reina de la Paz, or Our Lady Queen of Peace. It served as national headquarters of the United Farm Workers, as well as Chavez's home, from the early 1970s until his death in 1993.
The conventional wisdom is that Wednesday night’s presidential debate is a huge opportunity for Republican nominee Mitt Romney. The emperor-has-no-clothes reality is that the political forum would be meaningless if President Barack Obama could stand on the stage and boast his administration had ushered in an era of low unemployment, surging economic growth, reasonable gas prices and rising prosperity for the American family. None of that is remotely plausible. The jobless rate has been north of 8 percent for 43 months. Median family income fell more during the Obama recovery than during the recession. Economic growth is slowing
For all their visibility along the campaign trail, A-list celebrities hold little sway over the way Americans vote, an omnibus poll for CBS News and Vanity Fair magazine has suggested. Eighty-nine percent of respondents said celebrity endorsements of a particular candidate made no difference to them when it came to putting an X beside a name in the voting booth. Three per cent even said a celebrity endorsement would make them less likely to favor a candidate. Just 2 per cent said they were more likely to favor a hopeful on the basis of a celebrity's thumbs-up.
Jerusalem - The Assad regime in Syria brought about Muammar Gaddafi's death by providing France with the key intelligence which led to the operation that killed him, sources in Libya have claimed. French spies operating in Sirt, Gaddafi's last refuge, were able to set a trap for the Libyan dictator after obtaining his satellite telephone number from the Syrian government, they said. In what would amount to an extraordinary betrayal of one Middle Eastern dictator by another, President Bashar al-Assad sold out his fellow tyrant in an act of self-preservation, a former senior intelligence official in Tripoli said. (Snip) "In
Curtis Caldwell said he understands why some people find his statue of a monkey wearing a mask of President Obama offensive. Caldwell said however it's his right to free speech to display it. "If I would've had a kangaroo I would've used a kangaroo instead of a monkey," Caldwell said. Several people who saw the display on Caldwell's property contacted WSLS 10 with their concerns. "I know some neighbors won't like it," Caldwell said. "I have friends in San Francisco I know would hate it but that's too bad." "I'll say what I wish," Caldwell said.
By all means, please tell us about the job-killing consequences of the monstrous law you voted for twice, former Democratic Senator: The Supreme Court decision in June upholding the Affordable Care Act leaves in place a tax on medical devices that threatens thousands of American jobs and our global competitiveness. It will also stifle critical medical innovation in the industry that gave us defibrillators, pacemakers, artificial joints, stents, chemotherapy delivery systems and almost every device we depend on to save lives. The 2.3% tax will be charged to manufacturers on each sale and takes effect in January. (Snip) That's Indiana's
Requests from military voters for absentee ballots have dropped significantly since 2008, according to newly released statistics, prompting claims that the Department of Defense is dragging its feet in enacting a law meant to boost military voting. The drop in the battleground states of Virginia and Ohio is among the most pronounced. According to statistics released Monday by The Military Voter Protection Project, the number of absentee ballot requests by both military members and other overseas voters in the two states has dropped 70 percent since 2008.
Nearly 90 percent of Americans will see their taxes increase in 2013 if Congress and President Barack Obama can’t find a way to renew tax policies that are scheduled to expire at the end of this year, the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center said in a report issued Monday. The average tax increase will be $3,500 per household if the current tax policies expire, the report estimated. It isn’t necessarily an all-or-nothing decision Congress confronts – it could choose to extend some of the tax provisions but terminate others – but it’s precisely the complexity of picking and choosing from the
President Barack Obama arrived in Nevada last night to begin three days of debate preparation at the Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort, a luxurious golf community just a few miles from the Las Vegas strip. According to the White House pool report, the "resort is a strange mix of desert sand pits, green lawns, palm trees and new homes. We passed a replica of the Ponte Vecchio and some luxurious lakeside estates, also unfinished lots and a browning golf course. The president's hotel has a Middle Eastern theme and a view of the lake from the lobby."
Unemployment in the eurozone hit a fresh high of 18.2 million in August, the EU statistics agency has said. The number out of work rose by 34,000, but after the July data was revised up, it meant the unemployment rate remained stable at a record high of 11.4%. The highest unemployment rate was recorded in Spain, where 25.1% of the workforce is out of a job, and the lowest of 4.5% was recorded in Austria. The unemployment rate in Germany was 5.5%, Eurostat said.
Two days before the first presidential debate, a new national survey indicates a very close contest between President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney in the race for the White House. And according to a CNN/ORC International poll, neither candidate appears to have an edge on the economy, which remains the top issue on the minds of Americans and which may dominate Wednesday night's debate on domestic issues in Denver.
Greece is predicting its economy will shrink by much more than previously estimated this year. Its economy will contract by 6.5% this year, worse than a previous estimate of 4.8% in March suggested to its bailout lenders, it said in a draft budget submitted to parliament. Greece also said its economy will shrink for a sixth year in 2013. About 8bn euros worth of cuts have been proposed for 2013, covering public-sector pay, pensions and welfare. (Snip) Spending cuts are necessary if Greece is to get the next instalment of the funds from the IMF and eurozone that bailed it