The president arrives for a star-studded concert and high-roller dinner on Sunday amid "shock" in Hollywood over his Denver debate performance. President Barack Obama returns to Los Angeles Sunday for a star-bedecked celebrity concert and fundraising dinner. In the wake of his Denver debate troubles, however, the long scheduled visit has acquired another, equally urgent purpose—reassuring his Hollywood supporters that he's fighting to win the race and he's poised for a comeback in the next televised forum with former Gov. Mitt Romney. From the now iconic dinner at George Clooney’s house
Voters in Venezuela are going to the polls in what is predicted to be the country's most tightly contested presidential election in a decade. Left-wing incumbent Hugo Chavez, first elected in 1998, is being challenged by opposition leader Henrique Capriles. Mr Chavez wants to continue what he calls his socialist revolution while Mr Capriles has promised to restore economic growth. Almost 19 million Venezuelans are eligible to vote in the election. Mr Chavez - who is seeking a fourth term in office - was diagnosed with cancer last year but says he has now fully recovered. A colourful and often controversial
CARACAS, Venezuela — Just try sleeping in on election day in Venezuela. In the hilly eastern Caracas slum of Petare, a truck began blaring reveille from loudspeakers before 3 a.m. and a male voice urged people to get up and vote. The man's voice also periodically insulted opposition candidate Henrique Capriles. A few hours later, a man on a motorcycle, his face covered with a red bandana, parked in front of a Petare polling station and sounded his bugle while a comrade yelled "Long Live Chavez!" President Hugo Chavez faced the tightest re-election
Fox News’s Brit Hume saiys that unlike many pundits and commentators, he wasn’t surprised by President Barack Obama’s poor debate performance. “This idea that [Mitt] Romney won the debate because Obama basically didn’t show up, I don’t buy that,” Hume said on the “Fox News Sunday” panel.(Snip)The president wasn’t “terribly bad” as a debater, but “he has a very weak case” and Romney was “on his game,” Hume said. “The president was saddled with weak circumstances, and therefore a weak case, and it was not surprising to me that he did not argue it well,” Hume said.
"The Catholic Church has lobbyists," said Professor James Thurber. "The Boy Scouts have lobbyists. The AFL-CIO has lobbyists. Apple does. Everybody has a lobbyist." No one knows the business of Washington lobbying better than Thurber. He helped write a report on lobbying reform for the American Bar Association, and he teaches a course to aspiring lobbyists at American University. His definition of a lobbyist: "Someone who advocates for someone else and is getting paid for it." The fingerprints of lobbyists are all over daily life. They defeated plans to cap credit card interest rates.
The proposed $45 billion merger between EADS and BAE Systems must ensure British security and jobs are preserved, finance minister George Osborne said on Sunday, just three days before a deadline for detailing the deal. Tensions over the supermerger have spilled into the open in recent days as France, Britain and Germany jockey over the role of the state in what would be the world's largest aerospace and arms group. "Our approach to this has been to make it very clear that our priorities are of course the national security of the United Kingdom, second: jobs and investment
We’ve often noted in this space the enormous advantage President Obama derives from having the mainstream media firmly in his pocket. But it appears the geniuses running his campaign don’t understand that the best way to exploit this edge is not to make it so obvious as to remove any doubt that the press has gone in the tank. That was exactly what they did when they used a clip of NBC’s Andrea Mitchell spouting Obama talking points on the air in a new web ad. NBC has reacted to this breech of the informal rules
The government sector unions that have funneled millions of dollars this election cycle to left leaning groups and candidates, have “no plans” to help a pro-Mitt Romney student who says she was victimized by a union member teacher for her political views and now fears for her life. Samantha Pawlucy, a sophmore at Charles Carroll High School in Philadelphia, told local media outlets her geometry teacher, Lynette Gaymon, tried to throw her out of class for wearing a Romney/Ryan t-shirt and demanded Pawlucy take it off and now she is afraid to return to school for fear of being attacked.
Turkey's retaliation against Syria marks a dangerous new phase in the conflict -- one that threatens to grow into a regional confrontation. That, though, might be what Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan has in mind, say German editorialists on Friday. It could lead to greater Turkish influence in the Middle East. Retaliatory strikes by Turkey against Syria on Wednesday have created an entirely new dimension to a civil war that now threatens to become a full-fledged regional conflict in the Middle East. The moves by Ankara came after shelling by Syrian forces that killed five women and children in the
The first call came Friday evening, tinged with racist hate. "Watch your back, (racist slur). I'mma blow your (profanity) brains out," one of Lynette Gaymon's aunts said Saturday. Gaymon, a geometry teacher at Charles Carroll High School in Port Richmond, has been accused of humiliating a student who wore a pink Romney/Ryan T-shirt on "dress-down" day Sept. 28. After the story drew media attention last week, the teacher's aunts said, she stayed out of school and took refuge with friends. On Friday, harassing phone calls began to come in, they said. Gaymon lives with two of her aunts in
Just over 8.5 billion recyclable cans were sold in California last year. The number redeemed for a nickel under California's recycling law: 8.3 billion. That's a return rate of nearly 100%. That kind of success isn't just impressive, it's unbelievable. But the recycling rate for certain plastic containers was even higher: 104%. California's generous recycling redemption program has led to rampant fraud. Crafty entrepreneurs are driving semi-trailers full of cans from Nevada or Arizona, which don't have deposit laws, across the border and transforming their cargo into truckfuls of nickels.
Mitt Romney on Sunday unveiled a new TV ad pushing back on President Obama's claims the Republican challenger misrepresented the GOP ticket's tax reform plans in Wednesday's debate. "President Obama continues to distort Mitt Romney’s economic plan." says a voiceover as the ad begins. "The latest? Not telling the truth about Mitt Romney’s tax plan. In the first presidential debate earlier this week, the president charged that Romney's plans called for a $5 trillion tax cut.
There's a new injury going around in political circles these days: it's called political whiplash. It's caused by the ever changing -- sometimes violently so -- perceptions of the presidential contest. This week started with dour predictions about Mitt Romney's chances. "He can't win Ohio and Wisconsin!" "His messaging is a mess!" "Donors are going to abandon him!" But by Wednesday night -- WHACK -- the views of the punditocracy shifted drastically. "Romney crushed the debate!" "President Obama was missing in action!" "This is a brand new race!!!" Then came Friday morning's job report.
The 1300's were a crucial time in world history: Fleas carried several waves of Black Death across Europe, killing countless millions. Many thousands of Jews were slaughtered for causing that. Kings and popes and their wars came and went, as did William "Braveheart" Wallace. Beheadings facilitated the process, as did stake-burnings for heretics. Vodka and corsets were invented. Construction began on the Bastille. (Snip) That time period was also when all of the beautiful light in the NASA photo above began its journey to this page. We'll find out what comes after trillion if Obama gets a second
US army officers have begun arriving in Israel ahead of joint military manoeuvres between the countries' armed forces, an Israeli newspaper said on Sunday. The officers will supervise the arrival of hundreds of US troops on October 14 for joint manoeuvres that will take place the following week and last for three weeks, according to Yediot Aharonot.(Snip) Time magazine reported on September 1 that Washington had significantly reduced the number of its joint military exercises with Israel, probably because of disagreement between them over how best to deal with Iran's nuclear
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak seemed to turn the page on their recent public bickering during a one-and-a-half-hour Saturday night meeting, saying that they had agreed to continue working together to overcome Israel's security threats. In a statement following the meeting, Barak said that he and Netanyahu "see eye-to-eye" on every aspect of the Iranian threat, as well as "the relationship with the United States under the Prime Minister's leadership."(Snip) Meanwhile, Barak’s office had said the meeting was being held neither to rebuke the defense minister nor to
Kudos to the Spanish-language television news network Univision for their incredible investigative report on Fast and Furious. (Snip) They documented the fact that 14 young man and women attending a birthday party were wantonly killed by drug cartel "hit" men using weapons that were traced to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and their Fast and Furious program. This is an investigative report that should have been done by the American press. They, however, are too busy finding incidents of 50 years ago so insignificant that they are off the radar screen in a week.
The rumble was bungled.A tech glitch derailed the wildly hyped online debate between Jon Stewart and Bill O’Reilly Saturday, triggering a mountain of mockery from frustrated fans. An untold number of viewers missed out on the event, which cost $4.95 and was billed as “The Rumble in the Air-Conditioned Auditorium.” (Snip) With the joke on them, the debate’s organizers posted an apology on Facebook, saying their servers were overloaded “due to overwhelming demand.”
A presidential reelection campaign needs three key elements: a defense of the incumbent’s record, a successful effort to define the opposition and a compelling vision of a second term. President Obama may well celebrate a second term in Chicago next month, but the conventional wisdom underestimates the difficulty he faces, as his campaign has distinct problems with all three elements. His defense of his record is exceptionally weak, his effort to define Mitt Romney is nearly exhausted, and his vision for the next four years — perhaps the most important — has been largely missing from
The slimiest news coverage of 2012 has nothing to do with the presidential election. It concerns a massive ABC News campaign against an American beef company. Led by national correspondent Jim Avila, the network bombarded a South Dakota firm with a seemingly endless barrage of stories claiming that its lean beef was – it doesn’t get uglier than this – “pink slime.” According to that company, ABC’s reports cost it hundreds of millions of dollars, and cost more than 700 people their jobs. Now that company is suing ABC – for $1.2 billion. The heart of ABC’s campaign lasted nearly a month
Venezuelan citizens living as expatriates in Miami are trekking to New Orleans to vote in Sunday’s election, which sees socialist president Hugo Chavez is in the fight of his political career against centrist challenger Henrique Capriles. Andrew Morrison, a cofounder of the Venevox Foundation – an apolitical organization dedicated to ensuring “Human Rights and Democratic Values of the Venezuelan people around the World” — told The Daily Caller that his organization has pulled together enough funding to bring between 6,000 and 7,000 people from Miami to New Orleans to vote Sunday.
WASHINGTON — Mitt Romney vowed in a campaign appearance earlier this year to “take a weed whacker” to the thicket of federal regulations adopted by the Obama administration and promised to impose a rigid freeze and cost cap on all new government rules. He has pledged to reverse a half-dozen major Environmental Protection Agency pollution and public health rules, to swiftly approve the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada, to rewrite the ambitious new vehicle fuel efficiency standards and to open untouched coastal and wilderness areas to oil and gas exploration.
A free-to-use font designed to help people with dyslexia read online content is gaining favour. OpenDyslexic's characters have been given "heavy-weighted bottoms" to prevent them from flipping and swapping around in the minds of their readers. A recent update to the popular app Instapaper has adopted the text format as an option for its users. The font has also been built into a word processor, an ebook reader and has been installed on school computers. The project was created by Abelardo Gonzalez, a New Hampshire-based mobile app designer, who released his designs onto the web at the end
Predictably, skeptics about the federal jobs numbers released yesterday are being labeled as “jobs truthers” in many quarters. Those alleging a flat-out conspiracy are being treated as nutcases. As Politico notes, even some Republicans are trying to throw cold water on the theories being floated that assert the unemployment rate is only declining because of an effort to cook the figures to benefit President Obama. The skeptics, like former GE CEO Jack Welch and Rep. Alan West, are taking a beating in the press. Though the dip in unemployment is both anomalous in terms
Eli Lake reports on White House deliberations over retaliation for the killing of Amb. Christopher Stevens and other Americans in Benghazi. U.S. intelligence agencies reportedly have compiled a list of suspects in the assault. According to some intelligence officials, there is enough detail to take military action to kill or capture ten of the operatives tied to the planning of the attack. The administration supposedly is considering whether to pursue these operatives through law enforcement or via military means like drone strikes or special operations. It is also weighing the risk that delay will enable the suspected terrorists to flee
The global pop sensation of the year has got us all excited about South Korea. Welcome to the world of K-culture. Gangnam Style, a novelty song by the South Korean rapper Psy, is the global pop sensation of 2012. It is No1 on the UK singles chart and has been viewed more than 360 million times on YouTube. Britney Spears asked Psy to teach her his rodeo-riding dance live on Ellen DeGeneres’s TV show. Even a YouTube clip of five Korean girls dancing to Gangnam Style has been viewed more than 35 million times.[Snip] Here is your instant, 10-point