President Obama’s advisers attacked critics for suggesting the White House fudged jobs figures, comparing them to “lunatic” birthers. The sub-8% unemployment stats were released by the non-partisan Bureau of Labor Statistics Friday, but former GE chief Jack Welch and several Tea Party figures claimed the numbers were cooked. Obama campaign senior adviser Robert Gibbs called such comments “incredibly dangerous” and said Welch had embarrassed himself. “There's a number of people that believe the real unemployment report is somewhere in a safe in Nairobi with the president's Kenyan birth certificate," Gibbs said sarcastically on NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday.
Attorney General Eric Holder, as a Columbia University student and leader of the Student Afro-American Society (SAS), participated in the armed takeover of a vacant campus ROTC office. The takeover lasted five days in the spring of 1970. Holder himself has acknowledged participating in a separate takeover of a college dean’s office until SAS demands were met — for starters, transformation of the ROTC office into the Malcolm X Lounge. The Columbia Daily Spectator of April 23, 1970, published the reasons, including: “Columbia’s contempt toward the beliefs of Black students,” “Columbia’s lack of concern for the welfare of Black people,”
There’s no doubt President Obama’s liberal supporters are worried by his lackluster performance in the Denver debate. “Everyone is in shock,” one show-business liberal told the Hollywood reporter. “No one can understand what happened.” The Obama faithful are offering the White House advice, talking points, pep talks — anything to improve the president’s performance when he next faces Mitt Romney at Hofstra University on October 16. But for some liberal writers, the concern goes deeper. Perhaps Obama’s somewhat withdrawn demeanor at the debate was an indication that he doesn’t even want a second term as president.
CARACAS - Hugo Chavez loyalists blew bugles in a wake up call for voters on Sunday as the Venezuelan leader faced the biggest electoral challenge yet to his socialist rule from a young rival tapping into discontent over crime and cronyism. Henrique Capriles, a centrist state governor, edged toward the still-popular Chavez in final polls thanks to a vigorous campaign that united the opposition and made him its best chance of ending the president's 14-year tenure. Chavez has used record oil revenue to support ideological allies around the world while preaching a fiercely anti-American line,
When you accumulate some of the adjectives from the pundits, the media, and other appraisals that were not from the right but from baffled sympathizers and centrists, there is no doubt that President Barack Obama clearly lost the debate this week, as a matter of both substance and tone. Take your pick from the river of insults: listless, meandering, lazy, dull-brained, long-winded, languid, and flaccid were just some of the epithets from the pundits. Even the New York Times opined that "He lost his competitive edge." The worst that Mitt Romney's relatively few critics could come up with
Big Bird took to Saturday Night Live this weekend to respond to Mitt Romney's plan to axe him. Joining Seth Meyers at the 'Weekend Update' anchor desk, the Sesame Street favorite declined to comment on the presidential hopeful's vow to cut federal funding for PBS. Explaining why, Big Bird said he didn't want to 'ruffle any feathers'. He told Meyers how he had learned of being mentioned on Wednesday's debate. He said he'd gotten 'a million tweets'. From real birds, that is. Following Romney's triumphant performance in the first presidential debate, SNL was left in the unexpected position
NBC has asked President Barack Obama’s campaign to stop using the network’s footage in a recently released reelection ad, POLITICO has learned. In a letter sent Friday night to Obama campaign manager Jim Messina, NBC told the Obama campaign to cease using network footage in a new 30-second spot, released shortly after Wednesday’s debate, in which Andrea Mitchell is shown on air citing an independent, stating that Mitt Romney’s tax plan would cost $4.8 trillion over 10 years, a source said.
Obama senior campaign adviser David Axelrod on Sunday said Republican Mitt Romney delivered a “very good performance” at the first presidential debate that was “completely un-rooted in fact” and the president was “taken aback at the brazenness” of the Republican nominee's answers.(snip)As for why Obama did not address Romney’s “47 percent” comments at the debate, Axelrod said “the president obviously didn’t see the appropriate opportunity.” “The president was earnestly trying to answer questions that were asked on the topics that were being discussed, and he didn’t find the opportunity to raise it, and it’s obviously well known,” Axelrod said.
A man was killed and two teens were injured in a shooting inside a Back of the Yards neighborhood park on Saturday afternoon, police said. Someone got out of a maroon van and opened fire, police said, hitting the three who were standing together inside Davis Square Park at 4430 S. Marshfield Avenue about 12:53 p.m. Following the shooting, one of the victims ran home and called police. A 27-year-old man, Hector Cruz, was taken to John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County, where he was declared dead at 2:05 p.m., according to police
A school district in San Antonio, Texas is requiring middle and high school students to wear a "tracking" chip while on campus. And not just a passive RFID (Radio-frequency identification) chip, these second generation RFID chips include a battery that transmits a radio signal for constant location monitoring of the students. District spokesman Pascual Gonzalez said, "Chip readers on campuses and on school buses can detect a student's location but can't track them once they leave school property. Only authorized administrative officials will have access to the information." Yea, right.
If Hugo Chavez is an autocrat, how could he be in danger of losing the Venezuelan presidency in an election on Sunday? The question, posed by one of Mr. Chavez’s dwindling band of American supporters, is a fair one: Polls show a race to the wire between the caudillo and challenger Henrique Capriles Radonski. An opposition victory would mean an epochal change of political direction in one of the world’s largest oil producers, with far-reaching consequences for Cuba and other leftist Latin American regimes. The answer begins with the fact that Mr. Chavez,
One has to feel sympathy for poor Scott Brown. He has been an outstanding public servant, accomplished lawmaker and all-around decent human being. He has earned re-election to the U.S. Senate many times over, yet has to scramble to retain his seat in a close election. He has earned a reputation for using independent judgment in a political arena dominated by cutthroat party politics, and in return should be able to enjoy respect from both sides of the aisle.
President Obama's poor debate performance may have shattered some illusions among his supporters in the liberal media elite. Having invested themselves in the illusion of him as the fulfillment of the liberal dream of shattering glass ceilings and pernicious racial stereotypes, his evident lack of preparation felt like a betrayal to some. They are starting to catch on that they bought into an illusion. So they are turning on him. Witness the shocking empty chair cover on the New Yorker, edited by Obama hagiographer David Remnick: The comments which follow savaging Obama are worth reading, too.
SHARPSBURG, Md. Just past dawn on a brisk September morning, a couple in their 30s walked along the sunken road known as “Bloody Lane” with a toddler sleeping soundly in her stroller and a newborn snuggled against his father. “Just think about this — we’re standing here at the exact moment the battle began,” the husband said as his wife nodded, smiled and reached down to hug her sleeping daughter. Both parents then sat in the grass along the crushed-limestone lane. They were among thousands who converged before sunrise on this small Maryland town for the 150th anniversary of Antietam
U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron said his government will announce additional measures to increase taxes on the rich, while ruling out a so-called mansion tax wanted by his Liberal Democrat coalition partners. “We are going to take further action to make sure that the richest people in our country pay their fair share towards deficit reduction,” Cameron told the BBC’s “Andrew Marr Show” today as his Conservative Party began its annual conference in Birmingham, central England. He said he didn’t believe that people who saved and bought large houses should be hit “every year with a massive
Every election campaign has its most laughable moment, and the Barack Hussein Obama one has (make that had) John Kerry. According to Alexander Marlow, Managing Editor of savvy Breitbart news, “Team Obama Blames John Kerry for Debate Loss”. Well given that Kerry ran against him in 2004, guess that’s the closest Team Obama can get to George W. Bush. In terms of rollicking laughter, Kerry as Obama’s sparring partner in practice rounds leading up to the first presidential debate, has gotta’ be right up there with Clint Eastwood’s Empty Chair.
The “Silent Majority.” Where are they today? Remember during the Nixon Administration the “Silent Majority” was often spoken of in the press. The President (Nixon), himself, gave them credit for supporting him… not only in elections but supporting him generally. Well, where did they go? Oh, they’re still here… and just as powerful as before. You see them every day. They’re all around you. They are the folks you see at parties who stand around the edges of a group discussing politics. They never have any input into the discussion, they just absorb it.
A PPP poll released October 6 reports Romney advancing in Wisconsin, as Obama's 7% lead is reduced to a mere 2%. The poll was conducted on October 4-6 among 979 likely voters with a margin of error of 3%. The previous poll, conducted on September 20 among 842 likely voters, had Obama leading with 52% and Romney at 45%. Two weeks later and after the first presidential debate, Obama has dropped to 49% while Romney increased his vote share to 47%. The October poll also shows Romney a clear winner in the Presidential debate with 61% saying so and only
Akcakale, Turkey — Turkish artillery fired toward Syria for a fifth day in a row on Sunday, minutes after a Syrian shell landed on Turkish territory. An Associated Press video journalist witnessed the shell landing some 200 meters (200 yards) inside Turkey, near the border town of Akcakale. A short time later, eight mortars could be heard fired from Turkey. Town mayor Abdulhakim Ayhan confirmed that Turkish artillery immediately returned fire. He said shrapnel from the Syrian mortar caused some damage to a grain depot, but no one was hurt by the shelling. The Anadolu Agency reported that
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