President Barack Obama will have to do some serious acting tonight. Obama returns to Hollywood for yet another star-studded fundraiser, but this time he'll have to sell his minions on the notion that his disastrous debate performance Wednesday in Denver was a one-time only affair. (Snip) There’s also no doubt that the president’s Hollywood supporters were deeply shaken by his lackluster performance in this week’s debate with Republican nominee Romney.... The cloud of anxious fallout from Denver has all but overshadowed what otherwise would be considered a particularly glittering and gala L.A. appearance for Obama. His Sunday evening will kick
There were serious fireworks on the set of ABC's This Week Sunday. Mostly at odds were George W. Bush aide Mary Matalin and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman with the former eventually telling the latter, "You're hardly credible on calling somebody else a liar" (Snip) ''Professor, can I ask you? You have mischaracterized and you have lied about every position and every particular of the Ryan plan on Medicare, from the efficiency of Medicare administration to calling it a voucher plan. So you're hardly credible on calling somebody else a liar.'' Ouch. That's going to leave a mark.
President Barack Obama’s campaign has “exploited the military” for political gain, the president of Special Operations OPSEC Education Fund told The Daily Caller. Scott Taylor, a former Navy SEAL, cites the campaign ad touting the raid that killed Osama bin Laden and questioning whether Mitt Romney would have made the same decision. (Snip) “We believe this unprecedented amount of leaks has hindered future operations and could potentially put lives at risk if it hasn’t already, so we’ve basically had enough, and we’re standing up and exercising our First Amendment rights to say something about it,” he said.
Denver - GOP rock star Marco Rubio generated ample excitement when he showed up here earlier this week to fire up Latino support for Mitt Romney, but he’s got nothing on Elena Squarrell. Squarrell is among the thousands of Spanish-speaking volunteers for President Barack Obama in Colorado and nationwide, who for months have been quietly blanketing Latino communities — knocking on doors block after block, showing up at every festival and church gathering, camping out at high schools to register new voters. Soon the 28-year-old college researcher and her team of five will shift their attention to pushing voters to
Forgive me for comparing Barack Obama to Daffy Duck, but let me spin out an analogy. There’s a Looney Tunes cartoon in which Daffy is desperate for applause from an audience in a theater. Everything Daffy does is met with silence until he swallows dynamite and gasoline and blows himself up. The crowd goes wild. As Daffy’s ghost ascends to the heavens, Bugs Bunny tells him the audience is screaming for more. Says Daffy: “I can only do it once.” It’s beginning to occur to liberals that Barack Obama also could only do it once
French President Francois Hollande on Sunday promised the Jewish community a major increase in security after blank bullets were fired near a Parisian synagogue in the most recent incident in a wave of anti-Semitic attacks in France. The BBC cited Hollande as saying there would be "total mobilization of the state to fight all terrorist threats" during a meeting with leaders of the country's Jewish community. The security unit of France’s Jewish communities, SPCJ, reported that the shots fired on October 5 at the synagogue at Argenteuil, a northwest suburb of Paris, were fired just hours after the city’s chief
CARACAS, Venezuela - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez says he will accept the results of the country's election, whether he wins or loses. Chavez told reporters, "We'll respect the results, whatever they are." Chavez spoke after casting his vote in Caracas. He also said voters are turning out in massive numbers in Sunday's election. The Venezuelan leader is running against opposition leader Henrique Capriles in a vote widely viewed as the toughest electoral challenge of Chavez's nearly 14-year-old presidency. Chavez was greeted at the polling center by American actor Danny Glover
Since last week, the news sphere has been buzzing about the possibility of an Obama campaign foreign donor scandal being the big October surprise of 2012. Since the Washington Examiner first reported the story last week, many are asking how the Obama campaign will handle foreign donation allegations expected to go public Monday in a major magazine and national website story. The Obama campaign has already tried to block the story from publication and although the details of the scandal are still under wraps, we do know taxes and unsecured credit card transactions are about to cause a major headache
It was either an average month for job growth, or one of the best months in nearly three decades. In the September jobs numbers, there was evidence for both. Last month, employers said they added 114,000 workers to their payrolls. Not fast by any means, but not bad. (Snip) The numbers come from a survey of individuals. The unemployment rate can go down because more people have jobs. Great. But it can also go down if a growing number of people say they have given up looking for work. Not so great. And for much of the past year the
Caracas, Venezuela — President Hugo Chavez’s crusade to transform Venezuela into a socialist state, which has bitterly divided the nation, was put to the stiffest electoral test of his nearly 14 years in power on Sunday in a closely fought presidential election. Both camps said turnout was high, with millions of Venezuelans casting ballots. Long lines formed at many polling centers, with queues of hundreds of voters snaking along sidewalks and around blocks in many parts of Caracas. Chavez’s challenger, Henrique Capriles, has united the opposition in a contest between two sides that distrust each other
CARACAS - In past Venezuelan elections there have been rumors of violence, but they never amounted to much. This time around, with President Hugo Chávez forced to contemplate the possibility of handing over the country to opposition leader Henrique Capriles, some Venezuelan radical groups think that violence is a true possibility. Threatening graffiti messages have popped up on the streets of Caracas portraying slogans like, "Everything with Chávez, bullets without him," "It's not enough to vote, we have to fight" and "There's a candidate, there's a commander, there's a united people ready for combat." But this is not all.
The media polls showing Obama with a solid and consistent lead over Mitt Romney are only accurate IF the democrats equal or improve the turnout they had in 2008. That year, the Democrats had a 7 point advantage over the GOP at the voting booth. It was the Democrats biggest advantage over the GOP in the modern political age. (Snip) In virtually every county in Ohio, the GOP have improved their position over 2008. In the largest counties, their position relative to Dems has improved 6-27 points. If these numbers hold up over the next few weeks, there is no
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is celebrating Children’s Health Month this October by providing information and health tips on its website, including the importance of energy efficiency in schools. (Snip) One of the items in the box reads, “Educate students and staff about how their behaviors affect energy use. Some schools have created student energy patrols to monitor and inform others when energy is wasted.” For example, the Arizona Public School’s website provides information for setting up energy patrols. The website states “emphasize social action through environmental education gives students a chance to do something about environmental problems instead of
Bedford,New Hampshire -Tyler York lives in a comfortable space above a three-car garage. He has his own entrance and kitchenette stocked with Capri Sun and frozen bagels. There's a queen-sized bed, a plush leather couch and a large, flat-screen TV. The land around the house is wooded with old oaks and maples, and the yard is curated by the former president of the local garden club. There's an in-ground pool out back with an HGTV-inspired slide. It's a great life, and none of it belongs to him. His actual possessions,
New York - It hasn’t been unusual over the last 20 years, when Ken Taylor returns to his home in New York from abroad, for a U.S. customs inspector to look at his passport, glance up, back at the photo and name, and say, “Hey, I studied you in high school!” The experience always impresses two things on Canada’s former ambassador to Iran. One, even for celebrated international heroes, time passes. And two, that for his role in rescuing six U.S. diplomats in 1980 after the tumultuous days of Ayatollah Khomeini’s Islamic revolution, he has a place in history. (Snip)
The fog of war has finally descended over what had been an oddly serene campaign, and without a week’s worth of post-debate polling one cannot gauge how dramatically this race has been altered. But one thing seems clear. If the fug that descended over Barack Obama’s brain on Wednesday does not lift, there is a real chance, if not a probability, that America will awake on November 7 to President-elect Romney.(Snip)He entered the debating phone kiosk as the bland and wimpy Clark Kent, and emerged soaring skyward with his knickers outside his trousers. Sharp, cogent, controlled, aggressive, even magisterial,
Libya's Prime Minister-elect is to stand down after failing for a second time to win parliamentary approval for a new cabinet. Mustafa Abu Shagur had called for the formation of an "emergency government", consisting of just 10 ministries. The General National Congress (GNC) voted 125 to 44 against the proposal. Seventeen members abstained, according to a Libyan national television report. The GNC now has three to four weeks to elect a new premier. The national assembly was elected in July in Libya's first free elections in decades, following the overthrow of Col Muammar Gaddafi.
Four years ago, the first black White House candidate was smeared with all sorts of allegations.(snip)It is against this backdrop that new playwright Rashid Razaq is staging his debut production, based on Obama's college days at Columbia, New York. Provocatively titled The President and the Pakistani, it revisits Harlem, 1981, when "Barry" Obama was living with his alleged party-loving, drug-abusing, illegal alien Pakistani friend, Sohale Siddiqi. "They had an odd-couple relationship," says Razaq, a reporter, showing me a picture of the pair sprawled on a mustard yellow sofa, a leather-jacketed and polo-sweatered Obama kicking back with an impressively moustached, skinny Pakistani.
A little more than a hundred years ago, a pair of brothers invented the food guide. It was an inadvertent invention. What they thought they’d done was compile a directory of places in France where you could grab a baguette and a bed for the night while some rural blacksmith or farrier tried to mend your broken-down Boitel, Motobloc, Otto, or Lacoste & Battmann. The brothers, Édouard and André Michelin, made pneumatic tires and were staring down the road at the biggest blue-sky start-up industry of the new century. The Michelin guide turned out to be prescient and inspired.
IN countries with parliamentary systems, political parties rarely lack for formal leadership. When the British Tories or Canadian Liberals are out of power, they have an official prime minister-in-waiting standing by, and a “shadow cabinet” as well.(Snip)One debate does not such a leader make. But at the very least, the fact that Romney’s strategy worked so effectively last Wednesday — that it made him seem mainstream and appealing while also winning him plaudits from almost every sort of conservative — suggests that the Republican Party can actually be led, and that its politicians
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