In February 2001, Julieanna Richardson, as part of an oral history on black Americans called "History Makers," interviewed Barack Obama at length. Although the 10,000-plus-word interview offers no Eureka moments, it does help demystify Obama's debate failure and deepens the doubt that he uniquely authored his own memoir, Dreams from My Father. Kudos to attorney Barron Sawyer for bringing this interview to light. Richardson seems to capture the 39-year-old state senator as he was -- cautious, ambitious, and more than a little vain.
Debris from last year's Japanese tsunami has already started landing on the West coast of the United States, and people living in Oregon are bracing themselves for more in the next few weeks, when the winter storms begin. The early mist over Yaquina Bay in Oregon is beginning to burn off as 25 volunteers gather to clean up the beach. The wind shapes the sand into dunes and debris can often be found collected at the base of these.[Snip] "I've walked the beaches and see the trash that washes up anyway in the winter time so I have no idea
MEXICO CITY — Top Zetas drug cartel leader Heriberto Lazcano has apparently been killed in a firefight with marines in the northern border state of Coahuila, the Mexican navy said late Monday. The navy said there was strong evidence the body of one of two men killed in the shootout Sunday was Lazcano, known as “El Lazca.” But it added that more forensics tests would have to be carried out to confirm the identification. “Information was obtained after the first forensics tests were carried out that yielded indications
San Francisco - President Barack Obama encouraged supporters on Monday to be "obsessive" about working for his re-election in the final weeks of the campaign, declaring himself confident that he would win on November 6. Polls have narrowed in the race between the Democratic incumbent and Republican rival Mitt Romney since their debate last week, which most observers said the former Massachusetts governor won handily. During a fundraising trip in California, the president sought to reassure his supporters about his chances, despite his debate performance. "I am pretty competitive, and I very much intend to win this election," he said
For the first time in its history, the United States does not have a Protestant majority, a new study shows. One reason is that the number of US citizens with no religious affiliation is on the rise. The percentage of Protestant adults in the US has reached a low of 48 per cent, the first time Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life has reported with certainty that the number has fallen below 50 per cent. (Snip) The Pew study, released on Tuesday, found about 20 per cent of Americans say they have no religious affiliation, an increase from 15
In 1926 my father, aged 19, left an Aberdeenshire farm to be a rubber planter in Malaya. Apart from a year back home after enduring a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp, he didn’t return to live in Scotland until he was almost 70. He was dismayed by what he found. It seemed to him that the Scots were no longer the hard-working, energetic and self-reliant people they had been in his youth. Instead they were given to self-pity and the belief that the world owed them a living and the state would provide. There were exceptions, of course. The oil-rich north-east was
Washington - U.S. vice presidential debates usually don't matter much, but the October 11 showdown between Democratic incumbent Joe Biden and Republican challenger Paul Ryan could be an exception. Democrats are counting on Biden to blunt the momentum of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney (Snip) Biden and Ryan have shown a greater willingness to mix it up than their buttoned-down bosses, and both seem comfortable playing the traditional vice-presidential role of attack dog "I'd be surprised if there weren't far more fireworks in this debate than there were in the first presidential debate," said University of Maine political science professor
First lady Michelle Obama is campaigner-in-chief when it comes to stumping for her husband and a key asset on the trail, yet she rarely talks about the inner workings of her marriage. Nightline" was granted wide-ranging access to Mrs. Obama, who opened up about adjusting to life in the White House, but said she no longer has any doubts that they are doing what's best for their family and the country, and is looking forward to another four years. (Snip) The first lady was adamant that she steers clear of influencing her husband's policy, opting instead to champion her own
Seoul, South Korea - North Korea says South Korea, Japan, Guam and the U.S. mainland are within range of its missiles. An unidentified spokesman at the North's powerful National Defense Commission issued the statement Tuesday in response to South Korea's recent announcement that the U.S. agreed to let it have longer-range missiles capable of hitting all of North Korea. It's unusual for North Korea to say its missiles are capable of striking the U.S., but the country has regularly issued harsh rhetoric against Seoul and Washington.
When President Barack Obama and others on the left are not busy admonishing the rest of us to be "civil" in our discussions of political issues, they are busy letting loose insults, accusations and smears against those who dare to disagree with them. (Snip) Innumerable facts, however, show that it is our Commander in Chief who is Phony in Chief. A classic example was his speech to a predominantly black audience at Hampton University on June 5, 2007. That date is important, as we shall see. In his speech -- delivered in a ghetto-style accent that Obama doesn't use anywhere
California was once the land of opportunity, but it is going down the tubes. Several of California's prominent cities have declared bankruptcy, such as Vallejo, Stockton, Mammoth Lakes and San Bernardino. Others are on the precipice (Snip) California has one-eighth of the nation's population but one-third of its welfare recipients. According to Businessweek, "it is one of the few states that continue to provide welfare checks for children once their parents are no longer eligible." There's nothing new about the handout strategy. As far back as 140 B.C., Roman politicians found that the way to win votes is to give
Editor’s note: This is an excerpt from the new e-book “The Lizard King: The Shocking Inside Account of Obama’s True Intergalactic Ambitions By An Anonymous White House Staffer,” edited and introduced by Daily Caller writers Jamie Weinstein and Will Rahn. Buy it here now. And come back the rest of the week for more excerpts. Foreword| In the pages ahead you will find an unsolicited manuscript we received in the mail at the offices of the Daily Caller. (Snip) I was a senior official working in President Obama’s administration during its first ten months and am a die-hard liberal. While
A new Rasmussen poll and early absentee ballot requests both suggest that President Barack Obama is losing his lead in Ohio after Mitt Romney’s performance in Wednesday night’s presidential debate. (Snip) According to county data retrieved by conservative nonprofit American Majority Action (AMA) and reviewed by The Daily Caller, early absentee ballot requests also indicate Obama faces a tough battle in the state. Compared to 2008, a higher percentage of Republicans have requested absentee ballots in the five largest counties in Ohio this year. Summit County saw a particularly large increase, with 27 points. “Polls can be manipulated — real
Republican nominee Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign is diverting substantial resources from Pennsylvania to Ohio, according to a knowledgeable campaign source who requested anonymity due to the sensitivity of the matter. Field staff for the campaign were told about the decision during a conference call late Monday, the source said. Instructions were not sent via email to avoid leaks to the media. A Romney official denied to The Daily Caller that the campaign was moving out of Pennsylvania entirely, but confirmed that some of the state’s staff were headed to Ohio — a state every Republican president has won on the
The much-watched launch of SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket had one little setback that was overlooked by many in the excitement of the moment. It lost an engine during ascent. Engine 1, one of nine engines on the rocket that was carrying the Dragon spacecraft into space, "lost pressure," SpaceX said. So it was shut down. Rumor had it that the engine exploded -- news outlets pointed to video, saying it showed an explosion and debris. SpaceX said that "panels designed to relieve pressure within the engine bay" were what was jettisoned. (Snip) "Falcon 9 did exactly what it was designed
A preliminary decision by the Commerce Department to drop a 1996 trade agreement with Mexico over Mexican tomato exports is the latest in a string of trade policy decisions handed down by the Obama administration that will benefit key swing states in the 2012 election. (Snip) A 1996 agreement between the U.S. and Mexico ended an anti-dumping investigation by the Commerce Department into Mexican tomato producers and exporters by setting a price floor for Mexican tomatoes that protected the American tomato industry. On June 22, a group of primarily Florida-based tomato growers requested that the Commerce Department end the agreement,
Keene, Calif. - Four years after borrowing Cesar Chavez’s “si, se puede” motto for his “yes, we can” campaign slogan, President Obama today dedicated a new national monument to the farm worker turned civil rights advocate, a move that could help bolster support from Latino voters. Speaking to a crowd of more than 6,000 at Nuestra Senora Reina de La Paz, the farm where the late Chavez lived and led his worker movement, Obama paid tribute to the labor leader, saying he “gave workers a reason to hope.” (Snip) The Chavez National Monument, the first such site to honor a
People who protect their homes and families against intruders should not be treated like criminals. Five years ago, the then Justice Secretary Jack Straw promised to review the law on self-defence to strengthen the protection for home owners if they fought back against intruders.[Snip] Politicians have promised much in this area over the years and delivered little. What the country, the courts and the police need is absolute clarity. At the moment, even if a burglar is killed or seriously injured, there is a common law defence if a householder can show reasonable force was used. But far too often
Rochester, Michigan–Paul Ryan had what appeared to be a testy exchange with a reporter from ABC News affiliate WJRT in Flint, Michigan this afternoon after being asked about gun control and tax cuts. The reporter, Terry Camp, asked the GOP vice presidential candidate, “Does the country have a gun problem?” Ryan noted that the Oak Creek Sikh shooting took place in his district but said instead of a gun problem the country “has a crime problem.” Camp asked again, “Not a gun problem?” “No,” Ryan answered. “I mean if you take a look at the gun laws we have, I
Los Angeles - NASA officials say the Curiosity rover has made its first scoop of the surface of planet Mars and has detected a bright object on the ground. Officials said in a news release Monday that they suspect the object might be a part of the six-wheeled rover, but they won't sample or scoop anymore until they figure out what it is. The Curiosity has already beamed back pictures of bedrock that suggest a fast-moving stream once flowed on the planet. The rover landed Aug. 5 and is on a two-year, $2.5 billion mission to study whether microbial life
Romney delivered a big speech on foreign policy on Monday at the Virginia Military Institute. This is Mitt trying to do his vision thing, including a pledge to make the 21st century “an American century.” The rest of the world might have something to say about that, but then Romney isn’t chasing Assad or Ahmadinejad’s votes (and Chavez is already committed to Obama…) There’s much to critique about this speech. The image it creates of Obama’s foreign policy suggests that the President is a dolphin hugging, French speaking neo-hippie. In fact, this administration has stated
Powered by his widely-acclaimed debate performance last week, Mitt Romney has closed a 9 percentage-point gap and is once again tied with President Obama in the latest The Washington Times/Zogby Poll conducted by Zogby Analytics, released Monday. Likely voters who watched Wednesday’s debate overwhelmingly scored it a win for Mr. Romney, 65 percent to 14 percent for Mr. Obama, and among independents it was even worse for the president — only 8 percent said he triumphed. The poll showed Mr. Romney turning the gender gap
Voters now give Mitt Romney the nod when it comes to handling national security, and he has recaptured a lead over President Obama when voters are asked who will do a better job on the economy — findings that spell bad news for the incumbent. Little more than a week ago, heading into the first debate of the campaign season, Mr. Obama led on the economy and national security, as well as handling of energy, immigration and foreign affairs. In each of those categories he either topped or was just below the magic number of 50 percent support.
TRIPOLI, Libya — The Obama administration is confronting a legal and policy dilemma that could reshape how it pursues terrorism suspects around the world as investigators try to determine who was responsible for the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi. Should it rely on the FBI, treating the assaults on the two U.S. compounds like a regular crime for prosecution in U.S. courts? Can it depend on the dysfunctional Libyan government to take action? Or should it embrace a military option by ordering a drone strike — or sending more prisoners to Guantanamo Bay?
LEXINGTON, Va. — Mitt Romney delivered a broad critique of President Obama’s foreign policy record on Monday, as a new national poll showed a surge by the Republican challenger that put him even with and perhaps ahead of the incumbent with a month to go before the election. Romney focused most of his criticism on Obama’s approach to the Middle East, saying that a withering of American resolve in the region has made it a more dangerous place than it was when the president took office nearly four years ago. “Hope,” he said, “is not a strategy.’’