If Mitt Romney succeeds in his quest to become President, his wife Ann will surely deserve much of the credit. She has consistently used her charm and popularity in an attempt to dispel her husband's stiff, even robotic image - and Mrs Romney was at it again when she guest-hosted Good Morning America today. The mother of five talked about her struggle with multiple sclerosis and introduced viewers to her favourite recipes - but steered well clear of controversial political issues. Scroll down for video
Liberal racism sightings have become like a lunatic's version of "Where's Waldo?" Kevin Baker of Harper's magazine says Romney's referring to his "five boys" in last week's debate was how he "slyly found a way" to call Obama a "boy." Says Baker: "How the right's hard-core racists must have howled at that!" (Snip) Meanwhile, my new favorite actress, Stacey Dash, sends an inoffensive little tweet supporting Mitt Romney and is buried in tweets calling her "an indoor slave" and a "jiggaboo," who was "slutting (herself) to the white man." (And those were just the tweets from the Obama 2012
On the heels of last week's presidential debate, Mitt Romney has emerged with a one-point edge over President Obama in Colorado and has cut the president's lead in half in Wisconsin, according to a new Quinnipiac University/CBS News/New York Times poll. In Wisconsin, where Mr. Obama led Romney by six percent last month, the president now holds just a three-point advantage, with 50 percent to Romney's 47 percent support. Last month, the president led Romney 51 to 45 percent. In Colorado, the two remain locked in a dead heat, with Romney leading Mr. Obama 48 percent to 47 percent,
The election campaign of the 44th U.S. president is now calling another candidate for the American presidency a "liar." This is a new low. It is amazing and depressing to hear this term being used as a formal strategy by people at the highest level of American politics. "Liar" is a potent and ugly word with a sleazy political pedigree. But "liar" is not being deployed only by party attack dogs or the Daily Kos comment queue. Mitt Romney is being called a "liar" by officials at the top of the Obama re-election campaign. Speaking the day after
An anguished father says he was saddened to receive an 'impersonal’ form letter from the president regarding the death of his son in Afghanistan - as it is revealed that the White House has been sending the same exact letters to families of fallen troops for years. Back in January, Tom Logan, of Willis, Texas, was ecstatic when it appeared that his son, USMC Cpl Joseph Logan, had come home on a surprise visit. But the man at the door that day was not Joseph. He was a fellow Marine who had come to deliver the heartbreaking news
ISTANBUL — Turkish state-run television TRT reported Thursday that a Syrian passenger plane intercepted by Turkey's air force was carrying military communications equipment, as Damascus branded the incident piracy amid growing tensions between the two countries. Yeni Safak, a newspaper close to the Turkish government, reported there were 10 containers aboard the plane, some containing radio receivers, antennas and "equipment that are thought to be missile parts." Neither TRT nor the newspaper cited sources for their reports, and Turkish officials have yet
Paul Pelosi, husband of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, is having trouble meeting payroll for his United Football League (UFL) franchise, and players on the team are quitting the team after not getting paid for the first two games of the season. According to CBS 13 Sacramento, players on the Sacramento Mountain Lions, Pelosi’s franchise, Pelosi “issued the first payroll checks Tuesday, but for only $1,000.” But players are owed $3,500 per game. “We had a meeting yesterday. We tried to hammer out a solution as far as the whole pay situation, things like that.
Gaullaudet University has put Dr. Angela McCaskill, its chief diversity officer, on paid leave because she signed a petition to put gay marriage before the voters of Maryland: If your job is to promote diversity, signing a petition to get a referendum on overturning Maryland’s gay marriage law on the ballot is bound to be controversial. But that’s exactly what Dr. Angela McCaskill, Gallaudet University’s Chief Diversity Officer, did in July. Now the resulting furor, first reported at Planet Deafqueer, has resulted in McCaskill being put on paid administrative leave today.
A Yemeni man working on security issues with the US embassy in the capital Sanaa has been killed in a drive-by shooting. Qassem Aqlani was going to work when he was shot dead by a man on a motorbike, Yemeni and embassy officials said. Mr Aqlani had worked at the embassy for nearly 20 years, AP news agency said. According to another report, he was in charge of co-ordinating an investigation into an attack on the embassy last month. During protests against an anti-Islam film made in the US, demonstrators briefly stormed the embassy grounds and burnt the US flag.
Sanaa, Yemen – Yemeni security officials say a gunman has assassinated the Yemeni chief of security at the U.S. Embassy in Sanaa. The officials say Qassem Aqlani, who was in his fifties, was shot dead while on his way to work early on Thursday. They say a gunman on a motorcycle opened fire at him and fled the scene. Aqlani had been working for the U.S. Embassy in the Yemeni capital for nearly 20 years. The Yemeni officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media. The attack comes as Yemen's U.S.-backed government is waging
It's been a week since a 90-minute debate shifted the narrative of the 2012 election. I had been trying to think if there was a comparable example of when a live television event had had such a profound effect upon what had been a widely accepted truth. When I read Toby Harnden's report of how Obama stepped off of the Denver stage believing he had won, it dawned on me. (Snip) In an extraordinary insight into the events leading up to the 90 minute showdown which changed the face of the election
WASHINGTON -- Well, apparently I am not crazy after all. The polls have caught up with me, and they -- après le débat -- are coming around to my point of view. Governor Mitt Romney is ahead in the race for the White House, and let me add he will probably be residing at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in 2013. I have been saying it for weeks, recognizing that the polls are weighted too heavily toward the Democratic candidate, employ too small a sampling -- as little as nine percent of the electorate --
Lance Armstrong’s fall from grace has been widely described as the tragedy of an athlete who succumbed to the temptation of doping to enhance performance out of competitive zeal. Now, though, the all-American boy is unmasked as a species far worse than the Olympians and baseball players who have boosted speed and strength via chemistry. He is a fraud to the jazzed-up marrow of his bones. He is a bald-faced liar to the public and under oath to investigators. And he is a thug who attempted to conceal his systemic cheating with threats and intimidation. So says the United States Anti-Doping Agency
How big an impact did Mitt Romney's performance in last week's debate have? Huge. Mr. Romney not only won the night, he changed the arc of the election—and perhaps its outcome. Surveys have him leading the RealClearPolitics average of polls for the first time since securing the GOP nomination in mid-April. Prior to Oct. 3, Mr. Romney trailed President Barack Obama by an average of 3.1 points in national polls tallied by RealClearPolitics. Since the debate, Mr. Romney now leads Mr. Obama in the RCP average by a point, 48.2% to 47.2%, and the bounce is likely to grow.
The mystery of what the administration knew and did both before and after the Benghazi attack continues to deepen. A former official in the Bush administration emails me a list of questions that need to be answered: 1) Why did the Libyan delegation have inadequate security? 2) Were there political or ideological factors that influenced the security decisions? 3) Why was it Susan Rice who spoke for the administration on the Sunday shows? Did the White House choose her, or did Hillary Clinton push her forward? Why was it not Clinton, who had the responsibility for the decisions, rather than Rice?
If anyone believed that Syria’s bloodshed would stay inside the country’s borders, the events of the last week should have put them right. I’m in southern Turkey, near the frontier with Syria, and this area feels like the new front line of the battle against Bashar al-Assad’s regime. Convoys of Turkish army vehicles ply the roads down to the border and, quietly, civilians are trickling away to safer areas. The reason is simple: cross-border artillery and mortar bombardments have become daily events. Last Friday, I went to the scene of the bloodiest incident so far, when
There is a line in “A Few Good Men” that I think of every time someone complains about the “good ol’ boys” club. A frustrated Cdr. Galloway (Demi Moore), having failed to outmaneuver Lt. Kaffee (Tom Cruise), asks incredulously: “Is there anyone in this command that you don’t either drink or play softball with?” You can often get your way if you know the right people. I was reminded of this when I read The Daily Caller’s story today which revealed that President Barack Obama was a guest at the wedding of vice presidential debate moderator Martha Raddatz.
Several Democratic candidates in recent months have been hesitant to voice support for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.), who, if Democrats retain control of the Senate, must be reelected majority leader when Congress begins a new session next year. Much like the Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Repository he so opposes, Reid seems to be toxic. Reid’s tenure as majority leader in the upper house of Congress has been notable for his iron-fisted control, which has drawn indignation from Republicans. However, in recent months, Reid has also been making headlines as a rabid, partisan attack dog
Washington -- Paul Ryan has a constant companion on the campaign trail -- a weighty burden he clearly can't live without. It's an oversized, well-worn brown briefcase that holds about 40 pounds of paperwork that he's been studying nonstop to prepare for his debate with Vice President Joe Biden. Ryan sat down for an exclusive interview with CNN to give some insight into how he is getting ready for his 90-minute face-off. As he held the bulging briefcase in his lap, he told us that this is the way he has gotten ready for moments large and small
Let’s review again the math of Mitt Romney’s proposed tax cuts to show why — contrary to the rhetoric from President Obama’s campaign — they do not amount to a $5 trillion tax cut for the rich. We all understand that campaigns involve self-serving exaggerations, simplifications and partial truths. But if politics is to retain any integrity, a line must be drawn at statements and innuendoes that are demonstrably false. That’s happened here. The Obama campaign has distorted the results of a study by the Tax Policy Center, a nonpartisan research group, and created a fictitious $5 trillion tax cut.
A suspected Islamic fundamentalist thought to have fought in Syria while on sabbatical from his job as an NHS doctor was in custody last night. The man was arrested with his wife at Heathrow Airport on Monday after returning to Britain from Egypt. Counter-terrorism officers suspect he was an AK-47 wielding medic among a gang of kidnappers in war-torn Syria. The man is accused of being part of a small British contingent among a 40-strong cell called Al Absi, which aims to convert Syria to sharia law. The group occupied a camp inside the Syrian border and took two veteran
Terrorist bomb-making equipment has been found hidden in a garage near Disneyland Paris. Overnight raids by police in the eastern suburb of Torcy uncovered the explosives and guns in a four-storey building yesterday. Armed officers surrounded the building as residents were evacuated. Following the find, Paris prosecutor Francois Molins said: “We are clearly and objectively confronted with an extremely dangerous terrorist cell” and that everything needed to be done “to prevent the risk of a terrorist attack in France”.He confirmed that “elements used in the manufacture of explosives” were found, including potassium nitrate and sulphur, along with guns.
We are told, in a variety of journalistic passive constructions, that Vice President Joseph Biden “is expected to have an advantage on foreign policy” in the imminent debate with Representative Paul Ryan, who in his career thus far has been more of a home-front guy. Indeed, among the surfeit of reasons that candidate Obama chose then-Senator Biden as his running mate (all of which, I’m sure, sounded good at the time) was that Biden’s thousand years hanging around the Senate Foreign Relations Committee were supposed to offset Obama’s own thin portfolio on politics among nations.
At yesterday’s incendiary, four-hour hearing in Washington, congressional Republicans ripped into two high-ranking State Department officials who struggled to explain away the administration’s utterly baffling behavior before and after the murder of four Americans in Benghazi on Sept. 11. The spectacle was agonizing. The officials — Charlene Lamb and Patrick Kennedy — basically said everything they’d done before the terror assault and everything the administration had said afterward was appropriate, “based on what was known at the time.” Lamb and Kennedy said they’d done the right thing as they sat next to two security experts
It looks like Mitt Romney was on to something when he promised to fire Big Bird during his first presidential debate: Big Bird makes big bucks! Tax returns from PBS's Sesame Workshop show that the television show shelled out at least $314,072 for the actor behind Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch. That makes Caroll Spinney, who has played everyone's favorite yellow-feathered friend since 1969, a true blue member of the One Percent. But Mr Spinney isn't even the highest paid member of the puppetry staff. Jospeh Mazzarino, who plays Murray, Stinky the Stinkweed, the Two-Headed Monster, Papa Bear and
The richest man in the world, Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim, is making millions in profits from a government program that supplies poor Americans with free cell phones. Mr Slim, who is worth an estimated $69billion, owns the parent company of both the service provider and phone producer which creates the phones used in the Lifeline program. The government program was originally enacted under President Reagan's administration in an effort for poor Americans without access to phones to have a way to contact prospective employers, arrange for healthcare, and be in touch with their children's schools. Republicans have since attacked the