Was it only last week, pre-Sandy, that the Obama campaign ran the generally smutty, unpleasantly manipulative political ad featuring Lena Dunham, called “First Time,” which attempted to conflate a young woman’s first vote with losing her virginity? In addition to the smarmy, smutty tone, the ad was an ugly, desperate attempt to manipulate young women into voting for Obama, on the general grounds that he is “a great guy,” and “cool.” Apart from the fact that neither of those qualities are really at the top of the list of key attributes for boyfriends or leaders of the free world, the
It was definitely a scary 48 hours for the inhabitants of New York. But now that Hurricane Sandy has moved away from the East Coast, it's back to business for most New Yorkers, including Bette Midler. The veteran actress and singer continued her life as usual and celebrated her yearly extravagant celebrity 'Hulaween' bash on Wednesday night in the storm-struck city. Despite the fact that Lower Manhattan is still without power, Bette managed to find a venue uptown which did have electricity: The Waldorf Astoria hotel.
New Yorkers have resorted to digging through filthy dumpsters for food as they embark on their fourth night without power and for many, without water. Shocking images captured groups of residents sifting through garbage outside a Key Food supermarket at Avenue A and East 4th Street in the East Village today. Families, elderly people and young residents were seen climbing into the dumpster hunting for whatever they could find to eat. According to NBC New York, whose crews came across the confronting scene, the local supermarket had discarded piles of food that had gone bad after Hurricane Sandy shut down
Barack Obama headed back onto the campaign trail today for the first time after Superstorm Sandy struck and said now is not the time for 'petty differences' between parties, but then went on to attack his rival Mitt Romney.[Snip] Obama said today: ‘Our hearts go out to those who have lost their loved ones. We pledge to help those whose lives have been turned upside down. ‘In the end we're all in this together--that we rise and fall as one nation, one people.’ But Obama then contradicted his high-minded appeal for bipartisanship to attack Romney. ‘He’s saying he’s
Seaside Heights, New Jersey - The hurricane-ravaged east coast has been receiving north Alabama help, but crews from Huntsville Utilities learned they'll be doing work in Long Island, New York instead of in New Jersey. Crews from Huntsville, as well as Decatur Utilities and Joe Wheeler out of Trinity headed up there this week, but Derrick Moore, one of the Decatur workers, said they were told by crews in New Jersey that they can't do any work there since they're not union employees.(Snip) The crews were told to stand down. In fact, Moore said the crew from Trinity is already
Scandal: A month before the terrorist attack, the State Department was warned Benghazi couldn't protect itself and was surrounded by Islamist militia and al-Qaida camps. It was 3 a.m. and the administration pressed "snooze." When the U.S. mission in Benghazi called an Aug. 15 emergency meeting, it wasn't to discuss an obscure Internet video. It was to discuss the lack of security for a consulate surrounded by at least 10 terrorist camps. An Aug. 16 cable to the office of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and obtained by Fox News reported that the State Department's senior security officer "expressed
“Ronald Reagan changed the trajectory of America in a way that Richard Nixon did not and in a way that Bill Clinton did not.” That was Barack Obama in 2008. And he was right. Reagan was an ideological inflection point, ending a 50-year liberal ascendancy and beginning a 30-year conservative ascendancy. It is common for one party to take control and enact its ideological agenda. Ascendancy, however, occurs only when the opposition inevitably regains power and then proceeds to accept the basic premises of the preceding revolution. Thus, Republicans railed for 20 years
The House Oversight Committee is demanding answers from the State Department regarding newly discovered documents found in the wreckage of the U.S. mission in Benghazi that reveal U.S. diplomats noticed a Libyan police officer conducting surveillance of the compound the morning before the Sept. 11 attack and that the Benghazi police department had not responded to requests for more security during the visit of Ambassador Chris Stevens, who died in the attack that night. (Snip) In an exclusive report for Foreign Policy, journalists Harald Doornbos and Jenan Moussa revealed two unsigned draft letters written the day of the attack
In November 2011, former Democratic pollsters — and current gadflies — Doug Schoen and Pat Caddell made a much-discussed argument in the pages of the Wall Street Journal. The miserable state of the economy, they claimed, restricted the options for President Obama’s reelection strategy. He could still win. “But the kind of campaign required for the president’s political survival,” they said, “would make it almost impossible for him to govern — not only during the campaign, but throughout a second term. Put simply, it seems that the White House has concluded that if the president cannot run on his record
The chairman of the House oversight panel sent Secretary of State Hillary Clinton a scathing letter on Thursday accusing the administration of hiding information pointing to Libyan authorities' possible involvement in the deadly Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi. The letter comes after Foreign Policy reported earlier in the day that reporters in Benghazi had found evidence that a Benghazi police officer appeared to have photographed the inside of the mission on the morning of the attack. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans died when Islamist militants attacked the mission that night.
Intelligence officials have disclosed a new detailed timeline of the attack on the American consulate in Benghazi, acknowledging the CIA played a greater role in responding to the attack than has previously been disclosed. A senior U.S. intelligence official also insisted that the CIA security team that initially responded to the attack was not given orders “to stand down in providing support,” as had been suggested in media reports. The timeline provided by a senior U.S. intelligence official gives the first precise account of how CIA security teams provided the first response to the Sept. 11 attack
CIA officials on the ground in Libya dispatched security forces to the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi within 25 minutes and made other key decisions about how to respond to the waves of attacks on U.S. installations on September 11, a senior American intelligence official said on Thursday. Officials in Washington monitored events through message traffic and a hovering U.S. military drone but did not interfere with or reject requests for help from officials in the line of fire, the official said. The information emerged as officials made available on Thursday a timeline chronicling
The CIA rushed security operatives to an American diplomatic compound in Libya within 25 minutes after it had come under attack and played a more central role in the effort to fend off a night-long siege than has been acknowledged publicly, U.S. intelligence officials said Thursday. The agency mobilized the evacuation effort, took control of an unarmed U.S. military drone to map possible escape routes, dispatched an emergency security team from Tripoli, the capital, and chartered aircraft that ultimately carried surviving American personnel to safety, U.S. officials said.
There is virtually no doubt now that the Obama Administration, despite their attempts to lie to the American public, knew that the attack on the Benghazi compound and the subsequent slaughter of four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens, was not a spontaneous assault but a pre-planned attack. In a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, headed by Darrell Issa (R-CA) and National Security Subcommittee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), pressed for answers after documents were revealed by
The Fix is moving Ohio from “lean Obama” to “tossup” in our presidential ratings amid a slew of polling that suggests that the race has tightened over the past month, even as the incumbent retains the slightest of edges. With the move, there are now 95 electoral votes — including Ohio’s 18 — from eight states in our “tossup” category. President Obama has 237 electoral votes either solidly in his camp (186) or leaning his way (51). Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney has 206 electoral votes either solidly red (170) or leaning in his direction (36).
President Barack Obama today drew crowds of 2,600 in Green Bay, Wisconsin and 4,500 in Las Vegas, Nevada, a far cry from the nearly 80,000 people who showed up for a campaign rally of his during the last week of the 2008 campaign in Fairfax, Virginia. New York Times reporter Mark Landler said the crowd sizes were "Not impressive for the last week of a campaign." By all measures, enthusiasm for Obama -- even among his base -- has diminished considerably in 2012 from 2008, and Thursday's crowd sizes at Obama's rallies are more evidence
Abigael Evans, the 4-year-old Colorado girl who was driven to tears by the seemingly neverending presidential campaign coverage, has received a very rare thing in our modern media age: a formal apology from NPR for making her cry. Abigael became a minor Internet star earlier this week when her mother, Elizabeth, posted a video online of the girl when she became upset after hearing a little too much of "Bronco Bama and Mitt Romney" on the radio. "It'll be over soon, Abby," her mother is heard saying on the video. "The election will be over soon."
Gas lines stretching onto highways and byways were just one obstacle as New Jerseyans continue their stutter steps toward normalcy following the region’s most devastating natural disaster in modern times. Bumper-to-bumper cars, trucks and SUVs stretched from the New Jersey Turnpike rest areas, taking up right lanes for up to a quarter of a mile. Where open and functioning gas stations could be found, people waited up to two hours for a share of those precious gallons. In some cases, they might have been paying more than they should have, and reports
DOSWELL, Va. —Mitt Romney used a shuttered barbecue business in Richmond to make his case against the Obama administration, arguing that the president’s tax policies and his healthcare plan would crush small businesses. The former Massachusetts governor made an unscheduled stop at Bill’s Barbecue in Richmond, which opened its doors here in 1930 and closed its final location in September due to what were described in local press reports as financial difficulties. The Romney campaign released a Web video Thursday that included a tearful interview with the proprietor, Rhoda Elliott, who is the niece of the founder.
Mitt Romney’s White House bid comes down to business experience – i.e. he has it, the president doesn’t. To that end, the Romney campaign trotted out a roster of well-known business leaders Thursday who are backing the Republican presidential nominee. Supporters include Charles Schwab, Cisco Chief Executive John Chambers and Bernie Marcus, the co-founder of Home Depot. The newest name on the list belongs to Intel CEO Paul Otellini, a member of President Barack Obama’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness. Mr. Otellini’s relationship with the president has been hot-and-cold since Mr. Obama took office. In 2010, he criticized the administration
The revelation of a classified cable dated August 15 from Ambassador Christopher Stevens to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton describing in detail the security threats to the U.S. Benghazi consulate is a quantum leap forward in the reporting on the attack that left the ambassador and three security personnel dead. We have Fox News’s Catherine Herridge to thank for reporting yesterday on the existence of the classified cable. Mainstream media coverage of Benghazi has been scandalously negligent. Indeed, David Ignatius, one of The Washington Post’s top columnists, is now citing Fox News for its breaking stories on Benghazi.
First in a sprawling series on Fox News’s Oct. 26 Benghazi story. It happens now and again in the world of news. An organization comes up with a stunning news report, and other outlets decline to follow up on the news. They just stay quiet. A number of scenarios are possible: (Snip) Last Friday, Fox News came up with a conversation-driver. A piece under the byline of reporter Jennifer Griffin opened with these revelations: Fox News has learned from sources who were on the ground in Benghazi that an urgent request from the CIA annex
Fox News senior correspondent Eric Shawn reported on possible voter fraud in the all-important state of Ohio. With just five days until the Election Day and millions of people casting their votes early, there are reports of problems at the polls. Shawn reports that several voters across the country have been experiencing similar issues with the touch screens. In Nevada, North Carolina and Ohio people have said that when they vote for their candidate, another candidate’s name appears. One woman in Marion County, Ohio said she selected Mitt Romney, but instead Barack Obama’s name was selected.
EPA regulations the Obama administration is scheduled to unleash in its second term would destroy up to 887,000 jobs a year, Sen. James Inhofe announced today. Citing the results of a new study released today by the National Economic Research Associates (NERA), Sen. Inhofe described the crushing effects on jobs and family income of the coming EPA regulations: “Earlier this month I released a Senate oversight report detailing the numerous job-killing regulations that the Obama-EPA has delayed or punted until after the election. “Now, thanks to a new report from National Economic Research Associates (NERA),