Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said on Wednesday that he hoped senators would work on climate change legislation, though he did not provide a time frame for doing so. "Climate change is an extremely important issue for me and I hope we can address it reasonably," Reid said the day after President Barack Obama was re-elected and Democrats won enough seats to retain control of the Senate. "It's something, as we've seen with these storms that are overwhelming our country and the world, we need to do something about it," Reid said.
After repeated requests for feedback, we finally hear back from the D.C. political operative who just days ago was supremely confident Barack Obama would be defeated in the 2012 Election. (Snip) But I said they could steal it. And that is what might have happened. But to pull that off in so many states, would mean they got help. Talking from both sides here. Get it? Republicans. And that is scary. (Snip) When those Senators dropped Benghazi I got real worried real fast. It felt like a deal had been made. And the CBS bullsh-t. Talk about a media
Bill McKibben is arguably the most successful environmental activist in America. In 2011, as Washington’s green groups licked their wounds over their failure to push Congress to pass a climate-change bill, McKibben organized thousands of protesters to rally outside the White House against the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, a 1,700-mile conduit for oil from Canada’s tar sands to Gulf Coast refineries. Hundreds were arrested—including McKibben himself—during the multi-day rallies, in which protesters stood four and five deep as they wound a black plastic “pipeline” around the White House. But it worked—McKibben successfully marshaled President Obama’s political
Speaker of the House John Boehner delivered a direct message to President Barack Obama after Obama’s victory in the election: “This is your moment” and “we want you to succeed.” “If there’s a mandate in yesterday’s [election] results it’s a mandate for us to find a way to work together on the solutions to the challenges that we all face as a nation,” Boehner said in a speech at the Capitol on Wednesday. These challenges, Boehner said, include the expiration of the Bush-era tax cuts at the end of the year, automatic defense spending cuts,
We spent billions of dollars and billions of words on an election to switch from President Obama, a Democratic Senate and a Republican House to President Obama, a Democratic Senate and a Republican House.Every election predictor was wrong, except one: Incumbents usually win. Republicans have taken out a sitting president only once in the last century, and that was in 1980 when Ronald Reagan beat Jimmy Carter. Sadly, Reagan’s record remains secure. The Democrats ran up against the incumbency problem in 2004. The landslide election for Democrats in 2006 suggests that Americans
CHICAGO — In the basement conference rooms of the posh Fairmont Hotel, President Obama’s top donors gathered before making their way to the election night party at McCormick Place, loosening up with a few drinks and wondering what a second term would bring. The so-called bundlers — those who’ve raised over $50,000 for the president — and their close friends said that Obama’s reelection was a “vindication” and gave him a “mandate” for the next four years. “He doesn’t have to play to get reelected anymore, which is huge,” said Chicago supporter Jim Slama, who first met
The greatest satisfaction today over the re-election of Obama is not being felt in the Democratic Party. It is not being felt among the media, who are no longer objective observers but have turned instead into corrupt partisans who ruthlessly censored the truth about Obama and helped peddle his demonising propaganda about his opponent. It is not being felt among the gloating, drooling decadents of the western left who now scent a great blood-letting of all who dare defy their secular inquisition. No, the greatest satisfaction is surely being felt in Iran.[Snip]World War Three has now come a lot closer.
A federal judge on Wednesday sentenced the filmmaker behind "Innocence of Muslims,” the anti-Islam film that sparked rioting across the globe, to a year behind bars after the man admitted to violating the terms of his release from an earlier conviction. Mark Basseley Youssef admitted to four violations, including lying to his probation officer and using bogus names. In exchange, prosecutors dropped four other counts, including allegations that Youssef lied in saying that his role in the film's production was limited to writing the script. Youssef was under a type of federal probation
State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland said Wednesday that the outcome of the presidential election was never a factor in whether the department would answer all questions surrounding the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi that killed four Americans, including U.S. ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens. Instead, she said the department is waiting for the Accountability Review Board (ARB) “to answer all of our questions.” “And we have tied that to the fact that we have an ARB running. It was never tied to the election,” Nuland said.
DETROIT (WWJ) Among the new group of state lawmakers to emerge from Election Day on Tuesday is Brian Banks, who has been convicted eight times for felonies involving bad checks and credit card fraud. Banks, a Democrat and lifelong Detroiter, won a seat in Lansing as a state representative for the 1st District, representing the east side of Detroit, Harper Woods, and the tony Grosse Pointes. He won 68 percent of the vote to Republican Dan Schulte’s 32 percent.
Darrell K. Royal, a legendary Texas football coach who won three national championships and was known for a distinctive blend of creativity on the field and down-home folksiness off it, has died at the age of 88.The University of Texas confirmed his death in Austin. Royal, who had Alzheimer’s disease, recently had fallen at an assisted-living facility. Royal’s decline was fairly recent and ESPN’s Ivan Maisel writes that “only in recent months had he lost the sharp intellect and deft people skills that elevated him to his status as a Texas icon for decades.”
House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s Napa County house was burglarized Monday, one day before her re-election to her 13th full term in Congress. Thieves smashed the glass door to the main residence on Zinfandel Lane just outside of St. Helena, said Capt. Tracey Stuart, a spokeswoman for the Napa County Sheriff’s Office. Authorities responded to a burglary alarm at the home around 3 p.m. and found that smashed door as well as a broken glass door to the pool house, Stuart said. No one was home at the time, and police have no suspects.
The people have spoken. President Obama has won a chance to move beyond the stunted progress of his first term and, perhaps, become a historic president. On the losing side, the Republican Party remains shut out of the White House and has blown a chance to take over the U.S. Senate, largely because it catered to the narrow concerns of tea party zealots and social conservatives who imagined themselves as the only authentic Americans but who are, in fact, way out of step with most of the people in this country. If Republicans fail to learn the lesson of
House Speaker John Boehner (R., Ohio) on Wednesday said he is ready to negotiate a budget deal with President Barack Obama to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff that includes new tax revenue, as long as Democrats agree to cuts and changes to federal entitlement programs.Mr. Boehner's remarks, made one day after Mr. Obama won election to a second presidential term, signaled House Republicans may be more willing to negotiate a budget deal than was likely before the election. "If there is a mandate in yesterday's results, it is a mandate for us to find a way to work together
With President Obama's election win, the worldwide celebrations have commenced again. NBC's Today show documented as much as they possibly could on Wednesday morning. Reporting from London, foreign correspondent Michelle Kosinski was tasked with narrating the story of how the election has been perceived and reported overseas. Eerily similar to four long years ago, jubilant residents from other sovereign nations were shown in a high spirits after a second term was guaranteed to Obama. [ video below, MP3 audio here ]According to Kosinski, the vast majority of the planet was pulling for the incumbent to win. As if he's
National Review reporter Robert Costa talks to an unnamed Mitt Romney adviser who indicates there are a lot of hard feeling between Romney’s inner circle and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie over the latter’s embrace of President Obama after Hurricane Sandy: Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey, the adviser adds, is persona non grata in Romney’s inner circle. “He went out of his way to embrace the president during the final week of the campaign,” the adviser says. “It wasn’t necessary and it hurt us. Todd Akin, Richard Mourdock, and Chris Christie undermined the Republican message.” Christie,
This morning, liberal filmmaker Michael Moore wrote a joyful blogpost this morning celebrating President Obama’s victory. In his post, he thanked a number of people who helped make the president’s re-election possible, especially “Mother Nature.” “You, Mother Nature, with all your horrific damage, death and destruction you caused last week, you became, ironically, the undoing of a Party that didn’t believe in you or your climate changing powers,” Moore wrote, referring to Hurricane Sandy that hit the East Coast before the election.
Rush Limbaugh said on Wednesday one of the main reasons President Barack Obama won reelection was because voters viewed him as “Santa Claus.” “Conservatism, in my humble opinion, did not lose last night. It’s just very difficult to beat Santa Claus. It is practically impossible to beat Santa Claus. People are not going to vote against Santa Claus, especially if the alternative is being your own Santa Claus,” Limbaugh said on his radio program Wednesday, according to a show transcript.Limbaugh said that while GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney might
Barack Obama’s best friend’s wife, Beyonce, posted a photo of a handwritten note to her Tumblr account after the president’s re-election victory Tuesday night. The photo appears to have been removed from her Tumblr account, but because nothing ever disappears from the Internet we can see that the note reads: Take That Mitches.
KOGELO, Kenya — Waving her walking cane and smiling broadly, the step-grandmother of Barack Obama celebrated Wednesday as this tiny Western Kenyan village danced and rejoiced after the United States president won four more years in the White House. Kogelo, a dirt-road town where children play soccer in bare feet, was the home of Barack Obama's father, and claims several relatives of the president among its population. The family matriarch is Sarah Obama, who was married to the president's late grandfather. "Take the great job that people have given to you and lead them well," Sarah Obama advised her relative
President Barack Obama returned to Washington facing an expected battle with Republicans over the nation's 'fiscal cliff', as stock markets on Wall Street tumbled on Wednesday. The president faces an urgent challenge to prevent the gridlock that scarred his first term as fears grew that politicians will fail to cut a deal to stop the economy falling over a 'fiscal cliff'. More than $600bn (£380bn) of tax rises and cuts in government spending are due in early January. Failure to avoid the cliff will plunge the world's largest economy back into a slump and disrupt the global economy's still
Todd Akin on Wednesday called his defeat in the Missouri Senate race to Sen. Claire McCaskill a “real skunking.” Akin spoke about his failed bid with Mike Huckabee, the Republican’s highest-profile defender, on the former Arkansas governor’s radio show. Huckabee introduced Akin to his listeners by saying there was “maybe no greater disappointment personally” on Tuesday than Akin’s loss. Akin called Tuesday a “very, very hard, hard day and hard night.” “I always told people, ‘I don’t trust those polls,’ and the polls said it was supposedly very close or within a few points, and we finished
Californians approved a measure Tuesday that raises taxes on the wealthy and hikes the state sales tax. It is expected to bring in $6 billion a year, on average, over five years. Proposition 30, which Governor Jerry Brown has lobbied heavily for, captured 54% of the vote. Its approval prevents massive budget cuts to the state's public schools and universities. Brown built the tax hike into his budget so its passage was critical. Among the hardest hit by the Great Recession, California has had to slash billions of dollars from its budget in recent years
Laura Ingraham joined America Live Wednesday to reflect on Mitt Romney’s loss in the 2012 presidential election and what it should signal to Republicans. Ingraham acknowledged that the president ran a terrific campaign and in the end, people just couldn’t connect to Mitt Romney. According to Ingraham, people “didn’t really know, in the end, what [Romney] stood for.” She continued, “He talked about things like 12 million new jobs and [how] we’re going to free up the energy sector, but it wasn’t enough for people to sink their teeth into.” She argued that Romney avoided pressing
LOS ANGELES/SAN FRANCISCO - Energy producers braced for tighter regulation in President Barack Obama's second term, with coal companies expecting more emissions restrictions and drillers anticipating less access to federal land even as his platform promotes energy independence. (Snip) Analysts at ClearView Energy Partners in Washington expect Obama to "continue prosecuting energy policy through regulation and administrative action, with only the courts as a check on that agenda." The National Mining Association criticizes Obama for not living up to a 2008 promise to develop clean coal technology, arguing that his policies "virtually preclude" the construction