The Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi signals American weakness in the Middle East, according to al-Qaida’s leader Ayman al-Zawahiri. “They were defeated in Iraq and they are withdrawing from Afghanistan, and their ambassador in Benghazi was killed and the flags of their embassies were lowered in Cairo and Sana’a, and in their places were raised the flags of tawhid [monotheism] and jihad,” Zawahiri said in an audio address. Zawahiri directed his address to Shabaab, al Qaida’s affiliate in Somalia. He credited al-Qaida for three attacks on U.S. embassies, according to a published
CHICAGO, Illinois – A Chicago newspaper is reporting that Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. is in the midst of negotiating a plea deal with the feds for his alleged misuse of campaign funds – one day after the critical November election. The embattled son of civil rights leader Rev. Jesse Jackson won re-election to his 10th term by 64% of the vote. According to Michael Sneed, a columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times, the plea negotiations involve the federal criminal investigation into Jackson’s possible use of campaign funds to redecorate his DC home.
President Barack Obama will never again have to face voters. Nothing he does will have to be calibrated for how it plays in swing states or with Independent voters. He is now governing solely for his own legacy. This is one reason I so opposed his reelection. Given his left-ward lunge in his first term, I shuddered to think where he would go in his second. An article today in Obama fan-zine Buzzfeed confirms my fears. “I’m hopeful,” said Slama. “He’ll try to play to the middle, but he’s got the Tea Party to deal with,
FLORIDA — The American political arena is at once intriguing, complex, and mesmerizing. From the corridors of power in Washington to the studios of talk radio hosts, it can honestly be said that there is never a dull moment. Lucianne Goldberg has been a witness to many of modern American history’s defining moments. As an operative of the Democratic Party, she was afforded a behind the scenes look at Lyndon B. Johnson’s vice presidential nomination. Less than one decade later, she became a spy for the Nixon campaign, working behind the lines of George McGovern’s ill-fated
On Wednesday's NBC Today, correspondent Andrea Mitchell provided a gushing profile of the First Family winning four more years in the White House: "Obama's family is key to his success....Like the Kennedys, the Obamas swept into their first term on the promise of hope....And now with four more years ahead, the First Family continues to be the President's strongest base of support." [Listen to the audio or watch the video after the jump] Set to various musical scores, Mitchell's report looked at the Obamas and past first families: "For generations of Americans, the Kennedy White House is
Actress Ashley Judd's name is being thrown out as a Democratic challenger to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) in 2014. Rep. John Yarmuth (D-Ky.) listed her as a possibility. "If you had an Ashley Judd-McConnell race, I think it would be as high profile a race as Elizabeth Warren and Scott Brown," Yarmuth said in an interview with the Courier-Journal of Kentucky, referring to the Massachusetts Senate candidates. Judd has been active in Democratic politics. She was a delegate at the Democratic National Committee and also taped campaign ads for President Obama.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., who cut the necessary deals to pass Obamacare and made himself a political attack dog this cycle, wants to keep his job for the next decade. “I have this one and one more Congress before I have to run for reelection,” Reid told Politico. “I’m planning on running for reelection.” Reid’s next campaign comes in 2016. If he won, that term would not end until 2022. Does Reid want to be Senate Majority Leader that whole time? “Oh sure,” he said. Reid as run the Senate since 2006.
It started as a way for an 8-year-old girl to keep up with her big brother. Sam Gordon just wanted to run with the older kids. The coaches in the local tackle football league figured, hey, why not? Maybe they could turn it into a drill: Who can outrun Max's little sister? They were shocked to find the answer: no one. Sam Gordon, now 9, became one of the fastest kids this Salt Lake City area "Gremlins" league had ever seen. They put her in drills and she outran boys two years older. They allowed her into the "Sharks and Minnows" game and stared in awe at not only at her speed, but her ability to move like a tailback. Link repaired, content added by staff
Politico, living in a dreamworld of its own making, is already forecasting the 2016 election – and they’re suggesting that Jeb Bush may be the Republican nominee, squaring off against Hillary Clinton. Now, this is a business that Dick Morris should have discredited long ago, when he predicted a 2008 race between Condoleeza Rice (never ran) and Hillary Clinton (lost to Obama during the primaries). But if Politico truly thinks that Republicans are ready to embrace a moderate governor of Florida who is soft on most of the
Astronomers have spotted another candidate for a potentially habitable planet - and it is not too far away. The star HD 40307 was known to host three planets, all of them too near to support liquid water. But research to appear in Astronomy and Astrophysics has found three more - among them a "super-Earth" seven times our planet's mass, in the habitable zone where liquid water can exist. Many more observations will be needed to confirm any other similarities.
That possible silver lining I mentioned? It’s all still speculation at this point, but hey, we can dream… via Roll Call: The day after elections that were largely positive for the Democratic Party, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s future loomed over leadership races, as lawmakers waited for her to decide whether she will return for two more years at the helm of the House’s minority party. Democratic leaders did not schedule any Wednesday conference calls or meetings with rank-and-file Members to discuss the election results or
In the days that followed Karl Rove’s on-air confrontation with Fox News Channel’s decision desk on election night after the critical swing state of Ohio was called for President Barack Obama, it seems that just about every media critic has weighed in on what they thought that moment meant for FNC, Super PACs, the Republican party and the American experiment in democracy itself. In a piece in the New York Times on Thursday, they note in a blaring headline that Rove’s role as a Fox News analyst and contributor is being “questioned” by the network’s decision makers,
For a few brief moments over these last few weeks, I almost let wishful thinking overcome common sense and reason and almost believed right would overcome wrong, good overcome evil, and liberty overcome statism. (Snip) Tuesday’s loss boiled down to two simple things that the Right still doesn’t quite get: It came down to boots on the ground, and leaving egos at the door. Before getting into the history of how this happened, here’s a run down on what just a few of the larger unions did over these last few weeks: The SEIU put 100,000 “volunteers”
During Wednesday’s edition of MSNBC’s Bashir, host Martin Bashir got rather vicious while discussing what frequent Fox News guest Charles Krauthammer had to say about President Barack Obama‘s electoral victory. After playing an election night soundbite from the conservative columnist, Bashir jokingly apologized to any young viewers who may have been frightened by Krauthammer’s face. Bashir shared the soundbite with GQ’s Ana Marie Cox and the Washington Post’s Jonathan Capehart, mockingly asking: “Do Republicans understand what has happened? Let’s listen to the great Charles Krauthammer.” After the bite played, Bashir joked, “Now I need to
Sad to say, the best-qualified presidential candidate in the race, this year — Gary Johnson — pulled just a bit more than one million votes and around one percent of the vote. "Best qualified" I say, since a succesful and popular two-term governor strikes me as having a better resumé than a single-term governor or a half-term senator who put in a p***-poor performance in the White House. That said, Gary Johnson has pulled the most votes in raw numbers of any Libertarian presidential candidate and, as I drain a bottle of truly
BOSTON — American politics may be headed back to the future. Four years after the country elected a 40-something African-American newcomer named Barack to the presidency, a more familiar political order is poised to reassert itself: the House of Clinton.representing Democrats and the House of Bush atop the GOP. The restoration of either is no sure thing, but what’s certain is that Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush loom the largest over their respective parties as the long road toward 2016 begins. Any other would-be presidential candidate will first take a long look toward Chappaqua and Miami before moving forward.
Let’s get the emotional response to the Disaster of 2012 out of the way. I don’t know about you, but this is how I felt last night and continue to feel today. I couldn’t have said it better, Chuck. Sixty million Americans did vote to blow it up. Emotion out of the way, what happened to about a million John McCain voters? In 2008, the uninspiring nominee who became the GOP standard-bearer because of a timely endorsement from orange Charlie Crist racked up 58,343,671 votes. In 2012, four years after America has seen Barack Obama’s special blend of malevolent
Now that we're done talking about the major issues of Romnesia and the evils of venture capitalists making money, all that's left for the D.C. clowns to screw up is the next looming fiscal crisis to show how divided the country's political establishment remains. Should be no surprise there. [Snip]Jan. 2 is what you're hearing called the fiscal cliff, the White House and congressionally-contrived deadline when Bush tax cuts are set to expire with a next huge round of budget cuts.
New York's emergency management director has been fired by the governor after it was revealed he diverted rescue crews to his own house in the midst of Superstorm Sandy recovery. Steven Kuhr, who was working in the state capital of Albany, reportedly told emergency management crews to go to his house in Long Island and clear a tree from his driveway. The order was given a millions of people were without power and hundreds of other needed recusing in the aftermath of the devastating storm that ravaged New Jersey and New York.
MOSCOW — Russia expects Barack Obama to show more flexibility in a dispute over U.S. missile defense plans in Europe following his re-election as president, a top official said Thursday. The controversy over the planned missile shield has strained the relations between the U.S. and Russia. Moscow has rejected Washington’s assurances that the shield is intended to fend off potential missile threats from Iran and voiced concerns that the system could threaten Russia’s nuclear deterrent. In March, Obama, unaware that he was speaking on an open microphone, told Dmitry Medvedev, then Russia’s president, that he would have more flexibility
"To win, President Obama and Mitt Romney each seemed willing to say almost anything," said Robert Samuelson in The Washington Post on Nov. 5, Guy Fawkes Day. This is a good day for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who so hoped for an Obama win that he embarrassed himself during the tragic storm in New Jersey by virtually endorsing the president. And it would then be a good day for Jeb Bush, who sees himself as Christie's No. 2 in 2016. A Romney victory would have prevented that future for the Bush Dynasty. Clinton’s wistful and unlikely dynasty,
Could you find a more sharp disagreement between genuinely smart folk than in the competing description of Hispanic immigrants offered by Heather Mac Donald and the editors of the Wall Street Journal? Here is the Journal this morning: Immigrants should be a natural GOP constituency. Newcomers to the U.S.—legal or illegal—tend to be aspiring people who believe in the dignity of work and self-sufficiency, and they are cultural conservatives. They are not the 47%.Here is Heather yesterday: If Republicans want to change their stance on immigration, they should do so on the merits, not out
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- The Providence Journal Co. laid off 23 full-time workers Wednesday as part of a cost-cutting effort, including 16 members of the Providence Newspaper Guild and 7 non-union employees. The cutback represents 5 percent of The Journal's workforce. The reductions come about two months after 11 employees accepted a voluntary separation offer. "Given a persistent softness in advertising revenue and the resultant impact on our earnings, it is necessary that we reduce our cost structure," said Howard G. Sutton, publisher, president and chief executive officer, in a statement. "It is always difficult to reduce staffing levels through layoffs
Mitt Romney was right about one thing. He was secretly taped back in May telling fund-raisers that half the country would support Barack Obama because they depend on the government for all or part of their income. Romney correctly identified America’s burgeoning entitlement culture as a major obstacle to a Republican winning back the White House. ‘There are 47 per cent of the people who will vote for the President no matter what?.?.?.?who believe that they are victims, who believe that government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe they are entitled to healthcare, to food, Link repaired by staff
So Obama won. Quel surprise. A lot of buzz last night that this represents the culmination of what Judis and Teixera long ago dubbed "The Emerging Democratic Majority": a coalition of minority voters that will consistently produce Democratic landslides. (snip) One of our editors suggested that I write something up on it, and my response was that I'm not sure how enduring this "Emerging Democratic Majority" will prove to be. Some reasons for my skepticism
UNITED NATIONS - Hours after U.S. President Barack Obama was re-elected, the United States backed a U.N. committee's call on Wednesday to renew debate over a draft international treaty to regulate the $70 billion global conventional arms trade. U.N. delegates and gun control activists have complained that talks collapsed in July largely because Obama feared attacks from Republican rival Mitt Romney if his administration was seen as supporting the pact, a charge Washington denies. The month-long talks at U.N. headquarters broke off after the United States - along with Russia and other major arms producers -