WASHINGTON- Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton paid tribute Thursday to slain U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens, calling him a "fallen hero" who understood that diplomacy requires taking risks. About two months after Stevens and three other Americans were killed in an attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi on Sept. 11, Clinton said the State Department and Pentagon are reviewing security at high-threat diplomatic posts to determine what improvements should be made. But Clinton also stressed that diplomacy in unstable areas is inherently dangerous and praised Stevens for volunteering for difficult jobs to serve his country.
On Election Day, Rush Limbaugh advanced an intriguing notion given him by a friend. Rush fancied the idea "a fascinating little think piece." Here's the idea, per Rush: "If the Republicans win, they get to select the half of the country they want and the Democrats get the other half. You split this country right down the middle. Republicans pick the side they want; the Democrats get the other side. We have Mitt; they have Obama. You can live wherever you want to live. You choose which side you want to live in." He [Rush's friend] said, "The
Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. “cheated” the voters. But, knowing as much as they did, those who re-elected the MIA congressman are “crazy, mindless voters who are taking orders from downtown.” Those were some of the reactions from Jackson’s just vanquished rivals as they took in the surprise news that the freshly re-elected South Shore Democrat is in plea negotiations for alleged misuse of his campaign funds. Source corrected by Staff
DALLAS – George P. Bush, a nephew of former President George W. Bush and son of one-time Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, has made a campaign filing in Texas that is required of candidates planning to run for state office, an official said Thursday night. The younger Bush, a Fort Worth resident, filed a campaign treasurer appointment Wednesday, a requirement for someone to become a candidate under campaign finance law, Tim Sorrells, general counsel for the Texas Ethics Commission, told The Associated Press.
This is a man whose ego has become so inflated, he needs crowbars to get his head through doorways. On his radio show yesterday, Ed Schultz paused from his repeated spiking of the football in response to the election to make an unintentionally revealing remark about MSNBC, where he hosts a primetime cable show on weeknights -- SCHULTZ: I will, I guarantee you, that I will be looking back as my years in radio, moving forward, I will come back to 2012 and I will say,
By now, you've heard from most of the chattering classes as to why Democrats in general, and Barack Obama in particular, did so well on election night. You've heard about changing demographics, an opportune storm, media malfeasance, etcetera, etcetera, ad nauseam.Let me make it much simpler. On election night, for the umpteenth time, I went to the local food mart, and gave the high school kid working the register a five dollar bill for something that cost $2.32. She punched it into the computer, after which I gave her the thirty-two cents. By now, most of you know where this is going: Staff split headline, added text.
In the wake of Mitt Romney's loss, many Republicans say the GOP must make far-reaching changes to be competitive in future elections. (Snip) On Thursday afternoon, the Obama campaign held its last conference call for reporters. What next for the enormous campaign infrastructure, with its massive databases and voter profiles? Will it go to a new candidate? "You can't just transfer this," said senior adviser Plouffe. "People are not going to spend hours away from their families, and their jobs, contributing financially when it's hard for them to do it, unless they believe in the candidate."
ON APRIL 14, 2008, Riad Elsolh Hamad, 55, left his family’s apartment in Austin, Texas, to get some prescription drugs. The immigrant from Lebanon and middle school computer teacher never returned home. Three days later, the police found his body, bound with tape, floating in nearby Lady Bird Lake, and concluded that “all signs indicate this may have been a suicide.” His family expressed that he had been under stress lately and even suicidal. And with good reason: The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Internal Revenue Service had searched his house on February 27, 2008,
The verdict is in: After over a year of what seemed like an endless campaign of attack ads, debates and dirty politics, the country re-elected President Obama to a second term. (Snip) Obama all but bought Ohio and secured Michigan with the $25 billion auto bailout. The biggest portion of the almost trillion-dollar stimulus went mostly to create dependents through expanded Medicaid, more food stamps and the hiring of more state government workers — with little to show for it from an economic growth standpoint. Obama has created a new paradigm in America: dependency politics.
James Bond, of all people, has turned metrosexual. "Skyfall," the 23rd movie in the genre—directed by Sam Mendes and opening in theaters Friday—has somehow turned the all-encompassing man's man into a kinder, gentler Bond. There are still the casual killings and car chases, of course, but Bond has been shorn of that subtly menacing blend of sadism and political incorrectness that set him apart from Jason Bourne, Ethan Hunt and all the other identikit espionage heroes. By making Bond less personally dangerous, and even hinting at a bisexual past, the guardians of his brand are undermining
Mitt Romney became the first Republican presidential candidate to lose the general election after garnering 30 percent of the Jewish vote. Experts suggest Tuesday’s election results reveal a new demographic reality and that the Jewish community will play a less significant role in future elections. President Barack Obama secured 69 percent of the Jewish vote on Tuesday. That number is down from 78 percent in 2008, according to exit polls. However, Jewish voters failed to push Romney over the top in critical swing states such as Florida and Ohio. “Jews are less of a barometer, perhaps, than they once were,”
WASHINGTON — The Republicans may have kept their majority in the House of Representatives, but the Democrats had more success when outside money got involved. The GOP has taken 233 of the 426 House races decided so far, a 54.6 percent majority. However, Democrats won 32 of the 58 races that had over $1 million in outside expenditures from external groups not including the parties’ congressional committees. Republicans won 60 percent of the races with between $1 and $2 million in outside money, but Democrats took 68 percent of races with more than $3 million in independent expenditures
In a post below, a trial lawyer friend of John and Scott applies some of his litigation wisdom to electoral politics. Let me offer an analogy along the same lines. What would you, as a defense lawyer, say to a consultant who advised you (a) that jurors from a particular demographic group (say, African-Americans) have a strong propensity to sympathize with a particular type of plaintiff in the kind of case you’re defending (for example, an African-American plaintiff in a race discrimination case) and (b) that, in selecting the jury, you should try to maximize
What's with the revenge theme coming from two successful black multimillionaires? First it was Barack Obama. Now Beyonce has posted this vengeful message on her Tumblr account following Romney's defeat: Take That Mitches Beyonce did delete this childish garble after a while but it still makes you wonder why a 32-year old pop star living the American Dream and worth $300 million isn't just happy her man won. What did Mitt Romney supporters ever do to Beyonce to elicit such a response?
As talk about the aftermath of the elections begins to coexist with plans for governing in Washington, the No. 1 issue is how the power structure in the Capitol will deal with the harsh reality of the upcoming fiscal cliff. Speaker John Boehner’s statement yesterday was good in both tone and substance. But it was also clearly well-planned, as evidenced by its clarity and by the complementary statements that were issued by House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-Mich.) and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.). In the early stages of post-election governing, the Republican House
President Obama started his first term seeking to distance the United States from Israel in an effort to jump-start Middle East peace talks. As it turned out, the fights he picked with Israel over settlements, borders and Jerusalem not only failed to entice the Palestinians back to the negotiating table, but also actually caused them to be more intransigent on issues that required compromise if peace is ever to be made. But that hasn’t stopped some on the left from dreaming about the president starting off his second term with one of their favorite fantasies: an American peace plan
The Progressives won on Tuesday. I don’t mean the people who voted Democrat who call themselves “progressive.” Though they won, too. I mean the Progressives who’ve been waging a century-long effort to transform our American-style government into a European-style state. The words “government” and “state” are often used interchangeably, but they are really different things. According to the Founders’ vision, the people are sovereign and the government belongs to us. Under the European notion of the state, the people are creatures of the state, significant only as parts of the whole. This European version of the state
New York’s senior senator said Thursday that Congress likely will need to pass an emergency spending bill to help the recovery effort from Superstorm Sandy, and he said that money should be tacked onto the deficit. That could set up the first major spending fight for the next Congress, with at least some Republicans signaling they will argue that any new spending will need to be offset with cuts elsewhere. While the Federal Emergency Management Agency has enough money to continue paying out immediate relief efforts, longer-term recovery for New York and New Jersey communities and transportation networks
WASHINGTON — President Obama yesterday announced he’s jetting off on a victory lap around Southeast Asia, despite a new government report warning the Jan. 1 fiscal cliff will plunge the US into a recession and drive the unemployment rate up to 9.1 percent. Obama and Congress have just 52 days to reach a deal to avoid sailing off that precipice, when a devastating double whammy of tax hikes and budget cuts will rock the economy and hit just about every American. The negotiations will be difficult. Obama signaled he’s sticking to his demand for raising taxes
Like a symphony, all the dramatic elements came together. The piano that Mozart used for the last 10 years of his life and which he used to compose much of his music was returned to his former home in Vienna for a performance of his music. "A big, positive shock was how good the instrument is," said Russian pianist Alexander Melnikov Melnikov after the concert Wednesday. "One can't experience something more overwhelming as a pianist than this." "It was played as Mozart heard it," says Isabelle Hackenberg, a music lover who attended Melnikov's performance.
As people in New York were suffering and hospitals were being evacuated, the New York Times editorial page seized the occasion to score political points: “Disaster coordination is one of the most vital functions of ‘big government,’ which is why Mitt Romney wants to eliminate it.” This was dishonest partisan spin. In a GOP primary debate last year, Romney had been asked by CNN’s John King about the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and whether the “states should take on more of this role.” Romney replied, “Every time you have an occasion to take something from the federal government
One of the more intriguing narratives for election 2012 was proposed by political scientist Brendan Nyhan fairly early on: that it was "Bizarro 2004." The parallels to that year certainly were eerie: An incumbent adored by his base but with middling approval ratings nationally faces off against an uncharismatic, wishy-washy official from Massachusetts. The race is tight during the summer until the president breaks open a significant lead after his convention. Then, after a tepid first debate for the incumbent, the contest tightens, bringing the opposition tantalizingly close to a win, but not quite close enough.
At some point, early Wednesday morning, when Gov. Mitt Romney and family were tucked into bed, a quiet call went out on the radio channel used by his Secret Service agents: "Javelin, Jockey details, all posts, discontinue." Of all the indignities involved in losing a presidential race, none is more stark than the sudden emptiness of your entourage. The Secret Service detail guarding Governor Romney since Feb 1. stood down quickly. He had ridden in a 15-car motorcade to the Intercontinental Hotel in Boston for his concession speech. He rode in a single-car motorcade back across the Charles River
The 113th Congress isn’t set yet. The winners in six House races remain unclear. Here’s an update on those races: In Arizona’s 2nd district, retired Air Force Col. Martha McSally (R) led Rep. Ron Barber (D), but there are early ballots and provisional ballots left to be counted. Both parties felt confident that the outcome of this race would be in their favor, but it might take a while to find out who is right. “It’s just gonna drag on there for a week or two,” one Arizona Democratic political insider said.
I’m going to call BS, partly out of conviction and partly because I just refuse to believe it. I can accept any other conclusion about the election, no matter how grim, but I can’t bear the mental load of thinking that the fate of entitlement reform might have turned on Obama putting on a natty bomber jacket with “President” embroidered on it and standing around in front of storm debris looking concerned. This is the only time you’ll ever see me stick up for low-information voters. They can’t be this dumb. But what if they are?
Alert! The entire GOP elite seems to be trying to sell out en masse on immigration. Not only Boehner, but Cantor. And Hannity (who works for pro-amnesty world citizen Rupert Murdoch). Even Krauthammer. … Maybe these people are convinced the larger GOP project can be saved simply by caving on just this one issue. That seems cracked. The bulk of the Hispanic electorate appears to instinctively vote Democratic, and not just because of immigration. Maybe they can be wooed over to the Republican side over the course of decades.