After months of regulatory delays, the floodgates have apparently opened. The Health and Human Services Department delivered two major health reform rules to the Office of Management and Budget on Friday, the first in an anticipated stream of health regulation. Many sources close to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services told National Journal that the administration had a number of important health rules ready to go but was holding them back until after the election to avoid a political backlash. Now that President Obama has been reelected, they predicted those rules would start emerging, and fast.
A half-cent sales tax proposed by Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson could have a modest but negative effect on sales activity, with the biggest impact felt by sellers of building supplies, according to an analysis released Friday. Beacon Economics, a consulting firm advising L.A. leaders, projected a decrease in sales of up to 1.3% if voters approve the tax March 5, with no effect at all for restaurants, supermarkets and service stations. However, the sale of building materials -- among the most expensive purchases -- could decline as much as 3.9%, the report said.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) released the results of an informal exit poll on Friday that shows more than 85 percent of American Muslim voters picked President Barack Obama in Tuesday's election. That number is lower than a similar poll conducted in 2008 that showed 89 percent of American Muslims cast a ballot for Obama. CAIR conducted the informal survey of 650 American Muslim voters, with just 4 percent of respondents stating that they voted for Mitt Romney. Poll findings: 95.5 percent of the Muslim voters said they went to the polls on Nov. 6. 85.7 percent
Two days after the election, CNBC published a dour report on the economy. In what should be a shock to no one, CNBC is predicting that the U.S. economy is likely headed for another recession. CNBC helpfully informs us, now that the election is over, that the light in our economic tunnel could be a "freight train." It sure would have been nice to know that before the election, wouldn't it? Slowing corporate profits, the remnants of Superstorm Sandy and the ramifications of the "fiscal cliff" in Washington are expected to result in at least two quarters
Only three days after the contentious 2012 election, the Supreme Court announced today that it would take up a major voting rights case; it will be heard in the next few months and decided by June. At issue is Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, which was passed in 1965. It’s a central provision of the law that requires states with a history of voter discrimination, mostly in the South, to clear any changes to their election laws with federal officials in Washington. The Supreme Court’s decision today comes just after a long and bitter election
Just two days after President Obama’s re-election, General David Petraeus, the CIA Director, has resigned from the administration over an extramarital affair. Petraeus was slated to testify before Congress next week on the murder of four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens, in Benghazi, Libya. Bret Baier of Fox News just tweeted, "With Petraeus’ resignation effective immediately, he will not testify next week & lawmakers are said to be 'stunned' by the announcement." He sent a letter to his colleagues stating: Yesterday afternoon, I went to the White House
WASHINGTON — New Pentagon details show that the first U.S. military unit arrived in Libya more than 15 hours after the attack on the consulate in Benghazi was over, and four Americans, including the ambassador, were dead. A Defense Department timeline obtained by The Associated Press underscores how far the military response lagged behind the Sept. 11 attack, due largely to the long distances the commando teams had to travel to get to Libya. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and his top military adviser were notified of the attack about 50 minutes after it began and were about to
Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer said Friday that the revelations concerning CIA Director David Petraeus's affair will now make what happened at our consulate in Benghazi, Libya, back in September "the hottest story around." As Krauthammer noted on Fox News's Special Report, this goes in stark contrast to how the media buried this story before Tuesday's election (video follows with transcript and commentary):CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: The other thing I would add, which is what Bolton said. I think he’s absolutely right. There is no way that
The woman with whom former CIA Director David Petraeus had an affair has been identified as Paula Broadwell, the co-author of a recent biography about the retired four-star general. Broadwell is currently under FBI investigation for improperly trying to access Petraeus’ emails and possibly gaining access to classified information, NBC News reported Friday, the same day Petraeus resigned from his post as director of the top U.S. intelligence agency. He cited the extramarital affair as his reason for stepping down. Holly Petraeus, the general’s wife, is employed in the Obama administration’s
Slate is reporting that Paula Broadwell, the author of David Petraeus' biography, had an affair with the former CIA director that led to his resignation earlier today. This interview of her on The Daily Show, in hindsight, is cringeworthy. About three and a half minutes into the clip, Jon Stewart and Broadwell discuss Petraeus' habit of running with her to get to know her while she was embedded with him in Afghanistan. "That was the foundation of our relationship," she says. Stewart then asks if other people in his embed "resent [Petraeus'] success" and reputation.
Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards has advice for Republicans after their big defeat on Election Day -- to abandon their pro-life base. Following an election campaign in which the taxpayer-funded organization spent $15 million tearing down Republican candidates who vowed to cut off its federal funding, Richards now says she is reaching out to pro-choice Republicans. In an interview in The Huffington Post, Richards said, “Back in the olden days, the Republican Party was the party that supported people’s individual rights and keeping government out of personal health care decisions
New York - Investors thought the election might answer some political questions. If that’s the case, Wall Street traders did not seem to like the answers. Tuesday's election reaffirmed all the elements that led to gridlock during the past two years – reelecting President Obama and leaving the balance of power in Congress unchanged. In response, Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index has fallen 3.4 percent. Stock markets tried to rally Friday, but the effort had little energy with the Dow Jones Industrial Average closing up about 4 points for the day and down 3.2 percent since the election.
Both presidential candidates spoke grandly and with evident passion about an epochal choice that voters held in their hands, about a hinge of American history where, in the next four years, intractable problems would be confronted, transformative decisions made, and a new path irreversibly set for an economically weakened and militarily exhausted nation. Now that the polls are closed and the reckoning is nigh, President Obama does not have the comfort or convenience of shelving his campaign rhetoric. That talk about the big choice, about turning points, is actually true. Obama and the presidency’s vast institutional powers
A health group is urging men to strip off, look down and find out if they can see their p---- to test if they're obese. A men's health awareness website has launched 'The Big Check' to encourage men to take a serious look at their weight by taking a serious look at their manhood. A survey of 1,000 British men and found that a third of men aged between 35 and 60 years are 'unable to see their p---- because of their bellies.
Members of Mitt Romney’s campaign staff ignored the early day warning signs of low voter turnout on Election Day and held on to their optimism until it turned into befuddled confusion. The person that was left the most surprised by the unfavorable numbers, however, was Romney himself. ‘There's nothing worse than when you think you're going to win, and you don't. It was like a sucker punch,’ one unidentified adviser told CBS. The concession call was handled by Romney’s body man, Garrett Jackson, who diligently called his Democratic counterpart Marvin Nicholson. ‘Is your boss available?’ Jackson asked.
Chris Christie, the bombastic New Jersey governor who has been under fire from conservatives for his effusive praise of Barack Obama after Hurricane Sandy telephoned the president after his election win but only sent an email to Mitt Romney, it was revealed today. He told reporters at a press conference on Thursday that he had talked to Obama. 'We didn’t have a political strategy discussion,' he said. 'I said, "Congratulations on your win last night, Mr. President", he said, "Thank you".' Asked about whether he had spoken to Romney, he said: 'No. We exchanged emails last night.
The biographer for resigning CIA Director David Petraeus is under FBI investigation for improperly trying to access his email and possibly gaining access to classified information, law enforcement officials told NBC News on Friday. Paula Broadwell is the author of Petraeus' biography, "All In." She had extensive access to Petraeus in Afghanistan and has given numerous television interviews speaking about him. Petraeus resigned Friday, citing an extramarital affair. The woman involved was not identified.
This may prove even more important than the initial reports suggest. Is Director David Petraeus a fatality of Chicago politics – made to remain silent prior to the election and now left to act as the administration’s sacrifice to Congressional investigators in the wake of the Benghazi scandal? Or is the former military general preparing to unleash facts that will lead directly back to the Obama White House and the president himself regarding what really happened on September 11th of this year when four Americans – including a U.S. ambassador, were killed during a coordinated terrorist attack against
Former four-star general and current director of the CIA David Petraeus has tendered his resignation to the president.(Snip)Rumors reported via social media that Mr. Petraeus had an affair with an aide to Massachusetts Senator-elect Elizabeth Warren were false. Mr. Petraeus may have had no choice but to resign. New York Magazine noted a Reuters report regarding rules of conduct for CIA employees in which an agency spokeswoman said, “CIA employees must take – and pass – a polygraph test as part of the process to receive a security clearance, and must regularly undergo reinvestigations
I’ve just returned from the BBC studios in Washington, where I watched and commented on President Obama’s first address to the nation since his re-election on Tuesday. In his speech the president called on the Executive Branch and Congress to work together to prevent America from going over the “fiscal cliff”, shorthand for $700 billion in automatic tax increases that will kick in from January 1st, 2013. Listening to his remarks from the White House in front of an adoring hand-picked audience, I was struck by how similar his message is to that of his French counterpart Francois Hollande.
General David Petraeus, the Director of the CIA, has dramatically resigned his post after admitting to having an extramarital affair. [Snip] "After being married for over 37 years, I showed extremely poor judgment by engaging in an extramarital affair. Such behavior is unacceptable, both as a husband and as the leader of an organization such as ours," he said in a statement. Gen Petraeus is married to Holly Petraeus, a senior official in Mr Obama’s Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, where she leads an agency that works to protect members of the military and their families from abusive money-lenders.
The Interior Department on Friday issued a final plan to close 1.6 million acres of federal land in the West originally slated for oil shale development. The proposed plan would fence off a majority of the initial blueprint laid out in the final days of the George W. Bush administration. It faces a 30-day protest period and a 60-day process to ensure it is consistent with local and state policies. After that, the department would render a decision for implementation. The move is sure to rankle Republicans, who say President Obama’s grip on fossil fuel drilling in federal lands is too tight.
Amid the ruin and rubble of the grey morning after, it may seem in poor taste to do anything so vulgar as plug the new and stunningly topical paperback edition of my book, After America — or, as Dennis Miller retitled it on the radio the other day, Wednesday. But the business of America is business, as Calvin Coolidge said long ago in an alternative universe, and I certainly could use a little. So I’m going to be vulgar and plug away. The central question of Wednesday — I mean, After America — is whether the Brokest Nation in History is capable of meaningful course correction.
Following his resignation from CIA director, David Petraeus won't testify at next week's Benghazi hearing on Capitol Hill. Mark Knoller reports: Mark Knoller ?@markknoller Senate Intelligence Committee says Petraeus will not testify at next week’s closed hearing on the events in Benghazi.
Each presidential cycle gets shrouded in the penultimate question, “Are you better off than you were four years ago?” In Oliver Stone’s new book — “The Untold History of the United States” — the filmmaker, along with historian Peter Kuznick, argues that, “The country Obama inherited was indeed in shambles, but Obama took a bad situation and, in certain ways, made it worse.” Much of Stone and Kuznick’s book focuses on the threats posed by government secrecy and militarism throughout history and, in an interview with Politico Friday, Stone said that things aren’t getting better.