“Maybe I’ll get a decorating show,” said Hillary Clinton. It was a few weeks before the election. Clinton was flying back from an overnight trip to Peru, talking — without any great enthusiasm — about the topic that would begin to obsess the American political world as soon as the presidential ballots had been counted: Will Hillary run in 2016? It’s more than two months until this inauguration. But the speculation is already roaring. On Friday, Politico reported that Public Policy Polling had a new survey showing that if the Iowa caucuses were held today — there’s a terrifying thought —
With due respect to all of you hardworking political consultants and TV station owners, there´s only one reason to hold an election. That´s to determine who will shoulder the oft-onerous task of governing. Now that the election is over, President Barack Obama holds that honor. So do Springfield Democrats, particularly House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton. They wanted the job. They got the job. Now they have to produce. On the national level, one clear need is immigration reform.
Tom Kean won his first election as governor by the smallest margin in New Jersey history. He won re-election four years later by the largest margin in history. So this is a guy who knows something about politics. And now that he’s 77 years old, and the election is over, he felt free last week to administer an unvarnished scolding to the modern Republican Party. He describes a party that has lost its way, that is beholden to the wealthy, and that will keep losing elections until it recaptures the populist centrism of Abraham Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt,
Labor leaders and advocates for social services that have borne the brunt of recent state budget cuts are ripped over legislative leaders Darrell Steinberg and John Pérez´s out-the-gate pledge not to raise taxes, even though it looks like the Democrats will have supermajorities in both houses. (Snip) The African American community turned out in near-record numbers for Obama in Richmond, and polls showed most intended to vote "no" on the tax to fight obesity. Given Michelle Obama´s push for healthier food choices to reduce childhood obesity, the irony wasn´t lost on Richmond councilman and retired cardiologist
A senior military source leaves no doubt about who many in the military community believe is responsible for the downfall of General David Petraeus:(Snip) When she started work on the bio she called me for background on one of the general´s previous deployments. I probably gave her four hours or so, and we stayed in touch after that by email and an occasional phone call. Over that time, she went from someone very likeable to a shameless self-promoting prom queen. A very disturbing shift in how she carried herself. If she knew P4 was going to make an appearance
Israel says further attacks from Syria will "elicit a vigorous response" from IDF, sends letter to UN warning Syrians to avoid spillover; Incident marks first time IDF has fired at Syria since 1973 Yom Kippur War. The IDF fired a warning shot at the Syrian military on Sunday, after a Syrian shell landed in the Golan Heights for the second time in recent days. Israel has not fired at Syria since the 1973 Yom Kippur War.
Newly reported information about CIA Director David Petraeus’s alleged affair with Paula Broadwell, the military intelligence officer who also co-wrote a biography of the retired general, has focused more and more on the security risks that their secret relationship may have posed to the famously security-obsessed Central Intelligence Agency.(Snip)Broadwell’s access to Petraeus appears to have been high, perhaps inappropriately so, even before the e-mail threats and FBI investigation. The Associated Press reports that some in the CIA had worried at how freely their director had invited her into his world, and at the spotlight-seeking Broadwell’s care
RAHWAY — In Rahway, where frustration and misery are building, the Red Cross had expected to give out supplies to powerless residents until 3 this afternoon. They ran out long before that. By 2 p.m., residents had even taken the cardboard boxes the supplies — blankets, toilet paper, flashlights and other necessities — had arrived in while others lined up at a food truck for what was their first hot meal in the nearly two weeks since Hurricane Sandy devastated New Jersey. "It´s been hell," said Monique Patterson, a city resident. "I have three kids and we have no power
President Barack Obama once promised, as a U.S. Senator, to honor veterans of the Cold War, who have never received official recognition and are therefore prevented from full participation in many Veterans Day celebrations. But he never fulfilled that promise--neither in the Senate nor the White House--leaving Cold War veterans in the cold. This weekend, the Wall Street Journal documented the promise, made in 2006 to Frank Almquist, an Illinois constituent who had served in the Army in the 1980s. A medal for Cold War veterans seemed "appropriate," Obama wrote, and wrote that he hoped "this impasse
The Monday morning quarterbacking has already begun over the makeup of the Republican Party. Brace yourself for calls to “moderate” or become more “inclusive” and endless explanations for why the GOP lost one demographic or another. Make no mistake: President Obama’s reelection was a victory for a campaign, not a candidate. (Snip) The president won, not based on the strength of his record (weak), his agenda (more of the same), or because of the shifting priorities of a nation (jobs and the economy are still number one). He won because of the misallocation of resources by Republican donors
Sometimes the best explanation to a complex question is the simplest explanation. In the face of conservative hand-wringing, investigating what went wrong, and worrying whether another conservative ever again will be elected president in our lifetimes, it may very well be that the anomaly of Obama being re-elected, despite all his shortcomings and the colossal failure of his policies through four years, comes down to a simple outlier fact that pundits universally have ignored: Obama is cool.
WASHINGTON - The career of David Petraeus, the CIA director and renowned general, was derailed by allegedly vicious emails his paramour sent to another woman. Now the CIA, FBI and White House face questions from Congress about Petraeus´ love life and how his emails came under investigation. (Snip) But Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., who heads the Senate committee, said she hasn´t ruled out compelling Petraeus to testify about Benghazi at a later date. "We may well ask" him at some point, she told "Fox News Sunday." "I think that´s up to the committee."
Louisiana Republican Rep. John Fleming told The Daily Caller that, ever since President Barack Obama’s re-election last Tuesday, he has been advising Americans to play it safe financially because he believes the economy — and the state of the country — may soon get much worse. Fleming said he’s telling concerned constituents and business owners to “not extend yourselves in debt, make sure that you pay off things, don’t get into debt with credit cards, stay as liquid as possible. Don’t take risk, and don’t get into debt. You need to stay less vulnerable economically over the next
WASHINGTON — A brewing and potentially bitter fight over Democratic efforts to curb filibusters is threatening to inflame partisan tensions in the Senate, even as President Barack Obama and Republicans explore whether they can compromise on top tier issues such as debt reduction and taxes. A potential showdown vote to limit Senate filibusters would not come until January. Democrats are threatening to resort to a seldom-used procedure that could let them change the rules without GOP support, all but inviting Republican retaliation. That fight is looming as the newly re-elected Obama and GOP leaders prepare to use the lame-duck session
Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.’s 17-year career in Congress is coming to an end, and he will likely spend some time in jail as a result of a plea bargain, according to WBBM-TV2, Chicago’s CBS News affiliate. Former federal prosecutor Dan Webb is negotiating the deal on behalf of the Rev. Jesse Jackson’s son. Webb is now chairman of the law firm Winston & Strawn. WBBM reported that a tentative deal has been reached that will include a guilty plea on charges that Jackson misused campaign funds for his own personal gain.
Tom Logan tears up and steps behind a black wall engraved with hundreds of names at the Fallen Warriors Memorial in Cypress Springs. Eight women in black vests hold a white glove over their hearts as a bugler plays taps to honor another Texas soldier killed in action. A friend comforts Logan during the Friday ceremony, the 10th memorial he has attended since his own son, 22, died almost a year ago. U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Kashif Memon, 31, was killed Oct. 25 in Afghanistan and his name will be engraved
Lukewarm. That´s the feeling I get from the election numbers. Turnout was apparently down, at least as a percentage of eligible voters. The president was re-elected by a reduced margin. The challenger didn´t inspire the turnout surge he needed. Every re-elected president since Andrew Jackson has won with an increased popular vote percentage. Barack Obama didn´t. He won 53 to 46 percent in 2008. His numbers as I write are 50 to 48 percent over Mitt Romney. That could go up to 51 to 48 percent when California finishes its count, which took five weeks in 2008. Obama owes
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) says he was told in late October about allegations that then-CIA Director David Petraeus was having an extramarital affair. The GOP lawmaker said his office was notified about the charges from an FBI employee, who raised questions about a possible security breach, according to a report from the New York Times published Saturday. “I was contacted by an F.B.I. employee concerned that sensitive, classified information may have been compromised and made certain [FBI] Director [Robert] Mueller was aware of these serious allegations and the potential risk to our national security,”
The key to understanding the 2012 election is simple: A huge slice of the electorate stayed home. The punditocracy — which is more of the ruling class than an eye on the ruling class — has naturally decided that this is because Republicans are not enough like Democrats: They need to play more identity politics (in particular, adopt the Left’s embrace of illegal immigration) in order to be viable. But the story is not about who voted; it is about who didn’t vote. In truth, millions of Americans have decided that Republicans are not a viable alternative
I don´t know quite how to read this WaPo story about Paula Broadwell as a sort of femme fatale who sent threatening emails to a woman described as "close" to Petreaus. In one way, it´s self serving - an apparent effort by Petreaus partisans to salvage at least some of his reputation. But it also explains why the FBI got involved in the first place: The collapse of the impressive career of CIA Director David H. Petraeus was triggered when a woman with whom he was having an affair sent threatening e-mails to another woman close to him,
As Americans’ modes of communication change, the techniques that produce the most accurate polls seems to be changing as well. In last Tuesday’s presidential election, a number of polling firms that conduct their surveys online had strong results. Some telephone polls also performed well. But others, especially those that called only landlines or took other methodological shortcuts, performed poorly and showed a more Republican-leaning electorate than the one that actually turned out.
The new conventional wisdom in the aftermath of the 2012 elections is that Republicans face two challenges: first, that the United States is no longer a center-right nation, but a center-left one; second, that the country’s demographic shift away from whites will make it tougher for Republicans to win votes. The proposed solution is that Republicans must compromise on the party’s core policies, from immigration to taxation to social issues. The conventional wisdom is wrong. I once worked in South Africa for a centrist
The Obama administration has finally released its report on the number of Americans receiving food stamps. This report was released days after the 2012 election, nine days past its traditional release date. The numbers show that Americans on food stamps is at an all time high. Worse, the report shows the highest one month jump ever recorded. You may recall that just before the election, the Obama administration announced that Hurricane Sandy was going to delay the release of October´s jobless numbers. Many watchers of politics were suspicious
With failed presidential candidate Mitt Romney unable to repeal health care reform, Papa John´s CEO John Schnatter said he plans on taking the costs out of his workers. Schnatter said he will probably cut worker´s hours because President Obama was re-elected, according to the Naples News. [Snip]Though Schnatter has waffled on the Affordable Care Act, alternately agreeing that ´the good news is 100 per cent of the population is going to have health insurance´ and throwing fundraisers for Romney as the then-candidate promised to repeal Obamacare, Still, his announcement should not shock his employees as Schnatter has said he
The Danish government has said it intends to abolish a tax on foods which are high in saturated fats. The measure, introduced a little over a year ago, was believed to be the world´s first so-called "fat tax". Foods containing more than 2.3% saturated fat - including dairy produce, meat and processed foods - were subject to the surcharge. But authorities said the tax had inflated food prices and put Danish jobs at risk. The Danish tax ministry said it was also cancelling its plans to introduce a tax on sugar, the AFP news agency reports.
Did General Petraeus have to resign? He opened himself as head of the Central Intelligence Agency to blackmail, which is a security breach. So the argument goes. But surely once he admitted the affair, he presumably couldn’t be blackmailed any more. And yes I know there are many facts as yet unknown, like this mystery second woman who complained about email harassment. But for now, Petraeus seems to have resigned over marital infidelity.