Meeting with his conference for the first time since the election, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Wednesday told his troops to settle in for a long battle over the “fiscal cliff.” “Sit back, this is going to take awhile,” Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) said in characterizing Boehner’s message at the closed-door meeting. The Speaker offered few new details on talks to avoid the fiscal cliff of tax increases and spending cuts, saying he expected the negotiations would intensify after congressional leaders meet with President Obama on Friday.
Note to Chris Matthews: when seeking to slam Republicans for their supposed ignorance of science, try not to expose your own. On Tuesday´s Hardball, Matthews—mocking the Republican congressmen vying for the chairmanship of the House Science Committee— committed this whopper: "As we all learned in grammar school—young people watching—trees absorb carbon monoxide." Uh, no, Chris. As even an MSNBC host might know, carbon monoxide is a toxic gas produced when there is insufficient oxygen to permit complete oxidation. Think running car in closed garage. Trees absorb carbon dioxide.
Even Brad Thor couldn’t come up with a juicier storyline. FBI agents discover secret e-mails proving that the CIA director, a revered war hero and possible future presidential candidate, is having an affair with his biographer-turned- femme fatale. He then resigns just days before he’s supposed to give public testimony on a growing scandal that reaches all the way to the White House. Only this is fact, not fiction. Gen. David Petraeus’ resignationlast Friday stunned Washington and shattered his reputation, probably for good. Unanswered questions swirl around this case. The initial claim that
Gen. David Petraeus has told associates that his extramarital affair with his biographer Paula Broadwell began two months after he arrived at the CIA, and he said it ended four months ago. But even if it began in Afghanistan -- in which case Petraeus is lying -- he´s unlikely to be prosecuted, said Colonel Peter Mansoor, who served as General Petraeus´s executive officer in Iraq. Mansoor told Fox News´s Greta Van Susteren Tuesday night that he spoke with Petraeus by phone for half an hour on Monday, and
During his national radio show on Friday, American Family Association spokesman Bryan Fischer, spokesman made the case against Republican Party outreach to Hispanic-Americans, dismissing them as “socialists by nature” who “come from Mexico” to “plunder” the United States. According to Fischer, reaching out to Hispanics is a lost cause because the demographic supports Democrats not because of the party’s actual policies but because Hispanics want “goodies.” “Hispanics don’t vote Democrat because of immigration,” he explained. “That’s not the main reason why they vote for Democrats. It doesn’t have anything to do with lax
CINCINNATI, Ohio – Married couples tend to live longer and adapt better to health setbacks than their single counterparts. The number of Americans who live together without being married continues to rise — from 400,000 in 1960 to 7.6 million in 2011, according to Census data. However, new research indicates that married people live longer than those that cohabit. Researchers Hui Liu of Michigan State University and Corinne Reczek at the University of Cincinnati looked at the national health survey data of nearly 200,000 people, taken from 1997 to 2004. Link repaired by staff
House Republicans are publicly infighting about what to do about Obamacare in the wake of President Barack Obama’s re-election last week. House Speaker John Boehner has now backed off his promises to repeal the president’s health care reform law – at least until a Republican is elected president. “Well, I think the election changes that,” Boehner told ABC News’ Diane Sawyer when asked if he would still pursue repealing the law. “It’s pretty clear that the president was reelected, Obamacare is the law of the land. I think there are parts of the healthcare law that are going
Paula Broadwell, the biographer-turned-mistress of David Petraeus, has admitted to taking classified military documents from government buildings and stashing them in her home, it has emerged. The revelation, which raises yet more concerns over whether the affair led to security breaches, sparked the FBI search of her home in Charlotte, North Carolina on Monday night, where agents were pictured carting away boxes brimming with papers. Broadwell, who has kept a low profile since the scandal broke, was seen taking refuge at her brother´s home in Washington D.C. on Tuesday night.
A record low number of American voters want to see the Affordable Care Act – Obamacare – repealed, according to a new post-election poll conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation. Obamacare was not the top issue driving American to vote, although nearly seven in 10 Americans cited it as a “major factor” in their decision choosing between the candidates, according to Kaiser. Voters who listed Obamacare as a major factor were evenly split between Republican Mitt Romney, 47 percent, and President Obama, 46 percent. Read the full Kaiser Family Foundation poll. But only 33 percent of Americans now
I have never met an unassuming four-star general. If such creatures do exist, it’s a safe bet that they’re lousy at the job. This is worth keeping in mind when puzzling over the scandals of Gen. David Petraeus and, now it seems, his successor in Afghanistan, Gen. John Allen. Consider what a general does, especially a commanding general in wartime: He sends his soldiers into battle, knowing that some of them will die as a result of his decisions. That is the nature of the job, and has been for millennia. That doesn’t necessarily make generals bloodthirsty
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., announced that she will run again for the top position in her conference, but she was offended by the suggestion that she’s too old to continue in the post. “I have made the decision, that some of you may have some interest in, in order to continue work in empowering women, to making sure that our Affordable Care Act is enforced in a way to make sure that being a woman is no longer a preexisting condition . . . I have made a decision to submit my name to my
We’ll dilute our way out of it! Republicans did poorly among Hispanics last week. How to address that problem? The answer, they’re told by Washington savants, is to back an immigration reform that … increases the number of Hispanics! It’s a plan so crazy it just might be crazy. Joshua Culling, who works for Grover Norquist’s Americans for Tax Reform, elaborates on the plan elsewhere on this site. It turns out the idea–let’s call it the Grover Plan, just to be annoying–isn’t as wacky as I you might think. It’s wackier.
Former Vice President Al Gore called for a carbon tax to be part of the "fiscal cliff" negotiations in the lame-duck session of Congress. Gore, a longtime supporter of the tax, said the extra revenue could be used to lower tax rates. "It will be difficult for sure but we can back away from the fiscal cliff and the climate cliff at the same time," Gore said in an interview with The Guardian. "One way is with a carbon tax.” Carbon tax proposals have gained increased attention in recent weeks as a way to battle climate change and,
The violent robbery of a television news crew outside an Oakland school last week was the latest in a series of similar incidents in a city where the rate of strong-arm robberies and holdups is surging. But the brazenness of the attack - which occurred during a live broadcast in the middle of the day - has brought fresh urgency to the problem. Union officials who represent reporters at most of the Bay Area´s major television and radio stations said Tuesday they had asked the broadcasters to immediately hire security guards to accompany news crews when they are in Oakland.
Several post-election developments have already served advance warning on America, or at least the portion paying attention between so-called reality TV shows, that President Obama’s second term will be every bit as dangerous and ultimately disastrous as those of us deeply concerned about the consequences of his reelection warned it will be. I will look at just three of them. There are many others. Dependency. Blogger Matt Trivisonno first noticed a delay in the release of the USDA’s monthly food stamp enrollment report, which usually occurs near the end of each month, in early October.
Globaloney: The U.K. sets a top terrorist free and Venezuela wins a seat on the U.N. Human Rights Council. Is there any greater sign of the void in U.S. global leadership than what´s happening now in human rights? In the Obama era, the cause of human rights is fast becoming the first refuge of the scoundrel, as dictators and terrorists wrap themselves in its mantle, abetted by a complacent U.S. and other supposedly civilized nations. Monday, a British court ruled that Abu Qatada, a top al-Qaida operative, and "Osama bin Laden´s right-hand man in Europe," would be set free on supervised
Yes, it´s all sad -- and grim, and depressing -- but is Election 2012 truly the end of the GOP universe? Perhaps. But before giving way to unseemly hysterics, here are some thoughts to peruse: * Timing is everything: This year, the Republicans needed new and appealing young talents to take on Obama, and that, as it happened, was just what they had. The upside was that in 2009 and 2010 they had a crop of new stars, all born to run on a national ticket. The downside was that they would be ready to start
A pervasive culture of silence in the Chicago Police Department led officers to try to cover up the brutal 2007 bar beating of a 115-pound bartender by a 225-pound off-duty officer, a federal jury has decided. It was a big win for the plaintiff, Karolina Obrycka, who filed suit five years ago, and a big loss for the city. The jury awarded Obrycka $850,000 in damages Tuesday, deciding the police department had enabled the disgraced officer, Anthony Abbate, and shielded him from the attack’s consequences until the case went public. “Nobody tells me what to do!”
“I was embedded with Gen. Petraeus in Afghanistan, and it was a little confusing to some of the folks there because I am also a military reservist with a top secret FBI clearance and then some,” Broadwell told an audience at an Aspen Institute event in October. “I had access to everything, it was my experience not to leak it, not to violate my mentor, if you will,” she said. “He was a very close mentor.”
The Israeli Air Force on Wednesday bombed a car in Gaza City, killing Ahmed Jaabari, the head of Hamas’s armed wing — the equivalent of an army’s chief of staff — and reportedly his son as well. Two other people who were in the car were reportedly injured in the strike. The IDF confirmed the airstrike on Jaabari and said that it had launched a “widespread campaign on terror sites and operatives in the Gaza Strip, chief among them Hamas and Islamic Jihad targets.” The army referred to the campaign as “Operation Pillar of Defense.”
BALTIMORE—Jumping off the fiscal cliff may make Republicans more willing to compromise next year on raising taxes for the rich, said a prominent Democratic governor. Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley added that he believed Republicans should compromise earlier to remove what he called their “Tea Party obstructionist stench.” Tax cuts passed under President George W. Bush expire at the end of the year. Republicans want to extend all the cuts, while Democrats say they should be ended for high-income taxpayers. The deadline is a central part of the fiscal cliff—the fear that,
The Petraeus Affair is a hall of mirrors, full of so many distractions that the truth cannot be perceived. Nearly the entire pundit class is consumed with following the many titillating and alarming questions being raised. They are legitimate, but they are also distractions from a very, very big reality, that is so unpleasant that it requires a powerful and brave mind to see beyond them. Fortunately, for those willing to listen, a truth-teller, who sees the underlying reality, no matter what the heck was going on among the Real Housewives of Centcom, is available to explain things
Independent Sen.-elect Angus King announced Wednesday that he will caucus with Senate Democrats. The newly-elected senator from Maine was expected to do so but remained mum about his intentions during the election, when he was criticized by Republicans for not saying which party he would favor if he made it to the upper chamber. His move gives the Democrats another pickup as he replaces retiring Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe (Maine.). Democrats will hold 55 seats in the Senate in the 113th Congress.
President Obama is taking a tough opening stance in talks over deficit reduction, pushing Republicans to accept a plan that calls for $1.6 trillion in new tax revenue over the next ten years, according to reports. The figure is double the $800 billion last discussed by the White House and House Speaker Boehner (R-Ohio) during their 2011 negotiations on raising the debt-ceiling limit. The president’s plan is based on his most recent budget proposal, which sought the $1.6 in new revenues by targeting the wealthy and corporations.
President Obama heads to the East Room of the White House for his first formal, solo news conference since March and former vice presidential hopeful Paul Ryan provided some fodder for what could be one of the opening questions: Did voters give the president a mandate for his second term last Tuesday? In an interview with ABC´s Jonathan Karl yesterday -- his fist national televised sit-down since the Romney-Ryan ticket´s loss on Nov. 6 -- the Wisconsin congressman said that Obama´s sweeping electoral victory did not a mandate make. "I don´t think so, because they also reelected the House Republicans.
The IAF struck and killed Hamas´s head of military operations Ahmed Jabari in central Gaza on Wednesday. The airstrike marked the beginning of a campaign to target Hamas and Islamic Jihad terror organizations in Gaza, IDF spokesman Yoav Mordechai said. "The first aim of this operation is to bring back quiet to southern Israel, and the second target is to strike at terror organizations," Mordechai said. Mordechai described Jabari as a man with "a lot of blood on his hands." The IDF has urged civilians to pay attention to instructions from the Home Front Command in light of the developments.