President Barack Obama opened his first press conference in eight months, noting that America remains in a difficult economy. After reiterating his campaign boilerplate language regarding jobs and education, the president noted that he had met with “civic leaders” before he meets with business leaders later today. Those “civic leaders” included union heads and the leader of far-left MoveOn.org. The president stated that no one in either party wants the nation to go over the “fiscal cliff.” He said that he was open to compromises and new ideas. Headline resplit by staff.
If the Obama administration hoped that the election results and the narrow split in Barack Obama’s favor among Catholic voters would force the US Conference of Catholic Bishops into retreat on the HHS contraception mandate, the USCCB’s unity yesterday had to be a bit disappointing. The current president of the USCCB announced that the bishops would keep fighting the mandate, and while they were open to dialogue, the only option they will refuse to consider is “capitulation”: A top American bishop said Tuesday the Roman Catholic church will not comply with the Obama administration requirement
With the election over, President Barack Obama lavished praise on Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney at today´s press briefing: [video]"There are certain aspects of Governor Romney´s record and his ideas that I think could be very helpful," said Obama. "Well, and to give you one example, I do think he did a terrific job running the Olympics." Obama added, "He presented some ideas in the course of the campaign that I actually agree with." During the campaign, praise from Obama for Romney
WASHINGTON - Republicans on a House panel that investigated the collapse of the brokerage MF Global are pinning the blame on ex-CEO Jon Corzine, a former Democratic senator and governor. The Republicans say the investigation shows that Corzine´s decisions caused MF Global´s bankruptcy in October 2011 and its loss of more than $1 billion in customer money. They say Corzine turned the brokerage firm into an investment bank making risky trades. They also say Corzine ran the firm in an authoritarian manner and didn´t allow anyone to challenge his decisions.
Today, President Obama held his first press conference in five months. It was a bizarre mix of softball questions from his press sycophants, false righteous indignation from the president over his administration’s Benghazi failures and lies, and an oddly blustery position shift on tax hikes as opposed to tax loopholes. Obama opened his press conference with his usual patter about class warfare and the fiscal cliff, insisting on raising taxes first and foremost. Then a reporter asked him about whether he knew about the Petraeus investigation – or whether he should have known. Headline resplit by staff.
President Obama has made clear that he will not accept a deal to avoid the "fiscal cliff" that does not include tax rate increases for families making more than $250,000 annually. But just how much will this tax increase accomplish in terms of reducing deficits and putting the nation on the right fiscal track? As it turns out, not much. For some perspective, think back to how Obama and Congress arrived at this point. In 2011, Congress created the so-called supercommittee to reduce the deficit as part of a deal to increase the debt ceiling and
"As I said before, she made an appearance at the request of the White House in which she gave her best understanding of the intelligence that had been provided to her. If Senator McCain and Senator Graham and others want to go after somebody, they should go after me. And I´m happy to have that discussion with them. But for them to go after the U.N. ambassador who had nothing to do with Benghazi, and was simply making a presentation based on intelligence that she had received, and besmirch her reputation is outrageous," President Obama said
Jon Bon Jovi´s 19-year-old daughter Stephanie Rose Bongiovi was arrested at her college in Upstate New York early this morning after allegedly overdosing on heroin ... TMZ has learned. According to the Town of Kirkland Police Department, cops responded to a dorm room at Hamilton College after someone reported that Stephanie had allegedly overdosed on heroin and was unresponsive. Along with police, emergency medical personnel also responded to the scene and found Stephanie alive. Cops say a drug task force searched the scene and found a "small quantity" of heroin ... along with marijuana
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi told reporters Wednesday that she was motivated to stay on as the leader of the Democratic caucus in the House because she wanted to change “the role of money in politics.” She also called President Obama “the most respected person on the planet.” “What I talked about here about changing the role of money in politics is really a very important motivator for me to stay in the leader’s office. I think it must be done. When people say that — ‘oh, and I’ve read in the course
Six educators whose schools have been implicated in a statewide cheating probe committed security breaches on standardized tests in 2010, including providing students with answers or failing to properly safeguard test materials, according to the state Department of Education. Three top administrators at the Robert Treat Academy in Newark, one of New Jersey’s most successful charter schools, failed to properly secure test materials for sixth graders who took the NJ-ASK test, according to an investigative report released Tuesday. In a separate report, the state found that three educators at John Marshall School No. 20 in Elizabeth gave answers to third-graders
Shortly before the House of Representatives approved a federal ban on marijuana in 1937, the Republican minority leader, Bertrand Snell of New York, confessed, "I do not know anything about the bill." The Democratic majority leader, Sam Rayburn of Texas, educated him. "It has something to do with something that is called marihuana," Rayburn said. "I believe it is a narcotic of some kind." Seventy-five years, millions of arrests, and billions of dollars later, we are still living with the consequences of that ignorant, ill-considered decision, which nationalized a policy that punishes peaceful people and squanders taxpayer money in a
The Florida socialite who sparked the FBI´s discovery of the affair between CIA chief General David Petraeus and his biographer Paula Broadwell scooped an invite to his daughter´s high security wedding last month. Jill Kelley - whose own alleged relationship with General John Allen has led to his nomination to lead American troops in Europe being put on hold - was invited to the wedding of Anne Petraeus and Matt Mauney, alongside her twin sister Natalie Khawam, MailOnline can reveal. Pictures taken at the nuptials clearly show Kelley, 37,
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Wednesday that he will not allow changes in Social Security to be part of the negotiations to avoid a federal budget fiscal cliff, further narrowing the opportunities for savings that could be tapped to close the deficit. Republicans have insisted that big entitlement programs such as Medicare, Social Security and Medicaid be part of the end-of-year negotiations to head off tax-rate increases and the $110 billion in automatic spending cuts. But Mr. Reid said Democrats have already made changes to Medicare as part of President Obama´s health law,
WASHINGTON, D.C ? The First Lady of the United States (FLOTUS) is not an elected official. The title doesn´t come with a paycheck. Michelle Obama, however, has turned it into an exercise in imperial excess, spending taxpayers´ dollars as though the Treasury were her cookie jar. There was an old radio spot that ran in the South, when I lived there some 20 years ago. The commentary always started with, “Ya know what makes me sick?” That’s probably not a great way to grab a breakfast-time audience, but ya know, I’m almost there with the FLOTUS.
Hundreds of thousands of people across Europe joined demonstrations or went on strike today as they demanded governments stop cutting benefits and create more employment. (Snip) To combat a three-year financial crisis over too much sovereign debt, governments across Europe have had to raise taxes and cut spending, pensions and benefits. As well as hitting workers´ incomes and living standards, these measures have also led to a decline in economic output and a sharp increase in unemployment. The 17 country eurozone is expected to fall into recession when official figures are released tomorrow.
Sen. Charles Schumer (N.Y.), the Senate Democrats´ chief political strategist, on Wednesday rejected any possible deficit-reduction deal that does not raise tax rates on the wealthy. Republican leaders have expressed willingness to consider new revenues as part of a compromise to avert the fiscal cliff, but they have rejected raising income tax rates. Schumer said the government cannot raise the $1.5 trillion in new revenues President Obama has called for unless the top rate rises from 35 percent to 39.6 percent. He said Democrats would not accept any proposal that caps tax deductions for families earning below $250,000 a year.
Now that Ahmed Jabari, the head of Hamas´ military wing in Gaza, has been killed by Israel, it is only a matter of time before attacks begin of a different sort. Last weekend saw an intense wave of rocket attacks from Gaza, which wounded several Israelis and caused extensive damage to property despite the Iron Dome defence system and a network of bomb shelters. This raised the spectre of vulnerability in Israel, as the public begins to feel that the level of deterrence achieved by Operation Cast Lead in 2009 has been steadily eroded. Bibi Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister
Republican senators John McCain, Lindsey Graham and Kelly Ayotte held a news conference on Capitol Hill today to discuss the status of the investigation into the Sept. 11 terror attack in Benghazi, Libya, and the upcoming hearings on the matter. The trio called for the creation of a joint committee to investigate the attack, similar to panels that investigated 9/11, Iran-Contra, and Watergate. Watch McCain’s opening remarks: Graham later responded to a question about speculation that President Obama will pick U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice to succeed Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State.
Barack Obama probably wanted to open his second term by talking about his re-election victory, the audacity of hope, a new dawn for America, yada yada. Instead, as his first press conference looms, he’s going to have to talk about sex and money.[Snip]Why does the Petraeus story matter? Some European commentators think that it reflects lingering American Puritanism, and I have to respectfully disagree. It’s more that Americans have always made gods out of military men--often because they’ve been cast as the saviours of the system. The contributions of George Washington, Andrew Jackson or Dwight Eisenhower
When is a scandal not a scandal? When it comes via Greenpeace and is splashed over the front page of The Guardian, I´d say. While obviously I´m delighted that The Guardian and Greenpeace think I´m so powerful that I have the ability to effect a 180 degree shift in government onshore wind policy just by the mere threat of standing in a by-election, I do think a little examination of news priorities might be in order here. In an op-ed for tomorrow´s Daily Telegraph (which will probably appear online later this evening), I explain--not for the first time: but
WASHINGTON — Sen. John McCain is calling for establishment of a Watergate-style congressional committee to investigate the deaths of four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens, at the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. The Arizona Republican tells “CBS This Morning” he believes the unanswered questions surrounding events at Benghazi on Sept. 11 require such a select committee. McCain accused the Obama administration of making misleading statements. He also said U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice went on national television and said incorrectly that the violence was the result of a demonstration against an anti-Muslim
Relief workers who rushed to New York after the superstorm created a logistical challenge: finding accommodations for thousands in a tourist-clogged city in the throes of a housing crisis. For two of the biggest aid organizations, the solutions included government-owned ships floating in the harbor, storm shelters, friends´ apartments—and a luxury hotel in Lower Manhattan. Representatives for the American Red Cross and the Federal Emergency Management Agency said they have placed workers at the Soho Grand since the storm, paying a discounted nightly rate of $310 a room.
Though they weren’t able to pick up the 25 seats necessary for a majority in the House, Democratic leaders are touting the incoming class of freshman Congressman, particularly for its diversity. Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.., and Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chair Steve Israel, D-N.Y., introduced the newly elected lawmakers this week on Capitol Hill. “These new members reflect the priorities and diversity and the values of the districts that elected them,” Israel said. “The Republican Caucus, if you look at it, it looks like a re-run of the show ‘Mad Men.’ Our caucus looks like America.”
Conservative pundit Dick Morris insists he was keeping hope alive when he boldly predicted Mitt Romney would win the White House in a landslide. On Tuesday’s “Hannity" show, Morris said supporters realized the Republican challenger was on the ropes as the election neared, and it was his job to boost their candidate’s profile. “I hope people aren’t mad at me about it,” said Morris, a former adviser to President Clinton and regular Fox News political analyst.Before the election, he continued, “The Romney c ampaign was falling apart, people were not optimistic, nobody thought there was a chance of victory