President Obama said in his victory speech last week that “elections matter.” On Wednesday, he made clear how much the election matters to him — and to the way he intends to govern in his second term. Appearing in his first post-victory news conference, the customarily cautious Obama spoke like a politician with nothing to lose after winning the last race of his life. Over the course of an hour, he struck an unabashedly populist tone in characterizing his second-term “mandate” to help the poor and the middle class, and he warned his partisan rivals
In response to months of sustained Hamas rocket attacks, the IDF kicked off its Gaza military operation this morning by dropping a missile onto Hamas military chief Ahmed Jabari’s car. From the Israel Defense Forces Twitter feed, a fair warning to any of the late Jabari’s comrades who may have been thinking about taking a drive later today: We recommend that no Hamas operatives, whether low level or senior leaders, show their faces above ground in the days ahead. — IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) November 14, 2012 One thing that sets this military campaign apart from similar ones
New York - Chipmaker Texas Instruments said Wednesday that it will lay off 1,700 workers in an effort to shift focus away from its struggling mobile business. The job cuts represent about 5% of TI´s staff, and they are part of a previously announced restructuring initiative aimed at cutting costs and increasing its presence in the burgeoning embedded device market. Shares of Texas Instruments (TXN, Fortune 500) rose about 1% in afterhours trading. The Dallas-based company had made some headway in the smartphone market a few years ago. But recently the biggest mobile
Petraeus Scandal: Four Americans have been killed under still-unexplained circumstances, yet the obsession is with a general´s mistress and not with the truth of why these men were left to die in Libya. How ironic that the FBI agents who descended on the home of Paula Broadwell to gather information on the mistress of now-former CIA Director David Petraeus probably did a better job than the FBI agents who gave a cursory look at our burned-out consulate in Benghazi, leaving behind classified documents strewn on the floor and even our ambassador´s diary
An advocacy group for young immigrants expressed concern Wednesday after President Barack Obama, at his first press conference in months, said he would support "a pathway for legal status" for those living in the country illegally. That Obama used the phrase "legal status" instead of "citizenship" raised alarm bells for some deep in the weeds of immigration advocacy, since some more conservative immigration reformers think the estimated 11 million people living in the country illegally should be given legal status but not the opportunity to become citizens. "He looked like he sidestepped around
House Budget Committee chair Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) has rejected President Barack Obama´s demand to raise taxes as part of Obama´s proposal to achieve $1.6 trillion in additional tax revenues to avoid the "fiscal cliff." Instead, Ryan backed Speaker John Boehner´s position, which is that any new tax revenues must be achieved without passing higher tax rates. In an exclusive statement to Breitbart News, Ryan specified that new revenues should come through economic growth and tax reform, not tax hikes: Speaker Boehner has outlined a bipartisan way forward to avoid the "fiscal cliff"
Former Seattle Seahawks player Jerramy Stevens was arrested Monday on suspicion of assaulting his fiancée, U.S. women´s soccer team goalkeeper Hope Solo, according to police and court records. He was released Tuesday when a judge reportedly said there was no evidence connecting Stevens to any assault. Kirkland Police Lt. Mike Murray said the case is still under investigation and that charges could be brought later if prosecutors and police find other evidence. Stevens, 33, and the 31-year-old Solo applied for a marriage license Thursday, according to King County records.
Is this the machine on which Broadwell carried on her affair with General Petraeus? Help me out here, Mac experts. The computer being hauled out of Paula Broadwell´s home (with her permission) by FBI agents as part of their investigation of the Petraeus affair looks to me like an Apple (AAPL) iMac circa 2009. Can you confirm or deny? Below: An annotated photo of the back of a 2009 iMac from Apple´s spec sheet.
Sex, trysts and indiscretions. Nothing more effectively diverts the public’s attention away from emerging critical truths better than the time-tested template of salacious headlines. It hijacks people’s attention away from far more critical matters that threaten the positions and agendas of the most powerful people engaged in even more immoral acts. It must be recognized for what it is: a tactic of diversion. The alleged trysts of powerbrokers are a component to the story of Benghazi, but they are not the story. They provide convenient cover for emerging revelations. Like arrows in a quiver of those in positions of power, they exist as leverage to be used to neutralize existing or potential
That’s the Politico headline about today’s presidential news conference. (Snip) When the press conference is over, we still won’t know why additional security wasn’t provided to the consulate in Benghazi despite multiple requests, why Ty Woods was told to stand down, who gave the order to stand down, why multiple appeals for support went unanswered, where the president was on the evening of September 11, why the president stuck to the video-as-cause falsehood for several weeks, who told Susan Rice to perpetuate that falsehood, what Secretary of State Clinton was doing before, during, and
In the wake of a brutal election loss, some of us are disappointed and want to lodge a protest -- I´m not unsympathetic to that, I get it, I really do. I got it in 2000 and in 2004 when my favorite sport was mocking left-wing movie stars who threatened to flee the country after Bush won. But therein lies the point: If conservatives are going to mock the disappointed who want to flee the country after an election loss, shouldn´t we be doing the same thing now? While it´s not fair, sometimes we really do have to take responsibility for our own and even those who claim to be our allies.
Today, President Obama presided over an absurd press conference in which he puffed himself up with righteous indignation over Senators John McCain (R-AZ), Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) calling for a full-scale investigation of Benghazi and opposition to Ambassador Susan Rice’s possible nomination for Secretary of State. “Come after me,” he said, calling Rice’s opponents “outrageous.” Now Senator Graham has fired back, according to Chad Pergram of Fox News. “Sen. Lindsey Graham: Mr. President, don’t think for one minute
During his first press conference in eight months, the president who once promised to lead the most transparent and open government in American history showed flashes of anger at the mention of a few senators who have a problem with one of his ambassadors. The reporter, ABC’s Jonathan Karl, led off his question noting that several Republican senators are calling for Watergate-style hearings into Benghazi, before noting their criticisms of Ambassador Susan Rice. President Obama lit off with an angry response reminiscent of Bill Clinton’s “that woman” response all those years ago in the Lewinsky
FORT PIERCE — A St. Lucie County circuit judge has scheduled a two-hour hearing for Friday on Republican U.S. Rep. Allen West’s request for a recount of all 37,379 ballots cast during early voting in St. Lucie County in his tight reelection fight against Democrat Patrick Murphy. (Snip) West says a full recount of ballots from all eight days of early voting is needed to eliminate any doubts about St. Lucie County’s totals. West’s motion for injunctive relief asks Circuit Judge Dan Vaughn to order a full recount of early votes and bar the county from certifying results until
An abstract canvas by Mark Rothko sold for $75 million leading Sotheby’s record-setting contemporary-art sale in New York. The auction fetched a total of jaw-dropping $375 million. The sellers, a former Sotheby’s president John Marion and his wife, expected the 1954 Rothko painting “No. 1 (Royal Red & Blue)" to go for a maximum of $50 million. Bidders went beyond expectations with the painting eventually selling for $75 million. Sotheby’s specialist Charlie Moffett who works with American collectors placed the winning bid.
Four star Gen. John Allen, who is tangentially related to the Gen. Petraeus sex scandal because he had a flirtatious e-mail exchange with Jill Kelley, the woman who launched the FBI probe that led to the Paula Broadwell affair. You know all this by now. What is getting lost in all the twists and turns here is that Gen. Allen has a hot daughter. Bobbie Allen, 26, is a singer-songwriter who describes “her journey in to music as serendipitous but destined,” according to her website. Allen says that she was inspired by the Carpenters and that, since she was constantly
Years of overhaul efforts have done little to improve schools in Illinois, and a comprehensive and sustained program to change how children are educated in the state´s public schools is needed, leaders of an education reform group said Tuesday. "We´re going to have to hit this with a 2-by-4," said Robin Steans, executive director of Advance Illinois. According to a report released by the organization Tuesday, only one-third of Illinois students complete fourth grade proficient in reading; the same percentage of students is academically prepared at the start of high school;
Dover, Fla. - The F.B.I. agent who helped start the investigation that led to the resignation of David H. Petraeus as C.I.A. director is a “hard-charging” veteran counterterrorism investigator who used his command of French in investigating the foiled “millennium” terrorist plot in 1999, colleagues said on Wednesday. The agent, Frederick W. Humphries II, 47, took the initial complaint from Jill Kelley, the Tampa, Fla., hostess who was socially active in military circles there, about e-mails she found disturbing that accused her of inappropriately flirtatious behavior toward Mr. Petraeus.
Following President Obama´s Wednesday afternoon press conference, NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams continued his longtime obsession with the liberal fantasy film The American President and his eagerness to compare Obama to Michael Douglas´s fictional presidential character: "...the President today almost conjuring the wording of Aaron Sorkin from the movie American President, as will be pointed out all day, really decided to throw down." [Listen to the audio or watch the video after the jump] Referring to Obama´s indignation at critics of U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice, who made false statements about the terrorist attack in Libya,
Former Speaker and failed presidential candidate Newt Gingrich was nominated for the position of Speaker on Wednesday by conservative Rep. Louis Gohmert (R-Texas). There was no second. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) was nominated for another term by sometime-rival Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.). Boehner in turn nominated Cantor. The Republican conference formally then elected Boehner as its leader and Cantor as deputy by acclamation.
The markets are going to go into meltdown soon, so expect stocks to lose 20 percent of their value, Marc Faber, author of the Gloom, Boom and Doom report told CNBC on Tuesday. “I don’t think markets are going down because of Greece, I don’t think markets are going down because of the ‘fiscal cliff’ — because there won’t be a ‘fiscal cliff,’ ” Faber told CNBC’s “Squawk Box.” “The market is going down because corporate profits will begin to disappoint, the global economy will hardly grow next year or even contract, and that is the reason why stocks
Barack Obama on Wednesday submitted to his first press conference since March. Some of the White House journalists didn´t seem to hold the long wait against him, however. One reporter, Christi Parsons of the Chicago Tribune, turned into a gushing fan, congratulating the President on his reelection. Parsons cooed to Obama that she had "never" seen him "lose." [See video below. MP3 audio here.] Other questioners, including CNN´s Jessica Yellin, exhorted the President to not "cave" when dealing with Republicans. After calling on Parsons, Obama added, "Christi was there when I was running for state senate."
The sex scandal that toppled CIA Director David Petraeus and stalled confirmation of General John Allen as the top U.S. military commander in Europe may have implications for millions of ordinary Americans. That´s because the scandal was uncovered by a government search of personal emails that apparently even the head of the CIA believed to be private. Here´s what happened: Jill Kelley, a friend of former CIA Director Petraeus, complained to a friend in the FBI about anonymous, threatening emails. The FBI opened a cyberstalking investigation that eventually traced the emails to Petraeus´ biographer Paula Broadwell.
President Obama´s reelection didn´t just put a bounce in his step. It appears that it also erased his gray hair. Appearing in the East Room Wednesday for his post-election press conference, the chatty Obama displayed a head of rich, black hair. Photos and even the White House live stream of the session showed no more gray. But just a week ago, at the end of his campaign, the president had a head of salt and pepper hair
A private donor may have stepped in to pay for the axed Christmas tree, but the controversy will continue as the board are now being accused of racism The on-going controversy over theChristmas tree and the housing association in Kokkedal,
Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (Wash.) was elected chairwoman of the House GOP conference on Wednesday, in a victory for party leaders over insurgent conservatives. McMorris Rodgers had received the quiet support of the highest-ranking GOP lawmakers in her closely watched bid for the fourth-ranking slot among House Republicans, after Democrats won solid majorities of women voters in last week’s election. The Washington state Republican, who has served two terms as the conference’s vice chairwoman, defeated Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.), a favorite of conservatives, in a closed-door election among House Republicans. Price, a former chairman of the conservative Republican Study Committee,