A Congressional Budget Office report on ways to reduce the deficit, released last week to help guide budget negotiators in the upcoming "grand bargain" talks, contains one eye-opening item. It turns out that the single biggest pot of potential deficit savings available to lawmakers is ... ObamaCare. In its list of "options to reduce mandatory spending" and cut the deficit, the CBO says that repealing ObamaCare´s massive insurance subsidies would cut federal spending by $150 billion in 2020 alone.
Dana Bash, Matt Lauer, Soledad O´Brien, Anderson Cooper, Wolf Blitzer, Politico Chuck Todd, Dave Weigel, The New York Times… This is just a short list of mainstream media members who apparently don´t want the truth to come out about Libya. No doubt, they would argue against that statement, but how else to explain the crusade they´ve all joined over the last 24 hours to trash Senator John McCain as a lying, obsessed Captain Ahab still bitter over his 2008 loss to Barack Obama? Because the media hasn´t done so,
Most observers of the 2008 presidential campaign -- even including some liberals after the fact -- were shocked and appalled by the media´s pro-Barack Obama sycophancy. Unfortunately, the intentional and unintentional advocacy of the media on behalf of Obama was even worse in 2012. There are many reasons why the conservative movement failed to achieve electoral success this year, but perhaps one of the most significant is the enduring power and influence of the left-dominated "mainstream" media. The 2012 cycle demonstrated that left-wing journalists have far more sway on Americans´ opinions than many conservatives have been willing to admit.
WASHINGTON — The Central Intelligence Agency’s inspector general has started an investigation into the general conduct of David H. Petraeus, who resigned last week as the C.I.A.’s director after admitting to having an affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell. The inquiry will focus largely on whether Mr. Petraeus misused the trappings and perquisites of his position, including security details, private jets and special accommodations, to facilitate the affair, a person familiar with the investigation said. There is no evidence so far to suggest Mr. Petraeus did so, said agency officials,
Last week’s election results have given Republicans, Democrats, and political observers plenty to ponder. Various pundits have commented on the increasing importance of identity politics—that for many American voters, who they are and what they are, demographically speaking, predetermines which party they vote for. To the “who” and “what” factors, there is a third factor that seems just as important: where they live. When looking at maps of the United States showing red for counties where the Republican candidate received more votes and blue for counties where the Democrats won,
Liberals brag about having won the hearts and minds of America, as if, through logic and argument, they’ve persuaded people to accept their bankrupt European socialist ideas. Democrats haven’t changed anyone’s mind. They changed the people. More white people voted for Mitt Romney this year than voted for Ronald Reagan in 1980. Barack Obama lost white voters by 20 points — the widest margin since 1984. But in 1980, whites were 88 percent of the electorate. In 2012, they were 72 percent of the electorate.
Following President Obama’s testy defense of Susan Rice, as if on cue, CBS News reports that it has obtained the CIA talking points given to Rice on September 15 regarding the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, four days earlier. According to CBS News, the talking points, which were also given to members of the House intelligence committee, make no reference to terrorism being a likely factor in the assault. So, as Obama previewed, Rice’s defense, if she is nominated to be Secretary of State, will be that she was just parroting her talking points.
Via Newsbusters.org, disgraced former CBS anchor Dan Rather appeared on the Rachel Maddow show and said this: The Republicans, their number one need is to get in touch with a fact-based world, that they are now in the position of being pictured like a man who wears spats to the office or something. So far out of touch that it is unrealistic. And they did run four years, straight out, Dr. No obstructionism. For those who may have forgotten, Mr. Rather’s career imploded because of his role in a story meant to smear President George W. Bush
“The tide of war is receding,” President Barack Obama is fond of saying. Who’s he kidding? It has not been two weeks since the president’s reelection and already foreign policy crises are metastasizing. Israel’s justified retaliation at Hamas rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip may escalate into the second Gaza war in four years. But the Middle East of 2012 is not the Middle East of 2008. Gaza neighbors an Egypt governed not by the secular dictatorship of Hosni Mubarak but by the religious-inspired democracy of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohamed Morsi. Egypt has its own problems with the Palestinians
In addition to the book and the romance, Paula Broadwell´s role as a trusted confidant of General David Petraeus provided another benefit: rising-star status in elite military circles. That meant, among other perks, a speaking slot at the Aspen Ideas Festival, an invitation to Washington´s annual OSS Society dinner, and a role as an expert commentator in an infomercial for a gun manufacturer. Watchdog groups say it is that last assignment -- promoting a futuristic-looking, high-tech gun for a company that may have been trying to catch the eye of military purchasing officials -- that they find troubling.
Susan Helen Adler paced the corridors of the Baltimore Museum of Art, searching for objects that once belonged to her great-great-aunt, the late Saidie Adler May. In one room, she encountered about a dozen pieces, next to plaques that read “Gift of Saidie A. May.” But Adler, hungry to see more May donations on display, quickly grew upset with how much she thought should be there. She was already frustrated that one of her great-great-aunt’s paintings, a small Renoir, had turned up in a box of junk at a West Virginia flea market.
I think I owe an apology to George W. Bush. William F. Buckley once noted that he was 19 when the Cold War began at the Yalta conference. The year the Berlin Wall came down, he became a senior citizen. In other words, he explained, anti-Communism was a defining feature of conservatism his entire adult life. Domestically, meanwhile, the Right was largely a “leave me alone coalition”: religious and traditional conservatives, overtaxed businessmen, Western libertarians, and others fed up with government social engineering and economic folly. The foreign-policy battle against tyrannical statism abroad only buttressed the domestic antagonism toward well-intentioned
In 2012, American conservatives occupied themselves with the stately process of challenging a sitting president. While we were enjoying the pomp and ceremony which just ended, European conservative parties and governing coalitions have been quietly disintegrating. The disease runs through the free-market conservative coalition that governs Germany, and erupted last week in the Netherlands at what should have been a moment of triumph for the leading free-market party, the VVD. It also afflicts the conservative-led government of the United Kingdom and Nicolas Sarkozy’s UMP party in France, which lost power in May and June after 10 years
As Operation Pillar of Defense enters its third day, rockets have gone from pounding southern Israel to threatening central Israel, bringing the war to millions of people. As the IDF begins calling up thousands of soldiers, a ground war seems imminent, even as airstrikes on Gaza continue. The Times of Israel is live-blogging. Press “Refresh” for latest updates and click here for our previous live blog detailing events as they unfolded on Thursday. 12:03 Palestinian sources report that Egyptian Prime Minister Hisham Kandil’s visit to the Gaza Strip was cut short due to security concerns.
Breitbart quotes a tweet by CNN correspondent Frances Townsend claiming information by Pentagon correspondent Barbara Starr that David Petraeus will testify that he knew the attack on the Benghazi consulate was terrorism “almost immediately.” The “same source” claims he will say Susan Rice’s talking points ascribing the attack to a video came from the White House. If Petraeus really does testify to this effect, he will inescapably be alleging under oath that the president was a liar. Even if the testimony is restricted strictly to Benghazi and not its aftermath, the crucial question remains: did the president abandon?
The biggest loser of last week’s elections may have been the Republican Party’s image of the American family. Al Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, blamed the Republican loss on a dramatic change in our country’s “moral landscape.” He’s right, but this isn’t new: the GOP vision of America, which includes patriarchal churchgoing families with sexually abstinent teenagers who have no use for birth control hasn’t been a reality since the 1950s. So what happened? As it turns out, one of the most influential forces in changing Americans’ definition of family can be found
LAS VEGAS - With Mitt Romney´s defeat and the loss of Republican seats in both House and Senate, the balance of power in the GOP has shifted. Republican governors -- the one group that actually increased its numbers on Nov. 6 -- believe they should take a bigger and more influential role in establishing the party´s direction. As they hold their annual meeting here in Las Vegas, Republican governors are quick to point out that they now preside in 30 states, with a population of about 180 million people. Idaho Gov. Butch Otter sat down to make a little chart
At first, the numbers seemed too absurd to be true: did Mitt Romney really receive zero votes in 59 Philadelphia voting districts? Did Barack Obama really outpoll him by a combined 19,605 to 0 votes cast in these 59 districts. According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, which has no interest in deceiving, the answer is yes. Immediately, one suspects some element of fraud, but fraud isn´t the real issue here. Obama was producing nearly comparable numbers in inner-cities throughout America, especially those in contested states. Worse than fraud is the process that turned nearly 20,000 black Philadelphians
WASHINGTON -- Sex remains the surest prop for all that is funny… and sad. In the first instance we often call the result ribaldry. In the second instance it is always called tragedy. General David Petraeus has, in war, been a hero. In public service too he was a national asset. But toward the end of his soldiering his life is now cast in doubt, and as the head of CIA the doubt has increased. (Snip)In the case of Paula Broadwell, the general´s inamorata, it was a disaster waiting to happen.
We are becoming a conceited nitwit society, pushy and self-aggrandizing. No one is ashamed to brag now. and show off. They think it heightens them. They think it´s good for business. It used to be that if you were big, you´d never tell people how big you were because that would be kind of classless, and small. In fact it would be a proof of smallness.
Latin American middle class has grown by 50 percent between 2003 and 2009, World Bank revealed in a study made public Tuesday. The World Bank gauged “middle class” as workers who earn between US$10 and $50 a day. About 42 percent of Chile’s population was said to be part of the middle class ranking it third in the region after Uruguay and Argentina. “Chile is one of the countries with the strongest middle classes in Latin America,” Jamele Rigolini Senior Economist at the World Bank told The Santiago Times. “It is already a middle class society, or really close
Some departures and arrivals at Venezuela´s Simón Bolívar international airport continued on hold early on Wednesday afternoon after a fire event was reported in the morning. Some of the affected departures are those of Aerolíneas Argentinas flying to Buenos Aires, Argentina; American Airlines and Aserca, flying to Miami, US; Cubana de Aviación, Havana, Cuba; Conviasa, Bogota, Colombia; American Airlines, San Juan, Puerto Rico; Continental Airlines, Panama; and Varig, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The airport facilities are in chaos.
President Obama has reiterated his call for high earners in the US to pay more in taxes, in his first news conference since winning re-election. He called for quick legislation to rule out tax rises on the first 250.000 dollars of income, but refused to extend cuts for the wealthiest 2%. “We should not hold the middle class hostage while we debate tax cuts for the wealthy,” Mr Obama said. The US faces an end-of-year “fiscal cliff” of spending cuts and tax rises. The fiscal cliff would see the George W Bush-era tax cuts expire
McDonald’s Corp. is replacing Jan Fields, president of the burger giant’s U.S. operation, a week after disclosing its first monthly sales slide in nine years. But spokeswoman Lisa McComb said Fields’ departure is “not related to one isolated thing or a short-term viewpoint,” saying only that her removal was “a business decision by our senior management team.” “The time was right for this leadership change,” McComb said, adding that she didn’t know how long the decision was in the works. The spokeswoman said Fields is “looking forward to spending time with her family and friends.”
WalMart employees are planning to stage their largest walkout ever on Black Friday, the biggest holiday shopping day at the world´s largest retail store.[Snip] Expecting 1,000 protests both at stores and online is watchdog group Corporate Action Network and Union-supported groups OUR Walmart and Making Change at Wal-Mart. Employees in Chicago, Dallas, Miami, Los Angeles, Milwaukee and D.C. have signed up in the walkout according to Making Change’s director Dan Schlademan. Work stoppages are also planned in Oklahoma, Mississippi, Louisiana and Minnesota. Mr Schaldeman said no specific store locations are being released for fear of worker retaliation