In 2005, George W. Bush nominated his close friend Harriet Miers to the U.S. Supreme Court. For the first time during his administration, the conservative commentariat revolted, almost en masse. Miers eventually withdrew her nomination — but not before handing Bush a major public relations defeat at the hands of his base — and not before tarnishing her own reputation. Now, some are wondering if history might repeat itself if President Obama nominates U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice for Secretary of State.
You know a European country is in trouble when its business leaders complain about government spending and taxes. (Snip) Nearly 100 French CEOs, among them the heads of Accor, the hotel chain, Air France, Carrefour, L´Oréal, Peugot, Siemens, SociétéGénerale and Veolia, the giant waste and water utility, are urging socialist President Francois Hollande to reduce government spending by 60 billion euros (about $76 billion) over the next five years, and reduce payroll taxes by 30 billion euros over the next two years. The cost of government, they say, has reached “the limits of what is bearable.”
Should federal workers get a raise? With salaries and benefits paid to the government’s civilian workers totaling $271 billion in 2011, deciding whether to extend the freeze enacted last year on cost-of-living increases has important budgetary consequences. Unfortunately, the government’s methodology for comparing pay is too flawed to offer real guidance. The Federal Salary Council, an advisory body of academics and leaders of public employee unions, suggested last month that federal workers are underpaid by an average of 35 percent relative to nonfederal employees. The council’s data come from the “President’s Pay Agent,” the bureaucratic entity that conducts
YANGON, Myanmar — In a historic breakthrough, President Barack Obama on Monday stepped onto the soil of long-shunned Myanmar and into the flag-waving embrace of its once repressed people. "You gave us hope," he declared, the first U.S. president to visit what not long ago had been an international outcast. Tens of thousands of people poured into the streets to welcome Obama to a place still learning its basic freedoms.Speaking to a national audience from the University of Yangon, Obama offered a "hand of friendship" and a lasting U.S. commitment, yet a warning as well.
President Obama treats the truth the way Bill Clinton treated blue dresses on interns. In our raucous political system, it’s natural for a president’s policies to insult our beliefs. But only the most arrogant president insults our intelligence on a near-daily basis. This how-dare-you-criticize-me? president expects us to believe: * That intelligence professionals watching the Benghazi attack in real time and reading flash messages from the scene weren’t sure an obvious terrorist attack was a terrorist attack. A Cub Scout watching that strike go down would have recognized a planned terror operation.
Jerusalem- The crisis now under way in Gaza represents the moment when the wave of Sunni Islamism that has been achieving triumph after triumph in the region since early 2011 finally crashes up against the Jewish state. The form in which the crisis is playing out offers some useful early pointers regarding both the strengths and weaknesses of the emergent Sunni Islamist powers in the region. From the historical perspective, it is now clear that the “Arab spring”—that is, the fall of decrepit Arab nationalist regimes and their replacement by Islamist ones—began not in Tunisia in early 2011,
For approaching two weeks, liberal media members have been contorting themselves to make the case the President´s victory on Election Day represented a mandate for his agenda. When CNN contributor Donna Brazile tried this on ABC´s This Week Sunday, George Will marvelously responded, "Almost every member of John Boehner´s caucus won his or her seat by a much bigger margin than Mr. Obama won his renewed term" (video follows with transcript and commentary):MARTHA RADDATZ, SUBSTITUTE HOST: Simple math? And is there a mandate? Does the president have a mandate? DONNA BRAZILE: He has a mandate. He said --
New York City is moving to demolish hundreds of homes in the neighborhoods hit hardest by Hurricane Sandy, after a grim assessment of the storm-ravaged coast revealed that many structures were so damaged they pose a danger to public safety and other buildings nearby. About 200 homes will be bulldozed in the coming weeks and months, almost all of them one- and two-family houses on Staten Island, in Queens and Brooklyn. That is in addition to 200 houses that are already partially or completely burned down, washed away or otherwise damaged; those sites will also be cleared.
Ex-CIA boss David Petraeus helped socialite pal Jill Kelley land her gig as an honorary South Korean consul — and she tried to turn the unpaid job into an $80 million bonanza, a New York businessman said. Adam Victor, the president of New York-based TransGas Development Systems, said he broke off talks with Kelley after she floated the figure in return for lobbying South Korea’s president about a $4 billion project. “The only reason we talked to her was Gen. Petraeus — 1,000%,” he told the Daily News Saturday. “The magic name was Petraeus.
SAN DIEGO- The Marine Corps is forming the first squadron of pilots to fly the next-generation strike fighter jet, months after lawmakers raised concern that there was a rush to end the testing of an aircraft hit with technical problems. So far two veteran pilots of the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing have been trained to fly the F-35B. They are becoming the first members of the Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 that will debut at a ceremony Tuesday at the Marine Corps Air Station in Yuma, Ariz. The first F-35B arrived Friday and 15 more are slated to arrive
Anyone who thinks Hamas is going to beg for a cease-fire, that Operation Pillar of Defense will draw to a close and quiet will reign in the South because we hit targets in the Gaza Strip, needs to think again. With the elimination of a murderous terrorist and the destruction of Hamas’s long-range missile stockpile, the operation was off to an auspicious start, but what now? This must not be allowed to end as did Operation Cast Lead: We bomb them, they fire missiles at us, and then a cease-fire, followed by “showers” –
Then-defense secretary Robert M. Gates stopped bagging his leaves when he moved into a small Washington military enclave in 2007. His next-door neighbor was Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the time, who had a chef, a personal valet and — not lost on Gates — troops to tend his property. Gates may have been the civilian leader of the world’s largest military, but his position did not come with household staff. So, he often joked, he disposed of his leaves by blowing them onto the chairman’s lawn.
After a long-awaited recount of early voting ballots in St. Lucie County was completed Sunday, businessman Patrick Murphy, a Democrat, increased his lead over Republican Rep. Allen West and re-declared victory. West has not conceded the race, which remains uncalled by The Associated Press. But his path to the 113th Congress now looks significantly narrower. “We will review the results of today’s recount and the other available data to determine how to proceed,” he said in a statement. “I have been humbled by the support we have received and the hard work of so many to ensure the integrity of this process.
Opponents of the HHS contraception mandate got good news late on Friday — another plaintiff won a preliminary injunction against its enforcement on Friday in federal court. The Obama administration had attempted to argue that Tyndale House Publishers didn’t meet its standards to claim a religious exemption, but according to LifeNews’ report, that argument didn’t impress a federal judge — even though Tyndale has no explicit connection to a church: In its opinion accompanying a preliminary injunction order in Tyndale House Publishers v. Sebelius, the court wrote
As Israeli airstrikes and naval shells bombarded Gaza this weekend, the world asked the question that perennially frustrates, confuses and enrages so many people across the planet: Why aren’t the Americans hating on Israel more? As in Operation Cast Lead, the last big conflict between Israel and Hamas, and as during the operation against Hezbollah in Lebanon, much of the world screams in outrage while America yawns. If anything, many of Israel’s military operations are more popular and less controversial in the United States than they are in Israel itself. This time around, President Barack Obama and his administration
After the disaster of trying to blame an obscure YouTube video for the attack on the CIA operation in Benghazi and Obama’s prophecy at the UN that “the future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam,” Hillary Clinton’s State Department appears to be taking another run at the First Amendment free speech rights of American citizens. A notice was posted yesterday on the website of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) about a symposium to be held today at the OIC headquarters in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on “Defamation Acts Against Islam.”
His Grace has received numerous requests to provide a thread on the war (for that it is) being waged in Israel/Gaza. Well, here it is. His Grace was somewhat reticent to venture into this territory, for whenever he does so he is invariably accused of being biased. God forbid. His Grace is impeccably neutral and unashamedly impartial on the question of Israel. ´Israel pounds Gaza.´ (You may have heard that before.) Funny, isn´t it, how the BBC has never mentioned Gaza pounding Israel, which it does incessantly. Indeed, the sirens frequently wail in Ashkelon, Pit´hat Shalom and Shaar HaNegev
At last! The legal action set in train by Lord McAlpine against those who used Twitter to defame him looks set to achieve more than merely vindicating his unjustly damaged reputation.[Snip] Lord McAlpine is preparing to sue for libel a long list of people who falsely suggested on Twitter and other social media outlets that he was a paedophile. This followed a rogue item on BBC2’s Newsnight which claimed that a former top adviser to Mrs Thatcher had been a paedophile and, without accusing the former Tory party treasurer by name, laid a trail which led people straight to
“A just law is a man made code that squares with the moral law or the law of God. An unjust law is a code that is out of harmony with the moral law. To put it in the terms of St. Thomas Aquinas: An unjust law is a human law that is not rooted in eternal law and natural law.[Snip]The name “United States of America” no longer stands for what it once did. It no longer stands for liberty, free enterprise, American exceptionalism, and God—it now stands for welfare, lawfare, warfare, Godlessness, and globalism.
In an interview set to air in full Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union” with Candy Crowley, Gutierrez also sharply criticized Romney’s remarks made on a call Wednesday with donors following his loss in last week’s election. Romney explained his loss in part by pointing to “gifts” President Barack Obama gave to certain groups that turned out in high numbers. Gutierrez, the former secretary of commerce, said he was “shocked” by Romney’s comments. “I think we lost the election because the far right of this party has taken the party to a place that it doesn’t belong,”
This clip from Fathi Hamad, the Hamas Interior Minister in Gaza, is a few years old, but all too relevant in this current conflict, as he boasts of Hamas’ willingness and even eagerness to use children and the elderly as human shields. “For the Palestinian people, death has become an industry, at which women excel, and so do all the people living on this land. The elderly excel at this, and so do the mujahideen and the children. This is why they have formed human shields of the women, the children, the elderly, and the mujahideen, in order to challenge the Zionist bombing machine. It is as if they were
In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, how many single-family homes damaged by the storm surge will be rebuilt as high density dwellings? (Snip) Sustainable development economists and UN promoters have one goal in mind, replacing the current capitalist system with sustainable development, a form of global economics for the “common good,” a communist world society in which the United Nations will play the role of benevolent dictator. The root of the word communist is the Latin word “communis,” shared, common. Stalin’s communist Five Year Plan (1932-1933), to strip landowners
Russian President Vladimir Putin has made it clear that he supports Egypt´s Mohamed Morsi´s approach to "normalizing the situation" in Gaza. According to reports: "The Russian head of state underlined the need to stop the armed confrontation and called on the sides involved in the conflict to exercise restraint and stop military actions resulting in civilian deaths." No one knows how far Putin is willing to go in showing his solidarity with Morsi on this matter, but time will tell as Morsi is calling for international intervention. Morsi and his government have made it clear
Tens of thousands of New Jersey residents are without power. Many have lost homes and everything else that they have. Some don’t have enough to eat and others are struggling to stay warm. This is not the time for a responsible leader to go do his self-promoting shtick on Saturday Night Live. But Christie seems so tone deaf that he puts his self-promotion ahead of anything else. Yes Giuliani went on Saturday Night Live a few weeks after September 11, but that wasn’t a series of gags, it was a serious tribute to those who died in the attacks. It had very little in common with Christie showing off the
Once again, the collective wisdom among the talking heads on TV, editorial boards across the country and the consultant class on both the right and the left is that the Republican Party is on the ropes and basically needs to become more like the Democratic Party if it wants to survive. One hears this “helpful advice” with some skepticism, as it is a verbatim repeat of the voices of 1964, 1974, 1982, 1986, 1992 and more recently 2008. That history and more importantly, a look at the hard numbers tell a different story. Republicans made
Phoenix - As Anthem lit the lights to usher in the annual holiday shopping season, campers in Phoenix wasted no time staking out their spot to be first in line when some retailers welcome shoppers Thanksgiving Night. With elbows sharpened and smart phones in hand, shoppers are getting primed for the start of the Christmas shopping season - the most calculated day of the retail year. The good news for retailers - an early Thanksgiving means the season is longer with 33 shopping days. But the economy is still sluggish and what's going on in Washington has rattled consumers.