In his first formal press conference in months, Barack Obama showed that getting re-elected can increase a president´s confidence and combativeness. He staked out tough stands on several issues, especially on the looming budget negotiations. Looking ahead to the "fiscal cliff" on Dec. 31, when the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts expire and sequestration cuts government spending sharply, Obama demanded $1.6 trillion of increased revenues as part of any budget bargain. That´s twice the number he and Speaker John Boehner agreed on in the grand bargain talks in the summer of 2011. Those talks fell apart
CNN anchors have been turning to advocacy. Don Lemon didn´t show a hint of journalistic integrity on Sunday´s Newsroom as he ripped into conservative guest Will Cain and lectured him on the offensiveness of Mitt Romney´s "gift" remarks, joining liberal journalist LZ Granderson in the leftist ambush. "This is an astounding interview," Cain remarked, realizing he was outnumbered by two liberals. "I´m a little taken aback by the chorus of surprise. I really am. From both of you guys." Cain lashed out on Twitter after the ambush. [Video below the break. Audio here.]
EEnews.net´s Greenwire reports the CIA has shut down its Center on Climate Change and National Security due to budget constraints. The closure evidently took place earlier this year. From Greenwire: Multiple sources with knowledge of the center said it closed its doors earlier this year, with its staff and analysis continuing under other auspices. CIA spokesman Todd Ebitz confirmed the change. "The CIA for several years has studied the national security implications of climate change," Ebitz said in a statement to Greenwire. "This work is now performed by a dedicated team in an office that looks at
No one really expects MSNBC´s coverage to put a positive spin on Republicans — but in the final week of the 2012 presidential campaign, the network´s coverage toward presidential nominee Mitt Romney skewed entirely negative. According to a new study by the Pew Research Center´s Project for Excellence in Journalism, MSNBC provided no "positive" coverage of Romney during the campaign´s final week. Here´s a look at the chart of polarization: By comparison, 57 percent of MSNBC´s coverage toward Romney was negative during the first three weeks of October — and it did provide at least some positive coverage.
Despite a whittling away of consumer debt that has been underway since the recession, many Americans are still entering the holiday season unprepared to cope with the expenses that crop up around this time of year. Think Finance, a provider of payday loans and other financial services for consumers with limited or no access to banking services, recently surveyed 1,000 Americans across all income levels who use various forms of alternative financial services — including payday loans, prepaid debit cards and direct deposit advances. Although many of these consumers are on better financial footing
WASHINGTON -- A master in the art of human nature understands there is a time to lead, and then there’s a time to let the other guy take the risk of leading. Very few people in this city grasp the potent negotiating power that comes from such a realization. In politics, the minute you win is also the moment you start losing, because you immediately start bleeding political capital – and the minute you lose is the beginning of climbing out from the bottom of the barrel.
Billy Wilkerson was nervous. it was July 1946, and The Hollywood Reporter owner, editor and publisher was preparing to embark on a landmark campaign that would expose communists working in Hollywood. He would name the alleged Reds in his "Tradeviews" column and expose this lurking menace. Wilkerson already had begun his crusade a year or so earlier, penning fiery editorials that railed against communism and targeted the Screen Writers Guild, the WGA precursor that he believed was the seat of what he termed the "Red Beachhead." But this would be different. Wilkerson -- who was mustachioed, 5-foot-7 and
After the election this month, in which a Democratic incumbent hung onto the presidency while gaining fewer votes than his first election, there was plenty of bragging about the outcome from the Left. Some claimed that deep-red Texas might become a swing state in the very near future, but TNR’s Nate Cohn throws a big deluge of cold water — and math — on that bet: (Snip) Despite favorable Latino turnout and support, Obama did worse in Texas than he did four years ago and lost by a decisive 16-point margin.
Campaign Spot reader Michael writes in, having examined the claim of the missing Republican voters — the drop off from McCain’s 2008 total to Romney’s 2012. Immediately after the election, many were left incredulous in response to the apparent news that Romney received 3 million fewer votes than McCain did. As more and more states have counted their absentees and reported 100 percent of precincts, the numbers are less shocking. Michael points to Dave Leip’s Atlas of US Presidential elections and calculates the drop off is now only 479,000.* Most intriguingly, many of those missing
Recall that Todd Akin’s and Richard Mourdock’s series of unfortunate events began with needling, difficult questions that exposed their religious beliefs. Those questions, and the two men’s answers to them, wrecked their sure-fire candidacies and helped keep the Senate in the hands of the devious Harry Reid. I’m not defending them; they gave bad answers, and Akin in particular allowed his stubbornness to override good sense. Recall also that Democrats are almost never asked needling, difficult questions that expose their religious beliefs, even though if they are Christians as they claim to be, their answers ought to be identical
Shifting demographics. Low turnout. ORCA croaking. Moderate Mitt. Sandy/Christie/Obama celebrity three-way. Voter fraud. Many thoughtful minds have offered analysis as to why, after suffering through four years of Obama´s militant collectivism and prolific statism (AKA class warfare and social justice), a "center-right" nation would vote for the radical leftist again. But let´s face it, Republicans lost the "center" because the Republicans didn´t really have the center. The media-entertainment-education-Democrat axis control the mainstream narrative, which means the 30-40% who are in the center (between conservative and liberal identification) generally will believe whatever Bill Maher, CNN or Politico says.
Will 2013 be 1937? This is the question many analysts are posing as the stock market has dropped after the U.S. election. On Nov. 16, they noted that industrial production, a crucial figure, dropped as well. In this case, “1937” means a market drop similar to the one after the re-election of another Democratic president, Franklin D. Roosevelt, in 1936. The drop wasn’t immediate in that case; it came in the first full year after the election. Industrial production plummeted by 34.5 percent.
An Israeli strike on a Gaza City high-rise today has killed one of the top militant leaders of Islamic Jihad, the Palestinian militant group said. The second strike in two days on the downtown Gaza City building that houses the Hamas TV station, Al Aqsa, has killed Ramez Harb, who is a leading figure in Al Quds Brigades militant wing, according to a text message Islamic Jihad sent to reporters. Witnesses told the AP that the Israeli airstrike, part of a widening effort to suppress Hamas rocket fire into Israel, struck the building Monday afternoon,
As Operation Pillar of Defense launches into its sixth day, a clear hero has already emerged: Iron Dome. Since the operation began, Iron Dome has intercepted more than 300 rockets launched at Israel with a stellar success rate of 85 percent. The anti-missile system has become a huge source of pride for Israelis, both because of the lives it has undoubtedly saved and because the technology is homegrown. After the targeted killing of Ahmed Jabari last Wednesday, preparations to ready Iron Dome went full speed ahead and around the clock.
Here’s an idea for how to start the New Year in a bipartisan fashion: Let’s go over the fiscal cliff! Today, the only ones in Washington who advocate fiscal cliff-diving are liberal Democrats. It’s time for conservatives to join them. Letting the Bush tax cuts expire will strengthen the GOP’s hand in tax negotiations next year, and it may be the only way Republicans can force President Obama and Senate Democrats to agree to fundamental tax reform. Right now, Democrats believe they have the upper hand in the fiscal standoff. Patty Murray (Wash.) — the fourth-ranking Senate Democrat
There comes a time in some men´s lives when the days seem darker, mortality more certain, and the only sensible response is to blow the life savings on a sportscar. Radical and often ill-advised changes in lifestyle have become the calling cards of the midlife crisis, but if it is more than a myth, then humans may not be the only animals to experience it. Now an international team of scientists claims to have found evidence for a slump in wellbeing among middle-aged chimpanzees and orangutans. The lull in happiness in the middle years
John McCain and Lindsey Graham are on a fool´s errand. The hawkish GOP senators have launched a pre-emptive strike against Susan Rice, the U.N. ambassador, who is a contender to replace Secretary of State Hillary Clinton once Clinton quits her job as the nation´s top diplomat. With President Obama winding down the Afghanistan war over their protests, McCain, R-Ariz., and Graham, R-S.C., have now opened a domestic front against the president´s foreign policy by going after Rice. They couch their opposition to her in an overblown objection to Rice´s inaccurate characterization of the Sept. 11 attack
It’s the biggest mystery on Wall Street. Hurricane Sandy floodwaters inundated a 10,000-square-foot underground vault downtown, soaking 1.3 million bond and stock certificates — including bearer bonds that function like cash — and putting them in danger of turning to mush. A contractor working for the vault owner, the Depository Trust and Clearing Corp., is feverishly working to restore the paper. But the value of the threatened notes under 55 Water St. remains unknown to all but the innermost circle of Wall Street bankers. One source said $70 billion in bearer bonds were in jeopardy. DTCC —
Hostess Brands Inc. agreed in court on Monday to enter private mediation with its lenders and leaders of a striking union to try to avert the liquidation of the maker of Twinkies snack cakes and Wonder Bread. Hostess, its lenders and the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union (BCTGM), agreed to mediation at the urging of Bankruptcy Judge Robert Drain of the Southern District of New York, who preferred it to the more expensive, public hearing regarding the company´s liquidation. "My desire to do this is prompted primarily by the potential loss of over 18,000 jobs
Upsetting Barack Obama’s little red wagon, impeding America’s race toward the abyss depends on seeing clearly through Obama’s masterful Marxist use of perception. The Obama Regime successfully creates the public perception that its power is absolute; that the recent election awarded them majority rule; that there is no way on earth to stop Obama from making good on what he has said he is going to do. Even with all the lies, astroturfing and sheer bravado perfecting perception, shattering its myth is possible because for all of its boasts, perception is 1% reality and 99% abstract.
The morning after the re-election of President Obama, Rush Limbaugh told his listeners: I went to bed last night thinking we’re outnumbered. I went to bed last night thinking all this discussion we’d had about this election being the election that will tell us whether or not we’ve lost the country. I went to bed last night thinking we’ve lost the country. I don’t know how else you look at this. The conservative talk show host, who had been an upbeat, if initially doubtful, Romney supporter throughout the campaign, was on a post-election downer:
RANGOON, Burma — From businessmen chasing new markets to basketball players serving as sports envoys, the past year has seen an unprecedented wave of American visitors to the once-pariah state of Burma. On Monday, President Obama arrived. "This is not an endorsement of the Burmese government," Obama said Sunday in Bangkok, the first stop on a three-nation tour that also takes him to Cambodia Monday night. "This is an acknowledgment that there is a process underway inside that country that even a year and a half, two years ago, nobody foresaw," he said.
Madrid - Spain is considering offering rich investors from countries such as Russia and China the right to settle in return for them buying up property in the stagnant housing sector. Spain has more than a million empty homes across the country and is setting up a bad bank to clean up toxic assets from a housing bubble which burst in 2008. Foreigners could be offered a residency permit if they buy a property worth 160,000 euros ($200,000) or more, the country´s commerce secretary said on Monday. "We´re looking at markets such as the Russian or Chinese, among which there is already a strong
WASHINGTON — Lawmakers want to know who had a hand in creating the Obama administration´s now-discredited "talking points" about the Sept. 11 attack on a U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, and why a final draft omitted the CIA´s early conclusion that terrorists were involved. The answers could explain why President Barack Obama and top aides, including U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice, described the attack for days afterward as a protest against an anti-Islam video that spontaneously turned violent and why they played down any potential link to al-Qaida
It is only two weeks since his re-election, and his second term remains two months away, but Barack Obama is already blundering again on the world stage, with the kind of gaffes that would have been plastered on the front page of The New York Times if they had been committed by George W. Bush when he was in the White House. Obama´s first term was littered with foreign policy gaffes, and there is every chance the second term will be more of the same. On his trip to Asia this week, President Obama struggled to pronounce the name of