Sean Hannity‘s panel on Monday night took on those who criticized Sen. John McCain‘s vowing to block a potential nomination of Ambassador Susan Rice for Secretary of State. Pointing to those who charged McCain with sexism and racism, the panelists questioned the role of such “fear” tactics. Hannity began by pointing to comments from some members of the congressional black caucus, including its chair Rep. Martha Fudge, who said there’s a “clear” sexism and racism in McCain’s unrelenting criticism of Rice. Deneen Borelli argued that the assertions of
Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.) said Tuesday a letter from nearly 100 House Republicans urging President Obama not to appoint Susan Rice as Secretary of State employed racially-charged "code words" to make its case. The letter, signed by 97 House Republicans, says Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, "is widely viewed as having either willfully or incompetently misled the American public in the Benghazi matter" — language Clyburn saw as racially loaded. "You know, these are code words," Clyburn, the third-ranking Democrat in the House, told CNN. "We heard them during the campaign, during this recent
Rep. Allen West on Tuesday conceded in his re-election effort in Florida’s 18th Congressional District, but suggested he will still be active in politics or public office. The Tea Party favorite and first-term congressman made the statement Tuesday, following two weeks of court battles and ballot recounts in his race against Democratic challenger and political newcomer Patrick Murphy. “Leaders don´t need a title to be able to lead,” West told Fox News. “I will continue to be servant of this nation.” The West campaign called for a recount after a wild swing in votes on election night
A piece of the sordid Petraeus puzzle has lawyered up, hiring famed celebrity attorney Gloria Allred, it has been revealed. Natalie Khawam has reportedly enlisted Allred´s help, more than a week after her involvement in the cheating scandal that has led to his downfall of CIA Director David Petraeus. Allred and Khawam are holding a press conference on Tuesday morning. Khawam is the twin sister of Jill Kelley, the Florida socialite who blew the lid off the secret relationship between Petraeus and his biographer, Paula Broadwell, after Broadwell sent Kelley threatening emails.
Ever since we found out about it yesterday, today is one of our favorite days of the year. That´s because today is National Absurdity Day, a day when as a nation we note some of the most totally, absolutely ridiculous things in our lives. Feel free to scroll down and add your own candidates in Comments below. Gee, where to begin?
“What the president’s campaign did was focus on certain members of his base coalition, give them extraordinary financial gifts from the government and then work very aggressively to turn them out to vote, and that strategy worked.” Thus did political analyst Mitt Romney identify the cause of his defeat in a call to disconsolate contributors. Republicans piled on. “Completely unhelpful,” Gov. Bobby Jindal told Wolf Blitzer. We don’t advance the “debate by insulting folks.” “A terrible thing to say,” Chris Christie told Joe Scarborough. “You can’t expect to be the leader of all the people and be divisive.”
In a broad new expansion of HIV screening, an influential government panel now says everyone ages 15 to 65 should be tested for the virus that causes AIDS. The draft recommendation, issued Monday by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, is far broader than its last recommendation in 2005, which called for screening only those at high risk.
The disintegration of an economy and a society can take two courses. One course is like rust. It is slow and barely perceptible. The other is a sudden collapse. The first course, if left untended, eventually turns into the second. The US economy is now rusting away. Arguably it has been for decades. For anyone interested in looking, the signs are there. They will soon become unavoidable for even the most disinterested of our citizens. (snip)Here is a partial list of the business reactions to the outcome of the election
Local lawmakers are fuming over an Obama administration policy promoting welfare and EBT benefits for immigrants, with a “welcome” package and promotional website that encourage new arrivals to take advantage of the nation’s generous government largesse. “I think it’s a complete outrage that we’re encouraging people coming here to get on public assistance,” said state Rep. Shaunna O’Connell, a Taunton Republican who has fought for EBT reform. “We should be encouraging people to be self-sufficient. These programs are rampant with fraud and abuse.”
CHICAGO—For most drinkers, the first taste of Jeppson´s Malört tends to be the last. "I´ve heard everything, from it tastes like earwax to Band-Aids to burnt hair," said Ian Penrose, a bartender at Rocking Horse in the city´s hip Logan Square neighborhood. Taste isn´t the only problem for the 80-year-old, gold-colored spirit made from a Swedish recipe. Jeppson´s Malört can´t be found outside of Chicago and a few suburbs. By the company´s own admission, its Malört is enjoyed by only one out of every 49 drinkers who try it. Even the company´s owner, Pat Gabelick, a 69-year-old retired secretary
“Peace will come to the Middle East when the Arabs love their children more than they hate us,” then Foreign Minister Golda Meir said in 1957, during an address to the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. Meir, one of the signatories of Israel’s Declaration of Independence in 1948, made her pronouncement long before the Six-Day War, when Israel was nearly annihilated by a host of Arab armies, emerging victorious by the skin of its teeth and the grace of God. This was the war that resulted in the unification of Jerusalem under Israeli sovereignty,
Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said Friday that Congress should stop placing legal limits on the amount of money the government can borrow and effectively lift the debt limit to infinity. On Bloomberg TV, “Political Capital” host Al Hunt asked Geithner if he believes “we ought to just eliminate the debt ceiling.” “Oh, absolutely,” Geithner said. ... “It would have been time a long time ago to eliminate it. The sooner the better."
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Marion County Prosecutor Terry Carry has announced that the investigation into the Nov. 10 Richmond Hill explosion that killed two people is now a homicide case. "There´s been a parallel investigation not only focused on the cause but also determining if there are individuals who have been responsible for this explosion and fire."
One day not long before Robert Bartley died, the long-time editor of the Wall Street Journal was honored at a banquet in Manhattan for the newspaper’s courageous support of Israel. The story was told about how Bartley was once asked how he managed to defend Israel with even more verve than some of the Jewish newspapers. “Oh, I had it easy,” Bartley was quoted as replying, “I’m not Jewish.” We thought of Bartley as we read the vitriol being directed at Rupert Murdoch, now the Wall Street Journal’s chairman,
President Obama has several stated ambitions for his presidency. He wants it to be "transformative." He wants to unite Americans of all parties. He wants to build an economy from the middle class out (whatever that means), and he wants to help what you might call the domestic refugees of America´s economic transformation. Given the principled disagreements dividing left and right in America, it´s hard to see how he can accomplish these goals
Three U.S. Navy amphibious warships are returning to the eastern Mediterranean to remain on standby in the event they are needed to assist Americans leaving Israel in the coming days, according to two U.S. officials. The officials stressed an evacuation remains an extremely remote possibility and the Obama administration is not currently planning for one. Americans who wish to leave the region now are able to do so using commercial airlines. But the decision to send the ships even if the event is such a remote contingency underscores the growing concern about
Two years ago, Marco Rubio was a little-known baby-faced Florida pol, toiling away in Tallahassee. Then the almighty Tea Party got behind his long-shot bid for the U.S. Senate. Cut to this year. The 42-year-old Cuban-American spent a good chunk of 2012 swatting away speculation that he would join Mitt Romney on the ticket. Yet at the Republican convention, it was Rubio´s optimistic, confident, and centered speech that left many wondering if they should start printing RUBIO ´16 placards right now. I met up with Rubio in the back room of a local community center in Miami´s Little Havana neighborhood.
"A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul," said the English writer George Bernard Shaw. Mitt Romney would agree. His post-election analysis of Obama´s success at bribing voters ran along the same lines. "What the president´s campaign did was focus on certain members of his base coalition, give them extraordinary financial gifts from the government, and then work very aggressively to turn them out to vote," Romney told disappointed donors last week. Desperate to appear piously contrite and malleable in the eyes of voters, Republicans pounced on Romney´s
If you doubt there´s an American welfare state, you should read the new study by demographer Nicholas Eberstadt, whose blizzard of numbers demonstrates otherwise. A welfare state transfers income from some people to other people to improve the recipients´ well-being. In 1935, these transfers were less than 3% of the economy; now they´re almost 20%. That´s $7,200 a year for every American, calculates Eberstadt. He says that nearly 40% of these transfers aim to relieve poverty (through Medicaid, food stamps, unemployment insurance and the like), while most of the rest goes to the elderly
Twinkicide. Death by Liberalism. This time it´s Twinkies. In October it was Newsweek. Who´s next? What does this lemming-like liberal instinct mean for America? What is it that bakers and editors had in common as they looked into the abyss that would spell their own professional death? And then jumped? Answer: They´d rather be dead than Not Liberal. Unfortunately for the rest of us -- they are not alone. Worse, they are in charge. Presented with multiple opportunities to survive in a jobless economy -- the bakers and editors willingly jumped into the abyss that would kill their own professional way of life. Forever.
The menacing emails sent by David Petraeus’ ex-mistress to a Florida socialite promised to make the apparent rival “go away” and boasted of her friends in high places, the Daily News has learned. The notes Paula Broadwell sent to Jill Kelley were far more sinister than previously reported and seemed like the rantings of someone “clearly unhinged,” a close friend of Kelley told The News Monday. “This wasn’t just a catfight. Any normal person who got emails like that would have immediately called the police,” said the friend.
It’s beginning to feel a lot like the 1860s — and not just because Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln opened nationwide this past weekend. There is a secessionist movement afoot: hundreds of thousands of Americans from all 50 states have signed petitions to secede. Texas is in the lead — no great surprise, perhaps — with ABC reporting last week that the Lone Star State’s petition was the first to get more than 25,000 signatures. It now has more than 100,000. That 25,000 mark, which at least seven states have hit, is significant. The petitions were shrewdly placed on a White House website
Clandestine Government: During his first full day in the White House, Barack Obama promised he´d brought with him "a new era of open government." Yet again, we have a promise that hasn´t been kept. Among the administration´s many violations of public trust to recently become public is the Environmental Protection Agency´s apparent attempt to keep some of its correspondence hidden from the light of day through the use of aliases. EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, for instance, has reportedly used the name "Richard Windsor" to cover her tracks in private emails.
Sometimes taking the wrong lesson from defeat can be worse than not learning anything at all. While Republicans are scrambling to do damage control in the wake of this month’s election, they should keep in mind that their presidential candidate only lost by a couple percentage points in the popular vote. The 2012 presidential election was not a repudiation of Mitt Romney or the Republican brand, but rather the result of a confluence of factors: the Obama campaign’s expert execution of its attack strategy, the Romney campaign’s flubbing of its get-out-the-vote effort, and a hurricane.