If Gov. Sam Brownback were a poker player, his opening bid likely would be all-in on every hand. (Snip) So which strategy would the governor take when it came down to the final hand on Kansas’ role in the new health care environment? One option is that states can establish their own exchanges. However, Brownback already rejected more than $30 million in federal money to build the technological backbone for the exchange. Option two is for the state and the federal government to split the responsibilities. While states are on the hook for any money beyond the federal grant to the partnership,the state
An old house with "charm" on Central Road in Rye was torn down earlier this month to make way for a new $1.8 million, five-bedroom home with a carriage house. The home, purchased by former U.S. Sen. John E. Sununu in 2010 for $1 million, is the latest in a torrent of demolitions in Rye this year. According to the building inspector´s office, there have been 14 permits issued for tear-downs and rebuilds in 2012. "That's a lot of demolitions in one town," said Selectman Joe Mills, who plans to prepare a warrant article for next year's town meeting that would place limits on how many demolitions
WASHINGTON- Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, whose "Team of Rivals" is the basis for the film "Lincoln," says President Obama must try harder to connect with Republicans. "I think the most important lesson that the ["Lincoln"] movie illustrates by getting the passage of the 13th Amendment through a really fractious Congress, is you do everything you can, every means within your control," Goodwin said Sunday on CBS News´ "Face the Nation." Goodwin said past presidents, such as President Lyndon Johnson, were much better than Obama at using the White House as a political asset.
In 1996, Kathryn Lehman was a soon-to-be married lawyer working for Republicans in the House of Representatives. One of her major accomplishments: helping to write the law that bans federal recognition of same-sex marriages. Sarah Longwell, the secretary of the Log Cabin Republicans, at the group´s Spirit of Lincoln awards dinner in September. Today, Ms. Lehman, 53, is no longer married, or straight. And she is a lobbyist for Freedom to Marry, which is devoted to overturning the very law she helped write, the Defense of Marriage Act. But Ms. Lehman is still a fervent Republican.
WASHINGTON — After two decades in which gay rights moved from the margin to capture the support of most Americans, the Supreme Court justices will go behind closed doors this week to decide whether now is the time to rule on whether gays and lesbians have a constitutional right to marry. For justices, the issue is not just what to decide, but when to decide it. (Snip) Now, the justices must decide whether to hear an appeal from the defenders of California´s Proposition 8, the 2008 voter initiative that limited marriage to a man and a woman. At the same session Friday, the court will sift through several
CAIRO -- Supporters and opponents of Egypt´s president on Sunday grew more entrenched in their potentially destabilizing battle over the Islamist leader´s move to assume near absolute powers, with neither side appearing willing to back down as the stock market plunged amid the fresh turmoil. The standoff poses one of the hardest tests for the nation´s liberal and secular opposition since Hosni Mubarak´s ouster nearly two years ago. Failure to sustain protests and eventually force Mohammed Morsi to loosen control could consign it to long-term irrelevance. Clashes between the two sides spilled
WASHINGTON -- When the next Congress cranks up in January, there will be more women, many new faces and 11 fewer tea party-backed House Republicans from the class of 2010 who sought a second term. Overriding those changes, though, is a thinning of pragmatic, centrist veterans in both parties. Among those leaving are some of the Senate´s most pragmatic lawmakers, nearly half the House´s centrist Blue Dog Democrats and several moderate House Republicans. That could leave the parties more polarized even as President Barack Obama and congressional leaders talk up the
In its fight to survive, Israel has a new weapon in its arsenal, a missile defense shield designated the Iron Dome interceptor system. Hamas fired approximately 1,500 short-to-medium range rockets on Israel from Gaza. They were intercepted with an 84% success rate, resulting in an astoundingly low level of Israeli civilian casualties. This new missile defense system provides confidence in Israel´s ability to combat anything Iran might throw at them, while heightening despair among the rest of Israel´s enemies. It required the Israeli firms Elta, mPrest Systems, and Rafael only five years to develop Iron Dome.
With unusual candor, the Washington Post declares in its top headline that “Hamas’ tactics garner support” and that “Palestinians see path to victory through fighting.” This strengthening of Hamas is the entirely predictable consequence of the cease fire that the Obama administration worked to impose on Israel. Because Hamas waged war against Israel and the Israelis backed down, it is (to quote) the Post “the commonly held view in both territories (the West Bank and Gaza) that the Islamist militants of Hamas — who refuse to recognize Israel — defeated their enemy, and that they did it with weapons
Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi has had quite a week. He helped broker a cease-fire between his Hamas ally and Israel to the acclaim of the international community as well as the United States and his new friend President Obama. He followed that triumph up by issuing new decrees that effectively give him dictatorial powers over Egypt. In less than year in office, Morsi has amassed as much power as Hosni Mubarak had in his time in office as the country’s strongman and he has done it while getting closer to the United States rather than having his Islamist regime being condemned or isolated by
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- A utility worker responding to reports of a natural gas leak in one of New England´s largest cities punctured a pipe and an unknown spark ignited a massive explosion that injured 18 people and damaged 42 buildings, the state fire marshal announced Sunday. (Snip) Preliminary reports showed the blast damaged 42 buildings housing 115 residential units. Three buildings were immediately condemned, and 24 others require additional inspections by structural engineers to determine whether they are safe. The building that housed the Scores Gentleman´s Club was completely
Barcelona - As ballot boxes closed in the region´s parliamentary elections, the first exit polls showed that voters had chosen to return the centre-right Convergence and Union (CIU) to power, giving them between 54 and 57 seats in the 135 seat regional assembly. The party´s leader and incumbent president, Artur Mas, had pledged to call a referendum on Catalan independence if returned to office. (Snip) Polls show up to 57 per cent of Catalans would vote yes to independence, a figure that has nearly doubled since the start of Spain´s economic crisis in 2008. Anger over “unfair” tax demands from Madrid have
CAIRO - Egypt´s benchmark stock index has plunged 9.5 percent halfway through the first trading session since the country´s Islamist president issued decrees to assume near absolute powers. Sunday´s losses on the Egyptian Exchange´s EGX30 index are among the biggest since the turbulent days and weeks after the ouster of authoritarian leader Hosni Mubarak last year. The fall follows the announcement Thursday by President Mohammed Morsi of a package of decrees that place him above any oversight, including judicial, and extend the same protection to two Islamist-dominated bodies:
Putin in 2009 outlined his strategy for economic success. Alas, poor Obama did the opposite but nevertheless was re-elected. Bye, bye Miss American Pie. The Communists have won in America with Obama but failed miserably in Russia with Zyuganov who only received 17% of the vote. Vladimir Putin was re-elected as President keeping the NWO order out of Russia while America continues to repeat the Soviet mistake Link corrected by staff
On that scale used to measure nitwits, I didn’t think it was possible anyone could exceed Lindsey Stone of Plymouth. As you may recall, Lindsey is the 30-year-old woman who apparently felt the urge to disgrace herself by desecrating the Tomb of The Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C., not long ago. What boggles the mind about this story is not so much what Lindsey did (which we’ll get to), but the circumstances surrounding her behavior.
Mary Richardson Kennedy’s family hired a high-powered Washington investigation firm and an ex- Manhattan homicide prosecutor to look into her death, The Post has learned. The firm focused its probe on Robert Kennedy Jr., Mary’s estranged husband, and on many “unanswered questions,” according to sources who say they were questioned in the months following her May 16 suicide. “It was definitely my impression that they were pursuing a wrongful-death action,” said a confidant of Mary’s interviewed by family investigators. “They had the same concerns I had about the crime scene.”
When Joe Parker was a young, newly married public-school administrator who wanted to buy a home in 1974, he didn’t even think about leaving Prince George’s County, Maryland. It was where he and his parents had grown up. But when Parker first tried to bid on a house in a new development in Mitchellville, a small farming community that was sprouting ranch and split-level homes on old plantation lands, the real-estate agent demurred, claiming there were other buyers. In truth, the development had been built to lure white, middle-class families to the county
I know I sound like a broken record. Everytime I think the Democratic race card players could not get more vile, more deranged, more patronizingly demeaning to blacks, someone manages to defy even my vivid imagination. This time, it is the Editorial Board of The Washington Post, which issued a truly amazing screed (h/t Gabriel Malor) claiming that critics of U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice are motivated by race and sex, as demonstrated by the facts that most are male and a significant percentage come from former confederate states (emphasis mine):
Organized Labor: Despite gaining a stranglehold over the public sector, unions are losing ground in the private sector. This was seen again in the failed union walkouts against retail giant Wal-Mart. The idea was simple: Take a day of little news, create a big stink, and watch a gullible media swallow it hook, line and sinker. That´s what the United Food & Commercial Workers union did, in asking non-unionized Walmart workers to leave their jobs on the busiest day of the year in protest. Unfortunately for the union, the tactic appears to have been an epic bust.
The patient – decked out in non-skid footies, a loose hospital gown and a breathing tube – prays she’s finally on the mend. At age 81, Juanita King had logged nearly five weeks at WakeMed Hospital since October after her breathing became so labored she had trouble walking.(snip)WakeMed, along with hospitals across the country, is scrambling to keep patients like King from coming back. Under federal penalties that kicked in Oct. 1 as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, hospitals lose Medicare reimbursements if their patients are readmitted at an excessive rate.
Mitt Romney isn’t going to be the next President of the United States. But the familiar spectacle of the post-election circular firing squad shouldn’t blind us to the many good things that Mitt Romney brought to the 2012 election. First and foremost, he had the courage to campaign on the most pressing domestic policy problem we face: the explosion of deficit spending caused by our health-care entitlements. No modern Republican presidential nominee—not even Ronald Reagan—has ever attempted anything like it.
NASHUA – Newly elected state representative Stacie Laughton, a Gate City Democrat, has been getting national attention since her win earlier this month, which made her the first openly transgender elected official in the state. But this weekend, that attention turned negative after a story in the Laconia Daily Sun revealed that Laughton served four months in jail in 2008 on felony charges of conspiracy to commit credit card fraud.
One of the highest immediate political priorities for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Senate Democratic political guru Charles Schumer (N.Y.) is to persuade veteran colleagues not to retire in 2014. Democratic sources identify four senators as most likely to retire: Sens. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.), Tim Johnson (D-S.D.), Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) and Tom Harkin (D-Iowa).Another possible veteran retirement is Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.), who has yet to announce his decision. But Democratic aides expect him to run again. Democrats would have a tough time defending their seats
If whale expert John K.B. Ford has his way, school children one day will study a kind of North Pacific killer whale that preys on warm-blooded creatures - mostly harbor seals and sea lions, but also gray whales and seabirds. They roam as far north as the Arctic Ocean and are now known as "transients" to distinguish them from fish-eating "resident" killer whales. Ford and colleagues from Alaska to California want transient killer whales to be declared their own species,