The Hill has an interesting story reporting on Republican governors refusing to set up state exchanges under Obamacare–which could save the states money since they are on the hook for costs in excess of federal grants. That means the Feds will have to do it on a state-by-state basis, a daunting task even for this highly bureaucratic administration. Plus, it is perfectly legal under the law to engage in such passive resistance. Some liberals say that approach isn’t conservative because, in effect, it allows the Feds to run state health care. (As if they care!) I’m not buying.
Round three of the great American tax and spending debate of the early 21st century is opening. There are nine Senate Democrats who are most interested in a comprehensive "deal" between President Obama and Republican House Speaker John Boehner: They are Mark Begich of Alaska, Max Baucus of Montana, Al Franken of Minnesota, Kay Hagan of North Carolina, Tim Johnson of South Dakota, Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, Mark Pryor of Arkansas, Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire and Mark Udall of Colorado. These are the most vulnerable of the Senate´s majority.
The family of Mary Richardson Kennedy, the estranged wife of Robert F. Kennedy Jr. who was found dead on May 16 apparently due to suicide, has hired investigators to examine many “unanswered questions” about her death. They may also file a wrongful death lawsuit against Robert Kennedy Jr. Mary Richardson Kennedy was found hanged in a barn on the couple’s Westchester estate, and the official cause of death was “asphyxiation due to hanging.” Sources told the New York Post that Mary’s family was in the process of “pursuing a wrongful-death action” and had many “concerns” about
With the reelection of President Obama secured, Washington Post economics reporter Zachary Goldfarb finally identifies “the bedrock belief that has driven the president for decade” (or Obama’s “driving force,” per the web edition). That bedrock belief is that the power of the federal government must be used reduce income inequality in America. According to Goldfarb, Obama formed this belief as a child and young adult living abroad, where he observed, in Obama’s words, “the vast disparity in wealth between those who are part of the power structure and those who are outside of it.”
At times, complicated issues are most clearly understood in simple terms. Speaking before the Knesset in 2006, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu captured, in two brief sentences, that which lies at the heart of the ongoing, centuries-old Arab-Israeli conflict: “The truth is that if Israel were to put down its arms, there would be no more Israel. If the Arabs were to put down their arms, there would be no more war.” Indeed, how does one peacefully co-exist with those whose singular obsession is that one should not exist at all? Can a Jewish people who simply wish to live in peace ever do so
Two Indianapolis Colts cheerleaders shaved their heads during today´s game against the Buffalo Bills. But the curious hairstyle wasn´t a new fashion trend - the pair were raising money for leukemia research after the team´s head coach was struck down with cancer in September. Attending his second straight home game since he was diagnosed, Chuck Pagano received a standing ovation from the Lucas Oil Stadium crowd with 11:23 left in the fourth quarter. Team owner Jim Irsay walked outside his box with Mr Pagano and the two waved to Colts fans who have supported the coach in his battle.
Republicans toned down criticism of U.N. Ambassador Susan E. Rice on Sunday, shifting the focus of their inquiries into the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, to the State Department’s inaction on security requests in the days leading up to the terrorist assault and the Obama administration’s handling of the aftermath. Two departing Republican senators, Jon Kyl of Arizona and Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas, said they have concerns about a White House “cover-up” about the incident, which left four Americans dead. “There are three questions that have to be
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