In another one of his insightful essays, Michael Barone notes the obvious post-election status quo of divided government in Washington -- Republican House, Democrat Senate and White House. But at the state level, Americans across the country are clearly opting for more one-party rule where the political rubber meets the local roads. No one ever accused American voters of consistency. By next month, Barone calculates, 25 states comprising 53% of the population will be under the political rule of Republicans in the governor´s office and controlling both houses of the legislature.
Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) on Tuesday said he was sticking with conservative activist Grover Norquist’s anti-tax pledge during the upcoming deficit-reduction talks. “I don’t intend to violate any pledge,” said Toomey during an interview on CNN’s “Starting Point.” “My pledge is not to support higher taxes, what we are faced with in just a few weeks is a massive tax increase,” he added. “If I can help insure we don’t have that tax increase, then I believe I’ve fulfilled my pledge to fight for the lowest possible taxes.”
Senate Budget Committee ranking member Rep. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) on Monday afternoon accused President Obama of not believing in the need to control federal spending, even though Obama signed legislation last year that requires spending reductions over the next 10 years. Sessions was discussing the Sportsmen´s Act, which would require $14 million in new federal spending, and thus, Sessions says, would violate the spending levels set in the Budget Control Act (BCA). Sessions will force a vote later Monday on whether to waive the BCA and allow the bill to be passed, but said he regrets that the president
In Washington, Americans have two-party government, with a Democratic president and Senate and a Republican House. We had it before November´s election and will have it again for the next two years. Looking back from 2014, we will have had two-party government for most of the preceding two decades, for six years of Bill Clinton´s presidency, three and a half years of George W. Bush´s and four years of Barack Obama´s. But in most of the 50 states, American voters seem to have opted for something very much like one-party government.
The ongoing and not-so-gradual loss of American Civilization is the result of two related phenomena: the invasion of our country from the southern border, and our elites´ culture of self-loathing that oozed out of the noxious slime of the 60´s. Western Europe is rapidly losing its own civilization for identical reasons (with invaders more poisonous than America´s, and its own reproductive decadence, thrown in to expedite the process). The first phenomenon -- the invasions -- wouldn´t be happening in either place had they not been preceded by the second
When cadet Roberto Becerra Jr. walked onstage to graduate from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 2007, the entire ceremony ground to a halt as he, before a crowd of thousands, transformed into a goat. For this achievement, Mr. Becerra received a rousing ovation and was handed an envelope stuffed with cash. In a 210-year-old military academy bristling with traditions, "the goat" is a curious custom that one might not expect to find at a school better known for its selectivity and high standards. Yet every year, the last-ranking cadet
Here´s something serious to think about: The New York Times had a front-page story the other day revealing in the final weeks before the Nov. 6 election, President Obama ordered acceleration of the process "to develop explicit rules for the targeted killing of terrorists by unmanned drones." That was in case Republican Mitt Romney won. He would then inherit a full-blown written policy for targeted killings [Snip] But here´s what that story also means that´s much more disturbing than a standard political CYA story from anonymous sources.
Gov. Christie put any speculation about his future plans to rest Monday, announcing that he would run for a second term as governor next November. The 50-year-old Republican made the announcement while visiting police and fire crews at Port Monmouth, one of many Shore towns ravaged by Sandy last month, saying the storm cemented his decision. "The public needs to know that I´m in this for the long haul. That the person that led them through the initial crisis wants to be here to lead them through the rebuilding and restoration of our state," he said.
Private talks between President Obama and top congressional leaders in search of a deal to avoid the year-end “fiscal cliff” are accelerating, even as the White House announced a new public campaign Tuesday to ramp up pressure on Republicans to extend tax cuts for the middle class. Obama will engage in a full-fledged effort this week to force Republicans to agree to freeze tax rates for most Americans while allowing rates to rise on the wealthy, officials said. Events include a White House meeting with more than a dozen small business owners on Tuesday, another White House session Wednesday
Budget Policy: Republicans are being hounded mercilessly to abandon their no-tax pledge to get a deal on the fiscal cliff. So why aren´t Democrats facing any pressure to compromise on entitlement spending? Every Republican who happens to bump into a reporter these days is sure to be grilled on tax hikes. [snip] But while GOP leaders have been signaling a willingness to cut a deal — even if it means agreeing to some form of tax hike — Democrats are digging in against any meaningful changes to out-of-control entitlement programs.
Washington, D.C. — Former Florida governor Jeb Bush met Monday with a group of his former staffers at the J. W. Marriott hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue, just steps from the White House. Bush, a potential 2016 presidential contender, spent an hour in the hotel’s Cannon room, reminiscing and entertaining questions about his political future. In an interview with NRO, Bush did not rule out a presidential run. “I am here to catch up with folks and promote education reform,” he said, smiling. When asked again whether he will issue a Sherman-type statement about his future, Bush remained coy. “We
Long before he became Johnny Football, record-setting redshirt freshman quarterback and Heisman Trophy candidate from Texas A&M, Johnny Manziel prepped for the historic opportunity that awaits him. (Snip)Manziel racked up 4,600 yards of total offense, a Southeastern Conference record, in leading A&M to the school´s first 10-win season since 1998 in its first year as an SEC member. In a Monday teleconference, he said it would be "a dream come true" to become the first freshman to win a Heisman Trophy,
The most talked about name in the opening weeks of the fiscal cliff negotiations isn´t Barack Obama, House Speaker John Boehner or Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. It´s Grover Norquist. Norquist is not a publicly elected official or even a government appointee. The 56-year-old conservative leader is the founder and president of Americans for Tax Reform and promoter of the Taxpayer Protection Pledge -- better known as the Norquist Pledge. Americans for Tax Reform opposes tax increases, and the Norquist Pledge calls on members of Congress to do just that.
President Barack Obama plans to appear Friday at the Hatfield, Montgomery County, company building where K’NEX toys are made as part of a pitch for his strategy in dealing with the fiscal cliff. The trip will mark Obama´s first public event outside the nation´s capital since winning re-election. Obama plans to speak at the Rodon Group manufacturing facility as an example of a business that depends on middle-class consumers during the holiday season. The Rodon Group makes parts for K´NEX Brands, a construction toy company whose products include Tinkertoy, K´NEX Building Sets and Angry Birds Building Sets.
WASHINGTON— Jesse Jackson Jr., who resigned from Congress last week and acknowledged he was the subject of a federal investigation, could be eligible for an annual pension estimated at $45,000, but that benefit would be lost if he was convicted of one of several public corruption felonies. Jackson, 47, a South Side Democrat who served 17 years in Congress, remained out of sight Monday, five days after sending a resignation letter to House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio. A federal criminal investigation into Jackson´s alleged misuse of campaign money remains active, a source said Monday.
Veteran astronaut Scott Kelly could set an out-of-this-world record by spending the most consecutive days in space of any American in a single mission. NASA announced Monday that Kelly, 48, will man an expedition in spring 2015 for one year at the International Space Station with Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko, 52. Kelly, a native of West Orange, N.J., is the twin brother of Mark Kelly, himself a retired astronaut and the husband of former Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. She stepped down last year after surviving a deadly shooting rampage outside of a Tucson grocery store in 2011.
Mainly, I lead a quiet, writer’s life. I read, I write, I listen to music, I gaze out my window.(snip) I read online and I read hardcopies of the Wall Street Journal, The New York Post, the New York Times, the New York Review of Books, the Jewish media, the feminist media and the conservative media. I am a thoughtful person. I do not deserve to be misled so purposely and so continuously, day after day, every single day; as well as year after year.
Appearing on Special Report this evening, conservative columnist Jonah Goldberg had a pretty harsh assessment of the Republican Party at this current moment. “The Republicans are in a shocking amount of disarray right now,” Goldberg told host Bret Baier. “I think the House Republicans are slightly more disciplined, which is why you’re not hearing a lot of House Republicans out there talking.” He took a swipe at congressmen like Rep. Peter King (R-NY) who “wasn’t part of the [fiscal cliff] conversation” talking about the party’s potential tax plans despite not holding much actual weight in the actual negotiations.
Were the average Republican asked for a succinct statement of his views on taxation, he or she might respond thus: “U.S. tax rates are too high for the world we must compete in. The tax burden — federal, state, local, together — is too heavy. We need to cut tax rates to free up our private and productive sector and pull this economy out of the ditch.” This core conviction holds the party together. Yet today the leadership is about to abandon this conviction to sign on to higher tax rates or revenues, while the economy is nearing stall speed.
Anyone who has followed the decades-long controversies over the role of genes in IQ scores will recognize the names of the two leading advocates of opposite conclusions on that subject-- Professor Arthur R. Jensen of the University of California at Berkeley and Professor James R. Flynn, an American expatriate at the University of Otago in New Zealand. What is so unusual in the academic world of today is that Professor Flynn´s latest book, "Are We Getting Smarter?" is dedicated to Arthur Jensen, whose integrity he praises, even as he opposes his conclusions.
Fox News interview about the Benghazi attacks ended Monday morning after the guest openly accused the network of “hyping” the story — doing so with political motivations by acting as “a wing of the Republican Party.” Author Tom Ricks was brought on Happening Now to discuss how several GOP lawmakers are backing off their criticism of U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice‘s handling of the September terror attacks that left four Americans dead in Libya.
The Florida socialite who exposed the affair which brought down David Petraeus has been sacked as an honorary consul for South Korea. Jill Kelley was so proud of her status, which she was awarded thanks to her friendship with the country´s ambassador, that she had a custom licence plate made boasting of it. But now the title has been taken away from her after a senior Korean official said she had tried to ´peddle influence´ in a way that was ´inappropriate´. Kelley, a Tampa housewife who works as an ´unpaid social liaison´ at MacDill Air Force Base, unwittingly sparked the
Ministers yesterday ordered an independent inquiry into why hospitals have been paid to hit targets for numbers of patients dying on the Liverpool Care Pathway. The new investigation will examine how hospitals have received tens of millions of pounds to implement the controversial system for care of the dying.[Snip]The decision to order an independent investigation follows deepening concern over the LCP, which is thought to be used in the deaths of 130,000 hospital patients each year. The method, first developed in a Liverpool hospital and widely in use across the NHS for the past four years, aims to ease
I am a member of a persecuted minority group in Britain. And we are angry. We have been victimised so consistently that we are nearing breaking point. It is not in our nature to complain; we are a placid people, and don’t like to cause a fuss. But the placid are ferocious when provoked. And my God, have we been provoked. I speak, of course, of the brotherhood of commuters. I travel to the Telegraph every morning by train from outside of London using South West Trains. (I don’t choose to use South West Trains. I have no choice