MSNBC host Chuck Todd reported that a "very smart White House aide" told him that "with this Republican, with the way politics of Washington are today, there´d still be slavery.""You´re going to like this," MSNBC host Chuck Todd said this morning on TV. "So, I threw the Lincoln analogy at a close aide to the president last week, and he said, ´You know, with this Republican, with the way politics of Washington are today, there´d still be slavery. Lincoln wouldn´t have been able to navigate the polarization between the media between this--´ It was an interesting and depressing observation
Amazing how a reelection can reshape an incumbent´s thinking about many things. Now safely ensconced in the White House for 49 more months, the Obamas have decorated the place with 54 Christmas trees. Even allowing for the usual Washington excesses with taxpayer money, that´s a whole grove Christmas trees. "We have 54 trees in the White House," an excited Michelle Obama proudly told visitors the other day. "54! That’s a lot of trees."
Extra hands hired off the street are being sent into mold-infested, storm-damaged basements in public housing to clean with highly toxic chemicals but without proper equipment, gear or training, the Daily News has learned. The Housing Authority first asked its union partners to help with the cleaning — but union officials refused, citing the lack of training or protective clothing. So the city hired Belchor, an outside company, to do the work. The company would not comment, but a top official with the federal agency that oversees worker safety said workers were not properly suited up
News Corp. announced today that ´The Daily,´ the iPad-only paper Murdoch launced in Feb. 2011, will shut down this month. Jesse Angelo, the founding editor-in-chief of The Daily and ex-executive editor of The New York Post, will become publisher of the Post. "Technology and other assets from The Daily, including some staff, will be folded into The Post," according to a News Corp. press release. "From its launch, The Daily was a bold experiment in digital publishing and an amazing vehicle for innovation. Unfortunately, our experience was that we could not find a large enough audience quickly
While I’ve been extremely grateful — along with the rest of our state’s 46 percent of common-sense voters — that Lizzy Warren went underground after that disastrous post-election press conference when she deferred her decisions as our U.S. senator to Majority Leader Harry Reid, she’s back now. Can you imagine the media buzz if Sen. Scott Brown had disappeared after a presser fumble like that? Where’s she been? For the Thanksgiving holiday, Brown and his wife served food to the homeless.
DETROIT — After years of dismal sales, Ford’s Lincoln luxury brand is reintroducing itself with a new name and a new midsize sedan. The brand will now be known as the Lincoln Motor Co., a change intended to separate Lincoln from the cheaper Ford brand and give it a more exclusive feel. It’s also meant to recall Lincoln’s storied past, when sedans like the Continental and Town Car were the pinnacle of luxury and good design. Lincoln was known as the Lincoln Motor Co. until 1922, when founder Henry Leland sold the brand to Ford.
JERUSALEM- Israel faced concerted criticism from Europe on Monday over Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu´s decision to expand settlement building after the United Nations´ de facto recognition of Palestinian statehood. Britain, France and Sweden summoned the Israeli ambassadors in their respective capitals to hear deep disapproval of the plan to erect 3,000 more homes in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem. Ahead of a Netanyahu visit this week, Germany, considered Israel´s closest ally in Europe, urged it to refrain from expanding settlements, and Russia said it viewed the Israeli moves with serious concern.
It was a startling moment, but almost no one realized that a sea change had occurred. The president of the United States was urging the great American public to rise up and demand change through social media. Urging voters to pressure Congress to accept his financial plan, Obama said last week: “I want you to call, I want you to send an email, I want you to post on their Facebook wall. If you tweet then use a hashtag we’re calling #My2K. Not Y2K. My2K.
NEW YORK -- The New York City homeless man - whose gift of boots from an NYPD police officer became an online sensation - is back on the streets with no shoes. The New York Times found him Sunday night wandering barefoot in Manhattan. The paper identified him as Jeffrey Hillman, formerly of South Plainfield, N.J. Asked about the $100 all-weather boots Officer Larry DePrimo gave him on Nov. 14, Hillman says he´s hidden them because "they are worth a lot of money." He says he´s grateful for the gift, but he wants "a piece of the pie"
Cecil Pearson’s daughter Darlene told him she voted for Barack Obama for president. President of what? Cecil says Darlene couldn’t tell you. Darlene, 40, is developmentally disabled and functions cognitively at about the level of a 7-year old. She lives in a group home with five other adult women in Roanoke Rapids. “I was shocked when I learned she had voted,” Pearson told Carolina Journal. “She has never voted. My wife and I became her legal guardians in 1996 to prevent exploitation like this.
Foreign nations that previously relied on the U.S. for corn are growing more of their own or buying from other producing countries, says Philip Abbott, a Purdue University economist. He predicted the trend will continue even if market conditions improve and U.S. corn production increases. "The U.S. has historically been a very important part of the international corn market," Abbott says. "Prior to the 2007-08 food crisis and spike in commodity prices, Trade publication posted with staff permission.
I’m enlisting to fight in Andrew Breitbart’s war. The political class in Washington has degraded America. Republicans and Democrats blame each other, and nothing gets done. The media exacerbates the problem, fans the flames and encourages false notions of “civility” and “objectivity” while pushing “bipartisanship” that doesn’t actually solve problems. While this charade perpetuates indefinitely, America grows weaker. She’s digging herself deeper into debt and isn’t even searching for solutions to her problems. Entitlements and government overspending gets worse every day while laws go unenforced
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- As investigators search for a motive to help explain why Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher killed his girlfriend and then himself, a discordant picture of the couple began to emerge. Belcher and his girlfriend, 22-year-old Kasandra M. Perkins, had lived apart briefly earlier in the year but had gotten back together by Thanksgiving, according to a friend of Perkins. Brianne York, 21, said Sunday the couple, who had a 3-month-old daughter, Zoey, argued about "normal couple stuff" but that her friend was "really happy about being a mom."
This past week Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling announced that he was dropping out of the race for Virginia´s governor, but left open the door to his running as an independent. He issued a disappointingly divisive statement that Richard Viguerie called Bolling´s Charlie Crist moment. Bolling took an unfortunate and cheap shot against his primary opponent and now-presumptive Republican nominee, Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli. Bolling´s statement was a dénouement of betrayal to his conservative voters and supporters. We have come to expect that from establishment Republicans who somehow feel entitled to support from principled conservatives --
Admit it. Angus T. Jones was right. From “Glee” to “Girls” to “Two and a Half Men,” television has devolved into a vacuous wasteland where ordinary notions of morality, fidelity and decency are not just censored. They’re a joke. TV shows present teenage virginity as a curse, human intelligence as a disease, and promiscuous sex as the norm, while average human attention spans are as alien as the Martian landscape. That’s what Jones, all of 19, suggested when he made a video that went viral on YouTube last week, an impassioned, 20-minute religious rant that had Hollywood’s amoral glamazons shocked
Four years ago, President Obama followed the advice of Rahm Emanuel never to let a crisis go to waste. He proposed an economic stimulus package brimming with pork and favors for Democratic interest groups. House Republicans were fearful of crossing a new president as the recession deepened, but they mustered the moxie to vote no, unanimously. It turned out to be one of the smartest moves they ever made. Freshly reelected, the president wants to exploit a crisis again. This time it’s the fiscal cliff mess.
Yesterday on MSNBC, host Melissa Harris-Perry explained that President Obama is “channeling” the movie, ‘The Godfather,’ during his negotiations with Republicans over the fiscal cliff. “Watching the D.C. drama this week convinced those of us in nerd land that President Obama must be a fan of the Francis Ford-Coppola masterpiece because he seems to be channeling the Godfather,” she said with a straight face. Displaying a photo of the famous severed horse head scene, Harris-Perry clarified that she was “not suggesting that Speaker Boehner is about to
Flush with the adrenaline rush of his election victory, President Obama insists that Congress must now agree not only to raise taxes on the "rich," but also to adopt his previously ignored full budget. The president demands a $1.6 trillion tax increase over the next decade. He maintains that higher revenues must come from marginal-rate increases but offers no policy rationale. He wants to treat $900 billion in spending cuts he agreed to in 2011 (as part of the Budget Control Act) as if they now count on his ledger as new cuts. He says that he will consider
A UN agency is trying to calm fears that the internet could be damaged by a conference it is hosting. Government regulators from 193 countries are in Dubai to revise a wide-ranging communications treaty. Google has warned the event threatened the "open internet", while the EU said the current system worked, adding: "If it ain´t broke, don´t fix it." [Snip] "The brutal truth is that the internet remains largely [the] rich world´s privilege, " said Dr Hamadoun Toure, secretary-general of the UN´s International Telecommunications Union, ahead of the meeting. "ITU wants to change that."
WASHINGTON--It’s health care brinksmanship, with hundreds of billions of dollars and the well-being of millions of people at stake. President Barack Obama’s health care law expands Medicaid, the federal-state health program for low-income people, but cost-wary states must decide whether to take the deal. Turn it down, and governors risk coming off as callous toward their neediest residents. Not to mention the likely second-guessing for walking away from a pot of federal dollars estimated at nearly $1 trillion nationally over a decade. If the Obama administration were to compromise, say by sweetening the offer to woo a reluctant state Source corrected.
The president and first lady were in fine form during Sunday night’s Kennedy Center Honors, laughing and holding hands at the event, which recognize the nation’s most culturally influential artists, performers, actors, and musicians. Wearing a stunning Michael Kors gold lamé dress embellished at the neckline, the first lady dazzled as she entered the East Room of the White House with her husband, who was wearing a smartly-tailored tuxedo and an American flag on his lapel. Mr Obama honored seven of the country’s most influential artists, including Dustin Hoffman, Chicago bluesman Buddy Guy, late night host David Letterman, ballerina
Some points to help those worried about overmedication and polypharmacy. My article last week about the hazards of polypharmacy has prompted further accounts from readers of being coerced (seemingly) by their family doctors into taking medications that they would rather do without. But as one lady points out, expressing no doubt the dilemma of many, she is apprehensive about raising the question of over-medication for fear of "antagonising" her doctor. This is clearly a tricky situation, so it is useful to know that GPs are required to conduct a "Medicines Review" every 15 months for all patients taking four or
Why be content with just one Iran when you can have two? Egypt shows every sign of developing quickly into another Islamofascist regime. Egyptian judges have gone on strike because President Morsi has ascribed to himself something resembling absolute power, more control than even the hated and deposed “Western puppet” Mubarak ever had. Naturally, he is supported by the Muslim Brotherhood and assorted Salafists who look to the establishment of an Islamic republic resembling that of the Ayatollahs in Iran. Oh dear, it wasn’t meant to turn out like this at all! When the Egyptian uprising began almost two years
The International Telecommunications Union (ITU), an imprint of the UN, is holding its World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) from December 3-14, 2012. The stated purpose of the WCIT is to update the UN´s "global treaty" on telecommunications to deal more directly and comprehensively with the internet. Knowing who controls the UN, it is not hard to see that a primary aim of the updated "treaty" will be to give credence to the regulation and monitoring of online activity in ways that are desirable to the (authoritarian) majority of member states.
Being just weeks away from reaching our debt ceiling and with frightening talk about a fiscal cliff, there´s much sympathy in Washington for tax increases. Even conservatives are wavering. A few Republicans have dumped their anti-tax pledges, and former Nixon official-turned-actor Ben Stein favors taxing the wealthy. He says that we can´t cut our way to a balanced budget and insists that the revenue end must be addressed. But I have news for him: he´ll have a better chance finding Ferris Bueller on his day off than he will locating fiscal sanity through tax increases.
With the advent of the Electronic Age mankind has seen increasing breakthroughs of communications and entertainment utterly unthinkable a century ago. Along with these advances though comes the ability of government to increasingly track the emails, cell calls, and online activities of countless Americans with increasing ease. In fact, we are being spied on routinely—a fact which is occasionally noted but hardly ever protested in our increasingly complacent, civil-rights illiterate and government-trusting populace. But is our reaction wise? Could not these new government “duties” backfire upon us?