Barack Obama may have won another four years as president, but it´s his wife Michelle that may lead the country beyond his second term if Samuel L. Jackson has his way. The Snakes on a Plane star got behind the first lady in a recent interview, saying that Michelle Obama would make a fine president - or a Supreme Court justice ´if she wants.´ Despite little indication that she has political aspirations - not to mention that the next election is four years away - Mrs Obama is getting support for her own White House run.
If Rahm Emanuel were a Republican mayor, he would be pilloried in the media as heartless, and become the number one enemy of organized labor. But with barely a yawn from either faction, the Chicago mayor has been carrying out a program of privatizing city jobs, laying off unionized municipal employees and contracting out the work to vendors, who hire nonunion people to do the jobs of a few dollars an hour less than the city employees earned. If Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker had done something like this, imagine the uproar.
The defense team for George Zimmerman, charged with killing unarmed black teen Trayvon Martin in February, released a color photo of Zimmerman with a bloody nose. (Snip) The photo was published on GZlegalcase.com, a website created by Zimmerman and his defense attorneys. Although the same picture was made public earlier this year as black-and-white photocopy, this high-resolution version comes shortly after the same website announced a "thank you" card defense fund to raise money for Zimmerman. Lawyers on both sides of the case disagree on the picture´s significance.
WASHINGTON — House Republicans sent a counterproposal to avert the "fiscal cliff" to the White House on Monday outlining a $4.6 trillion deficit reduction proposal without raising tax rates. (Snip) The Republicans´ proposal is based on a framework outlined last year by former Clinton White House chief of staff Erskine Bowles, who co-chaired Obama´s debt commission, and included an increase in the eligibility age for Medicare benefits. Republicans did not offer specific language on raising the age in their proposal, but Bowles has supported raising the age to 67. Boehner called it a "la-la land
As Washington debates whether to cut federal retirement programs as part of a deal to tackle the nation’s debt, one of the most powerful advocates for preserving them could have millions of dollars riding on the outcome. AARP, the highly influential lobby for older Americans, is fiercely opposing any Medicare or Social Security cuts and emphasizes that it is fighting for the good of its members. But the proposals for changing Medicare also could affect AARP’s bottom line. AARP has long played a dual role. It advocates for the interests of seniors, and it makes money allowing its name
“My administration,” President Obama wrote on his first day in office, “is committed to creating an unprecedented level of openness in government.” Those were strong and hopeful words. Four years later, it is becoming more and more clear that they were just words. On Monday afternoon, open-government advocates assembled in a congressional hearing room to ponder what had become of the Obama administration’s lofty vows of transparency. “It’s been a really tough slog,” said Anne Weismann of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. “The lack of effective leadership in the
IN THE SPRING of 2005, Senate Democrats were in an uproar. Republicans, infuriated over what they perceived as the Democratic minority’s abuses of the filibuster to block judicial nominees, were threatening to deploy the so-called nuclear option: changing the filibuster rules by a simple majority vote, rather than requiring the 67 votes ordinarily required for a rules change. “The current Senate majority intends to do what the majority in the Senate has often done — use its constitutional authority .?.?. to reform Senate procedure by a simple majority vote,” Majority Whip Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said
The New York Times published a piece Monday attacking Texas for giving financial incentives to companies to encourage them to move to the southern state. This article follows only one day after the Times published a piece that attacked states in general for “crony capitalism” while ignoring the massive crony capitalism of the Obama Administration. Author Louise Story notes that Texas gives out more of the incentives than any other state. Of course, the Times ignores the fact that Texas, unlike leftist states like California, is not going bankrupt and is a Republican stronghold. Texans are not shy
President Obama this afternoon took time to flatter a girl with purple hair today after she asked a question about her student loans. “Cuts w/out revenue = reductions in student loans; work/study & college tax credits expire,” he wrote in response to her question. “Bad for growth. like your hair!” The girl’s apparently voted for Obama judging by the banner on her photo. Her profile explained that she was a “Linguistics fanatic. Liberal. Atheist. Humanist. ND. I worship the beauty of Benedict Cumberbatch. I have permanent gay-goggles on.” After the President responded to her, she wrote,
Illinois has a reputation for being an expensive and difficult place to do business, a big reason why the state has the ninth-highest unemployment rate in the country, higher than every state that borders it. Employers want to locate where they are welcome. So you might expect that the people who write laws in Illinois — land of 8.8 percent unemployment, $96 billion pension debt, $8 billion in unpaid bills — would be falling all over themselves to welcome business.
Now that former NBC News president Jeff Zucker is set to take over as president of CNN, the fate of the cable news network is an open question. In a Sunday discussion about the transition, CNN media critic Howard Kurtz and his guests passed over the network´s left-of-center reporting, implying instead that CNN is somehow devoid of bias compared to its primary competitors, MSNBC and Fox News. During a segment on “Reliable Sources,” panelist David Zurawik -- media critic for the Baltimore Sun newspaper -- asserted that the news organization is “the nation´s last bastion of television journalism.”
The White House stressed that the offer made to congressional Republicans last week is similar to the proposals that President Barack Obama made in his fiscal year 2013 plan – a proposal that was defeated unanimously in the Democratic-controlled Senate and the Republican-controlled House last year. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney also referenced that unemployment is higher under Obama than under President George W. Bush. “What is remarkable – and I was struck by this even on the Sunday shows – to this day, December 2012,
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the former chief of staff to President Barack Obama, likened Obama’s values and “ability to see a clear road where everybody just sees fog” to President Abraham Lincoln as depicted in the 2012 Steven Spielberg movie “Lincoln.” Speaking at Northwestern University on Friday, Emanuel said, “And I think the president’s experience as somebody who was a community organizer on the South Side, dealing with the steel workers who had lost their jobs and lost any possibility of having a job in their industry mid-life,
The Chicago Sun Times´s report on Friday saying that if Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had to choose between U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice and Senator John Kerry, Massachusetts Democrat, to succeed her, Clinton would likely opt for Senator Kerry: “Hillary is not close to Rice, who is tough — but is not the friendliest person,” said a top White House source. “And Hillary’s brief comment recently that Rice had done ‘a great job’ was considered underwhelming and tepid,” the source added. Apparently, if this report is accurate, Clinton and Rice have not mended fences since Clinton
Today, Republicans offered their own plan in response to the president’s proposal which was presented last week to avoid going over a fiscal cliff. In a three-page letter signed by senior Republicans, the GOP plan included $2.2 trillion dollars combining spending cuts, entitlement reforms, and $800 billion dollars in new tax revenue. The White House quickly rejected the proposal, saying Republicans need to “get serious about forging a balanced approach.” On Special Report, Bret Baier attempted to get more details from Democratic Congressman Chris Van Hollen. He told Baier that there is a major
San Antonio, Texas - The top U.S. military appellate court on Monday ruled that the judge presiding over the case of an Army major charged with a 2009 massacre at Fort Hood, Texas is not impartial and ordered him removed. The court also set aside the order by the judge, Colonel Gregory Gross, that accused gunman Major Nidal Hasan be forcibly shaved. The action by the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces further delays the trial of Hasan, 42, who is charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder after he allegedly opened fire on soldiers and support personnel in a room
Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer made a dire prediction Monday concerning declining conditions in Syria. Appearing on Fox News´s Special Report, Krauthammer said that if the "inevitable" regime change takes place, "we might be forced to send in our troops simply as a way to secure [Syria´s vast supply of chemical weapons] because of the jihadists among the rebels." (Snip) It seems as if with the rebels acquiring shoulder weapons like the Stingers in Afghanistan that turn the tide of war, weapons that can bring down a helicopter or a plane, the tide is turning.
Port Authority police officers earn far more on an hourly basis than their counterparts in most surrounding law enforcement agencies, including 57 percent more than New Jersey state troopers, according to a report released today by a citizen watchdog group. Officers employed by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey earn 32 percent more than New York state troopers, 25 to 48 percent more than counterparts in the region’s urban municipal police departments, including the NYPD, and 23 percent more than federal agents in the two states, according to a report by the Citizens Budget Commission,
He came from the business world, and to the business world he returns. 2012 GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney has rejoined the board of directors of Marriott International, Inc., the company said Monday. Romney´s board term begins today. J.W. Marriott, Jr., Marriott´s executive chairman, said the company is "delighted that Gov. Romney has agreed to rejoin our board, on which he has served with distinction twice before. We will benefit from his tremendous energy and capability to guide long-term success in an increasingly complex business environment." Arne Sorenson, the
Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner did what Washingtonians call the “full Ginsburg” on Sunday. The term refers to Monica Lewinsky’s lawyer, William H. Ginsburg, who was the first to appear on all five network Sunday interview shows in one day. Mr. Geithner’s whirlwind tour revealed more of the White House’s endgame for the fiscal cliff negotiations, and it’s evident President Obama is positioning himself to the left of his own party. For the first time, Mr. Geithner revealed to Fox News’ Chris Wallace the White House determination to raise the top income tax rate all the way to
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton reiterated today what President Obama had said earlier, announcing while in Prague that any use of chemical weapons by Bashar Assad is “a red line for the United States.” She went on to issue a not-so-veiled threat: “I’m not going to telegraph in any specifics what we would do in the event of credible evidence that the Assad regime has resorted to using chemical weapons against their own people. But suffice to say we are certainly planning to take action.” On one level this is unobjectionable. Chemicals are a terrible weapon, a fact widely recognized
Egyptian feminist activist Nawal El Saadawi joined the "Smiley and West Show" on December 1st to talk about the Arab spring and the United States´ involvement in bringing it to an end. Saadawi, who was actively involved in the revolution, tells progressives Tavis Smiley & Cornel West that the Obama administration and, specifically Hillary Clinton, worked with military and the Muslim Brotherhood to "abort" Egypt´s revolution. Saadawi went on to say that Hillary Clinton and the Muslim Brotherhood are now "twins" for their involvement in prematurely ending the revolution
It’s no secret that President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu don’t trust each other. Personality conflicts are slightly less troubling–they can dislike each other and still respect and even trust each other. But trust is seemingly nowhere to be found in the distressed relationship between the two leaders. (We got another reminder of this at the Saban Forum, when Ehud Olmert restated on the record comments that Rahm Emanuel, once Obama’s chief of staff, had made at the forum off the record. The comments were tinged with anger and resentment at Netanyahu.)