President Obama will deliver a speech today in which he will personally pitch for unilateral authority to raise the national debt ceiling. Reuters reports that the president wants the ability to raise the nation’s credit card limit by himself, without the “drama” of having to consult the people’s representatives in Congress. The president is embarked on an aggressive campaign to pressure congressional Republicans to compromise on steps to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff. He will argue to corporate executives that it would hurt the nation’s economy to have another protracted political fight over raising the debt
Prosecutors released the latest cache of evidence in the George Zimmerman murder case on Tuesday, including new details of Zimmerman´s interest in law enforcement and testimony alleging racism and sexism in the Sanford Police Department. Among the new documents were FBI reports, (Snip) including interviews with Sanford police, Zimmerman´s neighbors and at least one coworker. One witness, Sanford´s Senior Project Manager Andrew Thomas, described the police as a "´good old boys´ network."(Snip)Said the other witness, a lifelong resident of Sanford: "It is hard to be an African American male in Sanford and not have a criminal record."
On MSNBC last night Bob Costas tried to clarify his remarks on gun control in an interview with host Lawrence O’Donnell, but moved into more controversial territory regarding the right to own guns in America. Costas was defensive about his brief discussion of guns in the Sunday Night Football broadcast where he read aloud a portion of a controversial column by sportswriter Jason Whitlock about gun control. Costas insisted that he wasn’t talking about the Second Amendment, but rather the “gun culture” in America. “It demonstrates itself in the Wild West, Dirty Harry mentality
Democratic Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich told The Daily Caller on Tuesday he isn’t satisfied with President Barack Obama’s job performance on foreign policy issues. “You could draw a straight line from George [W.] Bush’s international policies to President Obama’s,” Kucinich told TheDC. ”There’s really not that much of a difference. One could say that President Obama’s taken George Bush’s authorization of the use of military force and has used that to telescope wars throughout the Middle East region using drones to further Bush administration policies
DETROIT -- The city of Detroit faces a major financial crisis and one member of city council thinks President Barack Obama should step in and help. City Council member JoAnn Watson said Tuesday he citizens support of Obama in last month´s election was enough reason for the president to bailout the struggling the city. (Click the video player to listen) "Our people in an overwhelming way supported the re-election of this president and there ought to be a quid pro quo and you ought to exercise leadership on that," said Watson. "Of course, not just that, but why not?"
A Pew Research post-election poll found that a majority young voters who were 18-29 years of age preferred bigger government. According to the survey, 59% of young voters said “government should do more to solve problems” while only 37% felt “government is doing too many things better left to businesses and individuals.” Naturally, as a result of these views, young voters not only were more likely to back President Barack Obama, they were also more likely to identify themselves as “Democrats” and “liberals” than older voters. A plurality of voters younger (44%) said they
DOHA, Qatar The U.N. chief says rich countries are to blame for global warming and should take the lead in forging a worldwide climate pact by 2015.Ban Ki-moon says it´s a deadline that "must be met." Ban told The Associated Press on the sidelines of U.N. climate talks in Qatar on Wednesday that "it´s only fair and reasonable that the developed world should bear most of the responsibility" in fighting climate change. Ban says the "phenomenon has been caused by the industrialization of the developed world," whose factories released carbon dioxide Link repaired by staff
Former U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates cautioned Bashar Assad that President Obama would follow through on threats to punish the Syrian leader if he uses chemical weapons. “One of the things about President Obama, he is very tough-minded,” said Gates, in an interview aired Wednesday on “CBS This Morning.” “I think it would be a mistake, particularly on Bashar Assad´s part, to underestimate him.” Gates’s comments come amid reports that the Syrian strongman, whose regime is fighting in violent struggle against opposition forces seeking his ouster, might be moving his stockpile of chemical weapons.
A major restaurant chain said Tuesday that its complaints about President Obama´s healthcare law have been bad for business. Darden Restaurants, which owns Olive Garden and Red Lobster, had previously announced plans to cut its workers´ hours so that it wouldn´t have to provide health insurance under the law´s employer mandate. Darden is one of several large employers to consider rolling back workers´ hours in response to the Affordable Care Act. But the company said Tuesday that negative publicity surrounding that position might be bad for business.
The time was 1775, the rebellion was increasing in intensity. Blood had been shed at Lexington and Concord, and Falmouth had been bombarded by ships of the Royal Navy. The rebellion had begun, but the War for Independence had not. The Continental Congress issued their declaration of causes, as well as extending peace overtures to King George with the "Olive Branch Petition", George Washington, now the commander-in-chief, preceded his evening meals with a toast to the king.
President Obama today will talk about averting the so-called "fiscal cliff" before the Business Roundtable, a group of chief executives that hasn´t always seen eye-to-eye with the president.(Snip) Mr. Obama´s relationship with the private sector, and the Business Roundtable specifically, has at times been rocky. When the president addressed the group in February 2010, he had to defend parts of his economic proposals, such as rewarding businesses that don´t send jobs overseas: "That´s not anti-business, it´s pro-America, and I don´t apologize for it," he said.
Rep. Corrine Brown (D- Fla.) chided Republican efforts to reform entitlements during a floor speech Tuesday, saying certain federal programs prevent the United States from being a third world country. “Now, I feel that Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security is the difference between us and many of the third world countries,” Brown said. “And in fact it has been the bedrock of American politics as far as helping to raise the standards.” Brown was first elected to the House in 1992, and represents parts of Jacksonville and Orlando in Florida.
U.S. Sen.-elect Elizabeth Warren’s fierce pledge to target big banks and finance bigwigs could be campaign trail hot air as she joins the highly influential Banking Committee, Bay State finance industry insiders said. “Campaigning and legislating are two different things, many find,” said Dan Forte, president and CEO of the Massachusetts Bankers Association. Forte said the MBA met with Warren when she was forming the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and she seemed to understand many of the broad financial reforms could cripple some small banks in the Bay State. “When we met with her, she recognized
The Left´s vicious all-out assault on electoral integrity this past election cycle was largely funded by the nation´s most radical labor union and the man who brought you Rice Krispies. The Battle Creek, Michigan-based W.K. Kellogg Foundation funneled a staggering $5.2 million in grants to the Applied Research Center (ARC), which churned out a steady stream of propaganda aimed at convincing Americans it´s somehow racist to require photo ID from a voter, Media Trackers Ohio reports. The multi-billion-dollar foundation was endowed by Will Keith Kellogg (1860-1951)
SACRAMENTO – A new video produced by the California Federation of Teachers – which could be playing in your child’s classroom as we speak – drums up the typical class warfare images we’ve come to expect from Big Labor. “Tax the Rich: An Animated Fairy Tale,” written by CFT staffer Fred Glass (2011 compensation: $139,800) and narrated by proud leftist actor (and 1 percenter) Ed Asner, advocates for higher taxes on the “rich” as the cure for government’s insatiable thirst for spending. The video claims the rich got rich through tax
Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) has been officially named the top Democrat on the House Financial Services Committee. The outspoken liberal vowed Tuesday to protect the Dodd-Frank financial reform law from GOP attempts to dismantle it, while pursuing reform of housing finance with the new chairman, Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas). While Waters and Hensarling rarely see eye to eye on policy, she said in a statement she hoped to "reconcile our visions" at the top of the banking panel. But she gave little indication she was willing to consider changes to the Dodd-Frank financial reform law, which
President Barack Obama will renew his case for tax hikes on wealthy Americans to avert a year-end fiscal crunch and call for a smooth increase in the nation´s borrowing limit in a speech to a business group on Wednesday, a White House official said. The president is embarked on an aggressive campaign to pressure congressional Republicans to compromise on steps to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff. He will argue to corporate executives that it would hurt the nation´s economy to have another protracted political fight over raising the debt limit, the official said.
Citigroup Inc. (C), the third-biggest U.S. bank, said it will take a pretax charge of about $1 billion this quarter as part of a plan to eliminate more than 11,000 jobs. “These actions are logical next steps in Citi’s transformation,” Chief Executive Officer Michael Corbat said today in a statement. “While we are committed to -- and our strategy continues to leverage -- our unparalleled global network and footprint, we have identified areas and products where our scale does not provide for meaningful returns. The plan will eliminate about 1,900 jobs in the institutional clients group, New York-based Citigroup said.
More than three-quarters of U.S. medical students continue to shun primary care for higher-paying specialties, setting the stage for a shortage of doctors as the population ages and health care expands, a study found. Among medical residents who aren’t planning a career in surgery or pediatrics, 22 percent said they expect to go into internal medicine or primary care with the rest planning on fields like cardiology or dermatology, a study published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association found. About 20 to 25 percent of students have chosen primary care
The David Petraeus saga is another urban legend -- a myth about a great man felled by a single flaw or indiscretion. The truth is that Petraeus is a bit player in a larger, uglier drama: the political corruption of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) and of that exclusive four-star glut that sits atop the military. And the rot didn´t start with Petraeus. Recall Army Chief-of-Staff George Casey taking to the airways to rationalize the Fort Hood Islamist massacre in 2009. Somehow "diversity" and Muslim
The U.S Board of Immigration Appeals has agreed to reopen the immigration case of Onyango Obama, delaying the deportation of the 68-year old Kenyan who violated an order to leave the United States in 1992. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), a division of the Department of Homeland Security, confirmed to CNSNews.com on Tuesday that Obama, who is the president’s uncle, was granted a rehearing last week and his case is being re-opened.
House Speaker John Boehner is under fierce attack from conservatives in the blogosphere and on Twitter over his “purge” of several conservatives from top congressional committees, as well as for his offer to fend off the fiscal cliff. “#purgeboehner,” tweeted Michelle Malkin, following committee changes that hit members, including Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.) and Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.). “Boehner, GOP leaders purge conservatives from powerful committees; update: Boehner scoffs,” read a headline at Breitbart.com. “Tomorrow we should all call John Boehner’s office to remind him to call Congressman Amash,” tweeted RedState.com’s Erick Erickson.