Closed: The federal government wants California´s biggest oyster farm to shut down. Not because it´s broken the law or is irredeemably dirty. Washington just wants it to go away. Last week, one day before the Drakes Bay Oyster Co.´s 40-year-lease expired, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar himself told the company that the deal was not going to be renewed. He gave the business 90 days to clear out of the Point Reyes National Seashore estuary in west Marin County. The oyster company operates on about 1,100 acres of a 2,700-acre plot that Washington wants to return to nature.
Veteran journalist Bob Woodward was interviewed this morning by Mike Allen about his reporting behind President Obama’s presidency. During the conversation, Allen suggested that perhaps Woodward was “disappointed” in the Obama presidency. “I wouldn’t say disappointed,” Woodward said immediately. “It goes to the question of what’s our job in the news media and our job is not to be cheerleaders.” Woodward noted that the job was to be an “irritant” of people in power by “asking and raising questions.” “That’s the job.” he concluded.
President Obama and his advisers keep suggesting that they’d like to do more about climate change, but Congress just won’t cooperate. Now one environmental group is arguing that the Obama administration doesn’t even need Congress to make sweeping cuts to U.S. carbon emissions. On Tuesday, the Natural Resources Defense Council released a new report explaining how the Environmental Protection Agency could enforce sharp emissions cuts at America’s power plants. In the best case, the group said, the United States Intro corrected by staff
Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) warned his conference on Wednesday that leaders are "watching" how the rank-and-file vote to determine committee assignments, according to sources in the closed-door meeting. Boehner addressed the firestorm over the removal of four lawmakers from plum committee assignments at the weekly GOP conference meeting. According to Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.), one of the lawmakers denied a spot on his current committee in the next Congress, Boehner did note "that we [leadership] have punished four members, he claimed that it had nothing to do with their conservative ideology, but had to do with their voting patterns."
It would be a tall order to beat this lot. The top ten skyscrapers of the year were named yesterday with a stunning New York residential block taking top spot. Eight Spruce Street, in Manhattan, picked up the Emporis Skyscraper Award where judges chose the best buildings which were completed in 2011. The 76-storey tower, designed by Frank Gehry, is the 12th largest tallest residential block stretching 265-metres into the sky.
California’s top law enforcer said local police departments can choose whether to comply with a federal program that targets unauthorized immigrants — even if participation in that program is mandatory. Attorney General Kamala Harris said she released the guidance Tuesday, in the form of a bulletin to law enforcement, (Snip) Supporters said it helps improve public safety by targeting unauthorized immigrants who have broken the law, while opponents said it unfairly captures a large amount of people whose only violation is being in the United States without permission. More than 82,000
Why does President Obama want your child to read “Executive Order 13423: Strengthening Federal Environmental, Energy, and Transportation Management” in school? It’s not the business of a president to shape your local school’s reading assignments. The Constitution and several federal laws prohibit it. Yet by conditioning federal education aid and regulatory waivers on state acceptance of the “Common Core,” Obama has managed to manipulate the states into adopting what is fast becoming a de facto national K-12 curriculum. Parents across the country are just now waking up to the fact that President Obama has forced what is
Rupert Murdoch´s mother Dame Elisabeth Murdoch, has died at her home in Victoria at the age of 103. In a statement, News Corporation chairman Rupert, said his mother, who died peacefully in her sleep, at her home on Cruden Farm in Melbourne would be mourned by thousands of Australians who had been touched by her long life. During the statement given by Mr Murdoch, on behalf of her extended family, he said: ´We have lost the most wonderful mother but we are all grateful to have had her love and wisdom for so many years.
The Republican Party’s must reject its leaders’ cringing defeatism over the fiscal cliff talks. Consider the situation: With a president from one political party and a House speaker from the other, some kind of compromise should obviously be needed to pass tax hikes and other major pieces of legislation. That being so, the president would have to make concessions to Congress and not cling dogmatically to his position concerning taxes. In the end he would reluctantly yield to this advice and agree to back off from his long-held views, in exchange for spending measures supposedly accepted by the speaker.
Three quotes to whet your appetite, followed by the punch line from the president. House Republicans´ latest "fiscal cliff" resolution package -- originally proposed by Democrat Erskine Bowles -- includes $800 Billion in new federal revenues, while lowering tax rates across the board. Democrats instantly rejected the idea, making a heavy play about "the math" not adding up. They´ve repeatedly contended that Republicans´ plan to expand the tax base by closing loopholes, eliminating or capping deductions, and limiting credits cannot hit their projected revenue target.
President Obama warned Republicans against using a hike in the debt ceiling as leverage to win entitlement cuts, arguing it would play havoc with the economy. In an address to corporate CEOs at the Business Roundtable, Obama said business leaders “should not accept going thorough” another debt ceiling crisis like the one in 2011 that caused stocks to fall and led Standard and Poor’s to devalue the U.S. credit rating. He warned a repeat of that showdown would be a “catastrophe” for the nation that would cause a “self-inflicted series of wounds that will potentially
NEW YORK- Thanks to the election, socialism and capitalism are forever wed as Merriam-Webster´s most looked-up words of 2012. Traffic for the unlikely pair on the company´s website about doubled this year from the year before as the health care debate heated up and discussion intensified over "American capitalism" versus "European socialism," said the editor at large, Peter Sokolowski. The choice revealed Wednesday was "kind of a no-brainer," he said. The side-by-side interest among political candidates and around kitchen tables prompted the dictionary folk to settle on two words of the year rather than one for the first time
The Jack Kemp Foundation holds an annual dinner to celebrate the legacy of the late Republican perhaps best known for referring to himself as a “bleeding heart conservative.” But in an ornate ballroom at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington Tuesday night, it was not so much Kemp’s memory as the recent pain of Mitt Romney’s infamous “47 percent” remarks that hung over the proceedings. The dinner, at which Sen. Marco Rubio received the Kemp Leadership Award, featured speeches by both Rubio and Rep. Paul Ryan.
WASHINGTON — Dick Armey’s resignation as chairman of FreedomWorks follows months of turmoil, accusations of unethical behavior, top officials being put on administrative leave and a wave of staff departures inside the tea party-affiliated organization. Multiple sources inside FreedomWorks told The Daily Caller that Armey’s resignation — made public this week but in the works for months – came about after the former House Majority Leader became angry with how FreedomWorks CEO and president Matt Kibbe was operating the organization. “We had serious differences of opinion about the process of how you do business and I wanted to move on,”
With last month’s electoral loss for the Republican Party, President Barack Obama is one step closer to fulfilling an 80-year vision for the United States first put in place by former President Franklin Roosevelt, Mark Steyn said Tuesday. In an appearance on Fox News Channel’s “Hannity,” the National Review columnist attempted to hash out Obama’s fiscal cliff game plan, which is to peg the Republicans and House Speaker John Boehner with the political blame. “I think he’s figured out that this is actually an opportunity for him to drive a stake through the Republican Party
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