As we wrote on Wednesday, the Republican Party is largely leaderless at the moment — drifting as it seeks some sort of new (or new-ish) direction to head on fiscal cliff and immigration, among other other issues. The only person capable of herding the party not only in a unified direction but also a direction that can solve (or at least address) the GOP’s issues — demographic and otherwise — is the former governor of Florida. That doesn’t mean that Bush, who is widely speculated as a potential 2016 presidential candidate, needs to decide
After two major national election failures, it’s time for some diversity and change in the Republican Party, says former congressman J.C. Watts. It may be time for a run at the RNC, he tells Lloyd Grove. “I think by any fair and reasonable standard, given the money that we as Republicans have spent, it’s the worst return on investment in any election cycle in the history of the United States of America,” says the former congressman from Oklahoma, who in recent days has been flirting very publicly with a possible challenge to Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus.
Well…well. The Obama has finally begun his now-open for all to see and hear demands for a dictatorship over the [former] United States of America. A few days ago, Dictator-in-Chief Barack Hussein Obama laid out his demands to Congress for not yet pushing the current USSA (aka “Amerika”) and its people over the ostensible fiscal cliff. These demands include: a doubling of his campaign “promise” to $1.6 Trillions in new taxes levied on the American people (which will decimate what’s left of the middle-class…his intent all along), an immediate funding (to Obama) of $50Billions
The death in an Irish hospital of Savita Halappanavar in October has galvanized pro-abortion activists in Ireland and around the world. Their goal is to force Ireland, one of the few places in the western world where abortion is illegal, to show its modernity by signing on to the culture of death. The fact that Savita´s death-her first name has already become iconic-had nothing to do with Ireland´s abortion laws does not deter the activists.
You won´t hear much about it elsewhere today. But from some downtown Chicago law offices will come the distinct sound of one more nail being driven into the coffin of Barack Obama´s green energy giveaway loans. A123 Systems will be auctioned off. It´s a Michigan lithium ion battery maker which declared bankruptcy back in October, the same day it cashed another $1 million check from the crack Obama investment team. A123 is one of those notorious bad bets like Solyndra that the Obama administration poured billions of taxpayer dollars into.
In a world already full of road hogs this is perhaps the last thing you want to see in the rear view mirror. Animal experts are teaching dogs how to drive. Astonishingly, it took three mutts just eight weeks to master the basics in wooden carts. Scroll down for video -They then graduated to a modified Mini in which they sat on their haunches in the driver´s seat with their paws on the steering wheel. Their feet go on extension levers which are attached to the accelerator and the brake while their paw rests on the gearstick.
Many Republicans seem ready to agree to Obama´s demands for tax increases -- after all, elections have consequences, and he won, right? Maybe, but before agreeing to anything, the GOP should probably look a little more carefully at just who elected Obama. Dr. Robert Vanderbei, a professor of Operations Research at Princeton, developed the visualization shown above by combining Democrat blue with GOP red according to popular vote proportions taken at the county level and printing the result as a 3D map in which apparent vertical height is a stand-in for the number of voters counted.
Twinkling city lights, raging wildfires and colorful auroras are lit up in new dazzling nighttime views of the Earth. They show Britain´s major cities bathed in light, with London and it´s sprawling suburbs clearly visible. The incredible images were taken from a newly-launched NASA-NOAA satellite that´s equipped with a sensor to observe the planet at night. Scroll down for video -The satellite, Suomi NPP, was launched on October 28, 2011. It´s latest images show the Nile River bathed in city lights, while a map of the United States
"No retreat, no surrender."-- Bruce Springsteen The Fiscal Cliff. It all comes down to principles. And leverage. Not to mention an abrupt campaign to depose Speaker John Boehner, as now reported last night by the Daily Caller. An idea discussed in this very space only days ago. Grover Norquist understands this. Brent Bozell understands this. The Heritage Foundation understands this. Ditto Rush, Sean and Mark. And in truth -- millions of conservatives get it in their bones. John Boehner does not understand this. No one understood the role of principles and leverage better than Ronald Reagan.
WASHINGTON -Final results from a battleground state this week are the latest evidence, if any more were needed, of the important role that early voting played in President Obama’s re-election victory. The official numbers from Iowa show that Republican nominee Mitt Romney “won” election day, by taking a majority of the votes cast there that day. But Obama carried the state. That’s because, in the weeks leading up to the election, Obama had banked a big cushion of early votes, a total of 137,000 more than Romney got.
President Obama will visit the home of a middle class family in northern Virginia to talk about the importance of resolving the standoff over the fiscal cliff. "In response to the #My2K social media campaign, a member of this family shared her story about how paying $2,200 more in taxes next year would impact them if Congress doesn’t act," the White House said. The White House has been running a social media campaign encouraging supporters to tweet with the hashtag #My2K — explaining what a $2,000 tax increase would mean to them.
This past week, the Obama media made sure the Duchess of Cambridge´s bout with morning sickness beat out the latest news on Operation Fast and Furious. Nonetheless, the two stories have one thing in common -- they´re both vomit-inducing. On Tuesday, the Wall Street Journal reported that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Professional Review Board recommended the firing of four senior officials involved in the Obama administration´s gun-walking program. Fast and Furious commenced in 2009 and eventually led to the deaths of agents Brian Terry and Jaime Zapata and hundreds of Mexican citizens.
A fierce tornado swept through New Zealand´s largest city today killing three people and forcing 250 more to evacuate damaged and powerless homes. The storm hit Hobsonville and Whenuapai, western suburbs of Auckland, at around midday leaving uprooted trees, damaged buildings and flooding that closed roads. Three people died and further seven were admitted to hospital suffering a range of injuries in the deadliest tornado to hit New Zealand in more than 60 years. Although the country averages around seven tornados each year, most are small, mild and do little damage. New Zealand´s temperate climate
Talk about getting sacked! Notorious Upper East Side madam Anna Gristina is about to start naming names of high-power clients from her little black book — and an unlucky NFL executive will be the first bombshell name she lets fly, we’re told. “There is going to be a giant name dropped — actually, a couple of them,” Gristina told The Post’s Laura Italiano, speaking of her plans for an upcoming interview with TV host psychologist Dr. Phil.
GUATEMALA CITY — Software company founder John McAfee was arrested by police in Guatemala on Wednesday for entering the country illegally, hours after he said he would seek asylum in the Central American country. Interior Minister Mauricio Lopez Bonilla said McAfee was detained by police at a hotel in an upscale Guatemala City neighborhood with the help of Interpol agents. He offered no other details.
The British economy, George Osborne announced yesterday, is “healing”. Unfortunately, he added, the wound was far more grievous than previously thought. The financial crisis inflicted the greatest shock since the Second World War, slashing 6.3 per cent from GDP--and Gordon Brown’s reckless fiscal mismanagement left us in no position to cope. With the recovery beset by unexpected external shocks, not least the crisis in the eurozone, Mr Osborne was forced to admit that the road back to prosperity will be longer--and steeper--than was foreseen. The Chancellor’s tone throughout his Autumn Statement was commendably grim: he did not sugar-coat the
The Egyptian army has deployed tanks and armoured troop carriers outside the presidential palace in Cairo after clashes between supporters and opponents of President Mohammed Morsi left five dead and 644 injured. But, despite their presence, there are reports of a fresh outbreak of stone-throwing between the two sides. Egypt is seeing growing unrest over a controversial draft constitution. The government insists that a referendum will go ahead this month. The head of Egypt´s Republican Guard said the forces deployed outside the presidential palace on Thursday had been sent there to separate supporters and opponents of President Morsi.
Plans by a missionary Islamic sect for a mega mosque near the Olympic Park were turned down last night. The proposals--a mosque for more than 9,000 worshippers, a library and a dining hall for up to 2,000 people--were refused permission by Newham Council in east London. Tablighi Jamaat, the Islamic group behind the scheme, hoped to build one of Britain´s biggest Islamic centres with three times the floor space of St Paul´s Cathedral. A spokesman for Newham said: "The creation of homes and jobs are a priority for Newham Council. "It is not considered that this application is
WASHINGTON -- Jeffrey Hillman is a man who shambles the streets of New York City looking quite unkempt, drab, and hopeless. He panhandles sometimes and mutters to himself. Frankly, he looks a wreck and apparently often in need of a pair of shoes. On cold winter nights he gets them. One cold November night Officer Lawrence DePrimo spotted Hillman seated shoeless on the pavement of Times Square, and the young policeman left his post, went into a store nearby, and bought Hillman a pair of shoes costing $100. He even helped Hillman put them on.
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration secretly gave its blessing to arms shipments to Libyan rebels from Qatar last year, but American officials later grew alarmed as evidence grew that Qatar was turning some of the weapons over to Islamic militants, according to United States officials and foreign diplomats. No evidence has emerged linking the weapons provided by the Qataris during the uprising against Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi to the attack that killed four Americans at the United States diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, in September. But in the months before, the Obama administration clearly was worried about the consequences
If word that President Obama would ask Congress for $50 billion in Sandy recovery funding was a trial balloon, the White House should take note of how quickly it crashed and burned. Almost as soon as the large-sounding figure floated into view, the administration said officials were still doing calculations, Sens. Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand said they knew nothing about it and Gov. Cuomo added that he had gotten no official word. Well, it came from somewhere. While Schumer and Cuomo deferentially shrank from knocking it as premature, Gillibrand said an appropriation at that level would be “inadequate.” Right she was.
A businessman pleaded guilty Wednesday to plotting to bribe an unidentified former New Orleans public official in a case that appears to be linked to a federal probe of former Mayor Ray Nagin. Rodney Williams, who was president of Three Fold Consultants LLC, made $72,250 in payoffs to the unidentified official for his help in securing city contracts for architectural, engineering and services work, according to a court filing accompanying his guilty plea. Legal analysts tell WWL First News that official is Ray Nagin.
As a potentially toxic combination of steep tax hikes and deep spending cuts draws nearer Republicans are consistently being outmaneuvered by President Obama. Disillusioned Democratic pollster Patrick Caddell counsels that this wonkish back-and-forth over the finer points of marginal tax rates is not the hill that Republicans should die on. The GOP doesn’t even grasp the underlying political dynamics now in play, he says.(Snip)Caddell believes that an outrageous proposal offered by Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner presents a golden opportunity that Republicans have thus far failed to seize.
"Answered Prayers" was the title of the much-discussed and never-completed last novel of Truman Capote, based on his notion that having one´s dearest wish granted can be even more painful that having it never come true. This new Truman Doctrine is about to be tested in the next months and years for the Democrats. They had their prayers answered in seeing Obamacare pass, seeing it given a pass by John Roberts and then given reprieves anew by the recent election. They now face the ordeal of seeing this huge, complex and unpopular act
One of the reasons that the language in which you´re reading these words is the most widespread on Earth is that Great Britain happened to be rich in coal deposits. There were plenty of other places that might have industrialised first, from the Netherlands to China. The good fortune of our eighteenth century ancestors was that, just when they needed it, they stumbled upon a cheap source of energy. Coal powered the new mills, releasing millions of employees to do different work and creating a massive consumer class. Britain became the greatest nation in the world. Now, just when we
Rumor has it that President Obama is considering Vogue editor Anna Wintour to be his second-term nominee to be U.S. ambassador to the United Kingdom. After World War II, well-known public figures and intellectuals such as W. Averell Harriman, Walter Annenberg, and Kingman Brewster, Jr., have held the post. In recent decades, however, presidents have transformed the top slot into a plumb reward for top donors.(Snip)As editor of Vogue, however, Wintour published the infamous and groveling profile of Asma al-Assad, Bashar’s wife. She defended the piece for months, even as Assad’s forces committed the most grizzly abuses