The loving wife of a desperately ill musician yesterday won her fight to force a hospital to keep treating him. Doctors had wanted to withhold potentially lifesaving care from David James, 68. But a senior judge overruled them, saying they had failed to fully credit the importance of his ‘continued existence’. Sitting at the Court of Protection, Mr Justice Jackson said the doctors had undervalued the limited quality of life Mr James could still enjoy. He described the patient’s relationship with his family as ‘of the closest and most meaningful kind’ and this carried ‘great weight’ in his decision.
To read the current fiscal-cliff coverage, President Obama holds the upper hand and is poised for the "victory" of winning an increase in the top two tax rates. So successful has the White House been in defining this fight, few have stopped to consider how paltry that victory is likely to be. For a short-term win on this ideological issue, President Obama may well cede most everything else. Let us assume that Mr. Obama is correct in his bet that the GOP will prove more responsible than he is and won´t cliff-dive. The president´s recent baiting of Republicans—his
Amid warnings that deadlock in Washington could send the nation plunging into a buzzsaw of tax hikes and spending cuts next month, some Republicans have started to signal a possible middle ground that could involve tax increases on top earners -- even if they´re not as drastic as President Obama wants. House Speaker John Boehner and other Republican leaders are holding firm to their opposition to tax rate increases as part of any deal to avert the looming fiscal crisis. But in recent days, more rank-and-file Republicans have floated the possibility of putting tax rates on the table.
On “Fox and Friends” this morning at 7 a.m. came the news that President Obama and Speaker Boehner had had a phone call last evening, content not disclosed. That shouldn’t have been news—these are the leaders of each party trying to avoid a governmental disaster that could come in less than a month, and should be talking 10 times a day. But it was news, and that’s troubling to say the least. As Daniel Henninger makes clear in today’s Wall Street Journal, “Where in his career did Barack Obama ever learn the art of the political deal? Nowhere.” He writes
Michigan is about to become the 24th right-to-work state in the United States. This afternoon its House passed right-to-work legislation 57-50. The Senate followed suit and passed it 22-16. Gov. Rick Snyder (R) is expected to sign the bills into law, as right-to-work was one of his highest priorities of the legislative session. President Barack Obama, naturally, opposed the bill, which makes it illegal for unions to skim the paychecks of non-union workers in the state. Otherwise, right-to-work has no effect on collective bargaining rights. The president’s opposition
LANSING, Mich. -- Republicans slammed right-to-work legislation through the Michigan House and Senate Thursday, drawing raucous protests from throngs of stunned union supporters, whose outnumbered Democratic allies were powerless to stop it. Just hours after they were introduced, both chambers approved measures prohibiting private unions from requiring that nonunion employees pay fees. The Senate quickly followed by voting to impose the same requirement on most public unions. Although rumors had circulated for weeks that right-to-work measures might surface during the session´s waning days, the speed with which the GOP-dominated Legislature acted Thursday
Let’s understand President Obama’s strategy in the “fiscal cliff” negotiations. It has nothing to do with economics or real fiscal reform. This is entirely about politics. It’s Phase 2 of the 2012 campaign. The election returned him to office. The fiscal cliff negotiations are designed to break the Republican opposition and grant him political supremacy, something he thinks he earned with his landslide 2.8-point victory margin on Election Day. This is why he sent Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner to the Republicans to convey not a negotiating offer but a demand for unconditional surrender
WE’RE HAPPY TO accept Sen. Jim DeMint’s stated reason for quitting the Senate seat he has held for eight years: to become president of the Heritage Foundation think tank. The South Carolina Republican says he’s moving on “because the conservative movement needs strong leadership in the battle of ideas,” and running Heritage is, for him, the way to provide it. Among the thoughts Mr. DeMint has expressed as a senator include his observation that the 2008 financial rescue package that saved American capitalism was a step toward “the pit of socialism,” and his support
Back on Sunday I broke the news here at PJ Media of the arrest of Abdullatif Aldosary in connection of the bombing of a Social Security Administration office in Casa Grande, Arizona last Friday morning. I noted that while the bombing and Aldosary’s arrest had received gained local news coverage, there was a virtual blackout by the national media on the Iraqi refugee’s identity. Yesterday I reported on details provided to the federal court on Monday during Aldosary’s initial court hearing, which included information on what was found in Aldosary’s home when the FBI conducted
Last year, the Obama administration and State Department promoted the Global Counterterrorism Forum, but acquiesced to Turkey’s demand that Israel be excluded from the forum. Apparently, as seen by his repeated endorsements of Hamas, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan believes that terrorism is always bad, unless directed at Israelis. Last July, Rick Richman and Jonathan Tobin noted that long after Secretary Clinton had promised to do what was necessary to win Israel’s inclusion, forum meetings were going ahead without the Jewish state’s presence. Well, it’s happened again.
President Obama and his family have flipped the switch for the 90th annual lighting of the National Christmas Tree, marking the holiday season in the nation´s capital. Mr Obama was joined by his daughters, Sasha and Malia, and wife Michelle. All were bundled to shield themselves from the cold December night. Also helping in the festive ceremony was actor and singer Neil Patrick Harris, who hosted the tree-lighting ceremony. ‘Merry Christmas, everybody!’ the president began. He was wearing a black wool overcoat and a maroon scarf tucked loosely in his jacket.
Ed Henry, Fox News’ White House correspondent, spoke about his job and his network in an Associated Press story published on Thursday. Among the topics covered in the piece was Fox News’ attention to Benghazi. The network covered the issue “more than it needed to be covered,” Henry said. It’s hardly gone unnoticed that Fox News has consistently and critically covered the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi — questioning the Obama administration’s response. UN Ambassador Susan Rice, in particular, has taken heat for the comments she made on Sunday talk shows.
WASHINGTON — On the same day the White House ruled out using the 14th Amendment to raise the federal debt limit, a Democratic senator said that tack should be reserved as "an option." "I don´t think they ought to rule it out," Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin told reporters Thursday. The 14th Amendment asserts that "the validity of the public debt of the United States, authorized by law... shall not be questioned." Some have argued that the president could use this as justification to unilaterally raise the debt limit, though it´s unclear
On his program on Thursday, MSNBC host Chris Matthews played a series of clips of self-identified Republicans or surrogates for Mitt Romney’s campaign from the past year for former Congressman J.C. Watts in an effort to get him to admit the Republican party’s leadership were speaking in “dog whistles” to communicate for voters that “we don’t like black presidents.” Matthews played a series of clips from GOP supporters like Donald Trump and John Sununu and asked how Watts reacted to them. “On the birther thing, I think that’s a losing issue,”
Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford (R) isn´t ruling out a 2014 Senate run to replace Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.). "It´s not a ´no,´ but it´s not a ´yes,´" Sanford told the Wall Street Journal when asked about a run, after saying he´d been bombarded by calls from supporters asking him to run for DeMint´s seat. DeMint announced Thursday morning that he would resign from the Senate to take over the conservative Heritage Foundation. The former governor was once viewed as a rising star and possible presidential candidate for the GOP —
President Obama’s health care overhaul contains a tax that will drive up premiums for individuals, families, and even Medicare Advantage beneficiaries, according to a new study released by America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP). Obamacare “imposes a new sales tax on health insurance that starts at $8 billion in 2014, increase to $14.3 billion in 2018, and will continue to increase each year,” AHIP explains to introduce the study on the Health Insurance Tax (HIT). Although the government taxes the health insurance providers, the Congressional Budget Office acknowledged in 2009 that the cost
Click your trusty mouse on almost any news site or blog these days, and you will read in great detail all about what President Barack Hussein Obama is up to. Ditto when switching on to any television network—including Fox—or tuning in to any radio station news break. Obama’s agenda no longer depends only on the mainstream media to deliver its discouraging and demoralizing message. It’s delivered by the blogosphere. Earth to all patriot columnists, including Canada Free Press (CFP) ones: Stop telling us what Obama is going to do and start telling us
Actress Eva Longoria will serve as a co-chairwoman of the 2013 Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC), according to an announcement by the committee on Thursday. The announcement comes roughly a month before Obama´s public inauguration on Jan. 21. The committee also named former Ambassador to Sweden Matthew Barzun, Democratic National Committee National Finance Chairwoman Jane Stetson and former National Advisory Council on Minority Business Enterprises member Frank White co-chairmen of the Presidential Inauguration Committee.
Chris Matthews´ affinity for Bill Clinton is well known. But on Wednesday´s Hardball, Mathews argued that the Democrat would be the best lobbyist to get one into heaven. [See video below. MP3 audio here.] Talking to journalist Joe Klein and GOP strategist David Winston, Matthews lauded the former president´s campaigning for Barack Obama. The liberal host enthused, "...I have to tell you, who would you rather have make your case to Saint Peter than this guy?" Clinton, of course, was accused of rape by Juanita Broaddrick, of sexual assault by Kathleen Willey and by Paula Jones of exposing himself."
Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said that extending long-term unemployment benefits would be the “best stimulus there is” for the economy, saying it would create the most jobs for the money. “At the end of last year, there were 5 million people receiving emergency UI [unemployment insurance]. This year, there are only 2 million. It’s working,” Schumer said at a press conference Thursday. “We’re all talking about a stimulus. How do we get the economy moving? This is the best stimulus there is.” Schumer and fellow Senate Democrats called for yet another extension of benefits for the long-term unemployed
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, slammed the New York Jets and Republicans on Thursday asking on the Senate floor NY Jets coach Rex Ryan, a GOP supporter, who he would choose for a starting quarterback. He compared the NFL coach´s dilemma to the Republican Party during the fiscal debate talks: "I´ve been thinking how best to describe what´s going on here on Capitol Hill the last couple of weeks. Every morning I get up. The first thing I read is the sports page. I´m disappointed with the sports page in the Washington Post.
With President Obama´s final election behind him, gun-control advocates said they expect the White House to begin pushing through an assortment of gun restrictions in coming months. Obama rarely talked about guns during his re-election campaign, and when he did, it was mostly to reassure voters he had no plans to take away their constitutionally protected firearms. The president has been preoccupied with negotiations over a deficit-reduction deal since last month´s election, but activists said they expect Obama to become a much more vocal proponent of gun control in 2013.
Last night, radio host Mark Levin said that President Obama plans to unilaterally and unconstitutionally lift the debt ceiling, thereby circumventing Congress and avoiding negotiations with them. Levin also stated that President Obama plans to play the “catch me if you can, take me to the court” game by taking this unilateral action, because he will be able to get away with it by the time it reaches the Supreme Court. “We’ve never had a president that’s spent like this ever. Ever. That’s why, in particular right now, the debt ceiling is so crucial,
In a statement featuring newly installed Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone--who leads the San Francisco Archdiocese where House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi lives--the U.S. Catholic bishops announced on Thursday that they are calling on Catholics to pray the rosary every day and to fast and to abstain from eating meat on Fridays as part of a pastoral campaign aimed at preserving religious liberty, the right to life and the institution of marriage in the United States of America. “The well-being of society requires that life, marriage, and religious liberty are promoted and protected,”
First Lady Michelle Obama would defeat Republican Sen. Mark Kirk by 11 points in a hypothetical race for his Illinois Senate seat. According to a new poll, Mrs. Obama leads the incumbent senator 51 to 40 percent in a head-to-head match-up. The poll also found that 34% of voters approve of the job Kirk is doing, while 19% disapprove. The senator´s approval number is no match to Michelle Obama´s, however, with 60% of voters viewing the First Lady positively. Nonetheless, Mrs. Obama has said in the past that she is not interested in running for office:
Islamofascism: Still intoxicated by their "Arab Spring" fairy tale, the media don´t see a problem with the Muslim Brotherhood´s proposed new constitution for Egypt. Apparently they haven´t read the fine print. ´A quick glimpse at the articles show ... there´s wording that prohibits arbitrary arrest and detention and ensures due process, a sensitive topic in Egypt," CNN reported, approvingly. "Mubarak and his loyalists are blamed for jailing and harshly mistreating innocents" before the uprising. The New York Times also shrugged, noting the Muslim Brotherhood drafters simply preserved the language of the old constitution.