Mohammad Safi, a graduate of a medical school in Afghanistan, began working as a psychiatrist at a California mental hospital in 2006, making $90,682 in his first six months. Last year, he took home $822,302, all of it paid by taxpayers. Safi benefited from what amounted to a bidding war after a federal court forced the state to improve inmate care. The prisons raised pay to lure psychiatrists, the mental health department followed suit to keep employees, and costs soared. Last year, 16 California psychiatrists, including Safi, made more than $400,000, while only one did in the other 11 most
The next generation of the Bush family will arrive in 2013. TODAY correspondent Jenna Bush Hager is pregnant with her first child! Bush Hager announced on TODAY Wednesday that she and husband Henry Hager will become parents next year, four years after tying the knot. Jenna, who got married in May of 2008 at the Bush ranch in Crawford, Texas, has said her parents are eager for her to start a family. Until recently, however, her parenting plans were limited to pets."I´m fired up," her dad, former president Bush, said on a phone call to the show.
The University of Chicago is about to demolish Ronald Reagan´s early childhood home. Can it be stopped? All of Ronald Reagan´s formative years, from birth until he landed his first job across the Mississippi 21 years later, were lived in rural northwestern Illinois except for about ten months in Chicago. In all but one case, his rural boyhood homes have been preserved. His birthplace in Tampico looks as it did when he was born and is open to the public. So is his teen years home in Dixon.
Representative Michele Bachmann, who briefly led the 2012 Republican presidential field, has said that Barack Obama is determined ´to lift up the Islamists´ and bow to their ´ultimate demand´ of imposing Sharia law on America. She said that Americans should study Islamist texts just as those worried about fascism pored over Adolf Hitler´s ´Mein Kampf´ in the 1930s and 1940s. In an extended on-air conversation with conservative radio hosts Jan Markell and Eric Barger, Bachmann, who narrowly won re-election to the House of Representatives last month, contended that Obama was endangering
Former DNC Chairman Howard Dean says Republicans will have to change their philosophy and not just their ground game in order to win in the future. Dean says conservatives can not sell hate of women, gays and immigrants and expect to win elections. HOWARD DEAN: The big problem is though, that ground game is not enough to win. The fact of the matter is you can not peddle hate of immigrants, gays and lesbians, and women by saying that God´s will was to make women pregnant when they were raped.
The U.S. should consider automatically registering eligible voters and extending voting hours to counter the November election’s long lines and administrative hurdles, Attorney General Eric Holder said. Holder, speaking today at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston, proposed expanding access for voters and overhauling a registration system he called “antiquated.” “It is important for national leaders, academic experts, and members of the public to engage in a frank, thorough and inclusive discussion about how our election systems can be made stronger and more accessible,”
The accuracy of a claim that had generated significant chatter in liberal circles regarding Fox News boss Roger Ailes having "benched" Karl Rove as a contributor in the aftermath of the presidential election is being called into question, as Rove re-appeared on the network just one week after it was alleged that he had been effectively suspended as a political commentator. Last week, New York magazine´s appointed Fox News observer, Gabriel Sherman, wrote that shakeups in the cast of "characters" featured on Fox had taken place in the wake of the election,
Without fanfare, CNN dumped Jack Cafferty, the curmudgeon who, like the network, portrayed himself as an independent but railed more often than not against conservatives. According to Media Bistro, CNN did not renew Cafferty´s contract and his last day at the news network was on November 15, which was also the last time he appeared on "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer," where he contributed commentary on a near-daily basis.
One year after her horrific injury, Lauren Scruggs has spoken of how she sees her accident in a positive light and how it has caused her to re-examine what is important. Calling aspects of her career ´shallow´, the model and fashion blogger from Texas said that she wants to use her experiences to tell young girls ´that our appearance is not what defines us.´ Appearing on E!Online, Scruggs, 24, also credited her faith with restoring her body and mind and claimed that her airplane accident shows ´that god has a different plan and often times it is shocking and unexpected.´
A top Democratic leader Wednesday accused House Speaker John Boehner of stringing out "fiscal cliff" negotiations with President Obama until after he wins his speakership reelection, when he would then cave in to Democratic demands to get a deal done without a majority of House Republican support. "I hope he wouldn´t avoid the tough decisions simply to take us into January and after his swearing-in, but I´ve become increasingly worried that that is exactly what´s going on," charged Maryland Rep. Chris Van Hollen. "I would hope that he would put the interests of getting an
As I argued yesterday, the Advent season is exploited every year by the liberal media to tweak faithful Christians, using the holidays as a hook for liberal political and religious themes or to advance ancient heresies. Ditto with the Lenten season. Well, the latest example comes from David Gibson of the Religion News Service, who has picked up on a new complaint from a feminist scholar, Margaret Miles, which boils down to essentially this: How come we never see depictions of the Virgin Mary breastfeeding the baby Jesus. I kid you not. "At its heartwarming core,"
Is wanting workers to have the right to choose if they´re going to join a union racist? Apparently it is according to MSNBC commentator Al Sharpton who concluded a Huffington Post rant about Michigan´s newly enacted right to work laws Wednesday, "People should think twice before they invite Gov. Snyder to a King Day celebration in three weeks." This was preceded by the following: On Nov. 6th, Americans sent a clear message that we are not interested in protecting the rich at the expense of the rest of the country. But for some reason, there are those --
Trade: In an era of massive government spending, it seems the only answer is "austerity." Living within one´s means is important, but it will fail without economic growth. Enter free trade. Will Obama take his big opportunities? In the coming year, a major U.S.-European commission is expected to recommend that the U.S. and Europe begin negotiating a free trade agreement immediately. If President Obama acts on it, it could be a big achievement, blunting the feeble growth that has characterized his era by adding a $200 billion shot in the arm to both sides.
The White House asserted that spending cuts would occur under a deal reached with Republicans, but would not pledge to make them immediate, addressing a key concern of many conservatives who fear a compromise will mean tax hikes without spending cuts. CNSNews.com asked, “A complaint has been made among conservatives that in the past deals were made $3 for spending cuts for every $1 in tax increases, the spending cuts are always 10 years ahead, five years ahead or somewhere along the line. Would the White House agree to something along the lines of upfront cuts early on?”
There will be press coverage when President Obama takes the oath of office on Sunday, Jan. 20, the head of the inauguration planning committee said Tuesday. “There will be coverage of the Sunday event. The White House press corps and the White House press office are working on what that will be and the type of access," Stephen Kerrigan, the chief executive officer of the Presidential Inaugural Committee, told reporters. The Constitution requires a president to be sworn in on the 20th, but when that day falls on a Sunday, the public ceremony gets pushed to Monday
We Americans pride ourselves on the idea that in our country, a little hard work, determination and focus can make dreams come true. We compare ourselves with countries like India and England and scoff at their antiquated caste systems, claiming that here, in America, you can build yourself up from anything. We sell ourselves the idea of the “American dream,” both as a draw for immigrants and also for less-fortunate citizens, but how much of our reality isn’t reality? Is the American dream a hoax? My parents were both born and raised in India and moved
Weary lawmakers and congressional staffers are making backup vacation plans, preparing to work over the holidays. Congress has a habit of finishing up late in December, such as when the Senate passed healthcare reform on Christmas Eve in 2009. But this year is different, as many on Capitol Hill believe that Congress will still be working on a debt deal between Christmas and New Year’s. A Republican leadership aide said, “Some version of: ‘Have you bought your plane ticket yet?’ or ‘Think you’ll spend the holidays here?’ is the new guaranteed way to
North Korea’s launch today—using ballistic missile technology despite express prohibitions by United Nations Security Council resolutions—is a highly provocative act that threatens regional security, directly violates United Nations Security Council resolutions 1718 and 1874, contravenes North Korea’s international obligations, and undermines the global non-proliferation regime. This action is yet another example of North Korea’s pattern of irresponsible behavior.
Of all the Presidents in my lifetime, I don´t recall a Commander in Chief that seems to purposely mislead. Yet this President often orates with well crafted phrases that can only be explained as contrived to this purpose. The circumstances are virtually always similar. He speaks to a large crowd in which there is no chance for rebuttal or honest questioning. The audience can be as large as a national television audience, as in the State of the Union. The larger the audience, the better. Even if retraction or clarification ensued, which never seems to occur,
Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn), the chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, said Tuesday the U.S. has made it increasingly difficult for Hezbollah terrorists and their supporters to cross the U.S.-Mexico border--but there is still more work to do to make the border secure. However, Lieberman also warned that we don´t want to lose American freedom by trying to keep terrorist from crossing the border from Mexico into the U.S. “The security’s better on the U.S.-Mexican border than it has been before in terms of terrorists’ capacity to break through our borders in the south,
President Barack Obama travelled to Michigan this week and made his case for class war in defense of the welfare state. We need to take more money from the rich, he said, or schools will not be able to afford books, students will not be able to afford college, and disabled children will not get health care. "Our economic success has never come from the top down," said Obama. "It comes from the middle out. It comes from the bottom up." Obama spoke these words a few miles from Detroit — the reductio ad absurdum of his argument.
A man caught having sex with a miniature female donkey (at least it was female!), is arguing that he has a constitutional right to, er, drive the herd any way he wants. He is in effect arguing that if the law says he can’t roger a donkey, then the law is an ass — which is ironic, since if the law were an ass, he might want to have sex with it too. From the article: “By making sexual conduct with an animal a crime, the statute demeans individuals like Defendant (Romero) by making his private
To best understand this spending aspect of the current budget negotiations in Washington, we must answer one crucial question: how much taxation on the top income-earners would be required to fully fund the present level of government spending? (snip) The IRS says 236,883 Americans filed returns with more than $1 million in income. They reported a total income of $726.91B. While that is a lot of money, it´s less than just Medicare and Medicaid, which cost $1 trillion together.
Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns understands the horrors faced by five New York City teens unfairly charged with rape back in 1989. "The Central Park Five," the new documentary co-directed by Burns on the subject, lets the five victims recall that tumultuous time in their lives and documents just how much the false charges crushed their youth. Yet Burns seems indifferent to another case in which three young men were unfairly accused of rape and waited 15 months to have their names cleared. Burns brought up the 2006 Duke Lacrosse case, in which three students