Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval announced on Tuesday his state would participate in Obamacare´s Medicaid expansion, becoming the first Republican governor to embrace the aspect of Obamacare the Supreme Court ruled was optional. Sandoval made the decision days after the Obama administration told states they would have to cover everyone below 133% of the federal poverty line ($14,893 for an individual) if they wanted to be reimbursed as part of the Medicaid expansion. "All in all, it makes the best sense for the state to opt in," Sandoval said. Sandoval also said that though he has never
Rep. James Lankford (R-Okla.) said that while President Barack Obama is advocating for Clinton-era tax rates on the nation’s top income earners, he “completely ignores Clinton-level spending,” which declined in the 1990s. “The president’s very focused on trying to get the Clinton tax rates,” Lankford said on Capitol Hill, Wednesday. “But he completely ignores the Clinton-level of spending.” “What we’ve got to be able to address is a $1 trillion deficit here,” he said. “If we were just back at the Clinton-level of spending this would solve the issue that we’re dealing with today.”
NFL legend Dick Butkus on Wednesday did not express enthusiasm for the idea of banning kickoffs from professional football, but he did not totally reject the proposal either. CNSNews.com asked him what he thought of it. “Well, it´s just the sign of the times," said Butkus. "I guess the game is really changing. "If they have statistics, which they claim they do, that a lot of concussions happen on the kickoff--I mean, you’re taking away one of the most exciting parts of the game,” Butkus told CNSNews.com in an interview Wednesday. Butkus said that the ban could really affect his Chicago Bears,
The Obama Administration has ordered changes in a new military handbook to now forbid U.S soldiers from criticizing the Taliban. In addition, our men in uniform are forbidden to disparage pedophilia. Even further, our soldiers are instructed not to speak of women’s rights. Or homosexuality. Or criticism of Afghans at all. The manual, which runs 75 pages, insinuates that the reason for the insider attacks among our troops by Muslims is that we are ignorant of Afghani culture. The handbook intones: “Better situational awareness/understanding of Afghan culture will help better prepare [troops]
A Marine who was killed after his unconscious body fell on a live grenade during the Iraq War will not receive a posthumous Medal of Honor, it was revealed today. Sgt Rafael Peralta was 25 years old when he fell on the grenade in Fallouja, Iraq in 2004. Though he perished, his body shielded other American soldiers and saved the lives of other Marines. The Pentagon told Rep. Duncan Hunter it supports the decision of former Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who honored Sgt. Rafael Peralta with the Navy Cross instead of the military´s highest honor.
Barbara Walters asked New Jersey governor Chris Christie about his weight during an interview for her annual Most Fascinating People special. She asked the governor and possible Republican presidential nominee if he agrees with the criticism that he is too fat to run for the position of Commander in Chief. ´That´s ridiculous, I mean that´s ridiculous- I don´t know what the basis for that is,´ he said in the interview. One of the concerns often cited by his critics is that the 50-year-old politician´s obesity increases the risk of health problems like possible Type 2 diabetes, heart disease and certain
I´ve been rather surprised by all the media attention over the appearance of Guardsman Jatenderpal Bhullar on parade duty outside Buckingham Palace this week.[Snip] During the glory days of the Indian Empire, Sikh soldiers were highly regarded by British officers for their martial prowess and never-say-die attitude. Sikh sepoys regularly fought alongside British soldiers during the frequent tribal revolts on the Afghan frontier in famous regiments such as Rattray´s Sikhs, and the young Winston Churchill nearly lost his life rescuing a wounded Sikh when he fought in the Malakand campaign of 1897.
Why do western democracies such as the United States remain in the United Nations? After all the politically charged decisions made by this disgraceful organization, it’s often difficult to understand the reason. Perhaps the West’s laissez-faire attitude toward this growing cesspool of political activity is finally coming to an end. A highly controversial decision with respect to a volatile part of the world could be the proverbial straw that breaks the camel’s back. Two weeks ago, the U.N. overwhelmingly granted statehood to Palestine. An astonishing 138 member states supported this motion, with 41 abstaining
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has again said she is not planning another presidential bid. “I’ve said I really don’t believe that that’s something I will do again,” Clinton said in the interview, which airs Wednesday night as part of Barbara Walters “10 Most Fascinating People” special. (In the above clip, Walters asks the other question apparently on every voter’s mind — what does Clinton do with her hair?). “I am so grateful I had the experience of doing it before.” It’s not the first time Clinton has beaten back rumors about about her future plans. “I think I will serve as secretary of state
Embattled Syrian President Bashar Assad has added a new wrinkle in his war with the newly U.S.-recognized Syrian rebels: Scud missiles. A senior U.S. defense official says Assad´s regime has fired roughly six Scud missiles from Damascus, but there are no immediate reports of casualties. The New York Times reports the missiles are targeting areas in northern Syria controlled by the Free Syrian Army. "Using Scuds to target tanks or military bases is one thing," an official told the New York Times. "Using them to target rebels hiding in playgrounds at schools is something else."
On Wednesday’s broadcast of Fox News Channel’s “Your World with Neil Cavuto,” National Review columnist Mark Steyn commented on Tuesday’s incident involving the assault on Fox News Channel contributor Steven Crowder at a union rally in Michigan. Steyn, author of “After America: Get Ready for Armageddon,” first went after the media and drew parallels with the shooting of former Democratic Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. “It’s the old story — at time of Gabby Giffords shooting, the problem was apparently metaphor,” Steyn said. “Metaphor was dangerous, if you say you were Sarah
NBC’s medical editor denounced the religious part of Christmas during a panel discussion about the holiday on Today. (Snip) “I don’t like the religion part,” said Nancy Snyderman, the network’s chief medical editor. “I think religion is what mucks the whole thing up.” The “religion” she was referring to is celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ. The outburst came during a panel discussion with Matt Lauer, Star Jones and Donny Deutsch. Her response came after Jones said she focuses on the religious meaning of Christmas. “That’s the only reason why — that’s the only reason
Since returning from a trip to southeast Asia on Nov. 21, President Obama has managed to play three rounds of golf but has met face-to-face only once with Speaker John A. Boehner, the man with whom he is trying to strike a deal on taxes and spending that could prevent another recession. With the deadline for going over the “fiscal cliff” less than three weeks away, the president’s schedule this week is exceptionally light. It does not include any time on the links with Mr. Boehner, Ohio Republican, who is also an avid golfer. On Monday, Mr. Obama’s only public event was a trip to Detroit,
Add Politico and The Daily Kos to organizations conceding that Breitbart News is reporting stories they refuse to cover. In an article describing the violent pro-union demonstrations in Michigan on Tuesday, in which protesters rallied against Michigan´s historic right-to-work legislation, Politico promptly finished the piece with two paragraphs that served to dismiss everything that was written leading up to that point, quoting a poster on the liberal website The Daily Kos lamenting about the "Fox News-Breitbart" crowd. "But some on the left are saying the reports are overly exaggerated,"
Unions: An Ohio contractor was wounded by gunfire Wednesday by a shadowy man vandalizing his SUV with union threats. Where´s Washington´s outrage at such lawlessness? Had King Electrical Services owner John King been shot by, say, a Tea Partyer, there´d be no end to the public pontificating from Washington´s politicians and media commentators about their rhetoric or protests inciting violence. It´s quite a different story for the Lambertville, Mich., contractor who woke up in the dead of night a week ago found a silhouetted figure
Just when you thought drug running couldn´t get more extreme, U.S. border patrol officers find 33 cans of marijuana in the desert near the border that they believe were fired from a cannon in Mexico. Authorities caught wind of the new technique when they received reports of some strange canisters popping up near the Colorado River in southern Arizona recently. Agents arrived at the scene to find the cans which collectively held 85 pounds of marijuana. That´s worth $42,500 on the street. By the looks of it, the smugglers had loaded the cans into a pneumatic-powered cannon
Sarah Palin´s oldest son, Track, is getting divorced just 18 months after tying the knot, in another blow to the family values advocate. The 23-year-old and his wife, Britta, 22, jointly filed for divorce in an Alaskan court this week, according to TMZ. The couple married in May, 2011, and just three months later, Britta gave birth to a little girl, Kyla. The news of Track´s marriage breakdown comes after his sister Bristol´s very public relationship dramas. Bristol, who famously got pregnant in 2008 at age 18, was twice engaged to high school boyfriend Levi Johnston,
Carson City, Nev. — A Nevada woman who survived six frigid days in the mountains said in an interview aired Monday that she had asked her boyfriend not to venture out for help after their Jeep became mired in mud on a back road. Paula Lane said she told Roderick Clifton they should stay with the vehicle and ride out the storm together. Instead, Clifton gave her a wave and walked away. “I knew I was never going to see him again,” Lane, 46, said on NBC’s “Today” show. Lane, 46, was still recovering from frostbite at a Carson City hospital. She was rescued Dec. 5 by her brother, Gary Lane,
Senators exchanged small tokens of holiday cheer in the second-annual Senate Secret Santa this week. But the American people can rest assured that lawmakers didn´t get carried away with lavish trinkets. With a budget crisis looming, members set a modest $10 spending limit for the holiday gifts. And even with the low spending bar, the legislators still managed to have a little fun. "Last year´s Secret Santa did exactly what it was supposed to do: create comity and good cheer in an institution badly in need of both," said Minnesota Democrat Sen. Al Franken, the event´s organizer.
Shame on Steven Crowder for brutally smashing his face down upon the tender closed fist of union member Tony Camargo. Although the network news shows are carefully avoiding committing themselves to real journalism by not reporting on union violence in Michigan, those of us who have access to the censored news via the Web are well aware of what is actually happening. And in order to keep up the pretense that the the unions are mere innocents in the drama unfolding in Michigan as you can see in this video of union thug Camargo throwing punches at Crowder,
The new U.S. Army manual for troops heading east apparently blames the tendency of Afghanistan’s U.S.-trained soldiers and policemen to shoot their Western “allies” on “American cultural ignorance.” Fortunately, the manual offers a solution: The draft leaked to the newspaper offers a list of “taboo conversation topics” that soldiers should avoid, including “making derogatory comments about the Taliban”… I mean, it’s not like they’re the enemy or anything. . . . “advocating women’s rights,” “any criticism of pedophilia,” “directing any criticism towards Afghans,” “mentioning homosexuality
Salt Lake City — Gov. Gary Herbert is hoping a last-minute request to the president will give him the leeway to keep the state´s current model of a mandated health insurance exchange. He sent a three-page letter to President Barack Obama Tuesday touting the "fully functional," "innovative" and "cost-cutting" Avenue H, which offers a choice of 140 health insurance plans to 7,646 individuals in 318 small businesses throughout Utah. The current exchange and its ongoing enhancements, however, do not implement a full expansion of health insurance to all of Utah´s uninsured,
A newfound asteroid gave Earth a close shave early today, zipping between our planet and the moon just two days after astronomers first spotted it. The near-Earth asteroid 2012 XE54, which was discovered Sunday (Dec. 9), came within 140,000 miles of our planet at about 5 a.m. EST Tuesday (Dec. 11), researchers said. For comparison, the moon orbits Earth at an average distance of 240,000 miles or so. Astronomers estimate that 2012 XE54 is about 120 feet wide — big enough to cause substantial damage if it slams into Earth someday.
Harrisburg, Pa. - Pennsylvania will not set up its own health care exchange under the federal Affordable Care Act, at least not for now, Gov. Tom Corbett said Wednesday, putting the state on a course to join others led by Republicans that will let President Barack Obama´s administration run its exchange. Setting up a state-based exchange would be irresponsible, Corbett said, as he faulted federal authorities for what he called inadequate answers to his questions about cost and other issues. "Health care reform is too important to be achieved through haphazard planning," Corbett said.
Despite what looked like recent signs of progress on a deal to avert the so-called "fiscal cliff," House Speaker John Boehner signaled today that Republicans and Democrats remain as far apart as ever in the negotiating process -- and is warning his fellow lawmakers that they might have to work through the Christmas holidays. In a meeting with the House Republican Conference this morning, Boehner told members not to make plans for Christmas, CBS News has learned, and members leaving the meeting said there were no indications from Boehner´s remarks that any real progress has been made
Democratic congressman Jim Moran´s son, Patrick Moran, has pleaded guilty to beating his girlfriend. The assualt outside a nightclub left Moran´s girlfriend with bloody nose and a fractured skull."The event occurred on Saturday December 1, 2012 at approximately 0123 hours in front of ´The Getaway´ 3400 14th St NW Washington DC PSA 409," reads the police report. "MPD Sgt. Paul, S from the Fifth District Vice unit along with ABRA investigator Stewart, Craig observed a white male, later found to be known as D-1 (Moran) grab a white female by the back of her head