ESPN’s Rob Parker dropped a bombshell today when he called NFL rookie star and MVP candidate Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III a “cornball brother.” That means, according to Parker, that RGIII isn’t a real black person, and that he might not be “one of us” or “down for the cause.” What was his justification? RGIII is engaged to a white woman, and could be a Republican. Seriously. Here’s the transcript: I talked to some people down in Washington, D.C. … friends of mine who are around at some of the press conferences,
The NY Times weighed in on the violence in Lansing yesterday. Today, after some prodding, the author issued a partial correction to his post. The story by Robert Mackey for the Times´ Lede Blog has a predictable left wing spin. Titled "Selective editing by Fox News contributor revealed by Fox News," Mackey links to video clips by Lee Stranahan and Steven Crowder showing the tent being pulled down and punches being thrown. But like a number of other progressive blogs, the author then proceeds to argue the videos are "misleading." How exactly are the clips misleading?
The UN has drafted a resolution that calls for universal health coverage, and unsurprisingly, the Obama Administration has backed it wholeheartedly. There are a host of problems attendant with this action by the U.S. One problem is that according to the UN, member states, civil society and international organizations not only are called upon to support universal health coverage, but to implement the Millenium Development Goals. (Snip) There’s always the Left’s ultimate goal: using all means available to strive for economic parity among the populace. And the universal health care coverage
Did House Speaker John Boehner lie to the American people during a Thursday morning press conference when he denied the existence of a secret spreadsheet scorecard list allegedly involved in his purge of conservatives from House committee leadership positions? Breitbart News’ Kerry Picket asked Boehner on Thursday about the list and why Boehner continually refuses to release it. Boehner responded by denying there was such a list. “There is no such list,” Boehner said in response to Picket. Boehner’s comment directly contradicts what numerous sources,
The decision by U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice to withdraw her name from consideration to be the next Secretary of State is a bow to political reality as it defuses a near-certain showdown between the Obama Administration and Republican Senators over her potential nomination.“I deeply regret the unfair and misleading attacks on Susan Rice in recent weeks [but] her decision demonstrates the strength of her character, and an admirable commitment to rise above the politics of the moment to put our national interests first,” said President Obama in a statement released moments
U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice has pulled her name out of consideration for nomination as the next secretary of state. “If nominated, I am now convinced that the confirmation process would be lengthy, disruptive and costly – to you and to our most pressing national and international priorities,” Rice wrote in a letter to President Obama obtained by NBC News. “That trade-off is simply not worth it to our country…Therefore, I respectfully request that you no longer consider my candidacy at this time.”
Embattled U.N. envoy Susan Rice is dropping out of the running to be the next secretary of state after months of criticism over her Benghazi comments, she told NBC News on Thursday. “If nominated, I am now convinced that the confirmation process would be lengthy, disruptive and costly – to you and to our most pressing national and international priorities,” Rice wrote in a letter to President Obama, saying she’s saddened by the partisan politics surrounding her prospects. “That trade-off is simply not worth it to our country...Therefore, I respectfully request that you no longer consider my candidacy
New York’s first girlfriend, Sandra Lee, stormed out of BG restaurant at Bergdorf Goodman after thinking she heard offensive comments about her “semi-homemade” empire. The Post’s Kirsten Fleming reports that Calvin Klein’s ex Nick Gruber was dining with new boyfriend John Luciano and several friends near the entrance to the cafe Tuesday night when Lee, the longtime girlfriend of Gov. Cuomo, came in to sit near the back of the restaurant with an unidentified male friend. Gruber and others at his table didn’t recognize Lee, whose “Semi-Homemade Cooking” empire spawned a Food Network show, magazine and
Andre DiMino has been running medical device company ADM Tronics since his father, who founded the decades-old firm, died in 2001. He´s never laid off anybody. "These people are like family with us," he said. The boss might not be able to hold out much longer. Come Jan. 1, an ObamaCare-tied tax specific to his industry is expected to go into effect. Though the Obama administration has downplayed the impact, DiMino calls it "devastating." "I think after all of these decades of not laying people off, I think we may have to face that," DiMino told FoxNews.com.
Foreclosure activity in Illinois posted the 11th straight year-over-year increase in November, but compared with a month earlier, filings are trending in the right direction, according to new data released Thursday. RealtyTrac said the 13,520 properties within the state that received a foreclosure notice last month was a decrease of 9 percent from October but up 9 percent from November 2011. last month´s activity, which equated to one out of every 392 homes in the state receiving a notice, gave Illinois the nation´s third-highest state foreclosure rate, surpassed by only Florida and Nevada. In the Chicago-area counties
House Speaker John Boehner said Thursday that talks over the looming fiscal crisis have failed to produce a deal because President Obama will not get "serious" about spending cuts. In a fresh bid to energize support for major entitlement cuts as part of any agreement, Boehner rolled out a chart that showed federal spending skyrocketing between now and 2041 -- to 40 percent of the nation´s total economy. The chart showed that revenue from Obama´s push to increase taxes on the top 2 percent will only fill in a sliver of that amount.
Add Barbara Walters to the list of journalists pushing for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to run for President in 2016. For the third time now, Ms. Clinton has been featured on Barbara Walters’s annual 10 Most Fascinating People special. Given that Ms. Walters had a one-on-one sit-down interview with Clinton, it would seem logical that the topic of the Benghazi fiasco would come up. It didn´t, despite the fact that, as Secretary of State, Mrs. Clinton oversees all U.S. Embassies, and is directly responsible for protecting our diplomats around the world, especially in troubled regions
Skiers, snowboarders and ski resort operators need to take their heads out of the snow long enough to notice that their sport is in danger of melting away, according to the authors of a new tourism report released last week.The study, which predicts U.S. winter tourism is in for tough times if climate change goes unchecked, is aimed mostly at the tourist industry. It details an estimated $1 billion loss over the last decade due to diminished snow-fall patterns and the resulting changes in the outdoor habits of Americans. The financial analysis paints the picture of an even grimmer future
Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said he has been told that raising the Medicare eligibility age is “off the table” in deficit talks, limiting the scope of entitlement reform. “I was told that it is not on the table from the White House,” Durbin said. “Raising the Medicare eligibility age.” Durbin, the Senate’s second-ranking Democratic leader, made his comments to reporters after a leadership press conference on the fiscal cliff talks. A group of liberal Democrats have said in recent days that raising Headline corrected by staff.
DENVER — Colorado´s Gov. John Hickenlooper said "the time is right" for state lawmakers to consider gun control measures, offering his firmest stance in the aftermath of several high-profile shootings, including a movie theater rampage in suburban Denver, that have shocked the nation. The Democratic governor upset some in his party for not taking a stronger position when he said last summer that stricter laws would not haven´t prevented the mass shooting in Aurora. (Snip) "When you look at what happened in Aurora, a great deal of that damage was from the large magazine on the AR-15 (rifle). ...
Top U.S. intelligence officials gathered in the White House Situation Room in March to debate a controversial proposal. Counterterrorism officials wanted to create a government dragnet, sweeping up millions of records about U.S. citizens—even people suspected of no crime. Not everyone was on board. "This is a sea change in the way that the government interacts with the general public," Mary Ellen Callahan, chief privacy officer of the Department of Homeland Security, argued in the meeting, according to people familiar with the discussions. A week later, the attorney general signed the changes into effect.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel´s plan to crack down on the caloric content of city vending machines popped up in Wednesday´s City Council meeting, and aldermen had some heavy concerns. After committee members OK´d the proposed ordinance this week, council members wondered everything from whether the sodium level of drinks would be considered in the plan to if Chicago actually has enough healthy foods to fill the machines according to the mayor´s criteria. Emanuel made the suggestion last month to replace current vending options with healthier items by 2013. Proposed guidelines dictate that only 25 percent of the new machines´ Headline resplit by staff
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says a suicide car bomber that attacked the Kandahar Air Base in Afghanistan killed an American soldier, two Afghan civilians and wounded three others. Taliban spokesman Qari Jusuf Ahmedi claimed responsibility for the attack in an email, saying a suicide car bomber had targeted foreign military vehicles that were stopped near the gate of Kandahar Airfield. It was unclear if the attack had anything to do with Panetta´s unannounced visit to Kandahar Airfield. Kandahar is a huge and sprawling facility that houses more than 20,000 service members from 20 countries
An Islamic extremist hacker group appears to have followed through on its latest threats to attack several major American banks in retaliation for what it says is “widespread and organized offenses to Islamic spirituals and holy issues.” The attack is one in a series that began this fall under the banner of Operation Ababil, which the group has vowed to continue until the “Innocence of Muslims” film has been removed from the internet. In several messages it posted to the popular Pastebin text sharing website, the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Cyber Fighters group has previously
North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un is the people´s choice for Time magazine´s Person of the Year. With 5.6 million votes, the Onion´s "Sexist Man Alive" beat out Jon Stewart, Undocumented Immigrants, Hillary Clinton, Malala Yousafzai, Ai Weiwei and the Mars Rover. Kim is the reader´s choice, but that doesn´t mean he´ll land Time´s Person of the Year cover. That decision ultimately stands with the magazine´s editors. “While we don’t make our selection based on the poll results,” Time´s executive editor Radhika Jones said in a recent Q&A, “it’s always interesting to see where some of our preferred candidates end
Diplomacy: So North Korea has successfully launched another rocket over Japan, this one reaching orbit. And the U.S. response was predictably tepid. It´s time to issue a reality check to the rogue state´s enabler: China. ´The international community must work in a concerted fashion to send North Korea a clear message that its violations of United Nations Security Council resolutions have consequences," read the mealy-mouthed statement from the White House, as if North Korea´s launch of a rocket capable of carrying nuclear weapons was nothing more than a diplomatic parking violation. The reality is, that rocket was meant for us
There’s a new staff report in to Fox News from the House Oversight Committee. It alleges numerous instances where the National Labor Relations Board appears to be acting as a strong advocate for pro-union policies, instead of sticking to its traditional role as a neutral arbiter of labor disputes. One key case is in South Carolina, a right-to-work state, where the NLRB has filed a complaint against Boeing, trying to shut down a non-union assembly line that employs thousands of workers. The Economist even referred to the complaint as a
You won’t see them as clearly in Manhattan, where as of the day before yesterday, an atheist-paid-for billboard depicting Jesus wearing his Crown of Thorns states: “Keep the Merry” but “Dump the Myth” is prominently displayed at Times Square, or over any other urban sky. But a dark away-from-city-lights spot gives you a front row center seat to the spectacular Geminid meteor shower. Having been reminded by email friend Susan, “You should be able to get a perfect view of them from where you live”,
Health insurance premiums may as much as double for some small businesses and individual buyers in the U.S. when the Affordable Care Act’s major provisions start in 2014, Aetna Inc. (AET)’s chief executive officer said. While subsidies in the law will shield some people, other consumers who make too much for assistance are in for “premium rate shock,” Mark Bertolini, who runs the third-biggest U.S. health-insurance company, told analysts yesterday at a conference in New York. The prospect has spurred discussion of having Congress delay or phase in parts of the law, he said.
As college costs rise rapidly in most places, Texas and Florida are trying to implement something that has become a radical notion: a degree that costs only $10,000. Texas governor Rick Perry announced this goal for his state last year. (Perry was inspired by Microsoft founder Bill Gates, who had remarked that online learning ought to make it possible for students to pay just $2,000 per year for college.) In November, Florida governor Rick Scott announced that he, too, wanted to see state colleges offer bachelor’s degrees for $10,000 or less. In Texas, ten colleges have signed on
Todd Cefaratti, the president of TheTeaParty.net, has a message for Republicans and Democrats alike: “This is just the beginning. If you think the tea party’s dead, you ain’t seen nothing yet.” At a press conference inside the Capitol Hill Club in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday afternoon, Cefarratti’s organization and several House Republicans joined with Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul to decry House GOP leadership considering capitulating to Democratic efforts to raise taxes during the fiscal cliff negotiations. A more subtle message that carried throughout the presser, though,