THE PRESIDENT: Hi everybody. This weekend, as you gather with family and friends, Michelle and I want to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy Holidays. THE FIRST LADY: We both love this time of year. And there’s nothing quite like celebrating the holidays at the White House. It’s an incredible experience and one that we try to share with as many folks as possible. This month, more than 90,000 people have come through the White House.
After taking criticism for missing an October deadline, the Obama administration Friday released its list of proposed government-wide regulations that it plans to consider in the next year. The administration put out its notice, called the unified regulatory agenda, online around 3 p.m. on the Friday before Christmas, after most lawmakers had left town. The proposed rules cover everything from power plant pollution to health-care standards to workplace safety. Critics who accuse President Obama of being an overzealous regulator said the timing of the announcement was no accident.
As you know, unless President Obama and Congress take action, tax rates will go up on every American on January 1st. The day after that, a mandatory ‘sequester’ will go into effect that will implement harmful cuts to our national defense. That is currently the law of the land. The House has done its part to avert this entire fiscal cliff.
Today´s perfect woman might closely resemble a Victoria´s Secret model. But 100 years ago, the female physical ideal was very different. A series of articles in 1912 and early 1913 saw Brooklyn-born Cornell student Elsie Scheel, 24, hailed ´the most nearly perfect physical specimen of womanhood´. The 24-year-old, who was selected by university medical examiner Dr Esther Parker from a group of over 400 women, was described by the New York Times as ´a light-haired, blue-eyed girl whose very presence bespeaks perfect health.´
KAILUA, Hawaii- President Barack Obama and his family have arrived in Honolulu to spend Christmas in Hawaii, where the president was born and raised. Air Force One touched down in Honolulu minutes after midnight local time on Saturday. The first family departed the plane and traveled quickly to their vacation house in the beach town of Kailua, a scenic, sleepy beach town on the east side of Oahu. Kailua is roughly 12 miles from downtown Honolulu. Obama´s vacation house sits near a Marine base, on the north end of a five-mile stretch of beach popular among windsurfers and paddle surfers.
Liberal pundits who spent the last week since the Newtown massacre treating the National Rifle Association as a pinata often underestimate the group’s popularity and hold on the loyalty of a large and influential membership. But the NRA’s first public statement since the school shooting shows its leadership is as tone deaf to the mood of the country as its critics are to the thinking of gun-rights supporters.
VATICAN CITY - Pope Benedict has pardoned Paolo Gabriele, his former butler who was convicted in October of leaking sensitive documents that alleged corruption in the Holy See, the Vatican said on Saturday.The Vatican said the pope visited Gabriele in the Vatican´s jail on Saturday morning to tell him personally of the pardon. Gabriele was then released and had already returned to his family, the Vatican said.
When Barack Obama nominated John Kerry to be America’s next Secretary of State Friday afternoon, he called Kerry the “perfect choice” to replace Hillary Clinton. Stating that “few individuals … grasp our foreign policies as firmly as John Kerry,” Obama said the Senator will not “need a lot of on-the-job training.” He then praised Mr. Kerry’s combat service in the Vietnam War and his subsequent tenure of service in the Senate, where Kerry has been intimately involved in “every major foreign policy debate for the past 30 years.” Notably, President Obama made no mention of what occurred after Kerry’s
Hours after his fellow Republicans delivered a crushing blow to him, House Speaker John A. Boehner said Friday morning the rebellion wasn’t aimed at him, but rather at federal spending. He also laughed off talk that he may lose his speakership. “While we may have not been able to get the votes last night to avert 99.81 percent of the tax increases, I don’t think — they weren’t taking that out on me,” he said at a press conference.
The head of the National Rifle Association said that armed guards in schools are needed to protect our children from the “genuine monsters” walking among us during a press conference interrupted twice by protesters. “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,” said NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre during the powerful pro-gun group´s first press conference following the elementary school massacre in Newtown, Conn.
Glenn Reynolds has a link to an extraordinarily thorough and convincing blog post about the “gun issue” in the aftermath of Sandy Hook that is the most impressive I’ve seen anywhere. It’s by a fellow named Larry Correia, a novelist and obvious gun expert; his blog is called Monster Hunter Nation. It is clear from the opening paragraphs that Mr. Correia knows what he is talking about. I’d love to see him up against that nitwit Piers Morgan on CNN.(Snip)So now that there is a new tragedy the president wants to have a “national conversation on guns”.
The gingerbread houses created by the White House kitchen take weeks to plan, bake, build, and decorate — and this year even wire. Althought meant to be seen, not eaten, some first children are now revealing that members of the first families have, in fact, indulged in a nibble of the holiday confections. Jenna Bush swears she saw her sister Barbara nibbling on the gingerbread, marzipan and chocolate creation while their dad was in the White House. Amy Carter, Chelsea Clinton, (and even Hillary Clinton herself) have grudgingly admitted to sneaking a bite of forbidden frosted goodness.
Imara Jones, who worked on economic policy under former President Bill Clinton, charges President Obama with exacerbating the problem of “white supremacy” in the United States by failing to use the fiscal cliff negotiations to ameliorate racial injustice. “Our collective denial over the fundamental injustice at the heart of our economic system is a result of white supremacy,” wrote Jones, who was special assistant to the U.S. Trade Representative for the last two years of Clinton’s presidency, on Color Lines. “White supremacy is a low-level assumption about characteristics that white people allegedly have which transforms inequality
A cat in Arizona is lucky to be alive after getting into an especially thorny situation which has earned him a new nickname – Prickly Pete.[Snip]Arizona Humane Society’s Emergency Animal Technicians received a call about a cat that got caught on the spiky succulent near 19th Avenue and the appropriately named Cactus Road. Before rescuers arrived on the scene, the kitty somehow managed to free himself from his thorny trap and ran off, according to AZFamily.com. But the EMTs spotted cactus pods leading away from the scene. They followed the prickly trail in hopes of locating the cat
"Multiple" suspects are in custody connected to the deadly terrorist attack Sept. 11 on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, but U.S. access to the suspects so far been denied, an intelligence source tells Fox News. "There are more suspects beyond those held in Tunisia and Egypt. Our access has been frustrated," the intelligence source said. Since October, federal agents have sought access through the Tunisian authorities to Ali Harzi, who is thought to have played a role in the attack but is not considered a ring-leader.
Facebook has launched a pilot scheme selling strangers access to users´ inboxes. The social networking website has introduced a fee, believed to be $1, to guarantee that messages are routed to a recipient´s ´inbox´ and not their ´other´ folder, where they are likely to be ignored. Facebook has billed it as giving users the chance to hear from people they do not know but who have an ´important´ message for them. It argues the fee will actually cut down on the amount of unwanted messages. But the trial, which began yesterday, has sparked fears that businesses will be happy to
Sen. John Cornyn (R-Tex.), the Republican whip, told me in a phone interview this morning he would oppose the nomination of Chuck Hagel as secretary of defense: “I can’t support a Hagel nomination if it comes,” he said. He is the first senator to expressly state he would oppose Hagel. He told me he thinks there would be substantial opposition to Hagel on both sides of the aisle. “I’ve heard prominent Democrats concerned about his position on Israel. Many Republican have said they did not want to prejudge. But it would be a bad move
When you lose an election you get frustrated. When you’re sitting in a subpar 2 percent economy, and are faced with tax hikes rather than marginal rate reductions, you get even more frustrated. And when you’re staring at $47 trillion in spending over the next ten years, and $8.6 trillion in deficits, your frustration levels climb even higher. These are among the frustrations that led a number of House Republicans to pull back from Speaker John Boehner’s so-called Plan B. Nobody looked good on the Republican side when Thursday night’s vote fell through.
At the end of a busy day during which he attended a funeral, nominated his new Secretary of State and stared over the ´fiscal cliff´ President Obama packed his family off to Hawaii for Christmas. The president, Michelle, Malia and Sasha departed for his native state on Friday evening, shortly after he had delivered a statement on extended the last Bush administration´s tax cuts. Obama had told reporters ´see you next week´ at the end of his appearance in the briefing room, but the White House did not specify when the president would return to Washington. The Obama family
Jack Webb, who died thirty years ago this weekend, arrived at the right time. “After the war, people were much more realistic,” notes Peggy Webber, star of more than 100 Dragnet episodes. “They wanted things to be as honest as possible. And he filled the bill.” Dragnet, as the just-the-facts catchphrase it inspired indicates, depicted police work without the frills. Whereas other detective stories attracted listeners through the promise of a weekly shootout, Dragnet snagged them by keeping the weapons holstered. The iconic music, gimmicky teasers promising to reveal case results, and insistence that the show dramatized real-life events
Maybe America won’t go over the “fiscal cliff” after all. President Obama yesterday urged Congress to pass a middle-class tax cut for those making under $250,000 and adopt yet another unemployment-benefit extension while punting everything else — including mandatory spending cuts — until next year. The offer came one day after Speaker John Boehner was forced to yank his own tax bill from the House floor; he was unable to get enough Republicans to support a plan to keep Bush-era tax cuts in effect for Americans making less than $1 million. Recalcitrant House conservatives believed such an action —
This is a good time to see where we have come during the year now coming to a close. Some things haven’t changed very much, or so it might seem. When the year began, households reported that 142 million Americans held jobs; right now, 143 million are in work. The labor force participation rate—the portion of workers in the labor market—was 63.7 percent when we (or some of us) were sleeping off New Year’s Eve hangovers, and now stands at 63.6 percent. Fortunately, the labor market has done more than return to where it was on January 1,
In a lawsuit signifying a schism in the house that Andrew Breitbart built, former BigJournalism.com editor Dana Loesch has sued Breitbart.com LLC, claiming the company refused to release her from a contract and warned other media companies away from hiring her. Loesch, 34, is a St. Louis-based conservative radio host. She wrote in her legal filing that the fallout from her eventual departure from the Breitbart brand was an “attempt by one vindictive party to sabotage the reputation and career of another.”
Barring an unexpected Senate confirmation fight or the Mayan apocalypse, John Kerry will be the next secretary of State. No wonder a small battalion of Democrats is maneuvering to run for Kerry’s Senate seat in Massachusetts, and one of the names being floated is Teddy Kennedy Jr. On the surface, Kennedy’s candidacy might seem plausible. After all, he is Teddy’s son, and after losing his leg to cancer as a youth, he has developed a career as an advocate for the disabled. But as a political novice who doesn’t live in the state,
T he fiscal cliff. The jobless recovery. Comprehensive immigration reform. Climate change. Implementing ObamaCare. Cutting healthcare spending. Rebuilding our infrastructure. Addressing student debt. Fixing the tax code. Gun control. There is no shortage of domestic issues that this president might address.(Snip) And yet, the nature of President Obama´s campaign, coupled with a few odd choices relating to the selection of the president´s second-term cabinet, raise questions relating to whether Obama has thought carefully about what he truly cares about, or whether he is instead playing a very complicated game of whack-a-mole, reacting to events as they pop up.
WASHINGTON – Just three months after losing his campaign to be president of the United States, a politically wounded and weary Senator John Kerry took a routine fact-finding tour of the Middle East. It was one of countless overseas trips Kerry had taken in his two decades in Congress. But this time, those accompanying the Massachusetts Democrat noticed something was different. On the return leg of the trip, during a late night stroll to the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, a crowd spontaneously gathered around the former Democratic nominee for the White House.