Washington–The 113th US Congress was sworn in on Thursday without some of the most prominent pro- Israel voices that have been heard on Capitol Hill in recent years. The number of Jewish lawmakers also dropped, despite three new Jewish representatives and a senator, but pro-Israel activists said they expected the new Congress to remain as supportive of Israel as in years past. Veteran backers of Israel with senior positions in their respective chambers, including Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Connecticut), Rep. Howard Berman (DCalifornia) and Gary Ackerman (DNew York), either retired or lost their election bids. Other loud voices for Israel
As police search for his co-defendant, a 28-year-old man charged with kidnapping, robbery and attempted human trafficking was cut loose after his arrest in a move prosecutors in Seattle describe as troubling. King County prosecutors contend the men planned to take a 22-year-old woman to Las Vegas and force her to work as a prostitute, or kill her if she refused to cooperate.. The pair’s alleged victim suffered a severe head injury after diving from a speeding car to escape ...
Middle-class workers will take a bigger hit to their income proportionately than those earning between $200,000 and $500,000 under the new fiscal cliff deal, according to the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center. Earners in the latter group will pay an average 1.3 percent more--or an additional $2,711--in taxes this year, while workers making between $30,000 and $200,000 will see their paychecks shrink by as much as 1.7 percent--or up to $1,784 - the D.C.-based think tank reported. Overall, nearly 80 percent of households will pay more money to the federal government as a result
BAKER – There´s a new thermometer on the market. But it´s unlikely to fit under your tongue. The 134-foot landmark in Baker, billed as the world´s largest thermometer, has been put up for sale. The asking price: $1.75 million. The Los Angeles Times reported Thursday the price includes the now vacant gift shop at the base and 4 acres around it. Erected in the sweltering city in 1991, the thermometer with nearly 5,000 light bulbs was intended as beacon for motorists headed to and from Las Vegas on I-15.
On Wednesday I joined a Facebook conversation among my New Jersey relatives and friends voicing their outrage over the delay in the $60-billion Sandy relief package. Hoping to make people think, I wrote, "I want our roller coaster up and running by this summer, and I don´t care if we have to borrow from the Chinese to do it." I was referring here to the Seaside Heights roller coaster that somehow managed to slide off itscrumbling pier and land standing upright in the ocean. In the process, it became something of a symbol of Sandy´s wrath.
Government unemployment numbers for December showed that while the general unemployment rate remained flat at 7.8 percent, unemployment for women and African-Americans rose despite an economy that created 155,000 jobs. Unemployment for women rose to 7.3 percent in December from 7.0 percent while the rate for African-Americans rose sharply to 14.0 percent from 13.2 percent in November. Unemployment among African Americans has remained quite high throughout the sluggish economic recovery of the past several years Source name must be spelled out in full
The White House’s Flickr account recently released a photo of President Barack Obama and his top advisers. The complete absence of women in the image is another reminder that females are underrepresented in Obama’s staff. Additionally, the president still pays his female employees significantly less than their male counterparts. The Obama White House in 2011 paid female staffers 18 percent less than their male colleagues:
I don´t think this is a widespread belief on the left - only among the kooky left who never seem to get the attention that kooky conservatives get. Mark Green, former candidate for New York city mayor, equates gun owners with child molesters: Former Democratic New York City mayoral candidate Mark Green appeared on MSNBC´s Hardball on Thursday where he advocated for the strictest of gun ownership laws. He said that there should be a registry where people can go to see if their neighbor is a gun owner, just as "Megan´s Law" allows for individuals to see
Red-faced state officials admitted last night they are trying to find as many as 19,000 missing welfare recipients — after the controversial taxpayer-funded voter registration pitches the state mailed to their addresses last summer were sent back marked “Return to sender, address unknown.” The Department of Transitional Assistance contacted 477,000 welfare recipients who were on their books from June 1, 2011, to May 31, 2012, after settling a voter-rights lawsuit brought by Democratic-leaning activist groups that demanded an aggressive voter information effort by the state. That $274,000 push by DTA resulted in 31,000 new voter registrations — but revealed
Jennifer Granholm has been touted as one of Current TV Network´s rising stars, but after the announcement that the cable network was sold to Arab-owned Al-Jazeera, she has announced she´s quitting her TV show. Granholm, a former Democrat Governor of Michigan, announced on her Facebook page that she is not going to pursue another contract with the little seen cable network most famous for having been started by a cabal fronted by former Vice President Al Gore. Granholm gave an explanation of sorts saying, We were told today that Al Jazeera is the buyer for Current TV.
SPRINGFIELD— The Illinois Senate left the State Capitol later today without voting on measures to legalize gay marriage and outlaw assault weapons, leaving the fate of those controversial issues in doubt. A committee advanced the same-sex marriage bill late this afternoon, but the sponsor acknowledged she did not have enough votes to win approval on the Senate floor.Sen. Heather Steans, D-Chicago, dismissed a question on whether she ever had a solid 30 votes lined up to pass the legislation. "Oh, no, no, no," Steans said. "We really did have the votes. We were just missing members today."
If there is anything approaching an iron law of American politics, it´s this: The next president will be a member of the same race as the current one. It´s a rule that has held through 42 of 43 transfers of power. And there´s every reason to think it will hold through the next one. The next president will, in all likelihood, be African-American, most likely one of the two African Americans who would make anybody´s list of the top 10 contenders for the Democratic nomination. This is, obviously, the sort of statistical
A scathing letter written by a Marine veteran blasting a proposed ban on assault weapons has gone viral online. Cpl. Joshua Boston wrote the letter to U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a Democrat from California, who proposed the bill banning certain firearms and requiring gun owners to register their weapons. ´I am a Marine Corps veteran of eight years, and I will not have some woman who proclaims the evil of an inanimate object, yet carries one, tell me I may not have one,´ he writes in the letter.
True to form, the New York Times saw out 2012 by publishing another apology for dictatorship. In his op-ed, Louis Michael Seidman -- Professor of Constitutional Law at Georgetown University - argues that the Constitution should be abandoned. The suggestion is so preposterous that it is tempting to dismiss the article altogether, but to do so would be to miss some very revealing implications. The article is not so much a suggestion of constitutional reform as an open call for dictatorship. Seidman begins by blaming the current governmental crisis, incredibly, on "obedience to the Constitution,"
Barney Frank admitted this morning on MSNBC that he has asked Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick to pick him to replace John Kerry in the Senate. Frank suggested he wants the seat so that he can fight for an increased debt ceiling in the Senate. He had previously said he had no interest in filling the position, but said the next few months will be "important." The appointment would only be temporary. And he´d step down after a special election to replace Kerry, who has been nominated to be the next secretary of state.
Al Jazeera´s announced plans to establish a new U.S. cable news channel via the purchase of Current TV isn´t even 48 hours old and already it finds itself in a vicious battle to retain distribution rights. Al Jazeera´s acquisition of Current TV is basically a pay-for-distribution play. The Qatar-backed network plans to replace Current TV in the more than 40 million homes where it is currently distributed with its own news network, tentatively dubbed Al Jazeera America. The new network´s success is predicated on maintaining, if not increasing, that level of distribution.
During the "fiscal cliff" battle, I asked several Republican lawmakers why they didn´t push harder for spending cuts in exchange for their historic concession to vote for higher taxes. They invariably answered that they were waiting for the fight over raising the debt ceiling. Then, they promised, Republicans would demand serious cuts, especially in entitlement spending, from President Obama. Their thinking was this: The GOP was on the wrong side of the polls in the battle over raising taxes on the highest earners. Surveys showed substantial public support for the president and Democrats
To say that Congress looked like a clown show this week is an insult to self-respecting clowns. Painful though it may be, let’s review what just happened. Our august legislators — aided and abetted by President Obama — manufactured a fake crisis. They then proceeded to handle it so incompetently that they turned it into a real one. The bogus “fiscal cliff” — and please, let’s never, ever use those words again — was designed as a doomsday mechanism to force Congress and the president to make tough decisions. But resistance to the very concept
WASHINGTON -- U.S. employers added 155,000 jobs in December, a steady gain that shows hiring held up during tense fiscal cliff negotiations in Washington. The solid job growth wasn´t enough to push down the unemployment rate, which stayed 7.8 percent last month, according to the Labor Department´s report Friday. November´s rate was revised higher from an initially reported 7.7 percent. Stock futures rose modestly after the report was released. Robust hiring in manufacturing and construction fueled
I know, I know. The bailout worked and all headlines today present GM as having its best year since this and that. But here is raw data that you won´t see in many places: GM sold 2,595, 717 units in the Unites States during 2012; this is an 11% drop of the almost 3,000,000 units GM in 2008. GM U.S. sales in 2012 is lower and worse than any of the eight years Bush was in office. (snip) Total U.S. 2012 Auto Sales (all firms combined) are up 9% from 2008, but GM is down 11% in the same period
A sesquicentennial is a really big deal! A century and a half ago, something happened that affects us today. So why was the abolition of slavery in the United States (if that isn´t a big deal, what is?) worthy of almost no attention when it marked its sesquicentennial on January first, 2013? (snip) President Obama is a media glutton, yet he had no words of praise commemorating this great day. Perhaps he felt that the USPS had done enough, issuing a commemorative postage stamp.
If you are reading this blog post, you are in a minority of your fellow citizens in several ways. Firstly, you actually care about politics. Most Americans do not. Secondly, you care enough about being informed about political issues that you actually are interested in going out of your way to read up on conservative positions. Thirdly, if you are a conservative reading NewsBusters, you are further in the minority because you actually understand that media and culture actually control the political environment. Unfortunately, most conservatives have failed to understand this. And it is the reason
The rapid rise in sea levels could cause a dramatic increase in volcanic eruptions, according to a new study. The study, published in the journal Geology, found that during periods of rapid climate change over the last million years, the rapid melting of continental glaciers and the resulting sea-level rise eventually increased volcanic eruptions as much as fold. "Everybody knows that volcanoes have an impact on climate," said study co-author Marion Jegen, a geophysicist at Geomar in Germany. "What we found was just the opposite." The findings were based only on natural changes in climate, so it´s not clear
WASHINGTON - Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner´s plans to leave near the end of January put the White House in a tricky spot, depriving the Obama administration of its longest-serving economic adviser for its next fiscal showdown with Congress. Geithner, who spent his years as Treasury secretary battling the financial crisis and then fighting with Republican lawmakers in 2011 over raising the U.S. debt ceiling, has wanted to leave government service for some time. The Treasury Department said Geithner "has previously stated that he plans to be at Treasury until around" the January 21 inauguration. The department said
AUSTIN, Texas — Tea party darling Ted Cruz has been sworn in as U.S. senator and says his first order of business will be introducing a bill he knows will never pass. Cruz is a Cuban-American and former state solicitor general. On Thursday, he became the first Hispanic to represent Texas in the Senate. He has pledged that his first bill would seek to repeal “every syllable of every word” of the Obama administration’s health care reform law. Now in office, Cruz said he will keep that promise, even though he knows Senate
While Hillary Clinton was in the hospital it was daughter Chelsea -- not the secretary of state or the former president Bill Clinton -- who spoke for the family. She, along with the State Department, doled out what little information the family wanted to share in a series of tweets and when her mother was released from the hospital, it was Chelsea who delivered the thanks on behalf of her parents, tweeting her gratitude to the doctors as well as those who kept her mother in their thoughts while she recovered from a blood clot. When Hillary Clinton leaves office