MSNBC’s Now panelists took to the airwaves on Friday to celebrate the historic nature of the fact that the 113th Congress features a single African-American in the Senate, and that senator is a Republican… Just kidding. In fact, the panelists took that opportunity to highlight the continued problems that the Republican party faces with average minority voters, in spite of the increasing number of GOP minority officeholders. Some went so far as to attribute Sen. Tim Scott’s (R-SC) career to Republican legislator to “affirmative action.”
Connecticut State Representative Stephen D. Dargan (D-New Haven), co-chairman of the state’s Public Safety Committee, has introduced a bill that would make public the names and addresses of gun permit holders in Connecticut under the state’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Dargan’s bill is in response to the Dec. 14th shootings in the Sandy Hook School in Newtown, CT, and also occurs as a Westchester County, NY newspaper, the Journal News, is drawing widespread, nationwide anger for publishing a map with the names and addresses of gun permit holders. The bill, if passed, would reverse the state
A day after reelection to his position, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) signaled he would insist on a dollar-per-dollar match between new spending cuts and borrowing, as President Barack Obama and Republicans head toward another clash concerning the debt ceiling. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geither announced the country has already hit its $16-trillion debt ceiling, which means Congress must agree to raise the limit within the next two months or risk default. According to the Los Angeles Times, Boehner told Republican members in a closed-door meeting on Friday
When Nancy Pelosi asked that question in 2003, the unemployment rate was 6.1 percent. The unemployment rate for blacks was 11 percent. GDP, however, was growing at a 7.2 percent clip, and barely more than a year later the unemployment rate had fallen to 4.9 percent. That didn’t stop Pelosi and her allies, including many in the news media, from repeatedly asking the above question and proclaiming the jobs picture to be the worst since Herbert Hoover. Today’s jobs report for December marks 48 consecutive months with unemployment at 7.8 percent or higher.
Socialism: While the U.S. punishes millionaires, Russia and China reward them. In the upside-down era of Barack Obama, the capitalists act like communists and the communists act like capitalists. Our multimillionaire president frowns on "millionaires and billionaires" and soaks them with higher taxes. But Russia loves them and even offers refugees of high-tax countries asylum. Last week, the Kremlin, once headquarters of the Evil Empire, granted millionaire French actor Gerard Depardieu Russian citizenship so he can avail himself of Russia´s 13% flat tax and avoid his home country´s proposed new 75% supertax on millionaires.
Anyone still need a reason to abandon "grand bargains" and deals negotiated between this President and GOP Congressional leaders? Here it is: The revival of two dormant provisions of the tax code means the much ballyhooed $450,000 income threshold for the highest tax rate is largely fake. The two provisions are the infamous PEP and Pease, which aficionados of stealth tax increases will recognize immediately as relics of the 1990 tax increase. Those measures, which limit deductions and exemptions for higher-income taxpayers, expired in 2010. The Obama tax bill revived them this week.
Racism: The once-proud NAACP has dissed a new African-American Republican senator as a token who knows nothing about civil rights because, well, he´s a Republican — unlike, say, Democrats who opposed the Civil Rights Act. NAACP President Ben Jealous made the claim Wednesday concerning Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C. — the first black senator from the South since Reconstruction and the first black GOP senator since 1979, when Edward W. Brooke of Massachusetts retired. Indeed, Scott is only the seventh African-American ever to serve in the chamber.
By all accounts, President Obama won the fiscal-cliff showdown. Why anyone would take much pride in this kind of “win” is beyond me. It’s a bit like being the least filthy toddler in the mud pit. One of the main reasons Obama won, according not only to Obama but to a sometimes cheering press, is that he had a mandate. He ran on the need for the wealthy to “pay their fair share.” To his credit, Obama never said raising taxes on the “rich” will solve all of our problems. What he did say, however, is that he couldn’t
The budget crisis is over. Long live the budget crisis. Now that the fiscal cliff has been resolved, we’re on to the fight over raising the debt ceiling. President Barack Obama wants no part of it. Huffing and stomping his feet immediately after Congress passed his tax increases to avoid the cliff, he insisted that there is no way he’ll negotiate over the debt ceiling. That would be so inappropriate. Cue the hostage-taking analogies, the talk of extremism, the lamentations over a broken Washington. But why is the president outraged that someone would use the leverage of an impending event
Ali Gharib mischaracterizes my piece in The New Republic in many ways while also avoiding the main question of whether a right-wing Republican former Senator would be a better Defense Secretary than Michèle Flournoy. He begins by using insulting phrases (“cobbles together,” “misguided”), then imputes to me positions I don’t hold, and then misrepresents what I said. I appreciate that he and Peter Beinart have offered me a chance to reply. I can’t take up every quibble I have—and anyway, these back-and-forth blogging exchanges grow tedious quite fast, for the writers as well
MIAMI -- Around 7:30 p.m. ET on Jan. 3, 2012, DeAndra Chapman wrote the following message on a CaringBridge page, a website that was providing family and friends with updates on the condition of her ailing 3-year-old daughter: It is with an overwhelmingly heavy heart that I type this status. Today, after a seizure, Starla left us. And after two minutes of chest compressions she was revived. We later found that another ECHO showed even more decreased heart function than before. She is now on life support and we need a miracle!!!!!!
Have we gone too far? It´s a question we ask at the outset of every outrageous new reality series—be it "Survivor" or "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo." It´s also usually an early sign of a show´s success. (Snip) "All My Babies´ Mamas," a one-hour reality special slated to air in the spring of 2013, features Carlos "Shawty Lo" Walker, an Atlanta-based hip-hop artist with 11 children by 10 different women. Oh, he´s also got a 19-year-old girlfriend, who´s a year shy of his oldest child. By the looks of the leaked sneak peak and an early press release
A pro-lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender group issued a statement today urging President Barack Obama not to nominate Chuck Hagel as secretary of defense. "GetEQUAL strongly opposes the potential nomination of Chuck Hagel to become the next Secretary of Defense. Hagel has, time and time again, taken every opportunity to lambast and denigrate lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Americans, and the Cabinet is no place for this kind of disrespect," writes the chair GetEQUAL´s board Tanya Domi. Hagel's recent apology for his insulting comments about the nomination of
Senator Harry Reid, the Democratic majority leader, said today on the Senate floor that Hurricane Katrina was "nothing in comparison" to Hurricane Sandy:(Snip for video)"When we had that devastating Katrina, we were there within days, taking care of Mississippi, Alabama, and especially Louisiana," said Reid. "Within days. We are now past two months with the people of New York. And the people of New Orleans, in that area, they were hurt, but nothing in comparison to what´s happened to the people in New England."
Another of Hurricane Sandy’s victims expressed his disgust with the president this afternoon: “He’s a phony, he’s a liar. Straight out liar. He said to me, face to face, that, ‘he’s going to cut the red tape.’ We’re two months now, and no red tapes been cut. He told me things are going to be taken care of, FEMA has to listen to him.” Also, as a bonus, wait for his take on the extension of unemployment benefits.
House Republicans signaled Thursday they will not follow rules in President Obama´s healthcare law that were designed to speed Medicare cuts through Congress. The House is set to vote Thursday afternoon on rules for the 113th Congress. The rules package says the House won´t comply with fast-track procedures for the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) — a controversial cost-cutting board Republicans have long resisted. The rules package signals that Republicans might not bring up Medicare cuts recommended by the IPAB — blocking part of a politically controversial law, and resisting Medicare spending cuts.
Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) suggested Friday that Republicans should be willing to shut down the government if they are unable to extract suitable concessions in the upcoming negotiations over the debt ceiling and sequestration. In an op-ed in the Houston Chronicle, Cornyn says that President Obama´s insistence that he will not negotiate over the debt ceiling again "is unacceptable" and that Republicans should put the president on notice over the potential consequences. "The coming deadlines will be the next flashpoints in our ongoing fight to bring fiscal sanity to Washington," Cornyn writes.
A radical new kind of airship funded by the US military is about to make its first test flight - and it looks uncannily like the Thunderbird 2 craft from the classic TV show. The Aeroscraft airship will carry three times as much as the biggest military cargo planes over thousands of miles, use a third of the fuel, and it doesn´t even need a landing strip. It could also have major implications for cargo haulage, and almost everything now laboriously transported across the planet´s surface by boat, train and lorry could within years be carried through the skies,
On January 2, Vanity Fair ran an all-out attack on the constitution, the 2nd Amendment, and common sense in a column by Kurt Eichenwald titled, "Let´s Repeal the Second Amendment." Eichenwald´s approach consists of attacking the NRA, arguing that gun owners avoid discussing more gun control by saying they don´t want to "politicize" shootings, and taking the standard progressive position that there wasn´t really a right to keep and bear arms until Justice Antonin Scalia created one in recent Supreme Court decisions. One of his criticisms of the NRA is that they opposed forcing "states to
RUSH: This is hilarious. I have CNN on one of my monitors here, and you may have heard that Hugo Chavez -- the dictator and communist leader in Venezuela -- is nearing room temperature. And this has the CNN people distressed. I mean, he´s a great socialist leader! He´s done great things to impoverish his people, but everybody´s equal down there. It´s cool. And, of course, with Chavez nearing the great reward, the Great Socialist in the Sky, they´re bringing on (in advance of his expiration) a bunch of tributes. Normally they wait ´til people die to do tributes, but I
Last month, sports broadcaster Bob Costas set off a controversy when he read a pro-gun control column by Fox Sports columnist Jason Whitlock during halftime of NBC’s primetime broadcast of “Sunday Night Football” after the tragic murder-suicide of Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher. Whitlock went on to make a series of controversial statements, likening the National Rifle Association to the Ku Klux Klan and then implying that Fox News host Bill O’Reilly was a “slave overlord.” On Wednesday, Whitlock took to his Twitter account, which has a following of over 155,000, to liken Hoover
This photograph, released by the White House on Thursday, reveals the terrible moment when President Barack Obama was told the shocking news about the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School. The President, who has described the day of the shootings as the ‘worst day of my presidency,’ is seen bowing his head and closing his eyes as John Brennan, his deputy national security adviser, informs him about the tragic events unfolding in Newtown, Connecticut. In the wake of the tragedy, the president has tasked his deputy Joe Biden with leading a task force
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said the unemployment rate remaining flat at 7.8 percent shows a “good pace” and that the country is “going in the right direction.” “Good morning. It’s a good morning indeed, I think,” Pelosi said, as she began her weekly press conference on Capitol Hill on Friday. “155,000 jobs added in December.” “Good pace, going in the right direction,” she said. “1.8 million private sector jobs gained in 2012. December was the 34th consecutive month of private-sector job creation.”
Out of all the guests to talk Hugo Chavez´s illness, CNN brought on Chavez-fan Oliver Stone on Friday. Stone lauded him as "magnanimous, warm, warm man, big man." Anchor Suzanne Malveaux actually played clips of Stone´s documentary involving Chavez, which Time magazine called a "love story" for the dictator. Yes, this is the same network whose founder said he trusted the North Koreans and defended Kim Jong Il. [Video below the break. Audio here.] Malveaux started off with this softball: "I noticed you were smiling as we were watching the documentary, that Chavez still makes you smile.