What stunned House Speaker John Boehner more than anything else during his prolonged closed-door budget negotiations with Barack Obama was this revelation: "At one point several weeks ago," Mr. Boehner says, "the president said to me, ´We don´t have a spending problem.´ " I am talking to Mr. Boehner in his office on the second floor of the Capitol, 72 hours after the historic House vote to take America off the so-called fiscal cliff by making permanent the Bush tax cuts on most Americans, but also to raise taxes on high earners.
The 19-year-old son of U.S. Sen. Rand Paul was charged with underage drinking and disorderly conduct after being arrested over the weekend at North Carolina´s Charlotte Douglas International Airport, authorities said. William Hilton Paul was arrested Saturday following a flight from Kentucky to North Carolina, according to the Mecklenburg County Sheriff´s Office in Charlotte.(Snip) The senator´s office released a statement calling the issue a private family matter. "Sen. Paul is a national public figure and subject to scrutiny in the public arena, however, as many parents with teenagers would understand, his family should be afforded the privacy
President Barack Obama’s decision to nominate former Nebraska Senator Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense Monday will shatter a fake consensus on American policy toward Iran and challenge what have increasingly become limits of Washington conversation about Israel. Administration officials say Obama chose Hagel for mundane reasons — a personal relationship, experience with veterans issues, and even the “tradition” — but they have thrust the combative former combat veteran into a bitter Washington battleground. And the left-leaning foreign policy forces who spent four years disappointed in a the president of drone strikes and surveillance powers are suddenly feeling vindication.
During the hearings on Chuck Hagel’s nomination to be secretary of defense, it’s clear that the views of gay rights organizations will be heard. There the issue seems to be whether Hagel’s apology for previous remarks and beliefs was sincere, or motivated solely by self-interest. He had years to apologize publicly, but did so only when opposition from gay rights groups threatened his nomination.
Diva Diana Ross threw a supreme hissy fit at restaurant La Scala in Beverly Hills after she was not allowed to sit at a table until her daughter showed up. The tony Italian eatery has a policy of not seating incomplete parties unless someone has a reservation. According to witnesses, Ross arrived there for lunch Thursday afternoon ahead of her daughter. She then asked to be seated, but was denied. But Ross marched forth to a corner booth anyway.
Sometimes, “good riddance” just doesn’t suffice. It is hard to imagine a bureaucrat who has done more comprehensive damage to American interests than Lisa Jackson, the departing head of the Environmental Protection Agency. During her four years as administrator, Jackson has put her radical environmental agenda before the wellbeing of the U.S. economy, the integrity of science, and even the structure of the American political system itself. Start with her regulatory record. Since January 2009, Jackson’s EPA has issued 20 “major” regulations — defined as rules with an economic cost of $100 million or more each year.
Over and over again, we are told that direct U.S.-Iranian negotiations would be a radical departure from past practice, and might decisively improve the “relationship.” Both claims are false. Direct negotiations would not be new — talks between the United States and the leaders of the Islamic Republic have been conducted by every administration since Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini brought down the shah — and there is no reason to believe that a “grand bargain” is on the horizon. The Obama administration started talking to the Iranian regime even before the 2008 elections, and those talks have continued apace.
There’s a rather strange case brewing out in Kansas right now involving a man being sued by the state for child support. That, in and of itself, is sadly not all that unusual in modern society, but this one has a twist. The guy was a sperm donor. But that’s not the only twist in an increasingly complicated tale. If you’re planning to donate sperm in Kansas, you may want to do it through a doctor. That’s one message from the case of William Marotta of Topeka.
Is nothing sacred? In Washington the answer is no. As the last Congress sought to avoid the “fiscal cliff” and raced toward adjournment, the House refused to vote on a pork-ridden bill sold as aid for the victims of Hurricane Sandy. That triggered a splenetic outburst from Rep. Peter King (R-NY), who complained that the GOP stuck a “knife in the back of New Yorkers and New Jerseyites.” It was an example of political extortion at its worst. In Washington political fraud rules. The $60 billion bill did not live up to its sales pitch.
ABC´s Jonathan Karl reported this morning that there is not enough Democratic support in the Senate right now to confirm Chuck Hagel as secretary of defense:(Snip for video)"I talked this morning to top Democratic staffer in the Senate who said this is not a guarantee that he will get confirmed, that there are enough Democrats that are concerned about hagel to put him well short of 50, until he makes the case," said Karl.
At a ceremony commemorating the late U.S. President Richard M. Nixon´s 100th birthday, politicians, a military official and Nixon´s eldest daughter on Sunday remembered him as an underappreciated president and a foreign policy genius. Nixon, the Cold War-era Republican stalwart who opened U.S. relations with communist China, was the only American president to resign from office, leaving the White House in disgrace over the Watergate scandal. ´He looked at (the world) as a world with 200 countries and 200 leaders, and he studied every one of those leaders, and he knew most of them,´ said Bruce Herschensohn,
Chicago police were conducting homicide investigations after 19-year-old man was fatally shot Sunday evening on the South Side and another man died following a West Side stabbing. About 7 p.m. Sunday, two people approached the 19-year-old in a front yard in the 8400 block of South Martin Luther King Drive, police said. The man was struck multiple times in his chest, Chicago Police Department News Affairs Officer Joshua Purkiss said. He was pronounced dead at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn at 8:00 p.m., according to the Cook County medical examiner´s office.
Her father Bruce Springsteen might have been ´born to run,´ but she was born to ride. Jessica Springsteen, the only daughter of the 63-year-old rock star, mounted her loyal steed on Sunday afternoon to take part in the The Trump Invitational $100,000 Grand Prix at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach. The 21-year-old equestrian, who´s been riding since she was 15, was dressed in traditional English-style riding helmet and boots along with a preppy polo shirt and white trousers.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has told West Bank officials to prepare to put the words "State of Palestine" on public documents, official media say. Until now passports, ID cards, driving licences and other documents have been stamped "Palestinian Authority". In November, Mr Abbas led a successful campaign for the UN to upgrade the Palestinians´ status to that of a non-member observer state. The status was previously that of a non-member observer entity. In a decree carried on Sunday by the official Wafa news agency, Mr Abbas said the move on labelling public documents would help bolster the Palestinian state
US President Barack Obama is to nominate John Brennan as the next director of the Central Intelligence Agency, the White House has said. Mr Brennan, who has worked for the CIA for a quarter of a century, is currently the president´s chief counter-terrorism adviser. Mr Brennan, who was considered for the role in 2008, is to be formally nominated later on Monday. His appointment must be confirmed by the Senate.
WASHINGTON - President Obama will nominate Chuck Hagel as his next defense secretary, a senior administration official said Sunday, choosing a former Senate colleague and a decorated Vietnam veteran and signaling he´s ready for a contentious confirmation fight likely dominated by questions about Hagel´s stands on Israel and Iran. Obama, who avoided a Capitol Hill battle by deciding not to nominate U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice as his first choice for secretary of state, went ahead with Hagel, 66, even as leading Republicans announced their opposition — though they stopped short of saying they might try to block Hagel.
In just a few short years, state legislatures and education agencies across the country have sought to transform American public education by passing a series of laws and policies overhauling teacher tenure, introducing the use of standardized test scores in performance evaluations and expanding charter schools. (Snip) In a report issued Monday, StudentsFirst ranks states based on how closely they follow the group’s platform, looking at policies related not only to tenure and evaluations but also to pensions and the governance of school districts. The group uses the classic academic grading system, awarding states A to F ratings.
While in the midst of a wholesale reevaluation of the right to private property, it is timely to reexamine the history of US property rights. What exactly caused America’s unparallelled level of prosperity and freedom? Certainly our economic success then created unparallelled global influence and military might. But what factors allowed America’s stunning growth in economic power in such a short period of time? This economic success was driven by a firm Rule of Law regime which supported the Constitution’s unique defense of private property.
“NYSR to Sell Itself in $8.2 Billion Deal” was the lead story in the December 21, 2012 edition of The Wall Street Journal.” “The New York Stock Exchange, the cornerstone of American capitalism for 220 years, agreed to be sold as part of an $8.2 billion takeover by IntercontinentalExchange, Inc. If regulators and shareholders approve, the combined company would own 14 stock and futures exchanges and five clearing operations that serve as middlemen between buyers and sellers of futures and other contracts, doing more things in more places than any other rival.
Sounds like a personal vendetta ahead of genuine regret. CBS Late Show host David Letterman admitted to Oprah Winfrey, in an interview first aired Sunday night, that he backtracked after outrage erupted following a sex joke he told involving Sarah Palin’s then-14-year-old daughter Willow, not because it was highly inappropriate, but primarily so he could continue ridiculing Willow’s mother: I’ll tell you why I apologized. I felt like Sarah Palin was somebody I wanted to continue to be able to make fun of and I felt like if I don’t apologize, if I don’t sincerely express my regret,
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will return to work on Monday after a month-long absence caused by a series of health scares, including a blood clot in her head, the State Department said.(Snip) According to the schedule, the US top diplomat will meet at 9:15 am (1415 GMT) on Monday with her assistant secretaries at the State Department in Washington. The meetings will be closed to the press. A series of other meetings is planned through the week including talks at the White House on Tuesday with Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and National Security Advisor Tom Donilon.
WASHINGTON— If or when the Pentagon lets women become infantry troops — the country´s front-line warfighters — how many women will want to? The answer is probably not many. Interviews with a dozen female soldiers and Marines showed little interest in the toughest fighting jobs. They believe they´d be unable to do them, even as the Defense Department inches toward changing its rules to allow women in direct ground combat jobs. In fact, the Marines asked women last year to go through its tough infantry officer training to see how they would fare. Only two volunteered and both failed
In an interview with Stephen Moore of the Wall Street Journal, newly re-elected House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) opened up about President Obama’s utter unwillingness to cut a single dollar from federal spending. In a stunning admission, Obama reportedly told Boehner, “We don’t have a spending problem.” Boehner added that President Obama continues to maintain that America’s federal deficit is caused not by governmental overspending but by “a health-care problem.” Said Boehner, “They blame all of the fiscal woes on our health-care system.” Boehner told Obama, “Clearly we have a health-care problem, which is about to get worse with Obamacare.
First CNN, now Current TV. Former New York state governor Eliot Spitzer is on his way out the door from another television gig - this time due to changes at the top as Middle Eastern media giant Al Jazeera finalizes its deal to buy Al Gore’s Current TV channel for $500 million. Spitzer ´has chosen to step back from hosting,´ and will no longer appear on his show ‘Viewpoint,’ a Current spokeswoman said on Sunday. Spitzer, the disgraced politician turned liberal television host, confirmed the news, noting that his professional relationship was with
According to the Washington Post´s Philip Rucker, President Obama is committed to moving quickly on gun violence legislation. Reported as good news, in truth this carefully projected haste and urgency ought to be regarded -- and would be reported, by a media that did not have a stake in leftist authoritarianism -- as the gravest warning sign. "A warning sign of what?" asks the scoffing useful idiot. "Of the end of even the pretense of liberal democracy, constitutional republicanism, or any other form of government answerable to the governed."
California has millions more guns than it did 10 years ago. It also has thousands fewer gun injuries and deaths each year. Those are two simple facts that, depending on whom you ask, have everything or nothing to do with each other. Last month´s horrific Connecticut school shooting has reignited the debate over gun control in California, a state with some of the nation´s strictest gun laws. State legislators will likely take up additional gun law proposals later this year, ranging from further limits on ammunition purchases to requiring regular background checks for gun owners. If recent trends hold, that