BOSTON — Liberal groups have launched twin online petitions aimed at pressuring Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick to temporarily name former Congressman Barney Frank to Sen. John Kerry´s seat if Kerry is confirmed as secretary of state. The Progressive Change Campaign Committee, which helped raise money for Democrat Elizabeth Warren during her successful Senate campaign, has launched a new website and online petition. The petition points to potential cuts to Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid and says "we can´t afford to have our other senator be lukewarm, undecided, or uncertain." "We need someone who we are 100 percent confident will fight
The nominations for the 2013 Academy Awards, or Oscars, were announced by Seth MacFarlane and Emma Stone Thursday. The ceremony, which will air Feb. 24 at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, will also be hosted by MacFarlane. “Lincoln” led the pack with 12 nominations, including Best Director, Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress. Other films receiving nominations were “Silver Linings Playbook,” including Best Director, Best Actor and Best Actress, and “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” including Best Director, Best
The hot new video at MRCTV.org is 1995 footage of Attorney General Eric Holder, when he was the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia. In his remarks before the Woman´s National Democratic Club, broadcast by CSPAN 2, Holder said people should be ashamed to own guns, just the way that cigarette smokes now "cower outside of buildings" to smoke. "What we need to do is change the way in which people think about guns, especially young people, and make it something that´s not cool, that it´s not acceptable, it´s not hip
In 2000, Rosie O´Donnell´s bodyguard applied for a gun permit in Greenwich, Connecticut, presumably so he could protect O´Donnell´s child on the way to a public school. The gun permit was, Rosie claimed, sought by the security firm of her bodyguard and not O´Donnell herself -- but she did not veto the decision. O´Donnell was therefore a partner with, an enabler of, the one who paid (indirectly) for this application for gun usage, regardless of how she attempted to compartmentalize the decision in her mind as someone else´s action and responsibility. Author corrected by staff
So how are you today? Chances are that you’re very similar to how you were yesterday, or will be tomorrow. But that will not prevent the question being asked of you, accompanied by a plausible attempt at a smile, with every routine transaction such as ordering a coffee at Starbucks, paying for groceries at Tesco or buying toothpaste at Boots. For we have entered the age of service not just with a smile but, if you are not careful, with a series of inquiries about your health, your first name, the programmes you watch on television and the football team
Is it modern art? Is it a slinky? No — it’s the new signature on our cash. President Obama’s treasury-secretary nominee — Queens native and current Chief of Staff Jacob “Jack” Lew — has an oddly loopy autograph that will soon grace all of our national paper currency. Lew’s signature — which looks like a strand of hair gone though a curler treatment — might even be too peculiar to grace our greenbacks, political insiders said. “Whoa! That’s completely unintelligible,” said a Senate finance aide. “This doesn’t look like anyone’s name at all.”
A Romanian man has told police his wife was the shoplifter filmed on CCTV grabbing a startled kitten in a pet shop and bundling it into her handbag. The man and his wife handed over the eight-week-old black and white cat, called Little Boy, who was back with its owner today unharmed. A Romanian woman, 41, was being questioned by police today over the alleged theft--which has caused public outrage over the way the kitnapper roughly man-handled the pet and forced it into a black zip-up bag. Little Boy was being looked after by animal lover Carol Ivory, 62
Bruce Alberts is the editor of Science magazine, though it´s not exactly clear what the 75-year-old Alberts actually does there. The magazine is headquartered in New York, but Alberts is apparently headquartered in San Francisco. Alberts is obviously a scientist with broad interests -- or, depending on your point of view, a know-it-all who is spread very thin. According to his website, he has managed to collect 16 honorary degrees and currently serves on 25 non-profit boards. Yet this busy man still finds the time to lecture our political leaders.
As Congress mulled higher tax rates last month, dozens of corporate executives sold big chunks of stock, saving themselves millions of dollars in taxes. A Wall Street Journal review of securities filings found that 58 executives sold stock valued at $10 million or more in December as talks intensified over raising tax rates. On Jan. 1, Congress voted to increase taxes on income, capital gains and dividends for high earners. Capital gains were hit more than other types of income, according to David Kautter, the managing director of the Kogod Tax Center at American University in Washington, D.C.
It was August 1998 and Washington was embroiled in President Clinton’s adultery scandals. Chuck Hagel, though, had his eye on the next president. So he asked George W. Bush if Hagel could meet with him at the governor’s mansion in Austin, Texas. Karl Rove, then a top adviser to the governor, says he remembers Hagel flying to Austin after Rove politely tried to dissuade him from the trip because the governor’s schedule was crowded.Hagel flew to Austin anyway. In a meeting with Bush, Rove says, the freshman Nebraska senator
White Britons could also become a minority in Birmingham by the end of the decade. Large numbers of Eastern European immigrants could be behind the transformation of Leicester, Luton and Slough, the University of Manchester study said. In Luton, white Britons comprise 45 percent of the population, Pakistanis make up 14 percent and Bangladeshis seven percent. While in Leicester, 45 percent are white British, 28 percent are Indian and other Asians and Africans comprise eight percent. The figures, based on the 2011 census, showed Slough comprises 35 percent white British, 18 percent Pakistanis and 16 percent Indian.
There is a new idea racing through the chattering classes for how President Obama could avoid the debt ceiling. (Snip)Of course, there is one small problem: Platinum is currently selling for about $1,590 a troy ounce. So a $1 trillion coin would weigh 26,221 “troy tons,” which might present a bit of a transportation problem getting from the mint to the Federal Reserve. There is also the problem that nowhere near that much platinum has ever been mined since the metal first came to the attention of chemists in the 1740s.
How many times have you tried to have a serious conversation about current events only to have your listeners say, "I´m not interested in politics"? These are the low-info voters that the Republicans have never been able to communicate with but the Democrats know exactly how to reach them. That is why they concentrate their connections in the mainstream media and Hollywood and why these voters know more about the Kardashians than what the fiscal cliff means to the economy or where Benghazi is. It´s also why these voters tune out boring Republicans who continue to blah, blah, blah
News reports indicate that President Obama will appoint White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew to replace Tim Geithner as Secretary of the Treasury. The Associated Press applauds Obama’s choice, telling us that Lew is a “pragmatic liberal” who “is well-liked in Washington by both Democrats and Republicans.” What the AP doesn’t tell us is that Lew has made signal contributions to the culture of lies, dishonesty and lack of transparency that characterizes the Obama administration
The world is a better place because of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state. That’s not the question. The question is whether it is a better place because of those last 20 hours of her 80-hour work week. Or because of the extra miles she flew to distant capitals? On one trip in 2009, according to the New York Times, “she traveled from talks with Palestinian leaders in Abu Dhabi to a midnight meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem, then boarded a plane for Morocco, staying up all night to work on other issues,
WASHINGTON—I have one question about the way Majority Leader Harry Reid has been conducting the Senate. Has he committed a felony or a mere misdemeanor? The wags will say that a politician from Nevada does not commit misdemeanors, but I am in earnest. The difference between whether Dingy Harry—as he is known by the eminent political scientist Dr. Rush Limbaugh—shuffles off to a federal prison or merely pays a hefty fine is significant. I suppose we can leave it to the federal prosecutors to decide, but if he gets off on a misdemeanor
As America´s opinion-shaping elite continue debating the debt-ceiling end-around of minting a trillion-dollar platinum coin, we´ve begun to wonder about the logistics of protecting an object of such unprecedented value. Where would we store it? How would we prevent it from being stolen by Mr. Burns? For answers, we called up former Chief of the U.S. Mint Police Bill Daddio (yes, Daddio is his real name), who, for 27 years, until he retired in 2007, was "responsible for directing all protection programs and law enforcement functions for all the U.S. Mints facilities
Odds are, the Supreme Court will strike down a key provision of the Voting Rights Act after hearing a case from Alabama that will be argued next month. If the part of the law called Section 5 does indeed go down, minority voters in Southern states and elsewhere will lose a key bargaining chip. Section 5 has enabled them to beat back some attempts to make it harder for them to vote, and helped insure that the gains they’ve made in representation and redistricting are not rolled back. As another recent fight over South Carolina’s voter ID law shows,
Gun rights groups are suspicious of the attorney general´s involvement in the task force being led by Vice President Biden. Attorney General Eric Holder will be the nation’s top law enforcement official as the administration tackles new restrictions on guns in a major initiative of President Obama’s second term. The administration announced Wednesday that Holder, a long-time foe of the National Rifle Association, would remain with Obama for a second term. The announcement came the same day Holder sat shoulder to shoulder with Vice President Biden and gun-control advocates in a meeting at the White House.
Disaster relief bills usually fly through Congress like legislative comets. But not the $60 billion package for Superstorm Sandy, most of which is still crawling along more than two months after the storm hit. This sluggishness has triggered howls of outrage and charges of backstabbing from the New York and New Jersey delegations. Truth be told, though, the bill is generous to fault, rushing spending that in many cases needs much closer scrutiny. Even in Washington, $60 billion is a lot of money. In fact, it´s almost exactly how much the government will collect
Jerry Sandusky gets a shot at regaining some of his freedom Thursday, when his lawyers launch an appeal to reverse his conviction on multiple counts of child sex abuse. The coach was sentenced in October to no less than 30 years and no more than 60 years in prison for abusing 10 boys during a 15-year period. He originally faced the possibility of up to a 400-year prison term. The former Penn State assistant football coach will appear at the Center County court in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, where his legal team will make a "post-sentence motion."
When Labor Secretary Hilda Solis announced Wednesday that she is leaving the Obama administration, my colleague Philip Klein remarked that President Obama “may as well cut to the chase and nominate Richard Trumka” to replace her. It was a reasonable idea, given big labor’s influence in the Democratic world. But the fact is, even AFL-CIO chief Trumka could not have been more loyal to organized labor’s agenda than the departing secretary. Democratic administrations usually make the Department of Labor a branch office of the AFL-CIO, but none did it with more enthusiasm than Hilda Solis.
The major media do not want to cover the issue of marijuana causing mental illness. But because a prominent Democrat, Patrick Kennedy, has raised it, the media have nowhere left to hide. The news that he says marijuana “Destroys the brain and expedites psychosis” was big news and a big headline in The Washington Post. Kennedy fought alcoholism and an addiction to prescription drugs and is now taking on the marijuana lobby, while getting verbal abuse from the potheads in return. The Marijuana Policy Project calls his new group, SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana), the “new threat”