LOS ANGELES — Is President Barack Obama a man of integrity? Or is he corrupt? These aren´t questions that can easily be addressed through the partisan lens. Many Obama supporters worship him not for anything he does, but for what he is, and is not: He is a biracial political liberal, the culmination of liberals´ hopes and dreams. He is not a conservative Republican. For many liberals, that suffices. Yet President Obama is not a symbol or race, but a man and the President. He must be judged as a man and a president.
Rev. Louie Giglio, who had been announced as the pastor to give the benediction at the presidential inauguration, has now pulled himself out of the ceremony, after criticism of his previous anti-gay comments and actions, sources confirmed to ABC News. Giglio, who is now Pastor at Passion City Church in Georgia and his role at Obama’s second inauguration was first announced Tuesday. But the liberal website Thinkprogress reported Wednesday on audio of Giglioi delivering a sermon in the mid-1990s in which he said homosexuality is a sin and advocated gay “recovery.” Here is one passage from Giglio’s mid-90s
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau unveiled new mortgage lending rules Thursday, designed to protect borrowers from the worst of the risky banking practices that ultimately led to the 2008 housing bust. The new Ability-to-Pay rules require lenders to ensure that would-be borrowers can afford the mortgage debt they take on by verifying important financial information such as employment and debt obligations, and the rules bar lenders from basing ability to repay on low teaser rates. "The core of the Ability-to-Repay rule rests on two basic, common-sense precepts: Lenders have to check
Adam Carolla says he´s been through the “Hollywood washing machine,” and he´s glad not to deal with any more spin cycles. “I’m tired of leaving it up to the judges. You can get a lot of bad hometown calls,” the podcast king tells Big Hollywood about his new career as a podcast pioneer working under the Carolla Digital banner. “I wanna train hard and go for the knockout.”
Time to connect the dots, again. Treehouse Research – Going Deep. While attending Occidental University, 1979 – 81´, young Barack Obama meets a former Jimmy Carter administration official Zbigniew Brzezinski. Brzezinski is a key CIA asset and expert on Russia. He later becomes a mentor, and then much later a foreign policy advisor to President Elect Obama. Obama is friends with three Pakistani college roommates, muslims, (Snip) In the summer of 1981 Obama travelled with his friends to Pakistan.(Snip) Simultaneous to this time Brezinski is in Pakistan / Afghanistan, so is John Brennan as part of his CIA duty.
It´s damn time the Washington Redskins changed its racist name ... at least if the team ever plans to move inside D.C. city limits -- so says District mayor Vincent Gray. Now that the Redskins are winning again, there´s been a lot of talk about bringing the team back to D.C. -- instead of leaving them in nearby FedEx Field, located in Maryland. But Mayor Gray has some conditions before the Redskins move a muscle -- claiming, “I think that if they get serious with the team coming back to Washington, there’s no doubt
When New Jersey Governor Chris Christie took the podium for his Jan. 8 State of the State address, Trenton’s Democratic legislature received him less as the pugnacious leader of the opposition than as its own conquering hero. (Snip) Christie’s textbook performance after Hurricane Sandy devastated his state in October pushed his approval ratings above 70% and sent his opponents scurrying for cover. Local TV commentators wonder if his upcoming 2013 re-election fight might be more coronation than campaign. In short, Christie may now be America’s most popular politician.
The National Rifle Association has gained more than 100,000 new members in the last 18 days, the organization told POLITICO’s Playbook on Thursday. The number of paid new members jumped from 4.1 million to 4.2 million in that time frame. (Snip) “We are willing to talk to policymakers about any reasonable proposals and plans,” an NRA official said in the Playbook report, regarding the upcoming meeting with Biden. “However, the NRA is hearing not just from Beltway elites and the chattering class, but real Americans all over the country that are hoping the NRA is not going to compromise
The St. Louis based moving company United Van Lines is reporting that Illinois leads the nation alongside New Jersey with the nations highest move out rates. United Van Lines spokeswoman, Melissa Sullivan told CBS affiliate KMOX in St. Louis, 60.5% of their business comes from individuals and businesses leaving Illinois. She also said, “Illinois has seen more outbound movement every year since” they have been keeping track, beginning in 1977. The study shows Washington, D.C., the Carolinas, Arkansas, Texas, Oregon and Nevada leading the country with newly inbound residents, and more people
The brewing controversy as to which nation, if any, pro golfer Rory McIlroy will represent at the 2016 Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro continues to grow. Now Irish golfer Padraig Harrington has expressed his sympathy for McIlroy’s tough decision. "No sportsman should have to make that decision and no one at 23 years of age should have to make that decision,” said Padraig Harrington to The Irish Examiner regarding what choice McIlroy will have to make. As a citizen of Northern Ireland, McIlroy is torn between representing either Great Britain or Ireland in the forthcoming Olympic games.
Is Venezuela providing operational support to Islamic terrorists? That deadly serious question is increasingly troubling foreign policy and security experts as the South American country and Iran - which funds Hezbollah - move ever closer. Despite deep cultural differences, a shared antagonism toward the US has drawn Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and his Iranian counterpart, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, into an unlikely political friendship in recent years. Source corrected, content added by staff
Junior Seau, one of the NFL´s best and fiercest players for nearly two decades, had a degenerative brain disease when he committed suicide last May, the National Institutes of Health told The Associated Press on Thursday. Results of an NIH study of Seau´s brain revealed abnormalities consistent with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). ´´The brain was independently evaluated by multiple experts, in a blind fashion,´´ said Dr. Russell Lonser, (Snip)´´We had the opportunity to get multiple experts involved in a way they wouldn´t be able to directly identify his tissue even if they knew he was
There are three ways to look at Time´s latest cover. 1. Time is infamous for unflattering, attention-getting close-ups, and this is just another grab for attention from another dying branch of the Old Media tree. 2. Time is adding a little mob flavor to The Narrative that Christie is a New Jersey bully in order to set a 2016 trap for him. Heaven help "The Boss" if he gets tough against Hillary Clinton. All we´ll be seeing on cable news for the next ten days are scenes of Tony Soprano losing his temper in Dr. Melfi´s office.
Chuck Hagel probably never thought he’d have to win a popularity contest in the Senate. Maybe that’s why he wasn’t terribly careful about whom he confronted or whom he offended. He popped off on the “Jewish lobby” and a gay Clinton nominee. His fellow Republicans will never forget the relish with which he lectured them on the flaws of the Iraq War — after he voted to authorize it.Policy aside, Hagel’s bedeviled by his own abrasive personality. In a chamber known for back-patting and elbow-rubbing, the former Nebraska senator mostly rubbed people the wrong way.
In a sign that Chuck Hagel´s nomination as Secretary of Defense may have been long anticipated, several prominent left-wing figures have emerged as supporters of a forthcoming biography of Hagel. The biography, Chuck Hagel: Moving Forward, by University of Nebraska journalism professor Charlyne Berens, is due out July 1, 2013, and appears to be part of a larger effort to position Hagel for bigger things. For example, John D. Podesta, former Chief of Staff to Bill Clinton and 2008 transition team leader for president-elect Barack Obama, recommends the book thus: [This] terrific biography brings Chuck Hagel´s
(Editor´s note: The following is from a speech given by Patrick J. Buchanan during the Richard M. Nixon Centennial celebration in Washington, D.C., on January 9, 2013.) We are here tonight to celebrate the centennial of a statesman, a profile in courage and an extraordinary man we are all proud to have served: the 37th president of the United States, Richard Milhous Nixon. Years ago, Meg Greenfield of The Washington Post wrote that she belonged to what she called "the Nixon generation." "What distinguishes us as a group," she said, is that "we are too young to remember
Dennis Miller on former Vice President Al Gore selling his television channel Current to Al Jazeera, welfare abuse and how unpopular Congress is. DENNIS MILLER: You shouldn´t get too deep with Al Gore, he´s a bad guy. Ethically speaking, he makes John Edwards look like Sir Thomas Moore, at least Edwards was just a horndog. This guy is an absolutely genius at rationalization. Imagine -- the Rube Goldbergian contraption he has put up inside -- that thin little pea pod he calls his brain casing to be allowed to think that he, at the vanguard of the
Diplomats the world over tend to be the EU´s biggest fans: the system, after all, was designed by and for people like them. The US State Department has been consistently Euro-integrationist since the 1950s, pouring resources into various European pressure groups that shared its aim. Back in those early days, its concern was to build up the Western alliance. The EEC was seen as a way of strengthening Nato and keeping countries out of the Soviet camp. We can argue about whether that rationale was valid even in the 1950s; it certainly hasn´t been since 1989. After the end of
Fox News Channel contributor Julie Roginsky took a shot at President Barack Obama’s critics on Wednesday, particularly syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer. Roginsky said that Krauthammer has begun to appear reflexively opposed to any of the president’s proposals, regardless of their merit. She proceeded to diagnose Krauthammer as having come down with “Obama derangement syndrome,” a play on a charge that Krauthammer himself had leveled at President George W. Bush‘s critics in the last decade. (Snip) Fox News Channel’s Megyn Kelly invited her panel guests to weigh in on a comment made by Krauthammer on Tuesday night’s The O’Reilly Factor
Wyoming lawmakers have proposed a new bill that, if passed, would nullify any federal restrictions on guns, threatening to jail federal agents attempting to confiscate guns, ammunition magazines or ammunition. The bill – HB0104 – states that “any federal law which attempts to ban a semi-automatic firearm or to limit the size of a magazine of a firearm or other limitation on firearms in this state shall be unenforceable in Wyoming.” The bill is sponsored by eight Wyoming state representatives ad two state senators. If passed, the bill would declare any federal gun regulation created on or after
Good morning Austin. After his first week in the Senate, Ted Cruz flew from Washington to Austin to speak Wednesday before the opening day of the conservative Texas Public Policy Foundation’s Eleventh Annual Policy Orientation for the Texas Legislature at the Hilton Austin. His opening line: “Well I’ve spent the last week up in D.C., trying to get settled into my job and I’ll tell you, it’s great to be back in America. It’s a different place up there.” Cruz said what cost Mitt Romney the election were his comments suggesting that 47 percent of Americans were takers
Not one, but three Bibles for President Obama´s inaugural oath-taking. On Sunday, January 20, President Obama officially will be sworn into his second term, taking the oath of office with his hand on a Bible belonging to his wife´s family. The next day, when he takes the oath a second time as part of public inaugural ceremonies at the U.S. Capitol, Obama will place his hand on two Bibles, one stacked on the other. One of the Bibles, which belonged to President Lincoln, Obama used in 2009. The other belonged to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
WASHINGTON- The number of U.S. job openings was essentially flat in November, suggesting the labor market is still recovering at a slow pace, government data showed on Thursday. Job openings, a measure of labor demand, stood at 3.676 million during the month, trivially higher than the revised reading of 3.665 million for October, the Labor Department said in its monthly Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey. The hiring rate was unchanged at 3.2 percent. The number of workers quitting their jobs also edged barely higher in November. Economists usually see an increase in quits as a sign of confidence
Conservative radio host Mark Levin savaged MSNBC host Joe Scarborough on his radio program on Wednesday. Levin, frustrated that the host of Morning Joe is even considered a conservative, tore into Scarborough calling him a “pathetic troll” who is merely “prancing around” pretending to be a conservative. (Snip)“There is a pathetic troll prancing around as a conservative — even a conservative intellectual,” Levin informed his radio audience on Wednesday. “He goes by the name of Joe Scarborough, but I cannot believe that is really his name. So I’ve assigned him a name — ‘the morning schmo.’”
The Morning Joe family got heated and a bit awkward this morning during a discussion about the lack of diversity in President Obama‘s inner circle. As Joe Scarborough pointed to the lack of outrage and the Republican/Democrat double standard, Mika Brzezinski vehemently disagreed — and told him he was being “chauvinistic.” Scarborough… didn’t take it well. At one point literally snapping his fingers at his co-host. The issue of diversity took up the entire segment, but started to grow contentious when the BBC’s Katty Kay sought to downplay the lack of diversity