When I began writing about the menace of increased federal involvement in our medical delivery system, I was surprised to discover that some doctors actually supported it. These misguided medicos represented only a small minority of practicing physicians, and most were profoundly ignorant about health care economics, but the “M.D.” following their names provided them with a façade of credibility. A number of these people took advantage of their illusory expertise in health care policy to launch blogs which they used to promote their notions of “health reform” and extol the virtues of government-run health care in general.
Ever since an armed mob torched a U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, on the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, President Obama has vowed to bring the killers of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans to justice. Yet four months after the assault, U.S. counterterrorism and intelligence officials tell The Daily Beast that the hunt for those responsible remains stymied by poor cooperation by North African governments.On Tuesday, the Tunisian government released Ali Ani al-Harzi,
When my friend Hugh Hewitt starts bashing the Republican “leadership” as spineless jellyfish largely AWOL on the most important issues of the day, you know we have reached a crisis point: The Speaker’s and Leader’s staffs, however, don’t show any obvious signs of understanding the new media order or the relentlessness of the president’s program. (Snip) Those crickets would be the American people, just itching for a fight with Obama and the Democrats but finding no one to lead them. If the conservative ranks seem dispirited in the wake of the last election, it’s not because we lost —
“Half of all mass killings in the United States have occurred since the assault weapons ban expired in 2005, half of all of them in the history of the country.”— Former President Bill Clinton, at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Jan. 9, 2013 A colleague spotted this eye-popping statistic by the former president and wondered if it was correct. President Clinton, of course, in 1994 signed the assault weapons ban into law, but it expired after 10 years and was not renewed.
President Barack Obama today formally nominated his chief of staff Jacob ´Jack´ Lew as Treasury Secretary and joked that he had considered abandoning the nomination after learning of his illegible signature. The president was responding to criticism of Lew´s scrawl which has been compared to a spring or a curly French fry - and how if it is not changed could become an international embarrassment as the Treasury Secretary´s signature always graces the dollar bill. ‘Jack assures me that he is going to work to make at least one letter legible in order not to debase our currency
The U.S. Navy’s standard-issue blue digitized camouflage fatigues are highly flammable and will burn ‘robustly until complete consumption,’ a report revealed last month.[Snip] Rear Adm. John Kirby, the chief of information at the Pentagon and spokesman for the Navy, said in a video published last month that while the uniform was found to ‘burn robustly until complete consumption,’ it’s not shocking. ‘That is not a huge surprise because it’s a 50 percent nylon uniform,’ he said, but added that it wasn’t a requirement for the military-issue uniform to be at all flame resistant.
An enormous wall of dust has hit part of Australia as residents brace themselves for a tropical cyclone. The stunning images of the wild dust storm were captured by tugboat works and aeroplane passengers near the town of Onslow in north-western Australia. Local reports say the huge swathes of red sand and dust had been picked up by strong winds in the Indian Ocean before being dropped near the town. The tsunami-like wave of sand could be seen travelling for miles and dwarfed ships out at sea. Tugboat worker Brett Martin, who shot some of the pictures, said before the
Events in Mali are rapidly outpacing the response of the international community. While the world argues about how to send a force to recapture the north from al-Qaeda fighters, the extremists themselves are taking the opportunity to capture more territory. [Snip] They overran the regions of Timbuktu, Gao and Kidal, which together cover more than 300,000 square miles--over three times the size of Britain. In all, AQIM and its friends now run two-thirds Mali, controlling territory with airports, arms dumps, military bases--and a bewildered population of about 1.3 million (although hundreds of thousands have subsequently fled).
The former US secretary of state Henry Kissinger was once quoted as saying (though he cannot remember doing so): “If I want to talk to Europe, whom do I call?” The answer, in fact, has always been fairly straightforward. If an American president wanted the interests of his country represented in the chancelleries of the EU, then the first number on his list was always that of the British prime minister. It is for that reason that Washington is so alarmed by talk of a British exit from Europe. Without Britain, the EU would constitute a powerful political and trading
The Met Office is very cross with me. Well you can hardly blame it given that I´ve just published a big piece explaining what a spectacular waste of taxpayers´ money it is. So now it has used some of the £200 million we pay it every year to get one of its in-house t***-polishers to publish a defiant blogpost defending its inglorious forecasting record, such as its non-existent "barbecue summer" and the terrible, snow-bound winter of 2010 which, as late as October that year, it was confidently predicting would be "unusually dry and mild." The Met Office´s pathetic defence?
You have to love it. Joy Behar now works for an employer whose Al Jazeera network, in the words of Current TV co-founders Al Gore and Joel Hyatt, “was founded with the same goals we had for Current.” The co-star of Barbara Walters’ famous morning chat show The View, along with her Current colleague Jennifer Granholm, the former liberal Governor of Michigan, are now two of the main pillars of the Al-Jazeera line up. Media Matters? Headed by the famously “Hey, I’m gay” David Brock? They have been linked with Al-Jazeera, the television home
I suppose I’m a bad woman — by today’s standards, that is. For some reason, I take absolutely no pride in the accomplishments of women per se. I am utterly uninspired by first women astronauts or secretaries of state. It is of no consequence to me what percentage of the United States Senate or House of Representatives shares my chromosome pattern. I don’t wait with gnawing impatience for America to pass the milestone of needing a fellow to fill the post of first gentleman. This is not to say that I resent or disparage female accomplishment.
First, let’s look back at the demented ravings of a gun-worshipping lunatic:(Snip for video) Get a load of this idiot. “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun”? Yeah, whatever. Nice try, wingnut. Guns don’t make people safer. (Snip) Oh, you need proof? Alright, teabagger, read the following. It’s okay, you can sound out the words if you need to. Alex Pappas reports: President Barack Obama signed a bill into law on Thursday guaranteeing himself Secret Service protection for the rest of his life.
The tea party may have been built by the grass roots, but in order to survive, it’s going to have to rely on the Beltway political machines and big money groups it once disparaged. Tea party activists always worked alongside like-minded conservative organizations, but they failed to capitalize on the anti-Obama momentum in 2009 and 2010 to build their own infrastructure and war chests. That means national groups like American Majority, the Club for Growth and the Koch brothers-linked Americans for Prosperity are essentially in the position to determine if GOP incumbents face serious primary challenges.
In less than three weeks since the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the battle over gun rights has remained in the news thanks to both opponents and supporters of the Second Amendment. The “meaningful action” that President Obama promised would take place the day of the Newtown shooting is still being debated by yet another presidential task force. The task force was set to meet with gun sellers (like Walmart), gun rights advocates and gun control supporters today and members of the entertainment and video game industry later in the afternoon.
Second terms, untainted by re-election posturing, often reveal a president´s true governing philosophy. In the case of President Obama, two recent revelations have confirmed all we may need to know about his agenda for the next four years. On December 30, the president sat down for an interview with David Gregory on "Meet the Press." Gregory asked the president, "So what is your single priority of the second term? What is the equivalent to health care?" President Obama replied, "Well, there are a couple of things that we need to get done.
They wuz robbed. Several Hollywood A-listers got a black eye from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences yesterday, as the nominations for the 85th annual Oscars were announced and they weren’t on the list. Closest to home: Cambridge native Ben Affleck, who was snubbed for a Best Director nod, even though “Argo” is a Best Picture contender. Kathryn Bigelow, director of the Best Picture nominee “Zero Dark Thirty,” a spellbinding thriller about the hunt for Osama bin Laden, also got the bum’s rush. With “Hurt Locker” (2008), Bigelow was the first woman to win a Best Director Oscar.
Let’s pretend that in the spring of 2012 Grover Norquist of Americans for Tax Reform, John Engler of the Business Roundtable, Tim Phillips of Americans for Prosperity, and Wayne LaPierre of the National Rifle Association began to organize an assembly of right-leaning groups. Let’s pretend that in the months since there had been not one but two meetings where these luminaries joined with representatives of Christians United For Israel, the American Enterprise Institute, the Heritage Foundation, the Tea Party Express, the Federation for American Immigration Reform, and the American Petroleum Institute to discuss strategy
Talk about interagency cooperation: Two officials from the Drug Enforcement Administration arranged for a Secret Service agent to solicit a Colombian prostitute — and tried to destroy evidence of them doing so — according to a letter delivered by the Justice Department to several Senators. NBC News obtained the letter, which details the findings of a federal investigation into Secret Service agents hiring prostitutes ahead of Obama´s arrival in Colombia (where, it should be noted, prostitution is legal). The letter confirms rumors that DEA agents were involved in the original Secret Service scandal —
From a classroom at Virginia Tech to a strip mall in Tucson to a movie theater in Colorado, a common thread runs through many of the nation´s tragic mass murders: severe and untreated mental illness. Virginia Tech´s Seung-Hui Cho was delusional. Wild outbursts by Jared Lee Loughner scared classmates at his Tucson community college, which banned him from campus. James Holmes arrived at his first court appearance after his Aurora theater rampage with orange hair and a wild look in his eyes.
Once again, liberal activists have demanded a theological litmus test for the pastor who will pray at President Obama’s Inauguration ceremony. Pastor Louie Giglio of Passion City Church in Atlanta has been forced to withdraw his acceptance to pray at the inauguration because activists found a sermon from the mid-1990s where he preached the Biblical doctrine defining marriage as one man and one woman. Because Giglio applied that doctrine to homosexual behavior, activists howled that he must not pray at the inauguration. The president did not ask Giglio to give a sermon on marriage or appoint him to direct marriage policy
Years ago in discussions with my writing friends, I proposed a novel about a President with an undiagnosed brain tumor who signed an Executive Order banning the civilian possession of all semi-automatic weapons. His diseased brain had become increasingly obsessed with creating a utopian society, free of personal choices and personal responsibilities. One writer said the premise of my novel was "too far fetched." Another said the idea did not reflect "the political realities of our Constitutional government." As a final insult, a third writer asked if I could revise the plot,
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo´s aggressive advocacy for some of the strictest gun control laws in the nation is already heightening speculation that he´s already seriously thinking about a presidential campaign in 2016. In his State of the State address Wednesday afternoon, Cuomo dropped numerous hints that he´s thinking as much about his national prospects as his gubernatorial re-election in 2014. "This is New York, the progressive capital," Cuomo said in his address. "You show them how we lead. We can do it." On gun control, he bellowed: "No one hunts with an assault rifle.
We are in the midst of a crisis of federalism and we don’t even know it. In November, the states of Colorado and Washington legalized recreational marijuana use, while 16 other states and Washington, D.C., already permitted the medical use of marijuana. Yet at the same time, the Controlled Substances Act of 1970 prohibits the cultivation, sale, and use of marijuana in all its forms. State and federal law are at odds. The Constitution is plain: Federal law is the “supreme law of the land” (Article VI, section 2). And yet our national history is replete with conflicts
Over a year after she dropped out, Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann has refused to pay five staffers from her failed presidential bid, according to a former top campaign official. Peter Waldron, her controversial former national field coordinator, told Salon the dispute started when former Iowa straw poll staffers refused to sign a nondisclosure agreement that would bar them from discussing any “unethical, immoral, or criminal activity” they witnessed on the campaign with police or reporters. Waldron said the staffers are owed a mere $5,000, and that Bachmann has more than $2 million in her campaign account,