What do you get when 85 freeloading freelancers without genuine media affiliations vote for winners in an industry that’s filled with affiliations and worth more than most small countries? A) A scam; B) The Golden Globes; or C) Jodie Foster. If you guessed A, you are correct, if you guessed B, you are correct, and if you guessed C, you are as confused as the rest of us. Last night, for the 70th time, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association held their annual confusing grifter fest, the Golden Globe Awards, filled with Hollywood honchos pretending it was all real,
In February 2010, a massive snowstorm blanketed the nation’s capital and closed the federal government. Harry Reid was holed up in his condominium at the Ritz-Carlton in Washington’s swanky West End neighborhood, reading the news in his pajamas. He came across an Associated Press story on the Democrats’ jobs package, a mixture of spending provisions and tax credits. The story referred to the jobs bill as “light on new initiatives on boosting hiring and heavy with provisions sought by lobbyists for business.” Montana’s Max Baucus, the Democratic chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, and the Republican ranking member,
In his, Andrew Cuomo tacked sharply leftward, thundering that “We are the progressive capital of the nation” and promising quick action on gun control, climate change, and abortion rights. When his turn came, Chris Christie touted his bipartisan bonafides, spending the bulk of speech boasting of New Jersey’s recovery from Hurricane Sandy, and paid scant attention to the legislative battles to come. In Virginia, Bob McDonnell called for eliminating the commonwealth’s gas tax and paying for it by increasing taxes on fuel-efficient vehicles. It is, in other words, State of the State season,
Back in April of 2009, only a couple of months after Mr. Obama took office, Megan McCardle, then with Atlantic magazine, wrote: Conde laid off Julian Sanchez yesterday amid more cuts in its digital properties. (Snip)Fareed Zakaria, the erstwhile Obama advisor who contributes to both Time and CNN, the television network owned by Time-Warner, said in December of 2010 that Americans needed to reduce their consumption: Parker asked Zakaria if he had faith the American people could handle the fiscal discipline he advocated. Zakaria used the platform as an opportunity to attack Americans
As Ed pointed out yesterday, Sen. Rubio is hatching a plan to ‘charge up the middle’ on illegal immigration — and it might not be a moment too soon. The White House has already indicated that they are planning to go full-throttle on prioritizing the immigration issue in a second term, and it looks like those plan are already starting to take a more definite shape in the form of a comprehensive legislative package that critics will undoubtedly say looks an awful lot like amnesty, reports the NYT: President Obama plans to push Congress to move quickly
Sheryl Gay Stolberg’s New York Times piece on Rev. Louie Giglio has since been scrubbed, but here’s the original language: "An official with Mr. Obama’s Presidential Inaugural Committee said the committee, which operates separately from the White House, vetted Mr. Giglio. People familiar with internal discussions between administration and committee officials said the White House viewed the selection as a problem for Mr. Obama, and told the panel on Wednesday night to quickly fix it. By Thursday morning, Mr. Giglio said he had withdrawn." You can see that text here. But now, the story eliminates any indication
Britain cannot possibly afford its welfare state for much longer. Most people do not realise that state handouts (£207?billion a year) mop up every penny we pay in income tax (£155?billion a year). Everything else, the NHS, schools, transport, police, defence, interest on the debt (nearly £50?billion a year, by the way) must be paid for by other taxes, including the vast sums raked in by so-called ‘National Insurance’, or by more borrowing. As we are more or less bankrupt as a country, such generosity is not noble but plain idiotic. Yet we will not stop doing it. Change is politically impossible.
Sen. Charles Schumer says retailers that sell assault weapons should stop offering them for purchase while Congress discusses gun regulation legislation. Schumer on Sunday released a letter he sent to major retailers asking for a voluntary moratorium. The New York Democrat says consumer demand for guns has gone up in the weeks since the December mass shooting in Newtown, Conn.
At a speech before the Conusmer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on January 9, Bill Clinton stated: “Half of all mass killings in the United States have occurred since the assault weapon ban expired in 2005, half in the history of the country.” But that statement is untrue, as Glenn Kessler of the Washngton Post demonstrates. Asked by Kessler about his statement, Clinton’s spokesman declined to comment or to say where Clinton got his numbers. As Kessler, a professional fact-checker, says, “this always makes us suspicous.” It seems clear that Clinton
BAMAKO, Mali — French fighter jets bombed rebel targets in a major city in Mali´s north Sunday, pounding the airport as well as training camps, warehouses and buildings used by the al-Qaida-linked Islamists controlling the area, officials and residents said. The three-day-old French-led effort to take back Mali´s north from the extremists began with airstrikes by combat helicopters in the small town of Konna. It has grown to a coordinated attack by state-of-the-art fighter jets which have bombarded
President Obama ordered U.S. forces to support French troops in a failed mission to rescue a hostage in Somalia, Mr. Obama notified Congress on Sunday. At least once French soldier was killed during the operation Friday. The president said U.S. combat aircraft “briefly entered Somali airspace” to support the operation Friday. “These aircraft did not employ weapons during the operation,” Mr. Obama said. Mr. Obama said he directed U.S. forces to participate in the mission because it furthered “national security interests.” In 1993, U.S. special forces hunting
The Pentagon has begun a campaign to rebut what it calls “myths” about Defense Secretary-designate Chuck Hagel and is sending to senators documents purporting to show that he is pro-Israel and tough on Iran. The papers — one of which is titled “Chuck Hagel’s Record: Myths and Facts” — kick off what is expected to be a strong lobbying effort by the Obama administration and liberal groups to win Mr. Hagel’s confirmation by the Senate Armed Services Committee and then the full Senate. Republicans have voiced opposition, principally because of his statements about those two countries
Sen. Chris Murphy on Sunday said there is growing momentum in Congress for a ban on so-called assault weapons, saying lawmakers’ attitudes toward gun control have changed significantly in the wake of last month’s shooting rampage in Newtown, Conn. “This issue is going to continue to move,” Mr. Murphy, Connecticut Democrat, said on CNN’s “State of the Union. “I do think that even in the Democratic caucus you see members like [Sens.] Joe Manchin and Mark Warner who previously probably never would have considered
In selecting Jack Lew, the White House chief of staff, to replace Timothy Geithner as Treasury secretary, President Obama has sent some not-so-subtle messages: The Treasury’s autonomy will be curbed; the president doesn’t much fear another financial crisis (otherwise, his nominee might have more financial-market experience); and the president isn’t conciliating his Republican and business critics (otherwise, his nominee would be less partisan). In many ways, the choice of Lew makes perfect sense
Much of the focus on Chuck Hagel’s record has been on his views on Israel, Iran and sequestration. Equally troubling to those who have taken a forceful stand against Castro’s dictatorship in Cuba, however, has been his dismissive attitude toward the Castros and his enthusiasm to end the U.S. embargo with no quid pro quo. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) has already expressed serious concerns about Hagel’s views on Cuba. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), former chairwoman of the Foreign Affairs Committee and now chairman of the Middle East and North Africa subcommittee, put out a statement
Former secretary of state Colin Powell emerged this morning to voice his support for Chuck Hagel’s nomination as secretary of defense. Powell characterized Hagel as a strong supporter of Israel, a move that surely anticipates Hagel’s own in his confirmation hearing. In defending Hagel’s pro-Israel credentials and dismissing the significance of Hagel’s now-infamous reference to the “Jewish lobby,” Powell offered a revealing response. “That term slips out from time to time,” he told NBC’s David Gregory.
A New York public school teacher who advised a school Bible Study club has filed a civil rights lawsuit against her school district after she was forced to remove all religious content from her classroom — including a quote from former President Ronald Reagan. Joelle Silver, a veteran teacher in the Cheektowaga Central School District in western New York, said she received a “counseling letter” signed by her superintendent that ordered her to remove all religious-themed items from her classroom or else she could be fired. The eight-page letter informed the teacher that “your rights to free speech
President Obama informed Congress Sunday evening that U.S. forces were present in Somalia on Friday for a French raid to rescue a hostage from al-Shabaab. The attempt to rescue the intelligence officer who had been held by the terrorist group for three years went very wrong, though. One French commando was killed in the operation and another is missing. Al-Shabaab claimed that the commando is now their hostage. And French army consultant Denis Allex, the pseudonym for the intelligence officer, is presumed dead. “Extremely violent fights took place
A White Plains home on handgun permit database burglarized. Officials say the target of the burglary was the homeowner´s gun case. Police are trying to determine if the break-in was a result of the homeowner´s name and address being published by the Journal News last month, along with thousands of other registered gun owners.
SANTA FE, N.M. — In 2010, New Mexico´s Susana Martinez made history, being elected the nation´s first Latina governor. Since November, she´s made waves, criticizing Mitt Romney for the harsh rhetoric of his presidential campaign and chiding fellow Republicans for actions that, she says, have needlessly estranged Latinos from the GOP. "We have to make sure that as Republicans we don´t just visit Latinos during election time, but that we make them part of the solution," Martinez said in an interview. "It´s extremely important that we elect people that look like the population they serve." Martinez is a strong favorite
SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown proclaimed last week that California, which now has enough cash to pay its day-to-day bills, can no longer be described by naysayers as a "failed state." But even though it appears to be free of the deficit that dogged the Capitol in recent years, the state is no model of financial health. Sacramento is legally obligated to pay many billions of dollars withheld from schools, local governments and healthcare providers as lawmakers struggled repeatedly to balance the books. It owes Wall Street more per resident than almost every other state.
A White Plains residence pinpointed on a controversial handgun permit database was burglarized Saturday, and the burglars´ target was the homeowner´s gun safe. At least two burglars broke into a home on Davis Avenue at 9:30 p.m. Saturday but were unsuccessful in an attempt to open the safe, which contained legally owned weapons, according to a law enforcement source. One suspect was taken into custody, the source said. The gun owner was not home when the burglary occurred, the source said. The victim, who is in his 70s
They say it´s a story of survival. Protect yourself and what´s yours by whatever means necessary. “It´s either kill or be killed,” said Eric Anderson, 18. “It´s playin´ for keeps. You gotta live like this.” Mr. Anderson was one of 199 people in Toledo who were shot in 2012, down slightly from the 210 reported shootings the year prior, but still a dramatic increase from 121 shootings in 2010, the first year the Toledo Police Department started keeping track of such statistics.
The United States said Sunday it played a limited support role in France´s botched bid to rescue a kidnapped secret agent in Somalia. "United States forces provided limited technical support to the French forces in that operation, but took no direct part in the assault on the compound where it was believed the French citizen was being held hostage," President Barack Obama said in a letter to Congress.