President Obama has settled on a political communications strategy for his final term that begins Sunday: Talk about admirable aspirations, ignore the nation´s economic realities, keep everyone fighting amongst themselves over anything at hand while calmly deploring all the disputes, rancor and chaos this president has helped to engineer. Such stunning cynicism has actually worked pretty well for the Real Good Talker this past year. (Snip) Now that he's got Washington and Republicans fighting over how to address his briefly postponed sequester cuts and a national debt that grows by $2.8 million every
Michelle Obama is expected to spend her second term in the White House as a champion of the same issues she advocated for in her first, but with an added twist — the first lady could become the most prominent female figure in her husband’s administration. With Hillary Clinton leaving the State Department — and no high-profile woman replacing her or other departing Cabinet members — Michelle Obama, known for her commitment to health and her chic fashion style, is entrenched as the most famous woman in the administration. Her rise comes at a time
BILL CLINTON: She´s always been very, very healthy and she has very low blood pressure, very low standing heartbeat. I tell her that, you know, she´s still got time to have three more husbands after me. So, I think she´ll live to be 120. And I always know that she´s thinking about that whenever I´m, you know, stubborn about something, in her constant quest at my self- improvement. She refers to me as her first husband. Because I told her once she´s going to live to be 120 and have time for plenty more.
ALGIERS, Algeria — Islamist militants from Mali attacked a natural gas field partly operated by BP in southern Algeria early Wednesday, killing a security guard, according to local media, and kidnapping at least eight foreigners, an Algerian official said. Seven others were wounded in the attack, including two foreigners, added the state news agency. Ireland has announced that one of the hostages is Irish. Algerian forces caught up with and surrounded the kidnappers and negotiations for the release of the hostages are ongoing, the Algerian official said.
BAMAKO, Mali -- French troops pressed northward in Mali toward territory occupied by radical Islamists on Wednesday, military officials said, announcing the start of a land assault that will put soldiers in direct combat "within hours." French ground operations began overnight in Mali, Adm. Edouard Guillaud, the French military chief of staff, said on Europe 1 television. France´s Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on RTL radio that soldiers were headed away from the relative safety of the capital toward the rebel strongholds in the north.
Obama brings kids to the White House as props for photo-op and as an emotional appeal to unveil his illegal gun control plans. Obama despicably using kids to undermine the Second Amendment via executive order is a perfect example of why the Tea Party cannot go away. Due to extensive media coverage of Obama´s Disarmament Show, low-info voters will cry hearing stories of how guns make kids fearful and give Obama carte blanche, regardless of the Constitution. Predicting from their pattern of spineless behavior, Republicans will probably simply go along with Obama´s illegal dictates.
One of Russia’s most notorious criminal masterminds, Mafia godfather Aslan Usoyan, also known as ‘Grandpa Hassan,’ was shot dead by a sniper rifle in central Moscow on Wednesday, police said. A sniper fired six shots at Usoyan from the window of a nearby house as the 75-year-old was walking out of a restaurant in Moscow’s Arbat district. His bodyguards failed to cover him in time, and the crime boss died from his injuries on the way to hospital. A woman walking out of the restaurant at the same time
The White House today released letters from little kids pleading for gun control, just hours before President Obama is to release a comprehensive proposal to limit guns and ammunition. The letters were released to the Associated Press in what appears to be a coordinated effort to help shape the narrative the day of Obama´s announcement.
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama´s broad effort to reduce gun violence will include proposed bans on military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines as well as more than a dozen executive orders aimed at circumventing congressional opposition to stricter gun control. Obama was to announce the measures Wednesday at a White House event that will bring together law enforcement officials, lawmakers and children who wrote the president
WASHINGTON -- Interior Secretary Ken Salazar will leave the Obama administration in March, an Obama administration official said Wednesday. Salazar has run the Interior Department throughout President Barack Obama´s first term. Before joining the Cabinet, he served as a senator from Colorado. Salazar began his tenure with a pledge to help reduce America´s dependence on foreign oil. He told his confirmation hearing he would seek to expand renewable energy on public lands and promote the "wise use" of traditional energy sources. He is the latest Cabinet secretary
It’s hard for a lot of people, particularly on the right, to recognize that the conservative movement’s problems are mostly problems of success. But the Republican party’s problems are much more recognizable as the problems of failure, including the failure to recognize the limits of that movement’s success. American conservatism began as a kind of intellectual hobbyists’ group with little hope of changing the broader society.
CNN’s Piers Morgan confirmed Ben Shapiro’s skepticism about whether tonight’s “debate” on gun control would be “balanced.” The Breitbart Editor-at-Large accepted an invitation to appear on Morgan’s show for a rematch, then turned down the offer when it became clear Morgan planned to turn his “town hall” into a propaganda rally. Morgan then offered Shapiro two one-on-one segments, and the debate back on was on. As fate would have it, Shapiro’s flight from Los Angeles to New York was grounded in Denver due to an unruly passenger (without a gun)
A procession with a pipe band and anglers made its way through Kenmore in Scotland today to mark the start of the 2012 salmon season on the River Tay. The traditional ceremony was led by a piper who took anglers to the riverbank, where drams were shared before the fishermen´s boats - and the water - were blessed with a dousing of whisky. Last year it was estimated that nearly 7,000 salmon and grilse were caught on the Tay, where a policy of 100 per cent catch and release for spring salmon is now operated.
Japan´s two main airlines have grounded their Boeing 787 Dreamliners after one was forced to make an emergency landing because of battery problems. All Nippon Airways (ANA) grounded its fleet of 17 Dreamliners when its flight NH 692 from Yamaguchi Ube was forced to land shortly after take-off. Japan Airlines followed suit, saying it would ground its fleet of seven 787s from 16 January until further notice. This is the latest setback for Boeing and its problem-hit Dreamliner planes. In recent weeks, Dreamliners have suffered issues including fuel leaks, a cracked cockpit window, brake problems and an electrical fire.
The horrific recent mass murder of 26 children and adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School predictably has reignited the gun-control debate in this country. (snip) The task force led by Vice President Joe Biden has met mostly with groups either in favor of or opposed to greater restrictions on guns and ammunition. Facing strong political opposition in Congress from both parties, Vice President Biden and President Barack Obama each have suggested publicly that the president will act by executive order to restrict guns.
Two people died today including a pilot and at least 11 more were injured--one critically--after a helicopter struck a newly-built tower and plunged into rush hour traffic in central London. Witnesses said the helicopter--which is believed to have been heading to Elstree, Hertfordshire, to collect an executive--was using the route of the River Thames and hit a crane at the top of the tower near Vauxhall Bridge in Vauxhall, central London, at 8am. The helicopter, which hit the under-construction St George Wharf Tower, was reported to have been carrying a pilot but no passengers. The aircraft struck the ground just
During the last press conference of his first term in office, President Obama pledged to take “executive action” to reduce gun violence in response to the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut last month. The President told reporters, “If there is a step we can take that will save even one child from what happened in Newtown, we should take that step.” When Obama unveils his gun control proposals today at the White House, he will be surrounded by children. It’s something straight out of South Park.
The Communities Secretary launched a £6 million fund to encourage radical projects that will help non-speakers to learn the language so they can ´´improve their circumstances and climb the social ladder´´.[Snip]He said: ´´The reality is you need English to succeed. You can´t really function as a good doctor, a good teacher, a good mechanic or since we´re in the Institute for Civil Engineering, you can´t be a good engineer if you can´t talk the language. ´´Just as you can´t talk to your neighbour, read a bus timetable, or enjoy enormous joy of The Only Way Is Essex.´´
Retail giant Walmart pledged Tuesday to hire any returning military veteran that wants a job with the company. Walmart U.S. CEO Bill Simon told a retail conference in New York City the company expects to hire 100,000 veterans over the next five years, one of the largest-ever hiring commitments of former military personnel. "We believe Walmart is already the largest private employer of veterans in the country, and we want to hire more," Simon said. "Hiring a veteran can be one of the best decisions any of us can make...Veterans have a record of performance under pressure.
President Barack Obama’s Jan. 14 press conference included many attacks and much self-praise and numerous contradictory charges — few of which were recognized or highlighted by the reporters that presented the event in terms vary favorable to the president. Republicans “demonize” him, Obama complained, shortly after he declared that Republicans were putting an economic “gun at the head of the American people … [and] threaten to wreck the entire economy.” “I’m a pretty friendly guy,” he said, not long after suggesting that he would stop checks for veterans and retirees if the GOP didn’t raise the White House’s $16.4 trillion credit limit.
The Republican Party is desperately in need of some good advice. It needs to return to Ronald Reagan conservatism and give America a two-party system, not a tinny echo of Obama. But our liberal media keep desperately inviting fake Republicans to offer advice to the GOP. They want to create a new Republican Party, one that rejects the principles of the man who championed freedom. Exhibit A: New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. The Jan. 14 Washington Post insisted on the front page: "Bloomberg wants change in the GOP." Post reporter Jason Horowitz noted, "America´s most prominent and deep pocketed advocate
Ford unveiled its new vision for a pickup truck at the Detroit Auto Show today, and the auto maker went all out in its presentation. Instead of removing a sheet like most companies do, Ford actually lowered the truck from the ceiling of the Cobo Center in a dramatic reveal. Business Insider´s Alex Davies, who was on hand for the event, snapped the photos below. The truck, named the Ford Atlas, is still a concept, but it would be a good addition to Ford´s lineup of F-150s, the company´s best-selling vehicle. The enormous Atlas has Ford´s efficient
The New York Times today reported on the censorship American film studios are willing to accept in order to gain access to the growing and lucrative Chinese film market. The lure of access to China’s fast-growing film market — now the world’s second largest, behind that of the United States — is entangling studios and moviemakers with the state censors of a country in which American notions of free expression simply do not apply. … Studios are seeking out official co-productions, in which a Chinese company works with an American studio
In a leak that could signal a crossing of President Obama´s "red line" on the increasingly deadly conflict in Syria, the State Department has investigated and concluded that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his military forces used poison gas in a deadly attack on the city of Homs last month, Foreign Policy´s Josh Rogin reported Tuesday evening. Rogin, whose State sources are rarely questioned on the Foggy Bottom beat, got his his scoop from classified department cables: The cable, signed by the U.S. consul general in Istanbul, Scott Frederic Kilner, and sent to State Department headquarters
Governor Jan Brewer of Arizona has an interesting take on Obamacare: “I hate it — now give me the money.” Governor Brewer, exemplifying that unfortunately common strain of Republican leadership that is uncompromising in rhetoric but opportunistic in reality, has decided to sign off on the federal government’s plan to radically expand Medicaid eligibility, replacing various eligibility formulas developed by the states with a uniform standard encompassing everybody earning 133 percent of the poverty line or less. She calculates that Arizona stands to gain some $2 billion a year in Medicaid benefits at little cost to the state treasury: