After outpacing the U.S. for most of last year, California’s jobs engine lost momentum in December as employers´ payrolls shrank by 17,500 last month. The unemployment rate remained unchanged at 9.8% last month, according to figures released Friday by the state’s Employment Development Department. The loss of payroll jobs in December ends seven months of job growth in the Golden State. For much of the year, yearly job growth was hovering around 2% but has now dropped to 1.6%. Economists called the jobs report disappointing. Some said job losses last month might have been caused by employers to hold off
In the opening moments of her second turn at history, as Michelle Obama waves at celebrants along Pennsylvania Avenue, Americans will clamor to see the first lady, who remains one of the most popular public figures in the country. In the most recent poll, fully 73 percent said they approve of the way she is handling her job. But a significant group of Americans — feminist Americans — have been vocally disappointed with her choices and feel let down by her example. In 2008, when Obama announced her intention to be “mom-in-chief,”
When black Americans gather to walk in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. this Saturday, some of them will also be walking to highlight the important place the 2nd Amendment holds in the Civil Rights Movement. While this is not to suggest that only black people will honor MLK this weekend--that would be a silly suggestion--it is to say that they, more than many, understand why it was important to have access to firearms during the turbulent 1960s (and beyond). For example, consider Charles Hicks. A black American whose father, Robert Hicks, was "a prominent leader
“Hundreds” of death threats have been made against the president of the National Rifle Association just since the first of this year. And those threats reflect President Obama’s political tactics. That’s what NRA President David Keene told talk show host Ernest Istook on Thursday. Keene says those threats reflect attempts by the Left and by President Obama “to demonize and blame those who disagree with him for everything he doesn’t like.” Keene also is literally targeted by a video game that invites people to shoot him, which he calls the “Kill David Keene” game. The good news, according to Keene,
New Jersey governor Chris Christie slams the NRA, and the media cheers. Christie slams House Speaker John Boehner for not putting a pork-laden Hurricane Sandy Relief Bill up for a vote, and the media cheers. Christie undermines the Republican nominee for president by politically French-kissing Obama in every conceivable way just days before the election, and the media cheers. I have two words for Governor Christie: President McCain. The media loved McCain, too; loved the way he publicly battled and undermined President George W. Bush; loved his maverick ways when those ways damaged the Republican Party.
As if we needed any further reminder of how thoroughly corrupt and one-sided Washington has become, the man who is ostensibly in charge of what is supposed to be the most important politically neutral institution in the nation has once again weighed in on the side of the most financially irresponsible administration in U.S. history. In case you missed it in the midst of the media-imposed obsession over “gun violence,” aka the orchestrated attempt to do as much damage to citizens’ constitutional right to keep and bear arms as possible, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke appeared
Algeria´s military intervention against kidnappers at a Saharan gas plant apparently came as a surprise to those foreign governments whose citizens were being held hostage. Japan called for an end to the raid, summoning the Algerian ambassador to express concern for the lives of the captives and to plead for up-to-date information. British Prime Minister David Cameron said he was "disappointed" not to have been told about the raid in advance. But while many details of how events at the In Amenas plant have unfolded remain unclear, Algeria´s decision to deal with the kidnappers forcefully and unilaterally fits
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor says in a statement: Fitch Ratings agency recently said, if the debt limit is raised without substantive deficit reduction, our nation´s credit rating could be downgraded. The President´s plan to simply borrow more money without any reform in Washington puts us all at risk. The first step to fixing this problem is to pass a budget that reduces spending. The House has done so, and will again. The Democratic Senate has not passed a budget in almost four years, which is unfair to hardworking taxpayers
Shall we round up the usual YouTube suspects again, Sir Edmund Hillary Clinton? The Al Qaeda-linked raiders who are still occupying part of an Algerian gas plant offered to trade a pair of American hostages Friday for the mastermind of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and another jailed terrorist. The captives being offered in exchange for blind Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman and the other Islamic fanatic were not identified. But the report by the Mauritian news site ANI, which has been in almost constant contact
A must-read from Radley Balko can be found here. Some key extracts: There have been a number of projects that attempted to count the total number of federal criminal laws. They usually give up. The federal criminal code is just too complex, too convoluted, and too weighted down with duplications, overlapping laws, and other complications to come to a definite number. But by most estimates, there are at least 4,000 separate criminal laws at the federal level, with another 10,000 to 300,000 regulations that can be enforced criminally.
If you’re looking for a reason to be skeptical that the gun control proposals President Obama unveiled yesterday would actually have an impact on violent crime, look no further than the historical examples invoked by gun control advocates praising the White House’s effort: Bennett compared the scale of Obama’s proposal to the Gun Control Act of 1968, which prevented convicted criminals and mentally ill from purchasing guns, and the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act of 1993, which put background checks in place on gun sales.
Some vulnerable Senate Democrats are balking at President Obama’s new push on gun control, reflecting the tough position many will be in if Congress takes up major firearms legislation. Shortly after Obama unveiled the details of his policy, a number of Democrats from conservative, heavily rural states who are up for reelection in 2014 indicated they’re likely to oppose the measures. The responses indicate how tough it will be for any legislation to move through Congress — and how tricky an issue it is for some rural-state Democrats facing reelection.
Another Maverick County commissioner was indicted on allegations of corruption Thursday, making it three of the five commissioners facing federal charges. With the arrest of Precinct 4 Commissioner César Flores, 46, only Precinct 3 Commissioner Jose Luis Rosales and County Judge David Saucedo are not under indictment. Flores was released on $40,000 bail, and Precinct 1 Commissioner Eliaz Maldonado, who´s also facing corruption charges, is out on bail as well, so the court can make a quorum.
Later today, when I’m hosting the Ed Morrissey Show, you’ll probably notice a deep red welt on my forehead and wonder how it got there. It’s from banging my head on my desk repeatedly after reading the results of two polls released today. The first comes from Gallup, where overwhelming majorities of Americans of every party affiliation demand Congressional term limits and an end to the Electoral College … just two months after re-elected almost every incumbent than ran for federal office: Even after the 2012 election in which Americans re-elected most of the sitting
A Virginia state lawmaker raised eyebrows to say the least when he tried to make a point about assault weapons by bringing an AK-47 into the State Capitol! The shocking video shows Democratic State Delegate Joe Morrissey speaking on the floor of the state House of Delegates when he pulled out an unloaded AK-47. The move drew gasps from fellow lawmakers. (Snip) According to Morrissey, he was trying to show how easy it is to carry an assault weapon in Virginia. The House of Delegates speaker called it an “outrageous and ridiculous political stunt.”
One last Facebook status update capped a bizarre night of terror in central Michigan during which police say a prison parolee abducted a college student at gunpoint, raped her, set fire to a house, stole a flatbed truck and rammed three police cars. "Well folkes im about to get shot. Peace." That was the message Eric Ramsey posted from his cell phone to his Facebook page apparently just moments before he was fatally shot by a sheriff´s deputy, ending a crime rampage that started in Mt. Pleasant and stretched 85 miles north to the Grayling area.
A federal grand jury charged former Mayor Ray Nagin Friday with 21 counts including bribery, conspiracy to deprive citizens of honest services, money laundering, wire fraud and filing false tax returns, alleging that while in office, Nagin took cash bribes and gifts from two city contractors. Nagin´s long-expected indictment arrived more than two and a half years after he left City Hall and relocated to the Dallas area. Two businessmen, Frank Fradella and Rodney Williams, have both pleaded guilty to paying bribes to the mayor — who was listed in earlier court documents as "Public Official A" — in exchange for
A Richmond-area lawmaker brandished an AK-47 on the floor of the Virginia House of Delegates on Thursday in a wild stunt aimed at rallying support for tougher gun laws. Del. Joe Morrissey, D-Highland Springs, pulled the weapon out shortly after the day´s session got underway, a time when legislators typically welcome school groups and other visitors in the chamber´s gallery. (Snip) Del. Todd Gilbert, R-Woodstock, interrupted Morrissey´s speech to ask him to take his finger off the trigger lock and later said that taking guns from citizens is what led to the Holocaust and mass killings under the Soviet Gulag.
It features everything from iconic images of some of the most famous figures in history to heartwarming private pictures of ordinary people and animals simply posing up for the camera. Flickr Commons has celebrated its fifth anniversary by showing off a collection of its most viewed and commented on photographs, including a picture of Winston Churchill at a meeting of Allied leaders during WWII and a photograph of a black dog smoking a pipe in Wales. The website´s collection of ´public domain´ photographs was first launched on January 16, 2008 with 1,500 pictures, and has expanded rapidly since,
President Barack Obama on Friday announced the relaunch of his remaining campaign apparatus as a new tax-exempt group called Organizing for Action that will “play an active role” in “mobilizing around and speaking out in support of important legislation” during his second term. “We may have started this as a longshot presidential primary campaign in 2007, but it’s always been about more than just winning an election. Together, we’ve made our communities stronger, we’ve fought for historic legislation, and we’ve brought more people than ever before into the political process,” Obama wrote in an email to supporters.
NBC Tonight Show host Jay Leno took a fiscal poke at President Obama Thursday. After mentioning that it was Michelle Obama’s birthday, and that she told reporters that she wanted “a nice gift from Barack, but nothing extravagant,” Leno quipped, “Oh, don´t worry. Obama is very responsible when he´s spending his own money. Don´t have worry about that. No problem there” (video follows with commentary): Wouldn’t it be nice if others in the media were willing to mock Obama’s fiscal indiscipline rather than support and/or cover it up?
AUSTIN, Tex. — That February morning in 2008 found Barack Obama decidedly out of sorts. He was locked in one battle with Hillary Rodham Clinton for the Democratic nomination that showed no signs of ending — and another with a vicious cold that felt the same way.As he rode the service elevator in the backway of a convention hotel here, the snowy-haired African American operating it turned suddenly. He held out a black-and-gold bit of fabric embroidered with a screaming eagle. “Senator Obama, I have something I want to give you,” the man said.
According to Lena Dunham, HBO’s “Girls” television show needs a third season to explore new sex positions. Writer and actress Lena Dunham appeared on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Thursday to discuss her recent Golden Globe awards earned from her work with “Girls.” After Stewart questioned Dunham about the latest season of “Girls,” Dunham admitted she hopes for a new third season: “I’m already kind of like trying to conceive of some new demented ideas – some sexual positions we haven’t yet covered.” Stewart replied, “Well, I’m 50 so don’t tell me what they are.”
Bamako/Markala, Mali-French and Malian soldiers wrested control of the central town of Diabaly from Islamist rebels on Friday, its mayor said, and West African reinforcements arrived in Bamako to take on the insurgents dominating the north of Mali. France, warning that Islamist control over Mali´s vast desert north threatens the security of Africa and the West, had targeted Diabaly in an eighth day of air strikes aimed at dislodging hardened al Qaeda-linked fighters there.(Snip) A total of 2,500 French troops are expected in Mali but Paris is keen to swiftly hand the mission over to West Africa´s ECOWAS bloc,
Buzzfeed reporter Michael Hastings shares his curious relationship with the White House Press Corps in his new campaign e-book, “Panic 2012: The Sublime and Terrifying Inside Story of Obama’s Final Campaign.” Hastings reveals that a reporter’s life on the trail is monotonous and difficult, save for a few sweet unscripted but always off-the-record moments. One of those off-the-record moments was an event where President Obama joined reporters for drinks while the campaign was in Orlando, Fla., an event that Hastings partially details in the book.