Obama’s speech: Very long on gaseous generalities; exiguous with details. “Par for the course,” you say. Yes and no. Yes, an inaugural speech is intended to set the tone for an administration rather than spell out in detail a policy program. I appreciated, as must every American of good will, his promise that his oath of office was before “God and country, not party or faction.” I wish I could believe it. Most leftist commentators I’ve checked in on have regarded the speech as they regard Barack Obama, as a consummate example of “pragmatism.”
An off-duty Las Vegas police officer shot his wife and young son before setting his home ablaze and committing suicide Monday, authorities said. A 52-year-old man dialed 911 from his Boulder City, Nev., home at 8:20 a.m. and told a dispatcher that he had killed his wife and his son and that he planned to set his home on fire and harm any responding officers, said Keith Paul, a spokesman for the Henderson Police Department, which was handling the investigation. When officers arrived, a man wielding what appeared to be a handgun stood in the doorway, officials said.
ALGIERS, Algeria -- The hostage-taking at a remote Algerian gas plant was carried out by 30 militants from across the northern swath of Africa and two from Canada, authorities said. The militants, who wore military uniforms and knew the layout, included explosives experts who rigged it with bombs and a leader whose final order was to kill all the captives. The operation also had help with inside knowledge - a former driver at the plant, Algeria´s prime minister said Monday. In all, 38 workers and 29 militants died, the Algerian prime minister said Monday
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton likely will face tough questions about the deadly Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya — including how the U.S. ambassador went missing for several hours during the assault — when she meets Wednesday with the House and Senate foreign affairs committees. The appearance, likely to be her last before Congress, will cap her time as secretary of state by revisiting one of the most bitterly contested and controversial episodes of her tenure
Forging into the latter half of his historic presidency, Barack Obama urged the nation at his second inauguration Monday to work together on a liberal agenda of America’s “limitless possibilities,” such as reversing climate change, advancing gay rights and strengthening the social safety net. On a chilly and overcast Monday, Mr. Obama laid out the broad themes for his second term, in which he is winding down the war in Afghanistan and is renewing his push for programs to help the middle class. While
President Obama began his second inaugural address with a reminder that this ceremony, like the 56 inaugurations before it in U.S. history, was a unifying symbol. “Each time we gather to inaugurate a president, we bear witness to the enduring strength of our Constitution,” he said from the West Front of the Capitol, his voice echoing across the Mall, where hundreds of thousands of people waved American flags. “We affirm the promise of our democracy.” Thus ended the warm-courage-of-national-unity portion of the proceedings. What followed was less an inaugural address for the ages than a
Detecting media bias is often an exercise in contrasting two analogous events to see how the media worked to write the narrative in the public´s imagination. We at NewsBusters have already looked at how the media love the party atmosphere of the Obama inaugurals but groused at the expense of Bush´s second inaugural, for example. So it´s instructive to see how Washington Post veteran journalist Dan Balz greeted President Obama´s entry into his second term with how he looked at the dawn of President George W. Bush´s second term.
The terrorist attack in Algeria that left three Americans and 34 other hostages dead shows that al Qaeda is “committed to creating terror" no matter where its members are located and that America has "got to fight back," Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Monday. “I’m glad we were able to get some rescued, but we did lose three Americans,” Panetta told a small group of reporters Monday as he left the inaugural lunch at the Capitol. “That just tells us al Qaeda is committed to creating terror wherever they are, and we’ve got to fight back.”
President Obama has never lacked for confidence, but rarely has that attribute been on display as clearly as on Monday in an inaugural address that underscored the distance he has traveled after four contentious years in office. This was not the politician who campaigned in 2008 on themes of transcending the divisive politics of the past, though there were ritual calls for the country and its political leaders to seize this moment together. Instead, it was a president who has accepted the reality of those divisions and is determined to prevail on his terms.
A self-assured President Obama on Monday used his second inaugural address to lay out a bold liberal vision of the American future, drawing direct links between the origins of the republic and some of the most vexing political issues of the day. The usual inauguration choreography of prayers and poems and crowds became a powerful demonstration of history’s arc: The first African American president was taking his second oath of office on a day named for the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. on the Mall where King thundered almost 50 years ago about the United States’ unfulfilled promise.
The trio of Colombian criminals were forced to ditch their ill-gotten gains, during the 2am theft, after the animal started to bray and alerted police. The group had managed to steal rum, oil, rice, cans of tuna and sardines from a small shop in the tiny north Caribbean town of Juan de Acosta, according to Noticias Caracol. They planned to load the goods onto 10-year-old Xavi, who they had stolen some 12 hours before, and make their escape. But the animal let out a series of ´hee-haws´ and unfortunately for the trio alerted nearby police.
Grassy Butte - The oil boom has changed a lot in western North Dakota, but locals here can still depend on one tiny convenience store. Beicegel Station in the unincorporated community of Grassy Butte has all the groceries and necessities locals need, free coffee in the morning and owners who’d get out of bed to help a stranded motorist. “You ain’t going to find another one like it,” owner Don Trotter said of the store. Motorists pump gas with antique fuel pumps at the station, which Don owns with his wife, Vickie. While many Oil Patch gas stations now require drivers to pre-pay for fuel,
A young reporter who has covered only President Obama’s first term has already witnessed several political epochs. Obama’s election was a symbol of reconciliation in America’s longest, bloodiest conflict — the one that produced Antietam. It was followed by a partisan lunge to fulfill the dreams of the Great Society by delivering universal health care. Which was followed by an ideological backlash that shifted control of the House, led by activists who talked as if the whole welfare state might be undone. Which was followed by Obama’s victorious reelection campaign, which turned the mobilization
Following President Obama‘s second inaugural speech, MSNBC host Chris Matthews suggested that because the Republican Party is now so unpopular, in order to win future elections they will have to “rig it” through new voter laws. “If states like Pennsylvania ever get controlled by Republican legislators, that is frightening,” Matthews said, implying those GOP-led legislatures will attempt to curb the voting rights of the largely Democratic black voting base within the states’ urban areas. Co-host Rachel Maddow agreed, adding that swing states like Illinois, Wisconsin, Virginia, and Ohio are other
Steven Brooks, the Democratic assemblyman arrested for threatening the Democratic leader, said he plans to come to Carson City this week, setting up a potentially tense situation as the Legislature prepares to review the state’s budget Tuesday night. “I’m innocent,” Brooks told Las Vegas journalist Jon Ralston. In a series of messages with the Las Vegas Sun, Brooks said that he would hold a news conference and planned to come to Carson City today. It was not entirely clear right now if Brooks would be allowed in the Legislative Building in Carson City.
Sasha and Malia Obama have been spotted this afternoon at the Presidential Inauguration Parade making their parents kiss - four times - so they could capture the perfect picture on their iPhones and iPods. The tech-savvy First Daughters spent the momentous occasion not unlike other girls age 11 and 14 - recording the moment on their Apple digital devices. Their father Barack, meanwhile, could be seen fumbling with his Blackberry - a device he has long been ´addicted´ to using. Sash, 11, was spotted in the presidential booth making Barack and Michelle pose over and over
CNN correspondent Jim Acosta was positively giddy while covering President Obama´s inauguration parade on Monday afternoon, and didn´t hold back his feelings on-air. "You know, I feel like I should pinch myself right now, Wolf. I can´t believe I have this vantage point of history in the making," Acosta gushed. Video below the break. Acosta later added that "It´s good to be the President. It´s almost like being a rock star on every street corner of Washington on this day." Unfortunately, Acosta has not been alone at CNN in exhibiting extreme enthusiasm for President Obama.
Only four doctors in the U.S. offer third-trimester abortions, knowing they risk their own lives every day to carry out such controversial procedures. These doctors are the subject of a documentary screened at the Sundance film festival last weekend, forty years after the legalization of abortion in the U.S. and four years after Dr Tiller. Physician George Tiller was a prominent practitioner of late-term abortions shot dead by an extremist in 2009. The documentary After Tiller is named for him and focuses on the few remaining doctors who perform abortions in the third trimester of a pregnancy. The Supreme Court granted states the right to limit abortions in the final three months of a pregnancy.
Not to be outdone by Chris Matthews, who said the president’s speech was downright Lincolnian, MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell posited that, no, Obama’s address actually brought back memories of Marting Luther King, Jr. “I thought that the tone of this speech, aside from the policy prescriptions, was much more eloquent than I expected, frankly,” Mitchell said, “and in the mood of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the day that we’re celebrating and of that legacy.” Next, the comparisons to Cicero.
Monday’s post-inaugural luncheon was a case study in body language--and nearly all of the physical evidence centered on House Speaker John Boehner. One interaction in particular already became an Internet meme: Michelle Obama rolling her eyes after listening to a comment from the Ohio Republican congressman. Tumblr blogger “Mattyrab” was the first to capture the eye roll in action, sharing video of the exchange in a display described as a “historical moment in shade throwing.” The video has already been shared thousands of times across social media sites with viewers speculating on what sparked the First Lady’s facial expression.
I’m sure Jeffrey Goldberg got it right. Whatever the reason the President leaked his unhappiness with Bibi to Goldberg just a few days before the Israeli election--whether in an effort to influence the vote against Bibi, serve payback to Bibi for a perceived preference for Romney, or because the President could simply no longer suppress his dissatisfaction--it must indeed be unnerving to be the most powerful man on earth and have the elected leader of a tiny Middle Eastern country defy you. Especially when that country, in your opinion, owes you so much! You are their only reliable friend
President Barack Obama opened his second inaugural address by quoting the statement from the preamble to the Declaration of Independence that all men “are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights." He then went on to say that if men were in fact created equal, then homosexual “love” must be equal as well. “What makes us exceptional, what makes us American," said Obama, “is our allegiance to an idea articulated in a declaration made more than two centuries ago: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that
President Obama told congressional leaders at his inaugural luncheon Monday that the "irony" of being president was the humility that came with attempting to implement an agenda. "I know that former President Carter, President Clinton, they understand the irony of the presidential office, which is the longer you´re there, the more humble you become, and the more mindful you are that is beyond your powers individually to move this great country," Obama said. The president acknowledged the "profound differences" within the room, which contained the Supreme Court, Cabinet officials and leadership from the House and Senate.
An inaugural official told reporters that "at least" 1 million people were on the National Mall for President Obama´s swearing-in ceremony. If the figure is accurate, a crowd of around 1 million would put attendance at about 55 percent of the 2009 crowd. The city of Washington, D.C., estimated that 1.8 million people packed the Mall last time to watch Obama get sworn in for his first term. Washington, D.C.´s, Metro system reported that ridership was about 63 percent of 2009´s record-shattering Inauguration Day.
Dish Network Corp., which owns the Blockbuster chain of video rental stores, plans to close an additional 300 locations over the next few weeks on top of hundreds closed previously, according to a news report Monday. (Snip) Blockbuster had some 1,700 stores open when Dish acquired it out of bankruptcy in April 2011 in a deal worth about $320 million; the chain years ago had as many as 9,100 stores before it was battered by the wide availability of movies from Netflix, Amazon.com and others through digital, online and mail-order channels. Dish closed about 500 unprofitable Blockbuster
George W. Bush, Mitt Romney, even Oprah Winfrey—the famous people who didn´t attend Barack Obama´s second inauguration say as much about the ceremony as those who did turn up. The no-shows offered many different excuses for staying home—some legitimate, some paper-thin. And some of these no-shows hurt more than others. As Washington´s presidential party carries on into the afternoon, let´s take a look at the people who aren´t celebrating Obama´s second term in D.C., assessing their alibis and the severity of their snubs. George W. Bush Excuse: George H.W. Bush just got out of the hospital last week after