Nobody wants rain on Inauguration Day. For the partisans among us — and that includes approximately half of us, give or take a few hundred thousand — it’s a day for celebration of the nation and its history, the continuity of its institutions, and the promise of the future. For the celebrating pols, it’s a day to celebrate not having to go home and get a job, and to mark the promise of another four years at the public trough. For Barack Obama, it’s a celebration of his agenda, both the one seen and the other unseen. We’ll see soon enough what’s in the unseen, and how much he can get through a divided
The gun control controversy is only the latest of many issues to be debated almost solely in terms of fixed preconceptions, with little or no examination of hard facts. Media discussions of gun control are dominated by two factors: the National Rifle Association and the Second Amendment. But the over-riding factual question is whether gun control laws actually reduce gun crimes in general or murder rates in particular. If, as gun control advocates claim, gun control laws really do control guns and save lives, there is nothing to prevent repealing the Second Amendment, any more than there
The Pentagon on Tuesday stopped short of saying Al Qaeda North Africa affiliate is definitely to blame for the deadly Algeria terrorist attack, but it said there is good reason to believe the group had a leading role. "When it comes to terrorist attacks of this sort in North Africa, AQIM has to be at the top of the list of suspects, I´ll put it that way," said Pentagon press secretary George Little, referring to Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb. The White House said the Obama administration is working with the Algerian government to learn more about what happened and did not echo concerns expressed by
Politico reported this morning that "Henry R. Muñoz III of San Antonio -- an Obama bundler and a national chairman of the Futuro Fund, a group of Latino leaders who raised money for the president’s reelection -- is expected to be named DNC Finance Chair, the first Latino to hold the title." What´s also interesting about Muñoz, though Politico omitted this fact, is that he at least once dined with Cuban dictator Fidel Castro. "Muñoz’s clout has only expanded in the ensuing years — in politics, philanthropy and his profession," mysanantonio.com reported two years ago.
On Tuesday, CBS´s Sharyl Attkisson broke on Twitter that the Obama administration "has indicated that it will not be answering Benghazi question we´ve been asking since Oct." Attkisson, who has provided hard-hitting reporting on the September 11, 2012 Islamist attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya, listed many of the questions that the executive branch has yet to answer about the story. The journalist noted in a later Tweet that "CBS News FOI´d Benghazi info from State Dept, CIA, FBI and Defense Dept. None has been provided." Attkisson also pointed out a false claim by the administration:
From substance to style, most are aware that the nation’s political press has imposed wildly divergent standards on themselves in their coverage of the administration of President Barack Obama and that of his predecessor, President George W. Bush. This lamentable condition has been well documented, so it may seem unsurprising that the press would cover Obama’s second inaugural far differently than they did Bush’s. But one’s ability to experience surprise is regularly challenged by the political press and their staggering disregard for consistency. A glance at how the media covered yesterday’s festivities and those of eight years ago
Joe Biden in 2016? The inauguration is barely over but the vice president already is dropping plenty of hints that he might have another political act. Biden packed his schedule with events and receptions attended by party stalwarts throughout the long weekend of inauguration festivities, stoking speculation he may be laying the groundwork to carry the torch from President Barack Obama. It comes after Biden played a prominent role in brokering a compromise on the fiscal cliff standoff with Congress and his work developing gun violence legislation following December´s deadly school shooting in Connecticut.
Washington – A Pentagon investigation has cleared Gen. John Allen, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, of professional misconduct in exchanging emails with a civilian woman linked to the sex scandal that led retired Gen. David Petraeus to resign as CIA director. Pentagon press secretary George Little said Tuesday that Defense Secretary Leon Panetta was informed of the conclusion by the Pentagon´s inspector general. "The secretary was pleased to learn that allegations of professional misconduct were not substantiated by the investigation," Little said, adding that Panetta has "complete confidence in the continued leadership" of Allen.
A centerpiece of President Obama´s second inaugural address was a call for greater economic equality, with the president saying that "our country cannot succeed when a shrinking few do very well and a growing many barely make it." But that´s precisely what´s happened over the past four years, as Obama´s economic policies left the majority of Americans falling behind while the wealthy few got further ahead. Evidence of this is everywhere you look. The official measure of income inequality — called the Gini index — has climbed every year Obama´s been in office, while remaining flat
We woke up on the morning of Nov. 9 expecting the usual: for one of us, the tending to patients; for the other, the morning rush of packing lunches and getting the kids to school. We were planning a party for our daughter’s seventh birthday that weekend. What ensued over the next 72 hours not only overtook all attempts for a happy family celebration but also made us prisoners in our own home. Our lives were radically upended by the story that emerged after David Petraeus resigned as CIA director. Our names were leaked as that story developed, and we were unable to attend Sunday Mass,
Gun Control: The president seeks a review of groups barred from gun ownership, while his attorney general asks the courts to keep hidden documents on running guns to drug lords sealed by executive privilege. Presumably the list of prohibited individuals include Mexican drug lords and their operatives who to this day continue to maim and murder with assault weapons and other semiautomatic firearms provided to them by this administration under the gun-running operation known as Fast and Furious. Attorney General Eric Holder has been tasked to review this list. Unfortunately, this
Washington-The Obama administration has delayed a decision on TransCanada Corp´s rerouted Keystone XL oil pipeline until after March, even though Nebraska´s governor on Tuesday approved a plan for part of the line running through his state. "We don´t anticipate being able to conclude our own review before the end of the first quarter of this year," said Victoria Nuland, a spokeswoman at the State Department, which had previously said it would make a decision by that deadline. She said the department would take into consideration approval of the line by Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman.
War On Terror: In the final debate, GOP candidate Mitt Romney was mocked for bringing up the spread of terrorism to Mali, which has been implicated in the weekend´s Algerian terrorist massacre. So who is out of touch? ´Mitt, do you know that most of America thinks Mali is one of Obama´s daughters," tweeted hipster television personality Bill Maher last October, to ridicule Romney´s debate statement that global terrorism was not dead at all and in fact was spreading. "Mali has been taken over ... the northern part of Mali, by al-Qaida-style individuals," Romney said in
A North Carolina woman, who was injured during the wild police shoot-out with a gunman at the Empire State Building in August, is suing the city — charging NYPD officers created a “dangerous and deadly confrontation,” resulting in nine wounded bystanders. Chenin Duclos, 32, was crossing 34th Street and 5th Avenue around 9 am on Aug. 24 when cops chased shooter Jeffrey Johnson through the crowded streets, the complaint states. The suit, filed today in Manhattan Supreme Court, names the city, police department and officers Craig Matthews and Robert Sinishtaj as allegedly responsible for failing to “exercise proper police tactics...
Doctors have discovered a way for professional football players to see how much damage their brains have suffered through a bruising career before it’s too late, according to a new study. UCLA researchers led a team of scientists that used a chemical marker called FDDNP to measure the degree of brain damage in five retired football players. That marker latches onto the tau proteins that build up in the brain when someone suffers from Alzheimer’s or other cognitive impairments like chronic traumatic encephalopathy. Doctors can then perform a routine positron emission tomography (PET) scan to see those chemical markers
"First they came for the local radio hosts...." If you want a glimpse into the real, practical mechanisms whereby unprincipled political power diminishes and silences opposing voices, look not to the nationally-publicized attacks on Rush Limbaugh or Glenn Beck. Look to what happens at the local level, to people who do not have a national microphone and millions of defenders. Consider the example of Brainerd, Minnesota´s (population 13,613) local conservative radio show.
The alleged victim of a group of footballers who took pictures of themselves while sexually assaulting her told a court she only realised she had been attacked when she saw pictures on one of their phones. The Brighton and Hove Albion players accused of sexually assaulting a drunken 19-year-old, including the son of Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers, wanted to have ´a permanent record of their conquest´, jurors at the Old Bailey were told today.The four sportsmen took the young woman back to their hotel room and assaulted her after celebrating a victory for their club, it was alleged.
RUSH: I could play you any of a number of sound bites of me in recent weeks to illustrate this, but let´s go back to January 4th, right here on this program. A couple of weeks ago I predicted, but also last year, about the objective that Obama has. RUSH ARCHIVE: I´ll tell you what´s on tap here. The Democrat Party and Barack Obama, particularly Obama, Obama has a lot of admiration for Reagan, in a political sense, not policy-wise. Obama´s admiration for Reagan is in the sense that Reagan was a truly transformational president.
They have been billed as villas, but that would be using the loosest sense of the word. Stretching as far as the eye can see in rows upon rows of arrow-straight uniformity, this development conjures images of a concrete slum or a prison block rather than a plush new housing estate. They are among more than 1,000 grey houses, each spaced just a few feet apart, that have been built in Lingshui County in the Hainan Province of China. But their monochrome appearance hasn´t put off the locals. Around 3,500 villagers have started to move into 1,029 new apartments,
Four suspects are facing trial in New York this week for brutally beating a man on the Lower East Side of Manhattan in a fight that was recorded on video. The beating, which left 37-year-old Kyam Washington´s skull fractured and gave him permanent hearing loss, occurred at Essex and Rivington Streets around 4 a.m. on May 8, 2010. Video of the fight was released to the public at a trial for the four suspects: Andrew McCray, Martrell Terrell, Shadia Brackman and Christopher Montanez, who are all from Yonkers. Scroll down for video
RUSH: So, folks, I just want to prepare you. I know to some people it´s immature, it may be unseemly, it may seem insecure. It´s not any of that. I have been making predictions, and I should call those predictions warnings, it´s actually what they have been, about the media, about Obama, about the intentions of both, their intentions toward the Republicans, what Obama´s grand vision is. I have been warning and doing so under the guise of predictions for a lot of things, for four years.
Clinton warned a group of top Democratic donors at a private Saturday meeting not to underestimate the passions that gun control stirs among many Americans. "Do not patronize the passionate supporters of your opponents by looking down your nose at them," Clinton said. "A lot of these people live in a world very different from the world lived in by the people proposing these things," Clinton said. "I know because I come from this world." . . . He said that he understands the culture that permeates a state like Arkansas--where guns are a longstanding part of local culture.
RUSH: This Tom Brokaw and Andrea Mitchell, NBC News, Washington, and this is yesterday on the Today show. They´re on there with Matt Lauer and they are celebrating. They´re celebrating because they think the Republicans have given up, and they´re right. Everybody´s giving up. My impression is that everybody is giving up and they´re waiting for events that nobody can predict to maybe change the direction that we´re headed; events that nobody can predict that will stop Obama in his tracks; events that´ll happen that will wake people up.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will make her long-awaited appearance in front of a U.S. Senate panel tomorrow to testify about the Sept. 11, 2012 attacks in Benghazi, and New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez will be on hand to preside over the hearing. Clinton will make her appearance at 9 a.m. in front of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which Menendez, of North Bergen, may chair if Sen. John Kerry is confirmed as Clinton’s successor. Republicans have called on Clinton to testify about the attacks in Benghazi, where four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens, were killed during a deadly
Washington – Senator Frank R. Lautenberg (D-N.J.) introduced a bill on Tuesday to ban high-capacity ammunition magazines holding more than 10 rounds, a major element of the gun safety plan announced last week by President Obama. Lautenberg’s bill, substantially the same as one he introduced two years ago, is cosponsored by Sen. Bob Menendez and 15 other Democratic senators. A companion bill has been introduced in the House of Representatives by Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-N.Y.), with 48 cosponsors. Lautenberg´s “Large Capacity Ammunition Feeding Device Act” would prohibit the manufacture and sale of ammunition magazines that have a capacity