WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Hillary Clinton took responsibility for the security failures on the attacks on Benghazi on Wednesday, but said that she was not involved in the confusing dissemination of information in the immediate aftermath of the attack. Clinton testified Wednesday morning before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the September 11 attacks on the U.S. Embassy in Benghazi that left Amb. Chris Stevens and three others dead. “As I have said many times, I take responsibility,” she said, saying that she was committed to implementing changes that would prevent a future attack from happening.
Monday wasn´t really an Inauguration as much as it was a new episode of Joy Porn starring the mainstream media -- and an act of Joy Porn the American people weren´t all that interested in watching. According to the "L.A. Times," in 2009, 17 million watched Obama´s inaugural address on the cable nets. This year, that number dropped to 6.7 million. Across the three broadcast networks, a total of 13.32 million watched the media fall to its knees in worship Monday. In 2009, viewership topped 27.5 million -- a 52% drop, and about a million fewer than watched
With memories painfully fresh and nerves still raw after the Connecticut elementary school massacre, the nation suddenly turned its attention to a community college campus in suburban Houston on Tuesday afternoon, fearful that another violent incident was shredding any lingering notion of safety in the classroom. As it turned out, the gunfire that shattered the silence of a normal day of classes at Lone Star College´s north Harris County location was sadly routine. Two young men became involved in an argument that ended when one pulled a handgun.
How do you deal with Barack Obama? Benjamin Netanyahu seems to have found one reasonably successful way: stand tall and don’t back down, and your people will rally around you. Obama, believing Netanyahu would win reelection despite trying to damage him with remarks leaked to Jeffrey Goldberg, sent a handwritten note to Netanyahu reading: "Looking forward to continuing working with you in the new year." That, of course, is certainly a different approach than the constant attempts by Obama to bully Netanyahu at the
Outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, testifying before Congress on the deadly Sept. 11 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya, choked up Wednesday as she assured lawmakers that the security of American diplomats was a “personal” issue for her. [Snip] Clinton’s voice broke as she recalled welcoming home the “flag-draped caskets” of U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens and three other Americans killed in the terrorist strike at the consulate and putting her arms around bereaved family members. Link repaired by staff
Matt Damon’s much hyped anti-fracking film “Promised Land” has failed to make the impact that its producers and environmental groups had hoped for. As of January 20, “Promised Land” has raked in a whopping total of $7,542,000 since it opened on December 28, according to Box Office Mojo. According to The Hill, the movie cost $15 million to make. Box Office Mojo ranked it 139 out of all movies from Jan. 23, 2012 to Jan. 21, 2013. Matt Damon said that he didn’t make a biased movie and claimed to have just wanted to start a conversation Author corrected by staff
It was all anyone could talk about, because it was unrelenting. From High Point to Cape May, from street corners to Facebook, one would be hard-pressed not to find someone mentioning the bitter cold that invaded New Jersey Tuesday. Temperatures did not surpass 25 degrees across much of the Garden State, as New Jersey entered what is expected to be the most frigid and persistent cold snap since 2007, according to data from the state climatologist’s office.(Snip) The deep freeze is believed to have been caused by a sudden warming in the stratosphere near the north pole, according to
Washington — More than six in 10 Americans now favor allowing illegal immigrants to eventually become citizens, a major increase in support driven by a turnaround in Republicans’ opinions after the 2012 elections. The finding, in a new Associated Press-GfK poll, comes as the Republican Party seeks to increase its meager support among Latino voters, who turned out in large numbers to help reelect President Obama in November.(Snip) In the coming weeks, he’s expected to push aggressively for ways to create an eventual pathway to citizenship for the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants already in this country.
In yesterday’s inaugural address, President Obama stated, “We cannot mistake absolutism for principle or substitute spectacle for politics, or treat name-calling as reasoned debate.” But Obama was not shy about discarding reasoned debate in favor of brutal name-calling in order to ram forward his agenda. According to Obama, Republicans who oppose his progressivism: •Don’t care about the elderly or the disabled: According to Obama, forcing a choice between “caring for the generation that built this country and investing in the generation that will build its future” – also known as reality – is actually siding
Westampton — A fight involving more than 100 people broke out early Sunday morning at the Rancocas Community Center and resulted in $800 worth of damage and five arrests, police said. Police were sent to the center on Main Street on a report of shots fired and a large fight, police said. When they arrived about 12:25 a.m., police found more than 100 people acting disorderly and “jumping on top of vehicles,” police said.(Snip) Police said the security guard told them that the four individuals were the culprits and were threatening people with a gun. Police then arrested
Last night, President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama attended the last ball of the Second Inauguration--the Staff Inaugural Ball. “My main job here tonight,” Obama told the campaign staff, volunteers, and Democratic National Committee staff, “is really simple: It’s just to say thank you. All of you have come to represent for me and Michelle our deepest hopes for America. The average age here is probably around 20 something. And that’s only because I’m here, which brings the average age up, quite a bit.” Obama compared himself to the
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Wednesday defended the administration´s response the night of the September 2012 terror attack in Libya, testifying before Congress that there were "no delays in decision-making" despite accounts to the contrary. The secretary, after missing prior hearings due to illness, testified on the attack for the first time Wednesday morning before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. She said she has "no higher priority" than the security of her department´s staff, and that she is committed to making the department "safer, stronger and more secure." "As I have said many times,
Taking a break from his exasperated criticism, Morning Joe‘s own Joe Scarborough commended Republicans on Wednesday for their “shrewd” move: their plan to raise the debt limit short term. Feeling more optimistic, Scarborough expressed “hope.” Republicans are “being smart” by proposing a temporary extension, he said. “It’s one of the first shrewd moves I’ve seen the body do in quite some time.” Scarborough went on to add that when he and co-host Mika Brzezinski paid a visit to Capitol Hill, “Republicans I spoke with gave me hope.”
It´s becoming downright American to make stuff in America. Small manufacturers, craftsmen and retailers are marketing the Made-in-USA tag to score do-gooder points with consumers for employing stateside, says Margarita Mendoza, founder of the Made in America Movement, a lobbying organization for small manufacturers. It´s working: Over 80% of Americans are willing to pay more for Made-in-USA products, 93% of whom say it´s because they want to keep jobs in the USA, according to a survey released in November by Boston Consulting Group. In ultra-partisan times, it´s one of the few issues both Democrats and Republicans agree
In the wake of Beyonce’s “Star Spangled Banner” lip-sync scandal, the opening acts on the bill at President Barack Obama’s inauguration ceremony went into overdrive to reassure fans that they did in fact sing their songs live on Monday. Former “American Idol” winner Kelly Clarkson sang “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” ahead of Beyonce, and her rep was quick to announce: “Kelly did sing live!” Folk legend James Taylor, the day’s first musical guest, sang “America the Beautiful,” and also chose not to mouth over a backing track
Now that Jill Kelley has broken her silence in a Daily Beast interview, the question naturally arises whether David Petraeus’s former mistress might do the same. People familiar with her thinking tell me the answer is yes. Broadwell plans to answer questions about the Petraeus mess in a limited way, they say, as a way of putting the sordid controversy behind her. The goal for the foreseeable future, they say, is for Broadwell to be able to step back into the public square and resume her career.
National Rifle Association (NRA) CEO Wayne LaPierre on Tuesday offered a sharp critique of President Obama’s second inaugural address, warning that his agenda threatened to make a “mockery” of the nation’s constitutional freedoms. In a speech in Reno, Nev., which the nation’s most-prominent gun rights lobby billed as a “major response” to the president’s address, LaPierre pressed his attack on Obama’s push for stricter gun laws in the aftermath of last month’s deadly Newtown, Conn. mass shooting.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Opponents of the city´s limit on the size of sugary drinks are raising questions of racial fairness alongside other complaints as the novel restriction faces a court test. The NAACP´s New York state branch and the Hispanic Federation have joined beverage makers and sellers in trying to stop the rule from taking effect March 12. With a hearing set Wednesday, critics are attacking what they call an inconsistent and undemocratic regulation, while city officials and health experts defend it as a pioneering and proper move to fight obesity. The issue is complex
Rives Miller Grogan has something to say. The way he says it keeps getting him in trouble at the U.S. Capitol. Now, after the 47-year-old Californian allegedly climbed 40 feet up a tree near the Capitol reflecting pool and tried to shout down President Obama’s inaugural address on Monday, a judge has ordered him to stay away not only from Capitol building but from the District entirely.Grogan, an antiabortion activist, eluded capture for five hours on Monday. A Capitol police spokesman said he annoyed onlookers below by loudly shouting. He had just been arrested and charged with disorderly conduct
A day after President Obama vowed an aggressive global war on global warming, Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman delivered a political hot potato to the White House in the form of state approval of a re-routed Keystone XL pipeline. Given the pressing domestic need for a) more reliable sources of oil and b) thousands of long-delayed, good-paying jobs, you might think federal approval of the endeavor with our closest neighbor and best friend is a gimme. Ah, but we are just three days past the middle of the 2,922-day Obama era.
“The first fundamental responsibility of any elected official is to pass a budget,” House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) told reporters on Capitol Hill Tuesday evening. The Republican-led House has done so. But “what’s the history of the Senate?” McCarthy asked. “The last time they passed a budget, the iPad hadn’t even been introduced.” The Democrat-led Senate last passed a budget on April 29, 2009. Apple’s iPad was not made available to Americans until a year later, in April 2010. McCarthy noted that when Republicans gained a majority in the House after the 2010 midterms
Let no one accuse President Obama of a lack of vision. In broad strokes, the president’s inaugural speech painted a picture of a modern progressive state, technocratic and competent, muscular in its efforts and far-reaching in scope, capable of intricate micromanagement when necessary but also willing to take big steps to fix the big problems that liberals deem in need of fixing, whatever they may be. Obama defended the entitlement system, talked up the value of public infrastructure and environmental action, and explicitly tied the nation’s greatness to its ability and willingness to undertake whatever grand—and presumably public—reform
The new head of the state House Committee on Science and Technology is a social conservative who has used a moral compass to question scientific research, but who says he knows the importance biotechnology has on the state’s economy. Rep. Ed Setzler, R-Acworth, has previously led efforts to ban research on embryonic stem cells and sponsored a bill making it illegal to implant people with microchips against their will. Setzler, beginning his fifth term in the House, is also a frequent sponsor of bills to restrict abortions. The 42-year-old is an engineer and retired Army Ranger. Headline split by staff
The HIV virus which causes AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome) does not kill people directly. It destroys their immune systems, allowing a waiting disease that would otherwise be fought off by the body to kill them. The American political left, despite efforts since Woodrow Wilson called our Constitution “political witchcraft,” has not been able to directly inject a fatal disease (or at least not a rapidly fatal one) into our political system. So they are turning to destroying the national immune system by encouraging Americans to abandon belief in our Founding documents and principles.