Monday’s inaugural festivities offered Americans a chance to celebrate our country and the enduring success of our democracy. With the pomp and circumstance over, however, our attention returns to the challenges facing the nation. The unsolved problems of President Obama’s first term are all the more urgent now that he begins his second. Chief among them is our out-of-control federal spending. Left unchecked, the president’s addiction to borrowed money will jeopardize the future of the next generations — of our children and grandchildren. The time to act is now. In his inaugural address, Mr. Obama said he agrees,
After a campaign season of mounting furor over the Obama administration’s twists and turns on the deadly Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in Benghazi, today’s long-anticipated testimony of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was the bombshell that wasn’t. Through morning and afternoon hearings before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and then the House Foreign Affairs Committee, postponed from their original dates because of the secretary’s medical crises, Clinton came prepared to bite back at her challengers and confronted the mere handful of Republicans willing to go toe-to-toe with her. Then, during the second hearing, administration officials leaked
President Barack Obama got green hearts fluttering when he devoted more time to climate change than any other single issue during his inaugural address. But don’t expect a climate crusade. It’s more like covert action.There are no plans to enlist Al Gore or other rock stars of the environmental movement for a public campaign on the dangers of global warming. Don’t expect to see a new cap-and-trade bill.(Snip) Energy insiders say the White House will dribble out executive actions and federal rules over the next four years — the same low-key, bureaucratic approach the administration has taken since 2009.
Three days after golfer Phil Mickelson publicly said California´s high tax rate may force him to make "drastic changes" to his career or consider leaving the state he loves for financial reasons, he was bullied into apologizing for what Mickelson said were "insensitive comments." Mickelson issued an apology on Tuesday and, in his first remarks to reporters since his comments on Sunday, expressed deep regret on Wednesday at a press conference at Torrey Pines, CA, where this weekend´s PGA Tour event is being held. Sports writers and others in the mainstream press resoundingly mocked
During her daylong testimony to the House and Senate foreign relations committees on the deadly assault in Benghazi, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton faced pointed questions, provocative allegations, and, from her Democratic allies, lavish praise. Through it all, she routinely touched her eyeglasses to subtly communicate a range of emotions. There were seven distinct variations. The "Is This Dude for Real?" Adjustment
President Obama's inauguration ceremony yesterday was full of fashion moments. But Beyonce's earrings made for one of the most sensational details. The star sang the National Anthem out with a pair of dazzling emeralds at her ears, worth a cool $1.8million, according to designer Lorraine Schwartz. Designed with Beyonce in mind - the bright hue stood out against her loose blonde waves and black embroidered Emilio Pucci gown. Headline and text corrected by Staff.
Peaceful protesters who are part of a national movement pursuing broad political, cultural, and social change were pepper-sprayed by a security guard. No, this story has nothing to do with Occupy Wall Street. Instead, itinvolves three pro-life Mississippians who were apparently pepper-sprayed by a security guard at an abortion clinic. “This morning pro-lifers were singing and praying in front of Mississippi’s lone remaining abortion clinic when a security guard pepper-sprayed three of them in the face,” Life Site News says. “The aggressor was Roy Benjamin, a private, armed security guard who works for Jackson Women’s Health Organization, in Jackson.”
CHARLOTTE — Members of the Republican National Committee meeting here in North Carolina — a location chosen in part because it, along with Indiana, was one of only two 2008 Obama states that turned to Republicans in 2012 — are deeply divided over what ails their party. On one end of the spectrum are those who stress the GOP’s failure to appeal to Hispanics and other minorities, arguing that the party must make fundamental changes to broaden its appeal. On the other end are those who stress the GOP’s failure to master even
DENVER - Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper gave a candid comment to the New York Times about his wife, from whom he is separated. The reporter says the Governor told him Helen Thorpe mentioned if Hickenlooper wanted to run for President, she offered to stay married and figure it out. Thorpe attended the State of the State address this month and was thanked by the Governor for staying. He said she was a beacon of light to him and their son.
A favorite "progressive" trope is that America´s middle class has stagnated economically since the 1970s. One version of this claim, made by Robert Reich, President Clinton´s labor secretary, is typical: "After three decades of flat wages during which almost all the gains of growth have gone to the very top," he wrote in 2010, "the middle class no longer has the buying power to keep the economy going." This trope is spectacularly wrong. It is true enough that, when adjusted for inflation using the Consumer Price Index, the average hourly wage of nonsupervisory workers in America has Headline corrected by Staff.
Senator James Inhofe (R-Okla.), the ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said it was “unacceptable” for the Defense Department to leak news about lifting the ban on women serving in direct combat positions prior to briefing Congress. News reports on Wednesday citing “senior defense officials” said that Defense Secretary Leon Panetta was lifting the ban, put in place in 1994. Specific details were not provided but it was reported that Panetta would make an official announcement on Thursday. In a May 9, 2012 photo, Capt. Sara Rodriguez, 26, of the 101st Airborne Division, carries
Presidency: President Obama´s second inaugural address made a great show of defending Social Security and Medicare from any change. It may turn out to be the defining mistake of his presidency. ´We reject the belief that America must choose between caring for the generation that built this country and investing in the generation that will build its future," he said. But pretending these programs don´t need to change to survive is a choice. And it´s a choice that virtually ensures the young people Obama professes to want to "invest in" will have little to show
NY State Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin has posted a list of 15 items that New York’s Democrats in the state Senate wanted to include in the gun bill they rammed through last week. Is this the Democratic Party’s true gun agenda on display? 1. Confiscation of “assault weapons” 2. Confiscation o ten round clips 3. Statewide database for ALL Guns 4. Continue to allow pistol permit holder’s information to be replaced to the public 5. Label semiautomatic shotguns with more than 5 rounds or pistol grips as “assault weapons”
In his second inaugural address on Monday, President Obama laudably promised to "respond to the threat of climate change." Unfortunately, when the president described the urgent nature of the threat—the "devastating impact of raging fires, and crippling drought, and more powerful storms"—the scary examples suggested that he is contemplating poor policies that don´t point to any real, let alone smart, solutions. Global warming is a problem that needs fixing, but exaggeration doesn´t help, and it often distracts us from simple, cheaper and smarter solutions. For starters, let´s address the three horsemen of the climate apocalypse that Mr. Obama mentioned.
Remember all those mainstream news reports before the election about how President Obama´s expansive spending plans would require massive tax hikes on everyone, not just millionaires and billionaires? Neither do we. But somehow after the election, reporters are finally admitting that Obama´s budget numbers simply don´t add up and that new taxes on the middle class — including a European-style value added tax — are "inevitable." New York Times columnist Eduardo Porter, for example, wrote this week that the $620 billion in tax hikes on the rich that Obama secured as part of the fiscal-
America has been creeping closer and closer to allowing women in combat, so Wednesday´s news that the decision has now been made is not a surprise. It appears that female soldiers will be allowed on the battlefield but not in the infantry. Yet it is a distinction without much difference: Infantry units serve side-by-side in combat with artillery, engineers, drivers, medics and others who will likely now include women. The Pentagon would do well to consider realities of life in combat as it pushes to mix men and women on the battlefield.
Terrorism: Hillary Clinton´s long-postponed congressional testimony on last year´s Libya terror attack leaving four Americans dead used the left´s favorite weapon: emotionalism. But crying and yelling can´t cover up lies. Tears didn´t work very well for candidate Hillary Clinton during the 2008 campaign, when she turned on the waterworks in a last-ditch effort to fend off Barack Obama. "This is very personal for me. It´s not just political," the ex-first lady who felt entitled to the Democratic nomination pouted back then. "It´s about our country. It´s about our kids´ futures." On Wednesday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
NORFOLK, Va. - The Navy said Wednesday it will conduct random blood-alcohol tests on its sailors in the United States starting next month, a sign of how concerned the service´s leaders have become about the effects alcohol abuse is having on the force.(Snip)A positive test result for a sailor reporting to work - a reading of 0.02 percent or higher - won´t be used to punish sailors. But the Navy said it could be used to refer him or her to a drug and alcohol program adviser. Adm. Mark Ferguson, vice chief of naval operations, said the random tests could help spot sailors
Even if the adopters of the Second Amendment intended it as protection against their own government – at best a long reach in both logic and the historical record – it does not provide the absolutism the extremist wing of the gun lobby claims for it. Yet every word and act by the leaders of such organizations as the National Rifle Association occurs within that false frame, and as a result, any discussion of ways to make our lives safer begins in an atmosphere of raw emotion wrapped in groundless fear.
Tiger Woods said today that the reason he left California in the mid-Nineties was because the state´s taxes were too high. The golfer spoke at a press conference on Tuesday about his decision to move to Florida in 1996. Speaking at Torrey Pines Golf Course in La Jolla, California, Woods said: ´I moved out of here back in ’96 for that reason.´ Scroll down for video -Woods, who is worth an estimated $600million, was referring to comments made by fellow golfer Phil Mickelson on Sunday that he will make ´drastic changes´ because of federal and California state tax increases.
Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., said yesterday that Newark Mayor Cory Booker is "entitled" to mount a primary bid against him if he wishes to do so. However, the 89-year-old senator likened his fellow Democrat to one of his children in need of a spanking. "He´s entitled to do it," Lautenberg told the Philadelphia Inquirer about the prospect of a primary challenge from Booker. "He´ll have to stand on his record and I´m sure he won´t be a lone soldier out there drooling at the mouth and wanting this cushy job that we have here." That said, when asked about
It´s the purrfect place for the ultimate cat lover to reside. A Japanese house building company has designed a flat filled with features especially designed for favourite pets. It includes elevated platforms, tunnels, cat flaps in every door, steps to wooden beams and viewing areas which are dispersed around the property. Even the bathroom has a commode next to the cat’s litter box--although thankfully there is a partition in between. ´Cat-proof´ surfaces have also been used throughout which are resistant to scratches and easy to clean. Designers at Asahi Kasei researched cat and human interaction before coming up with their
Today, the New York City Council was the first in the nation to pass a law that prohibits employers from considering an applicant’s current employment status while making their hiring decisions. Job advertisers have long filtered applicants according to their present employment status, selecting only those persons who are currently employed. Now, New York will be the first city in the country providing people with the opportunity to file a lawsuit based on unemployment discrimination such as this. “Imagine spending every day and night for months upon months upon months
Too many takeaways, too little proper food, too much grazing and too few family meals are to blame for obesity among the poor. When a government minister says something that is not only true but also profoundly discomfiting we are surprised and even shocked, so cynical have we become about the intellectual probity of our political class. Anna Soubry, a junior health minister, is therefore to be congratulated for her truthful but disquieting remarks this week about obesity and its statistical association, in modern Britain, with poverty. It is generally accepted that obesity, bringing with it a host of