Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) on Thursday stepped back from his claim that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton became emotional at Wednesday’s Benghazi hearing in an effort to dodge his questions, saying he shouldn’t have speculated on her reaction. “I was responding to a question,” Johnson said on CNN’s “Starting Point” on Thursday. “I probably speculated, and I shouldn’t have.” Clinton showed flashes of anger as she delivered her long-awaited testimony on the terrorist attack that killed four Americans in Benghazi, Libya, at hearings in front of the House and Senate Foreign Relations committees on Wednesday.
Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) vowed Thursday to build on Hillary Clinton´s “superb” record if he´s confirmed to replace her as secretary of State. “Secretary Clinton has been superb and we all thank her for a job well done and for her tireless efforts on behalf of the nation,” Kerry said before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. “She has set a high mark for her stewardship of the State Department and her commitment to country. I can pledge that, with the consent of the Senate, I will do everything in my power to build on her record
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and a group of Senate Democrats on Thursday introduced legislation to ban the sale and manufacture of more than 150 types of semi-automatic weapons with military-style features. The legislation also bans magazines holding more than 10 rounds of ammunition and requires people who already own assault rifles to use secure storage and safety devices and bars them from selling high-capacity clips. “No weapon is taken from anyone,” said Feinstein. “The purpose is to dry up the supply of these weapons over time.”
Thirty-two years ago, President Ronald Reagan launched an era of anti-government politics with his first inaugural address. On Monday, President Barack Obama offered the best rebuttal to date. Conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer said the speech marked "the end of Reaganism," and I couldn´t agree more. Like Reagan, the president sought to ground the national conversation in his own definition of patriotism. But instead of the "liberty-only" patriotism of Reagan and political descendants such as Paul Ryan,
CNN´s Jake Tapper reports on how exhaustion may be responsible for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton´s emotional outburst at a Senate hearing on Benghazi today. --- BLITZER: Were you surprised she got as emotional as she did in discussing the death of Ambassador Chris Stevens and the others? TAPPER: No, because she has been reaching out directly to these individuals, and of course, these were people who were killed on her watch at the State Department. She went through a list early in her testimony of all the individuals who had been killed at diplomatic
In her testimony before Congress Wednesday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told Rep. Joe Wilson that she did not go on the Sunday morning network shows the weekend after the deadly attacks in Benghazi because: "Going on the Sunday shows is not my favorite thing to do. There are other things I prefer to do on Sunday mornings. And, you know, I haven’t been on a Sunday show in way over a year. So it just isn’t something I normally jump to do.” So the assassination of an ambassador on her watch didn´t rise to the
It was a problem that troubled her for years. And Katie Couric has revealed she was inspired by other people sharing their issues when she decided to talk about her long-running battle with bulimia. The talk show host opened up about her own problem when Demi Lovato, who has herself talked frankly about battling an eating disorder, was a guest on her show Katie last year. She told More Magazine: ´I [was] asking people to reveal their innermost feelings about [this issue], and I actually know about it.
Michael D. Cohen, executive vice president and special counsel to Donald Trump, told Breitbart News that he "cannot confirm or deny that Mr. Trump is interested in acquiring the New York Times. Only time will tell." The story, first broken by Joe Hagan in New York magazine´s online edition, has been the subject of intense interest in the publishing world for the past 24 hours. Left-wing sites such as the Huffington Post have poured scorn on the idea, saying it would be "very, very, very, very surprising" if the Sulzbergers sold it to him.
On MSNBC last night, Sen. Barbara Boxer admitted that she was furious after Sen. Rand Paul explained to Sec. Hillary Clinton yesterday that he would have fired her if he was president. Paul made the remarks during the Senate hearing on Clinton’s response to the Benghazi terror attacks. “When I heard him say those words, I walked out of the hearing room, and listened to him behind the stage, because I was so infuriated at what that man said,” Boxer said. Boxer added that it was ludicrous that Paul claimed that the terrorist attack in Benghazi
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano warned internet users at the Wilson Center this morning that cyberspace was becoming more dangerous as more and more Americans go online. “Every individual on the net is vulner – is a potential, uh, opening,” Napolitano stated, adding that the internet was a “great thing.” “We just want to make sure that everyone remains safe and free,” she continued. “So that requires everyone to take some responsibility, have good cyber-habits, make sure we use the phrase ‘Stop, think, connect.’”
Chase Power, the parent company behind the $3 billion Las Brisas coal power plant in Corpus Christi, Texas, announced yesterday that it was cancelling the project. “Chase Power … has opted to suspend efforts to further permit the facility and is seeking alternative investors as part of a plan of dissolution for the parent company,” Chase CEO Dave Freysinger told the Corpus Christi Caller-Times. Freysinger made it very clear who was responsible for the projects death. “The (Las Brisas Energy Center) is a victim of EPA’s concerted effort to stifle solid-fuel energy facilities in the U.S., including
Our local library here in Lower Macungie Township (Pa.) is among the many nationwide that will get 25 books about Islam thanks to an $800 million grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. And not a moment too soon. Without the government-approved books on Islam, Macungie might remain woefully bereft of crucial cultural knowledge, like hundreds of other clodhopper communities across this provincial land. The grant appears to be funded mainly by the Carnegie Foundation, rather than taxpayer dollars, but why didn’t N.E.H. just fund it and let the libraries choose which books?
During a panel discussion on Wednesday´s NBC Today, attorney Star Jones and the network´s chief medical editor Nancy Snyderman hyperventilated over Britain´s Prince Harry revealing in interviews that he killed Taliban fighters during combat in Afghanistan. Jones fretted: "Why do you need to antagonize the Taliban?" [Listen to the audio or watch the video after the jump] Snyderman chimed in: "I thought he jumped the shark when he was shown playing video games and then it was, ´Oh my God, we killed people.´" Co-host Matt Lauer sparked the exchange by wondering:
A number of former soldiers have spoken out against the move because of the tough logistical life of fighters on the front line, even though many outsiders see Defense Secretary Leon Panetta´s decision to lift the ban on women serving in combat positions as a progressive move. Some have spoken out about how the move ignores some of the realities of war, like disgusting unhygienic conditions and the way that soldiers are sometimes forced to change in front of one another, in favor of gender equality. One wrote a letter in the Wall Street Journal describing the conditions
Beyoncé has been pictured in New Orleans, for the first time since her lip-synching controversy. The singer shared the image of herself at Mother´s restaurant on her Instagram page, as reports emerged that she decided to mime at President Obama´s inauguration because she was saving her voice for her upcoming Super Bowl performance in the city. According to Marine Corps Band director Colonel Michael Colburn, Beyoncé was in the process of preparing for her Super Bowl performance when it came to rehearsing for the inauguration. Scroll down for video
Washington- The chair, perhaps the most famous chair in political history, stands in the office of a large, nondescript cement building just a stone´s throw away from the U.S. Capitol. That´s right, the chair Clint Eastwood used as a prop in his rambling and at times incoherent critique of President Barack Obama at the Republican National Convention is now one of the many pieces of political memorabilia in Reince Priebus´ spacious office on First Street in Washington. The chairman of the Republican National Committee gets the joke; the chair is the first thing he points out to a reporter
Santa Ana Unified, the only Orange County school district with its own police force, says that certain officers are trained to use department-issued assault rifles, but none of the high-powered guns or other weapons is stored on campuses. (Snip) The Fontana Unified School District in the Inland Empire is storing 14 Colt 6940 rifles in locked safes on its campuses, to be used by the school district´s police department in the event of a campus attack, Superintendent Cali Olsen-Binks said this week.
Republican Senators and Congressmen thought they finally had a chance to cross-examine Secretary Clinton Wednesday on the Obama administration’s failure to provide adequate security for our Benghazi consulate. They thought they could grill her about what happened both before the attacks that killed our ambassador and three others and the failure to mount rescue operations once the attacks began. Instead, the Secretary turned the tables and chastised Congress for failing to provide adequate funding to protect our people.
In the next leg of President Obama´s perpetual campaign, he and Vice President Biden plan to hit the road and tour the country pushing their new gun ban ideas as the political season heats up. Just ahead of inauguration day, VP Biden finished chairing his special Commission on Gun Violence and now he plans to appear in Richmond, Virginia before an organized anti-gun audience to campaign for his "gun violence" recommendations. Biden will join Virginia´s Democrat Senator Tim Kane at this, the first campaign-style event planned for Friday, January 25. Both will rally to push Obama´s anti-gun message.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Thursday will celebrate the launch of a newly rebranded organization called the “100,000 Strong Foundation,” which aims to have 100,000 American students studying in China by 2014. Thursday´s event will "underscore the importance of study abroad in China and the benefits to our strategic relationship with China as well as the personal benefits individuals receive through these exciting experiences," the news release said. Until now, the 100,000 Strong Initiative -- announced by President Obama on his trip to China in 2009 -- has operated inside the State Department.
In the aftermath of the terrorist attack on the U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11, five State Department Diplomatic Security agents who were in Benghazi that day and survived the attack were evacuated from the country and taken to Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany. All five had suffered from smoke inhalation, and one was seriously wounded. Under questioning from Sen. Ron Johnson (R.-Wis.) in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton revealed that she has spoken to only one of the American survivors who was evacuated from Libya
More and more, Fox News´s left-leaning contributor Kirsten Powers is becoming a must-see analyst on the network. Appearing on The O´Reilly Factor Wednesday, Powers said, "I think liberals because they are so used to controlling all the media...when they hear things that don´t jibe with what they want to hear, it´s very disconcerting and unsettling" (video follows with transcript and commentary): BILL O’REILLY: Personal Story segment tonight: New study out of George Washington University says that liberal people using the internet are less tolerant than conservative net users are. Also 71 percent of Americans younger than 25 believe
French investigators were due Thursday to question Dominique Strauss-Kahn as part of their probe into allegations that the disgraced former IMF chief procured prostitutes for sex parties. The summons, confirmed by legal sources, for interrogation in Lille came after a court the northern city in December rejected a request that the pimping charges against him be dismissed. Strauss-Kahn last month agreed a financial settlement with a New York hotel maid who had accused him of sexual assault in a 2011 case that forced him to resign from his IMF job and wrecked his chances of becoming French president.
NORFOLK A drearily familiar dialectic is on display here: Government is behaving badly in order to silence protests of other bad behavior. It is violating the Constitution’s First Amendment, stifling speech about its violation of the Fifth Amendment, as it was properly construed until 2005. Founded in 1934, Central Radio maintains communication, sonar and camera equipment on vessels at Norfolk Naval Station. The business is in a building designed for its needs near the waterfront. Link repaired by staff
If President Obama is expecting his conservative adversaries to roll over and accept his agenda for a second term, he is badly mistaken. It has become clear since his inauguration speech Monday that strong elements on the right will challenge Obama just as aggressively as they did during his first term and in some cases even more forcefully. (Snip) House Speaker John Boehner said he is "up for the fight" against Obama. Boehner told the Ripon Society, a group of moderate Republicans, that the president´s goal is to "annihilate the Republican party ... to just shove us