President Barack Obama’s former national field director Jeremy Bird has launched an organization with a plan to turn Texas blue for the first time in decades, Politico reports. Bird’s new organization, “Battleground Texas,” will target Hispanic voters in the state to try to swing the Lone Star state in the direction of Democrats. Texas has for a long time been a Republican Party stronghold, and its 38 electoral college votes are crucial to any GOP presidential candidate’s run for office. If Texas becomes a battleground or Democratic Party state, Republican presidential candidates may be in dire danger.
While Republicans contemplate how to improve their party’s political performance at the Republican National Committee (RNC) winter meeting, which opens today, Democrats are already taking politics to a new level, creating parallel organizations to advocate for President Barack Obama’s agenda and using their political clout to rearrange private business relationships to their liking. American politics has never seen anything like it. Politico reports today that major donors--including billionaire George Soros (above), bailout beneficiary Citi and others--were approached by Obama campaign veterans to donate millions to Organizng for America, the president’s new 501(c)4 non-profit advocacy group.
Center for Military Readiness (CMR) president Elaine Donnelly continues to challenge outgoing Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta’s elimination of the ban against women serving in combat. A 42-page report, “Defense Department ‘Diversity’ Push for Women In Land Combat” is a no-holds-barred assessment of the pitfalls that attend women serving in combat units. In a memo released Monday, Donnelly reveals why the report is necessary. “Secretary Panetta is making this move on his way out the door, cutting Congress, and the American people out of the decision-making process…Congress…should schedule long-overdue hearings that examine the full consequences of imposing gender-based
Not everyone will have to abide by Senator Dianne Feinstein´s gun control bill. If the proposed legislation becomes law, government officials and others will be exempt. "Mrs. Feinstein´s measure would exempt more than 2,200 types of hunting and sporting rifles; guns manually operated by bolt, pump, lever or slide action; and weapons used by government officials, law enforcement and retired law enforcement personnel," the Washington Times reports. The Huffington Post confirms these exemptions, and adds that guns owned prior to the legislation becoming law will be permissible, too.
John Mackey, the co-founder and CEO of Whole Foods Market, seems like a man of contradictions. His company’s motto is “Whole Foods, Whole People, Whole Planet” -- yet he says there’s an upside to global warming, and he’s reportedly wary of labor unions. (Snip)“I haven’t been outspoken about global warming. I’ve been smeared quite a bit in the media about it – all of a sudden, I’m a climate change denier. I mean, climate change is obviously occurring. So -- it´s gotten a little bit warmer. I guess my position on it is that I don´t think that´s that big
WASHINGTON--Millions of smokers could be priced out of health insurance because of tobacco penalties in President Barack Obama’s health care law, according to experts who are just now teasing out the potential impact of a little-noted provision in the massive legislation. The Affordable Care Act allows health insurers to charge smokers buying individual policies up to 50 percent higher premiums starting next Jan. 1. For a 55-year-old smoker, the penalty could reach nearly $4,250 a year. A 60-year-old could wind up paying nearly $5,100 on top of premiums. Younger smokers could be charged lower penalties under rules proposed
The Django Unchained controversy train just keeps on chugging along. After getting slammed by everyone from Spike Lee to civil-rights groups, the embattled Quentin Tarantino film now has a new foe: eBay. The online auction bigwig has banned the sale of action figures based on the slave-themed spaghetti Western after its studio discontinued the toy line in the wake of public furor, per Deadline. Since being pulled off shelves, the dolls have seen a massive price hike on eBay, with some reportedly going for as much as $2,000 for the six-doll set. An eBay rep tells Deadline
ATHENS, Ga. — Authorities say a U.S. Army veteran who uses a wheelchair wielded a pistol to run off a man who broke into his home near Athens. The Athens Banner-Herald reports (http://bit.ly/11Wcnjg) that 53-year-old Mark Sikes was in bed at his home in western Clarke County around 1 p.m. Wednesday, when someone kicked in his front door.
Cody Wilson cheerfully describes himself as a crypto-anarchist. “Crypto” modifies “anarchist” in the sense not that it obscures it but that it points to a means: cryptology, code, communication, and technology as the last, best hope for a radical freedom. You meet a few anarchists, crypto and otherwise, hanging around on the fjords and isthmuses of the conservative continent, and like most of them, Cody is young, quick, bright, and vaguely terrifying. (snip) The main thing Cody has planned is: Cody’s building a gun. Not just building, but fabricating. Not just fabricating, but digitally fabricating. The design is crowd-sourced.
Eva Longoria, Ashley Judd, Nick Cannon, and other beautiful people flocked to Hollywood-for-Ugly-People to attend Barack Obama’s second inauguration. The gift of convincing an audience, or constituents, that you are something that you are not remains a common denominator for success in the Capital and the Entertainment Capital. Superficial people attract one another like magnets. The made-for-television presidency got the inauguration it deserved. Beyoncé lip-synching the Star Spangled Banner reminded America that her business, like the president’s, is show business. If the inauguration offered anything faker than pretend singing, Alicia Keys’ stage-name surname may have been it.
Think of it as a presidential Olympics. Barack Obama takes on Ronald Reagan. One on one, mano a mano. To mix metaphors, two presidential matadors competing for the gold. The contest, begun on election night of 2008, is now in the final four years. As is true with the athletic Olympics, the world is watching. Who will win history’s gold medal as a great president? Which man will prove to be the better president? It is January 20, 2017. President Somebody Else has just finished taking the oath of office. As tradition dictates, President Else walks
It´s bad news for women who work out with their partners. [Snip] Scientists at the University of Missouri who put obese men and women on the same fitness programme found men reaped significantly more benefits. And experts are now warning that while exercise alone might be enough for men to lose weight, women must also address their diet to get the same results. During the study, Professor Jill Kanaley and her colleagues looked at the heart rate and blood pressure of nearly 75 obese men and women with Type 2 diabetes. They all followed a programme of aerobic
With the 40th anniversary of the infamous Roe v. Wade decision, many are reflecting on the consequences legally, morally, spiritually, and ultimately in human lives. (Snip) Given our familiarity with German history because of our family background (my mother grew up in Nazi Germany), we are aware of the well-known, inspiring, chilling speech by Martin Niemöller, a Protestant pastor and vocal critic of Adolph Hitler who spent seven years in a concentration camp. My brother used that speech recently as an inspiration for speaking to a group about the March for Life:
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has wasted no time in getting back to business since returning to work following treatment for a blood clot. But tiny lines visible on the 65-year-old´s glasses when she appeared before the Senate this week indicate she may still be experiencing the after-effects of her spell of ill health. It is thought Clinton was wearing a Fresnel prism on her spectacles--a stick-on panel often used to treat double vision. The faint vertical lines are visible on the left lens of Clinton´s glasses in photographs taken during her testimony about the terrorist attack on the
The nation´s capital is awash with ideas about how to fix America´s immigration policy. The sudden ferment on this issue, which was largely dormant since efforts at comprehensive reform were torpedoed five years ago, is as welcome as it is overdue. The growing consensus on both sides of the political aisle that something needs to be done should not be squandered, for such opportunities are rare and fleeting.Some policy makers are calling for piecemeal changes—[Snip]Congress should avoid such quick fixes and commit itself instead to comprehensive immigration reform.
In coming days, the Senate is expected to approve $50.5 billion in federal aid for the victims of Hurricane Sandy. This is in addition to the $9.7 billion in aid approved earlier this month. The Federal Emergency Management Agency and Department of Housing and Urban Development will determine how most of the aid is distributed. Their to-do list should include a clear message that houses of worship and other religious institutions will be fully eligible for assistance. In New York state alone, hundreds of houses of worship were damaged by Sandy. More than 200 Catholic parishes were affected,
President Obama has called for stricter federal gun laws to combat recent shooting rampages, but a review of recent state laws by The Washington Times shows no discernible correlation between stricter rules and lower gun-crime rates in the states. States that ranked high in terms of making records available to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System also tended to have tighter gun laws — but their gun-crime rates ranged widely. The same was true for states that ranked poorly on disclosure and were deemed to have much less stringent gun-possession laws.
More than half of British voters would choose to leave the European Union if given the chance to take part in a referendum today, according to a new Times/Populus poll. Among Tory supporters, 56 percent would vote to leave, and even 37 percent of Labour voters and 35 percent of Liberal Democrats would opt to get out of the EU as well. If “don’t knows” are included in the survey, 40 percent of Britons would vote to leave, 37 percent would stay, and 23 percent are undecided. This is the latest in a series of polls which show that
Closeups of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton taken during her Senate testimony Wednesday revealed that she may be seeing double.As she testified about the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Libya, the secretary of state appeared to have tiny vertical lines etched onto the left lens of her new brown specs.Clinton´s spokesman confirmed Thursday night she is wearing the glasses as a result of the fall and concussion she suffered last month, but he did not elaborate.
Wars are won despite the generals. Every historian knows that. Combat is no place for a woman. Every grunt knows that. So do most women. Only generals are confused. The Joint Chiefs of Staff have finally succumbed to the pressure of the ladies who can’t imagine ever getting close to a gun, registered or otherwise, but who think it would be nifty if some of the cannon fodder for America’s wars could be “service members” of the female persuasion. This would make the ladies on the sidelines feel brave and good about themselves. Posted with permission. Do not post from personal blogs.
On November 6, 2012, almost 66 million Americans traded the nation´s future for a chance to worship a false god. In a country of over 315 million people, a minority of eligible voters traded prosperity for the illusion of forced fairness. In reelecting Barack Obama, with fewer votes than in 2008, voters traded harmony for the divisiveness of America´s most polarizing president. Woody Allen said, "eighty percent of success is just showing up." How true, because a little more than 20% of America has successfully forced upon the nation 4 more years of Barack the failure.
I’m back in Mali’s capital, Bamako, after spending six days further north where French forces are now in action. The distances in this part of the world are immense – getting anywhere seems to involve a 3-hour drive--so I’ve spent more time on the road on this trip than during any other. Now that I’m back in the capital, let me offer a few thoughts. You will have read a lot about how French forces are fighting al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM). This is entirely accurate, but it needs to be qualified. When AQIM and its friends
Documents published online for the first time Thursday indicate that the FBI opened an inquiry into New Jersey Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez on August 1, 2012, focusing on repeated trips he took to the Dominican Republic with longtime campaign contributor and Miami eye doctor Salomon Melgen. TheDC reported in November that Menendez purchased the service of prostitutes in that Caribbean nation at a series of alcohol-fueled sex parties. The documents, which The Daily Caller had obtained hours earlier from an anonymous source, also indicate that Carrie Levine, research director at Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW),
President Obama set off a guessing game this week as to what he intended with his inaugural promise to double down on climate change. There´s no need to guess. California Democrat Barbara Boxer, the Senate´s climate guru, was happy to fill in the gory details. The president´s climate shout-out sent the green community into flurries of ecstasy, with grand hopes of a new push for cap-and-trade in Congress, or of a redoubled U.S. commitment to a global carbon pact. It fell to Mrs. Boxer to tamp down those ambitions, even as she reassured her devotees
HOUSTON — The companies operating the gas facility in the Sahara that was attacked last week had chosen not to deploy armed guards inside the sprawling compound, leading security analysts to question whether the assault by more than 30 Islamist militants might have been slowed if security had been tighter. Until the siege on the remote In Amenas facility last Wednesday, dozens of North African desert camps were thought to be virtually impregnable, with steel-wire fences, long-range reconnaissance equipment and army patrols amid the sand dunes.
None of his fellow solons was impolite enough yesterday to ask U.S. Sen. John Forbes Kerry the only question anybody really wants him to answer. “Senator, are you really worth $193 million?” Secretary of state? Who cares. I want to know how he got all that dough, and please, no jokes about how he made it the old-fashioned way, he married it. Whatever happened to prenups? I’d always heard Mama T gave him a couple Old Masters oil paintings or some other kind of art worth maybe $10 million so he wouldn’t feel like what he is,