Hi, everybody. Here in America, we know the free market is the greatest force for economic progress the world has ever known. But we also know the free market works best for everyone when we have smart, commonsense rules in place to prevent irresponsible behavior. That’s why we passed tough reforms to protect consumers and our financial system from the kind of abuse that nearly brought our economy to its knees. And that’s why we’ve taken steps to end taxpayer-funded bailouts.
Fox News offered Sarah Palin a new contract before she decided to part ways with the network where she has held forth as a commentator for the last three years.However, it would be hard to describe it as a generous contract.Palin was a hot property when Roger Ailes landed her in 2009, fresh off her colorful run for vice president, and paid her an annual salary of $1 million. Fox even built Palin a studio at her Wasilla home.But relations cooled between the two sides, and Palin was appearing on Fox less often—complaining on Facebook one night
Wealth in Washington, DC has surged to the highest median income in the United States, surpassing even tech mecca Silicon Valley, California. With a median household income of $119,134, the Census Bureau reports that Loudoun County, Virginia now occupies the number one spot for the highest median U.S. income. The number two position belongs to Fairfax County, Virginia at $105,797. Arlington, Virginia comes in third at $100,735. In fact, seven of the ten counties with the highest household incomes are in the Washington region. These and other eye-opening facts are evidence of a new Washington “aristocracy”
Four days after President Obama was sworn in for his second term, another large crowd hit Washington — pro-lifers who came by the busload to mark the 40th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision in Roe v. Wade, which overturned two centuries of law and prohibited the states from banning most abortions. Each year at this time, this growing band of optimistic Americans marches in Washington, since that’s where the Supreme Court sits. But they might consider marching in New York next year. For America’s biggest city is also America’s abortion capital.
In his first term, President Obama passed two of the most sweeping expansions of federal power in history. (Snip) The second , his federal takeover of the financial system, may not fare as well. That law, Dodd-Frank, is being challenged in State National Bank of Big Spring v. Geithner. The lead plaintiff is a community bank that has had several of its business lines shut down by Dodd-Frank. Co-plaintiffs include the libertarian powerhouse the Competitive Enterprise Institute, the leading conservative seniors group the 60 Plus Association, and the states of South Carolina, Oklahoma, and Michigan.
For a dozen years, Paul Ryan and Mike Pence were Republican colleagues in the House of Representatives and fellow soldiers in the conservative movement. Last week, they parted ways: one toward temperance, the other toward extremism.Pence chose the sensible path. Elected governor of Indiana in November, he delivered his first State of the State speech Tuesday, describing his proposed budget that, though a fiscally conservative plan, increases funds for education, job training, transportation, veterans, child-protective services, and health care for the poor. (Snip)Contrast that with Ryan, the former vice presidential candidate, who, on the same day
It was Lincoln who said "Give me a general who will fight!" That was after the North was defeated over and over again by Robert E. Lee´s smaller and more agile armies. Lincoln´s first generals fought desperately hard, but not hard enough to win. In the upshot, the Civil War dragged out to became our bloodiest war ever, 600,000 dead -- mostly white folks. And yes, it was triggered by Christian Abolitionists who made slavery morally intolerable to half the nation. Lincoln was therefore forced to find generals who would fight, and he found Sherman and Grant, who wreaked terrible destruction
Forty years after Roe v. Wade, a powerful shift is taking place within Big Abortion. What abortion advocates could not win through choice, they intend to impose through coercion. Even Time magazine recently acknowledged on their cover that, for those so inclined to celebrate Roe’s anniversary, the rejoicing over abortion on demand should be tinged with concern. On January 14th Time asked “What Choice?” and then answered their own question: “40 years ago, abortion rights activists won an epic victory with Roe v. Wade,” the cover noted and then concluded: “They’ve been losing ever since.”
A reader emailed earlier today to say that he and his wife recently moved to Washington State. His wife is a Canadian citizen who has a green card. Much to their surprise, she received in the mail a voter registration card issued by the county in which they live, informing her that “You are registered to vote.” Our reader writes: My wife is a Canadian citizen, has her green card, and just received her voter registration card in the mail. Not sure what’s up with that, she did not do anything to actively register to vote.
Fresh off re-election victories, President Barack Obama and his campaign-trail machine show no signs of slowing down. At all. On Jan. 18, Obama for America (later, Organizing for America) became Organizing for Action; on Jan. 24, the campaign’s former national field director, Jeremy Bird, launched the party’s plan to turn Texas into a battleground; and in the coming weeks, if successful, the president’s Department of Justice will begin the process of turning Louisiana blue. Just how would they go about doing that? Simple, really: The first step toward winning a state in the modern age
If there was one constant through Secretary of State Hillary Clinton´s appearances before congressional committees Wednesday, it was that lawmakers fell all over themselves heaping praise on her for the job she has done. Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., was typical, saying: "Madame Secretary, you have represented us with tremendous strength and poise. You have won us friends." Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., gushed, "We don´t have time to give a full listing of the achievements you deserve credit for."
Eight years after Congressional opponents pronounced President George W. Bush’s immigration reform plan dead on arrival, there appears to be a real opportunity that a far-reaching proposal on the subject will pass the Senate. As the Washington Post reports, a working group of senators, including heavy hitters from both sides of the aisle, are close to an agreement on the principles for changing the country’s immigration laws. According to the Post, the proposal, which could be announced as early as a week from today will include the following:
You´d expect a program to help train workers in new skills would have grades to measure how well the students learned. And you´d expect the program itself to be graded on whether it actually helped those students find employment after they graduated. But that´s precisely what a Labor Department jobs program failed to measure for grants it made in 2010 and 2011, auditors say. Facing rising unemployment nationwide, the Labor Department Employment and Training Administration (ETA) used a discretionary grant program to support schools and businesses that were training workers and helping them find jobs.
When Cpl. "S." came upon Cpl. Netanel Yahalomi, she knew he was finished. "I ran under fire until I reached Netanel, but when I saw his condition, I told my commander there was nothing we could do to save him and we must move on,” she said. Cpl. "S.," who´s identity is anonymous for security purposes, and her unit closed with the enemy. Shots were exchanged. Two terrorists lay dead. From a distance of at least 100 meters, Cpl. "S." and fellow soldiers had dispatched the enemy. Later she´d get an award for her heroism,
The late Christopher Hitchens was one of Hillary Clinton’s most bullish critics. When Clinton was nominated to be secretary of state, he noted a chasm of opinion: “It still divides us,” he said on Hardball, “as between those of us who think that a job must be found for Hillary Clinton, that the country would be somehow disgraced if she wasn’t in an important position, and those of us who could do without her.” Hitchens’ main concern was that Clinton would use her leverage as secretary of state to benefit foreign friends and cronies.
President Obama’s “recess” appointments to the National Labor Relations Board were ruled unconstitutional yesterday by a three-judge panel from the federal Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit. The case is a major blow to Obama’s labor-friendly NLRB, and it reins in an executive power that Obama was using to pervert the intent of the Founders. Under the Constitution, the president can bypass the Senate’s advise-and-consent role only when it is in recess. But a day after the session began last year, Obama nonetheless named three members to the NLRB without hearings — claiming the body was technically in recess
BOSTON — The family of a former special assistant to President John F. Kennedy is auctioning hundreds of photographs, documents, gifts and other memorabilia that once belonged to the late president. David Powers, who died in 1998, was a close personal friend to Kennedy and his wife, Jackie. He also was the first curator of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston until he retired in 1994. Powers’ family found “an extraordinary collection” of memorabilia locked away last year as they prepared to sell the family home, according to John McInnis Auctioneers in Amesbury, Mass. Source corrected by Staff.
President Obama has gone on the offensive at the beginning of his second term, and Republicans aren’t happy campers. Of course, every Republican camp is unhappy in its own way. There are the lamenters. Shouldn’t Obama have been less partisan in his Inaugural Address? (Snip)So what’s to be done? Here’s the outline of a three-step program. The first is to remember the words of Pope John Paul II: Be not afraid. The odds against Republicans and conservatives have been much worse in the past. A little courage now would go a long way.
I’ve certainly been pleasantly surprised by the popularity of Sen. Marco Rubio’s immigration policy among tough conservatives. From Grover Norquist to Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) to Sean Hannity, Rubio has gotten favorable to glowing reviews from previously hard-line opponents of comprehensive immigration reform. On Wednesday he was pitching his plan on staunch conservative Mark Levin’s radio show. At one point (at the 4:30 mark) Rubio called the current system “de facto immigration,” meaning that by not enforcing current law we are already giving those here illegally a free pass. For Levin, this was compelling.
Ace of Spades blog has posted a piece documenting the void of a Fourth Estate in America today, enjoining all of us who have been following its malpractice to do something: The media no longer hides it in their actions. They are fully fused with the Obama Administration and DNC. The only way in which they do hide it is by simply lying when confronted about it: They’ll issue a snide denial, then go about doing precisely what it is they were accused of doing. As I learned while interviewing veteran Kevin Tully,
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and Fox News Channel are parting ways, according to a report in Real Clear Politics. After three years as a paid contributor for the channel, FNC and the former Republican vice presidential nominee have decided to cut ties. A source close to Palin told Real Clear Politics that it was the governor’s decision not to renew their contract. “It’s my understanding that Gov. Palin was offered a contract by FOX, and she decided not to renew the arrangement,” the source close to Palin told RCP.
A Las Vegas woman is suing Match.com for $10 million, after the online dating service allegedly paired her with a man who stabbed her 10 times in the face and chest in an attempt to kill her. Mary Kay Beckman, 50, claims in a lawsuit filed earlier this month that she joined the website looking for a "healthy loving relationship," but instead was nearly killed. Beckman says she went on a few dates in October 2011 with Wade Ridley, but after ending the relationship came home one day to find him in her garage with a knife.
Want to know how people feel about President Obama´s gun control plan? Simply ask whether they approve or disapprove of how the president and his administration are doing their job. The two questions are nearly perfectly linked, and that could have major consequences for the future of gun control legislation. The latest ABC/Washington Post polls prove the strong relationship. Many individual gun proposals are highly popular. In fact, seven tested gun measures, including background checks and bans on assault weapons and semi-automatic handguns, have majority support ranging from 51% to 88%.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, moving to take a lead role in the gun control debate, is turning up the pressure on banks that do business with firearms manufacturers. Emanuel is sending letters to two major financial institutions, TD Bank and Bank of America, which offer lines of credit to gun makers suggesting that they stop lending money to the manufacturers if they don’t come out for new gun restrictions. “TD Bank currently aids the gun manufacturing industry through a $60 million revolving line of credit with Smith & Wesson, a gun manufacturer that produces the AR-15 —