A white ex-congresswoman with an “A” rating from the National Rifle Association is the front-runner to replace former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. in a majority-black Chicagoland district with inner-city neighborhoods wracked by gun violence. At first glance, Debbie Halvorson should have no business winning the Feb. 26 special election. The former Democratic congresswoman was crushed by Jackson in a primary last year. She’s a white Democrat seeking to represent a district in which 54 percent of voters are African-American. And she’s an unapologetic Second Amendment backer — with endorsements from the NRA in two of her previous congressional campaigns
Newark — Essex County Freeholder Rufus Johnson was carjacked at gunpoint Saturday evening, the Essex County Prosecutor´s Office confirmed today. A second-term freeholder, Johnson was in his Mercedes Benz when he was carjacked around 6 p.m. near the 100 block of Montrose Street, Chief of Detectives Anthony Ambrose said.(Snip) For Johnson this is his second recent run-in with violence. In September, gunfire broke out inside a West Ward eatery where he was having breakfast. Johnson was unharmed, but the attack left 39-year-old Fuquan Mosley dead and two others injured, including the restaurant´s 81-year-old owner.
Appearing on Fox’s Happening Now this morning, Fox contributors Kirsten Powers and Tucker Carlson trashed the President Obama/Secretary Clinton joint 60 Minutes interview as “propaganda” befitting of a state-run media organization, not CBS. Asked whether she saw the interview as a “missed opportunity” for “real questions” about the administration’s first term, Daily Beast columnist Powers went off on the entire ordeal: “It was something you expect from state-run media — that kind of level of propaganda as far as I’m concerned,” she said. “60 Minutes was transparently being used as a campaign advertisement, which, you know, if they’re
Baltimore Ravens safety Bernard Pollard, one of the fiercest hitters in the game, said he thinks the NFL will not be in existence in 30 years and thinks a player may actually die on the field during a game. "Thirty years from now, I don´t think it will be in existence," Pollard said in an interview with CBS Sports´ Clark Judge. "I could be wrong. It´s just my opinion, but I think with the direction things are going -- where they [NFL rules makers] want to lighten up, and they´re throwing flags and everything
Washington -- The chairman of the House Budget Committee says Republicans will oppose tax increases and, as a result, deep, unpopular budget cuts will likely take effect. Republican Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin told NBC´s "Meet the Press" on Sunday that automatic spending cuts are scheduled to take hold because, quote, "Democrats have opposed our efforts to replace those cuts with others." Democrats have insisted taxes be part of the equation to dodge across-the-board spending cuts that are set to hit the Pentagon and many domestic programs.
What a media era we live in where Fox News´ Greta Van Susteren will have to pull her punches with outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton if she´s to avoid being pilloried by everyone else in media. My guess, though, is that Greta will go for it and that we´ll learn more from her interview Tuesday night than we will from all the other networks combined. Hillary is also granting NBC, CNN, and ABC the opportunity this week to give her a tongue bath, like the one CBS News´
Washington — The Federal Reserve has left little doubt about its plans for the next few months, and thus little mystery about the statement it will release Wednesday after the latest meeting of its policy-making committee. The economy remains weak. The Fed will keep buying bonds to hold down borrowing costs. Inside the central bank, however, debate is once again shifting from whether the Fed should do more to stimulate the economy to when it should start doing less.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg is not always focused on his quest for gun control, apparently. Tucked away in New York magazine’s profile of mayoral candidate Christine Quinn, the city’s Napoleonic mayor answered a compliment on his gun control push by checking out a nearby woman: Later in the evening, the host interrupted me to point out that the mayor himself had just arrived. Did I want to meet him? Sure. My friend and I followed the host over, shook Bloomberg’s hand, and my friend thanked him for his position on gun control.
Apparently the media´s desire to serve The State (at least for as long as Barack Obama heads The State) is so strong that the State now trumps The Scoop. Sunday, both ABC News and CBS News had slow-and-over-the-plate opportunities that would make any objective journalist salivate. Instead, though, both organizations chose to bend over backwards to ensure no political harm was done to the Democratic party, and most especially, to the Obama White House. On Thursday we learned that New Jersey Democrat, Sen. Bob Menendez, is under investigation by the F.B.I. for
Now that President Obama has been re-elected, the vaunted jobs council is about to meet its demise. The Obama administration’s original announcement of a jobs council back in 2011 surprised few observers of the partisan political scene; the council was obviously designed as a fig leaf to cover up the administration’s complete lack of direction on economic policy. During its two year existence, that fig leaf council has met just four times formally, and just 18 times informally for “listening and action sessions” – i.e. gobbledygook – in different locations around the country.
President Bashar al-Assad’s mother Anisa Makhlouf and other members of his inner circle have fled to the United Arab Emirates as the regime of the embattled president appeared to disintegrate, recent reports confirmed. Anisa has joined her daughter, Bushra, who had previously fled to Dubai, the London-based Asharq al-Awsat quoted Robert Ford, U.S. ambassador to Syria until the break of the relations between the two countries. Anisa, the widow of late president Hafez al-Assad, is believed to be in her late seventies.
A sinister airborne surveillance camera gives the U.S. military the ability to track movements in an entire city like a real-time Google Street View. The ARGUS-IS array can be mounted on unmanned drones to capture an area of 15 sq/miles in an incredible 1,800MP - that´s 225 times more sensitive than the camera on an iPhone. From 17,500ft the remarkable surveillance system can capture objects as small as 6in on the ground and allows commanders to track movements across an entire battlefield in real time.
New estimates from a Norwegian research project show meeting targets for minimizing global warming may be more achievable than previously thought. After the planet’s average surface temperature rose through the 1990s, the increase has almost leveled off at the level of 2000, while ocean water temperature has also stabilized, the Research Council of Norway said in a statement on its website. After applying data from the past decade, the results showed temperatures may rise 1.9 degrees Celsius if Co2 levels double by 2050, below the 3 degrees predicted by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
Conservatives instinctively ground all of their ideas and policies in time-tested philosophies of man and of government. Most successful Republican candidates also paint a picture of what they can do and how their ideas are better than their opponents. This is why people evoke the memory of Ronald Reagan so often; because he is the last Republican candidate for president to conduct his campaign explicitly and consistently within this framework.
Venezuela´s government is flat-out lying to its people about cancer-stricken President Hugo Chavez´s health, the country´s leading opposition figure charged Sunday. "The people are being told bald-faced lies about the situation the president is in," Henrique Capriles, who lost last October´s presidential race to Chavez, said at a ceremony in Miranda state of which he is governor. Longtime leader Chavez, 58, is convalescing from cancer surgery in Cuba and has not been heard from since his latest operation December 11. Venezuela´s government has said the absent leader suffered a lung infection following his treatment that he subsequently conquered. Link repaired by staff
All of Obama’s inauguration rabbis were members of the same radical leftist groups opposed to Israel and funded by George Soros. This isn’t a wacky coincidence because the J Street Rabbinic cabinet isn’t that big. Instead Obama deliberately picked three extremist left-wing clergy, “Rabbi” Rick Jacobs, “Rabbi” Julie Schonfeld and “Rabbi” Sharon Brous. Jacobs and Brous are or were members of the J Street Rabbinic Cabinet, an Anti-Israel organization funded by George Soros. The “Rabbinic” part is a name only as these people are not legitimate clergy, they are left-wing activists dedicated to the destruction of Israel and Judaism.
WASHINGTON — As President Obama prepares to lay out his immigration plan during a speech in Las Vegas on Tuesday, a group of bipartisan senators has reached agreement on a framework to overhaul the nation´s immigration system. The deal will be announced during an afternoon press conference Monday at the U.S. Capitol. The plan addresses border security, the ability of businesses to check a person´s immigration status and a streamlined process for future immigrants to enter the United States. It also opens a path to citizenship for the 11 million illegal immigrants currently living in the country.
Asked to explain the immigration reform plan that a group of eight bipartisan senators will unveil today, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., told ABC News‘ Sunday Martha Raddatz, “It’s not that much different from what we tried to do in 2007.” And he’s right, its not. Both plans grant immediate legalization to all non-criminal illegal immigrants in the country today. Both plans grant citizenship to illegal immigrants in the country today after they jump through a series of hoops. Both plans promise a new employment verification system. Both plans promise more border control spending.
Welcome to the 1,776-foot tower of hate. Shocking Daily News photos show bathrooms throughout 1 World Trade Center rife with repugnant graffiti — appalling scrawls that range from the N-word to sexist slurs and ethnic insults. “Whites only,” reads a Jim Crow-era taunt over the urinals in one bathroom of the 104-story building. Other anonymous offenders target President Obama — who visited the construction site just last June: “Where’s Obama’s birth certificate!!!!”The soaring symbol of American resilience now bears the markings of lowlifes. “It’s filthy, it’s shocking,” said Marie-Anne Sanchez, 37, who was visiting from Paris with her fiancé.
Congressman Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) made a comment on NBC´s Meet the Press Sunday that is guaranteed to raise eyebrows on both sides of the aisle. "If we had a Clinton presidency, if we had Erskine Bowles chief-of-staff at the White House, or President of the United States, I think we would have fixed this fiscal mess by now. That´s not the kind of presidency we´re dealing with right now." DAVID GREGORY, HOST: It was interesting on the day of the inauguration, Brian Williams and I and others were talking,
Editor’s note: With the Pentagon’s recent elimination of the ban against women serving in combat, Frontpage editors have deemed it important to reprint an article written by David Horowitz twenty years ago that now, for obvious reasons, proves extremely relevant to the issue at hand. [David Horowitz, "The Feminist Assault on the Military," Center for the Study of Popular Culture, October 5, 1992.]: For nearly two decades after the Sixties, the U.S. military remained the one institution that had withstood the baleful influences of the radical left. Now that the cold war is over,
SEVARE, Mali- Fleeing Islamist extremists torched a library containing historic manuscripts in Timbuktu, the mayor said Monday, as French and Malian forces closed in on Mali´s fabled desert city. Ousmane Halle said he heard about the burnings early Monday. "It´s truly alarming that this has happened," he told The Associated Press by telephone from Mali´s capital, Bamako, on Monday. "They torched all the important ancient manuscripts. The ancient books of geography and science. It is the history of Timbuktu, of its people."
Now that she´s moved back to Wyoming, speculation is growing that Liz Cheney, the GOP activist and daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney is interested in political office. Fans told Secrets that it began right after she returned to Jackson, Wyoming and sparked anew when the state Chamber of Commerce said she would address them next month. Much of the speculation focuses on a potential Senate run should GOP Sen. Mike Enzi, up for reelection in 2014, decide against a bid. GOP strategists say that the Cheney´s roots in Wyoming,
Over the weekend, Iowa Democrat Sen. Tom Harkin, 73, announced he would retire, after a mere five terms in the U.S. Senate. His departure creates the first open Senate seat in Iowa since 1974. The speculation about his replacement is focusing on three members of the U.S. House from Iowa – one Democrat, and two Republicans: Democratic U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley said Sunday that he is considering running for Harkin’s seat because supporters statewide have encouraged him to do so. The Republican speculation is likely to focus on U.S. Reps. Tom Latham and Steve King.