The Senate overwhelmingly confirmed President Obama´s choice of five-term Sen. John Kerry to be secretary of state, with Republicans and Democrats praising him as the ideal successor to Hillary Rodham Clinton. The vote Tuesday was 94-3. One senator -- Kerry -- voted present and accepted congratulations from colleagues on the Senate floor. The roll call came just hours after the Senate Foreign Relations Committee unanimously approved the man who has led the panel for the past four years. Kerry could be sworn in as early as Wednesday. A welcoming ceremony is planned at the State Department on Monday.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Tuesday that fair pay for women will continue to be a top priority for Senate Democrats during this Congress. “Women make up nearly half of the American workforce,” Reid said on the Senate floor Tuesday. “Yet women bring home 77 cent for every dollar their male colleagues earn. ... It’s unfair.” Reid highlighted the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which was the first bill President Obama signed into law nearly four years ago, but added that it isn’t enough because women are still not earning the same wages as men.
Alabama Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions voiced concerns over the bipartisan proposal for immigration reform introduced on Monday by eight senators, saying the plan will substantially increase the already sky-high national debt and criticizing the federal government for inadequately enforcing existing immigration laws. “No one should expect the members of the Senate are just going to rubber stamp what a group who met decided,” Sessions said on the Senate floor. While immigration system needs to be reformed, Sessions said, the country has been through this dance before. The Alabama senator recalled the failed promise of enforcement following immigration reform in 1986
RUSH: I offered a proposal prior to the election. You know, I´m a powerful, influential member of the media. If a guy like me came out for amnesty, do you realize...? In fact, I´ll tell you a little secret. I can´t divulge names. I mean, I could, but I was sworn to ... not secrecy, but, you know, the old promise about anonymity. I´ve met with some senators, and they´ve said to me, "People support this. If you call it ´amnesty,´ it´s dead." They were trying to convince me how it´s not amnesty.
RUSH: Is that guy good or what, folks? Marco Rubio. I mean, that was impressive. He stayed on point. He stayed on message, and he believes it. You can tell that he didn´t need notes. He doesn´t have to consult anything, no prompter. It´s in his heart. And he´s lived it, to boot. That was impressive. And I´ll say this, too. Here is a guy who does not fear talk radio. He embraced it. He is not at all intimidated or afraid.
RUSH: The Drive-By Media, the State-Controlled Media is abuzz -- bzz bzz bzz bzz bzz -- with the fact that Senator Marco Rubio will be our guest on this program in exactly one hour. They´re all talking about it. And the subject, of course, is amnesty. Uh, uh, sorry. Immigration reform. (imitating McCain) "Meaningful, comprehensive immigration reform, Limbaugh, that´s what it is. It´s not amnesty. We don´t call it amnesty." Sorry. Exactly right, Senator. It´s meaningful, comprehensive immigration reform. We put together a montage of the media all atwitter
All through the afternoon Tuesday, Kimberly Common stood crying near the body of her oldest son Devin, the second son to be lost to gun violence in a little more than a year. "It´s in my face, it´s all over," Common said of her pain. Another son Antonio had been shot and killed in October 2011, and Common said she was still reeling from that loss when she heard Devin was one of three men shot in the 7500 block of South Champlain Avenue around noon Tuesday. "I´m not even healed from that," she said, tears streaming down her face.
A record was set at the Houston Auto Show when two personalized license plates sold at the MyPlates auction for big bucks. Tony Gullo — who took home "ROCKETS" for $16,050, "TEXAN5" for $4,250, "INDY CAR" for $2,750 and "MAYBACH" for $1,750 — told Your Houston News, "We´re going to keep these plates in our family forever. We have a big family, the children, the grandchildren, and even the great grandchildren will have these to enjoy." Car dealer Chris Gillman of Gillman Automotive Group brought the bid to $25,000 for the highly sought-after "HOUSTON" plate.
Dressed in his Sunday best, a Victorian gentleman with a faraway look in his eyes sits in a chair while his photograph is taken. But if his posture seems rather unnatural, it is for good reason. He is dead. These remarkable pictures show the morbid way that the deceased were remembered in the late 19th century. The invention of the daguerreotype - the earliest photographic process - in 1839 brought portraiture to the masses. It was far cheaper and quicker than commissioning a painted portrait and it enabled the middle classes to have an affordable, cherished keepsake of their dead
The Obama administration’s hypocrisy over information related to the bin Laden raid and burial apparently knows no bounds. Judicial Watch has battled the Obama administration for records detailing the leaking of sensitive details to the filmmakers behind Zero Dark Thirty, a movie that documents the capture and killing of Osama bin Laden. The film was recently released nationally to critical acclaim and much press interest. JW uncovered records showing that the Obama administration sought “high visibility” in bid Laden projects. They wanted to project Barack Obama as a strong leader in command,
While many Hollywood denizens were putting the finishing touches on their hair and makeup to head out to the Jan. 13 Golden Globes ceremony, filmmaker Judd Apatow was planning a surprise for a wounded OIF/OEF veteran. On Feb. 20, 2012, Sgt. Michael Goodrich was engaged in a firefight in eastern Afghanistan when a rocket exploded near him, severing his jaw and sending shrapnel into his leg. After almost a year of surgeries and rehabilitation, Sgt. Goodrich can now eat, talk and walk, but treatment is still ongoing. During the weeks he and his family of four were living
This morning, many in the media went all in with a sanctimonious attack against gun-rights supporters who they accused of heckling Neil Heslin, the parent of a 6-year old boy murdered in the Sandy Hook massacre. The only problem is that it was all a lie. Mr. Heslin was not heckled. If you look at the full, unedited tape (which was first obtained by Twitchy), you´ll see that after 15 minutes of the audience remaining respectfully silent as Mr. Heslin spoke out against assault weapons, he then turns to ask the audience a direct question:
Here’s a running transcript of President Obama’s remarks at an event in Las Vegas where he is calling for broad changes to the nation’s immigration laws. Remarks are being updated as they become available. PRESIDENT OBAMA: Thank you.(APPLAUSE) Thank you. Thank you so much. Thank you. (APPLAUSE) Thank you. It is good to be back in Las Vegas.
HUNTSVILLE, Texas -A Texas woman won a reprieve from the death chamber Tuesday, mere hours before she was scheduled to be the first woman executed in the U.S. since 2010. State District Judge Larry Mitchell, in Dallas, rescheduled Kimberly McCarthy´s punishment for April 3 so lawyers for the former nursing home therapist could have more time to pursue an appeal focused on whether her predominantly white jury was improperly selected on the basis of race. McCarthy is black. (Snip) The 51-year-old McCarthy was convicted and sent to death row for the 1997 stabbing, beating and robbery
A fluctuation in the jet stream unusual for mid-winter has created a wild range of weather. Tornado watches have been issued for parts of Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, Missouri and Arkansas, and April-like thunderstorms are expected in Chicago. Other states from Texas to Florida, Kansas and parts of the Midwest and Northeast are experiencing record heat. Record warmth is expected today ahead of the storms, with record highs possible in Chicago, St. Louis and Tampa that could reach 60 degrees or more, 73 degrees and 83 degrees, respectively. Additionally, a powerful cold front will slam into
DEVELOPING ... President Obama said Tuesday that "now´s the time" for immigration reform, using an address in Las Vegas to try and energize renewed talks in Congress toward comprehensive legislation. "I´m here today because the time has come for common-sense comprehensive immigration reform," Obama said. The president, setting out to craft an immigration overhaul where many before him have failed, was running into trouble even before he gave his address. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., one of four Republican senators involved in a bipartisan effort to craft immigration reform legislation, earlier in the day blasted
During last Sunday’s “Sixty Minutes” joint interview with President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Obama boasted that “You know, when it comes to Egypt, I think, had it not been for the leadership we showed, you might have seen a different outcome there.” It’s hard to disagree with the president. His administration contributed to the turmoil now gripping Egypt and leading to what some observers on the ground there have characterized as “a complete state of collapse,” to quote Al Jazeera. Under Obama’s self-described “leadership,” his administration promulgated the false
People have been expressing severe shock and revulsion at the ugly remarks by Lib Dem MP David Ward about Israel and the Holocaust. As The Commentator reported, to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day Ward said the following: ‘Having visited Auschwitz twice--once with my family and once with local schools--I am saddened that the Jews, who suffered unbelievable levels of persecution during the Holocaust, could within a few years of liberation from the death camps be inflicting atrocities on Palestinians in the new State of Israel and continue to do so on a daily basis in the West Bank and Gaza.’
In a candid photograph Casey Anthony relaxes on a Florida beach as she soaks up the sun and chills out by reading a book. In another, the beaming 26-year-old stands with the legal team that successfully defended her from charges she murdered her three-year-old daughter, Caylee. The never before seen pictures of the ´most hated mom in America´ - the first of her in more than a year - come as Anthony breaks her silence to reveal she is seeking ´closure´ on ´these things holding me back´. Anthony, who has been in hiding since the trial,
Britain is to deploy up to 350 military personnel to support the fight against Islamic fanatics in west Africa. About 40 military trainers are set to be sent to Mali to improve the Malian army’s ability to take on extremists based in the north of the country. Between 150 and 200 more British troops could be part of a wider west African training mission; they may be based in countries neighbouring Mali such as Nigeria. About 70 UK military personnel are already in Senegal from where a Sentinel surveillance aircraft is operating. There is also a small number of special forces personnel in the Malian
How much will Barack Obama spend for a photo-op while he pushes his immigration policies? For his round-trip today to Las Vegas, where he will speak about immigration reform at a local high school, Obama’s trip on Air Force One will cost over $1.6 million. Air Force One costs $182,000 per hour, and the trip will total 9 hours. Obama’s schedule states, "While in Las Vegas, the President will deliver remarks on the need to fix the broken immigration system so that it is fairer
An Indiana couple faces jail time for nursing a near-dead deer back to health, in apparent violation of the state’s Department of Natural Resources rules for returning wild animals to the forest. The couple — Jeff Counceller, a police officer, and his wife, Jennifer — found the deer in 2010 on a porch, curled into a ball, with maggot-filled puncture wounds, the Associated Press reported. The two cared for the animal on their 17-acre Connersville home, according to the Associated Press. State conservation officers recently visited the home and discovered the deer, according to ABC News.