Conservatives are still glum about the election, and the upper hand President Obama seems to have over Republicans. But the political stage has been framed far worse for conservatives and Republicans in the past. In 1964, conservatives and Republicans were annihilated, when the conservative leader Barry Goldwater was crushed in the election by more than 20 points. Democrats held 295 House seats to 140 for the Republicans, and in the Senate, Democrats held a filibuster proof 67 seats, to 33 for the Republicans. This just 19 years after FDR had dominated American politics for a generation. The Republicans seemed dead,
The Senate overwhelmingly approved Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.) as the next secretary of state Tuesday afternoon, with three Republican “no” votes. The vote was 94 to 3, clearing the way for Kerry to formally take over from Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Friday. He assumes the post amid a civil war in Syria that has killed an estimated 60,000 people, stalled nuclear negotiations with Iran and the spread of militancy across North Africa.
Watching President Obama’s inaugural, I was confused. It looked like a new king was being crowned. Thousands cheered, like subjects worshipping nobility. At a time when America faces unsustainable debt and terrible economic troubles, why such pomp? Maybe it’s because so many people tell themselves presidents can solve any problem, like fairy-tale kings — or gods. Before America’s first inauguration, John Adams suggested George Washington be called “His Most Benign Highness.” Fortunately, Congress insisted on the more modest title, “President.” At his inaugural, President Obama himself said, “The patriots of 1776 did not fight
HONOLULU - Jim Nabors, the Hawaii resident well known for his starring role in the 1960s television sitcom "Gomer Pyle, USMC," married his longtime male partner early this month, he told Hawaii News Now Tuesday. Nabors, 82, said he married his companion of 38 years, Stan Cadwallader, who´s 64, in Seattle on Jan. 15. Nabors declined an on-camera interview but spoke to Hawaii News Now by phone. "I´m 82 and he´s in his 60s and so we´ve been together for 38 years and I´m not ashamed of people knowing, it´s just that it was such a personal thing,
CHICAGO — Not a single gun shop can be found in this city because they are outlawed. Handguns were banned in Chicago for decades, too, until 2010, when the United States Supreme Court ruled that was going too far, leading city leaders to settle for restrictions some describe as the closest they could get legally to a ban without a ban. Despite a continuing legal fight, Illinois remains the only state in the nation with no provision to let private citizens carry guns in public.And yet Chicago, a city with no civilian gun ranges and bans
Al Gore is a complicated, accomplished man. Sometimes, he´s misunderstood, while other times he´s misunderestimated. But Al Gore is not disingenious. At least, according to Al Gore he´s not. The former vice president, environmental activist, Nobel Peace Prize winner and one-time journalist went on the defense Tuesday, pretty much from sun up to sun down, in an attempt to defend his selling Current TV to Al Jazeera. Gore was supposed to be promoting his new book, in which argues that the mainstream media is "suffocating the free flow of ideas," but goshdarnit all his interviewers wanted to talk about
I was in quite a pique when I wrote last Friday about World Bank President Jim Yong Kim wading into the global warming debate via his cliché-ridden op-ed. I had just about simmered down when I found a “news analysis” by Elisabeth Rosenthal in Saturday’s New York Times. This so-called “news analysis” is a good example of why the left has no credibility on climate change. It underscores the hypocrisy and ignorance that permeate the liberal mindset on the issue. The piece does a good job of exposing the quiet death of the requirement that U.S. airlines
FBI agents late Tuesday night raided the West Palm Beach business of an eye doctor suspected of providing free trips and even underage Dominican Republic prostitutes to U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J. — who has denied what he calls the “fallacious allegations.” Agents gathered at the medical-office complex of Dr. Salomon Melgen, a contributor to Menendez and other prominent politicians, to start hauling away potential evidence in several vans. The investigation is believed to be focusing on Melgen’s finances and the allegations about Menendez’s trips and contact with prostitutes.
Like disco and the Soviet Red Army, Harry Reid reached his apogee in 1979, when, as head of the Nevada Gaming Commission, he had Chicago Outfit enforcer Anthony “The Ant” Spilotro — who would later be portrayed by Joe Pesci in the Scorsese epic Casino – blacklisted and barred from entering any gambling facility in the state. This put a major dent in the Outfit’s reign of extortion and murder in Vegas. Around that time, Reid also tried to choke lawyer Jack Gordon, who had offered him a bribe, and had to be restrained
Complaints have spiked over "birth tourism" in Los Angeles County, with 60 alleged maternity hotels being reported in the past month, according to a report by the county planning department. Authorities have found it difficult to gain access to the alleged maternity hotels and verify suspicions. So far, they have been able to inspect only seven, and found that three of them were in violation of zoning codes. The surge in complaints comes after a high-profile campaign was waged to shut down a "maternity mansion" in neighboring San Bernadino County. Previously, the commission had reported 15 complaints
A cache of secretly taped recordings between Sylvester Stallone and his half-sister Toni-Ann Filiti, who alleged he “abused” her, was destroyed as part of their multimilliondollar settlement, Page Six has exclusively learned. We first revealed last week that Stallone reached an agreement to give his half-sister $2 million plus $16,666.66 per month for life, and $50,000 a year for psychiatric and medical bills. In the 1987 settlement, Filiti “asserted claims for personal injury, including physical injury” against Stallone, while he “vigorously denied and continues to deny and dispute all claims of wrongdoing.”
On Friday, a 3-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit unanimously declared President Obama’s “recess” appointments to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to be unconstitutional. The judges rebuked Obama both because the Senate was actually in session when he made the appointments, and because two of the three positions in question became open months (in one case, more than a year) before the president implied an urgent need to fill them during a “recess.” The NLRB, however, is now ignoring the court’s decision — thereby suggesting its members
Siberian summers do not last long. The snows linger into May, and the cold weather returns again during September, freezing the taiga into a still life awesome in its desolation: endless miles of straggly pine and birch forests scattered with sleeping bears and hungry wolves; steep-sided mountains; white-water rivers that pour in torrents through the valleys; a hundred thousand icy bogs. This forest is the last and greatest of Earth´s wildernesses. It stretches from the furthest tip of Russia´s arctic regions as far south as Mongolia, and east from the Urals to the Pacific: five million square miles
"Unless you were one of the first Americans, a Native American, you came from someplace else, somebody brought you," President Barack Obama told the assembled throngs in Las Vegas on Tuesday. Perhaps to make sense of the empty phrase "Native American," Obama seems to have overlooked the most contentious debate in modern archaeology: when did the first waves of humanity reach the Americas and where did they come from? The only real consensus among archaeologists is that everyone in America came from "someplace else."
We keep trying to understand the enigma of California, mostly why it still breathes for a while longer, given the efforts to destroy the sources of its success. Let’s try to navigate through its sociology and politics to grasp why something that should not survive is surviving quite well — at least in some places.Conservati delendi sunt The old blue/red war for California is over. Conservatives lost. Liberals won — by a combination of flooding the state with government-supplied stuff, and welcoming millions in while showing the exit to others. The only mystery is how Carthaginian will be the victor’s peace,
Earlier today, the Washington Post reported that Barack Obama would try to bigfoot the Senate’s Gang of Eight and put forward his own, more liberal plan for comprehensive immigration reform — which Allahpundit couldn’t quite believe. When Obama finally arrived in Las Vegas, though, he gave an unremarkable speech that boiled down to er, yeah, what they said. (Snip) The question is whether Obama got duped about the progress of the Senate talks. The trip to Vegas had to have been in the works for a while. The announcement over the weekend of an agreement in principle
Former Illinois Gov. George Ryan will be leaving prison and heading to a halfway house after serving more than five years for corruption. His departure from prison follows a rich, if ignominious, history in Illinois of ex-governors arriving in and departing from prison. Of Illinois´ last seven governors, four have ended up going to prison. They are: —Rod Blagojevich — Governor from 2002 through 2009, when he became the first Illinois governor in history to be impeached. Convicted of numerous corruption charges in 2011, including allegations that he tried to sell or trade President Barack Obama´s old Senate seat.
To much fanfare, a bipartisan group of eight Senators on Monday announced they had agreed on a blueprint for overhauling the nation’s immigration laws. Despite the optimistic tone to the news conference, Monday is likely to be the best day of the year for proponents of comprehensive immigration reform. It’s relatively easy to agree on broad outlines balancing border security and employer enforcement with a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants. The difficult part is what comes next — putting everything into detailed legislation, grappling with the logistics and trying to win a critical mass of votes.
Jeff Zucker’s reign of shock and awe has only just begun. Well, maybe not “shock,” since the new president of CNN Worldwide has made no secret of his intention to shake up the ratings-challenged cable network from top to bottom. Zucker launched his makeover Tuesday by announcing the imminent arrival of ABC News anchor Chris Cuomo to take over the troubled 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. slot currently occupied by Soledad O’Brien. According to network sources, Cuomo, who was said to be unhappy at ABC’s 20/20 since being passed over
Online dating is awash with deviance. There are perverts, scammers and misanthropic entrepreneurs all hellbent on profiting from loneliness. But then there are women like Laura Brashier, a 37-year-old hairdresser from California and a survivor of cervical cancer. Her treatment left Ms. Brashier unable to have sex. Rather than endure the anxiety of conventional dating she decided to set up a dating site for people like her. 2Date4Love describes itself as the site for "people who cannot engage in sexual intercourse to meet and experience love, companionship and intimacy at its deepest level."
Republican dissidents are plotting a terrorist outrage in the run-up to the G8 summit in Northern Ireland this summer, British sources have warned. Ministers are said to be alarmed by the resurgence in hardline republicanism in recent months, with hundreds of youngsters signing up to join the shadowy ´New IRA´, which has vowed to continue the armed struggle to create a united Ireland. Two recent attacks also indicate that extremists have now obtained access to former IRA weapons, which were meant to have decommissioned as part of the peace process. Semtex plastic explosive supplied by Libyan dictator Colonel Gadaffi in
Prince Charles must sometimes wish he could go Dutch. Aged only 74, Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands has just chosen to hand over the throne to her 45-year-old son, Prince Willem-Alexander. Meanwhile, our 86-year-old Queen shows no signs of passing on the top job to her 64-year-old heir, the oldest ever Prince of Wales. Is there any chance our Queen will follow Dutch precedent? Not an earthly, is the consensus among royal insiders. “She won’t abdicate,” says Sarah Bradford, author of Queen Elizabeth II: Her Life in Our Times. “That’s not what she does, or what the British monarchy
There’s an interesting piece in today’s Washington Post Reliable Source blog. As The Post’s Roxanne Roberts and Amy Argetsinger write, Foreign Secretary William Hague hosted a dinner last night in honour of Hillary Clinton at the British Ambassador’s residence for a glittering crowd of the Washington political and social elite, which featured several top Obama administration officials plus John McCain. Oddly, the farewell event for the Secretary of State featured a “special video tribute” to the former First Lady. According to The Post: It was a pretty elite crowd at the very private (no press) dinner
U.S. President Barack Obama announced on Monday $155 million in additional humanitarian assistance for the Syrian People, bringing America’s total humanitarian aid to Syria to $365 million, the largest single donor of humanitarian assistance to the Syrian people. (Snip) American aid means medicine and treatment for hundreds of thousands of patients in Damascus, Dar’a and Homs,” Obama said. Obama´s aid announcement came ahead of a donor´s conference in Kuwait on Wednesday aiming to raise $1.5 billion for around five million Syrians facing hardships from their country´s 22-month conflict.
U.N.-Arab League mediator Lakhdar Brahimi told the U.N. Security Council Tuesday that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad may be able to hold to power for now but warned that Syria is “breaking up before everyone´s eyes.” (Snip) Syrian state TV said the men were killed by members of Jabhat al-Nusra, an al-Qaida-linked group that the Obama administration has labeled as a terrorist organization. It said the men were killed after they demanded members of the group to leave their areas. Another activist group, the Local Coordination Committees, put the number of bodies found at 80.
The U.S. government has approved the sale of U.S. taxpayer-backed A123 Systems to a Chinese company, despite security and economic concerns about sensitive technology changing hands. A representative with A123 Systems confirmed Tuesday to FoxNews.com that Wanxiang America Corp. has gotten approval from a Treasury Department agency to take over "substantially all" of the non-government business assets of the lithium ion battery manufacturer. (Snip) The new tech could also be used in key military operations and to power satellites and unmanned military drones.