With the effects of her brain injury apparent through her slow speech, former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords opened up the Senate Judiciary Committee’s hearing on gun violence on Wednesday by saying, “Speaking is difficult but I need to say something important. Violence is a big problem.” “Thank you for inviting me here today,” she said. “This is an important conversation for our children, for our communities, for Democrats and Republicans.” Without getting specific, Giffords called on Congress to do something about gun violence. “Too many children are dying,” she said. “Too many children. We must do something.
On Wednesday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” the Center for American Progress’ Christie Hefner said that Chicago’s sky-high murder rate could be blamed — at least in part — on climate change. “Yes, last year we hit a record number of murders from guns [in Chicago],” Hefner, the former chairwoman and chief executive officer of Playboy Enterprises, said. “And this year we are already outpacing last year’s numbers. Now, there are contributing factors that are not under anybody’s control and may seem odd, but it is factually true.
According to national security expert Dr. James Carafano, the terrorist attack in Algeria shows that America is on the path to another 9/11, thanks to the Obama Administration´s foreign and military policy. Carafano is Vice President of Foreign and Defense Policy Studies at The Heritage Foundation. He told me, “The warning lights are blinking red,” even while President Barack Obama pretends that things are under control. The terrorists, Carafano claims, showed in Algeria that they have the ability to threaten American interests. He pointed out that the attack on the Sahara Desert natural-gas complex demonstrated several elements of a
In an interview with Politico, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg displayed his own unique flair for eloquence and his amazingly self-serving view of the political scene around him. Referring to Joe Biden’s statements endorsing gay marriage that preceded Barack Obama’s public endorsement, Bloomberg opined: You know, Joe Biden — you can joke about him all you want, [but] he’s got a set of balls, and he says what he believes. And he forced the focus [on gay marriage]. I’m sure the president was evolving
Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas appeared on Fox News’ Hannity to discuss the court ruling against Obama on his National Labor Relations Board appointee: “It is part of the Constitution. I think one of the big legal ramifications that should come out of this is a class-action lawsuit by all of those who had him as a constitutional law instructor to get their money back. I think it would be a lay-down case for them.”
The Russian government has abandoned an agreement with the US on fighting crime and the drugs trade, in an apparent sign of worsening relations. Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said the decade-long agreement no longer addressed "realities" and had "exhausted its potential". (Snip) Russia has been grappling for years with a huge heroin abuse problem, exacerbated by its proximity to drug-trafficking routes from Afghanistan. It has accused the US of failing to use its influence in Afghanistan to tackle the trade effectively.
The actor best known for playing the the character of Gomer Pyle on the ´The Andy Griffith Show´ has married his male partner of 38 years. Jim Nabors and his partner, Stan Cadwallader, traveled from their Honolulu home to Seattle to be married Jan. 15. The 82-year-old actor has publicly confirmed his is gay for the first time though he said he was open about his homosexuality with friends during his time in Hollywood. ´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
Today, John Kerry was confirmed 94-3 to be our next Secretary of State. With his seat vacant, former Republican Senator Scott Brown could make for another run for the U.S. Senate. Brown was ousted by left-winger Elizabeth Warren last November, even though his approval ratings remained high. According to TPMLiveWire on January 25: The latest survey from MassINC Polling Group showed Brown easily cruising in a hypothetical matchup against Markey. Fifty-three percent of registered Bay State voters said they would support Brown, compared with just 31 percent who indicated they would vote for Markey.
Just days after the November presidential and congressional elections which gave President Barack Obama a non-mandate of 50.6% of the popular vote and the demonstrated supported of less than 27% of all U.S. adults, NBC’s Brian Williams actually told viewers: With the election now over, it is once again safe to talk about the economy and jobs. Now that it is not a campaign issue, it’s back to reality. Still in Democrat-supportive campaign mode, Williams then introduced a report by correspondent Harry Smith about how “the idea that manufacturing in America is dead … is an outright falsehood.”
The silly season is upon us again, which is to say: Washington finds itself in yet another debate over “comprehensive immigration reform.” The core silliness could be heard in the arguments of Marco Rubio, one of four Republicans in the Senate “Gang of Eight” urging a deal that purports to ensure real immigration enforcement in exchange for legalization of status and an ultimate “path to citizenship” for millions of illegal immigrants. Earlier this afternoon, Sen. Rubio was interviewed by Rush Limbaugh. Sen. Rubio admirably insisted, “We need border security.
As a bipartisan group of US senators and President Obama lead a push to enact sweeping immigration reform this year, they are boosting the idea with a rationale that is economic as well as social. Reform isn’t just about reuniting families, better securing the border, or dealing pragmatically with immigrants who have been in the country for years but lack legal status, they say. It’s also, importantly, about helping the US economy continue to prosper in the years ahead. It’s an argument that many economists support. In fact, some policy experts say that welcoming more immigrants with advanced degrees
President Obama spent about nine hours aboard Air Force One Tuesday to give a perfunctory presentation of a standard 25-minute campaign speech. Aides described it as a new package of immigration reforms. But it wasn´t. It was a recitation of reform goals he has outlined often before. Worse, Obama´s ideas are pretty much the same as those seeping out of bipartisan Senate consultations. But he´s got a louder bully pulpit, so the Democrat is trying to look as if he´s driving the discussion.
There are cash-strapped governments and there are broke governments. And then there´s Zimbabwe, which, after paying last week´s government salaries, has just $217 left in the bank. No, we didn´t forget any zeroes to the end of that figure. Zimbabwe, the country that´s home to some of the world´s largest plutonium and diamond reserves, literally has the same financial standing as a 14-year-old girl after a really good birthday party. The country´s finance minister admitted as much in a press conference on Tuesday. "Last week when we paid civil servants there was $217 [left] in government coffers,"
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. economy shrank from October through December for the first time since the recession ended, hurt by the biggest cut in defense spending in 40 years, fewer exports and sluggish growth in company stockpiles. The Commerce Department said Wednesday that the economy contracted at an annual rate of 0.1 percent in the fourth quarter. That´s a sharp slowdown from the 3.1 percent growth rate in the July-September quarter. The surprise contraction could raise fears about the economy´s ability to handle tax increases that took effect in January and looming spending cuts.
Texas Governor Rick Perry on Tuesday called for returning excess tax money to taxpayers and tapping the state´s rainy-day fund for water and transportation infrastructure.(Snip) The Republican called for changing the constitution of the state, the nation´s second most populous, to allow the return of tax money to the people who paid it when the state brings in more than needed. "We´ve never bought into the notion that if you collect more, you need to spend more," Perry said in his state of the state address, which he delivered to a joint session of the Texas House and Senate.
There was a time when a public figure who wanted to get a “fair hearing” — i.e., get his message out without too much pushback or skepticism — sought out Larry King. I’ve never faulted Larry King for that. He was on the infotainment side of journalism, and that’s a fine place to be if you don’t pretend to be doing something different. He’d ask good, sometimes interesting, but usually easy questions, and then let his guests answer them pretty much as they wanted.
Of the octet of members that comprise the “Gang of 8? pushing for a comprehensive immigration reform bill, none has more to gain (or lose) than Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio. Rubio is widely seen as a 2016 Republican presidential candidate and touching immigration, which remains a, well, touchy subject among the GOP rank and file, brings real risk with it. “This is going to be tough for Republicans and the recidivist elements in our party,” said GOP strategist Alex Castellanos, himself a Cuban-American.”It will all be fine until there is a GOP primary,
President Obama on Tuesday unveiled his plan to secure a pathway to citizenship for 11 million illegal immigrants already living in the United States, trying to build momentum for long-stalled immigration reforms. Looking to reverse what he described as the biggest failure of his first term, Obama´s reform plan would impose the most sweeping changes to the national immigration system in decades. Obama´s blueprint is similar to the bipartisan Senate
A teenage girl–an honor student who had just performed at President Obama’s inaugural–was gunned down Tuesday afternoon in the Kenwood neighborhood, just blocks from the high school she attended. CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports the victim, 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton, was taking shelter from the rain with a group of 10 to 12 teenagers under a canopy in Vivian Gordon Harsh Park on the 4500 block of South Oakenwald Avenue around 2:30 p.m., when someone jumped a fence, ran up to them, and opened fire. Staff has split headline, added more text.
FORT COLLINS - A Fort Collins principal stands by his decision to allow students from a multicultural group to recite the Pledge of Allegiance in Arabic on the school´s intercom. "We do say the Pledge of Allegiance on Mondays at Rocky Mountain High School," principal Tom Lopez said. Students have always said it in English. This year, a group with about 30 students approached Lopez with a request to translate and recite the pledge in other languages. "They had to go through me for approval, and I reviewed it pretty carefully," Lopez said.
I attended the National Review Institute conference in Washington this weekend and came home rejuvenated and satiated by an abundant intellectual feast -- 16 hours of speeches and panel discussions on Saturday alone, with one 45 minute break for cocktails. The All Star cast included Paul Ryan, Bobby Jindal, Ted Cruz, Jim DeMint, Scott Walker, Tom Cotton, Bob McDonnell, Peter Thiel, Grover Norquist, Andy McCarthy, Mark Steyn, Charles Krauthammer, Michael Barone, Larry Kudlow, and on and on. A conservative Woodstock.
Devoted users of Internet radio apps like Pandora may soon hear unexpected sound bites on their favorite music channels — ads touting ObamaCare. That´s right. In an attempt to drum up support for the law´s health insurance exchanges, some states are planning advertising campaigns that could include everything from pro-ObamaCare coffee-cup sleeves to spots on popular music-streaming sites. But no amount of advertising spin can obscure the fact that ObamaCare´s insurance exchanges are shaping up to be disasters — saddling some consumers with higher premiums and state taxpayers with significant new spending obligations.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sat down tonight with Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren in an interview that touched on everything from Egypt and the United States’ relationship with President Mohammed Morsi to dealing with threats from Iran and how the State Department is handling the aftermath of last September’s attack on the United States consulate in Benghazi. On the latter, Clinton said the State Department is following recommendations by an accountability review board. (Snip) Van Susteren opened by asking Clinton about the current state of Egypt, given a comment by
Rowan Atkinson has been getting rave reviews for his performance in Quartermaine´s Terms.[Snip]So, when Yoko Ono and Matt Damon campaign against fracking what they´re really fighting for is higher fuel prices and less money for struggling farmers in Pennsylvania. When Atkinson´s mate Richard Curtis campaigns for CO2 reduction with his Splattergate movie what he´s really fighting for is the vilification of sceptics, more taxes, more regulation, the death of free trade and fewer jobs and a lower standard of living for future generations. When Hugh Grant--and I really like Hugh Grant, especially since I discovered I´m one of
A New York college has released the illuminating findings of a survey of the folks who occupied Wall Street in 2011. It turns out that the movement of the 99 percent contained a lot of people with links to the 1 percent.[Snip]Crunching the numbers, we discover that 62 percent of the Occupy movement were non-Hispanic whites and 55 percent were men. One third lived in homes earning more than $100,000 a year (that can buy a lot of copies of Das Kapital) and more than two thirds were employed professionals. An astonishing 76 percent had a college education. Of that
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,