During his farewell address to the U.S. Senate on Wednesday, incoming Secretary of State John Kerry thanked staffers, Capitol Hill Subway operators, the Capitol Police and other assorted personnel who assist in the day-to-day operation of Congress. But Kerry also had some particularly kind words reserved for the media, in particular one member of the press corps: Politico’s David Rogers. “[I] thank the reporters who catch us in the hallways, trap us, ambush us in the
Amnesty is still the dirty word in the debate over immigration, as it has been for many years, and it could torpedo comprehensive immigration legislation in Congress. Despite initial happy talk, differences are appearing between President Obama and a key bipartisan group of senators over what should be done about illegal immigration. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, a possible Republican presidential candidate in 2016, says Obama is not placing sufficient emphasis on strengthening border security before creating a pathway to citizenship for millions of illegal immigrants. Rubio says Obama is leaving "the impression that he believes reforming immigration quickly
Fury is brewing at Rocky Mountain High School, in Colorado, after a multicultural student group were encouraged to recite the Pledge of Allegiance over the loudspeaker in Arabic - replacing ´one nation under God´ with ´one nation under Allah´. Following Monday´s pledge, Principal Tom Lopez has been inundated with complaints from outraged parents concerned that saying the Pledge in any language other than English is unpatriotic. Standing by his controversial decision, Principal Lopez has said that despite the irate telephone calls and emails, he is not in any way or form trying to push an
A massive,1,000-mile-long storm that formed at least 20 tornadoes beat down on six states throughout the Southeast today, leaving at least two people dead. A Georgia town was devastated with overturned cars on an interstate, wrecked homes and at least one person killed. Another person in Tennessee was also dead. Footage showed a funnel cloud roaring through the downtown area of Adairsville, Ga., about 60 miles northwest of Atlanta, flipping cars and demolishing a home. SCROLL DOWN FOR VIDEO -The massive storm system caused at least 20 tornadoes throughout six states, ranging from Missouri to Georgia, USA Today said.
The IRS is doing a better job at getting new employees on board quickly, a new federal audit has found. The Treasury Department’s inspector general for tax administration found that the IRS has almost met the goal, set by the Office of Personnel Management, to bring on new hires in 80 days or less. By contrast, the agency said in 2009 that it was taking an average of 157 days – or roughly five months – to hire staffers. In its report, the inspector general found that the IRS had implemented a more automated hiring process,
Below is a statement from the office of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel who sent letters to a number of mutual funds urging them to blacklist gun manufacturers who don’t support reform to gun laws. Mayor Rahm Emanuel today announced that he is asking several mutual funds to divest and blacklist any gun manufacturers that oppose commonsense gun reforms. The Mayor’s letters sent to the mutual funds today come on the heels of his request last week to commercial banks asking them to stop providing financial services to gun companies that stand in the
RUSH: So what do you think the big immigration news is today? Take a wild guess what the big immigration news today is. That´s exactly right. In fact, the only news on the immigration front in the Drive-By State-Controlled Media seems to be my interview with Florida Senator Marco Rubio yesterday. And you know why? You know why that´s the only immigration news out there? It´s because the Drive-Bys seem to think that my praise of Rubio means that I have suddenly decided to support amnesty. I've got the sound bites to prove it. I don't know what they heard,
RUSH: Kathryn and I last night went to a dinner here in Palm Beach that honored Navy SEALs. The place was sold out. There were 400 people there, tables of ten and 12, and we went with a bunch of friends. You know, we at TwoIfByTea.com, we sponsor the Marine Corps-Law Enforcement Foundation, and they have an annual big dinner at the Waldorf Hysteria and a number of other satellite events. And every time, particularly with where the country is now in a pop culture sense, every time I find myself at one of these events I feel like I've gone back in a time warp.
It started as an awkwardly written article by Ken Dixon, a reporter at the Connecticut Post of Bridgeport. It became a fast-moving rumor and in some cases an outright lie propagated by national journalists. It wasn´t even the original story´s lead but began but began 23 paragraphs into the report on a Monday gun-control hearing by a state legislative panel in Hartford: "The Second Amendment!" was shouted a couple of times by as many as a dozen gun enthusiasts in the meeting room as Neil Heslin, holding a photo of his slain 6-year-old son, Jesse Lewis, asked why Bushmaster
RUSH: Do you know, ladies and gentlemen, the economy in the fourth quarter, they told us, grew at a rate of 1.1%, I think is what they said. But it turns out that´s not the case. The economy actually contracted, gross domestic product. "The US economy posted a stunning drop of 0.1 percent in the fourth quarter, defying expectations for slow growth and possibly providing incentive for more Federal Reserve stimulus." That's what's gotten us into this problem. Anyway, the economy shrunk. You know what the Democrats are out saying? This is the best looking contraction that there's ever been in
After seizing power, the architects of the French Revolution instituted a new calendar, declaring the beginning of their regime ”Year One,” thus symbolizing their total contempt for tradition. They wanted the world to know that they were rebuilding French society from scratch. The left under Obama is approaching that level of revolutionary arrogance. Regarding itself as vastly enlightened, it seeks to institute a kind of cultural and political Year One in which America rises above all traditional understandings of human nature and embraces such changes as women in front-line combat, gay marriage,
S oren Dayton and Rob Bluey — two conservative tech geniuses — talked me into joining Twitter during a lunch Ed Morrissey organized at an Iraqi restaurant in Minneapolis during the 2008 Republican convention. Life hasn´t been the same since. Of course, I can hardly claim to be an early adopter. But by virtue of signing up in 2008 (my original handle was @MattLewis01), I was at least well ahead of the curve. And soon enough, I became not only a proponent of Twitter, but also a sort of evangelist. It´s hard to even fathom now, but at the time, few journalists were really using Twitter.
Last week Sen. Dianne Feinstein introduced a new, supposedly improved version of the federal "assault weapon" ban that expired in 2004. But like that earlier law, which the California Democrat also sponsored, Feinstein´s bill prohibits the manufacture and sale of guns based on characteristics that have little or nothing to do with the danger they pose. Although arbitrary distinctions are a defining characteristic of "assault weapon" bans, recent polls indicate that most Americans support them. New survey data suggest one possible explanation: Most Americans don´t know what "assault weapons" are.
It’s 4:20 p.m. on a dreary Monday and Marco Rubio is pacing beside his desk, a black handset pressed to his ear. He’s on the phone with conservative talk-radio host Michael Medved. A few minutes earlier, he was on an online radio program. After he finishes with Medved, he’ll call Newsmax, a conservative news website. On Tuesday, he’ll dial Rush Limbaugh. Between calls, Rubio monitors Twitter on his laptop and phone and keeps an eye on C-SPAN, which is broadcasting Senate floor speeches. He occasionally sips from a bottle of mineral water. “Who’s next?” Rubio asks, turning toward his press
Onyango Obama, the president’s illegal-immigrant uncle, will have his final immigration hearing on Dec. 3, an immigration judge in Boston ruled this afternoon. Obama, who had his case reopened last year after being arrested by Framingham police, will then be able to fight a decades-old deportation order. "Everybody wants to stay in America," Obama´s attorney Scott Bratton said after the hearing. Authorities ordered him deported in 1992, but he never left and instead lived quietly in Framingham as a liquor-store clerk. His immigration status came to light in the summer of 2011, when Framingham police
As reports of an Israeli air strike on an arms convoy in Syria began to reverberate around the world, Vice Premier Silvan Shalom and Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon warned that Israel would not sit by in the face of any threats to its security from Syria. Israel Radio following reports that Israel Air Force warplanes struck a target on the Syrian-Lebanese border overnight, hours after Lebanon reported a series of three overflights by Israel in its airspace. "The entire world has said more than once that it takes developments in Syria very seriously, developments which can be in negative
Washington - The tough new gun restrictions pushed by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo may have caused a hit to his approval rating, according to a poll released Wednesday, though the Democrat still remains popular with voters in the Empire State. The Quinnipiac University survey indicated that 59% of New York voters approve of the job Cuomo is doing as governor, down from a 74% approval rating in a poll released last month. Republican approval has dropped sharply, from 68% in mid-December to 44% in Wednesday´s poll. But even support among Democrats was down somewhat,
The Obama administration took new steps Wednesday toward implementing the individual mandate in its signature healthcare law, downplaying the scope of the unpopular provision by stressing rules that allow exemptions from the requirement to purchase insurance. The Internal Revenue Service and the Health and Human Services Department emphasized exceptions to the mandate, which were detailed in new regulations that also laid out the process by which the IRS will calculate penalties for going uninsured. The mandate requires most taxpayers to either buy insurance or
Beirut, Lebanon - Syria’s top political opposition leader on Wednesday expressed willingness for the first time to talk with representatives of President Bashar al-Assad, softening what had been an absolute refusal to negotiate with the government in an increasingly chaotic civil war. The opposition leader, Sheik Ahmad Moaz al-Khatib, coupled his offer with two demands: the release of what he described as 160,000 prisoners held by Mr. Assad’s government, and the renewal of all expired passports held by Syrians abroad — a gesture apparently aimed at disaffected expatriates and exiled
Washington — Sen. Robert Menendez´s office says he traveled on a plane owned by a Florida physician who is a friend and political donor, but denied that the senator had engaged with prostitutes in the Dominican Republic. The New Jersey Democrat´s office issued the denial Wednesday. It said he traveled on three occasions on Dr. Salomon Melgen´s airplane. The FBI searched Melgen´s West Palm Beach, Fla., office Tuesday night and early Wednesday, but it was unclear if the raid was related to Menendez. Menendez´s office said the trips were "paid for and reported appropriately."
Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) is keen on having a skeet shooting contest with President Obama. The White House? Not so much. A reporter at Wednesday’s daily briefing raised Blackburn’s challenge and asked press secretary Jay Carney: “Your reaction?” “I have none,” was the response from Carney, who quickly moved on to the next questioner.
Maj. Gen. Amir Eshel, Commander of the IAF, described the chaotic threat facing Israel from its neighbors Tuesday, just hours before jet fighters under his command reportedly hit a major weapons convoy between Syria and Lebanon. "The example in the north, in Syria, is the most glaring one, of a state that is in a process of disintegration, about which none of us has a clue as to what will be there on the day after," Eshel said. "Add to that a huge weapons arsenal, some of which is state-of-the-art, some of it unconventional, and all of this is happening – I can't call it our back yard, but on our borders.
Beirut - Israeli warplanes attacked a military research center in Damascus province at dawn on Wednesday, Syria´s military command said, denying reports that the planes had struck a convoy carrying weapons from Syria to Lebanon. Two people were killed and five wounded in the attack on the site in Jamraya, which it described as one of a number of "scientific research centers aimed at raising the level of resistance and self-defense".(Snip)Sources told Reuters earlier that Israeli jets had bombed a convoy on Syria´s border with Lebanon on Wednesday, apparently targeting weapons destined for
Israeli jets bombed a convoy on Syria´s border with Lebanon on Wednesday, sources told Reuters, apparently targeting weapons destined for Hezbollah in what some called a warning to Damascus not to arm Israel´s Lebanese enemy. "The target was a truck loaded with weapons, heading from Syria to Lebanon," said one Western diplomat, adding that the consignment may well have included anti-aircraft missiles. The overnight attack, which several sources placed on the Syrian side of the border, followed warnings from Israel that it was ready to act to prevent the revolt against President
White House press secretary Jay Carney laid the blame for a surprise economic contraction squarely at the feet of congressional Republicans Wednesday, saying economic threats during the "fiscal cliff" negotiations had prevented important defense spending. "Our economy is facing a major headwinds, and that´s Republicans in Congress," Carney said. The Commerce Department projected Wednesday that the nation´s gross domestic product (GDP) shrank by 0.1 percent in the fourth quarter of 2012. Carney said that was partially attributable