The new year started off with an old story: Employment grew again in January but not at a pace able to lower the jobless rate. Nonfarm payrolls rose 157,000 for the first month of 2013 while the unemployment rate edged higher to 7.9 percent, news unlikely to alter the Federal Reserve´s monetary policy or instill confidence that the recovery is gaining steam. Economists were looking for 160,000 net new jobs created with the unemployment rate holding steady at 7.8 percent. The ho-hum jobs numbers for January were accompanied by substantial revisions
Sure, Chuck Hagel might have been a bumbling, stumbling mess at his confirmation hearing yesterday. But the real story was how awful were the Republicans who questioned him. That was the collective judgment of today´s Morning Joe panel. For example, so contemptuous was Joe Scarborough of Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, that the Morning Joe host announced that he would not even mention him by name. "Clown show" was the panel´s operative phrase for the Republican performance. Andrea Mitchell, Mika Brzezinski,
Maiduguri–Nigeria’s Joint Military tasks Force (JTF) on Friday said it killed 17 insurgents in raids on two “terrorist camps” in the embattled northeastern state of Borno, the base of Islamist group Boko Haram. The military “conducted two special operations supported by Nigerian Air Force helicopter gunship to dislodge Boko Haram terrorist camps,” a statement from spokesman Lt. Col. Sagir Musa said, adding “there was a fierce exchange of gunfire that resulted in the death of 17 Boko Haram insurgents and one soldier. The statement is the first recent confirmation of a Boko Haram training camp or base,
A woman has died after her van was ´riddled with bullets´ while she was driving on Chicago´s Lake Shore Drive early this morning. The shocking slaying comes days after a 15-year-old girl was randomly gunned down in a south-side neighborhood on Tuesday and brings the city´s death toll for 2013 to at least 43. Today´s shooting occurred at around 4 a.m. on the Lake Shore Drive ramp leading to Interstate 55. The 32-year-old woman was traveling south with a 37-year-old female passenger in her 2000 white Dodge when a
A Boston judge today set a Dec. 3 deportation hearing for President Obama’s uncle, Onyango Obama, to determine whether he should be forced to return to his native Kenya. Immigration Judge Leonard I. Shapiro set the date during a brief hearing in a Boston immigration court. Obama joined a crowd of more than 30 immigrants from Pakistan, Guatemala, and Uganda who were facing hearings. After Shapiro’s ruling, Obama’s attorney, Scott Bratton, told reporters that his client’s long-term goal is to remain in the United States.
Chuck Hagel, President Obama’s nominee as defense secretary, confronted withering criticism during a marathon confirmation hearing Thursday, but administration officials said they felt confident that the Republican-led attacks did not derail his bid to lead the Pentagon. Lawmakers from both parties spent roughly eight hours grilling Hagel about remarks he has made at various points of his career and the votes he had cast in the Senate. The nominee at times struggled as he sought to explain his past positions, in some cases distancing himself from them. He nonetheless offered a full-throated endorsement of the United States’ alliance with Israel,
The state’s embattled welfare chief was forced to step down yesterday in the wake of a shocking internal report that found that a staggering 47,000 families receiving taxpayer-funded benefits are unaccounted for — and nearly $30 million in food stamp money went to recipients who were not eligible. The shocking report, released to the Herald last night, found that the Department of Transitional Assistance has lost track of 47,087 households on welfare — or one out of 10 of the total 478,000 who received DTA mailings.
The tumult at CNN that has seen several contributors leave the cable news network continued on Wednesday, when Soledad O´Brien´s morning show, “Starting Point,” was canceled because her program´s small audience was “too ethnic, based on the high concentration of minority viewers.” Despite ending O´Brien´s morning show, a CNN spokesman told Politico on Thursday that "Soledad is very important to the network, and we´re discussing various options with her.” Many staffers at the cable news network were stunned to learn that Vice President Bart Feder had often complained about the audience the morning line-up attracted
ANKARA - A suicide bomber killed a Turkish security guard at the U.S. embassy in Ankara on Friday, blowing the door off a side entrance and sending smoke and debris flying into the street. Ankara Governor Alaaddin Yuksel said the attacker was inside U.S. property when the explosives were detonated. The blast sent masonry spewing out of the wall of the side entrance, but there did not appear to be any more significant structural damage. The bomber was also killed.
Rep. Tim Huelskamp has been named a “Sentinel” of freedom by a national group scoring the conservatism of members of Congress. The scorecard by the group Heritage Action for America ranks lawmakers on their conservatism, based on their votes on bills identified by the group as being of particular interest to conservative Americans.(snip)In a statement issued by his office, Huelskamp was quoted as saying: “This scorecard separates the lawmakers who talk like conservatives and those who act like conservatives. I will continue to be the tip of the spear fighting for the conservative values
WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is leaving office with a slap at critics of the Obama administration´s handling of the September attack on a U.S. diplomatic mission in Libya. She told The Associated Press that critics of the administration´s handling of the attack don´t live in an "evidence-based world" and their refusal to "accept the facts" is unfortunate and regrettable for the political system. In her last one-on-one interview before she steps down on Friday, Clinton told the AP that the attack in Benghazi was the low point of her time as America´s top diplomat.
Chuck Hagel‘s confirmation hearing to become Secretary of Defense took place yesterday — and today the Morning Joe crew discussed Hagel’s less-than-stellar performance. As well as the tense exchanges that took place between Hagel and several Republicans, which Joe Scarborough deemed “embarrassing.” “It was very painful to watch,” Andrea Mitchell said, remarking on Sen. John McCain‘s “hostile” attitude and Hagel being more accustomed asking questions than answering them. “I’m sorry, out of that exchange, it was not Chuck Hagel who looked bad,” Scarborough responded. Yes, in many ways Hagel was inadequately prepared, but:
Today´s unemployment rate, which states the unemployment rate has ticked up to 7.9 percent, prompts the White House to say, "oday’s employment report provides further evidence that the U.S. economy is continuing to heal from the wounds inflicted by the worst downturn since the Great Depression." " It is critical that we pursue the policies needed to build an economy that works for the middle class as we continue to dig our way out of the deep hole that was caused by the severe recession that began in December 2007,"
The righteous cheers and applause for the latest amnesty schemes from the U.S. Senate and the White House recall the famous gathering of mice convened to deal with the cat. The cat was devouring the mice in alarming numbers. “What we need,” said a wizened little gray fellow who looked a lot like an overstuffed senator, “is a bell for the cat. We can put it on his collar along with his identification tag, though it beats me why anyone would want to help a cat find his way home.
The White House is in agreement with Sen. Marco Rubio’s assertion that if illegal immigrants are granted legal status, they will not be eligible for Obamacare, according to White House Press Secretary Jay Carney. CNSNews.com asked, “Marco Rubio has said that he would want to prohibit those who are on a pathway to legal status from being eligible for the Affordable Care Act. Is that something the president would consider as part of this?” Carney responded, “I think we’ve been very clear that legal status does not confer benefits through the Affordable Care Act,
Bob Menendez, the combative New Jersey senator beset by allegations that he had sex with at least one underage prostitute in the Dominican Republic, hurried out of a Marriott ballroom in Washington, D.C. after a speech Thursday night, out-dashing a gaggle of reporters and ignoring questions all the way to a welcome elevator. The senator was speaking to an annual gathering of the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce, but members of the media weren’t interested in the value of pharmaceutical stocks or the future of the chemical industry.
Last year, with the authorization of Attorney General Eric Holder and the U.S. Department of Justice, after thousands of "Fast and Furious" assault rifles wreaked mayhem on both the U.S. border and inside Mexico, the Obama administration commissioned Janet ´Big Sis´ Napolitano to do whatever was necessary to help save American lives. Soon thereafter, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, overseen by Secretary Napolitano and the Department of Homeland Security, seized 13,000 "unsafe hair dryers" from blowing their way across the border.
Gov. Chris Christie paid tribute Thursday night to President Barack Obama, thanking him for his help in successfully passing the Hurricane Sandy aid bill in January, and continuing the unlikely public alliance between the Republican and Democrat. Delivering his keynote speech at a New Jersey Chamber of Commerce dinner, Christie thanked Senators Bob Menendez and Frank Lautenberg, also in attendance, before he added, "I will end the political portion of this program by thanking the President of the United States."
As the Labor Department today reported more disappointing hiring news for January, including an unexpected jump in the unemployment rate, President Obama joined thousands of other American employers and let his own White House jobs council go. The President´s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness expired in obscurity Thursday in an unmarked bureaucratic grave. Created two years ago to display the Chicagoan´s alleged concern with high unemployment, whatever its PR showcase value had long since ended.
Edward I. Koch, the master showman of City Hall, who parlayed shrewd political instincts and plenty of chutzpah into three tumultuous terms as mayor of New York with all the tenacity, zest and combativeness that personified his city of golden dreams, died Friday morning at age 88. Mr. Koch had experienced coronary and other medical problems since leaving office in 1989. But he had been in relatively good health despite — or perhaps because of — his whirlwind life as a television judge, radio talk-show host, author, law partner, newspaper columnist, movie reviewer, professor, commercial pitchman and political gadfly.
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has suspended a deal to finance an in-state fertilizer plant to be built by a Pakistani conglomerate that the Pentagon has criticized for refusing to take steps to stop the flow of materials to makers of bombs that kill U.S. troops in Afghanistan. Mr. Pence’s action followed a report Monday in The Washington Times that said Pakistan’s Fatima Group stood to benefit from the sale of $1.27 billion in tax-exempt municipal bonds in Indiana even as it rebuffed Pentagon efforts to save U.S. lives. The governor “immediately ordered that the project be
The phrase: "President Marco Rubio" is music to the ears of conservatives who are eager to prove they are not anti-Hispanic while still supporting one of their own: a solid conservative. And so it is that, as the immigration debate reignites, the Florida senator´s star power is winning over the world of conservative talk radio. Whether it´s the radio shows hosted by Mark Levin or Sean Hannity or Rush Limbaugh, Rubio´s appearances are being met with gushing accolades. The talkers are not sold on everything he says about
The U.S. generated 157,000 jobs in January, just short of analysts’ estimates and another sign that economic momentum is stagnating. The headline unemployment rate inched higher to 7.9% from 7.8% a month ago. The data adds fuel to a growing feeling that the recovery from the deep recession that followed the financial crisis of 2007 and 2008 has hit a snag. On Wednesday the Commerce Department said the U.S. economy shrank at an annual rate of 0.1% during the fourth quarter of 2012, the first quarterly drop since 2009.
The State Department took two dramatically different approaches to dealing with the identities of the Diplomatic Security (DS) agents it sent to Benghazi, Libya, to protect Amb. Chris Stevens and the small number of other temporary U.S. diplomatic personnel the department rotated through what its own review board would later admit was a "lawless town." Before the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attacks in Benghazi, the department undertook a calculated effort to