Hello, my name is Susan Brooks. It’s a pleasure to speak to you from Hamilton County in my home state of Indiana. I’ve lived in Indiana just about all my life. [Snip] And starting last month, one of the Hoosier State’s voices in the U.S. House of Representatives. I’m proud to live in a state that spends less than it takes in, has earned a AAA credit rating and a budget surplus that will be partially repaid to taxpayers. The secret to our state’s success has always been a value system that promotes a strong sense of responsibility and accountability.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) fended off questions about Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) at a press conference about immigration reform. (Snip) Reid defended the Menendez as a “friend” and “outstanding senator” but declined to discuss any details he may have had with the New Jersey lawmaker about media reports of allegations that he had sex with prostitutes in the Dominican Republic. “First of all, Bob Menendez is my friend. He’s an outstanding senator. Any questions in this regard, direct to him. I don’t know anything about it,” Reid said. The purpose of the press event
Officials in Pennsylvania’s state capital are dealing with an abysmal issue they can’t afford to fix: 41 massive sinkholes throughout the city as wide as 50 feet and as deep as a typical grave. The mix of loose sandy soil and century-old leaking water pipes under Harrisburg´s streets have made the area susceptible to such holes, city officials say. But the city is too broke to replace many of the aging pipes and repave its roads as it deals with ongoing budget woes and the looming threat of bankruptcy, according to media reports. The first of the recent sinkholes
And now, as of this week, Hillary Rodham Clinton becomes something she has not been in two decades: a private citizen. A mind-boggling thought, really, rich in amusingly prosaic implications. Will she drive a car? Is she going to pop up at the Safeway (you’re supposed to bring your own bags now, Madame Secretary!) or be found standing in line at the Friendship Heights multiplex? She’ll still have Secret Service protection, and she has more than enough money to send other people out on a CVS run. But even so, she is now, for the first time in a very...
The survivalist who allegedly shot a school bus driver before taking a five-year-old boy hostage has said that he will release his hostage if a reporter is sent in to tell his story. MailOnline has learned that Jimmy Lee Dykes made the extraordinary offer on the first day of what has now turned into a siege situation with the FBI’s Hostage Rescue Team on site, emergency services and a host of media focused on the piece of Alabama bluff under which Dykes and the boy, Ethan, are holed up. A source with the local sheriff´s office has revealed that
Who's running against Chris Christie? No one, it seems. Credible opponents are dropping like Jersey skeeters at the onset of the first frost. Newark Mayor Cory Booker, former acting Gov. Dick Codey, Congressman Bill Pascrell Jr., and Senate President Steve Sweeney have all demurred. That leaves lesser-known State Sen. Barbara Buono. So, as he faces reelection, Christie couldn't have arranged the stars any better. In nearly every poll, he's scoring a solid thumbs-up of 60 to 70 percent or more. Even rabid Democrats in blue, blue Jersey give him high marks.
Munich–The United States is prepared to hold direct talks with Iran in the standoff over its nuclear ambitions, Vice President Joe Biden said Saturday -- but he insisted that Tehran must show it is serious and Washington won´t engage in such talks "just for the exercise." Washington has indicated in the past that it´s prepared to talk directly with Iran, and talks involving all five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council plus Germany have made little headway. Several rounds of internationoal sanctions have cut into Iran´s oil sales and financial transactions. Last month Iran, in a defiant move
Hi, everybody. In the coming weeks, we face some important decisions about how to pay down our debt in a way that grows our economy and creates good jobs — decisions that will make a real difference in the strength and pace of our recovery. We began this year with economists and business leaders saying that we are poised to grow in 2013. And there are real signs of progress: Home prices are starting to climb again. Car sales are at a five-year high. Manufacturing is roaring back. Our businesses created 2.2 million jobs last year. And we just learned that our economy created more jobs
April 14, 2008 -- politically speaking, that was eons ago. New York Magazine ran an article by Kurt Andersen about Bill Clinton titled "Falling Out of Love with Bill." It began by focusing on one of the former president's most visible attributes: he's a consummate liar: Bill Clinton is our great living exemplar of Sam Goldwyn's great epigram: If you can fake sincerity, you've got it made. The joke, of course, is that sincerity is supposed to be more or less synonymous with honesty-truthfulness with a buttery frosting of earnestness. And although the honesty we want our presidents
Today, Breitbart News spoke with Robert Zimmerman Jr., brother of George Zimmerman, the man who shot Trayvon Martin and was then slandered as a racist by Steve Capus’ NBC News. Reacting to Capus’ resignation from NBC News, Zimmerman pointed out that Capus is mentioned in the family’s lawsuit, and then added that Capus leaving was a “relief, because it may indicate that going forward, media outlets are going to report with a greater measure of responsibility.” He continued: There are very real consequences to what media outlets report. In the case of NBC,
Winslow - For about 12 minutes Friday, Gov. Paul LePage put aside tough political talk to read softly to an audience of more than 100 children. But things briefly turned political during a question-and-answer period at St. John Catholic School when, among questions about what Maine means to him and what he wanted to be when he grew up, LePage also took a shot at the state's public school sytem and then blasted newspapers. LePage, at the South Garand Street school as part of Catholic School Week, read to the group of kindergarten to sixth grade studens from "Baxter at the Blaine House."
Hollywood Democrats aren´t happy that one half of Congress remains out of their control. So a gaggle of big name celebrity donors, including Barbra Streisand, convened at the home of liberal activist/producer Norman Lear to plot a comeback strategy and watch a little must-see TV. More than 40 Hollywood politicos -- including Barbra Streisand, James Brolin and Haim Saban -- gathered Thursday night at a closed-door meeting at Norman Lear´s Westside mansion, where they heard Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi lay out the party’s plans for recapturing the House in the 2014 mid-terms....
New Orleans - A knowing grin spread across Sean Tuohy´s face as he considered the uncanny connections between the hit film that changed his family´s life and the fact that Baltimore Ravens offensive lineman Michael Oher will play in his first Super Bowl in the Big Easy. New Orleans is where Tuohy grew up and went to high school with author Michael Lewis, who wrote "The Blind Side." The book led to the movie, which depicted the Tuohys' rewarding experience as Oher's adoptive family. Actress Sandra Bullock, who starred as Sean Tuohy's wife, Leigh Anne, owns a home in New Orleans.
Augusta, Maine — Republicans who lost elections in November will be skeptical, but far more Mainers identified themselves as politically conservative than liberal in 2012, according to a Gallup analysis released Friday. The highest number of Mainers that Gallup polled during 2012 — 36.3 percent — identified themselves as conservative, while 35.4 percent labeled themselves politically moderate. Only one in every four Mainers surveyed by Gallup in 2012 identified themselves as politically liberal. Despite that ideological breakdown, Maine voters last year swept Democrats
Rick and Teresa Kaepernick will be in New Orleans for the Super Bowl on Sunday, cheering for their son, Colin, to sprint away from Baltimore Ravens trying to crush the San Francisco 49ers´ lightning-quick quarterback. But once they´re back home in California, there´s a slower-moving behemoth that his parents will be keeping a wary eye on: Their son´s 115-pound African spurred tortoise, Sammy. The beast, still not full-grown, has a propensity to devour the family´s shrubbery, crash through fences and bump into people. He could also live another 135 years. So while the Kaepernicks are delighted that fans
In a report at the top of Thursday´s NBC Nightly News, correspondent Kevin Tibbles fretted that "Despite bylaws that prohibit gun shops within city limits...Chicago appears to be awash in guns." A sentiment that echoed ABC World News anchor Diane Sawyer, who on Wednesday announced to viewers that the whole nation was "awash in guns." [Listen to the audio or watch the video after the jump. The declaration from Tibbles teed up gun control advocate and UCLA law professor Adam Winkler to claim that problem with Chicago´s gun restrictions was that they were not universal:
The past few weeks have brought out a different side of Cory Booker.For years, the Newark, N.J., mayor has expertly managed his national image as big city superhero, burnished by made-for-Hollywood feats: rescuing a neighbor’s daughter from a burning building, saving a shivering dog from the bitter cold. But since he started exploring a run for U.S. Senate in December, in the face of tougher media scrutiny that was bound to follow, Booker is showing the unmistakable symptoms of glass jaw syndrome. Headline corrected by Staff.
PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. - It's Groundhog Day and Punxsutawney (puhnk-suh-TAW'-nee) Phil has made his prediction. He says expect an early spring.With thousands watching on Gobbler's Knob in west-central Pennsylvania, the furry rodent emerged from his lair Saturday but didn't see his shadow.Legend has it that if the groundhog sees his shadow on Feb. 2, winter will last six more weeks. But if he doesn't see his shadow, spring will come early.
This Peacock is cooked.NBC News president Steve Capus has resigned following a rough eight-year tenure on top where, under his watch, the “Today” show lost its 16-year winning streak to “Good Morning America,” the primetime news magazine, “Rock Center” flopped and Matt Lauer went from a beloved morning show host to an embattled TV personality."It has been a privilege to have spent two decades here, but it is now time to head in a new direction," he wrote in a memo to staff today.
I met ted cruz about 10 years ago. At least, I think it was Ted. I’m not sure. The young man I met then, and have known since, looks and sounds just like the newly minted junior senator from Texas who became a political rock star even before he was sworn in; the same lean build, boyish face, hint of a Lone Star twang. He was wicked smart and well spoken then, and those characteristics are even more in evidence now. Then and now, you’ll see that this isn’t just someone who went to Princeton
Former President George W. Bush announced Friday that his beloved Scottish Terrier Barney has died after a battle with cancer. In a statement released to the press, Mr Bush wrote that the former first dog had been suffering from lymphoma, and at 12-and-a-half years old, his body could not fight off the disease. ´He never discussed politics and was always a faithful friend. Laura and I will miss our pal,’ Bush said of Barney. Barney was inseparable from the president and his wife, Laura, going on frequent walks and accompanying Mr Bush when he fished for bass
Immigration is in the news, and legislation is being proposed that relies on the Obama administration to execute, in good faith, the nation’s laws. But the Obama administration doesn’t do that. Instead, the administration arrogantly ignores laws it doesn’t like, in violation of Barack Obama’s constitutional duty to “take care that the laws be faithfully executed.” This is most notoriously the case with respect to immigration and welfare. We have written about this on several occasions; Jeff Sessions, ranking member on the Senate Budget Committee, sums up the administration’s sorry history in a press release
Edwin Edwards -- bon vivant, convicted felon, three-time husband, and four-time Louisiana governor -- once cracked that he could only lose an election if he was "caught in bed with either a dead girl or a live boy." New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez faces some allegations that could test what exactly it would take to chase him out of office. (Snip)Since then, though, reporters have had time to dig in, and it´s become clear that something peculiar was afoot with Menendez´s close relationship with a Florida doctor and political donor with whom he traveled twice
The Super Bowl makes its tenth stop in New Orleans on Sunday, but only the first since Hurricane Katrina in 2005. For once the Big Easy has earned this excuse to party, coming back to life better than ever. New Orleans has patented no magic sauce. Katrina created the opening for different policies to turn around what was one of the worst-run and most politically calcified places in America. Other troubled cities and Washington, take note. When the levees broke and flood waters sent half the town fleeing, the Crescent City was a study in urban dysfunction. Obvious to everyone
You’d think that a guy who managed to sell a channel nobody watched and got $100 million for it wouldn’t still be so whiny. But then he wouldn’t be the President of the Environment, would he? The other night Al Gore appeared with the only man on earth who’s more boring than he is, Charlie Rose, at the 92nd Street Y in New York. It was just the two of them sitting there talking, and yet people actually went to see it. Courtesy of the Right Scoop, here’s a bit of the transcript where Al explains why people think