One of President Obama’s greatest political strengths is his ability to convince people that he understands them not in the abstract, but through shared experiences. You have to struggle to get by? Boy, does he know what that’s like. You’ve had bad experiences with your health insurer? He had to sue his mother’s insurer over improperly denied coverage. You’re a gun enthusiast? Hey, he goes shooting all the time! Obama used such biography-based narratives to great effect in 2008 and 2012. Sometimes they are true, or at least based in truth.
Emil Conti’s blood pressure was under control thanks to his daily use of the generic drug Verapamil, but it didn’t get any help in January, when he saw his monthly co-payment for the drug rise from $8 to $105. Conti, 83, of Lakewood, was taken aback. He thought he had done the things he needed to keep the cost low. Instead, he was going to have to reach deeper to pay for prescription drugs.
Washington--President Obama said in a televised interview on Sunday that he could foresee a budget deal in Congress that did not include further increases in tax rates but instead focused on eliminating loopholes and deductions. Mr. Obama has generally insisted that all revenue options, including higher rates, should be considered to slow the rise of federal budget deficits. But in the interview with Scott Pelley of CBS News, he said, “I don’t think the issue right now is raising rates.”
Discussing gun control, CNN´s Wolf Blitzer on Friday told a Utah sheriff that if Barack Obama issues an executive order, that order is the law and the sheriff must obey. However, jurisprudence on this topic reveals exactly the opposite. As the head of the executive branch of the federal government, a president can issue executive orders only to employees of the federal government—and only regarding implementing federal laws or programs. A governor can likewise issue executive orders to employees of his state government regarding the laws or programs of that state. Source corrected by Staff.
Timbuktu, Mali--When the moment of danger came, Ali Imam Ben Essayouti knew just what to do. The delicate, unbound parchment manuscripts in the 14th-century mosque he leads had already survived hundreds of years in the storied city of Timbuktu. He was not about to allow its latest invaders, Tuareg nationalist rebels and Islamic extremists from across the region, to destroy them now. So he gingerly bundled the 8,000 volumes in sackcloth, carefully stacked them in crates, then quietly moved them to a bunker in an undisclosed location. “These manuscripts, they are not just for us in Timbuktu,”
There are new calls for President Obama to intervene in Chicago where a teen who performed at the 2013 inauguration was fatally shot. Reverend Jesse Jackson held a march yesterday in honor of 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton. She was gunned down by gang members who fired into crowd as she talked in a park with friends. Jackson spoke to Eric Shawn on America’s News HQ about gun violence. He said there needs to be an urban policy intervention. “We’re looking at a real crisis of the pains of poverty. […] You can’t police poverty.”
My friends at Campus Reform are on top of it, as usual. They always expose the thin-skinned idiocy of campus liberals and give me lots of column fodder in the process. (Snip) Campus Reform is reporting that Chick-fil-A, the popular fast food restaurant chain, has now been dubbed a "symbol of hate," by a professor at Eastern Illinois University (EIU). Lisa Moyer, who teaches in the Family Studies Department at EIU, apparently made the comment with a straight face, although some have suggested that the term "straight face" reinforces heterosexist oppression.
Handouts of the “morning-after pill” to sexually active students have skyrocketed under an unpublicized project in which health centers in public schools offer girls a full menu of free birth-control drugs and devices, records obtained by The Post show.Last September, the city revealed it had started giving out Plan B and other birth control in the nurses’ offices of 13 high schools. At the time, officials said 567 girls had gotten Plan B.
A surgery center charged teacher Lynne Nielsen $87,500 for a routine 20-minute knee operation that normally costs about $3,000. Despite the huge markup, her employer and its insurer, Blue Shield of California, paid virtually all of the bill from Advanced Surgical Partners in Costa Mesa, Calif. Blue Shield mailed the $84,800 check to the high school Spanish teacher in December and told her to sign it over to the surgery center. Nielsen said she was outraged and refused to send the check. Instead, she asked the California attorney general´s office to investigate the matter. "This is insane," she said. Source corrected by Staff.
The editor-in-chief of Mother Jones, Clara Jeffery, has gotten herself into hot water on Twitter by using the death of Navy Seal Chris Kyle as a weapon to argue for gun control. Kyle, the most celebrated sniper in the armed forces after his book American Sniper was released, was shot and killed at a gun range. He was apparently shot in the back. Jeffery started the Twitter war with this tweet: So if a Navy SEAL and reputed best sniper in the world AT A GUN RANGE can´t take down a sick guy on a rampage...
My middle-child brother David is a great guy and a thinker. He has worked full-time in a factory for years, but he also coached little league football for several years, growing to become commissioner of the County Youth Football League. David has noticed America´s cultural decline reflected in the attitudes of kids in his football programs -- no fear or respect for authority. David is non-political -- does not listen to talk radio or watch Fox News. Thus, he does not connect the cultural decline to politics.
In an announcement that rewrote history, archaeologists confirmed that "beyond reasonable doubt" that the skeleton was found in the resting place of the Plantagenet king. They said that long-awaited DNA results on the bones proved beyond doubt that they belonged to the king, more than 500 years after he was killed in battle. Speaking before more than 140 journalists from all over the world, the University of Leicester team described their find as "truly astonishing".[Snip] They said that the skeleton was the king as far as all scientific tests could prove. "Ladies and gentlemen, it is the academic conclusion
Forget the Ravens and the 49ers. For animal lovers who rather watch puppies bounce around than watch burly men chase and tackle each other as they run for the end zone, Sunday was all about Puppy Bowl XI. Several hours before the showdown between Baltimore and San Francisco that ended with Baltimore’s victory, there was a much smaller winner on Animal Planet. This year´s Puppy Bowl Bissell ‘Most Valuable Puppy’ prize went to Marta, a Schnauzer/Beagle mix from the adoption organization AHeinz57 Pet Rescue & Transport. Marta, a very small pooch, outperformed dogs twice her size to take the winning
FDNY Lt Martin Fullam contracted polymyositis in 2005, and had also suffered from pulmonary fibrosis, which left him breathless and exhausted after the simplest of tasks. The late firefighter, 56, was one of the men carrying fatally wounded FDNY Chaplain Mychal Judge through the still-smoking rubble on 9/11. The image of Lt Fullam and four others carrying the chaplain has remained one of the most poignant and haunting pictures from that horrific day. Hundreds of members of New York’s bravest gathered Saturday afternoon on Staten Island to say farewell to Lt Fullam, who fought tirelessly for first responders
This is the face of one of 26 pit bulls after it was rescued from a suspected dog fighting ring in Florida. The creature, safe in the arms of an animal control officer who is looking kindly down on him, looks exhausted but relieved to be out of its makeshift wooden kennel. When officials swooped on the suburban home in Plant City, Florida on Monday, they found dogs chained up in the back yard, bleeding from cuts and wounds to their bodies and heads. Two people are expected to be charged with a series of offenses The property is surrounded
The Obama administration has found the policy equivalent of alchemy. Employees of religious organizations will receive contraception coverage. And neither the individuals nor the groups will have to pay for it. It’s magic. Otherwise known as making the insurer pay. On Friday the Department of Health and Human Services announced its new rule mandating coverage of contraception. Responding to the furor that the proposal first raised, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius proclaimed that the draft regulation would guarantee free coverage “while respecting religious concerns.”
First Lady Michelle Obama watched every tackle and fumble of this year´s Super Bowl along with the rest of the country, but it was Beyonce´s incendiary performance that she singled out for praise. ´Watching the Super Bowl with family and friends,´ Obama wrote on her Twitter feed. ´Beyonce was phenomenal! I am so proud of her!´ Launching the show with a strong performance of ´Crazy in Love´ complete with a guitar flaming as it played out its solo, Beyonce proved her doubters wrong by singing live one week after the controversy over her lip-synching at the Presidential Inauguration.
We awoke Friday to the announcement that NBC News president Steve Capus was “resigning” (that is, fired), and the only wonder is that he wasn’t fired Thursday evening after the national broadcast. I made the mistake of taking in NBC’s national news broadcast Thursday evening, and it fell below even the usual low standards for network news bias and reportorial incompetence. NBC essentially handed off their lead story to the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. You can watch the whole broadcast at this link if you are a glutton for punishment. Brian Williams leads
Honoring the gravity of last week’s events, this episode of “Downton” picks up pretty much where we left off, with Sybil’s sad, sad, sad death casting a pall over everything and everyone. The residents of Downton are reeling, wearing black, and in desperate need of cheering up, none more so than Cora. Cora, bereft and at an understandable loss to explain how her beautiful, healthy 24-year-old daughter up and died, has channeled much of her grief into anger at her husband. There was a chance Sybil could be saved, but Robert believed Sir Tapsell because “He’s knighted and fashionable”
There are many problems with Kathryn Bigelow´s new movie Zero Dark Thirty. The torture scenes have sparked a row about the role of "enhanced interrogation" in finding bin Laden, while Pakistan´s blogosphere is awash with gripes about the unconvincing portrait it paints of the country. Perhaps the most dangerous error, however, is a brief scene showing how a doctor was used by the CIA in an (unsuccessful) attempt to extract blood--and thus DNA--from children living in the mysterious house in Abbottabad. Shakil Afridi remains in prison for his work and the episode continues to cast a dark, dark shadow over
Flight records obtained by Breitbart News show Democratic Party donor Dr. Salomon Melgen’s private jet was in New Jersey near Sen. Bob Menendez’s home on April 8, 2012--Easter Sunday last year. From there, it flew straight to the Dominican Republic. Menendez and his staff have not answered when asked repeatedly whether the Senator was on that flight. They also have not provided any accounting as to where Menendez was on Easter Sunday, either. The flight records show Melgen’s plane was in the Dominican Republic on a frequent basis. The jet was there in late March until April 2,
A bipartisan group of House negotiators is even further along in drafting a comprehensive immigration overhaul than its counterpart in the Senate, but the path to passage in the lower chamber is lined with thorns. Republican House leaders from Speaker John Boehner (Ohio) on down have not decided how to handle the vexing issue, even as they have voiced general support for “addressing” it in 2013. For now, Boehner and his lieutenants are keeping a watchful eye both on the Senate and a secretive band of reformers in the House, whose work the Speaker himself
In his first official day as leader of the Church of England, the Rt Rev Justin Welby is expected to say that marriage should remain “between a man and a woman”. As MPs prepare for the vote on gay marriage on Tuesday, Bishop Welby will give his first interviews after being officially confirmed in the post at a ceremony in St Paul’s Cathedral in London. “If asked he will say that marriage is between a man and a woman, and always has been,” a source close to Bishop Welby said, adding that the Archbishop was expecting to be asked
It shouldn´t have been surprising that the Senate hearings to confirm Chuck Hagel as the next secretary of defense ended up shedding light on much more than this nominee and his qualifications. The trumpets had sounded long in advance on the main claim for Mr. Hagel—i.e., that his experience as an enlisted man, a combat veteran, had endowed him with special expertise not given to others, on matters of war, on our nuclear capacity, the size of our defense budget, a capacity to take the measure of Iran and North Korea. Mr. Hagel had come by this wisdom,
As the possibility of destructive cyberwarfare inches towards reality, the government is scrambling to figure out who holds the keys to America´s malware arsenal. Obviously, it´s President Obama. The New York Times just published the findings of an investigation into a secret legal review that set out to determine who actually had the power to order a cyberattack. Given his status as commander-in-chief, Obama seems to be the clear choice, but since cyberwarfare is such a new and unknown thing, the government hasn´t actually figured out the rules of engagement yet. In the past couple of decades, the power
BEAUMONT, Texas- As gunfire echoed through the woods along a remote road on the outskirts of Orange, a man of God preached the gospel of good shooting. “My name is James McAbee,” said the firearms instructor. “And I’m known as the pistol packing pastor.” McAbee, a good-natured guy who loves God and loves guns, runs the Lighthouse Worship Center near Lamar University in Beaumont. But he also runs a business on the side teaching people who want to obtain concealed handgun permits.