President Obama will visit Israel, the West Bank and Jordan in the spring, the White House said Tuesday, marking his first visit since becoming president. Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu discussed the visit to Israel by phone in late January, when Obama congratulated Netanyahu on his success in Israel´s recent election. The White House has not released the date of Obama´s trip or details about Obama´s itinerary, but Israel´s Channel 10 reported that a visit had been scheduled for March 20. "The start of the president´s second term and the formation of
WASHINGTON—House Republicans will pursue legislation aimed at overhauling immigration and federal education policy, streamlining student-aid funding and making it easier for highly educated foreigners trained at U.S. colleges to stay in the country, Majority Leader Eric Cantor said Tuesday. The Virginia Republican, in a lunchtime speech to the conservative American Enterprise Institute, urged fellow Republican lawmakers to embrace policies aimed at helping American families rather than focusing solely on the nation´s fiscal challenges. Mr. Cantor talked about inner-city education, the flat line in median income in recent years and the need for better use of medical research dollars,
As indecent as it seems to find humor in the world’s tyrannies, it’s hard not to, especially when it comes to Venezuela and Iran. On January 21, Tahmasb Mazaheri, the former governor of Iran’s Central Bank, was arrested by German police at Dusseldorf Airport after he was found carrying a check worth 300 million Venezuelan Bolivars–the equivalent of $70 million–in his hand luggage. Mazaheri, who flew into the German city from Turkey, is suspected of involvement in money laundering. His own explanation is that the check “was designed to finance the Venezuelan government’s construction of 10,000 homes.”
The Obama administration is proposing to reform existing healthcare regulations and purge unnecessary ones, a move that it says would save $3.4 billion over five years. The Department of Health and Human Services has rolled out suggestions for changes at healthcare facilities that would eliminate red tape in the workplace. Specifically, the proposals would make it so that hospital workers and technicians can perform "tasks they are trained to do, without requiring the supervision or approval of a physician or other practitioner," according to the department. “We are committed to cutting the red tape for health care facilities,”
It’s no surprise that among the first questions White House Press Secretary Jay Carney received at today’s press briefing was one that concerned a recently-leaked Justice Department memo that offered justification for killing U.S. citizens abroad in predator drone attacks. Carney began by clarifying that the memo in question was an “unclassified document” prepared for members of Congress. “The president takes his responsibilities very seriously,” Carney said. “And first and foremost that’s his responsibility to protect the United States.” He continued by saying that the president is dedicated to
Critics of President Barack Obama’s recess appointments are calling on Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan to recuse herself from a potential Supreme Court hearing on the matter. The Chamber of Commerce raised the prospect of recusal, citing then-solicitor general Kagan’s defense of President Obama’s recess appointments in a previous case regarding the composition of the National Labor Relations Board. The Supreme Court invalidated more than 600 NLRB decisions in the June 2010 case New Process Steel v. NLRB because the board had been issuing decisions with only two members.
US President Barack Obama is scheduled to visit Israel this spring, the White House confirmed Tuesday evening, which would mark his first trip the country since he assumed the White House in 2009. “The start of the President’s second term and the formation of a new Israeli government offer the opportunity to reaffirm the deep and enduring bonds between the United States and Israel and to discuss the way forward on a broad range of issues of mutual concern,” said White House spokesman Tommy Vietor. He pointed to Iran and Syria but did not mention the Palestinians.
Leading gun rights groups put New York State on notice for violating the U.S. and New York State Constitutions for passage and enforcement of the NYS SAFE Act 2013. “On January 29, we served a Notice of Claim on the Attorney General of the State of New York,” said Brian Stapelton, partner at Goldberg Segalla LLP, an Albany law firm. “This is the jurisdictional prerequisite for filing a lawsuit against a municipal body.” The state has 90 days to respond, he said. “Thereafter, we will challenge the unconstitutional SAFE Act as quickly and aggressively as procedures permit.”
Socialism: Whether it was an accident or sabotage, the deadly explosion at Mexico´s state-owned oil firm wasn´t an unusual event. The one thing Thursday´s incident at the Pemex tower should be is a spur to privatize. Despite a much-publicized war against cartels, the real Mexico story is one of moderately good economic growth with zero net illegal emigration and a public sector financed by a budget showing a $1 billion annual surplus. But then there´s Pemex, the supposed symbol of national sovereignty, which in reality is nothing but a millstone around Mexico´s neck holding the country back from far greater gains.
The Oregon attorney general’s office is investigating a Portland-area bakery after a lesbian couple filed a complaint alleging that the owner discriminated against them when he declined to make a wedding cake for their same-sex “marriage.” Aaron Klein, who owns and operates Sweet Cakes by Melissa bakery along with his wife in Gresham, Ore., said he received notice of the complaint last week from the Oregon Department of Justice. The complaint stems from an incident which occurred Jan. 17, when a woman came in with her mother to test wedding cakes.
Or, in other words: Just give in already to the power of the all-knowing and all-powerful bureaucracy. Trust us. Last June, the Supreme Court ruled that ObamaCare’s Medicaid mandate (requiring that states expand their programs and provide specified health care to all citizens whose income falls below a certain threshold, or else face losing all prior federal funding) was an unconstitutional “gun to the head” for states’ administrations and budgets, and confirmed their right to opt out without penalty — but that doesn’t mean the Obama administration isn’t applying every
Americans for Tax Reform head Grover Norquist says that large-scale immigration is good for America and the Republican Party — and that critics of easy immigration should get out of the way. “There are a whole bunch of people who are listening to loud voices, some of whom claim to be Republican … talking about [employers] who didn’t fill out the paperwork, about going after [an immigrant´s] aunt,” said Norquist, whose opposition to tax increases has made him popular among Republicans and a hate-figure among progressives.
Conservatives often point out that laws, no matter how benign they may appear, have unintended consequences. They can reverberate in ways that not many people foresaw and nobody wanted: Raising the minimum wage can increase unemployment; prohibition can create black markets. The efforts in many cities to discourage the use of plastic bags demonstrate that such unintended consequences can be, among other things, kind of gross. San Francisco has been discouraging plastic bags since 2007, saying that it takes too much oil to make them and that used bags pollute waterways and kill marine animals. In 2012, it strengthened its law.
Last night on CNN, host Piers Morgan aired a show he recorded live in Katy, Texas, featuring Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, State Sen. Dan Patrick and Rocker Ted Nugent. Morgan continued his push to ban so-called “assault weapons,” appearing at a Texas gun store and firing several rifles before debating the issue with Texas lawmakers. This afternoon, Texas Governor Rick Perry issued a statement to express his opinion on Morgan’s visit. “Governor Perry and all Texas law-abiding gun owners hope that Piers Morgan enjoyed Texas,” Perry said in a statement posted to his Facebook page.
Republicans are anxious to get something done on immigration reform in light of their growing electoral slippage among Latino voters. But even if doing comprehensive reform helps repair the GOP’s image with the Hispanic community and increases its share of the Hispanic vote, one thing has gotten lost in all of this: The GOP would potentially be helping to give millions more Democratic-leaning Latinos the right to vote. A Pew Hispanic Center study last year showed there were 24 million eligible Hispanic voters in the United States and about 16 million Hispanic kids who will be eligible to vote
In a handwritten statement provided last year to a whistle-blower, a young prostitute detailed allegations that she slept with Democratic New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez beginning “when I was 16 years old.” “During [one] visit of Senator Bob Menendez to the Dominican Republic, I had intimate relations with him on more than one occasion,” the unidentified woman wrote, according to The Daily Caller’s translation. She appears to be a new voice among what are now at least six women purported to have engaged in sex for money with Menendez. Her claim appears in a Spanish-language testimonial collected
One almost feels sorry for Dianne Feinstein. Her first assault-weapons ban was widely judged to be a failure, and her more expansive second try seems set to be ignored by her colleagues in the Senate. Per the Wall Street Journal: Senate Democratic leaders expect a gun bill to move to the Senate floor that includes most of the proposals backed by President Barack Obama, with the notable exception of a ban on military-style, semiautomatic weapons, a top aide to Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada said. The bill would likely seek to limit the capacity of ammunition magazines;
Violent, thieving mobs have been making headlines across the country for the past few years, and now they have hit New York City. And Maurice Dubois reported in this CBS 2 investigation, the teen mobs have left neighborhoods worried as businesses take matters into their own hands. Judson Bennett, 78, recently ran into a violent group of teens [Snip] as he made his daily trip to buy a newspaper at his favorite news team.
Most people can´t live without Facebook -- but what happens to your Facebook page when you are no longer living? New Hampshire and other states are trying to figure that out. State Rep. Peter Sullivan has introduced legislation to allow the executor of an estate control over the social networking pages of the dead. Last week, the New Hampshire House of Representatives voted 222-128 to give Sullivan more time to write an amendment that begins a study of the issue. The bill proposed by Sullivan, a Democrat from Manchester, would allow control of someone´s Facebook, Twitter, and other accounts
Any immigration package in which current illegal immigrants are made eligible for Obamacare — in the form of either exchanges or Medicaid — could increase costs to the federal government by between $120 billion to $200 billion in its first decade, according to internal calculations by the Republican side of the Senate Budget Committee that were obtained exclusively by The Daily Caller. GOP Senate Budget Committee staffers explained to TheDC that the estimates assume that the law’s provision capping total spending on exchange subsidies, which is set to begin in 2019, is enforced.
An elite team of FBI agents built a mock bunker and inserted a spy camera into Jimmy Lee Dyke’s underground lair to rescue five-year-old Ethan after a week of meticulous and secretive planning, it was revealed today. The FBI Hostage Rescue Team blew the doors off the bunker and shot dead the survivalist during the daring raid yesterday afternoon after footage from a secret hi-tech camera showed the boy’s life was in ‘imminent danger’. Agents became increasingly concerned the 65-year-old´s behavior would turn violent after their negotiations with him ´deteriorated´ in the final 24 hours.
Nobel Prize winning “economist” Paul Krugman spoke at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue in Washington, D.C. last week. During the Q&A session following the lecture, an audience member asked him about the rising national debt. Earlier in the evening, Krugman had already vocalized his satisfaction at President Obama’s apparent lack of concern over the exploding cumulative deficit. However, in a moment of brutal honesty, the esteemed Princeton professor revealed his long term prognosis. According to the professor, Eventually we do have a problem. That the population is getting older, health care costs are rising…there
President Barack Obama will call Tuesday for new tax cuts and some spending curbs to avoid a series of automatic deep cuts to domestic and defense spending that he approved to resolve a 2011 fiscal crisis. He’s expected to argue at 1:15 a.m. EST that the sequester will further damage the economy, which actually shrank by 0.1 percent during the last three months of 2012. Obama’s new proposal comes one day after he missed the legal deadline for submitting a 2014 budget request, and five weeks after he approved a measure to avoid the so-called “Fiscal Cliff” that raised taxes
It may not be all about us humans - earthworms could be contributing to climate change too, according to a new study. What´s more, the research warns worm populations are set to boom in the next few decades. So should we be worrying about worm-induced warming? Well, probably not in the grand scheme of things - but the humble earthworm does have more to do with greenhouse gas emissions than you might think. Earthworms don´t produce much in the way of emissions themselves. But the soil they live in does - and worms play a big part in soil.
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) will speak for the first time at this year´s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), a regular stop for Republican presidential hopefuls. The move is a sign that Bush is seeking a more public role within the GOP, though it´s unclear whether he´s more interested in playing an elder-statesman role or in running for president. While Bush has been invited to speak at previous CPAC events, this is the first time he´s accepted the offer. "We are pleased to announce that my friend Governor Jeb Bush will be a featured speaker at CPAC 2013,"