Rule Of Law: A federal judge rules that border agents can proceed with a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of DHS directives ordering the agents to break the law — or have their careers threatened. When those charged with enforcing existing federal law on immigration have to sue their bosses to be allowed to do their jobs, it doesn´t say much for the prospects of immigration reform being hammered out in Congress, allegedly a legislative priority of a president who picks when, how and if he´ll enforce the law. On Friday, Federal Judge Reed O´Conner ruled that 10 Immigration and
RUSH: Ladies and gentlemen, I think the time is right to tell you the details, the relevant details about this sequester business. Because it´s another news story or budget story that is being misreported, it´s being presented as the next crisis, we may not be able to survive it, it contains massive spending cuts, oh, no! And none of that is true. BREAK TRANSCRIPT RUSH: I mentioned squaring this whole business on the sequester, because it´s another thing that´s being demagogued, and it´s another thing that´s being portrayed as "Draconian spending cuts" that people
Who believed President Obama when he swore that under the Democrats´ health care overhaul, "If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan"? No one should have. The promises of ObamaCare have been empty, cynically made for political expediency with the understanding that the public has a short memory. But this one lingers, as it should, because it was so obviously faithless the moment it was uttered. Some politicians will say most anything to get elected or to pass legislation. Truth is optional.
RUSH: President Obama´s health care law. We have more health care news, and every day we learn more about what an utter disaster this is, what an utter disaster awaits us. This is from the Washington Times, Stephen Dinan. "President Obama´s health care law will push 7 million people out of their job-based insurance coverage -- nearly twice the previous estimate, according to the latest estimates from the Congressional Budget Office released [yesterday]." Folks, you know all this. I don´t know whether you remember it or not, but all during the debate and the run-up to Obamacare,
Washington is in a fit of collective terror over the "sequester," aka the impending across-the-board spending cuts. Trying to explain the zero economic growth at the end of 2012, White House spokesman Jay Carney blamed Republicans for "talk about letting the sequester kick in as though that were an acceptable thing." He left out that President Obama proposed the sequester in 2011. Then on Tuesday Mr. Obama warned about "the threat of massive automatic cuts that have already started to affect business decisions." He proposed tax increases and "smaller" spending cuts to
Islamism: A long-feared Mideast nightmare is beginning, thanks to a poisonous mixture of dormant historical forces and misguided U.S. policy. Cairo and Tehran, once America´s allies, are forming a new axis of evil. It would be bad enough if two once-dependable U.S. allies in the most strategically vital region of the world were becoming enemies of the West in isolation. But the top-level meeting of the Middle East´s two most populous Islamic powers takes place as a historic upheaval within the region continues — a disruption largely of President Obama´s doing. Soon-to-be-nuclear-armed Islamofascist Iran´s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
Who wouldn´t want to live in Washington? It´s a wonderful world, a place where every problem of life can be reduced to just two words. Gun control. Immigration reform. Climate control. The deficit, which of course can be solved in two words: a "balanced approach." Things so hard haven´t been so simple since Tinker Bell taught children to fly in "Peter Pan," also with two words—pixie dust. Gun control stands out. After the Newtown killings in December, President Obama channeled a national gun-control law through Joe Biden.
Hundreds of people were fighting eachother on the streets of Athens during a food giveaway, prompting an outcry over the growing desperation created by economic crisis. Farmers protesting against government cuts gave away 50 tonnes of free vegetables and fruit in the Greek capital earlier today, causing chaos in the streets as impoverished and hungry people elbowed their way to the stalls. Startling images of Greeks struggling to seize bags of tomatoes and leeks thrown from a truck outside the Agriculture Ministry have sparked further debate about poverty in the debt-ridden nation. ‘These images make me angry.
New York - The head of a proposed mosque that was to be built near the site of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks in New York City was sued on Tuesday and accused of squandering millions of dollars in donations on lavish lifestyle perks for himself and his wife. The lawsuit, filed in Manhattan Supreme Court by several donors, accuses Imam Feisel Abdul Rauf of diverting $167,000 from private donations and $3 million from the Malaysian government for his personal use. The money was intended for the Cordoba Initiative and the American Society for Muslim Advancement,
Speaking about outgoing Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, President Obama reminded reporters that the family of the former U.S. Senator from Colorado was of Spanish descendent – dating back to the 16th century. “His ancestors were living here before the Mayflower set sail,” Obama said. “As he explains it — and relevant, as we are working to get immigration reform passed — his family did not cross the border, the border crossed them. And that’s why, when I needed somebody to lead Interior, I didn’t have to look very far.”
Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren said he expects President Obama´s spring visit to Israel -- his first as president -- will send "a powerful message to the Middle East." "Listen, we´re delighted that he´s coming," Oren said on MSNBC´s "The Daily Rundown with Chuck Todd. "President Obama was always welcomed in Israel. He´ll be received enthusiastically by the government of Israel, by the prime minister of Israel, by the people of Israel." Asked if Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is “ready to make a gesture on the peace process,” Oren suggested that wasn´t the purpose of the trip.
The Senate Armed Services Committee will not hold a vote Thursday on the confirmation of secretary of defense nominee Chuck Hagel. The office of Sen. Jim Inhofe (R., Okla.) confirmed to the Washington Free Beacon that the vote has been delayed and that new date has been set.(Snip) Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Texas) distributed a letter to his Republican colleagues calling on SASC Chairman Carl Levin (D., Mich.) to delay a committee vote until Hagel responds to the numerous questions about his financial entanglements, according to multiple Senate sources. The letter has garnered at least two dozen signatures
The Senate Armed Services Committee has delayed its vote on whether to recommend former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE) to the Senate for confirmation as Secretary of Defense, No new date for the vote has yet been given. Rumors of a postponement had been circulating all day. Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI), who chairs the committee and had previously indicated that a vote could take place Thursday, told Politico´s Manu Raju this afternoon: "The committee’s review of the nomination is not yet complete." The committee is still awaiting answers from Hagel regarding past speeches that he failed to turn over to the committee,
(Jerusalem) - A research center that Syria said had been hit by an Israeli air strike last week appears to have remained unscathed in the attack, according to satellite images broadcast by Israeli television on Wednesday. Diplomats, Syrian rebels and security sources said Israeli jets had bombed a convoy near the Lebanese border last week, apparently hitting weapons destined for the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, which fought a 34-day war with Israel in 2006. Syria denied the assertions, saying the target was the Jamraya military research complex on the northwestern fringes of Damascus, 8 miles from the border.
Washington countering the Republican-led opposition to President Barack Obama´s nominee for defense secretary is a less flashy but powerful constituency: military veterans. Veterans´ organizations have praised Chuck Hagel, a twice-wounded combat veteran of Vietnam and deputy administrator in President Ronald Reagan´s Veterans Administration. The Veterans of Foreign Wars has called him uniquely qualified to become Pentagon chief. The Military Officers Association of America said his experience gives him "a range of perspectives." The American Legion said he was a longtime advocate for veterans. The organizations, which as congressionally chartered, stopped short of an outright endorsement.
Regulars around the state Capitol will soon be seeing something different: Troopers carrying military-style assault rifles. The upgrade in firepower isn’t precisely incident specific – but you can hear echoes of Sandy Hook Elementary School in the explanation from Col. Mark McDonough, commissioner of the state Department of Public Safety. We were outside the Senate chamber, and McDonough pointed to the rotunda below us: “See all those children down there?” he asked. The Capitol is routinely filled with students on field trips this time of year. Officers once armed only with handguns
“I’ve offered sensible reforms to Medicare and other entitlements, and my health-care proposals achieve the same amount of savings by the beginning of the next decade as the reforms that have been proposed by the bipartisan Bowles-Simpson fiscal commission.”— President Obama, remarks to reporters, Feb. 5, 2013. People in Washington can debate forever who is responsible for the sequester. We previously documented how reporting by Bob Woodward shows this originally was a White House idea, but then lawmakers in both parties embraced it. But when the president met with reporters Tuesday to discuss the looming sequester,
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) will deliver the Republican response to President Obama´s State of the Union address on February 12. Rubio´s response will be delivered in both English and Spanish, according to House Speaker John Boehner´s (R-Ohio) office. "Marco Rubio is one of our party’s most dynamic and inspiring leaders. He carries our party’s banner of freedom, opportunity and prosperity in a way few others can. His family’s story is a testament to the promise and greatness of America," Boehner said in a statement on Wednesday.
The CEO of Honeywell International blasted the business climate in Massachusetts during a speech to Greater Boston corporate leaders today. “I have not found (Massachusetts) to be a business-friendly state,” said David M. Cote, a New Hampshire native and head of the New Jersey-based Fortune 100 firm. “At the end of the day, I’ve had some horrible experiences in Massachusetts so far.” Cote, who serves on the bipartisan National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform and was named co-chair of the U.S.-India CEO Forum by President Obama, said he was reluctant to expand or even do business
Earth-like worlds may be closer and more plentiful than anyone imagined. Astronomers reported Wednesday that the closest Earth-like planet may be just 13 light years away. That planet hasn´t been found yet, but should be there based on the team´s study of red dwarf stars. Galactically speaking, it´s a stroll across the park. "We now know the rate of occurrence of habitable planets around the most common stars in our galaxy," said study co-author David Charbonneau. "That rate implies that it will be significantly easier to search for life beyond the solar system than we previously thought."
More than seven years after Hurricane Katrina devastated the city of New Orleans, federal grant funds marked for a nature center in the city have yet to be spent, leading federal watchdogs to recommend the revocation of some of those funds. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) awarded $12.3 million in disaster assistance funds to the Audubon Commission, a division of the city of New Orleans. The commission administers a number of nature-related attractions in the city, including a zoo, an aquarium, and the Audubon Nature Center. Headline corrected.
The Palestinian Authority Wednesday welcomed US President Barak Obama´s plan to visit the region next month and expressed hope that it would mark the beginning of a new US policy toward the Israeli-Arab conflict. Meanwhile, the White House said Wednesday that Obama would not be bringing with him a new Middle East peace initiative. However, PA officials said it was still unclear whether Obama would meet with PA President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah. The officials said that the meeting could take place in Jericho or Bethlehem for "security reasons." Nabil Abu Rudaineh, spokesman for PA President Mahmoud Abbas,
Allegations of liberal media bias are almost constant in the conservative press, but their intensity has increased since President Obama and Hillary Clinton appeared together on 60 Minutes, where interviewer Steve Kroft posed "softball" questions that were almost comically obsequious. "Mr. Kroft, as embarrassing as his interview was, is merely symptomatic of a larger phenomenon: the unprecedented swooning and cheerleading by the press for Barack Obama," Peter Wehner wrote in Commentary, echoing an argument voiced by many on the right. He posits that the rise of conservative media outlets like Fox News may have triggered a liberal backlash.
Iranian Ambassador to Venezuela Hojattolah Soltani stated on Tuesday that Tahmasb Mazaheri, an Iranian citizen detained in Germany over a USD 70-million check, has nothing to do with the Government of Teheran. Tahmasb Mazaher "is by no means an official of the Government (of Iran); neither has his name been affixed to the confiscated check, the Iranian Ambassador told private-owned TV news channel Globovisión in an interview, AP cited. The ambassador stressed that Mazaheri is an advisor to Iranian company Kayson, which is currently building some 17,000 homes in Venezuela and has already completed the construction of additional 10,000.
Brazilian President Luiz Inácio "Lula" da Silva suggested the family of Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez the possibility of receiving medical care in a hospital in Brazil, where Lula himself was treated for cancer. According to newspaper Folha de Sao Paulo, Lula presented the proposal once again last week in Havana, as he met with Chávez´s daughter Rosa Virginia Chávez; her husband, Minister of Science and Technology Jorge Arreaza, and Venezuelan Foreign Minister Elías Jaua. "Lula da Silva again suggested that the Venezuelan president, hospitalized in Cuba since last December, considers treatment