Aside from a few, brave, truth-tellers, all of the discussion in Washington boils down to one theme — Why More Power and Money Should Be Transferred from You to Me. Of course, the sophists never say that directly. They always say it is for the children, or the poor, or the middle class, or the elderly, or the sick. But watch what they do, not what they say. In the end, every Washington Establishment initiative, proposal, or campaign is always aimed at the same result — power and money taken from you, to be given to them.
A federal judge has ordered the Tucson Unified School District to begin offering culturally relevant courses in the next school year. The classes, which will focus on the history, experiences and culture of black and Latino communities, are among many provisions in a plan that aims to bring racial balance to TUSD schools. U.S. District Judge David Bury adopted the plan, known as the Unitary Status Plan, Wednesday.
If a high-ranking administration official does it, it´s not illegal. At least not when we´re talking about ordering the death of an American citizen the administration believes to be associated with Al Qaeda. That´s the conclusion of a Department of Justice "white paper" obtained by NBC´s Michael Isikoff, who published it Monday night. The paper outlines the Obama administration´s legal rationale for the targeted killing of US citizens suspected of terrorism abroad. Administration officials have previously defended such killings as lawful in public. But the white paper, which according to NBC was provided to members
Will the author of the Obama administration white paper on killing U.S. citizens please report for his war crimes trial right away? If he served in the George W. Bush administration, someone would already be agitating for his extraordinary rendition to The Hague. The white paper outlines why the Obama administration believes that it can kill U.S. citizens without due process if they are senior members of Al Qaeda or an affiliate. This is not a merely theoretical legal question, as Anwar al-Awlaki found out from the business end of a Hellfire missile a few years ago in Yemen.
Chris Christie is fighting back against a former White House doctor who says he is too fat to run for president even though he was making jokes about his size just one day earlier.[Snip] ´I’m worried about this man dying in office,´ she said in an interview with CNN. Ms Mariano said that should Christie run in 2016, as it has been widely predicted, he should lose weight beforehand. ´I can understand why his doctors and other people have had trouble getting him to lose weight. This is an issue that will haunt him if he decides to run for
Conservative Rep. Paul Broun once called evolution, embryology and the big-bang theory “lies straight from the pit of Hell.” For Republicans yearning for Senate candidates who can appeal to moderate voters and win general elections, that’s exactly where Broun has come from. On Wednesday, the Georgian became the first member of the GOP to launch a bid to succeed retiring Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss in 2014. His announcement kicks off what could be the longest, bloodiest, most ideological Senate primary this cycle — just as the party grapples with how to nominate candidates with broader electoral appeal.
A potentially historic Nor’easter is churning its way toward the Northeast with potential hurricane force wind gusts and blizzard conditions dumping as much as two feet of snow in some places on Friday and Saturday. While the actual trajectory for the storm is still unknown, New York City could get around 10 inches and Boston could get slammed with as much as two feet with winds gusts up to 55 mph. A blizzard watch is now in effect starting Friday morning for much of Eastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island with travel not recommended amid fears of dangerous white out conditions
Drone Wars: A government memo concludes the U.S. can order the killing of American citizens believed to be tied to al-Qaida, with the White House acting as judge, jury and executioner. Gee, what about due process? Those of us who remember the condemnation and scorn heaped on President George W. Bush by liberals and civil libertarians for his post-9/11 security measures are bemused by the Obama administration´s official declaration of the right to kill Americans abroad through the use of drone strikes. And it´s based on the idea that a single White House official can decide
The Supreme Court’s hearing of challenges to the Voting Rights Act may result in a tightening of voting requirements. In anticipation, Democrats are preemptively pushing to make voting and voter registration easier in the court of public opinion. They complain that long lines on Election Day cost “Democrats hundreds of thousands of voters in November.” President Obama is expected to call for further loosening of voter requirements in his State of the Union address. Democratic media and talking points do not disclose that 2012 wait times were slightly shorter than in 2008,
CASA DE CAMPO, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC — Everyone is someone, it’s said, at Casa de Campo. And such someones. Dominican real estate tycoons. Venezuelan oil honchos. Cuban American sugar barons. European heirs and heiresses. “Her husband was the founder of Monster.com; he died,” Rebecca Hughes, who runs a local Web site, CasadeCampoLiving.com, confides one languid tropical afternoon, gesturing matter-of-factly toward a tall woman strolling across a stone walkway. In this ultra-exclusive, 7,000-acre redoubt — less gated community and resort than gated alternate planet — discretion is everything.
You know that feeling of pleasure you get when you see someone stand up to a bullying, incompetent boss? It’s viscerally satisfying, isn’t it? That’s the way I felt this morning when I heard Postmaster General Patrick Donahue announce that the U.S. Postal Service intended to move forward with a plan to stop Saturday delivery of mail, effective sometime in August. In doing so, Donahue stuck his thumb in the eye of the U.S. Congress, the mail agency’s ultimate boss. Bravo, Mr. Donahue. You may think I have incorrectly identified the incompetent party here.
WASHINGTON — Sweet Caroline could be headed to the land of maple syrup. Caroline Kennedy’s bid to be appointed to the US Senate fizzled, but now she’s being floated as President Obama’s next pick to become ambassador to Canada. Kennedy, daughter of President John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, is the most glamorous name out of several that have have surfaced in the Canadian press buzzing over the appointment over the last few weeks. “She would have star power. People would like that, of course,” one Canadian government source told The Post yesterday.
Former Rep. Joe Walsh, R-Ill., announced Tuesday that he is forming a super PAC “to support freedom-loving conservative alternatives” and to fight back against a Karl Rove initiative to keep unelectable Tea Partyers from winning primaries.(Snip)He wrote on his Facebook page that “if we had listened to Karl Rove in 2010, there would be no [Florida] Sen. Marco Rubio. Rove backed Charlie Crist, who was last seen raving about President Obama at the Democrat National Convention last year.” Walsh also referenced Sens. Mike Lee of Utah, Rand Paul of Kentucky and Ted Cruz of Texas,
Via Israel Matzav, Chuck Hagel refuses to disclose payments he has received in the last five years from foreigners, Is Chuck roast? Hagel refuses to disclose foreign funding sources: Will this finally be enough to break the Obama administration’s hold over Senate Democrats when it comes to the Hagel nomination? Chuck Hagel has refused to disclose to the Senate Armed Services Committee the sources of his foreign funding over the last five years. Is Chuck roast? Via Josh Rogin, GOP senators call for delay in Hagel committee vote:
Federal investigators are in the midst of an active criminal investigation of disgraced former Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong, ABC News has learned. The revelation comes in stark contrast to statements made by the U.S. Attorney for Southern California, Andre Birotte, who addressed his own criminal inquiry of Armstrong for the first time publicly on Tuesday. Birotte´s office spent nearly two years investigating Armstrong for crimes reportedly including drug distribution, fraud and conspiracy -- only to suddenly drop the case on the Friday before the Super Bowl last year. Sources at the time said that agents had recommended an indictment
The married New York mother who was murdered while on a solo trip to Turkey had sex the day before she vanished with a man she met on the internet, he has claimed. ´Taylan K´ has been interviewed at length by Istanbul police after they discovered his online communication with 33-year-old Sarai Sierra, but he had initially insisted they were just friends. Now Turkey´s Vatan newspaper has claimed Taylan told police they had consensual sex a day before Sierra went missing. The duo had met online months before Sierra left for Turkey on January 7.
The key rhetorical question that some who want to limit our Second Amendment rights, like Piers Morgan, keep asking is: “Why does any American need an AR-15?” They ask that question because they clearly cannot imagine any circumstances under which that would be necessary. Unfortunately, however, there are many Americans who live along the southwestern border of the United States who know the answer to that question. Their answer is in part directly due to the enforcement and immigration decisions made by the very administration that is seeking to outlaw their right to own these types of weapons.
Just a little midweek, midday roundup of a few of the most recent ways in which the Affordable Care Act is just not going according to plan. “Unexpectedly,” of course. The House Ways and Means, Education and Workforce, and Energy and Commerce Committees have teamed up on a new report called the “ObamaCare Burden Tracker,” meant to function as “a real-time online resource to help the public keep track of all of the new government mandates, rules, and red tape as a result of ObamaCare.” Every hour and dollar spent complying with the Democrats’ health care law
A leaked Department of Justice memo outlining the legal rationale for President Obama´s aggressive drone policy has sparked a heated debate — much of it centered on President Obama´s apparent hypocrisy. After all, Obama spent much of the 2008 campaign criticizing George W. Bush´s policies on Guantanamo Bay and the waterboarding of three terrorists. And now he´s okay with killing al-Qaeda-affiliated U.S. citizens without due process? During one drone strike, a 16-year-old American was killed. You may write this off as collateral damage, but had this happened on George W. Bush´s watch, you can bet it would have dominated headlines
From the time she was 8, Libby Phelps Alvarez traveled the country protesting funerals. Like other members of the family-based Westboro Baptist Church, she often crashed the funerals of fallen soldiers. “They think that they´re fighting for a nation that supports homosexuality," Alvarez told TODAY, explaining the rationale behind the protests. Now, Alvarez has left the inflammatory Kansas-based church started by her grandfather and travels the world with her new husband experiencing simple acts once forbidden by her former cult-like religion – like getting a haircut. She also has gotten her ears pierced.
Singer Tony Bennett said on Capitol Hill that Congress should eliminate what he called “assault weapons.” “I still haven’t gotten over Connecticut. I’d like the assault weapons to go to war, not in our own country, and I’d like assault weapons eliminated,” said Bennett on Wednesday during a press conference at the Capitol Building. The press event was sponsored by Mayors Against Illegal Guns and The Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, both of which favor stricter gun control laws.
Nashville, Tenn. – The family of a man shot and killed at a Nashville shopping center is now offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for his death. 30-year-old Joshua McLean was killed Sept. 22, 2012, when he went to the Nashville West shopping center to sell two handguns to a buyer he met through an internet site. Metro police said after showing at least two men the guns, shots were fired, and McLean was hit in the chest.(Snip) Lauren and Josh had been married just weeks when he
Timothy Messer-Kruse doesn’t remember her name, but the question she asked in his college classroom a dozen years ago changed his career — and now it may revolutionize everything historians thought they knew about a hallowed event in the imagination of the American Left. “In my courses on labor history, I always devoted a full lecture to Haymarket,” says Messer-Kruse, referring to what happened in Chicago on the night of May 4, 1886. He would describe how a gathering of anarchists near Haymarket Square turned into a fatal bombing and riot. .
Pedestrians in Metuchen will soon be able to flag down traffic in order to cross the street. Brightly colored flags will be stationed near crosswalks. The idea is to grab the flag so the driver can see you and stop – which drivers are supposed to do anyway when they see a pedestrian in a crosswalk, anywhere, flag or no flag. Flag in hand, you can dash across the street before the driver steps on the gas again. Then deposit the flag in a container on the opposite side of the street. The flags will be available on Middlesex Avenue
Sneed has learned a plea deal is now on the table between former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. and federal authorities probing allegations of campaign fund misuse. Sneed is told the plea deal includes Jackson serving time in federal prison. “Significant jail time is now definitely a part of the deal,” said a top Sneed source close to the probe. “But I think [Jackson’s wife] Sandi, feels like she was thrown under the bus by her husband, ” now that a separate probe has begun on her, a second source added. Sandi Jackson claims she was stunned by campaign finance abuse disclosures against her husband,
With the fate of his pick to head the CIA in danger, President Obama reversed course Wednesday night and released to Congress the classified legal advice that the Justice Department has given the White House on using drones to execute American citizens in the war on terrorism. The about-face came less than a day before John O. Brennan, Mr. Obama’s homeland security adviser and his pick to be CIA director, was to face a Senate confirmation hearing, and hours after Sen. Ron Wyden, Oregon Democrat, threatened to hold up the appointment unless more information was forthcoming.