Powerline’s John Hinderaker thinks former Sen. Chuck Hagel’s nomination to be Obama’s defense secretary is already dead. He may be right. Andrew’s post from last evening homes in on why. As Sen. Ted Cruz pointed out in his superb questioning at the confirmation hearing (which irritated all the right people), Hagel has stonewalled the senate regarding transcripts of his prior speeches. Hagel’s propensity to say stupid things is already notorious (see, e.g., the Let Freedom Ring USA video I mentioned yesterday). It’s thus hard to imagine that the substance of the speeches is the problem. No, the issue must be
The other day, I learned that President Obama has canceled our Mars Rover explorations, along with all other planetary missions. NASA´s science mission chief just quit in disgust, and who can blame him? Apparently, even robots´ lives are too precious for us to risk these days, so America is giving up the thrill of discovering space.(snip)Here´s a quick list of some things we´re giving up these days, with little more than a shrug: Making babies (lowest birth rate since 1920). Saturday mail delivery. The Constitution. Hostess Twinkies (though there´s a ray of hope for them).
In four days, President Obama will deliver his State of the Union address, an annual speech before Congress that is arguably the most important one a president is tasked with giving. And for Obama, this particular speech may end up being the most important State of the Union of his entire presidency. In a nutshell, this is the speech that is best-suited to embody the ideas of Obama’s presidency. Whereas Obama’s previous State of the Union speeches have been delivered in the shadow of the previous administration or an upcoming election, and future speeches will be likely be
Buried 16 stories beneath Grand Central Terminal a new commuter rail is being blasted and tunneled out of solid bedrock as part of an audacious $15billion development that will span 14 miles throughout the city. The grand concourse, seen at a massive eight stories high surrounded by dripping stone walls and lapping puddles, will provide more floor space than New Orleans´ Superdome stadium when finished. It is just one of three monumental projects underway beneath New York City´s streets to expand what´s already the nation´s biggest mass transit system transporting 5 million riders a day. But even with blasting
A Duke University fraternity has been suspended from its national affiliation after complaints about a themed party last week that featured Asian stereotypes. About 200 Duke students gathered Wednesday to protest the Kappa Sigma party, which was held Friday. The party originally was called “Asia Prime” in social media posts that featured references to drinking sake and an exaggerated, stereotypical language, such as saying “Herro” instead of “Hello.”(snip)Still, photos from the party showed mostly white students wearing sumo wrestler costumes and chopsticks in their hair.
LEESBURG, Va.- U.S. President Barack Obama told House Democrats Thursday his State of the Union address will focus on job creation, education and energy independence. Speaking at the House Democratic Issues Conference in Leesburg, Va., the president repeated a theme from his 2012 re-election campaign, that "our economy succeeds and our economy grows when everybody is getting a fair shot and everybody is getting a fair shake and everybody is playing by the same rules." "Because I believe that is a growth agenda -- not just an equity agenda, not just a fairness agenda -- that is a growth agenda,"
The following information was provided to me by my DHS contact on two different occasions. I was asked to withhold the final portion of the information that was provided to me at that time until after the inauguration. (Snip) RB: First of all, two days after the inauguration, at exactly 7:00 a.m. on January 23, something called “the Cyber-Warriors for Obama Project” was activated. I heard about this the week after the election, but only saw a hardcopy draft in late December. From what I was told, I believe this is a project that is being paid
HARTFORD, Conn.- A push for the legalization of physician-assisted suicide is under way in a half-dozen states where proponents say they see strong support for allowing doctors to prescribe mentally competent, dying individuals with the medications needed to end their own lives. The large number of baby boomers facing end-of-life issues themselves is seen to have made the issue more prominent in recent years. Groups such as Compassion & Choices, a national end-of-life advocacy organization, have been working to advance the cause. Advocates received a boost from last year´s ballot question in Massachusetts on whether to allow physicians
Jack Andrews and his wife no longer enjoy what they call date night, their once-a-month outing to the movies and a steak dinner at Logan’s Roadhouse in Augusta, Ga. In Harlem, Eddie Phillips’s life insurance payment will have to wait a few more weeks. And Jessica Price is buying cheaper food near her home in Orlando, Fla., even though she worries it may not be as healthy. Like millions of other Americans, they are feeling the bite from the sharp increase in payroll taxes that took effect at the beginning of January. There are growing signs that
KLAS-TV in Las Vegas reports that in the early morning hours of Tuesday a man in his seventies shot and killed an armed intruder who had just broken into the man’s home along with a couple of armed partners-in-crime. After dialing 9-1-1 and alerting police to the home invasion, the man shot and killed one of the intruders. Police found the late burglar in the back yard of his intended victim’s home next to his (the burglar’s) gun. Two other miscreants, possibly three, fled the homeowner’s field of fire. On their arrival, police captured one of the would-be burglars.
If Sen. Robert Menendez is half as smart as he thinks he is, he’ll follow Harry Truman’s advice that, “If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog.” Menendez stands accused of going to the Dominican Republic to bed prostitutes, some underage. He got there via a contributor’s private jet, and he seems to have used his Senate position to help that contributor in a business deal. Although he belatedly coughed up nearly $60,000 for the flights when the FBI started nosing around, the Jersey Democrat insists he’s as pure as the driven snow.
BOSTON — Best-selling writer Patricia Cornwell accused her former money managers of improperly investing $89 million of her money and making illegal campaign donations that brought the FBI to her door, undermined her art, and even traumatized her dog. Cornwell, taking the stand for the first time in a federal case in Boston against Anchin, Block and Anchin LLP and its former principal Evan Snapper, said the financial gurus invested in risky financial products against her wishes and made unauthorized and illegal transactions from her account, including a $5,000 Bat Mitzvah gift to Snapper´s young daughter. Cornwell, best known for crime novels
President Barack Obama is approaching two of the most crucial energy decisions of his presidency: Should he disappoint climate activists by approving the Keystone XL pipeline? And should he anger industry groups by imposing tough greenhouse gas limits on existing power plants? But the president may have a third option: trying to placate both sides. Greenlighting Keystone while he moves forward with the power plant regulations could limit the political fallout from either move, handing Republicans a win on the pipeline and Democrats a victory on climate change. The White House isn’t tipping its hand, but environmental advocates
Mayor Thomas M. Menino will hunker down with staff at City Hall today as a blizzard slams into the Hub, bringing with it high winds, possibly 2 feet of snow — or more — and a winter wallop not seen in Boston in years. “The forecast is changing slightly so we could be seeing more snow than anticipated,” Menino spokeswoman Dot Joyce said last night. “The mayor is asking everybody to hunker down and be helpful to one another. And hopefully we’ll get the city cleaned up before Monday.” Schools were shut down today
A South Florida eye surgeon who’s a friend of a U.S. senator is under federal criminal investigation for billing Medicare millions of dollars to treat elderly patients for services they may not have needed, The Miami Herald has learned. Federal agents began investigating Dr. Salomon Melgen last year, sources say, after investigators suspected he overbilled the taxpayer-funded health program by overprescribing a high-priced drug called Lucentis, which is injected into patients’ eyes. The agents raided Melgen’s West Palm Beach offices last week. He’s also under FBI examination for his ties to Sen. Bob Menendez, a New Jersey Democrat,
So now we know. For years we’ve been told it’s scaremongering to voice concern about the scale of immigration into Britain. But now the facts are clear. This week the EU’s own statistics body Eurostat revealed that Britain now lets in more immigrants than any other of the 27 nations within the EU.[Snip] Is it any wonder that there is now such concern about the impact of immigration from Bulgaria and Romania next year when EU law grants them free movement across Europe? When the phenomenon of mass EU immigration into Britain started Labour simply denied what was happening.
A simple and cheap new treatment for rheumatoid arthritis is set to revolutionise the lives of patients crippled by the painful disease. Just a single injection of the new drug, developed by British scientists, is so potent it can give months of relief. Made from the human protein BiP, it mobilises the body’s immune system to help stop the disease in its tracks. As the first human trials of the drug begin, doctors say it is also showing promise as a treatment for brittle bone disease. That means it could help up to four million people in Britain who suffer
A media story lies at the center of a Washington Post article on the Obama administration’s targeted killing program. In the story, The Post reveals that the 2011 attack that killed U.S. citizen and al-Qaeda operative Anwar al-Awlaki was launched from a base in Saudi Arabia. That base, notes the story, was set up to combat al-Qaeda’s presence in the Arabian peninsula. From there, Greg Miller and Karen DeYoung explain why news of the base is just now emerging: The Washington Post had refrained from disclosing the location at the request of the administration,
A black film-maker has caused controversy after he appeared in public dressed as a Ku Klux Clan member to publicize his new documentary and highlight gun violence. Sixx King, 35, wore the white robe and hood to make his argument that while the KKK killed 3,446 black people in its 86 years of existence - gun violence in the African-American community kills that number in six months across the U.S. King stood among commuters in downtown Philadelphia on Tuesday morning to highlight the shocking statistics. One passer-by told CBS: ´I think that’s nonsense´ while another said:
Less than three weeks removed from his inaugural address, President Obama is already eyeing mid-term elections critical to the fate of his progressive, second-term agenda, agreeing to raise cash for Democrats at more than a dozen events this year. White House officials said Thursday that Obama would hold at least 14 fundraisers for Democratic congressional candidates in 2013, hitting the trail during what critics are describing as a permanent campaign season. According to Democrats with knowledge of the arrangement, Obama will take part in 10 events across the country, split evenly between those sponsored by the Democratic Senatorial
Ever since Mitt Romney lost the presidential election, there’s been a lot of talk about how the Republican party needs to “rebrand” itself. Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal wants, among other things, for the GOP to stop being “the stupid party.” Representative Paul Ryan has concluded that the watchword for the Republican party needs to be “prudence.” Senator Marco Rubio is the frontman for the most tangible aspect of the rebranding effort: getting on the right side of the immigration issue. In the process, he’s become something of the de facto point person for the party. The latest entrant into this effort:
The photo of an adorable toddler saluting her father as he prepared to leave on his nine-month deployment to Afghanistan has touched the hearts of people across the country. Daniella Moen, 3, wanted to be like all the other soldiers who joined her dad, U.S. Army Chaplain Captain Dan Moen, when the national anthem played at his farewell ceremony at Fort Drum, NY on January 11. The girl´s mother, Sasha, was on hand to capture the tender photograph, which has gone viral and become an inspiration to the thousands of military families waiting for their loved ones to come home.
According to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, as reported at The Weekly Standard, President Obama was completely aloof from the events in Libya on September 11. He neither asked nor ordered anything. He did not respond to information sent to the White House. He was not involved at all, during the seven-plus-hour attack that resulted in the deaths of four American government employees, including an ambassador. A few months back, when, for the sake of argument, we were all giving Obama the benefit of the doubt on being human, albeit wretchedly so, I felt compelled to qualify
By refusing to investigate the Al Gore/Al Jazeera deal, it would appear that Capitol Hill “conservatives” like Republican Reps. Michael McCaul, Steve Scalise, and Paul Broun are adopting the view that we have nothing to fear from the global jihad and its instruments of propaganda being positioned on U.S. soil. This view finds support from Scott McConnell, writing in Patrick J. Buchanan’s magazine, The American Conservative, who says there should be no “national loyalty oath” for a new cable channel in America and that the transaction is “welcome news.” Al Jazeera is the voice of the Muslim Brotherhood