The Five kicked off their Fox News show today with a look at Dr. Benjamin Carson, the pediatric neurosurgeon who spent 25 minutes at Thursday’s National Prayer Breakfast outlining his opposition to President Obama‘s policies… while President Obama was sitting next to him. After playing some highlights from Carson’s scathing speech, including his alternative to Obamacare, host Kimberly Guilfoyle played a clip of Rush Limbaugh‘s praising the doctor: “This is the kind of thing the Republican party should have been saying for the past four years.”
A Senate retirement is one of those wild cards in politics that can give the opposition party a shot at picking up a seat. Typically, incumbents enter the campaign season with name recognition, seniority, and a strong fundraising advantage. So an open seat can help level the field. But before retirements are even factored in, the 2014 campaign cycle represents an unusually strong chance for Republicans to gain Senate seats: Democrats currently hold 20 of the seats that will be up for election; Republicans, only 13. In 2016, the odds swing back to favor Democrats
At the stroke of midnight tonight, the world’s biggest party will begin, as more than 1.3?billion people across China pour on to the streets and light fireworks to usher in the Year of the Snake. During the following fortnight they will visit temple fairs, watch dragon dances and make dumplings shaped like silver ingots. They will each, on average, spend a month’s salary on pyrotechnics. This year’s celebrations will have a serpentine theme. Performances of the Peking opera Madame White Snake will run on repeat, red paper snakes will be pasted on doors, and shops will stock up on traditional
Could an actor playing the White Rabbit be racist? Disneyland is being sued by Jason and Annelia Black, who say their African-American children were treated differently than white kids who approached the “Alice in Wonderland” character for hugs and pictures at the Anaheim, Calif., amusement park. According to Fox5SanDiego.com, 6-year-old Jason Black Jr. approached his favorite character at the park, but was rebuffed. Jason told the station, “I went to hug him, but he turned his back. It’s made me feel sad because I wanted to really hug him.” Older brother Elijah reportedly then tried to hold the rabbit’s hand
WASHINGTON — Today, Speaker John Boehner, R-West Chester Twp., released the following column discussing the impact the president’s sequester will have on Wright-Patterson Air Force Base: “In 2011, President Obama proposed a series of mandatory spending cuts called a ‘sequester,’ which was subsequently passed by Congress as part of the 2011 debt limit agreement. “These arbitrary spending cuts, which are scheduled to go into effect March 1, will affect our region if they are implemented. The president’s sequester – or the #Obamaquester, as we call it on Twitter – should be replaced with other, more responsible spending cuts
The illegal hack of Bush family email accounts had an unanticipated consequence, the Smoking Gun reports: The hacker also intercepted photos that George W. Bush e-mailed two months ago to his sister showing paintings that he was working on, including self-portraits of him showering and in a bathtub. Another image shows the former president painting at the family’s Maine retreat (his subject is St. Ann’s Episcopal Church, a historic seaside chapel down the road from the sprawling Kennebunkport compound).
RUSH: I must warn those of you in Big Bear Lake, California, there´s a nut on the loose. He´s on the prowl. He´s shooting people. This former cop, this Dorner guy, he´s running around, and he loves left-wingers and so forth. I think the safest thing for those of you to do in the area where he is thought to be is turn in your guns now. They tell us that will stop him. That´s right, because nothing strikes fear into killers like people that don´t have any guns. Headline repaired.
Breitbart News has learned that one of the witnesses at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings on immigration next week will be outspoken illegal immigrant Jose Antonio Vargas--who will be seated at the same table as Chris Crane, leader of the Immigrations and Customs Enforcement employees’ union that is suing the government over Obama administration rules that make it very difficult for ICE agents to arrest illegal immigrants. Vargas, who works as a journalist, arrived in the U.S. from the Philippines at the age of 12, but is not eligible for the administration’s new guidelines because of his age.
In what has become a recurring theme for the Spanish language network Univision, one of their employees took to social media recently to smear Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.). According to the Miami Herald, a top assistant to a Univision news boss criticized Rubio being chosen as the Republican response to the State of the Union. The employee at the center of the controversy is one Angelica Artiles who took to Facebook to post the following vicious attack: Oh, wow, the loser is going to speak after our President. Anything to get publicity.
RUSH: Here´s Maxine Waters. This was last Sunday on TV One´s Washington Watch with Roland Martin. Maxine Waters, Democrat from California. Her district is basically the Watts area of Los Angeles, and Roland Martin said, "The reality is like anything else, you´d better get what you can while Obama´s there because, look, come 2016, that´s it." Now, what Roland Martin´s saying here is all of you who are looking for prosperity from the government, you better get it and get it now
RUSH: There´s very little reporting on the Benghazi hearings yesterday. That was Panetta. We had the audio sound bites of Leon Panetta. Was he defense or CIA at the time? (interruption) Was he defense then or CIA? (interruption) Okay. He said Obama told him at 5:15, while the attacks in Benghazi were just underway (impression), "Do whatever you gotta do to save American life," and that´s the last they heard of him. He was unreachable. Where did he go? It came out in the hearings that Obama never called back to check on Benghazi.
Remember when liberal journalists and politicians tried to incite a moral panic by blaming a series of violent crimes on the Tea Party, Rush Limbaugh, Fox News and assorted other bugbears? If you don´t, Michelle Malkin has a refresher: The 2009 massacre of three Pittsburgh police officers (which lib journos falsely blamed on Fox News, Glenn Beck, and the "heated, apocalyptic rhetoric of the anti-Obama forces"); the 2009 suicide insurance scam/murder hoax of Kentucky census worker Bill Sparkman (which New York magazine falsely blamed on Rush Limbaugh,
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Friday told residents still without heat from October´s superstorm Sandy to seek shelter elsewhere as a massive snowstorm threatens to dump 8 to 12 inches on the city´s boroughs. The city is under a blizzard warning until 1 p.m. Saturday, and the National Weather Service warned winds could gust up to 60 miles per hour as a potentially record-setting storm blasts through on its way to New England. "If your house has been damaged by Sandy and still without heat, call 311 and we´ll be certain to find you shelter," Bloomberg said
Venezuelan Minister of Planning and Finance Jorge Giordani announced on Friday an adjustment in the official exchange rate, from VEB 4.30 per US dollar to VEB 6.30 per US dollar, which implies 46.5% devaluation. The increase in the exchange rate will help improve public accounts, which ended 2012 with a fiscal deficit of 16% of gross domestic product. The move will be a breath of fresh air for state-run oil firm Petróleos de Venezuela (Pdvsa), as the company will get more bolivars per US dollar sold to the Central Bank of Venezuela (BCV).
The U.S. Navy will delay the refueling of the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) for an unknown period because of the uncertain fiscal environment due to the ongoing legislative struggle, the service told Congress in a Friday message obtained by USNI News.(Snip) ´´This delay is due to uncertainty in the Fiscal Year 2013 appropriations bill, both in the timing and funding level available for the first full year of the contract,” the message said.
If you’ve ever seen HBO’s “Girls” or have friends who watch “Girls” or have ever been on the Internet and read about “Girls,” you probably know that the controversial series features a plethora of nudity and painfully awkward sex scenes. During those painfully awkward sex scenes, you may have even covered your eyes with your hands due to the complete inability to process all of the awkwardness. But NBC Nightly News’ Brian Williams — whose daughter Allison stars on the series — doesn’t have that problem. Not only has
Venezuela just undertook a massive currency devaluation, repegging the bolivar to a rate of 6.3 per U.S. dollar from a previous exchange rate of 4.3 bolivars per dollar. The government also announced that it would shutter the a Venezuelan currency exchange system known as SITME. Given the currency devaluation underway in other economies around the world right now – notably, Japan – a few are calling this Venezuela´s foray into the global "currency war" between countries trying to devalue their currencies in order to increase export competitiveness. Content corrected by staff.
President Barack Obama told House Democrats that his aggressive political agenda can help Democratic Rep. Nancy Pelosi regain the speakership of the House. “It won’t be smooth, it won’t be simple, there will be frustrations, there will be times when you guys will be mad at me …. [but] as a byproduct of doing that good work, I would expect that Nancy Pelosi will be speaker again soon,” he said during a lunchtime speech at the Leesburg, Va., summit of the Democrats’ congressmen and congresswomen.
After Thursday´s Wall Street drama -- in which a media blitz orchestrated by hedge fund billionaire David Einhorn got a rise out of Apple (AAPL) management and a pop in the stock price -- I have a few thoughts about what´s going on. (Snip) Einhorn is lobbying ordinary investors to vote against transparency and shareholder rights! Second, the more I look at Einhorn´s preferred stock option, the less I like it. To get a feel for its complexity and the effect it might have on the value of Apple´s common stock, I encourage you to read through the e-mail exchange
First it was the American mainstream media. Now Europe´s media class is giving President Obama God-like qualities. Foreign Policy Magazine has just delivered its new issue, and like Newsweek before, FP dubs Obama "The Second Coming." It includes stories about the 10 things the president can do now "to make the world a better place." Among the ideas: "Fix American Democracy." That includes changing our election system. "It´s tempting to argue, in the wake of President Obama´s victory, powered by more than 4 million small donors, that in fact Big Money can´t buy elections.
The war of words between conservatives and former Bush advisor Karl Rove has gone nuclear, this time over Rove´s claim that he worked for Ronald Reagan´s 1980 campaign and on a Reagan advisory board. The bottom line: While Rove told The O´Reilly Factor Thursday that he worked for the Gipper, Reagan´s acclaimed biographer Craig Shirley says there´s no evidence to back Rove up. Worse: In an email Shirley is sending to conservative leaders, he reveals that Rove backed former President Ford in 1976 and in 1980 worked for former Texas governor who didn´t back Reagan until after he was nominated.
Democrats regard sequestration as a great opportunity either to force Republicans to raise taxes or blame them, during the 2014 midterms, for the defense cuts that sequestration requires. “Republicans who are unwilling to compromise, unwilling to find solutions and are responsible for cuts to defense and jobs in their districts are going to find an unwelcome reception from voters,” Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee spokesman Jesse Ferguson told Politico, which noted that Democrats are “eyeing at least 10 Republican-held seats with strong military connections from Florida to California to target in 2014, after sequester
According to Reuters, the White House is considering Ernest Moniz to replace outgoing Energy Secretary Steven Chu. Moniz was undersecretary at the Energy Department during the Clinton administration and is currently director of Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Energy Initiative, an industry-funded group that does research into mitigating greenhouse gases. In that capacity Moniz has been an advocate of natural gas, which is cleaner-burning than other carbon-based fuels, as a “bridge fuel” to a renewable energy future. Reuters notes: In July 2011, Moniz told the Senate Energy committee that he believes the water and air
Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, issued a statement on Thursday signaling to the Obama Administration that the bishops will not make a separate deal to exempt Catholic institutions from an Obamacare mandate that requires health-care plans to cover sterilizations, contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs that leaves lay Catholic business owners and individual employees still subject to the mandate. “In obedience to our Judeo-Christian heritage, we have consistently taught our people to live their lives during the week to reflect the same beliefs
Under the broad banner of "health," the federal government not only is telling Americans what to eat, it´s also telling us to make our homes safer. This week, the Obama administration released a "bold new vision for addressing the nation´s health and economic burdens caused by preventable hazards associated with the home." The project has a name: "Advancing Healthy Housing: A Strategy for Action." "People in the United States spend about 70% of their time in a home," the announcement said. "Currently, millions of U.S. homes have moderate to severe physical housing problems,