Former Texas Republican State Chairman and ex-Reagan administration official Tom Pauken has released this statement on Karl Rove: Karl Rove campaigned in 1980 against Ronald Reagan and for George Herbert Walker Bush in the Republican presidential primary in Texas. In the general election, I never heard at the time that Karl was running the Reagan campaign in our state. Karl was working for Gov. Clements, but the Reagan leaders in Texas were Ray Barnhart and Ernie Angelo. I knew most of the Reagan leaders around the state, and Karl was not part of that group
If there is only one grassroots conservative in the country who is happy about the rollout of Karl Rove’s Conservative Victory Project, it’s Representative Steve King of Iowa. Allies of the conservative potential Senate candidate are practically chortling about how the swings taken at King by Steven Law, president of the Conservative Victory Project, are boosting King’s prospective candidacy. “Steve King hadn’t done anything to Karl Rove, so they fired the first shot, but I guarantee it won’t be the last,”
The door was the type you see in squalid gangland movies — a thick slab of board reinforced with iron bars. It had no window or handle, just a tiny peep-hole and a sign that warned: ‘No Loitering’. Since there were no names beneath the apartment buzzers, I pressed them all, then waited in the driving snow, reminded with every menacing stare that this was Chicago’s ‘murder central’ and the only white men who ventured here were bailiffs and cops. Just as I was about to beat a tactical retreat, a red-hatted head poked from the top-floor window.
Offering comments on behalf of outgoing Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar Wednesday, President Obama suggested the Hispanic Cabinet member is more authentically American than New England´s Pilgrims. "His ancestors were here before the Mayflower set sail," Obama noted. Obama talked about Salazar´s (pictured, left) Spanish roots and segued from that to focus on how hard he´s "working to get immigration reform passed." The President then repeated a phrase common among Nativists, insinuating that lands belong to ethnicities and not countries: "[Salazar and] his family did not cross the border, the border crossed them. And
Organized labor has become a leading proponent of President Barack Obama’s immigration agenda, a departure from more than a century of hostility to foreign-born workers. Some of the nation’s most influential labor leaders have heaped praise on comprehensive immigration plans that will help grant citizenship to many of the nation’s 11 million illegal immigrants. The AFL-CIO, one of the nation’s largest labor unions, kicked off a 14-city rally backing the president’s plan on Wednesday. “This is a top priority for America’s unions because a roadmap to citizenship for those who are American in every way except on paper
Two police officers rescued an adorable baby deer today after it fell into a frozen-over lake - and they fed it popcorn to nurse it back to health. Robert Femia and Peter Bogachunas, who are with the Marine Bureau in Suffolk County, New York, noticed the animal´s head bobbing in the icy waters off Fire Island just after 1 p.m. Seeing the freezing fawn was in distress, the officers drove their boat over to it and pulled it from the water, which was seven to eight feet deep, before quickly wrapping it in blankets. But despite their efforts to warm
1) Starting in the sixties there was an explosion of children born out-of-wedlock and kids who don´t grow up in two parent families fare more poorly percentage wise on just about any and every scale imaginable including substance abuse, teenage pregnancies, suicide rates, criminality and homelessness. 2) Many people are becoming so childlike in their dependence on the government that they can´t save for their own retirement, escape from an oncoming hurricane, or even purchase their own birth control without the government handling it for them. 3) Our legal system encourages frivolous lawsuits, is punitively expensive and because of
As America´s secretive but expanding drone program draws increasing scrutiny, some U.S. senators are floating the idea of an assassination court to determine whether to approve the remote-control killing of a suspected terrorist. The idea was discussed at Thursday´s confirmation hearing for CIA director nominee John Brennan, a supporter of the drone program, who called the idea of a court ´worthy of discussion.´ The program has been controversial as some say it offers the administration power to kill without any oversight or regulation, even if the person being assassinated is an American. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.
On Wednesday, local Cincinnati TV station WCPO did a report (HT John Fund at National Review via Doug Powers at Michelle Malkin´s blog) reported that "The Hamilton County Board of Elections is investigating 19 possible cases of alleged voter fraud" (Cincinnati is the county seat of Hamilton County). The most potentially outrageous case involves Melowese Richardson, who "admits to voting twice in the last election." Even though "she has worked the polls since 1988," she offered a hopelessly lame excuse for the multiple vote. She may also have voted four additional times under others´ names, and also
An ´unflattering´ picture of Beyoncé performing at the Super Bowl´s halftime show has transformed into a fully-fledged meme; one to rival McKayla Maroney´s now-iconic ´Not Impressed´ scowl. After Beyoncé´s publicist, Yvette Noel-Schure, emailed Buzzfeed earlier this week to ask that the site ´respectfully change´ several images of her client to ´some better photos´ from the halftime show, her attempt backfired in epic proportions. Buzzfeed published the email, and in the Internet phenomenon known as the Streisand Effect, one image in particular circulated so virulently it became an instant meme. The original seven images that Ms Noel-Schure asked Buzzfeed to remove
Dr. Benjamin Carson got quite a bit of attention for making a big speech at the National Prayer Breakfast Thursday morning sticking up for conservative principles, with President Obama in attendance. Sean Hannity invited Carson onto his show tonight, remarking that it was an “amazing speech.” Carson explained why he felt the need to speak out as he did against the policies of a man sitting mere feet from him. (Snip) Hannity told Carson that his speech “moved me deeply.” Carson said he has received overwhelmingly positive reactions since yesterday, mostly because he
The year’s first big snowstorm delivered a wintry double whammy for New Yorkers — heavy snow and the threat of a tow. Mayor Bloomberg, bracing Friday for 2013’s paralyzing storm, urged residents to keep their cars from blocking city streets — or risk getting the hook on their dime. “Any vehicles found to be impeding traffic will be subject to towing at the owner’s expense,” promised Bloomberg, who planned to spend the frigid night at home. “Stay off the city streets, stay out of your cars and stay at home while the worst of this storm is
Recently, as guest host on "Your World with Neil Cavuto, " Stuart Varney interviewed Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison on the appropriateness of "soak the rich" tax policies. Particularly, Varney was particularly interested in whether or not the congressman felt that it was fair for professional golfer Phil Mickelson to keep only 37% of what he earns, the remaining 63% going toward State of California and federal income taxes. In response to Varney´s query, Ellison responded: I think it´s fair to ask Phil Mickelson for a little bit more money to make sure that we can continue to invest
Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta on Thursday revealed he personally broke the news to President Obama that the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, was under attack last year — but he and the president didn’t speak the rest of the night as the assault on the compound unfolded.Mr. Panetta said he and Mr. Obama, along with Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, discussed the attack for 15 minutes in the Oval Office the afternoon of Sept. 11,
In an interview with The Daily Telegraph, Jeremy Hunt says it is “absolutely disgraceful” that no doctors, nurses or managers have been held to account for the substandard care which led to the deaths of up to 1,200 patients. He says the Francis report into the scandal has put “evidence in the public domain” which should form the basis of a police investigation and questions the failure of professional bodies to uncover “abuse on such a wide scale”. The Health Secretary also says there needs to be a major change in culture across the NHS as compassion was being “crushed”
Intense criticism is mounting against Karl Rove over his launch of the “Conservative Victory Project,” a new American Crossroads initiative that seeks to vet GOP Senate candidates while squeezing out unelectable political prospects. (Snip)Perhaps the most glaring example of the type of election forfeiture Rove and Crossroads seek to avoid with their new project comes to us from Christine O’Donnell, who ousted Rep. Michael Castle in the primary, only to be defeated by Christopher Coons in the 2010 election in Delaware. She had held no elective office or had any experience in government prior to running for the Senate,
Senator Robert Menendez was never a distinguished choice for chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, the position he ascended to this month by virtue of seniority. Concerns about that quality gap have sharply escalated amid new disclosures about Mr. Menendez’s use of his position to advance the financial interests of a friend and big donor. Instead of trying to protect Mr. Menendez, a New Jersey Democrat, the Senate majority leader, Harry Reid, needs to remove his gavel, at least pending credible resolution by the Senate Ethics Committee of the swirling accusations of misconduct.
By developing and inserting a glyphosate- resistant gene into plant DNA, Monsanto Co. has created premium seeds of soybean, canola and cotton able to withstand its Roundup herbicides and similar weed killers. In the agribusiness world, Monsanto is known as an aggressive enforcer of restrictions on farmers’ use of its patented line of genetically engineered crops. Now the St. Louis-based conglomerate is in a showdown with a southern Indiana farmer that will play out this month in the U.S. Supreme Court. At issue is Vernon Hugh Bowman’s argument that Monsanto lost the right to keep him
When Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, a whip-smart wonk and naturally competent executive, was tapped to give the Republican response to a February 2009 address by President Obama, it was considered something of an audition for a presidential run in 2012. The speech, however, bombed, and the presidential run never materialized. (Snip)Rubio’s numbers show that he is not well known nationally, but that those who do know enough about him to register an opinion tend to approve of him. This would have to be part of any of the senator’s calculations with regard to the State of the Union response.
GARDEN CITY, Kan.—Truman Capote´s masterwork of murder, "In Cold Blood," cemented two reputations when first published almost five decades ago: his own, as a literary innovator, and detective Alvin Dewey Jr.´s as the most famous Kansas lawman since Wyatt Earp. But new evidence undermines Mr. Capote´s claim that his best seller was an "immaculately factual" recounting of the bloody slaughter of the Clutter family in their Kansas farmhouse. It also calls into question the image of Mr. Dewey as the brilliant, haunted hero. A long-forgotten cache of Kansas Bureau of Investigation documents from the investigation
He died on February 9, 2010. Fans and friends from around the world mourned the loss of their favorite TV sea captain — Captain Phil Harris. He wasn’t the kind of man Americans get to meet very often on TV. Not the kind of man TV writers know much about. They generally create soft, goofy men dominated by more capable and competent wives. But not even the best screenwriter’s imagination could have crafted a character like Captain Phil. Or the men who we’ve all gotten to know thanks to the first TV reality show ever to center around real-life
If George W. Bush had told us that the “war on terror” gave him the right to execute a U.S. citizen overseas with a missile fired from a drone aircraft, without due process or judicial review, I’d have gone ballistic. It makes no difference that the president making this chilling claim is Barack Obama. What’s wrong is wrong. (Snip)But as the Justice Department document admits, U.S. citizens have constitutional rights. I am deeply troubled by the notion that the president can unilaterally decide those rights no longer apply.
John Brennan’s confirmation hearing was hot news yesterday. Yet by about 10 a.m. or so this morning, coverage of Brennan’s nomination had been pushed off the virtual front pages of sites like Politico, the Huffington Post, and the Washington Post to make way for stories about whether the Redskins should change their politically incorrect name and mascot, celebrity gossip, and Republican governors making an incremental shift on an obscure aspect of an old issue that has been covered to death: Obamacare (pun intended). Full disclosure: I cared a great deal about this story
Good for the Catholic bishops. About a week ago, with much fanfare, Team Obama announced a “compromise” to the contraceptive mandate it aims to impose on employers. Thursday, the bishops said they’ve seen the offer and it doesn’t amount to much: The administration’s highly restrictive view of what qualifies as a religious ministry still puts Catholic universities, charities and hospitals at risk. The bishops also resisted the administration’s effort to get the church to take protection for itself at the expense of others, especially private individuals and family-owned businesses. “We cannot now abandon them,” said the bishops’ statement.
It can be tempting, if you are not a Washington insider or intimate, to put the Chuck Hagel business out of mind. Or try, anyway. He did so badly in the confirmation hearings that, as Stephen Hayes writes, “any senator who takes the advise-and-consent role seriously had to have real concerns about [Hagel’s] basic competence.” Still, presidents are entitled to appoint the people they want, you think, even when they are, manifestly, not the best possible choice or even up to the job. (Snip)But, then, this is not just any old cabinet post. Hagel will not be running