The White House has heard enough about Benghazi. White House press secretary Jay Carney on Monday blasted Senate Republicans for threatening to block Defense Secretary-nominee Chuck Hagel and John Brennan, nominated to head the CIA, in a quest for more information about what President Obama did on the night that terrorists killed four Americans in the U.S. Consulate in Libya. “We have answered these questions,” Mr. Carney said. “The president found out about the attack in Benghazi in a meeting with his secretary of defense and chairman of the Joint Chiefs from his national
Thousands of mourners attended a memorial service today for former Navy Seal Chris Kyle as his wife and young children paid painful tribute alongside his military colleagues who spoke of his unrelenting loyalty to them. Crowds queued to enter the Cowboys Stadium so they could hear memories of a kind and loving family man, a practical joker and a proud veteran dubbed ´ America´s deadliest sniper´. His wife Taya Kyle, said at the memorial service that her husband made her feel like ´pure gold´ and loved her without judgement.
ARLINGTON, Texas— Slain ex-Navy SEAL Chris Kyle was a devoted husband, father and friend who will never be forgotten, his widow told mourners at his memorial service Monday. Taya Kyle said she was broken but that the family will “put one foot in front of the other” to get through their grief. She told her two children that they will remember Chris Kyle’s silly side, Texas twang and prayers they prayed together. “Chris, there isn’t enough time to tell you everything you mean to me and everything you taught me,” she said through tears. Nearly 7,000 people,
Newfound conservative hero Dr. Benjamin Carson appeared on Fox’s Your World this afternoon to respond to his detractors who’ve called his National Prayer Day speech before the president “inappropriate” and “offensive” given the apolitical nature of the event. Asked how the president initially reacted to the speech, Dr. Carson told host Neil Cavuto that Obama “came over to me and said he appreciated my speech and he admired me and took my hand and didn’t squeeze too hard.” “What do you mean? One of those fishy hand shakes?” Cavuto inquired. “It was a good handshake,” Carson replied. Cavuto asked
An Army veteran who was today awarded the Medal of Honor for his courageous leadership during a daylong firefight in Afghanistan wept as President Obama named his fallen comrades. Former Staff Sgt. Clinton Romesha took a moment to compose himself after Obama read the names of the eight Americans who died in the 2009 firefight. At a White House ceremony attended by the military´s top leaders and former Medal of Honor recipients, Obama recounted the dramatic battle at an outpost in the mountains near the Pakistan border where U.S. troops were far outnumbered.
RUSH: A most amazing thing, to me, anyway. This may not be that big a deal to you, but to me it is. I found this on Newsbusters. I didn´t actually see this. Chris Matthews has a syndicated show that runs on Sundays throughout the country. This is not his nightly MSNBC tingle-up-the-leg show. And on his show yesterday was Washington Post columnist David Ignatius who literally begged Obama, implored Obama not to destroy Marco Rubio in the upcoming immigration debate. I think this is a tantamount admission to what´s going on.
IN EIGHT years as pope, Benedict XVI’s boldest act may have been his last one. (Snip) Pope Benedict’s response to the greatest challenge he faced — the explosion of sexual-abuse scandals in Catholic dioceses around the world — was inadequate. During his visit to the United States in 2008, he met with victims of predatory priests; he later apologized for the crimes and oversaw modest Vatican measures to extend the statute of limitation for cases and prevent further abuse. But the pope never acted against bishops who covered up crimes, and he never admitted or apologized for his own failures
Gabby Giffords is taking her campaign for gun control to the airwaves. Giffords, the former Arizona congresswoman who was shot in the head in 2011, launches a new TV ad this week through her recently-formed "super PAC." The 30-second spot, in which Giffords herself implores America to "get this done," is targeting congressional leaders with ad buys that will reach constituents of House Speaker John Boehner, House Minority Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. Over pictures of grieving families after recent massacres in Newtown, Aurora and Tucson, Giffords, who is still
RUSH: I don´t know if you people heard this or not. I´m gonna get back to this Ignatius thing in a minute, because I haven´t made the point yet. There´s an infobabe at CNN by the name of Deb Feyerick. And over the weekend, I guess Saturday afternoon,she was reporting on CNN about an approaching asteroid that will pass by the earth on February 15th, and it´s gonna be relatively close in astronomical terms. It doesn´t pose any kind of a threat yet.
RUSH: Christopher Dorner, the fired LA cop is still on the loose. If you hear that Dorner is anywhere near where you live, based on what I´ve heard from the left in recent weeks, the safest thing you can do is turn in your guns. That´s what will make you safe. I´ve heard every Democrat, I´ve heard the media say this, that the way we´re gonna make this country safe is for everybody to get rid of their guns. So if this Dorner guy, who´s already killed three cops, shows up in your neighborhood, somehow
Accumulated gun violence in America produces "a Sandy Hook-plus" of deaths every day, Vice President Biden said Monday following a meeting with regional law enforcement and elected officials in Philadelphia. He was referring to the 26 children and teachers killed in the shooting rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. Monday´s breaking news about a fatal shooting at a courthouse in Wilmington in Biden´s home state of Delaware only underscored "the urgency" of the need for "common sense" restrictions on gun sales, he said. The vice president said there
What goes around comes around, as the New York Times reported yesterday: Four years into [President Obama´s] tenure, the onetime critic of President George W. Bush finds himself cast as a present-day Mr. Bush, justifying the muscular application of force in the defense of the nation while detractors complain that he has sacrificed the country´s core values in the name of security. It seems that last week, as Times media columnist David Carr puts it, "the debate over drone strikes broke out into plain view during the confirmation hearings for John O. Brennan" for CIA director.
For the second time in two years, Washington, D.C., has been ranked the number one city for cheaters. According to AshleyMadison.com, a web site that bills itself as “the world’s leading married dating service for discreet encounters,” the nation’s capital was at the top of the list of America’s Least Faithful Cities with 34,157 sign-ups – more sign-ups per capita in 2012. “With enormous public attention paid to political cheating scandals this year, including the Gen. Petraeus affair, there was no doubt that Washington residents would be influenced.
The Senate Armed Services Committee will vote Tuesday on Chuck Hagel’s nomination for secretary of defense, committee chairman Carl Levin (D., Mich.) announced today. Reports suggest Levin has grown tired of requests for details about the various groups Hagel spoken for and received compensation from, as well as GOP threats to filibuster the nomination until more information is disclosed about the September 11 attacks in Benghazi and the administration’s response. One Republican aide said Levin’s decision to rush through a committee vote was an effort to “snuff the momentum” building in opposition to the Hagel’s nomination.
Less than one month into his second term, President Barack Obama looks to complete the outlines of an ambitious agenda in his State of the Union address Tuesday night. In his inaugural speech, the president telegraphed several initiatives he wants Congress to pursue and pass this year: gun control legislation, a bill to create a legalization process for many of the nation’s illegal immigrants, subsidies for renewable energy technologies and legislation to respond to climate change. Obama will likely return to those topics Tuesday night, but the White House has signaled that this speech will focus
The parents of 15-year-old Chicago shooting victim Hadiya Pendleton will be among Michelle Obama´s guests at the State of the Union address on Tuesday night. The first lady attended the funeral of Pendleton, who performed at the presidential inauguration, on Saturday. Her parents, Cleopatra Cowley-Pendleton and Nathaniel Pendleton, will be in Obama´s box in the House chamber to watch President Obama´s speech, a White House official said. The first lady did not speak at the service but was seen comforting Cowley-Pendleton. The teen was shot and killed on Jan. 29. in a park close to
President Obama will participate in a Google Plus Hangout on Thursday to answer questions about his State of the Union address. Selected participants "who regularly discuss important issues of the day online" will take part in the video chat with the president and ask questions about his highly anticipated address to Congress on Tuesday, said Ramya Raghavan, head of Google Plus Politics, in a blog post published on Monday. Google is also soliciting questions for the president from the public via the White House´s YouTube channel.
Actors Alec Baldwin and Morgan Freeman are among the stars warning President Obama that his legacy will rest on what he does to stop climate change. In an advertisement that ran Monday in Beltway publications, the stars call on Obama to exercise “the strongest resolve in fighting the climate crisis on every front.” “Your legacy as 44th President of the United States rests firmly on your leadership on climate disruption. Only the president has the power to lead an effort on the scale and with the urgency we need to phase out fossil fuels and lead America,
Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) said Monday that he opposes an assault weapons ban. Speaking on MSNBC Manchin, who has an "A" rating from the National Rifle Association and in December called for federal action to reduce gun violence, said he thinks there´s a better way to reduce mass shootings without introducing new restrictions for gun owners. "I do not support an assault weapon ban because the definition of assault weapon is still hard to come by," Manchin said. "So I am not going to comment on people´s legislation. I do not support that approach right now." Headline corrected by staff.
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said Sunday that he is willing to consider supporting new tax revenue as part of a plan to avert $85 billion in looming budget cuts, as the White House pushed back against Republican lawmakers who say President Obama is solely responsible for the spending reductions. McCain made the comments as he once again warned about the adverse effects of the spending reductions, known as sequestration, that will require federal agencies to slash $85 billion in spending by Sept. 30 — including $43 billion at the Pentagon.
Homeowners in an exclusive waterfront enclave in Brooklyn thought Hurricane Sandy was as cruel a blow as they could suffer — until the taxman proved them wrong. The city is claiming that property values have actually shot up for many homes in Manhattan Beach and it’s going ahead with hefty tax hikes for the houses devastated by the October superstorm, shocked property owners told The Post. Homeowners in other neighborhoods hit by Sandy, including Coney Island, the Rockaways and parts of Staten Island, also said they’ve received
Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy, flanked by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, held a news conference on Monday where he sought to clear up what he characterized as misconceptions about the Windy City’s gun laws. “Stop adopting the rhetoric of the gun advocates,” McCarthy implored the press. “Chicago does not have strict gun laws.” (Snip) "We’re here today to talk about the fact that we need mandatory minimum sentences in the state of Illinois,” McCarthy began. He said that he has seen the impact mandatory sentences can have in his prior role as the director Headline resplit by staff.
On Monday, a panel on Fox News Channel debated the appropriateness of a speech delivered at last week’s National Prayer Breakfast by Dr. Benjamin Carson in which he advocated conservative reforms at a venue attended by President Barack Obama. Conservative guest Cal Thomas broke with many on the right when he said that it was not appropriate for Carson to advance conservative policy arguments at what is supposed to be an apolitical event. (Snip) Jon Scott asked Thomas and Fox News Contributor Alan Colmes about the reaction by CNN Anchor Candy Crowley to Carson’s speech when she
This week’s TIME magazine cover features 2016 GOP frontrunner Marco Rubio with an inescapable headline: “THE REPUBLICAN SAVIOR”. Given Mitt Romney’s stinging defeat in November and the almost-comical party-infighting since, Republicans could use that kind hero right now. While Mr. Rubio’s story is inspiring (son of Cuban immigrants graduates law school cum laude, overwhelmingly elected to the U.S. Senate at only age 38), and while he’s currently the best candidate to take on Hillary Clinton in 2016 (assuming she runs, which she will), there may be a very distinguished someone (who has never held public office) ready
While other members of Congress are hosting gun-control advocates for Tuesday´s State of the Union address, Rep. Steve Stockman has given one of his visitor´s gallery tickets to Ted Nugent, the conservative gun-rights supporter. "I am excited to have a patriot like Ted Nugent joining me in the House Chamber to hear from President Obama," Mr. Stockman said in a statement announcing the choice. "After the address I´m sure Ted will have plenty to say."