Before Ronald Reagan traveled the 16 blocks to the White House after his first inaugural address, the White House curator had, at the new president’s instruction, hung in the Cabinet room a portrait of Calvin Coolidge. The Great Communicator knew that “Silent Cal” could use words powerfully — 15 of them made him a national figure — because he was economical in their use, as in all things. Were Barack Obama, America’s most loquacious president (699 first-term teleprompter speeches), capable of learning from someone with whom he disagrees, he would profit from Amity Shlaes’s new biography
This Friday, Dr. Ben Carson will sit down with Sean Hannity and a distinguished audience in a special one-hour show that revolves around one idea and one quest: saving America. Tonight, the Insider caught up with Dr. Carson before the taping of the special to get a preview of the show, as well as ask him some of our own burning questions about his inspirational career, his plans for the future, and of course, his reaction to the outpouring of response after his comments at last week’s National Prayer Breakfast. (Snip) Insider: Over the past week,
Every day I read or hear pundits spending energy telling us the Tea Party is dead. Daily. Repeatedly. If we were dead, we´d have about as much media time as, oh, Michael Dukakis. However, our principles of limited government and fiscal responsibility are starting to actually resonate. All it took was a simple expiring 2 percent payroll tax hike to destroy four years of "government for free" fiction. Anyone else notice that "fiscal cliff" tax hikes have already been consumed by the spending for Superstorm (aka a "weak Category 1 for Floridians") Sandy?
The Washington Post has announced that it is adding Hilary Rosen, a long-time Democrat operative, attorney, and lobbyist, to its editorial pages. Rosen will join a parade of liberals and Democrat operatives, one Republican operative, and others as one of the "Insiders" writing daily political commentary. Washington Post Editorial Page Editor Fred Hiatt said he looks forward to Rosen´s contribution. "Hilary will be a lively addition to our diverse voices. Like Ed, she is an experienced insider with strong views and an original, independent mind." Rosen is most recently known for attacking GOP
A friend of New Jersey Democratic Senator Bob Menendez and Democratic Party mega-donor Dr. Salomon Melgen may have mistakenly confirmed more details of the senator’s alleged wrongdoing. On Monday, Dominican Republic lawyer and politician Vinicio Castillo Seman confirmed that Menendez was at the posh Casa de Campo resort on Easter last year. “I’ve known Menendez as a friend and of my cousin Salomon Melgen,” Castillo said, according to the news outlet Dominican Today. “No one has come forward on the allegations and evil accusations, we spend every Easter together in
Marco Rubio delivered the GOP response to President Obama’s State of the Union last night. Did he talk about the contracting economy, rising unemployment, immigration reform, spiraling debt, and what we can do about it? Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. And Yes. But thanks to a unique moment of having to take a (gasp) sip of water while publicly speaking for a long stretch of time, the only thing talking heads are talking about today is Rubio “watering down the Republican message.” Get it? Should the Rubio water story been broached? Of course.
Former Massachusetts senator Scott Brown will debut on Fox News Wednesday night, with an appearance on “Hannity.” “Senator Brown’s dedication to out-of-the box thinking on key issues makes him an important voice in the country and we are looking forward to his contributions across all Fox News platforms,” Bill Shine, the network’s executive vice president of programming, said in a statement. “I am looking forward to commenting on the issues of the day and challenging our elected officials to put our country’s needs first instead of their own partisan interests,” Brown added.
A wealthy Democratic donor is fanning the flames of speculation that Hillary Clinton is indeed running for president. Sacramento developer Angelo Tsakopoulos says Bill Clinton has confirmed the presumed plan that the former Secretary of State will make a bid for the White House again. The millionaire told the Greek Reporter that Clinton´s husband revealed his wife´s political ambition, as the power couple gear up for a 2016 race. ´Hillary will be our next President and she will be a great one,´ Mr Tsakopoulos told the Greek Reporter at a private gala event in California over the weekend.
It´s been two years since former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was injured in a shooting massacre in a Tucson supermarket parking lot. As a mark of her amazing recovery from a severe brain injury, the former Congresswoman posed with her husband Mark Kelly for a Vogue photo shoot as they discuss their relationship and new gun control activism in an article for the magazine´s March 2013 issue. The former lawmaker is pictured relaxing at her Arizona home as she gazes longingly at her husband - softly taking hold of Kelly´s hand as the desert sun streams in to surround them.
Introducing Jack Lew to the Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday, New York Democrat Chuck Schumer said the Treasury nominee has an "uncanny ability to delve into a subject" and "master it." Americans can only hope, because you wouldn´t know it based on the little that Mr. Lew claims to have known about what happened during his tenure at CitigroupC -0.79% from 2006-2008. Mr. Lew´s confirmation hearing was a substance-free zone, including his own job history. He was a senior executive at the giant failing bank before and during the financial crisis, but over several hours
ATLANTA- A spokeswoman for a suburban Atlanta school system says excitement is building as President Obama plans to visit an early childhood learning center there. Decatur City Schools spokeswoman Courtney Burnett says Obama intends to visit the College Heights Early Childhood Learning Center on Thursday in Decatur. She told The Associated Press that people she´s heard from within the school system are excited, and the visit "is a big deal" in the community just east of Atlanta. The White House has said that Obama plans to travel to two Southern states after his State of the Union address
Here´s what has to be understood. It´s all about him. A State of the Union speech normally is about relating a president´s public policies to conditions in the country. An Obama State of the Union speech is about one thing: the Obama project. It would be unfair to say that everything and everyone else in a complex world are irrelevant. But let´s be clear about the priorities: Congress, the Cabinet of courtiers, the press, the people and indeed the national problems described in that State of the Union speech—it´s all brick and mortar in the future Obama monument.
33.5 million Americans watched President Obama´s State of the Union address last night, the lowest turnout since President Bill Clinton´s final State of the Union address in 2000, according to newly released Nielsen ratings. Obama´s totals also marked a significant decline from the first second-term addresses of his predecessors. President George W. Bush´s first second-term State of the Union address, in Feb. 2005, drew 39.4 million viewers. President Clinton´s first second-term address, in Jan. 1997, drew 41.1 million. In general, viewership for Obama´s State of the Union addresses has been in constant decline.
Senate Democrats on Wednesday said they’ll force a showdown on Chuck Hagel’s nomination to be defense secretary, scheduling a key test vote for Friday morning. Mr. Hagel, a former Republican senator whom President Obama tapped for the top Pentagon civilian post, will need to garner the support of 60 senators in that Friday vote, or else his nomination will be delayed. Republicans have said they need more information about Mr. Hagel before they can vote on him, but Democrats said the Vietnam war veteran is qualified and has answered enough questions “
Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) claimed “it’s astonishing” that President Obama never makes mention of the Muslim Brotherhood and their control of the Egyptian government. “He never mentions the Muslim Brotherhood. It’s astonishing. If there’s anything that has been a trend in this administration related to terrorism, it’s their unwillingness to call it for what it is,” Franks told CNSNews.com immediately following Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday night. Franks also views the Muslim Brotherhood as a threat not only to the security of Israel but to the entire world. “And the Muslim Brotherhood has gained
Sen. Richard Burr, a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, said that the CIA has “flatly refused” to give some Benghazi-related documents to the committee, which is conducting an investigation of the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attacks on the State Department and CIA personnel and facilities in Benghazi, Libya. Sen. Burr made the assertion last week at the confirmation hearing for John Brennan, whom President Barack Obama has nominated to be director of the CIA. Brennan currently serves as the president´s counterterrorism adviser. “Mr. Brennan, as you know, the committee´s conducting
Energy: The president´s proposed Energy Security Fund will stifle the private energy sector boom and provide permanent funding for future Solyndras and electric cars that nobody wants. And what about that pipeline, sir? A nonexistent crisis is a terrible thing to waste, and in justifying his proposal for a cap-and-tax scheme, President Obama claimed in his State Of The Union that "the 12 hottest years on record have all come in the last 15." He was lying. The fact is, according to new data released quietly last October by Britain´s Met Office, the world´s natural post-Ice Age
´Already, the Affordable Care Act is helping to slow the growth of health-care costs," the president claimed Tuesday. This ranks as one of the biggest State of the Union whoppers ever told. In fact, not only are health-care costs climbing, but employers are also shifting those costs onto the very "middle-class" families Obama spent much of his speech championing. Since ObamaCare was enacted, family health-insurance premiums on average have soared $3,000, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. The president promised the law would slash premiums by an average of $2,500 per family.
Speeches: While pundits focused on the dreary policy details in President Obama´s State of the Union speech, we were left wondering who writes his material these days. The speech was full of — apparently — accidental humor. Either Obama recruited writers from "The Daily Show" or a thick cloud of unreality has descended on the White House. How else to explain lines like these in Tuesday´s speech: "It is not a bigger government we need, but a smarter government." That´s rich coming from the guy who jacked up spending to record levels. According to the
For months he´s bobbed and weaved questions about a rift with Chief Justice John Roberts, and now Associate Justice Antonin Scalia is finally conceding that he was disappointed with Roberts´ decision to uphold most of Obamacare last year. "I was disappointed it came out the way it did," he said, the first time he expressed his displeasure with the surprise Roberts decision. But he said Tuesday night during an address to Smithsonian supporters, "I don´t work for him, and he doesn´t work for me." Many conservatives thought Roberts would strike Obama down and there were
President Obama wants to use fees paid by oil and gas companies to pay for a clean-energy research fund that would aim to eliminate oil in transportation, the White House announced Tuesday. Obama proposed a $2 billion “Energy Security Trust” for clean-energy research during his State of the Union speech: “Tonight, I propose we use some of our oil and gas revenues to fund an Energy Security Trust that will drive new research and technology to shift our cars and trucks off oil for good,” he said. The White House expanded on the plan in a
President Obama will leave Friday to vacation in West Palm Beach, Fla., squeezing in some rest and relaxation a few days after giving his State of the Union address. The White House announced the trip Wednesday and said that no public events were scheduled during the Presidents’ Day holiday weekend. Obama will travel to Atlanta on Thursday and Chicago on Friday to continue his public push for the progressive agenda outlined in his State of the Union speech. Obama recently vacationed with his family in Hawaii, a trip that was interrupted by negotiations over the so-called fiscal cliff.
President Obama called for stronger border security during last night’s State of the Union address. I wonder if he was aware there were at least five illegal immigrants sitting in the House chamber? (Snip) Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) invited Gabino Sanchez, an illegal immigrant with a criminal record. Sanchez, whose record is littered with misdemeanor charges liked driving without a license, is fighting deportation. Yet this man – who is putting American drivers at risk – was given an opportunity not afforded to law-abiding taxpayers. He was allowed to sit in the House chamber
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) just announced that he’ll be placing a hold on the nomination of John Brennan for CIA director until he receives answers to his questions about the administration’s use of drones. “I have asked Mr. Brennan if he believed that the President has the power to authorize lethal force, such as a drone strike, against a U.S. citizen on U.S. soil, and my question remains unanswered. I will not allow a vote on this nomination until Mr. Brennan openly responds to the questions and concerns my colleagues and I share,” Paul said. “These issues must be
Four California high-school students were reportedly suspended for chanting “U.S.A! U.S.A!” and wearing American flag bandanas during a basketball game. While their punishment has since been rescinded, school administrators said “the incident is far from over.” Oxnard Union School District superintendent Gabe Soumakian told Fox News Radio that “we need to pursue this further” and “work with teachers and students and the community about the concept of cultural proficiency.” Soumakian and Camarillo High School principal Glenn Lipman felt that the students’ actions might have had racist undertones since the schools have large Hispanic student populations.