Media Bias: In his State of the Union, President Obama repeatedly misled the American people on matters of huge substance. Afterward, somehow, the big story is ... a bottle of water during the Republican rebuttal. Why does a re-elected chief executive, dubiously claiming a mandate from the people, insult the intelligence of millions of Americans struggling to stay afloat in a contracting economy during the worst economic recovery on record with ludicrous contentions like this: "After years of grueling recession, our businesses have created over 6 million new jobs"?
On the Senate floor this morning, Harry Reid said it´s "outlandish" to say that the Obama "administration hasn´t been forthcoming" in the Benghazi terror attack: "They have as much information that´s available on the Benghazi situation," said Reid. "Testimony from the administration officials, from multiple committees, from an independent review board, Secretary Clinton testified, Secretary Panetta, who is going to be leaving his job in less than two hours, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Martin Dempsey, and others have already testified regarding the attack that claimed four American lives. Chuck Hagel had nothing to do
We come from different backgrounds, parties and pursuits but are bound by a common belief in the promise and purpose of America. After all, each of us has been the beneficiary of the choices made—and opportunities created—by previous generations of Americans. One of us grew up poor in the South Bronx of the 1960s and went on to lead a children´s antipoverty program in Harlem. Another grew up in a small town in South Jersey, and went on to be a leading money manager. The third grew up in a small suburb in upstate New
Most guns would not be banned under President Obama’s proposed gun regulations, he told questioners during a “fireside hangout” on Google+ this afternoon. Assuring viewers the government will not “take away their guns,” Obama said the majority of guns would still be available, while small number of weapons, like assault rifles, would be banned. The same questioner pressed the president on why his proposals focus on assault weapons when the majority of gun deaths are related to handguns, asking him if handguns should be banned as well. “I actually don’t think we should ban handguns,”
During a “fireside hangout” on Google+ this afternoon, President Obama responded to a questioner who said she was disappointed in the gap between Obama’s campaign promises for transparency and the reality of the last four years. “It feels a lot less transparent than I think we all hoped it would be,” she said. Obama said firmly, “This is the most transparent administration in history, and I can document that is the case.” As an example, he said, White House visitor record are now public record, something he changed. His administration’s handling of the terrorist attack on
Should it be a federal crime for businesses to refuse to hire ex-convicts? Yes, according to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which recently released 20,000 convoluted words of regulatory "guidance" to direct businesses to hire more felons and other ex-offenders. In the late 1970s, the EEOC began stretching Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act to sue businesses for practically any hiring practice that adversely affected minorities. In 1989, the agency sued Carolina Freight Carrier Corp. of Hollywood, Fla., for refusing to hire as a truck driver a Hispanic man
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) challenged President Barack Obama’s assertions about climate change policy on Thursday, saying there was not anything the president could do if Congress refuses to pass the climate bill Obama called for in his State of the Union speech. “I don’t know what actions the president thinks he can take,” Boehner said at his weekly press conference Thursday. “I don’t think he has the ability to impose a national energy tax on Americans without the authority of Congress.” “He may attempt to do this, but I’m not sure how much he can really do,” said Boehner.
President Obama on Thursday hailed his administration for its transparency. “This is the most transparent administration in history,” Obama said during a Google Plus “Fireside” Hangout. “I can document that this is the case,” he continued. “Every visitor that comes into the White House is now part of the public record. Every law we pass and every rule we implement we put online for everyone to see.”The president said this holds true even on the issue of Benghazi, a controversy which he said was “driven by campaign” year politics and one that Congressional Republicans were clinging to
Today, Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) introduced a bill to levy a carbon tax. But, back on Nov. 15 of last year, Pres. Obama´s press secretary promised the administration would "never" do so. According to Reuters, the new tax law "would set a $20 tax for each ton of carbon dioxide equivalent a polluter would emit beyond a set limit, which would rise 5.6 percent annually over a 10-year period." Last November, however, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters that would never happen:
It´s Valentine´s Day, and today the Republicans heard President Obama say those three little words they never thought they´d hear: "out of money." While speaking on early childhood education in Decatur, Georgia, the president said, according to the White House transcript: So we’ve worked to make college more affordable for millions of students and families already through tax credits and grants and loans that go farther than before. But taxpayers can’t keep subsidizing ever-escalating price tags for higher education. At some point you run out of money. So colleges have to do their part.
Notre Dame´s football program is best known for stories about fake girlfriends, but across campus in the sociology department they´re interested in real ones--and boyfriends and wives and husbands as well. "Notre Dame Sociologist Elizabeth McClintock studies the impacts of physical attractiveness and age on mate selection and the effects of gender [meaning sex] and income on relationships," announces a university press release. "Her research offers new insights into why and when Cupid´s arrow strikes." In one ingenious study, published in 2011 in the journal Biodemography and Social Biology, McClintock explored sex differences in "revealed sexual preferences."
BREAKING NEWS UPDATE: Christopher Dorner, the ex-police officer who declared he was on a quest to kill his former law enforcement colleagues, is dead. Authorities this evening confirmed that remains found after a fiery standoff at a mountain cabin Tuesday were, in fact, Dorner´s. "The charred human remains located in the burned out cabin in Seven Oaks have been positively identified to be that of Christopher Dorner," the San Bernardino County Sheriff and Coroner´s Office said in a written statement. "During the autopsy, positive identification was made through dental examination."
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is said by well-connected Democrats to be considering with the idea of running for president if Hillary Clinton opts out of the 2016 race. The 53-year-old Emanuel, who is busy raising money for his 2015 reelection campaign in the Windy City, has had discussions both over the phone and face to face in the past month with Democratic Party donors and fundraisers about a possible White House run, according to sources. It’s unclear who raised the subject—Emanuel or the donors—and the mayor’s press secretary didn’t offer any clarity on who said what to whom.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Thursday that she opposes a cut in congressional pay because it would diminish the dignity of lawmakers´ jobs. "I don´t think we should do it; I think we should respect the work we do," Pelosi told reporters in the Capitol. "I think it´s necessary for us to have the dignity of the job that we have rewarded." The comments were made in the context of the looming sequester, which would force across-the-board cuts affecting most federal offices, including Congress.
Fugitive former police officer Christopher Jordan Dorner was apparently holed up inside a Big Bear area condo for as many as five days before the husband and wife who own the property surprised him and then were tied up and gagged, the couple said Wednesday night. (Snip)The couple said Dorner had been at the condo in the 1200 block of Club View Drive since as early as Friday, when they arrived to do maintenance in the yard. He told them he watched them — and even said they were "hardworking, good people." The couple slept at another property nearby.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the first artificial retina, an implanted device that replicates some of the function of the retina, helping to restore vision to people blinded with a rare genetic disorder, the agency said Thursday. The device, made by privately held Second Sight Medical Products Inc of Sylmar, California, is intended to replace the function of light-sensing cells in the retina destroyed by retinitis pigmentosa, an inherited degenerative disease that affects about 100,000 people nationwide.
SAN FRANCISCO — Think you´ve got it rough? Meet Howard Epstein. He´s a longtime Republican activist in a city that hasn´t had a Republican mayor in nearly half a century, where a GOP endorsement is an epithet and party registration is vanishingly small, trailing far behind the ranks of Democrats and people who prefer no party at all. (Snip)"I´m used to it," he says, after a bite of corned beef sandwich at a saloon in the city´s Financial District. Not just to losing, but to being pulverized, election after election after election.
Chris Dorner set out to kill an Asian woman and a Black man, not because they did anything to him, but to get revenge on his own lawyer. His ex-girlfriend described him as paranoid and twisted. And that gives him all the qualifications to be another 99 percent hero. Just another reminder that the Occupy crowd are some of the worst people in the world. But maybe they can start Occupy Burning Cabins now. The statement of support and solidarity was posted on the Occupy Los Angeles’ official Facebook page Wednesday. The statement came in
From the Pew Research Center: Unfavorable: 58 percent Favorable: 42 percent Twitter users had a wide range of reactions during and immediately after President Obama´s State of the Union speech. Topics that drew the most attention were education, the minimum wage, the economy, gun control and the deficit. And despite all the media attention, Pew finds most Americans don´t view the State of the Union speech as very important.
Martin Peretz, the former owner and editor of the New Republic, has come down strongly on the new iteration of the magazine he first purchased in 1974. So shocked by the content since Facebook´s Chris Hughes took over is Peretz that he published a piece at the Wall Street Journal Thursday titled "The New New Republic: I don´t recognize the magazine I used to own. We were liberal but not narrowly partisan":The New Republic has abandoned its liberal but heterodox tradition and embraced a leftist outlook as predictable as that of Mother Jones or the Nation.
EAST CHICAGO — Home from Afghanistan for just five months, 25-year-old Indiana National Guardsman Willie Cook was gunned down while shielding his two-year-old son. CBS 2´s Dana Kozlov reports its another case of mistaken identity, with no one in custody. Two-year-old Antoine Cook uses a toy cell phone to talk to his father. It’s all he has. “And to know that your 2 year old has to pretend to talk to his dad,” said Laquana Norwood. On February 2, Cook, was shot and killed while in a car near his grandmother’s East Chicago house where he
Today at 4:50 PM ET, President Obama will take questions in a Google+ Hangout. 16,514 people submitted 7,520 questions and cast 97,853 votes for what questions that they wanted President Obama to answer. This is President Obama´s second Google Plus Hangout. His first took place on January 30, 2012. On August 29, 2012, President Obama participated in a Reddit "Ask Me Anything" thread. In that thread he responded to 10 questions (most of which were the most popular questions). Some of the questions that he chose to respond to were "soft-ball" questions such as,"Who´s your favourite [sic] Basketball player?
President Obama didn’t make any phone calls the night of the Sept. 11 attacks on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, the White House said in a letter to Congress released Thursday. “During the entire attack, the president of the United States never picked up the phone to put the weight of his office in the mix,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham, South Carolina Republican, who had held up Mr. Obama’s defense secretary nominee to force the information to be released. Mr. Graham said that if Mr. Obama had picked up the
SAN DIEGO Former San Diego Mayor Maureen O´Connor acknowledged Thursday in federal court that she misappropriated $2 million from her late husband´s charitable foundation due to a gambling addiction in which she won more than $1 billion but lost even more over nearly a decade. O´Connor made the acknowledgement in an agreement with the government to defer prosecution for two years while she attempts to repay the debt. (Snip)O´Connor defense attorney Gene Iredale said O´Connor suffered a brain tumor, during which time she gambled away nearly a billion dollars of her inheritance,