Jon Stewart talked with U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice tonight in an interview that mostly focused on the Benghazi scandal that Rice got caught up in after comments she made on a number of Sunday shows last September. Stewart grilled Rice on the mixed messages provided by the Obama administration and intelligence community, and whether the administration was more efficient at explaining after the fact than preventing the attack. (Snip) Rice said that she was only asked to go on the Sunday shows after Hillary Clinton did not feel up to doing it herself, explaining that she shared
During the State of the Union address, as well as many other speeches he´s given over the past four years, this President emphatically continues to state that his programs - his investments in America - "should not add one single dime to the deficit". Through tears, I watched the SOTU speech and when I heard this statement repeated once again, I was reminded of the scene in the movie Blazing Saddles during which, a posse was riding out after their man. Coming upon a makeshift toll bridge, the posse stops. The sheriff then yells out
One of the strangest aspects of the Chris Dorner manhunt saga has been the accused killer’s online fanbase who applaud him for taking the lead in trying to publicize and fight back against police corruption. On CNN yesterday, Marc Lamont Hill said that these people view Dorner as a “real life superhero” and compared him to the vengeance-seeking main character of the film Django Unchained. Hill sat down with Bill O’Reilly tonight to defend his comments, with O’Reilly telling Hill he was being insensitive to the victims’ families. (Snip) Hill immediately apologized to
A Colorado school principal is apologizing after he mailed parents a letter informing them that an after-school tutoring program was for non-whites only. (Snip) Andre Pearson, the principal at Mission Viejo Elementary School in Aurora, also left a voice mail message confirming that the program excluded whites. “It’s focused for and designed for children of color,” Principal Pearson said in a voicemail to parent Nicole Cox. “If we have space for other kids who have needs, we can definitely meet those needs.” The voicemail was obtained by CBS-4 News in Denver. “I was infuriated,” Cox told the television station.
Thou shall not remove the Ten Commandments. That’s the declaration from a federal district court – dismissing a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union against Dixie County, Fla. and ending a six-year legal battle. (Snip) The ACLU sued the county after they allowed a private citizen to erect a six-ton monument of the Ten Commandments atop the steps of the courthouse. A 75-year-old North Carolina man, who happens to be an ACLU member, objected to the monument – which led to the lawsuit. Liberty Counsel represented the county and challenged the ACLU’s standing to bring a
The mysterious co-ed to whom Steve Cohen was sending what appeared to be flirtatious text messages is, in fact, his daughter. The flirtations were, in fact, the kind of sweet things a dad says to his daughter: Victoria Elizabeth Brink, who used her Twitter account to write that she was seeing Cohen in the House Chamber on television Tuesday night, is also the daughter of a Texas criminal defense lawyer, Cynthia White Sinatra, who ran for Congress in 2006 against Ron Paul. The Memphis Democrat publicly acknowledged his daughter for the first time after receiving permission from her family.
Students and parents at West Liberty University in West Virginia are expressing concern and even outrage over an assignment handed out by professor Stephanie Wolf in which she told her students which sources they couldn’t use in their research. While The New York Times, The Huffington Post and others were given the clear, The Onion and Fox News were the two outlets she said were off limits. Robin Capehart, the president of the university, spoke with Megyn on Thursday’s America Live, expressing his concern over the incident and telling her that “the purpose
Online rumors about a big government munitions purchase are true, sort of. The Homeland Security Department wants to buy more than 1.6 billion rounds of ammunition in the next four or five years. It says it needs them -- roughly the equivalent of five bullets for every person in the United States -- for law enforcement agents in training and on duty. Published federal notices about the ammo buy have agitated conspiracy theorists since the fall. That´s when conservative radio host Alex Jones spoke of an "arms race against the American people" and said the
I don’t normally like to draw attention to David Corn, the only left-wing operative named after a vegetable often found embedded in feces. But this item is kind of interesting: An internal investigation of FreedomWorks—the prominent conservative advocacy group and super-PAC—has focused on president Matt Kibbe’s management of the organization, his use of its resources, and a controversial book deal he signed, according to former FreedomWorks officials who have met with the private lawyers conducting the probe. One potential topic for the inquiry is a promotional video produced last year under the supervision of Adam Brandon,
First lady Michelle Obama and Vice President Joe Biden are expected to visit the Aspen area over the holiday weekend, according to sources. It is unclear who they will be traveling with and few details were available about the trips, other than Biden is expected to be staying in Snowmass Village, according to sources familiar with the visit who asked not to be identified. Last year, Obama came to Aspen over the President’s Day Weekend with her daughters for a ski vacation. She reportedly stayed at the home of Jim and Paula Crown, owners
In an interview on HuffPost Live Thursday, White House Communications Director Anita Dunn characterized Fox News as a network that is “crumbling.” If you were CNN or MSNBC, would you take these crumbling numbers? Nine out of the top ten highest-rated cable news shows are on Fox. Fox has easily been #1 in cable news for the past 11 years. Fox’s 3:00 AM show hosted by Greg Gutfeld (Red Eye) periodically beats CNN primetime programming. So when January ratings showed that Fox had fallen to a 12-year low, left-leaning media and folks like Ms. Dunn declared it the beginning
The first thing to do is to admit that I’m a Downton Abbey fan. In fact, I’ve watched every episode twice. But in my defense, I counterbalance my Downton viewings with at least one hour spent with my chainsaw for every hour tuned into Masterpiece Classic. One of the first things one notices, if one is a regular viewer of BBC productions, is that Downton is unusually ideologically and religiously balanced.
Longview Police Sgt. Mike Hallowell said “it took a Miracle” to stop a fleeing felon who led police on a 25-minute chase through a Longview neighborhood Friday afternoon. Morgan Perry Bluehorse “was knocked down by an 82-year-old man with officers hot on his tail,” Hallowell said Saturday. “His last name was Miracle.”
If we learned anything from the O.J. Simpson affair, it is that sports heroes are not easily separated from their past, epic deeds. Their trials become public arenas, tortuous affairs, and not everyone is willing to believe the worst of them. Even under such a soft, glowing light, however, it does not look good right now for Oscar Pistorius. The Blade Runner is charged with the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, and will appear in court on Friday. Steenkamp, 30, a model for the Capacity Relations agency, was shot four times sometime before dawn in Pistorius house
President John F. Kennedy secretly endorsed the release of hardened criminals to assassinate Cuban leader Fidel Castro to curb the Communist threat, a new book has claimed. At the height of tensions between America and neighbouring Communist Cuba in the early 1960s, JFK was implicit in the freeing of rapists, drug dealers, and Mafia hitmen through CIA in a bid to recruit ´untraceable´ spies willing to risk their lives on dangerous missions rather than go back to jail, a new book sensationally claims. Desperate to remove Castro from power, the president resorted to using dangerous criminals as operatives -
Julius Caesar is reputed to have said, "The die is cast" as he crossed the Rubicon and headed south with his army to administer the coup de grace to what little was left of individual liberty under the old Roman Republic. President Obama has been doing some casting of his own of late, as evidenced during the State of the Union address in his threat to Congress regarding global warming. First came the warning: Congress must pass a cap-and-trade bill to combat global warming because, Obama said, "the 12 hottest years on record have all come in the last 15.
Fausto Rosario Adames, a respected journalist in the Dominican Republic and editor of the well known Acento news website, has called on Dominican President Danilo Medina to launch an investigation of possible fraud in the disputed and controversial port security deal involving Dr. Salomon Melgen and his friend, Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ). In an editorial published in Spanish on Wednesday at Acento, and translated into English by this author, Adames says that efforts by Senator Menendez to prevent the United States from donating a second port security X-Ray
Ashley Judd is thinking about challenging Mitch McConnell in the 2014 election, and it is reportedly worrying local Democrats, even as the Beltway establishment is transfixed at the prospect of an attractive and energetic female celebrity emerging as a public face of the party. The situation holds great potential for amusement, a veritable carnival of celebrity leftist foibles.(snip)Ms. Judd, like many thespians, combines high-powered empathy with high powered ambition.
First lady Michelle Obama and her daughters are headed out West this weekend for their annual ski trip with family friends, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Friday. Last year, they went to Aspen, Colorado. In 2011 and 2010, the first lady and her daughters, Malia and Sasha, stayed in Vail. The president, meanwhile, travels later Friday to West Palm Beach, Florida for Presidents Day weekend after he makes a visit to Chicago
President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden have fiercely defended the nomination of Chuck Hagel, despite advisers and Hill Democrats who questioned the move and predicted a firestorm, according to Democratic sources. That opinion was validated, at least for the moment, by events Thursday as Senate Republicans narrowly blocked cloture on Hagel’s nomination. Obama immediately slammed the filibuster — which could be broken after a 10-day congressional recess. But an irked Obama is dead set on installing his pick at the Pentagon — even though the bitter battle over his confirmation is likely to leave lasting scars on his nominee
James Carter—an opposition researcher and the grandson of President Jimmy Carter—met President Barack Obama backstage before an education event in Georgia on Thursday. James Carter´s cousin, Georgia state Sen. Jason Carter, told Politico that President Obama jumped at the opportunity to meet the man responsible for filming and releasing the "47 percent" video that helped President Obama during his campaign against GOP candidate Mitt Romney. Upon being introduced and told of James Carter´s role in the 47 percent video, Obama jumped forward to embrace him. "Thank you, thank you so much,"
This evening, after I write this piece, I will be voting in the Oscars, for the first time online. (I have been an Academy member since 1985 and we have always voted during that period on written forms mailed directly to Price Waterhouse.) The Academy discourages us from revealing our votes – so I won’t. (At least not here. Watch the next Poliwood and you might get some idea.) But I will tell you one film I will not be voting for — Zero Dark Thirty, Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal’s version of the hunt for Bin Laden.
Commerce: In his State of the Union address, President Obama announced talks with Europe for the most ambitious trade partnership ever attempted. So how come it doesn´t include the words "free trade"? bfgs´Tonight, I am announcing that we will launch talks on a comprehensive Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership with the European Union — because trade that is free and fair across the Atlantic supports millions of good-paying American jobs," President Obama said in his State of the Union address. It´s hard to think of any greater tonic for two stricken economies than free trade with one other.
Federal prosecutors are now ready to file their plea agreement with Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr., CBS 2 has learned. Jackson’s wife, Sandi, faces legal troubles under the arrangement. Formal charges against Jesse Jackson Jr. could be filed as soon as Friday and Tuesday at the latest. His plea has also implicated his wife, leading to tax fraud charges against her. Source corrected by staff
The late Ted Kennedy became known as “the Hero of Chappaquiddick” for leaving a young lady to die after accidentally driving his car off a bridge on the night of July 18, 1969. Kennedy, who swam free, said nothing to police until 10 a.m. the following day. In the subsequent inquest, John Farrar, a professional diver and the captain of the Edgartown Fire Rescue unit on Chappaquiddick Island in Massachusetts, discovered the body of Mary Jo Kopechne in the well of the backseat of the overturned and submerged car. He said in his testimony: