RUSH: This is Bill in Sierra Vista, Arizona. Great to have you here, sir. Hi. CALLER: Thank you very much, Rush, for taking my call. RUSH: You bet. CALLER: I just to say that I don´t share your optimism for our future. I believe in the next 36 months that the Supreme Court will uphold whatever invasive gun laws that Obama seeks to push upon us. I believe that we will lose the House of Representatives in 2014 and I honestly believe that Obama is going to be reelected in 2016.
When we saw the headline "Four Ways ObamaCare Could Still Fail," our reaction was that it sounded like an unrealistically low estimate. But we read the article because we were intrigued because of the source: TalkingPointsMemo.com, a news site with a strong (and acknowledged) liberal Democratic slant. Its framing as friendly criticism makes the piece, by congressional reporter Sahil Kapur, a powerful indictment of ObamaCare. To be sure, it´s not clear Kapur intends to indict ObamaCare, and if he does, he downplays it, presumably in order to avoid alienating his liberal readers or his liberal editors.
A Hispanic Republican senator drinks water on TV, and the media demolish him. A Hispanic Democratic senator is accused of having sex with underage prostitutes, and the media ignores it. Freshman Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, by any definition a rising star in politics, was an obvious choice to deliver the GOP response to the State of the Union address. He’s smart, a great communicator, hard-working, sincere, and proud of his Cuban heritage and his Republican affiliation. He connects his heritage with his reasons for being a Republican in ways that scare the heck Please split headlines
NJ Transit sent four employees to the Super Bowl in New Orleans — including a key rail official who was in charge of the Hoboken terminal when dozens of rail cars and locomotives, left to sit in low-lying yards, were damaged during superstorm Sandy — at a taxpayer cost of $14,505, expense reports show. The bills, obtained by The Record through an Open Public Records Act request, include: $7,800 for lodging from Jan. 31 through Feb. 4, 2013; $5,241 for airfare; $423 in miscellaneous expenses. The intent of the visit was to ground NJ Transit officials in procedures used to handle
Political consultant, feminist, and Huffington Post blogger Naomi Wolf is in talks to join Al Jazeera, the Qatari-owned news network that recently purchased Al Gore´s cable network, Current TV. Responding to inquiries, Wolf said the talks are "extremely informal and very, very preliminary." Wolf currently writes for both the Huffington Post and the UK Guardian; she has already scaled back her work for the British newspaper. Huffington Post has reported that Wolf will be ending her association with the site, though no terms were announced. Naomi Wolf has a long history of feminist activism, authoring such books
"I´m also issuing a new goal for America," declared President Obama at his "State of the Union" on Tuesday. We´ll come to the particular "goal" he "issued" momentarily, but before we do, consider that formulation: Did you know the president of the United States is now in the business of "issuing goals" for his subjects to live up to? Strange how the monarchical urge persists even in a republic two-and-a-third centuries old. Many commentators have pointed out that the modern State of the Union is in fairly obvious mimicry of the Speech from the Throne that precedes a new
As Maureen O’Connor stood in court Thursday somberly admitting over the course of years that she had bet a total of more than $1 billion in casinos due to her compulsive gambling, it was the sad culmination of an addiction that dismantled a vast fortune and left her broke and in failing health. The former mayor of San Diego — and widow of millionaire Jack-in-the-Box restaurant chain founder Robert Peterson, who died in 1994 — lost a total of $13 million to casinos,
Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) on Friday questioned how President Obama was able to sleep on the night of September 11, 2012, knowing that the U.S. consulate was under attack and the lives of U.S. officials were at risk. "I have no idea if the President required a sleep aid that night, but if he did, anybody else in America has trouble sleeping, you better get what he had, because it works well," Gohmert said on the House floor. "How the President of the United States can sleep that night, as the ambassador that he put in place, that
Sens. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) introduced a bill Thursday that would give same-sex spouses in the military equal benefits. The Charlie Morgan Military Spouses Equal Treatment Act would require the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs to honor any marriage that has been recognized by a state and provide equal benefits to the spouses of all service members. “This legislation is an important step forward in achieving full equality for all of our men and women serving and fighting for our nation,” Gillibrand said. “Same-sex partners of military service members
A group of House Democrats labeling themselves the Safe Climate Caucus held a press conference today to warn that if Congress does not address global warming, the country could face dire consequences, including detrimental effects to California wines and an end to Vermont skiing. One Democratic representative even worried that global warming could destroy the state of Maryland. “If we do nothing about what is happening, it will destroy our economy, it will destroy our state, and it will have a broad impact not just here in this country but around the world,”
Taxpayer dollars were used to fund a study that painted the Tea Party movement as the spawn of the tobacco lobby -- a premise that Tea Party leaders say is absurd. The study was published earlier this month in the Tobacco Control journal and was formally presented by its authors at an on-campus symposium in San Francisco Feb. 8. "The Tea Party that we see in 2009 actually has decades of influence from tobacco and other corporate interests," co-author Amanda Fallin said at the time, downplaying the notion that the group is just a "spontaneous grassroots movement."
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. had the worst sales start to a month in seven years as payroll-tax increases hit shoppers already battling a slow economy, according to internal e-mails obtained by Bloomberg News. “In case you haven’t seen a sales report these days, February MTD sales are a total disaster,” Jerry Murray, Wal- Mart’s vice president of finance and logistics, said in a Feb. 12 e-mail to other executives, referring to month-to-date sales.[Snip] Wal-Mart and discounters such as Family Dollar Stores Inc. are bracing for a rise in the payroll tax to take a bigger bite from the paychecks
Tenaris announced Friday it will build a $1.5 billion pipe manufacturing plant in Matagorda County to serve drillers in the Eagle Ford and other booming shale plays. Texas Gov. Rick Perry said a $6 million grant from the Texas Enterprise Fund helped to close the deal, which came down to a contest between Matagorda County and Louisiana. Proximity to the Eagle Ford Shale mattered, said German Cura, president of Tenaris’ North American division, which is based in Houston. But because pipe produced at the plant will be shipped to all of the nation’s shale plays, it wasn’t
Liberal journalists like NBC´s Matt Lauer and CBS´s Scott Pelley have been acting like "whiney crybabies" recently as they lamented Republicans daring to challenge the president for his lack of leadership in tackling the nation´s tremendous national debt. "Toughen up fellas," NewsBusters publisher Brent Bozell chided the liberal media on the February 14 edition of Fox News Channel´s Hannity. The Media Research Center president and the Fox News host also discussed how the analysts on MSNBC quickly set out to smear Marco Rubio following his response to the State of the Union. "It´s a sign of the times that
Representative Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) said the Obama administration should regulate oil refineries, household appliances, and even renegotiate climate treaties if Congress does not pass legislation dealing with global warming. “The president will be taking action by executive order through his administration,” Waxman said at a press conference on Friday unveiling his Safe Climate Caucus, which will work to pressure House Republicans to take up a climate change initiative. Waxman, who said that Obama’s executive actions would also pressure the GOP, explained that there
The teenager who pleaded guilty to killing a pizza delivery man last year was sentenced inside a Dorchester County General Sessions courtroom in St. George this morning. Stephawn Brown, 19, of North Charleston, pleaded guilty to murder and armed robbery on Thursday, three days into his trial. Sentencing had been postponed until today. Circuit Judge Ed Dickson sentenced Brown to 49 years for the murder and 30 for the armed robbery, with the sentences to be served concurrently. Brown is not eligible for parole. Brown’s attorney, Mark Leiendecker, a public defender, asked the judge for 45 years, which was on
An enormous cache of explosive material turned up this week in Gao, one of the northern Malian cities retaken by French and Malian troops. There are varying reports on its complexity and size, but the Associated Press reports the French military pulled about 1,700 pounds of explosive material out of a single building. Although Islamist fighters first withdrew from Gao without heavy fighting more than two weeks ago, they came back in waves last weekend. Last Friday, a suicide bomber set off a device at a security checkpoint. A second suicide bomber detonated a device on Saturday,
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says Hillary Clinton inspired his decision to allow women in combat. “And in many ways, I have to tell you, it was her inspiration that encouraged me to move forward to be able to bring down the last barriers for women in the Department of Defense and to give them the ability to have a chance to engage in combat. I thank you for that inspiration,” Panetta told Clinton at a Pentagon ceremony on Thursday. Panetta bestowed the Defense Department’s highest honor--the Distinguished Civilian Service Award--on the former secretary of state.
The House voted Friday to freeze the pay of federal workers for the third year in a row over the objections of congressional Democrats and the Obama administration. Members voted 261-154 in favor of the bill, which would also lock in a pay freeze for members of Congress. It exempts people serving in the military. The bill won significant support from Democrats — 43 voted for it — while 10 Republicans voted against it. The legislation is an attempt to override President Obama´s executive order in December that seeks to give federal workers a 0.5 percent pay
Fleeing advancing French and Malian forces, al-Qaeda militants left a strategic blueprint outlining their general plan for Mali and the region. The nine-page document unlocks a door to the world´s most feared terrorist network. The letter was discovered by the Associated Press in Timbuktu in a pile of papers and trash inside a building occupied by the Islamists for almost a year. It is signed by Abu Musab Abdul Wadud, the nom de guerre of Abdelmalek Droukdel, the senior commander appointed by Osama bin Laden to run al-Qaeda’s branch in Africa.
Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) said on Thursday that U.S. government does not have a spending problem, but America suffers from "a misallocation of wealth." “I look at it this way,” Harkin said at a Senate Appropriations Committee hearing on the Budget Control Act of 2011 (the law that includes the automatic spending cuts referred to as "sequestration"). “We’re the richest nation in the history of the world. That kind of begs the question doesn’t it? If we’re so rich, why are we so broke?” “Is it a spending problem? Harkin said.
Outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta honored his "dear friend" Hillary Clinton Thursday, calling her "a strong and dedicated partner of the Department of Defense" and "one of the finest public servants of our time." “In my past role as CIA director, she was someone who understood the importance of intelligence, understood the importance of intelligence operations, understood the importance of doing everything we could do to be able to go after those who attacked our country on 9/11,” Panetta said. “As a senator, she saw the terror of that moment firsthand.
Having grown up in Los Angeles and spending a good chunk of my youth thinking I was going to make my living as an actor, I am occasionally asked what it takes to make it in Hollywood. Given that I did not, in fact, make it in Hollywood, I’m probably not the right guy to ask. However, I do have one bit of expert advice on how to not make it in Hollywood. So for those looking for the key to failure, here it is: Walk into an audition wearing a Republican T-shirt.
President Obama will never again be an election candidate but, for now at least, he has the look — and the rhetorical sound — of a man on the campaign trail. Thursday brought the latest example, with a rally-style event in Decatur, Ga., intended to build support for the administration’s proposals on pre-K education. It was preceded by a similar stop in Asheville, N.C., to advocate for manufacturing plans, and two major speeches — the State of the Union and the second inaugural address — that were notable for their vigorous liberal tone.
Campaigners today slammed Google for violating Android users´ privacy after it emerged that the company was sharing their personal details with mobile app developers. An Australian software developer revealed that the search giant was sending him the full names, email and post codes of everyone who purchased his app on Google´s Play Store. He said the information was so detailed he would even be able to use it to ´track down and harass users who left negative reviews or refunded the app purchase´. Incredibly, it has emerged that the data sharing was not the result of a software glitch, but
The House and Senate each voted Friday to recess for the Presidents Day week, which means lawmakers will have just four days — once they return — to deal with the $85 billion sequester due to take effect March 1. House Republicans have said they will not act on any bill to avoid the sequester until the Senate does first. Senate Democrats have proposed a bill to replace the sequester with a plan that shifts and reduces the planned cuts, and includes new tax increases. But with the Senate out,