In anticipation of Jesse Jackson Jr.´s indictment on Friday afternoon, Jonathan Allen and John Bresnahan at the Politico seemed all too willing to hand out sympathy cards to Jackson and his wife, both of whom stand to do time in prison for offenses relating to their raid of the congressman´s campaign funds. Specifically, the Politico pair wrote: "It’s a story of a Chicago power couple that lost track of the line between campaign cash and personal funds in a spiral of money troubles." Gosh, I didn´t know that line was so blurred. Excerpts from the write-up follow the
The recession has caused new retirees to be worse off financially than their parents when they finally leave the workforce. It is the first time since the Depression in the 1930s that America´s elderly have less to look forward to than earlier generations. The Washington Post reports that economists on either side of the aisle agree that the combination of a number of negative factors means that the downward shift means that retirees may have to rely on younger relatives in order to survive. ´This is the first time that Americans are going to be relatively worse off than their
Barack Obama has kept the press well away this President’s Day (Washington´s Birthday) weekend (hat tip: Drudge Report) as he golfs with Tiger Woods in Florida. As Politico’s Dylan Byers writes: [Snip] "Speaking on behalf of the White House Correspondents Association, I can say a broad cross section of our members from print, radio, online and TV have today expressed extreme frustration to me about having absolutely no access to the President of the United States this entire weekend," Henry said in a statement, relayed in a White House pool report. "There is a very simple but important principle
Secretary of State John Kerry says looming sequestration cuts that will reduce the State Department’s fiscal year 2013 budget by $2.6 billion could affect sensitive areas like diplomatic security and aid to Israel – but is silent on Pakistan, a country that alone accounts for $2.4 billion in the existing FY2013 request. In a letter last week to Senate Appropriations Committee chairwoman Sen. Barbara Milkuski (D-Md.), Kerry said the across-the-board cut of $2.6 billion “would seriously impair our ability to execute our vital missions of national security, diplomacy and development.” Some $850 million would have
I had not intended to write about the Eastleigh by-election this week, since it is still very hard to reach any judgment on which factors will influence electors there.[Snip] Perhaps the most interesting speculation revolves around the Labour candidate, John O´Farrell. It was not in any off-the-cuff, over-the-top, spur-of-the-moment that Mr O´Farrell expressed his support for the SinnFein/IRA terrorists who attempted to murder Margaret Thatcher in the Brighton bombing. He put his thoughts into a book. It was published. They are on the record. He wrote that he was disappointed that Mrs Thatcher survived. "Why did she have to leave
The commander of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force said Sunday coalition forces will comply with President Hamid Karzai’s directive banning national forces from calling in coalition airstrikes, an order that has left some Afghans troubled. U.S. Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, just days into his new post, told reporters Karzai was exercising “sovereignty” and that there were ways for the coalition to support the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) other than the use of air ordnance. “We are prepared to provide support in line with the president’s intent,”
It started last June when Barclays was ordered to pay a $360m (£230m) fine over allegations its traders had manipulated Libor, one of the world’s most important interest rates. Since then, in an extraordinary eight-month period, a roster of top British companies has been fined an unprecedented $10.9bn by US authorities ranging from the Department of Justice (DoJ) to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). Just days after Barclays was hit with its fine, drug maker GlaxoSmithKline agreed to hand over $3bn for mismarketing anti-depressants to children. Last August, Standard Chartered paid $340m to settle allegations it violated America’s
Whole Foods CEO John Mackey delivered the opening keynote address for the International Students for Liberty Conference this weekend. Mackey stressed that capitalism has the power to eradicate poverty in the next century, expressed concern over capitalism’s “branding problem”, and maintained that “self-interest” alone is an insufficient moral foundation for the system. The themes presented by Mackey closely followed the premises of his new book, Conscious Capitalism. Mackey’s analysis re-framed the issue of income inequality. Proponents of government control often point to wealth disparity as a social evil resulting from capitalism. However, Mackey noted that since capitalism’s development
In terms of a family car vacation, the ancient asteroid that flew by Earth Friday may have seemed far away -- 17,200 miles. In astronomical terms, however, Asteroid 2012 AD 14 was actually very close, much closer, for example, than the Moon´s 239,000 miles. And computer projections of that asteroid´s Earth-like orbit into the future currently forecast an upcoming earthly encounter of the explosive kind. More on that disastrous possibility in a minute.
State and county officials are trying to determine why a developmentally disabled man died Saturday after off-duty sheriff´s deputies tried to remove him from a Frederick movie theater. The Frederick County Bureau of Investigation and the Maryland Office of the Chief Medical Examiner are investigating the death of Robert E. Saylor, 26, of New Market, after he suffered a medical emergency at the Regal Cinemas Westview Stadium 16, a Frederick County Sheriff´s Office news release stated.
Breitbart News editor-at-large Ben Shapiro will give a keynote address at the California Republican Party convention this March, taking the spot previously scheduled for Karl Rove. According to the Sacramento Bee, "Rove´s talk has been moved to the Saturday luncheon because of a scheduling conflict," and the CA Republican Party "had been seeking to book a speaker who would appeal to conservatives in light of a rift caused by Rove´s newly announced Conservative Victory Project." Conservatives and Tea Partiers have claimed Rove´s super PAC was created to go to war against them in Republican primaries.
In one of the fastest enforcement actions ever filed for suspicious trading, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has frozen a Swiss trading account that turned a $90,000 options play into $1.7 million profit just before Heinz’s recent $23 billion buyout by billionaire Warren Buffett and Brazilian equity firm 3G Capital. "If we didn´t act [to freeze assets] and ended up proving a case of insider trading but the money had gone, it would be a pyrrhic victory," said chief of the SEC market abuse enforcement unit Daniel Hawke. Heinz stock price skyrocketed $12.02 upon news of the
Actor Alec Baldwin allegedly calls a black Post photographer a racial epithet, a "crackhead" and a "drug dealer" during a confrontation on an East Village street yesterday morning, prompting police to intervene.Baldwin had first been approached by a Post reporter while walking his dogs outside his East 10th Street pad at around 10:50 a.m. He was asked for comment on a lawsuit against his wife, Hilaria, involving her work as a yoga instructor.
Connecticut police found thousands of dollars worth of violent video games in the home of Adam Lanza, who mercilessly gunned down 20 children and six teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December. During a search of the Newtown home he shared with his mother, Nancy Lanza, who also died Dec. 10 at the hands of her son, authorities discovered what appeared to be dozens, if not hundreds, of graphically violent games, the Hartford Courant reported.
President Obama has said that he wants to help Democrats win back a majority in the House of Representatives. He says he looks forward to Nancy Pelosi being speaker again. If he does work hard to elect House Democrats, it will be a change from 2010 and 2012, when he didn’t do much at all for them. But let’s say he does. What are the chances of success? Certainly not zero. Democrats need to gain 17 seats to win a House majority of 218. That’s fewer than the number of seats that changed party in 2006, 2008 and 2010.
The leader of the 170-member Republican Study Committee (RSC), the majority of the majority in the House, blasted the legacy of President Barack Obama’s stimulus plan that he signed four years ago today. “Four years after President Obama signed his $821 billion taxpayer funded stimulus bill into law, American taxpayers are still paying the tab for the broken promises, and all we have to show for it are higher unemployment, higher debt, and higher taxes,” said Rep. Stephen J. Scalise (R-La.), who became the RSC chairman at the beginning of the 113th Congress.
The White House press corps on Sunday expressed frustration with the lack of access given to President Obama this weekend, during his trip to Florida. White House Correspondents Association President Ed Henry released a statement Sunday evening, saying that the press corps had not been given adequate access to the president and that the group would press for “transparency” in the future, according to a pool report.
President Obama played golf Sunday with Tiger Woods during the president’s long holiday weekend in Florida, the White House said. The foursome at the Floridian National Golf Club, in Palm City, Fla., included U.S. trade representative Ron Kirk and Jim Crane, a Democratic donor who owns the club and the Houston Astros baseball team. The White House has prohibited media coverage of Obama´s weekend golf outing, prompting Fox News´ Ed Henry, who is the president of the White House Correspondents Association, to issue a statement saying, "a broad cross section of our members from print, radio, online and TV
No, I´m not talking about Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, Marlon, and Michael (God rest Michael´s tortured soul). I´m talking about the Chicago Jacksons, Jesse Sr. and Jesse Jr. The Jackson 5 in their heyday gave plenty: music, entertainment, and joy to their fans. The Chicago Jacksons are another story. Jesse Sr. (The Right Reverend) and his son (the erstwhile congressman) have done a lot more taking than giving. "Taking" may be too charitable a word. Shaking down and wheedling may be better descriptors for the Chicago Jacksons´ acts.
About one month into her new position leading the Congressional Black Caucus, Rep. Marcia L. Fudge already has shown a willingness to push the nation’s first African-American president aggressively behind the scenes to embrace her group’s priorities. (Snip)There was some jealousy in Obama’s first term that a member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, then-Rep. Hilda L. Solis, D-Calif., was chosen to lead the Labor Department but that no member of the CBC was even vetted for a Cabinet slot. Rep. Sanford D. Bishop Jr. of Georgia was discussed for Agriculture secretary but not formally vetted.
The Obama administration is planning a decade-long scientific effort to examine the workings of the human brain and build a comprehensive map of its activity, seeking to do for the brain what the Human Genome Project did for genetics. The project, which the administration has been looking to unveil as early as March, will include federal agencies, private foundations and teams of neuroscientists and nanoscientists in a concerted effort to advance the knowledge of the brain’s billions of neurons and gain greater insights into perception, actions and, ultimately, consciousness.
Write in haste, repent at leisure. The article that appeared in this weekend’s TAS under the title “Obama Fiddled While Benghazi burned… and an election approached” was one that I wrote racing against a deadline. While there is nothing I want to take back from this weekend’s article, there are many things I’d like to add… for the sake of readers who believe, as I do, that this story — this shameful but instructive story of dereliction of duty in the highest office of the land — should not be allowed to fade into the dimly remembered past
For more than a century, the law has been that any application for a visa to enter the United States must be denied if the applicant is likely to become a “public charge” on the American people. (“An alien who…is likely at any time to become a public charge is inadmissible.”) Yet the Obama administration has not only ignored this aspect of our immigration laws, it has actively recruited immigrants who have no means of support, deliberately enticing them with offers of generous welfare benefits. Of all of the many scandals of the scandal-ridden Obama administration,
EVERGREEN, Ala. — Jerome Gray, a 74-year-old black man, has voted in every election since 1974 in this verdant little outpost of some 4,000 people halfway between Mobile and Montgomery. Casting a ballot, he said, is a way to honor the legacy of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, a civil rights landmark born from a bloody confrontation 70 miles north of here, in Selma. The franchise remains fragile in Evergreen, Mr. Gray said. Last summer, he was kicked off the voting rolls by a clerk who had improperly culled the list based on utility records.
Question: what is the difference between a city run by Democrats and a failed state run by warlords and militias? Answer: the right to vote twice in American elections Motor City is making a comeback. It just has to do its driving in the dark. The Michigan Department of Transportation says one-fifth of the lights along freeways in Metro Detroit aren’t working — and copper thieves are mainly to blame. MDOT spokesman Rob Morosi said roughly 20 percent of the lights on poles and beneath overpasses on freeways