The United States Department of Agriculture has been working to dispel immigrants’ concerns that getting on Food Stamps will harm their chances of becoming U.S. citizens. The USDA addresses those fears in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or food stamp, brochures it distributes to Mexican consulates as part of its “partnership” with the Mexican government “to help educate eligible Mexican nationals living in the United States about available nutrition assistance.” In one portion of the brochure, USDA’s text asks, “If I get on SNAP benefits, will I be a “public charge?’”
As much as President Obama may have been hoping that the magically redistributive powers meant to be deployed via ObamaCare would go off without a hitch, it’s a pretty predictable phenomenon of human nature that people are going to act in accordance with their rational self-interest — and with loopholes like these, employers are obviously going to be on the lookout for saving as much money as they can. It’s been a fairly frequent practice for larger companies to self-insure, i.e., take on most of the financial risks of providing health benefits to their employees sans traditional insurance programs
U.S. office supply chains Office Depot Inc. and Naperville-based OfficeMax Inc. are in advanced discussions for a merger, a person familiar with the matter said on Monday. A deal could come as soon as this week, that person said, adding that the talks were ongoing and could still fall apart. Currently, the deal is expected to be structured as a stock-for-stock transaction, the person said. Neither company responded to requests seeking comment. One of OfficeMax´s top shareholders, Neuberger Berman, said it would support a merger with Office Depot depending on terms of the deal,
Although every holiday may seem like Obama Day to Chris Matthews, the MSNBC host used the date often devoted to Lincoln and Washington as an excuse to wonder if the current President is headed to Mount Rushmore. On President´s Day, Matthews thrilled, "Is Barack Obama going for it? Is he set on becoming one of the great presidents in history?" [See video below. MP3 audio here.] The cable anchor, who famously declared that Obama caused a "thrill going up my leg," first declared, "I´m not talking about Mt. Rushmore but perhaps the level right below it."
Finally, after a 12-year delay caused by opponents of genetically modified foods, so-called “golden rice” with vitamin A will be grown in the Philippines. Over those 12 years, about 8 million children worldwide died from vitamin A deficiency. Are anti-GM advocates not partly responsible? Golden rice is the most prominent example in the global controversy over GM foods, which pits a technology with some risks but incredible potential against the resistance of feel-good campaigning.
As communities across the country beef up police presence in schools, Denver may become a national counterpoint Tuesday, when officials plan to sign an agreement to limit the role of law enforcement at the city’s schools — a move that could mean fewer students will face arrest or citation for disciplinary infractions. Denver’s effort comes in a metropolitan area that is often at the forefront of debates over school violence since the mass shootings at Columbine High School in 1999. More recently, the massacre last July at a movie theater in Aurora, Colo., again pushed security concerns
Gasoline prices across the state are again approaching the loathed $4-per-gallon mark. AAA Michigan said the average statewide price of regular, unleaded fuel has risen 16 cents during the past week to $3.91 a gallon. That is 60 cents higher than a month ago and nearly 50 cents more than a year ago, according to the auto club’s Daily Fuel Gauge report. Prices are averaging $3.88 a gallon in the metro Detroit area. Pricier fuel can be found in Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids and Jackson. The national average is $3.73 a gallon for regular unleaded.
TODAY’S Republicans are very good at tending the fire of Ronald Reagan’s memory but not nearly as good at learning from his successes. They slavishly adhere to the economic program that Reagan developed to meet the challenges of the late 1970s and early 1980s, ignoring the fact that he largely overcame those challenges, and now we have new ones. It’s because Republicans have not moved on from that time that Senators Marco Rubio and Rand Paul, in their responses to the State of the Union address last week, offered so few new ideas.
PALM CITY, Fla. — Michelle Obama jokingly says a midlife crisis is what inspired her new haircut with bangs. The first lady revealed the new hairstyle last month on her 49th birthday, which came a few days before the festivities for President Barack Obama’s second inauguration. (Snip)Said Mrs. Obama: “This is my midlife crisis.” She added that she cut her bangs because she can’t get a sports car and won’t be allowed to bungee jump.
The lone conservative columnist at the largest and most influential newspaper in Kentucky says he quit writing for the paper because editors are refusing to publish his opinion piece calling the publication out for its apparent liberal bias. Columnist John David Dyche told The Daily Caller Monday that he’s written for the Louisville Courier-Journal for about a decade and his column had never been rejected until last week. Dyche says he quit after Pam Platt, the paper’s editorial page editor, left him a voicemail on Feb. 11 making it clear they wouldn’t run his piece about the paper’s
Former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. is under "tight medical supervision," as his struggle with bipolar disorder has been compounded by recent legal troubles, his father, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, said today in a statement. "He is struggling with the highs and lows of his bipolar disorder," Jackson said. "Please pray for him, Sandi and their children." Jackson Jr.´s legal troubles came to a head on Friday, when federal prosecutors accused him of misusing more than $750,000 in campaign funds, and accused his wife Sandi of filing false tax returns. They are both expected to sign plea deals with prosecutors
Caracas - President Hugo Chávez´s return to Venezuela after more than two months in Cuba has been taken by many of his followers as evidence of his recovery from the toughest stage of his illness; hence, the festive mood near Bolívar Square, the meeting point of most of them. Before 7 a.m. in the morning, people started to rally on the "hot corner," downtown Caracas. By 11 a.m. approximately 300 people were present, all of them singing mottos in favor of the president and thanking Cuba for having taken care of him. Many people would go to Bolívar Square by midday wearing t-shirts which read
Former Chairman of the Democratic National Committee Howard Dean, speaking with Scott Rasmussen on What America Thinks, said that “somebody has to tell the middle class that either your taxes are going to go up or your programs are going to get cut or else we´re going to go into financial oblivion, and nobody really wants to tell them that.” (Snip) Dean also said: "Inside Washington, people lose all their perspective and they end up getting sucked into this Washington culture which is pretty much unlike anything else in the country."
Having seen what fame did to his father you might expect Prince Jackson to shun the spotlight. But the 16-year-old has followed Michael Jackson into showbusiness with his appointment as a special correspondent for Entertainment Tonight. ´I´m looking to become well-rounded as a producer, director, screenwriter and actor,´ he explained. The role is certainly a step up from the usual first jobs of delivering papers and washing cars. Prince will talk to celebrities for the show, with his first interview
When director Brett Ratner let loose with a gay slur he lost a coveted shot producing the Oscars and entered GLAAD´s "re-education" program to atone for his sin. Seinfeld icon Michael Richards suffered a career body blow when he shouted the "N-word" in a comedy club. Grey´s Anatomy star Isaiah Washington eventually lost his job after using a gay slur on the set of his hit drama. Comedian Tracy Morgan also underwent social reprogramming after a hostile routine involving his son´s sexual preference. So what will happen to Alec Baldwin after a New York Post photographer claimed
In 1988, Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis lost his presidential race in no small part due to the fact that he had paroled violent criminals. Taking a page from Dukakis’ book, California Governor Jerry Brown is now making a habit of paroling convicted murders. According to Brown, he expunged the records of 128 felons last year, and also gave the greenlight to parole for 377 convicted murders, a full 81 percent of all those the parole board recommended go free. Virtually all other California governors have rejected such pleas from the parole board. Some of the murderers who will
Fairfax, VA – The group Americans for Limited Government has urged a House subcommittee to defund the West Point Combating Terrorism Center (CTC) after it released a study on terrorism that the organization’s president, William Wilson said is targeted against regular Americans. “Not one more dime of taxpayer money should be wasted on CTC, which is indoctrinating our servicemen and women with brazen propaganda against the American people until this report is denounced and its author terminated from government service,” Wilson wrote in a letter to members of
MOBILE, Alabama - A Coast Guard official says the cause of the engine-room fire on the Carnival cruise ship Triumph was a leak in a fuel oil return line. In a teleconference Monday, Cmdr. Teresa Hatfield estimated that the investigation of the disabled ship would take six months. She said the Bahamas is leading the investigation, with the Coast Guard and National Transportation Safety Board leading U.S. interests in the probe.
Erie, Colo. – A Colorado company is threatening to leave the state if a bill to ban high-capacity ammunition magazines becomes law. CBS4 Investigator Rick Sallinger toured the company in Erie. They said they would certainly prefer to stay. The company is called Magpul. Among other products, they make ammunition magazines which can hold up to 30 rounds. Tuesday night a state House committee took the first step towards banning them. The company’s chief operating officer, Doug Smith, made it clear to the state legislature that if the bill becomes law they will leave Colorado.
RUSH: Now, before we get to that, I want to offer continuing evidence of my theorem that I put forth last week. I have a couple of stories here. Scott Rasmussen´s latest poll on Obama approval finds that Obama´s approval rating is at 54%. Strongly approve is 33%, and strongly disapprove is 36%, but the total approval (and this is a poll of likely voters) is at 54%. Despite the fact that people disagree with the direction of the country and the deficit, unemployment, gun control and all of that, Obama´s still at 54% approval. Up until last week, when I raised the curtain on this mystery, everybody asked,
Jersey City Assemblyman Charles Mainor is in hot water again over his Facebook page, with constituents wondering if it’s appropriate for one of their state legislators to have “liked” Facebook pages such as Big Bootie Freaks and another page that posts videos of physical assaults. That page, dubbed You Got Knocked the F*ck Out Man, includes videos from WorldStarHipHop, the shock website that two weeks ago posted a savage video of a group of thugs stripping and whipping a Newark boy with a belt. Big Bootie Freaks, meanwhile, is filled with photos of women with large derrières.
Anjem Choudary was secretly filmed mocking non-Muslims for working in 9-5 jobs their whole lives, and told followers that some revered Islamic figures had only ever worked one or two days a year. “The rest of the year they were busy with jihad [holy war] and things like that,” he said. “People will say, ‘Ah, but you are not working’. “But the normal situation is for you to take money from the kuffar [non-believers]. “So we take Jihad Seeker’s Allowance. You need to get support.”
Lansing — Illegal immigrants brought to the country as children can start applying for Michigan driver´s licenses and state IDs this week. Secretary of State Ruth Johnson´s office will begin accepting applications Tuesday. President Barack Obama last year announced a policy letting illegal immigrants apply for temporary work permits if they were brought to the U.S. as children. But a small number of states, including Michigan, resisted allowing those immigrants to have driver´s licenses. Johnson, a Republican, changed her mind recently after the Obama administration clarified the younger immigrants´ legal status. To be eligible, immigrants must prove they arrived in the U.S.
Former Democratic Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. was charged on Friday with improperly spending $750,000 of campaign funds on items such as Michael Jackson and Bruce Lee memorabilia (among other things). Yet, ABC´s World News did not cover the story at all. On Saturday, Good Morning America allowed the news a mere 18 seconds. Over the course of the weekend, NBC´s Nightly News, the CBS Evening News, Saturday Morning, Today and GMA never mentione that Jackson is a Democrat. There was no coverage on Sunday. Most, such as Evening News guest-host Anthony Mason, simply referred to Jackson as
On the morning of January 21, just before President Obama’s second inauguration, Rep. Paul Ryan, the Wisconsin congressman and House budget chairman who had run unsuccessfully as the Republican candidate for vice president, was roundly booed by the gathered crowd as he left the Capitol to attend the ceremonies on the Mall. Within minutes Daniel J. Freeman, a young career trial lawyer with the Voting Section of the U.S. Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division who was at the Capitol for the festivities, took credit in a Facebook post for instigating the anti-Ryan derision. “Just started the crowd booing