On February 19, 2013, NBC and MSNBC announced that they hired President Barack Obama´s senior strategist David Axelrod as a "senior political analyst" to appear exclusively on their networks. Given that both NBC and MSNBC claim to be news organizations, perhaps it will occur to them to ask Axelrod what the factual basis was for statements he made on November 4, 2012 (two days before the Presidential election)(snip)[I]mmediately when word of the attack came, the president was meeting with his top national security folks. He was talking to them well into the night.
A blogger has published once-classified FBI files that show how the agency tracked and collected information on internet activist Aaron Swartz. Swartz, who killed himself in January aged 26, had previously requested his files and posted them on his blog, but some new documents and redactions are included in the files published by Firedoglake blogger Daniel Wright.Wright was given 21 of 23 declassified documents, thanks to a rule that declassifies FBI files on the deceased.
High-profile morning anchor Soledad O’Brien is on her way out at CNN as new boss Jeff Zucker moves Erin Burnett into her morning slot, Page Six has exclusively learned. We’re told award-winning journalist O’Brien has indicated she is ready to leave after she was initially promised a plum prime-time slot, but that role has so far failed to materialize. A source tells us: “The deal to move Erin to the morning alongside Chris Cuomo is basically done. Soledad had been
U.S. Sen. Tim Scott gave a rousing motivational talk to hundreds of students at Stall High School in North Charleston on Tuesday, encouraging them to dream even bigger dreams. Scott, Stall High Class of 1983, returned to his alma mater to express his thanks for how its teachers and administrators helped put him on a path that led him to become South Carolina’s first black Senator. He used his homecoming to talk less about politics and more about the personal qualities and support system that helped him overcome life’s obstacles, including growing up in a single-parent home, failing
Finally there is good news on the jobs front for the Obama administration. Al Jazeera, or “Terrorism TV,” as it used to be known for celebrating the three thousand Americans killed on 9/11 and other exploits by Osama bin Laden, announced plans to create some 200 jobs in the United States over the next six months — in its headquarters at the UN in New York, in Washington, D.C., and in bureaus in Detroit, New Orleans, San Francisco, and other cities. “Imagine six or seven years ago, trying to find real estate for Al Jazeera in Washington,” gushed Rob Wheelock,
President Obama told America yesterday morning that if the sequester goes through on March 1, It will eviscerate job-creating investments in education and energy and medical research…. Emergency responders like the ones who are here today — their ability to help communities respond to and recover from disasters will be degraded. Border Patrol agents will see their hours reduced. FBI agents will be furloughed. Federal prosecutors will have to close cases and let criminals go. Air traffic controllers and airport security will see cutbacks, which means more delays at airports across the country.
Fresh from his round of golf with President Obama on Sunday, Tiger Woods chose to be complimentary yesterday when asked about the course skills of the most powerful man in the world. The notorious philanderer and Mr. Obama played out a ´boy´s weekend´ over the President´s Day weekend at the Floridian Yacht and Golf Club and Woods was quizzed at a press conference after a practice round at the WGC-Accenture Matchplay Championship in Arizona. ´He’s got amazing touch,´ said Woods. ´He can certainly chip and putt. If he ever spent--after these four years--spent more time playing the game
Frank Fahrenkopf, a co-chair of the Commission on Presidential Debates, said tonight that the Commission made a "mistake" by selecting CNN anchor Candy Crowley to moderate one of the 2012 presidential debates. Fahrenkopf, a former chairman of the Republican National Committee, was speaking at the Las Vegas Country Club in Nevada. According to Jon Ralston, the Nevada-based political journalist, Fahrenkopf told the audience there that he was proud of the 2012 debate moderators, but added: “We made one mistake this time: Her name is Candy."
An Ohio woman is one of 19 people in a single southwestern county who may have heeded the seedy advice to ‘vote early and vote often.’ Melowese Richardson, who lives in Cincinnati, told a local television station that she voted twice because she ‘certainly wanted my vote to count.’ The grandmother is one of 19 people being investigated by Hamilton County over voter fraud in the recent 2012 election.[Snip]The Hamilton County Board of Election’s director, Amy Searcy, told MailOnline that a certain amount of ‘anomalies’ pop up during every election. This year, she said, there were more than 80.
The Obama administration is moving forward with a contentious and long-dormant proposal to institute minimum wage and overtime standards for the in-home healthcare industry. Enactment of the regulations, which are under final review at the White House, would represent a major victory for unions that have fought for decades to win higher pay for direct-care aides. But industry groups warn that the rule would cause home-care expenses to skyrocket, hurling an otherwise healthy sector of the economy into upheaval.
Sam Tanenhaus has a great sense of humor. Four years ago, he came out with a piece about the demise of the conservative movement, which at the time -- with Obama elected by a 7-point margin, supermajorities in the House and the Senate -- didn´t seem that unlikely. The problem was that by the time the book appeared some months later, Obama´s poll numbers were plunging. The Tea Party movement had risen against him, and the table was set for the 2010 midterms, which cost Democrats the U.S. House and brought in a wave of brand-new conservative leaders.
A presidential election flyer disseminated in North Carolina and marked with a seal for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) featured Ku Klux Klan and lynching imagery as part of its presentation urging voters to head to the polls. Another pro-Obama flyer in North Carolina informed African-American voters that Mitt Romney would relegate them to “picking cotton” if elected president. The flyers, photographs of which were obtained by The Daily Caller, were found in the Charlotte, North Carolina area on Election Day 2012.
The federal investigation into the relationship between Democratic donor Dr. Salomon Melgen and Sen. Bob Menendez (D., N.J.) has exposed the rampant culture of Medicare and Medicaid fraud, which by some estimates cost taxpayers as much as $98 billion in fiscal year 2011. The raid by the FBI and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) of Melgen’s eye center in Florida spanned two days in late January. The involvement of HHS indicated “the search-and-seizure raid has ties to a possible Medicare fraud inquiry,” the Miami Herald reported. The FBI reportedly went in after authorities spotted
This post is a response to an article by Kevin D. Williamson, "Gangsterville," written for the February 25 edition of National Review. Kevin’s piece on the homepage about uncontrolled gang violence in Chicago is a devastating indictment of just about every shibboleth attached to liberal governance today. Growing up in Chicagoland in the 1970s and early 1980s, we’d regularly see the Cabrini-Green projects from a distance on our way downtown.(Snip)One thing Kevin didn’t mention in his excellent story was that Jeff Fort, co-founder of the Black P. Stones Nation gang and its even more violent El Rukn faction,
Did “roid rage” — a state of heightened anger and aggression linked in popular culture to anabolic steroid use — play a part in Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius allegedly killing his girlfriend on Valentine’s Day? If so, could it help in his legal defense? According to media reports, police found anabolic steroids and other PEDs while searching the Pretoria, South Africa home of Mr. Pistorius, 26, charged with premeditated murder in the shooting death of 29-year-old model and law school graduate Reeva Steenkamp. Mr. Pistorius, one of the world’s best-known athletes, appeared in a packed Pretoria courtroom Tuesday and denied he intended
Aside from all the soap-opera titillation on Downton Abbey, the metaplot is about the changing socioeconomic structure in England in the early 20th century (not unlike Mad Men’s take on America’s entry into the turbulent ’60s). One reason we’re all fascinated, whether we hate feudal vestiges or not, is that these grand houses and families lived like, well, aristocracy, until within living memory. Yet the U.K.’s changing economy and tax codes destroyed the lifestyles of many of these families in just the past century. Great Britain’s largest landowners are still families with centuries-old pedigree, like the Cavendishes,
Members of the national media are never so unattractive as when they turn the spotlight on themselves, and their weekend hissy fit after President Obama ignored them proves the point. It was the equivalent of a lovers’ quarrel over leaving the cap off the toothpaste tube. It makes for juicy gossip among the neighbors, but ultimately, nobody really cares. Yet WaWaWa went the wail when the White House press corps traveled to Florida and couldn’t get a staged picture of Obama playing golf with Tiger Woods. The First Duffer wouldn’t even reveal his score. The outrage! The drama!
Last week, it was announced that Ray´s Hell Burger just outside Washington, D.C. would be closing its doors. A fan of the burger joint was President Obama, who had visited the location with his Russian counterpart. Well, it´s happened again. In August, Obama visited Star Brewery in Dubuque. And now a local publication reports that the business is closing its doors. THonline.com reports: Star Restaurant and Ultra Lounge apparently has closed. A sign posted on the front door of the Port of Dubuque restaurant, at 600 Star Brewery Drive,
The Chinese government just got caught with a smoking cyber gun. Cybersecurity consultant Mandiant released a much-anticipated report Tuesday morning, offering the most detailed look to date inside the Chinese People Liberation Army’s direct involvement in hacking into American government and corporate websites. The PLA Unit 61398 is identified by the report as the most prolific hacking group inside the Chinese government. Dedicated to infiltrating English-language sites, the unit recruits English-language proficient speakers and experts in computer security, but otherwise scrubs any mention of its organization from Chinese-language websites. Operating out of a 12-story, 130,663 square foot facility
I believe I have noticed a problem with President Obama’s declaring that he can blow up Americans with drone strikes without due process. Stick with me here; this is a bit of an esoteric argument. Now, like most people, I celebrate every time Obama obtains more power. Now he can do whatever he feels needs to be done for the country and not be burdened with getting the approval of his lessers first. So the more powerful the presidency, the better for us all. But I had a terrible thought: What if one day we get a bad president?
IN ADDITION to a great football game, this year’s Super Bowl audience witnessed a memorable paean to the hardworking American farmer: a Dodge commercial featuring the recorded gravelly tones of the late Paul Harvey. Farm-state politicians were quick to exploit it: Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) told reporters he “hope[s] the people of America will wake up and appreciate the family farmers of America.” Actually, farming no longer resembles the hardscrabble family enterprise of so much mawkish marketing. Much of it is dominated by large operators supplying not only the U.S. dinner table but also far-flung export markets.
Some commentators have expressed surprise upon learning about the very conservative voting record of Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, who delivered the Republican response to the State of the Union address last week. Since winning his Senate seat, Mr. Rubio has generally sided with other Republicans as part of a party that has steadily grown more conservative over the last three decades. (Mr. Rubio’s recent support for immigration reform is more of an exception than his usual rule of sticking to the party line.) Being reliably conservative, however, is hardly a liability for someone who might hope to win
W hen Chris Wallace asked Sen. Rand Paul on Fox News Sunday how serious he was about making a real run for the presidency, Paul replied: "I would absolutely not run unless it were to win." "We won´t make a decision until 2014," Paul said, adding that he believes America is ready for a "libertarian Republican narrative." The path forward seems obvious. Paul must solidify his father´s libertarian-leaning support, sprinkle in some mainstream conservative backers (folks his dad could never reach), and — voila! — he will have assembled a "libertarian-Republican" coalition capable
Fiction crime-writer Patricia Cornwell was awarded $50.9 million by a jury on Tuesday after she claimed her former financial management firm cost her tens of millions of dollars in lost money over four years. Cornwell, 56, is accustomed to writing about a heroic medical examiner investigating complex mysteries, but she was in the middle of a drama of her own. In October 2009, she filed a lawsuit with the U.S. District Court of Massachusetts against her former accounting firm and business manager, Anchin, Block & Anchin LLP and its former principal, Evan Snapper. The trial began on Jan. 7
Sean Hannity exposed what he says is “deceptive editing” by MSNBC of Rep. Paul Ryan talking about how the Obama administration leaked its immigration plan over the weekend. They cut down Ryan’s interview with ABC’s ‘This Week’ and played two clips back-to-back of him saying, “Leaking this out does set things in the wrong direction,” and “This particular move — very counterproductive.” Hannity noted that MSNBC left out the substantive policy disagreements behind Ryan’s opposition to the White House’s plan.
Minnesota businesses are blasting a plan by Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton to make the North Star State one of the few that taxes companies for business they do with other businesses. Firms in the state say the plan to tax such business services as advertising, legal advice and even printer fees will dull their competitive edge, in addition to adding perhaps thousands in extra costs a year. The proposed 5.5 percent tax would be imposed on business-to-business services. It´s just part of a larger package of increases that Dayton has proposed to help trim the state’s $1.1 billion budget deficit.