Andrew Cuomo, who has been unafraid to make a splash during his time as governor of New York, is doing it again. The New York Times reported over the weekend that the Democrat is set to push for a bill that would reduce the state’s restrictions on late-term abortions, allowing for the procedure when the woman’s health is at stake rather than just, as current law states, when her life is in danger — a significantly lower threshold. As the Times notes, Cuomo’s move is particularly interesting because generally
Earlier today we posited that Congressional Republicans held a losing political hand when it came to a showdown over the $1.2 trillion in automatic spending cuts — aka the sequester — set to automatically kick in on March 1. We got a fair number of responses from Republicans who argued with the premise –insisting that under our logic the GOP should simply capitulate to Obama on all matters due to the fact that the president is the more popular figure with the public at the moment. Tony Fratto, a former Bush Administration spokesman and now a partner at Hamilton Place Strategies
Hot Air´s Ed Morrissey helps to clear up the Washington Post´s confusion over the startling 45 cent rise in gas prices in a single month. What´s also of interest, though, is a word found nowhere in the Post´s 750-worder; and that word is "Obama." Not once does the Post question, examine, or consider how White House policies or lack thereof might be exploding the price of a gallon of gas. There is no crueler tax on the poor than inflation, especially when it comes in the form of energy prices. The poor need to heat their homes
(CHICAGO) How did Jesse Jackson Jr. manage to illegally accumulate so much stuff over a seven-year period? Finally brought to justice, Jackson summarized his scheme for the judge: "I used monies that should have been used for campaign purposes." Inside the scheme, it was a far more intricate operation to convert his campaign money into personal funds. Jackson didn´t do it alone. It wasn´t an informal arrangement. There was quite a cover up, constructed of lies and deceit. (Snip)"Keeping this enormous fraud and these cash gifts a secret, required Jesse Jackson Jr. to repeatedly lie to the federal
On Wednesday Florida Republican Rick Scott became the latest GOP Governor to volunteer to shoulder some responsibility for ObamaCare, which has liberal sages gloating about a resistance-is-futile shift in the GOP. The media don´t want to discuss the substance, only the politics, so allow us to report how the flippers are justifying their flips. • Take the money or run. The Governors now expanding Medicaid are candid about their flight from their own fiscal principles: They want to take political credit for taking "free" money from Uncle Sugar and for appeasing the state hospitals lobbying for federal cash.
Corruption: Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.´s guilty plea to fraud charges raises fresh questions about the Congressional Black Caucus. It´s a group with many laudable goals, but why do so many in it succumb to corruption? A disproportionate share of ethics cases have been brought against this exclusive club. According to a 2012 National Journal study, five of the six lawmakers under review by the House Ethics Committee were Black Caucus members. Yet just one in 10 House members belong to the group. It´s a familiar pattern. In 2009, all eight lawmakers under ethics investigation were African-American.
Before Hollywood blackballs "Zero Dark Thirty" director Kathryn Bigelow this Sunday evening, a final and much-deserved stare is in order at the source of this distasteful snub—Senators Dianne Feinstein, Carl Levin and irresistibly along for the ride, John McCain. Had Senators. Feinstein, Levin and McCain (FLM) not saddled up their high horses in a Dec. 19 letter to Sony6758.TO +0.30% Pictures denouncing the movie, "Zero Dark Thirty" would not be out of the running for best picture at the Oscars. Unjolly Ed Asner does not have the clout to intimidate the Academy Awards into dropping Kathryn Bigelow
Press: As if media bias weren´t troublesome enough, the ascent of President Obama´s top strategist to a plum job at NBC creates an even bigger issue: that of the political establishment becoming the press. Where does it end? In a way, the hiring of David Axelrod as "senior political analyst" providing commentary at NBC seems like a fool´s errand from a business standpoint. After all, the White House senior adviser has pretty much been giving NBC and other big media outlets commentary for free during the Obama administration, if the slavish pro-Obama media bias, as well as
RINO-hunting, the long-popular political sport that morphed in 2008 into a sort of hysteria-driven obsession, lately has become a suicide mission. RINO, of course, refers to Republicans In Name Only and is the pejorative term used against those who fail to march in lockstep with the so-called conservative base. I used “so-called” because, though the hard-right faction of the party tends to be viewed as The Base, this isn’t necessarily so. My guess is there are now more RINOs than those who, though evangelical in their zeal, are poison to their party’s ability to win national elections.
New Yorkers looking to eat in the best restaurants in the America are at quite an advantage. According to a ranking just released by the Daily Meal of the 101 Best Restaurants in America, 27 of the country´s top restaurants are in the Big Apple. The restaurants were chosen by a panel of 176 food critics, cookbook writers and others in the food business, said Colman Andrews, the editorial director of The Daily Meal. The results mix fine dining restaurants — like Eric Ripert´s swanky Le Bernardin, with affordable options like Shake Shack and SriPraPhai in Queens.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott announced he will accept federal funds to expand Medicaid for three years on Wednesday, after which the law would have to be reauthorized. "I cannot in good conscience deny Floridians to healthcare," he told reporters. The decision adds him to the list of conservative Republican governors who accepted the expansion even though the Supreme Court ruled that states could refuse to go along with the measure to provide health care to the poor without losing existing federal funding. Scott accepted the expansion in exchange for a federal waiver to allow the state to privatize Medicaid,
SPEARFISH - Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., said President Barack Obama´s speech on the sequester was to raise fear about federal spending cuts and to pressure Republicans into caving in for tax hikes. Thune spoke to about 200 people at a town meeting at the Spearfish Holiday Inn Convention Center Tuesday after the president´s speech. (Snip) St. Onge rancher Russell Millar talked with Thune about new federal regulations that will increase farm and ranch costs. Millar said the newly-required containment systems around today´s farm and ranch fuel tanks are an added cost that doesn´t recognize today´s agricultural needs.
NPR reports on a new federal cost-cutting move: Every month, the government sends out about 5 million checks to Americans who receive federal benefits. On March 1, the Treasury Department is making those paper checks a thing of the past. Since May 2011, all new Social Security recipients are required to get direct deposit of their benefits. Some 93 percent of all recipients now do. But there are still holdouts, so the Treasury Department started a campaign and a website, Go Direct, in an effort to convince the remaining 7 percent.
Lance Armstrong has turned down what may be his last chance at reducing his lifetime sporting ban. (Snip) to get a break from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, all he had to do was tell his story to those who police sports doping. The deadline was today, and Armstrong now says he won´t do it. "For several reasons, Lance will not participate in USADA´s efforts to selectively conduct American prosecutions that only demonize selected individuals while failing to address the 95 percent of the sport over which USADA has no jurisdiction,"
MARANA, Ariz. -- Already a year of wacky weather on the PGA Tour, this might have topped it all -- snow. The opening round of the Match Play Championship was suspended Wednesday when a cold rain that came down sideways quickly gave way to snow from a winter storm that dumped close to 2 inches on Dove Mountain in just over an hour. (Snip)Ten matches had not even started when players were called off the course as slush was starting to form on the greens. Two hours later, The Ritz-Carlton Club was a blanket of snow as
The NCAA on Wednesday sued Pennsylvania hours after Gov. Tom Corbett signed a law mandating that all of Penn State´s $60 million fine for the Jerry Sandusky child-rape scandal be spent in the state. The NCAA claims the law is unconstitutional, arguing that Pennsylvania officials cannot dictate or limit how and where the college athletics governing body spends the money. An NCAA task force has been drafting guidelines for how to spend the fine, which the sports authority levied last summer in a consent decree with the university.
VATICAN CITY — Popular pressure is mounting in the U.S. and Italy to keep California Cardinal Roger Mahony away from the conclave to elect the next pope because of his role shielding sexually abusive priests, a movement targeting one of the most prominent of a handful of compromised cardinals scheduled to vote next month. Amid the outcry, Mahony has made clear he is coming, and no one can force him to recuse himself. (Snip) But the growing grass-roots campaign is an indication that ordinary Catholics are increasingly demanding a greater say in who is fit
The longfaced new Secretary of State, John Kerry, delivered his first major address today. It was not on the recent North Korean nuclear tests or the ongoing strife in the Middle East or the rise of China. It was on global warming aka climate change. Secretary of State John Kerry gave his first major foreign policy speech today. In his address, delivered at the University of Virginia, he discussed tackling climate change. “We as a nation must have the foresight and courage to make the investments necessary to safeguard the most sacred trust
South Carolina senator Lindsey Graham has just sent a letter to Barack Obama´s defense secretary nominee, Chuck Hagel. Graham asks if, at a 2010 appearance at Rutgers University, Hagel said Israel "was risking becoming an apartheid state." A law student in attendance, Kenneth Wagner, wrote a contemporaneous email detailing Hagel´s remarks, saying the former Nebrasks senator had said the state of Israel risked becoming an "apartheid state." These allegations were first reported Tuesday by the Washington Free Beacon. Here´s the relevant quote from the Free Beacon report: “I am sitting in a lecture
RUSH: Now we take the Byron York story in the Washington Examiner: "The GOP´s Astonishingly Bad Message on Sequester Cuts -- In a Wall Street Journal op-ed Wednesday, House Speaker John Boehner describes the upcoming sequester as a policy ´that threatens US national security, thousands of jobs and more.´" Boehner, echoing Obama, in an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal. And Byron York said, wait a minute, it leads to a question here. Why would Republicans support -- I mean, the Republicans support the sequester. They´re on record as supporting it.
RUSH: I have to tell you, folks, I´m getting profoundly confused here as I listen to everybody talk about the sequester. Of course we´re one day closer now. Every day takes us one day closer. It´s a quirk of the calendar. Every day we get closer to it. And I´m gonna tell you, I don´t know what´s gonna kill more people now -- assault weapons, global warming, or the sequester. If you listen to Obama and his minions in the news media, they´re all running neck and neck.
RUSH: Ladies and gentlemen, the Pentagon has just informed Congress that it will be furloughing its civilian workforce of 800,000 employees if sequestration goes into effect on March 1st. Now, the sequestration is $85 billion. So roughly half of that is defense, and that´s $42.5 billion. We spent $50 billion on Hurricane Sandy refusal efforts, or we´re going to. I think in his State of the Union that Obama proposed $83.4 billion in new spending.
Last night on Twitter, we put forth what we now christen the Fallows Principle: You can publish any falsehood you want with the disclaimer "Is it ´true´? I don´t know." The principle takes its name from James Fallows, a writer for The Atlantic, who in the wee hours of yesterday morning posted on the once-venerable magazine´s website an "illustration" he had found "zooming around the Internet." It showed two TV stills, stacked one atop the other. In the first, (Snip) comedian Dave Chappelle holds aloft a copy of a newspaper called "Daily Truth" with the headline "ASTEROID COMING
Michelle Obama released her official White House portrait today, and it´s hard to miss the photo´s most prominent feature: her bangs. The 49-year-old fashion-forward first lady debuted the bangs in January, sending the Internet into a frenzy. She recently told TV host Rachael Ray that the bangs were her version of a "mid-life crisis." The new portrait, taken in the Green Room of the White House on Feb. 12, shows
The prosecution case against the Olympics and Paralympics star Oscar Pistorius suffered a blow on Wednesday as South African police admitted a series of blunders in their murder investigation. Hilton Botha, the detective leading the investigation, crumbled under defence cross-examination after he wrongly claimed to have found boxes of "testosterone" in Pistorius´s bedroom and admitted that police had no evidence contradicting the athlete´s version of events.(Snip)The state prosecutor´s office later said there was an error in the detective´s testimony when he identified the substance as testosterone.
Omaha, Nebraska- Chuck Hagel’s archive is housed here at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. But despite his nomination for secretary of defense, reporters, as well as the public writ large, are being denied access to the thousands of papers, speeches, audio and video files, and artifacts in the archive. THE WEEKLY STANDARD is told that Hagel supports the university’s decision to keep the archives sealed. “Chuck Hagel´s record in the Senate is well documented in the public domain,” says Hagel spokesman Marie Harf in an emailed statement. “Given his extraordinary disclosures to date, which surpass the threshold applied to nominees,