For those convinced that President Obama doesn’t deserve any blame for the fiscal gridlock, let’s do a thought experiment. Let’s imagine that Mitt Romney was elected president, and was dealing with the same Congress that Obama has faced so much trouble in getting legislation to avert sequestration and myriad fiscal emergencies. Would a President Romney be confronting the same crisis? It’s impossible to know for sure, but a look at Romney’s compromising tendencies with a Democratic Legislature as governor of Massachusetts suggest that things would look very different. Romney cut his business and political profile as a deal-maker,
President Barack Obama held an off-the-record meeting with top White House reporters on Thursday afternoon, POLITICO has learned. The meeting, with reporters from major print and television outlets, comes days after the White House Correspondents Association complained publicly about their lack of access to the president during a golf outing in Palm Beach, Fla., and one day after Obama met with local television reporters. White House press secretary Jay Carney declined to comment on the meeting. "Potus has meetings all the time. I don´t comment on all of them," he told POLITICO in an email.
ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam -- Dead mice laced with painkillers are about to rain down on Guam´s jungle canopy. They are scientists´ prescription for a headache that has caused the tiny U.S. territory Most of Guam´s native bird species are extinct because of the snake, which reached the island´s thick jungles by hitching rides from the South Pacific on U.S. military ships shortly after World War II. There may be 2 million of the reptiles on Guam now, decimating wildlife, biting residents and even knocking out electricity by slithering onto power lines.
They’d never met him and they knew precious little about him. But hundreds turned out yesterday to mark the passing of a former Royal Marine who died with no known family . . . or friends. Some travelled hundreds of miles to the funeral of James McConnell in Portsmouth after a local vicar used Facebook to appeal for mourners.[Snip]Yesterday, in the biting cold, a procession through the cemetery was led by Royal British Legion standard bearers followed by a group of flag-bearing motorcycles from the legion’s riders’ branch. Two buglers from the Royal Marines band played the Last Post
People living or travelling in areas plagued by mosquitoes are more at risk of bites after researchers found the insects are first deterred by Deet, but then later ignore it. Deet, which was developed by the US military following operations in the jungle during World War II, is one of the most widely used ingredients in insect repellents. But scientists said they needed to find alternatives to the substance, which works because mosquitoes do not like the smell, after tests showed the insects are becoming increasingly resistant to Deet.[Snip]Dr James Logan from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical
A battery that overheated on a Boeing 787 flight in Japan and forced the plane to make an emergency landing was incorrectly wired, an investigation has found. The All Nippon Airways (ANA) Dreamliner touched down in Takamatsu when the lithium ion battery sparked an on-board fire, prompting the worldwide grounding of the Boeing 787 jets due to safety concerns. Japan´s Transport Safety Board has said the battery for the aircraft´s auxiliary power unit was improperly connected to the main battery, which overheated during the flight. The board´s report said a protective valve would have prevented power from the auxiliary unit
The Scooter Store, the nation´s largest supplier of mobility vehicles is suspected of defrauding the U.S. Government of over $100 million in bogus Medicare and Medicaid claims. On Wednesday, over 100 federal and state law enforcement officers raided the New Braunfels, Texas headquarters of the company as authorities after allegations the firm pressured doctors into prescribing their scooters for patients who do not need them. This follows a damning exposé by CBS This Morning in January which alleged that the company over-billed Medicare by over $100 million between 2009-2012. The CBS investigation found that The Scooter Store would harass physicians
Listening to the White House, you’d think the key to averting the across-the-board spending cuts (the dreaded “sequester”) set to in place on March 1 is closing the tax break for owners of private jets. Here was White House Press Secretary Jay Carney last week: “How do you explain to a senior that we’re doing this, asking you to sacrifice, but we’re not saying that corporate jet owners should lose their special tax incentive.” On Wednesday, Carney summed up the Republican position this way: “We’d rather see our national security undermined than corporate jet
Sen. Rand Paul said Thursday that he would “use every procedural option” at his disposal to block the confirmation of White House counterterrorism adviser John O. Brennan to become CIA director if the Obama administration keeps dodging questions about its policy on lethal drone strikes against terrorism suspects, including Americans. In a letter to Mr. Brennan on Thursday, Mr. Paul, Kentucky Republican, said that Mr. Brennan evaded answering a key question about the administration’s drone policy during a confirmation hearing this month before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence
Speaking at a university in Connecticut mere miles from where the December Newtown school shootings took place, Vice President Joseph R. Biden urged legislators across the country Thursday to move on gun control, warning that “there’s a moral price to be paid for inaction.” Mr. Biden, who Mr. Obama tapped to head a task force on gun violence after the shooting deaths of 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, said politicians must be willing to speak for the fallen, now voiceless, victims of gun violence. “I can imagine how we will
On Thursday, President Barack Obama doubled down on his usual tactic of bullying his opposition rather than negotiating with them. Speaking to race baiter extraordinaire and MSNBC host Al “Resist We Much” Sharpton, Obama explained that Republicans don’t oppose tax increases because they think it will hurt the economy, destroy jobs, and prevent investment in business. No, said our uniter president, they do it because they hate poor people and love the rich: My sense is that their basic view is that nothing is important enough to raise taxes on wealthy individuals or corporations, and they would rather see
Former Sen. Chuck Hagel declined to sign a letter circulated by Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) in 2007 calling upon then-Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to press Arab allies of the U.S. to recognize Israel’s right to exist “and not use such recognition as a bargaining chip for future Israeli concessions.” Seventy-nine Senators eventually signed the letter, which was sponsored by Schumer and by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC). The Schumer-Graham letter “concerning the Responsibilities of Friendly Arab States” has not, apparently, been cited yet in the debate over Hagel’s potential confirmation as Secretary of Defense. The letter
WASHINGTON — Hollywood actor and political activist Danny Glover, star of the “Lethal Weapon” films with Mel Gibson, told The Daily Caller that Congress should “abolish guns” in the U.S. “I don’t own a gun and definitely not only Gun Control, we should abolish guns, the personal guns. That’s how far I’m willing to go,” Glover told TheDC at a TransAfrica Forum benefit event on Wednesday night. “There are many people in this country who do not have guns, who don’t own guns and are still under the same, are still susceptible to being burglarized or anything,
The president suggested he would hold off introducing his own immigration bill as long as bipartisan Senate negotiations were proceeding apace — until his own immigration bill mysteriously leaked precisely as bipartisan Senate negotiations were proceeding apace. A naked political maneuver and a blunt warning to Republicans: Finish that immigration deal in Congress, or I’ll propose something I know you can’t accept — and flog the issue mercilessly next year to win back the House. John McCain responded (correctly) that President Obama was creating a “cudgel” to gain “political advantage in the next election.” Marco Rubio, a chief architect
Additional clips of a United States Department of Agriculture sensitivity training class feature USDA employees being told to recite, “If we work for a federal agency, we’ve discriminated in the past.” The clips, released by the conservative government accountability group Judicial Watch Thursday evening, are the second installation of revealing footage obtained by a Freedom of Information Act (FIOA) request the organization made last May. According to Judicial Watch, the documents reveal the sensitivity training was delivered to USDA employees at least 16 times last year in an attempt to boost employees’ “emotional intelligence.”
Nobody needs an AR-15. That is, unless you are using that weapon to protect a repeatedly vandalized mural of President Barack Obama. On Wednesday, MSNBC host Martin Bashir interviewed a Texas businessman who has had to continually repaint a mural of the president which he often finds has been defaced by local residents. During the interview, Bashir pointed out that the businessman is the owner of an assault rifle and asked jovially if he was prepared to use it to defend his property – namely, the mural. On Wednesday, Marcus Davis, owner of a Houston-based diner,
Rush Limbaugh opened his show this afternoon proclaiming that for the first time in his career, he was ashamed of his country. Why? Limbaugh explained that both political parties in Washington refused to stop spending and used alarmist scare tactics every time anyone proposed cuts to government programs. "To be watching all of this, to have my intelligence – all of us – to have our common sense and intelligence insulted the way it is….it just makes me ashamed," Limbaugh explained, "Seriously man, here we get worked up over 44 billion dollars – that’s the total amount of money
Chicago´s richest residents, surveyed in a new study about how the wealthy influence politics, regularly contacted top Obama White House aides and federal officials for favors for themselves and clients, including banks and land developers, according to a new report. A groundbreaking survey of Chicago´s top 1 percent, those worth an average of $14 million and who earned over $1 million annually, said that of those who had talked to administration and federal officials, 44 percent "acknowledged a focus on fairly narrow economic self interest." The rest were pushing for action on broader matters "touching on the common good."
Printing out body parts? Cornell University researchers showed it´s possible by creating a replacement ear using a 3D printer and injections of living cells. The work reported this week is a first step toward one day growing customised new ears for children born with malformed ones, or people who lose one to accident or disease. It´s part of the hot field of tissue regeneration, trying to regrow all kinds of body parts. Scientists hope using 3D printing technology might offer a speedier method with more lifelike results.(Snip)This first-step work crafted a human-shaped ear that grew with cartilage from a cow,
Author Steve Brill claims that the New Republic magazine hired Democratic lobbyist "media specialist" Anita Dunn to help secure an Oval Office interview with President Barack Obama. The magazine ran the interview, which was in part conducted by former Obama campaign aide Chris Hughes, who now owns and publishes the New Republic, on the cover of their re-launch issue earlier this year. "Brill said that Hughes told him Anita Dunn, Obama´s former communications official whose firm, SKD Knickerbocker, was doing publicity for the magazine´s relaunch, had helped The New Republic
Trenton — A Senate panel today advanced legislation to crackdown on cigarette smuggling, a problem with deep roots in New Jersey, and to increase penalties for importing, selling, distributing, transporting or possessing with intent to sell counterfeit cigarettes.(Snip) A report by the state Treasury Department completed in 2008, and made public in 2011, found about 40 percent of all cigarettes smoked in New Jersey were smuggled illegally, resulting in a loss of more than $500 million in uncollected tax revenue each year. The percentage was found to be the worst of any state, largely because of New Jersey´s relatively high
President Obama gave a radio interview with Al Sharpton today, and blamed Republicans for the frightening post-sequestration world he described. “We could see mental health services affected, head start slots taken away… it’s going to have an effect on cutting back on things like meat inspections, or folks at our airpoirts, which means that airport lines may be longer,” Obama said. “Whether or not we can move Republicans to do the right thing is something we’re still trying to gauge.” The Republican party is united by its stubborn opposition to raising taxes on the wealthy, the president told Sharpton.
WASHINGTON — Many conservatives believe that President Obama is a star protégé of Saul Alinsky, the revolutionary who wrote Rules for Radicals. Alinsky began that book, “The Prince was written by Machiavelli for the Haves on how to hold power. Rules for Radicals is written for the Have-Nots on how to take it away.” That certainly fits Obama’s obsession with sticking it to the rich even though it will have as much of an impact on trillion-dollar annual deficits as a mosquito sucking on an elephant. But it is not about the money; it’s about power.