President Obama said people won’t lose the right to vote if the Supreme Court strikes down a key provision of the Voting Rights Act. Speaking Thursday to “The Black Eagle” radio show on SiriusXM, Obama said listeners shouldn’t worry too much that discrimination against minority voters will increase. The Supreme Court is hearing oral arguments about Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act next week. “I know in the past some folks have worried that if the Supreme Court strikes down Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, they´re going
Would that our bureaucrats had this kind of attitude. CNN: Sen. Rand Paul cut another six-figure check to the United States Treasury Wednesday, taking the money he said he didn´t need from his office´s budget to make a tiny dent in the nation´s massive federal debt. "We watch every purchase," Paul, a Republican from Kentucky, said at an event next to an oversized check for $600,000. "We watch what computers we buy, what paper we buy, the ink cartridges. We treat the money like it´s our money, or your money, and we look at every expenditure."
Thursday morning, Glenn Kessler, so-called “fact checker” for the Washington Post, gave three Pinocchios to Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) for his claim in a chart that “Total Welfare Spending Equates To $168 Per Day For Every Household In Poverty.” What was wrong with the chart? As it turns out, nothing. But that didn’t stop hack Kessler from assigning Sessions to the liar category on the chart. Sessions based his chart on the fact that there are 80 welfare programs under the federal budget. He assigns to that list means-tested programs like Medicaid. “Medicaid is a federal program that is
On Thursday’s “Special Report” on the Fox News Channel, Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer argued that Florida Republican Gov. Rick Scott decision to expand Medicaid and establish state exchanges as called for by Obamacare can be perceived as an “honorable” endeavor. Scott, a fierce critic of Obamacare, helped lead the charge agains the health care law in the courts. “[I] think as a Republican conservative, who opposed Obamacare, taking it as a governor — I think you can act honorably either way,” Krauthammer said. “You can oppose it and have opposed it all the way
BRUSSELS— Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and his NATO counterparts are considering leaving 8,000 to 12,000 troops in Afghanistan after 2014, but it was unclear how much of that force would be American, U.S. officials said Friday. A dispute flared, but was quickly dissipated at the NATO defense ministers gathering here to discuss the endgame of the 11-year-old war in Afghanistan. German Defense Minister Thomas de Maiziere told reporters that a post-2014 force of 8,000 to 10,000 American troops would remain in Afghanistan. Panetta denied that, saying the force of 8,000 to 12,000 would be international and
Earlier today, liberal Democrat Lanny Davis affirmed that the substance of Sen. Ted Cruz´ (R-TX) inquiry into Chuck Hagel´s undisclosed source of income derived from various speeches was "absolutely correct." He just quarreled with the way in which Cruz conducted his line of inquiry. So, in keeping with Lanny Davis´ assertion, I would like to give Sen. Cruz a lesson in the acceptable way for a Senator to behave. If you are Sen. Hillary Clinton, it is OK for you to tell a Four-Star General that he is a liar: "I think that the
President Obama is displaying a more emotional side of his personality as he works to sell his second-term agenda to the public. The Spock-like Obama criticized for being aloof has been ditched in favor of a president who tells personal anecdotes about his life, shares locked-away thoughts from his past and on several occasions has wiped away a tear or two in public. While Obama has more flexibility to be himself now because he doesn’t face reelection, the personal touches are also in tune with a White House effort to enact an agenda that includes gun control, immigration reform
The crowd was roaring. The lone man, ramrod straight, in his impeccable brown uniform would step forward toward the lectern, then pause and let his eyes wander over the thousands of up turned faces—all staring at him, waiting for him to speak. And they waited—and they waited. (Snip) A full sixty seconds would expire before that man would take the one remaining step to the lectern, and begin speaking. (snip) Those of you reading this now, if you are near my age, know exactly of whom I speak
PRETORIA, South Africa — After four days of combative hearings, a South African magistrate on Friday granted bail for Oscar Pistorius, the double amputee track star accused of murdering his girlfriend, in a case that has horrified and fascinated the nation and much of the world. (Snip) Magistrate Nair said bail was not a matter of guilt and innocence, but about determining whether justice would be served by holding a defendant in custody. But he took issue with the testimony and actions of the prosecution’s lead investigator, Detective Warrant Officer Hilton Botha, who has since been removed from the case
Christopher Dorner is the ex-LAPD officer who went on a revenge rampage, killing several people before shooting himself in a cabin in Big Bear, California. Nationwide news. NBC News"...detailed the extent of the arsenal that Dorner had with him in his final days...Among the items recovered from the cabin where Dorner died and other locations and vehicles were numerous assault weapons; semi-automatic hand guns; a .308 caliber, bolt action sniper-rifle; high capacity ammunition magazines..." Sniper rifle? (snip)As new words are incorporated into their vocabularies, each category of firearms receives a promotion in implied lethality.
The driver of a Maserati who was killed in a drive-by shooting on the Las Vegas strip on Thursday bragged about stashing a gun in his $120,000 Italian sports car. Kenneth Cherry, aka Kenny Clutch, was killed when men inside a black Range Rover opened fire on his car while he was sitting at a red light. He accelerated into the intersection and crashed into a taxi. Cab driver Michael Boldon and his passenger died when the taxi burst into flames. Family members said Boldon had recently moved to Las Vegas to take care of his ailing mother.
A furor over slavery has erupted at a Midtown elementary school, after a teacher handed out math homework that include questions asking kids to tally the killing and beating of slaves. The shocking questions were given to at least one class of 9-year-olds at PS 59 in Manhattan — which included the kids of United Nations personnel. The inflammatory queries were only uncovered after a student teacher was asked to hand them out to a second class. “What a shock! It seems so over the top,” said NYU professor Charlton McIlwain, who instructed the student teacher,
Imagine if Republicans in Utah or Alabama, responding to a horrifying sex crime, introduced a bill allowing warrantless searches of homosexuals’ homes to make sure they weren’t holding little boys as sex slaves. The national media would be discussing this gross violation of the Fourth Amendment incessantly, using it as an example of how fundamentally fascist the Republican Party is — everywhere. Cut to Washington State: in this case, liberal Democrats in the legislature have introduced an assault weapon ban that includes annual
In a revealing presentation at Claremont McKenna College, birth-control activist Sandra Fluke said the U.S. military should accept transsexual recruits. The demise of the Pentagon’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” program, she said, should be only a first step toward a more inclusive American fighting force. Referring to what she called “the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning” community, Fluke said lawmakers didn’t go far enough in ending the military’s official but often unenforced ban on homosexuals. “We still don’t let trans-folk join the military,” Fluke said February 13. “That needs to change.”
We’re a fractious people, always have been, and our politics have been especially colorful. I’m a nearly lifelong fan of John C. Calhoun’s line about Henry Clay: “Like a mackerel by moonlight, he shines and stinks …”. Our political candidates have been mocked for their love affairs, their wooden legs, their false teeth, and their drinking habits. It’s not elegant, but rude, insulting talk is one of the products of free speech. It’s worth reminding ourselves that free speech around the world is still a rarity, and seems to be becoming even rarer. Lots of countries have
By denying coverage to spouses, employers not only save the annual premiums, but also the new fees that went into effect as part of the Affordable Care Act. This year, companies have to pay $1 or $2 “per life” covered on their plans, a sum that jumps to $65 in 2014. And health law guidelines proposed recently mandate coverage of employees’ dependent children (up to age 26), but husbands and wives are optional. “The question about whether it’s obligatory to cover the family of the employee is being thought through more than ever before,” says Helen Darling,
Senate Democrats are in a hurry to confirm Jack Lew as Secretary of the Treasury before anyone notices his biography. Otherwise, liberal lawmakers might be embarrassed voting for a man who represents everything they´ve been campaigning against. Investor in Cayman Islands tax haven? Check. Recipient of a bonus and corporate jet rides underwritten by taxpayers at a bailed-out bank? Check. Executive at a university that accepted student-loan "kickbacks" for steering kids toward a favored bank? Check. Excessive compensation with minimal disclosure? Check.
PRETORIA - Star South African athlete Oscar Pistorius was awarded bail on Friday after being accused of murdering his girlfriend. The decision by Magistrate Desmond Nair drew cheers from Pistorius´ family and supporters at the Pretoria magistrate´s court, although the athlete appeared unmoved as the decision was read out. (Snip)Pistorius´ defense team argued the killing was a tragic mistake, saying the athlete had mistaken Steenkamp for an intruder. They said he was too famous to pose a flight risk and deserved bail to prepare for a case that has drawn worldwide attention.
The European Central Bank this week, for the first time, published details of its former bond-buying initiative, known as the Securities Markets Program. The timing of the release, on the eve of Italy´s Feb. 24-25 elections, is as interesting as the data. The bank used to publish weekly information on the total amount of bonds it purchased under the program, until August last year when ECB President Mario Draghi replaced it with a new one called Outright Monetary Transactions. At times during the financial crisis, this indicator was watched more closely than any other,
The Washington Post has a blog post entitled “President Rahm? Maybe.” It cites Emanuel’s fundraising ability, knowledge of the political process, discipline and media contacts as reasons he could succeed his fellow Chicagoan, Barack Obama. (Snip)Well, now there is recent credible polling on Emanuel, and it’s not good for the mayor. A Crain’s/Ipsos poll out Thursday finds that the mayor’s popularity has fallen sharply since voters were last surveyed in September: Just 2 percent of Chicagoans surveyed said they strongly approve of the mayor´s job performance, with 12 percent somewhat approving and 5 percent leaning that way.
Oscar Pistorius has won his application to be released on bail until the start of his trial for shooting dead girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. The Paralympian bent his head and sobbed as Magistrate Desmond Nair delivered his decision following four days of dramatic testimony at Pretoria Magistrate´s Court bail hearing. While courtroom supporters could be heard saying ´yes,´ the athlete´s weeping family were more subdued and appeared to pray after Mr Nair announced his decision following a 90-minute speech to the court. Pistorius, 26, is charged with one count of premeditated murder
A snowstorm elbowed its way into the record books as it laid siege to Wichita and much of the rest of Kansas on Thursday, bringing traffic to a virtual standstill. Overnight snowfall was so heavy that whiteout conditions were being reported Thursday in and near Wichita as the morning commute began – and again later in the day in south-central, western and northern Kansas. More than 100 traffic accidents had been reported countywide by mid-evening. Even a plane got stuck in the snow at Wichita Mid-Continent Airport. “The majority of activity across the state of Kansas
Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) and Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) said Thursday that they’d introduced sex-education legislation limiting funding for "ineffective" abstinent-only programs. The Real Education for Healthy Youth Act would expand comprehensive sex education programs in schools, while ensuring that federal funds are spent on "effective, age-appropriate and medically accurate" programs. “Comprehensive sex education programs reduce behaviors that put young people at risk, and it’s past time we get real about giving young people the information
The Obama administration has agreed to provide emails pertaining to the controversial CIA talking points which critics say pushed an inaccurate picture of what happened during the terror attack last September in Benghazi, a congressional source tells Fox News. “We expect that will be done early next week,” the source said, adding the administration has agreed to the Senate Intelligence Committee’s request to review the emails. The source did not immediately make clear whether members of the committee would go into a room and read the emails, or whether hard copies would be permanently supplied to the committee.
After many complaints, a Whole Foods store in New York City took down a sign featuring an artist´s depiction of President Obama selling whole organic chicken. The drawing appeared on a chalk board placed on the sidewalk outside the store located at Columbus and 97th Streets on the city´s Upper West Side. Some customers and neighbors complained that using the President´s image to sell chicken was an offensive racial stereotype. On Thursday, WNBC in New York interviewed a man that lives in the neighborhood of the store. "There are certain things that have been used to put
Peter Wallison on Wednesday lamented the poor understanding people have of the underlying causes of the financial crisis, arguing that a false narrative of the crisis led to the Dodd-Frank Act and continues to stymie real reform in the financial sector. Wallison, a member of the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission and a financial policy expert at the American Enterprise Institute, discussed his recent book Bad History, Worse Policy: How a False Narrative About the Financial Crisis Led to the Dodd-Frank Act during a lunch event hosted by Americans for Tax Reform.