Should a miracle occur and the pending sequester actually kick in to reduce the growth of federal spending—said slowdown derided as “draconian budget cuts” even as actual spending rises—the political playing field will shift to new ground. The moment big-spending Democrats wrap up their “save us from sequester” theatrics and dump this Obama-originated bipartisan idea squarely onto the Republicans’ laps, they will pivot to a new narrative. After four years of justifying the abysmal Obama economic recovery using the mantra, “It could have been worse!” they will shift the narrative,
In the desolation of an Obama badgered America comes an unwavering bold beam of light tethered to real Hope & Change. Now that the Progressive propagandists in the mainstream media are going for the jugular of what could be the most trusted voice out there in the wilderness, it is time for Dr. Ben Carson to throw his natural followers a lifeline. The natural followers of the brilliant brain surgeon are already on board with his thinking that Political Correctness is killing off civil society with uncountable paper cuts.
Throughout the fight over Chuck Hagel’s nomination as Secretary of Defense, a devoted group of pro-Hagel journalists has been determined not only to defend Hagel, but to attack his critics and their credibility. They have gone beyond the “normal” mainstream media bias, which for most outlets merely meant ignoring flaws in Hagel’s record and his refusal to disclose key information. “Team Hagel” has even ignored its own scoops. For example, BuzzFeed was the first outlet on Feb. 14 to recover and post the prepared text of a controversial speech that then-Sen. Hagel delivered at Rutgers University in March 2007.
The former Canadian ambassador to Iran who played a key role in protecting a group of Americans during the Iran hostage crisis says it would reflect badly on Ben Affleck if he doesn’t in some way mention Canada during the Academy Awards Sunday. But the former ambassador, Ken Taylor, who says he feels like his role was diminished by a film that seeks to make the CIA the heroes in the rescue of six U.S. citizens, isn’t expecting anything, reports the Associated Press. "I would hope he would” mention Canada if Argo wins the Academy Award
President Barack Obama says about 100 U.S. military personnel have been deployed to the African nation of Niger (nee-ZHEHR´). In a letter to Congress, Obama says the forces will focus on "intelligence sharing" with French troops fighting Islamist militants in neighboring Mali. He says the American forces have been deployed with weapons, quote, "for the purpose of providing their own force protection and security." The U.S. and Niger signed agreement last month spelling out legal protections and obligations of Americans who might operate from the African nation. But U.S. officials declined at the time to discuss
Hi, everybody. Our top priority as a country right now should be doing everything we can to grow our economy and create good, middle class jobs. And yet, less than one week from now, Congress is poised to allow a series of arbitrary, automatic budget cuts that will do the exact opposite. They will slow our economy. They will eliminate good jobs. They will leave many families who are already stretched to the limit scrambling to figure out what to do.
According to Roll Call, the president wants to kick the sequester can down the road two months: President Barack Obama supports $2 in spending cuts for every $1 in revenue for a sequester replacement bill, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Friday. Carney also said the White House was open to a bill that would avert the sequester for as little as two months. Obama, for his part, said in a press conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that he would continue to talk to members of Congress and the American people as he pushes
"We have cleared away the rubble of crisis," President Obama reported in his State of the Union address, "and we can say with renewed confidence that the State of our Union is stronger." (snip) If things are so peachy, I have a question for the president. What´s with the Black Hawk helicopters and urban warfare drills? The Army took over an empty high school in southeast Houston without warning last month in a Department of Defense drill.
Hi, I’m Senator John Hoeven of North Dakota. I’d like to talk to you today about the pending sequester and the need to address our debt and deficit, while creating jobs and economic growth at this critical time in our history. For the better part of the week, President Obama has been traveling and giving interviews on the consequences of the sequester, which is an across-the-board cut in federal discretionary spending. He blames Congress for the sequester, but [Snip] it was President Obama who proposed—and promoted—the sequester.
The Progressive hit media are frantically circling the wagons, probably formulating a potent Alinsky Rule # 5 offense against sage Ben Carson. Just yesterday, Media Matters went into full attack mode. It appears the leftists were blindsided by the transparency and unassuming integrity of this gifted brain surgeon. No doubt they are embarrassed by their previous sycophantic accolades heralding his exceptional accomplishments in his chosen field of pediatric neurosurgery.
In Los Angeles, Skid Row just got even more bleak. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has dispatched a team of scientists to Los Angeles to try and help contain an outbreak of tuberculosis being spread among the city’s homeless population. Sixty of the 78 people identified with the potentially deadly disease were homeless people who live on and around Skid Row, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Italian rabble-rouser Beppe Grillo (rhymes with Brillo) has the 10th most popular website in the world. For years he has whipped up big, angry crowds, and this week he offered a "tsunami" of demonstrations. This weekend comes the election, and poll results show that Grillo may receive a third of the youth vote. In a parliamentary system that could give him big power for years to come. Nobody knows if Grillo is a fascist pretending to be a comedian, or a comedian pretending to be a fascist. Grillo may not know himself --
Labor: Who says intransigence doesn´t pay? After driving Hostess out of business by refusing to negotiate, union bakers have been rewarded by the White House with Trade Adjustment Assistance. It´s all the foreigners´ fault. Politics: Who says intransigence doesn´t pay? After driving Hostess out of business by refusing to negotiate, the White House has decided to reward the union bakers with Trade Adjustment Assistence, blaming foreigners. What a sweet deal. Last November, Hostess Brands went into liquidation, throwing 18,500 employees out of their jobs. The baking giant had been through two restructurings, but the company remained unprofitable.
President Obama’s apocalyptic predictions of the harm that would come to the country if the latest round of budget cuts kick in late next week are starting to wear thin among an unlikely group: the White House press corps.Mr. Obama has spent the past week issuing a series of dire warnings about the economic and personal consequences of allowing the so-called sequester spending cuts to occur March 1.
I’m told we’re living in a Moderate Moment. After Mitt Romney lost the election, moderate Republicans started emerging from every corner of the country, from Northwest Washington, D.C. to Arlington, Virginia. It was time, they declared, for calm voices to prevail in the Republican Party. The Tea Party, the right-wing, the “Conservative Entertainment Complex” — all this must be cast overboard for the GOP to win again. The latest iteration of this came in Wednesday’s Washington Post from columnist Kathleen Parker:
Teddy Turner wants Republican voters in South Carolina to know that it was actress Jane Fonda who turned his father, billionaire CNN founder Ted Turner, into a tree-hugging liberal. Turner, a 49-year-old high school economics teacher in Charleston, is currently running on a conservative platform for South Carolina´s 1st Congressional District. [Snip]´I was raised in a different time at the Turner household...a very conservative household with capitalism and all of that kind of stuff,´ the younger Turner told Newsmax TV’s The Steve Malzberg Show. The aspiring congressman is running on a platform that includes opposition to taxes
North Carolina will soon start issuing driver´s licenses to some illegal immigrants, but the design of the new cards has sparked outrage among civil libertarians. The licenses have a tell-tale bright pink stripe across the top along with the words ´NO LAWFUL STATUS´ written in bold, which have raised concerns that they will encourage discrimination against those who show it. The North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles announced last week they would begin issuing the licenses on March 25 following a lengthy legal review. The Obama administration´s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program grants valid federal work permits to qualified
ANAHEIM, Calif. — For decades, Cardinal Roger M. Mahony was the convener and the star of the nation’s largest annual gathering of Roman Catholics, which opened here on Thursday. This year, though, Cardinal Mahony was nowhere to be seen at the gathering, the Religious Education Congress. His workshop on immigration was canceled. The cardinal was relieved of his public duties last month by his successor after the release of 12,000 pages of internal church files revealing how Cardinal Mahony protected priests accused of sexually abusing minors. In a rare breach of the deference American bishops usually grant one another,
Six underground radioactive waste tanks at the nation's most contaminated nuclear site are leaking, Washington state governor Jay Inslee said on Friday. Mr Inslee made the announcement after meeting with federal officials in Washington DC. Last week it was revealed that one of the 177 tanks at south-central Washington´s Hanford Nuclear Reservation was leaking liquids. Mr Inslee called the latest news "disturbing." The tanks, which already are long past their intended 20-year life span, hold millions of gallons of a highly radioactive stew left from decades of plutonium production for nuclear weapons. The US Department of Energy said earlier that liquid levels were decreasing in one of the tanks at the site.
We sometimes hear of the savings that could be realized by eliminating “waste, fraud, and abuse” at federal government agencies. But substantial savings might also be achieved if only we could eliminate absurdity. Consider a lawsuit brought by the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) against United States Steel and the United Steelworkers Union under the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA). The suit challenges a practice, approved by the Union, of alcohol testing of probationary employees. EEOC alleged that the practice violated a provision of the ADA that prohibits medical testing
The Pentagon on Friday grounded its fleet of F-35 fighter jets after discovering a cracked engine blade in one plane. The problem was discovered during what the Pentagon called a routine inspection at Edwards Air Force Base, California, of an F-35A, the US Air Force version of the sleek new plane. The Navy and the Marine Corps are buying other versions of the F-35, which is intended to replace older fighters like the Air Force F-16 and the Navy F/A-18. Britain is also purchasing the aircraft for the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force. All versions - a total of 51 planes - were grounded Friday pending a more in-depth evaluation of the problem discovered at Edwards.
LEEVILLE, La. – At the 85th Academy Awards ceremony on Sunday, an independent Louisiana-shot film, Beasts of the Southern Wild will be up for four Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director, for its fictional account of a desolate band of folks living beyond the levees. Nearly 2,000 miles away, this fishing community deep in the bayous of southern Louisiana is the real-life place beyond the levees, a place where residents eke out a living selling bait fish, brace for destruction each time a large storm looms and watch the Gulf of Mexico´s steady march toward their front porches.
In many ways, last night´s ratings downgrade by Moodys was helpful. As Iain Martin writes, it represents a personal embarrassment for a Chancellor who has staked his all on his credibility with the markets. However, it may help pull the wool from some eyes in Westminster. If what we get is realism, then the price will be worth paying. Being credible is not the same as being a useful fool.[Snip]The only people who will get burned when the gilt bubble bursts is the man on the street whose pension fund and annuities have had their bond element completely mispriced.
Fashion designer David Meister is known for dressing big celebrities—bombshells like Sophia Vergara and Elizabeth Hurley, whose tightly draped forms practically leave burn marks on Hollywood´s red carpet. But to please his newest client, Mr. Meister had to think small—4-foot-8½ to be exact. He also needed to ditch details like plunging necklines and studs, trading them for more youthful touches such as sparkles and bows. Most important, the styles had to have what he calls "the twirl factor." That´s because his client is, well, a girl:
In 2004, CBS News anchor Dan Rather was given a series of memos purporting to show how George W. Bush had avoided service in Vietnam during the early 1970s. Rather wanted so badly for the document to be real that he put it on the air without much thought. He even sexed up his sourcing a bit, claiming (falsely) that the documents had been authenticated by experts. It took nearly two weeks for the fake documents to be exposed and for this highly damaging story about George W. Bush to be disproven. For most of that period, CBS News and Rather
Senate aides confirmed Friday that Republicans are coalescing around an alternative to the sequester that would keep the lower spending levels in place, but give federal agencies greater flexibility to determine where the cuts are implemented. The exact details of the Republican proposals are unclear. A GOP Senate aide told Business Insider that Republicans are considering a plan that would fund the government at the levels dictated by the sequestration — which amounts to about $85 billion in spending cuts for fiscal year 2013 — while giving the Obama administration the flexibility to reprogram the cuts at their discretion,