Baltimore’s most famous doctor is in the national spotlight after criticizing President Barack Obama. Now he speaks only to WJZ in his first local TV news interview.Adam May has an exclusive look at Dr. Ben Carson’s political future. “I am [surprised]. I didn’t expect it to go viral,” Carson said. In his only interview with a Baltimore TV station, Dr. Ben Carson spoke about his recent attack on President Obama’s policies.
These are frantic days for the man the Manhattan tabloids call the Soda Jerk. Michael R. Bloomberg, the mayor of New York, is reviewing his troops, readying the SWAT teams for his campaign to beat back the crime wave sweeping over Gotham. The mayor begins enforcement of his new rules about how much soda is good for a New Yorker on March 12, vowing to take neither prisoner nor excuse. Hizzoner wants to be remembered as the mayor who stopped the gulping, slurping and burping that threatened to make Gotham unfit for human habitation.
The nation’s top general says “contributing to the stability of the global economy” is a higher priority national security interest for the U.S. military than “protecting the country from catastrophic attack.” In a Jan. 31 speech, Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told cadets at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn., that the unpredictability of the dangers facing the nation will require in years to come that the military have “a very clear understanding of our national interests.” “We haven’t had a knock-down drag out debate, even
Hollywood has no problem being dumb, sleazy and violent. Those are all known and marketable qualities. What it does not look is appearing desperate. Desperation however is what the Oscars of this year and last year have in common. They stink of an industry desperately racing its own age and irrelevance reaching for gimmicks to try and hang on to a younger audience. The dirty little secret is that Hollywood hardly exists anymore. The industry is bigger than ever, but its bread and butter consists of 200 and 300 million dollar special effects festivals
NEW YORK- Relatives and survivors marked the 20th anniversary Tuesday of the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center in New York. Edward Smith, whose wife Monica was one of four people who died, told ABC News.com he couldn´t continue to live there after her death but makes a trip to New York every February for a memorial. "There were too many reminders. It was too much," Smith said. Smith´s wife was eight months pregnant with their first child and about to begin her maternity leave when terrorists detonated a truck bomb in the building´s parking garage
Rick Perry won’t even entertain the notion that Texas will ever again elect a Democrat in a statewide political contest. “The biggest pipe dream I have ever heard,” he told the Wall Street Journal this past weekend. Well, Democrats beg to differ. And they’re launching a new group today determined to make Perry’s “pipe dream” into every Republican’s worst political nightmare. The new Democratic organization, called “Battleground Texas,” is designed to make Texas a politically competitive state by reaching out to Texas women and mobilizing Latino, African American and other minority voters
John Kerry says his experience as the son of a Foreign Service officer -- living abroad in various cities in his formative years -- is helping him now that he´s secretary of state. He indicated that he thinks of himself "not just" as a U.S. citizen, but as a "citizen of the world." As a child, "I learned a lot about the dislocations, the packing up, the moving, saying goodbye to friends, meeting new friends, being in a foreign country," Kerry told the U.S. Embassy-London staff on Monday. "And that experience, I’ll tell you,
With the ice having melted at the famed Vanity Fair after-party, and Hollywood´s biggest winners likely still nursing celebratory hangovers, on Monday evening "Piers Morgan Tonight" reviewed the night that was in Hollywood, including the hosts more than 30 Red Carpet interviews. Although Piers Morgan did chat with everyone from Sally Field to Amy Adams, there was one stunning woman whom he wasn´t able to chat with: Michelle Obama. As the 85th Academy Awards drew to a close, the First Lady shocked viewers and celebrities alike, appearing from Washington, D.C. via satellite to crown "Argo" the year´s top film.
With just a few days left to convince Congress to avert the so-called sequester spending cuts, President Obama today travels to a part of the country where the cuts could hit the hardest: Virginia´s shipyards. Mr. Obama is visiting Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries in Newport News, Virginia. If the sequester goes into effect, it could have a direct and clear impact on Virginia´s shipbuilding industry -- the Navy would cancel the maintenance of 11 ships in Norfolk, according to the White House, and it would delay and defer other projects in the state.
Barack Obama is overplaying his hand in the latest manufactured crisis of his presidency, Sequestration, and may be alienating his most important constituency of all, the media. He and his advisors are heedless of the psychology of the media, who have been battered by downsizing and budget cuts far more draconian than the piddling 2.4% at issue in the Sequestration Crisis. The fantastical claims of apocalypse push a powerful emotional button the hearts of nearly everyone in the mainstream media. They have already made do with less.
Piers Morgan continued a discussion tonight that had been brewing all day Monday about the implications of First Lady Michelle Obama‘s surprise appearance at the Oscars. Morgan’s guest Donny Deutsch, who refers to himself as a “liberal,” went even further than Bill O’Reilly in sharing his distaste for what he referred to as the “uninvited guest.” Deutsch made the point that when someone in Michelle Obama’s position appears on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, as she also did last week, the viewer gets to make the choice to tune in or not.
LOS ANGELES - Singer Janet Jackson said on Monday that she married her Qatari businessman boyfriend last year, quashing media reports of upcoming nuptials. Jackson, 46, the younger sister of the late singer Michael Jackson, was engaged to billionaire Wissam Al Mana, 37, last year but kept the news under wraps. "The rumors regarding an extravagant wedding are simply not true. Last year we were married in a quiet, private, and beautiful ceremony," Jackson and Al Mana said in a statement to Entertainment Tonight. "Our wedding gifts to one another were contributions to our respective favorite children´s charities."
As she celebrates the third anniversary of her Let´s Move! initiative, first lady Michelle Obama told "Good Morning America" co-anchor Robin Roberts that the country is seeing real "movement" on the issue of childhood obesity. "We´ve really changed the conversation in this country. When we started, there were a lot of people in this country who would have never thought that childhood obesity was a health crisis. But now we´re starting to see some movement on this issue," the first lady told Roberts. "Our kids are eating better at school.
Comptroller John Liu has blasted a major city contractor for allegedly cheating taxpayers of $163 million — but that wasn’t enough to stop Liu’s office from quietly doing business with the same firm, The Post has learned. Liu excoriated the Bloomberg administration last year for allowing overbilling in its $2 billion-plus contract with Hewlett-Packard for the massive 911 call center project, and he recently threatened to reject future contracts with the company — all while quietly inking his own deal with HP. Two months after issuing a searing audit charging HP with $163 million in overbilling, Liu awarded the company
President Obama’s nominee to lead the Treasury Department, Jacob J. Lew, got a $685,000 severance payment when he left a top post at New York University in 2006 to take a job at Citigroup. The payment, which a university official acknowledged on Monday, is considered unusual by outside experts in benefits and raises questions about why a tax-exempt university would give a large exit bonus to an executive who was departing voluntarily. (Snip) He had typically earned $700,000 to $800,000 a year since his hiring in 2001, and sometimes more, according to the university’s tax records.
To hear President Obama talk about the so-called budget cuts known as sequestration, his two-year-old idea of those required slashes in federal spending didn´t turn out to be such a good idea after all. As usual with President Obama, however, the failure of his own plan is not his fault. The president, his Cabinet secretaries and his press secretary are describing a veritable fiscal Armageddon for the country if the cuts he proposed in 2011 start taking effect on Friday.
He may be dealing with gun legislation, immigration reform and massive budget cuts at work, but President Obama is also struggling with a crisis at home: his two daughters growing up. Michelle Obama has revealed that her husband is still learning to cope with watching his daughters, 14-year-old Malia and 11-year-old Sasha, become teenagers. ´There´s nothing like the look on his face when Malia dresses up for a party, and she´s heading out,´ Mrs Obama said in an interview with Robin Roberts on Good Morning America. ´She walks past him, and you can see his face sort of just drop
WASHINGTON — Dozens of prominent Republicans — including top advisers to former President George W. Bush, four former governors and two members of Congress — have signed a legal brief arguing that gay people have a constitutional right to marry, a position that amounts to a direct challenge to Speaker John A. Boehner and reflects the civil war in the party since the November election. The document will be submitted this week to the Supreme Court in support of a suit seeking to strike down Proposition 8, a California ballot initiative barring same-sex
Blimey, I´m up for a prize--my first ever Bloggie award nomination. I´d be so pleased if I won because, unlike most journalistic awards, the Bloggies aren´t decided by a cabal of pinkos and unimaginative, career-safe lametards from the decaying, dead-tree establishment but by the only people who really matter--you the readers. See that subtle, sucking-up thing I did there?[Snip]Without your vote I don´t win a prize. Without your readership and support I´d just be another of those desperate saddoes like the trolls who haunt this blog in order to try to leech off some traffic for their own pitifully dull,
President Obama’s transparent mendacity about his responsibility for the sequester is revealing. The obtuse Chuck Todd doesn’t think it’s a story; he characterizes it as a traditionally sterile argument about who is to blame for the unpleasantness (which is the way the New York Times treats the issue it when it deigns to touch it). Todd can’t be that stupid, can he? True, it would be nice to know how we got here. Thanks to Bob Woodward — the establishment reporter at DC’s establishment newspaper — we know definitively how we got here. No thanks to Chuck Todd.
President Obama’s political team is fanning out across the country in pursuit of an ambitious goal: raising $50 million to convert his re-election campaign into a powerhouse national advocacy network, a sum that would rank the new group as one of Washington’s biggest lobbying operations. (snip)But those contributions will also translate into access, according to donors courted by the president’s aides.
To read most conservative websites you´d have to believe that Hollywood is the holy mecca of liberal hypocrisy, a swarming hive of limousine liberals, and the indulgence capital of the world. And I do happen to believe the truth of that, an assessment arrived at decades ago and acted upon by my absolute absence in movie theaters for those same decades. For conservatives, going to the movies long ago became a form of self-flagellation where one pays exorbitant prices for admission and confections
Warning: this blog post does not tackle the big issues of the week. But it is about one of life´s recurring frustrations. Printers. Guardian Money reported yesterday how printing companies are screwing consumers with smaller cartridges. Measure-for-measure, ink is now more expensive than vintage champagne. Hewlett Packard cartridges, for example, are five times worse value than a decade ago. The other manufacturers are just as bad, making cartridges smaller and harder to refill. They´ve got ink on their hands. Epson say the technology is more efficient now, meaning it´s better value. They´re efficient all right, when they work.
According to TV critic David Zurawik, MSNBC´s hiring of ex-Obama officials David Axelrod and Robert Gibbs makes the so-callend news network almost "a bona fide organ of state propaganda." Hours after this was published Monday, Hardball´s Chris Matthews offered his services to Hillary Clinton - along with those of MSNBC contributors Howard Fineman and Joan Walsh - in order to get her elected president in 2016 (video follows with transcribed highlights and commentary): At the end of a lengthy discussion about Clinton´s chances in 2016 - never mind that Election Day is 44 months away!