Should I resign from the Academy? I won’t, of course, but asking Michelle Obama to help present the Best Picture Oscar at the Academy Awards this year was pretty Bush League. And it was equally Bush League for the First Lady to accept. (Snip)Shame, shame on all sides. Hollywood has enough of a reputation for being in the pocket of the Democratic Party, but now they not only are in the pocket, they’re in the wallet, the purse, the laptop, the vestibule, the fax machine, the refrigerator, the oven, the slow cooker, shoes, socks,
WASHINGTON — On Wednesday, the court-martial of accused Fort Hood gunman Major Nidal Hasan will creep forward at its glacial pace with a motions hearing to hear defense requests on a change of venue and the makeup of the panel that will potentially hear the case. Facing 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder — and potentially the death penalty — Hasan’s trial has been delayed several months by his growth of a beard(Snip) Still, the movement in Hasan’s case is swifter than the move toward any resolution of the grievances of victims
Virginia Rep. Scott Rigell became one of the rare members of the Republican Party to join President Barack Obama on Air Force One on Tuesday. According to FEC records, Rigell donated $1,000 to President Obama during his first run for the White House, and has been vocally supportive of Obama’s calls for increased tax revenue as a part of a sequester deal. Before departing on Air Force One for Newport News, Va. Tuesday, Rigell told reporters that he favored raising tax revenues through reform as well as some cuts to spending as a part of the deal.
President Obama is facing increased pressure to eliminate the government-backed mortgage titans Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac after months of very limited progress by the White House to loosen the failed mortgage giants´ grip on the rebounding real estate market. Five years after the housing market crashed, Obama has focused primarily on helping homeowners who are underwater on their mortgages get refinancing. But that effort has required even greater government reliance on Fannie and Freddie without making any substantial push to create a new home-financing system that´s influenced more by the private sector.
Washington-Vice President Joe Biden will address the upcoming AIPAC policy conference. Biden will speak to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference on the morning of Monday, March 4, officials in the White House and with AIPAC told JTA.(Snip) Legislation to be advanced by AIPAC during the conference includes bills planned for introduction in the Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives that would designate Israel a "major strategic ally," a new designation not previously conferred on any country and one that would recognize Israel´s role in keeping the Middle East stable and in combating terrorism around the globe.
Something new is happening in Syria. (Snip)They both say the same thing: that the Free Syrian Army, which was formed fairly early in the revolt against Assad’s regime, is now getting some very good weapons. This accounts for its recent military successes, bringing it inside the Damascus gates. Both base their analyses on the research of Elliot Higgins, a British expert who tracks the movement of weaponry in the region. Higgins says the new weapons, and ammunition for them, are coming from the old Yugoslavia. Both make the point that whereas Western countries, including the United States, are very concerned
In an interview with Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts aired this morning, First Lady Michelle Obama recalled the tragic death of 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton who was shot and killed in Chicago after performing during the President’s Inauguration celebration in Washington D.C. “She was caught in the line of fire because some kids had some automatic weapons they didn’t need,” the First Lady explained. “I just don’t want to keep disappointing our kids in this country. I want them to know that we put them first.” Chicago police reported, however, that Pendleton
Father-to-be Kanye West showed he has a little work to do regarding his anger control issues. The rapper, currently dating pregnant reality superstar Kim Kardashian, kept up his feud with President Barack Obama during a London concert appearance. West´s Obama slam, and use of the race card, employed the kind of grammar that would make elementary school teachers the world over wince. “I don´t give a f--- about what none of the president’s got to say,” West said at a concert in London on Saturday, apparently referring to Obama. The comment came during a rant
LONDON– Rapper Kanye West launched into a mid-concert rant against a range of people that included corporate executives, Justin Timberlake and one of his most famous public critics – President Barack Obama. In a performance at London’s Hammersmith Apollo on Saturday, the Chicago-born rapper at one point said: “I don’t give a f–k what the president’s got to say,” to an ecstatic London audience.
Two weeks ago, Judicial Watch filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the National Archives And Records Administration (NARA) to unearth “assassination records” and other Robert F. Kennedy Department of Justice documents housed at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum that are currently under Kennedy family control. “The JFK records are clearly government records and they should be disclosed in accordance with FOIA law,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “This lawsuit is about much more than the Kennedy assassination.
Byron Dorgan was a “praire populist,” his Senate colleague Tom Harkin told us open Dorgan’s retirement. Liberal writer David Sirota gave Dorgan the same label. Dorgan’s wife Kimberly is a longtime lobbyist, currently running the lobby operation for the American Council of Life Insurers — which lobbies to protect the populist death tax that pads the profits of life insurance companies. And, of course, as soon as Sen. Dorgan retired, he joined a lobbying firm, too. The Dorgans are staying in the house where they raised their kids — a 4 bedroom, 4.5 bath 3,800-square-foot
William Ayers, the co-founder of the violent 1960s-era Weather Underground and who later befriended Barack Obama at the University of Chicago, has been named a "visiting scholar" at Minnesota State University, continuing his transformation from radical activist to establishment leader. Once the head of a group linked to bombings of buildings tied to the Vietnam war, including the Pentagon and Capitol, he has been invited to play a role in the school´s efforts to include social justice in class courses. During the 2008 presidential campaign, the Ayers-Obama tie was
When Hostess filed for bankruptcy last year, several problems were to blame, but the bakers union refusing to accept a new contract and striking was the straw that broke the Twinkie manufacturer’s back. They refused to return to work even after the company warned them it would have to shut down. The Teamsters even begged them to take the deal (though the bakers union has noted that the Teamsters were getting a better deal than they were). Now that Hostess has shut down, those self-same union strikers are now benefitting from government program
In light of the coming sequestration that will slow the rate of growth of federal spending, the Navy has announced that it cannot afford to send an aircraft carrier, the USS Harry S. Truman, on a previously-scheduled mission to the Persian Gulf, nor can it afford to refuel another carrier, the USS Abraham Lincoln. To further dramatize the cuts, the White House has invited Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood and Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano to brief the press corps on what the administration says will be the devastating consequences of sequestration.
House Democrats led by Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) have introduced legislation that would create a federal Department of Peacebuilding, which would be tasked with everything from finding ways to scale back U.S. military actions to ending bullying at schools. Under her bill, H.R. 808, the new department would be led by a cabinet-level Secretary of Peacebuilding, who would have a seat on the National Security Council. The department would be "dedicated to peacebuilding, peacemaking, and the study and promotion of conditions conducive to both domestic and international peace and a culture of peace."
WASHINGTON — The federal government released groups of illegal immigrants from custody across the country Monday at the same time the White House was making its case that impending budget cuts would harm efforts to protect the border and enforce federal immigration laws. Advocates reported “waves” of illegal immigrants being released from at least three detention centers in Texas, Florida and Louisiana. U.S. Immigration Customs and Enforcement confirmed the release of some illegal immigrants Monday night but would not say how many or from which detention centers. “In order to make the best use of our limited detention
A Republican congressman said this weekend that former Vice President Dick Cheney would likely end up in hell — alongside former President Lyndon Johnson — for their roles in pushing the country toward the Vietnam and Iraq wars. "Congress will not hold anyone to blame. Lyndon Johnson´s probably rotting in hell right now because of the Vietnam War, and he probably needs to move over for Dick Cheney," Rep. Walter Jones (R-N.C.) said at a conference in his home state, according to the Huffington Post.
More than six dozen prominent Republicans have signed a legal brief to be submitted to the Supreme Court voicing support for gay marriage, the New York Times reported Tuesday. The list features members of Congress, including Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida and Richard Hanna of New York, top Bush Administration officials including national security adviser Stephen J. Hadley, and former presidential candidate Jon Huntsman. It also includes Republicans who had not previously signaled support for gay marriage, including former Rep. Deborah Price (R-Ohio), who
Secretary of State John Kerry offered a defense of freedom of speech, religion and thought in the United States on Tuesday telling German students that in America "you have a right to be stupid if you want to be." "As a country, as a society, we live and breathe the idea of religious freedom and religious tolerance, whatever the religion, and political freedom and political tolerance, whatever the point of view," Kerry told the students in Berlin, the second stop on his inaugural trip as secretary of state.
When man falls on hard times, what’s his best friend to do? A new donation-based program called Pet Food Stamps aims to provide food stamps for pets of low-income families and for food stamp recipients who otherwise could not afford to feed their pets, reported ABC affiliate KVIA in Las Cruces, N.M. Based in New York, the program is open to anyone in the United States. More than 45,000 pets have already been signed up in the past two weeks, according to the program’s founder and executive director Marc Okon. Once need and income is verified,
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