Next week, Kenyans will vote for their president. That might not sound a particularly noteworthy event--except, if it all goes wrong, it will explode into a disaster with far-reaching consequences. In the 2007/8 election, 1,500 people were killed; it could be even worse this time. The strange thing about Kenya is that it’s normally relatively peaceful. It is the West’s most important link to East Africa, a vital source of trade and home to 30,000 Western expats. All are endangered by next Monday’s elections. Kenyans liken their elections to a reoccurring nightmare.
Washington - President Barack Obama will meet Friday with the top leaders in the House and Senate, several hours past the deadline for averting automatic budget cuts, to discuss how to proceed on divisive tax-and-spend issues. (Snip) Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said the session will focus on ways to reduce government spending, but he also said he will not back down on his opposition to any new revenues. McConnell, along with House Speaker John Boehner, Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid and House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, will attend meeting at the White
When asked if the bill could encourage political or racial profiling, he said only that sellers can “choose or not choose to sell their gun to anyone.” He said the bill wasn’t meant as a de facto ban on assault rifles, but later said that he “would be OK” with the possibility that fewer gun store owners would take the risk of selling them. The threshold for liability extended to manufacturers under the bill is even murkier, with Morse simply repeating that gun makers must exercise care to ship their weapons to retailers
More than a half-century of landmark civil rights history collides Wednesday on Capitol Hill. President Obama travels to the U.S. Capitol to help unveil a statue of civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks — shortly after, across the street, the Supreme Court holds a hearing on a law that Parks partly inspired and which made Obama´s political career possible, the 1965 Voting Rights Act. (Snip) The nation´s first African-American president told SiriusXM radio talk show host Joe Madison last week it will be "a great honor" to pay tribute to Parks, whose defiance of Alabama´s segregation laws inspires global
And when the Republicans opened the seventh seal of the sequester, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black and the stars fell unto the Earth; and our nation´s ability to forecast severe weather, such as drought events, hurricanes and tornados, was seriously undermined. Lo, and the children were not vaccinated, and all the beasts starved in the zoos, and the planes were grounded. Or so President Obama and his Cabinet prophets have been preaching ahead of the automatic budget cuts due to begin Friday.
LOS ANGELES —“Eastbound and Down, loaded up and trucking…We’re gonna do what they say can’t be done… We got a long way to go, and a short time to get there…Eastbound for another Bandit run.” New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has now been warned. If he thought the Boston Tea Party and 1776 were revolutions, just try and restrict access to soda in 2013. The Founding Fathers rebelled against a tax. Bloomberg wants an outright ban. Not in this lifetime. In 1977, Burt Reynolds and Jerry Reed were not going to let restrictive laws on alcohol
House Judiciary Committee Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) said Tuesday that the Obama administration´s decision to release hundreds of illegal aliens is “abhorrent,” and he charged that the move is not only political but dangerous. “It’s abhorrent that President Obama is releasing criminals into our communities to promote his political agenda on sequestration,” Goodlatte said in a statement. “By releasing criminal immigrants onto the streets, the administration is needlessly endangering American lives. “It also undermines our efforts to come together with the administration and reform our
Yesterday, our California in Crisis series reported: California is controlled by the Democratic Party, and the California Democratic Party is controlled by the state’s government employee unions. You can’t win a statewide election there without at least the tacit approval of those unions. And for decades, the cost of their friendship has been protection from spending cuts in lean times and generous retirement package increases in good times. California actually has fewer state government employees per capita than the national average, but its employees are the best-paid in America. This often has a negative effect on government services.
The fears, threats and hype over the looming budget sequester hit a new high Tuesday when the Democratic National Committee more than doubled the White House estimate that 750,000 jobs are facing the ax if the spending cuts take place--and stay in place. As if 750,000 job losses weren´t scary enough, a DNC email urging supporters to pressure Republicans to cut a deal with President Obama said that "more than two million jobs could be lost." Even the White House isn´t biting on that number. Earlier this month, the White House said that the job
Senate Democrats hit a new milestone Wednesday — 1,400 days since they passed a federal budget. In recognition of that failure, Senate Republicans have launched the website “Pass a Senate Budget,” which calls on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and his counterparts in Democratic leadership to finally pass a spending blueprint out of the upper chamber. “They say failing to plan is planning to fail, but unfortunately, that’s been the Democrats’ approach to our budgetary challenges for nearly four years,” said Sen. Roy Blunt, Missouri Republican. “Meanwhile, we’ve lurched from crisis to crisis as the national debt
It turns out that the "across the board cuts" of Sequester leave plenty of flexibility for the Obama administration. Within a rather large budget category (in many cases), the feds would be free to prioritize. The devil is in the details, and it turns out that the legislation was somewhat carelessly written. (snip) The practical meaning of this is that President Obama will own responsibility for the cuts he has already started making, even before the Sequester even takes effect. He is making the choice to punish Americans in order to get his way.
DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg announced that 350 of his 2,200 studio employees will be laid off by the end of the year. The news comes in the wake of a $165 million loss the production company reported from the disappointing results of its most recent film, Rise of the Guardian. Katzenberg opened up to the Hollywood Reporter about his company’s restructuring: “It’s been very hard. We had 17 hits in a row, and this is the first one that didn’t work for us,” Katzenberg said of Rise of the Guardians.
Yet another top Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) official used a personal email address to conduct government business, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) disclosures reveal. EPA Region 9 administrator Jared Blumenfeld used his personal Comcast email account to send a news article to former EPA administrator Lisa Jackson’s secret “Richard Windsor” email account. The email was discovered within a tranche of thousands of emails from Jackson’s alias email account disclosed by the EPA earlier this month in response to a FOIA request by the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI). Several congressional committees and
Days before the March 1 deadline, Senate Republicans are circulating a draft bill that would cancel $85 billion in across-the-board spending cuts and instead turn over authority to President Barack Obama to achieve the same level of savings under a plan to be filed by March 8. The five- page document, which has the tacit support of Senate GOP leaders, represents a remarkable shift for the party. Having railed against Senate Democrats for not passing a budget, Republicans are now proposing that Congress surrender an important piece of its Constitutional “power of the purse”
Entertainer/comedian/writer Seth MacFarlane earned a younger, bigger audience for hosting Sunday’s Oscar telecast — but he’s also sparked anger from the California Legislative Women’s Caucus, which formally complained Wednesday to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences that his gig “struck a new low in its treatment of women.” The legislative women’s letter to Motion Picture Academy of Arts and Sciences bigwig Howard Koch complains: “In a world where women have historically faced challenges and obstacles when it comes to their portrayal in popular culture, Sunday evening was a setback for women
A liberal super-PAC that drew the ire of Republicans and Democrats alike for tweets targeting Sen. Mitch McConnell´s (R-Ky.) wife has apologized for what it called an "unnecessary comment." "We apologize to the secretary for that unnecessary comment and have deleted the tweets in question. In addition, we have put a review process in place to ensure tweets and other social media communications from Progress KY are reviewed and approved prior to posting," said Progress Kentucky Executive Director Shawn Reilly in an email issued late Tuesday night. The group had tweeted earlier this month, in reference to McConnell´s
If hip-hop music manager Michael “Blue” Williams, the head of Family Tree Entertainment, has his way, New Yorkers will be able to trade guns for Beyonce tickets. That’s part of Williams’ plan for a private-sector gun buyback that he’s pitched to the New York Police Department, the New York Daily News reports. “We want to get as many guns off the streets, and if this works, we’d like to support it,” Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly told the Daily News. If his “Guns for Greatness” buyback is approved, Williams, who has managed OutKast and Cee-Lo Green, hopes his celebrity ties will
Abound Solar already has provided its share of irony in its brief time as a taxpayer-funded green-energy player. It went bankrupt last year after spending $70 million of a $400 million loan guarantee from the Obama administration, sparking a Colorado state investigation into investor fraud. Now this “green tech” firm has been cited by Colorado as a polluter, and has ordered the receiver to get rid of chemicals and the “unsellable” solar panels Abound managed to produce: Colorado health and environment officials have ordered Loveland-based Abound Solar, the bankrupt solar-panel maker, to
President Obama and his lapdog media´s ongoing propaganda over sequester is three-pronged: 1. Obama proposed sequester, got it passed into law, blamed it on the other party, and the media is letting him get away with it. 2. Obama and the media are demogoguing what amounts to a nothing cut in a budget that exploded over the first four years of the Obama Administration. Instead of taking a scalpel to the budget (as Obama so famously promised during the ´08 election) Obama is instead promising to make the nothing cuts as painful as possible --
On Feb. 26, Vice President Joe Biden met with retired military officials, among them retired Brig. Gen. Stephen Xenakis, to recruit help in pushing an "assault weapons" ban, a "high capacity" magazine ban, and universal background checks. Xenakis, a former Army physician, is well groomed for the role Biden asked him to play. He has already done a spot for NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg´s Mayors Against Illegal Guns, in which "he asked the public to ´demand a plan´ from Congress." According to Xenakis: The vice president understands that when it comes to communicating with credibility on
Judicial Watch filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit on February 14, 2013, against the Obama Administration’s Office of the Director of National Intelligence seeking records that could shed light on what Obama administration officials knew about the September 11, 2012 terrorist attack on the American consulate in Benghazi and when they knew it. Specifically, Judicial Watch seeks a controversial “speaking points” memo that seems to suggest that intelligence officials believed from the outset that al Qaeda was behind the attack, despite public statements to the contrary issued by Obama administration officials,
They are finally going to have a meeting. A congressional source with direct knowledge of the plans tells me the top four congressional leaders – John Boehner, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi and Mitch McConnell – will meet with President Obama at the White House Friday to attempt to negotiate a way to avoid the spending cuts that both sides have said should be avoided. This meeting – the first one the president has had with Republican leaders to talk about the across-the-board cuts known as the sequester – will come after the cuts actually go into effect (midnight Thursday).
Yesterday, Sens. John McCain (R-AZ) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) attended a private meeting with President Barack Obama on the subject of immigration reform. They emerged all smiles: "It´s one of the best meetings I´ve ever had with the president," Graham said. President Obama "understands the parameters of what we´re dealing with," said McCain. Both senators are supporters of immigration reform efforts now under way in the Senate. Those efforts themselves are the product of separate negotiations outside "regular order" in the Senate. A group called the "Gang of Eight," which includes both McCain and Graham,
Friday´s historic return of William Barret Travis´ “victory or death” letter to the Alamo is seen by some as a rebirth for the state shrine — a new way to remember the Alamo. What it could mean is more signs and better displays, storytelling and narration; holistic approaches to the site´s evolution from a Spanish mission to 1836 battle site and U.S. Army depot; and reverence befitting an American Indian burial ground. Despite being celebrated in movies and books as a symbol of freedom, where nearly 200 Texian rebels died as martyrs for independence,
During her interview with the Tom Joyner Morning Show yesterday, First Lady Michelle Obama was asked if she recognized her legacy – particularly during Black History Month. The First Lady explained that she thinks about it more often since beginning her second term, but added that it is difficult because she is so busy. “It’s hard to get that time to reflect on that,” Michelle Obama admitted. “Just, honestly because the days just fly by, you know. So I’m trying to be more proactive about thinking about that legacy.” The First Lady explained that she