WASHINGTON — Only days before the aircraft carrier Harry S. Truman was due to leave Norfolk, Va., for the Persian Gulf this month, the Pentagon abruptly canceled the deployment, pleading poverty. With cuts in the federal budget scheduled to take effect Friday, Pentagon officials said they feared that sending the carrier on a six-month cruise to the Middle East would empty their operations accounts. President Obama on Tuesday alluded to the decision to hold back the Truman. "The threat of these cuts has forced the Navy to cancel the deployment," he said in a speech in southeastern Virginia,
The Oscar-winning tale “Argo” contains a movie within the movie. Comparisons to Shakespeare’s Hamlet — or anything worth remembering, for that matter — certainly end there. So, it was altogether fitting that first lady Michelle Obama horned her way into the insufferable ceremony to award the night’s most coveted honor to the hostage thriller. After all, she knows something about hostage-takers and their diabolical demands. She sleeps with the most daring and nihilistic of them all. Washington breathlessly watches the dramatic countdown to the coming “sequester” cuts. For many around here, the apocalypse is upon us.
The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo parade included more than just cowboys and high school bands. There was a significant military presence. Here, the U.S. Marine Corps Band from New Orleans performs. All of the military participating were invited to the World Championship Bar-B-Que Cook-off with the Goody Girls BBQ team offering to feed them all.
TRENTON — The head of the influential Conservative Political Action Committee said there´s a reason Chris Christie wasn´t invited to the group´s annual conference next month: The New Jersey governor didn´t have "an all-star year," according to a report by the National Journal. Al Cardenas — chairman of the American Conservative Union, which organizes CPAC — wrote in an e-mail to the political magazine that he was "proud" to have Christie speak at last year´s conference because of his record of balancing the state budget and fighting teachers unions, the report said. But over the last year, Cardenas said,
New Jersey governor Chris Christie has not been invited to speak at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference this year, due to what one insider described as his “limited future” within the Republican party. Bill O’Reilly brought on Charles Krauthammer to talk about why this happened, with both men surmising it had to do with Christie embracing President Obama during Hurricane Sandy. Krauthammer quipped that it was more than an embrace, it was a “lap dance.” O’Reilly presumed that this was all due to Christie publicly embracing the president in the wake of Hurricane Sandy a week
The “conservative media is failing to advance ideas and stories,” RedState editor Erick Erickson asserted on Wednesday. Noting that the echo in the chamber has gotten too loud, Erickson urged conservatives to step away from the outrage and focus instead on integrity in reporting. “Conservatives are trying so hard to highlight controversies, no matter how trivial, we have forgotten the basics of reporting: W5 + H as I learned in grade school, also known as who, what, where, when, why, and how,” he wrote. “We need to establish a baseline for integrity in
ROCHESTER — Starting April 15, New York will have the smallest gun magazine limit in the country, and all signs indicate no gun makers have plans to accommodate it. Gun manufacturers have never had a reason to make a magazine with fewer than 10 rounds, because no state required it until now. And, as far as local gun dealers and the Democrat and Chronicle have been able to determine, there are no manufacturers planning to make seven-round magazines. This means that in less than two months, gun dealers such as Paul Martin, owner of Pro-Gun Services in Victor…
While you all were busy watching, and re-watching, the explosive battle between Sean Hannity and Rep. Keith Ellison (R-MN) last night on Fox’s Hannity, another kerfuffle took place during the show, albeit with a much friendlier ending. During a debate on NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg‘s “nannying” public health policies, Fox liberal contributor Tamara Holder said that “most Republicans are fat asses,” and lamented how “fat Republicans who drive through Wal-Mart in their buggies” are partially responsible for the increased healthcare
A divided Cobb County Commission on Tuesday struck down a controversial proposal that would have imposed new regulations aimed at preventing illegal immigrants from being hired to work on taxpayer projects. The rule would have required most contractors to ask the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency to inspect employment records, advise them on hiring practices and issue fines for illegal hires in serious cases.(Snip) Illegal immigration is an especially salient issue in Cobb, which in 2010 made national headlines when illegal immigrants were found to be working on the county’s new courthouse. Leaders have taken a series of steps,
They pine to hear tales of horror from the citizenry, perhaps. Organizing for Action, the aggressive grassroots non-profit that grew out of President Obama’s 2012 campaign, is now seeking “sequester stories” from loyal Democrats and progressives. The canny idea intensifies the Democratic Party’s blame game and fear mongering over the looming budget cuts. “Right now, each of us has a responsibility to step up and make sure Congress hears our voices. Whether you’d be directly affected by these sequester cuts, or whether they’d affect a senior, veteran, or teacher you know, please share what
Philadelphia — Beer lovers across the U.S. have accused Anheuser-Busch of watering down its Budweiser, Michelob and other brands, in class-action suits seeking millions in damages. The suits, filed in Pennsylvania, California and other states, claim consumers have been cheated out of the alcohol content stated on labels. Budweiser and Michelob each boast of being 5% alcohol, while some light versions are said to be just over 4%. The lawsuits are based on information from former employees at the company´s 13 U.S. breweries, some in high-level plant positions, according to lead lawyer Josh Boxer of San Rafael, Calif.
The Supreme Court signaled strongly on Wednesday that it might strike down a section of the Voting Rights Act as the court’s conservative members cast the provision as outdated and unfair. With a crowd of congressional Democrats and civil rights icons gathered outside, the court heard oral arguments over Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, which requires certain states and counties to get permission from the federal government before changing their voting laws. The court’s conservative justices appeared deeply skeptical
The White House said Wednesday it had nothing to do with the decision by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to release immigrants awaiting deportation back into the country in order to save money ahead of the looming budget “sequesters.” “This was a decision made by career officials at ICE without any input from the White House as a result of fiscal uncertainty over the continuing resolution as well as possible sequestration,” spokesman Jay Carney told reporters. He didn’t say whether the White House agreed with the decision,
The White House and the Department of Homeland Security were unaware of Immigration Customs and Enforcement´s decision to release detainees until the agency announced it, administration officials said Wednesday. "This was a decision made by a career officials at ICE without any input from the White House, as a result of fiscal uncertainty over the continuing resolution, as well as possible sequestration," White House press secretary Jay Carney said Wednesday. Personnel at Department of Homeland Security headquarters in Washington were also unaware of the decision until the announcement was made, a department official told POLITICO.
Astronomers from Colombia have traced the origin of a meteor that injured about 1,000 people after breaking up over central Russia earlier this month.Using amateur video footage, they were able to plot the meteor´s trajectory through Earth´s atmosphere and then reconstruct its orbit around the Sun. As the space rock burned up over the city of Chelyabinsk, the shockwave blew out windows and rocked buildings causing millions of dollars in damages. The team, from Colombia, has published details on the Arxiv website.
John F. Kennedy´s only grandson, 20-year-old Jack Schlossberg, is training to become a first responder, according to friends at Yale University. ´Jack sees this training as a way to give back to the New Haven community that he’s living in,´ a friend of Jack´s told the New York Post. The source, who said he bonded with Schlossberg when they were summer interns for Sen. John Kerry a couple years ago, asked to remain anonymous. ´Jack’s very aware of all the privileges and opportunities that come with his family, so his EMT training has a lot to do with
Vice President Joe Biden, speaking at a meeting of the National Association of Attorneys General on gun violence Wednesday, said he says what he means and that gets him in trouble. "No one’s ever doubted that I mean what I say. The problem is that I tend to say what I mean, and that gets me in trouble - except in Mississippi,” Biden said, after inviting the attorneys general to share any constructive criticism they may have about his proposals on gun control.“I want to invite you, and I’m gonna have my staff afterwards available –
George Zimmerman wears a disguise or body armor in public because he still feels threatened one year after he killed Trayvon Martin, his lawyer said today. The former neighborhood watch volunteer in Sanford, Florida, captured national attention when he shot dead Trayvon, an unarmed 17-year-old who was walking to his father´s house. Zimmerman claims he was defending himself and was not initially arrested. Zimmerman remains in hiding and ´can´t go out in public without wearing a disguise or body armor,´ defense attorney Mark O´Mara told CNN.
Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) on Tuesday proposed an anti-racial profiling bill to mark the one-year anniversary of the shooting death of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin. Norton´s bill, H.R. 838, would let states apply for federal grants to create programs aimed at reducing racial profiling. These programs could include instituting anti-racial profiling laws, maintaining data on traffic stops to check for racial bias, and training law enforcement officers. "The Trayvon Martin tragedy did not involve a law enforcement officer, but his death reminded the country that racial profiling discrimination remains largely unaddressed," Norton said.
According to President Obama, the $62 billion in new taxes this year imposed as part of the fiscal-cliff deal will have no effect on economic growth. In fact, the president believes that he can safely impose another $58 billion in tax increases to replace spending cuts from the upcoming sequester. And, of course, Obamacare’s almost $42 billion in new taxes (and regulations) in 2013 don’t have any impact on hiring or investment. But, the president says, the $44 billion in cuts this year resulting from the sequester will throw the U.S. economy back into recession.
Over the past few weeks, I have heard some people suggest that President Barack Obama’s strategy in pursuing his legislative agenda is more about creating issues for the 2014 midterm elections than about passing legislation. Whether that is true, it leads to an obvious question: Is the president able to put the House back into Democratic hands, even if he wants to? Electing a Democratic House next year would allow Obama to push a more unapologetically liberal agenda in his final two years, which he clearly would prefer.
Big parts are coming off a former U.S. Navy minesweeper that became stuck on a Philippine reef in January. Salvage crews have removed the funnel, or smokestack, and mast from the former USS Guardian, the Philippine coast guard reports. The agency posted a series of photos on its website showing large parts of the minesweeper being lifted by a crane and transferred to a barge. Once the top decks of the ship is cleared and heavy machinery is removed from the inside, the 224-foot-long, fiberglass-and-wood hull of the Guardian is expected to be cut into three parts before it
Wednesday´s headlines provide an important lesson in the difference in strategy between the two political parties. In Chicago, the Obama operation quashed former Rep. Debbie Halvorson, who enjoyed an "A" rating from the National Rifle Association, in favor of anti-gun radical Robin Kelly, who openly declared her intention to become a "leader" in "banning guns." In Washington, Sens. John McCain (R-AZ) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) met privately with President Barack Obama and praised his efforts for "comprehensive" immigration reform. Note the distinction. Democrats
From William Jacobson at Legal Insurrection, we learn about the case of Uwe and Hannelore Romeike and their children: The Romeikes are devout Christians from Germany who wanted to homeschool their children because of what they perceived as the secularist agenda in German public schools. In the United States, the right to homeschool ones’ own children is accepted, although frequently mocked by the left. The homeschoool movement is thriving in the United States, but in Germany it is illegal, a holdover from Nazi-era law.