The Democratic nominee to take over former Rep. Jesse L. Jackson Jr.’s House seat vowed in her Tuesday evening victory speech to tackle gun-related violence and take a leadership role in the national debate over gun control. Robin Kelly, a former Illinois state representative, also suggested a head-on war against the National Rifle Association, according to a report from The Associated Press. “Their days of holding our country hostage are coming to an end,” she said, according to AP. Ms. Kelly was heavily backed by New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s super PAC, the AP reports.
One of the most vexing questions of sequestration is this: Do President Obama and cabinet heads have the leeway to shape budget cuts so that they will inflict a minimum of pain, or do the president and his aides, as the White House claims, have so little flexibility in the matter that they can only stand by while devastating cuts take effect? The remarkable thing about the current debate is that few people know the answer, or even whether there really is a clear answer. But a good case can be made that the president
Politics: Here´s a pretty good sign that President Obama is losing the sequester fight: Even his best friends in the press are starting to chafe at the desperate and deceptive warnings coming from him and his administration. At one of his countless anti-sequester events, Obama warned that the budget cuts will "gut critical investments," "weaken America´s economic recovery" and "weaken our military readiness." He said tens of thousands of parents will scramble to find child care, and hundreds of thousands will "lose access to primary care and preventive care." Obama´s education secretary went on Sunday talk shows to suggest that 40,000
It may be that we have to move beyond politics alone to explain events in Washington. We are in the fifth year of the Obama presidency, and Washington is still dead in the water. Four straight years in which the government of the United States of America fails to enact a budget is, well, amazing. The sense is growing around Washington, and this increasingly includes Democrats, of living in an alternative universe. Barack Obama gives his State of the Union speech, the sequester looms, and the president flies around the country giving speeches. He´s had virtually no
Budget: Even before sequestration hits, the administration has been releasing hundreds of illegal aliens scheduled for deportation, jeopardizing public safety in a demagogic attempt to scare us into not cutting spending. ´I´m appalled to learn the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has begun to release hundreds of illegal aliens from custody, the first of potentially thousands to soon be freed under the guise of federal budget cuts," said Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer on Tuesday in response to the release by Immigration and Customs Enforcement of hundreds of "low-risk" illegal aliens from detention. Well, so are we.
Flat pack shelters that take just 30 minutes to assemble have been designed to help save lives during natural disaster. When earthquakes, storms, floods, forest and bushfires and landslides hit a region, one of the problems faced by rescue and humanitarian services is providing a safe place to treat the wounded and provide shelter for those who have lost their homes. With this in mind, Argentinian architecture studio Proyecto 2M has developed Modularflex disaster shelters, which can be packed flat for easy storage, and built in just half an hour, reports io9.com. The folding design means it can be assembled
Islamabad: A government legislator on Wednesday expressed concern in the Senate over media reports that the US Army Corps of Engineers has been granted permission to build a Tactical Command and Operations Centre (TCOC) compound at the Jinnah International Airport (JIAP), Karachi, to exchange information with the Pakistan Customs Drug Enforcement Cell concerning smuggling activities in and around Karachi. Speaking on a call attention notice, Raza Rabbani said the US Army Corps of Engineers intends to solicit a request for proposal from construction firms or joint ventures (JV)
Older people blighted by pessimism and fear for the future are more likely to live longer, according to scientists. A study, into 40,000 adults across ten years, has found those with low expectations for a “satisfying future” actually led healthier lives. In contrast, people who were “overly optimistic” about the days ahead had a greater risk of disability or death within ten years. The extraordinary research, published by the American Psychological Association, will not doubt prove comfort to anyone with a tendency to grumpiness.[Snip]"Pessimism about the future may encourage people to live more carefully, taking health and safety precautions."
Bob Woodward said this evening on CNN that a "very senior person" at the White House warned him that he would "regret doing this," the same day he has continued to attack President Barack Obama over the looming forced cuts known as the sequester. CNN host Wolf Blitzer said that the network invited a White House official to debate Woodward on-air, but the White House declined.
In a 71-26 vote, the Senate on Wednesday confirmed Jack Lew to serve as the next Treasury Secretary. Twenty Republicans voted for Lew, while Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) broke with Democrats and opposed Lew´s nomination. Sens. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.), Mark Begich (Alaska) and Mark Udall (Colo.) missed the vote. Sanders said he voted against Lew because he wouldn’t stand up against Wall Street to protect working families. “Is the new Secretary of Treasury prepared to take on the increasingly powerful oligarchy … and stand with the working families of this nation who are being beaten up everyday?” Sanders said.
SIMON HOBBS, CNBC: You know, it´s 13 years since you wrote the book Start Small, Finish Big, which was about grassroots entrepreneurship. Do you think the environment for those chasing the American dream by setting up their own business has gotten worse or better in those 13 years? FRED DELUCA, SUBWAY FOUNDER: It´s continuously gotten worse because there´s more and more regulations and it´s tougher for people to get into business, especially a small business. I tell you, if I started Subway today, Subway would not exist, because I had an easy time of it in the ´60s
WASHINGTON- The United States is expected to provide medical supplies and food aid to Syrian fighters, a policy shift to directly help those opposing President Bashar al-Assad´s forces on the ground, sources familiar with the matter said on Wednesday. The sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the United States continues to oppose providing lethal assistance and said it also will not provide such items as bullet-proof vests, armored personnel vehicles and military training for now. A U.S. State Department spokeswoman traveling with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in Rome, where he is likely to announce
President Barack Obama´s former chief of staff Jack Lew was confirmed Wednesday as the next US Treasury secretary, as he readied for a potentially key role in crucial budget negotiations. A comfortable majority in the US Senate voted to confirm Lew, a former White House budget director and Wall Street executive, providing Obama with a second new cabinet appointment approval in as many days. Former White House chief of staff Jack Lew testifies before the Senate Finance Committee on February 13, 2013 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Lew was confirmed Wednesday as the next US Treasury secretary,
Secretary of State John Kerry said Wednesday that Iran has an "elected" government, echoing a comment for which Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel was pilloried in his confirmation hearing last month. "Iran is a country with a government that was elected and that sits in the United Nations," Kerry said in France standing alongside French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius. "And it is important for us to deal with nation-states in a way that acts in the best interests of all of us in the world."
Sarah Palin wrote in a Facebook post that went viral on Tuesday that the U.S. government is stockpiling bullets in anticipation of any "civil unrest" that may result from the ongoing economic troubles facing Americans. But the claim that the feds are buying large amounts of ammunition appears to be based on a misleading anonymous email that made its way to many people´s inboxes beginning last summer.On Tuesday, Palin wrote a lengthy post about the debate over the so-called "sequester" that is currently gripping Washington, D.C. (Snip) And in this case, Palin appears to be wrong.
Yamoussoukro - Chad´s President Idriss Deby appealed to West African leaders on Wednesday to urgently speed up deployment of their forces to northern Mali where Chadian and French forces are locked in bitter fighting with al Qaeda-linked rebels.(Snip) Regional heavyweight Nigeria has deployed some 1,200 soldiers in a bid to snuff out links between the alliance of Islamist groups in Mali, which includes al Qaeda´s north African wing AQIM, and its home-grown Boko Haram militant movement. But most African units remain in southern Mali, leaving French and Chadian forces responsible for security in the recaptured northern towns
Secretary of State John Kerry showed off his French speaking skills at a joint press conference with his counterpart in Paris today: The official State Department transcript of the event translates Kerry´s remarks into English: "SECRETARY KERRY: (In French - Via interpreter) Thank you very much, Minister. Thank you for your warm hospitality. Thank you very much for welcoming us here today. It’s a great pleasure for me to be here with Foreign Minister Fabius. We just finished one of those wonderful French lunches that have been drawing Americans to Paris for centuries.
Many conservatives and Republicans are greeting the looming sequestration spending cuts with a collective yawn. "The much-ballyhooed ´sequester´ is a cut of $85 billion in a nearly $4 trillion federal budget. Good, let’s do it," writes one contributor to National Review Online´s symposium on sequestration. It´s true that sequestration is a tiny cut to total federal spending. But it is also true that sequestration is a major cut to defense spending. According to the House Armed Services Committee, the 2011 Budget Control Act (the law that imposed both
Dozens of Manta Ray fish were mysteriously washed up on the beach in Gaza City today and carted off to market by Palestinian fishermen. It was the first time the fish had been seen on the beach for six years, according to a local video report purporting to show fisherman examining the Rays. Reaching up to an extraordinary 23ft in length, they are one of the largest living fish and have developed skeletons of cartilage rather than bone. Scroll down for videos - The Rays can weigh more than 12 stone and sell for around
RUSH: Here´s Sarine in Hollywood. Sarine, it´s great to have you on the program. Hello, sir. CALLER: (garbled) RUSH: One thing, I can barely hear you. The quality of the phone you´re on is not the best. That may be why we misunderstood your name. CALLER: Okay, let´s try this other phone. RUSH: Yeah. Get a little bit closer to the microphone. CALLER: Got you. RUSH: Okay. CALLER: Rush, dittos, to start with. Mega, mega dittos. All the best to you, my friend. This regime that is elected by the clueless and the uninformed has come very, very close to --
It was almost inevitable. The American Conservative Union has announced that Dr. Ben Carson will be a featured speaker at CPAC 2013 - the 40th annual Conservative Political Action Conference in mid-March. “Dr. Ben Carson represents the optimism and hope of the future of the conservative movement, while at the same time he articulates the deep fiscal and social challenges that our nation faces,” says chairman Al Cardenas. Dr. Carson, director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, has been on conservative radar plenty since his straightforward speech about the state of America
RUSH: You know, this really is unprecedented. It´s not getting any attention. It´s not getting any commentary whatsoever. It´s barely even being reported. But, I mean, this is serious stuff. The president of the United States has opened up the jails. The president of the United States, because of budget cuts which have not happened yet, has released 500 or so illegal immigrants, and, by definition, of law, they are criminals. We mentioned this late in the program yesterday. Hundreds of illegal alien
Back in the 1980s, a friend of mine was laid off from a defense contractor. That night he unplugged the cable box to his TV — to send his family a message that things were going to be tough for a while. I suggest that, especially in light of the sequester, the federal government follow my friend’s example and get busy pulling the plug on unnecessary televisions and cable TV contracts.
RUSH: Okay, Warren, New Jersey, as we start on the phones, this is Robert. Great to have you, sir. Hello. CALLER: Ex-military, American-Cuban, Two If By Tea, Marco Rubio for president, mega dittos, Rush. RUSH: Well, it´s great to hear such an enthusiastic first caller today. Great to have you here, sir. CALLER: Thank you, Rush. I just wanted to quickly talk to you about how the Democrats constantly intermingle emotional terms when concerning the necessary cuts as being Draconian, when ultimately if there are no cuts made, the most Draconian thing will happen.
National Black Chamber of Commerce president and CEO Harry C. Alford told The Daily Caller that he ”ignored” President Obama’s “spread the wealth” comment in 2008 and “had hopes” for him “because he was black.” “I don’t really support him too well and he knows it and that’s a badge of honor. He’s bad. He’s bad and I supported him. I voted for him the first time around. I had hopes because he was black. Shame on me,” Alford told TheDC at the National Press Club after an anti-gun control news conference. “Then when he started doing all these