During a Politico Playbook breakfast in Washington D.C. this morning, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano bitterly denounced the news media last week for revealing that the agency released over 2,000 illegal immigrants ahead of the sequester cuts. “There was a story that ran last week that said ‘we released 2,000 detainees because of sequester’ Napolitano said, mocking the hype inferred by the headline. “That is really not accurate,” she insisted. “That was not a Politico story by the way,” Allen responded. “It was not a Politico story, I will hasten to say, and I won’t say who
Nouakchott– Al-Qaeda’s branch in northern Africa on Monday confirmed that one of its senior leaders, Abdelhamid Abou Zeid, had been killed in northern Mali, a report said. Zeid was killed as a result of a French bombing raid in the Ifoghas mountains, a member of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQMI) who normally writes for jihadist websites told the private Mauritanian news agency Sahara Medias. He denied claims, however, that another Islamist leader in the region, Mokhtar Belmokhtar, had been killed, saying that Belmokhtar “is in the Gao region, waging the fight against he enemy.”
The first months of President Obama’s second term are being built around a simple premise: No caving. From the sequester to immigration reform to the broader debate about the role of government in American life, Obama is in an ultra-assertive mood, practically daring Republicans to defy his wishes. It is a clear change for a president who, during his first term, faced criticism from his left flank for being too conciliatory toward the GOP on healthcare reform and, later, during deficit battles. Liberal voices argued that Obama was mistaken in thinking the Republicans had any
Senator Robert Menendez sponsored a bill that would have benefited his biggest political donor whose close relationship led to Menendez taking personal trips to the Dominican Republic. The disclosure of the legislation that Menendez wanted to push through- that had incentives for natural gas vehicle conversions- is the latest intersection between the New Jersey Democrat who is the subject of an ethics inquiry on Capitol Hill and the Florida doctor involved in a federal criminal investigation. Dr. Salomon Melgen invested in Gaseous Fuel Systems Corp. of Weston, Florida, and joined its board of directors in
FORT WORTH -- On Sunday, in the end, Van Cliburn had one more magnificent gift for Fort Worth and the world. The heartbreaking beauty and grandeur of his funeral service music is unlikely to be forgotten by anyone who heard it inside Broadway Baptist Church. Cliburn, the legendary pianist who died Wednesday at 78, was warmly eulogized by former President George W. Bush, Texas Gov. Rick Perry and friends from Fort Worth and around the world, who remembered both his historic talent, but also his humility and kindness. Statements by President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin
The Obama Justice Department is arguing in the United States Supreme Court that children do not need mothers. The Justice Department’s argument on the superfluity of motherhood is presented in a brief the Obama administration filed in the case of Hollingsworth v. Perry, which challenges the constitutionality of Proposition 8, the California ballot initiative that amended California’s Constitution to say that marriage involves only one man and one woman. The Justice Department presented its conclusions about parenthood in rebutting an argument made by proponents of Proposition 8 that the traditional
Sacramento—One of Jim Brulte´s first acts Sunday as the newly elected leader of the California Republican Party was to hand-deliver a $50,000 check from a friend, with the promise of another one this week. They will only dent the state party´s debt, which is in the high six figures, but Brulte´s ability to tap a vast network of donors is among the reasons that the former legislative leader was elected to try to salvage the beleaguered party. (Snip) In addition to the debt, its share of the state´s voters is at a historic low of less than 30%,
On this weekend’s broadcast of CNN’s “State of the Union,” Obama economic adviser Gene Sperling suggested he and journalist Bob Woodward are poised to resolve the very public conflict they’ve had in recent days. (“You know, Bob and I have known each other for 20 years, and we’ve always had a friendly and respectful relationship,” Sperling said. “Anybody who looks at the emails that went from me and that came back from him can see that there’s respect and friendliness.” Sperling, who added that he hasn’t spoken recently with Woodward,
More to the point; why isn´t anyone in Congress asking? You see a story like this - and the one about a billion bullets bought by the government - and you wonder why no one in Congress has bothered to look into it. I am totally unconvinced there are any dark designs by DHS on American citizens or our democracy. But this seems a colossal waste of money - if true - and isn´t ferreting out waste like this what we are paying those jamokes on Capitol Hill for?
The White House’s behavior throughout the sequester process has been baffling to some. Until Friday’s news conference mainstream media never showed much skepticism about the reams of scare stories being passed around. And if not for Bob Woodward, not a single news outlet would have reported the origin of the sequester. (Think about the level of negligence involved on that point alone.) Whether on account of bias or ineptitude, media haven’t been very good at extracting the truth until quite recently.
David Brody, White House correspondent for the Christian Broadcasting Network joined Fox & Friends host Brian Kilmeade on Monday where he became the latest journalist to reveal that he was also berated by members of President Barack Obama’s administration for pursuing a story they felt was politically inconvenient. The reporter accused the White House of using emotional blackmail to keep journalists from requesting information the administration did not want to come forward with. “It was like my mother giving me a guilt trip,” Brody said. Brody revealed that in 2009 he was
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) said Monday he would consider running for president in 2016. Speaking on NBC’s “The Today Show,” Bush was asked directly if he could rule out a bid in the next cycle. “I won’t [rule it out] but I’m not going to declare today either,” Bush said. “That’s way off into the future,” Bush added. “I have a voice and I want to share my beliefs about how the conservative movement and the Republican Party can regain its footing, because we’ve lost our way.” Bush did not actively consider running in 2012, eventually
If the law is unpopular now, how much more will people hate it when they hear for the first time that they are being forced to buy health insurance, that many of them will not be able to keep the plan they are on now, or that their employer may drop their company health insurance because it’s cheaper to pay the fine? Those tens of millions of Americans who have not been paying attention are in for the shock of their lifetimes. Reason Magazine: February’s Kaiser Family Foundation health tracking poll puts opposition to the law
The White House strategy for trying to bottle up the Bob Woodward controversy? Pile on the charm to make people think that the legendary Washington Post reporter had an irrational overreaction. Gene Sperling, top adviser on President Obama’s economic council, told ABC News this morning that the exchange was actually “polite.” “I do truly believe you should rethink your comment about saying saying that Potus asking for revenues is moving the goal post. I know you may not believe this, but as a friend, I think you will regret staking out that claim,”
IN MATTERS of foreign policy, Congress, and especially the Senate, was designed as a hedge against the abuses exhibited by overeager European monarchs who for centuries had whimsically entangled their countries in misguided adventures. America would not be such a place. The Constitution would protect our governmental process from the overreach of a single executive who might otherwise succumb to the impulsive temptation to unilaterally risk our country’s blood, treasure and international prestige. Congress was given the power to declare war and appropriate funds, thus eliminating any resemblance to European-style monarchies when it came to the presidential war power.
Senators Lindsey Graham and John McCain told Face the Nation that they want additional documents from the White House on what their response was to the Benghazi attack and are willing to hold up the vote to confirm John Brennan for CIA Director. The White House has been stonewalling Congress for months regarding emails and other documents about the attack and Congress has tried unsuccessfully to put pressure on the president by attempting to filibuster his national security nominees. CBS: Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. will not move forward President Obama’s nominee
Inside the beltway, there is a pervasive sense of impending doom. The rest of the country may not much care, but sequestration is here. According to warnings by the Obama administration, failure to avert these automatic spending cuts will lead to planes falling from the skies, bridges collapsing, federal penitentiaries moving to a voluntary self-incarceration policy, and the Jersey Shore returning to the airwaves. Nevermind that if these things actually mattered to the president he could have fought to prevent them. But on one issue there should certainly be a sense of doom:
During the Great Depression, some 1.3 million Americans—epitomized by the Joad family in John Steinbeck´s "The Grapes of Wrath"—flocked to California from the heartland. To keep out the so-called Okies, the state enacted a law barring indigent migrants (the law was later declared unconstitutional). Los Angeles even set up a border patrol on the city limits. Soon the state may need to build a fence to keep latter-day Joads from leaving. Over the past two decades, a net 3.4 million people have moved out of California for other states.
All artists, whether they hail from the world of country music or not, should be lucky enough to be in on the sort of retirement party George Strait threw for himself on Saturday night at Rupp Arena. With hitmaker Martina McBride along to share the bill, the veteran Texas singer brought together three decades of plain speaking and traditionally minded hits, and served them with preciously little fuss but plenty of conversational charm. The 10 members of his Ace in the Hole Band — an ensemble loaded with splendid Lone Star craftsmen — served as congenial, understated accompanists.
President Obama is just 42 days into his second term in the White House but he is already done governing. As The Washington Post reported this weekend, Obama is already “executing plans to win back the House in 2014, which he and his advisers believe will be crucial to the outcome of his second term and to his legacy as president.” “The goal,” The Washington Post reports, “is to flip the Republican-held House back to Democratic control, allowing Obama to push forward with a progressive agenda on gun control, immigration, climate change and the economy during his final
Conan: Scientists have discovered the reason why women talk more than men. It’s because they think we’re listening. Fallon: Kim Kardashian wants to marry Kanye West, but they’re not going to rush it. Also because Kim Kardashian is still married to someone else. Conan: Traces of horsemeat were found in Ikea’s Swedish meatballs. Wow, it almost makes you want to stop taking your family to dinner at a furniture store. Conan: Ben Affleck’s Oscar speech said his marriage “is work.” Made him the first man in history to NOT get laid after winning an Oscar.
The media double standard is flying high, as John Boehner is suffering criticism for language used by both President Obama and the Speaker of the House, while the Commander in chief was largely above reproach in the media for similar language. (snip) While Boehner is criticized for using a word deemed inappropriate for the Speaker of the House, Barack Obama used the exact same word regarding responsibility for the Gulf Oil spill. Barack Obama in response to the Gulf Oil Spill wants to know "whose ass to kick"
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan says white people are promoting birth control for black women because they fear becoming a minority in the United States. Farrakhan spoke Saturday at Fountain Street Church in Grand Rapids, invited by the Grand Rapids Community College Black Student Union. He says white Americans will lose their majority by 2050 and says they´ve introduced birth control to black women "because they don´t want no more black babies." MLive.com reports Farrakhan says he opposes same-sex relationships. He says he isn´t "homophobic" and isn´t "afraid
"We´re all socialists from the day we´re born. You know, you don´t have to be poor or unemployed to be on Welfare. We´re all at the trough. We´re all Welfare queens." So said TIME magazine executive editor Michael Duffy on the syndicated Chris Matthews Show Sunday (video follows with transcript and commentary): CHRIS MATTHEWS, HOST: The word we never say besides entitlements, the even worse word is socialism. But in effect, once you’re 65 in this country when it comes to health, you´re guaranteed to be taken care of.
It may be hard for many educated voters to believe, but fully six out of every 100 Americans still find the news media Very Trustworthy. That compares with a proportion twice as large (12%) who find the country´s professional deliverers of news Not At All Trustworthy. A new Rasmussen Reports survey of 1,000 likely voters reveals that more than four-of-ten Americans (41%) believe the average media reporter (and most of them are average) is more liberal than they are. Those voters who believe reporters are more conservative than they totals 18%, presumably alcoholics for the most part.
OAKLAND, Calif. — Set on a gritty corner of Oakland´s International Boulevard, the nonprofit Street Level Health Project offers free checkups to patients who speak a total of 22 languages, from recent Mongolian immigrants seeking a doctor to Burmese refugees in need of a basic dental exam. It also provides a window into one of the challenges for state officials who are trying to implement the Affordable Care Act, President Barack Obama´s sweeping health care overhaul. Understanding the law is a challenge even for governors, state lawmakers and agency officials, but delivering its message to non-English