Repeat after me: a Republican isn’t necessarily a conservative and a conservative isn’t necessarily a Republican. Conservatives tend to support the Republicans and Republicans tend to be conservative. But there´s a difference between being a party loyalist and being an ideological warrior--a simple point that seems strangely lost on many people. Take the outrage over the decision not to invite Chris Christie to the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington DC.[Snip] Jonah Goldberg writes, “At precisely the moment the party should be making every effort to be--or at least seem!--as open as possible to differing
A year ago, Beef Products Inc. had four state-of-the art plants, more than 1,300 employees and was expanding aggressively. The meat company was the leading maker of "lean finely textured beef," a low-fat product made from chunks of beef (Snip) The court fight could put modern television journalism on trial and highlight the power of language in the Internet Age: In the wake of the reports on "World News with Diane Sawyer," the term "pink slime" went viral. The case also underscores an intensifying war between the farm sector and its critics over how food is made.
Tucson - Arizona’s sweeping anti-illegal-immigration law suffered another blow Monday when the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals sided with day laborers looking for work in the state. A three-judge appellate panel unanimously upheld a lower court injunction that prevents the state from enforcing a part of SB 1070 that would prohibit motorists from stopping traffic to solicit day laborers. Gov. Jan Brewer, a Republican, considered the decision a disappointment, (Snip) Civil and immigrant rights activists praised the court’s decision, saying the provision attacked day laborers’ 1st Amendment rights.
Baghdad - Dozens of Syrian soldiers who had crossed into Iraq for refuge were ambushed Monday with bombs, gunfire and rocket-propelled grenades in an attack that killed 48 of them and heightened concerns that the country could be drawn into Syria´s civil war. The fact that the soldiers were on Iraqi soil at all raises questions about Baghdad´s apparent willingness to quietly aid the embattled regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad. The well-coordinated attack, which Iraqi officials blamed on al-Qaeda´s Iraq arm, also suggests possible coordination between the militant group and its
Concord, N.H. — A former Exxon Mobil engineer testified Monday that environmental hazards surrounding the gasoline additive MTBE were widely discussed in water quality and oil industry circles in the mid-1980s, contradicting the state of New Hampshire´s allegations that the oil giant hid its concerns about the product. Barbara Mickelson was the first witness as lawyers for Exxon Mobil Corp. began presenting their defense against the state´s claim that it is owed hundreds of millions of dollars to clean up groundwater contamination caused by MTBE. Jurors had last week off after spending six weeks hearing the state´s case, and the
The Washington Post mistook one prostitute for another Monday in a report that initially seemed to debunk a November 2012 Daily Caller exposé of New Jersey Democratic Senator Bob Menendez. While the Post said it had an affidavit from a woman in the Dominican Republic admitting she fabricated claims Menendez paid her for sex, that woman was not one of the two prostitutes TheDC interviewed for a Nov. 1 report. The Post identified the woman as 23-year-old Nexis de los Santos Santana. The Miami Herald similarly reported that de los Santos “was one of two women
Caracas, Venezuela - A new and severe respiratory infection has put cancer-stricken President Hugo Chavez in a "very delicate" state, and his breathing has deteriorated, Venezuela´s communications minister announced Monday. Communications Minister Ernesto Villegas made the announcement late Monday in a statement he read on national television, looking serious but not somber. He said Chavez´s "worsening respiratory function" was related to a weakening of Chavez´s immune system related to "a new and severe respiratory infection." Villegas said Chavez was "standing by Christ and life
The tantalizing and long-sought dream of an AIDS cure appears to have arrived. The almost unkillable virus, which until now could be suppressed but not eradicated, was snuffed out in a Mississippi infant infected at birth by a mother who tested positive for AIDS. The results come loaded with caveats and conditions and are tied to just one case. But the result is hugely important because 330,000 infections per year occur worldwide at childbirth, when a mother transmits the virus to a newborn. Three years ago, a woman in labor arrived at a rural Mississippi hospital and gave birth.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - Malaysian security forces using fighter jets attacked nearly 200 Filipino intruders on Tuesday to end the armed group´s three-week violent occupation of a Borneo village that became the country´s biggest security crisis in years. (Snip) The main group of intruders comprises members of a Philippine Muslim clan, some bearing rifles and grenade launchers, who slipped past naval patrols last month, landed at a remote Malaysian coastal village in Sabah´s Lahad Datu district and insisted the territory was theirs. Nineteen Filipino gunmen have also been slain
Back in my teaching days, many years ago, one of the things I liked to ask the class to consider was this: Imagine a government agency with only two tasks: (1) building statues of Benedict Arnold and (2) providing life-saving medications to children. If this agency´s budget were cut, what would it do? The answer, of course, is that it would cut back on the medications for children. Why? Because that would be what was most likely to get the budget cuts restored. If they cut back on building statues of Benedict Arnold, people might ask why they were
The deadly sinkhole that stole Florida man Jeff Bush´s life without warning last week was finally revealed today beneath the ruined family home. Crews had worked since Sunday to clear the house so they could better see the depth of the problem and determine how many other homes could be in danger. Authorites have yet to say how far the depths could extended. The revelation came only hours after brother Jeremy Bush choked back tears as he watched the property demolished. Speaking to assembled media he said more should have been done to recover the body of
Economic policy: President Obama´s call for a minimum-wage hike is hardly surprising — it´s a staple of liberal politics. What is surprising is that Obama´s former top economic adviser would trash it in the New York Times. Obama is famously close-minded to views he doesn´t already hold, which may explain why Christina Romer is back to teaching economics instead of running his Council of Economic Advisers. On Monday, the New York Times published an op-ed by Romer in which she delicately but systematically dismantled Obama´s call for a 24% hike in the federal minimum wage over the next
Washington - Tension over the fiscal crisis eased on Monday as President Barack Obama called more opposition lawmakers to find a way to stop $85 billion in damaging budget cuts and congressional Republicans announced a plan to prevent a government shutdown. Eager to resolve fiscal fights overshadowing his second term, the Democratic president called Maine Republican Senator Susan Collins and Oklahoma Republican Senator Tom Coburn after speaking to other Republican senators over the weekend. An aide to Collins, a moderate, told Reuters that the pair discussed the need for a bipartisan
An article in Monday’s U.S. News & World Report by Ken Walsh, a veteran journalist who covered five presidencies, notes a growing “unhealthy antagonism … between the West Wing and the mainstream media.” If the assessment is accurate, it could mean that the press, after four years of mindless obeisance to this administration, is finally ready to provide frank coverage, warts and all. The sea change, if one is in the cards, started with the now-infamous brouhaha involving another old hand, Bob Woodward, and White House economic adviser Gene Sperling. Since Woodward publicly asserted that he was
Washington - President Obama on Monday named two people to his cabinet who will be charged with making good on his threat to use the powers of the executive branch to tackle climate change and energy policy if Congress does not act quickly. (Snip) The appointments, which require Senate confirmation, send an unmistakable signal that the president intends to mount a multifaceted campaign in his second term to tackle climate change by using all the executive branch tools at his disposal. But even with Ms. McCarthy and Mr. Moniz in place, Mr. Obama would have to confront major hurdles
**UPDATE** Earlier version of blog incorrectly stated that Ron Fournier had deleted tweets in question when in fact they are still on his account. It appears as though the days of civility and integrity in journalism are long gone. On March 1, National Journal’s Ron Fournier, formerly the Washington bureau chief at the Associated Press, took to Twitter to express his dissatisfaction with government sequestration, suggesting that President Obama: Can handle Bin laden, not Boehner? He may be POTUS, but Obama incapable of “a Jedi mind meld.”
Appearing on left-wing actor Alec Baldwin´s weekly WNYC talk radio show, Here´s The Thing, NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams laughably asserted that his reporting was void of any political bias: "My work has been so cleansed, as I see it, and as I´ve tried, of political opinions over 27 years....I can try to call it down the middle, and try to be fair about it, and do a ´just the facts´..." [Listen to the audio or watch the video after the jump] Throughout the interview, Baldwin gushed over how supposedly objective Williams was:
CPAC already has earned headlines for narrowing the conservative tent this year. Now, after not inviting Chris Christie to speak, and declining to allow GoProud to participate, CPAC is refusing to allow Pamela Geller to have a booth or rent rooms to conduct events. From her own site, Atlas Shrugs, Pamela writes: (snip) “This year, I applied to speak and was ignored. I tried to get a room for an AFDI event, "The War on Free Speech," and was ignored. So, for the first time in five years, I won´t be at CPAC.”
Ft. Meyers, FL - A Cypress Lake High School teen who had a gun pointed at him last week says he would be dead if not for the quick action of another student, who was suspended despite disarming the gunman and being called a hero. The victim, who Fox 4 is not identifying, spoke out after the school suspended the teen who wrestled the .22 caliber RG-14 revolver out of the hands of the 15-year-old gun wielding suspect on a school bus last Tuesday. "Do you think he would have killed you?," asked Fox 4 reporter Matt Grant. "Yeah," the victim said. Nearly a week after the incident, the victim says
Michelle Obama participated in a Google+ Hangout Monday involving her “Let’s Move!” campaign. In response to a question about what parents should do in unsafe areas, she advised that kids should exercise indoors: That’s where we as a community have to come together for our kids. You know, schools are an important place to get our kids active again because that’s where they’re spending most of their day, but when I was growing up, our church was that place. You know, we did activities in the basement of our church, and it seemed like the biggest basement
During Monday’s White House press briefing, press secretary Jay Carney took a retaliatory dig at Washington Post columnist George Will, who last week said he cannot take Carney seriously anymore. “You know, it’s funny — I did see that,” Carney said. “It’s funny you raised it. I love the structure of the sentence. It’s very George Willian. But I have a lot of respect for George Will. I’ve been on the panel on ‘This Week’ with him many times in my previous life. I think he’s a very smart guy.” “And despite the fact a few days before the election, he predicted a Romney landslide very confidently
Albany, New York - John J. Wilpers Jr., the last surviving member of the U.S. Army intelligence unit that captured former Japanese Prime Minister Hideki Tojo after World War II, has died at 93. (Snip) The upstate New York native was part of a five-man unit ordered to arrest Tojo at his home in a Tokyo suburb on Sept. 11, 1945, nine days after Japan´s surrender ended the war. While the soldiers were outside, Tojo attempted to commit suicide by shooting himself in the chest. Wilpers ordered a Japanese doctor at gunpoint to treat Tojo until an American doctor arrived.
On Monday’s broadcast of Fox News Channel’s “The O’Reilly Factor,” network senior political analyst Brit Hume said most of the blame for what host Bill O’Reilly called the ongoing “fiscal chaos” lies squarely on President Barack Obama’s shoulders. “Congressional leaders are normally behind-the-scenes people. … They are really not normally the leading spokesman on the issues. … That’s really a presidential job,” Hume said. “President Obama’s behavior in this business about the automatic budget cuts — this itself is the most peculiar behavior I have ever seen by a president.” “A normal president would be trying to reassure the
A bipartisan group of senators introduced a new proposal Monday to stiffen federal penalties for people who illegally purchase firearms for someone else, signaling continued eagerness between Democrats and Republicans to find agreement on legislation to limit gun violence. (Snip) The bill would make the practice of gun trafficking a federal crime for the first time, with penalties of up to 20 years for “straw purchasers,” or people who buy a firearm for someone legally barred from doing so — a group including felons and illegal immigrants. The bill also would punish the person who
Former NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw criticized President Barack Obama on Monday for spending “too much time” campaigning against the sequester cuts and lambasting his political opponents rather than negotiating with Republicans to avert those cuts. He said that both sides of the debate are playing electoral politics, with Obama attempting to “demonize” his Republican opponents and the GOP angling to retake the Senate in 2014. “This appears to me to be no way to run a government,” Touré observed.
Caitlin Halligan, general counsel for Manhattan’s district attorney’s office, was nominated in 2010 to fill a vacancy on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, and has been re-nominated four times since then. A cloture vote to move forward with her nomination failed 54-45 in 2011. The presidential judicial appointments – by custom – should be taken under consideration by the Senate, but not this one. For starters, Halligan is a pro-abortion, anti-gun zealot, who just received the support of Sen. Lindsey Graham. As Paul Mirengoff of PowerLine wrote yesterday, Halligan would be more of an activist,