President Barack Obama withdrew his nomination of Caitlin Halligan to a federal appeals court Friday, handing a victory to Republicans in the Senate who twice blocked his pick for the key judicial post. Calling the obstruction by Republicans unjustified and unacceptable, Obama said he agreed to Halligan´s request to be pulled from consideration even though she would have served with distinction on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. "I am deeply disappointed that even after nearly two and a half years, a minority of senators continued to block a simple up-or-down
Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu apologized today to Turkey on Friday for an Israeli raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla. The apology is, of course, the handiwork of President Obama. Indeed, Netanyahu made the call during an airport meeting with Obama shortly before Obama mercifully left Israel. The apology is a humiliation for Israel, which had nothing for which to be sorry. Netanyahu’s statement — which he wisely resisted making for three years — will not improve Israeli relations with Turkey. Relations are poor not because of the flotilla incident, but because Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan,
Bullet Buys: Fifteen members of Congress have written a letter to the Department of Homeland Security demanding to know why the federal agency is buying so many rounds of ammunition. We´d like to know too. Fifteen members of Congress have sent a letter to the Department of Homeland Security demanding to know why the federal agency is buying so many rounds of ammunition. We´d like to know too. Freshman California Republican Doug LaMalfa and 14 of his House colleagues, who signed on to his March 5 letter, are asking the Department of Homeland
Brunswick, Georgia - Two teenagers were arrested Friday in the shooting death of a 13-month-old boy who was in his stroller, according to police in this coastal city. The suspects are a 17-year-old boy and a 14-year-old boy, Police Chief Tobe Green told reporters Friday. Both have been charged with first-degree murder, police said. Green identified the older suspect as De´Marquise Elkins, saying he will be treated as an adult in criminal proceedings. The 14-year-old was not identified because of his age. "We are turning every stone to get a motive," said Green.
The Affordable Care Act has been a running series of nasty non-surprises, with many more on the way—gird yourself for 116% insurance premium increases—but sometimes the surprises are real. Take the amazing bipartisan turn against the 2.3% tax on medical device makers, even among liberals who still evince no remorse for voting for the overall bill three years ago. Not that the media noticed, but on Thursday night ObamaCare´s $29 billion excise tax on device sales (not profits) lost on the Senate floor in a rout. The vote was 79 to 20, well over the two-thirds
Health Care: Last week, Senate Democrats voted overwhelmingly to repeal a piece of ObamaCare they´d approved three years before. They may soon decide the rest of the law has to go as well. In a speech to Congress in September 2009, President Obama vowed that "I am not the first president to take up this cause," referring to health care reform, "but I am determined to be the last." And, indeed, as the Supreme Court ruled in its favor and Obama got re-elected, it seemed as though ObamaCare would never go away.
WASHINGTON — President Obama´s most prominent judicial nominee withdrew her name from consideration Friday in the face of continuing Republican opposition. Caitlin Halligan, a prominent New York prosecutor twice nominated by Obama to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, would have been a potential future Supreme Court nominee had she won Senate confirmation. Instead, after more than two years of effort, she and the president agreed Friday to call it quits.
Middle East: Waiting until his fifth year in office to visit our staunch ally, President Obama showed the real purpose of his trip: to bully the Israelis in person. It takes gall to lecture Israelis that "you have the opportunity to be the generation that permanently secures the Zionist dream." "Trust me," is Barack Obama´s message on what the White House calls a "listening tour." But what loyal citizen of the Jewish state would place faith in him? This is the president who dashed off to Cairo less than six months into his presidency, his meaningless
Georgia police are going door-to-door in search of two young suspects who are accused of shooting and killing a 1-year-old boy as his mother pushed him in a stroller. Sherry West, the mother of the child, told police she was walking her 13-month-old son, Antonio, in a stroller Thursday morning through their Brunswick, Ga., neighborhood when two African-American boys approached her and demanded money. When she told them she didn´t have any money, West said one of the boys pulled out a handgun. "He said, ´I´m going to kill you if you don´t give me money,´ and I said,
President Barack Obama repeated his call for regime change in Syria, but stressed he does not want to see Syrian President Bashar Assad replaced by another despot. “What I am confident about is ultimately what the people of Syria are looking for is not replacing oppression with a new form of oppression,” Obama said Friday during a joint press conference with Jordan King Abdullah II in Amman, Jordan. “What they’re looking for is replacing oppression with freedom and opportunity and democracy and the capacity to live together and build together,
MSNBC host Touré criticized the speed with which the Republican Party’s opinion leaders have embraced Dr. Ben Carson on Friday, saying that the pediatric neurosurgeon is the equivalent of the GOP’s “black friend.” Touré said that Republicans are displaying a form of cynicism in their acceptance of Carson as a means of assuaging their guilt over their pas “abusive” relationship with minorities. “Just so we’re clear, I’m not really into being the ‘black friend,’” Touré began. “If I get that sense that you like me just because
Nearly a year before signing the nation´s most stringent gun control measure into law, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo launched a hotline that allows state residents to report illegal gun owners in exchange for a $500 reward. New Yorkers can call the "Gun Tip Line" if they believe someone they know has an illegal gun. “This initiative seeks to turn neighbor against neighbor and use their own tax dollars to pay for the $500 reward,” Republican Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin told the station.
They are moms and dads, authors and activists, a former police officer and a former single mom. They´re black and white and Hispanic. One´s a Roman Catholic archbishop, another an evangelical minister. Many have large families — including gay members. They are among the leading opponents of gay marriage, or as they prefer to be called, defenders of traditional marriage. And they´re trying to stop an increasingly popular movement as it approaches two dates with history next week at the Supreme Court. At times, it can seem a lonely battle.
SINGAPORE: Singapore former Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew said a country that does not grow its population risks dissolving "into nothingness". Mr Lee was speaking at a wide-ranging dialogue session organised by Standard Chartered Bank on Wednesday evening. Joining Mr Lee for the dialogue was former chairman of the US Federal Reserve and former chairman of US President Obama´s Economic Recovery Advisory Board, Paul Volcker. This was the first time Mr Lee was speaking about Singapore´s changing demographics since the Population White Paper was endorsed in Parliament. The paper, which projects 6.9 million people by 2030,
RUSH: Susan in Oxnard, California, great to have you on the EIB Network. Hello. CALLER: Hi. Super Mega dittos, Rush. RUSH: I appreciate that, thank you. CALLER: Yesterday you said the left wants to eliminate judging people on accomplishments in order to judge them on surface things, but I say that wasn´t quite correct. I say what they´re doing is building their monetary system where merit and effort don´t matter but being a good person and caring are what matters and that´s how people earn stuff. They´re swapping those and changing the perception and the expectations of the youngsters.
RUSH: Here´s Tracy in Bedford, Indiana, next up on Open Line Friday. Hi. CALLER: Hey, Rush, thank you so much for taking my call. RUSH: You bet. CALLER: Listen. I wanted to let you know that Obamacare hit our school system this week. I´m a Title I teaching assistant in the public school system here and it affects, I don´t know, maybe eight elementary schools, three middle schools, and the high school. What they have done is, first of all, the IRS is apparently overseeing Obamacare in Indiana. I guess everywhere maybe.
RUSH: Benjamin Carson is still on the "What do you think of Rush Limbaugh" tour. Now it´s CNN and Jacob Tapper. We move on here to audio sound bites 5 and 6. Last night´s CNN new show hosted by Jake Tapper, The Lead, Benjamin Carson, pediatric neurosurgeon, Johns Hopkins. Jake Tapper wanted to ask Dr. Carson about me, as he had been the previous day on Fox. TAPPER: Rush Limbaugh says you´ve got Democrats terrified. Listen to him. RUSH ARCHIVE: I think Dr. Benjamin Carson has probably got everybody in the Democrat party scared to death.
After some years, marked by tensions between them, the baron decided to pay an unexpected visit to the village. The people were very excited and turned out to give him a warm welcome. The mayor and the baron spoke of the eternal friendship between the castle and the village. Everyone cheered, especially when the baron promised his help in defending the village from dangers prowling around its borders. The baron urged the village to make peace with those forces, but said he understood if it couldn’t do so and confirmed his support for the village’s right of self-defense.
"Have you ever had a group of men sitting right behind you making joke [sic] that caused you to feel uncomfortable?" wrote blogress Adria Richards Monday. "Well, that just happened this week but instead of shrinking down in my seat, I did something about it an [sic] here´s my story . . ." A richly entertaining story it is. It seems that Richards, a "developer evangelist" for a company called SendGrid, was at a conference called PyCon, which describes itself as "the largest annual gathering for the community using and developing the open-source Python programming language."
North Dakota lawmakers moved Friday to outlaw abortion in the state by passing a resolution defining life as starting at conception. The measure, which has to be approved by voters, is one of a series of anti-abortion resolutions the Republican-controlled Legislature has passed this year despite critics´ insistence that they are unconstitutional and violate the U.S. Supreme Court´s Roe v. Wade ruling legalizing abortion until a fetus considered viable, which is usually at 22 to 24 weeks. (snip) The so-called personhood measure bestows human rights on fertilized human eggs. Efforts to pass similar
I’m still waiting for the Hitler quote. Or is there a minimum number of people that a dictator has to murder before he gets placement on a part of the Department of Education website devoted to kids. This isn’t a generic quote about education being a good thing. It’s actually a quote about the need for Communist indoctrination among Communist Party members. The full quote that the Department of Education cut down comes at the end of an essay on “The Role of the Chinese Communist Party in the National War” “Whoever refuses to study these problems seriously and carefully is no
If days in court were given formal titles like book chapters, Thursday´s trial of Dr. Kermit Gosnell would have been headed "Karnamaya Mongar." A full day of testimony by anesthesiologist Andrew Herlich, an expert witness, revolved around Mongar, who was not present in court Thursday, the trial´s fourth day. She was not present because she died in 2009 within 24 hours of an abortion in Gosnell´s "house of horrors," a/k/a Women´s Medical Center in West Philadelphia. That the woman, who was 41, is dead is indisputable, allegedly Gosnell´s sole adult victim. Amid the stomach-turning accusations
President Cristina Fernandez called an urgent meeting on Wednesday evening of her economic team following a day of hectic trading in the currency exchange market which had the US dollar climb to 8.75 Pesos in the parallel market, expanding the gap with the official rate to almost 70%. Attending the meeting were Economy minister Hernan Lorenzino, Deputy Minister, Axel Kicillof and the president of the Central bank Mercedes Marcó del Pont.
Who’s going to bail out Cyprus: Brussels or Moscow? That’s the multibillion-dollar question. In mid-March, the European Union and the International Monetary Fund proposed a rescue package for the tiny island—to the tune of roughly $20.5 billion. But this bailout proposal was different: $13 billion in aid being offered was conditional upon Cyprus raising the remaining $7.5 billion through a hefty one-time tax on its bank depositors. Not surprisingly, the Cypriots, among others, were not pleased with this idea. And on March 19, to Brussels’s surprise, the Cypriot Parliament overwhelmingly rejected the bailout package.
Ten years ago, along with three-quarters of the American people, including the men just appointed as President Obama´s secretaries of state and defense, I supported the invasion of Iraq. A decade on, unlike most of the American people, including John Kerry and Chuck Hagel, I´ll stand by that original judgment. None of us can say what would have happened had Saddam Hussein remained in power. He might now be engaged in a nuclear arms race with Iran. One or other of his even more psychotic sons, the late Uday or Qusay, could be in power.
CARACAS, Venezuela — A Jesuit priest whose kidnapping by the Argentine military raised questions about the actions of Jorge Mario Bergoglio, now Pope Francis, during that country’s so-called Dirty War said in a statement this week that Father Bergoglio did not initiate the detention by reporting him and another priest to the authorities. “These are the facts: Orlando Yorio and I were not reported by Father Bergoglio,” Father Franz Jalics said in the statement posted on a German Jesuit Web site, mentioning the other priest who was kidnapped with him in 1976.