When you stop and think about it, what the federal government is proposing to do in implementing Obamacare is absolutely breathtaking. The government is proposing to basically take over 17% of the American economy, create a massive database — yet to be built — so that insurance exchanges — yet to be designed — can give up to 62 million Americans access to individually tailored insurance plans, while coordinating among three federal agencies millions of requests for federal subsidies. We are 149 days away from the October 1 deadline for state insurance exchanges to be up
SEOUL, South Korea — This week, North Korea’s young leader, Kim Jung-un, ordered his underlings to prepare for a missile attack on the United States. He appeared at a command center in front of a wall map with the bold, unlikely title, “Plans to Attack the Mainland U.S.” Earlier in the month, his generals boasted of developing a “Korean-style” nuclear warhead that could be fitted atop a long-range missile. But the missile systems that figure in Mr. Kim’s blitz of threats and orders do not yet have the range to approach American shores. There is no evidence
The Kaufman County, Texas, district attorney and his wife were found shot dead inside their home today, police said, nearly two months to the day that the county assistant district attorney was murdered in the county courthouse parking lot. Police would say nothing more than that Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife Cynthia were found shot in their home in Forney, but sources told ABC affiliate WFAA-TV in Dallas that their front door was reportedly kicked in. Investigators from the FBI, the Texas Rangers, the Department of Public Safety and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms
It´s a perennial favorite of scammers to claim we face pending doom that can be averted only if we quickly send them more money or do what they want us to. From The Music Man´s "Ya Got Trouble" to the emails purporting to be from family members who´ve been robbed or imprisoned overseas, the game is a constant money maker for the con men who employ it. Count President Obama as one of the masters of the art of diverting attention from facts, crying doom and grabbing yet more money from our pockets to enrich his buddies
A version of this post appears in Sunday´s paper. North Korea might look like a country gone mad, but that is exactly why we ought to take its latest display of hubris so seriously. While it should be fixing its crumbling economy, Kim Jong-un’s regime prefers to declare a state of war with its southern neighbour and threaten the United States with rockets. To comprehend why it is doing this, and why this crisis has suddenly become so dangerous, we have to understand its obsession with history. A defining moment in the North Korean narrative is the Korean War of
The 878,300 who decided not to have an official assessment of whether they were fit for work was more than a third of the total number of people claiming sickness-related benefits. The statistics also revealed that some claimants cited conditions such as "blisters", "sprains and strains" and "acne" as preventing them from having a job. More than 46,120 people claimed incapacity benefit because of "behavioural disorders due to the use of alcohol" while 29,130 claimants cited drug use.[Snip] Grant Shapps, the Conservative Party chairman, said the old system was "evil" and accused Labour of using sickness benefits to "hide the
Energy-intensive industries are bracing themselves for a renewed surge in utility bills tomorrow when the UK government´s highly controversial Carbon Price Floor starts feeding through into energy costs. Lambasted by business and environmental groups as a "stealth tax", the price floor is expected to raise up to £3.2 billion over the next three years. Although critics say the funds should be ploughed back into the green energy technologies that the price floor is intended to support, the money will instead be absorbed for general use by the cash-strapped Exchequer. Michael Murphy, energy partner with MacRoberts Solicitors in Glasgow,
The drama is clearly the longest running of any that John Wilkes Booth played during his acting career. Was Booth, the assassin of Abraham Lincoln, killed by a soldier at a tobacco barn near Port Royal, Va., on April 26, 1865, as history books and government accounts record? Or was someone else shot through the neck and declared to be Booth as a way of putting an end to the national tragedy? Did the president´s killer actually escape? Though those questions are settled in the minds of most scholars, they have intrigued and frustrated some historians and Booth family members,
No more war and Peeps, please. Some people (Peeple?) find it amusing to torment or mutilate Peeps, the sugarcoated fluorescent marshmallow Easter candies in the form of chicks and bunnies (or additional shapes during other holidays). Consider, for example, the sport of Peeps jousting, in which someone places two Peeps chicks (the bunnies don’t work for this game) in a microwave with toothpicks in their chests. As the Peeps heat up, they expand and appear to be jousting with each other. The candy that stabs the other first wins. Both Peeps end up as gooey globs.
WASHINGTON, D.C.- Nearly half of the crowd at Saturday´s Elite 8 game between Syracuse and Marquette at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. booed President Barack Obama when he was shown on the big screen with just over ten minutes to play in the first half. After the boos erupted, a contingency of Obama supporters countered with cheers. Obama also golfed on Saturday for the first time since the sequester cuts went into effect at the beginning of March and then took some of his foursome--and his Secret Service detail--to watch Syracuse oust Marquette
A study from the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) shows the federal government´s needless spending and costly regulations waste over $42 billion dollars–enough to fund up to 45,000 years of White House tours. After the White House announced that its public tours would be one of the first government functions to be shut down due to the budget sequester´s slowdown of spending increases, conservatives have highlighted government spending on inconsequential projects ranging anywhere from puppet research to snail sex. The NRCC has compiled a "waste list" totaling $42,642,721,597 from its findings. Some of its expenditures include:
Governor Brown on Saturday announced he´ll be granting pardons to 65 former felons, including a convicted murderer. The AP says most of the pardons were granted to criminals convicted of low-level offenses, though not all were small-time offenders: Most were for people convicted of selling or possessing drugs. However, Robert Phillip Brown was convicted of murder. He was paroled in 1996 after serving 15 years in prison. ... Others pardoned included Francisco Mauricio Nunes, who was convicted of involuntary manslaughter and James David Vercellino, who was convicted of vehicular manslaughter and driving under the influence.
The Eiffel Tower was evacuated tonight following a telephoned terrorist bomb warning. Some 1,500 people, including tourists and staff, were escorted out of France´s most famous landmark shortly after 7.30pm. It follows threats from Al-Qaeda pledging ´revenge´ for the French intervention in the African state of Mali to fight Islamic terrorists. Police said an anonymous call had been received from a phone booth in a Paris suburb warning that explosives had been place around the tower.
At the Politico, Darren Samuelsohn reports that "The public has largely tuned out the Democrats’ repeated warnings about ... (what will happen) if the sequester cuts stay in place." He also notes in a separate report that Republicans "Republicans are winning the sequester wars," and that "even the White House admits there’s little chance of reversing all the cuts." Of course, what´s in question here mostly aren´t "cuts" at all, but reductions in projected spending increases, as pollster Scott Rasmussen explained in his note accompanying a recent poll his organization did on the topic:
A swarm of actors and actresses — including Sharon Stone, Tracy Morgan, Tiffani Thiessen, and Alfre Woodard — is trading Hollywood for the Hill, as they head to Washington to lobby lawmakers for arts funding. The group of artists — which will also include Patricia Arquette, “Private Practice’s” Tim Daly, Kevin McHale of “Glee” fame, Sam Trammell from “True Blood,” Giancarlo Esposito, “The Office” actor Leslie David Baker, and Josh Radnor — all hail from The Creative Coalition. The nonprofit organization is sending the delegation to D.C. for Capitol Hill Arts Day on April 26. While in town,
The 2012 election, in which nearly every traditional rule about presidential politics was broken, showed that we have entered a new era. One feature of this new era is the permanent campaign. Until now, there has always been some respite–growing shorter over the years, admittedly–between the end of one campaign and the beginning of the next. The Democrats have now obliterated that gap; the 2014 Congressional campaign began on the day after the 2012 election, and President Obama’s re-election campaign was seamlessly transformed
President Obama took advantage of mild Washington weather on Saturday by heading out to the golf course, his first visit to the links since across-the-board sequester cuts took effect on March 1. On the day before Easter, Obama trekked over to Andrews Air Force Base for a round with Marty Nesbitt, Michael Brush and Marvin Nicholson on an afternoon with temperatures nearing a spring-like 60 degrees, according to a White House pool report. Nesbitt is a Chicago businessman and one of Obama´s best friends. The president’s regular golf outings became a target for congressional Republicans
In my Weekly Standard cover story about the fallout from the “Climategate” email scandal three years ago, I offered the following question by way of prediction: Eventually the climate modeling community is going to have to reconsider the central question: Have the models the IPCC uses for its predictions of catastrophic warming overestimated the climate’s sensitivity to greenhouse gases? (Snip) A Washington-based Economist correspondent admitted to me privately several years ago that the senior editors in London had mandated consistent and regular alarmist climate coverage in its pages. The problem for the climateers is increasingly dire.
Outrageous as it may seem to some, rather than respond appropriately to the criticism and back off from the extravagant vacations, Michelle and Barry chose instead to thumb their noses at America by flying Sasha and Malia from the Atlantis in the Bahamas to Sun Valley, Idaho to top off Easter week with a little skiing. For those who are shocked, here´s the bottom line: Nothing anyone does or says is going to change who these people are. It is now crystal clear that no amount of public disapproval or disparagement will deter them from spending our money
The recovering drug addict with a long rap sheet who had just sat down on the bench at a north Philadelphia train station often wondered if he was a good person, and perhaps never considered that anyone thought he was a hero to anybody. But there was no self-doubt when Christopher Knafelc´s instincts kicked in Thursday and he leaped onto the tracks to help a complete stranger he´d just seen flail and fall off the platform.
The aging and fading comedian Jim Carrey apparently wants to act out in real life his role in “Dumb and Dumber,” with recent tweets attacking gun ownership. Says a person who has armed bodyguards. You’d think these Hollywood-Washington liberals wouldn’t be completely tone-deaf to hypocrisy. But this only compounds Carrey’s perfidy. His public opposition to childhood vaccination, along with other worthless celebrities like Robert F. Kennedy Jr (would anyone care what this lightweight said if his name was Robert F. Smith?), is probably responsible for the unnecessary death and maiming of more children than guns.
With the sun shining at the nation´s capital, President Obama went golfing Saturday afternoon - his first golf outing since the sequester cuts went into effect on March 1. The president hit the links with friend and Chicago businessman Marty Nesbitt and White House staffers Michael Brush and Marvin Nicholson, the White House said. The president last golfed in February with golf powerhouse Tiger Woods at a posh golf club, the Floridian, in Palm City, Fla. Obama´s golf game with Woods drew criticism from the White House press corps at the time because they were not
A unique Colorado Air National Guard unit is keeping its eye on the skies for North Korean missiles after Kim Jong-un reportedly ordered its short- and long-range missile batteries to standby for attacks on U.S. bases in South Korea and the Pacific. (Snip)The 137th Space Warning Squadron, based in Greeley, Colo., is at the forefront of missile-launch detection and it’s the only squadron monitoring for incoming threats that is 100 percent mobile and self-sustaining. With equipment mounted inside a fleet of large semi-trucks, it can be deployed worldwide to provide real-time nuclear-attack warnings and analysis on strikes
When composing the music for "The Barber of Seville," Rossini craved din and distraction, going so far as to beg his friends to remain close by while he worked amid the hubbub. He wrote with lightning speed, finishing the score in roughly three weeks. Tchaikovsky, by contrast, needed silence and solitude and found both in retreats into rural surroundings. Beethoven wrote with difficulty, laboring over "Fidelio" off and on for nearly a decade, which didn´t prevent his one opera from falling short of the sublimity of his best symphonies, quartets and works for piano. These foibles and habits
ATLANTA -- As more Republicans give in to President Barack Obama´s health-care overhaul, an opposition bloc remains across the South, including from governors who lead some of the nation´s poorest and unhealthiest states. "Not in South Carolina," Gov. Nikki Haley declared at the recent Conservative Political Action Conference. "We will not expand Medicaid on President Obama´s watch. We will not expand Medicaid ever." Widening Medicaid insurance rolls, a joint federal-state program for low-income Americans, is an anchor of the law Obama signed in 2010. But states get to decide whether
Recent threats from North Korea have led the Obama administration to reverse some of its previous decisions and to build up U.S. missile defenses. Welcome as that course correction is, the North’s recent missile developments and underground nuclear test should cause President Obama to rethink his basic approach to nuclear weapons policy. He should acknowledge that he was unrealistic in making it U.S. policy to achieve “a world without nuclear weapons.” Whatever good and idealistic intentions may have motivated the initial rhetoric about “nuclear zero,” the practical effects of embracing this slogan are harmful. The goal of minimizing the possibility